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  • Russians drive over North Pole to Canada

    05/19/2013 6:53:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    unexplained-mysteries.com ^ | Saturday, 18 May, 2013
    In a world first, an exploration team has proved that it's possible to drive from Russia to Canada. To achieve this feat, the team from Russia used modified buses with huge tires to carry them across the frozen wastes. In a trip that took them over two-and-a-half months, the explorers traveled over 4,000km at an average of 10km per hour. The journey began at the Russian archipelago Severnaya Zemlya and ended at Resolute Bay in the Canadian far north.
  • Toomey is open to reviving background-check bill

    05/19/2013 6:52:57 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 41 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 5/17/2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hasn't given up on his bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, he said Thursday, signaling more willingness to return to the plan than he had publicly shown before. "If we could find a way to bring some more folks on board, then of course it would be worth bringing it up again," Toomey said in an interview. While he has largely returned his focus to the fiscal issues he has long been associated with, he said he still occasionally talked privately with fellow senators about the background-check bill that was defeated...
  • NYT's Peters 'Cleans Up' Jonathan Weisman's Original Report on Friday's IRS Scandal Hearing

    05/19/2013 6:52:13 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Clearly, the New York Times couldn't run with Jonathan Weisman's headline or opening sentence in the report he filed shortly after Friday's portion of Friday's testimony at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee in its Saturday print edition. And it didn't. The original headline at Weisman's story, as seen here (HT Ann Althouse via Instapundit), was "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says." His opening sentence: "The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for...
  • Jackson wins GOP nomination for lieutenant governor

    05/19/2013 6:45:42 AM PDT · by 103198 · 128 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 5/19/2013 | 103198
    E.W. Jackson, a minister and attorney from Chesapeake, pulled off a stunning upset last night, topping six rivals for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Jackson fended off a late charge by Pete Snyder, a Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur, capping an epic four-ballot battle at the Richmond Coliseum that lasted nearly 10 hours.
  • The Green Enemies of Humanity, Science and the Truth

    05/19/2013 6:41:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5/19/2013 | Alan Caruba
    Among the greatest liars on Earth today is the international organization called Friends of the Earth (FOE). It has engaged in the most scurrilous fear-mongering for decades, along with Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund, while all the time they pulled in billions in funding.
  • Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income

    05/19/2013 6:36:17 AM PDT · by mkmensinger · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-13
    "More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data."
  • Lottery officials confirm lone winning record Powerball ticket (590 Million Dollars !)

    05/19/2013 6:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/19/2013
    <p>It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.</p> <p>The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.</p>
  • What IRS Scandal?

    05/19/2013 6:28:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/19/2013 | Austin Hill
    “Is this still America?” Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) asked rhetorically last Friday, as he and other members of the House Ways and Means Committee questioned IRS officials about the agency’s “targeting” scandal. With all due respect to the Congressman, here’s a rhetorical answer: this is Obama’s America, and it is unlike anything we’ve known before. And here are, perhaps, a couple of more pertinent questions that we should all be asking right now: do sufficient numbers of Americans actually see how our country has been transformed over the past four years or so, and do sufficient numbers of us care...
  • Veteran lawyers: No clear-cut abuse by DOJ

    05/19/2013 6:27:50 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-18-2013 | James HohMann
    ... But veteran prosecutors have a far more measured response: It’s complicated. These lawyers recognize the threats to a free press but say the dangers of national security leaks — and the difficulties in finding the leakers — sometimes force the government’s hand. The actions of the Obama administration were unusual and deserve careful scrutiny, they say, but do not automatically equal a clear-cut abuse of power. “I don’t think it’s a scandal,” said John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel who served jail time for his role in the Watergate cover-up. “It’s certainly not Nixonian.” (snip) Former Attorney General...
  • Oxford sex abuse victim: 'At first they treat you like a princess'

    05/19/2013 6:26:56 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 14 May 2013 16.00 EDT | Amelia Hill
    One of the victims who gave evidence in court against the Oxford child sexual exploitation ring has told the Guardian how she was groomed, raped and trafficked while in the care of Oxfordshire county council. Girl C's abuse began just after her 13th birthday. By the age of 14, the gang had got her addicted to hard drugs and was regularly trafficking the teenager across the country to be raped by strangers. By 16, Girl C was pregnant, not by one of the convicted men. She finally managed to escape only after her son was born, when the gang threatened...
  • The End of Competition

    05/19/2013 6:26:46 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, May 18, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, May 18, 2013 The End of Competition Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 0 Comments The American Dream does not actually require a red, white and blue flag or a dream. What it requires is a willingness to accept messiness. Messiness is another word for chaos. And no one likes chaos. Chaos means that in the richest country in the world some people will be illiterate, others will be homeless and some will accidentally set themselves on fire because the fireworks don't come with enough safety warnings. Those aren't good things. They're not things that governments...
  • Netanyahu: Israel Acting to Deny Hizbullah Syrian Arms

    05/19/2013 6:25:15 AM PDT · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/19/2013 | Arutz Sheva staff
    Israel is acting to prevent Syrian weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hizbullah and will continue to do so, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, AFP reports. His remarks came two weeks after air strikes near Damascus that were widely attributed to Israel, which a senior Israeli source said were aimed at preventing the transfer of sophisticated Iranian arms to Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shiite ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Netanyahu said the Middle East was going through its most sensitive period for decades, with the conflict in Syria at the center of the turmoil. "We are closely following developments and...
  • Mayor Bloomberg: Skip College and Become Plumbers

    05/19/2013 6:23:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/18/2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    At an event on Friday the Mayor of New York City put his foot in his mouth…again. Michael Bloomberg attempted to give mediocre high school students some advice: skip college and become plumbers. He said students who were not above average should learn how to be plumbers instead of reaching for a career that would involve going to a prestigious college and obtaining a degree. The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren’t rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class. Compare a plumber to going to Harvard...
  • Imus, John Batchelor returning to Boston area radio

    05/19/2013 6:14:15 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Radio Watch ^ | 5/18/13 | Mark Schnyder
    The I-Man returneth. Iconic radio and TV talk-show star Don Imus, 72, will be back on the air in Boston area on WBNW 1120, beginning Monday May 20. As part of an affiliation agreement signed last week with Cumulus Media Networks which nationally syndicates Imus, WBNW 1120 will air his show from 6am to 8am. Imus has been off Boston airwaves for more than 2 years now.(BRW 1/11/2011). In addition to Imus, WBNW 1120 will be airing another Cumulus' product - The John Batchelor show will be heard from 9pm to 1am. As you may recall, Batchelor aired on now-defunct...
  • The cavalry still rides . [Fort Huachuca's B Troop honors those who went before]

    05/19/2013 6:11:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    The days of the old horse cavalry of the U.S. Army are generally now only seen in movies. But on Fort Huachuca those days of the late 1800s are still alive through the all-volunteer B Troop, 4th Cavalry Regiment (Memorial), honoring a unit which served on the post at various times from 1884 to 1912. Unlike the days of old when the unit protected settlers when America’s westward expansion was at its highest a few years after the end of the Civil War, today’s mission of the small unit is to honor and remember those B Troopers — and by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earth's Richat Structure

    05/19/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    NASA ^ | May 19, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What on Earth is that? The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is easily visible from space because it is nearly 50 kilometers across. Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure's flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise. The possibility that the Richat Structure was formed by a volcanic eruption also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock. Rather, the layered sedimentary rock of the Richat structure is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. The above image...
  • City bra ban doesn't hold up

    05/19/2013 5:53:57 AM PDT · by tje · 52 replies
    Journel Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2013 | Jim Stingl
    Stripped of the bras that decorated the tavern's ceiling for nearly half a century, the Holler House looked mighty naked. But on Thursday, justice was restored to the universe. A ridiculous city order to ban the bras as a fire hazard was rescinded. "Oh my goodness, we won," cried Marcy Skowronski, the always colorful 87-year-old owner of the south side bar. "We're going to have a party to throw the bras back up."
  • Gun Rights Speaker Forcefully Ejected from NJ Public Hearing (VIDEO)

    05/19/2013 5:52:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 5/17/2013 | Chris Mandia
    Tensions were high as both sides of the gun control aisle spoke during a Senate Law and Public Safety Committee held earlier this month in Trenton, NJ. As the hearing progressed, gun-rights supporters grew frustrated at the legislators move to amp measures that would only pertain to law-abiding gun owners and not the criminals they aimed to stop. In a particularly heated exchanged, 2nd Amendment advocate James Kaleda, 36, was asked to keep his comments relative to bills being heard. “I am on the bill. And I will be heard,” Kaleda said. But Committee Chairman Donald Norcross (D-Camden) called Kaleda...
  • Michelle Obama ditches her bangs

    05/19/2013 5:50:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 71 replies
    Michelle Obama ditches her bangs By Emily Goodin - 05/17/13 12:23 PM ET Michelle Obama's much-talked-about bangs are gone. The first lady debuted a new 'do on Friday during her commencement address at Bowie State University. Her bangs, which she called her midlife crisis, were grown out and parted to the side with her hair slightly longer, touching her shoulders. No word on whether that means the crisis is over. However, in April, she told "Entertainment Tonight" that her bangs were getting "irritating." "The bangs are a day-by-day proposition. They're starting to grow out, getting a little irritating," she said....
  • U.S. TROOPS CLOSING PINCERS ON ATTU; LIBERATORS BOMB FOE ON WAKE ISLAND (5/19/43)

    05/19/2013 5:48:20 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/19/43 | Sidney Shalett, Robert Trumbull, Raymond Daniell, Daniel T. Brigham, Hanson W. Baldwin, Arthur Krock
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  • Confusion and Staff Troubles Rife at I.R.S. Office in Ohio

    05/19/2013 5:41:58 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI and MICHAEL LUO
    During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager. A growing number of organizations identifying themselves as part of the Tea Party had begun applying for tax exemptions, the manager said, advising the workers to be on the lookout for them and other groups planning to get involved in elections. “I don’t believe there’s any such thing as rogue agents,” said Bonnie Esrig, a former senior manager in the I.R.S. office in Cincinnati. The specialists, hunched over laptops on...
  • Biden now blamed in SEAL Team 6 deaths

    05/19/2013 5:40:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    WND ^ | 5/19/2013
    The families of three fallen Navy SEAL Team Six members say President Obama and Vice President Biden are culpable for the deaths of their sons for publicly identifying the unit that killed Osama bin Laden and pursuing policies that coddle Muslims and put our own troops at a tactical disadvantage. SEAL Team Six carried out the daring raid in Pakistan in early May 2011. Three months later, three members of the unit were among 38 killed in a Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Twenty-five of the dead were special operations forces. Larry Klayman is founder of Freedom Watch, a WND...
  • Breathing Emission Particles Turns HDL Cholesterol From 'Good' To 'Bad'

    05/19/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | May 18, 2013
    Breathing Emission Particles Turns HDL Cholesterol From 'Good' To 'Bad' Article Date: 18 May 2013 Academic researchers have found that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, altering its cardiovascular protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries. In addition to changing HDL from "good" to "bad," the inhalation of emissions activates other components of oxidation, the early cell and tissue damage that causes inflammation, leading to hardening of the arteries, according to the research team, which included scientists from UCLA and other institutions. The findings of this early study, done in mice,...
  • Are you safer owning a gun for home protection? (barf alert)

    05/19/2013 5:30:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 35 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 19 may 2013 | James E. Causey
    New York — Nearly 10 years ago, my mother was robbed in front of our home after getting off her second-shift job. The hooded mugger stole my mother's purse by knocking her down and wrestling her purse from her shoulder. She injured her wrist and suffered a few scrapes and bruises. The attack shook her up. I was inside watching television with my father when the incident occurred. We didn't hear or see a thing, but that didn't stop us from driving around the neighborhood looking for anyone suspicious. A week after the incident, I legally purchased my first gun....
  • Governor Fallin's Misleading Tax Cut

    05/19/2013 5:25:25 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 6 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 05/19/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    I don't agree with much at all of what the Oklahoma Policy Institute puts out, but their information about the recent tax cut legislation passed by the Oklahoma legislature and signed into law by Governor Fallin is right on the money. Opinions about policy can vary, but numbers don't lie. I've looked at the new tax rates in House Bill 2032 and I've run the numbers against the tax rates in this year's form 511 - the Oklahoma individual income tax form. What the numbers tell me is that the things being said by Governor Fallin, Speak of the House...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (5/19/13)[Prayer]

    05/19/2013 5:13:38 AM PDT · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/19/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Psalm 60 For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lily of the Covenant." A miktam of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 1. You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us; you have been angry-now restore us! 2. You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking. 3. You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (5/19/13)[Prayer]

    05/19/2013 5:09:15 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/19/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Mark 4:22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. God Bless America!
  • Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES

    05/19/2013 5:07:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 May 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Holy Cannibalism, Bat Man: Liberals Are Eating Liberals

    05/19/2013 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Grab some popcorn, folks. Pull up a chair. Get yourself a 6 pack. No … a 12pack and join with me and other liberty-minded folks as we watch the Left finally sink their comedic and inquisitive teeth into the rotted flesh of the Hope & Crap Machine that we’ve been caterwauling about for the last five, seems like twenty, years. I don’t know about you guys but last week was a little gift from God as we got to see the Lame Stream Media get a modicum of game and finally call Obama and his ilk out on the carpet...
  • Here are 176 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism...

    05/19/2013 5:07:02 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | May 19, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 176 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, government waste, and other misdeeds In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for the Green Party in future elections. Some of the things on this list are major events that should scare the daylights out of any true liberal who cares about civil liberties.Other things on this list are medium things...
  • Georgia PM condemns violence at gay rights march

    05/19/2013 5:03:45 AM PDT · by Sir Francis Dashwood · 18 replies
    New Europe Online ^ | MAY 17, 2013 - 5:13PM | NEONLINE|AC
    A violent mob, including priests, broke down barriers and attacked marchers at a rally to mark International Day against Homophobia in Tibilisi, Georgia. Attackers were heard screaming, "Kill them! Tear them to pieces," according to witnesses. The march, in favour of LGBT rights ended in chaos as police struggled to evacuate the 50 marchers from Tibilisi's Freedom Square. They were taken to safety by special forces. The rally was condemned earlier by Patriarch Ilia II, head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, but he urged people to behave and restrain from violence. On the morning of the rally, priests gathered...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [May 19, 2013]

    05/19/2013 4:54:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Out of the Wreck I Rise "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" —Romans 8:35 God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble . . .” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors . . .” (Romans 8:37). Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst...
  • How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

    05/19/2013 4:54:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | Dr. Benjamin Wiker
    EDITOR'S NOTE: For the last half of the twentieth century, Antony Flew (1923-2010) was the world's most famous atheist. Long before Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris began taking swipes at religion, Flew was the preeminent spokesman for unbelief.However in 2004, he shocked the world by announcing he had come to believe in God. While never embracing Christianity—Flew only believed in the deistic, Aristotelian conception of God—he became one of the most high-profile and surprising atheist converts. In 2007, he recounted his conversion in a book titled There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His...
  • The Complete IRS Scandal Timeline in Spreadsheet Format

    05/19/2013 4:49:31 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 34 replies
    http://directorblue.blogspot.ca ^ | May 18, 2012 | Doug Ross
    Reading this timeline, I have come to three conclusions: --snip timeline-- 1. Steve Miller lied to Congress 2. Lois Lerner lied to Congress 3. Barack Obama lied to the American people This scandal has the fingerprints of Axelrod, Jarrett and/or the Chicago Machine all over it. This is fascism on the part of the IRS and the White House. It is fascism, straight up. Or, as I call the IRS: Organizing for Revenue.
  • A Little Trip In The Way-Back Machine

    05/19/2013 4:43:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Once upon a time, Democrats were concerned with infringements on civil liberties, when the president abusing power was someone they opposed and when the deaths of Americans bothered them. It was a magical time called the 2000s, but it might as well have been a century ago because that party has since gone the way of the Dodo. OK, Democrats never truly cared about those things in principle, mind you, but they at least paid lip service to the concept in a fairly convincing way. To Democrats, when George W. Bush was president, he was personally responsible for the actions...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 May 2013

    05/19/2013 4:38:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 19th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Pfeiffer, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pfeiffer, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt.THIS WEEK (ABC): Pfeiffer; Sen. Robert Menendez, D- N.J.; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Pfeiffer, Sen. Rand...
  • Another Epic Rant by Judge Jeanine: “No One in This Administration Knows Anything!” (Video)

    05/19/2013 4:36:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 18 | Jim Hoft
    Judge Jeanine Pirro delivered another epic monologue tonight on her weekend show. “No one in this adminstration knows anything!” http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/another-epic-rant-by-judge-jeanine-no-one-in-this-administration-knows-anything-video/
  • Award for Worst Actor in Obama Conspiracy Goes to... Comrade Number One

    05/19/2013 4:22:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2013 | John Ransom
    Stuart95 wrote: Is it possible that strong, persistent stands against abortion and homosexuality will hurt, rather than help, the Republican Party? Is it possible that a winning margin's worth of swing and independent voters either don't care about those two issues, or believe the government should not be involved? - The Broken President’s Broken Politics Dear Comrade Stuart, I don’t see much evidence that either abortion or gay marriage is an issue that changes general elections, although that’s not true of primary elections. You are right about this: A wide margin of voters- voters who will vote either party- really...
  • Shocking Report: IRS Handed Out Nearly $100 Million in Bonuses Since 2009

    05/19/2013 3:55:19 AM PDT · by GailA · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | 5/18/13 | N/A
    What were the bonuses based on? Tapscott said, “The civil service bases its performance award system on a number of factors, many of which are very vague, escape definition and generally leave a great deal of discretion to whomever you work for. Trust me, they have very little relationship with the kind of bonuses people get in the private sector for actually producing.” He added, “This is indicative of the culture of pay without performance, which is typical of federal civil service.” Read more: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/05/16/report-nearly-100-million-bonuses-handed-out-irs-2009#ixzz2TjbmaoJv
  • MA colleges add administrators 3 times faster than students

    05/19/2013 3:43:12 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 8 replies
    Masslive ^ | May 19, 2013 | Jon Marcus
    Massachusetts universities and colleges that say they’re trying to hold down costs have increased their number of administrators three times faster than their number of students, according to federal data analyzed by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. The pace with which administrators have been added at Massachusetts higher-education institutions has also outstripped the increase in the number of research and teaching faculty and other instructional employees, by a margin of two-to-one. Over the last 25 years, the universities’ enrollments have collectively grown by 26 percent, while their ranks of full-time administrators have risen 75 percent. This has happened...
  • Burger King Rib Sandwich Is Coming For Summer (Their version of McDonald's McRib sandwich)

    05/19/2013 2:59:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Burger Beast Blog ^ | May 15, 2013
    Last year Burger King’s Summertime Menu included a Bacon Sundae but they seem intent on topping that this year with the introduction of the Burger King Rib Sandwich. An obvious copy of the popular McDonald’s McRib Sandwich, the Burger King version will be available starting May 21st through the end of the summer along with the return of a line of Memphis Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries. The Burger King Rib Sandwich was tested in Shreveport, Louisiana and did very well there. Let’s not forget Burger King also had those Fire Grilled bone in Ribs a few years...
  • Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing takes over the oilfields once belonging to Assad

    05/19/2013 2:59:00 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5 18 13 | Richard Spencer
    Up to 380,000 barrels of crude oil were previously produced by wells around the city of Raqqa and in the desert region to its east that are now in rebel hands - in particular Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda off-shoot which is the strongest faction in this part of the country. Now the violently anti-Western jihadist group, which has been steadily extending its control in the region, is selling the crude oil to local entrepreneurs, who use home-made refineries to produce low-grade petrol and other fuels for Syrians facing acute shortages.
  • On masculinity: My father's generation were better at being men

    05/19/2013 2:44:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ian Jack
    According to Diane Abbott, Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity. In a speech made on Thursday under the auspices of the thinktank Demos, the shadow health minister warned of a generation of angry, inarticulate young men who had no idea of their role in society. Raised on a diet of pornography and consumerism, they were "caught between the stiff-upper-lip approach of previous generations" and the "pornified ideals" of a youth culture that featured Viagra as a party drug and promoted sexism and homophobia.More prone to depression and less well educated than young women, and perhaps jobless despite a degree,...
  • Iran's influence in Syria

    05/19/2013 2:22:04 AM PDT · by JCPA-JerusalemCenter · 2 replies
    In an exceptional political signal, a senior Israeli official contacted Mark Landler of the New York Times and explained that the Israeli government was determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah. The official, who remained anonymous throughout the report, added that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reacts to this policy by attacking Israel – either directly or indirectly through a proxy force – he will “risk forfeiting his regime, for Israel will retaliate.”
  • The Stasi IRS?

    05/19/2013 1:53:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2013 | Fay Voshell
    It's often been said the Internal Revenue Service is the most feared bureaucracy in the United States. Little wonder. As the agency openly proclaims on their own website, concerning what actions they might take if your taxes are unpaid: We could seize and sell property that you hold (such as your car, boat, or house), or we could levy property that is yours but is held by someone else (such as your wages, retirement accounts, dividends, bank accounts, licenses, rental income, accounts receivables, the cash loan value of your life insurance, or commissions). You could even wind up in jail...
  • Jamey Johnson - Lead Me Home - Support Our Troops

    05/19/2013 1:41:53 AM PDT · by South40 · 3 replies
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  • Capital Powerball: Scandals Grease Washington's Wheels

    05/19/2013 1:34:52 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Clarice Feldman
    After running an errand at the Courthouse, I decided to pop into the Barrister Bar and Bistro for a quick bite. The place was packed and Charlie, the maitre d', shrugged his shoulders apologetically. "There's a huge party here this afternoon, but I can seat you at the bar if you don't mind." I didn't mind and was happy to see that my favorite bartender, Joe, was at work, I pulled out USA Today and read until he was free: "After February 2010, the IRS didn't approve a single Tea Party tax-exempt application until spring 2012, although it approved dozens...
  • Another massive loss for J.C. Penney

    05/19/2013 1:15:55 AM PDT · by South40 · 79 replies
    Money.CNN.Com ^ | May 17, 2013 | James O'Toole
    There's one great thing about J.C. Penney's last quarter: It's over. The struggling retailer lost a whopping $289 million for the three months ended on May 4, with sales plunging 16.4% versus a year prior.
  • Romney: ‘I’m Not a Fan of the President’

    05/19/2013 1:13:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 18, 2013 | 11:53 | Noel Sheppard
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was Jay Leno’s guest on the Tonight Show Friday, and he didn’t have kind things to say about the current White House resident or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At one point in their discussion, Romney said, “I’m not a fan of the president—in case you didn’t know that.” …
  • Congressman Gets Standing Ovation for Telling IRS It Strikes Fear Into Americans

    05/19/2013 1:02:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 17, 2013 | Penny Starr and Taylor Knopf
    The audience rose to its feet after Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) chided Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller about the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of taxpayers at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday. The hearing focused on the agency’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, including those with names that included “tea party” or “patriot.” “You get a letter from you folks, or a phone call, it’s with terror that you look at it, and now this kind of reconfirms that—you know what—they can do almost anything they want, to anybody they want, anytime they...