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March 9, 2012

Congress PASSES tariffs and duties law on Chinese imports, it sits on Obama's desk now!

Un fucking believable. Congress finally did it. They finally gave China the middle finger.

The fight is on. The revolution against the war on America's working class has finally been joined by Congress. Will it be joined by Obama, too?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/06/us-usa-china-trade-idUSTRE8251FA20120306

Bill targeting Chinese subsidies goes to Obama

By Doug Palmer
WASHINGTON | Tue Mar 6, 2012 6:25pm EST
(Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 370-39 to ensure the United States can impose duties on subsidized goods from China and Vietnam, a move the White House said was needed to protect American jobs.

The bill, which overturns a recent court ruling, now goes to President Barack Obama to sign it into law. The Senate passed the legislation on Monday, in a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, just days after it was introduced.

"China distorts the free market by giving enormous subsidies to its producers and exporters, and our companies and workers should not be expected to compete against the deep pockets of the Chinese government," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, said during debate.

Vice President Joe Biden praised Congress for taking "a clear stand against the unfair trade practices that have put countless American jobs in jeopardy."

The Obama administration helped craft the bipartisan bill after an appeals court ruled in December the U.S. Commerce Department did not have authority to impose countervailing - or anti-subsidy - duties on goods from "non-market economies".

The decision endangered countervailing duties on about two dozen goods from China and Vietnam worth more than $4 billion in trade, as well as potential new duties in cases involving solar panels and wind turbine towers from China.

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson said current duties protect tens of thousands of jobs at more than 80 companies in 38 states. They cover steel, aluminum, paper, chemicals and other goods from China and plastic shopping bags from Vietnam.

March 8, 2012

How do we as Americans bury the misguided meme of "cheap" or "cheaper" gasoline?

There has never been any such thing. Why do we keep having politicians and activists who keep yapping about gasoline prices when the true cost of gasoline is absolutely sky high?

Perhaps we need to petition Obama to talk to America about what we're REALLY paying for gasoline? Apparently Europe understands it better.

March 4, 2012

Isn't the Government basically PAYING for Limpballs to be on Armed Forces Radio?

What is the cost that is normally charged to have Limbaugh on your network?

That smells like Government welfare right there, folks. Unless I'm missing something...

March 4, 2012

Someone, I need financial assistance.

I just got served with a lawsuit by a bunch of pigs for likening Rush Limbaugh to them.

ARGH!!!

March 1, 2012

How hard is it to start a meme around here? How about, "Who???"

Every time you see a blog post or Twitter or anything about Andrew Breidbart, respond with... "Who?"

Pretend he never existed.

March 1, 2012

Dear Shimabuku: I've got a few words for you. It starts with F and it's not 'Funny'.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nascar-from-the-marbles/anchor-punished-implicated-insult-towards-danica-patrick-043649005.html

Anchor punished for implied insult towards Danica Patrick

San Diego sportscaster Ross Shimabuku has been suspended for a week without pay for remarks made about Danica Patrick before her Sprint Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500.

After playing a clip in which Patrick talks about the adjectives she's been described with throughout her racing (and advertising) career, Shimabuku said, "I've got a few words. It's starts with a 'b' and it's not beautiful."

March 1, 2012

Ikea 'paid for secret police files on customers who complained'

Can't wait to go shopping there, nosireee!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108262/Ikea-paid-secret-police-files-customers-complained.html?ICO=most_read_module

Furniture giant Ikea paid for secret police files to spy on 'complaining' customers and 'suspicious' staff at stores in France, it was claimed today.

The Swedish company paid private security firms to carry out checks on criminal records and links to political groups on more than 200 people, it is alleged.

Customers involved in legal action with Ikea and employees highlighted as 'suspicious' were all targeted in the scandal which began in 2003, it was reported today.

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