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  • Stumbling through history: How did U.S. foreign policy end up in such disarray?

    03/29/2015 6:57:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | Joe Scarborough
    Yemen is in flames, ISIL is on the march, Syria is apocalyptic, Iran is racing through Iraq, anarchy reigns in Libya, Jordan is on the brink, Turkey is slipping away, and America’s relationship with the Middle East’s only democracy has hit an all-time low.When academics look back to survey the wreckage of U.S. foreign policy at the start of the 21st century, many will wonder how a superpower with unrivaled military, economic, and cultural dominance lost that historic advantage so quickly. The answer? George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Story Continued Below Liberal historians will trace much of the region’s...
  • NBC News’ Boss Faces Challenge Fixing MSNBC

    03/29/2015 12:12:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 29, 2015 1:38 PM EDT | David Bauder
    As he returns to run the NBC News Group, Andy Lack faces one of the same puzzles he tried to solve a decade and a half ago: how to make MSNBC work. While he was gone, MSNBC changed from traditional news to a political network with a liberal lens. Now that it is mired in a ratings slump, Lack’s mandate as chairman will be figuring out if MSNBC needs a complete overhaul or a sharpening of its mission. The current picture is seriously ugly. Through early March, Chris Hayes’ viewership at 8 p.m. on weekdays was down 23 percent from...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property (keep dreaming)

    03/28/2015 9:33:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 28, 2015 12:11 PM EDT | Adam Geller
    … Soon after Fidel Castro won control of Cuba in 1959, his government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies. For Edmund and Enna Chester, the losses included an 80-acre farm, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock, and a brand new Buick that, who knows, may still be plying Havana’s streets. The confiscation of American property, valued today at $7 billion or more, was wrapped up in the retaliatory back-and-forth that led to the trade embargo, which remains in place. In 1996, Congress passed a law insisting Cuba repay Americans for what was taken...
  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    03/28/2015 9:12:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | 03/28/2015 | REUTERS
    A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
  • MSNBC guest: ‘Nothing says “Let’s go kill some Muslims” like country music.’ Host: ‘Not appropriate’

    03/26/2015 6:13:28 AM PDT · by Doogle · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/2/5/15 | Erik Wemple
    Freshly announced presidential candidate Ted Cruz has made news with his claim that he became a fan of country music after rock-and-roll music disappointed him with its response to the Sept. 11 attacks. The MSNBC afternoon program “Now with Alex Wagner” used Cruz’s music comments as the jumping-off point for a discussion among guest host Ari Melber, Joan Walsh, Michael Steele and Jamilah Lemieux. “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music,” said Lemieux in kicking off the festivities. The comment came off as something packaged, premeditated. While Walsh and Steele giggled, Melber remained stone-faced, vouching for the...
  • Ivy League Dean Welcomes ISIS Club To Campus [UNDERCOVER VIDEO]

    03/25/2015 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Eric Owens
    In the latest undercover sting operation from investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe, an assistant dean at Cornell University has advised a journalist posing as a Moroccan student all about how to launch a campus club with the express intent of supporting ISIS. The Ivy League administrator, Joseph Scaffido, also provides counsel on how to fund the pro-Islamist militant club so it can send “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics” to ISIS and Hamas — both terrorist organizations, according to the State Department. Scaffido even lays out how the club can bring an ISIS “freedom fighter to come and do...
  • ATTENTION LIBERALS-Any Criticism/Mocking of Ted Cruz is OBVIOUSLY based in Anti-Latino Racism-vanity

    03/23/2015 9:14:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    TCRLAF | 3-23-2015 | TCRLAF
    The proper response to liberals spewing AntiCruz hate and rhetoric is to remind them that they are just: "RACISTS that hate the idea of a Hispanic President". Who want Hispanics trimming their hedges, or cutting their grass, and voting how they are told to, rather than running for President. Remind them that all of their opposition to Cruz and his ideas are based in their own Racist Privilege. If they ask how such a thing can be, remind them of the MANY examples we have been given of this over the last seven years by the likes of: OPRAH WINFREY:...
  • House Democrats unveil budget matching Obama’s tax increases

    03/23/2015 11:18:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 23, 2015 1:20 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Democrats have unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget plan for next year. It mirrors President Barack Obama’s call for $1.8 trillion in tax increases on wealthier people and corporations over the coming decade but would add almost $6 trillion to the national debt over that time. […] The plan calls for a wave of new spending for infrastructure like roads and bridges and additional funding for education and medical research. It would make modest curbs on the rapid growth of the popular Medicare program. …
  • Redistributing wealth may be all that staves off collapse

    03/22/2015 9:12:40 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 128 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2015 | Robert Reich
    It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it. At its prime in 1988, Eastman Kodak, the iconic American photography company, had more than 145,000 employees. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. The same year Kodak went under, Instagram, the world’s newest photo company, had 13 employees serving 30 million customers.
  • States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

    03/21/2015 10:06:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 3:06 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance. The grants, announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year—twice its cost in 2008.Some in the GOP have proposed stricter work requirements as a way to do that. But the Obama administration sees better worker training as an alternative to cuts or stricter work requirements. Vilsack said the grants will help USDA identify...
  • Companies tap into Vermont’s large maple potential (after fracking ban, here come crony capitalists)

    03/21/2015 8:07:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2015 6:22 PM EDT | Lisa Rathke
    Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet? This isn’t the old galvanized-sap bucket-nailed-to-a-tree type of operation. This is industrial-sized maple. And companies know there’s rising demand for natural sweeteners as consumers turn away from products made with high fructose corn syrup. Sweetree LLC plans to become the biggest producer of the sticky-sweet stuff in North America. Though the operation has created full-time jobs in a poor...
  • Gotham ‘gun shop’ appears as ruse to preach anti-firearm message (Manhattan NYC)

    03/19/2015 11:23:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 19, 2015 | (With Perry Chiaramonte)
    A “gun shop” that suddenly appeared in the heart of Manhattan last week only to close its doors after two days was actually an elaborate ruse by a pro-gun control group that sought to lure potential customers in order to make their anti-firearms case. States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up the “Guns with History Gun Shop” on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and pretended to offer for sale guns used in high-profile crimes. The phony sales pitches were really part of a “social experiment”—pretexts for telling customers about the dangers of gun proliferation in unconsummated transactions recorded by hidden...
  • Study: Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate in South LA

    03/19/2015 12:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 2:08 AM EDT | Alicia Chang
    A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems. The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls. The research by the Rand Corp....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama's Mother Was Worried About Her Daughter Marrying a Biracial Man

    03/18/2015 5:21:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 48 replies
    Daily News ^ | March 18, 2015 | CELESTE KATZ
    Long before Michelle Obama became First Lady, her mother had misgivings about her marrying a young man named Barack Obama — because he was biracial. In a Chicago TV interview that aired during Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign — and newly resurrected by Michelle Obama biographer Peter Slevin in a book due out next month — Marion Robinson confessed to being “a little bit” wary about her future son-in-law being the product of a white mom and black dad. But it could’ve been worse, according to Robinson. “That didn’t concern me as much as had he been completely white,” Robinson...
  • Democrat: Republicans putting Lynch at 'back of the bus'

    03/18/2015 10:07:07 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/18/15 | ERICA WERNER
    The second-ranking Senate Democrat on Wednesday accused Republicans of putting the president's attorney general nominee "in the back of the bus" by delaying her confirmation. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois made the comment on the Senate floor as he criticized the GOP over its handling of Loretta Lynch's nomination. She would become the nation's first black female attorney general, replacing Eric Holder, the first African-American in the job.
  • Green Energy Causes Record Spike In Electricity Prices

    03/17/2015 10:22:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-16-2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    In 2014, American households saw the largest electricity price increases in 6 years, according to government data, as utilities are forced to use more green energy and invest in energy efficiency and grid improvements. Energy Information Administration data shows that U.S. residential electricity prices “experienced large increases in retail electricity prices during 2014, with the average U.S. residential price increasing 3.1% over the previous year.” Last year’s price increase was the highest of any year since 2008 when prices rose 5.7 percent. “Residential electricity rate increases during 2014 ranged from 1.3% in the Pacific Coast states to 9.9% in New...
  • Federal agencies make $125B in improper payments last year

    03/16/2015 6:42:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2015 5:47 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn’t qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a government report released Monday. The level of improper payments was a new high after several years of declines. In addition to fraud, the errors included overpayments and underpayments, as well payments made without proper documentation. While the errors were spread among 22 federal agencies, three programs stood out: Medicare, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Together, the three programs accounted for...
  • AP: ‘Conservatives Say They’re Happy, But Liberals Show It’

    03/15/2015 10:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 12, 2015 | 3:49 PM EDT | Tom Blumer
    In a writeup which shows that the wire service obviously hasn’t studied the hateful examples of liberal-left hate collected by the Twitter curators at Twitchy, a Thursday afternoon Associated Press writeup claims that conservative “say” they’re happy (with an implication that they don't really mean it), while liberals “show it” (supposedly meaning that they’re genuine). The reporter assigned to this pathetic piece of pablum somehow deemed worthy of “Big Story” status is Seth Borenstein, whose normal beat is twisting his reportage to convince America in light of mountains of contrary evidence and 18 years of flat worldwide temperatures that global...
  • U.S. Steel shutting down Keetac plant on Iron Range

    03/14/2015 7:31:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-14-15 | John Myers
    U.S. Steel announced Thursday that it will idle its Keetac taconite iron ore operations starting May 13, another victim of the huge glut of global iron ore and steel that's far outpacing demand. The company said up to 412 workers at the facility will be affected and that they are being notified. Some employees will be kept on to maintain the operations, so the exact number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined, the company said. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said the Keewatin, Minn., plant will be idled indefinitely "due to the company's current inventory levels and ongoing adjustment of its steelmaking...
  • America-phobic Bullies Target Old Glory

    03/13/2015 5:55:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Some wonder why conservatives get the impression that many leftists are not patriotic. Well, how about their belief that the ideas of nationalism and patriotism are noxious? We told you! As you've probably heard by now, Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine voted to ban the American flag from an "inclusive" space on campus. Don't you just love loaded liberal words, such as "inclusive," which mean the opposite of what they imply? Is the American flag includable there? The language of the bill, passed by a vote of 6-4, with two abstentions (some real courage there), asserts that...
  • Kerry: Climate Change an ‘Elementary Truth’ – Like the Laws of Gravity

    03/12/2015 8:56:52 PM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    cnsnews ^ | March 12, 2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – That climate change is happening and that humans are largely responsible should be as universally accepted as the law of gravity, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Thursday. “When an apple falls from a tree, it will drop toward the ground. We know that because of the basic laws of physics,” he said in a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “Science tells us that gravity exists, and no one disputes that.” “So when science tells us that our climate is changing and humans beings are largely causing that change, by what right do people stand up...
  • Experts call for 'tobacco-free world' and raising legal age for cigarettes

    03/12/2015 8:14:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The authors of the Lancet's centerpiece editorial said a so-called tobacco-free world -- in which fewer than 5% of adults smoke -- is "socially desirable, technically feasible and could become politically practical." .. Making tobacco use "out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion -- yet not prohibited" could be achieved only with a "turbo-charged approach," wrote a team of public health experts from Australia, Hong Kong and India. To achieve it, the United Nations, national leaders, and public- and private-sector institutions all would need to collaborate, they wrote. In addition to governments setting policies such as those...
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘When People Tell You Social Security Is Going Broke,’ Tell Them They’re Lying

    03/12/2015 7:02:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 12, 2015 - 2:20 PM | Ali Meyer
    “When people tell you Social Security is going broke, you look them in the eye and tell them they’re not telling you the truth,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to petition Congress not to cut Social Security or Medicare. “Today, the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.8 trillion surplus,” Sanders said. […] As CNSNews.com previously reported, however, the Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 billion for benefits and overhead expenses, according...
  • George Soros's $33Mil bankrolled Ferguson demonstrations/national protests

    03/12/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | UK Daily Mail
    Hedge fund mogul's Open Society Foundations made huge donations. Organizers bussed in from New York and D.C. to take over campaigning. Different cash recipients would repeat each others' messages. Helped to keep events and messages at the top of news agenda. Soros cash, from speculating on markets, is given to many liberal causes. Liberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint. The handouts, revealed in tax filings from Soros's private foundation, were given to dozens of different groups which weighed in on the...
  • After first lab-grown burger, test-tube chicken is next on menu

    03/12/2015 10:10:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:54am EDT | By Tova Cohen and Eric Auchard
    TEL AVIV/FRANKFURT, March 12 (Reuters) - Two years after scientists cooked up the first test tube beef hamburger, researchers in Israel are working on an even trickier recipe: the world's first lab-grown chicken. Professor Amit Gefen, a bioengineer at Tel Aviv University, has begun a year-long feasibility study into manufacturing chicken in a lab, funded by a non-profit group called the Modern Agriculture Foundation which hopes "cultured meat" will one day replace the raising of animals for slaughter. The foundation's co-founder Shir Friedman hopes to have produced "a recipe for how to culture chicken cells" by the end of the...
  • IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older

    03/09/2015 9:38:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    CNS ^ | 06-09-2015 | By Susan Jones
    Many people are living longer, but not to age 112 or beyond -- except in the records of the Social Security Administration. The SSA's inspector general has identified 6.5 million number-holders age 112 -- or older -- for whom no death date has been entered in the main electronic file, called Numident. The audit, dated March 4, 2015, concluded that SSA lacks the controls necessary to annote death information on the records of number-holders who exceed "maximum reasonable life expectancies." "We obtained Numident data that identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders born before June 16, 1901 who did not have a...
  • ACLU sides with Redskins, says trademark should be permitted

    03/09/2015 8:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 8:26 PM EDT
    The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team’s name. The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team’s position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team’s free-speech rights. […] On Monday, lawyers for the Native Americans who challenged the trademark said the ACLU should not be allowed to intervene in the case. …
  • Obama Justice Department’s bogus report on racism by Ferguson Police Department

    03/09/2015 6:31:08 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 9, 2015 | john R. Lott Jr.
    Addressing the nation from Selma, Ala., on Saturday, President Obama said that while racism may be “no longer endemic,” as it was 50 years ago, his Justice Department’s report on Ferguson shows that the “nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.” Sorry: The Justice report doesn’t prove disparate treatment, let alone discrimination. In fact, it looks more like something ginned up to distract from the embarrassing fact that Justice (in another report released the same day) wound up fully validating the findings of the Ferguson grand jury. Racism is serious, and those engaging in it should be...
  • Glenn Beck: Ben Carson’s Prison Sex Comment ‘The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard’

    03/09/2015 10:37:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 6, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    According to Glenn Beck, possible GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson‘s comments about homosexuality being a choice is one of the dumbest things the radio host has ever heard ... “Goodbye to his presidential career,” Beck said Friday on his radio show. “It’s over. It’s over. There is no way to recover from that. That just sounds like a lunatic… That is just a ridiculous statement on a million fronts. A ridiculous statement.” ...
  • Professor: Women Genetically "Superior to Men," Males are Inferior Beings

    03/09/2015 9:49:42 AM PDT · by rightistight · 117 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/9/15 | Aurelius
    Melvin Konner, a Professor of Anthropology and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, believes that women will lead the world to “a better place.” More specifically, he argues, “male biology has brought the world war, corruption, and scandal.” He wrote his opinions down in an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled, “A Better World, Run by Women.” Women, he believes, do not become corrupt, they are not scandalous, and shall not ever plunge nations or the world into war. Females, he explains bluntly, are “superior to men in most ways that will count in the future… because of...
  • GM plans $5B stock buyback, averts showdown with hedge funds

    03/09/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 11:28 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    General Motors agreed to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year as part of a plan to return more cash to shareholders. In return, an activist shareholder decided to drop a potentially divisive bid for a seat on the company’s board. The move, announced Monday, is part of a deal with Harry Wilson, a former member of the government task force that restructured GM coming out of its 2009 bankruptcy.Wilson, who represents four hedge funds which own about 2 percent of the company, had previously accused GM of hoarding cash to the detriment of shareholders...
  • Bill Clinton defends foreign donations to foundation

    03/07/2015 4:30:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/07/15
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton defended his foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, pointing to the track record of his global philanthropy as Hillary Rodham Clinton nears an announcement on 2016 presidential campaign. In an interview at the Clinton Global Initiative University, the ex-president sought to address critics who have questioned the receipt of donations from foreign governments while the former first lady served in the State Department and after she departed in early 2013. "My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments," Clinton told...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

    03/06/2015 9:15:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2015 11:11 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of major global developments. Brennan announced the restructuring to the CIA workforce on Friday, including a new directorate devoted to boosting the CIA’s computer hacking skills. He said the move comes after nine agency officers spent three months analyzing its management structure, including what deputy CIA director David Cohen called “pain points,” organizational areas where the CIA’s bureaucracy does not work efficiently. […] The...
  • US job market faces hurdles even with 5.5 pct. unemployment

    03/06/2015 9:09:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2015 12:02 AM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent—a level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn’t as encouraging as it might sound. While U.S. employers added a solid 295,000 jobs in February, and the jobless rate fell from 5.7 percent, it went down mostly because many people gave up looking for work and were no longer officially counted as unemployed, the government reported Friday. What’s more, wage gains remained sluggish. Those trends suggest that the job market, while improving rapidly, isn’t quite as healthy as it looks. That complicates...
  • Students at UC Irvine vote to ban American flag

    03/06/2015 3:59:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag.</p> <p>The Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars & Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government.</p>
  • US productivity falls at faster pace, labor costs rise (recovery?)

    03/05/2015 10:01:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 5, 2015 12:22 PM EST | Martin Crutsinger
    U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, weaker than the 1.8 percent drop that was estimated a month ago, the Labor Department said Thursday. Labor costs rose at a 4.1 percent rate, faster than the 2.7 percent increase first estimated. Weaker productivity and higher labor costs could spell inflation troubles for the economy. But analysts say that the changes in the fourth quarter are temporary and not an indication that inflation is about...
  • (Democrat Governor) Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

    03/03/2015 1:07:25 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 26 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 3, 2015 | Karen Langley
    Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to call today for the Republican-controlled General Assembly to send him a budget that boosts state education funding and provides relief for school district property taxes while raising the rates of the sales and personal income taxes. His plan for doing so includes a proposal to raise the personal income tax rate in July 2015 from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent, while increasing the eligibility for a poverty exemption, according to a briefing document prepared by the administration. He will propose increasing the state sales tax in July 2016 from 6 to 6.6 percent while...
  • ON EVE OF SPEECH, OBAMA SMEARS NETANYAHU

    03/02/2015 8:36:44 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/2/15 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    President Barack Obama took a stab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Reuters on Monday, on the eve of Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a special joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning. Obama said that Netanyahu “made all sorts of claims” about the interim nuclear deal with Iran that turned out to be untrue. Yet Obama mischaracterized Netanyahu’s remarks, and misrepresented Iranian compliance with the terms of the interim deal. Obama’s full comment on Monday was: “Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in...
  • Obama's blind hostility toward Israel

    03/02/2015 10:12:29 AM PST · by keat · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 2, 2015 | 5:00 am | OpEd
    In June 2008, candidate Barack Obama spoke before thousands of delegates to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to assuage concerns that he harbored animosity toward the Jewish state. In a paragraph of his speech that began with the phrase "Let me be clear," Obama declared that under his vision for peace, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." The next day, after the statement triggered fierce criticism from Palestinian leaders, Obama backtracked. The reversal was an early signal of what has become a pattern during his presidency — professing profound...
  • Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit’s growth (but “recovery”?)

    03/02/2015 7:28:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2015 10:02 AM EST | Corey Williams
    When Alison Norris couldn’t find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that’s 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled. What’s available to those without cars—about 40 percent of Detroit’s population, according to federal figures—often are low-paying retail or sales positions far outside the city. […] The...
  • Barbara Mikulski won’t seek reelection in 2016

    03/02/2015 6:56:25 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski will announce later Monday that she won’t seek reelection in 2016, two sources familiar with her plans confirmed to POLITICO, opening up a seat long coveted by Free State Democrats looking to move up. The 78-year-old Mikulski is the longest-serving woman in congressional history. She was first elected to the Senate in 1986, after serving five terms in the House. Mikulski’s campaign called an 11 a.m. press conference in Baltimore on only a few hours’ notice, saying only that she’d make an “important announcement about her future plans.” Her retirement will create an open seat...
  • Brrr! February brought record cold, snow to Northeast

    03/01/2015 1:37:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2015 4:04 PM EST | Mary Esch
    Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston. “We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “It’s colder in Siberia, but we’re the farthest below normal.” The climate center shows the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca had their coldest months ever. The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4°. The normal average temperature...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Money Is the Devil’s Dung!’

    02/28/2015 11:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In his address to the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives Saturday, Pope Francis employed muscular language in speaking about money — while acknowledging its importance to business. “Money,” he said, “is the devil’s dung.” “It is not easy to talk about money,” Francis said. Quoting Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said: “Money is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a person’s choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave.” The Pope called for “creative imagination” to find new methods, attitudes and tools to combat the “culture...
  • 'Knives are out': Hawaii Dem faces backlash for taking on Obama over 'Islamist' extremism

    02/28/2015 4:46:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 28, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    She was Hawaii's golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit. That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state's favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by "radical Islam.” “Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don't know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told...
  • The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet? (barf: admits anti-capitalism)

    02/28/2015 6:39:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 25, 2015 – 06:05 PM | Alexander Jung, Horand Knaup, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand
    Since 1880, when global temperatures began to be systematically collected, no year has been warmer than 2014. The 15 warmest years, with one single exception, have come during the first 15 years of the new millennium. Indeed, it has become an open question as to whether global warming can be stopped anymore—or at least limited as policymakers have called for. Is capitalism ultimately responsible for the problem, or could it actually help to solve it? […] Following the Copenhagen fiasco, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer of the Netherlands, resigned in...
  • Stop the witch-hunt against Netanyahu

    02/28/2015 1:28:23 PM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | Shoula Romano Horing | Shoula Romano Horing
    Op-ed: Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, Herzog is underestimating evil and its promises to wipe the Jewish state off the map, while the media and left-wing camp are concentrating on PM's so-called 'corruption.' Until the current election campaign and the daily vicious, personal attacks against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, I think I never really gauged the media and center-left camp’s cruelty, or their recklessness in regard to the security and safety of Israel and the Jewish people. I never realized how low they are willing to descend to have an Israel without Netanyahu and to replace him...
  • Mississippi officers now required to learn Spanish to better reach the community

    02/27/2015 7:48:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kyle Rothenberg
    Police officers in Jackson, Mississippi are now required to take a Spanish-language class four times a year, according to Jackson Police Department Police Chief Lee Vance. “The purpose of this program is for our officers to learn basic commands,” said Vance. “We’re not looking to make anybody fluent.” Vance also said the Spanish class is a part of a pre-scheduled Jackson Police Department’s in-service training program which included topics like constitutional law and reviewing pursuit policies. Each Spanish class is two-hours long and mandatory for all officers. If an officer refuses to attend the class—which has never happened—he or she...
  • Gallup: Only 23% of D.C. Residents Go to Church Weekly

    02/26/2015 9:53:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 25, 2015 - 4:53 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital city, 75 percent of adults do not go to church at least once a week, according to the Gallup poll, while only 23 percent do. Another 2 percent told the polling firm they “don’t know” when asked how often they go to church. When ranked with the 50 states, D.C. was fifth from last in the percentage of its residents who attend church services at least once a week. …