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  • Philadelphia Agrees to Settlement, Training, License Procedures for Guns

    07/25/2014 11:06:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The City of Philadelphia recently settled a class action lawsuit concerning people who had applied for a license to carry firearms (LTCF).   The City did not admit to any wrongdoing, but they agreed to pay 1.4 million dollars in settlement fees, and to change procedures.   The lawsuit stemmed from the city posting personal information contained in applications on line and available to the public. While the City did not admit to any wrong doing, what they agreed to do in the future is quite revealing.   The actual settlement agreement is available online here, in a PDF file. First, the...
  • [Video from January 18, 2012] Jonathon Gruber at Noblis

    VIDEO AT LINK (View starting at 31:30) ” . . . if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.” Obama, Democrats lying about “ambiguous” text, intent of Congress January 2012 video proves they never intended subsidies for federal exchanges. Read more: http://www.headlineoftheday.com/#ixzz38SANlSDz
  • Are Teachers Underpaid? Let’s Find Out

    07/24/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    A teacher in South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience earns $33,600 per year, which is less than the average auto-repair worker. So says Vox. This grievance against salary injustice is nothing new, of course, but this particular example comes to us from a new national study by the Center for American Progress, which details the chickenfeed teachers are forced to subsist on as they altruistically keep your hopeless children literate. Teachers are underpaid. In politics, and also in everyday life, this is almost universally accepted. Everyone admires teachers. Everyone wants good teachers for their children....
  • Hurco files for hybrid CNC 3D printer adapter patent

    07/24/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Design Engineering ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike McLeod
    CNC firm’s 3D printing adapter to combine additive and subtractive processes in one machine. CNC machine maker, Hurco, announced that it recently filed a U.S. patent application for a new technology that combines 3D printing and CNC machining. According to the company, it has developed an additive manufacturing adapter that will allow Hurco machines to 3D print directly. “We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary Hurco control software, effectively turns a CNC milling machine into a 3D printer,” said Gregory Volovic, President of Hurco Companies, Inc. “With this new additive manufacturing capability, users may go from...
  • GM Debt Climbs to Over $40 Billion, Earnings Disappoint

    07/24/2014 8:17:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mark Modica
    General Motors reported earnings today for the 2nd quarter of 2014. The early prognosis is not good with share price falling after the report. While it is difficult for the Mom and Pop investor to sort through GM's myriad of one-time charges, special items and various smoke and mirrors, there are some key take-aways that give a glimpse of GM's financial health. Primarily, debt continues to grow at the company, now exceeding $40 billion while earnings are propped up by special items. Analyzing the levels of cash compared to debt at GM is probably the easiest way to get to...
  • Obama: Let's not live out 'Scandal' ["shock:" calls Republicans liars - "stuff" happens]

    07/24/2014 1:36:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2014 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama appeared at a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of "Scandal" creator Shonda Rimes and used the popular political thriller to speak about Washington. "No offense, Scandal is a great show," Obama said at the fundraiser before a crowd that included the show's actress Kerry Washington."But it's not necessarily something we want to be living out." Speaking at the fundraiser, Obama tore into the Republican party saying that it "has been taken over by people who just don't believe in government." Republicans he said "obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don't say what's true -- that was a euphemism,"...
  • FEC chair warns of chilling regulations, book ban on conservative publishers

    07/24/2014 1:16:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. “By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC. “That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free...
  • Where Are The Black Internet Workers? Civil Rights Bigs Weigh In

    07/23/2014 11:20:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Michigan Chronicle ^ | July 23, 2014 | Lynette Holloway, NewsOne for Black America
    Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League.Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, compared to 9.8 percent for jobs in other fields, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That’s good and bad news for women and minorities, who are barely represented in one of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors. It’s potential good news because it represents an abundance of opportunities for the American workforce, which as of 2012 was 47 percent female, 16 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Black and 12 percent Asian, according to...
  • How One State Could Hold the Key to Legal Marijuana in America

    07/23/2014 10:57:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mic ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Connolly
    Everything's in motion for what could be a stunning victory for marijuana legalization this November. Advocates in Oregon just got legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot in the state, which means it could join Colorado and Washington as the only states to fully legalize (and tax) the drug. But beyond Oregon, an even more important battle is brewing farther northwest. Legalization is also on the ballot in Alaska. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)What makes Alaska special? There's a certain symbolic significance to passing marijuana legalization in a Republican-controlled red state. Colorado, Washington and Oregon all went for President Barack Obama in 2012, with...
  • MD:Cheap Gun Opportunity in Baltimore City, 26 July, 2014 Turn In (buy back)

    07/23/2014 6:40:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 There will be a gun turn in event on 26 July, 2014 in Baltimore City, Maryland.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The location for the event will be at the New All Saints Catholic Church in the 4400 block of Liberty Heights Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event offers a $100 gift card for turning in guns.   From wbaltv.com: get a $100 gift card to ShopRite. Officials said no...
  • MT:Billings Gun Auction to Save Assets

    07/23/2014 12:07:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Billings Montana Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's department are going to auction off a number of guns on Saturday, August 2nd, from 9 a.m. to noon.   The stated reason for the auction is the law passed in Montana that requires such assets to be sold to federal firearms dealers (Montana code 46-5-313) rather than be destroyed.   These pictures give us an idea of the assets that are being saved by laws such as these.   Each picture is one lot of guns.  The guns will be auctioned off in lots.    Notice the minty looking Springfield 1903 in the...
  • IMF Cuts US GDP From 2.0% To 1.7%. US Retail Sales Forecast Slashed From 4.1% To 3.6%: Winter Blamed

    07/23/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/23/2014 | Tyler Durden
    This is what happens when a priced to perfection global economy (and well beyond perfection based on the S&P 500) runs into the utterly and completely unpredictable and unforseeable "harsh winter weather."First, the IMF just cut (again) its forecast for US GDP, this time from 2.0% to the consensus-estimate 1.7%. The IMF cited the 1Q contraction, which from a +3% original estimate ended up being that, just with a minus sign. It also says second-half growth to accelerate... because it must! Some other brilliant points from the IMF:IMF staff: U.S. to reach full employment “only by end-2017”“The economy is...
  • NBC Dateline - GUILTY of STEALING My Videos

    07/23/2014 6:21:31 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7-23-2014 | TAOFLEDERMAUS
    "An old rat trap video of mine became a subject of a murder investigation and was presented on NBC Dateline. The only problem was they never got my permission to use my copyrighted content."
  • China meat scandal spreads to Japan in Chicken McNuggets

    07/22/2014 11:21:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Shanghai (AFP) - A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan Tuesday, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. A Tokyo-based spokesman for McDonald's Japan told AFP the restaurant chain had sourced about 20 percent of its McNuggets from the Shanghai...
  • A stinging defeat for the government (Obamacare and Halbig v. Sebelius)

    07/22/2014 8:27:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Incidental Economist ^ | July 22, 2014 | Nicholas Bagley
    In a major setback for the Affordable Care Act, the D.C. Circuit just released a fractured opinion invalidating the IRS’s rule extending tax credits to federally facilitated exchanges. The case, Halbig v. Sebelius, centers on the portion of the ACA governing the calculation of tax credits. The statute specifies that tax credits are available to most people who purchase a health plan “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311.” (See my earlier posts for a more detailed recap.) About two-thirds of the states, however, declined to establish exchanges. In those states, the federal government stepped in and established...
  • The Red Flag of Yellow Journalism: Cows Need Food Stamps

    07/22/2014 6:19:39 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 6 replies
    Self | 7/22/14 | Me
    Define the lunacy of the liberal Reich? Politico, the flaming slingshot of Democrats across this nation, claimed in a double fit of Espresso rage that Rick Perry was sending troops to the border to kill children? That's right, not to stop thousands of undocumented illegals streaming into a sovereign state, dare I say country, without immunizations or permission, but to kill their innocent children in hopes no one would notice? After all, that's what modern day Republican Governors do in the information age…kill children to increase the value of Snapchat. Hmm, I'm confused, are we living beneath the propaganda banner...
  • Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete (shortened)

    07/22/2014 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/22/14 | Tyler Durden
    "I can't find anything. Prices are climbing daily," said Jesus Ramirez, a taxi driver who has spent a year trying to replace the 2008 Renault he purchased new for $7,441. He sold the car for over $30,000 five years later. With inflation at 60% a year, among the highest in the world, Venezuelans protect their earnings by buying cars, among other big-ticket items. Car parts needed to keep vehicles on the road have also become difficult to find. That has led thieves to steal parts such as batteries from parked cars. The owner of a Caracas car dealership who said...
  • TN:Another Restaurant Welcomes Armed Citizens

    07/22/2014 9:02:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This sign is posted on three doors of the Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville, TN A Tennessee restaurant is welcoming armed citizens.   The decision was made after the owner read about a convenience store manager that was shot after putting up a "No Weapons Allowed" sign, and after she lost business because some customers thought that she did not allow armed citizens inside.   From wbir.com: "They had put up a sign that said 'No Weapons Allowed' and they were robbed at gunpoint two days later. The convenience store manager was shot," said Floyd. "And that got me thinking....
  • Austin-Based Company Received $120 Million So Far This Year to Shelter Illegal Children

    07/22/2014 2:47:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Southwest Key Programs is the largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States. The group has illegal child units in seven states.An Austin-based company has received over $120 million so far this year to shelter illegal immigrant children.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) KEYE TV reported: More than $100 million of federal grant money this year has gone to an Austin based company that runs unaccompanied minor shelters across the country. Its website says Southwest Key Programs is the largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States. Their headquarters is in Austin, Texas. A brief online description details the...
  • Democrat wants FDA ban on marketing e-cigs to children

    07/21/2014 11:39:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 21, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    A House Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban e-cigarette flavors and celebrity marketing practices that she says target children. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote to the FDA Monday warning e-cigarette makers are trying to entice children with flavors such as “chocolate, gummy bear, bubble gum and strawberry.” She also warned the industry is using “celebrity endorsements” to encourage young people to take up smoking the nicotine vaporizers. “Due to the growth in child and adolescent experimentation with these alternative delivery systems, I urge the FDA to move quickly to ban child-friendly flavorings and youth-oriented...
  • Is Hotel Shampoo Kind of Racist? Plus: Do people understand what “racism” actually means?

    07/21/2014 2:07:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Root ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jenée Desmond-Harris, associate editor of features
    Don Mullen: Why don’t America’s hotels provide hair products for black as well as white hair? Is there a way to get them to correct this “micro-aggression”? Jenée Desmond-Harris: Thanks for your question. I thought about the issue of hotel toiletries when I was writing the Race Manners column that answered the question, “Is Using Lotion a Black Thing?” In my opinion, the tiny moisturizer that most hotels provide is very clearly not designed for those who want or need to use it on their entire body (read: most black people). But off the top of my head, I’m not...
  • What's the Price of Happiness in Your State? (With Chart)

    07/21/2014 12:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 21, 2014 | Eric Reed
    The price of happiness depends a lot on where you live, according to a new report by the investment group Advisor Perspectives. The analysis is based on the now-famous work by Princeton researchers Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that higher incomes only make people happier to a point. Up to about $75,000 per year, the more a household earns, the happier people are. After that benchmark, however, additional income "buys life satisfaction but not happiness." The team separated these two issues by distinguishing fun from happiness. More money still leads people to have more life experiences and greater...
  • My Remarks on New Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations at ICCC9 (EPA Whistleblower)

    07/21/2014 11:33:39 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    Carlin Economics and Science ^ | July 18, 2014 | Alan Carlin
    On July 8 I received the Climate Science Whistleblower Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by the Heartland Institute and other cosponsoring organizations held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following are remarks I prepared for my acceptance statement:~~snip~~I wrote my negative comments on the Endangerment Finding support document because I believed EPA was using bad science ... But it is very encouraging to find that others agree with my decision to do so, which EPA clearly did not. My offending comments to EPA led to my being immediately muzzled at the same time that Obama was...
  • Renewable Energy Growth in Perspective

    07/21/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Energy Matters ^ | July 14, 2014 | Roger Andrews
    Renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, continues to set records for electicity generation and installed capacity in many parts of the world, and as shown in Figure 1 wind and solar growth in recent years has indeed been quite spectacular:~~snip~~If decarbonization is to be achieved by expanding renewables the expansion will have to come in wind, solar and biomass. So let’s take hydro out and see how far growth in wind, solar and biomass has carried us along the decarbonization path so far:Clearly they still have a long way to go.
  • Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States

    07/20/2014 8:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Gilbert
    Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back. Not because those states are against electronic vehicles, Musk or even Tesla; it's about the way Tesla wants to sell its cars. Specifically, it's about money. WHAT TESLA WANTS You know how Apple has stores where it sells its computers,...
  • Subprime woes are back: This time in used cars

    07/20/2014 7:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNBC / The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery
    Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. ''I am not sure how I got the loan,'' Mr. Durham, age 60, said. Mr. Durham's application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., according to a copy of the loan document. But he says he told the dealer he hadn't worked at the hospital for more than three decades. Now, after months of Wells Fargo pressing him over missed payments, the bank has repossessed his car. This...
  • Higher Minimum Wage Does Not Cost Jobs

    07/20/2014 12:03:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | July 8, 2014 | Professor Cyril Ghosh, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
    SEATTLE (VR) – Does raising the minimum wage kill jobs? Most probably not. Does it increase jobs? We don’t know for sure, but it might. Or at least these are the inferences one is likely to make from a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. It turns out that 12 out of 13 states that raised their minimum wage on January 1, 2013 are experiencing increases in employment. The report also states that the average change in employment for these 13 states is +.99% while the average change in employment in the remaining states is +.68%....
  • Inside One Hobby Lobby Employee's Inspiring Fight for Equality (So-called "transgender")

    07/19/2014 11:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mic ^ | Eliel Cruz
    It wasn't enough that Hobby Lobby won in a landmark Supreme Courty case for employers being able to deny women reproductive healthcare coverage. Now, the conservative-led company wants to also dictate which restrooms women can use at work. That is, if you happen to be a transgender woman. Megan Sommerville, a 16-year veteran of the arts and crafts franchise, began her transition in 2009 and had her name legally changed in 2010. But she was nevertheless recently written up at her Aurora, Ill., store when she began using the women's restroom. According to Sommerville, store managment said that she'd only...
  • Obama’s Border Game, and Why Republicans Are Doomed to Lose It

    07/19/2014 10:30:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | July 15, 2014 | Robert Stacy McCain
    President Obama has deliberately provoked the current crisis along our nation’s southwestern border in an effort to force House Republicans to pass the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” amnesty plan. Illegal immigrants are pouring in by the trainload, and the violent MS-13 gang is recruiting in detention centers. Polls show that voters strongly disapprove (58%) of Obama’s handling of the crisis he caused, but an even larger majority — 66% — disapprove of how Republicans in Congress are dealing with the immigration problem: Almost as many Republicans disapprove of their party’s handling of the issue as say they approve, with negative...
  • Paving the new trail of tears with false compassion

    07/19/2014 6:57:41 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 07/19/14 | Doug McIntyre
    Let me be the second to say it: “Welcome to Los Angeles. We’ll leave the light on for you.” The first to say it was L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti when he announced last week that Los Angeles will gladly welcome the thousands upon thousands of children who have streamed illegally across our poorly secured borders over the past few months. The light is always on for illegal immigrants in L.A., a green light welcoming even more desperately poor people into a city that never fails to double down on false compassion. “Before you get partisan, before you tell me where...
  • IL: State Police Change Rules on Concealed Carry License

    07/19/2014 1:23:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois State Police have come under a lot of pressure as the magnitude of the lawsuits they are facing under the Concealed Carry License procedures has become known.   Even the old media in Illinois has been complaining that the procedures are secret, people are not told why they were denied, and this is not following due process.    There are hundreds of lawsuits pending. They have decided to modify the process.   They issued a press release about  emergency rules on July 14th.   According to wuis.org: In a memo, the State Police Director Hiram Grau cites these lawsuits...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson petitions Twitter for diversity data

    07/19/2014 9:25:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Tech Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jason Serafino
    The civil rights activist is going after the social media giant over diversity concerns. This follows weeks of criticism aimed at the lack of minorities at tech companies.The last few weeks have been filled with criticism regarding the lack of minorities working at tech companies, mainly at Google, Facebook and Twitter. Now, Rev. Jesse Jackson has launched a petition demanding that Twitter reveal its employment diversity reports publicly. Jackson wants this information available to show the world what percentage of the company’s workforce is made up of minorities. This has been a sensitive issue recently for many, especially after it...
  • Obama Fights Back Against Hobby Lobby Fueled Discrimination With LGBT Executive Order

    07/19/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    There has not been much good, or encouraging, news in America over the past months, and it is due to the perpetual assault on the people by a cabal of un-American groups led by Republicans and empowered by conservatives on the Supreme Court. To their credit, Democrats have attempted to assuage the damage imposed by the conservative Court, particularly the Hobby Lobby ruling, but Republicans dutifully protected the religious right and betrayed American women. There were plenty of Americans concerned the religious right would use the Court’s ruling as freedom to discriminate against the gay community, and within 24 hours...
  • MatterFab Reveals Their Affordable Metal 3D Printer, ‘An Order of Magnitude Cheaper’

    07/18/2014 9:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | July 18, 2014 | Brian Krassenstein
    Metal 3D printing is the Holy Grail of additive manufacturing. Unlike with other materials that can be printed, metal enables manufacturers to create end-use objects via 3D printing, objects which oftentimes outperform matter-1those produced with traditional casting techniques. In fact General Electric and Airbus are already saving money money using metal laser sintering machines to produce parts for anything from aircraft, to fuel nozzles. Additionally, once those products are installed for end-use, they continue to save money because of their light weight, great strength, and precise fit. The reductions of just a few kilograms on board an aircraft can save...
  • The administration just took Obamacare away from the territories

    07/18/2014 8:16:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonk Blog ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jason Millman
    Looking for a place where Obamacare doesn't exist? Try moving to the U.S. Territories, where the Obama administration just provided a pretty big waiver from the law's major coverage provisions. The Affordable Care Act's design dealt a pretty big problem to the territories. It required insurers there to comply with the law's major market reforms — guaranteed coverage, mandated benefits, limits on profits, etc. — without requiring residents to get coverage or providing subsidies to help them afford coverage. The territories — Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands — have been warning...
  • Kgb USA eliminating hundreds of jobs in San Antonio (225 jobs)

    07/18/2014 7:44:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The San Antonio Business Journal ^ | July 14, 2014 | W. Scott Bailey
    Kgb USA Inc. has informed the Texas Workforce Commission that it plans to carry out a “mass layoff” in San Antonio. The call center company, which does business as Conduit Global, expects to eliminate 225 positions by Aug. 31. Conduit Global officials say the layoffs are a result of an unexpected cancellation of services by one of the company’s clients. Conduit Global notes in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) letter filed with the Texas Workforce Commission that it is hopeful the layoffs can be minimized by the “potential award of a large customer care contract.” If a...
  • China Home Prices Fall in Record Cities (Is China's Housing Bubble Bursting?)

    07/18/2014 9:40:12 AM PDT · by MRourke85 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/18/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    China’s new-home prices fell in a record number of cities tracked by the government as developers cut prices to boost sales volume, signaling curbs will be relaxed in more cities. Prices fell in 55 of the 70 cities last month from May, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement today, the most since January 2011 when the government changed the way it compiles the statistics. Prices in Shanghai and the southern city of Guangzhou fell 0.6 percent each from May, the biggest drop since January 2011, while they declined 0.4 percent in Shenzhen. Prices fell 1.7 percent in...
  • San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million as National Jobs Recovery Atrophies

    07/17/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT · by MRourke85 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/17/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The one section of the housing market that is booming is housing for the wealthy. For example, the median home price in San Francisco just hit $1 million. An analysis by DataQuick of 25 of the top U.S. metropolitan areas for multimillion-dollar sales showed purchases for $2 million or more jumped 33 percent in January and February from a year earlier. Unfortunately for the rest of the United States (the mere mortals), the housing affordability (according to the National Association of Realtors) is declining. narafford This is particularly bad news since home prices are rising while real median household income...
  • Manufacturing Job Growth Helps Move Michigan Ahead

    07/17/2014 12:48:53 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Gov. Rick Snyder's Facebook page boasted recently that Michigan led the nation in manufacturing job growth in May by adding 4,500 jobs. In fact, from May 2012 to May 2014, Michigan was first in the nation in gross manufacturing job gains with 25,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Texas was second with 22,000 jobs added. Michigan has been sixth in that time span in percentage growth (4.7 percent). Montana led the nation in percentage growth over the past two years at 8.5 percent. University of Michigan economist Don Grimes said Michigan's economy is doing well, but he...
  • TX: Concealed Permit Holder Shoots Attacker in Four Star Hotel

    07/17/2014 6:05:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Most defensive shootings do not occur in four star hotels.   But on the 6th floor of the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio last Saturday, the 12th of July, there was an exception. An occupant of the hotel, Moises Torres, 34, is said to have been creating a disturbance in the hallway, breaking light fixtures and banging on doors, saying "he was looking for someone to kill".  At least one person called security.   When the CHL (concealed handgun license) permit holder thought Torres was gone, he opened his door.   He reported that Torres charged him and the...
  • Economic patriotism = fascism

    07/16/2014 8:50:45 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace
    Charting Course ^ | 7/16/14 | Steve Berman
    Companies must hire more people, pay their taxes, participate in Obamacare, and support the Government at all costs.  That’s the strong message that President Obama has been spouting for years, and the answer-men and women with whom he’s surrounded himself are simply his bullhorns. …I’m going to reduce the deficit in a balanced way.  We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts.  We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more… …look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there...
  • Revolving Shotgun Concept Suited for 3D Hybrid gun

    07/16/2014 5:47:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This homemade revolving shotgun design seems well suited for a 3D printed/hybrid metal version.    While the version pictured uses cut off chambers from cast off 12 gauge barrels, the same effect could be accomplished by using sections of the appropriately sized water/gas pipe or tubing.  The same tubing/pipe could be used for the barrel.  The concept would be that the 3D printed parts would comprise the cylinder into which the chambers would be fitted and glued, and which would have the more difficult mechanical details to revolve the cylinder.   Perhaps a modification of the zig-zag revolver design by Yoshitomo...
  • MLB to honour gay pioneer Glenn Burke at all-star game

    07/15/2014 9:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 15, 2014 | Amanda Holpuch in New York
    Burke, who came out to team-mates in the 1970s and to the public in 1982, died of AIDS in 1995 aged just 42.More than two decades after Glenn Burke abruptly retired from Major League Baseball, the former LA Dodgers outfielder will be honored at Tuesday night’s all-star game as one of the few professional athletes to have come out. Burke's four-and-a-half year career is remembered for his charismatic attitude and the pressures he faced as a gay athlete in the late 1970s. Burke, who played for the Dodgers and the Oakland A's, was the first professional ball player to come...
  • Shock “Rolling Stone” expose: The five most dangerous guns in America

    07/15/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 15, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Charles Cooke, is this the worst listicle ever or the greatest? You’re expecting a list of different makes and models, I know. But look: 2. Revolvers Revolvers, named for their rotating chambered cylinder, placed second in the ATF’s ranking of guns found at crime scenes more than 46,000 recovered in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics were kept. Some grenade launchers, shotguns, and rifles also have rotating barrels, but the term “revolver” is generally used to describe handguns. Revolver types include single and double-action firing mechanisms, the latter of which does not require a cocking action separate...
  • Obama has not failed blacks

    07/15/2014 8:49:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Los Angeles Wave ^ | July 3, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    From the moment that he set foot in the White House in January 2009, President Barack Obama has had to hear the silly charge that he has miserably failed blacks. HeÂ’s repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. HeÂ’s black, but more than that he actually practiced civil rights law and worked as a community organizer in poor communities on ChicagoÂ’s South Side. Therefore heÂ’s supposed to have an even greater sensitivity to the plight of the black poor. And because of that he has a duty, obligation and even mission to use the power and prestige...
  • Citi's $7 Billion MBS Settlement: The OTHER Side of the Story (Government Strong-armed Lenders)

    07/15/2014 12:25:56 PM PDT · by MRourke85 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/15/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The media talked endlessly about Citigroup’s $7 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday. A colleague at work complained “But it should have been double or triple that amount!” I asked if he had read the complaint. No, he said, he heard the news from his wife who watches MSNBC. First, here is DOJ’s announcement of the $7 billion settlement. Second, here is the complaint. Citi_Mortgage_Complaint-in-intervention Read it for yourself without editorial comments from people who just read the headline. Bear in mind that the complaint is just one side of the story (Justice’s). Of the $7 billion...
  • Goldman Sachs’ investment in Obama pays off huge

    07/15/2014 10:58:21 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-14-14 | DrJohn
    Citigroup today announced it would pay a heavy fine for its involvement in the mortgage-backed securities financial crisis: Citigroup said it would take a $3.8bn pre-tax charge in the second quarter as it became the second big US bank to settle with the Department of Justice to resolve a long-running US government investigation into the sale of mortgage-backed securities. The bank, which will report earnings later on Monday, said it agreed to pay $7bn in total, including $4bn in cash to the DoJ, $500m in cash to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and several state attorney generals, as well as...
  • The pastor's wife.

    07/15/2014 10:27:25 AM PDT · by oldbrowser · 7 replies
    email ^ | unknown | Pastor's wife
    IT WILL BE PULLED ,WATCH NOW This was apparently put together by a Pastor's wife and is absolutely excellent! Watch it soon before it is pulled from the internet. The Pastor's Wife
  • Demographic Suicide and Ethnic Replacement

    07/15/2014 7:54:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/14/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Europeans have been committing “demographic suicide” for decades because of low birth rates. Author George Weigel described how Europe is committing “demographic suicide” - it failed to “create the human future in the most elemental sense, by creating a next generation.” I discussed replacement demographics and unchecked chain migration in my book, “Liberty on Life Support.”
  • Insider Story on Jacksonville Gun Turn In (buy backs)

    07/15/2014 5:51:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jacksonville, Florida has been running gun turn-in "buy back" events for a bit over a year now. The events stand outside of the norm for a number of reasons. First, they are funded by a private donor. Second, the money offered is at the low end for these events - $50 for all types of guns. Third, the Sheriff's Office, which runs the events, specifically reserves the right to determine if guns are "collectible". Those guns are not destroyed. While it is to the credit of the Sheriff's Office that it does not wantonly destroy valuable guns, I have...