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  • Congress Exempt from Obamacare in Last-Minute Deal

    08/05/2013 11:26:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    CBN News ^ | 5 Aug 13 | CBN
    Senators, representatives, and their top aides will be able to stay under the current subsidized health care system. That means they will continue to get a taxpayer-funded contribution to help pay for their health care premiums. A last-minute deal worked out before Congress went on their five-week summer vacation gets lawmakers out of the original language of Obamacare, which said members and their aides had to use its health care plans. Republicans like Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed the move, calling it a "behind-closed-doors deal, announced right after Congress is safely away from the crime scene." "This is exactly...
  • Two Sets of Rules For Obamacare – The Ruling Class vs. the Serfs

    08/05/2013 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    It’s official, the United States has a Ruling Class and it is no longer being hidden or denied.  Obama and the Congress have just decided that they don’t want to play by the same rules as the rest of us. Big surprise that the Office of Personnel Management, under pressure from Capitol Hill and Obama, has said that they will issue a ruling that states government can keep making contributions to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides.  In other words, “we” the “serfs” will be paying for Congress and their staff to keep their “Cadillac...
  • Obama: 'The Planet Will Boil Over' If Africans Are Allowed Cars and Air-Conditioning

    07/01/2013 2:20:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 300 replies
    Obama: Planet Will ‘Boil Over' If Africans Are Allowed Cars and Air-Conditioning July 1, 2013 - 4:22 PM By Ryan Kierman (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy "the planet will boil over" if people in Africa are allowed to attain air conditioning, automobiles and big houses. “Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got...
  • Where Have All the Workers Gone?

    04/09/2013 10:26:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2013 | Pat Buchanan
    That America created only 88,000 jobs in March, less than half the number anticipated, was jolting news, indicating the recovery that the White House has boasted about may not be at hand. But in that March jobs report, there was more disturbing news. While unemployment fell to 7.6 percent, the reason it fell is alarming. Half a million U.S. workers (495,000) disappeared from the labor force. They dropped out. They are no longer even looking for a job. Worse, this appears to be an inexorable trend. The participation rate of eligible workers in the United States has fallen to 63.3...
  • Europeans cannot shake suicidal habit (cigarette smoking)

    06/02/2012 10:41:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.05.12 @ 09:16 (May 31) | Andrew Rettman
    It killed 695,000 people in the EU last year. But despite restaurant bans and gruesome health labels, the number of smokers is hardly going down. A European Commission survey published for the UN's international anti-smoking day on Thursday (31 May) shows that 28 percent of the EU population smokes today compared to 29 percent in 2009. The number is still going up in the Czech Republic, Finland and Slovenia. Another 21 percent used to smoke but say they have given up. The typical smoker's profile is unflattering: it is the most prevalent among young men aged 15 to 54 who...
  • Rep. King denounces Gingrich immigration plan as 'amnesty

    11/24/2011 9:59:07 AM PST · by Fred · 136 replies
    The Hill ^ | 112311 | Justin Sink
    Influential congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's immigration plan was a "form of amnesty" and that he disagreed with it, adding to the chorus of critics from the right. In Tuesday's GOP foreign policy debate, Gingrich said he would support an immigration policy that would allow illegal immigrants who had lived in the United States for a long time, obeyed the law, and paid their taxes to become permanent residents. “I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who’ve been here for a quarter of a century...
  • Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial Video to Be Released

    05/02/2011 5:11:55 PM PDT · by camerongood210 · 84 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 2, 2011 | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Video of Osama bin Laden's dead body being dropped into the North Arabian Sea from the USS Carl Vinson early this morning will be made public, according to officials. The 40-minute ceremony, and perhaps photos of his corpse, will be released "cautiously," according to The Associated Press, citing two Pentagon officials.
  • Senate Office to Host Health Fair for Well-Covered Staffers

    10/09/2010 7:24:54 AM PDT · by nmh · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/08/10 | Staff
    As millions of hardworking Americans struggle to make ends meet, Senate staffers will participate next week in a two-day orgy of back massages, organic food tastings and milk mustache photos. It's all part of a health fair for the staffers, who enjoy some of the best health care in the country. Not only will they get health screenings, they'll also find out if their iPods are too loud. Neither the Senate's Education and Training Office nor the Senate sergeant-at-arms, which oversees the office, would say which vendors are providing the services or how much the health fair will cost taxpayers....
  • Federal Pay Continues Rapid Ascent.( Nice To Be King Alert )

    08/27/2009 6:57:21 AM PDT · by Leisler · 34 replies · 1,295+ views
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its annual data on compensation levels by industry (Tables 6.2D, 6.3D, and 6.6D here). The data show that the pay advantage enjoyed by federal civilian workers over private-sector workers continues to expand. The George W. Bush years were very lucrative for federal workers. In 2000, the average compensation (wages and benefits) of federal workers was 66 percent higher than the average compensation in the U.S. private sector. The new data show that average federal compensation is now more than double the average in the private sector. Figure 1 looks at average wages. In...
  • OMG you won't believe what is written on Obama's new website: "America Serves"

    11/07/2008 11:17:37 AM PST · by syl799 · 143 replies · 6,438+ views
    America Serves "When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream." The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps,...
  • Hatch teams with Kennedy on service bill.

    09/14/2008 11:53:43 AM PDT · by Leisler · 26 replies · 167+ views
    Salt Lake Tirbune ^ | 09/13/2008 | Matt Canham
    WASHINGTON - Leading Republicans and Democrats are calling for a new wave of volunteerism aimed directly at some of the most pressing problems facing the nation, from the high school dropout rate to energy efficiency to the rising number of unemployed. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the Serve America Act on Friday, a new sweeping bill eight months in the making that would try to attract 175,000 new volunteers in the next five years. The bill has the backing of both major presidential candidates. Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are both co-sponsors. They...
  • The powerless have always been targets of eminent domain

    03/25/2007 9:19:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 611+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | March 25, 2007 | Steven Greenhut
    Isn't that nice? The city of Manhattan Beach is renaming an oceanfront park, Bruces' Beach, after Charles A. and Willa Bruce, an African-American couple who had purchased the land in 1912 and developed it into a beachfront resort in the 1920s. The Bruces were driven off their land in the mid-1920s, according to a Los Angeles Times article last week, after city officials became uncomfortable with the idea of numerous black people sunbathing and dining at Bruces' Lodge. At the urging of the local community, the officials discovered a compelling public interest in creating a public park on that very...
  • Officer Won't Face Charges in Shooting Death (Fairfax, VA)

    03/24/2006 1:08:56 PM PST · by caa26 · 24 replies · 967+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 03/23/2006 | Tom Jackman
    The Fairfax County police officer who shot an unarmed man to death in January will not be charged with a crime, the county's chief prosecutor announced this afternoon. From the start, Fairfax police declared that the killing of Salvatore J. Culosi Jr., 37, was an accident and that the SWAT officer who fired had done so unintentionally. Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. said that when a person fires a gun without malice and unintentionally kills someone, "they do not commit a crime." "I feel for the family of the victim in this case," Horan said. "You have to....
  • New Hempfield [PA] development emphasizes density, walkability, sustainability

    08/08/2005 2:23:22 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 619+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 08 August 2005 | Caitlin Cleary
    Out in the undulating green farmland of Westmoreland County, Route 819 and Forbes Trail Road form a lonely crossroads in Hempfield. This rural junction is watched over by a few faded barns, and is easily missed in a blink through the windshields of speeding motorists. But if developers have their way, this piece of great wide open space soon will be the seed of a new community, the main street of a 700-acre "traditional neighborhood development" called Northpointe. The intersecting streets would be lined with up to one million square feet of retail stores, galleries, office space and restaurants topped...
  • How CAFTA Will Quicken the Race to the Bottom for Central American Workers

    07/21/2005 10:30:40 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 550+ views
    AmericanEconomicAlert.org ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | Alan Tonelson
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Was it Divine Providence or dumb luck? The details of U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman's plans to fund worker rights improvements in Central America came my way just when the National Labor Committee's latest reports on the Central American labor situation arrived. Whatever the explanation, the NLC studies powerfully reenforce what every thinking person – and especially Congressional Democrats seeking pretexts to vote for the Central America Free Trade Agreement should already know: Third world workers' lives won't be bettered significantly, and U.S. trade policy initiatives like CAFTA can't become win-wins...
  • Walter E. Williams: Click it or ticket

    06/15/2005 10:07:20 AM PDT · by manny613 · 56 replies · 1,725+ views
    jewishworldreview.com ^ | June 15, 2005 | Walter Williams
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an office within the U.S. Department of Transportation, just finished its annual campaign to get us to wear our seatbelts under a program called "Click It or Ticket." States receive federal subsidies to ticket drivers if they or their passengers are not buckled up.
  • Europeans 'ignorant' of EU treaty (The ignorant will have their day)

    01/28/2005 6:44:06 PM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 404+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 28 January, 2005,
    One in 10 European Union citizens knows little or nothing about the new EU constitution, a study suggests. But half of the 25,000 polled by the EU said they would vote in favour of the treaty, which faces referenda in many of the union's 25 member states. The UK was the only country where more of those questioned were against the constitution than in favour. More than one in three people remain undecided, with indecision highest in states planning to hold a referendum. The EU-wide poll, conducted in October last year, found that only 11% felt they knew the content...
  • TENN Legislation ties 2006 pay increase to that of state employees in 2005 (FAT PAY RAISE)

    05/21/2004 10:05:21 AM PDT · by GailA · 278+ views
    The Knox News Sentinel ^ | 5/20/04 | TOM HUMPHREY
    Legislation ties 2006 pay increase to that of state employees in 2005 By TOM HUMPHREY, tomhumphrey3@aol.com May 21, 2004 NASHVILLE - In rapid-fire votes, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a bill to raise legislator salaries and expense allowances while leaving other issues - including a $24 billion state budget - to await action today. The increase in basic legislator salary, which has stood at $16,500 per year since 1985, will not take effect until 2006 under the bill. Legislators elected that year will then receive whatever percentage pay raise is given to state employees in 2005. The best...
  • Are We Serfs?

    04/23/2004 4:12:04 AM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 29 replies · 385+ views
    TechCentralStation.com ^ | 03/23/2004 | Robert L. Formaini
    Are We Serfs? By Robert L. Formaini Published 03/23/2004 This year is the 60th anniversary of the publication of one of the 20th century's most influential books, Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (hereafter, TRTS). Milton Friedman, speaking at a recent conference held at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, said that at the time that Hayek wrote his book, most political policy rhetoric was pro-socialist, not only in England where Hayek then lived, but in America as well. Yet actual policy was very free market oriented. Today, Friedman noted, the rhetoric is more often pro-free market even though the policy...
  • Court eases rules for searches

    03/30/2004 7:08:02 PM PST · by Churchjack · 13 replies · 223+ views
    Dallas Morning News | 3/30/2004 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court has opened the door for police officers in three states to search homes and buildings for evidence without a warrant - a ruling that two dissenting judges called "the road to hell." Acting on a Baton Rouge case, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police do not need an arrest or search warrant to conduct a swift sweep of private property to ensure their safety. Any evidence discovered during that search is admissable in court as long as the search is a "cursory inspection," and if police entered the site for...
  • French favours( Corruption )

    12/26/2003 8:40:54 AM PST · by Leisler · 9 replies · 194+ views
    Prospect Magazine( UK ) ^ | Jan 04 | Tim King
    A decade of corruption trials has chastened the French elite. But few heads have rolled and little has changed. What are the roots of French corruption? Tim King The business of uncovering corruption is not for the faint-hearted. In France, Eva Joly, the country's best known magistrate, lived under 24-hour police protection for six years: six years spent in the knowledge that someone out there was being paid to track her and, given the opportunity, kill her. Joly didn't investigate Colombian drug barons or mafia networks - her work took place in a country which is one of the world's...
  • Illegal Aliens Eligible for Social Security Benefits

    02/19/2003 8:55:02 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 57 replies · 2,534+ views
    Fox ^ | 2/19/03 | Matt Hayes
    <p>Annie was an ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia who had legally emigrated to the U.S. decades ago. She entered my law office with her mother, who clutched a well-worn copy of a Chinese language book called What You Need to Know About Life in America that is eventually encountered by most immigration lawyers.</p>
  • We Are Consuming All of Our Seed Corn

    05/07/2003 6:52:14 AM PDT · by B. A. Conservative · 9 replies · 775+ views
    Financial Sense Online ^ | 5/06/03 | Jim Puplava
    We Are Consuming All of Our Seed Corn The economy is in trouble and there is a great debate going on in Washington on how to fix it. The major philosophical debate is how government can fix an ailing economy. Lost in this argument is the fact that the current mess was caused by government. And now we are asking the very institution that gave us the bubble and altered spending and investment habits in this country to fix the mess it created. A central tenet in American economic thinking is intervention, redistribution and consumption. This doctrine was borne out...