Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:00:40 PM · by Freedumb · 24 repliesABC News ^ | 01/06/2009 | ANNA SCHECTER and BRIAN ROSSPresident Barack Obama has ordered a “surge” of federal air marshals to be in place by Feb.1 in what officials said was a “race against time,” with other suicide bombers believed to be in the terrorist pipeline, although there is no specific imminent threat, federal officials told ABC News. President Obama has authorized the augmentation of the Federal Air Marshal Service from other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. ALL international flights will have Air Marshals on board. Under a preliminary plan, the officials said the already existing federal air marshal force of more than 3,200 personnel would be deployed almost exclusively…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 8:11:32 PM · by tobyhill · 10+ viewsCNN ^ | 1/6/2010 | Alexander MooneyNewt Gingrich is standing by his criticism of the Obama administration in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day terror attack, saying Monday he believes the Justice Department is more concerned with the rights of terrorists than those of Americans. “I believe what you have is a group of people centered in the Justice Department and the Attorney General, whose law firms all gave pro bono support to terrorism,” the former House Speaker told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly Monday. “They start every day with a presumption that the rights of terrorists are more important than the lives of Americans.”
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Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7:45:39 PM by Talkradio03
They’ll need something to change the debate, something to make people turn the spotlight off them, GB predicts comprehensive immigration reform will be used so they can cast Republicans as a bunch of racists before the fall election…Beck on Foxnews…(Video)
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7:34:49 PM by MrChips
Liberty and freedom have already suffered under Obama far more than under George W. Bush. This is a hard statement to make. But it is unfortunately true.
From decisions changing the face of commerce in our country to the system he is advocating for selecting our judges to Obama’s ability to decide what he can refuse to disclose about our government’s intrusion into our lives, the march of this philosophy of change is so dominant that it is publicly paraded in front of our country on a daily basis.
The dominant doctrinal approach of the Federalist Society under George W. Bush has left us with a system that allows Obama to take actions in the dark of night, unexposed to the public, whenever he wishes to do so. Yet even when the discussion is public and in the open, few take up any of these issues much less catalog them for the public.
Given our government’s history of prudent, careful review before any government action with very few exceptions, there should be more than the minor opposition that has confronted the Federal Reserve, Obama and Congress as they have implemented Obama’s plan to reallocate, redistribute, and morph our country from what it was into Obama’s vision. Yet there is almost none. And there are no catalogs of all that is happening and has been happening apart from the occasional reference to these issues during press conferences that are more and more like love fests rather than critical challenges to government actions.
The absence of any substantial critique or even a single catalog of government actions are due to many factors.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7:04:59 PM · by jimbo123 · 5 replies · 67+ viewsAssociated Press ^ | 1/6/10 | Tom KrisherHundreds of the 1,350 General Motors Co. dealers who lost their franchises last year could see them restored in a congressionally mandated arbitration process that begins later this month, the company’s interim CEO said Wednesday.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 6:44:55 PM · by goldstategop · 55+ viewsRush Limbaugh ^ | 1/06/2010 | Rush LimbaughRUSH: Here’s Nancy Pelosi. She is not happy. Obama’s out there, promised eight times, have all these health care negotiations on C-SPAN, Brian Lamb said, “Hey, televise them, we’ll do everything, we’ll let the American public see this exactly like President Obama said.” And Pelosi, she’s not happy about this at all. This is yesterday afternoon in Washington, a reporter said, “C-SPAN wrote a letter, Mr. Lamb, to you guys to have this process be transparent regardless conference committee. Right now it’s being done with a ping-pong. Any response to that? PELOSI: Really? Well, (laughing) There are a number of…
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 6:32:03 PM · by Daffynition · 8+ viewsCanada Free Press.Com ^ | July 6, 2009 | Dr. Paul L. Williams[snip] the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public: $172,2000 – Sher, Susan (CHIEF OF STAFF)$140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)$113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY)$102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE FIRST LADY) Winter, Melissa E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)$90,000 – Medina, David S. (DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)$84,000 -…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 6:30:49 PM · by LSUfan · 1 replies · 1+ viewsCenter for Security Policy YouTube Channel ^ | 5 January 10 | Gen. Peter PaceIn this special archival footage, Gen. Peter Pace delivers remarkably moving extemporaneous speech upon receiving the Center’s Keeper of the Flame Award in 2004. General Pace was a general in the United States Marine Corps who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KvDhiEGhM4
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 6:28:36 PM · by Libloather · 1+ viewsRush Limbaugh .com ^ | 1/06/10 | The Maha“Screw Ups” or On Purpose?January 6, 2010 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Maybe what we ought to do folks is start working on our national security system. Maybe we ought to work at making sure that Fruit of Kaboom Bombers don’t get on airplanes with bombs in their underwear. Obama running around talking about it was a screw up. A screw up? A screw up that could have been a disaster. A screw up is something that could happen to anybody. After a screw up you say I’m sorry, you move on. You don’t fire somebody for a screw up. Letting the…
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This isn’t some no-name nutroots blogger pushing this. It’s Roll Call, citing multiple Senate aides. Really, Democrats? Countrywide Chris guarding the federal coffers? At a moment when The One’s taking heat for being too cozy with Wall Street, he’s going to appoint a guy whose pool of Wall Street donations over the years is so deep he could do the backstroke in it? In hindsight, this headline probably warranted three “awesomes.”
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 12:58:26 PM · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 294+ viewspolitico.com ^ | Jan. 6, 2010 | Ben SmithHere’s the best rumor I’ve heard today, inspired in part by the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger has, of late, been saying nice things about the president at every turn and by the announcement that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is retiring. The chatter: Ritter retires; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar steps down to run for Governor; and Obama appoints Schwarzenegger to fill the vacant seat and put a high profile face on the climate portfolio. It would be fun.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 5:16:15 PM · by mdittmar · 8 replies · 91+ viewsbiggovernment.com ^ | 1/6/10 | Bob ParksIt is with the authority of knowledge that is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that he declared of the ‘teabaggers’, “And they’re monochromatic right? … Every picture I see shows them to be. … Meaning they’re all white. All of them, every single one of them is white.” Here’s a news flash for ya, Chris… my son and I were there, as were many other black people. Maybe your crack staff at MSNBC failed to show you these pictures I (a black man)Sorry about having my back to you, Chris, but I was covering the event for my site and the New…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4:45:43 PM · by DGHoodini · 3 replies · 183+ viewsCNN | Wed, January 6, 2010 | DGHoodiniJust read a small story about Netflix. Netflix just cut a deal with Time Warner, not to rent Time Warners new releases for a month after release. This will give Time Warner the ability to sell more copies of their new movies for a month, to customers who “just can’t wait” to see the new shows. In exchange for this concession, Time Warner, will sell the DVDs to Netflix at a dicounted rate at the end of that month. And here comes the point that most interests *me*. They (Rime Warner) will allow netflix a greater level of access to…
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Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 1:38:49 AM by neverdem
The 1860s marked a period of great trial for our land. A bloody civil war resolved, at least nominally, some important issues. It was the period after Appomattox and after Reconstruction, however, which determined the true impact of our first civil war. The 1960s, which ended forty years ago, was the time of our second trial — our Second Civil War. It is a testament to its ferocity and its reach that the consequences of this internecine war for the soul of America remain undetermined.
Conservatives — those who wanted to conserve the values of America going into the 1960s — stood on one side of this battlefield. These Americans viewed our land as the best candle of hope in a stormy world. They strongly favored equal rights for blacks, despite an Orwellian rewriting of history painting them as racists. The Republican Party, the principle vehicle for conservatives, had a very long and clear record of opposing Jim Crow and the disenfranchisement and segregation of blacks.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4:21:55 PM · by Travis McGee · 1 replies · 25+ viewsShenandoah, JohnGaltFla.com ^ | January 6, 2010 | John GaltToday’s installment of “The Day the Dollar Died” is too long to post, so Here’s The Link.I highly recommend reading the entire series. It’s better than most novels of this genres, and it’s free for the reading.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4:22:19 PM · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 43+ viewsThe Lid/ABC News ^ | 1/6/10 | The Lid“You’ve heard of a bridge to nowhere. This is health care to nowhere. California’s congressional delegation should either vote against this bill..or get in and fight for the same sweetheart deal that Senator Nelson of Nebraska got for the Cornhusker State. He got the corn, we got the husk.” The Governator gave his final State-of-the-State speech today and made a surprising 180 degree turn on Obamacare. Schwarzenegger was a big supporter of the bill, but finally realized that it will drive California deeper in debt, with the higher state costs for Medicare. In his speech he laid down a challenge…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4:25:01 PM · by OldDeckHand · 6+ viewsThe Daily Beast ^ | 01/06/10 | Lloyd GroveNearly five months after his controversial release from a Scottish prison, the Lockerbie bomber has outlived his prognosis—enraging the loved ones of his victims on Pan Am Flight 103. Never mind the Underpants Bomber, who failed to blow up a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day and will now feel the full force of the American criminal justice system. The Lockerbie Bomber, who was successful, is alive and living quietly at home in Libya—nearly five months after his so-called “compassionate release” from a Scottish prison. Fifty-seven-year-old terrorist Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi—handed a life sentence after being found guilty in…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 2:48:51 PM · by decimon · 7 replies · 182+ viewsAmerican College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society ^ | Jan 6, 2010 | UnknownAmid concerns regarding terrorists targeting airliners using weapons less detectable by traditional means, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ramping up deployment of whole body scanners at security checkpoints in U.S. airports. These systems produce anatomically accurate images of the body and can detect objects and substances concealed by clothing. To date, TSA has deployed two types of scanning systems: Millimeter wave technology uses low-level radio waves in the millimeter wave spectrum. Two rotating antennae cover the passenger from head to toe with low-level RF energy. Backscatter technology uses extremely weak X-rays delivering less than 10 microRem of radiation per…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 2:57:53 PM · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies · 463+ viewsCurrent Events ^ | Jan 6, 2010 | By Connie HairDemocratic leaders in Congress have apparently shunned a request from C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb to open up the health care negotiations process to their cameras and therefore to the American people. Emerging from yet another closed door meeting on health care, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied at a press conference that Democrats had in any way been secretive in their negotiations, asserting that they have been perfectly transparent throughout the legislative process. “There has never been a more open process for any legislation,” Pelosi actually said with a straight face. In December, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) compiled a…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:10:39 PM · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies · 247+ viewsYahoo! News (AP) ^ | 01/06/2010 | Devlin BarrettThe 89-year-old man accused of a deadly shooting at Washington’s Holocaust museum died Wednesday in a prison hospital. At Butner federal prison in North Carolina, spokeswoman Denise Simmons announced that James von Brunn died shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday…. The elderly suspect had been awaiting trial for the killing of security guard Stephen T. Johns at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10. Von Brunn had been wounded by return fire but survived. Officials at the prison hospital had previously said chronic medical problems had complicated a psychiatric evaluation for the suspect, a white supremacist who prior to the…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:56:29 PM · by wintertime · 2 replies · 58+ viewsWND ^ | January 06, 2010 | Joseph FarahThe state of Hawaii should get its act together. On the one hand, its health department refuses to release any information about the birth of Barack Obama Aug. 4, 1961 – no hospital, no attending physicians, no eyewitnesses, no long-form birth certificate. On the other hand, the president of the state Senate, Colleen Hanabusa, wants to enshrine the date as an official holiday. Another legislator, Republican Gene Ward, even wants to create a new park at the location of what he claims was Obama’s original home. Since the presidential campaign last year, Hawaii state officials have treated the release and…
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Barton Biggs: 1 in 10 Chance of Anarchy in the U.S.
Posted By admin On January 6, 2010 @ 5:40 am In Featured Stories, U.S. News | 38 Comments
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Today, Paul Farrell quoted  Barton Biggs as predicting the breakdown of civilization and anarchy:
In his 2008 bestseller “Wealth, War and Wisdom” former Morgan Stanley research guru Barton Biggs warns us to prepare for a “breakdown of civilization … Your safe haven must be self-sufficient and capable of growing some kind of food … It should be well-stocked with seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc … A few rounds over the approaching brigands’ heads would probably be a compelling persuader that there are easier farms to pillage.” Biggs sounds like an anarchist militiaman.
I haven’t read Wealth, War and Wisdom, and I wanted to find out what Biggs is actually forecasting for the U.S.
I found a recent (December 15th) interview in which Biggs gives specifics :
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How The Machine Creates Obedient Zombies
Posted By admin On January 6, 2010 @ 11:10 am In Featured Stories, News In Focus, Paul Watson Articles | 8 Comments
Media contrived “monkey see, monkey do” hive mentality leads Stepford Wives to cheerlead for their own enslavement
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
In the aftermath of the aborted Christmas Day bombing, the corporate media has been busy hyping the necessity of naked body scanners, and the propaganda is habitually accompanied by a raft of quotes from obedient slaves who are prepared to undergo whatever humiliation it takes to provide them with some imaginary sense of “security,” but a recent Guardian poll suggests that this may be nothing more than a giant public relations hoax to hoodwink the masses into cheerleading for their own enslavement.
We see them everywhere, on every TV network, saying exactly the same thing. Every time there is a major terrorist incident, the media endlessly replays footage of obedient Stepford Wife slaves in airports and on the streets calling for more police state measures to protect them from whatever invented boogeyman is being dangled in front of them this time around.
If we were to go by this measure, 99 per cent of people support whatever the government wants to do in the name of the war on terror. This is of course complete baloney – the last few years have seen a massive resurgence in opposition and skepticism towards government policy on almost every political front.
However, every time you pick up a newspaper, turn on the television, or log on to the Internet, the perception being contrived is that the vast majority overwhelmingly support stifling “security” measures in the name of stopping terrorism, with many even lamenting that such intrusions do not go far enough.
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A prime example of this can be read in today’s Toronto Star in an article entitled Scanners a necessary evil, say travellers .
The Strategy Behind the Guard Home Movement
by Steve Burns
“Bring the Guard Home – It’s the Law!” is a national campaign, now active in more than 20 states, that is raising a legal challenge to the Federal Government’s use of our National Guard troops for deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Wisconsin, the campaign is promoting AB 203, a bill in the Wisconsin state assembly which would give the Governor the authority to examine the legality of any federal order for deployment of the Wisconsin National Guard and to challenge in court any orders determined to be unlawful. I’m excited about this campaign because I see it as the beginning of a much larger national movement that is asking the long-overdue question: “Who decides about war?” This was the title of a recent conference in Washington D.C. that brought together grassroots peace activists and legal and constitutional scholars to ask one of the most fundamental questions we can ask, as citizens of a nation that claims to be a democracy.
Just take a look at our current situation: The United States exists in a permanent state of war, can even be said to be addicted to war, and all decision-making about the question of war has now been placed in the hands of one man: the President. Whatever we think of the current occupant of that office, this is clearly a dangerous, unhealthy and undemocratic state of affairs.
And yet who is pushing back against the idea of one-man rule on questions of war and peace? Certainly not Congress. Here’s Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, after a recent meeting of Congressional “leaders” with President Obama about Afghanistan:
“The one thing that I thought was interesting was that everyone, Democrats and Republicans, said whatever decision you make, we’ll support it basically,” said Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader.
But that’s really just a continuation of Congress’ supine behavior over the past eight years. Congress no longer even bothers to declare war, even though it is the only body given authority by the constitution to do that. Instead, it passes “Authorizations for Use of Military Force” which are either based on blatant falsehoods, like the Iraqi Authorization, or are an unconstitutional abdication of Congressional war-making powers to the President, as with the Afghanistan Authorization, which says, in effect, “You go wherever you think you need to go, and for as long as you need to, Mr. President, in pursuit of the people who did 9/11, and we’ll just sit here and sign the checks.”
If Congress is worse than useless, what other centers of power in this country might be mobilized in opposition to the permanent-war state?
There is popular opposition, of course, and the peace movement has proved remarkably successful in building public opposition in the face of an almost complete blackout of pro-peace voices in the corporate media. When you read, for example, that 57% of Americans now oppose the Afghanistan war, remember that this shift in opinion happened even though Americans have never seen a single person on their televisions calling for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Clearly, the American people are capable of making up their own minds even while they swim in a sea of government propaganda, and the peace movement can take a large share of credit for that.
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Breaking The Will Of The People: The Real Purpose Of Body Scanners
Posted By admin On January 6, 2010 @ 11:19 am In Featured Stories, News In Focus, Steve Watson Articles | 12 Comments
Airports serving as trial grounds for the prison planet
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010
The clamor to ramp up airport security with invasive naked body imaging scanners has nothing to do with ensuring the safety of travelers. Rather it is part of an ongoing incremental push to break the will of the people and encourage mass subservience and meek obedience.
Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the body scanner push is that people are willingly accepting it. As Bloomberg news reports today , “Passenger acceptance of airport body scanners has increased following the failed terrorist attack,” with 92% of passengers at Manchester airport in northern England now agreeing to pass through the machines in a voluntary trial, compared with 75 percent before the incident.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:29:32 AM · by sdkruiser · 1+ viewsStephen Kruiser ^ | 01/06/10 | Stephen KruiserWE GET WHAT WE DESERVE DEPT. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 59% of U.S. voters plan to get most of their political news in 2010 from television. That number includes 37% who will rely on cable news networks and 22% who will turn to traditional TV network news. Twenty two percent are still watching traditional networks? Was the bulk of this sample made up of nursing homes?
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Islamic Conversion, Islamic Marriage, Polygamy and Divorce
Tiger Woods to benefit from Obama’s plan for Muslim Law
By Kelly O’Connell Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In a stunning new development, the Tiger Woods legal team has unveiled an ingenious strategy to help the randy golfer avoid the rough in his recent marital problems and possibly skip a financial bloodbath. The answer is surprisingly found in the doctrines of Muslim Shari’ah law. This solution presented itself when Obama czars and other legal gurus, such as “Papa” Cass Sunstein, and Harold “Koo-Koo” Koh suggested importing Muslim law into America. Intrigued, legal experts across the gamut now agree Muslim laws on marriage make perfect sense for the indefatigable romeo Tiger Wood and his web of female relationships, claiming it will also play well to the gallery.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:13:47 AM · by Welshman007 · 1 replies · 23+ viewsColumbia Conservative Examiner ^ | 1/6/2010 | Anthony G. MartinNow that the tax-hungry Maoists we call ‘Congress’ makes its way back to Washington after the Christmas break, the charlatans who supposedly ‘represent the people’ are set to ram through government-controlled healthcare. The fact is these people do not represent the citizens at all. Citizens have made it abundantly clear in poll after poll, in Town Hall meetings, and in Tea Party protests that they do not want this 2 trillion dollar government takeover of 1/3 of the nation’s economy. Yet the charlatans pretend they are not aware of citizen ire. In fact, they continue to spout the nonsense that…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:36:27 AM · by Palmetto Patriot · 45+ viewsThe Hill ^ | 1/5/2010 | Dick MorrisThe very public way in which the existence of a center-right in the Democratic Party proved to be a mirage has done more to undermine the party’s chances for victory in 2010 than any other aspect of the healthcare debate. When liberal Republicans failed to rally to Bill Clinton’s 1993-1994 agenda — including his failed healthcare proposal — they laid the basis for their total demise in subsequent years. Sens. Jeffords, Chaffee, D’Amato, Packwood, Hatfield and Specter (as a Republican) are gone. Sens. Snowe and Collins are all that remain of the once-dominant Rockefeller wing of the GOP. They have…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:30:18 AM · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 12+ viewsThe Lid/DHS/Cnsnews ^ | 1/6/10 | The LidThe Department of Homeland Security has many roles. Two of its most important are coordinating the 22 federal agencies that make up the department ensuring coordination and cooperation and of course terrorism prevention. According to Richard L. Skinner, the Inspector General charged with monitoring the Department of Homeland Security, the National Operations Center of the DHS is unable to do its job, and the DHS spends too much time on disaster management and not enough about terrorism prevention Skinner reports that the National Operations Center, in fact, functions largely in name only, and current operations apparently have diminished its ability…
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Poll Asks: Is It Time For Term Limits For The U.S. Congress?
Elective Decisions ^ | 01/06/10 | Chris Davis
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:17:29 AM by writer33
Considering the state of the U.S. Congress today, is it time for term limits for the U.S. Congress? When voting, consider every state in the Union, and the outcome of those elections year in and year out.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:20:30 AM · by rhema · 41+ viewsWORLD ^ | January 5, 2010 | D.C. InnesFox shock! As was noted on WorldMagBlog yesterday, Brit Hume crossed the line of decency on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace (and on Sunday, of all days!) by recommending “the Christian faith” to Tiger Woods as the remedy for his personal problems. In case you missed it, here’s the clip (viewer discretion advised): < snip > Was Hume abusing his position as a newsman on a panel of news analysts? Or was he just offering . . . analysis? Kyle Koster at The Chicago Sun-Times, for example, points out the oddity of “a newsman offering advice to the beleaguered…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:49:10 AM · by bogusnameWND ^ | January 05, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling and Kathleen FarahAccording to various media reports, President Obama has hired a transgender woman as a senior adviser at the Commerce Department – but the White House is refusing to confirm the appointment. Mitchell Simpson, now known as “Amanda” following a sex change, is said to have been appointed senior technical adviser at the Commerce Department. He purportedly began work today. The Commerce website now lists an “Amanda Simpson” in its directory along with a Bureau of Industry and Security e-mail address. The directory does not list a phone number for “Amanda.” The Obama administration has not officially announced the appointment, and…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:30:17 AM · by SvenMagnussen · 10 replies · 333+ viewsThe Post & Email ^ | Jan. 5, 2010 | P. Patriot(Jan. 5, 2010) — The Post & Email can publicly confirm that on the first of December, last, U.S. Congressman Nathan Deal (GA-R) challenged the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of the U.S. presidency. Todd Smith, Chief of Staff for Representative Nathan Deal of the United States House of Representatives serving Georgia’s 9th district, has confirmed today that Deal has sent a letter to Barack Hussein Obama requesting him to prove his eligibility for the office of President of the United States of America. The letter was sent electronically the first of December 2009 in pdf…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:32:15 AM · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies · 32+ viewsLA Times ^ | January 6, 2010 | By Jon WienerLast week, Obama announced he was replacing Bush’s executive order on classified documents with a new one designed to reduce secrecy. Obama’s policies are a distinct improvement, but they don’t really solve the underlying problem. The basic idea is a simple one. As Obama said in the order: “Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their government.” Officials rely on secrecy to avoid being held responsible for their failures and to conceal illegality and misconduct — waterboarding of suspected terrorists, for example. If practices like waterboarding are a good idea, the details of…
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Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:34:45 AM by Kaslin
Almost exactly 10 years ago, I boarded a Northwest Airlines plane in Minneapolis. As I started toward my veal-pen seat in steerage, I saw the faces of the preboarded aristocrats in business class. But before I could glare at them with proletarian rage and envy, I heard a loud bang and felt a sharp pain on the top of my head. Everyone looked to see what the sound was; even the two flight attendants chatting like village women around the well broke off their no-doubt-vital conversation.
The source of the preflight disturbance? I’d smacked my enormous gourd of a head on a television hanging from the ceiling above the center aisle that hadn’t been stowed for boarding. I lifted my hand to my scalp and drew back a palm glistening with fresh blood.
The response from the flight attendants? A shrug from one and the faint hint of a chuckle from another. They went back to their conversation. Dumbfounded, I proceeded to my seat to nurse my head wound, fuming over the fact that customer service at even the most rancid highway-rest-stop taco joint requires providing a moist towelette for seeping head wounds.
It’s not the worst flight-from-hell story. Heck, it’s not even my worst flight-from-hell story. So what’s my point?
Well, for starters, it’s a small reminder that flying before 9/11 was already awful, and it has only become worse.
Over the weekend, an idiot walked the wrong way through a secure exit for arriving passengers at Newark airport. An entire terminal was shut down so that everybody on the “sterile” side of the security barriers could be herded back out and rescreened. The entire process took just under seven hours. The cascading delays disrupted air travel worldwide. They didn’t even catch the doofus who caused the ruckus. No doubt, if they’d announced his location over the paging system, he’d have been drawn and quartered by a mob of traveling salesmen from 3M and a gaggle of middle school girls returning from a volleyball tournament.
Now, I should back up. When I referred to the “sterile” side of the security barrier, I was using the term narrowly, to refer to folks who’d been through the metal detectors. Because to use the word “sterile” in its usual context in a sentence with “airports” — those belching Petri dishes of bathroom effluence and unidentifiable noisome miasma — would be a grotesque abrogation of journalistic trust.
According to the latest epidemiological research, airports reside somewhere between no-frills Haitian brothels and Penn State fraternity bathrooms when it comes to hygiene. USA Today recently surveyed the health inspection records of airport restaurants and found that serious code violations were as commonplace as rat and mouse droppings; 77 percent of 35 restaurants reviewed at Reagan National Airport had at least one major violation.
I could go on, of course. The petty humiliations, the routine deceptions from airline employees desperate to rid themselves of troublesome travelers (“Oh, they can definitely help you at the gate!”), the stress-position seats, the ever-changing rules for what can and cannot be in your carry-on, being charged for food that the Red Cross would condemn if it were served at Gitmo: Air travel is the most expensive unpleasant experience in everyday life outside the realm of words ending in -oscopy.
And speaking of unwelcome intrusions, the current debate over the “underwear bomber” is important and necessary, but it is detached from basic reality. To listen to the experts, the only relevant choice is between privacy and security. But the average person already understands that privacy is something you have to compromise to fly. The white zone has been for unloading your dignity and civil liberties for generations. This isn’t to say that retaining what’s left of our privacy isn’t an important priority. But I, for one, would gladly sacrifice more privacy in exchange for more decency and efficiency. As it stands, Shlomo Dror, an Israeli air security expert, had it right in 2002 when he said: “The United States does not have a security system; it has a system for bothering people.”
Public-private partnerships are all the rage these days. Progressives insist the judicious application of regulations, the cooperation of “responsible” corporations and the acquiescence of the American people are all that’s needed to deliver everything from high-quality and affordable health care to “green” cars that run on little more than love for mother Earth.
No realm of American life is as auspiciously fecund with precisely such conditions as air travel. So — put up or shut up.
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:20:17 AM by TigerLikesRooster
‘Fla. is not supposed to be cold like this’
Farmers fear bitter freeze could destroy strawberries and other crops
The Associated Press
updated 7:42 a.m. ET Jan. 6, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Florida farmers worked to salvage millions of dollars worth of crops and sun-seeking tourists were met with chilly temperatures expected to last through the weekend as an unusual Southern cold snap gripped the Gulf states on Wednesday.
A hard freeze warning was issued along the Gulf Coast, including most of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Forecasters say the dangerously cold air mass could force temperatures into the teens in parts of the region by Thursday.
Subfreezing temperatures along with heavy snow also hit parts of New England and created treacherous roads. In western New York, a woman and her infant daughter were killed late Tuesday when their car slid and slammed into a sport utility vehicle towing a trailer with two snowmobiles along a snow-covered roadway.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:24:00 AM · by Travis McGee · 2 replies · 20+ viewsProLibertate ^ | January 3, 2010 | William Norman Grigg“We need to make it clear,” fulminated Patrick Lynch of the New York City Policeman’s Benevolent Association, “that if someone lifts even a finger against a police officer, their life could be on the line.” Taken literally, this would make a capital offense out of a familiar disrespectful gesture, a salute that is entirely appropriate when directed at officious tax-grazers of Lynch’s ilk. It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that Lynch perceives criticism of the police as a species of crime. A little more than a decade ago, Lynch (whose surname appears to be one of God’s little in-jokes)…
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010 8:46:00 AM · by Patriot1259 · 6+ viewsTheCypressTimes.com ^ | 01/06/2010 | Gary PObama, Clinton, Pelosi and nearly all of those now in power at the Democrat party are followers of both Margaret Sanger and Alinsky. Sanger is the founder of Planned Parenthood a friend of the KKK, proponent of eugenics, black genocide and pregnancy only if the potential mother is licensed to breed by the federal government. Are they all truly Evil or just outhouse rat crazy?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 8:20:35 AM by chessplayer
Yeah, I know, nothing new for Tingles. But Brooks is taking a beating in the other tea-party thread so I thought I’d give him a break by reminding you that accusing tea partiers of having issues with the “educated class” is actually pretty mild compared to the usual insinuations.
Also, in fairness, employees of MSNBC are probably contractually obligated to call them “teabaggers.”
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 8:25:49 AM by JoeProBono
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — At least nine Detroit area high school juniors are in trouble for wearing sweat shirts bearing a design that evokes the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.
Dearborn Public Schools spokesman David Mustonen has told The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that the shirts the boys wore to Edsel Ford High School on Monday are “offensive” and in “poor taste.”
The boys are Arab-American…
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An Edsel Ford High School Class of 2011 sweatshirt, which depicts 9/11 attacks on World Trade Center.
AMERICA’S RISING: WE’RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
THE FREEDOM POST ^ | January 5, 2010 | Matthew Burke
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 2:25:07 AM by TheFreedomPoster
VIDEO: On November 4, 2008, we gave you power in the House, the Senate, and in the Oval Office. We voted for hope. We voted for change, that balance would be restored, that the world would be safer, that our families would be stronger, and that our future would be brighter. We trusted you, so we elected you. We regret it!
|The Airport Scanner Scam
By James Ridgeway
January 05, 2009 “Mother Jones” – — Scan, baby, scan. That’s the mantra among politicians at all levels in the wake of the thwarted terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound passenger jet. According to conventional wisdom, the would-be “underwear bomber” could have been stopped by airport security if he’d been put through a full-body scanner, which would have revealed the cache of explosives attached to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s groin. Within days or even hours of the bombing attempt, everyone was talking about so-called whole-body imaging as the magic bullet that could stop this type of attack. In announcing hearings by the Senate Homeland Security Commitee, Joe Lieberman approached the use of scanners as a foregone conclusion, saying one of the “big, urgent questions that we are holding this hearing to answer” was “Why isn’t whole-body-scanning technology that can detect explosives in wider use?” Former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff told the Washington Post, “You’ve got to find some way of detecting things in parts of the body that aren’t easy to get at. It’s either pat downs or imaging, or otherwise hoping that bad guys haven’t figured it out, and I guess bad guys have figured it out.”
Coming to a Neighborhood Near You: “The Explainers” will explain complex issues
The Explainers ^ | January 5, 2009 | Scott Lewis
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 12:31:25 AM by bd476
San Diego Explained: Chargers Stadium Quest
Below is the first of many video explainers we’ll be doing in partnership with NBC 7/39.
I’m going to be helping with them a lot as we get the ball rolling, but the whole team will work to
break down major, complex issues in San Diego to help
residents understand what’s happening in their community.
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4:20:57 AM by 4rcane
Andrew Napolitano differentiates between a good and a right and explains how confusion of the two leads down the road to tyranny
Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 8:17:48 PM by Reaganez
GM has come out swinging from its government-induced bankruptcy, but Ford’s strength in 2009 makes it a contender in 2010.
Things are looking up for the American automakers this year. General Motors is restructuring itself and is winding down its Saab brand. But though there seems to be more confidence in GM now than there was last year, Ford is giving GM a run for its money. These two companies could both be victorious, or one could leave the other badly bruised in the battle for top car company in 2010.
General Motors probably wants to forget 2009–the year that it was forced into bankruptcy. It ended the year on a higher note; GM’s 2009 third quarter revenue was $28 billion, up $4.9 billion from its second quarter revenue.
Because of GM restructuring, Lloyd places his bets on GM having a major advantage over rival Ford Motor Company . “Sad to say, but with regard to Ford’s noble fiscal and management controls, they may find themselves at a disadvantage in the next decade,” Lloyd says.
If you’ve got it don’t flaunt it, US Marine tells Aussie women
Northern Territory News ^ | 6th January 2010 | Nadja Hainke
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 1:29:43 AM by naturalman1975
A US Marine Captain has attacked the dress standards of Australian women after a night on the town in Darwin.
Capt John Campbell said the city’s women wore too little to attract “nice men” after he spent a night out on Mitchell St, The Northern Territory News reports.
“It’s about having standards, ladies,” he wrote.
“What are standards? Well, it can begin by dressing in a manner that leaves something to the imagination, to say the least.”
The captain’s letter to the editor was published in the Northern Territory News yesterday.
It raised eyebrows among many Darwin women, including nightclub dancer Lana Sandic, 19.
“He’s got some guts to say that,” she said. “Most Territory girls would say ‘Put it where the sun doesn’t shine’.”