Sunday, October 31, 2010
Dilma Rousseff Is Elected Brazil's First Female President, Defeating Serra - Bloomberg: "Dilma Rousseff was elected today the country’s first female president after she pledged to continue the policies of her mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and end poverty in the world’s eighth-largest economy.
Rousseff, who had never bef"
Kentucky Stomper Charged With Fourth-Degree Assault | TPMDC: "Timothy Mark Profitt, 53, is charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault after he stomped on Lauren Valle's head and neck. Profitt 'intentionally placed his foot on the shoulder/head region on the victim,' a criminal summons says."
Friday, October 29, 2010
I remember when we were debating campaign finance laws around the turn of the millennium and the standard right-of-center view was that these were unfair restrictions on free speech and disclosure alone would be good enough. Then came Citizens United and the DISCLOSE Act and suddenly disclosure itself was an unbearable curtailment of free speech. Now I’m reading about this story where a McDonald’s in Ohio is sending notes in its employees’ paychecks telling them who to vote for:
Texas flier tells black voters not to vote for Democrats - War Room - Salon.com: "After a midterm campaign defined by hysterical claims about American Muslims and fear-mongering about the threat to national security posed by people who look Mexican, some anonymous Texas Republicans are going old-school with their latest attempt to suppress minority voter turnout. Yep, an old-fashioned 'misleading flier in a black neighborhood' landed in Houston this week, just in time for early voting."
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Jackson Lee has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send poll monitors to her district on Nov. 2 to make sure the King Street Patriots, a local conservative voter turnout and tea party group, aren’t stopping people from voting."
In the first official finding of responsibility for the blowout, which killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in American history, the commission staff determined that Halliburton had conducted three laboratory tests that indicated that the cement mixture did not meet industry standards."
China Said to Resume Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals - NYTimes.com: "The Chinese government abruptly ended its unannounced embargo of exports of crucial strategic minerals to the United States, Europe and Japan, although shipments to Japan still encountered some difficulties, four rare earth industry officials said Thursday.
After blocking shipments of raw rare earth minerals to Japan since Sept. 21, and to the United States and Europe since Oct. 18, Chinese customs officials, without explanation, allowed shipments to resume to all three destinations, said industry officials who insisted on anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue. Resumed shipments to Japan still face additional scrutiny and some delays."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I LIED ABOUT ACCESSING ALL OF THE COMPUTERS. I THEN ADMITTED ABOUT ACCESSING THE COMPUTERS, BUT LIED ABOUT WHAT I WAS DOING. FINALLY, I ADMITTED WHAT I DID.
As former Army I’m embarrassed that Joe Miller was in the Army.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
That may seem the takeaway from this year's Corruption Perceptions Index from Berlin-based Transparency International, which saw the U.S. 2010 ranking slip to 22nd out of 178 nations from 19th last year -- the first time the United States has missed inclusion in the top 20 least-corrupt countries since the index was launched 15 years ago. http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010/results
Rising past the U.S. over the year were the tiny Caribbean island nation of Barbados (now 17th), the Persian Gulf emirate Qatar (19th) and Chile (21st). New Zealand, Denmark and Singapore -- ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 last year -- tied for first place in 2010.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Realco guns tied to 2,500 crimes in D.C. and Maryland: "Since 1992, more than 2,500 guns recovered by police and tied to crimes in the Washington area have been traced back to their original sale at Realco Guns in Forestville, Md. The total is four times that of the dealer with the next highest number of gun traces."
The unpopular Republican leader made the suggestion while speaking at a trade conference in the Windy City, where he discussed his legacy and also offered a glimpse into what readers can expect from his forthcoming memoir, Decision Points."
Saturday, October 23, 2010
General Motors to Sell Volt in China As Early As July 2011 - Bloomberg: "China
China has overtaken the U.S. as GM’s largest market by sales volume, as government subsidies boosted buying. Even so, GM earns more profit in the U.S. than in China.
GM’s North America operations had profits before interest and taxes of $1.59 billion in the second quarter, while the company’s international operations, including China, earned $672 million."
Honeywell Stops Offering Some Retirees Group Coverage - Bloomberg
Honeywell International Inc., the maker of turbochargers and plane parts, amended its U.S. retiree medical plan during the third quarter to no longer offer group coverage to some retirees who are older than 65.
The change reduced the post-retirement benefit obligation by $137 million, Morris Township, New Jersey-based Honeywell said today in a regulatory filing.
“The independent market offers better and more cost- effective options than Honeywell can provide,” Rob Ferris, a company spokesman, said today in an e-mail. “We’re providing advisory services to help our retirees select and enroll into this new coverage to ensure a smooth transition.”
Smug future-Chinese will own us, attack ad claims
Are you scared of Red China? "Citizens Against Government Waste" wants you to be! And not just scared -- they want you to be pissed off at how smug those stupid Chinese are. Just look at them laughing at us, with their douchey headset mics, in this new campaign ad:
Stupid future-Chinese people owning us! If only we hadn't attempted stimulus spending -- we could've been as prosperous and successful as the communist nation that spent vast sums of money on massive infrastructure projects as part of their $586 billion stimulus.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Rep Eric I. Cantor
Virginia - District 7
Why That Grade?
1 = voted with IAVA Action
Cut to VA Budget (Vote #1): 1
Homeless Veterans (Vote #2): 1
Stop Loss Payments (Vote #3): 0
Advance Approps (Vote #4): 1
Female Veterans (Vote #5): 1
Funding the VA (Vote #6): 1
Disabled Veterans (Vote #7): 1
Mandatory Screenings (Vote #8): 0
Deployment Protections (Vote #9): 1
Homeless Veterans (Vote #10): 1
USERRA for NG (Vote # 11): 1
Caregiver Support (Vote #12): 1
Military Sexual Trauma (Vote #13): 0
Fully Fund the VA (Vote #14): 1
Advance Approps (CoSpon #1): 0
Disability Reform (CoSpon #2): 0
New GI Bill 2.0 (CoSpon #3): 0
Jobs for Vets (CoSpon #4): 0
111th Total Score: 11
110th Congress Grade (2008 Report Card): B
U.S. House of Representatives
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wow, incredible numbers.
Caterpillar digs in
Cat's third-quarter profit increases by 96% from the year-ago period, as sales advance 53%. Investors' initial reaction is a positive one.
• United, Continental post profits - the post-merger entity of Continental and United airlines, said its two carrier units rang up profits during their last quarter as independent operators.
• JetBlue profit climbs
• Southwest's quarterly profit up
Wireless keys AT&T profit pop
Earnings leap to $12.3 billion from $3.19 billion as 5.2 million iPhones are activated.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A third-party group headed by a GOP operative is out with a new Nevada ad spot encouraging Latinos in the state not to cast votes in this year's midterm elections.
It’s an understatement to say that being in a sniper team is a high-pressure job. You’ve got to calculate wind resistance, distance, bullet trajectory and other physics obstacles in a few instants.Then you’ve got to squeeze off the shot — sometimes from hundreds of yards away. So the futurists at Darpa figure the sharpshooters could use some “smart” bullets to help the snipers out.
On Thursday, Teledyne Technologies received a $25.45 million contract from Darpa to design a .50 caliber bullet that can better hit moving targets while the wind swells. It’s part of the next stage of the EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance project, or Exacto, begun in 2007 to give the military what Teledyne chairman Robert Mehrabian termed “ultra-high precision and affordable guided weapons” in a prepared statement. It’s show-and-prove time: Teledyne’s got to deliver its prototype bullets by September 2012.
MinnPost - D.C. Dispatches: Despite opposing stimulus, Bachmann, Paulsen sought money for their home districts
Michele Bachmann has campaigned saying the stimulus was a "failure" and has criticized it repeatedly, including in a Townhall.com blog in January headlined "Stimulus is not creating jobs."
Yet despite her vocal opposition to the law, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus quietly sent at least six letters to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging stimulus funding for transportation projects in her district.
In one of them, in support of $300 million in spending for the $700 milliion replacement-bridge project crossing the St. Croix River, Bachmann cited a MnDOT estimate that the project would create nearly 3,000 jobs. In others, she noted that the projects would have economic benefits beyond just the projects in question, spurring development and private sector hiring in the communities surrounding the proposed stimulus projects.
MinnPost - D.C. Dispatches: Despite opposing stimulus, Bachmann, Paulsen sought money for their home districts
LINK TO THE LETTERS: http://www.minnpost.com/client_files/pdfs/BachmannRequest.pdf
Monday, October 18, 2010
Veterans Group Files FEC Complaint Against The Chamber: Foreign Funds Pose 'Clear And Present Danger' To U.S. Democracy
Veterans Group Files FEC Complaint Against The Chamber: Foreign Funds Pose 'Clear And Present Danger' To U.S. Democracy: "On Monday, the Veterans' Alliance for Security and Democracy (VetPAC) filed an FEC complaint against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the FEC, alleging that the organization's potential use of foreign funds for political purposes represents a 'clear and present danger to our democracy.' From the letter to the FEC, obtained by The Huffington Post:"
A Sharp Donation Drop at Big Charities - Philanthropy 400 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas
A Sharp Donation Drop at Big Charities - Philanthropy 400 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Donations to the nation’s biggest charities dropped 11 percent last year, a decline that was the worst in the two decades since The Chronicle started its Philanthropy 400 ranking of the organizations that raise the most from private sources.
Nonprofit organizations say they don’t expect to have done much better by the time 2010 ends. More than one in four of the groups provided projections for 2010, and the median change they predicted was an increase of just 1.4 percent."
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
And the winner is: The Ole Miss 'Rebel Black Bear': "The new mascot of the University of Mississippi Rebels will be a black bear, officially replacing the goateed Southern gentleman 'Colonel Reb' who was banished from the sidelines almost seven years ago.
Thursday's unveiling of the 'Rebel Black Bear' is the latest move in the school's effort to distance itself from symbols of the old South."
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
ThinkProgress � Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies In Disclosed Donations Alone
4G Identity Solutions Hyderabad, India $7,500
A2Z Maintenance & Eng. Gurgaon, India $7,500
Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai, India $15,000
Apollo Hospitals Chennai, India $7,500
Arshiya International Mumbai, India $15,000
Astonfield Management Mumbai, India $7,500
AXA Group Paris, France $7,500
Avantha Group India $7,500"
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Mr. Josten said the Chamber of Commerce had 115 foreign member affiliates in 108 countries, who pay a total of less than $100,000 in membership dues that go into its general fund.
Think Progress � GRAPHIC: How The Chamber Gets Its Foreign Money
Now's the time to invest in infrastructure, but U.S. plan is too modest: "When the feds checked in on the funds, what they found shocked them. The project costs were coming in at 18 to 20 percent less than estimated. The Transportation Department then looked at the share that went to the Federal Aviation Administration for runway repairs. The money that the FAA had thought would complete 300 projects was going to finish 367 projects -- about 20 percent more than projected."
Fox's Napolitano joins 9-11 Truther Alex Jones to push anti-government conspiracy theories
Fox Business host and Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano again appeared on the radio program of conspiracy theorist and 9-11 Truth leader Alex Jones. During the October 7 program, the two agreed that Obama will "start a wider global war" to "be a prince," and discussed whether a powerful banking cartel linked to "world government" would "collapse the economy" and use that "as an excuse for martial law." Napolitano also told Jones of Texas secession: "That time has come. That may actually happen" because of the actions of the government.
Beck's historian delivered talks to racist, anti-Semitic Christian Identity groups
ADL: "Barton has delivered his revisionist presentation in the meeting halls of the racist and anti-Semitic extreme right." In the 1994 book, The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance & Pluralism in America, the Anti-Defamation League wrote that Barton "purveys a slick, cut-and-paste revisionist history of the United States and the Constitution." ADL further stated that Barton spoke at events hosted by the Christian Identity movement, which "asserts that Jews are 'the synagogue of Satan'; that Blacks and other people of color are subhuman; and that northern European whites and their American descendants are the 'chosen people' of scriptural prophesy." From the book
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Bank of America Corp. said yesterday that it will temporarily stop foreclosure sales in all states, including Massachusetts, amid mounting concerns that the nation’s largest bank and other mortgage lenders have seized homes without proper documentation.
SolarEagle To Soar For Five Years | EarthTechling: "With an $89 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),�Boeing’s Phantom Works group is promising to have an unmanned, solar-powered aircraft soaring more than 11 miles above Earth by 2014, the company announced in a�press release. The goal for the initial demonstration flight is 30 days aloft, but the long-term plan for the craft, part of a program called Venture II, is five years in the skies. Yes, five years."
Friday, October 8, 2010
Bank of America Corp., the biggest U.S. lender, extended a freeze on foreclosures to all 50 states as concern spread among federal and local officials that homes are being seized based on false data.
“We will stop foreclosure sales until our assessment has been satisfactorily completed,” the Charlotte, North Carolina- based company said today in a statement. “Our ongoing assessment shows the basis for foreclosure decisions is accurate.”
More jobs lost. More Private sector jobs. The underline trend is good especially since there is $2 trillion on the side.
In the one-two punch many had long been fearing, hiring by businesses has slowed significantly while government jobs are disappearing at a record pace.
Companies added 64,000 jobs last month, after having added 93,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department reported Friday. But over all, the economy shed 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the result of a 159,000 decline in government jobs at all levels. Local governments in particular cut jobs at the fastest rate in almost 30 years.
“We need to wake up to the fact that the end of the stimulus has really hit hard on local governments,” said Andrew Stettner, deputy director of the National Employment Law Project. “There is much more of a slide in the job market than what we really need to clearly turn around.”
Asians Out Of Work Longest Among U.S. Minorities : NPR
'Any expectations industry may have had regarding a shift in focus to social programs under the Obama administration have not yet materialized in major contract opportunities,' INPUT wrote.
INPUT, recently purchased by Deltek, examined the top 20 upcoming contract opportunities in fiscal 2011, accounting for about $140 billion -- a nearly $40 billion decrease from fiscal 2010. Most of the major acquisitions are at Defense, because civilian agencies already awarded many high-value contracts last fiscal year, the group said."
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Gunmen Attack More NATO Supply Trucks in Pakistan - NYTimes.com
Dozens of tanker trucks carrying fuel to Afghanistan for NATO troops were torched near Quetta in western Pakistan on Wednesday, the third major attack on supplies since Pakistan closed a border crossing to Afghanistan a week ago and the first at the only checkpoint that remained open.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Last spring, reports of a federal corruption inquiry began trickling through the Alabama Legislature as its members argued fiercely over a bill to allow some form of gambling in the state. Several legislators received subpoenas, others acknowledged wearing recording devices and still others said they had received surprise visits from F.B.I. agents.
U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels - NYTimes.com
The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, will be the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, where the new equipment will replace diesel and kerosene-based fuels that would ordinarily generate power to run their encampment.
Obama Open to Lowering Corporate Tax Rate - CNBC: "Barack Obama signalled he was open to lowering the US corporate tax rate from its level of 35 per cent, amid speculation that the administration could seek broad-based reform of the tax code as early as next year.
At a meeting of his economic recovery advisory board on Monday, the president said: “We would be very interested in finding ways to lower the corporate tax rate so that companies that are operating overseas can operate effectively and aren’t put at a competitive disadvantage.”"
The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, will be the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, where the new equipment will replace diesel and kerosene-based fuels that would ordinarily generate power to run their encampment."
Monday, October 4, 2010
They expected tea, not firefights.
But the three female Marines and their patrol were shot at late on a recent day, when a burst of Kalashnikov rifle fire came from a nearby compound. The group hit the ground, crawled into a ditch and aimed its guns across the fields of cotton and corn.
In their sights they could see the source of the blast: an Afghan man who had shot aimlessly from behind a mud wall, shielded by a half-dozen children. The women held their fire with the rest of the patrol so as not to hit a child, waited for the all-clear, then headed back to the base, survivors of yet another encounter with the enemy.
For Female Marines, Tea Comes With Bullets - NYTimes.com
Conservatives turn on James O'Keefe - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com: "Heralded last year as epitomizing a new form of “activist” journalist, James O’Keefe now finds himself abandoned by some of the powerful conservatives who championed him. And a multi-million dollar effort designed to offset what many conservatives regard as the leftward tilt of the mainstream media has been undermined by a series of increasingly bizarre incidents."
O'Donnell: China's taking over - POLITICO.com Print View: "Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell once claimed to have classified information showing that China was plotting to conquer the United States.
China had a “carefully thought out and strategic plan to take over America” O’Donnell said during a 2006 Senate primary debate, the Associated Press reports.
When one of her opponents suggested that her theory was unfounded because the United States and China are economically interdependent, O’Donnell shot back: “That doesn't work.”
“There's much I want to say,” O’Donnell declared. “I wish I wasn't privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to.”"
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Meet three soldiers and two Marines with
traumatic brain injury, hear their stories and see how their recoveries are progressing.
'IT CHANGES WHO WE ARE': "The doctor begins with an apology because the questions are rudimentary, almost insultingly so. But Robert Warren, fresh off the battlefield in Afghanistan and a surgeon's table, doesn't seem to mind.
Yes, he knows how old he is: 20. He knows his Army rank: specialist. He knows that it's Thursday, that it's June, that the year is 1020. Quickly, he corrects the small stumble: 'It's 2010.' He knows that his wife is Brittanie, that she's due with their first child any day now, and that they 'got married two to three weeks before I went to that country.'
Stumble No. 2: 'That country.'
David Williamson doesn't let it slide. "Which country?"
China offered on Saturday to buy Greek government bonds in a show of support for the country whose debt burden triggered a crisis for the euro zone and required an international bailout.
Premier Wen Jiabao made the offer at the start of a two-day visit to the crisis-hit country where he says he expects to expand ties in all areas.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Nation & World | $700B TARP bailout ends Sunday, will wind up costing $100B or less | Seattle Times Newspaper
Nation & World | $700B TARP bailout ends Sunday, will wind up costing $100B or less | Seattle Times Newspaper: "Originally envisioned as a blank check for the government to spend up to $700 billion to rescue the financial system, the cost to taxpayers is estimated now to be only one-seventh of that amount. The government has earned almost $13 billion in dividends from the bank stock it received in exchange for the taxpayers' investment, and it earned $8.2 billion more from the sale of preferred stock."
Rousseff, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's former chief of staff, faced few real challenges from her three main rivals in a mostly uneventful debate on TV Globo, the country's largest and most influential television network.
Okay I was wrong about this one. I have seen Senator Thune as the Republican 2012 presidential candidate; and the only one that can seriously challenge ‘The O’. If one looks at the political life of Thune you’ll realize that they (the republican structure, the same body who is directing Paul and Angle) have allowed him to vote down the conservative line. That was until his vote for TARP. Yes, he voted for TARP. This renders him as a turncoat to the ‘Tea Party’ voters. So, will the movement give him a pass or will they stand on principle?
One person who might especially wish he could change his vote on TARP is Sen. John Thune (R-SD). Thune is openly considering a White House bid in 2012, and will likely be the only GOP candidate to have voted for TARP — a serious liability when courting conservative primary voters. Recognizing this danger, Thune has tried to wriggle his way out of the vote. In an interview that will air Sunday on C-Span, Thune claims the Bush administration misled him, and accuses the Obama administration of turning the program into a “political slush fund“:
“Pronouncements were made [by the Bush administration] about how it was going to be used. It wasn’t used that way. The Obama administration expanded it and turned it into more of what I would characterize as a political slush fund in terms of the many uses of it.” [...]
“It was wrong philosophically,” Thune said. “How it was used and, in my view, misused is what I take issue with. ”
At the time, Thune said, the arguments for TARP were economically “compelling.”
“But in retrospect, it might be a different view.”
C-Span: Senator Thune