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  • Recap: Woodward Dream Cruise in Ferndale Michigan(With Photos)

    08/19/2012 8:17:01 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Ferndale Patch ^ | 19 August 2012 | Jessica Schrader and Leslie Ellis
    The ground rumbled and the air thundered Saturday as the Woodward Dream Cruise roared through Ferndale. The classic car parade and prime people-watching event was expected to attract 1.5 million people and 40,000 cars to a 16-mile stretch of the historic avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac. Did you attend the Dream Cruise? Add your photos to this gallery by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button above. Read on for a recap of the day's events from Ferndale! [...]
  • Spies, Enigma machine and James Bond's creator

    08/19/2012 8:15:22 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies
    Edmonton Journal ^ | August 18, 2012 | Kathryn Greenaway
    Date: Aug. 19, 1942 Time: 5 a.m. Location: A stone beach on the northern coast of France. Operation: More than 6,000 Allied forces infantrymen attempt to penetrate a German stronghold. Outcome: Unmitigated disaster. Less than six hours later, 60 per cent of the infantrymen were dead, injured and/or captured; 907 Canadians died. Why the Allied forces allowed the poorly planned Dieppe Raid to move forward has been a mystery for decades - until now. Montreal historian David O'Keefe has solved the mystery and, in the process, has rewritten a defining moment in military history. O'Keefe, a military historian by profession,...
  • Longing for Miss Howard

    08/19/2012 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Bill Tatro
    Maybe it’s just my naivety, but I long for the days of Ruby Howard. Miss (not Ms.) Howard was not some former Hollywood silent screen star, nor was she a financial or political guru of the past. Miss Howard was simply my ninth grade Social Studies teacher. The simplicity of the 1950s, over a half-century ago, seems like another world and it almost appears we’ve been on a downward spiral ever since. We’ve had some moments of greatness offset with many moments that we’d just as soon forget. When I think of Miss Howard, I recall a teacher who I...
  • Watchdog: Online Social Security file can be goldmine for ID thieves

    08/19/2012 8:01:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-19-12 | Debra O'Connor
    Dennis and Linnea Friemann's granddaughter showed them a website, open to everybody, that contains the Social Security numbers of millions of people who have died, including the Friemanns' relatives. "Anyone can now have access to these numbers," the Inver Grove Heights couple complained to the Watchdog. "How can we stop this from happening?" The answer, the Watchdog found, is that they can't. At least for now, the Social Security Death Master File is generally available, and that's a very hot topic in Congress. There are two sides to the debate, and they each have compelling arguments. Banks, pension funds and...
  • Geithner Favors Fannie Mae Debtholders over Taxpayers … Again

    08/19/2012 7:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Mark Calabria
    You have to give Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner some credit for spin: today the Treasury announced “Further Steps to Expedite Wind Down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” The only problem is that the steps announced largely put the taxpayer at greater risk in order to protect holders of Fannie and Freddie debt. Essentially, the Treasury has amended its agreements with Fannie and Freddie so that the companies no longer have to pay a fixed dividend to the U.S. taxpayer, but instead “every dollar of profit” from the companies to the taxpayer. The problem is that the Government Sponsored Enterprises...
  • Bill Clinton, And The Right to Express Your Religious Views

    08/19/2012 7:46:16 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Bill Federer
    "From the days of the ancient Maccabees down to our present time, tyrants have sought to deny people the free expression of their faith and the right to live according to their own conscience and convictions".
  • Iran rejects allegation of role in deadly Afghan bombings

    08/19/2012 7:32:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert
    KABUL (Reuters) - Iran has rejected Afghan government claims that Tehran orchestrated a series of suicide bomb attacks earlier this week that killed at least 28 people in Afghanistan, Iran's English-language Press TV reported on Sunday. Afghanistan's spy agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), killed two alleged insurgents and detained three more this week for what they said was their involvement in the bombings this week in Afghanistan's Nimroz province.
  • Document Reveals Accounts Of Vicious Assault From Victim And Suspects (2 Muslims gang rape CO woman)

    08/19/2012 7:26:43 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 27 replies
    KKTV ^ | Aug 16 2012 | Staff
    Court documents reveal that the victim of an alleged vicious sexual assault remembers some of the suspects telling her about being unhappy with the way they were treated in the United States. Five Iraqi nationals were arrested in connection with the case. Two are charged with the crime while all five are charged as accessories with the crime. Some of the victim’s injuries were described by police as being “rarely seen.” "I can tell you this is one of the most horrific sexual assaults I've seen in my career as a police officer," said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado...
  • Coming Soon: Higher Energy Prices, Shortages

    08/19/2012 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Marita Noon
    “Once real numbers have come out about renewable energy costs, people are having second thoughts,” reported Maureen Masten, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources and Senior Advisor on Energy to Governor Bob McDonnell, VA,  while addressing his “all of the above energy” strategy to meet the state’s energy needs. The real costs of renewable energy are coming out—both in dollars and daily impacts. After years of hearing about “free” energy from the sun and wind, people are discovering that they’ve been lied to.On Tuesday, August 14, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved a new renewable energy rate rider that...
  • Skilled Work, Without the Worker (New wave of robots replacing workers in manufacturing)

    08/19/2012 7:23:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/18/2012 | By JOHN MARKOFF
    At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way. At a sister factory here in the Dutch countryside, 128 robot arms do the same work with yoga-like flexibility. Video cameras guide them through feats well beyond the capability of the most dexterous human. One robot arm endlessly forms three perfect bends in two connector wires and slips them into holes almost too small for the eye to see. The arms work so fast that they must be enclosed in glass cages...
  • Dems dust off, attack 2010 Ryan plan to partially privatize social security

    08/19/2012 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/18/2012
    Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. It was a fight that didn't go well for the GOP when President George W. Bush pushed the idea in 2005. In his 2010 "Road Map for America's Future," the Wisconsin congressman proposed a plan to allow younger workers to divert more than one-third of their Social Security taxes into personal accounts that they would own and could will to their heirs. Ryan wrote that the accounts would provide workers an opportunity "to build a...
  • L.A mayor’s party will glam uptown (salute to Unca Teddy on opening night)

    08/19/2012 7:21:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/18/12 | Tim Funk
    L.A mayor’s party will glam uptownBy Tim Funk Posted: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 An army of A-list celebs and politicos are expected to show up at the N.C. Music Factory on Sept. 5 for a Hollywood-themed gala hosted by L.A. Mayor – and Dem convention chairman – Antonio Villaraigosa. The Dish has learned that the Factory’s Fountain Plaza and Osso Restaurant will get a one-night make-over. Picture palm trees, classic L.A. architecture and lots of California wine. **SNIP** Grandson Joseph Kennedy III, a candidate for Congress, will introduce a video salute to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy on the convention’s...
  • The Not-So-Strong Euro

    08/19/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Reader Toney writes ... Hello Mish, Please consider writing a piece on your blog explaining why EUR USD is not more eroded.  It would seem that given the Euro zone's current troubles, the Euro would not have remained as strong as it has. I read your blog religiously. Thanks ToneyHello Toney, would not exactly call 1.23 "strong" but certainly there is room to fall. So why is it just sitting? Technically, the euro is at the lower end of a trading range and that would tend to bring out some buyers and some short covering. From that aspect, one might...
  • India bans mass text messages to stem panic among minorities

    08/19/2012 7:12:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | Dean Nelson,
    The Indian government banned bulk text messages on Friday in an attempt to halt the exodus of thousands of migrant workers from Bangalore and other major cities following false warnings of attacks on them. An estimated 15,000 people from Assam and states in north-eastern India ... have fled India’s IT capital and other cities including Chennai, Mumbai and Pune, after receiving text messages warning them of imminent attacks. The messages spread panic among the north-eastern minorities who were already fearful following recent clashes between members of Assam’s Bodo tribe and Bangladeshi settlers in in the state. More than 30,000 are...
  • Shame on Senator Frank R. Lautenberg!

    08/19/2012 6:59:18 AM PDT · by tselatysr · 12 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-08-19 06:14:32 | Rabbi Dr.Zucker
    By Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. ZuckerNew Jersey's senior U.S. Senator, Frank R. Lautenberg, published an article[1] ("Romney must stop playing politics with Israel") in the August 15, 2012 edition of The Jerusalem Post for which he should be thoroughly ashamed; it is a political smear and loaded with distortions and outright lies. It is a desperate attempt to stop the erosion[2] of Jewish votes from supporting the re-election of President Barack H. Obama that several polls[3] over the past few weeks have indicated is occurring.  Lautenberg's article is truly an ugly case of the kettle calling the pot black, and...
  • MSNBC Allows Black Commentator Toure to Use N-Word to Describe Romney

    08/19/2012 6:50:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Crystal Wright
    Vice-President Biden tells blacks, Romney’s “gonna put y’all back in chains.” Mitt Romney accuses Obama of running a campaign of “anger and division.” Then MSNBC host Toure charges Romney with engaging in the “niggerization” of Obama. WHAT? As my black father (note emphasis) said, “That’s the most unintellectual thing I’ve ever heard. Is he [Toure] making up words” ? Toure’s making up words and spinning fiction! (Evidently, that’s what a former musical journalist turned political pundit does.) If Biden had included the “n-word” in his me (white) versus “you blacks” statement, Toure may have expressed mild outrage at the remarks....
  • Wolf-hunting on Wall Street (Obama's Swiss Banker dumped by UBS, desperate for Obama's reelection)

    08/19/2012 6:37:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/19/12 | Page 6
    There appears to be a wealth of Wall Street sniping about Robert Wolf’’s departure from UBS after being described as a “fat cat with the president’s ear.” Wolf resigned as chairman of UBS Americas and president of global investment banking last month to set up his own firm, 32 Advisors. He’s among President Obama’s leading fund-raisers, a regular face at the White House and even golfs with Obama. He also makes regular Obama-friendly TV appearances, despite the president’s perceived anti-Wall Street rhetoric. A source told us, “Wall Street insiders are sniping that Wolf’s new career path appears to be serving...
  • Q&A: Oregon Police Chief leads lonely charge for stricter gun buyer background checks (Wisconsin)

    08/19/2012 6:28:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 19 aug 2012 | Steven Elbow
    In an era in which pro-gun advocates have been racking up a string of victories, Doug Pettit is trying to hit the brakes. The Oregon police chief, who serves as the legislative chairman for the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, is one of the most vocal proponents of expanding background checks for gun buyers. Pettit and his group are part of a national push by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, which hopes to convince federal lawmakers to mandate background checks on people who purchase guns at gun shows, flea markets and other venues that don’t involve...
  • Illegal IRS Rule to Increase Taxes & Spending under Obamacare

    08/19/2012 6:26:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    The written testimony that Jonathan Adler and I submitted for the House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s unlawful attempt to increase taxes and spending under Obamacare is now online. An excerpt: Contrary to the clear language of the statute and congressional intent, this [IRS] rule issues tax credits in health insurance “exchanges” established by the federal government. It thus triggers a $2,000-per-employee tax on employers and appropriates billions of dollars to private health insurance companies in states with a federal Exchange, also contrary to the clear language of the statute and congressional intent. Since those illegal expenditures will exceed...
  • Delegation penalties to remain unchanged at Republican convention

    08/19/2012 6:22:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 19, 2012
    The five states penalized for shifting their presidential primaries earlier than Republican National Committee rules permit will retain those penalties, each sending only half of its allocated delegates to the GOP convention later this month. Florida’s decision to shift its primary from March 6 to Jan. 31 sparked a political game of musical chairs, with a number of states subsequently moving their primaries back to retain significance in the drawn-out GOP nominating process. New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Arizona all scheduled earlier primaries, and Iowa moved its caucus up, flouting RNC rules concerning scheduling that had been dictated at...