UNESCO vote for a Palestinian State triggers US cut off of Aid….

The separate body of the UN has run afoul of US Congressional Law  from the 90’s that forbids funding for ‘any U.N. body that grants state status to the Palestinian territories.’

The Law which is a decade old has strong backing in Congress and had No chance of being waived….

The problem is …..

Taking the defunding route only makes the United States more isolated in the eyes of the UNESCO members who voted 107 to 14 for the move….

The United States has had a rocky relationship with UNESCO in the 1980’s that led to similar funding cuts….

The amount being cut next month will be $60 Million, 22% of that agencies budget…..

The White House has warned that other UN agencies maybe be cut off from funds if the move for a Palestinian State continues…A decision by the United Nations‘ cultural organization to admit Palestine as a member state set off a confrontation between the U.S. and the U.N., threatening to strip Washington of influence in several key international agencies while cutting off a major source of contributions to the world body.

The Obama administration said it would end funding for theUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization hours after the group Monday voted 107 to 14 to accept the Palestinian Authority as a full member. The UNESCO action triggered U.S. laws from the early 1990s that bar Washington from giving money to any U.N. body that grants state status to the Palestinian territories.

U.S. officials said they would block a planned payment of $60 million to the group next month, and warned that they could be forced to halt payments for other U.N. groups as well if they accede to Palestinian requests for full membership.

The cutoff deprives UNESCO of 22% of its funding, and could force the agency, which focuses on literacy, human rights and the preservation of historic sites worldwide, to soon begin laying off employees, diplomats said.

At the same time, U.S. officials warned that American interests could be damaged if Washington is forced by similar future votes to cut off funding for other international agencies essential to U.S. business and security interests.

One such body, the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization, helps U.S. high-tech, entertainment and other industries protect their property rights, including patents, around the world. The group’s bylaws require that members who fail to pay their dues eventually lose their voting rights….

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Herman Cain’s past spills out in the media….

What is it with GOP Poll leaders?

This is his damage control?

Herman Cain has a very bad day

by Barbara Morrill @ Daily Kos….

Herman Cain (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Herman Cain (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

How bad has Herman Cain’s day been?

  • Cain campaign releases a statement blaming the liberal media for spreading baseless rumors:

    … are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.

  • Cain claims that:

    …  I recused myself and allowed my general counsel and my Human Resource officer to deal with the situation.

  • The head of Human Resources at the time Cain was the head of the National Restaurant Association on having any recollection of a sexual harassment complaint against Cain:

    “No, none,” she said.

  • Cain says he is completely unaware of any payment made to the women who accused him of sexual harassment:

    If the Restaurant Association did a settlement I wasn’t even aware of it and I hope it wasn’t for much because nothing happened.

  • Cain acknowledges that there was a payment made and that he discussed it with his general counsel, although:

    I don’t remember a number.

  • Judy Woodruff asks Herman Cain if he invited one of the women who charged him with sexual harassment to a hotel room:

    I have no recollection of that.

  • Cain tells Woodruff that sexual harassment is:

    … in the eye of the person who thinks that maybe I crossed the line.

Somewhere, Mitt Romney is smiling.

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After 72 days of marriage Kim Kardashian calls it quits….

Listen…..

I don’t think she’s a rocket scientist….

This is her second marriage attempt….

Guys….

She isn’t bad looking …

And she IS built….

But when you marry her…

You marry her family…..

Especially her MOTHER….

Be advised….

Kim and Kris done after only three months of marriage

Kim and Kris done after only three months of marriage

 

After just 72 days of marriage, reality star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries this morning. Kardashian cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for divorce and…  Read Full Story

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Mitt Ronmey has the GOP Woman vote…..

In a Cain/Romney match-up the Cain problems aren’t gonna mean much…

Mitt Romney with his looks and such has the female vote sewed up….

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has skyrocketed in the polls over the past month, but female voters, who are mostly likely to shy away from Cain in the aftermath of allegations, have consistently leaned toward Romney.

In a Fox News poll released last week, 23 percent of female Republicans had already broken for Romney, versus only 17 percent for Cain – numbers sharpened by the fact that Cain led the field 24 percent to 20 percent overall, based primarily on capturing nearly three out of every 10 male Republican voters. Alternatively, Romney was supported only by 18 percent of men – the majority of voters supporting the former Massachusetts governor are women.

Women were also far more likely than men to support Cain’s nearest competitors, with 12 percent of women supporting Ron Paul and 11 percent choosing Rick Perry.  Neither candidate cracked double digits with men.

Not only do women view Cain as unlikely choice for president, they do not have a particularly positive view of the candidate. Only 27 percent of all women surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Cain. Only 4 percent said they would be enthusiastic if the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO were elected, while 20 percent said they would be “scared.”

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Just How Far has Rick Perry fallen?

These two pieces from Politicalwire….

Cain Edges Perry in Texas

One more sign of how far Texas Gov. Rick Perry has fallen since he announced his presidential bid: A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Herman Cain edging Perry in his home state among Republican voters, 27% to 26%.

Rep. Ron Paul was next with 12%, followed by Mitt Romney at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 8%. The other Republican primary candidates — Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum — each got 2% or less.

In general election match ups, President Obama loses to each of the top four GOP candidates.

Quote of the Day

“Rick Perry is going to go down in history for the all-time train wreck beginning. Because private polling in Iowa 40 days ago had him leading.”

— GOP strategist Mike Murphy, on Meet the Press, commenting on the latest Iowa Poll that has Perry in 6th place.

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We Are the World…All 7 Billion of us as of Today…..

And WE humans keep mulitiplying…..

Mumbai, India

Commuters exit suburban trains in Mumbai, India, where the rail network is overtaxed by the number of riders in the world’s second-most-populous nation,

after China. (Rafiq Maqbool, Associated Press / October 25, 2011)

Demographers at the United Nations Population Division set Oct. 31, 2011, as the “symbolic” date for hitting 7 billion, while acknowledging that it’s impossible to know for sure the specific time or day. Using slightly different calculations, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 7-billion threshold will not be reached until March.

Under any methodology, demographers agree that humanity remains on a steep growth curve, which is likely to keep climbing through the rest of this century. The U.N.’s best estimate is that population will march past 9.3 billion by 2050 and exceed 10.1 billion by the end of the century. It could be far more, if birthrates do not continue to drop as they have in the last half-century.

Nearly all the projected growth this century is expected to occur in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, while the combined populations in Europe, North America and other wealthy industrialized nations will remain relatively flat. Some countries, such as Germany, Russia and Japan, are poised to edge downward, their loss made up mostly by ongoing growth in the United States, which is bolstered by waves of immigrants.

The buildup to Monday’s milestone has briefly turned up the flame on long-simmering debates about growth on a finite planet: Whether a growing population or growing consumption remains the biggest environmental challenge, how best to help lift a billion people out of poverty and misery, whether governments should provide contraception for those who cannot afford it….

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This Week in Congress: Wall St. bills dress up as ‘jobs’ bills for Halloween….

by David Waldman @ Daily Kos

United States Capitol at sunset.  Photo by Mark Noel (mark.noel@mindspring.com).

Recapping Last Week in CongressThe House was the only game in town last week, and though that’s the body that can definitively set a schedule and expect to move deliberately through it, they really didn’t use their time all that productively. The biggest and most important legislation moved last week was the combination of the repeal of the Republican-passed-but-never-implemented 3% withholding tax on government contractors, and it’s “pay-for,” which is basically a cut in eligibility for Medicaid among Social Security recipients. In that sense, it sounds like a typically Republican week, but the curve ball here is that these are two (very small) pieces of job-creating and budget-cutting proposals that came out of the White House.

The Senate was not in session last week.

This Week in Congress

It’s been two weeks since the whole Congress has been in town at once. So naturally, we should expect big things, right? Well, probably not so much in the House. Once again, the familiar pattern emerges: no session on Monday, suspensions spread out over Tuesday and Wednesday, and the substantive bills on Thursday and possibly spilling over into Friday (but not too much of Friday). And this week, the House’s big to-do at the end of the week will be a stab at answering the Democratic critique that the Republican-controlled House hasn’t done squat on job creation. And how will they do so? By taking two bills that tinker with (read: eliminate) certain Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements and putting the words “job creators” and “entrepreneur” in the titles.

The Senate comes right back to work on Monday, with a vote on a judicial nomination, and on Tuesday, it’s back to work on H.R. 2112, the appropriations “minibus” bill, rolling up the Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, and Science; and Transportation/HUD bills. There are still a few amendments to get through, but the end is in sight here, and there’s an agreement in place not only to finish this up and get a vote on passage, but to insist on the Senate’s position in the event of disagreement with the House, with Senate conferees already lined up and named. That’s a good sign, considering how far behind the Senate is on appropriations, and the latest continuing (non-)resolution set to expire in mid-November. It’s good to see the Senate serious about getting at least these bills done and into conference.

There’s a lot more to take care of, but this is a good way to start.

UPDATE: Also expected in the Senate this week is the infrastructure projects portion of the American Jobs Act. What’s in it? Here’s the Main Street Insider 90 Second Summary:

Full floor and committee schedules are below the fold…..

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Political Roundup For October 31, 2011…Red Racing Horses…

 The Herman Cain Story will lead everywhere……

by: SCRep

PresidentCain: Herman Cain again sought to clarify his position on abortion by saying that “I am pro-life from conception, period”, and that he does not support exceptions even for victims of rape and incest. Cain’s position on abortion has been questioned in recent weeks, after the candidate suggested in an interview on CNN that decisions about abortion should be left to families, not the government.

More Cain: Politico reports that during Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, and receiving financial settlements which prohibit them from discussing the matters publicly.

Huntsman: Former Utah Gov. John Huntsman does not rule out self funding more of his campaign. Huntsman’s campaign raised over $4 million in the third quarter, with Huntsman contributing roughly half that sum. Of that, the campaign only had about $300,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter. Huntsman originally planned to pursue a three state campaign strategy in Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire, but was forced to reevaluate. The campaign moved its headquarters from Florida to New Hampshire in early fall.

Iowa: A new Des Moines Register Iowa poll shows Herman Cain and Mitt Romney leading the GOP presidential race in the state. Cain edges Romney, 23% to 22%, with Ron Paul at 12%, Michele Bachmann at 8%, Newt Gingrich at 7%, Rick Perry at 7%, Rick Santorum at 5% and Jon Huntsman at 1%. Cain has surged 13 points since the first Iowa Poll of the caucus cycle, conducted in late June. The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for January 3.

Paul: Ron Paul captured the win at the Iowan only National Federation of Republican Assemblies first ever presidential straw poll. Paul has won similar straw polls across the country by providing tickets at reduced cost and encouraging people to turn out at events leading up to the poll. Paul received 82% of the vote while Herman Cain, who also bought tickets for supporters, received 14%.

Perry: In an interview with The Manchester Union Leader, Rick Perry again tried to defend his support of a program that allows some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities in his home state, saying he wants to create taxpayers instead of “tax wasters.” Perry said that policy is needed because the federal government has refused to secure the border. His stance on illegal immigration has proven to be a key distraction and weakness for Perry so far in the campaign.

More Perry: Rick Perry plans to participate in at least five more debates, after speculation from his campaign last week suggested that Perry’s lackluster performances so far would lead him to skip future Republican debates. He will attend all of the events scheduled in November as well as an early December debate. Perry spokesman Mark Miner had suggested to POLITICO last week that Perry would attend the Nov. 9 debate but hadn’t committed beyond that, and would likely skip some of the future scheduled debates.

Polls: An Economist/YouGov survey shows Herman Cain leading the Republican presidential field with 28%, followed by Mitt Romney at 24%, Ron Paul at 9%, Rick Perry at 9%, Newt Gingrich at 7%. All other candidates are below 5%. Meanwhile, in general election match ups President Obama leads Romney, 48% to 45%, tops Cain, 48% to 40%, and crushes Perry 48% to 38%.

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Herman Cain accused of inappropriate behavior in the 1990’s….

I have purposely headlined the fact that this incident may have happened more than a decade ago….

Outside reports are that the organization he worked for, the National Restaurant Association, made financial settlements in the five figures for the females..

This is a media front page story right now…

Cain has stonewalled his response to the media inquires…

The play from the right has been this is a liberal media try to discredit Cain….

As I type this Herman Cain is reported to have a presser coming up later this morning…

We’ll see how it plays in the next few days…

Martin confronts Cain on street

Non-denial from Cain campaign

In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints.

POLITICO has confirmed the identities of the two female restaurant association employees who complained about Cain but, for privacy concerns, is not publishing their names.

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told POLITICO the candidate indicated to campaign officials that he was “vaguely familiar” with the charges and that the restaurant association’s general counsel had resolved the matter.

The latest statement came from Cain himself. In a tense sidewalk encounter Sunday morning outside the Washington bureau of CBS News — where the Republican contender had just completed an interview on “Face the Nation” — Cain evaded a series of questions about sexual harassment allegations.

Cain said he has “had thousands of people working for me” at different businesses over the years and could not comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.” His campaign staff was given the name of one woman who complained last week, and it was repeated to Cain on Sunday. He responded, “I am not going to comment on that.”

He was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”

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Hillary Clinton the US Secretary of State and the Libya Campaign…

The Washington Post does a piece on Hillary Clinton and her diplomatic largess in helping the NATO led Libya War campaign come out as a success …

So far….

While in Tripoli, Libya, Hillary Clinton spoke to young Libyans, telling them that their future was full of possibilities. (Oct. 18)

While in Tripoli, Libya, Hillary Clinton spoke to young Libyans, telling them that their future was full of possibilities. (Oct. 18)

(Washington Post Photo)

Some Republicans derided the effort as “leading from behind,” while many others questioned why President Obama was entangling the nation in another overseas military campaign that had little strategic urgency and scant public support. But with NATO operations likely to end this week, U.S. officials and key allies are offering a detailed new defense of the approach and Clinton’s pivotal role — both within a divided Cabinet and a fragile, assembled-on-the-fly international alliance.

What emerges from these accounts is a picture of Clinton using her mixture of political pragmatism and tenacity to referee spats among NATO partners, secure crucial backing from Arab countries and tutor rebels on the fine points of message management.

Clinton, in an interview, acknowledged “periods of anguish and buyer’s remorse” during the seven months of the campaign. But, she said, “we set into motion a policy that was on the right side of history, on the right side of our values, on the right side of our strategic interests in the region.”

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OWS and National Convention 2012….Talk and Politics….

 

Natconv

In times of supression – alternative assemblies arise.

In addition to the ongoing occupations and protests – there are some serious efforts to form a petition for “redress of grievances” (1. amendment of the Constitution) next summer through a National Convention with two representatives from all 435 congressional districts, 870 in total. The content of this petition will take shape in the coming months, but high on the list are campaign reform and addressing economic inequality.

Full overview of process and potential issues here

 

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Is Oil and Gas a National Security issue for America?…A Politicaldog101 Poll…

I’m posting this Poll because some of our friends have made the statement that Oil and Gas resources 

Are NOT a National Security Issue for this country….

That it is NOT in the National Interest …..

I find this incredible!….

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Perry…..“Obviously, this race isn’t settled at all,”

aRepublican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tapes a radio show in New Hampshire. | AP Photo

He’s right….

But I for one believe he isn’t gonna be the nominee…

It’s too late for his try….

Unprepared….

Bad Debate Performances…

Style without substance…

Overconfidence…
Herman Cain… 

All those things have contributed to the Texas Governor’s fall from grace in the GOP 2012 Sweepstakes run…

With Cain STILL getting good numbers …

And Mitt Romney being everything to everybody…

And Not committing to ANYBODY….

He IS the best choice for Republicans to get a good crack and Obama’s job…

“Obviously, this race isn’t settled at all,” he said on “Fox News Sunday,” noting that most voters are just now tuning in and that many don’t know about the record of the former Massachusetts governor. “I feel pretty comfortable where we’ll be on Election Day.”

 “Obviously, we’ve got a war chest that allows us to get that message out there,” he added.

Asked about bringing on a host of new advisers who have a history of going negative, he made no bones about it: “If we’re telling the truth about someone, the truth is the truth – whether it hurts your feelings or not.”

“It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon,” he added. “We got in late, and we worked awfully hard for those first eight-plus weeks to go raise the money. And we had a 17-plus million dollar, 47-day fundraising push. It’s always good to come off the battle line for a couple days and catch your breath.”

Perry attacked Romney for being an inconsistent flip-flopper.

“I have been a consistent conservative,” he said. “I have always been in favor of the Second Amendment. … I’ve always been pro-life. I’ve always been a fiscal conservative. And Mitt’s been on both sides of those issues. He’s been for a ban on guns in Massachusetts. He’s been pro-abortion. He’s been for supporting gay rights. And now he’s on the other side of those issues.”

Perry spent much of the interview, live at the Texas history museum in Austin, defending his flat tax plan against criticisms that it would not bring in enough revenue, it helps the rich more than anyone else and it’s too complicated.

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The GOP Primary/Caucus Schedule Updated…10/30/11

From 2012PresidentialElectionNews.com….

BY NATE….

We finally have a finished schedule for the list of 2012 primaries and caucuses since New Hampshire and Nevada worked out their differences.

Our 2012 Primary Schedule has been updated and I encourage you to take a look at the dates and see where your state landed in the list.

This is what January of 2012 will look like now:

January 3, 2012 – Iowa (caucus)
January 10, 2012 – New Hampshire (primary)
January 21, 2012 – South Carolina (primary)
January 31, 2012 – Florida (primary)

Super Tuesday this time around will occur on March 6, 2012, when 10 states will hold either a primary or caucus. Lucky for me I get the Iowa caucuses on my birthday just like 2008.

Check out the 2012 primary schedule to see how the 2012 calendar will play out.

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US Troops will be stationed in Kuwait as a standby….

Any one who thought that the peace dividend from wwithdrawal from Iraq….

And future withdrawals from Afghanistan…..

Would be absolute is smoking crack…

Me and Jack have gone back and forth here at the Dog on this….

My point has been US Troops would around in Iraq and Afghanistan for a LONG TIME…

Well the Obama Administration has messed up their plan to leave troops in Iraq….

So while the President has ordered the troops out of the country because the Iraqi’s don’t want to give our troops immunity….

(Playing to Jack’s point)

He has gone for door #2…

Stationing  troop reserves next door to most of the Middle East Countries in Kuwait…

The country the US took back from Saddam a decade ago after being overrunned…

Again…

The US IS going to have a troop presence in Middle East for a LONG time…..

I’d say……

Me and Jack BOTH got it right….

The plans, under discussion for months, gained new urgency after President Obama’s announcement this month that the last American soldiers would be brought home from Iraq by the end of December. Ending the eight-year war was a central pledge of his presidential campaign, but American military officers and diplomats, as well as officials of several countries in the region, worry that the withdrawal could leave instability or worse in its wake.

After unsuccessfully pressing both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government to permit as many as 20,000 American troops to remain in Iraq beyond 2011, the Pentagon is now drawing up an alternative.

In addition to negotiations over maintaining a ground combat presence in Kuwait, the United States is considering sending more naval warships through international waters in the region.

With an eye on the threat of a belligerent Iran, the administration is also seeking to expand military ties with the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. While the United States has close bilateral military relationships with each, the administration and the military are trying to foster a new “security architecture” for the Persian Gulf that would integrate air and naval patrols and missile defense.

The size of the standby American combat force to be based in Kuwait remains the subject of negotiations, with an answer expected in coming days. Officers at the Central Commandheadquarters here declined to discuss specifics of the proposals, but it was clear that successful deployment plans from past decades could be incorporated into plans for a post-Iraq footprint in the region.

For example, in the time between the Persian Gulf war in 1991 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States Army kept at least a combat battalion — and sometimes a full combat brigade —  in Kuwait year-round, along with an enormous arsenal ready to be unpacked should even more troops have been called to the region.

“Back to the future” is how Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, Central Command’s chief of staff, described planning for a new posture in the Gulf.

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The American Oil future is right at home in this Hemisphere…

Brazil and Canada are the leaders in Oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere…

Added to the beginnings of US extration of oil from shale deposits in the Northeast….

We have been led to belive that the earth’s oil deposits are going to run out when the Middle East supplies run dry…

Not true…

I wonder what all this means for the US National Security Policy ten years out?

The new hemispheric outlook is based on resources that were not seriously in play until recent years — all of them made possible by technological breakthroughs and advances. They are “oil sands” in Canada, “pre-salt” deposits in Brazil and “tight oil” in the United States.

In little more than a decade, Canada’s oil sands have gone from being a fringe resource to a major one. Oil sands (sometimes known as “tar sands”) are composed of very heavy oil mixed with clay and sand. The oil is so heavy and molasses-like that, for the most part, it does not flow until it is separated from the sand and clay and treated. To do that on a large scale and on a commercial basis has required substantial advances in engineering over the past 15 years.

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Even while the environmental argument rages, oil sands are proving to be a major contributor to energy security. Although it is easy to assume that most U.S. oil imports come from the Middle East, the largest individual share by far — nearly a quarter of the total — comes from Canada, part of a dense network of economic ties that makes Canada the United States’ largest trading partner. More than half of Canada’s oil exports to the United States come from oil sands, and that share will rise steeply in the years ahead.

At the other end of that hemispheric oil axis is Brazil. When Brazil began to develop ethanol from sugar in the 1970s, it did so based on the conviction that the country had no oil. As it turns out, Brazil has lots of oil. Just the increase in Brazilian oil production since 2000 is more than one and a half times greater than the country’s entire ethanol output….

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