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  • Don't Be Fooled: This Week's Economic Data Should Be Taken With a Large Grain of Salt!

    08/27/2014 7:39:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 27, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - A bunch of economic numbers from the government this week, which should be taken with a large grain of salt, were expected to show the economy was doing much better in the past three months. Well, we've seen these periodic, fragmentary numbers many times before, only to see the economy continue to slowly slog along at its painfully lackluster, jobs-challenged pace for the past six and a half years now. President Obama will recite the exaggerated economic numbers that his cherry-picking speech writers select to prove that he's brought the economy back from the bring of recession. But...
  • Third world America: Phony statistics and widespread fraud at the Census Bureau

    04/22/2014 7:32:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Face it, America is hurtling toward third world status, and the signs are all around us, from the growth of a violent underclass to the rise of an oligarchy to a government that lies without shame and re-doubles on those lies when challenged.  One of the other symptoms is the emergence of phony government statistics. John Crudele of the New York Post has broken story after story oin fraud in the Census Bureau’s statistics, which are used for many political and economic purposes, affecting the lives of all Americans. Based on sources throughout the Bureau, he is now charging widespread...
  • It's time to click "cancel" on ceding ICANN authority - it really is a big deal

    04/23/2014 7:41:35 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 4/23/2014 | Steve Berman
    There's been a few headlines decrying the Obama Commerce Department's decision to cede control of ICANN to "the world". Most people react to these with some mild foreboding or irritation. It really is a big deal though. If the US really does transfer ICANN control to some international body, it could permanently and irretrievably destroy trust in the entire Internet. In fact, it probably will.
  • American Housing Survey

    04/20/2013 3:00:26 PM PDT · by freepertoo · 27 replies
    First time I've tried initiating a post, hope I'm doing this correctly (apologies if I am not!). I have received an American Housing Survey Worksheet in the mail from the U.S. Department of Commerce (second census I've had in two years) asking for very private information (how much I pay in utilities, total real estate costs, how much I put down to purchase my home, how much I still owe, etc.). I am really getting upset by these intrusions. Is it legally expedient for me to answer these questions? I feel that my civil liberties are being invaded. I do...
  • **vanity** American Community Survey - Do I have to fill this out?

    11/01/2012 9:02:00 PM PDT · by FollowingTheGrace · 63 replies
    self | 11/1/12 | self
    Today I received "The American Community Survey" from the Commerce Dept. It is 28pp of very intrusive questions, from the time I usually leave for work (to the minute) to who I work for and how much I make to how much I pay for utilities, and much, much more. The questions are repeated for everyone who lives in my household and include name, address, and phone numbers. It says I am required by law to return this. Anyone here familiar with this? Any advice?
  • Election Year Conversion: Barack Obama Wants to Streamline Government

    01/13/2012 2:20:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush ^ | January 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm!" had a big meeting at the White House today where, all of a sudden, Barack Obama wants to make the government smaller. All of a sudden, Barack Obama's concerned about the inefficiency of the bureaucracy. All of a sudden, Barack Obama has realized that government isn't working for small business. All of a sudden, Barack Obama has realized the trouble that average people have dealing with the government. All of a sudden, Barack Obama has realized that there are one hundred... Oh. No, this is the way to put it. "The...
  • Obama proposes closing Commerce Department, merge agencies

    01/13/2012 1:32:51 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies
    Reuters via Financial Post ^ | Jan. 13, 2012 | Staff
    President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for authority to close the Commerce Department and create a new export agency, an overhaul that could save US$3-billion and help inoculate him against Republican election-year charges that he is a big-government liberal. White House budget official Jeffrey Zients told reporters the reorganization would fold together the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other trade bodies now spread across Washington, giving businesses a single point of contact and ensuring federal spending goes further to boost exports. Obama was set to deliver remarks at 11:20 a.m. on the new, yet-to-be-named department that...
  • Obama's Commerce Secretary Nominee Calls for Carbon Tax

    08/13/2011 11:56:35 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    New American ^ | 8-12-11 | Rebecca Terrell
    Should energy consumers pay extra taxes to fund government-mandated and subsidized renewable energy technologies? "Absolutely yes," says John Bryson, President Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary. He made the remark at a meeting of the Commonwealth Club of California in 2009 and went on to extol the virtues of hidden rates in California, a state encumbered with some of the nation's highest electricity and unemployment rates. Bryson, retired CEO of the electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) and its parent company Edison International, excused the practice, saying, "That's been a part of the regulatory environment for the investor-owned utilities for as...
  • Obama's Commerce Nominee: Cap and Trade Good for Hiding Carbon Taxes

    06/02/2011 8:19:21 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 3 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/2/11 | Matt Cover
    ( John Bryson, President Obamas nominee to head the Commerce Department, told a University of California Berkeley audience in 2010 that a cap and trade system was a good way to hide a carbon tax from the public. Bryson, formerly the CEO of Edison International, said that a carbon tax was the new third rail of politics because politicians wouldnt want to tax energy directly. I think its still unlikely therell be a carbon tax bill because I think in the end a very high percentage of the members of Congress think its kind of the third rail to...
  • A Disaster At Commerce

    06/02/2011 8:09:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 2, 2011 | Staff
    Post: The nominee for commerce secretary founded an anti-energy group and believes in redistribution of wealth to help poorer nations. At this rate, we'll be one of them. If personnel is policy, there can be no better choice to help implement President Obama's anti-growth energy policy and redistribution of wealth plans than his choice to be the next secretary of commerce, John Bryson. One would think that the former CEO of power company Edison International would have a more practical view of energy development and management. But he's earned Rep. Darrell Issa's description of him as a "green evangelist." Bryson...
  • Obama names businessman Bryson to Commerce post

    05/31/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 33 replies
    WASHINGTONPresident Barack Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, a White House official said Tuesday. Bryson's appointment brings another private sector player into an administration that has been making a concerted effort to improve its relationship with the business community.
  • Double-dip recession talk will be heating up

    08/20/2010 3:02:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 18, 2010 | John Crudele
    Double-dips are good for ballroom dancers and useful to economists. The first is obvious. If you can execute an elegant dip or two during a tango it goes a long way toward obscuring flaws in the rest of your routine. The same is true for double-dip recessions, which you will be hearing a lot more about over the next week. It's hard to find an expert who correctly predicted the economy would be sinking again this summer. OK, this column did. But my sources and I understood that much of the economic gains this past spring were an illusion caused...
  • NOAA's Ministry Of Propaganda

    02/09/2010 5:02:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 840+ views ^ | February 9, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Hoaxes: Despite failures at Copenhagen, the fraud of the IPCC and the farce of Climate-gate, the administration wants an agency to monitor climate change. Why must we fund one-stop shopping for climate charlatans? As the climate freezes, there's no freeze on federal employment that will grow even more with the establishment of a new agency, the Climate Service office. The new agency was announced Monday by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This ministry of climate change propaganda will operate in tandem with NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Commerce pick tied to China cash

    03/18/2009 6:22:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 421+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2009 | Bill Gertz and Jerry Seper
    Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke, whose job would include approving sensitive exports to China, has performed legal work for companies doing business with Beijing and was forced to refund several political donations that he received in the 1990s from key figures in a Chinese influence-buying investigation. The former Washington state governor is expected to face questions about both issues during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Senate aides and an Obama administration official familiar with the vetting told The Washington Times. Mr. Locke was the first Chinese-American to become governor when Washington state voters elected him in 1996, and he served...
  • Breaking on FNC - Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his nomination (Will Hold Press Conf. at 5:25 P.M. E

    02/12/2009 1:17:04 PM PST · by STARWISE · 388 replies · 19,165+ views
    FNC | 2-12-09
  • NOAA Approves Grant to Aid Search for John Paul Jones' Flagship

    02/08/2006 4:29:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 450+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Naval Historical Center Public Affairs
    GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Naval Historical Centers (NHC) search for Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones' ship Bonhomme Richard received further support in early February, when it was recommended for funding through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration's competitive grant process. The NHC and Ocean Technology Foundation (OTF) plan to launch a search for Bonhomme Richard off the coast of England in July. "You cannot find an underwater archaeological site more important to the U.S. Navy than that of John Paul Jones' Bonhomme Richard," said Dr. Robert Neyland, head of the NHC's...
  • Home building sets record in 2005

    01/20/2006 2:07:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 459+ views
    Last year was a record for the nation's home building industry . The Commerce Department reported Thursday that construction of single-family homes and apartments totaled 2.065 million units last year. The increase of 5.6 percent over 2004 pushed overall residential construction to the second highest level on record, exceeded only by 2.357 million units built in 1972. Meanwhile, single-family home construction hit an all-time high for the third straight year, rising to 1.714 million units, up 6.4 percent from the previous record of 1.611 million homes built in 2004. The record-setting performance came despite the fact that housing activity dropped...
  • Judge Rules Legal Group Can Recoup Nearly $900,000 for Document Suit (Judicial Watch)

    08/05/2005 5:30:00 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 915+ views
    AP ^ | 8-5-05
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge awarded conservative legal group Judicial Watch nearly $900,000 for attorney fees and costs stemming from suits for documents related to Commerce Department trade missions in the 1990s. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled last week that the group should be reimbursed for some costs incurred during roughly 10 years of litigation with the department. Judicial Watch sued the Commerce Department in the 1990s for information about the department's trade missions in an effort to document whether businesses won seats on those missions in return for donations to the Democratic Party. The legal group sought...
  • Slowdown? What Slowdown?! - (President Bush's tax cuts & economic policies working great!)

    05/13/2005 6:01:02 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 488+ views
    Booming economic growth in 2005 flies in the face of economic soft patch WASHINGTON, D.C. Another good piece of economic news came today as the Commerce Department reported retail sales grew at a torrid 1.4 percent pace in April. The gains far outpaced analysts expectations of 0.8 percent growth and continue to paint a picture of long term, sustained economic growth. Many left-leaning pundits and journalists have claimed in recent weeks that the U.S. economy was slowing down, but reality sharply contradicts this pessimistic outlook. I have to question the intellectual credentials of anyone who looks at this economy...
  • Holy Hillary: I Always Prayed

    01/21/2005 11:36:39 AM PST · by kattracks · 113 replies · 5,120+ views ^ | 1/21/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Borrowing a page from President Bush, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton told a Boston audience this week that prayer has always played a meaningful role in her life - though accounts from her days as a student radical suggest that's probably not true. "I've always been a praying person," Clinton told a crowd of more than 500, including many religious leaders, at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza. According to the Boston Globe, the newly religious former first lady "invoked God more than half a dozen times" as she urged society to accommodate religious people who "live out their faith in the...