SDB Evening News Reads for 102111: Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come backPosted: October 21, 2011 Filed under: Afghanistan, American Jobs Act, Barack Obama, Breaking News, Foreign Affairs, Hillary Clinton, jobs, Pakistan, SDB Evening News Reads, unemployment | Tags: Haley's Comet, meteors 15 Comments
And the big news today…the US is leaving Iraq!
All U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 – The Washington Post
Washington’s troubled relationship with Pakistan has triggered plenty of heartburn for U.S. officials, but rarely sidesplitting laughter.
That changed Friday when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton erupted in amusement during a town hall meeting in Islamabad when a participant described the U.S. as Pakistan’s impossible to please mother-in-law.
“We all know that the whole of Pakistan is facing the brunt of whatever is happening and trying to cooperate with the U.S., and somehow the U.S. is like a mother-in-law which is just not satisfied with us,” said a woman who identified herself as Shamama and elicited a round of applause from the crowd.
“We are trying to please you, and every time you come and visit us you have a new idea and tell us, ‘You are not doing enough and need to work harder,’” said Shamama, who works for a women’s group in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border.
Laughing at length, Clinton said she could personally relate to the woman’s perspective because she too was a mother-in-law. The secretary of state’s daughter, Chelsea, married an investment banker last year in New York.
“I think that’s a great analogy I have never heard before,” said Clinton. “Now that I am a mother-in-law, I totally understand what you’re saying and hope to do better privately and publicly.”
The federal loans were necessary because when times were good, Georgia politicians cut the amount that employers were required to contribute to the unemployment insurance fund, leaving it short of funds when it was needed. Now the problem is being solved on the backs of Georgia families wondering how to make the rent payment, buy groceries and keep the heat on.
Family values at work.
Meanwhile, up in Washington, our two senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, joined their 45 Republican colleagues in voting unanimously against a plan to spend $35 billion keeping teachers, firefighters and police officers at their posts. The vote — which needed 60 supporters to break yet another GOP quasi-filibuster — means that public safety will be compromised and classrooms left empty.
The measure would have been funded with a 0.5 percent surtax on incomes of more than million dollars.
…which among other things would lower the top individual tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, cut the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent and keep the system revenue neutral.
Lowering rates for corporations and top-end taxpayers — the current 35 percent marginal rate applies only to income above $379,150 for a couple filing jointly — would inevitably require higher taxes on the rest of us. But I suppose that’s a sacrifice that the rest of us should be happy to make, given how they’re struggling in this economy.
Just to reiterate, the chart above, provided by the St. Louis Federal Reserve, tracks AFTER-TAX corporate profits.
A few weeks ago, Discovery Space readers from Europe witnessed the peak of the Draconids meteor shower that produced around 300 meteors per hour. On Friday evening at around 21:00 GMT, another meteor shower peaks: the Orionids.
The meteors from this shower represent debris from the famous Halley’s Comet that orbits the Earth every 76 years.
This year’s Orionid display won’t be anywhere near as impressive as the Draconids but at an estimated 30 meteors per hour it could still be worth checking out.
Unfortunately, the moon’s phase is one day passed last quarter so its light will render many of the fainter meteors invisible. The best tip is to wrap up warm, get outside around 21:00 GMT (if you’re in Europe), or any time during the night over the weekend before moonrise from your location. If it’s dark, and the skies are clear, look up.
The great thing about looking for meteors is that no equipment is necessary other than warm clothing and perhaps a comfortable chair.
Thanks for the great story about Hillary in Pakistan. I hadn’t hear about it. If only Obama had her sense of humor!
I thought it was a great example of her ability to connect to whoever she is talking to…in a personal way.
Obama can never do that. When he is “trying” to be empathetic, it usually is in an underhanded way that revolves around him…oozing narcissistic attitudes, its never genuine. (If that made any sense. I need some coffee big time.)
I am soaking in a warm tub. I have sore feet and I’m tired. What a pleasure to have this to read also!
This post at C&L made me laugh…boy I am evil aren’t I.
Santorum: ‘I’ll Die’ to Stop Same Sex Marriages | Video Cafe
This guy is truly a piece of work. Does he think that contraception is limited to single people?? Does he not know that MARRIED COUPLES USE CONTRACEPTION?!?!? WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL GIVING THIS MAN MONEY?!?!?
We are so f*^%d.
It all boils down to – Hillary is the real POTUS, she’s got class, understanding and respect from around the world, O just has the title.
She’s super, a leader and we really got royally screwed as a nation by the DNC
Joanelle, you can get a big dose of Hillary on Sunday, she is doing the talk show circuit!
Oh and BB, your post about the GOP candidates auditioning for Fox news jobs, did you see this: Fox News Hires Mark Sanford – Hotline On Call
joanelle ….she is the POTUS in foreign affairs certainly. But that why I’m starting to worry she’ll be tapped for the VP in 2012….unless she was allowed to be a Dick Cheney VP to Obie’s Bush 2….that kind of VP post I could handle…If Hill takes the job, it will be to run the foreign affairs/wars while Obie golfs. Since she has the guts end of Empire needs and he doesn’t, the power elite might let her do that
Thank you Minx for the abc story on Hillary’s penchant for ‘mocking’ people. I swear the MSM is made up of a bunch of high school kids. What she said really wasn’t even that bad. At least not as bad as what Cain said about THE ENTIRE REGION. Jeez!!
Sorry about that! I didn’t mean to make that last post without including our president from 32 years ago! Enjoy your Friday all!!
Thanks for that link Rock, the video is great.
Yeah, I thought it was a crappy title too…