Mainstream economist Robert Samuelson admitted last week that the case for the ending of the economic boom in China has some substance. Keynesian economist Paul Krugman also confirmed that China is in trouble and questioned its ability to avoid a hard landing.  
The image of four U.S. marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan fighters is a fitting symbol of American intervention in Central Asia and the Middle East. That picture will live forever in the memories of people in the region, along with the pictures from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.  
Other than hockey fans, most Americans haven't a clue about who Tim Thomas is. It happens that he's the goal tender for the Boston Bruins professional hockey team. And it also happens that he was named Most Valuable Player for his team when the Boston entry in the National Hockey League became its champion last spring. As customarily happens, the team accepted an invitation to the White House for a congratulatory session with the President. At the event that occurred on January 23rd, Mr. Obama was given a team shirt with his name on it; the President registered his admiration for its accomplishment; and a good time was had by all who attended.  
Infamous war lord and dictator Charles Taylor of Liberia — accused of mass murder, rape, war crimes, involvement in sex slavery, child abuse, torture, cannibalism, and much more — worked with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to an explosive report in the Boston Globe citing U.S. government documents.  
Former Congressman William D. Delahunt from Massachusetts established a lobbying firm, the Delahunt Group, soon after retiring as one of the federal legislature’s most liberal lawmakers. After claiming an office on the 16th floor of a Boston skyscraper, Delahunt launched his business, and one of his first clients was the small town of Hull, on Massachusetts Bay, which agreed to pay him $15,000 a month for assistance in launching a wind energy project.  
Billionaire investor George Soros, infamous for his lavish funding of big-government and globalist causes, dropped several bombshells during a recent interview with Newsweek including a bold forecast of potential Western economic collapse, massive civil unrest, and the end of what he likes to paint as the “free market.” He also sees the emergence of one of the most dangerous periods in modern history, describing it as a time of “evil.”  
Republicans debated the housing bubble/bust in the January 23 NBC debate, with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney drawing political blood from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on his Freddie Mac consulting ties.  
In a recent article on whether one should be optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future, I quoted the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts who wrote in Commentary magazine:  
This may be the golden age of presumptuous ignorance. The most recent demonstrations of that are the Occupy Wall Street mobs. It is doubtful how many of these semi-literate sloganizers could tell the difference between a stock and a bond.  
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court voided the abortion laws of all 50 states in an unprecedented and brazen display of disregard for the Constitution it was tasked with interpreting. Thirty-nine years and 54 million dead babies later, as thousands of protesters marched outside in freezing rain for the cause of life, President Barack Obama marked the occasion with a statement — issued from a warm, dry office — celebrating the “fundamental constitutional right” to choose death.  
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