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  • Anti-stress law moves step closer in Germany

    08/28/2014 12:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Aug 2014 14:47 CET
    Germany’s Labor Minister Andrea Nahles has given her backing to an anti-stress law, announcing a study into workers’ mental health on Tuesday. Nahles told the Rheinische Post newspaper that she had commissioned the Federal Institute for Health and Safety at Work to come up with a report on the feasibility of a possible law to protect workers from stress caused by smartphones and constant contact with their bosses. “There is an undeniable link between having to be constantly available [for work] and the rise in mental illnesses,” she said, but she added it would be a challenge to implement any...
  • Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

    08/27/2014 11:53:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 1:22 AM EDT | Michelle Rindels and Jacques Billeaud
    With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people—especially those outside the U.S.—indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction. Tourists from Japan flock to ranges in Waikiki, Hawaii, and the dozen or so that have cropped up in Las Vegas offer bullet-riddled bachelor parties and literal shotgun weddings, where newly married couples can fire submachine gun rounds and pose with Uzis and ammo belts. “People just want to experience things they can’t experience elsewhere,” said Genghis Cohen, owner of Machine Guns Vegas. “There’s not an action movie in the past 30 years without...
  • (Flashback) Leader of (ISIS) Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

    08/27/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the...
  • Ben Stein: CNN Has 'Flipped Out in a Leftward Direction'

    08/27/2014 5:21:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax ^ | August 26, 2014 | Bill Hoffmann
    CNN has been transformed from a sober and respected news network into a shrill and biased mouthpiece for liberals, according to actor, author and economist Ben Stein. Stein, a speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, said the dramatic change is particularly noticeable in CNN's coverage of the racial strife in Ferguson, Mo., following the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer. "They've flipped out. I don't know what happened to CNN because CNN used to really be great and I can remember when it was great," Stein said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show"...
  • Two experts warn correction could total 60%

    08/27/2014 5:07:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 14 | Matthew J. Belvedere and Everett Rosenfeld
    <p>Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday.</p> <p>A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC's "Power Lunch." When this happens, he said, markets will face a "period of extreme turmoil."</p>
  • St. Louis County Seeks FEDERAL BAILOUT for More Than 100 BUSINESSES Harmed During #Ferguson Riots

    08/27/2014 4:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Saturday August 9, 2014, 18 year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer after he had earlier robbed a local convenience store. As a result of his death protesters in Ferguson have caused mass destruction in the community. Several dozen businesses were damaged in the looting and violence. Here is an interactive map of the attacks, shootings, lootings, and destruction. Many of the local businesses were looted not just once, but twice. Now this… St. Louis County officials are discussing disbursement of federal aid to the more than 100 businesses that suffered financial losses during...
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry

    08/27/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Veronica Rocha
    Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water.. Roughly 300 homes have received a three-week supply of bottled water after Tulare County officials discovered their wells had gone dry. In all, county officials distributed 15,552 1-gallon bottles of water, and have been filling a 2,500-gallon tank with nonpotable water so residents can flush toilets and bathe.
  • CBO revises estimate, warns U.S. economic growth will underwhelm in 2014

    08/27/2014 1:35:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Congressional Budget Office released a bit of a good news/bad news report on Wednesday regarding the state of the U.S. economy and federal budget. In the bad news column, CBO projected 2014’s GDP growth at just 1.5 percent. The report blamed this revision on “the surprising economic weakness in the first half of the year.” In early June, the International Monetary Fund projected the United States to grow by just 2 percent this year, revising its own estimate down from a previously anticipated 2.7 percent GDP expansion. This report is not likely to be warmly greeted by the...
  • Bernanke’s ‘humble brag’: 2008 crisis worse than Great Depression

    08/27/2014 1:07:06 PM PDT · by RckyRaCoCo · 28 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 08/27/2014 | Yahoo Finance
    The world finally knows how former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke views the 2008 financial crisis. “September and October of 2008 was the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression,” said Bernanke in a document filed Aug. 22 with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, reports The Wall Street Journal. Of the 13 “most important financial institutions in the United States, 12 were at risk of failure within a period of a week or two.”
  • Rochester(Mn) Police Investigating 2 Armed Robberies Behind Mayo Civic Center(tackled by up to six)

    08/27/2014 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | KTTC TV
    Lt. Mike Sadauskis said officers were called to the pavilion area of Mayo Park about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after a 28-year-old Rochester man had been tackled by up to six other men. The man told police one of the men had a gun and held it to his head. Sadauskis said the men assaulted the man and he gave up his backpack and personal items. The man didn't require treatment. On Monday night, Sadauskis said a 16-year-old boy was attacked in the same area while on his skateboard. Both victims gave a similar description of the gunman. Sadauskis said the...
  • Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

    08/27/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    spectator.co.uk ^ | 22 August 2014 10:41 | By Fraser Nelson
    Now and again, America puts its inequality on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white police offer shoots dead a black man, after having stopped him for jaywalking. Britain’s police don’t have guns, so these scenes are unthinkable to us. But American-style inequality? We have plenty of that too, we’re just better at hiding it – as I say in my Telegraph column today. I came across a striking fact while researching this piece: if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and...
  • Forecast: cheapest Labor Day gasoline since 2010

    08/27/2014 10:08:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 44 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 27, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Drivers hitting the roads during the upcoming holiday weekend will likely encounter good news: the cheapest Labor Day weekend gasoline prices since 2010. The forecast comes amid falling domestic and global crude prices, analysts at GasBuddy said. The benchmark price for U.S. crude is down nearly $9 per barrel since the Memorial Day weekend, and the the international price is down $7 in the same period. A downward trend in gasoline prices began in July and will likely continue through autumn, the gasoline price monitors said. Interestingly, the downward trend in crude comes despite several global conflicts in and around...
  • National debt has doubled since financial crisis: Congressional Budget Office

    08/27/2014 9:24:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/27/2014 | BY JOSEPH LAWLER
    The federal debt this year will be double what it was before the financial crisis, Congress’ official budget scorekeeper projected Wednesday morning. The debt is on pace to reach 74 percent of the country’s economic output by the end of the year, double what it was in 2007 and the highest percentage since 1950, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In its update to its projections for the budget and economy, the agency slightly upped its estimate for the 2014 deficit, which it now expects to total $506 billion, a $170 billion decline from 2013. The federal debt this year...
  • Obama’s new power grab: A climate change treaty without Senate ratification

    08/27/2014 9:16:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8-27-14 | Allahpundit
    It’s not a “new” treaty, apparently, if they’re rewriting an old treaty that’s already been ratified. Maybe that’s a sneak peek of Obama’s Syria policy too. Instead of asking for a new AUMF against ISIS, he could issue an “addendum” or whatever to the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda. Come to think of it, that’s his approach on immigration too. The mega-amnesty he’s getting ready to uncork isn’t being presented as new policy, even though it would legalize five million people or more. It’s being presented as a discretionary application of law that’s already on the books. Turns out every...
  • David Pennington: Republicans are Georgia’s problem

    08/27/2014 9:07:53 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 19 replies
    The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Georgia) ^ | August 27,2014 | David Pennington
    Recently, a friend lamented that the liberal left is destroying America, but I disagreed. The left is consistent and transparent in its belief that big government, higher taxes and more regulation serve the greater good. The right espouses a limited government platform of lower taxes, less spending and less regulation, which frees capital resulting in innovation and job creation. But do Georgia Republicans practice what they preach Georgia’s fiscal year 2014 results illustrate the reality vs. the rhetoric. Our revenue jumped $879 million over fiscal year 2013; but $473 million of this increase resulted from the new way cars are...
  • Buffett puts shareholders ahead of patriotism in Canadian deal

    08/27/2014 8:50:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:16pm EDT | Luciana Lopez
    Warren Buffett may be most famous for the billions of dollars he has made from investing, but he is also well known as a cheerleader for the United States. The Oracle of Omaha routinely exhorts investors to put their money in America, “the mother lode of opportunity,” as he wrote in his annual letter this year. So Buffett’s participation in fast-food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s purchase of coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc.—complete with relocation of Burger King’s domicile to Canada—might at first blush raise questions about his patriotism. Investors and tax experts say Miami-based Burger King’s move...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister: Time for Islamic World to Recognize Israel

    08/27/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | 8-27-14 | Jordan Schachtel
    Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister said that now is the time to recognize Israel as a legitimate entity in the Middle East, stressing that the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, terror group Hamas, is responsible for fanning the flames of war between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking at the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud reiterated that the Arab world must also reject Hamas as the representatives of the Palestinian movement, AWDnews reports. Saudi media has consistently been against Hamas in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the Middle East...
  • Destroying Privacy News: DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 32 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when.
  • The NRSC's Remarkable Immigration Statement

    08/27/2014 8:21:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8-26-14 | Jonathon Strong
    Capitol Hill insiders widely consider President Obama's rumored plan to unilaterally extend amnesty to as many as five million of illegal aliens to be political suicide, essentially ceding control of the Senate in a single act. But a key question has been whether elite Republicans are willing to deploy the issue in weaponized form. A statement from Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggests the answer is yes. “Executive amnesty would not only subvert the law, but depress wages, and hurt the poorest Americans most of all – including legal immigrants looking to rise into the middle...
  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    08/27/2014 8:03:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:13 AM EDT | Lori Hinnant
    Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister. In a statement Wednesday after a fourth round of questioning before magistrates, Lagarde said she would return to her work in Washington later in the day and said the decision was “without basis.” She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles. …
  • Don't Be Fooled: This Week's Economic Data Should Be Taken With a Large Grain of Salt!

    08/27/2014 7:39:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - A bunch of economic numbers from the government this week, which should be taken with a large grain of salt, were expected to show the economy was doing much better in the past three months. Well, we've seen these periodic, fragmentary numbers many times before, only to see the economy continue to slowly slog along at its painfully lackluster, jobs-challenged pace for the past six and a half years now. President Obama will recite the exaggerated economic numbers that his cherry-picking speech writers select to prove that he's brought the economy back from the bring of recession. But...
  • CBO forecasts $506 billion budget deficit for 2014 (1.5% GDP)

    08/27/2014 7:41:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 27, 2014 | By Robert Schroeder
    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday raised its estimate of the federal government’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year as it slashed its growth forecast, and warned red ink was due to rise in coming years if Washington doesn’t change current laws. In an update of budget and economic projections for 2014 to 2024, the nonpartisan CBO said the U.S. government’s deficit for fiscal 2014 will be $506 billion, or 2.9% of gross domestic product. The new estimate is $14 billion more than the agency’s prior estimate for the year, issued in April. The agency lowered its projection of...
  • China, Vietnam call truce on maritime tensions

    08/27/2014 7:34:36 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-08-27 19:48:40
    Liu Yunshan (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, holds talks with Le Hong Anh, special envoy of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam(CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, also a Politburo member and standing secretary of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 27, 2014. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo) BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- China and Vietnam will avoid any actions that might worsen their disputes on maritime issues, Chinese...
  • US court scraps order to seize Kurdish crude from tanker near Texas

    08/27/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/26/2014
    A U.S. court on Aug. 25 threw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long impasse. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq. At the request of Baghdad, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July...
  • Confiscatory Taxes, Eh? What does "Economic Patriotism" Really Mean?

    08/27/2014 7:25:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2014 | The Editors
    If you’re looking to move from Miami to Canada, as Burger King Worldwide is, chances are excellent that your motive is something other than the weather. The word “inversion” has entered the popular vocabulary, describing a tax-driven corporate merger in which a U.S. firm acquires an overseas company and then relocates its legal domicile to that firm’s home tax jurisdiction. The purpose of this is in no small part to escape the onerous U.S. corporate income tax. That’s what Burger King is looking to do by acquiring beloved Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons, which is based in Ontario. A number...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama Administration on Common Core

    08/27/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was filing a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama administration over alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards. Mr. Jindal is also accusing the White House of manipulating the regulatory process to compel states to take the much-disputed educational program, The Associated Press reported. The U.S. Department of Education used its $4.3 billion grant program and waiver policy to press states into accepting the same educational testing and standards program. Mr. Jindal said that action “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum,”...
  • China's new foe {Microsoft Windows}

    08/27/2014 7:07:34 AM PDT · by shove_it · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Susan Li
    CNBC's Susan Li reports China is building its own operating system to compete with companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft... (short vid at link)
  • Warren Buffett's Burger King Move To Canada Reeks Of Hypocrisy

    08/27/2014 7:03:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/27/2014
    It's no surprise Burger King is merging with Tim Hortons and moving its headquarters to Canada. Taxes are much lower there. What's strange is the deal's being financed by someone who believes in higher taxes here. Burger King is buying the Canadian donut chain for just over $11 billion. To seal the deal, legendary investor Warren Buffett — a man whose acumen we very much respect, by the way — is taking a 9% stake in the combined companies for an estimated $3 billion. In effect, he's financing Burger King's tax move. This is richly ironic, given that Buffett has...
  • Burger King Buyout of Tim Horton to Avoid Taxes

    08/27/2014 6:54:36 AM PDT · by econjack · 17 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 8/27/2-14 | Rick Newman
    Small, medium or large? The amount of outrage over Burger King’s deal to buy a Canadian donut chain could possibly determine whether the deal goes through — and helps Burger King dodge millions of dollars in U.S. taxes.
  • Government's green monster

    08/27/2014 6:22:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | John Stossel
    Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You’ve required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America’s waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City’s once-filthy Hudson River – right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it’s been for 60 years. In a rational world, environmental bureaucrats would now say, “Mission accomplished. We set tough standards, so we don’t need to keep doing more. Stick a fork in it!...
  • Harry Reid’s Kingly Tax Dodge

    08/27/2014 6:19:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    Harry Reid is in love with one of the easiest tax dodges out there. He’s been buying –-gasp!!—municipal bonds, which of course every investor knows denies federal income tax from being paid to the patriotic hardworking citizens of the United States via the U.S. Treasury on the income created from the interest rate carried on the debenture. I don’t know how long the government will put up with this loophole whereby the federal government allows some citizens, like Reid, to make really stupid investment choices in the name of tax-free investment, but I can say this: If you have reasonable...
  • $13 minimum wage in Chicago

    08/27/2014 6:12:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 22 replies
    WLS AM ^ | 8-26-14 | Bill Cameron, 89 WLS News.
    (Chicago) Mayor Emanuel is vowing to phase-in a higher minimum wage in Chicago than Springfield politicians are planning for the entire state. Rahm says he’ll push for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago even if the state enacts its pending ten dollar minimum wage.
  • The FDA's New Food Regulations Are A Recipe For High Food Prices

    08/27/2014 5:33:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/22/14 | Julie Gunlock
    Food prices continue to go up and consumers are feeling the pinch. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food has spiked to its highest rate since September 2011. Consumers are now paying more for such staples as ground beef, chicken and turkey, eggs, bacon, citrus fruit, coffee, peanut butter, and margarine. Normally, politicians would try to alleviate this financial strain on American families. Yet, this administration seems to want to make food more expensive.
  • Margin Debt & Trends

    08/27/2014 5:16:31 AM PDT · by VA Voter · 1 replies
    armstrongeconomics.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Martin Armstrong
    The debate over the pending crash in the stock market seems endless. Whether or not margin debt as reported by the NYSE has relevance any more is an interesting question in a world in which the retail investor has abandoned investing (decline in liquidity). The real marginal buyers are hedge funds and some banks while the cash buyers remain central banks. The make-up of the market has changed and the interest rates are well below even many dividends. So talking about total margin debt nearing $500 billion cannot be compared just on a nominal basis. Yes, we may yet see...
  • Opinion: Who wants to invest in Ferguson now?

    08/27/2014 3:49:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 27, 2014 | David Weidner
    Shellena Eskridge: ‘We need role models. We need an entire change for the better. We need economic change.’FERGUSON, Mo. — This town is already cleaning up. The streets are litter-free. The windows are being repaired. Now the question is, can this small community be able to draw new business, and will anyone stay? And it’s a question not just for Ferguson but for St. Louis as a whole. Negative attention from more than two weeks of protests over the death of Michael Brown brought the region’s deep-seated racial, economic and social problems into the national spotlight. And not in a...
  • BDS Victory Over SodaStream Equals 900 Palestinians Out of Work (moving out of West Bank to Negev)

    08/26/2014 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Shalom Life ^ | August 26th, 2014 | Daniel Koren
    One of the biggest news stories that accompanied the start of 2014 was Scarlett Johansson being named as the global ambassador of SodaStream, an Israeli company based out of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which develops home carbonation systems that allow users to convert tap water into sparkling water, in more than 100 flavors. […] Now, it seems the supporters finally have their wish: SodaStream has announced, in a reported non-political move, that they are moving the factory from the West Bank to a land that indisputably belongs to Israel (unless you’re a member of Hamas or ISIS),...
  • Gerald Celente: Politics is showbiz for ugly people

    08/26/2014 6:05:26 PM PDT · by GilGil · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/20/2014 | Gerald Celente
    What is driving the mad march toward World War III? Gerald Celente and Rick discuss the question.
  • USC CB Josh Shaw Hurts Himself Saving Nephew…Or Beating Girlfriend

    08/26/2014 5:25:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Seth Richardson
    University of Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw is a real American hero. He’s currently sidelined with two high ankle sprains after jumping out of a second story window to save his drowning cousin who was in a pool but couldn’t swim, according to ESPN. “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told ESPN. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be...
  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    08/26/2014 4:09:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8-26-14
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office. The announcement by Jay Lerner, a spokesman for the IG's office, follows the disclosure by Amtrak's inspector general that DEA paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers that the drug-fighting agency could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network. The Amtrak IG's report says that under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrak's own police agency,...
  • Florida school district replaces football chaplains with "life coaches"

    08/26/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Todd Starnes
    Troy Schmidt’s jaw dropped. A few minutes before, he had been preparing to start his seventh year as chaplain for the Olympia High School football team in Florida. But now, those plans had been changed – radically changed. “I received a call from the coach,” Schmidt told me. “He said Orange County Public Schools is no longer allowed to have chaplains as a part of the football program.” Schmidt, who is a campus pastor of the First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, listened as the football coach explained the district’s decision to cleanse Christianity from its ranks. “I could no...
  • Lois Lerner's Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe: IRS lawyer

    08/26/2014 3:57:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Doug McKelway
    Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about...
  • Smartphone app reveals the politics in your shopping cart

    08/26/2014 3:56:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/25/2014 | Rebecca Bratek
    Herbal tea, Clorox wipes and Skippy peanut butter have a little blue in them, while Folgers coffee and Campbell's soup are as red as their labels. Finding out where your favorite brands lie on the political spectrum is now as easy as scanning bar codes with your iPhone. BuyPartisan, a free smartphone application developed by former Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Colbert, gives users the chance to learn more about the political leanings of the makers of supermarket items. By compiling campaign finance data from the top Fortune 500 companies and matching it with their products, the app lets consumers scan...
  • Obama’s Speech To The American Legion Was Painfully Awkward [VIDEO]

    08/26/2014 3:44:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Brendan Bordelon
    It wasn’t exactly the roaring, adoring, campaign-style crowd President Barack Obama is accustomed to. On Tuesday, the president spoke to the American Legion’s national convention, facing a crowd of veterans deeply concerned about widespread corruption at the Veterans Administration and the resultant deaths of some veterans awaiting health care. So when Obama began by lecturing the veterans about cynicism and explaining his most recent foreign policy choices — instead of addressing the VA crisis — the audience clearly wasn’t pleased. Fox News cameras captured a sea of blank or frowning faces looking silently back at the president as he paused...
  • Japan's GDP Shrinks 6.8% As Sales Tax Bites

    08/26/2014 3:04:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Sky ^ | Aug 12, 2014
    Japan's GDP Shrinks 6.8% As Sales Tax Bites A sales tax rise takes its toll on spending by consumers and businesses but the painful effects are expected to be temporary. Efforts to shore up Japan's public finances have had a negative impact on its economy, with GDP shrinking 1.7% in the second quarter alone. A sales tax increase from 5% to 8%, which came into force in April, was blamed for the contraction in output during the period which came in at at annualised rate of 6.8%. The decline in GDP was the worst since the economic tailspin that followed...
  • Another Milestone: S&P 500 Closes Above 2,000 [for the first time in history]

    08/26/2014 3:00:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/26/2014 | ALEX VEIGA
    It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time. The move extended the stock index's record-shattering run this year. The latest milestone comes as investors see new signs that the economy is strengthening, a driver of stronger company earnings. "There's perhaps a small psychological boost when you get over such a significant price level," said Cameron Hinds, regional chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank. U.S. stocks, in the midst of a five-year rally,...
  • Congress Is Overpaid And Underworked

    08/26/2014 2:12:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:58 PM 08/26/2014 | David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
    The American public is frustrated with Congress. There is a constant stream of bickering between the two parties and two chambers, while the country falls deeper into debt to the tune of $1.3 billion per day. Congressional approval ratings are an abysmal 13 percent. To top it all off, Congress is in the middle of a five-week recess. Followed by their return on September 8, where they are only expected to be in session for 15 days before they adjourn and head home to try and get re-elected. With such little action from our lawmakers and so much of their...
  • Add your name: Tell Congress to act on climate change [email from manbearpig]

    08/26/2014 2:04:54 PM PDT · by upchuck · 10 replies
    email | Aug 26, 2014 | Albert Gore
    You are receiving this message as an Obama for America supporter. The Democratic National Committee is solely responsible for the content of this message. Dear friend -- Folks like you know what I believe: We have no more important priority than confronting and solving the climate crisis. Luckily, we have a President who has taken up that task with both determination and seriousness of purpose, and it's amazing what a difference that can make. In June, President Obama empowered the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution, a move which will help reduce dangerous CO2 from power plants by 30...
  • What are white folks to do? From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown (Guess where she's headed?)

    08/26/2014 1:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Transformation - Where Love meets Social Justice ^ | August 26, 2014 | Claudia Horwitz
    Killings of unarmed black men are now commonplace in the USA. These tragedies are also opportunities for honest reflection on our role in dismantling white supremacy. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African American high school student who was shot and killed on February 26th 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty of his murder. Martin was unarmed. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law - which enshrines the right to self-defense even when lethal force is used against someone who doesn’t have a weapon and where there are no witnesses - played a prominent role in Zimmerman’s acquittal....
  • California Forces Farm Workers into Union

    08/26/2014 12:46:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8-26-14 | Bill McMorris
    A group of Fresno farm workers is accusing the state of California of forcing them into the United Farm Workers union. Workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farms held an election in November to determine whether or not they would remain in the UFW. However, those ballots were never counted. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) seized the ballots until it could investigate UFW allegations of voter impropriety. “We direct the regional director to forward to the Board and serve on all parties to the election all challenged ballot declarations and all other evidence in his possession relevant to the eligibility of...