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  • Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims

    12/14/2010 9:08:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    inn ^ | 12/14/10 | Elad Benari
    It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims. An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in The Kronen Zeitung newspaper. The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court that his yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors, who accused him of trying to mock and imitate the call of the Muezzin.
  • Department of Transportation new rules will make cars more expensive

    12/07/2010 9:36:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 2+ views
    daily caller ^ | 12/7/10 | Jeff Winkler
    Thought that new car was expensive now? Wait till the Department of Transportation implements its latest plan to protect Americans from themselves. Last week, the department announced regulations that would require all new vehicles to install video cameras on their back bumpers. The idea is to make backing up safer, and it’s not optional. “To meet the requirements of the proposed rule,” reads a DOT release, “10 percent of new vehicles must comply by Sept. 2012, 40 percent by Sept. 2013 and 100 percent by Sept. 2014.” Three years ago, Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, named...
  • New Rules Coming for Payments Out of Health Savings Accounts

    10/28/2010 10:56:57 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 16, 2010
    Under the new health care law, consumers using workplace pre-tax health savings accounts will soon need a doctor's note to pay for Tylenol and an estimated 15,000 other over-the-counter drugs. Starting Jan. 1, employees who use flexible spending accounts, health saving accounts, or health reimbursement arrangements to pay for common medications such as pain relievers, cold medicines, antacids and allergy medications will need prescriptions. The new rules will prohibit the use of such debit cards becsuse the IRS says there's no way to prove the drugs are prescribed. The IRS says any money removed from HSA accounts to pay for...
  • Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Abortion-Funding ObamaCare Law Can Proceed

    10/14/2010 3:57:03 PM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies ^ | October 14, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Abortion-Funding ObamaCare Law Can Proceed Washington, DC -- A federal judge in Florida issued a ruling today saying the lawsuit more than 20 states have filed against the ObamaCare health care law, that allows abortion funding, can proceed. The judge ruled that parts of the lawsuit can go to trial and his decision came after a Michigan threw out a similar lawsuit last week.
  • Labor Dept. Releases New 401k Fee Disclosure Rules(72 Million Enrolled in 401(k)'s)

    10/14/2010 10:29:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies ^ | 10/14/2010 | Associated Press
    Department of Labor says it will require companies providing 401(k) accounts to lay out all the fees and other charges in plain language beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The new regulations, announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, will affect about 483,000 retirement plans. She said the 72 million workers enrolled in 401(k) plans will now have the detailed information they need to do easy comparisons of the costs of their investment choices in their plan. Companies must begin to lay out the administrative expenses, including accounting and recordkeeping fees, and the charges that apply to the individual choices a worker...
  • New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats

    09/27/2010 1:32:31 PM PDT · by MissTed · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/23/10 | Kathleen Schaefer
    On Friday and Saturday nights, at an increasing number of malls across the country, teenagers are being forced to bring along the one person they'd most likely rather leave behind: a parent. Dozens of malls now have what they call a "parental escort policy," meaning teens under the age of 18 have to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter. Most shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week. The Mid Rivers Mall in St. Louis, Mo., started sending away teens at the...
  • Medicare rules give full hospital benefits only to those with 'inpatient' status

    09/07/2010 11:07:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/7/10 | Susan Jaffe
    After Ann Callan, 85, fell and broke four ribs, she spent six days at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Doctors and nurses examined her daily and gave her medications and oxygen to help her breathe. But when she was discharged in early January, her family got a surprise: Medicare would not pay for her follow-up nursing home care, because she did not have the prerequisite three days of inpatient care. "Where was she?" asks her husband, Paul Callan, 85, a retired U.S. Army colonel. "I was with her all the time. I knew she was a patient there." But...
  • U.S. court rules against Obama's stem cell policy

    08/23/2010 2:32:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/23/10 | Staff
    (Reuters) - A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction on Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama administration's new guidelines on the sensitive issue. The court ruled in favor of a suit filed in June by researchers who said human embryonic stem cell research involved the destruction of human embryos. Judge Royce Lamberth granted the injunction after finding the lawsuit would likely succeed because the guidelines violated law banning the use of federal funds to destroy human embryos.
  • Need help regarding 'caucus' status

    08/17/2010 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 1 replies
    n/a | 8/17/2010 | Secret Agent Man
    Couldn't find the help area on FR that discusses caucuses, so I am asking admins and others in the know: 1. Who can start a caucus? 2. Where do you have to go to apply for one? 3. What all different kinds of topics, issues and groups could start a caucus? for example we have both denominational caucuses in the Religion section as well as topical ones (the "rapture caucus" for one). 4. If there is a section on FR that talks about caucuses and the 'rules' of them, please point me to it.
  • Federal Judge Rules Missouri's Funeral Protest Ban Unconstitutional

    08/16/2010 4:41:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/16/10 | Staff
    A federal judge has ruled Missouri's ban restricting protests at funerals to be unconstitutional. Monday's ruling affects restrictions targeting a Kansas church whose members have picketed outside the funerals of people killed during the Iraq war. A church leader filed a lawsuit challenging the law. Missouri's law bars protests near any funeral, procession or memorial service from an hour before until an hour after the service.
  • Calif. campaign watchdog eyes new Internet rules

    08/05/2010 11:53:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 8/2/10 | DON THOMPSON
    Politicians' tweets and status updates should be held to the same standards as paid advertising that voters see on television, hear on radio or find in their mailboxes, California's campaign watchdog agency says in a report being released Monday. The Fair Political Practices Commission is considering how to regulate new forms of political activity such as appeals on a voter's Facebook page or in a text message. It's become necessary as politicians in California and elsewhere announce their candidacies and major campaign policies through Twitter, YouTube and a host of social networking sites, said FPPC Chairman Dan Schnur.
  • Petraeus clarifies rules on Afghan air strikes (reassures troops on 'rules' to call for air strikes)

    08/04/2010 7:09:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/10 | Phil Stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan issued a directive on Wednesday that could facilitate use of air strikes but also called on troops to do everything possible to avoid putting civilians at risk. General David Petraeus, who took command of the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan in July, did not rewrite the rules guiding the use of force in his new "tactical directive." But U.S. officials said he clarified them in a way that may address concerns that some troops -- erring on the side of caution -- had avoided calling in air power...
  • Ethics panel says Rep. Waters broke House rules

    08/02/2010 12:17:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 4+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/2/10 | Corbett B. Daly
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maxine Waters on Monday became the second Democrat in the House of Representatives in two weeks to be accused of ethics violations, an embarrassing blow as the party fights to keep its majority in the November 2 elections.
  • Rules For Radicals (Know your enemy)

    07/15/2010 11:22:04 AM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Crossroad ^ | 1971 | Saul Alinsky
    Opening page - Dedication “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history... the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.” Saul Alinsky - 1971
  • Lieberman: Rules of engagement hurting troop morale in Afghanistan

    07/04/2010 10:37:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    the hill ^ | 7/4/10 | Roxana Tiron
    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Sunday said that the U.S. military’s rules of engagement have hurt troop morale in Afghanistan and said that he hoped the new top commander there, Gen. David Petraeus, will clarify them as soon as possible. The previous commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, placed restrictions on U.S. air strikes and artillery in Afghanistan, limiting the circumstances that allow troops under fire to call for fire support. Those rules of engagement have cut down on civilian casualties, but have been strongly criticized by American troops who say those rules have made the fight more dangerous.
  • Gates Tightens Rules for Military and the Media

    07/02/2010 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 3+ views
    nyt ^ | 7/2/10 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — Nine days after a four-star general was relieved of command for comments made to Rolling Stone magazine, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issued orders on Friday tightening the reins on officials dealing with the news media. The memorandum requires top-level Pentagon and military leaders to notify the office of the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for public affairs “prior to interviews or any other means of media and public engagement with possible national or international implications.” Just as the removal of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal from command in Afghanistan was viewed as President Obama’s reassertion of civilian control of...
  • President Obama’s “Deer In Headlight” Moment

    06/30/2010 1:24:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    Strata Sphere ^ | Jun 30 2010 | AJStrata
    Update: Reader Tarpon has some excellent observations regarding EPA rules to oil spills, which someone should have been reading in the White House months ago: Yep, Obowma should have read the EPA oil spill emergency plan — Contain the spill at the well, time is of the utmost urgency. And they further state, ‘at all costs keep the oil off the beaches and out of the estuaries’.EPA and NOAA — First line of defense ‘fire booms; which the government was supposed to have on hand for just such an emergency — But had none, zip, zero, nada one fire boom.And...
  • Regulators move forward with broadband rules (reining in the internet, FCC-style)

    06/17/2010 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 528+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/17/10 | John Poirier
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications authorities on Thursday took a small but significant step toward regulating high-speed Internet in a bid to reclaim oversight, setting the stage for an eventual legal showdown with industry heavyweights. Big broadband providers like AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp oppose the move by the Federal Communications Commission, fearing the agency may heavily regulate their businesses in ways that could crimp profits and cast a cloud on investments. The FCC voted 3-2 to collect public comments on whether the agency should reclassify broadband regulation under existing phone rules -- typically considered a stricter...
  • Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints

    04/05/2004 3:53:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 752 replies · 202,406+ views
    April 5, 2004 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Note: Don't post anything at all from the Las Vegas Review Journal or anything from organizations run by Stevens Media, LLC or RightHaven, LLC until the lawsuit brought against us by them is resolved.</p>
  • Rules Kids Won't Learn in School

    05/25/2010 6:46:34 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 20 replies · 815+ views
    Rule #1. Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teenager uses the phrase "it's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids, they realized Rule #1. Rule #2. The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as your school does. It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain that...
  • Senate Showdown Over EPA Climate Rules Scheduled for June 10

    05/25/2010 8:50:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 492+ views
    the hill ^ | 5/25/10 | Ben Geman
    The Senate is slated to vote June 10 on Sen. Murkowski's resolution to strip EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gases. The Senate is slated to vote June 10 on Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) resolution that strips EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, according to Murkowski's office. Robert Dillon, a spokesman for Murkowski, said the senator struck a deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Monday night on bringing the filibuster-proof resolution to the floor next month, with a vote expected June 10.
  • The Palin Rules

    04/18/2010 7:00:59 PM PDT · by curth · 7 replies · 503+ views
    C4P ^ | SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010 | By Nicole Coulter
    With the NBA playoffs underway, and many basketball fans on C4P, I thought perhaps a little sports analogy might be appropriate right now. Back in the 80s, the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons deployed a strategy that came to be known as “The Jordan Rules” on Michael Jordan. During their epic playoff battles, the Pistons hounded "Air Jordan" with a variety of defensive schemes designed to disrupt his rhythm. Sometimes, they'd physically challenge him with bigger players or attempt to sew confusion with rotating double and triple teams. At all times, they would hit him hard whenever he took it to...
  • EPA Chief Says New Pollution Rules for Cars Only the Beginning of Greenhouse Gas Regulations

    04/02/2010 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 588+ views ^ | 4/2/10 | Matt Cover, Staff Writer
    ( – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said her agency’s inaugural regulations on greenhouse gas emissions on cars were only “the first” of such regulations, promising that her agency would move “deliberately” to institute regulations in other areas of the economy as well. Speaking to reporters on a conference call on Thursday to announce the new regulations on cars and light trucks, Jackson explained that – for now – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was only regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks. “These are the first regulations that cover greenhouse gas emissions in the United...
  • Fuel efficiency rules to spur advanced vehicles

    03/31/2010 1:40:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 581+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/10 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON – Automakers are being pushed to build a more fuel-efficient generation of gas-electric hybrids, turbocharged engines and advanced vehicles powered by electricity under tough new standards from the Obama administration. Final rules to be signed Thursday by the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency come after carmakers posted modest gains in the distance a car can travel on a gallon of gas. The rules require 2016 model year vehicles to meet fuel efficiency targets of 35.5 miles per gallon combined for cars and trucks, an increase of nearly 10 mpg over current standards set by the National Highway...
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings: “We Just Make Up the Rules as We Go Along”

    03/21/2010 5:23:35 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 31 replies · 1,136+ views
    UrbanGrounds ^ | 3/20/10 | Robbie Cooper
    I’d say this video is “unbelievable,” but it’s not unbelievable that members of the most corrupt Congress in the history of the known universe don’t care about laws, rules, procedures, or our Constitution. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who you might remember as a disgraced former judge who was impeached (by a Democrat Congress) for taking bribes: There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something. . . .All this talk about rules. . . .When the deal goes down . . . we make ‘em up as we go along.Video here.
  • Key House Democrat: "There Are No Rules Here ... We Make Them Up As We Go Along"

    03/20/2010 12:29:39 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies · 1,497+ views ^ | March 20, 2010 | John Boehner
    Straight from the donkey's mouth! Thanks John Boehner!
  • House committee to determine rules for voting on health plan (will approve "deem and pass")

    03/20/2010 9:08:59 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 55 replies · 1,269+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2010 | Ben Pershing, Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery
    The House Rules Committee was gaveled into session Saturday morning, the next step in the legislative process that will lead to Sunday's debate on a landmark health-care bill. The Rules panel is likely to meet for several hours in a cramped room on the third floor of the Capitol. It will decide the terms under which the House will vote on the Senate version of the health legislation as well as a subsequent package of legislative "fixes." The committee -- on which Democrats have a 9 to 4 roster advantage -- is expected to approve a "deem-and-pass" strategy, under which...
  • 72 Hours to Report and Recuse

    03/19/2010 7:24:49 PM PDT · by CherylMc · 4 replies · 560+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/19/10 | Elizabeth Letchworth
    ..... This 72 hour clock has another implication which could also affect the Health Care vote. However this 72 hours deals with House Rule 27. (Hum….72 backwards!) You see this rule came into effect in Jan. of 2008 and requires House members to disclose any discussion that may take place regarding their future employment. The Member of the House must disclose this discussion to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, within 72 hours. In addition, the House Member, if he/she doesn’t want to be in violation of Rule 27, must also recuse himself or herself from any legislative...

    03/18/2010 2:54:41 PM PDT · by 101voodoo · 92 replies · 2,592+ views
    While downloading and installing (for my daughter) the free security suite offered by Cablevision to their subscribers, I noticed something which really annoyed me. In setting up the configuration I chose to have the warning for objectionable sites activated. After I completed the configuration on all the aspects of the security suite I decided to go to the FR and see what was going on to begin the day. After typing the name in the search and punching go, I immediately was blocked by a pop up informing me that Free Rep was not available as it was a "hate...
  • Ruling Kills an option for moving health bill (Slaughter Solution)

    03/11/2010 12:00:31 PM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 154 replies · 9,425+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 3/11/10 | David M. Drucker
    <p>The Senate Parlimentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress' original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday.</p>
  • Command Issues New Rules for Night Raids in Afghanistan

    03/05/2010 5:20:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 422+ views
    KABUL, March 5, 2010 – The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan has issued new rules governing night raids, acknowledging that although they can have value militarily, they also can foster ill will toward international forces on the part of the Afghan people. In a written statement, International Security Assistance Force officials released unclassified portions of Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s new guidance “to ensure a broader awareness of [its] intent and scope.” “We are in a war of perceptions,” the new guidance says. “Our forces operate far from home with selfless courage, admirable intentions, and impressive precision...
  • Nancy Pelosi - Swamp Troll

    02/27/2010 3:29:58 PM PST · by Desperado67 · 9 replies · 601+ views ^ | 02/27/10 | Rob Binsrick
    In the children's game 'Bridge Troll', there is a troll character which paces back and forth on and guards a bridge. The troll decides who is allowed to cross the bridge and who is not. He also determines who he may just eat instead. The depiction of the troll is a reference to the old Norwegian fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff. In Washington D.C. these days there is a similar story with a different kind of troll. In this one, Nancy Pelosi guards the swamp, which she once claimed that she was going to drain, and determines who is...
  • Ten Rules for Anti-Government Republican Radicals in D.C.

    02/09/2010 3:42:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 485+ views ^ | February 9, 2010 | John Hawkins
    If future generations of Americans are going to have a bright future, we're going to have to get a handle on spending. Either we get these deficits under control and start paying off our debt or we're not going to remain a great nation. Moreover, given that Social Security went into the red last year and that program, combined with Medicare, represents a 100 trillion dollar unfunded liability that’s going to be coming due over the next few decades, this is an issue that’s not going away for the foreseeable future. So, with that in mind, fiscal conservatives in DC...
  • In Davos, regulators tell bankers new rules coming (Still no investigation of the Banking Queen)

    01/30/2010 9:14:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/10 | Angela Charlton and Bradley S. Klapper
    In Davos, regulators tell bankers new rules comingSaturday, January 30, 2010 By Angela Charlton and Bradley S. Klapper ASSOCIATED PRESS DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Government regulators from the United States and Europe laid out their financial reform plans Saturday before a skeptical banking industry, asking financiers for input but adamant that change was coming with or without their support. Emerging from the two-hour meeting as its unofficial spokesman, U.S. Representative Barney Frank made it clear that governments were now calling the shots after spending billions to bail out the industry. Top bankers, by contrast, who came into this week's World...
  • NASCAR announces rule, car changes

    01/21/2010 11:32:31 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 61 replies · 1,640+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | Jan 21, 2010 | Unattributed
    NASCAR announced that it will relax some on-track rules, putting racing back in drivers’ hands in 2010. The changes, which begin with next month’s season-opening events at Daytona International Speedway, will allow drivers to be even more racy. NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France said that while officials will maintain law and order, the loosening of on-track reins is another step in enhancing competition. ~snip~ “NASCAR is a contact sport — our history is based on banging fenders.” Among the changes: Bump-drafting rules will be eliminated at superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway). Teams also will use a bigger restrictor plate...
  • No one punished under new congressional ethics rules (Tax-cheat Charlie gets a pass)

    01/12/2010 5:57:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 418+ views
    Link only - No one punished under new congressional ethics rules
  • French Students Protest Dress Codes by Going to School in Skanky Skirts

    12/23/2009 10:59:02 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 2,350+ views ^ | 12-23-09 | Amy Odell
    High-school kids in France are fighting for their right to wear revealing clothing to school. Apparently some schools have new dress codes that ban things like short skirts, piercings, and low-slung pants. At one school last week, a chick managed to convince 300 of 2,100 students to come to school dressed in violation of the new code. This meant revealing shorts or minis for girls and board shorts for guys. Their new headmaster was trying to ban skirts above the knee and clothes with holes in them. The protest organizer got in trouble, obviously. Her actions led to a three-day...
  • Mitch McConnell: Democrats are ducking Senate rules (by ending the reading of a 767-page amendment)

    12/16/2009 4:14:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,806+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/16/09 | MANU RAJU
    Mitch McConnell: Democrats are ducking Senate rulesBy MANU RAJU | 12/16/09 6:32 PM EST Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Democrats Wednesday of circumventing Senate rules by ending the reading of a 767-page amendment without permission from other members of the body. Earlier Wednesday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) forced Senate clerks to read an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would have established a single-payer health care system. The reading paralyzed the Senate until the third hour, when Sanders withdrew the amendment. At that point, the Senate carried on with debating the health care bill, which Democrats are...
  • Five "Man Rules" for a happy life!

    12/02/2009 12:23:07 PM PST · by nutsonthebus · 18 replies · 1,519+ views
    1. It's important to have a woman who helps at home, who cooks from time to time, cleans up and has a job. 2. It's important to have a woman who can make you laugh. More at
  • Leveraged ETF Margin Rules to Change

    11/26/2009 6:04:06 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies · 838+ views
    The ^ | 26 November 2009 | Don Dion
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In what could be be a major blow to ultra-long and utra-short ETFs, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced Tuesday that it would be raising margin requirements for leveraged ETFs on Dec. 1. In Regulatory Notice 09-53, FINRA notes that it will be implementing increased customer margin requirements for leveraged ETFs and uncovered options overlying leveraged ETFs. Leveraged ETFs like the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X(FAS Quote) and Direxion Daily Financial Bear(FAZ Quote) have become increasingly popular with investors over the last year. These funds use derivatives like futures and swaps to achieve ultra-long or ultra-short...
  • Judge rules activist's beliefs on climate change akin to religion

    11/13/2009 7:02:49 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | November 3rd | Karen McVeigh
    When Rupert Dickinson, the chief executive of one of Britain's biggest property firms, left his BlackBerry behind in London while on a business trip to Ireland, he simply ordered one of his staff to get on a plane and deliver the device to him. For Dickinson's then head of sustainability, Tim Nicholson, the errand was much more than an executive indulgence: it embodied the contempt with which his boss treated his deep philosophical beliefs about climate change. In a significant decision today , a judge found Nicholson's views on the environment were so deeply held that they were entitled to...
  • Pelosi’s Procedural Plan to Pass Health Care

    11/06/2009 3:30:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 936+ views
    Heritage ^ | 11/6/2009 | Erin Kanoy
    Today at 2pm the House Rules Committee will meet to consider the rule for H.R. 3962 , the Affordable Health Care for America Act. As of this morning 104 amendments had been filed with the Rules Committee for consideration. Republican’s have filed 87 amendments and Democrats have filed 17. The debate in the Rules Committee and a final vote could continue well into this evening.The rule being debated today will not only cover HR 3962 but will also apply to HR 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act, also known as the Doc Fix. This is a procedural gimmick that...
  • Iowa 15, Michigan State 13. Ugly Ball Baybee!!!

    10/24/2009 7:31:45 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 30 replies · 1,200+ views
    me ^ | 10-24-2009 | me
    Last play of the game, 4th down!!! Hawks win!!! 8-0 BAYBEE!!!!
  • Appeals court overturns campaign finance rules

    09/18/2009 1:28:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1,046+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/09 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON – Independent advocacy groups will be able to spend more money to try to influence federal elections under a decision Friday from a federal appeals court that overturned rules limiting nonprofits' campaign spending. Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington agreed with Emily's List, a nonprofit that backs women Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, that the regulations limited free speech rights. The Federal Election Commission enacted the rules in 2005, after concerns were raised about the amount of unlimited "soft money" contributions used to fund attacks in the 2004 election. The FEC said nonprofits would...
  • Alinsky Rule #8: Never Let Up

    09/15/2009 7:40:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies · 722+ views ^ | September 15, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    It was only a week ago SEIU members lamented that conservatives learned the rules so fast. Indeed. Jim Geraghty over at “The Campaign Spot” has a partial transcript.Big Government’s James O’Keefe, doing the work 60 Minutes just won’t do anymore, is now back with Part 4 … and this involves a California ACORN office, murder and prostitution. Watch it all.
  • Sebelius: President Rules Out Public Funding for Abortion

    09/13/2009 11:35:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1,207+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/13/09 | George Stephanopoulos
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told me on ‘This Week’ the President will go beyond language in a House bill to make sure no public money goes to pay for abortions under health care reform. Abortion foes argue language in the House bill has too many holes and that taxpayers could potentially subsidize abortions. Sebelius told me there will be no uncertainty with the President's plan. “In fact recently the Catholic bishops came out, after the President’s statement saying that his statement about what he intends in the plan that no public fund would go to fund abortion and the fact...
  • New rules proposed for medical helicopters

    09/01/2009 9:04:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 693+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/09 | OAN LOWY and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday urged the government to impose stricter controls on emergency helicopter operators, including requiring the use of autopilots, night-vision systems and flight data recorders in an industry that suffered a record number of fatalities last year. The NTSB recommendations for training and safety equipment to the Federal Aviation Administration are in addition to others made in 2006, such as requiring installation of terrain awareness monitoring to help pilots navigate when weather conditions are poor. The safety board, which cannot require such changes, also wants the Health and Human Services Department to...
  • "Let Freedom Ring" RULES FOR AND BY FREEPERS

    08/09/2009 3:08:36 PM PDT · by bareford101 · 50 replies · 1,244+ views
    various | August 9, 2009 | joint
    BACKGROUND: Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics strategies that can level the playing field. Some of these rules are ruthless, but they work. NOW: BUT, because Alinsky wrote these rules (which Obama et als follow) as guidelines for a Communist takeover, I have done some editing so they can work for us in our efforts to PREVENT this Communist takeover in America! These are just a first draft and just my opening shot. . Please be a part and add/delete/suggest changes so that we can end up with a set of basic rules which maybe can help us...
  • Panel: Senators' VIP loans broke no Senate rules (Skunks clear skunks of any wrongdoing)

    08/07/2009 10:36:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,977+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/7/09 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON – A committee that investigated VIP mortgage deals for Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad has cleared both of them of breaking Senate rules. The Select Committee on Ethics tells Dodd of Connecticut and Conrad of North Dakota in separate letters that it has found "no substantial credible evidence" that their Countrywide mortgages broke Senate gift rules.
  • RNC Puts Off Vote On Ethics Proposal

    08/03/2009 5:17:05 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies · 402+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8/1/2009 | Ralph Hallow
    Members objectedbecause they said they didn't understand the purpose or jurisdictional limits of the proposed committee and were able to force a delay. Some committee members speculated that the new ethics panel was designed as a way to give cover to Mr. Steele for future actions he might take. Skeptics said an ethics board hand-picked by the chairman would provide little added value. (snip) Mr. Steele already passed his first major test earlier this week, getting the powerful Rules Committee to elect his choice to head that panel over two more conservative rivals. Jim Greer, chairman of the Florida Republican...