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  • Google's Eric Schmidt warns on China's attempts to control the internet

    03/21/2013 12:45:42 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3-21-2013 | Josh Halliday and Lisa O'Carroll
    Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has described China as "the most egregious" example of a nation attempting to control the internet, as he hinted at expanding the company's multimillion-pound transition fund towards British publishers to boost revenues from digital. In an interview with the Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger at the Big Tent Activate Summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Schmidt spoke of his concern about reports from the New York Times last month that its computers had been invaded by Chinese hackers. "As the internet has emerged in many of these different countries, there's quite a few...
  • Small Businesses Pursue Health Law ‘Loophole’

    03/21/2013 12:40:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 15, 2013 | By Jay Hancock
    NorthBay Adventure is the kind of small business that could be expected to buy medical insurance for workers under sweeping health-act rules taking effect in 2014. But executive director George Comfort says that’s not likely to happen. Instead, NorthBay became self-insured last year, paying most of its workers’ health costs directly, a practice more typical of large employers. The decision to self-insure was about free choice, savings and what’s best for his company, Comfort says. But others see it as a threat to the Affordable Care Act. As more small employers like NorthBay avoid the health act’s requirements through self-coverage,...
  • Gay relationships come & go, but children are forever.

    03/21/2013 12:38:19 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    03.21.2013 | BuckeyeTexan
    "I knew it was going to happen this way because boyfriends and husbands may come and go, but kids are forever. I didn't want to keep waiting." Hilton told the LA Times that he had always known he would have a child by age 35 and that he would do so alone.
  • Federal Government To Enforce 'Obamacare' Regulation In Oklahoma

    03/21/2013 12:23:34 PM PDT · by Fred · 82 replies ^ | 032113 | Jeff Raymond
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The federal government has informed Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak that it intends to take over swaths of insurance regulation in the state to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act – commonly known as “Obamacare.” The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is notifying insurers in Oklahoma that it will handle enforcement of the ACA. In a March 15 letter to Doak, the agency notified the Insurance Department of its responsibility to enforce the ACA in Oklahoma because the state has declined to do so. Should Oklahoma enact“market reform requirements,” according to the letter, the...
  • Business's forcing w-9 form compliance, outside of law

    03/21/2013 12:22:52 PM PDT · by George from New England · 35 replies
    March 21, 2013 | self
    I am finding businesses demanding I fill out the i.r.s. w-9 form for small jobs where the total payment is under $600. This is subcontractor type work reportable with 1099-misc form at year's end, only if the amount exceeds $600. I am being told that failure to comply could result in an i.r.s. fine of $50. Web research suggests that business have the option to require w-9 compliance From that site: "The IRS requires that you obtain a W-9 from every vendor from whom you purchase $600 in labor and services or $5,000 in direct sales, but you can...
  • Arid-Headed Water War Breaks Out Between L.A. and PHX

    03/21/2013 12:21:43 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The word arid has two meanings: insufficient rainfall to grow trees or dull and boring. The second meaning seems to characterize the level of intelligence that’s on display in the recent media water war that has broken out between the major newspapers in Los Angeles and Phoenix. This e-water war was provoked by William deBuys’ op-ed article in the March 14 Los Angeles Times, “Phoenix’s Too Hot Future.” The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper retorted on March 15 with an editorial, “Los Angeles More of a Water Vacuum than Phoenix.” DeBuys is the author of the book: “A Great Aridness: Climate...
  • 7 Shot At Club During Rapper's Album Release Party Source

    03/21/2013 12:21:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies ^ | Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 | Lauren Petty
    Seven people were injured in an overnight shooting at a record release party at a nightclub in Chicago's South Side Gresham neighborhood. Police said three men opened fire inside Mr. G's Supperclub on the 1500 block of West 87th Street around 1:15 a.m. A fight had started at the release party for a local rapper, police said, and three men pulled out handguns and fired into the crowd.A 19-year-old woman was struck and taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Six men, mostly in their 20s, were also wounded. Only one was transported by ambulance.
  • Prosecutors dispute that friends of Jordan Davis fled after shooting

    03/21/2013 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Larry Hannan
    Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny bail to the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis and are disputing that the three other teenagers with the victim left the scene and could have discarded a weapon. They fled only a few hundred feet and for less than two minutes, according to an affidavit. Wednesday the State Attorney’s Office released its motion to deny bail to Michael David Dunn, 46, who has been in jail since shortly after the November shooting outside a Jacksonville convenience store. A three-page affidavit from the lead detective in the case says the teenagers...
  • Rangel Fibs: Democrat Claims "Millions" Of Kids Being "Shot Down By Assault Weapons"

    03/21/2013 12:17:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fox Nation
    During an appearance on MSNBC this morning, Congressman Charlie Rangel was asked what he thought about the assault weapons ban being dropped from Senate bill. Rangel blamed the defeat on politics and money and then made the extraordinary claim that "millions of kids" are dying because they are "being shot down by assault weapons."
  • House passes Ryan budget with big spending cuts, transformed Medicare

    03/21/2013 12:12:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies | Times-Picayune ^ | March 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM | Bruce Alpert,
    The House Thursday approved by a party-line vote a Republican spending plan for 2014 that would balance the U.S. budget in 10 years with substantial cuts in spending and a new Medicare plan for Americans younger than 55. It passed 221-207 and puts the GOP once again solidly on the side of reduced federal funding and more tax cuts. Democrats said it would devastate programs important to the middle class and poor, while providing huge tax benefits to the wealthy. The GOP budget would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent, through the closing of loopholes and other...
  • Arne Duncan wants to fine basketball coaches whose players don't graduate

    03/21/2013 12:11:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan is calling for the imposition of financial penalties on college basketball and football coaches whose players don't graduate. Duncan argues in a USA Today op-ed that too many coaches get bonuses for athletic performance that far outpace the bonuses for academic achievement. "If universities and colleges want to readjust a coach's priorities, they need to change the penalties and incentives they offer coaches," he and co-author Tom McMillen write. "...Poor academic performance means the team or the individual player — not the coach — gets punished. But no coach should receive financial bonuses when much of...
  • Philip Klein: Iraq War made Obamacare possible

    03/21/2013 12:04:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 20, 2013 | Philip Klein
    This week brought two milestones: It has been 10 years since the United States invaded Iraq, and three years since President Obama's health care legislation became law. It's fitting that the two events coincided, because it was the Iraq War that made the passage of Obamacare possible. Ten years later, many supporters of the Iraq War spent this week either apologizing for or justifying their backing of the war. Personally, I supported the war at the time and the subsequent "surge" strategy, but in hindsight, given the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it's hard to see how...
  • Biden: Gabby Giffords 'Was Shot and Mortally Wounded'(video at link)

    03/21/2013 12:04:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 81 replies
    Vice President Joe Biden incorrectly stated early today that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been "shot and mortally wounded":
  • Bloomberg To Spearhead A Ban On What He Thinks Are The Most Dangerous Weapons Of All?

    03/21/2013 11:56:28 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-21-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Bloomberg is the ultimate officer of the fun police. I don't know what was done to him as a kid, but it's not hard to imagine he was the guy even the hall monitors hated...
  • Switzerland Sets Example for Income Equality (Will someone shrug?)

    03/21/2013 11:52:09 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 27 replies
    Isp News ^ | Thursday, March 21, 2013 | By Roberto Savio
    n this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, writes that in the context of economic crises, hunger and increasing inequality brought on by speculative finance, the growing wealth of the world’s billionaires is “obscene” and must be redistributed through peaceful and cooperative means. ROME, Mar 11 2013 (IPS) - For those who think that Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados in Spain, the World Social Forum and the numerous manifestations of protest worldwide are expressions without concrete outcomes, the result of the Swiss referendum on Mar. 3...
  • War on Easter? Schools, Cities Planning Another Round of ‘Spring Egg Hunts’

    03/21/2013 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    In our increasingly politically-correct society, Christmas isn’t the only holiday too hot to handle for school districts. Easter, another holiday rooted in Christian faith, is now being marginalized by governmental entities. School districts and cities across America are holding “Spring egg hunts” and similar events, frequently omitting the word “Easter” from calendars and public announcements. Consider these: • On March 16th, Flat Rock Elementary School in Anderson, South Carolina is holding a “Community Egg Hunt.” • West Shore School District will be holding its “PTO Egg Hunt” on March 16th. • New York’s East Meadow Schools will be holding its...
  • Gaza rockets hit Israeli town during Obama visit

    03/21/2013 11:46:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:14pm EDT | Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem
    Two rockets fired from the Islamist-run Gaza Strip hit a southern Israeli border town on Thursday, drawing condemnation from visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. A group with links to al Qaeda, called Magles Shoura al-Muhahddin, claimed responsibility for the strike on Sderot near the Gaza frontier which wounded no one but damaged the side of a building. In an online statement, the movement said it had launched the rockets during Obama’s visit to show their attacks could not be stopped by Israeli air defenses—a possible reference to Israel’s partially U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-missile battery. Obama, who was in Jerusalem about...
  • Quinnipiac University Poll: Clinton Tops Florida Favorite Sons In 2016 Race (Bush and Rubio)

    03/21/2013 11:45:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Quinnipiac University ^ | March 21, 2013 | Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over either of Florida's favorite sons, former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, in an early look at the 2016 presidential election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. By a 91 - 8 percent margin, consistent with margins found in other states surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, Florida voters support universal background checks for gun purchases. Voters in gun-owning households support universal background checks 88 - 11 percent. Mrs. Clinton, who shows the most strength of any potential 2016 aspirant in Quinnipiac University's national polls,...
  • Social Justice And Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

    03/21/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/20/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he is a man of few words.” I lived half of my life in Buenos Aires. Few things are more difficult there than finding leaders with his humble demeanor and his preference for teaching by example. Most in his native Argentina have been captured by a political and economic environment ruled by a government dominated “social justice” mentality. Hopefully, Pope Francis will also rise above his culture and help recover a different...
  • SocGen: Gold Is Going To Tank To $1,375 This Year

    03/21/2013 11:36:46 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-21-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    SocGen: Gold Is Going To Tank To $1,375 This Year Mamta BadkarMarch 21, 2013Over the last 20-years, gold has shown zero correlation with stocks and bonds, and had therefore become a favorite in terms of diversifying the portfolio, according to Societe Generale. But SocGen analysts Alain Bokobza and Roland Kaloyan think "The Gold Rush Is Over". Gold is well off it's 52-week high of $1,802. And the analysts expects gold to fall 15 percent from its spot price to $1,375 per ounce by year end. This is more bearish than the consensus view which is 30 percent above SocGen's, with...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Daydreams

    03/21/2013 11:35:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Apparently New York City's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg whiles away his last hours in the mayor's palace daydreaming. He has been mayor for almost three terms and though his mayorship may not have been as heroic or even as effective as that of Mayor Rudy Giuliani, it has at least kept the city up to Mayor Giuliani's standards of cleanliness, law and order, and an approximation of sense of financial rectitude. So if Bloomberg is no Rudy Giuliani, at least he has done OK up until now. Now his daydreams are taking on the air of delusion. He...
  • Americans Increasingly Stressed Over Retirement

    03/21/2013 11:30:59 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 30 replies
    Advisor One ^ | March 14, 2013 | John Sullivan
    Isn’t retirement supposed to be a time of reduced stress? A new survey from Franklin Templeton finds that nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans report thinking about retirement saving and investing to be a source of stress and anxiety. The survey, “2013 Franklin Templeton Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations,” also finds more than a third (37%) of respondents indicated they were more concerned about outliving their assets or having to make major sacrifices to their retirement plans today than 12 months ago. In response to this, two-thirds (67%) of pre-retirees indicated they were willing to make financial sacrifices now in order...
  • High School Athlete Dies After Flying Discus Hits Him In Hip

    03/21/2013 11:26:13 AM PDT · by libstripper · 32 replies
    CBA Houston ^ | Mar 20, 2013 | Associated Press staff
    HEREFORD, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday for a Panhandle high school freshman athlete who died nine days after a flying discus hit him in the hip.
  • Biden on assault weapons ban: "Think about Newtown"

    03/21/2013 11:25:43 AM PDT · by South40 · 86 replies ^ | 3/21/2013 | LUCY MADISON
    "Three months ago, a deranged man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary with a weapon of war," he said. "Let's get this straight. This is not about anybody's constitutional right to own a weapon. For all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons - for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that?... When you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them? And those six teachers and administrators?"
  • Squealing & Grunting - Saved at Last Second

    03/21/2013 11:24:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Charles Payne
    King Pyrrhus is one of my favorite historic figures. An orphan of sorts who lost his father and uncle to failed wars, Pyrrhus was raised outside the Greek city-state of Epirus where he was supposed to inherit rule. He became an amazing warrior and was eventually put back into power by Ptolemy with whom he became friends after being sent to his service in Egypt. His ambitions knew no bounds, and soon he was conquering other city-states on his way to briefly become king of Macedon. His adventures and work on behalf of Greek city-states took him to Italy where...
  • Eight things Catholics supposedly want Pope Francis to do, according to @DrSteveMcSwain

    03/21/2013 11:23:22 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 25 replies
    Brothers and sisters, Peace and Good to all of you. I’ve been detecting a trend in the mainstream media (MSM) following the election of Pope Francis and it is a trend that I dislike quite a bit. The trend consists of piling up unrealistic expectations upon the Pope and the desire of Catholics in general (usually, not the church-going Catholics) for the Pope to exercise a doctrinal line-veto and erase, in a few strokes, the Catholic understanding of God, of man, and of the Church itself in favor of postmodern dogmas held by our compassionate, and tolerant elites. Now, Dr....
  • Was Ryan's Budget Really a Losing Issue in 2012?

    03/21/2013 11:17:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 21, 2013 | Sean Trende
    Last week, Paul Ryan and House Republicans released their budget plan, which combined spending and tax cuts to reach a projected balanced budget by 2022. It was met with skepticism by pundits from the left and center, and even by some on the right. A common refrain was that the GOP hadn’t learned the lessons of 2012, and that it would probably take another losing cycle or two before the party wised up and moved to the middle. The problem is, in a reasonably close election like the last one, there are conflicting signals that make it nearly impossible to...
  • Rise Stevens, opera star of ‘Carmen’ who took her talents to radio and film, dies

    03/21/2013 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/21/13 | Emily Langer
    ise Stevens, an opera star who defined the role of Carmen for a generation and brought opera to millions of Americans through her performances on the radio and in films such as “Going My Way,” died March 20 at her home in New York City. She was 99. Her son, the actor Nicolas Surovy, confirmed her death and said he did not know the medical cause. Ms. Stevens pursued one purpose in life: bringing opera to anybody, anytime, anywhere. As The Washington Post once noted, more people heard Ms. Stevens sing Carmen’s “Habańera” in “Going My Way,” which co-starred Bing...
  • Eco-Imperialism Joins Vulture Environmentalism

    03/21/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Drissen
    Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. She’s also been implicated in the agency’s practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities. These issues highlight attitudes toward ethics, law and public policy that prevail at EPA and too many other government agencies. However, that attention should not distract from other important matters. Ms. McCarthy may be the worst of the...
  • Islamic Republic of Great Britain under President Charles Windsor?

    03/21/2013 11:04:24 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 17 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | Enza Ferreri
    The UK's Queen Elizabeth II has unfortunately been ill with gastroenteritis recently. Understandably this has started speculations, I hope premature, about what could happen in case of her death. I like her, and I wish her a very long life. Who will succeed the Queen is a very worrisome question. I dread to think of her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles as the King, not only because of his, shall we say, lack of grasp of reality (Oriana Fallaci, the Italian best-selling author who, with her book The Rage and the Pride (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) ,...
  • A Look at Left-Wing Social Science and Gun Research

    03/21/2013 11:03:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March, 21, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In a presumably futile effort to change their minds by learning how they think, I periodically try to figure out the left-wing mind. Why, for instance, do some people believe in Keynesian economics, when it is premised on the fanciful notion that you can increase “spending power” by taking money out of the economy’s left pocket and putting it in the economy’s right pocket?I actually think part of the problem is that folks on the left focus on how income is spent rather than how it’s earned, so I sometimes try to get them to understand that economic growth occurs...
  • Amazing Race episode set in Hanoi sparks outrage over use of B-52 as prop, communist song

    03/21/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT · by Doogle · 45 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 03/21/13 | FOX
    The popular CBS reality show "The Amazing Race” is under fire for featuring an episode set in Hanoi, Vietnam, where contestants go to a B-52 Memorial, which is the wreckage of an American bomber plane shot down during the Vietnam War, to find the next clue in their televised round-the-world journey. In the episode, the twisted metal of the downed plane is treated as any other prop, with a bright ‘Amazing Race’ ‘Double-U-Turn’ signed planted in front of it, signifying to contestants the next phase of their scavenger hunt. The show also had contestants learn a song that was performed...
  • Bosnia's Gavrilo Princip and Ireland's Patrick Pearse - Heroes or Terrorists?

    03/21/2013 10:54:38 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies ^ | March 19, 2013 | Carl Savich
    Aleksandra's Note: This increasingly timely analysis by historian Carl Savich was written in 2002, over a decade ago. At that time, it was being said that Gavrilo Princip "was all but forgotten." Now, as we near the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, Gavrilo Princip will be anything but forgotten, as his name will once again become prominent as we mark a huge historical milestone. He was and remains permanently "infamous" for a single act on a single day in a single moment in time. The question of who he was will not be the controversial issue....
  • Alicia Munnell: Ban Actively Managed Funds From 401(k)s, IRAs (Clinton's Asst. Treasury Secretary)

    03/21/2013 10:51:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Advisor One ^ | 03/21/2013 | BY JOHN SULLIVAN
    Why is it that every current wirehouse advisor says they’re completely open-architecture, while every former wirehouse advisor says they faced pressure to sell proprietary products?The New York Times ginned up controversy recently with its front-page story, “Selling the Home Brand: A Look Inside an Elite JPMorgan Unit,” which reinforced the view that wirehouses put themselves first and clients second. Now Alicia Munnell (left), director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, picks up the thread.The trouble started with The Times exposé, which detailed how advisors at JPMorgan Chase & Co. were supposedly pressured to sell the bank’s own...
  • Meet the NRA's Biggest Recruiter

    03/21/2013 10:48:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    If you want to know why Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban couldn't muster 40 votes -- that's according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who says he will cut the ban from the Democrats' gun bill -- attend a National Rifle Association event in Feinstein's backyard. Though critics like to paint the organization as an out-of-touch haven for angry old white guys, Sunday's NRA "Fun Shoot" at the San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range was anything but. I attended a safety and shooting lesson for 12. Half of the group was female -- and white, black and Asian....
  • Nvidia welds together ARM-Kepler ceepie-geepie system for the impatient

    03/21/2013 10:47:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th March 2013 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Development board for CPU-GPU hybrid apps, or nodes in a parallel cluster perhapsGTC 2013 Graphics chip maker Nvidia is also an ARM processor maker, and it wants hybrid ARM-GPU chips just as much as you want them. And in the meantime, if you just can't wait, the company is working with Italian electronics manufacturer Seco to kick out another ceepie-geepie card that can be used for software development or to build a parallel system if you want to play around. The Kayla machine is not just interesting in its own right as a software development platform, but perhaps for experimental...
  • Vulnerable senators face lose-lose scenario on assault weapon vote

    03/21/2013 10:44:49 AM PDT · by libstripper · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate’s upcoming vote on the assault weapons ban is going to put vulnerable Democrats in a difficult spot. Democrats facing tough reelection races will either attract the ire of the National Rifle Association or prominent gun control activists such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). A vote against the ban could spark primary challenges that could weaken Democrats in the general election.
  • Good news for GOP Senate hopes (Election 2014)

    03/21/2013 10:42:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/21/2013 | Philip Klein
    Despite all of the doom and gloom about the future of the Republican Party following the 2012 election, the reality is that Republicans actually have a chance of retaking the Senate in 2014. Those hopes improved on Wednesday as Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said that barring a serious illness or another catastrophe, she plans to run for reelection. In 2014, Democrats will be defending a total of 21 seats, including seven states Mitt Romney carried — Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. In contrast, Republicans will be defending 14 seats. All of those seats...
  • Key J.C. Penney execs live outside Texas, commute by plane

    03/21/2013 10:38:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 3/21/13 | Lance Murray
    While times have been tough in the past year for J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP), business apparently has been pretty brisk for pilots flying corporate executives who live long distances from the company's Plano headquarters. Bloomberg cited people familiar with Penney's operations in reporting that nine key executives, including CEO Ron Johnson and executive vice presidents Ben Fay and Laurie Miller, live in other states and must commute by plane from their homes in California to Texas for their work. Bloomberg said that Chief Creative Officer Michael Fisher and senior design and trends executive Nick Wooster fly from New...
  • Yoko Ono Tweets Pic Of John Lennon’s Bloody Glasses

    03/21/2013 10:37:57 AM PDT · by TSgt · 86 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | March 21, 2013 | Inquisitr
    Yoko Ono tweeted a photo of John Lennon’s bloody glasses this week. Why? Well, she was celebrating her 44th wedding anniversary to the late Beatles singer. Ono sat down to reflect about Lennon’s life and death this week and she came to the conclusion that there have been far too many gun deaths in the world in the 33 years since Lennon was assassinated. Ono wrote on Twitter: “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.” The singer / artist sent out several more messages about...
  • Hail Columbia! (Washington DC is one of America's fastest growing cities)

    03/21/2013 10:37:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 03/21/2013 | AARON M. RENN
    The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear. Over the past decade, the D.C. area has made stunning economic and demographic progress. Meanwhile, America’s current and former Second Cities, population-wise—Los Angeles and Chicago—are battered and fading in significance. Though Washington still isn’t their match in terms of population, it’s gaining on them in terms of economic power and national importance. In...
  • House passes Ryan budget

    03/21/2013 10:35:55 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/21/13 | Alan Silverleib
    Snip The measure is believed to have no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote was 221-207.
  • There Isn't A Liberal Protest Sign That Captures Their Hypocrisy & Ignorance Better Than This One...

    03/21/2013 10:30:47 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 18 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-21-13 | The Looking Spoon
    I've seen this photo on my Facebook news feed with no text, which is fine because thinking people know how idiotic this sign is.The problem is there's more of them than there are of us, so it's good to see it modified to educate. From Super Conservative.
  • JCPenney filing reveals a surprising 43,000 job cuts

    03/21/2013 10:24:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 87 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/21/13 | JAMES COVERT
    However you’re counting the numbers, they hurt. JCPenney revealed in a regulatory filing yesterday that it finished its fiscal year ended Feb. 2 with 116,000 employees — a whopping 43,000 less than a year earlier. That’s a slashing of 27 percent — even steeper than the company’s disastrous revenue decline of 24.8 percent for the same period. It’s also more than twice the figure of 19,000 job cuts that Chief Executive Ron Johnson testified to under oath earlier this month, when asked during the company’s trial with Macy’s and Martha Stewart how many Penney employees had lost their jobs on...
  • Prosecution Reconstructs Abortion Clinic in Court for Gosnell Murder Trial

    03/21/2013 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    A macabre drama is unfolding in a Philadelphia court room as testimony is now underway in one of the most horrific serial killer cases in U.S. history. On trial for eight counts of murder and a host of other criminal charges is late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of birthing viable late-term babies alive, then snipping their spinal cords with scissors amidst appallingly squalid conditions. Since Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart ruled that prosecutors could not take the jury to see the squalor that has been preserved at Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic, prosecutors have set up a replica of...
  • Cuomo Endangers Minority Women (NY State's radical monsterous, pro-abortion plan)

    03/21/2013 10:19:02 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Bill Donohue
    In his March 19th blog post from Rome, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made it clear that although he could not be with his brother bishops in Albany to address key public policy issues, he wanted everyone to know of his support for laws that promote a culture of life. Weighing heavily on him and the other bishops is the proposed abortion legislation by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. There was a time when it was the Republicans, not the Democrats, who were the champions of abortion rights. Until the late 1970s, it was the Rockefeller Republicans who were enthusiastic about the...
  • Military ‘family’ honors their own

    03/21/2013 10:18:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — They were soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and a member of the Merchant Marines. They ranged in age from 58 to 87. They were combat veterans or had served in peace time. Their commonality was they were homeless or indigent veterans. On Wednesday, the 20 honorably discharged veterans were laid to rest at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Although their end days may have been lonely, going to their final resting place wasn’t, as nearly 300 people were present when their cremains were placed in a number of columbarium niches.
  • New Report: 48 Percent of First Children Born to Unwed Mothers

    03/21/2013 10:16:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    CNS ^ | Penny Star
    ( – Calling it “The Great Crossover,” a report by academics and social activists shows that for the first time in history the median age of American women having babies is lower than the median age of marriage – 25.7 and 26.5, respectively. These “dramatic changes in childbearing,” the report states, results in dramatic statistics about American children. Among them, 48 percent of first births are by unwed mothers, and by age 30 two-thirds of American women have had a child, typically out of wedlock. Kay Hymowitz, an author of the report and a William E. Simon Fellow at the...
  • Facebook unfriends CISPA cybersecurity bill over 'privacy'

    03/21/2013 10:15:56 AM PDT · by zigzagzoom · 2 replies
    CNet ^ | 3/14/13 | Declan McCullagh
    Facebook no longer supports a controversial federal cybersecurity bill that would let U.S. companies share personal information with government agencies in ways currently prohibited by privacy laws. The social-networking company had previously applauded the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which was reintroduced last month. Facebook Vice President Joel Kaplan wrote a letter (PDF) last February to Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, "to commend you on your legislation," and Rogers sent out his own press release noting Facebook's "strong support" for the bill. But then groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the...
  • Grumpy Cat Recovery: Existing Home Sales Back To 1999 Levels, Consumer Confidence Falls

    03/21/2013 10:14:27 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The housing market news has been positive this week. Today, existing home sales added to the positive housing news by posting a modest gain in February of 0.81%. So, we are ALMOST back to 1999 levels of existing home sales. But looking more closely at the data, single family detached existing home sales fell -0.229% in February. Sales of existing condos and co-ops rose by a whopping 8.772%. The months supply of existing homes rose 9.3% in February while the median price rose 1.8%. On the consumer comfort front, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell to -33.9 from -31.6. Consumer...