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Mali's Tuareg rebels ready to sign peace deal
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Visitors For Comrade Mandela - All Africa
And I thought the Voortrekkermonument would be their first stop.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A bit confusing, the short story discusses Winnie's visit. I believe the photo is of FLOTUS and daughters. Is FLOTUS there with the advance team ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2013 4:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Imagine if Mandela croaks while all his visitors are there...
Posted by: Pappy || 06/15/2013 11:17 Comments || Top||

#3  "All that for a photo?"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2013 12:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Last time Zero was involved in a trip to a dying terrorist the helicopter crashed.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/15/2013 16:46 Comments || Top||


Economy
Detroit Emergency Manager Proposes Plan To Creditors
[DETROIT.CBSLOCAL] There's still a 50-50 chance bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Ford and the Purple Gang...
will file for bankruptcy.

That's according to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who has detailed a plan for the city's financial future in a 134-page proposal to creditors.

Orr on Friday sat down in a closed-door meeting with about 150 creditors, bond holders and unions to discuss the city's fiscal situation, seeking concessions that would save Detroit millions of dollars in payments.

Perhaps the most dramatic aspect of his plan: Orr said, starting now, there will be a moratorium on debt payments for all unsecured funded debt. Creditors are being asked to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what's owed them. Underfunded pension claims would get less.

This latest comes as Detroit continues to spend more money than it takes in as revenue. The city's budget deficit could top $380 million by July 1, and Orr now estimates the city's long-term debt at $20 billion.

"This is not a jaded effort just to get to a bankruptcy filing," said Orr, addressing news hounds following Friday's meeting. "I sincerely want people to behave rationally and take this opportunity to work together."

As part of the proposal, Orr said he wants to invest $1.25 billion in the city for police and fire; and $500 million to fight blight.

The plan also includes sweeping changes to pension and health care benefits, which Orr said he'll discuss at a meeting with unions and pension leaders next Thursday.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Investment advisers often recommended investing in safe secure government bonds even though the returns are not great.
Posted by: BernardZ || 06/15/2013 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  tax-free muni bonds aren't such a great deal if you're forced to take a 90% haircut, are they?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/15/2013 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  If we can't bail out of the U.N., moving the U.N. to Detroit might be considered. Both are failed, corrupt, organizations that are unlikely to get better.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/15/2013 8:55 Comments || Top||

#4  The plan also includes sweeping changes to pension and health care benefits…

That meeting should be, as they say, quite contentious. Buyer’s remorse has way of putting one in a foul mood.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/15/2013 10:37 Comments || Top||

#5  The plan also includes sweeping changes

You say sweeping changes, I say financial ass-rapery. To-may-to, To-mah-to.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2013 12:47 Comments || Top||

#6  You say sweeping changes, I say financial ass-rapery. To-may-to, To-mah-to.

Unkeepable promises tend not to be kept, SteveS. The warnings have been out there since the 90s, that I've been aware of.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2013 21:19 Comments || Top||


Government
White House defends high bills for Africa trip - Washington Times
The White House Friday defended the first family’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers up to $100 million, as “great bang for our buck.”
Once again, defending the undefendable.
“There will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Champ.

The Champs’ trip, at a time of “sequestration” budget cuts, will take them to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa from June 26 to July 3. Citing a confidential planning document, the Washington Post reported that the trip will cost between $60 million to $100 million.

The excursion will involve military cargo planes airlifting 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines, and three trucks to carry bulletproof glass panels to cover the windows where the first family is set to stay. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship with a fully staffed medical trauma center will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

Fighter jets will fly in shifts to provide around-the-clock protection over the president’s airspace. The trip will reportedly involve hundreds of Secret Service agents.
Long Street, here they come !
The president and FLOTUS also had planned to take a safari in Tanzania, which reportedly would have required a special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles in the event of a threat from wild animals. But the safari was canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.
Watch out for the baboons.
While on the Island, be sure to take in the Coastal Artillery site that the "racist, apartheid" government used to defend Allied shipping during WWII. At last count some 12,000 South Africans were killed fighting Axis powers during WWII.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2013 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, sure - it's a business trip, not a vacation! After all, he might make a speech or sumpthin'.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/15/2013 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The president and FLOTUS also had planned to take a safari in Tanzania, which reportedly would have required a special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles in the event of a threat from wild animals.

Just use Joe "The Jungle" Biden.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2013 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Just use Joe "The Jungle" Biden.

Then PETA will get all upset - using him as bait would sicken the animals...... even the vultures.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2013 13:05 Comments || Top||

#4  And for you NSA monitors out there - I meant that the idea of consuming the vice pres. would make the animals ill - not that they should actually eat the clown - he wouldn't even taste funny....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2013 13:35 Comments || Top||

#5  .... a VERY expensive family reunion....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 06/15/2013 14:38 Comments || Top||

#6  at a time of “sequestration” budget cuts...the trip will cost between $60 million to $100 million

So that's why all the White House tours were cancelled.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/15/2013 14:50 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
"This Administration Acts Like Violating Civil Liberties Is The Way To Enhance Our Security"
Posted by: tipper || 06/15/2013 13:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The whole idea is, if we don't hear about it, we can't complain about it.

So make sure we don't hear about it.
Yup it's called censorship, and coverup.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/15/2013 19:51 Comments || Top||



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