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  • The Hell That Is the Obama White House

    08/19/2014 9:58:11 AM PDT · by dvan · 41 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | August 19, 2014 | David Horowityz
    Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet. Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven’t been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they’ve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is...
  • Motorist video shows violent encounter between CHP officer, woman

    07/03/2014 10:49:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-3-2014 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ
    It is not clear whether words were exchanged between the officer and the woman, but both of them end up on the ground, where the officer straddles the woman and repeatedly punches her, according to the video. The video shows another man running and apparently trying to help the officer restrain the woman.
  • Rand Paul: No more aid to Christian-killers............

    06/21/2014 8:19:16 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 6/20/14 | William Murray
    "Rand Paul: No more aid to Christian-killers Exclusive: William Murray reports on senator's demand to Islamic-supporting Obama" Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., surprised several thousand people with the truth about Syria in a speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference at the Omni Hotel in Washington, D.C., today. Most in the room were social conservatives and already knew that the administration of Barack Obama was arming Islamists in Syria who are killing Christians. The real surprise was a senator standing up in front of national TV news cameras and telling America that yes, your tax dollars are being used to...
  • UN Convention Weighs Fears About Killer Robots

    05/13/2014 8:20:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 13, 2014 | Denise Chow
    The idea of humans answering to robot overlords is a concept that has often been joked about, but with drones and other robotic technologies advancing at such a rapid pace, the notion that humans could need protection from killer robots may be no laughing matter. As such, governments are gathering this week for a four-day session to discuss how to prevent "lethal autonomous robots," reported AFP. The debate is part of the U.N. Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland. "Killer robots would threaten the most fundamental of rights and principles in international law," Steve Goose,...
  • Is Sen. Harry Reid Behind the BLM Land Grab of the Bundy Ranch?

    04/11/2014 5:32:16 PM PDT · by dvan · 26 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 4/11/2014 | Gina Cassini
    Website FreeRepublic Exposes BLM “document dump” that suggests attempted cover-up of Sen. Reid/Chinese gov’t takeover of ranch for solar farm. The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. The first segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov. Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle...
  • Horror: Police force man to undergo invasive anal operation

    11/05/2013 12:52:27 PM PST · by servo1969 · 124 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11-5-2013 | Robby Soave
    When New Mexico police stopped a local driver for committing a minor moving violation, they decided to check whether he was carrying drugs in his anus. So they procured a warrant, drove him to two different hospitals, forced him to endure eight medical procedures — including an invasive colonoscopy — and stuck him with the bill. No drugs were found. According to medical records, police reports and a federal lawsuit obtained by KOB-TV, police held Eckert until they were able to procure a warrant from a judge to search the man’s anal cavity. They then drove him to a nearby...
  • David Gregory on Obamacare rollout: “Is this too big, too complicated for federal govt

    10/25/2013 9:58:15 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    The Right Scoop via MSNBC ^ | 10-25-2013 | The Right Scoop via MSNBC
    Meet the Press host David Gregory says the Obamacare rollout raises bigger fundamental questions, like “is this too big, too complicated for federal govt to administer?” He also questions whether the program is doomed if they can’t fix the program quickly enough given the dependence on younger people buying insurance. Watch:
  • Senate Kills House Amendments Funding Gov't and Defund O'Care

    09/30/2013 11:24:36 AM PDT · by illiac · 30 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 9/30/13 | CSPAN
    No article. Vote just finished. Now voting on the CR.
  • Congressman Mike Rogers' opening statement on Health Care reform in Washington D.C.

    Congressman Mike Rogers' opening statement on Health Care reform in Washington D.C. Video of hearing
  • A huge waste of tax payer dollars

    07/12/2013 6:26:18 AM PDT · by SilverMine · 7 replies
    Self | 12 July 2013 | self
    As I sit here watching the Zimmerman persecution, I have just received an email informing me of what a wonderful job a Senator did by taking a trip to the middle East. How is it that I, who have mines and other holdings in much of the world and other multi national, international and interstate business owners can do all or most of our business over the internet, yet members of Congress have to fly to Israel to look at a border fence? They are either the most illiterate or the most corrupt people on earth.
  • Border Agents Cracking Down On Cascarones

    03/29/2013 7:38:58 AM PDT · by texanyankee · 6 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 29, 2013 | staff
    As Easter and Fiesta approach, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding that border crossers are allowed only 10 cascarones each. The confetti-filled eggshells also must be clean and dry and for personal use, CBP said this week in a news release. Fines for importing undeclared cascarones can run as high as $1,000 per person and up to more than $50,000 for commercial use. Cascarones are closely regulated to prevent the spread of Exotic Newcastle Disease, a highly contagious, usually fatal viral disease that affects every species of bird, the news release said. END is so virulent many birds die...
  • Boehner to hold 4 p.m. sequester press conference

    02/25/2013 7:24:37 AM PST · by illiac · 124 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- House Speaker John Boehner will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Eastern to discuss the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester, his office said. Without a deal, $85 billion in gradual budget cuts will begin on Friday,
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 4:08:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union

    02/13/2013 7:25:05 AM PST · by illiac · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/13/13 | Eugene Keily
    The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction in annual address. President Obama put a rosy spin on several accomplishments of his administration in his 2013 State of the Union address. The president claimed that "both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion." But that's only an estimate of deficit reduction through fiscal year 2022, and it would be lower if the White House used a different starting point. Obama touted the growth of 500,000 manufacturing jobs over the past three years, but there has been a net loss of...
  • "Govt ilk?"

    12/05/2012 6:57:04 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    Now | Me
    Remember the "Got Milk?" Campaign? And every parody that spun off from it? I propose a new "Govt ilk?" Campaign with slogans like "Govt Life?" Or "Govt Liberty?" Or "Govt Cheese?" Or "Govt Tax?" Or "Govt Share?" Freepers come up with variations and submit your thoughts and artwork here.
  • Lawmaker demands hearing following report of lavish conference footed by taxpayers.

    04/04/2012 3:23:20 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    The chairman of the House transportation committee is calling for a hearing following a report that an obscure federal agency blew $820,000 on a conference near Las Vegas. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called the expenses "outrageous" but said it's "just the tip of the iceberg." "We have been trying to get the administrative costs from the agency and now we see why they have been stonewalling," he said in a statement. Mica's official said the committee has questions about increases in the agency's budget in recent years. He's planning to hold a hearing...
  • Coral Gables man leaves historic house to Uncle Sam

    12/11/2011 8:14:14 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 19 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | December 11, 2011 | Perry Stein
    The United States government had more than two million reasons to celebrate Saturday. A longtime Coral Gables resident designated $1 million and his historic home to the federal government in his will to help wipe away the nation’s $15 trillion public debt. Uncle Sam put the home on 1248 Coral Way on the auction block Saturday. The winning bid: $1.175 million. The 1929, Spanish-style home belonged to James H. Davidson Jr., who lived in the home since his teenage days in 1938 and died childless last December at 87. The home was officially designated a historic landmark in November by...
  • U.S. Gov't Financial Regulators Earn Tax-Funded Salaries of $225,000-Plus

    10/26/2011 5:48:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/26/11 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – Federal employees at several financial regulatory agencies – including the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – are earning six-figure salaries and taking home bonuses up to $5,000, according to federal records obtained by Judicial Watch. At least 228 such regulators make $225,000 a year. In comparison, members of Congress make $174,000 a year; the Speaker of the House makes $223,500; and the majority and minority leaders pull in $193,400 a year. The records, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), show the number of employees at five of the six major financial regulatory agencies. In addition...
  • Democrat: Gov't Has No Contractual Obligation to Pay Social Security Benefits

    09/14/2011 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 168 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 9/14/11 | Matt Cover
    Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) said that most Americans do not understand that federal entitlements are not “bank account” programs that hold their money, adding that Social Security is not even a legal guarantee -- "Legally, they're not even promises." Cooper, asked about potential reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, said that the core problem was that the public does not understand the true nature of entitlements. “Many Americans don’t really realize that Medicare is a government program,” Cooper said at a press conference with fellow Blue Dogs on Wednesday.
  • :Obamacare, Gov't Insurance Exchanges, & The Coming Price Explosion

    08/19/2011 1:04:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/19/11 | Reason TV
    One of the features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health-care reform bill colloquially known as Obamacare, is the creation of insurance exchanges that will offer heavily subsidized policies and coverage for people who cannot get insurance through their employers. In projecting the program's costs, the Congressional Budget Office figures that about 7 percent of the workforce currently covered by employer-provided insurance will drop those policies and sign up for the subsidized insurance. That estimate - and hence, the cost structure of the program - has been challenged by sources such as McKinsey & Company, the consulting...
  • Moody's puts US govt debt on review for possible downgrade

    07/13/2011 2:53:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 7/13/11 | Sue Chang
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Moody's Investors Service said late Wednesday it placed the U.S. government's triple-A bond rating on review for possible downgrade due to rising risk of default. "The review of the U.S. government's bond rating is prompted by the possibility that the debt limit will not be raised in time to prevent a missed payment of interest or principal on outstanding bonds and notes. As such, there is a small but rising risk of a short-lived default," Moody's said. The rating agency stressed that it considers the probability of a default to be low but no longer minimal.
  • UK Gov't Healthcare: £2 Packet Of Pasta Costs UK Health Care £50

    06/22/2011 4:17:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    governamerica.com ^ | 6/22/11 | Daily Mail
    Wasteful health chiefs have been paying almost £50 for a £2 packet of pasta, it has emerged. While many shoppers have been watching every penny they spend, it would appear some health service bosses have been acting far less frugally with taxpayer cash. Now one NHS Trust has finally come to its senses and is getting patients to buy the packets in supermarkets for £2. Everyone who previously had gluten-free pasta on prescription from the Eastern and Coastal Kent NHS Trust has now been advised to buy it themselves.
  • Govt to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

    06/01/2011 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/1/11 | Staff
    Washington – The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S. auto industry. In a report from the president's National Economic Council, officials said that figure is down from the 60 percent the Treasury Department originally estimated the government would lose following its $80 billion bailout of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009. The report's release coincides with the administration's efforts to tout the bailout's role in the revitalization of the U.S. auto industry after last week's announcement that Chrysler is repaying $5.9 billion in U.S.
  • Govt Shutdown = Paid Vacation For Some Workers?

    04/07/2011 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | April 6, 2011 | by Mike Opelka
    Government Shutdown. That’s the topic du jour in the Newsiverse. But is a government shutdown as terrifying as these talking heads are leading us to believe? Maybe it is a very bad thing if you are one of the people about to be furloughed, then again, maybe not.There are some 800,000 government employees who are considered ‘non essential’ and they are all being told of their status today, just in case a last-minute deal is not struck.Who qualifies as essential and gets to stay on the job? Our troops, air traffic controllers and postal workers are considered to be ‘essential’ and...
  • Gov't OKs hundreds of housing units after Itamar attack

    03/12/2011 11:42:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 3/12/11 | staff
    Ministerial team approves new apartments in West Bank blocs; Danny Dayan: It's a pity that parents, children need to be murdered for building to take place; calls for new Itamar neighborhood in name of victims. The ministerial team for settlements approved hundreds of new apartments in the settlements of Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Sefer and in Gush Etzion in a special meeting on Saturday. The move comes in the wake of a terrorist attack on Friday in which five members of one family were stabbed to death in the West Bank settlement of Itamar. Among the participants in the specially...
  • Gov't Can't Create or Save Jobs

    01/29/2011 7:07:50 AM PST · by Son House · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | January 24, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: From Sunday morning ABC's This Week Needs David Brinkley. This is during the panel discussion, George Will with Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour said, "We talk about symbolism, what the president needs to do. Politically he's moved to the center." Typical. He hasn't, Christiane, he won't move to the center. Anyway, "He's heeded the call of the people, so to speak," she says. "But when it comes to real solutions how do you kick-start and how do you make a dent in that 9.4% unemployment figure?" And this is what George Will said to Christiane Amanpour. WILL: I had lunch this...
  • Why You Can't Trust the Inflation Numbers (Real # is 10%)

    01/29/2011 6:30:05 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 60 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 January 2011 | Brett Arends
    A surprising number of people on Wall Street will tell you not to worry too much about inflation. After all, they'll say, just look at the numbers. The inflation picture is incredibly benign. In the past 12 months the Consumer Price Index has risen just 1.5%—a remarkably low rate. And when you strip out volatile food and energy costs, they'll say, it's even lower—a meager 0.8%. It doesn't stop there. Many economists will point out that wages are also rising by less than 2% a year. With so many people still out of work, goes the line, labor costs are...
  • Justice Department seeks mandatory data retention

    01/25/2011 12:11:43 PM PST · by FromLori · 67 replies
    CNET ^ | 1/24/2011 | Declan McCullagh
    Criminal investigations "are being frustrated" because no law currently exists to force Internet providers to keep track of what their customers are doing, the U.S. Department of Justice will announce tomorrow. CNET obtained a copy of the department's position on mandatory data retention--saying Congress should strike a "more appropriate balance" between privacy and police concerns--that will be announced at a House of Representatives hearing tomorrow.
  • Sue the Fed

    01/21/2011 11:52:00 AM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies
    Sue the Fed ^ | 1/21/2011
    Many people do not know that the Federal Reserve is a private company and not a government agency. In fact, the Fed is not part of the government in any way. We believe that abolishing the Fed needs to be our number 1 national priority. We intend to beat the Fed in court similar to the way the Big Tobacco companies were defeated. Nearly all of the country’s economic problems will be solved when the Fed is abolished. Our Mission Statement Our Mission is to lead, organize, fund and manage an ongoing series of class action lawsuits directed against the...
  • When Do We Hold Government Accountable

    01/10/2011 6:32:27 PM PST · by FromLori · 4 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 1/10/11 | Karl Denninger
    For their ****ups? All we've got so far is Congresspeople threatening to introduce more laws that won't be enforced, just like the laws that weren't enforced this time. One example One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday. How about a bill to lock up that Sheriff out there in Arizona - or an indictment for criminal negligence under existing law? You think I'm kidding? I'm not. It now appears that the suspect in this shooting posted death threats against...
  • 'Crash Taxes' the Latest Scam to Take Your Money (It's One the IMF Hasn't Even Thought of)

    12/31/2010 9:41:10 AM PST · by FromLori · 27 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 12/30/2010 | Robert Wenzel
    At least 50 cities in California have adopted so-called crash-tax laws allowing local governments to seek reimbursement from insurance companies for the costs of sending public emergency crews to accident scenes. The fees can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If insurers don't pay, cities can hire collection agents to seek payment from the motorists involved, reports LaTi. And it's spreading, says LaTi: It's gaining momentum nationwide as cash-strapped communities seek a way to offset budget cuts This month, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed charging drivers there as much as $490 when firefighters respond to an...
  • Here It Comes: "Cybersecurity Standards", Government Internet Control Gets Serious

    12/15/2010 9:04:44 AM PST · by FromLori · 19 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 12/15/2010 | Robert Wenzel
    Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md has introduced a bill that would require the government and the private sector to require minimum cybsersecurity standards for devices that connect to the Internet. the Internet and Cybersecurity Safety Standards Act would require top government officials to determine the cost-effectiveness of requiring Internet service providers and others to develop and enforce cybersecurity safety standards, according to a press statement from Cardin's office. Cardin is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. The bill also requires officials -- including Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, attorney general Eric Holder, and Commerce secretary...
  • Want To Ruin Your Own Country? Assume Your Banks’ Liabilities

    12/14/2010 2:25:20 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies
    Gonzalo Lira ^ | 12/14/2010 | Gonzalo Lira
    Recently, I read up on how Iceland is doing—surprisingly well, actually. Unemployment is down, the Krona is going back up. Good balance of trade, good fiscal balance sheet. Quite the turnaround, after its troubles over the last couple of years— —so then if Iceland is doing OK, why then are we in the hole that we’re in? Why is the American economy slogging along? Why is Europe circling the drain? Why are the bond markets queasy as a patient with a low-grade malarial fever? Why is Ben Bernanke’s chin quivering and his voice quaking on 60 Minutes? (And by the...
  • Applicants Battle Cold For Govt. Help

    12/02/2010 3:40:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    WSB News ^ | 12/2/10 | staff
    (WSB Radio) -- Despite the freezing temperatures, hundreds fought for a place in line in Marietta to apply for federal aid to help pay their heat and power bills this winter. Only 30 people were being let in at a time at the assistance center in Marietta. "It was freezing," applicant Linda Benefield told WSB-TV. "I was in line for three hours and 15 minutes, but I needed the help." Some needed even more help just to deal with the cold. Ambulances were cold in and took at least two people to the hospital because of the freezing temperatures ....
  • TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security

    11/23/2010 1:20:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 171 replies
    chron.com ^ | 11/23/10 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-sanctioned security details. New heightened security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which require either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush. The senior government officials can opt out of such measures if they fly accompanied by government security guards approved by the TSA. The agency would not explain why it makes these exceptions, but...
  • Have We Really Been Simulated?

    07/22/2010 5:54:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/21/2010 | Tom Gantert
    The Lansing State Journal reported last week that the federal stimulus has been working. The White House projects the spending act created or saved between 2.5 and 3.6 million jobs. Experts at some limited government public policy think tanks give their opinions of the White House report. Brian Riedl: Research Fellow for Federal Budget Policy at the Heritage Foundation Of course the stimulus is a failure. Since it has been passed we have lost 3 million more jobs. If that is success, what does failure look like? 'Jobs saved' is impossible to measure. We can point out that the White...
  • I'm from the government and I'm here to help you!

    07/19/2010 8:20:31 AM PDT · by dvan · 20 replies
    EMAIL | NA | NA
    I'm from the government and I'm here to help you! Yeah!!!! Wal-Mart 1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day. 2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute! 3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year. 4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined. 5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English. 6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world. 7. Wal-Mart now sells...
  • Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

    07/16/2010 8:32:40 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    What are the worst government programs? To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order: Veterans Hospitals, Post Office, General Motors, Public Schools and Freddie Mae/Fannie Mac To see why, please click the article.
  • Gov't disturbed by cropped photos (Flotilla)

    06/07/2010 1:24:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 45+ views
    jpost ^ | 6/7/10 | abe selig
    A letter was sent to Reuters chief Tom Glocer on Monday expressing the "grave concern of the government of Israel" over the cropping of photographs taken from the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship last week by Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs MK Yuli Edelstein. The photos, which were published on Sunday in the Turkish Hurriyet daily, showed images of the commandos, their fatigues stained with blood, subdued by passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara ship but excluded the knives held by the aid activists.
  • British FM: Gov't will change universal jurisdiction law

    05/27/2010 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 279+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/27/10 | JONNY PAUL
    Hague promises to act speedily on matter, says Conservative party finds it "completely unacceptable that someone such as Livni feels she cannot visit the UK." LONDON - British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Thursday that it is absolutely his intention to act speedily to change the universal jurisdiction law and that this is agreed and understood in the coalition government. Speaking at a briefing at the Foreign Office on Thursday, Hague was asked by The Jerusalem Post if he has a timetable for a change to the law, which allows private complaints of war crimes to be lodged against...
  • Govt warns health insurance industry on mergers

    05/24/2010 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 444+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/24/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is warning the health insurance industry that it will block mergers that threaten to stifle competition. Justice Department antitrust chief Christine Varney said Monday that vigorous enforcement of anti-monopoly laws is essential to the success of the new health care law, particularly when it comes to reining in premiums. Big insurers have been getting bigger, and in many states one or two large carriers dominate the market.
  • (Israeli) Gov’t rejects Iran deal as a ruse

    05/18/2010 12:24:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 234+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/18/10 | staff
    Says Iranian deal is a maneuver to prevent agreement on sanctions. The Israeli government described the latest Iranian nuclear deal as a trick designed to prevent the imposition of UN Security Council sanctions. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with the "Septet" of seven key ministers on Tuesday, to discuss Israel's response to the Iranian nuclear fuel reprocessing agreement, brokered by Brazil and Turkey. Netanyahu instructed ministers not to make any public pronouncements before they had agreed a united response. Ministers concluded that the latest agreement is a maneuver to prevent the UN Security Council from agreeing on sanctions. They concluded...
  • Dropouts rise in gov't loan modification program

    05/17/2010 9:29:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 524+ views
    ap ^ | 5/17/10 | ALAN ZIBEL
    WASHINGTON — The number of homeowners dropping out of the Obama administration's main mortgage assistance plan is growing, and is now almost equal to the number who have received permanent relief. The Treasury Department's report on Monday was the latest evidence of problems in the administration's $75 billion program. While officials insist the program is helping the housing market turn around, critics say it is merely delaying an inevitable surge in foreclosures. More than 299,000 homeowners had received permanent loan modifications as of last month, Treasury said. That's about 25 percent of the 1.2 million who started the program since...
  • Illegal hiring for airport construction?

    05/01/2010 12:53:46 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 2 replies · 454+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 4/30/10 | Steve Visser
    Jose Alvarez first asked about a bricklaying job with M&D Masonry at the Atlanta airport in March, and the foreman assured him that being an illegal immigrant wouldn’t be a problem. Enlarge photo John Spink, jspink@ajc.com Workers continue their steady pace on the Maynard Jackson International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Enlarge photo John Spink, AJC Dave Weldon, co-owner of M&D Masonry, and foreman Bob Beaty say that their hiring practice is to have workers that are properly documented at the construction site of the Maynard Jackson International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Related Hartsfield-Jackson eyes growth Hartsfield-Jackson...
  • State Employee Pay Grows 25 Percent Above Inflation Since 1999

    04/23/2010 1:20:21 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies · 259+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2010 | James Hohman
    he average state employee compensation package costs approximately $93,039. Inflation-adjusted wages and benefits have increased 25 percent since fiscal 1999. The figures include the value of all benefits from state-paid retirement contributions to dry cleaning allowances. The largest cost increases came from retirement benefits (which increased from $309 million in fiscal 1999 to $772 million in fiscal 2008) and health insurance (which increased from $273 million in fiscal 1999 to $554 million in fiscal 1999). The wages and benefits of Michigan's over 50,000 state employees cost taxpayers $4.7 billion in fiscal 2008. This is up from $3.2 billion in fiscal...
  • 'Should America Bid Farewell to Exceptional Freedom?

    04/03/2010 5:50:23 AM PDT · by kwill4u · 8 replies · 500+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 03, 2010 | Rick Moran
    My party challenges the whole basis of the Progressivist vision of this country's future. We challenge their attack on American exceptionalism. We challenge their claim that bureaucratic centralization is the only way the US can meet the economic and social challenges of our time.
  • State suing for responsible scientific conclusions

    03/15/2010 8:49:59 AM PDT · by kwill4u · 16 replies · 638+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONCLE ^ | March 13, 2010, 5:17PM | By GREG ABBOTT
    The Environmental Protection Agency recently concluded that man-made greenhouse gas emissions — including carbon dioxide — are harmful pollutants and must be regulated. The lawsuit I filed challenging that finding does not address the disputed science surrounding global warming. Instead, it focuses on the indisputable fact that the EPA relied on information that has been discredited,
  • Class War How public servants became our masters (EXCELLENT READ!)

    01/29/2010 8:28:59 AM PST · by milwguy · 42 replies · 1,868+ views
    reason ^ | 1/29/2010 | steve greenhut
    The average federal salary (including benefits) is set to grow from $72,800 in 2008 to $75,419 in 2010, CBS reported. But the real action isn’t in what government employees are being paid today; it’s in what they’re being promised for tomorrow. Public pensions have swollen to unrecognizable proportions during the last decade. In June 2005, BusinessWeek reported that “more than 14 million public servants and 6 million retirees are owed $2.37 trillion by more than 2,000 different states, cities and agencies,” numbers that have risen since then. State and local pension payouts, the magazine found, had increased 50 percent in...
  • State sells 20 properties for $735 million (incl. State Capitol. ARIZONA)

    01/15/2010 7:58:25 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 32 replies · 1,170+ views
    AZ Family.com ^ | 1/14/10 | Frank Comacho
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  • Help needed. What department audits tax funded programs in my county government?

    01/15/2010 7:55:22 AM PST · by clippedwing · 10 replies · 455+ views
    I have become aware of a county program that is totally disfunctional and I want something done about it! This has to do with a county misappropriating federal funds. The county is Snohomish in Washington state. Supposedly the feds leave it up to the local govt's to audit their own programs. Can someone help me find out what department I can contact to try to get some interest in my story (I won't share it here...yet). Thanks for any help!!