“How much of a charade was the Sandra Fluke “affair?” To refresh a current controversy, a 30-year-old Georgetown University law student became infamous for 15 minutes when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” for demanding a Catholic university provide free birth control to poor women. But was that the bigger issue?
There were many charades going on when Sandra Fluke came into the public limelight.
First we had a Democratic Party committee meeting that was made up to look like a Congressional hearing.
Then we had a radio talk show host whose popularity is waning who wanted to put himself at the center of a political argument. He was reveling at the height of the imaginary controversy.
Then we had a Georgetown University student who is really a political activist who appears to have been planted at that university to undermine the Catholic church’s moral teachings by creating the false argument that poor women attending school there (how can you be poor and pay that tuition?) have to pay as much as $3000 during their college years for contraception (actually $9/month birth control pills are widely available and I think Planned Parenthood offers them at no charge for poor women).
Then we have a President who somehow catches wind of all this, and in between World War III breaking out in Iran, the world economies collapsing, starting with a failed bailout of Greece, and $5 gasoline prices, he has time to call Sandra Fluke and offer his support.
So what was really going on here in this parade of charades?”
Via Lew Rockwell
“FACT: Over the last 30 years Krugman’s prescriptions has never worked.
The facts are that on a historical basis borrowing always produces less GDP growth than debt growth. That is, it is a net negative as you must both pay back the debt some day and pay the interest, which means that in order for it to “work” GDP must expand by more than the debt does, so the interest can be covered along with the principal.
But NEVER did GDP exceed new debt, even for one quarter, at any time during the 1980-2007 time period and the only time you saw that happen during the collapse of 07-08 was when debt defaults pushed outstanding down faster than GDP declined — a temporary condition as you can see we have resumed our sin.
Read this again:
Not once has “stimulus” actually produced an increase in GDP that exceeds the new debt taken on to prove it.
This is not my opinion or someone else’s opinion. It is mathematical fact as documented by both the Federal Reserve and the government’s GDP numbers.
Krugman has the same access to these numbers as everyone else. He can thus trivially verify that this is true, if he bothers to look. My sources are listed in the chart.
This cannot, therefore, be an innocent error.
Krugman’s policy prescription is wrong. It is wrong on the facts, it is wrong on the mathematics and it is empirically, with more than 30 years of history, wrong in terms of realized results.”
Via Market Ticker
““He is one on the greatest congressmen in the country,” said President Obama. The reason, Obama told a Teamsters union rally in 2004, “is because he shares our values.”
At that time—just eight years ago—Congressman Danny Davis was continuing his efforts to help move then-State Senator Obama up the Chicago political food chain. And not that long ago—in fact, just two weeks—that Congressman Davis was honored by People’s World, a news website, at the Communist Party U.S.A.’s headquarters in Chicago for a lifetime of “inspiring leadership.”
Upon receiving the People’s World “Chris Hani & Rudy Lozano Social Justice Award,” Davis reflected, “Rudy Lozano and I worked closely together to try and build and a relationship between Latino and African-American activists and union types… we called ourselves ‘Progressives.’””
“The EU charges a carbon emissions fee, an “extra terrestrial tax.” This is viewed by non-European governments as an attack on sovereignty. China’s airlines have refused to comply. “Some non-European airlines may have to choose whether to obey the law of their land or that of Europe.” Companies refusing to comply would be fined and denied the right to land in the 27 countries that are members of EU.
The European Court of Justice has already rejected the legal basis of a challenge raised in London by North American airlines. Carriers have until April 30 to calculate their damaging annual emissions and to buy polluting rights for 2012. Delta Airlines has already added a surcharge to passenger tickets. The scalping of the developing world continues. Each flight will cost us an additional $32 of a round-trip long-distance ticket. The financial gains are substantial for the bureaucrats since 655 million people flew to Europe last year.”
“Monsanto’s reckless disregard for public health and the agricultural stability of the planet may be even more significant than previously thought. A shocking new report reveals how Monsanto’s Roundup is actually threatening the crop-yielding potential of the entire biosphere. The report reveals that glyphosate, which was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s and is the active ingredient in its patented herbicide Roundup, may be irreversibly devastating the microbiodiversity of the soil – compromising the health of the entire planet, as a result.
New research published in the journal Current Microbiology highlights the extent to which glyphosate is altering, and in some cases destroying, the very microorganisms upon which the health of the soil, and – amazingly – the benefits of raw and fermented foods as a whole, depend. Concerningly, certain beneficial strains of bacteria used as food-starters in cultures for raw yogurt, such as Lactobacillus cremoris, have entirely disappeared from certain geographic regions where traditionally they were found in plenty. The study reports that the death and growth inhibition of selected food microorganisms was observed in concentrations of Roundup that are lower than are recommended in agricultural practice.”
Via Natural News
Los Angeles museum director unveils brilliant plan to save national economy by shipping rocks across America (satire)
“When a Los Angeles museum spent $10 million to move a large boulder across California and use it as a museum attraction, museum director Michael Govan told Reuters the activity was a tremendous boon to the economy. “You couldn’t ask for a better gift to the economy right now than to be paying iron workers, truck drivers, concrete, construction workers,” he said.”
“This is true. Check the source at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/us-art-rock-idUSBRE82818C20120309“
“Shortly thereafter, local California bureaucrats — most of whom flunked Economics 101 in college — urged Govan to unveil a national plan to boost the economy by hiring fleets of iron workers, truck drivers and construction workers to move rocks back and forth across the country on giant trucks.
“It will create over one million jobs!” declared California’s home-grown economic genius Nancy Pelosi, who also chimed in with the idea of adding Christmas lights to all the rocks so that trucks driving back and forth across the nation would be “beautiful to watch at night.”"
“Nancy Pelosi hailed this idea as, “More awesomer!” and immediately began to consider what else might be destroyed in order for the government to create more jobs.
Just yesterday, a top Pentagon official answered that question with a fascinating proposal that the Chicago School of Economics heralded as pure genius: “Let’s bomb all the cities after the rocks move through,” he suggested, pointing out that the post-bombing rebuilding efforts would require millions of concrete workers, steel workers, glass workers, landscape workers, insurance professionals and a huge team of even more bureaucrats to shuffle all the paperwork.
President Obama released a supporting statement shortly thereafter: “Our economic policy has always focused on the destruction of America as a way to boost the national economy, so we wholeheartedly support this plan to rebuild America!”"
Via Natural News
“Britain’s Conservative-led government plans to argue in a European Court of Human Rights case that employers are entitled to ban the visible wearing of crosses at work because displaying the symbol is not a recognized “requirement” of the Christian faith.
A document leaked to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph outlines the argument the government plans to present at the tribunal in Strasbourg, France, where two Christian women will claim that their rights were violated when employers barred them from wearing crosses at work.”
Via CNS News