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  • America’s Bataan Death March toward Socialism prodded along at the point of Obama’s bayonet

    04/30/2012 8:15:01 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 30, 2012 | George Splevin, staff writer
    A bone chilling video that should scare the daylights out of every United States citizen is making the rounds as Lt. Gen. (Ret) W. G. Boykin warns us in no uncertain terms that Barack Obama and his administration is marching this country into Marxism at an alarming speed. And if you still don’t believe the Green Beret, just review and send comments to Notre Dame President John Jenkins because a far left group is asking the IRS to remove a Catholic Diocese’s tax exempt status because Catholic principles are being preached inside the Peoria Catholic Church. Email Father Jenkins at...
  • U.S. Seeks to Improve Municipal Emergency Communications -- in Turkey

    04/30/2012 6:49:02 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 30, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Significant steps have been taken since 9/11 to increase the interoperability of communications systems among emergency service providers; the U.S. government, however, is stepping up efforts to coordinate such efforts in one particular city: the Turkish city of Istanbul. The incompatibility of systems used by dozens of emergency and municipal service providers across Istanbul is negatively affecting that city's disaster preparedness. Conequently, the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) is assisting the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, known as the IBB, in its consolidation of 41 operations centers. According to a USTDA solicitation notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located via...
  • Clackamas County to Ditch ICLEI Membership While Portland Spends and Spends

    04/30/2012 6:11:12 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 10 replies
    redcounty.com ^ | 4/28/2012 | Roxanne Ross
    An announcement of momentous import was made at the April 26th 2012 Board of County Commissioners meeting of Clackamas County, Oregon. Commissioner Jamie Damon revealed that Clackamas County would not be renewing their membership in “ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA” at the next annual dues deadline. Commissioner Jamie Damon stated, “This was brought up several business meetings ago, and I was unfamiliar with the organization, so I did some research and looked up the organization as well. And we have decided to not continue as members of ICLEI. So I just wanted to let you know that.” The remaining...
  • Union Sues Indiana Governor; Claims Right-To-Work Law Enforces Slavery

    04/30/2012 5:41:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/22/2012 | Tom Gantert
    An Indiana union suing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels over right-to-work legislation is claiming that it violates the 13th amendment — the law that outlaws slavery. In the lawsuit, the union claims that the Indiana right-to-work bill "requires dues-paying union members to work alongside non-union personnel," which the union contends is slavery. Ed Maher, spokesman for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, didn’t return a message left on his office phone. Patrick Wright, senior legal analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said the union’s claim was ridiculous. "The legal argument expands the definition of chutzpa," Wright said....
  • Solyndra Was Not The Only Failure

    04/30/2012 2:30:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2012 | Warren Beatty
    ....Obama was emphatic about how recovery money was to be spent......Eighty percent of the Department of Energy's (DOE) green loans, loan guarantees, and grants went to Obama backers.... ...In March 2011, for example, the GAO examined the first 18 loans that were approved and found that none were properly documented. ... No notes were kept during the review process..... Schweizer concludes, "DOE Inspector General Gregory Friedman......testified that contracts have been steered to "friends and family." So with all that in mind, let's turn our attention to what has actually happened since Obama took office. * SunPower, after receiving $1.5 billion...
  • Citing "Great Recession," Dallas Police & Fire Pension Fund Trims Benefits For "New Hires"

    04/29/2012 6:25:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Dallas Observer blogs ^ | 01 March 2012 | Robert Wilonsky
    Back in mid-June came The Big Announcement: The Dallas Police & Fire Pension System was ponying up the $200 million needed to build the long-stalled-out Museum Tower high-rise in the Arts District. That same day, you may recall, we revisited a blast from the past -- the system's $27-mil investment in Arizona, which, as of last summer, was worth close to nada. Then, just last month, the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System's name came up yet again -- this time, as an investor in Jack Matthews and NYLO's boutique hotel in the Cedars, next to the South Side. In...
  • We Can Balance the Budget. Right Now – No Tricks, No Gimmicks, and No B.S.

    04/29/2012 4:17:32 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-29-12 | Brother Bob
    We've got a federal debt problem, and our political leaders are not taking it seriously. Granted, Paul Ryan was ready to step up and give us a budget that will eventually get us back on the path to fiscal solvency, but even his suggestions were promptly scorched by our president, whose own budget proposal was such an excellent idea that it got rejected unanimously by the Democrat controlled Senate. One of the biggest problems with getting any kind of spending reforms in Washington is that to most people the federal debt is some distant issue, or worse, something that can...
  • A General-Store Race Is On: $ General's Move to Add Fresh Food Underscores Midsize Store Rivalries

    04/29/2012 4:17:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 29, 2012 | Ann Zimmerman
    MERCED, Calif.—Dollar General Inc., whose discount stores have stolen bargain-seeking shoppers from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is trying to grab a share of the grocery business. The idea behind entering the notoriously low margin business? That stocking fresh food and more refrigerated products in midsize stores will drive shoppers to visit more frequently—and increase how much they spend on standard dollar-store fare, from corn chips to children's clothing. So far, Dollar General Market stores aren't nearly as profitable as the company's traditional dollar stores, which now number 10,000, though the company says the profit gap is narrowing. Competition is heating up...
  • The good, bad and ugly in California

    04/29/2012 2:11:53 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 4-29-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Prison crowding seems to be improving, but the bullet train still lives and Gov. Brown still pursues billions more from an overtaxed populace. . . .
  • Is it time to boycott Florida? (Cover the keyboard in Saran Wrap)

    04/29/2012 2:10:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 29, 2012 | Bryian Revoner
    In the midst of this controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law issue in the Trayvon Martin case and in the Marissa Alexander case, three key questions immediately come to mind. Question number one is how much injustice is this ‘Stand Your Ground’ law going to inflict on the public and on good, old-fashioned common sense before it is either revised or repealed? Question number two would have to be is this barefaced differentiation in the applying of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in regards to both of these cases a direct reflection of the ‘War on Women’, a war on minorities,...
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

    04/29/2012 9:55:50 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 29, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Best political humor from around the USA this week... LMAObama    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Sinaloa Boss Capture May Be Imminent

    04/29/2012 8:19:28 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/29/12 | Friends of Ours
    United States federal prosecutors in El Paso, TX may be signalling the imminent arrest by Mexican authorities of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Forbes-listed billionaire who heads the powerful Sinaloa cartel, with his indictment as reported by Jared Taylor for Reuters: The 28-page indictment filed April 11 in U.S. District Court in El Paso, Texas, targets Guzman and 23 other men with overseeing the cartel's primary task: moving thousands of pounds of narcotics into the United States. The cartel kidnapped, tortured and murdered its enemies to further its operations in Mexico and the United States, according to the charges. Last...
  • 22 Red Flags That Indicate That Very Serious Doom Is Coming For Global Financial Markets

    04/29/2012 7:42:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 04/27/2012 | Michael Snyder
    If you enjoy watching financial doom, then you are quite likely to really enjoy the rest of 2012. Right now, red flags are popping up all over the place. Corporate insiders are selling off stock like there is no tomorrow, major economies all over Europe continue to implode, the IMF is warning that the eurozone could actually break up and there are signs of trouble at major banks all over the planet. Unfortunately, it looks like the period of relative stability that global financial markets have been enjoying is about to come to an end. A whole host of...
  • And the Red Ink Flows Freely on the Red Line

    04/28/2012 7:10:24 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What Chicagoans now call The Red Line is a century-old commuter train, part of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It runs all the way from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south. As Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah famously said of nearby Lake Shore Drive, it’ll take you “from rags on up to riches” in just fifteen minutes. But unlike the scenic LSD, this train line can also give you a close-up view of some pretty rough neighborhoods, making some stations very dangerous. And the more dangerous a place is, the more you put off repairing it, until the cost...
  • Department of Labor Backs Down

    04/28/2012 1:51:47 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 23 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    The Department of Labor announced that it was withdrawing its proposed rule banning the employment of persons younger than 16 years of age on farms. “There are many hazards in agricultural work,” observed Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “Dangerous machines, sharp tools, and large animals pose a threat to those working in this environment. Our aim was to protect children from being injured or worse. We had no idea that farm families routinely call upon their minor children to participate in undertaking the tasks of running the family business.” An outpouring of opposition to the proposed new rule from the...
  • Why car makers lie about fuel consumption (in Europe)

    04/28/2012 12:06:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 27 April 2012 11:16 AM | Michael Hanlon
    There are lies, damn lies, statistics—and official EU car fuel consumption figures. I and others have been banging on about this for years; the figures quoted by manufacturers in their ads usually (but, interestingly not always) bears absolutely no relation whatsoever to what happens in the real world. … To get those “official” figures, new cars are subjected to something called the “New European Driving Cycle”, a series of short runs on a “rolling road” where the car is accelerated, put on a short cruise and decelerated under laboratory conditions. All the car makers have to put their cars through...
  • EPA Official Regrets Remarks

    04/28/2012 11:18:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 administrator Al Armendariz apologized for boasting that the Obama Administration’s approach toward environmental enemies was to “crucify them.” Armendariz attributed his remarks to his misunderstanding of the scope of the President’s authority. “While it is agreed that the President is empowered to kill those he deems a threat, I have been advised by the Attorney General that actually crucifying them would be construed as ‘cruel and unusual,’” Armendariz said. “Only more covert methods are currently approved.” Armendariz acknowledged “the President’s right to impose whatever restrictions he sees fit. After all, he is our ruler....
  • Not All Capitalism Is Created Equal

    04/28/2012 9:56:42 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-28-12 | Michael Henkins
    Without a doubt one of the two must underrated sites on the internet is Intellectual Takeout. It’s a place where questions are answered filtering out the bias of the political spectrum. I love this site for the challenges it presents to its readers to think beyond themselves and their world view. A few days ago I stumbled upon a gem. It goes a long way into understanding what is bubbling in the belly of the Conservative political gut. It takes on Capitalism as preached by those in power and Capitalism as understood by the conservative/libertarian voter. They are definitely...
  • Dem Says High Unemployment Will Help Party “Cruise to Victory”

    04/27/2012 9:09:51 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 43 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 April 2012 | John Semmens
    The normal expectation would be that high unemployment would hurt the President and his fellow Democrats come the November elections. “Not so,” says Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA). “Every person who's unemployed or on welfare knows that it's the Democrats who will look out for them.” Fattah asserted. “The flaw in the GOP's reasoning is the mistaken notion that putting more people to work is what voters want,” Fattah said. “What everyone wants is a paycheck. They'll work for it if they have to. But getting one without being forced to work for it is the type of total freedom that...