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  • 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back (Massive Democrat Failure)

    04/23/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | TRIP GABRIEL
    McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard...
  • The Progressive Aristocracy: The Left seeks a separate set of rules for themselves

    04/22/2014 9:17:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 2, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    In recent weeks, we examined the Obama administration’s willingness to reverse positions that it had once proudly proclaimed — on whether an individual mandate is necessary, whether the individual mandate is a tax, whether it is important that you can keep your plan or doctor, whether lobbyists should work in a president’s administration, whether a donor should be appointed U.S. ambassador, and so on. Then we noted environmentalists who said they would not criticize or attack lawmakers who supported the Keystone Pipeline, as long as they were Democrats. Last week, we expanded the discussion to progressives’ wide-ranging willingness to contradict...
  • The New American Fascism: It's time to name the perpetrators.

    04/22/2014 8:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 22, 2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    It is the New American Fascism. And make no mistake — the perpetrators are proud of it. Let’s begin with dates and names. August 7, 2008: The New York Times reports that Nearly 10,000 of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes across the country will probably receive a foreboding “warning” letter in the mail next week. The letter is an opening shot across the bow from an unusual new outside political group on the left that is poised to engage in hardball tactics to prevent similar groups on the right from getting off the ground this fall. Led...
  • Former Labor secretary Reich blasts Bundy

    04/22/2014 6:45:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | April 22, 2013
    Former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich, now a prominent author and commentator, blasted Bundy on his Facebook page on Monday. “In what world is Cliven Bundy, the 68-year-old rancher who refuses to pay his tab for grazing cattle on federal lands, a patriot?” Reich wrote. “He drapes himself in the American flag but says ‘I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing,’ while attracting a collection of thugs with assault rifles in the Nevada desert to force the Bureau of Land Management to back down from a court-ordered confiscation of his cattle.” The comment from Reich, who now...
  • 3D-Printed Osteoid Cast With Built-In Ultrsound May Heal Bones 38% Faster

    04/22/2014 6:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Rivas
    As 3D-printing technology advances, researchers are finding new ways to apply it to health care. One of the latest advances includes a cast that uses ultrasound to stimulate bone healing. The future, it seems, will be filled with 3D printing. It's already been used to produce everything from food to organs, and there’s certainly more to come. In July last year, some of the first prototypes for 3D-printed casts were revealed. But now, researchers have taken the prototype a step forward, adding on a form of ultrasound known to hasten the healing process. Current casts, which are made of plaster,...
  • Far off? Russia-Ukraine clash echoes through U.S. farm belt

    04/22/2014 6:37:08 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 5 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | 4/16/2014 | Kevin G. Hall
    WASHINGTON — America’s diplomats and generals aren’t alone in watching the unfolding conflict between Russia and neighboring Ukraine. ... Ukraine is the world’s third-largest corn exporter and sixth-largest wheat exporter. Russia is the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter _ and a large buyer of U.S. corn and poultry products. ... “This is a region where we have been facing stiff competition from Ukraine,” said Thomas Sleight, the president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, which develops markets for U.S.-grown corn and sorghum. “Longer term, everyone is waiting to see what effect credit availability will have on Ukrainian farmers’ willingness to...
  • NASA's new mission: Warbots?

    04/22/2014 5:57:36 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | April 22, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    'Terminator' coming alive as agency explores humanoids 'for Earth applications'While the federal government’s increased use and advocacy of drones over U.S. skies is widely known, its promotion of another technological advancement has received less attention: the accelerated deployment of “humanoid robots” into American society. WND has discovered that NASA is recruiting help from industry and academia to speed up the commercialization of such robotic humanoids “for Earth applications.” Among the applications is warfare, the agency said. NASA said technical hurdles remain before sending human-like machines into combat operations and other “hazardous and remote environments.” Among the obstacles are “object recognition/detection”...
  • Crimean authorities raise $1,500 mln to build gambling zone in Crimea

    04/22/2014 5:30:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/23/2014 | Itar-Tass
    © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matitzyn MOSCOW, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea’s authorities have already raised a sum of $1.5 billion on the construction of a gambling zone on the peninsula, Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper published on Wednesday. Bearing in mind the fact that the world’s biggest gambling companies have already officially promised to invest in this project, budgetary financing will be minimal, he noted. “It is planned to create at least 10,000 new jobs. The resort is expected to yield a large-scale multiplier effect - a high workload of the entire infrastructure:...
  • The real minimum wage!

    04/22/2014 5:15:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Bill Tatro
    I took the long Holiday weekend to do a scouting mission for a future column. What I was most interested in were the work habits of the so called minimum wage employee. I was also interested in how many of these employees carried their “smart” phone with them on the job. Prior to the advent of hand sized cell phones for an employee to spend time talking on a phone vs. doing their job was very apparent. A land line was clearly obvious to all workers, and more importantly, to management and administrators. Who was slacking by an over...
  • Despite Abenomics, Japan Trade Deficit Largest in History

    04/22/2014 4:53:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Those who think a collapsing currency is a sure-fire way to increase exports need to rethink their beliefs. Despite a falling Yen, Japan Posts Largest-Ever Trade Deficit. The gap between the value of Japan’s exports and that of its imports grew by more than two-thirds in the 12 months through March, to Y13.7tn ($134bn), according to government data released on Monday. It was the third consecutive fiscal year of deficits, the longest streak since comparable records began in the 1970s. Toyota, Hitachi and other large Japanese companies have enjoyed soaring profits as a result of the weaker yen, which has...
  • Wind Industry Produces Little Energy, Lots Of Hot Air

    04/22/2014 4:48:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Failed Policy: The federal government has spent some $100 billion in taxpayer subsidies on green energy since 2006. Now we are seeing the flimsy and declining returns on that investment. The wind industry saw its growth tumble by 92% last year, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and that's off of a very low base to begin with. Big Wind blames the decline in output on uncertainty over the future of a federal wind industry tax credit — an absurdly generous subsidy of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour produced. This handout is what keeps...
  • Should Companies Do What’s Best for Government, or Workers, Consumers, and Shareholders?

    04/22/2014 4:46:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m in favor of free markets. That means I’m sometimes on the same side as big business, but it also means that I’m often very critical of big business. That’s because large companies are largely amoral. Depending on the issue, they may be on the side of the angels, such as when they resist bad government policies such as higher tax rates and increased red tape. But many of those same companies will then turn around and try to manipulate the system for subsidies, protectionism, and corrupt tax loopholes. Today, I’m going to defend big business. That’s because we have...
  • Gosnell movie may focus on forgotten ‘heroes’, filmmaker tells Rush Limbaugh Show

    04/22/2014 4:04:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 22, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    PHILADELPHIA, April 22, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The forthcoming made-for-TV film about the life and crimes of “house of horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell may focus less on his grotesque office and macabre butchering tactics than on the story's forgotten heroes, one of the filmmakers told The Rush Limbaugh Show this afternoon. Ann McElhinney, one of three principals behind the proposed $2.1 million made-for-TV “true crime” film about Gosnell, said people are rightly horrified by Gosnell's practice of “snipping” infants born alive with scissors. But they forget that, even in one of the most gruesome stories in American abortion history, “there were...
  • “If Obamacare Dies, Sarah Palin Killed It”

    04/22/2014 3:48:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 22, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Several weeks ago the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia sponsored a debate–more a discussion–between me and Thaddeus Mason Pope about end of life care under the Affordable Care Act. He supports medical futility. I oppose it. We went from there. I began my presentation with the quote in the headline above–asserting that Palin’s term “death panels” may have put a spear through the heart of Obamacare. I then said: People are afraid of centralized bureaucrats dictating whether Craig’s [the moderator’s terminally ill babies) children can have medical care, whether my 96-year-old mother can have medical care, whether people with disabilities...
  • Canada’s middle class surpasses that in the U.S., says New York Times report

    04/22/2014 3:48:02 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    680News ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | The Canadian Press and Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA – There is a middle class crisis, but it’s happening south of the border, not in Canada, according to a New York Times report on incomes around the world. The newspaper says an analysis it conducted with the LIS data centre shows that while Canadian median income per capita trailed the U.S. badly at the turn of the century, it had caught up by 2010 and now likely is ahead. And overall, the study shows Canada tied with the U.S. for the highest per capita median income of the countries compared, including Germany, France and Britain. The median income...
  • Paul Krugman’s Solar Delusions: Solar’s getting cheaper, but it can never be a big reducer of...

    04/22/2014 3:01:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Bryce
    Solar’s getting cheaper, but it can never be a big reducer of carbon emissions.Solar energy can solve global warming. That’s what Paul Krugman claims in his April 18 column in the New York Times, “Salvation Gets Cheap.” Krugman extolled “the incredible recent decline in the cost of renewable energy, solar power in particular.” He used to dismiss the claim that renewable energy would be a major source of global energy “as hippie-dippy wishful thinking.” But now, he says, thanks to the falling price of renewable energy, the process of decarbonization can be accelerated and “drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions...
  • Union Hammers Obama for ‘Gutless’ Keystone XL Delay

    04/22/2014 12:59:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 22,2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A top labor union blasted the Obama administration on Friday over what it described as a nakedly political decision to once again delay a decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the move “gutless” and a “low blow to the working men and women of our country. ”LIUNA is also a strong supporter of innovative oil and gas extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that are helping to produce record amounts of oil in blue collar areas of the country that have...
  • Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

    04/22/2014 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues. […] What changed? For one, a media blitz led by actor Liam Neeson has portrayed the horse-drawn carriage industry as an iconic, romantic part of New York that provides about 400 jobs, many to...
  • Price of Gas in U.S. Rises as Refiners Export More to Other Countries

    04/22/2014 12:36:23 PM PDT · by Theoria · 120 replies
    WSJ ^ | 21 April 2014 | Nicole Friedman
    Drivers in the U.S. are facing rising gasoline prices ahead of summer-vacation season, just as refiners here are shipping more gas to other countries. A new pipeline, built to release a glut of crude oil that was stuck in the middle of the country, is now feeding oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast that churn out gasoline and diesel. While these fuels still make their way to the Southeast and the East Coast, growing amounts are being sold to Mexico, the Netherlands, Brazil and other countries. The push into these markets has been spurred by the U.S. oil boom....
  • Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

    04/22/2014 11:50:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    bgr.com (Boy Genius Report) ^ | 4/17/14 | Zach Epstein
    For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 35 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • Bulgaria pledges to do its best to implement South Stream project (Russia to Austria/Italy)

    04/22/2014 11:18:34 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    ITAR-Tass ^ | 4-22-2014 | Tass
    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has pledged that Bulgaria will do everything within its power to implement the South Stream project. “Bulgaria and some other EU member states should not be the hostages of Ukraine’s instability,” Vigenin said in an exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS. “Therefore, the interests of European citizens, including Bulgarians, should come first. We will do everything within our power to have the South Stream project implemented,” Vigenin stressed.
  • The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

    04/22/2014 10:49:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
    The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • Social Security

    04/22/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 36 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Eric Patrick
    "Some think Social Security is going bankrupt, but since the program uses taxes from current workers to pay current retirees, it is impossible for it to go bankrupt. The program also doesn’t contribute to the national debt or the deficit as some have suggested. All taxes and spending for the program happen independently of the federal budget." "Social Security took in more money than it paid out in benefits until 2010, which created an enormous trust fund, but since 2010, the program has paid out more in benefits than it has received in taxes. Should this trend continue, the trust...
  • Close Call: Obama Successfully Avoids Another Presidential Moment

    04/22/2014 10:23:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    It’s beginning to look like President Obama has developed a chronic aversion to anything that might be mistaken for “leadership” in his second term. The Keystone XL pipeline was, again, delayed until after the 2014 elections. Of course, then again, maybe this wasn’t political. Maybe the White House just likes watching oil company stocks take a hit every once in a while. TransCanada stock took a beating after it was announced that Obama would once again push the no-brainer decision on the Keystone pipeline until after the 2014 elections. And, while it literally figuratively kills me to write the following...
  • Prescription Drug Coverage Under Obamacare —Do You Need to Worry?

    04/22/2014 9:55:34 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 34 replies
    pharmacycheckerblog ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | pharmacycheckerblog
    In 2013 some Americans will start choosing health insurance plans offered by the new state-run health insurance exchanges. Designed to lower prices and increase competition, the exchanges will surely help millions of people access affordable care. However, health insurance plans often do not adequately cover prescription medications, and we are eager to follow the effectiveness of the exchanges as applied to prescription drug pricing. While we hope (and believe) that increased coverage will enable more Americans to take needed medications, we believe that many will not benefit from the increased coverage. The Obama administration’s loose guidelines pertaining to prescription drugs...
  • Study: Middle-aged adults in California are increasingly moving back in with their parents

    04/22/2014 7:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    This study from researchers at UCLA was first released back in February, but it looks like it’s just now come to the attention of both the LA Times and myself: While it’s unfortunately not unusual for young people to move back home with their parents during times of economic hardship, it appears that upper-middle-aged Californian adults have lately been moving back into their parents home at twice the rate of the under-30 crowd: For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the...
  • Time for EU energy union, says Polish PM

    04/22/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.04.14 @ 10:54 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Union must create an energy union to secure its supply and reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said. Tusk’s energy blueprint, set out in an article in the Financial Times on Tuesday (22 April), would establish a single European body that would buy gas for the whole 28-nation bloc. This would end a system that currently sees the different countries negotiate their own deal with energy giant Gazprom, the government-backed firm which dominates Russia’s gas market. Meanwhile, “solidarity mechanisms” between EU countries would kick into action if countries were threatened with being...
  • Guess Who Makes More Than Bankers: Their Regulators

    04/22/2014 7:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/22/2014 | PAUL KUPIEC
    Long before George Bailey wrestled with Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life," the public decried the pay of top executives in large financial institutions. Overpaid bank executives are the villains in regulatory morality tales and feed distorted public perceptions about bankers' pay. It is true that the very top bank executives make more in a year than most of us make in a lifetime, but compensation of this magnitude is rare. Most banks in this country are small businesses and pay employees modest salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary of a bank employee...
  • Report: Fracking Has Reduced CO2 More Than All the Solar Panels & Wind Turbines in the World

    04/22/2014 7:17:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 22,2014 | Jim Hoft
    Now, here’s something you won’t here on the mainstream news. Fracking has eliminated CO2 more than more than all of the solar panels and wind turbines in the world. John Stossel at FOX News reported: On my TV show this week, statistician Bjorn Lomborg points out that “air pollution kills 4.3 million people each year … We need to get a sense of priority.” That deadly air pollution happens because, to keep warm, poor people burn dung in their huts. Yet, time and again, environmentalists oppose the energy production most likely to make the world cleaner and safer. Instead, they...
  • Earth Day—High Holy Day of Paganism

    04/22/2014 6:44:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 4/22/2014 | J.D. Longstreet
    Today, masses of human beings around the globe will celebrate the worship of the earth ... not God ... not the creator—but the creation. Rocks will be worshiped, rivers will be worshiped, trees will be worshiped, the sun will be worshiped, fish, snails, spiders, and all sorts of creeping things will be worshiped today. Grown-up, adult, men and women will bow down to “THINGS,” to idols, in fealty to a god of their own creation. They will offer their lives in service to, well, NOTHING. And these are grown-up people, adults, human beings you would think would have the intelligence...
  • New Keystone XL Delay: 'A Stunning Act Of Political Cowardice'

    04/22/2014 5:36:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/21/2014 | Christopher Helman
    Whenever businesses and bureaucrats don’t have the guts to stand behind a decision they’ve made, they release the news late on a Friday. In the case of the Obama administration’s move to delay indefinitely a decision to approve or deny the Keystone XL pipeline, it speaks volumes that the announcement was made not just on any Friday, but on the convergence of Good Friday and Passover. Got to be just coincidence, right? The cover story is that another delay in the five-year Keystone saga couldn’t be avoided because of unresolved legal issues over land seizures in Nebraska. Mmm-hmmm. In what...
  • We Need A New Earth Day To Correct The Old One

    04/22/2014 6:18:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    investors.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | IBD Editorial
    The first Earth Day, in 1970, was celebrated after a wave of environmentalism swept the nation. Many give credit to Rachel Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," which popularized the notion of large-scale chemical pollution, for igniting the movement. But she was really feeding off of a concept developed a few years earlier. The "precautionary principle" was conceptualized when the National Academy of Sciences proposed a radical change in the risk assessment of exposure to radiation and carcinogens. It recommended changing the regulatory paradigm from a "threshold dose" model to a linear one.
  • Earth Day: Hail Fossil Fuels, Energy Of The Future

    04/22/2014 6:04:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    investors.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | MARK J. PERRY
    On Earth Day, according to various advocates, "events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment." As we observe the event Tuesday, it might be a good time to appreciate the fact that Americans get most of their plentiful, affordable energy directly from the Earth's "natural environment" in the form of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum). It's largely those energy sources that fuel our vehicles and airplanes; heat, cool and light our homes and businesses; power our nation's factories; and in the process significantly raise our standard of living. Shouldn't that be part...
  • TV's 'Trapper John' Whacks the Media: They're 'Constipated by Their Own Ideology'

    04/22/2014 5:47:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/21/2014 | Rich Noyes
    It's no secret that most Hollywood celebrities are enthusiastic supporters of President Obama and his liberal policies, but on Fox's Cashin' In on Saturday, 1970s M*A*S*H star Wayne ("Trapper John") Rogers, now a successful businessman and investor, tore into the news media for shielding the President.
  • UAW to Try U.S. Senate 'Fix' for Survival

    04/22/2014 5:47:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Bob King and the United Auto Workers have decided to pull their objections to the results of the Volkswagen union vote at the Tennessee plant. “The United Auto Workers union on Monday said it was withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in the result of a February election it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee,” reports Reuters. “UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union on Monday, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years.” But don't celebrate...
  • Why are the cops punishing Common Core opponents?

    04/22/2014 5:04:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-21-2014 | Robby Soave
    A school district asked the police to prohibit certain students from setting foot on school property because their parents had privacy concerns about Common Core-aligned standardized testing, and wished to opt their kids out.The incident happened at Marietta City Schools in Marietta, Georgia. The Finney family didn’t want their three children — in third grade, fifth grade and ninth grade — to participate in the state-mandated Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, partly because of the vast amounts of data the government is collecting about their children, and partly because they think the tests don’t serve a compelling educational interest, according to The...
  • Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History

    04/21/2014 7:43:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office. Under Obama’s proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. During the ten years from 2015 to 2024, federal taxation would average 18.7 percent GDP.America has never been subjected to a ten-year stretch of taxation at that level. In the twelve fiscal years preceding the Japanese attack on...
  • The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise

    04/21/2014 9:57:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    It may come as an unwelcome surprise to conservatives, but America’s military has one of the only working models of collective living and social welfare the country has ever known.Every day before dawn, brave men and women of different races and backgrounds rise as one, united by a common cause. They march together in formation, kept in step by their voices joined in song. These workers leave their communal housing arrangements and go toil together “in the field.” While they are out doing their day’s labor, their young are cared for in subsidized childcare programs. If they hurt themselves on...
  • Choose One America: Obamacare or Reparations

    04/21/2014 9:25:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hartford Guardian ^ | March 30, 2014 | Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, founder
    With only one day left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, opponents are still removing logic and common sense from arguments that tout the ACA as unsound. Basically, they don’t want to subsidize insurance premiums for Americans on the government exchange. This debate, seen as another attempt to gut the law, comes weeks after the Congressional Budget Office released a report that says the ACA, or Obamacare, would nix 2.3 million jobs. According to some, this would shake the foundation of the American economy. Most recently, a divided federal appeals judge said it was “an unmitigated disaster.” Really?...
  • Exclusive: Inmates to strike in Alabama, declare prison is “running a slave empire”

    04/21/2014 8:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    Salon ^ | April 18, 2014 | Josh Eidelson
    Melvin Ray Inmates at an Alabama prison plan to stage a work stoppage this weekend and hope to spur an escalating strike wave, a leader of the effort told Salon in a Thursday phone call from his jail cell. “We decided that the only weapon or strategy … that we have is our labor, because that’s the only reason that we’re here,” said Melvin Ray, an inmate at the St. Clair correctional facility and founder of the prison-based group Free Alabama Movement. “They’re incarcerating people for the free labor.” Spokespeople for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and his Department of Corrections...
  • For Many Americans, 'Temp' Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life

    04/21/2014 7:23:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 20, 2014 | Martha C. White
    For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route. With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans. “It seems to be the new norm in...
  • Calif. tax preparers paid bounty for every Obamacare sign-up

    04/21/2014 7:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Tax-preparing companies are getting paid by an Obamacare exchange to enroll people in Obamacare plans, The Daily Caller has learned. At least 79 tax service providers, including offices of major companies like Liberty Tax Service and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, are listed as certified Obamacare enrollment entities in the state of California, according to state exchange records. California’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California, pays enrollment entities for signing people up for Obamacare. “Certified Enrollment Entities are paid a flat-fee of $58 per successful application and $25 per successful annual renewal,” according to California Health Benefit Advisers. ”The Enrollment Entities compensate the...
  • Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices

    04/21/2014 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 14 replies
    American Cattleman ^ | Renewable Fuels Association
    Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices Written By: Renewable Fuels Association Fueled by its desire for conflict, and a well-funded and organized public relations blitz by food and livestock industries, the media has spent a great deal of time in the past two years trying to portray an epic battle between America’s need for renewable alternatives to gasoline and its role as breadbasket to world. Despite unsupported and hysterical claims, the battle between ethanol production and food and feed resources is not a battle at all. In fact, it is a symbiotic relationship that promises to provide long term financial gain...
  • Another sign that central planning works: condom shortage in Cuba

    04/21/2014 2:59:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 04/21/2014
    Having traveled to well over 100 countries, I have seen some pretty shocking signs of poverty around the world.In parts of Asia, it’s not uncommon for parents in poor villages to sell their children for bags of rice… or for children to be stolen outright and sold as orphans to unsuspecting foreigners.In Africa, I’ve seen people who are so destitute they intentionally mangle and gash their own bodies just to give themselves good cause to shock foreign tourists into donations.But I’d have to rank poverty in Cuba as the most extreme.Going to Cuba is like going back in time....
  • UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

    04/21/2014 1:46:16 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 10 replies
    Automotive News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Reuters
    CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) -- The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee. UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union this morning, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years. King and the UAW announced the withdrawal on the morning of the scheduled start of an NLRB hearing in Chattanooga on the union's objection.
  • South Africa labor talks sink platinum, palladium

    04/21/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:02 PM EDT
    Platinum and palladium prices are dropping sharply on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike. Platinum fell $28, or 2 percent, to close at $1,400.70 an ounce. Palladium lost $29.30, or 3.6 percent, to $777.80 an ounce. …
  • The United States' desperate solutions for not sinking alone

    04/21/2014 12:29:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    In the present confrontation between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of the Cold War inevitably comes to mind and the media are obviously fond of it. However, contrary to what it gives us to understand, it’s not Russia that seeks the return of an iron curtain but really the US. An iron curtain separating the old powers and emerging nations; the world before and the world afterwards; debtors and creditors. And this in the crazy hope of preserving the American way of life and the US’ influence over “its” camp in the absence of being...
  • In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

    04/21/2014 12:26:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Peter Baker
    Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment. Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making...
  • Cliven Bundy got one thing right: His claim is absurd, but challenging property law is not

    04/21/2014 12:06:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
    He may be a clown, but his actions raise a question: Who is the state to determine who gets to use what resources? Clive Bundy’s property rights dispute with the federal government appears now to be over. For those unaware, basically this rancher wanted to graze cattle on federally owned land without paying the grazing fee, due to some strange legal theory that the land was really his. The spectacle generated an obscene amount of commentary to which I am guiltily adding here. I wouldn’t be adding any commentary to it except that all of the analysis I read on...