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Feb 28, 2014

1. FUGITIVE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT SAID TO BE IN RUSSIA

Yanukovych released a statement asking Moscow for protection but the Russians are not warmly embracing him.

2. VETO OF ARIZONA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL SHOWS REPUBLICAN SPLIT

Gov. Jan Brewer's rejection of the measure reflects a division within the GOP between social conservatives and the pro-business wing.

3. HOW A RADIATION LEAK IN NEW MEXICO PLANT REMAINS A MYSTERY

Officials can't tell what caused the accident that exposed 13 workers to radioactive particles in a nuclear waste dump.

4. SENATE DERAILS BILL TO BOOST VETERAN BENEFITS

Although both parties favor helping the nation's 22 million veterans, the legislation was a victim of election-year disputes over spending.

5. U.S. MARONITE CHURCH ORDAINS MARRIED PRIEST

Pope Francis gave permission for the ceremony at St. Raymond's Cathedral near downtown St. Louis.

6. OBAMA KICKS OFF 'MY BROTHER'S' KEEPER' INITIATIVE

The president calls for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males.

7. TEEN SURVIVES RARE CANCER, THEN HELPS FIGHT IT

After she urged scientists to study it, they found a gene flaw that may play a role in her form of liver cancer.

8. EVACUATIONS ORDERED AHEAD OF CALIFORNIA STORMS

The Los Angeles suburbs of Glendora and Azusa ordered residents to leave 1,000 homes, fearing mudslides and flooding.

9. WHAT ISN'T PART OF MORMON BELIEFS ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE

The Mormon Church says adherents are not taught that they'll get their own planet in the afterlife, contrary to depiction in the Broadway show, "The Book of Mormon."

10. WHERE YOU CAN'T SEE EGYPT'S OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY "THE SQUARE"

The film about the country's protests and turbulence over the past three years can't be screened in Egyptian theaters for political reasons, its producers say.

 

Comments

Vladtheimp

#2. This actually reflects the reality that homosexual activists and the liberal media can misrepresent a piece of legislation and bully a state governor to take an action, aided and abetted by the National Football League's threat to move the Superbowl.

Top Law Professors: Arizona Religious Freedom Bill Has Been 'Egregiously Misrepresented' http://www.weeklystandard.com/bl...

#6. Leave it to the clueless Little Lord Obama to create an initiative named "My Brothers Keeper" when his real brother lived in a 6' x 10' hut in the slums of Kenya until 2010.

Of course, in keeping with his racialist administration, poor young white men need not apply. http://www.washingtonpost.com/po...

Where's LEDA when they're needed?

Barry Soetoro

11. Knowing Lani's alleged disdain for Koch Industries I thought she would be first to post this. Perhaps she's busy and must rely on her good pal Barry to do her handiwork:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/bl...

Oh wait...wrong party affiliation. Sorry L.... Now about that beer summit....

Vladtheimp

I'm tired of the Koch Brothers and their corporation being dissed! First, it turns out they are small fish in the "dark money" category compared to George Soros and his many front organizations, starting with the Tides Foundation.

Now they are shown to be pikers compared to others who donated to candidates, parties, Leadership PACs and other committees from 1989 to 2014 http://www.nationalreview.com/ca...

Barry Soetoro

Unfortunately since your link does not lead to the NY Times it will be deemed unacceptable. Reeducation to follow...

Vladtheimp

Of course you are correct - my bad. Let's try a liberal/progressive Hedge Fund bandit who:

"The donor, Tom Steyer, a Democrat who founded one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, burst onto the national political scene during last year’s elections, when he spent $11 million to help elect Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia and millions more intervening in a Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts. Now he is rallying other deep-pocketed donors, seeking to build a war chest that would make his political organization, NextGen Climate Action, among the largest outside groups in the country, similar in scale to the conservative political network overseen by Charles and David Koch. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/1...

Lanivan

And the Koch Bros are tired of being diss targets! They only want to do what's best for us little people. "When asked by the interviewer why the Kochs continue to be so involved in politics, despite the backlash from the left as well as those who decry the influence of the hyper-wealthy on America’s political system, Koch answered in somewhat messianic terms, arguing that if the Kochs don’t work to “save the country,” nobody will".

‘Well, somebody has got to win them and it might as well be me.’” He continued, saying, “That’s the way I am on this. There doesn’t seem to be any other large company trying to do this so it might as well be us. Somebody has got to work to save the country and preserve a system of opportunity.” {Sounds like an admission of being the Big Fish in the dark money category to me).

I think one of the biggest problems we have in the country is this rampant cronyism where all these large companies are into smash and grab, short-term profits, (saying) how do I get a regulation, we don’t want to export natural gas because of my raw materials … well, you say you believe in free markets, but by your actions you obviously don’t. You believe in cronyism. And that’s true even at the local level. I mean, how does somebody get started if you have to pay $100,000 or $300,000 to get a medallion to drive a taxi cab? You have to go to school for two years to be a hairdresser. You name it, in every industry we have this. The successful companies try to keep the new entrants down. Now that’s great for a company like ours. We make more money that way because we have less competition and less innovation.

http://www.salon.com/2014/02/28/...

Did you know that the oil industry, of which Koch Industries is a major part, received $72 billions in the years 2002-2008, while Koch Industries spent $50 million on DC lobbying in the years 2006-2011. Just a little cocktail party chatter.....

Lanivan

This is an example of what powerful hedge funds do. Hedge funds are effective and productive money-making machines that are capable of leaving great damage in their wake. Hedge funds were largely responsible for the Great Recession of 2007-09 that laid waste to the US economy, to the continued detriment of tens of millions of citizens, but from which those hedge funds managed to come out smelling like roses with the previously crashed stock market currently at record highs. Those hedge fund managers made record profits, salaries, and out-of-this-world perks from the catastrophe of global proportions.

And you wanted to elect an owner of said hedge fund to the Presidency.

Vladtheimp

How utterly and completely representative of the tactics of liberal and progressive democrats you are, Lanny, cherry-picking some quotes to leave an impression while leaving out the ones that provide the meaning and the context. I guess somehow your love of nuance escapes you when you are in the process of slandering conservatives in general and the Koch Brothers in particular.

What Charles Koch said about saving the country was actually in response to the question: "Your political views and involvement seem to garner the most headlines nationally these days. Why continue those investments, given the type of coverage it seems to have sparked?" was this:

"It’s like Lee Trevino used to say, somebody asked him how are you winning all these golf tournaments, and he said, “Well somebody has got to win them and it might as well be me.” That’s the way I am on this. There doesn’t seem to be any other large company trying to do this so it might as well be us. Somebody has got to work to save the country and preserve a system of opportunity."

Even more deceptive and misleading is where you stopped the quote in your second paragraph, which you neglected to put into quotation marks. What Charles Koch actually said, after explaining his disagreement with Crony Capitalism is:

"Now that’s great for a company like ours. We make more money that way because we have less competition and less innovation. But for the country as a whole, it’s horrible. And for disadvantaged people trying to get started, it’s unconscionable, in my view. I think it’s in our long-term interest, in every American’s long-term interest, to fight against this cronyism. As you all have heard me say, the role of business is to create products that make peoples’ lives better while using less resources to do it and making more resources available to satisfy other needs. When a company is not being guided by the products they make and what the customers need, but by how they can manipulate the system — get regulations on their competitors, or mandates on using their products, or eliminating foreign competition — it just lowers the overall standard of living and hurts the disadvantaged the most.
We end up with a two-tier system. Those that have, have welfare for the rich. The poor, OK, you have welfare, but you’ve condemned them to a lifetime of dependency and hopelessness. Yeah, we want hope and change, but we want people to have the hope that they can advance on their own merits, rather than the hope that somebody gives them something. That’s better than starving to death, but that, I think, is going to wreck the country. Is it in our business interest? I think it’s in all our long-term interests. It’s not in our short-term interest. And it’s about making money honorably. People should only profit to the extent they make other peoples lives better. You should profit because you created a better restaurant and people enjoyed going to it. You didn’t force them to go, you don’t have a mandate that you have to go to my restaurant on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or you go to prison. I mean, come on. You feel good about that?"

To quote Charles Koch You feel good about that, Lanny? I would ask "Have You No Shame?" but the answer is clear when you are trying to influence people by distortion. Your doctored comment was a cheap hatchet job - doesn't Axelrod deserve more for his money?

For your information, you can check the real interview here: http://www.bizjournals.com/wichi.... You can learn more about your mentors here http://www.powerlineblog.com/arc...

Lanivan

Perhaps you might want to reconsider your vituperous comment. After all, I only learned these techniques from reading your comments over time. Go ahead - pick any one and honestly tell me you aren't cherry-picking data, or distorting the context, content, and summary. Nah - I figured as much.

It's interesting you are so determined to come to the aid of a couple of Orwellian, cynical John Birchers, while trashing me to do so. Let's not take our eyes off the eight ball.

The Koch Bros have invested hundreds of millions to develop operations so sophisticated that their network rivals, if not exceeds, that of the Republican Party in it's ability to shape policy debates and elections.

The Koch Bros has recently raised $407 million which they have disbursed among 17 opaque groups within which there is little to no way to determine from or where the money is going.

The purpose of these groups is to fund campaigns of rank disinformation and chip away at the civil liberties of American citizens. They are able to do this thanks to the Koch-funded Citizens United ruling that made legal, not to mention omnipotent, dark money.

Yes - Liberals have their dark money sources, too - but at least the vast majority of campaign donations come from us little people. The contempt and disdain the Koch Bros have for their fellow countrymen is Orwellian in it's hubris.

Don't talk about "cheap hatchet job" to me. I simply cut and paste actual quotes from an interview, with no slanted commentary, and supplied the source so interested readers could follow up and make up their own minds. Calling me deceptive and misleading? How faustian of you!

Vladtheimp

I don't blame you - get caught performing a cheap hatchet job through deceptive cutting and pasting, and act offended. Borrow from Mao or Sun Tzu - The best defense is a good offense.

And if I doctored quotes as you allege, please identify them with specificity.

Lanivan

Now that you got that little snit out of your system, let's once again focus on the topic of the Koch Bros. Once again, I share excerpts from a Guardian article, and then provide the link, which I've done for years now, and yet suddenly qualifies as a cheap hatchet job, in your mind only.

"...the Kochs are responsible for buying and marketing about one tenth of all ethanol produced in the US, effectively cashing in on government largesse. Likewise, the Kochs have vociferously opposed a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions in the US. Yet, in Europe, the Kochs make millions from trading in emissions credits.

When fighting government regulation helps them maximise profits – even by putting the rest of us at risk from cancer-causing chemicals – they are all about libertarianism. Yet when government rules or subsidies provide an opportunity to make some money, that free-market ideology is quietly shelved.

No wonder Koch lobbyists also fought for the recent tax breaks for the rich. For the Kochs (tied at 18th place in Forbes' latest rich list) are worth $22bn apiece. The brothers must have been laughing all the way to the bank when those tax breaks got passed. Reading the CPI report, it becomes clear that the Kochs are not really ideological at all: what really motivates them is simply cold, hard cash.

So when it comes to worrying about the Kochs' influence on the political system in the US, conservatives should really be joining liberals in getting nervous".

http://www.theguardian.com/comme...

Yup. These are the same Koch Bros that you said earlier you tired of seeing get dissed. Better start working on that defense.

Vladtheimp

Sorry, complaining about someone doctoring a quote to misrepresent what the speaker said is not a "snit" to me, and please don't think that your attempt to divert everyone from realizing how badly your cutting and pasting misrepresented what Charles Koch actually said was successful. But let's go on

You cite an article in left wing British publication which in turn relies upon a Soros sponsored progressive group's "article" for your attack on the Koch Brothers, but let's even ignore those highly questionable sources. http://www.humanevents.com/2008/...

Your major problem seems to be that "...the Kochs are responsible for buying and marketing about one tenth of all ethanol produced in the US, effectively cashing in on government largesse. Likewise, the Kochs have vociferously opposed a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions in the US. Yet, in Europe, the Kochs make millions from trading in emissions credits." Is this not consistent with the environmentalists' demands that we use ethanol rather than fossil fuels? If the Koch's can produce ethanol more efficiently and effectively than others, isn't that consistent with the Obama Administration's goal of reducing our demand on oil and gas? And if Europe is more "Progressive" than the U.S. through the institution of a cap and trade system for emission credits, don 't the Koch Brothers reduce the worldwide carbon footprint by participating, even if they question whether it is scientifically correct? I would think that environmentalists and progressives would champion their efficient production of ethanol, and their reduction of carbon footprints, unless, of course, the whole global warming idea is a scam.

If your accusation is that the Koch Brothers are being hypocritical by slamming Crony Capitalism, especially as practiced by the Obama Administration, and at the same time taking advantage of it like any other citizens, it would appear your favorite billionaire is not exempt from the same charge http://nypost.com/2011/08/29/war....

With respect to your charge that by the Kochs fighting government regulations, they were "putting the rest of us at risk from cancer-causing chemicals," the ultimate source for your attacks, Centre for Public Integrity (as spelled by the British Guardian), wrongly alleged the Kochs were "trying to loosen regulations on potentially poisonous substances" focusing specifically on dioxin. Contrary to the allegation, rather than attempting "to loosen" standards, the Koch's were protesting the proposed over-regulation of that chemical, which happens to be produced naturally as well as through manufacturing processes, with respect to food - setting levels far lower than permitted by the European Union and by the World Health Organization. The Koch's were not alone in their efforts to stop the over-regulation of Dioxin they were joined by the following other criminals:

American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Frozen Food Institute
American Meat Institute
Corn Refiners Association
International Dairy Foods Association
National Chicken Council
National Grain & Feed Association
National Meat Association
National Milk Producers Federation
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Renderers Association
National Turkey Federation
Pet Food Institute
United Egg Producers

Being high on a list of wealthy individuals doesn't translate to being a huge donor to political causes, as I demonstrated just a few days ago - http://www.nationalreview.com/ca... , http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/1...

Of course, you have the right to rail about the Koch Brothers, the Tea Party and Ted Cruz, just as I have the right to rail against George Soros, the Progressive and Black Caucuses, and Barack Hussein Obama, but all I asked is that you not edit what Charles Koch actually said in a manner intended to mislead people - hopefully not too much to ask.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Barry Soetoro

You need a beer, Lani.

Lanivan

Consider it done.

Vladtheimp

May I suggest http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/her... as a diversion until I can look at your latest post on the Koch Brothers.

Barry Soetoro

LMAO that's funny. Since Lani's into t-shirts, I found her one to match her beer...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OBT...

Lanivan

Vlad - how awesome to have a signature beer crafted in your honor! And then that t-shirt - Barry, you are one allegedly funny guy.

You two have inspired me to buy a book I've had my eye on for awhile now - seeing how I've now got my beer and matching t-shirt to wear while reading, I've put it on order......http://www.shopping.com/bald-coo...

Vladtheimp

Didn't know James Carville was the subject of a book.

Lanivan

That's ok, Barry - it's all good. So grateful I can count on you to take up the slack for me when it comes to my research on the Koch Bros. I've been busy shopping for t-shirts for the band, and drumming up some beer sponsors. I think you'll be pleased. Not only have I've been hobnobbing with Karl Rove, I now find out Mike Huckebee is hanging out here. I will be so ready for that beer summit.....

Barry Soetoro

Gee L, what's next for you? Admitting to watching O'Reilly and buying one of his coffee mugs?

Lanivan

After taking a political spectrum quiz, it turns out Vlad is my brother from another mother, so I suppose anything can happen.

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