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Murdoch despises O'Reilly I guess we know what he is, and now he is just negotiating the price? ... establish a requirement that the federally funded agency credit God with keeping the state safe, is upset that under Gov. Steve Beshear, the department's 2008 annual report did not do so. "We certainly [more...]

Date: 2008-11-29 20:37:39

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Kentucky State Law Mandates Mission of Dept. of Homeland Security is to promote Religion

State legislators amended Homeland Security's religious duties to come before all else, ... than others. Under previous Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a lay Baptist preacher, Homeland Security interpreted the law at face value, prominently crediting God in its annual reports to state leaders [more...]

Date: 2008-11-30 01:46:00

Bookmarks for November 28th through November 29th

A few interesting links for November 28th through November 29th: Lawmaker to Homeland Security: ... that under Gov. Steve Beshear, the department's 2008 annual report did not do so." I don't ... Don't forget to credit God for keeping Kentuckians safe - "A lawmaker is upset with his state's [more...]

Date: 2008-11-29 19:00:14

Heads up staffers, tips to avoid a Health Care "Town Hell"

We've all seen the headlines , angry mobs shouting down Congressman at local Town Halls from Florida to St. Louis. One Dem Congressman's life has been threatened . I'm going to suggest a couple things that might help make these events go a little smoother. Do some research on the local activist groups- a quick search of this site will give you a well needed heads up if counter protesters are being organized. Make sure that everyone who attends is required to sign in . [more...]

Date: 2009-08-07 16:54:17

Inside Story on Town Hall Riots: Right-Wing Shock Troops Do Corporate America’s Dirty Work

Image captured from MSNBC video of protesters in St. Louis angry that they could not enter venue that was already at capacity. Six were arrested.How the health-care industry, the GOP and one media mogul made common cause with the anti-government fringe.In this new article published today, AlterNet’s Washington Bureau Chief Adele Stan uncovers the links between establishment GOP figures and an extreme-right Web network, Grassfire.org, that is an organizing hub for town-hall protesters. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-11 06:42:48

Did ACORN Get Too Big For Its Own Good

WASHINGTON – Activist group ACORN started in 1970 to help the poor in Arkansas and quickly went national, growing into a multimillion-dollar conglomerate with a mission so far-flung that schools now bear its name, two radio stations are affiliates and a man it backed is the president. Oh yeah, it’s also the unwilling star of a hot Internet video featuring a couple dressed as a hooker and her pimp. And that last bit is just one of its problems. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 02:25:53

The Great American Bubble Machine

From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression – and they’re about to do it again MATT TAIBBI Posted Jul 13, 2009 1:49 PM T he first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. [more...]

Date: 2009-07-30 07:24:46

State tries to supress Constellation deal benefits

Why is Gov. Martin O'Malley's Energy Administration trying to suppress testimony requested by his own Public Service Commission on the benefits of letting a French company help build a nuclear plant in Maryland? If you didn't already think politics and not policy were driving the PSC's review of the deal, here is the latest evidence. The PSC staff hired London Economics International to analyze the agreement by Electricite de France to invest $4.5 billion in Constellation Energy Group's nuclear business. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-17 01:44:51

Read All About It In the Sunday Papers-Aug. 23 Edition

LEAD STORY-Miami Herald: How Cyberthief Committed ‘Heist of the Century’Nobody does crime reporting like the Miami Herald does crime reporting. Albert Gonzalez stole to his heart’s content, while on the Secret Service payroll.What happens when snitches go terriblyterribly wrong:On May 7, 2008, federal agents swept through Miami-Dade looking for evidence that one of their best informants was also one of the world’s biggest cyberthiefs. Searching three homes and a luxury hotel room in South Beach, [more...]

Date: 2009-08-23 13:58:15

The Great American Bubble Machine

By Matt Taibbi | Pak Alert Press | – From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression – and they’re about to do it again.The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. [more...]

Date: 2009-07-30 15:52:27

"Paranoia Strikes Deep..."

Study Links 45,000 U.S. Deaths to Lack of Insurance Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday. "We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction ... than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-19 04:23:00

In The News Today

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News , World News , and News about the Economy Dear CIGAs, The dollar is doomed. The dollar is a safe haven for short term short sighted imbeciles. The Fed cannot and will not stop. They have no practical means to drain ten cents worth of this massive unprecedented experiment. As the economy moves back into crisis, even more dollars will be printed. Now we are bailing out commercial loans. Next is CIT because it cannot and will not be allowed to fail. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-17 18:00:00

In the News Today

Dear Friends, The MOPErs are making a huge mistake drawing exact lines in the sand. The work this evening to keep gold under $960 and the USDX above .7840 is so obvious that when it fails, and it must, the house falls down. This type of action is focused on the huge and growing Federal debt issues. It reveals the panic that is descending on the Treasury. These guys have such egomania that they really believe acting as they are this early morning is going to accomplish something. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-14 04:19:00

Swift Boater Keeping Blunt-Connected Committee Afloat

Randy Turner flagged an interesting pair of hefty campaign donations yesterday : Texas home builder Robert Perry, who bankrolled the Swift Veterans for Truth campaign that gunned down John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, is meddling in Missouri politics again. A 48-hour report filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission, shows Perry and his wife Doylene donated $100,000 to the Seventh District Congressional District Committee. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 18:37:06

Fact or Fiction of HR 3200, Part 2

Health Care Bill Facts & Fiction. Week 2. In Part 2 of my weekly series on the fact or fiction of rumors surrounding the Heath Care Bill, I think it is important to note two critical things: 1.      Tuesday night’s speech by President Obama may change the dynamics of this debate, thus either killing this series or retooling it altogether. 2.      Obama seems intent on passing something, regardless of how, in order to achieve his goals. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-07 17:55:12

Texas Rally: "We Hate the United States"

A new essay by Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Michael Mullen offers a “searing critique of government efforts at ‘strategic communication’ with the Muslim world,” saying that the U.S. needs to focus more on its actions. “Each time we fail to live up to our values or don’t follow up on a promise,” writes Mullen, “we look more and more like the arrogant Americans the enemy claims we are.” - ThinkProgress U.S. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-31 09:46:00

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« Previous PostHealth Reform, Medicaid and the Governors Next Post »Health Care: Obama Engages More Deeply Shot Down Posted by Joe KleinTuesday, July 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm 76 Comments • Trackback (0) • Related Topics: defense budget, F-22 In a rare moment of Congressional courage and sanity, the Senate has refused to fund the continuation of the F-22 fighter jet program. The Pentagon didn't want the planes, whose best use would have been dogfights against the mighty Al-Qaeda air force. [more...]

Date: 2009-07-21 19:01:40

Posts about Obama Health Care Failure as of October 1, 2009

Conference call: Tim Pawlenty and the Freedom First PAC - hotair.com 10/01/2009 We had an opportunity to talk with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to discuss the launch of his Freedom First PAC.  Pawlenty says that he’s worried that freedom is being corroded by a “tyranny of a creeping bureaucracy.”  Pawlenty wants to re-elevate the principles of freedom and liberty, including an effort to educate people on their value and to impact current policy.  Pawlenty plans a particular effort to [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 12:59:05

The Recession has Technically Ended: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Bernanke!

by Bob Chapman Global Research September 19, 2009 To borrow from an old joke about politicians, we ask our subscribers if they know how to tell when Helicopter Ben Bernanke, the current Fed Head, is lying. Answer: Whenever his lips are moving. Now we hear from the Dollar-Destroyer that our recession has technically ended (heaven forbid that we should call our current Fed-caused calamity a depression, which is what it has been since Obama took office). [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 12:02:50

With or without abuse, value of Iowa film incentives is difficult to measure

Even before allegations of misconduct emerged last week, lawmakers and government officials should have been suspicious of the state’s film tax credit program and demanded more transparency and oversight, critics of the program contend. Victor Elias, a senior policy associate with the nonpartisan Child and Family Policy Center, said his organization, along with the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project, began looking at the tax credit program this summer. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-22 19:15:00

Not a West! Moment: Hi, my name is Jen and I'm your Matthew Bender Account Manager

« Attorney Use of Free Email Services and Third Party Communications | Main | "You have to start all over" when a new Justice joins SCOTUS: C-SPAN's Interviews with Supreme Court Justices » Jen has been my Matthew Bender account manager for about a year now but I haven't needed to call on her services much because, unlike the folks from the land of 10,000 invoices, you don't need to be a brainiac to understand the LexisNexis billing system. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-10 07:46:00

The Recession has Technically Ended, Is Bernanke Joking?

Economics / Recession 2008 – 2010 Sep 19, 2009 – 12:37 PMBy: Bob_Chapman To borrow from an old joke about politicians, we ask our subscribers if they know how to tell when Helicopter Ben Bernanke, the current Fed Head, is lying. Answer: Whenever his lips are moving. Now we hear from the Dollar-Destroyer that our recession has technically ended (heaven forbid that we should call our current Fed-caused calamity a depression, which is what it has been since Obama took office). [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 13:34:31

p2pnet World Headlines - July 23, 2009

French Anti-Piracy Sanctions Delayed Billboard The French music business has expressed its disappointment after the National Assembly president’s decision to postpone until September the vote on the sanctions side of the Creation and Internet law. Privacy Commissioner to look into Facebook report News AU Australian authorities are looking into whether Facebook is in breach of local privacy laws in the way it handles user data. [more...]

Date: 2009-07-23 18:43:36

Is Pelosi Selling Us Out?

Ray McGovern Warns of 'Two CIAs' By Brad Friedman - Consortium News Editor’s Note: Some years ago, before his death in 1991, legendary CIA officer Miles Copeland talked cryptically about what he called “the CIA within the CIA,” a self-appointed group of intelligence insiders who knew America’s “interests” better than the elected politicians did. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-14 04:37:00

Classified: 500,000 More Troops for Afghanistan

Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan by Tom Andrews - The Huffington Post/Common Dreams Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal's classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years. This bombshell was dropped by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday: "The numbers are really pretty horrifying. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-25 03:02:00

Where's the Outrage for Unemployed, Underemployed and Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living?

60% Living Paycheck to Paycheck by Karen Datko - MSN.com Counting down the hours until payday? You're not alone. As the economic downturn trudges on, many workers are struggling with household budgets. About six in 10 workers -- 61% -- report they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck just to make ends meet, compared with 49% last year and 43% in 2007, according to a new nationwide survey of more than 4,400 workers by CareerBuilder. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-24 05:57:00

Posts about Forbearance as of July 25, 2009

Consolidating Student Loans – firstforextrading.com 07/25/2009 July 25, 2009 | By Pauline Davies In Finance | by Pauline DaviesThere are several ways for students to obtain relief from debt – for example by the consolidation of student loans. If you are drowning in student loans, you should be aware that there are a few options available for the consolidation of student loans.However, to get started you must work out your loan amount and types of loans you owe. [more...]

Date: 2009-07-25 12:02:40

Latin America News Round-up, 08-09-2009

You find all the news in the text …Honduras IMF says Honduras will not have access to its funds until de facto gov’t is recognized. Buenos Aires Herald. September 7, 2009. The International Monetary Fund said that Honduras will not be able to use the 163 million dollars in SDR that make up part of a larger sum of money, 250,000 dollars, until the organization recognizes the government.“The current de facto government will not be able to use these funds until a decision is made about [more...]

Date: 2009-09-10 15:45:12

Rick Warren and Rev. Wright

scrubbing his church Web site to remove language that talked about banning gays from membership (though the church's apparent PR firm (what church has a PR firm?) just emailed me to say they have no rescinded their language on homosexuality, but rather they've "repurposed" it (repurposed?) in a series of videos. Whatever [more...]

Date: 2008-12-23 19:18:14

Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/2/2009

In tonight’s news: Israel is poised to send ground troops into Gaza.A Muslim family was removed from a plane before takeoff, and is being compensated by the airline for the error. CAIR is in high dudgeon about the incident.Thousands of shoes were dumped on a Miami expressway — is that a message for President-eject Bush? [more...]

Date: 2009-01-03 04:42:00

Currencies Lose Their Edge

The China good feeling dissipates…  Currencies lose their edge…  Fannie Mae needs more!  Silver manipulation? And Now… Today’s Pfennig! ... to report Monday… With today being a holiday, we won’t get our next glimpse of the awful fundamentals data ... like the ECB and China… and the other does so from a position of weakness (the Fed)… But the good report [more...]

Date: 2008-11-11 13:16:43

January 9, 10, 11 - Unemployment Risies to 7.2% - Highest Yearly Job Loss Since 1945 - Google Rumors - Freightliner Dismisses 2137 - Semitool Chips Away 280 Jobs - Union Pacific Derails 231 - Boeing to Layoff 4500? - Beechcraft Ending 1600 Jobs? - Seagate to Delete More this Month

                                     Mike: Good day to all. Today’s big number is the Employment Situation, which is released at 8:30 EST ... %.             * Breaking news: Yet another sobering government labor report released Friday showed the economy ... jobs report, the unemployment rate rose to 7.2% last month from 6.7% in November and higher than [more...]

Date: 2009-01-09 13:51:10

State Workers Fight Over Cutbacks as States Want More From Obama

As the budget crisis deepens, state employees are fighting each other for survival. Potshots are thrown between management vs. non-management, union vs. non-union, teachers vs. everyone else. In addition, governors want $1 trillion out of a total package of $850 billion Congress is likely to send to Obama to sign. The math does not add up [more...]

Date: 2009-01-03 19:53:00

Hey Governor, what about bikes? [Updated]

Libby Tucker [Editor's note: This is the first article in our new section, BikePortland.org: In-Depth ... emissions and slash the state budget, Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s proposed Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009 ... tax credit toward the purchase of plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars. “The word “bicycle” [more...]

Date: 2008-12-06 05:43:37

Media & Politics

Media & Politics 02-Dec-08 Permanent link to MTA daily media news Extra Bonus Quote of the Day (Political Wire) “I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me.” — President Bush, in an interview with CNN. Resting a wee bit easier (by J -SOM at Liberal Rapture Hillary Clinton will be the next Secretary of State… Other than the [more...]

Date: 2008-12-02 17:32:35

A Few Words On Furloughs

The news that South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) ... ago. That has nothing to do with the efficacy of furloughs, mind you, but we’ll give him some credit ... legacy of failure on that front. Five years ago, Gov. Mark Sanford proposed merging our state’s eight [more...]

Date: 2008-12-22 07:00:04

The Subprime Crisis Hits Home Hard in California—Package of Bills Heading to the Governor

By Mark Ridley-Thomas California State Senate Chair, Legislative Black Caucus It comes as no surprise, ... and harnessed with unsustainable high interest subprime loans, whether they had good credit ... loans compared to any other group, according to a report by the Consumer Federation of America [more...]

Date: 2008-09-09 22:52:06

DrumBeat: October 26, 2008

David Strahan: You're wrong, PM. We need higher oil prices Once again Gordon Brown has got energy policy all wrong. Even before Opec announced an output cut of 1.5 million barrels per day, the Prime Minister had denounced the move as "absolutely scandalous", fearing it would force the oil price higher just as the world slides into recession [more...]

Date: 2008-10-26 13:21:00

When the Lights Go Out in the City

Hawaii Island of Oahu Loses Power During Storm By David Briscoe, Associated Press Writer / USA TodayHONOLULU — The island of Oahu lost power Friday evening in the midst of heavy rain and lightning, leaving some 800,000 residents and thousands of tourists in the dark, as well as the neighborhood where President-elect Barack Obama was vacationing [more...]

Date: 2008-12-27 15:49:00

Aftermath News: Ky. law requires Homeland Security to credit God

Associated Press | Nov 28, 2008 LEXINGTON, Ky. — A lawmaker says the state’s Homeland Security office should be crediting God with keeping the ... , who prominently credited God in annual reports to state leaders. But Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration didn’t credit God in its 2008 Homeland Security report issued last month. “We certainly expect [more...]

Date: 2008-12-02 11:02:18

Best Blog Posts of 2008 (Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves)

Last year my compilation of what bloggers chose as their own best posts of the year proved so popular, at least with the participating bloggers' mothers, that I have decided to make it an annual affair. But enjoy it while you can. When the Obama Administration institutes its secret plan to extend the Fairness Doctrine to the Internet, this blog, [more...]

Date: 2008-12-29 21:00:00

2009 Opinions, Predictions and Guesses

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a safe and happy transit into 2009 ... to bailout everyone (Treasury to mull more CITI-style rescues… , STEEL INDUSTRY WANTS GOV’T MONEY… ... (and most semi-sentients) how egregious credit market excesses have been. We see massive wipe-outs in retail [more...]

Date: 2009-01-05 11:00:53


Jump to Comments ODETTA, VOICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT   Nancy Siesel/The New York Times Odetta at Radio City Music Hall in New York for a “Salute to the Blues” benefit concert in 2003.     By TIM WEINER Published: December 3, 2008   Odetta, the singer whose resonant voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and the [more...]

Date: 2008-12-08 00:02:18

Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/23/2008

USAAccused September 11 Plotter a No-Show at GuantanamoCAIR Files FEC ComplaintCourt Ordered to Reconsider Asylum CaseFBI Probing Fannie, Freddie, Lehman, AIG — CNNOur World: Your Abortions or Your Lives!Violence Increases in Grand Island Between Somali and Sudanese Refugees Europe and the EUChristian Schools Closing for Islamic FestivalEuro MPs [more...]

Date: 2008-09-24 00:50:00

THE INITIATIVE TO REPEAL THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE INCOME TAX seems to be gathering some steam ... to wage an anti-tax campaign, while others — led by top state officials, including Gov. Deval ... of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as we know it." To their credit, most of the measure's opponents [more...]

Date: 2008-10-06 12:32:56

Media & Politics

Media & Politics 13-Jan-09 Permanent link to MTA daily media news Our Little Shop of Horrors (by Pat Racimora at No Quarter) ... Credit (The Trail, Washington Post) President-elect Barack Obama will address Senate Democrats ... as negotiations unfold, Obama is expected to drop his least popular proposal, a $3,000 tax credit for companies [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 06:35:02

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/10/2008

You’ll notice several stories in tonight’s news about close ties being forged between Italy and both Libya and Turkey. The Berlusconi government cracks down on immigrants at home, but is promoting a strong Mediterranean policy in its external relations.There are too many Obama stories to take note of [more...]

Date: 2008-11-11 04:48:00

Media & Politics

Media & Politics 07-Jan-09 Permanent link to MTA daily media news The Heretik Freedom Rider: Bush Goes Out a Winner (by Margaret Kimberley at the Black Agenda Report) Bush is leaving office in the popularity ... monitoring their sense of understanding. They may in fact be swinging between doubt and closure [more...]

Date: 2009-01-07 18:33:23

DrumBeat: December 14, 2008

Global oil supply will peak in 2020, says energy agency Global oil production will peak much earlier than expected amid a collapse in petroleum investment due to the credit crunch, one of the world's foremost experts has revealed. Fatih Birol, chief economist to the International Energy Agency, told the Guardian that conventional crude [more...]

Date: 2008-12-14 14:06:53

McCain Unleashes The Republican Smear Machine-- Obama Talks Health Care For Working Families

The media strategist responsible for Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Mark McCinnon, isn't exactly shy about negative advertising. And his media campaign for Bush is fondly remembered by Republican partisans as one of the dirtiest, most shameful and nastiest anyone had ever seen. Needless to say, McCain hired him immediately [more...]

Date: 2008-10-05 01:04:18

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