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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Age of Enlightenment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Age of Enlightenment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition,[1] intolerance and some abuses by church and state

80% Of Green Jobs Stimulus Money Going Overseas

Exclusive: Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Populations of 24 States Combined

Exclusive: Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Populations of 24 States Combined

» Puppet State America Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Puppet State America Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

EU staff unions braced for squeeze on pay and perks | European Voice

EU staff unions braced for squeeze on pay and perks | European Voice

Obamanomics: Almost 500,000 Federal Workers Make Over $100,000

Obamanomics: Almost 500,000 Federal Workers Make Over $100,000 


Twitter / LadyLashay1776: The more is given the less ...

Twitter / LadyLashay1776: The more is given the less ...

BLOOD RED LYRICS - SLAYER

BLOOD RED LYRICS - SLAYER

Peaceful confrontation meet war machine
Seizing all civil liberties
Honest ballotation among banshee
Spilling blood throughout humanity

You cannot hide the face of death
Oppression ruled by bloodshed
No disguise can deface evil
The massacre of innocent people

Deviated lies fear blinding on your eyes
Enforcing their truth through a gun
Aggressive discipline and barbaric control
Thousands of people cannot be wrong

You cannot hide the face of death
Oppression ruled by bloodshed
No disguise can hide the evil
That stains the primitive sickle

Blood red

Growing opposition with words as ammunition
Expressions of life's liberties
Aggressive discipline and barbaric control
Spilling blood throughout humanity

You cannot hide the face of death
Oppression ruled by bloodshed
No disguise can deface evil
The massacre of innocent people

Blood Red

The Obama Administration Proposed 80 New Regulations….Yesterday - Obama Administration - Fox Nation

The Obama Administration Proposed 80 New Regulations….Yesterday - Obama Administration - Fox Nation: The Obama administration proposed at least 80 new regulations the day after Thanksgiving (go ahead and give ‘em a scroll-through for some good times), adding to the now 1,773 proposed in the last thirty days.

Japan's secret economic weapon: women - Yahoo! Sport New Zealand

Japan's secret economic weapon: women - Yahoo! Sport New Zealand: The country's problems are well known: more older people are living longer as the workforce that supports them gets smaller. The result is rising welfare costs and a shrinking tax base.

An influx of immigrants would boost the number of workers, but Japan has little appetite for migration on a European scale.

Observers say the answer lies within: get more of the nation's women to work.

Islam: Making a True Difference in the World - One Body at a Time

Islam: Making a True Difference in the World - One Body at a Time: A Sunni in Pakistan serves his god by sending shrapnel through
dozens of Shiites, including children. Attack number 19,968
on our list. If Islam is no different then why is no one surprised?



Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace
"Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are harsh
to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29

2012.11.22 (Bichi, Nigeria) - Angry Muslims riot, burn churches and kills four Christians over a rumor of blasphemy concerning a t-shirt.
2012.11.22 (Maiduguri, Nigeria) - Three young children are among eighteen people murdered by Boko Haram in a series of terror attacks.
2012.11.22 (Pattani, Thailand) - A female Buddhist school principal dies from injuries after being hit by automatic weapons fire in a target attack.
2012.11.21 (Rawalpindi, Pakistan) - Children are among the casualties when a Shahid suicide bomber plows into a Shiite procession and detonates, killing dozens.
2012.11.21 (Karachi, Pakistan) - A suicide bombing is among two bomb blasts outside a Shiite mosque that leave two innocents dead.
2012.11.21 (Kabul, Afghanistan) - A Shahid suicide bomber sends two Afghans to Allah.

Can a dog be trained to smell for gold? - Yahoo! Answers

Can a dog be trained to smell for gold? - Yahoo! Answers

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tim Allen 'You Better Give Your Money Away Before It Gets Taken From You...

Dar'a (Syria) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Dar'a (Syria) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia: Darʿā, also spelled Derʿā, Greek Edrei , town, southwestern Syria. It is the chief town of the Ḥawrān region of Syria. A road and rail junction located less than 6 miles (10 km) from the Jordanian border on the Wadi Jride, Darʿā is the focal point for communications between Amman, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Damascus. There are no local industries, but Darʿā serves as a market centre and garrison town. The town contains ruins from the Greco-Roman period and a mosque built in 1253. The decisive Battle of the Yarmūk River (636), which led to the annihilation of the Byzantine forces and the capture of Syria by the Arabs, was fought near the town; it also was the scene of fighting during World War I.

Darʿā is the centre of a grain-growing (especially wheat and barley) region. In the late 20th century, the Syrian government instituted a number of programs to improve agricultural production in Darʿā and the surrounding region. Improved farming methods were introduced, and efforts were made to remove the numerous lava rocks that have hindered land cultivation. Pop. (2003 est.) 70,314.

11/07 The Mark Levin Show - The Official Mark Levin Show Audio Rewind - CastRoller

11/07 The Mark Levin Show - The Official Mark Levin Show Audio Rewind - CastRoller

FRIDAY HOMILY: It's Time to Cleanse the Temple - Year Of Faith - Catholic Online

FRIDAY HOMILY: It's Time to Cleanse the Temple - Year Of Faith - Catholic Online: In our Gospel today, Jesus cleanses the temple in Jerusalem. His actions and words betray his fundamental concern - that the temple be used for its intended purpose, being house of prayer. While there are passages dealing with areas of physical health, how much more our Lord is concerned with what we put in our soul. The cleansing here speaks of more than just the Jerusalem center of worship. The temple of our body is obviously much more important than anything made out of blocks and boards. The psalmist writes, "We are fearfully and wonderfully made."

Fighting synonym by Babylon's thesaurus

Fighting synonym by Babylon's thesaurus

Moby Thesaurus fighting
Synonyms and related words:
Chinese boxing, Kilkenny cats, aggressive, all-out war, altercation, antagonistic, appeal to arms, argument, armed combat, armed conflict, attack, battle, battling, bellicose, belligerence, belligerency, belligerent, bickering, bloodshed, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bout, boxing, boxing match, cat-and-dog life, chauvinist, chauvinistic, close fighting, combat, combative, conflict, contending, contention, contentious, contentiousness, contest, contestant, contestation, contesting, controversy, cut and thrust, debate, disputant, disputation, dispute, enemy, enmity, ferocious, fierce, fisticuffs, full of fight, hawkish, hostile, hostilities, hostility, hot war, infighting, inimical, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, la guerre, litigation, logomachy, martial, might of arms, militant, militaristic, military, military operations, offensive, open hostilities, open war, paper war, polemic, prizefight, prizefighting, pugilism, pugnacious, quarrel, quarreling, quarrelsome, quarrelsomeness, resort to arms, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage, savate, scrapping, scrappy, shadowboxing, shooting war, soldierlike, soldierly, spar, squabbling, state of war, strife, striving, struggle, struggling, the clinches, the fights, the ring, the sword, total war, trigger-happy, truculent, unfriendly, unpacific, unpeaceable, unpeaceful, war, war of words, warfare, warlike, warmaking, warmongering, warring, wartime, words, wrangling,  



Luke 22:25-27 Ða saide he heom kyninges wealded heore ðeode. And þa þe anweald ofer hyo hæbbeð synde fremfulle ge-nemnede

Luke 22:25-27 Ða saide he heom kyninges wealded heore ðeode. And þa þe anweald ofer hyo hæbbeð synde fremfulle ge-nemnede: Luke 22:25-27
WestSaxon1175(i) 25 Ða saide he heom kyninges wealded heore ðeode. And þa þe anweald ofer hyo hæbbeð synde fremfulle ge-nemnede 26 ac ne beo ge na swa. Ac ge-wurðe he swa swa gingre se ðe yldre ys be-tweox eow. And se forsteppend ys beo he swilce he þein syo. 27 Hwæðer ys yldre se ðe ðenað þe se þe sytt. witodlice se þe sit. Ic eom on eowren midlene swa swa se þe þenað.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Present Itself as a Science is a book by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, published in 1783, two years after the first edition of his Critique of Pure Reason. One of Kant's shorter works, it contains a summary of the Critique‘s main conclusions, sometimes by arguments Kant had not used in the Critique. Kant characterizes his more accessible approach here as an "analytic" one, as opposed to the Critique‘s "synthetic" examination of successive faculties of the mind and their principles.[1]

The book is also intended as a polemic. Kant was disappointed by the poor reception of the Critique of Pure Reason, and here he repeatedly emphasizes the importance of its critical project for the very existence of metaphysics as a science. The final appendix contains a detailed rebuttal to an unfavorable review of the Critique.

In the standard Akademie edition of Kant's works, the Prolegomena takes up part of Volume V.

10 YEARS LYRICS - Picture Perfect (In Your Eyes)

10 YEARS LYRICS - Picture Perfect (In Your Eyes):

Smile and give a toast, brag and boast.
Fool the world with all of your lies.
The parasite's host never even knows.
Pull the wool over our eyes.

From cradle to grave, you chose to trade.
A pound of flesh for paradise.
Wear the wounds of your demise.

Mimic octopus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mimic octopus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The octopus mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than 15 different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp.[2][3] It accomplishes this by contorting its body and arms, and changing colour.[sic]

Jacklyn H. Lucas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jacklyn H. Lucas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Although only 14 years of age, having a muscular build, 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall and weighing 180 pounds (82 kg),[3] he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve without his mother's consent[3] on 6 August 1942. He gave his age as 17, and went to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina for recruit training.

» Israeli-Arab Ceasefire # 6,432,821 Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Israeli-Arab Ceasefire # 6,432,821 Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

Beginner's Mind Original Manuscript- Ch2 - The Joy of Giving

Beginner's Mind Original Manuscript- Ch2 - The Joy of Giving: There are, perhaps, three steps in creation. The first step is to be aware of ourselves after we finish zazen. When we sit we are nothing; we are just sitting. We do not even realize what we are; we just sit. But when we stand up we are there! That is the first step in creation . . . you are there! When we are there everything is there; everything is created all at once. When you act you give. When you create something -- food, or tea, or coffee (which we will have soon) this is the second kind of creativity. The third kind is to create something within ourselves, such as education, or culture, or artistic creativity, or to provide some system for our society. These are cultural creations. So there are three steps. But if you forget the most important one [he holds up three fingers and then hides one] these [the two remaining fingers] are children who lost their parents. Your creation means nothing. Usually everyone forgets zazen. They don't practice zazen. They forget all about what is God. The God is someone who helps these two children. Yes, they are creating, but the God does not help the activity. How is it possible for Him to help when He does not realize who He is? That is the problem. That is why we have so many problems in this world.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dolmen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dolmen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mustard seed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mustard seed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In the Christian New Testament, the mustard seed is used by Jesus in the parable of the Mustard Seed as a model for the kingdom of God which initially starts small but grows to be the biggest of all garden plants. Faith is also spoken about in the context of a mustard seed.[7][8][9][10][11]

CNN Poll: Minority of Democrats Support Israel in Gaza

CNN Poll: Minority of Democrats Support Israel in Gaza

Twelve rockets hit Israel after truce: police - FRANCE 24

Twelve rockets hit Israel after truce: police - FRANCE 24: Twelve rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel on Wednesday in the first hours that followed a ceasefire agreement ending hostilities in the week-long Gaza conflict, a police spokesman told AFP.

Obama’s Jews for Jihad

Obama’s Jews for Jihad: WBEZ (NPR Chicago) called it “the hottest story in Chicago”: Our American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) anti-jihad ads calling for support of persecuted minorities living under the Shariah went up on buses in Chicago last week. And as if on cue, dhimmi Jews in Obama’s old stomping grounds immediately did the step ‘n fetchit for Islamic supremacism. Taking their cue from the Jewish councils of Germany and the judenrat that sold out their own people, they immediately denounced the ads.

Twitter / jstrevino: Worth noting: while Hamas rained ...

Twitter / jstrevino: Worth noting: while Hamas rained ...

Assault on U.S. consulate in Benghazi leaves 4 dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens - CBS News

Assault on U.S. consulate in Benghazi leaves 4 dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens - CBS News: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens

Planned Parenthood calls ANOTHER ambulance wastes time with dispatcher so they do not have to reveal botched abortion « Saynsumthn’s Blog

Planned Parenthood calls ANOTHER ambulance wastes time with dispatcher so they do not have to reveal botched abortion « Saynsumthn’s Blog

Simon Magus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Simon Magus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In apocryphal works including the Acts of Peter, Pseudo-Clementines, and the Epistle of the Apostles, Simon also appears as a formidable sorcerer with the ability to levitate and fly at will.

Why Obama Still Won’t Go to Israel « Commentary Magazine

Why Obama Still Won’t Go to Israel « Commentary Magazine: It would all be so easy but the question to ask about this scenario is why the president has always been so reluctant to show the Israelis some love when it would cost him so little and bring such a great reward?

16 Maps Of Drug Flow Into The United States - Business Insider

16 Maps Of Drug Flow Into The United States - Business Insider: Despite growing momentum for drug policy reform in Latin America, continual carnage in Mexico and a U.S. government-sponsored study that rips U.S. drug policy, America's 40-year war on drugs is still raging.

This week retired Colombian police Gen. Mauricio Santoyo turned himself in to the DEA on charges that he helped drug gangs and right-wing paramilitaries smuggle cocaine to Mexico and the U.S. while he was the head of security for the president of Colombia.

We've covered how cocaine gets from the fields in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia to the world's largest drug market.

The U.N.'s World Drug Report 2012 showed us how the U.S. has high demand for marijuana, cocaine and painkillers. Ironically, the more America spends on the drug war, the cheaper drugs become.

All this got us thinking about how drugs make it from Latin America to American cities, so we put together a series of maps to get a better idea.

Crown Heights riot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Crown Heights riot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Members of the Jewish community did not share this view. Many believed that allegations of favoritism made by blacks were not supported by facts; a number of studies disproved the allegations, including one study conducted specifically in response to this allegation.[8] It was widely believed in the Jewish community that these allegations were an attempt to mask blatant anti-Semitism committed against Jews during the riot. As examples, they point to anti-Semitic statements made by protesters throughout the rioting, and comments made at Gavin Cato’s funeral. In his eulogy at the funeral, the Rev. Al Sharpton made comments about "diamond dealers" and commented "It's an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of Crown Heights."[18] In addition, a banner displayed at the funeral read "Hitler did not do the job".[8]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

» Top Economic Advisers Forecast World War Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Top Economic Advisers Forecast World War Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!



November 18, 2012


Kyle Bass, Larry Edelson, Jim Rogers and Marc Faber Predict Widespread War


Kyle Bass writes:


Trillions of dollars of debts will be restructured and
millions of financially prudent savers will lose large percentages of
their real purchasing power at exactly the wrong time in their lives.
Again, the world will not end, but the social fabric of the profligate
nations will be stretched and in some cases torn. Sadly, looking back
through economic history, all too often war is the manifestation of simple economic entropy played to its logical conclusion. We believe that war is an inevitable consequence of the current global economic situation.
Larry Edelson wrote an email to subscribers entitled “What the “Cycles of War” are saying for 2013″, which states:


Since the 1980s, I’ve been studying the so-called “cycles
of war” — the natural rhythms that predispose societies to descend into
chaos, into hatred, into civil and even international war.


I’m certainly not the first person to examine these very distinctive
patterns in history. There have been many before me, notably, Raymond
Wheeler, who published the most authoritative chronicle of war ever,
covering a period of 2,600 years of data.


However, there are very few people who are willing to even discuss
the issue right now. And based on what I’m seeing, the implications
could be absolutely huge in 2013.
Why are these economic gurus forecasting war?


For one thing, many influential people wrongly believe that war is good for the economy.


In addition, Jim Rogers says:


If it turns into a trade war, it is the most momentous thing of 2011,” said Rogers. “Trade wars always lead to wars. Nobody wins trade wars, except general who end up fighting the physical wars when they happen. This is very dangerous.
Rogers also explains:


A continuation of bailouts in Europe could ultimately spark another world war, says international investor Jim Rogers.


***


“Add debt, the situation gets worse, and eventually it just collapses. Then everybody is looking for scapegoats. Politicians blame foreigners, and we’re in World War II or World War whatever.”
And Marc Faber says that the American government will start new wars in response to the economic crisis:


-
“The next thing the government will do to distract the attention of the
people on bad economic conditions is they’ll start a war somewhere.”



- “If the global economy doesn’t recover, usually people go to war.”


Faber also believes the U.S., China and Russia may go to war over Mideast oil.

AWAKENING: French youth declare war on multiculturalism, social debt, and racism » The Right Scoop -

AWAKENING: French youth declare war on multiculturalism, social debt, and racism » The Right Scoop -

How Old Is Too Old to Work? | Monster

How Old Is Too Old to Work? | Monster

Yes, old people in Congress can be a problem | Midwest Voices

Yes, old people in Congress can be a problem | Midwest Voices

NBC’s Luke Russert irritated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday by asking the following question:

Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long run. What’s your response?”

His question may have been inelegantly phrased. Pelosi, who’s 72, said it was an offensive question and that men don’t get asked that question often.

Actually, Russert was on to something.

Congress is full of “old,” experienced politicians who have failed to solve the nation’s problems in recent years. They have failed on reforming immigration laws, entitlement reductions, defense spending and tax policies.

Put simply, being old hasn’t made them extremely competent.

Elevating some younger, newer voices to lead roles in Congress could shake things up and get this nation headed in the right direction. (Anyone notice that President Barack Obama is just 51?).

Pelosi is hardly the sole problem in Congress; she’s just the minority leader after all in a GOP-controlled House.

Add in the three other major leaders of Congress, and you see that age - based on results for the betterment of the nation - hasn’t been an asset.
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is 72.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is 70.
  • House Speaker John Boehner is the pup of the group at age 63.
For a good explanation of why Congress rewards age and seniority with powerful positions, read this.

Sure, people who barely know their ways around the halls of Washington shouldn’t be expected to be put in the most powerful positions.
Then again, people who have been part of the problem with gridlock and lack of bipartisanship aren’t providing the kind of leadership America needs right now.

Read more here: http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/yes-old-people-congress-can-be-problem/#storylink=cpy


...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The band is known for their wild, energetic concerts, which often end with the band destroying their equipment. Their eighth studio album, Lost Songs, was released in October 2012.

Monday, November 19, 2012

War on Israel updates: Savages target children, schools hospitals, enemedia cheers them - Atlas Shrugs

War on Israel updates: Savages target children, schools hospitals, enemedia cheers them - Atlas Shrugs

Santa Monica Ends Nativity Displays in Palisades Park

Santa Monica Ends Nativity Displays in Palisades Park: A federal judge struck down a Christian group’s attempt to keep the Palisades Park open to private nativity displays, ending a 60 year Christmas tradition.

Twitter / GOPGirlLA: Best Tweet of the night: ...

Twitter / GOPGirlLA: Best Tweet of the night: ...

Consumer protection agency is a monster | StarTribune.com

Consumer protection agency is a monster | StarTribune.com

There can be unseemly exposure of the mind as well as of the body, as the progressive mind is exposed in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creature of the labyrinthine Dodd-Frank legislation. Judicial dismantling of the CFPB would affirm the rule of law and Congress' constitutional role.

The CFPB's director, Richard Cordray, was installed by one of President Obama's spurious appointments made when the Senate was not in recess. Vitiating the Senate's power to advise and consent to presidential appointments is congruent with the CFPB's general lawlessness.

The CFPB nullifies Congress' power to use the power of the purse to control bureaucracies because its funding -- "determined by the director" -- comes not from congressional appropriations but from the Federal Reserve. Untethered from all three branches of government, unlike anything created since 1789, the CFPB is uniquely sovereign: The president appoints the director for a five-year term -- he can stay indefinitely, if no successor is confirmed -- and the director can be removed, but not for policy reasons.

One CFPB request for $94 million in Federal Reserve funds was made on a single sheet of paper. Its 2012 budget estimated $130 million for -- this is the full explanation -- "other services." So it has been hiring promiscuously and paying its hires lavishly: As of three months ago, approximately 60 percent of its then 958 employees were making more than $100,000 a year. Five percent were making $200,000 or more. (A Cabinet secretary makes $199,700.)

The CFPB's mission is to prevent practices it is empowered to "declare" are "unfair, deceptive, or abusive." Law is supposed to give people due notice of what is proscribed or prescribed, and developed law does so concerning "unfair" and "deceptive" practices. Not so, "abusive."

The term, Cordray concedes, is "a little bit of a puzzle." An "abusive" practice may not be unfair or deceptive yet nonetheless may be illegal. It is illegal, the law says, if it "interferes with" a consumer's ability to "understand" a financial product, or takes "unreasonable" advantage of a consumer's lack of understanding, or exploits "the inability of the consumer to protect" his or her interests regarding a financial product. This fog of indeterminate liabilities is causing some banks to exit the consumer mortgage business.

C. Boyden Gray and Adam J. White, lawyers representing a community bank challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB's "formation and operation," note in the Weekly Standard: "By writing new law through case-by-case enforcement, and by asserting 'exception authority' to effectively rewrite statutes, the CFPB is substantially increasing bankers' compliance costs. The absence of clear, simple, up-front rules will force banks to hire ever more lawyers and regulatory compliance officers to keep up with changing laws -- an outcome that inherently favors big banks over smaller ones." This exacerbates the favoritism inherent in the substantial implicit subsidy Dodd-Frank confers on some banks by designating "systemically important financial institutions" that are "too big to fail."

Even worse, say Gray and White (in their complaint for the community bank), Dodd-Frank "delegates effectively unbounded power to the CFPB, and couples that power with provisions insulating CFPB against meaningful checks" by the other branches of government. This nullifies the checks and balances of the system of separation of powers. Courts are too reluctant to restrict Congress' power to delegate quasi-legislative powers, but the CFPB is an especially gross violation of the Constitution's Article I, Section 1: "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested" in Congress. By creating a CFPB that floats above the Constitution's tripartite design of government, Congress did not merely degrade itself, it injured all Americans.

Like the Independent Payment Advisory Board, Obamacare's health care rationing panel, the CFPB embodies progressivism's authoritarianism -- removing much policymaking from elected representatives and entrusting it to unaccountable "experts" exercising an unfettered discretion incompatible with the rule of law. Similarly, when Obama allows states to waive work requirements that the 1996 welfare reform law explicitly made nonwaivable, he evades the Constitution's provision conferring a conditional presidential veto power -- ignoring the law becomes preferable to a veto Congress can override. And the waivers make a mockery of the Constitution enjoining the president to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Philander Knox should be the Obama administration's patron saint. When Theodore Roosevelt asked Attorney General Knox to concoct a defense for American behavior in acquiring the Panama Canal Zone, Knox replied: "Oh, Mr. President, do not let so great an achievement suffer from any taint of legality."

George Will's column is distributed by the Washington Post Writers Group.

Letter: Democrats block jobs bills

Letter: Democrats block jobs bills

Citigroup on Track With Job Cuts in Sales, Trading - WSJ.com

Citigroup on Track With Job Cuts in Sales, Trading - WSJ.com: By SUZANNE KAPNER

Citigroup Inc. C -0.65% is on track to eliminate 300 sales-and-trading jobs globally in 2012, according to people briefed on the process.

The cuts follow a 5% reduction in Citigroup's securities-and-banking unit last year, a move that culled 900 jobs. The sales-and-trading business is part of the securities unit, which employs roughly 17,000 people.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stupid Tuesday questions, Mickey Mantle* edition

Stupid Tuesday questions, Mickey Mantle* edition

A little while back, I expressed myself inelegantly on Twitter.  Specifically, I admitted to having a crush on Emma Watson, erstwhile Hermione.  In response, fellow Ordinary Sam indicated that perhaps there was something a wee bit unseemly about a fellow of my age expressing such feelings for a young woman of Ms. Watson’s tender years.  (I believe his exact words were “party foul.”  I looked for the exchange, but it has since been buried under a gigantic pile of frantic election Tweets.)


 I realized that I had misspoken (or, perhaps, mis-Tweeted.)  My confusion stemmed from that phase a while ago, when every dude in the country seemed to have a “man-crush” on George Clooney.  I did not interpret that to mean that a surprising number of guys had suddenly become bi-curious, but rather thought Clooney was aces and wanted to hang out with him and be his best buddy and carouse on the banks of Lake Como.  Similarly, I have precisely zero desire to know Ms. Watson in the biblical sense.  However, I really do want to sit around a Paris atelier with her while various fashion functionaries run around bringing her impossibly expensive party dresses to try on, while the two of us sit there gossiping about Kenneth Branagh.  (I have a long-standing crush on Mr. Branagh, of the more commonly-understood variety.)
In other words, I want to bask in the glory of being chic and glamorous, and Ms. Watson just seems to have those qualities in spades.

But maybe I was wrong!  Maybe I misunderstood the whole notion of a “man-crush.”  Maybe Clooney did manage the nudge the needle on a great many men’s Kinsey scores.
All of this came to mind when I posted about Amy Acker a couple of weeks ago, and had this exchange in the comments with Burt:
Me: I may be gay as a tree full of hummingbirds, but I must admit that I think Ms Acker is incredibly nice to look at.

Burt:   “If I were straight, I’d totally go for it with Amy Acker!” Except the Doc is not nearly crude enough to express it that way. I, however, am willing to go there for a cheap laugh. A chuckle, even.
And I’ll pre-empt the follow-up question, too. Colin Farrell.
And so, that’s this week’s Question.   Which of you is confident enough in his or sexuality to announce for whom they’d consider a brief switcheroo?  Burt’s thrown the gauntlet down.  (And I can’t argue with his choice, either.)  Anyone else comfortable enough to say “Yeah, I’d give him/her a shot”?

(I think I’m already on record somewhere as saying I would at least give it the good old college try [almost certainly unsuccessfully] with “Four Weddings and a Funeral”-era Kristen Scott Thomas.  While Ms. Acker is incredibly beautiful and seems like she would be nice about it when Things Didn’t Go Right, I’d rather spend my time with her chatting about Neil Patrick Harris [with whom she is good friends, and on whom I have another crush in the commonly-understood sense].)

* Any of you sports fans want to guess why I chose this title?

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» Top Economic Advisers Forecast World War Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind! 


Christians are key to saving refugees

Christians are key to saving refugees

North Korea routinely ranks at the top of lists of the world’s nations in terms of most repression, least open to the rest of the world and greatest persecutor of Christians. Any disobedience to the communist regime is dealt with very harshly, yet the dire conditions motivate many there to attempt an escape.
Former Wall Street Journal Deputy Editorial Page Editor Melanie Kirkpatrick has studied the stories of those with the courage to lave for a better life. Her new book on the subject is “Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.”
Kirkpatrick said offenders who are caught trying to escape face horrific imprisonment, even for the offender’s immediate family.  Nonetheless, many try to get out of the country – either by paying off guards at the Chinese border or sneaking across on their own. But once they’re in China, the challenges really begin.
“China’s policy is to track down North Koreans, arrest them and send them back to North Korea,” said Kirkpatrick. “So once they reach relative safety in China, then that’s when the underground railroad kicks in and they need help to help them make their way across China and eventually to South Korea.”
Knowing what to do and where to go after getting into China is critical. Kirkpatrick said most escapees are desperately looking for one thing.
“The first thing a North Korean learns when he gets to China is to find a Christian,” she said. “Many of the people I interviewed told me that the advice they were given was to look for a building with a cross on it; that is a church. If a North Korean is lucky enough to hook up with a local Chinese Christian, that person is likely to help him. Christians are really the only people in China who are willing to help the North Koreans.”
Once that contact is made, the North Korean can be introduced to one of two networks that will help them get to South Korea – human traffickers who will take them to South Korea for a hefty fee or a network of South Korean and American Christians who are in China for the sole purpose of helping North Koreans escape their brutal homeland. In the Christian network, Kirkpatrick said people are shuttled from one safe house to another, until the North Koreans can find a South Korean consular office in Southeast Asia and apply for asylum.
Women want to escape North Korea just as much as the men do, and some of them have opportunities to go to China as arranged brides for Chinese men who can’t find wives as a result of China’s one-child policy. The women are not told this, however. Instead they are promised good jobs or the chance to visit distant relatives. Only when a North Korean woman arrives at the Chinese man’s house is she informed he is her new husband.
“This is very, very sad. The woman is so desperate that she will agree to a ‘marriage’ with a Chinese man,” Kirkpatrick said. “Sometimes these marriages work out and the women are happy to be there. They don’t want to risk leaving China on the underground railroad.”
But Kirkpatrick said those are the rare exceptions. Normally, this new arrangement is just the start of another nightmare.
“Many other times, there are terrible situations,” she said. “The women may have children in both countries, North Korea and China. … Once these women reach safety in South Korea, one of the first things they do is start saving their money to try to get their children out of China or North Korea. It’s very, very sad.”
There’s another surprising group looking to escape the clutches of the communist regime in North Korea – the South Koreans still being held as prisoners 60 years after the end of the Korean War.
“The South Korean government estimates that there are around 500 South Koreans who are still being held captive from the Korean War,” Kirkpatrick explained. “These men, of course, are now very elderly. … I uncovered a secret network that since the late ’90s has been helping get these old soldiers out of North Korea, to China and then on to safety back home in South Korea where they are, of course, treated like returning heroes. There are about a hundred of them, so far, who have made their way back to South Korea.”

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After the California Employment Development Department made an announcement that federal benefits for as many as 400,000 unemployed Californians could end on December 29, California’s unemployment dropped in October as more Californians looked for -- and found -- work.

According to newly-released numbers, California’s unemployment dropped to 10.1% in October after 45,800 jobs were added to payrolls.
Loree Levy, an official at the California Employment Development Department, said when the federal extension of unemployment benefits expires at the end of the year, “that means no matter what kind of balance anyone has left on any kind of federal extension claim, no further payments can be made after the week ending December 29.”
Though long-term unemployment benefits may be needed for those who are disabled or have unusual circumstances, these numbers show that many on extended unemployment often turn down part-time jobs or work they may not think pays enough so long as they can rely on federal benefits, which can be a disincentive to look for immediate work. 


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