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  • After Sequestration, A Shocking Proportion Of Government Spending Will Be On Entitlements

    02/21/2013 3:24:54 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 Feb 13 | Walter Hickey
    Sequestration is the series of blunt, across the board cuts that go into effect March 1 and will shrink the size of the federal government over the next ten years. Several states will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, the price of groceries could jump following USDA inspector furloughs, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that the austerity measures could initiate a recession. What's more, sequestration accomplishes a pathetic amount over ten years, all things considered. It was designed to cut spending on things that constitute core government functions — money for infrastructure, schools and national defense. Social Security, Medicaid...
  • What’s All this About Van Gogh and LEDs?

    02/21/2013 3:24:49 PM PST · by null and void · 8 replies
    Electronic Design ^ | Jan. 19, 2013 | Don Tuite in Secondary Emissions
    Like van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”? What if museum lighting were destroying them?  What if your invention had enabled the lights that were doing the damage? Last week, I received a curious press release from Soraa, The GaN-on-GaN LED company founded by Shuji Nakamura, the guy who invented a way to make blue and UV LEDs, which is the reason we can have high brightness (HB) white LEDs.  (The part of the spectral gamut that produces HB white light comes from “yellow” phosphors on the inside surface of the LED package.) The release is passionate, insisting that there is no evidence that...
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  • French minister hits back at 'three hour day' attack

    02/21/2013 3:23:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/21/2013 | Dennis Mitzner
    The French industry minister who received a letter lambasting his country's work ethic has retaliated by telling the US boss who sent the insulting epistle that he has "a perfect ignorance" of France. Arnaud Montebourg, minister for industrial renewal in France, was subject to a written barrage of abuse from Maurice Taylor, chief executive of US tyremaker Titan, after the French politician appealed for financial support for an ailing Goodyear factory. Mr Taylor berated French workers for putting in just "three hours" a day, and said his company would be "stupid" to invest in the loss-making tyre plant in Amiens,...
  • The Eight Greatest Absurdities of Obama’s Second Term

    02/21/2013 3:21:07 PM PST · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 21 Feb 2013, 4:36 pm | Keith Koffler
    President Obama’s second term is only a month old, and already the absurdities are piling up. In fact, it’s making me dizzy. Hold the phone while I swallow a Dramadine. ********** Okay, that’s better. Oh wait a second, I took a Xanax. Oh, that’s okay, I need one of those too. Now, on to the absurdities. All White Houses have absurdities. Some more than others. Like this one. Covering the Obama White House is like heading into Area 51 every day for flying saucer flying lessons. 1. President Obama blames Republicans for the sequester when IT WAS HIS IDEA. OMG,...
  • "Virtual President" BILL WHITTLE "Virtual STATE OF THE UNION - 2013" [part one: talking about GUNS]

    02/21/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by RonDog · 36 replies
    www.MrVirtualPresident.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | Bill Whittle [with commentary by RonDog]
    From www.mrvirtualpresident.com: GUNS (Virtual State of the Union - 2013) February 21, 2013 In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident... For the latest from The Virtual President go to www.mrvirtualpresident.com © 2013 Mr. Virtual President. All Rights Reserved.
  • Brown Shirts at ECU

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Mike Adams
    East Carolina University (ECU) has launched a new campaign that attempts to pressure employees to affirm homosexuality despite their religious and moral objections to the lifestyle. Couched in the language of safety and inclusion, the program promises to brand as intolerant those who refuse to accept the university's official position on matters of private sexual morality. This is especially problematic, given that ECU is a public university. The campaign was launched with a profoundly unwise email, sent by university employee Summer Wisdom under the subject line "Gay? Fine by me." She begins: "This spring the LGBT Resource Office (Lesbian, Gay,...
  • New GOP sequester plan: Let Obama decide what to cut

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    It's headed straight down the toilet in the Senate but not half-bad as a PR ploy designed to show the party's reasonableness on cuts. GOP problem: Obama keeps complaining that the sequester is a blunt instrument that'll impose all sorts of hardships because it cuts spending indiscriminately, across the board. What we need are more targeted cuts aimed at agencies that are better prepared to cope with them. GOP solution: Let Obama and his agency chiefs pick the targets then. When people start complaining that they've been furloughed or that they have to wait in line at the airport for...
  • With Axelrod At NBC, The Politicos Become The Press

    02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 Feb 2013 | Editorial
    Press: As if media bias weren't troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama's top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end? In a way, the hiring of David Axelrod as "senior political analyst" providing commentary at NBC seems like a fool's errand from a business standpoint. After all, the White House senior adviser has pretty much been giving NBC and other big media outlets commentary for free during the Obama administration, if the slavish pro-Obama media bias, as well as secretive media-political collaborations...
  • "Keep your so-called workers," U.S. boss tells France

    02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 28 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | February 20, 2013 | Emmanuel Jarry and Catherine Bremer
    PARIS (Reuters) - The CEO of a U.S. tire company has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France's work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day. Titan International's Maurice "Morry" Taylor, who goes by "The Grizz" for his bear-like no-nonsense style, told France's left-wing industry minister in a letter published by Paris media that he had no interest in buying a doomed plant. "The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one...
  • Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist

    02/21/2013 3:16:42 PM PST · by null and void
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 19 February 2013 17.42 EST | Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist
    A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are included in the files published by Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright.
  • EU: US boss berates French for 'three-hour' working day

    02/21/2013 3:15:34 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/20/2013 | Denise Roland
    The boss of US tyremaker Titan has provoked outrage in France after mocking its workers for putting in only "three hours" a day and said his company would be "stupid" to take over an ailing French factory. Maurice Taylor, chief executive of Titan, berated the French work ethic in response to a request for the US company to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France, in an attack which has infuriated unions. "I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours," Mr Taylor wrote...
  • Woman indicted in fatal shooting after traffic accident

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2013 | Mike Glenn
    <p>A woman who said she fatally shot another motorist only when he attacked her after a traffic accident last year has been indicted on a murder charge.</p> <p>Authorities didn't charge 23-year-old Crystal Scott immediately after the shooting death last year of Jonathan Ables, but Harris County grand jurors apparently concluded there were still enough unanswered questions for the case to go to trial.</p>
  • Judge sentences Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murder

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by South40 · 5 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | February 21, 2013
    JOLIET, Ill. – Drew Peterson -- the swaggering former suburban Chicago police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007 -- was sentenced to 38 years in prison on Thursday for murdering his third wife. Illinois does not have the death penalty, and the 59-year-old Peterson had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. The judge gave him four years' credit for time he has served since his arrest. Jurors convicted Peterson in September in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Neighbors found the 40-year-old's body in a dry bathtub at home with a gash on her head --...
  • Students who refuse to affirm transgender classmates face punishment

    02/21/2013 3:13:14 PM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | Todd Starnes
    Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates. Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave...
  • Let's Balance the Budget (John Stossel explains how he can do it)

    02/21/2013 3:08:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/2011 | John Stossel
    The Congressional Budget Office says the current year's budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we're on track for annual deficits of "only" $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let's take that number at face value. I'm now going to balance the budget, with the help of some experts. I'll begin with things I'm most eager to cut. Let's privatize air traffic control. Canada did it, and it works better. Then privatize Amtrak. Get rid of all subsidies for rail. That'll save...
  • Media Covers Up Muslim Mass Shooter in California

    02/21/2013 3:08:26 PM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | 21 Feb 13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Muslim activists often complain that murders by Muslims are over-reported. In fact they are often under-reported. Ali Syed shot six people in Orange County, killing three of them, and yet the story has not gotten the media coverage of other mass shootings. The media has reported it, but has failed to highlight it. And the word “Muslim” never appears in the report.
  • Taxpayer-Supported Fisker Looking to China, Like A123

    02/21/2013 3:07:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 21, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Stimulus déjŕ vu-lishness lurks: Another “green” tech company that received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is financially troubled, seeks a buyer (or their preferred term – a “partner”), and China is ready to swoop in and buy up the remains on the cheap. And the same two Republican senators who slammed the last deal that went down like this are sickened again. The first time this happened it was electric car battery maker A123 Systems that set up a deal to get $249 million (plus other multimillion dollar grants) from U.S. taxpayers, who thengot left holding the bag when...
  • Va. DMV: License plate encourages violence, is vulgar

    02/21/2013 3:07:28 PM PST · by null and void · 7 replies
    WTOP ^ | Wednesday - 2/20/2013, 10:34am ET
  • Obama’s "Really Stupid, Stupid, Stupid Sequester"

    02/21/2013 3:06:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | John Ransom
    In the opaque world of sovereign debt credit ratings, one of the most important issues facing a rating agency is a country’s economic growth. One of the reasons why the United States has had such large deficits is because economic growth for the last decade and a half has been anemic.  I highlight that here because recently I took umbrage with the Congressional Budget Office projections on the U.S. economy and the country’s budget deficit, writing for Townhall about the budget problems we will face once interest rates begin to rise. The “thorny problem with the CBO forecast is that after this year the report is...