” The broker America gets, the longer its presidential motorcade gets. If you don’t got it, flaunt it, baby! But President-in-Waiting Hillary Rodham Clinton is already giving out signals that a mere 40-car motorcade may no longer be enough. This week she gave a speech in Saskatoon, which is a town in Saskatchewan, which is a province of Canada. The speech was for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which is “under investigation from the United States for helping wealthy Americans offshore money in the bank’s Caribbean accounts to avoid paying federal taxes”. I’m on CIBC’s side on that one: By comparison with other western nations, Americans labor under a regime of ever tighter banking constraints that are a disgrace to a supposedly free people.
So if she wants to cozy up to foreign banksters (as they say in Britain), you go, girl! Nevertheless:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a couple paid speeches in Canada yesterday. She was reportedly accompanied by 65 agents of the United States Secret Service to at least one of the events.
The agents were presumably on hand to help keep the former first lady safe…
It’s unclear what part, if any, of the security tab was picked up by Clinton — and what part was paid for by U.S. taxpayers. “
” The government’s decision on Friday to lower British flags following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has stirred controversy, with critics pointing to the kingdom’s poor human rights record.
Tributes from world leaders have poured in for the late monarch, seen by some as a cautious moderniser in a turbulent region, but criticised by others as not having done enough to reform an absolute monarchy adhering to a severe form of Islam.
Saudi law, which forbids women from driving and punishes apostasy with death, is derived from Wahhabi Islam, an ultraconservative sect whose clergy have provided Saudi rulers with religious legitimacy.
” Your flag flying insults every woman in the United Kingdom, HOW DARE YOU,” tweeted former Conservative lawmaker Louise Mensch.
Lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted: “UK orders flags flown at half-mast for King Abdullah. Will return to lecturing the world about democracy tomorrow.” “
” When you take a picture of yourself to share with the world, there are several important factors you must be aware of. You have to frame the image properly to include yourself in the picture. You have to make sure the flash is either on or off. Most importantly. you absolutely must make sure there isn’t anything embarrassing going on in the background for everyone to see. Otherwise, you might end up like these people. “
A word to the wise: don’t do your selfies on the “john” … LOL
Viral Nova has more of these hilariously unedited photos
” Sigma Alpha Mu’s national office has ordered its University of Michigan chapter to suspend all activities for an indefinite period of time following a weekend of vandalism at a northern Michigan ski resort on Jan. 17-18.
The university released a statement Thursday evening saying that the SAM national office’s suspension includes all meetings, chapter events, philanthropy, recruitment, candidate education, social activities and other Greek life activities on the Ann Arbor campus.
The suspension comes after the group caused extensive damage to about 40 rooms at Treetops Resorts in Gaylord. Damages included broken doors, furniture and fixtures, trashing of carpet and other facilities, and broken electronics, and an initial guess estimated damages at about $50,000.”
” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:
- Moundsville, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for sex with a minor. He allegedly contacted the then-15-year-old girl on a social media site and met her at his residence. ow.ly/HGNy4
- Stamford, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for breach of the peace after he allegedly put his wife in a headlock. Following his arrest, he checked-in to an alcohol abuse treatment facility. ow.ly/HGO0n
- New York, New York: An officer was nabbed in a prostitution sting.ow.ly/HHtzc
- Michigan State Police: A trooper was arrested on DUI and open container charges. The 15-year MSP veteran was placed on leave. ow.ly/HHzsd
- Update: Aledo, Illinois (First reported 12-17-14): A now-former officer pled not guilty to aggravated sexual assault with a weapon. He was forced to resign from the department earlier this month. His is alleged to have touched the breast of a minor who was between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the incident. ow.ly/HHEvG
- Jefferson County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for firing a gun in city limits. He is suspended without pay. ow.ly/HHQgG
- Knox County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and drugged driving. He allegedly got in an argument with his wife over his prescription drug use, broke her cell phone and the house phone when she tried to call 911, and pushed their 15-year-old son down some stairs. ow.ly/HHSK7
- Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for battery after altercation with his wife. He is suspended pending investigation into the incident. ow.ly/HHUFY
- Danbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for violating professional standards after unnecessary force used during arrest. The deputy mayor wrote in the letter of termination, “I expect that all police officers act professionally, treat all persons with dignity and respect, (and) refrain from threatening persons with arrest or use of force simply because they appear to disrespect an officer.” ow.ly/HI4NZ
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” King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against Al Qaeda and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom has died at 90, according to Saudi state TV.
His successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who recently has taken on the ailing Abdullah’s responsibilities.
The announcement came in statement read by a presenter on Saudi state TV, which aired video of worshippers at the Kaaba in Mecca.
Saudi state TV said he died after midnight Friday.
A former American diplomat close to the Saudi royal family told Fox News the death of King Abdullah, coupled with the collapse of the government in Yemen, is a “worst case scenario” for the U.S. because current events are allowing Iran to extend its reach and influence in the region.
With the collapse of President Hadi’s government in Yemen, the former diplomat said Teheran’s influence is now seen in at least four Middle Eastern capitals – Sana’a in Yemen, Baghdad in Iraq, Damascus in Syria, and to a lesser extent in Beirut, Lebanon.”
” The Center for American Progress, the preeminent liberal think tank in Washington, is poised to exert outsized influence over the 2016 president race and — should Hillary Clinton win it — the policies and agenda of the 45th President of the United States. CAP founder John Podesta is set to run Clinton’s presidential campaign, and current CAP president Neera Tanden is a longtime Clinton confidante and adviser. CAP recently rolled out a major blueprint for combat wage stagnation and inequality that many view as a template for a Clinton economic agenda, and there are surely more major policy statements to come.
So interest in CAP’s funding sources — and its internal workings in general — is likely to intensify and take on a political cast.
Today, CAP is revealing its major 2014 donors, after taking some criticism for lack of transparency. The organization provided me two lists of its donors, which you can read right here and right here. The first is for the C (3), the nonpartisan think tank arm; the second is for the more political, issue-advocacy-oriented c (4).
Perhaps most notably, given CAP’s advocacy for an economically progressive agenda, is that CAP’s top donors include Walmart and Citigroup, each of which have given between $100,000 and $499,000. Other donors to CAP — a leading advocate of health care reform — include the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents leading biotech and bio-pharma firms, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, both of which have given up to $49,000.”
Here is the list of “evil corporations” that are supporting CAP and by extension , Hillary Clinton …
” $1,000,000 or more
The Hutchins Family Foundation
TomKat Charitable Trust
$500,000 to $999,999
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Not On Our Watch
Open Square Charitable Gift Fund
Embassy of United Arab Emirates
Walton Family Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$100,000 to $499,999
A.L. Mailman Family Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME
American Iron and Steel Institute
Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Arcus Foundation
Avatar Alliance Foundation
The Barkley Fund
Blue Moon Fund
The Crimson Lion Lavine Family Foundation
Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan
Joanne and Paul Egerman
Embrey Family Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation
Irving Harris Foundation
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Embassy of Japan
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Linden Trust for Conservation
Constance J. Milstein
The Murphy Family Foundation
National Education Association, or NEA
New Venture Fund
New York Community Trust—BDEK Fund
The Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Robert W. Roche
The Rockefeller Foundation
Sixteen Thirty Fund
Jay T. Snyder
Stoneman Family Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
$50,000 to $99,999
Altman Kazickas Foundation
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
Fomento Social Banamex
Bank of America
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Johnson Family Foundation
Orin S. Kramer
LaSalle Adams Fund
McGraw Hill Financial
Rebecca and Nathan Milikowsky
National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Nordic Council of Ministers
Steven Rattner and Maureen White
Rockefeller Family Fund
Robert E. Rubin
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, or TECRO
Time Warner Inc.
Henry van Ameringen
WhyNot Initiative “
Take note of the foreign donors as well as all the “evil corporate” money gathered by these hypocritical liberals .The list goes on as does the story at the Washington Post
” Unusual, not because it’s rare to see an American journalist bowing to Islamic sensibilities on depictions of Mohammed but because typically they don’t go so far as to demand legal limits on their own profession. When the New York Times refuses to run a cartoon goofing on Islam, they don’t want the reason to be government censorship. They prefer to be censored by more sympathetic agents, like violent Muslim radicals.
To be precise here, though, DeWayne Hickham, the dean of Morgan State’s J-school, isn’t demanding a “Mohammed exception” to the First Amendment. He’s demanding an exception for all speech that would make the audience so angry that they might react violently — exactly the sort of slippery slope on censorship that people like you and me worry about when images of Mohammed are suppressed. Actual line from this op-ed, regarding the new cover of Charlie Hebdo: “The once little-known French satirical news weekly crossed the line that separates free speech from toxic talk.”
The most current issue of Charlie Hebdo again has Mohammed on its cover. This time, he appears crying under a headline that reads: “All is forgiven.” Well, apparently not. Ten people have been killed during protests in Niger, a former French colony. Other anti-French riots have erupted from North Africa to Asia. In reaction to all of this, Pope Francis has said of the magazine, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”… “
Read it all at Hot Air
” The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.
On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.
” I believe the ruling will give other federal employees more confidence to expose wrongdoing,” MacLean, who was fired in 2006 and now works in residential construction management in California, said in an interview.
The legal question was whether MacLean’s actions may be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety.
In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean’s disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act.”
” A South Florida family is grieving following the sudden death of their loved one.
Dennis Antiporek, 68, left a note Sunday night saying he was going to the sauna. Hours later, when he hadn’t returned, his daughter went to look for him.
“ When I opened the door, I looked and there was a black man in the sauna. It wasn’t my dad so I shut the door and I looked, the clothes hanging it was his clothes,” said Lara Antiporek, Dennis’s daughter.
She says Dennis was her high school sweetheart. He died just shy of his 69 birthday and their 50 wedding anniversary.”
” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015:
- Columbia, South Carolina: An officer was suspended without pay after a use-of-force incident was caught on video and made public. He is shown in the video repeatedly striking a suspect who appears to be subdued. The internal investigation is ongoing. http://ow.ly/HBrGp
- Holly Springs, Georgia: A now-former officer was indicted on false statement and theft by deception charges. He is alleged to have lied about receiving the Purple Heart on several official documents which allowed him to receive tax benefits to which he was not entitled. http://ow.ly/HEpjM
- Washington, Pennsylvania: An officer’s plea deal was rejected by a judge. He’s accused of tipping-off a prostitute to a police sting. He is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with the woman. ow.ly/HBodm
- West Monroe, Louisiana: An officer was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in shooting of a homeless man.ow.ly/HBs9T
- Prescott Valley, Arizona: A police commander has resigned after he was caught stealing prescription drugs that had been turned-in by the public to be destroyed. ow.ly/HDpBe
- New York, New York: The city and police department settled a lawsuit for $75,000. The suit alleged two officers used a chokehold against a driver during a traffic stop. Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD since 1993. ow.ly/HDtw8
- Pine Beach, New Jersey: An officer was charged with DUI after accidentally shooting a friend in his car in an off-duty incident. The wound was not life-threatening. ow.ly/HDB3m
- North Miami Beach, Florida: An officer faces disciplinary action for ‘conduct unbecoming’ after his arrest at a protest. He allegedly refused to remove his mask or provide identification until he was found to be carrying a firearm. ow.ly/HEhf2
- UPDATE: Wichita Falls, Texas (First reported 03-24-12): A now-former officer was convicted on three manslaughter counts in fatal crash and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was driving his patrol car at approximately 75 miles per hour while on prescription medication. He was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident that killed a 13-year-old girl and her pregnant 17-year-old cousin. Wichita Falls settled a lawsuit brought by the surviving family in 2012 for $500,000. ow.ly/HEyAz
This work by Cato Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. “
” We are all doomed to a dystopian future run and controlled by smart machines of our own making – or perhaps not.
At a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Stuart Russell, a leading expert on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, made the bold prediction that AI would overtake that of humans “within my children’s lifetime”.
The chief challenge was to control these advances by making sure that computers continue to serve human needs, rather than become a threat to them, the Berkeley professor argued.
To do so, it was imperative that robots were endowed with the same values as humans.
Professor Russell defined the ideal relationship as similar to that of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves where the long-suffering butler understands perfectly what his master wants without needing to be told.
However, it was possible to envisage a much more dangerous future where “sociopathic” robots become a threat to humans. “
” As President Obama finishes the touches on his seventh State of the Union Address, to be delivered tonight at 9 P.M. Eastern Time (come to Reason.com for live blogging and tweeting), here’s something he can chew on: Pew Research asked Americans to sum him up in one word.
The most popular choices? “Good/Good man” and “Incompetent.” Intelligent is well represented as is “idiot/dumb/stupid,” honest, dictator, liar,awesome, and arrogant.
In the interest of #realkeeping, George W. Bush was viewed similarly at this point in his presidency:
At a comparable point in his presidency, incompetent, arrogant and honest were frequently used descriptions of George W. Bush. Bush’s approval rating was lower than Obama’s (33% for Bush then, 47% for Obama today) and negative terms were used more frequently to describe him.”
” Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars are clogging up the skies with their private jets as they descend on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to liaise over issues such as terrorism, the central banks and growing economic inequality.
Over the course of this week, approximately 1,700 private jets are expected to fly into the region, resulting airport traffic increasing by 10% which means that landing spots are in short supply.
The Swiss Armed Forces have even opened up one of their military air bases for the first time to try and accommodate the increase in traffic. For private jet companies like PrivateFly, Netkets and VistaJet, this is by far their busiest time of year. “
” Seven years after the recession began, only one in 50 U.S. counties has fully bounced back, according to a study the National Association of Counties released Monday.
The 2014 County Economic Tracker shows that 65 of the nation’s 3,069 counties have met or surpassed prerecession levels in four measured categories: jobs, unemployment rate, economic output and home prices.
Those places range from Anderson County, S.C., to McKenzie County, N.D., to Kodiak Island, Alaska.
National employment surpassed 2007 levels during 2014 and the U.S. gross domestic product had fully recovered from the recession by 2011. But the national unemployment rate was 5.6% in December compared with 5% when the recession began seven years earlier. And housing values in much of the country have yet to fully return.
The recovered counties are largely located in energy-rich areas and have small populations. Of the 65 recovered counties, 24 are in Texas and 16 are in North Dakota. The others are generally in the middle of the country, including nine in Minnesota and eight in Kansas.
None of the recovered counties has more than 500,000 residents.”
This article , more than any other demonstrates that the nearly $3 Trillion in government stimulus spending was nothing more than wasteful cronyism handed out to favored unions , interest groups and corporations . Little or none trickled down to benefit the taxpayers actually footing the bill .