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81%  
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  • Michelle Obama to donors: Write 'biggest, fattest check' you can

    07/25/2014 8:01:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/24/14 | Natasha Korecki
    ...Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of about 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”
  • Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back

    06/17/2014 7:47:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Bloomberg LINK ONLY ! | 6/17/14 | Richard Rubin
    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-17/wealthy-clintons-use-trusts-to-limit-estate-tax-they-back.html
  • ‘Awkward’: White House Press gets sent to its room while Obama fundraises [Pic]

    05/19/2014 5:13:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5/19/14
    ...Obama didn’t want any press around while he was hitting up the one-percenters for big bucks, so he sent them to their room. No word on whether they got supper beforehand.
  • Obama Off To California For Three-Day Fundraising Swing [Five parties with the 1%]

    05/07/2014 3:44:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Obama is departing Wednesday on a three-day West Coast trip to glad-hand donors at five or more fundraising events, including four events in one day. The trip highlights the president’s focus on the 2014 race, where the GOP is on track to win a slight majority of the Senate and to slightly increase its majority in the House.
  • Harry Reid's Theme Song [video]

    05/06/2014 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1954 | Stan Freberg
    Money Paul Frees
  • Banks Play Ball with Government to Hand Over Your Assets

    04/06/2014 11:31:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Four years ago, I wrote a column about how the state of California had passed a law to make retailers turn over any unused gift cards to the State after a set period. The law did not consider any effects on the retailer; just the fact that California was grubbing for new revenue flows and once greedy politicians see a target they can devise any rationale for why the money or new tax should be placed into their coffers. The column also explored how the State was taking money from unclaimed bank assets as if it were another revenue...
  • Politicians enjoy winter in South Florida – for raising money [Obama BACK to Florida]

    03/18/2014 9:25:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    3/16/14
    ...President Obama headlines a fundraising event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the organization that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives... Ted Deutch, who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, is on the invite list for the Miami event, as is U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the DCCC, according to a copy of the invitation posted online by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information. Deutch and Israel aren't really the draw. The hosts are Tracy and Alonzo Mourning. He's the former Miami Heat center and a major...
  • Bill for the Dodgers is about ready to come due

    03/12/2014 2:19:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 12, 2014 | Tim Dahlberg
    Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers applauded as the team was sold for $2 billion, and cheered with each expensive new addition. Now the bill is coming due. And guess who is going to pay the price? Actually, you don't need to guess. The way baseball finds ways to separate fans from their money knows no bounds... At the heart of the issue is a new regional sports network that will pay the Dodgers $8.35 billion over the next 25 years. It was created by Time Warner Cable solely to broadcast the team's games, and it's the reason the new...
  • The Problem of A Stubborn and Unrepentant Heart

    02/25/2014 2:47:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/24/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus once rebuked the people of his time for their stubborn and unrepentant hearts: This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At...
  • Fear and Greed Index for markets

    01/31/2014 4:50:54 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
    CNN ^ | 31 January 2014 | Someone at CNN
    Fear and Greed index. Interesting. Click link.
  • This Report on a Poorly Run Public School in NY Is Leaving People Infuriated and Astonished

    01/15/2014 8:28:22 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 32 replies
    A recent report on a school in Queens, N.Y., is so unbelievable, so terribly sad, that it has left many readers practically speechless. A public school in Far Rockaway Queens, N.Y., has been accused of operating under unacceptable conditions (image source Google Maps) From students reportedly being forced to attend class in vermin-infested “temporary classrooms” that “smell like urine” to Principal Marcella Sills, 48, apparently being a frequent no-show, public school (PS) 106 in Far Rockaway, N.Y., is a “school of no,” according to the New York Post.The students don’t get gym or art classes, one source said. Instead, many...
  • Push to restore veterans' benefits may lack support

    01/05/2014 5:01:12 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | 5 Jan 14 | Bill Bartel
    Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, D-Va. Military veterans are pressuring Congress to move quickly when it reconvenes this week to cancel cuts in pensions for working-age vets - a change set in motion as part of last month's budget deal. However, reversing the decision to reduce cost-of-living pension increases could be difficult and, at best, would take some time to negotiate, say some legislators and lobbyists. Federal lawmakers from Hampton Roads, which has one of the nation's largest concentrations of retirees and active-duty service members, strongly support undoing the cuts. Most have already proposed or are co-sponsoring legislation...
  • Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For ["Make Everything Owned by Everybody"]

    01/04/2014 1:40:02 PM PST · by grundle · 31 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 3, 2014 | Jesse A. Myerson
    4. Make Everything Owned by EverybodyHoarders blow. Take, for instance, the infamous one percent, whose ownership of the capital stock of this country leads to such horrific inequality. "Capital stock" refers to two things here: the buildings and equipment that workers use to produce goods and services, and the stocks and bonds that represent ownership over the former. The top 10 percent's ownership of the means of production is represented by the fact that they control 80 percent of all financial assets. This detachment means that there's a way easier way to collectivize wealth ownership than having to stage uprisings...
  • Senator wrestles heirs over nine-figure Texas fortune

    12/21/2013 9:32:51 AM PST · by La Lydia · 61 replies
    Watchdog.org Texas bureau ^ | December 17, 2013 | Jon Cassiday
    LAREDO, Texas — Out behind the nursing home where Josefina Alexander Gonzalez turned 99 Saturday, there’s a dilapidated green ranch house, its porch cover still held up by rough-hewn tree trunks. To the southeast, you see a lot of tall brush and honey mesquite, a view that hasn’t changed much since the 1940s, when her parents bought a 1,000-acre ranch … any other direction, and you’ll see new construction on her property, as developers cash in on the last large tract of open space inside of Loop 20 in north Laredo, now worth as much as $150 million. But if...
  • Boycott companies that offshore their call centers (vanity!).

    11/28/2013 8:38:36 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 48 replies
    Many people feel strongly about not shopping on Thanksgiving. Well, I have a cause of my own. Not doing business with any company that offshores its call centers. After dealing with some script-reading cretin out in God-Knows-Where because Old Navy's online credit card payment isn't working, I've decided that enough is enough. With so many Americans out of work, businesses should set up call centers here in the USA, not in some Third World slum half a world away. This may not be PC, but we all know it's true.
  • Big Drummies: Hippies and Liberals Are the Greedy Ones, Not Conservatives

    11/26/2013 12:32:53 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Zo tells you the story about some disrespectful liberals who tried to intimidate him into lending them his drums. Zo wanted to rent the drums out for $15.00, but the liberals called him greedy. Really? Zo thinks that this sense of entitlement sums up liberal culture.
  • President Obama attends 3 fundraisers in So. Fla. visit

    11/09/2013 4:54:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 11/8/13
    ... Obama made three fundraising stops during an overnight South Florida visit Friday, including an event in which he met with senior leaders of the Cuban exile community.... ... "For me it was an honor and a privilege to host a fundraiser for the President of the United States, who has been a friend," said Jorge Mas Santos, chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation, who hosted the second local event Obama attended in his own home.
  • Obama Schedule Heavy with Fundraising Trips [Coming to Miami TOMORROW]

    11/07/2013 4:29:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 10/24/13 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Barack Obama, doing what he does best, is back campaigning and fundraising hard for the next five weeks. Obama’s plans include eight fundraisers for Democrats in the House and Senate. The events include: 1. New York: Fundraising for House Democrats and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 2. Boston: a House Democratic fundraiser on Oct. 30. 3. November 6, Dallas: No: another fundraiser 4. November 8, Miami: an event for Senate Democrats. 5. November 14, Philadelphia: another event for Senate Democrats 6. Seattle: fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) 7. San Francisco: more fundraising for House Democrats. 8. Los...
  • Megachurch pastor tells his congregation his newly built 16,000-square-foot house is gift from God

    10/28/2013 12:17:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 28, 2013 | Alex Grieg
    The pastor of a North Carolina megachurch has built a $1.7-million-dollar mansion for himself and his family which he told his congregation at Sunday's sermon is a 'gift from God.' Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick, 33, is unapologetic about his ostentatious new seven-and-a-half bathroom, 16,000-square-foot home built on 19 acres in Weddington. He spent the first part of his sermon talking about the controversy surrounding its construction and apologizing to his parishioners for any 'uncomfortable conversations,' they may have been forced to have about it.
  • CO: Secret energy lab spawns million dollar govt employee

    02/25/2013 8:29:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 24 November 2012 | Tori Richards (Watchdog)
    (Watch Dog) – The federal government’s dream of a renewable energy empire hinges on a scrubby outpost here, where scientists and executives doggedly explore a new frontier. If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted. It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars. And the public pays those decision-makers well: NREL’s top executive, Dr....
  • World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

    01/20/2013 9:50:34 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 91 replies
    RT.com ^ | 20 January, 2013, 15:46
    The world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich. “The richest 1 percent has increased its income by 60 percent in the last 20 years with the financial crisis accelerating rather than slowing the process,” while the income of the top 0.01 percent has seen even greater growth, a new Oxfam report said. For example, the luxury goods market has seen double-digit growth every year since the crisis hit, the...
  • Family quarrels add intrigue to lotto winner death

    01/13/2013 11:54:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | 01/12/2013 | JASON KEYSER
    In the week since news surfaced that a Chicago man was poisoned to death with cyanide just before he was to collect a lottery payout, surprising details about his convoluted family saga have trickled out daily. Urooj Khan's widow and siblings fought for months over the businessman's estate, including the lottery check. His father-in-law owed tens of thousands of dollars in taxes.
  • Obama: We raised taxes, but the rich still aren’t paying their fair share

    01/03/2013 12:36:28 PM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | 7:27 pm | Modified: January 3, 2013 at 11:45 am | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control. Obama started by celebrating the tax increases — “making our tax code more progressive than it’s been in decades,” he said — that will take place because of the fiscal cliff deal. “Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt,” Obama said in the video. “And I’m willing to do more, as long as we do...
  • Full steam ahead on theft of IRA's and 401k's by the D.C. ruling class

    12/11/2012 9:23:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/11/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    What is going to happen to our 401 (k) accounts and IRA’s after January 1? Will the retirement accounts which many Americans have sacrificed so much to accumulate be rolled over into federally issued and guaranteed bonds in order to prop up notoriously under-funded, union pension funds across the country? Getting an answer will prove to be daunting, especially as media attention seems focused on little but the impending “fiscal cliff.” Listening to a poignant, impromptu speech given by Linda from St. Lucie County during the Allen West recount makes clear just how hard she worked to raise three daughters...
  • Only 16 Members Can Unseat Boehner, Group Says

    12/05/2012 4:06:39 PM PST · by Fred · 141 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 12/05/12 | Matthew Boyle
    The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” AMA’s Ned Ryun said in a statement. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate—and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.” Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, they’d only need 16 members to abstain from...
  • Greed, Lack of Transparency Caused Financial Crisis, Says Greenberger

    11/23/2012 2:28:04 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 90 replies
    The Epoc Times ^ | 11/15/ 2012 | Gary Feuerberg
    Bad mortgage loans, obscured through complex and unregulated investment instruments, cost taxpayers billions WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy is slowly making a recovering from a near-collapse and the worst recession since the Great Depression. But what brought on the subprime mortgage crisis that led to huge financial losses, a decline in wealth for much of the country, a GDP drop of 5 percent for the period from Dec. 2007 to June 2009, and an official unemployment rate that peaked at 10.0 percent in Oct. 2009? “Very few people understand [what happened],” said University of Maryland Professor Michael Greenberger at the Center for...
  • Let’s get back to rewarding true merit (MEGA-PROJECTILE BARF ALERT)

    11/13/2012 10:28:19 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/13/12 | Editorial
    If the United States were a healthy meritocracy, where talent and hard work pretty much determined how far we go in life, fair-minded people wouldn’t be demanding that rich people pay more in taxes. The general feeling would be that the race is fair and the wealthy have earned all they’ve got. The rest of us just have to work harder and smarter. But by no honest reckoning is the United States the “land of opportunity” it once was, and the race looks less fair every day. Advantages and opportunities are skewed to the few against the many, as is...
  • Steve Jobs' yacht revealed, christened 'Venus' [Bet he had a private plane, too, Obama]

    10/31/2012 2:49:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2012 | Charlie White
    Steve Jobs' yacht was unveiled in a Dutch shipyard on Sunday, where the unusual boat designed by Jobs and famed minimalist designer Philippe Starck was christened "Venus," after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. According to Dutch website OneMoreThing, the finished ship was launched at shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. Jobs' widow Laurene and three of their children, Reed, Erin and Eve, were at the ceremony. The Jobs family gave each of the members of the shipbuilding staff an elegant thank-you note, along with a token gift of their appreciation ? an...
  • Stars Invited To Perform For Michelle Obama [Money Grab Continues]

    10/15/2012 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Contact Music | October 15, 2012
    Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon and Geena Davis have been invited to perform in a presidential-themed stage show to raise funds for U.S. leader Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Director Mick Nichols is to helm the production, in which stars who have played the President, First Lady or a member of the White House-dwelling family onscreen, will perform for Obama's wife Michelle.
  • [U of C] to pay nearly $1 million in deal with 21 pepper-sprayed UC-Davis Occupy protesters

    09/27/2012 6:27:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/26/12 | Brian Nguyen
    The University of California has agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by UC-Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an Occupy-style protest on campus last November.
  • Mitt Romney: Chicago teachers turning backs on students

    09/10/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Newsday ^ | September 10, 2012
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday said Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and that President Barack Obama is rooting for the striking educators. Obama's top spokesman said the president has not taken sides but is urging both the teachers and the city to settle quickly. Chicago's mayor, Obama ally Rahm Emanuel, called Romney's statement "lip service"... .....Romney released a statement that promised to "side with the parents and students depending on public schools to give them the skills to succeed." He said he was "disappointed" with Chicago teachers, who walked off the job in...
  • LeBron James' New Nike Shoes Will Be Most Expensive Ever [No Criticism for this member of the 1%]

    08/22/2012 3:12:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    New Times ^ | 8/21/12 | Chris Joseph
    ... People have forked over up to $250 bucks for sneakers named after NBA stars. But now, if you want the latest LeBrons, which are set to debut this fall, you're going to have to lay down $315 to get them.
  • Chicago Teachers Union thumbs nose at proposed 20% raise

    07/17/2012 2:30:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The Chicago Teachers Union made headlines a few months ago when it was revealed that the union was demanding a 30 percent raise in its new contract proposal. Such an enormous raise – regardless of the supposed justification – would be unthinkable in a district with a $665 million budget deficit and a 9.8 percent unemployment rate. The school board countered with an offer of a two percent raise, which would still be a burden on the district’s overstretched budget. As a result, both the CTU and Chicago Public Schools requested an “independent” fact finder to look at both sides’...
  • Uncle Milty (Friedman) Slaps Silly Lib Around The Room For Fun

    07/17/2012 6:08:17 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 17, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    More relevant today than ever before- you listening, self-assured Obammunist boneheads? Phil Donahue Show (1979): Donahue:  When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power... did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism? And whether greed is a good idea to run on? Friedman: Well first of all, is there some society you know that doesn't run on 'greed'? Do you think Russia doesn't run on 'greed'? Do...
  • U.S. munis face $2 trillion in unfunded pension costs

    07/03/2012 8:28:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mon Jul 2, 2012 7:03pm EDT | By Joan Gralla
    U.S. states and localities have more than $2 trillion of unfunded pension liabilities, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday, citing data on plans offered by 8,500 local governments and over 14,000 individual entities. The total liabilities for fiscal 2010 were more than three times the amount reported by local governments. "Pension liabilities are widely acknowledged to be understated," Moody's Managing Director Timothy Blake said. Most state fiscal years end on June 30. The rising cost of public pensions has strained finances for cities around the country. Stockton, California, which last week became the biggest U.S. city to file for Chapter...
  • Bankers must be made to pay for their greed

    06/30/2012 1:18:01 PM PDT · by Colonial Warrior · 13 replies
    daily mail ^ | 29 June 2012 | Daily Mail Comment
    "Truly, the behaviour of some of Britain’s banks has been beyond contempt. Firstly, through greed and monumental misjudgment, they plunged Britain into a recession that could last a decade and which threatens our children’s futures."
  • Facebook Inc(NASDAQ:FB): Milberg LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Facebook, Inc.

    05/30/2012 1:21:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    http://meshpress.com ^ | 05-30-12 | Staff
    NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 (MeshPress) — Milberg LLP announces that class action lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) FB -2.29% common stock pursuant to the Company’s May 18, 2012 initial public offering (the “IPO”). Actions were also filed in the Northern District of California. The complaints charge Facebook, certain of its officers and directors, and underwriters of the IPO with violations of the Securities Act of 1933. The actions allege that the Registration Statement and Prospectus issued with the IPO were...
  • $3M of California's 9/11 license plate fund meant for victim's families raided..

    05/29/2012 8:42:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 29, 2012 | Staff
    After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervour and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, 'We Will Never Forget.' Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for the children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority - 85 per cent - was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But an Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the 'California Memorial Scholarship Program' shows only a...
  • This alone should sink Obama's Reelection. Where's the outrage? (Vanity)

    05/19/2012 7:37:39 PM PDT · by no dems · 79 replies
    Dreams From My Father / YouTube ^ | May 19, 2012 | no dems
    Sean Hannity exposed much about B. Hussein Obama lately taken from Obama's own words from his Book: "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance". He said many outlandish things; talked about his drug and alcohol abuse, hanging out with "Marxist Professors", etc. But, IMO, the most damning thing that he wrote and said was this statement: "White Folk's Greed Runs a World In Need" "White Folk's Greed....." That should go viral in every newspaper, cable news network, as well as GOP and Super PAC ads during this 2012 Presidential Election. Where is the outrage? Is anyone, besides...
  • U.S. Sen. Bob Corker calls for hearing on JPMorgan's $2B trading loss(Let the show trials begin!)

    05/15/2012 6:51:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | May 15th | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, has called for a hearing on the $2-billion trading loss by JPMorgan Chase & Co., saying that "policies are going to be derived out of what’s happened." Corker, who was a key participant in the debate over the 2010 financial reform law, said it was important for policymakers to get the facts about the situation and whether pending regulations would have prevented it.
  • Grumbling grows on left over slow-going in Wall Street crisis investigations (RAT Corzine?)

    04/28/2012 5:24:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Grumbling grows on left over slow-going in Wall Street crisis investigationsBy Peter Schroeder - 04/26/12 07:30 AM ET Roughly four years after the financial crisis hit, some on the left are wondering when, or even if, the Obama administration plans to pursue criminal prosecutions of the Wall Street figures that played a major role in the meltdown. Top White House officials, including the president himself, have vowed the slow, steady work of investigations is underway, and that those who broke the law on Wall Street will ultimately be held accountable. But despite those promises, there is scant public proof of...
  • Obama Embraces Executive Power [Leftists LOVE Their Dictator]

    04/23/2012 6:41:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    With Congress deadlocked, President Obama is increasingly resorting to executive orders and recess appointments to achieve his objectives.
  • The Hunger Games Sequel: Delayed by Director?

    04/06/2012 6:21:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Lionsgate has already booked a November 2013 release date for the wildly-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games,Catching Fire. But might the studio have trouble meeting this deadline? The question arises because negotiations aren't going smoothly with director Gary Ross, who executives want to return based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the first installment of the franchise. Ross earned $3 million for The Hunger Games - plus back-end profits - and, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, is angling for a major sequel raise. All other major players have signed on for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay -from Jennifer Lawrence to...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother files to trademark son's name

    03/27/2012 1:46:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 26, 2012 | Walter Pacheco
    The mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin wants to trademark her son's name in the slogans, "I am Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvon," according to two petitions filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Federal documents show Sybrina Fulton, the teen's mother, is the owner of the trademark petitions, which were filed online March 21 by her attorneys Kimra Major-Morris and Natalie Jackson of the Women's Trial Group. The trademarks, if granted, would cover digital materials, including DVDs, CDs and audio recordings featuring Trayvon. Each trademark application costs $325.
  • Trayvon's mother trademarks her son's name as merchandise hits stands throughout Florida

    03/27/2012 1:39:04 AM PDT · by Justaham · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 3/27/12 | Meghan Keneally
    The mother of slain Trayvon Martin recently filed a trademark to protect the rights to his name as an attempt to control- and collect funds from- the masses of merchandise being produced in support of their cause. It was revealed today that Sabrina Fulton, the boy’s mother, filed two petitions last week to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to specifically gain the rights to the phrases ‘I Am Trayvon’ and ‘Justice For Trayvon’, both of which have been frequently used by protesters across the country. The trademark application shows that she is specifically looking for control of the use...
  • Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote (charged for skipping commercials)

    03/20/2012 8:25:24 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    GeekWire ^ | 3/16/12 | Todd Bishop
    How much would you pay to watch a replay of a great play, or skip a bunch of television commercials? And should you have to? Those are a couple of the questions raised by a newly surfaced Microsoft patent application. It’s called “Control-based Content Pricing,” and the basic idea is dynamic pricing of video content, based on the preferences of the user at any given moment — essentially setting different prices for different functions of the TV remote. Here’s an excerpt from the filing. For example, if a user initiates a navigation control input to advance past (e.g., skip over)...
  • The Commodity Empire

    03/05/2012 11:38:48 AM PST · by Razzz42
    Armstrong Economics ^ | March 4th, 2012 | Martin Armstrong
    Most people do not realize but there is a Commodity Empire that is run by New York’s biggest banks/Investment Banks that are in a continued struggle with the Federal Reserve over the right to retain the power of their commodity trading empires. They control the storage warehouses, storage tanks, and silos constituting hard assets worth multi-billions of dollars. But it also gives them inside information regarding inventories and the ability to manipulate the prices by moving inventory back and forth to unreported warehouses or to London. ----------------------- Page 2----------------------- At the center of this power struggle has been the issue...
  • Wealthy, motivated by greed, are more likely to cheat, study finds

    02/28/2012 8:19:04 PM PST · by thecodont · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | February 27, 2012, 7:07 p.m. | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
    The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found — they are more apt to commit unethical acts because they are more motivated by greed. People driving expensive cars were more likely than other motorists to cut off drivers and pedestrians at a four-way-stop intersection in the San Francisco Bay Area, UC Berkeley researchers observed. Those findings led to a series of experiments that revealed that people of higher socioeconomic status were also more likely to cheat to win a prize, take candy from children and say they would pocket extra change handed to them in...
  • What do Jennifer Aniston, other celebs do in these monstrous mansions? ('RATS CELEBRATING EARLY)

    01/26/2012 10:48:54 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2012 9:30PM | RICHARD "DOPEY" ROEPER rroeper@suntimes.com
    {excerpt} Money, get away Elsewhere on the big money beat, I’m still trying to figure out how we got to a place where the top two GOP candidates are giving each other a hard time for making so much dough. It was Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” who famously said, “Greed, for a lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit Greed . . . will . . . save that . . . malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.” A quarter-century later, a story...
  • In Greed I Trust

    01/11/2012 9:08:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week's column started off asking: "What human motivation gets the most wonderful things done?" The answer is that human greed is what gets wonderful things done. I wasn't talking about fraud, theft, dishonesty, special privileges from government or other forms of despicable behavior. I was talking about people trying to get as much as they can for themselves. Think about greed and racial discrimination. In 1947, when the Brooklyn Dodgers hired Jackie Robinson, why did racial discrimination by major league teams begin to drop like a hot potato? It wasn't feelings of guilt by white owners, affirmative action or...