Thursday, January 30, 2014

The evidence strongly suggests the latter. First, consider timing. CRA was enacted in 1977. The subprime lending at the heart of the current crisis exploded a full quarter century later. In the mid-1990s, new CRA regulations and a wave of mergers led to a flurry of CRA activity, but, as noted by the New America Foundation's Ellen Seidman (and by Harvard's Joint Center), that activity "largely came to an end by 2001." In late 2004, the Bush administration announced plans to sharply weaken CRA regulations, pulling small and midsized banks out from under the law's toughest standards. Yet subprime lending continued, and even intensified at the very time when activity under CRA had slowed and the law had weakened.

Did Liberals Cause the SubPrime Crisis?

Robert Gordon

April 7, 2008

Conservatives blame the housing crisis on a 1977 law that helps low income people get mortgages. It's a useful story for them, but it isn't true.

The idea started on the outer precincts of the right. Thomas DiLorenzo, an economist who calls Ron Paul "the Jefferson of our time," wrote in September that the housing crisis is "the direct result of thirty years of government policy that has forced banks to make bad loans to un creditworthy borrowers." The policy DiLorenzo decries is the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to lend throughout the communities they serve.

The BlameCRA theme bounced around the right-wing Freerepublic.com. In January it figured in a Washington Times column. In February, a Cato Institute affiliate named Stan Liebowitz picked up the critique in a New York Post op-ed headlined "The Real Scandal: How the Feds Invented the Mortgage Mess." On The National Review's blog, The Corner, John Derbyshire channeled Liebowitz: "The folk losing their homes? are victims not of 'predatory lenders,' but of government-sponsored in fact government-mandated political correctness."

Last week, a more careful expression of the idea hit The Washington Post, in an article on former Sen. Phil Gramm's influence over John McCain. While two progressive economists were quoted criticizing Gramm's insistent opposition to government regulation, the Brookings Institution's Robert Litan offered an opposing perspective. Litan suggested that the 1990s enhancement of CRA, which was achieved over Gramm's fierce opposition, may have contributed to the current crisis. "If the CRA had not been so aggressively pushed," Litan said, "it is conceivable things would not be quite as bad. People have to be honest about that."

This is classic rhetoric of conservative reaction. (For fans of welfare policy, it is Charles Murray meets the mortgage mess.) Most analysts see the sub-prime crisis as a market failure. Believing the bubble would never pop, lenders approved risky adjustable-rate mortgages, often without considering whether borrowers could afford them; families took on those loans; investors bought them in securitized form; and, all the while, regulators sat on their hands.

The revisionists say the problem wasn't too little regulation; but too much, via CRA. The law was enacted in response to both intentional redlining and structural barriers to credit for low-income communities. CRA applies only to banks and thrifts that are federally insured; it's conceived as a quid pro quo for that privilege, among others. This means the law doesn't apply to independent mortgage companies (or payday lenders, check-cashers, etc.)

The law imposes on the covered depositories an affirmative duty to lend throughout the areas from which they take deposits, including poor neighborhoods. The law has teeth because regulators' ratings of banks' CRA performance become public and inform important decisions, notably merger approvals. Studies by the Federal Reserve and Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, among others, have shown that CRA increased lending and homeownership in poor communities without undermining banks' profitability.

But CRA has always had critics, and they now suggest that the law went too far in encouraging banks to lend in struggling communities. Rhetoric aside, the argument turns on a simple question: In the current mortgage meltdown, did lenders approve bad loans to comply with CRA, or to make money?

The evidence strongly suggests the latter. First, consider timing. CRA was enacted in 1977. The subprime lending at the heart of the current crisis exploded a full quarter century later. In the mid-1990s, new CRA regulations and a wave of mergers led to a flurry of CRA activity, but, as noted by the New America Foundation's Ellen Seidman (and by Harvard's Joint Center), that activity "largely came to an end by 2001." In late 2004, the Bush administration announced plans to sharply weaken CRA regulations, pulling small and mid-sized banks out from under the law's toughest standards. Yet subprime lending continued, and even intensified at the very time when activity under CRA had slowed and the law had weakened.

Second, it is hard to blame CRA for the mortgage meltdown when CRA doesn't even apply to most of the loans that are behind it. As the University of Michigan's Michael Barr points out, half of subprime loans came from those mortgage companies beyond the reach of CRA. A further 25 to 30 percent came from bank subsidiaries and affiliates, which come under CRA to varying degrees but not as fully as banks themselves. (With affiliates, banks can choose whether to count the loans.) Perhaps one in four sub-prime loans were made by the institutions fully governed by CRA.

Most important, the lenders subject to CRA have engaged in less, not more, of the most dangerous lending. Janet Yellen, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, offers the killer statistic: Independent mortgage companies, which are not covered by CRA, made high-priced loans at more than twice the rate of the banks and thrifts. With this in mind, Yellen specifically rejects the "tendency to conflate the current problems in the sub-prime market with CRA motivated lending.? CRA, Yellen says, "has increased the volume of responsible lending to low- and moderate-income households."

Yellen is hardly alone in concluding that the real problems came from the institutions beyond the reach of CRA. One of the only regulators who long ago saw the current crisis coming was the late Ned Gramlich, a former Fed governor. While Alan Greenspan was cheering the subprime boom, Gramlich warned of its risks and unsuccessfully pushed for greater supervision of bank affiliates. But Gramlich praised CRA, saying last year, "banks have made many low- and moderate-income mortgages to fulfill their CRA obligations, they have found default rates pleasantly low, and they generally charge low mortgages rates. Thirty years later, CRA has become very good business."

It's telling that, amid all the recent recriminations, even lenders have not fingered CRA. That's because CRA didn't bring about the reckless lending at the heart of the crisis. Just as subprime lending was exploding, CRA was losing force and relevance. And the worst offenders, the independent mortgage companies, were never subject to CRA or any federal regulator. Law didn't make them lend. The profit motive did.

And that is not political correctness. It is correctness.


Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, would inject an amazing $9.5 billion extra spending power into the economy (this assumes all 3.8 million workers are making exactly $7.25, that each additional dollar earned is spent, and that none of the 3.8 million are earning wages below the federal minimum wage even though there are 9 states that are below this level or which have no minimum wage law).

If the minimum wage were instead raised to where it should be, at least $10 per hour (which would still put it below the minimum wage in 1968), this would release at least $60 billion over two years into the economy..
Using this as an estimate, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as many Democrats are proposing in 2014, would reduce the number of people living in poverty by 4.6 million. It would also boost the incomes of those at the 10th percentile by $1,700. That’s a significant increase in the quality of life for our worst off that doesn’t require the government to tax and spend a single additional dollar.
Elaine, Liberal Politicians KNOW the MinRaise doesn't make for added Buying Power. They Treat you like Economic Illiterates. The MinRaise is a COST to Business. Who Pays that Added Business Cost to Goods and Services????????? Listen Clooossseeelyy.....The Answer....LOOK in the nearest Mirror Elaine. ...Sucka!!!!

Monday, January 27, 2014



GOP In Shambles As Poll Finds Americans View Democrats as More Ethical and Honest
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Despite spending years attacking the character of President Obama and the Democrats, a new Pew Research Center survey found that the American people trust Democrats more than Republicans 41% 31%.

    Jeffrey Ney Pew Research is run by left wing, foil hatted, loons.
   
    Greg Adams You do know that's a George Soros spin off right lala?
 Obama defeated McCain and Romney Americans prefer Obama.
BREAKING: Three people are dead after a shooting at a mall in Columbia, Md., police say. - The Baltimore Sun
Pope's peace doves attacked by crow and seagull
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Fate of white doves unclear after being released by children standing alongside pontiff in front of crowd in St Peter's Square

If Jesus sent a memo to the modern church, what do you think He would say? If you think it's really bad, you're absolutely right. http://www.sandlministries.org/weekly_commentary  hope all people remember these time when the GOP was turned into a joke of a party by electing these heartless people

Ed SchultzMore than 300 fall ill aboard cruise ship
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Authorities not yet clear on what is causing illness on Royal Caribbean shipPaul: Christie not conservative enough for GOP primaries
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“The nomination goes through some very conservative primaries,” Paul said. You've heard the scary news about antibiotic-resistant "superbugs".
Now scientists are searching for solutions in remote cultures that have never used antibiotics or antibacterial products. Aliens Inside Us has more: http://ow.ly/sybX5 Report: French president, partner split
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The separation comes two weeks after a report that he was having an affair.For the Rich, by the Rich? Why the Second Anniversary of Citizens United Should Be on Your Calendar

Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor recently made the point that given that only .05 percent of the population max out the congressional campaign giving limits, the 99 percent movement really should be the 99.5 percent movement. Additionally, thanks to the infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) U.S. Supreme Court decision, corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individual people and spending money is now considered a form of “free speech.” Therefore, corporations (run by those CEOs that don’t want you knowing how much they make relative to their employees) can take your pension funds and divert them into shadowy 501(c)(4)s, which in turn can give undisclosed amounts to Super political action committees (PACs), which then can run all the negative misleading attack ads they want! One need only to look to Iowa to see this in action.Tom Perkins Is Wrong  Germany’s 1 Percent Were Hitler’s Allies, Not his Victims
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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins would have you believe America's 1 percent are yesterday's Jews but nothing could be further from Washington's attention-to-deficits disorder
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Washington is done dwelling on the debt. President Barack Obama isn’t expected to spend much time on deficit reduction and entitlement reform during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.A brave dog owner risked her life by jumping into a frigid Central Park lake to rescue her precious pooch. http://nyp.st/MkbQmj Kim Jong Un ordered execution of uncle’s entire family
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Murderous North Korean nutjob Kim Jong Un ordered the executions of the entire family of the uncle he earlier had killed, including women, kids and the country’s ambassadors to CubaCruz: Obama should apologize for ObamaCare during State of the Union
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Cruz said that, in addition to apologizing, Obama should offer fixes for the law." No deal, we're finishing what we started. The people decide our leaders, not you"

The tweet that captures the continuing crisis in #Ukraine. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25900267 Shooting reported at mall near Baltimore
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A gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in Columbia, Md., near Baltimore on Saturday, police said. NBCWashington.com reported that initial reports indicated that between one and four people A billionaire venture capitalist believes there are "parallels" between Nazis targeting Jews in 1930's Germany and American liberals criticizing the top 1 percent now.

He wasn't kidding and it's part of a larger phenomenon that's On the anniversary of the 1967 Apollo 1 launchpad fire, LIFE remembers astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, who perished in one of the worst disasters in NASA's history. http://ti.me/1aXMkMj

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Senior Obama advisor pledges executive action
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"We need to assure to the American people that we can get something done," Dan Pfeiffer said.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
Eisenhower
I hope all people remember these time when the GOP was turned into a joke of a party by electing these heartless people

Ed Schultz

Saturday, January 25, 2014

“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” Justice Antonin Scalia, explained. In a sentence the NRA and many gun rights extremists apparently missed, Scalia wrote that the Second Amendment is “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
You dont need an AR 15 for self defense


We dont see similar cases in Europe. Why ?

Friday, January 24, 2014


The RNC when Bush/Cheney was in office: expansive NSA surveillance is necessary for national security!

The RNC when Obama/Biden is in office: expansive NSA surveillance is outrageous and unconstitutional!GOP May Use Threat Of Default To Sabotage Obamacare
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Republicans may seek to tie a debt ceiling increase to legislation that could sabotage Obamacare with higher premiums, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (RWI) told reporters on Thursday. "There are issues withDuring Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pro life and pro Bushs wars is a contradction in term
Abortion is legal issue the SC decided not the Congress

Monday, January 20, 2014

JAPAN DOLPHIN HUNT

    And honestly this argument "dolphins are more intelligent than chickens" is pretty silly. I know humans less intelligent than chickens, should we kill them because of that fact?


    Emilia Bajena Just playing devils advocate here, I don't give a shat either way.

 Fascist Japan attacked China and Pearl Harbor and killed 3000 people

     Approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed legally each year in Taiji, Japan. The majority is killed at sea, but thousands are killed in dolphin hunts along coastal

    The killing of the animals used to be done by slitting their throats

     Fishermen in Peru slaughter dolphins to use as bait for shark fishing ...

    The Nanking massacre has emerged as a fundamental keystone in the construction of the modern Chinese national identity.


Nat Yap Tsunami please



    Julia Howes Oh, stop it.

    Like · 7 hours ago

    Elaine N Lala

    Write a reply...

Brenda Dunn I am guilty of thinking that this is inhumane, to corral dolphins for slaughter, but then I realized that we buy meat from our markets every day, supplied by people who corral animals for slaughter...which is the lesser evil? We can protest and point fingers at the Japanese for this horrible slaughter, but have you ever seen a beef or pork slaughter house? I have, as well as goose and chickens, and none of it is pretty, but if we choose to eat meat, then we need to understand where it comes from, and how...



    Nadia Sayenko the point is: they're both evil. One you pay money to see at a park and one you pay money to eat. they both had miserable lives.



    Magnus Hartig Well said, Brenda.

   


Lizzie Stones Glad this is getting news



Alvin Andzin They want money. They don't care about humanity to dolphins.

PERU ILLEGALY

The Nanking massacre has emerged as a fundamental keystone in the construction of the modern Chinese national identity.

Fascist Japan attacked China and Pearl Harbor and killed 3000 people

 Approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed legally each year in Taiji, Japan. The majority is killed at sea, but thousands are killed in dolphin hunts along coastal

The killing of the animals used to be done by slitting their throats

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The issue earlier reached the floor of the French parliament as a leading figure from the opposition UMP party accused the president of taking unreasonable risks with his security.
    Christian Jacob said: "The president is not a normal citizen during his term. He is the chief of our armies. He is the keystone of our institutions. His protection should not suffer from any amateurism.
    "The president should be aware of the level of responsibility that he exercises, be aware that his role is greater than his person, and be aware that he incarnates the image of France in the eyes of the world."

  •  In France, adultery has a certain air of Je ne sais quoi 'I don't know what'. I really hate this 'cultural tradition' it is repugnant
    Lack of bedroom discipline is universal among men. Western, Eastern or in between. Time to call out the bad behavior once and for all'

Monday, January 13, 2014

A British biologist who spent the past 30 years studying cat behavior is claiming that domesticated cats aren’t all that domesticated, and believe that their owners are “larger, non hostile cats” instead of another species.

According to Dr. John Bradshaw, cats live in a state of arrested development. In his newly released book Cat Sense, Bradshaw argues that unlike dogs, whose physiques and behaviors were modified by deliberate breeding programs, cats were never bred for a purpose outside of the purview for which they were already valued: catching rodents and being adorable.

The current domestic cat population remains in a semi-feral state, Bradshaw argues, because 85 percent of cat-matings are “arranged by cats themselves.” The result of remaining in this semi-feral state is that they behave toward humans as they would to other cats  but not just any other cat, Bradshaw claims, but their mother.

According to Bradshaw, the strongest natural bond in the repertoire of cat behavior is between a mother and her kittens. Purring is a signal to a mother that she should feed them, and the “kneading” actions that domesticated cats perform on their owners replicates how kittens stimulate the flow of breast milk.

In addition to “making bread,” other signs of arrested development in cats include the manner in which they approach their owners. The desire to rub against their owners’ legs, their presentation of their heads to be scratched, and the upright tail with which they approach their owners are “the clearest way cats show their affection for us,” Bradshaw claims. All of these behaviors indicate that cats consider their owners as they would their mothers, as a “larger, non hostile cat.”

Bradshaw also conjectures that cats bring their kills indoors not because they are attempting to share them, but because they realize, upon returning, that they prefer the taste of canned cat food.
A British biologist who spent the past 30 years studying cat behavior is claiming that domesticated cats aren’t all that domesticated, and believe that their owners are “larger, non hostile cats” instead of another species.

According to Dr. John Bradshaw, cats live in a state of arrested development. In his newly released book Cat Sense, Bradshaw argues that unlike dogs, whose physiques and behaviors were modified by deliberate breeding programs, cats were never bred for a purpose outside of the purview for which they were already valued: catching rodents and being adorable.

The current domestic cat population remains in a semi feral state, Bradshaw argues, because 85 percent of cat matings are “arranged by cats themselves.” The result of remaining in this semi-feral state is that they behave toward humans as they would to other cats but not just any other cat, Bradshaw claims, but their mother.

According to Bradshaw, the strongest natural bond in the repertoire of cat behavior is between a mother and her kittens. Purring is a signal to a mother that she should feed them, and the “kneading” actions that domesticated cats perform on their owners replicates how kittens stimulate the flow of breast milk.

In addition to “making bread,” other signs of arrested development in cats include the manner in which they approach their owners. The desire to rub against their owners’ legs, their presentation of their heads to be scratched, and the upright tail with which they approach their owners are “the clearest way cats show their affection for us,” Bradshaw claims. All of these behaviors indicate that cats consider their owners as they would their mothers, as a “larger, non hostile cat.”

Bradshaw also conjectures that cats bring their kills indoors not because they are attempting to share them, but because they realize, upon returning, that they prefer the taste of canned cat food.
Kerry, Kennedy top Clinton's traitor list
Clinton loyalists also listed Sens. Rockefeller, Casey and Leahy, according to a new book.Gates lied about his role in the Iran Contra scandalMcCain: Gates should have waited to write book http://trib.al/GPVvp4v
McCain: Gates should have waited to write book
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McCain said Gates was frustrated and "decided to really let loose."

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chris Christie's Bridge Scandal And The Collapse Of The Media's Straight Shooter Coverage
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The media likes to characterize NJ Gov. Chris Christie as a "magical," straight shooting politician. But new emails show that he might not be. How Bob Woodward Poisoned The Debate Of Bob Gates' New Book
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Bob Woodward turned Obama's skepticism about the war on Afghanistan into a scandal - and the media bit.
Progressive liberal media bias is just a myth right? I’d love to hear the corrupt media’s justification of 44 times more TV coverage of CHris Christie’s ‘trafficgate’ than Obama’s abuse of power and lack of holding anyone accountable over his IRS scandal (targeting his political enemies.) Personally, I’m enjoying see the media turn on fat boy after the fawned all over him last year because he hugged Obama during hurricane Sandy. But 44 times more coverage than the Obama IRS scandal? Please. To put things into perspective, there have been 88 stories on TV from the corrupt media about ‘BridgeGate’ from Jan 8th to the 10th. Since July 1st of 2013 to today, there has been a whopped *2* stories about Obama’s IRS scandal.
 The Tea Party saying the War on Poverty failed is like saying the Surgeon General’s 1964 tobacco warning failed. Lives were saved by both.

We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the public believes is false Former CIA Director William Casey

If this were Obama, Cuomo, or any Democrat, this would be the lead story on Fox all day for the next two months. Instead it will be about Gates noting that neither Obama nor Hillary Clinton are that into war mongering.
A war crimnal Responsable for the massacre in Sabra and Shatila in 1982 (up to 3500 mudrered )
He got off easy, he should have stood trial for the war crimes he committed
Sabra and Shatila documents revealed: Ariel Sharon feared indictment for genocide over Israel’s role

February 22, 2013
MEMO | Febr 22, 2013
Ariel Sharon initially refused to resign from his post in accord with the recommendation of the Kahan Commission of Inquiry into the massacre.

Ariel Sharon initially refused to resign from his post in accord with the recommendation of the Kahan Commission of Inquiry into the massacre.

After observing a moratorium of 30 years, Israel released on Thursday records and minutes of secret meetings held on the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre. The documents show that the Minister of Defence at that time, Ariel Sharon, feared indictment for the crime of genocide if Israeli officials’ recognized prior knowledge of the massacre in the Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Shatila, in Lebanon.Sharon initially refused to resign from his post in accord with the recommendation of the Kahan Commission of Inquiry into the massacre. He warned that according to his interpretation of the 1950 statute on genocide all the ministers of government at the time could be considered accomplices to the massacre.

At a cabinet meeting, convened on February 10, 1983, Sharon outlined his response to the Commission’s report saying;

Sharon "personal responsibility"

The Kahan commission found that Ariel Sharon "bears personal responsibility"

At first, Sharon refused to resign, and Begin refused to fire him. It was only after the death of Emil Grunzweig after a grenade was tossed into the dispersing crowd of a Peace Now protest march, which also injured ten others, that a compromise was reached: Sharon would resign as Defense Minister, but remain in the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio. Notwithstanding the dissuading conclusions of the Kahan report, Sharon would later become Prime Minister of Israel.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Bob Gates was the #2 person at the CIA when the Iran Contra scandal happened. He has never been forthcoming about that. Someone might ask him. By Tracey Webb Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 8, 2014. 1. Gates memoir fallout. The White House is pushing back against a new book by former defense secretary Robert Gates that includes scathing criticism of President Obama, top


  • Republicans love state rights
    For those that are screaming "STATE RIGHTS" should remember that states can't choose to disregard interracial marriages, nor can they vote to reinstigate segregation. Civil rights always trump majority opinion. No state can "vote" in a clear violation of the constitution, nor should they be able to.

Reagan and Bush I supported Saddam with WMD, Mujahedin and Taliban



    •     Abuse of political power and trapping people in cars and not allowing emergency vehicles. Lawsuits in 3. 2. 1 His era is over go away gangster

          Bushs wars, lies, thousands of civilian casualties, 42 million people without food, 6 trillion dollars in two illegal wars. Saddam didnt have WMD an Army and never attacked the US

          Afghanistan didn't attach us either and now those wars are Obama's Wars and If they are illegal then go tell the Democrats that voted to go to war. We are destroying Saddam's WMD in Syria as we speak, Iraq was full of Al Qaeda hence the name Al Qaeda in Iraq, most of the civilian causalities were caused by Iraqis on Iraqis. So as of right now you are batting a 1000 on being wrong and stupid

           

              Get in line for your law suit right after Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Failure to enforce the Laws of the Land, Failure to uphold the Constitutional Oath of Office, Changing legislation without the approval of Congress and the list goes on and on and on. Wait your turn and then you can sue the RINOs.

              Because Bush, Cheney, Rummsfeld, Bolton, Rove, Powell, Richard Clark lied about WMD
       
 Abuse of political power and trapping people in cars and not allowing emergency vehicles. Lawsuits in 3. 2. 1 His era is over go away gangster
  • G W Bush and his team created this monster Ron Paul said
     Get him out of there we need a new better president
  •  He knew, he knows, and he orders all of this and then doesn't have the guts to own up to it. Tells me he is nothing but a paranoid narcissistic idiot. HE thinks the rules do not apply to him!!!!!
    •  G W Bush and his team created this monster Ron Paul said

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The timing of Robert Gates' new book has raised questions: Do such insider histories have a chilling effect on the quality and candor of debate in the president’s war council? Did Gates break an unwritten code of loyalty to the president?
Loyalty’s short shelf life back in the spotlight
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Two and a half years ago, President Barack Obama gave his first defense secretary a surprise parting gift at an outdoor retirement ceremony held on the grounds of the Pentagon: The Presidential Medal of Freedom. “The Northern lights could be visible across the UK even in the south
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Highly unusual solar weather means conditions are ripe for seeing the aurora borealis light up the skies on Thursday evening'Cognitive dissonance and rhetorical flubs'
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Chris Christie's admirers came away from his press conference impressed, but it's worth taking a closer look at the substance of what he said.
Gov. Chris Christie has FIRED Bridget Kelly, the top aide responsible for crippling lane closures on the George Washington Bridge http://nyp.st/1a3mI0e$400M Social Security scam ‘a family affair’
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Scheming siblings and a married couple were allegedly in on the sickening Social Security scam in which retired cops and firefighters faked Sept. 11 trauma to score disability benefits, The…It was a family affair!

Scheming siblings and spouses were allegedly in on the sickening Social Security scam in which 106 retired cops and firefighters faked 9/11 illnesses to score disability benefits they didn't deserve.

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NSA

Bush created this monster

Jan Johnson Yea.. Papa Bush.. head of the CIA

Daven Jasonport 

And Obama extended and expanded it. Der. O could've stopped this whenever he wanted.

CIA asked him to extend the so called PA

Obama feed it and now we have the adult NSA

 
on Foreign Intelligence", whose duty is to conduct an annual review "identifying the intelligence required to address the national security interests of the United


National security interests

The foundation for the development of valid national objectives that define US goals or purposes. National security interests include preserving US political

The foundation for the development of valid national objectives that define US goals or purposes. National security interests include preserving ...The intelligence and the president the national security interests

President Obama is bringing a group of lawmakers to the White House on Thursday to discuss the NSA’s surveillance practices.

Lawmakers headed to White House to talk NSA

President Barack Obama is bringing a group of lawmakers to the White House on Thursday to discuss the NSA’s surveillance practices. Leaders of the Intelligence and Judiciary committees in the House and Senate are among the attendees, congressional aides said. In addition, lawmakers active on i

Bush created this monster

Papa Bush... head of the CIA

And Obama extended and expanded it. Der. O could've stopped this whenever he wanted.

CIA asked him to extend the so called PA

So the CIA controls this Pres, now?

And you still didn't touch on the "expand" issue. (The biggest issue, btw.)

Obama and CIA identifying and defining the national interests
It's Elvis Presley's birthday: He was born January 8, 1935. Here he is performing at the Forum in Inglewood in 1970.

Then-L.A. Times critic Robert Hilburn's review of Elvis' 1970 Forum shows: http://lat.ms/1lDbYdI

Photo: Los Angeles Times


Did Bush leave the Unemployment Bennies after 26 weeks, when it then becomes a Gift, Open Ended? Where is YOUR Liberal Limit Elaine??? How many Weeks? It's at 99 Weeks Right Now. I've yet to See How Many Liberal Weeks until Liberals say, "Enough"!!! Now some are relying on there unemployment,Because for Five years the unemployment rate has been above 7%,No work,No jobs and he takes his family to Hawaii on our dime,He could stay home and get to work on creating jobs and send that money to the unemployed instead of worrying about his golf game,Pathetic President!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Slain slumlord ‘owed more than $1M to loan sharks’
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The Brooklyn slumlord whose body was found smoldering in a Long Island dumpster owed more than a million dollars to loan sharks, in addition to the millions he owed in…Bob Gates Memoir Slams Joe Biden for Being 'Wrong' on Foreign Policy
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One of those details included in a New York Times review of the book, reveals Gates’ flat dismissal of Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy credentials.Grandson of Vail's founder killed in avalanche
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Anthony Seibert was killed and three others injured in slide near famed ski resortSpanish princess charged with tax fraud, money laundering
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Case against Princess Cristina, younger daughter of King Juan Carlos, piles further scandal on increasingly unpopular royal familyGov. Chris Christie, who signed the bill that allows undocumented students in New Jersey to attend public college at the same tuition rate as other residents of the state privately last month, held a public signing of a bill Tuesday in Union City .
NJ Gov. Christie Holds Ceremonial Signing Of In-State Tuition Bill For Undocumented Students
latino.foxnews.com GOP memo tells members how to sound empathetic about the unemployed
slnm.usSMOKING GUN: Emails Tie Top Christie Aide to New Jersey Lane Closing Scandal
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Top Christie staffer told Port Authority Executive it was “time for some traffic problems.”
Just In: Coakley, Patrick eye legal action against Obamacare website firm...

Coakley, Patrick eye legal action against Obamacare website firm | Boston Herald
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Is This the Beginning of the End for Chris Christie?
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Bridgegate has escalated into a genuine scandal for the New Jersey governor, who looks thuggish, corrupt, and utterly unsuited for national politics.The White House is disputing claims by former Defense secretary Robert Gates that President Obama has lost faith in his Afghanistan policy: http://usat.ly/1dUpmGQ

(Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP) Actress Monica Spear and Husband Shot Dead
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Former Miss Venezuela and telenovela actress Monica Spear and her husband Thomas Berry were killed in their car in Venezuela
An Arctic freeze has been sweeping across North America, taking temperatures as low as -40C.

@BBCNewsMagazine lists the dangers of the freeze and the measures you should take to stay warm.
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Massachusetts’ governor and attorney general said this morning they will not rule out a lawsuit against the firm responsible for the state’s botched Obamacare website.
Republican leadership in the House reminds membership that unemployment is "a personal crisis" for the afflicted
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Sen. Durbin to GOP: Put down Ayn Rand books http://j.mp/1hvTFH7

Sen. Durbin to GOP: Put down Ayn Rand books
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“I say to my conservative friends, put down those Ayn Rand books for a minute and take a look at the real world,” Durbin said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “If we can’t stand behind those who are struggling in li

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Food, heat, and jobs; we've cut them all
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For low income households which rely on federal subsidies to meet the cost of their heating bills, the so-called “polar vortex” couldn’t have come at a worse time...    BREAKING NEWS: 1 killed, 3 injured in large avalanche in Colorado via 9NEWS
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    One person has died in an avalanche near Vail; 3 others are injured. There is an active search and rescue to get to the individuals.
    Matt Renoux is working to get more information on this developing situation. All updates will be posted at this link as well as be in our newscasts today.
4 caught in avalanche near Vail | 9news.com
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NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

1 killed, 3 injured in East Vail avalanche
www.9news.comMississippi Senate Tea Party Challenger: 'Hip-Hop' To Blame For Gun Violence
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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the conservative challenger to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), argued that hip-hop and a society that It’s a cold, cold world: The lowest temperatures ever recorded on Earth
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Sure, North America is cold right now. But our planet can get a lot colder. South Korea urged Cambodia’s military to crack down on protesters to protect corporate interests
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Exclusive: As workers who stitch for A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Don't be a dictator: Erdogan edition. Last summer the Turkish leader said he wasn't a dictator. Here's 9 examples that say otherwise:

Parts of Ramadi the capital of Anbar province, west of Baghdad and all of Fallujah have been outside government control since last week.
Iraq delays assault on Al Qaeda in Fallujah as 29 are killed in Ramadi
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Iraqi troops will delay assaulting the militant held city, an officer said, citing fear of civilian casualties.
Reince Priebus on Hillary Clinton: 'Scandal surrounds her'
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“With all of the scandal around her I’m not sure it would be all that bad for the Republican Party, to tell you the truth,” Priebus told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.The Supreme Court Disappoints With Utah Decision
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Monday's order by the Supreme Court to "suspend" same sex marriage in Utah is, to put it mildly, disappointing.JPMorgan strikes deal with Feds over Bernie Madoff
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With the deal, law enforcement officials have agreed to defer any criminal prosecution of the bank as long as it acknowledges the facts of the government’s case, the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced Tuesday morning. No individuals will be charged Reince Priebus on Hillary Clinton: 'Scandal surrounds her'
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“With all of the scandal around her I’m not sure it would be all that bad for the Republican Party, to tell you the truth,” Priebus told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.Colégios estão proibidos de incluir material de uso coletivo em lista escola. Detalhes em http://ow.ly/sljYU Cast members of TLC's hit series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," including little Alana Thompson  a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, were reportedly injured in a serious car accident Monday night.

Multiple sources report Mama June, Pumpkin and Jessica, or Chubbs, were all also in the SUV that Sugar Bear was allegedly driving. Read more here: http://2wsb.tv/1czw0Rz


Pat Robertson: Global warming is a scam because there are no SUVs on Jupiter | The Raw Story
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Televangelist Pat Robertson pointed to the cold U.S. weather on Tuesday and the fact that there were no “SUVs driving around in Jupiter”  to assert that global warming was a scam created b Sheriff Lee Baca to retire at end of month
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he would not seek a fifth term in office and would instead retire at the end of the month
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Scalia opens door for gun control legislation, extends slow burning debate

Antonin Scalia: There Are 'Undoubtedly' Limits To A Person's Right To Carry Guns

“My starting point and probably my ending point will be what limitations are within the understood limitations that the society had at the time,” he said. “They had some limitations on the nature of arms that could be borne. So we’ll see what those limitations are as applied to modern weapons.”

Ultimately, Scalia said, any new gun restrictions will have to be weighed "very carefully,"

"I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms," he said. "But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities."
Rand Paul's bizarre, impossible Medicaid tale
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Either Paul is lying like a rug or he's being lied to by his kid..
'It is going to be cold enough to take your breath away'

As many as 187 million Americans shiver as a rare "polar vortex" means every state except Hawaii can expect freezing temperatures on Tuesday.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1a3pU8N

Hillary opposed Iraq surge for political reasons, Gates says in memoir
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President Obama "vaguely" conceded his opposition was political as well, Gates says.Pat Robertson: Global warming is a scam because there are no SUVs on Jupiter | The Raw Story
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Televangelist Pat Robertson pointed to the cold U.S. weather on Tuesday and the fact that there were no “SUVs driving around in Jupiter” to assert that global warming was a scam created by scientists.For Cheney, Realities of a Race Outweighed Family Edge
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Abruptly ending her challenge in the state’s Republican primary, Ms. Cheney, the elder daughter of the former vice president, cited “serious health issues” in her family.CNN CBS FOX Branco



JUST IN: Lindsey Vonn announces on Today Show that she will not compete in Sochi Olympics due to knee injury. More: http://on.today.com/19at9jN (Photo: AP file) How to protect yourself, your pets and your home during cold weather
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Frostbite can occur to any exposed skin in less than 30 minutes with wind chills in the -20 degree range.Today's #Dailychart looks at GDP change in the euro area. Germany's faith in Europe's single currency remains strong that may be because it has been one of the largest beneficiaries. GDP per person has risen by over 20% in Germany since 1999; that contrasts sharply with a 3% decline in Italy http://econ.st/1dd3yru Ukraine's anti-government protests are lumbering into their seventh week, with no breakthrough in sight. The crowds on central Kiev's Independence Square, dubbed Maidan, have shrunk. Participants insist that that is just because of the Christmas holidays. But fatigue and a sense of futility are surely also part of the reason http://econ.st/1f9gjVvUkraine's anti-government protests are lumbering into their seventh week, with no breakthrough in sight. The crowds on central Kiev's Independence Square, dubbed Maidan, have shrunk. Participants insist that that is just because of the Christmas holidays. But fatigue and a sense of futility are surely also part of the reason http://econ.st/1f9gjVv
Ukraine's anti-government protests are lumbering into their seventh week, with no breakthrough in sight. The crowds on central Kiev's Independence Square, dubbed Maidan, have shrunk. Participants insist that that is just because of the Christmas holidays. But fatigue and a sense of futility are surely also part of the reason http://econ.st/1f9gjVv

JUDICIARY
Scalia opens door for gun-control legislation, extends slow burning debate

Antonin Scalia: There Are 'Undoubtedly' Limits To A Person's Right To Carry Guns

“My starting point and probably my ending point will be what limitations are within the understood limitations that the society had at the time,” he said. “They had some limitations on the nature of arms that could be borne. So we’ll see what those limitations are as applied to modern weapons.”

Ultimately, Scalia said, any new gun restrictions will have to be weighed "very carefully,"


"I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms," he said. "But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities."
Craig Baker The supreme court is losing any claim to legitimacy. It is the operational arm of Faux Ewes!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.

  • Hector Hernandez FAUX NEWS, Mexicans citizens are taking matter in their own hands after government refuses to step in and help them agains organize crime. Also how about Mexican president giving wide open the way for oil corporations go to Mexico to take over what was.
  • Lori Nakaguchi Hector, the government owned PEMEX has been operating well below capacity. This could be good news for Mexican citizens, in regards to jobs and increased incomes.

  • They were watching Fox Fake News.
    Or sorry, your Holiness, we were in a meeting with your boss, lol.

  • Norton James