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  • Treasury looks to stop 'corporate deserters' on its own

    08/21/2014 5:10:22 AM PDT · by W. · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 21, 2014 | Joseph Lawler
    President Obama doesn't have the authority to simply stop the companies he calls “corporate deserters” from taking up legal residency in low-tax countries. The Obama administration began examining its ability to take executive action to address corporate inversions without Congress because it lacks the support of Republicans. "Unless the U.S. corporate tax rate is reduced to 10 percent or less," Harvey told the Examiner, "it will still be beneficial for U.S. [multinational corporations] to invert."
  • Time Magazine Derides Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler

    08/19/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 17, 2014 | Steven Welch
    December 3, 1934, Time Magazine, Plot Without Plotters, From Straight Dope One frosty dawn in November 1935, 500,000 War veterans rolled out of their blankets in the pine barrens around the CCC camp at Elkridge, Md. The brassy bugle notes of "Assembly" hurried them to the camp's parade ground, where, mounted on a white horse and surrounded by his staff, they found their leader, Major General Smedley Darlington ("Old Gimlet Eye") Butler, U. S. M. C., retired. "Men," cried General Butler, "Washington is but 30 miles away! Will you follow me?" The answer was a mighty shout: "We will!" Squad...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • NYT: $3B gov’t retraining program as effective as you’d guess; Years older and deeper in debt.

    08/18/2014 2:53:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    To paraphrase the old Tennessee Ernie Ford song — you take a ton of government cash to get job retraining, and what do you get? Several years older and deeper in debt, according to the New York Times, which casts a critical eye on the Workforce Investment Act. The program first came into existence in 1998 and was expanded in the 2009 stimulus bill passed by Democrats, but does it actually help people find work and restore their economic independence? Not really, and the costs more often make situations worse instead of better: Instead, an extensive analysis of the...
  • The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

    08/18/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 19 replies
    Pharoah, let my people go: How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders? The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living. Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people. She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism. Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he...
  • Bigger government makes for more satisfied people, study finds

    08/17/2014 10:58:41 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 43 replies
    ScienceDaily.com ^ | 8-15-14 | none listed
    People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study. "The effect of state intervention into the economy equals or exceeds marriage or employment status -- two traditional predictors of happiness -- when it comes to satisfaction," said Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. The study -- "Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being" -- is published in the journal Social Forces. The researchers analyzed data from 21 advanced industrialized countries in the...
  • Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages

    08/16/2014 6:23:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man." The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie, who was born female, to dissolve his Hawaiian marriage with another woman, while the California Superior Court has ruled that the marriage of Jake Miller, also known as Buck Angel, with Elayne Angel is valid. A lower court had refused to dissolve the marriage of Beatie, who later got his birth certificate amended under Hawaiian law, with Nancy J. Beatie due to Arizona's ban...
  • FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

    08/15/2014 4:12:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Dan Levine
    FedEx Corp faces a new charge of conspiring to launder money in a U.S. criminal case over the company's drug deliveries for rogue online pharmacies despite warnings from law enforcement. The latest indictment, filed in court on Friday, said FedEx accepted payment from several pharmacies when it knew the revenue was the product of invalid prescriptions. If convicted, FedEx could face fines of up to roughly $1.6 billion.
  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/15/2014 4:19:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/14/2014 | JASON PLAUTZ
    This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA's federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of...
  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: •Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. •About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. •About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Brazil presidential candidate Campos killed in plane crash

    08/13/2014 11:19:51 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/13/14 | Gustavo Bonato
    SANTOS, Brazil, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, throwing the October election into disarray and causing big swings in local financial markets. Campos' private jet crashed in bad weather as it prepared to land in the coastal city of Santos, just south of Sao Paulo, killing all seven people on board, the Sao Paulo state fire department said. Television images showed smoke billowing from the crash site in a residential area. Campos, 49, was in third place in recent polls with the support of about 10 percent of voters....
  • Who rules America? [Great, but unsurprising, read]

    08/13/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Allan J. Lichtman
    "The public be damned!"— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882 A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our governmentThe new study, with...
  • Study: You Have 'Near-Zero' Impact on U.S. Policy

    08/13/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 12, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here. Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the...
  • The Electric Golf Car Stimulus: Cash For Clunkers Failure

    08/12/2014 9:02:57 AM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/11/14 | Brian Koenig
    The latest story in Obama's electric car saga involves a report by researchers at Texas A&M who measured the effect that the Cash for Clunkers stimulus had on auto sales. They made a profound discovery: The program actually reduced industry revenue by $3 billion over about a 12-month period. Note, this all happened while taxpayers got screwed out of $3 billion. It was sold as a lifeline to the toiling U.S. auto industry. And it gave self-righteous consumers some comfort, knowing that they could gain financially by ditching their gas guzzling vehicles. “Strikingly, we find that Cash for Clunkers actually...
  • ProtonMail - The One Email System the NSA Can't Access

    08/11/2014 1:45:39 PM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 9 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | August 11th, 2014 | Ted Baumann
    It’s been a busy month on the privacy front.For starters, word got out on August 5 that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion user names and passwords across several kinds of websites. Then Facebook got into hot water — again — when it decided to force its risky Messenger app on unwilling users. Meanwhile, a U.S. senator warned that users of wearable fitness-tracking devices are unprotected by any privacy law, putting them at serious risk. And the European Union is poised to counter a U.S. court order demanding Microsoft hand over data stored inside its Irish servers.Meanwhile, hackers and snoops...
  • President Massoum asks al-Ibadi to become Iraq PM

    08/11/2014 7:37:05 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 24 replies
    On Monday, Iraq's president asked Ibadi to form a new government, despite opposition from Maliki, who has said he wants a third term as prime minister. "The country is now in your hands," Massoum told deputy parliamentary speaker Ibadi, in a televised ceremony. "I hope you will be successful in forming a broader-based government." Massoum's request came despite a legal ruling by Iraq's highest court earlier on Monday declaring that Maliki's Shiite-led State of Law political bloc was the largest grouping in parliament.
  • The Right to Resist Evil Leaders--The Christian History

    08/10/2014 6:28:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    Do Christians Have a Duty to Remove Bad Officials From Office? In the previous article we asked, “Do Americans have a right to oppose unjust authority?” Such a right was obviously assumed by the Founders. We likewise examined whether Christians have such a right, as well. In answer, we found the earliest theories regarding what became Resistance Theory resulted from the assumptions of the Protestant Reformation being applied to society during various crises involving early Protestant communities. Therefore, whether such a right truly exists, the entire theory was proposed by Protestants, using biblical, historic and classical arguments, ostensibly to achieve...
  • Columbia River dilemma: Kill cormorants to save fish?

    08/08/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Columbian ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | AP
    Now, the population of the cormorants on East Sand Island has burgeoned from about 100 breeding pairs to 14,900, and a federal agency wants to have thousands of the seabirds shot to protect the fish, including some that are protected or endangered. The birds eat lots of endangered wild fish, as well as hatchery stocks — an estimated 11 million a year — mainly in May as the young fish head for their years in the ocean. In June, the corps released its plan to kill 16,000 of the birds. A public comment period has been extended to Aug. 19....
  • Criminalizing Americans for Government Profit

    08/08/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 17 replies
    Casey Research ^ | August 8, 2014 | Doug French
    Forget protecting and serving; we’re all potential bad guys in the eyes of the law that looks to jail us, fine us, and seize our property for profit. Retired LAPD Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Downing told FoxNews Latino, “The federal government has turned policing into policing for profit.” Cops are tracking down cash, rather than crime. Downing told Fox that departments now direct police assets to generate cash, instead of investigating murders and rapes. And there are plenty of abstruse laws to trip up even the most careful citizen. The American Bar Association task force reported that the body...
  • Procedures for possible Tennessee election recount in DesJarlais-Tracy 4th District race (TN)

    08/08/2014 10:53:43 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 4 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | August 8, 2014 | AP/Staff
    look at the timetables and procedures ahead to possibly decide the outcome of the race in Tennessee's 4th congressional district, where incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger state Sen. Jim Tracy finished Thursday's Republican primary in a near tie. DAYS AHEAD: Election officials will look for any outstanding "provisional ballots" that were uncounted. This can include ballots cast by voters without proper ID at the polls. They have until the end of business hours Monday to produce acceptable identification to validate the vote. WEEKS AHEAD: The next step is to certify the vote count from each of the 16 counties...
  • CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low

    08/08/2014 6:52:13 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    Just 13% of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time, with just over three-quarters saying only some of the time and one in 10 saying they never trust the government, according to the poll. "The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult...
  • Is Progressive Common Core simply pure evil?

    08/05/2014 9:56:42 PM PDT · by DonMashak · 23 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Don Mashak
    A few days ago this writer went to his first Minnesotans Against Common Core meeting in Becker Minnesota. This writer was not surprised to hear various concerns the speakers mentioned during the course of this meeting. Establishing Child Career Pathways beginning in Second Grade; Recording of "Biometrics" of Children in data bases for future Government use; Dumbing Down of the masses; Indoctrination children to make them more compliant to authority; Conditioning Individuality out of Children; Extending the Length of the School Year. Understandably, the parents in the audience were upset, agitated and angry over children having their career paths set...
  • For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement

    08/04/2014 9:51:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-4-14 | David A. Fahrentold
    PHOENIX — On her 71st workday in the basement, Paula Pedene had something fun to look forward to. She had an errand to run, up on the first floor. “Today, I get to go get the papers. Exciting!” she said. “I get to go upstairs and, you know, see people.” The task itself was no thrill: Retrieve the morning’s newspapers and bring them back to the library of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. The pleasure was in the journey. Down a long, sunlit hallway. Back again, seeing friends in the bustle of the hospital’s main floor. Then, Pedene got back...
  • Righteousness Exalts A Nation

    08/01/2014 9:14:41 PM PDT · by OneVike · 8 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 7/31/2014 | Daniel Eziji
    Righteousness is the only ingredient that makes the soup of government sweet and satisfying to the people, but unfortunately, this ingredient is lacking in most government/political arenas in the world.I will try to define the term righteousness, its relationship with politics and its importance in any (capitalist and socialist) government and again, the word religion and righteousness, will be used interchangeably for the purpose of clarity.Definition of RighteousnessRighteousness is a quality that can be possessed by any man/woman who desires it. It is the quality of being morally right or justifiable. It is the quality of being fair and...
  • 2016 Frontrunner (Joe Biden) Has Nude Swimming Fetish (w pix)

    08/01/2014 7:09:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 49 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    American voters want a presidential candidate who isn’t afraid to let it all hang out, and that’s exactly why Joe Biden is the presumptive frontrunner in 2016. Ronald Kessler’s new book, “The First Family Detail,” includes some revealing tidbits, the New York Observer reports: Secret Service agents dread being assigned to protect the vice president, in part because Biden’s a big fan of skinny dipping, according to a new tell-all book.
  • Dysfunctional Authority

    07/31/2014 11:03:04 AM PDT · by Yellowstone Joe · 21 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | July 31, 2014 | Michael Thomas
    American society is currently in a dysfunctional state, and like all things dysfunctional, it will implode if not addressed very soon. We live in a world that contains a vast amount of knowledge, but little understanding. The United States has not experienced extreme tyranny, but it is headed in that direction. The shift of authority from private sector to public sector has created a serious imbalance. As a country, there is great arrogance. We take for granted that we will always be the land of the free. Like all civilizations prior, we’re moving from liberty to totalitarianism and it’s happening...
  • Where Is Your Government?

    07/29/2014 2:29:53 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 9 replies
    7/29/2014 | MosesKnows
    Where Is Your Government? The Constitution is solely about how government functions within the enumerated legislative powers it grants Congress. The Constitution is not about what the people can and cannot do; the Constitution is about what the government can and cannot do. America’s founders documented their vision for a free people by limiting legislative powers to the Congress. The founders’ words are clear concise proper English grammar. Article 1. Section 1 says that All legislative Powers shall be vested in a Congress. The word “all” means all, not most, and not some; it means all. The founders’ wisdom limited...
  • Illegal Immigrants Protest Outside White House, Not Fearing Deportation

    07/29/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/29/2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, illegal immigrants openly protested in front of the White House--and demanded more grants of temporary amnesty--without any consequences or fear of being deported. According to a Fox News report, "Illegal immigrant activists can protest outside the White House without worrying too much about" deportation because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) merely "focuses deportation mostly on serious criminals and--in some cases--those caught in the act of crossing the border." ICE reportedly "prioritizes deportation for felons, repeat offenders, gang members and others with a serious criminal record" and "largely gives a pass" to other illegal immigrants. “Unless the individuals meet...
  • Kayakers breach secure area at JFK airport

    07/28/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2014 | Phillip Messing and Bill Sanderson
    Two kayakers adrift in Jamaica Bay with just one paddle unwittingly breached Kennedy Airport’s $300 million perimeter detection system. They could have been spotted by a boat patrol — except there wasn’t one. Port Authority boats don’t patrol the bay at night, police sources said.
  • you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/26/2014 6:02:37 AM PDT · by rjsimmon · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.
  • The Five Elements to Creating a Something-for-Nothing Society

    07/25/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 7-25-2014 | Ty Andros
    July 24, 2014 Ty Andros Adam Smith in his seminal book, Wealth of Nations, outlined how all great empires rest upon an educated, productive and prosperous citizenry. The United States is no exception as its schools over the centuries from grade school to colleges provided the teachings of history, reading and writing, logic, self-reliance, independence and the principles of the constitutional republic brought to us by our founding fathers and God. The United States was founded by people seeking shelter from Despots, authoritarian governments and dictators. Independent souls who were not afraid of providing for themselves (snip)There are FIVE ELEMENTS...
  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    07/23/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | July 21, 2014 | A. J. Delgado
    Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country. No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers. I’m talking...
  • 6 Corporations Own 90% of American Media

    07/22/2014 5:37:25 AM PDT · by mgist · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 2012 | ashley Lutz
  • Muslim Traffic Warden Refuses to Issue Ticket Because it Is Ramadan

    07/21/2014 3:27:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    A Muslim traffic warden said he didn’t think ‘it was morally correct’ to issue a ticket during the month of Ramadan. Iftikhar Alam Imtiazah Butt (not his real name) said his bosses had told him it was okay not to issue any tickets between sunrise and sunset. “I don’t think my religion will allow me to issue tickets to people which might cause them undue stress during the month of Ramadan. "It can be a real pain getting a ticket if you are only a couple of seconds late back to your car. “I spoke to my boss about it...
  • The Government’s in Your Bedroom, but This Time It’s Okay

    07/17/2014 6:48:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/17/2014 | Mark Regnerus
    There is good news in Tuesday’s release from the CDC’s National Health Information Survey. No, it’s not the revelation that the gay and lesbian population may be slightly smaller — 1.6 percent — than many scholars have believed; population-based surveys tend to fluctuate. The results of the report make sense to me, and since others have already described them, I will refrain from repeating them at length here. The good news is that the survey’s questions were administered to over 34,000 Americans, randomly sampled, enabling scholars to get quality information about even small communities. And since the NHIS didn’t...
  • Denver Human Services workers suspended after children placed with sex offender and child abuser

    07/16/2014 9:57:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News Local Denver ^ | July 16, 2014 | By John Ferrugia, Sandra Barry
    The CALL7 Investigators have learned from sources familiar with the investigation that two Denver Human Services case workers and two supervisors are on administrative leave after the agency placed four children first with a registered sex offender, and then with a person convicted of child abuse, raising serious questions about whether DHS is conducting proper background checks and following state law. The family members involved told the CALL7 Investigators they discussed their criminal records with case workers prior to placement, yet the children were given to them, anyway. Those family members include Aaron and Andrea. Aaron is the father of...
  • Is the Illegal Invasion Based on Religious Manipulation of South Americans?

    07/15/2014 9:24:19 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 12 replies
    Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations... ^ | 07/10/2008 | Edited by S. Karhtic Ramakrishnan, Irene Bloemraad
    EPC religious organizations demand attention for other reasons than sheer numbers. First, EPC churches draw people together on a much more regular consistent basis than other types of civic organizations, such as ethnic advocacy groups. Some EPC adherents in our study attend services or Bible studies four times a week throughout the year. Second, an EPC pastor or religious leader is more than a trusted community to their church or temple members.
  • The Government Agency that Supposedly Deports Illegal Aliens Is About to Run Out Of Money

    07/11/2014 6:53:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/11/14 | Bryan Preston
    Who even knows what’s true anymore? The same administration that is watching 57,000 kids just stroll across the border, while claiming that the same border is more secure than ever before, now says that funds to deport are getting low. Even though actual deportations — not the phony ones that the administration claimed for years — are down overall. The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants...
  • EPA Claims It Has The Power To Garnish Wages Without Court Approval

    07/09/2014 6:53:58 AM PDT · by blam · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-9-2014 | Fox New
    <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.</p> <p>According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to "garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order."</p>
  • Report: NSA compiling baby photos, medical records and resumes of citizens

    07/07/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 39 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | 7/6/2014 | FOX 31
    NEW YORK — Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs. That’s according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington Post — disclosures that show just how easy it is for Americans’ private conversations to be swept into the spy agency’s traps. Snowden provided the Post with what it said were 160,000 intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents. The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through...
  • All your children belong to us

    07/06/2014 11:25:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | July 6, 2014 | Glenn Cook
    Is any freedom more important, more sacred than the right to raise a family without government intrusion? It’s a good question to ask this Independence Day weekend, as Americans reflect on the birth of a nation dedicated to the preservation of individual liberties: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But as government grows bigger and more powerful, as politicians, bureaucrats and busybodies increasingly think they know best, American families constantly must...
  • With undocumented kids at border, McCain, Graham push immigration reform

    07/06/2014 3:56:39 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 38 replies
    CBSNEWS ^ | July 6, 2014 | FACETHENATION
    Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., discuss what to do about the flood of undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Video)
  • SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

    07/06/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 50 replies
    Breibart ^ | July 6, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes it to the housing facility. Jeremy Oliver, a resident of Temecula, California--a town that neighbors Murrieta--told Breitbart Texas that local police officers warned the protesters that "it's going to get ugly." Oliver said, "The feds are pissed that they haven't been able to use this facility. Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday--they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be...
  • State law means names of state employee fraudsters stay secret (CT)

    07/04/2014 4:18:07 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 3 replies
    Journal Inquirer ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Ed Jacovino
    The state employees were disciplined for lying to get money through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an extension of food stamps available to poor residents who lost food or income in September 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit here as a tropical storm. While Larson said the law merits revisiting, other members of the state's congressional delegation weren't so forthcoming about their views on the state measure or the similar federal law that have left taxpayers in the dark about the conduct and punishment of state employees -- many of whom were fired but rehired after they appealed. U.S. Sens....
  • And Free Chocolate Milk for All . . .

    07/04/2014 9:28:05 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 7-3-14 | Douglas Wilson
    The uproar on the left over the Hobby Lobby decision has an explanation. That explanation is that we have allowed our understanding of what is meant by rights and liberties to become badly degraded. In fact, to simplify, the common understanding of rights has gotten into a condition of extreme labefactation. So to speak. The left tends to think of political rights in terms of stuff — the right to affordable housing, the right to health care, the right to contraception, and so on. Conservatives tend to think of political rights in terms of non-interference — the right to free...
  • Berkeley To Force Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/04/2014 8:49:37 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | July 4, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley. Under the proposal, at least two percent of all medical weed dispensed at a club would have to be provided at no cost to very low-income members — and it must be the same quality that’s dispensed to regular paying customers.
  • EPA's move to administratively garnish wages

    07/03/2014 2:21:23 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07/03/2014 | Robert Gordon
    Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has added a new regulatory weapon to its arsenal. In a Federal Register notice on July 2 titled “Administrative Wage Garnishment,” the EPA stated that by the authority of the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA ) of 1996 it issued a proposed rule that “will allow the EPA to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.” According to the Treasury Department, under DCIA, such debts include “unpaid loans, overpayments or duplicate payments made...
  • Hundreds of furious protestors block road for buses carrying illegal immigrants

    07/02/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2014 | James Nye
    "A crowd of 300 angry protestors forced three buses carrying 140 undocumented migrant children and their parents to turn around in Murrieta, California, on Tuesday after they blocked the road. The dramatic confrontation between the flag waving protestors and the Homeland Security buses came one day after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to resist the federal government's plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Holding up banners that said 'Return to Sender' and suggesting the children should be sent to the White House instead, the irate protestors succeeded when...
  • The Hobby Lobby Ruling: A Shallow Victory Because It Does Not Get To The Heart Of The Problem

    07/01/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | John Daniel Davidson
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage in employees’ health insurance. Opponents of Obamacare’s contraception mandate claimed victory, as did opponents of the law more generally, as well as many Americans with deep religious convictions. Hobby Lobby, a family-owned business that has grown from a mom-and-pop operation in the 1970s to a chain of 514 stores that employs more than 21,000 people, is the largest company to challenge the health-care law. The company’s statement of purpose says the board of directors is committed, first and foremost,...
  • Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom

    07/01/2014 12:51:57 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 1, 2014 | Jon Clifton
    Perceived widespread corruption in U.S. government on the rise Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago -- dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013. In that same period, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives more than doubled, from 9% to 21%.