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  • Tangled political web could trap California cities on redevelopment

    12/04/2011 5:41:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/4/11 | Dan Walters
    State budgets used to be fairly simple documents, fundamentally allocating whatever financial resources the state might have at the moment among its various, well-delineated responsibilities. No more. Proposition 13, enacted in 1978, had the indirect effect of centralizing major financial decision-making affecting local governments and schools in the Capitol. Those decisions were affected by subsequent ballot measures, and volatile revenue swings put the budget in a more or less permanent deficit condition. Today's budgets are complex packages not only of appropriations but of legislation to legalize, or so it's assumed, the political decisions. And that inevitably means that after budgets...
  • Israeli Chief Rabbi Pushes Kosher 'Pork'

    11/23/2011 10:07:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 11/23/2011
    Israel's chief rabbi is bringing home the bacon. Yona Metzger's office says it is primed to allow import of an organic goose grown in Spain that tastes like pork. Metzger says three non-Jewish chefs confirm its swinish flavor. Jewish dietary law strictly forbids eating pork. Metzger's office says there is no Jewish injunction against eating goose, no matter what it tastes like, as long as it is slaughtered according to Jewish ritual.
  • Gingrich-Founded Think Tank Collected $55 Million in Past Decade

    11/21/2011 2:11:10 PM PST · by Fred · 49 replies
    wsj ^ | 112111 | Alicia Mundy
    The Center for Health Transformation, founded by Newt Gingrich, released a statement Monday outlining some of the think tank’s activities, its membership fees and the money it has generated. The disclosure from the center, which Mr. Gingrich left earlier this year, comes amid a flurry of inquiries about the former House speaker’s financial ties. A number of news stories last week listed clients such as the American Hospital Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the main trade association for pharmaceutical houses. The Washington Post reported that Mr. Gingrich’s center had collected $37 million over the...
  • Gingrich cashed in supporting subsidies for big businessRead more:

    11/17/2011 1:34:10 PM PST · by Fred · 146 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2011 | Will Rahn
    Since leaving office in 1999, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has spent much of his time convincing conservatives to support government subsidies for large corporations, reports the Washington Examiner. In addition to his work as a “strategic consultant” for government-sponsored mortgage lender Freddie Mac, the Examiner reports that tax filings show Gingrich received money from the ethanol lobby. Green Energy, a lobbying group that works to secure and create government subsidies for the much-criticized ethanol industry, paid the Gingrich Group more than $300,000 as recently as 2009. Unlike most conservative experts on the industry, Gingrich is a staunch advocate of...
  • Gingrich camp's 'last word' on Freddie Mac - Will not release records

    11/17/2011 11:58:43 AM PST · by Fred · 65 replies
    (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not release more Freddie Mac-related documents, according to campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond. Though the contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday that his campaign would "do what they can" to release more information about payments he received as a consultant from the government-backed mortgage group, Hammond backtracked later in the evening. When asked via email whether the campaign would release more Freddie Mac-related documents or if a fact sheet it released in the afternoon was the last word on the issue, Hammond responded to CNN, "last word."
  • Gingrich embraces Washington "insider" label (Video)

    11/17/2011 9:01:18 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 33 replies
    During an interview with CBS News Radio, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Wednesday fended off questions about the hefty sums he received to give advice to mortgage company Freddie Mac.
  • Iowa Poll: Herman Cain 24; Ron Paul 20

    11/17/2011 9:17:16 AM PST · by Fred · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 111711 | Charlie Spiering
    According to a new Iowa State University Poll, Herman Cain is still in first place in Iowa, with Ron Paul coming in second. Here is how it stacks up: Cain: 24.5 Paul: 20.4
  • Bachmann took campaign money from Freddie Mac while she was ‘fighting’ them

    11/16/2011 6:41:00 PM PST · by Fred · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 111611 | Matt Lewis
    Rep. Michele Bachmann hit former Speaker Newt Gingrich hard on Wednesday for receiving consulting fees from mortgage giant Freddie Mac, but it turns out Bachmann herself received campaign contributions from The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation’s (Freddie Mac) political action committee during the 2007-2008 cycle. “While [Gingrich] was taking that money, I was fighting against Fannie and Freddie,” Bachmann said on Wednesday. It turns out that while she was “fighting” them, she was also taking their money.
  • Gingrich Said to Be Paid $1.6M by Freddie Mac (RINO Alert)

    11/15/2011 9:06:05 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 132 replies
    Bloomberg | 2011-11-15 | Clea Benson & Dawn Kopecki
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  • Gingrich Freddie Mac connection

    11/11/2011 11:09:48 PM PST · by Fred · 19 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 111111 | Kevin Kervick
    Now that Rick Perry and Herman Cain are seeing their stars fade, at least among the pundit class that shapes the popular news, some political observers are speculating that Newt Gingrich could be the next conservative hope for President. In the CNBC Republican Debate on Wednesday evening in MIchigan, Wall Street Journal Editorial writer John Harwood asked Newt Gingrich about his former consultant relationship with the mortgage facilitator Freddie Mac. Conservatives and Libertarians blame the Federal Government for the housing crisis that hit in 2007 and continues today. They believe the Federal Government created the housing bubble by mandating that...
  • Solyndra Emails Claim Biden Team 'About Had an Orgasm' About Energy Loans to Firm

    11/09/2011 12:18:39 PM PST · by freespirited · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | 11/09/11 | Chad Pergram
    A series of emails provided to the House Energy and Commerce Committee from individuals tied to Solyndra offer striking characterizations about running strategy with the White House to secure assistance for the now-bankrupt solar energy firm. Emails among George Kaiser, head of the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Ken Levit, the executive director of the Foundation; and Steve Mitchell, who manages Argonaut Private Equity and was a member of Solyndra's board; show that Vice President Joe Biden's office were very gung-ho. "They about had an orgasm in Biden's office when we mentioned Solyndra," reads a Feb. 27, 2010, email from Levit...
  • Politico Commits Random Act of Journalism on Porkulus Fraud

    11/02/2011 2:27:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Rush ^ | November 2, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Holy cow, look at this, folks. A random act of journalism from The Politico. Is it my imagination or are more of these random acts of journalism by mainstream media firms beginning to happen? It seems like I've been pointing out more random acts of journalism lately the top. Get this. "The Energy Department's inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations related to 2009 [Porkulus] spending. In written testimony prepared for delivery to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Inspector General Gregory Friedman said the investigations have involved 'various schemes, including the submission...
  • Biden’s absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates

    10/21/2011 10:02:06 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 21 2011 | By Glenn Kessler
    In essence, the reporting of this simple data, whether using Biden's data or city data, does not describe changes in the incidents of homicides in Flint or any city. The Facts Flint is certainly a violent city, ranked number one in many categories. The website of the Flint Police Department only gives data through 2008, but both the FBI and the Michigan State Police have more recent figures that are provided to them by the Flint police. The numbers are not precisely the same because of different reporting requirements, but they are roughly the same—and show a different picture than...
  • Muslim lawsuit, response rile Ohio pork industry

    10/05/2011 11:15:19 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A decision by Ohio officials to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates is not sitting well with the state's pork producers and processors. Both promise action of their own, including a possible counter lawsuit, to address what they consider an unfair and illogical decision.
  • House advances Hoover Dam electricity bill

    10/04/2011 8:03:03 AM PDT · by ¢ommon ¢ents · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 | 10:10 p.m. | Karoun Demirjian
    The House passed a bill to extend the allocation of electricity created by the Hoover Dam for another 50 years Monday afternoon without any objection, and well in advance of the deadline to divvy up the output from the regional power center.The deal under which Nevada, California and Arizona share power produced at Hoover Dam is set to expire in 2017; Monday’s bill would preserve it until 2067.It would also create a new category of power recipient: under the new contract, the participating states would agree to take 5 percent of their allocations -- for a total pool of about...
  • NASA's "Shuttlyndra" A Massive Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars

    10/03/2011 1:29:23 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 3rd, 2011 | Rand Simberg
    This is a tale of a government investment gone far awry. Favored by politicians promising jobs in a high-tech industry of the future, and fueled by political cronyism, it consumed untold amounts of taxpayer dollars, with little to show for it, despite warnings by experts that its business plan was flawed. No, it’s not Solyndra — it’s much worse, at least in terms of the amount of money proposed to be wasted on it, and in other ways as well. Let’s call it “Shuttlyndra,” aka NASA’s Constellation, then called the Space Launch System, aka the Senate Launch System. The Solyndra...
  • The Big Uneasy On PPV (Hurricane Katrina)

    "Why did it take Bea, van Heerden, and Garzino to shed light on this story?The Army Corps of Engineers, as an institution, is not very receptive to criticism, from inside or outside. It dominates the market for engineering certain kinds of projects, mainly to do with water. So the engineering profession is filled with people whose attitude is, "Better not rock the boat." And inside [the corps], it's arguably worse. It exists in a bubble of impunity. Because, as we lay out in the film, Congress likes the corps the way it is, and it doesn't really give it effective...
  • Pigs in China are driving the world economy

    10/01/2011 4:56:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 09/21/11 | KEIKO YOSHIOKA
    Pigs in China are driving the world economy BY KEIKO YOSHIOKA CORRESPONDENT BEIJING--Of the 1 billion pigs being raised in the world, about half are in China, where pork consumption is increasing as the Chinese economy develops. As a result, pork prices are rising, a trend that is impacting the world economy. To ease the public's dissatisfaction with the price increase, which could lead to rioting, the Chinese government is increasing pork production. However, the move is causing a growth in demand for pig feed and raising feed prices in international markets. Around the Jiumu Professional Cooperation Society of Pig...
  • The Biggest Federal Earmark Plods On

    09/20/2011 12:28:44 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 20th, 2011 | Rand Simberg
    Last Wednesday, in the Senate office building where it was designed, NASA announced the latest impending programmatic disaster in the name of “space exploration.” For those interested, there is a detailed description of the technical and political issues over at the NASA Spaceflight web site. Many had thought (and many, though unfortunately not as many, had hoped) that the heavy-lift Ares V rocket had died last year with the cancellation of Constellation, the flawed Mike Griffin plan to implement George Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration. But the howls from the space-pork trough were loud, and last year, Congress passed a...
  • The Biggest Federal Earmark Plods On (NASA porkfest continues)

    09/20/2011 7:10:49 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 20 Sept 2011 | Rand Simberg
    Last Wednesday, in the Senate office building where it was designed, NASA announced the latest impending programmatic disaster in the name of “space exploration.” For those interested, there is a detailed description of the technical and political issues over at the NASA Spaceflight web site. Many had thought (and many, though unfortunately not as many, had hoped) that the heavy-lift Ares V rocket had died last year with the cancellation of Constellation, the flawed Mike Griffin plan to implement George Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration. But the howls from the space-pork trough were loud, and last year, Congress passed a...