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  • Half of Uninsured Say Health Law Is Bad Idea

    12/14/2013 2:23:16 PM PST · by 1010RD · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal blogs ^ | 12/11/13 | Rebecca Ballhaus
    Uninsured Americans have soured on the Affordable Care Act in the past three months – and that bodes ill for the law’s popularity and financial underpinnings. Less than a quarter—24%—of uninsured Americans think the health care law is a good idea, and half think it’s a bad idea, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday. That’s an 11-point dive in support from three months ago, when a September poll — before the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov marketplace –found that 35% of the uninsured thought it was a good idea, and 32% thought it was a bad...
  • Young Americans Expect Obamacare to Be Repealed (Cruz vindicated!)

    12/06/2013 10:41:27 AM PST · by 1010RD · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/5/13 | James Oliphant
    The young Americans the Obama administration so desperately needs to help make the Affordable Care Act function are the ones most likely to believe the law is endangered, suggesting that sustained House Republican efforts to repeal and undermine the law are bearing some fruit. More than half of 18-to-29-year-olds who were surveyed in the most recent United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll say it is likely the law will be repealed in 2014, even though the chances of that actually occurring are remote. According to the poll, 18 percent of respondents in this age group said it was "very likely"...
  • Cheating College Students More Likely to Want Government Jobs

    11/26/2013 7:53:05 AM PST · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    Front Page ^ | 11/22/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Apparently lazy and dishonest people aspire to work for the government. Also stray hobos are likely to steal pies from your windowsill. College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India. Note the “simple task” part. We’re not just talking dishonest here, but lazy. Like go off to play golf after using a teleprompter to deliver a speech lazy.
  • Photographers Protest White House Restrictions

    11/22/2013 5:38:42 AM PST · by 1010RD · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | MARK LANDLER
    A mutiny has erupted among photographers who cover President Obama over what they say is the White House’s increasing practice of excluding them from events involving the president and then releasing its own photos or video. On Thursday, the White House Correspondents’ Association and 37 news organizations submitted a letter to the press secretary, Jay Carney, protesting what photographers said amounted to the establishment of the White House’s own Soviet-style news service, which gets privileged access to Mr. Obama at the expense of journalists who cover the president. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s...
  • Americans are more conservative than they have been in decades

    11/16/2013 6:04:54 PM PST · by 1010RD · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/30/13 | Larry Bartels
    The latest update of Stimson’s policy mood series suggests that the American public in 2012 was more conservative than at any point since 1952. (Actually, since mood in each year is estimated with some error, it seems safer to say that the current level of conservatism roughly equals the previous highs recorded in 1980 and 1952.) While the slight increase in conservatism from 2011 to 2012 is too small to be significant, it continues a marked trend that began as soon as Barack Obama moved into the White House.
  • Why Most Postmortems of Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race Are Wrong

    11/13/2013 5:52:03 AM PST · by 1010RD · 74 replies
    Roll Call Rothenblog ^ | 11/11/13 | Stu Rothenberg
    The dust has settled (mostly) from last week’s elections, so I thought it time to present a very different assessment of what happened in Virginia than the snapshot I’ve seen from others. For example, Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund distributed a wholly self-serving and unconvincing memo titled “Unmarried Women Cast Deciding Votes in Virginia Election.” It’s unconvincing, of course, because Republicans always lose unmarried women, regardless of an election’s outcome. Unmarried women are more liberal than most voters and are not part of any winning Republican coalition. NBC’s Domenico Montanaro and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart...
  • Small Georgia Town Forms Posse, Corners Armed Robbery Suspect

    11/11/2013 5:23:04 AM PST · by 1010RD · 46 replies
    WGXA TV ^ | 11/8/13 | Shonti Tager
    Criminals take note; You're taking a chance if you try to ply your trade in the Dodge County town of Rhine. Local law enforcement is praising townspeople for some de facto community policing, after tracking down and helping catch an armed robbery suspect. For 60-year-old Ken Lowery the commotion began around 2:30 Thursday afternoon as he stepped inside Aden's convenience store and encountered the store clerk in distress. "The lady screamed at me and said 'I've been robbed, he's got a gun, and I gave him all the money,'" Lowery recalled. Lowery says he saw the suspected gunman, identified as...
  • Family of Kidnapped Louisiana Woman Kills Abductor in Daring Rescue

    11/09/2013 5:57:59 PM PST · by 1010RD · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/9/13 | Alexis Shaw
    The family of a kidnapped Louisiana mother tracked down and killed the father of her child in the abandoned house where he was allegedly holding her prisoner, authorities said. Bethany Arceneaux, 29, of Duson, La., was abducted in the parking lot of a daycare where she was picking up her 2-year-old at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department Captain Kip Judice told ABCNews.com. Witnesses saw the suspect, Scott Thomas, allegedly force Arceneaux into his white Buick LeSabre, before driving off, Lafayette Police Department spokesman Paul Mouton told ABCNews.com.
  • 'SpongeBob' inspires social safety net debate

    11/07/2013 9:37:55 AM PST · by 1010RD
    UPI ^ | Nov. 6, 2013
    An upcoming episode of Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" has political commentators dueling about the social safety net. The Nov. 11 episode, the focus of reports by the New York Post and Fox News Channel, involves the titular character being fired from his job at the Krusty Krab fast food eatery so the owner, Mr. Krabs, can save "a whole nickel," The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday. SpongeBob's friend, Patrick, attempts to show him the ways of "glorious unemployment," but SpongeBob eventually decides the life is not for him. "Lest he sit around idly, mooching off the social services of Bikini Bottom, a...
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

    11/05/2013 9:05:43 AM PST · by 1010RD · 9 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 11/5/13 | David E. Smith
    Illinois lawmakers are headed back to Springfield for the second half of the fall veto session, which runs today through Thursday this week. I will be join our lobbyists and other marriage advocates at the Capitol to continue our work to defend the institution of marriage. There is a very good chance that Springfield lawmakers will be voting on SB 10, the bill to redefine marriage. This is an all-hands-on-deck emergency! We need your voice and prayers now more than ever. It can be stopped if we are willing to stand up and speak out to our elected officials. Take...
  • No Woman, No Drive [Sauditirical Video]

    10/26/2013 11:20:53 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 21 replies
    YouTube via the Saudi Comedic Mind ^ | 10/26/13 | Alaa Wardi
    Women in Saudi Arabia aren't allowed to drive cars. This parodies No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley. Take a look and spread it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZMbTFNp4wI
  • Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad (IL - literally)

    07/09/2013 3:02:36 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 13 replies
    NBC 5 - Chicago ^ | 7/9/13 | Edward McClelland
    With half the black legislators in the state House of Representatives still refusing to vote for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, gay marriage advocates are going on the air with an endorsement from the most popular black politician in Chicago, or anywhere else – President Obama. Illinois Unites for Marriage Equality is running an ad on black radio stations featuring pro-gay marriage sound bites from both the president and First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama came out in favor of gay marriage over a year ago. The ad is intended to counter anti-gay marriage ads and robocalls from the...
  • Does The Homosexual Lobby Really Want What They Are Demanding?

    07/06/2013 8:18:58 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 88 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 6/13/13 | David E. Smith and Andrew Willis
    To say that same-sex “marriage” is a hot topic is an understatement. It’s huge. News headlines have been filled with the latest state or country that has legalized homosexuality-based “marriage,” the politician who has just “evolved” on the issue, or emotional stories about homosexual couples. From the countless stories in the media one would expect that vast numbers of homosexuals feel they are being deprived of something they desperately need: the rights and benefits that the government accords to married heterosexual couples. Why then do we not see vast numbers of homosexuals taking advantage of each new law that their...
  • Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

    06/04/2013 5:35:54 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 19 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
    LAWBREAKERS, LAWMAKERS: In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thrive—and you lose. A special report.
  • Study: Gay Parents More Likely to Have Gay Kids

    03/27/2013 5:30:13 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 60 replies
    AOLNews ^ | Oct 17, 2010 | Paul Kix
    Walter Schumm knows what he's about to do is unpopular: publish a study arguing that gay parents are more likely to raise gay children than straight parents. But the Kansas State University family studies professor has a detailed analysis that past almost aggressively ideological researchers never had. When one such researcher, Paul Cameron, published a paper in 2006 arguing that children of gay parents were more likely to be gay themselves, the response from the academic press was virulent, to say nothing of the popular press; the Southern Poverty Law Center, for instance, equated Cameron to a Nazi. Not all...
  • What's Worked, And What Hasn't, In Gun-Loving Switzerland

    03/24/2013 4:51:28 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 38 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/19/2013 | Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
    Switzerland has an entrenched gun culture that is embraced by most of its 8 million citizens, some of them as young as 10 years old. Every Swiss community has a shooting range, and depending on who is counting, the alpine country ranks third or fourth in the number of guns per capita. "You can walk into a cafe in a town where there is a shooting festival and you'll see rifles hanging on the hat rack. It's just incredible. It's just proliferation all over the place, but it's all for a peaceful purpose," says Stephen Halbrook, a Virginia-based lawyer who...
  • Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence

    03/06/2013 4:50:03 AM PST · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    Time - Light Box ^ | 2/27/13 | Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
    Domestic violence is often shielded from public view. Usually, we only hear it muffled through walls or see it manifested in the faded yellow and purple bruises of a woman who “walked into a wall” or “fell down the stairs.”
  • Leigh Steinberg on Sports, Agents, and Athletes

    03/04/2013 2:52:59 PM PST · by 1010RD · 2 replies
    Library of Economics and Liberty ^ | 3/4/2013 | Russ Roberts
    Leigh Steinberg, legendary sports agent, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his career as a sports agent. He discusses the challenges of building a clientele, how sports agents spend their time, strategies for building a brand as an athlete, and safety issues currently affecting the National Football League.
  • No Guns in the Library: Curbing the Second Amendment in the Stacks

    01/21/2013 2:54:31 PM PST · by 1010RD · 18 replies
    LIbrary Journal ^ | January 9, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    Last month, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals declared Illinois’s ban on carrying a weapon in public unconstitutional, leaving the District of Columbia as the only place in the country that does not allow the concealed carry of firearms by civilians (and D.C. is being sued to allow this). The morally purblind pro-gun lobbyists have been so successful in saturating our society with firearms—from national parks to Amtrak trains—that public libraries across the country are also finding themselves having to grapple with Second Amendment radicals. For example, the Boulder Public Library, until November, had a policy that read: “No...
  • Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill

    12/28/2012 5:11:18 AM PST · by 1010RD · 84 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>More than 250 Illinois clergy — most of them in the Chicago area — have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield before Jan. 9.</p> <p>On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.</p>
  • Homeschoolers Needed to Man Call Centers for Tight Congressional Races

    10/24/2012 5:33:11 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 29 replies
    Vanity | 10/24/12 | 1010RD
    There are dozens of very tight, but winnable Congressional elections - both House and Senate. Why not combine your personal interest, our national interest and home schooling by making Get Out The Vote (GOTV) calls with your homeschoolers. We just took our homeschoolers over to our local Republican Victory Center here in Illinois and made about 300 calls. It is extremely easy. They set you up with a very short script. The kids were nervous, but it's very easy and a well spoken 10 year old can do it easily. Once they get started you just roll along. This isn't...
  • Illinois Orphans (GOP winning in IL races)

    10/12/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    We Ask America ^ | Oct 12, 2012
    Illinois is one of those areas considered by some as an “orphan state.” Barack Obama will surely win here easily with Chicago leading the parade. Like the other orphan states (California & New York) candidates in key Illinois congressional races cannot count on millions of dollars being spent to by the campaigns of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney to persuade voters to put their state in the red or blue column on magic white board election night. The congressional races are in essence the campaigns leading the parade but they are on their own. It also means that in some...
  • Argentine tax agents to track all credit card buys

    09/01/2012 3:45:55 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/31/12 | MICHAEL WARREN
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina just made it more expensive for its people to use credit cards outside the country, and more dangerous for cardholders who aren't paying all the taxes they should. SNIP...adds a 15 percent tax every time people make a purchase outside the country using a card issued by an Argentine bank. Another requires the banks to report every credit card purchase, home or abroad, to the tax agency. SNIP...increasingly tight currency controls and shelter their money from soaring inflation. Purchases outside Argentina using peso-denominated cards soared 48 percent in June compared to the year before,...
  • Salman Rushdie Sparks Furor With Colorado Shooting Tweets

    07/20/2012 7:17:41 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 65 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 20, 2012 | Alexandra Cheney
    In the wake of last night’s shooting rampage in Colorado at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” SNIP ...author Salman Rushdie tweeted this morning, “The ‘right to bear arms’ is the real Bane of America.” SNIP “After Columbine I was on Bill Maher’s old show arguing vs NRA’s Ted Nugent about gun control. Lots of Nugents on my timeline today.” and replying and retweeting roughly a dozen of his 340,302 followers comments. SNIP “Individual right to bear arms survived by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court (DC v Heller, 2008), powerful dissents. This argument isn’t over.”
  • How to Repeal and Replace: From a Tax to Tax Credits

    07/02/2012 3:30:26 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 20 replies
    The American ^ | Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Michael R. Strain
    ObamaCare may be constitutional but it isn’t the answer. A refundable tax credit is. The Supreme Court has just told us that ObamaCare’s mandate to buy health insurance is constitutional under the government’s taxing authority, but this decision will not settle the debate. Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare—and if Mitt Romney wins the presidency, they just might succeed. But Republicans have been vague about the replacement. Here’s a suggestion: Replace ObamaCare with a refundable tax credit funded by taxing employer-provided health insurance. Each year, some Americans contract a dire illness or suffer a serious injury but can’t...
  • Tax Shelters: Why Israel Could Be the Next Switzerland

    06/20/2012 5:41:25 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | Eamon Javers
    It looks like Israel is going to be the next Switzerland — at least as far as the Department of Justice’s investigation into offshore tax avoidance is concerned. On June 14, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against three American tax preparers for helping clients avoid taxes by moving money to Israel. The transgressions detailed in the indictment were relatively small-time. The indictment said the father and son duo of David and Nadav Kalai and their colleague David Almog at a firm called United Revenue Service helped several clients duck taxes by moving money to two Israeli banks, identified...
  • A New Kind of Republican?

    05/22/2012 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2012 | Jonathan Karl
    Meet a Republican candidate for Congress unlike any other. (watch the video)
  • An $8 billion trick?

    04/23/2012 4:16:38 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 22, 2012 | BENJAMIN E. SASSE & CHARLES HURT
    Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B. Here is how it works. The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians. But certain...
  • It’s Working in Walker’s Wisconsin

    04/18/2012 4:51:11 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 19 replies
    City Journal ^ | Christian Schneider
    One morning last February, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker called his staff into his office. “Guys,” he warned, “it’s going to be a tough week.” Walker had recently sent a letter to state employees proposing steps—ranging from restricting collective bargaining to requiring workers to start contributing to their own pension accounts—to eliminate the state’s $3.6 billion deficit. That day in February was when Walker would announce his plan publicly. It turned out to be a tough year. The state immediately erupted into a national spectacle, with tens of thousands of citizens, led by Wisconsin’s public-employee unions, seizing control of the capitol...
  • 80-year-old bar owner who shot burglar would like his gun back

    04/02/2012 1:16:38 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 12:39 PM CDT, April 2, 2012 | By Rosemary Sobol and Jason Meisner
    See website for full story. Posting rules.
  • Analysis: More US drilling didn't drop gas price

    03/28/2012 2:38:26 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 58 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | March 22, 2012 | By SETH BORENSTEIN and JACK GILLUM
    It's the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now. But more U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math and history show. A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S. domestic oil production by The Associated Press shows no statistical correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump. If more domestic oil drilling worked as politicians say, you'd now be paying about $2 a gallon for gasoline. Instead, you're paying the highest prices ever for March. Political...
  • Army Colonel exposes 'truth and lies about Afghanistan'

    02/07/2012 4:37:51 AM PST · by 1010RD · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/7/12 | Jill Reilly
    A US army officer has accused the American military of painting a misleading picture of progress in the war in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis turned whistleblower and broke ranks with the official portrayal of the Afghan war after he 'witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level.' 'How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?' Colonel Davis asked in an article titled 'Truth, Lies and Afghanistan: How Military Leaders Have Let Us Down.' 'No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan,' he said in the article. 'But we...
  • Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments

    02/07/2012 4:09:58 AM PST · by 1010RD · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 6, 2012 11:00 PM
    Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control. As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, it could affect the presidential elections. Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees. “Never before,...
  • NCSE Picks Fight Against Climate Science Deniers

    01/17/2012 4:23:54 PM PST · by 1010RD · 21 replies
    Scientific American ^ | January 16, 2012 | Kevin Zelnio
    The National Center for Science Education is a wonderful institution dedicated to fighting junk science from entering our Nation’s schools and media. This is a tireless and often thankless job, yet there are so few “think tank” type organizations to promote science standards out there that they really stand out. I had the fortune 2 years ago to visit their offices and was impressed by how passionate the staff were and what they could accomplish out of a tiny office and a garage to store their immense archives. NCSE is best know for fighting creationism in schools and provided crucial...
  • Income inequality in the Roman Empire

    12/22/2011 5:46:00 AM PST · by 1010RD · 26 replies
    Per Square Mile ^ | December 16, 2011 | Tim De Chant
    Over the last 30 years, wealth in the United States has been steadily concentrating in the upper economic echelons. Whereas the top 1 percent used to control a little over 30 percent of the wealth, they now control 40 percent. It’s a trend that was for decades brushed under the rug but is now on the tops of minds and at the tips of tongues. Since too much inequality can foment revolt and instability, the CIA regularly updates statistics on income distribution for countries around the world, including the U.S. Between 1997 and 2007, inequality in the U.S. grew by...
  • 10 Chicago firms get perfect scores for LGBT equality

    12/15/2011 6:33:22 AM PST · by 1010RD · 9 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | December 14, 2011 | Bethany Krajelis
    Fifty-five law firms, including 10 in Chicago, received perfect ratings in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2012 Corporate Equality Index survey. When the HRC — the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to achieving equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community — first conducted its survey in 2002, neither of the two participating law firms earned 100 percent ratings. The Corporate Equality Index rates major companies and law firms on a scale from zero to 100 percent on various criteria intended to measure their workplace treatment of LGBT employees. Of the 636 businesses that were rated for...
  • Attorneys say changing rules, politics affect the NLRB (Rule by Unelected Bureaucrats)

    12/10/2011 7:48:08 AM PST · by 1010RD · 6 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | December 9, 2011 | Roy Strom
    Attorney Terrance B. McGann said the the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will most likely not be able to make rulings or decide cases by the beginning of next year. "If the (NLRB) is not there … the next step is more strikes, more picketing and concerted activity by labor organizations," said McGann, a lawyer who represents unions as a partner at Whitfield, McGann & Ketterman. "No one wins. If we don't get our quorum, no one wins." If President Barack Obama cannot nominate and receive Congressional approval of a new NLRB member by the end of the year, the...
  • GOP questions ‘two-month gap’ in Kagan’s health care involvement

    12/09/2011 4:07:27 AM PST · by 1010RD · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, December 8, 2011 | Stephen Dinan and Dave Boyer
    The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Thursday the Obama administration is fueling speculation about Justice Elena Kagan’s impartiality because it won’t turn over documents detailing her role in crafting the legal strategy to defend the health care law. Rep. Lamar Smith, the committee chairman, told Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. that emails show Justice Kagan took an interest in the case in January 2010, when she was solicitor general, and he demanded to know what role she played between then and March 2010, when President Obama tapped her to sit on the high court. “The issue...
  • Amazon starts row with retailers in US

    12/09/2011 3:51:21 AM PST · by 1010RD · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2011 | Emma Barnett
    The row has broken out only days after James Daunt, the managing director of Waterstone’s, criticised Amazon – calling it a “ruthless, money-making devil”. The new Amazon Price Check app and promotion, which is starting from this Saturday, will allow people to perform a price check on an item in a shop, by scanning in the bar code using the app on their iPhone or Android device. The online retail giant will then offer a $5 discount to shoppers who carry out this market research for it for free, on any item across the site, including the same item they...
  • Gingrich, Backed By Ethanol Lobby, Supports Subsidy

    12/09/2011 3:02:10 AM PST · by 1010RD · 57 replies
    TPM ^ | December 8, 2011 | Pema Levy
    The world’s largest ethanol producer is one of Newt Gingrich’s biggest donors, reports USA Today. A long-time supporter of the controversial subsidy, Newt is also the only GOP candidate to unequivocally support ethanol subsidies. The political action committee of ethanol producer Poet and its employees — including CEO Jeff Broin — have donated $20,000 to Gingrich’s campaign. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, this makes Poet and people connected to the company the second largest donor to his campaign. But the ties go deeper. Broin also serves as the chairman of ethanol lobbying firm Growth Energy, the same firm...
  • A Bold Way to Save Education in America

    12/02/2011 5:15:24 AM PST · by 1010RD · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 12, 2011 | Art Robinson
    The American tradition of public education began in one-room school houses when frontier farm families hired dedicated teachers to teach their children. When I attended public schools in the 1950s, I received an excellent education. American schools were rated the best in the world. Those schools prepared me for Caltech, and Caltech prepared me for a wonderful life in science. I owe my career and accomplishments to the great start I received in the public schools. Those public schools were locally controlled and locally funded. Teachers and parents worked together on the content of curriculum, student discipline, and all aspects...
  • Obama, the Dream

    11/30/2011 4:20:18 AM PST · by 1010RD · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2011 | William L. Gensert
    Barack Obama is a dream. In 2008, the dream was hope and change. In 2012, it will be progress, thwarted by evil partisans and selfish greed. As Gertrude Stein said, "there is no there there." He needs enemies to draw attention from his lack of depth, for he is truly a mile wide and an inch deep. He is an illusion -- always appearing to be more than he is, always, more promise than reality. He is, and always has been, the sum projection of what others want him to be. Barack Obama doesn't exist, except in the hearts and...
  • Renters with children find bias still exists

    11/26/2011 6:24:37 AM PST · by 1010RD · 45 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | November 25, 2011 | Patricia Manson
    Alan S. Mills said apartment-to-rent newspaper ads stating that families with children were not welcome were common when he began practicing law 30 years ago. Local, state and federal laws now prohibit discrimination based on familial status, Mills said. But Mills, the legal director of the Uptown People's Law Center, said the situation has not changed much. "Individual landlords still regularly turn down tenants because, they say, 'We don't want children in the building,'" Mills said. Professor F. Willis Caruso, the co-executive director of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center, made the same contention. Caruso said...
  • Judge rules against Alaska, says belugas endangered

    11/26/2011 6:11:09 AM PST · by 1010RD · 28 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | November 25, 2011 | Dan Joling
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales were correctly listed as endangered, a federal judge ruled earlier this week, rejecting a state lawsuit that claimed the listing will hurt economic development. Judge Royce C. Lambeth of U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said the National Marine Fisheries Service properly followed requirements of the Endangered Species Act and used the best science available in making its determination. Cook Inlet beluga whales did not bounce back after a decade, despite a ban on subsistence hunting blamed for depleting their numbers, he said. "When the best available science predicts that a recently...
  • Obama in NH: I'm tax -cutter, GOP should go along

    11/23/2011 3:35:00 AM PST · by 1010RD · 24 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | Nov. 22, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Barack Obama dashed into politically important New Hampshire Tuesday, seeking to steal the spotlight from Republican presidential candidates and challenging GOP lawmakers back in Washington to stand by their anti-tax pledges on one big measure. He was greeted with a blunt message from Republican contender Mitt Romney, who bought campaign ads telling Obama, "Your policies have failed." In his first trip to New Hampshire in nearly two years, the president was confronted by a state that has shifted sharply to the right since his victory here in the 2008 election. The state's crucial independent voters...
  • Very slow growth 2012 then long bear to 2020

    11/22/2011 12:53:21 PM PST · by 1010RD · 18 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Nov. 22, 2011 | Paul B. Farrell
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — “Top advisers see very slow growth in 2012.” That headline is screaming at Americans in “InvestmentNews: The Leading News Source for Financial Advisers” and most trusted. Get it? Not just “slow growth,” but “very slow growth in 2012.” Another even predicted “very slow, measured growth for two, three years.” Actually it’s far worse. Folks, this is not some worried bull hyping naïve investors, not a Wall Street bank analyst, a Washington politician covering his butt, nor one of Mad Money’s market mavericks. No, this comes from the most respected news source reporting to America’s...
  • Faceoff: Occupy Wall Street vs. Tea Party Movement (Infographic)[aka continued bias]

    11/15/2011 5:36:33 AM PST · by 1010RD · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Accelerated Degree ^ | 11/13/11 | Accelerated Degree Editor
  • Blame all around for biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy

    11/11/2011 3:35:59 AM PST · by 1010RD · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:10pm EST | Matthew Bigg and Melinda Dickinson
    (Reuters) - From corrupt and incompetent local officials to Wall Street's credit crisis and toxic bonds, there was plenty of blame to go around on Thursday, a day after Alabama's Jefferson County declared the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The county, once a leading industrial hub in the U.S. Deep South, filed for bankruptcy court protection after failing to reach final agreement on terms of a preliminary deal with creditors led by JPMorgan Chase & Co in September to settle $3.14 billion in sewer-system debt. [Read the whole story]
  • we petition the obama administration to:

    11/09/2011 4:15:31 AM PST · by 1010RD · 8 replies
    The White House ^ | Nov 04, 2011 | Jon G
    We demand a vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe response to this petition. Since these petitions are ignored apart from an occasional patronizing and inane political statement amounting to nothing more than a condescending pat on the head, we the signers would enjoy having the illusion of success. Since no other outcome to this process seems possible, we demand that the White House immediately assign a junior staffer to compose a tame and vapid response to this petition, and never attempt to take any meaningful action on this or any other issue. We would also like a cookie.
  • Executive Power in Wartime

    11/07/2011 4:51:32 AM PST · by 1010RD · 4 replies
    Hillsdale College - Imprimis ^ | October 2011 | Michael Mukasey
    Michael Mukasey served as the Attorney General of the United States from 2007-2009, as a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York from 1988-2006, and as an assistant U.S. attorney for that same district from 1972-1976. In 1995, he presided over the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and others for a plot to blow up New York area landmarks. He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his LL.B. from Yale Law School. The following is adapted from a speech delivered in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 2011, at the Second Annual Constitution Day Celebration sponsored...