One again, time will tell…but this looks like yet another Foreign Policy Homerun for the Kenyan Muslim Usurper

WASHINGTON –  North Korea raised hopes Wednesday for a major easing in nuclear tensions under its youthful new leader, agreeing to suspend uranium enrichment at a key facility and refrain from missile and nuclear tests in exchange for a mountain of critically needed U.S. food aid.

It was only a preliminary step but a necessary one to restart broader six-nation negotiations that would lay down terms for what the North could get in return for abandoning its nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang pulled out of those talks in 2009 and seemingly has viewed the nuclear program as key to the survival of its dynastic, communist regime, now entering its third generation.

via North Korea Says It Will Halt Nuclear Activities | Fox News.

The agreement, as per, includes the verification step so necessary to make this stuff happen.

It also opened the way for international nuclear inspections after years when the North’s program went unmonitored.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the agreement, which was announced at separate but simultaneous statements by the long-time adversaries, was a modest step but also “a reminder that the world is transforming around us.”

“We, of course, will be watching closely and judging North Korea’s new leaders by their actions,” Clinton told a congressional hearing.

I’m all for giving the new kid a chance to be decent and get NK back to being part of the human race.

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Fed does its job…read the comments and weep

The Fed just finished selling all of them, and their return on investment isn’t too shabby. The sales of the $19.5 billion portfolio turned a $2.8 billion profit for taxpayers.

“The completion of the sale of the Maiden Lane II portfolio has resulted in significant gains for the public and marks an important milestone in the wind-down of the extraordinary interventions necessitated by the financial crisis,” William Dudley, president of the New York Fed, said in a statement.

The article goes on to mention this wasn’t the really toxic asset pool, and we’ll likely take a bath on that…but reading the comments on that article…I really think less than 1% of the country could explain what the Fed does or how it works.  The RON PAUL idiocy and confidence brigade is in full effect on any Fed story…and none of them even deign to read the stories themselves…they just read the word ‘Fed’ and start ranting.

Fed turns $2.8 billion profit on AIG bonds – Feb. 28, 2012
http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/28/news/economy/fed_maiden_lane_aig/?npt=NP1

Romney slams Santorum for following Romney’s Advice

Mitt Romney, January 28, 2012:

In my state of Massachusetts, you could register as an independent and go vote in which—either primary happens to be very interesting. And any chance I got to vote against Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy, I took.

Mitt Romney, today:

It’s outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after union labor in Detroit and try to get them to vote against me. […] Look, we don’t want Democrats deciding who our nominee is going to be. […] I just think it’s outrageous and disgusting. […] This is reminiscent of the dirty tricks of the past, and it’s got to end, and I think Rick Santorum has a lot of explaining to do.

Mitt Romney, February 18, 2007:

When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I’d vote in the Democrat [sic] primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for a Republican. […] I’d go in their primary, just like a lot of other folks, and voted against the person who I thought was the strongest Democrat. […] So, yeah, as an independent, I’ll go in and play in their primary, but I’m a Republican, and have been through my life. […] But a registered independent, so I could vote in either primary.

I’ve mentioned this before but it has become crystal clear that Romney thinks “politics” is an excuse for gross hypocrisy.

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Daily Kos: Video: Mitt Romney denounces Operation Hilarity one month after endorsing it
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/28/1069046/-Video-Mitt-Romney-denounces-Operation-Hilarity-one-month-after-endorsing-it?fark

UPDATE: Just wanted to point out that sign in the video (around :17)…”Romney, Great for ’68″….which is fine and dandy.  But when applied to Mitt…in the 21st century?  Not so much.

Romney caught in Pander-Lie about his dad…again

“I think my dad had a job, like, being the grand master or whatever of the 50th celebration of the automobile in Detroit,” Romney said at a Tea Party rally in Milford. “They painted Woodward Avenue with gold paint. My memory’s a little foggy here, so, uh, but – yeah I was probably four or something like that. But they had the cars go down Woodward Avenue.”

His memory was a little foggy, however, because he wasn’t born.

The Golden Jubilee, as the event was called, occurred nine months before Romney’s birth.

“Mitt doesn’t say he was there, in fact, he says his memory was foggy,” the aide said. “He was simply telling the story about his dad.

In 2007, Romney had to acknowledge that he had not watched his father march with Martin Luther King Jr., as he had asserted in a nationally televised debate. Romney said at the time that his father had told him that he had marched with King and that he was using the word “saw” in a “figurative sense.”

“I did not see it with my own eyes, but I saw him in the sense of being aware of his participation in that great effort,” Romney said then.

One thing that’s nice about being a “Master of the Universe”?  No one questions your bullshit name dropping (to your face).  Things are slightly different outside the world of leveraged buyouts and corporate “creative destruction”, Mitt.   Not everyone out here is going to kiss your ass when you lie, like they did at Bain.

Mitt Romney remembers Detroit celebration from before he was born – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com
http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2012/02/mitt-romney-remembers-detroit-celebration-from-before-was-born/PZ6Q7wnVOWMoIfB9iv0x1K/index.html

How Global Warming Creates More Snow in Northern Europe and the Northeastern U.S.

If less of the ocean is ice-covered in autumn, it releases more heat, warming the atmosphere.

This reduces the air temperature difference between the Arctic and latitudes further south, over the Atlantic Ocean.

In turn, this reduces the strength of the northern jet stream, which usually brings milder, wetter weather to Europe from the west.

It is these “blocking” conditions that keep the UK and the other affected regions supplied with cold air.

The researchers also found that the extra evaporation from the Arctic Ocean makes the air more humid, with some of the additional water content falling out as snow.

“I agree with the study – I have no beef with the case that declining Arctic sea ice can drive easterly winds and produce colder winters over Europe,” commented Adam Scaife, head of monthly to decadal prediction at the UK Met Office.

Research in other institutions, including the Met Office, confirmed the argument, he said.

Sadly, the “it’s snowing therefore science is a lie” argument finds lots of takers and this explanation is longer than a commercial, so despite the fact that it explains *and* predicts the observed data, it will be widely dismissed by idiots.

BBC News – Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17143269

Why Ricky Froth can’t win the General

94: Percentage of parents who think their child will go to college, according to a Pew poll.

75: Percentage of Americans calling a college education “very important,” according to a Gallup poll.

21: Percentage of Americans calling a college education “fairly important.”

4: Percentage of Americans calling a college education “not important.”

4.2: Unemployment rate for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree.

7.2: Unemployment rate for workers with some college.

8.4: Unemployment rate for workers with only a high school degree.

13.1: Unemployment rate for workers with no high school degree.

WHAT THEY SAID

— “President Obama has said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. … There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day, and put their skills to test, who aren’t taught by some liberal college professor (who) tries to indoctrinate them. I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.” — Santorum.

— “When I speak about higher education we’re not just talking about a four-year degree. We’re talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job that now is requiring somebody walking through the door, handling a million-dollar piece of equipment. And they can’t go in there unless they’ve got some basic training beyond what they received in high school.” — Obama

He’s even bad at picking topics to distort Obama’s record.
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The Associated Press: A political tip sheet for the rest of us
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jWL3204WP-rilhkHqPjjOyXofA4Q?docId=8d919717b45d4d3991a8938781b90754

Post the Tough 1% Guy’s Real Name, Then We’ll Find Out What Happens in the Real World

Just when you may have thought the ongoing battle between the 99% and the 1% was dying down, it may have been reignited. A wealthy banker left a $1.33 tip on a $133 lunch at the True Food Kitchen restaurant in Newport Beach, California.

To add insult to injury the word “tip” was circled on the receipt, and the banker wrote “get a real job” on the bill. The picture of the receipt was taken and uploaded to the blog Future Ex-Banker by a person who was dining with the anonymous banker. As expected, the blog received a lot of attention and has now been taken down.

The author of the blog wrote, “mention the 99% in my boss presence and feel his wrath. So proudly does he wear his 1% badge of honor that he tips exactly 1% every time he feels the server doesnt sufficiently bow down to his holiness.

“People online who had a chance to see the blog post before it went offline and those who have been made aware of it on social media outlets are outraged. One person called the tip a “tale of greed and contempt,” and another referred to it as “arrogance personified.”

via Banker’s Insulting Waitress Tip Incites Class Warfare Between the 1% and the 99% | Trending Now – Yahoo! News.

I actually know a number of sanctimonious pricks that probably applaud this guy.   Just post the guy’s real name somewhere.  Let the mob that he mocks do its job.

Santorum: College turns people into black Presidents, avoid it at all costs

President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob,” Santorum said as the crowd howled with laughter and applause. “There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor.”

Santorum said he knows the real reason Obama wants more Americans on college campuses.

“That’s why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image,” Santorum said to more applause. “I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.”

I’ll yell you this, Ricky Froth is not afraid blow that dog whistle long and hard.   The sheriff sure is near, ain’t he, old white voters in rural Michigan.
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Santorum: Obama ‘A Snob’ For Wanting Everyone To Go To College | TPM Livewire
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/rick-santorum-obama-wants-to-send-your-kids

Because that would be an outright lie, jerkoff

A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday.

The state House passed HB 363 in a 45-28 vote following extensive debate. The bill — which now goes on to the state Senate — would lift the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. If the bill passes, districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all. Republican state Rep. Bill Wright sponsored the proposal.

“We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest,” Wright said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?”

via Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill In Utah Prohibits Teaching Contraception.

If you ever wondered why it was necessary to create a whole new country to get away from religious nuts forcing their arbitrary and common-sense killing agenda on everyone else…you have never dealt with religious nuts in politics.

I’m not sure if they are gong with a big red “A” to be tattooed on women who buy birth control and aren’t married, or just publish their names in the newspaper.

After all, without the public shaming and a withchunt, how can we make sure to devastate these women’s lives for having pre-marital sex?

Last night’s debate, in a nutshell

47 minutes. Romney pivots away from contraception to religious freedom, and condemns Obama for “most recently requiring the Catholic Church to provide for its employees and its various enterprises health care insurance that would include birth control, sterilization and the morning-after pill. Unbelievable.” This is a good line, as long as you don’t go back to Dec. 8, 2005, when Romney himself was quoted saying, ““My own view is that every hospital should provide to rape victims information about emergency contraception, or emergency contraception itself.” Unbelievable, you say? Believe it.

49 minutes. Santorum returns to contraception, which he has previously said he would speak out against as President. By definition, contraception prevents pregnancy, but Santorum suggests it does the opposite, by encouraging teen sexuality. “What we’re seeing is a problem in our culture with respect to children being raised by children, children being raised out of wedlock, and the impact on society economically,” he says. So vote Santorum, and prevent pregnancy with less contraception. Or something like that.

Note: standard logic doesn’t apply in nutshells. 

Swampland
http://swampland.time.com/2012/02/23/what-you-missed-while-not-watching-the-last-gop-debate-before-super-tuesday/

Presidential candidate makes up facts about Europe, bases worldview off of them

“Rick Santorum is an arch conservative. The most conservative of all candidates in the Republican primaries. He loathes abortion and euthanasia. So now he loathes the Netherlands. Because in the Netherlands we kill the elderly like there’s no tomorrow,” reads the story, according to a translation provided by BuzzFeed’s Low Country correspondent,and author of a Dutch blog on American politics, Bertine Moenaff. The story quotes Santorum, before concluding: “This man is really imaginative. It would be a laughing matter, if he weren’t in the race for the Republican nomination to take on Barack Obama in the race for the presidency of the most powerful country in the world.”

Santorum said in an interview with social conservative leader James Dobson earlier this month that euthanasia makes up “ten percent of all deaths, and half of those people are euthanized involuntarily, because they are old or sick. And so elderly people in the Netherlands don’t go into a hospital. They go to other country.”

Even funnier is when they blast Europe for what is happening in Greece…and neglect to mention that Greece is being bailed out by Germany….who, I guess because of their economic strength, isn’t *really* a part of Europe for rhetorical reasons.

Dutch Outraged Over Santorum’s Euthanasia Claim – BuzzFeed Mobile
http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/dutch-outraged-over-santorums-euthanasia-clai?s=mobile

Climate Scientist stoops to using Denier tactics (i.e. lies) to expose Heartland Institute conspiracy against Climate Science

“At the beginning of 2012, I received an anonymous document in the mail describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute’s climate programme strategy. It contained information about their funders and the Institute’s apparent efforts to muddy public understanding about climate science and policy. I do not know the source of that original document but assumed it was sent to me because of my past exchanges with Heartland and because I was named in it,” Gleick wrote.

“Given the potential impact however, I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else’s name. The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget. I forwarded, anonymously, the documents I had received to a set of journalists and experts working on climate issues.”

It is sad he did this.  It’s worse that such a conspiracy exists.  It’s much, much worse that so many people have fallen for it, and scientists have to deal with so much crap for presenting data and research that challenges powerful industries.


m.guardian.co.uk
http://m.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/21/peter-gleick-admits-leaked-heartland-institute-documents?cat=environment&type=article