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Saturday, November 19, 2011

EU Officials: Water Does NOT Hydrate People

Impossibly stupid:
EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.

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.
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Republican Debate Live Video Streaming

UPDATE:
The November 22nd debate: http://www.punditpress.com/2011/11/november-22-2011-republican-debate-live.html

Starting at 5pm EST:

http://www.citizenlink.com/

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Audio of Christopher Walken Impersonator Speaking about Natalie Wood Case

Weird:




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Supercommittee Failure could Trigger Another US Credit Downgrade

Obamanomics:
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.

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.
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Ron Paul Bad Lip Synching Video


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Video: Israel's Economy Booming



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Video- OWS Protester Punches Police Horse in Face

I don't know why, but something tells me that it's not a smart thing to punch a police horse in the face in front of several officers. Just a thought.

The punch comes at :33 in the video. Watch the man with the blue coat and the red beanie. All of a sudden you'll see his arm come sideways and the horse's head jerk backwards:


At the beginning of the video you can see other protesters either yelling at the officers or yelling at the horses. Protesters then rush at the officers, but pretend that they're not doing anything wrong by putting their hands in the air like imbeciles. At :26 you can see one such moron take a Pau Gasol-esque flop.
That's right, genius.  Rush into a crowd of officers and then raise your hands
Two seconds later a man in a full gas mask rushes into the crowd in order to help the flopper up.  Several seconds after that, the horse is punched in the face.  After that, protesters start to yell at the police, and the man with the gas mask flops as well, pretending to be hit with a club by police which missed him by about a foot.

But, you know, they're so peaceful.

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Hilarious- Vast Majority of Occupy Toronto Tents are Empty (With Video)

Fa├žade:

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Captured in Libya

From the Guardian:
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.
Captured
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OWS: If a Cop Tries to Arrest You, Kill Him

Every single day that passes, Occupy Wall Street becomes more violent and more desperate. After over 4,000 arrests, dozens of rapes, hundreds of thefts, and multiple murders, it is exceedingly evident that OWS is an anarchistic group of morons with no apparent purpose.

The only rallying cry they see to have is, "We are the 99%," a lie that spits in the face of the facts. However, it appears that OWS has a new cry: kill the police. Occupy Wall Street is now advising people to resist arrest. And they do not mean peacefully existing arrest. No, instead OWS suggests that, if a police officer tries to arrest you, you have the right to murder him on the spot:
And, no, this is not some random tweet.  This is a widely shared view among OWS protesters, whose blood lust is startling.

Just some examples of their insanity.  After an OWSer rushed police and was hit over the head, another protester took exception and screamed, "SOMEBODY KILL THESE COPS:"
And various states of insanity:
"Kill somebody:"
On top of it all, on Occupy Wall Street's official website, it has insane (and scary) ramblings like this post, entitled, "Goodbye life and freedom. License to kill is here. James Bond and Darth Vader is in your nabourhood."

The post is as crazy as you might think, as it claims that OWS must go out and kill, "secret spies" are everywhere, and that chips are being implanted in our brains:
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:
These people are out of their minds.

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Al-Sadr: Assad Must Stay

Iraqi fundamentalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has again made foolish statements that are not surprising. Al-Sadr, the former head of the Mahdi Army (Jaish al-Mahdi) in Iraq, was a major obstacle in the path of a modern Iraq. He led an uprising in 2004 against American forces and battled the Iraqi government in 2008 across the southern half of the country.

Now, he's backing Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist counterpart in Syria, Bashar al-Assad. Assad appears to be running out of options, with the Arab League preparing sanctions and even Iran meeting with the opposition.

Likely parroting Iran's official line, al-Sadr seemed to have no problem with the dictator slaughtering thousands of civilians:

"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.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer

From ESPN:
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.

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.
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Obama Campaign Sends Mass Email Asking for People to... Sign Joe Biden's Birthday Card

If the Barack Obama campaign has somehow gotten their hands on your email address, then you should expect to be mercilessly spammed by email after email.  Normally, the campaign's messages are desperate-sounding money grabs or denouncements of Republicans.  Today, however, they sent out a new spam email like no other before.  It was entitled, "Sign Joe's Card."

Yes, like a parent who goes around school with a card for an unpopular kid, the Obama campaign is asking random people to sign an online birthday card in order to make ol' Joe feel like a special little guy.  The email is supposedly from Jill Biden, Mr. Biden's wife, and begins:
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.
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.
Joe Biden: Birthday Boy
Here is the complete email:
From: Jill Biden (info@barackobama.com)
Subject: Sign Joe's card
To: "XXXXXXX XXXXXX" (xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.com)
Date: Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:04 PM

(Person's Name)--

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:

http://my.barackobama.com/For-Joe

Thanks,

Jill
Thanks Jill.  (Click.  Delete).

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House Rejects Balanced Budget Proposal

From the AP:
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.

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.
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OWS Protester Assaults Man with Hammer, Striking Him in Head

A man was rushed to Maine Medical Center's emergency room early Friday morning after an Occupy Wall Street protester struck him in the head with a hammer. The victim was in the hospital for several hours, was treated, and then released.

According to police, the assault happened after the victim was playing drums loudly at Occupy Maine. Chris Schisler, 34, took exception to the drums, approached the man, and, after a brief argument, hit him in the head with a hammer.
Schisler
Witnesses stated that the man started playing drums at seven in the morning, waking fellow protesters up and demanding that they clean up the park they were in. Schisler became agitated and told him to stop. When the victim refused, Schisler first smashed his drum and then quickly struck him in the head.

Schisler was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. His bail is set at $10,000.

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Breaking: Mine Collapse At "Lucky Friday" Mine

There has been a mine collapse at the "Lucky Friday" Mine in Idaho. Details are scarce, but we will bring them to you once we have them.

Update from KTVB:
One person is in critical condition after an accident at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho...

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.
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Video- Occupy New York Follows, Screams at Elementary School Children



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Tragedy: Oklahoma State Coach, Assistant Die In Plane Crash

From ESPN:
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.

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.
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Panetta: India a "Threat" to the United States

And these are the people running our country:
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.
Panetta
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GM Head: Public is Past Anger Over Bailout

Seriously, he said this:
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.

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.
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Organized Anarchy Leads to One Last Question

In the topsey turvey world of 21st century America those who live by the kindness of strangers wish to dictate how much kindness they deserve changing the strangers from benefactors to victims.  We have reached a point where our national motto should be “Stand and Deliver” as a runaway government devours everything in sight in an effort to satisfy the growing demands of their pre-programmed supporters. 
America has taken such a bizarre turn that oxymorons are the only things that make sense any more.  Organized anarchy has exploited militant apathy to create regulated liberty so that producers must provide for slackers and the informed must follow the dictates of the willfully ignorant. You can’t fix stupid but there is a cure for ignorance.  If we could just get these products of public education and sports hypnosis to take off the blinders long enough to understand the meaning behind the matrix perhaps we could garner one more electoral victory to stop us before we step off the cliff.  Except of course the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media are working as hard as they can to make sure our choice comes down to Tweedle De and Tweedle Dum. 
Our Progressive era seeks to change the old adage, “Those who refuse to learn from History are doomed to repeat it” to “Those who refuse to learn from History doom the rest of us to repeat it.”  The patients have seized control of the asylum.  The land of the free and the home of the brave is transforming into the land of the free lunch and the home of the knaves.  Symbiosis is the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms as in parasitism. What we are witnessing today is symbiosis on steroids wherein the parasite isn’t merely along for the ride but instead demands the driver’s seat. 
Looking at the almost bewildering explosion of reality we call today our minds behold the organized anarchy of the occupy everywhere movement that is spreading around the world.  We are now witnessing a government supported revolution akin to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. This isn’t a revolt of the 99% seeking to devour the 1% it is the 46% that pay no federal taxes seeking to increase the production from their 54% milk cows. To call forcing one segment of the population to work to support another segment of the population paying your fair share makes theft a contribution and bondage a responsibility.  
The people involved express a variety of causes.  They want a bailout for home owners who are upside down or in foreclosure.  At the same time they want those who accepted the bailout on Wall Street prosecuted.  They want student loans forgiven, wars stopped, big corporations downsized, and an end to capitalism.  Many politicians and their major media publicity machine have embraced the movement labeling it the Progressive version of the Ta Party.  This is a window on the future.  Showing the silent majority what is to come: a shabby world where the Lilliputians have not only bound Gulliver they have harnessed him to the cart and forced him to be their beast of burden. 
By seeking the destruction of capitalism instead of seeking to break the umbilical cord between the crony capitalists and their bought and paid for politicians what they really seek is to force us to worship the myth of free enterprise as we sacrifice the energy and inventiveness of the productive on the altar of the indolent. 
It is time to lay our cards on the table.  It is time to call a spade a spade.  Capitalism is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined by competition in a free market.  Socialism is an economic characterized by collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.  Fascism is an economic system that exalts the nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government with severe economic regimentation.  Essentially fascism is socialism pretending to be capitalism since private ownership exists in a government straightjacket. 
Which of these systems do we have?  Which of these systems is staring us in the face every day? 
I challenge anyone and everyone to take this test.   Watch the stock market for one month.  Watch its ups and downs.  What you will see is that the market does not move because of innovation or production it moves in response to government actions, statements, and policies.  While we still have private ownership the government is increasingly regulating and controlling the economy.  Take the test.  Review the definitions above and you decide.  Which of these systems do we have?  Or does it have us? 
America has never experienced a truly capitalistic system.  We were born under mercantilism. We grew to power under Henry Clay’s American System of nationalistic paternalism.  We have flirted with socialism in a mixed system since FDR reshuffled the deck and institutionalized the New Deal.  And now we struggle to maintain some visage of freedom at the edge of a crony capitalism whose Progressive public-private security blanket has become the pillow that smothers all incentive.  We have morphed from a representative republic operating on democratic principles into a state wholly owned by a good old boy coalition composed of the perpetually re-elected, the unions, and the crony capitalists: the Outfit. 
The over educated under informed lemmings that call themselves the 99% are being duped by the Outfit.  They are a collective battering ram assailing the last remnants of American individualism.  They are using the threat of social unrest to demand the final triumph of “I want what I want” over “I get what I earn.” 
What’s the cure for the Great Recession?  Is it more government spending and more government control as the Outfit and their 99% fellow-travelers tell us?  Is it “Drill baby drill” and a return to a golden-age of pure capitalism that never really existed?  
First we must understand our situation.  What is the cause of the chronic state of our anemic recovery?  Is it as our president tells us and the world: Americans are soft, arrogant  and lazy?  Or have we finally reached the tipping point?  Have we finally reached the point where all the Peters being robbed to pay for Paul’s vacation have decided to change their name to Paul? Is this a recession or is it a strike?  The central planners look at the wreckage of a once great economy that their programs have gutted and say, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”  They should be asking “How many omelets can they make if the goose doesn’t lay any more golden eggs?” 
Which leads to one last question: “Who is John Galt?” 
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Awww: OWS Declares Clearing of Zuccotti Park a 'Genocide'

Well, as if those on Occupy Wall Street didn't have enough hyperbole. Now, the group that has applauded an assassination attempt on the President and called for cannibalism is resorting to their same-old same-old. This fits well with their expanding rap sheet.

OWS id declaring the New York City Police Department's clearing of Zuccotti Park various things, including the most insensitive terms they could possibly think of. In short: cleaning the park = the Holocaust.

Don't believe me? Well, let's take a look at Twitter:
or this gem:
Or maybe this one blaming... wait for it... the corporations!
Or the narcissists comparing their struggling with the slaughter of civilians going on in Syria against a brutal dictatorship:
These people are impossibly stupid:
These people are clueless. Are they supposed to be the future?

Update- Here are a couple of idiotic comparisons of Occupy Wall Street to the murder of six million Jews:

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A Stunning Display of Hypocrisy

The 1% who say they want their taxes to be raised to help pay down the national debt refuse to donate to the treasury.  


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You either believe that you should be paying more or you don't.  There is no halfway here.  You just gotta love the guy who wanted the reporter to donate when he wouldn't.  I don't think she is part of the 1%.  As usual, higher taxes for thee but not for me.  


At least one of them says he doesn't take all the deductions he is allowed.  Kudos to him.  Him I am willing to listen to because of his integrity and intellectual honesty. 


The truth is this, we spend too much money.  We waste billions upon billions on inefficient government programs and fraud.  I will be willing to pay higher taxes to pay down the debt once they get the spending, fraud, and waste taken care of.  I am not alone in that.  But, not one more dime until then.  


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bernie Fine, Syracuse Coach Investigated for Child Molestation

Looks like there are more problems in college sports. Bernie Fine, a coach for Syracuse University Basketball, may have molested children.



"Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced, we would have terminated the associated coach and reported it to the police immediately. We understand that the Syracuse City Police has now reopened the case, and Syracuse University will cooperate fully. We are steadfastly committed ensuring that SU remains a safe place for every member of our campus community."

Later Thursday, Syracuse issued another statement: "In light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation, this evening Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor asked Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross, to place Associate Head Coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave."

Uh oh.


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OWS Protesters Chant ‘Follow Those Kids!’ As Small Children Try To Go To School

These people are disgusting.  For God's sake, have they no decency at all?  Harassing four-year-olds?:
They were caught in the middle of madness.

Some grade school students were forced to walk a gauntlet of screaming “Occupy Wall Street” protesters just to get to school on Thursday.

It was a wild day in lower Manhattan for most everyone involved, including elementary school children who had to brave the mayhem just to get to class on the other side of Wall Street.

In the middle of thousands of protestors yelling and chanting — some kicking and screaming – CBS 2’s Emily Smith found little school kids trying to get to class. Nervous parents led them through the barriers on Wall Street. The NYPD helped funnel the children, anything to ease their fears while some protestors chanted “follow those kids!”

“These guys are terrorists, yelling at little kids,” one father said.
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Newt Jumps to Wide Lead In Latest Iowa Polling


2012 Iowa Republican Caucus

Iowa: Gingrich 32%, Romney 19%, Cain 13%



Poll released today taken by Rasmussen 


If I am not mistaken this is largest lead anyone has had in Iowa that have seen.  It seems the pack is starting to separate with the first votes set to be cast in about six weeks.  


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Crappy New DNC Ad: Oops

Oops is right.



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Interview with Energy Citizens

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 44 in our ongoing series. Today, we interview Renee of the group Energy Citizens. Energy Citizens is trying to forge a cheaper, more plentiful tomorrow for American energy. We thank her and the group for taking time to be part of this interview.

1. When and why was Energy Citizens created?

Energy Citizens was first created in 2009 to help Americans who support American jobs and American families—and American energy production—learn more, raise awareness, and be heard in support of balanced energy policies. Energy Citizens is supported by the American Petroleum Institute, but comprises real, hard-working Americans who are committed to finding real-world solutions to our nation’s energy challenges. The Energy Citizens site and our Facebook page are forums for people who want to learn more, share their concerns, and demand more from their leaders to support American energy development.



2. What is the most pressing energy issue for the average American?

Right now, we believe the most pressing energy issue for the average American is jobs and that can be helped by increasing access to our own vast natural energy resources. Whether it is increased offshore drilling, natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing, or contending with burdensome regulations that hold back our own energy development, Energy Citizens support taking steps to support sensible public policy solutions so that we can safely develop resources and improve America’s energy security.



3. How is EC getting the word out?

Energy Citizens, working together, are getting the word out about energy issues. We tell our friends about issues, meet together, and also stand up for energy at public hearings. For example, right now in New York, public hearings are scheduled for November 16 and 17, as well as November 29 and 30 to discuss the DEC report that supports regulated hydraulic fracturing in the state. Energy Citizens will stand together at these hearings and support hydraulic fracturing in the state, which would create jobs, bring much-needed revenue to the state government, and strengthen New York’s—and America’s—energy security.


4. Anti-fracking is a very fashionable position today. How would someone counteract that?

The most important factor in counteracting the anti-fracking sentiment is the facts. There is much hype around these issues, but when you look behind the hype, you can find serious facts that support the practice. Here are some links to some of our blogs on the issue:

http://energycitizens.org/ec/community/energycitizens/b/weblog/archive/2011/11/09/hydraulic-fracturing-myth-vs-fact.aspx


http://energycitizens.org/ec/community/energycitizens/b/weblog/archive/2011/11/07/1342.aspx


http://energycitizens.org/ec/community/energycitizens/b/weblog/archive/2011/11/01/1338.aspx


http://energycitizens.org/ec/community/energycitizens/b/energyexpert/archive/2011/10/20/want-a-brighter-energy-future-then-we-need-natural-gas.aspx


5. What does the next twenty years of American energy look like?

We think the next 20 years of American energy will rely heavily on developing the potential of our domestic resources we have yet to fully realize. Projects like the Keystone XL pipeline and efforts like hydraulic fracturing for oil in North Dakota or shale gas in the Northeastern United States will help us take great strides in achieving American energy security. Renewable resources will be of great importance too and in order to truly achieve energy security for all Americans, an all-of-the-above approach to energy production will be necessary.

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Obama Strengthens Ties With Australia

President Obama is overseas visiting allies and nations in the Asia Pacific region, which isn't actually news catching, but his actions in relation to Australia have been out of character for him: he has gone Down Under and strengthened our relationship with our allies; not hindered it.

He announced yesterday that the United States will be sending 250 Marines to Australia next summer, which instantly caused heads to spin in Beijing, in order to conduct training missions; increase military partnership with our old allies and friendly remind China not to intervene outside their borders in Asia.

Our Marines will be housed in Australian bases near Darwin, which is situated on the Timor Sea and in the country's sparsely populated northern territories.

I support this action, because (1.) we have no stronger allies than Australia, (2.) we can never have too many troops in South East Asia and (3.) we can never waste an opportunity to show the Chinese who's boss in foreign affairs, especially militarily.

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Chu: Solyndra Loan "Was Made Only on the Merits"

If by "merits" he means "political favors," then yes:
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday he doesn't think taxpayers will recover much of their $528 million loan to bankrupt solar firm Solyndra, calling the situation "extremely unfortunate" while continuing to defend his actions to prop up the company before its failure.

Chu testified Thursday for the first time before the House committee investigating the Solyndra loan. He insisted that the decision in late 2009 to approve the loan guarantee was his own and "absolutely was made only on the merits." He said it was not influenced by political considerations.

But he acknowledged that chances are dim for taxpayers to see their money returned as Solyndra goes through bankruptcy proceedings.

Asked how much money taxpayers might get back, Chu said: "Well, that remains to be seen. I'm anticipating that not very much."

While declining to offer a personal apology over the situation, Chu expressed disappointment in the fate of Solyndra and said the buck stopped with him when it came to decisions made by the Energy Department about the company.
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Benetton Releases Creepiest, Most Homoerotic Set of Ads Ever (With Pics of All Ads)

Do you like mediocre clothes?  Do you enjoy people of the same sex kissing each other?  Are you sure?  If you say yes to all of these questions, then you may enjoy Benetton's newest ad campaign, in which various leaders from the world are engaged in full lip-locks.

Particularly odd (other than all of them) are a kiss between President Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez, Pope Benedict XVI kissing an Imam, and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu kissing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Here are all of the ads that I am aware of:

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NYC Braces for "Tens of Thousands" of Zombies... Er, OWSers Set to March in Financial District

From the New York Post:
The occupation at Zuccotti Park may be over, but wary city officials are bracing for trouble tomorrow when a mob of that could number in the “tens of thousands” is expected to answer Occupy Wall Street’s call to shut down the Financial District.

“Everything that we have seen and heard suggests that we may have tens of thousands of people tomorrow protesting.

The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson told reporters this afternoon.

Wolfson and Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said all city agencies are on notice and extra cops will be on hand for the massive demonstrations - which could disrupt the morning commute and be among the largest in city history.

Holloway conceded commutes may take longer than usual.

Organizers said they were energized by Mayor Bloomberg’s decision early to end the two-month-long camp-out at Zuccotti Park.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Syrian National Council: We Need UN Peacekeepers

The ante was raised once again as the Syrian opposition movement demanded more action from the international community. This comes after a raging gunbattle that killed at least 71. This also comes as pressure is mounting within the region. As Ryan wrote earlier, Jordanian King Abdullah suggested that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad step down.

Now, Syria's main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, is calling for an international presence in the country. The SNC is an umbrella group of different interests, including Liberals and Islamists. Russia has not been keen to allow any such pressure.
Ghalioun, in a news conference held at Interfax's Moscow office, said that the Syrian National Council was not asking for military intervention but rather "blue helmet" peacekeepers from the United Nations.

The peacekeepers were needed to ensure the safety of civilians and allow journalists free access to the country, Ghalioun said.
This would certainly be a big step, but it's unlikely at this stage.
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Almost Half Feel that Media is Behaving Badly When It Comes to the Harassment Claims Against Herman Cain


Fox News has released a new poll on the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Herman Cain.  The numbers are quite interesting:


A clear plurality feel they do not have enough information to know if the charges are true:
Serious enough to disqualify him           23%
Not serious enough to disqualify him    33%
Need more information                        43%
Don't know                                           2%


Only 25% feel that the women were motivated by fairness in making the claims public.  Which only two of the women have made them public.  15% Don't know, the rest feel it was financial gain or political or a combination of both.  


A Full 53% feel that Herman Cain has been treated like he is guilty by the media.  


All of this is good news for Herman Cain; with one exception: 60% feel that he is done only a fair or poor job in handling the accusations.  


The poll was conducted over the past two days and the breakout is:


Democrats 366
Republicans 353
Independents 177


Read the entire poll here.  


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The Occupy Wall Street Rapsheet (So Far), With Numbers, Statistics, and Sources

While it is easy to point to the thousands of ugly, violent, and prejudiced things that so many Occupy Wall Street protesters have done so far, it is tough to put a specific number on them.  Thanks to liberal mayors and OWSers intentionally not reporting crimes, many criminals have gotten off scott free.

Instead, I decided to make a list of all the crimes that OWS has committed that I can actually cite with news articles.  Therefore, prejudiced or racist vulgarities, and the like, screamed by Occupy protesters has not been included.

And simply because I could, I included the number of Tea Partiers who committed the same crimes.  I'll give you a hint at what that number is: it's less than 1 and it is not a negative number.

Enjoy:
If you have any suggestions on crimes we missed, please comment.

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PETA Releases Graphic Ad, Slams Super Mario for being "Pro-Fur"

If you thought PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was crazy before, this takes it to a new level.  The group is now going after fictional characters.

PETA released a new ad this week, slamming Mario (better known as "Super" Mario), a popular video game character that is considered the face Nintendo.  He has been in existence since 1981 and has "worn" fur repeatedly, including 1988's Super Mario Bros. 3 and in the new "Super Mario 3D Land."

The liberal group has taken exception to Super Mario's attire and has released a picture of him beheading an animal while wearing fur.  Anger is evident on his face and Mario is covered in blood.  You can see the image below:
The ad also reads "Click to Play," although most Super Mario games read "Press Start to Play."  PETA apparently confused a computer game with video game systems, which do not have mouses.

Additionally, the game does not state whether Super Mario is actually wearing the "skin" of an animal, or if it is merely a suit that mimics an animal with human-made fibers.  Whether PETA took this into consideration is unknown.

In previous outings, Super Mario has also donned a human-sized frog costume, as seen below:
There is no word on whether PETA will make another ad featuring Mario murdering a frog.

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Police: Man Who Fired at White House Likely Spent time at Occupy DC

Just like the Tea Party, right?:
At 9:30 p.m. Friday, police received reports of shots fired in the bustling area of 16th Street and Constitution Avenue

Authorities later found a car in the area. The suspect had fled, but what police discovered inside the vehicle left them deeply concerned: an assault-style rifle and empty shell casings.

Police linked the car to Ortega-Hernandez and started searching for him.

Authorities suspect Ortega-Hernandez had been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time with Occupy D.C. protesters.
Unsurprisingly, ABC buried the Occupy connection in the second-last paragraph of their article.
Ortega-Hernandez
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Sources: Bloomberg Cleared Zuccotti Park Because of "Image"

Image.  You know, instead of increased crime and disease:
Mayor Bloomberg finally decided to wipe Zuccotti Park clean after learning about a rancid outbreak of scabies, lice and lung ailments among protesters — and most importantly because his reputation was taking a beating, insiders told The Post.

“He knew he was being perceived as being very weak,” said a source who was briefed on Bloomberg’s decision to finally break down the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

Hizzoner hit his breaking point after he was contrasted to the liberal mayors of Oakland and Denver — who quickly cracked down on OWS protesters — and critics compared his inaction to the failings of former Mayor David Dinkins.
And it was about to get worse.

Bloomberg would have looked even weaker if he didn’t thwart an OWS threat to storm the New York Stock Exchange, a massive action that was planned for tomorrow, multiple sources said.

“His Wall Street friends wouldn’t stand for it,” one source said.
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Japanese Consulate Calls Occupy NY "Dangerous," Posts Traveler's Warning

Yesterday, the Japanese Consulate of Japan issued a traveler's warning to Japanese citizens visiting New York.  Such warnings normally occur in war-torn countries or cities that may be struck by terrorism.  Instead,  the advisement was because of one thing: "Occupy" New York.

The Consulate warned that protests should be avoided, particularly ones at Zuccotti Park.  More, they cautioned Japanese citizens to avoid going even near a raucous or noisy OWS gathering.

Yesterday, police raided Zuccotti Park in New York City.  They stated that the gathering, where OWS members had been camping for weeks, had become a crime-infested cesspool.  Later in the day, a judge declared that "Occupy" could gather in the park, but that they could not stay there overnight with tarps or tents.
Police Clearing Zuccotti Park
The Japanese Consulate also warned that November 17 would mark two months since the protests began, and warned that this may be a big day for rallies.  They advised citizens to stay away.

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Bullet hits White House Window

From NBC:
The Secret Service is investigating how a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House. A round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass. The Secret Service also tells News4 that one additional round was also found on the exterior of the White House.

The investigation started after an incident on Friday night where gunshots were heard near the White House. Police have since been searching for a suspect in that case, 21 year old Oscar Ortega Hernandez . The Secret Service has not yet conclusively connected Friday's incident with the bullets found on White House grounds.

The rounds were discovered Tuesday morning, and the investigation is ongoing.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poll: Obama Ranks Above only Carter, Ford in Recent Presidents at this Point in Presidency

Both did not get reelected:
It all adds up to an overall 46% approval rating for the president, with 52% saying they disapprove of how Obama is handling his job in the White House.

"That's par for the course for Obama, whose overall approval rating has been hovering in the mid 40s in every CNN poll conducted since June," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

In comparison to recent incumbents running for re-election, Obama's 46% approval ranks above only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford - who both lost their re-election bids - in November of the year before an election. Most incumbents who were re-elected had an approval rating above 50% a year before the election. But George W. Bush, at 50%, and Richard Nixon, at 49%, also won re-election, and Bush's father George H.W. Bush had a 56% approval rating yet lost to Bill Clinton the following year.

"Translation: while the approval rating is an important indicator of a president's strength, it is not a foolproof predictor of election results," Holland said.
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Poll: Gingrich Scores Best Versus Obama Among Voters Today

Gingrich rising?:
Newt Gingrich is the strongest Republican candidate when matched head to head against Democratic President Barack Obama, according to a McClatchy-Marist Poll released Tuesday.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives is neck and neck with the incumbent president, back just 2 percentage points among registered voters. Obama leads 47 percent to 45 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is next closest, trailing Obama by 4 percentage points. In that matchup, Obama leads 48 percent to 44 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is the third best bet for the Republicans right now, 8 points back from Obama. No other Republican is within single digits of Obama. The survey has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll, coming as Gingrich has surged within the Republican field, could boost Gingrich's argument that he would be the party's best voice to debate Obama in the general election.

"He runs better," said Lee Miringoff, director of Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the national survey. "It's a closer race with him than with Romney or the others."
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Romney Counting on Florida to Win GOP Nomination

Just like Rudy Giuliani in 2008...
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney just finished up a pair of North Florida fundraisers and is on his way to Sarasota for a third.

In Tallahassee, we're told he veered into some talk about the political chessboard during his private event at the Governor's Club.

Romney said after airing ads in Iowa for nearly an entire year during the 2008 campaign, he has not run any spots to date. Romney told the crowd his campaign calculus was that he could spend nothing and come in fourth or spend a bit and finish second or third. He guessed that Republicans could split the first three events, which would make Florida particularly important.

Romney predicted a Tea Party favorite would win Iowa and that he would take New Hampshire, according to interviews with six people in the audience. Romney told the crowd he would seal the nomination by then winning Florida's Republican contest.

"Clearly they are competitive in Iowa, but you never know how it's going to come out there," said Rep. Will Weatherford who hosted simultaneous fundraisers in the same building today for Romney and Perry.
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NYC Police Move to Clear out Zuccotti Park

From CBS:
Police arrested at least 70 protesters at New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, including some who chained themselves together, while clearing the park so that sanitation crews could clean it.

Concerns about health and safety issues at Occupy Wall Street camps around the country have intensified, and protesters have been ordered to take down their shelters, adhere to curfews and relocate so that parks can be cleaned.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, New York City police handed out notices from Brookfield Office Properties, owner of Zuccotti Park, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return in several hours, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents.

Paul Brown, a spokesman for the New York Police Department, said the park had been cleared by 4:30 a.m. and that about 70 people who'd been inside it had been arrested, including a group who chained themselves together. One person was taken to a local hospital for evaluation because of breathing problems.

Police in riot gear filled the streets, car lights flashing and sirens blaring. Protesters, some of whom shouted angrily at police, began marching to two locations in Lower Manhattan where they planned to hold rallies.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

OWS to Occupy Thailand?

Hey, using OWS's logic, this makes perfect sense:

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Breaking: U.S. Gov't Illegally Funded Pro-Abortion Lobbying in Kenya

The United States is facing a crushing debt that the world has never seen before. In the White House sits a man who seems happy to make the problem worse, while Congress squabbles over pennies. In the meantime, our tax dollars are being wasted in record number.

It has now been revealed that during the 2009-2010 drafting of the Kenyan constitution, US government-funded organizations paid for pro-abortion lobbying.

These organizations, funded by taxpayers, argued "against constitutional bans on abortion." These lobbyists also pushed for language which stated children in the womb "lack constitutional standing."

To date, this funding has cost American taxpayers at least $18,000,000.  Potentially more important, however, is that this violates the Siljander Amendment, which states that no "foreign assistance money" may be spent lobbying in favor or against abortion.

As the Government Accountablity Office reported:
USAID also funded a technical assistance award to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to support the Committee of Experts (COE), the nongovernmental entity charged with drafting the constitution. In the course of providing comments and advice regarding the entire draft constitution, IDLO made suggestions relating to the issues of fetal rights and abortion during the early stages of drafting. IDLO later commented on broadening the exceptions when abortion would be legal.
GAO continued:
GAO recommends that State and USAID develop specific guidance on compliance with the Siljander Amendment, indicating what kinds of activities may be prohibited, disseminate this guidance throughout their agencies, and make it available to award recipients and subrecipients.
It is not clear what will happen next in this case.  However, knowing this Administration, there is a high likelihood that it will simply be swept under the rug and forgotten.

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Video- Aftermath of Huge Explosion at Iran Military Base



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Walker Recall Effort Begins Tomorrow

The Democrats and big labor in Wisconsin is prepping an attempt to punish Governor Scott Walker over the state's new labor laws. Walker's proposals were able to reduce the tax burden while not allowing public labor unions to take dues without permission of their workers.

Big labor has had multiple setbacks over the months since the public union bill passed. They failed to eject a Supreme Court Justice with an activist and also failed to take the state's Senate.

Now comes the most recent attempt.

Walker, who was elected last fall, isn't eligible for recall until he has been in office for one year. Democrats have been working closely with union leaders on the effort, and they plan to kick off their petition drive Tuesday. They must gather more than 540,000 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election.

The public labor unions are wasting the time and money of the state once again. Hopefully they will fail once again.

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The Verdict is In - Muslim Teacher Gets Back Pay and Legal Fees For Wanting a Month Off Instead of Preparing Students for SOL Exams


You may remember the story of  Safoorah Khan, a teacher who requested three weeks off in the middle of the school year to attend the Haj.  Her requests were denied three years running.  After the third denial she quit her job and filed a lawsuit with the EEOC for discriminatory practices based on her faith.

Eric Holder and the DOJ were more than willing to help this women with her lawsuit.  The verdict has come in.  Ms. Khan gets $75,000 in back pay, all of her legal fees and attorney fees will also be paid for by the school system.  The school system has also agreed to write into the employment guidelines about religious tolerance and giving time off for these types of events.

What many people are not mentioning is why the school system refused to give her the time off.  Ms. Khan taught third grade.  The time off she requested was in mid December.  What happens in January of the third grade?  The SOL exams.  The school system rightly felt that a substitute teacher a month before the exams would be very disruptive to the students studying for the exams, so the leave requested was denied.  It was not denied because she is Muslim.

She was not discriminated against.  She signed a contract that had nothing in it about taking extended leave of absences. They were legally not required to give her the time off.  Any teacher requesting leave a month before these major tests were given would have been denied.  This was never about her rights being violated, because they were not.  This was always about the Obama administration bending over backwards to give rights to "underprivileged" that don't exist for anyone else.

Ms. Khan was given special treatment, not equal protection.  The kids will just deal if another teacher decides to take time off during the testing period.  Oh well, many kids around the country are not up to standard on these tests anyway.  So I guess it makes no difference if Ms. Khan's classroom of children don't learn what they need to learn.  Just as long as Ms. Khan and other Muslims  get the special treatment that this justice department feels that they deserve, what's the difference if the kids get cheated?  It is all about fairness right?



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Watch Occupy Oakland Live

Police clearing out Occupy Oakland encampment:

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President Obama Doesn’t Rule Out Military Option in Iran

Yeah, let's see him follow through if we really need to:
President Obama didn't rule out a military option with Iran to deal with its nuclear program at a press conference Sunday. He said that sanctions have had "enormous bite and scope" so far and vowed to pursue diplomatic avenues but re-emphasized that all options are available.

"We are not taking any options off the table. Iran with nuclear weapons would pose a threat not only to the region but also to the United States," Obama said.

The comments came after wrapping up a weekend at the Asia-Pacific economic summit where he met with world leaders to address economic and security issues.

Russia and China doubted a recent IAEA report and said they weren't on board for more sanctions. Obama met with Russian President Dimtri Medvedev and Chinese President Hu on Saturday. In the meetings Obama said the countries don't disagree on the outcome, even if the IAEA report doesn't hold credence for them. He noted they'd be looking at other options on how to move forward with them.

In response to a GOP debate Saturday night where candidate Mitt Romney said that if Obama was re-elected, Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon, the president said he was not going to get in the practice of responding to individual comments in the Republican debates until there is a nominee. He said that despite responding to one about waterboarding, which he said "is torture - period," adding that it's not something the U.S. engages in. However, he did not talk about a specific GOP candidate in his response.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vandals Strike Lincoln’s Tomb, Steal 3-Foot Copper Sword

Don't people have something better to do than vandalize the tomb of our greatest President?:
Thieves have nabbed a 3-foot-long copper sword atop Lincoln’s Tomb in what is believed to be the first theft at the site in more than a century.

An employee noticed last week that the sword was cut from a statue of a Civil War artillery officer, the (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported Saturday. Officials think the sword was stolen sometime between September and early November.

Nothing had been stolen from the Springfield site, which is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, since the sword on the same statue was taken more than 100 years ago, said Dave Blanchette, a spokesman for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Then, the sword was bronze.

“We just cannot imagine why someone would even think about doing it, let alone climb up the steps and actually do it,” Blanchette said.

The statue is on the tomb’s balcony, which is closed to visitors. Workers would likely have spotted a thief during the day, but no one guards the tomb at night, Blanchette said.
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Pelosi Blocked Credit Card Reform While Investing Millions in Exclusive Visa Stock

Immorality and conflicts of interest on display:
Former Speaker of the House–and current Minority Leader–Nancy Pelosi apparently bought $1 million to $5 million of Visa stock in one of the most sought-after and profitable initial public offerings (IPO) in American history, thwarted serious credit card reform for two years, and then watched her investment skyrocket 203%.

The revelation appears in Throw Them All Out, the new book by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, which was the focus of 60 Minutes on CBS this evening, and which is featured in this week’s issue of Newsweek.

Schweizer’s investigation of Pelosi and other members of Congress–from both parties–raises a critical question: should it be legal for lawmakers to buy stocks in companies directly affected by their legislative efforts?

In early 2008, Nancy Pelosi and her real estate developer husband, Paul, were given an opportunity to buy into a Visa IPO. It was a nearly impossible feat–one that average citizens almost certainly could never achieve. The vast majority of purchase opportunities went to institutional investors, large mutual funds, or pension funds.

Despite Pelosi’s consistent railing against credit card companies, on March 18, 2008, the Pelosis bought between $1 million and $5 million (politicians do not have to report the exact amounts, only ranges) worth of Visa stock at the IPO price of $44 per share. Two days later, the stock price rocketed to $65 per share, yielding a 50% profit. The Pelosis then bought Visa twice more. By their third purchase on June 4, 2008, Visa was worth $85 per share.
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