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  • Imagine What They've Been Taught in School: Salon Advocates for Communism

    02/28/2014 12:46:37 PM PST · by servo1969 · 30 replies ^ | 2-28-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is a huge piece here. This prints out to six pages. "Why You're Wrong About Communism: 7 Huge Misconceptions About It (and Capitalism) -- Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense," and as I read through this... I'm not gonna read the whole thing to you, but we will link to it at As you read through this, if you take the time to do it, this could very easily be the kind of gobbledygook that's being taught in college. "As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson...
  • Why you're wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

    02/04/2014 5:40:41 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 90 replies ^ | February 2, 2014 | Jesse Myerson
    As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Red Scares designed to impress that anti-capitalism is tantamount to treason. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Cold War-era threat of thermonuclear annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about communism and capitalism. 1. Only...
  • Is the left forgetting how evil communism was?

    02/18/2014 7:33:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 55 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-18-14 | W. James Antle III
    Is communism making a comeback? On its face, the question seems more than a little absurd. The Berlin Wall came down over 24 years ago. We are more than 22 years removed from the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. All that remains are the Stalinist museum pieces of North Korea and Cuba, the former an isolated country known mainly for its absurd dictator and starving population, the latter a beautiful island stuck in a 1950s time warp due to backwards economic and social policies. Even China, the one major power still ruled by...
  • The lost promise of progressive taxes

    04/15/2014 10:25:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters - Opinion ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Ajay K. Mehrotra
    By midnight on April 15, roughly 140 million Americans will have filed their federal income tax returns and breathed a sigh of relief. Politicians from both parties, however, will spend most of the day criticizing our current tax system. --snip-- Creating a new tax regime based on the ability to pay had significant consequences. Not only did it provide sorely needed revenue while addressing growing inequality, it also fostered greater social solidarity and bolstered faith in government — a lesson lost on many lawmakers today. Reformers believed progressive taxes could be used to reconfigure the relationship between citizens and the...
  • Glaring limits of the Civil Rights Act: We need to redistribute wealth (Yep, he went there)

    04/15/2014 9:30:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Salon ^ | April 14, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
    Even if racism were wiped out tomorrow, we'd still need to address pervasive racial wealth inequality. Here's why. Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in...
  • G20 gives U.S. year-end deadline for IMF reforms

    04/11/2014 1:52:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Louise Egan and Anna Yukhananov
    Finance chiefs from around the globe on Friday gave the United States until year-end to ratify long-delayed reforms to the International Monetary Fund and threatened to move forward without it if it fails to do so. The inability to proceed with giving emerging markets a more powerful voice at the IMF and shoring up the lender's resources appeared the most contentious issue. In a final communiqué, G20 finance ministers and central bankers said they were "deeply disappointed" with the delay. "I take this opportunity to urge the United States to implement these reforms as a matter of urgency," Australian Treasurer...
  • Call climate change what it is: violence

    04/09/2014 4:22:32 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 46 replies
    If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every...
  • Is the U.S. stock market rigged?

    03/31/2014 8:56:49 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 48 replies
    CBSNews ^ | Mar 30, 2014 | Steve Kroft
    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the current bull market on Wall Street, making it one of the longest and strongest in history. Yet U.S. stock ownership is at a record low and less than half of Americans trust banks and financial services. And in the last two weeks, the New York attorney general and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in Washington have both launched investigations into high-frequency computerized stock trading that now controls more than half the market. The probes were announced just ahead of a much anticipated book on the subject by best-selling author Michael Lewis called...
  • Jimmuh Carter says Obama “too embarrassed” to advance black agenda (plus video)

    03/27/2014 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/27/14 | Doug Book
    On Tuesday, Breitbart TV, former president Jimmy Carter stepped forward to remove all doubt as to whether he remains the implacable horse’s ass he has been since his days in the White House. In this brief video, Carter suggests Hillary, once elected president, might be “embarrassed” to pursue a strong campaign in favor of women’s rights issues given that she is also a female. Of course, she might also be criticized for bias, though certainly NOT by our national media. (1) And to make his point, Carter offered the example of Barack Obama who he apparently believes to have been...
  • Illinois: How will we fix our budget problems? Let’s tax millionaires!

    03/21/2014 2:12:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2014 | Bruce McQuain
    This worked so well for France that Belgium had a real estate boom with the new tax on millionaires was announced. And New Jersey learned that millionaires have a tendency to leave when confronted with higher taxes. But Illinois? Well, per Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois is different: “Well, if they’re in Illinois today, they’re probably so much in love with Illinois that they’re not going to leave,” he said, according to the Tribune–a backhanded acknowledgement of how poorly the state is already doing.Madigan may also be encouraged by California’s example, where millionaires have largely...
  • In America, the 'wealthy poor' replace the middle class

    03/21/2014 1:21:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 03/21/2014 | Rick Newman
    One phenomenon of the modern economy is affluence that doesn’t feel like it. You work, earn and spend quite a lot, yet it seems you’re getting nowhere. Some new economic analysis helps quantify just how many people might be characterized as the “wealthy poor”— and it’s a surprisingly large chunk of the overall population. A new paper by economists Greg Kaplan and Justin Weidner of Princeton University, and Giovanni Violante of New York University, finds that about 70 million Americans may live in families they describe as “wealthy hand-to-mouth” households. These are families that own assets such as homes, cars,...
  • ‘Based on what?’ Actress Kristen Bell thinks rich people like her ‘SHOULD pay higher taxes’

    03/20/2014 2:36:02 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 19, 2014
    Bell linked to a Salon article about the RNC’s new ad campaign featuring a Republican millennial. Naturally, she managed to tie that into an argument for higher tax rates for the wealthy:
  • Ex-Bush admin official: Internet giveaway weakens cybersecurity, opens door to Web tax

    03/15/2014 8:24:25 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 15 Mar 2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use. “U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller. “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.” The U.S....
  • 70% Of U.S. Spending On Writing Checks To Individuals

    03/10/2014 5:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 10, 2014 | John Merline
    Buried deep in a section of President Obama's budget, released this week, is an eye-opening fact: This year, 70% of all the money the federal government spends will be in the form of direct payments to individuals, an all-time high. In effect, the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine, taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others. These government transfers now account for 15% of GDP, another all-time high. In 1991, direct payments accounted for less than half the budget and 10% of GDP. What's more, the cost of these direct payments is...
  • Is Satan Fighting Back Against Pope Francis?

    03/08/2014 6:01:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 3/7/2014 | Tom Hoopes
    Pope Francis has spent his pontificate in a full frontal assault against the devil.“There is no shadow of a doubt,” Pope Francis said in October, “A battle exists, a battle in which the eternal salvation of us all is at stake.”The battle is two-sided, he said in a June audience. “Look around us — it is enough to open a newspaper, as I said — we see the presence of evil. The Devil is acting.”What is it that we find when we open the newspaper? The Daily Beast reports from southern Louisiana: The Hosanna Church was the heart of a...
  • Zell warns: Wealth redistribution or growth-but you can't have both!

    02/28/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    The United States needs to stop taking its "eye off the ball" on economic growth, in order to stamp out the uncertainty that's preventing investors and companies from taking risk to make money, billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell told CNBC on Friday. "Wealth redistribution" policies in Washington are hampering the economy, he said. "I find it difficult to believe that you can have wealth redistribution and growth at the same time." Zell called out fellow " Squawk Box " guest James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve-arguing that the U.S. has accepted a level of growth that...
  • The Math That Predicted The Revolutions Sweeping The Globe

    02/24/2014 10:13:24 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 47 replies
    Motherboard ^ | February 19, 2014
    It's happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there's at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices. Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be...
  • San Jose homeless would get hotel and motel rooms under city plan

    02/22/2014 2:01:54 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 29 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/21/14 | Mike Rosenberg
    Facing a growing homeless population, San Jose is ready to try a new strategy to get people off the streets: pay to put some of them up in local hotels and motels, potentially for years. ...housing prices continue to climb and landlords become pickier about renters...100 homeless people roaming San Jose streets have publicly funded vouchers for subsidized housing but cannot find a place that will accept them. "It's just a tough place to live because of how expensive it is," said Leslye Corsiglia, the city's housing director, who called it an opportunity for homeless people "to get themselves settled...
  • Romania's peasants: standing in the way of foreign investors making a lot of money [New to EU]

    02/20/2014 9:25:49 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/19/2014 | Luke Dale-Harris
    Amid the hysteria surrounding Romanian immigration at the beginning of this year, something crucial was forgotten: borders open both ways. As the English tabloids were throwing a tantrum about the impending "Romanian invasion", the would-be-intruders were preparing for an invasion of their own: 1 January 2014 marked the day when Romania's honeymoon period as a new EU member came to an end and, under EU law, the country was obliged to open up its land market to foreign investors. As a country with almost 5 million peasant farmers – a quarter of the population – this was a matter of...
  • Putting the middle class in an even deeper hole

    02/06/2014 5:32:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 4, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    The great Obama contradiction on the economy is this: he takes credit for the improved economy, but openly admits that in this recovery almost all of the gains have gone to the very rich. Here is the disturbing passage from Obama's State of the Union speech that I refer to: “What I believe unites the people of this nation ... is the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead. “That belief has suffered some serious blows. ... Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and...
  • Bankruptcy In The USSA: Detroit Bondholders About To Be GM'ed In Favor Of Pensioners

    01/31/2014 3:39:07 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 01/31/2014 | Tyler Durden
    First, the Obama administration showed during the course of the GM and Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings, that when it comes to Most Preferred Voter classes, some unsecured creditors - namely labor unions, and the millions of votes they bring - are more equal than other unsecured creditors - namely bondholders, and the zero votes they bring. Five years later we are about to get a stark reminder that under the superpriority rule of a community organizer for whom "fairness" trumps contract law any day, it is now Detroit's turn to make a mockery of the recovery waterfall. As it turns out,...

    01/31/2014 6:14:54 AM PST · by shortstop · 19 replies ^ | 01/31/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, to obey the law and support themselves and contribute to society, and others don’t. That’s the divide in America. It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power...
  • Meet myRA: Obama offers IRA plan details

    01/29/2014 12:46:58 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 141 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | Jennifer Liberto
    President Obama on Tuesday offered up a new kind of "starter" retirement accounts aimed at employees of companies that don't offer such plans. Obama is calling them the "MyRA" and said he would, by executive order, direct the Treasury Department to create them. Details were scarce Tuesday night, but employees will be able to contribute part of their wages to the savings accounts, which would be backed by the U.S. government.
  • Dire signs from a warming world

    01/28/2014 8:23:56 AM PST · by CedarDave · 76 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2014 | Eugene Robinson
    Another insane cold wave — not the infamous “polar vortex ” but its evil twin — is bringing sub-zero and single-digit temperatures to much of the nation. And global warming may be even more extreme, and potentially more catastrophic, than climate scientists had feared. This is, of course, no contradiction. The rallying cry of the denialists — “It’s really cold outside, so global warming must be a crock!” — can be taken seriously only by those with a toddler’s limited conception of time and space. They forget that it’s winter, and apparently they don’t quite grasp that even when it’s...
  • Obama plans executive action on jobs, retirement security

    01/28/2014 6:14:45 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Press Herald ^ | 01/26/2014 | AP
    Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans
  • World’s 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest (says Oxfam)

    01/20/2014 11:46:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 20, 2014 | Li Anne Wong
    The combined wealth of the world’s richest 85 people is now equivalent to that owned by half of the world’s population—or 3.5 billion of the poorest people—according to a new report from Oxfam. In a report titled “Working for the Few” released Monday, the global aid and development organization detailed the extent of global economic inequality created by the rapidly increasing wealth of the richest, warning of the major risks it poses to “human progress.” […] Oxfam said that based on its polls conducted across the world, it is believed that there are many laws and regulations designed to benefit...
  • Santelli to Obama: How Can We Redistribute Wealth If There Is No Wealth? (video)

    01/17/2014 5:21:54 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 16, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    RICK SANTELLI: We all know that after Friday's jobs report, we know the economy is doing better. What we can't predict is will it be in a straight line, a nice even glide path? Will it be a 25-degree upward glide path, 30-degree, 45-degree or continue to be somewhat bumpy as some of the strength we observed in 2011, with GDP later to be followed by weakness? I can't answer that but what I can answer is that governments can't keep spending like it's 1999. Now, comments made before his first cabinet meeting for 2014, President Obama said the following,...
  • 'How can we redistribute if there's no wealth?'

    01/16/2014 6:56:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/16/2014 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Maybe France's President François Hollande's publicly revealed, private personal indiscretions (ok, maybe in France they're not considered indiscretions but standard operating domestic procedures) also prompted him to publicly question the standard operating procedures of France's socialist economy.  With French unemployment officially at over 10.5%, unofficially probably higher, Hollande put on his clothes, slunk out of his latest female friend's apartment and stood before the national enquiring minds of not only the French press but the international media as well, plaintively asking: "How can we run a country if entrepreneurs don't hire?" he said. "And how can we redistribute if there's...
  • Pope attacks mega-salaries and wealth gap in peace message

    12/12/2013 7:11:26 AM PST · by what's up · 206 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | By Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis said in the first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.He attacked the "widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs", calling on governments to implement "effective policies" to guarantee people's fundamental rights, including access to capital, services, educational resources, healthcare and technology.
  • Obama's Stimulus Money-Laundering Scam

    01/15/2014 2:04:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies ^ | 1/15/14 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Newport Beach in California. Steve, I'm glad you called, sir. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Rush, good to be here, love listening to your show, and again your comments this morning regarding the unions and the -- RUSH: Money laundering. CALLER: Exactly. That's the term I was looking for, the money laundering. It's exactly what's going on out here in California with the bullet train. The politicians in California, all the Democrats have given all of the public employee unions their payback, but they've got a problem. All of the private sector...
  • MIT Climate Change Expert: Global Warming “Just a Dream Come True for Politicians”

    01/15/2014 10:40:14 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 9 replies ^ | January 15, 2014 | James Daniels
    ~SNIP~...It seems this man, Richard Lindzen, actually lives in Massachusetts. Apparently, he’s a professor at MIT, which has the best Earth Sciences program in the United States. And he is a leading international climate change expert. That’s something to think about, liberals, as you’re stuck in the ice on your climate change crusade!
  • Obama targets poverty in San Antonio, Philadelphia and other U.S. 'zones'

    01/09/2014 8:49:47 AM PST · by Excellence · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | January 9, 2014 | Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama is set to speak on Thursday about how he will target job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the poorest U.S. communities, part of his pledge to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America. Obama signaled last month that he plans a new focus this year on income inequality, which he called "the defining challenge of our time", pushing to raise the minimum wage and find new ways to help poor children break out of the cycle of poverty. As part of this effort, Obama will create "promise zones" in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los...
  • More questions for redistributionists

    01/08/2014 6:00:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 7, 2014 | Donald J. Boudrequx
    President Obama considers income inequality a “defining challenge of our time.” Continuing from my previous column ( “Questions for redistribution's proponents” ), I have some additional questions for Mr. Obama and others who want government to redistribute more income from “the rich” to “the poor.” • When you describe growing income inequality in the United States, you typically look only at the incomes of the rich before they pay taxes and at the incomes of the poor before they receive noncash transfers from government such as food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. You also ignore noncash transfers that the poor receive...
  • Judy Woodruff Wonders if ‘Compelling’ Inequality Issue Will Overtake Obamacare in 2014

    01/05/2014 7:44:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies ^ | January 5th, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    A panel of politicians and commentators on NBC’s Meet the Press sized up the political issues that will dominate 2014 heading into the midterm elections on Sunday. The panel largely agreed that the Affordable Care Act is the most pressing issue of the day today, but they were not sure if that dynamic would still be in place by November. PBS anchor Judy Woodruff said that the issue of “inequality” is compelling and could speak to more Americans’ lives than the ACA’s implementation woes. NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd began the segment by observing that the Democrats...
  • Americans Spent $7.45B in 3 Years Helping Other Countries Deal With ‘Climate Change’

    01/03/2014 10:31:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 - 5:16 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012, according to a federal government report submitted to the United Nations on a subject that Secretary of State John Kerry described as “a truly life-and-death challenge.”That sum of $7.45 billion, which reached more than 120 countries through bilateral and multilateral channels, met President Obama’s “commitment to provide our fair share” of a collective pledge by developed nations to provide a total of nearly $30 billion in “fast start finance” (FSF), the report stated.
  • It won't be long before the victims of climate change (hoax) make the west pay

    12/29/2013 4:11:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/29/13 | Chris Huhne
    Would you enjoy the cosiness and warmth of Christmas with your children or grandchildren just that little bit less if you knew that other people's children were dying because of it? More than four million children under five years old are now at risk of acute malnutrition in the Sahel, an area of the world that is one of the clearest victims of the rich world's addiction to fossil fuels. About 18 million people in the Sahel – the vulnerable pan-African strip of land that runs from Senegal to Sudan along the southern edge of the Sahara – faced famine...
  • Tourists robbed at gunpoint in Central Park

    12/28/2013 2:28:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/28/13 | Natasha Velez
    A tourist from Pittsburgh and his Brooklyn pal were robbed at gunpoint, at 12:30 am today in Central Park, cops said. The victims were on West 64 St. near West Dr. when they were approached by two men. “Don’t move, don’t make noise or I’ll kill you,” one of the suspects said as he pulled out a gun, cops said. “What you got? Don’t move, give me your money,” a second suspect asked.
  • Digging Up the Past (Polanyi redistribution paradigm disproven)

    12/27/2013 11:19:30 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 10 replies
    Life Sciences Magazine ^ | Fall/Winter 2013 | Dr. Richard Terry
    What started out as a convenient collaboration between Dr. Richard Terry, professor of soil science at BYU, and a group of BYU archaeologists, soon became a groundbreaking discovery. Trough the combined efforts of Dr. Terry, Dr. Bruce Dahlin from Howard University, their students, and archaeologists from around the world, they were able to disprove the long-held belief that the Maya depended on the elite class to tax and redistribute their food and other goods. After receiving a collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation, Terry and his students met up with Bruce Dahlin and his students at the huge...
  • ObamaCare’s New Year’s Day Surprise: Deep Cuts to Medicare

    12/22/2013 5:53:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    AMAC ^ | 12/18/2013 | Andrew Mangione
    As if ObamaCare’s botched website, coverage cancellations, and higher costs were not bad enough, the Obama Administration has quietly dealt yet another blow – this time striking millions of the nation’s most vulnerable seniors. Specifically, the Obama Administration has decided to deeply cut funding for the Medicare program’s home health benefit as a way to help pay for ObamaCare. The Administration made this announcement very quietly, waiting to do so until the very end of the last Friday before Thanksgiving, perhaps thinking that most people would not be looking. To be sure, the timing of the Administration’s quiet announcement did...
  • Short Hills mall carjacking suspect was a "hustler," but not a violent person, says former neighbor

    12/21/2013 2:06:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 12/21/13 | Seth Augenstein
    Hanif Thompson, one of the four men charged today in last Sunday's fatal carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills, loved to drive cars and sold drugs, but was not a violent person, a former neighbor said this morning. Tiwana Myers, who said she used to live next door to Thompson on Hobson Street, said she remains convinced the 29-year-old Thompson was caught up in the deadly carjacking by accident. He was never violent, she said. "He was a hustler — but I can't believe he was a carjacker," Myers said. "He wasn't a bad guy. He sold drugs to...
  • Short Hills mall carjacking suspects had criminal records ranging from bank robbery to burglary

    12/21/2013 2:08:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 12/21/13 | Ted Sherman
    When Basim Henry robbed a Union Township bank in November 2003, it was not hard to connect him to the crime. He had driven his white Pontiac to the bank on Morris Avenue, authorities said, and left it parked illegally on an adjacent side street with the keys in the ignition. At least three of the four men charged this morning in the fatal carjacking of a Hoboken lawyer at a The Mall at Short Hills last Sunday evening have been arrested before, according to state and federal records, for crimes ranging from burglary to bank robbery.
  • 4 Suspects Captured In Deadly Short Hills Mall Shooting

    12/21/2013 6:55:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    CBS NY ^ | 12/21/13 | CBS NY
    CBS 2 Was On The Scene As One Suspect Was Taken Into Custody Police captured four suspects overnight in the shooting that killed a Hoboken attorney at the Short Hills Mall last weekend. At a news conference Saturday morning, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington; Karif Ford, 31, of Newark; Basim Henry, 32, of Newark; and Kevin Roberts, 33, of Newark, had all been charged in the Sunday attack. They were all charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, possession of a weapon, carjacking Bail was set at $2 million for each man.
  • Harry Reid: ‘No Greater Challenge…Than Income Inequality’

    12/20/2013 8:01:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2013 - 6:02 AM | Susan Jones
    “Even as the economy creates jobs, too many Americans find themselves on the sidelines watching as the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class are getting squeezed and squeezed,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Thursday. “There is no greater challenge this country has than income inequality. And we must do something about it,” he told a news conference on Capitol Hill. His solution is to keep giving taxpayer money to people who are out of work: “There are lots of things that should be done, but the first thing is to make sure...
  • Police hope forensics will lead to Short Hills mall shooting suspects, reward grows to $41K

    12/18/2013 5:11:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 12/18/13 | Donna Gialanella
    The search for two men who shot and killed a Hoboken lawyer during a carjacking outside the Mall at Short Hills on Sunday night intensified yesterday as investigators awaited results of forensics tests that could help identify the assailants and as the reward for information that could lead to an arrest continued to grow. -snip- The results of those tests could be critical, the sources said, because witnesses have offered scant details about the assailants. Police do not know the approximate height or weight of either man and were given no physical description of the suspects, according to the sources,...
  • State can seize your assets to pay for care after you’re forced into Medicaid by Obamacare

    12/16/2013 9:55:56 PM PST · by chessplayer · 54 replies
    My, this is an unpleasant consequence of Obamacare.
  • Lawyer killed in mall carjacking was protecting wife (No perp description after 3 days...)

    12/17/2013 5:36:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/16/13 | Jamie Schram, Jeane MacIntosh and Larry Celona
    A young Hoboken man out holiday shopping with his wife at a high-end New Jersey mall was executed by two carjackers as he tried to protect his terrified spouse, authorities said Monday. Dustin Friedland, 30, and Jamie Schare Friedland, 27, both lawyers, had their arms full of packages and were headed back to their 2012 Range Rover in the parking garage near Nordstrom at The Mall at Short Hills when they were accosted at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, cops said. The couple was toting so many bags, they looked as if “they were trying to get all their Christmas shopping...
  • Vehicle found after man fatally shot in New Jersey mall carjacking (No perp description...)

    12/16/2013 8:44:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 155 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/13 | Fox News
    A Range Rover stolen after a man was shot and killed in front of his wife Sunday evening during a carjacking at New Jersey mall has been found, police say. The vehicle was found in Newark, its police department confirmed to Fox News, a city approximately 10 miles away from the scene of the shooting. Authorities are still looking for two suspects who confronted the couple in the parking garage of the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn Sunday evening.
  • CBO: The rich pay OVER 100 percent of taxes [income taxes]

    12/12/2013 1:51:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/11/2013 | Breanna Deutsch
    The rich are paying even more in taxes than you think.According to a Congressional Budget Office report this week, America’s top 40 percent of earners pay 106 percent of the taxes and the bottom 40 percent pay negative 9 percent, reports CNBC.How can one group pay more than 100 percent and another group pay less than zero? The formula that the CBO uses offsets taxes that are paid with refundable tax credits. These include money the government transfers back to the taxpayer for food stamps and social programs.Some low-income Americans received very generous subsidies. The report shows that Americans who...
  • How Much Wealth Redistribution Is Enough?

    12/11/2013 7:37:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/11/2013
    Income Gap: As President Obama laments America's growing income inequality, a new government report shows the futility of his calls for ever-more wealth redistribution. To deflect attention from ObamaCare's failures, the president this month trotted out his income inequality chestnut. "A dangerous and growing inequality," he intoned, "has jeopardized middle-class America's basic bargain." He argued, "as a trickle-down ideology became more prominent, taxes were slashed for the wealthiest, while investments in things that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither." Apparently, nobody bothered to brief the president before he delivered this speech. Fact is, federal...
  • CBO:Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%, Got Avg of $18K in 'Transfers'

    12/09/2013 2:13:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    CNS ^ | 12/9/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office. At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.