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  • Farrakhan Outlines Next Steps After Million Man March Anniversary

    10/20/2015 10:01:48 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 10 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/14/15 | James Wright
    Minister Louis Farrakhan told a crowd of 200 people that the Nation of Islam will team up with 100 Black Men, an influential national Black male organization, and reinvigorate local organizing committees (LOC) nationwide to move their agenda forward. The minister revealed his detailed plans on Oct. 11 at the Marriott Marquis in Northwest D.C., one day after the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 10.
  • Californians upset that they cant sell their green energy homes

    10/19/2015 1:19:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A tale of woe comes to us from the Left coast. Trouble has reared its head for Californians who enrolled in a special government program designed to allow them to use taxpayer funds to upgrade their homes with solar panels, wind turbines, unicorn flatulence converters and any number of other green energy improvements. Tens of thousands of Californians signed up for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program which provided them with funding for installing such energy efficient goodies over the past several years, but now they’re finding their homes stalled on the market when they want to...
  • When did Democrats become the party of free stuff?

    10/18/2015 10:47:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies
    Globe ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joan Vennochi
    progessive ideology is increasingly about asking government to provide more for its citizens and more for noncitizens, too. From that perspective, it turns on its head the iconic message of Democrat John F. Kennedy to Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. On that cold day in January 1961, Kennedy was not, of course, bemoaning government-sponsored free stuff, or calling for program cutbacks. Indeed, his administration sponsored fresh endeavors, such as the Peace Corps. He also inspired a generation to view government service as a sacred, higher calling. But...
  • You won't believe the price tag for all that free stuff offered by Dem candidates at the debate

    10/15/2015 8:31:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    Any time you get a bunch of Democrats together in the same room, it is recommended that you grab hold of your wallet tightly and lock up the family silver. You also might want to hide your wife and daughters - just to be safe. The Democratic presidential candidates who took the stage for their debate on Tuesday night tried to outdo one another in rushing to give away tax dollars on wild spending schemes. How much are we talking about? The Washington Times has some thoughts: The five Democratic presidential candidates pushed proposals in their first debate that...
  • Jeb Bush Black 'Free Stuff' Comment Invokes Anger From African-Americans, Others

    09/25/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    Designated Loser ^ | 9/25/15 | Abigail Abrams
    Some people were not happy after presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a group in South Carolina Thursday night that Republicans can win more African-American voters with a message of positivity than with one that promises free stuff. The remarks, reported first by the Washington Post, echoed those by Mitt Romney in 2012 that sparked criticism at the time. Bushs campaign event Thursday drew a largely white audience, according to the New York Times, and his comments came in response to a question about how he would appeal to African-American voters. The phrase free stuff was trending on Twitter Friday morning...
  • 96-Year-Old Merchant Mariner Works to Correct Historical Oversight

    09/05/2015 10:48:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Garvin Thomas
    I wrote a story about it. It is a phrase Jack Beritzhoff says a lot. And when you consider the San Rafael resident, and former Merchant Mariner, is about to celebrate his 97th birthday, that adds up to a lot of stories. In fact, Beritzhoff compiled many of his favorite one into a book he published in 2012: Sail Away, Journeys Of A Merchant Seaman. Still, there is one story he is most eager to share these days, about an oversight of history he would like to see corrected. I think its an injustice, said Beritzhoff. Beritzhoff is referring to...
  • Mass immigration will DESTROY Britain if we don't act now, blasts DOUGLAS MURRAY ( United Kingdom )

    08/28/2015 6:36:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Daily Express ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Douglas Murray
    IT IS now four years since David Cameron promised to reduce immigration into the UK from the hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands a year. No ifs, no buts, was what the Prime Minister said. But the latest official figures, out yesterday, show he is nowhere near to fulfilling that promise. In fact in the last year immigration into our country reached record highs with net migration reaching a 10-year peak at 330,000 in the year up to March. Thirteen per cent of people in this country now were born abroad. ... the need to speak out has never...
  • Bernie Sanders: 'I Will Fight to...Make Every Public College and University in America Tuition

    08/11/2015 8:48:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 99 replies ^ | 8/11/2015 | staff
    At an event in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, where he accepted the endorsement of the National Nurses United, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would fight as president to enact legislation making all public colleges and university in the country free.
  • Where the Nanny State is taking the middle class

    07/30/2015 8:51:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies ^ | 7/30/2015 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Countries run more efficiently when there is less government intervention. Government certainly has its role in providing a strong military, adequate border defense, police and fire protection, and education. Unfortunately government intervention in the free market has caused again and again more harm than good. And government has now become a Hydra that we fail to legally slay. Voting in a new government has been discouraging; it is now impossible to rid ourselves of the encroaching octopus with sharped-edged suckers.
  • Obama to announce project for more broadband in public housing

    07/15/2015 8:40:03 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday a pilot project to expand broadband access for people who live in public housing, in his administration's latest push to bridge the "digital divide" between the rich and poor. Working with mayors, internet service providers and other companies and nonprofits, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make it cheaper and easier for more than 275,000 low-income households with almost 200,000 children to get home internet, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Obama is set to speak about the program in Durant, Oklahoma...
  • FCC votes to subsidize broadband connections for low-income households

    06/18/2015 9:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    BetaNews ^ | June 18, 2015 | Mark Wilson
    Today the FCC voted in favor of updating its Lifeline program to include broadband. This would mean that households surviving on low incomes would be able to receive help paying for a broadband connection. It might not be as important as electricity or water, but having a broadband connection is seen as being all but essential these days. From helping with education and job hunting, to allowing for home working, the ability to get online is seen as so vital by some that there have been calls for it to be classed as a utility. The Lifeline program has been...
  • The vehicles of Section 8 Housing (Vanity)

    06/08/2015 6:50:06 PM PDT · by kik5150 · 108 replies
    Me | 6/8/15 | Me
    You won't find this on any local news, but what is happening is a crime on a massive scale. Here's the story. My friend works at a section 8 apartment complex, which means that the taxpayers pay most of the rent there. Last week he sent me this picture of a late model Jaguar parked at his complex. His caption of the picture was "Section 8, rent always late". I asked him how much was their rent. "It just went up, to $80." A MONTH?!! "A month." This means that taxpayers are providing the Jag owner over $1,000 a month...
  • Should Hillary Clinton Call for Debt-Free College for All Americans?

    06/08/2015 1:18:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 8, 2015 | by Perry Bacon Jr.
    An aggressive push for what's being billed as "debt-free college" has galvanized progressive activists, putting Hillary Clinton in the position of either endorsing an idea that will be controversial or being criticized by liberals as too timid if she does not. The proposal, which is also energizing Democrats on Capitol Hill, attempts to enshrine a promise that all Americans can attend a public college and get a four-year degree with little tuition cost and while incurring no student debt. One of Clinton's Democratic rivals, ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, has endorsed the idea. Another Democratic candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has...
  • Insurers request big rate hikes, citing coming Medicaid changes

    06/03/2015 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | June 2, 2015 | By MARK HAYWARD
    Two insurance carriers on the Obamacare exchange are attributing proposed double-digit premium increases to next years private-market alterations to the New Hampshire Medicaid program. Minuteman Health Inc. has requested rate increases ranging from 42 to 51 percent for next year, according to Maine Community Health Options asked for premium increases between 19 and 22 percent. Both companies attributed their proposed increases in part to the Premium Assistance Program, the name for the Medicaid expansion program that is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. Maine Community estimated that claims from the Medicaid patients will be 61 percent higher...
  • Feds Close Insurance Loopholes on Preventive Care

    05/11/2015 2:26:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 11, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    From contraception to colonoscopies, the Obama administration Monday closed a series of insurance loopholes on coverage of preventive care. The department of Health and Human Services said insurers must cover at least one birth control option under each of 18 methods approved by the FDA without copays. Also, insurers can't charge patients for anesthesia services in connection with colonoscopies. Other services covered without copays or cost-sharing include: - Preventive screening, genetic counseling and BRCA genetic testing for women at increased risk for having a potentially harmful mutation in genes that suppress cancerous tumors. - Prenatal care and other services...
  • The Blue-City Model

    04/29/2015 6:13:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | April 28, 2015
    The Blue-City Model Baltimore shows how progressivism has failed urban America. April 28, 2015 Youre not supposed to say this in polite company, but what went up in flames in Baltimore Monday night was not merely a senior center, small businesses and police cars. Burning down was also the blue-city model of urban governance. Nothing excuses the violence of rampaging students or the failure of city officials to stop it before Marylands Governor called in the National Guard. But as order starts to return to the streets, and the usual political suspects lament the lack of economic prospects for the...
  • Democrats Introduce Resolution Calling For Debt-Free Public College

    04/21/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Sam Levine
    A group of congressional Democrats introduced a resolution on Tuesday seeking to ensure that students who attend public colleges and universities can graduate without debt. The Senate resolution was introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), while Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced the House version. The lawmakers support plans to increase financial aid, help states lower tuition and make it possible for students to earn degrees in less time. In a statement, they noted that the cost of college has increased by 300 percent over...
  • Scott Walker Flip-Flops in Favor of Federal Ethanol Mandate

    03/10/2015 7:29:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies ^ | Mar. 9, 2015 2:39 pm | Matt Welch
    Wisconsin governor, no stranger to corporate welfare, sings a new tune in front of Iowa farmers Breitbart.comIn 2006, when he was running for governor, Scott Walker took the opportunity of a proposed statewide ethanol mandate (which his opponent favored) to declare his opposition to all ethanol mandates, state or federal: "Currently, we have a problem with big government in Madison. On principle, I cannot support this proposal."It is clear to me that a big government mandate is not the way to support the farmers of this state, he continued [in a statement]. "Central planning will not help our family farmers,...
  • Scott Walker called ethanol mandate 'central planning' and a 'big government mandate' - before Iowa

    03/09/2015 9:19:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 126 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 9, 2015 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Scott Walker went to Iowa over the weekend and embraced the ethanol mandate a corporate welfare program that subsidizes corn farmers and ethanol producers at the expense of drivers, eaters, restaurants, and the environment.As my colleague Phil Klein aptly put it, "if Scott Walker can't stand up to Iowans, how will he stand up to the Islamic State?"Why do I assume this position was tailored to Iowa's caucus goers? Because Walker vehemently opposed the ethanol mandate back in 2006, actually standing out from the rest of Wisconsin's gubernatorial field in that regard.From Milwaukee's Daily Reporter at the time: "Currently,...
  • 370,000 migrants on the dole

    02/23/2015 9:06:20 AM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 19, 2012 | Robert Winnett
    More than 370,000 migrants who were admitted to Britain to work, study or go on holiday are now claiming out-of-work benefits, according to official figures compiled for the first time. The migrants, who can claim unemployment, housing and incapacity benefit, are costing taxpayers billions of pounds a year. In other countries, many would have had to return home after their visas expired or their employment ended. But Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister, today blamed the Government and said the situation would only get worse due to lax border controls, rising migration and increasing unemployment. He said: "Tory ministers are resorting...
  • President Obama, Send Your Deadbeat Supporters to Wash My Car (Excellent Article)

    01/26/2015 4:26:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    My car needs washing, and frankly Id prefer that the losers who think Obamas free community college idea is super awesome get off their lazy hindquarters and wash it for me for free. Sure, I could pay for it myself, but then Id have to forgo things Id rather have. Its cruel and inhuman and, Im guessing, both racist and phallocentric, to force me to prioritize how I spend my money. So, Mr. President, I need you to direct your minions toward my reserved parking space because, in the words of noted jurist and personal hero Judge Elihu Smails, I...
  • But Hey, Its FREE!

    01/26/2015 3:41:36 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/15 | Jim Yardley
    The last program that passed through Congress to demonstrate their belief that Obama knew better than anyone what the nation needed was nicknamed Obamacare. You can always count on our President, Barack Obama, for some gimmicky giveaway idea that will appeal to the nearly untutored who dont understand the one simple fact that is never, ever discussed when Obama unveils his latest brainstorm. They never seem to be able to understand the simple idea that NOTHING IS FREE. Ever. Obama has proposed that if you are still breathing, you ought to be able to get an Associates Degree from any...
  • Ratings: State of the Union Dips vs. 2014

    01/21/2015 9:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    TVLine ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Matt Webb Mitovich
    The Big 4s coverage of President Barack Obamas Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night amassed 19.4 million total viewers, down 6 percent from a year ago. Last years SOTU went on to total 33.3 million viewers with cable coverage folded in, marking a 14-year low.
  • Obamas Free Stuff for Everyone State of the Union Speech

    01/21/2015 6:47:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2015 | John Fund
    A pollster at last weeks GOP congressional retreat summarized the proposals President Obama made last night as free stuff for everyone. Indeed, on everything from enhanced child-care tax credits to free community college the president was in a Santa Claus kind of mood in this month after Christmas. All of the proposals enjoy majority support in polls although that support tends to fall after people weigh the price tag. Take paid sick leave. Obama mentioned that wherever the issue was on the ballot this fall it passed when people voted on it. But he was careful not to mention...
  • Three Steps to Resolve Immigration Issue

    11/22/2014 12:23:00 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Enforce Existing Laws, Secure the Border, Stop Giving Illegal Aliens Free Stuff The solution to the immigration problem is simple, but the leftists have the Republican Party in such a political monkey-style crap throwing contest that the reality of the simplicity of the issue evades them. The steps are easy: Enforce existing immigration laws on the books. Secure the border. Quit giving illegal aliens free stuff. The liberal left will start screaming about the children, both coming to America, and the ones brought here outside their own choice. Yeah, yeah. When I broke my wrist, I didnt ask the doctor...
  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    If you enter Amazon's website through this link, you can donate 0.5% of each purchase to the charity of your choice. Mine is the NRA. It bears repeating that this is entirely free....Amazon pays for the donation, not you. A good way to donate if you are going to be doing any Christmas shopping.
  • Ferguson grand jury announcement soon

    11/07/2014 1:46:45 PM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 110 replies
    Savage radio | 11/07/14 | Celtic Conservative
    Just heard on savages show- National guard choppers headed toward Ferguson, local employers sending workers home early. Is the balloon about to go up?
  • More students eating breakfast, lunch thanks to free-meals-for-all program

    09/30/2014 8:30:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Gainesville Sun ^ | September 29, 2014 | By Erin Jester
    On Wednesday, Rose Gordon and her staff served 308 school lunches to all 308 students who came to school at Lake Forest Elementary. Gordon, the food service manager, said she was shocked when she saw the numbers later. Most days, she said, I maybe miss two or three. What Gordon saw last week can be attributed, at least in part, to Lake Forests membership in a federally funded program that provides free breakfast and lunch to all students at 24 local schools, regardless of ability to pay. In the past, free and reduced-price lunch was dictated by family income. This...
  • Job, Resource Fair to Be Held in Ferguson Saturday

    09/13/2014 8:13:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | September 12, 2014 | Carol Daniel
    FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - The protests and riots in Ferguson highlighted what many already knewresidents in many North St. Louis county towns are facing unemployment, poverty and lack of educational achievement. Organizers say a job and resource fair on Saturday, Sept. 13 is designed to tackle those issues. Were all alarmed by the situation and events that are happening, but Im hoping that out of that something good can come out of it, and thats getting people jobs and getting folks back into the educational setting, says St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Interim President Ruby Curry. The Urban League of...
  • Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

    09/04/2014 1:58:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 2:14 AM EDT | Patrck Whittle
    Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over the last 14 years, and it intends to keep selling and giving them away. The sold lighthouses, located on both coasts and in the Great Lakes states, have become everything from museums to bed-and-breakfasts. [] The federal General Services Administration, which sells the lighthouses, does not have a target number of how many lighthouses it would like to sell and give away, but the Coast...
  • The case for free tampons

    08/16/2014 1:58:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jessica Valenti
    The cost of a product that half the worlds population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much.When I got my first period, I was in the most embarrassing place my then-11-year-old self could have imagined: my grandparents house. I wasnt sure what to do, so I just put on extra pairs of underwear and threw them away one-by-one, scrunched at the bottom of the bathroom trash bin, as I bled through them. Finally, with nary a pair of panties in sight, I was forced to tell my mother. I have never been...
  • The Invasion of the Booty Snatchers

    08/09/2014 8:03:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/14 | Jeff Crouere
    Nightmare at the border: Illegal aliens taking advantage of a system that is costly, unsustainable and dangerous The nightmare at the border shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Thousands of illegal aliens, including a massive increase in unaccompanied children, have crossed the border this year. Not surprisingly, 90 percent of the illegal minors do not show up for their court hearings and prefer to escape onto the streets of this country, knowing there is very little chance they will ever be deported. In 2013, only 1,800 of the 38,759 unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally were deported. The...
  • Happy Independence(?) day

    07/04/2014 11:38:55 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 4, 2014 | Dan Miller
    To be independent is to be free-- not to receive free stuff paid for by others but to pursue our own happiness without diminishing the abilities of others to pursue theirs. Under King Obama we have lost much of our independence.Bill Whittle posted this video oneyear ago, on July 3d. [youtube] Video link How would you answer the question at the end of the first verse of our national anthem?[youtube] Video link Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave Oer the land of the free and the home of the brave? Illegal Aliens [youtube] Video link...
  • Welfare State Doesn't Draw Illegal-Alien Children to U.S.

    06/14/2014 3:47:59 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 46 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 13, 2014 | Penny Star
    Jeh Johnson: Welfare State Doesn't Draw Illegal-Alien Children to U.S. June 13, 2014 - 5:25 AM By Penny Starr Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about the U.S. government's response to the growing number of youth crossing the border illegally on June 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr) ( Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the wide range of services the government is providing to unaccompanied minors who cross the border into the U.S. illegally will not encourage more of them to break the law.
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan: No, we dont actually know the cost of our student loan program

    06/11/2014 3:10:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/11/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    An unsurprising yet groan-inducing addendum to the empty gestureexecutive order President Obama so magnanimously introduced this week to allow millions of student-loan borrowers to cap their monthly payments at 10 percent of their current income and then be fully forgiven after 20 years — a “favor” to borrowers to lessen their burdens that will, in the long run, only serve to inflate future tuition prices and borrowing costs ever further. I missed this on Monday, but the WFB didn’t:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN: We actually don’t know the cost yet. Obviously we have...
  • Free preventive care can still cost

    05/20/2014 4:21:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | May 19, 2014 | By BRETT NORMAN
    Free preventive health care is one of Obamacares chief selling points. But as millions of newly covered people begin to seek that benefit, some are still getting stuck with bills. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to pay the full cost of services like cholesterol checks, womens birth control, immunizations, colonoscopy screenings and a host of other items. It also covers well visits for children and adults periodic checkups not triggered by a particular health complaint. But does a free colonoscopy cover just the screening or the immediate removal of polyps, too? Does the smoking-cessation benefit include counseling, medication...
  • Obama: Signing Up for Obamacare Is 'Just Part of Growing Up'

    02/17/2014 6:28:03 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Obama: Signing Up for Obamacare Is 'Just Part of Growing Up' Daniel Halper February 17, 2014 8:50 AM An interview former NBA star Charles Barkley conducted with President Obama aired last night on TNT. In the interview, President Obama defended Obamacare and called signing up for the health care program "just part of growing up": Barkely asked, "What do you think of the term Obamacare?" "I like it. I don't mind. And I tell you, five years from now, when everybody's saying, 'Man, I'm sure glad we got healthcare,' there are going to be a whole bunch of people who...
  • Report: Black Teens Hit Hard in Economic Downturn

    01/24/2014 4:13:30 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 31 replies
    Afro ^ | 1/24/14 | Zenitha Prince
    Black teens were the worst hit by the recent Great Recession in the labor market, the capstone to a decade of plummeting employment rates among young workers, according to a recent report by the Alternative Schools Network. According to Trends in Teen Employment in Chicago, Illinois and the United States, any gains made by the War on Poverty on the rate of employment among African-American teenagers were erased over the past decade. Teens and young adults across the United States have encountered extraordinarily severe declines in their employment ratesunmatched by any other age group, the report stated. While the economy...
  • It's Free

    01/18/2014 9:03:42 PM PST · by huckfillary · 29 replies
    Self ^ | January 18, 2014 | Artful Dilettante
    One of the most misused words in the English language is free, as in its free. Whether its the free samples of stuff at Costco, or the free pens and refrigerator magnets they give away at your local bank or car dealership, or the free hip replacement your mother-in-law just received, we use the term freely, so to speak, without ever considering its true meaning. When we say its free, what we really mean is that someone else is paying for itvoluntarily or involuntarily. And this is a very important distinction. Because one is morally defensible, while the other is...
  • WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt

    12/17/2013 2:03:33 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Utlimate Classic ^ | December 17, 2013 1:48 PM | by Michael Gallucci
    WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt by Michael Gallucci December 17, 2013 1:48 PM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Apparently being a member of one of the greatest groups of all time and one of the richest and most popular people on the planet isnt enough for Paul McCartney. Now the dude wants a free T-shirt to go with his knighthood and power to shut down Times Square. As you can see in the above video, the Beatle known as the Cute One back in the day made an impassioned play for a free T-shirt...

    11/25/2013 12:09:03 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 24, 2013 | MICHAEL VIRTANEN
    QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war. The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program. For police and sheriff's departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver...
  • Report: U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years

    10/23/2013 7:57:23 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 44 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    "We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. The common feature of means-tested assistance programs is that they are graduated based on a persons income and, in contrast to programs like Social Security or Medicare, they are a free benefit and not paid into by the recipient," says the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. "The enormous sum spent on means-tested assistance is nearly five times greater than the combined amount spent...
  • French parliament votes for pension revamp

    10/15/2013 3:07:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    AFP News ^ | October 15, 2013
    France's National Assembly on Tuesday voted for a revamp of the country's debt-ridden pension system amid protest marches in Paris and other cities over the controversial measure. The reforms will raise the pay-in period for pension contributions, meaning employees will need to work longer to be eligible for full pensions. Protestors in Paris marched to the National Assembly under a banner calling for "the creation of jobs, retirement at 60 and salary increases."
  • Congressmen (and Reporters) Get Free Flu Shots During Shutdown

    10/14/2013 3:30:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 14, 2013 - 11:56 AM | Penny Starr
    Operating through an emergency and health services protocol, congressional representatives, senators, their staff, credentialed journalists, other credentialed media personnel, and U.S. Capitol Police are still receiving free flu shots at health units in the Capitol and at locations in office buildings. According to a Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, page 3, the partial government shutdown will, however, prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from performing its role to protect the citizenry from influenza.
  • I like you Obama, but Im broke: Americans upset that Obamacare costs money

    10/09/2013 2:31:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2013 | Katie Howland and Whitney Waters
    Obamacare’s been stumbling along at quasi-full force for over a week now, and for some Americans, the Affordable Care Act is not all it was cracked up to be: Justin Gaines @justing1284 I checked out an Obamacare exchange and it impressed me.. Until I saw the lowest premium for me was 3x what I am paying now 4:56 PM - 5 Oct 2013 41 Retweets 6 favorites My health insurance will TRIPLE in cost. I can't afford that. — Austin Lee (@austinklee) October 8, 2013 Wesley Chow @WesleyWChow Just notified that I will be paying more for my existing...
  • Latino Group Wants to Expand Fraud-Ridden Obamaphone Program

    09/24/2013 3:35:02 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 09/03/2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    The real problem with the Lifeline Program that provides free cell phones commonly known as Obamaphones to low-income individuals is not that its been abused, but that not enough low-income Latinos are using the subsidized phones, according to The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Probably about 30 to 35 percent of the people who qualify for Lifeline would be Latino, and yet only about 15 percent of the users of Lifeline are Latino, Brent Wilkes, executive director of LULAC, said in a conference call Wednesday. When CNSNews asked for a comment on documented reports of fraud...
  • Old America is gone

    09/13/2013 8:29:59 AM PDT · by Varmint Al · 82 replies
    blueyandcurlys blog ^ | 2/20/2013 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    ...snip... The takers outnumber the givers, and that will only increase in years to come. The Occupy riots across this country in the last two years were mere dress rehearsals for what lies ahead years of unrest sparked by the increasing discontent of the unsuccessful who want to seize the fruits and the bounty of the successful, and do not appreciate the slow pace of redistribution. If this election proves one thing, it is that the Old America is gone. And, sad for the world, it is not coming back.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Lures Businesses From Maryland, Takes Shot at Gov. OMalley (AFRO Reports)

    09/12/2013 6:01:27 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/11/13 | Lucy Westcott
    WASHINGTON - Maryland is the latest target of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a new radio spot that criticizes his counterpart Gov. Martin OMalley and the states high taxes. Perry criticizes Maryland for high taxes on businesses and families, comparing it to his states low taxes, fair legal system and limited government, in a commercial from Texas Wide Open for Business, part of the Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor. "When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas, where we've created more jobs than all the other states...
  • The South killed the safety net

    09/08/2013 7:38:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | September 7, 2013 | Sasha Abramsky
    Europeans came to this country for a better life. It hasn't always meant helping the less fortunate. The Souths aversion both to taxes and to mandated government safety net structures had a long, and somewhat surprising, pedigree. In the late eighteenth century, popular radical writers such as Condorcet in France and Tom Paine in England had called for the creation of comprehensive social insurance systems based around universal pensions, child allowances, and education for all. Neither, however, managed to successfully alter prevailing political and moral doctrines. In France, after the frenzy of the revolutionary years the counterrevolution of the post-Napoleonic...
  • Without paperwork, school lunch free in Boston

    09/05/2013 6:56:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 3, 2013 | James Vaznis
    Boston public schools will begin serving free lunches to all students this school year even if families have the financial means to pay, school officials are expected to announce Tuesday. The meal program, more than a year in the making, is part of an experimental federal initiative that aims to make it easier for students from low-income families to receive free meals by eliminating the need to fill out paperwork, including potentially invasive questions about income. Cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago have been or will be participating in the free-meal program. Starting next school year, the program will...