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  • The Path To $20,000 Gold

    01/08/2013 11:35:31 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-8-2013 | Dan Amoss
    The Path To $20,000 Gold Dan Amoss 01/08/13 The global monetary system rests on a fragile foundation of trust. Thanks to the actions of central banks, pressure on the system will keep growing. Paper U.S. dollars sit at the heart of the global monetary system. Dollars are liabilities of the Federal Reserve. Just as houses are collateral for mortgages, Treasuries and mortgage bonds are collateral for U.S. dollars. A central bank’s balance sheet is essentially a self-reinforcing feedback loop: Government bonds are the collateral for dollar liabilities, and bonds are streams of future dollar payments. So the dollar is backed...
  • Mussolini Cult Alive and Well in Italy

    01/08/2013 11:31:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01/08/2013 | Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
    Every year, thousands of people in Italy hang a fresh calendar of images depicting Benito Mussolini on their wall, just one of many indications that the cult of “Il Duce” is alive and well in the country. Many still consider the fascist dictator to have been an honorable man, and it is a weakness that politicians such as Silvio Berlusconi have been able to exploit. … The full extent of the Mussolini cult—a phenomenon many foreigners find difficult to understand—can be seen in Predappio, a small town in the Emilia-Romagna region with barely 7,000 inhabitants. As a tourist destination, Predappio...
  • Is Obama The King Of Fiscal Cliff Deniers?

    01/08/2013 11:30:15 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-8-13 | The Looking Spoon
    YES! He is!Apparently Obama truly believes there is absolutely no spending problem in our government.W-O-W...and now I have my second King Obama post in a month's time.
  • The Other America Is Still There

    01/08/2013 11:30:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Robert Knight
    Well, the Republicans caved and Barack Obama celebrated in Hawaii while planning his next step in creating an irreversible welfare state. Taxes will rise, spending will soar, and the media will cheer on Mr. Obama as he presses for even more as the debt ceiling deadline approaches. Instead of giving into despair or anger, conservatives need to plan for the long haul. Tea Party people, Christian conservatives, national security conservatives and fiscal conservatives (there’s a lot of overlap here) are already working to establish an actually conservative Republican Congress in 2014. It would be nice to have some conservative...
  • Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says military-style guns don't belong on the streets of America

    01/08/2013 11:27:35 AM PST · by PilotDave · 125 replies
    nydailynews ^ | January 8, 2013 | Kristen A. Lee
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal called for “serious” gun control measures on Tuesday, saying the weapons used by his troops in Afghanistan don’t belong on the streets of America. McChrystal said the M4 Carbine he often carried in the military held a .223 caliber round capable of doing “devastating” damage to a human body. “It’s designed to do that, and that’s what our soldiers ought to carry,” McChrystal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning. “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America."
  • Reality show starring rapper who fathered ELEVEN children by TEN women

    01/08/2013 11:24:34 AM PST · by massmike · 22 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 01/08/2013 | SADIE WHITELOCKS
    A yet-to-air reality show documenting a rapper, who has fathered eleven children by ten different women, has been slammed by critics who have branded it 'disgusting' and 'negative'. All My Babies' Mamas, set to air this spring on the Oxygen network, follows Carlos 'Shawty Lo' Walker, 36, as he navigates family life in an affluent suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. In the clip, which has has now disappeared from YouTube, Mr Walker is seen talking about managing his music career and the struggle of being a father from the confines of his roomy eight-bedroom mansion. 'How does a guy like me...
  • Virgina: Energy Capital of East Coast?

    01/08/2013 11:22:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Marita Noon
    With a flood of new federal regulations hitting everything from healthcare, energy, food safety, and bird protection, it is encouraging to know that some states can still think for themselves. In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell declared that he was going to make Virginia the Energy Capital of the East Coast—after all Virginia is blessed with abundant resources such as coal, offshore oil and one of the largest uranium deposits in the world. His plans have been thwarted by the federal government. The EPA is regulating coal mining out of existence. Federal restrictions have prevented Virginia from being able to access...
  • Flu bug overwhelms local hospitals

    01/08/2013 11:21:58 AM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8, 2013 | Patrick Svitek
    <p>Seven Chicago-area hospitals have had to send ambulances elsewhere this morning as they deal with an influx of patients with flu-like symptoms.</p> <p>As of 9:45 a.m., the hospitals remained on bypass status, which means their emergency rooms are at capacity and non-critical patients are being re-routed to other hospitals, said Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health...</p>
  • If the govt can share your gun permit data with the public, why not your tax & income data too?

    01/08/2013 11:17:47 AM PST · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-08-13 | Vince
    In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut last month a newspaper serving the New York City suburbs, The Journal News, decided to post to its website the names and addresses of all of the legal gun owners in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. Gun owners were outraged. In response a blogger posted the names and addresses of the key players at the newspaper’s editorial staff. The Journal, a unit of USA Today publisher Gannett, accessed the names and addresses via a Freedom Of Information request which makes most government data available to the public. This is a blatant misuse...
  • The Conservative Anschluss Moment: the Time to Fight Arrives

    01/08/2013 11:15:12 AM PST · by Shery · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    “The tax issue is finished. Over. Completed. That’s behind us.” — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell “The hard fact is that nothing could have arrested what actually happened…” — British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on the Nazi invasion of Austria “Our affairs have come to such a pass that there is no escape without running risks.” So said a resolute Winston Churchill as, still out of favor with his own Conservative government, he stood up in the House of Commons in March of 1938 to protest the government’s passive response to the occupation and annexation of Austria by Adolf Hitler’s...
  • Idaho Lawmaker: 'Government Not Responsible for Controlling Weapons'

    01/08/2013 11:11:04 AM PST · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Boise Weekly ^ | Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM | George Prentice
    Sales of firearms have been increasing nationwide, and Idaho is no exception. This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that concealed carry classes have been booked solid in the north Idaho community, and one gun shop has seen a 30 percent jump in sales in the past several days. "I think the No. 1 reason (sales are up) is people are afraid they’re going to lose their ability to purchase firearms,” Ed Santos, owner of Center Target Sports in Post Falls, told the Press. "Look at cities that have gun control, like Chicago. Gun control doesn't work." Meanwhile, Coeur d'Alene Republican...
  • WHY GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE OUR MAIN PROBLEM

    01/08/2013 11:10:15 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 44 replies
    Vanity | 1/8/2013 | Dick Bachert
    A story that plays into where we are now bears recitation. I’m working from memory here and some of the details may not be precisely correct but the take away message has stuck with me all these years. In August, 1977, a small church in Louisville, Nebraska – Faith Baptist – was raided by armed agents of the state Department of Education for running a Christian school. The ostensible reason for the raid was that they were NOT adhering to the state “requirement” that ALL schools and teachers be “certified” by the state. A judge issued an order that the...
  • Korean War veterans to be honored

    01/08/2013 11:10:12 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    sheltonherald.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Shelton Herald Staff
    The Department of Defense is honoring all Korean War Veterans with an official certificate of appreciation, signed by Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
  • Report: Debt Ceiling ‘X Date’ Feb. 15 (government unable to pay its bills by mid-February)

    01/08/2013 11:09:37 AM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 1/8/13 6:28 EST | By KATIE GLUECK
    The next debt ceiling battle could come as soon as mid-February, when the federal government looks to hit its borrowing limit, a new report says. “Based on financial data from Treasury, we estimate that the government will be unable to pay all of its bills as early as February 15, also known as the X Date” said Steve Bell, senior director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, in a statement. The Bipartisan Policy Center announced the findings of the organization’s study on Monday. According to a release from the Center, their analysis indicates that “the federal...
  • McConnell: Any gun proposals will take back seat to solving country's financial problems

    01/08/2013 11:06:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2013 | NA
    WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell federal spending and the country's debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months, and that debate about potential gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting will take a back seat...
  • The New Liberal Aristocracy (Exactly why we had a revolution +200 years ago)

    01/08/2013 11:05:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people...
  • MN Freepers - 2A Meetup

    01/08/2013 11:01:54 AM PST · by Solson · 13 replies
    Minnesota2a.com ^ | 1/6/2013 | Twin Cities Gun Owners
    New! Join us for 2nd Saturday 2A Coffee & Chat! Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m. (metro location, see info below) A great chance to meet other like-minded people in a casual setting once per month. We meet up on the second Saturday of each month at a Twin Cities metro area coffee shop, restaurant or gathering spot. Open carry is welcomed, but not required**. This is NOT an "event" or "rally" or "protest." It's simply friends and new friends meeting for coffee. Period. LOCATION: (metro suburban location just minutes NE of DT Mpls) Given the current climate of discrimination...
  • Have We Lost the Drug Wars?

    01/08/2013 10:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 367 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs? Nobody took drugs -- nobody you knew, nobody but jazz musicians and funny foreign folk. Then, after a while, it came to seem that everybody did. Drugs became a new front in the war on an old social culture that was taking hard licks aplenty in those days. I still don't understand why people take drugs. Can't they just pour themselves a nice shot of bourbon? On the other hand, as Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy argue, in a lucid piece...
  • Obama picks up a fight over his national security team

    01/08/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - Assembling his second term national security team, US President Barack Obama courted controversy as he named former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon and his counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. "My No.1 criteria in making these decisions was simple --who is going to do the best job in securing America," Obama said Monday nominating Hagel, seen as a maverick politician, to replace Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary and Brennan, a key architect of America's drone strategy, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. In making the two controversial picks, especially that of Hagel, Obama...
  • Obama EPA Regulations Kill 15 Power Plants, 480 Jobs In Georgia

    01/08/2013 10:54:35 AM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2013 | 10:20 am | Beltway Confidential
    Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shut down 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants too expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too...
  • Who belongs to Snoqualmie Tribe? 'This is a mess'

    01/08/2013 10:49:43 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 06 Jan 2013 | Lynda V. Mapes
    A look at original documents at the National Archives alerts a researcher that records of family lineage used to claim enrollment at the Snoqualmie Tribe are unreliable. He traveled with a notebook in his pocket, on an urgent mission. All over Western Washington, for two years beginning in late 1916, Indian agent Charles Roblin sought out homeless, landless Indians, left behind and hiding out during the treaty-making era, who had never received the benefits promised in return for the loss of their land: a school for their children, tools for farming, money. On sandbars in the rivers in northern Puget...
  • Soon to be first time gun owner (newbie questions)

    01/08/2013 10:49:42 AM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 111 replies
    Wife and I are looking into buying a gun for the sole purpose of self defense/home safety. Neither of us has owned a gun nor know anything about guns. Silly question but do gun shops usually have ranges to rent/test guns? Also, any recommendations for guns for home safety? Thanks
  • Crowd Laughs as Chicago Teachers Union President Talks about Killing the Rich

    01/08/2013 10:45:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The Chicago Teachers Union is not just about looking out for its members’ interests. The union wants to fundamentally change America, too. That shift occurred when the radical Karen Lewis was elected as its president two years ago. She’s best known for mocking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s lisp and for taking on - and defeating - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the district’s first teachers’ strike in a generation. CTU leaders have been on a victory lap of sorts since the September strike, with union activists seeing themselves as protectors of union power during a time of membership...
  • Montanans will not obey any new federal gun restrictions

    01/08/2013 10:45:12 AM PST · by Red Steel · 85 replies
    HungaryHorseNews ^ | Sunday, January 6, 2013 10:35 am | Gary Marbut
    Editor’s note: The following was sent to Montana’s congressional delegation on behalf of the Montana Shooting Sports Association. Because there is much discussion among gun owners of Montana about proposals by Sen. Diane Feinstein and others for Congress to enact various types of gun control, I though you would appreciate knowing what I hear from Montanans about this. I speak to you as a person intimately familiar with firearms, with public policy about firearms, as a person accepted in state and federal courts as an expert on firearms, firearms safety and use of force, and as the president of the...
  • Time to Give Up or Time to Fight On?

    01/08/2013 10:39:25 AM PST · by Shery · 7 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | December 2012 | Dr. Larry Arnn
    An Interview with Dr. Larry P. Arnn Larry P. Arnn, the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is the...
  • White House inactive on attack dangers ('The threat is on nobody's radar screen')

    01/08/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The United States now is facing two serious national security challenges, but they aren’t expected to be addressed effectively because of the serious budgetary headaches Congress has created, and a virtually deadlocked legislature on just about every issue pending, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. And the White House apparently isn’t paying attention. The first is the growing concern of the impact that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event – either natural or manmade – could have on the national grid system, on which the Department of Defense has a 99 percent dependency. The other concern...
  • "Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States,"

    01/08/2013 10:36:28 AM PST · by Child-In-Time · 4 replies
    "Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States," Volume II, Chapter XIII: Mode of Passing La | Justice Joseph Story
    "Nay, it [this constitution of government] must perish, if there be not that vital spirit in the people, which alone can nourish, sustain, and direct all its movements. It is in vain, that statesmen shall form plans of government, in which the beauty and harmony of a republic shall be embodied in visible order, shall be built up on solid substructions, and adorned by every useful ornament, if the inhabitants suffer the silent power of time to dilapidate its walls, or crumble its massy supporters into dust; if the assaults from without are never resisted, and the rottenness and mining...
  • Coca-Cola 'the real deal' for gastrointestinal clogs

    01/08/2013 10:34:57 AM PST · by fso301 · 64 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/07/2013 | Judy Siegel--Itzkovich
    When cars had metallic bumpers, sodas were used to polish them, and popular acidic soft drinks has also been known to be a good toilet-bowl cleaner. Now, Greek gastroentrologists headed by Dr. Spiros Ladas at Athens University Medical School and Laikon Hospital have published a study proving that drinking Coca-Cola (the brand name provided in the article) can open up clogs in people with overly convoluted gastrointestinal systems caused by the ingestion of digested fruits and vegetables. They published their findings on Monday in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
  • Ted Cruz Takes Stand Against Gun Control and Hagel in "No Compromise" Strategy

    01/08/2013 10:30:29 AM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    Fox Latino ^ | January 07, 2013
    Watch full video interview above. Freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz is the newest Texan in the Senate and so far he has not been shy to criticize Washington. In a 12-minute interview on Fox News Sunday, Cruz said he does not believe in compromise in D.C. He also said he will not support the confirmation of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, and is adamantly against current gun control proposals and the fiscal cliff deal, which he called a "lousy deal." During a time in which the Republican Party seems to be in search of a new identity,...
  • Social Security deduction for 1st check of 2013 (Vanity)

    01/08/2013 10:20:40 AM PST · by crosshairs · 31 replies
    I was wondering why my paycheck was so much less for the first check of the new year and started looking at the deductions and saw that the amount taken out for Social Security tax went up 50%. WTH! I guess we have to fund all the lazy bastards who have gone on SSDI in the last year.
  • Hillary Clinton diagnosed with brain cancer [from National Enquirer]

    01/08/2013 10:20:19 AM PST · by BreakingWorldNewsToday · 53 replies
    YourJewishNews.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Shifra Unger
    After the fall and concussion of Hillary Clinton, rumors are circulating that she was diagnosed with brain cancer, according to press reports. Government officials however, have vehemently denied claims that Hillary Clinton is undergoing exhaustive testing for brain cancer. The National Enquirer reported that the secretary of state is suffering from the debilitating disease which was behind the recent collapse of Clinton and that she is facing a battery of medical tests to confirm the diagnosis. read more here
  • Liz Warren won’t beat drum ... After touting her heritage

    01/08/2013 10:19:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 8, 2013 | Hillary Chalbot
    Despite repeated claims she is “proud” of her Cherokee heritage, newly minted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is keeping that pride under wraps and won’t be taking advantage of a chance to officially list herself as the Bay State’s first Native American U.S. senator. Aides said Warren, who describes herself as part Cherokee and part Delaware Indian, won’t contact historians at the Senate Historical Office to tell them she’s Native American. The office lists minority senators in its official directory. Warren’s aides refused further comment, but Betty Koed, an associate historian at the Senate Historical Office, said, “If her office...
  • The siege of Baghdad and China's rise

    01/08/2013 10:18:02 AM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | 07 Jan 2013 | Spengler
    American leaders bring to mind the last Abbasid Caliph, who made no preparations for the approach of the Mongols in 1258. What, asked al-Musta'sim Billah, could Mongol arrows do to the walls of Baghdad? When the Mongol commander Hulagu Khan arrived on January 29, though, he had with him 1,000 Chinese bombardiers, as well as Persian, Turkish and Georgian auxiliaries. Historians disagree as to whether the Mongols used cannon or counterweighted catapults, but in any case the bombardment breached the city's walls within three weeks, and they proceeded to slaughter between 200,000 and a million of its inhabitants. There are...
  • Congress more popular than Kardashians, Lohan, gonorrhea

    01/08/2013 10:15:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Congress more popular than Kardashians, Lohan, gonorrhea By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News White House Correspondent Good news, Congress! You’re more popular than telemarketers, the deadly ebola virus, gonorrhea, the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, communism, disgraced Democratic former Sen. John Edwards, playground bullies and meth labs. Bad news, Congress! Americans still have a higher opinion of head lice, colonoscopies, cockroaches, Nickelback, the NFL replacement refs, and Donald Trump. Those are the findings of the latest they-have-way-too-much-fun-over-there survey by Public Policy Polling, which found that the legislative branch’s approval rating is mired at 9 percent. A whopping 85 percent of respondents said they...
  • Media Matters for America funder Bill Benter emerges as financial sponsor of pro-Hagel ads

    01/08/2013 10:12:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/13 | Vince Coglianese
    One of the funders behind an ad campaign promoting Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon is also a major donor to the liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America. Hagel, who President Barack Obama tapped Monday as his nominee to head the Defense Department, is already under fire from critics who say he “has sought to distance the United States from Israel” during his career. According to a Foreign Policy magazine report Monday night, a substantial ad campaign aimed at swatting such attacks on Hagel is already underway, and gambling magnate Bill Benter
  • Planned Parenthood received $542.4 million in government grants and reimbursements

    01/08/2013 10:07:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/13 | Caroline May
    Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report for 2011-2012, released Monday, reveals that the abortion and women’s health provider received $542.4 million from taxpayers in government grants and reimbursements — constituting 45 percent of the organization’s revenue. Abortions constituted 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provided from October 2010 to September 2011. According to the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, the 333,964 abortions the organization performed in that timeframe represented a record high for Planned Parenthood. The group noted that from 2009 through 2011, Planned Parenthood performed 995,687 abortions.
  • No Spending Problem - Say What?

    01/08/2013 10:05:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Charles Payne
    It's a quiet morning as the Street grapples with all the Sunday talk show stuff, yet another shot across the bow from President Obama on the notion of government cutting spending. Toss in comments from Nancy Pelosi on the fact $600.0 billion in taxes isn't enough, and somehow democrats will extract more from the pockets of Americans. Therein is the real story; this government's voracious appetite for spending means it must go after people that are decidedly middle income. The way it will work is there will be an attack on taking away tax breaks for oil companies, breaks awarded...
  • County Prevailing Wage Law Could Add Millions To Taxpayer Costs

    01/08/2013 10:02:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Muskegon County wants to build a new jail, and the county's prevailing wage law means local taxpayers could be on the hook for an extra $2 million for the project. Prevailing wage laws mandate that union-scale wages be paid on construction work funded by taxpayer dollars, regardless of the winning bidder. Local governments can do nothing about federal prevailing wage laws, which apply if federal dollars are used for a project. However, local governments only have to pay the prevailing wage on local projects if they have a local ordinance that requires it. Most of Michigan's 83 counties do not...
  • Educators rebut Rhee’s tough grading

    01/08/2013 10:01:09 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 January 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    Photo by: Alan Diaz "Our educators, our kids and our families are forced to operate in a ridiculous bureaucracy," Michelle Rhee, here in 2011, said Monday after StudentsFirst released a report card on education policies. (Associated Press) One of American education’s leading provocateurs still knows how to set off a firestorm. Former D.C. public schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee on Monday unveiled her first “report card” grading education policies in every state. Its conclusion is that, with a handful of exceptions, they all stink. Teachers’ unions and other defenders of American public schools excoriated Ms. Rhee and her advocacy group,...
  • No Smoking allowed on Ole Miss campus

    01/08/2013 9:56:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    My FOX Memphis ^ | January 7, 2013 | Tom Dees
    OXFORD, Miss. (FOX13) - If you are looking for a place to smoke on the Ole Miss campus, good luck with that. The new "No Smoking" policy has it covered and is being strictly enforced. Basically the policy reads you can't smoke anywhere on the Ole Miss campus. That includes the interior of all University buildings. As for the property or the grounds, you can't smoke on the sidewalks, parking lots, recreational areas, partially enclosed or open areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, porches, gazebos, tents and bus shelters. As for University vehicles, you can't smoke in them, you can't...
  • PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT

    01/08/2013 9:54:43 AM PST · by flyover · 78 replies
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    PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your sisters, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start...
  • What are your kids smoking?

    01/08/2013 9:53:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 7, 2013 | Marla Jo Fisher
    If your kid has developed a sudden interest in your kitchen pantry, don't start looking up culinary schools just yet. He might not become the next Emeril Lagasse. Not unless Emeril is smoking apples these days... Have you overheard your kid asking someone on the phone if they've got spice? Sorry, dad. He's not making you a nice Thai curry. He's shopping for synthetic marijuana...
  • Conspiracy theory professor says Sandy Hook shooting may not have happened

    01/08/2013 9:51:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/8/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Outrageous claims made by a professor who specializes in conspiracy theories are set to provoke grieving family by saying that the Sandy Hook massacre may not have happened at all. James Tracy, a tenured history professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote a lengthy post on his personal blog saying that the shooting that left 20 children and six teachers dead may not have happened the way that it is widely believed, if it happened at all. Backed solely by the erroneous early reports filed during the midst of the horrendous incident, Mr Tracy 's claim is preying on the confusion...
  • Democrat Leaders: We Aren’t Done Taxing Americans

    01/08/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Signalman · 3 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 1/7/2013 | Tim Brown
    After the fiscal cliff deal was done, imposing higher taxes this year on all those making $40,000 per year or more, three different Democrats took to three different Sunday shows to push for more taxation on the American people. First up was Democrat House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). She appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation and Bob Schieffer asked her if the “revenue side” of the fiscal cliff is complete. For Democrats, revenue means taxes. “No, no, it is not,” Pelosi replied. “I mean, the president had said originally he wanted $1.6 trillion in revenue. He took it down...
  • America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society

    01/08/2013 9:46:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 7, 2013 | American Cream
    If someone were to ask you for an example of a “totalitarian society”, how would you respond?  Most Americans would probably think of horribly repressive regimes such as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany or North Korea, but the truth is that there is one society that has far more rules and regulations than any of those societies ever dreamed of having. In the United States today, our lives are governed by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives, and more laws, rules and regulations are constantly being...
  • Iowa Lawmaker: Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons, Then 'Start Taking Them' From Gun Owners if Needed

    01/08/2013 9:43:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/8/13 | Erica Ritz
    A Democratic legislator in Iowa is startling citizens with his most recent proposal: ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons, and confiscate them from existing gun owners if need be. Here is an excerpt from Iowa’s Daily Times Herald, which conducted the interview with State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer: In an interview, a fiery Muhlbauer said it is time to act with “radical changes” on gun laws and other issues to protect schoolchildren from shooting sprees like the one last week in Newtown, Conn. “We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the...
  • Brattleboro, VT, votes to ban "assault weapons"

    01/08/2013 9:38:47 AM PST · by pabianice · 13 replies
    New England Cable News (no link) | 1/8/13
    Last night the Brattleboro City Council voted to ban whatever it labels as an "assault weapon." Film of the meeting shows a lively exchange between outraged citizens and the toffy noses on the council. This despite there being no laws regarding firearms ownership or licensing in the State of Vermont. "Constitution of the State of Vermont: Article 16th. Right to bear arms; standing armies; military power subordinate to civil "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State - and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they...
  • The appeal of RINO hypocrites from Party headquarters--irresistible!

    01/08/2013 9:37:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/8/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The hypocrites in the Republican Party of Florida are rolling out the snail mail appeals again “to get everyone back on board.” I sat for a week at the Congressman Allen West debacle in November to watch disappointed Bill Paterson, Chairman of the Republican Executive Committee in St. Lucie County, keep checking his phone calls and Emails. Are they coming? Are they on the way yet? As he said “no” over and over throughout the long sad week, I saw him shrinking from lack of support from the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) and the attorneys supposedly on their way...
  • Chuck Hagel is Weak on Jihad and Terrorism

    01/08/2013 9:35:54 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 8 Jan 13 | Christopher Holton
    President Obama has selected one of the worst possible candidates imaginable to become Secretary of Defense. Chuck Hagel has a history of being weak on Jihad and terrorism, the greatest threat to American lives and national security today. Hagel’s nomination should become a “teaching moment.” Just because someone served honorably in the uniform of the United States military or has an “R” instead of a “D” after his name, does not automatically mean that the person is strong on national security policy. Chuck Hagel is as bad on the threat of Jihadist terrorism as anyone in America. Not only has...
  • Hey Obots: How Do You Like Obama's Higher Taxes on The Middle Class???

    01/08/2013 9:33:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-8-2013 | MOTUS
    Ouch! Nothing hurts quite as much as kicking yourself in the shin. It looks like low information voters across America are waking up from the personality party they’ve been at for the past few years to discover that not only do their shiny Obama-bucks not go as far as they use to, butt now they’re taking fewer of those bucks home. Man, who could have seen that coming? I mean, shoot(am I still allowed to say that?), read Big Guy’s lips. He promised, remember?(snip)READ MY LIPS: NO MORE TAXES! And yet people across the country – not just wealthy Republicans –...