“To jump into water and navigate a river in a swiftwater rescue is common. You get into the river and swim. You have to do it,” Branford said. “The fact these guys don’t understand that is disturbing. Making contact immediately with your victim is essential. It’s not about who is in charge. It’s about the safety of a 13-year-old girl. You are going to do everything in your power to insure the safety of your guest, and if that means in Idaho Springs you get arrested, well I guess we’ll just get arrested.”
The rescuer is guilty of the worst crime imaginable: making the government look bad.
And people wonder why sometimes people are robbed, beaten, or raped in public while other people nearby do nothing. Obviously, to help a victim of a beating or rape 10 feet away would be vigilante behavior and must not be tolerated.
BP Blocking Media Access? Great interview from New Orleans TV station w... (more)
How the New Wealth Taxes Will Hit You
posted 06/13/2010, 4:20 PM (Wall Street Journal) [Category: Economy] The health-care bill that Congress passed in March contained two surprising new taxes to help pay for the changes: an extra 0.9% levy on wages for couples earning more than $250,000 ($200,000 for singles) and a new 3.8% tax on investment income on those same people (technically, people with "adjusted gross incomes" above those amounts).
Each tax signals a radical change in policy. For workers, the extra 0.9% levy puts a progressive element in what used to be a totally flat tax. T... (more)
Listen to the BRILLIANT little girl explain to the ECONOMICALLY... (more)
In the Summer of 2010
posted 06/13/2010, 4:17 PM (Ron Holland) [Category: Economy] Are you ready for interesting times and an exodus from the United States? A possibly apocryphal ancient Chinese curse goes "May you live in interesting times." Those words may derive from an authentic Chinese proverb: "It is better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in chaos."
Either way, the message is easy to understand for anyone living in the summer of 2010. As I look over at Lucky, my golden retriever whose only concerns are when do we eat and when do we... (more)
Patterson told Fox News that some reporters covering state politics don’t know what they’re talking about and they’re working for publications he’s never heard of, so he wants to install a process that’ll help him and the general public figure out which reporters to trust.
Daniel Ellsberg fears a US hit on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
posted 06/13/2010, 4:16 PM (Raw Story) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] Daniel Ellsberg, who gained fame when he leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 in hopes of ending the Vietnam War, told MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan on Friday that he not only sees a parallel between himself and the person who recently leaked a video of an assault by US forces on Iraqi civilians but also fears for the safety of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who published the video.
Army specialist Bradley Manning was recently arrested in the case, and according to reporter Philip Shenon... (more)
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying, "You don't ever want a crisis to go to waste; it's an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid." Well, the Obama Administration certainly has not let the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizo... (more)
Defending the Speculator
posted 06/13/2010, 4:14 PM (Walter Block) [Category: Economy] "Kill the speculators!" is a cry made during every famine that has ever existed. Uttered by demagogues, who think that the speculator causes death through starvation by raising food prices, this cry is fervently supported by the masses of economic illiterates. This kind of thinking, or rather nonthinking, has allowed dictators to impose even the death penalty for traders in food who charge high prices during famines. And this is done without the feeblest of protests from those usually concerned ... (more)
“There’s no other way out but to print money,” Faber, the publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, said at a forum in Seoul today. “In the long run, all paper money will go exactly to its intrinsic value, which is zero.” Faber advised investors to protect themselves with assets such gold and silver. ... (more)
Suspect's mom: Son 'stupid kid,' not a terrorist
posted 06/13/2010, 4:12 PM (CNN) [Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions] New York (CNN) -- The mother of one of the two New Jersey men arrested last week at a New York airport allegedly on their way to fight with an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia says the two men are guilty of stupidity -- but not of the sinister plan described by authorities.
"Anything makes him angry. But he's not a terrorist; he's a stupid kid," Nadia Alessa said of her U.S.-born son, Mahmood.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, New Jersey, and Carlos E... (more)