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  • After boosting the sales tax, Preckwinkle now wants $130 million in pay hikes (Crook County IL)

    07/31/2015 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/30/2015 | GREG HINZ
    Cook County Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle Government and Politics Infrastructure More + Preckwinkle-seeks-pay-hikes-following-Cook-County-sales-tax-increase.com Photo by Manuel Martinez Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers. Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Only those who make more than $200,000 in annual salary would be excluded. The proposal, sent to a Cook County Board committee for review, extends to other unionized employees...
  • [Church of Scientology Press Release] Medicare at 50 - Still Flawed, After All These Years

    Medicare at 50--Still Flawed, After All These Years ST. PAUL, Minn.—This Thursday, Medicare will mark a milestone—50 years since it was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965. Designed as part of LBJ’s “Great Society” initiative, Medicare was intended to provide low-cost hospitalization and medical insurance for the nation’s elderly. But the program has been in crisis for years and needs an escape plan, not a rescue plan, says Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • Mind-blowing Temperature Fraud at NOAA

    07/28/2015 7:12:54 AM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 34 replies
    StevenGoddardWordpress.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Steve Goddard
    The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend....
  • Kerry ‘Nobody Has Ever Talked About Dismantling’ Iran’s Nukes, in 2013 Dismantlement ‘Whole Point’

    07/23/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | Andrew Kugle
    During Thursday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry said the goal of the negotiations was never to dismantle Iran’s entire nuclear program but rather to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons, despite saying in 2013 the “whole point” of sanctions was to get Iran to “dismantle its nuclear program.”
  • IAEA Tells Congressmen of Two Secret Side Deals to Iran Agreement That Won’t Be Shared with Congress

    07/22/2015 6:51:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/22/2015 | by FRED FLEITZ
    Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public. One of these side deals concerns inspection of the Parchin military base, where Iran reportedly has conducted explosive testing related to nuclear-warhead development. The Iranian government has refused to allow the IAEA to visit this site. Over the...
  • House Republican: Obama Administration Won’t Release Full Iran Deal to Congress

    07/22/2015 6:22:01 AM PDT · by AU72 · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama won’t allow Congress to review two key aspects of the Iranian Nuclear deal, Republican lawmakers learned from international partners last week. Under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the International Atomic Energy Agency would negotiate separately with Iran about the inspection of a facility long-suspected of being used to research long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. “The Obama administration has failed to make public separate side deals that have been struck for the ‘inspection’ of one of the most important nuclear sites—the Parchin military complex,” said Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) in a statement...
  • Japan Inc Rocked By Massive Accounting Fraud: Toshiba CEO Quits After 7 Years Of Cooked Books

    07/21/2015 9:07:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/21/2015 | Tyler Durden
    While Abenomics has been an unmitigated disaster for Japan's ordinary population, where the soaring stock market has benefited the top decile of the population while everyone has been slammed by a record 25 consecutive months of declining real wages and soaring input costs, there had been one bright spot: corporate earnings, which unlike in Europe or even the US, have been growing at a steady double-digit clip. What was surprising is that Japan was perhaps the one place where currency debasement was leading to an immediate flow through to rising EPS.Then on Friday, a report out of Reuters caught...
  • A Tiny Bank’s Surreal Trip Through a Fraud Prosecution

    07/17/2015 8:49:19 AM PDT · by proxy_user · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 17, 2015 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON
    **snip** Although she didn’t know it immediately, Ms. Sung had stumbled on a fraudulent scheme involving false borrower income verifications and documentation. The bank began investigating and Mr. Yu was fired the following Monday. The discovery put an end to the scheme at Abacus. But it was only the beginning of a five-and-a-half-year odyssey through the New York State criminal justice system for the Sung family and the community lender the family had built from nothing. Bank officials uncovered the fraud, fired the mastermind, investigated and reported it to regulators and provided New York State prosecutors with over 900,000 pages...
  • ObamaCare Exchange Is Wide Open To Fraud, Feds Find

    07/17/2015 4:36:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/16/2015 | Staff
    Integrity: An undercover operation shows how ridiculously easy it is to defraud ObamaCare. Even after officials learned investigators had set up several bogus accounts in June of last year, they failed to catch any of them.
  • Obama Scolds Reporter for Asking Tough Question: 'You Should Know Better'

    07/15/2015 12:24:13 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/15/2015 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Barack Obama scolded a reporter at his Wednesday briefing after getting a critical question about the nuclear deal with Iran. CBS News's Major Garrett pressed the president on the imprisonment of Americans in Iran. "As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran—three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, this strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?" Garrett asked. "I've gotta give you credit, Major,...
  • Jeremiah Wright's Words Hauntingly Relevant Today (no they aren't liar)

    07/09/2015 9:02:04 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 9 replies
    The Huffington propaganda machine ^ | Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith
    Wright's message of the pervasiveness of racism was spot on... and it still is. America's refusal to deal with its racism is eating away at its very core, but nobody wants to talk about it.... Today, however, we see racism in rare form. The shootings of black people by white officers with no accountability, the massacre of the nine innocent people in Charleston, South Carolina, and the burnings of black churches gives the actions of racism front and center stage once again.
  • Top American Indian Scholar Outed As Fake Indian

    07/07/2015 3:31:10 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | july 6, 2015 | blake neff
    Just a few weeks after Rachel Dolezal transfixed the nation with her bogus claims to black heritage, yet another professor stands accused of falsely claiming a different racial identity to advance her career. Andrea Smith, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside, has started to draw attention in the wake of the Dolezal incident from those who say she has for years falsely claimed to have Cherokee blood. The case is arguably much more significant, though, because while Dolezal was a relatively undistinguished academic at Eastern Washington University, Smith is recognized as a significant scholar in her field. She...
  • Donald Trump Is Not Just A Clown, He’s A Liberal Anti-Gun Clown

    07/06/2015 11:29:57 PM PDT · by z taxman · 82 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | Brian Anderson
    The big joke Tuesday was that comb-over reality TV star Donald Trump announced that he’s running for president in 2016 as a Republican. As if it isn’t funny enough that he’s given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation, he also said he wants Oprah Winfrey as his VP. And just in case you aren’t convinced of his conservative credentials, it turns out he’s left quite a liberal footprint of anti-gun, pro-abortion, redistribution of wealth, Obam-esque socialism. Back in 2000 The Don was flirting with running for president as a Reform Party candidate... Here’s...
  • Doc Told Hundreds of Healthy People They Had Cancer

    07/06/2015 1:01:00 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 54 replies
    Yahoo! Health ^ | July 6, 2015
    Dr. Farid Fata put hundreds of people through hell in order to line his own pockets, and now federal prosecutors are seeking to put the Detroit-area oncologist away for 175 years. Fata has admitted that he misdiagnosed patients — 553 of them, according to prosecutors — and ordered chemotherapy and other unnecessary treatments for patients who didn’t even have cancer, report NBC News, which says some 9,000 needless injections or infusions were allegedly given.
  • Hillary's Cribs Shock Young People

    07/04/2015 3:21:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Campus Reform Correspondent Cabot Phillips played "Candidate's Cribs" with young people in front of the White House. After trying to guess which Presidential candidate has lived in a series of mansions, many of them were shocked to find out that Hillary Clinton had lived in all four of them.
  • ‘Holistic’ cardiologist in Santa Fe accused of fraud

    07/02/2015 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a self-described “holistic” cardiologist in Santa Fe, has been charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in a 24-count federal indictment. The indictment, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs from January 2010 to May 2011 by submitting false and fraudulent claims. Heilbron entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His medical license had been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board for three months last...
  • Hired professional petition workers are signing peoples' names in our neighborhood

    07/02/2015 12:09:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies
    self | July 2, 2015 | vanity
    Warning - A petition worker came by yesterday to ask for our signatures and knew everyone's name in the household. We declined to sign. Later, Mr. b overheard one of the workers asking the other what happens if no one signs the petition. The guy told him that they write in the signatures themselves. Mr. b reported it to the elections office and to someone else in the courthouse. We'll wait until the petition is turned and to see if our names are on it and then report it to the county attorney. Please be aware of this practice in...
  • US employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

    07/02/2015 6:35:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 90 replies
    AP ^ | July 2, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market paint a mixed picture. The unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in May, the Labor Department said Thursday. But the rate fell mostly because many people out of work gave up on their job searches and were no longer counted as unemployed.
  • US Vaccine Researcher Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

    07/01/2015 3:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Nature ^ | 01 July 2015 | Sara Reardonc
    The case of Dong-Pyou Han illustrates the uneven nature of penalties for scientific misconduct.Rare is the scientist who goes to prison on research misconduct charges. But on 1 July, Dong-Pyou Han, a former biomedical scientist at Iowa State University in Ames, was sentenced to 57 months for fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials. Han has also been fined US$7.2 million and will be subject to three years of supervised release after he leaves prison. His case had a higher profile than most, attracting interest from a powerful US senator. Han’s harsh sentence raises questions about how alleged...
  • See, I told you Marco Rubio was only pretending to change his mind about amnesty

    07/01/2015 2:52:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Jul. 1, 2015
    After Rubiocare dealt a near-fatal to his presidential aspirations, Marco Rubio and his handlers went on an apology tour, giving the unmistakable impression— but never outright stating— that Rubio had learned his lesson on amnesty. (SNIP) But being the unqualified, incompetent dolt that he is, Rubio let the cat out of the bag— telling a New Hampshire audience that he does, in fact, support a pathway to citizenship for the 11-40 million Rubio-Americans…
  • Congress’s ObamaCare ‘Small Business’ Fraud

    07/01/2015 9:30:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 0701/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Activists demand answers to lawmakers' falsification of documents for ObamaCare perks. Americans fed up with the unbridled arrogance of the nation’s “ruling class” are about to be further infuriated. As American Commitment president Phil Kerpen reveals, there’s yet another outrageous scandal occurring on Capitol Hill, where the House and Senate have falsely certified themselves as small businesses so they can fund themselves and their staffs with taxpayer-funded health insurance—sidestepping ObamaCare provisions in the process. “They conspired to break the law,” Kerpen told Front Page. In an interview with Newsmax TV, Kerpen reminded viewers that Americans had “demanded” Congress enter the...
  • Study: Hennepin County ignored some child abuse reports

    07/01/2015 6:44:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 6-26-15 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The child protection agency in Hennepin County has been ignoring reports of child abuse to ease its caseload and control its budget, according to a national child welfare group. The group, Casey Family Programs, studied the county's system for months and presented the findings of a report released last week to the Hennepin County board on Thursday. Casey Family Programs director Dee Wilson also told the board that child protection workers commonly screened out abuse reports, which means families weren't visited and services weren't offered, the Star Tribune ( http://strib.mn/1IhwPjh ) reported. Additionally, neglect cases are looked...
  • Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court(on Drudge)

    06/29/2015 4:05:53 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 9 replies
    Roll call ^ | 6/29/15 | simone Path
    Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. “Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents,” Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship...
  • [illegal alien] Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

    06/29/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 65 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6/29/2015 | Simone Pathé
    Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. “Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents,” Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship...
  • Jesse Jackson in Charleston calls for ‘Southern Civil Rights Manifesto’

    06/26/2015 8:13:38 AM PDT · by Robe · 21 replies
    Charleston Post and Courier ^ | 6/26/2015 | Adam Parker
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday credited the civil rights movement for breaking down barriers and bringing the South into the modern world. Thanks to the efforts of activists, the South renewed itself and became attractive to investors and others. And now, in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Jackson sees an opportunity to address the systemic problems that have persisted since the 1960s.
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • SSA Paid the Dead $46.8 Million [Democrat walking-around money]

    06/25/2015 4:00:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/24/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid individuals acting as representatives for disabled beneficiaries nearly $50 million even though they were dead.An audit from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is just the latest example of the SSA’s inability to figure out who on their rolls is still alive.The audit focused on “representative payees,” or a person who manages another’s finances due to mental or physical limitations. The OIG found that many payees acting on behalf of disability beneficiaries had died.“SSA did not ensure new representative payees were selected when current payees died,” the OIG said. “Based on our sample results,...
  • Whoops! Nobody verified Clinton Foundation a legal charity

    06/24/2015 8:40:57 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 24 replies
    WND ^ | June 21, 2015 | Jerome Corsi
    NEW YORK – Along with filing financial reports filled with errors and misstatements, “Big Four” accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers neglected to verify whether the Clinton Foundation obtained tax-exempt status for its various sub-entities, including its AIDS charity, contends respected Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel. As WND has reported, Ortel’s six-month investigation indicates the Clintons have diverted tens millions of dollars donated for charitable purposes to the personal enrichment of themselves and their close associates. He says PWC neglected to exercise due diligence in fulfilling its professional responsibilities in conducting even the most basic inquiries required of an honest audit. PWC, he...
  • Investigation turns up massive fraud in Amtrak overtime reporting

    06/24/2015 5:47:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Forty hours in a single day? Some excellent reporting here by Diana Stancy of The Daily Signal. I realize that when we start talking about dollars in reference to a federal agency, it’s hard to know what’s excessive. Amtrak pays $200 million in a single year just for overtime? Is that a lot? In the context of a $3.7 trillion federal budget? Short answer: Yes. Amtrak’s entire personnel cost amounts to $1.2 billion, so you’re talking about one-sixth of that in overtime. But it’s when you really dig down into the reporting of hours that it becomes clear some of...
  • MARCO RUBIO CASTS DECIDING VOTE FOR OBAMATRADE WITHOUT EVEN READING IT

    06/23/2015 2:51:40 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/23/2015 | Matt Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80% cast the deciding vote for Obamatrade on Tuesday as it squeeked through the U.S. Senate 60-37, and his Senate office is still outright refusing to answer whether he even knew what he was voting on.
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

    06/23/2015 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory....
  • Residents says county is falsifying road data to get more tax money ( Boulder )

    06/23/2015 8:17:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 23, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Boulder County is falsifying road maintenance data, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is refusing to verify the filings, some residents of the county’s subdivisions say. Chuck Wibby, chairman of the Boulder County Fairness in Road Maintenance community group, provided Watchdog.org with nearly a dozen examples of roads Boulder County rated as good in its 2012 road inventory report to CDOT – roads the county’s own contractor rated as fair to poor that year. “It’s sort of the textbook definition of fraud,” he said, adding the group sent state officials a letter with his allegations against the county. “The county...
  • Posing Questions of Photographic Ethics

    06/21/2015 6:32:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/16/2015 | James Estrin
    Most curators hope to get glowing reviews and popular acclaim when they mount an exhibit. Michael Kamber, on the other hand, is expecting some blowback for his latest show, “Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography,” which opens this weekend at the Bronx Documentary Center. And he’s perfectly O.K. with that. “I think there will be some unhappy people,” said Mr. Kamber, a photojournalist and founder of the center. “That’s good. If people would stop faking photos, then they wouldn’t have to be worried about being called out.” The exhibit, a selection of well-known images that have...
  • Sources: Clinton confidant who sent Libya memos paid $200G by Brock network

    06/19/2015 8:14:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/19/2015 | Judson Berger
    The Clinton confidant under scrutiny on Capitol Hill over detailed Libya memos he sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers earlier this week he has been pulling in $200,000 a year from Clinton ally David Brock's media operation, congressional sources tell FoxNews.com. The figure is far higher than initially reported. While the payments to Sidney Blumenthal may not reflect any apparent conflict of interest, his work with Brock's liberal advocacy and media groups was a focus of his high-profile deposition on Tuesday before the House Benghazi committee. Republicans' rationale for the questioning was that his financial and political...
  • Obama Administration to Impose New MPG Rules on Large Trucks

    06/19/2015 3:25:03 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 38 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 6/19/2015 | Matthew Rocco
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its proposal for new fuel-economy standards that apply to big rigs and other heavy-duty trucks, marking another step in the Obama administration’s push for stricter climate regulations. Based on a draft released Friday, the federal rules will require that tractors use 24% less fuel compared to projected 2018 levels. Heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans must achieve a 16% reduction. The pending rules impact large diesel-powered vehicles like 18-wheelers, buses, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickups. These commercial vehicles account for roughly 7% of all vehicles on U.S. roads but 25% of fuel consumption. Friday’s draft...
  • 12 charged in Chicago as part of national Medicare fraud takedown

    06/19/2015 1:13:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 06/18/2015 | JORDAN OWEN
    Twelve Chicago area medical professionals have been charged as part of a nationwide Medicare fraud takedown by the U.S. attorney’s office. The nationwide takedown by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force operated in 17 districts and resulted in charges against 243 people, according to the statement. According to prosecutors, the takedown is the largest in strike force history in terms of the loss amount, $712 million, and the number of defendants charged.
  • Texas Televangelist Joel Osteen Spreads Message Of Tolerance During Visit To Bay Area

    06/17/2015 1:51:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 61 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 06/15/2015 | CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Televangelist Joel Osteen was preaching tolerance on a visit to San Francisco on Monday. Osteen said his ministry is about uplifting people and letting people find their own journey. Osteen’s acceptance of the LGBT community puts him at odds with some of his fellow Christian teleevangelists such as Franklin Graham.
  • The mysterious case of $54 million VA spent on prosthetics in $24,999 payments

    06/17/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Post's Federal Eye ^ | June 16, 2015 | Lisa Rein
    The payments couldn’t help but catch the attention of the top procurement official at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx had used government purchase cards like credit cards at least 2,000 times to buy prosthetic legs and arms for veterans. Each time they swiped the cards, it was for $24,999. That was precisely one dollar below VA’s charging limit for purchase cards. When word reached Congress about the $54,435,743 worth of prosthetics bought under such odd circumstances over two years — the subject of an inspector general investigation announced...
  • Hillary, Lord Acton, and Willie Sutton

    06/17/2015 12:18:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 17, 2015 | Geoffrey P. Hunt
    By most accounts, there should be no nexus between the spaces occupied by Lord Acton, and Willie Sutton. It was Lord Acton, 19th century English Catholic historian and statesman whose quarrel with Anglican Archbishop Mandell Creighton prompted Acton’s famous axiom: “ Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Willie Sutton, 20th century legendary American bank robber whose appetite for vacuuming bank vaults, cashiers’ drawers, and jewelry cases, provoked lifelong unrepentant recidivism, when asked why he robbed banks, quipped: “ Because that’s where the money is.” With gymnastics perhaps unmatched by any political duo in U.S. history, Hillary Clinton,...
  • Obama and the Black Intellectualoids

    06/16/2015 11:38:00 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 17, 2015 | L.E. Ikenga
    Barack Obama owes his position to his membership in a class that is destroying America: the intellectualoids--shallow people able to fool others into believing they possess superior intellects.[SNIP]Intellectualoids are fairly easy to recognize. They are the “best and the brightest” in our society,people with top degrees and social connections who have positioned themselves(or been positioned)to have a great impact on our culture of politics,race,education,and economics. But at the same time, intellectualoids have severe knowledge deficits when it comes to understanding the great religious and intellectual traditions(Judeo-Christianity and the seven traditional liberal arts)that have built their civilization. They have a knack...
  • Feds Can’t Verify $2.8 Billion in Obamacare Subsidies

    06/16/2015 3:07:29 PM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 6/16/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government cannot verify nearly $3 billion in subsidies distributed through Obamacare, putting significant taxpayer funding “at risk,” according to a new audit report. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit Tuesday finding that the agency did not have an internal system to ensure that subsidies went to the right enrollees, or in the correct amounts. “[The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] CMS’s internal controls did not effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act...
  • The Clinton Foundation Reeks of Crooks, Thieves, and Hoods

    06/16/2015 7:41:10 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/16/2015 | Delroy Murdock
    Hillary Clinton “re-launched” her floundering campaign Saturday on Roosevelt Island, formerly and fittingly known as Welfare Island. Clinton’s desperate effort to associate herself with “everyday Americans” contrasts starkly with the crooked elites with whom she and Bill normally cavort. In fact, the Clinton Foundation, Bill and Hillary’s elaborate slush fund, includes numerous donors and even one-time board members with dodgy backgrounds, shady dealings, and even criminal convictions that should repel rather than lure a once and perhaps future president of the United States. Peter Schweizer’s meticulously researched new best-seller Clinton Cash (complete with 635 endnotes) delineates this ultimate power couple’s...
  • HAHAHA! Turns Out Fake Black NAACP Chick Sued School Over 'Race'. Yes Really...

    06/15/2015 4:43:51 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 52 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 06/15/2015 | Steven Crowder
    So I read this on a Conservative site. It seemed too outlandish at first. I had to check the source. Then another, and then another. Looks legit. Turns out that fake black NAACP chick, Rachel Dolezal, sued her former school over issues of ‘race.’ I can’t stop laughing. From TheSmokingGun IMAGE OF ACTUAL COMPLAINT FILED AT SCHOOL Okay. Once you can stop holding your gut from laughing so hard, move that hand up a little bit. Now to the left. Right on the old ticker. Feel that pain? You should. Your heart should break for this country. Because this right...
  • Here’s how Bernie Sanders could win: The one issue where Hillary’s vulnerable, and where the Tea Par

    06/15/2015 2:06:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | June 14, 2015 | Bill Curry
    >>>Here’s how Bernie Sanders could win: The one issue where Hillary’s vulnerable, and where the Tea Party might be right<<< As for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton may not be the worst person to fly the reform flag, but then again, she might be. Her first problem is her past. If the Clintons didn’t invent pay-to-play politics, with such minions as Rahm Emanuel and Terry McAuliffe in tow, they came close to perfecting it. Her second problem is her present: her special way of handling her email; the alleged conflicts of interest over at the Clinton Foundation; the pricey speeches she...
  • Spokane NAACP leader cancels meeting amid furor

    06/14/2015 10:30:34 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 59 replies
    KOMO-TV, Seattle ^ | June 14, 2015 | Associated Press and KOMO Staff
    The leader of the Spokane NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, canceled a chapter meeting Monday where she was expected to speak about the furor sparked over her racial identity. Her parents have said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years though she is actually white. Dolezal sent out an email Sunday cancelling the meeting "due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders." Some, however, questioned whether she had the power to do so. KREM-TV in Spokane, quoting from an email thread sent to NAACP members, says the head of the chapter's executive committee questioned whether...
  • Hillary Clinton's fifteen biggest scandals

    06/13/2015 2:24:02 PM PDT · by safetysign · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/13/2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Hillary Clinton is set to launch her presidential campaign for the second time Saturday in New York amid a barrage of criticism that has marred her first weeks on the trail. The Clintons have been no stranger to scandals, some dating back to when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. But there are many scandals that originated in Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The following 15 scandals are just a few to keep in mind as she launches her presidential campaign. Boeing bucks Boeing gave generously to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary Clinton personally intervened on its behalf...
  • Obama: My top priority is always the economy

    06/13/2015 8:05:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    investors.com ^ | June 13, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. My top priority as President is to grow the economy and help more hardworking Americans get ahead. And after the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes, our businesses have now created 12.6 million new jobs over the past 63 months.
  • Spokane NAACP president is White Woman faking she's Black, her mother says

    06/11/2015 9:58:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 127 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 6-12-2015 | Willian LaRue
    A prominent civil rights activist in Spokane, Washington, has been lying for years by portraying herself as black when she's really a white woman, according to some of her family members. Rachel Dolezal, 37, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, declined to directly answer questions Thursday about allegations she's lied about her racial background. For years, she's described herself in application materials as a mix of white, black and Native American heritage, news reports say. She's filed numerous complaints with the police, claiming she's been a victim of racial harassment. Dolezal is also chair of the city's Office...