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  • Moody’s Threatens To Downgrade U.S. Credit Rating Amid “Meaningful Fiscal Deterioration”

    02/09/2018 9:03:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    ETF Daily ^ | 02/09/2018
    From Tyler Durden: Back in 2011, Standard & Poors’ shocked the world, and the Obama administration, when it dared to downgrade the US from its vaunted AAA rating, something that had never happened before (and led to the resignation of S&P’s CEO and a dramatic crackdown on the rating agency led by Tim Geithner). Nearly seven years later, with the US on the verge of another government shutdown and debt ceiling breach (with the agreement reached only after the midnight hour, literally) this time it is Warren Buffett’s own rating agency, Moody’s, which on Friday morning warned Trump that he...
  • The Senate Budget Deal Proves Republicans Love Government Spending

    02/09/2018 8:37:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/09/2018 | Veronique de Rugby
    Warning: This post contains numbers that may upset anyone who dreams of a smaller government. With the Senate budget deal announced yesterday, congressional Republicans have proved that they aren't merely big spenders: They bear primary responsibility for Washington's complete lack of fiscal responsibility. At the same time, they have reaffirmed the fact that bipartisanship means a determination to spend us into oblivion. The bipartisan budget deal that the senators proclaimed so proudly yesterday would add $300 billion over two years to discretionary spending, not counting emergency funds and other add-ons. It would yet again burst the budget caps that Republicans...
  • Antonio Sabato Jr, gets the best of Joy Behar debating immigration, and she can’t stand it

    02/09/2018 7:58:21 AM PST · by Cheerio · 38 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 9, 2018 | Scott Morefield
    Conservative model, actor, and California Congressional candidate Antonio Sabŕto Jr. made an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of The View to discuss a wide range of political topics, so it was only a matter of time before things veered toward the hot topic of the day, immigration. Sabŕto is an outspoken Trump-supporter who happens to be a child of Czech and Italian immigrants who legally brought him to the United States when he was 12 years old, but that didn’t stop Joy Behar and the other hens on The View from trying to use that against his positions on border security....
  • San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents

    02/09/2018 7:50:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 241 replies ^ | February 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm | By Len Ramirez
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The number of people packing up and moving out of the Bay Area just hit its highest level in more than a decade. Carole Dabak spent 40 years living in San Jose and now she’s part of the mass exodus that is showing no signs of slowing down. The retired engineer’s packing up and calling it quits about to move to the state of Tennessee. “I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same,” Dabak said. Of course people come and go from the...
  • There's So Much Smoke. Why Worry About a Fire?

    02/09/2018 7:16:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 9, 2018 | David Limbaugh
    What are we to make of the GOP and Democrats' dueling scandal wars? So much information, so little time. We'll have to wait until special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation to be sure, but I don't believe there's any credible evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to affect the presidential election. On the other hand, though I was initially skeptical that the investigations into the Democratic scandals would produce much, I've changed my mind. I know I'm biased, but after having studied the voluminous information more thoroughly, I'm convinced there is an alarming amount of evidence of misconduct....
  • California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia accused of groping male staffer

    02/09/2018 7:10:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | February 9, 2018
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - - The California Legislature's widening sexual misconduct scandal now includes allegations against a Democratic lawmaker known for her fierce advocacy on women's issues, including an anti-sexual harassment movement that began sweeping the Capitol last fall. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said Thursday she'll fully cooperate with an investigation into an allegation she groped a 25-year-old man who worked for another lawmaker in 2014. Daniel Fierro alleges that she stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch in the dugout after a legislative softball game. Garcia said she doesn't recall the incident.
  • Report: Future Open Championship venues could be threatened by climate change

    02/09/2018 7:00:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CBS "Sports" ^ | February 8, 2018 | by Kyle Porter
    The Open Championship celebrated its 146th edition last summer at Royal Birkdale. The rotation of 10 different courses has been mostly the same for the last few decades, but a recent report noted that the event might not make it 146 more tournaments with the current venues. According to the BBC, which reviewed a report by the Climate Coalition, various courses on the coasts of the UK are in peril because of climate change and a rising North Sea. To its credit, the R&A is taking this future seriously. "It [climate change] is certainly becoming a factor" Steve Isaac, Director...
  • The Book Against Transgender Extremism

    02/09/2018 6:57:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 9, 2018 | Brent Bozell
    When secular leftists express frustration at how practicing Catholics (their humble servants) and evangelicals could have ever voted for Donald Trump, the first thing they refuse to concede is the horror of the alternative. They refuse to admit that Hillary Clinton clearly, forthrightly stood for abortion on demand, at any time, for any reason and even supported having it funded by pro-life taxpayers. It's what she and her husband called "safe, legal and rare." Clinton and her crew even dismissed the videotaped discussion of Planned Parenthood's dead-baby-organ-selling grotesqueries as somehow fictional. And they refuse to admit that Clinton represented the...
  • What the hell is a climate model - and why does it matter?

    02/09/2018 6:48:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | February 8, 2018 | by James Temple
    Just a few years ago, the conventional wisdom held that you couldn’t attribute any single extreme weather event to climate change. But now scientists increasingly can and do state the odds that human actions caused or exacerbated specific droughts and hurricanes. One big reason for the change is that the science of climate modeling is becoming increasingly powerful as improvements in technology, techniques, and data sharing allow researchers to set up novel experiments or simply run many more of them. Climate models are sophisticated computer simulations that approximate how the planet responds to various forces, like surges in carbon dioxide....
  • Student who recorded teacher’s anti-military rant to be honored in San Pedro

    02/09/2018 6:27:26 AM PST · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | February 8, 2018 | Donna Littlejohn
    The El Rancho High School senior who captured his teacher’s profanity-laced classroom rant against the military on a secretly recorded video that went viral will be honored Saturday by some grateful vets in San Pedro. Victor Quinonez, who was wearing a Marines sweatshirt in class the day he took the video, now attends the Pico Rivera school accompanied by a chaperone for his own safety, according to his mother, Karen Rodriguez. The teacher, Gregory Salcido who also serves on the Pico Rivera City Council, has been put on paid leave by the district as the incident is investigated. Some have...
  • McDonald's, KFC, and Taco Bell have gone to war in the $100 billion delivery market...[tr]

    02/09/2018 6:13:07 AM PST · by beaversmom · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 8, 2018 | Kate Taylor
    Fast-food delivery battles are heating up. On Thursday, Yum Brands — the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut — announced it had entered into a partnership with delivery company Grubhub. With the deal, KFC and Taco Bell will roll out delivery at thousands of locations across the US in 2018. McDonald's made a major delivery push in 2017, going from a handful of locations testing delivery to roughly 5,000 locations delivering orders via UberEATS. Here's how the two fast-food giants delivery strategies measure up. McDonald's is modernizing — and has a huge advantage on speed McDonald's delivery...
  • ACAs EHRs: 16 Pages and No Info to Help Physicians

    02/09/2018 5:39:27 AM PST · by spintreebob · 34 replies
    Medpage ^ | 2-8-2018 | Niran S. Al-Agba, MD
    My pediatric practice is one that harkens back to days long ago when physicians knew their patients and pertinent medical histories by heart. My 81-year-old father and I were in practice together for the past 16 years; he still used the very sophisticated "hunt and peck" to compose emails. The task of transitioning to an electronic record system seemed insurmountable, so we remain on paper. Our medical record system has not changed in almost five decades. I would not have it any other way. This past spring, he walked into my office shaking his head in disbelief after thumbing through...
  • Thousands of Migrants Pour Across The Alps Headed for France and Germany

    02/09/2018 5:26:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 9, 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Thousands of migrants are attempting to traverse the Alps to get out of Italy to their preferred destinations of Germany and other Northern European countries. Volunteers working with migrants in the region say that they are finding more and more migrants with injuries sustained from extremely cold temperatures. They say that thousands of migrants are attempting to cross the Alps and that many end up in hospital, Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.
  • I tried (and failed) to get a safe and legal abortion in Brazil

    02/09/2018 5:12:58 AM PST · by beaversmom · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | FEB 09, 2018 | REBECA MENDES
    I'm a 30-year-old Brazilian with two young children, temporary employment and hopes for an eventual legal career. When I sought permission to terminate my pregnancy, I was thinking about my family, my finances and my future. In the process I found myself at the center of a political story, becoming the first woman in our country to fight for an abortion in court based on personal, nonmedical needs. Last month, the United States marked the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade — a landmark decision that secured the right of American women to have an abortion. It remains the law...
  • Chinese Tanker Had A Container Full Of Dead Americans

    02/09/2018 5:08:27 AM PST · by smileyface · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 8 2018 | Chris White
    Exporting companies are using Chinese ships, planes, and trucks to transport dead Americans across the world for research purposes, according to a Thursday report from Reuters. A Hong Kong flagged cargo ship departed South Carolina in July carrying 6,000 pounds of human remains valued at $67,204. The container’s temperature was set to 5 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the parts from spoiling. Relatives of the dead, meanwhile, did not realize their loved ones’ remains were being dismembered and sent to Europe and elsewhere, the report notes. Body brokers like Oregon-based MedCure rely on lax regulations to export heads, shoulders, knees and...
  • Building A Latino-Muslim Coalition With #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

    02/09/2018 4:49:38 AM PST · by beaversmom · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | February 8, 2018 | Gustavo Arellano
    The connection between Middle Eastern and Mexican food goes all the way back to the Moors, and is well-known in culinary circles. Al pastor tacos are just a pork version of the shawarma spits that Lebanese immigrants brought with them to Mexico City in the 1930s. In nearby Puebla, a wrap called tacos árabes — Arabic tacos — uses a flatbread that's halfway between pita and lavash. Kibbe (fried meatballs made from bulghur wheat) is popular in the Yucatán, thanks to Syrians who settled in the Peninsula over the past century. And the Lebanese-Mexican Chedraui family of Mexico City owns...
  • African-American Olympian boycotts opening ceremonies because he wasn’t chosen to carry flag

    02/09/2018 4:31:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 94 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/9/18 | Larry O'Conner
    The honor of which American athlete would carry the American flag for Team USA at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics came down to a coin flip today in Pyeongchang. And the athlete on the losing end of that flip is not pleased. Speed skater Shani Davis decided to not participate in today’s ceremonies after he lost the flip to luger Erin Hamlin. Davis took to Twitter and evoked African American history month in his commentary on the events.  I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA...
  • Gentry Liberals Own the Democratic Party

    02/09/2018 4:24:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 9, 2018 | Michael Barone
    Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago's black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic population increased to 867,000. National political significance: In our three largest cities -- New York, Los Angeles and Chicago -- gentry liberals have become the dominant political demographic. That's consistent with election results. Gentry liberals -- the term is urban analyst Joel Kotkin's -- are the political base of those cities' mayors, Bill de Blasio, Eric Garcetti and Rahm Emanuel. That's something new...
  • Fmr. Cruz Aide Raises Ivana Rape Allegation to Rip Trump

    02/09/2018 4:19:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There on the CNN split screen this morning were former Obama communications director Jen Psaki, and former Ted Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter. But you could be forgiven for wondering whether CNN had mistakenly switched their names. Because Carpenter was, during a discussion of former Trump aide Rob Porter, far rougher on President Trump. Claiming that Trump “does not give a whit” about the abuse of women, Carpenter recounted a list of alleged Trump transgressions. Among them, Carpenter mentioned “the rape allegation from his first wife, Ivanka [sic, Ivana].” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • If You're Reading This, You're Dead

    02/09/2018 4:08:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | February 9, 2018 | Erick Erickson
    Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission ended President Obama's "net neutrality" regulations. Those regulations were passed with no reason, but a fear of what might happen to the internet by major corporations. They were not needed. But Democrats declared that their repeal would cause people to die. Republicans rolled back Barack Obama's individual mandate that forces Americans to buy health insurance whether or not they want it. Statisticians declared Americans would lose their health insurance if the GOP did this, ignoring that those losing health insurance would be those actively choosing to forego an insurance plan. Again, Democrats declared the...