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  • The Supreme Court is Wrong: ObamaCare is UNCONSTITUTIONAL (Peter Schiff)

    06/29/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT · by RatSlayer · 7 replies
    The Schiff Report ^ | 6/29/12 | Peter Schiff The part I found interesting is that Schiff claims that the SC said that there's no enforcement mechanism for the individual mandate. That seems impossible to me does anyone know if that's correct or what exactly Schiff was talking about?
  • 3 charged after 22 illegal immigrants found in Mesa drop house .

    06/29/2012 1:30:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    AZFamily ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jennifer Thomas
    MESA, Ariz. -- Three Mexican men face federal charges after agents busted an alleged drop house in Mesa on Wednesday. Jesus Castillo-Mejia, 47, and Genaro Guzman-Guzman, 29, appeared in federal court Thursday where they were charged with human smuggling. Marco Guzman-Guzman, 27, was charged with illegally re-entering the United States following a previous deportation order.
  • Koch-backed group launches $9 million ad campaign against health law (Video)

    06/29/2012 12:51:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    Not A Tax Increase? Video ad A conservative advocacy group closely aligned with the Tea Party announced a $9 million swing-state push against President Obama and the healthcare law. The announcement by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which is largely funded by the conservative Koch brothers, comes one day after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the vast majority of the law in a major coup for Obama. "While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement, "this is far from over." The group's push is worth $9 million, according to a...
  • Kenya: Is [human] Waste Power the Future?

    06/29/2012 12:08:46 PM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    Think Africa Press ^ | June 21, 2012 | Rachuonyo Duncan
    With shortages of power and rising costs of fuels, Embu prison in Kenya has turned to human excrement to generate power. Bio-gas now fuels three boilers in the prison kitchen, and firewood costs have been cut down by more than half. Many hope the innovative form of recycling and generating power could be applied in not only all prisons across the country but also in other institutions to significantly reduce energy bills. Waste not, want not To generate power, human waste is put into a machine called the "digester" and bio-gas is produced by bacteria during a 30-day fermentation...
  • I Am Literally Sick Over This Obamacare Travesty

    06/29/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies
    Rush ^ | June 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, folks. I now know what happened yesterday. I've had time to dig into this. Time that I did not have prior to yesterday's program and did not have during the program. And I can't tell you how sick I am. I am literally sick over what happened yesterday. I don't know how else to describe it. Literally sick. And now, from sunny South Florida, it's open line Friday! Open line Friday. That's the day of the week where you get to choose what it is we talk about when we go to the phones. Monday through...
  • Fed officials eye darker U.S. growth, jobs picture

    06/29/2012 11:53:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Jonathan Spicer and Mark Felsenthal
    Federal Reserve officials on Friday said they were keeping an eye out for any signs that slowing growth is raising deflation risks but differed on how worrisome sluggish job markets are for the modest U.S. economic recovery. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley, a close ally of the U.S. central bank's chairman, Ben Bernanke, said he had modestly lowered his expectations for inflation in coming months. He said he would need to see more information on the U.S. jobs market and the unfolding of the European sovereign debt crisis before having a clearer sense of the health of...
  • Wall Street Isn’t Enough; Finance-heavy New York must recapture its economic diversity.

    06/29/2012 11:50:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2012 | Edward L. Glaeser
    New York City has become too dependent on the financial industry. In 2008, 44 percent of Manhattan wages were earned by workers in finance and insurance; the following year, even after the financial crisis and economic downturn had battered the industry, that share stood at a still-enormous 37 percent. And the track record of one-industry towns isnÂ’t good. No matter how loudly ChryslerÂ’s provocative Super Bowl ad heralded DetroitÂ’s comeback, the Motor CityÂ’s population dropped by a quarter over the last decade and now stands at 39 percent of its 1950 peak. In Russia, Soviet-era monocities like Norilsk, a...
  • Insurer: Costs will likely rise for those under 45 [ rates for people 18 to 44 up dramatically ]

    06/29/2012 11:45:33 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | June 29 2012 |
    June 29--CHAMPAIGN -- Patient advocates are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but a local insurance executive warns it will likely result in higher coverage costs for those under 45. Ingrum also said the law narrows the gap between what younger and older people can be charged for coverage. "So, insurance rates for the younger people between 18 and 44 are going to go up dramatically, while rates for people over 44 are going to go down," he said.
  • ObamaCare Ruling: Pure Fraud and No Due Process

    06/29/2012 11:21:49 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 28, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court decided that Americans have no right to due process. Indeed, the Court not only upheld a fraud perpetrated on the public — it became a willing participant. The assessment charged for failure to comply with ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to purchase health insurance, was presented to the country by the administration and the Democratic Congress as a penalty assessed for lawlessness — i.e., for refusing to honor this new legal requirement. It was strenuously denied by proponents that they were raising taxes.
  • Cardiologists react to SCOTUS; "Thrilled," "stunned," "full of hope"

    06/29/2012 11:17:00 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 36 replies
    The Heart ^ | 6/29/12
    "I think it is good news. More people will learn about prevention strategies from clinicians with some affordable health coverage. Those with preexisting conditions will be able to get coverage and medical guidance. Hopefully, the suboptimal parts of the bill will be modified."—Dr Roger Blumenthal (Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore, MD) "I was stunned by the Supreme Court ruling. . . . While I think most Americans favor some form of healthcare reform to address the 30 million or so uninsured Americans and the underinsured, I believe there are ways to achieve this short of mandating insurance for all...
  • Colorado city looks to Obama for aid as fire turns deadly

    06/29/2012 11:15:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Moni Basu and Chelsea J. Carter
    Friday brought sad news to Colorado Springs: A monster wildfire that raged nearby and came roaring down a mountain has turned deadly. Authorities discovered a charred body in a house consumed by flames. One other person was missing. But Friday also brought some relief. The fire, raging since last weekend, had been growing steadily, fueled by hot, arid conditions and winds that gusted at 65 miles per hour. There was relief, too, in knowing that President Barack Obama was on his way to Colorado to visit fire-affected areas. He was scheduled to arrive around noon, local time. Colorado Springs Mayor...
  • Family steps up quest for answers in ICE agent's murder

    06/29/2012 11:09:32 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Vally ^ | June 29, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    A Brownsville family is stepping up their quest for answers in the death of an ICE against killed by a weapon linked to the "Fast & Furious" scandal. The family of slain U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata held a press conference in Brownsville on Friday morning. Zapata's mother Mary Zapata says they still don't have answers more than year after her son's February 2011 murder in San Luis Potosi. Zetas drug cartel leader Julian Espinoza-Zapata (aka "El Piolin") is facing federal charges in Washington DC but little other information about the case has come out. Fast...
  • Virginia Tech police seek two suspects after early-morning attack

    06/29/2012 10:23:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Chase Purdy
    The suspects drove away from the scene in a dark, regular-cab pickup truck. The last four digits of the truck’s license plate are 3330, according to witnesses at the scene. Police across the region are on the lookout following an attempted abduction on the Virginia Tech campus Friday morning in which two men tried to drag a woman into a pickup truck, according to the Virginia Tech Police. Maj. Kevin L. Foust said the woman, who has not been identified, was crossing Henderson Lawn from College Avenue to Alumni Mall about 2:15 a.m. when two men approached her. Police said...

    06/29/2012 9:58:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Peter J. Fusco
    Chief Justice John Roberts is the most hated man in the United States of America today. He will be hated forever by strict constructionalists, but he will not be hated by conservatives reasonably versed in Supreme Court rulings, they will simply dislike him. After all, Justice Roberts is on solid Constitutional ground. Most people have never heard of James Kent. He was a professor at Columbia University Law School after which he became chief justice of New York’s Supreme Court. Law students are introduced to him early in their schooling, then forget him as soon as possible. They shouldn’t, and...
  • George Will: The consolation prize (The commerce clause was rejected.)

    06/29/2012 9:40:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/28/2012 | George Will
    Conservatives won a substantial victory on Thursday. The physics of American politics — actions provoking reactions — continues to move the crucial debate, about the nature of the American regime, toward conservatism. Chief Justice John Roberts has served this cause. The health care legislation’s expansion of the federal government’s purview has improved our civic health by rekindling interest in what this expansion threatens — the Framers’ design for limited government. Conservatives distraught about the survival of the individual mandate are missing the considerable consolation prize they won when the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional... --snip-- When Nancy Pelosi, asked where...
  • Will Los Angeles Follow Stockton's Lead of Bankruptcy? (Stockton, CA might not be the last)

    06/29/2012 9:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    KCET ^ | 06/29/2012 | Jessica Levinson
    The City of Stockton, the now-infamous port city located in Northern California, is declaring bankruptcy. It is the largest U.S. City to take the drastic step of declaring bankruptcy. Stockton is facing a $26 million budget deficit, it has stopped making bond payments, and employee pay, and health and insurance benefits, have been cut significantly. Is Los Angeles next? There is no doubt that it is in bad shape financially -- and I mean really bad shape. But for a number of reasons I do not think Los Angeles will go the way of Stockton. Its leaders, hopefully, still have...
  • Gay activists take swing at Chuck Norris for Boy Scouts diatribe

    06/29/2012 9:12:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    Gay rights activists say actor Chuck Norris is a "fame-hungry has-been" with a double standard: Norris is accusing President Obama of trying to promote a gay agenda within the Boy Scouts of America, yet has not criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying gays would be welcomed within the scouting organization. Norris wrote an opinion piece this week blasting President Obama and portraying him as a puppet master working behind the scenes to create a "pro-gay Boy Scouts of America" and promote an increasingly pro-gay agenda. In response, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement calling...
  • A Big Win Over Exxon!

    06/29/2012 8:29:25 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Dear VICTORY! Thanks to you, we defeated Exxon’s plan to turn a pristine stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial tar sands corridor. This is a win for the environment worth celebrating. Last week, we succeeded in bringing down a Goliath ... none other than Exxon Mobil. Thanks to your activism, we forced the oil giant to back down in its quest to turn a remote and wild stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial transportation corridor. Exxon has formally withdrawn its application with the state of Montana to ship thousands of mega-sized tractor trailers, filled with tar...
  • $48 million of cocaine to be offloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard base

    06/29/2012 8:26:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    MIAMI BEACH— The dramatic results of three drug busts on the high seas will be evident today when more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine are offloaded at the U.S. Coast Guardbase in Miami Beach. According to the agency, the cocaine has a wholesale value of more than $48 million.
  • Ga. Student Counselor Fired for Religious Views on Homosexuality Loses Case

    06/29/2012 8:16:31 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies ^ | June 28, 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Christian student at a Georgia university who was expelled from her school's counseling program for expressing her disagreement with homosexuality has lost a court case against the school. "(Jennifer) Keeton's speech and conduct were evidently impelled by the absolutist philosophical character of her beliefs, but that character does not entitle her to university accommodation and it is irrelevant to the court's analysis," wrote Judge J. Randall Hall, of the Southern District of Georgia, siding with the university. "Neutrality as a legal standard is immutable, it does not bend to the strength or tenor of personal conviction."