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  • Octomom, mom of 14, today files Chapter 7

    04/30/2012 5:14:16 PM PDT · by TSgt · 33 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 30, 2012 Updated: 4:08 p.m. | LOU PONSI and DOUG IRVING
    SANTA ANA – Nadya Suleman – known as Octomom – filed bankruptcy papers on Monday here in federal court. Suleman's debt could be as much as $1 million – 20 times more than her net worth, according to court documents. The mother of 14 has up to $50,000 in assets. "I have had to make some very difficult decisions this year, and filing Chapter 7 was one of them," Suleman, 36, said through an e-mail sent by her manager, Gina Rodriguez. "But I have to do what is best for my children, and I need a fresh start."
  • Conservatism Without the Righteousness of Almighty God is Bankrupt.

    04/30/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by kindred · 16 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 4/29/12 | DJP, I.F.
    In the past five years - before our very eyes - we have seen the nearly complete erosion and virtual extinction of conservative policies and programs in US politics. It seems that The United States is increasingly becoming more like a secular socialist State than the Representative Republic of "In God We Trust" that it was founded upon. Our Judean-Christian heritage, morality and values do not dominate our culture and society as they once did. Another reality is that many have never known any other kind of society than what presently exists. Accountability, responsibility and virtue are “hisses and by-words”...
  • Will Obama Be Re-elected By Turning The U.S. Into Detroit Writ Large?

    04/30/2012 5:10:36 PM PDT · by TomServo · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | 4/30/2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    A small headline in the 2nd section of the Wall Street Journal last week told a bigger story than a lot of front-page banner headlines. It said, "U.S. Firms Add Jobs, but Mostly Overseas." Just as there is no free lunch, there is no free class warfare. Some people may be inspired by President Obama's talk about making "the rich" pay their undefined "fair share" of taxes, or taking away corporations' "tax breaks." But talk is not always cheap. It can be very costly to those working people who are looking for jobs that the Obama administration's anti-business policies are...
  • Under ObamaCare, Medicare Is Literally A Death Trap For Seniors

    04/30/2012 5:08:23 PM PDT · by TomServo · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | 4/30/2012 | PETER FERRARA
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, described the Medicare reforms proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as "literally a death trap for seniors." White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Ryan's reforms would "change Medicare as we know it."
  • Senate Democrats “celebrate” three years without a budget

    04/30/2012 5:07:50 PM PDT · by Pasadena2k · 4 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 27 2012 | Andrew Stiles
    Sunday, April 29, 2012, is an anniversary unprecedented in the history of American politics, marking three years since the Democratic-led Senate last complied with federal law by passing a budget. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that Congress must approve a budget resolution by April 15 of each year. In the Senate, only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget, as budgets are one of the few pieces of legislation invulnerable to a filibuster. Democrats currently control 53 seats. Democratic lawmakers have offered myriad excuses for their refusal to offer a budget, none of which hold up to...
  • Please do not post the "Maxine" character to Free Republic

    04/30/2012 5:07:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 48 replies
    rec'd via email | April 30, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Received a takedown request from the copyright/trademark holder. Please do not post the Maxine character to FR. Even as parodies. They respect our rights to free speech, but do not appreciate Maxine voicing our opinions. If you spot a post of Maxine (examples: google/search/images/maxine ), please alert the moderators via abuse report so we can remove it. Thanks, Jim
  • Tea Party Drives Educational Reform With Free Market Principles

    04/30/2012 5:05:19 PM PDT · by TomServo
    IBD ^ | 4/30/2012 | MATT KIBBE
    After the Tea Party's meteoric rise to prominence in 2009 and 2010, some political observers are asking, "Where did the Tea Party go?"
  • -- LAX TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012 -- (Labor Union Demonstration)

    04/30/2012 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 4 replies
    Los Angeles World Airports ^ | April 30, 2012 | LA World Airport
    (Los Angeles, California – April 30, 2012) Passengers, visitors and workers traveling to/from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) between 12 noon and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, are advised to expect vehicular traffic congestion and possible delays due to a temporary closure of westbound and eastbound Century Boulevard (airport ingress and egress) between Airport Boulevard and the LAX Central Terminal Area. Outbound passengers are advised to add 45 minutes to their drive time to LAX to ensure they catch their departing flights. The temporary closure of the two blocks in both directions of Century Boulevard will be in...
  • Double whammy for Florida Dems as DOJ, local court green light new maps

    04/30/2012 5:04:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 30, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    The Department of Justice gave its approval Monday to Florida's new congressional map, while a circuit court rejected Democrats' injunction request — a double whammy for Democrats who argue the new map unfairly favors Republicans. The Obama administration's pre-clearance was required under the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states with a history of racial discrimination have their maps approved to ensure that minorities are not denied proper representation. "The Attorney General does not interpose any objection to the specific changes" to the maps, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote Monday in a letter to members of Florida's state government....
  • CNBC ‘freaking out’ over decline in ratings for Andrew Ross Sorkin and Maria Bartiromo

    04/30/2012 5:01:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Sunday, April 29, 2012, 6:00 AM
    Andrew Ross Sorkin is apparently not too big to tank. The same goes for “Money Honey” Maria Bartiromo. CNBC insiders tell us executives at the cable business channel are “freaking out” because viewership levels are down essentially across-the-board, particularly with its marquee shows, “Squawk Box” and “Closing Bell." “Their biggest attractions have become their biggest losers,” says one TV industry insider familar with the cable channel’s numbers. According to Nielsen ratings obtained by Gatecrasher, from April 2011 to April 2012, “Squawk Box” is down 16 percent in total viewers and 29 percent in the important 25-54 demographic bracket that advertisers...
  • Update #13 – The Trayvon Martin Shooting – The Julison Communications Racist Agenda and Trail

    04/30/2012 5:00:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 30 April, 2012 | sundancecracker
    The layers of deception and spin appear almost infinite at this point in our research and discovery. For the purpose of this update we dig in to the Julison Communications angle a little deeper and find ourselves on the road to the White House. Again, a reminder and request for readers; The TreeHouse research team and numerous visitors, along with hundreds of tips from major sources and highly respected professionals, have been exhaustively searched, proofed, vetted and assembled. This “Julison Discovery” information, and the substance of this update, is not easily digested, or understood, in a vacuum of this single...
  • Is Conscience Partisan? A Look at the Clinton, Moynihan, and Kennedy Records

    04/30/2012 5:00:01 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | April 30, 2012 | Richard M. Doerflinger
    On March 1, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 48 to table the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to protect conscience rights in the face of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This conscience proposal would forbid the use of new mandated benefits lists under PPACA to force those who offer, sponsor, or purchase health plans to cover specific items or services that violate their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” The immediate threat is the Obama administration’s mandate for almost all health plans to include...
  • Washington Has A Habit Of Trying To Fix What Isn't Broken

    04/30/2012 4:59:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 30, 2012
    Nanny State: The Obama administration's Secretary of Meddling continues his senseless war against cellphone use in cars. Don't the busybodies in Washington ever tire of coming up with solutions in search of a problem? Ray LaHood, who is actually Transportation secretary and a one-time a Republican congressman, wants to ban talking and texting on cellphones on every road and street in the country. Not only is this a local issue and not a federal case, it is also a fix that isn't needed. Look at the data. The effort to ban cellphone use by drivers is based on a National...
  • U.S. Takes It on the Chen for Foreign Aid

    04/30/2012 4:57:19 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies
    Washington Update - Email | April 30, 2012 | Tony Perkins
    An annual meeting of two world superpowers now hangs on the fate of one brave Chinese man. After 20 months of torture and malnourishment, blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped his home under the cover of darkness Sunday and made it 370 miles to Beijing, where he is believed to be under U.S. protection. The "self-taught" attorney has been a favorite target of Chinese authorities for his crusade to expose the brutal sterilizations and forced abortions suffered by village women under the country's one-child policy. After surviving four years in prison on bogus charges, Chen was released and kept...
  • Obama Pushes False GM Success Story

    04/30/2012 4:49:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 30, 2012
    Politics: The Obama camp can't stop clucking about how he saved GM and the car industry. But if the GM bailout is such a success story, why can't it pay back its debt to taxpayers? The president's new campaign video narrated by actor Tom Hanks claims GM has "repaid" its loans. But in a revelation by the special inspector general monitoring the TARP bailout program, GM and GMAC together still owe the biggest share of the remaining $119 billion TARP debt. Of the top bailout recipients, GM is the biggest laggard, the TARP watchdog says in his latest quarterly report...
  • Harvard Has $31.7B Tax-Exempt Endowment—But Still Got $5.6M in Federal Student Loans and Grants

    04/30/2012 4:49:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 1 replies
    Harvard Has $31.7B Tax-Exempt Endowment—But Still Got $5.6M in Federal Student Loans and Grants By Terence P. Jeffrey April 30, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - In fiscal year 2011, Harvard University’s tax-exempt endowment jumped in value by about $4.17 billion, rising from $27,557,404,000 to $31,728,080,000--but that did not stop Harvard from collecting tuition and fees derived from federal grants and student loans that U.S. taxpayers provided to Harvard undergraduates. Other universities with major endowments--including Yale and Princeton (from which the author of this article graduated)--also saw massive increases in their endowments and they also benefited from their students paying tuition and fees...
  • Rejoice Republicans — Romney is for real

    04/30/2012 4:49:15 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | Joseph Curl
    Why so glum, chum? Haven’t you heard? Mitt Romney’s arrived, and he’s serious this time.
  • Durbin:Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Preserves Funding for

    04/30/2012 4:47:03 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | April 30, 2012 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, has approved a bill that preserves essential federal funding for scientific research and development programs that will support work at two Illinois labs – Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab which together employ over 4,000 Illinoisans.  These projects were included in President Obama's FY2013 Budget and supported by Durbin.    “Science labs like Fermi and Argonne are the backbone of our nation’s scientific infrastructure and workforce.  Today’s legislation provides a fiscally responsible path that will allow them to continue existing projects, expand...
  • Elizabeth Warren campaign, challenged on Native American heritage claims, ‘digging up some..

    04/30/2012 4:42:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Elizabeth Warren campaign, challenged on Native American heritage claims, ‘digging up some sort of evidence to appease you’ By Matthew Boyle - The Daily Caller 2:50 PM 04/30/2012 Massachusetts senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren described herself in law-school professional directories as a Native American minority from 1986 to 1995. The white Democratic candidate has so far offered no evidence that she is, in fact, part Native American, suggesting that she may have falsified that ethnic credential to advance her academic career in the early affirmative-action era. But “it is true,” a Warren spokeswoman told The Daily Caller on Monday, “and we’re...
  • The Last Thing Unions Are Concerned About Is Free Choice For Workers

    04/30/2012 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 30, 2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    Labor unions, like the United Nations, are all too often judged by what they are envisioned as being — not by what they actually are or what they actually do. Many people, who do not look beyond the vision or the rhetoric to the reality, still think of labor unions as protectors of working people from their employers. And union bosses still employ that kind of rhetoric. However, someone once said, "When I speak I put on a mask, but when I act I must take it off." That mask has been coming off, more and more, especially during the...