Thursday, June 30, 2011

Why The Left's Global Warming Agenda Is Flat Out Wrong

CT enacted a State Income tax in 1991, the last tax they would ever need? WRONG

Back in the days of the battle over enacting an income tax in TN the proponents (Teacher's Union and the State Worker's Union) told us that enacting a state income tax would be the end of our taxation worries, just pass an income tax, they said, and there will be no need for more taxation.

Connecticut was the last state to pass an income tax before TN...what is happening in CT? MORE is never enough, Government ALWAYS wants MORE. UPDATE: It Gets Even Worse

Obama isn't working - Romney Ad

Property Tax Hike Prompts LaVergne citizens to petition to unincorporate

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A group of unhappy La Vergne residents is lobbying to abolish their city’s government in the wake of steep tax increases and what they call mismanagement by their mayor and aldermen.

If the effort is successful, La Vergne would be absorbed into Rutherford County’s government.

To hold a special election on the fate of the city, the group will have to present a petition with the signatures of more than 5,000 registered La Vergne voters.

Stan Glasgow, owner of LaVergne Mini Storage, is among the group that started circulating a petition last week. Glasgow cited a 100 percent increase in the city’s property tax rate as the tipping point for him and other unhappy residents. The hike takes the city’s tax rate from 50 cents to $1.

“I know we can do it,” Glasgow said. “There’s enough outcry in this city going on right now that that should not be a problem at all.”

Starting Friday, La Vergne residents will pay the city $1 for every $100 of their property’s assessed value annually, doubling a tax rate that had been untouched for 18 years.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trailer for new Steven Spielberg Movie: War Horse

Hey You! What Song are you Listening to? NEW YORK

Is it possible to get any angrier at our Incompetent Congress? Oh YEAH!!

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In fact, the government’s classification of obligations such as interest payments as official and others, such as Social Security payments, as unofficial is a labeling game with no basis whatsoever in economic theory. It’s a strategy politicians have used for decades to disguise the true nature of our country’s indebtedness.

How big is the fiscal gap? By my own calculations using the CBO data, it now stands at $211 trillion -- a huge sum equaling 14 times the country’s economic output. To arrive at that figure, I assumed that annual noninterest spending, as well as taxes, would grow indefinitely by 2 percent a year beyond 2075, the point at which the CBO’s estimates end.

Have Kim Jong-il and Barack Obama been sharing job creation ideas?

This sounds very Obama-ish.

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Reports in South Korea indicated that the government in Pyongyang on Monday ordered all universities to cancel classes until April of next year. The only exemptions are for students who will be graduating in the next few months and foreign students.

The reports suggested that the students will be put to work on construction projects in major cities while there are also indications that repair work may be needed in agricultural regions that were affected by a major typhoon recently.

How to make a bad problem worse? Pass a law to "fix" it.

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I’ve come to think that there is an iron law of intervention: if you want to make a problem worse, pass a law to fix it. Price controls create shortages: when the price isn’t allowed to rise to coordinate the wants of buyers with the wants of sellers, shortages result. The cruel irony is that any “benefit” for those we are trying to help is frittered away because people who aren’t allowed to pay for something with their money will pay for it with their time. Passing a law doesn’t change what someone is willing to pay, but it changes how they pay.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

$125 billion in improper payments REPORTED by Federal Agencies

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Federal agencies reported improper payments of an estimated $125.4
billion in fiscal year 2010. This $125.4 billion estimate comes from over 70
programs spread among 20 federal agencies. Many of those programs
reporting improper payments were federal grant programs. A majority of
the $125.4 billion of reported improper payments is accounted for by 10
programs. The 10 programs account for about $118 billion, or 94 percent,
of the total estimated improper payments reported for fiscal year 2010.
Five of those top 10 programs were grant programs, and included
improper payment estimates for Medicaid ($22.5 billion), Unemployment
Insurance ($17.5 billion), Supplemental nutrition assistance programs
($2.2 billion), the National school lunch program ($1.5 billion), and Pell
Grants ($1 billion).

Tennessee Education Association 09-10 Membership Down 1.2%

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NEA’s retired membership is growing (up 9,200 in the last year) but it’s coming at the expense of active membership, that is, teachers and education support employees working in public school districts. NEA reports 3,204,185 total members, of whom 2,866,063 are active.

US Dept of Ag says we have Food Deserts all over Nashville

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We do NOT Need Governors to be Gate Keepers for Economic Development

Bill Haslam should completely reject the ridiculous and freedom killing notion that he should use his position as Governor to be some kind of gatekeeper for economic development decisions. Americans fought a war several years back to stop a monarch from imposing his will upon the economic decisions of a free people. Bill Haslam should LEAD on this issue and STOP the payment of taxpayer funded bribes to large corporations.

Six million Tennesseans pursuing their own enlightened self-interest, in freedom and dignity, is quite sufficient for our economy to thrive.

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At the state level, the governor said the biggest issue facing policymakers is finding a balance between recruiting new jobs and the burgeoning cost to taxpayers of the incentives that subsidize them.

"It's a buyer's market when it comes to site location now. I was surprised at how many interested parties we had in the pipeline. But I was also surprised at their expectation levels" from the state, he said.

Florida's GOP Senate candidates court Tea Party vote at Pinellas forum

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With each candidate polishing his conservative appeal, it was a place where President Barack Obama-led health care changes should be repealed and where spending should be axed in some federal departments to stave off the spiraling debt crisis.

It also was where global warming caused by humans was theory, and where the United Nations' agenda could be creeping too closely to controlling local government.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Va. AG to sue FCC over ‘net neutrality’

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A lawsuit challenging net neutrality would be the latest in a string of lawsuits filed by Mr. Cuccinelli, whose 18 months in office have been marked by efforts to halt regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency, overturn a federal mandate for individuals to purchase health insurance and require the University of Virginia to turn over controversial climate-change research documents.

Mr. Cuccinelli said that with a record like that, few doubt it anymore when he threatens to sue.

“Our credibility isn’t a problem anymore,” he said.

Reporter arrested in DC for video of a PUBLIC MEETING, this is outrageous

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Haslam or Bredesen? NEITHER, Governors DO NOT Create Jobs

Governors DO NOT Create Jobs!!

Governor's use taxpayer money to bribe companies who create jobs. These large companies gladly accept these huge taxpayer funded bribes so Governors can lie and say THEY created the jobs. Governor's will continue to give away MORE and MORE of OUR money until we STOP them.

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Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday it’s a “mixed bag” on whether his administration or his predecessor’s should get credit for the number of jobs announced on his watch thus far, as his Department of Economic and Community Development trumpets new hiring in the state.

Haslam hinted Thursday there may be more news on the jobs front in the coming days.

Jobs can’t come soon enough in Tennessee, given the state’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate, reflected in the figures from May, and that’s an increase from the April rate of 9.6 percent.

Headlines from Europe

Euro Crisis Has Decimated Greek Private Sector

Moody's Warns On Ratings Of Italian Banks

If we could just package and sell Tim Geithner's pompous arrogance

Tim Geithner's performance here is vintage big government arrogance.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Food Stamp Crime Wave

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Lax attitudes toward fraud are spurring swindles across the nation:

• Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that Wisconsin food-stamp recipients routinely sell their benefit cards on Facebook. The investigation also found that "nearly 2,000 recipients claimed they lost their card six or more times in 2010 and requested replacements." USDA rules require that lost cards be speedily replaced. The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute concluded: "Prosecutors have simply stopped prosecuting the vast majority of [food-stamp] fraud cases in virtually all counties, including the one with the most recipients, Milwaukee."

• Troy Hutson, the chief of Washington state's food-stamp program, resigned in April after a Seattle television station revealed that some food-stamp recipients were selling their cards on Craigslist or brazenly cashing them out on street corners (for 50 cents on the dollar) and using the proceeds for illegal drugs and prostitution. Washington state Sen. Mike Carrell complained: "Dozens of workers at DSHS [the Department of Social and Health Services] have reported numerous unpunished cases of fraud to me. They have told me that DSHS management has allowed these things to happen, and in some cases actively restricted fraud investigations."

• Thirty percent of the inmates in the Polk County, Iowa, jail were collecting food stamps that were being sent to their non-jail mailing addresses in 2009. But Iowa could not prosecute them for fraud because the state's food-stamp form failed to ask applicants whether they were heading for the slammer. Roger Munns, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Human Services, told the Des Moines Register last year that asking such questions could make food-stamp applications "unwieldy." (Many states do make such inquiries.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First County in US to require a Life Jacket when SWIMMING!!!

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"This Council sometimes thinks it's everybody's mom," said Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who voted "no."

Supporters said the new rule will save lives.

The law appears to be the first of its kind in the state. Staff with the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington said Kitsap and Clark counties had rules about people wearing life vests while on sail boards, water scooters and other water craft, but it didn't appear any other county required swimmers to wear the devices.

Voting "yes" were Councilmembers Larry Phillips, Joe McDermott, Bob Ferguson, Julia Patterson and Larry Gossett. Voting "no" were Lambert, Reagan Dunn, Pete von Reichbauer and Jane Hague.
County Executive Dow Constantine and Sheriff Sue Rahr supported the measure put forward by Councilmembers Phillips and McDermott. The new rule will be in effect until Oct. 1. Violators would first get a warning.

The new rule was prompted by safety concerns because excessive mountain snowpack could make area waterways particularly dangerous this summer.

"We are looking at a potentially deadly situation," Phillips said.

What will Congress do about the Men's Health Class Divide?

Clearly we need to punish the healthier men by forcing them to smoke and eat more fried chicken.

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Life-Span Gap

Among 50-year-old men, for example, those in the highest education group are now projected to live almost six years longer on average than those in the lowest education group -- and this differential has been rising sharply. The widening gap in life expectancy is also evident geographically. In 2007, men living in the American counties with the greatest average longevity could expect to live more than 15 years longer than men in the lowest- ranked ones. In 1987, that gap was less than 12 years. Sadly, life expectancy in some counties actually declined over that period.

The leading explanations for this involve health behavior -- including diet, exercise and smoking. For example, men 50 and older without a high-school education are more than twice as likely to smoke as those with a college degree. Exercise behavior also varies substantially. Among 45- to 54-year-olds in one study, only 16 percent of those without a high-school degree exercised vigorously at least once a week, whereas 56 percent of college graduates did.

What is the favored Country of destination for those wanting to move?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Geithner's Scare Tactics were ALWAYS about one thing: Tax Hikes

Tim Geithner has been saying for a year that the world as we know it will come to an end if Congress doesn't raise the debt limit....now we know PRECISELY what he was really saying: RAISE TAXES!

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This Doc doesn't take insurance, for her it is Cash Only

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It ain't looking Good for RomneyCare

When you try to reduce healthcare costs by government price fixing the result is ALWAYS higher prices. ObamaCare and RomneyCare are doomed to failure. See below also.

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Private payer health spending in Massachusetts outpaced national health care spending and spending by Medicare and MassHealth (Medicaid).

Faster growth in spending by private payers was largely the result of increasing prices.

Growth in Medicare and MassHealth spending predominately reflected increases in service use, rather than growth in prices.

Conclusion: Health care spending continues to outpace inflation, wage growth, and other measures of economic growth in Massachusetts.

NJ Couple Scams NYC Govt aka Taxpayers out of $460 MILLION!!

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The husband-and-wife owners of a New Jersey company were charged today with raking in more than $460 million in crooked cash through the scandal-scarred CityTime payroll project. 
Court papers say Reddy and Dr. Padma Allen secured a lucrative, no-bid subcontract that made it look like their firm, TechnoDyne, was was "a successful and fast-growing company."

But the "engine of its growth" was actually an over-billing scam in which the Reddys paid millions in kickbacks and hired a bevy of crooked sub-subcontractors, according to an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court.

Children on Medicaid Shown to Wait Longer for Care

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Children with Medicaid are far more likely than those with private insurance to be turned away by medical specialists or be made to wait more than a month for an appointment, even for serious medical problems, a new study finds.

Lower payments by Medicaid, delays in paying and red tape are largely to blame, researchers say.

The study, with findings that match anecdotal reports from other parts of the country, is one of only a few efforts to measure access to health care among people with Medicaid. Nationwide, those patients are caught between states’ threats to cut Medicaid payments and the Obama administration’s plans to use the program to cover more and more people as part of its health care law.

Texas light bulb bill would skirt federal plan

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State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.

The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas - and sold in that state - avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.

"Let there be light," state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, wrote on Facebook after the bill passed. "It will allow the continued manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in Texas, even after the federal ban goes into effect. ... It's a good day for Texas."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Woman arrested for protesting "Smart" meter installation

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Fort Lauderdale Photo Protest Proves Photography Is Not A Crime

Link HT: Michael Silence

What happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

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Search engine Google serves more that 694,445 queries
6,600+ pictures are uploaded to Flickr
600 videos are uploaded to YouTube, amounting to 25+ hours of content
695,000 status updates, 79,364 wall posts and 510,040 comments are published on social networking site Facebook
70 new domains are registered
168,000,000+ emails are sent
320 new accounts and 98,000 tweets are generated on social networking site Twitter
iPhone applications are downloaded more than 13,000 times
20,000 new posts are published on micro-blogging platform Tumblr
Popular web browser FireFox is downloaded more than 1,700 times
Popular blogging platform WordPress is downloaded more than 50 times
WordPress Plugins are downloaded more than 125 times
100 accounts are created on professional networking site LinkedIn
40 new questions are asked on YahooAnswers.com
100+ questions are asked on Answers.com
1 new article is published on Associated Content, the world’s largest source of community-created content
1 new definition is added on UrbanDictionary.com
1,200+ new ads are created on Craigslist
370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users
13,000+ hours of music streaming is done by personalized Internet radio provider Pandora
1,600+ reads are made on Scribd, the largest social reading publishing company

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Powerful Person in Fla Gov's Office is from Tennessee

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With a mind sharpened by political combat and an ability to inspire loyalty as well as fear, the woman behind Gov. Rick Scott’s conservative agenda can be as hard-charging as the bold policies she shapes.

Mary Anne Carter is the most powerful person you’ve never heard of in Florida’s government.
Seated at Scott’s right hand for every senior staff meeting, she oversees all matters of budget, policy, communications and legislative relations.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The new Samsung Galaxy S2 phone, the real deal, an Iphone killer

After putting my Iphone through the washing machine I looked around for a replacement. I had almost decided to buy a cheap replacement and just wait for the Iphone 5 or whatever Apple will call it. Then I began reading about the Samsung Galaxy S2. All the reviews were glowing and as I read further it became clear this phone represented a real break with the past. I took the plunge and ordered one from eBay and after a few days with the phone, I can tell you its even better than the glowing reviews:

1- It is incredibly thin and lite, almost too light, feels like a breeze would blow it out of your hand. No smart phone is thinner, its about the thickness of the cardboard in a cardboard box.

2. Call quality and reception is the best I have experienced. According to people on the other end of the line, its clear as a bell.

3- The screen is the best I have ever seen. When you are viewing videos it's like you are looking out of a window.

4- Very quick and responsive, seems to be more responsive than my PC in many ways.

5- And the camera....wow!!! It's just incredible. Full 1080P HD video and the stills rival an expensive camera. Like any camera the operator makes a huge difference but with just a little bit of care you can take incredible pictures.

Here is a gallery of Paris shots someone posted on Face Book and below are videos.





Free or Equal - An update of Milton Friedman's famous TV Series

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A Petition to Ban those Job Killing ATM Machines

I am surprised the lefties haven't suggested we all start our own gardens and forget about the agricultural revolution that prevented millions from starving...oh wait...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Another Example of Public Employee Unions Takin it to the Taxpayers

The Fannie Mae Debacle or Who is James Johnson?

Fannie Mae joins the likes of the US Post Office and Amtrak: Massively Corrupt and mismanaged organizations which continue to pillage US Taxpayers because politicians are too weak or corrupt to end them.

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Morgenson and Rosner write with barely suppressed rage, as if great crimes are being committed. But there are no crimes. This is how Washington works. Only two of the characters in this tale come off as egregiously immoral. Johnson made $100 million while supposedly helping the poor. Representative Barney Frank, whose partner at the time worked for Fannie, was arrogantly dismissive when anybody raised doubts about the stability of the whole arrangement.

Most of the people were simply doing what reputable figures do in service to a supposedly good cause. Johnson roped in some of the most respected establishment names: Bill Daley, Tom Donilon, Joseph Stiglitz, Dianne Feinstein, Kit Bond, Franklin Raines, Larry Summers, Robert Zoellick, Ken Starr and so on.

Of course, it all came undone. Underneath, Fannie was a cancer that helped spread risky behavior and low standards across the housing industry. We all know what happened next..

Finally, a State is allowing taxpayers to see the Bribes they pay for

Our TN Legislature doesn't have enough chutzpah to do away with the thinly veiled bribery they call Economic Development but AT LEAST they can follow Oregon's lead and let taxpayer's know how much is being spent.

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(Salem) House Bill 2825 to add more transparency to economic development projects that receive state funding was signed by Governor John Kitzhaber today. The measure was Co-Chief Sponsored by State Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer, Newberg, St. Paul) and State Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Central Lane and Linn Counties). The bill enhances the current transparency website for the state budget (www.oregon.gov/transparency) by adding a number of economic development programs which are funded with tax incentives. “We created the site in the last legislative session to show Oregonians how their tax dollars are being spent on all other state services, it just made sense to add these expenditures which cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Thatcher.

“As a business owner, I understand how government incentives can be helpful, but I also believe the taxpayers footing the bill have a right to know how their money is being spent,” added Thatcher. “This new accountability measure will add more accountability and help us figure out if these economic development programs are working.”

The list of programs covered by HB 2825 includes: Enterprise Zones, Reservation Enterprise Zones, Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones, Strategic Investment Program, Food Processing Equipment Abatement, Electronic Commerce Enterprise Zones, Film Production Development Contributions, Film Production Labor Rebate, Small City Business Development Credit (Oregon Investment Advantage), Long Term Enterprise Zone Facilities, and the manufacturing and renewable energy components of the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC).

Univ of Tenn requesting a 12% HIKE in Tuition, Good Grief!

Or you could go to the University of London for $5,000 for all four years.

The main problem, of course, is that no effective competition exists. The bloated higher ed bureaucracy in Tennessee only knows one strategy: whine for more money and when more is never enough they whine for even more. The gargantuan flood of lottery money just whetted their appetite.

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“We feel like this is a reasonable place to be,” Cheek said, pointing out that the school is still below most of its peers in tuition costs.

The university has also been listed as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine this year, which ranks schools based on tuition costs and academic quality.

And while UT’s tuition has doubled in the past decade, so have other top schools in the region — and some at higher rates. Clemson University in South Carolina, which became a top-25 public university in recent years, increased 165 percent between 2002 and 2011.

UT’s 12 percent increase, Cheek said, only helps the school from falling farther behind its competition when it comes to the total funding per student.

MD Government shuts down lemonade stand, fines parents $500

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Video: A DisposeALL and I do mean ALL

Thursday, June 16, 2011

See any pigs flying today? US and UK Lefties calling for tax cuts!!

When overspending by out of control, authoritarian governments ruin the economy, as they always do, what is a good lefty to do? Why, call for tax cuts!!

Far, far, far Lefty Free Market Hating Andy Stern calls for a tax cut



Labour Party is calling for a Tax Cut in the UK.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hey Young People, Listen Up! Social Security made $6.5 bil in Overpayments

Soooo, you young people are not only being ripped off  by a program designed to reward us old people at the expense of you youngsters, there is also some good ole fashioned fraud and incompetence you will be paying for....thank you for your patience.

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"By any standard, the scope of these problems is considerable," said Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee. "Regardless of whether a payment occurs because of simple error or outright fraud, improper payments harm Social Security programs in the long term, jeopardizing benefits for those who may need them in the future. They also cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year."

Corporate Welfare aka taxpayer funded bribes is OUT of control

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The Michigan Economic Growth Authority today approved $23.5 million in tax breaks for four companies around Metro Detroit and a former General Motors plant demolition project in the Grand Rapids area that could create or retain up to 803 jobs.

-- General Motors Corp. received a $10 million brownfield tax credit to retool a site at its Flint Van Slyke complex to retain up to 185 jobs, according to the private-public agency. The incentive helps the Detroit automaker finance a new paint shop in 850,000 square-foot facility and supports the complex's truck assembly operations. The automaker expects to complete the project by 2015 with $417 million of private investment.

-- HP Enterprise Services LLC, a division of the Hewlett-Packard Co., plans to invest up to $4.8 million in its Pontiac facility and create up to 250 jobs during the next five years after receiving a $3.5 million tax credit over seven years. The average weekly wage will be $1,346. HP Enterprise considered Ohio and Texas for the project.

-- Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA Inc., an auto supplier of exterior vehicle appearance systems, received a $1.5 million tax credit over three years to consolidate its operations and create 333 jobs after purchasing Continental Plastics Co., an auto interior components supplier with facilities in Michigan and Georgia. Work would be merged at Continental's China Township and Benzonia facilities, and jobs paying an average weekly wage of $487 would be created as well at an existing Magna plant in Howell.

-- A Dearborn Heights agency got a nearly $70,000 tax break to pave the way for a $1.1 million project to redevelop a vacant gas station on North Telegraph Road in the city as a Tim Hortons eatery. The project is estimated to create 25 to 35 full-time jobs.

-- The Wyoming Brownfield Redevelopment Authority received a $8.5 million tax break to demolish all buildings at the former General Motors Grand Rapids Metal Stamping Plant and prepare the 87-acre site for redevelopment. The project will clean up and redevelop one of west Michigan's largest industrial sites, according to the state.

How do you soften the Image of a Murderous Monster?

You create propaganda images of him with adoring kids. Estimates of how many people Stalin killed vary but even the low estimates are close to 10 million.


Louisiana Gov Jindal vetoes cigarette tax renewal

How refreshing to see a Governor stick to his guns on his no new taxes pledge, even a relatively popular cigarette tax.

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In the letter, Jindal explained he vetoed House Bill 591, which would keep an expiring 4-cent per pack cigarette tax in place, because he made a commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana to oppose all attempts to raise taxes.

The bill now goes back to the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers would need a two-thirds vote to override the veto.

If the Legislature votes to override, Jindal would be the first governor to have a veto overruled in nearly two decades.

The Huge Tennessee Tax Hikes that no politician seems to care about

Year after Year tuition at Tennessee Board of Regents colleges goes up far beyond the rate of inflation and far beyond anything reasonable. This is a major ripoff of Tennessee parents and students.

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The University of Memphis got the worst of it when tuition increases were recommended by the Tennessee Board of Regents' finance committee Monday.

The board recommended increases mostly in the 8 or 9 percent range, but the UofM is set for an 11 percent increase, which comes to $288 more per 12-hour undergraduate semester, as compared with $192 per 12-hour undergraduate semester at East Tennessee State University or $132 per 12-hour semester at Southwest Tennessee Community College (which will have an additional $20/hour fee for nursing and allied health classes).

A final decision will be made at a June 24 meeting of TBR's full board.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Video: If You have Never Failed, You have never Lived

Mass Gov says NO WAY You can see my taxpayer funded emails

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You think all those cyber sleuths searching Sarah Palin’s e-mails would get a similar thrill looking at, say, Gov. Deval Patrick’s BlackBerry?

The answer is no, and not just because MSNBC would never mobilize an army of reporters to go after a Democrat. The real reason people will never see Patrick’s e-mails is because they can’t.

The Massachusetts governor is citing a court ruling used by Mitt Romney and Paul Cellucci to exempt himself from the state public records law.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Four Retiring TN Congressmen paid staff $210,000 bonuses

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WASHINGTON – Tennessee’s four outgoing House members paid staffers a total of $210,520 during their final two days in office, joining a large group of departing lawmakers who gave out substantial end-of-term bonuses, according to data released this week.

Two dozen departing House members each paid their employees more than $50,000 on the first two days of January, according to LegiStorm, the watchdog group that compiled the numbers from quarterly House reports.

Murfreesboro Democrat Bart Gordon, who retired from Congress, gave $83,547 in bonuses to 17 staffers immediately before he retired in January. That put him at No. 8 and the only Tennessee lawmaker ranked in the top 10 among the 93 House members who retired in January or were voted out of office, LegiStorm found.

Public employee unions mean higher taxes and wasted money

Memphis has the highest property taxes in the State.

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City Council member Kemp Conrad and Public Works director Dwan Gilliom confirmed this week that in 2005 the city, under then-mayor Willie Herenton, and AFSCME Local 1733, which represents sanitation workers, agreed to not purchase more modern, automated vehicles that require fewer personnel to operate.

The price of that agreement could be high. In addition to the $25.05 fee per home, per month residents pay for solid waste pick-up, taxpayers have subsidized the solid waste operation to the tune of nearly $103 million over the last 10 years.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sound the Trumpets, We are SAVED!! VP Biden to attack Govt Waste

Sounds like a Big F'ing deal to me.

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Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to announce Monday a new plan to cut waste across government agencies.

The plan is related to a proposal from the government's chief stimulus spending watchdog that all tracking of government spending be modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board'soversight of the $787 billion stimulus bill and aggregated onto a single website, Recovery Board spokesman Ed Pound said Friday.

Pound said the "lessons learned" white paper that Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney sent Biden will be released publicly early next week.

Flying through Venice Beach - The Video

From a remote control helicopter...

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If you love America, you will throw money down the money hole

Uninsured and Lovin it!!! NO One needs insurance until they get sick


To summarize:
  • I pay for small stuff out of my HSA. This includes twice-annual doctor’s visits at $60 a pop and three prescriptions that cost about $30/month.
  • If something bad happens I can sign up for the risk pool and pay standard rates.
  • I have already saved $3,000 in premiums.
Of course I was curious about how the risk pools are going, so I did a literature search. I could find absolutely no enrollment information since February. Back then CMS was mocked because only 12,000 had signed up when CMS had estimated 375,000 would be enrolled by then, according to the Washington Post:
The Obama Administration does not like to be mocked, so apparently it has stopped releasing enrollment numbers. But we can guess that not many more have enrolled or they would have trumpeted it. Plus, they are so desperate to enroll people that on May 31 they announced they would be slashing premiums, in some cases by 40%, and easing criteria for eligibility. Now you don’t ever have to be denied coverage in the private market. All you have to do is “simply provide a letter from a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner dated within the past 12 months stating that they have or, at any time in the past, had a medical condition, disability or illness,” according to Employee Benefit Advisor.
This is great! Not only do I save a ton of money by not paying premiums, but when I get sick, they have already cut my “standard premium” by 40%—no questions asked.
Now the only remaining question is—why haven’t you done the same?

Is Obesity the result of choice or genes?

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However, surprisingly, data from adopted twin studies indicate that in the United States, about 80% of the variation in body weight is determined by genes. Again, that's about the same degree of heritability as a characteristic such as height, and much greater than that for other conditions that we now clearly regard as running in families, including breast cancer, schizophrenia and heart disease. Yet, we don't typically call a heart disease sufferer a weak-willed loser.
Brain-imaging studies of obese patients indicate that a genetically determined alteration in the brain's pleasure circuitry makes them crave food more while getting less pleasure from eating than those in a lean control group.

The idea that eating is an entirely conscious and voluntary behavior is deeply rooted in our culture. When we show compassion to the overweight, we must confront the difficult truth that we are not pure creatures of free will. We are — all of us — subject to powerful subconscious forces that influence our behavior.

Democratic States giving HUGE tax breaks to Millionaires

This is outrageous, the party of the poor and downtrodden allowing greedy millionaires to get away with highway robbery.

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Millionaires can breathe a bit easier. While President Barack Obama says he wants to let income tax cuts that benefit only the wealthiest Americans expire in 2013, several states are rolling back tax increases for top earners.

New York's highest tax rate on incomes exceeding $500,000 will fall back to 7.85 percent, from 8.97 percent, this year. Maryland's 6.25 percent tax on incomes above $1 million expired at the end of 2010, while California's top tax rate for millionaires has dropped to 10.3 percent from 10.55 percent.

"We have excellent proof he (Weiner) was hacked"

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Extortion of Taxpayers by Corporations moves to a new level of lawlessness

and it is our own elected officials who aid and abet this mafia-like blackmail. NJ Taxpayers paid $100 million to move the Panasonic HQ 9 miles.

Will Congress face reality? More Americans say NO

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The political backdrop shows risks for both parties. When asked who they trust to address the nation’s biggest problems, a record 20 percent of Americans — and more than a third of political independents — said they have faith in “neither” party. That’s the highest percentage in polls going back nearly 30 years.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Are Republicans caving on debt ceiling negotiations? YES



Republican leadership is slowly but surely throwing away the best opportunity they will have in the next two years to make a meaningful change is DC spending.

This is the defining issue. There is no secondary issue. Meaningful and dramatic spending reductions are job one, the prime directive, the highest priority.

The Republican leadership is very tight lipped and refuses to say publicly what is going on. This is very bad news. All the polls are in our favor, the stoplight is GREEN.  We need a full court press with both public and private pressure.

This is no time to be coy or timid. We are in TROUBLE!! We have a crisis of confidence. The American people, employers and employees, need a clear indication that Washington GETS IT!! We, the citizens, can handle our business just fine. It is the GOVERNMENT that is the problem.

We are waiting to see if OUR government is capable of managing its affairs.

Union "activists" in training to collect dues from individual members

Link HT: Mike Antonucci
The attack on workers’ rights in Wisconsin has proven to be a training ground for activists in a lot of ways that are going to pay long-term benefits for activism in the state. Unions stripped of their ability to automatically deduct dues from workers’ pay checks have started training activists and shop stewards to collect dues individually from workers each month. Collecting dues individually from workers is a process that involves hundreds, thousands of activists.

It's sinking in, our President is a far-left, big-govt authoritarian

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The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters think Obama is more ideologically liberal than they are, while only 13% view him as more conservative. Twenty-four percent (24%) say their political views are about the same as the president's.

Federal Dept of Education sends SWAT Team to collect student loan

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The Customer is not always Right, sometimes they are just obnoxious

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

2011 8 month deficit: $929 Billion, interest on Debt up 16%

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Outlays for net interest on the public debt grew faster than the other major categories of spending, rising by $24 billion, or 16 percent. Outlays for the three largest entitlement programs also grew during the first eight months of fiscal year 2011. Spending for Medicaid increased by $10 billion (or 5 percent), while outlays for Medicare and Social Security grew by 4 percent each.

Weinergate Cartoon: Who is embarassing whom?

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House Republicans propose Social Security opt-out

Excellent proposal.

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House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation that would allow workers to partially opt out of Social Security immediately, and fully opt out after 15 years.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, and several other Republicans introduced the Savings Account for Every American (SAFE) Act. Under the bill, workers would immediately have 6.2 percent of their wages sent to a "SAFE" account each year.

That would take the place of the 6.2 percent the workers now contributed to Social Security.

Another 6.2% is sent to Social Security by employers. Under the Sessions bill, employers would continue to make this matching contribution to Social Security, but after 15 years, employers could also send that amount to the employee's SAFE account.

Sessions said this transition to a private retirement savings option is needed because Social Security last year began paying out more money than it took in.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

He supports fiscal responsibility like he supports healthy eating

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He ordered the house speciality chili dog, which comes with mustard, onion, chili sauce and cheese, and topped it up with a bowl of chili and a portion of fries on the side.

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Both Mr Obama and his wife Michelle have made healthy eating a focal point of their time at the White House.

City of Sparta to Chamber of Commerce: You is our b%tch, deal with it

NO taxpayer money should ever go to a Chamber of Commerce...none, zip, nada. Chambers of Commerce who sell their souls for a few taxpayer dollars don't deserve the respect of the taxpayers or the chamber members.

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“The purpose of my letter is to notify you and the Chamber’s Board of Directors that the City of Sparta is dissatisfied with the current operation of the Chamber. Problems continue to persist with communication between the City and the Chamber, and there is a need for transparency in the use of Chamber funds that are partly contributed by the City. The Chamber president must be a person who will remain completely neutral and unbiased at all times when involved in issues pertaining to the growth and well-being of Sparta, as well as White County. In light of these issues, the Board of Aldermen and myself, as Mayor, will suspend the City’s funding of the Chamber of Commerce until proper personnel policies and procedures are established, as well as a mission statement setting forth the Chamber’s direction for the future.

Our hope is not to put undue stress or hardship on the Chamber of Commerce but to make sure the Chamber has the best interest of the City of Sparta in mind if we are to continue funding this program.”

The mayor was in attendance at the meeting and addressed the Chamber board.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Dayton, OH Tea Party suing Municipal League over lobbying records

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“Essentially, our local governments ... are giving taxpayers money, our money, to lobby for more of our money,” Scott said. “We just want accountability and open government. When we have open government and people are honest, we have good government.”

The suit claims Scott asked for records from the Ohio Municipal League and Ohio Township Association on March 31, but the request was denied. He expects a decision from the Ohio Supreme Court to take several months.

Diane Black asks for Obama's Debt Reduction Plan

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Tennessee's Diane Black said she plans to send a letter from the freshmen to President Obama asking for his plan and asking what Plan B. is if a deal is not struck by August 2, the date Geithner has said the U.S. can no longer pay some of its debts.

"We asked specifically for a plan, a specific plan scored by CBO," Black said, referring to the nonpartisan, number-crunchers at the Congressional Budget Office. "It's awfully difficult to talk and have a conversation" without a White House plan, she said.

And what was Geithner's reaction to this demand, which some say is a strategy to deflect criticism of the House GOP budget with its unpopular plan to overhaul Medicare?

"They don't intend to have one. Not a public one. Negotiations behind closed doors," Noem told Fox News.

Wow, this is huge, Fla Judge says officer written Red Light tickets no good

Link HT: Michael Silence
"I think this is a huge ruling -- not only in Broward County, but I think it's a huge ruling for the entire state of Florida and maybe beyond," Hollander said. 
In the ruling, the judge said it is not fair that red light runners caught by police face a stiff fine and points on their license, compared to those nabbed by the cameras, who face a smaller fine and no points.

"This violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution, as well as the Florida Constitution," the judge wrote. 
"To have two different standards for the same type of driving pattern is unconstitutional," Hollander said.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Social Security "as you know it" is already fading away

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1. The extension of the full retirement age

Under current law, the full retirement age is scheduled to increase from 65 for those reaching 62 in 2000 to 67 for people reaching age 62 in 2022. This increase is equivalent to an across-the-board benefit cut. For those who continue to retire at age 65, this cut takes the form of lower monthly benefits; for those who extend their work lives, it takes the form of fewer years of benefits. Thus, as reported in the Social Security Trustees Report, the replacement rate for the medium earner will drop from 41% to 36% for people who retire at age 65 in 2030.

2. The increase in Medicare premiums

The rising cost of Medicare will also affect future replacement rates. For the medium earner, Medicare premiums, which are automatically deducted from Social Security benefits, are scheduled to increase from 5% of benefits for someone retiring in 2002 to 12% for someone retiring in 2030.

3. The taxation of Social Security benefits

The taxation of Social Security benefits The third factor that will reduce Social Security benefits is the extent to which they are taxed under the personal income tax. Under current law, individuals with less than $25,000 and married couples with less than $32,000 of “combined income” do not have to pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. (Combined income is adjusted gross income as reported on tax forms in addition to nontaxable interest income and half of your Social Security benefits.) Above those thresholds, recipients must pay taxes on either 50% or 85% of their benefits. In 2002, only 20% of people receiving Social Security had to pay taxes on their benefits, so median earners typically did not pay any taxes. But the thresholds are not indexed for growth in average wages or even for inflation so, by 2030, as real benefits and other income increases, many medium earners will pay tax on half of their benefits.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

German's nix nuclear plan will add 40 million tones CO2 per year

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LONDON (Reuters) – Germany's plan to shut all its nuclear power plants by 2022 will add up to 40 million tones of carbon dioxide emissions annually as the country turns to fossil fuels, analysts said on Tuesday.

The extra emissions would increase demand for carbon permits under the European Union's trading scheme, thereby adding a little to carbon prices and pollution costs for EU industry.

Charlotte Church fined for "improper tree pruning"

Our Liberty is in serious jeopardy.

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Individuals who would like to trim their trees should call the city foresters to receive a free permit to conduct the landscape work.

Foresters will then meet with the person receiving the permit and give instructions on how to properly trim their trees, Johnson said.

The state Division of Forestry recommends that anyone trimming trees should be certified by the National Horticulture Board, but certification is not required to receive a permit.

On private property, fine amounts are based on the size of the tree improperly pruned. For small trees such as cherry trees or crape myrtles, the fine is $75 per tree. Excessive cutting can increase that fine to $100 per branch.