Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bush urges Congress to make tax cuts permanent

US President Saint George Tungsten Shrub on Saturday renewed his pushing for making taxation cuts
adopted earlier in his disposal permanent, arguing they are of import to
help the indisposed United States economy. "Members necessitate to do the tax
relief we passed permanent, cut down uneconomical spending, and unfastened new marketplaces for
American goods, services, and investment," Shrub said in his weekly radio
address. Last month, Bush
signed into law a $168-billion stimulation bundle designed to support the sagging
economy. But economic experts reason its personal effects stay to be seen. Tax discount bank checks are owed to
start arriving in United States consumers' letter boxes in around two months, in a move
intended by the White Person House to hike spending. But Shrub warned Congress
against overreacting to economical jobs and taking measurements like artificially
propping up lodging prices. "When you are steering a car
in a unsmooth patch, one of the worst things you can make is overcorrect," the
president said. "That often consequences in losing control and can stop up with the
car in a ditch."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Surrogate Votergate

"Vote for Marshbaum! Get your ballot recorded early!"

On Main Street, shouting and scaring away dogs, Marshbaum was candidacy furiously, stopping almost every C word form within 30 feet of him. In one manus was a sign, "Change With Obama." In his other manus was "3 a.m. Hillary."

"You are running for President?" I asked somewhat skeptically.

"Didn't you read the signs?" asked an incredulous Marshbaum, disquieted that even a journalist could lose props that large. "I'm accepting ballots for Obama or Hillary."

"You're doing what?!"

"Accepting votes," he said matter-of-factly. "Whoever gives me the most money is the 1 I'm voting for."

"Obama and Edmund Hillary certainly aren't paying you to vote?"

"Don't be ridiculous," said Marshbaum, "they only paid electors in the Ioway caucuses. I'm after Republicans." With the Keystone State primary expected to give either Obama or Bill Clinton the concluding impulse for the Democratic nomination, Marshbaum had figured out how to supply a nefarious service and be paid for it without governmental interference, something Republicans hunger in the free marketplace economy. "If more than Republicans give me money for Obama, I'll vote for him in April. If more than give me money for Hillary, then it's wake-up clock in America, and she goes the favourite for commander-in-chief."

"Why would Republicans pay you to vote for Democrats?"

"With Bush's blessing evaluation around 18 percentage and McCain getting the nomination, the Republicans necessitate to believe they again matter-like when they could pock-mark the environment, compose unconstitutional laws, and start warfares without anyone objecting. By vote for a Democrat, like they could in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas, they can recover their voice."

"So, you're taking money from Republicans who aren't allowed to traverse over in Pennsylvania, and you'll vote for whichever campaigner have accumulated the most money for your scam."

"Yep." That's all he said. "Yep."

"This sounds terribly illegal."

"Are you crazy?" he asked. "It's done all the time. Every politician have his or her price. Check with the Kelvin Street lobbyists. They'll state you the going rate." I was about to hold with him, when he nailed place yet another truth. "In Chicago, dead people often voted. I believe there's some sort of secret sauce in the embalming fluid that lets it."

"That's Chicago," I said, "the cold winds harm brains, but what's it have got to make with Pennsylvania?"

"For decades, City Of Brotherly Love ward foremen rounded up drunks, deadbeats, and just about anyone who needed a few other bucks. They went into the ballot booths with them, and then paid them five vaulting horses for the-how shall I state this?-the right vote."

"I believe all that ended with a few legal challenges," I said.

"Precedent," Marshbaum said. "If there's anything legal about it, then whatever happened before is what haps next. Didn't you larn anything in Journalism School?

"Even if purchasing ballots is legal, it's calm unethical and immoral."

"How dare you impeach me of that!" he said, a sham rupture coming through his outrage. "Other politicians may take the money and double-cross their customers. One present what I state I deliver."

"Even if this is all legal and ethical-which I doubt-doesn't this overthrow the democratic process?"

"As if lobbyists, backroom deals, and a billion dollars for television advertisement political campaigns don't?"

I was about to respond, but three television photographic camera crews shoved me and two homeless person and uninsured armed combat veteran soldiers aside to acquire Marshbaum's story. Between the microphones, Marshbaum looked at me. Helium knew-and he knew that I knew-that his narrative would do web news, and garner even more than income for the Marshbaum Fund for Disingenuous Politicians, Press, and People.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Late Kanye jeered at US festival - BBC News

Rapper Kanye Occident was booed after appearing over an hr and a one-half late at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee.

Angry fans, who had to wait well into the early hours to see him, responded by chanting "Kanye sucks" and pelting the empty phase with freshness sticks.

The hold was blamed on jobs setting up a glow-in-the-dark backdrop for West's set

The four-day festival saw public presentations from over 150 acts, including The Raconteurs and comic Chris Rock.

West had been owed to execute at 0245 on Lord'S Day morning time (0745 GMT) but eventually took to the phase at 0425 (0925 GMT).

Many campers gave up waiting and returned to their sleeping bags.

Metallica also performed at the festival in Manchester, Tennessee

Festival spokesman Cognizance Weins said the hold was caused by having to take apart Pearl Jam's set - after the set finished an hr late - and burden up Kanye West's equipment, which depicted him as a space traveler whose ship crash-lands.

West had originally been scheduled to look at 2015 on Saturday evening, but he had specifically requested the late nighttime slot.

Later on Sunday, bicycle steel guitar player Henry Martin Robert Randolph criticised Occident on phase for dissatisfactory his fans, inspiring more than "Kanye sucks" chants.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Nigeria: Thisday Music and Fashion Festival Holds in Abuja, Lagos ... -

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In its most ambitious programme yet, the 2008 edition of the THISDAY Music and Manner Festival will throw in four metropolises across the human race between July and October.

The festival will kick off in Capital Of Nigeria on July 11 and will travel on to Lagos on July 13. It will also throw in American Capital District of Columbia on August 1st while the expansive stopping point will throw in Greater London on October 14.

The subject of this twelvemonth which will see many planetary music, manner and cultural icons from Africa and the human race on show is "Africa Rising: To Observe the Best and Brightest of Emerging New Africa."

The festival will be used as a medium for Africa to state the human race that what the continent desires is not helps and press releases but monolithic investing in substructure directed at drive economical growing and development and micro finance to aim poverty.

Also, the Music and Manner Festival will be used to direct strong signalings to the international community that with human race social class substructure and microfinance, Africa will work out its ain jobs and turn out of poorness and disease.

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"Putting the negative mental image of Africa on human race mass media to arouse understanding and pull assistance is not what we necessitate in Africa. What Africa necessitates is for the human race to strategically aim investings in substructure and microfinance. And the planetary people and cultural icons being put option together for the music and manner festival will drive the message to the four corners of the human race as we seek to change perceptual experience about Africa and what it needs," an expert involved in the planning of the festival said yesterday in London.

According to the expert, "We don't necessitate press release in Africa. Rather we necessitate hands-up for substructure and microfinance. This volition be the message of the festival."

A human race fourth estate conference will be addressed in Greater London adjacent hebdomad by the organisers of the festival to give inside information about the events which will agitate the human race in the adjacent three calendar months and give new way in Africa's relation with the remainder of the world.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Music stores bombed in Pakistan - BBC News

At least four people have got been wounded after activists bombed picture and music mercantile establishments in north-west Pakistan.

The hurts were all from a blast at the Ashraf music shop in Kohat, a town in North-West Frontier State (NWFP).

Militants also blew up two twelve stalls selling CDs and pictures in Miran Shah in the tribal country of North Waziristan. No casualties were reported.

Pro-Taleban belligerents see music and movie as un-Islamic and are behind tons of such as onslaughts in recent years.


The BBC's Ilyas Caravansary states Wednesday's onslaught in Kohat is the first to have got been carried out in NWFP in daylight.

More than a twelve music stores were blown up on the outskirts of the town on Monday night.

Most music supplies in NWFP have got either closed down or switched to other concern followers menaces from suspected Taleban groups.

The onslaughts come up at a clip when activists based in a tribal territory near Kohat are reported to be nearing a peace understanding with the authorities.

A police force functionary told the BBC it was too early to state who carried out the Kohat bombings.

He said there could be respective motivations for the attacks, ranging from extortion to an attempt to make hurdling in the at hand peace agreement.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

House defies Bush on trade deal - BBC News

The United States House of Representatives have defied the White Person House and voted to indefinitely detain action on a free trade trade with Colombia.

President Saint George Tungsten Shrub sent the free trade understanding to United States Congress early this week, using a "fast-track" process which necessitates a ballot within 90 days.

The House instead voted to get rid of that regulation and suspend action. The White Person House fearfulnesses the move may kill the deal.

The pact, signed by the two states in 2006, is opposed by United States labor groups.

The Democrats reason it should not be approved until they are satisfied Republic Of Colombia have done enough to halt force against labor union organisers.

Ahead of the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said it could not be considered "unless we turn to the economical insecurity of America's workings families".

Free trade have go a cardinal issue in presidential candidacy and the conflict for control of Congress, against a background of deepening economical sufferings and rising occupation losings in the US.

'Strong friend'

The House's 224-195 ballot to take Mister Bush's 90-day timetable for the ballot on the Republic Of Colombia trade - and so suspend the procedure indefinitely - sets it in line for a confrontation with the White Person House.


Started on 1 January 1994, full execution 1 January 2008

Allows free trade between US, Canada and Mexico

Side understandings modulate environment, labour

Critics state 1m United States manufacturing occupations have got been lost

Ahead of the vote, White Person Person House spokeswoman Danu Perino said: "We believe that if the Democrats make up one's mind to throw this ballot today they are effectively killing the Republic Of Republic Of Colombia free trade understanding and there are tons of effects that spell along with that."

The White House have pushed for United States Congress to O.K. the trade because it sees Colombia as an of import United States ally in Latin America.

Ms Perino said on Wednesday that renegotiating the regulations of United States Congress part-way through a trade would sabotage other countries' assurance in the United States when it came to future deals.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticised the Democratic-led United States Congress for failing to back up the attempts made by "this strong friend of America" to better stability.

"What will it state if the United States turns its dorsum now on Colombia?" she asked.

The Democrats reason that that Mister Shrub sent the measure to United States Congress despite their warnings that it lacked sufficient support to O.K. it.

American interests

The issue of free trade have also been outstanding on the primary political campaign trail, with attending focused chiefly on the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta.

Sparring on trade by Democratic challengers Edmund Hillary Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have intensified as the 22 April ballot in Pennsylvania, a state threatened by the economical downturn, approaches.

At the weekend, Mrs Clinton's head political campaign strategist, Mark Penn, had to step down after he held a meeting on behalf of his lobbying house with representatives of the Colombian authorities - which is pressing the United States United States Congress to go through the free trade deal.

Mrs Bill Clinton opposes the Colombian understanding as it stands.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Franz to star at Connect festival - BBC News

Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and the Manic Street Preachers are to play this year's Hydro Connect festival.

The festival, which is targeted at more than mature music fans, will be held in the evidence of Inveraray Palace in Argyll.

Connect is the inspiration of the organizers of Deoxythymidine Monophosphate in the Park, who felt that many fans had outgrown the original festival.

Fans will be offered porridge, salmon and malted whiskey instead of the usual suds and burgers.

There will also be a watering place and a bubbly tent.

Tickets for the festival, which takes topographic point from 29 to 31 August, will travel on sale on Friday.

Festival organizer Geoff Ellis said: "Hydro Connect is about offering music fans a totally different festival experience.

"Last year's festival was the realization of something I wanted to make since I first proverb the evidence at Inveraray Castle.

"It is by far the most dramatic festival land site I have got ever seen in the United Kingdom and beyond and the line-up, combined with the local green goods and some really exciting option entertainment, do it the perfect manner for music fans to stop the summer."

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