March 28th, 2014
As can be seen in this video, the driver of the car being harassed makes the point that although she's driving in the fast lane, she simply cannot get over to let the bully behind her pass, due to traffic in the Right lane.
In addition, she had a left-turn coming up.
However, when the opportunity for the road rage perpetrator to pass finally arrives, rather than easily moving past the driver being victimized, the imbecile actually chose to protest his angst by flying the bird, at her, for an extended length of time & attention.
After being satisfied that his reckless bird-flying had exacted the appropriate price, the truck driver then proceeded to jerk his truck over in front of the victim, to such a degree, that the truck lost control and spun out in the medium, damaging the truck in the process while fully authenticating the enraged driver's lack of a reasonably functioning brain.
Florida State Troopers later charged the enraged idiot for leaving the scene of a crash.
March 28th, 2014
As far as I know, this sort of thing has happened only once since 1956....
Three of us here - myself, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris - concur that the photos show something real.
March 28th, 2014
Having tracked and written of Progressive Sen. Harry Reid, for years, I can truthfully say that I have never seen him more distressed, than in this video....no tears, here....
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is asking Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to explain the listing of more than $16,000 in holiday gifts in a campaign filing, according to a report.
Ralston Reports, run by Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, reported Tuesday that 2016 campaign money was used on presents for supporters.
Ralston said he learned the gifts were actually purchased by Reid’s granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who sells jewelry in Berkeley, Calif.
She bought the gifts — using the campaign’s money — for Reid’s donors and backers, the report says.
The filing only identified her as Ryan Elisabeth, and Ralston said he later figured out she was Reid’s relative.
In a letter, the FEC said Reid’s campaign must explain $11,370 and $5,416 expenditures by April 25.
“Itemized disbursements must include a brief statement or description of why each disbursement was made,” the letter read.
Friends of Reid's representative Chris Anderson told Ralston, “The campaign complied with all FEC rules.”
In a statement provided to The Hill, Reid said he would reimburse the campaign for the expenditure.
"I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure.”
Reid is not up for reelection until 2016 but already began planning for another campaign in October.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has been floated as a possible GOP challenger to Reid that year.
More from The Hill
— This story was updated at 8:00 p.m.
March 27th, 2014
We've been watching for impending US economic upheaval, after the great 2008 collapse and the Obama Regime's collectivist band-aids, very closely.
The simple fact is that printing virtual money on the one hand, while encouraging US citizen malaise and debt on the other, was never an effective mid-term solution.
As demi-Socialism takes firm hold in the land of opportunity, we can see that the vehicle which could pull the US out of it's semi-depression, has become increasingly marred within the deep sludge of regulatory hell, under a storm of crony capitalism.
Obama has, with the Democrats help, effectively nationalized and partially collapsed fully 1/5th of the US economy, and a sector, by the way, which just so happens to keep America literally healthy.
The following story from USA Today seems to bear up long-term American concepts, which states that Obama and the Democrats' policies would eventually transform America into a nation unrecognizable, as compared to even recent years past....we're almost there, but it's not too late.
NEW YORK — After the stock market's best year since 1997, warning flags are starting to go up on Wall Street where stock turbulence is on the rise and froth is being rubbed out.
This year's first quarter, which ends Monday, isn't nearly as bullish as last year, when the benchmark Standard and Poor's 500 stock index soared 10% in the first three months of the year on its way to an eye-popping 29.6% gain.
The broad market is unchanged in 2014 after recovering from an early-year swoon sparked by turbulence in emerging markets and uneasiness surrounding the Federal Reserve's decision to start pulling back on its bond-buying stimulus program. Russia's decision to annex Crimea has added to investor angst as geopolitical risk enters the equation.
But the market itself is acting poorly, amid growing signs that investors have lost their stomach for investing in many of the market's most popular and best-performing stocks and sectors.
"Some of the froth is coming off," says Russ Koesterich, chief investment strategist at BlackRock. "There's a little bit more risk aversion, and when risk aversion rises it breaks the momentum trade."
A bunch of warning signs are popping up:
1. Not-so sweet IPO.
The high profile initial public offering of King Digital, the marker of the game app Candy Crush, got crushed, plunging nearly 16% in its first day of trading, vs. an average first-day IPO pop of 22%, according to Renaissance Capital. The dive sent shivers through the frothy IPO market, which has been flying high and earning comparisons to the IPO peak in 2000. Still, three new IPOs finished higher Thursday, with gains ranging from 14.4% to 23%.
2. Hot momentum stocks cool off.
Wall Street "story stocks," such as mega-popular plays favored by Main Street investors, such as social media darling Facebook and electric-car maker Tesla, are getting slammed after skyrocketing earlier in the year. Facebook is 16% below its recent intraday high and Tesla is down more than 20%, which puts it in bear-market territory. Red-hot biotech shares, which were behaving in a speculative fashion, have also gotten slammed.
3. Leader turns laggard.
The once-hot Russell 2000, an index of small company stocks, that soared 37% last year and led the performance derby earlier this year, is not acting like a market leader anymore. Thursday, it closed 4.7% from its March 4 all-time high, and is now performing worse than the large company stocks in the S and P 500.
Indeed, skittishness is making a comeback.
Mutual fund investors are getting nervous. Last week, they yanked nearly $4 billion out of U.S. stock funds, marking the first outflows since mid-February.
The question now is does the selling get worse? Or will investors in search of bargains swoop in and buy the dip, as they have since the bull market began in March 2009?
For now, Koesterich says the market action is nothing "sinister." The recent turbulence, he says, is more reflective of a change in leadership, as investors rotate out of big winners and into stocks that sport better values.
"So far it looks more like a rotation than a crack in the market," says Koesterich.
For the broad market to move higher, investors would like to see the economy bounce back from weakness caused by stormy weather, corporate earnings have to perk up and CEOs have to tell Wall Street that things are looking better, adds Koesterich.
March 27th, 2014
The Weekly Standard
By Daniel Halper
"For veterans of the Iraq War, watching the black flag of Al Qaeda fly over Fallujah—as the adjacent video outlines—is the ultimate symbol of weak and feckless national security policy. Dismissing this American battlefield is an insult to the sacrifice and honor of our warriors and their families. Unfortunately, it's just another recent example of your administration's dangerous approach to national security; let us briefly recount other ways.
"Afghanistan War veterans bemoan a failed 'surge then withdraw' strategy—costing lives and losing ground. In Syria, we set rhetorical red-lines that a Iranian-backed dictator ignored—and then did nothing.
Speaking of Iran, their nuclear ambitions continue unabated—with Israel left standing alone. In Libya we 'led from behind'—with spiraling violence and a dead US ambassador in Benghazi to show for it.
China’s increases their defense budget substantially—while we gut ours precipitously. And most recently, an empowered Russia had their way with a sovereign nation—while we did nothing. Other fault lines—in Pakistan, North Korea, Turkey and Egypt—haven't escaped our gaze either.