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  • Pelosi Video: You Can’t Measure ObamaCare By the Number of People it Insured

    04/05/2014 8:59:55 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 4/2/14 | Steve Foley
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says Democrats passed their health insurance law, not to insure the uninsured, but to give people “quality” health care and “affordable” health care. “Madam Leader, isn’t the real measure of success, not the raw number who signed up, but how many of those who signed up were not insured before?” a reporter asked Pelosi at a news conference on Tuesday. “No, that’s not — the measure is twofold,” Pelosi responded. “The message is how many people have access to health care — quality, affordable health care and insurance.”
  • IPAs for People Who Don't Like IPAs

    02/28/2014 12:06:06 PM PST · by Pontiac · 44 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | WILLIAM BOSTWICK
    THINK YOU DON'T like IPAs? Too bitter, too intense? Many are. Tongue-numbingly resinous and paint-thinner strong, today's double and triple India Pale Ales have a few devoted, if masochistic, fans. But to those of us more interested in grace than grandeur, IPAs can be hard beers to love. Or even swallow. No longer. Showcasing new and experimental breeds of hops, the latest pale ales offer a welcome change of pace: nuanced flavor.So get them while you can: a fleeting, flickering burst of tropical sun in a northern winter. 1. Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA (9.4% ABV): Hop-of-the-moment Mosaic bursts through...
  • Sabotage may have started Three Mile Island accident

    01/19/2014 10:12:01 AM PST · by Pontiac · 34 replies
    ATOMIC INSIGHTS ^ | 1/18/2014 | Rod Adams
    Updated (Jan 19, 2014 at 01:45 am) The pattern is not completely clear, and there are pieces missing from the puzzle, but I have found enough bits of evidence to convince me that it is more likely than not that someone purposely initiated the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. This is a difficult story to tell; it’s not easy to revise history. It’s even harder to it successfully when there is sure to be disbelief, dismissal, and efforts to discredit. I prefer being respected and strive to avoid the potential of being marginalized as a crackpot. However, I feel a...
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • Canadian fighting with al-Qaeda-linked rebels killed in Syria

    01/16/2014 12:53:36 AM PST · by Pontiac · 7 replies
    CBC via Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/2014 | Staff
    Mustafa al-Gharib, a 22-year-old Canadian-born Muslim convert who left Calgary for Syria in November 2012, has been killed by Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces during rebel infighting, CBC News has confirmed. According to sources in Syria and Canada, al-Gharib was injured in battle, and subsequently captured and killed by an unknown faction of the FSA in the city of Aleppo. Born in Nova Scotia as Damian Clairmont, al-Gharib was reportedly fighting with Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group consisting of largely foreign extremists. snipAl-Gharib converted to Islam following a two-year period of personal anguish in his teens that included him...
  • Chris Christie trumpets signing of Dream Act in Union City

    01/07/2014 7:37:43 PM PST · by Pontiac · 38 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 1/7/2014 | Jenna Portnoy
    Gov. Chris Christie today urged the children of immigrants who came to this country illegally to "make the most of the opportunity" to pay in-state tuition at New Jersey’s colleges and universities under the Dream Act.
  • LBJ Was The Man Who Killed Kennedy

    11/05/2013 5:18:16 PM PST · by Pontiac · 150 replies
    disinformation ^ | 11/4/2013 | Roger Stone
    I realize that delving into the world of assassination research and a belief in a conspiracy will lead some to brand me as an extremist or a nut, but the facts I have uncovered are so compelling that I must make the case that Lyndon Baines Johnson had John Fitzgerald Kennedy murdered in Dallas to become president himself and to avert the precipitous political and legal fall that was about to beset him. Snip When Lodge was in his eighties, he served vigorously as the chairman of Ronald Reagan’s campaign for President in Connecticut, a post I had recruited him...
  • Commissioners discuss sales tax increases in Ohio

    08/02/2013 2:27:33 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 14 replies
    The Herald-Star ^ | July 18, 2013 | MARK LAW
    Jefferson County commissioners on Wednesday were informed the sales tax in the county will be going up 0.25 percent on Sept. 1. The state Legislature voted to increase the state sales tax to 5.75 percent. Coupled with the county's 1.5 percent sales tax, purchases made in Jefferson County will have a 7.25 percent sales tax. County Commissioner Tom Gentile expressed some displeasure with the announcement. Gentile said the state's budget surplus has grown to $1.5 billion, the state has taken money away from local governments and then is raising the state sales tax. The Ohio Department of Taxation is mailing...
  • Ohio cancels property tax rollback

    08/02/2013 1:58:49 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 20 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | August 02, 2013 | JIM PROVANCE
    After a tradition of some 40 years of subsidizing local taxes, Gov. John Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate applied the brakes. Local governments and schools heading for the ballot in November to ask voters to support new or replacement levies will have to tell them that the price tags attached will be higher than they were previously told. The taxpayer will pay the entire tab for any new taxes approved.snipUnder the rollback program, the state pays the first 10 percent of the tax bill for all property owners plus 2.5 percent for owner-occupied homes. The state...
  • ABC Disney is it any good

    06/13/2013 10:38:14 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    http://www.abcmouse.com/ ^ | 6/13/2013 | Pontiac
    My wife wants to sign up my grandson for the ABC Disney website. Does anyone have any experience with this toddler Learning website? The website says it was developed by “Learning Professionals and Teachers” Such claims do not necessary inspire my confidence.
  • A little radiation is good for mice

    06/03/2013 1:14:01 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 18 replies
    Science News ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    X-rays may not heal broken bones, but low doses of ionizing radiation may spark other health benefits, a new study of mice suggests. Radiation in high doses has well-known harmful effects. Scientists had thought low doses would do less extensive damage but could add up to big problems later. But radiation acts differently at low doses, producing health benefits for mice with an unusual genetic makeup, Randy Jirtle of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and colleagues report online November 1 in the FASEB Journal. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C and E, erased those health gains. “What goes on at high...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The Problem of Muslim Leadership

    05/28/2013 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 10 replies
    On-line WSJ ^ | 5/28/2013 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Another Islamist terror attack, another round of assurances that it had nothing to do with the religion of peace.I've seen this before. A Muslim terrorist slays a non-Muslim citizen in the West, and representatives of the Muslim community rush to dissociate themselves and their faith from the horror. After British soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to death last week in Woolwich in south London, Julie Siddiqi, representing the Islamic Society of Britain, quickly stepped before the microphones to attest that all good Muslims were "sickened" by the attack, "just like everyone else."SnipMemo to the BBC: The killers were shouting "Allahu...
  • Record Low Temperature Report

    05/13/2013 2:39:00 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 23 replies
    .. Record low temperatures set at Toledo OH... A record low temperature was set at the Toledo Express Airport on Sunday may 12 2013. The temperature dropped to 30 degrees at 1140 PM EST breaking the old record of 34 degrees last recorded on may 12 1969.The temperature at the Toledo Express Airport remained seasonably cold overnight and registered 30 degrees at 145 am EST this morning. This equals and sets a new record low of 30 degrees which was last recorded on may 13 1946.... Frost advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am EDT Tuesday...The National Weather...
  • Juan Williams: Race and the Gun Debate

    03/27/2013 4:01:08 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/27/2013 | Juan Williams
    The dire implications of these numbers is evident in a Children's Defense Fund report that included a chilling historical perspective: The 44,038 black children killed by guns since 1979 (when national data on the age of gun violence victims was first collected) is "nearly 13 times more" than all the black people killed by lynching in the 86-year period of 1882 to 1968.Almost 50 years ago, when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, the national out-of-wedlock birthrate was 7%. Today it is over 40%. According to the CDC, the out-of-wedlock birthrate for white children was just 2% in the...
  • Obama's Empty Chair

    10/18/2012 1:25:48 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 15 replies
    10/18/2012 | Pontiac
    I have been thinking again of Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republic Convention and it has occurred to me how his apt his metaphor of the empty chair was in describing Barak Obama was for the Obama Presidency. During Obama’s tenure as President of the United States the chair that by all rights should have been occupied by Barak H. Obama has been left vacant. Consider the chair at the President’s daily intelligence briefing which was left vacant 57% of the days of Barak Obama’s first term. Consider the chair that was vacant at meetings with Prime Minister of Israel...
  • A Fine for Doing Good

    09/17/2012 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Pontiac
    WSJ On-Line ^ | September 16, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    In a complaint filed Wednesday and settled the same day, Justice claimed that California-based Luther Burbank Savings violated the 1968 Fair Housing Act and 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act by setting a policy that had a "disparate impact" on minorities. Between 2006 and mid-2011, 5.2% of Luther's single-family residential mortgage loans went to African-Americans and Hispanics, compared to an average of 41.7% for other lenders in the area. The complaint doesn't cite evidence of intentional discrimination because there wasn't any.
  • BitTorrent file sharers are heavily monitored, study finds

    09/12/2012 11:42:09 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 10, 2012 | Kazi Stastna
    If you've downloaded even one movie, song or TV show using the BitTorrent file-sharing system, chances are, it didn't go unnoticed. A U.K. study has found that pretty much all files shared with the help of popular torrent sites like The Pirate Bay are monitored — mostly by large internet service companies likely acting on behalf of copyright enforcers or private corporations.
  • Frozen Colorado cows may have to be exploded

    04/21/2012 7:09:56 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/18/12 | Staff
    It may take explosives to dislodge the frozen carcasses of a small herd of cows found in an old ranger's cabin high in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Indian Tribe Sues Beer Makers Over Alcohol Abuse

    02/09/2012 4:46:18 PM PST · by Pontiac · 14 replies
    AP Via WSJ on-line ^ | FEBRUARY 9, 2012 | Staff
    An American Indian tribe sued some of the world's largest beer makers Thursday, claiming they knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation.
  • UPDATE: Foul-mouthed Canton cop fired, plans to appeal

    01/11/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Pontiac · 22 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1/11/12 | Dave Workman
    The foul-mouthed Canton, OH police officer who threatened to shoot an armed citizen in the head over his concealed pistol last summer has been fired, but he reportedly plans to appeal. Harless confronted a private citizen named William Bartlett in early June 2010 when the officer stopped to check out a vehicle parked on the side of the street. Bartlett’ sin was in not immediately advising Harless and another officer that he was carrying a concealed handgun, as required by Ohio statute. The problem, as can be seen by viewing the video, is that Harless never gave Bartlett the chance,...
  • Apparent murder-suicide leaves 7 dead in GrapevineRead murder-suicide

    12/26/2011 6:11:06 AM PST · by Pontiac · 34 replies
    Grapevine Courier ^ | 12/26/11 | Tim Madigan and Domingo Ramirez Jr.
    Police received a 911 call from the Lincoln Vineyards Apartments late Christmas morning, but no one spoke on the other end. When a patrolman arrived at an apartment near Comparato's to check things out, he saw bodies slumped around the living room. No one answered the door. When officers forced their way in, they discovered four women and three men lying dead around newly opened presents and a Christmas tree. Two handguns were found at the scene. Police say one of the dead, a middle-aged man, is suspected to be responsible in what is apparently a murder-suicide.
  • Off-Duty Officer Subdues Passenger on Flight

    11/28/2011 1:07:11 AM PST · by Pontiac · 14 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 11/27/11 | PERVAIZ SHALLWANI
    <p>An off-duty New York police officer helped subdue and arrest a passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant and assaulted passengers Sunday morning on a flight from the Dominican Republic to New York, authorities said.</p>
  • Chavez repatriates Venezuela's foreign gold reserves

    11/26/2011 12:21:58 AM PST · by Pontiac · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/25/11 | Staff
    Venezuela has received its first shipment of gold bars, after President Hugo Chavez ordered the repatriation of 85% of the country's bullion reserves. President Chavez has explained the move as an act of sovereignty that will protect Venezuela's reserves from global economic turbulence. Some critics have suggested that Mr Chavez is acting out of fears Venezuela's overseas assets could one day be frozen by sanctions, as happened to his friend and ally, the late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.
  • This Nebraska Village ...Largest Untapped Deposit Of Rare Earth Minerals

    10/27/2011 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/27/11 | Vincent Trivett
    A tiny town in Nebraska might be where the US wakes up from its decade-long hiatus from mining rare earth elements. Snip China has a firm hold on the 17 elements classified as 'rare earth' elements. China currently accounts for 97% of all rare earth element production in the world. After a 2010 diplomatic dispute, China showed that they are perfectly capable and willing to cut off the supply of rare earths when they first officially, then unofficially banned exports to Japan. Without rare earths, the specialized high-tech instruments that Japan exports can't be made. The Toyota Prius, for example,...
  • Ohio Supreme Court Oral Arguments In Smoking Ban Challenge streaming live

    10/19/2011 6:59:56 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 141 replies
    Ohio Channel ^ | 10/19/11 | OSSC
    Ohio Supreme Court Oral Arguments In Smoking Ban Challenge streaming live
  • Iron Age road link to Iceni tribe

    08/15/2011 10:45:25 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 8 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/15/11 | Louise Ord
    A suspected Iron Age road, made of timber and preserved in peat for 2,000 years, has been uncovered by archaeologists in East Anglia. The site, excavated in June, may have been part of a route across the River Waveney and surrounding wetland at Geldeston in Norfolk, say experts. Causeways were first found in the area in 2006, during flood defence work at the nearby Suffolk village of Beccles. It is thought the road is pre-Roman, built by the local Iceni tribe. In AD60, the Iceni ambushed one Roman legion and sacked Roman settlements at London and Colchester before being defeated.
  • U.S. Eyeing 56.2 MPG Cars By 2025

    06/26/2011 8:19:18 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 71 replies
    The Obama administration is considering a fleetwide average of 56.2 miles per gallon for all new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. by 2025, two people briefed on the matter said. The proposal would roughly double current fuel-economy targets, and would likely raise the price of some cars by several thousand dollars. The proposal isn't final, and could be adjusted over the next several weeks as regulators prepare a formal draft to send to White House budget officials. The administration has said previously that it is looking at requiring cars average between 47 and 62 mpg by 2025. The...
  • Camp Lejeune Marines To Libya To Strike At Qadhafi Forces

    03/25/2011 7:26:35 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 36 replies
    WCTI.COM ^ | 3/24/11 | WCTI Staff
    We've seen Camp Lejuene Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya. About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take part in support operations based aboard USS Kearsarge at sea. Those support operations have thus far included air strikes and one rescue operation. The overall mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people. "The ability to launch these and other missions directly from naval vessels illustrates the unique and valuable capacity of the Navy/Marine Corps team called 'sea-basing'", said Captain Timothy Patrick, spokesman for II Marine Expeditionary...
  • Ohio Congress members seek Lake Erie high speed rail corridor

    02/11/2011 3:08:04 PM PST · by Pontiac · 62 replies
    Plain Dealer ^ | 2/11/11 | Sabrina Eaton
    Ohio may yet get on track with President Obama's newly announced $53 billion initiative to build a nationwide high speed rail network. A bipartisan group of northern Ohio Congress members met Thursday with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss building a high speed rail line along Lake Erie that would link Cleveland with Chicago, Detroit, Toledo and Buffalo, and also include routes to Youngstown and Pittsburgh. Building a line along the lake is a top tier part of Obama's rail program. Bainbridge Township GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette said he plans to work with Republicans and Democrats from Ohio, New York,...
  • Deadly Explosion Rocks Moscow Airport

    01/24/2011 7:16:11 AM PST · by Pontiac · 7 replies
    WSJ On-line ^ | 1/24/11 | Richard Bourdreaux
    Russian news agencies quoted officials as saying a suicide bomber set off the blast at 4:37 p.m. near the international baggage claim area of Domodedovo airport...killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 100 others,
  • Louisiana Experiences Mass Bird Kill

    01/04/2011 1:20:12 PM PST · by Pontiac · 17 replies
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  • Wilderness Policy Sparks Western Ire

    01/03/2011 11:54:03 AM PST · by Pontiac · 15 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2010 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    An Obama administration directive designed to preserve more public lands as wilderness is stirring anger in the West, where ranchers, sportsmen and energy companies say they could lose access to acreage they count on for their recreation and livelihood. Protections will vary from site to site, but in general such lands will be shielded from activities that disrupt habitat or destroy the solitude of the wild, according to the Interior Department. That might mean banning oil drilling, uranium mining or cattle grazing in some areas. It also could mean restrictions on recreational activities, such as snowmobiling or biking. But the...
  • Senate Passes Bill to Lift Military Gay Ban

    12/18/2010 1:13:48 PM PST · by Pontiac · 140 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 12/18/10 | NATHAN HODGE
    The Senate Saturday repealed the military's ban on gays serving openly in the military, by overturning the policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Senators voted 63-33 to advance the bill to the floor, passing a 60-vote procedural hurdle. Final passage Saturday afternoon was 65-31.
  • Chinese Boat Capsizes in Scuffle With South Korea

    12/18/2010 7:17:47 AM PST · by Pontiac · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 12/18/10
    <p>A Chinese fishing boat capsized in a maritime scuffle with a South Korean coast guard ship trying to curb its illegal fishing activities Saturday, killing one fisherman and leaving two others missing, a South Korean official said.</p>
  • Senate Approves Tax-Cut Extension

    12/15/2010 3:24:47 PM PST · by Pontiac · 24 replies
    WSJ on-:ine ^ | 12/15/10 | COREY BOLES And MARTIN VAUGHAN
    <p>Senate lawmakers on Wednesday approved an $858 billion bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for two years, turning the spotlight on House lawmakers to pass the sweeping legislation.</p> <p>The Senate voted 81-19 to approve the tax measure.</p> <p>The action now moves to the House, where the Democratic leadership is trying to craft a way to allow liberal members of the party to voice their opposition to aspects of the deal—particularly its estate-tax provision—and still ensure it is ultimately approved.</p>
  • Jury rules against Lorillard in child smoking case

    12/15/2010 9:25:02 AM PST · by Pontiac · 2 replies · 1+ views
    YAHOO/ REUTERS ^ | Dec 14, 2010 | Ros Krasny
    A jury on Tuesday ordered U.S. cigarette maker Lorillard Inc to pay damages to a dead smoker's family for allegedly enticing the woman and other black children with free cigarettes given out decades ago. Evans vs Lorillard was the first case to claim the company targeted minorities, including young children, with samples of Newport cigarettes in the early 1960s. The Suffolk Superior Court ordered Lorillard, which also makes Kent, True, Old Gold and other cigarette brands, to pay $50 million in damages to the estate of Marie Evans and $21 million to her son, William Evans. Marie Evans died of...
  • Alleged Owner of Massive Homemade Bomb Arsenal Is a Mystery Man

    11/27/2010 4:10:00 AM PST · by Pontiac · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/26/2010 | Ed Barnes
    Is he a terrorist or just a sick man? That is the question police and federal authorities are still asking after the arrest last week of George Djura Jakubec, whose rented house in Escondido, Calif., contained what local authorities called “the largest quantity of homemade explosives found in one location in the history of the United States.” Police entered the house after the arrest but later pulled back, citing the disarray and the amount of explosives, chemicals and other dangerous material scattered about the home. They returned again Thursday and, once again, decided the house was too dangerous to search.
  • MATH, SCIENCE AND THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION A GLOBAL ONLINE TOWN HALL

    11/02/2010 3:53:12 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 6 replies · 2+ views
    www.connectamillionminds.com ^ | 11/1/10 | Unknown
    A GLOBAL ONLINE TOWN HALL On November 17 at 12pm ET, join host former Vice President Al Gore, inventor Dean Kamen, astronaut Sally Ride and young people from around the world for an interactive discussion exploring youth attitudes toward math and science education. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Bookmark this page and return on November 17 at 12PM ET. Join the event by signing into the town hall platform using a Vokle, Facebook or Twitter account. During the event, submit questions to panelists via webcam and online comment, chat with other viewers and tweet your thoughts to #FutureOfOurNation. FOR EDUCATORS Teachers, principals...
  • Judge Voids California Voter-Approved Gay-Marriage Ban

    08/04/2010 5:27:36 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 58 replies · 2+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 8/4/2010 | GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
    A federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday overturned the state's voter-approved initiative banning same-sex marriages, in a landmark case that could force the U.S. Supreme Court eventually to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry. District court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that 2008's Proposition 8 violated the constitutional guarantees to equal protection and due process because it singles out gays and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. "The evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," wrote Judge Walker in...
  • The Wisdom of William Tecumseh Sherman and the War on Terror

    07/26/2010 8:04:25 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 229 replies · 3+ views
    Pontiac | 7/26/2010 | Pontiac
    William Tecumseh Sherman is either a hated war criminal or a honored war hero in the United States in this article I do not debate this point but only draw upon his wisdom as it applies to war. In what follows I will apply this wisdom to our present long and destined to be longer war against the World Islamic Terrorist Organizations. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan have been the subject of a great deal of controversy in the last decade. The words “Bush’s war” and the questions of the Iraq war’s legality have been the subject of many a...
  • Senate Passes Sweeping Finance Overhaul

    07/15/2010 1:05:59 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 33 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 7/15/2010 | VICTORIA MCGRANE And MICHAEL R. CRITTENDEN
    WASHINGTON—The Senate approved a wide-ranging overhaul of the nation's financial regulations Thursday, handing President Barack Obama his second major domestic-policy victory of the year. The legislation passed, 60-39, largely along party lines. Republicans Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine, joined Democrats in supporting the bill. Sen. Russ Feingold (D., Wisc.) was the only Democrat to vote against the measure.
  • Retail Sales Dropped in June

    07/14/2010 10:55:06 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 19 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 7/14/2010 | JEFF BATER And DARRELL A. HUGHES
    U.S. retail sales tumbled a second straight time in June, falling more than expected in a sign consumer spending is slowing and draining steam from an economy saddled with high joblessness. Separately, U.S. business inventories rose again in May, but under expectations, signaling concern that consumers may spend more conservatively as the pace of recovery slows. Retail sales decreased 0.5%, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a 0.3% decline. The report was mixed, with some merchants reporting increases and others recording decreases. Excluding auto and gas sales, retail sales rose 0.1%. The bigger-than-expected...
  • Need Advice from MAC Users: Freeware Data Recovery

    06/28/2010 6:49:15 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 22 replies
    Pontiac | 6/28/2010 | Pontiac
    My wife reset her digital camera with her memory card installed. The camera reformatted the memory card in the process. Now I am looking for Free or cheap data recovery software for my Power MAC running OS 10.4.11 with 8 gig of RAM Any help would be much appreciated.
  • Reunited family recalls hardships in native Cuba

    06/13/2010 10:41:25 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 8 replies · 288+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | April 23, 2010 | JENNIFER FEEHAN
    Dusvany Martinez seems to have gotten used to being teased about his first trip to a U.S. supermarket. The native Cuban held up a package of meat and exclaimed, "Who will arrest me if I buy this?" Mr. Martinez laughed as he declared the cases and cases of meat in grocery stores to be the biggest surprise about America to him. In communist Cuba, he said, people could only rarely purchase meat with their government-issued coupon books. If they bought meat on the black market, they had to hide it and hope no one reported them. "If you were to...
  • Israel Kills Diving 'Squad' Off Gaza

    06/07/2010 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies · 41+ views
    Online WSJ ^ | 6/7/2010 | CHIP CUMMINS
    <p>Israel killed a group of men in diving suits off the coast of the Gaza Strip early Monday and launched an airstrike against alleged militants preparing to fire rockets into Israel, heightening tensions between the two sides a week after a deadly Israeli raid against a flotilla of aid and activists.</p>
  • In Trenton, Issuing IDs for Illegal Immigrants

    05/18/2010 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 12 replies · 740+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/16/10 | Kerk Semple
    Since moving to this city from her native Guatemala a decade ago, Herlinda, an illegal immigrant, has supported her family with restaurant work, but has had no way of proving that she lives here. Without government-issued photo identification, like a driver’s license or a passport, she said, she could not get treatment at most medical clinics, borrow a book from the library, pick up a package from a mail center or cash a check. But this month she discovered a solution: a community identification card issued by a coalition of civic groups and endorsed by Trenton and Mercer County officials....
  • If Elected, I'll Live in Barracks and Be Paid $7.25 an Hour

    05/14/2010 7:46:07 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 58 replies · 1,644+ views
    WSJ On-Line ^ | MAY 15, 2010 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    Andy Goss knows exactly what he'll do if he wins his long-shot race for Congress. First, he'll cut lawmakers' pay 40% to $104,400. Then the former Army interrogator will use the savings to build a Capitol Hill barracks where all 535 senators and representatives will be required to live. This year is shaping up to be an excellent time to run for Congress by running against Congress. This spasm of anti-incumbent sentiment provides an opening for novice politicians who see a rare chance to storm the halls of power. The 40-year-old Mr. Goss, who left the Army a sergeant, says...
  • Gold and silver-plated jewel-encrusted guns allegedly owned by drug cartel boss are seized in Mexico

    05/04/2010 12:35:23 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies · 460+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4/4/10 | Staff
    Police in Mexico raided a basement finding 31 diamond-studded guns, presumably belonging to a drug cartel boss. Officers in western Jalisco found 31 gold- and silver-plated handguns of varying caliber studded with diamonds and engraved with the name 'Lobo Valencia'
  • Finance Bill Fails to Move Forward in Key Test Vote

    04/26/2010 3:37:45 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 65 replies · 3,230+ views
    WSJ OnLIne ^ | 4/26/10 | MICHAEL R. CRITTENDEN And VICTORIA MCGRANE
    U.S. Senate Republicans stood together Monday to successfully block lawmakers from moving ahead with sweeping legislation to overhaul U.S. financial markets, a temporary stumble for the Obama administration's top domestic policy priority. The Senate voted 57-41 on a procedural measure allowing lawmakers to move toward debate on financial regulatory overhaul legislation, falling short of the 60 votes needed. All GOP senators present voted against invoking cloture, joined by at least one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.). The partisan vote underscores the high political stakes surrounding the legislation, which would subject the nation's financial institutions to new consumer and capital...
  • Don’t talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

    04/25/2010 9:53:47 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 109 replies · 1,727+ views
    Times OnLine ^ | April, 25, 2001 | Jonathan Leake
    THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact. Hawking’s logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved. He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources...