Made In The USA 2011

Made in the USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence.

For a “Made in the USA” claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any — or only negligible — foreign content. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt021.shtm

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In his State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about the importance of doing more to help American workers acquire the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

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MadeInUSA.org product search engine and database for those looking for products made in the United States.

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MadeUSAFdn.org a not-for-profit organization that promotes products manufactured and assembled in America.

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Shinola.com watches, bicycles, and leather goods made in Detroit, Michigan

StillMadeInUSA.com directory of American-made products.

TheMadeInAmericaMovement.com connecting American manufacturers with consumers.

ToysMadeInAmerica.com toy manufacturers in the USA.

UnionMadeGoods.com Union made products

USAonly.US lists companies that make their products here in the United States.

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65 thoughts on “Made In The USA 2011

  1. WH

    Friday, November 25, 2011

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    • Tomorrow’s Manufacturing: China or the US?

      OCTOBER 20, 2011 ⋅ BY JASON MARGOLIS ⋅ -theworld.org

      The US has steadily been bleeding manufacturing jobs to China for 15 years. China builds toys and electronics bound for American shelves. Now China is poised to expand its manufacturing dominance into new areas such as renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure projects like bridges and rail. But some American companies and business analysts are saying: Not so fast.

      Why China May Lose Manufacturing Jobs to the US

      The company SolarWorld had a choice a few years back: build solar panels in China or open a new factory in Hillsboro, Oregon.

      The company could’ve paid workers a lot less in China. But it went with Oregon.

      At the Oregon factory, I asked company spokesman Ben Santarris, why not do this in China?

      “Why don’t you move to China?,” retorted Santarris. “That’s actually what we say to investment analysts when they ask the same question. We say, ‘Why don’t you go ahead and move to China?’”

      Santarris said the company is committed to western labor and environmental standards, standards that China doesn’t match.

      But SolarWorld is still a business, one that’s beholden to shareholders. Santarris said they did some math and came to the conclusion: We can make this work in Oregon without relying on cheap Chinese labor.

      “Labor accounts for less than 10 percent of our cost. Of those costs, we believe close to half is lost to the Chinese by greater shipping costs. Another half, or more, is made up for by the higher US labor productivity.”

      American workers are generally more productive because they work with better machines and tend to be better trained.

      That said, Chinese workers put in a lot more hours at lower cost. So it’s still cheaper today to manufacture in China.

      SolarWorld is trying to fight those economics. Yesterday, the company and six other American solar manufacturers filed a trade case in Washington at the Commerce Department against the Chinese solar industry. They’re seeking high tariffs on Chinese imports. The companies say they need protection to compete with China and build in America.

      Some business analysts say it’s time for more American companies, across different industries, to consider manufacturing stuff back home. Mark Kramer, managing director at the consulting firm FSG in Boston, said outsourcing to China is not a slam dunk anymore.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2011/10/why-china-may-lose-manufacturing-jobs-to-the-us/

    • Back From China: Furniture Maker Returns To N.C.

      11/27/11 by GREG COLLARD – NPR

      The self-proclaimed “world’s largest furniture market” in High Point, N.C., is the industry’s showpiece event, where manufacturers hawk their products to retailers. And this week, the market also has an old-school component: a large pavilion dedicated to furniture that’s made in America.

      In fact, there are signs that market conditions stemming from China’s fast growth could spur a comeback for furniture makers in the United States.

      There’s an old saying: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s what Bruce Cochrane did about 15 years ago. At the time, he was helping run his family’s 91-year-old furniture production plant, in rural North Carolina.

      “We were starting to see the imports coming in,” he says of those days. “We were beginning to see the difficult times that were going to be ahead”

      The family decided to sell Cochrane Furniture. And then Bruce Cochrane went to China. He became a consultant for some of the biggest names in American furniture: Clayton Marcus; Craftmaster; Berkline. During that time, the U.S. lost more than 300,000 furniture jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

      “I’ll be the first one to say, I was part of the problem,” he says. “I helped these people move these jobs to Asia. You know, it was short-sighted and greedy on my part — and I realize that. But now we have something to do to start anew.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/27/141661114/back-from-china-furniture-maker-returns-to-n-c

    • Barack Obama born in Honolulu, Hawaii Hawaii the 50th state in the Unites States of America.

      Obama Store Stocked for Black Friday: Goods Entirely ‘Made in USA’

      11/23/11 By Devin Dwyer | ABC News

      CHICAGO – This Black Friday, count President Obama’s re-election campaign as one “retailer” fully stocked and hungry for a slice of the holiday shopping pie. http://store.barackobama.com/

      A glimpse inside the campaign store at headquarters found shelves loaded with the traditional array of screen print T-shirts, buttons, stickers and yard signs.

      But there’s also plenty of non-traditional “ swag” to accompany what aides bill as a non-traditional campaign.

      New arrivals include Obama-Biden branded yoga pants, basketball jerseys, golf divot tools, martini glasses, cutting boards, grill spatulas and cufflinks.

      Bo Obama, the first family’s pet Portuguese Water Dog, makes a cameo appearance on a button.

      Vice President Joe Biden’s face is emblazoned on a coffee mug titled “Cup of Joe.”

      And a facsimile of the president’s birth certificate appears both on “Made in the U.S.A.” T-shirts and coffee mugs, poking fun at the conspiracy theorists who insist Obama was born abroad.

      ials won’t reveal which are the hottest selling items, or how much revenue the sales have raised.

      One thing they will say for certain is that everything on the shelves was manufactured on U.S. soil.

      “If a product isn’t made here, we won’t brand it and sell it,” a campaign official said, adding that staff members have actually vetted some factories to ensure materials are made or assembled in America.

      Not all the 2012 presidential candidates can make the same claim. A number of the Republican contenders have hawked goods made overseas.

    • NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AND PENDLETON HONOR YOSEMITE WITH BLANKET

      New Yosemite Blanket to Raise Funds for National Park Foundation

      YOSEMITE, Calf./PORTLAND, Ore—One of our country’s oldest national treasures, Yosemite National Park, is the subject of a new addition to the famous Pendleton’s National Park Series Blankets this spring. Developed to honor the park, the new Yosemite Park Blanket also will help support it.

      Pendleton Woolen Mills and the National Park Foundation (NPF) jointly announce today the launch of the Yosemite National Park Blanket. Sales from the blanket will support the National Park Foundation. This blanket is the newest addition to the park series blankets available through NPF, the congressionally chartered and official non-profit partner of the National Park Service.

      “Pendleton, a time-honored and classic company, is an ideal partner of our national parks. The National Park Foundation is honored to partner with Pendleton, whose endearing history and conservation vision symbolize the lasting strength between Americans and their national parks.,” says Jill Nicoll, National Park Foundation acting president. “The program with Pendleton offers us a creative way to earn substantial dollars through the sale of one of our country’s timeless products, the Pendleton wool blanket.”

      Pendleton has offered their National Park Series (a collection of seven blankets, each representing a National Park) since the early 1900s. The historic striped markings and colors date back to the frontier trading posts. Traders would indicate the weight of the blanket offered in exchange for furs by holding up one finger for each pound. The original blankets incorporated three, four or five black stripes in the design, which indicated the value of the blanket.

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      Shop & Support http://www.nationalparks.org/support-parks/shop

    • Last US sneaker manufacturer wants to maintain balance in new trade pact

      3/10/12 By Vicki Needham – TheHill

      The last U.S. manufacturer of athletic shoes is working with a coalition of lawmakers to convince trade officials to preserve footwear duties in an Asia-Pacific agreement that they say will allow them to continue operating on American soil.

      New Balance, which still produces about 25 percent or 7 million pairs of shoes here, and a group of New England lawmakers are insistent that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) maintain about 20 duties they argue will protect five U.S. factories from closing and moving overseas — three in Maine and two in Massachusetts.

      The push comes amid opposition within the footwear industry, which operates largely outside the United States, and wants to see the tariffs on shoes either eliminated or phased-out within the trade agreement.

      “We’re not asking for special treatment,” Matt LeBretton, who heads up the government affairs team at New Balance, told The Hill.

      “We want a carve-out of the tariffs for the products we’re making here, we aren’t asking for special subsidies or tax incentives,” LeBretton said.

      Eliminating or phasing-out the tariffs would “decimate” what is left of the industry, he said.

      LeBretton said the tariffs allow the firm to compete against much cheaper imported shoes, especially from Vietnam, in an already highly competitive industry.

      For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/international-taxes/215307-last-us-shoe-manufacturer-wants-to-maintain-balance-in-new-trade-pact

    • obama_new_balance_both_american_made

      New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (NBAS)

      New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (NBAS) , best known as simply New Balance, is an American footwear manufacturer based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. It was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company. Eschewing expensive advertising campaigns, it has, nevertheless, grown to be one of the largest makers of sports footwear in the world.

      New Balance is notable in that it has continued to maintain a manufacturing presence in the United States

    • Made in the USA: Journey behind the label

      6/24/13 By Rick Klein, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps | Power Players – 2 hrs 22 mins ago

      Top Line

      After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore.

      He decided to set out on a 30-day road trip across the United States in search of answers for how to revive American manufacturing – all the while trying to survive on only goods and products stamped with “Made in USA.”

      “I really thought that I could take this opportunity to give the Made in America movement and these folks a voice,” said Miller, who documented his trip in a film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

      Miller told Top Line that the Made in America movement isn’t so much about trying to get people to buy only American-made products that might be more expensive than foreign-made ones, but it’s about finding solutions to lower the prices of American-made products.

      “I think there are a lot of policies that we can push to help allow our businesses here in America to help reduce costs and lower the prices,” Miller said. “We need to put policies in place that allow us to outcompete the world, and that’s what this film was about.”

      While Miller hopes that Congress and the president will act to help American businesses become more competitive, his producer, Ron Newcomb, added that they also want to see less government regulation.

      “They need to also get out of the way, if you will, and let Americans to do what they do best, thrive in a business environment,” Newcomb said, referring to the federal government.

      But perhaps the most effective and immediate solution to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, Miller and Newcomb said, is for the American consumer to demand it.

      “It’s a business aspect too,” Miller said. “If the consumers create that demand, the businesses will meet that demand. Request it, demand it, and it will come back and jobs will come back.”

      For more of the interview with Miller and Newcomb, and to hear how they say you can live by the principles of the Made in America movement without being a purist, check out this episode of Top Line.

      http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/made-usa-journey-behind-label-112854639.html

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      “Made in USA” Film OFFICIAL TRAILER HD

      Published on Jul 3, 2012

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  2. Friday: First Lady Michelle Obama Will Receive 2011 Official White House Christmas Tree

    NOVEMBER 21, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    During an annual and charming ceremony that includes a horse-drawn carriage driving up to the North Portico, First Lady Michelle Obama will be presented with the Official White House Christmas Tree this Friday, Nov. 25th, the East Wing announced today.

    The glorious tree, a 19-foot-tall Balsam Fir, comes from Schroeder’s Forevergreens near Neshkoro, Wisconsin, where it was grown by the 2011 National Christmas Tree Association Grand Champion winners Sue and Tom Schroeder. The tree was selected in early October, said the East Wing, “and harvested this month.” The Schroeders will present the tree to Mrs. Obama during the brief 11:00 AM ceremony, which typically includes members of the President’s Own Marine Corps Band playing carols beneath the North Portico.

    Schroeder’s Forevergreens is one of approximately 800 Christmas tree farms and lots nationwide that donate Christmas trees to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundations’ Trees for Troops program, according to the East Wing.

    “Trees for Troops has provided 84,000 full-sized farm-grown Christmas trees to troops and military families since it began in 2005 and this year’s goal is to deliver their 100,000th tree.”

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/11/friday-first-lady-michelle-obama-will.html

  3. Great thread topic CR. Boosting American manufacture and exports is dear to PBO’s heart.

  4. November 25, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Recent Developments in Egypt

    Since the start of the Arab Spring, the United States has spoken out for a set of core principles that have guided our response to events, including opposition to the use of violence and repression, defense of universal rights including the freedom of peaceful assembly, and support for political and economic reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people throughout the region.

    In Egypt over the past several days, we have seen protesters demand the realization of these principles. We have condemned the excessive use of force against them and called for restraint on all sides. We deeply regret the loss of life, and urge the Egyptian authorities to implement an independent investigation into the circumstances of those deaths. But the situation Egypt faces requires a more fundamental solution, devised by Egyptians, which is consistent with universal principles.

    The United States strongly believes that the new Egyptian government must be empowered with real authority immediately. We believe that Egypt’s transition to democracy must continue, with elections proceeding expeditiously, and all necessary measures taken to ensure security and prevent intimidation. Most importantly, we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place in a just and inclusive manner that responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people, as soon as possible.

    Egypt has overcome challenges before and will do so again. The United States will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they build a democracy worthy of Egypt’s great history.

  5. November 25, 2011

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Maggie Daley

    Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maggie Daley. Maggie was an extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to public service. While she will be sorely missed, her initiatives on behalf of Chicago’s youth live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom. Maggie’s commitment to the children and people of Chicago was surpassed only by her devotion to her family. Tonight, our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Daley, Nora, Patrick, Lally and the entire Daley family.

    • Good and HOPEful Friday CR and all friends!

      >^..^<

      We are off to the sales to help the economy! Looking for that Made in USA label!

    • The First Lady Receives the 2011 White House Christmas Tree

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Nov 25, 2011

      The First Lady is presented with the White House Christmas Tree, which will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House and decorated to honor military families. November 25, 2011.

    • White House Christmas Tree: 2011
      2011 Blue Room Christmas Tree Harvested

      November 17, 2011 christmastree.org

      Chesterfield, MO — The official White House Christmas Tree, a beautiful 19-foot balsam fir, was harvested today from a farm near Neshkoro, Wis.

      The Blue Room Christmas Tree will be officially presented to First Lady Michelle Obama by Christmas Tree growers Sue and Tom Schroeder. The Schroeders earned this honor by winning the National Christmas Tree Association’s (NCTA) national Christmas Tree contest held in August 2011 in Huron, Ohio, and becoming Grand Champion.

      The Blue Room Christmas Tree was handpicked by White House Superintendent of Grounds Dale Haney and Jim Adams with the National Park Service on Oct. 3, 2011. The tree, which was planted by the Schroeders 18 years ago, will be cut in late November and sent to Washington, D.C.

      The Schroeders have entered trees from their farm in the national contest before. To enter the national contest, growers must first win their state / regional competitions. 2011 was the fourth year the Schroeders had done that and entered a tree in the national contest. Finally winning the contest and earning Grand Champion status validated their hard work and persistence, said Sue Schroeder. “Entering but not winning the national contest is both rewarding and frustrating, knowing that you were so close, but finally winning was 100 percent exciting,” said Schroeder. “I’m happy with the tree they selected, and I hope the First Family and all the visitors to the White House enjoy the tree we grew here on our small family farm.” Visitors seeing the tree during the 2011 holiday season will surpass 100,000, according to Haney.

      For the entire article: http://www.christmastree.org/whitehouse.cfm

  6. ‘When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?’

    November 25, 2011 – npr

    Summary: This week in New York Magazine, two writers from different political parties each critiqued their own side. On Thursday, we heard from conservative David Frum, who argues Republicans lost touch with reality. In the same issue, liberal writer Jonathan Chait also uses the word “fantasy” in describing liberals. He tells Steve Inskeep liberals have become unreasonable.

    For the entire audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/25/142767706/when-did-liberals-become-so-unreasonable?ft=3&f=2,3,5,7,10,13,35,39,46

  7. Happy Black Friday CR and everyone. HOPE you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. My family went to Disneyland and had a wonderful time. If the huge unexpected crowds are any indication, the economy is getting much better. Thanksgiving week is one of the slowest times and according to all the cast members and frequent park visitors we spoke to, they have never seen the park this busy. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

    The down side was that we stood in lines that took 75 minutes to get on a ride. The other down side is that Disneyland, ABC, Warner Brothers, etc. are obviously in bed with the Koch Brothers — signs everywhere promoting Dixie and Brawny products.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our beloved President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • Happy Black Friday Jackie!

      Sounds like you had a fun but hectic time in S. California. Thanks for the “on-ground-reporting” on the economy. Thank you for the candle link!

  8. I wanted to share with all of you that work so hard for our President that real America is getting some relief. Otherwise, we would not be seeing the crowds. A three-day pass is $209.00 for an adult and $198.00 for children under 12. We all know the markup on food is triple. Water is $2.75 an a hamburger is $9.95. The media wants us to believe his efforts have failed, BUT THEY ARE SUCCEEDING.

    • I’ll second that. We’re home from shopping and THE ENTIRE WORLD is in the stores and on the road to and from stores. Men, women and children of all ages. The shopping carts are loaded. We have not seen anything like this for a long time.

      • You and your husband are brave Kat! Did you hear about the lady who pepper sprayed people around her inside of a WalMart in LA? CRAZY!

        I CAN’T STAND crowds; I love going to the grocery store at 6am in the moring after dropping my husband off at the train station! We don’t go near a “mall” from after Thanksgiving until two days after Christmas!

        • Good grief, pepper spray?!?

          When I lived in L.A. and worked several jobs, I used to like going to the 24-hr supermarket at 3 a.m. or something. Nice and quiet.

  9. November 25, 2011

    Statement by Vice President Biden on the Anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Every year on November 25, we remember the millions of women affected by violence here in the United States and around the world. Violence against women undermines not only the safety and dignity of millions of women and girls, but also the health, economic stability, and security of nations. The U.S. government remains committed to advancing the rights of women at home and as an integral component of our foreign policy. On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we stand with women and men around the world in saying one violation is one too many, and in renewing our commitment to the right of women and girls to be free from violence and abuse.

  10. WORKING OFF THE TURKEY

    11/25/11 POLITICO44

    President Barack Obama left the White House just after 11:30 a.m. Friday to play golf at Andrews Air Force Base. His partners are Martin Nicholson, Walter Nicholson and Reggie Love, according to a pool report.

  11. GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney: Deceive America

    November 23, 2011 Posted by Melanie Roussell, DNC national press secretary

    Mitt Romney took his “by any means necessary” approach to running for president to an all-new low in his first ad of the 2012 campaign cycle, an intentionally false attack ad that takes words President Obama used in 2008 out of context. Romney’s dishonest and purposely deceptive ad was universally panned across cable and print news yesterday, but you’d never know that if you only listened to Romney’s press shop, which sent out a missive titled “What They’re Saying,” quoting only news stories that posted Monday night before the ad’s blatant dishonesty was picked up.

    What they’re ACTUALLY saying is that Mitt Romney and his campaign sought to intentionally deceive the American people. Watch and share our new web video holding Mitt Romney accountable for his deceit and dishonesty—and take a close look at the campaign’s new logo at the end of the video.

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    “ROMNEY: Deceive America”

    Uploaded by DemRapidResponse on Nov 23, 2011
    DNC VIDEO: “ROMNEY: Deceive America”

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      What They’re Actually Saying: Romney’s Ad Deceitful, Dishonest, Manipulates the Truth

      Posted by DNC Press on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

      The New Yorker
      .@RyanLizza on Romney’s ad: If a journalist quoted someone in such a way, you’d never trust the person’s writing again: http://ow.ly/7BNEM

      Ames Tribune: “Meanwhile, GOP contender Mitt Romney has just debuted a television ad that also deceives viewers about something the president said during the 2008 presidential campaign…This is dishonest, and it does not reflect the integrity that Romney is seeking to cultivate on the campaign trail.” (The Ames Tribune, 11/23/11)

      New York Daily News: “Mitt Romney’s greatest potential vulnerability, fair or fable, is the suspicion he’ll do or say anything to get himself elected President. Which is why his new ad in New Hampshire is such a boneheaded strategic move. It feeds that dangerous perception that has dogged Romney since the 2008 campaign. The new ad is a gross distortion of the truth.” (New York Daily News, 11/22/11)

      Washington Post: “This is a truly remarkable response. The Romney camp is explicitly saying it’s totally fair game to take an opponent’s words out of context in a way that completely changes their meaning, simply because the actual words in question did come out of the speaker’s mouth. As many have noted today, the Romney ad’s decontextualizing of Obama’s words is so egregious that it amounts to a lie. Yet here a Romney adviser is claiming that this is fair game, because he said those words.” (Washington Post, 11/22/11)

      New Yorker—Why Didn’t Reporters Call Romney a Liar? “While it’s always interesting and useful to report on how a campaign believes something is going to play out, it seems to me in this case the news that the quote in the ad is falsely attributed to Obama outweighs the news of the Romney campaign’s predictable spin.” (The New Yorker, 11/22/11)

      Esquire: “The ad is utterly dishonest but, luckily, the campaign already had in place a defense strategy for when the campaign got called on the ad’s dishonesty, a campaign that musters all the self-pity and poor-widdle-rich-boy disdain that has made Willard so popular with 22 percent of the people who might actually vote for him.” (Esquire, 11/22/11)

      Think Progress: “The Romney campaign’s very first television ad, released this evening, dishonestly presents a 2008 McCain campaign quote as the words of President Obama. The ad features a voice-over of Obama saying ‘if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ Then-candidate Obama indeed said those words, perhaps dozens of times during the closing month of the 2008 campaign. The only problem? Obama was actually quoting the words of a strategist from Sen. John McCain’s campaign.” (Think Progress, 11/21/11)

      Washington Monthly: ““[H]ow much more deception can Romney try to get away with before he develops a reputation as a candidate with an honesty problem? Last week, an MIT economist who worked with Romney said the former governor is ‘just lying’ about health care policy. The same week, Romney was caught lying about the makeup of the last Congress, and also got caught lying about a quote from the president… Three weeks ago, the former governor got caught lying about his tax plan, and several times over the last few months, Romney has also been caught lying about economic conditions and whether the president ‘apologized for America’ (he didn’t).” (Washington Monthly, 11/22/11)

      Associated Press: “Adwatch: Romney takes Obama out of context again:” “Romney’s first ad of the presidential campaign takes Obama out of context and gives the impression that the president is talking about his time in office, not that of his predecessor.” (AP, 11/22/11)

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Mark Shields and David Brooks question Mitt Romney’s character

      Excerpts from11/25/11 pbsnewshour:

      JEFFREY BROWN: Well, speaking of Romney, Mark, he put out an ad this week that got a lot of pushback from Democrats, sort of crying foul over it, right?

      MARK SHIELDS: Yes, I mean, Mitt Romney — nobody has any doubts about Mitt Romney’s abilities. His education credentials, I mean, a graduate of both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, business success, exemplary family life, first-rate intellect, these aren’t the questions.

      The questions about Mitt Romney are his character and what the core of the man is, what he really believes. In his introductory commercial, he basically takes words not simply out of context. He takes words that Barack Obama was quoting a McCain campaign person in 2008 and then attributes them to Obama in 2011.

      JEFFREY BROWN: And so the words, if we keep — Obama administration is saying, “If we keep talk about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

      MARK SHIELDS: Yes. This is the same as if I were to say to you, Hitler said the Aryan race is the greatest gift to mankind and all other groups who aren’t blond-haired and blue-eyed ought to be eliminated from the earth, and you say, well, Shields say the Aryan race is supreme to all other races and all other groups ought to be eliminated.

      And this — it raises character questions about him. I don’t know why he did it. There are all kinds of ways to run against Barack Obama on his record. But, to me, it just — the idea that it starts a buzz about the economy, which is what the Romney defense is, it raises questions about Mitt Romney and who he is and what he would do and what he believes, and just exactly what David said about immigration. What’s at the core of the man?

      JEFFREY BROWN: David, what’s your theory on that?

      DAVID BROOKS: Well, first, on the merits, I agree with Mark. If any of us did that in a journalistic enterprise, we’d be in big trouble.

      MARK SHIELDS: That’s right.

      DAVID BROOKS: But, as for the political reason, they did it completely aware of the reaction. They wanted the reaction. They want to show Republican primary voters that they can get in a big, furious fight with the Obama campaign. And so they did it knowing and predicting and hoping that the Obama people would react as they did.

      So what’s interesting to me is, you’re in a world sort of post-morality, where you think, well, we will do whatever it takes to show we can be tough against Obama, and that somehow the line, maybe we shouldn’t say something that’s not quite accurate, somehow that line never really appeared to them.

      So they’re off in an alternate universe. They did it for political reasons, because they want to show Republican voters how tough and manly they are.

      For the entire article: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/sandb_11-25.html

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      Shields and Brooks on GOP Foreign Policy Debate, Supercommittee Failure

      Uploaded by PBSNewsHour on Nov 25, 2011

      Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week\’s top political news, including GOP hopefuls\’ attempt to draw sharp distinctions on foreign policy during their latest debate, the shift on immigration among Republicans and the failure of the deficit supercommittee.

  12. WH

    Saturday, November 26 , 2011

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  13. Marines to wind down Afghan combat in 2012

    11/26/11 By ROBERT BURNS | AP – 3 hrs ago

    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country’s southwestern reaches, senior U.S. military officers say.

    At the same time, U.S. reinforcements will be sent to eastern Afghanistan in a bid to reverse recent gains by insurgents targeting Kabul, the capital.

    Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, said in an Associated Press interview that the number of Marines in Helmand province will drop “markedly” in 2012, and the role of those who stay will shift from countering the insurgency to training and advising the Afghan security forces.

    The change suggests an early exit from Afghanistan for the Marine Corps, even as the prospects for solidifying their recent successes are uncertain.

    “Am I OK with that? The answer is ‘yes,'” Amos said. “We can’t stay in Afghanistan forever.”

    He added: “Will it work? I don’t know.”

    At stake is President Barack Obama’s pledge to win in Afghanistan — the war he touted during his 2008 presidential campaign as worth fighting, while pledging to get out of Iraq. Facing a stalemate in 2009, Obama ordered an extra 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan — including about 10,000 Marines to Helmand province — on the belief that if the Taliban were to retake the government al-Qaida would soon return to the land from which it plotted the 9/11 attacks.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/5LAF2

  14. Countdown Still Going Well

    Sat, 26 Nov 2011 06:19:06 AM PST nasa.gov

    Tanking operations are finishing up at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41, where the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft awaits liftoff at 10:02 a.m. EST. Today’s launch window extends until 11:45 a.m.

    Clouds moving across the launch site may prompt periodic changes in the range’s weather status from “red,” meaning “no-go,” back to “green,” or “go.” But with our one-hour, 43-minute launch window, there’s still a 70 percent chance conditions will allow liftoff today.

    For the latest in the countdown, watch live launch coverage on NASA Television at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv or follow along with NASA’s Launch Blog at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/launch/launch_blog.html.

    • I love NASA’s new direction. The Moon? Been there and done that! PBO will have us explore the asteroids and someday send people to Mars.

  15. Good morning CR and everyone. Sorry I am late. I think the time has come to one of my dogs down today. He has kidney disease and I have had to give him an IV of fluids daily for the last six months. He hasn’t eaten in three days, so I had to force feed him this morning . It just isn’t fair to him to traumatize him like that. We are seeing the vet at noon.

    Anyway, HOPE you all have a terrific Saturday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our wonderful President, First Family and the Nation;

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • ((HUG)) I am so sorry to hear about your dog Jackie. We can love our pets like we would our own child.

      I was just thinking of your and Canada Barb this morning because I just ordered a dog dna test so that I wil know the breed of our 14 y/o shelter rescue dog.

      Thank you for sharing your kind but difficult errand today; it sounds like you are a very good pet owner and that you love them.

      Thank you for the candle link too.

    • Jackie, so sorry. Seconding everything CR said. This is always so hard. It’s the last kind thing we can do for pets, and it’s the most painful for us. You are a devoted dog mom and he has felt the good effects of your love and care all the time you’ve had him.

      • Thanks both of you for your kind words. I know he is in a better place now. No pain, no worries. I always thought I would lose my almost 18 year old cat first but he is doing well considering he has a thyroid problem. I also have a St. Bernard that was only supposed to live three months and it has been nearly two years. That said,you are never prepared, whether you know it is coming or not.

  16. POTUS marks ‘Small Business’ day

    11/26/11 By POLITICO STAFF

    President Obama marked “Small Business Saturday” by taking his daughters Sasha and Malia to a Dupont Circle bookstore.

    At Kramerbook & Afterwords Cafe, the president greeted one curious onlooker, a boy named Alexander who was accompanied by his grandmother, saying: “You doing some Christmas shopping? Not yet? Well, we’re starting early. This is Small Business Saturday. So we’re out here supporting small business,” according to pool reports. It’s the 2nd annual “Small Business Saturday,” a campaign backed by American Express, FedEx, Google, Facebook and others, to bring a little holiday cheer to smaller retailers the day after Black Friday.

    The presidential purchases at the bookstore, according to the White House, included:

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret – by Brian Selnick

    Diary of a Whimpy Kid Cabin Fever – by Jeff Kinney

    Tails – by Matthew Van Fleet

    Descent into Chaos – by Ahmed Rashid

    The Tiger’s Wife – by Tea Obreht

    The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster

    The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – by Junot Diaz

    Zen Shorts – by Jon Muth

  17. Obama and family take in basketball game, chat with Bill Murray

    11/26/11 By Alicia M. Cohn – TheHill

    President Obama and the First Family continued their post-Thanksgiving tradition by attending the Oregon State versus Towson game in Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson coaches the Oregon State University Beavers and the Obama family has watched his team play around Thanksgiving for the past three years.

    Actor and comedian Bill Murray, who was rooting for the opposite team, chatted with the Obama family before the start of the game.

    The Oregon State Beavers won 66-44. The players took a photo with Obama, who also chatted with fellow fans during half-time and enjoyed a court-side hot dog, according to White House press pool reports.

    Obama played a little basketball himself on Saturday morning, playing a pick-up game with personal assistant Reggie Love.

    He noted Saturday’s tentative deal to end the NBA lockout and set a date for the long-delayed basketball season on his way out of the game, giving it a thumbs-up and calling it “a good deal.”

  18. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    11/26/11 By The Associated Press | AP – 9 hrs ago

    EGYPT
    Egyptian security forces clash with protesters camped outside the Cabinet building, leaving one man dead, as tensions rise two days ahead of parliamentary elections being held despite mass demonstrations against military rule.

    Also, Egyptian state TV says Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling military council that took over the government after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, meets separately with opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and presidential hopeful Amr Moussa, who was the former head of the Arab League.
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    SYRIA
    Syria buries 22 members of the armed forces, including six elite pilots, as the government reinforces its message that the 8-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad is the work of terrorists and foreign agents, not patriotic Syrians seeking reform.
    Also, an Arab League committee agrees on a draft of recommended sanctions against Syria, including halting cooperation with the nation’s central bank and halting flights to the country. The 22-nation body will vote on the recommendations Sunday in Cairo.

    Activists say at least 13 civilians are killed, 12 of them in the flashpoint Homs province. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 10 soldiers were killed in overnight clashes with defectors in the country’s east.
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    MOROCCO
    An Islamist party is set to get first crack at forming the next government after winning the largest bloc of seats in parliamentary elections.

    With about two-thirds of all results in, the Justice and Development Party has taken 80 seats out of 282 so far announced. A total of 395 seats were up for grabs in the nationwide vote a day earlier.
    Barring a massive upset, the PJD — known by its French initials — will be the largest party in the new parliament and charged with forming a new government — making another Islamist victory in an election brought about by the Arab Spring.

    The second place finisher, Istiqlal, was far behind with 45 seats.
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    YEMEN
    Yemen’s vice president calls for a presidential vote to be held on Feb. 21 in line with a power-sharing deal aimed at ending the country’s nine-month political crisis.

    Yemen’s SABA state news agency says Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has issued a decree setting the date for the vote after Saleh authorized “the vice president the constitutional authorities to carry out dialogue with the parties that signed the Gulf initiative.”

    It says no party has the right to annul or change this decree.

  19. Black Friday was biggest ever

    11/26/11 By ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The holiday shopping season got off to a strong start on Black Friday, with retail sales up 7 percent over last year, according to one survey. Now stores just have to keep buyers coming back without the promise of door-buster savings.

    Buyers spent $11.4 billion at retail stores and malls, up nearly $1 billion from last year, according to a report released Saturday by ShopperTrak. It was the largest amount ever spent on the day that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and the biggest year-over-year increase since 2007. Chicago-based ShopperTrak gathers data from 25,000 outlets across the U.S., including individual stores and shopping centers.

    Online shopping was strong as well, with a 24.3 percent increase in online spending on Black Friday, according to IBM, which tracks sales at 500 online retailers.

    Bill Martin, who founded ShopperTrak, said he was surprised by the strong showing. He had expected the weak economy to dent consumer confidence and keep more shoppers out of the stores, or at least from spending much. Instead, he said, consumers responded to a blanket of promotions, from 60-percent-off deals to door-buster savings on electronics.

    “I’m pleased to see it. You can’t have a great season without having a good Black Friday,” Martin told The Associated Press in an interview.

    Still, he suspects things will quiet down this weekend, as promotions end and the buying frenzy subsides. ShopperTrak is expecting holiday sales to be up 3.3 percent overall through Christmas.

    There were few shoppers at Pioneer Place Mall in Portland, Ore., on Saturday.

    “This is great, I’m glad I waited,” said MaryJane Danan, who drove two hours from Corvallis, Ore., to go shopping with her teenage daughters. She stayed home on Black Friday because she thought the crowds would be huge. But she was surprised by how few people were out Saturday.

  20. Puppy Rescue Mission

    The Puppy Rescue Mission, Inc.

    Soliers Saving Puppies – Puppies Saving Soliers

    The primary mission of The Puppy Rescue Mission, Inc. (TPRM), as stated in our by-laws, is to fund-raise and assist in pet rescue, foster and re-homing when needed, in particular pets of soldiers, especially those deployed in war zones. We assist with requests, logistics, administration and fund-raising for the adopted stray dogs of war rescued by and bonded with soldiers. This may include vet care, supplies, transport and related issues. We work with or through other organizations that help our soldiers bring their companion animals home from war.

    “A dog does not discriminate. They do not care who you are, what you look like or what you do. The only thing in life they ask for is a little food to keep in their belly, some cool refreshing water to drink, and a pat on the head every now and then. I think we could learn a lesson or two from them. Someone with the most basic of needs that can give back the amount of love that they do – it’s pretty damn impressive if you ask me.”

    ~Spc. George M. Zaleuke

    * History
    * Rescues
    * FAQ
    * Contact Info

    http://www.thepuppyrescuemission.org/home

  21. WH

    Sunday, November 27, 2011

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  22. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    11/25/11 By ZACK HALE – POLITICO44

    (Democrat excerpts only)

    The blame game over the congressional supercommittee’s failure to cut the ballooning federal deficit will continue to play out on this Sunday’s television talk shows, with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist squaring off on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    Schumer is chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, and Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

    Supercommittee member Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will make his case on ABC’s “This Week.” Other guests include former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates; and actor Matt Damon, who is promoting water.org with co-founder Gary White.

    And another supercommittee member, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), is on “Fox News Sunday,” along with his Democratic counterpart, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin…

    On CBS, “Face the Nation” has a literary lineup, featuring “The Help” author Kathryn Sockett; “Boomerang” author Michael Lewis; Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson; and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who wrote “No Higher Honor.”…

    Finally, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) helps TV One’s “Washington Watch” review the recent dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69107.html

    • Good and HOPEful Sunday CR and all friends!

      >^..^<

      Huge windstorm last night knocked out power briefly — still blowing! I'm about to shut down the interwebs and head out. Will check in later.

  23. GOP WRONG WAY

    Unacceptable in Today’s GOP? Realism and Compassion

    Nov 24, 2011 By Joe Conason – uexpress

    Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

    There among the honored interlocutors were the authors of dismal failure and national disgrace in the Bush era, such as Paul Wolfowitz and David Addington, whose presence helpfully reminds us that to elect a Republican risks a presidency that will make the same gross moral and strategic errors, or worse.

    Listening to them talk about Iran, a nation that unlike Iraq or the Taliban is a real military power, it was clear that we will certainly edge closer to another war with almost any Republican in power.

    What the debate also revealed again is that a Republican who dares to utter a few words of compassion or realism is likely to prove unacceptable to the base of that party.

    Coming off his proposal to repeal child labor laws, so that schools can force 9-year-olds to do the work of “unionized janitors,” it was surprising to hear Newt Gingrich appeal to human decency in resolving the immigration issue. But so he did, sensibly noting that deporting 11 million or more undocumented residents of the United States would be not only impractical but viciously cruel. It would mean ripping apart families that have lived here peacefully for generations.

    “I’m prepared to take the heat,” said the former speaker, rather courageously, for insisting that the law should be enforced “with humanity” — and his opponents, notably Mitt Romney, brought that heat to a boil, attacking Gingrich for supposedly supporting “amnesty,” perennial buzzword of the anti-immigrant movement.

    Actually, Gingrich doesn’t back amnesty per se — which usually indicates a “path to citizenship” — but his position is close enough to mean trouble from the GOP’s large nativist constituency. He prefers a selective service system for immigration, which would bring individual cases before boards of local citizens to decide whether any particular illegal immigrant should be deported or permitted to remain permanently, in a legal status that would be less than citizenship. As far as the immigrant-bashers are concerned, that’s amnesty, and the hell with it.

    What was dishonest in Romney’s response, however (especially coming from a man who hired illegal landscapers himself, presumably because they were cheap) is that he never said how he would deal with the estimated 11 million or 12 million undocumented workers who are here today. The former Massachusetts governor, who helped drive thousands of jobs overseas in search of cheap labor as a financier and consultant, spoke enthusiastically of all the brainy immigrants he’d like to bring in legally — and of the necessity of “securing the border,” another tiresome platitude that is heard far more often than how it will be achieved. (The unspoken truth is that illegal immigration has dropped precipitously, deportations are up, and the American economy would benefit from more, not less, immigration of all kinds.)

    Yet for all his promises to “enforce the law,” Romney never bothered to explain how he will deport 11 million or more, as a practical and humane policy. Nobody who knows much about the issue believes that it can be done. But what we know about Romney — and the rest of the Republicans, who rarely pass up a chance to denounce organized labor — is that they prefer a low-wage workforce unable to assert any rights. If the undocumented were suddenly able to speak out and act without fear, they would also be able to join unions, demand higher wages and health benefits, and refuse to be used against native-born workers.

    If Gingrich takes the heat for his few words in defense of immigrant families, he was not the only Republican on stage to say something wise that will be used against him. Ron Paul sagely warned, as he has done many times before, that the “war on terror” and the “war on drugs” are flawed concepts that endanger constitutional liberty. Yet he also showed why libertarian ideologues like him are unfit to represent American ideals, when he claimed that all the money spent on foreign aid is wasted — in response to a question from Wolfowitz that specifically referred to the highly successful Bush administration program of HIV/AIDS assistance to poor nations. That discussion offered Rick Santorum a chance to shine, by denouncing the notion that Congress should “zero out” such foreign assistance programs, and to proclaim proudly that he had promoted the Bush AIDS programs in the Senate. No doubt he, too, will will have to take the heat — for acknowledging that American leadership cannot be based on military or economic power alone, and that as Jon Huntsman dared to say, America needs friends and allies in a changing world.

    In the era of tea party jingoism, there is precious little space for that traditional Republican outlook — and plenty of room for smooth panderers like Romney.

    Joe Conason is the editor in chief of NationalMemo.com. To find out more about Joe Conason, visit the Creators Syndicate website at http://www.creators.com.

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