I don’t normally post political things but since moving to NJ, I realized how much I hate my fat governor Chris Christie. I decided to make a tumblr page called Chris Christie Eats…If you have any ideas on what Gov. Christie should eat next, let me know! Enjoy and spread the page around! Thanks!
Who would have thought Barack Obama would have become President a few years ago. Even a year ago. This is history in the making. Let’s hope he really brings change to America and cleans shit up.
(CNN) — CNN projects that Barack Obama will be the nation’s 44th president.
As polls closed on the West coast, the Illinois senator was projected to receive enough electoral votes to pass the 270-vote threshold.
Obama is projected to win California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.
He also is projected to win Virginia, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since 1964.
As Obama built up a commanding lead over Sen. John McCain, senior aides to the Arizona senator were growing pessimistic about his chances.
People in this country are fucking stupid. “Joe the Plumber” is the term I want to go away in the new year (or now) and now this dipshit is trying to get a record deal. I guess he wants to be a country musician. I’d rather have my balls kicked in by Sarah Palin’s kids than have to listen to this album.
Move over, Sanjaya, and tell William Hung the news: Joe the Plumber is being pursued for a major record deal and could come out with a country album as early as Inauguration Day.
Joe aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, a Holland, Ohio, pipe-and-toilet man just signed with a Nashville public relations and management firm to handle interview requests and media appearances, as well as create new career opportunities, including a shift out of the plumbing trade into stage and studio performances.
On Tuesday, Wurzelbacher joined country music artist and producer Aaron Tippin to form a new partnership that includes booking-management firm Bobby Roberts and publicity-management concern The Press Office to field the multiple media offers he s received over the past few weeks.
Is Wal-Mart crossing the legal line with anti-Democratic campaign?
Executives at the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, are all-but urging their employees to vote Republican this November, fearing that a Barack Obama presidency combined with Democratic gains in the Senate could spell doom for their anti-union business model.
The Wall Street Journal reports Friday that company executives are forcing store managers and department heads into mandatory meetings where they are warned that Democratic victories would make it easier for unions to organize in their stores. The retail giant has responded to previous attempts to unionize by eliminating departments or shutting down stores.
Wal-Mart opposes proposed legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize by signing a card rather than holding a vote.
The Journal spoke to a dozen employees in seven states who attended meetings with Wal-Mart human resources managers who delivered the company’s anti-union line, warning that “unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation.”
Read the full article rawstory.com/news/2008/Report_WalMart_toes_legal_line_in_0801.htmlhere.
US Judge: White House Aides Can Be Subpoenaed
US judge sides with Congress, says Bush aides can be subpoenaed.
President Bush’s top advisers are not immune from congressional subpoenas, a federal judge ruled Thursday in an unprecedented dispute between the two political branches.
Congressional Democrats called the ruling a ringing endorsement of the principle that nobody is above the law. They swiftly announced that the Bush officials who have defied their subpoenas, including Bush’s former top adviser Karl Rove, must appear as part of a probe of whether the White House directed the firings of nine federal prosecutors. Democrats announced plans to open hearings at the height of election season.
The Bush administration was expected to appeal.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John Bates said there’s no legal basis for Bush’s argument and that his former legal counsel, Harriet Miers, must appear before Congress. If she wants to refuse to testify, he said, she must do so in person. The committee also has sought to force testimony from White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten.
Read the full article abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=5488219here.
I’m just fascinated by the last line. I wonder what the Bush Admin opposes? Maybe they think the jury’s still out on whether lead poisoning is bad for children?
U.S. set to lay down toughest toy lead standards in world
WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a year of recalls of tainted toys, the House voted overwhelming Wednesday to ban lead and other dangerous chemicals from items such as jewelry and rubber ducks that could end up in kids’ mouths.
”It should be a given that toys are not dangerous,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. The bill would impose the toughest lead standards in the world.
The 424-1 vote sends the measure to the Senate, which could approve it shortly. The White House has voiced opposition to parts of the legislation but has not threatened a veto.
No surprise if you’ve been keeping up on the violence against gypsies, but this is taking an even more sinister turn..
Italy to fingerprint all Roma gipsy children
Around 80,000 gipsy children are to be fingerprinted by the Italian authorities under a new scheme that has drawn comparisons to the policies of Benito Mussolini.
The Italian government has blamed immigrants, and particularly Roma gipsies, for the country’s crime problems.
Since Silvio Berlusconi became prime minister in April, gypsy camps in the south and north of the country have been burned by vigilante mobs.
The home minister, Roberto Maroni, has now announced that all the Roma will be fingerprinted, including children. “This is not ethnic cataloguing, this is the ultimate safeguard of their rights,” he said.
“We will take the children’s fingerprints in order to stop those occasions when parents send their children out to beg. It is a proper census to make sure that those who have the right to stay here can live in decent conditions,” he said.
According to the latest figures, there are 160,000 Roma gipsies in Italy, almost half of whom have Italian citizenship. The last census recorded that 80,000 of them are children.
The move has triggered memories of the segregation of Jews imposed by Benito Mussolini in 1938. “I remember when I could not go to school with the others,” said Amos Luzzatto, a former president of Italy’s Union of Jewish Communities.
“There is a latent racism in Italian culture and it manifests itself cyclically,” he added. “Taking the fingerprints of youngsters from one ethnic group implies that you consider them to be congenital thieves.”
Read the full article www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/2200020/Italy-to-fingerprint-all-Roma-gipsy-children.htmlhere.
Tape shows woman dying on waiting room floor
NEW YORK (CNN) — A 49-year-old woman collapsed and died on the floor of a waiting room at a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital and lay there for more than an hour as employees ignored her, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which on Tuesday released surveillance camera video of the incident.
Esmin Green was involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric emergency department of Kings County Hospital Center on June 18 for what the hospital describes as “agitation and psychosis.”
Upon her admission, Green waited nearly 24 hours for treatment, said the civil liberties union, which was among the groups filing suit against the facility last year seeking improved conditions for patients.
The surveillance camera video shows the woman rolling off a waiting room chair, landing face-down on the floor and convulsing. Her collapse came at 5:32 a.m. June 19, the NYCLU said, and she stopped moving at 6:07 a.m. During that time, the organization said, workers at the hospital ignored her.
Read the full article www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/01/waiting.room.death/index.htmlhere.
BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions
A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn ( 11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.
The BBC’s Panorama programme has used US and Iraqi government sources to research how much some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding.
A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations.
The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.
While Presdient George W Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted.
To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq.
The president’s Democratic opponents are keeping up the pressure over war profiteering in Iraq.
Henry Waxman, who chairs the House committee on oversight and government reform, said: “The money that’s gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it’s egregious.
“It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history.”
In the run-up to the invasion, one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth $7bn that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company which used to be run by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president.
Unusually only Halliburton got to bid – and won.
Read the full article news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7444083.stm?lsmhere.
CHRYSLER BUILDING ON THE BLOCK
SOVEREIGN ARAB FUND TO PAY $800M
The latest Big Apple trophy being coveted by oil-rich sovereign wealth funds is the landmark Chrysler Building.
Sources say the super-rich Abu Dhabi Investment Council is negotiating an $800 million deal for a 75 percent stake in the Art Deco treasure that has defined the Midtown skyline since 1930.
Read the full article www.nypost.com/seven/06112008/business/chrysler_bldg__on_the_block_115016.htmhere.
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