Dem: Obama Ready To Ignore Congress If Veto On Iran Deal Is Overridden - 'So, number one, ignore U.S. statute'
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For weeks now, Republicans have attacked Democrats for voicing support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, in particular faulting the DCCC for standing up for them. And the incidents of violence and excess have led some neutral commentators to predict that Dems will pay a political price if they align themselves with the movement.
So it’s interesting to see that the DCCC is sticking by Occupy Wall Street. Indeed, the DCCC is now raising money off that recent report of a GOP-connected corporate lobbying firm’s proposed smear campaign against the movement. Nancy Pelosi has authored a DCCC fundraising email that presents this as proof that Republicans are on the side of Wall Street and against Dems and the protesters...
There’s a fair argument to be had over whether it’s helpful to try to channel the movement’s energy — which was born of a critique of both parties — to target one party, on behalf of the other.
But the bottom line here is that national Dems are not flinching from defending the protests, and are clearly aligning themselves with its overall critique and its goals, despite conventional wisdom holding that doing this risks immediate political self-immolation.
"clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness,"Herman Cain had refused to sign their pledge. Which early on had included wording about how black children were more likely to born to two parents under slavery then they are today. That language had been removed, but Cain had elected not to sign on to the pledge. The pledge also included language on staying true to your spouse and many other push button issues for conservatives:
“all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence”I personally found this part of the pledge to be infuriating. I am not for pornography in any way shape or form, but it is constitutionally protected. As such signing this pledge the candidates are saying they are willing to ignore the constitution, which is unacceptable. So I say good for Herman Cain for not signing this pledge.
A long-running war between Democrats and Republicans over Bush-era tax cuts doomed the debt supercommittee's chances of reaching a deal. Efforts to overhaul the tax code may await the same fate as both parties gear up to make taxes a central issue in the 2012 elections.Please bookmark!
Republicans insisted during the supercommittee negotiations that curbing tax breaks to raise revenues be coupled with guarantees that all the Bush tax cuts would continue beyond 2012. The tax cuts, which affect families at every income level, were enacted under President George W. Bush and were extended through 2012 under President Barack Obama.
Republicans for years have bashed Democrats as eager to raise taxes — a theme they will employ often in next year's elections — so they weren't about to agree to a tax hike unless they also could take credit for preventing a huge tax increase scheduled to take effect in 2013.
Democrats countered that the supercommittee was created to reduce the budget deficit, not add to it by extending tax cuts. Most Democrats, including Obama, want to extend the Bush tax cuts only to individuals making less than $200,000 a year and married couples making less than $250,000.
But Mr. Erdogan’s comments were notable nonetheless for his explicit language; he likened Mr. Assad to the self-delusional dictators of history who have met violent and messy ends, most recently Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya.This is a big step diplomatically, and Turkey is also pressuring its allies to isolate Assad. Whether this will come to anything is still in doubt.
“Just remove yourself from that seat before shedding more blood, before torturing more and for the welfare of your country as well as the region,” Mr. Erdogan said of Mr. Assad in a televised statement at his party meeting in Ankara.
Several family members called out 'we love you" to Rezko as he was led away.
"That's what an honest man deserves in this country!" one relative shouted outside the courtroom.
When others tried to quiet her, she said: "I don't care, put me in with him!"
Rezko was convicted by a federal jury of extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a Blagojevich confidant. More than two years later, in October 2010, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud over the bogus sale of his pizza restaurants. He still faces sentencing for that conviction as well.
Rezko's lawyers have argued that the harsh conditions he endured since his incarceration have been unprecedented for a white-collar defendant and are a key reason why he should not spend any more time behind bars. While at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago and a jail in Dodge County, Wis., Rezko was often allowed just one hour a day outside his cell, had meals pushed through a slot and was not able to breathe fresh air or see sunlight, they have said.
The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn't political.But I guess I shouldn't expect much better from NBC or the AP for that matter.
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter) according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
The GDP estimates released today are based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.5 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).
The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from
personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, exports, and federal government spending that were partly offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.
The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected accelerations in PCE and in nonresidential fixed investment, a smaller decrease in state and local government spending, a deceleration in imports, and an acceleration in exports that were partly offset by a larger decrease in private inventory investment.
There are many ways for Congress to frustrate the American people. A high-profile failure to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, for example. But declaring pizza sauce a vegetable? That, it turns out, might work even better.Please bookmark!
Congress passed a revised agriculture appropriations bill last week, essentially making it easier to count pizza sauce as a serving of vegetables. The move has drawn widespread outrage from consumer advocates and pundits, who see “pizza is a vegetable.” as outlandish.
There’s just one little misperception: Congress didn’t declare pizza to be a vegetable. And, from a strictly nutritional standpoint, there’s decent evidence that lawmakers didn’t exactly bungle this decision.
Let’s revisit the facts: Despite what one might expect from the headlines, if you scour the agriculture appropriations bill, referenced in numerous stories, you won’t find a single mention of the word “pizza,” or even “vegetable,” for that matter.
This is not a fight over pizza. It is, instead, a fight about tomato paste. Specifically, it’s a fight about how much of the product counts as one serving of vegetables.
Right now, tomato paste gets a sort of special treatment under school lunch regulations. Just “an eighth of a cup of tomato paste is credited with as much nutritional value as half a cup of vegetables,” my colleague Dina ElBoghdady explained last week.
The Obama administration guidelines, outlined in January, would have nixed tomato paste’s extra credit, counting a half cup as a half cup.
Former Governor Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ) might have outsmarted himself as head of MF Global. A bankruptcy trustee today said that as much as $1.2 billion in customers' funds is missing.
Jon Corzine took over as head of MF Global shortly after he stepped down as Governor of New Jersey. During that time, he bet heavily on European sovereign debt. As those debts started to go bad, he co-mingled customers' settlement cash with the firm's own cash.
On October 29, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Inc.) reported that the New York subsidiary of MF Global was short $600 million in customers' accounts. Two days later, the entire firm declared bankruptcy. Four days after that, Corzine resigned. And today, three weeks after the initial bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee reported that the shortfall was double what he had thought. (See also here.)
Where's the money? Does Jon Corzine have it?
Where's the money? The bankruptcy trustee is trying to find that out. But even a week ago, the Associated Press pointed out that the bankrupt firm might sue Corzine to "claw back" the salary and bonuses it paid him during his tenure as its CEO.
Did he out-and-out steal that money? Ann Barnhardt, of Barnhardt Capital Management, thinks so. (She has ceased operations now, saying that the entire commodity futures-and-options market is worse than a gambling casino. "Russian Roulette" is the metaphor she chose.) The FBI is now looking into possible criminal charges. That might be why Fox News Channel said today that Corzine could be in "Bernie Madoff-style trouble."
|Here's looking at you, Scumbag!|
In his new book, "Time To Get Tough" - Donald Trump does one of the things critics said he would never do in his flirting with running for president -- and that is disclose his financial statement.
Trump also says he hasn't ruled getting into the race later, and recently added especially if Republicans choose the "wrong candidate."
Fox News obtained a copy of the book, and in the Afterword section, Trump writes on his finances:
"I was so close (to running) that I had already prepared the Public Financial Disclosure Report required of a presidential candidate. That's a big deal because the Trump Organization is a private company, and people don't know what I'm really worth. So, I had the independent firm Predictive, which is used by government agencies and top companies like GM, Visa, Pfizer, and others, prepare valuations on branding, and we filled out the other areas of the long and complex presidential Public Financial Disclosure Report."
The 'Occupy' camp at the Cathedral is part of a series of protests in cities across the globe which aim to highlight the inequalities caused by mismanagement of the economy.
Demonstrators have been camped outside St Paul’s since October 15 after an attempt to occupy the nearby London Stock Exchange failed.
Since then the camp has become littered with human waste and graffiti, while alcohol and drug use are rife, according to the 88-page report.
Parts of the dossier come from registrar of St Paul’s, Nicholas Cottam, who wrote to a Corporation official outlining the disruptions faced by the cathedral.
Mr Cottam wrote: ‘Desecration: - graffiti have been scratched and painted on to the great west doors of the cathedral, the chapter house door and most notably a sacrilegious message painted on the restored pillars of the west portico.
‘Human defecation has occurred in the west portico entrance and inside the cathedral on several occasions.’
|To OWS, this is a bathroom|
The "time has come" to deal with Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday, refusing to rule out military action to curb the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions.Please bookmark!
Barak, speaking on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS program, indicated that Israel's patience was wearing thin -- and provided an ominous response when asked about the growing speculation of an Israeli military strike.
"I don't think that that is a subject for public discussion," he said. "But I can tell you that the IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the publics, and people understand that the time has come."
The International Atomic Energy Agency published a report on November 8 saying there was "credible" information that Iran was carrying out "activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."
On Friday the IAEA's board passed a resolution condemning Iran's nuclear activities, but stopped short of reporting Tehran to the United Nations and issuing no deadline for compliance.
[Any President] knows that he'll be able to keep office even if he keeps our concentration camps open and habeas corpus shut down.And some dumbass agrees:
Give them a reason and an excuse. The concentration camps have already been built in the USA. Give them a reason and an excuse.And a good dose of paranoia and calling the police Nazis from these posts:
Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was killed in a stabbing in Rotterdam, a Dutch TV station reported Monday.
NOS-TV said Halman's family had confirmed his death.
The 24-year-old Halman hit .230 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs in 35 games last season.
Officials declined to elaborate, but the New York Times said the case involved the arrest of a man planning to build and detonate a bomb in New York with government workers as the target.
The person told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old man was acting as a lone wolf and was taken into custody Saturday. He allegedly was inspired by al-Qaida, although his citizenship was not immediately known.
A news conference by the mayor, police commissioner, and Manhattan district attorney was scheduled for Sunday evening.
A key Occupy Wall Street leader and another protester who leads a double life as a businessman ditched fetid tents and church basements for rooms at a luxurious hotel that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” The Post has learned.
The $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown last week hosted both Peter Dutro, one of a select few OWS members on the powerful finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who not only secretly took part in protests during a week-long business trip but offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.
“Tents are not for me,” he confessed, when confronted in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel where sources described him as a “repeat” guest.
Spitzer, 24, an associate at financial-services giant Deloitte, which netted $29 billion in revenue last year, admitted he joined the protest at Zuccotti Park several times.
“I’m staying here for work,” said Spitzer, dressed down in a company T-shirt and holding a backpack and his suitcase. “I do finance, but I support it still.”
|They "Occupy" a Plush Bed|
Technically then, across the country couldn't us as citizens arrest individual officers who are so blatantly disrupting the peace and brutalizing the people?And (using Wikipedia as a reference):
So, I'm wondering if it might be possible to perform a citizen's arrest if these kind of events happen in the future.Unfortunately for OWS, but as expected, the facts do not back them up. In particular, in Hudson v. Commonwealth, it was decided that the definition of a citizen's arrest is as follows:
Some quick research on Wiki says that any citizen (in most states) can arrest someone for committing a felony.
Is a felony occurring during these break ups? How do we enforce or leverage a citizen's arrest?
[A]n arrest of a private person by another private person on grounds that a public offense was committed in the arrester's presence.In other words, an average person can arrest another average person, but they cannot arrest a police officer.
Opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy has a lead of about 15 percentage points, latest polls showed, sufficient to secure an absolute majority in parliament and a free hand to reform.For more coverage, here is El Pais's coverage.
Spain would thus become the last of the so-called periphery eurozone nations to ditch its government after the debt storm toppled rulers of Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Italy.
At least two rocket-propelled grenades have hit the building of Syria's governing Baath Party in the capital Damascus, residents and activists say.Very interesting....
One witness said security forces had blocked off the square where the office is located, while smoke was seen rising from the building.
EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.Please bookmark!
Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.
“The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.
“If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”
NHS health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 litres per day.
Economists are warning of dire consequences if US politicians fail to make progress this weekend in tense talks aimed at reducing America's massive deficit ahead of a Wednesday deadline.Please bookmark!
The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation's deficit by the middle of next week. Failure to do so will trigger an automatic "sequester" that will make cuts of that size to defence and social welfare programmes starting in 2013. But the two sides seem far from finding a solution after clashing over tax revenues.
While Wednesday is the official deadline for the supercommittee to report back, it has until Monday to tell the Congressional Budget Office about the impact any plan they send to Congress will have on the budget.
"Time is running out. What I can say is we are leaving no stone unturned, negotiations continue and we are looking to find a way. We recognise what's at stake and we're hoping to reach an agreement," Democrat committee member Chris Van Hollen told CNN Friday.
Failure to reach an agreement on what is essentially a small reduction on the deficit – just 0.7% of gross domestic product in 2013 – could trigger another rating's agency downgrade, warned economists including Paul Ashworth, chief North American economist at Capital Economics.
"With all this pressure to reach an agreement, it really doesn't look good if they can't find a solution," said Ashworth.
|That's right, genius. Rush into a crowd of officers and then raise your hands|
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the fugitive son of Libya's deceased former dictator, has been arrested in southern Libya, according to offcials from the country's new government.
Muammar Gaddafi's second and highest-profile son was captured along with several bodyguards by fighters near the town of Obari in Libya's southern desert , said the interim justice minister and other officials.
Saif was said to be in good health, said the justice minister Mohammed al-Alagy, although there were unconfirmed reports that he was wounded and is recovering in hospital.
"We have arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in [the] Obari area," the minister told Reuters.
He was captured near the southern city of Sabha with two aides trying to smuggle him out to neighbouring Niger, militia commander Bashir al-Tayeleb said.
Technology is used to control you from the invention of TV to the atom bomb and the next invention to be used is the smartphone. Next invention will be the chipimplant which will promiss a life of heavensand without it you are lost.You would think that an absolutely insane post like this would be lambasted or, at least, laughed at. Nope. In fact, OWS is in complete agreement with this nutjob with comments such as:
"One of the reasons behind this difference is that Bashar al-Assad is against the American and Israeli presence and his attitudes are clear, not like those who collapsed before him, or will collapse," said the statement released by his office in the city of Najaf, reiterating points Sadr made in August.
"Some of your lands are still occupied," Sadr said, referring to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which the Jewish state seized from Syria in 1967.
Days after losing the job he held for nearly a half century, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer.Please bookmark!
Scott Paterno, the Hall of Fame coach's son, said in a statement provided Friday to The Associated Press that his father's doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will make a full recovery.
The news came shortly after Penn State said the NCAA would look into the school's handling of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was fired by the board of trustees Nov. 9 for failing to do more about an abuse allegation against Sandusky than report it to his superiors.
"Last weekend, my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness," Scott Paterno said in the brief statement. The doctor's visit came the same weekend the school played its first game since the 1960s without Paterno leading the Nittany Lions. Penn State lost, 17-14 to Nebraska.
"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said.
Earlier Friday, The Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre reported that Paterno had been seen Wednesday visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center and was treated for an undisclosed ailment and released.
I know I don't usually send you emails, but Joe has a birthday coming up this Sunday, and I'm trying something new.She then fails to explain why anyone should care about a e-card that is clearly just campaign spam. However, she does make it abundantly clear the the Obama Campaign is desperate.
The First Family and I are putting together a special card for him, and we'd like as many supporters of this campaign as possible to add their names and messages for Joe.
|Joe Biden: Birthday Boy|
From: Jill Biden (firstname.lastname@example.org)Thanks Jill. (Click. Delete).
Subject: Sign Joe's card
To: "XXXXXXX XXXXXX" (email@example.com)
Date: Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:04 PM
I know I don't usually send you emails, but Joe has a birthday coming up this Sunday, and I'm trying something new.
The First Family and I are putting together a special card for him, and we'd like as many supporters of this campaign as possible to add their names and messages for Joe.
Because the year ahead is going to be a big one -- not just for Joe and me, but for all of us. We've all got some work to do.
So help us make this birthday a memorable one for Joe. Add your names, and, if you like, your own notes and well-wishes for the year ahead:
The House has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have forced Congress to balance its budget every year as a way to reverse years of deficit spending.Please bookmark!
A majority of House members supported the balanced budget measure, but supporters fell short of achieving the two-thirds majority needed to amend the Constitution.
Republicans who backed the amendment said it was the only way to get Congress to put its fiscal house in order. Democratic critics said a balanced budget requirement would result in drastic cuts in Medicare and other social programs when economic downturns put the budget out of balance.
One person is in critical condition after an accident at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho...Please bookmark!
Mike Dexter, a community relations employee in Wallace who is speaking on behalf of the mine, says there was an accident in the number four shaft during the construction of a new shaft.
Dexter says he cannot comment on what happened. He does say that a contracted employee working in the mine was hospitalized after the incident, and is listed in critical condition. The employee’s name has not been released. The employee works for Cementation USA, which contracts engineers and contractors.
Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna have died in a plane crash along with two others, just 10 months after the school commemorated the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 10 men associated with the men's program.Please bookmark!
The plane went down Thursday night in Perry County, Ark., killing the pilot and another individual not affiliated with the university, the school said in a news release. There were no survivors.
Budke, 50, had opened his seventh season as the Cowgirls' coach on Sunday with a 96-60 win over Rice in Stillwater.
"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," OSU president Burns Hargis said Friday in the statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims."
The school canceled the team's games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday against Grambling State and Texas-Arlington. The Cowboys' second-ranked college football team plays Friday night at Iowa State.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in remarks Thursday, ranked U.S. ally India with China as a rising threat to the U.S. in Asia. The Pentagon quickly sought to roll back the remarks.
“We face the threats from rising powers — China, India, others — that we have to always have sufficient force protection out there in the Pacific to make sure they know we’re never going anywhere,” Mr. Panetta said during a visit to a shipyard in Groton, Conn., where he toured a submarine, the Mississippi, in the final stages of construction.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby later sought to clarify Mr. Panetta’s comments. He said Mr. Panetta did not intend to suggest that India and China were military threats to the U.S. and that he believed it was important to forge closer military relations with both countries.
The American public has gotten past its animosity toward General Motors for taking a government bailout in 2009, the company's top executive said Thursday.Please bookmark!
Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said a poll taken last summer for GM by Washington public opinion firm Peter Hart Research Associates shows that more than 70 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the company. When the same poll was taken in July of 2009, more than 70 percent had a negative opinion, Akerson said.
"I think America loves a competitor. I think General Motors, Chevrolet in particular, is part of Americana," Akerson said during an appearance at the Detroit Economic Club.
In 2009, GM, saddled with high debt and expensive labor costs, needed $49.5 billion in government loans to survive a trip through bankruptcy court. The U.S. government got a stake in the restructured company, part of which was sold in an initial public stock offering about one year ago on Nov. 18, 2010.
The government's remaining 500 million shares would have to sell for around $53 per share for the U.S. to break even. Such a sale probably won't come anytime soon. GM shares are trading around one-third less than the $33 IPO price. The summer before the IPO, then-GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre said government ownership was hurting the company's sales.
Whitacre said GM didn't want to be known as "Government Motors." But Akerson said on Thursday that the new GM is now making money and has passed that stage.