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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson: Obama Refuses to Get to the Root of Economic Problems

Dr. Ben Carson: Obama Refuses to Get to the Root of Economic Problems: The Obama administration's minimum wage hike for federal workers doesn't address the real issues facing the American workforce, according to retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a potential candidate in the next GOP presidential primary.

"They keep looking at the symptoms rather than getting to the root of the problem. The root of the problem is that we have policies in place that keep the economy suppressed," Carson told John Bachman

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chicago Grassroots React to State of the Union--Obama, The Big Let Down

Cheap Wine and Expensive Health Care | Laissez-Faire Bookstore

Cheap Wine and Expensive Health Care | Laissez-Faire Bookstore: How to fix the problems with American health care? The last thing we need is another government plan. We need to completely blow up the current system, removing every aspect of compulsion from it and unleashing the forces of the market to make sense of the entire sector. Until we do that, none of it will make sense, costs will keep rising, service will grow worse, innovation will suffer, and consumers will not be in charge.

Cheap Wine and Expensive Health Care | Laissez-Faire Bookstore

Cheap Wine and Expensive Health Care | Laissez-Faire Bookstore: The New York Times published an interminable article on health care recently. Plenty of facts — how scrupulous are these journalists! — but the article displayed absolutely no comprehension of the basics of cause and effect. I was left wondering about the whole point.

The article details how the health care system rewards specialists to an extraordinary extent. For example, if you want a minor dermatological operation, you end up paying a half a dozen different layers of service providers. You cough up thousands for a very simple operation, have no choice, and are offered no explanation. The article recounts examples: $500 for wart removal, $25,000 for the removal of a white spot, $14,407 for a tiny scar removal.

It seems like what it is: a racket.

The Following - a série ~ Universo Sombrio

The Following - a série ~ Universo Sombrio



The Following é uma série de tv que estreou no Brasil dia 22 de fevereiro na Warner Channel.

Estrelada por Kevin Bacon, como agente do FBI pelo ator o ator James Purefoy na pele do serial killer, Joe Carrol.

A trama conta a história de Joe Carrol, um estimado professor
universitário, apaixonado por romances góticos, fá incondicional de
Edgar Alan Poe, se torna um serial killer.



The Following começa com a fuga do serial killer da prisão, onde estava prestes a ter a sentença de morte executada.

Ao escapar, ele passa a usar a internet com a finalidade de criar uma seita de serial killers.

O ex-agente do FBI, Hardy, retorna ao trabalho quando seu pior inimigo,
resolve voltar à ação, e tenta coloca-lo de volta na cadeia.









Nos episódios teremos muitas referencias à Edgar Allan Poe na série e muita inspiração na sua obra.





Carroll comanda uma seita de dentro da prisão e a cada minuto Ryan Hardy
percebe que a influência do psicopata sobre as pessoas é grande,
assustadora.

Carrol é um assassino inteligente e charmoso. Um homem com aparência
carismática, apesar de toda a violência, e tem uma forma muito elegante
de expressar suas próprias razões insanas para justificar suas ações.

O charme e lábia de Joe ajudou com que ele ganhasse seguidores.

Seguidores


Ele manipula as pessoas até encontrar uma brecha que as faça perder o controle e as transforma em criminosos.



Seus seguidores o visitavam na prisão e, com a ajuda deles e tendo a
internet como ferramenta, Joe conseguiu espalhar seus ideais. Ganhou
ainda mais discípulos, dispostos a gastar anos de suas vidas em um plano
para ajudar seu líder a praticar sua maior arte: assassinatos.



A trilha sonora da série é sensacional!



Inspirado nas obras de Edgar Allan Poe, o erudito professor de
literatura, ensina a seus alunos que precisamos criar algo único e que
seja só nosso.

Segundo ele, isso acaba se transferindo para a nossa escrita, ou no caso
dos seus seguidores, na maneira de matar alguém. Enquanto Joe encantava
seus alunos com essas afirmações, despertava neles a vontade de
encontrar sua própria voz.



Depois de Joe Carroll você nunca mais vai olhar o seu professor de literatura da mesma maneira.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Paul Ryan’s Incoherence on Trusting Obama’s Immigration Promises | RedState

Paul Ryan’s Incoherence on Trusting Obama’s Immigration Promises | RedState

Twitter / Dbargen: CA wants a prize. RT ...

Twitter / Dbargen: CA wants a prize. RT ...



Blog: The TOTUS Who Can't Look America in the Eye

Blog: The TOTUS Who Can't Look America in the Eye: Not once -- not even once -- did the man who claims to be the legitimate leader of our nation ever look me, and all the other watching citizens of this nation, in the eye during his State of the Nation speech. He was a dash-top bobble-head, swinging back and forth from prompter to prompter.

Good grief! The man can't uncouple himself from his comfort-zone technology for even a moment to look Americans in the eye just once, and give us some sense of our comfort that he is sincere.

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Twitter / WayneRoot: Stock market is down almost ...



Valorie Curry of The Following Interview

Valorie Curry of The Following Interview: Valorie Curry is up for a wild ride with the season-two debut of Fox's The Following, which airs Mondays at 8/7 p.m. Central. She visited our New York studio to chat about what's to come on the show and shared how happy she is to work with leading man Kevin Bacon. Plus, The Following isn't Valorie's first brush with cult-following endeavors; she spoke about how having a part in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 made her ready for pretty much "anything." On Allie: Orla Kiely pants, Alice + Olivia top

Twitter / Artist_Angie: #RaiseTheWage because we have ...

Twitter / Artist_Angie: #RaiseTheWage because we have ...





Obama's State of the Union is just another rerun | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama's State of the Union is just another rerun | WashingtonExaminer.com: Only 28 percent of respondents to a recent Harris Poll say they plan to watch the State of the Union address. Some of those are lying. It's clear the Obama charm has worn extremely thin.

The rapturous excitement President Obama once elicited was based, at least in part, on the idea that he had something new to offer, that he transcended the "old politics." It's not enough to say that those expectations were misplaced -- that was obvious from the beginning. But he has proved to be one of the most polarizing leaders of the modern era, encouraging a corrosive sense of grievance between Americans and undermining people's faith in the essential justness of their country.

The REAL State of the Union in just 889 words…

The REAL State of the Union in just 889 words…: Our tax authorities have become more threatening than mafia warlords. The plunder is so severe that record numbers of Americans are renouncing their citizenship and leaving the country.



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Allen West: I’m waiting for Obama to apply “income equality” to Jay Z and Beyonce | Viewpoints of a Sagitarrian

Allen West: I’m waiting for Obama to apply “income equality” to Jay Z and Beyonce | Viewpoints of a Sagitarrian: Allen West

Alas, this week we’ve found the theme upon which President Obama and the progressive socialist Left will now stake their claim: equality.

These astute individuals truly believe it is their destiny to make us all equal — as they define it. Listen to the constant rants from the president and the leftist acolytes about “income inequality.” With the full power of the government, either by force or coercion (or both), they shall rectify this inequality and make us all equal. How exactly is that done, and the larger question is, to whom?

In Flames: New Photos From The Studio - Blabbermouth.net

In Flames: New Photos From The Studio - Blabbermouth.net

Coburn says O-Care cost him his cancer specialist | TheHill

Coburn says O-Care cost him his cancer specialist | TheHill: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday he lost his cancer specialist after signing up for ObamaCare.

“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “Fortunately, even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist, I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis.”

Coburn’s office did not return a request for comment.

Nicaragua scraps term limits in boost for socialist Ortega - Yahoo News

Nicaragua scraps term limits in boost for socialist Ortega - Yahoo News



By Ivan Castro

MANAGUA
(Reuters) - Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday voted to scrap
presidential term limits, which could allow socialist President Daniel
Ortega to remain in power indefinitely and has stoked concerns about
democracy in the Central American country.
Lawmakers must still formally sign off on the details of the bill,
after giving general approval, which will make the impoverished country
the latest in a string of Latin American nations from Bolivia to Ecuador
to give presidents power extending beyond their traditional limits.
It would allow 68-year-old Ortega, a prominent Cold War antagonist of
the United States, to seek a fourth term. He has yet to say publicly
whether he wants to run again for the presidency in 2016, but is widely
expected to do so.
Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla and ally of
the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been president since 2007.
He first took power after Nicaragua's 1979 revolution and was formally
elected president for a single term in 1984.

The country's divided opposition has accused him of man-handling the
constitution to keep his grip on power and maintains that the reform
will increase presidential power at the expense of checks and balances.
Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) has a
majority of seats in the assembly, and opposition lawmakers walked out
of the chamber in protest after the resounding general vote.

"These reforms are not necessary," said Eduardo Montealegre, leader of
the opposition Liberal Independent Party. "Perhaps they're important for
the president because they give him absolute power."
Under the new voting rules, candidates can be elected with a simple majority in the first round of voting, avoiding a run-off.
Ortega's government in the 1980s was convulsed by a civil war that
pitted his Sandinistas against right-wing Contra rebels backed by the
administration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
(Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Simon Gardner and Grant McCool)

Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE • The Register

Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE • The Register: Bitcoin is a security threat - but not in the way you're thinking

One of the ASIC applications which will benefit is custom chips used to crack passwords. Mining is essentially a brute-force attack on the generating algorithm. We are in an arms race where dozens of companies are designing chips aimed at generating as many codes as possible. The combined Bitcoin world is generating over 14,000,000,000,000,000 codes a second. Devices which can generate 10,000,000,000 hashes a second now fit on a USB stick.

Bitcoin, and all the other alt-coins, is training a skillset for building password-cracking hardware that is both powerful and portable. These devices are effectively an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of keyboards. The implications for the security industry are significant. Suddenly, just keeping a device isolated from the internet isn't good enough.

An intruder with only limited time at a machine with an available USB socket can break into it. As long as you have a little bit of memory available on the USB key, a malware injection can be achieved before you can say Stuxnet. Intrusion which was the province of government agencies goes mainstream.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A World Where No One Loses Creates A World Of Losers - Conservative News and Opinion

A World Where No One Loses Creates A World Of Losers - Conservative News and Opinion: “The key components are that tournaments will no longer have a winner, they will be round-robin only. Coaches must meet before each match to try to pick evenly matched teams and if any matches are proving too “one-sided” then coaches will be forced to “adjust” their teams at halftime to make them closer. Teams will no longer be streamed on ability but will play all matches with mixed ability groups.” – Reuters UK



Yes, what you just read isn’t a spoof, it isn’t a farce, and it isn’t April fools. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) in England has issued a new set of rules to make Rugby more fair! These rules apply to teams with players under the age of 11, and they are right out of the episode of American Dad I just watched.



Unnecessary Items: A catalogue of the absurd. - Here it is. And it’s totally useful. There’s no...

Unnecessary Items: A catalogue of the absurd. - Here it is. And it’s totally useful. There’s no...:








There’s no way you won’t use this like, everyday. Wear it over your Best Buy uniform or under your work skirt. Your Blackberry holster just got a serious S&M/Steampunk update. Harness the power of that RIM technology with a 15lb leather bridle strapped to your haunches. Don’t have a Blackberry because you’re not a dad? That’s okay, use the pouch to let your spare change know IT AIN’T GOIN’ NOWHERE!

That’s right motherfucker, your thighs are gonna know what it’s like to feel constricted in a localized area the second you put on this accessory that takes itself way to seriously. Pray to god your thighs aren’t too fat because if those metal buckles hit each other at just the right speed…it’s gonna burn off your vagina. Or penis. Or both. Some people have both, okay?!

You’re Tomb Raider fetish doesn’t have to be a secret anymore!

It’s like $260, you’re gonna have to save up and probably give up that first edition copy of The Hobbit that you special ordered.

The Need for Economic Freedom | RealClearPolitics

The Need for Economic Freedom | RealClearPolitics: History has shown that only in times of economic turmoil have the forces opposed to individual liberty been able to fully seize power. No revolution has overthrown a government in times of widely shared prosperity.

Watch Michele Bachmann Infuriate Sen. Bernie Sanders During Fiery Debate: ‘That Is Absolutely a Lie’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

Watch Michele Bachmann Infuriate Sen. Bernie Sanders During Fiery Debate: ‘That Is Absolutely a Lie’ | Video | TheBlaze.com: Bachmann argued that the federal government’s role in education has actually increased costs, so now there’s a “trillion dollars in debt outstanding from American kids.”

Sanders told Bachmann she had her facts “backwards.” He then went way off topic.



Powerful trailer for new film ‘America,’ Dinesh D’Souza’s follow up to ‘Obama’s America’ - BizPac Review


Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is moving ahead with the scheduled July 4 release of his new documentary “America,” although he is facing charges for campaign finance violations.
Charges, his attorney maintains, are “politically motivated” and
perhaps, “retribution” for his hard-hitting documentary “Obama’s
America.”

“When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being
arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent
against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect
and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials,” co-producer Gerald Molen told The Hollywood Reporter. “If this unfortunate action against Dinesh is intended to deter the release of his upcoming film, America, that effort will fail.”

“America” is the follow-up documentary to D’Souza’s hit “2016: Obama’s America,” which became the “second most popular political documentary in history,” according to the Reporter.

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans - Yahoo Finance

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans - Yahoo Finance: WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program — twice what it cost five years ago — may not subside significantly anytime soon.



Kim Jong-un reportedly executes blood relatives of once-powerful uncle as purge continues | Fox News

Kim Jong-un reportedly executes blood relatives of once-powerful uncle as purge continues | Fox News: North Korea ruler Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that all blood relatives of his executed uncle be put to death, continuing an apparent purge of all he sees as threats to his reign.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, citing multiple sources, reported Sunday that "extensive executions" of relatives of Jang Song-thaek had been carried out.

"All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children,"



Pasta&Vinegar » circulation

Pasta&Vinegar » circulation: It’s also relevant to see him acknowledging, after G. Basalla, that the existence of continuity in technical objects “implies that novel artifacts can only arise from antecedent artifacts – that new kinds of made things are never pure creations of theory, ingenuity and fancy"



 



















Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day of Anger: Thousands rally in Paris to protest Hollande’s policies — RT News - Linkis.com

Day of Anger: Thousands rally in Paris to protest Hollande’s policies — RT News - Linkis.com



Around 17,000 people staged a ‘Day of Anger’ demonstration in central Paris on Sunday to slam French President Francois Hollande’s policies.

Protesters carried banners that read, "The French are angry!" along with signs portraying Hollande wearing donkey ears with a school grade of Zero which read, "You, President Resign.”

The demonstrators marched from Place de la Bastille to Les Invalides, braving rainy weather as they went along.

The rally was organized by a group of around 50 small and mainly right-wing organizations.

The demonstrators gathered to protest against France’s struggling economy, high unemployment, high taxes, and lack of personal freedoms.

"Today they are taking our money from all sides. There are new taxes all the time. We have had enough!" protester Johan Bonnain told AP.

Stranger Than Fiction: Papal Peace Dove Pounced On By Capitalist Crow & Swooping Seagull | Zero Hedge





Stranger Than Fiction: Papal Peace Dove Pounced On By Capitalist Crow & Swooping Seagull | Zero Hedge




Matthew 6:25-33 `Because of this I say to you, be not anxious for your life, what ye may eat, and what ye may drink, nor for your body, what ye may put on. Is not the life more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing?

Matthew 6:25-33 `Because of this I say to you, be not anxious for your life, what ye may eat, and what ye may drink, nor for your body, what ye may put on. Is not the life more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing?





YLT(i)
25
`Because of this I say to you, be not anxious for your life, what ye
may eat, and what ye may drink, nor for your body, what ye may put on.
Is not the life more than the nourishment, and the body than the
clothing?
26
look to the fowls of the heaven, for they do not sow, nor reap, nor
gather into storehouses, and your heavenly Father doth nourish them; are
not ye much better than they?
27 `And who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
28
and about clothing why are ye anxious? consider well the lilies of the
field; how do they grow? they do not labour, nor do they spin;
29 and I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these.
30
`And if the herb of the field, that to-day is, and to-morrow is cast
to the furnace, God doth so clothe—not much more you, O ye of little
faith?
31 therefore ye may not be anxious, saying, What may we eat? or, What may we drink? or, What may we put round?
32 for all these do the nations seek for, for your heavenly Father doth know that ye have need of all these;
33 but seek ye first the reign of God and His righteousness, and all these shall be added to you. 

Hobby Lobby May Close All 500+ Stores in 41 States | Tea Party Crusaders Tea Party Crusaders

Hobby Lobby May Close All 500+ Stores in 41 States | Tea Party Crusaders Tea Party Crusaders



By: David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.


When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were
working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature
picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most
people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we
lived and worked according to God’s word.


From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts
and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our
children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby
Lobby together, as a family.


We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles.
I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run
our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people
more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do.


We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We
keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping
days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest.


We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured,
and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a
weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our
full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.


But now, our government threatens to change all of that.


A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business
MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our
health insurance.


Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions,
which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the
morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end
a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to
our most important beliefs.


It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one.


If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.


Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy.


Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running.


Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business
according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we
ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s
not true.


The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate,
for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for
reasons of religious belief.


So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great
reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund
for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate
before it hurts our business.


We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a
choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and
that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.


My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing
our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the
government is going to make that much more difficult.


The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith
and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American
business should have to make.


The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your
fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies
but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic
church.


Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.


Sincerely,

David Green

CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.


Article submitted by: Veronica Coffin

‘Face the Nation’ Edits Out Senator Cruz Condemning Obama’s ‘Abuse of Power' | NewsBusters

‘Face the Nation’ Edits Out Senator Cruz Condemning Obama’s ‘Abuse of Power' | NewsBusters: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday morning and was met with a barrage of questions from host Bob Schieffer about his involvement in the government shutdown. Apart from being the victim of Schieffer’s accusations that the Tea Party senator was to blame for the shutdown, it also appears that Mr. Cruz was the victim of editing by CBS.

Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on today’s Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s “abuse of power” were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s complaints directed at President Obama. [See the aired and unaired videos below.]

Federal regulations have lowered real GDP growth by 2% per year since 1949 and made America 72% poorer | AEIdeas




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Federal regulations have lowered real GDP growth by 2% per year since 1949 and made America 72% poorer



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In a research paper that appears in the June 2013 issue of The Journal of Economic Growth titled “Federal Regulation and Aggregate Economic Growth,”
economists John Dawson (Appalachian State University) and John Seater
(North Carolina State University) examine the relationship between the
growth in regulations (measured by the pages of federal regulations)
since 1949 and economic performance (measured by real GDP growth). As
the authors point out in their introduction:



Macroeconomists typically divide government economic
activity into four broad classes: spending, taxation, deficits, and
monetary policy. There is, however, a fifth class of activity that may
well have important effects on economic activity but that nevertheless
has received little attention in the macroeconomic literature: regulation.
Although microeconomists have analyzed both the causes and effects of
regulation for decades, macroeconomists have joined the discussion only
much more recently, with a number of empirical studies suggesting that
regulation has significant macroeconomic effects.

The authors consider only the number of pages of federal
regulations (which increased almost seven-fold from 19,335 pages in 1949
to 134,261 pages by 2005) as their measure of the burden of regulation
and explain that:



Inclusion of state regulation would be highly desirable,
but data collection is an enormous task, far beyond our resources. The
only way to obtain time series data on the volume of state regulation is
to go to each state capital and search the state archives for old
editions of state codes of regulation. With fifty capitals spanning
distances of literally thousands of miles, we had no choice but to omit
state regulations from our measure.

But even without considering state-level regulations, the estimated
adverse effect of increasing regulation on economic growth since 1949
has been staggering, here’s part of the conclusion:



Regulation’s overall effect on output’s growth rate is negative and substantial.

Federal regulations added over the past fifty years have reduced real output growth by about two percentage points on average
[annually] over the period 1949-2005. That reduction in the growth rate
has led to an accumulated reduction in GDP of about $38.8 trillion as
of the end of 2011. That is, GDP at the end of 2011 would have
been $53.9 trillion instead of $15.1 trillion if regulation had remained
at its 1949 level
(see chart above).

Ronald Bailey provides some excellent commentary on the study in a
Reason article titled “Federal Regulations Have Made You 75 Percent
Poorer,” where he makes an important calculation of how regulations
affect us at the household level:



As a result [of the increase in federal regulations], the
average American household receives about $277,000 less annually than
it would have gotten in the absence of six decades of accumulated
regulations—a median household income of $330,000 instead of the $53,000 we get now.

Finally, I think the burden of federal regulations on economic 
performance estimated by the authors might actually under-estimate the
total drag on economic growth since they only include the cost of
compliance and enforcement after the regulations are in place. The cost of federal regulations measured by the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations doesn’t include the burden of wasteful rent-seeking that private firms engage in before
the regulations are in place, as they attempt to influence (support,
oppose or change) federal regulations when they are first being proposed
and considered by Congress or a federal agency. Adding in these costs
of rent-seeking, and the costs of state regulations, paints a pretty
depressing picture of how much poorer we all are due to the crushing
burden of government regulations.


Cuban-born actress who supports GOP candidate calls threats and lack of tolerance “ridiculous”

Cuban-born actress who supports GOP candidate calls threats and lack of tolerance “ridiculous”: Recently, actress Maria Conchita Alonso resigned from a San Francisco theater production of the “Vagina Monologues” after being threatened with boycotts and protests due to her outward support for Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly. But the backlash has continued and Alonso sees it as “ridiculous.”

The Cuban-born actress, along with Donnelly, appeared on Dana Loesch’s TV show, Dana, on Friday to talk about the unexpected criticism and continued threats.

“Never, ever, anything like this crossed my mind…” Alonso said of the outrage. “It’s very strange, because I was born in Cuba. I was raised in Venezuela. We had to leave Cuba because of communism. Now Venezuela is going through the same thing… Now that I can’t talk and say something that is not how most people in Hollywood believe in? I’m sorry. Do I have to give away my SAG card?”

Obama 'Fixes' May Worsen Inequality - Yahoo India Finance

Obama 'Fixes' May Worsen Inequality - Yahoo India Finance: In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama is expected to make income inequality the centerpiece of his address.

Political analysts say it's a way for him to connect with a public still anxious about the tepid economic recovery — now in its fifth year — and upset with Obama over the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. They also see it as a way to rally his liberal base in advance of the 2014 midterm elections.

Local police, taxpayers stuck with security tab for Obamas’, Pelosi’s Hawaiian vacations - BizPac Review

Local police, taxpayers stuck with security tab for Obamas’, Pelosi’s Hawaiian vacations - BizPac Review: During her recent visit to Maui and the home of close family friend Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama was escorted by Maui police.

The tab for that protection? $54,233.70, said a spokesman for the Maui Police Department.

That’s a drop in the bucket, though.

Honolulu police protected the first family while they spent some 15 days during the holidays in Kailua, Oahu.

Michelle Yu, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department, said Thursday the department spent $293,731.99 for overtime only, an expense that excludes normal salary pay.

Neither county police department will seek federal reimbursement for those expenses, putting the burden on local taxpayers.

The United Whims of America - Derek Hunter - Page 1

The United Whims of America - Derek Hunter - Page 1: We have become a nation of subjects living at the mercy of the whims of progressive politicians willing to use government agencies, their positions and a complicit media to trample voter’s rights, silence opposition and impose an agenda voters rejected and reject laws they explicitly supported. If the law can be overruled or ignored by politicians in this way, and government agencies can be weaponized, all while being ignored by the self-appointed “free press,” liberty isn’t just threatened, it’s dead.

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