Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
The Most Indebted Country In The World
Dealbook: A Call for a Write-Down on Irish Debt
Oct. 14 (New York Times) -- DUBLIN -- A major write-down on Greek debt appears to be inevitable. But what about Ireland?
Bailed-out Irish banks continue to pay interest to their bondholders on 75 billion euros in debt -- about half the country's gross domestic product -- and despite Ireland's improved economic performance over the past year, many here believe that these institutions should suffer the same haircut that the banks holding Greek debt are expected to absorb.
"We need to write this stuff off," said Peter Mathews, a voluble banking and real estate consultant who was recently elected to the Irish Parliament on a robust bank-bashing platform.
Mr. Mathews estimates that if you include household and nonfinancial corporate debt, Ireland's total debt burden is a shocking 490 percent of its G.D.P. -- which, he claims, makes Ireland the most indebted country in the world.
No Dumpster Diving!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This Week with Christiane Amanpour - September 25, 2011
David Plouffe - Presidential Advisor
Austan Goolsbee - Fmr Obama Economic Advisor
Mohamed E-Erian - CEO Pimco
Amanpour: wow look at the newly combative Obama!
Plouffe: We need action Christiane! Now!
Amanpour: Harry Reid says there’s jam on the floor
Plouffe: But Boehner said Obama was jello
Amanpour: incredibly some Democrats don’t
like parts Obama’s jobs plan
Plouffe: it’s got tax cuts, new schools, fast trains and
fun for the whole family
Amanpour: John McCain’s economic advisor says
it’s only a band-aid
Plouffe: Well when you’re bleeding you use a
Amanpour: that’s technically true
Plouffe: it’s called the American Jobs Act -
who doesn’t like American jobs?
Amanpour: Bill Clinton and other rich people said
we shouldn’t raise taxes on the rich
Plouffe: it’s a question of fairness Christiane
Amanpour: I suppose
Plouffe: we’re cutting taxes for everyone but the rich
who take advantage of these ridiculous loopholes
Amanpour: is it time to panic?
Plouffe: No - that was a year ago
Amanpour: thanks for coming
[ break ]
Amanpour: Oh noes the Dow is down!!!
Amanpour: George you are an expert on
Will: Imagine if things were really bad - that’s what
we face in my imagination
Will: the next recession is the fault of lazy
Goolsbee: Europe sucks - USA! USA!
El-Erian: the world finally staged an intervention
with Europe - it was on Bravo and very moving
Freeland: this is like 2008 - everyone knows an
economic collapse is coming but no one is doing at anything about it
Amanpour: what is going to happen in Europe
in two words?
Freeland: massive shrinkage
El-Erian: we need a Sputnik moment!
Will: let Greece fail!
Amanpour: but George that’s terrible
Will: the fucking Italians are going to bring
us all down - screw ‘em all
Freeland: you’re an idiot
Goolsbee: Europe’s banks have no assets -
only worthless mortgages and stolen Holocaust art
Amanpour: is the political system completely broken?
El-Erian: we are all in the back seat of a car driven
by politicians bickering on their iPhones instead
of watching the road
Amanpour: what if the Chinese stop not buying our stuff
Freeland: the Chinese are freaked out by Tea Party
Amanpour: I know the feeling
Will: it takes real courage to admit that trying to
unify Europe was a bad idea - look at how successful
Europe was from 1914 - 1945
Goolsbee: The European Union has become a
Monty Python skit
Europe: We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune
but we take it in turns to act as a sort of executive
officer for the week but all the decision of that
officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting
Amanpour: okay okay
El-Erian: we should fix housing, credit and growth
Freeland: Businesses are rich but they won’t spend their money
Will: Barack Obama is persecuting Boeing
Amanpour: no one expects the Obama Inquisition!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sultan of Oman Pays for Hiker's Release
Diplomatic sources told NPR that Oman's sultan, Qaboos bin Said, paid $500,000 each to free Bauer and Fattal – the same amount paid to liberate Shourd. Oman also provided a private plane to transport the two men to its capital city of Muscat much like it did with Shourd.
The State Department had no immediate comment on Oman's involvement in Wednesday's releases. But when Shourd was freed, department spokesman P.J. Crowley praised Muscat as "a key interlocutor" that helped "work this case with the Iranian government."
House Rejects Disaster Bill With Spending Cuts
Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House rejected a bill that includes $3.65 billion in aid to victims of Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters, a setback for Republican leaders controlling the chamber.
Some Republican lawmakers objected to the measure’s overall cost and House Democrats opposed a spending cut in it, leading to the bill’s defeat. The vote against the bill was 230-195. The dispute raises the specter of a government shutdown because the disaster assistance is attached to a measure needed to fund the government until Nov. 18. The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and Congress is in recess next week.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Give a Kidney, Lose a Job
Claudia Rendon tells WTXF-TV she lost her job last week at an aircraft repair training company after taking time off to donate the kidney to her son, Alex.
The company tells WTXF it was within its rights to dismiss Rendon.
Absolute Last Thing To Do
Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) - European banks may resort to more jobs cuts or zero bonuses as they struggle to maintain fixed compensation levels amid deteriorating financial markets.
The companies are facing shrinking revenue and higher costs after raising base salaries of investment bankers by as much as 100 percent. That decision, which followed regulations to curb bonuses in the wake of the credit crisis, is irreversible even if conditions worsen, lawyers and consultants said, leaving banks with fewer options in their bid to improve margins.
"The absolute last thing banks will want to do is cut current salaries unless they have an explicit contractual right to do so," said Jason Butwick, a London employment attorney at law firm Dechert LLP. "The legal, reputational, commercial and logistical risks of going down that route are huge."
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Name That Speaker!
"We don't impeach people, we don't charge people with treason because we disagree with them on public policy. You might say that they're wrong, you might say lots of things about how misguided they are, but you don't up the ante to that type of rhetoric."
Yes, Rick Santorum is now the reasonable candidate in the GOP Primary.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Mitch McConnell: Cave Man
The legislation would require Obama to suggest spending cuts to accompany those increases in the debt limit, but would not require such cuts. The legislation would prohibit Obama from recommending tax increases along with the requests to increase the debt limit.
Also, Obama would be not be allowed to “point and laugh” as he signs any debt limit increase. He would, however, be permitted one "low mordant chuckle."
Monday, July 11, 2011
Rupert Murdoch's Reign of Terror
Shortly after Scotland Yard began its initial criminal inquiry of phone hacking by The News Of The World in 2006, five senior police investigators discovered that their own cellphone messages had been targeted by the tabloid and had most likely been listened to.
“If it is true that police officers knew their phones had been hacked, it is a serious matter that requires immediate investigation,” said John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which investigated phone hacking. “It would be shocking.”
The lead police investigator on the phone-hacking case, Andy Hayman, left the Metropolitan Police in December 2007 after questions were raised in the news media about business. Mark Lewis, a lawyer who represents a number of high-profile hacking victims, said in an interview that he believed that Mr. Hayman was unwilling to investigate phone-hacking because he feared that the newspaper would reveal his relationship with a woman who worked at the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
McConnell on Party Loyalty
The only thing I can tell you at this point is that there are differences. I’m not sure that these kind of differences might not have been there in a more latent form when you had a Republican president. But I do think there is more of a tendency to pull together when the guy in the White House is on your side. So I think some of these views were probably held by some of my members even in the previous administration, but party loyalty tended to mute them. So yeah, I think there are clearly differences and I think a lot of our members, not having a Republican in the White House, feel more free to express their reservations which might have been somewhat muted during the previous administration.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Begun the Drone Wars Have
the debate over drones is like debating the merits of computers in 1979: They are here to stay, and the boom has barely begun. “We are at the Wright Brothers Flier stage of this,”
Grifting the Grifters
Lamberth closes his opinion with some practical advice: "When it doubt, write it out."
Sunday, June 19, 2011
This Week with Christiane Amanpour - June 19, 2011
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Husain Haqqani (U.S. Ambassador from Pakistan)
Amanpour: hey we’ve been bombing
Libya for 90 days
Amanpour: Senator McCain are you worried
that the GOP has suddenly discovered isolationism?
McCain: indeed they are putting party politics
over the good of then nation
McCain: but Obama is also to blame for
deferring to those cheese-eating French
Amanpour: what about the War Powers Act?
McCain: John Kerry and I are on top of that
Amanpour: will we be at war there
for the standard 6 months to 10 years?
McCain: Yes! Predators are in the fight!
Amanpour: are the GOP Presidential
McCain: there’s always been a strain of isolationism
in the GOP that seem to pop up whenever a Democrat is President
Amanpour: that’s true
McCain: you know yokels like Bachmann
and Cain would be the first to attack Obama if
Qadaffi had killed 700,000 people
Amanpour: but is there a vital national interest?
McCain: Reagan invaded Grenada because
those medical students were about to graduate and come here
Amanpour: what about Libya
McCain: Barack Obama had to bomb
Libya because of Pan Am 103 and German disco
Amanpour: the GOP candidates have
suddenly realized Obama has gotten us bogged
down in a useless war in Afghanistan
McCain: I don’t what the hell Mitt Romney
is talking about
Amanpour: few people do
McCain: the surge worked!
Amanpour: so I’m told
McCain: I admit Afghanistan is a big mess
but the Taliban are very mean
Amanpour: should we just leave?
McCain: we need to invade Eastern Afghanistan
but give the show one more season to gets its ratings up
Amanpour: I see
McCain: It’s a Crocker!
Amanpour: Pakistan arrested the informants
who helped the U.S. get Osama bin Laden
McCain: because we abandoned Pakistan years ago!
McCain: we’ve poured billions in Pakistan
and we’re not getting a good return on our investment
Amanpour: it’s the Lehman Brothers of Central Asia
McCain: we need to stay there forever
Amanpour: what do you think of the
GOP Presidential candidates?
McCain: they’re all appeasing isolationist idiots
Amanpour: thanks for coming Grumpy
[ break ]
Amanpour: why is Pakistan so mad about the
U.S. military action on the soil?
Haqqani: we’re just trying to find out
Amanpour: It looks like the people who
helped catch the world’s worst terrorist are being punished
Haqqani: oh no not at all
Cheney: the Pakistanis were embarrassed -
but let’s not be too hard on them we love those crazy guys
Ignatius: Americans were shocked that
Pakistan allowed bin Laden to live in their country
Haqqani: that’s bullshit David
Ignatius: but the Pakistanis were shocked
that we violated their sovereignty
Amanpour: aren’t we in more danger
from terrorism than ever?
Cheney: We are at war - it’s very naive to think
we cannot police the world
Cheney: if Michelle Bachmann is elected
we will surely be attacked again
Amanpour: the American people seem
to be tired of war
Cheney: Obama is soft on attacking on
Libya and Herman Cain is just crazy
Amanpour: that’s fascinating
Cheney: Obama creating a terrible deficit
Amanpour: I though deficits don’t matter
Cheney: who said that?
Amanpour: do you know where the terrorists are?
Haqqani: if Americans are tired of the
war imagine how people in Afghanistan feel
Ignatius: Obama has concluded that killing
terrorists is working but nation-building is not
Cheney: no we must never pull troops
out of Afghanistan!
Amanpour: easy there Liz
Cheney: Attack! Bomb! Kill!
Amanpour: we’ll take a break
[ break ]
Thursday, June 16, 2011
No, of course not.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Rick Perry, Defender of Salt Shaker Rights
Gail Collins: Today, we are going to discuss Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
He is, in his own words, “the kind of guy who goes jogging in the morning packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights and loaded with hollow point bullets, and shoots a coyote that is threatening his daughter’s dog.” That really happened. In fact, it was possibly the high point of Perry’s political career.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Nazi Dogs Do Math, Crack Jokes
Nazi specialists attempted -- apparently with some success -- to train a fleet of "intelligent" dogs to read, write and speak.
The institute trained dogs such as Rolf the Airedale terrier, who was said to be able to discuss religion, contemplate complex mathematics and communicate with humans by tapping out an alphabet code using his paw.
Another dog, Kurwenal, supposedly cracked jokes like a comedian and was a symbol of the educated canines of Germany.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Obama Fever Sweeps Through Irish Village
Two thousand people will be part of the president's visit to the rural village of Moneygall, Co Offaly, on Monday. ahead of a free public event and address by Mr. Obama
in Dublin's College Green.
Records show Mr Obama's great-great-great-great
-grandfather was a shoemaker in Moneygall and his son, Falmouth Kearney, left for New York in 1850.
Meanwhile, the Offaly Independent has cast away tradition and temporarily changed its 119-year-old name in order"The Obama Independent" will go on sale for a one-off special souvenir edition to be published tomorrow.
to mark the historic visit.
Monday, May 09, 2011
That's So McRaven
At the White House last week, President Obama one such opportunity in a report that, to confirm Osama bin Laden's height after he had been killed, a Navy Seal laid down on the floor next to his body. Evidently this improvised approach took Mr. Obama aback. The Washington Post reports that the president wondered aloud to an aide, "Could we not afford to buy a tape measure?"
So, officials familiar with the event said, during a private Oval Office meeting with Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, who oversees the Seals, Mr. Obama thanked the admiral for a job well done in Pakistan, and presented him with a plaque - with a tape measure on it.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Washington Post losing money with Kaplan
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Yemen President Agrees to Quit
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Good to Know
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Meet The Press - April 17, 2011
Tim Geithner (Sec. of Treasury)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Gregory: Will Obama finally agree to do the Tea Party wants?
Geithner: why should he
Gregory: the Republicans demand it
Geithner: so I’ve heard
Gregory: you must link debt ceiling and cut spending
Geithner: so you say
Gregory: your warnings about the debt ceiling are overblown
Geithner: you can’t play chicken with the credibility of the U.S. of A. bucko
Gregory: will you the shut down the government?
Geithner: Look Obama offered trillions in cuts - what more do the Republicans want?
Gregory: Obama once voted against raising the debt ceiling
Geithner: true but the whole world is watching to see how crazy we really are
Gregory: Let me tell you Americans are thinking about
Geithner: [ eyeroll ]
Gregory: the gas is too damm high!
Geithner: well you know war in the Middle East, Africa, earthquakes and meltdown in Japan are not helpful
Gregory: Mitt Romney says Obama caused a recession in 2008
Gregory: how do answer the charge that you totally suck
Geithner: we’ve created more jobs in one year than Bush did in 8 years
Gregory: I still don’t like you
Geithner: Don’t bet against America Fluffy - it survived Revolution, Civil War, Depressions and can survive my tenure as Secretary of Treasury
Geithner: we need to cut spending now so the next Republican President can raise spending
Gregory: will unemployment ever go down?
Geithner: who can say?
Gregory: Obama is insisting on raising taxes on the rich
Geithner: well either that or cut spending the disabled, gut defense, or borrow more money from the Chinese
Gregory: don’t you have to raise taxes on the middle class?
Geithner: do we?
Gregory: yes because Boehner says no way am I raising taxes on the rich
Geithner: we could afford everything if we eliminated loopholes for the wealthy
Gregory: Obama poisoned the well!
Geithner: it’s a starting point
Gregory: Obama gave poor Paul Ryan the black of his hand
Geithner: suck it up Whyan
Gregory: Won’t raising taxes hurt the economy?
Geithner: not if we truly believe in the greatness of America
Gregory: Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the Ryan plan is a deathtrap
Geithner: Debbie only said that because she’s from Florida and most of her constituents are near the end
Gregory: [ high pitched voice ] Obama is not serious!
Geithner: Calm down Fluffy
Gregory: GE paid no taxes - how do I get in on that action
Geithner: you need to lose a huge amount of money
Gregory: I think NBC is good at that
Gregory: so will you address tax inequity
Geithner: yes and even Republicans find this pretty fucking outrageous
Gregory: are you staying in your job
Geithner: no comment Fluffers
Gregory: hee hee
[ break ]
Gregory: Senator will the Tea Party raise the debt ceiling or will you destroy the USA
Lee: we will only vote for it if we also amend the Constitution to require a President to wear his birth certificate at all times around his neck on a sandwich board
Greenspan: I don’t understand what is going on
Gregory: Did Betsy get your pudding?
Greenspan: Debt is bad
Gregory: Obama Unplugged has total contempt for the GOP Congress
Granholm: the GOP has the Ryan plan and Obama has a plan and now we can have a debate and that’s how politics work
Gregory: but that’s all fantasy
Smiley: Budgets are moral documents! The poor got locked out!
Gregory: We are all ruled by the Tea Party because they Dominate The Conversation
Meacham: they are adorable lunatics
Mondale: Obama should promise to raise taxes and he will get reelected because it worked so well for me
Lee: you can’t raise taxes
Gregory: you go Mike
Lee: look the American people know what they want - more spending and lower taxes
Greenspan: Ayn Rand once told me that you can’t get out of a recession by raising taxes - then again she once served me a pie made from poor people
Greenspan: We have to let the tax cuts for the rich expire
Lee: [ swoon, thud ]
Gregory: down goes Lee
Meacham: If Democrats raises taxes they will be flacked
Gregory: Jon you are so erudite
Smiley: forget the optics - what about standing up for the right thing dammit!!
Granholm: that’s what Obama did Tavis
Smiley: oh man those are just words!
Granholm: you’re a talk show host!
Tavis: and a writer!
Gregory: unemployment is still high but the stock market is going great
Greenspan: Americans have bet their retirement on shares on American corporations
Gregory: good plan
Greenspan: all those layoffs were great for corporate America
Greenspan: but now lack of employees may hurt companies
Gregory: uh oh
Gregory: A bankrupt reality game show show host is leading the GOP polls
Meacham: Donald Trump's success proves the frustration with both parties
Audience: [ palmface ]
Smiley: Trump is a con artist and he’s playing the idiots in the D.C. media
Lee: Romney doesn’t feel pity remorse or fear - he has no feelings and he can’t be stopped
Gregory: I will now continue my absurd obsession with the idea of Jon Huntsman running for President
Lee: thanks Fluffy
Granholm: Donald Trump appears to passionately believe in something - unlike Weather Vain
Gregory: Deval Patrick says we need optimism and do great things
Lee: the Tea Party is optimistic - that we can finally declare the U.S. government an utter failure
Gregory: Alan you’re very very old - give us your insight
Greenspan: America has a good ride for 118 years but it’s over
Gregory: just like you
Gregory: Mike be honest - will you raise the debt ceiling or not?
Lee: you can’t read my poker face my po-po-poker face
Gregory: I got an e-mail from a guy complaining about Those Clowns in Congress
Greenspan: how do they stay so topical
Smiley: War is the enemy of the poor!
Meacham: Can Obama catapult the propaganda?
Gregory: Good question Jon - hey audience for more of this go to the internets where I talk to Tavis Smiley about his book and Jon Meacham about Shelby Foote’s book
Meacham: [ sobs ]
Gregory: [ hands Jon tissue ]
and that’s Meet The Press
This Week with Christiane Amanpour - April 17, 2011
Tim Geithner (Sec. of Treasury)
Rep. Allen West (R-FL)
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL)
Amanpour: we have a $14 trillion debt - so should we end Medicare or raise taxes on the rich?
Audience: hmm tough one
Amanpour: Tim what is the debt ceiling and is it made of glass
Geithner: Congress will raise the ceiling because they don’t want to see American credibility completely destroyed - I think
Amanpour: what would happen if we didn’t raise the ceiling
Geithner: we’d stop all payments to old people and soldiers - oh and cause a worldwide Depression
Amanpour: you seem confident that the nuts in Congress won’t default but you are campaigning for it
Geithner: well there are a lot of crazy people in office now
Amanpour: so I’ve heard
Geithner: the whole world is watching and waiting for us to lock in some real fun austerity
Amanpour: Obama ambushed Republicans by proposing a budget after they demanded that the propose a budget
Geithner: um yes
Amanpour: but is being to mean to the nuts the right tone?
Geithner: we could cut taxes and increase spending like the Republicans always do
Amanpour: ooh good idea
Geithner: that was sarcasm
Amanpour: but you are going to damage the recovery
Geithner: if we do this carefully we can boost the economy while cutting spending
Amanpour: I fear you will raise taxes on the rich
Geithner: we have to and Paul Ryan proved it
Amanpour: Boehner says no way to tax hikes
Geithner: their own panic on the debt shows you have to raise taxes on the rich or borrow more the Chinese
Amanpour: why not tax the poor more?
Geithner: there is spending in the tax code that goes to the rich
Amanpour: I see what you did there
Geithner: [ grins sheepishly ]
Amanpour: so what’s your plan?
Geithner: first we raise taxes on the rich and get rid of loopholes that mostly benefit billionaires
Amanpour: the IMF wants you to turn the unemployed into soylent green
Geithner: fuck those foreigners
Amanpour: the British tried austerity and surprisingly it sucks
Geithner: True but they have to support a gold and jewel encrusted monarchical drain on society
Amanpour: we have Donald Trump
Geithner: good point
Amanpour: what about putting some Wall Street crooks in jail?
Geithner: well they are very nice you know
Amanpour: what about prosecutions
Geithner: lets not look back
Amanpour: you will stay on and continue to preside over a recession?
Geithner: I do what I can Christiane
Amanpour: you want to cut the deficit and cut taxes for rich people noble ideas indeed - but ill you wreck American first but not raising the debt ceiling?
Southerland: we won’t vote for raising the ceiling if they don’t offer something serious like eliminating Medicare
Walsh: Tea Partiers were sent to Washington by Americans who realized debt was bad after a black Democrat became President
West: we should amend the Constitution to put the Supreme Court in charge of the budget
Amanpour: Privatizing Medicare will cost old people a lot of money
Ellmers: no - it will empower old people to make their own choices on whether they want to die or not
Amanpour: what if they can’t afford medical care
Ellmers: if we don’t eliminate Medicare we will have to face the horrifying prospect of losing Medicare
Amanpour: if the debt is so bad why not raise taxes on the rich
Walsh: no no no we must cut taxes and grow the economy
Amanpour: I see
Walsh: you cut taxes and revenues go up - it’s like magic!
Amanpour: overall people seem to hate your plan
Southerland: look you can’t do the best thing for America and expect people to like you
Amanpour: of course not
Southerland: I may lose in 2012 but I will do so knowing I did my best to take money from poor people and give it to rich people
Amanpour: thanks for coming
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Difference of Opinion
Speaker John Boehner: "I think we all know
that no one wants a shutdown."
Rep. Mike Pence: "It's time to pick a fight, it's time
to cut spending and cut it now... I say, shut it down!"
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
The Diabolical Democratic Plan
"They said…'We will shut government down, blame Republicans. There will be backlash against Republicans and we will get all these things accomplished,'" he declared. "I think it was a very diabolical plan they put together back last year after the November election. They are carrying it out."
Those clever Democrats, making Republicans look bad!
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
When is Cutting Spending Leftist?
Monday, April 04, 2011
She Prefers Van Gogh?
Sunday, April 03, 2011
New Utah Law on Verification of Identity
Utah Immigration Accountability and Enforcement Amendments of 2011
Detention or arrest -- Determination of immigration status
(1)(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Subsection (1), a law enforcement officer:
(i) shall request verification of the immigration status of an individual when the law enforcement officer acting in the enforcement of a state law or local ordinance:
(A) conducts a lawful stop, detention, or arrest of the individual for an alleged offense that is a class A misdemeanor or a felony
Arrest by peace officers
A peace officer may make an arrest under authority of a warrant or may, without warrant, arrest a person:
(4) when the peace officer has reasonable cause to believe the person has committed the offense of failure to disclose identity under Section 76-8-301.5 [.];
(5) when the peace officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person is an alien:
(a) subject to a civil removal order issued by an immigration judge;
(b) regarding whom a civil detainer warrant has been issued by the federal Department of Homeland Security; or
(c) who has been charged or convicted in another state with one or more aggravated felonies as defined by 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1101(a)(43).
Enacted - March 15, 2011
This Week with Christiane Amanpour - April 3, 2011
Jim Jones - Fmr. Obama National Security Advisor
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Amanpour: the middle east is falling into total chaos
Audience: well that’s new
Amanpour: some idiot burned a Koran so people attacked a UN post in Afghanistan
Reporter: 6 US soldiers were killed in a vicious firefight on the Pakistan border
Reporter: this is a turning point in the war
Audience: problem solved
Amanpour: this moron pastor in Florida is affecting US foreign policy
Reporter: because of this guy people are shouting ‘Death to President Obama
Amanpour: that’s odd because I heard Obama was a muslim who will impose sharia law
Reporter: it’s complicated
Amanpour: the rebels got killed by friendly fire
Rebels: Han shot first!
Reporter: Tripoli is very normal today - the rebels are disorganized and Qadaffi
Marquadt: the rebels have no leaders - just a princess, and old man and kid from Tatooine
Audience: and 2 droids
Reporter: that’s not going cut it
Amanpour: General Jones how is America’s longest war going?
Jones: it’s all being disrupted by one wackjob pastor from Florida
Amanpour: when do we win?
Jones: some time next summer or possibly 2014
Amanpour: depending on what?
Jones: on who you define victory
Amanpour: I see
Jones: seriously though - it all really depends on whether Pakistan is willing to go after al-qaeda which they never have done before
Amanpour: that seems like a problem
Jones: it is
Amanpour: America is also involved in a civil war in Libya
Jones: the French need our help to prevent illegal Arab immigrants from getting to Cannes
Amanpour: America is out and NATO is in - but NATO is all-American
Jones: no the US are refueling while the British and French lead the attack
Amanpour: what is the endgame?
Jones: we need Qaddafi to stay because those rebels are untrustworthy
Amanpour: who are the rebels - who are they??
Jones: we know there’s one guy named Fred
Jones: now we need to find out who the rest of the rebels are
Amanpour: it’s very troubling that we don’t know who they are and what their aspirations are and if they have Facebook likes
Jones: we tried poking Fred
Amanpour: what about our favorite dictator in Yemen?
Jones: it’s very worrisome because he hates al-qaeda like we do
Amanpour: can we keep him in power?
Jones: Sadly those pesky people in Yemen have other ideas
Amanpour: that’s a shame
Jones: all this democracy nonsense is a vast tectonic shift
[ break ]
Amanpour: The tea party may force John Boehner to shut the government down
Boehner: we can’t just impose our will [sobs]
Tea Partier: take of the lace panties noodlebat
USAID: the cuts would kill 70,000 kids
Dean: let a shutdow happen and blame the GOP yeeeaaahh
[ break ]
Amanpour: will you guys make a deal?
Sessions: since ignoring the debt under Reagan, Bush I and Bush Jr we have to cut the debt right now!
Schumer: fuck the debt - we need jobs
Session: but the deficit causes recession oh mah stahrs
Schumer: we should not cut cancer research instead we should cut some of those damm farm subsidies
Sessions: Obama is only adding 100,000 jobs - clearly we need to cut the debt right now
Amanpour: so you say
Sessions: we have to cut $800 billion - did you know we have to borrow all this money?!?
Amanpour: wow was this true when Reagan, Bush and Dubya were President
Amanpour: Jeff are the Tea Parties going to destroy America?
Sess: no they are very mature lunatics
Amanpour: you’re not worried
Sessions: the Democrat debt will cause the shutdown of all social programs in 2 years
Schumer: I feel sorry for the Republicans because the Tea Party are all freaks and crazies
Amanpour: Chuck you called the tea party extreme!
Schumer: you’re damm fucking right I did
Sessions: the Tea Party may not be the fastest cars on blocks but they are fundamentally right about everything
Amanpour: like what
Sessions: Obama really is a black democrat!
Amanpour: thanks for coming guys
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Partial Meltdown in Reactor Two
Sunday, March 20, 2011
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973
Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to the Security Council;
5. Recognizes the important role of the League of Arab States in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security in the region, and bearing in mind Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, requests the Member States of the League of Arab States to cooperate with other Member States in the implementation of paragraph 4;
U.S., France, Britain Launch Attacks on Libyan Government
The New York Times reports:
The mission to impose a United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone was portrayed by Pentagon and NATO officials as under French and British leadership.
But the Pentagon said that American forces took the lead in the initial campaign to knock out Libya’s air defense systems, firing volley after volley of Tomahawk missiles from nearby ships against missile, radar and communications centers around Tripoli, the capital, and the western cities of Misurata and Surt.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Earlier Thursday the military forces dumped seawater from a helicopter on Reactor No. 3, making four passes and dropping a total of about 8,000 gallons over it as a plume of white smoke billowed. The Japanese government said that the reactor typically needs 50 tons of water, or about 12,000 gallons, a day to keep from overheating.
The Self-Defense Forces later said the measure had little effect on reducing the temperature in the pool where the spent rods are stored.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Ice Sheets Shrinking More Quickly
projections for sea-level rise are too conservative, a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration-funded study said.
From 1992 to 2009, the two regions lost on average 36.3 billion tons more ice every year than the previous year, scientists led by Eric Rignot at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a study in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. The researchers said they
linked two independent sets of measurements to validate them.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Jobless Claims Fall Again
March 28, 2009: 651,000
February 26, 2011: 368,000
Monday, February 28, 2011
Team Obama Throws Cold Water on Social Security Cuts
White House Budget Director Jack Lew and Jason Furman, deputy director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, both stressed this week that Social Security isn’t facing an immediate funding crisis and should be viewed separately from moves to reduce the federal deficit.
“They’ve dumped a big pot of ice cold water on any embers of Social Security reform,” said Chuck Blahous, a Social Security public trustee who headed a commission on the program empaneled by President George W. Bush.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
U.S. Economy Grew 2.8% in Fourth Quarter
The revised increase in gross domestic product compares with a 3.2 percent estimate issued last month and a 2.6 percent gain in the third quarter, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. The economy, excluding inventories, grew at a 6.7 percent pace, the most since 1998. For all of 2010, the world’s largest economy expanded 2.8 percent, the most in five years, after shrinking 2.6 percent in 2009.
U.K. Economy Shrank More Than Estimated in Fourth Quarter
Feb. 25 -- Britain’s economy shrank more than initially estimated in the fourth quarter, complicating the task of the Bank of England as a split deepens among policy makers on whether to withdraw stimulus. Gross domestic product fell 0.6 percent from the previous three months, compared with an initial estimate for a 0.5 percent drop, the Office for National Statistics said
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Revenues Rise Most in 5 Years
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Consumer Spending Gains Most in Years
The U.S. economy accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2010, driven by the biggest gain in consumer spending in more than four years and rising exports.
Final sales, which includes all categories except stockpiles, rose at a 7.1 percent pace, the most since 1984.