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  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Says Economy Is Nearing “Full Unemployment” …

    07/01/2015 7:05:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/30/15 | Jim Hoft
    Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Says Economy Is Nearing “Full Unemployment” …Real Unemployment Closer to 42.9% Jim Hoft Jun 30th, 2015 5:42 pm 19 Comments According to the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis the labor participation rate is at its lowest point since the Carter years. fred labor part rate Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer told a an audience at England’s Oxford University this week that the US economy is nearing “full unemployment.” Reuters reported: The U.S. economy probably bounced back to an annual growth rate of around 2.5 percent in the second quarter, and the labor market is...
  • TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel

    02/12/2015 3:58:49 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 110 replies
    SafeHaven ^ | 2/10/15 | Wendy McElroy
    TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel By: Wendy McElroy | Tue, Feb 10, 2015 Share Print Email Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet).Over the Christmas season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called "Real ID." State driver's licenses will no longer allow Americans access to domestic flights, as they do now. Real ID will constitute...
  • Administration Desperately Courting George Zimmerman To Replace Lesbian Secret Service Director

    10/01/2014 12:29:26 PM PDT · by IChing · 15 replies ^ | 10/01/2014 | Donald Joy
    The following is only partly satire; the rest is pure fact. Being able to discern which is which disqualifies the reader from government employment or contracting. As the old saying goes, “desperate times call for desperate measures.” With the glaring klieg lights of harsh congressional scrutiny being thrown onto several grave and alarming security lapses around the President and First Family, a humiliated and confused Obama administration is urgently in need of expert help. So much so, in fact, that they’re now awkwardly reaching out to someone whose skill at detecting suspicious perimeter intrusion at a gated complex (not to...
  • Andrew Klavan: Europe is For Real

    09/28/2014 12:18:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/24/14 | Andrew Klavan
    n which our whimsical host, Andrew Klavan, takes a look at the faith-based story of a young man who dies and goes to the promised land, only to find that it's a giant lie propped up by the American taxpayer and military. TRANSCRIPT: I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Today, in a special religious edition of the Revolting Truth, we’d like to take a look at the new faith-based bestseller, “Europe Is For Real.” “Europe is for Real” tells the inspiring story of the adorable 5-year-old Iowa boy Derpy Lipschitz. One fateful day, in April of 2005,...
  • Joshua DuBois to unemployed African-Americans: Have you considered a career in poetry?

    08/21/2014 2:52:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Joshua DuBois is the author of The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama and Stories of Faith in the White House. Dubois headed the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships during Obama’s first term. And he’s a buffoon… Chris Matthews: What about the kid who begins to start thinking about his life in his mid-teens…and he’s thinking, ‘where am I going in this world?’ (SNIP) Dubois: I’m gonna say to him, ‘tap into your inherent creativity and your inherent strengths’. Cuz he may be a poet. He may express that poetry in terms of rap music....
  • Lone Survivor(Watching Right Now)

    06/07/2014 5:52:51 PM PDT · by Vendome · 30 replies
    Vanity | 06/07/2014 | Vendome
    Walking through Target and picked up the movie "Lone Survivor". Saw this twice at the theater and both times cried, right along with every other man. A moving story about true brothers, who would not leave each other's side, rallied their collective strength and held each other as men, doing their level best to help the guy on the right and the guy on the left. Sadly, only one man made it out, through shear determination and an indomitable spirit. But, not before more good men went to rescue them, knowing they were not fully armed, not fully covered in...
  • The Real Unemployment Rate: In 20% Of American Families, Everyone Is Unemployed

    04/29/2014 8:14:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/29/14 | Tyler Durden
    According to shocking new numbers that were just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working. So when someone tries to tell you that the unemployment rate in the United States is about 7 percent, you should just laugh. One-fifth of the families in the entire country do not have a single member with a job. That is absolutely astonishing. How can a family survive if nobody is making any money? Well, the answer to that question is actually quite easy. There is a reason why government...
  • U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Confirms Anti-Semitic Pamphlets Are ‘Real Deal’

    04/17/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    mediite ^ | 4/17/14 | Noah Rothman
    In the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have seized government facilities, pamphlets have recently been circulated warning Jews to register with city officials or see their property confiscated. There was some confusion as to who put the leaflets out, or whether they were merely meant as a provocation. On Thursday, however, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed to CNN that the pamphlets are authentic. Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper, Amb. Geoffrey Pyatt said that the “chilling” leaflets which force Jews to register their property and religion with the government or face consequences have been released by...

    12/13/2013 4:44:09 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 79 replies
    The Great Debate: Real Vs. Fake? Fake Quotes Hard to believe these aren't real. The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they are genuine. — Abraham Lincoln When in doubt, attribute quotes to Mark Twain. — Mark Twain The greatest thing about Facebook, is that you can quote something and totally make up the source. — George Washington I hate it when people quote me on the internet, claiming I said things that I never actually said. — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. A woman can have a smile, and a woman can...
  • BLS: Real Median Earnings Dropped In Q3 2013, Down 3.5% Since End Of Recession

    11/01/2013 1:14:07 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the real median earnings of Americans dropped in the third quarter of 2013. blsheaderrealmedianwage According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the great recession ended in June 2009. Since the end of the Great Recession, real median earnings for Americans have dropped 3.5%. Any wonder why mortgage purchase applications are so low … mbapurchase1995 and money velocity is dying? m2velosp20
  • The "Real" America: Near Record 20% Struggle To Afford Food, Highest Since Crisis Began

    09/12/2013 9:53:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/12/13 | Tyler Durden
    With US equity markets on a 7-day roll and excited TV anchors proclaiming the worst over and new all-time highs must signal recovery as they 'celebrate' five years on from Lehman, the following two charts of the state of real America should open a few eyes to just how blinded American has become to the truth (unless you live it). A stunning 20.0% of Americans were found to have struggled to afford food in the last year - surging in recent months to its highest since the peak of the crisis in 2008 - as American's ability to consistently afford...
  • Remember when Fox News wasn’t ‘real news’?

    05/20/2013 7:54:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/20/13 | David Harsanyi
    We now know that the Justice Department kept exceptionally close tabs on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, following his trips in and out of the State Department, hacking his personal emails and phone calls. Normal newsgathering activities are being treated as criminal activities by the White House. But consider what the same White House had to say about Fox News back in 2009. You might remember the concerted effort by White House officials to brand the right-leaning Fox News as a bogus news outlet, unworthy of attention.
  • Scientists: Climate change is real

    05/16/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 85 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/16/13 | Chris Gayomali | The Week
    An overwhelming 97 percent of climatologists endorse the idea of human-caused global warming. As if the backing of NASA, 18 independent American scientific societies, and an intergovernmental panel established under the United Nations weren't enough to quell the protests popping up in comment sections across the Internet, a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters confirms — once again — that climatologists almost unanimously believe that climate change is directly related to human-made carbon emissions. Researchers pored over nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers from 1991 to 2011. These papers, according to Michael Todd at Pacific Standard, represented the...
  • Obama’s Real Unemployment Rate: 14.7%

    10/18/2012 4:00:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 18, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported last Friday that 114,000 new jobs were created last month, according to its Establishment Survey of business payrolls that has been emphasized by the Obama Administration. That is pitifully weak, especially for what is supposed to be the fourth year of a recovery (the National Bureau of Economic Research scored the recession as officially over in June, 2009). As economist John Lott noted at on October 5, the working age population grew by 206,000 last month. With two-thirds of those working as would be expected during a normal recovery, 138,000 new jobs...
  • Real Unemployment at 19%

    09/09/2012 8:00:48 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Copyright © 2012 Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2012 | by Wynton Hall
    1. When you include the underutilized labor figure with the eight million Americans who have lost hope altogether and stopped looking for a job, real unemployment now stands at just under 19 percent. 2. If the labor force were the same as when President Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate reported on Friday would be 11.2 percent. 3. A record 88,921,000 Americans are no longer in the labor force. To be included in that figure, an individual must be over 16 years of age, a civilian, not in a mental hospital or nursing home, and have stopped...
  • New Slogan: 'Real Change Is Slow and it Never Happens All at Once'

    05/01/2012 3:59:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/1/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    Michelle Obama seems to have tried out a new campaign slogan at today's fundraiser in Las Vegas. "I’m not going to kid you," the first lady said at the fundraiser, according to the pool report. "This journey is going to be long. And it’s going to be hard. And there are going to be plenty of twists and turns along the way. That’s how change always happens in this country. The reality is real change is slow and it never happens all at once." Seems like a winning slogan to me! "Change is slow."
  • Yes, Virginia, the Titanic was a real thing.

    04/16/2012 1:28:51 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies ^ | 4/16/2012 | DAVE McGINN
    Kids these days were sailing along through life just fine thinking that James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic was a grandiose, if cheesy, love story set on a fictional ship, but with all the news of the disaster’s 100th anniversary came the iceberg of truth – and embarrassing admissions such as this one: “I didn’t know Titanic actually happened, thought it was just a film.” That’s a real tweet, and there have been more like it this month. Enough, in fact, that a Tumblr feed has been created to collect them all. “Nobody told me titanic was real...? How am I...
  • One More year - Vanity

    01/20/2012 2:06:16 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    January 20, 2012
    Here's a dream that one year from today, Barack Obama will be leaving office at noon Sunday January 20, 2013.
  • Bank of America ups CA foreclosures by nearly 200 percent

    09/21/2011 9:29:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    SCPR ^ | 21 Sept 2011 | Patt Morrison
    Bank of America increased foreclosures by nearly 200 percent in California between July and August. John Karevoll, an analyst with DataQuick told Patt Morrison that the bank is capitalizing on favorable laws in California and other states where a court order isn’t needed to repossess a home. “This is the rip-the-band-aid-off policy here," he said. "It’s basically just to go out there and plough through it and get rid of it.” Dan Frahm, the senior vice president of Bank of America Home Loans, says the recent upswing in foreclosures is due to a massive backlog. “Those foreclosures that have been...
  • Why Perry may be the real deal

    08/14/2011 12:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 116 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/14/11 | Ed Morrissey
    My good friends John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson offer eulogies for the Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign today at Power Line, and as usual, they are quite insightful. Scott says that Pawlenty’s descent started when he backed down from challenging Mitt Romney in an earlier debate, and notes that Republicans in this cycle want a fighter. John laments the loss of the one candidate he thought could easily beat Barack Obama based on his record, and says that Pawlenty never got past “the first impression of him as just another guy in a suit.” Both are fair conclusions, and be sure...
  • Downgrading of U.S. Debt “Virtually Inevitable”

    07/30/2011 1:59:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies · 1+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 29 July 2011 | John Semmens
    Standard & Poor President Deven Sharma appeared before a House subcommittee and declared that a downgrade of US Treasury Debt is “virtually inevitable.” “From an investor’s perspective, whether the debt ceiling is raised, at best, is irrelevant,” Sharma asserted. “After all, it is the United States that is the borrower. A borrower granting himself permission to borrow more money is meaningless if prospective lenders aren’t willing to lend.” The key factor influencing potential lenders’ willingness to lend, according to Sharma, is the likelihood of repayment. “Current debt obligations and their projected growth under the Obama Administration evince a very palpable...
  • U.S. New Home Sales Show Unexpected Drop In June

    07/26/2011 8:58:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    RTT News ^ | 7/26/11
    Sales of new homes in the U.S. saw a modest decrease in the month of June, according to figures released Tuesday by the Commerce Department, with the drop in sales coming as a surprise to economists. New single-family home sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 312,000 in June, a 1 percent drop from revised figures that showed the May rate at 315,000. Most economists had predicted a slight rebound to an annual rate of 321,000 new home sales. Additionally, the May figures were revised downward from initial reports that showed an annual rate of 319,000.
  • New single-family home sales fall 1% in June

    07/26/2011 9:30:43 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 7.26.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sales of new single-family homes fell 1.0% in June as purchases in the Northeast dropped to the lowest level since the government began tracking the data in 1973. Single-family sales fell last month to an annual rate of 312,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected sales to climb to an annual rate of 325,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. Sales for May were revised slightly lower to an annual rate of 315,000. Sales of single-family homes sank 15.8% in the Northeast and 12.7% in the West. The Midwest saw sales climb 9.5%...
  • Capital Gains Rate Could Jump 119% Under Gang Of Six

    07/20/2011 4:15:35 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/20/2011 | Jed Graham
    The key to the Senate Gang of Six deficit-cutting grand bargain is the combination of higher tax revenue with lower tax rates. The former makes Democrats swoon and Republicans are sweet on the latter. The first date was a hit, with a surprising number of senators declaring their everlasting love and President Obama giving it his blessing on Tuesday. But just how much do the two sides know about their partner?
  • Bachmann surges far ahead of Republican contenders

    07/05/2011 4:36:10 PM PDT · by rxsid · 42 replies ^ | 07/05/2011 | Joe Kovacs
    "Bachmann surges far ahead of Republican contendersBut candidate trails if Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Sarah Palin enter race Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is surging far ahead of her Republican rivals in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, according to a new Zogby poll. The U.S. representative from Minnesota, who led among announced candidates in a June 21 poll, has now added 10 percentage points to her previous mark, and now stands at 34 percent. That's a 19-point lead over second place Herman Cain, who stayed the same at 15 percent support. Get ready for severe inflation that could destroy...
  • The Lucrative Business Of Running For President (Newt flameout continues)

    06/15/2011 5:57:58 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 15, 2011 | BRIAN ROSS, MATTHEW MOSK and ANGELA M. HILL
    ... This week Gingrich also released his 24th book, with many of his upcoming campaign stops doubling as marketing events for his book and movies, raising more questions about the true intentions of the campaign. "If he's being driven by book sales, and movie openings and things like that, that doesn't fit into a traditional campaign," said Reed. Also raising questions from independent watchdog groups is the operation of a charity Gingrich founded, called Renewing American Leadership. Its website contained ads for Gingrich's books -- taken down after ABC News asked about them -- and posted his positions on political...
  • Foreclosures might swamp Hawaii courts

    06/16/2011 6:10:31 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2011 | By Andrew Gomes
    One of the nation's biggest owners of home mortgages has made a move that could add to an already overburdened Hawaii court system's caseload. Fannie Mae, a publicly owned company created and overseen by the federal government, recently instructed companies that handle foreclosures for its loans to file all new Hawaii foreclosures in court. Fannie Mae also told the firms known as loan servicers to cancel any pending nonjudicial Hawaii foreclosures and restart them in court.Fannie Mae took the steps in response to Hawaii's new foreclosure law enacted last month. Critics are concerned Fannie Mae might be attempting to sidestep...
  • May housing starts rise 3.5% after rough April

    06/16/2011 7:10:23 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6.16.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Ground-breaking on new U.S. housing units recovered a bit in May after a sharp drop in April, but remained well below levels that would provide any boost to the economy. Starts rose 3.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000, but remain 5.6% below March, the Commerce Department said. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch were expecting a smaller gain, with starts forecasted to rise to a 550,000 rate. See MarketWatch calendar with forecasts of major indicators.
  • Gingrich Fires Back, But Tax Expert Says He's in 'World of Trouble'

    06/16/2011 9:07:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Gingrich Fires Back, But Tax Expert Says He's in 'World of Trouble' By MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) and ANGELA M. HILL June 16, 2011 GOP Presidential contender Newt Gingrich attacked the "elite media" Wednesday for running "hit pieces" against him, even as tax and ethics experts were telling ABC News that the recent reports on a charity Gingrich founded have spawned serious questions about the former House Speaker's business and charity empire. "I think he's in a world of trouble from a tax standpoint," said Marcus S. Owens, who ran the IRS Exempt Organizations Division for ten years, and...
  • “All three of these lines of research to point to the familiar sunspot cycle shutting down...”

    06/15/2011 9:27:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 71 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 14, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    “All three of these lines of research to point to the familiar sunspot cycle shutting down for a while.” I’ve managed to get a copy of the official press release provided by the Southwest Research Institute Planetary Science Directorate to MSM journalists, for today’s stunning AAS announcement and it is reprinted in full here: WHAT’S DOWN WITH THE SUN? MAJOR DROP IN SOLAR ACTIVITY PREDICTED Latitude-time plots of jet streams under the Sun's surface show the surprising shutdown of the solar cycle mechanism. New jet streams typically form at about 50 degrees latitude (as in 1999 on this plot) and...
  • The Housing Depression Deepens

    06/15/2011 5:05:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 15, 2011 | Staff
    Economy: The collapse of residential real estate prices just officially exceeded the scale of the Great Depression's housing crisis. Using mortgages as a welfare program turned out to be long-lasting poison. Home prices have fallen by 33%, according to Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller data, since the housing market began its long, hard collapse in 2006 — with a further decline expected in the months ahead. During the Depression, by comparison, prices fell 31%. In about a dozen U.S. cities, the prices of residences in March were at their lowest since the housing crisis began. Investment strategist Barry Ritholtz, while believing...
  • 10 reasons to be cheerful about the coming new Ice Age

    06/15/2011 12:00:11 PM PDT · by Signalman · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/15/2011 | James Delingpole
    It’s official: a new Ice Age is on its way. In what has been described as “the science story of the century”, heavyweight US solar physicists have announced that the sun is heading for a prolonged period of low activity. This makes global cooling a much more plausible prospect in the next few decades than global warming. Indeed, it might even usher in a lengthy period of climate grimness such as we saw during the Maunder Minimum (when Ice Fairs were held on the Thames) or the Dalton Minimum (which brought us such delights as the 1816 Year Without A...
  • Making us poor won’t save planet

    06/15/2011 12:24:44 PM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-06-15 | (editorial page)
    On Tuesday, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller essentially advocated hiking our hydro bills by 10%. Last month, he lobbied for road tolls. He favours time-of-use pricing for electricity, despite complaints from consumers across Ontario their hydro bills are skyrocketing under it, no matter how much they conserve. Miller’s also disappointed the provincial government recently announced it will delay entering into a regional cap-and-trade market with some provinces and U.S. states, which will raise the cost of goods and services. Listening to him, you’d think Ontarians are flush with cash and the only challenge for government is to figure out new...
  • Scientists predict rare 'hibernation' of sunspots

    06/14/2011 8:12:17 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 58 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/14/11 | Kerry Sheridan
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite. According to three studies released in the United States on Tuesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century. The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles, said experts from the National Solar Observatory and Air Force Research Laboratory. "This is highly...
  • Squatter Nation: 5 years with no mortgage payment

    06/10/2011 12:14:57 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 44 replies ^ | June 9, 2011: 9:45 AM ET | By Les Christie
    Charles and Jill Segal have not made a mortgage payment in nearly five years -- but they continue to live in their five-bedroom West Palm Beach, Fla. home. Lynn, from St. Petersburg, Fla., has been living without paying for three years. In Thousand Oaks, Calif., an actor has missed 30 payments, and still, he has not lost his home. They're not alone. Some 4.2 million mortgage borrowers are either seriously delinquent or have had their cases referred to lawyers to pursue foreclosure auctions, according to LPS Applied Analytics. Of those, two-thirds have made no payments at all for at least...
  • Foreclosure woes: For one homeowner, following bank's advice was bad news

    06/08/2011 8:01:42 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    PANAMA CITY BEACH — Lindsay Hall took out a $200,000 loan in 2005 on her paid-off beach house with the understanding that her $600 monthly Social Security check would cover the mortgage payments. When her interest rate jumped more than a year ago, it raised her mortgage payments to $1,500. At that point, Hall started the fight to save her home. “I want to say I did my best to fight for the American dream,” said Hall, 70. Hall has negotiated with her loan servicer, IndyMac Mortgage Services, to modify her loan payments multiple times. Each time she negotiates payments...
  • The World's Number One Real Estate Agent Just Filed For Bankruptcy

    06/06/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2011 | Robert Johnson
    John McMonigle claims to be the world's number one real estate agent. With $2.5 billion in residential sales over the past six years, this 46-year-old realtor may well have been. And now he's declaring bankruptcy. According to the Orange County Register, McMonigle has amassed $50 million in debt, even after selling his luxurious Newport Beach condo, his car and personal effects. The Oklahoma native started small, arriving in California with only $73 in his pocket in 1989. But within four years he was grossing $100,000 a year. McMonigle's ascension through the ranks of top realtors reached dizzying heights during the...
  • On the ethics of mortgage loan default

    06/04/2011 3:20:27 PM PDT · by Chunga85 · 57 replies
    Amvona ^ | 6/3/2011 | Gregory M. Lemelson
    Is it ethical for the American homeowner whose mortgage has been securitized to default, even If they are not financially distressed? First, consider it is unlikely that marketable, fee simple, insurable title can be obtained as a result of fulfilling the obligations of the related promissory note. On the contrary the titles to some 60 million homes in America are badly clouded. Secondly, encouraging investment in an asset class that has been artificially inflated, then deliberately destroying the price of the asset, as part of a separate profit making scheme is unethical, and any agreement based on this type of...
  • Housing crash is getting worse: report

    05/08/2011 10:12:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | May 9, 2011 | Brett Arends
    If you thought the housing crisis was bad, think again. It’s worse. New data just out from Zillow, the real-estate information company, show house prices are falling at their fastest rate since the Lehman collapse. Average home prices are down 8% from a year ago, 3% over the quarter, and are falling at about 1% every month, according to Zillow. And the percentage of homeowners in negative-equity positions — with a home worth less than its mortgage — has rocketed to 28%, a new crisis high.
  • The real history behind ‘Miral’

    04/27/2011 9:50:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Jewish Journal ^ | 4/20/11 | Stan Brin
    If you have driven to Jerusalem, you may have noticed a number of rusted metal hulks by the road as you pass through the Judean hills. These are the remains of homemade armored supply trucks, left where they were destroyed, to serve as memorials to the convoys that forced their way through Arab blockades to feed the 100,000 Jews of Jerusalem during the siege of 1947-48. But if you saw the new film “Miral,” you would be led to believe that those wrecks don’t exist — because the siege never happened. Jewish-born director Julian Schnabel and Palestinian screenwriter Rula Jebreal,...
  • Real Estate Agent Shot To Death In Model Home

    04/09/2011 1:43:21 AM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 42 replies
    Real Estate Agent Shot To Death In Model Home Iowa Realty Cancels Des Moines Area Open Houses WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A real estate agent was shot to death Friday in a new townhome complex in West Des Moines. West Des Moines police have identified her as Ashley Okland, 27, of West Des Moines. Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Schmunk confirmed to KCCI that he was called in to examine Okland at Methodist Medical Center at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Schmunk said she probably died within an hour of that call. West Des Moines Lt. Jim Barrett said...
  • Sales of new U.S. homes tumble 16.9% to record low

    03/23/2011 7:25:12 AM PDT · by library user · 172 replies
    CBS Marketwatch ^ | March 23, 2011 | by Steve Goldstein
    ~ EXCERPT ~ WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sales of new single-family homes collapsed in February, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, as a combination of high unemployment, tumbling prices and a glut of cheaper alternatives brought activity to a near-standstill. New-home sales fell 16.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 250,000 in February, though January’s figures were revised higher to 301,000 from 284,000. Compared to February 2010, sales collapsed by 28%. Every region but the West saw record lows, and in the Northeast, sales dropped by 50% compared to year-earlier levels.
  • Soros: Murdoch is the real 'puppetmaster'

    02/21/2011 10:18:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/21/11 | Ben Smith
    The billionaire George Soros responded for the first time, I think, to Glenn Beck's sustained assault on him in an interview (above) with Fareed Zakaria, suggesting that Beck accuses him of being, in effect, Fox chief Rupert Murdoch. "I would be amused if people saw the joke in it — because what he is doing , he is projecting what Fox, what Rupert Muroch is doing," Soros said of a Beck allegation that he is the "puppetmaster" of a media empire. Murdoch "has a media empire that is telling the people some
  • The real snow job in D.C.: Obamacare waivers skyrocket to 729 + 4 states; 4 new SEIU waiver winners

    01/26/2011 6:44:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/26/11 | Michelle Malkin
    The nation’s capital is freaking out over a winter snowstorm. But everyone else should be up in arms over the real snow job in Washington this week. While the Democrats continued to extol Obamacare and the president defended the behemoth law during the Date of the Union, HHS was quietly presiding over a massive Obamacare Waiver-mania explosion. When last we examined the growing list, privileged escapees topped 222. Now: The list is at 729 — plus 4 states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennesse). Among the many new union refugees are x new SEIU locals : -SEIU Health and Welfare...
  • Is Anything Real? Trillions in Secret Fed Payments Revealed

    12/02/2010 4:08:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies ^ | 12/2/10 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go back, audio sound bite-wise, to me on my program, this program. This is March 12th of this year... RUSH ARCHIVE: The TARP money was not used for its original purpose. There's something else out there, Jordan, you need to know. The Federal Reserve, before the TARP bailout, made loans totaling $2 trillion and they will not tell us to whom. We don't know who got the money. Whether the Fed loans it or the government prints it, it's our money. So you can talk about the $700 billion TARP. You can talk about the $787...
  • Tough-guy Putin calls DiCaprio 'a real man'

    11/24/2010 7:26:35 AM PST · by driftdiver · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Nov 24, 2010 | afp
    MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia's tough-guy prime minister Vladimir Putin called Hollywood heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio a real man after the actor's plane had to make make an emergency landing on the way to a summit on tigers in Putin's native Saint Petersburg. Putin was reading from prepared remarks on tigers when he suddenly spotted the "Titanic" star in the crowd. The Russian leader then revealed an uncanny knowledge of DiCaprio's difficulties in getting to the conference and described him as a hero who made the tiger cause proud. "I would like to thank you for coming despite all the obstacles," Putin...
  • In picking conservative underdogs, DeMint affects campaigns nationwide

    05/17/2010 12:09:23 PM PDT · by FTJM · 35 replies · 675+ views
    McClatchy via Miami Herald ^ | May 17, 2010 | JAMES ROSEN
    When voters go to the polls Tuesday for U.S. Senate primary elections in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, they'll write a new act in the ongoing shake-up of the Republican political establishment that's being led by conservative freshman Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. In Kentucky, GOP voters will choose between Trey Grayson - the handpicked choice of the state's most powerful Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell - and DeMint-backed Rand Paul, son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul. In Pennsylvania, Democrats will select Rep. Joe Sestak or incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, who bolted the Republican Party last year after DeMint became...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Toy Gun Sold in U.S. Can Easily be Converted to the Real Thing..

    05/14/2010 2:05:41 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 38 replies · 1,284+ views
    fox news ^ | may 6 2010 | By Diane Macedo
    A investigation reveals that a popular recreational pellet gun can be converted easily to a real semi-automatic weapon. And while the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is already aware of the issue, these “toys” -- new, top-of-the-line airsoft rifles -- continue to be sold throughout the country
  • ‘Real Warrior’ Describes Post-traumatic Stress

    01/11/2010 3:52:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 499+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – When Staff Sgt. Megan Krause returned home from a deployment in Iraq in 2006, she thought the scariest moments of her life were over. Jill Herzog, of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, comforts Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause after her speech about her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Krause spoke during the 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2010. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. At her homecoming, “I ran to...
  • Real Estate Investing In This Economy. Advice? Opinions? Helpful Hints?

    11/23/2009 12:46:41 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 16 replies · 733+ views
    11/23/09 | Reaganesque
    I am a real estate investor (wholesaler, for now) in the Baltimore, MD area and I was wondering if there were other RE investors out there in FRland. I wanted to open a forum thread to discuss strategies on how to invest in these harsh economic times and what to invest in. I've been a Real Estate investor for about a year and believe that we have a huge opportunity to make good money given that the housing market is so low. You know, buy low, sell high, right? However, I would like to talk to other RE investors who...