The Federal Reserve is under increased scrutiny following new disclosures that the central bank supplied trillions of dollars in emergency loans not just to Wall Street but also foreign-owned banks in 2008 and 2009. (Reuters)
London (CNN) -- Lisa Suarez's voice breaks as she stands in the snow outside London's Heathrow airport, unable to get a flight home to Dallas, Texas.
"It's very hard," she says. "All I want for Christmas is to hug my daughter."
She and her family are among hundreds of thousands of people stranded by "freak weather conditions" that dumped unexpected tons of snow on Europe this weekend, snarling flight schedules at the continent's busiest airports.
Heathrow planned to cancel all arrivals Sunday, but later said it might allow three planes to land. A dozen long-haul flights are scheduled to take off Sunday night, spokesman Andrew Teacher said. He did not say which ones.
Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris told travelers to expect two-hour delays and cancellation of a quarter of flights. One in five flights was being canceled at the French capital's second airport, Paris-Orly, with delays of an hour expected, Aeroports de Paris said on its website.
Germany's Frankfurt airport said at least 500 of a planned 1,300 flights would be scrapped Sunday.
And more snow is expected in Germany during the day, which will put further strain on flight schedules, spokesman Waltraud Riehemann said.
More than 200,000 passengers were due to take off from Heathrow on Sunday, said Donna O'Brien, a spokeswoman for Heathrow airport operator BAA. Most won't be able to, she said.
Workers were trying to remove 30 metric tons of snow from each of the airport's 200 aircraft parking stands, according to the airport's website.
In other travel news:
--Britain's Automobile Association helped more than 3,000 drivers by 10:30 Sunday morning, and was getting 800 calls for assistance every hour, it said. It expected 14,000 call-outs by the end of the day, nearly twice the average on a Sunday. Another organization, the RAC, said it was getting 1,500 calls an hour to help drivers, mostly in Scotland.
--London's Gatwick airport says its runway is open and "operations are gradually returning to normal."
--Heathrow will have no flights from Terminals 1 or 4, and only a small number from Terminals 3 and 5, it says. Terminal 2 is closed for renovation.
--Heathrow urges passengers to check with airlines before flying. Contact numbers are listed on its website, www.heathrowairport.com</a>
--British Airways tells passengers to check www.ba2go.com before coming to the airport. Customers who need to rebook in the U.S. should call 1-800-247-9297. Those in the UK should call 0800 727 800. BA warns of high call volume despite hiring extra call center staff and urges people to call only if necessary.
--BMI cancels all flights to and from Heathrow and asks passengers not to come to the airport.
--British train operator Network Rail says trains are running more or less normally, but advises passengers to check before traveling.
Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport -- and one of the busiest in the world. Paris Charles de Gaulle is second, and Frankfurt sees the third-highest traffic on the continent.
Forecasters say the United Kingdom will remain in the grip of bitter winter weather at least through Monday.
Heathrow employees are working to try to make the airport fully operational by Monday.
"We've got a few thousand people that have, unfortunately, had to spend the night," BAA spokesman Teacher said Sunday. "We've been making them as comfortable as possible with blankets, with food and water."
Teacher said ice is the main problem affecting flights.
"We are extremely sorry for the disruption that's been caused to people's journeys today, but the decision has been made simply to avoid any kind of potential risk," Teacher said.
"These are absolutely ... freak weather conditions," he added. "We've not seen a storm like this in 20 years."
On Saturday, frigid temperatures and extreme conditions pummeled Europe. From Northern Ireland to Bulgaria, blizzard conditions left airports with heavy delays or shut them entirely. Snow, ice and fog have caused travel chaos ahead of a busy holiday travel week.
And severe weather could continue on Monday as another series of weather systems move in, said Met Office special forecaster Tony Burgess.
"There is another risk of [heavy snow] across England and south Wales on Monday," Burgess said.
The next wave of snowy weather is expected to bring up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) to some parts of the United Kingdom, with London expected to receive 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) of snow.
The weather system will move across France and Germany on Sunday. Below-normal temperatures are expected to continue in northern Europe into the beginning of next week.
Journalist Nina Dos Santos and CNN's Frederik Pleitgen, Katy Byron, Kathryn Tancos, Mila Sanina, Boriana Milanova, Hada Messia, Per Nyberg, Peter Taggert and Charley Keyes contributed to this report.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that boasted an $11 million Christmas tree decorated with gold and gems admitted Sunday it may have taken the holiday spirit a bit too far.
A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel said it regretted "attempts to overload" the Christmas tree tradition by adorning it with premium bling including gold, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones from a hotel jeweler.
The statement was a rare bit of reflection on the Gulf's ethos of excess. The tree was unveiled last week with full fanfare in a hotel that features its own gold bar vending machine and a one-week $1 million package that includes private jet jaunts around the Middle East.
But the hotel management apparently had second thoughts after questions arose about whether the opulent tree was innocent good cheer or unfortunate bad taste.
The hotel regrets "attempts to overload the tradition followed by most hotels in the country with meanings and connotations that do not fall in line with the (hotel's) professional standards," said a statement carried on the state-run news agency WAM.
The hotel even tried to distance itself from the 43-foot (13-meter) faux fir in one of its rotundas, saying a hotel-based jeweler was solely responsible for creating and decorating the tree.
"The hotel is just a venue for exhibiting the tree," the statement said.
The hotel also claimed the tree was not a stunt, but rather an effort to boost the holiday mood for its guests based on the United Arab Emirates' "values of openness and tolerance."
Although officially Muslim, the UAE features many signs of Christmas for its huge foreign population. Lights, carolers and Santas are fixtures in nearly every mall.
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Now scientists at the University of Oklahoma hope to extract DNA from the tiny bone chips in tests that could prove Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her 1937 quest to become the first woman to fly around the world.
"There's no guarantee," said Ric Gillespie, director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a group of aviation enthusiasts in Delaware that found the pieces of bone this year while on an expedition to Nikumaroro Island, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii.
"You only have to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited. But it is true that, if they can get DNA, and if they can match it to Amelia Earhart's DNA, that's pretty good."
It could be months before scientists know for sure — and it could turn out the bones are from a turtle. The fragments were found near a hollowed-out turtle shell that might have been used to collect rain water, but there were no other turtle parts nearby.
Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937, remains one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries. Did she run out of fuel and crash at sea? Did her Lockheed Electra develop engine trouble? Did she spot the island from the sky and attempt to land on a nearby reef?
"What were her last moments like? What was she doing? What happened?" asked Robin Jensen, an associate professor of communications at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., who has studied Earhart's writings and speeches.
Since 1989, Gillespie's group has made 10 trips to the island, trying each time to find clues that might help determine the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan.
Last spring, volunteers working at what seemed to be an abandoned campsite found one piece of bone that appeared to be from a neck and another unknown fragment dissimilar to bird or fish bones. A third fragment might be from a finger. The largest of the pieces is just over an inch long.
The area was near a site where native work crews found skeletal remains in 1940. Bird and fish carcasses suggested Westerners had prepared meals there.
"This site tells the story of how someone or some people attempted to live as castaways," Gillespie said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. "These fish weren't eaten like Pacific Islanders" eat fish.
Millions of dollars have been spent in failed attempts to learn what happened to Earhart, a Kansas native declared dead by a California court in early 1939.
The official version says Earhart and Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed at sea while flying from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, which had a landing strip and fuel.
Gillespie's book "Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance," and "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," written by four volunteers from the aircraft group, suggest the pair landed on the reef and survived, perhaps for months, on scant food and rainwater.
Gillespie, a pilot, said the aviator would have needed only about 700 feet of unobstructed space to land because her plane would have been traveling only about 55 mph at touchdown.
"It looks like she could have landed successfully on the reef surrounding the island. It's very flat and smooth," Gillespie said. "At low tide, it looks like this place is surrounded by a parking lot."
However, Gillespie said, the plane, even if it landed safely, would have been slowly dragged into the sea by the tides. The waters off the reef are 1,000 to 2,000 feet deep. His group needs $3 million to $5 million for a deep-sea dive.
The island is on the course Earhart planned to follow from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, which had a landing strip and fuel. Over the last seven decades, searches of the remote atoll have been inconclusive.
After the latest find, anthropologists who had previously worked with Gillespie's group suggested that he send the bones to the University of Oklahoma's Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, which has experience extracting genetic material from old bones. Gillespie's group also has a genetic sample from an Earhart female relative for comparison with the bones.
The lab is looking for mitochondrial DNA, which is passed along only through females, so there is no need to have a Noonan sample.
Cecil Lewis, an assistant professor of anthropology at the lab, said the university received a little more than a gram of bone fragments about two weeks ago. If researchers are able to extract DNA and link it to Earhart, a sample would be sent to another lab for verification.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. That's why we're trying to downplay a lot of the media attention right now," Lewis said. "For all we know, this is just a turtle bone, and a lot of people are going to be very disheartened."
Under the best circumstances, the analysis would take two weeks. If scientists have trouble with the sample, that time frame could stretch into months, Lewis said.
"Ancient DNA is incredibly unpredictable," he said.
Other material recovered this year also suggested the presence of Westerners at the isolated island site:
• Someone carried shells ashore before cutting them open and slicing out the meat. Islanders cut the meat out at sea.
• Bottles found nearby were melted on the bottom, suggesting they had been put into a fire, possibly to boil water. (A Coast Guard unit on the island during World War II would have had no need to boil water.)
• Bits of makeup were found. The group is checking to see which products Earhart endorsed and whether an inventory lists specific types of makeup carried on her final trip.
• A glass bottle with remnants of lanolin and oil, possibly hand lotion.
In 2007, the group found a piece of a pocket knife but didn't know whether it was left by the Coast Guard or castaways. This year, it found the shattered remains of the knife, suggesting someone had smashed it to extract the blades. Gillespie speculated a castaway used a blade to make a spear to stab shallow-water fish like those found at the campsite.
Following Earhart's disappearance, distress signals picked up by distant ships pointed back to the area of Nikumaroro Island, but while pilots passing over saw signs of recent habitation, the island was crossed off the list as having been searched, Gillespie said.
In 1940, a British overseer on the island recovered a partial human skeleton, a woman's shoe and an empty sextant box at what appeared to be a former campsite, littered with turtle, clamshell and bird remains.
Thinking of Earhart, the overseer sent the items to Fiji, where a British doctor decided they belonged to a stocky European or mixed-blood male, ruling out any Earhart connection.
The bones later vanished, but in 1998, Gillespie's group located the doctor's notes in London. Two other forensic specialists reviewed the doctor's bone measurements and agreed they were more "consistent with" a female of northern European descent, about Earhart's age and height.
On their own visits to the island, volunteers recovered an aluminum panel that could be from an Electra, another piece of a woman's shoe and a "cat's paw" heel dating from the 1930s; another shoe heel, possibly a man's, and an oddly cut piece of clear Plexiglas.
The sextant box might have been Noonan's. The woman's shoe and heel resemble a blucher-style oxford seen in a pre-takeoff photo of Earhart. The plastic shard is the exact thickness and curvature of an Electra's side window.
The body of evidence is intriguing, but Gillespie insists the team is "constantly agonizing over whether we are being dragged down a path that isn't right."
Associated Press Writer Kelly P. Kissel contributed to this report from Oklahoma City.
As the TSA executes their mission of harassment and molestation at American airports, while concurrently ferreting out X-rayed IUD's, the economic news continues to be "not so good" overall. Unemployment rates have ratcheted upwards, yet again, to 9.8% while even certain members of the liberal news media report that the stock market could crash by December the 15th. The reason? Capital gains rate on stock sells will clang back up from 15% to 20%. Now, a majority of the liberal twits within the drive-by media report this as being a 5% increase; however, the real increase will actually be a 25% overall smackdown in taxation from the current rate.
This will, invariably, incite many stockholders, who both want and need as much money as possible in our fecklessly managed economy, to get it now rather than waiting until next year when the Government will actually take 25% more. Think about it--what would you do? Are your stocks anticipated to rise by a greater than 25% margin next year? How about the next two years? If not, and your desire is to realize a hefty yield after taxes, then...
Meanwhile, Obama and the Democrats have continued to essentially twiddle their thumbs over allowing this pending US tax increase to go forward. One must, additionally, remember that this particular increase is still being mystifingly and misleadingly called "a tax cut." Many within the media, whether disingenuously or otherwise, are increasingly referring to the current rate of taxation continuation as a tax cut, which is totally incorrect in its historical and actual meaning. The liberals, being easily led by mis-logic or propaganda--take your pick--have grown overtly militaristic over actually wanting a both wasteful and sloth government to take an increasing amount of both their and our money from us, and then throw it back down the black hole of redistributive bureaucracy that our government has become.
To illustrate simplistically, if your stock sell nets you a $5,000 gain at 15% the amount of taxation that would be $750. At 20%, the amount which goes to your government under the new tax laws would become $ 1,000. Now, if these numbers seem trifling, just add an equal amount of zeros, as desired, to each of the above figures and you can begin to get a feel for what could amount to a huge cache' of cash for our ravenous Uncle Sam.
The Sunset of America's Economy and The Eurozone
The simple fact is that what the Democrats and Republicans are heatedly arguing over is whether or not we should have a tax increase in the middle of one of the deepest and darkest recessions in American history. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what this debacle is all about, and the media have been successful in portraying this tax issue as something that it certainly isn't--that being a tax cut. When George W. Bush actually signed his lower tax rates into law back in 2001 and 2003, the only way he could get the Democrats on board was to include a Sunset Provision within the bill, which would bring the tax rates back up to their historical levels of the prior ten years, reactivating on January 1 of 2011. That time has now come--but at the worst of all times as the economic limping continues. However, the US is not the only wounded Federation on the planet, it would seem.
The Eurozone has also continued its financial crumble due to an apparent governmentally viraled inability to grasp sound economic policy. The growing economic quagmire that is the Eurozone is not actually being correctly reported by the overall media, much as in the US, with failed Keynesian economic policies being outed in a train wreck spectacle of abject failure. Ireland is now, most likely, in the process of being bailed out with both Spain and Portugal coming up in the not too distant future. And when Spain is bailed out, there will be no more Eurozone funds left for further bailouts--as the domino effect will most likely continue. So, what does this all mean in a nutshell? Answer: The experiment of Statist Globalism in Europe, it would appear, has come to a screeching halt due mainly to the good ole' US of A's financial meltdown.
To explain, what arguably began as a possible liberal plot to ruin the US economy enough to bring down the Republic and spark a Statist/Progressive revolution (rooted within the Community Reinvestment Act and later the election of Obama) has become an event that may actually prove to take down the Global Government impetus which actually began in the Eurozone. This ruination will over time work, and is even now working, to circle back around and eventually reinstate the US powers of our Republic as originally formed. Nigel Farage, who is a Minister of the European Union, gave the most succint and eloquent explanations on what is happening in the one world governance order of Europe available, and what will ultimately transpire in the upcoming future.
Just Who In The Hell Do You People Think You Are?
Farage essentially reamed out the leadership of the European Union when they had indicated that, in order for the bailout of Ireland to go forward, they would require the Irish Government to withhold new elections for the collapsing Government until a budget had been put together and approved by the EU. Farage took issue with this particular authoritarian stance by the Eurozone leaders as an extreme form of tyranny perpetrated on a sovereign people. Farage further pointed out that the Irish would have been better to forego the Union altogether and probably should have. Farage then stated to each of the Ministers, "just who in the hell do you people think you are?" In retrospect, this statement was an extreme form of irony, echoing the exact same thing that the Tea Party in America has been yelling at its increasingly tyrannical Government.
Farage went on to point out, to the entire leadership, that the Eurozone had failed and the Globalistic Government goals of the EU financial leadership had also failed, as each country would soon fall in a domino effect. The fanaticism, the obsession in their efforts at creating a Eurostate proved that the EU leadership were a very, very dangerous people indeed. Farage went on to exclaim that he hoped they were happy that Democracy was being destroyed and that untold millions would suffer and be put out of work as a result of their Statist goals. Farage concluded that he could only hope that the Euro project would be destroyed by the financial markets before the people, robbed of their identities and democracy, were only left with the specter of Nationalism and violence.
Every American should now sit up and take note of the following fact.
If most Americans, political persuasion aside, actually think that the problems and the efforts being exhausted within the EU are not inextricably connected with the efforts and the failures being applied in US failures of governance, then they have not been paying adequate attention. It was the US Government who aided the EU bailout. It was also the US Government, the EU and Ireland, who just a few days ago, agreed to extend the financial largess of the International monetary fund, to aid the EU in its global Statist efforts. The question then quite logically becomes, why are the American taxpayers being dragged into this--the illicit affairs of a Statist/Socialist government?
If the One World government efforts of the Eurozone fail, then the efforts that have been facilitated to entangle the US within the One World machination that is the EU, will have also failed. President Obama and his formerly powerful party of Socialist Democrats have increasingly fed the globalist hunger exhibited by the power-hungry elites who run the EU. You have just now seen where one of its own ministers indicated to both the leadership, and all of us common folk listening, that the EU is a power for nothing more nor less than destroying Democracy and Freedom.
From Hoax to Conspiracy, Global Warming Politics Is Finished
We can, even now, see this happening in America also. The connection is there; it is unmistakable, and it is linked by an America's provision of bailout funds that the country simply cannot afford, along with the other failures at global interventionisms. Under the global warming hoax, even now being perpetuated in Cancun, we have also seen the Wikileaks cables where the US government actually performed Government espionage and extreme measures of coercion in order to get other countries to intermingle their efforts at global control of energy usage through the now nearly defeated global warming hoax.
But as the EU continues its meltdown, the Conservatives in America, meanwhile, are beginning to wonder if certain Republican young guns are nothing more than easily charmed young-uns who are gladly, if not cluelessly, sliding down that happy trail of Statism's birth canal and the singular contrivance that advances its emergence as being Government-controlled Healthcare. You see, Obama, who has been bad-mouthing Americans in general and Republicans in specific for better than three long years, had requested a meeting several weeks ago with the newly powerful Republican leadership in order to get things off on the right foot.
No doubt, the President's former predisposition of getting things off on the left foot will now be far more difficult--making his need to charm the GOP and get his way more urgent, if not far more precarious. The Republicans had, in fact, blown off the President's initial meeting requests, probably as a form off payback, as they have been both vilified and ignored since the President ascended to his anti-capitalism throne. However, the Republicans did finally agree to a meeting with his Hiney-ness, and here was where the fun began.
The media had been transfixed leading up to and during the meeting, no doubt, in a breathless urgency of hubris, wondering how this clash would turn out--the answer wasn't long in coming. When Obama and the Republicans finally emerged from their meeting, it was as if the pupa of pugilistic partisanship had transformed itself into a beatific bi-partisan butterfly. The participants were all aglow at how productive the meeting was, with both shiny thoughts and glistening quotes. Many of us half expected a resounding rendition of Kum Ba Yah to break out at any moment among the purring politicos. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor all emerged with uncharacteristic praise for the President, Cantor even stating that the President "had put his best foot forward," to which we would respond... ahem, Mr. Cantor, that was part of his cross-over dribble entendre, which is normally followed by a head-fake and then a trick pass to one of his Centers.
Eric The Red-Faced Meets Obama, Becomes Hypnotized
Eric Cantor, who has been bad-mouthing Obamacare, along with virtually every other true Republican, for what seems as an eternity, has seemingly done an about face. The Hill even reported that Cantor now seems to be re-cantoring at least parts of his formerly principled stance, by reporting that Cantor indicated that "Republicans would not be seeking to completely recant the Healthcare law." Which made many of us fit to be tied. The Hill later ran a more complete story which then stated that Cantor wanted to repeal Obamacare while concurrently passing new law which would allow children to stay on a parent's plan until age 26 and also would keep insurance companies from denying pre-existing conditions in health plans.
This left many Americans scratching their heads as to Cantor's sudden apparent misunderstanding of the hows and the whys of healthcare financial intricacies. But we were also a bit miffed that the former Firebrand had now become what amounts to a water buffalo, in Cantor's glowing words concerning the Presidential meeting. Yes, dear, dear Eric, we can all hear you lamenting that common ground must be found and that you must somehow meet with Obama to bring things forward like any responsible politico. We do understand that viewpoint--and yet we fully and totally reject it within its entirety. Apparently, you might wish to hit the rewind button and listen to a raft of speeches and television appearances which you have made since 2009. You have "forgotten" your position, Sir, and you have also begun sipping, albeit surreptitiously, from the Kool-aid, but it is not too late.
In fact, Cantor now states that a number of measures under Obamacare are actually beneficial and that the Republicans will seek to keep those precepts among certain few others when their session begins. Our take on this would have to be the Republicans have obviously made a grievous error in their meeting with Obama and his Disciples of Doom. We have tried to make it crystal clear, time and time again, that you must never look into the Dark Lord's eyes, especially when in his presence.
Truthfully, if one must be involved in a situation of extended contact with the President, modern folklore experts suggest that one would do well to bring along certain powerful talismans in order to counter the President's considerable supernatural effect. Wooden Christian crosses, silver medallions with extended length chains, and a considerable appropriation of concentrated garlic are all recommended. Powerful sunglasses are also rumored to be an effective counter-agent to the President's swirling gaze, along with copious amounts of holy water--if things become harrowingly dire. However, we would recommend against both overtly obvious and stridently offensive artifacts such as wooden stakes and the like, as they are not conducive to good governance and may also get the President's Security Team riled.
Unyielding Partisanship Critique From The Partisan In Chief
The Republicans who attended the meeting with Obama and the Democrat Leadership consisted of John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor and John Kyle. Also attending were the two Einsteins of the administration, Tim Geithner and Joe Biden. The meeting apparently brought up a range of issues, not the least of which is the President apparently desires the Republicans to combine with him in his increasingly successful efforts to weaken America. Reducing our Nuclear arms, along with the Russian's, was the first order of very important business--we have all grown understandably weary at the number of nuclear weapons being launched and detonated on a weekly basis.
Unemployment was also brought to the table where Obama wants to lengthen the terms of unemployment again from the current, stubbly diminutive duration of 99 weeks, to another unindicated amount of time. Our point, in this regard, would be to point out that if Obama would actually get behind a few Conservative measures for meaningfully rehiring those individuals who are out of work, there would be no need to continually lengthen unemployment benefits.
The interesting thing, in this case, is that Obama, unlike the Republicans apparently, is painfully aware of what happens to both he and his leftist minions' approval numbers if a large sub-section of the electorate were actually forced to undergo the full ravishes of Obama's painstakingly engineered economic nightmare.
Obama stated, after the meeting, that "the American people did not vote for gridlock," to which we would respond "oh yes we did!" The American people just cleaned out the house of the Democratic infestation that resided there. In the face of the damage that has been done to the American economy over the past two years, gridlock would be a Godsend at this point, and perhaps that's how we should see the November triumph. In fact, we received word today that an insurance carrier that has been writing personal health insurance for years has suddenly ceased to underwrite it as a result of Obamacare. Obama further stated that "Americans did not vote for unyielding partisanship," to which we would note, "yes, we did!" Apparently the President mistook the message from the American people, or more likely is endeavoring to totally ignore it.
Liberals Want Answers Instead Of Criticism? OK, Read Em' And Weep
The simple fact that we should now put forth to every politician within our Nation, especially the Republicans who do seem to have a clue, is simply this: Our Country is even now in a tail-spin, the wings are on fire, there are few if any parachutes. The time for business as usual politics and gamesmanship is over. Whether Obama and the Democrats are trying to transform the Country or turn it into something unrecognizable, which is even now occurring, is neither here nor there, as the time for action is now. The measures which will need to be taken can no longer be an academian exercise in unproven theory. Obama and the Democrats have tried all of those and each has failed miserably.
Those Citizens who are cut out can be given other ostensible repatriation factors to be determined. These are just beginnings; however, it is a well-known fact that a vast majority of experienced American Small Business owners could enter, review and in short order essentially half government largess, while most Americans would never know the difference.
Regardless, what is happening in Europe is quickly coming America's way. Now is the time, and playing nice, being civil and adulating for favor is no longer an option for those whom have exacerbated the problem within our Government and Country in the first place.