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  • Obama’s Nuclear Waste Blunders Could Cost Taxpayers Over $20 Billion

    07/27/2015 10:00:29 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies ^ | 27-07-2015 | King
    President Obama says otherwise, but he seems to have a propensity for slapping the nuclear industry across the face. When the Obama administration came into power, one of its first actions was to end work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. In so doing, it delivered a shuddering blow to the U.S. nuclear industry, trashing the project when it was nearly ready to open. The cost to taxpayers was about $15 billion. Now the administration is going through the motions to suspend another costly nuclear waste investment when it is about 67 percent com
  • Census: D.C. Suburbs Dominate Wealthiest List; Falls Church, Va

    01/02/2014 3:17:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/2/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The small suburban independent city of Falls Church, Va.—which is treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau--had a higher median household income in 2012 than any county in the United States, according to data released in December by the Census Bureau.In the Census Bureau’s ranking of the 30 counties with the highest median household incomes, the City of Falls Church rose from the No. 2 spot in 2011 to the No. 1 spot in 2012, overtaking Loudon County, Va.While treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau, the City of Falls Church had...
  • US Airport Uses Taxpayer Money To Construct Prayer Space For Muslims

    07/02/2013 5:23:08 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 7-2-13 | Tim Brown
    Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said, “The way we look at it…this was in the interest of maintaining a good relationship with ground transportation providers.” Ah, but did they use public money? Yes they did. Mr. Yakel says that those resources were nominal, with work done by in-house plumbers. So how does this square with the very people, many who live in San Francisco, who are always crying “Separation of Church and State”? Apparently they are just fine with it.
  • Obama sending more F-16s and Tanks to Muslim Brotherhood Egypt

    12/12/2012 7:30:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 11, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Why is Obama arming the enemies of freedom? This cat is dangerous and scary. Why the support of Islamic revolutions whose stated goal is sharia and a universal caliphate? What's he doing to protect the oppressed religious minorities in peril? America, time to remove your morphine drip. Wake up! More tanks for Egypt this year than the entire Marine Corps has... For the new Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood dominated government, the Obama Administration is ensuring another $1.3 billion annual shipment of state-of-the-art weaponry. More Perspective... This year alone, Obama will be sending the Egyptians 200 M1A1 Main Battle Tanks. Egypt already...
  • DARPA studying pollen grains as vaccine delivery system

    12/05/2012 11:04:25 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    Vaccine News Daily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jeffrey Bigongiari
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding the development of technology to package oral vaccines for delivery using pollen. The exterior of pollen grains are shells made of a non-allergenic, naturally durable polymer. The interior of the shell can be emptied, which eliminates any allergy-producing material, and then filled with vaccine, according to The shell’s durability also gives it a substantial advantage over traditional oral tablets because it serves to protect the vaccine while it is in the body. Stomach acids, for example, often limit a medication’s absorption. A pollen shell would protect the vaccine until it reaches...
  • CAN IT ALL BE COINCIDENCE? (Including Larry Sinclair)

    10/04/2012 5:19:14 AM PDT · by ZachJones · 48 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | Oct. 3, 2012 | Don Fredrick
    As I noted in the introduction to my book, The Obama Timeline, a jury at a murder trial will often find the accumulated circumstantial evidence so overwhelming that a guilty verdict is obvious—even though there may be no witness to the crime. “The jurors in the Scott Peterson trial believed the collection of evidence more than they believed Scott Peterson. Among other things, the jury thought that being arrested with $15,000 in cash, recently-dyed hair, a newly-grown goatee, four cell phones, camping equipment, a map to a new girlfriend’s house, a gun, and his brother’s driver’s license certainly did not...
  • Minn. Vikings stadium stalls amid Capitol politics

    05/02/2012 7:23:19 AM PDT · by topher · 25 replies
    Yahoo Sports - NFL ^ | May 1, 2012 | By PATRICK CONDON | The Associated Press
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The big push at Minnesota's Capitol to pass a public subsidy for a new Vikings stadium stalled Tuesday, as the proposal got snared in the partisan politics that have defined state government under a Democratic governor and Republican legislative majorities. The prospect of impending House and Senate floor votes on the $975 million stadium plan appeared to dissolve after Republican legislative leaders unexpectedly debuted a brand-new financing plan that differs significantly from the proposal negotiated by Gov. Mark Dayton's administration, the Vikings and the city of Minneapolis. GOP leaders called for shrinking the proposed $400 million...
  • Arab Party Under Fire for Funding Marmara Terrorists

    11/03/2011 4:44:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | Elad Benari
    The Arab Ra’am party came under fire on Thursday over the State Comptroller’s report, which found that the faction used public taxpayer funding to pay for engraved plaques, which it awarded to six terrorists who took part in the assault on IDF soldiers on board the Mavi Marmara. The 5,000 shekel payment was placed under the item for "expenditures for maintaining contact with the party's supporters and voters," according to a State Comptroller report on Knesset members' expenditures which was released earlier on Thursday. The faction is represented by MKs Ibrahim Sarsour and Masoud Ghanayem, and constitutes half of the...
  • Which Was Worse: Watergate or Operation 'Fast and Furious'?

    07/07/2011 11:43:20 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 68 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7/7/2011 | AWR Hawkins
    After The Washington Post broke the news of the Watergate break-ins in 1972, the Nixon administration circled the wagons. And in 1997 – a full 25 years after the fact – Katherine Graham, who was with The Post in 1972, vividly recalled how “Nixon began making threats of economic retaliation against the paper.” According to Graham, Nixon bullied the paper, sought to silence it, and launched a “campaign to undermine public confidence in [it].” Judging from what Graham said, it appears that Nixon wanted to be sure people understood that if they continued to pry into Watergate or talk about...
  • Interest-free loans to government workers on your dime

    04/20/2011 5:25:01 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 12 replies
    It appears that state agencies loaned government employees millions of dollars without getting repaid, according to the state controller’s office. Millions in interest-free salary and travel advances have been made to state employees without collecting repayment, according to audits from the controller. . .
  • UFT spends millions on dinners, parties, parking, coffee as thousands of teachers face layoffs

    02/24/2011 9:16:06 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 26 replies
    nydailynews ^ | February 24th 2011 | Douglas Feiden
    <p>As nearly 5,000 city teachers face the ax, their union shells out millions of dollars on feasting, boozing and partying, the Daily News has learned. Free-spending United Federation of Teachers brass last year spent nearly $1.4 million for the UFT's 50th anniversary gala at the Hilton - complete with a movie, a book and a paperweight.</p>
  • Economic Stimulus Check

    12/12/2010 3:00:12 PM PST · by LucyT · 19 replies
    unknown | December 12, 2010 | Unknown
    Sometime next year, Senior citizens will again receive another 'Economic Stimulus' payment. This is indeed a very exciting program, and I'll explain it by using a Q & A format: Q. What is an 'Economic Stimulus' payment ? A. It is money that the federal government will send to seniors. Q.. Where will the government get this money ? A. From senior taxpayers. Q. So the government is giving me back my own money ? A. Only a smidgen of it. Q. What is the purpose of this payment ? A. The plan is for you to use the money...
  • Obama Uses 'Security' Waiver to Evade PA Funding Restrictions

    10/11/2010 8:55:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 10/11/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    U.S. President Barack Obama signed a waiver last week that allowed him to transfer funds to the Palestinian Authority, while relaxing some of reporting requirements. The announcement of the waiver, published October 7, did not include information on the amount or its purpose. The requirements, dubbed a “routine bureaucratic measure necessitated by terrorism laws” by the PA-linked Ma'an news agency, are actually a complex 12-section network of legislation, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, which states the U.S. policy to promote “the cessation of terrorism and incitement in institutions and territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority...”
  • Whatever Happened to the United Nations? (leftist platform for anti-Western rhetoric)

    09/24/2010 9:14:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 23, 2010 | J.D. Gordon
    As the United Nations General Assembly convenes for their annual session in New York, much of the attention has focused on Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his declarations that capitalism is near death while the "future" belongs to his country. Four years ago it was Venezuela's Hugo Chavez who captured the headlines with a theatrical rant referring to an appearance made by President George W. Bush as, "the devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today." How did such a respectable international governmental organization, one that fought a bloody war including 16-member states which beat back a...
  • White House Tries to Discredit FORBES Over Obama Cover Story

    09/24/2010 8:48:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 23, 2010 | Human Events
    Human Events has learned that the White House raked Forbes magazine’s White House bureau chief over the coals yesterday for a story Forbes ran by respected conservative and New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza. Sources tell us the White House attempted to get the nation’s #1 business magazine to back away from its cover story titled, “How Obama Thinks.” The Forbes article is derived from D’Souza’s upcoming book The Roots of Obama’s Rage (Regnery, a sister company to Even though the book won’t be in stores until next week, left-leaning media and politicos have already joined forces in...
  • Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Rauf is a no-show in New Jersey court

    09/15/2010 10:25:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/15/10 | Tom Topousis
    While the Imam behind plans for a mosque near Ground Zero was jetting around the globe and advocating for his Downtown project, a pair of dilapidated apartment buildings he owns in New Jersey fell into such disrepair that cops have to stand watch in the event of a fire. The fire watch, at taxpayer expense, was revealed during a court hearing today when Union City lawyers asked to have two buildings owned by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf placed into receivership so that rent s could be used to fix dozens of violations, including inoperable alarms and sprinklers. Rauf skipped today’s
  • Photo: Obama Basketball Motorcade Driven Past Tea Party Protesters in D.C. Today

    09/12/2010 11:41:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 109 replies
    AP via Google ^ | Sunday, September 12, 2010 | Charles Dharapak
    President Barack Obama's motorcade drives towards the White House past Tea Party protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue as he returns from playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • MOSQUERADE: What Is Really Behind the Ground Zero ‘Community Center’?

    09/11/2010 12:39:51 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 9 replies
    WebToday ^ | 9-11-10 | WebToday
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has advertised the controversial Ground Zero mosque as an Islamic outreach to the community, a cultural center open and intended to unify all religions. Today, he still stands by that assertion, even as his proposed mosque continues to exact the opposite effect before it’s even built. Now, harsh critics, such as Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, William Murray, are presented with even more perplexing information in the form of Sharif El-Gamal (pictured), the mysterious developer behind the mosque. Reportedly a waiter by profession who suddenly “came into” the kind of money to spearhead a $100...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking: New low -23

    09/05/2010 6:48:33 AM PDT · by DadOfFive · 181 replies
    Sunday, September 05, 2010 Email to a Friend ShareThis Advertisement The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-seven percent (47%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23 (see trends).
  • Blair Warns of Reach of Radical Islam

    09/05/2010 10:10:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sept 5, 2010 | Newsmax
    WASHINGTON – Former prime minister Tony Blair warned on Sunday that the roots of radical Islam were far deeper than we think and said Al-Qaeda would have killed 300,000 on September 11, 2001 if they could. "This is actually more like the phenomenon of revolutionary communism," Blair said in an interview with ABC News, commenting on the reach of Islamic extremism. "It's the religious or cultural equivalent of it, and its roots are deep, its tentacles are long, and its narrative about Islam stretches far further than we think into even parts of mainstream opinion who abhor the extremism, but...
  • Clinton hosting dinner for Ramadan geared toward young Muslims

    09/04/2010 11:53:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Clinton hosting dinner for Ramadan geared toward young Muslims By Bridget Johnson - 09/04/10 01:27 PM ET The administration's marking of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues Tuesday when the State Department hosts an event. The administration's marking of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues Tuesday when the State Department hosts an event geared toward young Muslims and an Iftar dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Obama hosted an Iftar meal breaking the day's Ramadan fast on Aug. 13. In his speech, he supported the right of the Muslim community to build the planned controversial...
  • State Dept. Pressed for Imam Book Explanation

    09/03/2010 3:28:53 PM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/2/2010 | Emily Miller
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants the State Department to explain its use of taxpayer funds to purchase and distribute Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book What’s Right With Islam. “Certainly Senate Foreign Relations Committee members will want some briefing from the State Department,” Andy Fisher, the spokesman for Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations told HUMAN EVENTS. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had no immediate reaction to the controversy. On the House side, Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), ranking Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, is “looking into...
  • Ground Zero Imam a Taxpayer-Subsidized Slumlord

    08/30/2010 4:58:51 AM PDT · by opentalk · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 30, 2010 | Connie Hair
    The elitist, media-generated grand illusion of the Ground Zero mosque imam has begun to collapse under scrutiny. New reports from The Record out of Hackensack, N.J., reveal Feisal Abdul Rauf, the would-be Ground Zero imam, owns taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings in Hudson County where the tenants have made municipal health complaints including rat, roach and bedbug infestations, seeping toilets, leaks, urine-soaked hallways, no heat and no hot water. Despite millions of dollars in government subsidies, Rauf has trouble maintaining several small apartment buildings in North Bergen, Palisades Park and Union City. From the report: Page after page of municipal health...
  • Good Grief: GZ Imam’s Wife Now Being Sent on Taxpayer Funded Trip to Middle East to Trash America…

    08/24/2010 9:54:26 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 24, 2010
    Yup, the same woman who just said America is “beyond Islamophobic” is being sent by the Obama regime’s State Department to give her views on Muslim life in the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates…Yes, fresh from denouncing America on national television as a place rife with “hate of Muslims,” a place so Islamophobic that “it’s beyond Islamophobia,” Daisy Khan, co-planner of the Ground Zero mosque project, will soon be hopping a plane at taxpayer expense, courtesy of the State Department, to jet from New York to the United Arab Emirates and deliver to the Emiratis her views about Muslim...
  • Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama's £250,000 Spanish holiday

    08/06/2010 12:36:58 PM PDT · by opentalk · 51 replies
    daily mail UK ^ | Aug 6, 2010 | mail foreign servuce
    Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day. The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette. And her critics will be further annoyed when they learn that the president's wife had a Spanish beach closed off today so that she, her daughter and their entourage could go for a swim. Spanish police cleared off a stretch...
  • The Obama Jobs Program: Ship ‘em to Sri Lanka

    08/05/2010 11:42:57 AM PDT · by opentalk · 4 replies
    Redstate ^ | Aug 5 , 2010 | Bill S
    In June, 2010, there were roughly 14 million unemployed Americans. President Obama has made much noise about saving or creating jobs, jobs bills, and extending unemployment benefits. My dad used to say “actions speak louder than words”, and Barack Obama’s actions belie his claims to care about creation of jobs. Case in point: training programmers in Sri Lanka to offshore American jobs. Despite President Obama’s pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions,...
  • State Workers Who Outed Illegal Immigrants Face Criminal Charges

    07/20/2010 10:56:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Judicial watch ^ | July 20,2010 | Judicial watch
    The Utah state employees suspected of outing more than 1,000 illegal immigrants living in the state have been placed on administrative leave and will likely be criminally charged. Last week a list of 1,300 suspected illegal aliens was circulated anonymously to various state and federal agencies as well as media outlets. Accompanied by a letter from "Concerned Citizens of the United States," the 29-page list includes the illegal aliens’ phone numbers, addresses and birth dates. The letter claims that the group "observes these individuals in our neighborhoods, driving on our streets, working in our stores, attending our schools and entering...
  • U.S. Marine fires back over Shariah loans, suing Fed for promoting Islam with AIG bailout

    06/09/2010 1:52:41 PM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies · 57+ views
    WND ^ | June 08, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling
    A U.S. Marine who served in Iraq is suing the federal government for distributing billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to the Shariah-supporting American International Group.The lawsuit, Murray v. Geithner et al., was brought against the Fed and the Treasury by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Kevin Murray, a former Marine who served honorably in Iraq to defend the United States from Islamic terrorists....Coughlin, a lawyer and decorated Army Reserve officer, is a leading Pentagon expert on the link between Islamic law and jihad. He explained that by engaging in Shariah-compliant financing, AIG and the federal government...
  • Obama Wastes Millions of Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Entertainment

    06/07/2010 6:12:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 42 replies · 221+ views
    Canada freepress ^ | June 7, 2010 | Fred Dardick
    President and First Lady are partying like rock royalty. The same hypocrite who says our energy costs must “necessarily skyrocket” to fund his political ambition, is giving Marie Antoinette a run for her money when it comes to spending national treasure on personal luxuries. While much of the country is struggling to pay their bills, the President and First Lady are partying like rock royalty. The collection of talent that has made the pilgrimage to the White House to entertain Obama and friends is nothing less than amazing: Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennet, Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Herbie Hancock,...
  • Illegal Alien/Drug Dealer's Time Worth $145k of Your Money Per Month

    05/09/2010 12:48:58 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 7 replies · 354+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | May 9, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    Some things are hard to put a price tag on. Love is one. A rainbow is another. Peace of mind is yet a third. There aren't many in that category, and now, thanks to a liberal New York judge and a local community activist, we DO know what an illegal alien drug dealer's time is worth. How much? $145,000 of you money for a month of his time. Per the New York Post, an illegal alien with a long rap sheet was accidentally held at Riker's Island for a month pending deportation. However, the city's internal rule is that no...
  • Pakistan gets $656M from U.S. as terror link probed

    05/06/2010 11:57:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 247+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2010 | Bridget Johnson
    Pakistan received $656 million in security funds from the United States as authorities probed links between the country and the confessed Times Square bomber. According to Dawn newspaper, the U.S. embassy in Islamabad transferred $188 million to Pakistan's central bank last week and the remaining $468 million on Monday. The coalition-support funds compensate Pakistan for counterterrorim and counterinsurgency operations. Faisal Shahzad, a Connecticut resident and the 30-year-old son of a retired official in Pakistan's air force, was hauled off an Emirates airlines flight bound for Dubai on Monday night and charged Tuesday with attempting to detonate an SUV bomb in...
  • Obama Now Pushing Sneaky Wall Street Bailout

    04/20/2010 8:49:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies · 610+ views
    Human events ^ | 04/20/2010 | Brian Darling
    Talk about taking another giant leap in the wrong direction. Fresh off his successful (for now) effort to ram through an unpopular healthcare “reform” law, President Barack Obama is now fighting for legislation on Capitol Hill that would set up a permanent fund to bail out companies in the financial sector. Of course, that’s not how his team is spinning things. On the White House Blog, Jen Psaki claims that “under the Senate bill, the taxpayers will never be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street’s irresponsibility.” But that’s simply not true If you liked the bailouts in 2008,...
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York Subpoenaed in AIG

    02/10/2010 6:46:51 PM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies · 933+ views
    Big Government ^ | Frank Gaffney
    Here’s the latest in the question of the New York Fed, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the AIG bailout, as we’ve covered here at Big Government before (here and here). Last year, Iraq war vet Kevin Murray brought a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and Ben Bernanke (Murray vs. Geithner, et al) for its acquisition of AIG– a scheme that made the US taxpayer the world’s largest provider of Shariah-compliant insurance products. Lawyers David Yerushalmi and The Thomas More Law Center’s Robert Muise found, in the course of discovery, that that was just the tip of the iceberg. Yerushalmi and...
  • After Obama Tells America “Everyone Must Sacrifice” the WH Throws 1 Party Every 3 Days in 1st Year

    01/13/2010 8:16:15 PM PST · by Justaham · 17 replies · 1,140+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-13-10 | Jim Hoft
    Back in January 2009, before he signed his failed $787 billion stimulus bill into law, Barack Obama told America that everyone must sacrifice for the greater good. Everyone must have “some skin in the game.” What he meant, of course, was that everyone would have to sacrifice to lift American out of the worst recession since the Great Depression except for Barack and Michelle Obama. Now we learn that the the Obama White House has held one party every three days in first year of Obama reign.
  • Astro-snorts (bag cocaine found at NASA hangar)

    01/15/2010 1:20:43 PM PST · by Frantzie · 15 replies · 620+ views
    UK Sun Newspaper ^ | 1-15-2010 | Pete Samson
    A BAG of cocaine has been found in a Space Shuttle hangar - sparking a Nasa investigation.
  • The cost of the swine 'flu scare (UK)

    01/10/2010 7:08:08 AM PST · by opentalk · 3 replies · 292+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 9th, 2010 | Daniel Hannan
    How irksome, at a time when our national debt is rising by £5,000 a second, to learn that the Government has squandered a billion pounds on swine ‘flu vaccines. Having stockpiled 132 million doses, it is now giving the stuff away. Good news for Big Pharma, bad news for everyone else. It’s all very well being wise after the event, you might say. Actually, though, quite a few of us were wise before the event (see here). You didn’t need any special expertise in epidemiology to spot an obvious boondoggle. All the interested parties collaborated to talk up the danger....
  • Recovery Board says ZIP code stimulus errors with 'phantom' locales are 'typos'

    01/07/2010 8:49:47 AM PST · by opentalk · 6 replies · 425+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/06/10 | Tony Romm
    The Recovery Board is pushing back against concerns that its stimulus website attributes millions of dollars to nonexistent ZIP codes . While one watchdog group alleged Wednesday that more than $375 million in stimulus funds recorded on went to "phantom" locales, federal officials tracking those funds said "human errors" during the early reporting process are actually to blame. The incorrect ZIP codes are merely typos, Cheryl Arvidson, spokeswoman for the Recovery Board, told The Hill this week. Moreover, those numbers do not change the administration's initial projection that stimulus dollars have so far helped create or save more than...
  • Stimulus Watch: Now it’s fake zip codes

    01/05/2010 8:00:40 AM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies · 588+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 01/04/10 | Barbara Hollingsworth, the Obama administration’s supposedly transparent attempt to let citizens know how every dollar of the $787 billion stimulus package was spent, is turning out to be a lot more comic fiction than fact. Not only have fake jobs been reported in phantom congressional districts, Steve Allen Adams of discovered that some of the $27 million of federal money his state received also went to nonexistent zip codes: “Closer examination of the latest report for New Mexico shows hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to and credited with creating jobs in zip codes that do not exist...
  • The Census boondoggle: $340 million ad campaign

    01/04/2010 11:10:24 AM PST · by opentalk · 14 replies · 686+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 4, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Otherwise known as the tax-subsidized National Democrat Future Voter Outreach Drive: Anyone who doesn’t know there is a Census this year will know after Monday. The government’s unprecedented $340 million promotional blitz of the 2010 Census launches Monday with the debut of the Census Portrait of America Road Tour in New York City’s Times Square. A 46-foot trailer, to be unveiled on NBC’s Today show, and 12 smaller cargo vans with 14-foot trailers will crisscross more than 150,000 miles nationwide through April to promote the benefits of responding to the 10-question Census. They will stop at more than 800 events...
  • Hours After Congressman Switches To GOP, Obama Talks Of 'Major Disaster' In Alabama

    12/22/2009 7:07:17 PM PST · by opentalk · 62 replies · 3,087+ views
    npr ^ | December 22, 2009 | Ken Rudin
    The big political news of the day is the party-switch by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith. Elected to his first term in 2008 as a Democrat, today he announced he has become a Republican. Meanwhile, a press release from the White House Office of the Press Secretary, which arrived only moments ago, reads as follows: The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Tropical Storm Ida during the period of November 9-10, 2009. There was more to the release, but...
  • On health-care bill, Democratic senators are in states of denial

    12/22/2009 8:11:14 AM PST · by opentalk · 6 replies · 739+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 22, 2009 | Dana Milbank
    Formally, it is known as H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But this week, it has acquired an unhelpful nickname: "Cash for Cloture." As Senate Democrats finally complete their health-care legislation, those combing through the bill have uncovered many backroom deals that were made to buy, er, secure the 60 votes needed to "invoke cloture" -- the legislative term for cutting off debate and holding a final vote. It will take years to see how well the measure reduces costs and expands insurance coverage. But already, the bill has been a bonanza for wordsmiths. First there was...
  • Rep. Steve King: ACORN scandal bigger than Watergate

    12/21/2009 1:08:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 937+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/2009 | Jordan Fabian
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Monday claimed that allegations of wrongdoing surrounding the community group ACORN are bigger than the Watergate scandal that brought down the President Richard Nixon. King, a long-time critic of ACORN, told the conservative American Spectator that the ACORN scandals have been worse because they affect state, local and national politics. THE HILL comment E-mail Print share Rep. Steve King: ACORN scandal bigger than Watergate By Jordan Fabian - 12/21/09 11:14 AM ET Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Monday claimed that allegations of wrongdoing surrounding the community group ACORN are bigger than the Watergate scandal that...
  • BREAKING: Nelson To Vote For Healthcare In Exchange For Medicaid Payments To Nebraska

    12/19/2009 2:09:47 PM PST · by opentalk · 65 replies · 2,174+ views
    newsbusters ^ | December 19, 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    Not that this will come as any great shock, but Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the lone Democrat holdout against the current iteration of healthcare reform, announced Saturday he will vote for the bill. Also unsurprising: much like Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu (D-La.) before him, Nelson sold his vote and his very soul for some financial benefits to his state. As Politico reported moments ago: Sen. Mary Landrieu got the "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up most his state's future Medicaid tab -- forever. As part of the deal to win Nelson's support, the federal...
  • Cantor Questions Clinton On Funding Pledge

    12/18/2009 7:55:19 AM PST · by opentalk · 9 replies · 631+ views
    national Journal ^ | December 17, 2009 | Amy Harder
    In response to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's announcement in Copenhagen earlier today that the U.S. will join rich nations in raising $100 billion in an annual fund to help poorer nations combat climate change, Republican Whip Eric Cantor sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag asking how the government plans to fulfill that pledge. The Virginia Republican put forth a half-dozen questions about where the administration expects to get the money given the growing national debt. "Given our current deficit and the projections of future substantial deficits, where is the federal government going...
  • Time to RICO ACORN

    09/28/2009 7:45:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies · 728+ views
    wnd ^ | September 28, 2009 | Joseph Farah
    It has been two weeks since the shocking undercover video work of James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles was released to the world. Those videos reveal beyond any shadow of a doubt that ACORN is the very definition of a "corrupt organization." Furthermore, they demonstrated clearly that ACORN officials in several cities are more than willing to get involved in the most heinous kind of criminal activity – up to and including murder and white slavery rings involving the exploitation of helpless underage foreign minors. Nevertheless, since the astonishing sting operations were made public, no charges have been filed against ACORN,...
  • All Your Art Are Belong To Us

    09/22/2009 6:06:26 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies · 573+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 21, 2009 | Andrew Klavan
    There is so very much to be disgusted by here that it’s hard to know what to gag on first. The NEA is the largest single funder of art in the country. The transcripts prove, despite the earlier denials and obfuscations of the participants, that officials from the White House, the National Endowment of the Arts and a federally overseen initiative called United We Serve joined in hosting a conference call on August 10th with a group of artists. The point of the call was to cajole these artists into making artistic propaganda in support of President Barack Obama’s agenda.
  • (Jeff Jones) NY's Tax-Funded Ex-Terrorist (Weather Underground-Apollo)

    09/09/2009 6:03:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies · 903+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/09/09 | PHIL KERPEN
    VAN Jones resigned as White House green-jobs czar after the public got a look at his history of radical activism, including his time building the so-called Apollo Alliance -- a coalition of left-wing interest groups unified around the green-jobs concept. But another, even more radical Jones (not related) is leading Apollo's New York state activities.
  • Numbers count when estimating Somalis (Columbus; Barf Alert; ACORN Types)

    05/21/2009 8:30:16 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 8 replies · 845+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 21, 2009 | Mark Ferenchik
    Numbers count when estimating Somalis Thursday, May 21, 2009 10:27 PM By Mark Ferenchik THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Past estimates of Franklin County's Somali population have ranged from 30,000 to 80,000. But a new report says that it's more like 15,000. An accurate number helps government agencies funnel funds for social services - English classes, jobs programs, etc. - to specific groups. "Is it possible we have a grant proposal that says 40,000 Somalis? Yes," said Angie Plummer, executive director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services. But she said that grant proposals must include the specific number of people an agency...
  • Stress test shows bank credit losses could be $600 billion

    05/07/2009 11:24:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 970+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 05/07/09 | Ronald D. Orol
    Stress test shows bank credit losses could be $600 billion Ten of 19 institutions must raise $74.6 billion in private capital by November By Ronald D. Orol, MarketWatch Last update: 7:49 p.m. EDT May 7, 2009 Comments: 942 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Federal regulators released the long-anticipated, controversial stress tests on the health of the 19 largest financial institutions on Thursday, showing that the banking sector is secure, but under a pessimistic forecast, banks' credit losses over the next two years could be $600 billion.
  • San Jose council votes down porn filters at public library computers

    04/22/2009 12:37:28 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 1,318+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 21 April 2009 | John Woolfolk
    San Jose council votes down porn filters at public library computers A year and a half of debate over filtering pornography out of San Jose public library computers came to a head late Tuesday when the City Council rejected spending money on the technology. After a lively debate that lasted hours, the council voted 7-3 to approve a proposal by the vice mayor and two councilmen that would remind computer users of existing policies to be courteous to others. Mayor Chuck Reed and council members Pete Constant, who led the push for the filters, and Pierluigi Oliverio were opposed, favoring...