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Archive for the day “July 2, 2013”

RUN EDDY RUN! – ‘Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says’ – ‘Hero’ Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. disclosures’ – Rafael Correa not considering Snowden asylum: helping him was a ‘mistake’ – ‘Putin Says Snowden Must Stop Hurting U.S. to Stay in Russia’


Ah. Our little Eddy is learning a hard lesson.

Nobody likes a coward that ‘demands’ justice for others but runs, hides and won’t answer questions.


‘In a letter to Ecuador seen by Reuters, Snowden said the United States was illegally persecuting him for revealing its electronic surveillance program, PRISM’.
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Let’s see Eddy.

You illegally downloaded information you weren’t authorized to have and then broke your non disclosure contract, left your girl friend without saying a word to her and flew to Hong Kong and began revealing classified information……..but it’s the US Government that’s ‘illegally persecuting’ you’.

‘Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden’s asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said as the whistleblower made a personal plea to Quito for his case to be heard’.

“Are we responsible for getting him to Ecuador? It’s not logical. The country that has to give him a safe conduct document is Russia.”
‘On whether Correa would like to meet him, the president said: “Not particularly. He’s a very complicated person. Strictly speaking, Mr Snowden spied for some time.”
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‘Snowden Seeks Asylum in Russia, Putting Kremlin on the Spot’

MOSCOW — ‘The Kremlin on Monday found itself confronted with a dilemma it had hoped to avoid, after an official revealed that Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States, had submitted a request to Russia for political asylum’.

“If he wants to go somewhere and they accept him, please, be my guest,” Mr. Putin said. “If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: He must cease his work aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, as strange as it may sound from my lips.”
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Blog Running – ‘War On the Unemployed’

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‘Is life too easy for the unemployed’?

‘You may not think so, and I certainly don’t think so’.

‘But that, remarkably, is what many and perhaps most Republicans believe’.

‘And they’re acting on that belief: there’s a nationwide movement under way to punish the unemployed, based on the proposition that we can cure unemployment by making the jobless even more miserable’.

‘Consider, for example, the case of North Carolina’.

‘The state was hit hard by the Great Recession, and its unemployment rate, at 8.8 percent, is among the highest in the nation’.

‘As is the case everywhere, many of the jobless have been out of work for six months or more, thanks to a national environment in which there are three times as many people seeking work as there are job openings’.

‘Nonetheless, the state’s government has just sharply cut aid to the unemployed’.

‘In fact, the Republicans controlling that government were so eager to cut off aid that they didn’t just reduce the duration of benefits’;

‘They also reduced the average weekly benefit, making the state ineligible for about $700 million in federal aid to the long-term unemployed’.

‘And at the national level, Congress has been allowing extended benefits introduced during the economic crisis to expire, even though long-term unemployment remains at historic highs’.

‘So what’s going on here’?

‘Is it just cruelty’?

‘ Well, the G.O.P., which believes that 47 percent of Americans are “takers” mooching off the job creators, isn’t exactly overflowing with compassion’.

‘But the war on the unemployed isn’t motivated solely by cruelty; rather, it’s a case of meanspiritedness converging with bad economic analysis’.

‘In general, modern conservatives believe that our national character is being sapped by social programs that, in the memorable words of Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, “turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.”

‘More specifically, they believe that unemployment insurance encourages jobless workers to stay unemployed, rather than taking available jobs’.

‘Is there anything to this belief’?

‘The average unemployment benefit in North Carolina is $299 a week, pretax; some hammock’.

‘But wait — what about supply and demand’?

‘Won’t making the unemployed desperate put downward pressure on wages’?

‘And won’t lower labor costs encourage job growth’?

‘No — that’s a fallacy of composition’.

‘Cutting one worker’s wage may help save his or her job by making that worker cheaper than competing workers; but cutting everyone’s wages just reduces everyone’s income — and it worsens the burden of debt, which is one of the main forces holding the economy back’.

‘Oh, and let’s not forget that cutting benefits to the unemployed, many of whom are living hand-to-mouth, will lead to lower overall spending — again, worsening the economic situation, and destroying more jobs’.

‘The move to slash unemployment benefits, then, is counterproductive as well as cruel; it will swell the ranks of the unemployed even as it makes their lives ever more miserable’.

‘The people out to punish the unemployed won’t be dissuaded by rational argument; they know what they know, and no amount of evidence will change their views’.

‘My sense, however, is that the war on the unemployed has been making so much progress in part because it has been flying under the radar, with too many people unaware of what’s going on’.

‘Well, now you know. And you should be angry’.
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‘Democrats land top recruit to challenge McConnell in Kentucky’

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‘Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), giving Democrats their favored candidate and turning the race into one of the 2014 cycle’s marquee contests’.

‘Lundergan Grimes, 34, said she’s “no stranger” to being an underdog and took a shot at McConnell over recent ads mocking her for taking her time to decide on a campaign bid. She said the five-term Republican’s ads are “based out of fear” of losing his power in Washington’.

‘She also drew a generational and gender distinction between herself and McConnell, 71, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984’.

‘Grimes became the favored Democratic candidate to challenge McConnell after actress Ashley Judd announced in March that she would not run’.

‘The daughter of a prominent Kentucky Democratic activist who has ties to former President Clinton, Lundergan Grimes won the most votes of any Democratic candidate statewide in 2011’.

‘Running on a business-friendly agenda in her first run for an elected office, she defeated a Democratic incumbent and later, Bill Johnson, a Republican with ties to the Tea Party. In both races, Lundergan Grimes had significant fundraising advantages’.

‘Democrats believe she has the profile and fundraising ability to take on McConnell in a race that’s expected to be fierce’.
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A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Georgia Newspaper Column Calls On U.S. To Send Muslims ‘Back To Their Native Land’


‘A local newspaper in Georgia recently published a column ostensibly about U.S. Middle East policy but which took a hard right turn into birtherism and racism, highlighting the Islamophobia problem at the local-level’.

‘In its June 19 edition, the Advance — local newspaper for Vidalia, GA — published a “Plain Talk” column from author Gerry Allen on the current atmosphere of turbulence in the Middle East’.

‘Allen immediately calls up some of the most repugnant stereotypes of Islam, saying that while denying women and girls educations, Muslims “really don’t favor educating anybody in anything but mayhem.”

‘From there, the column becomes a tour de force of racism and Islamophobia masquerading as a critique of U.S. foreign policy’.

‘On Iraq, Allen notes the folly of attempting to impose democracy on a “truly backward people who had been ruled by tyrants and the Koran for thousands of years.”

‘He criticizes President Obama — whom he frequently refers to as “Obumer” — for wavering on Syria, claiming that the President lacks the “backbone” to impose a no-fly zone’.

‘The reason for this lack of decisiveness? “He is a Muslim himself or at least a Muslim sympathizer,” Allen claims of Obama, repeating claims that birthers have made for years’.

“[Muslims] have been mostly unsuccessful because they can’t build anything much more complicated than a donkey cart,” Allen claims’.

‘However, Allen has a solution to the U.S.’ conundrum in the Middle East. “I think we should send all Muslims back to their native land and be extremely careful about which of them we allow to come back,” he writes’.

“We should sell or give them small arms and explosive material. They would probably be content to blow each other up for at least a thousand or so more years and achieve martyrdom.”
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The Republican ‘War On Women’ – ‘Surrounded By Men, Ohio Governor Signs Stringent Abortion Restrictions Into Law’

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‘Flanked by a group of other male officials, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a contentious two-year budget bill into law on Sunday evening’.

‘The governor vetoed 22 amendments to HB 59 before approving it, but he left intact several provisions that will severely limit women’s reproductive access’.

‘The new budget, which takes effect on Monday, includes at least five new anti-abortion provisions. HB 59 will defund Planned Parenthood clinics, reallocate family planning funding to right-wing “crisis pregnancy centers,” strip funding from rape crisis centers that give their clients any information about abortion services, impose harsh restrictions on abortion clinics that will force many of them to shut down, and require doctors to give women seeking abortion information about the presence of a “fetal heartbeat.”

‘Taken together, the budget amendments ensure that Ohio now has some of the most stringent abortion laws in the nation’.
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‘George Zimmerman 911 Call To Stanford Police Department’


All the defense has to do is establish ‘reasonable doubt’.

But can they?

On the 911 call, Zimmerman first says ‘he’s coming to check me out’ but then we hear Zimmerman already out of his car and walking – following Martin – even after the 911 operator says ‘We don’t need you to do that’.

And Zimmerman keeps following Martin while agreeing  to meet the police in front of his mail box.

Zimmerman by his words, establishes ‘probable cause’  for why he murdered a young man – not reasonable doubt.

What Congress Does – ‘Student loan rates double after Congress fails on fix’

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Remember it took Congress only 48 hours after finding out that they would have to ‘suffer’ delays in flights when the sequester cut funding for air traffic controllers.

But student loan rates double?

Just not as urgent.

‘Interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans doubled overnight, soaring from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent after Congress failed to reach a deal’.

‘Though lawmakers potentially could still pass a bill to undo the damage, Congress’ Joint Economic Committee has estimated the increase — unless and until it is reversed — will cost the average college student an additional $2,600′.

‘Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that a proposal to tie loan rates to the 10-year treasury note yield could never pass the Senate and that he couldn’t back something that doesn’t include stronger protections for students and parents’.

“There is no deal on student loans that can pass the Senate because Republicans continue to insist that we reduce the deficit on the backs of students and middle-class families, instead of closing tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations,” Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, told Fox News last week. “Senate Democrats continue to work in good faith to reach a compromise but Republicans refuse to give on this critical point.”
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Gun Nuts Out Of Control – ‘Utah Gun Rights Activists Organize 5K Race — With Firearms’!

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‘In the town of Spanish Fork, Utah, gun rights activists are organizing a “Run 4 Guns” 5K race. To be held on September 21, the race invites participants to carry their firearms openly’.

‘Participants are encouraged to bring any firearms they legally own to celebrate the state’s open carry laws’.

‘Under Utah law, open carry of assault rifles and shotguns is legal with a permit, and handguns may be carried openly without a license as long as they are two actions away from being fired’.

‘Participants may bring ammunition to the race as long as their firearms are holstered or the ammunition is in unattached magazines’.

‘Organizers are touting the event as the country’s first “open carry run,” and are encouraging other communities to organize similar events’.

‘In addition to a 3.1 mile race, there will also be a half-mile “armed dash.”

‘According to the event’s website, its goal is “the preservation of the 2nd Amendment” and to call for “the protection and expansion of the right to responsible gun ownership.”

‘Organizer Macgregor Whiting told the Salt Lake City Weekly that they hope to donate proceeds from the event to a charity that supports gun victims in Utah, but are still searching for one that is not an “anti-gun” organization’.

‘Utah does not require background checks for gun sales between unlicensed individuals, licenses for gun owners, or impose any waiting period for a gun purchase’.
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One Man’s Trash….- ‘Number of ‘Creation Museum’ visitors drops’

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‘The number of tourists visiting Answers in Genesis’ “Creation Museum” in northern Kentucky has fallen and, according to local ABC News affiliate Channel 9, the facility is losing money’.

‘The Creation Museum, which features 70,000 square feet of biblically-themed exhibits, is adding new attractions, like dragons and zip lines, to lure more people in’.

‘The museum’s website says that the new “Zip Line and Canopy Adventure Tours” offer family-oriented entertainment that features “over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges, it is the biggest and best zip line course in the Midwest!”

‘Attendance has dropped from over 400,000 when the museum first opened to just over a 250,000 last year. Visitors have mixed reactions. One man visiting the facility told ABC News that he “learned a little more about God” at the museum. “The whole thing seems kind of crazy,” another told news reporters’.
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‘Sarah Palin Threatens To Blow Up The GOP Over Amnesty In The Name Of Ronald Reagan’


‘In the aftermath of comprehensive immigration reform passing the Senate, House Republicans are bolting. In fact, that retreat into their addiction began before the Senate passed their bill with 68 votes’.

“The House has no capacity to move that bill,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the GOP’s deputy whip, Thursday morning. “It just won’t happen. It’s a pipe dream to think that bill will go to the floor.”

‘And it only got worse from there’.

‘Sarah Palin — appearing on Fox News Thursday from some location where they didn’t have lighting — scored one of the LOLs of the year after bashing Republicans for going along with a bill that she said was “Pelosi’d” through’.

‘Asked if she and talk show host Mark Levin were willing to start a third party, the Freedom Party, to show their displeasure with the GOP, the half-term governor said’:

“I love the name of that party — the ‘Freedom Party.’ And if the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and Reagan, then yeah, more and more of us are going to start saying, ‘You know, what’s wrong with being independent,’ kind of with that libertarian streak that much of us have”.

‘Palin added on her Facebook page that amnesty doesn’t respect “the rule of law.”

‘Of course, the one president who ever granted what the GOP calls “amnesty” was Ronald Reagan’.

‘Conservatives say that the Gipper was tricked’!

‘Sarah Palin, however, typifies the GOP’s problem, the addict on the run’.

‘She’s an unelectable mix of politician and pundit with nothing to lose except people’s attention’.

‘She, Paul and Cruz speak for the soul of the GOP base that hates government spending because it goes to “them.”
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