Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
05/15/2011 14:27 Comments ||
And just last week, the Mighty TSA was being condemned for searching infants for 'poop bombs,' y'all might want to reconsider and thank Big Sis and her Far-Reaching-Into-My-Shorts-Hand for keeping us safe.....
(is the /sarc tag needed?)
THE central bank says the country must consider adopting a gold-backed Zimbabwean dollar warning that the US greenbacks days as the worlds reserve currency are numbered.
Government ditched the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009 after it had been rendered worthless by record inflation levels and adopted multiple foreign currencies with the US dollar, the South African Rand and the Botswana being the most widely used.
Finance minister Tendai Biti says the country needs at least six months import cover and a sustainable track-record of economic growth, inflation stability and above 60 percent capacity utilisation in industry before the Zim dollar can be brought back into circulation.
However central bank chief, Dr Gideon Gono said the country should consider adopting a gold-backed currency.
[Al Jazeera] Up to five people were killed when Ugandan police clashed with opposition supporters who attacked cars carrying African leaders at the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni.
A government front man confirmed at least one death in the capital, Kampala, on Thursday. But local independent TV station WBS reported that five had died when police opened fire on opposition supporters who threw stones at the cars.
The vehicles included a convoy carrying Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president.
"As they came past, protesters threw stones [and] smashed some of the windows," Al Jizz's Malcolm Webb reported from Kampala on Thursday. "When police moved in to disperse those protesters, somebody was shot."
Museveni, who has held power for 25 years, was sworn in for a fourth term after winning elections that opposition parties said were rigged.
Since the vote, opposition leaders including Kizza Besigye have led a series of protests against high food and fuel prices.
At the same time as the inauguration, a crowd of thousands supporting Besigye had gathered in the capital to welcome him back to Uganda from Kenya.
The crowd began to flee as police used teargas and water cannons to scatter them. Police said they had to move in after crowds started throwing stones at vehicles carrying guests at the inauguration.
"The crowd was dispersed by police and soldiers. They fired tear gas and water cannons and chased people away with sticks," Al Jizz's Webb said.
Soon after, however, Besigye's supporters regrouped and continued to march towards the capital.
Leaders of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zim-bob-we, Tanzania, DRC, Somalia and South Sudan were all present for the inauguration.
Thursday's ceremony marked Museveni's fourth swearing in as Uganda's president, after promising in 2001 to retire from politics.
According to official results from last February's election, Besigye, 55, won 26 per cent of the vote, while Museveni, 62, took 68 per cent.
But Besigye's Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) says the results were falsified, and that both candidates received just under 50 per cent of the vote, an outcome that would have required a run-off.
Museveni has accused the opposition of trying to spread chaos in response to its loss in the election, saying on Tuesday that he planned to introduce constitutional amendments that would see bail prohibited for
certain charges, including rioting and economic sabotage.
Besigye and other opposition politicians have been released on bail after recent protest-related arrests.
The opposition figure had been in Kenya seeking treatment for injuries he suffered in a series of demonstrations against rising food and fuel prices.
Besigye was first taken to hospital in Kampala at the end of April after Ugandan police smashed the windows of his car and sprayed him with tear gas in an incident caught on camera. He was then transferred to a Nairobi hospital.
He told Al Jizz at the time that he remained committed to non-violent protest.
[Asia One] Michel Martelly, a charismatic singer with no government experience, was sworn in as Haiti's president on Saturday, shouldering a daunting task of reconstruction in the poor, earthquake-battered nation. Couldn't be any worse than the leadership they've had in the past...
The shaven-headed former entertainer, 50, took the oath of office before Haiti's national assembly in a prefabricated UN-supplied structure erected on the site of the old parliament building destroyed by last year's earthquake.
h/t New Zeal
...perhaps the only country in the world that has benefited from the last decade of war against al-Qaeda is China, and it has benefitted big time. Beijing has watched the United States spend more than $3 trillion on the war on terrorism, devote its military resources to the Middle East, and neglect pretty much every other part of the globe (except where al-Qaeda and its friends hang out). The United States is now mired in debt, stuck in a recession, and paralyzed by partisan politics.
Over that same period, meanwhile, China has quickly become the second largest economy in the world. In 2001, Goldman Sachs predicted that the Chinese economy would rival that of Germany by 2011. Boy, was that a lowball estimate. Last month, the International Monetary Fund looked again into the crystal ball and announced that the Chinese economy would become the world's largest in 2016.
China's overtaking of the United States "will effectively end the 'Age of America' a decade before most analysts had expected," writes David Gardner in the British Daily Mail. "It means that whoever wins the 2012 presidential election will have the dubious honor of presiding over the fall of the United States."
Memo from Beijing: Mission Accomplished!
Naturally, since this is no movie, it's not so cut and dried. As demonstrated by its huge investments into this country including $45 billion worth of deals back in January China doesn't want a bankrupt United States. Indeed, U.S. budget deficits and low interest rates have fueled global inflation, driving up food prices and creating precisely the kind of instability that makes China uncomfortable. Beijing needs American consumers, the relative security of American bonds, and the occasional stability provided by American troops. But remember: all of that can be provided by the world's second leading economy and number one military spender.
I believe africa will profit the most having all the raw resources to supply chinas growth which the US buys. Africa might be at the bottom continent of power but it would also benfit if the whole chain of consumerism collapsed, because of the cheap labour.
"It means that whoever wins the 2012 presidential election will have the dubious honor of presiding over the fall of the United States."
It means the next leader must have the good sense to say no to our economic destruction by a hostile, predatory mercantile power. The US has already shipped 1/2 of our industrial base to China in less than 20 years and working furiously on sending the rest. If you can't control the borders, people and goods, then you don't have a country. You are a colony.
Compare wid WAFF > BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP:USA = NEXT [low-cost]"SWEATSHOP" NATION!? |REINVESTMENT DURING THE NEXT FIVE YEARS COULD USHER IN A NEW RENNAISANCE WHERE THE US BECOMES THE WORLD'S LARGEST LOW-COST COUNTRY AMONG DEVELOPED NATIONS.
As for CHINA + GWOT, it + US-World are dealing wid Extremists most of whom long ago chose to accept violent death iff ambitions + agendums cannot be achieved, including but not limited to mutual/universal destuction i.e. "TAKING THE
WORLD WID THEM". THE JIHAD TAINT OVER JUST BECUZ OSAMA PER SE GOT WHACKED.
IPS is a far-left think tank affiliated with the Nation magazine. Wikipedia has a few interesting tidbits on this organization:
Harvey Klehr, professor of politics and history at Emory University, in his 1988 book Far Left of Center: The American Radical Left Today said that IPS "serves as an intellectual nerve center for the radical movement, ranging from nuclear and anti-intervention issues to support for Marxist insurgencies." Joshua Muravchik has also accused the institute of communophilism. while Emerson Vermatt has accused the think-tank of "its bitter opposition to the intelligence community, notably the CIA." Furthermore, it has been accused by the FBI as a "think factory" that helps to "train extremists who incite violence in U.S. cities, and whose educational research serves as a cover for intrigue, an political agitation."
In 1974, the Institute created an 'Organizing Committee for the Fifth Estate' as part of its "Center for National Security Studies" which published (and still publishes) the magazine CounterSpy. CounterSpy has in turn been the subject of scrutiny by officials and intelligence agencies, who claim that the magazine's "driving force" was ex-CIA agent and alleged Cuban/KGB agent Philip Agee and accused by US President George H.W. Bush and others of leading to the murder of the then CIA Station Chief in Greece, Richard S. Welch.
In his book The KGB and Soviet disinformation: an insider's view Ladislav Bittman, a former StB agent who worked in misinformation operations such as the IPS, covered the IPS's role in the Soviet intelligence network. It should be noted that not all of IPS fellows were on intelligence agency payroll and not every publication originated from the KGB. Brian Crozier, director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict, described IPS as the "perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB."
In 2001, I was banned from "littlegreenfootballs," after I posted that "nuclear arms are cost-effective" and that Pashtun-Afghanistan should be "made to look like the Moon." And that Pakistan's Pashtuns would make any intervention "unwinnable," because of the advantage of "harborage." The Pentagon's youtube channel includes a West Point speech by Robt Gates in which he says that any future US President who ordered a "large land army" into Asia, "should have his head examined." As I write, the "pakistandefence" forum includes a thread where US "allies" advocate massive use of snipers against US troops in Afghanistan, as a means to end US theater activity.
How can the insanity of deranged triumphalism ("mission accomplished") be capped, and we at long last turn Kandaher into dust? Does "values" sewage still pollute minds? Again: nuclear arms are cost effective.
IMMIGRATION detainees are pretending to be teens to get their visa applications processed quicker and live in better conditions.
Victoria's biggest youth immigration detention centre in Broadmeadows is filled with many asylum seekers claiming to be under 18 to escape the tougher regulations for adults, an investigation has discovered.
Secret photos obtained by the Herald Sun reveal men with obvious signs of ageing, including crow's-feet, wrinkles around their eyes and receding hairlines.
Experts say the men are more likely to be aged in their 20s.
Several Immigration Department sources have confirmed the con.
Immigration officials lack time and resources to investigate people's ages so they deliver them to youth detention centres with "a wry smile", a whistleblower said.
"There are some massive guys, we're talking about man mountains, in the centre. Sixteen-year-olds just aren't built like that," the source said.
Adult detainees bullied genuine youngsters at the facility, it was revealed.
University of Technology Sydney forensic anatomist Dr Meiya Sutisno said an initial assessment of a selection of the photographs showed men not minors.
"They are not juveniles, definitely not," she said.
Dr Sutisno said the men in photos she had seen were aged between 18 and their late-20s.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said the age scam had become widely known among asylum seekers and the department was unable to prove people's ages.
"They (the department) have no idea how old these people are," he said.
"They just guess."
MANY detainees deliberately have no documentation of their age so they can lie about how old they are.
SOME asylum seekers have privately confessed to being more than a decade older than they claimed.
INMATES at the Broadmeadows facility have boasted about escaping at night to get McDonald's.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre coordinator Pamela Curr said many didn't know their ages because it was not in their culture to celebrate birthdays.
"They say what they have been told to say by people smugglers."
[Iran Press TV] US President Barack B.O. Obama announces plans to increase sales of oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, aiming to boost domestic production. ... and, shucks, there's a whole year and a half to go until the election...
The new measures would extend annual leases of government owned tracts in the 23 million-acre area of the Alaskan National Petroleum Reserve (NPR) and other areas, Rooters reported.
"We plan to lease new areas in the Gulf of Mexico...and work to create new incentives for industry to develop their unused leases both on and offshore," Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address.
The move directs the Interior Department to conduct annual sales in National Petroleum Reserve, which had previously only taken place periodically.
While stating that the measures "make good sense" in helping to reduce the country's dependence on imported oil, the president also acknowledged it would not immediately bring down the price of gasoline at the pump. Prices now top more than USD 4 per gallon in many states.
Last week, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed measures to allow for more offshore drilling off the Alaskan, Pacific and Atlantic coasts as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The bills would also ease environmental review laws.
The measures, however, are not likely to pass in the Democrat-dominated Senate.
In March 2010, Obama announced a plan to increase drilling along the Atlantic coastline. Shortly afterwards, a moratorium was placed on drilling following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
In October, the moratorium was lifted following pressure from Gulf coast politicians.
NPR lies west of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Oil companies have been lobbying for years to open up the wildlife reserve for drilling.
Environmentalists have so far been able to protect the reserve from their repeated attempts to drill.
The usual scenario. The House passes a pro-drilling bill to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign imported oil. POTUS hypes such innitiatives as his own knowing they will be deep-sixed in the Senate. He then blames the Republicans for being obstructionists. Nothing happens until the Senate make-up changes and there is a new POTUS.
Next week he plans to decrease it for the carbon.. the week after ... golf for a month... then halt it then forget about it until just before the election with a crash drilling program by the new dept of energy oil monopoly.
Posted by: Water Modem ||
05/15/2011 11:26 Comments ||
This has just got to piss off the voting base on the left, particularly the environmentalists. I will be watching outside my window for the protesters. Oh wait, that's only when it's a Republican President is in the Oval Office! Oops, my mistake. Cue the crickets please!!
BTW: JohnQC, spot on with your comments. Maybe this is Obama's way of justifying the move to the center to please the pundits, so they can call it a compromise to the conservatives?
A Huckabee-less field also makes the Iowa caucuses far more competitive as the Arkansas Republican would have been a clear favorite in the state following his surprise victory there in 2008. Thats good news for people like Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn), former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all of whom are expected to make a major push in the Hawkeye State.
Something tells me the MSM's hoping to select Ogabe's opponent for Nov. '12. Herman Cain handily won the SC Republican debate according to Frank Luntz' focus...and ever since then seems to be on the receiving end of an orchestrated strategy to strangle his campaign in the cradle by refusing to even mention it.
Posted by: RIcky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
05/15/2011 11:32 Comments ||
Here's my take:
- Prefer governors. Legislators don't generally do well in presidential elections.
That takes out Bachman, Newt, Paul and Santorum
- Should be able to carry their home state. Basically, they should have a built in constituency, and ideally it would be the people who know them best. Even better, it should be a state that would otherwise be in play.
That takes out Romney and Santorum
- Avoid the Democrat-lite. Real Democrat always beats Democrat-lite.
That takes out Huntsman.
Who does that leave?
Johnson - Looking like an also-ran.
Palin - Love her, but the Dem Attack Machine has left her maimed.
Daniels - We'd win Indiana anyway, and he's weak on some issues (e.g. judges), but generally a strong candidate.
Pawlenty - Once endorsed Cap & Trade, like just about every other candidate, but unlike all the others he has recanted. Has a solid record of fiscal conservatism and taking on the Dems and unions, and MN would be a great pick up. Won re-election in MN in 2006, a year when most Pubs were getting slaughtered.
Cain - Inspiring speaker, fresh face, solid conservative credentials. Downsides are no money and never been elected to public office. The money part is easy to fix.
I personally like Cain and Pawlenty, and could live with Daniels. If I left someone out, they don't matter anyway. Also, when reading the news coverage of these guys, remember that it's written by people who want us to LOSE.
Update - the bill passed a 2nd reading on May 12th. The third and final vote, on may 13th had the bill passing by a vote of 138-0. It now moves on to the Senate.
While states across the country are considering and passing bills to reject or nullify what many see as federal overreach in areas like health care, gun rights, medical marijuana, and more, the Texas State House struck a resounding blow tonight by becoming the nations first legislative body to pass a TSA nullification bill.
House Bill 1937, introduced by Representative David Simpson, seeks to ban searches by TSA (and other) agents without probable cause as the 4th amendment requires. It states, in part:
A person who is a public servant [acting under color of his office or employment] commits an offense if the person:
(2) while acting under color of the persons office or employment without probable cause to believe the other person committed an offense:
(A) performs a search for the purpose of granting access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation;
Even though reports from groups such as The Foundation for a Free Society, Texans for Accountable Government, and Libertarian Longhorns all indicate that the House passed HB1937 passed by a unanimous voice vote at approximately 11pm this evening, theres still what many consider to be a tough battle in the Senate ahead.
Even though Senate passage might be an uphill battle, Simpson remained positive in an update to supporters, saying, HB 1937 passed second reading in the Texas House this evening. I would like to thank the many Texans and Americans around the country for their support and prayers. May God continue to grant favor to this effort in the Texas Senate and with the Governor. For Texas and Liberty. "For Texas and Liberty." I like that a lot.
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was taken off an Air France plane at Kennedy International Airport minutes before it was to depart for Paris on Saturday, in connection with the sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, the authorities said.
But the old "honeypot" trap is the tried and tested way to discredit political enemies
Strauss-Kahn needs more than discredited--socialist, possible next president of France, head of IMF and behind the trashing of the dollar so a new currency can be adopted--and it was NY police that nabbed him
Congressman Ron Paul:
"These are the kind of people that are running the IMF and we want to turn the world finances and the control of the money supply to them," Paul said. "That should awaken everybody to the fact that they ought to look into the IMF and find out why we shouldn't be sacrificing more sovereignty to an organization like that and an individual like he was."
EC, give the police a little time to check out the story and get their ducks aligned.
And there is no contact with Immigration at all when you exit New York at JFK. The airline scans your passport at the check in desk, and that is it.
That being done, police know where he is, and how long they have, nowhere more secure than an airplane with the doors closed.
"He thought he had left his cellphone in his hotel room and began making inquiries to get it back, according to the law enforcement official. The official said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn had not actually left the telephone there earlier police reports said he had but that when he made the inquiries to get the phone, a hotel security official told him, on instructions from police detectives, that it was at the hotel, and asked Mr. Strauss-Kahn where he was; from that call, the police determined he was at the airport."
Hmmm you "flee" a hotel where you just tried to rape a maid, then call the hotel and tell them where you are?
Those stories are changing fast.
Still... I think the maid is risking a lot. I'd assume that NYPD grilled her to find out flaws in her story. And obviously she must have convinced them that the story is legit.
Maybe "something" happened, she exaggerated a bit while he didn't think much of it?
Posted by: European Conservative ||
05/15/2011 22:32 Comments ||
European Conservative, he's accused of two rapes now.
Well let's see. Might be a pattern then.
In that case I wouldn't be surprised if more women came forward to tell their story.
This guy travels a lot, stays in a lot of hotels. Maybe he's done it before and the maid didn't dare to report it.
Might be different now.
He looks more like a creep now
Posted by: European Conservative ||
05/15/2011 23:52 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.