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  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: The True History of the War for Southern Independence

    01/09/2016 7:35:03 AM PST · by soakncider · 227 replies
    Shotwell Publishing ^ | Clyde N. Wilson
    TRUE HISTORY OF THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE IN THIS AGE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS there has never been a greater need and greater opportunity to refresh our understanding of what happened in America in the years 1861-1865 and start defending our Southern forebears as strongly as they ought to be defended. There is plenty of true history available to us. It is our job to make it known. All the institutions of American society, including nearly all Southern institutions and leaders, are now doing their best to separate the Confederacy off from the rest of American history and push it...
  • (Exempt) White House: No Obamacare Individual Mandate Delay

    03/16/2014 1:01:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Joseph Straw
    The White House will not delay the “individual mandate” at the core of Obamacare, a top Administration official said Sunday. “That will not happen,” top White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, amid Republican calls for a delay of the requirement that Americans have health insurance by March 31 or incur a fine assessed with their 2013 tax return. The original deadline, Feb. 15, was extended amid the disastrous rollout of the administrations website for policy shopping, The administration has already delayed the law’s employer coverage requirements.
  • Pelosi: If There’s One Things We’ll Never Do, It’s Delay Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

    02/16/2014 6:12:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/14/14 | Bryan Preston
    Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference today that even though the Obama administration has unilaterally delayed Obamacare’s implementation nearly 30 times, there is one delay that will not happen: the individual mandate. A reporter asked Pelosi, who was House Speaker when Obamacare passed: “The administration announced another delay of the employer mandate on obamacare or the affordable care act. Do you think that opens up wiggle room for Democrats to vote to delay the employee mandate that the employees are now required to but, and if so, why not?” Pelosi fired back: “No, it is a completely...
  • Pope Francis: "No One Is Saved on Their Own"

    01/15/2014 9:13:18 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 134 replies ^ | January 15, 2014
    Beginning his address, the Holy Father reiterated his imagery of Baptism as an unbroken chain in the transmission of faith. Each baptized Christian, he said, is a link in that chain. “Such is the grace of God and so is our faith, that we should transmit to our children, because they, as adults, can transmit it to their children,” the Pope said. “Baptism makes us enter into this People of God that transmits the faith. This is very important. A People of God that walks and transmits faith.” Continuing his catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism, Pope Francis reminded the...
  • The Obamacare individual mandate death watch (“Gang of Six” RATS is running scared)

    12/25/2013 5:03:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Times Communities ^ | 12/24/13 | Jennifer Oliver O'Connell
    **SNIP** As the New York Post so aptly put it, ”[T]his isn’t about fixing ObamaCare. It’s about relieving the political pain for Democrats.”; and, 3) It gives the administration more time to continue its mojo marketing to the Young Invincibles. As of this writing, the young and healthy are still not signing up in droves for this boondoggle despite new pushes by Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, and a “Buy It ‘Cause It’s Hot” video featuring Barack O’Breezy. Jonathan Karl of ABC News all but mocked the administration and Jay Carney about the Covered California video promotion. He retorted, “I mean...
  • Ted Cruz: House should pass individual CRs to re-fund

    10/01/2013 1:15:31 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies ^ | 10-1-2013 | The Right Scoop
    This is why I love Ted Cruz. He thinks like a fighter. He told Laura Ingraham this morning that for the things Obama said he would shut down like the VA and National Parks, the house should vote on individual CRs to put the funding back in the VA and the National Parks and then send to the Senate. Cruz said we should do it for everything in the ‘parade of horribles’ Obama mentioned yesterday that he would shut down. Listen:
  • Black Self-Sabotage

    07/31/2013 12:03:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 7-31-2013 | Walter E. Williams
    If we put ourselves into the shoes of racists who seek to sabotage black upward mobility, we couldn't develop a more effective agenda than that followed by civil rights organizations, black politicians, academics, liberals and the news media. Let's look at it. First, weaken the black family, but don't blame it on individual choices. You have to preach that today's weak black family is a legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and racism. The truth is that black female-headed households were just 18 percent of households in 1950, as opposed to about 68 percent today. In fact, from 1890 to 1940,...
  • [VIDEO] Did the Obama administration consider delaying the individual mandate too?

    07/17/2013 7:00:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 1 replies ^ | July 17, 2013 | RIght Scoop
    Rep. Tom Price asks this official whether he was involved in any discussions with the Treasury regarding the delay of the individual mandate. He had to ask multiple times because the way this official answers the question you’d think he’s walking through a mine field: So basically his answer is yes. It’s a shame he couldn’t just say that.
  • House to Vote Next Week to Delay Individual Mandate

    07/12/2013 4:22:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/11/13 | John Parkinson
    House Speaker John Boehner today announced that the House will take votes next week on a one-year delay to both the employer mandate and the individual mandate in the president’s signature health care law. Boehner’s vow was instigated by the Obama administration’s decision last week to postpone implementation of the mandate for businesses. Thursday, the speaker ticked off examples of the types of people who would have to overcome the burden of the mandate – young professionals with student loans, single parents and families – and contrasted their struggle with financial companies, government contractors and big banks who stand to...
  • Other than Obama and Krugman, Is there Anybody Who Still Thinks Bigger Government Is Good for Growth

    06/16/2013 4:02:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve repeatedly explained that Keynesian economics doesn’t work because any money the government spends must first be diverted from the productive sector of the economy, which means either higher taxes or more red ink. So unless one actually thinks that politicians spend money with high levels of effectiveness and efficiency, this certainly suggests that growth will be stronger when the burden of government spending is modest (and if spending is concentrated on “public goods,” which do have a positive “rate of return” for the economy). I’ve also complained (to the point of being a nuisance!) that there are too many...
  • The Foibles and Foolishness of Barack Obama Go Beyond Ignorance

    06/10/2013 3:36:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | June 10, 2013 | John Ransom
    So it comes to this: After all that has been said about Barack Obama, in the end there is very little to say. You are either willing to overlook Barack Obama’s foibles and foolishness; or you aren’t. There is no middle ground. There is no saying for example “Well he’s kind of new in the job,” or “This is an example of one bad apple in his Cabinet,” or “The president didn’t know about it.” Going into his second term, you either knew what we had in Barack Obama or you didn’t. For myself, I’ve never been willing to overlook...
  • Sandy's Lesson

    11/03/2012 4:10:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | November 3, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Here's the big lesson from mega-storm Sandy: Mother Nature sneers at high tech, mocks modern convenience and couldn't care less about what kind of person you are. She will smack you if she wants to. As we have become addicted to machines, many of us have forgotten about nature. We must have gizmos. Sandy laughed and took them away. Power, gone. Internet, dark. Cellphones, not happening. Even your landline phone, not available, because "all circuits are busy." Suddenly, it's 1850 with one exception: battery-operated flashlights and radios. So what is the lesson here? Actually, there are a few. First: No...
  • "Mandate Day" is another Clear Test of Fox Media Malpractice

    03/27/2012 2:59:33 PM PDT · by publius321 · 27 replies ^ | 3/27/2012 | Scott Ryan
    Today is an important test of Fox News and “sister companies” like The Wall Street Journal because this is “individual mandate day.” The Supreme Court has been hearing arguments on that isolated issue upon which the entire multi-state lawsuit rests. THEREFORE, Fox News will be focusing mainly on this story (between Trayvon Martin reports). On Fox and Friends this morning the individual mandate was the main topic as expected. There has not been a single mention of the fact that Mitt Romney successfully ADVISED Barack Obama to adopt the individual mandate - but they did manage to slip in another...
  • Individual Mandate Day another Clear Test of Fox Media Malpractice

    03/27/2012 6:02:49 AM PDT · by publius321 · 14 replies ^ | 3/27/2012 | Scott Ryan
    Today is an important test of Fox News and “sister companies” like The Wall Street Journal. I have continually pointed out the media malpractice of Fox and their breach of fiduciary responsibility to their viewers and shareholders by engaging in manipulation, distortion and OMMISSION of material facts during this election primary season. Today is “individual mandate day” because the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments today on that isolated issue. THEREFORE, Fox News will be focusing mainly on this story (between Travon Martin stories). I turned on Fox & Friends this morning and the individual mandate has been the main...
  • Romney's Latest excuse begs One Question

    03/10/2012 6:38:39 AM PST · by publius321 · 10 replies ^ | 3/10/2012 | Scott Ryan
    Romney is running out of excuses as the layers of lies about his position on socialized medicine peel away like an onion. There's not much -left- to cover up and his last attempt to differentiate from Obamacare begs One Question:
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism: Jean-Jacques Rousseau vs. John Locke

    01/22/2012 11:35:18 PM PST · by stevelackner · 23 replies · 1+ views
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | January 22, 2012 | Steven W. Lackner
    There were two thinkers who were greatly influential in forming philosophies that would affect the future political theories that followed. The greatest thinker of the modern age was John Locke, who provided the framework that would allow for liberal democracy. A thinker who perhaps inadvertently laid down the foundation for totalitarianism was Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Both Locke and Rousseau were grand thinkers, but Rousseau was an advocate of his own form of collectivism while Locke believed in individualism, the basis for a truly free society. It is sensible to begin by analyzing Locke, as he preceded Rousseau. John Locke writes in...
  • Gingrich Applauded Romney's Health Plan [headline is a lie]

    12/26/2011 10:01:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 148 replies · 10+ views
    Wall St. J ^ | December 27, 2011 | BRODY MULLINS AND JANET ADAMY
    DECEMBER 27, 2011 Gingrich Applauded Romney's Health Plan BY BRODY MULLINS AND JANET ADAMY Newt Gingrich voiced enthusiasm for Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health-care law when it was passed five years ago, the same plan he has been denouncing over the past few months as he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination. "The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system," said an April 2006 newsletter published by Mr. Gingrich's former consulting company, the Center for Health Transformation.
  • Romney: Health Care Individual Mandate Is A "Conservative Concept"

    11/22/2011 5:05:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/22/11 | Staff
    Mitt Romney: "I'm for keeping the Bush tax cuts in place and holding down the tax rates. I want to lower our federal tax rates. So across a wide array of issues, I think conservatives in my party will see that I'm a rock solid conservative. Look, you pointed it out a moment ago. Last time around John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were running, I was the conservative choice. Mike Huckabee and I. We were the two guys that were on the conservative side. I have the same views today I had back then."
  • Matters of Life and Death

    11/16/2011 6:17:36 AM PST · by thesaleboat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 16 Nov 2011 | Lorna Jose-Mendoza
    The radical agenda being pursued across the United States now in support of unlimited abortion is taking its toll on individual rights – and the newest battleground is a New Jersey hospital that is trying to require nurses to help kill the unborn despite both state and federal prohibitions. That's according to Alan Sears, an executive with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has gone to court to obtain an order halting the hospital's plans for now. "Cases like this are increasingly common in the U.S., as the battle over abortion spurs attacks on rights of individual conscience," he penned in...
  • Obama: Individual Health Insurance Mandate ‘Should Not Be Controversial’

    08/15/2011 4:02:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/15/11 | Nicholas Ballasy
    On his bus tour, President Barack Obama said the federal health care law’s individual mandate, which requires every American to purchase health insurance, “should not be controversial.” To date, 26 states have sued the federal government, arguing that the individual mandate is unconstitutional because the U.S. Constitution does not grant Congress the power to require Americans to purchase a good or service. “Here’s the problem – if an insurance company has to take you, has to insure you, even if you’re sick but you don’t have an individual mandate, then what would everybody do?
  • Gingrich Calls GOP Medicare Plan 'Right-Wing Social Engineering' (supports individual mandate)

    05/16/2011 7:14:15 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 77 replies
    White House hopeful Newt Gingrich called the House Republican plan for Medicare "right-wing social engineering," injecting a discordant GOP voice into the party's efforts to reshape both entitlements and the broader budget debate. In the same interview Sunday, on NBC's "Meet the Press," Mr. Gingrich backed a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance, complicating a Republican line of attack on President Barack Obama's health law. The former House speaker's decision to stick with his previous support for an individual mandate comes days after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defended the health revamp he championed as governor, which includes a...
  • Mankind's Benefactor: The Individual

    01/30/2011 5:35:03 PM PST · by El Gringo · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Thinkwright blog ^ | JWThinkwright
    Unvetted (i.e., without credentials) individuals such as the Wright brothers and Thomas Edison have had a far more beneficial effect on mankind than have all the vaunted, vetted collectives such as the Service Employees International Union, or Napoleon's Army for that matter. Here are a few unvetted individuals I have in mind: Wright brothers, A. Einstein, H. Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, Moses, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus of Nazareth, John Adams, Benito Juarez, Robert Goddard, Ronald Reagan, Frederick Douglass. Often they were at odds with the Establishment and the power structure. They were likely to be dismissed as unusual or strange. On...
  • Anthem Blue Cross Individual Business to Suspend Child-Only Coverage Effective 9/23/10

    09/17/2010 9:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Anthem Blue Cross ^ | 9/17/10 | Anthem Blue Cross
    Anthem Blue Cross is committed to offering a broad range of products and services that meet customer needs in the changing health insurance market, and to implementing the new health care reform legislation in a way that benefits our customers and members. We have reviewed the rules regarding the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) limiting the application of pre-existing condition exclusions for children under 19. Unfortunately, there remains a great deal of uncertainty as to how the rules will be implemented and what the impacts might be on participating insurers. While some carriers may continue...
  • ObamaCare Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

    03/26/2010 2:46:56 AM PDT · by Son House · 13 replies · 753+ views
    Dakota Voice ^ | March 24th, 2010 | Guest Author Editorial
    Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a petition to the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of the Commonwealth against the federal mandate imposed by ObamaCare that individuals must purchase or obtain health insurance, whether from a private insurance company or from government. Cuccinelli’s efforts were joined by 13 other states, who separately filed a joint brief in Pensacola, Florida. According to the Virginia brief, the government takeover of health care “contains an individual mandate which will require a majority of Virginians after December 31, 2013 to purchase health insurance for themselves and their...

    04/17/2009 5:52:17 AM PDT · by Patriot2A · 20 replies · 601+ views
    The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) ^ | 15 APRIL 2009 | Jeff Gruenewald (; 517 353 9563) and William Parkin (; 757 535
    Press Release: Background Information: Far-Right Attacks on U.S. Law Enforcement The murder last week of 3 Pittsburgh police officers by far-right extremist Richard Poplawski is the most recent incident of violent activity in the United States by a far-right extremist against a police target. Research led by Dr. Joshua D. Freilich (John Jay College, CUNY) and Dr. Steven Chermak (Michigan State University) and funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has revealed a violent history of fatal attacks against law enforcement officers in the United States by individuals who adhere to far-right...

    03/27/2009 12:55:27 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 17 replies · 1,333+ views ^ | March 20, 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    In Defense of Individualism March 20, 2009 Listen To It! FREE! WMP | RealPlayer BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Snerdley says -- and this depresses me, because I said in the closing segment of the previous hour that the Democrat Party and the Obama administration are conducting an all-out assault on the individual and liberty and freedom. And that's exactly what it is.Snerdley says,"You better explain why the individual is so important.You know, a lot of people,you got a whole bunch of brand-new tuner-inners out there, Rush, and a lot of these people think the individual is just a greedy SOB,and...
  • Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court liberal?

    03/08/2009 1:58:58 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 22 replies · 1,044+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 8, 2009
    Reporting from Washington -- The Supreme Court opinion that drew the most praise last week from a proudly "progressive" constitutional law group was written by perhaps the court's staunchest conservative, Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas would have gone further than the court's liberals in a decision that allowed injured patients to sue drug makers. In a 24-page concurrence, he said the court should have declared that judges have no authority to void state consumer-protection laws based on "agency musings" from Washington.
  • Churches celebrating the ‘Year of Darwin’: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4
  • The power of the individual: The American Enlightenment and Romanticism

    01/09/2009 9:02:05 PM PST · by mnehring · 6 replies · 580+ views
    During the 18th century, scientific and social changes reshaped the concept of the self. The individual slowly separated from the collective and began to develop as an antithesis of the collective agrarian society of prior centuries; thus, giving rise to a wave of new philosophical thought that evolved into the popular movement of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment developed around the belief that scientific thought and expression should be free from religious interference and that the foundations of society should be human reason and logic. Over time, these ideals gave rise to Romanticism which introduced the contrast of nature and the...
  • Thanksgiving Isn't About Bulldozers

    11/25/2008 7:15:52 AM PST · by Titmouse · 1 replies · 241+ views
    The Aspen Times ^ | 11/25/08 | Addison Gardner
    With Thanksgiving two days away and family inbound from Boulder and Atlanta, I wanted to write about what this day means to me. The idea of Thanksgiving puts a lump in my throat in a way that even Christmas doesn’t, because this is a holiday that showcases courageous individualism. Thanksgiving celebrates people who abandoned their homes in search of freedom of worship, freedom of expression, and freedom of association and enterprise. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October and, while theirs is a more pointedly secular observance, the origins of the day are similar to ours. Canadian Thanksgiving is based upon a...
  • DNA breakthrough can identify an individual in a public place

    09/02/2008 12:29:26 PM PDT · by BGHater · 21 replies · 331+ views
    The Times Online ^ | 01 Sep 2008 | Tim Wogan
    A type of DNA analysis that could vastly increase the power of genetic fingerprinting has been developed by US scientists. They have found a way of picking an individual’s DNA out of a mixed sample – even when that sample is contaminated by the DNA of up to 200 others. The method works even when the DNA of interest is only 0.1 per cent of the sample. At present, it is hard for forensic investigators to detect an individual’s DNA if it constitutes less than 10 per cent of a mixture, or if many other people’s DNA is present. This...
  • Liberal without even Trying

    08/24/2008 7:41:23 AM PDT · by Bowtie52 · 2 replies · 194+ views
    8/22/08 | Bowtie 52 /
    Liberal without even Trying From the times of the Great Depression through the 1950’s, some people were known as those who were just “passing through” town. During that time, one could pass through a town anonymously. Those days are gone. With fingerprint, information, a certifiable form of identification, a social security number, a speck of DNA or a face recognition photograph authorities have the ability to know everything there is to know about an individual. That individual had better have their legal ducks in a row before passing anywhere. This is but a tiny fragment of an example of those...
  • Commencement Address: Barack Obama

    06/10/2008 4:49:24 PM PDT · by JavaJumpy · 13 replies · 88+ views
    Knox College ^ | June 2005 | Remarks of Barack Obama
    Thank you also, Mr. President, for this honorary degree. It was only a couple of years ago that I stopped paying my student loans in law school. Had I known it was this easy, I would have ran for the United States Senate earlier. You know, it has been about six months now since you sent me to Washington as your United States Senator. I recognize that not all of you voted for me, so for those of you muttering under your breath "I didn't send you anywhere," that's ok too. Maybe we'll hold—what do you call it—a little Pumphandle...
  • Responsibility Factor

    06/04/2007 9:47:09 AM PDT · by Ohioan · 7 replies · 246+ views
    Return Of The Gods Web Site ^ | May 30, 2007 | William Flax
    One of our recurrent themes has been the general failure of political leaders in the West to display either a clear or adequate understanding of why the "Market Economy" out-performs all others, or a comprehension of the relevance of the principles involved to virtually every other facet of human inter-action. With the economic collapse of European Communism, even World Socialists began to accept the superiority of a Market driven economy. Yet neither they, nor most Capitalists, have shown any grasp of the actual dynamics. Rather, evident phenomena have been treated much as a correct recognition of the benefits of herbal...
  • Community vs. individual (This Is Rich!!!)

    10/17/2006 4:59:44 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 47 replies · 1,059+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | today | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    Community vs. individual By Lisa Vorderbrueggen CONTRA COSTA TIMES Behind Proposition 90's land-use legalese is an abiding societal dilemma: When do the rights of the community trump the rights of the individual? Initiative proponents say government is too heavy-handed and property owners are unfairly bearing the costs of community amenities such as open space and wildlife habitat. Prop. 90 would bar governments from taking private land, through a legal process called eminent domain, for the purposes of turning it over to a private developer. And it would force local agencies to pay landowners for broadly defined losses that result from...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...
  • Washington: Smoking Ban Crippling Local Casinos

    09/30/2006 3:20:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 69 replies · 2,261+ views ^ | August 16, 2006 | Chris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- Non-tribal casinos have already lost tens of millions of dollars because of Washington’s new indoor smoking ban. A new financial study, conducted by our own KIRO Team 7 Investigators, discovers taxpayers could loose millions as well. Card-rooms, charity bingo halls, and some bars and restaurants are required to report financial information to the state every year. The state hasn't had a chance to look at the figures since the smoking ban took effect. I have. It looks like "no smoking" means economic devastation for the non-tribal gaming industry. If there was ever any doubt that gamblers are also...
  • Snapshot - Smoking Ban Impact on Bars/Bowling Centrs

    09/28/2006 9:12:24 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 4,018+ views ^ | 28 September 2006 | Darnet Dawn
    Following are actual statistics reflecting examples of the negative impact upon individual businesses following the recently instituted smoking ban ordinances, effective in Springfield, Illinois and surrounding unincorporated Sangamon County this September 15, 2006 (less than two weeks ago). When small businesses account for about two-thirds of our country's economic growth and new jobs, it is difficult to comprehend elected officials' reasoning in voting to implement an intrusive ordinance which will hurt those same business owners. A restaurant owner who does not permit smoking will see it as a violation of his property rights if a coalition uses the political...
  • Smoking ban raises problems for nursing homes

    09/26/2006 12:45:51 AM PDT · by SheLion · 196 replies · 6,066+ views
    Ft ^ | Sep. 24, 2006
    Delaware County's ban on smoking in most work places has become a problem for some nursing homes, which are both work places for employees and homes for the residents. The smoking ordinance does not prevent people from smoking in their homes, but it does ban smoking in most public buildings and work spaces. If a nursing home bans smoking, they could lose federal funding for failing to comply with regulations, but if they allow smoking they could face fines or a lawsuit from the county health department, officials said. Federal regulations state that if a nursing home changes its...
  • Churchill Downs: Smoking ban will hurt track

    09/22/2006 2:01:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 18 replies · 1,570+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | September 20, 2006 | Joseph Girth
    Churchill Downs could be hurt financially if it is forced to go completely smoke free, a company official said Wednesday. Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Inc.’s vice president for national public affairs, told a Louisville Metro Council committee considering a new, tougher smoking ban, that the race track is already facing heavy competition from Indiana and from computer and telephone betting services.And he said the company’s experience at a Florida track shows some people will stop betting when a smoking ban takes effect. But the former head of the Greater Louisville Medical Society testified that his group favors a complete...
  • Private club challenges Ontario smoking ban

    09/22/2006 11:02:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,286+ views
    CBC News ^ | September 15, 2006
    A private smokers club in Smiths Falls challenged Ontario's indoor smoking ban with its grand opening Friday — and Ontario officials did not brave the fumes to attend. Instead, the club's founder was charged under the province's Smoke-Free Ontario act the day before it opened. Since Ontario's indoor workplace and public smoking ban went into effect, ashtrays and cigars have been illegal in bars. The grand opening of Do' Little's pub as a club for members of a private smokers association took place at noon at the Comfort Inn on Centre Street in Smiths Falls, about 65 kilometres south of...
  • IL: Restaurant complaints relight smoking debate

    09/21/2006 6:39:52 PM PDT · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,381+ views
    Herald Advocate ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | JENNIFER JOHNSON
    Park Ridge aldermen will resume discussion of the city's public smoking ban, following complaints from three restaurant owners that their businesses have been adversely affected by it.The restaurant owners spoke briefly to the City Council Monday night, prompting Mayor Howard Frimark to ask the aldermen if the smoking ban should be brought back before the Procedures and Regulations Committee. Alderman Jeannie Markech agreed that it should, and made a motion for the discussion. Eight aldermen voted in favor of the issue going back to committee and five voted against. One alderman was absent.The next meeting of the Procedures and Regulations...
  • No Smoking in the Green Zone

    09/19/2006 6:31:35 AM PDT · by SheLion · 26 replies · 1,135+ views
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2006
    There have been a bunch of books about the mistakes made after the American invasion of Baghdad, George Packer's Assassin's Gate and Thomas Ricks' Fiasco being the two best in my opinion.Yesterday, the Washington Post published an excerpt from Rajiv Chandrasekaran's effort. He was their bureau chief there for a few years and his book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, will be released tomorrow.I haven't read the book, but the excerpt is as damning as anything could be. It outlines how people were recruited to serve in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the group that ran...
  • It's time for a full scale congressional investigation

    09/10/2006 7:02:08 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,773+ views ^ | September 9, 2006
    Jobs are being eliminated by special interest activist organizations Now that air quality test results by the likes of the American Cancer Society are proving that the secondhand smoke kills argument is completely fabricated. It's time for lawmakers to investigate why this fallacy has permeated the local government debate.....and specifically who is funding and spreading that false information. The "who" is in large part the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And since RWJF is an affiliate of the Johnson & Johnson Company (the manufacturer of competing nicotine product interests Nicoderm & Nicoderm CQ), it stands to reason that the...
  • Maine: State bills smoker for online buys

    09/06/2006 10:08:11 AM PDT · by SheLion · 85 replies · 1,747+ views ^ | September 06, 2006
    Robin Brayman, a 44-year-old Greenfield resident, thought she had saved quite a bit of money buying cigarettes online, until she received a bill from the state demanding more than $2,000 in unpaid sales and cigarette taxes. "I had no idea. When I first started buying, the Web site said the cigarettes were tax-free, duty-free. You assumed you didn't have to pay anything," Brayman said. Brayman, like many other smokers, purchases cigarettes online because they are offered at a deep discount. A carton of Marlboro Full Flavor 100s costs $29.45 plus shipping from, the site Brayman patronized. The same...
  • What Do We Do With Millions of Illegal Aliens ?

    09/01/2006 6:01:08 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 12 replies · 261+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 09/01/06 | vanity
    With several million illegals in the country,we need to take action - but carefully ! Some ideas have surfaced.
  • IL: Rockton Village Trustees Snuff Out Smoking Ban

    08/24/2006 3:25:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 16 replies · 780+ views ^ | 24th of August 2006 | Andy Myers
    ROCKTON -- Rockton leaders snuff out an idea to ban smoking at public places. Tuesday night at their meeting, a motion to draft an ordinance banning smoking in public places failed to get anywhere. Rockton Village Trustee Dennis Meade put the issue before board members, but no one seconded the motion. The proposal would've kept people from lighting up on streets, sidewalks, parks and in businesses. Several community members including business owners spoke out at the meeting against a ban saying it would hurt their business. Others claimed it a ban would go against their rights. One person at...
  • Ground Zero ma: Mike (Bloomberg)heartless

    08/18/2006 12:32:17 PM PDT · by SheLion · 45 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Front Page ^ | August 17, 2006 | MICHAEL SAUL
    The mother of deceased Ground Zero worker James Zadroga described Mayor Bloomberg as a "cold, heartless person" for opposing a series of new laws that address the health battles of 9/11 rescuers."I don't think he realizes how the common people live - maybe for one month he should try and live on $500 a week," Linda Zadroga wrote in a letter to the Daily News. "But when [you're] a billionaire, you have no concept of the so-called middle class. Well, one day he may have some tragedy in his family he will need to deal with, and then maybe...
  • Navy Individual Augmentees Help Rebuild Al Anbar Province

    08/17/2006 5:50:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 195+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Daniel Sanford
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (NNS) -- The Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) has been augmented this summer by some senior enlisted Navy leaders who volunteered as individual augmentees to help rebuild cities within the Al-Anbar Province in western Iraq. Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) (AW/SW) Michael Yule, who three months ago was teaching at the Center for Navy Leadership in Little Creek, Va., has now found himself playing a vital role in the rebuilding of the provincial cities of Al-Asaad, Ramadi and Fallujah. "Right now, we're rebuilding more than 50 houses in Fallujah," said Yule, a native of Pittsburgh. "We're also...
  • Light up or leave

    08/14/2006 5:07:19 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,508+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 14, 2006 | David Fisher
    NON-SMOKERS are being banned from drinking in outdoor smoking areas in pubs and clubs under draconian council rules. Some councils are forcing licensed venues to hire bouncers to enforce the bans, costing tens of thousands of dollars a year, while preventing non-smokers from using outdoor areas. It has raised concerns about discrimination against non-smokers and suggestions that councils are going beyond the State Government's legislation and imposing their own rules. The Daily Telegraph has learned that at least two councils – Fairfield and North Sydney – have already employed the tactic when approving development applications from premises wishing to...