Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Gibson Raid: Much to Fret About

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“In two cases we had a SWAT team, treating us like drug guys, come in
and shut us down with no notice,” lamented Gibson chairman and CEO
Henry Juszkiewicz. “That’s just wrong. We’re a business. We’re making
guitars.” Juszkiewicz says the raid, seizures, and resulting plant
closure cost Gibson more than $1 million.

This abusive treatment of a legitimate business like Gibson is not an
isolated incident. Small businesses have been similarly raided, and
their officers imprisoned, for such minor offenses as importing
lobster tails in plastic rather than cardboard (three men were given
eight-year prison sentences) and sloppy labeling on imported orchids
(the accused was given a 17-month sentence).

The Gibson assaults are further evidence that America’s
criminal-justice system has strayed far from its central purpose:
stopping the bad guys from harming us. SWAT-team raids were designed
to arrest notoriously violent gangsters, and stop them from destroying
evidence. Now, the police powers of the state are being used to attack
businesses. (Were the feds afraid that the Gibson workers would flush
the guitars down the toilet?)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Grant Austin Taylor Confirmed for Gibson Rally

Grant Austin Taylor was a guitar prodigy at 8 years old and now at 15 is one of the most decorated and accomplished young guitarists in the US. He will play the National Anthem on his Gibson Electric Guitar. You will be amazed.

What: A Rally and Free Concert to show our support for Gibson Guitar

When: Saturday Oct 8 2-4PM

Where: Parking Lot of the Scoreboard Restaurant, Nashville (MAP)

Website: http://GibsonRally.com

Why: Federal agents raided two Gibson factories in August and confiscated part of the production inventory of this 100 year old American Manufacturer and Employer. This abuse of federal power must not go unanswered. We, the citizens who grant government its power and authority, MUST act to hold government accountable when that power is abused. Please join us on Oct 8 in Nashville and Stand with Gibson.

Eric Lee Beddingfield confirmed for Gibson Rally

Eric Lee Beddingfield, one of the hottest young Stars on the Country scene is confirmed to perform at the We Stand with Gibson Rally. JOIN US!! for a great Concert and a Great Rally and a Great Cause:

What: A Rally and Free Concert to show our support for Gibson Guitar

When: Saturday Oct 8 2-4PM

Where: Parking Lot of the Scoreboard Restaurant, Nashville (MAP)

Website: http://GibsonRally.com

Why: Federal agents raided two Gibson factories in August and confiscated part of the production inventory of this 100 year old American Manufacturer and Employer. This abuse of federal power must not go unanswered. We, the citizens who grant government its power and authority, MUST act to hold government accountable when that power is abused. Please join us on Oct 8 in Nashville and Stand with Gibson.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

UK Doctors admit NHS managers restricting treatments

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A survey of GPs has found that many agree restrictions are being placed on access to replacement hips and knees, hernia and cataract operations and infertility treatment.

They say NHS managers are rationing treatment as they try to cut costs, with patients facing a postcode lottery across the country as to whether or not they are seen.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Take away my Government Shoes? You cold hearted SOB

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If everyone had always gotten their shoes from the government, writes Rothbard, the proponent of shoe privatization would be greeted as a kind of lunatic. "How could you?" defenders of the status quo would squeal. "You are opposed to the public, and to poor people, wearing shoes! And who would supply shoes … if the government got out of the business? Tell us that! Be constructive! It's easy to be negative and smart-alecky about government; but tell us who would supply shoes? Which people? How many shoe stores would be available in each city and town? … What material would they use? … Suppose a poor person didn't have the money to buy a pair?"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Holy Mackerel, AP tells truth, Rich Pay their fair share, then some more

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On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We Stand with Gibson Rally - GibsonRally.com - Sat Oct 8 - Nashville

Visit Gibsonrally.com and make plans to attend on Saturday, October 8 2-4PM in the parking lot of the Scoreboard Restaurant in the Opryland area. (see MAP)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ok, one more time, the RICH are paying more than ever

The US Soaks the Rich more completely than any other Country

51% of Households Pay No Income Tax

New Federal Tax Burden Share Numbers from CBO

Tax cuts = Rich pay more

Private Profits Are Morally Superior To Public Services

Link HT: Ralph Bristol
To hear politicians, you’d think if Washington didn’t shield helpless citizens from corporate depredations many an innocent life would be ruined. But businesses aren’t enemies conniving to exploit hapless workers and extract unwarranted profits. Businesses work feverishly developing products consumers desire.

Companies not only sell us ways to beautify and improve life, they also offer the means empowering us to acquire such articles: employment. Markets serve the interests of others, by seeking one’s own advancement. Profits accumulate when customers fancy our output. We gain by serving our neighbors.

Whether a company builds what customers willingly purchase, or workers sell their efforts, markets compensate those enhancing value. We profit commensurately to what we produce. In capitalism, it’s not necessarily those exhibiting superior virtue that thrive, but a correlation links earnings to the benefit provided.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

If you liked Solyndra, you are going to Luv "Digital Promise"

Why must politicians and bureaucrats always feel they must be relevant? All we want is to be left alone....just for a few minutes...to live our lives in peace and FREEDOM!

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“Digital Promise,” a new national center on teaching and learning technologies, has been launched by the U.S. Education Department, Carnegie and the Hewlett Foundation.

The Tennessean got the headline wrong re the solar industry

Great article by Chas Sisk but I would suggest a different headline than theirs which was: "TN's solar industry faces clouded future." I would suggest this headline: "Vote seeking Tennessee politicians and bureaucrats arrogantly and wrongly chose a few large solar manufacturers to be the recipients of huge taxpayer funded bribes but they chose wrongly and now taxpayers are left holding an empty bag." Its a little longer but it captures the nuance.

Oh, and the quote by Commissioner Hagerty (see below) is priceless. Let me interpret, what he really said was, "with 20/20 hindsight, I can see clearly that we screwed up on these taxpayer funded solar bribes....of course, I was not commissioner when those decisions were made so I will be undeterred in making lots of new taxpayer funded bribes...so what if I choose a few lemons, its not like its my money".

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When prices were high, many U.S. solar panel makers, including Solyndra, Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar and New York-based SpectraWatt, bet that they could corner the market with new panel designs that were more efficient or did not use silicon. As prices fell, they have been forced into bankruptcy.

“All of a sudden … you’ve had a real crisis for manufacturers,” said Stephen Lacey, a member of the energy team at the Center for American Progress.

Lower prices have been good for companies that buy and install panels. The cost of solar power has drawn closer to that of other forms of energy, and the industry grew by 67 percent in 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

But along with the ongoing financial crisis, the downturn in the market has frozen new investments in solar facilities. In the current environment, Tennessee officials are reluctant to consider new incentives for the industry.

“We’re not going to try to incentivize something that is not going to happen,” Hagerty said.

Good Grief: Former Solyndra Employees getting "trade assistance"

Link HT: Mark Perry
So to recap: massive government subsidies created 1,100 "green jobs" that never would've existed but for those massive government subsidies.  And when those fake jobs disappeared because the subsidized employer-company inevitably couldn't compete in the market, the dislocated workers blamed China (instead of what's easily one of the worst business plans ever drafted) in order to receive... wait for it... more government subsidies.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Why the Increase in the US Poverty Rate is a Hoax

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There will be much wailing and gnashing of the teeth in the press and across the blogs in the next few days over these poverty numbers. And I warn you now that almost all of the commentary will simply be wrong. Anyone, anyone at all, be they Nobel Laureate, economics professor, newspaper editorial writer or simple blogger who tries to compare the poverty levels of the 1960s with those of today without adjusting for the above will just be wrong: plain, flat out, wrong.

We used to measure those who were poor after we’d helped them. Now, by and large, we’re measuring who would be poor if we didn’t help them. These just aren’t the same thing and so the numbers are not directly comparable.

This explanation will also aid you in understanding one of the great conundrums of modern America. How on earth can the US be spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year on beating poverty without actually beating poverty? Simple, we spend the money but don’t measure how much poverty we’ve beaten by spending it.

Fla Court says parent allowed one buttock spank

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It cited common law and a 2002 Florida Supreme Court ruling that says reasonable or non-excessive corporal punishment can be used as a defense against child abuse charges.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cartoon: Obamagic


Teachers’ Unions: Working to Win You Over!

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The Hawaii State Teachers Association’s actions before the Labor Relations Board have once again backfired and resulted in a scathing ruling from the board.
An overblown attempt by the union to strike the state’s opposition to HSTA’s request for relief from salary cuts amounted to an “egregious and reckless disregard for the truth in this case,” according to the board ruling on a procedural motion, issued Sept. 2.
Teachers failed to show up for classes Thursday in spite of a judge’s order. They instead took to the picket lines in protest of reduced wages and increasing class sizes.
Their decision violates Judge Bryan Chushcoff’s order, issued on September 14, whereby teachers were required to return to work, and for all parties to continue to negotiate and bargain in good faith….
“I think it sends a message that we advocate for ourselves,” said [Tacoma Education Association vice president Adrienne] Dale, adding, “we do what is right and what’s best for kids. We’re doing what’s best for teachers. This is why we’re here. We’re working to get a fair settlement that’s going to be best for those kids.”
Dateline – Connecticut: “Union leader: To tackle education problems, raise teachers’ pay”

New Govt Approved, Michelle Obama endorsed eating utensils

Dumb-Bell Cutlery

NJ Taxpayers funding $420k subsidy for Jersey Shore

Crony capitalism......fugitaboutit. Link
TRENTON —A Democratic state Senator and a national coalition of Italian Americans are calling upon Gov. Chris Christie to block a tax credit awarded Wednesday to the production company of the hit MTV television show “Jersey Shore.”

“It is disparaging to Italian Americans. He should veto it, ” said state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex), a frequent critic of the show who supports the film tax credit but said the state should not reward a television show that paints the state in negative light.

Andre’ DiMino, President of Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition, an anti-bias organization of more than 5,000 members. said, “The Economic Development Authority has abrogated the public trust by awarding a tax credit to a show that not only stereotypes Italians, but promotes violence, and cast members who revel in openly breaking the law."

Tea Party SOBs spreading malicious propaganda

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SIERRA VISTA — An effort to put U.S. Constitutions in the hands of virtually every student in Cochise County achieved it’s goal on the eve of Constitution Week thanks to a flood of generous donations that came at the nick of time.

Today, as the nation celebrates Constitution Day, members of the 912/TEA Party Cochise County are distributing the last of 20,000 copies of the Constitution to schools in Benson, completing a campaign that aims to reach every fifth- through 12th-grade classroom in the county, according to Joanne Daley, event coordinator. After distributing 8,000 copies last year they set a goal to reach 20,000 but had only made it about halfway by their deadline of Aug. 1.

Government Healthcare Bureaucracy Gone Wild

Obamacare will cause our healthcare system to grind to a slow, painful bureaucratic halt. This is just a hint of what is to come. Link
A new federally mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000—adding codes that describe precisely what bone was broken, or which artery is receiving a stent.

It will also have a code for recording that a patient's injury occurred in a chicken coop. (See code.)

Indeed, health plans may never again wonder where a patient got hurt. There are codes for injuries in opera houses (see code), art galleries (see code), squash courts (see code) and nine locations in and around a mobile home (see codes), from the bathroom to the bedroom.

Health insurers, doctors and hospitals are bracing for chaos as they prepare to adopt a new federally mandated format for medical billing. Anna Wilde Mathews has details on Lunch Break.

Some doctors aren't sure they need quite that much detail. "Really? Bathroom versus bedroom?" says Brian Bachelder, a family physician in Akron, Ohio. "What difference does it make?"

The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Taxpayer Funded Tourist Traps

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Paul Ryan explains pro-growth Tax Reform

New Google Flight and Airline Search and Booking Service


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What scares Big Government Democrats the most...


Mickey Kaus distills it very well. Social Security has always been the one big government proxy issue that is reliable year in and year out.

If voters strayed off the big government reservation they could always be reliably and consistently herded back with just a hint of scare mongering on social security. No more.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tea Party and Unions face off in WI Capital-1st Day of Fall Session

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CBO testifies before Super Committee: "we are in deep caca"

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If the laws governing Social Security and the major health care programs were unchanged, and all other programs were operated in line with their average relationship to the size of the economy during the past 40 years (more than 11 percent of GDP), total federal spending excluding net interest would be nearly 24 percent of GDP. That amount exceeds the 40-year average for revenues as a share of GDP by nearly 6 percentage points—even before interest payments on the debt have been included.

At the same time, the sharp increase in federal debt and a return to more-normal interest rates will boost the government’s net interest costs. They are projected to reach 2.8 percent of GDP in 2021, compared with only 1.5 percent of GDP in 2011 and an average of 2.2 percent of GDP during the past 40 years.

Poll: Obama losing moderate voters

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About 59% of "switchers," voters who backed Obama in 2008 but voted for a Republican in the midterm elections, say the president's party is more liberal than they are and that their political views align more closely with Republicans. Among the 400 switchers polled, 16% said they would vote for Obama again; 25% said they would back the Republican nominee; and 59% were categorized as "persuadable switchers."

Social Security is much worse than a Ponzi Scheme

Only 40 Percent of Pell Grant Recipients Get Bachelor’s Degrees

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Nevertheless, based on statistical examination of the Pell Grant/graduation rate relationship for about 750 colleges and universities, aided by Chris Denhart and Jonathan Robe, I would “guesstimate” that roughly 40 percent of full-time, first-year students receiving Pell Grants graduate within six years (from four-year institutions). This is significantly lower than the graduation rate of non-Pell recipients, which appears to be closer to 60 to 65 percent.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Great Bumper Sticker: O B A MAn, Join the Tea Party


It's Time to Get Rid of FEMA

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Businesses, charities, and individual citizens gave the most resources to those affected in the Great Chicago Fire. These same charitable foundations continue to exist today, and civil society has both the desire and ability to provide the resources needed to help victims of natural disasters. In contrast, FEMA is expensive, crippled with bureaucratic red tape, and driven by political interests rather than emergency needs. Let's address the current federal fiscal disaster by cutting the $6 billion budget for FEMA and allow civil society to resume its role in providing true relief for the sustenance of a vibrant democracy.

Cartoon: Obama's New Tone

24% of Tennessee Drivers are Uninsured



Compared to 13.8% uninsured nationally.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Nobama Heimlich Maneuver - Political First Aid

HT: Maggie's Farm

CA Gov Jerry Brown: Freedom Fighter???

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Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday smacked down what he called overbearing and expensive proposals for state regulations by vetoing bills that would require that kids wear helmets when on ski slopes and increase fines for people who talk on cell phones or text while driving.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ah, Union Civility: Longshoremen Storm Port, Hold Guards Hostage

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.

Amazon cuts a deal on California sales taxes

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Reporting from Sacramento— Amazon.com cut a tentative deal with legislative leaders Wednesday night that would allow it to postpone collecting sales taxes from Californians for another year.

The company in turn would drop its battle to overturn the state's new law that required it and many other out-of-state online retailers to collect the taxes.

Under the deal, Amazon would delay collecting taxes until September 2012, Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) said. The new law had mandated that Internet retailers start collecting state taxes in July if they had offices, workers or other connections in California.

Report: Extending Unemployment Benefits Increases Unemployment

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A new report estimates that the U.S. unemployment rate is 0.6 percentage point higher due to the extension of jobless benefits.

The biggest rap on extended unemployment benefits is that they discourage people from going out and finding work. Their skills erode, the government is saddled with higher costs, and the unemployment rate is pushed higher. On the other side of the ledger, they help shore up the economy — the unemployed have money to spend that they otherwise wouldn’t — and it provides a safety-net at a time when the job market is very weak. Predictably, there’s lots of partisan bickering about whether the tradeoff is worth it.

Coke cancels French plant to protest tax on sugary drinks

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On its French website, the group said the increased tax would increase consumer prices by around 3.5% and could impact on its French activities and its 3,000 employees. It noted the tax would come on top of a rise in raw-material prices, notably sugar, which has increased by around 40% in a year.

"As a player in the French economy, Coca-Cola shares the collective efforts to reduce the public deficit. But we are strongly opposed to any form of stigmatization of our products which are unfairly considered as products such as spirits and tobacco," the group said on its website.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Economists say 50% tax rate hurting UK, no bleep sherlock

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Twenty high-profile economists have urged the government to drop the top 50p tax rate, which they say is doing "lasting damage" to the UK economy.

In a letter to the Financial Times, they say it should be axed "at the earliest opportunity" to boost growth.

Ministers say the 50p rate is temporary but their policy is to first increase the income tax threshold to £10,000.

Critics said cutting the rate at a time of cuts would be "monstrously unfair" and "phenomenally immoral".

The chancellor has asked HM Revenue and Customs to check whether the 50p rate, introduced as a temporary measure to tackle the deficit under Labour, is an effective means of raising tax revenue.

Butte MT schools closed: principles strike over 1%

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Butte School District 1 and Teamsters’ Union 2, which represented the 15 principals, assistant principals and directors at a last-chance meeting Tuesday evening, could not strike a deal which would have allowed schools to continue to operate.

The disagreement is a 1 percent difference in the size of a salary increase for the administrators.

The school district offered a 2 percent raise on administrators’ base salary in addition to their guaranteed raises for experience. That would amount to at least a 4.4 percent annual pay increase for all the administrators.

The union countered last Friday with a proposal to accept a 1 percent raise for this year, while maintaining their request for the 4 percent.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Canadian pols jump on the Tea Party Scapegoat bandwagon

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Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives have been taken over by “Tea Party” elements with “the politics of anger, envy, resentment and division,” Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty charged Tuesday.

Another reader submitted Bumper Sticker: nO Thanks


Poll: Hoffa is not helping an already bad opinion of unions

Jimmy Hoffa is trying to get the Democratic base energized but, for most, he is simply reinforcing an already negative view of unions.

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  • Almost two-thirds (65%) of adults agree that unions improve wages and working conditions of workers. A higher 72% of people who live in union households agree with this.
  • Over seven in ten believe that unions are too involved in politics (72%), are more concerned with fighting change than with trying to bring about change (71%) and stifle individual initiative (63%),
  • People in union households are somewhat less critical though majorities of union households still feel unions are too involved in politics (60%) and are more concerned about fighting change (63%). Further, a significant number of union families agree that unions stifle individual initiative (46%).
  • A majority of all adults (59%) disagree that unions work to get legislation that helps all working people, whether they are union members or not. Conversely, union members are more supportive of unions' efforts relating to legislation. Over half (55%) think unions work to get legislation that helps all working people.
  • By 62% to 38% a majority of Americans disagree that unions give members their money's worth for the dues they pay. Only 47% of union members agree with this sentiment.

Only Congress could turn cheap food into expensive ethanol

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Or at least we think nothing of it in the West. If the price of our breakfast cereal goes up because we’re diverting agricultural production to ethanol or biodiesel, it’s an annoyance. But if the price of corn or flour doubles or triples in the Third World, where according to Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe people “are spending 80% of [their] disposable income on food,” hundreds of millions of people go hungry. Sometimes, as in the Middle East earlier this year, they revolt.

“What we call today the Arab Spring,” Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe says over lunch at Nestle’s world headquarters, “really started as a protest against ever-increasing food prices.”

Monday, September 05, 2011

Poll indicates Spain will reject ruling Socialists in next election

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The People’s Party may win 47.1 percent of the vote, compared with 32.3 percent for the ruling Socialists, El Mundo reported yesterday, citing a poll. That would give the party a majority of seats in the 350-member Parliament in Madrid, the newspaper said.

Rajoy, who has lost two general elections since becoming PP leader in 2004, promised a “law for entrepreneurs” that would include a 5 percentage-point cut in company tax. In a Sept. 3 speech, he also promised a “true restructuring of the financial sector” and changes to labor and energy-market laws.

The euro region’s fourth-largest economy is holding elections four months ahead of schedule after an escalation of the sovereign-debt crisis prompted the European Central Bank to start propping up Spanish and Italian bond markets last month. If Rajoy wins the November ballot, he will have to tackle slowing economic growth and Europe’s highest unemployment rate and stem a surge in company bankruptcies.

Tea Party Takes On Utah's Last Congressional Dem

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So far, Matheson, a member of the Dem's centrist Blue Dog contingent, has managed to survive the gerrymandering and stay in office for a remarkable 12 years,calibrating his votes carefully to acknowledge the precariousness of his situation. He was one of a handful of Democrats, for instance, who voted against Obama's health care bill and raising the debt ceiling.

But even those sorts of hedges may not save him in the next election. Things have changed significantly in a state that I didn't think could get any more conservative. Last year, angry tea party activists managed to bump off Republican establishment figure Sen. Robert Bennett, whose father also represented the state in the Senate. Bennett was a rockribbed, popular Republican, but still not conservative enough for the tea partiers, who ended up electing tea partier Sen. Mike Lee (R).

Tea Party "dog fight" planned for AL Congressional Primary

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With Bonner facing the prospect of multiple opponents in the March 13 GOP primary, those facts are in dispute.

Bonner, seeking a sixth, two-year term in Congress, has come under fire for his 2008 vote for a $700 billion bank bailout. More recently, he drew criticism for supporting a compromise to raise the federal debt ceiling while cutting government spending.

"He can say what he wants to, but the proof comes in his voting record," said Orange Beach businessman Dean Young, who announced a primary challenge to Bonner last month. "Saying it doesn’t make it true."

Britain's NHS watchdog prefers you die or pay for your own treatment

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At least 10 primary care trusts (PCTs) have told hospitals to increase the length of time before they see patients in order to save money, an investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found.

In some areas, patients endured delays of 12 or 15 weeks after GPs decided they needed surgery, even though hospitals could have seen them sooner.

The maximum permitted time between referral and treatment is 18 weeks. In one case a manager said the policy keeps patients in line as “short waiting times also create more demand for treatment due to the expectations this raises”.

It comes after an NHS watchdog suggested that if patients are forced to wait a long time, they will remove themselves from lists “either by dying or by paying for their own treatment”.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Chris Matthews asks: What was Obama's biggest Mistake?

Undercover Corporate Extortion-Rutherford County Style

I hope the time is very near when a successful court challenge will stop this new wave of city and county crony capitalism. The vote-seeking, self-aggrandizing politicians will keep pushing the envelope, they have absolutely no incentive to stop this silliness. They just luv handing out taxpayer funded bribes which they can then call job-creation during their re-election campaign. The corporate extortionists are also happy to play the game. The only people who can stop this are you and me, fellow taxpayers.

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Still, the fact that Rutherford County is competing with a handful of other counties in Middle and East Tennessee as well as other states forced IDB members to take what they called an "aggressive" stance, especially considering the Chamber of Commerce was operating under a "non-disclosure" agreement. 
"It's an unusual deal, and from where we are if we want to be in consideration for this project, that's what we had to do," said Paul Latture, president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. 
The board approved two packages for the American-based warehousing and distribution company, which Latture called easily recognizable and fast-growing. The company is expected to pick a site in a couple of months and possibly buy land by Oct. 1.

2,000 attend Sheboygan WI Tea Party rally

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About 2,000 Tea Party faithful gathered at Fountain Park in downtown Sheboygan on Saturday and put a collective eye on the 2012 presidential race.

The third-annual rally, organized by the Sheboygan Liberty Coalition, was aimed at maintaining momentum among conservatives, who say they're energized by the recent state recalls, where Democrats narrowly missed regaining control of the state Senate.

"The silent majority went to the voting booths and said, 'no way,'" said Oriannah Paul, Sheboygan Liberty Coalition president. "I want to encourage all of you to do it again. Stand up, and say, 'no more.'"

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Scottish Prisoners sue Taxpayers over "slopping out"

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In 2004, a judge ruled in favour of Robert Napier, a prisoner who complained of conditions at Glasgow's Barlinnie jail, in particular having to use a chamber pot and being forced to empty it each morning. He was awarded £2,450. That led to thousands of other actions and compensation running into many millions of pounds was paid by the Scottish government on behalf of the Scottish Prison Service. 
In 2009, in an attempt to block "historical" claims, the government changed the law so that inmates had a year after being exposed to slopping out to raise a damages action. 
The change applied only to cases raised subsequently, and did not catch those already in the system, such as yesterday's test cases.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Did Obama exceed the debt limit already? Sure looks like it

The debt deal allowed an immediate $400 billion increase in the debt. It looks like we are already above the new allowed limit.

Feds issued Regulations for hunting Nepal Big Foot in 1959

For real and the very first regulation was you have to buy a permit!!!!

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The first rule required that expeditions buy a permit. The second demanded that the beast be photographed or taken alive. "It must not be killed or shot at except in an emergency arising out of self defense," wrote Embassy Counselor Ernest Fisk on November 30, 1959. And third, any news proving the existence of the Abominable Snowman must be cleared through the Nepalese government which probably wanted to take credit for the discovery. Archivist Mark Murphy said he couldn't believe his eyes when he discovered the long-ignored papers written at the end of the Eisenhower administration. "I thought I was seeing things," he said. "These documents show that finding the Yeti was a big deal in the 1950s. It goes to show the government was taking this seriously."

Undocumented workers got billions from IRS in tax credits, audit finds

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Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed to the $4.2 billion in credits, the report said.

The IRS said it lacks the authority to disallow the claims.

Wage earners who do not have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work in the United States can use what the IRS calls individual taxpayer identification numbers. Often these result in fraudulent claims on tax returns, auditors found.

Listen up Nashville, Ga Baseball Stadium losing money

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A consultant’s study used by county officials to justify spending $64 million on the stadium said Gwinnett’s demographics and economy made it “one of the strongest markets in the country to support a minor league baseball team.” Conventions, Sports & Leisure International estimated the team would average 6,000 to 6,500 fans a game after an initial “honeymoon” period in which attendance might be higher. In 2009 the team drew an average of 5,858 fans a game – up from 4,455 the previous year when the team played in Richmond, Va.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Gov Mum on Gas Tax Increase? Tennesseans pay a 40 cent Tax for every Gallon

I think we can all agree....that is ENOUGH.

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5.3 inch Smartphone-Tablet

FEMA'S use of term 'federal family' for government expands under Obama

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The G-word — “government” — has been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local “partners” as well as “offices” and “personnel.”

“'Government’ is such a dirty word right now,” says Florida State University communication professor Davis Houck. “Part of what the federal government does and any elected official does is change the terms of the language game into terms that are favorable to them.”

“Family” can evoke favorable thoughts of motherhood and security. But it can also conjure images of Big Brother and organized crime.

The phrase “federal family” has been used in connection with FEMA at least as far back as 1999.

Study: Half of Hired Stimulus Workers Were Already Employed

Link HT:Newsalert
Hiring isn’t the same as net job creation. In our survey, just 42.1 percent of the workers hired at ARRA-receiving organizations after January 31, 2009, were unemployed at the time they were hired (Appendix C). More were hired directly from other organizations (47.3 percent of post-ARRA workers), while a handful came from school (6.5 percent) or from outside the labor force (4.1 percent)(Figure 2). Thus, there was an almost even split between “job creating” and “job switching.” This suggests just how hard it is for Keynesian job creation to work in a modern, expertise-based economy: even in a weak economy, organizations hired the employed about as often as the unemployed.

Best political slur of the day: "Gutless Maggot" for tax raising Aussie Pols

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Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has been grabbed and abused by anti-carbon tax protesters who marched to his inner Sydney electorate office calling him a "gutless maggot".

He was denounced by the anti-carbon tax protesters who marched through his Marrickville electorate on Thursday, behind a black coffin reading "democracy is dead".

The crowd of up to 200 were riled by his jibe in August that the Convoy of No Confidence - an anti-carbon tax protest by truck drivers outside Parliament House in Canberra - was really a "convoy of no consequence".

"We are of consequence, we are taxpayers and we have worked hard," Iris Feltham told AAP in Marrickville.

Ms Feltham, a former Labor supporter, said she had never protested before but was so dismayed by the proposed carbon tax that she felt compelled.

"All this is based on a lie. They said there will be no carbon tax. They lied."