Saturday, January 28, 2012
Acts 1:10-14 And whanne thei biheelden hym goynge in to heuene, lo! `twei men stoden bisidis hem in white clothing, and seiden,
The Quran is not here speaking about a man, righteous and wronged though he may be, but about the Word of God who was sent to earth and returned to God. Thus the denial of killing of Jesus is a denial of the power of men to vanquish and destroy the divine Word, which is for ever victorious.
Why didn't Obama do a Mubarak on Ahmadinejad? Because he respects him!
This is the sharia. This is where all of these newly minted revolutionzieed Islamic countries are headng.
Iranian bloggers to be executed for 'spreading corruption' as Tehran cracks down in run up to elections Daily Mail (hat tip Jack)
- Four journalists also arrested in moves to curb freedom of expression
- U.S. State Department urges Iran to 'protect rights of all citizens'
- Israel says 'world must act quickly' as UN urges West to resume talks
- Iran's parliament will decide on Sunday whether to stop oil exports to EU
Two Iranian bloggers are to be executed for 'spreading corruption' - as Tehran cracks down on freedom of expression in the run up to its parliamentary elections in March.
Four journalists have also been arrested, prompting the U.S. State Department to urge Iranian officials to 'protect the rights of all its citizens and uphold the rule of law'.
It comes as Israel said the world must act quickly to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and the UN urged the West to resume talks with the pariah state.Talks: Israel's defence minister Ehud Barak (left) says the world must act on Iran soon, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (right) urged a resumption of dialogue with the Wes
And it is two days before Iran's parliament debates whether to stop exports of oil to the European Union, which if approved could start as early as next week.
It would deny the EU a six-month phase-in of the embargo on Iranian oil it agreed on Monday as part of tough new sanctions aimed at forcing the curbing of its nuclear programme.
It followed U.S. action aimed at limiting the country's ability to sell oil, which accounts for 80 per cent of Iran's foreign revenue.
On the arrests and imminent executions, U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said: 'We are deeply concerned by the alarming increase in the Iranian regime's efforts to extinguish all forms of free expression and limit its citizens' access to information.'
Suspicions: Technicians work at the reactor building at Bushehr nuclear power plant, 750 miles south of Tehran. Iran has always insisted its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes
She said security forces had, in the last two weeks, reportedly arrested journalists Shahram Manouchehri, Sahamedin Bourghani, Parastoo Dokouhaki, and Marzieh Rasouli.
Double arm rip Toe Enamel
Hell Cop got a spear up ass
Ultimate Bohab quickly gassed
Nazi Pope was executed
Mo Ho Med electrocuted
Hillary Clinton murdered mama
Gruesome killing of Obama
John McCain saw his guts spilling
Sawborg Destructo saw the killing
Messy death for General Zog'
Another baby crushed with log
And that's what this song is for
The creatures that were killed by GWAR
So check in on the next GWAR tour
Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted from coast to coast, feeding in farmlands in Idaho, roosting on rooftops in Montana, gliding over golf courses in Missouri and soaring over shorelines in Massachusetts.
A certain number of the iconic owls fly south from their Arctic breeding grounds each winter but rarely do so many venture so far away even amid large-scale, periodic southern migrations known as irruptions.
Reports say fighters loyal to hard-line Al-shabab militants have overnight stormed in houses and villages in Afgoye town in Shabelle region of southern Somalia, arresting five young boys, whom they blame of spying UN-backed Somali government.
Relatives of the abducted teenagers by the militants in the town of Afgoye said, they are concerned about the safety of their boys after being taken forcibly from them by the group. The incident sparked off shock and fears among local teenagers who are living under the rebel-held towns in south-central Somalia.
Al-shabab has not made any comments about the matter so far.
Thanks SUCKERS! aka taxpayers.These Billboard signs are ALL over Las Vegas! - "Private Sector Taxpayers ARE NOT Second Class Citizens...."
Another follower in South Florida has reported that if someone's kids get FREE lunch at PUBLIC school the can ALSO GET F R E E internet!
What an INSULT! Free my rear-end, you and I pay for it!
Snow crab fishing is a key industry in Alaska an the ice is threatening to put a halt to the industry during the peak of the season.
If the Republican primaries are any indication, one big debate in the upcoming election will be whether President Obama is pushing the country toward a European-style welfare culture.
Mitt Romney, for example, argues that "over the past three years, Barack Obama has been replacing our merit-based society with an entitlement society."
Newt Gingrich has taken to calling Obama "the best food-stamp president in American history."
Obama, in contrast, says the government must play an increasing role — what he likes to call "shared responsibility" — to ensure a society that is fairer.
So is Obama turning the country into a welfare society and away from one focused on opportunity?
While it's true that the country has been headed in this direction for many years — with the explosion in entitlements since the 1960s and the aging of the population — Obama has, in fact, greatly accelerated the trend. Examples:
Direct payments. The amount of money the federal government hands out in direct payments to individuals steadily increased over the past four decades, but shot up under Obama, climbing by almost $600 billion — a 32% increase — in his first three years. And Obama's last budget called for these payments to climb another $500 billion by 2016, at which point they would account for fully two-thirds of all federal spending.
People getting benefits. According to the Census Bureau 49% now live in homes where at least one person gets a federal benefit — Social Security, workers comp, unemployment, subsidized housing, and the like. That's up from 44% the year before Obama took office, and way up from 1983, when fewer than a third were government beneficiaries.
Food stamps. This year, more than 46 million (15% of all Americans) will get food stamps. That's 45% higher than when Obama took office, and twice as high as the average for the previous 40 years. This surge was driven in part by the recession, but also because Obama boosted the benefit amount as part of his stimulus plan.
Disability. The number of people on Social Security disability has steadily climbed since the 1970s, thanks mainly to easier eligibility rules. But their numbers jumped 10% in Obama's first two years in office, according to the Social Security Administration. That sharp rise was due largely to meager job prospects since the recession ended in 2009. When employment opportunities are scarce, experts note, many who could otherwise work sign up for disability benefits instead.
“Meshaal is not staying in Syria as he used to do. He is almost out all the time,” said a diplomat in the region who spoke on condition on anonymity.
A regional intelligence source, who also did not wish to be identified, said: “He’s not going back to Syria. That’s the decision he’s made. There’s still a Hamas presence there, but it’s insignificant.”
The sources said Meshaal would not publicly shut down the political headquarters of Hamas in Syria, where it has long been hosted by Assad and by his father before him.
“In the past month he may have only stayed five days in Syria and the rest he spent in Qatar, Turkey and Egypt,” said the diplomat. “But he did not close the headquarters in Syria in full and there are some Hamas officials still there.”
“Our belief is that Hamas will not announce a departure from Syria even if it happened,” the diplomat added.
We've seen how the religious police in Saudi Arabia crack down every year on people celebrating Valentine's Day.
arrest people celebrating Valentine's Day.
Guess who is targeting the holiday this year?
The Salafists in Egypt, flexing their new political muscles, are speaking out against the holiday, which in previous years was accepted by Egyptians. Religious spokesman Abu Hussam al-Bukhaari said:
The celebration of Valentine's is a heresy of heresies that has no basis in Islam.
Obama Fail Blog | A Fail Blog for the Obama Administration: Obama's SOTU 2012: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
Friday, January 27, 2012
Following President Barack Obama’s self-congratulatory State of the Union address, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, produced a simple chart that tells the real story of the Obama administration:
America Before President Obama Took Office and Now
Number of Unemployed1
“High Unemployment” States4
Price of Gas6
“Typical” Monthly Family Food Cost7
Median Value of Single-Family Home8
Rate of Mortgage Delinquencies9
U.S. National Debt10
For more, and for references, visit the House Ways and Means Committee website here.
- "License of the Press," speech, 31 March 1873
- Interview, "Mark Twain and His Book," Pall Mall Gazette (London), 23 December 1889.
- "The American Press," first printed in Mark Twain: Press Critic, University of California, 2003.
Lo and behold! They preach servility, the conformed way of breathing. They speak in the same tongues everyday. Betwixt fear I smelt a carcass bathed of sin. The carrion swarm will love us for this one. Our only curse is the disgusting rotting urge. To feed our ears with the devils piss. Loyal and servile we kneel before his fallen throne. Let us try recite once, before we rot and burn. Master almighty, my light, separate my sinful spine. \"Bow your heads, to the sound of creation. To the giver and taker of life.\" Swallow the sand and let it drown your insides. This must be cleansing. Cleansing for the constant current of whispers. In the eyes of every second there is the warm breath of his lowness. Temptation is our common blood as it runs free through the brain of every human skull. Our fragile spines are so very weak. We fracture to the calls of six fingers, eyes and feet. Now I see what we've come to spectate today: To pit the flesh on our back against nerves will never hold our will. They won't give in. They won't give in until we've surrendered. They won't give in. The signals deep beneath my feet preach past the beat and rest beneath. The martyrs call but we bind the lock and heave. And now we've fallen from such monumental height unto the grounds of summoning fear. So perfectly measured, calculated every deed. The books of his back hands march to the path of transcribed disease. I've given up. And the world has given in. When there is nothing left of earth, recite the final words. When there is nothing left of earth, recite the final words. Recite the final words. When there is nothing left of earth, recite the final words. \"Mother abysmal can you mask my life's obscenities? The sky has spoken. I'm in contempt up to my ears, mother. Cry every unbirthed captive wolf. The scale is now my master. Respond only to his voice\" Respond only to his voice. They won't give in until we've surrendered.
Kantar used second-by-second audience data gleaned from set-top boxes connected to TV sets from 9pm – 10:30pm. It found:
In the first five minutes, 27% of the audience tuned away.
The networks that benefited the most from the initial tune-away were TBS, USA, and ESPN
CBS and FOX showed sharp losses in viewers at the top of the program, while ABC and NBC showed noticeable gains.
Tune-away was gradual as the speech progressed. No individual topics drove significant audience loss.
After the speech, Fox News Channel quickly gained viewers, becoming the second-most watched network after NBC. This gain presumably was in anticipation of the Republican response (seen in the second graph after the jump).
Good morning, the president is set to discuss college affordability and student loans today in Michigan but we’ve heard this all before. See the following comment from the RNC as well as stories from late 2011 – the last time we heard this same rhetoric.
“While focusing on student loans and college affordability is important for our country, the problem is we’ve heard this all before from President Obama. As with so many other important issues, President Obama is really good at making promises and is really bad at following through on them. Trying to jumpstart his reelection campaign, President Obama may think he can fool voters by traveling across the country, repeating the same promises he’s failed to deliver on the past three years. He should give voters more credit. Americans have had enough of the rhetoric, it’s time for results.” – RNC Spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski
Detroit News: Student Loan Program A Farce
“That's more money than Americans owe on credit cards, huge numbers are defaulting, and here comes President Barack Obama with a solution. Only it's not. It's a farce. In full campaign mode while once more neglecting the duties of office, Obama showed up at a Denver high school to outline more of his executive orders that will do absolutely nothing for 29 million of the 36 million paying off these loans, and something on the order of a smidgen for most of the others.” (Jay Ambrose, “Student Loan Program A Farce,” Detroit News, 10/31/2011)
Obama’s Student Loan Program Saves Average Grad Less Than $10 a Month
President Obama seeks to respond to this question with an executive order in the next part of his "We Can't Wait" unilateral stimulus effort. While the president's heart may be in the right place, his effort isn't like to have much impact. (Daniel Indiviglio, “Obama's Student-Loan Order Saves the Average Grad Less Than $10 a Month,” The Atlantic, 10/27/2011)
But in April 12, 2006 at a Faneuil Hall singing ceremony, Mitt Romney actually saluted Ted Kennedy, the very man he debated at Faneuil Hall in 1994 as a “parent” of healthcare. Then Romney celebrated Kennedy’s ability to get a federal monies for their signature health care bill. Now Romney makes a states’ rights appeal and says that the Massachusetts plan was for Massachusetts and didn’t involve the other states.
The speech was notable for the items he did not mention, including many of the failed spending programs and policies he undertook over the past three years, the foreign policy and defense challenges he has exacerbated, and the economic actions he failed to take that would have created jobs and spurred economic growth.
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NONCONTACTING MACROMOLECULES - Annual Review of Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure, 34(1):21
We'll keep with his
You can't escape us
You think you have beat us but you are the effete
Your eyes scream without a noise from your lips
As we dig into the first layer of your skin
Take your final....
So we die and pile the checks for the ones who are no better than you or me
Make them see the tortuous hatred
In their fear is where we instrument the ending to their reign over our money
Fucking all of their minds senseless
With our eyes we follow the crazed we see and you won't be able to disguise
your true intentions
Chosen the one that we hope will change us and lead us but he's hasn't cut off
the strings, a puppet inside
He's make believe
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Obama's State of the Union tried to divide, not unite: He wants us to march behind him but on what record? - NY Daily News
As you listen to his petition, you remember that in addition to the many prodigal habits to which your neighbor is admitting, he has already made similar appeals to others in the area and has blown through that charitable cache, as well.
That this fact was left out is no surprise. No president who has been in charge for three years and who hopes for re-election is going to draw attention to a failure of this magnitude.
But the president is now well past the point in his term when he can expect to get any more mileage out of the excuse that he inherited a mess. First, he didn’t inherit it, he volunteered for it. Second, he was hired to do something about it, and has failed.
Newt Gingrich Says Affairs Make Him ‘More Normal’ Than Mitt ‘Only Has Sex With His Wife’ Romney -- Daily Intel
U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms | Republic of Texas (Glenn's Conservative/Libertarian State)
While the terms have yet to be made public, if passed by the U.N. and ratified by our Senate, it will almost certainly force the U.S. to:
Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
Confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons (any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one trigger pull – one single “bang” manner as revolvers, a simple fact the ant-gun media never seem to grasp).
Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process, providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights.
"Twenty thousand jobs is (sic) really not that many jobs and investing in green technologies will produce that and more."
And the now grandiosely bankrupt green (as in consuming American dollars) Solyndra created how many jobs?
The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell 2.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.
American SS: a Homeland Security plan to Federalize local police and government | American Vision News
by Joel McDurmon on Jan 26, 2012
You may not see Runic "ᛋᛋ" on sleeves, but a white paper presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence calls for something eerily similar to an American SS. The paper, drawn up by the Aspen Institute, which is co-chaired by former DHS chief Michael Chertoff, plans to transition the Department of Homeland Security into a comprehensive, nationwide intelligence-gathering unit which infuses, trains, and staffs local police and local governments throughout the U.S.
In short, under this proposal, every local government would eventually be subject to DHS requirements, control, and even presence.
Aaron Dykes at Infowars.com provides excerpts from the plans along with commentary:
Expands Choices: A premium-support system in Medicare would expand the private health plans available to seniors. Today seniors already make a series of crucial choices in Medicare, choosing among private physicians, prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage, and supplemental insurance to cover what traditional Medicare does not offer.
Intensifies Competition: Forcing health plans to compete directly for seniors’ business would lead to better quality at lower costs, as it does in every other marketplace. There are already successful models of plan competition, including Medicare Advantage, the Part D drug program, and most notably the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program.
Achieves Long-Term Savings: Premium support restructures the financing of Medicare so that the market forces of competition and choice help drive down cost and improve quality. These changes provide Medicare patients with greater transparency and bigger savings for both seniors and taxpayers.
For more information, please visit http://savingthedream.org.
Caps Medicare Spending: Obamacare places hard caps on Medicare spending that ends the open-ended entitlement program. While there is a broad consensus on the need to put Medicare on a budget, Obamacare turns these major payment decisions over to an unelected board. The Independent Payment Advisory Board will control the Medicare budget and be unstoppable unless Congress intervenes.
Ends Fee-for-Service: Obamacare’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will conduct payment and delivery reform demonstrations with a goal of changing Medicare from fee-for-service to “capitated” or salaried payments. Unlike a pluralistic system of competitive plans, Medicare patients will have little or no control over whether or not they will be subject to these changes.
Diverts Medicare Savings to Pay for Obamacare: Obamacare squeezes an estimated $575 billion out of Medicare from provider payment cuts in its initial 10 years. But rather than plowing those savings back into Medicare to enhance the solvency of the program, the savings will be used to expand other Obamacare entitlements and programs.
Obamacare Ends Traditional Medicare, but the Wrong Way: Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the health law protects Medicare. The truth: Obamacare makes massive changes to the program. Obamacare contains more than 160 provisions for Medicare that increase government’s control over the delivery of care, hit doctors with unsustainable payment cuts, and leave taxpayers with higher deficits.
Obamacare Continues an Outdated Model for Reform: Obamacare expands central planning and tightens price controls on providers. These recycled mechanisms have yet to show any success in driving down costs without harming patients’ access and quality of care. Even the program’s chief accountant says many Medicare providers cannot survive the cuts.
Obamacare Undermines the Doctor–Patient Relationship: On top of the severe payment cuts facing physicians that will threaten seniors’ access, the law weakens the doctor–patient relationship by linking payment not to patient outcomes but to adherence to government protocol.
But what about domestic policy and the events of 2009 and 2010, the first two years of Obama's tenure in the Oval Office? Those years got short shrift in Tuesday evening's address. Why no mention of Obama's signature economic legislation, the $814 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus bill? His biggest domestic accomplishment, the $1.2 trillion Obamacare plan was noted, but only twice and almost in passing.
As Obama demands rich Americans pay more in taxes, the IRS reveals 36 Obama aides are far behind in their taxes by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com
From the ATR website.
Americans for Tax Reform released the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
Obama Claim: "Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it."
Reality: Companies don't get tax breaks for moving anything overseas. Rather, they face double taxation when they try to bring foreign-earned profits back here to America. America is one of the only countries in the world which seeks to tax income coming back home from overseas.
A U.S. company earning a profit in France first pays French corporate income tax. If they leave that money there, they never pay taxes again.
But if they want to bring that money back home to create jobs, invest in new plant and equipment, or shore up pension plans, they have to pay a second layer of tax to the IRS.
Obama Claim: "From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax."
Reality: Large companies have very high average effective tax rates. Some liberal groups have cooked the books to make it look otherwise.
For example, the most common liberal numbers put U.S. taxes paid in the numerator, but worldwide global profits in the denominator. Of course it looks artificially small. We have the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world (nearly 40 percent when state corporate income taxes are included).
Obama Claim: "Expand tax relief to small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs."
Reality: Is this why the president wants to raise the top two individual tax rates, which is the tax rate paid by the majority of small business profits?
Obama Claim: "We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs."
Reality: An employer keeping their own money is not a subsidy. Energy companies that manufacture oil don't receive any welfare benefits from the federal government.
Obama Claim: "Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile. People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let’s agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay."
Reality: The U.S. House passed a one-year extension of the payroll tax holiday in December. The Senate did not. The President's complaint should not be directed anywhere but at Harry Reid.
Obama Claim: "Right now, we’re poised to spend nearly $1 trillion more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans."
Reality: Congress only put a time limit on the 2001 and 2003 tax relief because of Senate Democrat filibustering. These tax rates have been in place for more than a decade, and extended several times by Congresses controlled by Republicans, Democrats, and split control.
President Obama himself signed an extension of these tax rates just one year ago.
Obama Claim: "Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary."
Reality: Obama doesn't mention how capital gains and dividend taxes (which drive down average tax rates for the households Obama is referring to) are a second layer of tax on corporate profits.
The real capital gains and dividends rate is closer to 45 percent.
Second, you can't raise taxes on "the rich" without also raising the tax rate assessed on the majority of small employer profits and on the businesses employing the majority of small business employees.
Third, it's unfair to count both the employer and the employee "half" of Social Security tax payments when comparing Warren Buffett to his secretary — half is notionally paid by the employer, and doesn't directly reduce employee paychecks in the near term; also, there is a Social Security benefit in the future that should be considered.
Obama Claim: "Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else — like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both."
Reality: According to Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute, this isn't true. You can prevent all scheduled tax hikes from happening, grow spending at 2 percent annually, and still balance the budget after 10 years.
Obama Claim: "Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes."
Reality: Capital gains and dividends already face a tax rate of 45 percent when properly understood as the second layer of the 35 percent corporate income tax rate.
Obama Claim: "And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you’re earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn’t get special tax subsidies or deductions."
Reality: Senator Coburn probably does want to see a net tax hike on small employers, but that doesn't mean they are getting a subsidy. They are keeping their own money.
Obama Claim: "If you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You’re the ones who need relief."
Reality: President Obama made a "firm pledge" not to raise "any form" of taxes on families making less than $250,000 when running for President in 2008. Yet 16 days into his administration, he raised taxes on smokers, who have an average income of about $30,000 per year.
Then, he raised seven more taxes on these families as part of his jobs-killing Obamacare law.
Obama Claim: "We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference . . ."
Reality: If President Obama doesn't want to claim deductions, he doesn't have to.
If he or Mr. Buffett want to pay more in taxes, they can send a check to the Treasury today.
They should also support the "Buffett Rule Act," sponsored by Congressman Steve Scalise, R-La., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
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Government 'should not dictate' over impact measurement
By Sophie Hudson, Third Sector Online, 8 December 2011
Gareth Davies of the Office for Civil Society says it should focus on commissioning
The government’s main role in the impact measurement agenda for charities should be getting its commissioning structures right, according to Gareth Davies, head of the Office for Civil Society.
Speaking at an event last night to launch the Inspiring Impact Group, which has been set up to improve impact measurement over the next 10 years, Davies said the government should not be dictating the right way of measuring impact.
"I’m keen to get involved and put some public money in to get this going and capitalise it, but really it’s about what works for you – what works for your funders, what works for you as philanthropists, what works for you as social investors," he said.
"Where government comes in is thinking about how we can get our commissioning structures right – which, frankly, is a big problem in Whitehall."
He said that if the sector got impact measurement right, government could learn from it in terms of tackling commissioning rather than the other way round.
Julian Corner, chief executive of the Lankelly Chase Foundation, who was in the audience, asked whether a disproportionate emphasis was being put on the voluntary sector proving its effective use of the "quite a small amount of money" society gave to it.
He asked whether in doing so the government was being "let off the hook", because it did not have to prove the effectiveness of most of the money it spent.
Davies said that of more than £700bn spent annually by government, only 5 to 10 per cent was subject to analysis and required to produce evidence of effectiveness, "so you’re quite right to put the emphasis back on us".
By Lee Hager, Steven Hager
Forget an antihistamine; Andy Levy may be the cure.
He's certainly helped Red Eye, an eye-opener of a politically incorrect comic news creation anchored by Greg Gutfeld. The increasingly popular show airs at the DVR-worthy hour of 3 a.m. on the Fox News Channel.
This ombudsman's for you: The feisty 45-year-old with his eye always ready at the wink, Levy has been serving up sarcasm and sound bytes for the past five years as the show's ombudsman/fact-checker, eager to call host Gutfeld and guests on the faded red carpet for inaccuracies and verbal indiscretions.
On a show of political debate among newspeople, comics and semi-celebrities -- usually with a right-wing bent -- Levy lands his own right hooks with a dead-pan delivery that can be devastatingly devilish.
An unapologetic libertarian -- like host and friend Gutfeld -- whose mischievous mantra is "I apologize for nothing," this political science grad of Columbia University helps make it all politics as unusual on a program where blistering broadsides are interspersed with cracks on Gutfeld's gnome-like height, weird webcam posts of pets in comical positions and conspiratorial conversations between guests.
It is, as Gutfeld once sniveled, "kind of like The View, but with bladder control."
Gutfeld controls the tempo, but Levy holds him in check with his "pre-game" and "halftime reports," and "postgame wrap."
So, what's the rap on Levy, whose esoteric bio includes time served in the miliary as well as war time in the jungles of Hollywood, and keyboard work for singer Dalton Grant?
He and the host, Levy says, live in a time warp: "We have the same warped sensibility," Levy concedes of why he and Gutfeld can gut it out so well on TV. "We make a good team."
Indeed the Jew and the gentile -- "Many people think Greg's Jewish because of his last name, but he isn't" -- seem more like a young old married couple who can communicate nonverbally, finishing off each other's sneers and insults.
And Levy does snare a lot of attention for his droll observations, such as the one he tweeted about this past Christmas: "I just don't remember this many places being closed for the sixth day of Chanukah last year."
Has Levy always been sarcastic? "I think it's a Jewish thing. I have been snarky as far back as I can remember."
But he makes exceptions. "With a first-time guest of the show, I'm less likely to go at it with them," he says.
What he does have a go at is the Internet, typing as quickly as he can on facts and fulminations expressed during the show, checking on their veracity to villify abusers during his "half-time" report.
How did this wholehearted libertarian grow to be so when his roots were seeded in a completely liberal Jewish family? "During my freshman year at Columbia, I became frustrated with the liberal culture" and its leaders. "Their self-righteousness got on my nerves."
He found -- like some others of his political persuasion -- the right stuff in author Ayn Rand's work, a fountainhead of support for those who wanted to be left -- not politically, of course -- alone by government.
He gives a nod to the perfect political home -- as well as a bedtime story gone bonkers -- at Red Eye, which he occasionally hosts as Gutfeld's sub, and "where the hours are perfect for me since I stay up til 5 or 6 in the morning."
Don't mourn for his health, however; the Red Eye guy can get some shut eye: The show actually tapes at 8 p.m., prior to its next-day airing at 3 a.m.
But is it all fair and balanced? Whether it is or not, the balance sheet certainly is successful. Indeed, the FNC is celebrating at the end of January its unparalleled run of 10 years in first place in cable news ratings. (Bill O'Reilly 's The O'Reilly Factor can factor in an additional two years for its own 12-year skein at No. 1 on FNC.)
It seems to be rubbing off on Red Eye, whose numbers have been surpassing -- even at its ungodly hour -- those of some competitors' prime-time ratings, including Piers Morgan's interview program on CNN.
Not bad for an off-the-wall show with no ceiling for political incorrectness as it offers its own "Pop Smears," and video paeans to pussycats. "Greg makes fun of my loving cats," says Levy.
Viewers can get a snidely whiplash from all the sardonic asides tossed around the set.
But, surely, there must have been something he's said over the years that makes Levy feel sorry for being so cynical and snappish.
"I apologize for nothing!" says the comedian who, indeed, has nothing to apologize for.
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I think I found some anti-communist attitude in SAXON lyrics. The Song No 4 of the new album, called "Red star falling" shows something like that: "The beast is slain - the guards have gone, the wire torn down." I am German, lost some good relatives in the Soviet zone of 1945, even my father almost was killed at the age of two. I really appreciate that SAXON attitude. Thank you for expressing my feelings again, you already sang about the wall of Berlin ("How many children").
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I wouldn't say it's anti-communist, it's more pro-freedom.
The State of the Union address Tuesday night was seen by 37.8 million television viewers, according to figures released by the Nielsen company, by far the fewest who have watched President Obama give the address.
The number was down from 42.8 million last year, 48 million in 2010, and 52.3 million for the president’s address to Congress during his first year in office in 2009.
NBC News had the most viewers of any of the outlets carrying the speech — 8.2 million. Next was CBS, with 7.3 million for the duration of the speech, and ABC with 6.6 million. A total of 14 networks carried the speech.
In the opinion of the vaunted EEOC Legal Counsel staff, requiring a high school diploma has a “disparate impact” on individuals with a learning disability. In other words, requiring a high school diploma discriminates against those who don’t have one by holding them to a standard they fail to meet.
Season 3 is scheduled to air in Summer 2012
In mimicking Kant's difficult style, Fichte produced works that were barely intelligible. "He made no hesitation in pluming himself on his great skill in the shadowy and obscure, by often remarking to his pupils, that 'there was only one man in the world who could fully understand his writings; and even he was often at a loss to seize upon his real meaning.' " This remark was often mistakenly attributed to Hegel.
Fichte did not endorse Kant's argument for the existence of noumena, of "things in themselves", the supra-sensible reality beyond the categories of human reason. Fichte saw the rigorous and systematic separation of "things in themselves" (noumena) and things "as they appear to us" (phenomena) as an invitation to skepticism. Rather than invite such skepticism, Fichte made the radical suggestion that we should throw out the notion of a noumenal world and instead accept the fact that consciousness does not have a grounding in a so-called "real world". In fact, Fichte achieved fame for originating the argument that consciousness is not grounded in anything outside of itself. The phenomenal world as such, arises from self-consciousness; the activity of the ego; and moral awareness. His student (and critic), Schopenhauer, wrote:
...Fichte who, because the thing-in-itself had just been discredited, at once prepared a system without any thing-in-itself. Consequently, he rejected the assumption of anything that was not through and through merely our representation, and therefore let the knowing subject be all in all or at any rate produce everything from its own resources. For this purpose, he at once did away with the essential and most meritorious part of the Kantian doctrine, the distinction between a priori and a posteriori and thus that between the phenomenon and the thing-in-itself. For he declared everything to be a priori, naturally without any evidence for such a monstrous assertion; instead of these, he gave sophisms and even crazy sham demonstrations whose absurdity was concealed under the mask of profundity and of the incomprehensibility ostensibly arising therefrom. Moreover, he appealed boldly and openly to intellectual intuition, that is, really to inspiration.
The Dutch were at war with Spain and Portugal when the loaded merchant ship Santa Catarina, a Portuguese carrack, was captured by captain Jacob van Heemskerk off present-day Singapore in 1603. Heemskerk was employed with the United Amsterdam Company (part of the Dutch East India Company), and though he did not have authorization from the company or the government to initiate the use of force, many shareholders were eager to accept the riches that he brought back to them. Not only was the legality of keeping the prize questionable under Dutch statute, but a faction of shareholders (mostly Mennonite) in the Company also objected to the forceful seizure on moral grounds, and of course, the Portuguese demanded the return of their cargo. The scandal led to a public judicial hearing and a wider campaign to sway public (and international) opinion. It was in this wider context that representatives of the Company called upon Grotius to draft a polemical defence of the seizure.
For instance, think about a start-up software company that has to compete with an established firm. Because new businesses rarely make money in their first years, extra tax deductions do them no good. By contrast, a more established competitor, especially if it can qualify for Obama’s high-tech tax break, would benefit — perhaps substantially.
The multinationals’ minimum tax would be entirely unworkable. Even if Congress passed the levy, which it won’t, those firms will find ways around it. Minimum taxes are Band-Aides for a flawed tax system. The solution is not to create a new penalty for firms that learn to manipulate the law, it is to fix the basic law in the first place.
By Bryan Kay, Correspondent / January 25, 2012
A Scottish Saltire flag blows in the wind near the Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland. The Scottish Government has announced today that they wish to hold an independence referendum in 2014.
The recent revival of the debate on Scottish independence has sharpened focus on a pressing question: Can Scotland stand alone economically?
UK roils Scottish independence referendum with bid for control
Scotland university fee plan riles the English
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First Minister Alex Salmond, head of the Scottish government, today outlined his vision for the referendum, which he said will be held in fall 2014.
The now-abandoned Taj Mahal complex cost ordinary Americans more than $733 million. But billionaire Democratic donor and frequent White House guest George Kaiser, whose nonprofit foundation was Solyndra’s biggest investor, is still sitting pretty. He and the other private investors of Solyndra will recoup their losses ahead of taxpayers. And while they blast their GOP opponents, double-standard Democrats will remain AWOL on the glaring tax-avoidance strategies of the wealthy Kaiser Family Foundation.
Toward the end of his State of the Union address, President Obama delivered a paragraph that was so blatantly absurd and self contradictory as to actually become clarifying—so incoherent that it shed a bright light on his thinking and his grave dilemma. It’s hard to believe he actually said this, but he did:
I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. That’s why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States. That’s why we’re getting rid of regulations that don’t work. That’s why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a Government program.
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See his banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory.
Hell's foundations quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise.
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the Saints have trod.
We are not divided;
All one body we:
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Onward, then, ye people;
Join our happy throng.
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song:
Glory, laud, and honor
Unto Christ, the King.
This through countless ages
Men and angels sing.
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.