At least 40 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday, quoting witnesses.
"The so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens of civilian victims in some neighbourhoods of Tripoli," said Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli.
"I have collected several witness accounts from reliable people. In particular, in the Buslim neighbourhood, due to the bombardments, a civilian building collapsed, causing the death of 40 people," he told Fides, the news agency of the Vatican missionary arm.
"It's true that the bombardments seem pretty much on target, but it is also true that when they hit military targets, which are in the middle of civilian neighbourhoods, the population is also involved," Martinelli said.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wonder how he's going to blame this on Bush.
Posted by traderrob at 7:12 AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Stinkin up the place...
March 30, 2011 - Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya
American voters disapprove 48 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 - 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows,
This compares to a 46 - 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 - 47 percent split on the President's re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of the vote to 37 percent for an unnamed Republican challenger.
Democrats approve 80 - 13 percent of the job Obama is doing, but disapproval is 81 - 9 percent among Republicans and 50 - 39 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 52 - 41 percent while women split 44 - 44 percent.
Posted by traderrob at 4:39 AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Well, at least “Easter” is still included in “White House Easter Egg Roll” rather than some generic substitution like “spring.” Or maybe uh, “Earth Day.” Yes, imagine the “Earth Day Egg Roll.”
But no matter. Barreling forward, Inside the Beltway proclaims support for any effort to help children stay trim, play tag outside, read, curb their electronic media time and savor the halcyon years of their childhood without wearing push-up bras or watching R-rated movies. Really.
And the White House means well. Really. But the egg-rolling event has taken on advocacy underpinnings that threaten to swap joy and charm with branding and a certain grim intent, launched in a jelly-bean-free zone by an Easter Bunny in gym shorts. Let us remember. This is a children’s event rather than a marketing opportunity.
Posted by traderrob at 5:25 AM
Monday, March 28, 2011
So, in other words, they got caught committing fraud but if they admit to the boo boo all is forgiven.
Madison teachers who missed school last month to attend protests and turned in fraudulent doctor's notes have been given until April 15 to rescind those notes, officials said Thursday.They ought to pursue this like the IRS. Anything that looks the slightest bit hinky should be investigated. Teachers get paid over a $100.00/day, a $5.00 phone call is a good investment to either exonerate (or not) most claims.
The district received more than 1,000 notes from teachers, human resources director Bob Nadler said. A couple hundred of those were ruled fraudulent because they appeared to be written by doctors at the Capitol protests against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit collective bargaining.
Teachers who don't rescind fraudulent notes could receive a disciplinary letter of suspension, the most serious form of discipline aside from termination, Nadler said. The suspension would be considered already served — the time missed during the protests.
"We didn't want to give anybody more time off," Nadler said. "They can't afford it. We can't afford to have them gone any more. I don't think kids need their teacher gone another two days."
Posted by traderrob at 1:38 PM
A reasonably accurate analysis contrasting the crapspin that's been coming out of the White House.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Real disposable income declined in February as consumer prices jumped by the largest amount in 2 1/2 years, the Commerce Department reported Monday.
Economists said the data show that higher prices for gasoline is starting to take some of the steam out of the economy.
The personal consumption expenditure index, which Federal Reserve officials say is a more accurate gauge of inflation than the better-known consumer price index, increased 0.4% on the month, the largest monthly gain since July 2008.
The core rate of inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, rose 0.2% for the second straight month, as January’s reading was revised higher.
Posted by traderrob at 7:37 AM
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Reparations, if not through the front door, then the back.
Want to get a check from the government for $50,000? If you’re black and willing to say you once “attempted to farm,” the money could be yours.
Why? In the 80’s and 90’s, some Black farmers were allegedly discriminated against by the Agriculture Department. Department loan officers supposedly did the opposite of what Shirley Sherrod was accused of: they granted government-subsidized farm loans to whites but not to blacks.
Government shouldn’t be giving out government subsidized loans to anyone. But that’s another story for another time.
When some black farmers sued, claiming discrimination, the USDA agreed to pay $50,000 to every black person who was discriminated against.
According to the census, there were 18,000 black farmers in the country when the lawsuit was filed. But 97,000 black “farmers” have applied for the money.
Posted by traderrob at 6:00 AM
Friday, March 25, 2011
Another dubious Obama milestone.
The cost of living in the United States is as high as ever, even worse than before the financial meltdown during the past few years. A Labor Department index measuring the actual cost of living, known as the chained consumer price index, hit 127.4 in February, beating a previous record high 126.9 in July 2008, just as the housing crisis began to tighten its grip, CNBC reports.
That's bad news for most Americans, especially considering the record comes at a time of weak economic activity and high unemployment rates.
"The Federal Reserve continues to focus on the rate of change in inflation," says Peter Bookvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak, according to CNBC.
Posted by traderrob at 4:41 AM
Thursday, March 24, 2011
You know when the French are taking the operational lead, your in trouble.
Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi challenged the allies' no-fly zone for the first time today, sending up a warplane over the city of Misrata where it was quickly shot down by French fighter jets, a senior French military official said.
The plane launched by Gadhafi was a "galeb," a single-engine military aircraft.
Africa Command's Gen. Carter F. Ham told ABC News Gadhafi's forces are advancing in the northwest city of Misrata, with his men dressing as civilians. Ham said there are still plenty of command and control centers left for the allied forces to target.
Gadhafi is aware there will be a transfer of power from the United States in the coming days, Ham said, and the embattled leader seems to think he will wait it out until the United States no longer has command.
Posted by traderrob at 6:50 AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
If it's not the fickle weather it's those darn stubborn buyers.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sales of new single-family homes collapsed in February, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, as a combination of high unemployment, tumbling prices and a glut of cheaper alternatives brought activity to a near-standstill.
New-home sales fell 16.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 250,000 in February, though January’s figures were revised higher to 301,000 from 284,000. Compared to February 2010, sales collapsed by 28%.
Every region but the West saw record lows, and in the Northeast, sales dropped by 50% compared to year-earlier levels.
Posted by traderrob at 10:22 AM
The more we learn about this abonination, the worse it gets.
A year after the passing of health reform, a new industry report revealed that consumers may be paying billions of dollars more in out-of-pocket health care expenses than was previously thought.
These "hidden" costs of health care -- like taking time off to care for elderly parents -- add up to $363 billion, according to a report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a research group.
That amounts to $1,355 per consumer, on top of the $8,000 the government says people spend on doctor fees and hospital care.
"We're surprised that this number came in so high. It's significant," said Paul Keckley, executive director with the group.
"These costs can add up to billions of dollars, even eclipsing housing as a household expense," said Keckley.
Posted by traderrob at 4:48 AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
More than 800 public radio stations around the country are keeping one ear on Congress these days as momentum seems to be building to eliminate or at least drastically reduce the amount of taxpayer support they get.They won't disappear, nor should they. I, as many, just wan't them off the public teat.
After passing a budget last month that eliminated all federal funding for public broadcasting, the House last week passed a bill that specifically targets National Public Radio and its more than 800 member stations.
Posted by traderrob at 2:16 PM
Yep, kinda gagged me as well.
Comedian turned politico Victoria Jackson has branded the latest episode of Glee 'sickening' after it screened a gay kiss.
The former Saturday Night Live star, who is now an outspoken political conservative, unleashed her views in a homophobic rant for the conservative website WorldNetDaily.com.
She wrote: 'Did you see Glee this week? Sickening!'
The devout Christian added: 'And, besides shoving the gay thing down our throats, they made a mockery of Christians – again
Posted by traderrob at 6:07 AM
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The real incovenient truth, Algore continues to be proven wrong.
If there is a poster child for global warming, it may be the vanishing snows of Kilimanjaro, which were predicted to disappear as early as 2015 in a widely-publicized report a decade ago.
However, the famed snowcap is stubbornly persisting on the African peak and may not fully vanish for another 50 years, according to a University of Massachusetts scientist who had a hand in the prediction.
The 2001 forecast was indirectly part of key evidence for global warming offered during the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which warned of the threats of rising global temperatures. In it, former vice president Al Gore stated, “Within a decade, there will be no more snows of Kilimanjaro” due to warming temperatures.
Posted by traderrob at 10:43 AM
Saturday, March 19, 2011
And the light goes on.
A strike called by unpaid Huffington Post contributors received a major boost Wednesday with a call to arms released by the national Newspaper Guild.
The industry association called on contributors not currently on strike to cease contributions and asked members to help by “shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company.”
The Newspaper Guild boasts 26,000 members and is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
The strike was called earlier this year by the membership of Visual Art Source, whose 50 members had previously contributed content for free to the site.
“Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical picket line, we ask that they honor this electronic picket line,” wrote the Guild.
Posted by traderrob at 3:43 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
Now the kneejerk goofballs that needlessly took the Potassium Iodide tablets might wanna worry.
VIENNA (AP) -- A diplomat says Japan's radioactive fallout has reached Southern California but first readings are "about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening."
Posted by traderrob at 5:42 AM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Hillary 2012 maybe?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is fed up with President Obama and his refusal to back a no-fly zone over Libya, according to an exclusive report in The Daily.
“She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding,” a Clinton insider told the online newspaper. “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous secretary of states – there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power.”
Posted by traderrob at 6:13 AM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
As long as you don't have to heat your home, eat or go anywhere, everything's hunky dory.
WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame.And then there's this great piece of news: Housing Starts See Biggest Drop Since 1984
The Labor Department says the Producer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent in February, double the 0.8 percent rise in the previous month. Outside of food and energy costs, the core index ticked up 0.2 percent, less than January’s 0.5 percent rise.
Food prices soared 3.9 percent last month, the biggest gain since November 1974. Most of that increase was due to a sharp rise in vegetable costs, which increased nearly 50 percent. That was the most in almost a year. Meat and dairy products also rose.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Worried Americans are panic-buying drugs to protect themselves against the nuclear fallout in Japan, as fears grow of harmful radiation blowing across to the West Coast.
Stocks of potassium iodide tablets, which aim to stop radiation poisoning the thyroid gland, are running low and customers missing out are said to be ‘crying’ or ‘terrified’.
Scientists have warned of a 'worst-case scenario' in which material blasted into the atmosphere after a Fukushima plant ‘meltdown’ could be blown towards the U.S.
Posted by traderrob at 11:32 AM
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 20% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22.That's the lowest "strong approval" number ever.
Monday, March 14, 2011
More than ANYONE blacks ought to be incensed.
DAYTON — The city’s Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks passed the exam.
The city lowered both written exams a combined 15 points that resulted in 258 more people passing the exam, according to a statement released Thursday by Civil Service officials. The agreement allows the city to immediately resume its plans to hire police and firefighters.
The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other.
Posted by traderrob at 2:08 PM
SPRINGFIELD — With the help of a new freshman class and a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the hotly contested measure that will allow people to carry concealed firearms might have a chance of winning approval this year.The bad news is Gov. Pat Quinn will stomp on this so fast your head will spin.
On Tuesday, the Agriculture and Conservation Committee sent the proposed legislation, House Bill 148, to the full House for debate.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, who sponsored the measure, said approval is long overdue.
"The city of Chicago is behind the eight ball, so to speak, and they know they aren’t going to be able to stop people from using their Second Amendment right — and it’s a right, not a privilege," Phelps said.
Posted by traderrob at 7:29 AM
Sunday, March 13, 2011
For crying out loud, make the cuts and force the Dems to vote down/veto it.
As another deadline to fund the federal government quickly approaches and negotiations on a long-term deal between the White House and Congressional leadership seem to stall, House Republicans Friday once again introduced a short-term continuing resolution that would keep the government open while cutting about $6 billion over the next three weeks.
Speaker of the House John Boehner says that the onus now falls on President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “come forward with a coherent position that will facilitate discussions leading to enactment of a long-term measure that cuts spending.”
Posted by traderrob at 7:06 AM
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Pelosi was right, they had to "pass it to know what's in it".
Today former Congressman Ernest Istook testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the $105 billion slush fund in advance appropriations liberals tucked inside Obamacare.
The $105 billion bypasses the traditional yearly budgeting process and is spread throughout the 2,700 page legislation.
It took the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seven months to identify all the disparate funds and it was not until February (11 months after the bill passed) that all of the funds could be totaled up.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been beating the drum to raise awareness of this unprecedented level of advance spending.
But the liberal media has been attacking her for calling it “hidden” funding. In reality, Rep. Bachmann said that “practically no Member of Congress even knew that $105 billion of funding was” in the bill.
Posted by traderrob at 7:26 AM
Friday, March 11, 2011
Extortion plain and simple.
That's a nice business you got there. Pity if anything were to happen to it if, say, you didn't toe the line and denounce Governor Walker like we're asking nice-like....
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.
In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table. Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal.
Posted by traderrob at 11:51 AM
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Ah, January of 2009. Hope was in the air, but more importantly, gas was under two dollars a gallon. Since then gas prices, have gone up 67 percent and it's an ominously upward trend. Interestingly enough, the Heritage Foundation also took a look at the first 26 months of Bush's presidency -- gas only rose 7 percent during that time frame.
Posted by traderrob at 10:19 AM
For the left the ends ALWAYS justify the means as long as it's THEIR ends.
In trying to get his progressive talk radio show off the ground at the start, host Ed Schultz candidly admitted Wednesday to using fake callers to fill air time. In addition, Schultz admits congressional Democrats helped coach callers on what to say...
Schultz’s shocking admissions comes as a George Soros-funded publication baselessly accuses conservative radio titans Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck of the same practice. As we reported Tuesday, all three hosts flatly deny the accusations.
Posted by traderrob at 5:06 AM
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Another one bites the dust.NPR just sent this statement from NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards to its staff and member stations:
"It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.
"It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.
Posted by traderrob at 6:45 AM
The inevitable result of the unrestrained printing of money.
In nearly every supermarket aisle, food prices are starting to rise.
General Mills just announced higher prices for breakfast cereals, Yoplait yogurt and Nature Valley granola bars. Last month, it raised prices on flour, pizza rolls and Green Giant vegetables.
Hormel Foods recently raised the price of Spam and Jennie-O turkey, with more increases to come. Caribou Coffee said it will follow other coffee sellers in raising prices. And Target's chief executive said last week, "We will need to raise prices to offset higher costs."
After years of quiet on the inflation front, a six-month spike in the prices of grain, meat, dairy, energy and oil is squeezing through the U.S. food system. The wave hasn't hit consumers full-on, but it's coming.
Posted by traderrob at 5:38 AM
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
The picture says it all.
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the most senior member of the Senate Republican Conference, said Tuesday he will oppose the House-passed proposal to make drastic cuts to the federal budget.
He is the first Senate Republican to publicly state his opposition to a plan that Democrats have blasted as “reckless.”
Lugar, who is facing a Tea Party-backed challenge in the 2012 Indiana Republican primary, is taking a political risk. But he and other centrist Republicans have concerns about steep spending cuts that will eliminate funding for some federal programs in mid-year.
Posted by traderrob at 12:58 PM
NPR Execs behaving true to form. It's time to defund this these propaganda producing pukes.
A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.
“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move,” declared Schiller, who runs NPR’s foundation.
In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The men, who identified themselves as Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust, met with Schiller and Liley at Café Milano, a well-known Georgetown restaurant, and explained their desire to give to $5 million to NPR because, “the Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere.”
Posted by traderrob at 4:47 AM
Monday, March 07, 2011
The only impeached member of Congress rides again.
Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings is being accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer who worked with him on the Helsinki Commission in Washington, D.C.
A former female employee who worked for Rep. Alcee Hastings filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Monday against the Florida Democratic congressman.
In the suit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., the victim, Winsome Packer, said the alleged harassment took place from 2008-10, while she and Hastings were working on the U.S. Commission on Cooperation and Security in Europe, which is also known as the Helsinki Commission. He co-chaired the commission, which is an independent U.S. government agency.
Posted by traderrob at 10:39 AM
Either one is troubling, a combination of both would prove devastating.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Food, not oil, may prove to be the bigger threat to global growth, with the pain falling disproportionately upon the developing economies that powered the latest economic recovery.
Oil market investors are pricing in only a small risk that Middle East unrest spreads to top oil producer Saudi Arabia -- an event that would instantly catapult oil to the top of the global economic risk list.
Assuming Saudi Arabia's oil flows unimpeded, the blow to global consumer spending looks relatively modest. Food prices, however, are expected to remain elevated for some time, which puts more pressure on household budgets.
"At the moment, the increase in food prices is much more of a concern," Thomas Helbling, an advisor in the International Monetary Fund's research department, told Reuters Insider.
Posted by traderrob at 4:45 AM
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Expect to see this repeated in cities throughout the country.
The city of Costa Mesa plans to lay off more than 200 employees and outsource 18 city services by the fall.
The layoffs would cut the city's municipal workforce by 43%. The City Council approved the layoffs in a 4-1 vote late Tuesday night, despite nearly unanimous opposition from the audience.
City officials said pink slips will go out in the next six months. The mayor blamed years of missteps by city staff and rising pension costs.
Posted by traderrob at 5:32 AM
Friday, March 04, 2011
Obama's leftist civility on parade.
An investigation continues into a bomb threat made this week at an aviation business in Eau Claire, just hours after Governor Scott Walker held a news conference there.
Authorities said a 43-year-old Eau Claire man allegedly called in a threat to Heartland Aviation on Wednesday evening. The facility is next to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire. The man is free on a signature bond. No charges have been filed yet, but the man is due back in Chippewa County Circuit Court on April 19th.
Investigators said the man took part in public demonstrations at the airport on Monday and Wednesday. His home was searched yesterday, and police are checking phone records and interviewing people. Eau Claire Police have asked for tips with more information.
Posted by traderrob at 3:03 PM
It's getting to the point where we can't believe a single thing coming out of the Obama administration. These people lie with unabashed arrogance never before seen.
Sometimes the stuff politicians say in this town just blows my mind. Check out the video below of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar telling the House Natural Resources Committee a whopper earlier today.
Salazar claims oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has remained at "an all-time high" despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the federal moratorium and permatorium that have stopped all deepwater drilling activity, put thousands of people in Texas, Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama out of work, and kept the region's energy economy mired in a deep recession.
But according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, Gulf oil production has dropped nearly 300,000 barrels per day since the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Imports of foreign oil have not slowed as a result of the Middle East crisis, so it must be the Gulf slowdown that is forcing retailers to raise gas prices.
Posted by traderrob at 5:14 AM
Thursday, March 03, 2011
The administration thumbing it's nose yet again at a court ruling they don't like. These will be coming to a head, and that right soon.
United States District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida wants to make one thing perfectly clear: he did rule the entire ObamaCare law unconstitutional.
Putting an end to weeks of weaselly language from Administration hacks and liberal pundits, Vinson confirmed that his January ruling killed ObamaCare stone dead. He was harshly critical of the Administration’s conduct since then, saying he did not expect them to “effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for two and one-half weeks, continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to clarify.”
The Judge displayed his annoyance with marvelous bursts of dry wit. “While I believe that my order was as clear and unambiguous as it could be,” he wrote in his ruling today, “it is possible that the defendants may have perhaps been confused or misunderstood its import. Accordingly, I will attempt to synopsize the 78-page order and clarify its intended effect.” That’s called “snark” when it comes from anyone except a judge.
Posted by traderrob at 1:16 PM
FRANKFURT, GERMANY — The suspect in a deadly attack on U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport has confessed to targeting members of the American military, a top security official said Thursday."Investigated as an act of terrorism"? Can there really be any doubt?
Two airmen were killed and two others seriously wounded in the Wednesday shooting, which German officials are investigating as an act of Islamic terrorism.
Hesse state Interior Minister Boris Rhein told reporters that the suspect, identified as a 21-year-old ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, acted alone, the DAPD news agency reported.
According to German newspapers, the suspect Arid Uka portrayed himself as an Islamist on the Internet, the BBC reported.
He saw “himself engaged in Holy War with infidels,” according to Die Welt, while Frankfurter Allgemeine reports that there were rumors he had planned to embark on a “killing spree.”
Posted by traderrob at 6:41 AM
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Updates as what this really means as it becomes clearer.
It appears that one of the 14 fugitive Wisconsin Democrats has returned to the state capitol, heeding Governor Scott Walker’s ultimatum.
A flurry of Twitter messages late Tuesday night heralded the return of Democrat State Senator Tim Cullen, who represents labor union interests in the 15th Senate District surrounding Janesville, Wisconsin.
Posted by traderrob at 6:19 AM
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.So what he's saying is any injustice against whites or Hispanics must at least measure up to that done to blacks in the past or it isn't worthy of prosecution.
Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
"Think about that," Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate....to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people," said Holder, who is black.
Also notice the subtle bigotry of the term "my people".
Posted by traderrob at 11:33 AM
The new economy.
While the private sector workforce in America has dwindled in recent years, a new report shows that the federal workforce has gone the opposite direction.
Since December 2007, the private sector has shed more than 7.5 million jobs and decreased by 6.6 percent. But Rea Hederman, research fellow and assistant director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, compares that to the federal workforce's numbers.
"The federal government has increased by almost 12 percent of total workers," he reports. "Over 230,000 new federal workers have been hired in the last three years," excluding census and postal workers.
Posted by traderrob at 6:24 AM