Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
- Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), one of Obamacare’s architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top Congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law’s new exchanges. Source: CNN…
- The Obama Administration was serious enough about manufacturing a high-value platinum coin to avert a Congressional fight over the debt ceiling that it had its top lawyers draw up a memo laying out the legal case for such a move. Source: Huffington Post…
- The Obama Administration has avoided informing lawmakers of Healthcare.gov’s security problems, and this is just another incidence of the White House’s incompetence we’ve seen since the health-care law’s rollout, according to House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers (R., Mich.). Source: National Review…
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An 11-year-old Oregon girl hoping to help her father pay for her braces by selling mistletoe recently learned a lesson that every small-business owner in the United States understands: Entrepreneurial spirit isn’t highly appreciated by the rulers of a bureaucratic society.
After learning that her orthodontic treatment would cost her father $4,800, Madison Root hatched a plan to chip in and help her family with the bill.
“I felt like I could help my dad with the money,” she told KATU.
So the youngster decided to take to the busy Portland Saturday Market over the weekend to sell neatly packaged mistletoe complete with a red bow to customers getting a jump on holiday shopping.
As she attempted to sell her goods among a crowd complete with buskers, beggars, protesters and the peddlers of various other handicrafts, the girl was approached by a private security guard employed by the market who ordered her to stop. The reason, according to reports, is that the child hadn’t filed the proper paperwork required by city ordinance to sell her products.
“I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place,” Madison told the local news station.
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A “tidal wave” of Federal regulations meant to protect American financial consumers from predatory practices of Wall Street banks is creating big problems for Main Street banks and credit unions, small bank advocates told Congress on Tuesday.
Currently, the number of banks in the United States is at its lowest level since the Great Depression, due to a combination of regulatory hurdles that are forcing many community banks out of business and lack of the same government support of larger institutions enjoy.
Since 2008, 486 small banks throughout the Nation have been shuttered by the FDIC. In many cases, the smaller banks were forced to close because of risky lending practices that were not mitigated by a Federal bailout like the risky practices of mega-banks.
Furthermore, while most of the financial rules imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act, the international Basel 3 capital standards and new regulations on credit cards apply mainly to larger banks, the spillover that pertains to smaller banks is devastating to those institutions which are not “too big to fail.”
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“Money, money, money! If Jesus came back and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.” — from Woody Allen’s 1986 movie, “Hannah and Her Sister”
On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the zombies took to the streets, cashing in on the best deals available to fulfill the true meaning of Christmas. In several instances, they created havoc and fear. This is Christmas in the 21st century. Rather than celebrating the birth of Christ, millions of people turn into prowling reptiles that stalk day and night in the rich hunting grounds of giant retailers like Wal-Mart.
We have been stripped of our humanity, at a time when we need to celebrate with family and God.
But there is a new god in town. It’s a primitive god that placates our pleasure centers and drives our unquenchable thirst to own and collect more, the tradition and spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas be damned.
The Seattle Times reported: “More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.”
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There is big money in the drug war for Federal agencies and State and local police forces.
I have told you before that the so-called war on drugs is a sham and a scam, and it corrupts Federal agencies and all police forces. American prisons and cemeteries are overflowing with victims of the faux drug war.
There are more than 2.4 million people in U.S. prisons. That’s more than one out of every 100 Americans, and that number has more than quadrupled since 1980. The most serious charge against 51 percent of those in Federal prisons is a drug offense. In State prisons, one in five prisoners is being incarcerated over a drug offense.
There is now a breaking scandal in Massachusetts that reveals how corrupt the war on drugs actually is. Annie Dookhan, a chemist with the Massachusetts crime lab, has been caught conspiring with prosecutors in that State to falsify drug evidence by tampering with samples and intentionally forging signatures. As many as 40,000 cases may have had their evidence tainted by Dookhan.
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It’s not in the Constitution — at least not verbatim — but most of us would agree that each able-minded, law-abiding American citizen is a “cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental right not to be imprisoned.”
So what about this guy?
For the first time, making legal people out of monkeys has become a thing. According to Reuters, an animal rights group has filed the Nation’s first lawsuit to establish the “legal personhood” of chimpanzees, seeking to have a 26-year-old monkey named Tommy, along with three of his monkey colleagues, set loose from monkey jail in a research facility at Stony Brook University in New York.
The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Tommy’s “detention” in a “small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed” in central New York is unlawful and demands his immediate release to a primate sanctuary.
Chimpanzees “possess complex cognitive abilities that are so strictly protected when they’re found in human beings,” Steven Wise, the president of Nonhuman Rights Project, told Reuters.
“There’s no reason why they should not be protected when they’re found in chimpanzees,” he added.
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Inflammation is the root cause of wide-ranging medical problems, including the development of diseases ranging from cancer, diabetes and arthritis to neurodegenerative conditions and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. It is also a key player in premature aging and early death.
“For thousands of years people used natural remedies to try — and sometimes succeed — in curing their ailments and preserving their youth,” said Professor Declan Naughton from Kingston University’s School of Life Sciences. “Now the latest research we have carried out suggests a number of naturally occurring substances may offer the hope of new treatments to block the progression of inflammation.”
The study builds on work undertaken by Naughton and Kingston University Ph.D. student Tamsyn Thring, along with the technical team from Neal’s Yard Remedies, a British beauty brand. They tested 21 plant extracts for evidence of their efficiency in fighting cancer and also in the battle against aging. Of the 21 extracts, three — white tea, witch hazel and rose — showed considerable potential because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, with white tea displaying the most marked results.
“Indeed it appeared that drinking a simple cup of white tea might well help reduce an individual’s risk of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or even just age-associated wrinkles,” Naughton said.
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The second-term slide of President Barack Obama continues to mirror that of his Republican predecessor. The latest parallel between the faltering Obama Administration and the rocky second term of George W. Bush comes courtesy of a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Full Story…
During a Congressional committee hearing Tuesday concerning Presidential powers and President Barack Obama’s failure to implement his “law of the land” Affordable Care Act as written, an expert from the Cato Institute said that the President’s flagrant disregard for the rule of law has the potential to spark an armed rebellion against the government. Full Story…
As Federal officials shrieked endlessly about the dire effect the government shutdown would have on the American public, the State Department was busy racking up a massive bar tab stocking up on liquor for embassies around the word. Full Story…
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As Federal officials shrieked endlessly about the dire effect the government shutdown would have on the American public, the State Department was busy racking up a massive bar tab stocking up on liquor for embassies around the word.
According to an analysis conducted by The Washington Times, the State Department spent $180,000 in taxpayer money on booze in September alone as the fiscal year’s end approached.
“This is what taxpayers don’t understand,” Dave Williams, president of the nonprofit Taxpayers Protection Alliance, told the newspaper. “You have a looming government shutdown but then you have a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ mentality where someone is spending tens of thousands of dollars because they have to.
“If you’re a family or a business and you’re getting ready for a potential loss of revenue, the first thing you do is get rid of the parties,” he said. “It’s symbolic.”
According to the report, the State Department spent more than $400,000 on booze for dignitaries over the course of the entire fiscal year.
The Times lists a few of the expenditures thusly:
$5,625 in “gratuity wine” at the embassy in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 29, followed by $5,925 in “gratuity whiskey” on the day the shutdown began.
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The second-term slide of President Barack Obama continues to mirror that of his Republican predecessor. The latest parallel between the faltering Obama Administration and the rocky second term of George W. Bush comes courtesy of a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.
Released Tuesday, the poll finds a majority of Americans believe that, under Obama, the United States is experiencing a loss of international prestige that closely mimics a similar dip in confidence about America’s place in the world during Bush’s second term.
According to Pew, 70 percent of Americans believe the U.S. has lost the respect of the international community compared with its status a decade ago, a number nearly as high as the results of a similar poll conducted during the Bush era.
In addition, the poll shows that 53 percent of Americans think America’s role as a leader in world affairs has diminished over the last ten years. That’s the lowest statistical ebb of Americans’ confidence in their leaders’ diplomacy in three decades. And 56 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the diplomatic strategy of Obama in particular; 52 percent said they felt the U.S. should “mind its own business” in world affairs. By contrast, only 31 percent said the ongoing American presence in Afghanistan has made the U.S. safer from terrorist threats.
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During a Congressional committee hearing Tuesday concerning Presidential powers and President Barack Obama’s failure to implement his “law of the land “Affordable Care Act as written, an expert from the Cato Institute said that the President’s flagrant disregard for the rule of law has the potential to spark an armed rebellion against the government.
Michael Cannon, Director of Cato’s Health Policy Studies, said that the President’s failure to adhere to laws could give American citizens justification to follow suit in seeking to improve government on their own terms.
“There is one last … thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restraints that the Constitution places on the government,” Cannon told lawmakers. “Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.
“…That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate,” he continued. “…If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they.
“That … is a very dangerous sort of thing for the President to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,” Cannon concluded, “to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
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