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  • The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.

    01/03/2017 7:30:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 30, 2016 | Jarrett Stepman
    Following the presidential election, numerous stories surfaced about how “fake news” influenced the results. This prompted a reaction from the media and a concerted effort by the social media giant Facebook to crack down on the phenomenon—announcing that it would in part by using liberal fact-checkers to distinguish the “real” from the “fake” news.The truth is that while the American media landscape has been in a constant state of change over two centuries, the spread of hyperpartisan, scurrilous, and even phony news stories has been more common than uncommon throughout the history of the republic.Ultimately, despite the increasingly Wild West...
  • July Gun Sales Crush Previous Record (2.2 million checks)

    08/02/2016 3:10:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    The number of gun-related background checks performed in July far exceeded those of any previous July, newly released numbers from the FBI show. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed nearly 2.2 million checks last month. That represents an increase of almost 600,000 checks over the previous record set last year. It is also an increase of more than a million checks over July 2011. The July record is the latest in a string of 15 record-setting months for firearm background checks. July also saw an increase over June’s numbers as the gun industry’s seasonal lull comes...
  • Utah Lawmakers Call for Seventeenth Amendment Repeal

    05/20/2016 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | May 20, 2016 | Matt Hurley
    Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures. The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March, was sponsored by state Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland). ‘A Formal Check’ Todd Zywicki, a professor of law at George Mason University, says the Seventeenth Amendment removed a necessary safeguard against...
  • What does it take for Boehner to begin Articles of Impeachment for the Democrat's Obama?

    06/12/2014 2:26:15 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 77 replies
    Graewoulf | June 12, 2014 | Graewoulf
    Pick an Obama scandal, choose an Obama foreign crisis and watch Boehner cover it up.
  • Known glitch delays California unemployment checks for 150,000

    10/16/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    10 News ^ | 10/15/13
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California officials knew a computer upgrade for the state's unemployment insurance program was vulnerable to problems before it was installed. The Sacramento Bee reports that officials underestimated how many unemployment claims would be affected by a glitch in the $188 million system upgrade.
  • After the Obama Surge: A New Rush on Gun Stores

    04/26/2013 7:58:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/26/2013 | Tom Gara
    In fact, the rush beginning in December has been high even by historic standards: the FBI conducted just under 2.8 million background checks on prospective gun buyers in December 2012, the highest number in any single month since records begin in November 1998. That’s more than triple the number it was running in in December 2002. And the rush has continued through 2013 so far. Here’s the number of monthly background checks in the first three months of each year since 1998. This year looks set to be the busiest ever.
  • Senate rejects background checks on gun purchases in 54-46 vote

    04/17/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Hill [Washington ^ | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks. It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again. GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk
  • Direct deposit to replace U.S. checks

    01/17/2013 7:22:00 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 40 replies
    Kiplinger Report ^ | 29 April 2011
    Paper checks will be abolished for all federal benefits, including Social Security, eventually, but people who currently receive checks will have some extra time to adjust to the new rules. Individuals who apply for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits on or after May 1, 2011, will have to select an electronic payment method -- either a debit card that will be reloaded each month or direct deposit to a bank account. The direct deposit option, which is safer than a check and involves no fees, is the best option for most people. But current beneficiaries who receive...
  • Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat

    01/17/2013 11:00:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Fund
    Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come.The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the...
  • Pizzu Hut - No checks policy (along with many others)

    12/23/2012 11:34:39 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 82 replies
    To the question "Can you use a check ordering from Pizza Hut online?" We have this answer: You can only used a credit card or a Pizza Hut gift card to purchase online, no checks accepted. And, driving up to their window in South Central Texas, the same sign is posted. No checks accepted as of January 1. Wonder how many other establishments are going to do the same? I thought the economy was recovering....
  • Wisconsin: 3 relatives suspected of cashing dead mother's Social Security checks for 30 years

    09/26/2012 5:04:02 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    ap ^ | 9-24-12 | Dinesh Ramde
    Three Portage County residents are accused of cashing Social Security checks of a relative who has been missing for 30 years and is presumed dead, and authorities are investigating to see whether her remains are buried on her wooded property. If Marie Jost is still alive she'd be 100 years old. But authorities now suspect she died in about 1982, and they're accusing her son, daughter and son-in-law of continuing to cash her government checks in her absence. Investigators believe Jost might be buried on her Amherst property. Sheriff's Capt. Dale O'Kray said Tuesday that cadaver dogs have hit upon...
  • 8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States

    07/23/2012 11:47:39 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States By Terence P. Jeffrey July 23, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - The number of workers taking federal disability insurance payments hit yet another record in July, increasing to 8,753,935 during the month from the previous record of 8,733,461 set in June, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The 8,753,935 workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July exceeded the population of 39 of the 50 states. Only 11 states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey—had...
  • The Obama Bounce Test

    04/30/2012 5:52:09 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I received a tip from someone about how checks can be purchased online with the Obama design on them. He thought I could do something with it... At first I thought I would make a graphic spoofing it, but then I thought of something that was more unusual, and potentially more fun. It's an interactive Flash graphic (my first one, hopefully not the last). So I can't post here, I can only put it put it up at the original post (here.)
  • Jailed killer had dad, girlfriends cash unemployment checks

    03/04/2012 6:03:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/04/12
    Jailed killer had dad, girlfriends cash unemployment checksBy msnbc.com staff A convicted murderer awaiting trial in the Los Angeles County jail system had family cash $30,000 in unemployment checks, the Los Angeles Times reported. Anthony Garcia’s father and two girlfriends reportedly cashed those checks, $1,600 a month, and also deposited money in his jail account and that of other gang members. His father, Juan Garcia, 47, and girlfriends, Sandra Jaimez, 45, and Cynthia Limas, 25, were charged with unemployment fraud, the Times reported.
  • Long-Term Unemployed Man: 'It's Absolutely Retarded' That I Keep Getting Checks

    02/24/2012 6:49:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/24/2012 | Gus Lubin
    [The following profile is part of a series on long-term unemployment in America.] John Schmidt has been out of work for 150 weeks. Due to complications regarding his official date of termination, he is still eligible for weekly checks from the government. "It's absolutely retarded, but I'm not going to turn it down." Schmidt has been unemployed since April, 2009 when he lost his job as a database architect at JC Penney. Fired for health reasons, Schmidt says he wanted to sue but no lawyers in the Dallas area would go against the local corporation. In his first year of...
  • Huntington Bank discovers original checks signed by Lincoln, Washington, Edison, Twain and others

    01/15/2012 12:07:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Teresa Dixon Murray
    Huntington Bank discovers original checks signed by Lincoln, Washington, Edison, Twain and others (photo gallery) President Abraham Lincoln made out this First National Bank printed check to "self" for $800 on April 13, 1865, two days before he died. BROOKLYN -- Dozens of personal checks -- some 150 to 200 years old and signed by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, George Washington and Thomas Edison - have been unearthed by Huntington Bank. Some of the historic checks, all signed by U.S. presidents, were unveiled Tuesday and are on display at Huntington's newest branch in Brooklyn. The display is...
  • Frustration Mounts for MF Global Clients

    11/07/2011 4:29:35 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 20 replies
    reuters ^ | November 7, 2011 | Lauren Tara LaCapra
    snip... Customers of the bankrupt firm are starting to complain about getting checks that bounced, having requests to transfer funds denied and receiving inaccurate account statements. The growing litany of woes is adding to the tasks for the receiver assigned to liquidate MF Global and causing some investors to voice concern about the basic plumbing of the financial services system. Steve Meyers, an independent futures trader in Florida, said he asked for $500,000 from his MF Global account to be wired back to him on October 28 because he was concerned about the firm filing for bankruptcy. The money never...
  • President Obama Has Written Personal Checks to Letter-Writers In Need, Author Says

    10/21/2011 12:23:56 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 31 replies
    ABBC News ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    In February 2009, ABC News was first to report on the 10 letters from constituents that the president is given each day. Culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president,” the letters “help him focus on the real problems people are facing,” said then-senior adviser David Axelrod. Some of these, maybe two or three each day, the President responds to in his own hand. Then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told us that before two different economic speeches, the President “pulled...
  • Alaskans get $1,174 (yearly) checks from state's oil wealth

    10/10/2011 6:19:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Newsminer ^ | 10/06/11
    Alaskans get $1,174 checks from state's oil wealthThe Associated Press Oct 06, 2011 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Most Alaskans will be getting $1,174 in Permanent Fund dividends on Thursday. **SNIP** Voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1976 to establish the Permanent Fund as a way to stretch out the state's oil wealth for future generations.
  • Dodd-Frank: The End Of Free Checking?

    09/29/2011 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/29/2011 | David Hogberg
    On Sat., Oct. 1, new regulations from the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul go into effect on debit cards. Specifically, they impose price controls on “interchange fees,” the fees that banks and credit unions charge to retailers on debit card transactions. The average interchange fee is about 44 cents. The new rules limit the fees to 21 to 24 cents. “The costs of processing debit card transactions doesn’t go away because you limit the price,” said John Berlau, director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute. “That shifts the costs to consumers.”