Brazilian Government Hides December Sinking off Coast of Antarctica of Ship Carrying 10,000 Liters of Oil
Two Killed as Brazilian Base in Antarctica Destroyed by Fire
|Brazilian Antarctic base burns (photo by Chilean Navy)|
|Brazilian Antarctic base burns (photo by Chilean Navy)|
"Romney on Obama: 'He's out of ideas, he's out of excuses, and in 2012 he's going to be out of office.'"But, giving real explanations that convince doesn't seem to be in Romney's DNA.
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"More Romney, on cutting fed money for PBS: 'I think it's OK for Big Bird and Kelloggy's Corn Flakes to be on the same program.'"
"GINGRICH: Well, the reports we got were quite clear that the public health department was prepared to give a waiver to Catholic hospitals about a morning-after abortion pill, and that the governor's office issued explicit instructions saying that they believed it wasn't possible under Massachusetts law to give them that waiver. Now, that was the newspaper reports that came out. That's something that both Senator Santorum and I have raised before. But I want to go a step further, because this makes a point that Ron Paul has been making for a generation and that people need to take very seriously.
"When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny, because the government has the power of force.
"You inevitably -- and I think this is true whether it's Romneycare or Obamacare or any other government centralized system -- you inevitably move towards the coercion of the state and the state saying, 'If you don't do what we, the politicians, have defined, you will be punished either financially or you will be punished in some other way like going to jail.'
"And that's why we are, I think, at an enormous crossroads in this country. And I think the fact is, for almost all of us who have been at this for any length of time, we're now looking at an abyss that forces you to change what you may once have thought -- and I suspect all four of us are much more worried today about the power of the state than we would have been -- with the possible exception of Congressman Paul -- than we would have been at any point in the last 25 years."
"'He was an extraordinary guy who lived life to the fullest,’ [a friend, Kalon] Pluma said. 'I believe he had his pilot’s license before he had a drivers license. It was his life.'
"Pluma said Wilkens was home-schooled, and was 'extremely outgoing and friendly, inquisitive, talented and brave.'
"'He was strong minded, strong bodied and could fix almost anything in a pinch,' Pluma said."
"The unemployment rate at the end of 2011 was 16.3% for 18- to 24-year- olds, compared with 8.8% for all adults ages 18 to 64. In the past three years, the gap in the unemployment rate between 18- to 24-year-olds and all working-age adults is the widest in recorded history."Those over 65 have been hit the least by the recession.
"Middle-aged adults have not been immune from the hard economic times. If any group has weathered the storm more easily than others, it has been older adults—those ages 65 and older. Looking at the impact the recession has had on personal finances illustrates this point. In a 2004 Pew Research survey, roughly equal proportions of young, middle-aged and older adults rated their own personal financial situation 'excellent' or 'good.' When asked again at the end of 2011, the ratings of young and middle-aged adults had fallen dramatically, while the ratings for older adults were virtually unchanged."This undoubtedly has a lot to do with the vast majority of those over 65 not being in the job market and thus not directly impacted by high unemployment. But wait until inflation catches up.
"In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his rÉsumÉ, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth—or troubled in more serious ways?"The book is about four major political figures (well, five including Bill Clinton). The HBO movie Game Change is about one: Palin, Palin, Palin and Palin. It starts with her selection as McCain's running mate and ends with their presidential campaign loss. In other words, it only cares about McCain in his relationship to Palin. Had he not been her running mate, he too would have gotten the zero emphasis Barack Obama and the Clintons get.
"Starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, HBO Films’ GAME CHANGE follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election."Byron York points out how odd this is. Instead of focusing at least equally on three people who today hold high public office (Obama, Clinton and McCain--with Obama even running for re-election as President)
". . . HBO decided to focus on an out-of-office, former half-term governor of Alaska who was on the losing ticket in the 2008 election and isn't running for anything today."*Why? The left loses its sanity when it comes to Palin. She lives rent free in their heads blocking out everyone else. Even the first black President and first woman presidential candidate from a major party aren't interesting enough to figure prominently in an adaptation of book in which they are more than half the story and Palin less than 1/5th (appearing in only 4 of 23 chapters).
"Everyone knows that Hollywood, the entertainment industry as a whole, and much of the liberal establishment all suffer from a continuing obsession with Palin. So in the end, it's no surprise HBO turned 'Game Change' into a Palin biopic."-----
"In December 2003, Senator Talent was a leader in helping pass the Medicare Prescription Drug plan which is now providing affordable prescription drug coverage to hundreds of thousands of Missouri seniors, many for the first time."Then Talent attacked Santorum for being pro-Big Labor and union-friendly.
"Other than social issues, Santorum is 'a member of the liberal wing of the Republican party,' former Sen. Jim Talent told reporters on a conference call this week, adding that Santorum supported union-friendly bills that 'intrude on employer rights.'"Guess who was even more big labor and union-friendly than Santorum? You guessed it, Senator Talent.
"These are Santorum's [AFL-CIO] ratings for the rest of his time in office: 1997, 19; 1998, 15; 1999, 17; 2000, 14; 2001, 14; 2002, 14; 2003, 12; 2004, 12; 2005, 11; 2006, 13.Now the Heritage.org Distinguised Fellow and Romney surrogate is decrying Santorum's plan to incentivize manufacturing.
"For some comparisons, in 2004, 2005, and 2006, Sen. Talent's ratings were 16, 15, and 22 -- all higher than Santorum's."
"'Senator Santorum’s treatment of manufacturing amounts to a very substantial government interference in the way the market would invest capital,' Talent says. 'When you have that big a difference, in particular, in the corporate-tax break on manufacturing, then you’ll have all the logical consequences of the government getting involved.'"Well, guess who was for government interference, tax breaks and incentives for specific types of businesses when he was in office? Yep. From Talent's 2006 senatorial campaign page:
"[Senator Talent] fought for agriculture assistance centers and tax incentives that would aid our producers, help bolster the economy and create jobs in rural America. Senator Talent's legislation to provide value-added grants for agriculture innovation centers was signed into law as part of the 'Agriculture Risk Protection Act.'"on incentivizing women led businesses and home businesses
"In particular, [Senator Talent] succeeded in . . . restoring the tax deduction for those operating businesses at home, helping women start their own businesses . . . .not only incentivizing renewable energy but requiring oil companies to get into renewable fuels:
"In the summer of 2005, Senator Talent led the fight to add a Renewable Fuels Standard to the Energy bill against the oil companies who opposed the plan. Senator Talent succeeded and now the oil companies are required to add at least 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel to the nation's fuel supply by 2012."This would be comic if it didn't reflect so poorly on Governor Romney's campaign, Heritage.org, and reporters like Robert Costa at National Review who obviously did no research on Talent's "incentivizing" background.
"Q: Do I have to lose weight, quit tobacco or meet any other goal?One wonders at the intelligence of people who think health problems are due mainly to ignorance. As though completing a questionnaire and two lessons would suddenly make clear that smoking, drinking, drug taking, and fast foods are not good for one's health. No one has heard those things before, right?
The only expectation is that members follow through on their commitment to take the assessment and education steps. No one will be held accountable for a measure of success – just for taking the these steps."
"The Workers in Local 3581 are upset about monthly penalties of as much as $35 they must pay if they don't participate in the HEM, which requires them to fill out a detailed online health questionnaire and take two web-based wellness lessons of their choice.
"The deadline for filling out the health questionnaire is March 31. People who have signed up for the HEM but do not finish the survey by the end of the month will face penalties.
"'Those penalties may not seem like a lot to some people, but other folks are barely making ends meet month to month,' [Local 3581 President Joe] Laria said. 'The added penalties of this program can be devastating to a monthly budget.'"
"There is a simple answer to the question posed by ParisParamus. Government exists first and foremost for the sake of our protection. Without it, our lives and our property would not effectively be our own. Government exists also to promote our well-being. For its support, however, taxation is necessary, and we have tacitly agreed that, to be legitimate, these taxes must be passed by our elected representatives. By our own consent, we give up a certain proportion of our earnings for these purposes.The whole piece is excellent and deserves careful reading.
"The money left in our possession, however, is our own -- to do with as we please. It is in this that our liberty largely lies. Romneycare and Obamacare, with the individual mandate, changes radically our relationship vis-a-vis the government. The former presupposes that state governments have the right to tell us how we are to spend our own money, and the latter presupposes that the federal government has that right as well. Both measures are tyrannical. They blur the distinction between public and private and extend the authority of the public over the disposition of that which is primordially private. Once this principle is accepted as legitimate, there is no limit to the authority of the government over us, and mandates of this sort will multiply -- as do-gooders interested in improving our lives by directing them encroach further and further into the one sphere in which we have been left free hitherto."
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"Our liberty depends on forms and formalities. The distinction between public revenues derivative from the taxes we pay with an eye to furnishing ourselves “with the power of enjoying, in safety and tranquillity, [our] natural rights and the blessings of life,” on the one hand, and the property we have a natural right to acquire, possess, and protect, on the other, is a sacred one.
Progressives reject forms and formalities. To achieve their ends, they are prepared to run roughshod over them – and over us. John Adams and the people of Massachusetts in 1780 understood what Mitt Romney, ParisParamus, and James of England have forgotten. If we are to win the battle in which we are now engaged, we must have recourse to the first principles that the Progressives so readily discard, and we must find a standard-bearer capable of eloquently making the argument. Only then can there be a new birth of freedom. Otherwise, our destiny will be to surrender to liberal democracy’s inexorable soft despotic drift."
[5:40 mark] Eric Bolling: "But with 'it' comes the attacks. Comes the liberal mainstream media who are the haters, the drive byers who want to take shots at you. How do you maintain Sarah Palin, Governor Palin, uniter, conservative? How do you maintain it with the drive by attacks?"
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[7:00 mark] Sarah Palin: "Personally, the way I deal with it. I just read a verse the other day that kind of summed up for me in the Old Testament how to handle it. And its, I believe it was Isaiah 8:12 and 13. Basically it says, get the chip off your shoulder. Don’t ever say that there is a conspiracy out there against me. Don’t ever say that you are dreading something. Because if you get into that mindset then life becomes drudgery. Life’s too short to be stuck in a rut and to be bummed out. So, taking a verse like that and trying to live it out--get the chip off my shoulder, remember what’s really important in life. To me, it’s my family, and I have a well-rounded, diverse, very full family, keeps me busy. It’s my faith in God, and it’s the freedom that I have as an American. I know what really matters, so all that other stuff can go away."
"The Public Employees' Benefit Board put itself ahead of the curve — but not too far ahead — when it decided to penalize state workers who don't participate in its new wellness program, experts say."Well, who could PEBB be targeting? What class of people tend to smoke more, drink more and eat fast food more? One might call them, using old terminology, the "undeserving" lower class. And the PEBB society builders want to tell them how to live.
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"PEBB's wellness program, called the Health Engagement Model, has been a source of controversy since Oregon workers first learned of its adoption. Most objections have revolved around the $20 to $35 monthly penalty assessed against people who decline to participate in the HEM."
"'Statistics show that 20 percent of the population are the ones accounting for approximately 80 percent of health care costs," [Rose Stanley, a consultant with WorldatWork] said. 'It's that 20 percent they're trying to get to, but employers can't force you to go and get your screenings done, so they have turned to incentives or penalties.'"But 30% of that 80% of costs is apparently due to end-of-life care. Since everyone dies, end-of-life care is spendy whether you lived healthy or not. Maybe more so if you lived healthy and die of a years long decline body part by body part or the need for constant daily care and declining physical health that shadow Alzheimer's or dementia.
- The Tea Party rose up because Americans woke up. [3:45]
- Candidate Obama, he promised to fundamentally transform America, and that’s one promise that he has kept. Transforming a shining city on a hill into a sinking ship. Promising to cut deficits in half, and instead he’s piled on trillions more in debt, trillions more. $135,000 per taxpayer just in this new debt, $3 million dollars more a minute, and no plan to stop it. No plan. No budget. Going on a thousand and some odd days and still no budget. He mucked it up. Folks, this government isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed; it is too big to ignore, and it’s too big to bear anymore. [4:35]
- Hope and change. Yeah, you gotta hope things change. [6:40]
- Well, Mr. President we don’t want an economy built to last. We want an economy built to grow, and we certainly we don’t want your economy built to last. We want your administration to end. [9:35]
- We believe real recovery can’t get underway until government gets out of the way. [10:45]
- Government digging us deeper and deeper into debt, it’s not because the tax is too little, it’s because it spends too much. We know how to deal with that debt. You cut it, gut it, get rid of it. Americans shouldn’t have to spend their lives working so hard so Washington can spend easy. [11:10]
- He says that he has a jobs plan now, a jobs plan to win the future. WTF. I know. And I’m the idiot. WTF plan. Well he’ll invest your money in bullet trains to nowhere, but he’ll stop Boeing from building airplanes anywhere. Bankrupt green energy companies get sweet loans and grant offers, but oil pipelines not allowed to give you job offers. . . . We have a better jobs plan, and it’s called the free market. And it worked before this president, and it will work again after this president. [11:40]
- We believe that every child is created equal with that right to life. And I ask you to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves. If not us, who? [14:35]
- No, we will never apologize for America’s strength and our greatness. And we will refuse to accept that a weaker America means a better and safer world. [17:35]
- The divide between Washington and the rest of the country, it has never been greater, and it has never been more dangerous. While America struggles, Washington prospers. And while our real estate markets crash, Washington’s is strong. We’ve suffered massive job losses out there, but Washington is hiring. But the question is they‘re hiring for what? They don’t manufacture, they don’t mine, they don’t drill, they don’t harvest. They produce nothing, and the services that they provide, they increase dependency not freedom. They don’t create wealth; they take it. This is Obama’s Washington. It’s not the Washington of our Founders, but the Washington of the permanent political class. [19:10]
- Friends, there is no such sense of urgency here in Obama’s Washington. Because life around here is really good materially. Our permanent political class is content. They’re immune to the realities that the rest of us face. See, they exempt themselves. They play by a different set of rules. Look at, say, their EPA. EPA, it’s imperiling private industry. It’s imperiling our energy independence, the steps that we need to take to be secure, and it’s enslaving us really to these foreign, dangerous supplies of energy instead of tapping into our own God-given sources of energy here under foot. That’s what the EPA’s all about right now. And, you have to ask yourself, though, well when was the last time you saw the EPA prevent constructing, say, a new government building. Maybe instead of calling Washington a swamp, we should call it a wetlands. Maybe that will slow down the growth of government. [21:10]
- But this Washington is a place where politicians they arrive as men and women of modest means, and they become plutocrats. The money making opportunities for D.C. politicians are really endless. But they don’t just enrich themselves off of you for themselves, they spread the wealth around to their pals. And this has a name. It’s called crony capitalism. I said in a speech in America’s breadbasket over the summer I said this isn’t the capitalism of free man and free markets, of risk and sacrifice, of innovation and hard work. No, it’s the capitalism of connections and of government bailouts, and handouts, and waste, and corporate welfare and corruption. This is the capitalism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class. And it’s why I say to the Occupy protesters: You’re occupying the wrong place. You’re protesting the wrong thing. This crony capitalism is a root of our economic problems. It has spurred the expansion of government which diminishes, of course, freedom and opportunity for all to rise and to succeed. See some politicians get elected by promising more programs and new freebies and new favors and then government grows to accommodate their promises. It never shrinks. And that crowds out the liberating individual initiative and equal opportunity that America was built upon. It swallows up the work ethic that we try to teach our children and it extinguishes that independent, pioneering American spirit. Now often they come to D.C. denouncing the place as you know the cesspool of corruption, but after a year or two they decide it’s not a cesspool. More like a hot tub. And they’re hopping in and enjoying the jacuzzi. Well, America, it is time that we drain the jacuzzi, and we throw the bums out with the bath water. [22:45]
- Be aware, Washington, Tea Party patriots are alive and well. We’ll elect more, and this time, Establishment, we expect them to get leadership posts in Congress. [27:15]
- But to fix Obama’s Washington, to return power to the people, we must replace Obama at the ballot box. He is sinking our ship of state. When a ship is going down the last thing you need is a community organizer just reorganizing the deck chairs while singing “Let’s Stay Together”. [27:35]
- We should not forget that for all of his lofty rhetoric and all of his song, you know, President Obama is a Chicago politician where graft, cronyism, quid pro quo, that’s the Chicago way. I came from a state with a corruption problem too. The difference is, though you don’t make many friends in the establishment doing it, I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama, though, he used it. He used it to advance. He never challenged it. He never changed it. He brought it here with him. [28:10]
- We don’t know who our nominee will be, but we know that this election will be hard fought. Our nominee must be ready, strong, fortified, passionate, a fighter for American ideals. Our candidate must be someone who can instinctively turn right to constitutional conservative principles. It’s too late in the game to teach it or to spin it at this point. It’s either there or it isn’t. [29:30]
"Okay, I give up.Welcome back, Jonah, from your strange trip to Reality's abduction room! Actually, it wasn't "Reality" but group think aliens disguised as "Reality".
"About a week ago, I wrote a column making a case for Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. My argument was aimed at fellow conservatives who just can’t get their minds — or at least their hearts — around a Romney candidacy."
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"The reason I wrote the column in the first place was that I felt the cold steel barrel of reality’s revolver pressing up against the back of my head, saying 'write it.'
"Romney’s going to be the nominee. He’s vastly preferable to Obama. If he’s the inevitable nominee, then better for conservatives to make peace with the idea.
"And then, lo and behold, Rick Santorum bursts into the motel room, knocks the gun from reality’s hands and puts reality in a chokehold. 'Not so fast.'"
"Ever drive by a gorgeous home and wonder what the owner does for a living?"The tease photo is of the Pittock Mansion! The Pittock Mansion is "owned" by the City of Portland's Bureau of Parks and Recreation. (Maybe an unintended message is the way to get rich is to work for the government).
"'I was in a 71 percent Democratic district,' Santorum continued. 'I had a 90 percent conservative voting record. It was a hard thing to do. My district was more Democrat than the state of Massachusetts, and I stood up and fought for the conservative principles. I didn't do what Gov. Romney did in 1994 [when Romney ran for Senate against Sen. Edward Kennedy]. I was running the same year he ran, in 1994. I ran in the tough state of Pennsylvania against an incumbent. Gov. Romney lost by almost 20 points. Why? Because at the end of that campaign, he wouldn't stand up for conservative principles, he ran from Ronald Reagan, and he said he was going to be to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay rights, on abortion and a whole host of other issues. We want someone when the time gets tough -- and it will in this election -- we want someone who's going to stand up and fight for the conservative principles, not bail out and not run to the left of Ted Kennedy.'"Senator Santorum added to that critique noting that when he ran in the tough 2006 election on his conservative principles, Governor Romney decided not to run on his conservative principles in Massachusetts for a second term as governor.
"The 2012 hopeful also said Romney was wrong to call himself 'Mr. Outsider' when he had supported the government takeover of healthcare and the Wall Street bailout. 'Mr. Private Sector was Mr. Big Government when he was out there running from the private sector,' he said."This is a point Bill Kristol noted about Romney surrogate, Tim Pawlenty, Monday:
"Here's Tim Pawlenty today, as a Mitt Romney campaign surrogate, on a conference call criticizing former senator Rick Santorum for . . . having voted to raise the debt ceiling: 'He voted numerous times to raise the debt ceiling and here we as a nation facing fiscal crisis, I mean literally on the edge of the fiscal abyss. We need a next president who’s been strong and proven in fiscal and spending matters, and we had Rick Santorum voting numerous times to raise the debt ceiling.' (The quotation is from the Romney press shop’s transcript.)
"Here's a question: Did either Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney speak out at the time against any of the debt ceiling hikes Rick Santorum voted for as a member of Congress?"
"The night of the Challenger tragedy, a tragedy of space exploration, Ronald Reagan sat down at the Resolute desk, a desk that was itself the literal symbol of man's quest for exploration over 100 years earlier. Reagan looked Americans in the eye, and, with an assist from his speechwriter Peggy Noonan, he said, in part this:Beautiful. Too bad Peggy Noonan has forgotten her Reagan speech writing. Here's a link to a recent Noonan column with thoughts on the Florida primary. Not a word about Reagan's commitment to the pioneer spirit and exploring space. Good thing Mr. Lord is here to remind us of Ronald Reagan's policies and vision.
"'And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's take-off. I know it's hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.…'"Of the three remaining major candidates in the Republican race for president, we now, embarrassingly, have two -- Romney and Santorum -- who are indicating they have no conception of the meaning behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office at which they wish to sit."
"'We'll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue.…"
"'There's a coincidence today. On this day three hundred and ninety years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, "He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it." Well, today, we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.'
"'The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.''
"We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us, but for 25 years the United States space program has been doing just that."Ronald Reagan believed in wonders and dazzle because he believed in touching the face of God and American exceptionalism.
"If elected, Romney must follow through for conservatives and honor his vows to repeal Obamacare, implement Representative Paul Ryan’s agenda, and stay true to his pro-life commitments."This is just a bizarre statement. Since when has any politician been required to "honor his vows" and "commitments"? Jim Geraghty has a running joke pointing out how many promises Candidate Obama made that President Obama has broken. The "we made you and you owe us" mantra rarely works in politics because there is a general election in which voters of different political stripes have weight.
"And with this new emphasis on transparency, are we to expect that the media will demand this summer that both candidates disclose to press adjudicators their complete medical records in John McCain fashion, as well as their college transcripts? I think that’s where we are headed, given that the media is protective of one candidate for reelection and is simultaneously demanding an intimate level of inquiry about his possible opponent. Is the logic that an un-vetted Obama is now vetted because he has been president for three years and undisclosed information supposedly did not play a role in the manner of his governance? Are we to take that assumption as gospel, and accept that such thinking cannot apply to other candidates (as in, 'Don’t vet me, and then when I am in office, I am de facto vetted')?"The answer is "yes" the press will say Obama has already been vetted. After all he has been the president for almost four years. What else do people need to know about him? Actually, it's a good argument. We have Obama's record as president. We don't have Governor Romney's record as president.
"But Romney’s statement about not worrying about the poor — because they 'have a very ample safety net' — was followed by a statement that was not just a slip of the tongue, and should be a defining moment in telling us about this man’s qualifications as a conservative and, what is more important, as a potential president of the United States.----
"Mitt Romney has come out in support of indexing the minimum-wage law, to have it rise automatically to keep pace with inflation. To many people, that would seem like a small thing that can be left for economists or statisticians to deal with.
"But to people who call themselves conservatives, and aspire to public office, there is no excuse for not being aware of what a major social disaster the minimum-wage law has been for the young, the poor, and especially for young and poor blacks."
"More than 300 people have died as a severe cold wave continued to paralyse life in large section of Europe.Global Warming, uh Climate Change, at work. MaxRedline has the link for the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society two hour 40 minute discussion on "Anthropogenic (human caused) global warming? A look at the science, both the logic and the evidence. Is this the greatest scientific myth of our generation?". One warning from Chuck Wiese is to be prepared for much tougher winters in Oregon. (see pages 33 and 34 of his presentation)
"The cold weather has claimed lives in Ukraine, Poland, France and Italy.
"The thick blanket of snow cover has reached as far as North Africa.
"In several countries transport system has been badly hit by the thick snow cover.
"Ukraine has been badly affected by the cold weather with around 131 people reportedly dead in the cold snap, media reports said.
"Several people who were frozen to death were homeless, reports said.
"Bad weather has affected lives in Italy also where the capital Rome witnessed heaviest snowfall in 27 years.
"Cold weather has claimed the lives of 5 people in Poland so far.
"Greece has declared a state of emergency in the Peloponnese peninsula after heavy rain caused flood,media reports said."
"Agree that 'disgrace' can be in eye of beholder, but I think Souder's point about 'political hanging' of Gingrich is valid…"In a follow up tweet York made the point that:
"Romney has adopted 90's Dem critique of Gingrich, and also embraced Brokaw's interpretation of events…"After various back and forth tweets (1, 2, 3) the discussion has come to differing conclusions (so far).
"'We will hear from the Democrat party, 'the plight of the poor,' and there’s no question, it’s not good being poor. . . . We have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it, but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor."We have a safety net for the very poor? At least Speaker Gingrich wants jobs for both the poor and middle class. Instead of jobs, Governor Romney would fix the safety net (like he did in Massachusetts with Romneycare?).