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  • Government Gridlock Leads To Toilet Paper Shortage In Trenton (so-called "health department")

    03/13/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 13, 2012 | Robin Rieger
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Trenton’s health department could shut down some city buildings if a toilet paper shortage isn’t resolved soon. “It could be an inconvenience for anybody, young, old, male, female,” said Maryann Wooten of Hamilton Township. The toilet paper and paper towel supply for at least eleven buildings, including city hall, are dangerously low. “We have one box with about fifteen rolls of toilet paper and that’s it,” said Harold Hall, Acting Public Works Director. Hall says a City Council resolution to order more paper supplies, including paper cups, was voted down. Some council members didn’t think the...
  • Wikipedia falsely portrays Obama as opposing lobbyists, bailouts, and corruption

    03/11/2012 2:34:53 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    March 11, 2012 | me
    In many sections of the wikipedia article "Presidency of Barack Obama," editors will only allow things that make the subject look good, while not allowing reliably sourced information that makes the subject look bad. In cases where the subject has made promises and then broken those promises, the promise is allowed to be cited, while the breaking of the promise is not permitted to be in the article. This is in violation of wikipedia's "Neutral point of view" policy, which states: "Editing from a neutral point of view (NPOV) means representing fairly, proportionately, and as far as possible without bias,...
  • Racial incident mars high school game [Saying "USA! USA! USA!" is now "racist"]

    03/07/2012 11:45:59 AM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    ksat.com ^ | Mar 5 2012 | Brian Mylar
    SAN ANTONIO - A local school district is apologizing after an apparent incident of racism at a boys high school basketball game this past weekend. When the final whistle blew Saturday, Alamo Heights celebrated a convincing victory over San Antonio Edison. Alamo Heights Head Coach Andrew Brewer said he was proud of his team. "Tremendously proud,” Brewer said. “Tremendously. It's the best group of kids." But it was just after the trophy presentation when the coach was not proud of the chant coming from Alamo Heights fans. "USA, USA, USA," they chanted.San Antonio Independent School District officials took the chant...
  • I think Sandra Fluke should dump her cheapskate boyfriend, and find a real man who respects her.

    03/06/2012 4:06:50 PM PST · by grundle · 52 replies
    March 6, 2012 | me
    Based on Sandra Fluke's own testimony, her current boyfriend has so little respect for her that he's not even willing to pay for their birth control. How can Sandra Fluke call herself a feminist, when she is dating someone who does not respect her enough to pay for their birth control? I think Sandra Fluke should break up with her cheapskate boyfriend, and start dating a real man who respects her enough to pay for their birth control.
  • Ron Paul gets endorsement from five members of Romney’s family

    03/06/2012 3:01:54 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | March 6, 2012
    Texas Rep. Ron Paul on Monday announced that five distant relatives of rival Mitt Romney’s family are endorsing his Republican presidential campaign. A news release from the Paul campaign boasts of having the support of Ty Romney, Travis Romney, Chad Romney, Jared Romney and Troy Romney. Three of the Romneys — who live in Idaho — will speak on Paul’s behalf during the state’s caucuses on Tuesday. “I support Ron Paul because he defends the Constitution, loves America and understands what it means to be an American, including the right to live your life any way you want as long...
  • $3 Goodwill Store Purchase Earns $190K At Auction

    03/06/2012 2:47:52 PM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | March 5, 2012
    ANDERSON, S.C. -- An 81-year-old Anderson County man doesn't mind sharing his amazing tale, but he doesn't want to share his last name. The man, who's going by only "Leroy," said, "It's the biggest find I've ever had. It's that one thing you're always looking for. I'd like to get the big one. Well, that was the big one. I can only thank Goodwill for that." He said about a year and a half ago he stopped by the Goodwill store on South Main Street in Anderson. While browsing, a framed painting caught his eye. "I figured the picture frame...
  • Sarah Palin Demands Obama Super PAC Return Bill Maher’s Campaign Donation

    03/06/2012 2:08:14 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | March 6, 2012 | James Crugnale
    Following President Obama‘s press conference where he invoked his daughters in responding to a question about why he personally contacted Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted out a Facebook statement, demanding his return of Bill Maher‘s check. “Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters,” Palin wrote cuttingly. “For the sake of everyone’s daughter, why doesn’t his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?”In February, Maher, who once called Palin the c-word, announced he was donating $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-Barack Obama Super...
  • Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top

    03/06/2012 1:04:01 AM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    Time magazine ^ | September 1, 2010 | Belinda Luscombe
    According to a new analysis of 2,000 communities by a market research company, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group. In two cities, Atlanta and Memphis, those women are making about 20% more. This squares with earlier research from Queens College, New York, that had suggested that this was happening in major metropolises. But the new study suggests that the gap is bigger than previously thought, with young women in New York City, Los Angeles and...
  • Stonehill College: rules regarding sex and overnight guests [school with lawsuit over sex in dorm]

    03/05/2012 3:55:26 PM PST · by grundle · 1 replies
    Stonehill College student handbook, page 145 (PDF)"Students must obtain permission from their roommate(s) for a guest to stay through the night.... Behavior that is intrusive to the privacy of the roommate(s) is prohibited... As a Catholic institution, Stonehill College does not condone cohabitation."
  • Filmgoer takes stand on costly snacks, sues AMC Livonia theater [link only]

    03/05/2012 2:44:22 PM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    Detroit Free Press | March 4, 2012 | David Ashenfelter
    Link only due to copyright concerns: http://www.freep.com/article/20120304/NEWS06/203040519/Filmgoer-takes-stand-on-costly-snacks-sues-AMC-Livonia-theater
  • Former Catholic college student sues school after they refused to move out her 'sex-crazed' roommate

    03/04/2012 5:32:51 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    The Dail Mail ^ | March 3, 2012 | Hannah Roberts
    A former student at a Roman Catholic college has filed a lawsuit against the school, after ending up with a roommate who she says repeatedly made love with her boyfriend in their shared room. Lindsay Blankmeyer, 21, claims the college in Easton, Massachusetts didn't do enough to help her when she complained about her roommate Laura Sidla's overactive sex-life. Blankmeyer suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder before she enrolled at Stonehill College, the lawsuit alleges, but was driven into a suicidal depression after school officials failed to offer her reasonable alternative accommodation. Suing: Former student at a Roman Catholic...
  • Woodruff Park to close for repairs of protest damage [Occupiers cause more than $30,000 in damage]

    03/04/2012 11:27:44 AM PST · by grundle · 4 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 1, 2012 | Mike Morris
    Woodruff Park will be closed next week for work crews to repair damage that city officials said was done by Occupy Atlanta protesters. The downtown park will be closed for up to two months, AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB reported. Parks Commissioner George Dusenbury told WSB that the park will be closed for at least two months. He told the station that repairs to the park's damaged irrigation and electrical systems will cost more than $30,000. Dusenbury said the park "took a lot of abuse" during the encampment by the protesters, which began on Oct. 6 and culminated in the...
  • Here's the true, reliably sourced info about Barack Obama that wikipedia doesn't want you to know

    03/01/2012 9:41:53 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies · 243+ views
    me
    ==Barack Obama's lies, cronyism, non-transparency, warmongering, lawbreaking, and unconstitutional actions== ===Notable non-Cabinet positions=== In February 2009, U.S. Senator [[Robert Byrd]] (D-West Virginia) expressed concern that Obama's dozens of czars might violate the U.S. Constitution, because they were not approved by the U.S. Senate.[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19303.html Byrd: Obama in power grab], Politico, February 5, 2009 U.S. Senator [[Russ Feingold]] (D-Wisconsin) expressed a similar concern in September 2009.[http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/59071-feingold-questions-obama-czars Feingold questions Obama 'czars'], thehill.com, September 16, 2009 In September 2009, Obama's green czar [[Van Jones]] resigned after conservatives pointed out that he was a self described "[[communist]]" and had blamed [[George W. Bush]] for the...
  • Video claims that Obama's Selective Service card is a forgery!

    03/01/2012 6:16:37 PM PST · by grundle · 80 replies · 48+ views
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  • Defective Birth Control Could Spur Big Lawsuits for Pfizer

    02/28/2012 11:26:46 PM PST · by grundle · 3 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Feb 2, 2012 | Rachael Rettner
    It's possible that women who become pregnant after taking the defective birth control pills Pfizer recalled on February 1 could sue the drug company for unwanted pregnancies, experts say. And they could ask for a lot of money. Courts have typically thought about so-called wrongful pregnancy cases as similar to medical malpractice, said I. Glenn Cohen, assistant professor and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Similar cases have allowed people to sue for things like unwanted pregnancies after botched vasectomies. In the past, there has even been a case in...
  • Why College Aid Makes College More Expensive

    02/25/2012 1:27:00 PM PST · by grundle · 13 replies · 2+ views
    smartmoney.com ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | JACK HOUGH
    New research shows how federal spending on higher education can backfire.Federal aid for students has increased 164% over the past decade, adjusted for inflation, according to the College Board. Yet three-quarters of Americans and even a majority of college presidents see college as unaffordable for most, and that sentiment has been steadily spreading, the Pew Research Center reports. Two new studies offer clues on why. One measures the degree to which some colleges reduce their own aid in response to increased federal aid. The other suggests federal aid is helping to push college costs higher.Recipients of federal Pell Grants have,...
  • Rocklin [California] Considering Banning Residents From Smoking Outside Their Own Homes

    02/25/2012 1:18:58 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | February 24, 2012
    ROCKLIN (CBS13) – A Placer County town is considering a ban on smoking that some say goes way too far. The Rocklin City Council is considering making it against the law for smokers to smoke anywhere outside on their property.The city council is considering the ban after one home owner complained about smoke coming from their neighbors’ backyards saying it caused health problems for their kids.But before going to the city council, the family first asked their neighbors to stop smoking. One couple agreed, according to their son. “They felt that there wasn’t any reason to put the household in...
  • ‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches

    02/23/2012 10:44:34 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.The target of the protest? “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets,” a press release announcing today’s event read. The alleged lunch incident happened in North Carolina. “A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious,” a local reporter wrote last week. “The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato...
  • The myth of the eight-hour sleep

    02/23/2012 5:17:34 PM PST · by grundle · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 February 2012 | Stephanie Hegarty
    We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural. In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month. It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one...
  • David Cross Admits to Snorting Cocaine at the White House Correspondents Dinner

    02/22/2012 9:39:47 PM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 2/22/2012 | Erin Carlson
    Fact: David Cross once snorted cocaine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The actor confessed to the persistent rumor in an interview in the March issue of Playboy magazine, saying he pulled the stunt while sitting some 65 feet away from President Obama. "It wasn’t even that much cocaine. It was literally the size of, I don’t know, a tick. It was a tiny granule of coke that I put on my wrist and said, 'Watch this. I need a witness,'" Cross recalled. "And then I ducked under the table and did it. It wasn’t like I got high," he...
  • Oops! Vice president's memo announces upcoming visit to 'Road Island'

    02/21/2012 6:44:31 AM PST · by grundle · 37 replies
    providencejournal.com ^ | February 20, 2012 | Richard C. Dujardin
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Critics are having a field day with an advisory from Vice President Joseph Biden's office that describes an upcoming visit to New England. According to Biden's White House office, the vice president plans to go to Boston, Manchester and then "Providence Road Island" on Thursday to attend campaign events. Presumably, Biden knows that U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, for whom he is expected to campaign, is a U.S. senator from the state of Rhode Island, not Road Island, wherever that is.
  • Obama’s Budget Ends Funding for [successful] D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    02/13/2012 11:19:46 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 13, 2012 | Lindsey Burke
    The Obama administration is once again standing with education special interest groups and against low-income children in Washington, D.C. His 2013 budget request zeros out funding for the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which was revived last year thanks to the hard work of Speaker John Boehner and the thousands of D.C. families who received scholarships to attend a private school of choice. In 2009, Senator Dick Durbin included a provision in an omnibus spending bill prohibiting any new children from receiving scholarships unless the program was fully reauthorized by Congress and authorized by the D.C. City Council. The...
  • Boy, 11, beaten to death over a 9-hour period [Mom let her abusive boyfriend babysit her child]

    02/13/2012 10:19:17 PM PST · by grundle · 118 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 13, 2012 | Amy McConnell Schaarsmith
    A Knoxville man left to watch over his girlfriend's 11-year-old son while she was at work beat the boy to death over a span of nine hours on Saturday, according to Pittsburgh police. The 29-year-old boyfriend, Anthony Bush, told police that he began beating the boy, Donovan McKee, with wooden sticks shortly after noon when Donovan failed to vacuum their apartment at 107 Knox Ave. in Beltzhoover as Mr. Bush had instructed, according to a police criminal complaint. The beatings, Mr. Bush told police, lasted until about 9 p.m. "During the beatings, at times, the sticks would break and Bush...
  • Lawyer: Life in prison unfair for underwear bomber

    02/13/2012 8:30:26 PM PST · by grundle · 48 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 13, 2012
    DETROIT (AP) — A mandatory life sentence for a Nigerian who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound plane is cruel and unfair, a defense attorney said Monday as he asked a judge to declare the punishment unconstitutional. No one aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 187 except Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was physically injured, Anthony Chambers said. Abdulmutallab's groin was severely burned when he tried to ignite a bomb in his underwear. Abdulmutallab is returning to court for his sentence Thursday, four months after he pleaded guilty to trying to destroy an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas 2009. He said he was acting on...
  • ABC interrupted "Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown" to announce Whitney Houston's death

    02/12/2012 4:09:07 PM PST · by grundle · 67 replies
    <p>This is not a RIP Whitney Houston thread, it's a "why the f--- did you interrupt the viewing of a kids' show to say Whitney Houston is dead"? First, we sat there thinking the President had been shot or something, I mean it was downright weird given how long it took them to get to the point, because we figured it had to be pretty important. Second, it's a kid show - I know you really want to be first to break the news, but really? Morons.</p>
  • Global Sea Level Drops 6 mm in 2010 [NASA satellite data]

    02/08/2012 1:28:10 PM PST · by grundle · 51 replies · 7+ views
    NASA ^ | NASA
    The red line in this image shows the long-term increase in global sea level since satellite altimeters began measuring it in the early 1990s. Since then, sea level has risen by a little more than an inch each decade, or about 3 millimeters per year. While most years have recorded a rise in global sea level, the recent drop of nearly a quarter of an inch, or half a centimeter, is attributable to the switch from El Niño to La Niña conditions in the Pacific. The insets show sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean caused by the recent...
  • The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows

    02/08/2012 1:16:31 PM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8 February 2012 | Damian Carrington
    The world's greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows. The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall. The study is the first to survey all the world's icecaps and glaciers and was made possible by the use of satellite data. The melting of Himalayan glaciers caused controversy in 2009 when a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel...
  • Cuban blogger riles with her weapon of words [Only 2% of Cubans have internet access]

    02/07/2012 10:47:37 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    ft.com ^ | February 7, 2012 | John Paul Rathbone
    Yoani Sánchez is Cuba’s best-known blogger and, for many outside the island, also its opposition’s most important voice. She is also, however, a philologist whose refusal to mangle the Spanish language is matched only by her love of 140-character tweets. Resolving that contradiction is one of the lesser challenges Ms Sánchez faces as an internet-based activist in a country that, by some metrics, has less internet connectivity than even Haiti. “I try to tweet with the brevity and elegance of classical Spanish, while only using whole words,” she jokes of herself on a recent evening in Havana. Such humour is...
  • If the Democrats had been in charge of yesterday's Superbowl...

    02/06/2012 3:14:49 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    February 6, 2012 | me
    I didn't watch yesterday's Superbowl, but I read about it. With just a few minutes left to go, one of the players (on the team that ended up losing) had a pass hit his hands, but instead of catching it and running for a touchdown, he accidentally dropped the ball. Clearly, his "intent" was to catch the ball. If the Democrats were in charge, they would have people examine the instant replay footage with a magnifying glass, to determine what the player's "intent" was. Then the Democrats would demand extra time so that player could have another chance to score...
  • Court Allows Man to Seek Money from 'Daughter's' Biological Dad [paternity fraud]

    02/03/2012 4:24:29 PM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 3, 2012 | Christina Ng
    A man who discovered that the daughter he raised was not really his can sue the biological father for $190,000 -the estimated cost of raising her for 15 years - the Connecticut State Supreme Court has ruled. Eric Fischer saw the red flags. When his youngest daughter was born, his wife Pamela Tournier's close friend and business partner Richard Zollino rode home in the limo with the new parents. For the next 15 years, Zollino was omnipresent at the girl's musical recitals as well as her eighth grade graduation. And his youngest daughter did not look like his other two...
  • Rick Santorum Tells Sick Kid Market Should Should Set Drug Prices [Santorum is correct]

    02/02/2012 3:02:35 AM PST · by grundle · 41 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 2, 2012
    GOP contender Rick Santorum had a heated exchange with a mother and her sick young son Wednesday, arguing that drug companies were entitled to charge whatever the market demanded for life-saving therapies. The mother said the boy was on the drug Abilify, used to treat schizophrenia, and that, on paper, its costs would exceed $1 million each year. Santorum said drugs take years to develop and cost millions of dollars to produce, and manufacturers need to turn a profit or they would stop developing new drugs."You have that drug, and maybe you're alive today because people have a profit motive...
  • Fear of Hard Work Steers Students Away From Science & Tech

    02/01/2012 8:39:16 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Jan 30, 2012 | David Mielach
    While job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions may be plentiful, many teenagers are unwilling to pursue a long-term career in these fields due to the challenges they present. According to a new study conducted by ASQ, students in sixth through twelfth grade felt that careers as doctors and engineers would offer the most job opportunities upon graduating from college, but 67 percent were unsure if they would pursue these careers, due to the numerous challenges they present. Chief among these challenges is the cost and time it takes to get a degree. According to the survey,...
  • Obama Tells Woman It Is "Interesting" Her Unemployed Husband Can't Find Job

    01/30/2012 7:23:08 PM PST · by grundle · 45 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | January 30, 2012
    During his Google+ hangout Pres. Obama tells a woman that her husband shouldn't be unemployed from the growth he has seen in the economy. Obama said he finds it "interesting" because he is getting "the word" that someone in her husband's job field "should be able to find something right away." Obama offered to do something if she would just send him her husband's resume. The woman wants to know why Obama is extending visas for foreigners when there is tons of demand for American jobs by Americans. "I don't know what your husband's speciality [is], but I can tell...
  • [Hugo] Chávez's Daughter Poses With [U.S.] Dollar Bills, Unleashes Anger, Internet Meme

    01/27/2012 3:17:33 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | January 27, 2012 | Eyder Peralta
    Hugo Chávez's daughter posted this picture on Instagram. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is known for railing against U.S. capitalism. And it's not just talk. Since 2003, his government has made it very hard for Venezuelans to trade foreign currency. So you can just imagine the uproar in the country when his 14-year-old daughter Rosinés Chávez published a picture of herself covering half her face with a wad of dollar bills. The Guardian reports: "Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites seethed with resentment from people who said they had been unable to change bolívares, the local currency, because of...
  • Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy [tax $$ build slums with rodents & leaking sewage]

    01/26/2012 4:01:12 PM PST · by grundle · 34 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 27, 2008 | Binyamin Appelbaum
    CHICAGO - The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can't afford to live anywhere else. But it's not safe to live here. About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale...
  • Man acting in self-defense kills teen, wounds another

    01/26/2012 2:26:19 PM PST · by grundle · 48 replies
    whptv.com ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jack Eilber
    One teen is dead and another is wounded after they were shot by a man who authorities say acted in self-defense. It happened on a trail along the Schuylkill River in Berks County. Police say three teens confronted the man who was riding his bike along the trail in Cumru Township. The teens knocked him off the bike and assaulted him and that's when he pulled out a gun and shot them. One of the teens died and another was hurt. Police took the third teen and the man in for questioning. They released the man and took the other...
  • Despite Unfair Tax Burden, Warren Buffett's Secretary Was Just Able To Buy A Second Home

    01/26/2012 3:25:58 AM PST · by grundle · 11 replies · 1+ views
    thesmokinggun.com ^ | January 25, 2012
    Despite a heavy tax burden, Warren Buffett’s secretary last year was able to purchase a second home in Arizona, a residence complete with a swimming pool and a “professional PGA putting green,” according to real estate records. Debra Bosanek, 55, and her husband Gerald bought the 2100-square-foot home in Surprise, a city outside Phoenix. The Bosaneks paid $144,000 for the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath property (the purchase was financed, in part, by a $115,200 mortgage). The principal Bosanek residence is in Bellevue, Nebraska, several miles from Buffett’s corporate headquarters in Omaha. The couple’s 2568-square-foot home, built in 2000, also has four...
  • Warren Buffett's Secretary Likely Makes Between $200,000 And $500,000/Year

    01/25/2012 2:15:12 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/25/2012 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Warren Buffet’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, served as a stage prop for President Obama’s State of the Union speech. She was the President’s chief display of the alleged unfairness of our tax system – a little person paying a higher tax rate than her billionaire boss. Bosanek’s prominent role in Obama’s “fairness” campaign piqued my curiosity, and I imagine the curiosity of others. How much does her boss pay this downtrodden woman? So far, no one has volunteered this information. The IRS publishes detailed tax tables by income level. The latest results are for 2009. They show that taxpayers earning an...
  • Who's Greedy? Obama Gave 1% to Charity, Romney Gave 15%

    01/24/2012 2:27:27 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2012
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign. The Obamas increased the amount they gave to charity when their income rose in 2005 and 2006 after the Illinois senator published a bestselling book. The $137,622 they gave over those two years amounted to more than 5 percent of their $2.6 million income. Romney charitable contributions Tax year Taxable income Charitable donations Donations as % of income 2010 $21.7...
  • Media gets its facts wrong - working at Foxconn significantly cuts suicide risk [media bias]

    01/24/2012 1:00:26 AM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    zdnet.com ^ | May 27, 2010 | Tom Foremski
    In other words, Foxconn’s suicide epidemic is actually lower than China’s national average of suicides. The larger problem stems from the fact that most journalists have not been taught to critically examine statistics. They follow the herd which often means that they report numbers without providing readers a context for making sense of those numbers.
  • NTSB: Controller nearly caused midair collision [unionized govt worker can't be fired]

    01/19/2012 10:19:29 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 18, 2012 | JOAN LOWY
    An air traffic controller with a history of disciplinary problems nearly caused a midair collision A regional jet operated by ExpressJet and a single-engine Cessna came within 300 feet of colliding after they were cleared to take off on intersecting runways at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi on June 19 Airport tower controller Robert Beck first cleared the Cessna to take off on runway 18, according to the documents. About 16 seconds later, Beck cleared the regional jet, Continental Express Flight 2555, to take off on runway 14, which crosses runway 18. No warning was issued to either pilot about...
  • 'They took my place!' Single dad trying to take back home occupied by OWS

    01/16/2012 11:56:00 AM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 15, 2012 | CANDICE M. GIOVE
    They’re occupying his home. Occupy Wall Street protesters announced with great fanfare last month that they moved a homeless family into a “foreclosed” Brooklyn home — even though they knew the house belonged to a struggling single father “They’re trying to take a house and say the bank is robbing the people because the mortgage is too high — so contact the owner!” fumed Wise Ahadzi, 28, who owns the home THE OWNER: Wise Ahadzi, with daughters Imani, 3, and Kwazha, 10, is fighting to reclaim his home from OWS. The real property owner is livid because he could be...
  • The Illustrated Results of Obama's "Community Organizing"

    01/15/2012 4:16:19 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    If I didn't know better, I'd think this was Beirut in the nineteen seventies. But, in reality, it's the current state of the housing for which Barack Obama claims responsibility as a "community organizer." It turns out the developers enriched by his government-funded subsidies did a heck of a lot better than the folks who once lived here. As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a...
  • Brooklyn dad says Beyonce's security stopped him from seeing preemie twins

    01/14/2012 7:34:30 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 8, 2012 | HENRICK KAROLISZYN, BILL HUTCHINSON
    Hip-hop parents Beyoncé and Jay-Z were in lullaby land with their baby girl Blue Ivy Carter Sunday, but one new dad was fuming over the velvet rope in the maternity ward that kept him away from his twins. Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn said the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by Beyoncé’s bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub. Coulon griped that he’s been repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit, once for 20 minutes, by the superstar couple’s private security.
  • "Hope You Don't Get Indefinitely Detained" (great quote with image of Barack Obama)

    01/13/2012 5:17:44 PM PST · by grundle · 1+ views
  • "Gotta Broken Heart Again" by Prince - dedicated to John Edwards

    01/13/2012 4:43:59 PM PST · by grundle · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 13, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQImWm2vSVQ
  • New Bill Would Allow Government To Strip Citizenship Without Conviction

    01/13/2012 3:55:51 PM PST · by grundle · 56 replies
    addictinginfo.org ^ | January 6, 2012 | Stephen D. Foster Jr.
    Full title: New Bill Known As Enemy Expatriation Act Would Allow Government To Strip Citizenship Without Conviction First, Congress considered the National Defense Authorization Act, sections of which gave the President the authority to use the military to arrest and indefinitely detain Americans without trial or charge. The language was revised because of strong condemnation from the American people. But now a new bill has emerged that poses yet another threat to the American citizenry. Congress is considering HR 3166 and S. 1698 also known as the Enemy Expatriation Act, sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Charles Dent (R-PA). This...
  • Rosie O'Donnell vs. the hammerhead: TV personality criticized for participating in shark killing

    01/12/2012 8:34:50 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | January 10, 2012 | David Fleshler
    Rosie O'Donnell and her family caught huge hammerhead sharks in fishing trips off the South Florida coast. Now the TV personality is catching abuse from environmentalists, irate at the killing of ocean predators that are considered overfished around the globe. Florida banned killing them Jan. 1, long after O'Donnell's fishing trips. ...environmentalists have attacked her via Facebook and Twitter accounts, accusing her of going after species that are struggling to survive. "Right now sharks are the most endangered animals around," said Erik Brush, a Sarasota marine conservationist who helped start the campaign against O'Donnell. "This is basically an endorsement. It...
  • Does God Care Who Wins Football Games?

    01/11/2012 8:17:19 PM PST · by grundle · 85 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 12, 2012 | Fran Tarkenton
    I never understood why God would care who won a game between my team and another. It seemed like there were many far more important things going on in the world. There were religious guys on both teams. If God gets credit for the win, does he also take blame for defeat?
  • Star Wars meets The Dukes of Hazzard

    01/09/2012 8:33:30 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89qikXkNJVc