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  • Carmel Mission Founder’s Day: History started with indigenous people, Mexican land and Father Serra

    06/29/2015 6:25:05 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 3 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 06/28/15 | Dennis Taylor
    The outfit worn Sunday by Los Banos resident Francisco Garcia at the 11th annual Carmel Mission Founder’s Day celebration was tailored from grey cloth, and had been meticulously embroidered with orange thread by his wife of almost 50 years, Delfina, who sat nearby, creating jewelry under the canopy of a booth. Francisco was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. One set of Delfina’s ancestors were Spanish. The others are indigenous people who occupied this area thousands of years before the white people came.
  • CA incentives reel back film and TV production

    06/28/2015 8:41:15 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    CalWatchDog ^ | 28 Jun, 2015 | James Poulos
    Hollywood could soon reclaim its once-shaky status as America’s production headquarters. After a near panic touched off by a nationwide spending spree on state incentives for film and television production, programs around the country have begun scaling back or shutting down altogether, leaving California in a persistent but much diminished race for the spoils.
  • This is the next front in the battle for gay rights

    06/28/2015 8:32:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2015 | Lydia DePillis
    With the Supreme Court's decision today striking down state bans on gay marriage, gay and lesbian people are now fully equal in the eyes of the law. Right? Well, not exactly. There's still a big hurdle: No federal law currently prevents employers from discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation. So while gay, lesbian and bisexual people may have equal rights in love, they're still far from equal at work.
  • Will a religious institution lose tax-exempt status for refusing to marry a same-sex couple?

    06/27/2015 1:12:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Los Angles Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | David Lauter
    A hot question in conservative circles for months gained steam Friday with the Supreme Court's landmark decision on same-sex marriage. The concern: Could a church-related institution, such as a college, lose its tax exemption for refusing to give equal treatment to same-sex couples?
  • Facebook diversity numbers barely budge; advocacy groups call for more change

    06/26/2015 6:14:17 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 06/25/2015 | Queenie Wong
    If diversifying Silicon Valley's workforce is a marathon, then Facebook and other tech firms aren't running fast enough, civil rights activists say. The social media giant released data Thursday showing slight gains over the past year in increasing the percentage of women and nonwhite employees at the company.
  • Undocumented immigrants could get more health care in 35 rural counties

    06/25/2015 6:15:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 23, 2015 s | Hudson Sangree
    Undocumented immigrants across a vast swath of rural California could receive basic medical coverage under a proposal being weighed Thursday by the governing board of a state program that provides health care services to indigent adults.
  • Playing the race card on vaccines

    06/24/2015 7:29:37 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 23, 2015
    Having trotted out just about every conspiracy theory in the book against the tightening of vaccination laws in California, the opponents of Senate Bill 277 have come up with a new and truly cynical angle – race.
  • U.S. West Coast Refiners Snap up Russian Crude

    06/24/2015 6:12:55 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Marine Link ^ | June 24, 2015 | Joseph Keefe
    Refiners on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii have stepped up purchases of Russian crude, taking advantage of a narrow gap between U.S. and global prices as they look to guard against a seasonal shortage of Alaskan supply, trade and industry sources said.
  • Revenue Cutter Ingham

    06/23/2015 6:15:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Marine Link ^ | June 19, 2015 | Dennis Bryant
    The US Revenue Cutter Ingham was launched in 1832 as part of the Morris-Taney class. The cutters were designed for multiple missions including, but not limited to, law enforcement, fighting pirates (which were particularly prevalent in the Gulf of Mexico and around Cuba), and augmenting the US Navy.
  • Exorbitant traffic fees stripped too many drivers of licenses

    06/21/2015 8:31:27 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 19, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.
  • Perfect Father's Day Gift

    06/20/2015 12:20:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
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  • Drivers with unpaid-ticket license suspensions may get a break

    06/20/2015 7:24:08 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 20, 2015 | Bob Egelko
    The new state budget that the Legislature approved Friday offers a break to some of the millions of Californians whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for failing to pay traffic tickets — a chance to get their licenses back by signing up for a cut-rate repayment program, with further discounts for the poor.
  • Latest PC at UC: war on microaggression

    06/19/2015 2:27:33 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | June 19, 2015 | Steven Greenhut
    From Free Speech Movement to this: Anything you say may create hostile environment
  • Burbank High School teacher’s Shakespeare aversion draws national attention

    06/19/2015 6:04:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ben Egel
    Most high school English teachers adore William Shakespeare’s works. Dana Dusbiber does not. In an essay published this month on a Washington Post education blog, the Luther Burbank High School teacher explained she does not want to teach Shakespeare’s works despite his esteemed place in American education because his perspective does not speak well to her ethnically diverse students.
  • First transgender singer to perform national anthem at A’s game

    06/17/2015 7:11:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2015 | Tony Bravo
    Singer Breanna Sinclairé becomes the first transgender person to sing the National Anthem at a Major League Baseball game tonight at the Oakland Coliseum. It will be only the second game Sinclairé has ever attended, but she’s already a fan.
  • Driving with suspended license top crime in Menlo Park, many lose cars

    06/17/2015 3:38:08 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2015 | Farida Jhabvala Romero
    Rene Macedo Nolasco, a night shift worker, was driving home late at night on May 2 from his job at the Tesla Motors plant in Fremont when he noticed flashing lights in his rearview mirror. Twenty minutes later, a Menlo Park Police officer had cited him for driving with a revoked license, a misdemeanor. His blue 2006 Audi, which he had just purchased a few days before for $6,000, was towed to an impound lot.
  • Neil Young blasts Donald Trump over song usage

    06/17/2015 6:08:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 73 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 16, 2015 | Aidin Vaziri
    Neil Young is crankier than usual over Donald Trump using “Rockin’ In The Free World” as his campaign song.
  • San Bernardino: Broken City

    06/15/2015 6:43:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 37 replies
    Los Angles Times ^ | June 14, 2015 | Joe Mozingo
    San Bernardino, once a sturdy, middle class "All-America City," is now bankrupt, the poorest city of its size in California, and a symbol of the nation's worst urban woes.
  • Can California say ‘yes’ to everyone? Insuring the undocumented

    06/14/2015 8:25:06 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama proclaimed in a 2009 speech to Congress. It was a memorable event in part because Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie.” Editorial-page umbrage followed.
  • San Clemente dam removal project enters final season

    06/13/2015 7:24:14 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 06/12/15 | Jim Johnson
    Carmel Valley >> The San Clemente Dam will not, it turns out, be going out with a big bang. Maybe a bunch of smaller bangs, but no big bang.
  • Four Airlifted from Sinking Fishing Vessel in Gulf of Alaska

    06/11/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    gCaptain ^ | June 11, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday rescued four crew of the fishing vessel Kupreanof from the Gulf of Alaska near Lituya Bay, Alaska. The dramatic rescue was caught on film by the Coast Guard aircrew as the vessel sank.
  • Golfers robbed on course in Pebble Beach

    06/09/2015 5:51:37 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 06/09/15 | Ana Ceballos
    Pebble Beach >> Four men golfing at The Links at Spanish Bay were robbed Saturday afternoon, and authorities said one of the victims received a minor cut to his ear. About 5:30 p.m., 18-year-old Aurelio Bautista of Greenfield and a 15-year-old juvenile male allegedly accosted the golfers and demanded money from them. The golfers were playing on the 17th hole that runs next to the beach.
  • Man beaten up at Little Caesars after calling woman overweight

    06/09/2015 6:05:11 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 8, 2015 | Evan Sernoffsky
    An angry man roughed up a customer at a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Salinas for making a crack about his mom’s weight, police said. The ruckus started at 4:25 p.m. Sunday when a 50-year-old man at the pizza joint inside a strip mall at 506 East Laurel Drive told a woman “she should not eat pizza because she was already overweight,” police Cmdr. Sheldon Bryant said.
  • Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH

    06/08/2015 8:54:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | Maggie Fox
    A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her. The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.
  • In 25 years, San Francisco will be a lot whiter

    06/08/2015 7:03:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco, which prides itself on its diversity and progressiveness, may be well on its way to returning to the white-dominated society it was in the middle of the last century
  • Royal Navy makes its biggest rescue yet of migrants from Mediterranean death boats

    06/07/2015 9:17:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7 June 2015 | Larisa Brown and Kate Pickles
    They were picked up by radar in the early hours of this morning and were then given life jackets by Royal Marine Commandos before being transported from the landing craft on to the 19,000 tonne ship. There were shocking scenes of barefoot men and exhausted pregnant women piling onto the ship before they were huddled together while they waited to have security checks. Most of them had nothing with them except a plastic carrier bag and mobile phones. They were given water and some bread while they waited for the news of when they were going to dock in Italy....
  • WATCH: How NOT To Capsize When Crossing The Bar

    06/06/2015 7:26:18 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | June 4, 2015 | John Konrad
    Curious how NOT to capsize your fishing vessel in heavy seas? New Zealand journalist Geoff Mackley decided to visit the infamous Greymouth Bar, grab the saltiest old sea-captain he could find; an unintelligible yet undeniably talented Kiwi fisherman, and ask that very question. The dialogue in this video is impossible to understand but, trust us, amid the profanity is secret to heavy surf shiphandling.
  • Transgender kids: ‘Exploding’ number of children, parents seek clinical help

    06/05/2015 7:57:18 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 73 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 06/05/15 | Nicholas Weiler
    Two years before Caitlyn Jenner showed up this week on the cover of Vanity Fair, Oliver Bishop was in crisis. The Sonora teen’s grades had dropped, and he’d become suicidal as he sensed that puberty was beginning to trap him in a female body that seemed alien to the boy he had always been inside. “You know you’re a guy,” he said, “but everybody doesn’t see it that way.” Now, as the nation sees a growing acceptance of transgender people such as the former Olympian Bruce Jenner, Bay Area therapists and physicians are seeing a surge in the number of...
  • Climate change: California Senate approves legislation to combat global warming

    06/04/2015 6:06:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 06/03/15 | Jessica Calefati
    The state Senate on Wednesday approved a far-reaching array of bills designed to cement the Golden State’s reputation as an international leader in the fight against climate change. If enacted, the legislation will trigger a fundamental shift in the kinds of cars and trucks Californians drive and the way they power their homes. New targets would force industries to create more renewable energy, make more vehicles that don’t burn gasoline and further slash greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Police: 4 relatives beat pregnant Texas teen to abort baby

    06/03/2015 7:30:31 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    Dallas police say four family members have been arrested after a 14-year-old girl impregnated by a relative was beaten in order to induce an abortion two years ago.
  • Oakland imam says Boston cops shot his brother in the back

    06/02/2015 8:06:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2015 | Hamed Aleaziz
    An Oakland imam said his 26-year-old brother was shot in the back and killed by Boston police Tuesday while he was waiting for a bus to work — starkly contrasting with authorities, who said the brother lunged at them with a knife while they were trying to question him on terror-related matters.
  • California Senate approves health care for undocumented immigrants

    06/02/2015 1:30:34 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly.
  • Sleeping in cars: Punishment prohibited in California bill sponsored by San Jose's Chu

    06/01/2015 7:55:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 56 replies
    The California Assembly is advancing legislation to protect homeless people who live in their cars from fines and vehicle impounds. Local governments could not punish people caught sleeping in cars under AB718. It advanced to the Senate on Monday with a 54-to-12 vote.
  • Pentagon Pledges $18 million To Hanoi For Metal Shark Patrol Boats

    06/01/2015 7:25:30 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    gCaptain ^ | May 31, 2015
    May 31 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged $18 million on Sunday to help Vietnam buy U.S. patrol boats, shortly after touring a Vietnamese coast guard vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship during a skirmish in the South China Sea. Carter, who has been focusing on maritime security during an 11-day trip to the Asia-Pacific, visited the Vietnamese navy headquarters and coast guard headquarters before boarding the ship. Carter is on his second visit to Asia since becoming defense secretary earlier this year. He said he planned to sign a “vision statement” on Monday with his Vietnamese counterpart...
  • Gender neutral restrooms gaining traction among schools

    05/31/2015 8:54:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | May 31, 2015 | Pat Maio
    Two years after California passed a law that permits transgender youth to use whatever bathroom they wish, school districts continue to grapple with compliance, though major strides have been made. “You can’t just build a restroom or retrofit one tomorrow,” said Kurt Dearie, a history teacher at Carlsbad High School who has been a co-advisor for the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance since 2002. “The lack of money and all kinds of things make this more challenging today.”
  • Atrocities, real and imagined

    05/30/2015 6:43:55 PM PDT · by artichokegrower
    The Porterville Recorder ^ | May 29, 2015 | Raoul Lowery Contreras
    Many in the Western Hemisphere were joyous when a Jesuit priest from Argentina was elected Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. When he announced in January 2015 that the Church would make Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra of California missionary fame a saint, many Catholics were delighted.
  • Watch: New F-35B Fighter Jet Hover Aboard A Ship

    05/30/2015 2:16:38 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    gCaptain ^ | May 30, 2015
    Testing began this month on the U.S. Marine Corp’s new, highly anticipated, aircraft. At $135 million each the F-35B Lightning II fighter jet is the expensive sibling to vertical take off and landing aircraft like its older brother, the venerable Harrier Jump Jet. Since May 18, Marines and sailors have worked together to conduct Operational Testing 1, to test the integration of the F-35B with a U.S. Navy warship, the (LHD-1). Throughout OT-1, the aircraft and staff involved were challenged with a variety of flight and deck operations, allowing the gathering of data which will lay the groundwork for future...
  • In this city, offering a kid a soda is about to be illegal

    05/29/2015 3:17:41 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jenna Lyons
    It’s a four-letter word that parents in one Northern California city don’t want their children to hear: soda. In a novel approach to fighting childhood obesity, the Davis City Council voted unanimously this week to approve an ordinance making milk and water the default options for kids’ meals — a victory for parents who want to shield children from sugary beverages. Cashiers and waiters in fast food joints and other restaurants that market meals to kids will be forced, under threat of a fine to the business, to offer water or milk with those meals, not Coke or Pepsi.
  • Scaled-back immigrant health care bill advances to Senate floor

    05/28/2015 7:34:13 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 28, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    scaled-back version of Senate Bill 4, the proposal to provide health coverage to Californians living in the country illegally, advanced to the Senate floor on Thursday after passing the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 5-2. Under the new version of the bill, undocumented immigrants would still be allowed to purchase insurance on the state’s health exchange, pending a federal waiver, but the expansion of Medi-Cal would be limited to children under the age of 19. Adults would only be made eligible for Medi-Cal coverage if additional funding is appropriated.
  • California carbon auction brings in another $1 billion

    05/28/2015 7:29:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 28, 2015 | Dale Kasler
    California’s industrial firms spent another $1 billion in the most recent auction of carbon emissions credits, state officials said Thursday. The California Air Resources Board said its latest quarterly auction of carbon credits raised around $1.06 billion, making it one of the largest sales in the program’s two-and-a-half year history.
  • US Senators Want a Stop to Arctic Drilling

    05/26/2015 6:08:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Marine Link ^ | May 26, 2015 | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    Eighteen U. S. senators have urged the Obama’s administration to halt Shell’s Arctic drilling plans saying that it is an unacceptable and irresponsible decision, says a report in Reuters. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by seventeen other Senators, has urged the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to halt all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic region.
  • Whites moving into Hispanic areas is not diversity

    05/25/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2015 | Newsmachete
    The New York Times published an article about mostly White dotcommers moving into a Hispanic neighborhood of San Francisco called the Mission District. But nowhere in this article did the Times ever use the word "diversity." This is puzzling, because in every other article where they talk about adding more Blacks or Hispanics to a white population, they always celebrate that as the merits of diversity. But not this time
  • California governor pitches amnesty on traffic debt for poor

    05/24/2015 5:46:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    KRON ^ | May 23, 2015 | Joelle Burnette
    Calling California’s traffic court system a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver’s license suspensions since 2006.
  • 500 protesters march against ag giant Monsanto

    05/23/2015 7:33:43 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 23, 2015 | J.K. Dineen
    Beekeepers. Physicians. Organic farmers. Preschool teachers. Parents of autistic kids. Those were some of the groups represented Saturday in a march against the controversial biotech and agricultural giant Monsanto, which is often cast as Public Enemy No. 1 by those opposed to genetically modified foods. As many as 500 people — many dressed like bumblebees and butterflies — filled Justin Herman Plaza around noon and then marched down the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf. Many held signs with slogans like “Evil Seed of Corporate Greed” and “GMOs Cause Autism and Cancer.”
  • Covered California to cap patient costs for high-priced specialty drugs

    05/23/2015 5:49:57 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 21, 2015 | Hudson Sangree
    Covered California board members voted Thursday to become the first state health care exchange in the nation to impose price caps on high-cost specialty drugs to treat conditions such as hepatitis C and HIV. The four board members unanimously agreed to impose $250 monthly limits on out-of-pocket prescription costs for most patients, creating a precedent that other government health exchanges could follow.
  • Undocumented students fight for their education on the Central Coast

    05/22/2015 6:07:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    KION ^ | May 21, 2015 | Michelle Pulido
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Giving a special group of students a piece of the American dream. At 2.4 million, California has the highest number of undocumented immigrants in the country and leads the way in resources. But it's still falling behind when it comes to reaching students who are undocumented. NewsChannel 5's found out about a group of local educators being trained to help bridge the gap to college for these students. Katiuska Pimentel carries a backpack and spends long hours at the U.C. Santa Cruz campus studying for midterms and finals. It's a typical life for most college students....
  • Feds suspected man of exploitation in 2014, senator alleges

    05/21/2015 7:27:14 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 05/21/2015 | Sharon Noguchi
    Five months before his shocking child molestation arrest, the overnight manager known to schoolchildren as "Papa Bear" at the popular Walden West environmental camp was the focus of a federal child exploitation investigation, a U.S. senator alleged Thursday. Even so, Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla retained his work permit granted through a program for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, and his employers say they were not informed of the investigation until shortly before he was arrested May 7. He is charged with possessing and manufacturing child pornography and molesting a child sometime in April -- well after the federal investigation...
  • Handy primer for white people on riots about racist police

    05/19/2015 6:20:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | May 19, 2015 | Nato Green
    Every news editor in America now has a madlib ready on his desk for tomorrow’s lead: “[Protests and/or riots] erupted yesterday in [systematically neglected post-industrial urban hellscape] in response to police [killing/getting away with killing] an unarmed [black/Latino/homeless/mentally ill/Tosh.0 writer] [man/woman] who was [doing nothing/just being a person]. Politicians call for [calm or other unhelpful things].” When TV shows grainy footage of lawless hordes of black people raging, smashing, shouting — appearing to confirm whatever racist stereotype we held out like flypaper, us whites tend to get very upset and judgy. Our tsk-engine revs. Since there is a 100 percent...
  • Insurers pass tax along to the states

    05/18/2015 6:11:50 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 16, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    There's more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama's health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers. As Alice in Wonderland might say, a curious tax just got curiouser. The burden to states could mount to $13 billion in less than a decade. The Health Insurance Providers Fee was aimed at insurance companies. The thinking went: Because insurers would gain a windfall of customers, they ought to help pay for the expansion of coverage. Insurers say they have raised prices for individuals and small businesses to cover the new tax....
  • US Attorney: Boston Marathon Bombing ‘Not a Religious Crime,’ It Was ‘Political’

    05/15/2015 7:09:17 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 May 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz stated that the Boston Marathon Bombing “was not a religious crime…it was a political crime” at a press conference on Friday. Ortiz said, “Make no mistake, the defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims. This was not a religious crime. And it certainly does not reflect true Muslim beliefs.