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Selected News For The Week Nov 6 – Nov 12

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

54 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Nov 6 – Nov 12”

  1. canary says:

    Times of India: Obama puts SoBo under house arrest

    Nov 6, 2010
    MUMBAI: With its incessant cacophony of gunfire-resembling firecrackers, this city is the closest that US President Barack Obama could have come to spending a night in Iraq.

    “We are virtually under house arrest,” grumbled Chandresh Shah, president of the Marine Drive Residents’ Association.

    Indeed, one day before the presidential visit, south Mumbai resembled a fortress. With heavily beefed-up securitythe [sic] entire 43,000-strong Mumbai police force was out on the roads, 8,000 of them in Colaba alone—and entire areas cordoned off, much of SoBo was out of bounds. For the next two days, all lanes and bylanes leading to the Taj Hotel, where Obama will stay for two days, have been closed to citizens.

    …’ Gawking onlookers were removed by the police. At St Xavier’s College, another place the Prez will visit, cops telling students to vacate the place were eagerly asked by passersby, “What happened? Is there a film shooting happening?”

    Read more: Obama puts SoBo under house arrest – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Obama-puts-SoBo-under-house-arrest/articleshow/6877850.cms#ixzz14UC7nPn6


    • Mithrandir says:

      I think a tele-conference would have been more appropriate here.

      Politicians are supposed to be humble servants , not huge emperor-like processions in which the commoners are kicked out of the way (at their own expense of course).

      When will we all learn…..

    • Adam Moreira says:

      I think that India went way overboard on its end…St. Xavier College could simply have told the President that it would not make its campus available (chances are, any religious symbols will end up draped over).

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Adam…..if you’ve noticed, dingleBarry only insults Christians.
      All the other religions and cults are cut a huss.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      If it were me in that position, I would see the position as religion-neutral and treat them all the same – outside looking in.

      Presidents should not be promoting Christianity (or any other faith in their position as President).

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Nor should they disrespect them.
      Whats his name wipes his feet on the Christian faith. Then says he ain’t toting the Islamic banner.
      “YOU LIE!!!!”

    • canary says:

      Obama canceled trip to Sikh Golden Temple because he worried wearing a veil would become the highlight.

      The main media is not showing the posters put up by the Shivarja Party “GO BACK OBAMA” . Can’t read their language

    • Adam Moreira says:

      He would have even LESS experience than Obama, however…and I could not support him even if he were a Democrat…why? No executive experience!

      And yes, one should have at least 4 years as a CEO, CFO, COO, or state governor to even be considered for President, even if he had been VP.

      He or Allen West could have gotten that by running for Florida governor and gain the experience needed. Rubio talks the talk…but he needs to walk the walk. After all, who was the last person to have the traits that Rubio has now as a speech-giver? Oh yes…Obama!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      He would have even LESS experience than Obama, however…and I could not support him even if he were a Democrat…why? No executive experience!

      Oh…..now we are picky, huh?

    • proreason says:

      Breaking a rule in responding to a fool.

      Rubio was a college athlete and became a lawyer at 25. He is bilingual and was a City Commissioner in Miami before being elected to the Florida House in 2000. He served as speaker of the Florida House in 2007 and 2008. Now he has run a successful Senate campaign and by 2012 will have served for 2 years. He DID NOT win the Senate campaign or earlier campaigns by getting the divorce records of his opponents published. He has also written a book, which is not a self-serving biography.

      He isn’t a communist or a marxist, and he hasn’t made a career of hiding his past or his radical associates.

      By any standard Rubio is more eperienced than Obamy was in 2007, and Rubio isn’t running for President in 2012, but he is probably the prime candidate for VP (along with Chris Christie who is adament that he will not run for President in 2012).

      I don’t bother to read Adam much because he is so consistendly wrong about just about everything. It’s would be kind of amazing except that it is more likely he is a troll whose mission is to spread misinformation and demoralize conservatives who use this website as a source of information..

    • Mithrandir says:

      LESS experience that Obama? HOW can anyone possibly have less? Since when is a razor-thin resume a liability?
      Chris Matthews: “Name Obama’s accomplishments!?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGeu_4Ekx-o

      Republicans and Conservatives have to get over their mass schizophrenia!

      1. We are SICK of these career politicians mucking up the process for 50+ years. We need fresh new blood!

      2. Oh, we don’t want Christine O’donnell, she is too inexperienced, we need someone who is a career politician!

  2. wardmama4 says:

    This is one of the biggest problems in America today – the election was Tuesday and we are already quibbling about the ‘qualifications’ of the 2012 Presidential candidates?

    Lets get through the Lame Duck session – praying that Cap & Tax, Card Check, All Bank Transactions Tax, Amnesty and the 401K into Social Security 2.0 aren’t passed.

    Then lets get through the seating of the 112th Congress and encourage them to Repeal, Repeal and Repeal – and then Investigate.

    My vote for the GOP candidate for the 2012 Election – The person who stands up for Conservative Principles, the Constitution and Fights the socialist/marxist and downright dangerous agenda now being forced by cheating, lying and back room deals.

    That will be the only candidate worth even considering.

    And you all are wrong – Obama is experienced – in hiding his connections, his past, and his real agenda until he got power – What he found out – is that the POTUS does not have the real power – and even majorities does not success make – most especially when those majorities are governing against the will, beliefs and desires of the majority of the citizens.

    We The People have voted – now it’s in their corner – and they damn well better do the right thing.

    • proreason says:

      You have a point, wm, but concentrating on first things first isn’t going to happen because you can’t change human nature.

      The speculation on 2012 has already begun and will be one of the major stories for two years. It also is every bit as important as the items you mention, because without the presidency, the conservative counter-revolution will fail.

      As for my post, it was meant to be a casual fun thing. I only expanded on it because Adam is such a stooge. If everybody else ignored him, I’d let it go, but apparently he is read because numerous people respond to him. So, given that, some of his more outrageous claims need to be countered, or people will begin to take him seriously. I mean REALLY….can you even imagine claiming Obamy has more experience than a dog catcher, no matter Marco Rubio!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Point taken.

  3. canary says:

    Obama woos India to become top business partners with GE airplane engines & electric cars.

    The Economics Times: Obama announces $10 bn worth Indo-US trade deals
    6 Nov 2010

    MUMBAI: US President Barack Obama today announced that “several landmark” deals worth USD 10 billion (nearly Rs 44,000 crore) have been reached between the two countries for creating about 50,000 jobs in the US.

    “There is no reason why India cannot be our top trading partner (from 12th position now)… ….,” President Obama said addressing the US India Business Council meet as he started his three-day maiden visit to India.

    “Several landmark deals have been done shortly before my arrival here. Boeing is going to sell dozens of planes to India and GE is going to sell hundreds of electric engines. The deals are worth USD 10 billion and will create more than 50,000 jobs in the US,” he said.

    The commercial deals include the purchase of 33 737s from Boeing by SpiceJet Airlines; the Indian Army’s plans to buy aircraft engines from General Electric; and preliminary agreement between Boeing and the Indian Air Force on the purchase of 10 C17s.

    Just before the address at USIBC, Reliance Power announced power equipment deal for 2,400 MW plants from GE and low-cost carrier Spicejet announced a deal to buy 33 new generation 737 aircraft from Boeing.

    He said the relationship between America and India should be a win for both sides, while acknowledging concerns in America about outsourcing .


    Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/home/us

    GE electric engine planes?

  4. Mae says:

    Inviting 400 Indians to the U. S., letting them spend their money on hotels, food, what-have-you, would have been a boost to our economy, would it not? Give all those union workers, who voted for Obama then his chumps on November 2nd, a little something to do. Absolutely no need for a President to make such an outlandishly expensive and troublesome trip, security-wise, during a time of economic crisis. Promoting business, my foot. Promoting himself out of the White House. Talks re GE could easily have been held at a GE plant in the U.S., another boost to the local economy. And the Indians might have liked to visit all those relatives they sent over here before their economy took off. Heck, they might even have gotten an audience with Nikki Haley or Bobby Jindal if they really wanted to know what’s going on. And if BHO goes to Pakistan to read them the riot act about turning over Bin Laden (DOA preferably) and gaining more cooperation on the Afghanistan war front, then fine. Otherwise, another wasteful trip. But then he shouldn’t visit India without visiting the Pakistanis too. Musn’t discriminate religiously. Wardrobe alone is probably the now-repudiated $200 mil per day. Wonder what kind of state gifts will be given and received. Hopefully, The Prez will be given a collection of quotes on humility by his favorite Indian.

  5. Oh, we can be so proud of Obama’s historic trip to India! From the Hindustan Times:

    Obama to use teleprompter for Hindi speech

    Namaste India! In all likelihood that will be silver-tongued Barack Obama’s opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. But to help him pronounce Hindi words correctly will be a teleprompter which the US president uses ever so often for his hypnotising

    It will be a 20-minute speech at Parliament House’s Central Hall that has been witness to some historic events, including first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s “tryst with destiny” speech when India became independent.

    Obama will make history for more than one reason during the Nov 6-9 visit. This will be the first time a teleprompter will be used in the nearly 100-feet high dome-shaped hall that has portraits of eminent national leaders adorning its walls.

    We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact,” an official, who did not wish to be identified because of security restrictions, said.


    Lots of people thought a lot of things about Obama, guess we all get to share in that disappointment.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Boring and snoring the world……one nation at a time!!

    • Mithrandir says:

      Person by person is starting to realize Obama is a national embarrassment.

      He’s got to leave the country to find a crowd of people who still think he is novel. Now Indians are starting to see the fraud, “Wait a minute here? Isn’t this guy a Harvard educated lawyer? Swooning the masses with his sweet lawyer talk? Why does he need a teleprompter? We never use those things.”

      Once again the fraud has been exposed, he is talking AT people not to or with people. The true nature of a narcissist.

  6. canary says:

    Communist Party in India protest against Obama rallying in the streets.t

    The Hindu: Protesters raise Bhopal, Headley issues
    Vivek Bendre Nov 7 2010

    Mumbai: Everything was not hunky-dory during U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mumbai visit. As the President got a warm welcome, the police kept the protesters at bay, ….

    The Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of Mumbai protested against President Obama on Saturday and demanded that Warren Anderson, the former chairperson of Union Carbide, be handed over to India. “Do justice to the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy,” the placards held by protesters at Churchgate read.

    The protesters also demanded that America stop influencing Indian foreign policy and hand over David Headley to India. Headley is under investigation in the U.S. for his alleged links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and who is involved in plotting 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

    “… …[But he] should know that the U.S. policy of providing huge subsidies to cotton farmers in America has triggered over 2,16,000 farmland suicides in India,” Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishor Tiwari said at a rally in Hiwara, Yavatmal, on Friday.

    The protesters demanded a ban on Bt Cotton seeds. “They have ruined the rural cotton-growing economy of Vidarbha,” Mr. Tiwari said.

    The VJAS is planning to organise a larger protest when Mr. Obama addresses Parliament in Delhi on Monday.

    photo & more at India’s National Newspaper

    • canary says:

      video #1 India Protesters against Obama repeatedly (with dialect) tell Obama to go back.

      video of police knock elderly man protesting for Obama to go Back. Protesters move into mall. backi

      The Hindu: Protesters raise Bhopal, Headley issues
      Vivek Bendre Nov 7 2010

      Mumbai: Everything was not hunky-dory during U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mumbai visit. As the President got a warm welcome, the police kept the protesters at bay, ….

      The Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of Mumbai protested against President Obama on Saturday and demanded that Warren Anderson, the former chairperson of Union Carbide, be handed over to India. “Do justice to the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy,” the placards held by protesters at Churchgate read.

      The protesters also demanded that America stop influencing Indian foreign policy and hand over David Headley to India. Headley is under investigation in the U.S. for his alleged links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and who is involved in plotting 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

      “… …[But he] should know that the U.S. policy of providing huge subsidies to cotton farmers in America has triggered over 2,16,000 farmland suicides in India,” Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishor Tiwari said at a rally in Hiwara, Yavatmal, on Friday.

      The protesters demanded a ban on Bt Cotton seeds. “They have ruined the rural cotton-growing economy of Vidarbha,” Mr. Tiwari said.

      The VJAS is planning to organise a larger protest when Mr. Obama addresses Parliament in Delhi on Monday.

      photo & more at India’s National Newspaper

      “…2,16,000 (?) farmland suicides in India??? Confused is that registered cows’ numbers?

      So, now do they start registering & naming every cow born for each deceased relatives, until they get to 2,16,000?

  7. BillK says:

    If you ever had any doubts whatsoever of what life in the “Hey, everyone agrees with us, how could you possibly think any differently” world of Hollywood is like, this editorial from Variety‘s VP and editorial director Peter Bart should set you straight:

    From Daily Variety

    Politicians could use some H’wood polish

    By Peter Bart

    Pundits have long observed that politics is really show business but with ugly people, but this year the political cast of characters seems to be uglier still, as does their rhetoric.

    Not that long ago elections were at least good theater. Consider the contrasts of style and class in Kennedy vs. Nixon. Politicians like Jerry Ford, Jimmy Carter and, yes, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, were irritating in their own ways but brought a certain civility to the process. Today’s politicians come across not as cajolers but as bullies (there’s that word again) or as full-fledged idiots.

    The bottom line: They could use some serious input from Hollywood on several levels.

    Let’s start with casting. Hollywood’s hard-boiled casting mavens wouldn’t have let folks like Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell or Carl Paladino past the first audition.

    Then there’s the script: With the help of Hollywood spinmeisters, someone like Alaska’s Joe Miller could have presented himself as a free-thinking outdoorsman instead of letting him talk like a crypto-fascist thug. It’s easy to “sell” a phony version of a candidate — look how shrewdly John Edwards sold himself as someone he wasn’t.

    Candidates in the past often recruited top Hollywood writers and directors to guide their campaigns — think Johnson, Kennedy and Clinton. But the Tea Partiers seem to recruit their speechwriters from the ranks of tram drivers at Disneyland, because they keep spouting fantasies. Listen to O’Donnell and Angle and you realize why Sarah Palin now comes across as an intellectual (is that why so many Republican candidates seem to be running away from her scheduled appearances?)


    (Subscription may be required by the time you click on this.)

    You get the idea.

    • mr_bill says:

      Image over substance, the democrat party still thinks it has only a “communication problem.” They’re communicating alright, and people are finding out that the democrat party doesn’t have America’s interests in mind.

  8. BillK says:

    A few days later, he was back at it again.

    From Daily Variety:

    Humility often eludes pols, power players

    By Peter Bart

    Blaming the media is a common political tack, but Sarah Palin has taken it to new levels.

    This seems to be an appropriate week to comment on the art of losing gracefully. Or simply the art of losing.
    Politicians, like movie people, tend to blame their fate on the media. But when Sarah Palin told Fox News that she found journalists to be “impotent and limp,” she took this antagonism to, well, a gut level.

    Hollywood, too, has blamed hyperbolic coverage by the press for flops going back to “Howard the Duck” and “Waterworld.” The so-so critiques accorded “Hereafter” also have been attacked — surely an icon like Clint Eastwood deserves more respect.

    On the other hand, a new study by three academics concluded that negative reviews and bad publicity can actually have a positive impact on sales. Awareness is the key thing, even if it’s nasty awareness.

    One media guru argues that the Internet has further fueled polarization and gridlock rather than spread knowledge. According to Micah L. Sifry, who runs the Personal Democracy Forum, “The social media has generated more talking than listening, more pushing than parsing.”

    Several of this year’s losing political candidates have a reason to personalize loss. Defying the old Hollywood axiom never to invest in your own productions, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina pumped in more than $240 million of their own money and lost.

    To be sure, those Republicans who won on Nov. 2 — and there were many — sold voters on the doctrine of smaller government. This attitude is vaguely reminiscent of the Hollywood studios, which demand tighter budgets yet keep making bigger movies. Symbolically, Rupert Murdoch used his media muscle at Fox News to advance the Tea Party agenda at the same time that his movie company closed a deal to make two expensive “Avatar” sequels.

    Murdoch might remind his friends on the extreme right of one key element to Hollywood’s survival: The industry has conquered tough times by rejuvenating its arcane inventory of heroes and superheroes, ranging from Sherlock Holmes to Batman and Spider-Man. The new Republican establishment could use a hero: The apparent new House speaker, John Boehner, has all the panache of an Amway salesman.

    Back in 1963 the Republicans hired a new ad agency to reinvent a superhero — Uncle Sam. The ads declared: “You remember Uncle Sam, don’t you? There was a lean, hard look in his face, the kind of look that even whiskers didn’t soften much. He spoke softly but carried a big stick.”

    The campaign asked for a meager $10 contribution, and the money poured in. Uncle Sam seems like a more unifying figure than Aunt Sarah does today.


    (May require subscription by the time you click on this.)

    So because California’s Republicans lost, it was a “Republican loss” and of course it was Sarah Palin’s fault as well as that of other conservatives.

    Meanwhile Murdoch is criticized for “pushing” the Tea Party while funding two sequels to the largest grossing movie ever made.

    Showing how in tune with a little thing called business and economics the Hollywood community is as well.

    It’s not like Fox greenlit a sequal to one of Hollywood’s self-important but utterly financially disastrous films.

    Besides, Hollywood should be happy that the beat-you-over-the-head-with-it’s-environmentalism-message Avatar will have even more opportunity to indoctrinate audiences…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The point grossly missed by Peter Bart is that Hollyweird is make believe……..
      like DisneyLand. Me thinks the Peter may be off the farm illegally and sorely in need of his meds.

  9. proreason says:

    For our posters who argue that the Mumbai Extravaganza is really just business as usual, there is this from the UK’s Daily Mail:

    “…Probably not since the days of the Pharaohs or the more ludicrous Roman Emperors has a head of state travelled in such pomp and expensive grandeur as the President of the United States of America….

    On land, as well as The Beast, Mr Obama’s entourage will travel in a fleet of 45 U.S.-built armoured limousines, half of which will be decoys. He will also travel with 30 elite sniffer dogs, mostly German Shepherds,,,
    It is also reported that a bomb-proof tunnel will be erected for Mr Obama ahead of his visit to Mani Bhavan – the Gandhi museum – on Saturday…

    But the White House have refused to reveal the true cost of the three-day trip to Mumbai and Delhi.
    ‘The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality’, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said”

    Nothing but best for our little boy king. Just wondering…..where will the royal dog be during the Loppapalloza?….I gotta wild hunch it will be…..the Royal Dog 747!!!! And what about the Royal Fish….their parents suffered too during the 230 years of oppression.



  10. proreason says:

    Looks like Politico finally got around to reading Friday’s S&L:


    Speculation on veeps. And who is the first mentionned and lead picture? Mr Rubio of course.

    Ms. Martinez (who I know nothing about) needs to lose a couple of pounds if she has higher ambitions. Conservatives like our women politicians hot.

  11. BillK says:

    The damage wrought by our President continues.

    From Nation’s Restaurant News:

    Operators mull changes to health care plans for hourlies

    By Lisa Jennings

    A recent survey of chain restaurant employers found more than 75 percent of respondents are considering cutting the hours of full-time hourly workers in response to new health care reform mandates.

    While recent election results may bring change to health care reform legislation, 29 chain restaurant employers surveyed before Election Day expressed concern over commonly used “mini-med,” or limited medical plans for hourly workers, according to the survey by Hay Group along with the Chain Restaurant Compensation Association.

    Under the reform plan, starting in 2011, insurers of mini-med plans will be required to spend 80 percent to 85 percent of premiums on medical benefits instead of on overhead expenses, a limit that most benefit plans in the restaurant industry do not meet, survey officials say. Because turnover in the restaurant industry is high, such plans tend to have high administrative costs.

    “Limited medical plans offer low-cost coverage to part-time and full-time hourly workers who otherwise might not be able to afford coverage at all,” said John Hennessy, principal and Western region benefits practice leader for Hay Group in Philadelphia. “However, employees’ access to limited medical plans may be in danger with health care reform mandates on the horizon, as coverage is unlikely to meet the minimum standards of acceptable coverage.”

    According to the survey of 29 chain restaurant employers, which was conducted in September, 70 percent said they offer mini-med plans to their hourly employees, although fewer than 25 percent of those employers contribute toward plan costs, the survey found.

    Health care reform is likely to change that number, however, the survey found. As a result of reform mandates, 77 percent said they are considering reducing the hours of full-time workers to part-time.

    Under the reform bill in September, the annual limits on coverage were raised significantly on mini-med plans for full-time employees, making such plans prohibitively expensive. The higher limits would not apply to part timers, so employers might see that shift as a way out.

    Hennessy, who called the employers’ response a “knee jerk” reaction, warned that reducing hours likely would result in “workforce issues,” including higher turnover.

    Another 54 percent of respondents in the survey said they are considering eliminating limited medical plans entirely for hourly workers.

    Many — 67 percent — said they are not considering changes in 2011 and will likely apply for waivers, the survey notes.


    (Subscription likely required.)

    Is there any doubt left that ObamaCare was carefully crafted to make so many employers drop insurance that the “only way” to cover people will be a Government plan?

    Thought not.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      What’s really scary is that looking over the internet on this very subject the large numbers of people who think that “there are some good things” in the healthcare bill such as “mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions” and so on. The utter lack of cynicism and pragmatism with these people is staggering. They refuse to entertain the notion that the bill is simply an enormous power grab and rebuttal against their claims that “the government would never intentionally do anything to harm the people” go into the black hole of ignorance.

      Why do people still bitch about this representative or that yet still consider “the government” as being benevolent? Where, exactly is the disconnect? Are we, as a nation, that ridiculously “tolerant” of such stupidity and narcissism that we would allow a person to put a gun to our heads so as not to “offend” them or that we might appear “racist” or “bigoted”?

      I think so.

      And this is what the socialists have been and are counting on in order to implement their plan over time. But, then, when Hitlery runs in 2012, the shoe will then be about “sexism” instead of “racism” which is not as easy to meme but still an effective tool to shred the republicans into feeling guilty. But when I started hearing all the old sexist whining shortly before the election last week, I became suspicious and I figure it’s in prelude to the other witch running for president in 2012. How do I know it’s true? Because she so adamantly denies it.

    • wardmama4 says:

      The problem is that people are/have bought the shading of the truth that the Dems put out – I can’t dig up the law (it’s in Michelle Malkin’s book, Culture of Corruption under Michelle Obama’s job at the Uof Chicago chapter) – Insurance companies can not deny payment for ‘pre-existing’ conditions for existing customers, the problem comes in when peoples insurance is tied to their job – and they lose it, thus they lose the insurance and a new company can indeed deny and/or charge more for insuring such people. It’s a fine line – but to have insurance – the companies can not deny a ‘pre-existing’ condition, it is against the law.

      The cure is taking the job ‘benefit’ of insurance out and opening up across state lines for insuring all people – a bit of openness (come on how can small businesses compete with long standing corps as far as insurance coverage) and the competition of all companies vying all over the Nation? Not mandating that all insurance companies will be forced to insure all things to all people. That is a recipe for failure – which seems to be the intentional goal of Obamacare – which is why it needs to be repealed (in addition to the 1600 IRS agents to track the non-insured, the electronic requirement for medical info, the death panels, the federal funding of abortion etc) – not reformed (hows that joke going in DC – let’s reform the reform bill?!?) What a bunch of schmucks – and they call us stupid.

  12. BillK says:

    Because, you know, they have such a hard time getting their message out.

    From Tribune News Service:

    Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics

    By Neela Banerjee

    WASHINGTON — Faced with increasing political attacks, hundreds of climate scientists are joining a broad campaign to push back against congressional conservatives who have threatened prominent researchers with investigations and have vowed to kill regulations to rein in man- made greenhouse-gas emissions.

    The efforts reveal a shift among climate scientists, many of whom have traditionally stayed out of politics and avoided the news media. Many now say they are willing to go toe-to-toe with their critics, some of whom gained new power when the Republicans won control of the House in Tuesday’s election.

    Today, the American Geophysical Union, the country’s largest association of climate scientists, plans to announce that 700 climate scientists have agreed to speak out as experts on questions about global warming and the role of man-made air pollution. Some are prepared to go before what they consider potentially hostile audiences on conservative talk-radio and television shows.

    John Abraham of St. Thomas University in Minnesota, who last May wrote a widely disseminated response to climate-change skeptics, is organizing a “Climate Rapid Response Team,” which so far has more than three dozen leading scientists to defend the consensus on global warming in the scientific community. Some are also preparing a handbook on the human causes of climate change, which they plan to start sending to U.S. high schools as soon as this fall.

    During the election campaigns, skepticism about climate change became a rallying cry for many Republicans. Of the more than 100 new Republican members of Congress, 50 percent are climate-change skeptics, according to an analysis of campaign statements by the Center for American Progress, a liberal research group.


    More indoctrination in schools, and really, how did the author write that global warming zealots “have traditionally stayed out of politics and avoided the news media” with a straight face?

    Of course not one news report will touch on the fact that most of these same scientists would find themselves wtihout funding were global warming exposed as a sham, but of course any scientist employed by an oil company or private industry in general is “on the take.”

    Their behavior makes me more ashamed of the scientific community each and every day.

  13. Diane says:

    From Yahoo: Olbermann to return to the air on Tuesday


    The headline pretty much says it all. After several very meaningful minutes in exile, Mr. Olbermann is back.

  14. canary says:

    UN pounds Israel by re-classifying famous ancient Jewish Holy site Rachel’s Tomb as “a mosque”. UN HQ in NY hold readout.

    Haartz News: Prime Minister slams UNESCO decision to classify ancient Jewish holy site as mosque, saying ‘historical facts should not be distorted in the name of politics.’

    By Shlomo Shamir and DPA Nov 9 2010

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held talks late Monday on the stalled Middle East peace talks and the planned Israeli withdrawal from a site on the Lebanese border.

    The two issued a readout of their meeting at UN headquarters in New York, according to which the “secretary general and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the ongoing efforts to move the Middle East peace process forward.”

    “The secretary general emphasized that it was vital to break the current diplomatic stalemate, resume negotiations and produce results,” the statement said.

    The two leaders also discussed the “current proposals on the issue of Ghajar,” a reference to Israel’s plan to end its occupation of the village with 2,200 inhabitants on the Lebanon-Israel border.

    Netanyahu also referred to a recent controversial ruling by the UN’s cultural agency, according to which West Bank heritage sites holy to both Jews and Muslims, such as Rachel’s Tomb, would be considered Palestinian.

    The ancient tomb, which lies between Jerusalem and the nearby Palestinian-controlled city of Bethlehem, is traditionally regarded as the burial place of a biblical matriarch and is holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

    Speaking during his meeting with the UN chief, the PM said that “the profound link between the Jewish people and the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb had existed for close to 4,000 years.”

    “Over a billion people know of this bond and it is documented in the Bible,” Netanyahu said, adding that “historical facts should not be distorted in the name of politics. That would only injure the UN’s stature and the way serious people around the world regard it.”

    Last week, Israel said it would reduce cooperation with the United Nations’ cultural watchdog following the classification of Rachel’s Tomb as a mosque.


    Muslims in NYC claiming Ground Zero as mosque land, because they chose to worship there and bite me Biden’s forked tongue bite of Israel.

  15. canary says:

    The Jakarta Post: Did Indonesia minister shake US first lady’s hand?

    Once the wait for President Barack Obama’s return was over, Indonesian anticipation turned to another question: Would a conservative Muslim government minister shake the first lady’s hand?

    He says he did, but not by choice. Footage on YouTube shows otherwise, sparking a debate that has lit up Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the blogosphere.

    “I tried to prevent (being touched) with my hands but Mrs. Michelle held her hands too far toward me (so) we touched,” Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring told tens of thousands of followers on Twitter.

    While Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, the vast majority practice a moderate form of the faith. But Sembiring has flaunted his piety, making a point of avoiding contact with women who are not related to him.

    The minister was among the dignitaries in a receiving line that greeted the Obamas as they arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday – a homecoming of sorts for the president….

    as he shook the president’s hand and then reached with both hands to grasp Michelle’s. But later he said she forced their contact.

    His denial was in a response to Tweets from Indonesians who noted the handshake, saying it called into question his long-standing claims that, as a good Muslim, he restricts his contact with women.


    The wasn’t able to tell by the video I saw.

  16. canary says:

    8000 Indonesia’s National Police released to stop negative protesting Obama’s visit; secure & protect constructive protests.

    The Jakarta Post: Stop protesting Obama’s visit: Nat’l Police

    The National Police have asked the public to stop protesting the visit of US President Barack Obama to Indonesia, citing the disasters that have struck the country over the last few weeks.

    “… we hope the protests will cease,” National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Iskandar Hasan said on Monday.

    Iskandar said the police, who would deploy at least 8,000 officers for Obama’s visit, would be managing the “third ring” of security that deals directly with the public.

    “If protests are constructive then we will help to secure them,” he said.

    Last Friday a group of students in Bandung, West Java, held a peaceful rally against the visit.


    No doubt world media have been on house arrest.

  17. canary says:

    The Jakarta Post: Police arrest another terrorist suspect
    Dicky Christanto 11/11/2010

    National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Iskandar Hasan said the police counter terrorism detachment 88 had arrested another terrorist suspect, identified as Muhammad Bahrunaim alias Anggih Tantomo alias Naim.


    With protests against Obama’s visit, I imagine they were coming out of the wood, only media were gagged.

    Now we know why he just stayed overnight

    Why did Obama give his noble peace prize money to India, instead of his home country Indonesia in the face of their volcanoes?

  18. Liberals Demise says:

    DATELINE: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    November 10, 1775
    By your roving man in the field : Liberals Demise

    Today at a palace of adult beverages called Tun Tavern, a group of men among men recruited other men among men to form the United States Marines Corps. These men were to become the force to counter British Fleet Forces from seizing American merchant ships and forcing American Sailors into bondage. From the tops of the the main sails they brought firepower down upon the heads of their foes with devastating accuracy. They wore bands of leather around their necks to protect them from close combat with swords. Hence they became “Leather Necks”.

    After 235 years we are still America’s Force in Readiness. The shitty end of the spear is where you will find us. What you fear……..We face!

    Today is the Marines Birthday and I wish to extend to my fellow Brothers and Sisters a hearty “OOOORAH”.
    JMG, Bannedby theTaliban, Sheehanjihad, Tater Salad, First to Fight (where ever you are) and all the rest……………SEMPER FIDELIS

  19. proreason says:

    This guy say obamy can’t win in 2012:


    What he says makes sense, but I don’t think he is considering how far the thugs are willing to go to retain power.

  20. canary says:

    YahooNews: Rahm Emanuel’s tenant considering a Chicago mayoral run

    By Brett Michael Dykes 11/10/10

    There was just one problem: Halpin wouldn’t agree to move out–not even to allow Emanuel and his family to move into the basement unit to re-establish their local bona fides in the city that Rahm hopes to run.

    “I have no plans to move,” Halpin told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    As Halpin explained back in September, he’d just renewed his lease with Emanuel earlier in the month–days before the city’s current mayor, Richard M. Daley, announced his decision to resign. Had Emanuel been aware that the post he calls his “dream job” was about to come open, he wouldn’t have extended Halpin’s lease. Emanuel offered Halpin a generous sum to opt out of the extended lease — what Halpin would pay Emanuel in rent over six months — but Halpin didn’t budge. He runs his business out of the home, he explains; and besides, he has two children happily enrolled in a nearby school.

    “I was approached by some businessmen who asked if I would be interested in running for mayor,” Halpin told the Chicago Tribune. “And they explained to me why they thought I’d be a good candidate and a good mayor. … It was Sunday. My children and I were watching the Chicago Bears. They asked if we could spend a few minutes talking about why I would be a good mayor.”

    The Chicago Tribune’s John Kass picks up the story from there:

    Now Emanuel’s campaign is expected to be challenged in the courts, a legal maneuver backed by guys on the South Side who are part of the stop-Rahm movement. And Halpin’s talk of candidacy highlights the argument that Rahm is not a resident.

    All this, and the mayoral campaign hasn’t even officially started yet.


  21. canary says:

    Federal Legal Corner: Single Remark Can Justify Bias Claim

    The EEOC recently reconfirmed that in certain circumstances a single, isolated remark forms the
    basis for an actionable harassment complaint. In the decision, Waleed M. Sharbini, Complainant, v.
    Mike Donley, Secretary, Department of the Air Force, Agency, 110 LRP 52199 (August 20, 2010), the
    EEOC (the ‘Commission”) reversed the U.S. Air Force’s dismissal of Sharbini’s EEO complaint ‘for
    failure to state a claim,” and remanded to the agency for further processing.

    The decision stemmed from an incident that took place on April 29, 2009, in a parking lot near
    complainant Sharbini’s office. Sharbini, a human resources assistant at an Air Force facility in
    Denver, had driven elsewhere to pick up a large number of pizzas for his office mates. Upon his
    return, an agency security manager asked Sharbini why he had parked his truck in that particular
    location. Sharbini explained the pizza run. The security manager then asked Sharbini if he were
    Palestinian, pointed to the Palestinian flag displayed in the complainant’s truck, and told him,
    ‘with everything going on, it does raise a red flag.” Sharbini protested that he resented the
    statement and that he was an American citizen and worked for the government.

    According to the EEOC decision, ‘the security manager purportedly responded that although he did not
    ‘mean it like that,’ the flag in the truck did raise a ‘red flag’ and made people ‘concerned.'”
    Sharbini, who requested only equitable remedies of training and counseling ‘as preventive measures,”
    also ‘alleged that the security manager was unpleasant throughout this encounter,” and stated that ‘
    he was stereotyped as a terrorist threat because of his national origin and religion.”

    The agency dismissed the case for failure to state a claim, but the EEOC reversed, holding that this
    incident was akin to those limited cases in which highly offensive slurs or comments about a federal
    employee’s race, color, national origin, religion or gender may in fact state a claim of discrimination
    under Title VII. Accordingly, the commission concluded that the complainant did state a viable claim
    which required further investigation and processing.

    * This information is provided by the attorneys at Passman & Kaplan, P.C., a law firm dedicated to the
    representation of federal employees worldwide. For more information on Passman & Kaplan, P.C., go to

  22. wardmama4 says:

    A Great Big Thank You to all the Veterans out there. I was stunned when I read the Washington Post article:

    On Veterans Day, honoring Marine who lost limbs in Afghanistan but not spirit.


    If you have a heart and soul – Tissue alert.

    Wardmama4 – 29 years as an Army Wife – Toughest Job in the Army

    • JohnMG says:

      Congrats to you, wm4! And I agree with your sentiment. When we are deployed, our focus is on the task(s) in front of us–it’s a matter of survival. Our spouses, on the other hand, live in constant fear, dread, and uncertainty, while shouldering the other burdens of day-to-day life. My oldest child (daughter) was born while I was in ‘Nam,and the toughness of my wife (we’re 42 years and counting) amazes me to this day.

      We attended a benefit bar-be-que for Todd Nicely late this summer near his home in Arnold Missouri. What a remarkable young man. Despite his spirit, he will face a lifetime of pain and difficulty, and our support (and that of our country) should go far beyond a day of recognition and a few benefit fundraisers. It is a debt we should honor for ALL who wore the country’s uniform–forever.

      Thanks for your “Thanks”, and ‘soldier on’.

      From this Marine to your household,, “Semper Fi”

  23. canary says:

    Hillary Clinton shows anger at Israel by adding another 150 million to the 600 million dollars of aid to Palestine. No strings attached.

    AFP: Clinton criticizes Israeli expanded building plan
    Nov 10, 2010
    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday criticized Israel’s latest building plans in east Jerusalem, an issue that has divided the two governments and imperiled efforts to revive Middle East peace talks.

    Her remarks came one day before she was scheduled to meet in New York with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who earlier rejected President Barack Obama’s criticism of the construction project.

    Netanyahu’s office issued a statement Tuesday that said “Jerusalem is not a settlement; it is the capital of the state of Israel,” and insisted there was “no link” between the peace talks and its development plans for the city.

    Clinton’s criticism of the Israeli move came as she announced $150 million in additional U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority Wednesday. The U.S. is trying to help the Palestinians create the government for their new state that would exist beside Israel, as envisioned in the peace talks.

    The administration provided about $600 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority in its 2010 budget, and has asked Congress for authority to provide a similar amount in the 2011 fiscal year.

    The money is part of U.S. and international support for Palestinian efforts to establish the basic institutions of a state, including a justice system and a viable economy.

    Clinton credited Palestinian leaders with “reversing a history of corruption and producing results that actually matter and improve the lives of Palestinians,” while cautioning that progress could stall without broad international support.


  24. canary says:

    More proof, Indonesia, (a part of Obama), is becoming more radical extreme Islam is the testing of school girls for virginity, along with increasing a woman being alone with a man.

    Amnesty International
    11 November 2010


    Perhaps now that Obama made his long awaited visit, hand signed his U.S.Partnership with Indonesia as official their media will be allowed to report the truth, and the rapid growth of radical religious violence.

  25. canary says:

    The Jakarta Globe: Hardline Group Plans Widespread Indonesian Protests Over Obama Visit
    Ulma Haryanto, Fitri & Rahmat | November 07, 2010
    (photo of thousands protesting & entire article at link below)

    Jakarta. One of the country’s most conservative hard-line Islamic groups has lashed out against the upcoming visit by the “cruel” US President Barack Obama, despite most commentators viewing it as an embrace of the Muslim world.

    A spokesman for the group estimated that across the three cities 20,000 took part, while independent estimates put the Jakarta protest at about 2,000.

    “Obama may be a guest, but there are two kinds of guests: the good kind and the problematic kind,” Ismail said, adding that Obama fell in the latter category.

    The hostile reaction in the run-up to the landmark visit comes amid reconciliatory moves by the White House toward Muslims following Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech.

    Then, he said he was seeking “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.”

    Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, previously said a planned visit to Istiqlal Mosque, Indonesia’s largest, would “underscore the themes that he’s made in terms of outreach to [Muslims] around the world.”

    However, Hizbut Tahrir’s Ismail said the group was determined to greet Obama with protests.

    “We’ll certainly be back on Monday, but Tuesday’s protests will depend on whether Obama’s arrival is confirmed,” Ismail said.

    “Given the current circumstances, I think he might cancel.”

    Protesters were seen holding banners that said “Obama is a Jew” —
    a far cry from accusations he faces at home of being a Muslim —….

    “We must remember that Obama leads a country that is an enemy to Muslims,” Ismail said in Mataram.


    “Given the current circumstances, I think he might cancel.”

    well, he didn’t stay long, and don’t think he’ll go back. And Michelle hightailed to Germany for vacation, while Obama smiled in South Korea.

  26. proreason says:

    Chevy Volt miles cost more than gasoline miles in parts of California:


    Electicity is way high where the tests were run…..but they DO NOT take the cost of replacement batteries into consideration.

    And neither do they take into consideration that the car itself costs twice what a regular car costs. (if you keep a $20,000 car for 100,000 miles, gas would only cost about $12,000, so for most people, the vehicle itself is the most significant expense factor in car ownership).

    But if you buy one, you will be a good cult member patriotic, and that is more imortant than your personal wealth, isn’t it?

    Don’t worry about getting stranded either. Little sacrifices like that are necessary to get the country going in the direction the little boy king wants it to go.

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