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Selected News For The Week Jan 28 – Feb 3

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Jan 28 – Feb 3”

  1. canary says:

    Cairo taking more hostages.

    The Washington Post: Son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood barred from leaving Egypt

    by Leila Fadel, Jan 26 2012

    CAIRO — A top U.S. official’s son who is working for a pro-democracy group in Egypt has been barred from leaving the country, along with at least five other Americans, escalating a crackdown on such groups by Egypt’s military government that has outraged the United States.

    Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said Thursday that he learned of the travel ban only when he was turned away from the Cairo airport Saturday. He is the director of the Egyptian program of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington-based civil society organization.

     Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of their revolution on Wednesday.

    IRI said it was told by Egyptian judicial officials that if the case goes to court, trials would begin next month. .

    NGO workers appeared startled Thursday that Egypt’s military council, the largest recipient of U.S. aid, is willing to clash with its U.S. allies over American pro-democracy organizations working in the country.

    White House officials would not comment on the travel ban and also declined to say whether the administration is making any new efforts to secure Sam LaHood’s safe departure from Egypt.

    The transportation secretary is due to appear Friday in Tampa for an event on economic development and infrastructure policy tied to Obama’s State of the Union address.

    Staff writers William Wan, Ed O’Keefe and Ashley Halsey III in Washington contributed to this report.

    Meanwhile, Sam’s Daddy Ray LaHood busy in Florida sunshine with Obama at big campaign event.

    • canary says:

      I think U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has shown he is expendable, incompetent, and should be fired.

      I wonder if Secretary Ray LaHood who should be fired, might have a $ life insurance policy on son Sammy$ ?

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Hawaii may keep track of all Web sites visited

    H.B. 2288, which was introduced Friday, says the dossiers must include a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited.

    (Note: We should stop kidding ourselves in thinking this isn’t already being done by the federal government.)

    Freedom is just too risky. You could commit crime with freedom. The answer? Get rid of freedom–it’s the only sure way.

    Why shouldn’t we track everyone’s movements online, on their cellphone, GPS in their car? Why have the 1st Amendment, you could hurt someone with speech. Why have the 2nd Amendment, you could hurt people with a gun. People shouldn’t be allowed the 4th Amendment, they might be hiding some criminal activity. You shouldn’t be able to hide behind the 5th Amendment either, you should answer everything or be tortured.
    6th and 7th have been thrown out if now the military can detain U.S. citizens indefinitely.

    These representatives would be sitting in prison right now if America followed my policy, “Fire, fire, and imprison any public worker or representative who violates the Constitution of rules of public trust.” –If we don’t, stupid bills like this will continue every single day, as these people have nothing to do all day but dream up some way to put their name on a brand new piece of legislation.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Suspect in Ariz. sheriff death threat in custody
    From the Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/27/suspect-ariz-sheriff-death-threat-custody/

    The officials said the postings also indicated that Mr. Cox is an avid supporter of Mr. Obama and that Sheriff Arpaio’s ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate may be behind the threat to kill the sheriff. They said Mr. Cox‘ mother confirmed that her son is an Obama supporter and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said he has a history of assault.

    Chalk another one up for the day and the life of democrat civility.

  4. proreason says:

    Great news. Romney is going “to create good health care”.

    And oh, btw, he has a long list of reasons why RomneyCare is a big success.


    Mitt will take care of us. He is a much better Social Democrat than obama ever thought of being.

    • Mithrandir says:

      I wouldn’t even bother calling these people Social Democrats, they are National Socialists, and we all know where that word comes from.

      Democrats have been avoiding, denying, running from, the word Socialist for decades. Another opportunity lost. Let scholars split hairs and dissect the philosophical political differences between labels. The common person is never going to forget the link: Democrats + their Socialist policies = National Socialism.

      Democrats do the same strategies:
      1. Find out what the acceptable parts per million for chemicals in our water / air.
      2. Find out at what increased level you could propose in a bill that would kill business and the economy.
      3. Make Republicans oppose it.
      4. Accuse Republicans of being against clean air and clean water.
      5. Sit back and watch Republicans spend billions in marketing trying to clean up their image.

      Democrats win again~

  5. canary says:

    NY Electric car battery maker Obama gave $118 million to goes bankrupt. Is this not 6th of the 12 federal funded companies.

    USA Today (AP) – The parent company of an electric car battery maker that received a $118 million grant from the Obama administration filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday.

    New York-based Ener1 said it has been affected by competition from China and other countries.

    Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel received a $118 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department in 2009, and Vice President Biden visited the company’s new battery plant in Indiana last year.

    Ener1 is the third company to seek bankruptcy protection after receiving assistance from the Energy Department under the economic stimulus law. California solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. and Beacon Power, a Massachusetts energy-storage firm, declared bankruptcy last year. Solyndra received a $528 million federal loan, while Beacon Power got a $43 million loan guarantee.


    Could Obama’s buying our batteries from China caused this?

  6. crotalus9 says:

    This is well worth a listen as Mark Levin “goes nuclear” over the unfounded criticism and lies being said by ‘other’ so-called Republicans and Democrats about the former Speaker. Levin states that he is not a shill for Gingrich and would vote for Santorum today, but he needs to set the record straight and expose these lies and distortions. Hats off to William Jacobson for his post on American Glob.


    You may have to cut and paste link.

  7. crotalus9 says:

    Sorry, I forgot to add that you need to scroll down to the ‘Blowback’ section to get to the ‘Mark Levin goes nuclear’ audio comment posted by crotalus9 above. Thanks.

  8. BillK says:

    From WPIX Television via KTLA Television:

    9/11 Memorial Executive Salaries Drop Jaws, Outrages Victims’ Families

    By Stephanie Tsoflias

    Families of 9/11 victims say executives at the memorial are overpaid and it’s out of control.

    2010 tax records show the foundation spent 6.5 million dollars paying it’s staffers which was a 22.6 percent increase from the year before. The most eye-popping paycheck went to Joan Gerner. The former exective vice president of design and construction received a 300,000 dollar severance package only after working four months that year. That combined with her salary, Gerner walked away with close to 440,000 dollars.

    Jim Riches a retired FDNY member, whose 29 year old son Jimmy, died on September 11th, says it’s a “disgrace”.

    “They are taking donations from children, state grants and private funds for them to pay themselves 300,000 dollars. I think they should be lowered,” said Riches.

    Seven executives, whose offices over Zuccotti park, made more than $200,000 and it’s president, Joe Daniels, $370,000. The memorial’s estimated operating cost is $60 million a year. Four percent of that goes to salaries. Today, Mayor Bloomberg told reporters that he supported the memorial’s salary structure.

    If you want good people you have to pay. I never apologize to do that. If you don’t want good people. don’t pay,” said Bloomberg. …


    “If you want good people you have to pay?”

    I guess that proves that banks aren’t allowed to hire “good people” since they’re limited to $500K?

    I guess that proves the “Occupy” protesters don’t want “good people” at the helm of any company?

    Where’s “Occupy the 9/11 Memorial?”

  9. BillK says:

    From the Wall Street Journal’s New York blog:

    Bloomberg Defends 9/11 Memorial Salaries

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the nearly $300,000 in severance paid to a former employee with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum despite criticism from some families touched by the terrorist attacks.

    “It was a long time ago. It’s the only person that I’ve been able to find that had when they were hired for a variety of reasons were given a golden parachute,” Bloomberg said Monday during a news conference in Queens. “They were brought in to do some construction stuff, left two years ago. That was the contract from way back when. And we’ve honored the contract.”

    Bloomberg, who also serves as the memorial’s chairman, was responding to a report in The Wall Street Journal that cited tax records showing Joan Gerner received $296,565 on leaving her position as executive vice president of design and construction in May 2010. Gerner’s total compensation in 2010 was $439,463, making her the organization’s highest-paid employee that year.

    While the mayor described Gerner as the “only person” he knows with a golden parachute as part of her employment contract, officials at the memorial could not confirm definitively, as of Monday afternoon, whether any other employees had negotiated similar severance payments. …


    The article had an accompanying graphic showing several of the commisioner’s salaries here:


    Where’s “Occupy the 9/11 Memorial?” protest, given all the members of this commission qualify in Obama’s book as “rich” if not “millionaires” and would certainly be considered by Occupy as part of the “1%.”

  10. BillK says:


    From the Fitchburg, MA Sentinel and Enterprise:

    Fitchburg woman and daughter ‘terrified’ as saw rips down door after getting wrong address in drug sweep

    By Michael Hartwell

    It was a horror movie come to life.

    Judy Sanchez woke Thursday to the sound of heavy footsteps in her stairwell, followed by a loud motor. She got to her kitchen in time to see the blade of a chain saw rip through her front door.

    “It was so crazy,” Judy Sanchez said. “I was terrified.”

    Jan. 26 was the day of Operation Red Wolf, a multiagency sweep during which 16 people in Fitchburg were arrested on charges related to gang activity, drug trafficking and illegal gun sales after a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law-enforcement officers.

    The people sawing through her door were FBI agents, looking for a gang member suspected of trafficking cocaine. But they went to the wrong address.

    Sanchez said the ordeal traumatized her and her 3-year-old daughter, Ji’anni, and she is unsatisfied with the agency’s response to the error.

    About 10 FBI agents came into her apartment at 391 Elm St., that morning, guns drawn and pointed at her. There was no knock, and they didn’t shout that they were from the FBI until after the saw was buzzing through her six-panel front door, she said.

    She believes it took about three minutes for them to saw a big rectangle through the door, then kick in the center. She shouted repeatedly that they had the wrong place.

    Once the first agent was inside, she was ordered facedown on the floor at gunpoint. Her 3-month-old pit-bull Lexi wet the floor, and she was instructed to grab the dog and hold her. To do so, she said, she had to reach through the dog’s urine.

    Sanchez doesn’t know how long she was held on the floor, but estimates it was between 30 and 45 minutes while her daughter cried in the other room. It was a cold morning, and she was not allowed to put warm clothes on.

    “I was still at gunpoint the whole time. I was freezing,” Sanchez said. …


    Funny how this sort of thing seems to happen more under Democratic administrations than Republican ones, yet the press doesn’t make the connection.

  11. canary says:

    Egypt makes fun of U.S by returning letter, and joking about 6 Americans hostages with others.

    Time: Egypt Justice Minister Rebuffs US Envoy
    By AP / Ben Hubbard Jan 31 2011

    (CAIRO) — The Egyptian justice minister returned a letter Tuesday from the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt asking him to re-examine the issue of Americans barred from leaving the country.

    Egyptian security forces raided 17 offices of 10 pro-democracy and human rights groups last month then barred at least 10 foreigners, including six Americans, from leaving the country.

    Among those stuck in Egypt is Sam LaHood, son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

    “I called the embassy and told them that this letter is not supposed to be directed to the minister of justice and that the ambassador is not the concerned party,” Abdel-Hamid said, according to Egyptian state media. “The concerned party is the person forbidden to travel.”

    In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner acknowledged that the letter had been returned, adding that the U.S. was still engaging with Egypt in the issue.

    Responding to the justice minister on Tuesday, Parliamentary speaker Saad el-Katatni of the Muslim Brotherhood said, “We don’t accept this interference from the American ambassador.”

    American officials have pointed to recent U.S. legislation that freezes aid to Egypt unless the country meets certain conditions in its transition to democracy. These include allowing civil society groups to operate.

    Bradley Klapper contributed reporting from Washington.
    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2105818,00.html#ixzz1l5wF4JFl

    How many times does new Egypt have to explain it would offend allah to take aid or advice from the U.S. Was not holding U.S. students in prison enough evidence for the Obama idiots.

    Hey Sam, since you missed it Obama is busy singing and joking.


    Taking anything from infidels would offend allah.

  12. canary says:

    BBC: Egypt: ‘Up to 40’ killed in Egypt football violence

    Feb 1 2012

    It is feared the death toll could rise as scores have been injured.

    The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo says it appears fans had taken knives into the stadium.

    Television pictures have shown images of crowds descending into the stadium, chasing rical fans and players.

    Some were cornered in the stadium, parts of which were set on fire.


  13. Gil says:

    Look at the sea of blood red.. like the blood of Jesus covering the sins of His people.. as folks turn away from the frigid and frozen policies of the blue bloods to the warm policies which will give them back their likelihoods and jobs:

    Gallup state numbers predict huge Obama loss
    February 1, 2012
    byConn Carroll Senior Editorial Writer


    Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.

    Gallup adds:

    Overall, Obama averaged 44% job approval in his third year in office, down from 47% in his second year. His approval rating declined from 2010 to 2011 in most states, with Wyoming, Connecticut, and Maine showing a marginal increase, and Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, Arizona, West Virginia, Michigan, and Georgia showing declines of less than a full percentage point. The greatest declines were in Hawaii, South Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico.


    • tranquil.night says:

      Further evidence that the most unelectable candidate in the field is Boy Blunder.

      Thanks Gil!

    • Gil says:

      You’re welcome.. :)
      I can’t believe I misspelled livelihoods..
      I guess I was too excited in wanting to share it with you.

  14. canary says:

    Washington Post: Egypt’s witch hunt threatens a rupture with the U.S.

    Feb 1 2012

    The persecution of the Americans, which has been escalating since their offices were raided Dec. 29, is an extraordinary provocation by the generals who succeeded Hosni Mubarak. Despite repeated appeals, including by President Obama, military council chief Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi has failed to deliver on promises to call off the witch hunt and return confiscated funds and property.

    They appear to believe that Washington will not dare to cut them off, even if Americans seeking to promote democracy in Egypt are made the object of xenophobic slanders and threatened with imprisonment.

    Before aid is disbursed, the administration is required to certify to Congress that Egypt is holding free elections and protecting freedom of expression and association. Officials acknowledge that no certification will be possible while the prosecutions continue, and that funding could run out in March. But the legislation provides for the certification to be waived by the State Department on grounds of national security.

    Ms. Aboul Naga, an ambitious demagogue, is pursuing a well-worn path in Egyptian politics — whipping up nationalist sentiment against the United States as a way of attacking liberal opponents at home.


    The count is now up to 7 Americans & others being detained, but who knows.

    “Iran” aiding $ Egypt was another sign that the Obama administration has ignored.

    Navy Seal 6 just risked their lives to rescue 2 young Christian females who went to Africa where the U.S. Military is fighting a ground & air war, isn’t it time to give an alert to travel at your own risk to any muslim countries?

  15. canary says:

    Iran launches Spanish TV to target better relations with millions in Spanish-speaking nations

    SFGATE/ AP: Iran launches Spanish TV in jab at US ‘dominance’
    By Nasser Karimi Jan 31 2012
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —

    The launch is Tehran’s latest effort to reach out to friendly governments in Latin America and follows Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s four-nation tour of the region earlier in January, which included stops in Cuba and visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

    Iran’s broadcasting company said Hispan TV — the first Spanish-language channel airing from the Middle East — will broadcast news, documentaries, movies and Iranian films 24 hours a day.

    Iran’s state TV said the channel, which had been on air on a trial basis since October with a 16-hour daily program, will target millions of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world.

    … Ahmadinejad said during a Tehran ceremony marking the inauguration. “It will be a means for better ties between people and governments of Iran and Spanish-speaking nations.”

    Ahmadinejad ended his speech in Spanish: “Viva la Paz! Viva el Pueblo! Viva America Latina!”

    Iran broadcasts daily in five other foreign languages, including in English through state-run Press TV and in Arabic via Al-Alam TV.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/31/international/i023342S68.DTL#ixzz1lG8LWuXv

    • canary says:

      Next article may tie in a deeper glance and just how dangerous the Hezbollah muslims smuggling side by side with Mexico’s cartel into the U.S. is a wake-up call.

      “Ya’alon also said that Iran and Hezbollah were working with drug cartels in Mexico to learn how to smuggle materials into the US, a conduit that could one day be used to smuggle weapons into the country.”


  16. canary says:

    Iran’s December explosion was US-range missle

    The Jersalem Post: Ya’alon: Iran was working on US-range missile
    By Yaakov Katz 02/02/2012

    Vice Prime Minister says December explosion at Iran base occurred where long-range missile was being developed.

    Iran was working on developing a missile with 10,000 km range that would put America in reach of a potential Iranian attack, Strategic Affairs Minister and Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday.

    In November , a mysterious explosion rocked an Iranian missile base near Tehran where Iran was working on developing this long range missile.

    Kochavi: Iran has uranium for 4 nuclear bombs

    According to the vice prime minister, who was in the United States last week for talks on Iran with senior officials from the Obama administration, Turkey was helping Iran circumvent the sanctions by allowing it to use its banking system.

    “We need a credible military option. The Iranians understand the West has capabilities, but as long as the Iranians don’t think that the West has the political stomach and determination to use it they will not stop,” Ya’alon affirmed.

    Ya’alon also said that Iran and Hezbollah were working with drug cartels in Mexico to learn how to smuggle materials into the US, a conduit that could one day be used to smuggle weapons into the country.


    • Petronius says:

      Thank you canary for posting this article, which is interesting on several levels.

    • proreason says:

      Luckily, LuapNor knows that the Iranians are sane and only just a wee bit pissed off at us for being mean to them.

  17. tranquil.night says:

    YES: J.E. Dyer –
    God and Bain: What bothers some people about Bain Capital is a problem with government, not business.

    When government enters the business of guaranteeing against risk, the first thing created is an opportunity for profits that free-market transactions would not generate. These profits need not be the result of cronyism or deliberate rent-seeking, but they share a characteristic with those practices, in that the profits come not from a voluntary supply-and-demand transaction but from a government decision to levy mandates on the people.

    And what bothers me about the knee-jerk capitalist defense of Bain is how it glosses over this side-effect which Bain legally from which received an unnatural free-market advantage.

    The Marxists do not gloss over this side-effect of big government policies. They exploit it to the benefit of class warfare and further statist regulations.

    The Romney and Rovepublican Establishments indifference to these nuances is part of their weakness. Part of it is the very real interest divides between Constitutionalists and Corporatists within the party. The Corporatists largely couldn’t care about the foundational principles of the country. They’re motivated by what’s most profitible.

    • tranquil.night says:

      With a hattip to Insty for the link.

    • proreason says:

      What bothers me is totally different.

      1. Gingrich questioned the business practices of Bain. The lying jackals claimed that Newt was challenging capitalism. It’s beyond ridiculous. It’s that same thing the Dems are now doing to McMitt by twisting his words about “the poor” out of context. It’s a smear by the Dems against McMitt, and it was a smear against Newt by Romney.

      2. Bain is going to be a huge issue if McRomney manages to buy the nomination. If he had made his money as a payday lender, there is no way he would be a candidate. On the scale of business practices, Bain is somewhere south of payday lending. Both businesses are legal, but people aren’t going to want a president who engaged in either one of them. Rest assured that you will be hearing a lot of details in the fall about what Bain did in dozens of those “transactions”, and it won’t be pretty. A lot of businesses were closed; a lot of people lost their jobs; and a lot of managers were run over roughshod. And Bain made a billion dollars doing it. People aren’t going to like it. Covering your ears with your hands won’t stop it from coming out.

      3. The claim that Romney created 100,000 jobs is also ludicrous. Bain wasn’t in the business of making things. It was in the business of extracting wealth from struggling businesses. For the trasactions where they took over failing businesses, it would be more accurate to say that Bain was a job killer than a job creator. The only jobs Bain “created” were created by companies they invested in as venture capitalists. And that practice is similar to when an indidual buys stock in a company. If Bain had offered some magic consulting or management expertise that was the secret sauce to Staples taking off, we would have heard about it a thousand times already. That’s how you know the jobs were created by Staples, not Bain.

      And besides that, the whole notion that entrepreneurs run aroud creating jobs is a fantasy. Entrepreneurs run around creating businesses because they want to make money with one of their ideas. Creating jobs isn’t their goal.

      The beauty of capitalism is that good things, like jobs and useful products and services, are the byproduct of people who are free to do things that will make them rich and famous. Pretending that there are a bunch of altruisic people who live to “create jobs” is kids stuff. Entrepreneurs do what they do because they want to create jobs about as much as horny men pursue women because they want to make babies.

  18. proreason says:

    who wudda thunk it. Expats now nearly 8 times rate in Bushhitler’s last year.


    What is it they don’t lie. The hope? Or the change?

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