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  • U.S. Unveils comprehensive new adult vaccination plan

    02/28/2015 8:06:58 AM PST · by azkathy · 83 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2-25-15 | Alicia Bayer
    While childhood vaccination rates are well over 90%, adults are far more likely to be behind on vaccinations http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/national_adult_immunization_plan_final.pdf Think you're up to date on your vaccinations? You might be surprised at how many vaccinations are now recommended for American adults -- and the federal government plans to start tracking which of those vaccines you're behind on. The Department of Health and Human Services released its preliminary draft of a new five year plan to increase adult vaccinations this month. The newly revised 52-page National Adult Immunization Plan says: While the NVP provides a vision for improving protection from vaccine-preventable...
  • Loretta Lynch's Secret Prosecutions

    02/26/2015 1:45:03 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | Johnny Dwyer
    The office headed by the woman poised to become the next attorney general has used an unusual method to keep many of its prosecutions hidden from the public, an NBC News investigation has found. Federal prosecutors in New York's Brooklyn-based Eastern District pursued cases against secret, unnamed "John Doe" defendants 58 times since Loretta Lynch became head prosecutor in May 2010. Two of the 58 are terrorism cases. Eastern District prosecutors have also sought permission to close the courtroom to the public for 11 different Doe cases during the same period, and judges have granted permission in at least 10...
  • Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, ‘Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto’

    02/26/2015 12:58:02 PM PST · by illiac · 76 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 2/26/15 | Craig Bannister
    Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal. Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”: “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the...
  • Ted Cruz calls out GOP leadership after Senate gives in to Democrats’ demands on DHS funding bill

    02/26/2015 11:14:44 AM PST · by napscoordinator · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 24, 2015 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders were making a major error by agreeing to pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security bill that doesn’t defund President Barack Obama’s immigration plans.
  • California was warned of computer system’s troubles

    02/25/2015 7:04:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Before the panicked phone calls and the embarrassing state audit, Ganesh Kumar knew the BrEZe computer program would flop. For seven years, Kumar has worked at the Board of Registered Nursing’s call center where he uses computer data to answer questions when nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing school graduates want to know the status of their license applications or renewals. So Kumar was all for it when Department of Consumer Affairs officials six years ago announced a new $28 million, off-the-shelf computer program, BrEZe, would replace obsolete, narrow systems used by the board and most of the other 39 regulatory...
  • Presidential Peace Puke:New Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process Bernie Aronson

    02/20/2015 2:57:12 PM PST · by lbryce
    US State Department ^ | February 20, 2015 | Staff
    Original Title:Remarks Announcing the New Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process Bernie Aronson ASSISTANT SECRETARY JACOBSON: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here. I would like to introduce Secretary of State John Kerry. SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you very much, Assistant Secretary Jacobson. Let me say that I’m pleased the ambassador – Colombia’s Ambassador Villegas – thank you for joining us, and good morning, everybody. Shortly after I was elected to the Senate in the 1980s, I served as chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee. And we spent a lot of time focused on Colombia, which was...
  • This is what Republican governance looks like: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s frightening agenda

    02/19/2015 12:33:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Salon ^ | February 18, 2015 | Luke Brinker
    Amid depressed turnout and pent-up frustration with the Springfield status quo, Illinois voters last November ousted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, awarding billionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner a five-point victory. The five weeks since Rauner took office as Illinois’ first Republican governor in a dozen years have offered a vivid illustration of the truism that elections have consequences — consequences that will be paid disproportionately by the state’s poor, working class, and middle-income citizens. Rauner fired the opening salvo in his war on workers earlier this month, issuing an executive order that allows public employees to opt out of paying fees...
  • I will Accept Your Surrender

    02/18/2015 2:22:22 PM PST · by azkathy · 52 replies
    Age of Autism ^ | 02/17/15 | Kent Heckenlively
    I Will Accept Your Surrender White-flagBy Kent Heckenlively I've made this offer several times in the past. I'm making it again. I am willing to accept the surrender of those who have perverted science, harmed a generation of children, and even as of this late date are willing to harm more children so as to not to upset the balance of their lives. It must be truly troubling for those who continue to fuel the epidemic of autism and other chronic diseases that even though you still maintain the trust of those in the media, the scientific community, and most...
  • While You Were Sleeping - Federal Regulatory State's Ten Thousand Commandments

    02/17/2015 11:24:05 AM PST · by PapaNew · 4 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | April 29, 2014 | Clyde Wayne Crews
    Ten Thousand Commandments is the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state. Authored by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews, it shines a light on the large, growing, and hidden costs of America’s regulatory state. The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering, but federal regulations cost hundreds of billions – perhaps trillions – of dollars annually. Unfortunately, they get little attention in policy debates. Regulatory costs are difficult to quantify because, unlike taxes, they are unbudgeted and often indirect. Ten Thousand Commandments compiles scattered government and private data on the numbers and...
  • Sorry, liberals, Scandinavian countries aren’t utopias

    01/12/2015 8:28:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    In the American liberal compass, the needle is always pointing to places like Denmark. Everything they most fervently hope for here has already happened there. So: Why does no one seem particularly interested in visiting Denmark? (“Honey, on our European trip, I want to see Tuscany, Paris, Berlin and . . . Jutland!”) Visitors say Danes are joyless to be around. Denmark suffers from high rates of alcoholism. In its use of antidepressants it ranks fourth in the world. (Its fellow Nordics the Icelanders are in front by a wide margin.) Some 5% of Danish men have had sex with...
  • Nissan Silvia smuggler faces maximum 20-year, $250k sentence

    02/14/2015 12:22:27 PM PST · by W. · 47 replies
    Autoblog.com ^ | 09 Feb 2015 | Noah Joseph
    Thinking about trying to sneak a JDM [Japanese Domestic Market] car into the United States? Better think twice, because according to the Clarion-Ledger, one man in Mississippi has found himself in hot water for smuggling a Nissan Silvia into the country...
  • Wall Street Pays Bankers To Work in Government and It Doesn't Want Anyone to Know

    02/12/2015 2:19:12 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    New Republic ^ | 04 February 2015 | David Dayen
    Citigroup is one of three Wall Street banks attempting to keep hidden their practice of paying executives multimillion-dollar awards for entering government service. In letters delivered to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last month, Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley seek exemption from a shareholder proposal, filed by the AFL-CIO labor coalition, which would force them to identify all executives eligible for these financial rewards, and the specific dollar amounts at stake. Critics argue these "golden parachutes" ensure more financial insiders in policy positions and favorable treatment toward Wall Street.''
  • The "Brilliance" of the Obama Budget's "Climate Resilience Toolkit"

    02/07/2015 8:30:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    I'm sure, as all good Americans, you too have been pouring over every little detail of the President's latest budget proposal. I’ve basically been doing nothing but that for 4 straight days. Unfortunately, given the current Congressional makeup of selfish bigoted haters Republicans, it has very little chance of becoming law like every other budget he's proposed. Even so, there's one thing that stands out: Climate Resilience Toolkits.. I did a little video to emphasize its most important points. It was originally over three hours long as I found it impossible to winnow the important points down to less than...
  • The Departure Of Old-School TVs And The Arrival Of Modern TVs: Who's Watching You Watch?

    02/09/2015 7:15:37 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 49 replies
    February 9, 2015 | Patriot777
    Not too long ago I engaged in a conversation with my spouse about how I learned, quite a long time ago, that a great many television sets--possibly all of them, that are not CRTs but are now the projection, HDs, flat-screen, 3D, curved-screen, Smart Screen, and all the others--have cameras installed in them that are being used to record everything we say and do. And, such information is disseminated to... Since I'm kinda down with a fair bit of pain today, this would be a good topic for me to research, to find out just what TVs have this feature...
  • FCC Commissioner EXPOSES Obama Net Neutrality plan, BLASTING him for hiding it from American people

    02/07/2015 2:12:10 PM PST · by george76 · 68 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Feb 6, 2015
    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai released a statement on Obama’s Net Neutrality plan to regulate the internet and blasted Obama for not releasing the plan publicly. Last night, Chairman Wheeler provided his fellow Commissioners with President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. I am disappointed that the plan will not be released publicly. The FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website. Instead, it looks like the FCC will have to pass the President’s plan before the American people will be able to find out what’s really in it....
  • Lavrov: West went back on agreements at the end of the Cold War

    02/08/2015 10:48:56 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 9 replies
    Lavrov: US escalated Ukraine crisis at every stage & blamed Russia At every stage of the Ukrainian crisis Washington has been taking steps that “only promoted further aggravation of the situation,” Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference. The West connives to justify Kiev’s military operation in eastern Ukraine, which involves the use of internationally prohibited munitions, such as cluster weapons, the head of the Russian delegation in Munich pointed out. “We cannot understand why in Afghanistan, Yemen and Mali the West is calling on the governments to hold talks with the opposition, in some cases even...
  • Obama’s student-loan program $22 billion in the hole for FY2015

    02/05/2015 8:02:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    In the federal budget, just how big a hole would $22 billion be? As Michael Grunwald points out at Politico, that’s “larger than the annual budget for NASA, or that of the Interior Department and EPA combined[.]” And the shortfall is entirely due to the changes Barack Obama has made to student-loan programs — and could grow to ten times that amount over the next decade: In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever...
  • How Uncle Sam Became a Bank Robber [Daniel 11]

    02/04/2015 2:45:30 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 2/4/2015 | Jacob Sullum
    During her confirmation hearings last week, Loretta Lynch, President Obama's choice to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general, called civil forfeiture, a form of legalized theft in which the government takes people's property without accusing them of a crime, "a wonderful tool." Lynch, currently the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, suggested that innocent owners need not worry about getting hammered by this tool, because forfeiture "is done pursuant to supervision by a court," and "the protections are there." In light of a forfeiture case that Lynch's office had abruptly dropped the previous week, her assurances rang...
  • Cost of servicing the debt will hit $800 billion by 2025: Four Times What it Costs Today

    02/04/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    The U.S. has gotten something of a free ride over the last 7 years as interest rates have hovered near zero. This has meant that the cost of servicing the debt – paying off some bonds and rolling others over – has been relatively low. This coming fiscal year, it's expected that the government will spend around $200 billion to keep the U.S. afloat. But the free ride is about to end. The Federal Reserve announced an end to their bond-buying program known as quantitative easing, and the resulting rise in interest rates will mean rising costs to service the...
  • Rand Paul is right. The government doesn’t “own” your children

    02/03/2015 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Apparently anything Rand Paul says is “controversial” these days, and that was certainly the case during a recent interview he did on Closing Bell this week. The subject at hand was the exhausting topic of vaccinations, (which the media can’t get enough of) but during the discussion, the Kentucky Senator said something which deserves more attention, and not just regarding vaccinations. Why this is controversial I don’t know. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.“The state doesn’t own your children,”...
  • Another step down the long, slow road to IRA nationalization

    01/31/2015 6:43:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 01/31/2015 | Simon Black
    Let’s take a brief walk into financial reality for a moment.At the time of this writing, the United States government’s official debt is nearly $18.1 trillion.Now, let’s look at who the biggest owners of that debt are:1) Taxpayers of the United States.If you’ve held a job in the Land of the Free, 15.3% of your salary has gone to fund Social Security and Medicare.Each of these programs holds massive trust funds that are supposed to pay out beneficiaries, both present and future.Conveniently, the trust funds are required by law to buy US government debt.And given that every single US taxpayer...
  • Vanity - America must put the GITMO terrorists on trial before Obama releases them all

    01/30/2015 6:54:15 AM PST · by jpl · 7 replies
    Friday January 30, 2015 | Myself
    To Congress and prosecutors in the American states, We now know that at least one of the five members of the Taliban that president Obama recently swapped in exchange for deserting U.S. soldier Bowe Berghdal has already attempted to reconnect with his terrorist friends in the Taliban. Others who have been released from Guantanamo Bay in the past have done the same thing and returned to their previous terrorist activities. These men are considered heroes and revered by members of the Taliban, ISIS, and Al Qaeda. It is abundantly clear that this president fully intends to fulfill his pledge to...
  • Day 2: Loretta Lynch AG confirmation hearing

    01/29/2015 10:42:31 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    C-Span ^ | 1/29/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    Streaming video of the confirmation for Attoney General of Loretta Lynch (not the Coalminer's Daughter).
  • Republican Cowards Cave On Abortion

    01/26/2015 5:14:10 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 6 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 26, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The new Republican Congress is weak and has almost no unity. What their message or agenda is changes almost daily. You would think though that Republicans could be counted on to defend the rights of the unborn. You would even like to think that Republicans could successfully present a case against infanticide. Unfortunately, the Republicans can’t even get behind a bill that would ban infanticide. House Republicans proposed a bill that would ban the abortion of babies over 20 weeks. Such a ban is popular among the general public. They even allowed for an exception for rape and incest, which...
  • Government Created the Housing and Financial Crises --- and Might Be Doing it Again

    01/23/2015 9:38:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Michael Barone
    It's not in the printed text, but the most revealing words in President Obama's seventh State of the Union address came near the end. After the scripted line, "I have no more campaigns to run," elicited Republican applause, Obama ad libbed, "I know, because I won both of them." Thus the last quarter of Obama's presidency resembles the first quarter, when he shut off discussion with House Republicans by saying, "I won." But his second winning percentage was lower than his first -- the only American president of which that can be said -- and the House now has a...
  • Government spends $432,000 studying gay sex apps

    01/23/2015 7:08:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The federal government spent $432,000 to study gay sex apps.  I never knew that gay sex even required an app; I always thought two guys, a tub of vaseline, and a big bottle of tequila was all that was needed.  But apparently: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr. The government awarded $432,000 to Columbia University to interview gay men who use GPS dating apps and determine whether it increases their likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior. Gay sex between men, by definition, is...
  • Hump-Day Humor

    01/21/2015 5:35:58 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 January 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Parenting in an American Gulag

    01/19/2015 2:55:18 PM PST · by lifeofgrace · 18 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/19/2015 | Steve Berman
    Hey moms and dads, if you’re like me, before you had kids, you imagined yourself teaching them, raising them, and being responsible for them.  After generations of our parents and grandparents shedding their responsibility to the government in exchange for a selfish, me-centered life, we no longer have primary authority to raise our children as we see fit.  That authority now lies with the government. We’ve given away so much authority to the all-powerful state in the name of protecting children, that it’s a crap-shoot when kids who really need protection will get it.  And when the state gets it...
  • What is Social Justice? (VIDEO)

    01/19/2015 6:47:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 2014-03-29 | Steve Straub
    “Social Justice” is a term you hear almost every day. But did you ever hear anybody define what it actually means? Jonah Goldberg of the American Enterprise Institute tries to pin this catchall phrase to the wall. In doing so, he exposes the not-so-hidden agenda of those who use it. What sounds so caring and noble turns out to be something very different. Watch the video:
  • Obama: Federal government not big enough; will increase budget by 7% next year

    01/16/2015 7:00:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    President Obama wants to toss the sequestration agreement he made with Republcians in 2011 and is proposing an increase of at least $68 billion in the FY 2016 budget. As imperfect as it is, sequestration has been partly successful in reigning in government spending. It could have worked better if Congress wasn't always carving out exemptions. But there's no doubt that there are tens of billions of dollars that would have been spent without it. With tax receipts at an all time high, rather than applying that money to reducing the deficit, the president - as every Democratic president...
  • Throw More Money into Government-Controlled Education

    01/15/2015 9:54:37 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Government curricula can thus make children believe whatever they want them to believe through subtle and subliminal brainwashing The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, wants to have “equity” in education and to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) with a new law that would include government-funded preschool. The sooner the collectivist indoctrination starts, the better. NCLB already cost taxpayers $25 billion in 2014. Government failed miserably with Head Start but the taxpayers’ memories are short. Sec. Duncan wants to throw $1 billion more to the Title I program to low-income school districts with no guarantee that it will make...
  • Obama calls for government-run broadband service

    01/15/2015 7:27:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    President Obama has called on cities and towns to create their own broadband service for their residents to compete with large corporations. Obama was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa touting the plan to get states to relax their rules against municipalities setting up their own networks. Cedar Rapids got an exemption from the FCC to create their own networks a few years ago. Republicans in Congress reacted immediately. The Hill: "In Tennessee we have a term to describe people like President Obama — tone-deaf,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said in a statement. “At a time when Americans think the biggest...
  • Obama to give federal employees six weeks' maternity leave

    01/14/2015 7:09:07 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1-14-2015 | Dan Roberts
    Federal employes will be given at least six weeks of paid leave to care for new children under plans unveiled by the White House to kick-start legislative efforts to close the gap in family benefits offered by the US and other wealthy countries. Democrats have been pushing for better maternity and sick leave rights for over a decade in Congress with little success, but plans by Barack Obama to back the passage of a Healthy Families Act with the executive action for government workers and $2.2bn of new funding for state efforts would be the first time the president has...
  • Leviathan director Andrei Zvyagintsev: ‘Living in Russia is like being in a minefield’

    01/14/2015 1:32:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 6, 2014
    [...] Zvyagintsev [a noted Russian film director whose "Leviathan" has recently taken the Golden Globe prize] swims resolutely against the tide. One remark by Russia’s culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, who, earlier this year, said openly that he did not like Leviathan, seems especially to irritate. “He said: ‘Let all the flowers grow, but we will only water the ones we like.’ After these words he should have been fired, because this is a direct violation of the constitution, a direct violation of human expression. You cannot impose rules on art. Everybody should be equal. Government help, without which art cannot...
  • Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ

    01/10/2015 7:54:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 9, 2015 | F. Peter Brown
    Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ A "statement of commitment to racial justice." More than 400 Catholic theologians signed a statement protesting the “deep-seated racism” of the US and compared Eric Garner to Jesus Christ. Written by St. Louis University Professor of Theological Ethics Dr. Tobias Winright, it is called a “statement of commitment to racial justice.” Advertisement-content continues below What prompted the writing of the statement was the killing of blacks by police officers. The statement reads: The killings of Black [sic] men, women and children—including but not limited to Rekia Boyd, Eric...
  • Source: Billionaire Environmentalist Tom Steyer considering run for Barbara Boxer’s seat

    01/09/2015 10:56:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/09/2015 | By ANDREW RESTUCCIA
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is mulling a run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat, according to a person close to the former hedge fund trader. “My sense is that he will take a look at it and consider it over the next few days or so,” the person said. The person added that Steyer has been approached by some in the liberal community to run for Boxer’s seat, while others have urged him to run for governor of California in 2018. Another option: running for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat if she retires in 2018. Almost as soon as Boxer announced that...
  • Obama Admin. Unleashes 300 Regulations In The First Week Of 2015

    01/08/2015 11:23:50 AM PST · by illiac · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/15 | Michael Bastasch
    This year is already seeing a wave of new regulations being published in the Federal Register as the Obama administration unveils 300 new rules in the first seven days of 2015, according to federal data. Federal agencies have published 300 final rules, proposals for new rules and regulatory notices in the seven days since the new year began, according to the website Regulations.gov. The bulk of these new regulations are notices, which can lead to rulemakings, meetings and other government activities. Rules having to do with energy, environment, public lands and agriculture make up the largest share of new regulations....
  • The 25 who stood against the Obama-Boehner Chess game should form their own party

    01/07/2015 8:30:24 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/07/15 | Judi McLeod
    Remember that no matter what happens, the Creator still helps those with the backbone to help themselves. There is no mystery about why 216 Republicans have thrown in with the Democrats against We the People; no mystery whatsoever about why John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi played platform kissey-kissey when both got to keep their shameful jobs in yesterday’s sickening turn of events. Politicians of all political stripes stopped taking the high road as soon as they arrived in the safe territory where their constituents could do nothing about their going along to get along trek through public office. They are...
  • Cassandra Fortin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    01/07/2015 6:22:02 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 29 replies
    Heavy ^ | January 6, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    A 17-year-old girl is fighting the state of Connecticut over her right to refuse life-saving health treatment. Cassandra Fortin suffers from Hodgkins Lymphoma, a relatively treatable form of cancer. She was diagnosed in September 2014. She has resisted the chemotherapy to treat the condition and is now in the custody of the state. Her case is now going before the Connecticut Supreme Court. Under state law, Cassandra is not allowed to make decisions about medical care until she is 18. Here’s what you should know about Cassandra and this controversial medical case:
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert Challenges Boehner For Speaker

    01/05/2015 3:56:11 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 5, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Congress: With polls showing most GOP voters in opposition to the Speaker's budget deal and saying they would "probably" or "definitely" prefer a new leader, a Tea Party favorite fires a shot heard around the political world. In 2010, House Speaker John Boehner loved the Tea Party. The grass-roots movement, which arose in opposition to manifestations of big government such as ObamaCare and unlimited taxation and regulation, put the GOP back in control of the House of Representatives and made Boehner Speaker. But by December 2013, Boehner loved the Tea Party and other conservative groups not so much. They had...
  • LMPD: Two Metro employees arrested for alcohol intoxication, 'sexual relations'

    01/05/2015 4:21:45 PM PST · by Bratch · 23 replies
    WDRB.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Staff report
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - El Nopal Mexican restaurant on Zorn Avenue sits empty on Saturday afternoon, but the night before on January 2, the alcohol was flowing for two high ranking Louisville Metro Government employees. The city's Chief Financial Officer, Steve Rowland and Majority Caucus Director, Elizabeth Hoffman were arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct. El Nopal Manager Leandro Reyes told police they drank too much and were partaking in disruptive, provocative, intimate behavior. “Kissing and I mean a little bit too much,” Reyes told WDRB News. So much Reyes says that several families with...
  • What is Republican Government?

    01/03/2015 6:57:17 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    Back to basics. Is the US government republican? If not, what is it? What is the purpose of government? What should be done? What made our plan of government unique? What is the purpose of elections in our existing system? Which body should decide the constitutionality of law? Can the two-party system lead to restoration of liberty?
  • 1920-21: The Depression That Was Fixed by Doing Nothing

    01/03/2015 6:42:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/03/2015 | James Grant
    To combat the Great Recession and its long-lingering aftermath, leading central banks have pulled some $10 trillion out of thin air. Governments of the world’s principal economies have rung up almost $20 trillion in deficit spending. We often hear that the authorities have done too little. Perhaps they have done too much. Not so long ago, the authorities did hardly anything. In response to the severe, little-known economic slump of the early 1920s, they virtually sat on their hands. It is an often forgotten episode that suggests the potential for constructive federal inaction—and underscores the healing power of Adam Smith...
  • Thank Gridlock for Economic Turnaround: Government promotes recovery by keeping out of the way

    01/03/2015 6:39:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The Obama Boom is finally here. Gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5 percent in the third quarter, the strongest growth we’ve seen since 2003. Consumer spending looks as if it’s going to be strong in 2015. Unemployment numbers have looked good. Buying power is up. And the Dow Jones Industrials closed at 18,000 for the first time ever. All good things. So what happened? Here’s David Axelrod on Twitter: “Note: The quarter before Obama took office, the U.S. economy SHRUNK by 8.9 percent, worst since 1930. Last quarter it GREW by 5 percent, best since 2003.” Note:...
  • 2015: The Year of Neutrality

    01/01/2015 8:18:00 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/1/2015 | Steve Berman
    As a New Year’s resolution, I thought I would look at making 2015 the Year of Neutrality.  The idea of Net Neutrality is so absurd that it I thought we might apply it to everything.  Here’s just a few I came up with. Airline Seat Neutrality.  Oh, you bought a business class seat?  Great!  You paid the airline to fund that seat and we’re very proud of you, but there’s a rule saying that the airline has to give the seat to whomever the government tells them.  You get to sit in coach while some schmo is sitting in the...
  • Why Aren’t We Thanking ‘Gridlock’ For Saving The Economy?

    12/31/2014 10:39:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/31/2014 | By David Harsanyi
    The Obama Boom is finally here. Gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5 percent in the third quarter, the strongest growth we’ve seen since 2003. Consumer spending looks like it’s going to be strong in 2015, unemployment numbers have looked good, buying power is up and the stock market closed at 18,000 for the first time ever. All good things. So what happened? Note: The quarter before Obama took office, the U.S. economy SHRUNK by 8.9%, worst since 1930. Last quarter it GREW by 5%, best since 2003.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 24, 2014 Note: Contrasting the most severe...
  • Genome Sequencing in Babies to Begin as Part of Study

    12/30/2014 5:50:39 PM PST · by 9thLife · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 6:35 p.m. ET | AMY DOCKSER MARCUS
    Doctors expect soon to begin sequencing the genomes of healthy newborn babies as part of a government-funded research program that could have wide implications for genetic science. The research, to be conducted at major hospitals around the country, stems from a growing recognition that genome sequencing could someday be part of routine testing done on every baby. Such testing could provide doctors and parents a vast pool of data likely to reveal a wider range of potential medical risks than the traditional heel-prick test, in which a small sample of newborns’ blood is taken to check for more than two...
  • White House slideshow says 2014 just groovy for U.S., Obama

    12/30/2014 11:12:22 AM PST · by illiac · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 12/30/14 | Jeffry Bartash
    By Jeffry Bartash Reporter   WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)—To hear the White House tell it, the November elections never happened and 2014 was a super-duper year for President Obama. In a “Year in Review” slideshow, the White House suggests 2014 represented a “breakthrough” for America. The Obama administration takes credit for: • An economy growing at a record pace; • The longest streak of private-sector job growth on record; • The number of Americans without health insurance falling to a near record low; • Concerted action to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses; • The highest high school graduation rate in...
  • Racing toward a third Party: Can we win in 2020 by losing in 2016?

    12/30/2014 9:01:04 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 49 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/30/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When they were a new “third Party” the Republicans nominated John C. Fremont as their presidential candidate in 1856. He didn’t win, but his candidacy served well as a vehicle to introduce the idea of the Republican Party to the voting public. In the next four years the Republicans gained traction because they were right on the issues of the day and although they have lost badly a few times since, they have won some landslide victories and remained one of the two major parties in America. The lesson here is that on their first try, third parties don’t win....
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Final Stage Of Collapse Of Empire

    12/28/2014 7:45:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Zero Hedge via Armstrong Economics, ^ | 12/28/2014 | Martin Armstrong
    Only the Rich Can Afford to Keep Their Homes Philadelphia prosecutors agreed last Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city’s use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases.Philadelphia drops a Civil Asset Forfeiture case to prevent any court from ruling just seizing people’s property is unconstitutional. Phily.COM has reported the case of Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch,who were both caught up in having their homes seized to pay police pensions when the police arrested a relative they claimed was dealing drugs on their properties....