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More federal government control has made things much better, right?
2012-05-29 14:02:00
  Commentary by James H. Shott Most Americans probably have at best a foggy concept of the degree to which the federal government intrudes into their lives, and just how many people are paid to conduct that intrusion from dozens, perhaps hundreds, of departments, agencies, bureaus, divisions, boards and other bodies. In March of this year the U.S. Census Bureau reported that as of March 2010, the last year for which complete data exist, there were 3,007,938 total federal employees, 2,583,768 of them working full-time, with a payroll that month of $16.2 billion. Depending upon whom you believe, federal employees either make lots more than their private sector counterparts (according to Republicans and other small government advocates) or lots less than private sector employees (according to Democrats and federal employee union leaders). Looking at total wages and benefits, the Republicans and small government advocates are closer to right, according to the Congressional Budget...
Syria: The "Atrocities" Excuse to Violate National Sovereignty
2012-05-29 02:59:00
by G.A. Stewart III The escalating "atrocities" in Syria could end up triggering a military intervention, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Fox News on Monday -- following the massacre that left more than 100 dead.  (FoxNews article) International efforts to pressure Syria intensified on Monday, as the United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan began negotiations in the capital, Damascus, and the chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that continued atrocities -could make military intervention more likely.  (New York Times article) Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States....America's reputation suffers, and our ability to bring about change is constrained, when we are perceived as idle in the face of mass atrocities and genocide.  (PSD-10 Mass Atrocities) Employing our military in support of the UN's Re...
AMERICAN CELEBRITIES IN MUSLIM ATTIRE
2012-05-26 02:31:00
The American demonization of Muslim culture finally gets an appropriate push-back via Bahraini artist, Mohammed Kanoo. Dubai's Meem Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit (May 15th-July 5th) by Kanoo titled Fun With Fen--a series of digital prints that depicts famous American celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Amy Winehouse, Will Smith and others in traditional Muslim garb. Something to really think about, especially regarding the current state of Middle Eastern diplomacy and tolerance.
AMERICAN CELEBRITIES IN MUSLIM ATTIRE
2012-05-26 02:22:00
The American demonization of Muslim culture finally gets an appropriate push-back via Bahraini artist, Mohammed Kanoo. Dubai's Meem Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit (May 15th-July 5th) by Kanoo titled Fun With Fen--a series of digital prints that depicts famous American celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Amy Winehouse, Will Smith and others in traditional Muslim garb. Something to really think about, especially regarding the current state of Middle Eastern diplomacy and tolerance.
DAVID BANNER'S 2M1 EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
2012-05-24 15:38:00
Hip-Hop renaissance man, David Banner, is currently using his star power to encourage artists and creatives to control their own music and content. His 2M1 Movement is calling for two million people to donate $1 dollar to create their own pipeline and opportunity outside of record labels and distribution conglomerates. Mr. Banner makes several points concerning the intrinsic devaluation of current "urban" music and culture. He points out how "free" albums and mixtapes contribute to the devalued state of urban culture and product.
More business-like habits in Washington might rescue the country
2012-05-22 18:32:00
Commentary by James H. Shott  Some Americans fully understand the potentially cataclysmic economic situation facing the country. They are not the ones we have to worry about. Who we have to worry about are the ones ? the millions ? that either do not fully comprehend the problem, or have some level of understanding and either are unconcerned about the problem, are using it to their advantage, or have no idea what to do about it. Many of the people in this group hold positions in the federal government, and are responsible for creating the crisis and/or perpetuating it and making it worse. While government and business are distinctly different creatures, there are aspects of sound business operation that belong in the Federal Government Operators Manual, and Chapter I is ?Fiscal Responsibility.? The Prime Directive, derived from the U.S. Constitution, is a simple one: Government must remain small with limited scope and interfere minimally in the lives of the citizens it ex...
Value Disputes and Bank of America Short Sales
2012-05-22 13:13:00
If you have completed more than a handful of short sales, then you have likely have been involved in a value dispute with the short sale lender.  During the course of the short sale, the short sale lender sends out another Broker to complete a Broker Price Opinion (BPO) for the short sale listing. The bank then, ...This Article is Copyright © 2004-2012 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Value Disputes and Bank of America Short Sales
America?s 10 Richest Counties
2012-05-21 14:45:00
There are 3,033 counties in the United States. Which 10 are the richest in terms of median household income? Not surprisingly, those near major economic centers rank high.
The Upside-down Land called America
2012-05-21 05:46:00
The Upside-down Land called America You know you live in an Upside-down Land if…  A Muslim officer crying “Allah Akbar” while shooting up an army base is considered to have committed “Workplace Violence” while an American citizen boasting a Ron … Continue reading →
Those Ashamed Of America Shouldn?t Make A Penny Off The Name
2012-05-16 23:30:00
Though at one time barely considered worthy of the appellation of literature, scholars of popular culture have today established the thesis that comic books and other forms of media expression derived from these illustrated periodicals serve as a snapshot of the perspectives and assumptions prevalent at particular points in American history Certain characters and series evoke ...
Free Nature Valley Bar for eat Better America Members
2012-05-16 17:09:00
http://freeebanaturevalleysampl-e.eatbetteramerica.com/Register-.aspx?ESRC=16461 -first 10,000 who were eat better america members as of 5/15
Obama, America?s first Amish president?
2012-05-15 20:46:00
Obama said in an interview on Tuesday that Malia and Sasha can use their cell phones only on weekends, are banned from Facebook, can't watch TV and are only allowed on the computer during the week.
Airport Screening Results
2012-05-15 15:10:00
  January Statistics on Airport Screening (Department of Homeland Security)   Terrorists Discovered   &nb-sp;   0 Transvestites   -     &-nbsp;    &n-bsp; 133 Hernias    -     &-nbsp;    &n-bsp;     1,485 Hemorrhoid Cases    3,172 Enlarged Prostates   8,249 Breast Implants    -;   59,350 Natural Blondes    -     &-nbsp;     3 Scans also revealed that 535 members of Congress had no balls.
Racism in America: The Hyphenated American Redux
2012-05-15 05:15:00
Racism in America: The Hyphenated American Redux There are African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans, Arab-Americans, Native-Americans, etc. And then there are just ? Americans. Some of you pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You call me ?White boy?, … Continue reading →
"God Bless America" by Bobcat Goldthwait: a violent movie about kindness
2012-05-12 07:21:00
"God Bless America" trailer, (2011) directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, starring Joel Murray and Tara Lynne BarrJoel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, and Bobcat Goldthwait at "God Bless America" screening at the Alamo Drafthouse for SXSW 2012.Aiding in the searing of audience to screen effect that works so well in God Bless America?s favor is the chemistry found in its lead duo, Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr. Murray plays Frank straight as an arrow. In his opening monologue, we?re introduced to his droll worldview, as personified by the hyper-annoying neighbors on the other side of his paper-thin walls. He?s a tragic figure, but even Murray?s expressionless moments are full of life and energy that move us toward those inevitable, shocking moments of violence. Like any great tragic figure, the lights are on behind Frank?s dead, weathered eyes. The fire rages beneath a stoic disposition. If Murray were not already such a well-regarded big screen player, it would be right to say that this is a ma...
Jay-Z & Kanye West ? Made In America (Video Teaser)
2012-05-12 04:48:00
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XPuSsr2Vcmg
Tony Perkins continues to scare America with negligent 'war' analogies
2012-05-11 15:24:00
"Now it will be up to Americans to decide if they can stomach thefull-scale war that's coming, waged against marriage and religious freedom with every weapon at the government's disposal, if this President is reelected." -Thoughts attributed to Tony Perkins,...
Some gay Dems are just a little too eager to be loved by Obama
2012-05-11 00:57:00
All too many left-of-center gays have long had a crush on Barack Obama because of that (D) after his name.  And they’ve just been looking for a reason to justify their love. And in the past twenty-four hours, our gay peers have been exulting all over Facebook how wonderful Obama is while the heads of ...
Erika Harold, former Miss America, runs for Congress
2012-05-10 18:41:00
After voters sent a former ?Saturday Night Live? star, a hit recording artist, and an astronaut to Congress, a former Miss America pageant winner wants to try her hand at lawmaking.
Solid-State Laser Weapons - Because America Is Not Far Enough Ahead Of The
2012-05-09 16:21:00
From Science 2.0: The Office of Naval Research (ONR) wants to develop a solid-state laser weapon prototype that will demonstrate multi-mission capabilities aboard a Navy ship, officials announced May 8. In case you were worried that America was only 25 years ahead of the rest of the w
Ian Bremmer: Five myths about America?s decline
2012-05-08 21:19:00
4. The United States will give way to a rising China. For all its progress in recent decades, China has to undergo daunting reforms to set itself on a path to becoming a modern, middle-class power. Even Premier Wen Jiabao …Read more »
Manmade climate change theory continues to be battered by reality
2012-05-08 17:25:00
  Commentary by James H. Shott   Two of the major concerns of environmentalists are manmade climate change, and in response to this theory, the absolute necessity of green energy sources to replace the relatively inexpensive conventional energy we now get from coal, oil and natural gas.   Although our air is cleaner today than at any time in the last hundred years or so, it?s not clean enough for the environmental zealots inside and outside of government agencies. Hardly anyone would argue that if the activities of humans seriously damage the Earth?s atmosphere and raise its average temperature, it just makes sense to move away from fossil fuel energy toward non-polluting green energy. All they need is a plausible scenario that human activity is indeed warming the planet to dangerous levels, and people will accept moving to green energy.   However, as time passes more and more evidence comes forth weakening the case for manmade climate change; the data no lon...
COUNTER OP-ED: THE "AMERICAN" WAY
2012-05-08 17:14:00
After reading yesterday's valid editorial by Señor Burroughs on the ethics of Jay-Z owning an NBA team, I couldn't help but to think about the flip side to that coin and about many more instances where the underworld and the modern-day mechanics of our American society countlessly rendezvous.
America can?t SURVIVE if Obama gets 4 more years!
2012-05-06 19:35:00
America can’t SURVIVE if Obama gets 4 more years! The 1st part of this post was taken from a friend on Facebook. It’s NOT linked, it’s just one of those things you find and want to publish. I admit, I made … Continue reading →
Roberto De Micheli,Tom Hess: Rhapsody Of Fire live dates in South America t
2012-05-06 18:37:00
http://rhapsodyoffire.com Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist Roberto De Micheli takes you behind the scenes before the 2012 North and South American Rhapsody Of Fire tours. In this short behind the scenes video you will be taken into Roberto De Micheli's private rehearsal studio where he talks about the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire 2012 live concert tour and plays a Rhapsody Of Fire guitar solo. Rhapsody Of Fire live 2012 - behind the scenes Roberto De Micheli,Tom Hess: Rhapsody Of Fire 2012 5/25/2012 The Trocadero Philadelphia USA 5/26/2012 Soundstage Baltimore USA 5/27/2012 The Palladium Worcester USA 5/29/2012 Gramercy Theatre New York USA 5/30/2012 Club Soda Montreal Canada 5/31/2012 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City Canada 6/1/2012 Mod Club Toronto Canada 6/3/2012 Peabody`s Cleveland USA 6/4/2012 Altar Bar Pittsburgh USA 6/5/2012 Mojoes Joliet USA 6/6/2012 Station 4 St. Paul USA 6/8/2012 Gothic Theater Englewood USA 6/10/2012 El Corazon Seattle USA 6/11/2012 Hawthorne Theatre Portland U...
Made in China: Is America Losing its Grand Strategic Mojo? | Atlantic Counc
2012-05-05 09:43:00
So, for all this week’s rhetoric America is beating a strategic retreat. If that political retreat leads to a new global balance of power that is not ‘made in America’ Asia and much of the world beyond will come to …Read more »
[Canada] New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarship Award
2012-05-04 17:03:00
The New Relationship Trust and the First Nation communities offers scholarships for BC First Nation students for a maximum of four consecutive years of undergraduate post-secondary funding, a maximum of two years at the Master?s level and a maximum of two years for the Doctorate level. read more
[USA] UCIE Scholarship at Wright State University
2012-05-04 16:52:00
University Center for International Education (UCIE) offer scholarships for International who want complete two quarters of grades at Wright State, USA by Fall Semester 2012
If Romney campaign thought Grenell Flap Had ?Blown Over,?Directive for fore
2012-05-03 20:34:00
Considering the sources of those who thought Richard Grenell had been “under wraps,” my skepticism have been warranted, but now more details have emerged naming the aide who asked that he not speak on a conference call on national security. This is most bizarre — and counterproductive — move. The best way to allay concerns ...
Free Karate America DVD
2012-05-03 13:22:00
http://karateamerica.org/reques-t-dvd/
Spiking the Osama ball, Obama forgets what team he?s on
2012-05-02 00:54:00
Democratic-generated complaints notwithstanding, there was nothing wrong with George W. Bush highlighting his leadership in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks as he campaigned for reelection. He was reminding us of how he had handled his job, uniting the nation at a challenging time. And since he was asking us to keep him on ...
May Day in America and around the World
2012-05-01 21:13:00
May Day in America and around the World The 1st day of May. Spring has truly sprung, trees have filled out, flowers have bloomed, the grass is green, nature is doing its thing and it’s supposed to be a happy … Continue reading →
It Starts At The Dinner Table?..
2012-04-30 23:50:00
By: J Robert Giles @JRobertGiles ?Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.?   - Charles R. Swindoll   It?s a cliché to say that being a parent changes the way you look at things. Of course it does. For most of us, becoming a parent means an abrupt, loud, and completely exhausting end to the life we had led to that point. It doesn?t matter how old the parents are or how well planned the pregnancy may have been, once that child arrives, the world of the parent is a completely different one. Parents find a joy in seeing the world through the eyes of their children. There?s an indescribable sense of pleasure to be found in watching your child figure out a concept with which you yourself struggled as a child. Some are more momentous like watching them suffer a competitive loss but take away the appropriate lessons. Others are more humorous like watching a 7 year old boy in complete awe of the ?curly fry.? The feeling a parent has at the...
Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Steve Morse: G3 heads to South America
2012-04-29 23:12:00
Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Steve Morse will join forces for the South American edition of the G3 tour in October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Oct. 11- Citibank Hall - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Oct. 12 - Credicard Hall - Sao Paulo, Brazil More shows will be announced soon.
Projection of Iranian EMP Attack on America ? YouTube
2012-04-29 22:54:00
90% of all Americans will die within 12 to 18 months after an EMP event. An excerpt from “Rumors of War III: Target U.S. – GBTV”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b9vrVJyH8BM. Projection of Iranian EMP Attack on America – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bHG8zcM-jU0
New Video about Iranian Threat to Israel and America (4.24.12) ? YouTube
2012-04-29 22:32:00
The Land of Israel Website: http://thelandofisrael.com/ The Land of Israel YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CMJ4TYXDKLc New Video about Iranian Threat to Israel and America (4.24.12) – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bZ8lpdLu_64
U.S. sees South America as possible China counter
2012-04-28 16:04:00
In these days of shrinking U.S. defense budgets, the Obama administration is looking to South America to help monitor and protect the Asia-Pacific region in the years ahead.
US looks to South America for security partners
2012-04-28 13:55:00
In these days of shrinking defense budgets, the U.S. is looking to its southern neighbors to help monitor and protect the Asia Pacific region in the years ahead.
America?s Cup, San Francisco: Mayor Ed Lee Welcome, Pier 27 Construction Fo
2012-04-28 04:17:00
America’s Cup San Francisco fever starts! The first blush of San Francisco?s excitement for the 2013 America?s Cup was made evident today as hundreds of fans and dignitaries joined in celebrating the ceremonial signing of the agreement for the City to host the America?s Cup in 2013, complete with popping champagne corks, the America?s Cup (Read More...)
America?s Cup, San Francisco: Mayor Ed Lee Welcome, Pier 27 Construction Fo
2012-04-28 04:17:00
America’s Cup San Francisco fever starts! The first blush of San Francisco?s excitement for the 2013 America?s Cup was made evident today as hundreds of fans and dignitaries joined in celebrating the ceremonial signing of the agreement for the City to host the America?s Cup in 2013, complete with popping champagne corks, the America?s Cup (Read More...)
America?s Cup, San Francisco: Mayor Ed Lee Welcome, Pier 27 Construction Fo
2012-04-28 04:17:00
America’s Cup San Francisco fever starts! The first blush of San Francisco?s excitement for the 2013 America?s Cup was made evident today as hundreds of fans and dignitaries joined in celebrating the ceremonial signing of the agreement for the City to host the America?s Cup in 2013, complete with popping champagne corks, the America?s Cup (Read More...)
The Cost of the "Five Finger Discount"
2012-04-27 15:01:00
It was a simple project:  put on the new grill flame covers purchased at a big box store. The old ones had rusted and worn out and these replacements would "take a sec to put on " and including time to wash and clean the grill ? 15-20 minutes in a busy schedule.  Sounded simple! Flame covers that were maximum protected Then came the packaging material on each of the four flame covers - very tough garage scissors were required to cut through the plastic on each one. It was not a simple process and each one seemed to take an hour to open to just remove the product.  Then the brain started working on the cost of the plastic ? After some contemplation on why it was wrapped so tight with such tough plastic, I realized that is was an industry standard product. I thought back to when a product like this could be picked up with a simple price tag on it. You carried it to the cash register, the cashier rang it up, buyer paid for it and took it home and installed it. W...
You Lose America. CISPA Passes 248-168
2012-04-27 03:15:00
In a rather bizarre twist today the vote on the CIPSA bill was moved forward and hurriedly pushed through. First off, what is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act or CISPA? From Wikipedia (yes, I quoted Wikipedia, get over it): The bill would allow the voluntary sharing of attack and threat information between the ...
The 99% Spring: So What?
2012-04-26 11:59:00
So What? The 99% Spring is a effort to mobilize the people in support of the current President's reelection.  How can this be, you ask, since President Obama is never mentioned on their website or in their training?  If you compare the major themes of the 99% Spring with President Obama's political statements and the ideas in his book, "The Audacity to Hope," you will see that they are virtually identical. Their overall plan probably looks something like this: 1. Occupy Wall Street (OWS).  Through mass publicity of OWS protests, bring to the people's attention a vehicle for them to protest their grievances against free-market capitalism and the current form of government.  Provide the current socialist leadership across the United States experience leading protests.  (See my previous post discussing Occupy Wall Street.) 2. Train protest leaders.  Attract, indoctrinate, radicalize, and train common people who...
GOOD MORNING AMERICA Gets Mashed!
2012-04-25 22:41:00
It turns out everything’s better when done mash-up style… including commercials. Our favorite so far has to have been the downright brilliant ad used to advertise the release of COMMUNITY’s first season on DVD. But this week, a new challenger has stepped into the ring thanks to a celebrity-fuelled, catchy-as-all-get-out ad ABC’s been running for GOOD MORNING AMERICA (Airing weekdays from 7-9PM). Any vid that gets the blood pumping and features The Muppets deserves a shout-out!
The 99% Spring: Themes and Targets
2012-04-25 11:54:00
Themes and Targets It is crucial to understand the ideology behind, and the objectives of, the 99% Spring.  What follows is a summary based on their website and the training material found therein. Who are the 1%?  The 1% are defined as "not just rich people, but those people who deliberately and intentionally use their power and wealth to rig the economy and co-opt the democratic process." "Rich people don't need governments...they take care of themselves." "The 1% attack our democracy and government." "The 1% want to protect their control over the workplace and economy." "The 1% are trying to take away the right to vote." "Those with money supress the many." "The 1% strategy is to divide and conquer--attack and shut out minorities (Latinos, Muslims, GLBT, etc.) from the economy.  The 1% attack minorities to distract the people from the real culprit of our woes--the 1%." "The 1% trashes the planet." Who are the 99%?  Ge...
25% Off Boy Scouts of America 12-by-12-Inch Scrapbook
2012-04-25 09:00:00
This 12-by-12-inch tan scrapbook is perfect for all those scout pictures and accomplishments, featuring twill fabric and a die-cut window for a photo of your scout. Ten top-loading page protectors are included.Expires May 20, 2012
25% Off Boy Scouts of America 12-by-12-Inch Scrapbook
2012-04-25 09:00:00
This 12-by-12-inch tan scrapbook is perfect for all those scout pictures and accomplishments, featuring twill fabric and a die-cut window for a photo of your scout. Ten top-loading page protectors are included.Expires May 20, 2012
US , them and breaking the stereotype !!
2012-04-25 01:31:00
Dear Mona El Tahawy has caused an uproar online yesterday with her long essay in Foreign policy?s special Sex issue with the title ?Why they hate us !?? In 24 hours there have been strong reactions mainly from Arabs and Muslims who refused this orientalist view to women and men in the Arab and Muslim world. From Dima El Khatib : Love , not hatred , Dear Mona ! From Karim Malek : Case in Point : Mona El Tahawy?s FP article From Mona Karim : ?Why Do they hate us !?? A blogger?s response From Samia Errazzouk : ?Dear Mona El Tahawy , you do not represent us? From Phil Brennan : On Muslim-Arab issues and the Danger of Aiding the Neo-Liberal Colonialist Agenda Now to my short comments as I think the people above have covered all what the points I want to say and have said in details , they even did it better than me. I am fed up as Egyptian Arab Muslim African woman of that stereotype Westerners and orientalists put me in that I am being oppressed and needed to be saved as soon as pos...
Let?s Make America Fail
2012-04-24 22:09:00
Would you like to watch another propaganda piece on why “America is failing”?  Or what Big Oil would like you to believe, while protecting their absolutely obscene profit margins? Notice the narrative in this piece of crap video — a slick, well-funded presentation based on the assumption that making “America fail” is the real agenda (bullshit): Another ...
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