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To: Neeka who wrote (473792)2/24/2012 5:43:33 PM
From: goldworldnet
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This primary just keeps getting worse and worse.

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (473808)2/24/2012 5:47:39 PM
From: Neeka
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I don't look at it like that gold............I think it's getting more and more interesting, and I'm actually enjoying watching the process. We'll eventually pick a candidate and then the BO bashing can really begin.

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To: Farmboy who wrote (473622)2/24/2012 6:02:46 PM
From: FUBHO
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Watching Special Report right now. We issued several more apologies today from multiple administration sources. Crazy.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (473807)2/24/2012 6:29:13 PM
From: hdl
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years ago when a high percentage of new york city was jewish - (jesse jackson called it hymietown) - i demanded that 25 % of the knicks, mets, yankees, rangers, and nets be jewish and they get 25% of the playtime. the anti-semites denied my demand. the aclu, democrats, media and others did not take up my demand and it went nowhere.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (473810)2/24/2012 6:31:23 PM
From: LindyBill
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We issued several more apologies today from multiple administration sources. Crazy.

I just watched the same program, and got madder than hell watching a Black Muslim Mullah standing behind our DOD guy and nodding in smug approval as this guy groveled to Islam.

I would love to see a poll on this action by our Gov. Makes me sick to my stomach. At least Newt had the guts to take them on.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (473810)2/24/2012 6:36:00 PM
From: Farmboy
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Yes I saw, and can't help but wonder if this isn't all part of the Obama plan to make Americans feel inferior, and therefore more accepting of government 'salvation'. This wasn't like a battalion of soldiers all stood out in front of the entrance to their firebase and each one torched a koran while shouting obscenities about Islam. Coupled with the contrition the Administration went overboard in demonstrating about the 'peeing' incident, this entire episode just gets under my skin and, if the government thinks I'll feel bad about it, they're sadly mistaken. Heck, I don't feel any contrition or regret whatever, except over the shameful submissive behavior displayed by our spineless leadership since this happened.

Screw Afghanistan. "Glass it".

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From: LindyBill2/24/2012 6:40:00 PM
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It Works Like a Charm
by Richard Fernandez
Alexandra Kassimi describes what it takes to start an online store in Greece. You know the place where people have no money, jobs or prospect of employment.

  • “Most stores begin operating after receiving only the approval regarding their brand name, as the bureaucracy involved takes such a long time to complete that it is simply impossible to keep up with the operational costs, such as paying rent on obligatory headquarters, without making any sales,” said Antonopoulos.

  • Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.

  • Once they climbed the crazy mountain of Greek bureaucracy and reached the summit, they faced the quagmire of the bank, where the issue of how to confirm the credit card details of customers ended in the bank demanding that the entire website be in Greek only, including the names of the products.
Nothing in the story makes sense until you finally understand that the store is there — as is everything — to keep the bureaucrats involved. The health inspector, fire department, the regulated banker, the tech who literally analyzes the s**t. They are who the online store is supposed to support. They are what the economy is about.



The business model is for the bureaucracy to take their cut up front, in the processing of permits A, B, C, D … in case the business goes bankrupt. And if by any miracle it actually manages to make money, there is still the prospect of taxes or payments to avoid making taxes. Ultimately Greece will kill business. It already has.

But that’s because it doesn’t understand business. Unlike America, where the Associated Press carried a story on President Obama’s new industrial policy. It would tax some industries at a higher rate than others. “Economists note that Obama’s plan would upturn the very playing field the administration says it wants to level.” But, the President’s supporters counterargue, the tax breaks go the “right” businesses. Not that it hasn’t been that way for a long time.

  • The loophole-riddled U.S. tax code now benefits numerous industries over others. One tax break, for example, lets oil companies write off drilling costs immediately instead of over time, as most businesses must.

  • In the end, different industries can pay far different effective rates. The Treasury Department says U.S. utility companies pay an average effective tax rate of 14 percent. By contrast, retailers pay an average 31 percent.

  • The administration says the point of its tax plan is to make the system fairer and more efficient — not to squeeze more overall tax revenue from corporations.
All President Obama is doing is rearranging the deck chairs, never noticing that the ship supporting it is plunging beneath the waves. Ultimately the practice of picking “winners and losers” is what government industrial policy is all about. It turns the economy into a system that works based on not about what you know, but who you know. Jacob Sullum complains:

  • As long as we have leaders with this kind of overblown faith in their own knowledge, wisdom, and competence, we will have “a tax system that’s a complex, inefficient, and loophole-riddled mess.”
It is however, as good for lawyers and lobbyists as the Greek system is good for bureaucrats. It works very well. The only argument is over what “it” is.

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From: LindyBill2/24/2012 6:42:02 PM
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Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly
by Don Boudreaux
Mr. Bill O’Reilly
The O’Reilly Factor
Fox News
New York, NY

Dear Mr. O’Reilly:

You’re all lathered up because U.S. oil companies are exporting much of their refined gasoline and heating oil to other countries and thereby putting upward pressure on fuel prices here in America. You conclude that these companies have a moral obligation not to export so much.

Your economics is wrong and your ethics convenient.

First some economics. Selling in the global market encourages firms to build larger factories and refineries that, in turn, enable outputs to be produced at lower costs per unit. So while in the short-run rising exports of oil products can cause fuel prices here to spike, the long-run effect might well be lower prices because of larger, more-efficient scales of operation. Also, more exports of fuel products means more imports of other goods and services. The result is lower prices in America for consumer goods such as clothing and furniture, as well as lower prices of inputs such as steel and industrial machinery used by American factories.

I was amused, by the way, that in your Feb. 17th discussion with Lou Dobbs, Mr. Dobbs shared your anger at rising U.S. oil exports. This is the same Mr. Dobbs who repeatedly complains that the problem with America’s involvement in the global economy is that foreigners stubbornly refuse to buy sufficient amounts of American exports. Go figure.

Now about your ethics. You’re paid so handsomely because there’s a large nation-wide demand for your commentary and bombast. In your career you’ve worked for broadcasters in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, and elsewhere. And before moving to Fox you were a correspondent for ABC News. You apparently never hesitated to sell your product to the highest bidder; you never hesitated to export yourself from one market to another in search of higher pay; you never resisted the bidding for your services by buyers (i.e., employers) far and wide which put upward pressure on the amounts of money that you are paid, both to appear on television and to deliver lunch and dinnertime speeches. So I ask: are you guilty of an offense against those many Americans who – as a result of your responding to market signals regarding the value of your services – must now pay higher prices for the privilege of hearing your commentary? Should you return to your long-ago job at a local Scranton television station, at your long-ago lower salary, and apologize to the good people of Lackawanna County for your greedy and evil habit of exporting yourself to wherever and whoever offers to pay you more money?

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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From: ManyMoose2/24/2012 6:45:47 PM
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Obama's entire history of apologies is outrageous, and unacceptable. This is just one more insult to our country, from our own 'leader.'

I wonder why those korans were burned. Were they worn out? Taking up too much space? What? Seems like they could have just called in the Afghans and passed them out. Put little GPS bugs and microphones in them and use them as spies.

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From: DMaA2/24/2012 6:47:18 PM
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Who told Romney that giving a speech in an empty football stadium in the north in Feb. was a good idea.

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