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  • Child Services to Mom Who Did Nothing Wrong: 'Just Don't Let Your Kids Play Outside'

    09/22/2014 10:58:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 15, 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    Children's book author Kari Anne Roy was recently visited by the Austin police and Child Protective Services for allowing her son Isaac, age 6, to do the unthinkable: Play outside, up her street, unsupervised. He'd been out there for about 10 minutes when Roy's doorbell rang. She opened it to find her son —and a woman she didn't know. As Roy wrote on her blog HaikuMama last week, the mystery woman asked: "Is this your son?" I nodded, still trying to figure out what was happening. "He said this was his house. I brought him home." She was wearing dark...
  • Cruz: Hagel, Dempsey more ‘social workers’ than military leaders

    09/17/2014 9:33:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused top U.S. military officials of behaving like “social workers” in Iraq and Syria rather than showing military strength. In an interview Tuesday night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Mr. Cruz said he was disappointed by responses from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey after he questioned them at a Senate hearing on the administration’s plan to defeat the Islamic State. “Frankly, their answers were far more those you would expect of a social worker, than of military leaders,” Mr. Cruz said. The Republican senator, who is considering a...
  • Social Workers Snatch Sick Kids

    08/14/2014 5:15:25 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 15 replies
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | 8/14/14 | Michael Farris
    Lane Funkhouser, his wife Susan, and their two children (whom we will call James and Kat) were all very sick. They went to their family doctor, who was unable to diagnose the problem. Because the children were not getting better, their attendance at public school became an issue. So Lane and Susan decided that they would homeschool James and Kat while they searched for a diagnosis and treatment. School officials filed truancy charges against the family, which were quickly dismissed. But, as a result of these charges, the family became embroiled with a social worker named Michael Austin, an investigator...
  • Sorry Virginia, But Employers Aren't Social Workers

    03/25/2013 6:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/25/2013 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    It is now almost four years since the end of the recession, yet unemployment is still at almost eight percent and would be much higher if so many people had not given up completely which means that they don't count as unemployed anymore. This is actually the third recovery in a row during which job growth has been more tepid than the historical norm. Further, employment has recovered more weakly each time: this is the worst jobs recovery, the recovery following the 2001 recession is next, and the recovery following the 1991 recession is the best (or least worst) of...
  • OBAMA TO TRANSFORM U.S. MILITARY INTO SOCIAL WORKERS: New focus on ‘global warming,’ poverty, etc

    08/06/2012 4:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Klein Online / WND ^ | July 31, 2012
    Progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second term plans for President Obama to transform the U.S. Armed Forces into a social work-style organization designed to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations, and increase “peacekeeping” forces worldwide. The groups, already instrumental in influencing Obama’s first term defense agenda, call for massive, second term slashes to the military budget. The savings are to be used to invest in “sustainable energy” and in fighting worldwide climate change. These schemes and many more are documented in the soon-to-be-released book, Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans...
  • Obama to transform U.S. military into social workers New focus on 'global warming,' poverty,

    07/30/2012 6:32:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    WND ^ | 7/30/12 | pasadenademocrats.com
    Progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second-term plans for President Obama to transform the U.S. Armed Forces into a social work-style organization designed to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations and increase “peacekeeping” forces worldwide. The groups, already instrumental in influencing Obama’s first-term defense agenda, call for massive, second-term slashes to the military budget. The savings are to be used to invest in “sustainable energy” and in fighting worldwide climate change. The schemes, and many more, are documented in the soon-to-be-released book “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next...
  • Devastating Info About Mitt Romney's Unelectability that He Wants to Keep from the Public!

    01/11/2012 5:50:49 PM PST · by xzins · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Bloggers and Personal ^ | Jan 11, 2012 | Xzins
    Mitt Romney is a loser...an election loser. In his 1994 senatorial campaign, he lost by a huge margin (by more than 17 points) in a year when Republicans took over Congress. Despite everyone else’s success, Romney managed to lose. Of all his campaigns he has won only once when he won a single term as governor of Massachusetts, but he quickly tarnished that close victory. After becoming governor in 2002 with Kerry Healey as his running mate, Romney proceeded to mismanage his position so that his approval dropped rapidly into the 40's and then the 30's. He left that mess...
  • Conflict between rich, poor strongest in 24 years

    01/11/2012 3:48:06 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan. 11, 2012 | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON -- Tensions between the rich and poor are increasing and at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century, a new survey shows. Americans now see more social conflict over wealth inequality than over the hot-button topics of immigration, race relations and age. The survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center highlights U.S. perceptions of the economic divide, an issue that has moved to the forefront in the 2012 presidential campaign amid stubbornly high unemployment, increasing poverty and protests by the Occupy movement.
  • America's Crossroads - Big Government or Almighty God

    01/07/2012 9:21:12 AM PST · by kindred · 10 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | January 6, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Today many in the United States are crying out to President Obama and Government to do more and more to fix our social ills. The notion that Big Government has all of the answers and solutions we need in this very chaotic and unstable world is a fairy tale. It is one that is rooted in the mistaken belief that Fallen Man through and by the efforts of Big Government or Socialism can bring security and comfort to its citizens or constituents. There is no man-made ideology or system that can ever usher in a world Utopia of perfection and...
  • The Democratic Party's War on Workers

    12/18/2011 12:33:37 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 18, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    ... Never before have so many of the unemployed owed their job loss, not indirectly at all, but quite obviously directly, to the intentional, conscious directives of their president and his direct appointees, the czars and cabinet secretaries who have launched a direct frontal assault on industry after industry ever since their appointments. Consider: Car Dealers: In 2009, though everyone knew that the problems dooming Chrysler and General Motors were their enormous property and property tax obligations caused by too big, too old, factories, and their utterly unsupportable labor and pension costs, Barack Obama ordered the closure of over 3000...
  • Pa. family receives $5M in damages for abuse adopted daughter suffered under N.J. DYFS's care

    12/17/2011 1:22:09 PM PST · by Focault's Pendulum · 3 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011, 10:15 PM Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8:57 AM | Megan DeMarco/Statehouse Bureau
    TRENTON — The state will pay a Pennsylvania family $5 million in damages for the physical and sexual abuse their adopted daughter suffered as a baby while under the care of New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services. The state settled with the family today after a jury awarded damages, plus attorney’s fees. Because the state chose to settle, the jury’s verdict is vacated.
  • Unsustainable: Public School Teachers Make Twice the Private Sector Average

    12/15/2011 1:35:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 15, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: According to a new study from the Bureau of Labor statics, public school teachers are now the highest paid state workers. Public school teachers. In fact, public school teachers receive more than twice as much in average hourly wages and benefits as workers in private industry, on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Public school teachers "are paid an average of $56.59 per hour in combined wages and benefits," which is twice the $28.24 an hour in wages and benefits paid to workers in the private sector. Now, some of you are probably saying, "I...
  • Most of the unemployed no longer receive benefits

    11/05/2011 1:45:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/5/11 | Christopher S. Rugaber - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent — a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America's 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more. Congress is expected to decide by year's end whether to continue providing emergency unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks in the hardest-hit states. If the emergency benefits expire, the...
  • To All My Valued Employees

    10/28/2011 9:48:27 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 23 replies
    Unknown ^ | 10 28 2011 | Unknown
    To All My Valued Employees: There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your j What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against...
  • 9-9-9 plan is a tax increase on the disabled and retired.

    10/26/2011 8:31:22 PM PDT · by hulltq1 · 75 replies
    I wonder why no one is critical of Cain's 9-9-9 plan because it is a tax increase on the disabled and retired? I live on Social Security Disability. My income cannot afford a 9% increase on my food budget.
  • A Pack of Nonsense: Will GOP 2012ers Get Serious?

    10/26/2011 9:50:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    NYPost ^ | October 26, 2011 | John Podhoretz
    A Pack of Nonsense Will GOP 2012ers Get Serious? October 26, 2011 John Podhoretz Memo to the Republican field: You’re running for president. Of the United States. Of America. Start acting like it. Stop proposing nonsense tax plans that won’t work. Stop making ridiculous attention-getting ads that might be minimally acceptable if you were running for county supervisor in Oklahoma. Stop saying you’re going to build a US-Mexico border fence you know perfectly well you’re not going to build. Give the GOP electorate and the American people some credit. This country is in terrible shape. They know it. You know...
  • Details Of Lisa Irwin Search Warrant Released

    10/21/2011 12:15:57 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 71 replies
    kmbc.com ^ | October 21, 2011
    Detectives and FBI agents spent roughly 17 hours on Wednesday searching the property at 3620 North Lister Avenue. Court documents reveal a list of items taken as evidence. The items include a multicolor comforter, purple shorts, a multicolor Disney character shirt, a Glo Worm toy, a "Cars"-themed blanket, rolls of tape and a tape dispenser. Lisa was reported missing early on the morning of Oct. 4. "Investigative interviews with the people involved revealed conflicting information for clear direction in the investigation," an affidavit supporting the warrant said. "(Deborah) Bradley made the statement she did not initially look for her baby...
  • Los Angeles USD Employee Hurls Anti Semitic Remarks

    A woman named Patricia McAllister who identified herself as a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employee was interviewed by Reason TV at one of the Occupy Protests occurring around the country. During the interview McAllister states “the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and the Federal Reserve, which is not run by the Federal Government, they need to be run out of this country.” The question is; how will LAUSD respond to Patricia McAllister’s remarks? A Google search of fired for being Tea Party member returned nearly 13 million hits. An assistant district attorney was fired in...
  • Herman Cain's "999 Plan": The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    10/13/2011 2:31:28 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 109 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom Works ^ | Oct. 6, 2011 | Dean Clancy
    So what about Herman Cain's 999 tax plan? Turns out it has some very good aspects -- and some others, not so good. I'd give it two rousing cheers and one bronx cheer. ...But here we come to a problem. Cain doesn't get rid of the income tax. Instead, he reforms it. And then he adds a new levy -- a national retail sales tax -- on top of it.
  • Obama camp: GOP trying to destroy economy on purpose

    10/12/2011 12:21:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2011 | Greg Sargent
    The Obama campaign, in an email to supporters today, goes there: The U.S. Senate is supposed to vote on the American Jobs Act as early as tonight. It’s a bill that will put people to work immediately, and it contains proposals that members of both parties have said in the past that they’d support. But Senate Republicans want to block it. Not because they have a plan that creates jobs right now — not one Republican, in Congress or in the presidential race, does. They only have a political plan. Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake...
  • There’s Hope for These Occupy Wall Streeters!

    10/08/2011 1:01:15 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 7,2011 | Stephanie Gutmann
    I actually have hopes for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now, before you dismiss me, let me explain. I hope that one of the things we’re seeing down at Zuccotti Park is the first rustlings of what will eventually (though maybe not in our lifetime, comrades) become a full fledged revolution — not against capitalism but against what Rush Limbaugh likes to call Big Education and Michael Medved calls the Educational-Industrial Complex. This is really what most of these kids are angry about, isn’t it? Most of them — except for the usual complement of old lefties and sundry off-their-meds...
  • Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan raises math questions (How will it affect government revenues?)

    10/07/2011 9:08:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 10/06/2011
    WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain's bid for the Republican presidential nomination is fueled in part by his proposed tax code overhaul that tax policy veterans say doesn't add up. Cain's proposal is gaining attention after a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday found his campaign is tied for second place with Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. In campaign stops, Cain touts his 9-9-9 plan as a concept that will lead to a fairer tax system. The proposal would tax sales transactions and gross income for individuals and businesses at 9 percent while eliminating levies on capital gains....
  • Occupy Wall Street: The scene on the ground (using McDonalds restrooms, hunt for Starbucks)

    10/05/2011 1:10:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/05/11 | Brian Montopoli
    Occupy Wall Street: The scene on the groundBy Brian Montopoli October 5, 2011 2:55 PM **SNIP** Meanwhile, groggy demonstrators found their way to the makeshift kitchen in the middle of the park, where food donated by sympathizers - much of it vegan - was being given out. After nearly three weeks of the "occupation" -- which began as a relatively small protest in response to a call from anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters -- a semi-functioning society has sprung up. Barred by police from using megaphones, protesters created a structure whereby whoever is speaking says his piece, and then the rest of...
  • Who We Are Really Taxing Millionaires For...

    09/21/2011 5:33:15 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-21-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • What You’re Not Hearing About the New Jobs Bill: It Overrides State’s Rights

    09/20/2011 2:33:56 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    All information © 2011 TheBlaze LLC ^ | Posted on September 20, 2011 at 12:01pm | Becket Adams
    Under the bill’s authority, states are not immune from federal prosecution if they “violate” the act. In the event this bill passes, it will override a state’s sovereign authority as defined and protected under the 11th amendment.... Any state that receives Federal assistance under the direction of bill automatically forfeits its sovereign immunity....
  • Daily Beast Column: GOP’s 'Class Warfare' Sham (Obama's Plan moves toward fairness & fiscal sanity)

    09/20/2011 3:13:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/19/2011 | Michael Tomasky
    The GOP calls it 'class warfare,' but the president’s proposal to raise taxes on millionaires is actually a move toward fairness and fiscal sanity. The biggest problem in our politics for the last 30 years has been . . . what? Fill in the blank. Too much spending? Debt to future generations? Cultural politics? None of those. Plain and simple: taxes. The anti-tax revolt that started in 1978 in California (Proposition 13) has destroyed this country. Our taxophobia has made the rich vastly richer and reduced the amount of money for the public benefits the rest of us depend on,...
  • Union Maid (Sarah Palin fights Jimmy Hoffa for the soul of the rank-and-file)

    09/08/2011 4:19:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | September 6, 2011 | The Editors
    No sooner had we issued our editorial “Jimmy Hoffa’s War” than a wire came in from one of Sarah Palin’s most assiduous supporters, Benyamin Korn, with a copy of her Labor Day posting on Facebook. Our editorial had wondered where the original Jimmy Hoffa would have been today. It remarked on the phenomenon of the Reagan Democrats, who comprehended that the true interests of working men and women in America lay with the idea of economic growth. And it remarked on the need for someone who makes this point today. Well, Mrs. Palin's riposte is a humdinger. It turns out...
  • Obama Urges Congress to Pass $450 Billion Jobs Plan (American Jobs Act)

    09/08/2011 4:26:59 PM PDT · by Jean S · 74 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 9/8/11
    Seeking to boost a slumping economy along with his hopes for re-election, President Obama unveiled his $450 billion jobs plan Thursday night in a highly-anticipated speech to a joint session of Congress. The American Jobs Act contains a blend of infrastructure spending, tax relief, unemployment assistance and other aid. All the proposals are paid for with spending cuts although the president isn’t expected to detail them until next week. “There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation,” Obama said in excerpts released by the White House ahead of his speech. “Everything in here is the kind of proposal...
  • Obama warns GOP in advance of jobs speech

    09/06/2011 10:48:52 AM PDT · by bkopto · 97 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 5, 2011 | Christi Parsons
    President Obama sent a warning shot across the bow of congressional Republicans in his Labor Day speech in Detroit this afternoon, pledging to hold them accountable publicly if they fail to support the job-creation plan he puts forth later this week. The proposal he’ll outline in his address to Congress on Thursday is filled with “bipartisan ideas,” Obama said, and Republicans can either get on board or explain their refusal to the American people. “I’m going to propose ways to put people to work [that] both parties can agree to,” Obama said. “We’re going to see if congressional Republicans will...
  • City sewer engineer paid $775k in 2010, more than any NYC employee;

    09/06/2011 11:14:11 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    ny dailynews.com ^ | Sept 6 2011 | BY Reuven Blau, Erin Einhorn AND Tracy Connor
    A city sewer worker made more last year than the police commissioner, the schools chancellor and the mayor - combined. Senior engineer Gerald Mistretta's pay was $771,841 - and six of his co-workers raked in nearly as much - thanks to a wage settlement with the city. His bottom line for the fiscal year that ended in June included a base salary of $109,850 a year, $173,000 in overtime - and nearly half a million dollars in back pay. The Brooklyn father of three said the one-shot windfall - which made him the top earner among city employees last year...
  • Postal service may shut down for winter

    09/05/2011 3:54:28 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    WGN ^ | Sep 5, 2011
    WGN Postal service may shut down for winter WGN News 3:03 PM CDT, September 5, 2011 Without emergency funding the postal service may have to shut down for the winter. The U.S Postal Service faces a $9 billion dollar deficit. The New York Times reports the agency doesn't have enough money to pay its bills and a $5.5 billion dollar payment is due this month. Possible cost cutting measures include eliminating Saturday delivery, closing up to 3700 post offices and laying off 120,000 workers. A congressional hearing on the matter is set for Tuesday.
  • Palin On "Crony Capitalist" Politicians: "I'm Not For Sale" (FULL video)

    09/03/2011 12:24:21 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 26 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 3, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Former Governor Sarah Palin gave the keynote speech at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday afternoon. "We sent a new class of leaders to DC, but immediately the permanent political class, they tried to co-opt them. Because the reality is we are governed by a permanent political class, until we change that," Palin said about career politicians. The speech, roughly 40 minutes, ranged from politics to policy. Palin made sure to address reforming taxes and entitlements. Palin called for eliminating all federal corporate income taxes and called entitlement reform "our duty." As predicted, Palin took a swipe...
  • White House Hints at More Economic Speeches, Proposals Ahead

    09/02/2011 12:51:07 PM PDT · by sunmars · 165 replies
    fox ^ | Fox
    In what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday's big economic speech, aides to President Obama are privately spreading word that he will not present his entire jobs plan in his address to a Joint Session of Congress. Aides say Thursday's speech will be part of a bigger plan the White House will roll out throughout the fall with the president hitting the road for speeches and town hall appearances. Aides have already confirmed that Obama will be traveling to California, Colorado, and Washington state for one three-day swing later this month that will include economic events...
  • Why do college students love getting wasted?

    08/30/2011 2:50:21 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | 29 Aug
    Q:Usually when people talk about college binge drinking they use terms like, "epidemic" or "plague." But you don't write about it in such a negative way. Why? A:The history of alcohol research is the history of pathology. There's a lot of focus on addiction, and the ways in which alcohol destroys lives and destroys families, and in [the] college drinking world in particular, there are these long lists and inventories of all its harms. That's important because some bad things do happen, but what past researchers have missed is why it's fun. I asked that question of my informants, and...
  • Spending, Not Entitlements, Created Huge Deficit

    08/23/2011 4:47:57 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2011 | Byron York
    It's conventional wisdom in Washington to blame the federal government's dire financial outlook on runaway entitlement spending. Unless we rein in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the conventional wisdom goes, the federal government is headed for disaster. That's true in the long run. But what is causing massive deficits now? Is it the same entitlements that threaten the future? Yes, say some conservatives who favor making entitlement reform a key issue in the 2012 campaign. "We're $1.5 trillion in debt," Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol said Sunday, referring to this year's projected deficit. "Where's the debt coming from? It's coming...
  • Larson bill to create jobs supercommittee expected this week (Next-creation of "Dept of Jobs"?)

    08/15/2011 4:40:13 PM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) is expected this week to introduce legislation that would create a Joint Select Committee on Job Creation, patterned after the supercommittee tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in spending cuts. In an Aug. 8 “Dear Colleague” letter, Larson said the jobs supercommittee would work under the “exact same terms” as the spending supercommittee. The latter panel has 12 members, six from the House and six from the Senate, and must reach spending-cut recommendations by Nov. 23.
  • APNewsBreak: Some unions to skip 2012 convention

    08/12/2011 11:00:49 AM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8-12-11 | SAM HANANEL
    More than a dozen trade unions are planning to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they are angry it will be held in a right-to-work state. The unions say they are disappointed that labor wasn't consulted before Democrats settled on North Carolina, a state that is considered one of the least union-friendly in the nation. They are also frustrated that job creation hasn't been a higher priority for Democratic lawmakers. The unions include the Laborers, Painters and Electrical Workers. The move would deprive the party of millions of dollars spent on sky boxes and other sponsorships that usually help...
  • The States' War on Women(but aren't "the states" about 50% female?)

    08/12/2011 9:29:31 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 1 replies
    Ms. Magazine ^ | Summer 2011 | Chanlee
    In recent months we've become well aware of how U.S. House Republicans are trying to decimate services of vital importance to women. Don't take your eyes off your local statehouse, though: There, legislators have pushed the war on women equally far, cracking down on reproductive rights and cutting funding for education and health programs that largely benefit women and children. ( ... ) Conservative state legislators have also introduced more than 1,000 pieces of anti-choice legislation since January, according to the Guttmacher Institute. In Florida, the state Legislature brought up 18 bills that attempted to tighten abortion laws, and several...
  • Any FReeper changing their personal/home DEFCON level due to UK (and US) riot/pre-riot situations?

    08/10/2011 8:59:15 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 107 replies · 1+ views
    MB26
    Mrs. MindBender and I keep a secure home; passive IR lights, alarm, long weapons in closet, hand guns close, planning, drills, etc. Due to worldwide "problems," we have gone to more lights on, long weapons next to bed, and taking the Glock 23s with extra mags with us whenever out of home 20. Anyone else?
  • Suspend the FEDERAL REGULATORY BURDEN [VANITY]

    08/02/2011 3:23:07 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Self
    On this day of a 265 point drop on top of a net 850+ drop over the past 8 days (12,724 to 11,866) the next question overlying the US Economy is where will be the July 2011 Employment figures (June 2011 = 9.2%). A constant comment from the private sector appears to be the burden of government regulation. In the coming months and years, the business community is facing an enormous slew of known and probable regulations as created by an activist government ideology, ranging from Dodd-Frank Financial Reform & Obama Health Care to EPA Carbon Reduction & Dept. of...
  • YOU Stopped The Obama Tax & Borrow Bailout

    08/02/2011 3:32:31 PM PDT · by edpc · 69 replies
    RNC Email ^ | 2 Aug 2011 | RNC
    Do you remember where America was just one year ago? The Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda was doing a daily dose of damage to our American economy, destroying jobs with crippling regulations, oppressive spending and brand new taxes. If that wasn't enough, the Democrats passed a government takeover of healthcare, spending record amounts of money we didn't have on a program we didn't want. And to top it off, they raised taxes on hardworking taxpayers to pay for an $800 billion dollar stimulus -- claiming that they should have spent even more. Maybe they thought they could get away with it. For two...
  • Moody's Confirms US Triple-A Rating, Assigns Negative Outlook (More Debt Is Okay?)

    08/02/2011 4:00:11 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/02/2011 | Reuters
    Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday confirmed its triple-A rating of the United States, citing the decision to raise the debt limit, but kept the pressure on the government to move toward a long-term fiscal consolidation plan. The ratings agency affirmed the United States' triple-A rating after congressional lawmakers agreed to raise the country's debt ceiling , which will allow the Treasury to keep servicing U.S. debt obligations. It assigned a negative outlook on the rating, however, in a sign that a downgrade is still possible in the next 12 to 18 months. In a statement, Moody's said there would be...
  • Will the Debt Ceiling Deal Gut Defense?

    07/31/2011 10:12:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 30,2011 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Will the Debt Ceiling Deal Gut Defense? JUL 31, 2011 WILLIAM KRISTOL Members of Congress and their staff who know and care about defense are somewhere between alarmed and panicked at the emerging shape of the debt ceiling deal. (Consider this amazing on-the-record statement by Senator Joe Lieberman’s communications director to Jennifer Rubin just a few minutes ago: “Senator Lieberman is very concerned about rumors that the debt agreement now being negotiated will disproportionately cut defense spending and result in unacceptably high risk to our national security.”) One of the great virtues of the Boehner bill that passed the House...
  • SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER's Powerpoint On The DEAL

    08/01/2011 1:54:00 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 42 replies
    www.speaker.gov/UploadedFiles/3-7-31-11-Debt-Framework-Boehner.pdf ^ | Updated: July 31, 10:35pm EST | Speaker John Boehner
    Speaker John Boehner's Powerpoint On The Deal TWO-STEP APPROACH TO HOLD PRESIDENT OBAMA ACCOUNTABLE Emerging framework has three main features: (1) cuts government spending more than it increases the debt limit; (2) implements spending caps to restrain future spending; (3) advances the cause of a Balanced Budget Amendment Framework accomplishes this without tax hikes, which would destroy jobs, while preventing a job-killing national default. NO TAX HIKES ‣ Same as House-passed bill, the framework includes no tax hikes. ‣ Under the framework, the Joint Committee of Congress will work off a current-law baseline, as required by the 1974 Budget Act,...
  • House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill

    07/29/2011 3:38:14 PM PDT · by Vide · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | 7/28/11 | Declan McCullagh
    Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.... A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested. By a 7-16 vote, the panel rejected an amendment that would have clarified that only IP addresses must be stored.
  • Bill would force Obama to pay Social Security, military if US defaults

    07/24/2011 2:14:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | Ju+ | Alexander Bolton
    Tea Party conservatives hope to make a push on the House floor to force President Obama to avoid a national default if Congress fails to raise the debt limit. Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus have met with House freshmen to discuss a plan to pressure House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring the Full Faith and Credit Act to the floor. The legislation would direct Obama to prioritize federal payments to the nation’s creditors, Social Security recipients and soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill has been revised since it was introduced earlier this year. The previous...
  • It Is As I Feared (McConnell rounding up Dem support to cede congressional authority to Obama)

    07/14/2011 7:33:30 PM PDT · by teg_76 · 66 replies
    Redstate ^ | 7/14/2011 | Erick Erickson
    And so as the sun is setting today, I learn from multiple Hill sources and now media reports that after McConnell sent out notice that he was signing on to Cut, Cap, and Balance, he began making door to door visits throughout the Senate lining up support for the Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011 — his plan to allow Barack Obama to raise the debt limit by $2 trillion. What’s more, McConnell has enlisted the help of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to line up Democrat votes for the plan. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner is saying the McConnell...
  • Could $12 Trillion Really Be Right? Absolutely! (The latest liberal lies)

    07/14/2011 3:47:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Complete Proof of the $12 Trillion Republican Debt Just below you can see the calculation and the documentation links for the Reagan-Bushes $12 Trillion ($12,049 Billion) national debt as of September 30, 2010. You can download this as an excel spreadsheet by clicking: Download as XLS. Their debt has 4 parts, but the bulk of it is calculated from 4 inputs (yellow and tan) that you can check with the color coded links to the treasury at the bottom. This will verify the $3.4 Trillion Reagan-Bush debt and the $6.1 Trillion G.W. Bush debt. Together that's $9.5 Trillion. Now some...
  • Mother 'not clever enough to raise child'

    01/22/2010 4:33:13 PM PST · by Charlespg · 13 replies · 626+ views
    Daily mail ^ | 22nd January 2010 | Alison Smith Squire
    A couple who fled to Ireland after social workers threatened to remove their baby at birth have had the newborn snatched after all. Kerry Robertson, 17, who has mild learning difficulties, and Mark McDougall, 25, went on the run after British social services said she was not clever enough to raise a child. But just four days after Ben was born, Irish social workers marched into the maternity ward and forced them to hand him over.
  • Social Worker Should be able to Break into Homes

    10/17/2008 5:41:06 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 36 replies · 845+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 16, 2008 | Steve Ddughty/Sophie Borland
    Social workers should have the power to break into homes to check that elderly and vulnerable people are not being harmed by their children, ministers have said. New laws should also give them the right to remove old people who are at risk from their homes - even if they do not want to go.