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  • Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

    10/13/2014 2:56:08 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/11/2014 | Jackie Tortora
    As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. See updates from Ferguson October (Oct. 10–13) by following the hashtag on Twitter: #FergusonOctoberIn the meantime, check out AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's speech on confronting racism. 
  • The Tragedy of the Regime's Social Engineering

    07/10/2014 5:57:34 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/10/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    It is so sad to watch Latin American children used as human props for political gain by our government, intent on forcing America into a third world status and more diversification.
  • City plans to attack economic segregation by moving poor into middle-class neighborhoods...

    05/22/2014 7:04:13 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 124 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/21/2014 | ERIN DURKIN
    The City plans to attack economic segregation in its affordable housing plan — placing the poor in middle-class neighborhoods and the more affluent in high-poverty spots. Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been said the plan to build 80,000 new affordable apartments and preserve 120,000 units would create a more diverse city. “We really have to make economic diversity a cornerstone of that plan,” she said at a City Council budget hearing Wednesday. “That means that in some neighborhoods that have mostly middle or upper-income housing, that we would need to put affordable housing at the very lowest income,” she...
  • Navy losing sailors and SEALs over emphasis on social issues

    04/28/2014 7:10:58 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 59 replies
    www.allenbwest.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Allen West
    Hate to say “I told you so” but President Obama’s disinterest in enhancing our combat capability in favor of social egalitarianism and a warped sense of social justice is indeed having an impact on war readiness. According to the Washington Times, “A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.”
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line (no successful military in history has put women in combat)

    04/22/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 93 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael R. Shannon
    Instead woman already in the military ... will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight. Right now only a handful of the 203,000 women currently in the military can pass the physical for combat infantry or Marines. When faced with the reality that women can’t pass the test, Congress and Pentagon paper–pushers will change the test until they can pass. Unfortunately, when you lower standards by definition you get...
  • WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children'

    04/19/2014 3:02:08 AM PDT · by opentalk · 33 replies
    CNSnews ^ | April 17, 2014
    In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”“President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” said Monaco, in a transcription posted by the White House.
  • Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe You a Bike

    04/11/2014 2:29:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | April 9, 2014 | Alison Griswold
    The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that’s whimsically known as “Prescribe-a-Bike.” Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write “prescriptions” for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city’s bike-share system, for only $5. These are not prescriptions in the legal sense. Rather, they are a kind of physician’s letter, says Alan Meyers, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. “A clinician working with a patient or family could generate this form and then a hospital parking office which is right on the campus could enroll the...
  • Obama launches 'climate hubs' to help farmers, communities

    02/05/2014 1:59:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Obama administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change on Wednesday. The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. "On the heels of passage of the farm bill, the administration will take executive action to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather and other damage it causes," a White House official said in an email ahead of Wednesday's announcement. Dubbed "climate hubs," the new centers will address issues like increasing risks...
  • Social Engineering by Private Sector Liberals

    08/19/2013 8:17:56 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 2 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 8/19/2013 | Scott Walter
    If social science, as employed by America’s largest foundations over the last century, were so wonderfully productive of human flourishing, why don’t Kramer and Brest toss out numerous instances of its successes with such non-bacterial human problems as unwed motherhood, the declining work force participation of men, or “income inequality”? Why haven’t foundations conquered those challenges as straightforwardly as cholera and hookworm? Could it be because human beings differ in kind from bacteria and parasitic nematodes?
  • (Creepy Looking Alien Face Hugger) Algae Suit Generates Food to Feed Your Constant Hunger

    08/15/2013 8:00:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    DVICE ^ | Monday, August 12, 2013 | Colin Druce-McFadden
    Algae suit generates food to feed your constant hunger When we think of futuristic fashion, our minds often lean toward the minimalist designs of Star Trek or Tron. But maybe what we wear in the future will have more to do with what we eat than what we want to look like. That's the premise behind the algaculture symbiosis suit designed by Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta. The symbiosis suit is designed to make food for you as you go about your daily routine. A number of tubes, placed in front of your mouth, harness the CO2 you breathe and...
  • HUD Proposes Plan to Racially, Economically Integrate Neighborhoods

    08/10/2013 5:12:24 PM PDT · by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT · 100 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | August 9, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock
    Move would allow Obama administration to institute policies that would better integrate communities The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new plan to change U.S. neighborhoods it says are racially imbalanced or are too tilted toward rich or poor, arguing the country's housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for. The proposed federal rule, called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," is currently under a 60-day public comment period. Though details of how the policy would specifically work are unclear, the rule says HUD would provide states, local governments...
  • Obama Administration Using HUD To Push For More Diverse Neighborhoods

    08/08/2013 4:51:42 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 33 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/08/13 | LD Jackson
    It seems our government will never learn their lesson. For decades, we have seen the political leaders and bureaucrats in Washington push for fair housing practices. They used the Community Reinvestment Act to do this and with each liberal President we elected, the push was intensified. Thus, we saw the housing market plunge off a cliff because so many people who couldn't afford a mortgage received one, nonetheless. Some bankers were afraid to refuse loans because of threats by groups such as ACORN. This push was the beginning of the trend that helped steer our economy into the worst recession...
  • On Henry Ford's 150th Birthday, a Look Inside His Failed Utopia

    07/30/2013 12:57:46 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 47 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 7/30/13
    The murky legacy of Henry Ford—who would’ve been 150 today—centers around a few familiar ideas like the assembly line and the $5 workday. Less familiar is Ford’s biggest failure: Fordlandia, a city in the rainforest that was abandoned as quickly as it was built. Ford was a farm boy who went on to establish 20th century consumerism as we know it, but he had plenty of missteps, too, ranging from his virulent anti-semitism to his attempts to engineer whole communities around his ideas about labor practices—including the one he built on the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. So, whence Fordlandia?...
  • Why won't the media cover Huma Abedin's ties to the global jihad movement?

    07/26/2013 7:42:46 AM PDT · by yoe · 55 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 26, 2013 | Diana West
    Why won't the media cover Huma Abedin's ties to the global jihad movement? … perpetuating what is, in fact, the great Huma Abedin cover-up [snip] Everyone knows (too much) about the exposure part: Anthony Weiner, candidate for mayor of New York City, turns out to be a recidivist pervert. The fatuous conversation that has followed this "news" has turned on the decision of Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, to step forward to try to salvage her husband's bid for public office. The Wall Street Journal's response to Abedin's decision was typical: "Watching the elegant Huma Abedin stand next to her man...
  • HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.

    07/22/2013 9:59:36 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/22/2013
    To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation." “This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they...
  • Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate

    07/17/2013 8:16:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/16/13 | Patrick Howley
    African Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African Americans. Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population. The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites. Nonetheless, prominent African Americans including Holder and “Ebony and Ivory” singer Stevie Wonder, who...
  • PHOTOS: Sweden 1967 ... Traffic Flow Switched From Left Side Driving To Right Side Driving

    06/06/2013 7:22:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 3rd September 1967 | Retronaut
    3rd September 1967: Traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right “Dagen H (H day) was the day on which traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right. The change was widely unpopular, The campaign included displaying the Dagen H logo on various commemorative items, including milk cartons, men’s shorts and women’s underwear. Swedish television held a contest for songs about the change; the winning entry was Hĺll dig till höger, Svensson (‘Keep to the right, Svensson’) by Rock-Boris.”
  • Military brass marching to Obama’s beat [Benedict Arnold(s)?]

    03/01/2013 8:15:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military leadership is proving to be a solid ally of President Obama in political Washington, adopting his social revolution and willing to serve as backdrops to the White House's campaign-style drive to win the budget battle with Republicans. The armed forces have launched an unrelenting lobbying effort on Capitol Hill with a flood of briefing charts to defense staffers. They show the damage that automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" would do to the troops -- and to jobs in congressional districts. The charts coincide with the White House push to blame congressional Republicans for the spending cuts, which begin...
  • Panetta Extends Some Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

    02/11/2013 11:10:03 AM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    KPBS ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Beth Ford Ross
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members. Panetta's statement reads as follows: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense. “At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we...
  • China reconsidering one-child policy? (The perils of social engineering)

    01/21/2013 6:42:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/21/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Oh, the perils of social engineering in a world ruled by the Law of Unintended Consequences! American mush-heads like Tom Friedman of the New York Times may openly pine for an American government that could act as swiftly and arbitrarily as China's (to build high speed rail, shiny new airports, all the result of far-sighted leaders providing the people what they need, unencumbered by property or democratic rights), but the folly of such power is demonstrated by the sorry reality facing China as the result of its heavy-handed meddling in human reproduction. The Wall Street Journal (link may expire) reports...
  • Social engineering is working in California gas market

    10/08/2012 6:56:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/08/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the great priorities of the left is to get Americans out of their cars and onto public transportation. When the masses no longer have access to cars, it clears the streets for the limos of the nomenklatura, just as it did in the old USSR, and still does in North Korea. The best way to accomplish this goal is to push up gasoline prices. Energy Secretary Steven Chu famously hoped that energy prices would double, and President Obama also admitted to wanting energy prices to rise, just not too quickly, lest the frog catch on the water is...
  • Sacramento grapples with more drivers parking free with disabled placards

    08/08/2012 5:00:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 8, 2012 | Tony Bizjak
    Anyone searching for a parking space in downtown Sacramento on a weekday might conclude that a big percentage of this city's residents is disabled. Bright blue and red placards hang in half of the windshields on some blocks, allowing those cars to park free all day at any meter, regardless of how much time the meter allows or how congested the area is. As placard numbers grow across the state, frustrated officials from Sacramento to Los Angeles say too many users are in fact able-bodied people abusing the system. It's time to put a stop to it, they say. Vehicles...
  • Obama Imposes Race-Based School Discipline

    07/30/2012 7:41:52 AM PDT · by massmike · 36 replies
    http://moonbattery.com ^ | 07/30/2012 | Dave Blount
    Under our supposedly postracial president, everything is all about race — including school discipline, which Obama has decreed will be meted out according to skin color: "...Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior...." The obvious point is to reward a privileged group that is more likely to behave disruptively. One of the many ham-fisted executive orders through which Obama rules specifically states that “African Americans … disproportionately experience school discipline.” Therefore, they are to be...
  • Paul Ryan's 'Groundhog Day'

    03/29/2012 7:34:35 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/28/12 | John E. Sununu
    Like Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day," Rep. Paul Ryan appears condemned to repeat the same experiences over and over again. When Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, unveiled his House budget proposal this month, you could almost hear strains of "I Got You Babe" - the song that awakens Murray day after day after day. And like the good people of Punxsutawney, Pa., the masses on Capitol Hill seem oblivious to his plight as he patiently treads the same ground one more time. Budget resolutions are required by law, though the Senate hasn't passed one in years. Big and unwieldy, they...
  • Newt OK with gay marriage referenda

    02/25/2012 5:51:04 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 96 replies · 3+ views
    politico.com ^ | 2/24/12 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    With same-sex marriage laws passing in Maryland and Washington state and New Jersey headed for a fall referendum on the issue, Newt Gingrich said at the Washington state capitol this morning that he's basically comfortable with states enacting gay marriage laws by popular vote. Ginger Gibson sends in the key quote: I think at least they're doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will. I don't agree with it, I would vote no if it were on a referendum where I...
  • Does Ryan Now Agree with Gingrich? [And now, here's the rest of the story]

    02/18/2012 1:10:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2012 | Kevin Tharp
    There is a perception lingering about NewtGingrich that he was a critic of PaulRyan's budget plan and therefore a critic of conservative fiscal policy in the House of Representatives. Is that conclusion true? Or is it an oversimplification? Like many misconceptions floating around during a heated political season, it is not true. Let's examine the facts. On April 5, 2011, Representative PaulRyan, the HouseBudgetCommittee chairman, introduced the Republican budget for 2012. Included in that budget was a premium support model for Medicare. This budget was based on a similar plan previously laid out by Ryan called TheRoadmapforAmerica'sFuture. That document had...
  • CPAC Wraps Up: Sarah Palin, Grover Norquist Among Final Speakers [C-SPAN LIVE]

    02/11/2012 11:48:15 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 49 replies
    C-Span ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2012 | C-Span
    C-SPAN continues its LIVE coverage of the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday in Washington. The last of the 3-day conference wraps up today with speeches by Grover Norquist and Sarah Palin. Also speaking today, Chairman of National Republican Senatorial Committee Sen. John Cornyn. On Friday, the three top GOP candidates for the Republican nomination -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum -- addressed the conference. Rep. Ron Paul was invited to speak this year but instead stayed on the campaign trail. More than 10,000 conservatives are in...
  • The GOP's Working Class Muddle (Santorum, Romney and class-warfare)

    02/02/2012 1:50:41 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 13 replies
    WSJ (opinion, editorial) ^ | January 6, 2012 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    < snip > ..... If Republicans have an opening this year, it is with the white working class, a crowd the Democratic Party has been hemorrhaging for decades. Barack Obama did better than John Kerry or Al Gore with these voters, though even he earned just 43% of their vote. ..... < snip > ..... The white working class will make up as much as 55% of the vote in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. ..... < snip > ..... And so at the heart of the Santorum agenda are policies designed to give special handouts to the working class,...
  • The Difference between Planning and Social Engineering

    01/21/2012 2:03:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/21/2012 | Henry Lamb
    SNIP SNIP Local government planning should, first of all, protect the private property rights of its citizens. The legitimate function of local planning is to facilitate the safe and coordinated exercise of the free market in real estate and commerce. Social engineering, on the other hand, is the result of professional planners creating a vision of what they think a community should be in the future. What the landowners may want is not a factor in the design. What the planners think the broader community will want, such as open space and protected wildlife areas, outweighs private property rights or...
  • BBC drops Frozen Planet's climate change episode to sell show better abroad

    11/15/2011 4:48:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | November 15, 2011 | Andy Bloxham
    British viewers will see seven episodes, the last of which deals with global warming and the threat to the natural world posed by man. However, viewers in other countries, including the United States, will only see six episodes. The environmental programme has been relegated by the BBC to an “optional extra” alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary which foreign networks can ignore. Campaigners said the decision not to incorporate the episode on global warming as part of the main package was “unhelpful”. They added that it would allow those countries which are sceptical of climate change to “censor” the issue. ....It was...
  • Death highlights women's role in Special Ops teams

    10/25/2011 4:42:01 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2011 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Army 1st Lt. Ashley White died on the front lines in southern Afghanistan last weekend, the first casualty in what the Army says is a new and vital wartime attempt to gain the trust of Afghan women. White, like other female soldiers working with special operations teams, was brought in to do things that would be awkward or impossible for her male teammates. Frisking burqa-clad women, for example. Her death, in a bomb explosion in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar, underscores the risks of placing women with elite U.S. special operations teams working in remote villages.
  • Nathan Glazer’s Warning: Social policy often does more harm than good, says one of the last of...

    10/04/2011 10:28:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2011 | Howard Husock
    Social policy often does more harm than good, says one of the last of the original neocons.The Obama administration is entering a field not cultivated on a major scale since the 1960s: social policy. Unlike safety-net entitlements, such as health insurance and cash welfare, social policy—or social engineering, to use the more critical term—uses government action to try to change and improve people and their neighborhoods. For instance, the Obama administration’s Promise Neighborhoods are supposed to replicate, in 21 cities, what the Harlem Children’s Zone has done in Manhattan—to “create plans to provide cradle-to-career services that improve the educational achievement...
  • Successful Palestine Statehood Vote Looms-How President Obama set a train wreck in motion

    09/15/2011 5:06:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sep 15th, 2011 | Joseph Klein
    The New York Times ran a banner front page headline on September 14, 2011 titled “U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.” The Times headline should have read, “The Obama Administration Scrambles to Avoid Its Own Self-Fulfilling Prophesy.” Next week, the United Nations General Assembly will almost certainly approve an upgrade of the status of the Palestinian Authority from nonvoting “observer entity” to “observer state,” placing it on par with the Holy See. This will happen whether or not the Palestinians try for full UN member state status, which would first require approval by the Security Council. President Obama...
  • "Don't be a Sucker" (1947 Video)

    09/07/2011 4:36:00 PM PDT · by Danae · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | After WW2 | U.S. Military
    This video deconstructs the social engineering done by the NAZI's in their PR campaign in Germany and the sourrounding nations before and during WWII. The same tactics are being used today, primarily by liberals. Folks, we need to know how to recognize these insideous and disgusting tactics, and call on the carpet those who use them. Spread the word, help educate others about these tactics and how they are being used today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23X14HS4gLk&feature=player_embedded#!
  • Delingpole: Sun Causes Climate Change Shock

    08/27/2011 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 27, 2011 | James Delingpole
    If Michael Crichton had lived to write a follow-up to State of Fear, the plotline might well have gone like this: at a top secret, state of the art laboratory in Switzerland, scientists finally discover the true cause of “global warming”. It’s the sun, stupid. More specifically – as the Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark has long postulated – it’s the result of cosmic rays which act as a seed for cloud formation. The scientists working on the project are naturally euphoric: this is a major breakthrough which will not only overturn decades of misguided conjecture on so-called Man Made Global...
  • HOW POOR ARE WE, REALLY?

    07/20/2011 6:32:21 AM PDT · by shortstop · 55 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 07/19/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    Poverty rose significantly in America last year. That’s what the government says. Common sense, however, says something different. Common sense says that, compared to the standard of history and the rest of the world, there is no poverty in America. Don’t shoot me yet. I’m not saying people don’t have it hard. I’m not saying people don’t have financial catastrophes. I’m not saying there isn’t an economic underclass. I’m not saying people don’t go to bed wondering where they’re going to find the money they need. I know about financial hard times. And I know about doing without. But I...
  • GM CEO calls for $1 gas tax hike

    06/07/2011 12:24:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 138 replies
    CNN ^ | June 7 2011 | By Chris Isidore
    General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said his company and his industry would be helped, not hurt, if consumers paid higher gas taxes. In an interview published in Tuesday's Detroit News, Akerson floated the idea of a $1 a gallon increase in the gas tax as a way to encourage buyers to purchase smaller, more fuel efficient cars. Greg Martin, spokesman for GM's Washington office, confirmed that the quotes reflect Akerson's and GM's view. Akerson said he would support a jump in the gas tax if it came instead of tighter fuel economy regulations that GM (GM, Fortune 500) and other...
  • [CA assemblyman] urges upgrading outdated state history, social studies curriculum

    05/20/2011 3:36:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 20, 2011 | Jim Sanders
    California students are not required to know about the World Trade Center attacks. Or President Barack Obama's election as the nation's first African American president. Or the fight over gay marriage, or fallout over foreclosures, or Gov. Gray Davis' recall, or the 2001 energy crisis. California's academic content standards for history and social studies have not been revised since their adoption in 1998 – but there's a push by lawmakers to change that. Assemblyman Mike Feuer has crafted legislation aimed at updating the aging standards, developed before the war on terror, iPhones or the state's energy crisis. "You can't have...
  • Was Newt for the Ryan plan before he was against it? (Gingrich does a John Kerry)

    05/16/2011 7:03:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/16/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Newt Gingrich had plenty of people on the Right scratching their heads after his attack on Paul Ryan’s budget plan as conservative “social engineering,” but Republicans weren’t the only ones mystified. The attack also puzzled Jay Newton-Small at Time. Two weeks ago, Gingrich told her that he would have voted for the plan offered by the “brave” Republican Representative: The former speaker sang Ryan’s praises for being a “brave” “man of ideas,” like Gingrich himself.“But would you have voted for Ryan’s plan?” I pressed.“Sure,” Gingrich replied.“Do you think it would actually save the health care system?”“No, I think it’s the...
  • The Birth of a Word

    04/07/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Bluebird Singing · 10 replies
    ted.com ^ | March 10, 2011 | TED.com
    MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.
  • Sex Education or Promoting Sex?

    03/27/2011 7:08:09 AM PDT · by Raquel · 9 replies
    Political Blog ^ | March 27, 2011 | Jeanine Vecchiarelli
    Recently a former Ramapo High School teacher ran afoul of the law by giving a sexually explicit book to a high school girl. The ex-teacher was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, among other things. Meanwhile, Clarkstown high school students are reading a book that contains all kinds of sexually explicit episodes, including graphic depictions of heterosexual and homosexual encounters, forced oral sex, masturbation, and bestiality. But there is no outcry from the masses in Clarkstown, because this book (which I will not name, to deny it undeserved publicity) is part of the high school English...
  • Palin rips Obama energy policy as 'social engineering'

    03/19/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/19/2011 | Jordan Fabian
    During her first foreign trip in 2011, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) slammed President Obama's green energy policy as a "social engineering" project that hurts the U.S. economy. Palin -- a potential 2012 presidential candidate -- said that she favors an "all of the above" energy plan that includes domestic oil drilling and nuclear power. Without mentioning it by name, she criticized the Obama administration for restricting domestic drilling and said that his green jobs agenda is fatally flawed. This push for green energy at the expense of conventional, reliable sources is not a credible energy policy," Palin said...
  • Profile Muslims or Pat Down the Masses?

    11/18/2010 3:11:11 AM PST · by Scanian · 50 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 18, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    With all the bad press the TSA has received recently, we can't be sure if the acronym stands for Transportation Security Administration, Touches Sensitive Areas, or Truly Scandalous Attention. But, for sure, its pat-downs and sci-fi radiation screeners give many of us another good reason to avoid the increasingly unfriendly skies. Yet while the TSA right now has supplanted the IRS as the bureaucracy we most love to hate, its policies are merely part of a longstanding cultural trend: the failure to recognize that the good of the many outweighs the good of the few. It's the same reason why...
  • The Livable Communities Act

    08/11/2010 2:57:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2010 | Ed Braddy
    Is the American Dream getting smaller? Are we defining down the tools of opportunity and the pleasures of prosperity? President Obama's flippant dismissal of American Exceptionalism last year stirred a lot of criticism because it suggested he did not believe the United States held a special place in the world. It also suggested America's unique history is, to the President, no big deal. Now with fellow travelers exercising power at all levels of government, progressives can do more than just belittle the idea of American Exceptionalism. They can enact policies to make America unexceptional -- diminishing our quality of life...
  • Poison Pill: The New Senate Energy Bill

    08/02/2010 2:38:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 5+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 02, 2010 | Brian Sussman
    The latest Senate energy bill, quietly unveiled last week, looks like sweet compromise on radical measures like cap and trade, but buried within is a bitter poison pill that will could be swallowed in a vote that may come this week. Unlike the 1,200-page House of Representatives energy bill, which passed last year, this scaled-down proposal does not call for an 83-percent reduction in greenhouse gases (or any reduction in greenhouse gases) and contains no mention of a cap-and-trade scheme. Also contrary to the House bill, this one does not provide a family of four earning up to $55,000 with...
  • UK: [Equality Minister] Harriet Harman threatens official action to get more women into boardrooms

    03/07/2010 8:23:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 131+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2010 | Martin Beckford
    Attempt to end the “old boy network” Equality Minister wants businesses to be ordered to disclose what they are doing to improve gender equality in the ranks of senior management. Her move, which is backed by Gordon Brown, comes on top of provisions in the controversial Equality Bill that allow employers to give jobs to women in favour of men with the same qualifications. However, it is likely to be resisted by business leaders who resent more Government interference in their recruitment practices, and who argue that women are under-represented among executives because they value their families more than their...
  • New York City Plans to Topple Public Housing Towers

    02/05/2010 11:14:09 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 28 replies · 888+ views
    Philadelphia tore down 21. Chicago leveled 79. Baltimore took down 21 as well, and when six of them came down in one day in 1995, it threw a parade. Since the 1990s, public housing high-rise buildings have come tumbling down by the dozens across the country as cities replaced them with smaller suburban-style homes that did not carry the stigma of looming urban despair and poverty.
  • Revolt in Westchester

    11/05/2009 7:10:53 AM PST · by Uncledave · 34 replies · 1,072+ views
    City Journal ^ | 11/5/2009 | Walter Olson
    Revolt in Westchester After a coercive housing settlement, angry voters toss out their county executive. 4 November 2009 Other issues, especially taxes, no doubt ranked high in the minds of Westchester County voters, who last night in a stunning upset threw out incumbent county executive Andy Spano in favor of Republican challenger Rob Astorino by an impressive 58–42 margin. But it didn’t help that county residents felt strong-armed by the federal government and private litigants into a controversial lawsuit settlement on low-income housing that cuts deeply into the county’s tradition of suburban home rule on development issues—or that Spano reacted...
  • The Hate Industry

    10/26/2009 4:56:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 848+ views
    takimag ^ | 23 October, 2009 | Elizabeth Wright
    The term “social engineering” never fit an entity better than it does the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This intrusive, tenacious organization has spent years attempting to recast and transform American society to fit its own peculiar ideals. Its directors are missionaries in the full sense of the word, in that they relentlessly work to stamp onto the hearts and minds of the public a distinctive belief system, which teaches what is evil and what is not. This month, the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) has published an excellent analysis of the SPLC’s attack on FAIR and other immigration reform...
  • JCF Chief: It's Time Women Served On Subs

    09/24/2009 4:37:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 65 replies · 2,141+ views
    Military.com ^ | 09/24/2009 | Tom Philpott
    Women should be allowed to serve aboard America's fleet of nuclear submarines, the nation's top military officer, Adm. Michael Mullen, quietly has told the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the Navy agrees to it, this would be a huge policy change and potentially a significant expansion of career opportunities for female officers and sailors. Women have been barred by Navy policy from submarines, even as the sea service began 15 years ago to integrate females into other seagoing combat roles including aboard surface warships and in fighter jets. Mullen, former chief of naval operations and a career surface warfare officer,...