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  • Analysis: Local Governments Wrong to Call Foul On Property Tax Reform

    05/15/2012 8:53:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2012 | James Hohman
    Local governments are crying poverty over a proposal that would make the state more attractive for businesses — a plan to phase out the state’s tax on business equipment. They’re also raising the alarm that they’ll have to raise taxes on local property owners to make up for lost revenue if the bill passes. School districts, counties, cities and townships should be applauding the state’s approach instead of fighting it. Local governments complain that the revenue from the tax will not be replaced, meaning less revenue for strained their budgets. But the specific proposal actually replaces property tax revenue for...
  • Leftist RINO's Praise Ohomo over Gay "Marriage"

    05/15/2012 8:37:41 PM PDT · by publius321 · 2 replies
    The exorbitant cost of being a "Big Tent" Party
  • Spike in black on white crime covered up by media

    05/15/2012 8:18:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 15, 2012 | Anthony Martin
    Those who depend solely on the mainstream media for their news might be surprised to know that there has been a major spike in racial crime in America this year. Media observers state that when it comes to news reports on the subject, citizens are rarely informed of the seriousness of the racial tension, except when it is a certain type of racial tension. When whites attack blacks the media is quick to report it. But according to national columnist Thomas Sowell, when blacks attack whites, somehow those particular news stories never see the light of day. Fox News personality...
  • How the Feds Created a Cronyism Car Wreck

    05/15/2012 4:05:43 PM PDT · by wewillnotcomply · 3 replies
    In 2008, the federal government bailed out two major automakers – General Motors and Chrysler, along with their financial groups that offered loans. At the time, it was said that these bailouts needed to happen to prevent a crisis, and that these auto companies would pay back the taxpayers in time.The companies got tens of billions of dollars to keep operating. Disaster averted? No. Chrysler and GM certainly benefited, but the taxpayers are now footing the bill. The Treasury Department has admitted that taxpayers will lose a staggering $14 billion from the bailout. At least, that was what they said...
  • TSA sexual gropes of Kissinger, Geraldo, others getting out of hand

    05/15/2012 2:40:44 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 12 replies ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    Clearly, our country faces terrorist threats, but young children, the elderly, Nobel Prize winners and mustached television talk show hosts should not be our focus. If the current TSA procedures are not changed very soon, innocent Americans may be killed, sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.
  • Obama, Will You Please Define “Fair,” Then Stick To It?

    05/15/2012 2:03:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-15-12 | Warren Beatty
    I was, the other day, trying to explain the word "fair" to a friend. Suddenly it occurred to me that I was trying to explain the definition from a statistics perspective, and that was the cause of the miscommunication. In statistics, the word "fair" means that probabilities of occurrence does not change each time an action or process (trial) is conducted. If a process is "fair," then exact probabilities of occurrence can be calculated regardless of initial conditions. We statisticians (besides being weird) understand the word "fair" because it has a very precise, unchanging meaning. That is the reason why,...
  • Appetiser cost of Greek exit is €155bn for Germany, France: trillions for meat course

    05/15/2012 1:23:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/15/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Germans must abolish themselves Eric Dor's team at the IESEG School of Management in Lille has put together a table on the direct costs to Germany and France if Greece is pushed out of the euro. These assume that relations between Europe and Greece break down in acrimony, with a full-fledged "stuff-you" default on euro liabilities. It assumes a drachma devaluation of 50pc. They conclude: The total losses could reach €66.4bn for France and €89.8bn for Germany. These are upper bounds, but even in the case of a partial default, the losses would be huge. Assuming that the new...
  • Taxpayers Subsidize Forbes 'Green' Billionaires' Schemes

    05/15/2012 12:17:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 15, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The three top U.S. tycoons on Forbes’s “Green” billionaires list have received billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for their clean technology companies, after they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for political campaigns and lobbying. Two of the moguls, Elon Musk and Vinod Khosla (in photo), are technology pioneers based in California with net worths of $2 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively. The third, Christy Walton, is the widow of the late John Walton who was an heir to the Walmart fortune. Forbes says she is “the world’s richest woman” is worth $24.8 billion. Significant percentages of Musk’s...
  • Obama’s Gamble on GM Worse than JPM’s Trading Flub

    05/15/2012 11:40:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 15, 2012 | Mark Modica
    When JPM Chase reported that it had lost $2 billion recently on risky derivative trades, the predictable call came from the Obama Administration to increase regulation on banks. The hypocrisy of the politically motivated proclamations becomes evident when you compare the JPM trades to Treasury's continued gamble on its taxpayer funded stake in General Motors, which has suffered an approximate $5 billion loss in value over the past year. US taxpayers unwillingly own 500 million shares or 32% of General Motors' stock, courtesy of Team Obama. The Administration has had the ability to sell the stake for over a year...
  • Obama is letting China buy our energy fields; is your state on this list?

    05/15/2012 10:22:42 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies ^ | May 15, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Everybody knows Barack Obama wants America to be energy independent; just ask him and he’ll tell you so. What he won’t tell you is why he is standing by and watching while China is buying American oil and gas in alarming amounts. In an era that demands America use energy as wisely as possible Obama is stopping us from searching for energy sources on our own soil which is bad enough, but now Obama is allowing the Chinese to buy up as much of our oil and gas as they want. Using two front corporations, the China National Offshore Oil...
  • Obama and Eric Whitaker (file)

    05/15/2012 9:26:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 5/15/12 | Nachum
    Obama and Eric WhitakerLongtime Obama pal Eric Whitaker keeps popping onto political scene(Is this the Jeremiah Wright briber?)...The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends. ........Obama pal part of fed probe---E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Author Reveals Identity of Man New Obama Book Says...
  • Releases First 2012 Map

    05/15/2012 8:32:41 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 24 replies ^ | 5-15-12 |
    From time to time, we poll our editors, writers and contributors and ask them to handicap every state in the country for the 2012 election between Romney and Obama. We then average out their predictions and put together a map of the electoral college, should the average of their predictions be correct. Our current map was posted Tuesday, May 15th and has Mitt Romney beating Barack Obama by the slimmest of margins, winning with 276 electoral votes over the incumbent President’s 262. Ohio is the lynchpin for the map below, as our team only gave Romney a 52% chance of...
  • Genius: HHS spending billions to create non-profit insurers, the Obamacare version of Fannie Mae

    05/15/2012 8:30:57 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Directorblue ^ | May 14, 2012 | Doug Ross
    Even though they've bankrupted Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac --and failed miserably with "Great Society" and trillions in welfare --Democrats now want you to fund new non-profit health insurers.What could go wrong?Republicans in the Senate and House questioned whether a Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $3.4 billion loan program to create non-profit health insurers would result in the greater competition and lower costs. In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the members noted that the Department’s own actuarial estimates suggest at least $1 billion in taxpayer dollars may inevitably be...
  • Sen. Bradley's view on the loss of Lugar.

    05/15/2012 8:25:36 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies ^ | 5-14-12 | WGN NEWS MIDDAY
    Towards the end of the interview Bradley expresses his sadness at Lugar's loss and the dumb sheep that voted Lugar OUT.
  • Impunity for criminals and disarmament for victims

    05/15/2012 8:18:00 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Impunity for criminals and disarmament for victims Defenseless Brazilian women vs. a young American mother prepared to defend herselfBy Julio Severo What happens when a robber invades a house at night and finds a young woman? In Brazil, here is what happens, according to several Brazilian newspapers: Gazeta Digital of April 29, 2012: Man invades a house and rapes a 21 year-old woman, in Cuiabá. The crime happened Sunday morning (29). After the victim’s husband left for work, the robber took advantage to enter in the house. According to the police, he raped the woman and fled taking a...
  • Obama and Democrats won’t be able to hide behind the 10th Amendment on Gay “marriage”

    05/15/2012 8:14:39 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies ^ | MAY 15TH, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    One hundred and sixty years ago Democrats picked up guns and attempted to violently overthrow our government in the name of “States’ Rights.” They LOVED the 10th Amendment then because it suited their aim of keeping Black people in chains. More recently they have HATED the 10th Amendment which says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” when it has been cited by conservatives as grounds for various states to allow their citizens to refuse to be forced to...
  • Cruel and Unusual Regulation

    05/15/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-15 | Hugh Johnson
    Despite being prohibited by no less than the United States Constitution, cruel and unusual punishment is apparently in vogue at the EPA. Obviously former EPA administrator Al Almendariz meant figurative crucifixion, but his negative attitude betrays an alarming view towards oil and natural gas companies that provide over 90 percent of primary residential energy consumption. Thankfully Al Almendariz resigned when his comments recently came to light nearly two years after he made them. That’s two years of crucifying oil and natural gas companies while Obama wastes money Solyndra and other on failed green collar projects. Green energy provides less than...

    05/15/2012 7:15:52 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event. Only in America could people attempt to claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black (only 12% of the US population is black). Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code -'TurboTax Tim' Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee)- BOTH...
  • Dangerous Distracted Pedestrians!

    05/15/2012 6:37:30 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-14-12 | Wordsmith
    I guess smartphones are now going to have to come with smartusers: Avid texters beware: Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking. “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware,” said Thomas Ripoli, chief of the Fort Lee Police Department. Ripoli said the borough, which is home to approximately 35,000 residents, has suffered three fatal pedestrian-involved accidents this year. He hopes his crackdown on people who display dangerous behavior while walking will make his town safer, but not everyone...
  • Teachers' Union Fails Accounting 101 - reports revenues as profits

    05/15/2012 5:04:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In an attack on the bill that would allow more charter online cyber schools, the American Federation of Teachers Michigan union claims that a private company that provides curriculum for charter cyber schools made $522 million in profits in 2011. In fact, K12 Inc. had total revenues — not profits — of $522.5 million, and a net income of $12.8 million, according to MarketWatch. “They are just confusing revenues for profits,” said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “It blows up their argument that this company is going to make hundreds of millions...
  • Recovering God’s Stolen Rainbow

    05/15/2012 4:34:08 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 37 replies ^ | 05/15/2012 | Gina Miller
    The celebration clamoring of the radical homosexual Left has reached an ecstatic, fever pitch since last Wednesday when Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) made history with his shameful pronouncement that he believes people of the same sex should be able to get “married.” Never mind that a marriage union between people of the same sex is impossible in every way. Just the fact that he made this wicked declaration should be enough to make even the most strident Obama supporter say, “Huh?” Well, in theory it should, but I do not underestimate the density of the mind of...
  • The Post-American Skyscraper

    05/15/2012 4:18:03 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Monday, May 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    In the days and weeks after September 11 hardly a day would go by without another homemade design for the World Trade Center showing up in my inbox. Some were crude, some were obscene, some were impossible to construct and some were genuinely visionary. Even those most familiar with the crusted workings of New York state and city government, not to mention the bi-state beast of the Port Authority, could hardly have imagined that eleven years later one far smaller tower would still be under construction. One World Trade Center, formerly the Freedom Tower before that name was deemed too...
  • Now About Obama's Teenage Years!

    05/15/2012 2:10:30 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Now that it has been established that a candidate's teenage years help define the man to come, it might be time to take a new look at the adolescent Obama and his then-mentor, the late Frank Marshall Davis. I would guess that not one Obama voter out of one hundred could identify Davis by name, and I doubt if one media person out of a thousand has read his memoir, Livin' the Blues. This is unfortunate on any number of levels. For one, Davis's book captures the ebb and flow of 20th-century black American life as well as any ever...
  • Why Obama's Flip Flop On Gay Marriage Will Hurt His Re-Election

    05/15/2012 12:45:26 AM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 11 replies
    Ward World ^ | 05/15/2012 | Kevin A Ward
    I wanted to take a moment to present an objective assessment of the political fallout from Barack Obama's flip flop on gay marriage. First of all it's quite obvious to all as evidenced by the polling that this was not a heartfelt transformation,it is transparently opportunistic. It won't work and given the timing it's awful politics. It might have worked in a booming economy, but this decision as an effort to distract from the economy is insulting. The American People are always focused on the economy, but in our current state of economic stagnation (at best) the amount of publicity...
  • President Obama’s New Role in the Fight Against Black Homophobia (Thinking 'gays' are wrong = hate!)

    05/14/2012 9:25:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New Republic ^ | May 15, 2012 | John McWhorter, contributing editor
    There are many reasons to be glad that President Obama has finally decided to stop dissimulating and openly advocate gay marriage. Not least among them is that he is no longer giving tacit approval to one of a prejudice in the African-American community that becomes more awkward and regrettable by the year. Homophobia, to be sure, is a sadly universal phenomenon. But it is one with especially deep roots among blacks. Polling numbers bear this out. In a recent Pew poll, 65 percent of American blacks reported thinking of homosexuality as wrong, while only 48 percent of whites did; in...
  • Obama to Black Pastors: Choose You This Day Whom ye will Serve

    05/14/2012 9:09:58 PM PDT · by publius321 · 18 replies
    After making his "historic" remarks on same-sex unions last week, President Barack Obama led a conference call with black church pastors to explain his support for gay marriage, the New York Times reported that the call was held with "eight or so African-American ministers. "They were wrestling with their ability to get over his theological position," the Rev. Delman Coates, a Maryland pastor who was on the call, told the NY Times. The title of the article was "Obama calls pastors to explain gay marriage support; black churches ‘conflicted’ "Conflicted"? There really is no reason to be conflicted. They either...
  • Obama’s Economic Fallacy: The Not-To-Do List

    05/14/2012 8:37:06 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 1 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 14, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Small Business Goals, Rewards and Incentives* By: Larry Walker, Jr. *“Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.” ~ Lewis Carroll *In his latest weekly address, Mr. Obama outlined a mirage of goals, rewards and incentives which he says Congress ‘must’ act upon immediately. But for the most part, what he proffered is just more of the same tried and failed policies, conjured from the same line of illogical reasoning we’ve heard, time and time again, over the last four years. Therefore, what Mr....
  • AOL/Huffington Post Making Race Baiting Calls about Jasper, TX Police Chief Rodney Pearson

    05/14/2012 6:58:04 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 5 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 5/14/12 | David Bellow
    After the last article I wrote last week about racism in Jasper, TX, I have received calls from residents of Jasper who say that AOL/Huffington Post called them regarding allegations that the Police Chief, Rodney Pearson, was being discriminated against because he is black. Talk about Race Baiting! The media does not care about the several white people who have filed lawsuits because they were discriminated against by the Police Chief and the City. They don't care about that. As soon as they hear that the black police chief claims he is being discriminated against, that is when they care. Can anyone say liberal media...
  • Obama’s KGB

    05/14/2012 4:58:49 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-14-12 | DrJohn
    The term "disinformation" is derived from the old Soviet Union: Disinformation is mostly commonly described as false information created by governments in wartime for military purposes and by totalitarian governments for political purposes in peacetime. Rumors, lies, and other forms of disinformation were made public by the Soviet Union to discredit the United States, the latter being the context in which the word is generally applied. The KGB coined the Russian word dezinformatsiya; it came into the English language as disinformation. The technique of disinformation goes back at least to 1918 with the end of World War I. Disinformation as...
  • California’s revised budget by any other name still is horrid

    05/14/2012 4:02:34 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Over the weekend, we received an email complaining about something we must have written about Gov. Jerry Brown and his budgeting schenanigans. It came from someone who apparently has an iPhone and identifies himself as ”Jerry Brown.” Who knows? Any way, the writer’s complaint with this writer was thus: “Check out the massive budget reductions, government realignment, reorganization and solid pension reform. And don’t forget that the most affluent have taken 80% of the growth in income in recent years. And how about JP Morgan blowing $2 billion after lobbying against regs that would have protected its shareholders. Balance and...
  • The 3 P’s – Program, propaganda, pacify; how the national government grows

    We’re being programed, propagandized and pacified – the 3 P’s of despotic rule. And the DC’vers are wildly successful. Let’s take a minute to break down their tactics and examine why we’re in heap big trouble if we let it continue! Program (verb used with object) - to cause to absorb or incorporate automatic responses, attitudes, or the like; condition: The government programmed us to ignore the Rule of Law. Our average elected officials are not noble people; in most instances, they possess a deep seeded desire to rule others. They are generally not trustworthy to protect inalienable rights; in...
  • Ron Paul halts active campaigning in remaining primaries

    05/14/2012 12:49:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 14, 2012 | Samantha Wagner
    While Ron Paul is still seeking delegates, he has called it quits on the campaign trail. The Houston-area congressman announced this afternoon that he will no longer actively campaign in the remaining primary states, including his home state of Texas. In an email to supporters that also was posted on his campaign web site, Paul explained the decision largely came down to cost. To continue, it would require “many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.” “I hope all supporters of liberty will remain deeply involved – become delegates, win office, and take leadership positions,” he said...
  • Ally Financial - Another Auto Bailout Bankruptcy

    05/14/2012 12:38:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 14, 2012 | Mark Modica
    The Obama Administration has become quite the expert on bankruptcy filings. The Detroit Free Press reports that the third auto bailout partaker, Ally Financial, has filed bankruptcy for its mortgage subsidiary, ResCap. The government still owns 74% of Ally, and now has an 0 for 3 record on restructuring bailed out auto-related companies outside of bankruptcy. Three years ago the Obama Administration, particularly the Auto Task Force, had a mission to restructure General Motors, Chrysler and GM's lending arm, GMAC. The stated goal was to restructure the auto industry players outside of bankruptcy. This stated goal turned out to be...
  • City Turns to Residents For Bad Investment Bailout - Loses millions in quest for film business

    05/14/2012 12:23:17 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2012 | Anne Schieber
    Allen Park City Manager John Zech says if a tax increase isn't approved by voters today, the city will likely have to get an emergency manager. Zech says a 4-mill, 2-year tax increase to pay for $28 million it borrowed to buy land for a failed movie studio is much needed. The city also borrowed $2 million against next year’s tax revenue and is asking for another $2 million from the state of Michigan in an emergency loan, Zech said. If the state doesn’t loan the city money, Zech said the city would try to sell “fiscal stabilization bonds” so...
  • Bin Laden Alibi Memo Called “No Big Deal”

    05/14/2012 10:37:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Revelation that CIA Director Leon Panetta drafted a memo that would’ve been used to absolve President Obama of blame had the mission to kill Osama bin Laden failed was labeled “no big deal” by Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney. Targeted to take the fall was Naval Special Operations Commander Adm. Bill McRaven. “Protecting the president is ‘job #1′ for everyone working for the federal government,” Carney contended. “The president is the essential man in our government. Everyone else is expendable. I mean, who’s ever heard of McRaven? Would it be the end of the world if he were made a...
  • Courtesy of the NATO Summit: Slowdowns, Shutdowns, and Patdowns

    05/14/2012 9:05:18 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | John F. Di Leo
    For much of human history, world leaders never met each other. Oh, they might have met on the field of battle, or at the arranged weddings of their children… but for the most part, rulers didn’t meet unless they ruled neighboring countries. The world was simply too big a place, distances too great, the burdens of monarchy too demanding, to risk a three or six month voyage. You might not have a throne to return to, by the time you returned. So they invented diplomats. Nations would appoint permanent ambassadors, or at least temporary envoys, to visit other heads of...
  • Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy

    05/14/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 28 replies
    Heritage/The Foundry ^ | May 9, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources. A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year permits allowing them to kill bald eagles in the course of other legal activities. The length of those permits would be a six-fold increase over the five-year window allowed under current law. The USFWS explains at We have reviewed applications from proponents of renewable energy projects, such as...
  • Democrat media cheerleaders can’t talk away the truth: Obama is probably even losing in Oregon

    05/14/2012 8:13:05 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 23 replies ^ | May 14, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In 2008 Barack Obama won Oregon by 17 points but a new SurveyUSA poll shows he is leading by just 4 points. If that was all the bad news out of The Beaver State it would be bad enough foe Obama, but the news gets worse when more realistic standards of voter sentiment are applied to data as presented. In response to this news, the Oregonian (one of the foulest of the Democrats’ mouth piece news outlets) points to the difference between the numbers of registered Democrats/Republicans/Independents who voted in Oregon’s 2010 elections and the breakdown SurveyUSA used to put...
  • Michigan's Job Loss Apocalypse Averted! - No thanks to the 'Department of Corporate Welfare.'

    05/14/2012 7:46:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2012 | Jack McHugh
    During a three-month period ending last September, 190,661 Michigan jobs disappeared. That’s nearly one out of every 20 jobs in the state. So why weren’t there headlines about an employment apocalypse? Because during the same period 227,785 new jobs were created here. This “job churn” is typical of the dynamic U.S. economy and labor market, and it goes on continuously. Michigan’s “one-state recession” of the past decade occurred not because no new jobs were created, but because more jobs disappeared: Michigan's Job Gains and Losses Among other lessons, job-churn figures expose the absurdity of state corporate welfare schemes granting tax...
  • Life is a Bomb

    05/14/2012 4:29:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 5-14-2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Good news for those of you who enjoy taking your shoes off in airports. Al-Qaeda's chief bombmaker, a cheerful fellow named Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who sent his younger brother off on a suicide bombing mission with a bomb up his rectum, has been working on turning everything into a bomb. Cameras, printer cartridges and even pets. The good news is that al-Asiri isn't very good at it. His bomb did a good job of killing his brother, but not much else. The original underwear bomb worn by the Christmas bomber didn't work out. The bad news is that with...
  • Agenda 21 Treaty on the Horizon

    05/13/2012 5:13:54 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies ^ | 5.13.12 | Henry Lamb
    While liberal journalists continue to claim that Agenda 21 is just a “conspiracy theory” being advanced by right-wing crackpots, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL) have released their fourth Draft of the International Covenant on Environment and Development. This document was designed from the beginning to convert the “soft-law” non-binding Agenda 21 into firmly binding global law — enforceable through the International Criminal Court and/or the dispute resolution features of the Convention on the Law of the Sea. Two excellent analyses of this document are available here and here....
  • NAACP Flunks GOP Legislators

    05/13/2012 3:29:21 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2012 | John Semmens
    The latest National Association for the Advancement of Colored People annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card gives every Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate a failing grade. NAACP President, Benjamin Jealous, explained the grades saying “the GOP has consistently opposed advancing the interests of African Americans. Their argument that they want a ‘color blind’ rule of law explicitly rejects the idea of special help for our people. Equal opportunity is not enough to compensate us for centuries of slavery and oppression.” Jealous suggested that the GOP might improve future grades by helping pass reparations legislation. “Incalculable harm was...
  • The Fascist Boogie Fever (Rise of Golden Dawn (Nazi Greece)

    05/13/2012 3:02:01 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 13 replies ^ | 5.13.12 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    All hail, or should we say ‘heil,’ the rise of the Golden Dawn fascists in Greece. It’s all the rage (literally) in the streets of Greece these days. They now hold 21 seats in the Greek government – about 7% of the controlling body – and combined with the Communists, that control is closer to 20%. And their influence is not only growing there, but in Europe and the US. The darkness is rising once again and the Golden Dawn is telling those in power they should fear them now and indeed, they should take those threats to heart. Golden...
  • President to Crack Down on Obesity in Second Term

    05/13/2012 12:36:00 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 47 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Contending that obesity is a bigger threat than Islamic terror, White House chef and food initiative coordinator Sam Kass says that combating this threat will be a major focus of the president’s second term. “Let’s face it, too many of us are too darn fat,” Kass observed. “Given the opportunity to freely choose their own diets a distressingly large percentage consistently make the wrong choices. Preventing these wrong choices is crucial to the collective health and well-being of our society.” Of course, preventing wrong choices is a daunting task in a free country. Kass hinted that indoctrinating youth would be...
  • Are Obama-Biden about to be DUMPED by the Democrats for 2012 -- Thinking the Unthinkable ? (Vanity)

    05/13/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 89 replies
    None ^ | 2012-05-12 | Patton@Bastogne, Free Republic Member since 1998
    . 2012-05-12 (Vanity Post) Just a thought that I've had in the past few days ... The political air feels peculiar ... I think that something is afoot ... Why have the following events happened in the last week ? 1) Bill Clinton (very) publicly "verbally" punching Obama in the Face ? ... 2) Hillary Clinton trotted-out as without make-up in a "more natural" pose ... looking suprising younger (from a distance) than she's been seen in recent years ... 3) A "deliberate" newsleaked story that Jeremiah Wright was offered $ 150,000 "hush money" story that breaks today (from the...
  • Understanding The Narcissist

    05/13/2012 11:21:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-13-12 | Skookum
    Marketing seeks to create images in our minds by relying on the creativity of a writer. Political marketing often involves the creation of myths, transforming an ordinary man into a heroic figure with selfless ideals who is willing to endure suffering to serve his fellow man. This transformation of normal ordinary men into heroes of mythical figures has never been more obvious than the stories of our most recent Liberal presidents Clinton and Obama. We were just subjected to a reelection commercial featuring former President Clinton explaining the potential fallout and risk for President Obama if the SEAL raid...
  • Mom of Murdered Obama Gay Lover Speaks Up (updated 1/20/12)

    05/13/2012 10:56:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Mom of Murdered Obama Gay Lover Speaks Up Wayne Madsen has this to say in an exclusive-to-subscribers report on Jan. 19, 2012: WMR has learned from a source who is an official of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) in Chicago, President Obama’s former church, that congregants are afraid of discussing the brutal execution-style murders of two of the church’s members. The church’s choir director Donald Young was murdered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007, at the begining of the presidential campaign. Although the Chicago Police Department indicated there was a “person of interest” in the Young case, no one...
  • IT'S OFFICIAL--John Boehner is stalling Fast and Furious contempt citation of Eric Holder

    05/13/2012 10:01:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 64 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/13/2012 | Doug Book
    If Darrell Issa has any thoughts of the full House voting on his Oversight Committee’s citation of contempt against Eric Holder, he will first have to clear the idea with the Attorney General’s staunchest allies and political defenders—Republican Speaker John Boehner, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Republican Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy. Upon the Speaker’s office being provided a draft of the citation last week, a spokesman for the Republican leadership said “While there are very legitimate arguments to be made in favor of such an action, no decision has been made to move forward with one by the Speaker...
  • Regulation, JPMorgan Chase and the Parable of "The Titanic and Eastland"

    05/13/2012 9:24:40 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/13/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The media is awash with stories about JPMorganChase’s $2 billion trading loss last week. Well, JPMorganChase earned $5.4 billion in Q1 2012, so they can handle a $2 billion trading loss. Why the hysteria? Of course, there is concern over enormous losses biting taxpayers if a bank fails. But my concern is the hysterical reactions for political gain. This hysteria results in a “rush to regulation” rather than a measured response. It is typical of our “Philadelphia” approach to regulation. Pick an immflamatory sentence and talk to people like they are 4 years old. The sentence is “JPMorganChase loses $2...
  • Protecting Afghani Dancing Boys Culture--raping young boys shouldn't be our mission

    05/13/2012 9:02:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/13/2012 | George Spelvin
    While our corrupt U.S. media bash every thing our military does, however minute, they spike any stories that depict the true Afghani culture that our soldiers are confronted with every day while in that country. Ann Barnhardt’s hard hitting four part series of youtube videos on Islamic sexuality brings home to audiences what our media refuse to tell you. Any type of charge against especially Catholic priests regarding pedophilia is reported over and over, yet when it comes to Afghanistan media hypocrites aren’t telling it the way it really is according to Barnhardt. BACHA BAZI is practiced by wealthy Afghani...