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  • Krugman, Fingleton, and Japan (Krugman: Japan, now a role model)

    05/27/2012 5:24:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/26/12 | James Fallows
    Krugman, Fingleton, and Japan By James Fallows May 26 2012, 10:22 AM ET /snip This is a case I sympathize with, and have made various times -- for instance, in the Atlantic two years ago. I am sure that Fingleton has noticed that Paul Krugman, long a skeptic of the "Japan is stronger than it looks" view, now agrees. Or so a new interview with Martin Wolf in the FT suggests: The conversation turns to the Japanese crisis of the 1990s. In retrospect, I [Wolf] suggest, the Japanese seem to have managed the aftermath of their crisis quite well. He...
  • Doug McIntyre: L.A.'s Bag Sacks Common Sense

    05/27/2012 5:21:43 PM PDT · by Mark · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 5/27/12 | Doug McIntyre, Columnist
    If you get home delivery of this newspaper, and I hope you do, it arrives in a plastic bag. There's a reason for that. Despite Southern California's reputation for sunny weather, occasionally rain does fall. And then there's that pesky marine layer - the so-called June Gloom - plus your neighbor's poorly aimed sprinklers, and maybe even some residual tears after another early Lakers exit from the playoffs. So your newspaper needs protection. So do your rights. But the L.A. City Council doesn't believe you should have the right to choose paper or plastic when lugging your oatmeal and bran...
  • World's first live lip dub marriage proposal.

    05/27/2012 5:21:31 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Just for fun on a Sunday night, a very cute video of a marriage proposal... http://www.wimp.com/lipdub/
  • (Lying, Hypocritical) Democratic leaders back Obama’s Bain strategy vs. Romney, acknowledge risks

    05/27/2012 5:12:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 5/27/2012 | By Amy Gardner and Philip Rucker
    After nearly two weeks of heated debate over whether President Obama should attack Republican Mitt Romney’s tenure at a private-equity firm, Democratic leaders across the country say they are largely united behind the strategy, even as some concede an uncertain outcome and new polls show Obama has lost ground nationally. The Democratic leaders, in numerous interviews over the last week, said they are hearing little or no resistance among the party faithful in their states to a strategy that Republicans have characterized as anti-capitalist. And Obama has no plans to back off; his campaign will roll out more stories in...
  • Tracing the political dividing lines over Gov. Scott Walker

    05/27/2012 5:10:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-27-12 | Craig Gilbert
    After 16 months of unimaginable discord, Wisconsin feels more divided than ever. But the underlying fault lines are not new. Gov. Scott Walker’s job performance is splitting the state along familiar political and demographic lines. Walker’s job rating is positive among men, married people, frequent church-goers, higher-income-earners, whites, non-union households and people without a college degree. Walker’s job rating is negative among women, people who aren’t married, people who don’t go to religious services, non-whites, lower-income-earners, union households, and people with a bachelors degree or higher. These patterns transcend the Wisconsin recall wars; they are basic features of today’s red-blue...
  • School Withholds Medication, Cites Rules

    05/27/2012 5:01:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 25 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Deltona (Florida) High School student Michael Rudi suffered a potentially life-threatening asthma attack while attending classes. Though an inhaler prescribed by Rudi’s doctor was available, the school nurse withheld it from him because the school could not locate a signed permission form from his parents. The school’s Director of Student Health Services, Cheryl Selesky, defended the nurse’s action saying that “it’s a matter of liability. If we allow him to medicate himself without having the proper papers filled out and he dies, the parents could sue us. If we follow our rules the blame for any ill consequences falls on...
  • Gun Talk Radio 5/27/12

    05/27/2012 4:59:33 PM PDT · by mylife · 67 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 5/27/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 5/27/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • FReeper Canteen ~ MEMORIAL DAY 2012 ~ May 28, 2012

    05/27/2012 4:59:01 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 110 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
        The FReeper Canteen Observes ------------------------Memorial Day 2012 ------------------------     HistoryMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet (see below) carried the dedication "To...
  • Obama refines economic pitch by focusing on steady jobs growth (Summer of Recovery IV?)

    05/27/2012 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/27/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama refines economic pitch by focusing on steady jobs growthBy Amie Parnes - 05/27/12 04:30 PM ET Obama is highlighting job growth and a steep decline in the unemployment rate to convince voters his policies are working. President Obama’s campaign is highlighting job growth and a steep decline in the unemployment rate over the last year to sell the public on the idea that his economic policies are working. Obama’s greatest challenge this campaign cycle is convincing voters to give him another four years to try to improve the economy, the central issue of the 2012 campaign. Republican Mitt Romney...
  • Top 10 Reasons to Love Obama

    05/27/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT · by grumpa · 13 replies
    Off Grid Blogger blog ^ | May 26, 2012 | Off Grid Blogger
    Here are my Top 10 Reasons to Love Barack Obama: 1. He has brought Americans together. 2. He has put people back to work. 3. He has solved the debt crisis with his frugal spending on only legitimate functions of the federal government. 4. He has delivered on his promises of an open, transparent, and efficient bureaucracy. 5. He has enhanced relationships with America’s friends abroad. 6. He has terrified our enemies. 7. He has elevated Muslims and put those pesky Christians that cling to their guns and religion in their place. 8. He has strengthened the foundation of marriage....
  • USS Iowa on way to new home in Southern California

    05/27/2012 4:49:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies
    Google News ^ | 5/26/2012 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The USS Iowa — the iconic World War II-era battleship that once served as transport to President Franklin D. Roosevelt — left San Francisco Bay on Saturday on its way to its new home in Southern California. Surrounded by pleasure boats and other vessels, the 887-foot long, 58,000-ton battlewagon was towed through the bay and passed under the Golden Gate Bridge at about 2:30 p.m. Crowds watched from both sides of the bridge as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye provided an official escort and the San Francisco fireboat Phoenix led the way... The center's future...
  • The Speech Somewhere in England June 5th, 1944

    05/27/2012 4:45:08 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 20 replies
    Gen.George Patton
    The Speech Somewhere in England June 5th, 1944 "Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to...
  • The Chart Obama Want’s You To Forget

    05/27/2012 4:38:43 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-27-12 | Curt
    The chart Obama wants us all to forget about: Over the past 50 years, 10 U.S. presidents have made annual budget requests to Congress, projecting deficits both big and small. But no other president compares to Barack Obama when it comes to the size and scale of the current budget deficit facing the United States. The country is facing an 8.3 percent estimated average national deficit of a two-term Obama administration — the biggest of the past 50 years. By comparison, the current estimate for Obama is nearly double the percentage under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush —...
  • Bob Schieffer Asks Obama Senior Adviser Gibbs 'Whatever Happened to Hope and Change?'

    05/27/2012 4:35:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    News Buster.com ^ | May 27, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs certainly didn't expect this question when he agreed to go on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday. Right out of the gate host Bob Schieffer pressed his guest about all the negative ads the President's campaign is running until he finally asked, "Whatever happened to hope and change?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):VideoBOB SCHIEFFER: You know one of the refreshing changes when, when the President was elected, he talked about hope and change. Whatever happened to hope and change? Now, it seems he is just coming right out of the box with these...
  • NY State Senator Proposes Banning Anonymous Free Speech on the Net

    05/27/2012 4:18:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 42 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jason Mick
    All users posting to websites would have to post their real name and address, non-compliant posts would be axed When people think anonymity, Anonymous and their iconic Guy Fawkes masks often pop into mind these days. But long before the members of that controversial hacker collective were a mere twinkle in their mothers' eyes, another anti-authoritarian rabble-rouser was using anonymous protest to stir up revolt against a totalitarian ruling elite. His name was Thomas Paine, and his anonymously published work Common Sense helped ignite the colonists in revolution against Britain. I. Want to Post? Put Your Legal Name and Address...
  • Colin Powell: I Have 'No Problem' With Gay Marriage

    05/27/2012 3:53:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/24/12
    General Colin Powell said on Wednesday that he supports gay marriage, representing a turning point for the former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "I have no problem with it," Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview. "In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country. And so I support the president's decision."
  • Democrats, losing ground in Wisconsin, play down recall election

    05/27/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/27/12 | David Lauter
    Recent polls have pointed toward a victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s June 5 recall election. But here’s the clearest evidence to date that national Democratic party officials believe their side is losing: Democratic officials are playing down the potential impact. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) insisted in a television interview that a loss for the Democratic candidate in the recall, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, wouldn't have any implications for other races, such as the presidential election. “I think, honestly, there aren’t going to be any repercussions,” Wasserman Schultz said on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program....
  • Tester-Moran Amendment to Block Use of Taxpayer Money to Lobby for UN Gun Ban Passes by Voice Vote

    05/27/2012 3:34:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | May 25, 2012 | NA
    As we reported last week, every gun owner concerned about the future of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms should be aware that the United Nations and the global gun eradication movement are attempting to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms by drafting a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. This treaty would cover tanks, helicopters, and other heavy weapons but could also include civilian rifles, shotguns and handguns. The treaty's language will be finalized by the U.N. this July during a four week conference. In an attempt to thwart this serious threat to our sovereign rights and freedoms, earlier this year,...
  • How about a Tea Party in Charlotte during the DNC convention?

    05/27/2012 3:32:42 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 23 replies
    5-27-12 | Mamzelle
    So far, the Dems haven't decided to flee Charlotte. They are pretty close to a lot of us in the South. Are there any parties planned? Could be fun...
  • Greece: Social security debts threaten standstill in health sector

    05/27/2012 3:32:16 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday May 27, 2012 (23:05) | By Penny Bouloutza
    The provision of primary medical care and medicines to about 9 million people is at risk of collapse due to the accumulated debts of the National Organization for the Provision of Health Services (EOPPY), as the government has reneged on its promise to settle all arrears to private suppliers of the old insurance funds that now comprise EOPPY by the end of March, totalling 1.7 billion euros. Pharmacists last week decided to indefinitely suspend dispensing medicines on credit, protesting the accumulation of debts of 540 million euros for prescriptions up to March. The insured now have to pay themselves for...