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  • 'British' jihadist who beheaded journalist is Londoner called John

    08/21/2014 9:25:27 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/21/14 | Gordon Rayner, and Martin Evans
    The jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be British born militant from London who calls himself John, it can be revealed. Intelligence agents in the UK and United States are urgently looking into reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighter, whose brutal actions shocked the world, is the ringleader of group of British jihadists who have specialised in hostage taking. Based in the Isil stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, ‘John’, is described as a well-educated, intelligent, but highly committed member of the extremist terror group.
  • Watch out for the corporate debt bomb

    08/14/2014 9:12:25 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 08/04/2014 | Brent Arends
    It’s not just the stock market we have to worry about. It’s also the bond market. For the past five years, U.S. corporations have been living in a financial paradise. Interest rates have been on the floor. Wages have been flat. Companies have been able to lay off workers and slash costs. Profits have skyrocketed to record levels. And they’ve spent almost nothing on new capital equipment, either. And what effect has this had? In 2007, at the peak of the last credit mania, U.S. nonfinancial corporations owed $7.2 trillion according to data compiled by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Today?...
  • Small cars fare poorly in new frontal crash tests, Mini Cooper Countryman gets top rating (Duh?)

    07/30/2014 3:12:02 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/30/2014 | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an Arlington, Va.-based safety group that's funded by insurers. The Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Mitsubishi Lancer, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ all got the second-highest rating of "acceptable." The Hyundai Veloster and Scion xB were a notch below that, with "marginal" ratings. The small overlap front crash test, introduced in 2012, replicates...
  • Moody's downgrades Atlantic City general obligation bonds to junk status

    07/23/2014 2:28:38 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/23/2014 | CNBC.com staff
    Moody's Investors Service downgraded the general obligation bonds of Atlantic City, New Jersey to "junk" status on Wednesday, citing the struggling casino town's declining tax base. The credit rating service cut the city's underlying rating to "Ba1" from "Baa2." It affects $245 million in outstanding debt.
  • Box-Office Slump: Hollywood Facing Worst Summer in Eight Years (Obama effect?)

    07/23/2014 10:23:50 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 106 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 07/23/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    Less than six weeks before Labor Day, hopes for recovery at the North American summer box office have evaporated. The season is expected to finish down 15 to 20 percent compared with 2013, the worst year-over-year decline in three decades, and revenue will struggle to crack $4 billion, which hasn't happened in eight years. As a result, analysts predict that the full year is facing a deficit of 4 to 5 percent.
  • Obama tells Netanyahu 'deeply concerned' over Gaza...(In between fund raising trips)

    07/18/2014 4:44:48 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/18/2014 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to voice concerns about the crisis in Gaza amid an Israeli ground offensive. Obama said that while the US supports Israel's right to defend itself, "the United States and our friends and allies are deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life." Israeli troops launched an offensive on the Gaza periphery aimed at destroying Hamas's network of cross-border tunnels on the 11th day of an assault in which 274 Palestinians, including many children, have been killed. "Although we support military efforts...
  • Mysterious giant hole suddenly appears in Siberia

    07/16/2014 1:13:51 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/16/14 | Omar Kardoudi
    A mysterious giant hole and crater have suddenly appeared in Siberia, Russia. There are not many details right now, but the video captured from a helicopter shows a weird configuration with debris and signs of combustion around it. Was it an explosion, an impact, or some violent drilling?
  • Krauthammer: "If Fences Don't Work, Why Is There One Around The White House?"

    07/02/2014 8:02:24 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 33 replies
    BILL O'REILLY: How do you secure the border, Charles? CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Alright, here's what I've been on for years. You start with a fence. It's very simple. People say, 'Oh, fences don't work. You make a ladder.' Well, then you build two fences, triple strand fences. San Diego did that in the mid 90's and within a decade, the illegal immigration rate at that point was reduced by 90% and people ended up going through other places like Arizona. If fences don't work, why is there one around the White House? If they don't work, why is it that the...
  • Crisis Leaves 'Vast Swaths' of Border Unprotected, Cartels 'in Control'

    06/11/2014 11:37:58 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/11/2014 | Brandon Darby
    HOUSTON, Texas--The massive influx of adults and minors crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador has brought the Customs and Border Protection agency (CPB) past its capacity to provide security at the U.S./Mexico border, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). In an interview with Breitbart Texas, NBPC Vice President Shawn Moran revealed that the Mexican cartels control the flow of illegal immigrants across Mexico through the monopoly on coyotes, otherwise known as human smugglers. “Mexican cartels are exploiting this crisis to get their shipments through. They know our schedules, our shifts, our manpower, and...
  • Fewer good jobs in the new economy (New economy?)

    06/10/2014 8:23:19 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 06/10/2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    The U.S. may have regained all the jobs destroyed by the Great Recession, but the new jobs that replaced the old ones aren’t any better — and that helps explain why the five-year recovery has seemed so anemic thus far. The economy employed 138.46 million Americans in May, according to the Labor Department’s so-called establishment survey issued on Friday (Another government survey says we are not quite there yet). The prior peak was 138.37 million, set in January 2008, just as the 2007-2009 recession was getting underway.
  • Surge in kids crossing border alone strains patrol (Ridiculous!)

    06/06/2014 7:33:35 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 06/05/2014 | Alicia Caldwell
    Border Patrol agents could arrest as many as 90,000 children trying to illegally cross the Mexican border alone this year, more than three times the number of children apprehended in 2013, according to a draft internal Homeland Security memorandum reviewed by The Associated Press. In the May 30 memo from Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello to the National Security Council's transborder security directorate, Vitiello said Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics estimates that by 2015 the number of children apprehended while traveling alone could grow to 142,000.
  • Rubio: Obama ‘Believes He’s Become A Monarch Or An Emperor’

    06/04/2014 9:48:11 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/03/2014 | Brendon Bordelon
    Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio savaged President Obama for his failure to notify Congress about the release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as the law requires, claiming the president “believes somehow he’s become a monarch or an emperor.” Rubio spoke Tuesday with Fox News’ host Gretchen Carlson about the White House’s refusal to tell Congress before they traded five high-level Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by the Taliban after his likely desertion in 2009. “The president has violated the law here,” the Florida senator asserted. “The law is very clear. He must give congressional notification...
  • Taliban claim captured U.S. solider has converted to Islam

    06/03/2014 8:28:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/03/2014 : updated | Mail Foreign Service
    A captured American soldier is training Taliban fighters bomb-making and ambush skills, according to one of his captors and Afghan intelligence officials. Private Bowe Bergdahl disappeared in June 2009 while based in eastern Afghanistan and is thought to be the only U.S. serviceman in captivity. The 24-year-old has converted to Islam and now has the Muslim name Abdullah, one of his captors told The Sunday Times.
  • Hurricanes with feminine names cause more damage than storms with masculine names: study

    06/03/2014 7:34:58 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 06/03/2014 | Staff of MarketWatch
    What’s in a name? Apparently, when it comes to hurricanes, a lot. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that, for Atlantic Coast hurricanes in the U.S., storms with feminine names lead to more deaths than those with masculine names. The best explanation for this, according to the Economist, is that people do not take hurricanes with women’s names as seriously as storms with men’s names. The researchers actually tested this theory — and produced supporting results. They picked five male and five female names from the list to be used for this...
  • Tea Party-backed candidate Sasse wins GOP Senate primary in Nebraska

    05/14/2014 9:04:22 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 05/14/2014 | FoxNews.com Staff
    Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat in Nebraska Tuesday night, after a heated and costly primary battle that drew heavy national attention. Sasse, a university president, was able to hold off former state treasurer Shane Osborn and dark horse candidate Sid Dinsdale, who had begun to surge in recent weeks. Sasse grabbed 49 percent of the vote with Dinsdale finishing second and Osborn finishing third, according to preliminary returns. "We were never doing this because we need another job," Sasse told supporters Tuesday night. "We were only going to do this if...
  • Labor shortages, not unemployment, will be the biggest concern in a decade

    05/01/2014 8:19:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 05/01/2014 | Market Watch Staff
    The current debate in economic circles is just how much slack is available in the U.S. labor market. But the chief concern in a decade’s time will be the opposite — labor shortages. That’s according to a new report authored by Gad Levanon and Ben Cheng of The Conference Board. The authors point out the unemployment rate decline of 3.3 percentage points from its peak comes despite a weak economic expansion, meaning rate decline is not solely due to a cyclical recovery.
  • Study finds eating chicken on the bone makes children more aggressive

    05/01/2014 7:34:52 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/30/2014 | Breitbart.com staff
    ITHACA, N.Y., April 30 (UPI) -- Researchers at Cornell University conducted a study about biting versus chewing habits in children and found that kids who eat chicken on the bone are more likely to disobey adults and be aggressive. The study, which was published in Eating Behaviors, found that children were "twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids" when eating food they had to hold and bite.
  • Oprah Winfrey interested in Clippers bid: WSJ

    04/30/2014 1:01:51 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04/30/2014
    Oprah Winfrey is joining with entertainment mogul David Geffen and Oracle Corp. chief executive Larry Ellison in hopes of buying the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers. The future ownership of the Clippers is in question after team owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the league on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The ban was in response to a recording of racist comments that the league said were made by Mr. Sterling, who acknowledged it was his voice on the tape, according to Mr. Silver.
  • Idiot John Kerry’s ‘apartheid’ comment backfires

    04/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/29/2014 | John Podhoretz
    John Kerry has never been so insulted in his life! Oy, the insult! How dare anyone imagine that his reference to Israel as an “apartheid state” in the making might suggest he is anything but entirely supportive of the Jewish state! Look, he says it wasn’t “helpful” that he said it, and that he wishes he could rewind the tape and not say it. But you better not think he meant anything by it! You just better not, or else! “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes,” he said...
  • ‘Fire Harry Reid’ becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

    04/25/2014 10:01:32 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/23/2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation. The attacks are being espoused inside and outside the Capital Beltway and could become staples of the Republican message as the party looks to pick up the six seats needed to take the Senate gavel out of Mr. Reid’s hands.
  • The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers...(No shock to anyone here!)

    04/18/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Michael Cannon
    Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend. If the courts put a stop to that unauthorized spending, a majority of Exchange enrollees would suddenly face the full cost of ObamaCare coverage, and enrollments would plummet.
  • IBM mainframe, tech’s ‘dinosaur,’ turns 50

    04/11/2014 2:02:45 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04/11/2014 | By Benjamin Pimentel
    The IBM mainframe, the drab-looking refrigerator-size machine that was once the symbol of computer technology, turned 50 this week. It’s been portrayed as a technology dinosaur, out of place in an era where computing is about being small, fast and mobile. But in half a century, the mainframe has remained one of IBM’s IBM-0.02% most successful flagship products. In fact, a decade ago when the mainframe celebrated its 40th year, Big Blue even embraced the ‘dinosaur’ label, unveiling the latest version with a catchy, defiant code name: ‘T-Rex.’
  • Cruz: Holder Should Be Impeached For ‘Defying Congress And The Rule Of Law’ In IRS Scandal

    04/11/2014 9:53:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 04/11/2014 | CBS DC Staff
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he doesn’t indict former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is linked to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Speaking on Sean Hannity’s radio program Thursday, the Texas Republican labeled Holder the “most partisan attorney general the country has ever had,” and added that Holder should be impeached for “defying Congress and the rule of law.” Cruz cited the attorney general’s refusal to indict anyone in the months since the inspector general found that conservative and Tea Party groups were singled out for tax purposes.
  • Woman 'throws a shoe at Hillary' during speech at Las Vegas casino

    04/11/2014 9:15:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/10/2014 | James Nye
    A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage Thursday at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about the incident.
  • OBAMA: Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Is A 'Stinkburger'

    04/03/2014 11:59:13 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/02/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    President Barack Obama compared the Republican budget plan unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan this week to a "stinkburger" and a "meanwich" during a speech Wednesday afternoon in Michigan. Referencing his own trip to a local deli in Ann Arbor earlier in the day, Obama offered his suggestions for the name of the GOP budget plan. "If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman's they'd have to call it the Stinkburger or the Meanwich," Obama said. Obama's trip to Michigan served as a chance to promote a plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. The President seemed to...
  • 'The debate over repealing this law is over': Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare..

    04/02/2014 10:56:01 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 53 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 04/01/2014 | David Martosko
    A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America's health care system 'a lot better' in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.
  • Obamacare enrollment tops six million as deadline looms: White House (So What?)

    03/27/2014 2:00:35 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Roberta Rampton
    More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. The milestone gives the White House some ammunition to use against Republican critics, who have described the program as a flop in the build-up to midterm congressional campaigns in November, when Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Only 10 days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top...
  • 'There Were Actually Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People Like Me'

    03/25/2014 10:32:43 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 50 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/25/2014 | Daniel Halper
    First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China. She talked about the American dream: And my story isn’t unusual in America. Some of our most famous athletes, like LeBron James, and artists, like the singer Janelle Monae, came from struggling families like mine, as do many business leaders -- like Howard Schultz. He’s the head of a company called Starbucks, which many of you may have heard of. When Mr. Schultz was a boy his father lost his job, leaving their family destitute. But Mr. Schultz worked hard. He got a scholarship to...
  • Ellen Sucks Up to Obama: Obamacare 'Doing Very, Very Well...

    Ellen DeGeneres was a completely slavish toady to President Obama as he appeared on her show to sell Obamacare -- not to young people, but to mothers. The president made his pitch to "especially all the moms out there who may have young people – 26, 27, do not have health insurance, but they think they’re invincible and nothing’s ever going to happen to ‘em – what we’ve said is you never know what life is going to throw at ya." For example, a president who lies about keeping your plan and keeping your doctor. You didn't see that coming!...
  • Obamacare's problem: You can't fix stupid

    03/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/14/2014 | Jake Novak
    It was supposed to be the most burning crisis in America: the 30 million, 40 million, or even 50 million of us, (depending on which politician was screaming the loudest), who didn't have health insurance and were clamoring to get it in order to avoid everything from bankruptcy to death. So the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress, gave us the Affordable Care Act. And they did it with such urgency that they didn't care that not a single Republican in Congress voted for it, and they didn't care that it took legislative chicanery to pass it despite the...
  • At Least 35% Of People Eligible For Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Have Criminal Histories

    03/11/2014 8:32:43 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/11/2014 | Avik Roy
    If you listen to the President, and other supporters of Obamacare, you might get the impression that the reason why tens of millions of Americans go without health insurance is because these people have pre-existing conditions, and health insurers are too mean to cover them. The truth is quite different. Less than a million Americans lack health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. And it turns out that a good number of Americans are uninsured not because they are sick, but because they are convicted criminals.
  • Another Obamacare delay imminent on non-compliant health coverage (Just drop it after the election!)

    03/05/2014 10:37:46 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 03/05/2014 | Russ Britt
    Obamacare is about to undergo another delay as the Obama administration is looking at pushing back the cancellation of existing, non-compliant plans an extra year, well past this fall’s mid-term elections, according to news reports. The Hill said in a report late Tuesday that the move would avoid an awkward situation for Democrats running for House and Senate seats because cancellation notices on some of those plans that had been extended by one year would go out near the Nov. 4 election.
  • Md. man sets fire to home using torch to melt ice off front porch

    03/04/2014 7:31:15 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 71 replies
    FOX News ^ | 03/04/14 | Lauren DeMarco
    It was a close call for one homeowner along Evans Street in Rockville trying to clear the ice off of his front steps. “[It was a] small fire on the outside of the house,” said Assistant Chief Scott Goldstein of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. “The homeowner appeared to be using some type of torch device to melt ice near his front porch. He lit the siding on fire with a little bit of extension into the house.”
  • Chinese media outlet uses racial slur at US envoy (It takes hacks to spot a hack)

    02/28/2014 9:37:21 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/28/2014 | Didi Tang
    A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China. The article — which called Gary Locke a "rotten banana," a guide dog for the blind, and a plague — reflected Chinese nationalists' acute loathing toward the first Chinese-American to have been Washington's top envoy to Beijing. But whether it would draw diplomatic protests was unclear; attempts to contact officials at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing got no response Friday.
  • Mapping the long and short of sex

    02/21/2014 10:07:17 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies
    WTOP Tech News ^ | 02/21/14 | Neal Augenstein
    WASHINGTON -- They say love is eternal - sex, not so much. According to Euripedes, "He is not a lover who does not love forever." Clearly the Greek playwright isn't talking about sex. At least not around here. A not-very-scientific ranking of states determined those that have the longest and shortest duration of sex. Topping the list, by a large margin is New Mexico, where an act of love lasts just over 7 minutes, according to Nerve, an online magazine dedicated to sex, relationships and culture. The data comes from Spreadsheets, a sex activity app that promises to "track your...
  • Krauthammer on Obamacare employer mandate delay: “This is stuff you do in a banana republic”

    02/11/2014 9:17:59 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 02/10/2014 | By The Right Scoop Staff
    Krauthammer says that delaying the employer mandate simply to ease political pain before an election is the kind of stuff they do in banana republics: But generally speaking you get past the next election by changing your policies, by announcing new initiatives, but not by wantonly changing the law lawlessly. This is stuff you do in a banana republic. It’s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants, and any provision. It’s now reached a point where it is so endemic that nobody even notices or complains. I...
  • Fans bet record $119M on Super Bowl

    02/04/2014 11:06:36 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 7 replies
    ESPN NFL ^ | 02/04/2014 | ESPN NFL Staff
    Gamblers wagered a record $119.4 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl, allowing sportsbooks to reap an unprecedented profit as the betting public lost out in Seattle's rout of the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. Unaudited tallies showed sportsbooks made an unprecedented profit of $19.7 million on the action, the Gaming Control Board announced Monday. That's millions more than the past three Super Bowl wins combined. The Denver Broncos were a 2.5-point favorite, but the Seattle Seahawks took the championship 43-8. Oddsmakers said Peyton Manning fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and northern Nevada with wagers on the...
  • Officials protest Texas plan to execute Mexican citizen

    01/21/2014 8:29:37 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 54 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/21/2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    HOUSTON—A Mexican national facing execution in Texas this week has drawn support from Mexican officials, a former Texas governor and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who appealed to Gov. Rick Perry and state courts for a reprieve — so far, unsuccessfully. Edgar Tamayo, 46, a Mexican citizen, is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday for fatally shooting Houston Police Officer Guy Gaddis in 1994. Gaddis, 24, had been flagged down near a nightclub by a man who accused Tamayo of robbing him. The officer arrested Tamayo, handcuffed him and put him in the back of his patrol car....
  • Feds Blow $100 Billion Annually on Incorrect Payments ( Torches and Pitchforks time!)

    01/15/2014 9:56:37 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/15/14 | Rob Garver
    Between 2002 and 2012, federal agencies spent more than half a trillion dollars ($688 billion) on payments that should never have been made. Every year, according to their own recordkeeping, the agencies that administer major federal programs are now paying out more than $100 billion dollars improperly, and even though they’re aware of the problem, they recover only a tiny fraction for taxpayers. This adds up to huge losses for the U.S. Treasury. Related: Your Taxes Wasted on a $120M Parking Center In 2012 alone, the Office of Management and Budget gathered data on just 13 high-error programs in the...
  • The hottest electric cars leave winter drivers out in the cold

    12/16/2013 11:00:57 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 83 replies
    KFI News ^ | 12/16/13 | Giuseppe Macri
    Engineering breakthroughs like the Tesla Model S may be burning up the electric car market (figuratively and literally), but they’re leaving drivers cold and under-powered in the face of Old Man Winter. Cold temperatures have adverse effects on batteries, slowing down the incoming and outgoing flow of energy and inevitably losing some in the process. The 250-mile average range of an electric car in normal climate conditions can see its performance reduced by 70-miles on a single charge in average winter conditions. The colder it gets, the shorter than range. Not only that, the average winter driver tends to turn...
  • Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges (From the crap sack!)

    12/05/2013 8:37:14 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/05/13 | Eric Pfeiffer
    One of the biggest public supporters of the Affordable Care Act has reportedly decided that some of his staff should be exempted from the new law. CNN reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. That’s right, even House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who have voted against the healthcare law dozens of times, have told their staff to sign up for insurance plans through the federal exchange. The news will likely provide...
  • Republicans Revive War on Obamacare (Bury Obamacare!)

    12/04/2013 7:07:05 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/04/13 | Brianna Ehley
    From district courts to Capitol Hill, Republicans and conservative groups are aggressively reviving their efforts to bring down Obamacare. During a press conference with reporters right before the president’s speech Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called the Affordable Care Act “fundamentally flawed” and said it “continues to wreak havoc” on the economy and Americans’ health insurance coverage. Still, he declined to commit to allowing a vote on a GOP-designed 'patient-driven’ health care plan next year. Related: Obamacare Mess Defines GOP Campaign Strategy "The American people want to be able to pick their own type of health insurance, they want...
  • Is Obamacare on the rebound? Media turn to positive stories. (Barf Alert!)

    11/27/2013 9:57:38 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/26/13 | Linda Feldmann
    Bit by bit, the media narrative around the travails of Obamacare and its main enrollment vehicle, HealthCare.gov, is starting to look up. Or to put it more precisely, it is no longer so crushingly negative. After weeks of stories about website crashes and canceled health plans – and an extraordinary mea culpa from President Obama – a competing story line is starting to emerge. Slowly but surely, people are navigating the exchanges and getting insurance – for some, cheaper and better than what they had. Last week, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times touted a “surge” in enrollment...
  • Oprah: Racists Have to Die for Racism to End (Whoa! Hard core Oprah!)

    11/21/2013 1:22:41 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 104 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 11/05/13 | Noel Sheppard
    Oprah Winfrey, one of the wealthiest people in the world, is throwing the race card again. During an interview with the BBC Friday, she not only said that President Obama is treated with disrespect because he’s black, but also that entire generations of racists are going to have to die for racism to end (video follows with transcript and commentary): WILL GOMPERTZ, BBC: The issue of the civil rights movement, and the way that black people around the world are treated, particularly I suppose in, around the world… OPRAH WINFREY: Around the world. GOMPERTZ: Around the world. Look at place...
  • Obama skips Gettysburg events because of Obamacare (Sure!)

    11/19/2013 9:45:09 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/19/13 | Oliver Knox
    President Barack Obama is skipping events marking 150 years since Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. This shouldn't be a huge shock. Yes, Obama has sometimes embraced the opportunity to compare himself to Lincoln. And what a historical opportunity to miss: The nation’s first black president honoring Lincoln’s legacy in person. But parks officials point out that the last sitting president to attend a Nov. 19 event in Gettysburg was Rutherford B. Hayes. No, what’s surprising is the White House's apparent explanation for Obama’s decision to turn down an invitation offered months ago: It’s Obamacare’s fault. Specifically, the HealthCare.gov debacle.
  • Why The Patriots Got Screwed By The Non-Call At The End Of The Monday Night Game (Tsk! Tsk!)

    11/19/2013 8:08:13 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 183 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/19/13 | Tony Manfred
    The New England Patriots lost to the Carolina Panthers 24-20 after a controversial ending on Monday Night Football. On the final play of the game, an official threw a flag after Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly appeared to interfere with New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone. If the pass interference penalty was called, the Patriots would have had one untimed play from the one-yard line to win the game. But the officials ended up picking up the flag, declaring the game over, and running off the field without an explanation. Tom Brady was furious after the game,...
  • Listen to Obama dribble all over himself...

    11/14/2013 9:25:00 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 97 replies
    Odinga Press conference...Gaak!
  • Pelosi claims nearly 5 times as many people signed up for Obamacare than HHS numbers show

    11/14/2013 8:14:34 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 35 replies
    CapitalCityProject ^ | 11/13/13 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) tweeted out a claim that one million people have applied and are eligible to get insurance through the Obamacare marketplace and 500,000 have already secured coverage.
  • Third Tesla Model S fire raises fresh questions, NHTSA query

    11/08/2013 6:49:40 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/07/13 | Justin Hyde
    Another Tesla Model S involved in a traffic crash caught fire near Smyrna, Tenn., on Wednesday after an apparent strike by road debris — the third such report in six weeks. As with the previous two cases, the news sparked a reaction from investors, who sent Tesla shares plunging, and Tesla itself, which said no one was injured and that it was investigating the cause. But this latest incident does raise a troubling comparison for Tesla's 19,000 Model S owners: Even though it has fewer electric cars on the road than its competitors, none have reported similar fires after crashes....
  • McAuliffe narrowly defeats Cuccinelli in Virginia, ObamaCare troubles loom over vote

    11/06/2013 8:32:55 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 60 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 11/06/13 | FoxNews Staff
    Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday, in a surprisingly close victory over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli -- who was heavily outspent and trailed in the polls for much of the race. With nearly all precincts reporting, McAuliffe was ahead with just 48 percent of the vote, to Cuccinelli’s 45 percent. Though McAuliffe previously held a double-digit lead, exit polls showed voters opposed to the federal health care law overwhelmingly backed Cuccinelli, helping him narrow the gap on Tuesday.