Evidently the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and spokesperson for the Administration on the Benghazi debacle should be shielded from all criticism because, you know, you’re not supposed to pick on girls. That’s what the ladies in the House of Representatives are saying here.
A dozen female members of the House staunchly defended U.N. ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the GOP lawmakers’ comments were racist and sexist.
“It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities,” Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
The House women, a majority of them Africa-American, lashed out at McCain and Graham and demanded that they retract their criticism.
“To batter this woman because they don’t feel they have the ability to batter President Obama is something we the women are not going to stand by and watch,” said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.
Feminists evidently believe that women are qualified for big, important jobs but, unlike men, should be shielded from all criticism. You know, because they are the weaker sex… or something like that… I dunno.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that “Al Qaeda involvement” was suspected — but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who spoke to reporters after Petraeus testified before the House Intelligence Committee, indicated he and other lawmakers still have plenty of questions about the aftermath of the attack.
“No one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the talking points,” he said.
In other words, Obama’s claim that the intelligence community informed the Administration that it was a protest was a lie. No fog of war. No misstatement. No mistake. They scrubbed al Qaeda from the talking points and lied over and over about the nature of the attack including during the debates.
So why did Petraeus play along? Because Obama had Damocles Sword hanging over his head. Paetraeus doubtlessly believed that if he cooperated with the Administration’s cover up, he would weather the storm over his infidelity. Whether there were explicit threats made or Petraeus simply deduced that he should play nice is immaterial. He knew Obama had his balls in a vice and very likely behaved accordingly.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Sources tell FOX 32 News that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is willing to give up his 2nd Congressional District seat if he’s given disability when he steps down.
Jackson Jr. was re-elected to his tenth term but last month, sources say, he applied for a disability package–what could be his only income if he resigns. It is expected to take a couple of weeks for Congress to approve or deny the request.”
The Dutch economy contracted 1.1 per cent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, and 1.4 per cent compared to last year’s third quarter. Many economists had expected a contraction of about 0.2 per cent compared to Q2. Germany and France both managed to eke out a 0.2 per cent expansion in the third quarter compared to the second. It’s France’s first bit of growth all year.
Overall, the eurozone contracted by 0.1 per cent in June to September, compared with Q2. It follows from a 0.2 per cent decline in the second quarter from Q1, according to flash estimates from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office.
Naturally, the Administration and Democrats will blame Europe’s recession for America’s economic woes. The reality, of course, is just the opposite. Europe is struggling because the workhorse of the global economy – the United States – has been limping along at less than 2% growth. Since World War II Europe has financed its welfare states based on the strength and indirect subsidies of the United States economy. The US has been the workhorse and Europe the wagon. About four years ago, Americans decided that they would like to take a turn as the wagon. Without a global workhorse, the results have been predictable.
That reality doesn’t fit the narrative however, and the American left will happily blame the wagon for not pulling the horse.
Today, as Hamas continued to fire rockets on Israeli civilians while ensconced among Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ordered Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to travel to Gaza in a show of solidarity with Hamas. Kandil will be accompanied by Egyptian security officials, including Maj. Gen. Mohammed Raafat Shehata, Egypt’s head of intelligence, and the health minister.
Gee, I hope the Archduke Franz Ferdinand doesn’t get hurt.
Hostess Brands Inc, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, said it will ask a bankruptcy judge for permission to liquidate after failing to obtain wage and benefit cuts from thousands of its bakery workers.
The company said a strike by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union that started last week was too much to overcome.
all 18,000 workers laid off! But, of course, it was management’s fault.
Hostess Brands permanently closed three bakeries Monday, including a plant in St. Louis where 365 jobs were cut, in response to a bakers’ union strike that started Friday.
The bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread said it’s trying to avert liquidating the entire company, and it shuttered three plants that were no longer able to produce and deliver products because of picket lines. The other plant closures are in Seattle and Cincinnati, where a combined 262 jobs were cut.
“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.
My biological mother gave me a bag of Hostess donuts the other day because she didn’t like them. I gave them to the kids – and vowed not to buy anymore Hostess products when I saw the Union stamp on the bag. That hasn’t changed for me, but I applaud them for sticking to their guns!
I will no longer knowingly buy any products manufactured with union labor! I don’t care if I have to personally boycott every single product on the planet. No more giving my money to people who hate me.
Yesterday a man whose intelligence and business acumen I greatly admire told me that the Republican Party must move to the left if it is ever going to win elections again. I didn’t really get a chance to debate it with him, but it is something I have heard and read a few times since the election.
To be honest, I don’t get it. What is the point of winning if winning means you have begun promoting the leftist agenda? The goal, after all, isn’t the victory of Republican Party candidates. The goal is public policy based on conservative and libertarian values. It makes no sense whatsoever to abandon the goal in order to put people bearing the GOP brand in office.
I know, the one thing I said I wasn’t going to do after last week’s beating is Monday morning quarterback the election or talk inside ball party politics; I am not going to start now. I don’t care a bit about the Republican Party and its strategy for winning except to the extent that it is a proxy for the values I support. If it moves left in order to win elections, it will no longer be a such a proxy and, therefore, of no value to me.
I expect we are going to hear more of this and the GOP will move left in order to win. Evidence of this being the natural evolution of things is that the so-called “conservative” parties of Europe are no more than leftist organizations who claim to be more efficient in running the state apparatus than their even further left opponents. If this is where we are heading in America, we have lost even if Republicans win.
If all 47 million food stamp recipients voted for President Obama, it would account for 75.4 percent of Obama’s 62.3 million votes.
Harry Hopkins, FDR’s close adviser who ran the non-defunct Works Progress Administration (WPA), once described Roosevelt’s strategy as “tax & tax, spend & spend, elect & elect.” He believed that if Roosevelt put everyone on the federal payroll, either through aid or federal jobs, that Roosevelt would never lose. FDR won four presidential elections in a row before his death removed him from office.
The Washington Post has reported that George Washington University has lost its ranking with U.S. News and World Report because they lied about data that was used to rank them. Because of the incorrect data they were ranked number 51 in the publication’s latest vaunted list of best colleges in the nation. GWU has been moved from the best colleges section of the magazine’s Web site to an “unranked” list of schools that do not have calculated rankings.
The data that was fudged was the report from the school that stated 78% of their first year students had been in the top ten of their high school graduating class. The real, accurate number is twenty points lower: 58%. The reason this is important is because a school that has a high ranking can and does demand higher tuition levels from students.
They did it for the money. And not just once: “… GWU has been erroneously reporting the wrong class standing stats for more than a decade.” And GWU is not alone. “Emory University and Claremont McKenna College officials admitted that previous years’ data had been fudged, but neither saw a dramatic shift in rank. Morse said GWU is the first school this year to have its ranking changed.”
Now for the included lesson from the University President:
GWU President Steven Knapp said in a statement on Wednesday that he was surprised by the decision to remove the school’s numerical ranking rather than correct it. Knapp said that the university reported the error to U.S. News and the university community “without regard to any possible action that U.S. News might take as a result.”
Knapp concluded the statement by saying: “As I have said, we regret the error and have put safeguards in place to prevent such errors from occurring in the future.”“
They have been cheating for a long time. They got caught and it caused their ranking to be reduced to somewhere close to where it belongs. There are no red faces. There is no plan to refund the unfounded tuition increases to students. Instead the University thinks they were treated unfairly for lying.
The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000.
The highest numbers of new filings came from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there were thousands of layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries.
Pennsylvania and Ohio, huh? Wow, that is just bad luck.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
RD’s thread about the swag got me thinking. Particularly the Heinlein quote.
We know what the problem is; the more mentally stimulating issue is to hypothesize a solution. Clearly Heinlein is correct. Thus, he may as well be saying that voting must be contingent upon something, some prerequisite.
There are numerous prerequisites to obtaining a vote that could be implemented. Some better, some worse. I would love to see Revoista’s thoughts on the matter.
What follows is my attempt to spitball, and in no way indicates my opinion on any given option:
The debt crisis dragged the euro zone into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday.
The two leading economies both managed 0.2 percent growth in the July-to-September period.
But the resilience could not save the austerity-hit 17-nation bloc from overall contraction as the likes of The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Austria shrank.
Economic output in the euro zone fell 0.1 percent in the quarter, following a 0.2-percent drop in the second quarter.
Those two quarters of contraction put the euro zone’s 9.4 trillion euro ($12 trillion) economy in recession, although Italy and Spain have been contracting for a year already and Greece is suffering an outright depression.
Get ready. It is contagious as hell and America voted last week to forego immunization and, instead, give Europe a great, big sloppy kiss.
Jobless claims soar! It isn’t Barry’s fault, however. It’s Sandy’s.
Super storm Sandy drove U.S. weekly jobless claims up to 439,000, while consumer prices rose slightly last month as higher rents and costlier food offset cheaper gas.
Super storm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 78,000 mostly because a large number of applications were filed in states damaged by the storm. People can claim unemployment benefits if their workplaces close and they don’t get paid.
Hiring in the long-depressed U.S. construction industry will get a boost from the rebuilding that will follow Superstorm Sandy. Those jobs, in turn, could raise economic growth, analysts say.
The modest lift to the economy is expected to come in the first months of 2013. Construction firms, contractors and local governments will hire to rebuild or renovate homes, buildings, roads and bridges that were damaged or destroyed.
“This is going to be a net positive, particularly in the mid-Atlantic,” said Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director Moody’s Economy.com.
“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
It’s not like we didn’t see it coming.
“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’
‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.”
Here we are, in Obama’s… second… um…. term… (Damn, that’s hard to say) and he is still blaming Bush for the economy he has presided over for four years.
President Obama opened his first White House press conference in eight months Wednesday with a familiar refrain: Blame Bush.
Before diving into an explanation of how he wants to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” — and imploring House Republicans to approve legislation to raise taxes on high earners — Obama sought to once again remind Americans that he took office, four years ago, during a recession that started with the George W. Bush administration.
“Right now our economy is still recovering from a very deep and damaging crisis, so our top priority has to be jobs and growth,” Obama said. “We’ve got to build on the progress that we’ve made.”
Not a word from the running dog media at the conference.
There can only be one reason why Obama would choose John Kerry to be Secretary of defense. It is a calculated and purposeful insult to Veterans. Hell, why not Jane Fonda?
It turned out that what Mr. Kerry had sought was not to protect Americans. He sought a communist Vietnam. He viewed the communists as morally superior to the Vietnamese whom they conquered. That’s why he was joking about it with Senator Aiken. Let it never be forgotten what happened, though, when Congress capitulated. Cambodia fell that same spring to the Khmer Rouge. Free Vietnam fell two weeks later. Millions of freedom-loving Vietnamese were swept into re-education camps or fled for their lives in rickety boats on the high seas. In Cambodia, the communists slaughtered the Cambodians in killings fields. Mr. Kerry did nothing, save to savor his victory and begin his long climb in politics.
I hope Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is reorganizing.
Seriously, don’t do it. What is here, while totally safe for work, is disturbing at a primal level. You will not be able to unread what you read in this link. You will stare into the abyss and, in return, the abyss will stare into you. Don’t allow that to happen. Turn back now, before it is too late. Seriously. Stop and walk away. This is your last warning. Okay, don’t say I didn’t tell you so…
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