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  • The Myth of Child Immigration at the Border

    07/22/2014 7:38:02 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 July 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R) reported that the vast majority of illegal immigrants coming over the southern border are not unaccompanied minors in an appearance on Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “Our effort in Texas is not focused on the unaccompanied children...we are focused on-the unaccompanied children represent some 12%-20%. We're focused on that 80, the 85% of which a quarter according to the border patrol, have a criminal record” he said ...
  • Mechanicsburg [Pennsylvania] children's home asked to prepare to take in immigrant children

    07/22/2014 3:14:59 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Penn Live ^ | July 21, 2014 | Anna Orso
    A local home for children has been asked by the federal government to prepare itself to take in unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who continue to cross over into the United States. The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg has not taken in any children from Central America yet, and it continues to assist children sent to it from the local county courts systems, the group's Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Best said Monday. But the agency has been contacted to prepare itself to provide shelter and care for unaccompanied minors, she said. The home has been approved...
  • Poll: Most Americans Give Obama Failing Grade on Immigration Crisis

    07/16/2014 7:11:43 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 16 2014 | Drew MacKenzie
    The Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 58 percent of Americans, including 54 percent of Latinos, are disappointed with his policies on the surge of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them children, across the southern border. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/poll-Obama-immigration-children/2014/07/16/id/582962#ixzz37dmNzdPV Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • The Timeline Of The “Border Crisis” – An Intentionally Manufactured Crisis

    07/12/2014 5:39:26 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7-12-14 | sundance
    Several key empirical facts do not lend credibility to the White House claim of a “surprise crisis”. Actually quite the opposite – But to really absorb the issue we must analyze current year events through the reality of prior events; we must look into the way-back machine. To that end we have read the entirety of: A March 2014 Final Report from the National Center For Border Security – HERE A June 2014 (Declassified) Intelligence Report on UAC’s and Central America – HERE A June 2014 Congressional Research Report analyzing the prior four years of Central American UAC’s (Unaccompanied Alien...
  • Called my Congressman to Inquire if Military (or other) Sites in My State are Housing Illegal Aliens

    07/11/2014 5:22:01 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 22 replies
    vanity | self
    Yesterday I called my Congressman to inquire if illegal aliens were being shipped into South Carolina.
  • Where Are The Federal, State, County & City Health Agencies While Obama Spreads Contagious Diseases?

    07/04/2014 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 17 replies
    Self | July 4, 2014 | Self(vanity)
    While Obama is spreading 65,000 illegal alien children most of whom have serious communicable diseases around the country, where are the thousands of health agencies around the country trying to fight this massive injection of disease into this country?
  • The Basics of the Border Crisis: How Did We Get Here?

    07/04/2014 5:23:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/04/14
    More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October. Here's a look at why it's happening and how authorities and communities are coping: When did the crisis start? The Department of Homeland Security said the uptick in unaccompanied minors crossing the border began last year but accelerated in the last few months. Since October, more than 52,000 children traveling without an adult were caught entering the United States through Mexico — double the number of the previous year and triple the number in 2011. **SNIP** How do they get to the U.S.? They travel by bus, train,...
  • A Public Health Crisis at the Border (tuberculosis, dengue fever on the rise)

    07/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/03/14 | Marc Siegel
    **SNIP** Drug-resistant tuberculosis also appears to have spread, with several counties in southern Texas reporting twice the usual average number of cases. TB is a disease that needs to be carefully monitored and screened for, a prospect that is not possible under the current circumstances. Dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that causes fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and fever, and infects close to 100 million people worldwide every year, has been detected this year in southern Texas for the first time since 2005. Illegal immigrants, possibly from Mexico, are a likely source. If infected mosquitoes begin...
  • White House Passing the Buck to Biden to Deal with Iraq Crisis

    06/12/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/12/14 | Bridget Johnson
    As Ukrainian protesters rallied against the Kremlin-backed government, were killed by government forces and weathered a subsequent Russian invasion, President Obama left it up to Vice President Joe Biden to directly communicate with the Ukrainian government. Obama even went so far as a skip a national security meeting on the Russian invasion at the beginning of March, which Biden joined via teleconference. Now, it appears that foreign policy methodology is playing out again in Iraq. Last night, the White House announced that Biden had jumped on the phone with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan “regarding the security situation around Mosul, Iraq,...
  • Iraq crisis: Militants 'seize Tikrit' after taking Mosul (Next up? Place your bets!)

    06/11/2014 10:31:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/11/14 | BBC
    Islamist insurgents in Iraq have seized the city of Tikrit, their second major gain after capturing Mosul on Tuesday, security officials say. Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, lies just 150km (95 miles) north of the capital Baghdad. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki vowed to fight back against the jihadists and punish those in the security forces who fled, offering little or no resistance. The insurgents are from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda. It controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and...
  • Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect

    05/20/2014 7:28:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2014 | Jonathan Serrie
    Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio. “It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate,” said Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown. Emory HealthCare is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio. Hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as landlines and cell towers failed. …
  • U.S. Backs Off Tight Mortgage Rules

    05/14/2014 6:02:50 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 42 replies
    WSJOnline ^ | 5/13/2014 | Nick Timiraos and
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration and federal regulators are reversing course on some of the biggest postcrisis efforts to tighten mortgage-lending standards amid concern they could snuff out the fledgling housing rebound and dent the economic recovery. On Tuesday, Mel Watt, the newly installed overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, said the mortgage giants should direct their focus toward making more credit available to homeowners, a U-turn from previous directives to pull back from the mortgage market. In coming weeks, six agencies, including Mr. Watt's, are expected to finalize new rules for mortgages that are packaged into securities by private investors....
  • UKRAINE: Slavyansk local cleric instrumental father in activity

    04/20/2014 6:24:16 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    According to the information of the resistance, "controlled by extremists, the city Slavyansk finally plunged into chaos and anarchy." Extremists on the roadblocks being taken away from local personal vehicle "for the purposes of the Donetsk Republic', the people running out of cash, began armed criminal showdown." In addition to holding earlier seizures of buildings "green men" (Russian forces) were a group of armed men in uniform black uniform. At this time we do not have membership of these groups. But note that they are not coordinated by the city representatives of GRU HEADQUARTERS ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION....
  • Europe faces worst human rights ‘crisis’ in decades

    04/17/2014 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. […] CoE secretary general Thorbjørn Jagland—in a statement entitled “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”—said the lack of democratic checks and balances, free media and an independent judiciary is the cause of widespread corruption and misuse of power. He is calling for a “new pan-European security agenda” to help stem the abuse. …
  • UKRAINE: Russian troops

    04/11/2014 8:03:48 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Ukraine Crisis Media Center ^ | 11-04-2014 16 mins ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    In my remarks today in the Ukrainian crisis Media Center Dmitri Tymchuk: Crimea Ukraine scenario will not pass-a critical moment for the invasion here Putin missed in March Kiev, April 11, 2014 year-on the accumulation of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border, the most likely SCENARIOS FOR FURTHER ACTION and the main THREAT to the integrity of Ukraine today is driving the separatists in Eastern Ukraine said Dmitry Tymchuk, Director of the Center for political-military studies, Coordinator of the "resistance" of the Information in the Ukrainian crisis Media Center. According to the information of the resistance, in the last 24...
  • Venezuela on the Brink – Infographic and Poll data

    03/14/2014 7:43:55 AM PDT · by politisite · 9 replies
    Iron Mill News ^ | 3/14/2014 | Chris Wawra
    As the Venezuelan government continues to violently crack down on protesters, the credibility of Maduro’s regime hangs in the balance. The world has been watching Venezuela, as well as both Ukraine and Thailand, during these difficult political times Maduro’s government has been accused of human rights violations by the U.N. and over half the 1World voters on the ground in the three embattled countries around the world (Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand) feel unsafe in their country. To make matters worse, 30% feel the domestic media coverage of the unrest is inaccurate and 50% think the coverage has been mixed.
  • Obama to Cut Key Reconnaissance Fleet By 25 Percent Planes being used to monitor Ukraine crisis

    03/10/2014 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/14 | Adam Kredo
    A key fleet of U.S. reconnaissance planes used to detect enemy aircraft in hostile settings will to be cut by 25 percent under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources familiar with the budget proposal. A fleet of 31 AWACs, or Airborne Warning and Control System planes, will be reduced to 24 by 2015 under Obama’s budget proposal. The situation has prompted concern in defense circles and elsewhere, where sources have pointed out that AWACS are currently deployed in Poland and Romania in order to help monitor the standoff in Ukraine. AWACS are a highly advanced type...
  • Experts: ‘Retirement Crisis’ Concerns Might Be Overblown

    03/07/2014 7:00:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/07/2014 | RODRIGO SERMEÑO
    WASHINGTON – Experts have cautioned against concerns over a retirement crisis, saying the most commonly cited measure of retirement income ignores a large portion of the money retirees receive.Recently, many pundits and policymakers have expressed much concern [1] about the U.S. retirement system. They argue that the United States is facing a crisis due to the shift over the past three decades from defined-benefit pensions to defined-contribution savings plans. They also worry Americans do not seem to save enough when they are working and in retirement their meager pension income will force them to rely on Social Security.In response,...
  • Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia

    03/06/2014 2:47:48 AM PST · by Zajko · 102 replies
    BBC ^ | 6th March 2014 | BBC
    <p>MPs in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea have voted to formally become part of the Russian Federation.</p> <p>Parliament said the decision would be put to the Crimean people for their verdict in a referendum on 16 March.</p> <p>Crimea, whose population is mostly Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president.</p>
  • MSNBC's Maddow: G.W. Bush Is to Blame for Ukraine Crisis

    03/03/2014 4:03:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 79 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | March 03, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow charged Monday that the George W. Bush administration's Middle East policy has steered America's current security policy and response to global crises — including the one in Ukraine. Talking about her new documentary, "Why We Did It," involving circumstances leading to the Iraq War, Maddow told MSNBC colleague Andrea Mitchell that the Bush administration is largely responsible for the nation's current course overseas. “The decisions of our generation on national security are determined more than anything by what the George W. Bush administration did with that nine-year war in Iraq and, alongside it, a 13-year war...
  • How Russia Today Is Covering the Crisis In Ukraine

    03/02/2014 9:36:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 3/2/14 | Oliver Darcy
  • Ukraine Crisis: Russia Brands New Leaders "Mutineers" (We All Knew This Was Coming Alert)

    02/24/2014 8:12:05 AM PST · by goldstategop · 87 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/24/2014 | BBC News
    Mr Medvedev, quoted by Russian news agencies, suggested that Western countries that accepted Ukraine's new authorities were mistaken. "Strictly speaking, there is no-one for us to communicate with there today," he said. "The legitimacy of a whole number of organs of power that function there raises great doubts. "Some of our foreign, Western partners think otherwise. This is some kind of aberration of perception when people call legitimate what is essentially the result of an armed mutiny." He added: "We do not understand what is going on there. There is a real threat to our interests and to the lives...
  • China Starts To Make A Power Move Against The US Dollar

    02/21/2014 8:11:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 21, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    In order for our current level of debt-fueled prosperity to continue, the rest of the world must continue to use our dollars to trade with one another and must continue to buy our debt at ridiculously low interest rates. Of course the number one foreign nation that we depend on to participate in our system is China. China accounts for more global trade than anyone else on the planet (including the United States), and most of that trade is conducted in U.S. dollars. This keeps demand for our dollars very high, and it ensures that we can import massive quantities...
  • The crisis in Venezuela broadens and deepens

    02/18/2014 5:50:31 AM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 18, 2014 | Dan Miller
    As the day progresses, I expect there to be substantial activity in Venezuela. As I learn of it, updates will be provided here or through new posts. Few seem to know what to do. Perhaps Leopoldo Lopez does.According to Daniel, as far as I knew until recently the only English language blogger still hanging on in Venezuela, the country is adrift. The question here is who is most adrift in Venezuela today, the regime or the opposition?  The crisis that started late January in Tachira has spread as no other crisis has spread in Venezuela since "el caracazo" when looting happened in...
  • Is California Finally About to Address Its Looming Pension Crisis?

    02/11/2014 8:22:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/11/2014 | STEPHEN KRUISER
    Fingers crossed. A good sign is that Assembly leaders now say they will take on the massive shortfall in the State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) that provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits for CaliforniaÂ’s 868,493 teachers and their families. Speaker John Perez says he wants to find a way to begin paying down the $80 billion unfunded liability for teacher pensions and the Assembly will hold hearing on the issue this month.While CalPERS, the other major public employee pension system, is in a weak position, CalSTRS is close to falling into the abyss. However, neither of the systems is...
  • Boehner Blames Trust Gap With Obama For Immigration Stalemate

    02/07/2014 11:09:45 AM PST · by EBH · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/6/2014 | John Parkinson, Mary Bruce
    “One of the biggest obstacles we face is the one of trust,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws and it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.” Illustrating that distrust, Boehner pointed to Obama’s unilateral moves to change the timeline for implementing the new health care law and the president’s widely publicized intent to circumvent Congress on several other issues through executive orders. “I never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year [on immigration reform] and the...
  • The City and State Pension Crisis Has Only Just Begun

    01/30/2014 7:26:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/30/2014 | By Mark Warshawsky
    America has recently experienced a wave of municipal bankruptcies significantly fueled by underfunded pension and retiree health obligations to retired city workers, including policemen, firemen and teachers. The bankruptcies of Detroit and some California towns, the massive pension shortfall in Illinois only partially addressed by recent legislation, and the tense situation in Chicago with the mayor asking municipal workers for give-backs are just the beginning of difficulties that will appear across the country. Asset returns have come up short of what has been assumed. Generous unfunded retirement benefits with early retirement dates and expensive cost-of-living adjustments were doled out to...
  • Pig Virus May Send Bacon Prices Soaring

    01/13/2014 9:22:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Newser ^ | 1-11-14 | John Johnson
    (Newser) – Bacon lovers, be warned. A fast-spreading pig virus could send pork prices to record highs in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal. The PED virus, short for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, has hit farms in 22 states so far. It's lethal only to young pigs, not humans, but the Journal says the number of pigs being lost per week is likely to push pork prices beyond the record of $3.81 a pound. A post at Agri-Pulse predicts that the worst spikes will come in the summer.
  • Chicago pension crisis called worst in nation

    12/31/2013 5:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Calling the Chicago pension crisis the worst in the nation is saying something - like, how bad can it get? The city's underfunded pension system for teachers, firefighters, police, and transit workers threatens to punch a hole in the city budget that would devastate city services. The teachers' alone are $1 billion short of funds, while the city as a whole is looking at a whopping $27 billion shortfall. The state of Illinois is even worse off with more than $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Where is the money going to come from to fix the problem? Financial Times:...
  • AP IMPACT: The world braces for retirement crisis

    12/29/2013 7:00:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/29/2013 | PAUL WISEMAN, DAVID MCHUGH and ELAINE KURTENBACH
    A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. How retirement systems vary, country to country Associated Press Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65 — to 70 or even longer. Living standards will fall, and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II.
  • Are American Students Really that Dumb?

    12/06/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by xzins · 78 replies
    CBN ^ | December 06, 2013 | Heather Sells
    New international test scores show American students lagging behind in math and performing about average in science and reading. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tests 15-year-olds around the world every three years as part of the Program for International Student Assessment. Half a million students in 65 countries participated in the most recent test, administered in 2012. The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China's largest city and also from Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation." However, critics of the...
  • Young invincibles spurn O-Care (New Husseincare 21.2 crisis)

    12/04/2013 6:13:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/13 | Elise Viebeck
    Mounting opposition to ObamaCare among young adults is creating a new crisis for the White House. While the federal enrollment website HealthCare.gov appears to be improving by the day, polls show the “young invincibles” key to making the law work are becoming less likely to enroll. Younger people were skeptical of the healthcare reform law even before its troubled rollout, despite their support for President Obama. But polling indicates the problems facing HealthCare.gov — a site the administration initially touted as a hip, tech-friendly experience — have reinforced their doubts about the need to have health insurance at all. “The...
  • Hands Off: Will the Feds Keep You From Your Money in Another Crisis?

    12/01/2013 7:34:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Are U.S. federal government policy makers planning for an economic meltdown? Fiscal and financial news isn’t a particularly sexy topic for broad audiences, even under normal circumstances. And over the Thanksgiving national holiday weekend, about the only news people care to consume are football scores. But as we enjoyed turkey dinners, shopping, and hopefully some quality time with friends and family – and even in the recent days leading up to the holiday weekend – some major policy ideas and changes have emerged that could keep you away from your personal finances in the face of another meltdown. Americans...
  • Looking at TVs. Freeper Opinions Valued

    11/29/2013 5:32:29 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 108 replies
    11.29.13 | chickensoup
    My last thread about TVs was published in 2006. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1725379/posts I still have the 2k in the bank and still want to buy one I have been looking at the Sharp Aquos Quattron 3D 240 70" Model 757. Any opinions? Good Amazon ratings. How does one get it installed if purchased on the net? How does one pick a sound system, and I need a sound system with headphones because of a mild hearing deficit (What did he just say? Where are they going? Why did he kill her?) I am looking for a theatre-sort of experience at my low...
  • The NHS has reached its crisis point (UK state healthcare)

    11/09/2013 11:39:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:04 EST, 9 November 2013 | Mail On Sunday Comment
    For more than 65 years the National Health Service has occupied a sainted position in British life. Even the most radical, right-leaning Governments have hesitated before embarking on reforms which could be characterized by opponents as “cuts”. In recent years, however, the halo has slipped dramatically. … Now, details from a secret report on Wexham Park Hospital have provided devastating confirmation. … The report highlights huge structural problems, with a top-heavy cadre of bureaucrats spending their time—and our money—feuding with each other, against a backdrop of deepening financial problems and a chronic bed shortage. Shockingly, we have also established that...
  • The Real Reasons We Have a Public Pension Crisis

    10/23/2013 7:10:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The American ^ | 10/23/2013 | Caleb O. Brown
    America’s public pension funds are in trouble because sketchy Mr. Wall Street sold some slack-jawed pension fund managers on risky investments with promises of high returns that may never materialize. Or so Matt Taibbi seems to believe. In a recent piece in Rolling Stone, Taibbi blames public pensions’ current woes on “Gordon Gekko wanna-be’s” (sic), “scorched-earth takeover artists like Bain Capital,” and “Wall Street,” who used the financial crisis to lure weakened pension funds into investing in “alternatives.” Alternatives are investment vehicles that are different from stocks, bonds, and commodities in that they are typically traded by individuals without the...
  • Obama and the Art of the Artificial, Contrived and Transparent Crisis

    10/08/2013 4:06:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    I think that’s it’s safe to say that community organizing is a little bit easier than, say, being President of the United States. Or being a practicing attorney. Barack Obama has now found that out. To the sorrow of the rest of us. And here’s the essential problem with Barack Obama’s resume, as opposed to, say, Abraham Lincoln’s, who also was unprepared to become president of the United States, but made up for it with ability: Obama has spent his whole life being against stuff, protesting against powers higher than himself, blaming those in control. Lincoln on the other hand...
  • Next "Subprime Crisis" Expands As Student Loan Defaults Hit $146 Billion, Highest Default Rate

    10/01/2013 7:37:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/1/13 | Tyler Durden
    lmost exactly one year ago we wrote "The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here: Over $120 Billion In Federal Student Loans In Default" in which we took the latest (2009 three year cohort) loan default data on Federal Student Loans released by the Department of Education and applied it to the total amount of student loans outstanding, which back then was $914 billion. Yesterday, ED.gov provided its annual update - this time to the 2010 three year and 2011 two year cohorts - and to nobody's major surprise, learned that things just got even worse. To wit: "The national two-year cohort...
  • Essential: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis (9-28-2008)

    09/30/2013 8:45:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 9/23/13 | Trevor Loudon
    Five years ago, Jim Simpson informed America of the grand conspiratorial sabotage presenting Barack Obama for the United States Presidency. That is, he presented much more than we already knew, to those who were already awake, aware, alarmed, and looking for more. And we have all continued to tell those who have not been willfully, unrepentantly, and fatally ignorant. This article also introduced to many the very old, Marxist and fascist (some would say Illuminist and Jacobin) strategy of collapsing a nation’s economy through government obligations and debt, recently reprised as the “Cloward-Piven strategy.” Whether reviewing or reading for the...
  • Science is in a reproducibility crisis: How do we resolve it?

    09/23/2013 1:09:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Fiona Fidler and Ascelin Gordon
    Over the past few years, there has been a growing awareness that many experimentally established “facts” don’t seem to hold up to repeated investigation. This was highlighted in a 2010 article in the New Yorker entitled The Truth Wears Off and since then, there have been many popular press accounts of different aspects of science’s current reproducibility crisis. These include an exposé of the increasing number of retractions by scientific journals and damning demonstrations of failures to replicate high profile studies. Articles in recent days have discussed how the majority of scientists might be more interested in funding and fame...
  • Syria crisis shows Israel cannot rely on Obama

    09/16/2013 6:33:40 AM PDT · by epow · 16 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 9/15/13 | Aviel Schneider
    Israel's largest daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot has a photo of US President Barack Obama published with the comment "From threats to words." In Jerusalem, we are disappointed by Obama's behavior. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued veiled criticism of the White House: "If we do not help ourselves, no one will." According to Netanyahu, the world needs to see: "Anyone who uses weapons of mass destruction, has to pay the price." If Syria used chemical weapons against its own people, there is no doubt it would do so against Israel. Therefore, America's reluctance to act now is being heavily criticized...
  • Observations on the Financial Crisis

    09/15/2013 11:53:33 AM PDT · by Dysart · 1 replies
    keithhennessey.com ^ | 9-15-2013 | Keith Hennessey
    For the five year anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, Ed Lazear and I have released a paper titled “Observations on the Financial Crisis,” published through the Hoover Institution. It’s just over 25 pages and also has a fairly detailed timeline of events as an appendix. Ed was chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers when I was director of the National Economic Council. Here are the 19 observation headlines. I urge you to read our supporting arguments, especially if you’re going to comment on or respond to them. Each argument takes only about a page. “The recession that...
  • There Was Nothing 'Financial' About the 2008 Crisis

    09/11/2013 7:28:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 9/11/13 | John Tamny
    "'Your No. 1 client is the government,' John J. Mack, Morgan Stanley's chairman and chief executive from 2005 to 2009, told current CEO James Gorman in a recent phone call. Mr. Gorman, who was visiting Washington that day, agreed." - Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2013. The five year anniversary of the ‘financial crisis' has predictably generated all manner of commentary about its presumed causes. What's most unfortunate five years later is that ‘financial' and ‘crisis' are still used together. It's unfortunate simply because despite what you read, the crisis was decidedly not financial, nor was it caused by a...
  • Live Thread: Syria Crisis Continuous Updates

    08/28/2013 7:06:18 AM PDT · by kristinn · 934 replies
    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | Kristinn
    As the war drums for Syria get louder, let this thread serve as a repository for news, background, Tweets, photos, video, on-the-ground reports, etc., as was done recently with Egypt.
  • Obama's Mortgage Police: Has he learned from the last financial crisis? The answer is no

    08/28/2013 6:35:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/28/2013 | Peter Wilson
    This summer the White House unveiled "President Obama's Plan for a Better Foundation for Middle Class Homeownership," which is so amazing it merits a second slogan, the "Better Bargain." A cutesy infographic explains the Plan, using language that seems out of place among Obama Administration statists: "Put private capital at the center of the mortgage system""NO MORE TAXPAYER BAILOUTS!""End Fannie and Freddie's failed business model" The White House explains further: [President Obama] made it clear that we can't go back to the same bubble-and burst housing system that caused the financial crisis. We need a rock-solid foundation for financing homeownership...
  • Syria crisis: UK draws up contingency military plans

    08/27/2013 2:13:56 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 August 2013
    The UK is drawing up contingency plans for military action in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, Downing Street has said. David Cameron will also consider a recall of Parliament when he returns to No 10 later on Tuesday. MPs from all parties have demanded they be consulted before any move to support military action is taken. The suspected chemical attack took place on Wednesday near Damascus, and reportedly killed more than 300 people. Syrian rebels say the Assad government was responsible, but it blames rebel forces - saying footage of the attack was "fabricated". Mr Cameron is...
  • The Russian Demographic Crisis: Resisting the Influence of a Sexualized Culture

    08/13/2013 7:02:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 13Aug13 | S. Michael Craven
    This past July, Russian president Vladimir Putin ignited outrage among the (primarily Western) pro-homosexual community by signing into law a ban on homosexual adoption. The new law also prohibits adoption by single parent households. Only a few days before, Putin also signed into law broad prohibitions against "gay propaganda," which included provisions that allow "the government to arrest and detain gay (or 'pro-gay') foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from Russia" While these latter measures are no doubt draconian, they nonetheless represent a growing realization within Russian society, namely: sexual anarchy has proven devastating...
  • Syria crisis: UN's del Ponte says evidence rebels 'used sarin'

    05/06/2013 5:30:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | May 6, 2013 | Not attributed to an author
    Testimony from victims of the Syrian conflict suggests rebels have used the nerve agent sarin, according to a leading United Nations investigator. Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons. Syria has recently come under growing Western pressure over the alleged use of such weapons. Ms del Ponte, who serves on the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said in an interview with Swiss-Italian TV: "Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims,...
  • Air Traffic Slowdown is Manufactured Crisis (You Didn't Know that?

    04/27/2013 10:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is clearly playing a nasty political game with the air traffic controller furloughs that have forced severe airline delays across the country. It's not the first time he's exploited the budget-cutting sequestration law for political purposes. Earlier this year, he tried to stir up fears that our economy would be hit by fiscal Armageddon if the Republican House didn't submit to his tax-hiking, big-spending demands. But his hysterical claims that our food would be unsafe, America's defenses would crumble and the elderly would lose their benefits have proven to be groundless. A headline in Thursday's Washington...
  • Judges' lawsuit: Disability system 'in crisis' (Social Security program overwhelmed)

    04/19/2013 3:56:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/19/13 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security's disability program is overwhelmed by so many claims that judges sometimes award benefits they might otherwise deny just to keep up with the flow of cases, according to a lawsuit filed by the judges themselves. The Social Security Administration says the agency's administrative law judges should decide 500 to 700 disability cases a year. The agency calls the standard a productivity goal, but the lawsuit claims it is an illegal quota that requires judges to decide an average of more than two cases per workday. "When the goals are too high, the easy way out...