Yeah, I pretty much freak out over staph infections, blood disease, mumps, measles, sex, drugs, rock and roll, and definitely all registered independents. So I think between us we’ve got everything covered.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I discovered the first potato.
"China is now the world's largest potato-producing country, and nearly a third of the world's potatoes are harvested in China and India"
Moving People from Welfare to Work: Lessons from the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies - Summary
takes 2 days to read, + 5 more to evaluate thoroughly per person. Great read tho. #TLOT kinda. Haim.
"Barack Obama has gone to Congress asking for more money to spend. The President, in a rambling and tedious exercise mixing blame with demands, made quite a few dubious statements in laying out the case for Congress to vote for the plan which as yet does not exist. Much like Obamacare, Congress must ultimately vote for the bill to know what is in it."
Friday, September 9, 2011
Do the job the mainstream media will refuse to do! On the anniversary of Obama's inauguration, download and distribute the Obama: Epic Fail Fliers to show your campus community the negative impact of his policies. Be sure to download all three fliers.
Social Security is NOT a Ponzi scheme says… the Social Security Administration
Social Security Administration can do their job, and the treasury can do theirs.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Obama Wants to ‘Put Party Ahead of Country’: White House Spokesman Misspeak or Freudian Slip? | Video | TheBlaze.com
hmm................very interesting................tell me more........
'Totalitarian' Pledge of Allegiance Under Attack in Massachusetts - Pledge Of Allegiance - Fox Nation
The choice to say the Pledge, is the students, not the parents. say it, or don't, your choice. if not, stand for the 15 seconds, then sit down, this accounts for the bulk of US exercise standards, the oppositional parents and reverse-atheists can do this at home with an added STFU. Let sleeping dogs lay.
"But the court on Thursday stopped short of ruling whether the individual mandate in the health care law is constitutional; it strictly examined Virginia's right to sue."
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Survey: US falls to 5th in global competitiveness
By JOHN HEILPRIN
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.S. has tumbled further down a global ranking of the world's most competitive economies, landing at fifth place because of its huge deficits and declining public faith in government, a global economic group said Wednesday.
The announcement by the World Economic Forum was the latest bad news for the Obama administration, which has been struggling to boost the sinking U.S. economy and lower an unemployment rate of more than 9 percent.
Switzerland held onto the top spot for the third consecutive year in the annual ranking by the Geneva-based forum, which is best known for its exclusive meeting of luminaries in Davos, Switzerland, each January.
Singapore moved up to second place, bumping Sweden down to third. Finland moved up to fourth place, from seventh last year. The U.S. was in fourth place last year, after falling from No. 1 in 2008.
The rankings, which the forum has issued for more than three decades, are based on economic data and a survey of 15,000 business executives.
The forum praised the U.S. for its productivity, highly sophisticated and innovative companies, excellent universities and flexible labor market. But it also cited "a number of escalating weaknesses" such as rising government debt and declining public faith in political leaders and corporate ethics.
The results of a survey of 142 nations comes a day before Obama is preparing to tackle jobs issues in a speech to the U.S. Congress, and just as U.S. polls show a clear majority of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.
Switzerland held onto its top ranking, the forum said, because of "continuing strong performance across the board" with innovation, technological readiness, even-handed regulation and having one of the world's most stable economic environments.
Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse, was sixth, followed by the Netherlands and Denmark. Japan came in ninth, and Britain was 10th. France was 18th, and Greece, saddled with debt, fell to 90th.
The report looked at broader trends: While the U.S. slipped, emerging markets gained traction. China took 26th place, highest among major emerging economies; Brazil was 53rd; India was 56th; and Russia was 66th.
"Fiscal imbalances that have been building up around the world are really a danger to future competitiveness, in terms of the ability of countries to invest in those things that will be very important for competitiveness going forward, things like education, infrastructure and so on," said Jennifer Blanke, an economist with the forum.
ROFL, "Republicans especially have to question Politico/MSNBC's decison to have Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart ask the same question over and over again -- Won't you agree to amnesty for illegal immigrants?"
Jihad in India: Deadly Islamic Attack Strikes Courthouse in New Delhi "There was total chaos. There was blood. People were running for their lives.” - Atlas Shrugs
Posted by Chris Edwards
The IRS made payments of $4.2 billion last year in refundable tax credits to illegal aliens, according to an audit by the Treasury’s Inspector General. “Refundable” tax credits are cash subsidies — federal outlays — given to people who don’t pay any income tax.
Even by Washington standards, flushing $4.2 billion down the drain in a single year is pretty impressive. And what’s weird in this case is that federal law is apparently ambiguous about whether or not these payments should have been made.
The larger problem here is that the overall cost of refundable tax subsidies has skyrocketed in recent years. The chart shows the outlay portions of the largest two refundable tax credits—the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the child tax credit (CTC). (This is fiscal year federal budget data).
- The EITC has grown in cost from $4.4 billion in 1990, to $26.1 billion in 2000, and to an estimated $44.9 billion in 2011.
- The CTC was enacted in 1997, and then its cost rose from $0.8 billion in 2000 to an estimated $22.9 billion in 2011.
Note that the $4.2 billion paid to illegal aliens is not the only rip-off element of these refundable tax subsidies. For decades, auditors have been finding an enormous amount of errors and fraud in EITC payments. The IRS currently estimates that the error and fraud rate in the EITC is between 24 and 29 percent, or more than $10 billion a year in waste.
The CTC and EITC should be scrapped. The CTC started out as a Republican effort to distort the tax code in a socially conservative manner, and it has now morphed into a large welfare program. As for the EITC—any program that hands out one-quarter of its spending erroneously and fraudulently is grossly unfair to the taxpayers who are footing the bills.Chris Edwards • September 6, 2011 @ 2:40 pm
Obama’s whopper of a claim on tax cuts
“We said working folks deserved a break, so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.”
— President Obama, Sept. 5, 2011
The president’s Labor Day speech in Detroit featured an assertion that contained a number of warning signs that it might be an errant fact: “biggest middle-class tax cut in history.”
First of all, anytime a politician claims he or she has done something historic, watch your pockets. That’s usually a dubious claim.
Then, “biggest” can mean all sorts of things. If we are talking about dollars, then are they inflation-adjusted or measured against the overall economy? Raw dollar figures are essentially meaningless without that context.
Finally, the “middle-class” modifier. What’s the definition of “middle-class”? There are many ways one could slice and dice that classification.
Clearly the president wants to demonstrate he’s a tax-cutter. And certainly White House officials have been frustrated that the $116 billion Making Work Pay tax cut was largely unnoticed by Americans.
We decided to put the president’s claim to the test.
We took an informal survey in our office and asked people what they thought the president’s statement meant. Everyone agreed he was claiming the biggest tax cut in terms of dollars.
Imagine our surprise when the White House responded that he wasn’t talking about dollars at all.
“The point the president was making that is there is not a tax cut that has been enjoyed by such a broad section of the population,” an administration official said, pointing to a report that said that 95 percent of working families received some kind of tax cut under the Making Work Pay provision in his stimulus bill.
In other words, this isn’t about the size of the tax cut, but about the fact that every working family, except those making more than $190,000, received as much as $800 in tax cuts.
That strikes us as very odd way to claim “the biggest,” but maybe that’s because Obama can’t make that claim. We ran the numbers every which way, but the fairest over time is to look at the tax cut as a percentage of national income (Gross Domestic Product minus depreciation.)
John F. Kennedy seems to win the prize for biggest tax cut, at least in the last half century. By the same measure, the income tax provisions of George W. Bush tax cuts are more than twice as large as Obama’s tax cut over the same three-year time span. (Yes, a large portion of Bush’s tax cut went to the wealthy, but it also benefited the working poor. We still don’t know what Obama means by “middle class,” since his definition also seems to include the working poor.)
Incidentally, the report that the administration official cited as “outside validation” for the 95 percent statistic just mentioned it as an aside. We checked with one of the co-authors, and he said the source for the figure was a White House fact sheet.
We’re not that impressed by the 95 percent claim, in any case. Essentially, all this means is that the top 5 percent of taxpayers did not receive the tax cut. Some economists might argue the cut-off limited the effectiveness of the provision as economic stimulus.
The Pinocchio Test
Obama’s claim of having passed the “biggest middle-class tax cut in history” is ridiculous. He might have been on more solid ground if he had claimed the “broadest” tax cut, but that doesn’t sound very historic.
We went back and forth over whether this was a three or four Pinocchio violation, until we found evidence that Obama knew he was saying a whopper. Here’s how he put it in his 2010 State of the Union speech: “We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families.” That phrasing, at least, would not have been so misleading.
Watch Obama’s Labor Day speech
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If WW3 begins in EUROPE, Johnny Reb & Billy Yank aren't going. Economic collapse is a stupid problem; learn to evolve, and use your austerity measures to dismiss some bureaucrats/bureaucracy.
Anarcho-Syndicalism: A Recipe for Ruin
Mises Daily: Monday, September 05, 2011 by Daniel James Sanchez
DETAILS OF THE PLAN BELOW
According to people familiar with the White House deliberations, two of the biggest measures in the president's proposals for 2012 are expected to be a one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits. Together those two would total about $170 billion.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan was still being finalized and some proposals could still be subject to change.
The White House is also considering a tax credit for businesses that hire the unemployed. That could cost about $30 billion. Obama has also called for public works projects, such as school construction. Advocates of that plan have called for spending of $50 billion, but the White House proposal is expected to be smaller.
Obama also is expected to continue for one year a tax break for businesses that allows them to deduct the full value of new equipment. The president and Congress negotiated that provision into law for 2011 last December.
Though Obama has said he intends to propose long-term deficit reduction measures to cover the up-front costs of his jobs plan, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would not lay out a wholesale deficit reduction plan in his speech.Read more at Associated Press
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
But Obama doesn't say anything against when his 'family' of union thugs attacks innocent people, not even when one of them bit a guy's fucking finger clean off. WTF man, not cool.
Nixon levels. Zero job growth in August, first time since 1943, long before any antiquarian favorite of either party. #ObamaIsntWorking
Because Turkey rejects foreign journalism, and has embraced Islam as the STATE RELIGION. Deterioration.
1. Musical Heresy
Monday, September 5, 2011
What Democrats can do about Obama
A liberal argues that the 2012 Democratic nomination should be debated -- with all options open
Blue Dogs switching to GOP. Have Democrat's bullying gone too far? Anyone seeing this in their area?
"And Detroit carmakers? They're downsizing at home. GM has been cutting its white-collar payroll by 10% a year since 2000. Its engineering staff has been reduced from 19,000 then to 12,000 now. Fortunately, top researchers and designers have other places to go. Just ask Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Motors Design & Technical Center in Irvine, Calif. Sitting at Hyundai's booth at the Detroit auto show, Piaskowski says he left his job at GM after designing the new Buick Lucerne sedan to join Hyundai -- with a nice promotion. He left Detroit, he adds, to be part of a company that is thriving. Piaskowski's new job gives him the freedom to design more types of vehicles. "Other companies are burdened by cost and overhead. We can do things they can't do," he says. While the upheaval in the car industry has shaken up the majority of Piaskowski's former co-workers at GM, it has left him in a better position than ever."
UAW 70$/hr (after benefits, 40$ take-home) plus employers pay pensions.
Overseas challengers 5$-10$, no pension.
The following was read on the air 45 years ago, in 1964, by radio personality Paul Harvey. It merits a reading today:
America has become a cannibal society, devouring its best. The competent, numerically outnumbered by the incompetents, are being corralled, restrained, confined and milked like barnyard cattle. The giants who created our skyscraper civilization are now ordered to obey Lilliputian bureaucrats. Common men—who owe their jobs to uncommon men who create jobs—gang together to shackle their providers.
Americans are becoming congenital dependents. Even as loafing relatives extort a livelihood by claiming they have a “right” to your money—so today eight million homegrown moochers insist that you are responsible for their welfare! Thus, we subsidize promiscuous mothers and their illegitimate babies and lazy feather bedders and goldbricking government pay rollers…While we penalize the strong, the purposeful, the productive with disproportionate burdens of taxes, pressures, red tape.
We praise ventures which are “non-profit” and grant them tax advantages and social acceptance, yet we damn the men who make the profits which make the “non-profit” ventures possible. Americans want to keep the electric lights but destroy the generators. What if the men of brains and initiative and industry should go on strike?
It happened once. “The Dark Ages” were a period of stagnation when men of exceptional ability gave up, figured “what’s the use?” and went underground—for a thousand years. Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged,” thinks it may have to happen that way again. Dr. Charles Mayo says, “I know of no individual, no nation, that ever did anything worthwhile on a five-day week.” Already many American industrialists are turning the keys on their corporations and going to Florida—either part-time or full-time—to become non-productive beachcombers.
Curiously, Russia is beginning to reward the uncommon men. Soviet scholar Vadim A. Trapeznikov—not without Kremlin sanction—is now referring to the Soviet system as “obsolete.” He says Russia’s economy must now rely on the “more productive profit motive.” We, on the other hand, continue to play the democratic con-game which pretends that all men are equal and that anybody who demonstrates any inequality should be punished for it.
Any insolent beggar can wave his sores in your face and plead for help in the tone of a threat. You are expected to feel “guilty” for having more than he. Any barefoot bum from the pestholes of Asia or Africa cries out, “How dare you be rich!” And we beg them to be patient and we promise to give it all away as fast as possible.
The economic creed of “enlightened selfishness” which made our nation the powerhouse of this planet has been so maligned that now it sounds like heresy when I say:
Any man who claims you owe him a living is a cannibal.
Whether foreign or domestic, he is a cannibal.
If you choose to help him, that is one thing.
If he demands you “help” as his “right,” he is a leech,
a sycophant, a parasite.
He is a cannibal seeking to survive by consuming you.
The landmark album from EMI is about to drop. Flowers in the Desert, featuring 19 of the best metal, rock, hiphop and rock bands from the Muslim world featured in the book and produced by Mark LeVine, is scheduled for a pre-holiday release. Check out the promo vid HERE:
"We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal."
"Music is the weapon of the future."
An eighteen-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A twenty-two-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip. A Lebanese singer who quotes Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." They are as representative of the world of Islam today as the conservatives and extremists we see every night on the news. Heavy metal, punk, hip-hop, and reggae are each the music of protest, and in many cases considered immoral in the Muslim world. This music may also turn out to be the soundtrack of a revolution unfolding across that world.
Why, despite governmental attempts to control and censor them, do these musicians and fans keep playing and listening? Partly, of course, for the joy of self-expression, but also because, in this region, everything is political. In Heavy Metal Islam, Mark LeVine explores the influence of Western music on the Middle East through interviews with musicians and fans, introducing us young Muslims
As the crisis in Iran continues to unfold, Mark has kept in regular touch with many of that country's leading metal and hiphop artists, who have been sending him regular updates on the situation. To follow their reports, check out Mark's blog on the Huffington Post HERE which has links to Mark's analyses of the evolving situation.
Read the profile about the book and my interview with Iron Maiden at their website.
Editor's Pick, New York Times, July 20, 2008: "LeVine manages to unpack enough cross-cultural incongruities to mount his own most pit; and informative, valuable and moderately mad book... This conscientious anti-imperialist has written a swell tract in favor of a... Marshall Amps Plan... and his program is undoubtedly the first to enlist death metal as the spearhead of a new Peace Corps." >>MORE
Boston Globe, August 10, 2008.
Jorzine magazine, Amman, Winter 2009: "A joy to read with its amusing and articulate writing style... A must read for every metalhead out there, not just middle eastern ones, simply because, I can't think of
Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2008: "[LeVine's] material is rich, as he mingles scenes of conflict with surprising moments ofunderstanding... Young men in long hair and black T-shirts are proudly marginalized everywhere, but the stakes are far higher here. The sounds and scenes he finds are a fascinating social phenomenon."
Slate.com, July 28, 2008: "Rock the Mullahs! Welcome to the new Middle East... a highly literate, politically sophisticated, technologically savvy, and globally plugged-in generation. It speaks English; it knows its way around the Internet; and, according to historian and part-time metal head Mark LeVine--who follows the [scenes] with all the dogged determination of a seasoned Grateful Dead fan--it wants to rock." >>MORE
Daily Star (Beirut), August 22, 2008: "Levine's book accomplishes its simple, self-appointed task: to exhibit the potential for music to transform societies and bring people closer together through artistic expression. Given the media's emphasis on
Rocky Mountain News, July 24, 2008: "This is an excellent and entertaining read for metalheads or anyone interested in a different look at Mideast culture... Just as there's more to LeVine than
Starred Review, Publishers' Weekly, May 12, 2008: "With a Jolting Arrangement of images and voices, LeVine powerfully upends received notions about the Middle East by exploring one of the area's least known subcultures... Warm and intelligent." >>MORE
"Highly Recommended"-Library Journal, June 18, 2008. "Using music as a prism to observe social relations, [LeVine] expertly describes the political upheaval and social confusion in the Middle East that Westerners ignore or seldom understand. This examination of the changing and evolving cultures in a key global region is highly recommended." >> MORE
Paste Magazine, July 2008: "Headbanging in Hejab:" LeVine chronicles and partakes, reflecting on and helping shape the reality he discovers. He produces a deeply felt, informed volume that's both hopeful and emotionally honest... He does a remarkable job, sketching not only the surprising realities of the musicians, but also providing excellent historical background and terrific detail... Anyone-regardless of musical preference-who wants an eye-level glimpse into the Middle East should pick up Heavy Metal Islam. Headbanging optional." >>MORE
Freerepublic.com, July 9, 2008: Written by the incomparable Mark LeVine, [who] LeVine has a rare talent for taking personal, comprehensible subjects and connecting them to much larger issues... This is one of the most important nonfiction books written in the past decade, and I would strap a sandwich board to my back in order to promote it. >>MORE
Kirkus Reviews: May 15, 2008: "Offer[s] a surprising message of hope and solidarity that contrasts sharply with [the music's]
Gilbey Clarke, Guns N' Roses and Rockstar Supernova: "Heavy Metal Islam is a fun read, and an important one. As an American, Islam has been portrayed as the boogie man. As a musician I can relate to the struggles they had trying to write and record their songs and the difficulty finding hard rock records where they don't exist. so this was a pleasant surprise that these young artists and fans from such a different culture can enjoy the same soundtrack of my youth." >>MORE
Lanny Cordola, guitarist and producer, House of Lords, Mellow Man Ace, ESPN, Love Supreme Coalition: "Heavy Metal Islam is an important book--relevant and timely. It captures the essence of what it means to be a musician and a Muslim. It is a book of vigor and passion, a travelogue into the heart of what it means to be alive in the belly of political mumbo jumbo-finding grace in the dirge of extremism and shedding light on the common love of power chord-riff and banshee wail." >>MORE
Mike Davis, author, City of Quartz and A Brief History of the Car Bomb: "Roll over Crusaders. As Mark LeVine discovers during his revelatory journey from Fes to Dubai, the young people of the Arab world are rockin' their socks off, and, through their audacious musical subcultures, defining a future that rejects marginality, imperialism and intolerance." >>MORE
Anton Pushansky, tripple-Grammy Award winning producer, engineer and musician: "No one else alive could have written this book. LeVine has a great musician's ear, a scholar's eye, and an activist's sensibility for pulling unseen but crucial truths out of one of the world's most troubled regions." >>MORE
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