Thursday, December 24, 2009

PolitiFact | Sarah Palin falsely claims Barack Obama runs a 'death panel'

PolitiFact | Sarah Palin falsely claims Barack Obama runs a 'death panel'

Seniors and the disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Airstrikes in Yemen, Oh this is for the USS Cole. - Video, civilians

Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists
Cruise Missiles Launched Thursday Hit Two Suspected al Qaeda Sites; Major Escalation of US Efforts Against Terrorists

On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

One of the targeted sites was a suspected al Qaeda training camp north of the capitol, Sanaa, and the second target was a location where officials said "an imminent attack against a U.S. asset was being planned."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Installation is sexy - at Home Depot - Video

Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots

Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots: "Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots

By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 16, 2009; 1:44 PM

First lady Michelle Obama played Santa Claus on Wednesday afternoon, delivering two bulging sacks of donated toys to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Quantico.
Earlier this month, when she unveiled the White House Christmas decorations, Obama also kicked off a toy collection drive to benefit Toys for Tots. So far, White House staff have donated some 500 gifts including board games and Legos and at least one spectacular Barbie Corvette. Obama delivered about a third of those goodies to Quantico. The rest will go to a distribution center in Anacostia. No word on which facility will be the lucky recipient of the Barbie luxury automobile."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shinnecock Tribe Moves Close to U.S. Recognition -

Shinnecock Tribe Moves Close to U.S. Recognition - "Shinnecock Tribe Moves Close to U.S. Recognition
ALBANY — The Obama administration said Tuesday that the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island had met the necessary criteria for federal recognition, signaling the end of a more than 30-year court battle and clearing a path for the tribe to build a casino in New York City or its suburbs.
The decision all but assures the tribe’s federal recognition, though there is still a required public comment period that will take place before final recognition is granted.
“The Shinnecock petitioner has met all seven mandatory criteria for federal acknowledgment,” the Interior Department said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

U.S. Military Joins CIA’s Drone War in Pakistan - from Wired

The headquarters for the American military’s air war in Central Asia and the Middle East is located in a converted medical warehouse on an undisclosed base in a country the U.S. Air Force would rather not name. The lights are turned down low, so the troops can clearly see the giant screen at the far end of the in this cavernous, classified facility.

On that glowing screen is a digital map of Afghanistan, showing the position of every U.S. Air Force drone, every fighter jet, every bomber and every tanker aircraft with a teal dot. Most of the dots are positioned near the hotspots of the Afghanistan war — places like Kandahar, Helmand and Nangarhar provinces. But there are three dots, representing Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles, that aren’t above Afghanistan at all. These dots have moved to the east of the Afghan border; these drones are flying missions over Pakistan.

Bush Deficit Hurting Obama: Reports


The drumbeat is loud enough to put Democrats on notice. The president has increasingly discussed the need to get the deficit under control in recent speeches. And in Congress, a proposal to set up a bipartisan commission to force deficit reduction is gaining steam among the party's more conservative members.

All of which may be vital, say budget analysts say. But the hysteria over the deficit misses a fundamental point: the country's fiscal problems largely aren't due to Obama but rather his predecessor.

A forthcoming study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concludes that the $1.4 trillion annual deficit run by the government has little to do with current White House policies and much to do with George W. Bush's actions.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bank failure tally reaches 130 - AmTrust Bank puts $2 billion dent in FDIC fund - MarketWatch

AmTrust Bank puts $2 billion dent in FDIC fund - MarketWatch

Greater Atlantic Bank is the first Virginia bank to be closed this year, with the last local failure occurring in 1993.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The reason

Timeline in Afghanistan: 2002 to 2010. It adds up to eight years not 18 months.

• The reason why the ‘18 months’ is important is because they don’t want us to be occupiers. From the Generals on the ground, I have heard it said that they don’t like us there.

• We want to stay over there because of our reasons, not theirs. The longer we foment anger the more recruits move to the terrorist to defeat us, not today but for the next generation.

All day I heard people say no timeline, even during the hearing today. I say that those people haven’t been deployed to anywhere. Even when I was in Macedonia they asked every two weeks, when is the US leaving? In Kosovo there were scared for us to leave, because of the Serbs, but that wanted to be independent of us.