? Desperation in a rain-soaked, muddy, frozen potato field where Syrians seek refuge.
? “Iran unable to get life-saving drugs due to international sanctions: Western measures targeting Tehran’s nuclear programme have impeded grade of medicines for illnesses such as cancer.”
? Britain is joining France in “operations against Islamist rebels in Mali” by providing transport of troops and equipment. “The United States was also said to be weighing possible involvement . . . such as intelligence-sharing with France and logistics support.” Update: The French have “extended their attacks deep into rebel-held territory.”
Money Matters USA
? Proof that capitalism works for those special few: Meg Whitman will be paid more than $15m for her first year on the job as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO. Also on Meg’s first year on the job, “HP lost nearly $13 billion for the fiscal year, revenue slipped, and the shares lost nearly half of their value”.
? A light, shiny moment has passed: “Treasury Dept. rules out trillion-dollar coin”
? Scathing review of the Obama administration’s policies and actions throughout the near economic collapse, the too-big-too-fail excuse, the mortgage crisis, and the actors, –including Summers, Paulson, Bernanke, Geithner and Jack Lew. Outcomes: “an even more dangerously concentrated, politically even more powerful, still highly corrupt, unproductive financial sector . . . an administration largely managed by people who were, and remain, part of the problem”.
? President Obama is being pressured by liberals to appoint “strong consumer advocates atop the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and for the No. 2 leadership spot in the Treasury Department.” Concerns and arguments presented for and against certain possible appointees.
? New York Times editorial on “Misguided Social Security ‘Reform’, including the warning that “the administration seems determined to include the COLA cut [to Social Security] in any new package of spending reductions.” No longer a “bargaining ploy”, it has now become “a worthy end in itself” to the Obama administration.
? The Washington Games: “Newly unemployed lawmakers buzzing about million dollar lobbying jobs.” Many contenders this year.
? Guess who’s a lead sponsor of the biggest gun trade show on the planet.
? Daly City, CA was the site for the Crossroads of the West gun show yesterday. 10,000 people showed up to buy guns and ammo since “Obama wants to take everybody’s guns away”.
? The National Rifle Association’s president has declared that an assault weapons ban will not pass Congress.
? “An Eastern Kentucky sheriff [Denny Peyman of Jackson County) said Saturday that he will not enforce any new gun control laws that he considers unconstitutional.” It’s a “moral obligation”, you see.
? “Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence”, petition and other info, from 800+ US mayors. [cont’d.]