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Selected News For The Week Dec 17 – Dec 23

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Dec 17 – Dec 23”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Schools race teaches states a hard lesson….(that if you don’t vote for Obama, you ain’t gettin’ any money)
    From the Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/18/schools-race-teaches-states-a-hard-lesson/

    Thirty-five states, along with the District and Puerto Rico, submitted applications for the Early Learning Challenge, the latest round of the Obama administration’s popular competitive grant program. The nine winners — California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington — each will receive at least $50 million to implement reforms to their pre-kindergarten programs. The applications were graded by Education Department officials.

    Map of states won by Democrats in 2008: http://www.google.co.kr/imgres?imgurl=http://2008election.procon.org/files/electionimages/map3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://2008election.procon.org/view.resource.php%3FresourceID%3D1953&h=383&w=566&sz=43&tbnid=PqF1Tc0es1I0oM:&tbnh=85&tbnw=125&prev=/search%3Fq%3D2008%2Belection%2Bresults%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=2008+election+results&docid=YGbPABBXwXB_QM&sa=X&ei=o9DuTsTwJemMmQWGr8iNCg&ved=0CEMQ9QEwAg&dur=340
    Map of RIGHT TO WORK STATES (non-union requiring states): http://www.google.co.kr/imgres?q=right+to+work+states&um=1&hl=ko&newwindow=1&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1280&bih=848&tbm=isch&tbnid=kmem1cRhCrH7YM:&imgrefurl=http://specfriggintacular.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/right-to-work-states-or-forced-union-due-states/&docid=dwfiT4nhBzQanM&imgurl=http://specfriggintacular.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/600_right_to_work_states.gif&w=600&h=464&ei=Y9HuTu2rDKvEmQWW3oX-CQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=807&vpy=156&dur=1279&hovh=197&hovw=255&tx=116&ty=97&sig=101854970642476726597&page=1&tbnh=150&tbnw=192&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0
    “There are no honest mistakes or coincidences in politics.”–Mithrandir

    “We spent zero percent of our time and energy thinking about politics,” Mr. Duncan said. (Secretary of Education Arne Duncan)

    AH HA! They gave off a “tell” sign. In politic-speak, the more bombastic or “honest” they are, that is EXACTLY what the situation is.
    It’s either A) a guilty conscience slipping up, trying to cover up a lie. B) a tactic to beat the public to the punch.

    Colorado is one of nine finalists in the third round of Race to the Top’s K-12 competition, and the state could garner $17.9 million if it is declared a winner.

    The rich, highly funded New England, and democrat states get all the funding BUT the poor, underfunded, underperforming SOUTHERN STATES, get nothing.
    If it was Mississippi, Alabama, or Arizona that voted for Obama, they would have made every excuse in the world to help poorly funded schools as a way to balance the unfairness. I though LOUISIANA was our national social program? No funding for them huh? Should have voted democrat….

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Bob Dole endorses Romney for Republican nominee
    Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/bob-dole-endorses-romney-republican-nominee-160230105.html

    Four years ago Romney got in some hot water when he said that Dole – who had written a letter supporting eventual Republican nominee Senator John McCain – was the last person he would want a letter from.

    Ah yes, just like he said he was a INDEPENDENT during the Reagan era, and a PROGRESSIVE when running for governor of Massachusetts, he craped on Dole too.

    An exasperated Dole once said to Gingrich: “You pay a penalty for leadership. If you don’t want to pay the penalty, maybe you ought to find some other line of work.”

    A TEA PARTY TSUNAMI victory in 2010, a conservative tour de force in changing 700 seats, –some that hadn’t changed hands in 90 years! and all that = trying to nominate the most liberal Republican from one of the most liberal states in the union. How is it possible that Mitt RINOmny is always 1st or 2nd in the polls? It’s got to be rigged. There is no explanation for it.

    George H.W. Bush: liberal. Didn’t hold up Reagan conservatism.
    George W Bush: another liberal who didn’t hold up to his own conservative campaign values.
    John McCain: an uber-liberal who didn’t hide his utter disgust for his own party.
    NOW Mitt Romney wants to further ruin the Republican party.

    I will vote for anyone but Obama, except Romney. No way. Not again, just another false prophet.

  3. Petronius says:

    Class warfare update –– the fat cats fight back :

    Two out of three Americans support raising taxes on households earning more than $250,000, according to a Bloomberg-Washington Post national poll. Now the 1% are fighting back.

    • Jamie Dimon, CEO JPMorgan Chase : “Acting like everyone who’s been successful is bad and because you’re rich you’re bad, I don’t understand it.”

    • Dimon joined billionaires John Paulson and Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus in a series of speeches, open letters, and TV appearances to defend themselves and the rich from the agitations of the regime and the Occupiers.

    • Marcus founded Job Creators Alliance, a Dallas-based nonprofit that develops talking points and op-ed pieces aimed at “shaping the national agenda.” http://jobcreatorsalliance.org/About.aspx

    • Marcus said he isn’t afraid about becoming a target of the Occupiers: “Who gives a crap about some imbecile? Are you kidding me?”

    • John Allison, director and former CEO of BB&T and professor of business at Wake Forest University joined Staples co-founder Thomas Sternberg in media appearances this month, criticizing the Dodd-Frank Act provisions that attack executive compensation. “Instead of an attack on the 1 percent, let’s call it an attack on the very productive,” Allison said. “This attack is destructive.”

    • Steve Schwarzman, Blackstone Group objected to people who pay no income taxes : “You have to have skin in the game. I’m not saying how much people should do. But we should all be part of the system.”

    • John Paulson : “The top 1 percent of New Yorkers pay over 40 percent of all income taxes.”

    • Tom Golisano, founder of Paychex Inc. : “If I hear a politician use the term ‘paying your fair share’ one more time, I’m going to vomit.”

    • Ken Langone, co-founder of Home Depot and chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center : “I am a fat cat, I’m not ashamed. If you mean by fat cat that I’ve succeeded, yeah, then I’m a fat cat. I stand guilty of being a fat cat.”

    • Wilbur Ross, chairman of WL Ross & Co. : “Tearing down the rich does not help those less well-off. If you favor employment, you need employers whose businesses are flourishing.”

    • Robert Rosenkranz, CEO of Delphi Financial Group : “It’s simply a fact that pretty much all the private-sector jobs in America are created by the decisions of the 1 percent to hire and invest. Since their confidence in the future more than any other factor will drive those decisions, it makes little sense to undermine their confidence by vilifying them.”

    • Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, went to Zuccotti Park with a sign that said “I Am the 1%.” Schiff said his taxes are “more than a medieval lord would have taken from a serf.”

    • Leon Cooperman, the Omega Advisors and Goldman Sachs, wrote in an open letter to Nerobama that capitalists “are not the scourge that they are too often made out to be” and the wealthy aren’t “a monolithic, selfish and unfeeling lot.” Cooperman wrote that they “fill store shelves at Christmas” and provide health care to millions.

    “Bankers Seek to Debunk ‘Imbecile’ Attack on Top 1%” Bloomberg, 20 Dec 2011.


  4. canary says:

    Female supervisor punched in face by wikileaking Gay Private Manning, testifies at his trial and was not aware he had a sexual disorder.

    BBC: Court told of Bradley Manning ‘links to Wikileaks’
    Pte Br
    Dec 20 2011

    The hearing, which began on Friday, is to determine whether the 24-year-old will be court-martialed[sic].

    The prosecution said on Tuesday that evidence from Pte[sic] Manning’s computers and storage devices suggested he had been in contact with Mr Assange the founder of Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy website.

    Pte[sic] Manning’s former supervisor Jihrleah Showman also testified by telephone, and said she had repeatedly recommended he should not be deployed to Iraq.

    Ms Showman described a clash with Pte[sic] Manning during which the intelligence analyst allegedly punched her in the face.

    “He attacked, he punched me in the face, unprovoked, and displayed an uncontrollable behaviour[sic] that was deemed untrustworthy at the time,” she said.

    She added that she had no indication his condition was related to any gender identity disorder – an issue that the defence[sic] team have previously said Pte[sic] Manning struggled with.

    On Monday, presiding officer Paul Almanza held two closed sessions while witnesses were testifying on the classified material.

    The move outraged supporters of Pte[sic] Manning, who believed the session should have been open to the public, since the documents were already in the public domain.


    Is Pvt. Manning’s defense using the “gender identity disorder” defense because it’s still in the DSM or ICD as a disorder, or are they planning to use it for a mistrial as it may be considered politically incorrect and discriminating to imply homosexuals and lesbians is abnormal behavior.

    The entire article’s input on Ms. Showman attempting to stop Pvt. Mannings deployment would imply that she was his military superior and the military refused discipline or discharge Mannings from the military. Or, why didn’t she file assault and battery charges on the punk and try and keep him from being allowed to serve in the military.

    • canary says:

      I tried to get footage of the pro-Mannings protesters. They have a free Bradley Mannings web site believing he ended the war.

      How did we miss “Occupy Ft. Meade” in support of Bradley Mannings the 16th. Michael Moore with his “I’m Bradley Manning sign” & Code Pink.

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