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  • LAPD, Other Police Departments on Alert as Baltimore Warns of Gang Pact

    04/28/2015 4:13:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Andrew Blankstein and Tracy Connor
    The Los Angeles Police Department is ordering officers to ride in pairs because of a warning that street gangs made a pact to "take out" cops after a Baltimore man was fatally injured while in custody. L.A. officials said they made the call to issue the so-called "blue alert" out of an abundance of caution, and until they can assess how serious the threat is. In a statement issued earlier Monday, embattled Baltimore police announced they had received a "credible threat" that the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods, the Crips and other rivals planned to target officers. "Law enforcement agencies...
  • The Other Clinton Foundation Scandal

    04/28/2015 3:19:14 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/27/2015 | Staff
    Corruption: If the Clintons haven't used their foundation as a favor bank for foreign governments and business interests, what was it for? It couldn't have been about helping people.
  • Immigration: The only time the GOP cares about the working class

    04/28/2015 3:14:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | April 28, 2015 | Jeff Spross
    Last Monday, Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor and a presumed GOP presidential hopeful, kicked the hornets' nest that is the immigration debate. He told Glenn Beck's radio show that America needs to "make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages," and that this concern should be "at the forefront of our discussion going forward." Walker's comments are significant because they're something of a reversal for him, but also because they break with the "legal-immigration-good, illegal-immigration-bad" orthodoxy of the GOP establishment. Lumping both forms of immigration together as equally questionable...
  • Goldman Paid Bill Clinton $200,000 For Speech Before Bank Lobbied Hillary Clinton

    04/28/2015 2:09:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 4-28-15 | David Sirota & Andrew Perez
    Goldman Sachs paid former President Bill Clinton $200,000 to deliver a speech in the spring of 2011, several months before the investment banking giant began lobbying the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, federal records reviewed by International Business Times show. Goldman’s objective in lobbying the State Department could not be immediately discerned. The lobbying disclosure filings note only that Goldman sought to “monitor deficit reduction issues” -- specifically, a bill known as the Budget Control Act -- and the bank declined to answer questions about the precise nature of its interests Three days after Bill Clinton accepted Goldman’s...
  • Martin O’Malley’s Terrible Fiscal Record

    04/27/2015 8:02:08 PM PDT · by yuffy · 11 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | April 27, 2015. | By Chris Edwards
    ormer Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is readying himself for a White House run. His recent rhetoric on economics shows that he will run to the left of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. After two terms of an unpopular left-wing president, that is surely the last thing the country needs. The good news is that O’Malley has a record we can examine, so voters will have more to go on than promises of “hope and change.” For fiscal policy, Cato grades the governors from “A” to “F” every two years in its “report cards.” One thing stands out about O’Malley’s record: his...
  • Government wants less fluoride in water

    04/27/2015 7:55:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert King
    The federal government is calling for lower levels of fluoride in drinking water, the first update since the 1960s. The new recommendation is for 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, which replaces the previous range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams, according to the Health and Human Services Department on Monday. Americans have access to more fluoride through toothpaste and mouth rinses than when the recommendations were introduced in 1962, the agency said. Because Americans are using more fluoride, officials are worried about increases in cases of fluorosis, a condition that stains teeth exposed to too much fluoride. "The...
  • GoFundMe shuts down another donations page for a Christian business owner accused of discrimination?

    04/27/2015 3:15:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/27/15 | Allahpundit
    The question mark’s in the headline because they haven’t commented yet on where the page went or why, but you can guess what happened if you read Jazz’s post yesterday. A GoFundMe page for a different Christian-owned business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon, was yanked down by GFM because there are discrimination charges pending against the owner and it’s GFM’s policy not to raise money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.” Politely refusing to cater a gay wedding is, evidently, now a “heinous crime.” But that raised a question: If charity...
  • Sowell: Anti-Trust Law and Lawlessness

    04/27/2015 12:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 28, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people's mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge. Many Americans who say that we should learn from other people, especially Europeans, mean that we should imitate what they did. That may make those who talk this way feel superior to other Americans. But let us never forget that the most disastrous ideologies of the 20th century — Communism, Fascism and Nazism — all originated in Europe. So did both World Wars. More recently, Europe...
  • Meteorologist: My millionaire ex said he’d kill me if I didn’t get an abortion

    04/27/2015 12:42:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/27 | Rebecca Rosenberg
    A TV meteorologist claims her millionaire ex-boyfriend forced her to abort their baby — and choked her while she was recovering from the procedure, Manhattan court papers show. “I will kill you and our unborn child if you don’t have an abortion. I will run away to China after I kill you,” Stephen Jones, 48, told Roxanna Haynes, 30, this month, according to prosecutors. Jones, the $6 million-a-year head of the KPMG auditing firm’s Global Strategy Group
  • Parent co. to print gay wedding invites after franchisee refuses

    04/27/2015 12:14:22 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 4/27/15 | David Markiewicz
    The young couple wanted really special invitations made up for their wedding, something that looked like a train ticket to fit with the railroad theme of their big day. So bride-to-be Paige Beckwith turned to a Suwanee printer who’d been recommended to her. But the printer rejected the job because of his religious beliefs, the parent company of the printing business said Monday. Beckwith is gay. *** However, a company spokesman at AlphaGraphics confirmed Beckwith’s story. The company also released a statement: “We do not condone discrimination of any kind, and wish to make clear that customers of any race,...
  • Gov. Scott Walker Is ‘Clear Frontrunner’ in Iowa, Expert Writes

    04/27/2015 12:04:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appears to have an early edge in Iowa. Craig Robinson, founder and editor of TheIowaRepublican.com, calls Walker the “clear frontrunner” following the weekend Faith and Freedom Coalition event in that state, which hosts the country’s first caucuses. A number of the potential GOP presidential candidates attended the summit and addressed an audience of Iowa voters. Sen. Marco Rubio delivered “one of the best-delivered speeches of the night,” Robinson writes. The political observer added that Sen. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina got people talking. Fiorina “is going to be a surprise on caucus night if she keeps...
  • Clintons Progress from Selling Lincoln Bedroom to Pocketing Millions While Hillary is Sec. of State

    04/27/2015 11:10:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-27-15 | Robert Wilde
    Richard Grenell, an American media commentator and the longest serving U.S. Spokesman at the United Nations, said that, revelations unveiled by Breitbart Senior editor Peter Schweizer in his bombshell book Clinton Cash were “actually quite shocking.” In a spellbinding week of interviews, media reports, and articles about the book, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters and Fox News exposed that the Clinton Foundation was receiving huge amounts of cash from foreign governments, while Hillary was the acting Secretary of State. Grenell, an eight year state department veteran, told Breitbart News Sunday guest host, senior writer, Matthew Boyle, that the state...
  • What's at Stake as Supreme Court Considers Marriage Tomorrow?

    04/27/2015 11:00:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Does the United States Constitution require states to allow members of the same sex to marry each other? Does the Constitution require states to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in another state? These are the two questions the Supreme Court of the United States will ponder as it listens to oral arguments Tuesday. It seems simple. But the roads that have led to this point have been anything but. After years of legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage, many of them successful, as well as voter referendums in which the traditional definition of marriage has...
  • The home ownership trap

    04/27/2015 10:16:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Owning your own home and making it your castle is a key element of the American dream. Or is it? That’s become a more complicated question in recent years, particularly since the crash of 2007 and the bursting of the housing bubble well before that. Obviously the ability to own rather than rent can still be a very advantageous situation… for some people. But the reality is that it’s not the best choice for everyone, particularly if they are already in a tenuous financial situation. Stan Humphries of Zillow has an editorial at USA Today where he makes the...
  • Christian Economics in One Lesson: Chapte4

    04/27/2015 8:28:50 AM PDT · by all the best · 2 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | April 25, 2015 | Gary North
    Public Works Mean Taxes For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword (Proverbs 5:3-4). The author of Proverbs in the first nine chapters contrasts the faithful wife with the strange woman. He uses the metaphor of the strange woman for alluring lies that ultimately betray the person who accepts them. Here is the passage’s underlying message: something can look very appealing on the surface, but the end thereof is bitter as wormwood. Why? Because there is a system...
  • Economic activity in Texas is still plunging

    04/27/2015 7:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/27/2015 | Myles Udland
    The oil crash is hammering the Texas economy. The latest manufacturing index from the Dallas Fed came in at -16, better than last month's -17.4 reading, but below expectations for -12. Last month's reading was the lowest reading in 2 years. But this report's real impact is seen in the comments form the state's business leaders, which show that the oil crash is still weighing on activity in Texas. Big time. According to a comment from an executive in the fabricated metal manufacturing sector, "Our oil and gas customers have come to a complete stop. It looks like everyone in...
  • ‘Accords with China a hallmark in Argentina's foreign relations history’

    04/27/2015 7:56:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | April 27, 2015 | By Guillermo Háskel
    Chinese investment is seen to reach US$600 billion a year by 2030, mainly oriented to Brazil's and Argentina's manufacturing industry, an expert said. Despite protests that the accords signed this year between Buenos Aires and Beijing are shrouded in secrecy, strongly asymmetrical, and that they will deepen the trade commoditization of Argentina — one of the world's largest food exporters — an outstanding international relations expert hails them as a hallmark in Argentine history. “The accords signed with the People's Republic of China and passed into law by the Argentine Congress are one of the great achievements in the history...
  • Dr. John Lott: The Truth About Gun Free Zones

    04/27/2015 7:07:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 4/27/2015 | RRangel
    Here’s an article, in where Dr. John R. Lott Jr., eviscerates Harvard Professor David Hemenway’s survey of cherry picked authors. That of course lead to the conclusion that guns are bad. It’s what these people do. No matter real credible research, and the longstanding Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is an obvious social utility of the people. I wonder why gun prohibitionists think the Second Amendment was created to begin with. It’s in the Bill of Rights. Even still, they love to refer to guns as if being deprived of arms, is some sort of benefit.
  • The State of the planet: It’s better than ever

    04/27/2015 7:06:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/27/2015 | Stephen Moore
    There is no time in the history of mankind that would be a better time to be alive than today. Nearly every objective measure of the state of the planet and the state of human progress shows vast improvement over time. You can find proof of this in about 30 seconds on your iPhone, a computing powerhouse that places the world at your fingertips. Why is there so much pessimism about the state of our planet? Last week I watched the Earth Day speeches on the National Mall in Washington, and they were drenched with Chicken Little tales of a...
  • The Fall of the House of Clinton

    04/27/2015 7:04:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-27-15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Boys and girls, Count Victor presents a berrry, berrry scarrrrrry tale of political corruption run amok.</p> <p>1.That the accusations are “old news.” 2.That the accusers are funded by right-wing conspiracists. 3.That everyone does what the Clintons did. 4.That the media pick on the Clintons. 5.That there is no hard evidence (because they have destroyed documents) that would ever lead to a criminal case. And: 6.That they are moving on, to work on behalf of the folks.</p>
  • Suit By Aurora’s Victims Families Tossed: Ordered To Pay Ammo Court Costs

    04/27/2015 6:58:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    gunsnfreedom.com ^ | 4/26/2015 | Tim
    In September, Breitbart News reported that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence joined with Sandy and Lonnie Phillips in suing Lucky Gunner and other firearm-related stores for selling ammunition and other supplies to alleged Aurora theater gunman, James Holmes. Holmes allegedly opened fire on movies-goers watching The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. In late March, Senior District Judge Richard Matsch threw out the suit and held that Lucky Gunner and the others “are entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and costs.”
  • Economic Slowdown Confirmed by Gross Output and B2B Data

    04/27/2015 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Paul Dykewicz
    The U.S. economy is slowing but thus far is avoiding a recession, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Gross Output, a broadened measure of U.S. economic activity published by the bureau, grew “much more slowly” in the fourth quarter of 2014 than the previous quarter or the same one a year ago, said Mark Skousen, PhD, a proponent of the new statistic and the editor of the Forecasts & Strategies investment newsletter. Real Gross Output (GO) advanced at an annualized rate of only 2.6% to $31.4 trillion by the end of 2014, half the rate...
  • Researchers Finding Applications for Tough Spinel Ceramic [Transparent Aluminum]

    04/27/2015 6:26:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Provided by Naval Research Laboratory
    Imagine a glass window that's tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn't get scratched in a sand storm, or a smart phone that doesn't break when dropped. Except it's not glass, it's a special ceramic called spinel {spin-ELL} that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years. "Spinel is actually a mineral, it's magnesium aluminate," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research. "The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion." As a more durable...
  • Barnicle: No Clinton Quid Pro Quo Because Bill Bilked Bribers

    04/27/2015 5:46:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How bad are things getting for Hillary when a popular argument among her defenders is that there was no corruption because Bill cheated the people who thought they were bribing her? Last week, we reported on Hillary fan Dorian Warren suggesting that Bill was "running serious game on many of these countries saying oh, I'll talk to my wife, give me the check, and then never mentioning [it.]" On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made that same argument, claiming there was no quid pro quo because knowing Bill, he took the money saying "yeah, sure, I'll call him for you,...
  • The Clintons' Other, Truly Bodacious Mine Boondoggle

    04/27/2015 5:00:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-27-15 | Jack Cashill
    The New York Times reported this week on the unseemly transfer of cash from parties interested in a major uranium deal to the Clintons. The Canadian company selling Uranium One to the Russians donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. And Russians tied to the deal gave Bill Clinton $500,000 for a Moscow speech. The deal had global consequences. It would put one fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States under Russian control. So critical was the deal that it needed the approval of the U.S. State Department. State approved the deal, and it managed to so...
  • Conservative Media Rallies to Walker After Tough Talk on Legal Immigration

    04/27/2015 4:48:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 26, 2015 | William Bigelow
    The conservative movement’s leading media icons lined up to back Scott Walker after the media attempted to lynch him for talking tough on immigration.After being attacked...Walker stayed the course...“A couple years ago, when the unemployment rate was at incredibly high levels and labor participation was low, why would we want to flood the market with more workers?” he said. “So that would be a time when you would have arguably less. As the unemployment rate goes down and labor participation rates go up, the two have to go hand in hand. Then it could be conceivably more than we have...
  • Chipotle to Stop Serving Genetically Altered Food

    04/27/2015 4:38:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 92 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04/26/15 | STEPHANIE STROM
    In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients. “This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.” In 2013, Chipotle was the first restaurant chain to indicate which items contained genetically modified organisms,...
  • Streaming music ‘war’ looming between Jay Z’s Tidal and Apple

    04/27/2015 3:13:46 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 7 replies
    Page Six ^ | 4/25/15 | Emily Smith
    Last week it emerged that Tidal, following its March 30 launch, has fallen out of the iPhone top 700 apps. But positioning in the app charts is driven by downloads, and according to our source, Apple “deliberately took a long time to approve Tidal iOS app updates. Tidal had a new app on Android on April 15, but still hasn’t received approval for Apple’s iOS app store.” Robert Kondrk, vice president of iTunes Content, has also declared war on artists who sign up with Tidal. A source told us, “Robert told execs at Universal Music Group that Rihanna and other...
  • If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon

    04/27/2015 3:13:27 AM PDT · by John W · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Paul Taylor
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - "We're going bust." "No, you're not." "You're strangling us." "No we're not." "You owe us for World War Two." "We gave already." The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight. Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder weapon. If Athens runs out of cash and defaults in the coming weeks, as seems increasingly possible, no one wants...
  • Obamacare for Your IRA

    04/27/2015 3:06:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/27/15 | John Berlau
    Is Jonathan Gruber — the MIT economist who seemingly dropped out of public view after he was caught on camera bragging about how he and other Obamacare architects misled the American public — now advising the Department of Labor? No evidence indicates that he is, but the authors of DOL’s sweeping new seven-part group of regulations that would sharply curtail choices of assets and investment strategies in 401(k)s, IRAs, and other savings plans appear to share Gruber’s mindset on the “stupidity of the American voter” (a revelation that Rich Lowry aptly described as “an unvarnished look into the progressive mind,...
  • Scott Walker Imposes Drug Testing for Government Aid, Liberals Lose Their Minds

    04/27/2015 12:53:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    YC - Young Conservatives ^ | April 25, 2015 | Derryck Green
    But when you take a look at the organizations these religious leaders represent, you’ll see that these religious types are political progressives who’re using the cover of religion for their political activism. The websites of these organizations who oppose Walker’s drug-testing legislation all, in some form or another, uses words or phrases immediately identifiable with progressive- rather than religious- causes. Such terms and phrases found were “social” and “economic” justice, “peacemaking,” “solidarity,” and “human community”; “restorative justice,” “united for justice.” One website even had a “living wage campaign” and “resources for justice seekers.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently proposed a...
  • Scott Walker Imposes Drug Testing for Government Aid, Liberals Lose Their Minds

    04/27/2015 12:25:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    YC - Young Conservatives ^ | April 26, 2015 | Derryck Green
    But when you take a look at the organizations these religious leaders represent, you’ll see that these religious types are political progressives who’re using the cover of religion for their political activism. The websites of these organizations who oppose Walker’s drug-testing legislation all, in some form or another, uses words or phrases immediately identifiable with progressive- rather than religious- causes. Such terms and phrases found were “social” and “economic” justice, “peacemaking,” “solidarity,” and “human community”; “restorative justice,” “united for justice.” One website even had a “living wage campaign” and “resources for justice seekers.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently proposed a...
  • Yes, Carly Fiorina Was Fired; The real question is why wasn’t Hillary?

    04/26/2015 7:29:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 04/24/2015 | By Neal B. Freeman
    We e still have a week to go, but it’s already clear that the Most Valuable Player of the Month will be Carly Fiorina. She wins the award because she has done what nobody else has thought to do or, more likely, had the nerve to do. She has said in a loud, clear voice that the Empress has no clothes. Carly notes that, while the Empress Hillary went to fancy schools, ran expensive campaigns, held high political office, signed her name to multiple autobiographies, generated Kardashian levels of personal publicity and became Romney-rich while serving some never-quite-identified public interest,...
  • The Tesla Gigafactories Are Coming. Can Global Lithium Supply Keep Up?

    04/26/2015 7:06:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 42 replies
    The Tesla Gigafactories Are Coming. Can Global Lithium Supply Keep Up? Many investors are dreaming of the growth that Tesla Motors' Gigafactory could unlock, but is there enough global lithium to enable the growth in the first place?   Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson (left), shown here on the roof of the Gigafactory with Tesla CTO JB Straubel (right), has invested in Elon Musk through SpaceX and Tesla. Image source: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr.Five hundred thousand electric vehicles per year, a steady supply of household energy storage devices to be coupled with residential solar, and a doubling of global lithium ion battery production...
  • Boston Fed Admits There Is No Exit, Suggests QE Become "Normal Monetary Policy"

    04/26/2015 6:29:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    Perhaps it was inevitable. After all, the term “QEfinity” entered the financial lexicon long ago and there were already quite a few commentators out there suggesting that it may now be too late to remove the punchbowl, meaning an “exit” will not only prove difficult, but may well be impossible. Take Makoto Utsumi, who oversaw foreign-exchange policy at the Japanese Ministry of Finance from 1989-1991, for example. Utsumi recently said a BoJ QE exit was out of the question “for the foreseeable future” and went on to note that “even the thought of an exit is a nightmare.” Meanwhile, it’s...
  • Moms Demand: Join Us in Teaching Kroger a Lesson for Not Banning Guns

    04/26/2015 6:07:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launches “World’s Longest Receipt” campaign to teach Kroger a lesson for not banning guns. “World’s Longest Receipt” is a boycott of Kroger whereby Moms Demand Action is asking supporters to shop at a Kroger competitor, then submit the receipt on a Moms Demand Action website to help keep a running tally.Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts announced the boycott by saying: It’s a shame that Kroger President & COO Rodney Ellis and CEO W. Rodney McMullen will not listen to their customers and employees to follow the lead of their competitors and...
  • Post-Nepal earthquake evacuation operation success, IAF to buy three more C-17 aircraft

    04/26/2015 5:31:54 PM PDT · by IndianChief · 15 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 27 Apr, 2015, 05.44AM IST | By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force has initiated a proposal to purchase three more Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the US for about Rs 8,700 crore, impressed as it is by the cargo carrier's varied utility that includes carrying out of large-scale humanitarian assistance operations such as the ongoing relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal. The IAF has told the government that it wants to add three very heavy transport aircraft to its fleet of 10 C-17s that were ordered in 2011 and inducted in 2013, officials said. The IAF has pressed the case for three more C-17s after being informed...
  • Clinton Foundation Put On Charity ‘Watch List’ Along With Al Sharpton’s Shady Nonprofit

    04/26/2015 4:59:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/15 | Chuck Ross
    The Clinton Foundation has joined Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on a list of naughty nonprofits maintained by Charity Navigator, a prominent charity monitor.The Clinton Foundation was put on Charity Navigator’s “watch list” last month, The New York Post reported on Sunday.The foundation has come under intense scrutiny of late amid revelations it received millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. Money also flowed to the foundation from companies and businessmen who benefited from their relationship to the Clintons.Furthermore, analysis of the foundation’s tax forms showed it spends a relatively...
  • INDUSTRY: CITY OF CRONIES (City of Industry,CA)

    04/26/2015 1:52:05 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/26/2015 | Rebecca Kimitch and Steve Scauzillo Staff Writerss
    (LONG article, so this first:) ************************* BY THE NUMBERS • $107.4 million: Amount City of Industry paid to Zerep Management, owned by former Mayor Dave Perez, from 1995- 2014 for street sweeping and other city maintenance • $219.2 million: Amount Industry paid to other Perez family-owned businesses from 1995-2014 or trash collection and other services • $133,000: Average amount Industry paid to Zerep every month in 2014 or street sweeping • $20,000: Average amount Industry pays monthly now to R.F. Dickson Co. for street sweeping • 50: Equivalent of full-time employees Industry paid Zerep for, based on labor charges. •...
  • Market Uptrend, Sound Trading, and How to Buy Stocks; --Thread April 26, 2015

    04/26/2015 11:45:54 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 21 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | April 26, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Supposedly the top finance news stories this week have been the Greek Bailout, the Trade Fast Track Vote, but with NASDAQ's all time high we're getting even more buzz on our new stock rally. This past week's seen the S&P500 leap almost 2% and gold fall more than 2%.  A couple percent may not seem like much but having it happen in just five trading days means we got annualized returns of a 2/3 loss on gold and 50% gain on stocks.Weird how it is though that with stocks it means that we're now officially in a "confirmed uptrend",...
  • Crony Capitalists Strike Again

    04/26/2015 3:52:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/26/15 | Bruce Bialosky
    There are not many things mainstream Republicans have in common with Elizabeth Warren leftists other than their mutual disdain for crony capitalism. The main difference here is that the Left mistakenly believes that these people who feed at the trough of government are actually Republicans. The Left beds down politically with these affluent bloodsuckers while they live in disdain of the Koch Brothers who take no government support. These crony capitalists have struck again and this time they will live to regret it.The issue that duped these supposed capitalists was what has been branded as “net neutrality.” This is another...
  • A New Degree in Architecture, Computers or Health Is Worth More Than Decades of Job Experience

    04/26/2015 2:59:36 AM PDT · by iowamark · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/19/2015 | Josh Zumbrun
    Freshly minted college graduates who majored in fields like architecture, business, computers, statistics, engineering and health can expect to start jobs where they earn more than high school graduates with decades of experience.That’s the finding of a new report from Georgetown University‘s Center on Education and the Workforce, which dives into the varying career outcomes for graduates in different college majors. The report underscores both the size of the premium for higher education in the U.S. labor market and the even larger premium that accrues to graduates with select areas of expertise.“Back in the day, especially in the 1970s, the...
  • Mexican Cartels Try to Create a Market for Meth in New York City

    04/25/2015 11:12:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/21/15 | VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
    Law enforcement agencies have long wondered why methamphetamine, which ravaged so many American communities from the 1990s until the mid-2000s, didn’t take hold in New York City. Because the New York City metropolitan area is the largest illegal drug market in the country, and because demand has been so high elsewhere in the U.S., the city’s law enforcement for decades “has always been anticipating a meth outbreak,” explains James Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division. “We’ve just never seen it take off to the same degree,” Hunt tells Newsweek. Try Newsweek for only...
  • Google Executive Identified in Deadly Mount Everest Avalanche

    04/25/2015 10:27:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Vince Cestone
    A Google executive has been confirmed dead in an avalanche at Mount Everest triggered by a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal, the Mountain View internet company said. Google issued a statement Saturday confirming the death of Google "X" privacy executive Dan Fredinburg. "Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," the statement said in part. "Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly."...
  • John Galt Hates Ben Bernanke

    04/25/2015 10:24:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 3, 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Ah: I see that there was a Twitter exchange among Brad DeLong, James Pethokoukis, and others over why Republicans don’t acknowledge that Ben Bernanke helped the economy, and claim credit. Pethokoukis — who presumably gets to talk to quite a few Republicans from his perch at AEI — offers a fairly amazing explanation: B/c many view BB as enabling Obama’s spending and artificially propping up debt-heavy economy in need of Mellon-esque liquidation Yep: that dastardly Bernanke was preventing us from having a financial crisis, curse him. Actually, there’s a lot of evidence that this was an important part of the...
  • Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries

    04/25/2015 8:52:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/04/2015 - 16:28 | Nicole Sagener (translated by Samuel White)
    Catastrophic droughts, floods and heatwaves: climate change is making environmental disasters increasingly common. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid. […] Supporters of the idea say such insurance policies present a sustainable alternative to traditional aid funds, as they would shift the emphasis from cleaning up after natural disasters towards preventing them from occurring.Berlin is making its move. Barbara Hendricks plans to use Germany’s G7 presidency to pave the way for the entry of climate change insurance into mainstream environmental and development policy, and climate protection is high...
  • Jindal warns corporate America at Iowa faith event ["don't side with the leftists"]

    04/25/2015 7:37:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/15 | Sean Higgins
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned "corporate America" Saturday that it needed to "be careful" and not ally itself with liberals on cultural issues. Jindal, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, issued the warning in a speech at a multi-candidate event in West Des Moines, Iowa.While many at the event argued that the Christian faith was being antagonized from both the cultural left and government entities, Jindal added a third entity that is usually seen as being on the side of conservatives, big business. He cited the recent controversies in Indiana and other states over adoption of religious freedom bills liberals opposed...
  • Google exec among hundreds dead from Nepal earthquake

    04/25/2015 5:03:29 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 94 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 25, 2015 | 6:29pm | Bill Sanderson
    An adventuresome Google executive who once dated TV star Sophia Bush met a harrowing death on Mount Everest in a a series of valanches triggered by Saturday’s giant earthquake. Dan Fredinburg, of San Francisco, was the only American confirmed by Saturday night to have died in the tragedy. He died from head injuries when the avalanche slammed into his base camp, according to family members and a statement from Jagged Globe, the mountaineering company that organized his summit attempt. “Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend,” said Bush, who starred from 2003 to 2012...
  • Walker responds to Rubio on whether a governor can be ready for president

    04/25/2015 2:42:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    Urbandale, Iowa (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit back Saturday at potential GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio over the Florida senator's charge that there's "no way" a governor can be ready for president when it comes to foreign policy. "I think he's questioning how Ronald Reagan was ready," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters after speaking at an event for Iowa Rep. David Young in Urbandale. Walker argued that, in his lifetime, Reagan "was the most impactful" president on foreign policy, while President Barack Obama "shows as a first-term senator, (he) isn't prepared to lead, or at least is not in the...
  • Walker Responds to Cruz: 'I'm Going to Stand With the American Worker'

    04/25/2015 9:59:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015 | As seen on Fox and Friends Weekend
    ".....In a recent Washington Examiner interview, Cruz promoted legal immigration and criticized Walker for suggesting that he supported limiting legal immigration if it has a negative impact on the wages of American workers. "When we talk about what should be the policy on legal immigration, it should be driven by the economic impact. And number one on the list of priorities should be: What is the impact on American workers and American wages?" Walker said. "If unemployment is high and labor participation is low, why would we want to open the door and flood the market with more workers at...