AFP: Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon


Drowning in debt, and hitting the ceiling. Except the ceiling is “DEBT.” Damn!

It’s raise the Debt Ceiling…or cut spending?  How about END THE WARS NOW!

Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon

(AFP) – 1 day ago

WASHINGTON — The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to 300 million dollars a day.
Under the Pentagon’s proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to $117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of 41.5 billion from the previous year.
As the US war effort winds down in Iraq, the budget sets aside $10.6 billion for “Operation New Dawn,” with the remaining 50,000 US troops there due to withdraw by the end of 2011.
Spending for the Afghan mission calls for $107.3 billion, down slightly from the last budget, which requested $113.5 billion.
President Barack Obama has vowed to start a withdrawal in July of the roughly 97,000 troops now in Afghanistan.

via AFP: Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon.

Both republicans and democrats are putting off attacking the need to cut ENTITLEMENTS. They fear reforming the private healthcare industry who are primary donors to their campaigns.  I fear what cutting Social Security and, more so, cuts to MEDICARE.  How does one go about cutting? Services? Options?  What would a reformed private healthcare delivery system look like?  Our leaders hesitate to tell us.  I pay $96.50 a month for Medicare and there is a co-pay. How might that change, I wonder. I go to the doctor every three months for an office visit and new prescriptions.  Surely that cannot change.  They say that the bulk of the costs in this problem are for end-of-life care.  That is a long way off for me, but, I am interested in knowing what lies ahead…like all of the baby-boomers who are now turning 65.

Mr. President, I suggest that you and the leaders of both parties in Congress meet in the Rose Garden AND JOINTLY ANNOUNCE THAT YOU WILL BE CHANGING ENTITLEMENTS and what we may expect…in general terms.  This way no more waiting for the other to go first! How about that idea?

Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart – The Daily Beast


Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart

 

Shirley Sherrod

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

Take him to the cleaners: Shirley Sherrod, the former Agricultural Department employee who was fired after Andrew Breitbart released a doctored video making her appear racist, is now suing Breitbart for damaging her reputation. The video set off a media frenzy in July 2010, first as Sherrod lost her job and then as it was revealed that she was, in fact, telling a story about how she overcame racism to help a white farmer in need. Breitbart’s response to Sherrod’s lawsuit was characteristically unhinged: “I can promise you this: neither I, nor my journalistic websites, will or can be silenced by the institutional Left, which is obviously funding this lawsuit.”

Read it at Media Matters

via Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart – The Daily Beast.

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WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT

A “Supreme” Conflict of Interest – Common Cause


 

Justices Scalia and Thomas

A Supreme Conflict of Interest

Did these two men, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, have a shocking and undisclosed conflict of interest when they ruled on the Citizens United case — which opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending? Justices Scalia and Thomas: Did they have a conflict of interest in Citizens United?

Sign our petition calling for a Justice Department investigation of whether Scalia and Thomas should have recused themselves from the Citizens United case because of their participation in secret political strategy meetings with Koch Industries!

via A “Supreme” Conflict of Interest – Common Cause.

Obama’s budget to call for slashing oil tax breaks, boosting clean energy – The Hill’s E2-Wire


The administration has also proposed major cuts to a program that provides financial assistance for low-income Americans who are having trouble paying their heating bills. The budget request  proposes cutting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by $2.5 billion.[Source: The Hill. Licensed image not part of article.]  My best friend is quite dependent on this assistance to survive the hard weather of the northeast.  Without this aid he would be devastated…along with a town of low-income survivors. [Baltimore, MD, near Washington, DC]

Obama’s budget to call for slashing oil tax breaks, boosting clean energy – The Hill’s       E2-Wire.

Imagine what our young innocents, our children, have to contend with in hard economic times.  They have no voice.

Research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level to meet their most basic needs. Children living in families with incomes below this level—$44,100 for a family of four in 2010—are referred to as low income. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s. [Source: NCCP]

Children in the United States, by Income Level, 2009

In United States, there are 40,707,328 families, with 74,219,201 children.

Low-Income Children: 42% (31,298,590) of children live in low-income families, defined as income below 200% of the federal poverty level. [NCCP]

It will, of course, fall to the democrats and independents in the Congress to champion the rights and well-being of the economically challenged.  Those who benefited from Obama’s GREAT COMPROMISE OF 2010 live in luxury year-round. No wood or coal stoves or having to deal with smell and danger of kerosene lights and heating. Long waits for the oil man.  Yes, some Americans still live in the 1900s when it comes to energy sources in the home. Support your members in Congress by sharing your concerns and ideas.

Seniors, to his credit, Obama provides assistance for this fiscal year. Yes, this is the same aid he proposes to cut!

The Maddow Blog

Morning Maddow: February 14 – Tricia McKinney
It’s the most romantic day of the year: budget day! Rep. Paul Ryan hasn’t seen the president’s budget, but he already knows he doesn’t like it. Ditto Speaker Boehner. TX Gov. Rick Perry says the federal government should be more like Texas.

Valentine’s Day


Love’s Philosophy
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle­
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea­
What are all these kisses worth
If thou kiss not me?
Contributed by: Maria
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After such a cheerful post I am sorry that I feel compelled to add this news item for today.  The President will submit his budget to Congress today.  And, once again THE POOR would suffer and at a time when prices everywhere are going up and those people on Social Security were not given a COLA (by law) and republicans voted down a one-time $250 payment:

The administration will also propose major cuts to a program that provides financial assistance for low-income Americans who are having trouble paying their heating bills. The budget request will propose cutting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by $2.5 billion. [Source: The Hill]

Why is it that the poor must be the first to suffer.  The Administration recently gave the wealthy A SIGNIFICANT TAX CUT. [The last Congress.]  This was done to appease republicans (and at the same time secure benefits for the middle class.) I submit that all levels of society should be included in tax cuts to help the economy, but, MUST THE POOR SUFFER IN THE COLD IN WINTER AND THE HEAT IN SUMMER? I hope the Congress will not cut here. Tell your members in Congress how you feel.

Lincoln’s Birthday!


 

Abraham Lincoln
February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865

DADT Repeal: Progress Being Made


 

Photo credit R. D. Ward, DoD

Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford Stanley, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, hold a Pentagon press briefing, Jan. 28, 2011, to explain to reporters what steps the Department of Defense is taking to prepare for the implementation of new legislation concerning homosexuals openly serving in the U.S. Armed Services.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 — The plan to end the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military is progressing quickly, senior Defense Department officials said here today.

Clifford L. Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to Pentagon reporters in the first of a series of briefings that will chart the department’s progress in implementing the repeal of the law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“My sense is [we have a] really good working relationship with the services as we do this, not only the service chiefs, but the senior enlisted,” Stanley said. “You get good vibes about where we are in terms of cooperation [and] information coming forth.”
[Source: Dept. of the Army]

MUBARAK REMAINS! EGYPT IN CRISIS!


AP Photo

IN EGYPT PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK REMAINS!

 17 Days of Protest Have NOT Achieved the Promise of Democracy

The Military Stands Ready to Safeguard the Country

Tomorrow’s Protest: A Quarter of Million

May March to Presidential Palace

Tomorrow Portends Bloodshed

 

Limbaugh, Beck et als


 

 

 

Bible quote:Douay-Rheims Bible
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
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iniquity   

Meaning:

formal 1 [noncount] : the quality of being unfair or evil ▪ a system plagued by corruption and iniquity [=injustice] ▪ a notorious den of iniquity [=a place where immoral things are done]
2 [count] : something that is unfair or evil ▪ the iniquities of slavery

 You watched the videos.  Decided for yourself if FoxNews is “a notorious den of iniquity.

Where Are the Jobs?


I guess their "discussion" amounts to bubkes!

I just went to the House GOP Leader’s Blog to see what House republicans are doing about jobs which they say they is there focus: I found this:

COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution Hearing on
H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
(Tuesday, February 8th at 4:00 p.m.)

I found the republicans still trying to regulate federal funding for abortions.  The last time this came up, all the experts said that because of the Hyde Amendment, THERE IS NO FEDERAL FUNDING OF ABORTIONS.

If you watched the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) last night you know that the House Calendar is conspicuously absent of real work. It is all about time away from The Chamber and the listing of holidays. No job related work.  For his part, The President gave a speech to the Chamber of Commerce in a tough effort to get big business to use the trillion of dollars they are sitting on to create jobs…at home.  For their part republicans will be virtually spending the month at home.