Archive for September, 2013

Sexual Jihad: Tunisian Interior Minister says girls getting pregnant while on ‘sex jihad’ in Syria

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Meet Syria’s All-Woman Jihad Team

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Economic Freedom of the World | Cato Institute

Economic Freedom of the World | Cato Institute.

ECONOMY

Sliding Farther Down the Freedom Scale

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It’s becoming an annual lament: Once the United States was among the most economically free nations on the planet, but now we barely crack the top 20. According to the 2013 Economic Freedom of the World report, now co-published by the Cato and Fraser Institutes, we rank not only behind the usual leaders Hong Kong and Singapore, but Jordan and the United Kingdom as well. Jordan? Are you kidding us?

Apparently they’re serious, and a key reason for the decline is the ever-growing role of our government in shaping the economy. At the turn of the century, the United States was generally just behind Hong Kong and Singapore atop the rankings, but that was before the size and scope of government grew thanks to the 9/11 terrorist attack and its resulting “enhanced” security measures, new and exploding entitlement programs, and — particularly in the last five years — a new regulatory state in response to economic crisis. “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system,” said George W. Bush in 2008, and with that our economic freedom continued its plunge.

One piece of good news, if any can be found, is that the U.S. has stabilized its ranking at 19th after plunging eight spots from 10th to 18th between 2009 and 2010 — the current edition of Economic Freedom of the World is based on 2011 data, which is the latest available. The value assigned by the study showed we actually improved our lot from a 7.70 score (out of a possible 10) in last year’s report to 7.74 this time. But that’s a long way from the 8.65 rating we attained in the year 2000, and it may be at least a half-decade before we claw our way back over the 8-point barrier.

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Nikita Khrushev Quote September 29, 1959

 DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN HE APPEARED AT THE U.N. AND BANGED  HIS SHOE ON THE PODIUM?  THIS WAS HIS ENTIRE QUOTE:

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!!!

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Putin says leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution

MOSCOW, August 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Vladimir Putin has urged the world’s  political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have  erupted in many Middle Eastern countries.

Speaking at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week,  the Russian President said he noted “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s  regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional  tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed,  including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”

“This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire  international community,” Putin said. “It is especially important today to make  efforts to prevent intercultural and interreligious conflicts, which are fraught  with the most serious upheavals.”

Putin praised the growth of cooperation between the Orthodox Churches and the  Russian state, saying, “We act as genuine partners and colleagues to solve the  most pressing domestic and international tasks, to implement joint initiatives  for the benefit of our country and people.”

The Russian Federation recently passed legislation making it illegal to  promote homosexuality as normal, a move that, while condemned by many European  leaders, was strongly supported by the Orthodox Church.

Putin added Thursday that the Church was giving Russians a moral compass when  so many were looking for help. “Today when people are once again searching for  moral support, millions of our compatriots see it in religion,” he said. “They  trust the wise, pastoral word of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

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Senators who backed Syria resolution got 83 per cent more defense lobby money than those who voted against it, campaign finance numbers show

WHO GOT THE DEFENSE DOLLARS, AND HOW THEY VOTED ON  SYRIA

The Center for Responsive Politics tracks  financial donations to political candidates from individuals, companies and  political committees. Its data show that over a 5-year period, most of the  $1,006,887 that flowed from the defense lobby to senators who weighed in on  Wednesdays war powers resolution went to those who cast ‘yes’ votes.

On average, those ‘yes’ votes came after  $72,850 in defense-contractor campaign dollars, while a ‘no’ vote followed just  $39,270.

Here’s how it stacked up.

 

YES VOTES

$176,300 – John McCain (R-AZ) $127,350 – Dick Durbin (D-IL) $101,025 –  Tim Kaine (D-VA) $80,550 – Ben Cardin (D-MD) $70,850 – Bob Corker  (R-TN) $60,000 – Bob Menendez (D-NJ) $41,872 – Jeanne Shaheen  (D-NH) $26,900 – Jeff Flake (R-AZ) $24,150 – Barbara Boxer  (D-CA) $19,500 – Chris Coons (D-DE)

 

 

NO VOTES

$86,500  – John Barrasso (R-WY) $62,790 – Marco Rubio (R-FL) $59,250 – Chris Murphy  (D-CT) $19,250 – Ron Johnson (R-WI) $18,700 – Tom Udall (D-NM) $17,900  – Rand Paul (R-KY) $14,000 – Jim Risch (R-ID)

 

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