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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Whittle on Kiplings 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings'
A short vid from an old friend. Much old wisdom here from a great poet. It is the young people that should hear this; so, pass it to as many of them as you can. Every mind you awaken to these truths is another defender of freedom.

Posted by: Thraiper Pheater4399 || 01/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top||

#1  ...we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;


Written in 1919, but still fresh from today's headlines. Hey, maybe it will work this time!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/09/2013 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Good job Bill Whittle.

Hey, maybe it will work this time!

I worry about the cost of trying the failed experiment again. History has taught that socialism/communism/Nazism are very costly.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/09/2013 14:24 Comments || Top||

#3  yea... but this time we'll call it progressivism. I'm sure it'll work this time!

/SARC
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/09/2013 16:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Grom considers Whittle a n00b.
:)

I'm more Grave of the Hundred Head these days.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/09/2013 16:41 Comments || Top||


A short video: Chicago teachers union president jokes about beheading the rich.
Note the audience response.
Posted by: Angoter Omealet8767 || 01/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top||

#1  Jeez, to behead that fat pig you'd need one of those blades they use to bust up B-52's.
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/09/2013 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  If your tax went up, then you're rich according to Obama.

Wonder how they'd like a "wobbly" neck?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 5:02 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder what this woman's net worth is? Maybe she'd better pull her neck in a bit.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/09/2013 9:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Net worth? That's assuming she's saved anything. She's an Eater, not a Planner; everything she's been given she's consumed as fast as possible. Odds are her credit cards are straining at their limits and she has multiple mortgages.

Being prepared for tomorrow is for other people -- who she intends to rob.

(Rather, have the government rob for her; she no doubt has a defined benefits pension from Chicago.)
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/09/2013 12:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Karen Lewis is a shrill, bloviating idiot. The teachers I know from the Chicago area can't stand her, but are unwilling to say so or do anything about it publicly for fear of both personal and physical retributions.

It's the 'Chicago Way®'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/09/2013 12:59 Comments || Top||

#6  15 seconds of that bitch was all i could take. there ain't enough bags in the world to put over that to make it worth it, even to a WestPac Sailor @ 2 AM......
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/09/2013 21:14 Comments || Top||

#7  How do you really feel about her, lol?
Posted by: BA || 01/09/2013 23:37 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Is Venezuela harboring Hezbollah?
Posted by: tipper || 01/09/2013 08:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top||

#1  No.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/09/2013 16:42 Comments || Top||


Europe
Video: Can a trillion dollar coin solve America's fiscal crisis?
Posted by: tipper || 01/09/2013 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top||

#1  A denarius featuring Obamanerius? Oh why not.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/09/2013 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Put a picture of Keynes on it.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 5:03 Comments || Top||

#3  or perhaps Mugabe...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 5:03 Comments || Top||


#5  A platinum mirror I can understand. But platinum smoke seems like a waste.

Besides, imagine the battles over whose portrait belongs on the face

That would be Obama in his ermine ruff, of course.
Posted by: KBK || 01/09/2013 9:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Did it solve Zimbabwe or the Weimar republic's problems?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 12:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Government creates money all the time. We have a Treasury Department that has been doing this since 1787. We have a Federal Reserve that has been doing this since 1913.

Look at the money supply measures (M1, M3, etc) over the last two centuries. We create coinage, bills, bank reserves, etc all the time.

The question isn't whether government can create a $1T coin and call it legal tender. Of course it can, and can do so the same way it authorizes printing of $1 bills.

The question is what would happen if government did this. Okay, let's do that armchair experiment.

Let's coin 20 $1T coins (call them 'Krugmans'). Deposit the 20 Krugmans in the Treasury.

What happens next? Well, the Treasury either tries to 'spend' them -- proffer them in the markets to pay our bills -- or tries to borrow against them -- use them for collateral.

Either way the markets will likely say no, or say yes only under the most onerous terms.

And if either works, you are increasing the money supply by a substantial amount. I think there's a term for what happens when the money supply increases relative to the goods and services available. Hmmm, what's that word again?

Create a $1T Krugman if you want. Government can do it. It just isn't wise.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/09/2013 12:34 Comments || Top||

#8  It would only work if the coin weighed 18,000 tons. I say make it and hand it directly to Obama.
Posted by: airandee || 01/09/2013 15:12 Comments || Top||

#9  I have (Framed) A Ten Million Dollar Zimbabwe Note, totaly worthless, the Trillion Dollar Coin would also be worthless when minted.

Excepy as a curiosoty, not worth a damn.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/09/2013 16:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Make it out of plutonium and when you stack a couple or so on each other, you get critical mass. Top Secret™
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/09/2013 16:49 Comments || Top||

#11  The Ningi?

When will Krugman say we need a triganic Pu?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 16:57 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/09/2013 17:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top||

#1  Really? This is news to anyone?
Posted by: AzCat || 01/09/2013 18:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Not sure any generation is any different... Look at the mess the Baby Boomers are making.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 19:06 Comments || Top||


The New Liberal Aristocracy
‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics.

The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people they wanted less rich people to pay their fair share to help the poor.

But the new liberal aristocracy is far less discreet than the old. Most are self-made multimillionaires who acquired their money through government service, finance, law, investment, or marriage. If the old-money liberals lived it up tastefully within their walled family compounds, the new liberal aristocrats are unashamed about living openly in a manner quite at odds with their professed populist ideology.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/09/2013 01:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top||

#1  Wealth isn't the problem in the USA, it's RENT-SEEKING.

The leaderships of both parties are equally at it too.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/09/2013 5:01 Comments || Top||

#2  they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others.

Yeah, they are good at keeping their own wealth but good at re-distributing everyone else's.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/09/2013 14:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Far right spells danger for Netanyahu
Posted by: tipper || 01/09/2013 09:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Assad's 'road map'
[Dawn] IT'S a good plan in theory: an end to foreign interference, a "national dialogue" to prepare a charter, a referendum for popular ratification and then a parliamentary election. Speaking to a packed crowd at a cultural centre in Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
on Sunday, Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
denounced his opponents in strong terms, calling them "Western puppets" and "enemies of God" and said his forces would call off fighting if foreign powers stopped arming the dissidents. Appearing in public for the first time in six months, the president surprised the world by his confidence and, after the speech, was mobbed in scenes that observers called well-choreographed. But the end-result was a road map that has little chance of success. The Syrian National Coalition, which comprises different opposition groups, rejected the plan and called for his ouster. Pro-dissident powers denounced the plan, Turkey saying there was nothing new in it, while the US and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
called upon the president to quit. Iran alone welcomed the Assad speech, saying it could stop violence and lead to a negotiated settlement.

A peaceful solution is what Syria's well-wishers want. But so much blood has been spilled over the last 21 months and the rival sides have adopted such hard-line positions it is difficult to see how they can negotiate across the table. Already, the character of the conflict has deviated from the ideals of the Arab Spring, for the entry of beturbanned goon elements, especially those loyal to Al Qaeda, has given it a sectarian hue. Yet that shouldn't serve to hide the Baathist regime's regional and international isolation. Frankly, there are no powers or elements, internal or external, which can truly be called impartial and genuinely interested in a peaceful solution. With neither side in a position to win militarily, the slaughter in Syria is likely to continue.
Posted by: Fred || 01/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top||

#1  Attrition will result in eventual peace. Do not disturb the natural order. These things take time.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/09/2013 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Attrition will result in eventual peace.

Among Arabs?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/09/2013 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Among Arabs?

Well, yes. The last living Arab will be spending all of his time and energy trying to remember what brand of Islam he belongs to.

(then he'll kill himself when he he find out)
Posted by: Pappy || 01/09/2013 15:05 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
Exploiting The Blood Feud
Strategy Page
Posted by: tipper || 01/09/2013 08:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top||

#1  "Men like JOSEY WALES, General, live-n-die by the Feud"!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/09/2013 21:58 Comments || Top||



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  Indonesia Foils Terror Plot on Tourist Spots
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  US drone attack kills four in North Waziristan
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  Syria Opposition Rejects Assad's Reconciliation Plan
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  New U.S. Drone Strike Kills Three Qaida Suspects in Yemen
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  Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan
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  Fourteen Killed as Nigerian Troops Clash with Islamists
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