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  • UKRAINE: Why have we introduced regular military training of citizens - gun owners?

    07/11/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Kyiv Legion ^ | 11/7/2014
    Why do we have introduced regular military training of citizens - gun owners? The reasons are many. But the main one is that we begin to form a military reserve for the defense of the country, without waiting for the decision of the country's leaders on defense for fundamental reform of the Cossacks, and now for the Swiss and Israeli demands. Most citizens who understand the need to be prepared to defend the family, city, country voluntarily at their own cost to buy weapons and equipment in their spare time come to the Legion for learning and training. We create...
  • Suspected Burglars Killed by Home’s Occupants (they broke in to survive)

    05/05/2014 12:23:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 51 replies
    Fox 40 ^ | 5/5/2014 | Fox 40
    Two teenage boys were killed after attempting to burglarize a home along Arcade Boulevard. Sacramento Police responded to a burglary just after midnight on Sunday morning. When they arrived, they found two suspects had been shot and killed by the occupants. Neighbors said the owner is an elderly woman, who has been a victim of several burglaries since her husband passed away. “This Easter, she was robbed, and so she had replaced her deadbolt locks with double locking deadbolts and they still got in after that,” friend and neighbor, Celeste Gawehn said. Gawehn said her the woman asked a family...
  • GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

    04/15/2014 9:57:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 11:07 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy. The automaker’s strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and in other cases across the nation that involve the defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall 2.6 million small cars. The motion asks U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to delay action on the lawsuit until the bankruptcy court rules and other federal courts decide if the case should...
  • 11 Year Old Writes Heart Wrenching Letter: “Why Gun Free Zones Violate My Right To Be Protected”

    01/27/2014 7:27:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    27 January, 2014 | Lorri Anderson
    While politicians are consistently attacking Americans second amendment rights through propaganda and lies children’s lives hang in the balance. To push their political agenda they claim “they are doing it for the children” or “want to make America safer.” As adults fight it out in the political arena, trying to push through “illegal” gun control laws, the most innocent of America have become “defenseless targets”; all for the sake of “political correctness.” Their voices have been stifled by those claiming to know what is best for them while they have never walked in these children’s shoes. I do wonder how...
  • A first for me.. I need HELP, a free virus, pop-up, removal, protection..

    01/01/2014 10:42:51 AM PST · by carlo3b · 91 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | Jan. 1 2014 | Carlo3b
    I am so sorry to take up space with such a stupid question, but my grandkids used my laptop, and computer over the Hollidays and must have picked up some tragic viruses on both of my computers.. I have downloaded Ccleaner, and Sophos Virus Remover, and some registry cleaner, but I still have problems with Pop-up, and slow.. HELP PLEASE!
  • "Damsel in Defense" aims to help women protect themselves

    11/20/2013 8:42:41 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    wndu.com ^ | 11-20-13
    "With more and more home invasions and robberies in our area, women are looking for ways to protect themselves and their families. But not everyone wants to carry a gun."
  • Record early voting in Albuquerque’s “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance”

    11/15/2013 11:10:18 PM PST · by Amish · 17 replies
    NRL News ^ | Nov. 11, 2013 | Dave Andrusko
    The city clerk’s office has informed KRQE-TV that there’s been a record number for early voting on a proposed ordinance. What has caused over 23,000 people to vote as of this morning? The city of Albuquerque’s “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, the juncture by which science shows the unborn child can experience pain. Early voting ends November 15th and Election Day is November 19th. (There is also a run-off election in one city council district that will give the city a new councilor.) There are four known late abortion centers in the...
  • Giving guns a shot: women and firearms

    11/13/2013 4:22:03 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 30 replies
    WNDU.com ^ | 11-12-13
    "... the number of women coming into the range and store skyrocket. Will Smith III manages Kodiak and said the woman he has talked to don’t want someone else to protect them. Instead, Smith said more women are expressing their desire to save themselves.
  • What Next for Gun Policy?

    04/19/2013 7:37:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 19 April, 2013 | Timothy Wheeler
    President Obama was incredulous at the speed of his gun-control agenda’s demise this week. Seemingly still in campaign mode, he posed in the Rose Garden flanked by gun-crime victims and denounced the Senate for rejecting all three points of his grand gun control plan. The Senate gun-control bill isn’t buried yet, but rigor mortis is setting in. Obama swears he’ll bring the fight again. Harry Reid threatened that with the next mass shooting, he’ll put gun control back before the Senate. It’s personal for the president now. Secure in his last term, he was sure he could advance the cause...
  • What About Personal Protection?

    03/14/2013 6:37:10 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 24 replies
    3/14/13 | originalbuckeye
    Why don't the Big Libs EVER discuss what firearms are needed for personal protection? Why do they only talk about hunting and shooting?
  • Two Charged in Webster Case [teenager cases kidnappers away with gun]

    03/08/2013 10:44:55 AM PST · by topher · 3 replies
    Charges have been filed against two men arrested Wednesday in a bizarre Webster case involving sexual assault, kidnapping and threatened murder. ... The teenaged boy [one of the hostages] somehow freed himself, got the family's handgun and confronted the intruders who fled.
  • Time for a Fun New Game:

    01/29/2013 9:16:52 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    h/t Speedunque
  • Timely with news (but vanity) Best bedroom gun safe???

    01/14/2013 8:34:27 AM PST · by jdsteel · 42 replies
    01/14/2013 | jdsteel
    The knowledge base on FR is awesome when it comes to all things gun related. I am looking for suggestions for the best bedroom quick access safe for one or two of my handguns. The grandkids come over often so I want a small safe, and since I am a married man it shouldn't be ugly as sin or overly large (aesthetics, you know). My wife and I need glasses so I want easy access in the dark. I am strongly considering fingerprint scanning safes. Please help me whittle down hours of research!
  • CFPB Reduces Consumer Choice by Banning Mortgage Features (“Thou Shall Not ..”)

    01/10/2013 2:48:30 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), built by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and run by “Robo Cop” Richard Cordray (the former Attorney General of Ohio), has issued its new list of mortgage feature bans for the “qualified mortgage.” Kerri Ann Panchuk from Housing Wire has a nice summary in her article. 201301_cfpb_ability-to-repay-factsheet Here are the features of Qualified Mortgages and what is banned: • No excess upfront points and fees • No toxic loan features o No interest-only loans, o No loans where the principal amount increases, such as a negative-amortization loan; and o No loans where the term is...
  • Obama signs bill giving himself lifetime Secret Service protection

    01/10/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/10/13 | Alex Pappas
    President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday guaranteeing himself Secret Service protection for the rest of his life. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama signed the “Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012” on Thursday. The law affects Obama, former President George W. Bush and future presidents, who under current law would only be protected for 10 years after leaving office. According to the press secretary’s office, the law “restores lifetime Secret Service protection of former Presidents who did not serve as President prior to January 1, 1997, and their spouses; and provides for protection of...
  • Idaho Dad’s letter says it all: ‘These guns protect my children’

    01/10/2013 7:23:39 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 10 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Michele Kirk
    The national debate about gun control is becoming frightening to watch as it unfolds every day in the news. Both sides are beyond passionate on the issue and it is hard to see a “compromise” in the future because there really is no compromise to be had. Either the Second Amendment trumps the inevitable mass shootings by the mentally unstable, or it does not. A father from Post Falls, Idaho touched on a universal sentiment felt by parents:These are my children. My daughter is 6 and my son is 4. Those of you who have small kids know how fantastic...
  • No Guns in School?

    01/05/2013 7:37:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    city journal ^ | 12-2012 | Larry Sand
    No Guns in School? Armed guards have long been the norm on California campuses. 28 December 2012 It was only natural that the mass murder of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would bring out the best and worst of people’s emotions. The frenzy of accusations and name-calling from educators, teachers’ union bosses, reform leaders, policy wonks, gun lobbyists, and editorial writers has yet to subside. The reaction that attracted the most hostility, on the left and on the right, was National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s call for an armed guard in every...
  • DFU YouTube SING-ALONG: I Am Woman with a Gun

    01/05/2013 3:50:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2013 (orig 2007) | dfu
    SORRY FOR POOR SOUND BUT SING, SING, SING
  • Mr. President, members of Congress....a question

    12/20/2012 8:19:58 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 8 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Alaska Wolf
    Let's lay it all out on the table here and now. If children are our most important resource why aren't they afforded the same protection as the POTUS, political and wealthy elite? Are you willing to admit you and the anti 2nd Amendment people believe your lives are more precious, important and valuable? A simple yes or no answer will suffice.
  • Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial

    12/15/2012 8:31:50 PM PST · by Washi · 14 replies
    PoliceOne.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Doug Wyllie
    “In 1998,” Grossman said, “school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids’ lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, ‘That’s the year Columbine happened, that’s an anomaly.’ Well, in 2004 we had a new all time record — 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. Let’s assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out...
  • Concealed carry law in the spotlight(WI)

    12/10/2012 6:39:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    fox11online.com ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Laura Smith
    WAUSAU - The state's concealed carry gun law is in the spotlight again after a fight stemming from a road rage incident in Wausau ended when one person involved pulled a gun. That 48-year-old Appleton man has a concealed carry permit. As we've reported, police arrested 30-year-old Nicholas Flanagan and 26-year-old Jessica Ratliff. Investigators say the Menominee, Michigan couple attacked Scott Van Patter after their vehicles collided. Wausau police provided FOX 11 with dash cam video showing officers arriving on the scene of a fight at a Menards parking lot Tuesday. Police say Van Patter was physically assaulted by Flanagan...
  • Jill Kelley requested 'diplomatic protection' in 911 call

    11/13/2012 6:27:32 PM PST · by bigbob · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-13-12 | Fox News
    The South Tampa woman connected to the Petraeus scandal called police to her home several times in the last few days, and at least once tried to invoke "diplomatic protection." Media from around the world have convened at the two-story Bayshore Boulevard home of Scott and Jill Kelley. Jill is the socialite mother of three whose FBI complaint about harassing emails eventually led investigators to uncover the CIA director's affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and is now linked to the name of a second top general. The Kelleys have kept a low profile since news of the scandal broke,...
  • PREPARING FOR POST OBAMA ELECTION

    11/08/2012 10:42:21 AM PST · by paratrooper82 · 123 replies
    Self | 11-08-2012 | Paratrooper82
    Today, I instructed my wife to prepare for post Obama election by doing the following:
  • Need help with home defense weapon (vanity)

    10/20/2012 3:50:05 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 84 replies
    We are moving to North Carolina next year from New Jersey. New Jersey has some real draconian gun laws, so I hesitated while here to buy anything aside from the .38 special I have in the house for protection. I didn't even bring my hunting guns from Michigan because of the same laws. My understanding is that North Carolina has gun laws much easier to deal with, so when we move, I'd like to bring my guns from Michigan for hunting, as well as equip our home for home defense. I travel quite a bit for work, and I'd like...
  • Gun rights advocates see social benefits

    09/09/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 8, 2012
    WASHINGTON - In the wake of mass shootings this summer, a fusillade of a different sort erupted when gun rights advocates suggested a good Samaritan with a concealed weapon might have saved the day. After gunman James Holmes opened fire in a crowded Aurora, Colo., theater, killing 12 and wounding 58, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, wondered whether an armed movie patron "could have stopped this guy more quickly." In a subsequent interview, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate, called Gohmert's view "nonsensical." This rather typical exchange is a measure of how far the gun debate has come...
  • The Fighting Rifle (And Why Your Pistol Is A Backup Weapon)

    06/25/2012 10:16:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 43 replies
    Off the Grid News ^ | Jun 25th, 2012 | Mike
    America is very much a gun culture, and more weapons remain in civilian hands here than just about anywhere on earth, which is a good thing. We also have a fascination with pistols in this country, with the vast majority of the states having some sort of carry provisions in their laws allowing anyone not prohibited from carrying a pistol on their person. Some states have open carry while most have concealed carry, and thus a great many Americans are armed with handguns at any given time.Reasons listed on most concealed carry applications range from personal protection, to protection...
  • Breyer Push For More Protection Illustrates Elite Double Standard

    05/20/2012 8:20:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    USA --(Ammoland.com)- An early May robbery at the Washington, D.C. home of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was the second time the jurist has been victimized since February, The Washington Post reported Thursday. While no one was home in this latest incident, the earlier one involved the jurist and his wife being confronted by a machete-wielding home invader at their Caribbean vacation house. “The robbery comes a month after Congress allocated nearly $1 million to hire 12 new Supreme Court police officers, according to The Hill,” Fox News related in a follow-up report. “Breyer had been among the group pushing...
  • Infographic On The Greatest Gun Salesman In America: President Obama

    02/21/2012 3:22:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | February 21, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    American firearm sales and concealed handgun permit applications are at all-time highs since the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. President Obama's perceived hostility towards gun owners has been one of the key factors behind the multi-year financial boom the firearms industry continues to enjoy. In fact, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is actively preparing to work to defeat President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, according to Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the NRA, who recently said the following at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.: "Lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive...
  • Obama risks trade war with China

    02/01/2012 6:40:42 AM PST · by expat_panama · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2012 | Dean Kleckner
    “I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products,” President Obama said last week in his State of the Union address. He also indicated that he’s willing to risk a trade war with China, possibly leading to a swift closure of new markets for U.S. goods and services - the exact opposite of his stated goal. Mr. Obama entered the White House three years ago as a protectionist candidate who spoke of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Once in office, he felt the burden of responsible governance and reversed course, promising to...
  • Bill would protect gun ranges from new noise laws (WA)

    01/17/2012 6:27:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    komonews.com ^ | 15 January, 2012 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state lawmaker wants to exempt shooting ranges from noise-related civil and criminal legal action. The Kitsap Sun reports that Democratic Rep. Dean Takko of Longview has introduced a measure that would require shooting ranges to conform to noise laws that existed when they were built and exempt them from later laws. The aim is to head off complaints from people building new homes next to a shooting range.
  • Self-defense Devices Other Than Guns

    11/10/2011 9:07:50 PM PST · by A Navy Vet · 124 replies · 1+ views
    self ^ | 11/ | A Navy Vet
    Things are getting dicey. While some States allow gun open carry and others allow concealed or both, many good folks just don't want to have to carry all the time. While I wish all good citizens would carry, here is an alternative for those who still would defend themselves and those innocents around them.
  • Issa Introduces Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

    11/02/2011 1:01:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 11/2/11 | Issa Committee:
    WASHINGTON- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the introduction of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 3289). The legislation will strengthen provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Act, originally enacted in 1989, for federal government employees who expose abuse, mismanagement, or criminal activity in federal agencies and programs. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is an original co-sponsor of the legislation, as are Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who sponsored whistleblower protection enhancement legislation last congress. Similar legislation was approved by the...
  • Republicans in Wisconsin Assembly pass self-defense bill in final legislative push

    11/01/2011 8:24:41 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | scott bauer
    Under one proposal the Assembly passed Tuesday, homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability of they kill someone who is unlawfully in their residence, vehicle or workplace. The bill requires a court to presume that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent harm to the person being attacked or another person when the attack happens at the defender's home. "The citizens of this state, they just want to feel secure in their homes," said the bill's sponsor Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah. "They just want the ability to protect themselves without the fear of...
  • Pentagon Raises Force-Protection Level for U.S. Bases

    09/07/2011 3:56:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has authorized raising the force-protection level for military installations mainly in the United States, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. The commander of U.S. Northern Command Commander, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., requested the action in recent days in advance of the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland, he added. Little said Panetta and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reviewed the request. “This is not in response to any specific or credible threat surrounding the 10th anniversary...
  • Why the Gun is Civilization (vanity)

    08/15/2011 3:59:48 PM PDT · by SlaveNoMore · 19 replies
    Marko Kloos
    Why The Gun Is Civilization Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is...
  • Booming business of fear: Sales of safes soar

    08/14/2011 6:44:29 PM PDT · by Oiao · 14 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | August 14, 2011 | Blake Ellis
    "People are just plain scared," said Nancy Bryan, owner of Santa Ana, Calif.-based Maximum Security, who noted that sales started increasing about three years ago at the onset of the recession. Brown Safe said many of its customers have been making purchases over the past few weeks because they no longer trust their banks and are uncertain about stocks.
  • IU Health buying docs in hospital ventures

    05/31/2011 7:57:14 AM PDT · by sonofagun · 6 replies
    Indiana Business Journal News ^ | May 23, 2011 | J.K. Wall
    The culprit is the 2010 health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It stipulates that physician-owned hospitals cannot increase their total number of beds, operating rooms and procedure rooms—or if they do, they will no longer be eligible for payments under the federal Medicare program.
  • The most important update to MN gun law since the Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act

    04/16/2011 10:31:47 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 4-15-11 | joel olson
    Here’s an overview: Adds Stand Your Ground Enhances Castle Doctrine Prevents Gun Seizures During a State of Emergency Extends Purchase Permits to Five Years The bill also borrows a page from the Permit to Carry law, providing a more robust appeal process for denied purchase permits, and requiring that police chiefs and sheriffs whose purchase permit denials are overturned must pay the applicants’ legal costs. Adds Universal Carry Permit Reciprocity
  • The Democrats’ Friends-N-Fat Cats Protection Plan; Update: Dems AWOL on Fannie/Freddie hearings

    04/06/2011 8:38:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 6/6/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Update: Look who went fleebagging from Fannie/Freddie reform hearings…and look who’s raising more money from fat cats… The Democrats Friends-N-Fat Cats Protection Plan by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 As the budget stalemate in Washington continues, Democrats are ratcheting up their class-warfare caterwauling. Time to bring out your earplugs and hypocrisy meters. Liberal political strategist Donna Brazile took to Twitter to assail fiscal conservatives for “taking medicine from seniors” and cutting taxes for “the rich and their corporate donors.” Do-nothing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attacked Republicans for paving a “path to poverty for America’s seniors and children and...
  • The Parable of the Sheep

    03/01/2011 10:51:48 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-01-11 | Dave the Sage
    Not so long ago and in a pasture too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of sheep lived and grazed. They were protected by a dog, who answered to the master, but despite his best efforts from time to time a nearby pack of wolves would prey… upon the flock. One day a group of sheep, more bold than the rest, met to discuss their dilemma. “Our dog is good, and vigilant, but he is one dog and the wolves are many. The wolves he catches are not always killed, and the master judges and releases many to prey again...
  • Obama Wants to Shed Rules That Hurt Job Growth

    01/18/2011 10:41:07 AM PST · by Mr. K · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Published: Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 10:10 AM ET | Reuters
    President Barack Obama Tuesday ordered a government-wide review of regulations with the goal of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the U.S. economy less competitive. Photo by : Pete Souza President Barack Obama -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Obama took action after unveiling his plan in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he said some rules have placed "unreasonable burdens on business — burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs." The executive order marked Obama's latest move to repair relations with U.S. business, which were frayed amid bitter debate over...
  • Woman shot after man drops pistol at eatery

    01/14/2011 2:18:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 13, 2011 | Mike Glenn
    <p>A woman was struck by gunfire Thursday night after a pistol discharged when it was dropped by a patron at a restaurant in Kingwood, Houston police said.</p> <p>The woman and the gun owner were both customers at Raffa's American Bistro, 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway.</p>
  • Rep. Bachmann Seeks To Repeal Dodd-Frank

    01/07/2011 4:57:21 PM PST · by pissant · 11 replies
    P&C ^ | 1/7/11 | Art Postal
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Wis., plans to introduce legislation repealing the Dodd-Frank financial services law, calling it “misguided” and a “blatant abuse of power.” A key criticism by Rep. Bachmann is a provision in the law that allows the federal government to take over failing non-bank institutions, such as American International Group, according to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a prime architect of the legislation. In a statement, Rep. Frank said another key objection to the legislation by Rep. Bachmann and her conservative supporters is the creation of the independent Consumer Financial Protection...
  • Bank of America testing fees in Mass. Lender seeks revenue from checking accounts

    01/06/2011 3:22:47 PM PST · by ninonitti · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 6, 2011 | Todd Wallack
    Bank of America will begin testing a new slate of checking accounts in Massachusetts and two other states later this month in an effort to generate more revenue from customers.......... A second new account, called “Premium,’’ will cost $15 a month unless customers either maintain a $5,000 minimum balance, use a Bank of America credit card at least once a month, or add $2,000 to the account every month. A third new account, labeled “Enhanced,’’ will cost $25 per month unless holders maintain at least $20,000 in deposits and investments in certain accounts or link their accounts to a Bank...
  • Not Really 'Made in China' [TRADE DEFICITS DON'T MATTER]

    12/17/2010 3:35:41 AM PST · by expat_panama · 142 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2010 | ANDREW BATSON
    [snip] "A distorted picture" is the result, they say, one that exaggerates trade imbalances between nations. Trade statistics in both countries consider the iPhone a Chinese export to the U.S., even though it is entirely designed and owned by a U.S. company, and is made largely of parts produced in several Asian and European countries. China's contribution is the last step—assembling and shipping the phones. So the entire $178.96 estimated wholesale cost of the shipped phone is credited to China, even though the value of the work performed by the Chinese workers at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. accounts for...
  • Trade and Tea Party: Not exactly a happy couple

    11/02/2010 5:11:48 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 110 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | November 1, 2010 | Tory Newmyer with Jennifer Liberto
    Big business interests are hopeful that a Republican takeover of the House -- now looking more likely than not -- will thaw free-trade deals that have languished since President Obama took office. Those agreements are on a short list of priorities the White House has in common with GOP leaders.But a rising protectionist tide brought about by the sour economy is threatening to complicate the task. And business groups in Washington are already preparing for the possibility that a new Republican majority stocked with populists from Rust Belt districts and beyond will present a less receptive audience than they once...
  • Barney Frank: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won’t run amok (with unchecked powers)

    10/16/2010 10:00:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/15/10 | Thomas Grillo
    Barney Frank: Protection bureau won’t run amokBy Thomas Grillo Friday, October 15, 2010 - Updated 2 days ago U.S. Rep. Barney Frank rejected suggestions that the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have unchecked powers. “I can’t see many examples of there being an excess of consumer protection,” the Newton Democrat said yesterday following a speech to kick off Suffolk University’s Moakley Breakfast Series at the federal courthouse. “There are very strict rules about what she can and can’t do,” he said, “but the notion that we will overprotect consumers is a strange one.” Last month, President...
  • Vanity: Looking for the best deals on Ammo

    10/08/2010 7:04:50 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 10-8-2010 | Frantzie
    Looking for the best deals on ammo in case things fall apart.
  • Another day, another Obama czar

    09/16/2010 9:05:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 9/16/10 | michelle malkin
    “Special adviser” is the new czar. Facing stiff opposition and pointed questions about the left-wing, anti-business advocate that he wanted to nominate as chairman of the new federal consumer financial protection bureau, President Obama once again circumvented the Senate’ constitutional advice and consent role and installed Elizabeth Warren with a wave of his hand: Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will help set up a powerful new watchdog agency policing the financial marketplace on behalf of ordinary borrowers and savers, a Democratic official said Wednesday. But it’s unclear whether the Harvard University law professor will end up running the Consumer Financial Protection...
  • FDIC's New Power to Dissolve Companies Raises Concerns

    09/06/2010 8:58:42 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | September 07, 2010 | Jenna Greene
    FDIC's expanded authority is part of the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law on July 21. The new regime for dissolving megacompanies -- one with almost no judicial oversight and in which creditors' rights are few. A company has essentially no choice about the FDIC taking over as receiver. "It may be difficult to try to draw a box around what that is," said Renée Dailey