Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WikiLeaks releases mystery file

WikiLeaks released a mysterious encrypted file on Wednesday after telling its followers on Twitter to stand by for "an important announcement."

WikiLeaks did not identify the contents of the 571 megabyte file and it could not be opened without a decryption key, which the anti-secrecy website said would be released "at the appropriate moment."


Boehner Asks Obama To Reschedule Jobs Speech

Just hours after President Obama scheduled his big jobs speech at the same time as the first GOP presidential debate featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry, House Speaker John Boehner is asking that the President delay the speech by a day.


Secret files: US officials aided Gaddafi

Al Jazeera news producer Jamal Elshayyal recently gained access to the Tripoli headquarter of Libya's intelligence agency. Among the documents scattered throughout the demolished building were secret files indicating that influential Americans advised Muammar Gaddafi since the beginning of the Libyan uprising. Here is his account of the discovery:

The destruction by NATO airstrikes of Libya's intelligence headquarters at the heart of Tripoli has transformed the once-feared building into a symbol of how Gaddafi's regime has been all but toppled.

Guarding the compound are dozens of armed rebel fighters, some of them told me their friends and families went missing as a direct result of "intelligence" gathered by those who worked in the building.


Panel: Widespread waste and fraud in war spending

The U.S. has lost billions of dollars to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan and stands to repeat that in future wars without big changes in how the government awards and manages contracts for battlefield support and reconstruction projects, independent investigators said Wednesday.


Pair gets 30 days each for Levin pie attack

Two recent college graduates have been sentenced to 30 days in jail for putting a pie in the face of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Ahlam Mohsen and Max Kantar were handed over Tuesday to U.S. marshals after their sentencing in federal court in Grand Rapids.


Babysitting Bill: provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, compensation coverage, overtime pay, meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck

Assembly Bill 889 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will require these protections for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers' compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.


S&P; rates subprime mortgages higher than U.S.

Standard & Poor’s is giving a higher rating to securities backed by subprime home loans, the same type of investments that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, than it assigns the U.S. government.


Solar company touted by Obama closing despite $535 million from the feds

Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont, has shut its doors, according to employees at the campus.

"I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave," one employee said. The company employs a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website.


Flashback: Evergreen Solar files for bankruptcy, $58 million tax aid 'waste' of money

Bullying Law: Lunch-line bullies can be reported to the police via anonymous tips line

Under a new state law in New Jersey, lunch-line bullies in the East Hanover schools can be reported to the police by their classmates this fall through anonymous tips to the Crimestoppers hot line.

The law, known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, is considered the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation. Propelled by public outcry over the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, nearly a year ago, it demands that all public schools adopt comprehensive antibullying policies (there are 18 pages of “required components”), increase staff training and adhere to tight deadlines for reporting episodes.


Watching a green fiction unravel, Sun, not man, determines Earth's temperature

Experiments performed by a European nuclear research group indicate that the sun, not man, determines Earth's temperature. Somewhere, Al Gore just shuddered as an unseasonably cool breeze blows by.


West reconsidering membership in Congressional Black Caucus

Fed officials clashed with Bernanke over stimulus plan, minutes reveal

Federal Reserve officials clashed over how to boost the stubbornly weakUS economy, minutes of their last policy-setting meeting showed.

Details of the minutes from the Fed's meeting on 9 August show some favoured far bolder action than that taken, arguing for a third round of asset purchases, or "quantitative easing". They eventually settled on a pledge to keep rates near zero until at least the middle of 2013.


Israel deploys third Iron Dome anti-rocket battery near Ashdod

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday deployed a third Iron Dome anti-rocket battery outside the city of Ashdod.

"The deployment [near Ashdod] is part of a national emergency plan which I announced several weeks ago and is a concrete expression of defending Israel's residents from rockets and missiles," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.


Here Come The ‘Red’ Angels? Chinese Air Force Establishes Air Demonstration Team

Looking to demonstrate its growing military prowess and skill, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force is establishing the “Red Falcon” air demonstration team. They are also creating The Sky Wing Air Demonstration Team. As a point of national pride, all of the demonstration team planes are independently developed and constructed in China. Note: the insignia patches are half written in English, indicating that this team is intended for an international audience.

Osama bin Laden raid: last minute intelligence check raised doubts

The History network, in its "Targeting Bin Laden" special that airs in the US next Tuesday, said President Barack Obama convened a special "red team" of terrorism experts to take a fresh look at the evidence. That team had greater doubt that bin Laden was in the Abbottobad, Pakistanhome primarily because they didn't believe he would take the risk of having as many visitors as he did.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Obama tells audience there will be ‘hand-to-hand combat’ if Republicans win

The great “uniter” is at it again with his masterful use of words to “energize” his base before elections. Let’s see how the base is getting “energized.” Earlier Obama told members of the Black Caucus “We must guard the change.”After that we had a few more people getting beat up at political rallies by thugs. We have a DOJ whistleblower saying the administration plans on massive voter fraud, a massive investigation of voter fraud in Houston happening right now, and the Obama administration is also being investigated for using confidential taxpayer information in an effort to attack a political opponent. Sounds like they were already “energized” enough.


CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood

On Thursday, the iconic Gibson Guitar Corporation issued a press release stating that government officials raided their Tennessee manufacturing facility over warrants concerning the legality of the importation of wood purchased from India that they use in their world famous guitars. The wood-which is certified and regulated by the Forest Stewardship Council-is not illegal, but rather subject to a domestic law in India frowns upon the processing of this wood by non-Indians. (Gibson uses American labor for the processing.)


Congressional Black Caucus: Racist Tea Party wants black Americans 'hanging on a tree'

Obama's proposed regs would cost billions annually

President Obama told Speaker John A. Boehner in a letter Tuesday that his administration is considering seven regulations that would each cost the U.S. economy more than $1 billion per year, although he added that these rules are “merely proposed.”


Drunk police officer shoots at transgendered people

The D.C. police officer accused of drunkenly shooting at transgendered people has been punished at least twice before for alcohol-related incidents, records and sources said.

Charging documents released Monday described how Kenneth Furr crashed his Cadillac into another vehicle early Friday morning, stood on the hood of the victims' vehicle and shouted, "I'm gonna kill all of you."


Cop tasers and kicks compliant mentally handicap man

She's baack! Hillary Clinton questions return to Obama White House

They've started again -- the Hillary questions.

Will the once-vanquished first lady, who's been the solid voice of administration foreign policy since Day One, challenge White House incumbent Barack Obama for the Democrats' presidential nomination a year from now in Charlotte, N.C.?

Of course, she and everyone will say no, no, no -- until the day they might say, well, actually, yes.


US has wasted $30 billion on Iraq and Afghanistan contracts, report finds

The US government has wasted more than $30bn (£18.3bn) on private contractors and grants in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade - more than 15% of the total spend - according to a bipartisan group charged with examining the issue.


Libya: Rebels demand return of Gaddafi's family

According to a former bodyguard for one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, the Libyan leader is heading south via Bani Walid towards Sabha, the route also said to have been used by the members of his family who have escaped to Algeria.


IDF training Israeli settlers ahead of 'mass disorder' expected in September

The IDF has conducted detailed work to determine a “red line” for each settlement in the West Bank, which will determine when soldiers will be ordered to shoot at the feet of Palestinian protesters if the line is crossed. It is also planning to provide settlers with tear gas and stun grenades as part of the defense operation.


Surveillance photo shows officer in sex act

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has obtained surveillance pictures of a State Police officer having sex with a woman on the hood of a car in broad daylight.

State Police aren't saying anything about the photos, but KOB Eyewitness News 4 is pressing for answers.

Two weeks ago KOB reported a story about an officer caught on camera having sex while in full uniform, an act shown on security camera at the Santa Fe Canyon Ranch.


No one has made more money from climate change hype than Gore

The governor of a state under assault by the EPA takes on the patron saint of climate change over whether "warmers" or "deniers" benefit financially from the debate. Meanwhile, the nation loses.


Muslims satisfied with Barack Obama

A majority of U.S. Muslims are content with the nation's direction in contrast to many Americans and few Muslims believe there is support for Islamic extremism here, a survey released on Tuesday found.


Iran 'discreetly aided Libyan rebels'

Iran "discreetly" provided humanitarian aid to Libyan rebels before the fall of Tripoli, Jam-e-Jam newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday as saying.


U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford attacked

A video has emerged of U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford being assaulted by a pro-regime demonstrator on the streets of Damascus last week.

The assault took place before Ford's unapproved trip to the city of Jassem on Aug 23. Ford was present at a gathering of demonstrators who support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the Cham Palace Hotel in Damascus when one demonstrator ran up to Ford and tried to wrap him in a poster that featured Assad's face.


Obama's illegal alien uncle has valid Social Security ID, driver's license

President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.


WikiLeaks Leaves Names of Diplomatic Sources in Cables

In a shift of tactics that has alarmed American officials, the antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks has published on the Web nearly 134,000 leaked diplomatic cables in recent days, more than six times the total disclosed publicly since the posting of the leaked State Department documents began last November.


Comcast, CAA, DreamWorks among biggest biz donors to Obama campaign

The entertainment industry is doing its part to get President Obama re-elected, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics, as media-related donations account for $2.53 million, or 6.5%, of the campaign’s contributions through June, and the Los Angeles metro area — home to Hollywood — is tops nationwide in support, with residents donating $5.18 million (followed by New York City at $5.12 million.) According to the CRP’s OpenSecrets blog, top donors include the employees of Comcast, CAA, DreamWorks and Disney, who all participated in those big fund-raisers in Los Angeles that cost $35,800 to attend ($5,000 goes to the Obama campaign, the rest to the Democratic National Committee) but cost the rest of us traffic headaches in Century City.


'Austin Powers' actor convicted of torture

The actor best known for playing Dr. Evil's shoe-throwing henchman Random Task in 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was convicted of torture Thursday in Santa Ana, Calif. in connection with a 1990 Christmas Eve gang rape of a woman who was out walking her dog.


Unions ban GOP from Labor Day Parade; Mayor says pound sand

Liberty Dollars may be subject to seizure

Liberty Dollars held by collectors may be subject to seizure as contraband by federal law enforcement, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Secret Service said Aug. 24.

Statements by officials for those two federal law enforcement agencies seem to reverse the position taken in comments released from the United States Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, N.C., and published in Coin World in April, that mere possession of Liberty Dollars did not constitute a violation of any federal statute.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Save the Frogs: Our goal is to get frog dissections out of every U.S. public school by 2014

Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder and executive director of Save the Frogs, says one of the goals of the organization is to get frog dissections out of every U.S. public school by 2014.


NYT: Affirmative action for ugly people

BEING good-looking is useful in so many ways.

In addition to whatever personal pleasure it gives you, being attractive also helps you earn more money.

Why not offer legal protections to the ugly, as we do with racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and handicapped individuals?


Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton sought in fatal drive-by shooting

The FBI believes Javaris Crittenton, a onetime Los Angeles Lakers player wanted in an Atlanta slaying, is in California.

Authorities allege that Crittenton fatally shot Jullian Jones on Aug. 19 in the woman's driveway in Atlanta. Police have been seaching for him for several days.


MLK"s daughter: 'Lincoln remembered for signing Declaration of Independence'

Libyan rebels carry out reprisal attacks

Evidence emerged Friday that Col. Moammar Gaddafi’s retreating forces executed scores or even hundreds of political prisoners this week, even as victorious rebel fighters appear to have carried out their own abuses.


Al Gore: Global warming skeptics are this generation's racists

One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, or so says former Vice President Al Gore.


Obama's uncle arrested; 'Uncle Omar' almost hits cop car, held by I, tries to call White House

A number of media outlets have already reported that an illegal immigrant from Kenya by the name of Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested last week on Wednesday after he nearly rammed his SUV into a police car in Framingham, Massachusetts.

He was later charged with DUI among other violations. I spoke to Framingham Public Information Officer Lieutenant Delaney who told me that when Onyango Obama was asked at booking if he wanted to make a telephone call to arrange for bail, the Kenyan immigrant replied: "I think I will call the White House."


Flashback: Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango granted asylum

Friday, August 26, 2011

Class action suit says Florida Highway Patrol illegally tickets motorists who warn others about speed traps

When the Florida Highway Patrol pulls someone over on the highway, it's usually because they were speeding.

But Eric Campbell was pulled over and ticketed while he was driving the speed limit.


Massachusetts State Police shutdown twelve-year-old's green tea stand

“The police told me to pack up and go home,” he said. Or, more accurately I discovered after making a few phone calls, the town police swung by and wished him good luck, and then afterwards, “someone in brown” came by and made my stepson stop selling drinks at the end of our street, because this required a permit, and my stepson did not have a permit to sell drinks.


Indiana college bans National Anthem, words 'too violent'

Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the "The Star Spangled Banner: at all sporting events because the Mennonite school's president considers the National Anthem's words to be too violent.

The 1,000-student school had already banned the words last year, but the band could still play the music for patriots in attendance. Now, the school has banned the song entirely, according to NBC Sports.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Defense Department employee accused of $95,000 bribe

A U.S. Defense Department employee based in Afghanistan has been charged with taking a $95,000 bribe from a contractor after federal authorities said they found his backpack stuffed with cash.

Desi Deandre Wade, 39, of Climax, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday in Atlanta, where he had traveled for the Fire Rescue International Conference, officials said on Thursday.


More than three dozen BART protesters arrested in San Francisco after causing chaos for comuters

Iran to sue Russia over botched missile deal

A senior Iranian diplomat said that Tehran has filed a lawsuit against Russia after the latter backed out of delivering anti-aircraft S-300 missile system to the Islamic Republic, Tehran's Fares news agency reported on Tuesday.

Iran's Ambassador to Russia Seyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said that Tehran has filed a lawsuit against Russia with the International Court of Justice over Moscow's refusal to ship S-300 air defense systems to Tehran.


J.P. Morgan Chase pays $88.3 million to settle sanctions violations

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA agreed to pay $88.3 million in a settlement with the Treasury Department over a broad range of sanctions violations.

Treasury said J.P. Morgan Chase violated several sanctions orders related to transactions in Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Liberia, as well as broader regulations against supporting terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction between Dec. 15, 2005 and March 1, 2011.


Scientists find underground river 13,000 feet beneath Amazon

Brazilian scientists have discovered an underground river some 4,000 meters (13,000) feet deep, which flows from west to east like the country's famous waterway.


Astronomers discover planet made of diamond

Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.


Marines in Afghanistan banned from 'audible farting'

Audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange because it offends the Afghans.

I know there are many things in the Afghan culture that don’t seem normal to Americans and it’s hard to spend seven months working in someone else’s back yard. Still, the Marines I saw downrange are doing a pretty good job at trying to do the right thing around the Afghans.


Migration to UK rises by 21% despite coalition clampdown

The government's cap on migration to Britain from outside Europe is being more than offset by a renewed rise in migration from Poland and other EU countries, immigration experts have warned.

The latest annual statistics show that net inward migration - which Conservative ministers have pledged to reduce to below 100,000 by the general election - actually rose by 21% during 2010, to 239,000.


Libya conflict: British and French soldiers on the ground in Libya

British and French special forces are on the ground in eastern Libya, calling in air strikes and helping co-ordinate rebel units as they prepare to assault Sirte, the last coastal town still in the hands of pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces, a rebel officer has told the Guardian.


NYPD confirms CIA officer works at department

New York's police commissioner confirmed Thursday that a CIA officer is working out of police headquarters there, after an Associated Press investigation revealed an unusual partnership with the CIA that has blurred the line between foreign and domestic spying. But he and the CIA said the spy agency's role at the department is an advisory one.


Lawsuit seeks costs of Michelle's South Africa trip

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Air Force seeking to obtain details and costs of First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana June 21-27.


College to ask about sexual orientation

Elmhurst College put a question on its admissions application that won’t appear on any other school's application.

"Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”


Immigration rights activists arrested after entering L.A. federal building

At least six immigrant rights activists were arrested inside the Edward R. Roybal federal building in downtown Los Angeles this week after they entered the building and refused to leave, officials said.


Arizona Democrats 'furious' at special-ed teacher considering a run against Giffords

Anthony Prowell teaches at Liberty Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. Until recently, he’s dedicated most of his time to educating special needs students. These days, he’s become a local villain for his candidacy to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.


Man charged for shooting grizzly to protect family

A man charged with unlawfully shooting and killing a grizzly bear had so many supporters at his arraignment Tuesday in federal court that the judge had to move the hearing to a larger courtroom.

Jeremy M. Hill, 33, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to killing the animal with a rifle on his 20-acre property near Porthill, Idaho, at the Canadian border. He lives five miles from the closest grizzly bear recovery zone.


Cops confiscate cameras at Ohio Congressman's town hall

A congressman from Ohio had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting. Steve Chabot, a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to “prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds,” according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers.


Dog won't leave fallen Navy Seal's side

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations

The Obamas' summer break in Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year.


The History of Socialism, 'America has been hoodwinked'

Socialism is defined to be a modern system of economics where property and the means of production are controlled by the state; where it is said that socialism stands in contrast with capitalism and free market economics.


School pays students $100 each to not skip school

The city of Camden will be paying almost 70 high school students $100 each to go to school in the first three weeks of the year.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rasmussen: Obama 39%, Paul 38%

The president and the maverick are running almost dead even in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.

Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul earns 38% of the vote to President Obama’s 39% in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters. Fourteen percent (14%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)


Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson cites 'RACISM' as top reason for black unemployment

Rasmussen: 19% Strongly Approve, 45% Strongly Disapprove, Obama's lowest Approval Index rating yet

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 19% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26 (see trends).


FCC finally kills off fairness doctrine

The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.

Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts the last nail into the coffin for the regulation that sought to ensure discussion over the airwaves of controversial issues did not exclude any particular point of view. A broadcaster that violated the rule risked losing its license.


National debt growing at about $3 million a minute, $14,639,000,000,000

Swallow all liquids in your mouth before reading any further.

Updated numbers for the national debt are just out: It's now $14,639,000,000,000.

When Barack Obama took the oath of office twice on Jan. 20, 2009, CBS' amazing number cruncher Mark Knoller reports, the national debt was $10,626,000,000,000.


NATO prepares "humanitarian" occupation of Libya

Preparing to head off any potential counter-attack by Gaddafi forces, NATO powers are readying a “humanitarian” occupation of Libya with thousands of British and American soldiers, risking the possibility that troops could be sent into yet another quagmire to rival Afghanistan and Iraq.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Iran's centrifuges head to the bunker

In a further sign of Iran’s efforts to defend its nuclear program from the possibility of foreign attack, the regime announced today it is moving the devices that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, moving centrifuges to Qom was a “further deviation” from several United Nations Security Council resolutions that called for Iran to suspend all enrichment-related activities.


Iran punishes Hamas for not backing Assad

Iran has turned off the tap of funds to Hamas after the Islamist movement that controls Gaza failed to show public support for the embattled regime of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported.


Iran has started moving centrifuges to boost uranium enrichment

Iran has begun transferring centrifuges to its new underground nuclear plant site near Qum, the country's state-run television station reported Monday.


Outrage should be fast and furious

Where is the outrage from the right or the left about 'Operation Fast and Furious"?

Recently the president was asked by a left-wing blogger what he was doing about gun control and was overheard saying, 'We are working under the radar." Makes me wonder what he meant. What happen to transparency?


Past time for answers on Operation Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious, which was the Arizona version of a similar investigation called Gunrunner in Texas, was conceived and approved somewhere by someone around October 2009, and was tasked to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The goal was to allow “straw man” gun purchases in the U.S. and track the high-powered weapons to their expected destination, Mexico’s violent drug cartels.

What has resulted is the death of two federal agents, shot with guns traced back to these investigations, and the suspected murder of hundreds of Mexicans caught in the middle of the violent drug wars.


Obama to join unions' Labor DAy festivities in Detroit

President Barack Obama will join thousands of union members at Labor Day festivities in Detroit.

Obama will deliver remarks at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council, the White House announced today.


Ron Paul continues to be competitive against Obama in head-to-head polling

A new Gallup poll of registered voters shows 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul locked in a tight race with President Obama. Ron Paul is tightly competitive versus President Obama, doing better than a majority of the other Republican contenders. The poll gives Paul 45 percent of the vote versus the incumbent president in a head-to-head matchup.


Ferry runs aground after captain stuck in toilet

One member of staff managed to slow the island-hopping tourist ferry down, but the vessel, carrying 54 passengers, slammed onto a rock near the shore of Helsinki, the Finnish coastguard said on Friday.


Oregon city dumps mayor for not showing up for work

After several months without being able to meet with Mayor Brady Harrington, the Sodaville City Council voted unanimously Thursday to vacate his position and swear in council president Nick Heineck as mayor.

“In all fairness to Brady, he was out fighting fires during this time. He’s also been in school,” Heineck said. “But he was not available, and we could not gain access to him, because his phone (message box) was full.”


Video: 2 shot, 1 beaten at Raiders/49ers game BARBARIANS

Maxine Waters: 'Tea Party can go straight to hell'

Woman, 70, and terminally ill husband face losing their home for paying the mortgage too early

The bank told the couple they would have to first officially default on their $1,400-a-month payment.She wrote in a two-page letter that the payment due on Jan. 1, 2011, had been made in December.

The Bullingtons did that and entered into the modification plan, which reduced their payment to $916.

'In accordance with the Trial Payment Letter dated December 15, 2010, it indicates that if you are not able to make each payment in the month in which it is due, you will not be eligible for a modification under the Home Affordable Modification Program,' the letter said.


Ron Paul's birthday 'moneybomb' raises $1.5 million

Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s Saturday birthday bash has left the Republican presidential candidate with an additional $1.5 million.

The Texas Republican, who launched a “moneybomb” Saturday, raised nearly $1.5 million, providing him with a solid war chest as the campaign in Iowa continues.


Wall Street aristocracy got $1.2 trillion from Fed

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression included lending banks and other companies as much as $1.2 trillion of public money, about the same amount U.S. homeowners currently owe on 6.5 million delinquent and foreclosed mortgages.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Decline and Fall: The arc of the Obama presidency bends towards failure

Now more than halfway through his third year in office—with the economy flat-lining, American prestige evaporating, and public anxiety spiking—Barack Obama is the most vulnerable incumbent president since Jimmy Carter. The election is still 14 months away, but it’s not too early to see the broad outlines of the GOP’s case against the president.


Big Brother 2.0: 10 new ways that the government will be spying on you and controlling your behavior

#1 Are you ready for "electronic skin tattoos"? One team of researchers has created an extremely thin, extremely flexible "smart skin" that will open up a whole new world of possibilities. Wearing "skin-mounted electronics" might seem like a great idea to tech geeks, but it also could create a whole lot of new problems. The following is how an article in one UK newspaper described this new breakthrough....


Donald Trump's candidacy received three times more coverage than Ron Paul's candidacy

Donald Trump received over three times as much news coverage than Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) this year, according to a report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.


Warren Buffett's taxing the rich won't solve deficit, says tax foundation

“Even taking every last penny from every individual making more than $10 million per year would only reduce the nation's deficit by 12 percent and the debt by 2 percent,” the non-partisan Tax Foundation’s David Logan writes.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Other Republican candidates ride Paul's anti-Fed bandwagon

Texas Rep. Ron Paul has distinguished himself among Republicans in recent years by calling for elimination of the Federal Reserve. But now others are joining in with attacks on the Fed, The Hill reports.


Chart of the Day: Bush vs. Obama - unemployment rates and annual deficits

And things will not be any better when the 2012 elections roll around, Which means that — if you minimize the Labor union thuggery, the ACORN voter fraud, the MSM campaigning for and promoting the Democrat agenda, and activist judges trying to invalidate election results (all on behalf of Democrats) — Obama should lose this election by at least 12 percentage points.


Mike Peterson, Grand Forks, letter: Can Ron Paul win? He can - and he should

Hope is a dangerous thing, especially when the status quo is threatened and the call to dramatically change the way things work in this world becomes loud and clear.

I’d like to remind Herald readers of something that they and I already know but ignore to varying degrees: the corporate media lies to us every single day.


Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer: Obama acts like he's above law on immigration

Republicans are attacking President Barack Obama for acting like a “king that is above the law” in deciding to pick and choose which illegal aliens to deport.

“The Obama administration cannot get its amnesty schemes through Congress, so now it has resorted to implementing its plans via executive fiat,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.


HHS grants 106 new healthcare waivers, brings total to 1,472

The Obama administration granted another 106 waivers last month from part of the healthcare reform law — the first round of three-year waivers the Health and Human Services Department has approved.


The most awesome and awkward moments of silence on MSNBC

Obama HHS caught campaigning for Democrats

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent over one million taxpayer dollars promoting Obamacare in coordination with the 2010 mid-term elections.


Striking IBEW workers protest at Verizon exec's home; 'We're here to fight!'

'If you are a white, middle-aged American male, you might be a terrorist!'

In a hat tip to Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might be a Redneck” shtick, the Department of Homeland Security has instituted a “You Might be a Terrorist” campaign. It goes something like this: “If you are white, male (maybe female), and middle-aged…you might be a terrorist!”


Report: Islam has overtaken Catholicism in France

Troubling numbers and facts from Soeren Kern at the Hudson Institute:

“Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics.

Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. The mosque-building projects are at various stages of completion, according to Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the Muslim Council of France (CFCM), who provided the data in an August 2 interview with the French radio station RTL.


Reuters: Obama 2012 team would prefer to run against Rick Perry

Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry has at least some supporters in the Democratic stronghold of Chicago -- President Barack Obama's re-election team.


Wall Street firms donated $11.2 million to members of debt 'super committee'

MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to the 12 members of Congress appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The members of the so-called "Super Committee" are Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), and Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).


NASA: Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilizations

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.


Video: Brakeless driver imitates Fred Flinstone

A 24-year-old motorist with faulty brakes but determined to get home took a driving cue from Fred Flintstone -- using his feet -- but caused a pair of collisions, Roseville police said Thursday.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

New DHS rules cancel deporations

The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members’ care.


Nancy Pelosi heckled at town hall meeting,

NBC News' Maddow misleads on 'Meet the Press'

Here is the S&P Chief: America must curb entitlement spending

NBC News' Ed Shultz admits selective edit deception

Ron Paul wows concord crowd

Fresh off his strong second place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll over the weekend, presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, spoke to several hundred devotees of his campaign about the blessings of liberty, media bias, and the need to end the American empire.


The Obama collapse accelerates

Now that President Obama's political collapse has reached the Jimmy Carter zone, Mickey Kaus asks: Do the Truman analogies come before or after the Call for the Wise Men?


Video: Dennis Kucinich: Constitutional scholar Obama ignoring the Constitution

Do you realize that the government is still paying banks not to lend

One of the most outrageous "open secrets" of U.S. government policy these days is that the Federal Reserve is still paying big banks not to lend money.

And it's doing that while screwing average Americans who have been responsible and lived within their means.


Video: SEIU mob attacks shipping mall security guards

Judge rules Obama transparency lacking, WH visitor log subject to FOIA

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee, ruled against the Obama administration, Wednesday, finding that the Secret Service’s White House visitor logs are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. The non-partisan pro-transparency non-profit Judicial Watch had requested to see a complete list of who visited the White House between January 20, 2009 and August, 10, 2009.


Air Force discharging sergeant who doubts Obama

The Air Force said Wednesday it is discharging a hero of the so-called birther movement who refused to report to duty in Germany for a few days earlier this month because he doubts President Barack Obama's citizenship.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Study says it's official: The media is ignoring Ron Paul

According to the study:

"Paul's coverage also lags far behind (Donald) Trump (94 stories), who dallied with a run before opting out in mid-May and (former Alaska Gov. Sarah) Palin (85 stories), who has given no indication to date that she will enter the race. In addition, Paul trails longshot candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (44 stories) and Texas Governor, Rick Perry (33 stories) who only announced his candidacy on August 13."


See the study

Issa, Grassley tell Holder 'word games' won't do

Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley told Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter that the Justice Department, rather than live up to an agreement to provide full responses to questions about Operation Fast and Furious, is playing disappointing “word games.”


Read the letter

CA UC faculty to get raises, students fees up 10 percent, both call for higher taxes on the rich

Many University of California faculty and staff members will be getting their first pay raises in nearly four years.

UC spokesman Steve Montiel says $140 million will be handed out system-wide to non-union faculty and staff members who earn less than $200,000.


North Carolina mom with breast cancer loses custody of kids

Alaina Giordano, the North Carolina mother with stage 4 breast cancer who captured the hearts of thousands this spring with her grueling fight for the custody of her children, has lost the battle, and most likely the war. Her two children are moving to Chicago to live with their father while she continues her cancer treatment in Durham.


Russian company unveils 'bomb in a box' cruise missile system

A Russian company has unveiled a unique "Pandora's Box" cruise missile system which is deployed and can be fired from a standard 40-foot shipping container, from ships, rail cars or even off the back of a truck.


New stealth fighter jet to bolster Russian air force

Russia's new stealth fighter jet will enter service in 2014-2015, the country's air force chief said on Tuesday.

The Sukhoi T-50, also called the PAK FA, made its first public appearance at the MAKS-2011 air show near Moscow on Tuesday.

The plane, which is being developed in partnership with India, made its maiden flight in the Russian Far East last year.

"We will receive a T-50 prototype in 2013," air force commander-in-chief General Alexander Zelin told reporters. "Mass produced aircraft will not arrive until 2014-2015."


'Rise of the Apes' director: Film's hero inspired by Che Guevara

Here’s Rupert Wyatt, director of the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a recent interview:

“(The script) had become very different and much more exciting to me. It became less a story of domesticization of a pet and more about an uprising and a Che Guevara story.”

Here’s the Associated Press review of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”: “Raised much like a human child by a researcher, with help from a veterinarian, Caesar becomes a Che Guevara-style revolutionary, leading a rebellion of apes against their human oppressors.”


'Lone Wolf' attack is Obama's biggest concern

With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks weeks away, President Obama said on Tuesday that he remains most concerned about a "lone wolf" attack on U.S. soil.

- Law enforcement alert warns of lone wolf threats
- US steps up terror awareness campaign ahead of 9/11 anniversary
- Obama's feared "Lone Wolf Attack" could save his presidency
- Only a domestic terror attack can rescue brand Obama
- Obama warned that al-Qaeda planning ricin attack

Shocking video of mob attack on innocent biker

Shooting and vandalism might be union related

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is working to solve a case of vandalism that turned life-threatening.

When he stepped out of his front door, the man fired one shot and ran off.

King is the owner of the largest non-union electrical contracting company in the area.


Black caucus: Tired of making excuses for Obama

During a sometimes-raucous session of what's being called the "For the People" Jobs Initiative tour, a key member of the Congressional Black Caucus told an audience in Detroit Tuesday that the CBC doesn't put pressure on President Obama because he is loved by black voters. But at the same time, Rep. Maxine Waters said, members of the CBC are becoming increasingly tired and frustrated by Obama's performance on the issue of jobs. Even as she expressed support for the president, Waters virtually invited the crowd to "unleash us" to pressure Obama for action.


"Fast and Furious" guns found at 11 violent crime scenes in the U.S.

There are new details on the scope of violence surrounding thousands of weapons federal agents allegedly allowed to fall into the hands of criminals. The Justice Department reports "Fast and Furious" guns have been recovered at 11 violent crime scenes in the United States. Those crime scenes, in addition to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Dec. 2010, puts the total number of U.S. crime scenes connected to "Fast and Furious" at 12.


Ron Paul clobbers Rick Perry in latest poll

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is well ahead of Texas governor Rick Perry, according to the latest poll.

Answering the question, “If the Texas Republican primary were held today, which presidential candidate would you be most likely to vote for?” 22 percent of those polled selected Mr. Paul. Just 17 percent of respondents voted in favor of Mr. Perry.


Why the American media hate and fear Ron Paul

Ron Paul seems to be media poison. He came within nine tenths of a percentage of winning Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, yet featured in hardly any of the political coverage.

Ron Paul is a serious candidate with a real constituency, a twelve-term congressman who ran for the Presidency twice (as a Libertarian and a Republican). He is a doctor, a veteran and a fine public speaker.


Abercrombie to pay 'Jersey Shore' cast to stop wearing its clothes

“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans,“ an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson said in a statement. “We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response.“


Gerard Depardiue relieves himself in front of airplane passengers

"The attendant said 'I'm sorry, you'll have to wait fifteen minutes, [when] we'll be in flight. The toilets are locked'," Daniele added. Depardieu said he could not wait, unzipped his pants and proceeded to urinate on the carpet.

"You could tell he'd been drinking," the disgusted passenger claimed.


On day 938 of his presidency, Obama says he'll have a jobs plan in a month or so, after his vacation

OK, let's see if we can sort out this White House jobs package hocus-pocus because President Obama is counting on us not to. And no one wants to fail to disappoint him:

Last winter in his State of the Union address, oblivious to the gathering storm over the nation's national debt, the Democrat proposed massive new spending and loan programs -- he calls it investments -- to extend unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts and to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other union-made infrastructure kinds of stuff. He had a plan he would share soon.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Video: Verizon union strike grows hostile

Media hush on recall of Wisconsin Democrats

Wisconsin's series of recall elections concludes on Tuesday when voters go to the polls in two state Senate districts where Democrats are being forced to defend their seats.

Two Democrats who opposed Walker's anti-union bill and even fled the state for weeks in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a quorum and delay passage -- Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie -- will be defending their seats.


Obama blames Congress Republicans on bus tour

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to turn voter anger over the economy toward Republicans in the U.S. Congress as he courted rural Americans in a campaign-style bus tour through a key election state.


Rick Perry's campaign strategy: Become Ron Paul

Texas Governor Rick Perry has shown his hand immediately. His presidential campaign strategy consists of attempting to steal away Ron Paul supporters while the mainstream media aids him by refusing to even acknowledge Paul exists.


Virginia city towing cars of tax delinquents

A woman's car disappeared after she left it at a service station overnight, leaving her wondering if it had been stolen. It, too, had been towed.

Those residents all knew their personal property taxes were overdue, but they weren't ready for another $230 or more tacked onto their bill, and they didn't think they'd get towed after hours or on a Sunday.


British intelligence plotted to emasculate Hitler, lace food with estrogen

According to Secret Weapons: Technology, Science and the Race to Win World War II, by Professor Brian Ford of Cardiff University, British intelligence want to lace Adolf Hitler’s food with estrogen to turn him into a woman, London’s Daily Mail reported on Monday: “Agents planned to smuggle doses of oestrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary.”


Video: Ron Paul ad calls GOP contenders 'smooth-talking politicians'

State employees' union accepts wage and benefits concessions, no recall of Democratic governor

Members of New York’s largest union of state employees, in a begrudging acknowledgment of the increasingly hostile mood toward public workers, have agreed to accept major wage and benefits concessions sought by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The ratification was a critical victory for Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat whose plan to close the state’s budget gap relied in large part on a bet that state employees would be willing to stomach a freeze on wages and an increase in the cost of health benefits in return for safeguarding their jobs.


Leahy promotes bill to suspend U.S. aid to elite IDF units, human rights violations calim

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is promoting a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite Israel Defense Forces units, alleging they are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Leahy, a Democrat and senior member of the U.S. Senate, wants assistance withheld from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israel Air Force's Shaldag unit.


Paper declared 'enemy of Islam' and burned for publishing pork recipes during Ramadan

Internet e-mail reveals striking union's tactics against Verizon

"If they are you may first beat them repeatedly with a tire iron"

"A new mobilization is to get everyone in the habit of calling repair several specific times a day. For example, some at 10am others at 11am etc. to keep a steady and disruptive volume of calls slowing the companies ability to take real ones. Have everyone dial *67 first if they are nervous about their number being tracked."


As Congressman Darrell Issa chases Fast and Furious, the New York Times deploys smoke screen

On Monday the New York Times ran what can only be described as a hit piece against Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA). Written by Eric Lichtblau, the ostensive goal of the column was to demonstrate how Issa has supposedly used his position in congress to enrich himself, but my guess is that the real goal of the piece was to malign Issa’s character, thereby undercutting the momentum his investigation of “Fast and Furious” has gained.


Video: Tea Party activist confronts Obama on Biden's 'Tea Party terrorist' smear

Solar Panel Maker took $43 million in government assistance, moves to China

Aided by at least $43 million in assistance from the government of Massachusetts and an innovative solar energy technology, Evergreen Solar emerged in the last three years as the third-largest maker of solar panels in the United States.

But now the company is closing its main American factory, laying off the 800 workers by the end of March and shifting production to a joint venture with a Chinese company in central China. Evergreen cited the much higher government support available in China.


Evergreen Solar files for bankruptcy, $58 million tax aid 'waste' of money

Evergreen Solar Inc., the Massachusetts clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies from the Patrick administration for an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy, listing $485.6 million in debt.

The Massachusetts Republican Party called the Patrick administration’s $58 million financial aid package, which supported Evergreen’s $450 million factory, a “waste” of money.


30 taken into custody at 'Yes We Can' social club, prostitution, drugs, alcohol

St. Louis County police will release more information this afternoon about 30 people were taken into custody from a home in Bel-Ridge last week.


Obama 'HOPE' artist beaten up in Denmark, 'Obama illuminati' - 'go back to America'

Last weekend, Fairey - creator of the famous "Hope" poster that came to encapsulate Obama's 2008 presidential campaign - was beaten up after the opening of his exhibition at a Copenhagen gallery.

"I have a black eye and a bruised rib," Fairey told the Guardian.

Fairey claims the men called him "Obama illuminati" and ordered him to "go back to America."


Obama clashes with Tea Party member

President Obama came face-to-face with the Tea Party last night in Iowa, clashing with members during and after a town hall last night.


BART spokesman blames protesters for cell phone service shut down

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Chief Spokesperson Linton Johnson blamed protesters for leaving the agency “no other option” than to shut off cell phone service at some stations last week. The group No Justice, No BART had called for the protest following a string of killings by BART police.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Once a fringe candidate, Paul shaping 2012 race

Ron Paul, once seen as a fringe candidate and a nuisance to the establishment, is shaping the 2012 Republican primary by giving voice to the party's libertarian wing and reflecting frustration with the United States' international entanglements.


Police to file hate-crimes against black teenager in Wis. Fair flash-mob attacks

One African-American teenager arrested Wednesday confirmed witness statements suggesting that the large group of black teens, who had originally fought among themselves, specifically targeted white people as they spilled out of the large fairgrounds on the outskirts of Milwaukee at closing time. According to the West Allis Police, he said he personally picked out white people because they were "easy targets."


Rick Perry was a Democrat and Al Gore's campaign manager

Medina said: "Governor, you were a Democrat, having worked for Al Gore as his campaign manager..."

The Gore-y chapter of Perry's political life hasn't come up in a while.

We decided to explore Medina's two-part claim.

Perry didn't — and couldn't — dispute Medina's reminder that he was once a Democrat. Perry, whose father was repeatedly elected as a Democrat to the Haskell County Commission, won his first election, to the Texas House in 1984, as a Democrat. He won re-election in 1986 and 1988 before switching parties to challenge Democratic Agricultural Commissioner Jim Hightower in 1990 — a race that Perry won in an upset.


Will US follow EU over socialism's cliff?

We hear of Greek public workers retiring at 45, free European health care. It sounds good, until, as Margaret Thatcher said, “you run out of the other people’s money.”


Obama should accept blame for country

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, it’s clear we have a professional campaigner and an incompetent leader surrounded by his top 10 Harvard advisers with absolutely no business sense.


Gallup Poll: Obama approval hits new low

Obama registered 39% approval in the daily Gallup tracking poll from Sunday, which is made up of interviews of adult Americans from the three days prior to release (Thursday-Friday-Saturday of last week). It was also the first time the President has dipped below the forty percent threshold.


Rick Perry's vaccine push sparked backlash from left and right alike

Rick Perry's officially joined the cast of the 2012 Republican primary, which means it's time for national audiences to start reading up on his decade-plus tenure as Texas' longest serving governor. One word you're going to be hearing a lot about in the early running: Gardasil.


Harry Reid: The Tea Party will fade away

Is the Tea Party in its waning days of influence in Washington? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to think so.


Ron Paul remains media poison

Ron Paul’s name was not mentioned in this piece nor in many others. A Wall Street Journal editorial Monday magnanimously granted Ron Paul’s showing in the straw poll a parenthetical dismissal: “(Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.)”

But “close” does not fully describe Paul’s second-place finish. Paul lost to Bachmann by nine-tenths of one percentage point, or 152 votes out of 16,892 cast.


Vampire faces felony burglary charges

A man claiming to be a vampire faces felony burglary charges stemming from an incident early Saturday morning.

Lyle Monroe Bensley, 19, was charged with burglary with intent to commit assault. His bond was set at $40,000. He also was being held for observation.


Michele Bachmann rigged Iowa poll by buying "at least" 4000 votes

Bachmann, who finished with 4823 votes, narrowly beat second-place finisher Congressman Ron Paul who collected 4671 votes.

AFP reported that "It has been criticized as playing too heavily in favor of candidates that are well financed, since their campaigns can buy the $30 tickets for their supporters to attend and presumably vote in their favor."


CNN and Politico admit Ron Paul media conspiracy

GOP lawmaker's bill targets government help for bin Laden film

A Republican lawmaker from Kansas wants to prevent the administration from helping Sony make a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Stop Subsidizing Hollywood Act introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) would stop the Obama administration from spending taxpayer money to share information about the killing of bin Laden with Sony Pictures, which is looking to release a film about that event in October 2012.


NBC News' David Gregory: Washington politicians know more than American people

Video: Indiana State Fair stage collapse

Filling the holes in Krugman's analysis: Pay people to dig holes, pay more people to fill the holes

Although many free-market economists were aghast that Paul Krugman won the Nobel (Memorial) Prize in Economics, I have come to realize that he is every bit as brilliant as that august award indicates. For some time now, Krugman has said we are in "depression economics" mode, where the normal rules of scarcity and tradeoffs don't apply. In this universe, it makes sense to have one group of workers dig holes, and another group fill them back up. Sure, when all is said and done, there is nothing tangible to show for this effort, but at least it "creates jobs."


Gov. Andrew Cuomo flies home on state-funded aircraft, state-funded = taxpayer-funded

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been traveling by aircraft on the taxpayers’ dime - even when the trips followed statewide tours demanding government fiscal responsibility.


Ben Bernanke pledges to screw your grandmother for at least two more years

I wonder what goes through Ben Bernanke's mind as he sits in his gold plated boardroom in the majestic Marriner Eccles building in Washington DC and decides to screw grandmothers in order to further enrich Wall Street bankers. He just pledged to keep interest rates at zero percent for two more years.


Court orders Obama Justice Department to justify some of its withholdings on Black Panther scandal

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that a federal court rejected a claim of the attorney work product doctrine by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for documents prepared after the government dismissed its case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense on May 15, 2009, and ordered the agency to provide better justification for withholding those documents related to the aftermath of its decision to drop its complaint against several members of the New Black Panther Party who were accused of engaging in voter intimidation during the 2008 presidential campaign. The ruling came in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice, No. 10-851(RBW)).


Pakistan lets China see US secret stealth helicopter

Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples from the top-secret stealth helicopter that US special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden, the Financial Times has learnt.


Pat Buchanan to Warren Buffett: 'Set an example and send a check for $5 billion to the federal government'

PAT BUCHANAN: No, I’m writing a note to Warren Buffett. But look, I’m a little fed up with these people who come on, you know, their big op-eds, all these admonitions. Why doesn’t he set an example and send a check for $5 billion to the federal government? He’s got about $40 billion. You know, you had a plan up there, I talked to Howie Carr at Boston where the super-rich could contribute an extra amount. It was something like one-tenth of one percent did it. You get all this noise from these big rich folks. Let them send checks and set an example instead of writing op-eds.

Warren Buffett calls for higher taxation, will not write a check to the government

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.


Oakland officer shoots suspect in alleged assault and public urination

A police officer shot a male suspect in Oakland Friday night after he allegedly attacked officers when they attempted to detain him for urinating in public, police said.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Michele Buchmann wins, Ron Paul a close second at Iowa straw poll

Michele Bachmann has been named the winner of the Iowa straw poll, taking 4,823 votes out of nearly 17,000 cast. Ron Paul was a close runner-up, taking 4,671 votes and trailing Bachmann by less than 200 ballots. In a distant third place was former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who took 2,293 votes after investing heavily in the event.


"Women for Ron Paul" coalition to support Ron Paul

The Women for Ron Paul coalition is bringing women voters closer to Ron Paul and highlighting his strengths on important issues. The first group includes members of the healthcare industry, a natural alliance with the long-time physician now running for president. Paul is an Obstetrician and practiced medicine for many years.


American kidnapped from his house in Pakistan

Gunmen abducted the American, identified by the U.S. Embassy as Warren Weinstein, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday. The kidnapping is a reminder of the risk foreigners, and especially Americans, face in a country dealing with Islamic militants.


Turkey threatens to join international military action in Syria

Turkey has lost patience with Syria, according to Turkish officials quoted in the Hurriyet newspaper, and has issued an ultimatum to Assad.


SF Chronicle: Ron Paul wins Iowa GOP debate; Is right on Iran

The verdict is in - Ron Paul won last night’s GOP Presidential debate in Ames, Iowa. Much to the chagrin of the neo-cons at Fox News, the polls, and applause, overwhelmingly showed that the people thought Ron Paul won the debate. Fox News was even forced to take down its own poll from its website after Paul crushed the competition in a landslide. Readers can can view that poll here. This is the largest online GOP debate poll, and just under 30,000 Americans have voted. Ron Paul has received a whopping 16,188 votes thus far, which is more than triple the support of runner-up Newt Gingrich.