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  • Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

    10/14/2016 10:26:17 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 15, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. -snip-While the Paris agreement included pledges by nearly every country to cut emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the fossil fuels that power vehicles, electric plants and factories, the new Kigali deal has a single target: chemical coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.-snip-And while the Paris pledges are broad, they are also voluntary, often vague and dependent on the political will of future world...
  • Vanity--Hillary: The secret history of the Democratic Party

    07/23/2016 6:56:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    vanity | 7-23-16 | self: vanity
    I'm interested in the opinions of anyone who saw Dinesh D'Souza's new documentary at its opening yesterday. It was very well done, but it filled me with sadness in that I live in a very Republican area and the theatre had just a smattering of patrons. The small audience was enthusiastic, but we were too few for this high quality offering. I knew about half of the people there! D'Souza's message was delivered to the choir.
  • Naked Times Square Con Man Model Should Be In Prison

    07/02/2016 5:24:38 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 59 replies
    The News | 2 July 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    I'm not even going to mention his name. That is all he wanted, his figure, his credentials and his name splashed all over the news. What a genius. He didn't pay a dime for thousands of dollars worth of advertising and now all he has to do is walk into any modeling agency and tell them who he is. Instant name recognition. One news account basically listed his resume for him by mentioning his education and activities and the work he has done. Actually, what he did was STEAL thousands of dollars worth of advertising by conning the media into...
  • Upcoming Donald Trump Live Stream Events (4/14-4/16)

    04/14/2016 1:47:06 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 23 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting ^ | 4/14/16 | Right Side Broadcasting
    LIVE Stream: Donald Trump in Suffolk County, Patchogue, NY 5PM Suffolk County, Patchogue, NYLIVE Stream: Donald Trump at the New York State Republican Gala (4-14-16) 6:30 PM New York State Republican GalaLIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Plattsburgh, NY (4-15-16) 2:PM Plattsburgh, NY LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Hartford, CT (4-15-16) 6PM Hartford, CTLIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Syracuse, NY (4-16-16) 11 AM Syracuse, NYLIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Buffalo, NY (4-17-16)* *Date, Time and Venue are Tentative and Subject to Change Buffalo, NY
  • The Greatest Con Ever: Donald Trump Convincing Conservatives He’s Not a #RINO

    01/20/2016 12:55:16 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 58 replies
    Red State ^ | January 19th, 2016 | JD Rucker
    If any normal candidate had supported the Clintons, partial-birth abortion, Harry Reid, gay marriage, Nancy Pelosi, universal health care, and dozens of other liberal causes, they'd be laughed off the Republican ticket. Donald Trump is no ordinary candidate. Republican In Name Only. Donald Trump is the paragon, the epitome of the phrase. He's conservative on immigration. On every other topic, he's moderate at best and often more liberal than even Hillary Clinton. He pulls his calls for tariffs straight out of Bernie Sanders' playbook. Why, then, are so many Republicans and likely a good number of conservatives supporting him? The...
  • Counsel the Doubtful – A Meditation on the Third Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/06/2015 6:32:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Counsel the Doubtful – A Meditation on the Third Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt first glance, counseling the doubtful may seem rather similar to instructing the ignorant. However, teaching has learning as its goal while counseling aims to assist with decisions. Certainly giving counsel often includes some aspects of teaching, such as providing information and perspective, but its primary purpose is to assist a person in coming to a decision. This distinction is contained in the root meanings of the words “counsel” and “doubtful.”The English word “counsel” comes from the Latin consilium (con (with) + silium (a decision)). So to...
  • Gen Con asks Gov. Pence to reject religious freedom bill (Makes Threats)

    03/24/2015 3:40:23 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 10 replies ^ | 5:46 PM, Mar 24, 2015 | Sarah Swiss
    INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the city’s largest conventions could leave Indiana because of the fight over the controversial religious freedom act. Gen Con sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday, asking him to reconsider his support for Senate Bill 101. Gen Con’s CEO said if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act becomes law, the group will consider taking future conventions to other cities.
  • Oct 24th 2013: Three Ways McCaul-Jackson Lee Border Bill Weakens Current Law (October 2013)

    01/03/2015 1:32:17 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Oct 24th 2013 | Chris Chmielenski
    During his press briefing on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner said that he's "hopeful" the House will move on immigration legislation before the end of the year. With House Republicans sticking to the mantra of border security before amnesty, it's likely the chamber will soon act on H.R.1417, the McCaul-Jackson Lee "border security" bill. Our legislative analyst Grant Newman has dissected the legislation, and he reports that the bill won't secure the border and even weakens existing law. THREE WAYS H.R.1417 WEAKENS CURRENT LAW 1) Secures only part of the border - The Secure Fence Act of 2006 requires the...
  • Woman Falls for Man in Lamborghini: Loses Dh300k

    04/15/2014 2:00:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Malaysian woman admits to being attracted by his perceived wealthA Malaysian woman was attracted by a flashy car and flamboyant lifestyle of a man she befriended on a social media. According to a report in, the young woman has filed three police complaints after the man who drove a Lamborghini and claimed to earn $400,000 [Dh1469,200] annually disappeared after cheating her of a huge sum of money. She met the man on the app SayHi and was attracted by his perceived wealth, wrote the website quoting a New Paper report. His profile mentioned him living in a posh area,...
  • PSA: Don’t Fall for this Phone Scam

    02/08/2014 7:23:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Joe for America (Joe the Plumber) ^ | February 3, 2014 | Joe for America
    This scam is being reported by Tech Crunch and we wanted to make our readers aware of it.The scam, simplified: They call you, but immediately hang up. You see a missed call. You call back. They charge you for the call, and for each minute they can keep you on the line.According to the BBB, this so-called “One Ring” scam is on the rise.Like many a ruse, this one relies on hitting many, many potential targets at once. The scammer sets up a computer to call thousands of numbers per hour — because for every 99 people who follow their gut...
  • Campaign Sources: The Romney Campaign was a Consultant Con Job

    11/09/2012 6:19:37 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 148 replies
    Red State ^ | November 9, 2012 | Ben Howe
    If you spend your time watching politics and haven’t been hiding in a deep depression since Tuesday, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “ORCA.” According to the Washington Post, ORCA “was designed as a first-of-its-kind tool to employ smartphones to mobilize voters, allowing them to microtarget which of their supporters had gone to the polls.” There is now widespread condemnation of the program as being sloppy and poorly deployed.
  • Detroiters Elect Ex-Con Brian Banks As State Rep

    11/07/2012 5:42:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 11/07/12
    Detroiters Elect Ex-Con Brian Banks As State RepNovember 7, 2012 10:31 AM **SNIP** Banks, a Democrat and lifelong Detroiter, won a seat in Lansing as a state representative for the 1st District, representing the east side of Detroit, Harper Woods, and the tony Grosse Pointes. He won 68 percent of the vote to Republican Dan Schulte’s 32 percent. Banks, 35, was convicted eight times between 1998 and 2004 of writing bad checks and credit card fraud. His slogan was “You can Bank on Banks.”
  • Scam Artist Steals $169K from Two Women: Cops

    06/16/2012 2:46:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 | Monica Garske
    Suspect Fadi Boulos Chaiban is accused of defrauding at least two women in San Diego Source: Scam Artist Steals $169K from Two Women: Cops | NBC San Diego Detectives are looking for victims or witnesses who may have fallen prey to the scams of a con artist in San Diego. According to investigators, a 49-year-old man named Fadi Boulos Chaiban – who also goes by the aliases Eddie Morretti, Anthony Paul Marino and Eddie Baker – had defrauded at least two different women of approximately $169,000. Detectives said Chaiban meets women on social networking websites and begins dating them. He...
  • Dalai Lama attends Pentecost Mass of Cardinal in Vienna

    05/28/2012 3:35:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 15 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 28 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Report and pictures of the Dalai Lama robed and in choir.
  • Federal government spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities’ since 2008

    05/17/2012 5:17:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Federal government spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities’ since 2008 6:13 PM 05/17/2012 The Congressional Research Service estimates that since 2008 the federal government has spent nearly $70 billion on “climate change activities.” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe presented the new CRS report on the Senate Floor Thursday to make the point that the Obama administration has been focused on “green” defense projects to the detriment of the military. The report revealed that from fiscal years 2008 through 2012 the federal government spent $68.4 billion to combat climate change. The Department of Defense also spent $4 billion of...
  • Kony 2012 And The Explosion In Social Media

    03/09/2012 7:11:05 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 66 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-09-12 | Gerry Ashley
    Imagine you come upon a child under 10 years old who, along with his friends, is in obvious distress. Now imagine, when you ask that child what you can do to help him, he turns to you and says, with all seriousness, “It is better if you can kill us…” What in the name of all that is holy could cause a child that young so much stress and fear in his life, that given a choice, he would have you kill him as an act of kindness? Meet Jacob, the unsuspecting star of Youtube’s most viral video to date...
  • Who is Mitt Romney conning?

    11/03/2011 3:25:16 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 22 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | November 3, 2011
    Mitt Romney’s problem with the Republican Party is not just that he previously held liberal positions on a wide-ranging array of issues. That can be explained away, at least a bit, as pandering necessary to win votes in a Democratic state. The deeper problem is that Romney was promising behind closed doors to act as essentially a sleeper agent within the Republican Party, adopting liberal stances, rising to national prominence, and thereby legitimizing them and transforming the Party from within. Today’s Washington Post has more detail: Mitt Romney was firm and direct with the abortion rights advocates sitting in his...
  • A cancer CURE fought tooth and nail by the FDA

    11/06/2011 7:04:58 AM PST · by Hayeksright · 45 replies
    First time posting. Wanted to inform and start a discussion on the FDA and National Cancer Institute's motivations for FIGHTING a proven cancer cure...
  • Bullet train Project Nearly Triples In Cost (High Speed Rail To Nowhere)

    11/01/2011 8:39:12 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/31/2011 | Mike Rosenberg
    With the Golden State nearly broke, it now plans to secure funding largely by borrowing more, the Associated Press reported, though specifics were unclear. About 20 percent would come from the private sector. Until now, the state had been relying on more than $15 billion from the federal government, $10 billion from private investors and $5 billion from local governments. But the state hadn't gotten any closer to raising the money in the three years since voters approved the plan. The bullet train project, which would link San Francisco and Los Angeles with the nation's first high-speed rail line, has...
  • Obama’s New Energy Policy: A Lesson in Stealth Socialism

    04/06/2011 1:58:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 6, 2011 | Mike McDaniel
    His speech and policies utilize the bait-and-switch. President Barack Obama, facing political heat and plummeting poll numbers inevitably generated by rapidly rising gasoline and energy prices, is calling for a one-third reduction in oil imports over the next decade. How will this potentially laudable — but likely farcical — goal be accomplished? By boosting domestic energy production, offering incentives to increase the use of biofuels and natural gas, and making cars and trucks more fuel-efficient. According to the AP and Fox: Obama long has said the U.S. needs to reduce its dependency on oil — particularly from overseas sources —...
  • Congress is Responsible For the Eligibility Fiasco

    02/12/2011 8:34:33 AM PST · by Uncle Sham · 122 replies · 1+ views
    self | Uncle Sham
    It seems that we might have been directing our efforts to determine whether or not this nation has a legally serving President at the wrong target. Congress should not be left out of the debate as though they where not in some way involved in answering this question. They are very much involved and deserve our scrutiny. Congress is COMMANDED by the U.S. Constitution to verify eligibility of a President-elect or name a replacement. Here is the case. First off, what is a “President elect” in the full legal sense of the description? Since we are talking about the Constitution,...
  • Soros Sites Hold Con Call To Map Strategy for Planned Parenthood Defense

    02/04/2011 4:17:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    big government ^ | 2/4/11 | Dana Loesch
    It was reported that Alternet, Soros’ Media Matters, and other progressives staged a conference call this afternoon where they mapped strategy to defend Planned Parenthood from the choices Planned Parenthood staffers made on tape. Because apparently there still exist people who will fall for the “pimps’n’hookers” investigative strategy post-James O’Keefe. Instead of focusing on the fact that there is an organization who turned a blind eye to child sex-trafficking, an organization that receives forced federal funding, the group of senior fellows ostensibly chose the route which affords zero defense of women, born or unborn, thereby saving them from compromising their...
  • Continental guilty over 2000 Concorde crash

    12/06/2010 1:14:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | Dec 7th 2010 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - – A French court fined Continental Airlines Monday over the 2000 Concorde crash in which 113 died, but did not jail anyone for the disaster that effectively ended commercial supersonic air travel. The court found the US airline criminally responsible for the Paris crash, caused by a piece of metal that fell from a Continental DC-10 and later shredded the supersonic jet's tyre, which led to a fire in the fuel tank.
  • Mosque builder paying back taxes

    09/19/2010 10:41:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies
    NewYork Post ^ | September 18, 2010 | MELISSA KLEIN and ANDY SOLTIS
    The developer of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero has begun repaying the $270,000 he owes in property taxes. Sharif el-Gamal walked into the Department of Finance payment center at 66 John St. on Wednesday and said he wanted to settle his tax bill, a department spokesman said. He paid $35,449.17 -- 15 percent of what his real-estate firm, Soho Properties, owed -- and said that the remaining $236,327.81 would then be taken care of in eight quarterly payments.
  • Obama Scream Preaching LIVE on TV again

  • Kenya Parliament (National Assembly, James Orengo) admits that President Barack Obama born in Kenya.

    04/11/2010 3:02:29 PM PDT · by InspectorSmith · 687 replies · 14,501+ views
    "If America was living in a situation where they feared ethnicity and did not see itself as a multiparty state or nation, how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the President of America? It is because they did away with exclusion. What has killed us here is exclusion; that once Mr. Orengo is President, I know of no other place than Ugenya. That is why we were fighting against these many Presidencies in the past. I hope that Kenya will come of age. This country must come of age. People...
  • Report: ACORN hasn't violated fed regulations

    12/23/2009 10:18:37 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 24 replies · 1,080+ views
    politicon ^ | 12-23-09 | Jake Sherman
    A Congressional Research Service report commissioned by the House Judiciary Committee says ACORN hasn't violated any federal regulations the past five years. The report, released by Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers's, D-Mich., staff Tuesday evening, also reports that the undercover filmmakers that allegedly caught employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now breaking the law may have violated state law in their filming operation.
  • Copenhagen opening speech: Let's get it done ('we need money you can count on in the long-term')

    12/08/2009 5:45:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 939+ views ^ | 12/07/09 | Connie Hedegaard
    Opening speech: Let's get it done07-12-2009 Connie Hedegaard's speech At the COP15 opening session: “Let´s get it done! This is the time to deliver! THIS is the place to commit. And yes there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able." Thank you for the election. I promise you, as president I will do my very best to listen and ensure transparency. Thank you also very much minister Nowicki for your personal strong commitment. It has been a pleasure to work with you. For a long time, Copenhagen was the name...
  • Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, Wields Power Freely, and Faces the Risks (eerily perfect)

    08/16/2009 7:39:55 AM PDT · by Liz · 42 replies · 2,279+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | 8/16/09 | PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY, Carl Hulse contributed reporting.
    BACKSTORY At a Little Rock restaurant, after Mr. Clinton was elected president, Emanuel ticked off a list of disloyal Democrats and other political enemies, stabs the table with his knife screaming, ''Dead!'' ''Dead!'' ''Dead!'' after each name. Seven months after moving into the West Wing as Obama's COS, Emanuel is emerging as perhaps the most influential White House COS in a generation. But with his prominence in almost everything important going on comes a high degree of risk. As the principal author of Mr. Obama’s do-everything-at-once strategy, he stands to become a figure of consequence in his own right if...
  • White Supremacists and Anti-Semites Plan to Recruit at July 4 Tea Parties

    05/27/2009 6:31:54 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 150 replies · 5,261+ views
    ADL ^ | May 18, 2009 | ADL
    White Supremacists and Anti-Semites Plan to Recruit at July 4 Tea Parties Posted: May 18, 2009 The Tea Party phenomenon, which began with anti-tax rallies staged across the country on April 15, 2009, will continue as activists in almost every state are planning similar events on July 4. Notably, white supremacists are again planning to participate. As they have done with other political and social issues, for example, promoting the Ron Paul campaign and using the immigration debate, white supremacists and anti-Semites are planning to exploit Tea Parties to disseminate their hateful views and recruit a larger following. Extremists...
  • Intellectually-honest and intellectually-dishonest debate tactics (Politicians, con men)

    04/28/2009 2:50:03 PM PDT · by mnehring · 4 replies · 671+ views
    Politicians, con men Intellectually-dishonest debate tactics are typically employed by dishonest politicians, lawyers of guilty parties, dishonest salespeople, cads, cults, and others who are attempting to perpetrate a fraud. My real estate opponents, in general, are either charlatans or con men. As such, they have no choice but to employ intellectually-dishonest tactics both to prove that I am wrong and to persuade you to buy their products and services. My coaching opponents are generally not charlatans or con men, but many are quite political. Those who dislike my military views are also career politicians notwithstanding their claims to be “selfless...
  • Obama: Caterpillar will rehire if stimulus passes

    02/11/2009 8:46:53 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 2,519+ views ^ | 2/11/09
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Caterpillar's chief executive has told him the company will rehire some laid-off workers if the stimulus bill passes. The heavy equipment maker announced more than 22,000 job cuts last month as it scales back production amid the economic slowdown. During a visit to a transportation construction site just outside Washington in Springfield, Va., on Wednesday, Obama urged Congress to pass the bill. The House and Senate are
  • 'We have only four years left to act on climate change - America has to lead'(Gag Alert)

    01/19/2009 7:06:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies · 1,261+ views ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Robin McKie
    Jim Hansen is the 'grandfather of climate change' and one of the world's leading climatologists. In this rare interview in New York, he explains why President Obama's administration is the last chance to avoid flooded cities, species extinction and climate catastropheRobin McKie, science editor The Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009 Article historyAlong one wall of Jim Hansen's wood-panelled office in upper Manhattan, the distinguished climatologist has pinned 10 A4-sized photographs of his three grandchildren: Sophie, Connor and Jake. They are the only personal items on display in an office otherwise dominated by stacks of manila folders, bundles of papers and...
  • Obama Talks Global Warming to Shivering Crowd

    01/18/2009 6:22:02 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 38 replies · 1,851+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/17/09 | Marc Sheppard
    In the first speech of his "whistle-stop" tour to Washington, Barack Obama talked global warming to a crowd of shivering Philadelphians who braved 18 degree (sub 10 degree wind-chill) temperatures on their journey to the 30th Street Train Station. It's hard to believe that, given the arctic-like temperatures the northeast has suffered through this winter, the president-elect didn't instruct his writers to reword this passage from his "historic" speech: [my emphasis] "Only a handful of times in our history has a generation been confronted with challenges so vast. An economy that is
  • Waxman promises quick action on climate

    01/15/2009 8:54:23 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 139 replies · 4,655+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 1/15/09 | Associated Press Writer H. Josef Heber
    California Rep. Henry Waxman said Thursday the environment and U.S. economy depend on congressional action to confront the threat of climate change. Waxman, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke as he opened Congress' first hearing on climate legislation. A group of 14 corporate
  • Plane Crash at Denver International

    12/20/2008 6:18:33 PM PST · by Right_Handed_Writer · 138 replies · 20,999+ views ^ | 12/20/2008 | IPN
    COL| Denver| Aircraft Down| DIA-800| Denver International Airport|737 landed with the wing on fire, initial reports of 15 pts, MCI response enroute. M/A:Arapahoe County M/A:Adams County| COL015| 19:06 Not seeing it anywhere else yet. Hear it live here: Denver PD and Fire
  • EU parliament approves climate change package

    12/17/2008 9:01:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 977+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/08 | Christian Spillmann
    STRASBOURG (AFP) – The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan. Six texts on the package, already agreed by the 27 European Union member states, were passed by a large majority of the MEPs present. "We have sealed the climate package," said European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering, after the vote. The so-called "20-20-20" climate package, which Europe hopes will serve as a model to other nations, will oblige EU nations to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent...
  • California Set to Adopt Sweeping Global Warming Plan

    12/11/2008 7:42:36 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 1,670+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/11/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's utilities, refineries and large factories must transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new climate plan before state regulators. On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board was expected to adopt what would be the nation's most sweeping global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change. It would hold California's worst polluters accountable for the heat-trapping emissions they produce _ transforming how people travel, utilities generate power and businesses use electricity. At...
  • Ready to Get Angry...Again?

    A Dutch insurance firm wants to buy a U.S. thrift company so that it can get its hands on some bailout money.
  • Osborne: Tax cuts are a 'con'[ Class Envy Tax Cuts ]

    11/15/2008 4:35:51 AM PST · by Son House · 7 replies · 442+ views
    The Sun ^ | November 13, 2008 | By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
    SUN readers will be saddled with crippling debt by Gordon Brown’s “borrowing bombshell”, George Osborne warned last night. The shadow chancellor forecast millions will be paying off the nation’s credit card for GENERATIONS to come. The Premier has vowed to borrow billions for tax cuts to kick-start the economy. But Mr Osborne said the plan was a “con” — and branded the PM “Mr Three Card Trick”. He calculated a Ł15billion giveaway would cost an extra 4p on income tax or Ł599-a-year on the average tax bill. It would mean Ł1.65 on a pint of beer or VAT at 20.5...
  • The Washington Post abets an Obama con

    10/27/2008 10:27:43 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 8 replies · 360+ views ^ | PrintOctober 27, 2008 | Posted by Paul
    The Washington Post abets an Obama con This report by Robert Kaiser -- "Iraq Aside, Nominees Have Like Views on Use of Force" -- is far from the worst thing we've seen in the Washington Post during this campaign season. However, it may be the most clueless. Kaiser contends that differences between Barack Obama and John McCain about Iraq "may obscure a consequential similarity between their hawkish views on the use of American force in other places." Kaiser bases his claim that Obama is a "hawk" on various positions Obama has taken during the general election campaign. It doesn't seem...
  • Area woman accused in international Internet scam

    07/24/2008 4:13:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies · 300+ views
    Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | July 24, 208 | John Thompson
    ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton woman has been indicted by a Carter County grand jury on charges she had participated in an international Internet scam. Investigators interviewed Ouchaib on Jan. 24, during which time she told the police she had been receiving money from all across the country and forwarding it to a man in Lagos, Nigeria, who was known by many names, but most commonly as Elinmian Jonathon Smith. She had been conducting the transactions since December 2006.
  • United, Continental partner up to cut costs

    06/22/2008 1:38:14 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 10 replies · 415+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 06/20/2008 02:58:48 AM MDT | Greg Griffin
    Continental Airlines said Thursday that it will switch global alliances, joining United Airlines in a deal giving customers full access to both carriers' networks while allowing them to earn frequent-flier miles. The companies described the deal as more than a traditional code-sharing arrangement, saying cooperation on "frequent-flier programs, lounges, facility utilization, information technology and procurement" will boost revenues and cut costs. Shares of both airlines, burdened like their peers by soaring jet-fuel costs, rose sharply Thursday. Houston-based Continental plans to partner closely with Chicago-based United and join the global Star Alliance, a 20-airline group that includes Lufthansa and Air Canada....
  • Continental says it won't consider merger

    04/27/2008 4:49:58 PM PDT · by Moiraine · 6 replies · 177+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | April 27, 2008 | TERRY MAXON
    Continental Airlines Inc., rumored to be in advanced talks to merge with United Airlines Inc. parent UAL Corp., told its employees Sunday that it has decided not to merge with any other carrier. In a message from chairman and chief executive officer Larry Kellner and president Jeff Smisek, the Houston-based carrier said it has decided that it should go it alone in the troubled airline industry. "We want you to know that our Board of Directors met today and has unanimously supported management's recommendation that, in the current industry environment, the best course for Continental is to not merge with...
  • Fed acts Sunday to prevent global bank run Monday ( Bear Stearns Taken over,...rates cut )

    03/16/2008 6:52:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 193 replies · 7,957+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 9:40 p.m. EDT March 16, 2008 | Rex Nutting, MarketWatch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Acting quickly to prevent a run on major global financial firms, the Federal Reserve cut its discount rate by a quarter percentage point to 3.25% and offered to lend money to a longer list of firms than ever before. he extraordinary weekend moves came as J.P. Morgan Chase sealed a deal to buy Bear Stearns Cos. for just $2 a share backed by funds borrowed from the Fed. The Fed board gave its approval to that unique funding arrangement, which guarantees JP Morgan against losses from buying Bear. See full story. The Fed board also approved the...
  • The Great Obama Con

    03/14/2008 2:48:12 PM PDT · by jdm · 16 replies · 1,311+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | March 14, 2008 | Staff
    Ace notes that it keeps getting better with the nutcase that Obama so looked up to and admired for 20 years: Concluding, Mr. Wright said: “We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . .” And Mona Charen believes Obama has pulled the greatest con seen in a long time: His entire campaign has been about “coming together,” a post-racial consensus, etc. Any mention of his middle name was immediately condemned as ignorant fear-mongering. He has played the...
  • Duped (Steve Yzerman)

    02/04/2008 12:41:06 PM PST · by JZelle · 13 replies · 542+ views ^ | 1-30-08 | Eric Adelson
    The magical tale of the hockey hero and the sick little boy came to an end on a warm spring day in Detroit in 2006. Braxton Davis, the sick little boy, stood silently inside the Red Wings' locker room as the players streamed out, the day before a first-round game against Edmonton. The room was empty, save for one man, Steve Yzerman, who lingered in khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. The Captain, holding a stick in his hand, walked over to Braxton. The boy reached up, took the stick, held it tight. He looked so happy, so blissfully unaware. Maybe...
  • Restaurant free-rider (and rapist?) 'wants to stay in Swedish jail'

    08/31/2007 3:35:00 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 16 replies · 671+ views ^ | 08/31/2007 | James Savage
    A convicted Scottish sex offender who ran up a 140,000 kronor bill at one of Stockholm's top restaurants has said he wants to serve his sentence in Sweden. John Cronin, from East Lothian in Scotland, is well known as a confidence trickster and sex offender in Britain and Ireland. Earlier in August, he ran up a huge bill at Stockholm's exclusive Operakällaren restaurant, which he refused to pay. Following his arrest, police found that he had also run up a big bill at Malmö's Hotel Savoy. Cronin's lawyer, Bengt H Nilsson, said he had no desire to serve his sentence...
  • Kindness Overcame Suspicion ... I Think (An Act of Charity-- Scammed?)

    04/10/2007 12:47:27 PM PDT · by Mark · 40 replies · 2,096+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 4/7/2007 | MICHAEL TETREAULT, Guest Columnist
    I ... am not a pushover. I was raised in Downeast Maine at a time when suspicion and an exaggerated sense of privacy mingled to produce a people who are skeptics. I am not an easy mark, a patsy ... I think. He came up behind me as I was standing in the doorway of my car outside Starbucks, putting the two cups of coffee into the cup holders. My back was to him when I heard his first words: "Don't be alarmed." That, by itself, was alarming. He was a small man, thin, middle-age, wearing blue jeans too big...
  • Stem cells create tumours, says expert

    10/10/2006 2:38:30 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 1,117+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 October 2006 | Jane Bunce
    EMBRYONIC stem cells turn into tumours when injected into human tissue and therefore cannot be used to treat diseases, a visiting US expert said today. Professor James Sherley, a researcher in the field of adult stem cells, is one of a series of experts in Canberra to lobby MPs ahead of a conscience vote on whether a ban on therapeutic cloning should be overturned. Prof Sherley, from Boston's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today said scientists had failed to reveal problems with embryonic stem cells that would prevent them being used in humans. The unique feature of embryonic stem cells...