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I will be surprised if this will happen in the next session.

This is posturing on his part. He's floating a trial balloon here to see if he can woo back his liberal base. In reality the most likely thing to expect is a Clintonian move to the middle after the election. Not sure if Obama is that smart though. He still seems convinced that he won because people actually wanted his agenda to be implemented.


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Looks like the Dems will loose the House and we will probably have gridlock in DC.

Let's hope so.

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This is posturing on his part. He's floating a trial balloon here to see if he can woo back his liberal base. In reality the most likely thing to expect is a Clintonian move to the middle after the election. Not sure if Obama is that smart though. He still seems convinced that he won because people actually wanted his agenda to be implemented.

Let's hope so.

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I will be surprised if this will happen in the next session. Looks like the Dems will loose the House and we will probably have gridlock in DC.

What was I thinking when I wrote this---you're right, be careful for what you wish for.
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be careful for what you wish for.

What do you mean?

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I'm just curious if those on the left will react with eye-rolling skepticism and suspicion over this president's announcement of a 'credible terrorist threat' on the eve of a national election?

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At least buy her dinner first!

TSA to phase in new pat-down procedures at airports nationwide:

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Airline passengers can expect to see as well as feel new pat-down procedures at U.S. airports over the coming weeks in an effort to provide another layer of security for travelers, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.

"Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives," according to a TSA statement sent to CNN.

The TSA said passengers should continue to expect "an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others."

But it's the hands-on procedures that have at least one traveler concerned that the TSA may be going too far.
Rosemary Fitzpatrick, a CNN employee, said she was subjected to a pat-down at the Orlando, Florida, airport on Wednesday night after her underwire bra set off a magnetometer. She said she was taken to a private area and searched, with transportation screening officers telling her the pat-down was a new procedure.

According to Fitzpatrick, a female screener ran her hands around her breasts, over her stomach, buttocks and her inner thighs, and briefly touched her crotch.

"I felt helpless, I felt violated, and I felt humiliated," Fitzpatrick said, adding that she was reduced to tears at the checkpoint. She particularly objected to the fact that travelers were not warned about the new procedures.

Fitzpatrick sent an e-mail complaint about her experience to the TSA that said the agency needs to get the word out so that travelers know their rights.

The TSA employees "conducted themselves in a professional manner, so my complaint is not about them professionally," Fitzpatrick wrote.

She told the TSA the agency needs to get the word out so the travelers know their rights.

"I am appalled and disgusted at the new search procedures and the fact that passengers have not been made aware of the new invasive steps prior to entering the security area," Fitzpatrick wrote. "It appears once you enter the security area, passengers forfeit their rights. There were no signs, video information, etc. at the entrance of the security area the airport. Why?"

She added: "As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!"

The TSA sent an automated initial e-mail response to Fitzpatrick saying, "Thank you for your inquiry to the Transportation Security Administration. We have forwarded your e-mail to the appropriate group for response."

In its statement to CNN, the TSA said: "Pat-down procedures are used to resolve alarms that occur at a walk-through metal detector, if an anomaly is detected during screening with advanced imaging technology or during random screening."

The statement also indicated that "passengers who opt out of advanced imaging technology screening will receive alternate screening to include a thorough pat-down."

Fun times with the TSA.

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Skeptic Arguments and What the Science Says



Experts say efforts to beat malaria may backfire
29 October 2010 Last updated at 06:59 ET
By Neil Bowdler
Science reporter, BBC News

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Efforts to eradicate malaria in some countries may be counter-productive, an international team of researchers suggest.

In the Lancet, they suggest some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, may be better pursuing a policy of controlling the disease.

They also criticise the World Health Organization (WHO) for not providing adequate direction.

But a WHO spokesman said beating malaria must remain the ultimate goal.
'Noble' goal


The Lancet looks at the feasibility of eradicating malaria from the map, in the same way smallpox was conquered.

As the report points out, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation set the world such a target in 2007, an aim which was then endorsed by the WHO's Director-General Margaret Chan.

The Lancet concludes such a goal, while noble, "could lead to dangerous swings in funding and political commitment, in malaria and elsewhere".

And the WHO is accused of failing "to rise to their responsibilities to give the malaria community essential direction".

The series of articles instead urges a pragmatic approach in which efforts and resources are concentrated on shrinking the global area where malaria still prevails.

It suggests some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, may be better pursuing a policy of controlling the disease rather than one of eradication.


The report's authors include Professor Richard Feacham of University of California's Global Health Group and researchers from the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Saving lives

In an editorial accompanying the series, the Lancet's editor-in-chief Dr Richard Horton and executive editor Dr Pamela Das, argue control may save more lives.

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"If existing control efforts were indeed scaled up, by 2015, 1.14 million children's lives could be saved in sub-Saharan Africa alone. This finding is important. The quest for elimination must not distract existing good malaria control work," they write.

They also conclude that "malaria will only be truly eradicable when an effective vaccine is fully available".

Responding to the report in a statement, Robert Newman, director of the WHO's Global Malaria Programme, said the ultimate goal had to be eradication

"WHO has always supported - and will always continue to support - endemic countries in their efforts to control and eliminate malaria," he writes.

"It is entirely feasible to eliminate malaria from countries and regions where the intensity of transmission is low to moderate, and where health systems are strong.

"Eliminating malaria from countries where the intensity of transmission is high and stable, such as in tropical Africa, will require more potent tools and stronger health systems than are available today."


Shrinking map

Malaria is caused by five species of a parasite that can be carried from human to human by mosquitoes.

Over the last 150 years, the portion of the world where malaria is still endemic has shrunk, but the disease is still endemic in 99 countries.

However 32 of these countries, most of them on the edges of the endemic zone, are attempting to eradicate the disease, while the rest are trying to reduce infections and deaths though control measures.




But switching from a policy of controlling the disease to one of eradication brings with it problems and risks, according to the report.

The authors point out that malaria and mosquitoes do not respect national borders and that both parasite and insect may develop resistance to existing drugs.

They also warn switching funds from control to eradication may negatively impact upon measures which have been shown to reduce infection and mortality.


A spokeswoman for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said: "Malaria eradication is a long-term goal.

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"We believe that the WHO will play an important role in helping countries decide when they are ready to undertake elimination and what conditions and capabilities need to be in place for them to do so.

"High-level, sustained control will be essential before elimination can be attempted, and premature efforts at elimination, before countries are ready, will be counterproductive"

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UN biological diversity body sets environmental targets
Daniel Makosky on October 30, 2010 12:17 PM ET

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[JURIST] The tenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Saturday concluded its proceedings with delegates agreeing to the Nagoya Protocol. The protocol identifies 20 goals within five categories designed to protect biodiversity, including a 50 percent reduction in the extinction rate by 2020. Preservation targets are also established, expanding protected land areas to 17 percent from 12.5 and raising the percentage of protected oceans from less than one to 10. Additionally, the Protocol includes provisions for sharing scientific discoveries derived from plants or animals between advanced and developing nations. The conference was attended by representatives of the 193 of parties to the CBD, with 122 cabinet ministers and five heads of state conducting the most complex negotiations. With the help of financial support from the EU, France, Norway and USD $2 billion from Japan, the Protocol is expected to become effective in 2012.

India, a party to the CBD, continued its emphasis on environmental protection last week when it introduced anew court system devoted solely to environmental litigation. India has actively maintained an emphasis on environmental issues at a time of rapid growth. In June Australia, another signatory to the CBD, initiated proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for breaching its international obligations by failing to eliminate commercial whaling. Curtis Doebbler, a professor of law at the University of Nablus, has called climate change, and the associated loss of biodiversity, thegreatest threat to the rights of Africans.

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Democrats blast GOP 'front groups,' but use them too:

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While President Obama and other Democrats have excoriated Republican "front groups" for using secret money to pay for attack ads, the party's political committees have begun doing something similar: collecting cash from outside nonprofit groups that don't disclose their contributors and using the money to pay for negative campaign commercials, campaign records show.

One group, Patriot Majority PAC a Democratic political committee that has run a hard-hitting $1.7 million attack ad campaign against Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Harry Reid's Senate seat in Nevada has gotten one of its largest donations, $250,000, from a liberal nonprofit that doesnt release the names of any of its contributors, the records show.

Another newly formed political committee, America's Families First Action Fund, which is running negative commercials against Republicans in House races across the country, recently got $1 million from a closely related nonprofit affiliate, the records show. Both organizations were set up over the summer by Democratic strategists, who emphasized in a memo to donors that contributions to the nonprofit could be kept anonymous.


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"It's opened this huge loophole (where) you can launder money though these groups that don't disclose and get it into the campaign," said Bill Allison, editorial director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending. "We've seen this happening on both sides of the aisle."

The activities of Patriot Majority PAC are especially noteworthy because they have been focused almost entirely on Nevada, where Reid, the Senate majority leader, is locked in a tight re-election battle with Angle, a Tea Party favorite. When President Obama campaigned in Nevada on behalf of Reid recently, he made the issue of "secret" campaign cash one of his principal themes.

"All across America, they are pouring hundred of millions of dollars into a bunch of phony front groups running negative ads," Obama said about outside Republican groups. "Have you seen some negative ads out here? You don't even know who's sponsoring these ads."

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Had to share this.

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Obama waives sanctions for four countries that use child soldiers
By Howard LaFranchi,*Staff writer / October 29, 2010

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President Obama grants waivers to Chad, the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen, which use child soldiers but are strategically important to the US. The waivers mean military aid will continue.

As a senator, Barack Obama supported legislation requiring the United States to cut off military aid to countries recruiting and deploying child soldiers.

This week as president, Mr. Obama acted to ensure that four countries found to use child soldiers but which are also considered key national security interests do not lose their US military assistance. Obama heeded the recommendation of a State Department review and waived application of a year-old law on child soldiers in the case of Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen.

In a Oct. 25 presidential memorandum, Obama said he had determined that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive application of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act for the four countries.
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Irony is fun:

Labor Unions Fear Rollback of 'Rights' if G.O.P. Wins:

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Organized labor is deeply worried about what happens after Tuesday.

By many measures, labor unions have been the Republicans fiercest, biggest-spending opponents in this years campaign, laying out more than $200 million in hopes of safeguarding the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

So it should be no surprise that Republicans, who appear to stand a good chance of winning control of the House or Senate, are signaling that they plan to push bills and strategies to undermine labors political clout and ability to grow.

Republicans are likely to pursue a version of what Samuel Gompers often said: Reward your friends and punish your enemies, said Joseph McCartin, a labor historian at Georgetown University.


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One bill that is popular among Republicans would prohibit employers from ever agreeing to unionization through card check, a process often used today in which an employer recognizes a union as soon as a majority of workers sign pro-union cards without holding a secret-ballot election. Another bill would severely crimp labors campaign spending by barring unions from using any portion of a union members dues money for political purposes unless the member first gives written permission.


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Mr. Heye said that many Republicans were likely to support legislation that would bar unions from spending a members due money for politics unless members first opted in. Under current law, unions can spend a members dues money on politics unless the member first opts out, a little-known procedure that not many workers have followed.

Mr. Heye said that when he visits campaigns around the country, union members who personally back Republicans often complain that their unions are spending money to elect Democrats.

Union leaders vigorously oppose the opt-in idea. Obviously, this would further tilt the tables in favor of corporations in our political campaigns, said Bill Samuel, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.s political director. Lets hope the Republicans focus on putting people back to work, instead of taking away workers rights.

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CNN Poll: Those who say things going poorly higher than 1994 or 2006:

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The number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, at 75 percent, is higher than it has been on the eve of any midterm election since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s, according to a new national poll.


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"Even in 1994, when the Republicans last took control, and in 2006, when control flipped back to the Democrats, roughly half the public was satisfied with the state of the nation," adds Holland. "Only 25 percent say that things are going well in the country today, and voters appear poised to take it out on the Democrats on Tuesday."

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Republicans poised to win House: Reuters/Ipsos poll:

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Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives from Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, a Reuters/Ipsos poll predicted on Monday.

The national poll found that Americans plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates by 50 percent to 44 percent. This is an edge that will likely give Republicans dozens of seats in the House and significant gains in the Senate.

The poll numbers suggest Republicans would win about 231 seats in the House to 204 for the Democrats, but Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said Democrats would retain control of the U.S. Senate with a 53-47 or 52-48 seat advantage.

Americans will choose all 435 members of the House on Tuesday and 37 members of the 100-seat Senate. Democrats currently hold significant majorities in both chambers.

The Democrats have struggled to keep voters due to the high unemployment rate two years after Obama swept to power promising hope and change amid an economic crisis.

The poll found that 45 percent of Americans approved of the way Obama is doing his job, versus 51 percent who said they disapprove.

The poll also said that 52 percent of those surveyed did not think Obama would win re-election in 2012. This included 34 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans.

The poll of 1,075 adults, including 893 registered voters and 654 who said they are likely to vote, was conducted on October 28-31. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points for all participants, 3.3 percent for registered voters and 3.8 percent for likely voters.

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Unless the Republicans can get a majority in the Senate, there is little chance they will be able achieve their goals. With a divided Senate, compromise or gridlock until 2012 is more likely. If the Republicans are able to get some of their goals, it will be through compromise, but then it can face a veto if it goes against the President's agenda. Overriding a veto isn't going to happen with the predicted make-up of Congress, until


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Unless the Republicans can get a majority in the Senate, there is little chance they will be able achieve their goals. With a divided Senate, compromise or gridlock until 2012 is more likely.

This is what I'm hoping for. The only real goal I wish they would accomplish (but this was a long shot anyway) is a repeal of ObamaCare. That disaster is probably with us for a long time to come.

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I'm just curious if those on the left will react with eye-rolling skepticism and suspicion over this president's announcement of a 'credible terrorist threat' on the eve of a national election?

Do you really think the Liberal Party had anything to do with this terror plot? this is completely insane to even think like this only Palin and the other idiot Bachmann would think about it.
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That is hilarious.

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Do you really think the Liberal Party had anything to do with this terror plot? this is completely insane to even think like this only Palin and the other idiot Bachmann would think about it.

Perhaps I was being unclear in the point I was trying to make. Let me try to be more clear:

1. In the past (during the recent Republican administration) if there has been even a hint of any kind of terror activity in the days and weeks immediately preceding an election, liberals were often very quick to voice their skepticism about the reality of these events and instead assume that they were phony propaganda designed and timed to scare the voters into voting a way that the incumbent party (Republicans) wanted them to vote.

2. This same degree of skepticism appears to be conspicuously absent now.

3. I find this interesting.

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Wasn't sure where else to put this.
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Unless the Republicans can get a majority in the Senate, there is little chance they will be able achieve their goals. With a divided Senate, compromise or gridlock until 2012 is more likely.

This is what I'm hoping for.

Gridlock? Fine. Compromise with the current liberal Democrat establishment? Hell no!

Gridlock in D.C.? Yes, Please!

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If I had to make a wager, I'd say its a pretty safe bet Nancy Pelosi will have a new role in the House of Representatives come January; but how much a majority the Republicans will takewell, we just don't know yet.

So with at least one chamber of Congress switching party control, DC is on course for gridlock--but that could be a good thing.

A column in the New York Post today by economist Kevin Hassett lays out how history and the economy have fared under a divided government -- like the one we are probably about to have.

Here's a look at the years since 1970 when the White House and Capitol Hill were run by different parties.

During those years: the GDP rose nearly 3.5%, compared with just 3% for the other years; that 0.5% may not sound like much, but it sure makes a difference.

Also, more Americans had jobs under split leadership; unemployment was under 6% on average during those years! And spending was not as big a problem when both parties had some control in DC.

The median federal budget deficit was less than 3% of our GDP during those periods in the last 40 years.

It was actually really good since the Republican revolution of 1994--with the deficit only representing about 1% of GDP again when the government was in two parties' hands not one.

Of course, the stock market loves it when gridlock occurs! Since 197, gridlock has pushed the S&P 500 up 13.5%; since 1994 - it's up almost 20%!

So why is gridlock so loved?

For Wall Street, it believes less gets done when two parties are in control; government will have less an invasive role in their business.

That's the idea... when less gets done in Washington, less gets done to us.

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So if the experts and prognosticators are right, the Senate will stay Democrat and the House will go Republican - but no matter who is in charge they have one job: listen to the American taxpayers who have made themselves clear during this campaign season... stop making us shoulder the burden of your bloated government!

The message sent to Washington today is clear: Stop!
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Well, as predicted by many who had their eyes open to the mess the Democrats were creating, the Democrats (and Obama's agenda) are getting a pretty solid ass-kicking tonight. Good riddance!

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Well, as predicted by many who had their eyes open to the mess the Democrats were creating, the Democrats (and Obama's agenda) are getting a pretty solid ass-kicking tonight. Good riddance!

More like merely a good start!

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And the US takes another step backwards... A sad day for the US, and the world.

 

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And the US takes another step backwards... A sad day for the US, and the world.

Uh huh.

We took a huge fucking step backwards while the Democrats had total control. At least now maybe there will be some gridlock and neither party will be able to do so much damage.

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Social Security Scam Robs Elderly By Convincing Them They Are Dead

Kim Jong-Un Privately Doubting He's Crazy Enough To Run North Korea
NOVEMBER 1, 2010 | ISSUE 4644



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PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREAIn surprisingly candid remarks Thursday, Kim Jong-un, heir apparent to North Korea's highest government post, expressed doubt that he was sufficiently out of his mind to succeed his father, longtime dictator Kim Jong-il....

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"Obviously, I know I was handpicked because I'm super crazy," said Kim, the youngest of the 69-year-old dictator's four known children. "But my father's just so great at what he does. Did you know the people of North Korea have heard his voice exactly once, for like five seconds? How nuts is that? Honestly, I look at stuff like that and I think, 'Wow, there's just no way I can ever top Dad.'"

"We're talking about a world-class nutjob here," he added.
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Paul The Octopus, World Cup Oracle, Dies




by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=130829015





The grass hasn't even started to grow over Paul's grave; and now this, it's a cold cruel world:

Octopus oracle's successor makes public debut



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OBERHAUSEN, Germany Paul the Octopus' successor has made his public debut but his keepers aren't yet promising deep soccer insight from the youngster.

The 5-month-old, also named Paul, tentatively explored his new tank at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen Wednesday. Paul hails from near Montpellier in southern France and weighs nearly 10.5 ounces (300 grams); he made his debut after two months in quarantine.

The original Paul correctly predicted the outcome of eight matches at the World Cup. He died of natural causes last week.....
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Last Remaining Politician Must Rebuild Entire Government Following Bloodiest Midterm Election In American History


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WASHINGTONIn the wake of what is being called the deadliest midterm election in the nation's history, Washington's sole surviving politician, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon's 4th Congressional District, emerged from the rubble of the Capitol building Wednesday to announce his intention to rebuild the fallen U.S. government.

The events of Tuesday nightwhich included live televised images of Sen. Harry Reid taking a gavel to the head of Sen. Mitch McConnell while Rep. Barney Frank repeatedly smashed the face of Undersecretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen against a marble columnleft most Americans believing their entire government had perished in the post-election bloodbath. But the miraculous survival of DeFazio points to a possible way forward......

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It's interesting that when voters get angry and vote for Democratic politicians this is considered wise, righteous, rational voting, but when they get angry and vote against Democratic politicians, this is considered stupid, fear-based, irrational "venting."

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It's interesting that when voters get angry and vote for Democratic politicians this is considered wise, righteous, rational voting, but when they get angry and vote against Democratic politicians, this is considered stupid, fear-based, irrational "venting."

He also has the galling habit of declaring that the change over in government is associated with extreme violence yet he want PROOF when he can't even see what exists within his own posts.

Washington D.C. is blown up. The bodies are stacked and burning. BTW, could you post some proof that thoughts and imagery from a Democratic perspective are associated with lunacy, eugenics and violence. I can't understand where you are coming from in that regard.

Perhaps when enough fingers point, he'll figure it out.

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He also has the galling habit of declaring that the change over in government is associated with extreme violence yet he want PROOF when he can't even see what exists within his own posts.

Who are talking about?
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Oh crap. Here comes QE2.

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Oh crap. Here comes QE2.

I was all ready to jump back into silver again but now I'm a bit worried about the size the Fed will announce. Clearly they are telegraphing inflation but the key is how much?

Great article on this!

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Supreme Court takes up Arizona school tuition case

Jaclyn Belczyk on November 3, 2010 3:59 PM ET

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The US Supreme Court; JURIST heard oral arguments Wednesday in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn on the constitutionality of an Arizona tax credit for donations to organizations that provide scholarships at private schools, which allows scholarships funded by religious organizations to be granted only to students attending parochial schools. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held [opinion, PDF] that the taxpayers had standing to challenge the constitutionality of the law and allowed the claim to proceed. The outcome will determine if tax credit program unconstitutionally endorses or advances religion simply because taxpayers choose to direct more contributions to religious organization than nonreligious ones. Counsel for the petitioners argued that, "Arizona's tuition tax credit does not violate the Establishment Clause, because it's a neutral law that results in scholarship programs of private choice." Counsel for the US government argued as amicus curiae in support of petitioners. Counsel for the respondents clarified their argument: "Our claim is not that ... State money is going to religious schools. Our claim is that State money is being given to the beneficiaries of a State spending program on the basis of religion. It's a claim about discrimination in the distribution of these stated funds."

Religious schools, government money? Supreme Court hears Arizona case.
By Warren Richey,*Staff writer / November 3, 2010
Washington

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A US Supreme Court case challenging Arizonas religious school funding program evolved into a debate over whether money from a tax credit is still the governments money even after it has been channeled by taxpayers into a private program.....

Supporters of the program maintain that the donation and tax credit are the result of a private decision that does not entangle government in any direct support for religious schools....

Opponents say the Arizona system is designed to channel government tax credit money in a way that bolsters religious schools. They say it is unconstitutional government support for religion in violation of the First Amendments establishment clause.

As in prior cases involving government and religion, the justices appear to be deeply split. The courts liberals generally are highly suspicious of interactions between government and religion, while the conservatives are less suspicious.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion

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We therefore hold, contrary to the district court, that plaintiffs allegations, if accepted as true, are sufficient to state a claim that Arizonas private school scholarship tax credit program, as applied, violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.
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The L.A. Time editorial board just cannot comprehend the CA voters.

I'm not from CA so I don't know the detail of these propositions, but they seem pretty clear to me:

25: Now it's easier to pass (and hopefully balance) the budget so fewer excuses.
26: Don't do it by raising taxes.

Good for California!

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TSA workers pulled drug prank twice with air passengers:

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A Transportation Security Administration worker who pretended to find drugs in a passenger's bag at Philadelphia International Airport in January had played the prank more than once and told one of his victims that "she would have to admit it was funny," according to TSA documents.

The documents, which detail the dopey antics of a bomb-appraisal officer whose name has been blacked out, were released on the Smoking Gun website this week.

The Inquirer broke the story of Rebecca Solomon, 22, who on Jan. 5 became the unsuspecting butt of the officer's joke when he pretended to find a white, powdery substance in her luggage.

Turns out, Solomon was the second traveler that day to be victimized by the worker's bad sense of humor. The first, according to the documents, laughed the stunt off.

The TSA officer was supposed to be checking equipment instead of passengers, the documents said, and the white substance he had with him was creatine powder, not cocaine.

When he tried to trick his second victim, presumably Solomon, with the creatine, she did not take it well.

When the worker saw she was getting upset, he revealed the truth and told her that "she would have to admit it was funny," the documents said.

When confronted later by a TSA investigator, the officer "did say humbly that he was completely wrong and he made a mistake," the documents said.

Reports by other TSA staff indicate that at least one of them saw the prank and "resumed running the X-ray belt." Another only went as far as to tell the officer, "Don't do that."

The worker is no longer with TSA, but whether his departure was forced or voluntary could not be determined because of privacy laws.

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Originally Posted by MJ1970 View Post

The L.A. Time editorial board just cannot comprehend the CA voters.

I'm not from CA so I don't know the detail of these propositions, but they seem pretty clear to me:

25: Now it's easier to pass (and hopefully balance) the budget so fewer excuses.
26: Don't do it by raising taxes.

Good for California!

That would be the proper view yes. Will it be followed considering this same group just reelected Jerry Brown? Likely not.

We are indeed a pretty psychotic and ungovernable mess here in California. We really should be at least three states.

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Originally Posted by MJ1970 View Post

The L.A. Time editorial board just cannot comprehend the CA voters.

I'm not from CA so I don't know the detail of these propositions, but they seem pretty clear to me:

25: Now it's easier to pass (and hopefully balance) the budget so fewer excuses.
26: Don't do it by raising taxes.

Good for California!

Text of Proposition 25, the "On-Time Budget Act of 2010" (California)

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Official summary:
Changes the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget and spending bills related to the budget from two-thirds to a simple majority.
Provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit any reimbursement for salary and expenses for every day until the day the Legislature passes a budget bill.

California Proposition 25Arguments For and Against

California Proposition 26, Supermajority Vote to Pass New Taxes and Fees (2010)

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REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN STATE AND LOCAL FEES BE APPROVED BY TWO-THIRDS VOTE. FEES INCLUDE THOSE THAT ADDRESS ADVERSE IMPACTS ON SOCIETY OR THE ENVIRONMENT CAUSED BY THE FEE-PAYER'S BUSINESS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

California Proposition 26Arguments For and Against

Presents what can be a mixed bag. Good that California may now end the yearly budget gridlock and pass a budget on time. However, I had mixed feelings about Prop. 26. Some of the reasons:

Prop 26 could be dirty sleeper on state ballot
by Editorial, Sacramento Bee
October 27th, 2010

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....Proposition 26 would make it harder for the state to assess fees on industries that generate pollution or cause other societal harms, such as tobacco companies. It also deserves your "no" vote.

Currently, lawmakers can pay for programs that benefit society including public education campaigns to combat smoking or encourage recycling of used motor oil through fees on industry approved by a majority vote. Proposition 26 would require a two-thirds vote on such fees, and would affect not only state but local government.

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According to the Legislative Analyst's Office, passage of Proposition 26 would immediately burn a $1 billion hole in the state budget, because it would upend a gas-tax swap approved by state lawmakers to help close the state's deficit.



As with Proposition 23, Proposition 26 is being bankrolled by industries and industry groups that expect to benefit from its passage. The biggest of these is Chevron, which has contributed $3.7 million to date, followed by the California Chamber of Commerce ($3.6 million), the American Beverage Association ($1.9 million), Philip Morris USA ($1.7 million) and Anheuser-Busch ($925,000).

The sheer size of these contributions reflects how much money is at stake with Proposition 26. Altogether, proponents have poured $16 million into its passage, compared to $5.8 million for opponents....
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Well these two measures actually sound very consistent and very fiscally conservative. Sounds like the people of California finally got fed up with the budget BS.

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Well these two measures actually sound very consistent and very fiscally conservative. Sounds like the people of California finally got fed up with the budget BS.

Hope that you're correct, only time will tell. There are no more excuses for California taking months past the deadline to pass a state budget.
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