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  • I am the student loan crisis at its ugliest: I graduated and found out I have $200,000 in debt

    01/30/2016 7:31:23 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 161 replies
    Every once in a while, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I watch college commencement ceremonies on YouTube. These rituals remind me how perverse our higher-education system is—and of the empty idealism that colleges and universities sell us: We are here today, donning our ceremonial robes and caps, to recite the traditional vacuous platitudes and wish you well in paying off high-interest student loans for which we are in no way held accountable. Let us now further romanticize our fair institution by singing the alma mater and conveniently forget that tuition has gone up 1,120 percent since 1978. Good luck out there,...
  • Statement from (Iowa) Secretary of State Paul Pate Regarding Misleading Mailer from Cruz

    01/30/2016 1:07:24 PM PST · by springwater13 · 520 replies
    Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law. Accusing citizens of Iowa of a "voting violation" based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses. Additionally, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office never "grades" voters. Nor does...
  • Long Island woman sues Nassau County cops after cleared of stealing diamond ring from jewelry store

    01/29/2016 4:50:01 PM PST · by CaptainK · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/28/2016 | John Marzulli
    The mall cops would have done better investigating this caper. A 48-year-old Long Island woman who was arrested for stealing a diamond sapphire ring from a jewelry store is suing the Nassau County detectives now that she has been exonerated by surveillance tape showing the real thief. Angela Bianco was shopping elsewhere in Roosevelt Field Mall on Oct. 27, 2014 when the grand larceny went down inside Helzberg Diamonds, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court. An unidentified man and a woman, clearly in their 20s, stole the ring valued at $2,499 when a clerk's back was turned,...
  • New Jersey rejects request for dolphin necropsy results, citing "medical privacy"

    01/11/2016 6:36:30 PM PST · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    MuckRock ^ | January 11, 2016 | JPat Brown
    When a dolphin died in New Jersey's South River last year, Carly Sitrin wanted to know what killed it. So she filed a public record request to the NJ Department of Agriculture in order to get the necropsy results. The DOA finally responded last week with the weird decision to deny the release of the record on grounds of medical privacy. The response reads in part: "We are in receipt of your request for information (#W101407) under the auspices of the State’s Open Public Records Act (O.P.R.A.). Specifically, you requested any and all reports associated with the necropsy of the...
  • MSNBC In 2015: A Tremendous Year In Stupidity

    12/30/2015 8:09:03 PM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 30, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    It's the network that conservatives loathe (and rightfully so), and a source for constant content for the Washington Free Beacon and Newsbusters. MSNBC truly outdid itself from discussing how Star Wars might have some racial elements to it (which is nonsense) to how saying hard work could be a microaggession to slaves-the Free Beacon has compiled the greatest hits of the year.
  • Despite making more than $40 million, Clinton Portis is broke

    12/19/2015 6:15:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | December 19, 2015 | Michael David Smith
    Clinton Portis made enough money during his NFL career in Denver and Washington that he should be set for life: In nine NFL seasons, Portis made more than $40 million. But Portis isn’t just not set for life, he’s broke. Portis filed for bankruptcy this week, saying he has debts of more than $5 million that he can’t afford to pay.
  • Bitcoin in a Suit: Why the Tech's Big Battle is Already Won

    11/29/2015 6:33:21 PM PST · by Another Post-American · 18 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | 11/29/15 | John Biggs
    A week ago I was in Belgrade watching a panel on "blockchain." The makeup of the panel was typical: a young, plugged-in VC, an older banker guy and a crypto-anarchistic dude in a T-shirt. It was like watching a movie called "Bitcoin is Good And Bad" for the 50th time. I knew what was happening but I couldn't look away. The panel started normally - VC guy said he liked the blockchain specifically but was iffy about those bitcoins, the older gentleman said bitcoin was bad, but then the anarchist dude was quiet. He let the banker talk. The banker...
  • Coal industry could leave U.S. taxpayers with major bill

    12/09/2015 10:54:36 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-9-15 | Patrick Rucker
    WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.S. taxpayers could be left with multibillion-dollar liabilities if large coal companies are pushed to bankruptcy, the Interior Department Secretary said on Wednesday. At issue is a practice known as self-bonding, allowed under a decades-old mining program, in which some of the country's biggest coal companies forego insurance on a portion of future mine cleanup costs.
  • Girl, 13, is arrested after 'posting a shooting threat... just to get more followers'

    12/04/2015 4:56:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2015 | AP and Zoe Szathmary
    "..According to Fox 4 News, the caption said: 'Everybody at t.w. Browne gone die omm plus u stupid ass eight graders wanna play with me IMA kill everybody even 6graders and 7graders...this is no joke i put that oml I got a rape charge on me and I'm ready to go back to the pen ...' .......Principal Jonathan Smith told Fox 4 News: 'Ultimately, we've got to be clear that in the Dallas Independent School District, we aren't going to tolerate those types of threats. 'We're a place for learning, we're here for learning and we want to ensure the...
  • Refugees stuck at border sew up lips in protest

    11/26/2015 11:13:18 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 52 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/23/refugees-stuck-at-border-sew-up-lips-in-protest/?intcmp=ob_a ^ | November 23, 2015 | http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/23/refugees-stuck-at-border-sew-up-lips-in-protest/?intcmp=ob_a
    Migrants have blocked rail traffic at the Macedonian border as they protested against a decision to only allow Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis to cross there from Greece. Several sewed their lips together with cord, with at least one declaring a hunger strike before sitting down in front of lines of Macedonian riot police.
  • Trudeau to make economic case for taking in refugees at G20 summit

    11/13/2015 1:41:37 PM PST · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 42 replies
    The Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | November 12, 2015 | Bill Curry
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will use his first international trip as an opportunity to show other nations there is an economic – as well as humanitarian – case for welcoming large numbers of Syrian refugees. Less than two weeks after being sworn in as Prime Minister, Mr. Trudeau will participate in a summit of G20 leaders hosted by Turkey, Syria’s northern neighbour that is currently home to more than two million refugees.
  • Let Refugees Settle Italy’s Empty Spaces

    11/04/2015 1:02:22 PM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 4, 2015 | Beppe Severgnini
    AS Europe frets over what to do about the hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring onto the Continent, it occurs to me that the ancient Romans, as they so often do, might offer a solution. The ancient Romans used to reward their legionnaires with plots of land, through a system known as “centuriation.” The Romans adopted the system in the fourth century B.C., when Rome was still a vibrant republic. But it lasted for hundreds of years, involving former servicemen from all over the empire.
  • Scientists Claim High CO2 Levels Are Making People Dumber

    10/29/2015 8:00:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5:25 PM 10/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    First, United Nations officials label bacon and deli meats as carcinogens, and now scientists are claiming that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are not only heating the planet, they’re making people dumber. A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health claims “carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making,” according to ThinkProgress, a left-wing advocacy website. Former Vice President Al Gore wasted no time tweeting out ThinkProgress’ in-depth article, trying to link higher carbon dioxide levels to lower cognition in humans. The Harvard study exposed 24 people to office environments with varying...
  • "Scientists" & AlGore claim High Levels of CO2 Making People Dumber(But maybe not Dumb Enough)

    10/28/2015 7:17:06 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 18 replies
    RedNeckoBlogger ^ | 10/28/2015 | RedNeckoblogger (kinda)
    A coupla links on the subject... observations to follow. http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/27/scientists-claim-high-co2-levels-are-making-people-dumber/ http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/09/climate-change-aliens-exoplanets The problem (IMHO) is its not making people dumb enough! Tons of Bee Ess ideology pretending to be science (Global Warming/Climate Change on cold days... or AGW/CC)) is dumped daily into our biosphere far more damaging to the people of Earth than CO2. For liberty and prosperity (to be replaced with a rationed subsistence) must be surrendered to central hyper-nanny-bureaucrat authority to save the planet! ("dear leaders" exempt... of course) But in spite of a media full court press, not enough people are dumb enough (yet?) to buy the...
  • Christ in Rio, Empire State Bldg, to be Turned UN Blue on UN Day

    10/20/2015 5:49:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 12 replies
    New American ^ | Oct 20 2015 | Alex Newman
    In honor of United Nations Day and the 70th anniversary of the UN's founding, more than 200 iconic monuments and buildings around the world will be lit up in the color UN blue, the controversial global organization announced this week. Among the famous sites set to turn blue on October 24 to honor the UN are Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Empire State Building in New York, the Great Pyramids at Giza in Egypt, Sydney's Opera House, Westminster Hall in the United Kingdom, the Great Wall of China, and hundreds of other globally recognized landmarks across more...
  • Father destroys his firearm after Oregon mass shooting [Truncated]

    10/08/2015 12:15:43 PM PDT · by Talisker · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 October 2015 | THOMAS BURROWS
    A gun lover who has lost two members of his family to shootings has destroyed his own weapon after the deadly rampage carried out by Chris Harper-Mercer, which left nine dead. Steve Elliott, from Merced in California, posted an emotional blog post on Facebook about how he had used an angle grinder to break up his handgun and admitted that he was left 'ashamed' it took this latest gun atrocity for him to act. Elliot, who is in his 50s and who has owned a gun since he was 12-years old, had previously been by his own admission a vocal...
  • Woman Asks White Friends to Pay for Her Therapy to Deal with Stress from Racism

    09/23/2015 7:15:20 AM PDT · by tje · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | September 22, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    White people owe it to her because they caused it. A 29-year-old Thai-Cambodian woman has launched a fundraiser asking her white friends to pay for her therapy claiming that they owe it to her because stress caused by racism is why she needs it in the first place. Rinna Rem is from the Portland, Ore., area and suffers from a chronic illness that affects the heart and connective tissues called Marfan syndrome. According to Rem, the condition is much worse for her because of all of the racism.
  • Kerry predicts '90 percent' will support Iran deal (Lurch is delusional)

    09/04/2015 9:17:27 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/04/2015 | Mark Hensch
    Secretary of State John Kerry predicted on Thursday that nine in 10 Americans would back President Obamas nuclear deal with Iran once it has been in place for a year or more. The fact is, a lot of polls show that the country actually supports it, and thats a fairly even divide, Kerry said of enthusiasm for the agreement now, according to The Huffington Post. I think thats pretty good, considering the amount of money thats spent with myths being promulgated. If Iran destroys its Arak plutonium reactor core, filing it with cement, and it exists no longer, and Arak...
  • An Anti-Hunter Trying to Save Ducks Accidentally Gets Shot in the Face [VIDEO]

    08/23/2015 8:00:54 PM PDT · by SZonian · 50 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | Unk | Eric Nestor
    This duck hunting protester in Australia was wading through a duck hunt in order to save hit ducks. She was then accidentally shot in the face. A duck protestor in Australia was wading through a duck hunt attempting to save the ducks that were shot down. A shot at a low-flying duck resulted in her accidental shooting. Back in March of 2011, these bold anti-hunters decided to interfere in a duck hunt in Australia. A 14-year-old duck hunter took a shot at a low-flying duck and shotgun pellets hit this anti-hunter in the face. Julia Symons was hit by at...
  • Obamas secret Iran deals exposed

    07/27/2015 11:56:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 35 replies
    Wa Post ^ | 7/27/15 | Theissen
    ...[Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.)] says they asked whether they could see those agreements. He says IAEA officials replied, Oh no, of course not, no, youre not going to get to see those. And so everybody on our side of the table asked, Has Secretary Kerry seen these? No, Secretary Kerry hasnt seen them. No American is ever going to get to see them. It turns out that only the two parties the IAEA and Iran get to see the actual agreements (though you can see a picture of Iranian and IAEA officials holding up what appear...
  • Chattanooga Shooter Followed Al Qaeda Cleric Online in 2013 [FBI, Media still baffled on motive]

    07/21/2015 5:36:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    FBI agents have found evidence that Chattanooga shooter Mohammod Abdulazeez was following a radical American member of al Qaeda online in 2013, as well as pages of writing that showed the young man was suicidal and looking for a way to absolve what he considered were his sins, according to a representative of Abdulazeez's family. Video tapes of Anwar al-Awlaki, the high-profile American al Qaeda cleric and recruiter, have circulated on the internet and have been popular in jihadist circles long after al-Awlaki's death by American drone strike in September 2011. ....there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez,...
  • West Point Revokes Diplomas Of Confederate Graduates

    07/17/2015 11:41:49 AM PDT · by Cry if I Wanna · 38 replies
    The DuffleBlog ^ | July 17, 2015 | Maxx Butthurt
    WEST POINT, N.Y. ─ Following the decision of the South Carolina government to remove the Confederate flag from a state memorial, and the subsequent, nation-wide uproar over all things Confederate, West Point has announced that it will posthumously revoke the diplomas of all cadets who graduated from the Academy and fought for the South during the Civil War.
  • DC Wants To Give Non-Citizens The Right To Vote

    07/08/2015 5:46:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Josh Fatzick
    District of Columbia council members voiced their support Wednesday for a new law that would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections.These are residents who are well on their paths to citizenship, Councilman David Grosso said. Unfortunately not all of our residents have a say in the politicians who are elected to represent them.The bill would allow permanent residents in the city who are not American citizens to vote in elections for mayor, city council, the attorney general and State Board of Education members, among other things.They are our neighbors and our friends and they want to see our city...
  • Tracking Down Leviathan

    07/06/2015 8:17:47 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | July 2015 | Tim Clarey, Ph.D.
    Tracking Down Leviathan by Tim Clarey, Ph.D. * What exactly was the leviathan described so vividly in Job 41? Was it a swimming reptile like a plesiosaur or a mosasaur, or something we have yet to unearth? We may never know the answer for certain, but the latest discovery of a large, semiaquatic dinosaur offers another possibility.1 Most specimens of the large theropod dinosaur Spinosaurus, made famous by the Jurassic Park movies as the dinosaur that defeated T. rex, are found in North Africa. Whether an encounter between the two would have had the same result in reality is highly...
  • Media bias or media stupidity?

    06/15/2015 5:15:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/15 | Arthur Weinreb
    Only in a media biased in favour of progressive causes would make such idiotic statements In recent years a lot of attention has been placed on media bias. Those on the right of the political spectrum are always pointing out the left wing bias of the mainstream media such as the New York Times, CNN and no ones favourite, MSNBC. Those on the left deny such bias because they are incapable of seeing it. To them, left wing views are not biased but merely the truth. Divergent views are wrong and those who accuse the media of a progressive bias...
  • Kerry's "setback" remark: Think how far Islamists would be if he had won in 2004!

    05/19/2015 5:56:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    npr.org/sff ^ | 5/19/15 | sff
    ...Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again.... John Kerry says the battle against ISIS or Daesh, its Arabic acronym, will be a long one with many setbacks.
  • McCain on Global Warming

    05/15/2015 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Don Corleone · 30 replies
    Senator McCain correespondence | 5/15/15 | Sen. McCain
    Thank you for contacting me regarding climate change. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue. Last year, President Obama announced a plan to address climate change. Unfortunately, most of the Administration's proposals would simply impose burdensome regulations on American business that would be harmful to the U.S. economy. While I welcome the opportunity to debate proposals in the Senate, I do not support the use of executive orders to implement policy and place costly new regulations on the American industry. According to extensive international scientific studies, including reports by the National Academy of Sciences and the Intergovernmental Panel on...
  • Boehner: 'Not a time for excuses' for drone strike that killed two hostages

    04/24/2015 3:35:59 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 24, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Speaker John Boehner called for the Obama administration to provide "all the facts" in the U.S. drone strike that accidentally killed an American and Italian hostage held at an al Qaeda compound. Boehner, R-Ohio, said he also expects House committees to look into the incident. "As President Obama indicated, this is not a time for excuses," Boehner said after offering condolences to the families of American Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian citizen. "The president announced an independent review is under way and that is entirely proper," Boehner said. "We need all the facts for the families,...
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Kerry: Congress Can Vote As Long As It Doesnt Interfere with Obamas Deal (Video)

    04/09/2015 8:30:05 AM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    Breitbrat ^ | 4/08/15 | by Pam Key
    Wednesday on PBS NewsHour, Secretary of State John Kerry articulated the administrations new position on Sen. Bob Corkers (R-TN) bill demanding Congress get a vote on the merits of President Obamas nuclear deal with Iran, in light of prominent Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) supporting the bill this week. Making it clear the bill can not interfere with the presidents deal, Kerry said if its changed and adjusted and reflects the respect for the Constitution and the presidents prerogatives, then Congress can vote.
  • The Trillion-Dollar Pension Crisis Is Only Getting Worse Because People Are Living Too Long

    02/16/2015 10:47:39 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Mauldin
    John Mauldin February 16, 2015We do not have to look to Greece to find massively underfunded obligations. Here in the US we can find hundreds of examples, willingly created by politicians and businessmen who proclaim they are working for the public good. We call them pension funds, but theyre just another form of unfunded debt. A sovereign bond is a promise to pay a certain amount of money over time. A defined-benefit pension fund is a promise to pay a certain amount of income over time. The value of either is determined by the ability of the government or the...
  • Which image of Obama mugging for BuzzFeeds cameras diminishes the presidency the most, ranked

    02/12/2015 10:17:59 AM PST · by tje · 54 replies
    WaPo ^ | February 12 at 1:01 PM | Philip Bump
    The #Millennial-friendly website BuzzFeed has taken over for Zach Galifianakis as the White House's preferred video venue for encouraging young people to sign up for health insurance. You remember the Galifianakis video, of course; Obama's self-deprecating appearance on the fake interview show last year was credited with a big boost in traffic (however short-lived) to Healthcare.gov.
  • Ann Arbor approves deal with DTE Energy to construct largest solar array in Michigan

    02/03/2015 5:45:16 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 21 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 03, 2015 | Ryan Stanton
    Ann Arbor might be on its way to becoming the solar capital of Michigan. The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a deal with DTE Energy to construct the largest solar array in the state on a 14-acre site at the city's airport. The decision came following a brief discussion with no objections raised by any of the 11 council members. "This is an exciting effort," said Mayor Christopher Taylor. "I'm so glad that we're moving forward with it. Having the largest solar field in Michigan is going to be an important thing for the city...
  • Boehner Leaves Door Open on Gas Tax Proposal (Video)

    01/08/2015 1:52:59 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/8/15
    A renewed push by some Democrats for an increase in the federal gas tax to replenish the Highway Trust Fund drew a frosty reception Thursday from Speaker John A. Boehner though the Ohio Republican stopped short of ruling the idea out. Both Boehner and the top-ranking Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were asked Thursday about an increase in the 18.4 cent-per-gallon federal gas tax after the National Republican Campaign Committee sought to make a gas tax increase a political liability for Democrats. Ive never voted to raise the gas tax. Funding the highway bill is critically...
  • The Unsung X-Factor That Could Upend The Next Presidential Election

    01/06/2015 12:45:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    One, and only one, candidate, Barack Obama, caught the X-factor and improbably got himself nominated and elected, and re-elected, president. Another improbable candidate could catch it again.What is that X-factor? How does it upend things?Peace and personal security continued to flourish in 2014 and are likely to continue into 2015 and beyond. This is important news. It also is news the news media can ill afford to report. But voters sense it.Two of our greatest public intellectuals, Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack, provide a defining “state of the world” summation in Slate.com inThe World Is Not Falling Apart. The evidence...
  • Governor (Sarah) Palin Joins With Mark Levin Against (GOP Whip) Steve Scalise

    01/03/2015 9:31:49 AM PST · by xzins · 91 replies
    Governor Palin is lending her support to Mark Levins call for Representative Steve Scalise to step down from his Republican leadership position: Defense of this (last decade) racist action is disgusting and wrong, as is defense of the even more recent immoral actions of our Presidents with any association he embraced with the racist Jeremiah Wright and the anti-American domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Ill add to Levins list: Do political leaders think Americans are so stupid we dont recognize the despicable double standard here, and that were so weakly complacent that well put up with this? - Sarah Palin Mark...
  • As Britain Freezes, Wind Farms Take Power From Grid to Prevent Icing

    01/02/2015 6:31:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    As Britain shivers under a blanket of snow and ice, it has emerged that offshore windfarms have been idling to prevent icing up and drawing electricity off the national grid to do so. Critics have pointed out the folly of having windfarms idle in a cold snap, but industry experts insist that all forms of power generation involve some electrical input. The issue has been raised by Brian Christley, a resident of Abergele, Wales, who wrote to the Daily Telegraph to say: Over the weekend just gone, the coldest of the year so far, all 100-plus off-shore wind turbines...
  • Man killed by stray bullet in SE Houston

    01/01/2015 6:57:33 AM PST · by eastforker · 43 replies
    click2houston ^ | 1/1/15 | Frank Espinoza
    A man is dead Thursday after a stray bullet hit him in the head in southeast Houston. Police say the victim and his wife were watching fireworks around 1 a.m. on their front lawn on the 800 block East Lake and Theta Street near Edgebrook. Investigators say someone shot a gun in the air and the bullet came down and hit the victim in the head. He died at the scene.
  • City Council votes to increase Chicago minimum wage

    12/02/2014 10:45:53 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    WGN ^ | 10-2-2014 | Nancy Loo and Robert H. Jordan Jr
    The Chicago City Council voted 44-5 Tuesday to increase the minimum wage. Chicagos minimum wage workers will see their first increase next July, when the rate increase to $10 an hour from the current statewide hourly rate of $8.25. It then will increase by 50 cents in July 2016 and another 50 cents in July 2017. The minimum wage would go up $1 in July 2018 and $1 in July 2019 to reach $13 an hour.
  • Tired of Hearing about Gruber [satire]

    11/23/2014 9:34:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    The American people are tired of hearing about Gruber, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Video tapes of MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), have been doing major damage to the Administrations credibility over the past two weeks. In the videos, Gruber is repeatedly shown describing voters as stupid and gloating about how Democrats used this stupidity to deceptively enact the ACA. Earnest warned the media to drop the issue because, frankly, the President is tired of hearing about it. These tapes and the alleged deceptions they portray...
  • White House: GOP fanning 'stupidity' flames for political advantage

    11/18/2014 11:24:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Republicans are hyping past comments from ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber as a way to distract from whats going well for the healthcare law. After saying that Grubers view that the healthcare law was passed partly because of the stupidity of the American voter is not shared by anybody at the White House, Earnest challenged claims that ObamaCare was not passed in a transparent way. He also suggested that few Americans are paying attention to the controversy. People are understandably pretty tired of relitigating all the fights from 2009 and 2010, Earnest said Tuesday at...
  • The stupidity of experts: Big-government intellectuals seldom own up when their policies fail

    11/18/2014 5:25:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | Richard Rahn
    The only surprising thing about Obamacare architect Jonathan Grubers revelations that the legislation was based on a series of lies and voter stupidity was that Mr. Gruber was so stupid to think no one would see the videos of him saying so. The good news is that, perhaps, many more Americans will wake up to the fact that Obamacare is not the only hoax they have been subjected to, and will be much more skeptical about policy experts snake oil. Most of these schemes increase the power and money flowing to the political class and their experts, while robbing the...
  • Gruber's Gruesome but Right...

    11/14/2014 8:10:07 AM PST · by mononymous · 41 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 11/14/2014 | Mononymous1
    Prof. Grubers admission that passage of Obamacare depended on the stupidity of the American public should come as no surprise to anyone; the man should be applauded for his candor. Examining the answers to the following questions would suggest that he was and is absolutely right. It is the dependency on the existence of these people that have kept the Democrat party in power; it is their base, it is to whom they appeal and the rest of us, while living in this country, simply pay the price for their voting habits . So: (1) how did hope and change...
  • VIDEO - Nancy Pelosi Doesnt Know Who Gruber Is , Says He Didnt Help Write Our Bill

    11/13/2014 11:36:06 AM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 13, 2014
    Published on Nov 13, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined in with the White Houses attempt to distance itself from a key figure in the creation of the Affordable Care Act who claimed the bill was passed with help from lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American voter. MIT professor Jonathan Gruber who assisted congressional staffers in writing the bill made such claims last year during an academic conference, but the video only became widely-viewed this week. He has since appeared on MSNBC to call the comments inappropriate, but did not deny his underlying...
  • Obama rethinking Syria strategy, wants to oust Assad

    11/13/2014 4:25:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/13/14 | Stuart Winer
    Administration no longer believes it can defeat Islamic State in Iraq without also intensifying efforts to square Syria, including removing brutal president..... ....Obama has instructed his national security advisers to review the administrations policy on Syria and make removing embattled President Bashar Assad from power a key element in defeating the Islamic State group in Iraq,
  • Jonathan Gruber to MSNBC: My Stupidity of the American Voter Remark was Inappropriate

    11/11/2014 12:53:38 PM PST · by SteveH · 140 replies
    mediaite ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    On MSNBC Tuesday, Gruber told Ronan Farrow that he spoke inappropriately when he made the comments, which surfaced this week in an online video. The comments in the video were made at an academic conference, Gruber said. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.
  • Jonathan Gruber Obamacare Deception Video Goes Viral (Newsbusters Was First!)

    11/10/2014 5:15:40 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 10, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    On Saturday, Newsbusters was the first major website to feature a video posted to YouTube by AmericanCommitment of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber boasting in 2013 how he helped deceive the public via a lack of transparency about that bill. Some readers were anxious about that video being made better known to the public since at the time the article was published, there were only a couple of dozen views of the video on YouTube. Well they needn't have worried because since then the video has gone over the top viral to the extent that Rush Limbaugh led his show talking...
  • Obamacare Architect: We Passed the Law Thanks to the Stupidity of the American Voter

    One of the architects of Obamacare said the law was written in a deliberately tortured way and relied on the stupidity of the American voter to ensure its passage. In a newly unearthed 2013 clip, Jonathan Gruber, the MIT health economist who helped craft parts of the Affordable Care Act, got fairly candid about the tactics used to get the Affordable Care Act passed during a panel at the Annual Health Economists Conference last year.
  • Cosmetic surgery to fix ear "tribal piercings" on the rise

    11/08/2014 1:45:00 PM PST · by bgill · 38 replies
    CBS ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Alphonso Van Marsh
    Liam Palmer says his dream is to serve in the British Army. But the military won't accept the 21-year old with gaping holes in his earlobes from ear piercings, followed by stretching the skin with plugs. "I don't regret it. [Wearing ear plugs] was just a part of who I was," Palmer says about his younger counter-culture days of gelled hair, skinny jeans and ear plugs - also known as ear gauges or "tribal" ear piercings. "Patients realize [ear gauges] are not becoming in terms of job hunting or work - sort of like tattoos," Edwards says.
  • Teen's quest for Amazon 'medicine' ends in tragedy (died to get high)

    10/25/2014 5:00:19 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat October 25, 2014 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Kyle Nolan did his research -- his mother made sure of that. She didn't want her 18-year-old son heading to the Amazon jungle at all -- let alone, without learning everything he could about the supposed "medicine" with the bizarre name that he insisted would help him turn his young life around. "I really tried to discourage him ... I kept telling him over and over, there are no easy answers in life," Ingeborg Oswald said. But she knew she couldn't stop him. Overshadowed by his "overachieving" triplet brother and sister, Oswald said Kyle "was going through this...