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Friday, January 20, 2012

Christians suffering rape, torture, extortion in several areas

Christians suffering rape, torture, extortion in several areas

Karachi

The Christian community in Essa Nagri, Ayub Goth and Bhittaiabad has been silently enduring extortion, rape and torture at the hands of workers of various political and ethnic parties for months now.

Michael Javed, former minister of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who recently joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), says that within the past month alone, “15 cases of rape were reported to him through various local heads of the areas.”

Speaking about the plight of the people in Essa Nagri, Javed says that most of the families living there silently go through the ordeal, “as people do not report or register an FIR fearing an attack from these people.”

He says some workers of a party have established torture cells in Essa Nagri and are notorious for picking up young boys and sexually abusing them. “They ask for ransom of Rs100,000 and whenever anyone defaults on the payment, the boys are tortured beyond recognition,” he informs dismally. As a result, within the last six months, many families have migrated from Karachi towards Punjab, he adds.

Javed says that when he contacted the leaders of some of the party workers, he was informed that the ones he was referring to had been ousted quite a while ago and the party was ignorant of their whereabouts.

In another instance, a brothel has been opened near a catholic church in Ayub Goth. Applications written to the authorities about the issue have not yet yielded any response, says Javed. “I want to appeal to the leaders of political parties to take notice of the issue and ask their party workers to stop harassing our community.”

Newt's Worst Enemy...YouTube - Newt Gingrich - Fox Nation

Newt's Worst Enemy...YouTube - Newt Gingrich - Fox Nation

Now Is the Worst Possible Time to Appease Iran

Now Is the Worst Possible Time to Appease Iran: For the Obama administration, negotiation remains the eternal solution in search of a problem. It is desperate to negotiate with the Taliban, for example–a fruitless effort, Con Coughlin notes, since “Mr. Obama has already run up the white flag in Afghanistan by ordering the withdrawal of American forces to begin this summer–in good time for November’s presidential election contest.”

Reports emerged this week that President Obama is also seeking to establish direct talks with the Iranian regime. The White House denied Iranian claims that the president had specifically asked for those talks in a secret letter, but did not dispute that it is reaching out to the regime–even as it works against bipartisan support in Congress for tougher sanctions on Iran.

'A Separation' probes Iranians' conflicted love for their country, says director - CSMonitor.com

'A Separation' probes Iranians' conflicted love for their country, says director - CSMonitor.com: The divisions – exposed by the 2009 protests of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection – are not only political. They have also seeped into the country’s private sphere, fracturing families, alienating friends and colleagues, and creating new tensions in everyday interactions – particularly between the lower-income, often more pious citizens and the more wealthy urban classes.

Svetovid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Svetovid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: sometimes referred to as Beli (or Byali) Vid, Beli = white, bright, shining.

He always carries his sword (sometimes bow) in one hand, and in the other a drinking horn. Svetovid had a white horse which was kept in his temple and taken care of by priests. It was believed Svantevit rode this horse in battle. The horse was used for divination. Victory in battle, merchant travels and a successful harvest all depended on Svantevit.

Many of modern researchers see Svetovid as a Rugian counterpart of the all-Slavic Perun common in Slavic mythology.
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U.S. may close embassy in Syria - The Washington Post

U.S. may close embassy in Syria - The Washington Post

'Underworld: Awakening': The Reviews Are In! - MTV Movie News| MTV

'Underworld: Awakening': The Reviews Are In! - MTV Movie News| MTV

The Associated Press: Paul's place in SC uncertain given lighter effort

The Associated Press: Paul's place in SC uncertain given lighter effort

Anonymous Tricks Bystanders Into Attacking Justice Department | Threat Level | Wired.com

Anonymous Tricks Bystanders Into Attacking Justice Department | Threat Level | Wired.com: LOIC began as a downloadable software, but an in-browser Javascript version of LOIC has been around since 2010′s Operation Payback.

Machiavelli: The Prince: Contents

Machiavelli: The Prince: Contents: Chapter XI Concerning Ecclesiastical Principalities

How Sebelius Plans to Save Obamacare: Creating Dependence | Cato @ Liberty

How Sebelius Plans to Save Obamacare: Creating Dependence | Cato @ Liberty

Obama losing luster with independent voters: poll | Reuters

Obama losing luster with independent voters: poll | Reuters

Strait of Hormuz: U.S. Should Be Ready for the Next Oil Crisis

Strait of Hormuz: U.S. Should Be Ready for the Next Oil Crisis

Overcoming state-centrism in international water law: ‘Regional common concern’ as the normative foundation of water security (Bjørn-Oliver Magsig) - Academia.edu

Overcoming state-centrism in international water law: ‘Regional common concern’ as the normative foundation of water security (Bjørn-Oliver Magsig) - Academia.edu

The myth of post-ideological politics

The myth of post-ideological politics: "[I]ts adherents refuse to be tied down by ideological solutions to society’s ills. [They] tell us not that there needs to be more state solution or more private solution as a sine qua non to improvement. They will tell us it needs to be more efficient and will try to follow whichever route leads to an efficient outcome. If it is private solution that works a centrist will go private... and if more state spending is needed it will be granted where possible."

Centrism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Centrism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

With respect to the Socialist movement

"Centrism" has a specific meaning within the socialist political movement. It usually reflects an ideologically held position between a revolutionary and reformist position. For instance, the Independent Labour Party (ILP) was seen as centrist because they oscillated between advocating reaching a socialist economy through reforms and advocating revolution. The members of the so-called Two-and-a-half and Three-and-a-half Internationals, who could not choose between the reformism of the social democrat Second International and the revolutionary politics of the Communist Third International, are exemplary of centrism in this sense; examples are the Spanish Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM), ILP and Poale Zion. Marxists often describe centrism in this sense as opportunistic, since it argues for a revolution at some point in the future but urges reformist practices in the mean time; Libertarian socialists and anarchists view any reformism as political opportunism because they view reformism as incapable of effecting structural changes to social organization.[4]

The term "Centrism" also denotes positions held by some of the Bolsheviks during the 1920s. In this context, "Centrism" refers to a position between the Right Opposition (which supported the New Economic Policy and friendly relations with capitalist countries) and the Left Opposition (which supported an immediate transition to a socialist economy and world revolution). By the end of the 1920s, the two opposing factions had been defeated by Joseph Stalin who eventually gained enough support from members of the factions through the application of various ideas formed by the factions' various leaders. (i.e. Leon Trotsky, Nikolai Bukharin, etc.)

See: Two Articles on Centrism by Leon Trotsky

Third Way (moderate left politics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Third Way (moderate left politics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


United States

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, adherents of the "Third Way".

In the United States, "Third Way" adherents embrace fiscal conservatism to a greater extent than traditional social liberals, and advocate some replacement of welfare with workfare, and sometimes have a stronger preference for market solutions to traditional problems (as in pollution markets), while rejecting pure laissez-faire economics and other libertarian positions. The Third Way style of governing was firmly adopted and partly redefined during the administration of President Bill Clinton.[18] With respect to U.S. presidents, the term "Third Way" was introduced by political scientist Stephen Skowronek, who wrote The Politics Presidents Make (1993, 1997;ISBN 0674689372)[19][20] "Third Way" presidents "undermine the opposition by borrowing policies from it in an effort to seize the middle and with it to achieve political dominance. Think of Nixon’s economic policies, which were a continuation of Johnson’s “Great Society”; Clinton’s welfare reform and support of capital punishment; and Obama’s pragmatic centrism, reflected in his embrace, albeit very recent, of entitlements reform.[21]

After Tony Blair came to power in the UK, Clinton, Blair and other leading Third Way adherents organized conferences to promote the Third Way philosophy in 1997 at Chequers in England.[22][23] The Third Way think tank and the Democratic Leadership Council are adherents of Third Way politics.[24]

In 2004, several veteran U.S. Democrats founded a new Washington, DC organization entitled Third Way, which bills itself as a "strategy center for progressives."[25]

Dum spiro spero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dum spiro spero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "While I breathe, I hope"

ADA to Dental Practioniers: You Can’t Handle the Tooth! — Marginal Revolution

ADA to Dental Practioniers: You Can’t Handle the Tooth! — Marginal Revolution: states with tougher licensing of dentists do not have better dentistry, but they do have higher prices. Almost thirty percent of the US workforce is now required to hold a license including shampoo specialists.

Hope and Change? 13M Unemployed While Obama Hobnobs with Hollywood Fashionistas - 2012 Presidential Race - Fox Nation

Hope and Change? 13M Unemployed While Obama Hobnobs with Hollywood Fashionistas - 2012 Presidential Race - Fox Nation

New round of right-to-work bills draws a crowd | New Hampshire NEWS06

New round of right-to-work bills draws a crowd | New Hampshire NEWS06

NRTW Attorneys file suit against MN Gov. Dayton’s SEIU-AFSCME payback scheme | The National Right to Work Committee®

NRTW Attorneys file suit against MN Gov. Dayton’s SEIU-AFSCME payback scheme | The National Right to Work Committee®

Blog - Happy Failure Day?

Blog - Happy Failure Day?

Democrats Celebrate Third Anniversary of Obama’s Presidency by Destroying Keystone Jobs, Embracing Obama’s Solyndra Gamble and Defending the Failed Stimulus and Government Healthcare Takeover

  • Today marks three years since President Obama’s inauguration, and what a long three years it has been. The American people have been subjected to a failed stimulus spending spree, a government takeover of healthcare and flood of new regulations.

  • Rather than change course after three years of job destruction and economic misery, Democrats are closing year three by digging in on their failed policies. President Obama this week decided to send thousands of jobs to China by blocking the Keystone pipeline and even embraced scandal-tainted Solyndra in his first re-election ad, suggesting that Democrats refuse to admit it was a mistake to gamble taxpayer funds on the now-bankrupt company.

  • Even as Democrats double down on failure, the economic reality of their failed policies is millions of unemployed Americans and destroyed jobs, sky-high poverty levels, skyrocketing national debt and suffering American families.

Today marks three years since President Obama’s inauguration, and what a long three years it has been. The American people have been subjected to a failed stimulus spending spree, a government takeover of healthcare and flood of new regulations:

FACT-CHECK: DEMOCRATS SAID FIRST $787 BILLION STIMULUS WOULD KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW 8%: The $787 billion stimulus plan is turning out to be far less stimulating than its architects expected.[T]wo of [Obama’s] chief economic advisers — leading proponents of a stimulus bill — predicted that the passage of a large economic-aid package would boost the economy and keep the unemployment rate below 8%. It hasn't quite worked out that way. Last month, the jobless rate in the U.S. hit 9.5%, the highest level it has reached since 1983.(Stephen Gandel, “Obama’s Stimulus: Failing by its Own Measure,” Time, 7/14/2009)

AND WHITE HOUSE PREDICTED UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD BE ABOUT 6 PERCENT AT END OF 2011 IF $800 BILLION STIMULUS PASSED: (James Pethokoukis, “What the Plunging Unemployment Rate Really Means for Obama’s Re-election,” The American, 1/6/2012)

BUT 100 HOUSE DEMOCRATS NOW CLAIMING “WE CAN’T WAIT” FOR MORE STIMULUS: (Thomas.gov, Accessed 1/17/2012)

ONE YEAR AGO, 98% OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS REFUSED TO REPEAL GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTHCARE: Final Vote: 245-189 (House Vote #14, 1/19/2011)

AFTER DEMOCRATS CUT $500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE: “It would cut an additional $60 billion from Medicare, bringing total cuts to the program to more than $500 billion over the next 10 years.” (Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery, “With Senate ‘Fixes’ Bill, GOP Sees Last Chance to Change Health-Care Reform,” The Washington Post, 3/24/2010)

4,257 NEW REGULATIONS IN THE WORKS, MORE THAN 200 WILL COST OVER $100 MILLION ANNUALLY—15% MORE REGULATIONS THAN IN 2010.“Appropriate and responsible regulations play an important policymaking role. Yet the Obama administration has turned rule-making into an assault on American businesses and the jobs they create. Right now, 4,257 new regulations are in the works, 219 of which will cost over $100 million annually — 15 percent more than last year.” (Editorial, “How Obama’s Rules Hold Back Chicago Business,” The Chicago Sun-Times, 8/30/2011)

Rather than change course after three years of job destruction and economic misery, Democrats are closing year three by digging in on their failed policies. President Obama this week decided to send thousands of jobs to China by blocking the Keystone pipeline and even embraced scandal-tainted Solyndra in his first re-election ad, suggesting that Democrats refuse to admit it was a mistake to gamble taxpayer funds on the now-bankrupt company:

“THE ANTI-JOBS PRESIDENT” REJECTS JOB-CREATING KEYSTONE PIPELINE: (Editorial, “The Anti-Jobs President,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/19/2012)

USA TODAY: OBAMA DECISION “THE MOST CRAVEN SORT OF ELECTION-YEAR POLITICS”: What's really going on here, of course, is the most craven sort of election-year politics. The Obama administration seemed to be on its way to approving Keystone when environmental groups made the pipeline a key test of their support for the president, who suddenly decided the administration couldn't possibly make a decision until sometime after the election.” (“Obama’s Pipeline Decision Delays Energy Security,” USA Today, 1/18/2012)

KEYSTONE JOBS MAY GO TO CHINA AFTER OBAMA DECISION: “President Barack Obama’s decision yesterday to reject a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline may prompt Canada to turn to China for oil exports.” (Theophilis Arigitis and Jeremy Loon, “Obama Keystone Denial Prompts Canada to Focus on China,” Bloomberg, 1/19/2012)

OBAMA CAMPAIGN SIGNALS INTENTION TO RUN ON FAILURE, CELEBRATING NOW-BANKRUPT SOLYNDRA IN THEIR FIRST 2012 AD: “Don't think Chicago is deeply concerned about the brand damage that the Solyndra semi-scandal can wreak? Of all President Obama's vulnerabilities (Isn't this race supposed to be about the economy?), Team Obama chose to attack Solyndra right out of the gate, placing Obama, literally, in a sea of solar panels, amid quotes proclaiming him to be cleaner than clean -- wallowing in the future.” (Glenn Thrush, “Decoding Obama’s First Ad: S-O-L-Y-N-D-R-A,” Politico, 1/19/2012)

OBAMA CLAIMED STIMULUS WAS INTENDED TO “TAKE BETS” ON NOW-BANKRUPT COMPANIES LIKE SOLYNDRA: But that’s exactly what the loan guarantee program was designed by Congress to do, was to take bets on these areas where we need to make sure that we’re maintaining our lead.” (“News Conference by the President,” The White House, 10/6/2011)

DEMOCRATS MAKING NO APOLOGIES FOR SOLYNDRA LOAN THAT LOST $535 MILLION IN TAXPAYER FUNDS: Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Thursday declined an opportunity to issue a direct apology for Solyndra.(Darren Samuelsohn, “Steven Chu: No Apologies on Solyndra,” Politico, 11/17/2011)

Even as Democrats double down on failure, the economic reality of their failed policies is millions of unemployed Americans and destroyed jobs, sky-high poverty levels, skyrocketing national debt and suffering American families:

OBAMA CLAIMS HE HAS 40% OF HIS AGENDA LEFT TO GO: (David Jackson, “Obama: About 60% of Agenda is Done,” USA Today, 10/25/2011)

JOBLESSNESS, POVERTY AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES:

13.1 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS: (Table A-1, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/19/2012)

1.7 MILLION JOBS LOST SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE: (Michael A. Fletcher, “Falling Jobless Rate is Good News for Obama,” The Washington Post, 1/7/2012)

15.2 PERCENT UNDEREMPLOYMENT: (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/19/2012)

NEARLY 7 MILLION MORE AMERICANS LIVING IN POVERTY: (p. 5, “Poverty: 2008 and 2009,” U.S. Census Bureau, September 2010; Table 1, “Poverty: 2009 and 2010,” U.S. Census Bureau, October 2011)

16.5 MILLION MORE AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMPS: (“Food Stamp Nation,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/20/2012)

FAMILIES ALREADY PAYING $1,698 MORE PER YEAR FOR HEALTH INSURANCE: (The Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust Employee Health Benefits 2011 Annual Survey, “Average Annual Premiums for Single and Family Coverage, 1999–2011,” p. 30)

GAS PRICES $1.51 PER GALLON HIGHER UNDER OBAMA: (“Petroleum & Other Liquids,” U.S. Energy Information Administration, 1/17/2011)

OBAMA’S MISERABLE DEBT RECORD:

“OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS TO RAISE DEBT CEILING BY $1.2 TRILLION”: (“Obama Asks Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling by $1.2 Trillion,” Reuters, 1/12/2012)

A $4.6 TRILLION INCREASE IN NATIONAL DEBT SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE: (“The Daily History of the Debt Results,” TreasuryDirect.Gov, Accessed 1/10/2012)

OBAMA RECORD “THE MOST RAPID INCREASE IN THE DEBT UNDER ANY U.S. PRESIDENT”: (Mark Knoller, “National debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama,” CBS News’ Political Hotsheet Blog, 8/22/11)

NATIONAL DEBT STANDS AT $15.24 TRILLION: (“The Daily History of the Debt Results,” TreasuryDirect.Gov, Accessed 1/17/2012)

SIZE OF NATION’S ECONOMY AT $15.18 TRILLION: (“National Economic Accounts,” Bureau of Economic Analysis, Accessed 1/17/2012)

Blog: Fiscal Fraud

Blog: Fiscal Fraud: The original claim of the Occupy Whatever Street (OWS) movement, that large banks got a bailout while middle class America struggled as the result of high unemployment, had merit. However, that legitimate grievance was cast aside as the OWS movement was taken over by Big Labor and the Democratic Socialist Party.

Their goal was to divert attention away from the prolific spending of the Obama administration that is threatening our financial future. Thanks to a sympathetic media, they were able to influence public opinion to reflect their view that the rich are not paying enough taxes, and this is creating our budget shortfalls. In reality, we should be looking at Washington and their outlandish self-serving spending of the American taxpayer's money.

However since most people do not own a calculator with 13 digits or look at IRS data, their fraud has gone largely undetected and unreported. Let's examine the facts.

The 2011 budget deficit is $1,300,000,000,000 or 1.3 trillion dollars and the accumulated National Debt is $15,000,000,000,000 or 15 trillion dollars.

Using the OWS definition, the top 1% or 1.38 million people (out of 138 million taxpayers) are considered rich. This group earned 17% of all income but paid 37% of all income taxes. Clearly that is not the message being spread by OWS and their supporters.

Articles: Venture Capitalism not Crony Capitalism

Articles: Venture Capitalism not Crony Capitalism: We could be witnesses to the death of venture capitalism and its replacement by crony capitalism. If Obama is reelected, the end of unfettered venture capitalism is all but guaranteed. Certain GOP candidates seem as dead set against a healthy environment for venture capitalism as our current president. Crony capitalism already drives much of the health, energy, auto, insurance, and even major parts of food industries in America. Many (not all) farmers, hospitals, car manufacturers, "green energy" enterprises, small businesses, etc. look to Washington first for financing. Crony capitalism will be the end of America, as we know it, and too many of the GOP candidates seem to be comfortable with that fact.

Articles: The Proposed Enemy Expatriation Act: Sending American Citizens into Exile

Articles: The Proposed Enemy Expatriation Act: Sending American Citizens into Exile: Instead of standing for the people against these law enforcement abuses of our liberty, Congress has enacted laws such as the USA Patriot Act that undermine, rather than protect, the Bill of Rights. And to a large extent the American public are bystanders, watching this erosion, if not destruction, of American liberty, while being manipulated into believing that the loss of a few rights won't matter to them.

Articles: A GOP Candidate's Bitter Ex-Wife Receives More Coverage Than a Video of Obama Dining with Terrorist-Supporters

Articles: A GOP Candidate's Bitter Ex-Wife Receives More Coverage Than a Video of Obama Dining with Terrorist-Supporters

Congressman Buck McKeon: Obama Built Military Strategy Around Budget, Not Vice Versa

Congressman Buck McKeon: Obama Built Military Strategy Around Budget, Not Vice Versa: Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, spends time with Frank to give his analysis on the president’s recent hollowing out of the military. You can’t just take money from the military because you don’t like what they do or because you want to give people more benefits. America has global responsibilities and our military needs to meet them. The president took the money out of the defense budget, and then built a strategy around what was left instead of making a strategy and building a budget around that. Obama is not saving money; he is just putting it into other programs so how is that really helping our deficit? What is the cost to American security as a result of the president cutting into the bone of the defense budget?

You can hear Rep. McKeon’s entire interview at Secure Freedom Radio.

Pastors protest New York ban on religious services – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Pastors protest New York ban on religious services – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

» The Tea Party Could Damage Its Brand by Endorsing Newt - Big Government

» The Tea Party Could Damage Its Brand by Endorsing Newt - Big Government

Utopians must destroy the family - HUMAN EVENTS

Utopians must destroy the family - HUMAN EVENTS: Take Karl Marx, for instance. We all know of his writings pitting the proletariat against the bourgeoisie, out to prove that the fight between the two was all part of some cosmic dialectic.

Yet the route Marx advocates to usher in the nirvana supposedly reached through the eradication of private property was to destroy the family, taking it apart root and branch. “Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at the infamous proposal of the Communists,” bragged Marx himself in the Communist Manifesto.

You see, Marx was so obsessed with ending capitalism that he went as far as to declare that a capitalist system was pure evil because it enabled parents to exploit their children.

Yeah, not exactly the type of dude you want babysitting your kids on the weekend, eh.

But that’s the rub: The targeting of children is the utopian’s goal, says Mark Levin in his new book, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, which already hit #1 on Amazon.com. As Levin tells HUMAN EVENTS, Marx wanted control over the minds of the people; he wanted to destroy customs and cultures in order for the proletariat revolutionaries to start over. And the way to pursue those ignoble ends was to go after the family unit.

Yoono - What we can expect from Obama from here to November – lies and distortions about his horrible economic record.

Yoono - What we can expect from Obama from here to November – lies and distortions about his horrible economic record.

Congressional Republicans Should Exploit President Obama’s War on Fossil Fuels - Page 1 - Tom Borelli - Townhall Conservative

Congressional Republicans Should Exploit President Obama’s War on Fossil Fuels - Page 1 - Tom Borelli - Townhall Conservative

US Supreme Court throws out judge-drawn electoral maps in Texas; partial victory for GOP - The Washington Post

US Supreme Court throws out judge-drawn electoral maps in Texas; partial victory for GOP - The Washington Post: Texas will have 36 seats in the next Congress, a gain of four districts. A divided court in San Antonio drew maps that differed from the Legislature’s efforts, giving Democrats a chance to prevail in three or four more congressional districts. Republicans now represent 23 of the 32 current districts.

Subsidiarity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Subsidiarity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jacob Lew | Wall Street | Chief of Staff | The Daily Caller

Jacob Lew | Wall Street | Chief of Staff | The Daily Caller

Liberal Bob Beckel: Liberals Created A Dependent Society

Liberal Bob Beckel: Liberals Created A Dependent Society

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? - Mental Floss

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? - Mental Floss

First, let’s be clear: the terms “British accent” and “American accent” are gross oversimplifications. There are many, many evolving regional British and American accents. What a lot of Americans think of as the typical “British accent” is what’s called standardized Received Pronunciation (RP), also known as Public School English or BBC English. What most people think of as an “American accent,” or most Americans think of as “no accent,” is the General American (GenAm) accent, sometimes called a ”newscaster accent” or “Network English.” Because this is a blog post and not a book, we’ll focus on these two general sounds for now and leave the regional accents for another time.

English colonists established their first permanent settlement in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, sounding very much like their countrymen back home. By the time we had recordings of both Americans and Brits some three centuries later (the first audio recording of a human voice was made in 1860), the sounds of English as spoken in the Old World and New World were very different. We’re looking at a silent gap of some 300 years, so we can’t say exactly when Americans first started to sound noticeably different from the British.

As for the “why,” though, one big factor in the divergence of the accents is rhotacism. The General American accent is rhotic and speakers pronounce the r in words such as hard. The BBC-type British accent is non-rhotic, and speakers don’t pronounce the r, leaving hard sounding more like hahd. Before and during the American Revolution, the English, both in England and in the colonies, mostly spoke with a rhotic accent. We don’t know much more about said accent, though. Various claims about the accents of the Appalachian Mountains, the Outer Banks, the Tidewater region and Virginia’s Tangier Island sounding like an uncorrupted Elizabethan-era English accent have been busted as myths by linguists.

Talk This Way

Around the turn of the 18th 19th century, not long after the revolution, non-rhotic speech took off in southern England, especially among the upper and upper-middle classes. It was a signifier of class and status. This posh accent was standardized as Received Pronunciation and taught widely by pronunciation tutors to people who wanted to learn to speak fashionably. Because the Received Pronunciation accent was regionally “neutral” and easy to understand, it spread across England and the empire through the armed forces, the civil service and, later, the BBC.

Across the pond, many former colonists also adopted and imitated Received Pronunciation to show off their status. This happened especially in the port cities that still had close trading ties with England — Boston, Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah. From the Southeastern coast, the RP sound spread through much of the South along with plantation culture and wealth.

After industrialization and the Civil War and well into the 20th century, political and economic power largely passed from the port cities and cotton regions to the manufacturing hubs of the Mid Atlantic and Midwest — New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, etc. The British elite had much less cultural and linguistic influence in these places, which were mostly populated by the Scots-Irish and other settlers from Northern Britain, and rhotic English was still spoken there. As industrialists in these cities became the self-made economic and political elites of the Industrial Era, Received Pronunciation lost its status and fizzled out in the U.S. The prevalent accent in the Rust Belt, though, got dubbed General American and spread across the states just as RP had in Britain.

Of course, with the speed that language changes, a General American accent is now hard to find in much of this region, with New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Chicago developing their own unique accents, and GenAm now considered generally confined to a small section of the Midwest.

As mentioned above, there are regional exceptions to both these general American and British sounds. Some of the accents of southeastern England, plus the accents of Scotland and Ireland, are rhotic. Some areas of the American Southeast, plus Boston, are non-rhotic.


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Prison Planet.com » Money Insider: US Will See Violent Civil Unrest In 2012

Prison Planet.com » Money Insider: US Will See Violent Civil Unrest In 2012: Armed, irritated and vocal majority will react to worsening economic decline

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Money insider Charles Ortel has warned that a worsening economic picture across the globe will see civil unrest hit the streets of America, not on behalf of leftist OWS types, but by an armed, “irascible and vocal Majority”.
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Ortel, a managing partner with Newport Value Partners, LLC in New York City, predicts that a failure of the so-called financial recovery will precipitate “A painful re-calibration of economic strength and geo-political standing during 2012 in the midst of widespread civil insurrection and cross-border war.”

Noting that Americans’ access to firearms will cause such riots to be bloodier than anything seen in Europe, Ortel predicts that a contented and silent Majority will be turned into “an irascible and vocal Majority,” as a result of numerous macro-economic and geo-political threats facing the country, including the collapse of the euro, the bursting of the financial bubble in China, and the looming debt crisis, all of which will contribute to weak economic growth.

13 Photos Of Barack Obama At Disney That Will Probably Turn Up In Attack Ads

13 Photos Of Barack Obama At Disney That Will Probably Turn Up In Attack Ads

Obama ad cherry-picks fact checking organization - The Washington Post

Obama ad cherry-picks fact checking organization - The Washington Post

Crucible of Terror

Crucible of Terror

Muslim Brotherhood to US Ambassador in Egypt: Sharia Law ensures personal freedoms - Bikya Masr

Muslim Brotherhood to US Ambassador in Egypt: Sharia Law ensures personal freedoms - Bikya Masr: CAIRO: A statement issued by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said that US Ambassador to Cairo Anne Patterson met with the group’s Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie on Wednesday, and reportedly told her that Sharia law, or Islamic law, “ensures personal freedoms for all.”

The MB’s statement explained that Patterson expressed her gratitude for the meeting and congratulated the group for their political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), victory in the recent parliamentary elections, and stressed that the United States is looking forward to cooperate with “whoever is chosen by the Egyptian people and a democratic government.”

The statement pointed out that Badie also thanked the ambassador for her congratulations, and said the elections “made Egyptians proud,” adding that the results of elections are a “victory” for the democratic alliance led by FJP, which includes a number of other parties.

The Supreme Guide criticized the successive US administrations and accused them of “controlling people through their support to the dictators,” which made the popularity of the United States decline across the region.

Blog: Media running interference for Obama with Gingrich and Romney stories

Blog: Media running interference for Obama with Gingrich and Romney stories

ABC | Newt Gingrich | Rush Limbaugh | The Daily Caller

ABC | Newt Gingrich | Rush Limbaugh | The Daily Caller

New Hampshire House Defunds Planned Parenthood – Life Issues, News | CitizenLink

New Hampshire House Defunds Planned Parenthood – Life Issues, News | CitizenLink: The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-147 on Wednesday to pass a bill stripping state funding of Planned Parenthood and any other group performing elective abortions.

The 60-vote majority was plenty to pass HB 228 on to the state Senate, but not enough to override a potential veto from Gov. John Lynch.

Glenn Beck States Idea Behind SOPA and PIPA Are Good But Solution Is the Problem | Video | TheBlaze.com

Glenn Beck States Idea Behind SOPA and PIPA Are Good But Solution Is the Problem | Video | TheBlaze.com: On Wednesday evening, with Wikipedia still under its blackout to protest the House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), Glenn Beck shared with GBTV viewers what the proposed legislation is really all about.

As Beck points out, who wouldn’t want to stop piracy or protect property that belongs to someone else? According to Beck, we should of course want to uphold values that prevent online stealing and protects the copyright of others. “But that’s not the problem,” he says. “The solution is the problem.”

Islam in Europe: Denmark: Millions sent abroad to finance terrorism

Islam in Europe: Denmark: Millions sent abroad to finance terrorism: Denmark: Millions sent abroad to finance terrorism

Via JP (Danish, h/t JIHAD I MALMÖ)

Jakob Scharf, head of the Danish Security Service (PET), said Tuesday that terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab get funds from Denmark.

"PET estimates that around 20 million kroner (~$3.5m) are collected every year in Denmark to finance terrorist groups abroad," he said. This is only an estimation.

In recent years Danish courts handled three cases of terrorism-financing. The cases involved people and associations who supported rebel movements in Colombia and Palestine with an overall sum of less than 150,000 kroner.

PET estimates that the groups who enjoy the Danish millions include groups in conflict zones like Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine and Somalia.

PET says it's often difficult to prove money transactions are related to terrorism because the terrorist networks use many middlemen. However , PET does say that various people have been stopped at airports on their way to conflict zones with large amounts of money.

Jihad chief discloses Islamic charity donors « Money Jihad

Jihad chief discloses Islamic charity donors « Money Jihad: Maulana Saidur Rahman, the jailed chief of the terrorist organization Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), has admitted that JMB’s financial sources include the major Saudi international Wahhabi charities and the Great Britain-based charity Muslim Aid. Here is Saidur Rahman’s account of JMB donors along with the countries where they are based:

U.K.: Muslim Aid
Saudi Arabia: World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)
Saudi Arabia: Rabeta-al-Alam-al-Islami (an alternate spelling for Rabita al-Alam al-Islami, more commonly known as the Muslim World League [MWL])
International Federation of Islamic Organisations (probably referring to the Nigeria/German-based International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations [IIFSO])
Islamic World Committee
Qatar: Charitable Society (a front also used by Osama bin Laden)
International Islamic Front (an alternate designation for Al Qaeda)
Kuwait: Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS)

RSC: Budget hiatus older than the iPad. | RedState

RSC: Budget hiatus older than the iPad. | RedState

The Last Time Senate Democrats Passed a Budget... | Republican Study Committee (RSC)

The Last Time Senate Democrats Passed a Budget... | Republican Study Committee (RSC): Accountability Clips
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Washington, Jan 19 - January 24, 2012 marks the 1,000th day without a budget from Senate Democrats. The last time they passed a budget, you had never heard of the iPad. Tiger Woods was only known for his golfing abilities. General Motors had never declared bankruptcy. You had never heard of Swine Flu. And the national debt was $4 trillion smaller than it is today.

Civilization in Reverse - Victor Davis Hanson - Townhall Conservative

Civilization in Reverse - Victor Davis Hanson - Townhall Conservative: In Greek mythology, the prophetess Cassandra was doomed both to tell the truth and to be ignored. Our modern version is a bankrupt Greece that we seem to discount.

News accounts abound now of impoverished Athens residents scrounging pharmacies for scarce aspirin -- as Greece is squeezed to make interest payments to the supposedly euro-pinching German banks.

Such accounts may be exaggerations, but they should warn us that yearly progress is never assured. Instead, history offers plenty of examples of life becoming far worse than it had been centuries earlier. The biographer Plutarch, writing 500 years after the glories of classical Greece, lamented that in his time weeds grew amid the empty colonnades of the once-impressive Greek city-states. In America, most would prefer to live in the Detroit of 1941 than the Detroit of 2011. The quality of today's air travel has regressed to the climate of yesterday's bus service.

Daily Kos: SOPA, and the idiocy of Democrats

Daily Kos: SOPA, and the idiocy of Democrats: If you keep reading that story, the Democrats listed all remain adamant that they'll remain co-sponsors of the legislation but work to "fix it".

Bullshit.

It's been a while since we've seen Democrats this tone deaf, this oblivious to political reality.

You have an entire wired generation focused on this issue like a laser, fighting like hell to protect their online freedoms, and it's FUCKING REPUBLICANS who are playing the heroes by dropping support?

Those goddam Democrats would rather keep collecting their Hollywood checks, than heed the will of millions of Americans who have lent their online voice in an unprecedented manner.

Are they really this stupid? Can they really be this idiotic?

Are they really going to cede this issue to Republicans, hand them this massive public victory, then get left with nothing but public scorn when SOPA and PIPA go down in flames?

Blog: Want Peace? Democratize Jordan

Blog: Want Peace? Democratize Jordan

Even NBC News Slams Obama Over Keystone, Calls Campaign 'Stupid Olympics' - NBC News - Fox Nation

Even NBC News Slams Obama Over Keystone, Calls Campaign 'Stupid Olympics' - NBC News - Fox Nation

» Washington Post: ‘Center for American Progress, Group Tied to Obama, Accused of Anti-Semitic Language’ - Big Government

» Washington Post: ‘Center for American Progress, Group Tied to Obama, Accused of Anti-Semitic Language’ - Big Government

Shocker! Supreme Court lets stand lower bench's ban on saying 'Jesus' too often in public prayers | Ken Whiton | Op Eds | Washington Examiner

Shocker! Supreme Court lets stand lower bench's ban on saying 'Jesus' too often in public prayers | Ken Whiton | Op Eds | Washington Examiner: Pastors and priests in five states cannot mention 'Jesus' more than once or twice if they pray in public at an official function after the U.S. Supreme Court stunned constitutional law experts earlier today by letting stand a lower court ruling.

‘Legislative prayer’ is what courts call the tradition of legislative bodies (Congress, state legislators, town councils, etc.) beginning their meetings with an invocation.

Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that when pastors and priests offer such prayers, it’s okay to mention the name of Jesus Christ once or maybe twice.

But if Jesus’ name is mentioned frequently, or if the prayer includes statements of Christian beliefs (such as the forgiveness of sins, Jesus’ resurrection, or Jesus as the Son of God), then the prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, and must be banned.

This was a 2-1 split decision written by Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson. Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote an outstanding dissent, showing how judicial censorship of clergy-led prayer goes to the heart of what the Establishment Clause was designed to prevent.

Obama is ignoring his own jobs council's recommendations | The Daily Caller

Obama is ignoring his own jobs council's recommendations | The Daily Caller: On Tuesday, President Obama met with his so-called Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to discuss its recommendations for the U.S. economy. Despite the panel being stacked with cronies and rent-seekers, its recommendations were mostly sensible. The council recommended aggressively pushing to develop U.S. energy resources, streamlining federal regulations and reforming the corporate tax code to reduce the rate and spur international competitiveness.

MLK fought for civil rights and against Democrats

MLK fought for civil rights and against Democrats

The Socialist California Tuition Plan that Could End the Student Loan Crisis

The Socialist California Tuition Plan that Could End the Student Loan Crisis

The American higher education system is, if you take a long term view, fucked. We're locked in a student loan bubble. Student loan debt levels are at an all time high. Something has to give. Now, in California, there's an alternate plan that (not to alarm you) just might make sense.

An activist group in California is proposing that the state charge graduates of its university system 5% of their income for 20 years after they graduate, as tuition. The LAT reports that it's not completely wacky: the head of the entire UC system has said that he likes the plan, and that his team will study it. In that case, let us do some quick and dirty math.

Current UC undergrad tuition per year: $12,192
Four year UC tuition costs: $48,768
Which would equal 20 annual payments of: $2438
Which is 5% of: $48,768

This means that if your average salary over the 20 years after you graduate was less than $48,768, you would save money by paying on this percentage plan. If your average salary was more than $48,768, you would pay more on this plan (although it's hard to say exactly where the line would be without knowing how interest and non-tuition expenses will be factored in).

Perhaps more pertinently: if your salary after college was approximately jack shit, you could save a lot of money on this plan, and be subsidized by all the fuckers that got rich, which is only fair because they're probably the ones who ruined the economy and caused you to earn jack shit. It's a good socialist plan. Let's do it.

COINCIDENCE? Buffett Benefits After Obama Kills Keystone - Keystone Oil Pipeline - Fox Nation

COINCIDENCE? Buffett Benefits After Obama Kills Keystone - Keystone Oil Pipeline - Fox Nation: nvestors.com, Posted 11/16/2011 05:27 PM ET

Energy Policy: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world's richest men get richer. North Dakota's booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president's economic guru just bought.

Stop us if you see a pattern here. About the time George Soros — Hungarian billionaire and key donor to leftist groups and the Democratic Party — invested heavily in the stock of the state-run Brazilian oil company Petrobras, President Obama was curbing U.S. offshore oil production and the U.S. Export-Import Bank announced a $2 billion loan to Petrobras to finance deep-water drilling off the pristine beaches of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

BECKNER: School choice gives teachers options - Washington Times

BECKNER: School choice gives teachers options - Washington Times

Blog: Newt the Sellout

Blog: Newt the Sellout

Chris Gallardo

Few things in the political arena are as damaging to the conservative cause as the Bush administration's coining of and frequent use of the term "compassionate conservatism". Rather than explaining that conservatism is *more* compassionate than liberalism on its own merits, which takes more work, but is vital to the long-term cause, they took the easy road and sold out the cause for their own short-term political benefit.

Newt's attacks on Bain Capital are akin to this sellout of the cause by the Bush administration.

Private equity firms at times purchase companies, split them up, sell off the parts and, in the process, layoff the employees associated with that company. In that process, they make a profit for themselves. What happens then? The profit that they make is now money that they have to invest in a new company, which is the other role of private equity. The end result is that they are moving capital from a lower valued resource to a higher valued one. This may sound very sterile and academic; what about the people who lost their jobs at the company that was broken up?

If Bain Capital were to purchase a dying mom-and-pop office supply company and sell off the parts for a profit and then invest those profits in a growing company, for example, Staples, that is creating jobs, a net positive of jobs is created. Furthermore, the jobs are *better* jobs and provide more opportunity to the employees given the nature of working for a growing company where investment and capital is flowing. This is what private equity firms like Bain Capital do.

If Newt Gingrich is not for allowing capital to flow to its highest valued source (ie. Capitalism), creating more and better jobs in the process, then what exactly is he for?

We all know that Romney is far from the ideal conservative candidate. He appears to be a career, ambitious, self-serving, triangulating politician. He is marketing himself as a moderate politician to manage the country from the middle. At least we know what we've got.

Newt is marketing himself as the 'true conservative'. He's not and by marketing himself that way, then attacking capitalism for his own political gain, he does far more harm than good for the future of the country and conservative cause.

I'll take a pass on 'friends' like Newt. If given the choice between two, ah-hem, sandwiches, I will hold my nose and eat a Romney one. At least I know what I am getting.

Blog: SOPA protest shows political muscle of tech community

Blog: SOPA protest shows political muscle of tech community: More than 10,000 websites went dark in support of the protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill in the senate, Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

And it looks like the geeks have congress running scared

Blog: Media running interference for Obama with Gingrich and Romney stories

Blog: Media running interference for Obama with Gingrich and Romney stories

Blog: Media running interference for Obama with Gingrich and Romney stories

Blog: Media running interference for Obama with Gingrich and Romney stories

UniMac workers Tommy Jones and Mike Baxley Tell Megyn Kelly About King of Bain | Video | TheBlaze.com

UniMac workers Tommy Jones and Mike Baxley Tell Megyn Kelly About King of Bain | Video | TheBlaze.com: Men Interviewed for Anti-Romney Bain Movie Tell Megyn Kelly They Were Taken Grossly Out of Context

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The following revelation will likely cause an uproar among Mitt Romney supporters and bring significant heat on his detractors. The integrity of the “King of Bain” — a political movie which claims to tell the story of the former Massachusetts Governor’s time at Bain Capital – is being called into question after two men interviewed for the film claim that, not only were they unaware the film was about Romney or Bain Capital, their interview clips were taken grossly out of content.

Youth Misery Index | Could America’s Youth Decide the 2012 Election? | Video | TheBlaze.com

Youth Misery Index | Could America’s Youth Decide the 2012 Election? | Video | TheBlaze.com

NYT Poll: Swing Voters Fed Up With Obama - President Obama - Fox Nation

NYT Poll: Swing Voters Fed Up With Obama - President Obama - Fox Nation: Poll Shows Obama's Vulnerability With Swing Voters

A majority of voters feel President Obama has not dealt adequately with economic problems.

By JEFF ZELENY and DALIA SUSSMAN, NY Times

Published: January 19, 2012

President Obama opens his re-election bid facing significant obstacles among independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with the critical piece of the electorate that cemented his victory four years ago open to denying him a second term.

As Mr. Obama moves toward a full-throated campaign, delivering a State of the Union address on Tuesday and inching closer to directly confronting his Republican challenger, a majority of independent voters have soured on his presidency, disapprove of how he has dealt with the economy and do not have a clear idea of what he hopes to accomplish if re-elected.

Editorial: Obama should go beyond boosting tourism - OrlandoSentinel.com

Editorial: Obama should go beyond boosting tourism - OrlandoSentinel.com: President Obama is to be Central Florida's visitor in chief today. He's planning to mingle with Mickey and friends at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom to unveil some welcome initiatives to make it easier for foreign travelers to come to America.

The economic benefits for Central Florida could be substantial. The region drew more than 2.7 million visitors from overseas markets in 2010, and each spent an average of nearly $1,000. Adding to their ranks will boost the tourism industry, which accounts for almost one in four jobs in Metro Orlando.

But the president could make a broader and more enduring positive impact on the economy in Central Florida and across the nation if he would take the lead on revamping federal spending priorities.

Big Labor Monopoly Power Won in Ohio but Workers and Taxpayers are Losing | The National Right to Work Committee®

Big Labor Monopoly Power Won in Ohio but Workers and Taxpayers are Losing | The National Right to Work Committee®: Writing for RedState.com, Jason Hart looks at the continued hardship union bosses are imposing on the state thanks, in part, to their victorious efforts to overturn needed reforms including Right to Work protections.

Obama Kills Keystone XL Pipeline, Pleases Radicals, Imperils America’s Energy Security, and Harms Economic Growth

Obama Kills Keystone XL Pipeline, Pleases Radicals, Imperils America’s Energy Security, and Harms Economic Growth: In ruling against the Keystone XL today, President Barack Obama has finally cast his lot with the environmentalists who fund his campaign over the blue-collar workers who need jobs in crucial swing states. He has made America more reliant on OPEC oil rather than Canadian sources and hurt the relationship with our neighbor to the north, America’s largest trading partner, as it pushes her into the arms of the energy rapacious Chinese. Canadian Resource Minister Joe Oliver was “obviously disappointed” in Obama’s State Department decision and will need to diversify its energy exports.

Republicans forced a showdown with Obama over the pipeline when they tied a decision on the pipeline to the short-term raiding of Social Security funds. The House passed a provision that would give TransCanada, the company spearheading the project, a permit to build in sixty days if Obama continued to tarry. His State Department rejected the permit earlier today.

The Green Gravy Train: CBS News Identifies 11 “Alternative Energy” Companies In Similar Shape to Solyndra. - AgainstCronyCapitalism.org

The Green Gravy Train: CBS News Identifies 11 “Alternative Energy” Companies In Similar Shape to Solyndra. - AgainstCronyCapitalism.org

PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed

PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed

Columnists - NY Daily News

Columnists - NY Daily News: Hope and hypocrisy
From staff hires to speech locations, Obama is the Wall Street President

Blog: Dems receive more campaign cash from Bain Capital than Republicans

Blog: Dems receive more campaign cash from Bain Capital than Republicans: Nothing like a little schadenfreude to get the day started.

Brooklyn store fined $30,000 for selling “realistic” toy guns - NYPOST.com

Brooklyn store fined $30,000 for selling “realistic” toy guns - NYPOST.com: Now this is a real stickup!

The owner of a discount store in Brooklyn says the city is holding him up for $30,000 in fines he can’t afford — all because he stocked six toy sheriff sets that included plastic guns.

And now the .44-caliber fines for the orange-tipped, obvious fakes are forcing him to close for good.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said Khaled Mohamed, 23, manager of 99¢ Target in Flatlands, which has been ordered to pay a staggering $5,000 fine for each gun offered for sale — the maximum under the law.

The store “cannot pay that fine at all,” said Mohamed, arguing that the punishment imposed on the Utica Avenue odds-and-ends shop is way out of proportion to the violation.
UNLAWFUL: The city says this obviously fake toy gun is too real.



“They’re stopping us from doing any business,” he said.

Team Obama Raises A Red Flag - 2012 Decoded

Team Obama Raises A Red Flag - 2012 Decoded

Syria's quagmire points to eventual foreign intervention - CSMonitor.com

Syria's quagmire points to eventual foreign intervention - CSMonitor.com: Syria's quagmire points to eventual foreign intervention

The most realistic scenario in Syria is quagmire: Assad still has loyalty; the opposition is splintered, though protests continue; and the international community is indecisive, including the Arab League. But stalemate could finally prompt foreign intervention and a needed 'safe zone.'

House Offers Protest Vote as Obama Raises Debt Ceiling Again

House Offers Protest Vote as Obama Raises Debt Ceiling Again: How high can America’s astronomical debt reach? The level is set to increase once more in late January as Congress, in effect, rubber stamps President Obama’s request to raise the limit on the nation’s debt beyond its current $15 trillion.

While the Republican-controlled House voted 239-176 on January 18 to block the latest increase, that action was seen as little more than symbolic, since under last summer’s notorious budget deal Congress agreed to allow for a $2 trillion increase in the ceiling in exchange for proportionate spending cuts in the federal budget.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the President was to be given the increase in three separate installments, with the most recent, for $1.2 trillion, to be the final extension. “Congress agreed to a series of votes on the requests that would force lawmakers to repeatedly go on record on the issue of additional debt authority,” reported the Times. While the House went through the motions of rejecting the increase, the resolution was expected to die in the Democrat-controlled Senate — meaning that the President will have the final installment of his multi-trillion-dollar budget bonanza negotiated last August.

Blog: Another 'Arab Spring' disaster?

Blog: Another 'Arab Spring' disaster?: If the Islamists taking power weren't enough, now it appears radioactive material has been stolen from a nuclear power station on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. As reported from the Egyptian state-run al-Ahram newspaper and Reuters Africa:

"A safe containing radioactive material at the Dabaa nuclear power plant was seized while another safe containing radioactive material was broken open and part of its contents taken, the newspaper said.

"The government has alerted security authorities and asked that specialized teams help in the search for the stolen material, al-Ahram reported.

"More than a dozen people were wounded last week when military police tried to disperse hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the relocation of the Dabaa plant, which is still under construction.

"Plant staff has refused to go to the site because of the deterioration in the security situation there, al-Ahram said.

"About 500 Egyptians rallied in front of the plant last week to demand that the project be terminated; with some saying they had lost their land on the plant's site."

Timeline: Keystone's Three Years in Limbo

Timeline: Keystone's Three Years in Limbo: President Obama announced he was rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project Wednesday, blaming Republicans in Congress for forcing him to make a decision. The pipeline would have transported up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada to Oklahoma and Texas.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision.”

Rush Limbaugh on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney | TheBlaze.com

Rush Limbaugh on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney | TheBlaze.com: Ever since former governor Mitt Romney made his “about 15 percent” comment Tuesday morning, media outlets have been reporting almost non-stop that a) the GOP candidate is wealthy and b) his effective federal tax rate seems very low.

Apparently, the media’s fascination with the former Massachusetts governor’s comments proved too much for radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh had some “you shoulda’ said” advice for the GOP hopeful.

“When all this kerfuffle starts about Mitt Romney, this 15 percent tax rate, he can say, ‘Look, we live in America, not some failed Soviet satellite. I favor a flat, or fair tax. I want to get rid of the IRS, or most of it. I favor denying big spending Obamacare liberals our income. I favor putting Obama and his reckless spending radicals on a diet, a diet we call private property rights. We call it limited government. We call it taking our country back,’” Limbaugh said.

SOPA - Pirate Bay Official Satement

INTERNETS, 18th of January 2012.
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for
the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person
to own the copyright to a motion picture.

Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures
in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call
Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like
Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever.

So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they
circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works,
without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit. Today, they're all successful and most of the
studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations - it's all based on being
able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create.
If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their rules. The ones they created after circumventing
other peoples rules.

The reason they are always complainting about "pirates" today is simple. We've done what they did. We circumvented the
rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by giving people something more efficient. We allow
people to have direct communication between eachother, circumventing the profitable middle man, that in some cases take
over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them).
It's all based on the fact that we're competition.
We've proven that their existance in their current form is no longer needed. We're just better than they are.

And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech.
We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws
should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations.

The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread all over the globe - but we've stayed out of the
USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this:
The word SOPA means "trash" in Swedish. The word PIPA means "a pipe" in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence.
They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the
rest of us obedient consumers. 
The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street and you'll learn that noone wants to be fed with
trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that
you will stop them, before we all drown.

SOPA can't do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we'll change top level domain from our current .org to one of the
hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to
mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really.
To fix the "problem of piracy" one should go to the source of the problem. The entertainment industry say they're
creating "culture" but what they really do is stuff like selling overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls
become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the dolls for basically no salary or by watching
movies and tv shows that make them think that they're fat.

In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones
is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had
no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he's complainting that Google is the biggest source of piracy
in the world - because he's jealous. He wants to retain his mind control over people and clearly you'd get a more
honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News.

Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release. The reason is that we can't access this information
when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing competitors. We're sorry for that.

THE PIRATE BAY, (K)2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Romney Jacks Up 'Occupy' Heckler: Go Back to Russia - Mitt Romney - Fox Nation

Romney Jacks Up 'Occupy' Heckler: Go Back to Russia - Mitt Romney - Fox Nation

Dog Fashion Disco - Mature Audiences Only Lyrics

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I began to change
I had an obsession with? and control over others
My sexual appetite increased and became violent

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The Last Laugh - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online

The Last Laugh - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online

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