Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Sunday 'Report;' 01/01/2012

What The National Pamphleteers Don't Report:
Young Americans Leaving The Country In Record Numbers 

by Sam Rolley,
The Liberty DigestDecember 9, 2011
A feeling of economic hopelessness has young Americans leaving the country in record numbers.
    A new study shows that more U.S. citizens than ever before are living outside of the United States.  Statistics from the State Department indicate that about 6.4 million Americans are either working or studying overseas, the largest number in history.  Surveys conducted by Gallup of 135 nations outside the United States found that numbers of Americans leaving the country have skyrocketed only in recent years. In the two years before polling began, the number of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 living abroad surged from about 1 percent to more than 5.1 percent.
    Among 18 to 24-year-olds, nearly 40 percent say that they would leave the United States if they had the opportunity to find work elsewhere.  Many experts say [....]

Yemen's leader causes headaches in Washington
by Bradley Klapper; Julie Pace,
Associated Press
December 27, 2011The Obama administration is weighing an unprecedented diplomatic act — whether to bar a friendly president from U.S. soil.
    American officials were evaluating on Tuesday an awkward request from Yemeni strongman and longtime U.S. counterterrorism partner Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has said he plans to come to the United States for medical treatment for injuries suffered in a June assassination attempt, and he has asked for a U.S. visa for entry to the country. Fearful of appearing to harbor an autocrat with blood on his hands, the Obama administration [....]


Where Are They Now?
1. Romance amidst the riots:
2. Premature death of a high-school athlete:
3. Giant creatures from the deep:
4. Super-heroine makeovers:
5. Fast food, NFL, and the call of nature:
6. Grammys gibberish:
7. Death in the water:
8. Reality run-around:
9. Bride on the run:
10. Street millionaire:

Whoa There!
Time to REIN in Runaway Bureaucrats

by Mike Kelsey
The Foundry
December 5, 2011
    America’s out-of-control administrative state can best be compared to a runaway stage coach—trampling American workers and careening away with their money. Next week, Congress will have an opportunity to bring much-needed oversight to America’s regulatory process by voting for the aptly named REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny), which would require any new regulations costing more than $100 million to be approved by Congress. If passed, the REINS Act will go a long way toward curbing the excesses of unaccountable bureaucrats and restoring the constitutional principle of self-government.
But don’t bureaucrats decide only the minor details of regulations? Sadly, no. In 2010 alone, regulatory agencies issued a torrent of major new regulations costing a staggering (and likely underestimated) sum of $26.5 billion. That sticker shock has not slowed bureaucrats one bit; there are currently 144 major regulations pending that would each cost at least $100 million.
Among the most egregious of these new regulations is a recently released 893-page plan by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to raise vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. These regulations will (by the agencies’ own estimates) cost the economy $8.5 billion per year and raise the price of cars by at least $2,000–$2,800, and yet they have not been authorized by any elected officials.
Leftist commentators have predictably denounced the REINS Act as a radical Republican ploy to “cripple” the regulatory agencies responsible for public safety. Liberals are particularly quick to paint menacing images of “caring” experts being overruled by mean, partisan politicians. In the words of one environmental lobbying group, “Do you want Representatives to decide what level of mercury pollution endangers our health or you want medical experts to make this assessment?”  These criticisms are highly misleading. The REINS Act in no way prevents agencies from enforcing existing laws and regulations. Nor would it result in politicians having to decide all the technical details of regulations. Rather, the REINS Act simply [....]

December 6, 2011

Who Earns Most?
 Ratio of Pay CEO-to-Worker
By Bridget Quigg,
December 6, 2011
How much do certain CEOs make compared to the employees at their companies?
A lot.
Many earn hundreds, even thousands, of times more than their typical employee.
    Online salary database researched the total cash compensation for CEOs of the top 50 companies on Fortune’s exclusive 500 list. Then, PayScale calculated the median annual earnings for workers at those companies and came up with a ratio of CEO to typical worker's pay and created an infographic showing the results. Spoiler alert: Prepare to be shocked.
Highest Pay Ratio
Stephen J. Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group brings home $1,731 for every dollar a typical employee at his company earns. Wal-Mart CEO Michael T. Duke sits far behind him with a 713 to one ratio. And, Ivan G. Seidenburg of Verizon Communications comes in third at 613 to one.  Do you earn about $10 per hour? Can you imagine earning $6,130 per hour instead? That is what is happening in Verizon’s corner office. At UnitedHealthGroup, it’s more like $17,310 per hour. With a boost in earnings like that, you could afford to buy a Hyundai Elantra GT 4 door hatchback every hour (MSRP $15,389).
Lowest Pay Ratio
Not all leaders take in cash at the same rate.
In fact, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway earns a humble $10 for every dollar of typical median income earned by his employees.
Microsoft Corp. stands out as a profitable company that pays its employees well. Microsoft boasts the highest typical median pay for full time employees, the fourth highest annual profits, and the 48th highest paid CEO on the list (Steven A. Ballmer) with a ratio of 13 to one.
And, had he lived long enough to still be leading the company he so carefully built, Steve Jobs would have outdone them all, earning his lowly $1 per year salary. [....]

The New Flat Tax—Easy as One, Two, Three
By J.D. Foster, Ph.D.
December 13, 2011
Abstract: The current tax system discourages saving. It discourages investment. It discourages entrepreneurship. It causes decision makers to misallocate the nation’s resources, limiting productivity gains, wage gains, and the nation’s overall level of international competitiveness. And, it is far, far too complicated. The New Flat Tax is the remedy. It replaces every major tax collected by the federal government. For non-seniors, it is as easy as one, two, three—one rate, two credits, three deductions. For seniors on Medicare, one of the two credits—for health insurance—is replaced by an extra deduction. The New Flat Tax is simple, revenue-neutral, and will allow America to achieve its full economic potential.
    The existing tax system is manifestly indefensible, especially in its complexity and its drain on economic vitality. The tax system’s complexity is inflicted on taxpayers of all walks of life. Low-income citizens must navigate the enormously complex Earned Income Credit. Those who save must overcome the system’s inherent discouragements and sort through a passel of tax rates and regimes for different forms of saving. Businesses investing in new plant and equipment must pay extra to obtain equity capital and must then overcome extra tax hurdles on their investments. The net result is a chaotic tax system and a much smaller economy.
    The need for comprehensive, fundamental tax reform is clear. Yet typically, tax reform proposals, such as the traditional Flat Tax, solve only a piece of the problem by reforming or replacing the federal individual and corporate income taxes. The New Flat Tax replaces both income taxes, as well as the death tax, payroll taxes, and all excises not dedicated to a trust fund. Under the New Flat Tax, American taxpayers will deal with a single, simple tax.
    The design of the New Flat Tax is based on the need for a more coherent tax system. An even greater priority than policy coherence is the need to eliminate, insofar as possible, any loss of economic performance due to federal taxation. Unnecessarily high tax rates combined with ill-advised tax rules distort the economic decisions of businesses and families. In turn, the economy is left much weaker by these distortions. A stronger, larger economy is the primary goal of the New Flat Tax, which would achieve this goal by implementing an  [....]

Tribe's high-interest online lending venture booms

As states rein in risky lending, Indian tribes use sovereignty, Internet to make loans
By Matt Volz,
Associated Press
December 26, 2011
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- An Indian reservation in the heart of Montana's farm country may seem an unlikely place to borrow a quick $600, but the Chippewa Cree tribe says it has already given out more than 121,000 loans this year at interest rates that can reach a whopping 360 percent.  As more states pass laws to rein in lenders who deal in high-interest, short-term loans, Indian tribes like the Chippewa Cree and their new online lending venture, Plain Green Loans, are stepping in to fill the void. The Internet lets them reach beyond the isolated Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation to borrowers across the nation, while tribal [....]

Morning Bell: Top 10 Education Stories of 2011

by Lindsey Burke
The Foundry
December 27, 2011
    There was no lack of education news in 2011. From an explosion in school choice options to the Obama Administration’s executive overreach, the top stories included the high and low lights when it came to issues affecting America’s schools.
10. Obama Administration orchestrates for-profit university witch hunt. On June 2, the Department of Education issued restrictive new regulations targeting “for-profit” higher education institutions. The new “gainful employment” regulation restricts access to student loans for students attending for-profit institutions (like Capella University or the University of Phoenix, for instance) if the school’s average debt-to-earnings ratio exceeds 12 percent of a graduate’s income. The net result? De-facto government price controls on a sector meeting the needs of students historically underserved by traditional universities.
9. Obama forgives student loans. In November, President Obama traveled to the University of Colorado-Boulder to announce his plan to forgive federal student loans — a demand made, notably, by the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Students cannot be required to pay more than 10 percent of their discretionary income on loan payments, all of which will be forgiven after 20 years. Sadly, this executive overreach shifts the burden of paying for college from [....]

To Barack From Congress: Merry Christmas

by Robert Ringer,
The Liberty Digest
December 20, 2011

    Risk to our economy… risk to our energy future… send the wrong message to job creators? Sounds to me like Obama’s Christmas wish list.The most predictable governing body on the planet, the U.S. Congress, is once again doing some of its sleaziest sleight-of-hand work at year’s end, with the comfort of knowing that we lowly proletarians are focused on holiday festivities. The average American is totally confused about the flurry of year-end legislation and political posturing coming out of the Nation’s capital, and with good reason: Politicians work hard at creating confusion.
    Now, let’s see if I understand this. The Dems want to “cut taxes” by extending a “tax holiday” on some of the money that workers pay into the Social Security retirement “fund.” Could it be that Democrats aren’t as liberal as some of us have believed them to be? After all, they can’t be so bad if they actually favor a tax cut.
I wish that were true, but it isn’t. The truth is that it’s nothing more than a gimmick to keep American piglets mesmerized while feeding at the government’s entitlement trough.  I realize that many true-blue conservatives and libertarians believe that any tax cut is a good tax cut; and, in theory, they’re right. But cutting payroll taxes is an illusory tax cut. It’s attacking the symptom (payroll taxes) rather than [....]

Those Scumbag OWS Protesters Are Helping Our Cause

by Chip Wood,
The Liberty Digest
December 16, 2011

    Have OWS protesters infested your city yet? They haven’t infested mine, but I kind of wish they would. Earlier this week, they shut down all shipping through the port of Oakland, Calif. If they knew who their real enemies are, they’d be kicking down the door to Harry Reid’s office in Washington.  Clearly, someone behind these clueless, jobless, soapless demonstrators is very familiar with a guy named Saul Alinsky. This left-wing agitator has been honored, if that’s the right word, as this country’s first community organizer. You can see where that’s led.  Alinsky, a veteran of Chicago’s dirtiest politics, wrote a book years ago called Rules for Radicals. One of his most important lessons was that “the real action is in the reaction.”  That is, so-called peaceful demonstrators will get everything they seek if they can cause the establishment to react forcibly against them. (Think of fire hoses and police dogs during the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s.) Do that and your battle is won. Martin Luther King Jr. was a master implementer of the Alinsky stratagems.  Those OWS [....]

This Stock Has Both Dividend and Growth Potential

by Crista Huff
December 22, 2011    Paychex Inc. (PAYX, $30.24) reported its second quarter 2012 earnings on Dec. 20, 2011. ”The company has now beaten estimates the last two quarters. PAYX beat the mean analyst estimate of 38 cents per share. It fell short of the average revenue estimate of $551.7 million. In the first quarter, it topped expectations with net income of 41 cents versus a mean estimate of net income of 38 cents per share,” says in Paychex Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet: Third Straight Quarter of Rising Profit, December 20, 2011.
Paychex Inc. is a leading provider of payroll processing, human resources and benefits services.
“At the end of FY 11 (May), 99% of the company’s clients were businesses of fewer than 100 employees. Its biggest competitors are active in all business sizes. Indicators of health in this market have traditionally been employment rates, since the revenue generated from [....]

The Year of Krugman Thuggishness

by Brent Bozell
December 21, 2011    In 2008, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. At that time, it wasn't hard to imagine the Swedes were rewarding Krugman for eight years of blasting George W. Bush. In other words, the Nobel Prize truly matched its namesake: Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Krugman regularly throws rhetorical dynamite at anything that stands in the way of his radical worldview.  Krugman outdid himself for outrage in 2011. Every year, the Media Research Center collects a panel of willing conservative journalists and talk show hosts and puts them on a sickening roller coaster ride through the worst media bilge of the last twelve months to arrive at the Best Notable Quotables of the Year.
Paul Krugman sat in the sulfurous center with three other "bests."
First, Krugman took the Quote of the Year for his controversial dynamite throwing on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. On his blog "The Conscience of a Liberal," he accused someone else of ruining the unifying force of the attacks.  "What happened after 9/11 -- and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not -- was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes,  George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neo-cons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons."  The atrocity was "hijacked" -- note the distinct flavor of terrorism in that term -- by the neocons. "The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it."  What made this commentary perfect in its spoiled-brattiness was the last sentence: "I'm not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons." It's obvious he was a world-class divider on a day of unity and a coward.
    One of the vilest aspects of Obamacare was the inclusion of "death panels" to recommend when medical treatments should be denied because extending Grandma's remaining life wasn't cost-efficient. But that never stopped a liberal from posturing. Krugman won the Grim Reaper Award for Saying Conservatives Want You to Die for his remarks against the Paul Ryan Medicare proposal on CNN.  "To be a little melodramatic, the voucher would kill people, no question," said Krugman, as CNNs Gloria Borger said, Ryan "infuriated liberals." Then came more Krugman. "The cuts in Medicare that he's proposing, the replacement of Medicare by a voucher system, would in the end, mean that tens of millions of older Americans would not be able to afford essential health care. So that counts as cruelty to me."  Krugman also won the Tea Party Terrorists Award for [....]

The Worst Product Flops of 2011

by Charles B. Stockdale
24/7 Wall St
December 27, 2011
    A number of incredible new products were launched this year. Apple (AAPL) introduced the iPhone 4S — a phone with voice command — and Boeing’s (BA) 787 Dreamliner — a fuel-efficient jet built of carbon composite — finally had its first commercial flight. But not all products and services launched this year did well. Some failed miserably. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the biggest product launches of 2011 in order to identify the worst of the lot.  Products generally fail because they are either inferior versions of already successful products or they have little to no demand. Research In Motion’s (RIMM) PlayBook is the greatest example of the former. There was no room for a poorly designed tablet in a market dominated by the upmarket iPad and its inexpensive cousin Kindle Fire. The Playbook was widely panned. RIM publicly blamed its weak sales on competitive shifts in the tablet market, referring to the release of Kindle Fire.
    Many companies also often fail to understand consumer sentiment and, as a result, do not accurately estimate demand for the product. When Netflix (NFLX) announced it would spin off its DVD-by-mail service in the form of a new service called Qwikster, customers were outraged. Nobody wanted the new site and nobody wanted to pay extra money for it. As a result, it failed before it even got off the ground. The Qwikster blunder ended up costing Netflix many customers.  These are the worst products of the year.

1. Ashley Push-Up Triangle
Company: Abercrombie & Fitch
    While no stranger to controversy, Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) seemed to have crossed a line this time. In March, 2011, the retailer unveiled its spring line for Abercrombie Kids, a division targeting children ages 8 to 14. Included in the line was the “Ashley” Push-Up Triangle, a bikini top with padding. The launch prompted [....]

The Secret of the Hexagon Revealed After Decades

The Intelligencer
Wheeling News-Register
December 26, 2011

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - For more than a decade they toiled in the strange, boxy-looking building on the hill above the municipal airport, the building with no windows (except in the cafeteria), the building filled with secrets.
They wore protective white jumpsuits, and had to walk through air-shower chambers before entering the sanitized "cleanroom" where the equipment was stored.
They spoke in code.
Few knew the true identity of "the customer" they met in a smoke-filled, wood-paneled conference room where the phone lines were scrambled. When they traveled, they sometimes used false names.
At one point in the 1970s there were more than 1,000 people in the Danbury area working on The Secret. And though they worked long hours under intense deadlines, sometimes missing family holidays and anniversaries, they could tell no one - not even their wives and children - what they did.  They were engineers, scientists, draftsmen and inventors - "real cloak-and-dagger guys," says Fred Marra, 78, with a hearty laugh.  He is sitting in the food court at the Danbury Fair mall, where a group of retired co-workers from the former Perkin-Elmer Corp. gather for a weekly coffee. Gray-haired now and hard of hearing, they have been meeting here for 18 years. They spend a few hours nattering about golf and politics, ailments and grandchildren. But until recently, they were forbidden to speak about the greatest achievement of their professional lives.
"Ah, Hexagon," Ed Newton says, gleefully exhaling the word that stills feels almost treasonous to utter in public.
    It was dubbed "Big Bird" and it was considered the most successful space spy satellite program of the Cold War era. From 1971 to 1986 a total of 20 satellites were launched, each containing 60 miles of film and sophisticated cameras that orbited the earth snapping vast, panoramic photographs of the Soviet Union, China and other potential foes. The film was shot back through the earth's atmosphere in buckets that parachuted over the Pacific Ocean, where C-130 Air Force planes snagged them with grappling hooks.  The scale, ambition and sheer ingenuity of Hexagon KH-9 was breathtaking. The fact that 19 out of 20 launches were successful (the final mission blew up because the booster rockets failed) is astonishing.  So too is the human tale of  [....]

The Fast And The Spurious IV: The Empire Strikes Out

by  Ben Crystal
The Liberty Digest
December 13, 2011
UPI  The number of prominent Republicans calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign is closing in on five dozen.President Barack Obama and the bulk of the corporate media continue to act as if “Operation Fast and Furious (OFF)” is a bad movie sequel featuring Vin Diesel and the Rock flexing their muscles and struggling with dialogue as opposed to a poorly conceived and implemented Department of Justice “gunwalking” program that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, armed Mexican narcoterrorists and resulted in the murder of at least two Federal agents.  Across the aisle, the number of prominent Republicans calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign is closing in on five dozen. I wonder why that number isn’t significantly higher.
    Meanwhile, new information surfaced last week that indicates Department of Justice officials openly discussed leveraging the OFF disaster in an effort to put the proverbial bullet in the Constitution. CBS News reporter Sharyl Atkisson, who has played both Woodward and Bernstein on the OFF story despite working well behind enemy lines, revealed last Wednesday afternoon that DoJ officials openly discussed trying to leverage the OFF-linked murders to push the Obama Administration’s and Democratic Party’s anti-Bill of Rights agenda. Despite the fact [....]

Congress' Dirty Insider Trading Secret
(As Featured on 60 Minutes)
    60 Minutes blew the lid off a story we've been tracking for months. Congress can trade on insider information -- and it's 100% legal.  No wonder nearly half of Congressmen are millionaires and their investments outperform the average investor's by an extra 6.8% each year.  And if you can't beat Congress, then you might as well join them.
Insider trading laws don't apply to Congress.
I wish I was kidding.
If that makes you mad, then you don't want to read the October 11, 2010 edition of The Wall Street Journal.
I'll let it speak for itself...
"Chris Miller nearly doubled his $3,500 stock investment in a renewable-energy firm in 2008. It was a perfectly legal bet, but he's no ordinary investor.  "Mr. Miller is the top energy-policy adviser to Nevada Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who helped pass legislation that wound up benefiting the firm."
And this isn't some rogue staff member who was fired the next day. As I said, insider trading is perfectly legal... if [....]

The 6 Best Foods for Winter

by David Zinczenko,
Matt Goulding
Men's Health
December 19, 2011
    It’s the first snow of the season, and it’s so heavy and wet that it clogs your snowblower. You have two choices. Option 1: Shove your arm between the augers and remove the blockage. The downside: You’ll lose your arm in the process, and having it reattached will probably bankrupt you. Option 2: Turn off the machine, grab a broom stick, and chip at the blockage until it crumbles.  You might be thinking, “What kind of lunatic would choose option 1?” Well, lunatics like the American people. The U.S. spends more than $2 trillion on health care each year, with much of that cash going toward the treatment of obesity-related complications like heart disease and diabetes. We’re fixing our health problems retroactively, with medication and surgery, even though we could prevent most of them by making smarter choices about what we eat.
    There’s no better time to put this notion to the test than the winter months. Winter is not necessarily conducive to good health; the season conjures up images of calorie-loaded comfort foods, fireside naps, and runny noses. Read on for six everyday foods that will keep you healthy and strong from December to March and beyond, compliments of the all-new Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide, which includes thousands of smart swaps that can help you shave 20 pounds or more in just 6 weeks.
Best Winter Food #1: Oatmeal
What it does: Helps you avoid the winter blues
Why it works: Sunlight signals your body to produce the feel-good hormone serotonin, so winter’s short, dark days may leave you in a less-than-cheery mood. If the doldrums persist, you may even find yourself suffering a serious form of depression known [....]

Texas Teen Ben Breedlove Posted Powerful Videos Before Christmas Death

by Christina Ng
Good Morning America
December 28, 2011
    A Texas teenager who said he cheated death three times despite a dangerous heart condition died Christmas night from a heart attack, but not before posting a two-part video on YouTube telling his story and describing a series of powerful visions.  In the videos that have since gone viral, 18-year-old Ben Breedlove of Austin can be seen silently sitting in a room and using handwritten note cards to tell his story. The teen suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which one part of the heart is thicker than the other parts, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood.
He described cheating death three times.
The most recent scare was Dec. 6, when he passed out at school and awoke surrounded by EMS medics preparing to use shock pads to revive him.  He posted a two-part video Dec. 18 titled "This is my story." One week later, on Christmas night, he [....]

Ten most ridiculous lawsuits of 2011

by Howard Portnoy,
December 31, 2011
    Another year is ending, and with the transition comes the inexhaustible procession of lists. For your delectation, I offer a list of the ten most ridiculous lawsuits of 2011.  The list was compiled by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), which conducted a survey at the website Faces of Lawsuit (h/t Special Report with Bret Baier).  The organization’s president, Lisa Rickard, is quoted as saying:
"While these lawsuits vary from the outrageous to the humorous, abusive litigation is hardly a laughing matter. ILR’s annual poll of ridiculous lawsuits helps to remind us that abusive lawsuits affect real people and real businesses, and can have harmful results to lives, jobs, and even our economic growth."
Maybe so, but some of these are pretty funny, if in a “sheesh” sort of way. Number 5 on the list—an obese man who sued White Castle because the booths were “too small” to accommodate his outsize frame—was the focus of a column by yours truly. Others as well as assorted acts of “jurisimprudence” that appeared in these pages but failed to make the cut appear below.
Here, without further ado, is the list along with poll rankings:
10. Man suing for age discrimination says judge in his case is too old (read story). (1.62%)
9. Woman sues over movie trailer; says not enough driving in ‘Drive’ (read story). (1.7%) [....]

Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market

by Carol Tice,
October 5, 2011
    Would-be inventors have ideas for products all the time. But there's a long and treacherous road from that initial idea to having a big-selling consumer item, as the finale of the Sundance Channel TV show Quirky showed.  In the final episode, "Very Messy, Very Fast," two inventors see their ideas go through multiple changes on the way to making it into the lineup of two-year-old online consumer-products company Quirky.
The show also highlights the advantages of Quirky's process. Rather than start up your own company and learn manufacturing and design or pay a marketing firm to bring your product to market, at Quirky you pay just $10 to submit an idea. That idea could end up as a finished product that's been improved by the company design team and their website community.  One of the two inventors featured, Christine Torpey, provides a lesson in the dangers of going the big-spending route. When she comes to Quirky, she is on the financial ropes after having shelled out big to a product-commercializing firm that went bust, leaving her with big loans. Quirky's interest in her all-in-one tray for backyard grilling is her last hope to become a successful inventor before she gives it up and finds a day job.  Her product goes through many versions, as the Quirky design team works on [....]

Possible DOJ Perjurer Says Sheriff Joe Arpaio Racially Profiles Mexican Illegals?

by Ben Johnson,
The White House Watch
December 16, 2011    A new report from the Justice Department accuses America’s toughest sheriff of racially profiling…illegal immigrants from Mexico! Moreover,the man who wrote the report appears to have perjured himself before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission over the Black Panther voter intimidation case.  The Justice Department report cum hit piece accuses Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of “systematic disregard”for the Constitutional rights…of illegal immigrants.
“We found discriminatory policing that was deeply rooted in the culture of the department,a culture that breeds a systematic disregard for basic constitutional protections,”according to Thomas Perez,the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Eric “My People” Holder.  The report’s most “serious”allegation was that Arpaio racially profiled illegal immigrants. That is,too many of the illegals he arrested were Mexican. The fact that the vast majority of illegal aliens are from Mexico,and 90 percent of illegal immigrants are [....]


Morning Bell: An 11th-Hour Spending Deal That Comes Up Short

by Mike Brownfield
December 16, 2011
With Christmas just a week away and the new year nearly upon us, Congress came within a whisper of yet another potential government shutdown and once again demonstrated its inability to make substantive spending cuts and deliver the American people the reforms necessary to secure America’s fiscal future. Rather than produce a timely [....]

Obama’s Top Boners of 2011

by John Ransom
December 26, 2011    Sure, limiting the list to the nine worst mistakes of the Obama administration in a year that saw so many of them was a tough proposition. But in the spirit of Christmas, I decided to be merciful and not pile on. Plus, you know, I have company coming over.  So for now, nine will have to do.  Why nine?  Quoting Bluto from Animal House sans burp: “Why the hell not.”
I’ve included links and snippets from my columns addressing each topic:
9) Sending a budget to Capitol Hill that didn’t get one vote:
Calculate the man-hours that went into presenting to Congress a budget that didn’t muster even one vote in the Senate. If that didn’t cry out that Obama is a one-term president, certainly the [....]
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