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Massive US Troop Movements In California Raise Russian Concerns

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, World, War

Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1557.htm

Russian Military questions regarding troop and equipment movements in California of 78,000 soldiers from various countries could involve 1.) US-EU invasion of Mexico or South America. 2.) Prepare to stop rioting in the United States. 3.) To assist population in catastrophe. Brazil preparing for American invasion. Mexico could be target US-European military Drug War.

Fidel Castro attacks 'idiocy and ignorance' of US Republican race

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28872

Retired Cuban leader says Republican primaries are 'the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been'Romney's rival Newt Gingrich said he would authorise increased covert operations to bring down the Cuban government. And at another moment of the debate, Romney and Gingrich sparred over whether Castro's soul would go to heaven or hell. Asked what he would do as president if he found out Castro had died, Romney said he would first "thank heavens" that the revolutionary had "returned to his maker", to which Gingrich replied: "I don't think Fidel's going to meet his maker. I think he's going to go to the other place."

BREAKING NEWS: Putin accuses America of attempts to "Dominate the World"

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, World

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28873

TOMSK: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of attempts to dominate the world and challenging internal political procedures in other countries as a tool for achieving that goal. “The reason is the U.S. foreign policy doctrine. They want to control everything...sometimes I have the impression that the United States does not need allies, that it needs vassals,” the prime minister said. “They are not prepared to cooperate on real terms either with Europe or us. Cooperation on equal terms means determining threats together and working out a system of response to them together. They reject that flatly,” he said, referring to the missile defence system the U.S. is building in Europe. According to Putin, one of the American ways to influence other countries is to “doubt everything and say that you do not meet certain standards” but “they work out these standards themselves”. “An attempt to use our non-governmental organisations by foreign states in their own interests for securing their own foreign policy goals with regard to our country must entail rejection. This must not be allowed to happen,” he said.

Bush & Obama? Israeli assassinations and US Presidents

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30362.htm

On January 13th the Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that Israel might someday need to “order a hit” on the president of the United States. In the column, publisher Andrew Adler describes a scenario in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would need to “give the go-ahead for U.S. based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel.” The purpose? So that the vice president could then take office and dictate U.S. policies that would help the Jewish state “obliterate its enemies.”

Nuclear Power After Chernobyl and Fukushima

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/nuclear-power-after-chernobyl-and-fukushima-4593/

It is one of the marvels of our time that the nuclear industry managed to resurrect itself from its ruins at the end of the last century, when it crumbled under its costs, inefficiencies, and mega-accidents. Chernobyl released hundreds of times the radioactivity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, contaminating more than 40% of Europe and the entire Northern Hemisphere.1

Unions isolate Cooper Tire workers in Ohio

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/coop-j25.shtml

The struggle by Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio is being deliberately isolated by the United Steelworkers union, which is blocking joint action with workers also facing concessions at the company’s Arkansas plant. The local union in Texarkana, Arkansas—USW Local 752L—reached a deal for a new four-year agreement shortly before the contract expired January 20. Workers there will meet and vote on the agreement Thursday. The union has refused to reveal the terms of deal, which covers 1,500 workers. The sellout in Arkansas comes as the struggle by 1,050 Cooper Tire workers in Ohio enters its ninth week. The workers were locked out on November 28 and scabs brought in to replace them after they rejected the implementation of a new “flexible” pay system that would lead to wage cuts of up to 40 percent.Chad, only 27 years old, said it is hard for young people who often cannot leave their parents’ home because they cannot afford it. “Its difficult for young workers. How can you start a family the way things are going? You can’t afford it.” “To be honest,” continued Chad, “I believe I will see a revolution in my lifetime.”

Growing Elite Opposition to Military Option Against Iran

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106567

a number of influential members of the foreign policy establishment – including several prominent liberal interventionists who had supported the Iraq war – to warn against any further escalation either by the U.S. or Israel.
"As before, we're letting a bunch of ignorant, sloppy-thinking politicians and politicized foreign-policy experts draw 'red line' ultimatums. As before, we're letting them quick-march us off to war," warned Gelb, a repentant Iraq-war hawk, about the chorus of neo- conservatives and other hawks with whom he had previously been aligned.The more publicly the West threatens Iran, the more easily Iranian leaders can portray America as the Great Satan to parts of the Iranian population that have recently been inclined to see the U.S. as their friend," wrote Slaughter, who stepped down as director of the policy planning office under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Wheat Climbs as Russia May Slow Shipments Amid Waning Supplies January 26, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-26/wheat-climbs-as-russia-may-slow-shipments-amid-waning-supplies.html

Wheat advanced to a three-week high in Chicago as Russia may slow shipments of the grain with supplies for exports down. Corn and soybeans gained. Wheat stockpiles held by farmers in Russia’s main exporting regions in the south have dropped below last year’s levels, declining as much as 50 percent in some areas, SovEcon, a Moscow-based agricultural researcher, said yesterday. The country banned exports in August 2010 after its worst drought in half a century. The ban was lifted in July. “Russia could potentially put some export curbs in place, but nothing is for certain.

Time to Break Up Zombie Bank of America?

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/153907/time_to_break_up_zombie_bank_of_america_/

Under Section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the government has the power to force a financial institution that poses such a systemic threat to divest assets, limit activities, or otherwise down-size so it's not “too big to fail.” According to Public Citizen's David Arkush, even though many of the big banks became even larger and more threatening after the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, “Bank of America looks like it is the most systemically dangerous of the large banks and is at the greatest risk of actually failing.”

Novel material takes 3D ‘invisibility cloak’ a step closer

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, World, War, Science

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/26/novel-material-takes-3d-invisibility-cloak-a-step-closer/

Scientists in the United States reported a further step towards a celebrated “invisibility cloak” by masking a large, free-standing object in three dimensions. The lab work is the latest advance in a scientific frontier that uses novel materials to manipulate light, a trick that is of huge interest to the military in particular.A warplane cloaked with such materials could achieve “super-stealth” status by becoming invisible in all directions to radar microwaves,“When the scattered fields from the cloak and the object interfere, they cancel each other out, and the overall effect is transparency and invisibility at all angles of observations,

Ready to protest Brown's cuts

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2012/01/24/ready-to-protest-browns-cuts

CALIFORNIA GOV. Jerry Brown is proposing more heavy cuts to public health and welfare in his 2012-13 state budget plan released January 5. But activists are ready to resist--plans are in the works for days of action and an occupation in March, and the California Federation of Teachers is promoting a ballot box initiative to raise taxes on the rich.The impact will be felt across the state if Brown gets his way with the budget. Families with children face a $450 million cut in child care subsidies, and seniors would suffer a $678 million loss to the Medi-Cal health program. The In-Home Supportive Services program serving people with disabilities would be cut by $168 million, and CalWORKS, the program that assists poor families, would lose $1 billion. "We are making some very painful reductions," Brown told reporters at the Capitol. "This is not nice stuff, but that's what it takes to balance the budget."

The 10 Most Brazen Lies Offered By the Remaining GOP Presidential Hopefuls

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/election2012/153911/the_10_most_brazen_lies_offered_by_the_remaining_gop_presidential_hopefuls/

Just because some of its wheels have come flying off, that doesn't mean the GOP clown car isn't still moving down the road toward Election Day.

U.S. Fueling Human Rights Abuses in Colombia in Violation of Its Own Laws

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30360.htm

The U.S. remains the most influential foreign actor in Colombia. In 2011 it provided approximately US $562 million in aid, about 61 percent of which was military and police aid. Thirty percent of US military aid is subject to human rights conditions, which the US Department of State has not enforced. The Colombian military has been guilty of more than 3,000 extrajudicial killings of civilians in what is known as the "false positive" scandal wherein "army personnel murdered civilians and reported them as combatants killed in action, apparently in response to pressure to boost body counts." This "pressure to boost body counts," moreover, is coming ultimately from the U.S.paramilitary successor groups continue to grow, maintain extensive ties with public security force members and local officials, and commit widespread atrocities. There has also been ongoing violence against rights defenders, community leaders, and trade unionists.Colombia's national police chief publicly stated that such groups are the largest source of violence in Colombia.

Neoliberalism and the End Of Shorter Work Hours

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/590.php

While in previous crises shorter work hours were discussed as a measure to combat growing unemployment, an astonishing feature of the current economic downturn from 2007 on was that work time reductions were nowhere on the political agenda. Not even in France and Germany, the champions of shorter work hours, both introducing a partial 35-hour week in the face of high unemployment in the 1980s and 1990s, was this the case. This is the more remarkable as temporary short-time working applied during the crisis in several European countries actually proved that shorter hours are a viable tool to prevent unemployment (even if still leaving mounting inequalities from capitalism still in place).[1]

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people" - John Adams - Second President - 1797 - 1801

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/index.html

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,455,590", Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,801, Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan: 2,87, Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan $1,295,667,663,671, For more details, click here. "All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." - George Orwell

Tehran Pushes to Ditch the US Dollar

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/tehran-pushes-to-ditch-the-us-dollar-4591/

There is another downside, a potential threat now lurking in the shadows. The value of the US dollar is determined in large part by the fact that oil is sold in US dollars. If that trade shifts to a different currency, countries around the world won't need all their US money. The resulting sell-off of US dollars would weaken the currency dramatically.Everybody says the US goes to war to protect its oil supplies, but doesn't it really go to war to ensure the continuation of the petrodollar system? Iran may be isolated from the United States and Western Europe, but Tehran still has some pretty staunch allies. Iran and Venezuela are advancing $4 billion worth of joint projects, including a bank. India has pledged to continue buying Iranian oil because Tehran has been a great business partner for New Delhi, which struggles to make its payments. Greece opposed the EU sanctions because Iran was one of very few suppliers that had been letting the bankrupt Greeks buy oil on credit. South Korea and Japan are pleading for exemptions from the coming embargoes because they rely on Iranian oil. Economic ties between Russia and Iran are getting stronger every year.Iran's energy resources are a matter of national security for China.

This Is a Test... (And Too Many Americans Are Failing)

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/24-9

We’re being tested. Republican politicians and pundits are busy testing the American public, trying to assess how ignorant and distracted we are. While they already have a pretty good idea, they’re determined to get a precise reading. Testing is vitally important to these people because, if the United States is to be turned into a plutocracy, our collective ignorance is an absolute necessity.

Drowning In Hypocrisy: War Abroad, Austerity at Home

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28863

The US government is so full of self-righteousness that it has become a caricature of hypocrisy. Leon Panetta, a former congressman who Obama appointed CIA director and now head of the Pentagon, just told the sailors on the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier, that the US is maintaining a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers in order to project sea power against Iran and to convince Iran that “it’s better for them to try to deal with us through diplomacy.” If it requires 11 aircraft carriers to deal with Iran, how many will Panetta need to project power against Russia and China? But to get on with the main point, Iran has been trying “to deal with us through diplomacy.” The response from Washington has been belligerent threats of military attack, unfounded and irresponsible accusations that Iran is making a nuclear weapon, sanctions and an oil embargo. But it is in the War Crimes Arena where Washington shows the greatest hypocrisy. The self-righteous bigots in Washington are forever rounding up heads of weak states whose countries were afflicted by civil wars and sending them off to be tried as war criminals. All the while Washington indiscriminately kills large numbers of civilians in six or more countries, dismissing its own war crimes as “collateral damage.” Washington violates its own law and international law by torturing people.

Mitch Daniels' State of the Union Response Shows GOP Priority: Beating Up on Workers

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/153886/mitch_daniels_state_of_the_union_response_shows_gop_priority_beating_up_on_workers

Daniels’ response was the first to be delivered from a building surrounded by dozens of police cars and chanting activists, protesting his latest anti-union move.

India to pay gold instead of dollars for Iranian oil. Oil and gold markets stunned

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Iran

Link: http://debka.com/article/21673/

India is the first buyer of Iranian oil to agree to pay for its purchases in gold instead of the US dollar, debkafile's intelligence and Iranian sources report exclusively. Those sources expect China to follow suit. India and China take about one million barrels per day, or 40 percent of Iran's total exports of 2.5 million bpd. Both are superpowers in terms of gold assets. By trading in gold, New Delhi and Beijing enable Tehran to bypass the upcoming freeze on its central bank's assets and the oil embargo which the European Union's foreign ministers agreed to impose Monday, Jan. 23. The EU currently buys around 20 percent of Iran's oil exports.

Jewish Imperial News

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/jewish-imperial-news.html

This last weekend brought with it some vile manifestations of Jewish politics in its most horrific forms. United Against the Goyim. In the USA, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu should consider ordering a Mossad hit team to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama so that his successor will defend Israel

Iceland Declares Independence from International Banks

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://netrightdaily.com/2011/04/iceland-declares-independence-from-international-banks/#ixzz1kIn6fmVA

Iceland is free. And it will remain so, so long as her people wish to remain autonomous of the foreign domination of her would-be masters — in this case, international bankers.These were private banks and we didn’t pump money into them in order to keep them going; the state did not shoulder the responsibility of the failed private banks,” Iceland President Olafur Grimsson told Bloomberg Television.“Taxpayers should not be responsible for paying the debts of a private institution,”

Have Israel’s “inner circles” discussed assassinating President Obama?

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.deliberation.info/have-israels-inner-circles-discussed-assassinating-president-obama/

hYes, you read correctly’. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If you have thought of this Tom-Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”o/

The Right to Bear Arms: Over 10,800,000 Guns Sold in the USA in 2011

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-right-to-bear-arms-over-10800000-guns-sold-in-the-usa-in-2011_01212012/print/

The United Nations may think [1] they’re weapons of mass destruction, but Americans seem to disagree. 2011 was yet another record breaking year for gun sales, with Americans purchasing some 10.8 million firearms, a 14% increase over the previous year and up over 50% from ten years ago as reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation .As sales climb, recent FBI data shows violent crime continuing to fall [4] in the United States, with homicides dropping out of the top 15 causes of death in the country. The statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups that “more guns equal more crime.” “These statistics vividly demonstrate that the lawful possession and use of firearms by law-abiding Americans does not cause crime,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “There have never been more firearms in civilian possession in the history of the United States, and crime, including homicide, continues to decline throughout the country.”

‘Repression May Lead to Revolt’

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106507

The Left Front is an ideological movement that stands for social justice and the fair distribution of resources among the entire population. Today Russia is run by a clan around the President (Dmitry Medvedev) and the Prime Minister (Vladimir Putin), and we have a situation in which elites representing 10 percent of the population control 90 percent of the resources, while the vast majority lives in poverty. This is the critical problem of contemporary Russia. What we want to see is broader public participation in the management of natural resources, transport, industry and all other strategic fields. We want a direct democracy, where the people would have their say through fair and transparent referendums, where they could interact with authorities using the Internet, where they could have a say in social reforms. We are not nostalgic about the Soviet Union, we do not argue for a return to a centrally planned economy where social iniative was stifled, but we do want to preserve what was good in the Soviet system .Citizens with low political education are not able to distinguish the truth,

Political Prisoners Facing Oppression By Robert Stefanicki

January 25th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106524

"I had to fight to be treated like a human, not animal," dissident Nikolai Avtukhovich wrote from prison. Last month Avtukhovich, Belarusian political activist and entrepreneur, convicted to five years in the penal colony for illegal storage of five cartridges for a hunting rifle, cut his veins.

Stop Threatening Iran! We Will NOT Tolerate It

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Iran

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21600

U.N. and IAEA fact finding missions have found no evidence of nuclear weapons manufacturing in Iran (despite a dishonest US mainstream media blitz to the contrary .The only possible explanation for invasion is corporate greed,Any, and all, governments, militaries and corporations involved in attacks and sanctions will be considered the acts of rouge and lawless aggressors and will not be tolerated by the people of the world

Crisis in America's Political Landscape

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28840

In recent years, particularly since the onset of the Great Recession, it has become clear to many Americans that their country is composed of two different societies with clashing interests — a very small minority in possession of great wealth and power, and everyone else, with some getting by and many falling by the wayside..Which ever party wins in November — and we think President Barack Obama will be reelected — the contest is not between right and left but between right/far right and center right. No matter what the result, progressive change will not be the product.Abruptly, the U.S. is supposed to be confronted with a "threat" from China, necessitating that the Pentagon surround that country with even more of its far superior weaponry, more troops, battle fleets heading in closer proximity, surveillance aircraft, space weapons and long range nuclear missiles. In addition, there seems to be an imminent "threat" to our way of life from Iran, as well as the continuing "threat" to U.S. democracy from some poor tribes in Afghanistan.

SOPA: Anti-Piracy or Censorship? Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Economic, Science

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/19/sopa_anti_piracy_or_censorship_wikipedias

Congressional support for a pair of anti-piracy bills is weakening after Wednesday’s historic online protest in which thousands of websites went dark for 24 hours. Hollywood film studios, music publishers and major broadcasters support the anti-piracy legislation, saying it aims to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over the internet on websites based outside the United States.

Historic Effort to Recall Wisconsin Gov. Walker Reveals "People Power" After 1 Million Sign Petition

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/19/historic_effort_to_recall_wisconsin_gov

Opponents of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker have submitted more than a million signatures seeking his recall in a statewide vote. The million-plus signatures amount to nearly double the required number of 540,000 and may mark the largest recall effort in U.S. history. Walker is being challenged for pushing through a controversial law ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers. The million signatures "represent almost half of the electorate in the last election, in 2010,

As Romney Releases Tax Returns, Fmr Senate Investigator Says: We’ve Got to Start Taxing Corporations

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/

Tax Justice Network USA chair Jack Blum, a former top congressional investigator of financial crimes, who says tax evasion could seriously cripple the already struggling economy.... We must not only rewrite the Internal Revenue Code, but we must get a fair contribution from the very wealthy and from corporations, and that is the only way to balance the budget."

New EU Oil Embargo; Iran to Shut Strait of Hormuz?

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, World, War, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/23

ITensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil, the Iranian FARS news agency reports. The 27 EU foreign ministers officially adopted the measures later Monday. The embargo would immediately forbid new contracts for crude oil and petroleum products while existing contracts are allowed to run until July, 2012.ran oil sanctions spIran's FARS news agency is reporting: If the US seeks adventurism against Iran, the country "will make the world insecure for the Americans in the least possible time and all the US military men will be forced to leave the Middle-East region to save their lives", Vice-Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Jahangir Kosari told FNA on Monday.ark war of words between Tehran and Washington

Supreme Court Ruling Restricts Police Use of GPS Device

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/23-1

GPS tracking unconstitutional without warrant Today, Supreme Court justices unanimously placed restrictions on Police use of GPS tracking devices in the case United States v. Antoine Jones, No. 10-1259. The use of such devices is now considered a 'search' and requires a warrant under the Fourth Amendment. The high court's ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration, which defended the use of global positioning system devices without a warrant and without a person's knowledge as a legal way to monitor a vehicle on public streets.

Avoiding a Catastrophic War with Iran

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/23

Another war would destroy America’s painful recovery from the indebtedness of two wars and the 2008 economic crash. Gasoline prices would probably go up another dollar per gallon Iran has four times the population of Iraq, many times the military capability, and would seek support from other nations like Russia and China, possibly sparking an unpredictable regional war.

Maine's Tea Party Governor: 'Slash Health and Human Services or I'll Close Schools'

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/20-3

Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine). The Tea Party favorite who won the governorship with less than 40% of the popular vote has threatened to close Maine schools if he is not granted the cuts he's proposed to the state's Dept. of Health and Human Services . It's unclear what authority he has to take such a measure.

Romney Loses his Cool with Occupier

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/19-5

Mitt Romney was asked a question about the 99% ouside of his Charleston headquarters. He did not take kindly to the question Mitt Romney on Thursday afternoon snipped at a questioner, who seemed to be a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, for waging class warfare, MSNBC reports. Romney was walking the rope line outside of his headquarters in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday when a person off camera asked, "What would you do to support the 99 percent, seeing as how you're part of the 1 percent?" Romney responded in anger saying, "If you've got a better model, if you think China's better, or Russia's better, or Cuba's better, or North Korea's better, I'm glad to hear all about it, but you know what, America's right, and you are wrong." Consequently, the bystander's question was never answered.

Conservative Fantasies About the Miracles of the Market

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/23-7

A central doctrine of evangelicals for the “free market” is its capacity for innovation: New ideas, new technologies, new gadgets -- all flow not from governments but from individuals and businesses allowed to flourish in the market, we are told.

Sick - photo

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/further/2012/01/23-2

The campaign manager for Ken Aden, an Iraq veteran and Democratic House candidate in a staunchly conservative Arkansas district, found his cat killed with the word "liberal" painted on its corpse. Actually, Jacob Burris' five-year-old son found the cat when the family got home Sunday evening. We're speechless.

Tennessee Tea Party to Children: What Slaves?

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/

Showing a marked aversity to anything remotely resembling reality, Tennessee Tea Party leaders have issued "demands" to state legislators that schools stop teaching - through "neglect and outright ill-will" - all that bad stuff about our fine Christian Founding Fathers like that maybe they owned slaves or killed Indians or did other icky things. This, after Texas did likewise for its almost fivemillion students.

Wikileaks Founder to Host New Television Series

January 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/24-3

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has announced plans for a new television series. The program will launch mid-March and will include ten weekly half-hour episodes featuring "in-depth conversations with key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world."

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