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To: i-node who wrote (648440)3/21/2012 12:10:24 PM
From: bentway
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"And they have something like 3% of the population depending on some form of government assistance"

Are you DENSE, Dave? The article just TOLD you that 100% of the Swiss population get government run health care!

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To: i-node who wrote (648456)3/21/2012 12:22:10 PM
From: Jim McMannis
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Little Rock renames airport to honor Bill and Hillary Clinton

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From: bentway3/21/2012 12:35:08 PM
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The nature of debt comparisons
By Steve Benen
Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:34 AM EDT

CBS News' Mark Knoller published an item this week, arguing that President Obama has added more to the national debt in three years than President George W. Bush did in eight years. The piece proved to be wildly popular with conservatives, which is a shame -- Knoller's piece is misleading and largely inaccurate.

As the CBS reporter sees it, the evaluation is a simple matter of arithmetic. Bush added about $5 trillion to the debt during his tenure, and the debt has gone by a nearly-identical figure under Obama. Ergo, based on the postings from Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department, the observation is sound.

But it's not. Knoller doesn't mention, for example, that the debt increase "on President Obama's watch" includes a $1.3 trillion deficit that was sitting on his desk the day he took office, left there by Bush/Cheney. It also fails to explain to the policies behind deficits. Consider this chart, for example, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:



Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


For that matter, it also matters which administration's policies are driving the debt. Here's another image, put together by the New York Times, which provides context Knoller's piece did not.



New York TImes


And even after we take all of these facts under consideration, there’s another angle that often goes overlooked: must this additional debt necessarily be deemed a bad thing?

Looking back over the last several years, we can say definitively that Republicans were entirely responsible for the nation’s fiscal mess. But given the larger circumstances, we can also say with confidence that it makes a lot of sense for the Obama administration to run large deficits: he inherited a brutal recession that required expensive federal intervention and led to low revenues, as well as two ongoing foreign wars, which his predecessor never even tried to pay for. Of course the president is running large deficits; trying to eliminate them now would make an economic catastrophe even worse.

Knoller’s piece doesn’t provide any of this information. It’s a bit of a mess.

maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com

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From: Brumar893/21/2012 12:41:19 PM
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Leftwing News Group Facilitating Sex Slavery

Posted by Jammie on Mar 21, 2012 at 7:43 am





Just imagine the furor if a Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper was helping enslave young women into sex slavery. Why, the left would be outrageously outraged. This story, however, has flown under the radar. Leave it to one of the left’s lone voices of dignity, Kirsten Powers, to speak up.

Right here in the United States is a media company — Village Voice Media, the parent of New York’s own Village Voice — that has of late achieved notoriety for its role in facilitating sex slavery.

VVM’s online advertising arm, Backpage.com, has been under fire from law enforcement, clergy and anti-sex-trafficking groups for its role in assisting pimps who’ve kidnapped women and girls to sell for rape.According to the advertising consultancy AIM Group, Village Voice Media isresponsible for about70 percent of online-prostitution advertising, earning it a cool $24 million a year.


Earning it off of incredible human suffering, mind you.

Some actually defend backpage.com’s “right” to provide a forum to peddle women and girls to serve as sex slaves. They throw their hands in the air and chant, “First Amendment.”

Give me a break. There may be no legal remedy here, because of the protection these creeps receive from the Communications Decency Act. But if activists can organize a boycott to try to force Rush Limbaugh off the air for calling a woman a “slut” and “prostitute,” then there is no reason the same shouldn’t be done to Village Voice Media for facilitating the monsters who force girls and women into actual prostitution.


Obviously destroying Limbaugh is far more important than the lives of some young girls.


No reputable advertiser should be allowed to be associated with any Village Voice property unless the company stops running these ads.

According to Equality NOW,an international human-rights group, this VVM company doesn’t just help American men prey on women and girls. It’s an international scourge as well, operating in 14 countries outside the United States. It advertises for sex tours — and if you think that the girls who are used in sex tours have made a “choice” to be there, I’ve got a bridge in Alaska to sell you.

Tzili Mor, Equality Now’s New York director, told me,“All over the worldwhereBackpage.comoperates it potentiallyadvertises for underage girls — and sometimes women of age — to be used as sex slaves.Some areabducted, held and raped. It’s a really easy way to [procure] women the way you would buy a sofa or table for your house. The Village Voice is normalizing the transaction of buying women.”

Backpage.com claims it is taking measures to protect against sex trafficking. Guess what? They’re not working. As The Post recently reported, a 15-year-old Long Island girl was kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped by pimps who then sold her on Backpage.com. It could be your daughter or niece or sister next.


Sandra Fluke was unavailable for comment.

jammiewf.com

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To: Jim McMannis who wrote (648463)3/21/2012 12:42:14 PM
From: JakeStraw
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>>Little Rock renames airport to honor Bill and Hillary Clinton

Yes, it will be known as Dick and Dyke International ;^)

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To: jlallen who wrote (648444)3/21/2012 1:09:30 PM
From: Tenchusatsu
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Jlallen, > I keep hearing about a surging economy but I don't see any evidence of it.

Dow, Naz, and S&P are all rising, companies reporting rising revenues, etc.

Only thing missing from this equation is the job growth.

Tenchusatsu

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To: bentway who wrote (648462)3/21/2012 1:11:46 PM
From: i-node
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>> The article just TOLD you that 100% of the Swiss population get government run health care!

Government run, but not free. They pay for it.

The point is that our government has shown itself to be able to control waste, fraud and abuse -- which is likely the single biggest cost in our government run programs -- amounting to 100s of billions.

Our government is unable to manage large scale programs like this effectively.

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To: Jim McMannis who wrote (648463)3/21/2012 1:13:18 PM
From: i-node
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Yeah, Bill & Hill. I heard someone suggest it should be the Bill & Monica airport.

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To: Bill who wrote (648453)3/21/2012 1:13:25 PM
From: Tenchusatsu
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Bill, > Dog lovers like me know that dog would rather have gone on that trip than be left in some kennel for the week. He slept the whole way in that crate.

I bet Pub doesn't even have a dog.

Tenchusatsu

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To: i-node who wrote (648469)3/21/2012 1:14:33 PM
From: Tenchusatsu
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Inode, > I heard someone suggest it should be the Bill & Monica airport.

Nah, the motel near the airport should be renamed after Lewinsky.

Tenchusatsu

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