Monthly Archives: July 2010

Facebook Members Detailed Information Published

Facebook users( truth in advertising I am a member) has revealed more than 100 million (yes, 100 million) member detail information publish. From MSNBC:

The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private.

However, Facebook downplayed the issue, saying that no private data had been compromised.

The information was posted by Ron Bowes, an online security consultant, on the Internet site Pirate Bay.

Bowes used code to scan the 500 million Facebook profiles for information not hidden by privacy settings. The resulting file, which allows people to perform searches of various different types, has been downloaded by several thousand people.

MSNBC has the rest of the story.

July is the Deadliest Month in Afghanistan War

July 2010 is the deadliest month in the Afghanistan war.  Six people killed three each on Thursday and Friday. This bring the death toll to 66. The surpassing this past June.

The pentagon confirms the deaths. Five were killed by IED’s (a.k.a road side bombs). The sixth death confirmed by NATO  by a fire-fight.

American commanders say the death toll rise is a result of the Taliban strengthening their resolved and more NATO troops mostly for the US are the causes for the increased numbers of deaths.

“Recent months in Afghanistan have … seen tough fighting and tough casualties. This was expected,” the top U.S. and NATO commander, Gen. David Petraeus, said at his Senate confirmation hearing last month. “My sense is that the tough fighting will continue; indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months.”

There was a slight decline of deaths in the Spring; now all bets are off:

After a dip in American deaths last spring following the February capture of the southern town of Marjah, U.S. fatalities have been rising — from 19 in April to 34 in May to 60 in June. Last month’s deaths for the entire NATO-led force reached a record 104, including the 60 Americans. This month’s coalition death count stands at 89, including the 66 Americans.

AP via Yahoo News has more.

Protest Over Arizona Immigration Bill 1070

Thousands gather in Phoenix on Thursday to Protest Arizona Immigration Law. From AP via Yahoo News:

The showdown over Arizona’s immigration law played out in court and on Phoenix’s sun-splashed streets on Thursday, as the state sought to reinstate key parts of the measure and angry protesters chanted that they refused to “live in fear.” Dozens were arrested.

A federal judge’s decision a day earlier to block the strict law’s most controversial elements didn’t dampen the raging immigration debate.

The judge has been threatened. Protesters rallied in cities from Los Angeles to New York. The sheriff of the state’s most populous county vowed to continue targeting illegal immigrants. Lawmakers or candidates in as many as 18 states say they still want to push similar measures.

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, life continued as before, with officials sending back people who were captured while attempting to cross.

In Phoenix, hundreds of the law’s opponents massed at a downtown jail, beating on the metal door and forcing sheriff’s deputies to call for backup. Officers arrested at least 32 people, and dozens more were detained elsewhere throughout the day.

Activists focused their rage at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the 78-year-old ex-federal drug agent known for his immigration sweeps.

Outside his downtown office, marchers chanted “Sheriff Joe, we are here. We will not live in fear.” One was dressed in a papier-mache “Sheriff Joe” head and prison garb. Arpaio said he’d continue with a Thursday sweep.

“I’m not going to be intimidated and stopped,” he said. “If I have to go out and get in the car, I’ll do it.”]

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Analysis Say Bush Tax Cut Expire the Recovery Will Collaspe

Analysis reveals that if the Bush Tax Cut Expire like expected on January 1 the recovery will crash. The report by Deutsche Bank says gross domestic product would hover around 1.5% with the potential to hover around 1.1% for 2011.

The report goes on to say if the Alternate Minimum Tax is not corrected  it would makes the situation worse.

“In a worst-case scenario, allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire and failing to fix the AMT could result in (1.5 percent) of fiscal drag in 2011 on top of the 1 percent fiscal drag we expect to occur as the Obama fiscal stimulus package unwinds,” Deutsche said in a note to clients. “If the recovery remains soft/tentative through early next year, this additional drag could be enough to push the economy to a stalling point.”

Report runs counter to the remarks by Treasury Secretary Timothy J. Geithner  who  believes that the US would not fall into recession if the tax cuts expire. The White House will let other tax cuts for the middle class remain.

Deutsche Bank says because of the sky-high deficits and the end  tax cuts for incomes of $200,000 the US may fall into a Japanese “lost decade” which Land of the Rising Sun was in economic turmoil during the 1990’s.

“As soon as the economic recovery does look reasonably well entrenched, indeed, preferably even sooner, plans will need to be made to begin to put the US fiscal position on a more sustainable course,” Deutsche said.

“As we have noted, this is not going to be an easy process politically, and it may well take a significant negative event in financial markets to steer the US political system to do what needs to be done.”


AP: 2011 Economic Outlook Looks Grim

A survey of Economists finds the outlook for 2011 is grim. The latest AP Economic Survey show economist gloomier than the past three months. They see sluggish growth  and higher unemployment. As a result these economist see interest rates remaining near zero until next spring at the earliest.

There is some good news  the majority of the 42 economists polled say the recovery is still there. That implies there a good chance of US won’t go into a double-dip recession.

The AP survey compiles forecasts of leading private, corporate and academic economists on a range of indicators, including employment, consumer spending and inflation. Among their forecasts:

_ Economic growth the rest of this year and early next year will weaken, to less than 3 percent. From January through May, the economy grew at roughly a 3.5 percent pace.

_ The unemployment rate will be no lower at the end of the year than it is now — 9.5 percent. A majority think it will be 2015 or later before the rate falls to a historically normal 5 percent.

_ State budget shortfalls pose a “significant” or “severe” risk to the national economy. The loss of tax revenue has forced state and local governments to cut services and lay off workers.

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AP via Google News

US Federal Judge Cuts Heart of Arizona’s Immagration Law S. B. 1070

Arizona controversial Immigration bill S.B. 1070 will take effect at Midnight Thursday, however key provisions struck down a US Federal District Court Judge ruled on Wednesday. US Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton  issues a temporary restraining order against key portions of the law.

The injunction placed on the police asking for identification  of illegal immigrants until a complete judicial review.

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues.

In addition  the judge injunction places a stay on warrantless searches, allows illegal immigrants to seek employment without being arrested for committing a crime.

Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” Bolton wrote.

Illegal Immigrants  hailed the news.

“I knew the judge would say that part of the law was just not right,” said Gisela Diaz, 50, from Mexico City, who came to Arizona on a since-expired tourist visa in 1989 and who waited with her family early Wednesday at the Mexican Consulate to get advice about the law.

“It’s the part we were worried about. This is a big relief for us,” she said.

At a Home Depot in west Phoenix, where day-laborers gather to look for work, Carlos Gutierrez said he was elated when a stranger drove by and yelled the news: “They threw out the law! You guys can work!”

“I felt good inside” said the 32-year-old illegal immigrant, who came here six years ago from Sonora, Mexico, and supports his wife and three children. “Now there’s a way to stay here with less problems.”

The judge based her decision on the Federal Government overrides state law. The legal notion known as “pre-emption” in legal parlance.

The Obama Administration argue by Attorney General Eric Holder that the if the law is upheld state would create a patchwork of law that would create difficulties with foreign nations.

Supporters took the news in stride because of the law that remains outlaws sanctuary cities.

“Striking down these sanctuary city policies has always been the No. 1 priority,” said Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, the law’s chief author.

AP via Yahoo News

Special Thanks to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air

Very Special Thanks to Doug Powers guest blogger at  Michelle Malkin.

WikiLeaks Reveals Pentagon Documents in Afghanistan War.

WikiLeaks the Swedish organization who claim to fame in revealing confidential information on military secrets dropped a bombshell on Sunday show on War in Afghanistan.

Military officials are angry about the leaks and investigating who leak the secrets.

Politicians are calling for an investigation.

From the New York Times:

A trove of military documents made public on Sunday by an organization called WikiLeaks reflects deep suspicions among American officials that Pakistan’s military spy service has for years guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants.

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Al Qaeda Number Two Warn US of Future Attacks

Al Qaeda Number two Ayman Zawahiri  sent out warnings to US on Wednesday. From ABC News:

“Oh American people…We offered you a peace plan, and mutual benefit; but your governments were proud and haughty, and so the attacks against you followed one after another, everywhere – from Indonesia to Times Square, by way of Madrid and London. And the attacks are ongoing, and more will come one after another,” said Zawahiri, according to a transcript provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, based in Washington, DC.

Zawahiri resolute in the claim that Al Qaeda will be victorious in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former US National Security Adviser Richard Clarke, now an ABC News Terrorism consultant says there has not been any correlations between Zawahiri and the threats:

“U.S. government and counterterrorism officials are not going to increase their alert based on Zawahiri’s statement, because of his previous track record,” Clarke said. “But they’re on relatively high alert already because of the increase in homegrown terrorist threats related to al Qaeda.”

Jeb Bush: Not Running for President in 2012

Good News for Liberals; Bad news for the Republicans Jeb Bush is out of the running for president.  In an interview with a Kentucky television Bush the Brother of Pres. George W. Bush and Son of Pres. George H. W. Bush and Former Governor of Florida said he not interested in running for president.

Bush focused on making money and education reforms which was his focus as Governor. Republicans were hopping on Bush’s popularity of term in Florida as governor.   Bush has staged a comeback of sort as fundraiser.  Bush was fund-raising for Republican Nominee for US Senate Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Bush said today that his denial was hardly news. Asked why there has been so much speculation, Bush told Washington Wire via email: “I haven’t a clue. I have not been running for a while and answer the question the same way every time.”

Wall Street Journal

US Consumer Confiedence Drops to it’s Lowest Level Since Winter

Consumer confidence Drops  in July drops to its lowest level since February. Confidence fell due to concerns about the economy, job prospects, slow growth of the economy and  homes prices increase even though the house market recovery is not improved.

The Conference Board release on today  consumers worried about the job picture.

Confidence fell to 50.4 in July from revised June 54.3. Below the forecast of 51 from a Reuters poll.

“There have been quite a few headwinds — the fiscal stimulus is fading, the European situation certainly did have an impact on consumer confidence and inventories are being brought more into line,” said David Sloan, economist at 4Cast in New York. “But clearly the big problem for consumers is jobs.”

U.S. Treasuries trimmed losses and stocks pared gains after the dim consumer confidence reading as investors bought safe government assets.

“Concerns about business conditions and the labor market are casting a dark cloud over consumers that is not likely to lift until the job market improves,” said Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center.