Jul 21, 2011

Budget Zero Hour fast Approaching; O'man might take a short term deal.

The White House signaled on Wednesday it could support a short-term increase in the U.S. borrowing limit for "a few days" if lawmakers agreed to a broad deficit reduction deal but needed more time to pass it.

The move, a shift from President Barack Obama's previous position, reflects the growing political reality that time is short for Congress to pass a massive deficit-cutting deal before the United States runs out of money on August 2.


Are Republicans Committing Treason?

The Republican Party no longer has Americans' best interests at heart, and we are suffering because of it. Oh read this from Alternet.


Well. (Swallow hard.) Turns out KMBC(ABC)'s Lara Moritz made a little news with her White House courtesy interview... MSNBC's take was that she got Obama to admit that the election will be a referendem 'on my stewardship' (to the job.)

Chuck on MSNBC read that this was actually a shred of truth from what's normally a fluffpiece interview. he ran the 2 shot of Moritz and Obama as well as a heavily edited answer to her question, "Who could beat you in 2012?"

Not sure if it was her skill or his gaffe but it is obvious truth and he did say it in almost so many words and it caught the MSNBC beast's attention.  Did KMBC even run that clip back in KC?


 Utility sabotage?
Sabotage by an insider at a major utility facility, including a chemical or oil refinery, could provide al Qaeda with its best opportunity for the kind of massive Sept. 11 anniversary attack Osama bin Laden was planning, according to U.S. officials. 

A new intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Tuesday, titled Insider Threat to Utilities, warns "violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions," and that "outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector employees" for damaging physical and cyber attacks.More from Good Morning America...


 Is Netflix killing DVD's like Apple Killed Floppies?  
An essay suggesting Netflix's 60 percent price hike is to knock off DVD's. A CEO, Eric Garland, thinks the format was already dying but the Netflix price increase is meant to perform a mercy killing on the highest order; so consumers can begin to acquire movies in the more efficient way that benefits them--and Netflix--the most.


Pie in Murdoch's Eye during testimony before Parliament.
A protester splattered Rupert Murdoch with white foam on Tuesday, interrupting a dramatic hearing in which the media baron told British lawmakers he was not responsible for a phone hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire.

Murdoch appeared by turns vague, truculent, sharp and concise as he spoke alongside his son and deputy, James, calling the parliamentary inquiry "the most humble day of my career" but refusing to take personal blame for the crisis that has swept from a tabloid newspaper through the top levels of Britain's police and even to the prime minister's office.

Murdoch, 80, said he was "shocked, appalled and ashamed" at the hacking of the phone of a murdered schoolgirl by his now-shuttered News of the World tabloid.  More on the pie and the testimony....


Mike Papantonio, host of "The Ring of Fire" radio show  
The Murdoch testimony was quite the circus Tuesday (sure you've heard.... pie-in-the-face included). While the Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks maintained their innocence through ignorance, the drama continues-- Here in the US, relatives of 9/11 victims are asking to meet with the FBI over the allegations that reporters hacked into victims' voicemails. This isn't going away.

100 DEGREE DAY!  Blistering heat wave stressing nation's power grid

 A lengthy, blistering heat wave that is blanketing the eastern half of the United States is putting significant stress on the nation's power grid as homeowners and businesses crank up their air conditioners.

The heat wave began a week ago in the Plains states and is expected to spread east through the weekend.    The rest of the story from AP.


Last space shuttle comes home, ends 30-year era (AP)

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Thursday, July 21, 2011. The landing of Atlantis marks the end of NASA's  30 year space shuttle program.  (AP Photo/Terry Renna)AP - Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph Thursday, bringing an end to NASA's 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and tears.


Falling mail volume and soaring red ink may soon doom Saturday mail delivery and prompt three-day-a-week delivery within 15 years, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warns.
Donahoe's forecast is based on a projected $8.3 billion loss this year as the drift from paper to electronic communication hammers the Postal Service. "On Sept. 30," he told the USA TODAY editorial board Tuesday, "I won't be able to pay my bills."
Chief among them: a $5.5 billion payment due Sept. 30 to cover future retirees' health benefits.


 Iran full speed ahead on nuclear centrifuges
Western capitals have reacted angrily to an announcement by Iran that it is installing more advanced centrifuges in a uranium enrichment plant with the aim of accelerating its nuclear programme.

"The installation of new centrifuges with better quality and speed is ongoing," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

"We have announced it and the agency [the International Atomic Energy Agency] has full supervision of them. They are fully aware that Iran's peaceful nuclear activity continues to progress. 

However, France said Iran's move – which Tehran claims could triple the rate at which it enriches uranium – confirmed suspicions that the Iranian nuclear programme had "no credible civilian application".  "This is a new violation of six security council resolutions and 10 resolutions by the council of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA]."


Borders said it would liquidate after the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain failed to receive any offers to save it.  Borders, which employs about 10,700 people, scrapped a bankruptcy-court auction scheduled for Tuesday amid the dearth of bids.The company said liquidation of its remaining 399 stores could start as soon as Friday, and it is expected to go out of business for good by the end of September.


STUPIDITY:  DO it HIZZELF Orthopedics. A man was charged with aggravated child abuse after cutting off the top of his son’s right thumb while trying to saw off the teen's cast.   The 15-year-old boy lives with his mother and other siblings at the home in Coral Springs, authorities said.

Upon arriving, the moronic father pulled out a 10-inch circular saw from his work truck; he then tried to cut the teen’s purple cast off his right hand, authorities said.

The saw sliced through the tip of the boy’s right thumb, the report said. The middle of his index finger was almost cut off, and he suffered a deep cut between his index  finger and thumb.


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