Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, the Pentagon confirmed on Monday, closing out a relatively brief, mostly low-profile tenure at the Defense Department. Hagel's departure was "a mutual decision," a senior defense official said, reached after "several weeks" of discussions about the outlook for the remainder of the administration.
Business in Crimea has taken a beating since the peninsula's annexation by Russia. Crimea's tourism industry collapsed, and companies were cut off from vital suppliers and customers in Ukraine. Now comes the latest blow: nationalization. From bakeries to shipyards, Crimea's Kremlin-backed government is moving aggressively to take over businesses that it deems "inefficient," strategically important, or friendly to the government in Kiev. Such measures are turning Crimea into a "neo-Bolshevik criminal dictatorship," Russian opposition party Yabloko said on its website. "The action to legitimize robbery must be cancelled, stolen property returned to owners, losses reimbursed."
On his HBO show Bill Maher ranted about the lowest election turnout since 1942 and the excuses people make for not voting. "You know what -- don't vote, but don't dress it up as something noble or sophisticated," he said. "The fake excuses offend me, like 'politicians they're all the same.' No, you're thinking of the Lord of the Rings movies. Or 'Oh, it doesn't matter who wins.' Well in Florida last Tuesday, the Democrat lost the race for governor by 66,000 votes, and if he won 700,000 poor Floridians would have gotten health insurance under the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion that Republican governors block. So it would've mattered to them. And where did Americans get this idea that you shouldn't be expected to vote if there aren't candidates to excite you and energize your base. It's an election not your -----. It's not a movie where you stay home with the trailer doesn't grab you." read more
"HBO: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher imagines an alternative reality where Obama lost the last two elections and the country has been run by his rival, President Mitt McCain.":
IMHO Bill answers perfectly to those who say both sides are the same and those who say voting doesn't matter.
"I am so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression. Everyone wants their hand held and a check, a government check. What, are you the only generation that had PTSD? The only generation that's depressed? I'm sick of it! I can't take the celebration of weakness and depression." -- conservative talk show host Michael Savage