Archive for February 2011
I’m sure something will show up. We need jobs in this country to keep people from pulling an Egypt and murdering the gang in power. Not that I don’t think that idea doesn’t have merit just that I want to stay out of jail and stay online.
Threatening these guys is not a healthy thing!
The deal, the Air Force‘s third effort to award the contract, caps nine years of wrangling over a replacement for the service’s aging fleet of KC-135 tankers. The Eisenhower-era flying gas stations have served as the backbone of the U.S. capability for “force projection” — the ability to strike anywhere in the world.
Government auditors overturned a February 2008 award to the rival bidder — the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS), the parent company of Airbus — after ruling that Boeing had been treated unfairly in the selection process.
Representatives of EADS “told me they were going to protest if they lost, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” said Barry Watts, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, a nonpartisan defense think tank in Washington, D.C…….
Who said having the Chicago gang on your side doesn’t pay off especially when the big leaders, Oba mama and Daley are in charge in Washington?
CHICAGO | Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.
With 89 percent of the precincts reporting, Mr. Emanuel was trouncing five opponents with 55 percent of the vote — a margin comfortably above the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff.
It was the city’s first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Mr. Daley among the candidates.
Mr. Daley and his father have led Chicago for more than 43 of the last 56 years.
Reginald Bachus, the 51-year-old pastor of a West Side church, said this was “a very critical time for Chicago.”
“We really need a mayor who has vision. It’s my personal opinion everyone else would have been a manager, and I think Rahm has vision,” Mr. Bachus said.
The other major candidates — former Chicago schools president Gery Chico, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle — had hoped to force a runoff, but were no match for Mr. Emanuel‘s momentum and money…..
How “sensitive” do you have to be. Hope they pass out condoms don’t you?.
American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military’s new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States, the senior enlisted man in Afghanistan said Thursday.
The Pentagon is launching an extensive force-wide program to ease the process of integrating open homosexuals into the ranks, including into close-knit fighting units.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top enlisted man in Afghanistan where 100,000 U.S. troops are deployed, said that the sessions on respecting gays’ rights will go right down to the forward operating bases, where troops fight Taliban militants.
Don’t sell guns to the inner city blacks!
Wouldn’t want them to get any ideas that close to the Capitol buildings, heh heh.
The local news website DCist.com also reported this week that Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest gun retailer, has promised not to sell guns and firearms at its D.C. sites.
To Wal-Mart critics, none of that matters. They use sharp words — “war,” “invasion” and “destruction of this city” — to describe the magnitude of the threat they say the company poses.
The critics are especially vocal in Ward 4, where Wal-Mart wants to replace a long-vacant car dealership site with a store at Georgia and Missouri avenues Northwest, a major crossroad surrounded by single-family homes and brimming with mom-and-pop retailers.
While some D.C. lawmakers who live in Ward 4 appear willing to work with Wal-Mart, some longtime residents and community organizers are dead-set against the retailer’s stores anywhere inside city limits. One effort is called “Wal-Mart Free DC”; another bills itself as “Ward Four Thrives.” Both groups count local businesses, residents and union members among their ranks.
The government can order vaccines for you or your children in school whether they work or not and the big pharma’s are invulnerable to lawsuit. Even if they know they’re going to do damage you can’t get justice in the court rooms.
And kids have to have shots in order to get in government schools!
But what happens when we have to have shots to use public transportation because of terrorist threats or some other excuse? Don’t you think it’s only a matter of time?
After all, if you spend millions to get someone elected then the least they can do is pay you back, right?
Vaccine manufacturers won a monumental victory Tuesday with the Supreme Court ruling that federal law shields them from lawsuits, an especially pertinent decision because of the thousands of claims, so far unproven scientifically, linking vaccines to autism.
In a 6-2 ruling, the high court said the manufacturers are protected by a 1986 federal law that says they can’t be sued “if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable, even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.”
As was the case during oral arguments in October, much of the ruling hinged on the term “unavoidable” in the context of the law.
Oba mama’s out of his league now. Don’t be surprised if Israel is a mess again. I expect a few well placed assassinations in the area. And I expect the president to make a fool out of himself in the next few months bitching about Repubs trying to cut nickels and dimes from the budget and being mean to his unions.
However, let’s not forget that war’s good for the economy. After all wait until we pay $10 for a bowl of cereal your going to need another job just to get the gas money to work. So there had better be some jobs out there.
Does anyone really believe we can borrow 2 or 3 trillion dollars and print even more for the international banks and not fuck up the economy?
And as far as elections go Oba mama’s going to need all the help he can get because it’s really getting interesting now.
Good thing he’ll be running against a Republican or he wouldn’t stand a chance.
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February 21, 2011
U.S. Intervention in Mideast?
Posted by Michael S. Rozeff on February 21, 2011 11:42 AM
Lew, yes, the U.S. will intervene, and it is likely that Great Britain, France, and, with lower likelihood, NATO will intervene. Their goal will be to install new governments that do not threaten their perceived interests, as they are attempting in Iraq and Afghanistan. From their perspective, this is mainly about control of oil and oil revenues and about preventing Iran from gaining regional hegemony and oil control. Somewhere along the way, I expect American naval and other forces to put in an appearance, and the story will be that they are there to ensure stability, protect interests, and ensure oil supplies.
The risk of war with Iran is rising, although presently not visible. Bahrain is shaping up something like Serbia before WWI. Iran has claimed Bahrain for a very long time. Most of its population is poorer and Shiite, and ruled by wealthier Sunnis. Iran’s sending of ships through Suez is a bid to get the new Egyptian regime, temporary or not, to make a concession to Iran. Britain’s Prime Minister Cameron already has visited Egypt, a form of intervention, and didn’t talk or acknowledge the Muslim Brotherhood. For now, the intervention will be carrots, aid, food aid, loans, and the leverage of recognition and support. It will be all about getting pro-western governments installed and getting business back to usual, with a couple of bones thrown to the protesting masses. Israel is a wild card and can upset the applecart unless handled very firmly. The uprisings are so pervasive and so spirited and so strong and have already succeeded so far that they can be expected to continue eliminating the old governments and opening up new political situations in many lands. This all becomes an enormously complicated challenge for Obama and the U.S. government to manage and handle, much like the Hungarian uprising was for the Soviets.
Vote! Of course, it’s a waste of time. But you have to in order to keep up appearances. Wouldn’t want the working stiffs to get any ideas.
However, the governor said it was his way or the highway. In doing so, Governor Walker betrayed Wisconsin’s proud progressive values.
Soon the streets were filled with teachers, bus drivers, toll collectors, janitors, cafeteria workers, fire fighters and police, all public employees, marching in solidarity. They knew what kind of stinky cheese Governor Walker was peddling: union busting.
Claiming Wisconsin is in dire straits, the likes never seen before, Governor Chicken Little was manufacturing a crisis to end collective bargaining. Actually the sky was not falling.
This past January the State’s own non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated that Wisconsin will end the 2009-2011 budget biennium with a budget surplus of $121.4 million.
There would have been more in the state coffers if earlier this year, the Governor and the Republican Legislature hadn’t seen fit to give tax breaks to businesses and the wealthy to the tune of $117.2 million.