General Dynamics blames $2 billion loss on defense cuts
By Jim Tankersley and Marjorie Censer,
Jan 24, 2013 02:25 AM EST
The Washington Post Published: January 23
One of the nation’s largest federal contractors reported a $2 billion loss Wednesday and blamed it on defense cuts, a sign that the government spending that provided the rocket fuel for the metro area’s decade-long economic expansion is now dissipating.
General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, said it was devaluing its information technology business by $2 billion amid falling government demand. The announcement was particularly worrisome because IT contracting is the key ingredient to the metro area’s government-powered growth.
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant sat down for a Q&A with Kaiser Health News about insurance exchanges, Medicaid, and Obamacare. Keep in mind that 19% of Mississippians are uninsured, the fifth highest rate in the nation.
KHN: Some experts may argue people new to Medicaid have many health issues they need to address.
BRYANT: I make the argument that it’s free. It’s free and you have nothing else to do.
KHN: Are there any positive benefits to people being on Medicaid?
BRYANT: Medicaid was meant to be a temporary [stop]gap for providing you medical treatment while you are looking for a job. Now we are saying, you can have a job and still receive Medicaid. So we have changed the whole dynamic. There is very little incentive for those 940,000 people on Medicaid to find a better job, or to go back to school, or to get [into] a workforce training program because they say: Look, if I go over $33,000, [I] will lose Medicaid. There is no one who doesn’t have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room. There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program.
Bryant is far from the first one to express that sentiment. Mitt Romney did it during the campaign, and George W. Bush famously did so a few years back. But for the millionth time, the ER is for emergencies. It’s in the name. It is not, and never has been, a substitute for long term longitudinal healthcare.
Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday.
The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said.
If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara. American officials have long warned that the region’s volatile mix of porous borders, turbulent states, weapons and ranks of fighters with similar ideologies creates a dangerous landscape in which extremists are trying to collaborate across vast distances.
I’m not sure the Pages is an appropriate place for a mini-rant, but I’ll take my chances.
What in tarnation is up with the sloppy sourcing lately? It was from the members here at LGF that I learned to be demanding and meticulous about seeking the most credible sources possible and vetting anything I link to, but for the past couple of months it feels like I’m bumping into misinformation and/or disinformation every time I turn around in the form of:
• Links to extremely questionable blogs, websites, and news sources
• Links to Wikipedia articles with info that is either disputed or lacking citations, in which it is crystal clear that the poster didn’t bother to read or follow any of the footnotes or external links
• Assertions made without supporting evidence, or based solely on anecdotal or one-sided evidence from highly subjective sources
This bites because I know you guys are capable of excellence, therefore it means that either some of you just don’t care enough to check anymore, or you’re knowingly spreading disinformation. I’m not sure which is worse, but neither bodes well for LGF, so please, please let’s go back to being more mindful of what we put out there.
Probable cause is due process. What separates democracy from dictatorship is due process underpinned by our constitutional rights. All of them.
Google demands probable-cause, court-issued warrants to divulge the contents of Gmail and other cloud-stored documents to authorities in the United States — a startling revelation Wednesday that runs counter to federal law that does not always demand warrants.
The development surfaced as Google publicly announced that more than two-thirds of the user data Google forwards to government agencies across the United States is handed over without a probable-cause warrant.
A Google spokesman told Wired that the media giant demands that government agencies — from the locals to the feds — get a probable-cause warrant for content on its e-mail, Google Drive cloud storage and other platforms — despite the Electronic Communications Privacy Act allowing the government to access such customer data without a warrant if it’s stored on Google’s servers for more than 180 days.
“Google requires an ECPA search warrant for contents of Gmail and other services based on the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which prevents unreasonable search and seizure,” Chris Gaither, a Google spokesman, said.
Reality does not real.
h/t: media matters
The next time “Bobby” Jindal, governor of Louisiana and warped slab of putative Republican presidential timber, gets up in public and tells an audience how much Jesus really means to him, he should be hit in the face with a pie full of eels. Hard on his decisions to crush the poor people in his state by raising the sales tax, and by eliminating hospice-care for Medicare patients, Jindal also has decided that Louisiana spends far too much helping women escape from their abusers.
Jindal announced the cuts recently, saying the state was moving away from costly residential care for domestic violence victims in favor of short-term hotel stays and family care. The cuts were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit and a Among them was a 16 percent drop in the amount spent on contracts the state holds with shelters and other domestic violence programs. “This will affect us,” said Laura Balthazar with the St. Landry-Evangeline Sexual Assault Center. In fact, by Wednesday, the center had cut its services from five days per week to four. Balthazar said, after years of cutbacks, it is already difficult for the victims of domestic violence to find shelter and this new round of cuts will only make a bad situation worse.
This should help Jindal close the gender gap nicely when he takes his pious bullshit on the road nationally. By his works shall you know him and, by his works, “Bobby” Jindal is no more a Christian than the average wolverine is. He’s a Pharisaical monster who’d have sold Mardi Gras beads on Golgotha. Jesus would agree with me. Jesus Himself would be looking around for a pie full of eels,and Jesus had a helluva’n arm.
The ABC network has failed thus far to respond to CAMERA’s request for a correction to a misleading news brief about Israel building “new settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, on land considered to belong to the Palestinians.” The brief was read by ‘Good Morning America’ (GMA) news anchor Ron Claiborne on Dec. 1, 2012.