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  • Teenager spotted walking 10 MILES in the snow to interview for $7-an-hour job is given work

    02/26/2013 7:47:37 AM PST · by dennisw · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 February 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A teen's luck appears to have changed after a chance encounter with an Indiana restaurant owner during a 10-mile trek through ice and snow for a minimum wage job interview. It all started on Friday, when Art Bouvier, the proprietor of Papa Roux, a Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis, was laying rock salt outside the establishment after an ice storm earlier that morning. He said he was approached by a teen who asked him how far it was to 10th and Sherman. Mr Bouvier told WLFI-TV: 'And I'm thinking we're at 10th and Post. I said, "Buddy that's probably six, seven...
  • Kerry regales Berliners with tales of divided city

    02/26/2013 7:47:29 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 42 replies
    AP via Charter.net ^ | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:28 AM EST | MATTHEW LEE
    ... Speaking at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Kerry spoke a few sentences of passable German to the delight of a crowd in a packed Internet cafe before regaling the audience with tales of his boyhood in Berlin in 1954. He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin. "I saw the difference between east and west. I saw the people wearing darker clothing. There were fewer cars. I didn't feel the energy or the movement." When he returned home, Kerry said, his father "got very upset with me and said: `You could have created an international incident. I...
  • Abound Solar ordered to clean up "hazardous waste"

    02/26/2013 7:46:23 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    The Colorado health department is ordering bankrupt Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste and thousands of solar panels that it says are unsellable at four Front Range facilities.
  • Senate committee OKs Lew Treasury nomination

    02/26/2013 7:46:16 AM PST · by illiac · 3 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/26/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of former White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury secretary, sending the nomination to the Senate floor for a vote. President Barack Obama nominated Lew last month to be Treasury chief. Lew is a veteran of Washington budget battles and did a stint at Citigroup. Nineteen senators voted to approve him, while five -- all Republicans -- voted against Lew.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,WABC AM,EST,February 26,2013

    02/26/2013 7:37:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 45 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 26, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • America's Red State Growth Corridors (The Low-tax, energy-rich regions in the heartland)

    02/26/2013 7:35:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/26/2013 | JOEL KOTKIN
    In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, some political commentators have written political obituaries of the "red" or conservative-leaning states, envisioning a brave new world dominated by fashionably blue bastions in the Northeast or California. But political fortunes are notoriously fickle, while economic trends tend to be more enduring. These trends point to a U.S. economic future dominated by four growth corridors that are generally less dense, more affordable, and markedly more conservative and pro-business: the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Third Coast (spanning the Gulf states from Texas to Florida), and the Southeastern industrial belt. Overall, these...
  • Are We in Danger of a Beer Monopoly?

    02/26/2013 7:32:44 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Adam Davidson
    Every day, the Web site BeerPulse tries to list every single new beer available in the United States. And that’s harder than you might imagine. Recently, the site posted Cigar City’s Jamonera Belgian-style Porter, Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA, as well as a rye lager, a cherry blossom lager and a barley wine. And the list goes on, and on. In 1978, there were 89 breweries in the United States; at the beginning of this year, there were 2,336, with an average of one new brewery per day. Most of them are tiny, but a handful, like Sam Adams...
  • Obama’s Paycheck Exempted From "Sequester"

    02/26/2013 7:31:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | February 26, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama won’t have to worry about his paycheck if the spending sequestration included in the Budget Control Act that he signed into law in 2011 begins taking effect this Friday.
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-26-13 edition)

    02/26/2013 7:30:09 AM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    2-26-13
    Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news A number of people have talked about such a thread. Lets see how it goes. This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers. You can vent about the big one that got away. You can chime in how Obama is out to wreck American capitalism. If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite precious metals blogs and sites Apmex.com is a solid...
  • Sweet Cakes [Bakery] Takes a Stand for Marriage [Video at Article]

    02/26/2013 7:25:41 AM PST · by fwdude · 6 replies
    American Clarion ^ | February 26, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    This is what principle looks like. This is what standing for what’s right looks like. We see so few people who will stand for principle and what’s right anymore that it is important that we all know about it when some do. We should let it encourage and strengthen us to do the same, to not follow the herd and take the easy way. When homosexual activists and their “useful idiots” tried to intimidate Sweet Cakes, a bakery in Oregon, into making a faux wedding cake for a counterfeit marriage of two homosexuals, the community stepped up and made an...
  • No, John Kerry has not invented a new country [Lurch gaffes; media ignores]

    02/26/2013 7:08:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 2/25/13 | Uri Friedman
    John Kerry, we're told, has committed his "first gaffe" as secretary of state. In a slip of the tongue ahead of his overseas trip this week, Kerry appeared to confuse the Central Asian nations of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, blurting out what the Global Post heard as "Kyrzakhstan." Today, news outlets from the U.S. to the U.K. to Russia are ribbing the newly minted State Department chief for inventing a new country. Here's the thing -- listen to the video closely, and it sounds more like Kerry simply mixed up the "z" and the "g," saying something like "Kyrzygstan." Is that...
  • Kerry defends liberties, says Americans have "right to be stupid"

    02/26/2013 7:04:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 33 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Arshad Mohammed
    "The reason is, that's freedom, freedom of speech. In American you have a right to be stupid - if you want to be," he said, prompting laughter. "And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. "And we tolerate it. We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that's a virtue. I think that's something worth fighting for," he added.
  • Home prices climb in December, best yearly gain since 2006 (Price rise expected to persist in 2013)

    02/26/2013 6:59:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/26/2013
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. home prices picked up in December, closing out 2012 with the biggest yearly gain in more than six years as the housing market got back on its feet, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas rose 0.9 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping expectations for a gain of 0.5 percent. Prices in the 20 cities jumped 6.8 percent year-over-year, ahead of expectations for 6.6 percent and the best yearly gain since July 2006. "I expect the home price rise to persist in 2013,"...
  • Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start [Mainstream Media Ignores]

    02/26/2013 6:59:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 2/25/13 | Josh Rogin
    America's new top diplomat is already facing trouble and confusion as he begins a two-week trip whose major focus is on coalescing international action on Syria. With John Kerry in London Monday on the first leg of his nine-country tour of Europe and the Middle East, administration officials were scrambling to salvage a planned meeting between the new U.S. secretary of state and the leaders of the Syrian opposition coalition scheduled for Thursday. Following a Monday meeting in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Kerry condemned the Syrian regime's use of rockets to attack civilians in Aleppo but declined...
  • 1 year anniversary of neighborhood watch shooting [and the lies from the MSM continue]

    02/26/2013 6:49:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 26, 2013 | Associated Press
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — It's been one year since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in central Florida. On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman spotted Martin walking through his neighborhood, a gated community, in Sanford. Martin was walking back to a house he was staying at in the community after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman started to follow him because he thought he looked suspicious. Despite a police dispatcher telling him "you don't have to do that," Zimmerman got out of his truck to pursue Martin. [Lie #1: Zimmerman was already out of his truck...
  • Jimmy Savile and the Cardinal: Britain's top Catholic cleric was friend of disgraced TV host (pedo)

    02/26/2013 6:43:47 AM PST · by RummyChick · 27 replies
    daily mirror ^ | 2/26 | steve white
    Grinning and giving a thumbs-up, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric poses with his friend, disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile. The snap, taken six years ago, emerged last night after Cardinal Keith O’Brien quit amid allegations of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests. The photo was taken in Edinburgh in 2007 as fund-raiser Savile and the cardinal unveiled a Ł375,000 vehicle for the disabled. The pair first met in the 70s, when O’Brien was a priest in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire – and worked with a friend of Savile’s mum. Another priest at Kilsyth at the time has been suspended following claims of abuse...
  • Bob McDonnell’s Bad Transportation Deal (A terrible legacy for the State of Virginia)

    02/26/2013 6:38:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | The Editors
    What is it with Republicans and transportation bills? The pork-packed 2005 highway bill, which included the infamous Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” was the fiscal low point of the Bush-Hastert years, and now Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has decided that his legacy to the commonwealth will be a gigantic tax increase to fund billions of dollars’ worth of dubious transportation projects. Politics is about tradeoffs and compromise, inevitably, but this is a bad deal on most counts. There are two ways to judge the deal Governor McDonnell has cut. For those who take the inerrantist Norquistian view that any tax increase...
  • Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Death Toll Rises to 19

    02/26/2013 6:35:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 26, 2013 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and HAGGAG SALAMA
    A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters. Three survivors — two British tourists and the Egyptian pilots — were taken to a local hospital, but one of the Britons later died of injuries.
  • Bread and Circuses: Economic growth is anemic, but at least we have a cool first couple.

    02/26/2013 6:34:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | Mona Charen
    People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses — JuvenalIsn’t it grand that we have such a cool couple in the White House? Hollywood would never have deigned to invite any other first lady to present the award for best picture at its annual self-worshipping soporific. Mrs. Obama knew just how to flatter the nearly inexhaustible vanity of people who sell tickets to shows. Advertisement “I am so honored to . . . help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden...
  • To Cut Government Spending, Lay Off the Loafers

    02/26/2013 6:25:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/26/2013 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    WASHINGTON-With the sequester scheduled for March 1, everyone is looking for ways to save money. How about cutting the employees the federal government pays not to work for Uncle Sam? In a new report issued earlier this month, the Office of Personnel Management announced that the federal government paid over $156 million in 2011 for some of its employees to work as representatives for government unions, up from $139 million in 2010 and $129 million in 2009. In government language that would make George Orwell smile, the time that federal workers spend working for their unions and not working for...