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Shocking admission on Army preparedness:
No training the last 6 months

Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 10/22/2013 9:09:00 AM

While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army´s chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense. Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That´s less than one-third what ‘s regarded as necessary for national security. [Snip] All this to comply with Obama administration orders to drastically shrink the Army and military spending.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/22/2013 9:18:52 AM     (No. 9576645)

Obama does not like the truth, and will likely fire Gen. Odierno for a uniform violation, or other absurdity.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: John c, 10/22/2013 9:25:06 AM     (No. 9576656)

But there has to be some groups training using 2 billion rounds of ammo in storage and are prepared to do damage. Wonder who they will be attacking?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/22/2013 9:26:30 AM     (No. 9576658)

I was on active duty, USAF, during Robert McNamara´s reign as secretary of defense, 1961-1964.
And while JFK was preaching war, McNamara was cutting us to the bone. Pilots were limited in flight time each month because of limits on fuel. And In my hospital, we had to use EWP (emergency war preparedness) medical supplies to take care of our patients.
Curtis Lemay was chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and JFK fired him - and part of the reason was, probably, LeMay´s complaints about McNamara.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: indccc, 10/22/2013 9:29:52 AM     (No. 9576662)

It gets even worse than that....At least 1 Combat Brigade was recently told they would be tasked to fight fires (no word about training them to be firefighters) and then were told that they would be tasked for "civil disturbance control".

They also went from getting $200 million last year to $5 million this year because of sequestration.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fayebeck, 10/22/2013 9:31:44 AM     (No. 9576667)

Since America decided 50 plus years ago that winning wars was not the objective, why even bother to have a military?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rplat, 10/22/2013 9:37:55 AM     (No. 9576678)

So what´s the news here. Everybody knew Obama would trash to military to fund his myriad Marist social programs. As Gomer would say "surprise, surprise". But it´s not his fault folks . . . you elected him, twice.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 10/22/2013 9:41:21 AM     (No. 9576683)

My Tin Foil Hat needs to go into the shop for a tune up.

The very first thought that popped into my head was, you don´t need training to stand in the streets of the United States of America and and shoot down protesting citizens.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mike43, 10/22/2013 9:47:36 AM     (No. 9576696)

Sending troops to fight fires is an annual occurrence. I worked for a 2 star HQ in central Texas, and routinely we would be tasked for 1000-3000 fire fighters, each summer.

And yes, they were trained, it was by the same guys who "barrycaded" the national monuments.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RoosterBob, 10/22/2013 9:56:57 AM     (No. 9576712)

What this actually means is when some entity, realizing Obama´s criminal incompetence, moves on some aspect of America´s vital interest, our troops will be committed to battle trained to be little more than cannon fodder.
Thanks again, you LoFo greedy/progressive dolts!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Felixcat, 10/22/2013 9:57:36 AM     (No. 9576713)

DoD is now a social welfare organization; single mother servicemembers, LGBT, etc. It´s no longer a war fighting organization.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nan, 10/22/2013 10:02:19 AM     (No. 9576717)

One of the main reasons to have a federal government is to guarantee the safety of the USA citizens. Obviously the Federal Government is now making sure we will no longer be safe.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: steveW, 10/22/2013 10:04:34 AM     (No. 9576721)

The US military must turn in their guns - bad, bad guns! - and begin community organising instead. That way, they´d be helping people instead of hurting people. Why is it only Democrats can see the logic of this?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Freeloader, 10/22/2013 10:04:40 AM     (No. 9576722)

No training in the last six months?...Obama informed the world exactly what he had in mind in 2008:

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we´ve set. We´ve got to have a civilian national security force that´s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
Barack Hussein Obama
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 2, 2008

And whatever became of those 1,600,000,000 rounds of ammo ordered by Big Sis?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: oh-heck, 10/22/2013 10:05:16 AM     (No. 9576724)

Just went back to examine the Preamble of the Constitution and got an eye opener:

Form a more perfect union - does suing the States qualify?

Establish Justice - how does preventing purging of ineligible voters or vote ID fit?

Provide for the common defense - by not training our troops?

Secure the blessings of liberty - by drowning individuals with new regulations and bureaucracies?

Promote the general welfare - fewer jobs and expanded legalization of those here illegally?

Insure domestic tranquility - do Occupy Wall Street and Justice for Trayvon qualify?

I wondered when we elected a Community Organizer as President, whether being the leader of the Free World might just win out over the principles of breaking down the nation. The answer is NO.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: NotReally, 10/22/2013 10:06:19 AM     (No. 9576728)

Our fearless leader is carrying out the longterm goals of the brotherhood since he is the defacto leader of global jihad. From the GLobal Project for Palestine:
***Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it does not conflict with Shari’a law;
***Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a backlash against Muslims;
***Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers;
***Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities!!!!!!!!!!!!!;
***Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”;
***Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world;
***Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions;
******Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam;
***Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals;
***Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West;
***Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”;
***Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world (vis Arab Spring) through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support;
***Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims;
***Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination;
***Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them;
***Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine;
***Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement; and
***Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 10/22/2013 10:14:28 AM     (No. 9576736)

How much was spent on tarting up the Army to make it homo friendly?

How much was spent on sensitivity training?

How much was spent on pregnancies for unmarried female soldiers?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: M2, 10/22/2013 10:31:27 AM     (No. 9576770)

It´s not as though all these clues to Obama´s anti-American anti-Christian agenda are subtle. They are overt and the media is beginning to ferret them out.

Using the lessons of German and Italian history (to name just two), what does America do about this right now? Not six months from now, but now.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 10/22/2013 11:07:15 AM     (No. 9576840)

Obama needs to do better if he wants to be #1. It only took Carter one term to reduce the best to this level.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/22/2013 11:10:44 AM     (No. 9576847)

Not to worry-Their equipment and mission has been transferred to your local police department.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/22/2013 11:15:14 AM     (No. 9576859)

´´Just following orders´´ gave us everything from pograms in Poland to gas ovens in Germany, affordable health ´´care´´ and now closing up our standing army.

None dare call it treason. There will be gas ovens in America before this satanic demon is finished with us, about two weeks AFTER the army is set against its citizens.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/22/2013 11:31:56 AM     (No. 9576893)

Shades of the Army under Jimmy Carter. I know, because I was there.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/22/2013 12:05:56 PM     (No. 9576950)

Don´t heap all the blame on just Carter. Clinton was even worse. Rumsfeld had to send poorly protected, half finished equipment to Iraq, remember? That all happened under Clinton so he could claim he left a surplus when he left office.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: strikingviking, 10/22/2013 12:47:04 PM     (No. 9577006)

Military aviators will die as a result of the CinC´s willful disregard of his primary duty: provide for the common defense.

Piloting jet fighters and high performance helicopters requires constant proficiency training, aka frequent flying. Without this training, accidents will happen, either in peacetime or, God forbid, in combat.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Daisymae, 10/22/2013 1:24:39 PM     (No. 9577081)

Poster #10, how dare you make such snide and downright meaningless remarks about our military?

I am making a formal complaint to Lucianne, your dialogue is totally offensive.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: EQKimball, 10/22/2013 1:43:09 PM     (No. 9577110)

Nothing to worry about, because Homeland Security has arranged to buy 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years. If we are attacked, the Coast Guard, ICE agents, TSA and the Border Patrol will protect us.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 10/22/2013 1:55:22 PM     (No. 9577122)

- Drastic cuts in the military
- Reduction of forces, especially career military
- Purge of top military leadership
- Slashed training for war readiness
- Appointment of far left leadership in the old slots
- Complete lack of regard for the sacrifices of service members and families
- A Sec Def somewhere left of Karl Marx

I continue to wonder if he really intends to go at 12 noon, January 20, 2017.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: congaree53, 10/22/2013 2:31:55 PM     (No. 9577180)

Don´t worry. He really DOES intend to go at 12 noon, January 20, 2017. He promised Hillary it would be her turn back in 2008 when he got her to back down from ´cracking the glass ceiling´. If he reneges on his promise, she´ll cut off his....

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Reply 28 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 10/22/2013 2:37:56 PM     (No. 9577194)

But there´s plenty of money to spend on those drones so Burrocky so play Cowboys & Iranians.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/22/2013 2:39:00 PM     (No. 9577196)

Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 10/22/2013 2:43:09 PM     (No. 9577201)

Well, Ray, and what did YOU do to turn this around? I´ve read of no groundswell within the Army, or public comments by high brass (that´s you, Ray) against this trend.

One gets the impression that the military services´ task these days is to formally and professionally escort the Founders´ United States of America to her grave.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: melman, 10/22/2013 2:47:18 PM     (No. 9577210)

Lack of training, especially Pilots ends up getting people killed.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 10/22/2013 3:00:23 PM     (No. 9577228)

@5 There needs to be some military at the ready when Cankles again galumphs into our White House. They will be busy serving her guests and kissing her behind. I say this in jest but it´s too close to being true. I cry for so many things that were.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: strike3, 10/22/2013 3:53:10 PM     (No. 9577295)

Just like Rome. When the Legions were not out on campaigns and camped outside of Rome, they grew fat and lazy and became easy prey for the barbarians that they had pillaged in the past.

I don´t believe #10´s comments were directed at the military but toward their inept leadership. Ask any good soldier what he thinks about current LGBT policies and sending mothers of little children out on the battlefield.

It is now up to the citizens to defend themselves. The Second Amendment is more important now than ever.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 10/22/2013 4:06:35 PM     (No. 9577319)

I can´t believe my Grand Son who is in the US Army, in a well sung unit, is sitting there with his bare butt sticking out and may end up as BHO´s cannon fodder.

We veterans pushed aside barriers to our monuments to pay tribute to our Fallen Heroes.

In finding out that we have had a lapse of training for six months should be a reason in the elections of November 5 2014 and election day 2016 to clean out all the termites, bedbugs and maggots in all parts of government. Including those tenured uncivil servants.
We Veterans will be there at the levers of freedom to rid us of government pests and fumigate Washington.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: chief568, 10/22/2013 4:18:00 PM     (No. 9577343)

If this is TRUE...and you combine it with the fact combat tested soldiers are being let go and new raw recuits are not being trained...and do you get?

Well when (NOT if) the next war happens, you´d better have a good supply of one thing...BODYBAGS!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: PatPiano, 10/22/2013 4:25:21 PM     (No. 9577356)

I heard a testimony from a career military Air Force officer Sunday night and he said he was glad to be retired from "Obama´s military" and he felt sorry for the guys that were in the service right now, and he said to the congregation, you know, Obama considers the military "his" military. His words chilled me to the bone.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Starlady, 10/22/2013 6:02:05 PM     (No. 9577484)

#10 was not attacking our military, they are the victims of Obama´s political agenda. We do have to face reality though. Panetta is to be blamed for allowing all this focus on social engineering vs. military readiness.
I blame Congress for allowing all of this to occur on their watch. They are nothing more than a bunch of do nothing gas bags. Why wasn´t General Odierno talking his head off on Capitol Hill for the past six months? Shame on him for letting it go on this long without shouting it from the hilltops.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/22/2013 6:05:25 PM     (No. 9577488)

Don´t assume all these failures are incompetence.
Obama is doing exactly what he intended:
Cripple the U.S.A.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: judy, 10/22/2013 6:21:18 PM     (No. 9577504)

My heart breaks for the military, they are sitting ducks. All the $$$ are going to welfare, obamacare, WH trips, food stamps, Obama phones etc. Bet this general will on leave by tomorrow. Did any of non media report this? Does this mean military recruitment is gone?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/22/2013 7:33:57 PM     (No. 9577589)

Meanwhile, Homeland Security has 80,000 brownshirt goons, billions of rounds of ammo, hundreds of thousands of weapons, 400,000 coffins, Thirty "Emergency" camps with brand new barbed wire areound them, and the will to use all of that resource against the American people who "oppose" them.

Does any of this sound familiar? Go back to Germany, 1927-37---

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Silly Old Me, 10/22/2013 9:16:28 PM     (No. 9577713)

Hand salute, General Odierno! I would have been proud to serve under you!
MSgt, USAF (Ret).

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/22/2013 10:10:33 PM     (No. 9577789)

Lt Col James Howard, USAF:

Most pilots, he says, are required to do eight to nine flights per month to maintain readiness status.

AF Reserve friend has been cut to ONE flight per month.

For more on AF cuts, see:


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Reply 43 - Posted by: Hermoine, 10/22/2013 10:54:42 PM     (No. 9577836)

Obama will simply blame it on sequestration...though, it´s all going according to plan.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: judy, 10/23/2013 7:43:18 AM     (No. 9578115)

Meantime the irs gives 3 billion $$$$$ to illegals while the military suffers.

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Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 - but she´s cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San Diego locals and military families. Protestors organized by "The Difference Matters" do not want the former U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton´s role in the Benghazi scandal. "She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us. We don´t want her here," said Jan Iverson, a local mother and protestor. (Snip) Clinton´s office says she changed plans because of

The five extra words that can
fix the Second Amendment

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Washington Post, by John Paul Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

Barack Obama Saves Wife
Michelle From Wardrobe Malfunction,
Marilyn Monroe Moment: Picture

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US Magazine, by Rachel McRady    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/10/2014 7:59:06 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama got quite the handful on Thursday, April 10, but it was all for a good cause! As the President of the United States was boarding Air Force One with his wife Michelle Obama, a gust of wind blew up her skirt. Barack quickly stepped in and grabbed the First Lady´s billowing skirt to help her avoid a wardrobe malfunction and embarrassing Marilyn Monroe moment. Earlier in the week, another famous lady on the global stage suffered a similar snafu, but no one was around to help her -- not even her prince!

Michelle Obama´s Food Program
Is Non-Nutritious Waste Of Money

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/10/2014 2:35:20 PM     Post Reply
Big Government: As students flood Twitter with images of inedible slop, it´s clear that Michelle Obama´s government school lunch revamp is a costly failure. It´s time to get the feds out of kids´ lunch boxes. The $12 billion federal student lunch program, which serves 30.7 million kids, is losing participants fast — more than a million just last year, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The reason: the first lady´s Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act, an act that has accomplished exactly the opposite of what it claimed it would — leaving hungry, angry, disgusted kids and dumpsters full of wasted

Sunk: Climate change threatens to
flood world´s largest Navy base
warns Gov. Terry McAuliffe

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 4:08:01 PM     Post Reply
Recently elected Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning that global warming could raise sea levels high enough to flood the Hampton Roads region, home to the world´s largest naval base, without immediate and “smart decisions.” Addressing an environmental summit this week at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., McAuliffe embraced climate change, blamed humans for causing it, and said action is needed now to protect Virginia´s coast from rising ocean levels that will result from global warming. “The first big decision of course is to accept that climate change is real,” he told the group. “I happen to believe in

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman
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Entertainment Magazine, by James Hibbard    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/10/2014 12:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Official: Stephen Colbert is the new host of CBS’ Late Show. Release: The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s

Global solar dominance in sight
as science trumps fossil fuels

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Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/10/2014 6:08:54 PM     Post Reply
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Roughly 29pc of electricity capacity added in America last year came from solar, rising to 100pc even in Massachusetts and Vermont.[Snip] The technology is improving so fast--helped by the US military--that it has achieved a virtous circle. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.

The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
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Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/11/2014 6:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don´t know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling. That´s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. The average citizen might be dizzied by the torrent of confusing terms—BOLO lists, Tigta, 501(c)(4)—and the array of accusations that have made up this IRS investigation. Mr. Camp´s letter takes a step back to remind us why this matters, even as it provides compelling new information that goes to motive and method—and clarifies some of

Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’
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Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 12:53:18 PM     Post Reply
STAMFORD, Conn. — Jeb Bush defended his controversial comments about immigration reform, insisting they were nothing new for him and urging “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.” At a Connecticut Republican party dinner Thursday night, the former Republican governor of Florida did not repeat his remarks from last weekend at his father’s presidential library, when he said that people who come to the United States illegally in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” This time the potential 2016 candidate put it differently. “To be young and

Pelosi: Immigration law
like internment of Japanese

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Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/10/2014 3:42:16 PM     Post Reply
The deportation of foreigners living illegally in the United States is similar to the forced internment of ethnic-Japanese Americans in World War II, according to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “I’ll be very honest with you: Looking at the numbers at some point, in terms of how people are treated and deported and families separated and the rest, this has a scent of Japanese internment,” Pelosi told a Politico reporter. “It’s really a black mark,” said Pelosi. Roughly 110,000 ethnic-Japanese immigrants and their American children were detained during World War II after Japan’s sneak attack on Americans in Pearl Harbor. Pelosi also urged Obama

Obama´s politicized, lawless executive branch
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Washington Examiner, by David Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/10/2014 4:29:52 PM     Post Reply
Under the administration of President Obama, as never before in my lifetime, there is reason to be a bit afraid of the federal government. I have written two books documenting Obama´s abuses of power, his assaults on the Constitution, his wars against business and energy, his abominably reckless spending, his divisiveness, his renegade Justice Department, his regulatory expansion, his executive orders, his overall lawlessness, and more. Obama´s conduct concerning Obamacare alone would be enough to get the impeachment wheels rolling for any other president. His flagrant, deliberate lies regarding almost every aspect of that

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