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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2011

Hey folks,
My apologies for the hiccups this past week -- frankly, was just a little overwhelmed/bummed out with the gloom-and-doom, so I took some time for myself.  I'm a pretty happy, jovial, fun-loving guy, so this ongoing pet news project of mine is not at all something that I get a kick out of doing...and yet, this project keeps me sucked into it...I just can't seem to pull myself away from this project for very long...arghhh, the irony!

The objective of the blog site and these daily news blasts is not to frighten/scare/depress, but to provide information -- a sort of "heads-up" for and an alarm bell within those whom I care about.  You can take this info or leave it, it's up to you, but it's my belief that these selected articles, op-eds, audio/video clips, etc., provide us with a unique sense of awareness of our state, our nation, and our globe, which seems to be practically non-existent in the American population at large.


Anyway, thanks for your readership and your feedback.  Below are the last 3+ days of news.  And if at any time you want me to remove you from these daily notifications, no worries - just let me know.

-EB

July 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2011

Move over Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake: Betty White receives her OWN Marine Corps Ball proposal (VIDEO)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/move-over-mila-timberlake-betty-white-receives-her-own-marine-corps-ball-proposal/

The Federal Reserve, Quantitative Easing, Inflation, Free-Market Principles, Gold/Silver, Food Supply

Ratings agencies rattle cages in U.S., Europe
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/17/us-usa-debt-ratingsagencies-idUSTRE76G1H220110717
--Weiss Ratings downgrades U.S. to C-minus
http://weissratings.com/news/archives/debt/110715.aspx
--Moody's suggests U.S. eliminates debt ceiling all together...
http://www.cnbc.com/id/43790768
----FLASHBACK TO 2006:  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) tells Senate floor "raising debt limit...will weaken country, hurt the economy" (VIDEO)
http://ironicsurrealism.com/2011/07/19/flashback-video-harry-reid-in-06-raising-debt-limit-last-thing-we-should-do-will-weaken-country-hurt-economy/
--China:  U.S. Treasury holdings make U.S. woes its own
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/business/china-largest-holder-of-us-debt-remains-tied-to-treasuries.html
ATR & CFA encourage House to pass "Cut, Cap, and Balance Act"
http://www.atr.org/atr-cfa-encourage-house-pass-cut-a6347#ixzz1SZemBAeu
--Details of Sen. Tom Coburn's $9 trillion plan to balance the budget released
http://newsok.com/details-of-sen.-tom-coburns-9-trillion-plan-to-balance-the-budget-released/article/3586676#ixzz1SUesRdTO
--OpEd: "A balanced budget amendment is the wrong debt solution."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304521304576448091429014936.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h
--OpEd:  "Against the Balanced-Budget Amendment"
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/272154/against-balanced-budget-amendment-rich-lowry
Many states celebrate surpluses as Congress struggles with debt
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/17/many-states-celebrate-surpluses-as-congress-strugg/
--Indiana:  State ends budget year with $1.2 billion surplus
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Indiana-ends-budget-year-with-apf-4058203705.html?x=0&v=2
--California:  San Francisco to shutter courtrooms; lay off 200 workers
http://www.ktvu.com/news/28586520/detail.html
Gold in longest run since 1980
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-18/euro-weakens-asia-stocks-decline-on-debt-crisis-concerns-as-silver-rises.html
--Sound investment advice from Marc Faber on gold, silver, deflation, and the U.S. economy (VIDEO)
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article29321.html
--OpEd:  "The Dollar, Gold And The Quality Of Money"
http://blogs.forbes.com/charleskadlec/2011/07/18/the-dollar-gold-and-the-quality-of-money/
U.S tax code allowed deductions for body oils, office parties, whaling ship captains, feeding stray cats...
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/jul/18/tax-code-deductions-body-oils-parties-stray-cats/
--OpEd:  "Get Ready for a 70% Marginal Tax Rate"
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304911104576443893352153776.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
"Five American Economic Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind"
http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2011/07/19/5_american_economic_statistics_that_will_blow_your_mind/page/full/
--Cisco's dilemma: 6,500 layoffs might not be enough...
http://247wallst.com/2011/07/18/ciscos-dilemma-6500-layoffs-might-not-be-enough-csco/#ixzz1SZXEOm7d
--Goldman Sachs' bonus collapse is underway
http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-sachs-bonus-compensation-q2-earnings-2011-7
--Bank of America suffers $8.8 billion loss...
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/bank-of-america-reports-loss-of-3-3-billion/?partner=rss&emc=rss
--Resort mogul & CEO Steve Wynn goes on anti-Obama rant on company conference call (AUDIO)
http://www.businessinsider.com/wynn-ceo-steve-wynn-conference-call-transcript-obama-2011-7#ixzz1SYPk7Gw1
Housing starts rise 14.6% to five-month high
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/housing-starts-rise-146-to-five-month-high-2011-07-19
Drought cripples southern U.S. farms
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dc615ace-b056-11e0-a5a7-00144feab49a.html#axzz1STLyRyNs
--Newborn wildlife abandoned because of heat, drought
http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories/Newborn-Wildlife-Abandoned-Because-of-Heat-Drought-125724738.html
--As food prices rise, speculators plow money into Midwestern farms...
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Down-on-the-farm-investors-apf-2437798760.html
--Cost of going "green"?  Wind farm turbines slaughter bats...and that's bad for crop prices
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/cost-of-going-green-wind-farm-turbines-slaughter-bats-and-thats-bad-for-crop-prices/

Big Government, Socialism/Nazism/Progressivism, Redistribution Of Wealth, Economic/Environmental/Social Justice, Collective Salvation, Liberation Theology

Study:  Preschool-age kids in different countries improve academically using self-regulation game...
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/jul/preschool-age-kids-different-countries-improve-academically-using-self-regulation-
Black Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) brings Obama's race into debt ceiling fight...
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/07/15/dem_congresswoman_blames_debt_ceiling_fight_on_obamas_race.html
--FLASHBACK:  Every Democratic Senator -- including black Senator Obama -- voted against raising debt limit in 2006 for white president George W. Bush
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00054
CNN senior analyst blames tea party movement for stopping Obama from being "transformational" (VIDEO)
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hijacked-gop-cnn-analyst-blames-tea-party-for-stopping-obama-from-being-transformational/
--Uproar over ObamaCare's "rationing panels" intensifies...
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/uproar-over-obamacares-rationing-panels-intensifies/
--Dodd-Frank "financial reform" act buffeted by challenges, limps forward
http://www.cnbc.com/id/43792449
--Colorado:  Woman draws national attention in TSA groping case...
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/07/18/longmont-woman-draws-national-attention-in-tsa-groping-case/
ABC, CBS and NBC all skip New York Times revelations of Obama falsehood on mother's health insurance battles
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2011/07/18/abc-cbs-and-nbc-all-skip-nyt-revelations-obama-falsehood-mother-s-insura#ixzz1SUfaObKw
Modern "poverty" in America INCLUDES air conditioning, cable TV, microwave, washer/dryer Xbox game console...
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/272081/modern-poverty-includes-ac-and-xbox-ken-mcintyre
--OpEd:  "The Global Fairness Madness -- The more we have, the more we begrudge others who have more."
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/272093/global-fairness-madness-victor-davis-hanson
Five big wins for gun owners in House spending votes
http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=6999
--House Dems to make breaking gun laws even more illegaler
http://thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/07/daniel-zimmerman/house-dems-to-make-breaking-gun-laws-even-more-illegaler/
California:  Electric car maker folds, taxpayers lose $540,000 in stimulus money...
http://www.ksbw.com/r/28586219/detail.html
Massachusetts:  "You shouldn't have to choose between your health and your job...so we took away your job."
http://michaelgraham.com/archives/ma-ldquo-you-shouldn-rsquo-t-have-to-choose-between-your-health-and-your-job-so-we-took-away-your-job-rdquo/
New York:  New York City tests microwave sensors, cameras, traffic passes to "reduce congestion"...
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/07/18/city-testing-new-technology-aimed-at-reducing-traffic-congestion/
--Can ANYONE track your cell phone across the globe?  Geo-location company makes it possible...
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/can-anyone-track-your-phone-across-the-globe-geolocation-company-makes-it-possible/
OpEd:  "Why the United Nations is the problem and why the U.S. should leave it"
http://frontpagemag.com/2011/07/18/why-the-un-is-the-problem-and-the-us-should-leave-it/

Illegal Aliens, Open Borders, National Security, Jihad, Terrorism, "Misunderstanders Of Islam", Sharia Law, Caliphate/Khilafah, Pro-Palestine/Anti-Israel

California:  "Undocumented students" arrested during protest
http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2011/07/17/news/doc4e1f195cf2da4053553021.txt
--"Limited options for those seeking legal immigration"
http://daltondailycitizen.com/local/x1424063609/Limited-options-for-those-seeking-legal-immigration
--South Carolina:  New voter ID law "disenfranchises people without documentation"...
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/jul/19/fighting-for-right-to-keep-voting/
U.S./Mexico bridge border crossing to get upgrades; unmanned border crossing lanes would be a first on southern border...
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_18507160
Minnesota:  Minneapolis man pleads guilty to recruiting for Al-Shabab
http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/125768438.html
British soldiers ordered not to shoot Taliban as they plant mines...because gunfire wakes up the locals
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015944/Soldiers-ordered-shoot-Taliban-planters---WAKES-UP-locals.html#ixzz1SUcU3Mr0
Al-Qaeda set to release "comic" strip aimed at youth, cartoons calling for jihad...
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/cartoons-calling-for-jihad-al-qaeda-set-to-release-comic-aimed-at-youth/
Sharia law at work in Australia's court system...
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/sharia-law-at-work-in-australia/story-fn59niix-1226097889992
China:  Official confirms "carrier killer" is being developed
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2011/07/14/2003508170
Romania:  Officials find 64 stolen missile warheads
http://www.centurylink.net/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CD9OI8OTG1%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1012
What "Democracy" Looks Like
--Iran:  Country's "strongest man" stabbed 50 times for questioning the Ayatollah Khamenei...
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/irans-strongest-man-stabbed-50-times-for-questioning-ayatollah-ali-khamenei/
--Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch has aided Somalia militants
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-bin-laden-somalia-20110718,0,6293843.story
--
"[W]here there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community." ~~ Dr. Benjamin Rush, letter to David Ramsay, 1788

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