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  • Finding a Door Into Banking, Walmart Prepares to Offer Checking Accounts

    09/23/2014 7:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 23, 2014 | Hiroko Tabuchi and Jess SilverGreenberg
    Here comes Wal-Bank. After years of thwarted efforts to break into banking, Walmart is making its biggest foray yet into everyday financial services. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is teaming up with Green Dot, known for its prepaid payment cards, to supply checking accounts to almost anyone over 18 who passes an identification check. Daniel Eckert, senior vice president at Walmart, said on Tuesday that the accounts would be available nationwide by the end of October. The accounts are intended to be low-cost alternatives to traditional bank checking accounts, with no fees for overdrafts or bounced checks and no minimum...
  • [MD] Pr. George’s Council might ban hotel hourly rates to discourage sex trafficking

    09/23/2014 6:33:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/23/2014 | Arelis R. Hernández
    Prince George’s County Councilmember Karen R. Toles (D-Suitland) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit hotels and motels from renting rooms at hourly rates in response to a growing human trafficking problem in the county. The legislation was a policy recommendation by the county’s human trafficking task force — established in 2013 — that found the hourly room rentals help facilitate criminal activity involving young men and women caught in the sex trade. “We need to tighten up our county laws so there is no loophole and [businesses] are held accountable,” Toles said. “We don’t want Prince George’s County to...
  • The iron ore industry is headed for a brutal shakeout as prices collapse

    09/23/2014 6:13:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 22 September 2014 | William Watts
    A bloodbath in iron-ore prices could get much uglier before things turn around. And it’s not all China’s fault, either. While Chinese demand, a major force in the market, has slowed, big iron ore producers, including Brazil’s Vale VALE -0.53% , BHP Billiton UK:BLT +0.64% BHP +0.20% , Rio Tinto UK:RIO +1.62% RIO +0.81% and Fortescue AU:FMG +0.41% plan to boost production and shipments despite the glut. Australian producers BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue aim to boost output by 170 million tons this year, equal to around 7% of 2013 global supply and 11% of global production outside China,...
  • Mortgage Originations Are Down by 60-70% Year-Over-Year… But Everything’s Okay

    09/23/2014 6:04:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Mandelman Matters ^ | 24 September 2014 | Martin Mandelman
    Mortgage originations for the first quarter of this year fell off a cliff. JPMorgan reported a decline of 71 percent, as I recall, and I think Citibank reported a drop of 66 percent. Now, the second quarter’s bloodletting has come in and the numbers are about the same… down more than 60 percent year-over-year, if memory serves and it often does. Even credit unions went straight into the tank this year, originating an annualized $42.6 billion in real estate loans in the first quarter, down from $102.9 billion in the first quarter of 2013, according to an Nation Credit Union...
  • Obama offers few climate details

    09/23/2014 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | September 23, 2014 | ANDREW RESTUCCIA
    Perhaps the most interesting thing about President Barack Obama’s climate change speech at the United Nations is what he didn’t say. Obama didn’t promise $1 billion to help poor countries adapt to the dire effects of climate change, like France did. And he didn’t offer any hints about how sharply greenhouse gas emissions would be cut in the years after 2020, like the European Union and several other countries did. Instead, the president delivered a forceful but largely detail-free speech that sought to reassure the world about the United States’ commitment to reaching a global climate change agreement at crucial...
  • The Hidden Story Behind "Stop Rush"

    09/23/2014 3:57:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show Exposes the Stop Rush Conspiracy  September 23, 2014- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s newest email spam, asking their recipients to sign a petition calling for sponsors to end their relationship with The Rush Limbaugh Show, is based on the two-year-old Stop Rush political protest as it’s inspiration. After an investigation, The Rush Limbaugh Show has discovered a far darker story to Stop Rush, and is today releasing the hidden story of the people and motives behind the Stop Rush conspiracy. The Stop Rush group claims to be made up of ordinary consumers unhappy with Rush Limbaugh’s...
  • President Obama Declares Climate Change Defining Threat of the Century

    09/23/2014 2:16:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Devin Dwyer
    Even as he battles ISIS and Ebola, President Obama today declared climate change the threat that will “define the contours of this century more than any other.” “Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them,” Obama told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, referencing the massive demonstrations over the past few days. “We have to tackle this global threat before it’s too late.”
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

    09/23/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT · by Raebie · 14 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 23, 2014 | WHO Ebola Response Team
    As of September 14, 2014, a total of 4507 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as 2296 deaths from the virus, had been reported from five countries in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. In terms of reported morbidity and mortality, the current epidemic of EVD is far larger than all previous epidemics combined. The true numbers of cases and deaths are certainly higher. There are numerous reports of symptomatic persons evading diagnosis and treatment, of laboratory diagnoses that have not been included in national databases, and of persons with suspected...
  • Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

    09/23/2014 12:42:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/23/14
    In the worst case scenario, cases in two nations could reach 1.4 million in January, according to a US estimate.
  • Trailer full of guns, ammo stolen from Indy business

    09/23/2014 12:05:05 PM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wishtv.com ^ | 9/22/2014 | Staff Reports
    Detectives in Indianapolis are investigating after a trailer loaded with guns and ammunition was stolen from a west side business. Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Saturday, an IMPD officer was dispatched to Profire Firearms, located at 7341 Rockville Road. The business owner told the officer that sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday someone stole a white 2014 Stealth Titan box trailer from behind the store.
  • S&P 500 extends drop into 3rd day; Dow falls 100 pts

    09/23/2014 11:52:06 AM PDT · by John W · 13 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 falling for a third day, as investors weighed data illustrating a slowing global economy and tracked conflict in the Middle East. "A lot of it is spillover from Europe, the data last night wasn't so great. We had the contraction in France, slower growth in Germany, and China came out with employment numbers that were not so great. People are nervous and taking profits are all-time highs," said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.
  • GAO: Where did ObamaCare’s $3.7B go?

    09/23/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by what's up · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    “CMS's processes are inconsistent with certain federal accounting and internal control standards,” the report states. To improve the system, the GAO recommends that CMS staff create new procedures to provide more timely and reliable information to the public. “Particularly for programs subject to a significant degree of public and congressional scrutiny,” the GAO reports. The report marks the third time in two weeks that a federal audit has criticized the rollout of ObamaCare. The auditors pointed to one particularly troublesome area within CMS — its Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, which works largely with state governments. That agency...
  • UN Climate Summit Speakers FLY 1 Million Miles to Vilify Air Travel, Carbon Output

    09/23/2014 10:19:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Mike Ciandella
    The UN Climate Summit 2014 is a glaring example of hypocrisy. Just the speakers alone, not the attendees or notable guests for the summit, traveled a grand total of 1,036,537 miles from locations as distant as China, India and Peru. That's enough miles to circle the equator 41.6 times.
  • The OECD’s Scheme to Raise Tax Burdens on Workers, Consumers, and Investors

    09/23/2014 10:13:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    People pay every single penny of tax that politicians impose on corporations. The investors that own companies obviously pay (more than one time!) when governments tax profits. The workers employed by companies obviously pay, both directly and indirectly, because of corporate income tax. And consumers also bear a burden thanks to business taxes that lead to higher prices and reduced output. Keep these points in mind as we discuss BEPS (“base erosion and profit shifting”), which is a plan to increase business tax burdens being advanced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a left-leaning international bureaucracy based...
  • Google Pulls Funding from Conservative Group for Stance on Global Warming

    09/23/2014 9:49:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    While on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt explained that Google had pulled funding from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -- a conservative group -- because of their stance on global warming.
  • Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists

    09/23/2014 7:14:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    As Watchdog.org report Bruce Parker vividly reported Sunday from inside the environmentalist carnival that was the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan, this pre-game show to Tuesday’s going-green confab in New York City showcased an array of left-loving characters. His greenness himself, former Vice President Al Gore was in attendance. So was Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. The vegans, the shamans, the commies, big labor, the socialists, and probably more than a few sociopaths all were on hand at what was billed as the largest climate-related protest in history. Along the parade route, from Central Park West to West 34th Street,...
  • Does Regulation = Unemployment?

    09/23/2014 6:31:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Contrary to what public administration profs tell you, everybody pays the cost of regulation and the unemployed may pay most heavily in lost jobs in exchange for rather murky benefits. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a report, “The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business,” slamming the Obama administration for burdensome regulations imposed by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal regulatory agencies In his foreword, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said that the average American company pays $9,991 per employee to comply with federal rules and regulations and the average...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant

    09/23/2014 5:51:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bêtes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers;...
  • GOP Asks Obama To Reveal His Secret Amnesty Plans

    09/23/2014 4:46:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-23-14 | Neil Munro
    GOP legislators want President Barack Obama to explain his planned amnesty for illegal immigrants before Americans vote on Nov. 4. “Rather than attempt to hide these actions from the American people until after the midterm elections, Americans should be given the chance to come to their own conclusions… [so] they can then exercise their constitutional right to petition the federal government and let you know their opinions,” said the Sept. 20 letter from 22 GOP legislators. Obama announced in June that he would reduce enforcement of immigration law by the end of summer. He made the statement after GOP leaders...
  • The 15 Most Shocking Statements in ObamaCare Architect's 'Die at 75' Article

    09/23/2014 4:06:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-22-14 | John Nolte
    Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn't want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, "Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare." Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their "last contribution" to society likely occurred more than a decade ago. Good God. The phrase "the banality of evil" gets bandied about...
  • A gasoline tax map that explains a lot

    09/23/2014 3:39:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 59 replies
    Exxon Mobil Perspectives ^ | February 7, 2014 | Ken Cohen
    In last week’s post about ExxonMobil’s 2013 earnings, I noted that we earned about 5.5 cents for every gallon of gasoline and other petroleum products we refined, shipped, and sold in the United States. Consider this: The federal and state and local governments collected 40 to 60 cents per gallon in taxes. The American Petroleum Institute just updated their map showing the combined local, state and federal tax rate in each state as of Jan. 1, when new taxes took effect.
  • The Attractions of Paradise

    09/22/2014 10:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | September 22, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: don’t give to beggars, you’ll delay the revolution. Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor. The idea has been around a long time. The 1960s musical Hair caught the notion in these lyrics: How can people have no feelings? How can they ignore their friends? Easy to be proud, easy to say no And especially people who care about strangers Who care about evil and social injustice Do you only care about the bleeding crowd? How about a...
  • The American Middle Class Hasn’t Gotten A Raise In 15 Years

    09/22/2014 8:29:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 22 Sept 2014 | Ben Casselman
    In 1988, the typical American adult was 40 years old, white and married, with a high school diploma. If he was a man, he probably worked full time. If she was a woman, she probably didn’t.Twenty-five years later, Americans are older, more diverse and more educated. We are less likely to be married and more likely to live alone. Work is divided more evenly between the sexes. One thing that hasn’t changed? The income of the median U.S. household is still just under $52,000.The government’s release last week of income and poverty data for 2013 brought renewed attention to the...
  • Ebola warning: CDC tells airlines to 'treat all body fluids as infectious'

    09/22/2014 7:50:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing their warnings on Ebola, is advising airlines and jet staff to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights.“Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” said the latest CDC update to airlines. The update notes that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned mid-flight. The update is apparently meant to stress the rights airlines have to block anyone who appears "ill" from boarding.The agency this week suggested that the Ebola crisis could strike 500,000 by the end of January. Others note that some 200,000 Africans from nations...
  • Gold crashes and is now tarnished for good

    09/22/2014 7:50:29 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 91 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 22 September 2014 | Jeff Reeves
    Gold shined brightly at the beginning of 2014, with bullion prices jumping by about 13% from New Year’s Day until mid-March. But since spring, and particularly since July, gold prices have been on the decline. Last week, the precious metal settled near lows not seen since Christmas 2013. So should investors consider this sell-off as an opportunity to buy precious metals on the cheap? Or is gold really tarnished for some time to come? Sadly for gold bugs, it’s the latter. There’s always a big argument for gold as the only alternative amid overpriced stocks, a weak U.S. recovery and...
  • Lois Lerner Compares Herself to Jeffrey Dahmer

    09/22/2014 7:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-22-14 | Alex Pappas
    Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.” I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over...
  • Google severs ties with conservative group over climate change stance

    09/22/2014 6:54:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/22/2014 | Evan Halper
    Google is breaking ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a prominent network of conservative state legislators that, among other projects, works to roll back laws that promote solar and wind power, the company's chairman said Monday. The decision marks a major victory for a campaign by environmentalists, union activists and other liberal groups that have pushed companies to drop support for ALEC. Microsoft ended its ties to the group a few weeks ago. “The consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake,” Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said, referring to the initial decision to support...
  • Why Hillary’s Alinsky Letters Matter

    09/22/2014 4:43:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    National Review -- the Corner ^ | 9-22-14 | Stanley Kurtz
    Alana Goodman’s revelation at the Washington Free Beacon of previously unknown correspondence between Hillary Clinton and Saul Alinsky shows that Clinton has not been honest about her far-left past. The lost Alinsky letters also remind us of what we ought to know but have forgotten: Hillary is not “Clintonian.” While Bill and Hillary have worked, schemed, and governed as a couple for decades, Hillary has always been to the left of Bill. As president, she would govern more like Obama than like her husband. Hillary Clinton was the Elizabeth Warren of her day, the leader of the left-wing of the...
  • Do Not Toss Your iPhone 6 in the Microwave

    09/22/2014 4:25:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 63 replies
    News.dice.com ^ | 9-22-14 | NICK KOLAKOWSKI
    While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the “Wave” hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a “household microwave for a minute and a half.” Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch the device and render it inoperable. If you nuke your smartphone and subsequently complain about it online, people will probably make fun of you.
  • US Cracks Down on Companies Moving Overseas

    09/22/2014 4:15:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 22, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN and JIM KUHNHENN
    The Obama administration cracked down Monday on so-called tax inversions, aiming to curb a spate of American companies shifting overseas in an attempt to shirk paying U.S. taxes. New regulations from the Treasury Department will make inversions less lucrative by barring creative techniques that companies use to lower their tax bill. Additionally, the U.S. will make it harder for companies to move overseas in the first place by tightening the ownership requirements they must meet. "This action will significantly diminish the ability of inverted companies to escape U.S. taxation," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said. He added that for some companies...
  • Billionaires are hoarding piles of cash

    09/22/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | 22 Sep 14 | Robert Frank
    Billionaires are holding mountains of cash, offering the latest sign that the ultra-wealthy are nervous about putting more money into today's markets. According to the new Billionaire Census from Wealth-X and UBS, the world's billionaires are holding an average of $600 million in cash each—greater than the gross domestic product of Dominica. That marks a jump of $60 million from a year ago and translates into billionaires' holding an average of 19 percent of their net worth in cash. "This increased liquidity signals that many billionaires are keeping their money on the sidelines and waiting for the optimal moment to...
  • Former VP Al Gore exited Sunday's climate change march in New York City in a Chevrolet Suburban SUV

    09/22/2014 4:07:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-22-14 | Kerry Pickett
    Gore asked a security officer, "You want me here?" before stepping into the SUV, which appears to be a Suburban LT model, as seen in a logo behind the passenger door Gore entered. It is unknown if the large Chevy SUV was a flex fuel vehicle. Breitbart News asked the environmental activist about the financial costs of renewable energy, as well as his own house—a mansion in Nashville which has previously been criticized for the amount of energy it reportedly uses. Gore simply replied, "Hundred percent." Gore marched with global warming protesters at the People's Climate March along with Sen....
  • In The Week Ahead -- Serious Headwinds May Put A Damper On The Market Read more:

    09/22/2014 3:37:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    nasdaq.com ^ | September 22, 2014, 01:45:00 PM EDT | StreetAuthority,
    The yellow highlighted area in shows that the new all-time high set in the ETF at the end of last week was accompanied by contracting investor assets, which fell back below their moving average. This warns that a new monthly trend of contraction may be beginning. The red highlighted areas show previous periods of contracting assets coincided with either flat or declining prices. These assets need to start expanding again -- and soon -- if there is indeed going to be more upcoming strength as suggested by Dow Theory. Without an expansion in assets, last week's rally is likely to...
  • Versailles in California

    09/22/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid...
  • First lady Michelle Obama to campaign in Milwaukee on Mary Burke's behalf

    09/22/2014 2:48:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-22-14 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- First lady Michelle Obama will come to Milwaukee next week to campaign on behalf of Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Burke's campaign released the news Monday and said it would provide more details in the coming days on the event scheduled for next Monday. A spokeswoman for Burke didn't immediately say whether Obama would raise campaign funds for Burke while in Wisconsin. Burke has taken criticism from conservatives and some liberals for not appearing with Barack Obama during his recent visits to Wisconsin.
  • Surprise! The Media Forgot Texas Abortion Barbie

    09/22/2014 12:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    Shocker! The national media isn't covering Texas Abortion Barbie's race any more, now that she's double digits down. No agenda there. Nope. George Bush obtained a vote of Congress to go to war against Iraq and he assembled a coalition of 37 nations with boots in the fight. Barack Obama decided himself to fight ISIS with some airstrikes and advisers, and so far reports of nine international supporters, boots uncommitted. Will the Left/Media ever apologize for their slurs against the "unilateral cowboy" and for their delusional slobbering over the bumbling, world-healing, Earth Whisperer? Of course not. They own the megaphone....
  • After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know

    09/22/2014 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | 20 September 2014 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting. In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians...
  • Clorox exits Venezuela citing govt restrictions

    09/22/2014 12:09:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2014 9:47 AM EDT
    Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. […] The consumer products company said that for almost three years its affiliate, Corporación Clorox de Venezuela S.A., had to sell more than two-thirds of its products at prices frozen by the Venezuelan government. Over that same time span, there was a sharp rise in inflation that resulted in significantly higher costs for Clorox. …
  • In the 50-Year War on Poverty, Bureaucrats Have Won while Both Taxpayers and Poor People Have Lost

    09/22/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    We know the welfare state is good news for people inside government. Lots of bureaucrats are required, after all, to oversee a plethora of redistribution programs. Walter Williams refers to these paper pushers as poverty pimps, and thereÂ’s even a ranking showing which states have the greatest number of these folks who profit by creating dependency.But does anybody else benefit from welfare programs?Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explains in the Washington Times that the War on Poverty certainly hasnÂ’t been a success for taxpayers or poor people. Instead, itÂ’s created a costly web of dependency. This year marks the...
  • Stocks drop with home sales; Dow off triple digits

    09/22/2014 11:52:53 AM PDT · by John W · 17 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks fell on Monday, with small companies taking it on the chin, as China signaled it would not boost stimulus and after home sales unexpectedly declined in August. "The comments from the Chinese finance minister were not particularly hopeful," said Cameron Hinds, regional chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank, referring to comments by Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei that Beijing would not make big changes in response to one economic indicator, curbing thinking that softer economic readings would prompt additional stimulus from the central government.
  • BOOK: USA SPENDING 30 TIMES MORE PER CAPITA THAN CHINA ON SOCIAL PROGRAMS

    09/22/2014 11:21:46 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 22, 2014 | By Robert Wilde
    Financial expert and author, Joe Hoft, told Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, that America’s exorbitant spending on social programs is a disaster waiting to happen, on par with or greater than the bank meltdown in 2008. Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot to discuss his book , Falling Eagle Rising Tiger, Hoft explained that when the Great Depression paralyzed America in the 1930’s, President Franklin Roosevelt did not let the crisis go to waste and pushed for social change with his New Deal. Joe, the identical twin brother of the controversial purveyor of Gateway Pundit,...
  • Activists plan to shut down NY stock exchange [Ruining Business on Monday]

    09/22/2014 9:32:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    CNN MONEY ^ | 9/22/14
    Hundreds of environmentalists plan to "shut down" the New York Stock Exchange Monday to protest the relationship between global warming and Big Business. Scores of protesters marched towards the exchange in lower Manhattan bringing traffic to a standstill by midday Monday for an event dubbed #FloodWallStreet. They planned to march a few blocks north to Wall Street and stage a "sit-in" until forced to leave.
  • Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

    09/22/2014 8:07:59 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Jason, Lange and Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice - in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants To Jail His Political Opponents – Accuses Koch Brothers of ‘Treason’

    09/22/2014 7:51:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | September 21, 2014 | Marc Morano
    Complete headline: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants To Jail His Political Opponents – Accuses Koch Brothers of ‘Treason’ – ‘They ought to be serving time for it’ Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lamented that there were no current laws on the books to punish global warming skeptics. . “I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under,” Kennedy told Climate Depot in a one-on-one interview during the People’s Climate March. The interiew was conducted for the upcoming documentary Climate Hustle. Kennedy Jr. accused...
  • The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus: Extremists’ rhetoric heats up as their case falls apart.

    09/22/2014 7:40:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2014 | John Fund
    The United Nations Climate Summit will begin in New York this Tuesday, but environmental activists didn’t wait. All day Sunday, they filled the streets of Manhattan for a march that featured Al Gore, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, and various Hollywood actors. But they certainly didn’t act like a movement that was winning. There was a tone of fatalism in the comments of many with whom I spoke; they despair that the kind of radical change they advocate probably won’t result from the normal democratic process. It’s no surprise then that the rhetoric of climate-change activists has become...
  • Dwyane Wade Brings the 'Heat' to New York for Hublot Watch Unveiling

    09/22/2014 6:32:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/20/14 | Valerie Jack
    Luxury watchmaker Hublot has launched its newest timepiece in New York City. The Swiss watchmaker was joined by brand ambassador Dwyane Wade for the unveiling of the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat star’s second timepiece with Hublot....
  • The Koch Brothers Are Far More Worthy of Worship than the Earth Mother

    09/22/2014 6:16:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 9/21/2014 | Sonny Bunch
    Apparently there’s a big rally going on up in NYC right now to support the environment. These people are supporting the environment by expending a ton of CO2 to get to the city to decry the use of CO2. The rally itself is self-evidently absurd; I just wanted to highlight one of the signs seen there:
  • In US, huge grain crops spell headache for farmers

    09/22/2014 5:36:25 AM PDT · by redgolum · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 21, 2014 | Juliette Michel
    New York (AFP) - US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market. "It is not an exact science but when we look at the fields, it looks like it is going to be a big crop," said John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in Champaign, Illinois, a Midwest farm belt state.
  • The Drum Circle Beats for “AmEriKaN” Climate Change

    09/22/2014 4:30:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Liberal publications around the globe celebrated climate change on Sunday by gushing over a reconvening of the same drum circle that took over Wall Street in the misshaped Occupy movement in 2011—and failed to do anything but offend ordinary Americans. “More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday,” says the HuffPo, “just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.” Coincidence? No. Claiming that the Sunday marchers were part of big tent that represents all of America, the New York...