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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Dutchman Offers Holloway Details for Move
Charged with murder and fearing for his life in an overcrowded Peruvian prison, Joran van der Sloot reportedly wants to make a deal: He says he'll lead Aruban officials to Natalee Holloway's remains if he gets a transfer to a prison in the Caribbean island. According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 22-year-old van der Sloot is claiming he will discuss the location of Holloway's body with Aruban officials only if he is sent back to Aruba, where he was twice arrested but never charged in the 2005 disappearance of the Alabama teen.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Peruvians have him by the balls. He is going to jail, and he won't keep his chastity there for long.

If he sets foot in Aruba, he won't be going back to Peru under any circumstances.

I say screw the deal and let him rot in Peru. We all know what happened.

If he survives his sentence there in Peru, forward him to Aruba or the USA, wherever his life will be most miserable.
Posted by: gorb || 06/14/2010 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  You will disclose the location of The American Citizens body and pray to GOD you do not have to spend your sentence in Peru.
Posted by: newc || 06/14/2010 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Why would Peru agree to such a deal? Send his cold, dead, can't get no deader corpse back to Aruba.
Posted by: PBMcL || 06/14/2010 1:01 Comments || Top||

#4  The Holloway family, I am sure, is grieving terribly, and has been since their daughter disappeared. I can understand that they want her back for a proper burial and closure.

But -- this fellow is a classic manipulator. That's what he is doing right now. The only way to deal with it is to make him STOP manipulating people. That means, right now, make clear to him that he'll play for the Flores murder in Peru, and THEN pay for the Holloway murder in Aruba.

That means, unfortunately, that the Holloway family has to be iron-willed -- while they want their daughter back, they'll agree to NO deals whatsoever with her murderer.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/14/2010 1:55 Comments || Top||

#5  I doesn't matter what anyone wants. Peru is not going to let this guy swagger off to Aruba and make a mockery of the Holloway family's grief.
They have him and are going to keep him. Throw him in a cell with 20 homosexuals that all look like Mongo from Blazing Saddles and we'll see what he knows for sure.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 06/14/2010 3:50 Comments || Top||

#6  The closure for the Holloway family is knowing that their daughter died right away rather than being held in captive somewhere, with all that might entail. Getting the body back, while nice, is not necessary for them, although it would be helpful for the Aruban prosecutor.

Let him trade the location of her body for a less dire imprisonment in Peru. He isn't likely to forget where it is between now and after his conviction.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2010 8:42 Comments || Top||

#7  He has already lied about where the body is after extorting $25,000 from Beth Holloway Twitty. That money is what was used to travel to Peru. This guy has no visible means of support and hangs at casinos, even on school nights--and what was he doing in Thailand, for Pete's sake!?! He even claimed he sold her on videotape and early reports were Natalee was on a fishing boat to Venezuela and her mother once claimed she got a faint phone call in about July asking for help, but it was untraceable. Possibly a cruel prank, but has father sweat buckets when Greta interviewed him, and obviously knew more than he said but he died of a heart attack since. If Joran is a predator and trafficker, I can think of no better sentence than a Peruvian prison!
Posted by: Lumpy Elmoluck5091 || 06/14/2010 9:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Let him trade the location of her body for a less dire imprisonment in Peru. He isn't likely to forget where it is between now and after his conviction.

In the movie "Commando"

Arnold holding a bad guy head downwards over a chasm "You remember  I told you if you talked you would be the last of the band I would kill?

Bad guy (screaming histerically) "Yeeeeeees! You said it"

Arnold while opening his hand "I lied"
Posted by: JFM || 06/14/2010 11:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Wasn't the film "Kiss of the Spider Woman" set in a Peruvian prison?
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 06/14/2010 12:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Isn't there a movie called, In Hell, which I think is a Van Damn movie, which was set in a Peruvian prison?

Can't think of a more appropriate prison for him.

As for Halloway - Sounds like a legitimate use of waterboarding.

and JFM - don't forget the quote right after that (Best one of the movie IMHO):

Cindy (Rae Dawn Chong): "What did you do with him?"
John Matrix (Arnold): "I let him go!"
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/14/2010 13:31 Comments || Top||

#11  A couple more sessions with the Peruvian interrogators and he'll tell them anything they want to know, and right smartly. Don't give him a damn thing, other than a fair trial and a quick hanging.
Posted by: mojo || 06/14/2010 13:54 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
National Flag Day
Today, millions of Americans observe Flag Day by waving Old Gloryoutside their homes and businesses. Veteran's groups and sometimes whole communities also arrange civic functions and special ceremonies in honor of Flag Day.

As the legend goes, it was George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress who asked Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag sometime in the late spring of 1776. The young widow was only in her early 20's when she completed the first flag with thirteen stars arranged in a circle.

A year later, the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the national flag, and henceforward the Stars and Stripes symbolized the U.S. around the world.

The first "official" Flag Day was celebrated in 1877 - the flag's centennial. In 1916, a grass roots movement resulted in President Woodrow Wilson issuing a proclamation that called for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. Although still not an official holiday, Flag Day was made a permanent observance in America in 1949 by Congress who resolved "That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day."

Flag Day fun facts

Why red, white and blue? To the original members of the Continental Congress, red stood for hardiness and courage, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance and justice.

Why thirteen stars and stripes? They represented the thirteen American colonies which rallied around the new flag in their fight against the British for self-governance. The thirteen colonies included Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.

To this day, thirteen stripes still commemorate the orginal colonies. Instead of thirteen stars, today the number of stars on the US flag has grown to 50, representing every state in the Union.

The Star Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key, 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Posted by: Sherry || 06/14/2010 11:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6547 views] Top|| File under:


Floriduh: Stuffed Buffalo Head Traps Man In Chair
ISLAMADORA, Fla. -- A man was rescued Friday morning after a stuffed water buffalo head fell on him and pinned him in a recliner at an Islamorada home, police told Miami TV station WPLG.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the man called 911 at 1:20 a.m., yelling his address and saying he was trapped.

"You need an ambulance?" the 911 dispatcher asked.

"I'm crushed," the man said.

"You're crushed. OK, they're on their way, sir, OK?" the dispatcher said.

The man can then be heard groaning later in the recording released by the sheriff's office.

"Boy, this is a problem," the man said.

The sheriff's office said the man had been asleep in the recliner when the stuffed water buffalo head that was hanging on the wall fell onto his lap, pinning him in the chair. The man's cell phone was close enough for him to reach it and call for help.

The man was freed and taken to a hospital for treatment
Posted by: Beavis || 06/14/2010 09:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Freak accident. I guess that's how the chips fall sometimes.
Posted by: gorb || 06/14/2010 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Landed in his lap? Watch the horns!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/14/2010 11:33 Comments || Top||

#3  I guess that's how the chips fall sometimes.

Go to your room, gorb.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/14/2010 21:29 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Kenya blasts kill 5, injure 80 at rally
Several petrol bombs and grenades have exploded at a political rally in Kenya, killing at least five people and injuring 82 others, officials say.

The blasts took place in the capital Nairobi late Sunday as hundreds of people were demonstrating against a draft constitution that has triggered widespread protests in the country, Associated Press reported.

Kenyans are due to vote on a new constitution on August 4.

Meanwhile, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga confirmed that at least three people have lost their lives and 79 have been wounded, adding that a criminal investigation has been launched to probe the incident and determine who was behind the attack.

"10 of the patients are in serious conditions and another four have been rushed to a Nairobi Hospital bringing the total number to 82," a hospital official said.

Several high-ranking members of the Kenyan parliament also took part in the rally.

The controversial draft includes reforms to rein in rampant corruption in the country and also an abortion clause, fiercely opposed by Christians, that allows a health expert to terminate pregnancy if a mother's health is at risk.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:


Bangladesh
Criminal killed in city gunfight
[Bangla Daily Star] An alleged criminal was killed and two others were injured in a shootout between police and a gang of criminals at the capital's Jatrabari yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Md Rinku, 30,
So frustrated by the lack of a single vowel in his name that he turned to a life -- and death -- of crime. Parents be warned: choose your baby's name carefully, lest he grow up to die a badman, like poor, sad Md.
and the injured are Zakir Hossain Swapan, 24, and Fuad Faisal John, 24.
Look, it's the police, not the Rab. Cut them some slack.
The injured were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Swapan sustained bullet injury to his head and John received bullet in his left leg, DMCH sources said.

Sub-inspector of Jatrabari police station Mosharraf Hossain said six criminals traded bullets at a stage of quarrel among themselves at around 12:30pm at Kutubkhali.

They recovered the body of Rinku with bullets in his head and abdomen and sent it to Sir Salimullah Medical College Morgue for autopsy.

Police said they also fired around eight rounds of bullet.

Officer-in-Charge of the Jatrabari Police Station Moniruzzaman said the suspected criminals are from Idu group of Gopibagh. The incident occurred from a quarrel over distribution of extorted money.

Meanwhile, DMCH sources said they recovered a cocktail from the pocket of the pants of injured Swapan when they were conducting X-ray of his head.
A good thing they recovered it before it spontaneously combusted, Pantibomber-style.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Mother of mercy. Is this the end of Rico?"

"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

Posted by: Anonymoose || 06/14/2010 9:56 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia drops paratroopers into Kyrgyzstan
(Reuters) - Russia sent at least 150 paratroopers to Kyrgyzstan on Sunday to protect its military facilities as ethnic clashes spread in the Central Asian state, bringing the death toll from days of fighting to 113.

Several units of paratroopers arrived on Sunday to protect servicemen and families at Russia's Kant airbase in the north of the country, a Kremlin spokesman said. A Defence Ministry spokesman said 150 armed paratroopers had been sent, while ITAR-TASS news agency, citing ministry sources, said at least 300 were dispatched.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he believed 15 Pakistani citizens were taken hostage and one killed in Osh. The Kyrgyz government said it was checking the reports.

Ethnic Uzbeks in a besieged neighbourhood of Kyrgyzstan's second city Osh said gangs were carrying out "genocide," burning residents out of their homes and shooting them as they fled. Witnesses saw bodies lying on the streets.

Rights activists said the authorities were failing to stop the violence, and occasionally joining in. "Residents are calling us and saying soldiers are firing at them. There's an order to shoot the marauders, but they aren't shooting them," said ex-parliamentary deputy Alisher Sabirov, a peacekeeping volunteer in Osh.

Russia's RIA news agency quoted an unnamed official in the Uzbek emergency ministry official as saying that 75,000 refugees may have crossed the border. A Red Cross official in Uzbekistan said the figure was far lower, but likely in the thousands. Berg of Human Rights Watch said she understood thousands had fled. Some had crossed the border and others were massed on the Kyrgyz side, mainly women and children. "The men stayed. They are either dead or in Osh, trying to protect the houses that haven't yet been set on fire."

The upsurge in violence has killed more people than the riots that accompanied the overthrow of Bakiyev. Otunbayeva, whose government has only limited control over the south, has accused supporters of Bakiyev of stoking ethnic conflict. Bakiyev issued a statement from exile in Belarus, describing claims he was behind the clashes as "shameless lies."

Renewed turmoil in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, has fuelled concern in Russia, the United States and neighbour China. Washington uses an air base at Manas in the north of the country, about 300 km (190 miles) from Osh, to supply its forces in Afghanistan.
Yesterday evening, jefe101 posted:
Russia has mobilized the 31st airborne brigade to protect their base and interests in the Kyrgyzstan.
And badanov added:
31 Airborne Brigade is a combat experienced unit based in Ulyanovsk. Their combat experience includes Chechnya and South Ossetia. They recently under went parachute exercises.
Posted by: || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Drops paratroopers into K-stan or sends paratroopers to K-stan? Because those two are about as different as jelly and juice.
Posted by: gromky || 06/14/2010 5:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry, gromky. You're right, and I should have been more careful with my headline. Xinhua says they were flown into the Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan. Thanks, tipper!
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2010 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  This is the way Hungary went into the fold isn't it?
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 06/14/2010 15:40 Comments || Top||

#4  NEWS KERALA > KRGYZSTAN PREPARES FOR THE ARRIVAL OF RUSSIAN TROOPS.

Also, as per WMF, CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in SOUTH KYRGYZSTAN repors that approxi 7000 Chin Citizens/Nationals = mostly Migrant workers, Students are seemingly safe but trapped in KARASU + OTHER AREAS.

* INDIA = 114 of 116 NATIONALS are STUDENTS???

* WMF/OTHER > BEIJING HAS NOT MADE ANY DECISION AS PER SENDING IN PLA MILITARY, SPECIAL UNITS, UNILATER OR UNDER SCO-CSTO JOINT PEACEKEEPING AUSPICE, TO PROTECT CHINESE CITIZENS AT RISK IN KYRGYSTAN RIOTS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/14/2010 20:10 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Ag Dept to drop organic food inspector in China
Ay-Pee . . .
The Organic Crop Improvement Association of Nebraska allegedly used Chinese government employees to inspect farms and food processing facilities that are state controlled.
. . . Rest@Link.
Posted by: gorb || 06/14/2010 01:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why even bother?
I always looked at 'organic' products with a skeptical eye anyway.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 06/14/2010 3:45 Comments || Top||

#2  "Organic" food sells at a premium. No wonder it's being faked.
Posted by: gromky || 06/14/2010 4:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Also Orgaic doesn not meazn healthy. First because intestinal cancers are at all times low because those horrible pesticides destroy the molds who caused them.

Second: Take a look at "bio-quality" fertirlizers and be afraid: bird sh.t is their main component and that is a vector for dangerous diseases and parasites. Don't tease me on debating about horse manure.

Third: In case orgnic fruits and vegetables taste better it is due to the varity or because they are planted more sparsely. NOT because there are organic.
Posted by: JFM || 06/14/2010 5:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Take a look at "bio-quality" fertirlizers and be afraid: bird sh.t is their main component and that is a vector for dangerous diseases and parasites.

In third world countries, it is often raw (not composted) human sh.t and is a vector for human diseases.
Posted by: ed || 06/14/2010 7:31 Comments || Top||

#5  JFM, horse manure is what I use but only after it's composted for a year.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/14/2010 7:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought organic just meant carbon-containing compounds of biologic origin - that would apply to all grown or raised food.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/14/2010 8:33 Comments || Top||

#7  I don't think they need inspectors to confirm that Chinese produce is organic. To my knowledge, night soil has been organic since the dawn of agriculture.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/14/2010 8:59 Comments || Top||

#8  The organic nature of Chinese produce is why you don't get too many salads comprised of raw produce in Chinese cuisine. Exterminating some of the added nutrients requires stir-frying at high temperatures, steaming or boiling.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/14/2010 9:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Deacon Blues said:

JFM, horse manure is what I use but only after it's composted for a year.

Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciola_hepatica

Because my neighbors have a pony and a mare I use horse manure too. On potatoes. Then I cook the potatoes. Anyway you got the idea: Organic can be dangerous too.
Posted by: JFM || 06/14/2010 10:16 Comments || Top||

#10  That's why I let it compost for a year.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/14/2010 11:38 Comments || Top||

#11  All parameters seem to fit The Religion of Peace like a giant Hogweed. And the in-organic ones are equally bad for one's health long-term.
Posted by: rhodesiafever || 06/14/2010 17:25 Comments || Top||


S. Korea gov't websites hit by DOS attacks traced to China
Seoul - Two South Korean government websites were struck by the second cyber attack in a week, but suffered no major damage, the government said on Saturday.

Most of the computers trying to access the websites were traced to China, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security said in a statement.

The Korean Culture and Information Service and the Justice Ministry were the targets of the so-called denial of service attacks on Friday, in which large numbers of computers try to connect to a site at the same time to overwhelm the server, the statement said.

The security ministry said it quickly blocked access by 274 computers with Internet Protocol addresses - the web equivalent of a street address or phone number - mostly in China.
Posted by: Sherry || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WAFF/TOPIX > UNCERTAINTIES HOBBLE SOUTH KOREA'S RESPONSE TO CHEONAN SINKING.

NETTERS + ARTIC(S) > argue that SEOUL intends that any FUTURE "CHEONAN" + SIMIL MIL INCIDENTS initiated by by DPRK will be met wid SOKOR mil response from now on. HOWEVER, US + CHINA + RUSS + JAPAN, etc. DO NOT WANT A NEW KOREAN WAR = MIL CONFLICT TO BREAK OUT AS PER THE "CHEONAN" PER SE, + so are reluctant or hesiatnt to impose excessive UN-LED SANCTIONS AGZ NORTH KOREA WHIHC MAY LEAD OR RESULT IN NEW WAR.

Which KIMMIE is well-aware of + counting on.

* SAME > RUSSIAN EXPERTS "UNCONVINCED" BY CHEONAN EVIDENCE, + USFK COMMANDER [Gen. Walter Sharp, USA] PLEDGES TO DEFEND SOUTH KOREA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/14/2010 21:06 Comments || Top||

#2  ION WMF > NORTH KOREA/DPRK'S THREAT TO VIOLENTLY OR MILITARILY DESTROY SOUTH KOREAN PYWAR LOUDSPEAKERS [Korean DMZ] HAS ESCALATED DPRK-ROK "CHEONAN" TENSIONS UNTO THE CONDUCTION OF FORMAL MILITARY OPERATIONS BY ONE AGZ THE OTHER.

* SAME > JAPAN'S FAILURE TO PROCURE/ACQUIRE NEXT-GENERATION ADVANCED US COMBAT AIRCRAFT WILL HELP CHINA TO ACHIEVE REGIONAL AIR-SUPERIORITY, DOMINANCE? BEFORE OR DURING A SINO-JAPANESE WAR OER KOREAS, TAIWAN, + DISPUTED CHINA SEA ISLANDS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/14/2010 21:16 Comments || Top||


Economy
O's Drilling Rules Will Slow Down Future Alaskan Oil
The federal government's new wariness about offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is dimming what may be the best hope for extending the life of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a crucial artery supplying one-quarter of the West Coast's oil. The 800-mile pipeline carries about 670,000 barrels of oil a day—13% of U.S. production—from Alaska's North Slope the length of the state to Port Valdez. From there it is sent by tanker to refineries in Washington and California.

That is a lot less than the two million barrels a day the pipeline carried at its peak back in 1988, because of a rapid—and probably permanent—decline in Alaska's onshore oil production. Volumes may fall low enough to halt operations by the middle of the next decade without an expensive modification of the pipeline to handle less oil. At a reduced flow, oil in the pipeline can freeze or form into a waxy buildup, raising the risk of interruptions and spills.

Offshore oil production could help refill the pipeline just when the flow from the North Slope is projected to reach critical lows. But Alaska politicians, industry consultants and analysts question whether tight new regulations in the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf might discourage offshore drilling in the Arctic, removing that as a way to postpone the Trans-Alaska Pipeline's decline. The federal government has already ruled repeatedly that opening new onshore areas, such as the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, to drilling would exact too great an environmental cost.
That's this government.

"The way I think most Alaskans feel, the federal government won't let us go to the east onshore, they won't let us go to the west onshore, the only place to go is offshore, and they won't let us do that now," said Kurtis Gibson, deputy director of the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, part of the state's Department of Natural Resources.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC was awaiting the Interior Department's final approval to drill up to five offshore wells this year when the moratorium was put into effect. The ban effectively postpones any work in Alaska until at least next summer, as sea ice prevents winter drilling. Work could be pushed back to 2012 if the government extends the ban.

The oil spill has also rejuvenated a campaign by environmental groups and native coastal villagers to reduce the area of the Arctic open to oil exploration and overhaul drilling regulations. A few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the White House had expanded its plan to sell exploration leases in Arctic waters.
Let the dinosaurs return! We'll hide in our caves! Oil is bad for man-made global warming!
Posted by: Bobby || 06/14/2010 14:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...I know, it would never happen, but I'd love to see just ONE state say, "Ya know what? Drill away, oil companies. Let the Feds come up here and physically stop you. We'll block 'em at the airports, harbors, and roads. If they want to come after you, they'll have to order the Coast Guard or the Navy to do it, and that will open a whole 'nother kettle of fish."

Would be fun to watch.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/14/2010 16:49 Comments || Top||

#2  ALL forms of free market capitalism will "SLOW" or end under Obama. That is his intent. That is his mission.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2010 19:12 Comments || Top||


Fannie-Freddie Fix at $160 Billion With $1 Trillion Worst Case
Posted by: tipper || 06/14/2010 09:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What a precise number. Good thing we have highly paid experts to figure these things out.

And I'll bet it will end up being over $1T.
Posted by: gorb || 06/14/2010 9:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't know what the ruckus is all about, gorb. It is less than an order of magnitude in range.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/14/2010 10:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, I guess I was thinking of the situational awareness citizens are supposed to have over their private finances and forgot this was government.
Posted by: gorb || 06/14/2010 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  If housing prices drop further, the companies may need more.

Sounds like the government has a vested interest in inflation. How can you have affordable housing when the government has a vested interest in housing inflation? How can American workers compete in a global market when they need so much money just to buy a home? Bottom line: they can't...unless you finance it all with funny money.

Foreign governments, including China’s and Japan’s, hold $908 billion of such bonds, according to Fed data.

And so it seems they did finance it all with funny money. Only it's not so funny. We've been sold down the river. Any lingering doubt about the ruling class's malevolence has now been eliminated. A benevolent government would never sell us out to a hostile foreign power like China...unless, of course, they planned on reneging from the get go which doesn't seem to be an honorable course of action.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/14/2010 13:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Fanie Freddie = Black Hole.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/14/2010 14:21 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't know if these people are stupid or if the actual 'Prime Directive' is to bankrupt the US. Wouldn't be surprised if all this cr*p coming out of the WH & Congress was just a 'show' and the real goal by 'whomsoever' was indeed to severely cripple us financially for the long-term.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/14/2010 22:57 Comments || Top||


Obama to demand boodle from BP
President Barack Obama plans to demand that British Petroleum (BP) sets up a reserve fund to pay for damages caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Obama is to announce the creation of the fund in an address to the American people on Thursday, White House adviser David Axelrod told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.
"Put your money in this great big pot. I'll dole it out for you."
The move comes as Obama faces criticisms on his handling of the disaster, which has been dragging on for 55 days.
Grabbing for the boodle is handling something...
Obama plans to discuss the issue in a Wednesday meeting with BP officials after he returns from a visit to the Gulf to assess cleanup efforts, Axelrod said.
What's Bambi going to do when BP says 'no'?
He also revealed that Obama's administration wants a third-party, rather than BP, to manage distribution of the clean-up fund.
Betcha they've got a "third party" all picked out and waiting, too. Probably lives in Chicago.
"We want to make sure that money is escrowed for the legitimate claims and that the money would be independently administered to ensure it is disbursed in a timely fashion."
Hey look! A new job for ACORN!
Or one of Mr. Daley's friends.
On Saturday, the US Coast Guard reportedly gave BP two days to come up with better plans to properly address the oil spill.
Or else what?
Or else they'll give 'em another ultimatum next week.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't trust Dear Leader with a "reserve fund". It will be spent on Obama's bereaucratic cronies. A decent President would get people cleaning up this mess and present the bill.
Posted by: wt || 06/14/2010 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  It will go to AmeriCorp. To try to shine up their debute as a role in the cleanup. He's just waiting for the damage to be done first.
Posted by: wt || 06/14/2010 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3  I first laughed when Obama took this on as 'his' disaster. But who is the only 'one' who could have (temporarily) lifted all the bureaucratic obstacles to a swift cleanup?

But that would've wasted a good crisis.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/14/2010 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  ION NEWS KERALA > GULF OIL DISASTER "IS US' ENVIRONMENTAL 9-11", SAYS OBAMA.

Also, FREEREPUBLIC > BP OFFICIAL ADMITS TO DAMAGE BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR.

ARTIC > IIUC, BP is trying hard NOT to say that attempts to repair perceived significant damage to rig equipment located or emplaced below the sea-floor/bed RISKS DIVERTING THE GUSH TO WEAK OR LEAKING FISSURES IN THE OIL FIELD SUCH THAT
THE THE FIELD'S NATURAL GEOLOG CONTAINMENT WILL EXPAND DUE TO EXCESSIVE PRESSURES, CRACK OR WIDEN, ETC. + RESULT IN NEW LEAKS = GUSHES ELSEWHERE OF STILL-UNKNOWN/INDETERMINABLE MAGNITUDE, like filling too much air into a balloon + risking an explosion???

ergo?

SAME > GULF OIL BLOWOUT MAY LAST 30 YEARS.

* D *** NG IT, MORIARITY, ARROGANT FASCIST MALE BRUTES OF AMERIKA DEMAND OUR OWG SOCIALIST-GOVTIST RIGHT TO "NATIONAL-UNIVERSAL" REGRESSION, TO BE "PERMANENTLY POOR BUT OPTIMISTIC" IN RIGHTEOUS "GLOBALIST" INDIGNATION, + WE'RE NOT TAKING "NO" FOR AN ANSWER!

BECUZ NUTHUIN SAYS "STARFLEET" + "SPACE FEDERATION" + "JETSON-IAN" THAN RIDING OUR GPS-EQUIPPED HORSES + MICROWAVE-EQUIPPED COVERED WAGONS TO OUR PART-TIME-OR-LESS, MINIMUM-WAGE WALL STREET JOBS!

Lest we fergit, 1990's NET > SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL [Futurama] DEATH/SUICIDE CHAMBER + SOLYENT ORANGE DRINKS, ETC. D *** YOU!

" "AIRPLANE" Movie > "POINT COUNTERPOINT" > THEY BUILT THAT OIL RIG FAR-N-SQAR - I SAY, LET IT GUSH!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/14/2010 20:42 Comments || Top||


Europe
Can the French Cut Welfare?
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/14/2010 14:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6526 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks like the Germans will have to bail out the French along with the Greeks
Posted by: Warthog || 06/14/2010 15:58 Comments || Top||

#2  When the younger people tire of having all of their pay taken to be given to people sitting around at the cafe smoking cigarettes, yeah, they will demand cuts in welfare. Times were different years ago when the boomers were working. They wanted to be on Easy Street when they retired. That will change when the generation behind them has to finance that Easy Street apartment.

Not only will they "allow" cuts in welfare, they will demand it.
Posted by: crosspatch || 06/14/2010 17:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm pretty sure Ahmed isn't going to pay Pierre's welfare.
Posted by: Jefferson || 06/14/2010 19:30 Comments || Top||

#4  They + rest of the Eurozone will have to, irregardless of what they claim to the contrary.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/14/2010 20:51 Comments || Top||

#5  No.

At least not without massive riots and social upheaval.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/14/2010 22:12 Comments || Top||


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Congress Mulls Bill to Revise Birthright Citizenship
Anyone born on American soil is an American.

That's an unconditional right, according to the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

It's not an exclusively American practice. Worldwide, about 30 nations (mostly in the Western Hemisphere) have similar birthright citizenship policy. Citizenship based on where a person is born, is called jus soli, which is Latin for "right of the soil."

But jus soli is primarily a New World right. Today, there are no European nations that grant jus soli. Most countries in Europe use a jus sanguinis policy, which determines citizenship based on having an ancestor who is a citizen.

A bill making its way through Congress, if passed, would bring the US more into line with current European birthright policies. But in the wake of the controversy over Arizona's new immigration policy, any changes to the 14th Amendment would likely become another flashpoint in the debate over illegal immigrants.

"Many countries do not grant birthright citizenship because they have older histories and see themselves as individual nations with individual identities," explains John Skrentny, Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and sociology professor at the University of California at San Diego. "Whereas the United States, like many other countries in the Western Hemisphere, began as, and has always seen itself as, a melting pot," he says.

In recent years, other nations, even if they seem themselves as open to legal immigrants, have taken steps limit the size of any demographic boost based on births to foreigners.

In 1983, for example, England amended its jus soli policy so that children born in the United Kingdom were only granted citizenship if one of their parents was either a citizen or could prove some sort of permanent residency in the country.

And India moved away from granting birthright citizenship in late 2004 to only allowing those born in the country to gain citizenship if both parents are citizens or if one parent is a citizen of India and the other is not an illegal immigrant.
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Texas GOP In Revolt Over Illegals, Guns - Oust Chairwoman
Fired-up Republican activists in no mood for compromises threw out their party chairwoman Saturday, then bucked Texas Gov. Rick Perry by pushing for a crackdown on illegal immigration similar to Arizona's new law. Some delegates at the Republican state convention also called for a nonbinding resolution calling on House Republicans to oust their own speaker, Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio, considered too moderate for many of the bedrock conservatives meeting in Dallas this weekend. Convention organizers ruled the Straus resolution out of order.

While the convention began Friday with scripted unity and Democrat-bashing speeches, its final hours were marked by division and heated debates over GOP policy priorities.

In a sometimes chaotic and raucous roll-call vote, delegates overwhelmingly decided to ditch their firebrand leader, conservative activist Cathie Adams, in favor of Houston businessman Steve Munisteri. Munisteri had focused his campaign on the party's $500,000 debt, saying Republicans should be in better financial shape since they control both houses of the Legislature and all statewide offices.

The immigration proposal, a hard-line approach that Perry has said isn't right for Texas, was one of several initiatives debated as delegates wrapped up the two-day convention. The Republican Party platform is a blueprint of the policies that GOP activists want elected officials to pursue.

Delegates voted to include a plank advocating for a state law that would bar illegal immigrants from "intentionally or knowingly" living in Texas. Similar to Arizona's strict law that has sparked nationwide debate, the proposal would require local police to verify U.S. residency when making arrests.

Perry has said the Arizona law, if adopted in Texas, would unduly burden police.

Another potentially controversial plank advocates an "open carry" law, which would allow residents to openly carry firearms in public without a concealed weapons permit.

The convention brought more than 8,000 delegates to Dallas to debate the party platform, select party leaders, train volunteers and adopt rules to guide the nomination process.

Held every other year, it's mostly designed as a giant pep rally to fire up Republicans ahead of the November elections. The choreographed convention began with prayers, video tributes and speeches by top Republican leaders, including Perry.

On Saturday, the main guest speaker, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, told delegates that the stakes in the 2010 elections were "higher than any midterm election in my lifetime." Barbour urged activists to focus their ire not on each other but on the Democrats who had engineered the "biggest lurch to the left in American history."

Barbour warned the delegates not to engage in divisive internal battles or demand a "purity" test of Republican leaders who may not agree with them on every single issue.

"We cannot forget unity because some people will let purity be the enemy of unity," Barbour said. "It's a big party and we need everybody who is on our side."

That didn't stop conservatives from criticizing their moderate speaker.

A resolution circulating on the floor of the Dallas Convention Center called for Republicans to "remove and replace" Straus, who came to power in 2009 with the help of House Democrats. Straus spokeswoman Tracy Young said the speaker remained focused on increasing the House Republican majority. He had no comment on the resolution, she said.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 06/14/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  While the convention began Friday with scripted unity and Democrat-bashing speeches, its final hours were marked by division and heated debates over GOP policy priorities.

Our delegates must have gone up to Dallas and broke rule number one. Never hold your convention in a saloon. Mixing Tequila, Cuervo and Politics never ends up orderly.

Posted by: TEX || 06/14/2010 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  The Dems seem to have had no squabbles about letting their extreme left wing take over the party.
Posted by: Fester Thaiger8930 || 06/14/2010 7:06 Comments || Top||

#3  This is the proper role for the Tea Party--keeping the local Republican party honest, up to and including taking it over.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/14/2010 17:06 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
new lightsaber can set people on fire and cost only $200
Posted by: Chager Ebbinesh9720 || 06/14/2010 18:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6545 views] Top|| File under:

#1  kool, course with a used condom full of gas and my trusty $1.69 bic...
Posted by: Betty Huputer2738 || 06/14/2010 23:56 Comments || Top||



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