Kerry Proposes $7.5B Aid To Terrorists

From the Business & Media Institute:

Kerry: ‘Al-Qaida Leadership is More Capable of Attacking Today’ than on 9/11

Senator proposes $7.5 billion in ‘non-military’ aid; says ‘winning the war of ideas’ against al-Qaida important to climate change, AIDS.

By Jeff Poor

Al-Qaida poses a bigger threat to the United States today than it did on Sept. 11, 2001, and the only way to prevent more attacks is to spend money on non-military international aid, according a July 31 speech by one-time presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

“[T]he statistics tell the story. And as John Adams reminded us, facts are stubborn things. Today, terrorist attacks are at historic highs. The al-Qaida leadership is reconstituting along the Afghan-Pakistan border,” said Kerry at the Center for American Progress.



Govt Has 642,233 Cars Plus Chauffeurs

From an outraged Associated Press:

Govt loves its cars, all 642,233 of ’em

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Americans love their cars, and so apparently does Uncle Sam. He’s got 642,233 of them.

Operating those vehicles — maintenance, leases and fuel — cost taxpayers a whopping $3.4 billion last year, according to General Services Administration data obtained and analyzed by The Associated Press…

• At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, fuel consumption and inventory are down, yet overall costs have increased significantly. Officials there can’t figure out why.

The Interior Department was told by its own watchdog that it should cut its inventory, but it’s added hundreds of vehicles.

The VA has some cars that are barely driven.



Reuters: 2% GNP Growth Due To Rebates

From a despondent Reuters:

[Reuters caption:] Expansion accelerated modestly in the second quarter as government stimulus payments helped consumers add more buying punch to the economy, a Commerce Department report on Thursday showed.

Economy grows at soft pace

Thu Jul 31, 2008

By Glenn Somerville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An emergency dose of government stimulus helped the U.S. economy grow at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the second quarter, a soft pace but enough to take it off a path perilously close to recession.

Revised data from the Commerce Department released with the second-quarter figures on Thursday showed national output shrank in the final quarter of 2007 before barely edging up at the start of this year.

“With the boost from the tax rebates now fading, lower interest rates having little positive impact and signs emerging that overseas demand is weakening, we expect the economy to contract outright in the second half of this year,” said Paul Ashworth, senior U.S.



Saudi Vice Cop Busted – Too Many Wives

From those champions of the faith at the Agence France-Pressee:

Saudi ‘vice’ policeman arrested for six wives

Thursday, 31 July 2008

RIYADH (AFP) – Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man working for the country’s vice squad who is accused of having six wives, two more than allowed under sharia law, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 56-year-old Saudi, detained in the southwestern province of Jazan near the border with Yemen, is being questioned over charges that he is married to three Saudi and three Yemeni women, Al-Watan newspaper said.

The man is an employee with the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police commonly known as the Muttawa, which is in charge of enforcing an Islamic moral code in Saudi Arabia.



Saudis Ban Cats, Dogs – To Stop Flirting

From the Agence France-Pressee:

Saudi religious police ban pet cats and dogs

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s religious police have announced a ban on selling cats and dogs as pets, or walking them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a means of making passes at women, an official said on Wednesday.

Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa, told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat daily that the commission has started enforcing an old religious edict.

He said the commission was implementing a decision taken a month ago by the acting governor of the capital, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, adding that it follows an old edict issued by the supreme council of Saudi scholars.



Anarchists Want $50M To Lay Off The DNC

From the (Denver) Rocky Mountain News:

Anarchists offer DNC deal to Denver

They’ll go away if $50 million goes to community

By Daniel J. Chacon

A group of self-described anarchists threatening to disrupt the Democratic National Convention is promising to go away if the $50 million federal grant that Denver received to pay for convention security is invested in the community instead.

“As anarchists, we feel the greatest problem with government is how its primary interest is to protect the profits of those in power, even when it comes at the expense of the general public,” Clayton Dewey, an organizer with Unconventional Denver, said in a statement.

“Spending $50 million on weaponry to attack people voicing their opinion and flooding the streets with riot police while schools close down, children go without health care and people lose their homes is exactly the problem with the corrupt two-party system we’re opposing this August,” he said.



IOC Allows China To Censor The Internet

From an approving Reuters:

IOC admits Internet censorship deal with China

By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) – Some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive websites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted on Wednesday…

China had committed to providing media with the same freedom to report on the Games as they enjoyed at previous Olympics, but journalists have this week complained of finding access to sites deemed sensitive to its communist leadership blocked.

“I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time,” IOC press chief Kevan Gosper said, referring to Beijing’s Olympic organizers.

“I also now understand that some IOC officials negotiated with the Chinese that some sensitive sites would be blocked on the basis they were not considered Games related,” he said.


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IOC Will Allow Iraq Back In The Olympics

From a dismayed Associated Press:

IOC gives Iraq OK to take part in Beijing Games

The reversal comes after Baghdad pledges to ensure the independence of its national Olympics panel.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — The International Olympic Committee agreed Tuesday to allow Iraq to participate in the Beijing Games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the independence of its national Olympics panel.

The decision followed last-minute talks between Iraqi officials and the IOC before today’s deadline to submit competitors’ names for track and field events. The Olympics begin Aug. 8.

Iraq is expected to send two athletes to Beijing to compete in track and field. The decision came too late for five other hopefuls in archery, judo, rowing and weightlifting. The deadline to submit names for those sports was last week.



Rapper Ludacris – Obama Is Here Video

A very moving tribute from one of the foremost thinkers of our times:

I’m back on it like I just signed my record deal
yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
never should have hated
you never should’ve doubted him
with a slot in the president’s iPod Obama shattered ’em
Said I handled his biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
if you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
and all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
you can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
the first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
the threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
so get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!



Obama To Review Bush Executive Orders

From The Hill:

Obama vows to review Bush’s executive orders

By Mike Soraghan and Jared Allen
Posted: 07/29/08

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told House members Tuesday that, if he wins the presidency, one of his first acts will be to review every executive order signed by President Bush.

It was one of the few specifics the Illinois senator offered to the House Democratic Caucus in a policy and politics pep rally Tuesday night intended to fire up fellow Democrats for the convention and the fall campaign.

Speaking in the Cannon Caucus Room, Obama stuck with the party’s position on energy that the country “can’t drill [its] way out” of high gasoline prices, and promised a commitment to fiscal responsibility. The response from fellow Democrats was overwhelmingly positive…

He also asked members in safe districts to travel and stump for him in battleground states and even Republican states.



Wexler To Finally Get A Florida Residence

From the (generally laughable) Palm Beach Post:

Wexler bows to residency pressure

By George Bennett | Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stung by claims that he doesn’t really live in Florida, Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler said today that he will lease an apartment in his congressional district rather than declaring residency at the West Delray home of his in-laws.

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly last week accused Wexler of being a bogus Floridian. The O’Reilly Report, acting on research by Wexler’s Republican challenger, noted that Wexler owns a home in Potomac, Md., and enrolls his children in school there. Wexler is registered to vote at the Delray Beach address of his wife’s parents in a 55-and-older community.

Shortly after he was elected in 1996, Wexler sold his Palm Beach County home and moved his family to the Washington, D.C., area, saying that was the best way for him to spend time with his children.



RNC Ad Parodies Obama TV Ad In Berlin

From the Republican National Committee, via YouTube:

Obama TV Ad in Berlin Parody

The Republican National Committee (RNC) today announced a new Web video, titled “Obama TV Ad In Berlin.” In the aftermath of Obama’s European campaign swing, the Web video provides a parody of what an Obama TV ad in Berlin, Germany might look like, with video commentary from Obama’s international fan base.




Global Warming Hits US Blacks Hardest

From those wizened meteorologists at Reuters:

U.S. blacks face harsher climate change impact

Tue Jul 29, 2008

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American blacks are likely to suffer disproportionately from climate change and they are willing to pay to combat it, a commission aimed at raising awareness about global warming said on Tuesday.

“There is a fierce urgency regarding climate change effects on the African-American community,” said Ralph Everett, the co-chair of the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change said. “People need to understand what is at stake — our very health and well-being.”

Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to live in cities where the so-called heat island effect is expected to make temperature increases more severe, the newly formed group said at a briefing.



AFL-CIO Mailer Debunks Obama ‘Rumors’

From the DNC’s lickspittle minions at CNN:

AFL-CIO launches campaign to dispel Obama rumors

July 29, 2008

(CNN) — The nation’s largest labor conglomerate says it’s set to launch a major effort Tuesday to dispel ongoing rumors surrounding Barack Obama that continue to percolate more than 18 months after the Illinois senator launched his White House bid.

The organization is set to send out mailers to more than 600,000 union homes in crucial battleground states — including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — that directly address the false rumors that he is not a Christian, refuses to wear a flag pin on his lapel, and was not sworn into the Senate on the Bible.

It also beats back claims the Democratic presidential candidate was not born in America and refuses to put his hand on his heart during the National Anthem

And so the DNC’s army of union thugs swings into action.



City Council To Ban Fast Food In South LA

From an approving Associated Press:

Los Angeles wants to take bite out of fast food

By CHRISTINA HOAG [sic], Associated Press Writer Tue Jul 29

LOS ANGELES – In the impoverished neighborhood of South Los Angeles, fast food is the easiest cuisine to find — and that’s a problem for elected officials who see it as an unhealthy source of calories and cholesterol.

The City Council was poised to vote Tuesday on a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in a swath of the city where a proliferation of such eateries goes hand-in-hand with obesity.

“Our communities have an extreme shortage of quality foods,” City Councilman Bernard Parks said.

The aim of the yearlong moratorium, which was approved last week in committee, is to give the city time to try to attract restaurants that serve healthier food…

The proposed ban comes at a time when governments of all levels are increasingly viewing menus as a matter of public health.



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