The other day Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke released a PSA advising his citizens to get the proper gun training and arm themselves because, due to layoffs and furlows, calling 911 is no longer the best option. Well of course this caught Piers Morgan’s attention and he had Clarke on his show as well as Milwaukee Mayor and failed recall candidate for WI governor Tom Barrett.
Of course, what ensued was a bully campaign against the Sheriff from
Piers Morgan, despite the Sheriff’s reasoning for even making the ad. He
told Morgan that due to budget cuts he’s had to layoff 42 officers and
the Milwaukee police department is furlowing about 4500 officer hours.
In short, they just don’t have the resources. But Morgan accused the
Sheriff of creating a ‘wild wild west’ atmosphere with a ‘racy Hollywood
ad’ that’s causing citizens to just start firing their weapons over
nothing. And when the Sheriff couldn’t supply the personal defense
statistics on-demand that Piers Morgan asked for, Morgan accused him of
not ‘having a clue’ and it went on from there.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
But didn’t Colin Powell say last night that the economy is recovering? Ugh, these imbeciles.
YAHOO NEWS – The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. The decline occurred despite faster growth in consumer spending and business investment.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That’s a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter and the first contraction since the second quarter of 2009.
Economists said the surprise decrease in the nation’s gross domestic product wasn’t as bad as it looked. The weakness was primarily the result of one-time factors. Government spending cuts and slower inventory growth subtracted a total of 2.6 percentage points from growth.UPDATE: Here we go again with the blame game again. This time Obama is blaming a natural disaster an spending cuts. Seriously:
YAHOO NEWS – The White House on Wednesday blamed the devastation from Superstorm Sandy and disruptions from deep scheduled spending cuts for the surprise 0.1 percent drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2012. It was the first such contraction since early 2009 when the country was in the grips of the Great Recession.
The chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, said in a post on the official White House blog that the bad news came “amid signs that Hurricane Sandy disrupted economic activity and Federal defense spending declined precipitously, likely due to uncertainty stemming from the sequester.”
That law will slash some $1.2 trillion in spending over 10 years by targeting domestic and defense programs with across-the-board cuts. Obama and Republicans in Congress have been starkly at odds over how best to replace the sequester with less disruptive debt-battling measures. The president has said spending cuts must be paired with tax revenue increases, something Republicans oppose.
earlier this morning that Israel had bombed a Syrian convoy on the way to Lebanon. It looks like now they are broadening their attack to inside Syria as well to prevent chemical weapons from getting in the wrong hands:
BUSINESS INSIDER – The Associated Press reports that “Syrian state TV has confirmed that Israeli warplanes bombed a military research center northwest of the capital, Damascus.”
Previous reports of the overnight Israeli airstrike stated that the jets targeted a convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles moving near the Lebanon-Syria border.
State TV says the strike targeted a military research center used to advance Syrian military capabilities in the area of Jermana, causing material damage.
“Israeli fighter jets violated our air space at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research center in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defense,” Syrian state news agency SANA said in a statement.