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  • Obama Pushes More Federal Oversight of Cops After Dallas Attack on Cops

    07/09/2016 1:45:49 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 113 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 9, 2016 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is harnessing the increasing attacks on police in Dallas — and the periodic shootings of people by stressed cops — to push his agenda to federalize state and local police forces. “I want to start moving on constructive actions that are actually going to make a difference,” he said during his evening press conference in Poland when he was asked about the Dallas attack.
  • Dems block Senate defense bill, fear domestic spending cuts

    07/07/2016 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2016 12:41 AM EDT | Alan Fram
    Senate Democrats sidetracked a $575 billion defense bill for next year late Thursday and threatened to shut down Congress’ work on spending legislation, accusing Republicans of shortchanging domestic programs. The move prompted the leaders of each party to testily accuse the other side of dysfunction. Both parties support the defense measure itself. But Democrats fear that if it is completed and sent to President Barack Obama, they would lose leverage with the GOP for future spending measures financing health, public works, law enforcement and other domestic programs. The Senate voted 50-44 to head off a Democratic filibuster of the bill...
  • Time Enough for Collapse

    06/03/2016 12:48:34 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/03/16 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Whether we've got the time, or not, we have to educate, and we have to implement the battle tactics of a republic - not that of a democracy. Otherwise, the period through which we reside in bondage may be fiercer, and longer in time “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”—Benjamin Franklin “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”—James Madison At a meeting of patriots I attended, where the attendees were the kind of people who desire to either reclaim the republic, or survive...
  • Small-town watchdogs search for misconduct, misspending

    06/02/2016 11:03:43 AM PDT · by Pollard · 9 replies
    They are the muckrakers of the farm fields, bloodhounds for small-town waste and corruption, self-appointed guardians of taxpayer money who comb through the books of municipal governments all across Illinois in search of misconduct and misspending. Kirk Allen and John Kraft call themselves the Edgar County Watchdogs. Others call them busybodies with too much time on their hands.
  • Report: Obama administration installs ‘new regulation every two hours and 24 minutes’

    06/01/2016 11:53:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Economic Collapse News ^ | 31 May 2016 | Andrew Moran
    The United States federal government loves a few things: war, taxes and regulations. For the last few decades, Washington, whether it’s controlled by Republicans or Democrats, has expanded the tax code and the book of regulations. But it has really amplified under the current regime. According to a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the federal government has implemented more than 2,000 regulations in the last week. These regulations cover nearly every single issue, from energy standards to nutrition labeling, from avocadoe imports to cable TV disclosure requirements. It’s part of an effort by the Obama administration to...
  • Ex-McDonald’s CEO says raising the minimum wage will help robots take jobs

    05/25/2016 7:17:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2016 | Matt McFarland
    A former McDonald’s chief executive has warned that raising the minimum wage will spur unemployment as companies will instead employ robots that work for less. “I guarantee you if a $15 minimum wage goes across the country you’re going to see a job loss like you can’t believe,” said Edward Rensi in an appearance on Fox Business Network Tuesday. “It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries.” The minimum wage has been a hot topic this spring, with some states and employers deciding to...
  • Fremont Burglary Suspect Who Entered Fumigated Home Dies

    05/23/2016 7:19:37 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 51 replies
    Fremont Burglary Suspect Who Entered Fumigated Home Dies FREMONT (CBS SF) — A burglar who was caught on video breaking into and stealing from a home being fumigated with a hazardous chemical collapsed and later died after leaving the property, police said. The apartment building located in the 39800 block of Fremont Boulevard was being fumigated for bed bugs and was covered with a tent. The residents shared the surveillance footage from the camera they purchased just days earlier out of fear one of the fumigation workers might steal from them. What they wound up seeing was even more shocking.
  • CalPERS, NYC pensions urge Exxon investors to back climate measure

    05/11/2016 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2016 | By Terry Wade
    Pension fund chiefs from California and New York City urged Exxon Mobil shareholders on Wednesday to back a measure that would force the company to finely detail how its business will be impacted as governments move to tackle climate change. CalPERS investment director Anne Simpson and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer also said in a letter they would engage other shareholders as they push the world's largest publicly-traded oil company to say more about how its revenues, reserves and operations could be hurt by the Paris Agreement that governments signed in December to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Their...
  • It Takes 300 Hours to Become a Shampooer in Tennessee

    05/06/2016 10:29:39 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    daily signal ^ | 2 May 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Natural hair braiders like Nutall had excelled in their craft for years, learning braiding from their mothers and grandmothers. But now, the state was telling them they had to log more than 1,500 hours of education through an eight-week course with costs topping $12,000,
  • Leaked TTIP Deal to Merge U.S. and EU Triggers Outrage

    05/06/2016 9:12:27 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/4/2016 | Alex Newman
    Outrage is growing on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean following a massive new leak of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a globalist “trade” agreement negotiated between the Obama administration and the European Union. The leaked documents are being used, properly in some cases, to portray the treaty as a giant handout to Big Business cronies. Just as importantly, the almost 250 pages of text also confirm once again that the controversial new “trade” regime aims to merge the regulatory regimes of the United States and the EU under unaccountable transnational institutions. In short, the threats to...
  • The Insane Hidden Tax Burden Quietly Eating Up Your Paycheck

    05/06/2016 9:34:25 AM PDT · by sally234 · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-6-16 | John Gray
    There are few things I dislike more than paying taxes. As Americans, a third of all your hard earned dollars is confiscated by the U.S. government. Most of us get to determine what we do with our money – but not when it comes to taxes. However, there is the argument that taxes are a function of our democratic system. Those taxes are the result of laws implemented by freely elected representatives. If anything, we — the voters — are as much to blame for the muddied tax codes as are the nitwit politicians we elect.
  • Obama’s War on America and Property

    04/16/2016 6:33:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/16 | Timothy Birdnow
    Obama and his Democratic allies are busily breaking the bonds of property ownership with the complicity of a Republican Party that prefers to stand silent Recently Baltimore County came to a settlement with the City over a scheme to colonize affluent County neighborhoods with HUD housing. According to Fox News: “With crime in the inner city soaring and many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods plagued by gang violence, there was a push to integrate those communities into neighborhoods in the surrounding county. The NAACP and others sued Baltimore County over alleged housing segregation – and the county has now settled, agreeing to...

    04/20/2016 9:44:59 PM PDT · by Yogi60
    The 11th Hour ^ | 4/19/2016 | Bill Knowles
    I cannot believe I have to update “The Return of Malaria Jack” again. When I originally wrote this column in 2010 I would have never imagined in my worst nightmare that 6420 lost and misguided souls would have actually cast a ballot for our former mayor Jack Ellis in the primary election on July 19, 2010. (There were 2 additional voters I did count on, Jack and his wife. Ellis actually received 6422 votes.) Back in September, 2010 when I wrote this I felt a sickness coming on. I had been getting headaches, chills, and muscle pain, the sweats, along...
  • The Daily Bell Interviews Brandon Smith Of Alt-Market

    01/19/2016 9:46:04 AM PST · by MikeSteelBe
    Oathkeepers Website ^ | 1/19/2016 | Brandon Smith
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR’S NOTE: I recently participated in an interesting interview with The Daily Bell, and though most of my readers are probably already familiar with my positions on these questions I thought it might be a good idea to drive certain points home. Please be sure to check out The Daily Bell’s website and the great content they have there, as well as Anthony Wile’s afterthoughts on this very interview. This article was originally published at The Daily Bell Introduction: Brandon Smith is founder of the Alternative Market Project ( as well as the head writer and co-founder of Neithercorp...
  • How Obama Stole Dubuque [Fundamental Transformation of America's Local Governments]

    01/16/2016 10:14:09 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/13/2016 | Stanley Kurtz
    What state is Dubuque in? If you answered Chicago, you are correct. Chicago's no state, you say? Don't be so 18th century - so "constitutional." Dubuque is in Chicago, which is now a kind of state. Or to put it differently, the Obama administration is in the process of replacing our entire system of government — made up of nested local, state, and national, levels — with a regional framework. In Obama's new dispensation, suburbs, small towns, and modest-sized cities like Dubuque will be turned into subordinate satellites of regional mega-cities like Chicago, regardless of which state these local governments...
  • Date set to fill 57th District seat in state House (Pennsylvania national swing district)

    01/07/2016 11:09:15 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 15 replies
    Tribune-Review (suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | 7 January 2015 | Tribune-Review Staff (suburban Pittsburgh)
    A special election will be held March 15 to fill the remainder of the term of former state Rep. Tim Krieger. Krieger, a four-term Republican from Delmont resigned last month after being sworn in as a Westmoreland County judge. His terms runs to the end of the year. Krieger's 57th District seat includes Greensburg, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Youngwood, part of Hempfield and Salem townships and Delmont. Officials from Westmoreland County's Democratic and a Republican committees will nominate candidates to run in the special election. Voters will return to polls on April 26 for a primary election when candidates will...
  • Cops Retiring in Their 40s While Pension Systems Break Cities’ Backs

    10/14/2015 7:07:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 43 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A husband and wife who were both Ann Arbor police officers retired within a year of each other. The husband, a sergeant, retired in 2009 at age 46. His wife, whose job title was telecommunicator, started collecting pension checks in 2010 at age 51. Since 2009, the city of Ann Arbor has seen 43 individuals age 51 or younger retire and begin collecting police pensions. Early retirements — many of which occur with employees still in their 40s — are not uncommon in municipal public safety departments. The practice is justified on the grounds that the high stress and sometimes...
  • COMMENTARY: The Day The Earth Shook in Cochise County

    06/16/2015 11:52:52 AM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies
    A major earthquake tremor stopped all the clocks in Tombstone at 3:06 p.m. May 3, 1887. It sounded liked the explosion of dynamite echoing through the town, with the earth shaking violently. People ran screaming into the streets, merchandise and glassware crashed to the floor from their shelves, gaping holes appeared in buildings on Allen Street. A reporter from the Tombstone Prospector newspaper pulled out his watch and counted the 35 seconds the earthquake lasted. Eight minutes later, a second shock of about two seconds; a third shock was hardly felt, about 4:15 p.m. Water spurted up out of the...
  • Militarization of Law Enforcement

    05/25/2015 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | May 23, 2015 | Tom Correa
    Militarization of Law Enforcement These are not American Soldiers. They are Police Officers at the Ferguson Missouri protests. On May 18th, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he was limiting the types of military equipment which can be transferred to police departments. He also announced the implementation of training programs to assure the appropriate use of other items. Because of his announcement, Homeland Security and the military can no longer transfer some weapons, such as grenade launchers, and IED resistant armored personnel carriers, other weaponized vehicles, and bayonets to police departments. Obama stated, "We’ve seen how militarized gear can...
  • Teen dies after alleged attack at Carrick group home (black on white beat-down)

    01/14/2015 7:17:51 AM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 18 replies
    PITTSBURGH - A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday night after two teenage boys allegedly beat him Saturday at the Circle C Group Home in Carrick, officials said. VIDEO: Watch the report by Marcie Cipriani Nicholas Grant died at UPMC Mercy at 10:17 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled and may be conducted as early as Wednesday. Pittsburgh police said Grant was not breathing when they arrived Saturday night at the facility on Carrick Avenue. Officers started CPR and paramedics were able to get a pulse before he was taken to UPMC Mercy. The attack has prompted...
  • Mike Bloomberg takes his money local

    11/12/2014 3:04:35 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 11.11.14 | Mike Allen
    Michael Bloomberg’s $40 million spending splurge on politics for this year’s election taught him a lesson for 2016: You get a much better bang for your buck by trying to tip state and local elections than high-profile federal ones. So as the former New York mayor turned activist for gun control, healthier food choices, education reform, and other issues makes his spending plans for the next two years, he plans to weight his contributions more toward ballot measures, governor and school-board candidates, and away from House and Senate races, which have become glutted with outside money. “You can keep hitting...
  • Local Governments Not Starved For Cash

    04/17/2014 5:37:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Local municipalities saw an increase of $1.4 billion in property taxes from 2000 to 2013 with that revenue increasing to $5.3 billion in 2013 from $3.9 billion in 2000, according to the state tax commission. The municipalities received about $1 billion more in property tax in 2008 compared to 2000 with inflation factored in. By 2009, the property taxes collected had reduced to the point they were relatively the same as 2000 with inflation. Communities across Michigan have complained about revenue problems with some elected officials saying they don't have enough money to provide basic services. But a look at...
  • 14 indicted for role in major central California drug trafficking ring

    02/14/2014 10:30:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    ICE ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2014 | ICE
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fourteen defendants have been indicted on a variety of federal drug trafficking offenses for their role in a far-reaching scheme based in California’s Central Valley to produce and distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. A federal grand jury returned a 32-count indictment Thursday against Francisco Felix, 40, of Mountain House; Alejandro Martinez, 25, of Patterson; Miguel Felix, 34, of Ceres; Martin Lopez, 48, of Rosemead; Gerardo Barraza, 19, of Stockton; Rafael Alcauter, 49, of Newman; Ramon Diaz, 33, of Ceres; Raul Rangel, 41, of San Jose; Sergio Modesto, 34, of Turlock; Martin Rubio, 49, of Stockton; Leonaires Alcauter,...
  • Political administration takes steps against Foreigner in North Waziristan

    01/11/2014 10:56:49 PM PST · by musarratullah · 9 replies
    own | 12 january 2014 | Musarrat Ullah Jan
    Mir Ali , 12 January 2014 , Political agents of north Waziristan has distribute Pamphlet against foreigner , whose live in North Waziristan and informed the local to vacate their houses from foreigner otherwise locals will face the punishment. The letter distribute in different areas of Mir Ali through Helicopter written in Urdu Language. According to the local sources Political agent of North Waziristan Siraj Ahmed Khan has started operation against foreigner in the area, through Pamphlet the political administration warn the locals, whose give house on rent to Uzbek, Arab, Afghan and other national in area to vacate their...
  • Why Conservatives Should Focus on Precinct Organization

    12/18/2013 9:06:05 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 10 replies ^ | 12/18/13 | Drew McKissick
    It’s a truism in politics to say that “all politics is local”, but truisms are truisms because they’re usually true. In this case it’s right on the money. The precinct is the most “local” unit in American politics. If you're not familiar with it, put simply, a "precinct" is essentially your neighborhood. It’s a geographic area with specific boundaries, (usually defined by your state), that surrounds the place where you go to vote. The name of your precinct is listed on your voter registration card. There are more than 203,000 precincts in the United States, each with an average of...
  • Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

    08/22/2013 8:51:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/22/13 | Reid Wilson
    Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work. The decisions to cut employee hours come 16 months before employers — including state and local governments — will be required to offer health care coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts that must be negotiated in advance, or because the local governments worry
  • Three charts on the fiscal condition of state and local governments

    07/12/2013 7:01:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Public Sector Inc ^ | 07/11/2013 | Steve Eide
    This past Friday's jobs report showed continued strength in jobs numbers for state and local governments, led by the latter. This year, local governments have added 45,000 jobs, which may not sound like much, but municipalities had lost jobs in nearly every preceding month going back to the summer of 2008. (Total US nonfarm employment, by contrast, has been growing since February 2010).   But just as stability has returned to the state and local employment picture, borrowing costs have started to climb.  Ben Bernanke's June speech that the Fed is considering taking its thumb off the scales of...
  • Net-Zero Busybodies

    07/09/2013 7:41:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/9/2013 | Peter Wilson
    International agreements to lower greenhouse gases like the Kyoto Protocol have proven to be unenforceable, but zoning laws have real teeth. Thus global warming activists have begun to work on the municipal and state level to pass zoning laws that mandate "net-zero" greenhouse gas emissions in new construction, referred to as Net-Zero or "Zero Energy Building" (ZEB) or "Zero Net Energy" (ZNE).
  • RTDNA Study Shows ‘Near-Record’ Year for Local News [Hold Local TV/Radio Accountable!]

    06/18/2013 11:34:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    Media Bistro ^ | 6/17/13 | Merrill Knox
    It was a “near-record” year for local news, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University study. Despite a six minute drop in the average amount of news produced on weekdays in 2012, Saturday and Sunday news time rose by an average of 12 and 6 minutes, respectively, leading to a small overall increase in the amount of news produced.
  • New Science of Cosmography Reveals 3-D Map of the Local Universe (Get your bearings!)

    06/05/2013 2:51:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    New Science of Cosmography Reveals 3-D Map of the Local Universe The three-dimensional structure of the local universe may one day become as familiar as our local geography thanks to a new generation of maps that reveal our neighbourhood’s rich complexity and our place within it  The geography of our world is one of the great cultural invariants. There can hardly be the person on the planet who isn’t familiar with the shape of the continents and how they dovetail together or of the Earth is a pale blue sphere orbiting the Sun with seven other planets.Given a three-dimensional model...
  • Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect

    06/04/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NRAO ^ | 6/3/13
    Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect Old picture: Local Arm a small "spur" of Milky Way. New picture: Local Arm probable major branch of Perseus Arm. CREDIT: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF. Our Solar System's Milky Way neighborhood just went upscale. We reside between two major spiral arms of our home galaxy, in a structure called the Local Arm. New research using the ultra-sharp radio vision of the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) indicates that the Local Arm, previously thought to be only a small spur, instead is much more like the adjacent major arms,...
  • Tough Choices Ahead For Allen Park Emergency Manager

    02/06/2013 5:17:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2013 | Anne Schieber
    ALLEN PARK — As Emergency Manager Joyce Parker draws up plans to stop the financial troubles here, a new audit shows the effort will be herculean. The audit, conducted independently by a newly hired accounting firm, states that Allen Park's financial conditions "raise substantial doubt about the City's ability to continue as a going concern." In addition, City Treasurer Carl Johnson sent a memo to city staffers Jan. 24 that the general fund will run out of cash by the beginning of March and that payments to vendors are to be delayed by as many as 60 days. Most city...
  • Debating the Local Food Movement

    07/03/2012 6:58:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 3, 2012 | Emily Badger
    Pierre Desrochers gleefully introduces himself as the bęte noir of Canadian local-food activists. An economic geographer at the University of Toronto Mississauga, he has written a book (co-authored with his wife, Hiroko Shimizu), that attempts to eviscerate the movement’s main arguments, from its economic rationale to its environmental one. Even the book's title is an upper cut aimed at local food’s leading "agri-intellectual," the prolific Michael Pollan. The Locavore’s Dilemma, Desrochers has styled his counterargument, with this baiting subtitle: In Praise of the 10,000-mile diet. A libertarian-leaning academic with a thick French-Canadian accent, Desrochers was in Washington, D.C., last week...
  • Suspicious Packages Delivered To Rep. McMorris Rodgers' Colville Office (WA Stte)

    06/15/2012 1:40:10 PM PDT · by illiac · 3 replies
    KHQ News Spokane ^ | 6/15/12 | KHQ
    COLVILLE, Wash. Right now Stevens Co. Fire Crews are responding to a report of suspicious packages at Rep. Cathy McMorris's Office in Colville. McMorris Rodgers was not in her office. She is en route to Washington, D.C. There were 3 suspicious packages. One of them was opened and contained some type of chemical substance, McMorris Rodgers press secretary told KHQ.
  • MILITARY: Navy naming ships after trio of local military heroes

    02/15/2012 12:14:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NC Times ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Walker
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday morning that it has named one of its new ships after Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a San Diego native who died a hero in Iraq in 2004. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move, saying a new guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Rafael Peralta. A Pentagon statement said Mabus named that ship and two other new destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts but "were united in their uncommon valor." Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an...
  • Video: “Are you a community leader? Do you want to help local schools?"

    02/11/2012 5:57:51 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One of the sad things about our country, for my money, is that our big shots, our movers and shakers, have become too passive. We especially see this in education. Our community leaders (in business, politics, the military, or whatever) should stand up to the Education Establishment and shout: “You are doing a lousy job! Millions of kids can’t even read.” But these “leaders” don’t seem to have a word to say. I can’t figure out whether our big shots have been intimidated by professors of education. That’s pathetic. Or our whole society has gotten old and lazy? That’s scary....
  • Lululemon killer sentenced to life in prison without parole

    01/28/2012 11:16:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A woman convicted of brutally beating and stabbing a coworker to death at the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda last year was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Greenberg handed down the sentence to Brittany Norwood shortly before 5 p.m., after hours of emotional testimony during a sentencing hearing in a packed courthouse in Rockville. “My sympathy for your plight does not begin to approach what I feel for the Murray family,” he said to Norwood. “No matter how long I confine you for, one thing we...
  • (Former School) Superintendent (Indianapolis) With $1,000,000 Payout Wants More Money

    01/25/2012 4:27:44 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 4 replies
    indychannel ^ | 1.25.12
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A former school superintendent under fire for his $1 million retirement payout is claiming Wayne Township Schools owe him even more money. In a counterclaim filed by his attorneys Wednesday, Terry Thompson said the district breached his 2007 employment contract by prematurely ending his superintendent emeritus consulting job on Jan. 31, 2011, once Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney broke the news of the payout. Thompson claims the district still owes him for unpaid salary, post-retirement contributions, deferred compensation and severance pay, but the claim does not give an exact dollar figure.
  • Bricks-and-mortar stores aim to nail down sales tax

    11/25/2011 4:36:46 PM PST · by Comparative Advantage · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    It’s a scenario all too familiar to retailers: A customer walks in, asks to see a product, discusses it at length with the sales staff, and then pulls out his cellphone. Jason Brewer, vice president of communications and advocacy for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, explains what happens next: “He uses his smartphone to take a picture of the bar code on the back of the item, and then, right in front of the sales person, he checks prices and orders the item online.” Why? Because most online outlets don’t charge sales tax, unlike traditional bricks-and-mortar stores. Buying online, especially...
  • Local Abortion Clinic Forced To Close Doors After Lawsuit

    11/08/2011 11:36:08 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 5 replies
    WLNS ^ | 11-7-2011 | Stacia Mullaney
    Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit Monday against the Health Care Clinic in Delta Township and the affiliated Women's Choice Clinic in Saginaw, forcing the local abortion clinic to close its doors. The court order to shut down operations came after the attorney general said an investigation showed a number of violations. Schuette hopes to keep the clinic's doors from ever opening again. "Doesn't matter whether you're an abortion clinic or a podiatrist, there are state regulations that you have to follow that must be enforced. That's what this case is all about," said Joy Yearout, spokeswoman. Yearout, a...
  • Obama administration to offer home re-fi plan "independent of how deeply underwater they are"

    10/24/2011 2:37:57 PM PDT · by martosko · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/24/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is expanding his use of federal regulations by prodding the financial sector to sell low-interest mortgages to millions of cash-strapped homeowners “independent of how deeply underwater they are,” said Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monday morning. White House officials worked with real-estate and financial-sector groups to shift the financial risks that have kept high-risk borrowers from getting mortgages. Under Obama’s plan, mortgages will even be offered to homeowners who need to borrow 125 percent of a house’s value, Donovan added.
  • The Clean Water Act Hits Home

    10/21/2011 11:58:51 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-10-20 | J. Michael Wahlen
    ...The orders do tremendous harm to the economy as well as to people’s lives by preventing them from using their property the way they had intended. This is one reason that the Physical Property Rights ranking by the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) has shown a decline in recent years for the United States. The great harm that each and everyone one of these “administrative compliance orders” causes has recently been brought home by a couple from Idaho. Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased .63 acres of land for $23,000 in 2005 to build their dream home. Despite being 500 feet...
  • How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our Expense

    10/19/2011 4:38:04 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1+ views
    10 Mind Blowing Facts Which Show How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our ExpenseOctober 19,2011 If you were asked to guess, what area of the United States would you say has the highest average income? New York City? Los Angeles? Silicon Valley? Well, would you believe that it is actually the Washington D.C. area? Median household income in the region is $84,523, which is the highest in the nation. One of the biggest reasons for this are the huge salaries being pulled down by federal employees in the Washington D.C. area. According to...
  • Local Governments Scramble to Repeal Gun Restrictions

    09/21/2011 7:48:37 AM PDT · by epow · 26 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 9/20/11 | Zac Anderson
    Any of Florida's parks, city halls and libraries — once gun-free zones — will soon be forced to allow firearms under a state-led effort to curtail gun restrictions imposed by local governments. Facts: GUN ORDINANCES UP FOR REPEAL City of Sarasota Law allowing city manager to suspend firearm sales during emergencies Sarasota County Laws prohibiting hunting from roads and bridges, allowing the suspension of firearm sales during a riot, requiring pawn shops to keep records of firearms Manatee County Laws requiring gun ranges to ensure stray bullets stay within their property, prohibiting discharge of firearms on unpaved public roads and...
  • Could Obama’s jobs bill help end jobless benefits as we know them?

    09/13/2011 12:35:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/2011 | Zachary Roth
    A popular idea in President Obama's new jobs bill could represent a step toward fundamentally transforming the existing system of federal jobless benefits. Some critics say such a move is long overdue--but others worry that a major overhaul could threaten a program that since the Depression has been a core component of the social safety net. Obama's jobs measure, sent to Congress Monday, contains a provision that would encourage states to replicate a voluntary Georgia program that allows jobless workers to continue collecting unemployment benefits while training with potential employers. (Last month, we looked at how effective the Georgia program...
  • 9/11/2001: The day America was attacked by evil....the day America united as one!

    09/10/2011 6:44:37 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9-10-11 | James
    This video is a brief tribute to and reminder of those Americans who were murdered by evil on that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Average Americans, politicians and even the mainstream media united as one during the weeks that followed honoring those who were killed so horribly. Though it did not last long, it was a phenomena which was the first of it's kind in American history. America demonstrated that despite our individual differences and beliefs, we remain united and will stand as one when attacked by evil. May we never forget and continue to be ever vigilant of...
  • Fed's Bullard: QE3 Possible, Depending on Data

    08/31/2011 9:09:25 AM PDT · by illiac · 6 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | 8/31/11 | MoneyNews
    The Federal Reserve could embark on a third round of quantitative easing depending on upcoming economic data but should first confirm that inflation has eased, a senior Fed official said in the Asahi newspaper on Wednesday. The Fed will need to confirm whether its economic outlook is still on track at a policy meeting next month and weigh the best options if additional easing is needed, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said in an interview with the Japanese daily. Expectations are growing that the central bank could ease policy at its two-day meeting starting Sept. 20 after minutes from...
  • Manufacturing a Recovery. America Needs to Start Making Things again.

    08/30/2011 2:24:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/30/2011 | Susan Hockfield
    THE United States became the world’s largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes. With design and fabrication side by side, insights from the factory floor flowed back to the drawing board. Today, our most important task is to restart this virtuous cycle of invention and manufacturing. Rebuilding our manufacturing capacity requires the demolition of the idea that the United States can thrive on its service sector alone. We need to create at least 20 million jobs in the next decade to offset the effects of the recession and to address our $500 billion trade...
  • More Tea Party Violence and Racism: Milwaukee

    08/27/2011 2:47:17 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 8/27/11 | EricTheRed_VM
    Oh wait, that's not the Tea Party. It's Obama-supporting Democrat-voting* public union teacher protesters -- again.Yes, the Democrat-media complex still smear the Tea Party and anti-Obama conservative Americans as vitriolic and racist, and most recently "the real enemy" who can "go straight to hell." Meanwhile in the real world, actual vitriol and (by the left's own standards) racism occurred at the hands of union protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin both Thursday and Friday.As reported by Milwaukee's local Fox-TV affiliate: Vandals super glued the locks of several doors and a parking gate at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee. School officials believe the people responsible...
  • Regulatory Budgets and Jobs Explode Under Obama

    08/20/2011 11:31:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 20, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    One of Barack Obama's job creation programs appears to be working – the number of federal government regulators along with their budgets has exploded since 2008. Total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people.  That's an increase of 13 percent during a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work.  The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.With the expanded staffs, the agencies have ramped up...