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  • Amazon ending affiliate relationships to avoid Minnesota's online sale tax

    06/18/2013 12:26:52 PM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/18/13 | Nick Woltman
    In advance of having to collect online state sales tax, Amazon said Tuesday that it will sever ties with its Minnesota-based affiliate websites that receive a fee for referring shoppers to the retail giant's online store. The move comes less than a month after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law requiring certain online businesses with a physical presence or affiliates in Minnesota to charge sales tax on items it sells to the state's residents. The law takes effect July 1. "While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress," Amazon...
  • How do you pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you have no boots? (Pro-AA)

    06/18/2013 12:26:15 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 15 replies
    The Grio (MSNBC) ^ | June 13, 2013 | Angela Rye
    On Wednesday, we honored the memory of a civil rights icon with the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’s assassination and later this summer, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The irony is that any day now the Supreme Court will issue some the largest civil rights decisions in decades. Depending on what they decide, we could be set back by 50 years of more. Right after the Selma voting rights march in 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on Meet the Press where he said this about the critical role of our nation’s justice...
  • Are Colorado traffic cams legal?

    06/18/2013 12:20:09 PM PDT · by edcoil · 21 replies
    06-17-2013 | edcoil
    I have a question, Here's what happened, my daughter is attending college in Colorado, we are the registered owners of the car so, we were sent a traffic cam photo of her and her license play showing no current year tag sticker. I had her take a photo of the registration and emailed it to me showing it was register. She was also stopped by a local police and he verified it was registered and said he would make a note in her file that either the sticker was either stolen or came off. We got another sticker and mailed...
  • Pistol-Packing Grandma Starts Neighborhood ‘Glock Block’

    06/18/2013 12:20:08 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/18/2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    A grandmother in Milwaukie, Ore., is organizing a “Glock Block,” a pistol-packing group of neighbors that she said she hopes will help deter crime in her community...
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    06/18/2013 12:17:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2013
    Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later. The military services have mapped out a schedule that also will include reviewing and possibly changing the physical and mental standards that men and women will have to meet in order to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy,...
  • New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

    06/18/2013 12:15:36 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 June 2013 | Rik Myslewski
    A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan – and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be. Ready? It's the fact that elevators are currently limited to a maximum travel distance of around 500 meters. The Burj Khalifa, in fact, has an elevator that holds the world record for the longest travel distance: 504m (1,654 feet). And what's keeping elevators from exceeding that limit? Time for another pause...
  • What’s the matter with Philadelphia? (I's the Tea Party's fault)

    06/18/2013 12:13:48 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 15 replies
    The Grio (MSNBC) ^ | June 10, 2013 | David Love
    What’s really going on in Philly? It seems that whenever you look around, read the newspaper or turn on the TV, there is some bad news about Philadelphia, also known as the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. There is no question the city is in peril, but is this a Philly problem or part of a larger picture? The birthplace of freedom and Philly soul and the home of cheesesteaks and hoagies received plenty of negative publicity when Kermit Gosnell, a rogue West Philadelphia abortion doctor, went on trial for murdering newborn babies after delivering them alive. Gosnell—who...
  • When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

    06/18/2013 12:09:23 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | 17 June 2013 | Dominic Connor
    <p>My despair as El Reg's resident job expert is that you people sometimes can’t even follow basic simple advice. For example, when I wrote about pay cuts, some arts grad commented that he’d immediately quit.</p> <p>I shall type this slowly so you understand: You... quit... when... it... suits... you. Not out of spite, not for revenge, not out of fear, but in as smooth and rational a transition as you can muster.</p>
  • Lemonade Stand Near Westboro Baptist Raises $16,000 (5yr old Jayden called 'satanic liar')

    06/18/2013 12:03:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 35 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013, 8:49 AM | BY NINA GOLGOWSKI
    When life gives you lemons A 5-year-old girl hoping to add a little sugar to the bitter Westboro Baptist Church set up a lemonade stand outside its front doors not to antagonize but to spread peace. What she got was harassment from its adult members calling her among names a "satanic liar" — as well as more than $16,000 raised from supporters across the U.S. "Jayden and I went out there to raise money for Planting Peace," her father, Jon Sink, told WBTV. The purpose was to "spread love, to spread compassion," he said. But with her blond hair pulled...
  • New York police sued over surveillance of Muslims

    06/18/2013 12:00:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/18/2013 | Chris Francescani
    The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the New York Police Department over its surveillance of Muslim communities, accusing the police of trampling on religious freedoms and constitutional guarantees of equality. The surveillance by the NYPD's intelligence division has extended beyond New York City's five boroughs into neighboring New Jersey and other nearby states. The police department says that surveillance of Muslims is legal under an earlier federal court order. The lawsuit is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the NYPD and civil liberties advocates over the department's aggressive policing tactics - including...
  • Some Students Taught to Battle School Intruders, Shooters

    06/18/2013 11:59:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Education Week ^ | June 14, 2013 | Nirvi Shah
    Six months since the shootings in Newtown, how schools protect students from shootings and disasters of any kind remains very much in the spotlight. States have tried to add new requirements or options, from giving teachers the choice to carry guns to school to mandating more staged crises so students and staff members know how to act, an ongoing Education Week analysis has found. Last month, I wrote about how drills and training that specifically require preparation for "active shooter" scenarios are becoming more common, since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., six months ago today. And...
  • Could the Tasmanian tiger be hiding out in New Guinea?

    06/18/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies
    Mongobay.com ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jeremy Hance
    Many people still believe the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) survives in the wilds of Tasmania, even though the species was declared extinct over eighty years ago. Sightings and reports of the elusive carnivorous marsupial, which was the top predator on the island, pop-up almost as frequently as those of Bigfoot in North America, but to date no definitive evidence has emerged of its survival. Yet, a noted cryptozoologist (one who searches for hidden animals), Dr. Karl Shuker, wrote recently that tiger hunters should perhaps turn their attention to a different island: New Guinea. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the...
  • Rand Paul: Edward Snowden ‘civil disobedient’

    06/18/2013 11:54:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/18/2013 | Tal Kopan
    Sen. Rand Paul described NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “civil disobedient” and noted that others protesting the government like Martin Luther King Jr. had only faced short jail terms. The Kentucky Republican told Sean Hannity on his Fox News show Monday night that Snowden only revealed a program everyone knew about. If he had leaked information about eavesdroping on enemies, Paul said, that would be a serious crime, but what he did release was a known program that Snowden and that Paul believe conflicts with the Constitution. “On deciding when you decide to become a civil disobedient - we’ve had...
  • ATT Project Greenstar Secretly Spied Millions of Calls

    06/18/2013 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Vendome · 6 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    EXPLODING THE PHONE The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell PHIL LAPSLEY Grove Press New York [pp. 92-97] If there were no billing records for fraudulent calls, there was no way to know how many fraudulent calls there were or how long they lasted. And that meant AT&T was gazing into the abyss. Say the phone company catches some college students with electronic boxes. Fantastic! But elation is soon replaced by worry. Is that all of them? Or is that just the tip of the iceberg? Are there another ten college students doing it? A...
  • Warrior Hikers in Front Royal VA Friday Night

    06/18/2013 11:50:49 AM PDT · by concretebob · 19 replies
    Warrior Hike ^ | 18 June 2013 | concretebob
    Friday 1900 hours at VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal, VA. The VFW in Front Royal is hosting the Warrior Hikers: Combat Veterans who are “Walking off the War” by hiking the Appalachian Trail (yes, ALL 2,180 miles) to raise money for wounded vets. Warrior Hike is a non-profit organization that uses the funds raised to purchase modified vehicles for wounded vets. Come out and help support Warrior Hike Friday night at 7:00 at the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 1847 N Royal Ave Front Royal, VA 22630 Cooking with the Troops will be onsite with BBQ Sauce and who...
  • Tea Party Patriots: ‘The largest Tea Party protest since 2010 is tomorrow’

    06/18/2013 11:49:20 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 18, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    Conservative activists are planning to storm Capitol Hill on Wednesday for what they are predicting will be “the largest Tea Party protest since 2010.” The protest — drawing tea partiers like TV host Glenn Beck and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — is in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s recent admission that it has been specifically targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. The gathering on the West Lawn of the Capitol is being called the “Audit the IRS” Rally. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/18/the-largest-tea-party-protest-since-2010-is-tomorrow/#ixzz2WaxhEEBG
  • Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an “atrocity”

    06/18/2013 11:47:24 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies
    The Grist ^ | 6/16/13 | John Upton
    From one Nobel Peace Prize winner to another, this whole Keystone XL thing is an “atrocity.” Al Gore has been calling on Barack Obama to step up the fight against climate change and Keystone, most recently during an interview with The Guardian: The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL. “I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline...
  • Mike Lee and Ted Cruz challenge Obama with new military religious freedom amendments

    06/18/2013 11:47:07 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “No soldier should fear a court martial for expressing his or her faith or made to fear negative reprisals for reporting threats to their freedom to worship God,” he said. “The men and women of the military risk their lives every day to protect our Constitutional rights, and they should not be forced to surrender their religious liberty to do so.”
  • Miss Utah Got Something Right ('we need to create education better')

    06/18/2013 11:46:31 AM PDT · by drewh · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 18, 2013, 9:08 AM | Amelia Acosta
    In a badly botched answer to the final question during this year's Miss America Pageant, Miss Utah Marissa Powell stammered something unintelligible about men and women in the workplace and saw the crown slip away. Her answer has already gone viral, but she did manage to hit on something true about the current state of the U.S.: education-wise, we're in trouble. Her mumbled advice to "create better education" is actually valid in light of a chronic achievement gap that could threaten America's economic future The Renewing America initiative released its federal education progress report today under the moniker "Remedial Education."...
  • Organizing for Action rallies in San Bernadino for Gun Control (only 3 people show up)

    06/18/2013 11:36:37 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 17 replies
    San Bernadino Sun ^ | June 14, 2013 | Ryan Hagen
    SAN BERNARDINO - Exactly six months after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a small group from Organizing for Action stood here Friday with 26 flags and signs calling for stricter gun control. "On Flag Day growing up, I used to always wave a flag with my grandson, and it hit me that the victims of that horrible tragedy won't ever be able to do that," said Curtis Lewis, the group's gun violence prevention coordinator. "We need people to stand up and write to Congress to say they want laws that...
  • RTDNA Study Shows ‘Near-Record’ Year for Local News [Hold Local TV/Radio Accountable!]

    06/18/2013 11:34:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    Media Bistro ^ | 6/17/13 | Merrill Knox
    It was a “near-record” year for local news, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University study. Despite a six minute drop in the average amount of news produced on weekdays in 2012, Saturday and Sunday news time rose by an average of 12 and 6 minutes, respectively, leading to a small overall increase in the amount of news produced.
  • Distrust Growing: 70% Believe IRS Decision to Target Conservatives Was Made in DC

    06/18/2013 11:31:45 AM PDT · by princeofdarkness · 37 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 18, 2013
    While the controversy over the National Security Agency surveillance program has dominated the news recently, concern about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations remains high and is inching up. Despite the large number of controversies engulfing official Washington, the number of people following the IRS scandal has actually increased in recent weeks.
  • JEB BUSH VERSUS THE “CHIRPERS” (Dismisses grassroots conservatives...)

    06/18/2013 11:30:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/18/13 | John Hayward
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is still nursing presidential aspirations, despite Republican unease about the “comprehensive immigration reform” he whole-heartedly supports, after losing an argument with himself and immediately backpedaling from a book he had only just published. Bush chose to deal with this unease by attacking the uneasy, referring to them as “chirpers” in a CBN interview following his appearance before the Faith and Freedom Coalition. ”I will be able to, I think, manage my way through all the ‘chirpers’ out there,” he said, apparently playing off Senator John McCain’s reference to his conservative colleagues Ted Cruz, Rand Paul,...
  • Pew: EVERY TV News Outlet Had Coverage Supportive of Same-Sex Marriage (including Fox)

    06/18/2013 11:30:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Pew: Every TV News Outlet Had Coverage Supportive of Same-Sex Marriage By Alex Weprin on June 17, 2013 11:28 AM A new survey from Pew’s Project For Excellence in Journalism examines the coverage of gay marriage among the media. The big takeaway: almost every outlet presented more supportive statements in favor of gay marriage than opposing statements against gay marriage, including every TV news outlet. Pew looked at every segment on gay marriage from March 18-May 12, and classified every statement made on the issue as being supportive of gay marriage, opposed to gay marriage or neutral. As a whole,...
  • Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom, Fundamentally At Odds

    06/18/2013 11:28:05 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | June 18th, 2013 | Matthew J. Franck
    Marriage and religious freedom will stand or fall together.In recent essays here at Public Discourse, Mark Regnerus argued that same-sex marriage would harm marriage for everyone, and John Smoot argued that it would be bad for children in particular. Today I want to show the damage that redefining marriage does to religious freedom. At bottom, even the defense of religious liberty is a struggle over what is true and false about the meaning of marriage. Should the truth about marriage—that it unites men and women so that children will have fathers and mothers—be defied by the laws of the land,...
  • Coup d'état on America, Replete with Scandals!

    06/18/2013 11:26:50 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 16 replies
    June 18, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Are these agency scandals being deliberately leaked by team Obama to cause Americans to hop on board for a new form of government? Are these scandals all part of Obama's coup d'tat on our government? Why did the IRS plant a question with a reporter that would trigger a scandal implicating itself? Why was a subpoena leaked, implicating the DOJ for spying on Fox News' journalist James Rosen? What better way to get Americans to hate their government than to tell them they're being spied on by the NSA? Gee, thanks Mr. Snowden! In less than 6 months Obama has...
  • Rental Car Co. Run by Teenagers Undercuts Hertz, Avis

    06/18/2013 11:26:36 AM PDT · by posterchild · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday June 18, 2013 | Alan Farnham
    Said three teenagers to themselves last year: "Yeah, sure, we could go to college. But wouldn't it be more fun to up-end the airport rental car business?" They opted for the latter. So positive were they that they had happened on a better business model than Hertz or Avis, that they turned their backs, respectively, on Harvard, Princeton and MIT -- the three institutions to which they had gained (or been offered) admission. The idea was this: At every major airport, acres of cars sit idle, left parked by owners who have jetted off. Why couldn't these same cars be...
  • Ms. Magazine Blog: My Month With A Gun

    06/18/2013 11:26:12 AM PDT · by d-back · 72 replies
    Ms. Magazine's Online Blog ^ | June 12, 2013 | Heidi Yewman
    . . I bought a handgun and will carry it everywhere I go over the next 30 days. I have four rules: Carry it with me at all times, follow the laws of my state, only do what is minimally required for permits, licensing, purchasing and carrying, and finally be prepared to use it for protecting myself at home or in public. Why? Following the Newtown massacre in December, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, told the country, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I wondered what would it be...
  • Passenger: Man who disrupted Hong Kong flight ranted about CIA, was not stable (Embassy Worker)

    06/18/2013 11:26:12 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 8 replies
    WAPO ^ | 6/17 | ap
    Passenger Peter Jones of Washington said the passenger called out what he said was his name, his birthdate and his social security number several times, and claimed he worked for the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Jones said the man claimed to have information about Edward Snowden, a former government contractor who revealed a once-secret National Security Agency surveillance programs two weeks ago. “He was just saying he had information relating to Ed Snowden and he was being taken back to some safe house somewhere, never to be seen again,” Jones said. A man who said he was on the...
  • Haynes v. United States (Fellons do not have to register firearms?)

    06/18/2013 11:25:10 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 12 replies
    US Supreme Court Center ^ | June 18, 2013 | vanity
    This case was recently brought to my attention and it seems that fellons can not be convected for not registering firearms. I'm looking for opinons on this matter. The following is a summary from Wikipedia: The National Firearms Act of 1934 required the registration of certain types of firearms. Miles Edward Haynes was a convicted felon who was charged with failing to register a firearm under the Act. Haynes argued that, because he was a convicted felon and thus prohibited from owning a firearm, requiring him to register was essentially requiring him to make an open admission to the government...
  • Chemical engineers’ median salary soars to $120,000

    06/18/2013 11:23:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 41 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 18, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    Chemical engineers are pulling a median salary of $120,000, a 9 percent hike since 2011, according to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. And unemployment in the field has dropped to 2.1 percent, from 3.8 percent in 2011. The trade group has released the latest edition of its biennial salary survey, which shows the employment environment has improved considerably for chemical engineers in the past couple of years. In the group’s last survey, conducted in 2011, raises for chemical engineers had declined to their lowest point in two decades. Since then, the U.S. shale boom has released an abundance of...
  • Edward Snowden is “Heroic” Says David Stockman (Reagan Director of White House Budget Office)

    06/18/2013 11:22:46 AM PDT · by drewh · 8 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 3 hours ago | By Bernice Napach
    David Stockman is no stranger to what he calls the U.S. military-industrial-security complex. He tried to cut--not just trim--the defense budget during his tenure as director of the White House Budget Office under President Reagan but met stiff resistance from the White House as well as the defense establishment. Now, following revelations about the NSA’s expansive surveillance program of phone calls and emails, Stockman says the U.S. “military-industrial-security complex is a clear and present danger.” He tells Aaron Task in the accompanying video that Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who disclosed the NSA surveillance program, is “heroic” and “has...
  • Whitby (UK) councillor claims to have fathered alien child

    06/18/2013 11:22:34 AM PDT · by Sopater · 23 replies
    The Northern Echo ^ | 10:00pm Monday 17th June 2013 | By Stuart Minting
    A LABOUR politician has defended his beliefs in extra-terrestrial life - after claiming to have fathered a child with an alien. Married father-of-three Simon Parkes, who represents Stakesby on Whitby Town Council, said his wife had rowed with him after revealing he had a child called Zarka with an alien he refers to as the Cat Queen. The 53-year-old driving instructor said he has sexual relations with the alien about four times a year. “What will happen is that we will hold hands and I will say ‘I’m ready’ and then the technology I don’t understand will take us up...
  • FBI: No Surveillance In Mosques -- Dick Morris TV

    06/18/2013 11:21:06 AM PDT · by LyinLibs · 1 replies
    Dick Morris.com ^ | 6/18/2013 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how mosques are off-limits for FBI surveillance.
  • State officials may arm Oregon University police for first time in school’s history

    06/18/2013 11:19:13 AM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    State officials may soon give police officers at Oregon University (OU) permission to carry firearms for the first time in the school’s 137-year history. The unarmed officers, currently responsible for the safety of over 24,000 students on the 295-acre campus, rely on Eugene City Police Department officers to diffuse potentially dangerous situations. The decision, which is set to come down from the State Board of Higher Education on June 21, however, would allow members of the Oregon University Police Department (OUPD) to carry Glock G4s that have already been purchased as part of a plan to arm to the department....
  • Obama Inc Renames “Founding Fathers” to “Founding Founders”

    06/18/2013 11:18:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    An unspecified time ago a bunch of Founding Founders of unknown sexual orientations and sexual identities founded a country on a non-exclusive basis in order to promote free birth control, open borders and cowboy poetry. We are engaged now in a great civil war for transgender bathrooms, gay marines and abortions for all to test whether a nation so conceived can endure all its abortions. The White House has today put up a link to a new government website that collates and offers key documents from the revolution and the founding era. But it appears that the administration couldn’t bring...
  • Airborne laser uncovers ancient hidden city near Angkor Wat

    06/18/2013 11:17:16 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | June 18, 2013 | Kristen Gelineau
    SYDNEY, Australia — Airborne laser technology has uncovered a network of roadways and canals, illustrating a bustling ancient city linking Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex. The discovery was announced late Monday in a peer-reviewed paper released early by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The laser scanning revealed a previously undocumented formally planned urban landscape integrating the 1,200-year-old temples. The Angkor temple complex, Cambodia’s top tourist destination and one of Asia’s most famous landmarks, was constructed in the 12th century during the mighty Khmer empire. Angkor Wat is a point of deep pride for Cambodians, appearing...
  • Are Universities the New Automakers

    06/18/2013 11:17:00 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 5 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 6-17-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Excerpt:NEW YORK (MainStreet)—The American automobile industry was once the envy of the world. But the automobile companies and their workers gradually slipped into complacency. Eventually, the industry was characterized by increasing costs and decreasing quality. The workers and executives earned more, but produced less. Soon their product was inferior to that of Germany and Japan. Eventually, companies became bankrupt and - were it not for the American taxpayer – would have been dispatched to the ash heap of history. It seems that the American education system, while currently still the envy of the world, is following that same trajectory. The...
  • Supreme Court leaves door open to Arizona requiring additional proof of citizenship – Wait, what?

    06/18/2013 11:13:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 6-18-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    7-2 decision practically invites Arizona to try again using proper administrative procedures Most of what you have heard in the media about the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona is incomplete to the point of misleading. It is true that the Court held that Arizona’s Proposition 200 (passed in 2004) requiring documentary proof of citizenship was invalid as contrary to the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requirement that states “accept and use” the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) voter registration form which merely requires that a registrant affirm citizenship. But, this ruling essentially was...
  • Rubio not happy with GOP rep for calling illegals “undocumented Democrats”

    06/18/2013 11:08:01 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 42 replies
    HotAir ^ | Tuesday June 8, 2013
    Referencing a Jay Leno one-liner, Burgess questioned fellow conservatives about the wisdom of giving citizenship to “11 million undocumented Democrats.” Laughter, some of it nervous, spread throughout the room. But not everyone found Burgess’ crack funny. According to several people who attended the June 5th gathering, Rubio glared at Burgess. This account, confirmed by multiple members and staffers, sheds light on what is perhaps the most politically obvious — and perpetually underplayed — conservative argument against providing citizenship to the nation’s illegal immigrants. With all the noise surrounding the debate over policy specifics — security measures, enforcement triggers, future flow,...
  • I'm not a "US person"...

    06/18/2013 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 11 replies
    Ace Of Spades ^ | June 18, 2013 | Jack M.
    I'm a US Citizen, natural-born and raised, dammit. And it's a distinction that makes a difference to me. Apparently, though, "US citizenship" is an antiquated device; a relic from an earlier age when Obama's "Founding Founders" were all racists who never embraced or never could have conceived of the transnational "world without borders" view favored by our current President and the creepy, neo-totalitarian progressive radicals that prop him up. Here is the Obama White House attempting to quell concerns over the intrusive reach of his NSA/Prism operations. Note the terminology: President Obama: "If you are a U.S. person, the NSA...
  • Shanghai Festival: Oliver Stone Calls Whistleblower Edward Snowden a Hero

    06/18/2013 11:07:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4:41 AM PDT 6/17/2013 | Richard Trombly
    Director Oliver Stone brought thunderous applause to a crowd of more than 500 festivalgoers at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival in China on Monday when he praised whistleblower Edward Snowden as a “hero.” In response to a passionately worded indictment from an audience member accusing the U.S. National Security Agency of “eavesdropping on the world,” the celebrated—and provocative—director said, simply: “Snowden is a hero,” before launching into a brief discussion of the revelations about the U.S. spy programs and their aftermath. …
  • Former Critic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Pushes For Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid

    06/18/2013 11:07:08 AM PDT · by drewh · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 18, 2013, 10:56 AM
    It's three years away with no candidates, but that hasn't stopped the first member of Congress from endorsing a potential 2016 presidential campaign. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who backed President Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, announced her support Tuesday for Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that's working to get Clinton to run for president. "Hillary Clinton had to give up her political operation while she was making us proud, representing us around the world as an incredible Secretary of State, and that's why Ready for Hillary is so critical," McCaskill said in a statement.In an email to the...
  • Maine Democrats scramble after governor blocks Medicaid expansion

    06/18/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2013 | By Dave Sherwood
    (Reuters) - Democratic legislators in Maine scrambled on Tuesday to muster the votes needed to override Republican Governor Paul LePage's late-night veto of a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 60,000 people. LePage late on Monday blocked a compromise bill that would have increased the number of low-income people eligible for the federal insurance program, an expansion allowed by the U.S. healthcare reform that stands as the signature domestic legislative achievement of President Barack Obama's first term. In vetoing the Medicaid bill, LePage warned against repeating past mistakes, calling previous expansions of Medicaid - which contributed to the...
  • Heritage Foundation vs. Paul Krugman

    06/18/2013 11:02:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not reluctant to criticize my friends at the Heritage Foundation. In some cases, it is good-natured ribbing because of the Cato-Heritage softball rivalry, but there are also real policy disagreements. For instance, even though it is much better than current policy, I don’t like parts of Heritage’s “Saving the American Dream” budget plan. It’s largely designed to prop up the existing Social Security system rather than replace the existing tax-and-transfer entitlement system with personal retirement accounts. And while the plan contains a flat tax, it’s not the pure Hall-Rabushka version. One of the most alarming deviations, to cite just one example, is...
  • NSA, FBI, IRS and the 4th Amendment: Why freedom matters…

    06/18/2013 11:01:23 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-18-13 | Vince
    I remember once when I was in college I took a trip home to the DC metro area with my girlfriend. She and I went to the movies not far from where my mother lived in a rather rough part of town called Capitol Heights, MD. I have no idea what we saw. I do however remember that we had a terrible time, and it had nothing to do with what was on the screen and everything to do with what was going on in the theater. Not long before this at a different theater a few miles away...
  • Pew Reports Media Bias on Marriage Debate

    06/18/2013 10:56:25 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    WASHINGTON — The Pew Research Center released a report on June 17 that confirmed overwhelming media bias in favor of same-sex “marriage.” Researchers evaluated news and opinion coverage of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and related stories dealing with two landmark marriage cases and found that all mainstream media outlets favored “marriage equality,” including Fox News.
  • Will Obama's ICE Enforce New Safeguards?

    06/18/2013 10:54:27 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 11 replies
    6/18/13 | Originalbuckeye
    Our immigration system is not broken. The problem is that no one is enforcing the Laws. Who thinks Obama's ICE will enforce the safeguards in any new law?
  • People worry that rather than catching bad guys, the Obama administration will create bad guys

    06/18/2013 10:53:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 6-17-2013 | Bookworm
    Full Title - "People worry that rather than catching bad guys, the Obama administration will use the info it gathers to create bad guys" One of the things that characterizes the rule of law is that it applies equally to all citizens. The rich man’s son who vandalizes a shop is prosecuted as vigorously as the poor man’s son who does the same. That the rich man’s son can afford a good lawyer is the random luck of life. America can provide equality of opportunity, but nothing, not even socialism, can guarantee equality of outcome. The important thing for purposes...
  • Obama: NSA secret data gathering “transparent”

    06/18/2013 10:48:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 18, 2013 12:31 AM EDT | Kimberly Dozier
    President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent—even though they are authorized in secret. “It is transparent,” Obama told PBS’ Charlie Rose in an interview broadcast Monday. “That’s why we set up the FISA court,” he added, referring to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorizes two recently disclosed programs: one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism. He added that he’s...