Sunday, May 31, 2009

Staying Safe Online: The Need for Cybersecurity - Video

Heavy Hitters being interviewed!!

Cyber Coordinator - and Cyber Command: Audio

Another 'Czar' at the Obama White House (12:07P)
Cyber crime is a real threat to the economy. Railroads, air traffic control and electric utilities are already the targets of “Weapons of Mass Disruption.” That was the President's message today as he created a new job to make up for a dismal lack of national preparation. The Cyber-security Coordinator will be on both the economic and national security councils with access to the President, but critics insist that won't work. We hear how serious the problem is and ask if creating the new “Czar” will be more than a symbolic gesture.

James Lewis: Director, CSIS's Commission on Cybersecurity
Paul Light: Professor of Public Service, New York University
John Arquilla: Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
Tom Kellermann: former Senior Risk Management Specialist, World Bank Security Team

Cuba Libre, kind of.

Cuba has agreed to resume talks with Washington on immigration by Cubans to the US, the state department says.
A top US official said Cuba had sent a diplomatic note accepting a recent US invitation to restart the talks.
The official said Cuba was also ready to cooperate with the US on direct mail services, as well as fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, reports said.
The talks were halted in 2003 after Havana refused to give exit permits to people who had been granted US visas.

La Raza speech - Sotomayor NYTimes

Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O'Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.

Observation of Conservatives and women

I said this before: have you not notice that any female who comes across Conservatives automatically are disadvantaged. EVERY SINGLE TIME. What's up with the woman hate? I know republicans are paternalistic but the idea that women are bad is interesting and sad. Of course Governor Palin was an exception because of her looks. If she had an Ug-Mug she would have been talked down just like the other women in politics. No one knew anything about her politics except for a poll. Ready! Do you like your Governor? This is not Teen Beat magazine. It's governing.

In example: Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Janet Napolitano.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Who Is Rick Scott? - Video: 4:27

I like the way he suggests that he wasn't find guilty. Was that part of the agreement?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ft Campbell Army Base Closed For 3 Days Because Of High Number Of Suicides

With at least 11 confirmed suicides this year Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky is closing down for three days to allow commanders to identify at-risk soldiers and help them with their mental health issues.
Fort Campbell Puts Duties on Hold to Address Recent Suicides

May 27, 2009—

Eleven suspected suicides this year at Fort Campbell, Ky. have prompted the military base to put its regular duties on hold today while officials pause for a program on suicide prevention.

The decision comes not long after a separate tragic shooting earlier this month at a Baghdad stress center, where a U.S. soldier was charged with killing five of his peers.

Both are devastating markers that reflect the stress of war -- and young men like Brendan Schnitzler, 21, and Cedric Brooks, 26, can directly relate.

"When I got back, I knew I felt that the Brendan that left the States had died," said Schnitzler, 21, who served in Iraq as a machine gunner before twice trying to kill himself.

"I turned to alcohol. I was drinking pretty heavy just to pass out at night so I could get some sleep, and I was just miserable. So one night I just said, you know, 'This is all I've got left. I don't want none of it. So it was Jan. 3, 2008. [I] climbed to the roof of my barracks, about a 60-foot fall, and I jumped off the roof."

Memorial Day - Vids from NBC

Race To The Bottom: Conservative Media Attack Judge Sotomayor: Video 1:31

Conservatives come out saying the same thing! Did they have a meeting?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Terrorist bomb New York Starbucks

An explosion on Monday damaged a coffee shop in New York, according to police who were investigating whether the blast was linked to earlier bombings at the British and Mexican consulates.

The small bomb explosion at about 3:30 a.m. EDT shattered windows and damaged a wooden sidewalk bench at a Starbucks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, police said. The store was closed at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Police were investigating whether the blast was related to an explosion at the British consulate in 2005, a blast at the Mexican consulate in 2007 and an explosion at a U.S. military recruiting station in Times Square in 2008.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Duke Energy CEO Stars on Carbon Cap

Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers Supports a Smart Cap on Carbon Huh?
Duke Energy CEO Stars on Carbon Cap
Duke Energy stirred controversy last week when the coal-burning utility parted ways with the National Association of Manufacturers over the trade group's stance on climate change issues. Now, Duke CEO Jim Rogers is taking things one step further: He is starring in a commercial backed by the Environmental Defense Action Fund advocating a cap on carbon emissions.
Watch the ad here.
Duke Energy is one of many companies to have joined the United States Climate Action Partnership, an alliance of business and environmental groups advocating for legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In the first quarter of 2009, Duke Energy spent $1.3 million on lobbying.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Housing crisis, what we need to do with Government; Ron Paul - video

Check the video at 6:15 to the end to get his assessment of Government. The really good stuff is at 7:30.

Fallout - Detainee dies

The White House is looking into a CIA inmate held in Lybia!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I hate to post this one but this is noteworthy.

PFC Green
Green stands convicted of:

-Conspiracy to commit murder

-Conspiracy to sexual assault

-Premeditated murder, four counts

-Murder committed during the act of sexual abuse, four counts

-Aggravated sexual abuse
-Use of a firearm during a crime of violence, four counts

-Obstruction of justice

A jury of nine women and three men deliberated for a total of ten hours and forty minutes before convicting ex-U.S. Army Private Steven Dale Green on all sixteen counts. Eight of these counts could bring the death penalty.

In 2006 while serving in Iraq, Green and four others raped 14-year-old Abeer al-Janabi, then murdered her, her parents and her 6-year-old sister. Green's four accomplices were convicted in a military tribunal. Two of these men testified during Green's trail, fingering him as the one who instigated the massacre. Green, unlike the other four, entered a plea of not guilty.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Cuba Libre - Video

Socialism - Hugo Chavez

President Hugo Chavez said Friday that his government is nationalizing 60 oil contractors as he moves to assert greater control over Venezuela's oil industry.

He said companies to be nationalized under a new law will include SIMCO consortium, which has worked injecting water into oil fields in western Lake Maracaibo for the past 10 years. State-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, is taking over all oil service work in the lake, where private companies have long helped extract crude, he said.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

U.S. regulators close America West Bank

May 1 (Reuters) - Bank regulators closed America West Bank [AMWES.UL] of Layton, Utah on Friday, the 32nd U.S. bank to fail this year as the struggling economy and falling home prices take their toll on financial institutions.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said America West Bank had $299.4 million in assets and $284.1 million in deposits. The failure is expected to cost the FDIC an estimated $119.4 million.

Friday, May 1, 2009

FEMA removes ‘scary’ 9/11 coloring book from its website.

Good idea, bad execution:
The Smoking Gun reports that FEMA has “removed a children’s coloring book from its web site following criticism over its inclusion of drawings of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The coloring book, titled ‘A Scary Thing Happened,’ is geared towards helping kids ‘cope with disasters.’” A picture of the book’s cover:

Rep. Steve King calls Black and Hispanic Congressional Caucuses ‘separatist groups.’ - Video 0:55

Yesterday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) took to the House floor for an hour-long speech consisting of tired denunciations of Obama shaking hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and more hysterical complaints about how new hate crime legislation protects gays. During his tirade, King decided to direct part of his vitriol at the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, calling both organizations “separatist groups.”
The term “separatist” is an inference for anti-American or terrorist activities. Given King’s history of racially charged statements, it is no wonder he chose to attack the two major minority caucuses as too exclusive, rather than, for example, the evangelical Congressional Prayer Caucus.
Watch it:

Two more banks taken over by regulators Closures marks 31st bank failures this year

From MarketWatch
Regulators on Friday shut down Georgia's Silverton Bank N.A. and New Jersey's Citizens Community Bank, bringing the number of bank failures this year to 31.
Since the economic downturn began last year, 56 institutions have failed, as the effects of the credit crisis rippled throughout the U.S. economy.
Atlanta-based Silverton Bank, the sixth bank to fail in Georgia, had $4.1 billion in assets and $3.3 billion in deposits at the time of closing. It operated six regional offices.
Citizens Community Bank of Ridgewood, N.J., which had one branch, was closed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. As of Dec. 31, the bank had assets of $45.1 million and $43.7 million in deposits.
The FDIC said the two bank closures will cost the deposit insurance fund more than $1.3 billion.

Not the way to attract people by insinuating that the CHC members are to be associated with Terrorist

Hispanic Caucus offended by images in Boehner’s fearmongering video. See associate picture at the 1:20 mark.

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