Thursday, June 30, 2011

Democrat Rep. Kucinich praises Syrian dictator on Syrian television

Despite Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich saying a Syrian media report "mischaracterized" a press conference he gave while on a "fact-finding" trip to Syria, video footage of an interview he gave on Syrian television while in Syria clearly shows Kucinich being deferential to and even laudatory of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Fed's massive stimulus had little impact: Greenspan

The Federal Reserve's massive stimulus program had little impact on the U.S. economy besides weakening the dollar and helping U.S. exports, Federal Reserve Governor Alan Greenspan told CNBC Thursday. 

Harvard study: 4th of July celebrations a Republican bias

A paper, titled "Shaping the Nation: Estimating the Impact of Fourth of July using a Natural Experiment," examines how important childhood experiences shape political views and behavior patterns later in life by investigating the impact of youth participation in Independence Day activities and adult engagement in the political process.

"Attending one Fourth of July before age 18 increases the likelihood of identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent and voting for the Republican candidate by 4 percent. It also increases voter turnout by 0.9 percent and boosts political campaign contributions by 3 precent."

Read the 40-page study here

FEC approves comedian Stephen Colbert's super Pac

The Federal Election Commission today approved comedian Stephen Colbert's bid to set up  a Super PAC.

Colbert was seeking to start the political action committee that would allow him to raise unlimited amounts of money from corporations, union and wealthy individuals.

PETA requests permission to decorate bin Laden compound

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said they had written to President Asif Ali Zardari, asking him to allow them to paint the compound walls with slogans reading, "Give Peas a chance - Go Vegan" and "Nonviolence begins on your plate."

The missing facts in President Obama's news conference

In a bit of class jujutsu, the president six times mentioned eliminating a tax loophole for corporate jets, frequently pitting it against student loans or food safety. It's a potent image, but in the context of a $4-trillion goal, it is essentially meaningless. The item is so small the White House could not even provide an estimate of the revenue that would be raised, but other estimates suggest it would amount to $3 billion over 10 years.

Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns

A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the specter of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes close to developing a nuclear weapon.

SF Chronicle: California online tax causes triple taxation

California and Governor Jerry Brown made a massive error in the formation of a California Online Tax, that amounts to triple taxation in the state for online S-corporations. 

Amazon ends deal with 25,000 California websites

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law California's tax on Internet sales though affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say.

California orders retailers to start collecting sales taxes

Beginning Friday, and other large out-of-state retailers will be required to collect sales taxes on purchases that their California customers make online.

"Many of about 25,000 affiliates in California, especially larger ones with dozens of employees, are likely to leave the state."

"The new tax collection - to raise an estimated $137 million a year in new state and local government revenue."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

North Korea to head U.N. Conference on Disarmament

On Tuesday, the United Nations again made itself an international laughing stock - except perhaps to the American taxpayers who continue to foot 22 percent of the bill - by appointing North Korea chair of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. 

Soros spending millions buying judges and Secretaries of State

Soros' Open Society set aside a cool $5 million for what they call "Judicial Selection." One of Soros' priorities is to replace elections for judges with "selection-by-committee."

Louisiana Supreme Court allows vehicle searches on a hunch

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday gave a green light to police officers looking to search automobiles without a warrant.

U.S. funds study on incitement caused by Israeli and Palestinian textbooks

The study, funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, seeks to provide the first rigorously empirical and objective analysis of how Palestinian and Israeli textbooks depict the 'other.'

North Korea shuts down universities, sends students to work in factories and farms

North Korea has shut down its universities for the next 10 months and send students to work in factories, agriculture and the construction sector as it struggles to rebuild its economy.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be forced to resign in coming weeks

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's irascible, unpredictable but devout president, may be forced to resign in the coming weeks as a political crisis far greater than the massive street violence which followed his re-election in 2009 threatens to overwhelm him and his court in the government.

Britain accuses Iran of secretly testing nuclear-capable missile

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Iran has conducted secret tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in violation of U.N. resolution.

Watchdog: We were right about Maxine Waters' trial delay

Nancy Pelosi was quick to refer the Anthony Weiner scandal to the House Ethics Committee. Yet other more substantial matters, like the Maxine Waters trial, have languished for months.

"I knew that once the Waters trial was delayed past the election that it might not take place for a long time. But Republicans con no longer blame Pelosi. They control the house. The Waters trial should proceed without further delay." Peter Flaherty, President of the National Legal and Policy Center.

Lennon was a closet Republican: Assistant

John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Corker: W.H. Libya argument 'cute', United Nations higher authority than Congress

Republican Senator Bob Corker took direct aim at a top State Department lawyer on Tuesday, questioning what he called his "cute argument" that President Barack Obama does not need congressional consent to carry out a military operations in Libya because they don't constitute "hostilities." "You've said the United Nations has authorized this and there is no need for Congress to act,..."

The Netherlands to abandon multiculturalism

The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.

UN backs Iran's claim that United States manufactured the Holocaust and the 9/11 attacks

The United Nations is defending its support for an "anti-terrorism" conference in Iran at which the "wicked" policies of Western powers were assailed and the United States was accused of manufacturing the Holocaust and the 9/11 attacks as pretexts to suppress Muslims.

Eight houses burnt by anti-Christian violence, two girls kidnapped forced to convert to Islam

Attacks against Copts and the abduction of young women continue in Upper Egypt. Last Saturday, in the village of Awlad Khalaf, hundreds of extremists set fire to Christian houses. Two Coptic teenager girls, 14-years-old Nancy and 16-year-old Christine, who disappeared on 12 June, were found by police wearing a niqab but with no cross tattooed on their wrist.

Iran test fires long-range missiles capable of striking Israel, U.S. bases

Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested 14 missiles on Tuesday, the second day of war games intended a show of strength to the Islamic Republic's enemies in Israel and Washington.

Democrats push ahead with DREAM Act, ICE offers new guidelines for illegal immigrant cases

Sen. Dick Durbin plans to make a full-court press Tuesday to revive the debate over a controversial proposal to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to legal status, as the Obama administration moves on a separate track to grant what some describe as "amnesty" to the same group.

Above the law, Obama films campaign ad in White House, possibly violating FEC laws.

NRO's Jim Geraghty raises the question of whether Barack Obama filmed a video for his reelection campaign in the White House, which may possibly be a violation of federal election laws.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Coming soon, the test-tube burger: Lab-grown meat 'needed to feed the world'

Scientist believe the product, beef mince grown from stem cells, could pave the way for eating meat without animals being slaughtered. 

Restaurant blogger jailed for criticizing salty noodles

The Taiwanese woman, who has only been names as Mrs Liu, enraged the owner of the Sichuan Flavour Beef Noodle Restaurant in the central city of Taichung after posting a negative review on the internet.

US minorities becoming the majority, census suggests

Non-Hispanic white children now make up the minority of babies born in the US for the first time, according to latest census estimates, highlighting demographic changes that could reshape US government policy. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Turkish and Syrian forces in tense cross-border standoff

Turkish and Syrian forces engaged in a tense cross-border standoff on Thursday as a fresh military operation against Syrian dissidents threatened to spark a major regional crisis.

U.S., IEA to release oil from reserves

Oil prices fell to a four-month low after the International Energy Agency said its members will release 60 million barrels of crude from emergency stocks, half from the U.S. strategic reserve, to offset production lost to the unrest in Libya, only the third time in its history that the IEA has intervened in this way.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Senate Democrats seek new economic stimulus

Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday called on Vice President Joe Biden to include new economic stimulus spending in deficit reduction talks as a way of lowering the 9.1 percent jobless rate that is hobbling the economic recovery.

Death penalty costs California more than $300 million per exectution

The full burden of the death penalty in California has been laid bare by new research that calculates that each of the 13 prisoners executed in the state over the past three decades has cost more than $300 million.

Man crossing into U.S. illegally shot dead after attacking border agents

When a man crossing into the U.S. illegally struck a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with rocks, a second agent fired his gun, killing the man.

Report: New York Times, Washington Post employ illegal aliens as reporters

My Life as an undocumented Immigrant by Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning  Jose Antonio Vargas

Democrat Rep. John Tierney's wife on house arrest for pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns for her brother

With his wife still under house arrest until August, U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney will be going stag to friday night's major Women Taking the Leader for Tierney fundraiser, spokesmen for the couple confirmed yesterday.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

Its' being called the "poop burger." Japanese scientists have found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces.

Medvedev says wants to see Obama re-elected

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday he wants his US counterpart Barack Obama to win re-election next year, fearing that the two men's efforts to improve ties may lose steam under a new administration.

Is it any wonder that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is now openly calling for Barack Obama's re-election?

When Hillary Clinton famously called for a "reset" of Washington's relations with Moscow back in March 2009, she should have used the more accurate term, "SURRENDER."

Jimmy Carter: Time to end War on Drugs

The failure of marijuana prohibition and its inherent hypocrisy are certainly becoming clearer than ever these days, and the discussion is starting to include some pretty big names.

Dot com shake-up paves way for 'hundreds of new addresses'

A new host of web address have been approved by the internet domain regulatory body, which will see domain names end in almost any word, as opposed to the standard .com suffix.

VIDEO: Cheating husband beaten up by wife in India

Singer Bublé to fund campaign to identify Vancouver rioters

Crooner Michael Bublé is financing a new ad campaign to hunt down the vandals from last week's Vancouver hickey riots, vowing to help the police make arrests and to make sure the guilty parties receive "a very, very special round of applause."

Artificial meat could slice emissions, say scientists

Meat grown artificially in labs will be a greener alternative for consumers who can't bear to go vegetarian but want to to cut the environmental impact of their food, according to new research.

U.S. denies spy from attending his father's funeral

The White House on Monday spurned requests to allow convicted spy Jonathan Pollard to attend his father's funeral in Indiana

Friday, June 17, 2011

VIDEO: Democrat Rep.: We need 'analysis of how Christian militant ... might bring down the country'

At a congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said that investigators needed to analyze Christian militants in America because they too might try to "bring down the country."

Exposed cover-up: The secret guns sting that backfired on the US

A mixture of arrogance, over-confidence, and staggering ineptitude by the Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] was outlined in a 51-page investigation by two Republican members of a House panel charged with getting to the bottom of what went wrong during a  two-year operation called "Fast and Furious."

Kids lemonade stand is shut down, fined $500

A county inspector ordered the Marriott and Augustine kids to shut down the stand they set up on Persimmon Tree Rd., right next to Congressional. And after they allegedly ignored a couple of warnings, the inspector fined their parents $500.

Russian President: Government role in economy has to be cut

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday condemned the government's heavy hand in the economy and the centralization of power at the Kremlin, comments sees as a challenge to the legacy of his powerful predecessor, Vladimir Putin. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pakistani teen tells of his recruitment, training as suicide bomber

Arshad Khan is one of countless young boys recruited by a network of Taliban commanders.

Necklace ban for men as Tehran's 'moral police' enforce dress code

Iranian men have been banned from wearing necklaces in the latest crackdown by the Islamic regime on "un-Islamic" clothing and haircuts.

Daniel Ellsberg, other whistleblowers want Obama's 'transparency award' rescinded

A large group of noted whistleblowers--including Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the Pentagon Papers--has written an open letter asking that the "transparency award" given to President Obama by five open government organizations in March be rescinded.

Liberal states New York and California come out at the bottom of individual freedoms study

New York, New Jersey and California are the least free in the U.S., based on an index of public policies affecting your individual freedoms. The rankings are based economic, social and personal freedoms of Americans - and include measures such as taxes, government spending and regulations.

American Medical Association may withdraw support for health insurance mandate

One might say they made their bed, now let them lie in it because they were bought off by Democrats who promised not to cut their Medicare reimbursements if they came out in favor of Obamacare. A divided American MEdical Association will consider withdrawing its support of a key tenet of the health overhaul law that requires Americans to purchase an insurance plan.

VIDEO: Fight breaks out on California Assembly floor during budget talks

A small fight between Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena) and Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) broke out on the Assembly floor, Wednesday afternoon. 

International Energy Agency fears higher emissions if nuclear power is cut

The International Energy Agency has warned that the world faces higher energy costs, more carbon emissions and greater supply uncertainty if it turns its back on nuclear.

Obama puts unions ahead of a healthy economy, free trade

President Obama claims that the wants to "create jobs," and is happily touting several policies that he claims will create jobs in this jobless, non-recovery. Unfortunately, all his polices really do is shore up the high cost unions that kill job growth. As GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell says, Obama has "relentlessly pursued an agenda that is radically opposed" to job growth. 

Google and Obama team have special ad deal, GOP alleges

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (RNSC) is claiming that Google and President Barack Obama's campaign team have a special online ad deal that the famously Democratic-learning company reportedly denied to Republicans. 

Report: Egypt's al-Karama party wants to cancel peace treaty with Israel

The Egyptian al-karama party, whose leader plans to run in the upcoming presidential elections, has said the cancellation of the Camp David Accords is its top priority, according to a report by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm on Thursday.

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