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  • The 'pyramid' problem with Gov. Dayton's sales-tax hike

    02/03/2013 8:01:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-27-13 | john spry
    Gov. Mark Dayton wants to tax the sale of food, clothing, and just about everything else you buy in the worst possible way. His budget proposes a $2.1 billion, or 20.7 percent, sales tax increase. Since everyone pays sales tax, everyone will pay Dayton's sales tax increase. But it's worse than that. Dayton's tax plan violates the basic principles of tax reform. It intensifies the pain of taxation by imposing hidden taxes on intermediate business purchases. This causes "tax pyramiding," which is a big mistake. According to non-partisan legislative researchers, "Standard tax policy principles argue that intermediate business purchases should...
  • Victoria’s Secret worker scarred for life by niqab-wearing acid attacker

    02/03/2013 7:58:22 AM PST · by LSUfan · 41 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 1 Feb 2013 | Rashid Razaq
    A young woman was facially disfigured and almost lost her eyesight in a horrific unprovoked acid attack on the streets of London. Naomi Oni, 20, was on her way home from work when an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw a chemical substance at her leaving the retail assistant with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body. These shocking images have now been released by Ms Oni in an appeal for help to catch the attacker whose identity was concealed behind the Muslim women’s dress which completely covers the face apart from the eyes.
  • Harry Dent: Stock Market Roller Coasters And Bear Megaphones

    02/03/2013 7:54:32 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-3-2013 | Harry Dent
    Harry Dent: Stock Market Roller Coasters And Bear Megaphones Stock-Markets / Stocks Bear MarketFebruary 02, 2013 - 06:57 PM GMT By: The Gold Report Booms and busts in the economy are based on predictable demographic cycles such as those studied by Harry Dent, founder of HS Dent, chairman of SaveDaily.com and author of "The Great Crash Ahead: Strategies for a World Turned Upside Down." In this Gold Report interview, Dent predicts a global crash between mid-2013 and early 2015, in an ongoing decade of economic coma. For now, gold and gold equities are great investments, but when the crash comes,...
  • Black Agenda Summit at Howard: Obama “Does Not Deserve a Pass Anymore”

    02/03/2013 7:31:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Politic365 ^ | 2/01/13 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    On the first day of Black history month, policy experts analyzed the current economic state of Black Americans during a summit at Howard University. One featured participant said President Obama, “does not deserve a pass anymore” regarding confronting Black issues head on and asked that the President “summon his courage” and “find his voice” on economic inequality in America. **SNIP** There has been discussion on what some refer to as a “cone of silence” over the Obama presidency regarding issues dealing with race and racial disparities in America. The Washington Monthly magazine featured Obama and race on their front cover...
  • ICE Agents Shut Out of Immigration Reform Talks By White House

    02/03/2013 7:28:09 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    freedom outpost/yahoo ^ | 2-1-13 | tim brown
    It looks like unionized Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents are starting to make some noise against the White House and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about being shut out of talks involving immigration reform. They expressed concern about how such reform would affect federal agents, specifically those that are in the Border Patrol and work along the United States/Mexico border. Yahoo News reports,Unions “did have at one point some differences” on the issue, but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now,” Trumka said. “We’ll be at the table the whole time this thing is being developed to make sure...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    clashdaily.com ^ | 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.
  • 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...
  • Senate Republicans Arm the Brotherhood

    02/03/2013 6:22:58 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/2/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Nearly two-thirds of them voted to give weapons to the Egyptian government. I’m done grumbling about how President Obama is empowering America’s enemies. After all, it is not just Obama. When it comes to abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans are right there with him. Not all of them, of course. This week, for example, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would have prohibited our government from transferring F-16 aircraft and Abrams tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government. This lunatic plan is not just an Obama initiative. It is also a GOP brainstorm — of a piece with 2011’s Libya...
  • Janet Napolitano suggests we fight back against “active shooters”– with SCISSORS!

    02/03/2013 6:20:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 2/2/2013 | Doug Book
    In July of 2012, Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a “show and tell” video instructing Americans on the best course of action should they suddenly find themselves in an “active shooter” situation. Entitled Run, Hide, Fight, the Big Sis-approved, 6 minute epic provided potential victims with crucial advice, such as “run away,” and “remain out of sight of the shooter.” Naturally, that’s the sort of counsel only government can provide. (1) Noticeably absent from the DHS tutorial, however, was any discussion of REAL weapons in the hands of prospective victims. Apparently firearms were not permitted in the...
  • Jim Carrey: The lives of assault rifle owners aren’t really ‘worth protecting’

    02/03/2013 6:19:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Twitchy
    "Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting. ;^\" Hey, gun owners: There’s “very little” about your life and even your very soul “worth protecting” if you bought an assault rifle after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to funnyman Jim Carrey. Because, you know, he values life and stuff. The emoticon at the end of his tweet just shows how much he cares. “Dumb and Dumber” doesn’t begin to cover this one. And Much like Musket Morgan, we’re guessing Carrey couldn’t...
  • More taking firearms classes in anticipation of concealed-carry

    02/03/2013 6:16:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The State Journal Register - Illinois ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | LAUREN LEONE-CROSS
    More taking firearms classes in anticipation of concealed-carry By LAUREN LEONE-CROSS The State Journal-Register Posted Feb 02, 2013 @ 10:00 PM The growing possibility that Illinois will enact a concealed-carry law has certified firearms instructors like Greg Powell busier than usual. He taught two classes in Decatur on Saturday. Ninety-five people attended his morning class and 80 people were registered for his afternoon class. “Usually our classes run 20 to 30 people,” Powell said before Saturday’s events. Powell, of Marion, and his wife Patricia Snyder are National Rifle Association-certified instructors and Utah and Florida concealed-carry certified instructors. They offer courses...