Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan’s favorables are up after the first blush of national media exposure following Mitt Romney’s selection of him as his vice presidential running mate. But as is generally the case with running mates, Ryan gives only a slight boost to Romney.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of Ryan, while 32% view him unfavorably. This [...]
Sunday, July 15, 2012
At first blush, this story may not appear terribly relevant to national security blogs, democracy or human rights, but here me out.
It concerns a 24 year-old British citizen whose website has acted as a go-between for other sites which allegedly infringe music and movie copyrights of U.S. entertainment companies. Richard O’Dwyer ran the site, TVShack.net, which linked to others accused of online piracy. Instead of going after the [...]
At first blush, the breakup of the Taliban may seem like a success story of the War in Afghanistan.
In reality, it’s a headache that has led to assassinations, killings, and a breakdown of the peace talks that are Afghanistan’s only hopes for peace.
The radical cells are killing Taliban members for even talking with the U.S.
Kathy Gannon at the Associated Press reports how the splintering of the Taliban remnant means that the [...]
At any typical wedding the ceremonial cutting of the cake is a special moment with the cameras getting whipped out yet again.
However, these wedding cakes are definitely not typical and they’re far from picture perfect.
While some of the creations are bizarrely morbid, others feature unfortunate spelling mistakes, wonky tiers, and questionable decorations.
This hilarious collection of snaps from Cake Wrecks proves that when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding cake it is highly [...]
June 17, 2012
The hacks at the State House are salivating at the prospect of charging you a penny for every mile you drive your car in Massachusetts.
This is a tax increase so monstrous that it would make M. Stanley Dukakis blush. We’re talking $555 million — the first year.
It’s an idea so terrible it can’t be killed. Like a vampire, it keeps coming back to life, and the stake [...]
The soup kitchen opens at noon but long before then the queues start to form in the hot Athens sun. A couple of streets away from where sardines, red mullet and squid are piled high in the fish market, those down on their luck line up. While elsewhere life goes on seemingly as normal, students, jobless people, single parents and pensioners swallow their pride and wait patiently. They get two [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
A Crazy Idea That Might Just Work: Greece’s New Currency, The U.S. Dollar
There is an undeniable internal logic to the crazy idea that Greece should jettison the euro and accept the U.S. dollar as its national currency.
Before you dismiss my crazy idea out of hand, hear me out. It might not be as crazy as it seems on first blush.
I have a straightforward three-point [...]
Gallup is out with a new poll suggesting a whopping 40 percent of Americans say President Obama’s newly public support of gay marriage will affect their votes.
Of those, 26 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 13 percent say it will make them more likely to vote for him.
The critical number in the poll, though is for independents – 23 percent of whom said [...]
In his latest weekly letter, hedge fund manager John Taylor says that for all the experimentation and aggression that Ben Bernanke has exhibited, the risks to the Fed don’t hold a candle to the risks facing the ECB right now.
Even the name European Central Bank should catch in our throats as there is no Europe. There is no
country, no Treasury standing behind this bank. The only thing that unites its seventeen member
countries is [...]
There are two choices, period.
Either Germany goes along with what’s going to be a bad plan (for Germans and the rest of the EU) and:
1) Authorize the ECB to print an amount of EUR that will make The Bernank blush (and that’s saying something), which will absolutely crush european consumers and business not having the predominant portion of their business operations geared for exports (and even these such businesses will [...]
by Washington Blog
Wall Street Protesters Target the Federal Reserve
The “Occupy Wall Street” protesters have targeted the Federal Reserve as one of their central platforms.
The “Occupy San Francisco” branch of the protests is taking place –
not in the Financial District, where the big banks are located – but in front of the San Francisco Federal Reserve bank.
High-Level Economists, Congressmen and Many Americans Want to End the Fed
This is not as [...]
From vomit bags to Haribo candy, there is certainly no shortage of strange royal wedding memorabilia. But so far, it’s possible nothing has come out that will make the queen blush quite like what Scottish brewing company Brew Dog introduced today.
Known for its eccentric brews, Brew Dog has announced a creation made specifically for the royal wedding. It’s called “Royal Virility Performance,” and it’s [...]
By John R. Taylor, Jr.
Chief Investment Officer
One of the most popular American sayings between the 1940â€™s and the 1970â€™s was â€œthere is no such
thing as a free lunch.â€ Somehow that phrase and the pithy concept behind it seemed to have dropped
from common parlance in the last twenty years to be replaced by the idea of â€œwin, win.â€ Win, win still
has many adherents but its days as the global credo are [...]