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  • Report: Obama administration installs ‘new regulation every two hours and 24 minutes’

    06/01/2016 11:53:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Economic Collapse News ^ | 31 May 2016 | Andrew Moran
    The United States federal government loves a few things: war, taxes and regulations. For the last few decades, Washington, whether it’s controlled by Republicans or Democrats, has expanded the tax code and the book of regulations. But it has really amplified under the current regime. According to a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the federal government has implemented more than 2,000 regulations in the last week. These regulations cover nearly every single issue, from energy standards to nutrition labeling, from avocadoe imports to cable TV disclosure requirements. It’s part of an effort by the Obama administration to...
  • Pension Funds See 20% Spike In Deficit

    02/14/2016 8:04:37 AM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Argus Obsever ^ | 14 February 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    Oregon Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler issued a statement last week noting that the state pension fund’s investment returns were 2.1% in 2015. That beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and topped the performance of 88% of comparable institutional investment funds. What Wheeler’s statement didn’t mention was that investment returns for the year still fell 5.6 percentage points below the system’s 7.75% assumed rate of return for 2015. That’s terrible news for public employers and taxpayers. It means the pension system’s unfunded liability just increased by another 20% — growing from $18 billion at the end of...
  • How to Fix San Francisco (Hypocrite award)

    12/04/2015 7:06:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Citylab ^ | December 3, 2015 | Richard Florida and Aria Bendix
    The San Francisco Bay Area—stretching from San Jose and Silicon Valley in the south to Oakland, Berkeley, and the city of San Francisco in the north—is the world’s foremost tech hub. But the city and region also suffer from deepening urban challenges such as an acute housing affordability crisis and rising inequality. Congestion in the area is rising, commute times have become unbearable, and long-time residents and even members of the creative class are being priced out of the city center. Protests have erupted over the private bus services that transport tech workers from their expensive apartments in downtown San...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • Azerbaijan arrests Iranian suspected of planning attack on Israeli embassy in Baku

    11/24/2013 8:44:57 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Hasan Faraji, 31, was arrested by Azerbaijani police after displaying “suspicious behavior” while wandering around the Israeli embassy in Baku on October 31. Faraji, who resisted arrest, was sentenced to 30 days of administrative detention, according to the APA news agency. According to Channel 10, Faraji is a part of the Iranian Quds Forces, a special unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that, among other oles, is tasked with planning and executing terrorist attacks against Israeli targets overseas. On Thursday an Iranian diplomat said Faraji denies he was planning any attack... Iranian embassy officials met Faraji in custody... Azerbaijani police raided...
  • Obama Administration Planning to Relocate Embassy to Holy See

    11/21/2013 3:04:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Zenit ^ | 11/21/2013
    Steps are reportedly being taken to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See onto the grounds of the American embassy to Italy. <-- Advertising --> Although no official decision has been announced, the move appears likely and is being justified on grounds of enhanced security.Previous American ambassadors to the Holy See contacted by the National Catholic Reporter have said they are opposed to the plans.Ambassador James Nicholson, who served as ambassador during the presidency of George W. Bush, said the proposed relocation would be a “massive downgrade” that would turn the embassy into “a stepchild of the embassy to...
  • Army plans birthday celebration

    06/12/2013 5:47:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | STAFF| Herald/Review
    FORT HUACHUCA — On Friday, the Army will celebrate its 238th birthday. To honor the date, the post is hosting two events on Warrior/Sentinel Field. Fort personnel will conduct a U.S. Army Birthday Run, at 6 a.m., which begins and ends on Warrior/Sentinel Field. Immediately following the run, there will be an Army birthday cake cutting ceremony on the field. Fort personnel, their family members and the local community, are welcome to join in the celebration. The 238th year of the Army is also the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and the 40th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force. As...
  • Fingerless Key West banana man loses his trees

    05/14/2012 3:47:48 PM PDT · by Elle Bee · 36 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | May 14, 2012 | JOHN DeSANTIS
    To Key West Housing Authority officials it was seen as a necessary task, the chopping down of banana trees Richard "Diver" Overman nurtured daily with his fingerless hands, outside the windows of his public housing apartment on Amelia Street. To Overman it was a massacre. "They were just nubs when I planted them," the 67-year-old retired lobster diver said. "Now I am so disappointed. That was my pastime -- the only pastime I've got. Now they took them away and I feel like nothin'." Housing Authority Director Manuel Castillo said he and his staff tried to work with Overman, but...
  • Insufferable Portland

    02/27/2012 11:29:49 AM PST · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 5, 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Things began to unravel in 1973, when the Oregon legislature required cities in the state to set development boundaries with the goal of preserving farmland from “leapfrog development”​—​that is, new subdivisions not adjacent to established developments. Portland became the first major city with an “urban growth boundary.” This fact opened up a world of possibilities that are still being inflicted upon us. “Urban planners have long believed in a land-use-transportation connection that would allow them to manipulate one through the other,” writes Cato Institute senior fellow Randal O’Toole in a damning policy paper on the failure of Portland’s growth policies....
  • The Difference between Planning and Social Engineering

    01/21/2012 2:03:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/21/2012 | Henry Lamb
    SNIP SNIP Local government planning should, first of all, protect the private property rights of its citizens. The legitimate function of local planning is to facilitate the safe and coordinated exercise of the free market in real estate and commerce. Social engineering, on the other hand, is the result of professional planners creating a vision of what they think a community should be in the future. What the landowners may want is not a factor in the design. What the planners think the broader community will want, such as open space and protected wildlife areas, outweighs private property rights or...
  • Idaho Couple Challenges Power of EPA to Say They Can't Build Home on Their Own Land

    01/09/2012 2:51:18 PM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/9/2012 | Philip Shepherd
    ( – In 2005, Michael and Chantell Sackett were working toward what many American families work toward, their own home on their own land, until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halted their plans by declaring it a “wetland.” On Monday, Jan. 9, the Sacketts and their attorneys will ask the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to not only restore the right to use their own land – but to break the absolute power the EPA has over protected wetlands. The Sacketts, small business owners in Idaho, located a lot in the northern part of the state in a...
  • Gingrich planning announcement in Ga. Capitol (Tomorrow @ 1pm)

    12/12/2011 1:01:24 PM PST · by TBBT · 235 replies
    wsbtv ^ | 12/12/2011 | Lori Geary
    ATLANTA — Republican presidential candidate front-runner Newt Gingrich has scheduled an announcement inside the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, officials confirmed to Channel 2 Action News. Gov. Nathan Deal's office told Channel 2 political reporter Lori Geary that Gingrich is expected to hold a news conference in the north wing of the Capitol at 1 p.m. Deal is chairman of Gingrich's campaign in Georgia. The Gingrich campaign would not release the purpose of the trip to his home state, however an endorsement from fellow Georgian Herman Cain could be a huge boost to the Gingrich campaign. Cain suspended his presidential...
  • Include your Pets in your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

    10/05/2011 6:49:33 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 24 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | October 5, 2011 | ARA
    All too often when a disaster strikes, our four-legged friends are left to fend for themselves and sometimes end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well-thought-out disaster plan that includes pets...
  • Ross, Goodman urge Las Vegas firefighters back to negotiating table

    07/20/2011 4:04:43 PM PDT · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | 1:32 p.m. | By Dave Toplikar
    As a labor union leader, Councilman Steve Ross knows what union negotiations entail — and he’s urging Las Vegas firefighters to go back to the table and reach an agreement with the city for next year. “We’re really not that far apart,” Ross said at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, where council members were told negotiations had stalled with a difference of about $3 million and that an outside arbitrator is being brought in to resolve the differences.
  • Executive Order--Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies

    07/12/2011 2:15:15 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 54 replies
    White House ^ | July 11, 2011 | Barack H. Obama
    Executive Order--Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to improve regulation and regulatory review, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. (a) Wise regulatory decisions depend on public participation and on careful analysis of the likely consequences of regulation. Such decisions are informed and improved by allowing interested members of the public to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in rulemaking. To the extent permitted by law, such decisions should be made only after consideration of their...
  • Homeowner Faces Jail for Front Yard Garden

    07/10/2011 5:48:44 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Oak Park, Michigan resident Julie Bass faces a possible 90-day jail sentence for planting an “unsuitable” vegetable garden in the front yard of her home. “We came up with the idea as both a way to cut back on our food bill and to teach our kids some useful skills,” Bass said. “Now, every kid in the neighborhood is over here playing ‘farmer.’ They’re also a lot more eager to eat their vegetables after growing them themselves.” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski has ruled that the garden violates city code. “Ms. Bass’s household budget, nutritional and educational objectives are...
  • Agenda 21 - What Is It? Apparently is is a plan to reduce the population

    06/22/2011 12:44:33 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 658 replies
    Vanity | Various
    Several people have become interested in a quite controversial topic called "AGENDA 21." They have requested being on a ping list for this topic. While I do not have time to do a thorough treatment of this subject, nor am I in any way an expert, I am willing at least for a time,to ping people as I run across articles which might pertain to this concern. It might be good to start with an examination of just what it is or might be. To kick this discussion and exploration off,I did a Google search (just for fun) on "Agenda...
  • Green Climate Fund clears planning hurdle (Yur taxdollar$ gettin' blow'd out the keester Alert!)

    04/15/2011 7:25:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/11 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – A planned fund to channel hundreds of billions of dollars to poor countries exposed to climate change has overcome an early obstacle, the UN said on Friday. Members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have agreed on the make-up of a 40-seat transitional committee to design the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an issue that had been debated for weeks, the UNFCCC said. Established at the UNFCCC's conference in Cancun last December, the GCF aims at administering aid, potentially worth 100 billion dollars a year by 2020, to developing countries at risk from rising seas, worsening...
  • National Preparedness Month - September 2010

    08/04/2010 11:23:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies - Make A Plan ^ | Last Updated: May 19, 2010 | n/a
    Quote: Make A Plan Make sure you have a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Family Emergency Plan: It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a...
  • Md.'s smart grid fiasco

    07/09/2010 7:24:09 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 1+ views
    baltimore sun ^ | 7-5-10 | William Yeatman
    Last month, the Public Service Commission rejected Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.'s "smart grid" proposal. From start to finish, the whole affair demonstrated everything that is wrong with Maryland's socialized electricity industry. To begin with, BGE's plan was a dud. The whole idea of "smart grid" is to inform customers how much electricity costs in real time so that they have an incentive to use less electricity during times of peak demand (usually hot summer afternoons), when electricity is expensive to generate and transmit. There are a number of ways to achieve this price signal, but BGE chose an ill-defined,...
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • Is Kim Jong-il Planning to Occupy Seoul?

    04/29/2010 12:33:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies · 1,045+ views
    RealClearWorld ^ | 4/29/2010 | Bradley Martin
    North Korea recently threatened to "mercilessly destroy" its foes. That didn't elicit much reaction abroad. After all, the terms were similar to threats uttered countless times during and since the 1950-53 Korean War. "Pundits describing the North Korean threat often downplay it because it appears obvious that North Korea's military - despite its large size - is unlikely to be able to unify the peninsula," said Bruce Bechtol, professor of international relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and an expert on the North Korean military. This time, though, the regime added that it might employ its nuclear...
  • Gates Satisfied With U.S. Planning to Counter Iran

    04/27/2010 5:23:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 172+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed satisfaction with the level of planning by the Defense Department and other elements of the U.S. government to counter threats from Iran. “I'm very satisfied with the planning process both within this building and in the interagency,” Gates told Pentagon reporters. “We spend a lot of time on Iran, and we'll continue to do so.”Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, appearing alongside Gates after a meeting at the Pentagon, endorsed diplomatic efforts and sanctions to steer Iran away from its nuclear ambitions.“We think that they should be blocked,” Barak...
  • Website appeal to fund family planning 'to cut CO2'

    12/02/2009 11:21:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 346+ views
    bbc ^ | 12/2/2009 | staff
    Meeting the demand for family planning in poor nations is a cheap and effective way to cut CO2 emissions, a new website initiative claims. The UK-based Optimum Population Trust says fast-rising population levels lead to growing emissions. The website is urging wealthy people to offset their own CO2 emissions by funding contraception programmes
  • Taiwan planning upgrades to jet fighters

    10/23/2009 3:20:18 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 453+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | October 23, 2009 | N/A
    Taiwan's air force said Friday it was planning to upgrade the island's U.S.-made and indigenous fighter jets to maintain the balance of air power across the Taiwan Strait. The upgrades are aimed at boosting the fighters' performance and avoid a "gap in Taiwan's war-fighting capabilities," the island's semi- official Central News Agency reported Friday. The upgrades would seek to address "the trend of the tipping of the military balance in the Taiwan Strait," the air force reportedly said, without elaborating. On Thursday Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu told lawmakers that the military was considering mothballing the some 60 French-made Mirage models...
  • Countdown to the next crisis is already under way

    10/19/2009 1:17:19 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 1,278+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 10/18/2009 | Wolfgang Münchau
    We did not need to wait until the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 10,000. It has been clear for some time that global equity markets are bubbling again. On the surface, this looks like 2003 and 2004 when the previous housing, credit, commodity and equity bubbles started to inflate, helped by low nominal interest rates and a lack of inflation. There is one big difference, though. This bubble will burst sooner. So how do we know this is a bubble? My two favourite metrics of stock market valuation are Cape, which stands for the cyclically adjusted price/earnings ratio, and Q....
  • 'Iran planning centrifuges for 2nd site'

    10/06/2009 2:23:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 204+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/6/09 | ap
    Iran plans to install a more advanced type of centrifuge at its newly revealed uranium enrichment site, an Iranian newspaper reported Tuesday, a development certain to add to international concerns about the country's nuclear work. Iranian scientists have carried out research and development in recent months for the new generation of more efficient centrifuges, and most of the machines' components are made domestically, said the head of Iran's nuclear agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, according to the Kayhan daily newspaper.
  • How Gummint Works

    07/29/2009 10:24:36 AM PDT · by Leisler · 6 replies · 716+ views
    Grouchy Old Cripple. Com ^ | July 28, 2009 | staff
    Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of A desert. Congress said, "someone may steal from it at night.." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.. Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing The tasks correctly?" So they created a Quality Control department and hired two...
  • Poll: Do you set aside time every day to plan your day?

    07/15/2009 9:31:44 PM PDT · by tenger · 6 replies · 332+ views
    A Daily Poll ^ | July 16, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Do you set aside time every day to plan your day (or end of day to plan next day)? A Daily Poll.
  • Bulldozing Cities Idea Gains Traction in Obama Administration

    06/13/2009 4:32:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 55 replies · 1,499+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 13 June 2009 | John Semmens
    Many cities in the US’s so-called “rust belt” have been in decline for years—losing both jobs and population. Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, Michigan has proposed leveling portions of these cities in order to reach a more optimal balance between living accommodations and needs. “The idea is that rather than continuing to waste society’s resources maintaining unnecessary housing, we demolish the surplus units and move people closer together to gain economies of scale,” Kildee said. While Kildee’s focus is on cities already in a decaying state, the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, sees a...
  • Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

    04/18/2009 4:53:01 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 394+ views
    FEMA.GOV ^ | ast Modified: Tuesday, 14-Apr-2009 11:50:27 EDT | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 A Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning Overview The FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide, CPG 101 provides general guidelines on developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs). It promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of planning and decision making to help emergency planners examine a hazard and produce integrated, coordinated, and synchronized plans. This Guide helps emergency managers in State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal governments in their efforts to develop and maintain a viable all-hazard EOP. CPG 101 continues the more than 50-year effort to provide guidance about emergency operations planning...
  • I'm on a 'Low Budget'

    02/02/2009 4:02:31 AM PST · by jenk · 93 replies · 1,604+ views
    02/02/09 | Jenk
    While chatting with fellow freepers, I realized I have some expertise (I'm no expert) in the ways of making a household more economical. I preserve foods by canning and freezing, I hunt, plant a garden, dry clothes outside, and so on. I do not pretend to be an expert in any of these endeavors, but I do my best. I have been told in the past that I mustn't be so thrifty, because it is that unwillingness to spend that hurts our economy. Got it. However, I live this way because I am building and planning for a grand future....
  • Amish: Religion Trumps Building Codes

    12/13/2008 9:09:34 AM PST · by gorush · 21 replies · 1,047+ views
    AP, Channel 3000 ^ | 12/12/2008 | AP
    TOWN OF FRANKLIN, Wis. -- Daniel Borntreger's Jackson County home looks like hundreds of other Wisconsin farmhouses. But it could cost him thousands of dollars in fines. The Amish farmer built it without a permit.
  • New land-use law's message: build near transit

    12/04/2008 9:32:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 593+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 28, 2008
    Many California planning and environmental groups are heralding the passage of legislation designed to address global warming by curbing suburban sprawl as a watershed moment, perhaps the state's most important land-use law in more than 30 years. "It's a sea change in the way we're planning and funding growth and development," said Stephanie Reyes, senior policy advocate with San Francisco's Greenbelt Alliance. "The winds are shifting, and this is the time to get on board." But she and other advocates acknowledge that the importance of SB375, signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in late September, lies as much in...
  • Planning Now to Avoid Possible Obama Tax Hikes Later [Intentionally Incurring Capital Gain Now]

    11/15/2008 4:08:31 AM PST · by Son House · 42 replies · 1,192+ views
    FOXBusiness ^ | November 13, 2008 | Matt Egan
    “I think we expect the climate to become much more restrictive for high-income taxpayers. The things that had been done in the past -- whether they are perceived loopholes or actual loopholes --- [are] going to be reduced dramatically under an Obama presidency,” said Phil Tortorich, a partner and tax expert at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago. Obama campaigned under a promise to cut taxes for American families making less than $250,000 a year while raising top federal income-tax rates from 35% to 39.6%. Of course, promises made on the campaign trail don't necessarily make it into law, and...
  • Great Apes Think Ahead: Conclusive Evidence Of Advanced Planning Capacities

    06/18/2008 7:53:50 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 166+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-19-2008 | Springer
    Great Apes Think Ahead: Conclusive Evidence Of Advanced Planning CapacitiesIn a series of four experiments, Mathias and Helena Osvath investigated whether chimpanzees and orangutans could override immediate drives in favor of future needs, and therefore demonstrate both self-control and the ability to plan ahead, rather than simply fulfill immediate needs through impulsive behavior. (Credit: iStockphoto/Michael Steden) ScienceDaily (Jun. 19, 2008) — Apes can plan for their future needs just as we humans can – by using self-control and imagining future events. Mathias and Helena Osvath’s research, from Lunds University Cognitive Science in Sweden, is the first to provide conclusive evidence...
  • Cities for Living

    06/09/2008 6:29:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 108+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2008 | Roger Scruton
    American visitors to Paris, Rome, Prague, or Barcelona, comparing what they see with what is familiar from their own continent, will recognize how careless their countrymen often have been in their attempts to create cities. But the American who leaves the routes prescribed by the Ministries of Tourism will quickly see that Paris is miraculous in no small measure because modern architects have not been able to get their hands on it. Elsewhere, European cities are going the way of cities in America: high-rise offices in the center, surrounded first by a ring of lawless dereliction, and then by the...
  • Journey to the Truth (Natural Family Planning) [Open]

    05/23/2008 6:26:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 92 replies · 940+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 23, 2008 | Anna Pier Day (pen name)
    Journey to the Truth May 23rd, 2008 by Anna Pier Day I argued with the priest — the strong-willed one — who sat opposite me in the confessional. For every argument I presented, though, his response was the same: a calm, understanding, but firm, “There are no exceptions to the Church’s teaching against contraception.”Truth be told, if the Church had been less wise and had made exceptions, our family situation might have qualified as one. A few months earlier, after the birth of our youngest son, I had suffered from an acute depression with accompanying suicidal thoughts and a brief...
  • Classical Proportions, Modern Practicality: A Style That Makes Sense

    04/23/2008 1:25:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 416+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2008 | Katherine Salant
    I have always associated classical architecture with gravitas -- the large imposing columns and pediments that grace the front of serious places, like courthouses and banks. It hasn't seemed a living tradition that can inform land-use planning and the architecture of everyday life. But that was before I interviewed several architects who describe themselves as "modern classicists." They espouse a practical, no-nonsense approach to design that extends beyond individual buildings to encompass neighborhoods and whole towns. They don't limit themselves to the details and proportioning systems used by the original classicists, the builders of ancient Greece and Rome. They also...
  • Al-Qaida nuclear attack in planning stages

    04/13/2008 9:47:53 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 75 replies · 78+ views ^ | April 5, 2008 | Lalit K Jha
    Al-Qaida's nuclear attack against the US is in planning stages, top American intelligence officials have said. Deposing before a Congressional Committee on Homeland Security early this week, these US intelligence officials told US lawmakers that the threat of nuclear attack by the Taliban was growing and there is need to enhance its security measures. Charles Allen, Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer at the Department of Homeland Security; and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, the director of Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Department of Energy testified before this key Congressional committee on nuclear terrorism on April 2. ''There's...
  • A stoic little town faces tomorrow

    03/05/2008 3:47:39 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 101+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 29, 2008 | Scott Gold
    A massive housing project may mean the end for Neenach, in the Antelope Valley. ___ Eight hundred people, give or take, live in Neenach. Recreation consists largely of trying to grow a bigger squash than your neighbor or trying to buy his truck. One man races pigeons. The school closed a few years back when they ran out of kids, and its rose-painted walls are still the brightest thing on the prairie. When the abutting development is built -- if it is built -- it will be called Centennial. It would be the end, for all intents and purposes, of...
  • Mughniyeh Was in Midst of Planning Mass Terror Attack

    02/14/2008 9:36:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies · 912+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | February 14, '08 | Hillel Fendel
    ( A Kuwaiti newspaper reports that Hizbullah terrorist chief Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus on Tuesday, was in the midst of planning major terrorist attacks in moderate Arab countries when he was killed. Al-Watan reports that American intelligence had learned that Mughniyeh arrived in Damascus three days earlier with instructions from, and in coordination with, the Iranians. His objective was to meet with Hizbullah leaders and coordinate a mass attack, for which he was to receive help from Syrian intelligence. The American involvement in the killing is explained as being in retaliation for a...
  • N. Korea: Regime collapse in Pyongyang (no-notice regime collapse)

    01/23/2008 4:47:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies · 288+ views
    WT ^ | 01/21/08 | Daniel L. Davis
    Regime collapse in Pyongyang January 21, 2008 By Daniel L. Davis - On Nov. 7, Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited his South Korean counterpart Kim Jang-soo to underscore the solidarity between the United States and the Republic of Korea with regard to the oft-intransigent North Korea. Sending an unmistakable message to Pyongyang — and Asia in general — about how seriously America views the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, Mr. Gates was accompanied by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the admiral commanding all American forces in the Pacific, and the four-star general commanding all troops in...
  • TxDOT Announces New Members of Leadership Team

    01/07/2008 7:22:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 7, 2008 | TxDOT
    Saenz expands administration to reflect changing role of agency AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas Department of Transportation today announced selections for the final three members of Executive Director Amadeo Saenz's leadership team. The new Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations is John Barton of Beaumont. The newly-formed office of Assistant Executive Director for District Operations will be lead by David Casteel of San Antonio. The newly-formed office of Assistant Executive Director for Innovative Project Development will be lead by Phil Russell of Austin. "John, David and Phil are all outstanding professionals," said Saenz. "All of them understand...
  • New Documentary Focuses on Pentagon Planning, Construction, Renovation

    10/01/2007 4:50:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 75+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2007 – Planning, constructing and renovating the world’s largest-capacity office building is the focus of a new Pentagon Channel documentary. “The Pentagon has become more than a symbol of the United States’ military might,” Air Force Master Sgt. Daniela Marchus, host of the documentary said. “It’s also an example of what American determination and ingenuity can achieve.” “Recon: An American Icon” debuts tomorrow at noon Eastern Time on the Pentagon Channel and will encore throughout October. It also will be available via podcast and video on demand at Combining interviews with those who witnessed the...
  • Iranians still planning attacks in Iraq: U.S.

    06/27/2007 12:37:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 613+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/27/07 | Alister Bull
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian operatives are training fighters in Iraq and helping to plan attacks there despite diplomatic pressure on Tehran to halt such interference, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The latest accusation leveled against Iran by the U.S. military followed rare diplomatic talks in Baghdad last month between the two old adversaries to discuss Washington's concerns in Iraq. "There absolutely is evidence of Iranian operatives holding weapons, training fighters, providing resources, helping plan operations, resourcing secret cells that is destabilizing Iraq," said military spokesman Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner. "We would like very much to see some action on their part...
  • Berezovsky says planning Russian revolution: paper

    04/12/2007 7:39:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 719+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/07 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky said he is planning a revolution in Russia to topple President Vladimir Putin, in comments published on Friday. "We need to use force to change this regime," Berezovsky, who has received asylum in Britain, told the Guardian newspaper. "It isn't possible to change this regime through democratic means. There can be no change without force, pressure." Asked if he was fomenting a revolution, he said: "You are absolutely correct." Berezovsky, a vocal critic of Putin, said he was in contact with members of Russia's political elite. He said these people -- who he...
  • Minor League Baseball, Boy Scouts Step Up to Plate to Encourage Families to Prepare for Emergencies

    04/04/2007 12:59:16 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 414+ views
    Dept. Homeland Security ^ | April 4, 2007 | Dept. Homeland Security
    Minor League Baseball and Boy Scouts Step Up to the Plate to Encourage Families to Prepare for Emergencies Release Date: April 4, 2007 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 2007 Season Participating Minor League Baseball Teams and Schedule of Ready Games (PDF, 2 pages - 10 KB) Minor League Baseball and the Boy Scouts of America are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign for the fourth consecutive year to educate and encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies. Forty-nine baseball teams are joining many local Boy Scout councils in stepping up...
  • Shaping a Future for the Fort[Worth]

    03/12/2007 10:46:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 350+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | DAN MCGRAW
    Fernando Costa is a familiar sight at Fort Worth City Council meetings, giving presentations on one aspect or another of the city’s past, present, or future. As city planning director, he is the hub where many spokes on the city’s wheel connect. Whether the issue is zoning, road planning, or making commercial developments work, Costa is in the middle. On issues from Trinity River Vision to big ranches being subdivided for housing on Fort Worth’s ever-expanding edges to revitalizing older neighborhoods in Cowtown’s heart, his voice is perhaps the most influential in the city — Fort Worth’s “secret weapon,” as...
  • The Road to Serfdom (Chapter V)

    02/25/2007 2:54:48 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 13 replies · 480+ views
    Planning and Democracy Democracy is essentially a means, a utilitarian device for safeguarding internal peace and individual freedom. As such it is by no means infallible or certain. When it becomes dominated by a collectivist creed, democracy will inevitably destroy itself. It would be impossible for any mind to comprehend the infinite variety of different needs of different people which compete for the available resources and to attach a definite weight to each. We can unfortunately not indefinitely extend the sphere of common action and still leave the individual free in his own sphere. That planning creates a situation which...