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  • Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive Now?

    05/28/2016 6:59:35 AM PDT · by central_va · 44 replies
    Pippen HVAC ^ | 5/28/16 | Pippen
    I just got charged $200.00 for two pounds of R-22. 2 pounds!!!!
  • North Dakota GOP Caucus 2016: Online Straw Poll Under Way. The state party scrapped ...caucus

    03/02/2016 9:26:09 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 27 replies
    Across America Patch ^ | March 1, 2016 | Deb Belt
    The state party scrapped its traditional caucus after a conflict with the national Republican Party. BISMARCK, ND — A rule conflict between North Dakota’s Republican party and the national GOP organization has effectively scrapped the state’s caucuses, planned for March 1. Instead, an online straw poll is taking the pulse of North Dakotans. The GOP controls the statehouse and the governor’s office. In 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney carried the state in the general election. While the Republican National Committee requires delegates to be pledged on behalf of candidates to the national convention, the Fargo Forum reports the North Dakota...
  • Florida Attorney General investigating rental car companies for fees added to toll charges

    02/21/2016 5:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WPTV ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Strathman
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Take a drive on Florida's toll road. It's not how far you go that determines what you pay. We found it may be the car you drive. "I was mad going on vacation with my wife," explained Steve Pasek. For Pasek, the memories of his Florida vacation are as fresh as the snow back in Ohio. He declined the rental car company's toll service. With the rental car company's automated billing services, you are billed weeks after you return the car. A third party company is used to send you the bill. While Pasek declined...
  • Funds for Obama climate deal survive in spending bill

    12/17/2015 8:47:32 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/16/2015 | Devin Henry
    In a victory for the Obama administration, the spending package released by congressional leaders on Wednesday won't block American financial contributions to an international climate fund for poorer nations. The bill, greens and Democrats say, doesn't explicitly appropriate funding for President Obama's pledged contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). But since the legislation doesn't formally block money for the GCF either, Obama is expected to be able to use current discretionary funding streams to send American money to it. "Based on what we have reviewed so far, there are no restrictions on our ability to make good on the...
  • Rental car toll fees stir backlash that threatens Florida’s image

    12/16/2015 11:08:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 29, 2015 | Steve Bousquet
    TALLAHASSEE Visitors to Florida who rent cars are being shocked by toll charges long after they get home, and enough are complaining that legislators say it could damage the state’s tourist-friendly image. In Florida, a tourist climbs behind the wheel of a rental car and enters a world of 600 miles of toll roads, more than any other state. As cash toll booths are steadily giving way to cashless, all-electronic tolling, car renters are being hit with service fees of $4 to $15 a day on top of unpaid toll charges. The rental car industry calls it a convenience as...
  • Exclusive: How To Protect Yourself From Home Stealing Scam

    12/04/2015 2:45:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 12/4/15 | Natalie Zea
    CBS4 News uncovered something every homeowner should know about. Your home can be stolen from you, with the filing of just one fraudulent documentat the County Clerk's office. It's a scam that is spreading across South Florida, and three influential leaders are teaming up to stop it. ....Using a fake notary and forged signatures on a quitclaim deed, the individual illegally transfers the ownership of a home to a third-party, a "straw buyer," who in turn sells the home to an unsuspecting real buyer. The thief then pockets the cash and runs, sometimes getting hundreds of thousands of dollars at...
  • Your Health Insurance Premiums Are About To Go Through The Roof -The Stunning Reason Why

    11/02/2015 2:55:12 PM PST · by amorphous · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    After years of delays and failed launches, Obamacare has finally taken hold, and with it the economic and financial implications from this mandatory tax are finally being felt. We have extensively covered how Obama's Affordable Care Act will end up being a failure, observing both the economic implications in "In Latest Obamacare Fiasco, Most Low-Income Workers Can't Afford "Affordable Care Act" as well as its operational shortcomings in "Obamacare Is A Disaster: Co-Op Insurers Across America Are Collapsing, And Now There Is Fraud", paradoxically even as Obamacare - a tax - was according to the BEA the single biggest contributor...
  • Planned Parenthood: We Got $528.4 Million in Taxpayer Funds in One Year

    07/22/2015 2:12:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7-22-15
    Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, received $528.4 million in taxpayer funding, according to its 2013-2014 annual report, [1] which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The report shows that Planned Parenthood received $528.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements” during a one-year period, the latest figures available. That means it received an average of $1,447,671 in taxpayer funds per day and an average of $60,320 every hour. Several members of Congress [2], as well as some GOP presidential candidates, are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded after a video surfaced showing Dr....
  • Steep Costs of Inmate Phone Calls Are Under Scrutiny

    03/30/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by edwinland · 104 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 30, 2015 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Since the Pennsylvania police arrested Anthony Kofalt last March for walking out of a Walmart with 21 boxes of Crest White Strips he had not paid for, his wife, Heather, has spent $3,000 — about $60 a week — on phone calls to the prisons and jails where he has been held. The cost of a 15-minute call is $12.95, although Mr. Kofalt is in a prison only a few hours’ drive from his wife’s home in Franklin, Pa. The cost for a similar non-prison call would be about 60 cents. And every time Ms. Kofalt deposits $25 into the...
  • 17,000 Federal Employees Earned More Than $200K Last Year

    02/24/2015 3:51:39 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 2/24/15 | Eric Katz
    More than 16,900 federal employees took home in excess of $200,000 in base salary in 2014, according to a partial database of federal salary data. The information, compiled by FedSmith.com using data from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies, shows the annual compensation for every civilian federal worker, save those at the Defense Department. The number of workers earning more than $200,000 represented about 1.6 percent of employees on the list and is up from about 15,000 who cleared that salary in 2013. It also makes up a slightly higher percentage of the employees on this list. Most...
  • The Unending High-Frequency Rip-Off

    02/17/2015 7:31:08 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 19 replies
    This is an update to article written a few years ago. Everybody knows that retail and institutional investors are usually late to a trade. When they decide to buy, the wise guys are distributing or selling their shares to them and locking in their gains. When they sell, the wise guys are accumulating or buying their shares from them, again locking in their gains. How do the wise guys pull it off? The answer lies in the combination of reflexive human behavior and the use of high frequency, algorithmic (HFA) trading. With the advance of computer trading on a massive...
  • IRS to pay back-refunds to illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes

    02/11/2015 5:13:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Thw Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty. The revelation — which contradicts what he told Congress last week — comes as lawmakers also raised concerns Mr. Obama’s amnesty could open a window to illegal immigrants finding ways to vote, despite it being against the law. “While we may disagree about whether your deferred action programs were lawfully created and implemented, we are confident that we can all agree that these programs cannot be...
  • KC auto shop worker survives three-mile I-70 ride atop SUV

    01/07/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 6, 2015 | Tony Rizzo
    A Kansas City auto repair shop employee made a snap decision Monday when a woman drove off without paying for repairs. He jumped on the roof of her Cadillac Escalade and held on during a high-speed, three-mile ride that ended outside Kansas City police headquarters. Another auto shop employee followed in another vehicle and told police that he tried to stop the Cadillac by firing shots at its tires. One of the bullets hit the driver’s side door. Police said it was a miracle that no one was injured in the incident that began shortly before 3 p.m. Monday at...
  • Tesla's Nevada Bait and Switch

    09/06/2014 6:24:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Chriss Street
    While continuing to collect massive corporate welfare from the Golden State, Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk can look forward to a business environment in Nevada with zero corporate income tax, zero individual income tax, plus lower sales and property taxes. Nevada is ranked 3rd best in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property.
  • LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally unfit, can't stop sale

    05/30/2014 5:28:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    jrn.com ^ | 5/30/14 | Joyce Lupiani
    ..., Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been ruled mentally unfit and cannot stop the sale of his NBA team. It was announced late Thursday night that Donald's wife Shelly had reached a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the Clippers for a record $2 billion. According to ESPN, the papers were signed shortly before midnight.
  • Podesta: Congress Can’t Stop Obama On Global Warming

    05/05/2014 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5,2014 | Michael Bastasch
    White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration’s efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming. Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming.
  • How 7 minutes could cost a trooper’s widow millions

    04/28/2014 8:41:29 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 27, 2014 | Susan Edelman
    On Dec. 7, 2009, New York State Police narcotics investigator Richard O’Brien fell off a ladder while fixing his mother’s roof. He lived for only three more hours after the fall — but in that brief time, fellow troopers tried to have him retired on disability. Now, Stephanie O’Brien, his widow, is fighting in court, saying a faulty fax machine and a measly seven minutes mean she and the couple’s daughter would get a $342,000 death payout — rather than lifetime benefits that could total in the millions. The case is the first involving an officer filing for a disability...
  • PSA: Don’t Fall for this Phone Scam

    02/08/2014 7:23:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Joe for America (Joe the Plumber) ^ | February 3, 2014 | Joe for America
    This scam is being reported by Tech Crunch and we wanted to make our readers aware of it.The scam, simplified: They call you, but immediately hang up. You see a missed call. You call back. They charge you for the call, and for each minute they can keep you on the line.According to the BBB, this so-called “One Ring” scam is on the rise.Like many a ruse, this one relies on hitting many, many potential targets at once. The scammer sets up a computer to call thousands of numbers per hour — because for every 99 people who follow their gut...
  • Beware One Ring Phone Scam

    01/31/2014 6:38:35 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 99 replies
    Better Business Bureau ^ | January 30, 2014
    If you receive a call on your cellphone preceded by just one or two rings, chances are it’s part of the new One Ring phone scam spreading across the U.S. faster than a summer wildfire. Here’s how it works: International scammers have programmed computers to blast out millions of calls to cellphone numbers, ring once or twice, then disconnect. The objective is to make you curious enough to dial that number back. The “gotcha” happens when you return the call. You’ll be charged $19.95 for the international call fee itself and $9 per minute thereafter. “Oftentimes consumers say they hear...
  • ATF Agent: FBI Played Key Role In Brian Terry's Death ( Fast & Furious Gun Running )

    12/27/2013 2:09:49 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Dec 2013 | Debra Heine
    John Dodson, the ATF agent who blew the whistle on the the Justice Department’s blood-soaked gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious, told the Arizona Republic in an interview, Thursday, that the FBI played a key role in events leading to the 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. His comments to the paper, augment what he wrote in his new book, The Unarmed Truth - My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious. Dodson claims that the bandits who killed Terry were working for FBI operatives and were tipped by the DEA to be...
  • Members of Congress: Abolish IRS

    11/19/2013 8:24:49 AM PST · by Errant · 79 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 19 November, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    It happens rarely. A taxpayer challenging the constitutional basis for the income tax wins in court, defeating the Internal Revenue Service, such as in the case brought by the late Tom Cryer, who was acquitted on a charge of failing to pay $73,000 to the government. Now three members of Congress want to make that result the norm through a bill that would repeal the 16th Amendment, effectively canceling federal income taxes.
  • The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk

    06/23/2013 8:27:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6-17-13 | Morgan Brittany
    I always believed that giving to a good cause or helping victims of a disaster was a noble thing to do. I mean, “There but for the grace of God go I”, right? With the recent uncovering of scandals within the government, more and more investigators are digging to uncover other cases of fraud and mismanagement. Is nothing sacred anymore? A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for. 50...
  • High prices are driving more motorists to rent tires

    06/08/2013 10:48:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 67 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Saturday, June 8, 2013 | Ken Bensinger
    Chains such as Rent-a-Wheel and Rimco are seeing business boom. Many consumers pay double or triple the cost of buying and face aggressive repossession policies. When the tires on their Dodge Caravan had worn so thin that the steel belts were showing through, Don and Florence Cherry couldn't afford to buy a new set. So they decided to rent instead. The Rich Square, N.C., couple last September agreed to pay Rent-N-Roll $54.60 a month for 18 months in exchange for four basic Hankook tires. Over the life of the deal, that works out to $982, almost triple what the radials...
  • Post Office selling underused buildings

    05/28/2013 2:03:14 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 10 replies
    snopes and email ^ | 5/28/2013 | unknown
    All In The Family The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, many of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these properties will fetch billions of dollars and a handsome 6% commission to the company handling the sales. That company belongs to a man named Richard Blum. Who is Richard Blum you ask? Why the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, that's who. What a bunch of...
  • Private-sector salary for public employee (CA cty admin receives +$400,000 per year for life)

    03/26/2013 2:52:00 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 9 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3 26 13
    Working for the public good has also worked well for one California county administrator’s bank account. According to reports by several newspapers, Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is paying its County Administrator Susan Muranishi, north of $400,000—for life. This includes a generous base salary of $301,000, plus taxpayer-funded deferred pension plans paid for by the county. The pension accounts are set by a formula that multiplies years of service by 2 to 3 percent of the top salary to calculate the benefit, the San Jose Mercury News reports. With 38 years of service under her belt, the...
  • We just cut our Time Warner Cable TV service.

    02/11/2013 2:37:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 41 replies
    from inside my head | Feb. 11th 2013 | Mad Dawgg
    I've been 3 months trying to get TWC to come and get my defective DVR (we have 2) several calls promising they would come and they would adjust our bill blah blah blah. Then the new bill came and informed us we are getting a price increase so we talked it over and did some research. Our TV bill (We have their internet as well) was over 110 bucks a month. We realized we could get Hulu plus and receiver most of the shows we watch for about 9 bucks a month and the two shows we definitely watch that...
  • Carbon Tax bill coming Thursday to Senate

    02/13/2013 2:59:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    wattupwiththat ^ | February 12,2013 | AnthonyWatts
    Senators Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer will outline the legislation on Thursday morning. They are even going to let that wacky 350.org activist Bill McKibben speak. Sheesh. Billed as “major” and “comprehensive” legislation, it will have a carbon tax. Here is the statement from Sanders’ office (bold mine): Sanders, Boxer to Introduce Major Climate Change Legislation February 12, 2013 WASHINGTON, Feb 12 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will hold a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 14 to announce comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Renewable Energy Is Key to U.S. Growth

    10/23/2012 10:08:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 10/23/12 | Henry Blodget | Daily Ticker
    One of the most important issues in this year's election is energy. Our ongoing addiction to Mideast oil leaves us dependent on countries that are often unstable and hostile. Developing our own domestic energy resources and investing in renewable energy lessens this dependence. It also has the potential to create jobs and improve our trade deficit. The two presidential candidates have laid out energy plans that sound similar: both President Obama and Governor Romney want to continue to develop domestic energy resources, including renewable energy, with the aim of making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil. But according to...
  • Wasserman Schultz’s Luxury Cars and Growing Net Worth Raise Questions [pics of her cars]

    09/11/2012 11:49:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 9/11/12 | Javier Manjarres
    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has famously stated that she is a “middle class American,” and it was this very claim that prompted many of her critics to openly question whether or not it was a realistic assessment of her personal income and assets.... ...reviews of Wasserman Schultz’ congressional financial disclosures revealed a not widely known fact that she owns a second home in New Hampshire and is also not required to disclose her husband’s salary... So when you get down to it, Wasserman Schultz’s claim that “I am a middle class’ American” argument really has no credibility, especially now that...
  • Republican Surrenderists for Obamacare

    06/14/2012 2:15:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 45 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | June 13, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    During the summer of 2009, conservative activists turned up the heat on Democratic politicians to protest the innovation-destroying, liberty-usurping Obamacare mandate. In the summer of 2012, it’s squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grassroots flames.In case you hadn’t heard, even if the Supreme Court overturns the progressives’ federal health care juggernaut, prominent GOP leaders vow to preserve its most “popular” provisions. These big-government Republicans show appalling indifference to the dire market disruptions and culture of dependency that Obamacare schemes have wrought.GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, vice chair of the Senate GOP Conference, told a St. Louis radio station two...
  • YouTube: True Cost of Public Education (very worthwhile 3 minutes of your time)

    06/10/2012 7:49:40 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 22 replies
    IT IS EVEN WORSE THAN WE HAVE BEEN TOLD DC claims $17,542 per student; really $28,170 L.A. claims $10,053 per student; really $25,208
  • Federal government spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities’ since 2008

    05/17/2012 5:17:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Federal government spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities’ since 2008 6:13 PM 05/17/2012 The Congressional Research Service estimates that since 2008 the federal government has spent nearly $70 billion on “climate change activities.” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe presented the new CRS report on the Senate Floor Thursday to make the point that the Obama administration has been focused on “green” defense projects to the detriment of the military. The report revealed that from fiscal years 2008 through 2012 the federal government spent $68.4 billion to combat climate change. The Department of Defense also spent $4 billion of...
  • A Victim of the Regime's White-Collar Payback

    03/08/2012 5:06:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | March 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Cheryl in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the Indianapolis Colts' flags are at half-mast. CALLER: (chuckles) Hi, Rush. RUSH: Hi. CALLER: Thanks for taking my call. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: I wanted to talk about the crony capitalism from a personal standpoint for myself. My husband was an engineer with Delphi, which is part of GM. And when the bankruptcy was taken care of and the auto bailouts and the whole thing that Obama's so proud of, what most people don't know is what happened to the salaried retirees from Delphi in the whole deal. The union people...
  • Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle (old, but little known!)

    03/05/2012 4:55:40 PM PST · by Ron C. · 8 replies
    mackinac.org ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Tom Gantert
    (Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a reaction from a General Motor's official.)Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount...
  • Honda fighting below-invoice online pricing deals

    12/13/2011 3:49:39 PM PST · by decimon · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Auto Blog ^ | December 13, 2011 | Jeff Sabatini
    > According to Automotive News, Honda has issued an ultimatum to its dealers: Stop selling cars below invoice price through these websites, or lose the per-car marketing spiffs that the factory gives dealers. Since Honda corporate turned the screws on its dealers in October, TrueCar says Honda sales through its service are down. >
  • (vanity) A reminder when purchasing gasoline....

    12/13/2011 4:32:16 AM PST · by Doogle · 53 replies
    me | 12/13/11 | me
    ..for those of us who must let gas attendants pump the gas in stations, watch for this ripoff. When you ask the attendant to pump a certain amount of gas you expect to get what you pay for...the ripoff works like this You ask for $30 regular, and then go about digging out the cash, retuning the radio, taking a sip of the morning coffee The attendant programs the pump for $28, the pump clicks off when programmed amount is reached, you hand the guy the $30 as requested, and drive off...UNLESS YOU CHECK THE PUMP FOR AMOUNT PUMPED you...
  • N. Korea irking foreign investors via double contracts(death threat,confiscation...)

    11/14/2011 2:38:45 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 11/15/11
    N. Korea irking foreign investors via double contracts NOVEMBER 15, 2011 02:06 North Korea is striving to attract foreign investment to earn foreign currency ahead of its pledged transformation into “a great and powerful nation” next year, but a string of foreign-invested companies in the North are suffering damage. According to sources on the North Monday, North Korean authorities have signed double contracts with foreign investors in the North in recent weeks. Even after signing contracts, Pyongyang has unilaterally disposed of assets on its own and rejected profit sharing, causing damage to companies. In April last year, the North granted...
  • Families in Nixa and Spokane being forced from homes in unexpected foreclosures

    10/12/2011 4:19:30 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 22 replies
    KY3.com ^ | 10/12/2011 | Linda Russell
    SPOKANE, Mo.-- Entire neighborhoods of families in Christian County are being kicked out of their homes. The foreclosures come as quite a shock to the people living in those homes. Ernie and Sharlene Risinger and their 11 year old daughter love their Spokane home and community, but they're being forced out. Their American dream has turned into a nightmare. Nearly four years ago, the Risingers moved into the place they call home. "Sounded like a great deal. He wanted $1,500 deposit or down and we would actually be buying our house," says Ernie Risinger. Or so they thought. The Risingers,...
  • Tom Stevenson: ETFs have potential to become the next toxic scandal

    09/21/2011 10:32:30 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 14 replies
    Telegraph Media Group Limited 2011 ^ | 9.17.2011 | Tom Stevenson
    Back in April, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international super-regulator, wrote a prescient if less than catchily-titled paper "Potential financial stability issues arising from recent trends in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)". Its central warning – that ETFs are not the cheap and transparent vehicles the marketers would have us believe – was spot on. When UBS’s $2bn black hole hit the screens on Thursday, no one who read the FSB report was surprised to see the words ETF and rogue trader in the same sentence. The past ten years have seen an explosion in the popularity of ETFs. In...
  • Airline fees reach $450 mark, USA TODAY survey finds

    09/21/2011 9:35:59 AM PDT · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 23 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | 9-21-2011 | Melanie Pinola
    The era of the $400 airline fee has arrived. For an overweight checked bag weighing 71-100 pounds, Continental Airlines is charging $400 on most international flights, and American Airlines is charging $450 on its Asian flights. United Airlines charges $400 for checking bags weighing 71-99.9 pounds on flights to another continent. AIRLINE FEES CHART: What you'll pay to check a bag, change your ticket, more Those are the most expensive fees that airlines charge fliers, a new USA TODAY survey of what 13 U.S. carriers charge for services available to coach passengers has found. The survey also found: •Fees for...
  • Stephen Colbert skewers Romney with the truth about Bain.

    06/10/2011 7:12:18 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 25 replies
    The Colbert Report ^ | June 8, 2011
    I don't watch Colbert but in surfing around last night, I caught this report on Romney and how his sleazey business practices ripped off shareholders and put people out of work while he made a half-billion dollars. The report jibes with what I have seen reported at other sources during the '08 campaign.
  • Highway tolls set to violate us yet again (roads and corruption in S. Africa)

    02/13/2011 2:11:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Times Live ^ | February 13, 2011 | Pinky Khoabane
    Pinky Khoabane: There's probably nothing worse than being repeatedly violated. And frankly, that's exactly how I feel about the news that you and I will have to fork out a couple of thousand rands each month on toll fees just so that we can use Gauteng's highways: 66c per kilometre is the figure mooted. It would seem that the abuse began the moment the World Cup was announced to take place in South Africa. A bunch of unscrupulous, greedy businessmen began turning the wheels of corruption, overcharging the taxpayer billions to build roads and stadiums. The Competition Commission has uncovered...
  • U.S. Footing $100M Bill for U.N. Security Upgrade

    02/09/2011 5:58:23 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/9/11 | George Russell
    Months after top New York City officials expressed intense behind-the-scenes frustration at the security vulnerabilities at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, the U.N. is now planning to spend $100 million -- donated by the U.S. -- on the upgrade. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/09/footing-m-security-upgrade/#ixzz1DW6sUNkV
  • The Dems’ lame-duck land grab

    12/15/2010 5:18:42 PM PST · by Ron C. · 33 replies
    michelle malkin ^ | Michelle Malkin
    Environmentalists hate sprawl — except when it comes to the size of their expansive pet legislation on Capitol Hill. In a last-ditch lame duck push, eco-lobbyists have been furiously pressuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pass a monstrous 327-page omnibus government lands bill crammed with more than 120 separate measures to lock up vast swaths of wilderness areas. Despite the time crunch, Senate Democrats in search of 60 votes are working behind the scenes to buy off green Republicans. House Democrats would then need a two-thirds majority to fast-track the bill to the White House before the GOP...
  • The Certified Angus Beef scam

    12/01/2010 11:39:58 AM PST · by JimVT · 99 replies
    JimVT | 12/01/10 | JimVT
    The latest screw the consumer attack is coming from Angus Beef cattlemen and America's meat sellers. Try and find a piece of meat with the "Certified Angus Beef" (CAB) sticker on it that also has the acceptable USDA grade on it. Very difficult, if at all. My local market managers when asked about the USDA grade on thier CAB meat say: "Oh, it's choice or select." So how are we supposed to know which? I don't knowingly buy "select". This is a scam...ripoff...and consumer fraud! Complain to your meat seller and tell your congressman to force the USDA to stop...
  • Nudie-scan CEO an Obama ally

    11/21/2010 3:40:12 PM PST · by bushwon · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/2010 | Timothy P. Carney
    Rapiscan is one of the two companies that makes the nudie-scanners at airports for the TSA. Rapiscan CEO Deepak Chopra (who has the same name as the more famous Deepak Chopra, M.D.) recently was tapped by Obama to accompany the administration on Obama’s trip to India. Also, Chopra is an Obama donor. Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/11/nudie-scan-ceo-obama-ally#ixzz15xjJ7JKX
  • EPA Looking to Hire 'Environmental Justice' Coordinator for $53,500-$84,146 a Year; No...

    10/25/2010 7:51:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 25, 2010 | Susan Jones
    Complete title: EPA Looking to Hire 'Environmental Justice' Coordinator for $53,500-$84,146 a Year; No Degree Needed (CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire an environmental protection specialist who will help the agency accomplish its “environmental justice goals."The job, in New York City, pays up to $84,146 a year, and according to the job listing on the government Web site, "You do not need a degree to qualify for this position."The EPA says the ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience related to the position, which comes with a salary range of $53,500-$84,146 a year....
  • anyone else been scammed by Proflowers.com ? [See post #16]

    08/04/2010 2:29:54 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 57 replies
    me ^ | 8-4-10 | Wobbly Bob
    Just found reoccuring charges $14.95 / month going back months after ordering some flowers over the phone yet even more months prior to these "EasySaverRewards " that I never signed up for...
  • Police: 'Blue Meth' Latest Marketing Tool for Dealers (Drug Dealers copy Breaking Bad)

    07/23/2010 12:11:32 AM PDT · by tlb · 17 replies
    wdaf ^ | July 22, 2010 | Rob Low
    INDEPENDENCE, MO - Police across the metro say that they are seeing a new drug fad that they say may have been inspired by a television show, and the rise in 'blue meth" may be putting more green in drug dealers pockets. Area police say that 'blue meth' has been appearing across the metro area, with KCMO Police making four meth arrests in the Northland in the past three weeks. Police in Independence also say that they have been seeing the drug, which they say may have been popularized by the TV program "Breaking Bad," about a chemistry teacher turned...
  • Looking for name/artist of song

    05/19/2010 10:55:38 AM PDT · by CharlieOK1 · 26 replies · 872+ views
    my brain ^ | 5/19/2010 | Me
    OK, this has been driving me crazy. There is a song that every time I hear it, I think it is an instrumental version of the Ghostbusters theme song. And no, it is not Huey Lewis. I think Rush sometimes uses it as bumper music.