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  • Monthly Archives: November 2011

    No Need to Muddy Criminal Law in Order to "Clean Up Government"

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    With their institution at all-time lows in public popularity and trust, it is no wonder that members of Congress are looking to improve the body’s image.  The “Clean Up Government Act,” which is coming before the House Judiciary Committee this week, is one of the most prominent attempts to do … More

    Congress Addresses Boko Haram Threat, but Will Nigeria's Government?

    A screen grab made on October 21, 2010 in Kano from a video allegedly released by the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria reportedly shows two alleged sect members standing against a background of a Google Earth shot of the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi with the triangular city prison visible. Boko Haram 'spokesman' claims responsibility for the attack on the UN building in Abuja that killed 18 on August 26, 2011.

    A screen grab made on October 21, 2010 in Kano from a video allegedly released by the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria reportedly shows two alleged sect members standing against a background of a Google Earth shot of the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi with the triangular … More

    Will Russia Bog Down in Syria?

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    In an unfortunate exercise of naval muscle-flexing, a flotilla of Russian warships will be sent to the anchorage and naval base of Tartus in Syria for a port call next spring, led by the only Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov. According to the Russian navy representative, this exercise was planned … More

    The Fed, Other Central Banks Prepare for the Firestorm

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    The Fed has shocked us once again, and it’s probably right. There’s a firestorm on the horizon. It starts in Europe, but it threatens the U.S. economy just as surely, and the Fed is getting ready. The most fundamental role of any central bank is to deal with a financial … More

    'Solyndra Was Just the Beginning': Experts Predict Solar Industry Collapse

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    Industry analysts are predicting a massive bout of bankruptcies for hundreds of American solar firms as the market for solar panels, inflated by zealous government backing, begins to cool down. The fallout could be dramatic, CNN reported Wednesday. “Of the few hundred or so solar panel makers worldwide, just 20 … More

    Despite the Hype, Hurricane Season Ends with a Whimper, but FEMA Activity Runs Amok

    President Barack Obama participates in the midday daily video teleconference led by FEMA at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA, on 27 August 2011, to monitor the federal response to damage caused by Hurricane Irene. EPA/Ron Sachs / POOL

    The 2011 hurricane season ends today. Other than Hurricane Irene, which was nearly just a tropical storm when it hit land, no hurricanes hit the United States in 2011. Of the 455 FEMA declarations issued by the Obama Administration, only Hurricanes Irene and Alex (August 2010) have qualified for Major … More

    Infographic: What Employment in America Could Have Looked Like

    What If Hiring Had Returned to Pre-Recession Levels?

    America’s unemployment rate is still stuck at 9 percent and nearly 14 million people are out of work, yet since the recession ended, job losses have fallen well below their pre-recession rates. So why are so many still out of work? Record-low job creation is the problem. In a new … More

    Sex, Equality and No Property: The Good Ol' Upper Paleolithic Era

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    All this time, we thought conservatives were the ones pining for the past. Turns out we didn’t look back far enough in time. The stone age, when sex came easy and all were equal, may just have been the halcyon era of liberalism. Intelligent Life magazine, an offshoot of The … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Obama's Big Union Onslaught

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    What does it take to bring an airline to its knees? Uncompetitive union-negotiated labor contracts and a fundamental unwillingness to recognize that in a down economy, unions have a hard time raising wages without destroying jobs. That was a lesson that unions refused to learn in the case of American Airlines, … More

    'OCCUPIED' Constitutional Amendment Would Eliminate Due Process for Corporations

    Florida News - July 23, 2010

    A constitutional amendment offered in the House of Representatives would strip American companies of all protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. While the amendment is aimed at curbing free speech rights afforded third party groups by the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, it would, whether intended or … More