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  • Welfare Competition Among Nations

    01/26/2013 7:26:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The welfare state creates some amazingly pathetic and disgusting individuals. In the battle of the bums, we’ve had the spectacle of “Diaper Man” vs “Footless Hans.”In the contest for most despicable moocher, we have the “Florida Pedophiles” vs the “Gimme Babymaker.”And the fight for most pathetic victim of dependency features the “Connecticut Kid” vs the “English Loafer.”But I’ve never found a match for Olga, a Greek woman who thinks it is government’s job to take care of her from cradle to grave.At least not until now. I’m excited to announce that Olga has a soulmate named Natalija. She’s from Lithuania,...
  • Hackers take over gov't website to avenge Swartz

    01/26/2013 7:19:03 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 49 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/26/13
    The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed." The message read in part: Citizens of the world, Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble...
  • Why Americans still feel poor

    01/26/2013 7:12:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fortune ^ | 01/26/2013 | By Nin-Hai Tseng
    U.S. stocks have reached new highs, but most Americans probably don't feel any wealthier. That's because the prices of our homes have a bigger influence over how rich we feel and, therefore, how much we're willing to spend, suggests a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The findings clarify the big drivers of what economists call "the wealth effect," the idea that people spend more when they have more. This sounds pretty obvious, but the real barometer of wealth hasn't been as clear. In the past, as the Federal Reserve moved to buy up billions of dollars...
  • Report: Childhood Poverty High In Detroit, But Teen Pregnancy Down

    01/26/2013 7:12:06 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    A new report from Data Driven Detroit reveals that in spite of the many families with kids that left Detroit between 2000 and 2010 — much of the city’s population still consists of children living in poverty. Sixty percent of children in Detroit live in poverty, per the “State of Detroit” report. This represents a 64.7 percent increase in child poverty in the city since 1999. Children account for 194,347 of Detroit’s residents, or 27 percent of the city’s total population. Despite the poverty rate, the report also shows that there are some positive changes taking place in the city,...
  • Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Clinton in joint interview

    01/26/2013 6:58:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Clinton in joint interview © AFP US President Barack Obama heaped praise on outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a rare joint interview to be broadcast Sunday on the CBS programme “60 Minutes”, calling her “one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve had.” By News Wires (text) US President Barack Obama Friday heaped praise on outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a rare joint interview set to renew speculation that she will run for president in 2016. The joint sit-down interview with CBS television, which was filmed at the White House, was apparently Obama's...
  • Desperately Trying to Derail Canadian Oil Sands

    01/26/2013 6:58:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved his state’s portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, explaining that its revised route avoids areas that critics had earlier claimed were environmentally sensitive. The Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would create more than 5,500 Nebraska jobs during its construction period and support 1,000 permanent jobs through 2030. During the project’s lifetime, KXL would generate $950 million in labor income, $130 million in property, sales and other state and local taxes, and $679 million for the state’s gross domestic product, by bringing Canadian oil sands petroleum to Texas refineries.President Obama’s second term agenda, continued viability of Medicare and...
  • Anti-Obama Signs in Egypyt's Tahir Square

    01/26/2013 6:50:55 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 6 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Twitchy Staff
    Thousands of Egyptians are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square today to mark the second anniversary of the uprising. One protester slammed President Obama, calling him an “idiot” and “jerk” for cozying up to the Muslim Brotherhood while the MB is “killing the Egyptians.”
  • A Tragic Anniversary's Unjust Deserts

    01/26/2013 6:43:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    "We've been wandering in the desert for 40 years," declared Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. It was an ever-present reflection during the week that marked four decades of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion. Last week, Cardinal O'Malley led a Mass that began at least 24 hours of prayer and protest for thousands of people gathered at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in our nation's capital. Are you, dear reader, sick of abortion, of the poverty of the discourse about the issue, the twisted politics that accompany it and where...
  • Social Security's disability trust fund could fail to cover all benefits early as 2016

    01/26/2013 6:40:59 AM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/26/2013 | By Jim Angle
    As President Obama faces pressure on the left to defend federal entitlement programs from the benefit cuts that the Republicans say are necessary to keep the programs solvent decades down the road, one part of Social Security could fall short of paying out full benefits within a few years -- even while Obama is still president. Over the long term, Social Security and Medicare have promised tens of trillions of dollars more in benefits than the nation can pay for under current policies. But Social Security's disability trust fund is in even worse shape, and current estimates say by 2016...
  • Immigration reform could add millions under Obama health law (illegal aliens are now prohibited)

    01/26/2013 6:37:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/13 | Elise Viebeck
    Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama's healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers. Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, which will launch next year. They are also ineligible for Medicaid under most circumstances, making the law's expansion of the program fruitless for people without documents. Even young illegal immigrants with "deferred action" status, known as "DREAMers," cannot access the law's benefits. But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish —...
  • Sheriff Clarke: “Calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option”

    01/26/2013 6:35:33 AM PST · by lionstar · 28 replies
    http://fox6now.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Ben Handelman
    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office released a new public service announcement regarding gun safety on Thursday, January 24th that is getting attention for its bluntness. In the PSA, Sheriff David Clarke says, “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?” He goes on to say, “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?” CLICK HERE to...
  • Bad Parents, Poor Kids

    01/26/2013 6:21:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Am I the only one who thinks it is immoral to bring children into the world if you don't have the means to support them? I must be one of the few. I rarely see anyone else make the point. Before anyone objects, let me concede up front that a lot of things in life are unpredictable. Women become pregnant despite their best efforts to avoid it. Women can lose their husbands from accidents, war and even homicide. Few of us have a tenured job. Few of us are safe from the economic reversal that would attend the loss of...
  • Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest

    01/26/2013 5:58:39 AM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 17 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 8, 2013 | Brendan Duffy
    Outstanding letter - please share with everyone you know.
  • Choice of Mary Jo White to Head SEC Puts Fox In Charge of Hen House

    01/26/2013 5:52:29 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 25, 9:00 | Matt Taibbi
    Couldn't they have found someone who wasn't a key figure in one of the most notorious scandals to hit the SEC in the past two decades? And couldn't they have found someone who isn't a perfect symbol of the revolving-door culture under which regulators go soft on suspected Wall Street criminals, knowing they have million-dollar jobs waiting for them at hotshot defense firms as long as they play nice with the banks while still in office? I'll leave it to others to chronicle the other highlights and lowlights of Mary Jo White's career, and focus only on the one incident...
  • United States rules out Headley's extradition (Muslim Terrorist)

    01/26/2013 5:48:21 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | IAN'S
    WASHINGTON: Despite India's efforts to extradite Pakistani American David Headley over the Mumbai terror attack, the US has virtually ruled out the possibility saying that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative "will serve in the United States". Asked to comment on a report that India wanted to keep up the effort to extradite Headley, state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland Friday noted: "He's been tried, convicted, and will serve in the United States." Even as India expressed disappointment at the 35 year sentence given by a Chicago court to David Headley, the US called it a very positive example of US-Indian collaboration in...
  • Islamic Persecution: Christians Slaughtered in Northern Nigeria by Militant Islamists [Hoax]

    01/26/2013 5:44:54 AM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    Hebrew National Radio ^ | January 21, 2013 | Laura Densmore
    This is a brutal example of how far the struggle between muslims and catholics in Nigeria has reached. Muslims are determined to impose their 'religion' all over Africa as well as in other continents and countries of the world. Islam has but one goal: rule the world at any cost." "And where are the International Human Rights Organizations? Christians are burnt alive in Nigeria: a horrific Holocaust right in front of International indifference. As denounced by Father Juan Carlos Martos, on behalf of the Missionari Clarettiani, via del Sacro Cuore di Maria, Rome, Italy." "By publishing this graphic document on...
  • Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.

    01/26/2013 5:38:55 AM PST · by upchuck · 37 replies
    MacRumors ^ | January 24, 2013 | Eric Slivka
    As noted by Tech News Daily, a new federal policy in the United States is set to go into effect this Saturday that will make it illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers unless specifically authorized by their carriers. The policy applies to newly purchased devices beginning on Saturday, but not to legacy devices purchased prior to that date. In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But...
  • Iowa lawmaker calls for death penalty, chemical castration

    01/26/2013 5:31:25 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A state senator will push for public hearings on the death penalty in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives as he files legislation to bring capital punishment back to Iowa. Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer in Evansdale. Elizabeth’s parents joined Sorenson and parents of other missing and murdered children at a Capitol news conference, where the senator outlined five pieces of legislation he plans to introduce this session. Iowa abolished the...
  • 15 Lies of Liberalism (Liberals can't help it, lying comes natural)

    01/26/2013 5:08:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism offers up a utopian vision of the world and then invites its practitioners to feel good about themselves for embracing it. Not only does this beautiful fantasy world never come to pass, liberalism fails to address the root causes of the problems it sets out to solve while creating whole new disasters in the process. In other words, it's a never ending circle. There's a problem, liberalism is offered up as the solution, it doesn't work and creates more problems, for which liberalism is offered up as the solution, etc., etc., etc. until you're starving, bankrupt, or your society...
  • The Educational Tech Scam/ ( K-12 schools/ Common Core)

    The Common Core Standards are an educational reform movement initiated by the National Governors Assocation and intended to standardize the educational curricula of the states around a "coomon core" of knowledge required to function in modern society. Put that way, the initiative sounds fine, but as if often the case with educaitonal reforms, Common Core proponents have relied on bafflement and obfuscation to shut down inquiry by the paying public into the very political process of putting the initiative into action -- a process monetarily supported by private education corporations. Common Core tests (those used in Oklahoma were developed by...