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  • How about this way to run government?

    05/24/2012 11:56:57 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum
    What would happen if government operated the way successful businesses do? An entrepreneurial business realizes that disappointing customers will disappoint the bottom line as well. Create enough disappointed customers and the business fails. That’s why smart businesses don’t build disappointment into what they promise customers. They under-promise and over-deliver...
  • Larry Sabato advises Romney to pick a "vanilla" RINO as VP.

    05/24/2012 11:48:15 AM PDT · by publius321 · 47 replies
    On the May 23, 2012 addition of Fox & Friends, Larry Sabato advises Mitt Romney NOT to select a conservative running mate because "Obama has already united the base". This is the kind of disrespect the conservative majority receives from these leftist hi-jackers. It is getting worse, not better. So the choice this Fall is between worshipping The Beast or The Anti-Christ. Some choice... (my video comment)
  • Washington power seekers wage war against due process

    05/24/2012 10:14:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/24/2012 | Doug Book
    Before the dust began to settle around New York City’s twin towers, Washington’s political elites were contemplating the benefits in sheer legislative power a terror attack of such magnitude could bestow upon the benevolent despots of Capitol Hill. In a secretly recorded, 1992 address to the Bilderberg Organization, Henry Kissinger made this statement: “Today’s Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened [their] very existence.” Though Kissinger was speaking...
  • Obama’s ego is writing checks cashed with the souls of men

    05/24/2012 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-24-12 | DrJohn
    This vainglorious administration is so self-absorbed that it refuses to keep secrets if it can in any way benefit politically from them regardless of the cost. Obama is so bent on preening he seems not to have any concern at all for those who actually make the sacrifices. First Joe Biden outs SEAL Team 6 as those who participated in the Bin Laden raid and then Leon Panetta outed the doctor who helped provide intelligence for the raid. That was catastrophic for the doctor. First he and his wife were fired for engaging in a "fake" vaccination program. In a...
  • Low-Tech Solutions To High-Tech Tyranny

    05/24/2012 8:36:53 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Alt-market via Zero Hedge ^ | 5-24-12 | Brandon Smith
    Disclaimer: The following is a series of fictional accounts of theoretical situations. However, the information contained within was taken from established scientific journals on covered technology and military studies of real life combat scenarios. Alt-Market does not condone the use of any of the tactics described within for “illegal” purposes. Obviously, the totalitarian subject matter portrayed here is “pure fantasy”, and would never be encountered in the U.S. where politicians and corporate bankers are forthright, honest, and honorable, wishing only the sweetest sugar coated chili-dog best for all of mankind…
  • CARTOON: Sling Blather

    05/24/2012 8:33:34 AM PDT · by daletoons · 1 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 5-24-12 | Dale
    Because of recent outbursts by the Vice President, Joe Biden has been assigned to campaign stops that are somewhat less than plum. Oddly, a familiar face in the crowd at one of these stops may hold the key to Romney's VP pick. If Romney were to select Karl Childers as his running mate, the VP debate would be a fair fight for the ages.
  • Russian military jet crashes in Czech Republic

    05/24/2012 8:31:05 AM PDT · by cunning_fish
    AP via Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2012
    PRAGUE (AP) — A Russian military jet's landing gear malfunctioned as it touched down in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, injuring six people when it rolled off the runway, broke apart and caught fire, officials said. At least one man was in life-threatening condition. The Russian-made An-30 plane had 23 people on board — 14 Russians and 9 Czechs, Czech military spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova said. The plane was on a mission sanctioned by the Open Sky treaty, which envisages surveillance flights over the territory of its participants, including NATO members, Russia and others. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Igor Konashenkov...
  • 18 million and counting! That’s the number of Catholic voters Obama has driven away

    05/24/2012 8:13:36 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 4 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    At sometime in the future a political scientist – maybe one not yet even born- will point to Barack Obama’s declaration of war against the Catholic Church as the worst move of many bad moves he has made in his inordinately poor campaign for reelection. Perhaps no other stupid Team Obama move better highlights the gulf between actual Americans and the phony Obama. It reminds us that Obama may (or may not) have been born in America and has spent his parasitical life here, but he is not OF America. He doesn’t understand America and the over rated schmucks that...
  • The Last Days of the Media

    05/24/2012 5:03:26 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The magazine business isn't what it used to be. In the last ten years, Newsweek lost 2.5 million readers, and its newsstand sales are hardly worth mentioning. A full-page ad in it costs less than the price of a luxury car. Sold for a buck to the husband of an influential Congresswoman, merged with an internet site, it survives only by building issues around provocative essays and covers. If you want to understand why Newsweek put a badly photoshopped picture of Obama with a gay halo on its cover or features Romney doing a number from The Book of Mormon,...
  • Mob Witness: John Gotti "Ruined Everything"

    05/24/2012 5:01:40 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    When Gambino boss John Gotti literally rotted to death in prison from throat cancer in 2002 at least one mobster shed no tears. Former Gotti associate Peter "Bud" Zuccaro testified yesterday at the racketeering trial of John Burke that the Dapper Don's cartoonish swagger violated omerta -- the code of silence -- which turned the Mafia from a secret society into a public circus which "'ruined everything' for wiseguys" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "There was no love lost for me," Zuccaro testified in Brooklyn Federal Court. "He publicized everything that was going on," he said...
  • Connecticut’s Sexual Revolution Tourism Theme

    05/24/2012 4:55:43 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 7 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/24/12 | Gina Miller
    David Pepe, who runs the Ignorant Fishermen website, and who lives in Connecticut, has brought to our attention a new, multi-million-dollar tourism campaign aimed at boosting Connecticut’s tourism income. David has seen through the hype and giddy promotion to the heart of the tourism slogan that Connecticut is “Still Revolutionary.” This very expensive tourism project was spawned under the current Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy and was unveiled last week. As the Connecticut Mirror reported, “Three years after its tourism budget was reduced to $1, Connecticut is back with a two-year, $27 million marketing campaign to promote tourism and brand the...
  • Romney's Veep Pick

    05/24/2012 2:19:47 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2012 | J. Robert Smith
    Voters don't want to be wowed in 2012; they want to be reassured that the next president will roll up his sleeves and get dirty restoring prosperity and cutting Uncle Sam's enormous credit card debt. Joel Osteen is plenty of inspiration on Sunday mornings. The 65-year-old Romney has said on occasion that he wants a veep who can take over the presidency if -- God forbid -- something happens to him. This can be construed as boilerplate, the thing a presidential candidate says about a vice presidential pick (even about plagiarist and funnyman Joe Biden). But Romney's a business exec,...
  • Government-Backed Green Energy Company Sweetens Package For Top Executives Despite Mounting Problems

    05/23/2012 8:39:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/23/2012 | Tom Gantert
    One of the showcase companies of the green energy movement propped up by the federal stimulus questioned in recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission whether it can survive with its mounting debt and problems with defective batteries. Yet, even with its struggles, its top executives were awarded sweetened severance packages that would give them an extra six-figures in payout if they lose their jobs. A123 Systems, which opened a Livonia lithium-ion battery plant that is to supply electric cars, has an accumulated deficit of $774 million, according to SEC filings, and stated in its quarterly report that its...
  • Joe Arpaio's Cold Case Posse in Hawaii ("If I Have to Send Ten Deputies...To HI, I'll Do It")

    05/23/2012 5:38:21 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | Wednesday, May 22, 2012
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sent one of his deputies to Hawaii to accompany an official in his volunteer posse investigating President Barack Obama's birth certificate. The 1:53 minute TV news video at link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tQil01FfwgQ
  • Media Blackout As Obama Appoints First Ever Assassination Czar

    05/23/2012 5:27:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    AlexanderHiggins.com ^ | 5.23.12 | Alexander Higgins
    Corporate news blackout as Obama designates John Brennan as the sole person in charge of designating people to be assassinated. John Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor was a name that you did not see on the Mainstream media today as the continue to run stories that serve to distract the masses from stories that matter. Most recently he publicly spoke about the drone program calling it moral and ethical and just. According to reports from the Associated Press, John Brennan has now seized the lead in choosing who will be targeted for drone attacks and raids and Obama has delegated...
  • How do Zimmerman prosecutors prove case when key witnesses now have reasonable doubts?

    05/23/2012 5:20:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 23, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    The Orlando Sentinel reports that several witnesses have changed their stories from the initial interviews, mostly (but not completely) to the detriment of George Zimmerman: Evidence released last week in the second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford. Three changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman. A fourth abandoned her initial story, that she saw one person chasing another. Now, she says, she saw a single figure running. They were reinterviewed in mid-March, after Sanford...
  • Stalking the Blogosphere – BlogBurst Friday for Free Speech

    05/23/2012 5:07:08 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 5.23.12 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Join Us For: BlogBurst Friday to Target a Terrorist – In honor of those protesting the terrorism of Stacy McCain/Aaron Walker/Patterico/Liberty Chick by the Speedway In the 11 years I have been blogging, I have had numerous death threats. But they are nothing compared to what Stacey McCain at The Other McCain is going through. I have watched good friends like Michelle Malkin and other bloggers be threatened, stalked and terrorized mercilessly by the left. They have had to move multiple times, hire private security and fear for their lives and their families simply because they dared to speak the...
  • New York Legislation Proposed...Bans Anonymous Online Speech; S06779

    05/23/2012 4:50:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    assembly.state.ny ^ | March 21, 2012 | New York State Assembly
    S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6779 I N S E N A T E March 21, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to protecting a person's right to know who is behind an anonymous internet posting THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. The civil rights law, is amended...
  • Psychology of a Killer

    05/23/2012 2:30:52 PM PDT · by No One Special · 33 replies
    Robbservations ^ | April 21, 2012 | Robb
    This article, A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama? doesn't provide a very good psychological analysis, but it mentions this much, which is worth considering to get to the correct conclusion about Barack Obama: Obama himself is a strange bird. He doesn't fit easily into any diagnostic category. Many people attribute Obama's oddness to his narcissism. True, Obama has a gargantuan ego, and he is notoriously thin-skinned.  Yet a personality disorder like narcissism does not explain Obama's strangeness: his giggling while being asked about the economy; his continuing a shout-out rather than announcing the Ft. Hood shootings; or his vacations, golfing,...
  • NBC's Savannah Guthrie Unintentionally Proves Obama Birth Certificate Tampered With (pencil marks)

    05/23/2012 12:55:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 202 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Mark Gillar
    After downloading the file from whitehouse.gov and importing it into Adobe Illustrator, one need only to release the clipping mask in order to see two pieces of vital statistics coding not present on the original Ms. Guthrie photographed. A clipping mask that hides information is in and of itself a clear sign of document tampering, but we'll save that for another day. Since it is impossible to scan a document and have additional information show up on the computer file that was not on the original, one must conclude that the electronic file Obama released has been tampered with and...
  • How about this budget solution? Do the same work for less pay

    05/23/2012 12:23:38 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Even if Gov. Jerry Brown and his ilk get a horrendous tax increase in November (and that’s far from a sure thing), chances are the state will have less money to spend than the taxers and spenders who run the show want to spend. So, what to do? . . . Even though our first preference is to reduce the size and scope of government, which necessarily would mean far fewer people collecting checks written by taxpayers, we’re not unsympathetic to folks facing the loss of a job. Even a superfluous job. So, how about this approach while we let...
  • Et tu, Cory? Booker is a man with a plan

    05/23/2012 11:14:16 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bruce Karlson, staff writer
    Cory Booker’s comments regarding Barack Obama’s attacks on Bain Capital were, for him, a “twofer.” I think he believes in the system and understands that profits are not evil. He is hardly a full throated capitalist but cannot buy into trashing his benefactors in downtown NYC. He actually believes that private sector money is critical to economic growth. Some of his time at Stanford was not wasted. More importantly, he is a man with big plans, a long range game plan, and the horses to execute. He wants to be POTUS. The second and more important part of the “twofer”...
  • Senate Takes Up Bill to Ban Government Union Stewards Working on Taxpayers' Dime

    05/23/2012 10:48:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Under a bill being considered by the Michigan Senate, union leaders would no longer be able to receive taxpayer-funded leave time to work on union business rather than educating students or working for public school districts. The bill was introduced by state Rep. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, and passed in the House last year. "Each dollar spent on a union official is a dollar taken from the classroom," Rep. Knollenberg said last year. "The last thing people should have to worry about is whether their tax dollars are actually being spent on their children, not union activities." Capitol Confidential broke the...
  • Fraudclosing on a Default When There is No Default in Order to Steal Money from the Government

    05/23/2012 10:27:09 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5/23/12 | Mark Stopa
    The evidence adduced at trial and considered by the court demonstrated that Plaintiff breached it duties of good faith and fair dealing in its contractual relationship with Defendants. The evidence also demonstrated that Plaintiff was motivated to behave in such as manner as a direct result of the PSA; that is, Plaintiff stood to profit by declaring a fraudulent default under the subject loan, collecting from the FDIC under the PSA for such default, and then enforcing the subject loan against Defendants, and retaining the property until such time as a real estate turnaround occurred in hopes to dispose of...
  • EU: Papademos, Grexit, and catastrophe blackmail

    05/23/2012 10:16:38 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/23/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greece's ex-premier Lucas Papademos has put a figure on the post-drachma fallout. "Some calculations I have seen suggest that inflation could accelerate to 30pc or even to 50pc, depending on the impact of such developments on inflation expectations and on the strength of the second-round effects of price increases on wages," he told the Wall Street Journal. It certainly could, but there is no reason why it should. That would be a policy error. Iceland saw a 50pc crash in the exchange rate after the Viking bust in late 2008. Its inflation was 12pc in 2009, 5.4pc in 2010, and...
  • Obama has turned the US economy into a Hollywood blockbuster. Unfortunately it’s Thelma and Louise

    05/23/2012 9:15:59 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-23-12 | Vince
    Have you ever seen one of those movies where a car is speeding towards a cliff and just before it heads over the edge the driver jumps out and the car flies into the abyss and maybe crashes and ignites into a ball of flame? If you haven’t don’t worry, you’re about to live one… and unfortunately for you, you’re not the driver who escapes, you’re a passenger strapped in for the excitement. President Obama is the driver and the way he’s running his campaign, it looks like he’s getting ready to jump… As you probably guessed, the car...
  • Guest Post: More Than 30 Blocks Of Grey & Decay

    05/23/2012 9:00:41 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5/23/12 | Jim Quinn
    It happened again yesterday morning. There was an accident on the Schuykill Expressway so I had the pleasure of navigating through the 30 Blocks of Squalor, again. After having made at least 25 posts about the 30 Blocks of Squalor over the years, I keep thinking I’ve run out of things to say. But it seems to be a never ending treasure trove of insights about our society and the people who live in this country. It was a particularly grey day in Philadelphia with a dreary overcast and intermittent rain. It seemed fitting for this trek through the slowly...
  • Obama can’t turn “Bain” into “Halliburton” because even Democrats don’t believe it

    05/23/2012 8:38:06 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 6 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Democrats know their supporters are generally not very smart. They know that to get their base to remember and understand a point they have to reduce it to a “four legs: good, two legs: bad” mantra. In recent years they have been very successful with this “reduce it to a bumper sticker” approach. By using Pavlovian conditioning they have trained their followers to foam at the mouth at the words “Gingrich” “DeLay” and “Halliburton.” Now they are trying to train their base to throw things at their TV sets when they hear the words “Bain Capital.” So far they have...
  • Oh Look, A (Backhanded) Admission Of Fraud!

    05/23/2012 8:24:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 2 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 5/23/12 | Karl Denninger
    The U.S. economy will probably tip back into recession next year if Congress fails to address an impending “fiscal cliff,”the Congressional Budget Office said. The nonpartisan agency said in a report late yesterday that the economy would contract at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the first half of 2013 if lawmakers allow the George W. Bush-era tax cuts to expire and $1.2 trillion in government spending cuts to take effect in January.
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch Threatens To Punch ‘Radical Libertarians’ In The Mouth

    05/23/2012 6:22:10 AM PDT · by DManA · 85 replies
    Media ite ^ | April 13th, 2012
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) adopted a combative tone in a recent interview with NPR where he said that he is “doggone offended” by libertarians. He told NPR “I despise these people” and implied that he is happy to intimidate those that “dump on” him with threats of violence.
  • Jaczko the Jerk: Harry Reid’s sexist crony gets the boot

    05/23/2012 4:53:37 AM PDT · by upchuck · 3 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | May 23, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    The embattled chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission resigned this week. It’s a victory for Republican oversight on Capitol Hill, women and sound science. But it’s also a lesson in the futility of Bush-era bipartisanship. When you cut deals with bullies, it’s a timeless and bitter recipe for more bullying. Gregory Jaczko served as appropriations director and science policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., before joining the NRC in 2005. The anti-nuclear advocate was sworn in by his brass-knuckled boss and protector, Reid, who pressured the Bush administration to appoint him as a condition for moving...
  • Flex-o-Bama!

    05/23/2012 4:19:24 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 23, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
  • To The Last Byte

    05/23/2012 4:16:01 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | May 22, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The question isn't, "What is Facebook worth?", the real question is what are we worth? The secret of Facebook is that there is no Facebook, just reams of user data, information voluntarily submitted by hundreds of millions of people in exchange for a free ride, which is monetized by a company that makes nothing except increasingly broken code, by selling ads to companies hoping to convince consumers to buy the products manufactured by their Chinese partners. There is a tremendous generation gap between the old giants which made things and traded them to people for money, and a new generation...
  • EXPOSED: Rep. Ritter Bribes Rep. Hamilton? Straus Chairmen give $100,000 to Defeat Rep. White

    05/23/2012 12:59:04 AM PDT · by davidbellow
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 5/23/2012 | David Bellow
    Texas State Representative Mike Hamilton's 8th day before election Campaign Finance Reports show that State Rep. Allan Ritter have given State Rep. Mike Hamilton at least $10,000. Click Here to see Mike Hamilton's Finance Report After Redistricting, State Rep Mike Hamilton and State Rep Allan Ritter (both are moderate Straus Chairmen) were put in the same district together. Mike Hamilton packed up and moved to Hardin County after redistricting but right before the election to run against Super Conservative State Rep. James White (White voted against Straus). The question is, did Rep. Ritter bribe or pay off Mike Hamilton to...
  • Romney didn't take Long to start campaigning like John McCain

    After systematically assassinating the character of every single conservative in the GOP PRIMARY, Mitt Romney declares he doesn’t want to engage in “character assassination” against Barack Obama! No linking Obama with Jeremiah Wright he says... (video)
  • Ohio Judge Permits Student To Wear "Jesus Is Not A Homophobe" Whenever He Wants.And Pays Him.

    05/22/2012 6:39:57 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 10 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/22/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    As usual, the Waynesville, Ohio public school had to back down against the powerful gay Lamda Legal organization which lawyered up for a gay student who wanted to wear a "Jesus Is Not A Homophobe" tee shirt in school. Well, the student, not knowing much about Jesus to begin with, should have understood that Jesus fears nothing, but he will judge many things, such as adultery, homosexuality, etc. if there is no repentance. I asked the Ohio judge, who made the decision, if a student could be allowed to wear a shirt saying, "God Judged Sodom and Gomorrah." The said...
  • Leading Cycle Theorist Predicts “BIG Volatility Come September/October”

    05/22/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/22/12 | Mac Slavo
    In the 1970′s he predicted gold’s meteoric rise and its 1980 top to the day. He published a full page advertisement in USA Today warning of the impending collapse of stock markets in the 1987 Savings & Loan crash – and nailed that one to the day. He saw the collapse of the Japanese real estate market and warned his clients that a depression was coming. In the late 1990′s he contacted Russian officials to advise them of an impending meltdown of their currency due to forces beyond their control – and he was right again. He lives in New...
  • Beltway Boys Drink Bobby Jindal Kool-aid In Romney Veepstakes

    05/22/2012 2:26:27 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 28 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The Republican Party must be in a pretty sorry condition these days for the hottest prospect for the vice presidential nomination is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. According to the National Journal’s Hotline “Veepstakes,” Jindal is now ranked second. He is being pushed hard by influential conservative activists such as Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Editorial writers such as syndicated columnist George Will, David Frum of CNN.com and Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner are singing Jindal’s praises and encouraging the presumptive GOP nominee to choose the Louisiana Governor as his running...
  • Taxing Facebook to Pay for MySpace

    05/22/2012 2:11:35 PM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-18 | Hugh Johnson
    ...While much has been made of the site’s creator Mark Zuckerberg, its co-founder Eduardo Saverin garnered some negative press recently for a decision to renounce U.S. citizenship and move to Singapore. While his reasons are likely personal as well as financially motivated, it’s interesting that much of the talk has focused on Saverin’s unstated desire to avoid high taxation in the United States. Depending on when he cashes in his stock Saverin would face capital gains or individual income taxes. Singapore has no capital gains rate and doesn’t tax income earned abroad. The United States has a long term cap-gains...
  • US Customs Plans to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

    05/22/2012 1:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Care2 ^ | March 27, 2012 | Steve Williams
    US Customs authorities have announced that they are considering changing regulations so as to recognize same-sex parents as families and therefore allow them to cross the border into the US together. Currently, same-sex partners are not recognized under the family declaration and therefore must file for entry separately. This change would widen the family declaration and incorporate same-sex partners. The change, as proposed on the Federal Register website, says: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing to revise its regulations regarding U.S. returning residents who are eligible to file a single customs declaration for members of a family traveling...
  • Two Cheers for Teacher Pension Reform Bill

    05/22/2012 1:41:08 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2012 | Jack McHugh
    Mackinac Center analysts have been pretty tough on Senate Republicans who in recent days progressively watered down proposed school employee pension reform. However, when the time came to stop talking and start voting, the Senate made a respectable down payment on desperately needed reforms. Referring to one major reform provision added late in the process, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said to reporters, “Tell the Mackinac Center that, OK?” Message received. Here are the major provisions of the bill that passed the Senate, 20 to 18 (Republican Senators Tom Casperson, Mike Green, Geoff Hansen, Rick Jones, Mike Nofs and...
  • U.S. Presidents As Seen Through the (Well-Informed) Eyes of the Secret Service

    05/22/2012 12:17:36 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 22, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    If those Ray-Bans could only talk... Yet now they have: a new book has let out a few gems,  and has got some other former agents talking, too: JFK: 'A philanderer of the highest order...'One agent assigned to guard the charismatic leader got to know a 'cheating, reckless husband whose aides snuck women into the White House to appease his sexual appetite.'Some Catholic- but little surprise: FBI files speak of the horndog Kennedy brothers' special Manhattan townhouse, used solely for the purpose of holding orgies along with booty bangin' buds Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr (explains the crosseyed perma-grin). LBJ: Blowhard liberal successor...
  • A new poll warns “What’s His name”: don’t pick a Hispanic VP on ethnicity alone

    05/22/2012 11:28:56 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Pandering to Hispanics will be a serious mistake for the presumptive Republican nominee. A new Public Policy Poll (PPP) – a self acknowledged Democrat surveying firm – of a large number of Hispanic Florida Colorado and New Mexico respondents, spoken to in both English and Spanish, provides a clear warning for “What’s His Name” not to pick a Vice Presidential candidate merely based on ethnicity. The poll results make it very clear that Hispanics should be appealed to on the same grounds as everyone else who realizes we are in danger of losing our country. It found the economy is...
  • EU: Drachma scarecrows and the Myths of Greek Exit

    05/22/2012 10:50:54 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/21/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    We keep hearing that Greece cannot impose exchange and capital controls – as Iceland did – to contain the damage from Drachma Day, restore stability, and prevent a devaluation overshoot. We hear too that Greece would have to leave the EU if it is ejected from/withdraws from the euro. Both assertions are wrong. The European Commission published a study in its 2003 EU Economic Review examining the treaty basis for exchange controls in an emergency. It concluded that states can indeed put up barriers under the Maastricht Treaty: "Among the actions that can be undertaken when a member state experiences...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown and the budget: deceiver or inept?

    05/22/2012 9:59:16 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown promised not to follow the lead of his predecessors, to right the ship of state and to make the hard decisions in order to get the state budget into shape. How did that work out? As economist Thomas Sowell says, “The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short run.” But maybe that’s not the full explanation. There seems ample evidence that maybe Brown’s truthful,...
  • Obama’s dangerous mistake: attacking religious freedoms

    05/22/2012 8:23:07 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    America’s religious communities are fighting back against Barack Obama’s attack on our religious liberties. The first dozens lawsuits have been brought by Catholic entities against Obamacare’s regulation requiring them to provide contraception services in their employee health care coverage. This is just the beginning. Since Obama started his war on religious freedoms he has driven faith guided voters from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. The politically lethal “contraception” mandate destroyed the Democrats in 2010 even before its violence to religious teachings was widely known. Given the bumbling disjointed nature of the Republican Party it would be hard to...
  • America: A Rogue Nation

    05/22/2012 7:11:10 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Monday, May 21, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The debate over the Iraq War that was held in the United Nations, and in academic and foreign policy circles, could be broken down as the question whether it was Iraq or the United States that was the rogue nation. On the one hand, Iraq had defied multiple UN resolutions, but so had the United States. Iraq had gone rogue, but, by talking about a unilateral invasion, so had the United States, and, in the moral calculus of the international community, all that mattered was being a team player. The Iran debate is a resumption of the same old argument....
  • Hey, Romney, Get Some…

    05/22/2012 6:05:41 AM PDT · by Atlanticist.us · 11 replies
    skipmaclure.us ^ | May 22 2012 | Skip MacLure
    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Mitt Romney ‘repudiate’ a Super PAC message that hadn’t even been produced yet. It was a jolt of deja vu, harkening back to the bleak political tapestry created by the entrenched Republican beltway establishment. We’ve seen this entire story played out time after time, where the supposed champions of constitutional governance have been rolled over by the DeMarxists, simply because the agents of freedom have utterly failed to stand for the very principles they espouse. John McCain’s candidacy was a joke to anyone who followed politics closely. What I saw in John...
  • Latent Heat

    05/22/2012 5:55:12 AM PDT · by GregNH · 4 replies
    Greg Goss's Blog ^ | 5/22/2012 | Greg Goss
    Latent heat is the heat released or absorbed by a body or a thermodynamic system during a process that occurs without a change in temperature. A typical example is a change of state of matter, meaning a phase transition such as the melting of ice or the boiling of water.Latent Heat At or near sea level latent heat can be measured at the boiling temperature of water for a couple of mins. In other words the temperature of the water is at the boiling point but the water has yet to boil. The general public is in a stage of...
  • Burt Prelutsky: More Reasons to Despise Liberals

    05/22/2012 12:54:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | Burt Prelutsky
    My wife hates it when I say I hate something or someone, but she usually gives me a pass when I substitute the word “despise.” I suppose it doesn’t sound so personal. Also, hatred is said to infect the hater. I don’t really feel that way. I think openly hating evildoers is a wonderful release. That way you don’t keep the honest emotion bottled up, where the pressure can build up like a can of soda that’s been shaken until it finally explodes. In any case, exploding is what I feel like doing when liberals spout their lies and, compounding...