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  • What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor

    05/26/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 58 replies
    The Nation ^ | 5/22/2014
    Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, “What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?” In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nation’s thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, “was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn...
  • Swedes tire of tax cuts as welfare state shows strains

    03/18/2014 6:22:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:16am EDT | Daniel Dickson and Alistair Scrutton
    To glimpse Swedish angst under its picture postcard prosperity, look no further than film director Lisa Ohlin, who has enjoyed years of tax cuts in an economy the envy of Europe. Homes in her Stockholm neighborhood cost around $1 million. But this leafy, well-heeled area is a microcosm of Sweden, where eyes are on a struggling school with strained finances, not enough teachers and poor results. Like many Swedes, Ohlin wants her cherished welfare state back. […] Voters like Ohlin are returning to faith in cradle to grave welfare after eight years of center-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who cut...
  • Multi-Millionaire Brian Williams Lectures Viewers on Income Inequality

    01/21/2014 11:04:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    On Monday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams – who reportedly earned $13 million a year in 2012 – quoted Karl Marx while hyping a new report on global income disparity: "...the staggering news out today about the growing gap between the haves and the have nots." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Williams melodramatically recited the findings: "Some new figures came out today....And they are so shocking, it takes a while for them to sink in. A study commissioned by Oxfam says the world's richest 85 individuals have the same wealth as 3.5 billion...
  • Demand A Plan HYPOCRITES

    12/28/2012 7:21:34 PM PST · by BBell · 13 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | sailingmanuel
    Demand A Plan HYPOCRITES
  • Lionel Richie, Pamela Anderson among tax scofflaws

    04/15/2012 7:04:48 AM PDT · by South40 · 26 replies
    AP (Yahoo News) ^ | 4/14/2012
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pamela Anderson and Lionel Richie owe the government money. California tax authorities said Anderson owes $524,241 in personal income taxes. The Franchise Tax Board included the "Baywatch" star on a list of the state's 500 biggest income-tax delinquents posted Friday.
  • Why do so many people hate California?

    02/23/2012 1:31:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 131 replies · 2+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/23/12 | Emily Wilkins, Hearst Washington Bureau
    Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California? Well, apparently, a lot of things. In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably. “There’s this arrogance about Californians,” said Patrick Dorinson, a radio host in California who refers to himself as the Cowboy Libertarian. “Californians still think it’s this great star. It’s a tarnished star at this point.” The gap of 17 points puts California far...
  • Do-it-yourself parking bans in Malibu (Liberals: parking for me not for thee)

    11/10/2011 9:36:09 AM PST · by Smogger · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 10, 2011 | By Tony Barboza
    ... Veesart is an enforcement supervisor for the California Coastal Commission, one of a handful who have the sometimes impossible job of making sure people can find their way to public beaches. In beach towns like Malibu, where wealthy homeowners have gone to lengths to block visitors from the majestic shoreline with security guards and locked gates, the toughest thing about spending a day on the sand can be finding a parking spot. And at times, it's the bogus "No Parking" sign that stands in the way. The warnings are so prevalent and often so convincing that parking next to...
  • Why Americans Hate Limousine Liberals

    09/20/2011 6:55:43 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 21 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-20-11 | Skookum
    Schumer Has A PlanSenator Chuck Schumer, Democrat, N.Y. thinks the president's plan to raise the taxes on households making more than $250,000 may require a special dispensation for New Yorkers. After President Obama unveiled his totally new plan for the new plan for deficit-reduction that Americans hear about every other month, the plan that raises taxes on households that have an income of over $250,000, he flew to New York for a fundraising event (tickets were priced at $36,000). A reporter, Marcia Kramer asked lawmakers from the New York region what they thought of President Obama's tax plans. Most of...
  • NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman makes $300 K per year + speaking fees ...

    08/10/2011 7:56:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Thomas Friedman $300,000 Columnist, the New York Times plus $40,000 per speaking engagement) Oh yeah ... Also add (Pinch the Bitch) Arthur Sulzberger Jr. $1.92 million Chairman and publisher, the New York Times Co.
  • Strauss Kahn and France - Are You Aware That Socialist Elites View Most Americans as "White Trash"?

    05/24/2011 7:27:41 AM PDT · by pinochet · 64 replies
    Those who have read Ann Coulter's latest column on Strauss-Kahn, may see it as her usual political satire, but she is deadly serious. She mentions the little known fact that Karl Marx, whom the left regards as the champion of the oppressed, was a slaveholder. According to Coulter: "Karl Marx kept a female slave from the time she was 8 years old, eventually using her not only as a servant but as his mistress, never acknowledging his child with her or paying her at all. She waited on him hand and foot while he explained to the world that profit...
  • Michael Moore fighting the flab at luxe Florida health spa

    12/09/2010 6:57:06 PM PST · by Baladas · 30 replies
    News.com.au ^ | December 10, 2010 | staff
    Rotund filmmaker Michael Moore has checked into a luxurious weight loss spa in Miami, The Daily Caller reports. The controversial Moore arrived at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in mid-November, where the price tag for a week's stay is $4,200, a guest at the facility confirmed to the political news website. Moore, the doughy documentary maker famous for left-leaning films like Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story, Bowling for Columbine, and Sicko, has spent time at the facility in recent years, claiming to have lost 30 pounds on the center's diet plan, the report said. The center promotes an...
  • Wealthy Dems Stand by Obama

    08/10/2010 5:52:49 PM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 10, 2010 | David Paul Kuhn
    Affluent Americans are Barack Obama's most secure class of support. They have stuck by this president at three to six times the rate of all other income groups since early 2009, based on a RealClearPolitics analysis. It's a familiar story that wealthy voters have moved toward Democrats in recent years. But the remarkable steadiness of Obama's affluent support has continued with little notice. The national media has instead heavily covered Obama's tepid flings with populism. You would think Obama's rich support was running to Republicans. It's not. Wall Street money has recently come to favor Republicans. But in broad terms,...
  • Another internet communist claims to debunk tea party movement

    05/25/2010 7:46:22 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 14 replies · 443+ views
    This guy claims the tea party movement for freedom is part of a corporate plot. lol how are people like this allowed on the internet?
  • Santa Cruz County wind turbine presents conundrum for state regulators

    12/31/2009 10:58:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 960+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/31/9 | Kurtis Alexander
    PLEASURE POINT -- The state Coastal Commission encourages California's seaside communities to embrace clean energy -- with a caveat. It has to look good. The regulatory agency has told a Santa Cruz County couple that a wind turbine planned for their new home in the Pleasure Point neighborhood is too tall. Suggesting it would add to the area's "visual clutter," the commission recommends the residents lower their proposed 35-foot-high, electricity-generating windmill, an idea the home's architect says is simply unworkable. "You can also put photovoltaic cells in a garage, but it's not going to do much for you," said Cove...
  • The Pathology of the Rich Socialist

    12/12/2009 10:56:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 2,132+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 13, 2009 | Selwyn Duke
    People such as George Soros and Michael Moore certainly talk a good game, but the next Mother Teresa they are not. Mother Teresa never criticized the free-market system; wealth just wasn't for her. Soros and Moore are quite the opposite. They will never take a vow of poverty and dedicate themselves to helping the poor. They just want our civilization to take a vow of poverty and become poor. This has caused many to wonder: How can someone preach socialism while being the most rapacious "capitalist" imaginable? Well, I have a theory about this. It has often been observed that...
  • Rubin Red-Faced Over Enron? Not In The Times

    11/27/2008 7:42:14 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 3 replies · 454+ views
    Forbes ^ | Mark Lewis
    NEW YORK - Just in time for Valentine's Day, The New York Times today delivered a remarkable front-page bouquet to Robert Rubin, in the form of an unusually generous assessment of the former Treasury secretary's attempted string-pulling on Enron's behalf.
  • Green Obama’s official limo is a gas guzzler

    11/22/2008 8:18:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,566+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | November 23, 2008 | Sarah Baxter
    On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. His own new presidential limousine will be far from green, however. The Obamobile being prepared for the president-elect is said to be a monster gas-guzzler made by General Motors, the troubled car giant. It will look like a black Cadillac but is built like a tank. A spy photographer who tracks down future car models for magazines snatched pictures of the heavily disguised first-car-in-waiting when it was being road-tested last summer. The armour-plated car, which has a raised roof, windows up...
  • PUC's green dreams fade as budget sees red

    09/16/2008 7:47:07 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 127+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/16/8 | John King
    The murky fate of San Francisco's would-be greenest building shows that when it comes to issues like climate change, political leaders are willing to go only so far. They happily announce new initiatives or tell people what to do. But when faced with large investments that might stimulate large-scale change, the rule of thumb is: Take a pass unless someone else picks up the tab. At least that's the case with the headquarters the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was all set to build in Civic Center - one short block from City Hall - a 12-story billboard of sustainable...
  • Obama Heads to Hollywood for Fund Raisers

    09/16/2008 1:23:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 198+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/15/2008 | Nick TImiraos
    While his own celebrity status has been a topic of great debate, Barack Obama is heading to Los Angeles to enlist big donors — celebrities included — to contribute to his campaign. Obama attends two events Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., including a $2,500-a-head event at the Beverly Wilshire that includes a performance by Barbra Streisand. She had initially endorsed Hillary Clinton after Obama won the backing of Oprah Winfrey last year. Hollywood strongly supported Bill Clinton during his two election campaigns, and while many Clinton backers faithfully lined up behind his wife, there were a handful of high-profile defections...
  • Hollywood Blogger attacks Sara Palin... No Suprise. Feedback from attack... Surprising.

    09/10/2008 2:16:59 PM PDT · by cec135 · 20 replies · 444+ views
    www.perezhilton.com ^ | September, 10 2008 | Perez Hilton
    Quickpost this image to Myspace, Digg, Facebook, and others! Today, Perez Hilton, a celebrity gossip blogger, who has lately decided to finally take journalism seriously and post completely objective articles about politics (as can be seen by the above picture), posted Obama's infamous "pig" quote as his website's "QUOTE OF THE DAY". This comes as no surprise when considering the fact that 99% of Hollywood consider themselves not only experts on politics but also the forefront crusaders in their "global cause" to elect Obama president. Excuse me while I puke. However; It surprised me to read the comments on...
  • LIMO SHORTAGE FOR DENVER DEMS ("people's party" pay $4,000 for black cars, $8000 for limos)

    08/13/2008 8:13:03 AM PDT · by Liz · 35 replies · 238+ views
    NY POST ^ | 8/13/08 | JEREMY OLSHAN
    Limousine liberal convention-goers may have to take the bus----Denver does not have enough limos and black cars to go around. "Denver isn't really big on chauffeurs," said Barbara Curtis, Two Step Limousine. Denver has 271 limo companies, most with 2-3 cars. "Companies reserved black SUVs.....apparently the Secret Service had those canceled because they needed them," she said....black cars cost $4,000 for the 4-day convention, limos twice that.
  • Oil at $300 (Democrat-controlled Congress intends to destroy the middle class)

    07/04/2008 8:26:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies · 353+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 07/04/2008 | Terry Easton
    You would think that this story is right out of science fiction. But the facts appear to be that the US Democrat-controlled Congress intends to destroy the Republican middle class with $11 per gallon gasoline. The Democrats’ base -- wealthy white “limousine liberals”, and very poor people -- won’t be harmed, but the families who live in suburbia will be devastated. The multi-millionaires like billionaire Senators John Kerry & Jay Rockefeller, financial speculator George Soros, filmmaker Michael Moore, and actors George Clooney & Meg Ryan can easily pay for their auto and private jet fuel. Poor people are forced to...
  • HEY, Hollywood, the Media and Musicians. Where's the BUZZ About BENEFITS for IOWA FLOOD VICTIMS?

    06/25/2008 8:11:27 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 36 replies · 141+ views
    Associated Content ^ | June 25th, 2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    I'm an Iowan. My feet are dry.. all Praise to God. So, I will say what is on the minds of a lot of Iowans that are busy trying to hold their families together right now. These flood victims are no less worthy of help than New Orleans residents. To totally ignore them is like an elephant in the room. Why are you ignoring us? Are we too humble? Are we too unworthy because we help ourselves and each other? Are we the wrong class? The wrong color? The wrong location? Are we too quiet? Or are we not something...
  • Exodus of S.F.'s middle class

    06/21/2008 11:02:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies · 108+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/21/8 | James Temple
    It's urban flight flipped on its head: The number of low- and middle-income residents in San Francisco is shrinking as the wealthy population swells, a trend most experts attribute to the city's exorbitant housing costs.Many worry it's increasingly turning San Francisco into an enclave of the rich, where nurses, firefighters, cops, teachers and others professionals aspiring toward homeownership or in need of cheaper rent can no longer afford to stay."A kind of derogatory term for the city would be Disneyland for yuppies," said Hans Johnson, demographer with the Public Policy Institute of California. "There is a legitimate public policy concern...
  • Greg Craig: Obama's Next Thorn

    06/05/2008 2:22:44 AM PDT · by 1Peter2:16 · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Human Events ^ | June 4, 2008 | Erika Andersen
    Greg Craig: Obama's Next Thorn http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=26816 He defended John Hinkley, Jr. after the latter’s attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. He defended former Bolivian Defense Minister Carlos Sanchez-Berzain, a human rights violator accused of 67 deaths. He was a “personal attorney” for Kofi Annan in the UN Oil for Food scandal and he provided “special counsel” to Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. Currently, high powered attorney Greg Craig of the DC-based Williams and Connolly law firm, is defending Pedro Miguel Gonzales, President of the Panamanian legislature, accused of murdering U.S. Army Sgt. Zak Hernandez. And he’s a senior foreign...
  • Manifesto Scuppie: Socially Conscious Upwardly-Mobile Person

    03/21/2008 11:22:57 AM PDT · by qam1 · 35 replies · 732+ views
    Malibu Arts Reviews Magazine ^ | 3/21/08 | Kriss Perras Running Waters
    A successful Manhattan based financial planning firm President is tired of being called a Yuppie. In the "natural evolution of the Hippie-Preppie-Yuppie progression," Chuck Failla say he has found religion. These days, more Americans not only want to live well, but want to also do good (or at least do no evil), he says. "They still love money and conspicuous displays of affluence. But now, the way to achieve status is to trade in the Beemer for a Toyota Prius, spend $50,000 putting solar panels on the roof, shop at Whole Foods for $7-a-bunch organic endive, and acquire a chic...
  • Ivy League Populism

    02/21/2008 4:52:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 180+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The rhetoric of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton about the sad state of America is reminiscent of the suspect populism of John Edwards, the millionaire lawyer who recently dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. Barack Obama may have gone to exclusive private schools. He and his wife may both be lawyers who between them have earned four expensive Ivy League degrees. They may make about a million dollars a year, live in an expensive home and send their kids to prep school. But they are still apparently first-hand witnesses to how the American dream has gone sour. Two...
  • Al Gore is criticised for lining his own pockets after £3,300-per-minute green speech

    12/08/2007 3:42:58 PM PST · by melt · 88 replies · 116+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/08/07 | NATHAN KAY
    Al Gore has come under fire for making personal gain from his mission to save the planet – after charging £3,300 a minute to deliver a poorly received speech. The former American Vice-President was also accused of being "precious" at the London event, demanding his own VIP room and ejecting journalists, despite hopes the star-studded gathering would generate publicity for the fight against global warming. Many of the audience at last month's Fortune Forum summit were restless as Mr Gore, who has won both a Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar for his campaigning work this year, delivered the half-hour...
  • The gentry liberals (Our Adversaries Are Now Mostly Elitists)

    12/02/2007 7:54:18 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 131+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2 December 2007 | Joel Kotkin and Fred Siegel
    After decades on the political sidelines, liberalism is making a comeback. Polls show plunging support for Republicans and their brand of conservatism among young, independent voters and Latinos. But what kind of liberalism is emerging as the dominant voice in the Democratic Party? Well, it isn't your father's liberalism, the ideology that defended the interests and values of the middle and working classes. The old liberalism had its flaws, but it also inspired increased social and economic mobility, strong protections for unions, the funding of a national highway system and a network of public parks, and the development of viable...
  • Global Warming? Blame Jane Fonda

    09/17/2007 2:24:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 658+ views
    NewsMax ^ | September 15, 2007
    If you're wondering who's largely to blame for the alleged heating up of the climate you need look no further than Jane Fonda. That's what "Freakanomics" columnists Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt suggest in Sunday's New York Times Magazine. "If you were asked to name the biggest global warming villains of the past 30 years, here's one name that probably wouldn't spring to mind: Jane Fonda. But should it?" the authors ask. According to Editor & Publisher, the two cite Fonda's anti-nuclear thriller "The China Syndrome," which opened just 12 days before the Three Mile Island accident in...
  • Jane Fonda slammed for not paying female employees

    08/19/2007 3:52:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies · 3,655+ views
    Yahoo! Movies ^ | August 16, 2007
    Veteran actress and feminist Jane Fonda has been slammed for not paying her female employees working in the actress' radio network Green Stone Media. The twice Oscar winner and the radio network's co-founder Gloria Steinem have been accused of "putting their own reputations above their female employees' finances." According to the New York Post, Fonda and Steinem are 'refusing to pay severance, and the founders won't file for bankruptcy protection because it would publicly embarrass Jane and Gloria.' However, the 'Klute' star's spokesperson has denied the reports and said that the accusations are unfounded. "This is pure speculation. There is...
  • California Lawmakers Among Congress' Richest (And Most Corrupt)

    06/15/2007 10:41:28 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 689+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 06/15/2007 | Erica Werner
    California lawmakers among Congress' richest By Erica Werner ASSOCIATED PRESS Article Launched: 06/15/2007 03:05:17 AM PDT WASHINGTON -- California boasts some of Congress' wealthiest lawmakers, annual financial disclosure forms filed Wednesday show, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and the state's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, among the most well-off. Both Democrats are married to wealthy investors worth many tens of millions of dollars. Pelosi and her husband, Paul, own a vineyard. Feinstein and her husband, Richard, boast a condo in Hawaii, another one in Tahoe City and interest worth $5 million to $25 million in a hotel. The...
  • DiCaprio to polluters: go green now

    05/19/2007 5:46:16 PM PDT · by melt · 45 replies · 1,394+ views
    scotsman.com ^ | 5/20/07 | Bob Tourtellotte
    CANNES, France (Reuters) - Hollywood star and long-time environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has a message for the world: go green now, before it's too late. As DiCaprio tells it in film documentary "The 11th Hour", launched on Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, people are living in the last minutes of the final hour before it may be too late to do anything about global warming. "Global warming is a reality. It is happening," DiCaprio told reporters gathered for the movie's debut. Last year "An Inconvenient Truth" explored the same environmental issue by telling of former U.S. Vice President Al...
  • Humans face extinction claims star (Leonardo Di Caprio)

    05/19/2007 3:38:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2,152+ views
    The London Paper ^ | May 19, 2007
    Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio sent out a message about global warming at the Cannes Film Festival. The heartthrob has made a film, the 11th Hour, warning that human beings face extinction as a result of the environmental crisis. At a press conference in the South of France following the screening, The Blood Diamond actor, 32, attacked US President George Bush, saying: "It's very simple. He's done very little for the environmental movement." The Titanic star's latest film, which he narrates, follows another environmental warming documentary by former US Presidential candidate Al Gore, shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year....
  • Cheryl "Brown Hand" Crow's Touring Requirements

    04/23/2007 9:05:33 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 3 replies · 696+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 04-23-07 | The Smoking Gun
    When it comes to Sheryl Crow's touring requirements, if it's Tuesday, this must be Bombay. Gin that is. The rock star's performance contract includes specific day-to-day instructions on what kind of booze Sheryl needs in her dressing room (TSG has never seen such attention to detail in any other concert rider we've posted). For each show, Crow requires 12 bottles of Grolsch beer, 6 bottles of "local" beer, and a bottle each of "good Australian Cabernet" and "good Merlot." As for the harder stuff, promoters are directed to purchase specific booze depending on what day of the week the concert...
  • Over-50s 'worst carbon culprits'

    02/16/2007 8:21:11 AM PST · by qam1 · 46 replies · 1,148+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/16/07 | Staff
    People aged between 50 and 64 have the UK's largest "carbon footprints", according to research. But they are also the most concerned about climate change, and want the government to do more to tackle global warming, the study says. The report - Greening the Grays - is published by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York. The research included analysis of UK residents by age and expenditure, along with surveys and focus groups. Researchers found that people in the 50-64 age group have a carbon footprint of 13.52 tonnes per capita per year, compared with the UK average...
  • Cadillac Deval: When not heli-commuting gov rides in style

    02/16/2007 5:48:54 AM PST · by Bluestateredman · 12 replies · 764+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/16/07 | Casey Ross and Dave Wedge
    Cadillac Deval: When not heli-commuting gov rides in style
  • The Myth of 'Superstar Cities'

    02/13/2007 10:38:25 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies · 569+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2007 | JOEL KOTKIN
    "If New York City is a business, it isn't Wal-Mart -- it isn't trying to be the lowest-priced product in the market. It's a high-end product, maybe even a luxury product. New York offers tremendous value, but only for those companies able to capitalize on it." -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg January 2003These seem the best of times for America's elite cities. Wall Street's 2006 megabonuses created thousands of instant millionaires, and, with their venture-fund soulmates in places like San Francisco, Boston and Greenwich, the best people are prowling for Ferraris, planes, multimillion-dollar condos, the newest $200 lunch place and the...
  • Dem hopefuls rush Bay Area - Obama leads parade of candidates seeking to hit up local donors

    02/01/2007 12:38:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 327+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/7 | Carla Marinucci
    Illinois Sen. Barack Obama -- showing strength as a leading attraction in the 2008 Democratic presidential parade -- hits California this month to star at two major San Francisco fundraisers for one of the nation's most liberal senators, Barbara Boxer. The two Feb. 19 appearances by Obama for Boxer, D-Calif., and a separate, exclusive Atherton event to introduce Obama to top Silicon Valley decisionmakers come within days of California visits by a string of big-name Democratic presidential candidates searching for campaign cash. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is expected in the Bay Area on Feb. 15, and Sen. Hillary...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: I'm Proud to Be American

    12/04/2006 2:34:36 PM PST · by Racehorse · 166 replies · 5,713+ views
    People via AOL ^ | 4 December 2006 | Julie Jordan
    Gwyneth Paltrow is "deeply upset" over stories claiming she made anti-American remarks, and tells PEOPLE exclusively that she never said anything against her native country. "First of all I feel so lucky to be American. When you look at the rest of the world, we're so lucky, and that's something my dad always instilled in me," Paltrow tells PEOPLE. "I feel so proud to be American." . . . "I felt so upset to be completely misconstrued and I never, ever would have said that," says the 34-year-old Oscar winner. "I definitely did not say that I think the British...
  • Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3

    11/16/2006 9:19:05 PM PST · by woofie · 175 replies · 4,346+ views
    Drudge /AP ^ | November 16. 2006 | MARCUS KABEL
    Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a volunteer member of his staff asked the world's largest retailer for help obtaining a hot new Sony Playstation 3 for Edwards' family. Edwards, a potential 2008 presidential candidate, told The Associated Press that the volunteer "feels terrible" about seeking the game unit at Wal-Mart while his boss claims the retailer doesn't treat its employees fairly. "My wife, Elizabeth, wanted to get a Playstation3 for my young children. She mentioned it in front of one of my staff people. That staff person mentioned it...
  • BERKELEY Measures H, I and J - Landmark preservation and condo conversion stir up controversy

    10/17/2006 7:48:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 293+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/17/6 | Carolyn Jones
    Historic preservation, condominium conversion and neighborhood character are dominating political debate this fall in Berkeley, where land use has become the hottest issue on the civic agenda. "More people care about land use than any other issue right now," said City Councilman Kriss Worthington, one of the few people in Berkeley who's neutral on the issue. "Berkeley can vote to stop the war, but the war's not going to stop tomorrow. But land use is one of the few things the city has direct control over and you can see the results in your neighborhood." Berkeley, with a population that's...
  • Caption Alec Baldwin attempting to cross police line (Lidle crash)

    10/11/2006 6:13:55 PM PDT · by Mike-o-Matic · 176 replies · 6,641+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 2006-10-11 | Chip East/Reuters
  • GAS GUZZLERS IN THE CAPITAL

    09/26/2006 7:33:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 522+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/26/6 | Matthew Yi, Greg Lucas
    GLOBAL WARMING: Governor, lawmakers don't exactly practice what they preach - Sacramento -- Despite their outspoken support for landmark legislation to fight global warming, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some of the leading Democratic lawmakers who voted for the measure still use gas-guzzling vehicles for official state business. Schwarzenegger, who is expected to sign the legislation on Wednesday at a ceremony in San Francisco, typically is escorted by the California Highway Patrol's security detail in a massive 2005 Ford Excursion that gets less than 11 miles per gallon, according to an evaluation by Consumerguide.com. The global warming bill's co-author, Assembly...
  • Lifestyles of Lear Jet liberals (soaring the planet fighting global warming)

    09/24/2006 2:29:07 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 22 replies · 1,071+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 24, 2006 | Debra J. Saunders
    LIMOUSINE liberals, move over. You've been out-glammed by Lear Jet liberals who burn beaucoup fossil fuels in the sky as they soar around the planet fighting global warming. Last week, they flew to their Mecca, the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City. For the left-leaning and loaded, this is the meeting that has it all -- the mega-rich paying to be seen caring about poor people and the environment, while posing for photos with former President Bill Clinton. The big news of the CGI was an announcement by Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways, that he...
  • Publisher Rodale to Reissue EARTH IN THE BALANCE...

    08/21/2006 8:37:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies · 399+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 8/21/2006
    Rodale Books, publisher of former Vice President Al Gore's No. 1 New York Times bestseller about global warming entitled AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, will reissue his first bestselling book, EARTH IN THE BALANCE: Ecology and the Human Spirit in Fall 2006 (Rodale Books, Paperback, $15.95; On Sale October 31). AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, published in May, is No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list with more than 500,000 copies in print. Mr. Gore continues to tour the country to promote both the book and documentary film about the destructive effects of climate change, and what can be done about it....
  • H'WOOD MORONS SUDDENLY CLAM UP

    08/11/2006 9:29:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 111 replies · 5,492+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 11, 2006 | Andrea Peyser
    STRANGE and unfamiliar sound emanated from Hollywood yesterday - total silence. It now looks as if the 9/11 attacks were just meant to be a tepid dress rehearsal for the big show. The atrocities that were narrowly averted yesterday - planes bound for our shores, to be blown up in midair by men who hate - prove one thing beyond doubt: If we care to watch our children grow up, get old enough to retire to Florida, or simply live to see another dawn, we must be vigilant. We cannot relax. The bullet we dodged whizzed by frighteningly close. That...
  • Cong. Schakowsky's husband enters federal prison

    08/04/2006 9:24:59 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 10 replies · 1,214+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | August 4, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    The Federal Correctional Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana has a new resident. Robert Creamer of Evanston, Illinois moved in recently. He's the husband of far-left Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky--my representative in Congress. Creamer is the former executive director of the Illinois Public Action Council, a defunct organization that appointed itself as the consumer watchdog for Illinoisans. While running this goo-goo group, Creamer got in the habit of kiting checks, which is illegal for a very good reason: It undermines the most important ingredient of a functioning economic system, trust. Schakowsky was on the board of directors of IPAC while hubby was...
  • babs $5000 tickets not selling so well to the little people

    06/30/2006 9:29:41 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 67 replies · 2,221+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | June 30, 2006 | By Scott Van Voorhis
    Just call her money girl - Streisand tix demand off as price skyrockets By Scott Van Voorhis Boston Herald Business Reporter Friday, June 30, 2006 - Updated: 07:35 AM EST The days of being the music world’s top-priced ticket may just be memories now for Barbra Streisand. The 64-year-old crooner with a taste for trendy, lefty causes earlier this month rolled out grand plans for a 20-concert tour, her first in 10 years. But after taking a look at her ticket prices - including $5,000 deluxe packages - even Babs’ die-hard limousine liberal fans may be having second thoughts. And...
  • Workingman's anthems of Boss cloaked in irony (SPRINGSTEEN BOMBS OUT IN CHICAGO)

    06/15/2006 3:37:09 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 82 replies · 2,241+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 15, 2006 | DAVE HOEKSTRA
    Pete Seeger sings songs of peace, hope and the working class. Bruce Springsteen's idea to reinterpret the Seeger songbook with broad strokes of street jazz and gospel is a noble thought. Unfortunately, Springsteen's Tuesday night "Seeger Sessions" concert was outsourced to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Everything that was so right about the music was so wrong for the venue. Springsteen and his raucous 17-piece band failed to even fill the pavilion. Roughly 5,500 fans showed up, and the $92 ticket price knocked out the working-class audience that Springsteen and Seeger have championed. This is First Midwest...