Not much to be said about the fiscal cliff until America plunges over it, pulling the rest of us with it, suffice it to say that this now virtually annual political charade is getting somewhat tiresome. One minute its Eurogeddon threatening to plunge the world into never ending depression, the next it´s another US budget crisis. So here´s the West Wing on the related "debt ceiling" negotiations--that one´s coming up for renegotiation any moment too. It´s always the end of the world until the last minute, when, lo and behold, it´s not. The so-called fiscal cliff grew out of
Comments: This article isn´t bad but it was the long reader comment from Paul_Davies888 (time-stamped at eleven-thirty-four a.m.) that grabbed my attention.
Very informative and useful, that comment. It´s actually from an intelligent young fellow who fought and escaped communism and he gives us an outstanding analogy. You´ll probably use it often.
I just Read where Obama has proposed a “scaled back” proposal that will avoid going over the cliff next week. It should according to the article be a good patch for 60 – 90 days. So our idiots in DC are going to kick the can once more so that in 60 – 90 days we get all the cliff drama again wherein they will patch up the can and kick it out another 60 – 90 days etc, etc, etc. This whole cliff is nothing more than BS to keep us occupied and thinking our betters in DC are actually doing something or can do something about our pending financial collapse, they can’t, they can only attempt to delay it. The Repubs will happily go along with it because they are no better than Dems and only care about their precious seat in congress and all the perks it provides. Our entire system is F.U.B.A.R.!
Why are members of Congress meeting with Obama at the White House to attempt to form a fiscal budget or rescue? That very spot is illegal because the Legislative branch namely The House Of Representatives is the body whole that determines such bills and laws. The other Congressional body the Senate is required to vote on those measures in session not in a back room. The President has NO position in that process except to sign or veto the properly passed bills. To bow to a self determined dictator at an Administration residence is a crime against the people.
Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling. Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged. Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies, it was claimed. Most of the defeated terrorists, meanwhile, were reportedly discovered ‘burnt to ashes’, set alight by the last extremist standing to try to protect their identities. The horrifying details
Archbishop Justin Welby’s choice of the word “martyrs” to describe the 81 Pakistani Christians killed when their church in Peshawar was targeted by suicide bombers has raised eyebrows. It is the sort of language avoided nowadays in the secular, sceptical West, with its taken-for-granted religious freedoms, in case it makes people feel uncomfortable. Yet in terms of Christian history the Archbishop of Canterbury’s description is surely accurate. These 81 worshippers at All Saints Anglican church, a 19th-century colonial legacy in the Kohati Gate district of the city, died because they insisted last Sunday on practising their faith, as martyrs in
For the first time, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to give a clear prediction of how global warming will affect currents in the Atlantic Ocean. It will say that the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic, which includes the Gulf Stream, will weaken by 20 to 44 percent by the end of the century. Scientists claim that such a slow-down in the Gulf Stream will have a big impact on Britain, causing cooling of about 1.8F (1C) and disrupting weather patterns. [Snip] Scientists warn that the resulting cooling would mask the impacts
Muslim terrorists behind the Kenya shopping centre massacre planned to attack high-profile British targets including The Ritz hotel and Eton public school. Members of the Al Shabaab terror group also set their sights on London suburbs such as Golders Green and Stamford Hill. They listed targets in a training manual which contained a blueprint for this week’s gun and bomb rampage at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. [Snip] It said: “Our objectives are to strike London with low-cost operations that would cause a heavy blow among the hierarchy.” One British-based security expert said yesterday that an Al Qaeda-backed attack on a
Never one to miss an opportunity to make a fool of herself on the world stage, Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner has railed against Britain yet again over the Falklands. According to a report by MercoPress, the South Atlantic News Agency, Kirchner defended her own country’s development of nuclear energy in a speech this week at the UN General Assembly, while accusing Britain of “militarising” the South Atlantic with nuclear submarines: “We do not go around condemning the use of nuclear energy with military ends, and at the same time send out nuclear submarines,” Cristina Fernandez fired during her speech.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that Christians are suffering "mass martyrdom" in the Muslim world--and it´s hard to disagree. A recent bomb attack took the lives of 85 people in Pakistan, churches are being destroyed in Egypt and Christians are on the run in Syria. Fraser Nelson and Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith discuss the nightmare and conclude that the British government is too hamstrung by liberal political correctness to do anything--and Fr Lucie-Smith blames that partly on Richard Dawkins and his radical atheist crew. Also Dr Alexander Lee gives us a new take on the Renaissance, which he says wasn´t
Ted Cruz spoke for 21 hours against Obamacare in the Senate and what was his reward? John McCain slapped him down and called him undemocratic. In McCain´s opinion, the fiscal conservative hawks of the GOP have evolved into "wacko birds"--a kind of dinosaur that squawks about debt and flaps his non-aerodynamic wings as he falls towards the earth and certain extinction. [Snip] Opposing Obamacare isn´t undemocratic because it´s both constitutionally allowed and quite popular to do. According to one poll, 44 percent think Obamacare is a bad idea and only 31 percent love it. Some 45 percent think it´ll have
Speaking before a crucial meeting at the United Nations between Iran´s foreign minister and his counterparts from six world powers, including John Kerry, the US secretary of state, Mr Rouhani said Tehran wanted a quick resolution to the nuclear question. "The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that´s short--and wrap it up. That is a decision of my government, that short is necessary to settle the nuclear file," he told the Washington Post. [Snip] The president said that he was "fully empowered to finalise the nuclear talks", directly addressing question marks among Western
The Most Rev Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone. He was speaking about the bombing of All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 85 were killed and more than 200 injured. [Snip] Christian communities which have existed “in many cases since the days of Saint Paul” are now under threat in countries such as Syria and Egypt, he said. Last month around 100 Christian sites were attacked amid the turmoil in Egypt, with 42 churches burnt to the ground. Ancient Christian communities in Syria have also
Some commonly prescribed statins can impair memory, scientists have found. Between six and seven million people in the UK take the medicines every day to lower ‘bad cholesterol’ in the blood. But after starting the treatment, some patients complain that their memory is affected. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted all manufacturers list in their side effects that statins can affect cognitive function. Scientists at the University of Bristol tested the effects of two commonly prescribed statins--pravastatin and atorvastatin--on rats. Pravastatin, with the brand name Pravachol, was found to have adverse effects on working and recognition
A government watchdog group has sued the U.S. State Department for records showing that Human Abedin, the one-time adviser to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had a sweetheart deal that allowed her to keep her salary while cashing in on the side with a lucrative private-sector consulting contract that could have presented glaring conflicts of interest. Judicial Watch, famous for its litigation over long-languishing Freedom Of Information Act requests, filed suit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that State has been sitting on a FOIA demand for months. In late May, the group asked the State
Samuel L. Jackson has blasted Barack Obama for ´promoting mediocrity´ in the United States by ´dumbing down´ the way he speaks to ordinary Americans. In an expletive-filled tirade about--of all things--grammar, Jackson told the President to ´be f*****g presidential.´ The Holywood legend, who publicly backed Obama in 2008 and 2012, questioned why the Harvard-educated former law professor chooses to drop the letter ´g´ from the end of his words. In an astonishing rant, Jackson, 64, said that the President was trying too hard to ´relate´ to normal people instead of being true to who he really is.
In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz’s epic performance on the Senate floor, a few observations: After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down. There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand
A very unhappy Senator John McCain (R-AZ) rebuked Senator Ted Cruz for accusing his GOP allies of being “appeasers” along the line of Neville Chamberlain’s Munich deal with Adolf Hitler in 1938. “I resoundingly reject that allegation,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “That allegation, in my view, does a great disservice for those brave Americans and those who stood up and said what’s happening in Europe cannot stand…Amongst them were my father and grandfather.”
PRINCETON, NJ -- As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today´s 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.
The status quo falls apart when people discover, first to their surprise, then to their glee, that it’s lost its teeth. The presidency of Barack Obama appears to be unraveling — whether the yarn will be pulled out to the last inch remains to be seen, but a lot of it is already coiled on the floor. First the UK parliament, then both parties of Congress balked at his Syrian policy. Then Putin humiliated him so badly internationally that he retreated to the safety of domestic policy. But while resting between rounds he was immediately beset by his own cornerpeople.
Rep. Peter King, who has pulled no punches in criticizing Ted Cruz, said Thursday that supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with “vile” phone calls. The New York Republican has called Cruz a fraud for his calls to defund Obamacare, and said the senator’s campaign this summer to get the House to pass a government funding bill that defunds the health care law led to some offensive phone calls to King’s office.
"Dumbest idea I´ve ever heard." "Can´t happen." "Picket had a better chance." So say some of the right´s sharpest and most experienced political minds of the defund ObamaCare effort. Finding Beltway critics of the defund gambit is like finding oil in the Bakken Formation (in that critics are plentiful, not that the Beltway oozes unrefined black sludge under pressure). The defund gambit carries risk; there is no way around that. As long as Harry Reid and Barack Obama are willing to shut down the government rather than spare people from the added expense, reduced choice, and invasions of privacy that ObamaCare brings,
Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he believes his daughter, 33-year old Chelsea Clinton, has the potential to one day be a better president than his wife, former New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In an interview set to run late Wednesday on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, Clinton was asked by the host who he thought would make a better president – his wife Hillary, or his daughter Chelsea. “Day after tomorrow, my wife because she’s had more experience,” he said. “Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything.” Clinton lauded his daughter’s intelligence,
John McCain’s former senior adviser Steve Schmidt says he has “deep regret” for helping to create a “freak show” wing of the Republican Party when he had a hand in bringing former McCain running mate Sarah Palin to the national stage. Schmidt said Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that it’s time for the GOP to stand up to the “asininity” embodied by Palin and others. “For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party. Tossing out terms like RINO, saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of
It seems that Hillary Clinton’s hair length is getting shorter as anticipation surrounding her expected presidential candidacy continues to grow. On Tuesday she attended the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative sporting a new, shorter ‘do. The style appears to be a piece-y, layered bouffant with wispy side swept bangs and lots of volume in the back. A source tells MailOnline that Clinton had celebrity stylist John Barrett cut her hair at his Bergdorf Goodman salon on Monday, and says that Clinton ´was grinning when she left and was obviously happy with the ´do.´
Yesterday, I wrote that the old guard RINO wing of the GOP was collapsing because the base had aligned itself with politicians willing to place principle above party. As if on cue, a who’s who of go-along-to-get-along Republicans has crawled out of the woodwork. First up, we had John McCain. He was angry, but his diatribe was nothing compared to the double-barreled rage-fest being employed by New York Republican Rep. Pete King. Yesterday, King (who’s still considering a 2016 presidential run) spoke with the always-unbiased New York Times. During his interview, he called Cruz a “fraud” and referred to his anti-Obamacare
Allen West reportedly called a female employee a "Jewish American princess," resulting in the loss of his job. While some of the famously outspoken former congressman´s supporters might see the situation as political correctness gone wrong, the latest incident happened an the epicenter of the anti-PC police rebel alliance: Pajamas Media. Buzzfeed explains that West "voluntarily" left his position at the media outlet, effective at the end of this month. Here´s an email — obtained by Rosie Gray — to the PJ Media staff: "In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as
So much for handshake diplomacy.President Obama’s bid to mellow 30 years of hatred and hostility blew up in his face at the United Nations when Iran’s new leader, Hassan Rouhani, snubbed him three times — and wouldn’t even meet him for a much-anticipated grip and grin.The salvo of diplomatic insults began when Rouhani failed to join Iranian delegates at the General Assembly to hear Obama make an extended overture to Iran in his annual address.Instead, Rouhani gleefully tweeted that he was “in a meeting with International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde.”Then, when Obama hosted a luncheon of world leaders —