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  • US productivity falls at faster pace, labor costs rise (recovery?)

    03/05/2015 10:01:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 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. …
  • Exposed: what fracking really does to you, your family, pets and food

    02/25/2015 10:38:18 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    The Ecologist ^ | 2-25-2015 | Allison Wilson
    The first researchers to systematically document ill health in livestock, pets, and people living near fracking drill sites were Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, used a case study approach-looking at individual households-to search for possible effects (Bamberger and Oswald 2012). Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins (Colborn et al. 2011). Bamberger and Oswald's studies, carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respiratory, reproductive, and growth-related problems in animals and a spectrum of symptoms in humans...
  • Obama’s coming caliphate crusade in North America

    02/25/2015 10:24:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/25/15 | Judi McLeod
    The Fundamental Transformation of America is, in a sense, his cover. Obama has this dream. No, not the somewhat sappy one allegedly ghost-written for him on the pages of Dreams from my Father by Billy Ayers, but one of far more frightening dimensions. Obama’s dream is everyone else’s waking nightmare, the takeover of North America by caliphate-seeking jihadists. Nobody’s ever going to believe it. People who can’t allow themselves to believe that Obama doesn’t love America would never be ready to believe that Obama was brought into power for the express purpose to hand the coveted North America kingdom over...
  • UCLA Student Board Interrogates Candidate Over Jewish Background

    02/25/2015 9:11:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    inn ^ | 2/25/15 | Tova Dvorin
    A student's Jewish affiliation became the subject of a heated debate at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) earlier this month, after the student government nearly scrapped her acceptance due to her background. Student Rachel Beyda applied to be a member of the UCLA Judicial Board in February, and presented herself as a candidate in front of the Board. However, the meeting quickly dissolved into a debate over whether her Jewish background and affiliation with Jewish life on campus is a "conflict of interest," as can be seen in the video below. The debate begins at 47:30.
  • Speaker Boehner: I haven’t spoken to McConnell in two weeks

    02/25/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) haven’t spoken to each other in two weeks despite the shutdown fight gripping the Capitol, House Republicans said Wednesday.During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, Boehner told Republicans that he hadn’t spoken to McConnell recently despite the looming Feb. 28 deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).“He said he hadn’t spoken to Mitch McConnell in a few weeks. We gave them a good bill. It funds the stuff we’re supposed to do, secure the borders,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said after a morning conference meeting.Another...
  • ADL Rushes to Defend Campus Anti-Semites

    02/25/2015 9:53:53 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 2/25/'15 | Sara Dogan
    Even groups whose purported mission is to defend Jews against attack do not always acknowledge the extent of campus anti-Semitism and SJP’s role in perpetrating it. Tina Malka, the associate regional director of the San Diego chapter of the Anti-Defamation League was quoted as stating that SDSU’s inclusion on the Top Ten list was “unfair to the school.” [SNIP] Yet, the ADL is determined to keep its head in the sand and dismiss the many documented incidents at SDSU with the claim that they do not indicate an “anti-Semitic environment.” It is time for the ADL and other mainstream Jewish...
  • Poll: Obama may not love America

    02/25/2015 6:19:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 02/25/2015 | Nick Gass
    President Barack Obama’s love of country isn’t just a concern for Rudy Giuliani, according to a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll. A plurality of Americans surveyed — 47 percent — said that Obama loves America, but the rest say the president does not or that they’re not sure. The responses break down an expected partisan line, with only 11 percent of Republicans saying Obama loves America, and 85 percent of Democrats responding the same way. Independents are mostly split, with 42 percent say Obama loves the U.S., while 38 percent disagree and 20 percent are not sure. Story Continued Below The...
  • AG nominee Loretta Lynch dodges lawmakers’ questions, falls in line with Eric Holder

    02/24/2015 7:50:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    When it comes to most of the thorny issues she’ll be asked to referee on between President Obama and Congress, Loretta Lynch, the woman nominated to be the next attorney general, said she doesn’t yet have a sense for how she’ll come down. Ms. Lynch, who faces a probable vote Thursday in the Judiciary Committee and likely action by the full Senate next month, deflected dozens of questions in 221 pages of written responses to the panel, saying she wasn’t familiar with the fight over documents from the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, couldn’t talk accurately about major parts of...
  • Dad Furious About Son’s Immigration Assignment That Bashes GOP

    02/23/2015 11:57:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 23 2015 10:11 am
    A Wisconsin father is outraged about a homework assignment given to his son that bashes the Republican Party on the issue of illegal immigration. An 8th grade social studies class at Shattuck Middle School had to complete an assignment that suggested Republicans were destroying the “pathway to citizenship” for immigrants. The teacher, Grace Davis, used a political cartoon that featured a Democrat laying bricks to build a “pathway to citizenship,” while a Republican character removed the bricks to dismantle the immigration process. …
  • One fifth of Germans want revolution: report

    02/23/2015 8:26:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Feb 2015 14:27 GMT+01:00 | Matty Edwards
    One in five Germans believe that a revolution would be the only way to truly reform society, a study released by the Free University of Berlin on Monday shows. Anti-capitalism, anti-fascism and anti-racism were all are prominent positions according to the study entitled “Against state and capital—for the revolution”, which has revealed a public much further to the left than previously thought. In the report, 20% of the people surveyed agreed with the statement that “Living conditions won’t be improved by reforms—we need a revolution”. A similar percentage of people said they saw the rise of a new fascism in...
  • Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin [grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this]

    02/22/2015 11:48:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. — At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. “There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative...
  • What if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare?

    02/22/2015 7:30:48 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Kyle Cheney, Sarah Wheaton and Rachana Pradhan
    The Supreme Court this June could cut off millions of Americans from affordable Obamacare coverage. The response from the nation’s governors gathering in Washington this week was an assortment of shrugs. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen governors, from both parties, this weekend at the National Governors Association winter meeting. Most said they’re in a wait-and-see zone. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week, the decision is likely in late June and no one can foretell how the court will rule on its second major case that could strike at the heart of the president’s signature health law. For...
  • New year brings an increase in homicides to San Francisco

    02/22/2015 7:09:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 1:36 PM EST | Paul Elias
    It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a “shocking start” to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods. In January, four young men sitting in a stolen car were gunned down in a trendy neighborhood near City Hall. Ten days later, a mother was shot dead outside her home in front of her three children. In another, a blood-spattered woman staggered into a restaurant seeking help for bullet wounds, and a man was found shot dead in an SUV outside. With the homicide count climbing to...
  • President says he’s committed to working with governors

    02/22/2015 6:23:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 8:19 PM EST
    President Barack Obama has told governors that he won’t agree with all of them on every issue, but he looks forward to working with them over the next two years. […] He’s scheduled to sit down Monday with the group that has plenty of governors from the GOP ranks. Republicans made major gains during the midterm elections and 31 governors’ mansions are now in GOP hands. …
  • Zionism debate at heart of bitter Israeli vote

    02/22/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 6:08 PM EST | Dan Perry
    What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union—sparking a debate about a concept that some considered resolved when the Jewish state was declared and widely recognized in 1948. […] On the left, politicians speak of true Zionism as requiring the establishment of peace and equality in the land, including by making peace with the Palestinians and...
  • Lesbian discovers the gender and racial divide in the LGBTQ community

    02/21/2015 2:38:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    LGBTQ Nation ^ | February 21, 2015 | NATHAN MANSKE
    True LGBTQ storiesFemi Redwood Femi Redwood of Milton, Del., grew up in an environment that was accepting of both her sexuality and her race, despite the fact that she was one of the few minorities in town. This only made her more observant later in life as she encountered less-accepting people and communities. She tells a story about a gay, white male co-worker when she was still living in Delaware and dating a white woman:One night we’re in his car. He says that he doesn’t think black and white people should mix; they shouldn’t be in relationships, and they shouldn’t...
  • Democrats: We must better explain what it means to be a Dem (yeah; please do)

    02/21/2015 11:54:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2015 1:36 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question—“What’s a Democrat?”—and must do a better job of explaining their core values to voters, according to a task force formed after the party’s dismal showing in the 2014 election. “I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said a panel member, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The problems are not with the “party’s core beliefs,” he said, but relate to “our inability to convey our principles to the American people in a precise, concise and passionate way.” According to interim findings in the Democratic National Committee’s report released...
  • Surging dollar takes bite out of US corporate profits

    02/20/2015 9:45:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2015 12:06 AM EST | Matthew Craft
    The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn’t tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It’s the surging U.S. dollar. The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When they turned in their quarterly results last week, both reported a drop in sales. The strong dollar made all the difference: strip it out and shrinking sales suddenly rise. The dollar has been a source of constant complaint this earnings season. Global corporations from Avon Products to Yum Brands have said their quarterly results would...
  • Urban planning can help curb violence (Marie Harf isn't the only idiot)

    02/19/2015 6:45:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 20, 2015 | Renée Loth
    Can better urban planning help prevent terrorist attacks? The idea sounds fanciful, even disrespectful to victims of extremist violence. But officials in Paris, still reeling from last month’s deadly terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine and a kosher deli, are putting some hope in a plan to re-zone the city and annex the notorious inner suburbs, or banlieues, where the terror plot was born. In what would be perhaps the greatest redesign of Paris since Baron Haussmann laid out its famed boulevards in the mid-19th Century, the “Métropole du Grand Paris” would attempt to bring the poor, heavily immigrant neighborhoods...
  • FCC Commissioner: ‘If You Like Your Wireless Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It’

    02/19/2015 5:40:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/19/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is out with a new message to fight net neutrality: “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it.” Borrowing the phrase from President Obama, the Republican commissioner penned an op-ed with Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Joshua Wright, raising concerns with Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. While the president insists his plan is for a “free and open Internet,” Pai and Wright said net neutrality is anything but. “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it. But new federal regulations may take away your freedom...
  • Obama: Religious Acceptance Key to Combating Extremism

    02/19/2015 10:01:45 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 19, 2015 | by Andrew Rafferty
    President Barack Obama told world leaders on Thursday that promoting democracy and acceptance of people of all faiths are essential to stopping the spread of violent extremism. "Groups like al Qaeda and [ISIS] peddle the lie that some of our countries are hostile to Muslims. Meanwhile we've also seen, most recently in Europe, arise inexcusable acts of anti-Semitism, or in some cases anti-Muslim sentiment, or anti-immigrant sentiment," Obama said at the closing session of a White House summit on combating extremism. "When people spew hatred towards others because of their faith or because of their faith or because they are...
  • Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart’s US workers to get pay raises

    02/19/2015 9:51:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 19, 2015 12:17 PM EST | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Hoping to shed its reputation for offering little more than dead-end jobs, Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest private employer, is giving raises to nearly a half-million workers and offering what it says are more opportunities for advancement. Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that as part of $1 billion its spending to change the way it trains and pays workers, the company will give raises to nearly 40 percent of its 1.3 million U.S. employees in the next six months. In addition to raises, Wal-Mart said it plans to make changes to how workers are scheduled and add training programs for sales...
  • 'Ultrafundamentalist Christians Who Believe Every Word of the Bible Could Lead to Some Violence'

    02/18/2015 6:39:57 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 107 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 17, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    On Monday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough suggested that having a literal interpretation of the Bible could lead Christians to violence in a similar manner as radical Islam. Oddly enough, Scarborough hoped to avoid being "torn to shreds online" by equating the two, but made the comparison anyway. The morning's panel centered on the violence of ISIS and its undeniable ties to the tenets of Islam, but Scarborough felt compelled to find a link between Islam and Christianity. He said: “A very crude way to put it is, this would be the ultra fundamentalist Christians who believe every single...
  • After companies create jobs, NJ cuts funds for tax breaks

    02/18/2015 6:16:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | 02.17.15 | HUGH R. MORLEY
    As the state pours billions of dollars in business tax breaks into programs aimed at strengthening New Jersey’s struggling economy, it has put the brakes on another incentive program, leaving hundreds of companies without promised payments that could total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Seeking to balance the state budget over the last few years, the Christie administration and the Legislature have each slashed funding for the Business Employment Incentive Program, commonly referred to as BEIP, eliminating payments to companies that were promised annual income tax rebate checks in return for moving to New Jersey or expanding here....
  • National Bargaining: Greedy Oil Industry Forces Work Stoppage

    02/18/2015 5:44:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    United Steelworkers ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | United Steelworkers
    Arrogant oil refiners concerned more about profits than the safety and workplace concerns of thousands of USW-represented oil workers forced the union to call an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.The industry, represented by Royal Dutch Shell, gave the USW no other option when it refused to bargain in good faith over a national contract even though the union was prepared to continue talking beyond the midnight deadline.“Shell refused to provide us with a counter-offer and left the bargaining table,” International President Leo W. Gerard said. “We had no choice but to give notice of a work stoppage.”The negotiations for a...
  • House Dem Doesn’t Understand Why Voters Have to Register

    02/17/2015 7:41:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | Michael Schaus
    [Editor's note: The original copy of this article incorrectly identified Rep. Ellison as a Democrat from Wisconsin. The oversight has been corrected, and a formal apology has been sent to the people of Wisconsin.]Forget about the Tuesday following the first Monday of November… Let’s just run an online poll for future public elections. Maybe we can set up a phone bank, kinda like PBS donation drives, for people without access to the internet. Heck, let’s just do a show of hands: Hillary or Jeb for 2016?Okay, that might be a slight over-simplification of what Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) was suggesting, but...
  • Second Public School in the U.S. Goes Vegetarian (Peck Slip School, Manhattan NY)

    02/17/2015 7:11:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Ecorazzi ^ | February 12, 2015 | Natalia Lima
    Following the footsteps of a public elementary school in Flushing, Queens, another public school in New York City has decided to go vegetarian. The Peck Slip School in lower Manhattan announced Monday that it will only be serving students plant-based meals due to its benefits not only for the kids but the planet as well, becoming the second non-charter public school in the U.S. to do so. […] The implementation of the vegetarian menu was done with the help of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, a non profit dedicated to getting whole foods into schools across the New York...
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: ‘Federal Judge Just Granted My Request to Halt Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    02/16/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 268 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/16/2015 | Jason Howerton
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday night that a federal judge has “granted” his request to “halt” President Barack Obama’s “Executive Amnesty Order” across the country. Abbott didn’t immediately offer any other details, but promised for information later. BREAKING: Federal Judge just granted my request to halt Obama's Executive Amnesty Order Nationwide. More later. #txlege #tcot @TexasGOP — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 17, 2015
  • Poll: Labor Inches Past Likud, Jewish Home Stuck at 11

    02/16/2015 4:32:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 2//15/15 | Cynthia Blank
    With four weeks until elections for the 20th Knesset, Likud and Labor-Hatnua appear to be neck and neck. According to a survey conducted by the Midgam Institute for Channel Two, Labor, running under the moniker the "Zionist Camp" just barely inches by Likud with 25 seats. Likud is one behind with 24 mandates. It has been noted that even if Likud comes in behind, the party with the greatest chance of forming a coalition is given first crack, meaning the outcome of the close competition remains up in the air. The joint Arab list comes in as the third largest...
  • Scarborough: Like Radical Islam, 'Ultrafundamentalist' Christianity Could Also Lead to Violence

    02/16/2015 5:18:27 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 65 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough says he doesn't want to be "torn to shreds online" for analogizing the threat of radical Christianity to that of radical Islam. In that case, the solution is simple: Scarborough should stop analogizing the threat of radical Christianity to that of radical Islam. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough twice suggested such parallels, analogizing radical Islamists to "ultrafundamentalist Christians who believe every single word of the Bible has to be interpreted in the exact ways which could also lead to some violence." A bit later, Scarborough circled back, saying "it doesn't matter what faith you're in," that a literal...
  • Mainstream Press Anoint Jeb Bush ‘Frontrunner’ Despite Lackluster Poll Numbers

    02/14/2015 6:14:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/13/15 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may find out that Wall Street money will not buy him the love of GOP primary voters like it does mainstream media elites who are rushing to cast him as the 2016 frontrunner. As soon as Mitt Romney announced that he would not make a third White House run, the mainstream press immediately anointed Bush as the clear Republican 2016 frontrunner. They made their pronouncements even though Bush had not yet proven with his speeches that he can be a successful candidate in the digital age and neither had the best ground game nor the...
  • Pa. governor says death penalty flawed, imposes moratorium

    02/13/2015 10:12:14 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 13, 2015
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is imposing a moratorium on the death penalty. He calls the state's current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible." The Democrat had announced during his fall campaign he intended to issue such an order. Wolf said Friday the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that's been studying the topic for about four years.
  • Montana ‘stand your ground’ killer sentenced to 70 years

    02/13/2015 8:36:34 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 189 replies
    Daily News ^ | 2/13/15 | Doyle Murphy
    A Montana homeowner was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the “stand your ground” killing of German exchange student. Markus Kaarma, 30, was convicted in December of deliberate homicide after he gunned down 17-year-old Diren Dede in his garage. He’ll have to serve 20 years before he’s eligible for parole.
  • The Most Common Type of American Terrorist Is a White Man With a Weapon and a Grudge

    02/12/2015 9:02:43 AM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    thenation ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Michelle Goldberg
    Yesterday, an outspoken white atheist murdered three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We don’t yet know for sure whether this was a hate crime or whether the killer, Craig Stephen Hicks, had some other motivation; police have said the crime may have grown out of a dispute over parking. We do know that had Hicks been a Muslim and his victims atheists, few would be waiting for all the facts to come in before declaring him a terrorist. We know that there would be the usual calls for other Muslims to condemn the killings, coupled with the usual...
  • Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere (the ‘narrative’ continues)

    02/12/2015 8:48:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 9:04 AM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit. Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month. Outside those categories, sales ticked up 0.2 percent after a flat reading in December. The modest gain suggests Americans are still cautious about spending their windfall from lower...
  • Student Utters ‘God Bless America’ at Morning Announcements…And Now He’s Getting Punished For It

    02/11/2015 3:54:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | february 11, 2015 | nicholas kurch
    On February 9th, Florida’s Yulee High School brought the hammer down on a student who offended some of his fellow classmates. The student was reprimanded for his actions after reading the morning announcements over the school’s intercom. Why? Upon finishing the announcements, the student added, ‘God Bless America.’ Two atheist students took offense to the statement. A school spokesperson for the Nassau County School District said that the student had gone off script and was being reprimanded: “It wasn’t part of the scripted morning announcements,” district spokesperson Sharyl Wood said. “The principal took the appropriate steps in speaking with the student...
  • OBAMA'S DINNER JOKE: I SLEEP WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS

    02/11/2015 5:40:03 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 37 replies
    WND ^ | June 20, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    Why bother hanging out with celebrities when I can spend time with the people who made me one?” Obama asked the crowd of black tie journalists and media personalities gathered at the Washington Convention Center. “I know where my bread is buttered.”
  • Missouri takes a step toward becoming ‘right-to-work’ state

    02/11/2015 4:22:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2015 5:42 PM EST | Marie French
    Missouri took a step toward joining 24 other states with right-to-work laws when its House voted to bar the collection of fees from workers who choose not to join a union. The vote of 92 to 66 with two lawmakers voting present, marks an advance for supporters of right-to-work because a similar measure last year had failed to achieve a constitutional majority of 82 lawmakers in favor. […] The measure still faces a second House vote and would have to be approved by the Senate before going to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who opposes right-to-work. …