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  • Insurers must credit ObamaCare when giving new round of rebates, feds say

    05/13/2012 11:06:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/13/12 | WSJ
    Health-insurance companies must tell customers who get a premium rebate this summer that the check is the result of the Obama administration's health-care law, according to federal guidelines released Friday.
  • California Legislation Would Abolish Parental Control of Childrens Choice of Sex

    05/12/2012 10:27:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 73 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 5/12/12 | Chuck Ness
    It has become clear for some time that there is no limit to which a leftist will go in there attempt to control mankind from the cradle to the grave. Even the fear of voter backlash in an election year does not seem to slow them down any longer. Why else would Obama come out of the closet in full support of same sex marriage, at the same time that California Democrats are attempting to criminalize a parent's influence upon their child's sexual orientation. Passing through the California Senate Judiciary committee by a vote of 3-1, SB 1172 is...
  • Recent rulings in teacher salary disputes put arbitration on Legislature’s radar screen

    05/13/2012 10:12:23 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 5/13/2012 | By Anjeanette Damon (contact)
    A budget is not just a plan to spend money. It’s a statement of priorities — a paper-and-ink manifesto of what an elected official or board believes is important. In an ideal world, the budget matches a politician’s campaign promises. And if it doesn’t, the public can decide whether to vote the person out. But what happens when a major portion of a public budget is put in the hands of someone who isn’t elected and isn’t subject to the decisions of an elected board? Such is the case when a labor dispute heads to arbitration. And in the aftermath...
  • Mother of 3 arrested, abused for taking pictures of tourist attraction at airport

    05/12/2012 10:00:30 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 109 replies
    American Vision News ^ | 5/12/2012 | Joel McDurmon
    <p>This case is a frightening example of what can happen when a photographer encounters ignorant bullies with badges. According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Nancy Genovese, a mother of three, was driving home on County Road 31 past Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County. Gabreski Airport displays a decorative helicopter shell by the roadway to the public, which is visible to all who pass by.</p>
  • Blind gun enthusiast wins appeal to get guns back, again

    05/12/2012 12:59:24 PM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 05/12/2012 | unknown
    A blind firearms enthusiast can have his gun collection back, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday, in the latest development of what has become an ongoing Second Amendment rights saga. A prosecutor's office had asked a judge to revoke Steve Hopler's gun permit and seize all guns in his possession arguing that Hopler abused alcohol and posed a danger to others, NJ.com reports. But the troubles allegedly first started back in 1994 when police revoked his permit after learning he was blind. Hope, now 49, won an appeal to get the permit back with a stipulation; Hope can only fire...
  • TSA Conducting Random Searches on US Highways

    05/11/2012 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 247 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/9/12 | Survivalist Forum
    guess Alex Jones is still crazy?? He has been talking about this for months. Bend over and take it America. Don't be upset, this is all done in love and it is all for freedom! Everyone lets sing the Sean Hannity song together...let freedom ring, let the white dove sing...." I love freedom!
  • Metra Unveils Commuter Rail Security Restrictions For NATO

    05/11/2012 8:35:23 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/11/2012 | unknown
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Some commuters will have to make alternate plans during the NATO Summit, as Metra today said it will close several stations on the Electric Line. All Metra passengers–not just those on the Electric Line–will also face carry-on restrictions and security screenings from May 19-21. Riders will be allowed one briefcase-sized bag up to 15 by 15 inches and four inches deep. Riders will not be allowed to carry boxes, luggage, backpacks, pocket knives, bikes, food or liquid. This includes all beverages, such as coffee and soda.
  • Feds say spend that money on high-speed rail – - – or else

    05/11/2012 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    They are from the federal government and here to help. Or so goes the classic line by the last decent president. Federal transportation Sec. Ray LaHood has “warned” California lawmakers not to wait until the fall to vote on the Moonbeam Express high-speed rail boondoggle. “We need to make sure that the commitment is there to obligate the money,” LaHood lectured. In short, the feds are threatening,...
  • Nanny State Update: Regulating Lassie and Banning Baked Goods

    05/11/2012 12:33:48 PM PDT · by 92nina
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-05-10 | [Staff]
    ...New York Nanny Staters Attack a Loophole: Following the Nanny in chief’s cigarette tax hike, there’s more cigarette tax madness, from New York no less. Despite his abysmal record as Mayor Nanny, this isn’t a Michael Bloomberg driven tobacco tax. Nanny State lawmakers and advocates in Syracuse are pushing New York state to increase taxes on loose tobacco—the kind you use to roll your own cigarettes. Facing Obama and New York State’s high cigarette taxes, people are switching to self-rolled cigarettes and pipe tobacco. This loophole is primed for Nanny State closure because it takes away potential tax revenue from...
  • White House Lied, Jobs Died: The story behind the drilling moratorium

    05/11/2012 12:01:12 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/11/12 | Michelle Malkin
    While the White House and its media water-carriers try to distract the American public with gay-marriage talk and half-century-old tales of Mitt Romney’s prep-school pranks, the inconvenient truth remains: President Obama is responsible for perpetrating jaw-dropping, job-killing scientific fraud. And his minions are still trying to cover it up. New internal e-mails disclosed by the House Natural Resources Committee this week show that a supposedly exculpatory report on the administration’s doctored drilling moratorium analysis — issued by the Department of Interior’s inspector general’s office — was itself incomplete, misleading, and unsubstantiated. Even more damning, the documents reveal that the White...
  • 200,000 Blue Collar Coal Miners Who Power America Threatened by Obama EPA

    05/11/2012 11:28:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/11/2012 | Fox News
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...
  • Will We Ever Have a Free Market Farm Bill?

    05/10/2012 1:45:23 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-09 | Kelly William Cobb
    This week, the House will vote to slash Agriculture spending by $33.7 billion. This presents a huge opportunity to reform agriculture in a free-market direction, yet it’s an opportunity being squandered by Congress. For one thing, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, is pushing a Farm Bill that reportedly contains only $24.7 billion in spending cuts. Yet not all farm programs are treated equal and some don’t even rely on direct payments to farmers at all. The most market distorting programs rely on a convoluted system of supply management and price control programs, where government buys...
  • Congress: TSA is Wasting Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

    05/10/2012 11:59:54 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 14 replies
    TechDirt ^ | May 9, 2012 | techdirt
    Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars from the oversight-indeed dept The House Oversight Committee has come out with a report slamming the TSA for tremendous amounts of waste, specifically in the "deployment and storage" of its scanning equipment. Basically, it sounds like the TSA likes to go on giant spending sprees, buying up security equipment and then never, ever using it. A few data points As of February 15, 2012, the total value of TSA’s equipment in storage was, according to TSA officials, estimated at $184 million. However, when questioned by Committee staff, TSA’s warehouse...
  • The Real Life of Julia

    05/10/2012 11:34:25 AM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-10 | [Staff]
    [All slides from the page.] [Embed code is 'iframe height="550" scrolling="no" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/julia/julia.html" width="650">'/iframe> and replace apostrophe marks with the open (arrow) tags.]
  • Baby, 18 months old, ordered off plane at Fort Lauderdale airport

    05/10/2012 7:39:41 AM PDT · by GingerC · 27 replies
    WPBF news FL ^ | May 10, 2012 | Ari Hait
    Eighteen-month-old Riyanna has been called a lot of things: cute, adorable and now ... a suspected terrorist. Related She was called that on Tuesday night at the Ft Lauderdale Airport. She and her parents had just boarded a JetBlue flight when an airline employee approached them and asked them to get off the plane, saying representatives from the Transportation Security Agency wanted to speak to them. ..more at link
  • Obama admin furious over proposed ATF restriction, threatens veto

    05/10/2012 8:01:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 May, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The Obama administration is threatening to veto the House Appropriations bill, HR 5326 by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) because, among other things, it would roadblock a multiple long gun sales reporting requirement in four southwest states for the embattled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This new angle should get the attention of Northwest gun owners who faithfully follow the Fast and Furious scandal at WaGuns, Seattle Guns, Northwest Firearms, Shooters Northwest and GunRights Media forums. A message from the Obama administration on the proposed legislation says this:
  • Justice Dept. Plans to Sue Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

    05/09/2012 3:24:18 PM PDT · by Internet Walnut · 35 replies
    ABC news ^ | May 10, 2012 (AP) | AP - PHOENIX
    Federal authorities say they intend to file a lawsuit against Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department over allegations of civil rights violations.
  • Taking Someone Else's Money

    05/09/2012 12:08:40 PM PDT · by 92nina
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-05-08 | [Staff]
    With French voters electing a Socialist presidential candidate who campaigned on an anti-austerity platform, the size of government has truly evolved into a global, and not just American, vote-moving issue. However, we should call “austerity” policies by their true name—fiscal responsibility. Many economists agree that when a country’s debt reaches 90 percent of GDP, serious economic contraction occurs that can persist for decades. This 90 percent is often called the danger zone. Greece, the paradigm for fiscal conservatives around the world, had debt to GDP ratio of 165.4 percent in 2011. The word austerity conjures up images of Ebenezer Scrooge,...
  • House to vote on Trayvon amendment

    05/08/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT · by rarestia · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 May 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida. The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House's debate on the Commerce Department spending bill. Emphasis added
  • Pending settlement rekindles long, sometimes-contentious tenure of fired county employee

    05/09/2012 6:14:52 AM PDT · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    The nearly $500,000 county commissioners say they are likely to approve as settlement in a wrongful termination lawsuit will dredge up more than scarce taxpayer dollars. It will serve as a reminder of the Byzantine, sometimes Machiavellian, way of county politics. The lawsuit stems from the firing of Terry Lamuraglia in 2008 as assistant director of Clark County’s Parks & Recreation Department. He claimed his boss, then-director Leonard Cash, didn’t like the fact that Lamuraglia refused to discriminate against a gay manager in the department. Cash said Lamuraglia was fired because of his plan to leave some 90 parks unguarded...