Came across this bit of disturbing info about the economic situation in Europe via Twitter today: People in Greece are literally dying for a welfare check these days:
The recession has widened the health divide between Europe’s rich and poor, a major review has revealed.
The impact of recession is clear in countries with the most severe economic problems. In Greece, for example, suicides rose by 17 per cent and murder rates more than doubled between 2007 and 2011. Half of new HIV infections between 2009 and 2011 are estimated to have been self-inflicted to secure monthly benefits of €700.
Michael Marmot at University College London, who co-wrote the report for the World Health Organization, warns that the inequities threaten the long-term health of future generations unless governments take action to reverse cuts in health spending.
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Report: Obama Has Been Easing Iran Sanctions For 5 Months
By Ari Yashar
Sources in Congress revealed that Obama’s administration has been suspending or many sanctions without informing Congress since Iranian President Hasan Rouhani was elected in June, reports the World Tribune.
An unnamed House staffer stated that “orders to stop the designations (for new sanctions) came from the White House and State,” adding “this has not gone down well in Treasury.” The Congressional sources added that Obama’s policy has allowed Iran to maintain its crude oil exports.
The Tribune report appears to fall in line with previous analysis that warned that Obama was rushing to seal a deal with Iran, and in the process was turning his back on US allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Indeed US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Senate in a briefing Wednesday to “ignore anything the Israelis say.”
Officials in the have been vocal in pushing lawmakers not to enact new sanctions on Iran.
During Kerry’s briefing this Wednesday he called for an end to new sanctions, claiming sanctions risked ending the ongoing Iran nuclear talks. The last round of talks fell through this past weekend and are to be resumed in Geneva on November 20.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, attacked the idea of sanctions relief, saying that “new rounds of sanctions must be implemented to gain further leverage because any misstep in calculations at this juncture will have devastating and irreversible consequences.”
Nanny Knows Best
Is It Wrong To Be Anti-Government?
The Purpose Behind The Anti-Government Label
Palin: Big Government Trying to Be America’s ‘Church’
Big government is trying to become a “church” in its own right, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said Saturday during a speech at a major Iowa tea party gathering.
Palin started her speech blasting the “war on Christmas,” saying secular society is stripping meaning from the holiday by outlawing nativity scenes and other religious symbols.
But soon she flipped to an attack on the Obama administration, saying “the war on Christmas is just the tip of the spear in a larger battle.”
Palin said “the crowning achievement of their church of big government is Obamacare.”
She blasted Republicans who she says didn’t do enough to defund Obamacare, saying they “waved the white flag of surrender.”
“They promised that they would do everything in their power to fight against socialized medicine, against Obamacare, but when it came time to stand and defund it, they waved the white flag of surrender and they threw under the bus the good guys who did stand up and fight for us,” Palin said.
Palin, whose plans for the 2016 election haven’t been announced, also fired shots at the national debt, especially the $ 1.3 trillion the United States owes China.
“It’s going to be like slavery when that note is due,” Palin said, emphasizing that her comparison “isn’t racist.”
Palin also told the Christian conservative audience that it is time to “stiffen our spines” for the 2014 elections, reports Reuters.
Palin was just one of several tea party favorites at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet, reports CNN.
Others at the event included Republicans Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Steve King of Iowa and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.
Lee, who along with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was behind a push to defund Obamacare, also spoke at the Christian conference Saturday.
He compared the British government the original American colonists fought against to the current government, saying it is “slow to respond to the needs of the people,” reports CNN.
But instead of being revolutionary, Lee said, today’s conservatives should focus on moving forward, including replacing Obamacare with a better healthcare reform plan.
The Founding Fathers, Lee said, were “moving steadily, inexorably in the direction of the kind of government they did want.”
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Conservatism Didn’t Die On Tuesday
I know tonight, a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, “Is what I think happening really happening? Are people really coming together? Are we really working, African-Americans and Hispanics, suburbanites and city dwellers, farmers and teachers? Are we really all working together?”
By winning Tuesday night in a landslide election for his second term as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie moved so far to the left it may be difficult for him to win the Republican nomination for president come 2016.The GOP governor won in one of the bluest states, where President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 18 points in 2012. To win, Christie had to morph close to not only blue-state values and views, but become close to Obama himself — and he did just that.
I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I did prosecute the best-known seditious conspiracy case in modern American history. So I suppose I should break it to these newfangled patriots that seditious conspiracy is, in essence, about the use or planned use of force against the nation. In fact, Congress first codified the crime during the Civil War to address terrorist acts committed by confederate sympathizers. The Supreme Court explained in the 19th century that the law prohibits forcible aggression, and appellate courts have referred to it as the crime of “waging a war of urban terrorism” against our country.
The statute (Section 2384 of the federal penal code), which is very straightforward and easily accessible online, targets those who conspire
to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or levy war against them, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States[.]…
Although the statute’s title is “seditious conspiracy,” you’ll notice that the word “sedition” does not appear in the text that defines the offense. That owes to the unsavory legacy of the Alien and Sedition Acts – a fact the Left is quick to remind us about when the statute is used against its obviously intended targets, terrorists. When we indicted the Blind Sheikh, for example, progressives openly fretted that prosecuting a global terrorist leader who’d called for mass-murder attacks against Americans could be the first chilling step down a slippery slope toward the suppression of legitimate political debate (you know, what they do in Congress).
To help out the MoveOn folks: terrorists are people like President Obama’s friends Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, or like the al Qaeda jihadists championed by MoveOn throughout the Bush years. Criminal statutes targeting terrorists are usually not thought applicable to elected congressional officials with constitutional speech-and-debate immunity who peacefully represent their constituents in formulating and debating legislation. But hey, I guess it’s always possible that our imperial president could “waive” the use-of-force parts of the law and that Holder’s heroes – assuming they’re done shipping guns to Mexican drug cartels – can get after those seditious Republicans.
What is one of the central beliefs Conservatives hold versus Liberals? That when you get the Government involved in something it always goes badly.
So it seems to be the case with Obamacare.
The website is a disaster… it is freezing and crashing and reports are that when it was in the testing phase it didn’t even work correctly with a few hundred people logged onto it. We’ve read how over 5 million lines of code need to be completely re-written and how the developers were under pressure and not given the resources they needed to do the job correctly. The website itself cost hundred of millions of dollars – more money than Apple spent developing the original iPhone which has made billions of dollars in profit for them.
The 800 number set up by the Obama administration has a busy signal. The website sends people to the phone number which then sends people back to the website.
What kind of a mess is this? And we are supposed to trust this creation with our most personal information..?
It is precisely reasons such as this why Conservatives – rightly – believe that Government only creates problems. Sure, we’ve heard of private companies botching the launch of a new product but the onus is different for a private company than it is for the Government.
And no private company has been put in charge with everybody’s healthcare.
One thing I have observed in talking with Liberals is they seem so obsessed with studying charts and polls and slicing up data. They engage in this behavior because they have the need to feel superior by claiming their conclusions are only based on facts. Of course, when they meet a fact they don’t like they disparage it by saying so-and-so is biased. Take global warming studies. If 100 scientists say global warming is happening and 10 say it isn’t they will claim that consensus equals truth and tell you how those 10 scientists are bought by the Koch Brothers but ignore that the other 100 work for George Soros.
But this Liberal obsession with “facts, logic, reasons” is what makes this ObamaCare disaster all the more amusing.
Liberals claim that they have a better understanding of technology, social media, etc…
This overpriced train wreck shows that while Liberals may know more about technology, the old saw about getting Government involved when you want to screw something up trumps all.
We learned over the weekend of the 13 Billion dollar “settlement” with the government over the bad mortgages that JP Morgan Chase had in its portfolio. They are the first of the big banks to be punished for the loans.
Now we do agree that these loans were indeed bad, however, the Chase story has an interesting piece that hardly has made the news. Most of these loans were acquired prior to 2008 from Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns. The same goes for Bank of America’s acquisition of loans from Countrywide.
J.P. Morgan Chase Settlement Benefits Obama Allies
The tentative $ 13 billion settlement between J.P. Morgan Chase and the Justice Department is an extortion scheme to benefit the Obama administration’s political supporters and likely will backfire the next time government needs the financial industry to bail it out of a crisis, Wall Street Journal editorial writers say.
“Federal law enforcers are confiscating roughly half of a company’s annual earnings for no other reason than because they can and because they want to appease their left-wing populist allies,” the Journal said in an editorial Monday.
The agreement would settle the allegation that the company issued faulty mortgage bonds, but, the Journal argues, the securities were issued before the 2008 financial panic and were not all Morgan products, but also issued by Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.
The government pleaded with J.P. Morgan to take responsibility for those products to help them ease the crisis, the Journal noted.
Fast forward five years, and now the feds are punishing the company and Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon for coming to their rescue.
“We’d like to see Mr. Dimon fight the charges, but the political reality is that he and his bank don’t have much choice . . . The government will only turn the screws harder if he resists,” the editorial said.
For justice to be truly served, former Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and others — who blocked reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Reserve for establishing the easy-credit scheme — would have to be held accountable, the Journal continued.
“The lesson is how government has used the crisis to exert political control over even the most powerful private financial companies. The real lords of American finance are Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and their boss in the White House,” the Journal said.
The newspaper also observed that proceeds from the settlement could be used in a political shakedown scheme to financially aid advocacy groups that support Obama and the Democratic Party.
“Perhaps the administration will have the checks arrive in swing Congressional districts right before the 2014 election,” the editorial concluded.
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