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While Republicans chant about drilling for oil to make sure the USA is not dependent on foreign oil:


Obama administration hikes CAFE fuel economy standard to 54.5 mpg



http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/obama-administration-hikes-cafe-fuel-economy-standard-54-163257022.html

Which side are you on, Boy, which side are you on?

Paul Ryan: Unfunded.

From facebook post.


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Best non political bumper sticker this month.

Recently seen on car in this area.

"Put down the cell phone, and nobody gets hurt."

When the lier releases his tax returns, how will we know they weren't made up from whole cloth?

I don't expect the IRS to verify them and what organization could?

Will the MSM insist on an audit? Doubtful.


Just saying.

Good rundown of potential GOP VP candidates.

Short bios of 16 Rmoney might consider. With Pictures.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/gallery/potential_GOP_vice_presidential_candidates/

Jump start the economy!

Paul Craig Roberts solution to the so-called financial crisis - http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31272 -


Everyone wants a solution, so I will provide one. The US government should simply cancel the $230 trillion in derivative bets, declaring them null and void. As no real assets are involved, merely gambling on notional values, the only major effect of closing out or netting all the swaps (mostly over-the-counter contracts between counter-parties) would be to take $230 trillion of leveraged risk out of the financial system. The financial gangsters who want to continue enjoying betting gains while the public underwrites their losses would scream and yell about the sanctity of contracts. However, a government that can murder its own citizens or throw them into dungeons without due process can abolish all the contracts it wants in the name of national security. And most certainly, unlike the war on terror, purging the financial system of the gambling derivatives would vastly improve national security.

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31272

(I'm not endorsing the website or anything on it.)

Just returned from 4000 mile road trip from east coast to Kansas and back.

Not one Romney bumper sticker.

One Chevy Volt in Kentucky. Cool.

Record High temperatures. Hot.

Beautiful countryside.

Just saying.


Most of you know this about America's talk radio....

But I don't travel much and I just found out.

So I'm driving from Cape Cod to Washington D.C. trying to listen to NPR, my usual source for radio news etc. I notice vast stretches of Connecticut have no coverage but in those areas there is no problem finding Rush Limbaugh etc. Eventually I give up trying to get anything and settle for some music.

Then, My brother and I head out for the midwest in his car...its a wedding.... and I'm telling him about the right wing overrunning the air waves.
He says no problem, and turns on his Sirius satellite radio. The left is back! Channel 127. All the guys I have read about on DU are there and telling it how it is. Tom Hartman and Ed Schultz etc.

Heads up, there's HOPE>

Antonin Scalia says he was wrong, there has been an innocent executed!

Not.

What did you expect? From Scalia? I don't think so.

Columbia U. investigates Texas execution and finds big holes in the justice system.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/15/carlos-texas-innocent-man-death

Here's a pretty good article about Romney's budget plans for the USA!

Just a quick summary:

"There's good reason why Ryan's budget and the Romney budget don't have details," said Jim Horney, a budget analyst with the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy priorities think tank. "If people knew what it would actually have to be done to accomplish what they're saying should be done, it's hard to imagine there would be widespread support for it."

http://news.yahoo.com/romney-spending-guns-triumph-over-butter-120715130.html


Another quote from the article:

"At issue are these programs, just to name a few: health research; NASA; transportation; homeland security; education; food inspection; housing and heating subsidies for the poor; food aid for pregnant women; the FBI; grants to local governments; national parks; and veterans' health care.

Romney promises to immediately cut them by 5 percent. But they would have to be cut more than 20 percent to meet his overall budget goals, assuming veterans' health care is exempted. It's almost unthinkable that lawmakers would go along with cuts of such magnitude for air traffic control and food inspection or to agencies like NASA, the FBI, Border Patrol and the Centers for Disease Control.

"It's just not sustainable," said GOP lobbyist Jim Dyer, a former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee. "What do you want to do with the national parks? Which ones do you want to close? ...The only way it adds up is if you go after the big, popular stuff, and nobody talks about that now."
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