” India has said Russia holds “legitimate interests” in Ukraine, becoming the first major nation appearing to publicly lean towards Moscow at a time it is largely isolated internationally over its military intervention in the Crimean Peninsula.
India’s first official response came on a day Crimean MPs voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, prompting the US to activate some sanctions.
National security adviser Shivshankar Menon has said India wants the confrontation between the West and Moscow over Ukraine resolved peacefully. But he added that it also hoped that the interests of Russia and other stakeholders were taken into account.
“ We hope that whatever internal issues there are within Ukraine are settled peacefully, and the broader issues of reconciling various interests involved, and there are legitimate Russian and other interests involved…. We hope those are discussed, negotiated and that there is a satisfactory resolution to them,” Menon said today.
Menon’s reference to Russia’s “legitimate interests” sparked a sharp diplomatic response from Kiev.
“ We are not sure how Russia can be seen having legitimate interests in the territory of another country,” Roman Pyrih, the media secretary at the Ukrainian embassy in New Delhi, said. “In our view, and in the view of much of the international community, this is a direct act of aggression and we cannot accept any justification for it.”
The US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan — the seven G8 nations other than Russia — have criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops into Ukraine’s southeastern Crimean Peninsula.”
IndiaTelegraph has more
” The Internal Revenue Service will give documents and emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner to the House Ways and Means Committee, House Republicans announced Friday.
The news was released in a statement from committee Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, who said the IRS was finally handing over the documents he requested months ago, as his committee continues its investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.
” From the few Lerner documents we have received, we know that Washington, D.C., orchestrated the targeting of groups applying for tax-exempt status, surveillance of existing tax-exempt groups and formed the proposed 501(c)(4) rules designed to push conservative groups out of the public forum,” Camp said.
” The remaining documents are key to determining the level of wrong doing and deception committed by this agency,” he added. “
Read on at Newsmax
” Whatever the reason, President Obama flubbed the famous refrain of Franklin’s most famous song on Thursday night, dropping a vowel as he spelled out “R-S-P-E-C-T.”:
As guests at the White House “Women of Soul” concert chuckled, Obama plowed ahead to discuss the legacy of Franklin and “Respect,” released in 1967.”
Here Barack , this is how it is spelled , although we shouldn’t be surprised that you can’t spell it , since you have none for us peons . Show him how it’s done Aretha …
We all have the same request … 5 years on and we still get no rspect from our “commander in chief” .
” Nine Russian soldiers who were participating in military exercises in Canada have been expelled from the country, as Ottawa continues to denounce Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, CTV News has learned.
A government source confirmed that the soldiers were informed Thursday afternoon that they had 24 hours to leave Canada.
Six of the soldiers were in Saint-Jean, Que., where they were learning English and French. Another two soldiers were participating in a training program at CFB Gagetown, and the ninth soldier was teaching Canadian soldiers Russian in Gatineau, Que.”
” Stephen Colbert Tuesday on Colbert Report gave a rundown of just how President Barack Obama has handled the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Colbert, whose entire shtick is to make fun of talk-show pundits, looked downright gleeful as he poked fun at Obama’s chill attitude.
After playing a series of clips from the talk-show circuit, showing prominent Republicans ripping the president, Colbert put a light touch on how President Obama is allegedly appearing to the rest of the world. While showing a photo of the president on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Colbert teased the president for the lack of haste in his wardrobe.”
More at Rare
“ Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee,” Issa said before announcing that he had no expectation that Lerner would answer his questions and adjourning the hearing.
Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. The hearing lasted approximately fifteen minutes before Issa released Lerner.
Issa did not choose to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress on the floor of the hearing. It is unclear at this time if he will choose to pursue contempt charges.”
” Anti-incumbent sentiment has reached a 25-year high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with economic frustration damaging Barack Obama’s Democrats while the Republican Party labors under a broad view that it’s out of touch with the concerns of most Americans.
The Republicans run evenly with the Democrats in congressional vote preference among registered voters, historically a strong position for the GOP given its advantage in midterm turnout. Perhaps more important, with control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the Republicans have a 50-42 percent advantage for Senate seats in the 34 states holding those contests.
That said, the Tea Party is a substantial risk factor for the Republicans, the Democrats have gained back some ground since January on key issues – and the public’s double-barreled discontent poses deep uncertainty for both political parties at this stage of the midterm contest.”
See entire poll here
” A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry.
The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.
Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.
NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed.
“ Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me.
The poll does seem skewed with too many liberals and Democrats. None of the colleges said they asked party affiliation of the respondents.”
As we know depending on one’s methodology one can achieve whatever results one likes in polling , and while the colleges said that they didn’t ask party affiliation the fact is they don’t have to in order to bias things should they so desire . By doing a simple comparison of voting district results and area codes pollsters can report any results they would like .
The two northeastern states are dark blue to begin with and if the pollsters concentrated their calls to area codes linked to the metropolitan areas they are sure to get Hillary approval ratings of 60% and Obama 55% . The same goes for the cities in Virginia , and anywhere else for that matter , as most all urban areas of the US run decidedly to the left of the average .
Just reading the numbers off the poll illustration above shows large majority support for a veritable democrat wish list with the exception of Keystone and Obamacare . In fact,the results for those two policy issues help further document the bias as does the question of illegal immigration . If the polling respondents were a genuinely balanced group Keystone support and repeal of Obamacare would be much higher .
Does anyone believe that a poll that was truly representative of conservative voters would show 70-80% approval for Amnesty , universal free pre-k and raising the minimum wage ?
The interested reader can find what polling data the schools made public on about this survey here and here . It is of considerable interest that the average polling sample was only about 750 respondents and the demographics such that approximately 65% were childless , 75% non-gun owners and 53% female with an average margin of error of 3.6 .
Also , while the text of the article claims that the pollsters didn’t ask the respondent’s political affiliations , a quick glance at the Nature of the Samples provided says otherwise and finally if these polls offered the reader a truly unbiased screenshot of today’s electorate do you believe that Hillary would get 30-40% support for president when no one else who my be a potential candidate in 2016 can even reach double digits … except Christie but only in his home state ?
Think about that before you shed too many tears . Read the rest from Emily Miller .
By newly proposed NJ law this is now an “assault” rifle … slippery slope ? Nah
” New Jersey has become ground zero this year for legislative battles over gun control.
The Brady Campaign ranked the state third in the nation for most restrictive firearms laws, yet anti-gun Democrats who control the legislature are determined to go all the way to gun bans and confiscation.
The New Jersey Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday (postponed for snow) about a bill that reduces the maximum magazine capacity from 15 to 10.
Since the legislation covers both detachable and fixed magazines, it has the effect of to banning popular, low-caliber rifles.
They discovered that the bill would affect tube-fed, semi-automatic rifles because the magazine cannot be separated from the gun.
Just having one such gun would turn a law-abiding owner into a felon overnight.”
Emily Miller has more . From a state that banned certain pellet rifles this should come as little surprise . I guess the feeling among NJ pols is that their constituents are as corrupt as their leaders .
” Emails reportedly have “set the record straight,” backing up Rep. Darrell Issa’s assertion that beleaguered former IRS official Lois Lerner will finally answer questions before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the agency’s targeting of conservative political groups.
The Hill reported that emails between committee staff and an attorney for the retired head of the agency’s tax-exempt division were released Monday to prove Issa’s statements were correct about her planned testimony — without immunity.
The California Republican lawmaker is yanking Lerner back before his committee because she previously refused to talk about the IRS’ controversial targeting, invoking her Fifth Amendment rights.
Perhaps we will finally hear the truth . Read more .
” Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free.
“ The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year.
“Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.” “
The cowardly nine old swine have once again failed the basic principles of the Founding Fathers . If parents do not have a right to decide the children’s education then the children are nothing but wards of the State . Shame .
” Russia cemented its control of the flashpoint Crimean peninsula without firing a shot as markets plunged on Monday and world leaders held a series of crisis talks over the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.
The price of oil surged on fears of an all-out conflict as Russia looked set to send troops into eastern parts of Ukraine, an area with close ties to Russia that the Kremlin has vowed to protect from “ultranationalist forces”.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague opened talks with Ukraine’s Western-backed but untested interim leaders a day after the world’s top industrialised powers threatened to strip Russia of its coveted seat at the Group of Eight for menacing its ex-Soviet neighbour.
Germany offered a rare glimmer of hope by announcing that Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed in telephone talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel late Sunday to set up a contact group on Ukraine.
Western allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation also said they wanted to send international observers to Ukraine while engaging Moscow in direct talks.”
Yahoo News has more
” They say taxes are a certainty of life, although that isn’t true for most 6 year-olds. However, there’s one little boy who must file an individual tax return for a variety of reasons. So when he received a letter from the IRS questioning several items on his most recent return, his mother naturally responded for him. She received this in return (regarding her 6 year-old son):
“ Dear Mr. Smith: we don’t recognize Susan F. Smith as someone authorized to discuss your tax file. If you want Susan F. Smith to be authorized to discuss your return we suggest you go online and submit form 8892 and form, etc.” Since the government already had the little boy’s Social Security Number and knew he was a minor, his parents were perplexed. So, they naturally decided that he should write the IRS himself. This is his letter.”
Much thanks to ViralNova for bringing this our way
” Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base’s gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.
In Kiev, Ukraine’s new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military, warning that “we are on the brink of disaster.”
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine without firing a shot.
” There was no reason for the Russian Federation to invade Ukraine,” Yatsenyuk said after a closed session of his new parliament in Kiev.”
While the Ukraine heads for war with Russia in the driver’s seat , Obama & Clinton’s vaunted reset button has been crushed by T-90′s as they roll into the Crimea . Elsewhere in Washington our “Nero” was too busy to attend the security briefings on the crisis in the Ukraine and left that task to Susan “I’ve Never Met A Crisis I Couldn’t Worsen” Rice .
” Twenty-six of the most powerful American corporations – such as Boeing, General Electric, and Verizon – paid no federal income tax from 2008 to 2012, according to a new report detailing how Fortune 500 companies exploit tax breaks and loopholes.
The report, conducted by public advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), focuses on the 288 companies in the Fortune 500 that registered consistent profit every year from 2008 to 2012. Those 288 profitable corporations paid an “effective federal income tax rate of just 19.4 percent over the five-year period — far less than the statutory 35 percent tax rate,” CTJ states.
One-third, or 93, of the analyzed companies paid an effective tax rate below 10 percent in that timespan, CTJ found.
Defenders of low corporate taxes call the US federal statutory rate of 35 percent one of the highest companies face in any nation. But the report signals how the most formidable corporate entities in the US take advantage of tax breaks, loopholes, and accounting schemes to keep their effective rates down.
“Tax subsidies for the 288 companies over the five years totaled a staggering $364 billion,including $56 billion in 2008, $70 billion in 2009, $80 billion in 2010, $87 billion in 2011, and $70 billion in 2012,” CTJ states. “These amounts are the difference between what the companies would have paid if their tax bills equaled 35 percent of their profits and what they actually paid.”
The title speaks for itself – Listen to the “Great One”s address …
Jogging in their dress clothes … yeah , right . What a bunch of idiots . How much did this idiotic video cost the taxpayers ? Be sure to check out the comments on the Youtube page . Some of them are priceless .
” During what was supposed to be a roasting of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Master surprised audiences by speaking some truth:
“Never in my life did I ever believe that our country would be taken over by people like the people who are running it at this day.” “
Inept-ocracy – A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing …
” A Florida group that that manages several restaurants is already banking money for when the Obamacare employer mandate takes effect in 2015, and is charging customers a 1 percent surcharge on food and drinks.
Currently only management employees of the eight Gator’s Dockside restaurants receive health insurance, but starting in December, in order to comply with the employer mandate, about 250 full-time employees will also receive health insurance, according to CNN Money.
Sandra Clark, director of operations for the Gator Group that manages the restaurants, “is not sure how much the company is spending on compliance, but estimates that it will cost $500,000 a year to extend insurance to its full-time hourly restaurant workers,” CNN Money reported. “The surcharge may bring in about $160,000 a year, she hopes.” “
Truth in labeling is a time-worn business tradition … LOL