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  • A Word of Encouragement for The Bride [Charismatic Caucus]

    11/13/2015 1:38:43 PM PST · by Jedediah
    Your days are not ending they are merely flowing into Me.So don't worry in trying to catch up for you have already arrived, Just be seated in my righteousness and dwell in my glory with the understanding that the fullness of my spirit is with you as I AM your heartbeat and breathe so I own you for you have given your life to me. So now just rest in me as I complete my agenda for I AM your daily bread, counselor and King . . . Matthew 11:27-30 27 All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me...
  • Major donors consider funding Black Lives Matter

    11/13/2015 9:03:39 AM PST · by Salman · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/13/15 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Sarah Wheaton
    Some of the biggest donors on the left plan to meet behind closed doors next week in Washington with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies to discuss funding the burgeoning protest movement, POLITICO has learned. The meetings are taking place at the annual winter gathering of the Democracy Alliance major liberal donor club, which runs from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning and is expected to draw Democratic financial heavyweights, including Tom Steyer and Paul Egerman. The DA, as the club is known in Democratic circles, is recommending its donors step up check writing to a handful...
  • Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth”?"

    11/09/2015 7:11:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth"? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2015 • There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning's Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says,I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9).What does He mean by "dishonest wealth"?The Greek expression μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας (mamona tes adikias) is more literally translated as “mammon of unrighteousness.” Mammon is a Hebrew and Aramaic word that has a wider meaning than just...
  • mom forced to defend herself after using donations intended for murdered son's funeral to buy car

    11/10/2015 7:22:08 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 37 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 11/10/15 | Lauire Hanna
    EE IT: Chicago mom forced to defend herself after using donations intended for murdered son's funeral to buy car The mother of a murdered 9-year-old Chicago boy has been forced to defend herself after using donations intended for her son’s burial to buy a new car. Tyshawn Lee was lured into a South Side alleyway and gunned down last week in an attack that has been linked to a gang feud. The boy’s mother, Karla Lee, has admitted using the money donated through GoFundMe to buy the car but insisted it was what her son would have wanted to keep...
  • Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return

    11/09/2015 5:44:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Magicians distract the audience’s attention from what really takes place on the stage. In a similar fashion, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation fosters an illusion that its accomplishments are substantive when they are primarily hokum. One would think at some point those who should know better, especially members of the news media, would figure this out. What is written here is not about the debate over whether MEDC should be eliminated. Chances of that happening seem so remote that discussing it is little more than an academic exercise. The purpose here is to probe beneath its facade and encourage recognition...
  • Israeli leftists call on liberal US Jews to help fight the Right

    11/08/2015 2:13:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/11/15 | Ari Soffer
    Two prominent Israeli leftists have appealed to like-minded liberal Americans to join forces with them to help the Israeli Left regain power, after a series of sound defeats in democratic elections - the latter of which occurred despite extensive support from foreign liberal donors. Zionist Union/Labor MK Stav Shaffir and Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit were speaking at a plenary meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism last week, which they both used as a platform to attack the current Israeli government, and joined with Union of Reform Judaism President Eric Yoffie in calling on American Jews to be more vocal...
  • Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

    11/05/2015 7:33:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 30, 2015 – 05:08 PM | Alexander Smoltczyk
    Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there is no shortage of opportunities. [...] To help people establish relationships with representatives of the "Evil Empire," the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce set up a "B2B" contact exchange. It's a form of speed dating, in which Iranian businesspeople walk from one table to the next, together with an interpreter and a handful of brochures of the Lower Saxony companies. The business owners from Hanover are quickly surrounded by Iranians, who treat them like...
  • In honor of Charlie Weis and Notre Dame, here are the 20 worst dead money deals in sports

    10/29/2015 11:41:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 29, 2015 | Darren Rovell
    As the sports business has evolved, the cost of making bad decisions has become more costly. When owners, general managers and athletic directors realize they made the wrong choice, the cost of keeping that coach or player could be more detrimental than suffering the financial pain of cutting him loose.
  • People In Sweden Are Hiding Cash In Their Microwaves - Cashless Society - Negative Interest Rates

    10/28/2015 6:54:03 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    BI ^ | 10-28-2015 | Jim Edwards
    Jim EdwardsOctober 28, 2015 Sweden is shaping up to be the first country to plunge its citizens into a fascinating and terrifying economic experiment: negative interest rates in a cashless society. The Swedish central bank held its benchmark interest rate at -0.35% today, the level it has been at since July. Although retail banks have yet to pass on that negative to rate to Swedish consumers, the longer it's held there the more financial pressure there is for banks to pass the costs onto their customers. That's a problem because Sweden is the closest country on the planet...
  • The Joy of The Lord[charismatic Caucus]

    10/27/2015 12:35:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The "JOY" of The LORD is much more than just a depth or width for truly its Harmony has a frequency all its own . My Joy IN YOU is as a ( ((Gusher)) ) rising up into the eternity that you ARE in Me and Hallelujahs are the piercing arrows of righteousness that not only penetrate darkness with light but overtake it and explodes a Chorus of worship from Your heart that IS The WellSpring of life I have placed in you. So "rise up WellSpring for The Voice of Many Waters is calling to you for His Glory....
  • Missing Money? Report questions how states spent ObamaCare funds (Pelosi knew)

    10/25/2015 4:17:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/25/15 | Hollie McKay
    **SNIP** About $4.6 billion was given to these 17 recipients, including California, New York, Washington state and Kentucky. But the GAO report found that so far, just $1.4 billion of that has been spent on IT projects, and a total of $3 billion has been spent or drawn down, though not all the spending is detailed. That, then, leaves at least $1.6 billion unaccounted for. Yet only three states returned any portion of the money a total of just over $1 million was given back. [T]he specific amount spent on marketplace-related projects was uncertain, as only a selected number...
  • Doing For Yourself

    10/22/2015 6:51:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    A recent New York Times headline read, "Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans." The story says that by soaking the rich "the government could raise large amounts of revenue ... while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income." Nowhere in the story, nor in the endless promises of Democratic presidential candidates, is there a single word about whether more government spending will produce the promised outcomes. We are to take this on faith, despite past performance being a good indicator of future results. Also absent is any expectation that individuals have more...
  • Bill Would Ban Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid

    10/19/2015 7:39:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/19/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A bill introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, would prohibit the state from advertising Healthy Michigan, which is the title the Snyder administration gave to its adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The current state budget authorizes spending $2 million annually to promote the Medicaid expansion to potential enrollees. Of that, $1 million comes from Michigan taxpayers and the balance from federal matching funds. I ran into a constituent who complained about the state advertising Healthy Michigan. Then I saw the commercial on TV and it made me upset, Schuitmaker said. Here we have something that was estimated to be...
  • 'Minority Report' Features Obama on $500 Bill (TV)

    10/17/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 56 replies
    MRCNewsBusters ^ | 10/13/2015 | Alexa Mouteveli
    Fox's futuristic new series Minority Report has already whitewashed the "Redskins" from the Washington football team's name. Now we see they've also added President Barack Obama to the 500 dollar bill. In this scene, one of the charcters is offering money to change his identity. The shot lingers on the pile of cash long enough for us to see Obama's face and the point to be made.
  • The Suffering of Irans Victims will Endure

    10/09/2015 6:59:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | David Grantham,
    The ink is not even dry on Obamas ill-conceived executive agreement with Iran and already observers have found potentially unlawful stipulations baked into the agreement. A predictable development, to be sure, but it seems last minute. The administration has already ignored other judicial pronouncements through the course of negotiations without much fanfare. As the debate now inevitably plunges into squabbles over illegalities, it is time to address the outstanding judgment still haunting grieving victims of Irans terrorism. The Islamic Republic still owes billions in settlements to its American victims and the White House refused demand payment as part of the...
  • Gov. Brown to Sign Landmark Renewable Energy Law Wednesday

    10/07/2015 9:02:41 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 19 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 10/7/2915 | City News Service
    Gov. Jerry Brown will visit Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Wednesday to sign legislation mandating that half of the states electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The ambitious mandates of SB 350, championed by Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, were outlined by Brown in his inaugural address in January. But de Leons legislation was significantly watered down last month in the state Assembly, which stripped away a requirement that the state slash its gasoline use by 50 percent in the next 15 years. That provision sparked heated debate in Sacramento, thanks to opposition from...
  • City Manager: 'Prosperity Doesnt Come From Government; It Comes From Freedom'

    10/07/2015 7:41:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/4/2015 | Anne Schieber
    When cities cry poverty, the organization helping them pursue more resources from state or local taxpayers is often the Michigan Municipal League. It is interesting then to see signs that the lobbying group is doing some self-reflection, in the form of allowing a city manager with a fresh point of view to address the organization's annual meeting. Prosperity doesnt come from government. It comes from freedom, Port Huron City Manager James Freed told league members who gathered in September. Freed gave the group a candid presentation on how pension and retiree health benefits were making it difficult to govern his...
  • Ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilsons Embarrassing Emails To Hillary

    10/03/2015 3:45:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson caused embarrassment to a company he consulted for by lobbying then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in an email he sent through her longtime friend and ally, Sidney Blumenthal, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller. The company, Symbion Power, made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico last week by Wilson, who served as ambassador to Gabon and So Tom and Prncipe during the Bill Clinton administration. Wilson claims that Symbion and its co-founders, Paul Hinks and Lord Richard Westbury, engaged in fraud, breach of contract and civil conspiracy...

    10/03/2015 1:25:24 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Oct 2015 | James Delingpole
    The plan by climate alarmists to have other scientists imprisoned for their global warming skepticism is backfiring horribly, and the chief alarmist is now facing a House investigation into what has been called the largest science scandal in US history.
  • Democrats Caring for the Common Man

    09/27/2015 8:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    One of my favorite political stories comes from my friend Michelle Steel, an Orange County Supervisor and formerly a member of the State Board of Equalization in California (BOE). When on the BOE, which oversees much of the tax structure in California including sales tax, she served with Judy Chu who is now a Congresswoman (D-CA). In the eight years that Steel served on the BOE, she could only remember Chu voting in favor of the taxpayer once. But every time she went out somewhere with Chu, she would tell a story about her support for the taxpayers and tell...
  • The US Could Be Heading For One Of Its Worst Flu Seasons In Years

    09/25/2015 3:24:27 PM PDT · by blam · 67 replies
    BI ^ | 9-25-2015 | Bob Bryan
    Bob BryanSeptember 25,2015As summer turns to fall, the medical community is ramping up for their annual fight against the flu. One Wall Street firm thinks this flu season could be a bad one. William Quirk and Alexander Nowak at Piper Jaffray use the number of flu cases from Australia and New Zealand to forecast the US season, and they say the numbers from the southern hemisphere point to a massive increase in sicknesses this year. 'The Southern hemisphere just went through one of the worst flu seasons on record (despite the vaccine targeting the correct strains)," wrote Quirk and Nowak...
  • Boeing sells China 300 planes, agrees plant: Xinhua

    09/23/2015 5:17:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    SHANGHAI: US aerospace giant Boeing has reached deals with Chinese firms to sell 300 aircraft and set up a completion centre in China, state media and its local partner said on Wednesday (, as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States. The massive order, which was not immediately confirmed by Boeing, demonstrates the vital importance of the Chinese market despite a growth slowdown that threatens to slow the expansion of air travel. The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) also reached an agreement with Boeing to set up a "completion centre" in China for its narrow-body...
  • Top 25 recipients of Planned Parenthood campaign cash

    09/18/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by amorphous · 16 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | Sep. 18, 2015 | Chris Field
    Many members of Congress are calling for an end to government funding for Americas biggest abortion mill, Planned Parenthood. Americans were outraged over the organizations alleged sale of aborted-baby parts as revealed in undercover videos conducted by the Center for Medical Progress. But the money does not go just one waymembers and employees of Planned Parenthood, as well as the groups PAC, have been very active and generous in their donations to government officials who both funnel taxpayer money to the organization as well as ardently defend abortion.
  • GOP debate most-watched show in CNN's history

    09/17/2015 2:57:33 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/17/15 | Dylan Stableford
    In the words of one 2016 presidential candidate, ratings for Wednesdays primetime Republican presidential debate were yuuuuuge. According to Nielsen data, the 3-hour broadcast drew an average of 22.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in CNN history, eclipsing the 16.8 million viewers who tuned in to watch Larry King host an informal debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot in 1993. It also shattered the mark for CNNs previously most-watched presidential primary debate, a 2008 Democratic primary debate that averaged 8.3 million viewers. To put these numbers in perspective, the early primary debates during the 2012 presidential campaign...
  • Bill Clinton Was In Talks To Give A Paid Speech To Iranian Group

    09/15/2015 12:38:28 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Septemer 15, 2015 | By Patrick Howley
    Former President Bill Clinton was in talks to give a paid speech at a fundraiser for an Iranian group closely tied to the Iranian regime, and his people ran the idea by Hillary Clintons State Department staffers. Clinton Foundation official Amitabh Desai emailed Hillary Clinton State Department staffers including Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan on June 4, 2012, according to an email provided to Breitbart News by Citizens United, which obtained the email in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Would USG have any concerns about WJC doing a paid speech for National Iranian American Council (NIAC)?, Desai asked. We...
  • Liberal Virginia Governor Brings Armed Security Guard to DC For Anti-Gun Rally

    09/11/2015 7:40:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Thursday afternoon Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun advocacy group Everytown for America held a small rally in Washington D.C. in front of the Capitol Building in an effort to shame Congress into passing gun control legislation. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke at the event and brought his armed body guard with him. Terry McAuliffe Shows Up With Armed Body Guard at Anti-Gun EventA few things. First off, McAuliffe's claim that people "can be armed" while we were standing on the Capitol grounds in Washington D.C. is false. It is nearly impossible for law abiding civilians to be legally armed in Washington D.C....
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Theres fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle expos of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • How Much K Street Blood Money Is Bob Corker Getting For Iran Deal?

    09/10/2015 6:19:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    http://www.conservativehq.com/node/21089 ^ | 10 Sep 15 | George Rasley
    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, author of the treasonous Corker Cardin bill to facilitate President Obamas nuclear weapons treaty with Islamist Iran, has made another inexplicable betrayal of American military superiority and indeed the future of America itself. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Corker authored, requires the Administration transmit to Congress all documents related to the JCPOA including side agreementsprior to a 60-day review period and subsequent vote. Theres no doubt that Obama has not complied with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, indeed Senator Corker said theres no question that two of the...
  • City says it has reached $6.4M wrongful death settlement with family of Freddie Gray

    09/08/2015 8:23:34 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.08.2015 | AP via Fox News
    BALTIMORE The city of Baltimore says it has reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray. Gray died in April after he suffered a critical spine injury while he was in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers face criminal charges stemming from Gray's death. Gray, who was black, was critically injured April 12 in the back of a prisoner transport van after he was arrested.
  • EXCLUSIVE Displaced Disney Cast Member: How They Replaced Me, Other American

    The very next week our office environment started to change dramatically. A huge influx of foreign workers from South Asia started to arrive at numerous buildings on the Disney Orlando campus in very large numbers. A foreign language was suddenly being spoken throughout the building hallways. Everywhere I went, including the company cafeteria, the composition of the company changed so much in the period of only a week. The first 30 days was focused on capturing all that I did with my job. We started getting mandatory meeting invitations for KT or Knowledge Transfer sessions showing on our calendars. The...
  • Why CNN Is Asking 40 Times Its Normal Rate for Ad Time (during the GOP debate)

    09/03/2015 7:49:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Theres a simple two-word reason that CNN is able to ask 40 times its usual rate for commercial time in its upcoming GOP primary debate: Donald Trump. Thats the assessment of Jeanine Poggi, writing in Ad Age. The cable news network is charging as much as $200,000 for a 30-second spot in the prime-time brawl taking place on Sept. 16, according to a media buyer, Poggi writes. This is on par with the cost of buying commercial time in some broadcast prime-time series. Buyers indicated that a typical spot on CNN prime runs about $5,000, according to the report. Much...
  • CEO of baby parts buyer says abortion workers get lucrative kickbacks

    09/03/2015 7:34:40 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Susan Michelle | September 2, 2015
    Though abortionist Mary Gatters desire for a Lamborghini is not front page news anymore, the most recent video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) reveals the new commodity in tissue procurement might be a condo in Hawaii. The ninth video shows tattletale Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress, talking behind the back of her competitor, Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR). Dyer reveals how ABR has given kickbacks to abortion clinics to help ensure they can collect their dead babies. Dyer explains that ABR has an abortion facility worker on its payroll in an advisory capacity. CMP reports: Cate Dyer, who...
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Money

    08/31/2015 11:27:57 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-31-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • The Clintons Continue To Clinton

    08/30/2015 7:17:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    What a mess. Every week, seemingly every other day, there is a new shady revelation about Bill and Hillary Clinton that manages to top the last one. For them there seems to be no bottom; for their supporters, there seems to be no self-respect. The hundreds of millions of dollars from corrupt governments, billionaires with agendas and God knows who else. The server wiped so thoroughly and no, not with a cloth you can tell someone learned the importance of cleanliness from the blue dress. And now we learn Bill, the former president, with more money than he...
  • Trump attended big-donor fundraiser last month

    08/28/2015 5:14:41 PM PDT · by JediJones · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/23/15 | Katy O'Donnell
    Despite his prior pledge to self-fund his campaign, the billionaire businessman now appears to be embracing big donors. ...even as Trump publicly scorned other candidates use of super PACs, he tacitly gave approval to the Make America Great Again PAC by attending a fundraiser the group held [in July]. Trump spoke for between 10 and 15 minutes at the mid-July fundraiser, where about 200 people packed into a private residence in Manhattan. There are so many people wanting to contribute and I am so grateful for their support. I appreciate the moral investment in my vision to Make America Great...
  • The Troubling Decline of Financial Independence in America

    08/28/2015 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/28/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    If you can't work for yourself and afford health insurance, something is seriously messed up. By financial independence, I don't mean an inherited trust fund--I meanearning an independent living as a self-employed person.Sure, it's nice if youchose the right parentsand inherited a fortune. But even without the inherited fortune, financial independence via self-employment has always been an integral part ofthe American Dream. Indeed, it could be argued thatfinancial independence is the American Dreambecause it gives us the freedom to sayTake This Job And Shove It(Johnny Paycheck). This chart shows the self-employed as a percentage of those with jobs (all nonfarm...
  • Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential Year

    08/28/2015 9:42:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    MyWay.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julie Bykowicz
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? Theres one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?

    08/25/2015 9:26:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The August edition of the Ann Arbor Observer periodical weighed in on the contract dispute between the Ann Arbor school district and its teachers. It wrote that the school board was asserting the unions contract has to change to reflect new state laws and seemingly permanent funding cuts. ... Except, state revenue to the Ann Arbor school district increased a combined $23.5 million over the last four state budgets compared to the 2010-11 school year. Of that amount, $3.7 million would have been for educating a cumulative total of 408 extra students over those four years. The rest was from...
  • Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

    08/24/2015 8:35:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Bridge Magazine has a piece on Michigans stumbling middle class and says, todays workers are part of the first generation in Michigan history who, taken as a whole, are not better off than their parents. The main economic data point put forth is that adjusted for inflation, Michigans median household income is lower than it was in 1969. Thats true: Household income has declined from $64,778 in 1969 to $49,418 in 2013. But thats not the end of the story. And by nearly all measures, we are much better off today than in the past. There are two ways to...
  • Harry Reids top man tears apart the White House

    11/04/2014 10:56:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | November 5, 2014 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
    You almost never see this in politics. David Krone, the chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), launches a major attack on the White House in this blockbuster story by my colleagues Philip Rucker and Robert Costa: At a March 4 Oval Office meeting, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and other Senate leaders pleaded with Obama to transfer millions in party funds and to also help raise money for an outside group. We were never going to get on the same page, said David Krone, Reids chief of staff. We were beating our heads against...
  • Hillary Clinton Would Make College Even More Expensive

    In the days ahead, millions of kids will pack their bags and leave home (hopefully for good) to go to college. For parents experiencing this for the first time: welcome to the biggest financial scam in America. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University and an expert on college costs, puts it very plainly: "Colleges and universities may be the least cost-efficient institutions in the United States. No industry, perhaps other than prostitution, has seen less productivity improvements than higher education." As the father of two college kids I can personally attest to the astonishing rip-off of college tuition...
  • 12 Signs That An Imminent Global Financial Crash Has Become Even More Likely

    08/16/2015 4:24:40 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 11 Aug 15 | Michael Snyder
    Did you see what just happened? The devaluation of the yuan by China triggered the largest one day drop for that currency in the modern era. This caused other global currencies to crash relative to the U.S. dollar, the price of oil hit a six year low, and stock markets all over the world were rattled. The Dow fell 212 points on Tuesday, and Apple stock plummeted another 5 percent. As we hurtle toward the absolutely critical months of September and October, the unraveling of the global financial system is beginning to accelerate. At this point, it is not...
  • Hugo Chavez's daughter is Venezuela's richest woman-- $4.2 billion

    08/15/2015 9:27:40 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 40 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11 August 2015 | Pete Amato
    The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president who once declared 'being rich is bad,' may be the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, according to evidence reportedly in the hands of Venezuelan media outlets. Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president's second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports. The figure would make Gabriela Chavez wealthier than media mogul Gustavo Cisneros, whom Forbes named the wealthiest Venezuelan earlier this year with $3. 6 billion in assets. Others close to Chavez managed to build up great personal wealth that was kept outside the petrostate....
  • China's Currency Move (Devaluation) Will Hurt One Country More Than Any Other (Brazil)

    08/11/2015 1:39:49 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    BI ^ | 8-11-2015 | Linette Lopez
    Linette Lopez August 11, 2015There is one country that stands to suffer more than any other from China's decision to devalue its currency: Brazil. China is Brazil's largest export market, gobbling up 50% of the iron ore, oil, and other commodities that the South American nation sends around the world. The devaluation of the yuan threatens to lower the already record low prices of those commodities. "Our commodity team has estimated that a 1% move in CNY is associated with a 0.5-0.6% decline in USD commodity prices," said Bank of America in a note following the yuan devaluation. It's a...
  • Trump Is Money in the Bank

    08/11/2015 7:14:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    My new book The Power of RELENTLESS launched just yesterday. Perfect timing, because Donald Trump is in the news- again. Surprise. The Donald is the very definition of relentless. He is relentlessly outspoken. He is relentlessly opinionated. He is relentlessly combative. He produces nonstop relentless media headlines. He produces relentlessly high ratings. He is also relentlessly successful. He is money in the bank for everyone around him. How relentless is Donald. Hes like a human Energizer Bunny. Hes like a real-life wack-a-mole. Nothing stops him. Nothing slows him. Nothing bothers him. Political correctness is not an option. Thats precisely how...

    08/10/2015 4:49:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 8/7/15 | John Piper and Brian J. Tabb
    ....Think about your toys as a child. You doubtless spent hours playing with those toy cars, dolls, stuffed animals, or video games that are probably now either stored in a box in the attic or discarded in a landfill. Think about your familys first computer. As useful and enjoyable as it was, the technology has now become obsolete, forcing you to replace it with a newer model that doesnt require floppy disks or DOS commands. Todays top smartphone will be cast off in three years. Your new car will rust and eventually break down. The birthday present your children ask...
  • Actress Melissa Gilbert announces run for Congress

    08/10/2015 3:58:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 98 replies
    The Livingston Daily ^ | August 10, 2015 | Wayne Peal
    From the Little House to the Congress? It could happen for Livingston County resident Melissa Gilbert. Gilbert, star of the hit 1970s television series, Little House on the Prairie on Monday announced she would run as a Democrat for the 8th District Congressional seat in next years election. The news thrilled area Democrats. I think its very, very exciting news, said county party chairwoman Judy Daubenmier, We worked with her on the Schauer campaign (for governor) and, I can tell you, shes a real trooper. Shell be a very effective campaigner.
  • Following the Money Campaign Moves, The CoC/Wall Street Roadmap, and Candidate Expectations

    08/08/2015 5:54:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-8-2015 | sundance
    Many people are wondering how its possible to track the CoC/Wall Street Jeb Bush election strategy, outlined here. While I usually dont post these types of research material links (it can get rather wonky), perhaps this will assist readers in understanding what leads to our road-map. Since the advent of the Citizens United decision, the GOPe affiliates have used Super-Pacs to fund political candidates. Unfortunately, this means you dont get to see the actual donors to those PACs which means theres an additional curtain to the donor. The development of, and refinement of, this strategy (which took place in...