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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 · 763 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...