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  • The Fate of the Fed's Exit Strategy Is In Foreign Hands

    05/22/2015 5:46:26 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 4 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jeffrey Snider
    In all this talk about whether the economy will be strong enough to support the first policy change of this cycle, and how utterly sad it is to even have to argue about it, the larger issues about the exact operational framework remain largely unexamined. The intent of the FOMC is to undergo an orderly transition from extraordinary policy positions toward a setting more like normal. To go from A to B is not as simple as plugging in a new number, a fact that Federal Reserve officials are very quietly dealing with. The Fed has a repo problem, one...
  • On H1B Visas: Scott Walker Will Fight For American Workers, Senators Cruz and Rubio Not So Much.

    05/22/2015 5:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Red State ^ | May 22, 2015 | Repair Man Jack
    Why Scott Walker FLip-Flopped. One of the few intelligent and worthwhile things that John Maynard Keynes contributed to society is the following quote “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Governor Scott Walker’s information has recently changed. Remember that Governor Walker had the guts to back down the Progressive Establishment in The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. It thus comes as no surprise that he also has the guts to take on the increasingly progressive and less pro-American pro-immigration caucus in the GOP. Walker explains his qualms concerning this headlong rush to replace domestic American...
  • Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate

    05/22/2015 4:53:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 22, 2015 | by Michael Bastasch
    Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author. Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century. What Lloyd found was that the standard deviation of the temperature over the last 8,000 years was about 0.98 degrees Celsius– higher than the 0.85 degrees climate scientists say...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. It’s unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • How Obama Radically Transformed America's Patent System

    05/22/2015 4:28:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about or have ever contemplated -- which is exactly why the Obama White House and Congress got away with making radical changes to our time-tested traditions of protecting the fruits of entrepreneurial inventors' labor. It's yet another progressive horror story of abandoning what works in the name of what's politically trendy. For left-wing saboteurs and their Big Business GOP enablers, this means throwing our unique patent system and its constitutional underpinnings under an 18-wheeler. So-called "patent reform" proposals continue to plague Capitol Hill. But like health care "reform" and education "reform,"...
  • DUTCH SEA LEVEL RISE EXPERT: MIAMI WILL BE "THE NEW ATLANTIS," A CITY IN THE SEA

    05/22/2015 3:49:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 5/21/15 | Jessica Weis
    ...after Hurricane Sandy bared down on New York, killing over 150 people and wreaking $65 billion in damage, federal leaders cried for help to make the Northeast more flood-proof. Dutch expert Henk Ovink answered..... ... there's good cause to be worried when the Dutch expert says there’s no place in worse shape today than Miami. He’s begun calling the city “the new Atlantis,” after the legendary and beautiful island subcontinent that was submerged by the sea in one night. “If we look around the world and take into account sea level rise and the increase of water related disasters, among...
  • Tea Party Vs. Republican Party: Who Will Win In 2016?

    05/22/2015 3:24:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Investopedia ^ | May 21, 2015 | David Floyd
    A few broad distinctions have defined the United States' two main parties for decades. Republicans advocate smaller government, less taxation, and less regulation. According to the Pew Research Center, their supporters tend to be whiter, older, and more likely to identify as Christian than the average American. Democrats see the potential to alleviate certain perceived social ills through regulation and legislation, funded by taxation. They rely more on young people and ethnic and religious minorities for support. This familiar conservative-liberal political axis has been augmented in recent years by a second axis, which contrasts establishment and anti-establishment agendas. Anti-establishment groups...
  • Obama trade bill clears big Senate hurdle, Republicans keep Obama trade agenda alive

    05/21/2015 9:10:37 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    On life support as of early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama’s trade agenda has found new life. In a dramatic vote critical to the future of the president’s goal of securing new trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries, the Senate on Thursday broke a bipartisan filibuster of legislation to give the president “fast-track” authority to negotiate new trade deals. The 62-38 vote preserves the possibility that the Senate can finish the trade bill before the Memorial Day recess, which would be a major boon to Obama and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. It came after a...
  • Senator [Mike Crapo] Again Calls for Ending Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point

    05/21/2015 7:54:18 PM PDT · by upchuck · 3 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 21, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Comparing Operation Choke Point to Tom Cruise’s “Minority Report,” a film where police use “psychic technology” to arrest alleged murderers before they actually commit a crime, Sen. Mike Crapo today made another attempt to end the Justice Department’s controversial program. “To explain [Operation Choke Point], I want to remind everybody of a movie that came out in 2002. It’s called ‘Minority Report,’” Crapo, R-Idaho, said during a Senate Banking Committee hearing this morning. “[T]he Department of Justice has engaged in a program where it has actually designated not companies, not individuals, but business types or industries that are entirely legal...
  • Minimum wage threatens Germany’s fave pickles

    05/21/2015 6:46:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2015 14:32 CET
    Vegetable farmers in Brandenburg are worried about the future of the famous Spreewald gherkins, as the new national minimum wage has driven prices up.Spreewald gherkins aren’t just any old gherkins. They hold a certain status in Germany, to the extent that they are designated by the EU as a Protected Geographical Indication, designed to protect local specialties. And yet the greatest threat to their survival isn’t coming from international competitors, but from German politicians. Producers say that the national minimum wage introduced by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) as part of the coalition agreement is forcing prices up. “More than...
  • Ferguson Suffers Budget Fallout From Michael Brown Shooting

    05/21/2015 3:23:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JIM SALTER
    Ferguson city leaders project a $2.5 million budget shortfall during the current fiscal year and a similar shortage in fiscal 2016, largely due to the unrest and fallout after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the town's mayor said Thursday. Mayor James Knowles III said several businesses damaged or destroyed in the riots have not returned, so sales tax revenue is about $400,000 less than budgeted. The city voluntarily agreed to reduce the amount of money collected through the municipal court. Beyond that, police were issuing few tickets in the months after the shooting because they were too...
  • Minimum Wage? How About a Maximum Wage?

    05/21/2015 2:19:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | by Jack Rothman
    I see that unions, led by the Service Employees International Union, are out in full force championing the $15 an hour minimum wage. Business leaders scoff at this. The average CEO earns just over 350 times as much as the work force below. Those executives need to come down from the stratosphere and breathe real air. If we truly want to make that happen, how about joining the new $15 minimum wage with a $15 million maximum income? Could CEOs somehow manage to subsist on that? I think so. And then all of us could live pretty comfortably and in...
  • Millions of American Dollars Fund Pro-Gay Side of Irish Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

    05/21/2015 2:14:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 21, 2015 | MICHAEL COOK
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it has poured about...
  • Legalization threatens Oakland drug dealer revenue

    05/21/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2015 | by David Downs
    California might be ready to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, but some members of the Oakland community are worried it will be a job-killer for their street dealers. Support for legalization proved mixed at a public meeting of the ACLU’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Legalization in Oakland this week. "Street-level drug dealers who are now selling to 17- to 25-year-olds could see legalization cut their market in half," said Robert Dousa. “Many of these dealers are doing it to support their families — they need to make money,” Dousa said.
  • Jeb Bush: Let’s face it, Republicans spent too much when my brother was president

    05/21/2015 1:05:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/21/2015 | AllahPundit
    Back when he first announced, I figured upwards of 65 percent of the Jeb Bush presidential campaign would consist of him cautiously criticizing the obvious weak points of Bush 43 policy, one of which assuredly is spending. If you’re linked by blood to a president who left office under dismal circumstances, job one is explaining how you’ll be different. Then Megyn Kelly asked him about Iraq, Dubya’s biggest liability, and we watched Jeb spend a full week grasping for ways not to squarely disagree with his brother.Which is to say, this shouldn’t be newsworthy but I guess now it is....
  • Scientists: This is what it would take to keep the world super safe from global warming

    05/21/2015 1:03:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | By Chris Mooney
    The world is busy trying to achieve a global warming goal that some think we’re not on course to achieve, and that some scientists worry may not be enough to prevent some troubling scenarios — like significant sea level rise. That goal is limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But there’s another view, embraced by many countries (which tend not to be the big emitters), suggesting that a safer target involves limiting global warming to just 1.5 degrees C. Yet that target would be still tougher to achieve, finds a new paper in Nature Climate Change that...
  • Scott Walker Will Keynote Philly GOP Conference

    05/21/2015 12:32:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Politics PA ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Field
    Scott Walker is coming to Philadelphia. The Wisconsin Governor and probable 2016 presidential candidate will keynote the 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.“Governor Scott Walker is one of the leading voices of conservative values in the Republican Party,” PA GOP Chair Rob Gleason said. “Governor Walker has a proven track record of putting Republican principles into practice in government. Scott Walker has always put the needs of the taxpayer ahead of the wishes of special interests, and I look forward to hearing him discuss his vision for the future of our Party and our country.” “As the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia...
  • Price worries persist for Obamacare market plans

    05/21/2015 11:25:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 21, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    The price is still wrong for too many health insurance customers. Nearly half of all people with individual health insurance plans this year said it's "very" or "somewhat" difficult for them to afford their monthly premiums. The vast majority of Obamacare exchange customers receive a discount on their monthly premiums as a result of subsidies they are issued. Despite that, among individuals with both subsidized and nonsubsidized coverage, "You've got a substantial share saying it's not a great value for the money," said Liz Hamel, director of Kaiser's Public Opinion and Survey Research team. About four in 10 people surveyed...
  • Sen. Sessions Myth-Busts Obama Trade Effort

    05/21/2015 10:25:07 AM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 20, 2015 | by Caroline May
    ith the Senate poised to vote to end debate on Obama’s fast-track trade legislation, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is continuing his assault on the effort. Wednesday, Sessions took on arguments for the trade deal with a series of what he office says are “myths” versus “truths” about the trade deal under consideration in Congress. In the myth buster account, Sessions’ office says not only will fast-track erode congressional power over the trade process but the trade agreements implemented under that authority will trump U.S. law. Myth: Trade agreements implemented under fast-track will not supersede existing U.S. law. Truth: Every trade...
  • China may have edge in race to build California's bullet train

    05/21/2015 9:36:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California...
  • Fast-track Trans-Pacific Trade legislation passes U.S. Senate hurdle in win for Obama

    05/21/2015 9:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance | 05/21/2015 | Richard Cowan
    President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Senators voted 62-38 to give Obama a major victory and set up a speedy decision on the "fast-track" trade negotiating authority the president needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. TPP is seen as central to U.S. efforts to counter China's increasing economic muscle. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second Senate vote. Some supported moving ahead with fast track...
  • The ‘Old and Relentless’: The Clinton soap opera continues

    05/21/2015 9:32:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-19-15 | Charles Hurt
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the longest-running Southern Gothic soap opera in American history! It is a mix of "Days of Our Lives," "Dr. Phil," "The Sopranos," "Oprah" and "Judge Judy" all rolled into one, long, endless saga called "The Clintons — a Tale of Naked Ambition, Unquenchable Libido, Towering Greed and Their Desperation to be a Part of Every American's Life as Long as We Live." It is about 20 years on from being "The Young and the Restless." It has become "The Old and Relentless." Washed Up. Won't stop talking. Won't stop spinning. Won't stop lying. Won't...
  • Is the H1B visa a modern form of indentured servitude?

    05/21/2015 9:25:39 AM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 44 replies
    On the Jeff Kuhner show today, he discussed Disney's use of the H1B visa to remove long time IT workers from its staff. IT workers who have been working at Disney for as long as twenty years have been fired but not before they are made to train the foreign H1B workers who will replace them. They are given a choice of having some sort of severance package and they cannot complain about the conditions if they want that severance package. Marco Rubio is supporting the H1B program, he is a big disappointment to me. This H1B visa program seems...
  • Denmark Preparing to be the First to Eliminate Cash

    05/21/2015 9:25:35 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    Armstrong Economics.com ^ | May 19, 201 | Martin Armstrong
    Denmark is not part of the euro; they have their own currency, the krone. So far, they appear likely to become the first country to abolish cash. The Danish government is currently pushing to free some stores, restaurants, and petrol stations from accepting cash payments as Britain was testing last year in Manchester. The Danish government is currently are proposing to scrap cash transactions entirely as part of a package of cost-saving measures introduced ahead of the Danish election in September.
  • Obama says the DUMBEST THING EVER to protect ‘peaceful’ Islam

    05/21/2015 8:49:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Obama has been on a mission trying to protect his ‘peaceful’ Islam since he’s been in office, but he’s ramped it up with the advent of ISIS. Today in a speech somewhere, he actually suggested Climate Change led to the creation of ISIS and Boko Haram: Obama knows the people who listen to him are uneducated idiots who will believe anything he says, no matter how stupid. And this is about as dumb as it gets.
  • Arlington community enraged over new firearm shop opening in Cherrydale

    05/21/2015 8:47:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wjla.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jay Korff
    An Arlington strip mall off Lee Highway in the Cherrydale community has everything from restaurants to salons to a frame shop.
  • BUSTED: Paul Krugman removed 20 yrs of data from chart to show correlation that wasn't really there

    05/21/2015 8:30:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | CULLEN ROCHE, PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM
    Someone sent me an email Wednesday evening with some details on the Paul Krugman response to James Montier, which I discussed here. I had previously stated that the Krugman response was lacking meat. But it's actually worse than that. It's actually highly misleading and appears intentionally so. In the post, Dr. Krugman tries to show how much interest rates matter by comparing the Fed Funds Rate with Housing Starts. He shows a chart and declares that there appears to be a strong correlation. Except, as this emailer notes, he appears to have shifted the chart to make it appear as...
  • Soros sees risk of another world war

    05/21/2015 8:16:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 05/19/15
    Billionaire investor George Soros said flatly that he’s concerned about the possibility of another world war “If there is conflict between China and a military ally of the United States, like Japan, then it is not an exaggeration to say that we are on the threshold of a third world war,” Soros said. Military spending is on the rise in Russia and China, he said. To avoid this scenario, Soros called on the U.S. to make a “major concession” and allow China’s currency to join the International Monetary Fund’s basket of currencies. This would make the yuan a potential rival...
  • Fort Knox first military post to go 'off the grid'

    05/21/2015 8:06:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    After tapping into solar, wind, geothermal and now natural gas resources on post, Fort Knox has become the first U.S. military installation to go “off the grid.” The installation announced Wednesday it added 28 natural gas wells to its arsenal of energy-creating sources which already includes almost 6,000 geothermal wells, two wind turbines and 3.59 megawatts of solar panels. With the additions, Fort Knox will be able to produce more energy than it needs — about 44 megawatts a day. It typically uses about 20 daily, but has approached 50 before, officials said. With that kind of power, when Hardin...
  • U.S. Jobless Claims Rise, But Still Point to Growing Labor Market

    05/21/2015 7:59:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/21/2015 | BEN LEUBSDORF
    WASHINGTON—The number of Americans applying for first-time unemployment benefits rose last week, but remained at a historically low level consistent with an improving labor market. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the economy, increased by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 in the week ended May 16, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected 271,000 new claims. “U.S. labor market momentum remains solid in mid-May,” Barclays economist Jesse Hurwitz said in a note to clients. The prior week’s claims were left unrevised at 264,000. The Labor Department said no special factors...
  • You Won’t Believe What These Hillary Supporters Said About Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 7:51:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    1:00 video "......The only thing of value that was mentioned was that Hillary is not Scott Walker. No, she is not indeed. The Wisconsin Governor has a reputation for fulfilling his objectives without seeking media approval. Hillary is definitely not Scott Walker. If Hillary isn’t even viewed as having accomplished anything as Secretary of State, how can she persuade the general electorate to vote for her?
  • The ‘low-wage recovery’ is a myth

    05/21/2015 7:43:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    Guess what? This isn’t a low-wage job recovery. Listen to the media, and you might think that the only kind of jobs being created are in fast-food restaurants and retail chains. It turns out that this is wildly misleading and that the economy’s employment profile — the split between high- and low-paying jobs — hasn’t changed much since the recession or, indeed, the turn of the century. Put differently, the share of high-wage jobs is just below one-third of all employment, roughly where it was in 2000 and 2007 — the last year before the financial crisis. Similarly, the share...
  • Los Angeles' Minimum-Wage Hike Is A Job Killer

    05/21/2015 7:09:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/21/2015
    "L.A.'s Big Raise For Working Poor," read the Los Angeles Times' front-page headline a day after the City Council passed a $15-an-hour minimum wage. It should have read, "L.A.'s Big Disaster For Working Poor." The moral preening of the City of Angels' leftist political elites after the 14-1 vote comes with a hefty price tag. Forcing employers to pay what politicians believe is fair rather than what the market says is fair will cost many workers their jobs and force them onto welfare. "Today the city of Los Angeles, the second-biggest city in the nation, is leading the nation," said...
  • Greece Says That It Will Default On June 5th, And Moody’s Warns Of A ‘Deposit Freeze’

    05/21/2015 7:08:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 05/20/15 | Michael Snyder
    The Greek government says that a “moment of truth” is coming on June 5th. Either their lenders agree to give them more money by that date, or Greece will default on a 300 million euro loan payment to the IMF. Of course it won’t technically be a “default” according to IMF rules for another 30 days after that, but without a doubt news that Greece cannot pay will send shockwaves throughout the financial world. At that point, those holding Greek bonds will start to panic as they realize that they might not get paid as well. All over Europe, there...
  • Teamsters spend big on politics while preparing to cut pensions

    05/21/2015 6:25:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/20/2015 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members' dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay. The somber notifications began going out from the Teamsters Central States Health and Welfare Pension Fund this spring, a decision that could ultimately affect 410,000 current pension participants and a total of more than 10 million U.S. workers nationwide. Cuts could begin as early as next year.
  • Trek urges Wisconsin cyclists to oppose governor's proposed budget cuts and bike tax

    05/21/2015 1:05:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Industry News, Bicycle Retailer ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brain Staff
    "I think the reason these anti-bike policies are being proposed is it’s a red-meat issue for a lot of Republicans," Bike Fed executive director Dave Cieslewicz told Madison.com. "They have stereotypes about what cyclists are and they don’t see them as their voters. They see attacks on cycling as politically beneficial." WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle's president, John Burke, is urging Wisconsin cyclists to contact their state lawmakers in support of the state's Complete Streets Law, which Gov. Scott Walker has proposed eliminating. Burke, in an email sent this week, also urged them to oppose a $25 state bicycle...
  • This Planned Parenthood Clinic Injured Four Women in Botched Abortions in 30 Days

    05/20/2015 8:13:57 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | May 20, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    227 46 1 As Infowars.com is launching a protest at Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas, Operation Rescue has released four 911 records related to medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility in Houston. The 911 calls were placed on January 31, February 6, February 25, and February 26, 2015. (Listen to the four calls by going here). According to the Infowars.com web site, “Infowarriors and pro-life activists are encouraged to come and peacefully protest Planned Parenthood’s admitted targeting of the black community and all innocent children, as outlined by founder Margaret Sanger.” Protest Details: Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m....
  • Zuckerberg Ally: Americans Losing Jobs To Foreigners: ‘This Is What...Whole Country Is Built On’

    05/20/2015 6:56:09 PM PDT · by bushwon · 106 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 9, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    A venture capitalist associated with Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration lobbying group Fwd.us insulted American workers who lost their job to foreigners at a recent immigration event, saying they got what they deserved. “You know, I’m relatively crude on that,” capitalist Lars Dalgaard said at the National Journal event that was partly sponsored by Fwd.us, which lobbies for more legal immigration and a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. “It’s like, if you want the job, make yourself able to get the job, you know?” Dalgaard, who Fwd.us boasts is one of its “major contributors,” had been asked by the Journal’s Niharika...
  • Series of oil spill settlements include BP, Halliburton, Transocean, numerous plaintiffs

    05/20/2015 6:25:28 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/20/15
    NEW ORLEANS – A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
  • Report: Elizabeth Warren Did Not Disclose $1.3 Million Credit Line From Bank Of America

    05/20/2015 5:43:03 PM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    TheDC ^ | 5/20/15 | Alex Pappas
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the populist Democrat and foe of big banks, has not listed a $1.3 million credit line against her home with Bank of America on annual financial disclosure documents because of a loophole in federal law, according to a new report. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that Warren, who is required to disclose financial assets and liabilities, avoided listing it in 2014 because it’s a line of credit — not a mortgage — and the Democrat doesn’t actually owe enough money yet. Here’s how the Democrat’s office explained the situation to the Boston Herald: “An aide for...
  • FBI Director Blasts Tech Companies Fighting for Encryption

    05/20/2015 4:11:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 5/20/15
    FBI Director James Comey fired back on Wednesday at Silicon Valley companies that are calling for stronger encryption of their products. "Some prominent folks wrote a letter to the president yesterday that I frankly found depressing," Comey said in a discussion at Georgetown University Law Center, referring to a letter signed by Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies, as well as civil-liberties groups and Internet-security experts. "Their letter contains no acknowledgment that there are societal costs to universal encryption." There can be benefits to securing devices from hackers, Comey acknowledged, but he argued there are also "tremendous costs" to...
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • LGBT Activists Arm For Further War On Free Speech

    05/20/2015 2:54:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 5/20/15 | Stella Morabito
    Kirsten Powers’ new book, “The Silencing,” nails it by showing just how bad things have gotten for free speech in America. It’s going to get a whole lot worse, and I’ll explain why. Powers has dubbed today’s intolerant purveyors of leftist causes the “the illiberal left” because, as a liberal herself, she sees them as anything but liberal about allowing a voice to those who don’t toe their rigid line. Her book catalogues and analyzes the dehumanization and demonization techniques the illiberal Left applies towards anyone who dares to veer from their rigid narratives. Their sacred cows include abortion, climate...
  • United No Longer: Alabama factory votes for fifth time to decertify union

    05/20/2015 2:37:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/20/15 | Bill McMorris
    Alabama factory workers voted for the fifth time in two years to break ties with the UAW on Tuesday.Workers at NTN-Bower voted 74-52 to boot the union off the premises of the manufacturer, making it the third time anti-union employees have beaten UAW Local 1990 in the last 18 months.Local 1990 did not respond to request for comment.Union opponents have received legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation throughout the process. NRTW spokesman Patrick Semmens said the fifth vote should settle any doubts about the will of the workers.“Once again, employees at the Hamilton NTN-Bower plant...
  • Minister Danny Danon: Boycott the Boycotters

    05/20/2015 1:40:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/15 | Hezki Ezra
    Moves to ban the Israel Football Association (IFA) from international soccer club FIFA will not help coexistence, Science and Technology Minister MK Danny Danon (Likud) told Arutz Sheva Wednesday night. "Boycotting Israel will not help them," Danon said. "We're here and we're staying here." "I call on all international institutions: Boycott the boycotters," he added. "Whoever calls for a boycott of Israel should also be boycotted." "[Head of the 'Palestine Football Association'] Jibril Rajoub think it promotes the Palestinian cause - I inform him that he achieves the exact opposite." Danon's remarks follow less than 24 hours after a law...
  • The CEO of Carl's Jr. Doesn't Care If You're Offended by the Chain's Sexy Ads

    05/20/2015 1:39:30 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 89 replies
    Entrepreneur.com ^ | 05/20/2015 | Kate Taylor
    The CEO of Carl's Jr. doesn't care if you find the burger chain's racy ads offensive. Well, he cares in one respect – if no one is offended, he's going to convince the marketing department to craft an even sexier commercial next time. "If you don't complain, I go to the head of marketing and say, 'What's wrong with our ads?'" says Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's parent company CKE Restaurants, describing a conversation with the head of an unnamed organization that regularly protests company marketing. "Those complaints aren't necessarily bad for us. What you look at...
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

    05/20/2015 11:34:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 27 replies
    AP ^ | May 20, 2015 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have...
  • HSBC to charge for holding deposits

    05/20/2015 9:27:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 05/20/15 | James Shotter and Laura Noonan
    HSBC has become one of the biggest global banks to say it will begin charging clients on deposits in a basket of European currencies The decision underlies the extraordinary measures banks are taking to prevent their profit margins being crushed in the record low-interest rate environment. HSBC has written to other banks to warn it will start charging them for deposits in euros, Swiss francs, Danish krone and Swedish krona — all currencies of countries that have negative interest rates — at its UK, German and Hong Kong operations from this summer. It is the first UK bank to announce...
  • Walmart Targets Amazon in Potentially Costly Distribution E-Commerce Battle

    05/20/2015 9:20:46 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 26 replies
    Supply Chain 24/7 ^ | 20 May 2015 | Nathan Layne
    If Wal-Mart, the world’s largest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is serious about competing more directly with Amazon - as it has suggested by testing a free shipping club - then it may have to spend well beyond a previously announced investment target on big distribution centers and other costs for its plan. Wal-Mart’s sluggish quarterly results that were released on Tuesday highlighted the importance of growing its online business. Online revenues grew 17 percent globally in the first quarter ended April 30, against a slight drop in overall sales. However, investments in e-commerce shaved 2 cents off the retailer’s earnings per share,...
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

    05/20/2015 8:52:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 66 replies
    My Way ^ | 05/20/15
    Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have...