The criminal can come in and threaten and
the Pharmacist and clerks just have to take it???
“We’ve already started,” lead attorney Irven Box said of the appeal, which will take months to complete. Read More
So...It is illegal, apparently an
arrestable offense, to dance at the Jefferson Memorial...Did not know
The Court Ruling that set off Kokesh's
act of civil disobedience
“The Risks Are Enormous”: Why
Morgenson and Rosner Are So Worried
In "Reckless Endangerment," co-authors Gretchen Morgenson and Josh Rosner examine the origins of the crisis, starting in the early 1990s. The co-authors pull no punches and aren't shy about placing blame.
Having taken a long, hard look back, I asked Morgenson and Rosner about what worries them today and looking forward. Read More
A little more than a week ago, the Supreme
Court acts unconstitutionally, now it's Congress! Does ANYONE
on Capitol Hill take their Oath of Office seriously???
Two senators claimed on Thursday that the Justice Department had secretly interpreted the so-called Patriot Act in a twisted way, enabling domestic surveillance activities that many members of Congress do not understand.
At the same time, Congress and the White House were rushing to enact legislation to prevent a lapse in several of the federal government’s investigative powers under the Patriot Act that were set to expire at midnight. The Senate passed the bill 72 to 23 late in the afternoon, and within hours the House approved it 250 to 153. In an unusual move, a White House spokesman said that President Obama, who was in Europe, would “direct the use” of an autopen machine to sign the bill into law without delay. Read More
Strictly speaking, if ANY representative knows of unlawful or uncharacteristic use of legislation, it should be their DUTY to disclose it...PERIOD! That is why we have the checks and balances...so that one branch of government cannot act against the Constitution!
The promise of Rand Paul's campaign for U.S. Senate was simple to understand. His father, Ron Paul, had spent a long time in the House of Representatives as a lonely "no" vote against... well, almost everything. But the House is a majority-rule body, and individual no votes don't count for much. A senator with Paul's philosophy and total disinterest in being popular could do plenty, threatening filibusters, mounting filibusters, and introducing amendments to change bad bills. Read More
Really? THIS is what our government needs to be doing with our money? And they say the American people need to cut back!!! I had missed this one...thanks sis!
Tax dollars fund shrimp on treadmills, Jell-O wrestling in Antarctica
May 26, 2011
The Senate’s top waste watcher, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to funding jello wrestling in the Antarctic, to testing the exercise ability of shrimp on a treadmill and to a laundry-folding robot - all funded by the National Science Foundation.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he identified more than $3 billion in mismanagement at NSF, ranging from questionable studies to exorbitant operating costs, and in some cases the agency duplicates the operations of other agencies.
At a time when the
government is struggling with record deficits, he said the agency is an
example of the kinds of spending taxpayers should not tolerate.
Government gets nasty as Texas asserts Tenth Amendment Rights!!!
The U.S. Department of Justice bullied Texas lawmakers into backing off proposed legislation that would make invasive TSA pat-downs without probable cause illegal.
passed the Texas House on May 13. A week later, the bill passed
favorably out of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security
Committee. But a letter delivered to key senators from U.S. Attorney
John E. Murphy on Tuesday stopped the bill dead in its tracks.
The more you learn, the more you
really wish you didn't know!!!
Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, in an extraordinary admission of misconduct, took to task one of his predecessors for hiding evidence and deceiving the Supreme Court in two of the major cases in its history: the World War II rulings that upheld the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans.
Katyal said Tuesday that Charles Fahy, an appointee of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, deliberately hid from the court a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence that concluded the Japanese-Americans on the West Coast did not pose a military threat. Read More
Lets pour a little salt in that wound,
shall we??? Supreme Court now acting UNCONSTITUTIONALLY, as well!
I am thinking 8 of those 9 Justices need to be going home!!!
The Supreme Court gave police more leeway
to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they
suspect the evidence otherwise might be destroyed.
Courts are now blatantly abusing
power!!! This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!
Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.
In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.
Again, I say, if it is such a
kicking program, why issue waivers???
Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers
President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for
fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent
in other Health Industry News...You now have insurance, but you can't
afford to use it, so health insurers are making a killing...(no pun
The nation’s major health insurers are barreling into a third year of record profits, enriched in recent months by a lingering recessionary mind-set among Americans who are postponing or forgoing medical care.
The UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest commercial insurers, told analysts that so far this year, insured hospital stays actually decreased in some instances. In reporting its earnings last week, Cigna, another insurer, talked about the “low level” of medical use. Read More
H.J. Res. 62, Proposing an amendment to
the Constitution of the United States to give states the right to repeal
Federal laws and regulations when ratified by the Legislatures of two
thirds of the several States.
A story in today's Philadelphia Daily News shows why it's so important that citizens be allowed to videotape cops - it can be citizens' only way to fight back against police abuse of power.
This incident happened several weeks ago in Philadelphia to Mark Fiorino, a 25-year-old IT worker who carries a gun on his hip at all times for self defense. He got the gun after several friends were mugged.
But he didn't count on attacks by police: Read More
Secret Service interrogates Tacoma 7th
A Tacoma seventh grader faced federal interrogation at school for what he posted on his Facebook page. His mom said it all happened without her knowledge or permission.
Timi Robertson said she had just finished lunch with a friend Friday when she got a phone call from her son's school.
"I answered it, and it's the school security guard who's giving me a heads up that the Secret Service is here with the Tacoma Police Department and they have Vito and they're talking to him," Robertson said. Read More
Isn't this why we HAVE Homeland
Texas Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw testified before lawmakers in Washington last week.
He says the majority of people from terrorist sponsored countries are getting into the U.S. along the Texas border. Read More
WHAT!!! Not Constitutional AT
A little noticed provision in the House Armed Services Committee's National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Section 1034 was added to the bill by the committee's chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA).
"Congress may soon vote on a new declaration of worldwide war without end, and without clear enemies," the ACLU warned in a statement. "A 'sleeper provision' deep inside defense bills pending before Congress could become the single biggest hand-over of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history." Read More
This borders on the ridiculous...What
surprises me is that people actually buy into the lies!
Militia members and other antigovernment “Patriot” types have a new social network where they can share and discuss the latest conspiracy theories about the looming “New World Order” and its enablers.
The site, which calls itself the “Social Network of the Revolution,” is run by Patriot leader Gary Franchi, producer of “Camp FEMA,” a film that promotes the FEMA camp conspiracy theory. The site, named RTR, apparently stands for Restore the Republic, since Franchi heads a Patriot group and website with that name. Read More
another failing government agency...
After the raging Cedar River filled his home with 13 feet of water and ruined most of his possessions, Justin Van Fleet pleaded for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get back on his feet.
Dead broke and living in a FEMA trailer following the 2008 flood, Van Fleet repeatedly submitted paperwork and made countless phone calls arguing his case. Read More
It is about time!!!
Well, it was bound to happen. Someone has
finally gotten so tired of the X-rated pat-downs at airports they are
trying to criminalize it.
Obama administration floats draft
plan to tax cars by the mile
The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.
The plan is a part of the
administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of
which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.
Obama Puts Brakes on
Plan to Tax Drivers by the Mile
President Barack Obama on Friday rejected his transportation secretary's suggestion that the administration consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy.
"It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, when asked for the president's thoughts about Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's suggestion, raised in an interview with The Associated Press a daily earlier. Read More
Oregon satellite road tax pilot begins this fall. UK announces plans for nationwide program.
Transportation officials in the US and UK are both moving toward a satellite-based tax on driving designed to encourage people to give up their cars and embrace public transportation. Under the plans, the current gas tax would be reduced or replaced in favor of a system where satellites would monitor the driving of individuals and charge more for those driving in popular locations at popular times. Under the British plan, motorists would be charged up to £1.34 (US $2.44) for each mile driven. Read More
Oh, wait...that isn't far enough
back, either...Rewind, a little more!
The concept is gaining currency among the think-outside-the-box crowd as a way to bolster sagging transportation coffers while eliminating the politically unpopular tax on gasoline. But it may be an idea that only a policy wonk could love.
"It's absolutely horrible," said Nancy Mooslin, an artist who divides her time -- and drives -- between downtown Los Angeles and Newport Beach.
"It's the craziest idea I've ever heard," said Judy Heiser, who manages a gas station in North Hollywood. Read More
Despite last week's
"termination" of America's bête
noire, Osama bin Laden, the reputed "emir" and old
"new Hitler" of the Afghan-Arab database of disposable Western
intelligence assets known as al-Qaeda, Secrecy
News reports an uptick in domestic spying.
Analysis: Pace Of Yuan Rise Unaffected By
he latest round of the Sino-U.S. Strategic & Economic Dialogue is likely to see Chinese officials rejecting U.S. calls for a significantly faster pace of yuan appreciation, even as the currency continues to rise against the U.S. dollar as part of Beijing's anti-inflation campaign.
Senior officials from the Chinese and U.S. governments are scheduled to meet later today in Washington for biannual talks, expected to include discussion on the Libyan protests and the impact of the Japanese earthquake as well as topics specific to the bilateral relationship. Read More
One Company that deserves to be
Last month the Department of Homeland Security asked Mozilla to remove a Firefox extension called MAFIAAFire that helps web surfers access websites whose domain names have been seized by the government for alleged copyright infringement. Because the government seizes only the site name and not the actual servers, affected sites can simply buy a new domain from a non-U.S. registrar and go back online. The add-on in question makes the takedowns less effective by simply redirecting traffic from the old domain to the new one. Read More
Fourth Circuit Judge Selection
It was not until this morning that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond released the identity of the three randomly selected judges from its 14-member bench that would hear the cases on “ObamaCare.” Of its 14 judges, the Fourth Circuit is comprised of: 4 Obama nominees, 3 G.W. Bush nominees, 3 Clinton nominees, 2 G.H.W. Bush nominees, 1 Reagan nominee, and 1 judge, the Honorable Dennis Shedd, who was a Clinton recess nomination, re-nominated by G.W. Bush in 2000).
Here we go again!!!
Kelsea Hanrahan spends a lot of time on the road.
The Long island, N.Y., consultant gets reimbursed 50 cents a mile for gas from her job. That used to net her an extra $50 a week in pocket change.
"I was pocketing money because my car is fuel-efficient, but now most of it's just going to the extra gas price," she says. Read More
Under fire for an operation that allowed smuggling of U.S. weapons across the nation’s border with Mexico, President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.”
The Mexican government has complained that it didn’t know about the U.S. operation that allowed guns to illegally cross the southwestern border so they could track the weapons. Read More
Mexico lawmakers livid over US
'Operation Fast and Furious'
Mexico has long complained that drug gangs are terrorizing cities with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States. But Mexican lawmakers are now up in arms over the recent revelation that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) purposefully allows some of these weapons to be smuggled south of the border so it can track them as part of "Operation Fast and Furious." Read More
Project Gunrunner Fact Sheet
Obama on ATF Operation Fast and Furious:
“I did not authorize it”
Thank God America has journalists who aren’t afraid to ask President Obama the tough questions about the brewing scandal knows as “Gunwalker.” [FYI: That's the name given the scheme whereby the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) enabled gun smugglers intent on providing Mexican drug cartels with weapons purchased in the United States.] Read More
Video and other info at this link
Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.
He was intentionally letting guns go to
An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen. Read More
No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. A six-year-old boy in Virginia has been suspended from school for … crying.
Earlier this month, Gary and Heather Clark were notified by officials at Tallwood Elementary School in Virginia Beach that their son Bronson had been suspended from school for allegedly crying in class and disrupting the educational process, according to the Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based civil liberties organization. Read More
In a prelude to a summer showdown with President Barack Obama, Republicans controlling the House pushed to passage on Friday a bold but politically dangerous budget blueprint to slash social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid and fundamentally restructure Medicare health care for the elderly.
The nonbinding plan lays out a fiscal
vision cutting $6.2 trillion from yearly federal deficits over the
coming decade and calls for transforming Medicare from a program in
which the government directly pays medical bills into a voucher-like
system that subsidizes purchases of private insurance plans.
Let's Not Be Judgmental About the
Journalist Who Kept Quiet About Racist Murders by New Orleans Police
Sometimes bad things happen in bad
situations. That's the message from some people that James Rainey of the
Los Angeles Times talked to about the case of New Orleans Times-Picayune
photographer Alex Brandon, whose news-gathering work in the Hurricane
Katrina–wrecked city in 2005 excluded the news that police were
killing unarmed black people.
About time someone on
the Hill got angry about this abuse! Too bad it took his daughter
being abused to make him GET this angry...
After his 15-year-old daughter was whisked away from her mother for a pat down at Ronald Reagan International Airport, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he’s had enough and introduced legislation this week to bar pat downs of minors without parental consent.
Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of an Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that watches over the Transportation Security Administration, says his wife and two daughters were flying to Utah from Washington a few weeks ago, when they refused to go through whole-body imaging machines, which the congressman has railed against as intrusive. Read More
US officials caught out spending
Gulf oil spill clean-up funds on gadgets
In the year since the Gulf oil spill, officials along the coast have gone on a spending spree with BP money, dropping tens of millions of dollars on gadgets and other gear - much of which had little to do with the cleanup, an Associated Press investigation shows.
The oil giant opened its checkbook while the crisis was still unfolding last spring and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Gulf Coast communities with few strings attached. Read More
Syrian soldiers have been shot by security forces after refusing to fire on protesters, witnesses said, as a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations intensified.
Witnesses told al-Jazeera and the BBC that some soldiers had refused to shoot after the army moved into Banias in the wake of intense protests on Friday.
Human rights monitors named Mourad Hejjo, a conscript from Madaya village, as one of those shot by security snipers. "His family and town are saying he refused to shoot at his people," said Wassim Tarif, a local human rights monitor. Read More
The headlines scream, "Is this Baby in Danger Due to Hoarding Grandma?"; "The Horrors of Hoarding"; and "Animal 'Hoarding' Often Tied to Mental Illness." Meanwhile, a popular TV series entitled Hoarders focuses upon people whose "inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis"; like drug addicts, they require an intervention. The vilification of hoarders as mentally ill, child-endangering animal abusers is in full swing.
What is this vile and dangerous thing called hoarding? The noun "hoard" is defined as "a store of money or valued objects, typically one that is secret or carefully guarded." The verb means to "save up as for future use." In common usage, anyone who stores more of a good than their neighbors do is often viewed as a "hoarder." Read More
Faux job numbers could lead to real
Take, for instance, the Labor Department's annual springtime boost in the faux jobs market. While it's nice that the government thinks there is an employment boom coming, this won't be a good development if that boom turns out to be imaginary yet still causes the Federal Reserve to prematurely tighten credit conditions.
Let's start from the beginning.
Early this month Labor reported that 216,000 new jobs were created in March. It was better than Wall Street expected. Read More
Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day. The students can either eat the cafeteria food--or go hungry. Only students with allergies are allowed to bring a homemade lunch to school, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"Nutrition wise, it is better for
the children to eat at the school," principal Elsa CarmonaÂ told
the paper of the years-old policy. "It's about ... the excellent
quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk
versus a Coke." Read
A judge approved a settlement Friday in which Kansas City police will pay about $1.2 million to 50 people who have contended that police improperly seized their property.
The order ended a decade-long class-action lawsuit brought against the Kansas City Police Department by plaintiffs who alleged that police illegally handed their money and property to the federal government for forfeiture, rather than running it though a state system that would have given money to schools.
Court rules against exonerated death row inmate who sued prosecutors
Conservative justices prevailed in the 5 to 4 ruling, which shielded the district attorney’s office from liability for not turning over evidence that showed John Thompson’s innocence. Read More
Many of us have said
this from the very beginning! There is no way they can predict the
cost accurately! Look what they did with the Cash For Clunkers
Program...I hate to keep bringing this up but that SMALL program cost 3
times as much as it was supposed to and only lasted 2/3's as long!
We MUST learn from history!
When Obamacare was passed into law, its proponents touted the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis showing that it would reduce the deficit. A lot has changed since then. Heritage research reveals that “a close examination of what CBO said, as well as other evidence, makes it clear that the deficit reduction associated with [Obamacare] is based on budget gimmicks, sleights of hand, accounting tricks, and completely implausible assumptions.”
Now, a recent hearing held by the House
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has further revealed that the
cost of Obamacare will be higher than expected. Douglas Elmendorf,
Director of the Congressional Budget Office, highlighted that CBO’s
March 2011 updated analysis of the health care legislation shows its
coverage provisions costing $1.1 trillion between 2012 and 2021. This is
$90 billion more than the prior month’s estimates for the same time
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have started to chip away at housing finance giants Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) and Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB), taking the first legislative steps to reduce their role in the $10.6 trillion U.S. residential mortgage market.
The House Financial Services subcommittee responsible for overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac approved eight narrowly crafted bills late on Tuesday and early Wednesday targeting the two firms, including one that would sharply cut the pay of their executives. Read More
Keep in mind,
those who have given up the search for employment are not counted...
The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 8.8 percent in March of 2011. From 1948 until 2010 the United States' Unemployment Rate averaged 5.70 percent reaching an historical high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953. The labour force is defined as the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but seeking work. Read More
Afghans Avenge Florida Koran
Burning, Killing 12
Stirred up by three angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church, thousands of protesters on Friday overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said. Read More
Good for him! The Debt Limit has
been raised 8 times in the past 10 years!
Americans have built the single greatest nation in all of human history. But America's exceptionalism was not preordained. Every generation has had to confront and solve serious challenges and, because they did, each has left the next better off. Until now.
Our generation's greatest challenge is an economy that isn't growing, alongside a national debt that is. If we fail to confront this, our children will be the first Americans ever to inherit a country worse off than the one their parents were given. Read More
what Steven Saw and many others of us already know...
Dan Dicker, who has spent nearly three decades in the oil market, has a profoundly disturbing explanation of why the price of oil, and the gasoline that comes from the crude product, has risen so dramatically in recent months. Read More
Since when does a
federal budget NEED to 'fund" Planned Parenthood???
Congressional leaders in both parties agree they have to stop putting off the inevitable and reach a deal to fund the federal government through September, the end of the fiscal year.
Washington is limping along on stopgap funds that expire April 8, the sixth short-term extension in the past 51 / 2 months. Neither side wants to pass another one. The extensions are a hassle to negotiate, with the two parties bickering over spending cuts for little benefit. Read More *
*Okay...No one is saying that Planned Parenthood cannot exist, but is it really up to the Federal Government to FUND it??? NO! If you think it is...Then show that to me in the Constitution! NOT THERE!
Who are these people and
where have they been...living under a rock???
When the world is in turmoil, investors have usually had one automatic response: Put money into dollars, viewed as the global safe harbor.
But that’s not happening in this tumultuous year. Even with the Middle East in conflict, Japan in disarray after a series of disasters and Europe facing a debt crisis, the dollar has been gradually falling in value against other major currencies. Having fallen relative to the euro, pound and yen in recent months, the dollar is down 7 percent against a basket of six major currencies since Jan. 7 and 14 percent since June. Read More
In what country does she
live? Just 'cause you say it doesn't make it so!
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Thursday that security on the southern U.S. border "is better now than it ever has been" and that violence from neighboring Mexico hasn't spilled over in a serious way.
Napolitano spoke at the Bridge of The Americas border crossing, after a meeting with the mayors of the border towns of El Paso, Nogales, Ariz., and Yuma, Ariz. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin also were present.
Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security will deploy 250 more border agents and expects to have 300 more under their next budget if it's approved. Read More
Over the last decade, rising waves of narco violence in Mexico and a dramatic tightening of border security by the United States over fears of terrorism have strangled cooperative relationships between officials of many "sister cities."
In many cases, professional friendships and cross-border ties among city leaders, and police and fire departments, have fallen by the wayside.
Where not long ago Brownsville police could count on their counterparts in Matamoros to help recover stolen cars and catch fugitives, the relationship is all but dead.
"It became almost nonexistent about a year ago. We don't have a liaison officer anymore," said Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia. Read More
NATO takes command of
part of Libya operation
NATO agreed late Thursday to take over part of the military operations against Libya — enforcement of the no-fly zone — after days of hard bargaining among its members. But the toughest and most controversial portion of the operation — attacks on the ground — will continue to be led by the U.S., which has been anxious to give up the lead role.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who announced the agreement in Brussels, said the alliance could eventually take more responsibility, "but that decision has not been reached yet." It appeared that some NATO members balked at any involvement in attacks on ground targets, something the alliance's sole Muslim member, Turkey, has resisted. Read More
One Year since it was signed into
A year ago today, President Barack Obama signed the health-care overhaul bill.
As we wrote then, “the executive and legislative branches have been the center of attention in Washington during the health-care fight so far, but the stage could soon be shared by the judiciary.” Indeed, there have been 25 cases challenging the law, according to this scorecard from Kaiser Health News. Read More
Waivers for Everyone
Republican congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan has been flipping through those 1000+ waivers granted to ObamaCare, and noticed they all apply to labor unions, large corporations, and one entire state. So far, individuals and small businesses have been unable to get one of those wonderful waivers, but Rogers plans to address this injustice with his Health Care Waiver Fairness Act. Read More
Defunding Obamacare: Istook
Testifies in the House
Yesterday we highlighted two recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports (October 14, 2010 and February 10, 2011) that detail how Obamacare bypassed the traditional yearly budgeting process and created a $105 billion slush fund for implementation. As we explained yesterday, if conservatives are serious about stopping Obamacare, they must proactively defund this money program by program.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced recently that it is dedicating up to $1 billion for a Lockheed Martin-developed system that will enable on-the-fly analysis of detailed identification information that can be instantaneously shared with law enforcement all around the world.
It's called the "Next Generation Identification System" (NGIS), and if you're a fan of television dramas like the CBS crime drama NCIS, it may sound pretty familiar. Read More
Are there ANY
It’s hard to find a precedent for a president ordering U.S. military forces into action, then heading off for a five-day tour of Latin America, but that’s just what President Barack Obama did when he approved the deployment of air and naval assets to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.
His homecoming gift is a barrage of questions about the military action Obama aides refuse to label a “war.” Read More
This would be
funny if it wasn't so sad!
Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.
Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.
Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck. Read More
Yeah, well I am right there with 'em!
China escalated its opposition to American-led airstrikes on Libya on Tuesday, joining Russia and India in calls for an immediate cease-fire and suggesting that coalition forces were imperiling civilians by exceeding the United Nations-mandated no-fly zone. Read More
Does this surprise
The White House announced Monday that the administration is starting a series of sessions with leaders on both sides of the gun control issue to try to reach compromise on legislation to reduce gun violence.
White House Secretary
Jay Carney did not announce which groups would be invited to the
sessions this week, but he said the Justice Department is “meeting
with stakeholders on all sides of the issue to look at ways we can find
common ground.” The meetings come after President Obama called Sunday
for greater enforcement of gun control laws and better background checks
since the January shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured
13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country's economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University.
But it was what Obama did offstage and away from the news cameras at the schools, before groups of about a dozen at a time, that was perhaps more important to his campaign for reelection. Read More
Anxiety About Oil, Recovery Send
Worries about oil supply and downbeat economic reports from three continents sent stocks worldwide sharply lower on Thursday, providing a reminder of the fragile nature of the global recovery.
Shares were down almost 2 percent on Wall Street, after markets in Asia and Europe fell amid continued turmoil in oil-producing Arab countries.
Oil prices were down $1.68, to $102.70, well below their recent highs on Monday. But the markets remained volatile as The Associated Press reported that Saudi forces had opened fire on protesters.
The Dow closed below
12,000 yesterday, slipping back under the psychological barrier that it
passed in late January.
Where do we get our
December 2010 Import Highlights:
Released February 25, 2011
Michele Bachmann's 'bombshell' on a
'hidden' $105 billion
"There was a Congressional Research
Service report that just was issued in February, and we discovered that
secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was
hidden in the 'Obamacare' legislation to fund the implementation of
'Obamacare'. This is something that wasn't known. This money was broken
up, hidden in various parts of the bill."
"This is a crime against democracy.
No one knew that Harry Reid, [Nancy] Pelosi and Obama put $105 billion
in spending in the bill. ... This is a bombshell."
You have to give Rep. Michele Bachmann credit. The Minnesota Republican certainly knows how to command attention -- and how to liven up a dreary discussion of the federal budget on the Sunday morning talk shows by holding up a sign that declares: "$105,464,000,000." Read more
Rep. Michele Bachmann hit the cable news circuit this week alleging that the Affordable Care Act contained $105 billion in “hidden” spending. She dubbed the revelation a “bombshell” and announced the news on Meet the Press, Fox’s Sean Hannity show, Fox’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren and WCCO’s Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy over the last few days. Politifact found Bachmann’s claim to be “barely true,” but the Washington Post disagreed, giving Bachmann four of its “Pinocchios.”
Politifact said it was “deluged” with suggestions that the Pulitzer Prize–winning fact-checker rate Bachmann’s statements, and when it did, it found her claims to be barely true. Read More
Congressional Budget Office Report
Related to Health Care
Obamacare vital signs starting to
Obamacare is living on borrowed time, and even its most ardent supporters are beginning to realize it. That’s why they’re racing to implement - and entrench - as much of the plan as possible before the laws of economics and the laws of the land and voters catch up. They’re like a deadbeat renter starting a remodeling project after being evicted but before the police escort them from the premises in hopes that it gives them squatter’s rights. Meanwhile, two unrelated but devastating events have caused the ground to shake beneath the feet of Obamacare supporters. Read More
Pimco’s Bill Gross Dumping
Treasuries Leads Managers Calling Rally’s End
Bill Gross has dumped all Treasuries from the world’s biggest mutual fund, Warren Buffett is shifting to shorter-term debt, and Swiss Reinsurance Co. is boosting equities and corporate bonds.
Some of the biggest private investors in the bond market, from fund managers to insurers and pensions, are preparing for an end to the three-decade Treasury rally, as interest rates near zero and unprecedented spending by the U.S. government and the central bank threaten to fuel inflation. Their strategies range from reducing the longest-dated holdings and shifting to higher-yielding corporate debt, to investing in stocks, commodities, non-U.S. bonds and even holding cash. Read More
Home prices: The double-dip is near
That big sucking sound you heard last week? That was the air being taken out of the housing market by a slew of bad reports followed by some dire predictions by an industry bubble-spotter.
On Tuesday, we found out that home prices were near their post-bust lows. Two days later the government reported that January saw a double-digit dip in the number of new homes sold.
Then Robert Shiller, the Yale economist and co-founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller home price indexes, dropped this bomb: "There's a substantial risk of home prices falling another 15%, 20% or 25%," he said. Read More
Foreclosures make up 26% of home
Home prices are down but sales are up, somewhat contradictory trends.
Home prices fell nearly 6% during the six months ended Dec. 31, sending values to their lowest levels in the post-bubble period, S&P/Case-Shiller reported on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes rose for the third straight month.
"At least it's not a double whammy where both sales and prices are dropping," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Services Group. "Deals are getting done."
That's because 26% of all homes sold last year were foreclosures and short sales, according to a RealtyTrac report released on Thursday. Read More
Stocks Retreat, Led by Chipmakers;
Oil, Treasuries, Gold Gain
U.S. stocks fell, erasing last week’s gain, as chipmakers slid after a ratings downgrade and oil advanced to a 29-month high. Treasuries climbed, while Greek default risk increased to a record after Moody’s Investors Service cut the nation’s credit rating.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index decreased 0.8 percent to 1,310.15 at 4 p.m. in New York and the Stoxx Europe 600 Index erased earlier gains to slip 0.4 percent. Oil advanced 1 percent to $105.44 a barrel. Gold trimmed gains after rallying to as much as $1,445.70 an ounce, an all-time high. Ten-year Treasury note yields slid five basis points to 3.51 percent. Read More
Stocks Notch a Down Day on Oil
Stocks fell Monday as investors continued to fret over the potential impact of rising oil prices amid more turmoil in Libya, while the technology sector was also hurt by an analyst downgrade.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 79.85 points, or 0.7%, to 12090.03. Chip giant Intel was among the measure's weakest components, off 35 cents, or 1.6%, to $21.21, after Wells Fargo cut its view of the semiconductor sector to "market weight" from "overweight" for the first time in more than two years. Still, the bank called the move "more an indication of a more moderate though still optimistic view of the sector rather than any active concern about the chip stocks as a group." Read More
Gas prices continue climb, up 34
cents in 13 days
Gas prices continued to rise Monday, driven higher for nearly two weeks straight by the turmoil in Libya, with analysts expecting prices to keep climbing.
The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose six tenths of a cent to $3.509, according to a daily survey by motorist group AAA. Read More
Oil at $110 May Trigger Pain U.S.
CEOs Weathered at $100
A recovering economy helped U.S. chief executive officers weather crude’s surge past the $100 mark. At $110 a barrel, the pain would start to kick in.
As oil traded at 29-month highs last week on concern that violence in Libya would further crimp Middle Eastern supplies, CEOs said they were waiting to see how much the price rises, and for how long.
“Any time something like oil goes up dramatically overnight, it becomes very hard to adequately plan,” said Samuel Allen, 57, chairman and CEO of Deere & Co. (DE), the world’s largest maker of agricultural equipment. “It has caused us to be more careful or cautious in watching the outlook, but we have still moved forward with all our plans.” Read More
Petroleum and Other Liquids
Big Jump in Private Jobs Bolsters
The economic waiting game may soon be over, as businesses signal that they are finally willing to resume widespread hiring.
In all, the nation added 192,000 jobs in February, a big jump from the 63,000 added the previous month, the Labor Department reported on Friday.
The job growth was the most in nearly a year, and the 12th consecutive month of gains by companies, which added 222,000 workers last month. It followed an unusually weak report in January, when major snowstorms across the country prompted offices and factories to close. Read More
Can a $100 Dollar Bill Get You
Detained at a Florida Turnpike Tollbooth?
Meet Joel Chandler, who just paid his $1.00 toll on the Polk Parkway with a $100 bill, he is not allowed to leave unless he provides personal info to the toll taker. The toll taker tells Chandler this is what happens when they get large bills. She says this is what they have to do.
Chandler says to the toll taker, “So I’m being detained?” She says yes sir.
It is a policy the Florida Turnpike authority instituted for people who paid with $20, $50 or $100 bills. After it happened once, Chandler kept testing the system and taped his encounters as he went through the toll booths. Read More
Lack of information, not lack of
oil, driving price rise
The continued climb in global oil prices brought on by unrest in Libya is due more to fear than to a shortage of petroleum, but experts warned Wednesday that the Obama administration may have to take steps to drive prices down if they don't fall on their own soon.
The price for a barrel of crude oil for April delivery rose $2.60 Wednesday to $102.23 on the New York Mercantile Exchange — the first time that oil settled above $100 since September 2008, the month that the U.S. financial meltdown began in earnest. Read More
Ron Paul to Bernanke: ‘Define the
What happens when you throw Congress’s top Federal Reserve critic in a room with the central bank’s chairman? Apparently even the definition of the dollar is open for question.
Long-time Fed basher Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas), who wrote a book titled “End The Fed,” squared off Wednesday with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at a hearing on Capitol Hill and wasted little time going after the central bank. Read More
Documents Reveal TSA Research
Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers
Updated with the TSA’s response below, which denies implementing airport-style scans in mass transit.
Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets. Read More
Supreme Court Says AT&T Not Exempt From
Corporations don’t reap the same privacy protections as do people, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday.
The court, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, said AT&T did not enjoy the “personal privacy” provision of the Freedom of Information Act as the telecom had claimed. The act exempts the government from publicly disclosing law enforcement records if they “constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” Read More
TSA officer accused of aiding drug
Minnetta Walker is a behavioral detection officer at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Her job is to walk through the airport and look for individuals who might be planning some criminal activity.
But Walker -- according to federal agents who arrested her Tuesday -- got involved in criminal activity herself.
The 43-year-old Transportation Security Administration employee was arrested on charges that she provided information to suspected drug traffickers and helped them get past security checkpoints with minimum scrutiny. Read More
in Arkansas May Be Man-Made, Experts Warn
The sudden swarm
of earthquakes in Arkansas -- including the largest quake to hit
the state in 35 years -- is very possibly an after effect of natural-gas
drilling, experts warn.
The American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century’s gold rush — for natural gas.
The gas has always been there, of course, trapped deep underground in countless tiny bubbles, like frozen spills of seltzer water between thin layers of shale rock. But drilling companies have only in recent years developed techniques to unlock the enormous reserves, thought to be enough to supply the country with gas for heating buildings, generating electricity and powering vehicles for up to a hundred years. Read More
warships enter Egypt's Suez Canal
The USS Kearsarge and
the Ponce, two US amphibious assault ships, have entered the Suez Canal
on their way to Libya as Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi continues his
harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters, a canal official says.
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