Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kevin clash pays $125,000 to accuser.

Kevin Clash: Elmo Puppeteer agrees to pay his accuser $125,000 to publicly retract his underage sex claim

That means something happened and its time to shut everyone up

Hamas Headquarters Destroyed

Hamas Headquarters Destroyed...

Beautiful . Hopefully  if Israel  does a ground  attack  they have learned  from their  mistakes the last time

Matt Damon’s Middle East funded Anti-Fracking Film script released.

Fracking which is helping America to become energy independent and the world's largest oil producer
The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer before 2020, and will be energy independent 10 years later, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.

The recent resurgence in oil and gas production, and efforts to make the transport sector more efficient, are radically reshaping the nation's energy market, reported Paris-based IEA in its World Energy Outlook.

The U.S. is experiencing an oil boom, in large part thanks to high world prices and new technologies, including hydraulic fracking, that have made the extraction of oil and gas from shale rock commercially viable.

Matt Damon, the far left actor as with other hollywood people hates it and is pushing out yet more anti propaganda to turn the public against it. The part people find disturbing is this movie is funded by the UAE who has a stake in making sure they and the rest of the middle east keeps America dependent on their oil production.

On top of that, the script itself has had to have major rewrites because of facts on the ground would make the movie even more of a shill than it ended up being in the first place.

The filmmakers were so pleased with the script that they announced it would be promoted as a potential Oscar winner.

But then came trouble.

I broke the news that “Promised Land” was about fracking and now I can reveal that the script’s seen some very hasty rewriting because of real-world evidence that anti-fracking activists may be the true villains.

In courtroom after courtroom, it has been proved that anti-fracking activists have been guilty of fraud or misrepresentation.

The script has been release so you can read for yourself if these changes made it into the final cut.

Maine’s Hostess workers says bankruptcy shows they won

Good for them. Their stupidity as union workers causes a company to go under and they are now all out of a job! Union power!
Labor leaders in Maine say the resilience of the Hostess workers on the picket line at the company’s Biddeford plant, which is in the process of being shut down after the company on Friday said it would liquidate the business, gives them inspiration in the face of what they believe have been ongoing efforts — by politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, and corporate investors — to reduce union influence.

Bakers’ union officials and their supporters say also that the demise of Hostess Brands Inc., which failed to convince striking workers to return to their jobs, is a warning sign for corporate investors seeking to squeeze more profits out of the working class.

“Unions have been losing power for years,” said Ken Rumney, a striking worker outside of the Hostess plant in Biddeford on Friday. “This is an exceptional case. If Hostess had been allowed to get away with what they’d been trying to do, other corporations would have lined up to try the same tactics. Hopefully, this will be an example to other companies not to [try to] break their unions.”

“I think we’re the first ones who have stood up and said, ‘We’re not going to let you get away with it,’” said Sue Tapley, the strike captain on hand Friday morning at the Biddeford plant, which employed nearly 600 people. “You can fight them. You can shut them down.”

These are very very dumb people.

(Reuters) Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union

Good, just a bunch of punk union wannabes trying to disrupt operations. Here is why I have little sympathy for these whiners.

You work at Walmart and you knew what you were getting into when you started there. It has never been a place where you should feel comfortable working as a living unless you are in management. This is retail where most thinking people see as a stepping stone.

You want higher pay and higher insurance? Go work somewhere better.

Angela Merkel slams Putin to his face over Pussy Riot jail time.

Merkel doesn't give a shit who you are and what you think.
Vladimir Putin reacted angrily to the German chancellor Angela Merkel's questioning of the two-year jail sentence for the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot on Friday, telling her that a member the group had once committed an anti-Semitic act.

"I don't know whether the two women should have been sent to a prison," Merkel said during public talks with the Russian president before the two retreated for closed-door talks. "I don't know whether the same would have happened to them in Germany.

"It would have generated a debate about whether that should go on in a church, no question. But should you really have to spend two years in a labour camp for it?"

Putin retorted sharply by saying: "We hear what our partners say. But do they, being so far away, hear about what's going on?"

"Mrs Chancellor spoke about the girls jailed for their performance in a church. Does she know that one of them had hanged a Jew in effigy and said that Moscow should be rid of such people?" Putin asked. "Neither we, nor you, can support people who assume an anti-Semitic position," said Putin, who served as a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s. "I ask you to keep that in mind."

Putin has repeatedly supported the sentence against Pussy Riot. Three of the band's members – Maria Alyokhina, Nadia Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich – were sentenced to two years in prison in August for singing an anti-Putin "punk prayer" inside a Moscow cathedral. Samutsevich was later given a suspended sentence and released.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Romney's gaffe about gifts is just the facts being told without care.

Unfiltered truths in today's world is an evil thing. People don't want to be offended or described in ways that are fact but is regarded as being mean. Romney's talk about gifts that Obama gave out is fact. It was pandering the likes no one has ever seen and Republicans thought people would see thru it. The shock is people didn't care and loved Obama being Santa Claus. The reality is you can't say that it was gifts.

His vision of a better America than Obama’s was one that rewarded success rather than penalized it and gave running room to entrepreneurs to realize the American dream.

But such a vision isn’t actually inclusive. It speaks to those whose energies will likely make them successes no matter what they do — and says little to people who don’t think of life in such dynamic terms.

Many people crave security and stability rather than risk-taking, and that doesn’t make them any less American. They are the workers rather than the job creators, and all societies need both.

Romney is right that the Obama vision is too centered on government. But his is too centered on the promotion of business and wealth creation at the expense of everything else.

The American dream, as Jindal said, is achieved just as readily by a person who moves from poverty into the middle class as it is by someone who builds a small business. Indeed, that social mobility is probably more reflective of the enduring nature of the American dream than an individual burst of creative success.

The inability to grasp this essential fact was Romney’s great weakness as a candidate. It implicitly led him to the signal blunder that probably cost him the presidency — the video in which he said that he couldn’t reach 47 percent of the electorate because they had grown too dependent on government and viewed themselves as victims.

So its not about the takers vs the makers, its the workers vs creators. Same thing nicer terminology. The sad fact is many people do not have the ambition or dedication to start a small business or being a creator. Just don't tell them.

Whiny Walmart workers threaten strikes on Black Friday.

You work in retail.. You work at Walmart. No one in their right mind thinks they will get a career out of working in Walmart and now you are complaining about your pay which I am sure they were up front about when you got hired. Here is a tip. Get a new job.
At least 30 workers from six different Seattle-area Walmarts have gone on strike, organisers and Walmart staff from the OUR Walmart group said. The group, which is not a union but has close ties with the labour movement, is seeking to protest what it says is low pay, too few hours and retaliation by managers against workers who speak out.

Seattle Walmart worker Sara Gilbert said she had taken the decision to go on strike to protest the fact that she could only make around $14,000 dollars a year. Despite working as a customer service manager, she said, her family remained reliant on food stamps and other benefits. "I work full time at the richest company in the world," she said.

The Seattle strike is aimed at kickstarting a series of protests in the run-up to Black Friday, when more than a thousand separate demonstrations ranging from walk-outs to leafleting to flash mobs are planned. So far they are set to hit Walmart stores in Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington DC.

But organisers say they expect it eventually to be country-wide. "You are going to see unprecedented activity starting now and going into the holiday season. This is going to continue this year and next year," said Dan Schlademan, director of the union-backed Making Change at Walmart group which is helping organise the effort.

There is the real reason. Union thugs itching to unionize the workers.

Bernanke wants banks to loosen their lending/credit standards.

Oh sure, lets do the same dumb shit that got us into this mess in the first place to create yet another illusionary credit bubble.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that banks' overly tight lending standards may be holding back the U.S. economy by preventing creditworthy borrowers from buying homes.

Some tightening of credit standards was needed after the 2008 financial crisis, but "the pendulum has swung too far the other way." Bernanke said. Qualified borrowers are being prevented from getting home loans, he said during a speech to the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta.

Operation HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides free economic education and financial counseling to lower- and middle-income Americans.

WSJ - Southern Europeans fleeing to Germany.

Oh I am sure the Germans will be happy about this development.

The influx of Southern Europeans into Germany has gathered pace in recent months, as a growing number of Greeks, Spaniards and Portuguese ventured north to escape deepening recession and growing social tensions.

The biggest increase came from Greece. The number of Greeks moving to Germany jumped 78% in the first half of 2012 from a year earlier, Germany's statistics office said.

In all, more than 16,000 people moved to Germany from Greece between January and June, an acceleration of a trend that began in 2010 after the Greek crisis began. The number of immigrants to Germany from Spain and Portugal was up by 53% for each country.

The trend bodes ill for countries on Europe's southern periphery at a time of worsening economic malaise. Many of those leaving are young professionals with valuable skills. Their departures could have long-term consequences for countries such as Greece and Portugal as they struggle to recover.

Striking workers defy Hostess' demands, Teamsters unhappy.

When even the teamsters are urging you to get back to work, you know you are in trouble.
Striking Hostess Brands workers remained on the picket lines across the country Thursday night, refusing a company ultimatum to return to work or face the liquidation of the national baker.

The maker of Twin

kies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread warned it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to shutter operations if enough workers didn't end their weeklong strike by 5 p.m. EST Thursday.

The company is expected announce Friday whether it will follow through on that strategy. A shutdown would result in the loss of about 18,000 jobs.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, already has reached a contract agreement while in bankruptcy with its largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. But thousands of members in its second biggest union went on strike late last week after rejecting a contract offer that cut wages and benefits.

The Teamsters union is urging the bakers union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking. Citing its financial experts who had access to the company's books, the Teamsters say that Hostess' warning of liquidation is "not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic" but a certain outcome if workers keep striking.

Hostess warned it would begin closing operations as early as Tuesday.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reuters - EU again in a recession, second time since 2009.

Keep raising taxes, expanding the welfare state and refusing to fix the fundamental problems that is dragging the EU down. Kick out Greece while you are it.
The debt crisis dragged the euro zone into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday.

The two leading economies both managed 0.2 percent growth in the July-to-September period.

But the resilience could not save the austerity-hit 17-nation bloc from overall contraction as the likes of The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Austria shrank.

Economic output in the euro zone fell 0.1 percent in the quarter, following a 0.2-percent drop in the second quarter.

Those two quarters of contraction put the euro zone's 9.4 trillion euro ($12 trillion) economy in recession, although Italy and Spain have been contracting for a year already and Greece is suffering an outright depression.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Coercive Sex" is just as bad as rape in feminist circles.

Stumbled upon this rant on a feminist blog via the Guardian comments and it is irritating to me to see anything being compared to rape. As it reads, somehow men have this ability after a girl says no and without threaten, harming, kidnapping or any other known criminal act that would put the female in harms way, hours later have sex with them after she says oh alright.

On Saturday night, a friend of mine called me to talk.

“I went out with Hal tonight,” she said. She sounded mostly normal -- maybe a little slurry, in a two-fast-beers kind of way. “Before Charlotte’s birthday party.”

“Oh, yeah?” I said. I didn’t know Hal very well, but he was charming and decently attractive, and my friend was just seeing him casually.

“I went home with him,” she said. I heard her exhale, long and low.

“And?” I said. I’ve known this friend for a long time; I know what her breath sounds like when she’s shaken.

Long story short: My friend was uninterested in having penetrative sex and told Hal so. He agreed, and he somehow still ended up inside her before she shoved him off and left.

“I don’t know why when you say ‘No,’ guys hear ‘Try harder,’” my friend sighed.

“Yeah,” I said. “Me neither.”

We said our goodbyes and hung up. I stared at the wall.

I was angry, I realized -- angry that this fucking scumbag of a man had ignored my friend’s explicit wishes and had pushed her and pushed her until he’d gotten what he wanted. I bet he was sleeping fine. He’d gotten her consent, after all.

Why this is a bad story to lead off on a rant about coercive sex. Unless she was being held against her will, being threatened and then assaulted with more to the story not being told, this sounds like a guy who just begged and begged and the girl just said okay.

if there is more, then say so. I was raised by strong women around me who being Caribbean if guys tried this whining, they would not have given in and probably slap the guy.

Yes, my Twitter acquaintance was right. Lots of women do refuse, and refuse, and finally relent to whatever sexual acts their partner was proposing. Some of them probably end up having a lot of fun.

But maybe some of these women, like my friends, like me, are so focused on making a good impression that they let their boundaries slip. Maybe persuasion like that makes our breath grow tight, makes us anxious and scared, makes it easier to say “Yes” or nothing at all. Makes it clear just how easy it is to be liked. I'm not talking about sex acts that make me nervous or that need thinking over. I'm talking about sex acts that my partner is trying to talk me into, in that moment and despite my clear hesitation.

So Coercive Sex is finding women that are easy to play and somehow this is even in the same universe as rape? Sorry, this is garbage. This makes it out that females are easily manipulated and lack so much self esteem some idiot begging them for sex will more than not have success.

This is excuse making for people who don't seem to have the common sense to realize that if you say no once and the guy keeps putting on obvious moves to have sex, your ability to curse him out and just walk away is blocked.

Again, maybe its because I grew up and was helped raised by strong women and never dating anyone who acts like this I am missing the point. Rape is one thing, nagging someone to have sex and they say okay is not equal or the same as rape. Its horrible the article and commentators even imply such a horrendous comparison.

UK- Railway Guard guilty of manslaughter over drunk 16 year old.

This makes no sense. It is a tragedy but why is he guilty over this girl's stupid mistake when he was doing his job?
A railway guard accused of causing the death of a teenager who fell under a train was convicted of manslaughter today.

Christopher McGee, 45, gave the signal for the driver to depart as Georgia Varley, 16, was leaning against the carriage.

The sixth-form college student, who was drunk on a night out in Liverpool with friends, fell between the train and the platform at the city’s James Street station in October last year.

.....Georgia, from Moreton, Wirral, had gone into Liverpool for a night out with her friends when the incident happened on October 22 last year.

A blood analysis following her death showed she had 236mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system - the legal driving limit is 80mg.

She also had 0.083mg of the drug mephedrone, or Mcat, in her system at the time of her death.

The jury was shown shocking CCTV footage of the teenager’s death.

Georgia was seen mistakenly getting off the train just before 11.30pm, and then turning around and leaning against the side as she realised her friends were still on board.

The Birkenhead Sixth Form College student was then seen to stagger and fall down the gap as the train moved off, before stopping after travelling around 30ft.

The prosecution said McGee gave the signal to the driver to start the train when Georgia was in contact with the train and was in an 'intoxicated state'.

Giving evidence, McGee told the jury he thought Georgia was moving away from the train when he gave the signal to depart.

Party: Georgia had been at a friend's 18th birthday party on the night she died

He also said he did not know how drunk she had been.

France makes a transaction tax to tax speculators, fails miserably.

Yeah, this is what happens when you think you are smarter than everyone else as a government official
As France begins collecting its financial-transactions tax this month, it is becoming evident that President Francois Hollande’s levy is hitting all but the people it was aimed at: speculators.

Hollande, who called finance his “main adversary” during his election campaign, pushed through in August a 0.2 percent transaction tax on share purchases, making France the first and only country so far in Europe to have such a levy. Many investors have been escaping the tax using so-called contracts for difference, or CFDs, offered by prime brokers that let them bet on a stock’s gain or loss without owning the shares.

“The target was supposed to be finance with a capital F, which is sort of a black box,” said Jacques Porta, who helps manage $627 million at Ofi Patrimoine in Paris. “Instead, we are punishing small investors who aren’t to blame and already are frightened off by losses in the market.”

France goes after fatty snacks with 'Nutella tax'

The French have no shame.
First the French government went after the rich. Now it has it in for Nutella.

Despite an outcry in support of the beloved chocolate and hazelnut spread, the Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would triple the tax on palm and some other vegetable oils in the hope of cutting down on obesity.

The "Nutella tax" would affect any foods made with those oils and bring in about €40 million ($51 million).

The measure is part of a bigger bill on financing the national health care system and aims to push manufacturers to use healthier alternatives.

Rio Police closes down "crackland" ahead of Olympics.

It will be interesting to see Brazil now starting to crack down on situations like this just because of the Olympics when they should have taken a harder stance a long time ago.
Days after police stormed one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous shantytowns to seize back territory long held by a powerful drug dealing organization, city health and welfare workers are working to ease the despair and devastation left behind among hundreds of crack cocaine addicts suddenly without drugs.

Since Sunday, when more than 2,000 heavily armed officers stormed into the Manguinhos and Jacarezinho complexes, crews working with police support by Wednesday had rounded up 231 crack users, and another 67 who had migrated elsewhere looking for the drug.

The area had been Rio's biggest open-air crack market, known as 'cracolandia,' or 'crackland,' where hundreds of users bought the drug, consumed it and lingered in shacks and on blankets, picking through trash for recyclables to sell so they could buy more.

(Reuters) Obama demands his tax hikes

Screw the rich, half voted for Obama, so raise the taxes. Half of America thinks taking from someone higher up the income ladder is good, so let them learn the hard way what happens when you tax everything.
In his first news conference since winning re-election last week, Obama said he would be open to considering Republican priorities like entitlement reform and a tax-code overhaul as part of a broad-based deal to get the nation's finances on a sustainable course.

But Obama said Republicans in Congress would first have to agree to his top priority in the complex negotiations aimed at preventing a $600 billion combination of tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff" that could halt the weak economic recovery at the beginning of next year.

"What I'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it," Obama said, shortly before meeting with a dozen business leaders who are pushing policymakers to reach a deal.

Obama's remarks, and unyielding comments from Republican leaders earlier this week, begin a long and possibly tense period of bargaining and brinkmanship that could leave a cloud of uncertainty over the economy leading up to the Christmas holidays and beyond.

CNN - Republicans lost the culture war

The signs were there and you can bitch about it all you want but if you don't do anything about it. What is the point?

Rather than offer a broad sweeping vision for the country, Democrats played identity politics. Republicans were the culprits, and women, young adults, black, Latinos, etc... were the victims. And voters believed it. Why? For the same reason this litany -- gender, race, ethnicity, class -- sound so familiar.

Voters believed it, not because it was something new or groundbreaking, but because this has been the template of many of our character-building institutions -- our public schools, our colleges, and public universities -- for the past 50 years. Go to any major university in America and this is the mindset that is taught, preached, and ingested. It also gets an assist from television drama, from the movies, and from much of the mainstream media.

For decades liberals have succeeded in defining the national discourse, the terms of discussion, and, therefore, the election, in these terms. They have successfully set the parameters and focus of the national and political dialogue as predominantly about gender, race, ethnicity, and class. This is the paradigm, the template through which many Americans, probably a majority, more or less view the world, our country, and the election. It is a divisive strategy and Democrats have targeted and exploited those divides.

How else can we explain that more young people now favor socialism to capitalism?

According to a Pew Research poll taken last year, 49% of Americans age 18-29 have a positive view of socialism while just 46% have a positive view of capitalism. Such a view has roots.
Problem is half of the under 30 want everything given to them on a platter, they feel entitled to everything from good grades to having a job given to them with a high salary. They are not considered the most narcissistic, myopic self centered idiots ever in America for nothing.

These institutions under the control of liberals have helped foster these people that will continue to demand free stuff for a long time.

(Reuters) Illegal immigrants see happy ending with immigration reform

The lesson here kids is if you break the law and grow in enough numbers to affect national elections, you get rewarded for breaking laws.
Ricardo, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, sets off each day before dawn looking for casual work in construction not knowing if he will return home to his wife and three children or get snared in an immigration sweep. Lately, he feels the pervasive fear slowly lifting.

Ricardo, 46, is among millions of Latino immigrants who, regardless of their immigration status, feel fresh optimism this week over newfound Republican willingness to consider immigration reform to avoid further alienating Hispanic voters who proved key to re-electing President Barack Obama.

Romney Blames Loss on Obama’s "Gifts" to urban and youth voters

He ain't lying. Someone comes to you making 20-30k and say don't worry, you get "free" healthcare forever, who the hell would turn that down. People mad because its just so insensitive. Its facts. This was an elections of parasites vs Hosts and the parasites won.

A week after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics.

In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

The president’s health care plan, he added, was also a useful tool in mobilizing African-American and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers — 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics voted to re-elect Mr. Obama.

“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge,” he said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”

Bon Jovi's Daughter Arrested After Possible Drug OD

If she is 19 and already on heroin, she is pretty much fucked.
Jon Bon Jovi's daughter Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was arrested for drug possession in upstate New York after an alleged heroin overdose in her college dorm room.

According to the Kirkland Police Department, Bongiovi, a 19-year-old student at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., was arrested after heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were discovered in her dorm room. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia, all of which are class-A misdemeanors. She was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. She was released on appearance tickets and must appear in court at a later date.

(Video) Two teens arrested in Broward Bus Beatings, One still loose.

Why do people not like taking public transport in the festering cesspool that is Broward County. Example..
Two teens have been arrested and police are seeking at least one other suspected of dragging a 17-year-old boy off of a crowded Broward County Transit bus, beating, kicking and robbing him.

Surveillance video released Tuesday by Fort Lauderdale police of the Sept. 5 attack shows several youths pummeling and pounding the victim at a bus stop in the 1500 block of West Sunrise Boulevard.

A 17-year-old Lauderhill High student was arrested Tuesday and a 17-year-old Mavericks Central High student was arrested Nov. 7, according to police reports.

The victim suffered a broken nose and head injuries and the suspects stole his cellphone and IPod before fleeing, according to a police report.

Video Here.

Congress panel blames Corzine for MF Global fall

The fact he is not in jail is amazing.
Poor management decisions by MF Global's former CEO Jon Corzine triggered the brokerage firm's collapse, while lax protections for customer funds contributed to the loss of an estimated $1.6 billion of customer money, congressional investigators have determined.

Evidence unearthed by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight puts the blame squarely on Corzine, the panel's chairman Rep. Randy Neugebauer, said in a preview of the report that will be released on Thursday.

"The responsibility for failing to maintain the systems and controls necessary to protect customer funds rests with Corzine," the report says. "This failure represents a dereliction of his duty as MF Global's chairman and CEO."

Hostess Brands will seek liquidation unless unions stop striking.

Good going unions. Another American company going to get screwed by big labor.
Hostess Brands Inc said it will ask a U.S. bankruptcy judge for permission to liquidate if enough striking workers do not return to work by the end of Thursday to let the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread resume normal operations.

Wednesday's announcement escalates a bitter dispute between the 82-year-old company and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, whose members constitute about one-third of Hostess' nearly 18,000 employees.

Neither the union nor its president, Frank Hurt, immediately responded to requests for comment.

Workers at Hostess plants across the country had gone on strike or refused to cross picket lines on November 9 to protest court-ordered pay cuts. That prompted the company at the time to raise the specter of liquidation in case of a widespread strike.

Hope Solo ID'd as victim of being assaulted by Jerramy Stevens

The number of what the hell were you thinking to Hope Solo is multifull in this story.
Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records.

A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault, according to news reports. He was arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but has not been charged.

Stevens, 33, and Solo, 31, applied for a marriage license Thursday, according to King County records.

The two, who have been in a relationship for two months, were set to get married Tuesday and argued over whether to live in Washington or Florida after their marriage, according to court documents.

Women, I get the whole love the bad boy and you think you can change him bit, but Jerramy Stevens? The guy is walking example of human garbage. No sane woman with an ounce of common sense would get within 100 feet of the guy.

More Democrats say drive over the fiscal cliff.

I say let them do it. People in the last election have shown they are just dumb. Let them learn the hard way.
Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the "fiscal cliff": Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on.

The idea has plenty of skeptics, and the White House regards it frostily. But it illustrates the wide range of early negotiating positions being staked out by Republicans and Democrats as lawmakers gathered Tuesday for their first postelection talks on how to avoid the looming package of steep tax hikes and program cuts.

McDonald's Says Tough Economy Is 'New Normal'

WE boned. Mcdonalds is the canary in the coal mine and its starting to wheeze.
McDonald's Corp. showed enviable resilience during the recent recession, but its chief executive said the rough sledding has gone on longer than expected.

"When the economic crisis began in 2008, no one thought the environment would be as uncertain and fragile as it is today," said Chief Executive Don Thompson, calling current conditions the "new normal."

Operating in such an environment will require the fast-food chain to balance low prices with profitability, and investments in the company with returns to shareholders, McDonald's executives said at a conference Tuesday.

ABC NEWS - Obamacare will make doctor shortages worse

Elections have consequences. Good luck getting to a doctor.
The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found.

The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act -- a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans.

"The health care consumer that values the relationship with a personal physician, particularly in areas already struggling with access to primary care physicians should be aware of potential access challenges that they may face in the future if the production of primary care physicians does not increase," said Dr. Andrew Bazemore, director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and co-author of the study published Monday in the Annals of Family Medicine.

How is all coverage going in Massachusetts?

These problems loom even larger considering the aim of the Affordable Care Act to provide all Americans with health insurance -- and with it, more regular contact with a primary care doctor.

Perhaps the best known example of this approach has been Massachusetts, which since 2006 has mandated that every resident obtain health insurance and those that are below the federal poverty level gain free access to health care. But although the state has the second-highest ratio of primary care physicians to population of any state, they are struggling with access to primary care physicians.

Dr. Randy Wexler of The John Glenn Institute of Public Service and Policy said he has concerns that this trend could be reflected nationwide.

"Who is going to care for these people?" he said. "We are going to have problems just like Massachusetts. [They] are struggling with access problems; it takes one year to get into a primary care physician. Coverage does not equal access."

Obamacare promised coverage no matter what to the taxpayers. Access is a whole different thing.

20 D.C. schools targeted for closure

D.C. public schools are nothing more than daycare centers at this point. This will help the students not hurt them.
One in six traditional D.C. public schools is targeted for closure under a plan put forth Tuesday by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the latest sign of a system facing budget pressures and increased competition from fast-growing charter schools.

The chancellor said her plan would shift resources from maintaining under-enrolled schools to focus on improving academic programs.

The 20 schools marked for closure are spread across six city wards but are concentrated in Northeast Washington and east of the Anacostia River. They include the first neighborhood high school in recent memory that would close — Spingarn in Northeast — and two middle schools that would be absorbed into high schools, creating a pair of sixth-through-12th-grade secondary campuses.

Altogether, the targeted schools enroll about 3,000 students who would be sent to other buildings with available space.

Henderson said she plans to keep most of the vacated buildings under DCPS control, finding community uses until enrollment rebounds to reopen them. She said some of the buildings could be rented to charter schools, accelerating the growth of the publicly funded but independently run schools. They now enroll more than 40 percent of D.C. students, up from about 31 percent five years ago.

Henderson said she believes in “a strong and growing system of traditional neighborhood public schools” but acknowledged that in some neighborhoods, the majority of parents have opted for charter schools.

“There are neighborhoods where we have not been successful after multiple tries and many years,” she said, “and there is a high-performing charter that has cracked the nut.”

Four years ago, then-Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee closed 23 schools, igniting angry protest and long-lasting political backlash. Henderson hopes to avoid a similar reaction. She has banked on the idea that communities will be more willing to accept closures if they’ve had a chance to hear and respond to her plans.

Wait..WHAT? CBS casts lead for 'Beverly Hills Cop' pilot

I don't remember asking for this impending disaster.
CBS has found its Axel Foley, Jr! Comedian Brandon T. Jackson — best known for his role in Tropic Thunder — will play Aaron Foley in Beverly Hills Cop, a sequel in development for fall 2013.

The pilot, which will represent a new chapter from the 1984 blockbuster that starred Eddie Murphy, is from Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Sony TV. Here is the official logline: “A continuation of the iconic Beverly Hills Cop universe as Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous, while simultaneously trying to escape the shadow of his larger than life father.” Murphy will appear in the pilot and may recur if the drama goes to series. He’ll also exec produce

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

(Video) Bus Driver in Baltimore beats the hell out of some punk kid.

First Cleveland, now Baltimore? Bus Drivers not taking any of your crap riders. Beware.

Walmart raises healthcare premiums ahead of Obamacare

The tears, the wonderful tears. Eat it Obama voters.
Wal-Mart's most popular health insurance plan is going up by a couple of dollars a month as the retail giant seeks to manage costs ahead of the Affordable Health Care Act, and Wal-Mart employees, not surprisingly, aren't happy.

Reuters reports that Wal-Mart's U.S. employees will pay between 8 and 36 percent more in premiums for coverage beginning in 2013. Its most popular plan, which covers individuals, will cost $2 more per bi-weekly paycheck.

Wal-Mart has about 1.4 million U.S. workers, and many of them already are saying they'll have to drop their coverage.

UK: Burning a poppy online is now a criminal offense.

UK natural progress on free speech ends up exactly where you expect it.
The arrest of a teenager on suspicion of posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook has triggered fresh allegations of over-zealous policing of the internet.

The 19-year-old was detained on Remembrance Sunday in Canterbury, Kent, after the posting of the image of a poppy being torched by a lighter was reported.

Kent police confirmed that a youth was in custody and being questioned under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. The act makes it a crime to send anything "indecent or grossly offensive, or which conveys a threat … [where] there is an intent to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient". It is usually used against poison pen letters.

The Crown Prosecution Service is drawing up draft guidelines on when to prosecute those who misuse social media websites.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Newt: Disregard the "conservative" pundits chatter and regroup

Newt putting in fewer words what I have said over the last week. Screw the pundits, especially the moderates about what went wrong and what principles to throw out. Shut and think about it.

We were wrong.

We were wrong about the turnout.

We were wrong about the makeup of the electorate.

We were wrong about the advertising mix and message that would work.

We were wrong about the effectiveness of President Obama’s turnout mechanism.

The simple fact is Republicans spent more and achieved less than Democrats in 2012.

For the conservative movement and the Republican Party to succeed in the future (and while they are not identical the two are inextricably bound together) we will have to learn the lessons of 2012.

An intellectually honest and courageous Republican Party has nothing to fear from the current situation.

If we learn and implement the right lessons we will have a tremendous 2014.

If we then continue to implement the right lessons we will win the presidency in 2016.

If in that period we have developed a generation of activists and leaders who understand the modern world and understand modern politics and government we will earn the American people’s support for a generation of growth-oriented, solution-oriented, innovative government that combines the American Constitution and traditional principles of self government with 21st-century solutions to meet 21st-century challenges.

Yep. Fact is the Dems are about two elections cycles ahead and we have to catch up fast. The information is out there, so learn from it. Get rid of the old pundits and consultants who failed miserably. They are no longer needed.

BBC - US to become 'world's biggest oil producer' due to Shale Production.

Which is something that Obama and his EPA is doing their best to stop in its tracks. This should be fun as Bush policy towards Oil production has started to bear results. Obama is going to take credit for this somehow.

The US will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer "by around 2020", an International Energy Agency (IEA) report has said.

The IEA said the reason for this was the big growth and development in the US of extracting oil from shale rock.

This has enabled the US to gain significantly more extractable oil resources.

As a result, the IEA predicts the US will become "all but self-sufficient" in its energy needs by around 2035.

The US shale oil industry has grown significantly in recent years.

It extracts oil from the ground using a method called fracking - pumping down a mixture of sand, water and chemicals at high pressure.

The industry says the method is safe, but critics say it could cause earthquakes and pollute water sources.

Obama wants John Kerry as defense secretary.

If there is anyone you want to see head the decline of American might, then John Kerry is your man. Sheesh.
President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.

Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

John O. Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he wants it, officials said. If Brennan goes ahead with his plan to leave government, Michael J. Morell, the agency’s acting director, is the prohibitive favorite to take over permanently. Officials cautioned that the White House discussions are still in the early stages and that no decisions have been made.

Petraeus’s resignation last week after revelations of an extramarital affair have complicated what was already an intricate puzzle to reassemble the administration’s national security and diplomatic pieces for Obama’s second term.

The process has become further complicated by congressional ire at not being told that Petraeus was under FBI investigation, on top of what are likely to be contentious closed-door hearings this week over the administration’s actions surrounding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

(NYTIMES) The behavioral scientists behind Obama reelection

Nothing here that is new which if any Romney officials says that its new to them, they should never work on another campaign again. Its basically subtly conforming techniques like you would see at a car dealer trying to sell you a car.

This election season the Obama campaign won a reputation for drawing on the tools of social science. The book “Victory Lab,” by Sasha Issenberg, and news reports have portrayed an operation that ran its own experiment and, among other efforts, consulted with the Analyst Institute, a Washington voter research group established in 2007 by union officials and their allies to help Democratic candidates.

Less well known is that the Obama campaign also had a panel of unpaid academic advisers. The group — which calls itself the “consortium of behavioral scientists,” or COBS — provided ideas on how to counter false rumors, like one that President Obama is a Muslim. It suggested how to characterize the Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, in advertisements. It also delivered research-based advice on how to mobilize voters.

As I said salespeople techniques that should be in use on the GOP side since forever.

At least some of the consortium’s proposals seemed to have found their way into daily operations. Campaign volunteers who knocked on doors last week in swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada did not merely remind people to vote and arrange for rides to the polls. Rather, they worked from a script, using subtle motivational techniques that research has shown can prompt people to take action.

“We used the scripts more as a guide,” said Sarah Weinstein, 18, a Columbia freshman who traveled with a group to Cleveland the weekend before the election. “The actual language we used was invested in the individual person.”

Simply identifying a person as a voter, as many volunteers did — “Mr. Jones, we know you have voted in the past” — acts as a subtle prompt to future voting, said Dr. Cialdini, a foundational figure in the science of persuasion. “People want to be congruent with what they have committed to in the past, especially if that commitment is public,” he said.

Many volunteers also asked would-be voters if they would sign an informal commitment to vote, a card with the president’s picture on it. This small, voluntary agreement amplifies the likelihood that the person will follow through, research has found.

In a now classic experiment, a pair of Stanford psychologists asked people if they would display in a home window a small card proclaiming the importance of safe driving. Those who agreed to this small favor were later much more likely to agree to a much larger favor, to post a large “Drive Carefully” sign on their lawn — “something no one would agree to do otherwise,” Dr. Cialdini said.

Obama volunteers also asked people if they had a plan to vote and if not, to make one, specifying a time, according to Stephen Shaw, a retired cancer researcher who knocked on doors in Nevada and Virginia in the days before the election. “One thing we’d say is that we know that when people have a plan, voting goes more smoothly,” he said.

Recent research has shown that making even a simple plan increases the likelihood that a person will follow through, Dr. Rogers, of Harvard, said.

Another technique some volunteers said they used was to inform supporters that others in their neighborhood were planning to vote. Again, recent research shows that this kind of message is much more likely to prompt people to vote than traditional campaign literature that emphasizes the negative — that many neighbors did not vote and thus lost an opportunity to make a difference.

This kind of approach trades on a human instinct to conform to social norms, psychologists say. In another well-known experiment, Dr. Cialdini and two colleagues tested how effective different messages were in getting hotel guests to reuse towels. The message “the majority of guests reuse their towels” prompted a 29 percent increase in reuse, compared with the usual message about helping the environment. The message “the majority of guests in this room reuse their towels” resulted in a 41 percent increase, he said.

Salespeople have known the value of such approaches for a generation, and political campaigns have also used them before this election. Social scientists began offering their services to Democrats back in 2004, when President George W. Bush’s campaign was attacking the Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry, as a flip-flopper and making the label stick.

David Frum fantasy pep talk to conservatives based on stupidity.

This man is the one living in a bubble as with other "moderates"

America is not a society divided between "makers" and "takers." Instead, almost all of us proceed through a life cycle where we sometimes make and sometimes take as we pass from schooling to employment to retirement.

The line between "making" and "taking" is not a racial line.

Ask white voters about the proper role of government, for another, and 60 percent think it should do less. Ask Hispanics the same question, and 58 percent think the government should do more, as do 73 percent of blacks, exit polls show.
You can hear it in the voice of Alicia Perez, a 31-year-old immigration attorney who voted last week at a preschool in Ysleta, Texas.

"I trust the government to take care of us," she said. "I don't trust the Republican Party to take care of people."

FRUM: "The United States did not vote for socialism. It could not do so, because neither party offers socialism."

Ask white voters about the proper role of government, for another, and 60 percent think it should do less. Ask Hispanics the same question, and 58 percent think the government should do more, as do 73 percent of blacks, exit polls show.
You can hear it in the voice of Alicia Perez, a 31-year-old immigration attorney who voted last week at a preschool in Ysleta, Texas.

"I trust the government to take care of us," she said. "I don't trust the Republican Party to take care of people."

FRUM: "The Republican challenge next is to reassemble a new coalition for limited government and private enterprise. That coalition must include Americans of all ethnicities. To assume from the start that only certain ethnicities will contribute, and that others aspire only to grab, is not only ugly prejudice; it is also self-destructive delusion"

Ask white voters about the proper role of government, for another, and 60 percent think it should do less. Ask Hispanics the same question, and 58 percent think the government should do more, as do 73 percent of blacks, exit polls show.
You can hear it in the voice of Alicia Perez, a 31-year-old immigration attorney who voted last week at a preschool in Ysleta, Texas.

"I trust the government to take care of us," she said. "I don't trust the Republican Party to take care of people."

Shut Up Frum.

UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over gays rights

So gays trump helping at risk boys which the organization helps. Good to know UPS.
The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts.

The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.

The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return.

Nigga moment alert, Man shot in Detroit for stepping on someones foot.

Detroit! What a cesspool.

Tempers flared — and a gun was pulled out — after one man accidentally stepped on the foot of another on board a D-DOT bus.

Detroit Police said it happened early Sunday afternoon when the bus lurched, causing the man to step on the other man’s foot. The passenger apologized, but the man was apparently still angry and when they came to their stop at Gratiot and Conner, he shot the man in the leg.

The gunman ran from the scene and was last seen going down Conner. Police said the shooting victim is in serious condition at a local hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police.

(Video) Bronies invade little girls section of toyrus.

The pussification of America is almost complete.

EU stops foreign airline carbon charge

A dash of common sense and realization that the backlash to EU airlines would have been tremendous must have happened.

The EU will suspend for one year a controversial policy of charging foreign airlines for their carbon emissions on flights to and from Europe, citing progress in negotiations towards a global regime to tackle pollution by the aviation industry.

Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate commissioner, announced the suspension on Monday of a policy that had united the US, China, Russia, Brazil, India and several other countries in their opposition to it.

The EU carbon emissions trading scheme had also drawn complaints from European airlines and Airbus, the Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer, which feared being caught up in a global trade war.

European Commission officials insisted that they had not buckled to international pressure in proposing to defer enforcement of the scheme against flights into and out of Europe until the end of 2013. Instead, they attributed the move to positive results last week in talks at a UN aviation body about a potential international agreement after years of frustration.

Hostess Closes Plants as Unions strikes.

Good plan! A near bankrupt company but lets go on strike because union workers being the blood suckers that they are show themselves to be stupid or... Nah, just stupid.
A weekend of labor strikes has prompted Hostess Brands Inc. to close three plants and mull a possible liquidation of the beleaguered baking company.

Hostess, which has been dueling with various labor groups for the past 10 months as it attempts to claw its way out of bankruptcy, had picket lines at about two-thirds of its plants this past weekend, according to Chief Executive Gregory Rayburn. The strikes were organized by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, whose 5,680 Hostess workers account for about 30% of the company's total work force.

In September, the union rejected a Hostess proposal that called for deep labor concessions, but a judge later allowed the baking company to force the union to adopt the new collective bargaining agreement.

The union on Friday said its strike was a protest of the "horrendous contract" that Hostess imposed, which features wage cuts and limits workers' participation in pension plans.

Mr. Rayburn said Monday afternoon that Hostess was shutting down plants in Seattle, St. Louis and Cinicinnati as a result of the work stoppage. "We don't have the manpower to maintain them during the strike," he said.

Dumb union.
If the strike continues, he added, the company will have to forgo the reorganization proposal that was slated for an initial round of approval later this month and instead initiate wind-down proceedings.

"I think the timeline for us to have to make that determination is very short," he said of the decision to liquidate the company. "We're talking days, not weeks."

Frank Hurt, the bakers union president, said he's well aware of the potential for a liquidation but stressed that "people will only take so much" when it comes to cuts to their wages and benefits. In an interview Monday, he took aim at the labor offer that 92% of voting BCTGM Hostess workers rejected in September.

Well then enjoy being laid off forever.

New York demands $30 Billion for Hurricane Sandy from America

Where is that image.. once second please.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking the federal government for around $30 billion to help repair damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy on New York State, the governor's staff said on Monday, confirming earlier reports.

That amount would cover nearly all of the approximately $33 billion in damage Cuomo has blamed on Sandy, the megastorm that struck the East Coast two weeks ago.

Cuomo's inventory of costs includes $3.5 billion in bridge, tunnel, subway and train repairs; $1.65 billion to rebuild housing destroyed in the storm and $1 billion for local governments that rang up storm-related costs, like overtime for first responders.

Here it is! It still fits, I guarantee being Cuomo he inflated the actual costs to get his face in the taxpayers trough. I want the true costs, not his imagination. Here is what is even more galling

For example, he is looking at a proposal to replace the region’s power grid with a so-called smart grid that would improve the ability of utility companies to pinpoint areas with power failures and respond to them. That proposal could cost at least $30 billion over 10 years, according to senior aides to the governor.

In addition, Mr. Cuomo is looking at a plan to have the federal government invest billions of dollars to modernize the fuel supply capacity of the New York City region to avoid the kind of gas shortages that have plagued New Yorkers since the storm barreled through.

The plan would include building new oil and gas pipelines from the New England states to reduce New York’s dependence on fuel that arrives through ports in New Jersey, a state that was also hobbled by the storm and was thus unable to continue to fully supply the region with fuel.

Mr. Cuomo is also considering the creation of an emergency petroleum reserve for the state, much like the one the federal government has at its disposal in the event of a national crisis.
Here it is!

Kevin Clash, Voice of Elmo, a child sex abuser?

BTW, It wouldn't be wise as I see already for some people to say even if its all true, its okay for at the time 45 year old man to have sex with a 16 year old boy. It may be kosher with certain gay communities but overall kinda frowned upon.
Kevin Clash -- the man known as the voice of Elmo -- has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, TMZ has learned ... allegations Clash adamantly denies.

We've learned ... Sesame Workshop lawyers recently met with a 23-year-old man who claims he and Clash began a sexual relationship 7 years ago ... when he was 16 and Clash was 45.

Clash has acknowledged to TMZ he had a relationship with the young man -- but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.

Sesame Workshop honchos tell TMZ ... "In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a young man who alleged that he had a relationship with Kevin Clash beginning when he was 16-years-old. This was a personal relationship, unrelated to the workplace. We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action."

Sesame Workshop officials acknowledge to TMZ they met with the accuser twice and had a number of other communications with him.

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Spanish Theater Sells Carrots, Not Tickets to get around high taxes.

I like, very inventive.
When the Spanish government hiked sales tax on theater tickets this past summer, Quim Marcé thought his theater was doomed. With one in four local residents unemployed, Marcé knew that even a modest hike in ticket prices might leave the 300-seat Bescanó municipal theater empty.

"We said, 'This is the end of our theater, and many others.' But then the next morning, I thought, we've got to do something, so that we don't pay this 21 percent, and we pay something more fair," says Marcé in Spanish.

He looked out his window at farmland that surrounds this village, two hours north of Barcelona, and suddenly had an idea: Instead of selling tickets to his shows, he'd sell carrots.

"We sell one carrot, which costs 13 euros [$16] -– very expensive for a carrot. But then we give away admission to our shows for free," he explains in Spanish. "So we end up paying 4 percent tax on the carrot, rather than 21 percent, which is the government's new tax rate for theater tickets."

Classified as a staple, carrots are taxed at a much lower rate and were spared new tax hikes that went into effect here on September 1.

(CNBC) Wealth dumping assets ahead of 2013 tax hikes.

Getting out while the gettings good.
For many of the wealthy, 2012 is becoming a good year to sell.

Fearing an increase in capital gains and dividend taxes, many of the rich are unloading stocks, businesses and homes before the end of the year.

Wealth advisors say that with capital-gains taxes potentially going to 25 percent from 15 percent, and other possible increases in the dividend tax, estate tax and other taxes, many clients are selling now to save millions in taxes.

“Under almost any scenario, it makes sense to take the gains this year,” said Gregory Curtis, chairman and managing director of Greycourt & Co. “Clients aren’t selling willy nilly. But if they can and they have a huge gain, they’re selling now.”

Suckers. Feds to cut Food Stamps amount to Ohio.

But you still have your Obamaphones, so its not all bad. Amazing this comes out just after the election.
Ohio families receiving food stamps could get an unwelcome surprise come January: $50 less every month in assistance.

For the 869,000 households enrolled in the program for the poorest Ohioans, that could amount to about $520 million annually out of the grocery budgets.

Because of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses for people receiving the benefit, a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, many families could experience a significant cut in aid, those familiar with the program say.

Recipients should get a letter from the state Department of Job and Family Services this month explaining the change, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the agency.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Muslim women attacking Christian women in Egypt, cutting their hair

The Arab Spring is going on nicely if you are an extremist.
Two niqab-wearing women assaulted and forcefully cut the hair of a Christian woman on the metro Sunday, the third such reported incident in two months, raising fears of a growing vigilante movement to punish Egyptian women for not wearing the veil in public.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said in a statement that the assaulters called the Christian woman, who is 28 years old, an “infidel" and pushed her off the train, breaking her arm.

The Christian woman reported the incident to the police and filed a medical report to confirm the assault.

EOHR Director Naguib Gabriel urged the interior minister to address the recurring attacks on unveiled women before it becomes a common practice.

Last week, a woman wearing the niqab cut the hair of a 13-year-old Christian girl, Maggie Milad Fayez, in the metro. That same week, an Egyptian court gave a female teacher in Luxor with a six-month suspended prison sentence for cutting the hair of two 12-year-old girls after they refused to cover their heads.

Democrat Senator says lets go over the fiscal cliff!

I am all for it. Raise all taxes on everyone, screw them all.
A leading Democratic senator has said her party should be willing to go off the fiscal cliff in order secure tax rises on the wealthy, raising the stakes in year-end budget negotiations.

“If the Republicans will not agree with that, we will reach a point at the end of this year where all the tax cuts expire and we’ll start over next year,” said Patty Murray, who was co-chair of last year’s deficit supercommittee, on ABC’s This Week. “And whatever we do will be a tax cut for whatever package we put together. That may be the way to get past this.”

(Politico) The loser talk of Republican moderates Frum, Schmidt and Huckabee.

The idiocy of the moderates is formed around a huge lie that if they are "nicer" then you will win over the Hispanics and Blacks in this country.
“For too many swing voters, conservatism has come to mean crazy statements, intolerence and loony candidates — and too often, the elected leadership is afraid of a talk radio industry where the hosts define who is and is not a conservative,” said Schmidt.

“When people in politics had real connections with voters … 15 minutes of Rush Limbaugh — a little porn never hurt anybody,” Frum said. “But when he becomes the king-maker of the party, then you have a problem.”

“The federal government spends seven times as much money on people over 65 as it does on people under 19. The Republican base are the people who get the most from the federal government,” Frum said. “You can’t think if you reject facts. You can’t refer to minority groups as mendicants or moochers simply because they want the economy to function. We need to insult fewer people.”

“The real conservative policy is attractive to minorities,” Huckabee told POLITICO. “Our problem isn’t the product, it’s the box we put it in. Our message should not be ‘tailored’ to a specific demographic group, but presented to empower the individual American, whatever the color, gender or ethnicity.”

Any idiot moderate says this just point them to this link and this quote.
Ask white voters about the proper role of government, for another, and 60 percent think it should do less. Ask Hispanics the same question, and 58 percent think the government should do more, as do 73 percent of blacks, exit polls show.

You can hear it in the voice of Alicia Perez, a 31-year-old immigration attorney who voted last week at a preschool in Ysleta, Texas.

"I trust the government to take care of us," she said. "I don't trust the Republican Party to take care of people."

There should be an talk about reaching out to minorities but don't try to bullshit people like the moderates are that conservatism is attractive to people who come from a culture south of the border that values mommy government and they want that here.

BTW, Moderate Republicans better understand the other numbers which is without the conservatives, you lose by 20 points. There is a helluva more of us than you. Deal.

"Precious" star Mo'Nique selling house that had two tennis courts.

The title tells the reaction of everyone. Yeah right.

Food stamps now commonly used among college students

If you want to know what the future takers of America looks like then check out the attitude of the college students. We have made using food stamps socially cool with these people.

Nearly 47 million Americans rely on federal food assistance benefits, a 12-year high attributed to the weak U.S. economy and high rates of unemployment over the last five years. Lesser known is that college students are among the increasing numbers of people relying on food stamps. As tuition rates have risen and financial aid has fallen — and parents who were once a source of financial support have lost jobs or homes and become ineligible for college loans for their children — students have had to fend for themselves.

Student use of SNAP is not limited to regional or urban areas; students are using EBT cards across the country.

“I am receiving about $200 worth of food stamps per month, and I can’t imagine living without them,” said Sheena Vails, a sophomore at the University of Missouri who lives in an apartment with three other student SNAP participants.

But students seem less embarrassed about using food stamps now that many of their peers use them.

“When I was growing up, being on food stamps was frowned upon as it meant that your family was poor, but now that so many people have been forced to take advantage of it, it’s become socially acceptable,” said student British Fields, who also attends Howard, adding: “Without them, I simply would not eat.”

The increased food stamp use on college campuses has raised questions about whether students are abusing the program and applying less for need than as a means to save money.

If the leech in the bolded is getting $200 a month and she is living with 3 other leeches who lets assume is getting the same amount. That is $800 a month of taxpayers money being handing out to them. Terrific.

Sandy Victims get extra food stamp money in five states

They were getting their monthly welfare amount and they are getting extra taxpayers money because of an act of nature?  Most of them just lost power but lets give them extra money.
More than 130,000 state residents who receive food stamps will find extra money in their accounts this month to cover the cost of food lost after Hurricane Sandy turned out the lights.

"For many families, the replacement of these benefits can mean the difference between having a meal and going hungry," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The recipients must live within Fairfield and New Haven counties, or any of the other 49 Connecticut towns in which more than 50 percent of residents lost power for at least four hours. The extra benefits will be placed in SNAP accounts on Saturday

Connecticut joins Rhode Island, New York, Maryland and Virginia in gaining federal approval to issue replacement SNAP benefits to eligible households living in areas affected by the storm.

A total of 73,383 SNAP-enrolled households, or more than 130,000 people, will automatically receive 25 percent of their October benefit amount in electronic benefit transfer accounts this Saturday. SNAP benefits can be used only for federally approved food items at supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers' markets.

State officials used state power outage and damage assessments to determine the geographical areas to be covered by SNAP replacement benefits, in accordance with federal guidelines.

DSS Commissioner Bremby noted that Connecticut's application for a federal waiver for mass issuance of replacement benefits was submitted and approved in two stages as additional cities and towns were identified as eligible under the federal methodology.

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I agree with Bill Kristol: Raise taxes on the rich, GOP

8 out of 10 richest counties in America voted for Obama, Hollywood is for Obama, and over half of the rich voted for Obama. Screw them all. Raise the taxes rates as high as the Dems want it. But I would pass a wealth tax. Then you see how fast the idiots voting for Obama complains about high taxes.

I don’t really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000 -- make it $500,000, make it a million. Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile to Republican principles.

French Muslim who killed Jewish Children was raised to hate Jews.

All this crap by bleeding heart leftists that these Muslim extremists are just victims of society not wanting them to fit in has always been BS.

Mohamed Merah killed three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers in and around Toulouse over eight days in March before dying in a standoff with police. Merah said he had links to al-Qaida and that he had received training at an Islamist paramilitary camp in Pakistan.

One of his brothers, Abdelkader, also faces preliminary charges in the case and is in police custody.

The attacks raised painful questions about whether France was failing to integrate the children of Muslim immigrants, like the Merahs, who are of Algerian origin. Many blamed the poverty of the neighbourhoods that many immigrants and their children live in for driving them to radical Islam.

But in the book, another of the Merah brothers, Abdelghani, says his parents, particularly his mother, were responsible for Merah's radicalisation. According to excerpts published in Le Figaro and other newspapers, Abdelghani made a silent vow on the day of his brother's funeral to tell the world how they were brought up on anti-Semitism.

"I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafis [ultra-conservative Muslims] could douse you in religious extremism," he writes in My Brother, That Terrorist, due out on Wednesday. The Merahs's mother was at one point held for questioning but has since been released. Their father left the family for Algeria when the children were young but has since sued the French state for Mohamed's death.

"My mother always said: 'We, the Arabs, we were born to hate Jews.' This speech, I heard it all throughout my childhood," Abdelghani says in the documentary, according to the website.

Souad, on the other hand, declares how proud she is of her dead brother.

We boned.. (NYTIMES) Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line

If this was anyone else with a brain, I would say fall in line and give the president want he wants and then some by putting in poison pills bound to backfire on him, the Dems and the leeches that voted for bigger government.

Instead, Boehner will as always fold like a cheap suit.
On a conference call with House Republicans a day after the party’s electoral battering last week, Speaker John A. Boehner dished out some bitter medicine, and for the first time in the 112th Congress, most members took their dose.

Their party lost, badly, Mr. Boehner said, and while Republicans would still control the House and would continue to staunchly oppose tax rate increases as Congress grapples with the impending fiscal battle, they had to avoid the nasty showdowns that marked so much of the last two years.

Members on the call, subdued and dark, murmured words of support — even a few who had been a thorn in the speaker’s side for much of this Congress.

It was a striking contrast to a similar call last year, when Mr. Boehner tried to persuade members to compromise with Democrats on a deal to extend a temporary cut in payroll taxes, only to have them loudly revolt.

With President Obama re-elected and Democrats cementing control of the Senate, Mr. Boehner will need to capitalize on the chastened faction of the House G.O.P. that wants to cut a deal to avert sudden tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts in January that could send the economy back into recession. After spending two years marooned between the will of his loud and fractious members and the Democratic Senate majority, the speaker is trying to assert control, and many members seem to be offering support.

“To have a voice at the bargaining table, John Boehner has to be strong,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, one of the speaker’s lieutenants. “Most members were just taught a lesson that you’re not going to get everything that you want. It was that kind of election.”

(AP) GOP in California is almost dead due to Demographic Changes.

You can't compete with a demo that favors free shit and santa claus economics policies over hard work/ self reliance. People want to talk about other factors but that is what is driving those voters. Big government is what they want and I say let them have it. Those of us stuck in this mess should legally exploit every loophole while still trying to fight it.

Republicans searching for a new direction after Mitt Romney's defeat will inevitably examine why President Barack Obama rolled up more than 70 percent of the Hispanic and Asian vote, and 9 of 10 votes among blacks, essential ingredients in his victory. Women also supported Obama over Romney nationally and in California, where they broke for the president by 27 percentage points.

There is no better place to witness how demographic shifts have shaped elections than in California, the home turf of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan that just a generation ago was a reliably Republican state in presidential contests.

A surge in immigrants transformed the state, and its voting patterns. The number of Hispanics, blacks and Asians combined has outnumbered whites since 1998 in California, and by 2020 the Hispanic population alone is expected to top that of whites. With Latinos, for example, voter surveys show they've overwhelmingly favored Democratic presidential candidates for decades. Similar shifts are taking place across the nation.

"There are demographic changes in the American electorate that we saw significantly, first, here in California and Republicans nationally are not reacting to them," said Jim Brulte, a former Republican leader in the California Senate.

"Romney overwhelmingly carried the white vote - 20 years ago, that would have meant an electoral landslide. Instead, he lost by 2 million votes" in the state, Brulte said.

Surprisingly, Democrats continued to make gains in the state even at a time of double-digit unemployment, with polls showing that voters are unhappy with Sacramento and Washington. And it could get worse for the GOP. Republicans are trailing in two other House races in which the vote counting continues.

It remains unclear what direction Democrats, who have close ties to public employee unions, will take with their additional clout. If they achieve the supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, Democrats can pass tax increases and override gubernatorial vetoes without any Republican support.

Let the state burn, its already collapsing. Let the stupid learn the hard way.

58% of Hispanics, 73% of Blacks want Big Government

All this Amnesty talk don't mean shit for Republicans, because the majority both groups want big government to be their mommy and daddy.

The changing electorate has huge implications for public policy and politics.

Suddenly, immigration overhaul seems a lot more important, for one thing.

Ask white voters about the proper role of government, for another, and 60 percent think it should do less. Ask Hispanics the same question, and 58 percent think the government should do more, as do 73 percent of blacks, exit polls show.

You can hear it in the voice of Alicia Perez, a 31-year-old immigration attorney who voted last week at a preschool in Ysleta, Texas.

"I trust the government to take care of us," she said. "I don't trust the Republican Party to take care of people."

Sure, the election's biggest issue, the economy, affects everyone. But the voters deciding who should tackle it were quite different from the makeup of the 1992 "It's the economy, stupid" race that elected Democrat Bill Clinton as president.

Let the country burn, bring on the fiscal cliff, let all taxes expire. People need to learn the hard way, unfortunately the newest members of the country think big government is the key. America as a super power died last election.

Over 140 people, most police, killed in San Paulo, Brazil over last two weeks.

Gang wars, drug wars, same old crap from Brazil. But watch the brutal efficency on how they keep everything under wraps during world cup and olympics.
At least 140 people have been murdered in South America's biggest city over the past two weeks in a rising wave of violence, Sao Paulo's Public Safety Department says.

Killings in Sao Paulo began sharply increasing in September, a month in which 144 people were killed, the department's website says. It says a total of 982 homicides took place in the city during the first nine months of the year.

The victims included 90 police officers, most of them gunned down while off duty.

A Public Safety Department official said Saturday that the killings of police have been ordered by imprisoned leaders of an organized crime group called the First Capital Command in reprisal for a crackdown on the drug trade. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Black teen in a hoodie gropes female jogger in central park

I am shocked the NYDAILYNEWS actually put in a description of the "youths" in the paper. I resist the obvious if Obama had a son he would look like him joke... oh wait..
Police sketch of suspect in Central Park grope of 24-year-old woman. The suspect is described as a black male between 12 and 14, who is about 5-foot-5 and has large front teeth. He was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt and backpack at the time of the assault.

Cops are looking for a sicko kid they say groped a 24-year-old woman while she was jogging in Central Park.

A group of five teenage boys stopped the victim in the vicinity of W. 110th St. and Seventh Ave., on the north side of the park, about 8:20 p.m. Friday night, police said.

They asked her for a kiss and when she refused, one of them touched her groin area and fled, according to police.

Cops describe the groper as a black male between 12 and 14, who is about 5-foot-5 and has large front teeth. He was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt and backpack at the time of the assault.

Police released a sketch (above) of the suspect and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.

Oakland robbers attack News Crew, no descripton given out.

You would think they would want the public to be on the lookout for these dangerous criminals, but somehow no description given out.
A KPIX news cameraman was punched and robbed during a live broadcast outside an Oakland high school, the latest in a spate of holdups targeting the media, police said Thursday.

Reporter Anne Makovec and cameraman Gregg Welk were on the air shortly after noon Wednesday outside Oakland Technical High School near the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway. They were at the school to do a story on the passage of Proposition 30, the tax measure preventing deep cuts to education.

As Makovec was finishing her report, police said, five men rushed up and grabbed a $6,000 camera from the tripod. Viewers saw the live picture being jarred and turned sideways for about two seconds.

One of the assailants punched Welk in the mouth before the group fled in a Mercedes-Benz, which apparently was accompanied by a Lexus, police said. Welk declined treatment by paramedics but saw his doctor.

"He is fine, and he is actually working today," KPIX spokeswoman Akilah Bolden-Monifa said Thursday.

Bolden-Monifa said the station would continue to report in Oakland but declined to specify whether any changes would be made to protect its crews.

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Denmark scraps world's first fat tax. Chocolates on me

California will say they weren't doing it right.

Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes' eating habits.

"The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax -- the so-called sugar tax -- has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies' administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk," the Danish tax ministry said in a statement.

"At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases," it added.

"Against this background, the government and the (far-left) Red Green Party have agreed to abolish the fat tax and cancel the planned sugar tax," the ministry said.

Denmark's centre-left minority government is made up of the Social Democrats, Social Liberals and Socialist People's Party, and requires support from other parties to pass legislation in parliament.

The government and the Red Greens reached the agreement as part of their negotiations on the 2013 budget bill.

The previous right-wing government introduced the fat tax in October 2011 to limit the population's intake of fatty foods.