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China Declared War On Wall Street And The City Of London
Post Date: 2011-08-30 18:48:06 by Capitalist Eric
China declared war on the City of London and Wall Street when they opened the Pan Asian Metals Exchange and PAGE the Pan Asian Gold Exchange. Their opening salvo will be fired in October when the Pan Asian Metals Exchange allows international investors to buy into a 90 day rolling spot gold contract which is for allocated gold. They already have a ten ounce mini-gold contract and a similar silver contract. The investor will have the choice of either take delivery of their gold or be paid in Chinese Renminbi. Major European and North American brokerages will allow investors worldwide to invest in the Pan Asian Metals Exchange. Six major Chinese banks will fix the gold price every morning ...
Torture Memo Author John Yoo Greeted By Protesters At GOP Convention
Post Date: 2011-08-30 11:28:00 by Brian S
Demonstrators gathered outside a statewide convention of California Young Republican Federation members on Friday to protest the appearance of John Yoo, the former U.S. Department of Justice official who authored the highly controversial Torture Memos. Conservative author Ann Coulter and blogger Andrew Breitbart also participated in the San Francisco event. While serving the Bush administration, Yoo wrote several legal memos that claimed the president could ignore laws criminalizing the use of torture during times of war. He has been blamed for the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a law professor at ...
The Return Of The Smear Brigade; Neocon Takes Aim At Ron Paul – And Misses
Post Date: 2011-08-29 13:56:07 by Brian S
As the crisis of the American empire lurches into its final stages, and conservatives begin to question the costs of imperialism, the neoconservative counterattack is going into overdrive. When prominent conservatives rose to say, Cuts in the defense budget are not off the table, the neocons began to worry that their formerly iron grip on the conservative brand is beginning to slip. As more Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail began sounding like the staunchly anti-interventionist Ron Paul, the neocons went on offense: Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin decreed that such proposals are not an option, and various ...
Bachmann: Hurricane Is God’s Warning About Government Spending
Post Date: 2011-08-29 11:01:31 by Brian S
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told voters in Florida Sunday that Hurricane Irene and the recent East Coast earthquake were just Gods way of telling politicians to reign in government spending. I dont know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians, Bachmann said during the speech in Sarasota. Weve had an earthquake; weve had a hurricane. He said, Are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and weve got to rein in the spending. At least 21 people died over ...
Report: Foundations Paid $42 Million To Spread Anti-Muslim Propaganda
Post Date: 2011-08-28 14:39:03 by Brian S
The Center for American Progress has compiled a report in which seven foundations has been paid $42 million dollars to spread fear of Muslims in America. "The report, titled Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America , documents which anti-Muslim organizations have played a part in the rise of Islamophobia throughout the country. The seven foundations include "Donors Capital Fund" and Richard Scaife Foundations, which received more than half of the $42 million spent. The money has also been given to five key "scholars", including Frank Gaffney, who are considered the masterminds of crafting anti-Muslim propaganda. Those scholars are ...
House Gop Lawmakers Worry Voters' Anger Over Economy Could Sting Them
Post Date: 2011-08-28 14:30:57 by Brian S
House Republican lawmakers worry the sputtering economy will be a problem not only for President Obama but could sweep them out of office next year as well. Nervous House Republicans have filled their schedules with constituent meetings this month to assuage bubbling frustrations over the economy and gridlock in Washington. Fearing angry protests, some GOP lawmakers have decided to skip public town-hall meetings. Others have mustered courage to face constituents in unpredictable settings, sometimes with uncomfortable results. Ive never seen people as angry as they are right now. Theyre angry at the whole system and evidencing that in their comments to me, said ...
Bachmann’s Local Bridge Project Could Draw Criticism From Republican Rivals
Post Date: 2011-08-28 13:15:54 by Brian S
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is pushing a $690 million local transportation project that has raised questions from government-waste watchdogs and could become a target in the GOP presidential primary. Bachmann has sponsored legislation to authorize the construction of a four-lane bridge that would connect Stillwater, a town of about 20,000 people in her district, to the unincorporated township of Houlton, across the St. Croix River. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a group that opposes wasteful federal projects, has panned the legislation as too costly, as have other critics. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), who represents a neighboring district, calls it fiscally ...
Shocker: Anti-Gay GOP State Senator Caught With His Pics on Gay Hook Up Site
Post Date: 2011-08-27 13:18:59 by Brian S
Original Video - More videos at TinyPic Puerto Rican State Senator Roberto Arango is, of course, a Republican, which means he has to be anti-gay. Arango is so anti-gay and so disgusted by the acts of gays that he has to put his photographs up on gay site for gay dudes. How Republican of him. Gawker keeps on saying he's a Puerto Rican Anthony Weiner. No. Weiner is a Democrat - meaning he was sending his pics to adult females. My Spanish is pretty awful. However in the video above, Arango says he can neither confirm nor deny that the pictures are of him because he's been documenting his weight loss and posting them on Facebook. He says he can't remember but wishes he could. Then ...
Poll Suggests Americans Starting To Blame GOP For Gridlock
Post Date: 2011-08-27 13:12:25 by Brian S
A new AP-GfK poll contains some bad news for the Republican Party. Americans may be thoroughly disgusted with Congress -- whose approval is down to an all-time low of 12% -- but they increasingly blame the Republicans more than the Democrats for the legislative body's failures. According to Justin Sink at The Hill, "While 68 percent disapprove of congressional Democrats, 75 percent disapprove of congressional Republicans. And 50 percent of the country strongly disapproves of Republicans in Congress, up from just 39 percent in June." Sink further notes that "the Republican strategy of holding the line on tax increases might prove a tough sell, as well. Sixty-nine percent ...
Ron Paul On Hurricane Response: "We Should Be Like 1900"
Post Date: 2011-08-26 21:48:24 by Brian S
Ron Paul has a hurricane response plan: After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary. "We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960," Paul said. "I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district. (Galveston is in his district! Not that he spends a lot of time there.) Paul doesn't support FEMA because of "moral hazard." The fact that people will receive help should a natural disaster strike encourages people to live where natural disaster happen. (Like "North America.") ...
GOP Congressmen Put Constituents Who Asked Tough Questions On A ‘Watch List’
Post Date: 2011-08-26 15:09:54 by Brian S
In recent weeks GOP congressmen have resorted to all sorts of underhanded schemes to avoid interacting with their angry constituents back home over August recess. Now two Republican freshmen, Reps. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Tim Griffin (R-AZ), are taking this trend one step further, using disturbing intimidation tactics and watch lists to discourage constituents from asking them questions: Rep. Websters Winter Garden, Florida district office gave out a Watch List of six Floridians who had asked questions at Websters previous town halls. The list, with the header For the Media, included names, photographs, and questions that members of the ...
U.D.O. - I GIVE AS GOOD AS I GET (2011)
Post Date: 2011-08-25 22:14:52 by A K A Stone
On Immigration, Will Rick Perry Throw the Tea Party Under the Bus?
Post Date: 2011-08-25 19:37:19 by Brian S
Come lunchtime at Whispering Lakes Ranch, a "resort style" subdivision rising amid the cow pastures to the south of Houston, the local taco truck gets mobbed. Near the counter, José, a 30-year-old carpenter from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, steels himself against the 100-degree heat with slugs from a mango agua fresca. His grueling job installing doors and windows is a cakewalk compared to sewing bras at a maquiladora, which paid as much in a week as he now earns in a day. Yet José barely makes more than minimum wage. Native-born Americans don't want his job because "they already make a lot of money," he figures. He doesn't reply when I politely ...
Tea Party Congressman Collects Disability From His Union Job
Post Date: 2011-08-25 13:21:24 by Brian S
Representative Chip Cravaak of Minnesota was swept into office during the 2010 midterm election on the Tea Party platform. He has since voted for the Paul Ryan plan to kill Medicare, which would force seniors to rely on a voucher system which wouldnt be likely to cover their vast health needs and costs. But did you know that hes a raging hypocrite? Even as he bashed unions during his election campaign, Cravaak enjoyed the benefits of being a member of one. He worked as a pilot for Northwest Air, now Delta, as recently as 2007 and being a pilot means that you are automatically a union member, thus receiving the benefits of union negotiated salaries, vacations and ultimately, ...
AP-Gfk Poll: More See Country Headed In Wrong Direction, But Bush Gets More Blame Than Obama
Post Date: 2011-08-25 11:59:24 by Brian S
Americans' views on the economy have dimmed this summer. But so far, the growing pessimism doesn't seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects. Article continues below Chart shows results of opinion polls on Obama and the economy Chart shows results of opinion polls on Obama and the economy (Associated Press) President Barack Obama speaks about Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama speaks about Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Associated Press) « Prev« Prev | Next ...
Cheney: My Book Will Have ‘Heads Exploding’ In D.C.
Post Date: 2011-08-24 16:56:53 by Brian S
When former Vice President Dick Cheney releases his memoir early next week, it may cause the second earthquake in Washington, D.C., this month. There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington, Cheney told NBCs Jamie Gangel in an exclusive interview that will air on NBCs Dateline at 10 p.m. ET Aug. 29. In the book, titled In My Time, Cheney addresses a broad range of topics, including the attacks of Sept. 11; a secret resignation letter he kept in a safe in case he experienced catastrophic health issues, and his thoughts about former President George W. Bush and ex-Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. The ...
Cops Confiscate Cameras at GOP Congressman’s Ohio Town Hall
Post Date: 2011-08-24 14:24:56 by Brian S
A congressman from Ohio had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting. Steve Chabot, a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds, according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers. See video of the incident below. Police said the cameras were taken to protect the constituents. A local television station, however, was allowed to videotape the meeting and the brazen move by Chabot and the cops. Think Progress, the Soros-funded media operation, also reported the incident, primarily ...
Perino: Jeb Bush Being Urged To Run For President By Father, Brother
Post Date: 2011-08-24 14:18:19 by Brian S
Former White House secretary and Fox commentator Dana Perino stated on Wednesday morning that Jed Bush is being urged to become the third Bush in the White House. And leading in that push are the two presidents in his family. When asked if she believed if he would run for the presidency one day, Perino said, I do. I know that his dad and his brother both want him to run, she said. I think each of those Bush presidents, and a possible future president, bring a unique aspect of the table. But what they have in common is a quiet dignity and love for America that makes me still support them everyday when I wake up. WATCH: Video from Fox News, which aired ...
After Campaigning On Transparency, GOP Freshman Now Refuses To Hold Town Halls By Falsely Claiming No One Else Is
Post Date: 2011-08-23 17:41:34 by Brian S
Congressional lawmakers headed into this years August recess touting the lowest approval rating in polling history, leaving an equally low number of members less-than-eager to face their constituents. According to a No Labels survey, 60 percent of House members are not holding open town halls. Having literally pledged to provide a more honest and accountable government, this basic failure of openness should not sit well with the 50 percent of House Republicans hiding behind closed doors. Freshman Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), however, seems perfectly happy to shut his constituents out. Facing Lou, where are the jobs? protests in his district, he has opted to offer pay ...
Tea Party Chair In SC Posts Joke On Facebook About Killing The Obamas
Post Date: 2011-08-23 13:09:24 by Brian S
The Chair of the Sumter South Carolina Tea Party posted -- and then quickly pulled -- a post on her Facebook page earlier this month that joked about throwing the Obamas out of a helicopter. Shery Lanford Smith posted the the joke on her Facebook page on August 11th. The page is now private. In the joke, the Obamas are on a helicopter talking about how they could make people happy if they threw money out the window. The pilot says: "I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!" Smith added: "If you're one of 256 million, PASS IT ON." Smith reportedly pulled the joke after the Sumter Item contacted her about it. Here's an ...
Could George Pataki Jump Into The 2012 Race This Weekend?
Post Date: 2011-08-23 12:20:33 by Brian S
A New York Daily News story published on Sunday set off a flurry of speculation about former New York Gov. George Patakis possible 2012 ambitions, and now there are reports from Iowa that Pataki may be poised to enter the race on Saturday. Pataki has signed on to attend a Polk County Republican Party picnic in Des Moines on Saturday and Darrell Kearney, a spokesman for the county party told ABC News late Monday night that based on conversations with Pataki staff there is a strong possibility Gov. Pataki will get in the race, and the announcement may come Saturday. Pataki sources did not immediately return messages seeking comment on this newest development, but earlier on ...
Ben Stein Destroys O’Reilly’s ‘Talking Points’ On Taxes
Post Date: 2011-08-23 12:04:51 by Brian S
Conservative economist Ben Stein said Monday that he would eat Bill OReillys shoe if the Fox News host could prove raising taxes on millionaires actually hurts the economy. OReilly began his Talking Points segment by asserting that the economy was better off when President Barack Obama was on vacation. You know that everything I said in that Memo was true, OReilly told Stein. Absolutely not, Stein replied. Almost every part of it is wrong. Except the part that I think it better if hes on vacation because he works terribly hard and I think he deserves a vacation. OReilly went on to argue that ...
Rick Perry Disavows 9-Month-Old Book ‘Fed Up!’
Post Date: 2011-08-23 12:02:58 by Brian S
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has disavowed views put forward in his book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington just one week into his presidential campaign and only 9 months after it was first published in November 2010. In the book, Perry blasted the expansion of the federal government and criticized programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He attacked social welfare programs as "fraudulent systems designed to take in a lot of money at the front and pay out none in the end." Perry also called Social Security "a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal," which was implemented "at the expense of respect for the Constitution." ...
Science Creates Chickens With Alligator Snouts, Streets of Miami Now Doomed
Post Date: 2011-08-22 17:24:06 by Skip Intro
Harvard scientist Arkhat Abzhanov has done what dozens of drunk Miamians living near the Everglades have probably attempted in a cruder fashion at one point or another: successfully mixed the DNA of a chicken and an alligator. Unlike hypothetical local attempts, however, Abzhanov's method did not involve getting a gator to hump a chicken. Unfortunately. Also unfortunately, our streets are now doomed. Because many modern reptiles and birds evolved from shared ancestors, Abzhanov theorized he could undo evolution by getting chicken embryos to grow reptilian snouts instead of beaks. According to the Daily Mail, Abzhanov injected a small gloop of a protein to alter the chicken's DNA ...
Survey: Tea Party Less Popular Than Atheists, Muslims -- But It Still Runs The Republican Party
Post Date: 2011-08-22 13:04:46 by Brian S
The Tea Party has plummeted in popularity in recent months, with new research showing the movement rates lower than 23 other groups of Americans, including atheists and Muslims. And yet the Tea Party runs the modern-day Republican Party, which bears no resemblance to the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower, which many of us still long to vote for. And the Tea Party gets to dictate the terms of the jobs, budget, spending and deficit debates in Washington.Nice work if you can get it.David E. Campbell, an associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, and Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, have been collecting data on the American political ...
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