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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...