Breaking News Political and Other Topics of Interest

I have the New Zeal Blog linked on my sidebar. I find the most compelling stories from off shore sources. I do hope one day we can prosecute people in the media for sedition and treason. It would only take one conviction with the proper sentence to fix the problem. Any way New Zeal has this story posted yesterday.

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-is-napolitano-doing-nothing-about_16.html

Call these Intelligence committee members and demand action.

http://intelligence.senate.gov/memberscurrent.html

http://intelligence.house.gov/MemberList.aspx

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  1. LindaNY says:

    Unionized Public Servants Meet Their Enemy

    The American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2011 | John F. Di Leo

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:14:37 AM by Scanian

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677817/posts

    “Public servants who think themselves wronged by their government have been demonstrating for days in Madison, Wisconsin. Their march for fair treatment in the budget battles and contract negotiations to follow is intended to evoke sympathy, but is it merited?

    Such a thing has happened before. In the summer of 1786, Captain Daniel Shays led a revolt of his fellow Revolutionary War veterans in Pennsylvania. His compatriots were losing their homes to foreclosure, after having served their country, after enduring the frost at Valley Forge, the shelling at New York, the disease and malnutrition of an ill-equipped army’s eight-year campaign against the British Empire. These veterans could not pay their bills, due to the default of their previous employers: the governments of the United States had, in many cases, never paid them a cent for their service.

    Shays’ Rebellion and its less famous cousins across the country owned the moral high ground in the mid-1780s. Government had mistreated its veterans, and drastic changes were needed to correct the matter. This led to the Constitutional Convention, to the reform of not only our military payment system, but of our government, and our very economic system itself, so that our government would never again make promises it could not keep.

    The prayer of today’s government employees is that they can claim that same sympathy, that they can convince an overtaxed public that these already well-paid public servants should be immune from the cuts in future benefits that the rest of us have had to accept as our modern economy has changed.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …

  2. LindaNY says:

    Why We Bleed from Greed

    The American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2011 | Jeff T. Allen

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:09:50 AM by Scanian

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677815/posts

    “We are wounded today, bleeding red ink, and everyone knows who is guilty. Our suffering is the fault of a small group of people, here and abroad: they are the greedy.

    You know them. We all can point them out. Greedy people gobble up unfair amounts of precious resources, keeping vast sums for themselves and sticking it to the rest of us. The greedy are pushing us to the brink. If we had the courage to stand up to them we could solve so many problems. It is time we put a stop to all the damage such selfishness causes our great country. It may take a fight, but we can tackle the problem on principle.

    An 80 year old man confirmed this to me in a McDonald’s restaurant just yesterday. He said it was time. We have to take a stand against greedy politicians. “What’s this country coming to?” he exhorted his coffee pals around him. Then he got more specific.

    “I don’t care if they’re Republican or Democrat,” said the man. “I worked since I was 15 years old in 1945 at the spring factory down the block. I paid into Social Security for 50 years, and any of those greedy bastards who wants to take my check is in for a fist fight.”

    He knows lots of old people who are dependent on these checks to live. “What are they going to do without them, at 80 years old? It isn’t fair.” Everyone around him concurred, no matter their age.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …

  3. LindaNY says:

    Christchurch quake deathtoll at 65, could still rise

    IBTimes ^ | ebruary 22, 2011 | Christine Jared-Perrin

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:55:20 AM by iseekNews

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677805/posts

    “New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says 65 people died in the earthquake that devastated Christchurch today.

    ”The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it’s an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about,” Mr Key told TVNZ. ”It’s a terrifying time for the people of Canterbury.’

    (Excerpt) Read more at hken.ibtimes.com …

  4. LindaNY says:

    The Real Revolution Has Begun

    American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2011 | J. Robert Smith

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 2:34:21 AM by neverdem

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677795/posts

    “How delicious is irony, how fickle fate?

    Just a little more than two years ago, liberals were ecstatic about Barack Obama’s election and Democrats’ control of Congress. Liberal pundits were all atwitter about the brand new Democratic Era that voters had ushered in. America would finally become what America should have been years ago: a European-style social democracy.

    Boy, did Democrats misread their mandate! With very little hindsight needed, it’s apparent to all but ideologically-blinkered liberals that the Democrats’ gross overreach isn’t what voters wanted or expected. Voters wanted a redo of the Clinton years. Instead, in the person of Barack Obama, voters got an amalgam of FDR and LBJ with a dash of Neville Chamberlin thrown in.

    But here’s the real kicker. Two years of Obama-Reid-Pelosi overreach and excesses may have been the table-setter for the real revolution now unfolding. Voters and taxpayers first needed to see the irresponsibility and recklessness of unalloyed liberalism to appreciate that conservative government is far superior. Thank you, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  5. LindaNY says:

    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by RJ

    Top 5 Investments – Economic Collapse Sends Silver Prices Up

    http://www.morningliberty.com/2011/02/22/top-5-investments-economic-collapse-sends-silver-prices-up/

    Larry Kudlow
    Sat Feb 19, 2011
    Subject: Re Value Options for Americans

    http://www.morningliberty.com

    Silver Breakout Has Serious Fundamental Legs

    Take a look at buying silver for yourself. Call 435-283-3733

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/253746-silver-breakout-has-serious-fundamental-legs

    “Silver has recently broken above all time highs (nominal highs) and investors should consider buying silver here with a tight stop loss at the Hunt Brothers’ high form the 1970s or $30 depending on risk tolerance.

    Hyperinflation occurred in the U.S. during the Revolutionary War and during the Civil War and has occurred in many countries throughout world history. People who have lived through the actual collapse of a currency are the best people to learn from if we are heading for a collapse in fiat currencies globally – whether you agree with this hypothesis or not it is still something to consider. I like the following video on hyperinflation, as this guy didn’t need a Harvard Education to understand the collapse of the USSR and the Soviet currency (click here for the video).”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  6. LindaNY says:

    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by RJ

    Economic Collapse – Top 3 Central Banking Crimes

    http://www.morningliberty.com/2011/02/22/economic-collapse-top-3-central-banking-crimes/

    Tom Mali
    Sun Feb 20, 2011
    Subject: Top 3 Dangers of Central Banking

    http://www.morningliberty.com

    “This is important background on the history of central banking and why we are losing our country because of it!

    Excellent understanding of History and how it effecting business now and dismantling of our Republic. Frank

    Thought you would enjoy this history on central banking in the USA. Something to occupy time will we wait for the official notice of the demise of the federal reserve gangster central bank:

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  7. LindaNY says:

    Obama Administration’s Forest Rule May End Up Back in Court

    Courthouse News Service ^ | February 18, 2011 | SONYA ANGELICA DIEHN

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:37:17 AM by epithermal

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677949/posts

    (CN) – “Environmentalists say the federal government’s new forest planning rules fail to protect species and habitat and put too much power in the hands of forest managers who have abused their discretion. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, citing a need for efficiency and flexibility, unveiled new rules intended to replace regulations established in the 1980s for nearly 200 million federal acres. The proposal, which the U.S. Forest Service released last week, would cover 193 million acres in 155 forests and 20 grasslands in the National Forest system. The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. – SNIP- The Associated Press reported that lawsuits to protect habitat for threatened and endangered species in past decades have slashed logging in National Forests by three-quarters from its peak.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at courthousenews.com …

  8. LindaNY says:

    Four Americans Killed on Yacht Hijacked by Somali Pirates (Breaking on FoxNews.com)

    FOXnews.com ^ | February 22, 2011 | Fox News Staff

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:36:09 AM by NCDragon

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677947/posts

    DEVELOPING STORY: “Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed, Fox News has confirmed. U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite attempts to save their lives, all four hostages died of their wounds. “We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,” said Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander in a news release. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained, along with two pirates already in custody. U.S. forces also found the remains of two other pirates already dead aboard the vessel and believe a total of 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking. The yacht Quest was hijacked on Friday off the coast of Oman and U.S. forces had been closely monitoring the vessel.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com …

  9. LindaNY says:

    How Union Membership Has Changed Over 25 Years

    David R. Butcher IMT February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13734

    “Unions today are composed of a greater share of women, Hispanics, Asian Pacific Americans and more-educated workers, according to new data that also indicate a shift in unionized labor away from manufacturing toward services.

    Around the middle of the last century, labor unions represented about a third of all American workers. Since then, the United States labor movement has undergone major changes, particularly in recent years, not the least of which has been shrinking membership.

    The union membership rate in the U.S. has fallen from 20.1 percent of employed wage and salary workers in 1983 to 12.4 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) latest union members summary, which reports that there are 16.1 million workers belonging to a union in the U.S., down from 17.7 million in 1983.

    The dwindling membership base is not the only dramatically changing element of unionized labor across the nation.

    A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a progressive not-for-profit research center, points to a number of demographic shifts that have taken place over the last two-and-a-half decades.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  10. LindaNY says:

    Probate Courts: Criminal racketeering sanctioned by government

    Marti Oakley PPJ Gazette February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13737

    “One of the worst pseudo courts in the US is the system of probate courts. Across the board, in absolutely every state is a so-called court system that operates for profit at the expense of any individual or family unfortunate enough to have any assets. By law, upon death of the estate holder, all assets are seized by the court for distribution. Supposedly these courts are charged with making sure all assets are distributed in the manner the decedent supposedly wanted yet it is estimated that 80% of heirs never receive their inheritance or receive only small portions of what was originally left to them as a result of the criminal racketeering that occurs in these courts.

    Between the probate judge who has a financial interest against the estate collecting on average 6-7% of the estate nationally,(this is aside from his annual salary paid by the state and is assessed against each and every probate case in their courts) and attorneys who will land on the estates like a swarm of vultures and who misuse the courts to access the assets of the decedent while filing vexatious motions, charges and suits then charging hyper-inflated fees for these actions against the estate, there is little chance heirs will receive anything at all.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  11. LindaNY says:

    Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto’s Roundup

    Urges USDA to rescind approval of genetically engineered alfalfa: “In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.”

    Rady Ananda Food Freedom February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13739

    “A plant pathologist experienced in protecting against biological warfare recently warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn.

    Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens committee of the American Phytopathological Society, as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System, warned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that this pathogen threatens the US food and feed supply and can lead to the collapse of the US corn and soy export markets. Likewise, deregulation of GE alfalfa “could be a calamity,” he noted in his letter (reproduced in full below).

    On January 27, Vilsack gave blanket approval to all genetically modified alfalfa. Following orders from President Obama, he also removed buffer zone requirements. This is seen as a deliberate move to contaminate natural crops and destroy the organic meat and dairy industry which relies on GM-free alfalfa. Such genetic contamination will give the biotech industry complete control over the nation’s fourth largest crop. It will also ease the transition to using GE-alfalfa as a biofuel.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  12. LindaNY says:

    Federal Reserve ultimate protector of the banking class

    My Budget 360 February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13748

    “The Federal Reserve has one clear mandate. That mandate involves protecting the biggest investment and commercial banks on Wall Street at the expense of the American people. This deflation of quality of life is being felt in the most clandestine and subtle ways like a shift in the wind. The Federal Reserve through archaic money operations has bailed out the too big to fail and has passed on the bill to millions of Americans. We are now seeing this through the rising cost of goods outside of housing. As noted before manufacturers unable to charge Americans with an average annual income of $25,000 anymore on goods for fear of losing customers, many producers are simply shrinking the package of items hoping customers do not notice. Aside from this hidden cost since the US dollar is being devalued by virtual money printing, the CPI which is heavily weighted by housing is also showing increases in inflation. As expected it looks like the Fed is only concerned with protecting one sector of our economy.”

    The Federal Reserve causing another bubble?

    http://www.mybudget360.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/fed-funds-rate-and-inflation.png

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  13. LindaNY says:

    Troopers would ‘absolutely’ use force on Wisc. protesters if ordered, police union president

    Stephen C. Webster Raw Story February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13750

    “Amid the largest protests Madison, Wisconsin has seen in decades, newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker last week issued a stark message to public labor unions occupying the capitol building: we have options, and using the National Guard against protesters is among them.

    Since then, a myrad of rumors have circulated through crowds gathered at the state capitol, united in protest of a bill that would strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. One rumor, which had not yet come to pass, even suggested that like Egypt’s former dictator did in Tahrir Square, Gov. Walker may call in police to forcibly clear out the capitol.

    And according to a Wisconsin police union president, whether the police agree or disagree with their governor’s politics, they would “absolutely” carry out any order given to them … even if that order included using force against their fellow Americans gathered in peaceful protest.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Article here…

  14. LindaNY says:

    Government Shutdown 2011? 5 Reasons Why It Wouldn’t Really Matter Either Way

    The American Dream February 22, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13754

    “Is the U.S. government going to shutdown on March 4th, 2011? Possibly. The current temporary funding extension expires on that day. Speaker of the House John Boehner has pledged that the Republicans in the House will not pass another temporary funding extension that does not include “deep” cuts. Barack Obama has pledged that he will veto the 61 billion dollars of budget cuts that the House of Representatives has just passed. So now Boehner and Obama are playing a really bizarre game of chicken, and if neither of them blinks the U.S. government will shut down on March 4th. So what will that mean? Well, in a “government shutdown”, the entire government does not actually shut down. Rather, only “essential personnel” are kept on during a shutdown and only “essential services” are provided. Barack Obama would keep showing up at the White House and the U.S. military would continue to do their thing. But it would cause a temporary disruption to a lot of government activities that people normally rely on.

    In the end, however, a shutdown of the U.S. government would not really make much of a difference at all unless it went on for a number of months. The following are 5 reasons why….”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  15. LindaNY says:

    U.S. Caught in a Big Lie: Provocateur in Pakistan is CIA Operative

    Dave Lindorff TCBH February 22, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13757

    “Talk about getting caught in a Big Lie.

    So desperate has been the US effort to get the US government killer Raymond Davis sprung from police custody in Lahore, Pakistan following his execution-style slaughter of two Pakistani intelligence operatives in broad daylight in a crowded commercial area, that the government trotted out President Obama to declare that Pakistan was violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by holding “our diplomat.” He insisted Davis had only been defending himself against robbers, and should in any case be entitled to absolute immunity.

    Now both the Guardian newspaper in the UK over the weekend, and the Associated Press today are reporting that sources in both the Pakistani and American governments are confirming that Davis works for the CIA. The AP is even reporting that he is a “CIA security contractor,” which is something less and a little more amorphous than a CIA employee, and that means he has no claim on diplomatic immunity whatever, and that raises the added question of who he actually is and who he actually works for. But more on that later.”

    The Guardian noted in its article that Davis’s wife had provided phone numbers for information about him to a local TV station and that those numbers turned out to be the CIA. Meanwhile, Agence France Press reported over the weekend that Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), a loose-tongued member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also apparently inadvertently slipped up and disclosed on the Senate floor that Davis is an “agent”, saying, “We can’t throw this agent over.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Article here…

  16. LindaNY says:

    George Soros and Egypt’s New Constitution

    For Egyptians, the nightmare is just beginning.

    Tony Cartalucci, Contributing Writer Activist Post February 19, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13726

    “The United States and its allies are still feigning surprise at the unfolding revolutionary conflagration consuming the Middle East. However, those aware of the West’s decades old network of NGOs and how their sole purpose is reordering the world to align to Western imperial interests can clearly see their meddling hands involved in the current “uprisings” sweeping North Africa, Arabia, and now Iran.

    While Movements.org coordinates their army of youthful cannon fodder in the streets of foreign nations from Bahrain to Libya, their corporate sponsors and their partners in the US State Department put on a convincing act of carefully portrayed confusion in the mainstream media.

    MSNBC recently republished a New York Times piece titled “U.S. scrambles to size up ElBaradei,” suggesting somehow Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei may pose an obstacle to American and Israeli interests in the region. The utter contempt for their readers’ intelligence is revealed when considering ElBaradei is a trustee of a prominent US think-tank, the International Crisis Group (ICG) along side George Soros, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Armitage, and Kenneth Aldelman.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  17. LindaNY says:

    Libya Conquered in the Dark

    Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13741

    “Shut down the Middle East, you shut down China and Russia, then you rule the world. The current Middle East destabilization is a desperate gambit to eliminate the Near-East buffer, isolate the two rising superpowers, and force them to concede to their place within a unipolar New York-London centric world order.

    Libya is next in a long line of nations in the Middle East being destabilized and facing a Western-backed regime change. With the corporate owned mainstream media performing breathtaking acts of propagandizing, the US State Department’s army of bloggers coordinating Libya’s uprising on the ground, and nearly zero confirmed reports coming out, it seems the large North African nation is being dismembered entirely in the dark.

    Unlike in Egypt, where US International Crisis Group trustee Mohamed ElBaradei was talking daily to international reporters on the ground, and AlJazeera provided 24 hour coverage, Libya is a virtual blackhole. The mainstream media is relaying hearsay from “Libyan” bloggers and protesters on the ground. The tell-tale quotation marks peppering reports coming out of BBC and AlJazeera and a litany of weasel words indicate that the “revolution” will be feed to the public in the most disingenuous and unsubstantiated manner possible.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  18. LindaNY says:

    Will The Great Firewall Of China Prevent Tomorrow’s Beijing “Jasmine Revolution”?

    Zero Hedge February 21, 2011

    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13744

    “What could possibly be the most important unreported news from the weekend comes out of China, where quietly Internet postings have circulated, calling for disgruntled Chinese to gather on Sunday in public places in 13 major cities to mark the “Jasmine Revolution” spreading through the Middle East. The postings, many of which appeared to have originated on overseas websites run by exiled Chinese political activists, called for protests in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and 10 other major Chinese cities. And while there has been some speculation this latest “social network” protest is nothing more than performance art, the Chinese authorities sure are taking it seriously: “The calls have apparently led the Chinese government to censor postings containing the word “jasmine” in an attempt to quell any potential unrest. “We welcome… laid off workers and victims of forced evictions to participate in demonstrations, shout slogans and seek freedom, democracy and political reform to end ‘one party rule’,” one posting said.” Just like surging prices (which however are either forcefully adjusted to not be reflected or eliminated entirely from the data stream) caused virtually all prior Chinese social revolts, will they succeed again? And more importantly, will China demonstrate to the US that the only way to prevent a ‘twitter revolution’ is to wrest control of the internet entirely? If so, how many days before Big Brother is actively scouring through every single 100Base TX for daily keywords of choice with HBGary patiently waiting in the corridors to unleash a destructive DDOS at a moment’s notice?”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  19. LindaNY says:

    Supreme Court rules for vaccine makers on lawsuits: Cremation Of Care

    02-22-2011 • news.yahoo.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084381-2011-02-22-supreme-court-rules-for-vaccine-makers-on-lawsuits-cremation-of.htm

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads/Graphics/171-0222164753-Bohemian-Grove-Cremation-of-Care.jpg

    “The Supreme Court ruled that federal law shields vaccine makers from product-liability lawsuits in state court seeking damages for a child’s injuries or death from a vaccine’s side effects. The high court on Tuesday ruled for Wyeth, which is now owned by Pfizer Inc, in a lawsuit brought by the parents of Hannah Bruesewitz, who suffered seizures as an infant after her third dose of a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine in 1992. Pfizer and other vaccine makers had argued that a Supreme Court ruling for the plaintiffs could open the door to a flood of lawsuits — many by families who believe vaccines cause autism — and threaten the supply of childhood vaccines. Pfizer Executive Vice President and General Counsel Amy Schulman said the company was pleased with the ruling. “The Vaccine Act that Congress enacted nearly 25 years ago appropriately places the responsibility for determining the optimal design of life-saving childhood vaccines in the hands of expert federal agencies, not a patchwork of state tort systems,” she said. At issue in the ruling was the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, a law that created a special program to handle disputes in an effort to ensure a stable vaccine supply by shielding companies from most lawsuits.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Jack Gregson

  20. LindaNY says:

    Dozens trapped by New Zealand quake that killed 65

    02-22-2011 • AP

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084357-2011-02-22-dozens-trapped-by-new-zealand-quake-that-killed-65.htm

    “Office workers trapped under their collapsed buildings sent messages to the outside as rescuers with dogs scrambled to save them and dozens of others following a powerful earthquake that killed at least 65 in one of New Zealand’s largest cities.

    At least 100 people were reportedly missing and believed buried. Search teams assisted by floodlights and earth movers worked through dawn Wednesday, trying to dig through crumbled concrete, twisted metal and huge mounds of brick.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Powell Gammill

  21. LindaNY says:

    Obama Administration Resurrecting the Neocons From the Graveyard of History

    02-22-2011 • opinion-maker.org

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084382-2011-02-22-obama-administration-resurrecting-the-neocons-from-the-graveyard-of-history.htm

    “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has chosen a new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan: a long-time controversial neo-con, a man who has been famous for parading as a foreign agent in the lobby circuit, the scandalous former diplomat Marc Grossman. The not-so-gradual resurrection of the old neo-con cabal under the Obama administration, led by Hillary Clinton, should not come as a surprise. According to Washington insiders, Richardl Perle and Douglas Feith have been consulted more than a few times in their ‘unofficial’ capacity, but are not far down in the queue to receive ‘official’ acknowledgement. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; at least to those who’ve been following the steady momentum building at the Obama White House towards a soon-to-come Neo-con Easter. Hillary Clinton appointed Dennis Ross as Special Advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia; a man well-known as a hard-core neo-con, Paul Wolfowitz’ protégé, cofounder of the AIPAC sponsored Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and one of the loudest advocates for the Israel lobby.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Jack Gregson

  22. LindaNY says:

    Pimco: We Can Not Assume The Dollar Will Retain Its Reserve Currency Status

    02-22-2011 • ZeroHedge.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084380-2011-02-22-pimco-we-can-not-assume-the-dollar-will-retain-its.htm

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads/Graphics/171-0222164039-Bernanke-snake-oil.jpg

    “Mohamed El-Erian made one of his regular media appearances today (in addition to his almost daily Op-Ed, released earlier) appearing on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene and talking the developments in the Maghreb. While the full highlights are presented below, there are two items of note. El-Erian once again hits on what we believe will be the keyword of 2011: stagflation. To wit: “we have to appreciate that in the west, what is happening in Egypt and North Africa results in stagflation in the short term. So higher inflation and lower growth because of higher oil prices that take away purchasing power and transfer wealth somewhere else; because of higher geopolitical risk, which tends to diminish animal spirit and therefore impact investment; and let’s not forget that the Middle East is a market, particularly for European exports. So from an economic perspective, it is important for the west to understand that these are stagflationary winds that have been added to the global economy.” It is important, but not necessary: as long as the manipulated, liquidity glutted market continues to misrepresent the true state of the economy, nobody will care until it is too late. And speaking of “too late”, validating our sarcastic observations over the past several weeks that the dollar is no longer the “flight to safety” currency (that would be the PM complex, and the swiss franc if anything), is the Pimco CIO’s suddenly very dour outlook on the weakening US Dollar: “It is a warning shot to America that we cannot simply assume flight to quality, flight to safety. That people are starting to worry about the fiscal situation in the U.S., worrying about the level of debt and what they’re hearing about states and municipalities. I would take this as a warning shot that we cannot assume that we will maintain the standing of the reserve currency as we have in the past.” That’s a given – the question however remains, which fiat currency, if any, is willing and ready to step in and replace the USD? With all eyes continuing to be look at the CNY, how long before China finally takes the plunge to find out just who is the real reserve currency in the world? On what the weak dollar is signaling: “It is a warning shot to America that we cannot simply assume flight to quality, flight to safety. That people are starting to worry about the fiscal situation in the U.S., worrying about the level of debt and what they’re hearing about states and municipalities. I would take this as a warning shot that we cannot assume that we will maintain the standing of the reserve currency as we have in the past.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Jack Gregson

  23. LindaNY says:

    Why I’m Buying Silver at $30

    Written by Jeff Clark
    Date: 02-22-2011
    Subject: Casey Research Articles

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/084374-2011-02-22-why-im-buying-silver-at-30.htm

    “The silver price has bounced 27% since January 28, a huge advance for a measly 16 trading days. It’s already soared past its 2010 high and was selling for less than $16 this time last year, a double in 12 months. So, is it pricy? Or should we ignore the run-up and keep buying?

    I’ve read a few articles that say we should expect silver to drop to the $25 level, and one pinpointed $22. Others, of course, see bullish tea leaves for the near term and believe it’s headed higher. Of those that assert silver will decline, most believe it will be temporary, though one writer claims the bull market in precious metals is over (I think he’s a holdout from the gold-is-a-bubble camp).

    These authors could be right about a near-term decline, but I’m less concerned with what the price does this month or even the next few months, and more focused on where it’s likely headed over the next few years. Caution: the chart ahead may cause excitement.

    While there are lots of reasons to be bullish on silver, what everyone really wants to know is how high the price can go. Here’s one hint, based strictly on historical price performance.”

    http://www.caseyresearch.com/kkcImages/1297980768-SilverOutperformedGoldThenandNow.png

    ” Silver rose an incredible 3,646% from the November 1971 low of $1.32 to its January 21, 1980 high of $49.45 (London PM fix prices). Our current advance, through February 4, is 596%. At $30, silver would have to climb over five times to match the last great bull market. If it did, the price would hit $160.89 per ounce (from its bottom of $4.295 on March 30, 2001).

    You’ll also notice silver has a record of outperforming gold in these two bull markets. In spite of the price dropping 26.9% in 2008 (while gold gained 5%), the metal has outrun its yellow cousin by 38.6% since their respective lows in 2001.

    Gold advanced 2,333% in the 1970s; it’s currently up 430%. If it matched the last run, the price would hit $6,227.26 per ounce, a return of four-and-a-half times the gold you buy today.

    From solely a historical price perspective, the chart certainly suggests we’ve got a long way to go with both metals. The question is if the fundamentals support such price advances (show me a healthy dollar and no threat of inflation, and we’ll talk), but my point for the moment is that there is an established precedence for the price of these metals to climb much higher. And just as important, to keep one’s eye on the big picture.

    So, yes, I’m buying silver at $30, in part because I think the potential for enormous gains is high.

    However, I’ll add that I’m not draining my cash account to do so. I think it’s important for the precious metals investor to always be in the game, but given silver’s volatility and the precarious nature of most markets right now, prudence suggests we keep some powder dry as well.

    Let’s say one of the soothsayers noted above is correct and silver temporarily falls to $25. If you snag it at that level, your endgame return would be 543%, vs. the 436% gain from $30 (excluding premiums and storage costs). That’s more than another 100% gain on your original investment.

    But how does one buy silver not knowing if the price will plummet or soar? For example, silver could take off from these levels, never to see $30 again, leaving those of you waiting for a sell-off out of the market. Or it could sink to $25, making investors who went all in now regret they didn’t wait for a better price. Or it could trade sideways until, say, next fall, leaving both parties uncertain and on the sidelines.

    In my opinion, there’s a one-word answer to the question. It solves all dilemmas – it keeps you in the market, while simultaneously letting you buy at lower prices if that occurs. It lets you build your position bigger and bigger without the worry of whether you’re getting a good price.

    That one-word verb is, accumulate. Or in the vernacular made popular in the ’80s by the financial planning community, dollar cost average. In other words, buy a little now, buy a little next month, etc., until you have a position sufficient in size to fight off inflation and any other economic woe we’re likely to encounter over the next few years.

    So my advice is, buy, hold, repeat. Because if our silver market ends up looking anything like that left bar in the chart, you may regret not having bought at $30, too.

    [By the way, we updated the numbers on the market cap for Pan American Silver from our article last week… check out how tiny one of the largest silver producers is compared to other popular stocks here.]

    [Where do we buy silver and gold? Get our recommended list of dealers, who have some of the cheapest prices in the industry, along with the silver stocks we think will outperform the metal, with a risk-free trial to BIG GOLD for only $79 per year. To learn how Editor Jeff Clark has boosted his mom’s IRA and his subscribers’ portfolios – and how he can do the same for you – click here.]“

  24. LindaNY says:

    Top Muslim cleric calls on soldiers to kill Gaddafi

    02-22-2011 • RawStory.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084363-2011-02-22-top-muslim-cleric-calls-on-soldiers-to-kill-gaddafi.htm

    Follow live updates of the Libyan uprising.

    “Prominent Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on Libyan soldiers to shoot leader Muammar Gaddafi dead, issuing a fatwa saying any soldier with the ability should step up “to rid Libya of” the 41-year leader.

    “Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Kadhafi should do so,” Qaradawi said on Al-Jazeera television.

    The Egyptian-born cleric urged Libyan soldiers “not to obey orders to strike at your own people,” and called on Libyan diplomats across the world to denounce and distance themselves from Gaddafi’s regime.

    Gaddafi remains a target of violent demonstrators who have taken over cities, as regime officials reportedly used air strikes to fend off protesters fighting the military and setting government buildings on fire.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Sierra Hancock

  25. LindaNY says:

    Lindsey Williams to Break Bombshell Info on Alex Jones Show

    02-22-2011 • http://www.prisonplanet.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084386-2011-02-22-lindsey-williams-to-break-bombshell-info-on-alex-jones-show.htm

    “On the Alex Jones Show today, pastor Lindsey Williams will reveal new bombshell information detailing the plans of the globalists revealed to him by his inside sources. The new information will dwarf anything Williams has revealed in the past. The new revelations deal with the death of the dollar, exploding energy prices, and the engineered onset of order out of chaos revolution worldwide.

    Pastor Williams’ revelations have turned out to be uncannily accurate in the past. In December, he told Alex Jones he was told by two of this longtime friends, both retired top executives of major oil producers, that the price of crude oil was slated to move to $150-200 per barrel in the short term.

    The turmoil in Libya sent the price of premium crude oil in London soaring above $105 a barrel recently, the highest level in two and a half years. Economists are predicting gas prices will takeoff because of instability in the Middle East. Some say drivers could be paying $5 a gallon for gas by late summer.

    Mr. Williams states the global elite plan to kill the dollar and bring the once great United States to its knees and reduce it to third world status.

    The Alex Jones Show airs from 11 to 2 PM CST and can be heard via streaming audio at infowars.com and on syndicated radio stations around the country.

    Please tell your friends to tune it. This promises to be one of Alex Jones’ most important broadcasts.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Ernest Hancock

  26. LindaNY says:

    Census estimates show 1 in 4 US counties are dying

    02-22-2011 • AP

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084353-2011-02-22-census-estimates-show-1-in-4-us-counties-are-dying.htm

    “Hit by an aging population and a poor economy, a near-record number of U.S. counties are experiencing more deaths than births in their communities, a phenomenon demographers call “natural decrease.”

    Years in the making, the problem is spreading amid a prolonged job slump and a push by Republicans in Congress to downsize government and federal spending.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Powell Gammill

  27. LindaNY says:

    Argentina claims it seized weapons, drugs onboard US Air Force cargo plane

    02-22-2011 • Rawstory

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084350-2011-02-22-argentina-claims-it-seized-weapons-drugs-onboard-us-air-force.htm

    “This report was originally filed Feb. 15, 2011, but has been republished today due to a general lack of US media coverage

    Argentina and the United States are engaged in a diplomatic spat after Buenos Aires authorities seized what they say are undeclared weapons and drugs on a US military aircraft last week.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Powell Gammill

  28. LindaNY says:

    Army Opens Fire on Bahrainian Protesters. WARNING GRAPHIC

    02-22-2011 • YouTube

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084347-2011-02-22-army-opens-fire-on-bahrainian-protesters-warning-graphic.htm

    “Video of government forces firing on marching protesters in Bahrain.”

    WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Glenn Jacobs

  29. LindaNY says:

    Real House Prices Fall To 2000 Levels: The Ownership Society Is Dead!

    02-22-2011 • BusinessInsider.com/

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084346-2011-02-22-real-house-prices-fall-to-2000-levels-the-ownership-society.htm

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads/Graphics/171-0222095152-chart-1.jpg

    “Several economists approached NAR late last year with questions about its modeling. NAR economists promised to study the issue during a December conference call that included economists from the Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and CoreLogic. … Even assuming a high share of all-cash sales, purchase-loan application data suggests that home sales have been overstated by 10% to 15%, said Jay Brinkmann, the MBA’s chief economist. “If they are off by this much, this consistently, it would be sending the wrong signal to the market,” said Mr. Brinkmann. The real key is the level of inventory and months-of-supply. Prices were boosted in 2009 and early 2010 by a combination of policies, including the housing tax credits, foreclosure moratoriums (reducing supply), and low mortgage rates. Prices are now falling again, and if the months-of-supply is substantially higher than originally thought (the NAR reported 8.1 months in December), then prices will probably fall further than many analysts expect.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Jack Gregson

  30. LindaNY says:

    Silver Is Here To Stay

    02222011 • http://www.drscoundrels.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084341-2011-02-22-silver-is-here-to-stay.htm

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads/Graphics/000-0222093012.gif

    “I don’t normally stick my neck out and say buy or sell a commodity. In this case I don’t have to stick my neck out. Silver. No not because it recently has gone through the stratosphere but rather for very good fundamental reasons. I report and you be the judge. Before I get there however let me tell you what I saw a little over a………[] ”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Rich Hilts

  31. LindaNY says:

    Maneuvering The Highway To The Education And The Workforce Committee

    02222011 • http://www.drscoundrels.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084344-2011-02-22-maneuvering-the-highway-to-the-education-and-the-workforce-committee.htm

    “What might seem to be a boring little committee is in fact a committee that can influence a lot of your life – from your kids to your workplace and our new author Susan Hustwick is covering this committee for us – and her first report has some great information about legislation that may be coming down the pike! It’s considered to be “[T]he most complicated regulatory package that the Department of Education has ever promulgated – this really is a brave new world.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Rich Hilts

  32. LindaNY says:

    Coming Monetary And Fiscal Contraction Means “Selling In May” May Be Too Late

    02-22-2011 • ZeroHedge.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084339-2011-02-22-coming-monetary-and-fiscal-contraction-means-selling-in-may-may.htm

    “From Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg Fiscal Contraction Is Coming…. This Is A Key Theme What exactly are the reasons to be bearish on the bond market? Oh yes, fiscal deficits! Well, if you haven’t yet heard, major budgetary restraint is coming our way in the second half of the year, and so we would recommend that you enjoy whatever fiscal and monetary juice there is left in the blender. There isn’t much that is for sure. The weekend newspapers were filled with reports of how the conservative wing of the Republican party have banded together to ensure that spending cuts will be in the offing — see In House, Republicans Close to Approving Record Cuts on page A13 of the Saturday NYT. The state and local governments are already putting their restraint into gear — see Wisconsin Leads Way as Workers Fight State Cuts on the front page of said NYT; and Wisconsin Democrats Keep On the Move on page A3 of the weekend WSJ. First it was Christie’s New Jersey that was a role model in terms of embarking on true fiscal structural reforms. The baton was then passed to Mitch Daniels in Indiana. Now it is Scott Walker in Wisconsin who is the new poster boy for fiscal reforms and necessary restructuring. What is happening at the lower government level definitely has a grassroots Mike Harris ring to it, and for those that do not know who Mike Harris is go ahead and google him and the ‘Common Sense Revolution’ that gripped Ontario in the 1990s. Yes, it can be done. And shared sacrifice by the civil servant community, not widespread defaults at the state and municipal level, is going to be the solution — either accept higher contribution rates to your pension, higher payments for your health care, and wage cuts — or lose your job. Sounds like the deals that ultimately got struck across the lean and mean private sector in recent times from the auto sector to the airlines (wasn’t GM at one point nothing more than a health insurance provider?). To think that the President can stick his nose into local government budgetary affairs and accuse Wisconsin of an “assault” on unions (then again, didn’t he once accuse a police officer of being a racist?) at a time when he plans to actually EXPAND the federal government deficit this year to $1.7 trillion is truly remarkable.”

    )Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by Jack Gregson

  33. LindaNY says:

    Are You Prepared? A Grab-and-Go Bag Could Save Your Life

    02-22-2011 • http://drscoundrels.com

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/084338-2011-02-22-are-you-prepared-a-grab-and-go-bag-could-save.htm

    “One of the most important first steps in getting prepared for any disaster is putting together a grab-and-go bag, something you need to start doing now. Here’s how.”

    (Excerpt) Read Full Story here…

    Reported by James Hyde

  34. LindaNY says:

    Fleebaggers: The New Cut-and-Run Democrats

    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Michelle Malkin

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:17:52 AM by Kaslin

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678513/posts

    “First lady Michelle Obama said, “Let’s Move!” Who knew Democratic politicians in Wisconsin and Indiana would take her literally?

    Faced with stifling debt, bloated pensions and intractable government unions, liberal Midwestern legislators have fled those states — paralyzing Republican fiscal reform efforts. Like Monty Python’s Brave Sir Robin and his band of quivering knights, these elected officials have only one plan when confronted with political hardship or economic peril: Run away, run away, run away.

    Scores of Fleebagger Democrats are now in hiding in neighboring Illinois, the nation’s sanctuary for political crooks and corruptocrats. Soon, area hotels will be announcing a special discount rate for card-carrying FleePAC winter convention registrants. Question: Will the White House count the economic stimulus from the mass Democratic exodus to Illinois as jobs “saved” or “created”? More important question: How much are taxpayers being charged for these obstructionist vacations?

    Voters have spoken: In Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and across the heartland, they put Republican adults in charge of cleaning up profligate Democrat-engineered messes. Instead of defending their same old tax-hiking, union-protecting, spending-addicted ways, Democrats are crossing their state borders into big government sanctuary zones — screaming “la, la, la, we can’t hear you” all the way.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  35. LindaNY says:

    Agenda 21 Part III: Maryland County Abolishes Agenda 21 – now for the rest of the country

    Right Side News ^ | February 23, 2011 | James Simpson

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:03:00 AM by RightSideNews

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678505/posts

    “.that local Sustainability offices, under the auspices of the ICLEI’s Local Governments for Sustainability, are the tiny, visible tip of the monstrous Agenda 21 sustainable development iceberg, the ultimate goal of which is to transform American society from the bottom up into a socialist ward of UN global governance. As of today, there are approximately 600 local governments in the US who have signed on to this Trojan Horse, under the guise of “smart growth, sustainability” and planned by the United Nations…

    Minus one.

    All the commissioners are to be commended for this bold decision. Predictably, the left is up in arms. The commissioners have already been challenged to a debate on their decision and the other side wants to bring in heavy hitters from the EPA and the Maryland Department of the Environment in an attempt to discredit the commission’s earth shattering (figuratively) move.

    I think they took some skin.

    Richard Rothschild led the charge. He campaigned on this issue, framing it, appropriately, as a matter of private property rights. In an American Thinker article he co-wrote last summer with Scott Strzelczyk, he explained that: “Sustainability has less to do with the environment, and everything to do with economics. It is an attack on capitalism, and an attack on America’s middle class lifestyle.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at rightsidenews.com …

  36. LindaNY says:

    Italy says 1,000 killed in Libya unrest

    Reuters ^ | 02/23/11

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:00:19 AM by TigerLikesRooster

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678504/posts

    “Italy says 1,000 killed in Libya unrest

    Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:26am EST

    TRIPOLI, Feb 23 – Muammar Gaddafi’s increasingly desperate attempts to crush a revolt against his four-decade rule have killed as many as 1,000 people and split Libya, Italy’s Foreign Minister said on Wednesday.

    As countries with strong business ties to Africa’s third largest oil producer scrambled to evacuate their citizens, and fear of pro-Gaddafi gunmen emptied the streets of the capital Tripoli, France became the first state to call for sanctions.

    “I would like the suspension of economic, commercial and financial relations with Libya until further notice,” President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

    But in the latest sign of international division over how to deal with Gaddafi, the prime minister of Qatar said he did not want to isolate Libya, where several senior officials have declared their backing for protests that began about a week ago.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com …

  37. LindaNY says:

    N.J. businesses praise Christie’s proposal for $690M in tax cuts

    NJ.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Star-Ledger staff

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:44:52 AM by Huck

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678501/posts

    “New Jersey business advocacy groups cheered Gov. Chris Christie’s state budget Tuesday, expressing satisfaction with his strategy for creating “a better environment to start and grow a business.”

    While the governor may have ruffled some feathers in other aspects of his budget, the business community embraced his proposal to phase in cuts for corporate, income, sales and estate taxes, totaling nearly $200 million in the coming year, and $690 million in 2016. “For the first time in my lifetime, we have a governor and a legislature that care about paying the bills,” said trucking business owner Matt Wright, during an event at the Trenton Marriott hosted by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. Wright, an NJBIA board member, added, “We’re going to become a place where businesses want to be.”

    His sentiment was echoed Tuesday by others in the business community, who seemed hard-pressed to find shortcomings in the proposals. John Sarno, president of the Employers Association of New Jersey, said his only complaint was that the cuts might not be enough to spur hiring — but then again, he said, “I’m not sure a budget could accomplish that.” “I’m definitely very impressed with it,” he said. “It’s not cluttered with partisan compromising. I view it as a real business document. It’s focused, very focused.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at nj.com …

  38. LindaNY says:

    Radical Suits and Their Suckers

    The American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2011 | Christopher Chantrill

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:25:52 AM by Scanian

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678499/posts

    “Back in the 1970s my daughters used to say: “Let’s play princesses!” and a grand old time they had. I imagine that in progressive families, the cry was different. “Let’s play community organizers!” No doubt a grand old time was had by the baby radicals too.

    The trouble is that some people don’t grow up. It’s one thing to play community organizers in the back yard when you are a kid. It’s another thing when real lives are at stake, as in Wisconsin.

    A better name for “community organizer” is “radical suit,” because community organizers are really the lefty version of the corporate suits that fly in to the plant in their executive jets, issue just enough ridiculous orders to prove that they haven’t a clue, and then head back to the FBO and the next gig.

    The definitive word on radical suits came out in 1885 in Zola’s Germinal. It tells the story of the radical suit Etienne Lantier, who hikes into town to organize the coal miners of northern France in their strike against the mine owners over wage cuts. By the time Etienne’s done helping, he’s provoked the miners into violence and death, and their wages get cut anyway. At the end of the novel, Etienne heads back to Paris for his next gig after watching the miners return, defeated, back to work. It’s a beautiful spring day, and he is dreaming revolutionary dreams, of “men springing up, a black avenging host… [that] would crack the earth asunder.” If you want to read the official history of the radical suits then Howard Zinn’s hagiography, A People’s History of the United States is the book for you.

    For the best part of two centuries the radical suits have been playing the workers for suckers.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …

  39. LindaNY says:

    Will Senate Republicans Snatch Budget Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?

    The American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2011 | Steve McCann

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:11:44 AM by Scanian

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678496/posts

    “Are the Senate Republicans going wobbly, again? A CNN report indicates that negotiations are underway after several Republican leaders indicated they might accept a short-term spending bill as long as it included at least some spending reductions, and not necessarily the deeper cuts the House approved last weekend.

    Needless to say, the Senate Democratic leaders greeted the news with a “positive reaction.” Publicly, House Speaker John Boehner has said Senate Democrats should accept the entire $60 Billion in cuts the Republicans pushed through the House. However, privately House leaders are acknowledging the need for a stopgap measure to continue funding the government while they negotiate spending levels for a longer term bill to fund the government through October 1.

    However, one member of the Republican leadership let the cat out of the bag: they are intimidated by the prospect of a government shutdown. He said: “Everyone knows that, no matter the truth, we would be blamed [for a government shutdown], so it would be a dumb political move.”

    With that attitude the leadership has essentially surrendered to the Democrats who will, with their cohorts in the media, simply dangle the threat of a shutdown whenever they choose and they will have the upper hand.

    This is not the United States of 1995 and the Democrats will not succeed in blaming any shutdown, if one occurs, on the Republicans.

    In politics 16 years is a lifetime. For those Republicans with weak knees in the House and Senate, perhaps a primer of what the facts on the ground were in 1995 (the last government shutdown blamed on the Republicans) as compared to today is in order.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …

  40. LindaNY says:

    Mitch Daniels Caves (Indiana Democrats in Action).

    American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2011 | Ralph Alter

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:31:58 AM by broken_arrow1

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678487/posts

    “Today Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana dealt a serious blow to his chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, when he caved in to the walk-out by Democrats in the Indiana House over a controversial right-to-work bill. Beth Schneider writes in the Indianapolis Star:

    Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

    He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.

    The Democrat minority has (the) right to express its views, he added.

    Daniels is a fiscal hawk who has won national acclaim for the bang-up job he has done steering the Indiana economy out of the mire of the recession compounded by two previous terms of Democrat irresponsibility. The governor gave a controversial speech at the CPAC convention asking Republicans to “call a truce” on social issues while dealing with America’s faltering economy.

    Word to Mitch: the stifling effect of labor unions on the economy is not a social issue.

    Daniels’ unwillingness to stand on principle on issues important to social conservatives suggested that there might be a weak spot in the former Reagan Budget Director’s resume. Daniels earned the sobriquet “Mitch the Knife” for his willingness to stand on economic principle while helping trim the fat out of the federal budget.

    Apparently, Daniels now wants to be known as “Mitch the Nice.” That won’t work for me or any of the conservatives that I know. Now is the time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and act on the mandate provided conservatives in the 2010 mid-term elections. Reigning in union greed must be a top priority.

    I’m sure teachers, federal employees, Indiana Democrats and associated union ilk are searching the thrift stores for “My Man Mitch” buttons that they would previously have spat upon.

    Sorry Mitch, but it’s only taken two weeks in the national public eye to prove that you ain’t no Chris Christie or Scott Walker.”

  41. LindaNY says:

    Video Outrage: Utah Police Kill Marijuana Smoker in Own Home

    Opposing views ^ | Jan, 2011 | NORML

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:27:56 AM by djf

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678486/posts

    “Unbelievable video. About a second after they bust the door down, they gun the guy to the ground…”

    (Excerpt) View Video at the link…

  42. LindaNY says:

    Poll Shows Wisconsin and Indiana Union Protests Could Spell Trouble for Democrats

    American Thinker ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | Brad O’Leary

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:15:15 AM by Suvroc10

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678484/posts

    “The Reverend Jesse Jackson was firing up a crowd of Wisconsin union protesters last Saturday.

    “If we can find the money to bail out wealthy businessmen, we can bail out Madison, Wisconsin!”

    Jackson’s battle cry for transferring billions of taxpayer dollars into union coffers is the next big fear for fiscally responsible legislators and voters alike. And many believe that if the unions prevail in Wisconsin, massive bailouts for state public employees unions won’t be far behind.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …

  43. LindaNY says:

    Bill Calls for Illegals to Be Dumped at Offices of Congressmen (Texas legislative initiative)

    1200 News Radio WOAI, San Antonio ^ | February 22, 2011 | Jim Forsyth

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:17:22 AM by Liz

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678479/posts

    “BILL: Says all illegal immigrants should be ‘taken to the office of a US Senator or Congressman and left there’

    A measure filed by State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) would allow any law enforcement agency that has custody of an illegal immigrant to take the illegal to ‘the office of a U.S. Senator or Representative’ and leave them there.

    1200 WOAI news reports the measure also allows county sheriff’s deputies or city police officers to ‘request an agent or employee of the United States Senator or United States Representative to sign a document acknowledging the release or discharge of the illegal immigrant at the senator’s or representative’s office.

    The measure covers individuals who are ‘not a citizen or national of the United States’ and who is ‘unlawfully present in the United States.’ Kolkhorst concedes the measure is a ‘cry for help’ to convince federal officials to secure the border, but she says she is serious about getting the measure approved by the Legislature.

    The measure doesn’t specify what the Senator or Congressman is supposed to do with the illegal immigrant, but calls on the law enforcement agency to ‘maintain a record of each illegal immigrant released or discharged who is not transferred to the custody of the Untied States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.’

    Illegal immigration has emerged as a top priority of the Republican super-majority in the Texas Legislature, and this is just one of several dozen bills introduced in Austin to deny jobs, housing, and government benefits to illegals.

    Several thousand people are expected to descend on the state capitol today to denounce the measures, and to call on the federal government, not the states, to handle matters related to immigration.”

  44. LindaNY says:

    Post Traumatic American Syndrome

    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2011 | Robin of Berkeley

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 2:50:03 AM by neverdem

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678473/posts

    “I have noticed fewer people around town this past weekend. First I thought it was because of the Presidents Day holiday. Then I realized it was because anarchists were being bused into Wisconsin! More for them, and less for us!

    The Midwest is getting a bit of a taste of Berkeley life. I’m guessing they are not liking it one bit. The violent, hostile vibe wouldn’t sit well with decent Midwestern folks.

    Of course, around Berkeley, riots are nothing new; there are street uprisings whenever the spirit moves people.

    On Telegraph Avenue, the poor merchants have endured impromptu mayhem for decades. I say “poor” merchants for a reason: most of them are struggling, and, if you’ve visited the area recently, you’ll find that a number of storekeepers have packed up and moved on.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  45. LindaNY says:

    Today’s Toons 2/23/11

    The Right Reasons ^ | 2/23/11 | pookie18

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:57:50 AM by pookie18

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2678503/posts

    ENJOY!

  46. LindaNY says:

    The Liberal View of Crime & Punishment

  47. LindaNY says:

    LIBYA – CHINA Beijing organising exodus of 33,000 Chinese from Libya, Taiwanese too

    http://www.speroforum.com ^ | 02-23-2011 | Source: Asia News

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:25:16 AM by Red Badger

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678614/posts

    “Aircraft, cargo ships and fishing boats are moving towards Libya to evacuate Chinese nationals living in the North African country. Tunisian, Turkish and other workers are fleeing the country as well.

    Tripoli – China will send a jet, ships and fishing vessels from nearby waters to evacuate some 33,000 Chinese nationals working in violence-torn Libya. The government has set up an emergency unit headed by Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang to coordinate the repatriation of mainlanders, as well as people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    The State Council (cabinet) “decided to immediately deploy chartered civil aircraft, COSCO cargo ships in nearby waters, and Chinese fishing vessels carrying needed living and medical supplies”, the Ministry said.

    China will also lease “nearby large-scale passenger cruise ships and buses” to help in the evacuation effort.

    A spokesman for China’s Embassy in Libya said dozens of Chinese citizens have been injured since the unrest broke out about a week ago, and 15 of them are now in hospital.

    Beijing has also called on Tripoli to ensure the safety of its nationals after hundreds of construction workers in eastern Libya were attacked, robbed and forced to escape on foot towards Tripoli.

    “China has made urgent representations to the Libyan side, requiring it to conduct investigations [into the attacks] and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

    The Chinese are not the only foreigners fleeing the country. Thousands of Tunisians are crossing the border into Tunisia, whilst 3,000 Turks are waiting to be evacuated.”

  48. LindaNY says:

    Supporters back Gaddafi as he vows to die a martyr

    Euronews ^

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:11:37 AM by kronos77

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678603/posts

    Video

    (Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com …

  49. LindaNY says:

    Arizona Senate panel passes birthright citizen law

    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/11 | BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:13:17 AM by SmithL

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678443/posts

    “An Arizona Senate committee approved a bill late Tuesday designed to set up a U.S. Supreme Court case on automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

    The Republican-led Appropriations Committee panel was also expected to consider a more sweeping bill later Tuesday that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace.

    That measure, which would add to last year’s controversial Arizona illegal immigration law, drew vocal opposition from Democrats, who say its sponsor isn’t focused on Republicans’ stated top priority, the economy.

    The 29-page bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, who also authored last year’s law, which touched off a nationwide debate on whether states can enforce federal immigration laws.

    Democrats don’t have the votes to block the Pearce’s most recent measure, . . .”

    (Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com …

  50. LindaNY says:

    Indian trade unions protest inflation, corruption

    Yahoo/AP ^ | 2/23/11

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:07:30 AM by EBH

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678508/posts

    NEW DELHI (AP) — “Tens of thousands of trade union supporters marched through India’s capital on Wednesday to express frustration with high food prices and endemic corruption.

    At least 40,000 demonstrators, some coming by train from outside the capital, marched through the city toward Parliament, Delhi Traffic Police constable Sham Lal said. Organizers put the number of protesters at about 100,000.

    Participants came from trade unions linked with both the opposition Communist Party and the governing Congress Party.

    Many carried red Communist flags showing a hammer and sickle as they made their way down streets decorated in Communist Party posters.

    They chanted anti-government slogans accusing the government of failing to curb inflation and corruption.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com …

  51. LindaNY says:

    Saudi Oil Minister to CNBC: We Will Protect Supply

    CNBC ^ | February 22, 2011 | Patrick Allen

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:22:49 AM by 2ndDivisionVet

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678446/posts

    “Saudi Arabia will not allow any supply disruptions from the Middle East to impact global supplies of oil, the oil-rich country’s deputy oil minister told CNBC Tuesday.

    “The market knows that Saudi has a good chunky excess capacity and a record of using it when needed,” Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said in an interview.

    “There is no qualms, what needs to prevail is no shortage of supply,” said the prince, who is hosting a meeting of ministers from the world’s major oil producers.

    Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said investors should not panic, likening the current situation to being inside a burning house.

    “Investors should not react to the risk premium. In a fire in a house, panic leads to disaster. You need to get hold of yourself and think rationally and get to safety,” he said.

    The prince added that he hoped the situation in the wider region will calm down but expects jitters in oil, foreign exchange and even stock markets given all the uncertainty.

    “We hope the situation will subside,” he said.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  52. LindaNY says:

    Live Thread of Arkansas Bill to ban state benefits to illegal aliens!

    http://www.arkansashouse.org/event/16767 ^

    Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:21:42 AM by pulaskibush

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678611/posts

    Here is the link for the live feed to the committee meeting scheduled to start at 10am.

    http://www.arkansashouse.org/event/16767

  53. LindaNY says:

    Planned Parenthood in Kansas Ignored 164 Cases of Child Rape

    LifeNews.com ^ | February 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:41:56 PM by julieee

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2678281/posts

    Topeka, KS — “Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline dropped a bombshell during a hearing today in a case involving pro-abortion pushback against the charges he filed against a Planned Parenthood abortion business.”

    http://www.lifenews.com/2011/02/22/planned-parenthood-in-kansas-ignored-164-cases-of-child-rape/

    (Excerpt) Read more at lifenews.com …

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