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  • Rick Santelli Blasts Liberal Media’s “Ostrich Economics” (Video)

    05/04/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Rick Santelli blasted the liberal media’s reporting on today’s dismal unemployment numbers. The CNBC star ridiculed the “Ostrich Economics” being pushed by the Obama-media. Here’s Santelli on the latest unemployment data. There are some highlights I’d really like to hit. The first one is that about 41.3% of unemployed have been unemployed for 39.1 weeks. That is huge and pretty much says it all. This is the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. A whole 4/5ths of the drop of the unemployment rate is due to a drop in the labor force participation. It is the lowest since 1981. Many...
  • Can Going Without Money Hurt the Economy? One Man's Quest to Be Penniless

    05/04/2012 11:34:03 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 45 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 21 hours ago | ABBY ELLIN
    Not only does he not have debt, a mortgage or rent, he does not earn a salary. Nor does he buy food or clothes, or own any product with a lower case "i" before it. Home is a cave on public land outside Moab, Utah. He scavenges for food from the garbage or off the land (fried grasshoppers, anyone?). He has been known to carve up and boil fresh road kill. He bathes, without soap, in the creek.
  • Axelrod: Tea party ‘reign of terror’ blocked immigration reform

    05/04/2012 11:29:16 AM PDT · by mnehring · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    David Axelrod, a top campaign adviser to President Obama, said comprehensive immigration reform had not occurred during Obama's first term because the Republican senators who'd backed it during President George W. Bush's presidency were not willing to stand up and work with Obama. "A lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, they know better, but they are in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged this party to the right," Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning.
  • It's all about Obama

    05/04/2012 11:16:12 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 5 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 5/4/2012 | Peter Lucas
    It is too bad the World War II battleship USS Missouri was not available, being as it is tied up in mothballs in Hawaii where it serves as a museum. Otherwise President Barack Obama could have held his Kabul signing ceremony with Afghan President Hamid Karzai aboard the battle-hardened ship, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur did Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay after the defeat of the Japanese in World War II. You will recall the iconic photo -- if World War II history is still being taught in school, that is -- of MacArthur commanding and witnessing the signing of...
  • DOJ: Ala. immigration law harming Hispanic students

    05/04/2012 11:01:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies ^ | May 4, 2012
    In a letter to the State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, the DOJ said that absences among Hispanics tripled immediately following the enactment of the immigration law. The DOJ's investigation concentrated on the Section 28 of the law, which requires school districts to collect information on immigration status from students at the time of enrollment. However, the law does not ban undocumented immigrants from attending school. In the letter the DOJ said attendance records show that while absentee rates for other student groups remained static before and after the enactment of Section 28, absentee rates and withdrawals from school increased sharply...
  • Why Anti-bullying Programs Should be Bullied Out of School

    05/04/2012 10:46:06 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 03 May | Selwyn Duke
    Many commentators have noted the irony of anti-bullying “expert” Dan Savage’s “bullying” (as defined by his ilk) of high-school students at a recent journalism conference in Seattle, Washington. Yet it seems that the most important points about the matter have not been made. In case you missed the story, homosexual activist Savage called two dozen students “pansy-a***d” as they were walking out of his anti-bullying presentation last month. Their offense? They took exception to his profanity-laced criticism of Christianity, in which he equated biblical condemnations of homosexual behavior with the prohibition against eating shellfish and said “We ignore the b******t...
  • Web put off-limits to Social Security claims judges

    05/04/2012 10:33:16 AM PDT · by magellan · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 3, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The Social Security Administration last month told its disability-claims judges they are no longer to seek out information from websites when deciding cases — taking away a tool some of those judges say would help in uncovering fraud. Agency officials said reviewers can't trust information posted online, and also said the mere act of typing in queries could compromise protected private information, so they shouldn't try to access anything. Social Security's ban covers all Internet sites, including social media such as Facebook. But Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and a top taxpayer watchdog, said avoiding the Internet means giving up...
  • Nugent Unloads On CBS Reporter, Producer (Video)

    05/04/2012 10:17:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies ^ | 5-4-2012
    A rough transcription- CBS Interviewer - "You're not exactly a moderate." Nugent - "I offer you this. Have you done a lot of interviews?" CBS Interviewer - "A decent number." Nugent - "When you find someone that does more for charity, more for dying kids... than I do, call me. And I'll suck your ****!"
  • 79 Programs and $927 Billion in Annual Spending

    05/04/2012 9:58:18 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 2 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | May 3, 2012 | Robert Rector
    My name is Robert Rector. I am a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. Summary The governmental safety net has three basic components: 1) Social Security and Medicare for the elderly; 2) unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation; and 3) anti-poverty or means-tested welfare programs. My testimony will deal with the means-tested welfare system, which could also be called comprehensive assistance to the poor. The means-tested welfare system consists of 79 federal programs providing cash, food,...
  • Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be “Julia”

    05/04/2012 9:56:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Michele Malkin ^ | 05/04/2012 | Michele Malkin
    I told my 11-year-old daughter about "Julia." She had one word: "Creepy." I'm doing my job right.Notice, by the way, how "progressive" women are awfully quiet about the patriarchal hegemony symbolized by Obama's faceless, dependent Julia. Cue the crickets: Chirp, chirp, chirp.*** Quick, hide under the covers. The nation's storyteller, Barack Obama, unveiled a frightening new fable on the Internet intended to scare women away from supporting fiscal conservatives in November. But as is increasingly common with Obama's social media propaganda initiatives, "The Life of Julia" immediately flopped.Why? Because 1) self-sufficient women voters aren't as sheeple-ish as Democratic strategists make...
  • HHS Mandate: Freedom is in Peril, Defend it with All Your Might – TODAY!

    05/04/2012 9:52:19 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 14 replies
    While we can thank the National Catholic Register for pointing out that Public Comments Overwhelmingly Oppose the HHS Mandate, we can also spread the word that anyone can very easily submit and register public comments online at this link.
  • Editorial: Passage of tax bill would be a small token of thanks for sacrifice

    05/04/2012 9:46:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/4/12 | NEWS SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD
    In February 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter was shot and killed while on patrol in Afghanistan. A lending company subsequently forgave his student loan, but now his parents are on the hook for a $28,000 tax bill as a result. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., is outraged. And he's sponsoring a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from taxing loans to fallen service members that have been forgiven. The Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act is one bill that all members of both parties can and should support. "It is a fitting way to fix a glaring problem...
  • Metro (DC transit) closes ranks against outside ‘attacks’

    05/04/2012 9:41:52 AM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 3, 2012 | Luke Rosiak
    A top official at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, in response to a Washington Times investigation that found a lack of accountability and racism at the transit agency, has issued a memo to all rail employees quoting Whitney Houston and encouraging employees to band together against the outside world. “Family pulls together when they perceive that they are being attacked from the outside,” wrote HerculesBallard, managing director of rail transportation. “We will use our pride as a shield against any attack they wage against us. (Click here to read the full memo) Mr. Ballard goes on to say that...
  • Postal Service: House must act to stem mail losses

    05/04/2012 9:39:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 5/4/12 | HOPE YEN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — With financial losses mounting, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service is urging the House to quickly pass legislation that would give it wide authority to close thousands of low-revenue post offices, reduce labor costs and end Saturday delivery. At its meeting Friday, the Postal Service's board of governors said that a bill passed by the Senate last week doesn't go far enough to give the agency the latitude it needs. That bill would provide the Postal Service with an $11 billion cash infusion to help pay down ballooning debt but halt the immediate closing of up to 252...
  • Obama tightens fracking rules (on federal and American Indian lands)

    05/04/2012 9:37:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/4/12 | Steve Hargreaves |
    The Obama administration tightened rules on hydraulic fracturing Friday, requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the process when done on federal and American Indian lands. The new rules will also require additional testing of oil and gas well construction and require the industry to have a management plan for the water used in the process. "This proposed rule will strengthen the requirements for hydraulic fracturing performed on federal and Indian lands in order to build public confidence and protect the health of American communities, while ensuring continued access to the important resources that make up our energy economy," the...
  • TVA loses $94 million in fiscal second quarter

    05/04/2012 9:33:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 5/4/12 | Dave Flessner
    The Tennessee Valley Authority lost another $94 million during the second quarter of the fiscal year as the mild winter cut TVA revenues by nearly 12.5 percent below the year-ago period. TVA said today that revenues in the three months ended March 31 totaled $2.6 billion, down from the $2.97 billion in the same period a year ago. Combined with losses in TVA’s first fiscal quarter, the federal utility reported a net loss for the first half of fiscal 2013 of $267 million on sales of less than $5.2 billion. In the same period a year ago, TVA earned $205...
  • As primary election nears, Rep. Pete Stark apologizes for recent gaffes

    05/04/2012 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/4/12 | Josh Richman
    By many accounts, Rep. Pete Stark's re-election campaign should've been a cakewalk. But with less than five weeks to go before the primary election, his recent gaffes have left some wondering whether he's got a real race on his hands. The 80-year-old Stark, D-Fremont, has a long-standing reputation for (ahem) direct language. In 2003, he called a GOP congressman "a fruitcake." Three years ago, when a constituent asked him not to "pee on my leg and tell me it's raining," Stark replied that he wouldn't waste the urine. But those and other incidents tended either to be rhetorical ripostes or...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Voting machine concerns bubble up as WI recall elections near

    05/04/2012 9:22:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-4-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — You might be forgiven for thinking John Washburn is paranoid. Plenty of people do, Washburn admits with some humor. The Germantown man, who tests computer software for a living, estimates that, when he gets to discussing the perils of electronic voting machines, about 70 percent of people think just that. Twenty percent think there might be something to his worries, Washburn said. And about 10 percent — those who do some digging — start to believe. “Quite frankly, I’m not really concerned by (being called paranoid), because it’s highly correlated with how much people have checked my claims,”...
  • Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

    05/04/2012 9:08:37 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    Drilling Contractor ^ | May 4, 2011 | Diane Langley
    Besides exploring for and producing energy resources, the energy industry is tasked with debunking myths and clarifying techniques used in hydraulic fracturing. ... According to proponents of hydraulic fracturing, the facts surrounding chemical use are clear – water and sand comprise the majority of the mixture used. The remaining components used to deliver the water down the wellbore and position the sand in fractures created in the formation – while they can probably be found in the kitchen cupboard – are proprietary ingredients. ~~snip~~“This is really a debate on a much larger scale; it has a bearing on the future...
  • Exposing Obama’s “I killed Osama” braggadocio with his own words (Video)

    05/04/2012 8:54:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5/3/2012 | Judi McLeod
    Finally and mercifully: an election campaign antidote to the poisonous ego of Barack Hussein Obama: the truth for all to see in video from Veterans for a Strong America that makes the ‘Swiftboating’ of John Kerry in 2004 pale by comparison. Someone is finally putting braggart “Obama Killed Osama” in his place: in the White House Situation Room dressed in his signature golf clothes the night it went down. No matter how many self-strewn rose petals in Obama’s Conquering Hero Act of April 2011; no matter how elaborate the secrecy of his recent trip to Afghanistan to deliver a safe...