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Obama Issues Government Shutdown Threat

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Obama Issues Government Shutdown Threat

FoxNews ^ | Published February 16, 2011 | | Chris StirewaltPosted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:20:45 PM by TSgt

Anatomy of a Government Shutdown“Of course a shutdown is possible because that’s what the Republicans are threatening us with on national TV, Meet the Press or one of those dandies or whatever the show was. The Republican leader was asked, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘is there going to be a government shutdown?’ and he wouldn’t respond to the question.

So, this isn’t Schumer or Reid or Hoyer. Of course it’s a possibility. That’s what we’re trying to avoid.”– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talking to reporters about House Speaker John BoehnerPresident Obama warned of stopped Social Security checks and issued a formal veto threat Tuesday to the Republican spending plan currently being debated in the House, setting the stage for a potential government shutdown next month………………….

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NPR calls Washington ‘Chocolate City': Report focusing on racial make-up leaves bitter

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NPR calls Washington ‘Chocolate City': Report focusing on racial make-up leaves bitter…

wnd ^ | 2/16/11 | Joe KovacsPosted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:22:14 PM by Nachum

In the days following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin came under fire for publicly saying he wanted to rebuild his city as a “Chocolate New Orleans.”Now, a report by National Public Radio is using similar terminology, calling the nation’s capital “chocolate,” but noting a change in its flavor.

The article, titled, “D.C., Long ‘Chocolate City,’ Becoming More Vanilla,” by Alex Kellogg, opens by stating: “For decades Washington, D.C., was known affectionately as ‘Chocolate City’ to many black Americans, because it was predominantly AfricanAmerican.”Most big U.S. cities are getting browner as more blacks, Hispanics and Asians move in. Washington, by contrast, fell to just 53 percent black in 2009, down from a peak of 71 percent in 1970.

That’s partly because D.C. has quickly become one of the most expensive cities in America, and one of the only cities in the U.S. where property values continue to rise despite the economic downturn.

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Rush Limbaugh: The Definition of Mind-Numbed

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Free RepublicBrowse · Search Pings · Mail Bloggers & PersonalTopics · Post ArticleSkip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: The Definition of Mind-NumbedEIB Network ^ | February 16, 2011 | Rush LimbaughPosted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:40:47 PM by 2ndDivisionVetBEGIN TRANSCRIPT……………………

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Kill Switch Beta: Government Blocks 84,000 Websites

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Under the banner of fighting child pornography, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice knocked out 84,000 websites last week.

The websites did not host or link to child pornography as the government claims.

“As part of ‘Operation Save Our Children‘ ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center has again seized several domain names, but not without making a huge error.

Last Friday, thousands of site owners were surprised by a rather worrying banner that was placed on their domain,” reports TorrentFreak, a tech site.“Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution,” was the message visitors to the sites were greeted with after a judge signed a seizure warrant and Big Sis contacted the domain registries and instructed them to point the domains in question to a server that hosts the above warning message.

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Do You Believe Obama Was Born in the U.S.? Poll

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Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

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Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Rolling Stone ^ | February 16, 2011 | Matt TaibbiPosted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:30:52 PM by Chunga85

Financial crooks brought down the world’s economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them.Here’s how regulation of Wall Street is supposed to work.

To begin with, there’s a semigigantic list of public and quasi-public agencies ostensibly keeping their eyes on the economy, a dense alphabet soup of banking, insurance, S&L, securities and commodities regulators like the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency OCC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, as well as supposedly “self-regulating organizations” like the New York Stock Exchange.

All of these outfits, by law, can at least begin the process of catching and investigating financial criminals, though none of them has prosecutorial power.The major federal agency on the Wall Street beat is the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC watches for violations like insider trading, and also deals with so-called “disclosure violations” — i.e., making sure that all the financial information that publicly traded companies are required to make public actually jibes with reality.

But the SEC doesn’t have prosecutorial power either, so in practice, when it looks like someone needs to go to jail, they refer the case to the Justice Department. And since the vast majority of crimes in the financial services industry take place in Lower Manhattan, cases referred by the SEC often end up in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Thus, the two top cops on Wall Street are generally considered to be that U.S. attorney — a job that has been held by thunderous prosecutorial personae like Robert Morgenthau and Rudy Giuliani — and the SEC’s director of enforcement.

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Gunny G: Voting Just Encourages The Tawdry Bastards… ~ Be Patriotic: Don’t Vote by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Etc. (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~)

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Home | Columnists | Blog | Subscribe | PodcastsBe Patriotic: Don't Voteby Thomas J. DiLorenzoby Thomas J. DiLorenzoDIGG THIS Murray Rothbard once wrote that even the most brutal dictator ultimately bases his power on the opinions that are held by a majority of the population that is under his rule. After all, even dictators with large armies tend to be vastly outnumbered by the populations they rule over, and revolution is always on the dictator' … Read More

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