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  • "Is this Reagan versus Carter?" (Did I hear Hannity correctly?

    04/25/2012 4:21:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 54 replies
    4/25/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Hannity's show "Hannity's America," last night I could swear that near the end of his show he asked those on the invited panel "Is this Reagan versus Carter?" Did anyone watch his show last night and hear this, as he said this pretty fast? As if Romney is Reagan. Obama is Carter, but Romney is no Reagan. Romney is a Rinocrat.
  • Thomas Kinkade's Death Pits Wife Vs. Girlfriend Over Painter's Secrets

    04/25/2012 9:46:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/25/2012 | Aly Weisman
    Artist Thomas Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light" left more of a dark scene after he passed away earlier this month at the age of 54. Famous for his mass-produced, idyllic images of baseball fields, cottages along rivers and scenes from Disney films, Kinkade was more troubled in his personal life than his paintings suggested. Reports of heavy drinking (Kinkade's brother said he had recently relapsed) and a volatile relationship with his girlfriend came out after the famous painter's untimely death. Kinkade had been living with his girlfriend, Indian-born Amy Pinto Walsh, after he and his first wife, Nanette,...
  • 53% of New Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed; Rude Awakening for Class of 2012

    04/25/2012 9:41:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    MISH's Global Economic Analysis ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The USA Today reports graduating class of 2012 is in for a rude awakening as Half of new graduates are jobless or underemployed. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that's confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans. Median wages for those with bachelor's degrees are down from...
  • Peter Schiff: Obama is a socialist and is ignorant of history and economics.

    04/25/2012 9:31:32 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/22/2012 | Peter Schiff
    Good clip. Destroys Obamanomics and this ignrant con man.
  • Politics and Money

    04/25/2012 8:57:15 AM PDT · by JimVT · 4 replies
    A friend | April 24, 2012 | Unk
    Romney, Kerry and Kennedy
  • Rich. Weird. Romney

    04/25/2012 7:39:24 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 69 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2012 | Alex Pareene
    Mitt Romney is weird. When the Obama reelection campaign early in the cycle made the mistake of indicating that its strategy would be to imply that Mitt Romney is weird by repeatedly telling Politico that it planned on calling Mitt Romney weird, Romney’s camp countered by causing a brief and not particularly sincere media brouhaha over whether “weird” is code for “Mormon.” Plenty of Americans think Mormons are weird, yes, but in this case, the simple fact is Mitt Romney is weird, entirely apart from his religion.-SNIP- All video of him attempting to interact with normal humans is cringe-inducing, as...
  • Nine Countries Where Everyone Has A Job

    04/25/2012 6:37:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/25/2012 | Michael B. Sauter and Charles B. Stockdale
    Earlier this month, polling agency Gallup released its 2011 global unemployment statistics for 148 countries. Of the nations Gallup surveyed, nine had unemployment rates below 5%. The majority are in Asia, with the remainder in central or eastern Europe. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed these nine countries to determine the underlying causes of their extremely low jobless rates. We looked that this in light of the fact most economists believe that 5% unemployment or less is considered “full employment” because of the normal turnover in jobs, the portion of workers seeking better jobs, and the number of young people who join...
  • (Weird History) In 1958 America Accidentally Dropped a Nuclear Weapon on Two Little Girls’ Playhouse

    04/24/2012 10:28:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls’ playhouse For certain rural residents of the Carolinas during the Cold War, apocalyptic anxiety hit disturbingly close to home. In 1958 and 1961, the American Air Force lost nuclear weapons over the skies of South and North Carolina, respectively, raining potential apocalypse on the folks below. In both incidents, complete catastrophe was avoided thanks to that ever-potent combination of foresight and unmitigated dumb luck. And in the former incident, the bomb fell square on some unsuspecting children's playhouse. The first accident occurred over Florence, South Carolina on March...
  • New England's lack of violence reaps economic benefits

    04/24/2012 7:33:53 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24April2012 | Scott Malone
    BOSTON (Reuters) - The rural New England states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are the most peaceful U.S. states, a distinction that gives them an economic advantage over the most violent, including Louisiana, Tennessee and Nevada. Violence and its aftermath cost the entire U.S. economy some $460 billion last year, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace's second annual United States Peace Index, which was released on Tuesday.
  • Vanity: And Remember How The Left Bashed Romney For Only Getting 25% Of The Vote? Not Tonight!

    04/24/2012 7:07:05 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 37 replies
    Especially MSNBC and the liberal baffoons on FOX. How many times did we hear, But Romney can never take in more than 25% of the vote? What an assinine thing to boast on live TV! There were 8 or 9 of them running at one time, did anyone expect any candidate to get 50% from the start? We had about 5 or 6 great candidates from the start. But most of us had a gut feeling it was going to be Romney in the end. Now those clowns on MSNBC can be more identified with the 7 dwarfs.
  • The History of U.S. Paper Money

    04/24/2012 6:25:55 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 19 replies ^ | April 23, 2012 | Arlyn G. Sieber
    Excerpted from Warman’s Coins and Paper Money by Arlyn G. Sieber, available from During the Revolutionary War, the states and Continental Congress continued to issue paper money, but its backing in hard currency was spotty at best. Inflation ensued, and the notes’ values plummeted. Some were called “shinplasters” because early Americans put them in their boots to help keep their feet warm. The saying “not worth a Continental” had its roots in the devaluation of Continental currency. Designs on state notes varied, but most featured inscriptions within elaborate borders. Coats of arms and crowns were also common. During the...
  • This type of thing happens, when you don't Stand your Ground Laws

    04/24/2012 6:06:27 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 9 replies
    WKRG5 ^ | April 24 2012 | Trueblackman
    You have no heard about this in the MSM because it would have been a good case for why Stand your Ground Laws are need and it is time to start calling the race hustlers out for the mess that the rest of us have to put up with after they and the media leave town!
  • Mad Cow Disease Found in US Cow

    04/24/2012 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2012 | Carrie Gann and Dan Childs
    The Department of Agriculture today confirmed a case of mad cow disease found in a dairy cow in central California. In a press briefing today, John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said the cow's meat did not enter the food supply and the carcass will be destroyed. The animal was found at a rendering facility run by Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif. The disease was discovered when the company selected the cow for random sampling, Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey told The Associated Press. The Agriculture Department confirmed today that the cow is the fourth discovered in...
  • Vanity: Sustainable cities & "collective intelligence technologies"

    04/24/2012 9:57:35 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 10 replies
    4/24/2012 | me
    While doing my morning sustainability research i found myself coming across Siemens website, which has done a little updating since my last visit. Within moments i found myself in a .pdf on "smart" neighborhoods to come in NYC, and one of the major subjects discussed is "community intelligence". This raised a brow obviously. A snip: "Being a part of a community meets a basic human need. Knowing your surroundings, having access to relevant local information, and feeling closely connected to your neighborhood—and to the City—builds trust. As New York City continues to grow, residents are at risk of losing their...
  • 53 Percent Of All Young College Graduates In America Are Either Unemployed Or Underemployed

    04/24/2012 9:32:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 04/24/2012 | Michael Snyder
    If you are in college right now, you will most likely either be unemployed or working a job that only requires a high school degree when you graduate. The truth is that the U.S. economy is not coming anywhere close to producing enough jobs for the hordes of new college graduates that are entering the workforce every year. In 2011, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed. Millions upon millions of young college graduates feel like the system has totally failed them. They worked hard in school...
  • America's poorest county: Proud Appalachians ... in region where 40% fall below poverty line

    04/24/2012 6:36:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 64 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 23 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It was a county formed 19 years before the Civil War. But in the towns lying between borders in Owsley, in the coal fields of eastern Kentucky, a portrait of Americans shows a community that appears frozen in time, where many still live without water or electricity. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Appalachian county has the lowest median household income in the states - a staggering 41.5 per cent of residents falling below the poverty line.
  • Are We Sliding Backward on Teaching Evolution?

    04/24/2012 4:21:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/24/2012 | Adam Cohen
    Tennessee was the center of the national debate when it prosecuted John Thomas Scopes for the crime of teaching evolution. Now, 87 years after the Scopes “monkey trial,” Tennessee is once again a battleground over the origins of man. This month, it enacted a controversial new law — dubbed the “monkey bill” — giving schoolteachers broad new rights to question the validity of evolution and to teach students creationism. The Tennessee legislature has been on a determined campaign to impose an ideological agenda on the state’s schools. Last week, the house education committee passed the so-called “Don’t say gay” bill,...
  • Driver sues NASCAR, claims he was excluded from diversity program for being ‘too Caucasian’

    04/23/2012 5:33:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    SportingNews ^ | 04/19/2012 | Bob Pockrass
    An aspiring stock-car driver is suing NASCAR, claiming he was denied the opportunity to compete in NASCAR’s diversity program because he looks “too Caucasian.” NASCAR argues that in trying to change the “face” of the sport, it has the right to select drivers for its diversity program based on skin color, attorneys for the sanctioning body and its former diversity program administrators have told a U.S. District court. Michael Rodriguez, a driver from Pennsylvania, says in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court that he was denied the opportunity to compete in the 2005 and 2006 Drive For Diversity combines....
  • What is Romney's plan? Rubio's Quasi-Dream Act, a Daniel D. Portado (Self-Deportation) plan, ...?

    04/23/2012 4:04:10 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 12 replies
    4/23/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I can't keep up with what Romney is supposedly going to go with concerning illegals. First it was the ridiculous idea from Romney that illegals will self-deport. Remember Daniel D. Portado? Then there was the buzz that some kind of Kobach plan would emerge. Now there is supposedly going to be some type of Rubio Quasi-Dream Act. Who knows what Romney is going to go with. I guess more poll testing, and/or focus group work from the Romney campaign is needed before a plan emerges.
  • The Green Nazi Tycoon Alfred Toepfer

    04/23/2012 9:44:19 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-22-2012 | Mark Musser
    Many environmentalist are extremely rich - Al Gore, James Cameron, Robert Redford, and Ted Turner just to name a few, not to mention so many wealthy foundations that contribute to the green movement. The Nazis had their green tycoon too. His name was Alfred Toepfer ...