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  • A rude Obamacare awakening

    07/10/2014 1:47:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin
    This fall insurance carriers will have to announce next year’s premiums for the Obamacare exchanges. So far it’s looking like big rate increases are ahead. In New York, for example, the hikes will be huge. The New York Times recently reported: " Some New Yorkers are in sticker shock after receiving notices from their insurance companies saying that they have asked for significant rate increases through the state’s health exchange next year. "The exchange, which has prided itself on being affordable, is now facing requests for increases as high as 28 percent for some customers of MetroPlus, a new entry...
  • Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs

    07/10/2014 1:42:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/10/2014 | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest public-sector unions is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund because the group accepted donations from the Koch brothers and its president spoke at a Koch-funded summit. In a letter sent Tuesday, AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote that the UNCF has taken actions “deeply hostile” to public employees, which he considers a “profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement,” and that the union will end its relationship with UNCF. Saunders cited the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch...
  • Chase bank surveys workers to see if they’re ‘ally of the LGBT community’

    07/10/2014 12:45:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    A JP Morgan Chase bank employee says he’s not only puzzled by an internal company survey that asked workers if they considered themselves friend of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community — he’s fearful of losing his job. The unnamed employee reported to Professor Robert George of Princeton, who runs a law blog, that this year’s company survey — which is distributed to employees annually as a means of gauging work satisfaction — asked respondents to note if they were disabled, had children or spouses and domestic spouses with disabilities and were members of the LGBT community, Breitbart reported. But the last question...
  • Donald Sterling Calls Shelly 'Pig,' Says He'd Never Sell Clippers

    07/10/2014 11:16:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS SPORTS ^ | July 9, 2014 | James Herbert
    Banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling testified again on Wednesday and, just like on Tuesday, he was combative. Sterling said the NBA was worse than any other corporation in America, called himself sports' most punished man, essentially accused ex-NBA commissioner of stealing money and called his wife, Shelly, a "pig" after she got off the stand. The judge predicted the trial would not end by July 15, when a league board of governors meeting is scheduled on the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer. Here's how it went down:
  • IRS worker suspended for pro-Obama activities

    07/10/2014 11:13:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Stephan Dinan
    An IRS employee was suspended for 100 days for using his job at the agency’s help line to try to convince callers to vote for President Obama, a government watchdog agency announced Thursday. The employee, whose name wasn’t mentioned in the announcement from the Office of Special Counsel, admitted to using his job for political purposes and agreed to the settlement that involved a 100-day suspension. “OSC’s complaint alleged that, when fielding taxpayers’ questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to re-elect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling...
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • American Kids Are Really Bad at Handling Money: Report shows U.S. teens falling behind China

    07/10/2014 10:17:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/10/2014 | Nancy Cook
    Score another one for Chinese teenagers, who leave U.S. kids in their dust when it comes to knowing how to handle money. That's the latest anxiety-producing statistic (for American parents, anyway) to emerge out of a newly released international study of the financial habits of roughly 29,000 teens from countries as far flung as Australia, China, Colombia, France, Israel, Russia, Spain, and the U.S. The goal of this first-ever international study of financial literacy, conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, was to gauge the financial know-how of 15-year-olds worldwide. Many of the teenagers have reached or are...
  • McCain: 'No chance' of impeachment success

    07/10/2014 9:58:18 AM PDT · by yoe · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the president’s fiercest critics, says President Obama shouldn’t be impeached. On “Imus in the Morning” Thursday, McCain was asked to react to Sarah Palin’s call this week for Obama to be impeached. “Well, I don't agree and I remember going through an impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton,” he said. “There are not votes here in the United States Senate to impeach the president of the United States and I think that we should focus our attention on winning elections.
  • 10 Countries Spending the Most on the Military

    07/10/2014 9:37:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander Kent
    Global military spending continued to decline last year. Although arms expenditure has actually increased in much of the world, military spending in the United States — which still accounted for 37% of total global military spending in 2013 — has declined in recent years.The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) measures annual military spending for most of the world’s armed countries. According to SIPRI, the U.S. spent $618 billion on its military last year, more than three times the $171 billion budget of second place China. Based on SIPRI’s 2013 data, these are the countries with the largest military...
  • DOW at 17,000 -- But You're Not Invited

    07/10/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Larry Elder
    The stock market reached a record high last week, closing over 17,000 for the first time. Good news, of course. As President John F. Kennedy famously said, "A rising tide lifts all boats." But it sure helps if you own a boat. In this case, the "boat" would be the dynamic American stock market. But investors in the stock market disproportionately come from the top 1 percent, and they hold about 35 percent of all stocks and mutual funds. The next-richest 9 percent control about 45 percent. The remaining 90 percent have less than 20 percent. While nearly half of...
  • Sand-Based Batteries Outperform Others Up to 3 Times, Study Finds

    07/10/2014 8:45:45 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 28 replies
    News Max ^ | July 10 2014 | Nick Sanchez
    Sand-based batteries may soon replace the standard graphite-based battery, potentially tripling the industry standard for charge capacity. "This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes," said Zachary Favors, a graduate student working at University of California, Riverside, whose research was published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports this week. Graphite has long been the standard material for the anodes in lithium ion batteries, but scientists have wrung nearly all they can from it. Many have moved on to experimenting with nanoscale silicon as a replacement, but The...
  • For Olive Garden, the menu is worth more than new decor

    07/10/2014 8:03:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 9, 2014 | Chris Nichols
    With Darden Restaurants' (DRI) announcement that a remodel for its Olive Garden division has started, the main takeaway is a simple one — it's nowhere near to giving up on the Italian-themed chain. The other takeaway is that this latest attempt to spur customers to take a seat at its tables may well mean activist investors, who've been vocally at odds with management, received another reason to complain.
  • A Harsh Climate Calls for Banishment of the Needy [Norway]

    07/10/2014 7:51:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09 July 2014 | Andrew Higgins
    LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — As governor of Norway’s northernmost territory, Odd Olsen Ingero commands a police force with just six officers and a single detention cell for an area twice the size of New Jersey. Even that is overkill: Nobody has been locked up here in the capital of Svalbard since last summer. And that was for just two days. It is not just that there are not many people — fewer than 3,000 are officially registered as residents — or that what are elsewhere run-of-the-mill crimes like car theft are an exotic and very risky business in a place where...
  • Shanghai’s youth are world’s most financially literate

    07/10/2014 7:16:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    In the first ever international assessment of financial nous among the young, China’s most populous city leads the field “by a wide margin” compared with teenagers in the US, France, Italy, Australia and elsewhere, informs “Armenpress”, in reference to Financial Times. The study was made by the OECD, the club of mostly rich nations, which tested 15- year-olds on basic financial concepts such as bank accounts, savings rates, managing finances and tax. Shanghai teens clocked a mean score of 603 points, 103 above the OECD average and 62 points ahead of the next best performer, Flemish Belgium. Five other economies...
  • Seven Facts for Fracking Deniers

    07/10/2014 6:38:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/10/2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    At a recent town hall meeting in Edmond, Oklahoma, local citizens gathered to discuss the possible connection between fracking and increased seismic activity in their area. According to one published report, members of the audience left “disappointed” that no consensus had been reached linking fracking and seismic activity. According to the same report, many in the audience appeared to be “hostile to the oil and gas industry.” Even in this most oil-friendly of states, it seems, there is a rush to judgment linking fracking to every conceivable sort of damage.
  • Montco's Lynnewood Hall up for sale

    07/10/2014 6:35:30 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 6 replies
    <p>Time and taxes have finally forced the owner of Lynnewood Hall, a grand Horace Trumbauer estate in Elkins Park, to put the property up for sale.</p> <p>The listing appeared Monday on the real estate website Zillow.com for $20 million.</p> <p>The sales pitch is short and sweet: "A true neoclassical revival masterpiece. ... Main house 110 rooms. 70,000 sq. ft. of living space & 33.85 gated acres."</p>
  • Russia, China, India Ready to Launch Rival to World Bank

    07/10/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/9/14 at 1:00 PM | Damien Sharkov
    The long-awaited BRICS development bank is expected to finally be launched next week, Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov confirmed today. The joint project will see the emerging economic powers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa establish an alternative to the World Bank, in an attempt to ensure economic stability should the U.S. dollar continue to fluctuate. The ‘New Development Bank’ project will see each of the founding countries contribute $2 billion to the bank’s funds over the next 7 years, with the bank’s maximum capital set at $100 billion. Non-BRICS countries will be invited to join as members...
  • Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 304,000, close to a 7-year low

    WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. [...]
  • Fed Sets October End for Bond Buying

    07/10/2014 6:21:44 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 41 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated July 9, 2014 7:07 p.m. ET | Jon Hilsenrath and Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
    Federal Reserve officials agreed at June's policy meeting to end their bond-buying program in October, putting an explicit end date on the experiment for the first time and closing a controversial chapter in central-banking annals with results still the subject of immense debate.
  • Teens Are Having a Hard Time Getting Summer Jobs

    07/10/2014 6:19:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jul 9 2014 | Joe Pinsker
    since working in the summer can predict future job prospects, that matters. ... Hires of 16- to 19-year-olds in May and June dropped 12 percent in comparison to last year. The teen unemployment rate has been in decline in the past year ... teens who work evenings or summers are more likely to find better jobs and earn more money down the line. The reason summer jobs can predict future success is that they allow teens to get acquainted with the working world and to expand their networks. Interestingly, it barely matters what the job consists of.
  • RAHN: The end of the progressive income tax

    07/10/2014 5:40:08 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | Richard Rahn
    July 1 might go down in history as the beginning of the end of the comprehensive, progressive income tax. A progressive income tax, in which the government attempts to tax all labor income and capital income, such as interest, dividends and capital gains more than once, cannot help becoming so complex that it eventually dies of its own weight. This is particularly true when the government attempts to tax the worldwide income of its “tax persons” rather than the income located in its own territory. The complexity is caused by the never-ending attempt to define what income is and what...
  • Panama Canal Widening to Hit California Port Revenue (Another nail in coffin of the liberal state)

    07/10/2014 5:25:44 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    am thinker ^ | 7/10/14
    Texas stands to take a bite out of California’s lucrative port business according to the Wall Street Journal. The widening of the Panama Canal, due for completion in early 2016, will divert a significant portion of the lucrative container shipments that currently pass through the Port of Los Angeles and other West Coast ports. The canal’s widening will allow much larger container ships to transit the canal and deliver their goods to the Port of Houston and other ports along the Gulf and East Coasts. The WSJ reports: Because of cheaper per-unit shipping costs, as much as 25% of West-bound...
  • Let's go with 'content of character' next time

    07/10/2014 5:17:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/10/2014 | Ted Nugent
    We have all seen the roving reporter man-on-the-street interviews. I’m sure we all have some friends, acquaintances, even family members and others who have uttered the painful statement. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I first heard people say that they voted for Barack Obama because he was black, or that it was “time” for a black president, my skin crawled. I am well aware that that statement of mine will be isolated and made out to be “racist” by the dishonest media and the maniacally boneheaded Saul Alinsky gang over at the Huff-n-Puff Post and beyond, but...
  • Why Republicans Should Ignore Palin’s Call to Impeach Obama

    07/10/2014 3:08:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    <p>Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, is advocating the impeachment of President Barack Obama. “It’s time to impeach,” she wrote, “and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”</p>
  • City of Ruins: Camden, New Jersey, stands as a warning....

    07/10/2014 1:12:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 68 replies
    Camden, New Jersey, with a population of 70,390, is per capita the poorest city in the nation. It is also the most dangerous. The city's real unemployment—hard to estimate, since many residents have been severed from the formal economy for generations—is probably 30–40 percent. The median household income is $24,600. There is a 70 percent high school dropout rate, with only 13 percent of students managing to pass the state's proficiency exams in math. The city is planning $28 million in draconian budget cuts, with officials talking about cutting 25 percent from every department, including layoffs of nearly half the...
  • 21 Hauntingly Beautiful Photos Of Deserted Shopping Malls

    07/10/2014 12:44:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 74 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jul. 9, 2014, 1:58 PM | Hayley Peterson
    Hundreds of shopping malls across the U.S. have been forced to shut down following years of debilitating declines in consumer traffic. In many cases, the shuttered malls are left to decay for years before developers or local governments raise the funds to bulldoze or renovate the space. Pseudonymous photographer Seph Lawless traveled the country for years to find these forgotten malls and document their decay from the inside. The photos he captured are haunting and apocalyptic, featuring dead trees and abandoned shopping carts against landscapes of broken glass and crumbling walls. He compiled the photographs in a new book, "Black...
  • Leaked paper: EU wants ‘guaranteed’ access to US oil and gas

    07/09/2014 11:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/09/14 @ 09:27 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the Washington Post, calls for “a legally binding commitment … guaranteeing the free export of crude oil and gas resources”. EU and US trade officials will hold their sixth round of talks on an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Brussels next week, which officials argue could be worth €100 billion per year, equivalent to an additional 0.5 percent of EU...
  • 'America Has Ceased to Exist': Investment Guru Doug Casey on the Coming Economic Meltdown

    07/09/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | 25 June 2014 | Nick Gillespie & Amanda Winkler
    "America is a marvelous idea, a unique idea, fantastic idea. I'm extremely pro-American. But America has ceased to exist," declares Doug Casey, an economist and author most recently of Right on the Money. He has also produced a new documentary called Meltdown America which predicts the economic and political unraveling of the U.S. Casey recently sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss the political, social, and economic challenges the US must conquer as well as lessons we can learn from failed states. [Video at site] About 15 minutes.
  • Illegal immigrants showing up at border with ‘Yes we can’ Obama shoes

    07/09/2014 4:21:22 PM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Douglas Ernst
    <p>Shoes with President Obama’s face and the campaign slogan “Yes we can” are apparently showing up on the feet of illegal immigrants along the U.S. southern border.</p> <p>The conservative writer and filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch posted the images on his Facebook page Wednesday. Mr. Lynch said that the pictures were sent to him by U.S. Border Patrol agents.</p>
  • Fmr. Top CIA Analyst: Chinese ‘Believe Obama Is Fundamentally Weak and Disinterested’

    07/09/2014 4:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 8, 2014 - 10:48 AM | Tyler McNally
    Chinese officials believe that Pres. Obama is “fundamentally weak and disinterested” regarding Chinese aggression, says Christopher Johnson, a former top CIA analyst and current senior advisor to the Center For Strategic & International Studies on China Studies. “They believe Obama is fundamentally weak and disinterested,” Johnson says, warning, “We need a lot more weight on the economic side, because that’s what keeps your relationship from tipping into a Cold War relationship.” The Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and India all face illegal maritime or territorial claims by China, Forbes reports, citing China’s interest in taking over the natural resources...
  • Immigration Reform Madness

    07/09/2014 3:37:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Underage Immigrants Flood US From Central America Over 52,000 illegal immigrant kids and 39,000 families have been apprehended this year alone, flooding into the US primarily from Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.Obama Requests $3.7 Billion to Strengthen Borders On Tuesday, president Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the issue. Will Congress oblige? And by the way, whatever happened to the immigration reform bill that both parties seemed to want earlier this year? Here's the answer (possibly to both questions): Republicans declared immigration reform dead following the surprise defeat of house majority leader Eric...
  • Can Trust Save Us?

    07/09/2014 3:32:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Charles Payne
    In this month's newsletter, we look into the Trust Economy and how it is changing capitalism, but maybe the hype is ahead of reality. We know all the sexy names like Uber and Airbnb and others: Parking Panda Liquid Sidecar DogVacay Zaarly Poshmark Relay Riders Lyft NeighborGoods TaskRabbit Lending Club Getaround Fon But, reports this week state that Uber X will lower prices and the company will take losses to gain market share and fend off competition. The news gave a lot of people pause. Maybe this isn't an economic cure-all that the hype and multi-billion dollar values suggest. I...
  • BREAKING: Senate Democrats introduce bill to override Hobby Lobby decision

    07/09/2014 2:21:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kirsen Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A pair of Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would overturn a recent Supreme Court ruling that defended the rights of private for-profit employers to opt out of providing insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs on religious grounds. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the introduction of the bill, dubbed the “Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act.”  The bill would force for-profit employers to comply with the Obamacare birth control mandate, which requires business owners to provide employees and dependents with full, co-pay-free coverage for contraception, sterilization...
  • The Difference Between Bubbles And Panic: Mario Draghi Explains

    07/09/2014 12:46:24 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 9 2014 | Tyler Durden
    One can't make this up: in what was timed to be a near perfect alignment of the FOMC Minutes release and Mario Draghi' lecture in London which started, pardon the phrase, minutes after the Fed own Minutes were released (which however will not please Mario judging by the surge in the EURUSD) Mario Draghi just uttered this absolute stunner. Keeping one’s own house in order also has a further benefit: it helps mitigate the effects of contagion. As we have seen during the crisis, those governments that had more robust fiscal positions were much less affected by contagion – at...
  • Car Insurance Companies Want to Track Your Every Move—and You're Going to Let Them

    07/09/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 93 replies
    City Lab ^ | July 9 2014 | Leo Mirani
    The proposition is simple: Install a device in your car and allow your insurance company to monitor your driving—how fast you drive, how hard you brake, how sharply you corner, and so on. In exchange, it will give you a discount on your premiums. That might sound alarming, but it shouldn’t be surprising. Considering internet users already happily trade data on every online move they make in exchange for free services, the only surprise is tracking-based insurance isn’t already more widespread. Progressive Insurance, the biggest such insurer in the United States, says it found that After analysis of billions of...
  • Apple Patents A Way To Make All-Glass iPhones, iPads, Monitors And TVs

    07/09/2014 11:47:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 60 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 8 JUL 2014 | Darrell Etherington
    Apple has patented a method for building devices with all-glass outer casings (via AppleInsider), by fusing pieces together for a completely seamless final look. The all-glass device casings could be used to hold the internals of an iOS device or to house a TV or monitor, too. The all-glass structures are designed for maximum durability but also weight savings, with designs that fuse pieces together to avoid having to use a single heavy block of material, and internal structures like fused-on ribs and reinforcement points, also made of glass, placed at key points where structural integrity could be weaker. Unlike...
  • Where is the Telethon for the Children?

    07/09/2014 11:08:32 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-9-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Where is the Hollywood telethon for the suffering children crossing the border? We do "We Are the World" for the starving in Ethiopia. Where is the telethon? Where is the massive leftist outpouring of compassion and fundraising for these hungry, thirsty, ill, sick, victimized-through-no-fault-of-their-own children? It's just like you said to me yesterday, "Rush, you may as well give it up. You're not got gonna win this." I said, "Win what?" "You're not gonna convince people to send the kids back." I said, "Why does somebody think that's what I'm doing?" "Rush, there's nobody under 25 in this country...
  • Megyn Kelly Takes on Former NOW President Over Attack on Little Sisters of the Poor(a home run)

    07/09/2014 11:07:38 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 41 replies
    Town Hall ^ | July 09, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it earlier this week, the National Organization for Women [NOW] put the Little Sisters of the Poor on their "Dirty 100" list. The list is a compilation of organizations and groups that have filed suit against the contraception mandate in Obamacare and claims the Little Sisters of the Poor is forcing their religion onto employees by objecting to the mandate on religious grounds. The Catholic nuns of The Little Sisters of the Poor dedicate their lives to helping the sick and people who are dying. From their website: Continuing the work of Saint Jeanne Jugan, our...
  • Helvetians Resist Being Taken to Task for Hands Caught in the Cookie Jar

    07/09/2014 10:29:30 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Tax Justice Network ^ | 1/27/2014 | Unknown Tax Justice Network Correspondant
    Show trial of Swiss whistleblower Elmer now in 9th year "Ex-Swiss Banker Charged With Giving Data to WikiLeaks" (prohibited Bloomberg article, find in Search) …a Swiss court fought back against efforts by the United States to tackle criminal activity and tax its wealthy citizens properly. As Worldwide Tax Daily reports:“A Swiss court on January 6 held that Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) “unlawfully granted” a U.S. request for client data from private banking group Julius Baer, saying it did not meet the requirements for an administrative assistance request under the Switzerland-U.S. income tax treaty.”This is the latest episode in a...
  • School leader mocks Michelle O’s bake sale restrictions: We can’t fundraise ‘selling carrot sticks’

    07/09/2014 10:20:52 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    EAG News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Board of Education has passed sweeping new restrictions on student bake sales in order to be compliant with federal rules on school snacks, and a lot of people are unhappy about it. In order to comply with the Michelle Obama-inspired regulations, Tennessee schools will only be allowed to have bake sales 30 days per school year. State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said it was “quite remarkable” that food fundraisers would be regulated by how many days they can be held, noting that this will prevent high school sports teams from holding weekly food fundraisers,...
  • Facebook: Yeah, we removed Jones’ hunting pics, but feel free to visit the ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ page

    07/09/2014 8:11:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 7-9-2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Full Title" "Facebook: Yeah, we removed Kendall Jones’ hunting pics, but feel free to visit the ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ page" Facebook has standards. And 19-year-old Kendall Jones’ hunting photos violate those standards, a spokesperson for the social network told Mashable. Specifically, the pictures were deemed to break a rule about “graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence,” as outlined in this page on Facebook Community Standards. “We remove reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse,” a Facebook spokesperson...
  • Power grab: EPA wants to garnish wages of polluters

    07/09/2014 7:50:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service..... ....Critics said the threat of garnishing wages would be a powerful incentive for people to agree to expensive settlements rather than fight EPA charges. EPA officials did not respond to repeated questions by The Washington Times about why they thought it was necessary to garnish people’s wages. The EPA announced the plan last week in a notice in the Federal Register, saying...
  • Hillary's 'Hard Choices' Plunges Below Amazon Top 100 Less Than Month After Release

    07/09/2014 7:36:07 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 9, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Less than a month after its official release date of June 10, Hillary Clinton's book, "Hard Choices," has today plunged below the Amazon Top 100 list to a humbling #102 as of this writing. Over at Simon & Schuster, the book publisher who paid Hillary a big campaign contribution in the form of a whopping $14 million advance, there is now a lot of angry finger pointing according to the New York Post's Page Six. Just as humbling is the news that Hillary's book has been replaced at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list by Edward...
  • Illegal Unaccompanied Minors Admit to Engaging in Torture and Murder

    07/09/2014 4:21:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7-8-14 | Katie Pavelich
    Despite Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson vowing to "stem the tide" of unaccompanied illegal minors across the southern border with Mexico, thousands more are expected to enter the United States by the end of the year. With the system being overwhelmed, Border Patrol agents are concerned about minors who have admitted to being MS-13 members, a brutal street gang from El Salvador that has been successful in infiltrating American communities. Agents are also concerned about minors who have committed acts like torture and murder in their home countries before heading north to the United States. "We have six minors in...
  • Obama: Give Me $3.7B to Fix a Border I Said Was Secure In 2012

    07/09/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/08/2014 | IBD Staff
    Immigration: During his re-election campaign, President Obama said emphatically that the southwestern border was secure. Now he wants billions to cope with the flood of illegals crossing that very border. According to various news accounts, the number of illegals coming across the border has surged to 35,000 month. In just the past few months, more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossed over, creating a huge humanitarian crisis. How can this possibly be happening? After all, didn't Obama tell us when he ran for re-election that the border with Mexico was secure? As a matter of fact, he did. Many times.
  • The Boehner Lawsuit Against Obama Is Beginning to Take Shape

    07/09/2014 4:13:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7-8-14 | Billy House
    A vote on the resolution to authorize the legal action is set for the week before August break. Starting next week, House Republicans will launch a highly visible—and likely tumultuous—three-week process of bringing to the floor legislation to authorize their promised lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive actions. "In theory, you could report out a resolution tomorrow and vote on it," said a House GOP aide on Tuesday. "But that is not the approach [the leaders] want to take." Rather, the aim is to display—if not actually engage in—a more deliberative process, even if amid controversy. This...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Gov't Audit Finds

    07/09/2014 3:59:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/8/2014 | John Merline
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies. That's despite the fact that the law specifically calls for this reconciliation, and the fact that, as the IG report notes, "the federal marketplace obtained the services of a contractor to reconcile enrollment...
  • White House strong-arms photo agency to squash Malia photos

    07/09/2014 3:13:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    TMZ ^ | 7-8-14
    Malia Obama went to a famous L.A. restaurant Monday night -- a restaurant regularly frequented by celebs and paparazzi -- and when the White House found out a photog took her pic, they went into DEFCON 1 to KILL the photos. The 16-year-old went to Gjelina in Venice, CA with some friends. The photog got the pic as Malia walked out and then sent it to the AKM-GSI agency to sell. The agency posted the pic on its website for media outlets to purchase, but several hours later The First Lady's Office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please take...
  • Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    07/09/2014 2:46:56 AM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | July 9, 2014 | John Biggs
    A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama (get it?) has posted an video of his 3D printed Ruger Charger receiver. This single part, which usually holds the serial number and is an integral part of the firing mechanism, is, technically, the only part that defines a weapon as an actual gun. By printing his (or her) own, O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms to be registered with the federal government. Unlike the 3D printed Liberator, this 3D-printed part requires very little structural support and is simply used to guide the mechanism while firing. In other...
  • Donald Sterling Goes on Attack in Court Hearing on Clippers Sale

    07/09/2014 2:27:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/8 | JAMES RAINEY AND EVERETT COOK
    Donald Sterling railed on the witness stand Tuesday against the doctors who deemed him mentally incompetent, the executives who bounced him out of the NBA and the opposing lawyer who struggled to get him to answer a question. Sterling was consistently combative during his hourlong testimony that came as he fights to keep ownership of the Clippers. He briefly cried when he professed his devotion to his wife, Shelly. He predicted he would win a $9-billion judgment in an antitrust case he filed against the pro basketball league and would one day sell the team for as much as $5...