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  • Man accused of hiding in 14-year-old's closet in custody

    05/21/2014 6:00:39 AM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies
    WCNC ^ | May 19, 2014 | TONY BURBECK
    IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A man charged with multiple sex crimes involving a teenage girl he met online has turned himself in. Investigators arrested 27-year-old Jarred Ashley Workman late Monday afternoon. He’s charged with 11 counts of statutory rape and five counts of statutory sex offense. Iredell County authorities say Workman met a 14-year-old girl on social media. They chatted for about a month, and then agreed to meet in the woods near the teen’s home in the Love Valley area of Iredell County. Investigators say the teen invited Workman inside the house where he set up residence in the...
  • With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity (LOL - I know, right?)

    02/21/2014 6:16:17 AM PST · by mykroar · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/14 | Zachary Goldfarb
    President Obama’s forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits. With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the...
  • Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut

    01/12/2014 10:18:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections. The president proposed a new formula for calculating benefits in his budget last year, in hopes that the olive branch to Republicans would persuade them to back tax increases in a broader fiscal deal. But Democratic lawmakers say Obama should shelve the idea now that they are facing a difficult midterm election where they need to turn out the liberal base to preserve their Senate majority. “I’m not sure why we should be...
  • Dead or alive? Social Security can’t always say (spotty data on recipients)

    12/28/2013 6:02:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/27/13 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Federal auditors said Friday the Social Security Administration still struggles with a basic problem — figuring out who is dead and who is not. The question is a crucial one, since federal agencies rely on the administration to cross-match data on deceased persons and avoid paying out federally funded benefits to people who aren’t alive, or to establish accurate benefits for survivors. The administration also maintains a “Death Master File” that is available to the public. “SSA’s methods for processing death reports may result in inaccurate, incomplete or untimely information for users of its death data,” the Government Accountability Office,...
  • What Is Natural, and Is It Better?

    11/18/2013 7:15:18 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The word “natural” is treated in a way peculiar in the extreme. This perhaps reflects our confused ideas about nature, or perhaps darker, more sinister misconceptions are at work. There is a strange dichotomy between the positive connotation of “natural” in one realm (that encompassing health, food, medicine, environmental management, and the like) and the negative connotation of “natural” in another realm (social and political organization). If you use the adjective “natural” in conjunction with objects of the first group, eg natural remedies, natural substances, natural environment, it is almost invariably taken as a virtue, a good qualitative appreciation....
  • Facebook defends looser restrictions on teen usage (teenagers are 'expert')

    10/18/2013 2:42:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/18/13 | Alex Hern
    Facebook has defended its decision to make the posts of its teenage users more visible claiming that “teenagers are expert at controlling who they share things with”. The social networking site says that it has tightened privacy settings for users aged between 13 to 17, restricting sharing of posts to friends only by default. The previous default included friends of friends which might not be directly known by the user. The company has also introduced “additional tools to help educate teens on the implications of sharing a post with a public audience, with reminders as they post,” explained a Facebook...
  • Unlike! Research links social networking to unhappiness

    08/18/2013 4:50:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-15-13
    Facebook could be spreading unhappiness through society as well as keeping people connected, research has shown. The number one social networking site is strongly associated with declines in well-being, psychologists claim. Scientists found the more time people spent on Facebook over a two-week period, the worse they subsequently felt. In contrast, talking to friends on the phone or meeting them in person led to greater levels of happiness. "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," said Study leader Ethan Kross, from the University of Michigan. "But rather than enhance well-being,...
  • Jennette McCurdy: I Was A Teenage Hashtag

    08/15/2013 8:48:48 PM PDT · by SeminoleCounty · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 14, 2013 | Jennette McCurdy
    I wanted to act since I was six years old, after seeing “Star Wars,” but my goals were more “wear a sweet costume and pretend to be cool” than “be famous.” So the fact that I was cast in the Nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly” at age 14 and catapulted into tween stardom was both an exciting and unexpected journey. When “iCarly” first started growing in popularity back in 2007, my castmates and I quickly felt the swell in attention. I started getting invited to movie premieres, designers were sending me clothes, old friends were reaching out, and I could no longer...
  • Vanity: I need insight into Social Justice

    08/13/2013 1:29:27 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 80 replies
    8/13/13 | me
    I need help/ammo. My kids go to a small Seventh Day Adventist school in Orlando. There's a new humanities teacher and the information that's in the pamphlet about him says the 'big subject' for 8th grade is "social justice". I know what we conservatives consider SJ, and I agree with it but there are varying definitions on line. When I meet with this guy and the head of curriculum I want to be armed with as much accurate information as possible. I'm trying not to be really pissed off that this is going on. I am arming my daughter with...
  • Life in a society without God.

    08/01/2013 4:36:48 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | July, 27, 2013 | From the Print Edition
    "EIGHTY years ago Lu Xun, now enshrined as the father of modern Chinese literature, observed that when others needed help his countrymen seemed to be stricken by apathy. “In China,” he wrote, “especially in the cities, if someone collapses from sudden illness, or if someone is hit by a car, lots of people will gather around, some will even take delight, but very few will be willing to extend a helping hand.”"
  • Compassion Or Compulsion--Egalitarian Argument Analyzed

    07/31/2013 1:49:22 PM PDT · by Ohioan · 30 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | July 1, 2013 | William Flax
    Egalitarian rhetoric, once largely confined to revolutionary movements, such as French Jacobins & Marxist Communists, now appears accepted by many in the political & social mainstream. Thus, there is scarcely a ripple among affluent viewers when major "Liberal" broadcast media air programs discussing the "need" & methods to "narrow a gap between the rich & poor," despite the unspoken, yet obvious, implications. Thus a former American President, who claimed to be a "Compassionate Conservative," voiced a similar objective, with scarce notice in a generally hostile media, which had no problem in mislabeling him & the like-minded, as "right wing." The...
  • Fraud threatens the integrity of social psychology

    05/04/2013 5:37:26 PM PDT · by fwdude · 10 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 4 May 2013 | Michael Cook
    Scientific studies are used to support controversial social policies like same-sex marriage. But can we rely on them? Even in scientific laboratories Georg Wilhelm Richmann is not a household name. But he ought to be. Richmann was an 18th century Russian scientist who died trying to repeat Benjamin Franklin’s famous experiment of attracting lightning to a kite. A ball of lightning travelled down the cord and struck him dead. The first martyr for the cause of science died trying to replicate another scientist's results. The ability to reproduce the results of an experiment is a key step in the rapid...
  • Chuck Todd: Obama 'Hates' 'Internet Media and Social Media'

    04/28/2013 10:27:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/28/13 | Noel Sheppard
    NBC's Chuck Todd told an inconvenient truth about Barack Obama on Sunday's Meet the Press. "The rise of the internet media and social media and all that stuff - he hates it" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHUCK TODD: What I wonder how many people realized at the end [of Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner] when he did his, you know, there's always this part at the end where they get serious for a minute. And it’s usually the part where presidents say, “You know, I think the press has a good job to do and I understand what...
  • Millionaire Elizabeth Warren: My Brother Lives on $13K a Year from Social Security

    04/11/2013 3:33:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 4/11/13 | The Maha
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Elizabeth Warren "made it clear Wednesday in an e-mail to supporters that not only would she oppose President Barack Obama's plan to cut Social Security benefits through a cost-of-living adjustment known as chained CPI..." That's another thing. It's Obama's creation. The chained CPI is like the sequester. It's his idea, it's in his budget, and wait until you hear it! I've got three or four sound bites of Jay Carney and Obama denying it; accusing the Republicans of doing it. I dare say that 99-out-of-100 low-information people don't have the slightest idea what it is. "What do...
  • Obama offer to slow Social Security payment growth sparks criticism from both parties

    04/07/2013 3:12:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/05/13 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    **SNIP** Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, one of Congress' most outspoken liberals and a vehement opponent of chained CPI, warned Obama on Friday morning not to renege on his promise to avoid cuts to entitlement programs and veterans benefits as a way to reduce the deficit. “Millions of working people, seniors, disabled veterans, those who have lost a loved one in combat, and women will be extremely disappointed if President Obama caves into the long standing Republican effort to cut Social Security and benefits for disabled veterans and their survivors through a so-called chained CPI,” he said in a...
  • Fiscal and Social Conservatives: Both are needed to fight cultural/fiscal liberalism, which are one.

    01/22/2013 7:23:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/22/2013 | Dennis Prager
    For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives. This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America, because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social conservatism. Furthermore, the division is logically and morally untenable. A conservative conserves all American values, not just economic ones. By social conservatism I am referring to the second and third components of what I call the American Trinity — Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum. It is worth noting that a similar bifurcation does not exist on...
  • No more paper Social Security checks come March

    01/09/2013 6:45:17 AM PST · by haffast · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9, 2013: 5:39 AM ET | Melanie Hicken
    In an effort to cut spending, federal officials began retiring paper checks in favor of direct deposits and prepaid "Direct Express" debit cards in May 2011. Since then, the Treasury Department has required all new recipients of payments from federal benefits programs -- including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income disability, Veterans Affairs and government pension plans -- to sign up for electronic payments. It set a March 1, 2013, deadline for all other recipients to do the same. snip So now, the agency is urging remaining check recipients to beat the March 1 deadline. The department has partnered with more...
  • Obama proposes Social Security cuts

    12/22/2012 7:09:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 12/20/12 | Patrick Martin
    Obama proposes Social Security cutsPatrick Martin 20 December 2012 **SNIP** The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the “third rail” of American politics—touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people. Whatever the immediate outcome of the talks in Washington, whether or not a deal is reached before December 31, the overall direction is clear: entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are...
  • Whither American Conservatism?

    12/06/2012 8:49:30 AM PST · by Ohioan · 45 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | December 5, 2012 | William Flax
    Can The Republican Party Yet Serve Conservative Purpose? The answer depends on whether we can resolve questions of purpose, priority & tactics, with far more clarity than we have in the last twenty-one years. Politics have always been about winning & the art of the possible; but to the true Conservative (which in the American context has always involved a major libertarian component), "winning" means preservation of a Constitutional heritage, never merely electing people with a particular label, nor those primarily identified with a single cause or the demands of any special interest. Winning is about preserving the multi-generational...
  • A National Crisis in Character

    11/19/2012 4:15:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Star Parker
    Here’s an excerpt from a letter I received the other day from a college professor: “….throughout this election I discussed with students the differences between ideologies. The majority of them are on federal financial aid. They are fine with more taxes as long as they will be taken care of. It is disturbing to hear that they are willing to spend their own money on tattoos and cell phones but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in.” For those who see social conservatism as an annoyance and argue that Republicans must purge this agenda from...
  • Pew study on US elections finds social media postings "relentlessly negative"

    11/02/2012 11:47:19 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 8 replies
    Guardian.co.uk via news360 ^ | November 2, 2012 | Katie Rogers
    As the marathon campaign season wraps up researchers confirm what many have suspected: civility has taken a vacation If the political postings you've seen lately on Facebook and Twitter seem particularly outrageous, it's because they are. From the beginning of the political conventions to the eve of the final debate, social media and blog postings about US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been relentlessly negative, according to a new Pew study. "We found social media very harsh," Tom Rosenstiel, director of Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism, told the Guardian. "We also found it fairly insensitive to...
  • No, We Can’t — Just Get Past Race

    10/11/2012 8:03:29 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    There is this idea among many that we can get past apparent differences by concluding they don’t exist. This is reflected in the now common belief that racial distinctions are mere “social constructs.” In non-egghead terms, that means race is actually imaginary. This idea isn’t just espoused by liberals, but has become so mainstream that even many conservatives echo it. For example, just yesterday American Thinker writer Gregory Oatis asked if we could dispense with this “‘race’ nonsense, once and for all” and then explained, “Categorizing humanity by ‘race’ as has been happening for all these centuries is simply not...
  • Axelrod: ‘Not the time’ to discuss Social Security reform (Wait for lame duck session?)

    09/24/2012 3:57:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/24/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Axelrod: ‘Not the time’ to discuss Social Security reformBy Jonathan Easley - 09/24/12 09:20 AM ET Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod in a Monday interview avoided laying out specifics on how the president would reform Social Security, arguing now is “not the time” to talk about the details of reform. During a discussion about the entitlement program on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Axelrod said entitlements must be dealt with “in a balanced way” but that the president wasn’t ready to have a discussion about specifics 43 days before the election between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. “I’ll tell you what, when...
  • Who is Barack Hussein Obama? Yes, it matters.

    08/19/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 43 replies
    August 19, 2012 | self
    Just watched a smarmy Chris Wallace on Fox News haranging a Romney campaign official on whether Romney would be releasing more of his tax returns. Never a mention of Obama's college records, his Connecticut SS #, his bio that proclaimed he was a foreign student (until 2007), etc. I am getting very frustrated and am beginning to believe that the GOPe is adopting the role of the Globetrotter's Washington Generals, or adopting McCain's honorable loser schtick. If the President committed fraud as a college student, the American public has the right to know before election day. Character counts. Recall last...
  • Social Security cheap compared with Europe's (AP barf alert)

    08/12/2012 9:27:53 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-12-12 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON—Compared with most public pension systems in Europe, Social Security is downright frugal. On average, European pensions are more much generous than Social Security, providing retirees with benefits that come closer to matching the wages they earned when they were working. Americans are expected to rely more heavily on private pensions and savings when they retire. European workers also have been able to retire earlier than American workers, though many European countries are retreating from those policies, a subject that has caused more than a little unrest. Taxes also are higher in most European countries and some of their retirement...
  • Social sharing site Digg is sold for $500,000...Google offered $200million just four years ago

    07/14/2012 6:26:25 PM PDT · by rawhide · 25 replies
    dailmail.co.uk ^ | 6-13-12 | Eddie Wrenn
    In 2008, Google reportedly offered to purchase the popular Digg service for $200million. But yesterday, the service was picked up for a relatively humble £500,000, a small price for what was once the celebrated internet darling which signalled the start of social sharing and social media. New York tech 'incubator' Betaworks Digg on Thursday in a deal that included the remaining brand assets. Launched in 2004 by then 27-year old Kevin Rose, Digg rose to prominence as an aggregator of online content, becoming at one point one of the more highly-trafficked stops on the Internet.
  • The Real Class Warfare is Baby Boomers Vs. Younger Americans

    07/12/2012 6:00:48 AM PDT · by RKV · 46 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 11 July 12 | Nick Gillespie
    Hey kids, wake up! Stop playing your X-Box while listening to your Facebooks on the iPod and wearing your iPad with the cap turned backwards with the droopy pants and the bikini underwear listening to Snoopy Poopy Poop Dogg and the Enema Man and all that! Take a break from getting yet another tattoo on your ass bone or your nipples pierced already! And STFU about the 1 Percent vs. the 99 Percent! You're not getting screwed by billionaires and plutocrats. You're getting screwed by Mom and Dad.
  • 400 Harvard Business And Political Leaders Discuss "PATHS FORWARD" In DC

    06/28/2012 2:30:19 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | June 2012 | Harvard Business School
    (Paraphrasing) 400 Harvard business and political leaders plan the "PATHS FORWARD" initiative in DC to educate and indoctrinate the non-elite. Management, labor, government, and academia demand Obama step up his efforts to control our lives and the economy. For more than a century, global observers have considered the US to be awesome, but really we suck. Lefties join Harvard BS in a discussion about the next steps to change America. Panelists include AFL-CIO leaders, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and the founder of Politico. For members of the media interested in attending, it already happened, but you can read the executive...
  • Alan Simpson Decries 'Wretched Group of Seniors' Over Social Security

    05/27/2012 4:28:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/23/12 | Michael Ono
    Alan Simpson Decries 'Wretched Group of Seniors' Over Social SecurityBy Michael Ono | ABC OTUS News – Wed, May 23, 2012 Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson sent an fiery letter filled with expletives to the California Alliance for Retired Americans for a flyer the group sent out slamming the Bowles-Simpson commission report for proposed cuts to Social Security as one way to deal with the long-term deficit. "Your little flyer entitled "Bowles! Simpson! Stop using the deficit as a phony excuse to gut our Social Security!" is one of the phoniest excuses for a "flyer" I have ever seen," said...
  • The ABCs of Social Justice (Occupy Wall Street, anyone?)

    05/13/2012 9:43:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    "...the social thought and political economy program (STPEC)... with its emphasis on theory and practice and ethnic, gender, and race studies, is unique in the country... it has 150 majors and approximately 1,000 alumni. Core courses and electives are designed to prepare students to be change agents..."
  • Social Security Won't Be There, So Why Not Be Rich? (Occupy freeloaders don't get it)

    04/24/2012 6:48:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/23/12 | Donald Pennington
    Social Security Won't Be There, So Why Not Be Rich?By Donald Pennington | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 8 hrs ago COMMENTARY | How many times has a politician used the fear of losing Social Security as a ploy to persuade voters? More times than I can count. The concept of a safety net for those who lack financial planning skills has been an effective vote-grabber since 1935. And while all wage-earning Americans are required to pay into the program, people my age and younger will likely never see a return. **SNIP** Participants in the recent Occupy Wall Street boondoggle complained...
  • FEDCO Seed Catalog "Yes, We Are Entitled to What is Rightfully Ours. (Leftist Mind Cloud)

    03/13/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 19 replies
    FEDCO Seed Catalog ^ | 2/2012 | MOFGA
    Yes, We ARE Entitled to what is rightfully ours “An element in the readjustment of our financial system more important than currency, more important than gold...is the confidence of the people.” FDR Mar. 12, 1933 Last year’s economics columns resonated with some readers, evoking both support and outrage. This year I am moved to consider so-called“entitlements” such as the Social Security and Medicare programs.These days, when denoting such programs, too many pundits and politicians use the word ‘entitlement’ as a pejorative as in “how dare some citizens feel entitled to these benefits that are bankrupting our country?” Even our President...
  • Reparations, A Fundamental Issue Of Social Justice (Ogletree)

    03/09/2012 1:08:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    black-collegian.com ^ | 3/9/12 | Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
    My own interest in the reparations movement started in the 1970’s when my teacher and mentor at Stanford, Dr. St. Clair Drake, arranged for me to attend the Sixth Pan-African Conference in Dar es Salem, Tanzania. These conferences were held to focus on efforts to end colonial rule in Africa and to promote economic and political development within the African nations. I traveled as part of a delegation of over two hundred African Americans, but the member of our delegation who had an enormous impact on me was Audrey Moore, affectionately known as “Queen Mother Moore.” Viewed by many as...
  • The Major Issue is Not the Economy but the Lack of Integrity and Morality in Our Leadership

    02/24/2012 12:48:33 PM PST · by joanie-f · 36 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 22 February, 2012 | Joan Fischer (joanie-f)
    Many Americans, conservatives among them, have been voicing the opinion that social issues have no part in campaign debates, are criticizing Rick Santorum for placing them in the forefront of his campaign, and are branding him as unelectable as a result. I take issue with those points of view for two reasons: Firstly, social issues, when considered in their broadest sense, should play a major role in any campaign and none other than our Founders cautioned us to demand that they do. Secondly, it is not Rick Santorum who is declaring that social issues are the entire focus of his...
  • Ron Paul on Social Conservatism: 'I Think It's a Losing Position'

    02/20/2012 11:56:59 AM PST · by mnehring · 139 replies · 1+ views
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas.), who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that social conservatism is "a losing position" for the Republican Party. "Do you--are you uncomfortable--certainly Rick Santorum is the one who has been in the forefront of some of this talk on social issues, but there have been others in the race," Crowley asked Paul. "Are you uncomfortable with this talk about social issues? Do you consider it a winning area for Republicans in November?" "No," said Paul. "I think it's a losing position. "I mean,...
  • 1 in 3 Florida retirees who receive Social Security survive solely on government checks

    01/23/2012 11:37:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/23/12 | Donna Gehrke-White
    A third of Florida's nearly 3 million retirees, 65 and older, now rely entirely on Social Security, according to an analysis by AARP. "Folks have spent down their assets," said Jeff Johnson, AARP interim director in Florida. More Floridians are likely to end up only on Social Security than retirees in the rest of the country: A quarter of U.S. retirees, 65 and older, have only their monthly checks as income, Johnson said. Many of the most strapped are Florida's oldest, he added. Florida seniors, 80 and older, are about three times as likely to depend
  • Amazing: Democrat President Demands Cut in Social Security Funding

    12/21/2011 3:29:04 AM PST · by Son House · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | December 20, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    I'm talking about the direct constitutional, virtue-of-the-law way that Social Security's paid for is with that one deduction on your paycheck, FICA. I don't remember what it stands for and it doesn't matter. Now, my point about this is, here you have a Democrat president, who wants to cut the payroll tax by 4%, he wants that large a tax cut in the payroll tax, which would blow a $250 billion hole in Social Security funding at a time when everybody knows that we're short on being able to pay all the obligations now. We have reached the tipping point....
  • 'Right-Wing Social Engineering'- Now WHY Would Newt Go and Say a Thing Like That?

    12/14/2011 7:18:11 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 14, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Not just some offhand comment... GOP court-jester Ron Paul is now working the remark hard in Iowa as he attempts to sow doubt in the hearts of Newt-intenders... while the rest of us scratch our heads and wonder what ever possessed Gingrich to put it out there in the first place. After seeing the Ryan budget's approval rating tank in the polls for a month, Newt came out in mid-May stating he didn't find 'right-wing social engineering' any more palatable than ObamaCare's 'left-wing social engineering'. The former House Speaker then attempted to nuance that criticism of Ryan's Path to Prosperity in...
  • F. A. Hayek on Social Evolution and the Origins of Tradition

    12/02/2011 12:08:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/2/11 | LibertarianismDotOrg
    In this exclusive video, Nobel-laureate F. A. Hayek discusses the evolution of morality and social norms, arguing that they result from unplanned, emergent processes. He contrasts this conclusion with other philosophical accounts of law and morality.
  • Groups to picket at Social Security offices

    10/27/2011 9:17:02 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    fox 19 .com ^ | 10-27-11 | fox 19
    Social Security advocates are planning to protest Thursday at Social Security offices around the county. Thousands of American Federation of Government Employees Social Security employees, along with the Alliance for Retired Americans, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the Strengthen Social Security Campaign are protesting recent proposals from Congress that would cut the Social Security Administration's operational budget.
  • Jobs’s Philanthropic Record Is The Subject Of Debate

    10/07/2011 11:02:08 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 35 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 10/7/11 | Peter Whoriskey
    For one of the nation’s most famous billionaires, Steve Jobs kept a low profile as a charitable donor. Unlike fellow tech leaders Bill Gates of Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, he did not sign the Giving Pledge, the effort under which the nation’s richest individuals commit to giving at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. His name is absent from the list of gifts of $1 million or more maintained by Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. And it wasn’t until after an unflattering media report aboutJobs on the subject over the summer that Apple in September initiated a...
  • She's Baaaaack!

    09/26/2011 8:19:38 PM PDT · by Sick of Lefties · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Noman Says ^ | 9/26/11 | Noman
    She's Baaaaack! No sooner does Noman think he's done with Elizabeth Warren than she leaps into the fray with yet more provocative material. This woman is a living, breathing blog-op. It's worth taking time to address her for several reasons. First, she's a walking compendium of Liberal certitudes whose cocksure righteousness causes her to effuse pristine formulations of Statist credal beliefs. Secondly, she's a Chaired Harvard Law Professor, which attests to her position at the top of the profession's food chain, and highlights the beliefs that animate the nation's preeminent reservoir of legal wisdom. Finally, she's a perpetual menace to...
  • Saudi Arabia gives women the vote... but not until 2015

    09/25/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:25 PM on 25th September 2011 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. K ing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections. However, the new law will not come into force until 2015. In a speech, the king said the move was in accordance with sharia law.
  • Paul Krugman identified Social Security as a Ponzi Scheme in the late 1990's.

    09/14/2011 3:34:36 PM PDT · by SideoutFred · 8 replies
    Boston Review ^ | 1996-97 | Paul Krugman
    I like Freeman's idea of providing each individual with a trust fund when young rather than retirement benefits when old, but we had better realize that this is a significant change in the character of the social insurance system. Social Security is structured from the point of view of the recipients as if it were an ordinary retirement plan: what you get out depends on what you put in. So it does not look like a redistributionist scheme. In practice it has turned out to be strongly redistributionist, but only because of its Ponzi game aspect, in which each generation...
  • Why I didn’t participate in last night’s social justice demonstration

    09/06/2011 10:25:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israelty.com ^ | 9/6/2011 | Brian Blum
    I didn’t participate in the mass social justice rallies last night. I wanted to, sort of. But inertia and washing the post-Shabbat dishes grabbed center stage. Moreover, I’m still conflicted about whether or not I fully support what’s going on outside on our streets. Nehemia Strasler put it best in an article in today’s Haaretz. Strasler, an economics writer for the paper, compared the two main voices of the protest movement: that of Daphni Leef, who started the whole thing on Facebook, and Itzik Shmuli, head of the National Student Union. Leef tends to get most of the press –...
  • Motorcyclist dies after rescue workers drop car on him

    09/02/2011 1:04:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | HANNAH RAPPLEYE and JENNIFER BAIN
    A college student pinned under a car that had crashed into his motorcycle in Brooklyn died yesterday after rescue workers struggling to free him from the wreckage dropped the vehicle on him in a tragic accident. Karam Rampersaud, 21, of Brooklyn, had been on his way to classes at City College when he collided with a Ford Taurus at 8:45 a.m. on Loring Avenue and Forbell Street in East New York. Seconds after cops and firefighters started to lift the Ford with a jack, things went horribly wrong. “The car was about four feet up,” said witness James Selder, 41....
  • 30 arrested at Bel-Ridge home (Yes We Can Social Club)

    08/15/2011 4:37:02 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 2 replies
    BEL-RIDGE • St. Louis County Police arrested 30 people at a Bel-Ridge house last week while they were executing a search warrant to look for evidence of prostitution, alcohol violations, drugs, and weapons. The house, in the 8800 block of Snowhill Court, was raided early Friday morning by the county's tactical operations, K-9, and special investigating units. The address is listed as the location of the "Yes We Can Social Club" on the Missouri Secretary of State's website. It was incorporated in January for the purposes of "recreation" and says that assets from the corporation would be given "to another...
  • A Tottering Technocracy

    08/09/2011 7:15:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/9/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Here and in Europe, the financial meltdown exposes the hollowness of our elites. We are witnessing a widespread crisis of faith in our progressive guardians of the last 30 years. These are the blue-chip, university-certified elite, employed by universities, government, and big-money private foundations and financial-services companies. The best recent examples are sorts like Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, Peter Orszag, Robert Rubin, Steven Chu, and Timothy Geithner. Politicians like John Kerry, John Edwards, and Al Gore all share certain common characteristics of this Western technocracy: proper legal or academic credentials, ample service in elected or appointed government office,...
  • Social media users successfully face down Nasrallah on Facebook

    08/04/2011 10:27:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 8/4/11 | RACHEL GEIZHALS
    "We will fight Amalek on every front," says the Jewish Internet Defense Force. An Israeli politician and pro-Israel advocates succeeded in reducing Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's social media presence, as Nasrallah's fan page - which boasted about 9,000 supporters - was removed Monday from the social networking site Facebook. The battle against the fan page was waged by former internal security minister MK Avi Dichter (Kadima) and the Jewish Internet Defense Force, which fights anti-Semitism and terrorism on the Web. Facebook has rules about pages that are hateful and promote terrorist behavior, so Dichter implored his Facebook supporters to...
  • Sisters suing to get Social Security numbers (Never got 'em at birth)

    08/04/2011 10:17:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    WKYT ^ | 8/04/11
    Sisters suing to get Social Security numbersThe sisters, who live in Laurel County, say their parents never sought birth certificates, vaccination records, or Social Security numbers for them. Posted: 11:04 AM Aug 4, 2011 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Raechel Colleen Schultz and her sister, Stephanie Marie Schultz, are looking for recognition by the government. The two women, who live in rural Lily, Ky., were born at home. They were home-schooled and their parents never sought birth certificates, vaccination records or Social Security numbers for them. Now, 29-year-old Raechel and 23-year-old Stephanie have sued the Social Security Administration in an effort...