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  • What do you want to see happen with Common Core State Standards? (Poll)

    10/22/2013 4:54:02 AM PDT · by Bushbacker1 · 30 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/22/13 | Bushbacker1
    What do you want to see happen with Common Core State Standards?
  • Don't Let Obamacare Crisis go to Waste

    10/22/2013 4:53:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The constipated debut of Obamacare has reduced the president of the United States to the status of TV pitchman. "Act now" to get this great product, he exhorted listeners on Monday, offering testimonials from one of the rare successful purchasers, promising limitless benefits and low prices, and even an 800 number. His operators are standing by, he urged, and they speak 150 languages! (You could sign up in Min Bei and Kazakh, if you could sign up at all.) If Obama had thrown in a free tote bag for the first 100 callers, it wouldn't have seemed out of place....
  • $17,000,000,000,000

    10/22/2013 4:52:10 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 10/21/2013 | Garren McHam
    President Obama boasted last week that he had signed legislation to lift “the twin threats” to our economy of government shutdown and default. But what was done to fix the problem of growing debt that leads Washington to repeatedly raise the debt ceiling? Nothing. In fact, by Friday, the U.S. debt had rocketed past $17 trillion. What does this mean? •At $17 trillion, this number has passed total U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), the measure of all that is produced in the economy. •Since Obama took office, the national debt has increased from about $10.6 trillion to more than $17...
  • Democrats and Media Do a Number on the American People

    10/22/2013 4:51:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 22, 2013 | James M. Thunder
    ".............Mr. Zandi concluded his part of the PBS interview by alerting us that we will see when the jobs report for October is released whether the shutdown caused business to curtail hiring. (He didn’t refer to government, including the federal government,in this context. Perhaps he had read that federal postings for jobs increased during the shutdown.)So, if the jobs report for October for the private sector doesn’t meet the pre-shutdown expectations, Mr.Zandi concluded it will be due to the shutdown.............what we learn in a demonstrable way from this partial suspension of federal government activity is, first, that our lives do...
  • Global warming linked to wildfires: UN climate chief

    10/22/2013 4:45:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    AFP News ^ | October 22, 2013
    Wildfires are "absolutely" linked to global warming and increasingly intense heatwaves, the UN climate chief has said, as bushfires burned out of control in Australia. Asked in an interview with CNN if there was a link between climate and wildfires, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said "yes there is, absolutely". "The World Meteorological Organization has not established a direct link between this wildfire and climate change yet," Figueres said. "But what is absolutely clear is the science is telling us that there are increasing heatwaves in Asia, Europe, and Australia,...
  • Freep This Poll: Who Do You Blame for the Shutdown?

    10/22/2013 4:45:32 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 61 replies
    Who do you most blame for the unfortunate government shut-down: A. President Obama B. Republicans C. Democrats
  • The Creed We Need

    10/22/2013 4:45:20 AM PDT · by don-o · 184 replies
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | June 2006 | David Mills
    God is “agapic love,” the preacher said, and paused. “God”—I knew what was -coming, the man being mired in the -sixties—“is a verb.” He assured the congregation that as long as they were “doing agapic love,” that—left -undefined—was all they needed to do. I could hear around me the sighs of people who have heard something they wanted to hear. “God is a verb” is about as much doctrinal complexity as many American Christians seem to want, vague and useless as it is. They do not want anything too precise and specific, for that means exclusive, intellectual, and binding, nor...
  • Who hired the Law Enforcement Snipers at Keene Pumpkin Fest 2013?

    10/22/2013 4:44:50 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 98 replies
    Graham Colson, an area resident for 15+ years who has been to Keene Pumpkin Fest for just as long, said the presence of snipers was unprecedented. He was able to take the above image of a two person sniper team on the rooftop of the Keene Apartments building overlooking Roxbury & Central Square earlier today. KPD Confirms: "The pictures you put on your website were police officers."
  • QUAERITUR: Forcing people to pray “spontaneously”. (Turn the tables on ‘em.)

    10/22/2013 4:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/22/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a professed sisterly readerette: Many teachers on our staff are involved with the Charismatic Movement, including our principal. At the end of our faculty meetings she goes around the table requiring each teacher to make a spontaneous prayer. I am not comfortable doing this and how could I politely “pass”? Pass?!?  Why would you want to “pass”?   Have a little fun with this!How about memorizing and then “spontaneously” reciting with true fervor the Loríca of St. Patrick?It’s long, which will make them all uncomfortable, and the invocations will scare the grits and biscuits out of the liberals present as you go...
  • Bada Bing! Uncle Barry's Billion Dollar Extortion Scheme ObamaTerror is Coming to You Too

    10/22/2013 4:35:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | John Ransom
    I’d like to see a show of hands from people who believe that Barack Obama and his administration don’t use their regulatory power to punish enemies and reward their friends. Thought so. I don’t think that Obama’s administration is much different than other administrations in this regard, except varying in the intensity of their pursuit and the volume of regulations they have at their disposal. This abuse by all politicians, is, in a nut shell, the reason why our Republic, based upon limited government, is supposed to, you know, limit the powers of the government. Because Obama—and others-- have taken...
  • Insiders who worked on US health website describe high stress, complaints about major problems

    10/22/2013 4:23:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 22, 2013
    As questions mount over the website’s failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product tested by the government and not private developers with more expertise. A review of internal architectural diagrams obtained by the AP revealed the system’s complexity. Insurance applicants have a host of personal information verified, including income and immigration status. The system connects to other federal computer networks, including ones at the Social Security Administration, IRS, Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management and the Peace Corps.
  • Unions Turn on Obamacare, But Don't Call Them Hypocrites

    10/22/2013 4:23:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Michael Barone
    It's not just Republicans who are unhappy with Obamacare. Labor union leaders have been complaining too. In July, the presidents of the Teamsters, United Food Commercial Workers union and UNITE-HERE (combined membership: 2.9 million) wrote a letter to congressional Democrats saying that Obamacare will "destroy the very health and well-being of our members along with millions of other working Americans." "We have a problem," they concluded. "You need to fix it." Forget for a moment that organized labor supported Obamacare. The union leaders have arguably legitimate complaints. Obamacare does indeed create incentives for employers to reduce the workweek below...
  • NAZIS FLEE CLOSING TRAP AT DNIEPER; ALLIES UNLEASH AERIAL FURY IN ITALY (10/22/43)

    10/22/2013 4:19:34 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 10/22/43 | Robert Trumbull, William L. Laurence, W.H. Lawrence, Alexander P. de Seversky, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • 15 sites track Healthcare.gov visitors

    10/22/2013 4:17:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/22/2013 | Josh Peterson
    Users visiting the Obama administration’s Healthcare.gov site are being tracked by 15 different sites via cookies installed on their browsers.Using the Chrome browser plug-in Collusion for Chrome, The Daily Caller was able to determine that a user who visits the Obamacare site will have 15 different sites collecting information about them.The sites include: polldaddy.com, googletagmanager.com, doubleclick.net, google-analytics.com, youtube.com, dnn506yrbagrg.cloudfront.net, ytimg.com, quantserve.com, chartbeat.com, google.com, bing.com, duckduckgo.com, pingdom.net, mxpnl.com and optimizely.com.PollDaddy.com, for example, which is managed by Automattic — the same company that manages WordPress — conducts polls and surveys for companies.Pingdom tracks site performance issues. Kissmetrics tracks people across multiple platforms,...
  • Mark Levin: George Will is ‘trying to rationalize soft tyranny’

    10/22/2013 4:09:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/26/2013 | Jeff Poor
    >On his Monday radio show, conservative talk show host Mark Levin took aim at The Washington Post’s George Will, who in his most recent column pointed out the lack of will to compromise in Washington, something he says both the tea party and President Barack Obama have in common.That call for compromise according to Levin an effort to “rationalize soft tyranny” by Will, which is in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution.“I guess what I’m troubled by is I do not see a will to fight or even articulate a rational position by so many on the so-called right,” Levin...
  • Jumping Ship: How the pundit class turned on ObamaCare

    10/22/2013 4:08:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 22, 2013 | By Howard Kurtz
    Now that the president has lost the “Morning Joe” crowd, ObamaCare may be in even deeper political trouble than we thought. Mark Halperin, the “Game Change” coauthor and a regular on Joe’s show, called the rollout “unacceptable” and added that “the secrecy is unacceptable,” accusing the administration of withholding information about how many people have signed up. His fellow panelist, liberal commentator Mike Barnicle, ratcheted up from there: “They’re lying about it now,” he said. “They’re not depriving us of information, they are outright lying.” On “CBS This Morning,” the network’s political director, John Dickerson, calls the rollout “a total...
  • Nev. student opens fire, kills teacher and himself

    10/22/2013 4:07:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 10/22/2013 | SCOTT SONNER
    A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two 12-year-old boys and killing a math teacher who was trying to protect children from their classmate. The unidentified shooter killed himself with the gun after a rampage that occurred in front of 20 to 30 horrified students who had just returned to school from a weeklong fall break. Authorities did not provide a motive for the shooting, and it's unknown where the student got the gun. Teacher Michael Landsberry was being hailed for his actions during the...
  • Governments manage everything badly – even equality

    10/22/2013 4:05:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/22/2013 | Daniel Hannan
    Morecambe was the exception, say supporters of a state monopoly in healthcare. And Redditch was the exception. And Mid Staffs was the exception. And so were all the rest. It would be quite wrong, they insist, to extrapolate from these monstrous failures. Why not focus instead on the daily heroism of NHS workers elsewhere? It's true that most people working in the NHS are friendly and helpful, and some are indeed heroic. That's why we put up with a system which, on most measures, produces worse outcomes than rival models across the developed world: because we don't want to seem...
  • The 10 Rules In The Establishment Republican Handbook

    10/22/2013 4:03:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Octrober 22, 2013 | John Hawkins
    1) There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies: If you're going to fight for something, make sure you're fighting your own base to help the Democrats achieve some policy goal that makes Tea Partiers want to stab themselves in their eyes. This makes you appear reasonable to the mainstream media and the howls of outrage from your base make it more likely that the New York Times will say nice things about you. 2) You must systematically destroy any person, place, or thing that excites conservatives: Nothing good ever comes from conservatives getting excited; so make sure...
  • Al-Qaida group is operating on ransom money from the West

    10/22/2013 4:01:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 10/22/2013 | Ken Dilanian
    Dominik Neubauer stared into the camera, the steel barrel of an assault rifle pointed at his head. A Yemeni “tribe” had taken him hostage, the 26-year-old Austrian student said in English, a tear rolling down his left cheek. If they aren’t paid a ransom, he continued, “they will kill me seven days after this video is published.” In May, three months after the video appeared on YouTube, Neubauer was freed along with a Finnish couple who had also been kidnapped near an Arabic language school in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. Multimillion-dollar ransoms were paid for their release, Yemeni and Western officials...
  • CNN Buries Crucial Fact About Latest Anti-GOP Shutdown Poll

    10/22/2013 3:56:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/22/2013 | Jeff Dunetz
    The big story from CNN on Monday was their latest CNN/ORC poll. Under the headline GOP, Boehner Take Shutdown Hit In New CNN Poll the network revealed 44% confidence in the President versus 31% in Republicans in Congress; 63% said John Boehner (R-OH) should be replaced as Speaker of the House; and only 38% of Americans believed GOP control of the House of Representatives was good for the country. The above chart, however, was omitted by CNN in its coverage. It demonstrates that despite the shutdown, nothing has actually changed since December 2011. The underlying support for the party was not damaged because of the shutdown, destroying CNN's...
  • Hamas-linked CAIR joins "Stop Watching Us" rally against NSA spying

    10/22/2013 3:53:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/22/2013 | Robert Spencer
    Congress should indeed provide transparency, accountability and reform of the NSA's mass domestic surveillance that collects and stores the phone records and Internet activity of people in the United States. There is no reason for the NSA to be conducting surveillance on such a massive basis; it is a symptom of the pervasive refusal to face the reality and magnitude of the jihad threat. Because the NSA cannot admit that there is a particular threat coming from people who would be likely to frequent mosques and Islamic centers, it has to conduct surveillance on virtually everyone. However, the chief opponents...
  • Human Sex Trafficking of US Minors (Part 1)

    10/22/2013 3:50:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Reuters reported last week, "Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude." A percentage is represented in all 162 countries, with almost half being in India. And many would be surprised to discover that the U.S. sexual slavery market is growing -- in and outside our country -- using none other than American minors. Americans trafficking Americans. ABC News reported in July on a National Geographic undercover investigation of sexual slavery in the U.S.: "When some people hear about sex trafficking in America they usually...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Massive Star in NGC 6357

    10/22/2013 3:31:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | October 22, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: For reasons unknown, NGC 6357 is forming some of the most massive stars ever discovered. One such massive star, near the center of NGC 6357, is framed above carving out its own interstellar castle with its energetic light from surrounding gas and dust. In the greater nebula, the intricate patterns are caused by complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity. The overall glow of the nebula results from the emission of light from ionized hydrogen gas. Near the more obvious Cat's Paw nebula, NGC 6357 houses the open star cluster Pismis 24, home to many...
  • Hollywood and the New Racism

    10/22/2013 3:19:18 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/22/2013
    If you believe press reports, Twelve Years a Slave is undeniably one of the greatest -- perhaps the greatest -- film of 2013. Not due to any skill in filmmaking, which remains to be seen, or audience response -- the film was only released last weekend. But solely because Slave (directed by Steve McQueen, not the dead one with the motorcycle, I'm pretty sure), is this year's PC film, one made for the single purpose of preaching a very contemporary and meticulously constructed racial message. In this it joins a number of other recent pictures such as The Help and...
  • Error Message - Obama's spin on Healthcare.gov may only make things worse

    10/22/2013 2:58:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    Slate ^ | October 22, 2013 | John Dickerson
    President Obama is a gifted politician and knows how to win an election. But his spin on Healthcare.gov may only make things worse ______________________________ An IT problem has never escalated faster than the president's Rose Garden speech Monday addressing the problems with Healthcare.gov. He could no longer outsource responding to user complaints. At first, the White House had said the headaches signing people up for health care coverage were just technical glitches, but now the sheer number of those glitches defies that explanation. Reporting about deeper systemic problems suggest that fixes will not come quickly. As my colleague Matthew Yglesias...
  • Attackers set fire to Muslim prayer house in Russia's blast-rocked Volgograd

    10/22/2013 2:36:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 22, 2013
    <p>MOSCOW – Russian police says attackers set fire to a Muslim prayer house in a southern Russian city earlier rocked by a suicide bombing.</p> <p>Volgograd police said Tuesday someone threw Molotov cocktails at the building late Monday night, but the custodian managed to put it out. Houses with rooms set aside for Muslim prayer are common in southern Russia.</p>
  • A simple but powerful definition of prayer.

    10/22/2013 2:33:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/21/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    I have read many definitions of prayer. I have been especially fond of St Therese’s description.But one of the nicest and briefest descriptions of prayer I have read comes from Dr. Ralph Martin, in his book The Fulfillment of All Desire. Dr. Martin says beautifully, in a way that is succinct and yet comprehensive and inclusive of diverse expression: Prayer is, at root, simply paying attention to God (p. 121). Such a wonderful image: paying attention to God. Imagine that, actually paying attention to God. So simple, yet so often overlooked.More traditionally I have heard prayer defined as “conversation with...
  • Court-at-law judge switches to Democratic Party

    10/22/2013 2:20:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | October 22, 2013 | Eva Ruth Moravec
    A Bexar County court-at-law judge elected during the “red tide” of 2010 is switching parties.Standing at the foot of the Bexar County Courthouse steps, County Court-at-Law No. 11 Judge Carlo Key said Monday that he is joining the Democratic Party and will seek re-election as a Democrat in November 2014.“Make no mistake, I did not leave the Republican Party, it left me,” said Key,flanked by high-ranking Democrats. “My principles have led me to the Democratic Party,and my only hope is that more people of principle will follow me.”While he's been considering the decision for several weeks,it was the recent federal...
  • 22 October: Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Virgins and Martyrs

    10/22/2013 2:11:41 AM PDT · by markomalley
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/22/2013 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Today, 22 October, is the feast of the glorious martyrs Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Nunilo and Alodia were 9th c. virgin martyrs in Huesca, Spain. They were born to a Muslim father and Christian mother. They chose their mother’s Christianity.As a result of their choice for Christ, the Emir Abd ar-Rahman II executed them as apostates according to Sharia law.  Ah, the Religion of Peace!  The things change…Oh yes.  Before I forget, it is also the memorial of Bl. John Paul II.We read about Sts. Nunilo and Alodia also in good old Butler’s Lives of the Saints: Among the numberless...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Nation

    10/22/2013 2:06:18 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 16 replies
    October 22, 2013 | Jeanbl
    Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things. Psalm 118:15
  • I Ache for a President Who Loves America

    10/22/2013 2:03:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/22/2013 | Christopher Chantrill
    If there's one thing that bugs me about the Obama years it is the palpable fact that Obama doesn't love America. The last two weeks has intensified that feeling.We know why he doesn't love America. It's because he identifies with his Kenyan father's hatred of Western colonialism. If that weren't enough, Obama follows the cultural cues of liberal America, from his lefty mother to his lefty teenage mentors to his lefty college instructors to his lefty radical sponsors in Chicago. Liberals think they are too good for America. Ditto Obama.Liberals are above things like patriotism, which they demonize as nationalism....
  • NBC Correspondent Admits ‘This Sounds A Lot Like a Campaign...’ [Obamacare Rollout]

    10/22/2013 2:00:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/22/2013
    On Andrea Mitchell Reports today, NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander admitted that Obama’s current healthcare strategy “sounds a lot like a campaign...” When fill-in host Kristen Welker asked Alexander what he believed to be the White House’s strategy moving forward, Alexander painted the “strategy” in unflattering terms: I think in some ways this sounds a lot like a campaign, doesn’t it, Kristen? Obviously with the remarks on Oct 1 by the president, the remarks again today... Beginning this week the president is going to send out his team, cabinet officials, top members ... to head to areas they really...
  • The Republican Schism

    10/22/2013 1:48:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    RedState ^ | October 22, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    There is a data set within yesterday’s CNN poll that even CNN largely overlooked, but that explains so much of the current tension within the Republican Party. .......The real division within the Republican Party now isn’t even between those who call themselves tea partiers fighting the establishment. “Tea party”, like “conservative” and “Republican”, has less meaning these days and I increasingly dislike using the word. Admittedly though, everyone would consider me one based on the general parameters of what the tea party is.In any event, the real fight within the Republican Party now is between those who believe we actually...
  • Today's Toons 10/22/13

    10/22/2013 1:46:20 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 19 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 10/22/13 | pookie18
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  • Obamacare Enrollee in Web Ad a Computer Science Major, Managed Local Democratic Party Website

    10/22/2013 1:27:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sterling Beard
    Andrew, the fellow in the ad is Daniel McNaughton, a 22-year-old student at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla., who is, of all things, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Turns out that signing up for a health-care plan via the federal exchange isn’t quite as easy as the ad made it out to be. According to the Orlando Sentinel, McNaughton successfully enrolled after attempting to sign up at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, and credits his success to the fact that “a lot of people were asleep.” McNaughton, who interned for Democratic state senator David Aronberg in...
  • The Bay Area’s 1 Percenters

    10/22/2013 1:19:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    NRO - Online ^ | October 22, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If you’re hip and liberal,your kids don’t have to go to school with the gardener’s kids".......................Ask a Silicon Valley liberal whether he is for amnesty,open borders, and multicultural curricula,and he assents; ask him next whether he is for new low-income and diverse housing construction a few minutes from Menlo Park or Atherton, and he is aghast. I think the average Bay Area liberal believes his nanny flies home to Oaxaca each evening and is back by the next morning at the Hillsborough doorstep.Among the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley,there is no apparent inclination to insist on having their gadgets...
  • It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more

    10/22/2013 1:13:52 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies
    The Independent [UK] | 17 May 2013 | Howard Jacobson
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  • An Economic Chart That Could Spell Trouble

    10/22/2013 1:13:31 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    www.theBlaze.com ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 | Becket Adams
    AN ECONOMIC CHART THAT COULD SPELL TROUBLE Oct. 21, 2013 by Becket Adams Fund flows are interesting in thatthey help market analysts gauge investor sentiment in specific assets or the markets as a whole. “For instance,if net fund flows for bonds funds during a given month is negative by a large amount,this would signal broad-based pessimism over the fixed-income markets,” Investopedia notes, offering a helpful explanation for the concept. That being said, something interesting happened earlier this year with foreign interest in USD-denominated assets. Simply put, foreign interest collapsed. Here’s a chart to help you visualize the drop: “It...
  • Obama Homeland Security pick defended Happy Meal Hoaxer [planted rat tail in son's Happy Meal]

    10/22/2013 12:58:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2013 | Charles Johnson
    Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s nominee to head Homeland Security, represented a disgraced scientist who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for planting a fried rat’s tail in his son’s Happy Meal french fries as part of a failed extortion attempt. Michael Zanakis took a rat’s tail from the medical research laboratory where he worked, had it fried and then placed it in a package of french fries he bought at a Long Island McDonald’s on Jan. 15, 1996, prosecutors said at the time. Zanakis threatened to go public with accusations that McDonald’s served the fried rat’s tail to his...
  • Federal judge set to rule on Obamacare subsidies quandary

    10/22/2013 12:35:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 21, 2013 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    A federal judge will decide Tuesday on a case that could blow a major hole through the Obamacare exchanges when he rules on whether the government can dole out tax credits to Americans whose states declined to run their own Affordable Care Act insurance markets.U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman heard oral arguments Monday and said he would rule Tuesday morning on the challenge by seven plaintiffs, who want an injunction from the rule that extends credits to all of the exchanges. He will also rule on the government’s attempt to kill the lawsuit.The 2010 law says the tax...
  • Big Labor threatens to end careers of Democrats who support entitlement reform

    10/22/2013 12:30:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    In a shot across the bow of political moderates, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka threatened Monday to use Big Labor's resources to unseat any Democrat who supports entitlement reform. Trumka made the comments in a speech at the annual meeting International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in Las Vegas. He was reacting to reports that lawmakers may pursue some type of restraint in the ever-rising costs of programs like Social Security and Medicare. "Let me just say this one for the record. No politician — I don’t care the political party — will get away with cutting Social Security, Medicare or...
  • Another Gospel?

    10/22/2013 12:13:54 AM PDT · by jodyel · 135 replies
    Thomas Oden, long time professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University, for years wrote volume after volume elaborating and espousing the latest theories and practices — successful, up-to-date, modern, in the best liberal tradition — yet somehow he remained dissatisfied. So, quite a while ago now, he shifted gears sharply and produced a volume entitled Agenda for Theology. Toward its beginning, he recounted a dream, from which the only scene he could remember took place in the New Haven cemetery. As he wandered through the graveyard, he accidentally stumbled over his own tombstone. Naturally, he stopped to read the...
  • Greenfield: Liberalism’s War on Women

    10/22/2013 12:05:25 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 3 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, October 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, October 21, 2013 Liberalism’s War on Women Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog As Bob Filner, San Diego’s former progressive mayor, pleads guilty to charges stemming from his attacks on women, his essay, “Why I am Pro-Choice” still decorates the website of Planned Parenthood. >A year ago, Filner had appeared at a Planned Parenthood rally while running for mayor of California’s second largest city to accuse his opponent of being part of the war on women. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund had sent out a letter saying that “for twenty years, Bob Filner has defended women”....
  • My Father is Always Working

    10/21/2013 11:43:28 PM PDT · by jodyel · 5 replies
    It is only too easy for Christians to become daunted and deeply pessimistic. The world we live in is a dark and presently an ever-darkening, place. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is increasingly and publicly mocked and marginalized throughout society, particularly in the media. Our Government passes legislation that defies the living God. Our churches, most of them, are small and struggling. Evangelical Christianity is awash with theological and moral compromise. You might well be forgiven for thinking, ‘Is it any wonder believers are daunted and deeply pessimistic?’ Do we have any reason, however, for being downbeat and...
  • DC baby boom; white infants and toddlers biggest increase

    10/21/2013 11:35:05 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 7 replies
    MY Fox DC ^ | 10-21-2013
    There's been a baby boom in Washington, D.C. Census figures show the number of children younger than 5 has grown by almost twenty percent to 39,000 over the past 3 years. The number of children ages 5 to 13 rose 7 percent. The biggest increases came from white infants and toddlers, which are up 34 percent. The rise is largely being attributed to new parents in their 30's and early 40's. There were fewer kids 14 and older during that same time span, suggesting that some parents are moving out of the city when their children reach high school.
  • Suspected 'Black Widow' suicide bomber kills 6 in southern Russia (near 2014 Winter Olympics)

    10/21/2013 11:19:13 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | October 21, 2013 | By Lisa Lundquist
    A suspected "Black Widow" female suicide bomber attacked a bus in the southern Russia city of Volgograd today, not far from Sochi, the site of the February 2014 Winter Olympics. The attack is the first such incident in the region in over a year. According to Russia's Federal Investigative Committee, a 30-year-old Dagestani woman named Naida Asiyalova boarded the bus at a stop, then detonated shortly afterward in an explosion that killed at least six people and wounded 32 others. There are thought to have been about 40 people on the bus. Identity documents found near the blast site indicated...
  • Iran attempts to silence its 'Death to America' chants

    10/21/2013 11:11:45 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat
    Chants of 'Death to America' have been part of Iranian public life for almost 35 years. But the new wave of politicians in Tehran is trying to change that, write Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat. An attempt by Iran's reformist president Hassan Rouhani to abolish the chant "Death to America" as part of his diplomatic drive to improve relations with the US and the West, has spurred an angry backlash among his country's hardline establishment. The slogan - "Marg bar Amrika" in Farsi - has rung out on official occasions in Tehran ever since the country's Islamic revolution in 1979,...
  • [NYC mayoral candidate] De Blasio has not disclosed years of rent income (possible tax evasion?)

    10/21/2013 11:09:08 PM PDT · by nycroads · 11 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | October 21, 2013 | Chris Bragg
    Updated: October 21, 2013 11:53 p.m. Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio did not inform the city Conflicts of Interest Board of the tens of thousands of dollars in rental income he received in recent years, Crain's has learned. City law states that elected officials must disclose income from real estate rents, but forms Mr. de Blasio has filed annually dating back to his days as a City Council member show none since at least 2007 for a rental property he and his wife own in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
  • Watch out for the rise of a European Tea Party

    10/21/2013 11:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | October 21, 2013 | Gideon Rachman
    America’s debt-ceiling crisis achieved something quite remarkable. It made the EU look well governed by comparison. Both the EU and the US systems are weighed down with checks and balances that make it hard to get things done. But Europe currently has one thing going for it that America lacks. All the most important decision makers in Brussels are committed to making the system work. There are no Tea Party types who regard compromise as a betrayal. This broad centrist consensus was an unacknowledged strength of the EU throughout the euro crisis. Although it became routine to complain that European...