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Jan 28 2015 “The Downgraded Brokerovs”

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Russia’s credit rating has been downgraded to junk status for the first time in a decade due to the collapsing oil price, the tumbling value of the rouble and sanctions imposed because of its intervention in Ukraine.

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said the downgrade was caused by the country’s reduced flexibility to cut interest rates and a weakening of the financial system.

The ratings agency said the Central Bank of Russia “faces increasingly difficult monetary policy decisions while also trying to support sustainable GDP growth”. It added: “These challenges result from the inflationary effects of exchange rate depreciation and sanctions from the west as well as counter-sanctions imposed by Russia.”

Attempts to shore up the value of the rouble have had only a temporary effect, Standard & Poor’s said, noting that the 750 basis point rise in interest rates last month to take interest rates up to 17% had only a limited impact on the rouble-dollar exchange rate.

“The rouble briefly appreciated against the dollar but has since continued to depreciate, reaching about 66 roubles to the dollar, compared to about 35 a year ago,” S&P said. The move pushed the rouble lower against the US currency on Monday , at 67 per dollar.

The ratings agency warned it had put the new rating on a negative outlook because of fears that the central bank’s ability to move interest rates could become limited, especially if the country imposed exchange controls.

“We could lower the ratings if external and fiscal buffers deteriorate over the next 12 months faster than we currently expect,” the agency said.

January 21, 2015 “State of the Union 2015″

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You deserve a voice in your government, _________(Insert your name here, my fellow American Citizen)

But five years ago, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United silenced American voters by giving unprecedented spending power to private corporations and Super PACs.

You and I have been fighting it ever since – working hard to put our elections, our government, and our economy back in our hands.

We can make ourselves heard, demanding change before another crucial election passes by, but only if you sign on today and demand Congress put an end toCitizens United. Will you join me now?

Please, join me by adding your voice now and demand Congress overturn Citizens United.

I know this is as important to you as it is to me – and together, we can win this fight. But we have to act now, together, to demand Congress take immediate action to end Citizens United.

Tell Congress: Overturn Citizens United and put elections back in the hands of the people.

It’s going to take all of us speaking out together to win this fight. Thank you for joining me.

Kirsten

January 14 2015 “Let The Good Times Roll”

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Swinging into the Winter Pilgrims.

From some right wing nut job news sources:
January 12, 2015

Confirmed: Obama watched NFL playoffs instead of going to Paris

You won’t find it in the American media, but the U.K. Daily Mail has obtained confirmation from an administration spokesman that President Obama spent much of yesterday watching the NFL Playoffs (as I speculated).

According to an administration official, President Obama spent part of his Sunday afternoon watching a National Football League game on television.

In fairness, the playoffs took place after the rest of the world leaders had marched, along with U.S. representation that stopped at the assistant secretary of state level and an ambassador who was a bundler for Obama.

It looks to me as though Secretary of State Kerry may realize that his absence was a mistake.  But at least he had an excuse: he was in India on official business, though with an executive version of the Boeing 757 at his disposal, he could have pleaded emergency business and departed for Paris.  Instead, he said:

‘As everybody knows, I have been here in India for a prior planned event,’ he added.

‘I would have personally very much wanted to have been there but couldn’t do so because of the commitment that I had here and it is important to keep these kinds of commitments.’

But now, two days late, he is headed for the City of Light.

If Kerry actually had the guts his Vietnam War decorations normally signify, he would have resigned in protest over the president’s absence, and earned an honored place in history.  But as a number of people have quipped, he is quite comfortable saying, “Je suis Charlie” because he used to say it all the time in Vietnam.

You won’t find it in the American media, but the U.K. Daily Mail has obtained confirmation from an administration spokesman that President Obama spent much of yesterday watching the NFL Playoffs (as I speculated).

According to an administration official, President Obama spent part of his Sunday afternoon watching a National Football League game on television.

In fairness, the playoffs took place after the rest of the world leaders had marched, along with U.S. representation that stopped at the assistant secretary of state level and an ambassador who was a bundler for Obama.

It looks to me as though Secretary of State Kerry may realize that his absence was a mistake.  But at least he had an excuse: he was in India on official business, though with an executive version of the Boeing 757 at his disposal, he could have pleaded emergency business and departed for Paris.  Instead, he said:

‘As everybody knows, I have been here in India for a prior planned event,’ he added.

‘I would have personally very much wanted to have been there but couldn’t do so because of the commitment that I had here and it is important to keep these kinds of commitments.’

But now, two days late, he is headed for the City of Light.

If Kerry actually had the guts his Vietnam War decorations normally signify, he would have resigned in protest over the president’s absence, and earned an honored place in history.  But as a number of people have quipped, he is quite comfortable saying, “Je suis Charlie” because he used to say it all the time in Vietnam.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/01/confirmed_obama_watched_nfl_playoffs_instead_of_going_to_paris.html#ixzz3OtasHRyt
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December 24th 2014 “The Dusk before Christmas”

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We’ll be back in mid January, a Merry Christmas and a happy New  Year.

DECEMBER 17 2014 “Brokerov and Bochavar Part 2″ aka “Beck in The USSA”

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Very pleased to be able to be able to make this strip today with Edward Maybury Needham IV….though I think Boris kind of over did his outfit here, (we are working on something with Boris that involves this look…though this may change our mind). Other than that…Ed’s a guy who has constantly brought my heart and actions to a better place (through Ed’s own activism, incidentally) and on this day, when we do in fact toast a guy whose activism changed the world (Squeaky)…I’m proud to get a hearty bit of that toast in with a few diet colas and a really wonderful person.

December 10 2014 “Redefining Education in North Carolina”

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In North Carolina public education has been decimated. This piece below is about that.

Dr. June Atkinson, the state superintendent of instruction in North Carolina, said, ““For the first time in my career of more than 30 years in public education, I am truly worried about students in our care.”

Lindsay Wagner summarizes the damage done to public education by the North Carolina legislature:

It cut more than $500 million from the state’s public schools.

It passed a voucher program to allow students to take public money to private and religious schools.

And more:

The 2013-15 biennial budget introduces a raft of spending cuts to public schools that will result in no raises for teachers, larger class sizes, fewer teacher assistants, little support for instructional supplies or professional development, and what could amount to the dismantling of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program. Teachers can also say goodbye to tenure and supplemental pay for advanced degrees.

Wagner asks, “Is this the beginning of the end for public education in North Carolina?”

The privatization movement is in full swing in North Carolina. What was once the most progressive state in the South is now leading the attack on public education. For the first time since Reconstruction, the governorship and both houses of the Legislature are in the hands of Republicans, and these are not moderate Republicans who want to preserve a strong public education system. These are radical privatizers who want to send public monies to private schools, religious schools, and entrepreneurs.

The governor’s education advisor, Eric Guckian, is a Teach for America alum. TFA won $5.1 million in the new budget.

December 3rd, 2014, “The Scandalous Season 5″

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Happy Thanksgiving: From Pilgrim Country

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November 19 2014 “Wheeling and Dealing on The Red Planet”

November 12, 2014 “Occupy Guy and The Silver City”

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In this strip Brokerov meets Occupy Guy….whose very presence inspires Brokerov to supplement his trophy record setting  apartment purchase with a plan to “Glamorize not gentrifylow income housing and to donate directly to public education starting in North Carolina…where Brokerov suggests his new “Mergin with The Union” Program to sort of supplement and limit union control of public school teaching AND the way it is funded.