Submitted by Lola on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:29.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:27.
Just hours before President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress on his jobs plan, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is demanding the nation’s first African-American president prove he cares as much about unemployed blacks as he does about Iowa’s swing voters.
“There are roughly 3 million African Americans out of work today, a number nearly equal to the entire population of Iowa. I would suggest that if the entire population of Iowa, a key state on the electoral map and a place that served as a stop on the president’s jobs bus tour were unemployed, they would be mentioned in the president’s speech and be the beneficiary of targeted public policy,” Waters said in a statement to POLITICO on ThursdaySo, one question to be answered this evening is, are the unemployed in the African-American community, including almost 45 percent of its youth, as important as the people of Iowa?” Waters asked.
In recent weeks, Waters and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus have become increasingly critical of the president’s economic performance and have publicly called on him to focus on black unemployment.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:21.
September 7, 2011
Despite liberals' desperate need for Europeans to like them, the American media have enraged the entire nation of Italy with their bald-faced lies about a heinous murder in Perugia committed by a fresh-faced American girl, Amanda Knox.
The facts aren't elusive: In December 2009, the Italian court released a 400-plus page report detailing the mountains of evidence that led the judges and jury to conclude that Knox, along with her Italian beau, Raffaele Sollecito, and a petty thief of her acquaintance, Rudy Guede, had murdered Knox's English roommate, Meredith Kercher, on the evening of Nov. 1, 2007.
Now liberals are howling that the DNA evidence was "contaminated," but they always say that. It wasn't. And the DNA was already thoroughly vetted at trial.
Nonetheless, let's consider only a tiny slice of the evidence available to the police in the first week after the murder -- long before any DNA tests came back.
Murders and murder convictions obviously occurred before 1986 -- the first time DNA was used in any criminal investigation -- so it is possible to establish guilt with no DNA at all.
Knox's first-of-several alibis for the night of the murder was that she was at her boyfriend (and co-defendant) Sollecito's house all night, sound asleep until 10 a.m. the next morning.
A few days later, when that was proved false by telephone records, eyewitnesses and Sollecito's admission that it was a lie, Knox claimed she was in the house during Meredith's murder ... and she knew who the murderer was!
She said it was her boss, Patrick Lumumba, the owner of a popular bar in town:
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Submitted by snake-plisskin on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 11:44.
Police officials may have finally identified the stealth Rump Ripper, a man who has stabbed several women in the buttocks throughout northern Virginia this year.
According to NBC Washington, Fairfax County Police are searching for 40-year-old Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel, a suspect for the butt slashing. Since February, nine females have come forward and claimed to have been stabbed on the buttocks while shopping in Fairfax County. According to the news outlet, victims have all been ladies in their early twenties or late teens, and most attacks have begun with the slasher dropping clothes to distract his victims before pricking them with a box cutter or razor blade.
Detectives think that Pimentel, who owns a a blue Honda Civic with the Virginia tag KLX2689, might have already fled the area. The last reported butt-cutting incident took place on July 25 at a Fair Oaks Mall clothing store called Forever 21. The ripper has also slashed behinds at Greenbriar Shopping Center, the Fairfax Town Center and Tysons Corner Mall.
Watch: Rump Ripper tears through northern Virginia
Submitted by Lola on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 19:08.
Top 10 Alcohol Consuming Countries
- Portugal 2.98
- Luxembourg 2.95
- France 2.87
- Hungary 2.66
- Spain 2.66
- Czech Republic 2.64
- Denmark 2.61
- Germany 2.50
- Austria 2.50
- Switzerland 2.43
Submitted by Lola on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 18:19.
Van Rompuy: Europeans too depressed to be innovative
BRUSSELS - If Europe is to remain relevant as an innovative economy, people need to be more positive and entrepreneurial and not let themselves be depressed by the economic crisis and subsequent austerity measures, EU council chairman Herman Van Rompuy has said.
"Innovation has a lot to do with behaviour, risk taking, motivation and education. You can't have a society of very creative people only based on financial stimulus," the former Belgian premier said Wednesday (4 May) during a conference organised by Ernst&Young on innovation and the role of government in supporting it.
Van Rompuy said that "societal problems in Belgium and elsewhere" in the EU mean that people "live in a climate of despair and are depressed."
But in order for Europe to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in areas ranging from energy to agriculture, services and digital technologies, "we need a dynamic and positive society," based on competition "but also on generosity."
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 12:48.
That's if the UN cancels the sanctions against Iran. "Iran ready for 'full' UN oversight if sanctions go," from Reuters, September 5:
TEHRAN - Iran would be ready to grant the UN atomic watchdog "full supervision" of its nuclear activities for five years if UN sanctions were lifted, a senior official was quoted as saying on Monday, an offer the West may greet with skepticism.
One would hope.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 12:44.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is calling out web news aggregator Matt Drudge for suggesting that she's an ogre eager to invade the privacy of Americans and in particular those who travel by air.
"I think my nickname is 'Big Sis.' I don't think he means it kindly, actually," Napolitano said Tuesday, accurately recalling the moniker that often accompanies scary-looking photos of her on Drudge's popular news site.
"I think that what he means is we are watching too much—kind of an Orwellian view. He's just wrong. I mean, he's just wrong," Napolitano declared during a POLITICO Playbook breakfast at the Newseum. She said the privacy impact of new airport screening technology and similar programs are thoroughly vetted before they are implemented.
"We want to be conscious of civil liberties and civil rights protections—and we are," Napolitano insisted. "We don't do anything without kind of running it through our own civil rights and privacy office. We're one of only two departments in the federal government that actually has a presidentially-appointed privacy office and officer."
(While Obama did name a privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, the president has so far failed to nominate a quorum for a Congressionally-mandated oversight board to track civil liberties issues government-wide.)
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Submitted by Yoora on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 18:51.
LONDON (Reuters) - Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.
With only about a third of cases receiving the therapy or medication needed, mental illnesses cause a huge economic and social burden -- measured in the hundreds of billions of euros -- as sufferers become too unwell to work and personal relationships break down.
"Mental disorders have become Europe's largest health challenge of the 21st century," the study's authors said.
At the same time, some big drug companies are backing away from investment in research on how the brain works and affects behavior, putting the onus on governments and health charities to stump up funding for neuroscience.
"The immense treatment gap ... for mental disorders has to be closed," said Hans Ulrich Wittchen, director of the institute of clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Germany's Dresden University and the lead investigator on the European study.
"Those few receiving treatment do so with considerable delays of an average of several years and rarely with the appropriate, state-of-the-art therapies."
Wittchen led a three-year study covering 30 European countries -- the 27 European Union member states plus Switzerland, Iceland and Norway -- and a population of 514 million people.
Submitted by Lola on Sun, 09/04/2011 - 20:25.
A compelling documentary that chronicles the humorously irreverant and painful reflections of Timothy "Speed" Levitch, an eccentric New York City tour bus guide with an archive of beautifully distorted information about the city. His tours include references to George Gershwin|Edgar Allen Poe|Thomas Paine|Edith Wharton|Dylan Thomas|Eugene O'Neill|Willa Cather and Henry James. THE MOVIE SHOWS HIM TALKING ABOUT THE TWIN TOWERS. Embedding was disabled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F1NeLDTvzQ&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhooKqTJPew&feature=related
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Submitted by snake-plisskin on Sat, 09/03/2011 - 12:01.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.
Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.
"This month's numbers continue to bear out that longstanding pattern that minorities have a much more challenging time getting jobs," said Bill Rodgers, chief economist with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
Black unemployment has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.
Economists blame a variety of factors. The black workforce is younger than the white workforce, lower numbers of blacks get a college degree and many live in areas of the country that were harder hit by the recession -- all things that could lead to a higher unemployment rate.
But even excluding those factors, blacks still are hit with higher joblessness.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Fri, 09/02/2011 - 13:26.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to head to Camp David for the weekend before delivering a Labor Day speech in Detroit. This comes on the heels of a horrendous August that saw the president’s poll numbers crash, his political opponents surge, and the economy stop growing.
“It is clearly not a month he’ll look back on fondly,” L.A. Times reporter Matea Gold said on MSNBC Friday morning.
Just-released employment numbers show the U.S. economy netted no new jobs in August, following the creation of only 105,000 jobs between June and July. The national unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent, while unemployment among Africans-Americans jumped from 15.9 percent in July to 16.7 percent in August.
Gallup’s September 1 results showed Obama’s daily tracking polls had lurched down to 50 percent disapproval and 42 percent approval. In early July, that polling showed disapproval at 45 percent and approval at 46 percent.
Simultaneously, the GOP’s presidential field narrowed to two established candidates, both of whom are already running even with Obama in the polls. An Aug. 31 poll conducted by Quinnipiac University had Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 42 percent against Obama’s 45 percent, and Gov. Mitt Romney even with Obama at 45 percent.
Obama’s own base is beginning to fragment. Union leaders have announced they will be redirecting money from Obama’s race to fund their own state-level campaigns intended to protect union advocates from angry voters and budget-cutting lawmakers.
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Submitted by snake-plisskin on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:03.
Ai Weiwei finds China’s capital is a prison where people go mad.
Beijing is two cities. One is of power and of money. People don’t care who their neighbors are; they don’t trust you. The other city is one of desperation. I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope. They can’t even imagine that they’ll be able to buy a house. They come from very poor villages where they’ve never seen electricity or toilet paper.
Every year millions come to Beijing to build its bridges, roads, and houses. Each year they build a Beijing equal to the size of the city in 1949. They are Beijing’s slaves. They squat in illegal structures, which Beijing destroys as it keeps expanding. Who owns houses? Those who belong to the government, the coal bosses, the heads of big enterprises. They come to Beijing to give gifts—and the restaurants and karaoke parlors and saunas are very rich as a result.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:31.
At a Wednesday breakfast event, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her agreements with Mexico and other countries to apply U.S. labor protections to illegal immigrants.
“I protect all workers here in this country,” she told The Daily Caller at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. “I have a vested interest in protecting all workers that work here in the U.S. Period.”
Critics of illegal immigration say Solis’ deals and statements show that she doesn’t value American workers more than foreign workers, and that she’s undercutting U.S. workers’ marketplace clout.
“These comments are extraordinarily irresponsible and historically unprecedented,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “This is a classic example of why this administration is so out of touch with Americans,” he said.
The U.S. should protect all workers in the United States from unscrupulous employees, said Mark Kirkorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. But Solis should ensure that foreign workers’ compensation is delivered in their home countries, he said. “I’m all for [enforcement], because it makes it more expensive to hire them. I just want them to get the check back in Mexico,” he said.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:28.
August 31, 2011
Amid the hoots at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry for saying there were "gaps" in the theory of evolution, the strongest evidence for Darwinism presented by these soi-disant rationalists was a 9-year-old boy quoted in The New York Times.
After his mother had pushed him in front of Perry on the campaign trail and made him ask if Perry believed in evolution, the trained seal beamed at his Wicked Witch of the West mother, saying, "Evolution, I think, is correct!"
That's the most extended discussion of Darwin's theory to appear in the mainstream media in a quarter-century. More people know the precepts of kabala than know the basic elements of Darwinism.
There's a reason the Darwin cult prefers catcalls to argument, even with a 9-year-old at the helm of their debate team.
Darwin's theory was that a process of random mutation, sex and death, allowing the "fittest" to survive and reproduce, and the less fit to die without reproducing, would, over the course of billions of years, produce millions of species out of inert, primordial goo.
The vast majority of mutations are deleterious to the organism, so if the mutations were really random, then for every mutation that was desirable, there ought to be a staggering number that are undesirable.
Otherwise, the mutations aren't random, they are deliberate -- and then you get into all the hocus-pocus about "intelligent design" and will probably start speaking in tongues and going to NASCAR races.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:58.
Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she resented what she viewed as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his just-published memoir.
Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Rice rejected Cheney's contention that she misled President George W. Bush about nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.
"I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans," Rice said in her first public comments on the matter. "You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don't appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies."
Rice, in a telephone interview, also disputed a passage in Cheney's memoir, "In My Time," in which he says the secretary of state "tearfully admitted" that the Bush administration should not have apologized for a claim in Bush's 2003 State of the Union address on Iraq's supposed search for uranium for nuclear arms.
Cheney, who opposed a public apology for the unfounded claim, wrote that Rice "came into my office, sat down in the chair next to my desk, and tearfully admitted I had been right."
"It certainly doesn't sound like me, now, does it?" Rice said in the interview. "I would never -- I don't remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him."
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 00:36.
While there continue to be concerns about Libya's unconventional weapons and potential "dirty bomb" material, lighter conventional weapons are already reported to be on the market. And there also remains the possibility of a second "storefront" opening up upon the fall of the Assad regime.
"'Gaza militants have Libyan arms'," from Reuters, August 29:
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:10.
ABU GRAYN, Libya — Libyan rebels pledged Tuesday to launch an assault within days on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, the ousted strongman's last major bastion of support.
The rebels and NATO said that Gadhafi loyalists were negotiating the fate of Sirte, a heavily militarized city some 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of the capital, Tripoli.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the rebels' National Transitional Council, said that negotiations with forces in Sirte would end Saturday after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, when the rebels would "act decisively and militarily."
We can't wait more than that," he told reporters in the eastern city of Benghazi. "We seek and support any efforts to enter these places peacefully. At the end, it might be decided militarily. I hope it will not be the case."
Col. Roland Lavoie, a NATO spokesman, said it's possible Sirte might surrender without a fight.
"We have seen dialogues in several villages that were freed – I'm not saying with no hostilities, but with minimal hostilities," he said.
Lavoie said NATO would continue its mission as long as civilians in the country are under threat, although the area around the capital, Tripoli, is now "essentially free."
Lavoie appeared to struggle to explain how NATO strikes were protecting civilians at this stage in the conflict. Asked about NATO's assertion that it hit 22 armed vehicles near Sirte on Monday, he was unable to say how the vehicles were threatening civilians, or whether they were in motion or parked.
Submitted by snake-plisskin on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 22:41.
U.S. officials say they are highly confident that al-Qaida's deputy chief has been killed in Pakistan.
A senior U.S. counterterrorism official told VOA that as head of al-Qaida's daily operations, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was highly vulnerable. The official said Rahman was responsible for going out and establishing contacts and communicating with al-Qaida operatives.
The Libyan national was reportedly killed on August 22 in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region. The area is a known refuge for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants.
Pakistani military officials said Monday they still had no confirmation of Rahman's death.
The U.S. counterterrorism official told VOA that the cumulative effect of Rahman's death on al-Qaida in Pakistan is "tremendous."
The official said Rahman's death just adds to the disruption and confusion within al-Qaida. The terrorist network's leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed during a U.S. special forces raid on a compound in Pakistan on May 2.
Rahman rose to al-Qaida's number two spot after the death of bin Laden.
Computer files recovered from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan are said to reveal Rahman's deep involvement in running the terror network. The files show that Rahman was in regular communication with bin Laden.
Submitted by Lola on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 22:14.
TOUGH SHIT, AMIGO!
A beautiful fairy appeared one day to a destitute Mexican refugee outside an Arizona immigration office.
"Good man," the fairy said, "I've been sent here by President Obama and told to grant you three wishes, since you just arrived in the United States with your wife and eight children."