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  • Obama on impeachment: ‘For what?’

    07/10/2014 12:19:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday claimed he is “not that partisan of a guy” as he mocked calls in the Republican Party for his impeachment. The president spent much of his address in Austin, Texas, hammering congressional Republicans, saying they have "blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class." “I’m just telling the truth now," Obama said. "I don't have to run for office again so I can just let her rip.” He teed off on Republicans such as Sarah Palin who have suggested in recent days that he be impeached, and dismissed Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio)...
  • Claire McCaskill Declares War on Due Process

    07/10/2014 11:51:58 AM PDT · by SAVEOURSOULS · 3 replies
    MInding the Campus ^ | July 10, 2014 | KC Johnson
    Over the past several months, Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has emerged as the Senate’s most ferocious opponent of campus due process. One of the upper chamber’s unequivocal defenders of the Office for Civil Rights, McCaskill also attempted to browbeat the American Council of Education for representing its members, and convened several town hall sessions on campus sexual assault to which she didn’t invite defense attorneys or civil libertarians. So it should come as little surprise that McCaskill’s report on campus sexual assault not only backs the OCR’s efforts, but also contains recommendations that go beyond even the OCR’s due process-unfriendly approach....
  • Amid border crisis, Obama to take 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard

    07/10/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    President Obama is taking a 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard next month, despite the widespread criticism he’s received for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while it descends into chaos. The Obamas will leave Washington on Saturday, Aug. 9, and stay at a $12 million vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard until Sunday, Aug. 24, the White House confirmed late Wednesday. The president is expected to return to Chilmark and stay in a secluded house off North Road that overlooks the north shore and Vineyard Sound, the Martha’s Vineyard Times reported. Though not confirmed by the White House, the Obamas are expected...
  • Washington Man First to Buy Legal Weed in Spokane Is Fired After Spotted on News

    07/10/2014 11:38:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Mike Boyer, 30, was canned Tuesday after waiting 20 hours to buy pot and immediately going home to smoke. He was called up for urine analysis after he was spotted on TV buying the pot. Boyer told The News he 'regrets nothing.'His high was quickly brought low. A Spokane, Wash. man was fired from his job as a security guard the same day he became the first person to legally buy weed in the city Tuesday. “I don’t regret it,” Mike Boyer told the Daily News Wednesday. “I’m sad it happened but I got the title: I’m No. 1. I...
  • Judge orders IRS to explain missing emails

    07/10/2014 11:35:33 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    WND ^ | July 10 2014 | Garth Kant
    The IRS will have to explain exactly what happened to Lois Lerner’s missing emails to a judge and under oath. Federal Judge Emmett Sullivan ordered the IRS to make a sworn declaration in writing describing how Lerner could have lost all the emails she sent to other departments from mid-2009 to mid-2011. The declaration is due by August 10. The judge also assigned federal magistrate John Facciola to find out if there is another way to retrieve the emails. The missing emails were sent during the very period in which Lerner, the former tax-exempt division chief, improperly targeted conservative groups....
  • IG report: Medicare made $1.7B in 'questionable' payments

    07/10/2014 11:20:34 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10 2014 | Tim Devaney
    A Thursday report casts a shadow over Medicare, raising new questions about fraud and mismanagement within the government insurance program for people who are retired or disabled. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report that found Medicare made billions of dollars in suspect payments to clinical laboratories around the country in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available. The report follows a similarly damaging account from the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which said Wednesday that improper Medicare payments are at a record high. The report mentioned Thursday in...
  • AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

    07/10/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 10, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county. A Voting Rights Act complaint to be filed Thursday with the U.S. Justice Department goes to a politically delicate subject that states have grappled with over the years: Where is the line to disqualify someone from the voting booth because of a cognitive or developmental impairment? The complaint by the Disability and Abuse Project...
  • US Intelligence Official Kicked Out Of Germany

    07/10/2014 11:09:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 10 2014 | Madeline Chambers
    Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country on Thursday in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behaviour of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected U.S. spies. The scandal has chilled relations with Washington to levels not seen since Merkel’s predecessor opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. It follows allegations that Merkel herself, who grew up in Stasi-ridden East Germany, was among thousands of Germans whose mobile phones have been bugged by American agents. “Spying on allies … is a waste of energy,” the chancellor said in...
  • Obama's immigration distraction

    07/10/2014 11:00:50 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | July 10, 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    President Barack Obama and his aides were insistent that his trip to Texas would not be about the border crisis. It’s become all about the border crisis. And the way the White House approached the trip has a lot to do with why. The surge of Mexican and Central American children at the border, some Republicans say, recalls Hurricane Katrina in that Obama isn’t making a personal trip to the border, much in the same way George W. Bush was criticized for not immediately visiting New Orleans. At the same time, they are quick to point out that Katrina was...
  • Miami-Dade Police Urge Residents To Arm Themselves After Possible Budget Cuts

    07/10/2014 10:58:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    WSVN News .. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | Yehuda Remer
    "If the mayor’s not going to provide security....get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves" . John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, has warned Florida residents to arm themselves because the police are not coming. Speaking to WSVN News, Rivera said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.”
  • Coburn says ‘fly the illegals home, 1st Class, for under $20 million.’ Idiots at Politico go into fa

    07/10/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 10 2014 | Robert Laurie
    On Tuesday, Tom Coburn (R-OK) went on CNN’s Crossfire to discuss the Obama-orchestrated flood of illegals. The President wants $3.7 billion dollars to deal with the problem, but Coburn had a different solution. “For less than $20 million we can fly them all back - first class.” The next day, Coburn made the claim again - but this time he said it would cost “under $20 million.” Well, the eagle-eyed fact checkers at the Politico weren’t about to let such an egregious flip-flop go. No-siree-bob! They pounced with a story called “Coburn’s tickets home just went up.” According to the...
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • Morning Plum: Rick Perry, the new face of the GOP opposition?

    07/10/2014 10:47:57 AM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/10/2014 | Greg Sargent
    As the political war over minors crossing the border continues to escalate, Texas Governor Rick Perry met with President Obama yesterday and demanded that he beef up border patrols and seek changes to federal law that would expedite the removal of arriving minors. For his part, Obama prodded Perry to rally Congressional Republicans to pass the $3.7 billion in funding to expedite removals and provide care the president has asked for.
  • Exclusive: Florida man’s boat stolen to ferry illegal immigrants; DHS does nothing

    07/10/2014 10:46:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies ^ | July 10 2014 | LTC Allen B. West
    The situation unfolding at our southern border is beyond disturbing – but border security is not only a problem for Texas and Arizona. It even reaches here to Florida — and it’s not new. Mike Fimiani, a fellow Floridian, shared with me his personal story from 2013 when his boat was stolen, taken to Cuba, and most likely taken to Mexico with a cargo of illegal immigrants. Mike writes, “When I hear President Obama and other Democrat leaders claim our border is secure it infuriates me. I have attached a Homeland Security photograph of my boat cruising off the...
  • Boehner: No 'blank check' for border crisis

    07/10/2014 10:25:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said Republicans will not give a “blank check” to President Obama to deal with the crisis on the border. While Boehner (R-Ohio) said no decisions have been made on legislation, he was adamant that there will be strings attached to the emergency funding that Obama has requested to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children who have entered into the United States. “I can tell you this: We're not giving the president a blank check," Boehner said. "Beyond that, we'll await further discussions with our members before we make a final decision." With Congress set...
  • Gun fight upends hunting bill

    07/10/2014 10:09:20 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Senate Republicans and Democrats blocked progress on a bipartisan hunting and fishing bill Thursday after Democratic leaders refused to bow to their demands for amendments related to guns. The Senate failed in a 41-56 vote to end debate on the measure, which would make it easier to hunt and fish on federal lands. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. Both Republicans and Democrats have demanded amendments related to gun control on the bill. Democrats want to vote on measures that would tighten gun control, while several GOP senators have offered pro-gun amendments. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused...
  • Black Americans: The True Casualties of Amnesty

    07/10/2014 10:02:24 AM PDT · by boycott · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 9, 2014 | A. J. Delgado
    One of the sleeper issues surrounding the debate on amnesty for illegal immigrants – an inconvenient one that no proponent of a widespread amnesty wishes to acknowledge – is the devastating effect so-called immigration reform will have on African Americans. The black unemployment rate is almost 11 percent, far higher than that of any other group profiled by labor statistics. African Americans are disproportionately employed in lower-skilled jobs – the very same jobs immigrants take. As Steven Camarota asked in a recent column, why double immigration when so many people already aren’t working? Who will be harmed most by amnesty?...
  • 10 Countries Spending the Most on the Military

    07/10/2014 9:37:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander Kent
    Global military spending continued to decline last year. Although arms expenditure has actually increased in much of the world, military spending in the United States — which still accounted for 37% of total global military spending in 2013 — has declined in recent years.The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) measures annual military spending for most of the world’s armed countries. According to SIPRI, the U.S. spent $618 billion on its military last year, more than three times the $171 billion budget of second place China. Based on SIPRI’s 2013 data, these are the countries with the largest military...
  • Va. Dem. offers reward for nude photos of hunter-cheerleader Kendall Jones

    07/10/2014 9:26:48 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 83 replies ^ | July 9, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Mike Dickinson, the Virginia liberal Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., despite not being on the ballot, offered a $100,000 reward for nude photos and videos of Kendall Jones, the 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader who recently made news with a series of hunting photos on her Facebook page.
  • Mark Levin Unveils Three-Step Border Plan

    07/10/2014 9:17:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies ^ | July 10,2014 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, conservative scholar and talk radio host Mark Levin unveiled his three-step border security plan on a dry erase board on Fox News' Hannity.
  • Fed independence questioned as Republicans ramp up pressure

    07/10/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec
    Reuters ^ | July 10 2014 | Michael Flaherty and Alistair Bell
    (Reuters) - A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve's long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny. With Democrats controlling the Senate since the 2008 financial crisis, the bank and its supporters have had the luxury of shrugging off Fed-related laws from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But a Republican takeover of the Senate in November's midterm elections would increase the chances of some of those measures hitting the Senate floor, and changing the way the Fed functions. Two Republican congressmen proposed a new bill on Monday...
  • The GOP is calling women 'sluts' again. Now Democrats better do something (BARFER)

    07/10/2014 8:38:40 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 10 2014 | Jessica Valenti
    It hasn't even been two weeks since the US supreme court's Hobby Lobby decision – a depressing reminder of how regressive America remains on issues of gender and sexuality – and already Democrats are firing the first shots in what's sure to be a new front in 2014's definitive battle for women's votes. This week, Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have outlined legislation that would bar employers from banning coverage for contraception – essentially overturning the Hobby Lobby ruling. After a Senate vote as early as next week, any such bill is sure to fail in the...
  • Who’s To Blame For The Border Crisis?

    07/10/2014 8:25:24 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 43 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 07/10/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    An overwhelming surge of tens of thousands of illegal alien children crossing our southern border has been happening in the past few months, everyone is looking for a scapegoat. Rather than seeking out a solution to end this surge, most would prefer to just point fingers. The blame game is a lot like sex. It sells. Unfortunately, most are rather biased in how they point fingers. Democrats blame Bush. Republicans blame Obama. Libertarians blame our open border as not being open enough. It’s never really that simple; however, as there are many areas to place blame, so we’re going to...
  • New pressures for special prosecutor on IRS scandal

    07/10/2014 8:18:51 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 10 2014 | Washington Examiner
    The fundamental question about the IRS targeting the president’s political enemies is whether it was corruption or incompetency. A newly obtained email from the central figure in the scandal, former IRS executive Lois Lerner, isn’t helping the administration’s claim that the abuses were unintentional: “I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails -- so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” Lerner wrote to a colleague before the scandal went public. Lerner goes on inquire...
  • Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand?

    07/10/2014 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 10 July 2014 | Ailsa Chang
    As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' beleaguered health care system, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist. Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016."The cost of war is huge," the 72-year-old said recently during lunch at Henry's Diner in Burlington, Vt., where he rose to become an immensely...
  • The most dishonest Obama presser of all time?

    07/10/2014 8:07:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 10, 2014 | Rick Moran
    At a press conference last night, President Obama placed the blame for the border crisis on Republicans, saying that because they are trying to block his $3.8 billion supplemental appropriation, they are responsible for the mess. He further stated that passage of his immigration reform bill would solve the border crisis for 20 years. Daily Caller: The Republican Party, but not the White House, has the power to block the flood of at least 100,000 migrants from Central America, President Barack Obama repeatedly told the nation in a Wednesday night press conference. “Are folks more interested in politics, or are...
  • Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner’s ‘smoking gun’ email

    07/10/2014 7:51:35 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/10/14 | KENDALL BREITMAN
    Rep. Darrell Issa on Thursday called Lois Lerner’s recently surfaced emails a “smoking gun” in the IRS scandal. “[This is] a smoking gun, this is Lois Lerner clearly cautioning people not to say things on email and be delighted to find out that the local instant chat they have, this Microsoft product, wasn’t tracking what they said,” Issa, a California Republican said on Fox News.
  • A Harsh Climate Calls for Banishment of the Needy [Norway]

    07/10/2014 7:51:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09 July 2014 | Andrew Higgins
    LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — As governor of Norway’s northernmost territory, Odd Olsen Ingero commands a police force with just six officers and a single detention cell for an area twice the size of New Jersey. Even that is overkill: Nobody has been locked up here in the capital of Svalbard since last summer. And that was for just two days. It is not just that there are not many people — fewer than 3,000 are officially registered as residents — or that what are elsewhere run-of-the-mill crimes like car theft are an exotic and very risky business in a place where...
  • Germany asks top U.S. spy to leave amid flap

    07/10/2014 7:49:28 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 10 , 2014 | Stephanie Kirchner
    Germany has asked the CIA station chief in the country to leave the country, an unusual action among allies that is a very public expression of anger over reported cases of U.S. spying in the country. “The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States of America has been requested to leave Germany,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement Thursday. A day earlier, federal prosecutors in Germany said police had searched the office and apartment of an individual with ties to the country’s military who is suspected of working for U.S. intelligence. Those...
  • Meanwhile, Outside the Panic Room: Contraception, Hobby Lobby, and Women’s Rights

    07/10/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 7/10/14 | Helen Alvare
    Prior to the 2012 HHS Mandate, there were no “runs” on birth control suppliers, nor were there demonstrations in the streets by women demanding free birth control. Nowhere was there observed a dearth of women willing to work for businesses informed by a religious conscience on matters of contraception or abortion. This should come as a shock to those predicting the end of women’s freedom as a result of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. It should also shock those protesters screaming about women’s ovaries on the steps of the Supreme Court. It should even shock...
  • MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

    07/10/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-9-14 | Jay Kolls
    The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange. Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent." Gov. Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he would be disappointed by such a...
  • Send Them Home (Obama’s plan -- spend lots, accomplish little)

    07/10/2014 7:10:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/10/2014 | The Editors
    President Obama has asked Congress for billions of dollars to address a crisis that is in part the product of his own policies — policies he would like to expand, in fact. Yes, there are fundamental forces pushing Central Americans, including a startling number of unaccompanied children, to try to cross our borders illegally. But Obama’s non-enforcement of our immigration laws, his amnesty for illegal-alien children, and his vigorous push for immigration reform with a much broader amnesty as its central element have played a big role in creating our current crisis. So it’s hardly surprising that his proposal supposedly...
  • Let the Ex-Im Bank Expire

    07/10/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 2 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 7/10/2014 | Ken Cuccinelli II
    Fellow Conservatives: Senate Democrats plan to bring up legislation later this month that will give new life to a corporate welfare program called the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank is a loan guarantee program that forces American taxpayers to subsidize foreign companies. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports the bank will cost taxpayers $2 billion. That’s two BILLION dollars of your money being spent to pick winners and losers. It's cronyism at its worst. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Ex-Im Bank "removed four officials in recent months amid investigations into allegations of gifts and kickbacks, as well as...
  • Here’s one way to land on the NSA watch list

    07/10/2014 6:41:50 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 26 replies
    Wonky News Nerd ^ | 10 July 2014 | Julia Angwin and Mike Tigas
    Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor. But it’s not clear how many users have been affected. So we did a little sleuthing, and found that the NSA’s targeting list corresponds with the list of directory servers used by Tor between December 2010 and February 2012 – including two servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tor users connect to the directory servers when they first launch the Tor service.That means that if you downloaded Tor during 2011, the NSA may have scooped up your...
  • Russia, China, India Ready to Launch Rival to World Bank

    07/10/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/9/14 at 1:00 PM | Damien Sharkov
    The long-awaited BRICS development bank is expected to finally be launched next week, Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov confirmed today. The joint project will see the emerging economic powers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa establish an alternative to the World Bank, in an attempt to ensure economic stability should the U.S. dollar continue to fluctuate. The ‘New Development Bank’ project will see each of the founding countries contribute $2 billion to the bank’s funds over the next 7 years, with the bank’s maximum capital set at $100 billion. Non-BRICS countries will be invited to join as members...
  • Cool Obama taunts Republicans on illegal child immigration and says ....

    07/10/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 9, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
    they must 'rediscover the concept of negotiation and compromise' to approve his $3.7 BILLION funding requestPresident Barack Obama coolly taunted congressional Republicans on Wednesday for dithering on his demand for billions to handle a flood of illegal immigration children streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border. At the same time he flatly denied that his own policy decisions have led to the rapidly expanding human tragedy. Calling the deluge a 'humanitarian situation on the border,' not an emergency or crisis, he parried claims that a 2012 executive order delaying the deportation of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants .... incentivized children in...
  • Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 304,000, close to a 7-year low

    WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. [...]
  • Fed Sets October End for Bond Buying

    07/10/2014 6:21:44 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated July 9, 2014 7:07 p.m. ET | Jon Hilsenrath and Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
    Federal Reserve officials agreed at June's policy meeting to end their bond-buying program in October, putting an explicit end date on the experiment for the first time and closing a controversial chapter in central-banking annals with results still the subject of immense debate.
  • DDOT works to keep buses clear of bedbugs ( Detroit )

    07/10/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | Jul 09 2014 | Lauren Podell
    There's a reason why bedbugs are nicknamed "hitchhikers." But Detroit city bus riders don't want to share a ride with them. "I never ever imagined they would be a problem on buses," said Anthony DeRamus. "It makes me uncomfortable."
  • Fishing in murky waters: the administration’s secretive oceans policies come under fire

    07/10/2014 5:48:09 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 4 replies ^ | July 9, 2014 | George Russell
    The Obama administration is using its “phone and pen” method of governing by executive action to push its agenda and extend its powers in a huge new area: the Pacific Ocean. American fishermen are reacting with skepticism, concern and frustration at the latest murky steps to prevent fishing in vast tracts of the Pacific. The proposed expansion was announced along with other White House ocean conservation initiatives on June 16, as the kickoff to a two-day State Department conference aimed at greater international coordination to overcome a variety of ocean ills, including not only overfishing, but marine pollution and ocean...
  • RAHN: The end of the progressive income tax

    07/10/2014 5:40:08 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | Richard Rahn
    July 1 might go down in history as the beginning of the end of the comprehensive, progressive income tax. A progressive income tax, in which the government attempts to tax all labor income and capital income, such as interest, dividends and capital gains more than once, cannot help becoming so complex that it eventually dies of its own weight. This is particularly true when the government attempts to tax the worldwide income of its “tax persons” rather than the income located in its own territory. The complexity is caused by the never-ending attempt to define what income is and what...
  • Lunacy Reigns

    07/10/2014 5:39:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies ^ | July 10, 2014 | Burt Prelutsky
    How is it that ISIS, numbering fewer than 10,000 Islamic cretins, can pretty much overrun Iraq and instill fear throughout the entire Middle East and here in America? And while we’re on the subject, why haven’t we signed them up to deal with Iran, Russia and North Korea? As for Iraq, where Obama saw fit to squander American lives and treasure by simply packing up and walking away, I say the most sensible resolution to a problem involving Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, is to divide the one big cesspool into three smaller cesspools. In the past, the hang-up has been...
  • Glenn Greenwald Enraged that Muslims with Terror Ties Under Surveillance

    07/10/2014 5:27:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Glenn Greenwald Enraged that Muslims with Terror Ties Under SurveillancePosted By Robert Spencer On July 10, 2014 @ 12:47 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Glenn Greenwald and his fellow jihad-enabling “journalist” Murtaza Hussain on Wednesday published a major exposé, “Under Surveillance: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On,” about Muslim leaders who are being spied upon by the FBI and the NSA. The thrust of the article is that each one is as pure as the day is long, with the one sin of opposing U.S. government policies.The idea, of course, that opposing U.S....
  • How Obama created the border crisis

    07/10/2014 5:26:29 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 07/09/2014 | Jack Cashill
    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama urged Congress to cough up $4 billion to deal with the flood of children from Central America – and others from parts unknown – crossing the border into Texas. Obama called this mess “an urgent humanitarian situation,” but what he did not do is take responsibility for almost single-handedly causing this mess two years prior.
  • Patriots in Murrieta

    07/10/2014 5:21:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Patriots in MurrietaPosted By Matthew Vadum On July 10, 2014 @ 12:59 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments When President Obama began dumping busloads of newly arrived illegal aliens on small town America to force so-called immigration reform he probably didn’t expect residents of a small California city to take a heroic stand against his lawless assault on the nation’s immigration system.But grassroots activists in Murrieta, California, near San Diego, have been using the Left’s own playbook against the Community-Organizer-in-Chief’s efforts to force an unprecedented loosening of the nation’s largely unenforced immigration laws. Last week the protesters used...
  • Let's go with 'content of character' next time

    07/10/2014 5:17:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 7/10/2014 | Ted Nugent
    We have all seen the roving reporter man-on-the-street interviews. I’m sure we all have some friends, acquaintances, even family members and others who have uttered the painful statement. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I first heard people say that they voted for Barack Obama because he was black, or that it was “time” for a black president, my skin crawled. I am well aware that that statement of mine will be isolated and made out to be “racist” by the dishonest media and the maniacally boneheaded Saul Alinsky gang over at the Huff-n-Puff Post and beyond, but...
  • Allen West: Obama 'schizo' on Mideast

    07/10/2014 5:11:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 7/10/2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is waging a “schizophrenic” Middle East policy that is aiding jihadists at the expense of people who believe in “liberty and freedom,” according to former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq and went on to become a member of Congress, told WND in an exclusive interview that President Barack Obama has taken an “unnerving stance of siding with Islamists.” In calling Obama’s Middle East policy “perplexing,” West cited the example of the resources the U.S. committed to oust then-Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, resulting in a...
  • Egypt opens border to wounded Palestinians

    07/10/2014 4:52:01 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/10/2014
    Rafah is Gaza's only border crossing that bypasses Israel, which has hammered the coastal strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire. AFP Photo Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with air strikes, an official at the border said. Hospitals in north Sinai, which borders Gaza and Israel, have been placed on standby to receive the Palestinians, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported. The crossing is usually closed, with Egyptian officials citing the tense security situation in Sinai, where the army is battling an Islamist insurgency. Rafah is...
  • Why Republicans Should Ignore Palin’s Call to Impeach Obama

    07/10/2014 3:08:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    <p>Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, is advocating the impeachment of President Barack Obama. “It’s time to impeach,” she wrote, “and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”</p>
  • How a campaign move on immigration is haunting Obama now

    07/10/2014 2:31:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 9, 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    "...............Even with emergency funding gambit, it's unclear whether the Democrats will be able to make political hay out of the border crisis. The sharp increase in the influx of children immigrants is eroding public approval of how Obama is handling the immigration issue as a whole. Americans approval rating of Obama's handling of immigration dropped to 31 percent, one of the lowest readings since 2010, when Gallup began polling on his handling of the issue. The survey, released in late June, also found that two in three Americans, or 65 percent, disapprove of his handling of immigration. The crisis at...