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  • Possible Flash Mob Hits Maryland 7-Eleven, Police Say

    08/15/2011 7:30:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies ^ | August 15, 2011
    A pack of 30 teens helped themselves to items in a Maryland 7-Eleven early Sunday morning in what authorities have labeled another instance of a possible flash mob. The store, which is located in Germantown, Md., was empty at 2 a.m. Sunday morning when a group of teenagers calmly walked in and picked out items as though they were shopping. Then, just as calmly as they entered the store, police say, they exited without paying for the items. A surveillance video from the store obtained by shows a large group of teens taking candy and other snacks. They appear...
  • Is Race Behind Teen Mob Attacks?

    08/14/2011 11:10:02 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 42 replies
    Is Race Behind Teen Mob Attacks? Fox 29 is taking a look at a very touchy and controversial issue: race and the recent teen mob attacks in Philadelphia. It's being talked about because of incidents the video shown only on fox 29, of a group of kids that attacked a man walking in Philadelphia’s old city neighborhood just blocks from the liberty bell. It's one of several attacks in Philadelphia in recent weeks. Three teenagers one in this video -- who we are not identifying -- turned themselves into police. Cops say they were walking home from Mastery Charter School...
  • Economic Woes Lead to Proliferation of Tent Cities Nationwide

    08/11/2011 12:14:41 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies ^ | August 11, 2011 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Lakewood, N.J. – While millions of Americans hold their collective breath as Wall Street wreaks havoc with their life savings and retirements, residents of Tent City, a tiny makeshift community about 70 miles south of New York City, have more immediate concerns: finding their next hot meal. For this collective of homeless and unemployed former landscapers, service industry workers and military veterans, the mention of "tarp" is sure to start a conversation about temporary rooftops, rather than a debate over President Obama's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. At Tent City in Lakewood, N.J., very few are lucky enough to...
  • Gov't considers turning foreclosures into rentals

    08/10/2011 11:20:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 10, 1:18 PM EDT | By DEREK KRAVITZ
    The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday it is seeking input from investors on how to rent roughly 250,000 homes owned by government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. All of the homes are foreclosures. The U.S. government rescued the two mortgage giants in September 2008 and has funded them since the financial crisis. Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of the nation's mortgages and nearly all new mortgages. Converting the homes into rentals...
  • Housing vouchers a golden ticket to pricey suburbs

    06/26/2011 1:24:04 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 83 replies
    CHARLOTTE — It was clear that Liza Jackson’s luck had changed when she drove her pearl-white Dodge sedan, the one with the huge pink plastic eyelashes over the headlights, into Pinebrook, an eight-year-old subdivision where residents tend to notice cars with huge pink eyelashes. “There goes the neighborhood,” one homeowner said when she heard that her potential new neighbor had a federal housing voucher known as a Section 8.
  • A record 45.8 million Americans using food stamps

    08/05/2011 11:55:25 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 5, 2011
    The number of Americans using the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- more commonly referred to as food stamps -- shot to an all-time high of 45.8 million in May, the USDA reported. That's up 12% from a year ago, and 34% higher than two years ago. The program provides monthly benefits to low-income individuals and families, which they can use at stores that accept SNAP benefits.
  • The Accidental Sea (The Salton Sea)

    07/20/2011 4:27:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 12, 2011 | Ransom Riggs
    A short film about my favorite post-apocalyptic hell-hole, the Salton Sea.
  • Baltimore Opens City Curfew Center

    06/15/2011 9:49:40 AM PDT · by StonyMan451 · 16 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 14, 2011 | CBS Baltimore
    ... Police spent hours trying to control a mob of teenagers at the Inner Harbor....
  • Man Shot at Memorial for Shooting Victim

    06/15/2011 9:29:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies ^ | 15 June 2011 | Dominic Trombino
    A somber event turned grim on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on the memorial service of slain teen Jovany Diaz. Around 2:20 p.m. a man was heard shouting at the corner of Kildare and Hirsch in West Humboldt Park. The man, who had been at Diaz's memorial just before, then fired two shots into the air, The Sun-Times reports. Kim Janssen, who was on the scene as the shooting happened, said that the gunman then pointed his gun down Kildare and fired two or three more shots. The shots hit one victim, a 24-year-old man. The man was shot...
  • Perkins, Marie Callender restaurants in Chapter 11

    06/13/2011 2:31:41 PM PDT · by NorCoGOP · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The owner of the Perkins and Marie Callender's restaurant chains filed for bankruptcy Monday with plans to close 65 of its 600 locations and cut 2,500 jobs, according to court documents. Perkins & Marie Callender Inc. became the latest food company to fall victim to a sluggish recovery and soaring food prices. Last week, chicken producer Allen Family Foods tumbled into bankruptcy. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, which offers all-day breakfasts, plans to emerge from bankruptcy by giving ownership of the chain to holders of the company's unsecured debt, led by funds managed by Wayzata Investment Partners. The bankruptcy will wipe...
  • Time To Celebrate The Recovery: Food Stamp Usage Hits Fresh Record

    05/31/2011 8:27:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | May 31, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    That average monthly benefit of $133.24 for 44.199 million people will help with the purchase of one third of a very edible iPad. Food stamp participation chart presented without further commentary.
  • How to Live Cheaply

    05/15/2011 11:54:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    1. Analyze your expenses. Budget your money. Find out where it's coming from and, more importantly, where it's going. This can be a very surprising and enlightening exercise for many people. 2. Find where you spend the most money on a monthly basis. The top two or three items are where you need to do the most work. 3. Is rent your biggest expense? If so, consider moving to a cheaper place. Consider getting a roommate to split the costs of living. Consider moving back in with your parents or guardians. Offer services (e.g. looking after a relative) in exchange...
  • Employment rate for black men at record low

    05/10/2011 5:51:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    yahoo ^ | May 10, 2011 | Zachary Roth
    If the election of America's first African-American president was expected to give blacks an economic boost, it hasn't emerged yet. Indeed, the percentage of African-American men with a job has dropped to its lowest level since records began in 1972, according to the government's monthly jobs report released last week. Even as the economy added a better-than-expected 244,000 jobs, the percentage of black males over 20 who are currently employed dropped slightly to 56.9, the Labor Department's April report shows. For whites, the equivalent figure is 68.1 percent. Before this recession, the percentage of black adult men with a job...
  • Drudge Headline: Unemployment up to 9.0%.....

    05/06/2011 5:51:13 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 38 replies
    Friday May 6,2011
    Developing ....added 225,000 jobs
  • 43.6 Million Americans Living In Poverty Is The Highest Number Ever Recorded

    09/16/2010 8:34:43 AM PDT · by blam · 71 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-16-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    43.6 Million Americans Living In Poverty Is The Highest Number Ever Recorded Joe Weisenthal Sep. 16, 2010, 10:31 AM This was expected, but it still hits you in the gut. Poverty in America has hit the highest level the Census has ever recorded, according to a new report out today. Image: Census[snip]
  • Mansion squatters return in a big way

    08/21/2010 11:55:30 AM PDT · by businessprofessor · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | August 21, 2010 | Danny Westneat
    By this chapter of this curious tale, Mark von der Burg surely is wondering: Why me? What did I do to deserve this? He's the Eastside real-estate agent who, two months ago while prepping for an open house to sell a $3.3 million mansion in Kirkland, was stunned to find that complete strangers had moved in and were staking a tortured legal claim to the foreclosed property. ...
  • Riots Erupt As Thousands In Atlanta Scramble For Section 8 Housing Waiting List [Video]

    08/12/2010 8:13:52 PM PDT · by soakncider · 80 replies
    A near riot took place in Atlanta after city officials staged an event to hand out applications for section 8 housing. Police estimate that 30,000 people showed up at an East Point shopping mall in hopes of being placed on a waiting list for federal housing assistance. The number was three times what officials expected and only 13,000 applications were handed out to those waiting. 11Alive reports that a line for the applications began two days ago and grew into hundreds of people late Tuesday night. Officials report that some hopeful residents slept outside of the shopping mall that houses...
  • Chicago: Where Criminals No Longer Fear the Police

    07/31/2010 6:05:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 31, 2010 | Jack Dunphy
    What level of depravity has a city reached when a uniformed police officer is no safer from a street robbery than anyone else? ItÂ’s a shame that the public has to be reminded of this from time to time, but any cop can testify to this inescapable fact of police work: Where there is no punishment for criminal behavior, crime will flourish.Nowhere has this been demonstrated with greater clarity lately than in Chicago, where the Sun-Times has taken notice and sounded the alarm. In a three-part series that concluded Tuesday, reporters Mark Konkol and Frank Main examined the violent incidents...
  • Obamaville (to the tune of Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet)

    07/01/2010 11:47:22 AM PDT · by Moozle · 18 replies · 1+ views
    7/1/10 | Jon Watts and Aaron Brakefield
    Obamaville (to the tune of Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet) By: Jon Watts and Aaron Brakefield Nibblin’ on spin cake Watchin’ the banks break All of those beaches covered with oil Drummin’ my fingers A parade of humdingers Illegals flooding American soil Chorus: Wastin’ away again down in Obamaville Watchin’ my freedom under assault, All sides will claim that there’s another to blame But I know it's our own damn fault I don't know the reason That the jobs aren’t increasin’ Nothin to show but my GI humvee But it's a real beauty An Afghanistan cutie How it got here I...
  • Rush Limbaugh: America has become 'Obamaville'

    06/30/2010 7:44:07 PM PDT · by 23 Everest · 26 replies · 1+ views
    MEDIA MATTERS ^ | June 30, 2010 10:26 pm Eastern | By Joe Kovacs
    At the height of the Great Depression in the 1930s, many Americans fighting for survival ended up living in crudely built shantytowns known as "Hoovervilles," in humiliating honor of President Herbert Hoover, who many blamed for the economic distress.
  • Obamaville 2?: Huge 50 acre Tent City Takes Root in WAIPAHU Hawaii

    06/30/2010 9:51:20 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 35 replies · 2+ views ^ | Jun 27, 2010 | By Dan Nakaso
    WAIPAHU » Pastor Joe Hunkin picked his way around rusted car axles, propane tanks and two-by-fours studded with bent nails to find a homeless encampment where people have been cooking and sleeping directly behind Waipahu High School, in an area that received unwanted national attention this month. Hunkin walked past a pit bull puppy and peered over a makeshift shelter of tents and tarp hidden by koa haole and elephant grass, then pointed toward the high school's athletic complex barely a football field away. "The school is right over there," Hunkin said last week. "This isn't right." The strip of...
  • Running Against Hooverville—The Presidential Blame Game

    02/28/2010 7:40:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 587+ views ^ | February 28, 2010 | David R. Stokes
    In the immediate aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood before the nation accepting the total blame for what had happened. He referred to an old saying about victory having a thousand fathers, but defeat being an orphan, and identified himself as the responsible officer in the government. Even though the whole initiative had been first devised and planned by the Eisenhower administration. JFK’s poll numbers moved dramatically—up. There is something refreshing—though sadly rare—about a political leader saying “My bad.” In the 19th century, a British politician stood in Parliament and remarked that...
  • Police break law aid and abet Homosexuals Harrass Church

    02/24/2010 8:13:16 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/24/10 | alaphiah
    Outrageous! If you ever get arrested breaking the law in Chicago just threaten to sue each police officer personally. That should make the police drop everything and stand idly by just to watch you commit your crimem then allow you to go home without being arrested. Oh you think that wouldn't happen? That's exactly what Chicago police did when homosexuals protested a Mass held at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. Homosexuals were in violation of the Chicago Municipal Code which states that someone is punishable for disorderly conduct whenever he "pickets or demonstrates on a public way within 150 feet of...
  • More Homeless Americans Living in Cars and Campers

    02/16/2010 7:51:43 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 121 replies · 2,495+ views
    yahooooo/Time ^ | 02/13/10 | KEVIN O'LEARY
    Tim Barker never thought he'd have to live in his truck. Four months ago, the plumber was in a one-bedroom apartment in California's San Fernando Valley, with a pool and a Jacuzzi. Then, on his birthday in October, he and 199 other plumbers were laid off by their union, Local 761 in Burbank. Now Barker's son sleeps on the sofa of his cousin's one-bedroom Hollywood apartment, and Barker sleeps on the roof of the apartment building - or in his 2003 Ford Ranger pickup. "I'm 47, and I've never lived in my car," says Barker, a husky 220-lb. single father...
  • Still Wasting Away In Obamaville

    02/16/2010 7:20:08 AM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 12 replies · 456+ views
    The Freedom Fighter's Journal ^ | February 15, 2010 | Alan Caruba
    The most enduring images of the Great Depression from 1929 through to the beginning of World War II for America in 1941 were those of homeless people, hobo camps, and of soup kitchens to feed the hungry. During the Reagan years, the media was filled with stories of the homeless as if to refute any improvement in the economy under a conservative president. These days, however, as America's national debt and deficit continues to spiral out of control, the poor and the hungry remain largely unseen and, most significantly, largely unreported. About the only thing one can find on the...
  • The Great Recession: A Hidden Depression?

    01/03/2010 9:39:35 PM PST · by FromLori · 16 replies · 1,611+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | December 31, 2009 | BRUCE WATSON
    The story of the Great Depression is often told in pictures: while few people recognize the names "Smoot-Hawley" or "Schechter Poultry," photographs of bank runs and bread lines continue to pack a punch, almost 80 years after they were first snapped. But the Great Depression's position as our absolute standard for economic disaster carries an unintended consequence: The power of its images seem to overwhelm -- and minimize -- the economic troubles of our own time. After all, if it doesn't look like a Depression, how tough could things be? The problem is that Walker Evans' and Dorothea Lange's famous...
  • Don't trust Snopes

    12/22/2009 4:33:28 AM PST · by freedomyes · 58 replies · 4,181+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    One would think an entire think-tank university staff is behind Snopes. Not so. It's a couple — husband and wife. Their opinions are considered bible by countless who check out "the facts" by going to These countless include college profs, Congresspersons, the National Review writers, and masses climbing all over the grassroots.
  • Wheelchair-bound men in knife fight, one dead (Obama's NYC)

    12/19/2009 3:02:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies · 875+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/19/09 | JOHN DOYLE, SABRINA FORD and LUKAS I. ALPERT
    Two wheelchair-bound men in an East Village shelter got into a name-calling argument early today that ended with one man stabbed dead and cops struggling to explain why they missed a chance to break up the fatal feud with an arrest. The deadly episode began around 3:30 a.m. when the men, both paralyzed, got into an argument in the cafeteria of Freedom House on East 2nd Street. Others at the shelter said the victim, Ronal Garcia, 24, "had a really foul mouth," and would often get into arguments with older residents. The alleged stabber, Felipe Cruz, 52, had been drinking...
  • ‘Welcome to Obamaville’ Sign Marks Colorado Homeless Tent City (video)

    12/14/2009 2:52:23 PM PST · by pissant · 25 replies · 1,404+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12/14/09 | staff
    ‘Welcome to Obamaville’ Sign Marks Colorado Homeless Tent City
  • Inside 'Obamaville'

    12/13/2009 9:38:41 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 11 replies · 1,073+ views ^ | December 14,2009 | KOAA Channel 5 News (via Youtube)
  • 'Welcome to Obamaville' Sign At Homeless Tent City, Media Mum

    12/13/2009 1:18:26 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 38 replies · 2,948+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 12, 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    A sign reading "Welcome to Obamaville Colorado's Fastest Growing Community" appeared at a homeless tent city in Colorado Springs this week. You probably didn't hear about it because outside of two Colorado television stations nobody found this newsworthy. By contrast, when word got out in March of a tent city in Sacramento, California, news media couldn't get enough of the story. Is it because that happened so soon after Inauguration Day that it could easily be blamed on George W. Bush, and that given the name given to this area that's no longer possible?
  • Sign at homeless camp: 'Welcome to Obamaville'

    12/12/2009 4:17:33 PM PST · by Mier · 22 replies · 1,585+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 12, 2009 | By Drew Zahn
    Residents of Colorado Springs, Colo., have a mystery on their hands: Who came up with the idea to erect a sign reading "Welcome to Obamaville" on the site of a homeless tent camp in the city? The sign, which was visible from the Cimarron Street ramp to Interstate 25, clearly conveyed a political jab at rising unemployment under President Barack Obama, for it read in full, "Welcome to Obamaville – Colorado's fastest growing community."
  • 'Obamaville' sign posted near homeless camp

    12/12/2009 8:00:21 AM PST · by FromLori · 93 replies · 4,023+ views ^ | 12/10/09
    Someone has put a lot of thought into a welcome sign that may surprise you, it's in front of a homeless camp off I-25 in Colorado Springs. Its message, "Welcome to Obamaville, Colorado's fastest growing community." Despite repeated calls no one could answer the question, who put up the sign? To some homeless the sign's message says enough. Mark Limonez, a homeless man living in "tent city", says the sign doesn't make him feel good about trying to get back on his feet. "Guys are trying to work but there's not enough work out there, so they go pan handling...
  • Jobless and poor: The 'new normal'?

    10/23/2009 3:53:24 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies · 546+ views
    AP/ ^ | 10/20/09 | TOM RAUM
    Even with an economic revival, many U.S. jobs lost during the recession may be gone forever and a weak employment market could linger for years, some economists say. That could add up to a "new normal" of higher joblessness and lower standards of living for many Americans, they say.
  • Dozens of Homeless Tennessee Families Have Set up Camp in a Makeshift Community

    09/25/2009 7:20:16 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 49 replies · 3,322+ views ^ | 09/25/09 | Seth Doane
    (CBS) Tammy and Troy Renault Look like any middle class couple, but someone else is living what used to be their home. Almost everything they own is in storage, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane. Now, home for the Renaults and their four kids is a campsite - a tent and a borrowed trailer. Troy said that how they ended up there is Economics 101. When he lost his job with a construction company and had trouble finding work on his own, the bills piled up, and everything else came crashing down. "You go from 'do you pay your lights...
  • [Calif. Governor] Schwarzenegger Opens 'Obamaville' for Homeless

    04/02/2009 1:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 916+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 26, 2009
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, reacting to a nationally famous make-shift tent city for the homeless spouting up in Sacramento, is ordering that it be shut down and its residents transferred to the state fairgrounds. The tent city, which has long existed along the banks of the America River, gained national attention last month when some of its recently homeless residents were featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. But it is only one of dozens, perhaps hundreds, which are now being erected around the country, according to The New York Times. Shanty towns and tent cities are not only popping up...