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  • Where Have All Our Houses Gone

    02/03/2013 7:18:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Fritz Pfister
    Did you read the story home prices are up due to falling inventory? Case-Shiller just reported home prices were up in their 20 city index 5.5% in November all the way back to 2003 levels. Regarding these price increases one must put them into perspective. As reported at the BusinessInsider, Quinn Eddins at RadarLogic argue the recent rise in home prices reflects the weakness in 2011 home prices more than the strength of 2012 home prices. I concur. The reason for prices rising? According to the WSJ: “Economists see the report as a sign of the housing market gaining strength....
  • Top Concerns of Small Business? It's the Government, Stupid!

    02/03/2013 7:08:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    Memo to the President:  In case just for a moment you really do wonder why businesses are not expanding, why their anxiety level is high, why the sense of uncertainty continues 43 months after the economic recovery supposedly began…just look in the mirror.  Not just for another opportunity for self-adoration, but for the root cause of our economic stagnation. According to results of a newly released Gallup poll, the top five concerns of small business owners are healthcare costs, taxes, energy prices, regulation, and the debt ceiling – all that have increased significantly under the Obama administration.  Worse, if the...
  • FILTH AND FURY: Homeless return to debase Grand Central Terminal (Bloomberg's NYC)

    02/03/2013 7:04:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/3/13 | MICHAEL GARTLAND
    In celebration of its 100th birthday, the bad old days have returned to Grand Central Terminal. Droves of homeless people are flooding the landmark again — even as workers prepared for last week’s centennial celebration. On a windy Wednesday, The Post spotted at least 40 hobos in search of free eats and a warm place to flop. “It’s nauseating,” said Yvette Molina, a Tarrytown resident, who was lunching in the concourse. “It’s really disgusting. It makes you lose your appetite.” In scenes reminiscent of the 1980s, one man picked through the garbage, rewarding himself with a half-eaten slice of pizza...
  • Time for You to Address Violence in Black Communities, Mr. Obama

    02/03/2013 7:02:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Dear Mr. Obama, This week Hadiya Pendleton was shot and murdered in Chicago just days after performing with high school marching band at your second inauguration. She was a majorette in addition to playing volleyball and being an honor student at King College Prep High School. My plea to you is you attend her funeral. My plea is that after the funeral you address the entire nation in prime time and discuss an epidemic that's eroding our nation and destroying millions of dreams. That is the real epidemic of violence in black communities There is no better example than your...
  • A Game the NFL Can't Win

    02/03/2013 6:56:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    Professional football is the most popular spectator sport in America, which is one reason the Super Bowl is expected to draw 110 million viewers. With its famous athletes, storied franchises and lucrative TV contracts, it's an industry whose future appears limitless. But football has a problem: the specter of mass brain damage among current and former players. So far, the steady trickle of disturbing revelations has had no apparent effect on ticket sales or TV ratings. What it has done, though, is more ominous: It has invited lawsuits. If football falls into decline, it may not be the result...
  • Hayes Guest On Hagel Hearing: 'A Republican Purge, A Maoist Public Shaming'

    02/03/2013 6:54:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Surprised they didn't opt for the Inquisition analogy . . . On Chris Hayes's MSNBC show this morning, Ali Gharib, editor of the "Open Zion" blog at the Daily Beast, described the questioning of Chuck Hagel at his Senate confirmation hearing as "a Republican purge" and a "Maoist public shaming." Michael Hastings of the Rolling Stone begged to differ, finding it more reminiscent of "Stalin." View the video here.
  • Harvard students withdraw after cheating in 'Intro to Congress' course

    02/03/2013 6:51:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Peter Schroeder
    Over half of Harvard University students caught in a wide-ranging cheating scandal in an "Intro to Congress" course have reportedly had to withdraw from the Ivy League school. According to The Boston Globe, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences told the Harvard community in an email that more than half of the students brought before the school's Administration Board in the fall were required to withdraw for some period of time. Of the students not required to withdraw, roughly half were placed on disciplinary probation, while the rest received no punishment and had their cases dismissed. While...
  • Following the trail of Sen. Robert Menendez scandal leads to dead end in Dominican Republic

    02/03/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by randita · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/2/12 | By Kathleen McGrory and Melissa Sanchez
    The shadowy tipster who made explosive allegations involving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic named names. He gave descriptions of the women, and in some cases, phone numbers and addresses. Despite those details, the women are nowhere to be found. A week after the claims made headlines in the United States and on this Caribbean island, the alleged prostitutes have disappeared. An attorney who once represented two of the women said he hadn’t spoken to them in months, and then stopped returning phone calls himself. A two-bedroom apartment where some of the alleged liaisons took...
  • Thoughts on “Assault Weapons” and “Magazine Limits” from an Actual Gun Expert

    02/03/2013 6:46:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not a big gun owner and I’m not part of the gun culture. So why, then, do I frequently post about the issue of gun control? Mostly because I believe in freedom and the Constitution.But I also appreciate facts and analysis and I know that law-abiding citizens are safer and criminals face greater obstacles when good people have the right of self defense.Last but not least, I think there’s a non-trivial possibility that the United States will suffer some sort of social chaos and/or breakdown of law and order because of the damage caused by reckless fiscal and monetary...
  • Grassroots Campaigns Inc. Now Hiring for Campaign Positions!

    02/03/2013 6:45:10 AM PST · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    Craigs List ^ | January 16, 2013 | Grassroots Campaigns Inc.
    The following advertisement is recruiting "Progressive Activists" on Craig's List. Make a Difference this Year. Now Hiring for Campaign Positions! It may be a New Year, but we still have a lot of work to do. What's on your list of resolutions for 2013? __ Expand Marriage Equality __ Stand up for Constitutional Rights __ Protect Reproductive Freedoms and Healthcare __ Defend the Environment __ Run a campaign office to work for progressive change Since 2003 Grassroots Campaigns Inc. has been running face-to-face outreach campaigns for groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Sierra Club and Oxfam America. Once...
  • Syria Ready To Strike Israel With Scud Missiles, Whatever The Consequences

    02/03/2013 6:43:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 38 replies
    Allvoices ^ | February 2, 2013
    Pro-regime Syrian newspaper Al Diyar reported Friday that the army has loaded four Scud missiles, each with an explosive head of 500 kilograms, and is ready to strike Israel. The newspaper also stated that the Syrian army command held a meeting Thursday evening to discuss a response to Israel, including striking research centers in Tel Aviv. Mohammed Dirar Jammu, head of political and international relations at the World Organization of Arab expatriates, said to pro-Syrian regime TV channel Alakhbarya that "the Syrian military response to the Israeli bombing of the research center, in Damascus, will be earthshaking and staggering to...
  • Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars

    02/03/2013 6:40:37 AM PST · by darylmh · 8 replies ^ | Updated: 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | Posted: 3:57 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
    Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars WASHINGTON, D.C — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending. Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups. Watch...
  • Turkey police arrest 11 over US woman's murder (Drug smuggling?)

    02/03/2013 6:40:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NDTV ^ | 2/3/13 | Agence France-Press
    Turkish police have arrested 11 people over the murder of an American woman who disappeared while visiting Istanbul last month, police and the local media reported Sunday. -snip- "We have confirmed that she was murdered by way of impacts on her head," Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin told reporters on Sunday. "But we need to conclude the investigation before details emerge." The Milliyet newspaper said she was also stabbed several times in her abdomen, but there was no sign of rape or theft and she was still wearing jewellery when police found her. -snip- Hurriyet speculated that Sierra might have...
  • Senate plan would give Napolitano the final say on border security

    02/03/2013 6:40:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor. The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions: What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and other safeguards against illegal...
  • Photo of Obama Shooting Skeet Complete Fraud, like his Presidency

    02/03/2013 6:37:25 AM PST · by forbushalltheway · 103 replies ^ | 2 February 2013 | Steve Sheldon
    The recently released photograph of President Obama reportedly “Taken at Camp David – the Maryland presidential retreat – on August 4, 2012, his 51st birthday,” is a complete fake. As a lifelong shotgunner, I immediately smelled a rat. Nothing in the photo looks right and upon closer examination, it is a complete fraud. One need go no further than examining the ports on the shotgun. Ports are tiny holes sometimes drilled near the muzzle (the business end of the gun) to release energy and reduce recoil. They serve as a pressure release valve of sorts. One will immediately notice that...
  • Utah Governor: "Utah Will Adhere to the Law" and Obey Federal Gun Laws

    02/03/2013 6:37:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/3/2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    As courageous state legislators enlist in the fight to repel the federal government’s assault on the Second Amendment, the governor of one western state is telling a liberty-minded state representative to stand down. Governor Gary Herbert of Utah recently called a pro-gun rights bill sponsored by a Utah state representative “an exaggeration” and encouraged the lawmaker to “adhere to the law.” This is not the level of support citizens of the Beehive State would expect from the man they elected to lead their state. Herbert was specifically criticizing a measure offered by first-term Representative Brian Greene (R-Pleasant Grove). The bill...
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over

    02/03/2013 6:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jack Doyle
    GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses. The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’. They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.
  • Obama’s GDP -.01%? “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    02/03/2013 6:27:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | January 31st, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Just a day before we learned the GDP fell from + 3.2% (the fairy tale told to us before November’s election) to -.01%, for the last quarter of 2012, Louisiana Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu pronounced the Obama Administration’s wild spending “problem” something that was made up by Fox News. Landrieu is one of the head cheer leaders of a new breed of “in-your-face” Democrat who simply deny anything is wrong with our economy – or anything else in America for that matter. “Who are you going to believe; me or your lying eyes?” comes to mind. She is joined by...
  • Newtown Chooses Good Guys with Guns

    02/03/2013 6:25:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    On a December day last year, a disturbed 20-year-old murdered his mother. He then drove to an elementary school where he killed 20 young children and six adults, reportedly using several firearms. Something has to be done to stop this sort of massacre from happening again. If that is possible. Or, according to some, something has to be done whether such prevention is possible or not. So immediately politicians who had long supported gun control laws argued that the Newtown atrocity proved the need for those laws. Despite government studies showing that a past assault weapons ban had no impact...
  • United States the Biggest Money Printing Loser (Peter Schiff)

    02/03/2013 6:23:20 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-3-2013 | Peter Schiff
    United States the Biggest Money Printing Loser Interest-Rates / US Interest RatesFebruary 02, 2013 - 10:46 AM GMT By: Peter Schiff In Switzerland, it's not just the clocks that are cuckoo. Over the past four years Swiss politicians and central bankers have gone on an unprecedented buying spree of foreign exchange reserves. In 2012, their cache swelled to as much as $420 billion worth of various currencies, primarily the euro. This figure is a seven-fold increase since 2008 and equates to 70% of the country's annual GDP. The sum translates to $200,000 per family of four, enough to keep the...