What The National Pamphleteers Don't Report:
Former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier deathly ill with liver cancer
By Steve Cofield
November 5, 2011
Joe Frazier was one of the most feared knockout artists in the history of boxing, but now he's facing an opponent very few can KO. According to the N.Y. Post's Kevin Kernan, the 67-year-old Frazier is battling advanced stages of liver cancer. "He's in serious shape, we're looking for a miracle,'' said a source close to the former heavyweight champ. "They're only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now.'' According to Leslie Wolff, Frazier's personal and business manager, the former fighter was [....]
Food, energy inflation not so temporary
by Steve Goldstein
October 31, 2011
The Federal Reserve likes to say that food and energy price hikes have just had a temporary impact on inflation.
But Deutsche Bank economists Joseph LaVorgna and Carl Riccadonna say, not so fast.
To be sure, they say in a research note published Monday, food and energy prices are volatile. And surveys of purchasing managers have shown slowing price pressures. But that’s not the same as saying as companies are reporting price declines. Moreover, food and energy prices have generally been on the way up. Since 1987, there have been only four years when combined food and energy prices in the CPI index have declined – and always they have recovered in the next year. On an annualized basis, the economists [....]
Obama deportation numbers a 'trick'
The author says that Janet Napolitano's claim of strengthened border security are untrue.
by Rep. Lamar Smith
October 25, 2011
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last week announced that the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants in the past year. But the Obama administration is using smoke and mirrors to achieve its so-called historic record. Take away the illusion, and the facts show that the administration conjures up its deportation statistics. The administration appears to have artificially inflated its deportation numbers. It includes voluntary removals in the deportation statistics. But this is not removal because an illegal immigrant is not then subject to penalties for returning to the United States. For example, a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be voluntarily returned numerous times in one year — and counted each time as a removal. Even The Washington Post found the Obama administration used questionable [....]
Destroying the Electoral College: The Anti-Federalist National Popular Vote Scheme
By Hans von Spakovsky
The Heritage Foundation
October 27, 2011
Abstract: The National Popular Vote (NPV) plan is the latest in a long line of schemes designed to replace the Electoral College. Imbued with the ideals of this nation’s Founders, the Electoral College has proved itself to be both effective in providing orderly elections for President and resilient in allowing a stable transfer of power of the leadership of the world’s greatest democracy. Therefore, while it would be a mistake to replace the Electoral College, replacing this system with the NPV would be a disaster. The NPV would devalue the minority interests that the Founders sought to protect, create electoral administrative problems, encourage voter fraud, and radicalize the U.S. political system. It also would likely violate the U.S. Constitution’s Compact Clause while directly contravening the Founders’ view of federalism and a representative republic. In an age of perceived political dysfunction, effective policies already in place—especially successful policies established by this nation’s Founders, such as the Electoral College—should be preserved. Our system for electing a president has worked pretty well. There is no real case [....]
Amid deficit gloom, some states enjoy surpluses
By BECKY BOHRER
November 4, 2011JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The budget questions that sent Alaska lawmakers into special session this year had nothing to do with austerity measures or disagreements over cuts to state agencies or programs.
They just couldn't agree on what to do with all that extra money.
Resource-rich Alaska took in nearly $1.9 billion more than expected last fiscal year thanks largely to high oil prices and ended the fiscal year with an estimated $260 million surplus, an amount equal to nearly 4 percent of its general fund. A handful of states — led by those that enjoy bountiful energy reserves such as West Virginia, Wyoming and North Dakota — have found themselves in similarly enviable positions, oases of optimism in an otherwise barren landscape of budget cuts and government layoffs. A few other states, including Massachusetts, South Carolina and Virginia, have combined slight increases in tax revenue with tight spending controls to produce modest surpluses. In West Virginia, the surplus is going toward reserves, pension programs and debt. Wyoming put [....]
Beginner chess mistakes to avoid
By Mike Smith
November 2, 2011Becoming a great chess player is a journey. And as is the case with any truly great game, understanding the rules is just the first step. The second, we'd venture to say, is being able to identify, understand, and fix your mistakes. Fortunately, there are a few elementary (and easily corrected) blunders that nearly all beginner players fall into at some point. Dodge them, and grand mastery -- or, at any rate, a much better standard of play -- is just around the corner. Here are seven of the most common.
Hands off the queen
Let's be honest about it: queens kick ass. Zooming about the board, owning up the place, they're the chess equivalent of a Sherman tank...except Sherman tanks generally can't [....]
Broke Green Company Greases Director Six Figures for Obama Loans
by John Ransom
November 4, 2011
A financially-troubled Canadian alternative energy company with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid paid a director the lion's share of $758,828 (CAD) in reported consulting fees, according to an analysis of the filings made by the company. The fee was a part of a consulting agreement in order to successfully arrange a loan guarantee by the Department of Energy. The loan, made by insurance powerhouse John Hancock, could put taxpayers at risk for 80 percent of both interest and principal due to the insurance company under the terms of the agreement amidst signs that the energy company may be bankrupt by the end of the year. In the June filings for Canadian-based Nevada Geothermal, which according to the New York Times employs only 22 people in Nevada, the company’s auditors issued “going-concern” warnings that without additional investment or revenues, the company could cease operations. At stake is about $135 million in financing by the [....]
FCC cracks down on religious broadcasters
The churches were granted FCC exemptions from closed captioning in 2006.
by Brooks Boliek,
October 31, 2011
If a church broadcasts the word of God on TV without closed captions, it risks incurring the wrath of the FCC. Some 300 small- to medium-sized churches can expect letters from the commission within the next few days explaining why their closed captioning exemptions were lifted for TV shows like “Power in the Word” and “Producing Kingdom Citizens.” The FCC has been mailing the letters for the past few days to churches from Maine to California, explaining that the hundreds of exemptions are now rescinded and giving the programmers 90 days to reapply. The churches [....]
Italy 10-year yield rises amid debt plan worries
By William L. Watts
October 31, 2011FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) -- Italian government bond yields rose, with the 10-year yield nearing a level last seen in early August, as concerns mounted about the effectiveness of the euro-zone rescue plan adopted last week by European leaders. The 10-year yield /quotes/zigman/4869096 IT:10YR_ITA -0.38% rose 21 basis points to 6.10%. The yield rose as high as 6.18% on Aug. 4, according to trading platform Tradeweb, before retreating in the wake of purchases of Italian and Spanish government bonds by the European Central Bank. The cost of insuring Italian government debt against default via credit default swaps rose Monday. The spread on five-year Italian CDS widened 28 basis points [....]
Janet Napolitano defends White House role in deportation reprieves
by Josh Gerstein,
October 26, 2011
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is defending the involvement of President Barack Obama's White House in crafting priorities for deportation of illegal aliens and for laying out criteria for which illegal immigrants may win a reprieve from deportation in an upcoming review of pending cases. "Because immigration involves two major agencies: DHS and DOJ, it is entirely appropriate and, yes, there was coordination with the White House," Napolitano told Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) during a House Judicary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday. It's unusual for the White House to [....]
Oregon veteran faces eviction if he hangs US flag
November 3, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Edward Zivica, a 70-year-old who served in the Navy in the 1960s, faces a hard choice come Veterans Day next week: He can obey the rules and remain in his apartment complex, or he can follow his tradition of hanging the American flag outside his place. The managers at his subsidized housing project in Springfield, Ore., have given him notice he'll be evicted if [....]
Heart-Warming: Wheelchair-Bound Football Player Scores Touchdown
by Jonathon M. Seidl,
November 3, 2011
Trent Glaze loves football. In fact, he even wants to coach it one day. But as a high school football player he also had a dream of getting on the field. That may sound like a simple goal, but Glaze has muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair. But despite his physical setback, his dream came true on last Friday night. It was his opportunity to shine,” Fairfield Union (Ohio) coach Tom McCurdy told WBNS-TV. “He’s my right-hand man. He’s always telling me what we need to do (and) what needs to improve.” But on Friday, the “right-hand man” became his star player. WBNS explains [....]
Students Graduating From NH Colleges Have Highest Average Debt
By Lauren Leamanczyk,
WBZ-TV's New Hampshire Bureau Chief
November 3, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. (CBS) -It’s a tough time to be graduating from college. Jobs are hard to find and student debt is skyrocketing. A new study shows the problem is especially big in New Hampshire. Students graduating from New Hampshire colleges and universities in 2010 had [....]
The Dream Team
by Ben Crystal,
Personal Liberty Digest
October 27, 2011
During the run-up to the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination, the relationship between the competing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns plumbed impressive depths, culminating in now-Secretary of State Clinton’s poorly worded intimation that Obama might not serve out his entire term. But President Obama managed to bury the hatchet (although perhaps not in the precise spot for which he was aiming). The two camps put aside their differences with Obama’s nomination of Clinton to the Nation’s top diplomatic post. With Clinton relegated to the State Department, Obama could focus on his top priorities: blaming others for his failures, remaining “unaware” of malfeasance in his cabinet, grubbing for cash with Lady Gaga and playing golf.
Nonetheless, with America waking to the reality that Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Andrew Jackson, Obama better start bringing his A game. Otherwise, he and Hillary can discuss what might have been over coffee in the Berkeley poli-sci department. Meanwhile, I [....]
The Rise Of The Entrepreneur
by Robert Ringer,
Personal Liberty Digest,
November 1, 2011
Increasingly, it appears that the far left has found a straw dog to replace its long-cherished, but now embarrassingly discredited, global-warming hoax: “unequal distribution of wealth.” Of course, class warfare has been around for thousands of years, so it was just a matter of reviving a tired old idea. And, unfortunately, it’s an idea that works nearly 100 percent of the time — at least with those who are ignorant of history and unwilling to study or think. But as the ne’er-do-well in the White House and Congressional Democrats continue to cast the entrepreneur as a greedy, avaricious villain whose success comes at the expense of the working man, a healthy backlash is occurring. With the word entrepreneur becoming increasingly popular with media pundits on both the right and the left, more and more people are coming to realize that entrepreneurship was the driving force behind America’s widespread prosperity — prosperity that few Americans could have imagined as recently as the mid-20th century.
After all, many of the Founding Fathers were entrepreneurs, and perhaps the two most famous in that regard are George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They also are good examples of just how far apart the results of individual entrepreneurs can be. Though they were both farmers, Washington was one of the richest men in America, while Jefferson struggled financially throughout his life and died broke. Jefferson’s financial difficulties are a reminder that there are no guarantees for the entrepreneur, who labors away without the luxury of a safety net. In fact, perhaps the single greatest attribute of an entrepreneur is his willingness to take risks — including the risk of losing everything if he fails. By everything, I’m not just referring to savings, stocks, bonds and collectibles. I’m talking about his house, his furniture, his cars — everything he owns — not to mention his credit and his self-esteem.
In this vein, ultra-liberal Barbara Walters, of all people, did an excellent special last week on self-made billionaires. The slant of the show belied the rhetoric of left-wing politicians who frantically try to convince the public that being rich, of and by itself, is evil. Their words clearly imply that rich people [....]
One Town‘s ’Declaration of Independence’
by Tiffany Gabbay,
November 4, 2011
Glenn Beck clearly works hard to make sure that each segment of his GBTV show ranks high in measures of quality and content. But you can tell when he classifies a topic as a “must watch” segment. There are two such clips in this post.
Consider this a story of a destiny reclaimed. One town, best by squabbles and scandals, rises up to chart a new and very American course. Until November 2010, Vernon Township, New Jersey did not have a Mayor. Instead, the town functioned under the Faulkner Act – a “council-manager” – form of government. Under this system council members perform the town’s necessary administrative functions, with one council member serving either as an appointed (by the council members) or elected “mayor.” Effectively this individual is a figurehead and does not possess actual veto power [....]
Wounded elephant walks again, thanks to jumbo-sized false foot
By Ian Williams,
NBC News Correspondent
November 4, 2011
PHNOM TAMAO, Cambodia – "I really thought he would never make it," said Nick Marx, stroking Chhouk's trunk with a sense of pride and affection. "He was seriously injured. He was extremely young, emaciated and very, very sick." Chhouk, a bull elephant now 5 years old, was found in the Cambodian jungle in 2007, alone and close to death, his left front foot mangled by a poacher's trap.
Marx, the Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care at the Wildlife Alliance, a conservation group, was one of the first to the scene, nursing Chhouk in the jungle for a week. "I stayed with him, slept beside him, hand-fed him everything he ate.” Chhouk was [....]
Deranged homeless man goes on violent rampage in Zuccotti Park
By KEVIN FASICK,
New York Post,
November 4, 2011
A deranged homeless man who has been squatting among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in lower Manhattan went on a violent, early-morning rampage yesterday, cursing incoherently and kicking down tents. The only thing that could stop Jeremy Clinch from his Godzilla-like rampage was a left hook to the face delivered by a paranoid fellow protester who claimed to be an ex-Turkish diplomat -- and charged that his assailant was carrying out a plot hatched by Mayor Bloomberg. “I’ve been here from Day One! I haven’t got a tent!” the Cleveland-native Clinch shrieked as he furiously kicked down tents onto sleeping protesters at about 8 a.m.
It was just the type of increasingly violent incident that has downtown residents -- already bombarded by megaphones, incessant drumming, graffiti and public urination -- feeling on edge as the OWS takeover of Zuccotti Park enters its third month. “You want to [....]
Who’s Getting Hired Right Now
by Jacquelyn Smith,
Power Your Future
November 3, 2011
Millions of jobless American's are struggling to find work as the unemployment rate stagnates around 9.1%. However, some lucky professionals are finding opportunities less difficult to come by. If you are a jobless nurse, sales representative or truck driver — there's plenty of hope for you. Online job aggregator Indeed.com has sifted through its database to find the occupations that are hiring the most right now. The picture that results doesn't reflect a precise number of available jobs, because an opening can be listed in more than one place and can remain online for a time after it's filled. Also, some occupations include various job titles. For instance, sales manager includes vice president of sales, director of sales, and so on. That said, though, the numbers do offer a strong, broad gauge of who's getting jobs right now. "The data is an encouraging sign that, despite a struggling economy, opportunities are available in a variety of sectors," says Paul Forster, chief executive and co-founder of Indeed.com. Registered nurses top the list, with 132,283 job postings at the moment. They include registered nurses (RN), staff RNs, operating room RNs, oncology RNs, and others. "Health care fared better overall than any other industry during the recession and has had considerably more job postings available on Indeed than other sectors," Forster says. "Registered nurses are one of the largest professions in the health care industry, and employment of nurses is expected to grow by more than 20% by 2018. Demand for preventive care is rising, and an aging baby boomer population will cause a surge in demand for health services."
Others jobs in the medical field that are also hiring like crazy: physical therapists and occupational therapists. They have 53,009 job postings and 46,598 job postings, respectively. "Occupational therapists and physical therapists are in high demand for many of the same reasons as RNs," Forster says. "Occupational therapists and physical therapists also [....]
School police union slammed for edgy t-shirts
November 1, 2011....
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California school police officers union has angered a town after it sold T-shirts with a picture of a child behind bars and the slogan:
"U raise 'em, we cage 'em."
Town leaders said the fundraising shirts are highly offensive and fuel mistrust of the Twin Rivers Police Department in North Highlands, the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/sDbEnl ) reported Tuesday. "Unfortunately, this shirt seems to confirm that this is who Twin Rivers Police are and how they think, or at least some of them," Derrell Roberts said. "This doesn't speak highly of the culture of this department." The Twin Rivers Police Officers Association officials said they came up with the T-shirt idea in 2009 to raise money for fallen officers. Less than 30 shirts were ordered and most were sold for $12 to union members. Association President Arlin Kocher said the shirts were a mistake and that the union stopped selling them this summer at the police chief's request.
"I don't think this will be received well by the public, which is why we stopped selling them," Kocher said. "Our union, especially me, take full responsibility." The Sacramento-area department has been under increasing scrutiny since one of its officers was shot four times on Oct. 22. The suspected shooter died hours later. The department, which has 20 sworn officers, has had three cases [....]
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