A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted with black box data recorders from 2015 onwards.
Section 31406 of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in all new automobiles and legislates for civil penalties to be imposed against individuals for failing to do so.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.
President Obama tried to rally environmentalists and working-class supporters today by bragging about his refusal to wait for Congress to implement new fuel efficiency standards.
“Change is the decision we made to stop waiting for Congress to do something about our oil addiction and finally raise fuel-efficiency standards on cars,” Obama said during a fundraiser in Detroit. “By the middle of the next decade, we will be driving American-made cars, better than ever, that get 55 miles to a gallon. That saves the typical family over $8,000 at the pump, helps the environment.”
Obama failed to mention that the average price of a vehicle will likely increase by $3,200, driving lower-income buyers out of the market, as The Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll explains. Meanwhile as the standards create what The Washington Examiner editors call a de facto “individual mandate to buy Chevy Volts.”
Saginaw Township Community School District English teacher won’t be able to retire at age 47 as she has hoped.
List was highlighted by the Michigan Education Association as one of the critics of Senate Bill 1040, which would require public school employees to contribute at least 5 percent of their compensation to their retirement plan.
The MEA reported on its website: “Saginaw Township teacher Terry (sic) List had hoped to retire in the next three years when she was 47 years old. That wouldn’t be possible under SB 1040. List would have to work another 16 years to be eligible for health benefits.”
“By the time I’m 60, I would have put in 43 years of service, earning a salary at the top of the pay scale. How does that save the district money? You could hire two people for the cost of one and encourage young people to join the profession. Right now, I would not recommend to my pupils to become a teacher in Michigan.”
Seriously. Why do I have to work the rest of my natural life in order for slack ass public employees can retire at what should be near the middle of their careers? How in the hell is this good social policy?
Why should any teacher anywhere retire before 65? What? Is the nine months a year with two weeks off every Christmas and week off in the spring too friggin much of a hardship? Boo fucking hoo!
I thought these people were dedicated to doing a job they love. That’s what they tell us. If they love it so much, why are they attempting to bail out half way through the time frame of a normal career?
Under current law, raising children does not count toward the required “work activity” that must be performed by recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the federal program that emerged from the 1996 welfare reform. Some states make an exception for mothers with children less than a year old.
The Women’s Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, a copy of which was provided to HuffPost in advance of its introduction, would allow mothers with children ages 3 and under to stay at home with their children and continue receiving benefits.
The act was inspired by the recent kerfuffle, in which the political establishment, from President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, took great umbrage at the suggestion by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney had not “worked a day in her life.”
“Mitt Romney was for forcing mothers into the workforce before he decided that ‘all moms are working moms,'” Stark told The Huffington Post. “I think we should take Mr. Romney at his most recent word and change our federal laws to recognize the importance and legitimacy of raising young children. That’s why I’m introducing the WORK Act to provide low-income parents the option of staying home to raise young children without fear of being pushed into poverty.”
This, of course, is a gimmick. It is clever, but just a gimmick. Still, let’s take them at their word and go with it, shall we?
Democrats claim that if Romney believes all stay-at-home mothers are working mothers, then stay-at-home mothers should be paid for staying at home. Of course my wife is a stay-at-home mother but women like her won’t receive any pay from the government. Her work as a mother doesn’t qualify. She doesn’t qualify because she doesn’t live in a low income household.
But how does that makes sense? Democrats are telling us that stay-at-home mothers’ work is worthy of payment for services from the government. Why doesn’t the hard work of women like my wife qualify for payment for services? If being a stay-at-home mother is worthy of payment from the government, there is no reason why my wife should be precluded from receiving payment.
The reality is that the WORK Act has nothing to do with paying women to stay home and work as mothers. It is just another form of welfare and wealth redistribution. It is more of the same, old welfare state redistribution wrapped up in a clever new gimmick.
When I was a kid we had a mixed breed dog named Princess. She looked just like a golden retriever but she was black. This dog loved to swim so we would take her to the lake where we camped on summer weekends. She would swim around in the lake for hours on end.
One weekend we were on the way home from camping and Princess was in the back of my father’s pickup. Of course she loved riding back there but there was always the risk she would climb up on the contractor tool box my dad had behind the cab. On this day, I was supposed to be keeping an eye on her. I didn’t do as I was told.
We were heading west on rural Iowa Interstate 80 when suddenly, at the top of the windshield, Princess’ tail swept before us. Not only had she climbed up on the tool box when I wasn’t looking, she climbed up onto the roof of the pickup. There she was, riding at 70 miles per hour on the roof of the cab of my father’s pickup.
Dad gently pulled the truck over but even before he could stop, she had climbed down into the bed again. Dad found some bailing wire and tied it to her collar and the truck to keep her in. Don’t tell me dogs don’t like to ride up on the roof.
The U.S. Secret Service was reportedly investigating Nugent on Wednesday after he said he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama is reelected in November.
Democrats have also used the tirade to attack Republican candidate Mitt Romney by highlighting his association with the musician-turned-gun-enthusiast.
Nugent was stumping for Romney at the National Rifle Association convention last weekend in Missouri when he unleashed a radio rant against Obama and what he described as “criminals” of a “vile, evil, America-hating administration.”
“If you don’t know that our government is wiping its ass with the constitution, you’re living under a rock,” Nugent, 63, said in videotaped comments that have since gone viral on the Internet.
It is a soldier’s job to kill insurgents. They are the enemy. They are a threat. For soldiers, it is kill or be killed. When a warrior is successful, he will often count coup. It is a tradition as old as the ages. The warriors in the story below counted coup by posing for photos with the mangled bodies of enemy insurgents who, shortly before the photos were snapped, were trying to kill them. In the post-modern world of moral relativity, thus is unacceptable.
Evidently the goal of the government, the culture and the military is to remove every last ounce of warrior instinct and tradition from American soldiers. Until the American fighting man has the same sensibilities as the occupants of a Massachusetts elementary school faculty lounge, they must be molded and engineered. The goal, evidently, is to make the members of the American Military gentle, politically correct, effete, witnesses to war. Nothing more.
The Pentagon on Wednesday condemned a report that U.S. troops posed for pictures with the mangled bodies of insurgents in Afghanistan.
The Los Angeles Times released the purported images Wednesday morning, and reported that they showed soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2010. One photo showed what appeared to be U.S. troops, some smiling, holding up a pair of severed legs.
The military said Wednesday it has launched an investigation.
British troops die alongside Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. What does Britain get in return from the World’s Dumbest Diplomat? Neutrality on the Falkland Islands. Here is the UK Telegraph.
In reality, the Obama presidency’s position on the Falklands remains unchanged. The President and his Secretary of State refuse to back the right of self-determination of the Falkland Islanders, and have not said a word condemning the increasingly belligerent stance and actions of Buenos Aires, including its threats to blockade the Islands and isolate it economically. The State Department has given no indication whatsoever that it has moved away from its support for direct negotiations between Argentina and Great Britain over the sovereignty of the Falklands. In fact, far from being neutral, the Obama administration has been siding with Argentina’s position for the last three years.
Frankly, I don’t think Obama is neutral on this. I think he supports Argentina’s baseless claim on the MaldivesMalvines Falklands. I am so embarrassed.
On Monday, during a briefing with reporters at the White House, a senior administration official said voters are seeing the real Mitt Romney.
The official described Romney as a conservative who wants to get rid of abortion and gay marriage and opposes the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal residency for children brought to the country as illegal immigrants. The official, mindful of Obama’s hope to win a large percentage of Hispanic voters, said Romney wants to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
The senior aide said that these views represent Romney at his core. And while the GOP candidate might have taken a more centrist stance in 1994, in order to get elected in Massachusetts, he is now an ultra-conservative whose views couldn’t be more different from Obama’s positions.
Obama aides have been ready to pounce on statements that point up Romney’s conservative positions.
In recent weeks, for example, they’ve linked Romney to the House Republican budget.
And after Romney made headlines this week, telling big dollar-donors that he would consider eliminating agencies like the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Obama campaign was quick to weigh in.
Before Santorum dropped out, Team Obama portrayed Romney as a flip-flopping liberal in an attempt to damage him in the primary. Now that we are on to the main event, they think that portraying him as a hard-core conservative will hurt him with moderates. In other words, Obama flip-flopped on Mitt. No surprise there. Obama flip-flops like a hooked carp on a hot sand bar.
I don’t understand why Illinois doesn’t just cut out the middle man and have the residents of that state just send their tax dollars to Missouri and other surrounding states.
In January 2011, facing a forbidding budget deficit and a backlog of unpaid bills, Illinois officials decided that a massive tax increase would lay the groundwork for the state’s recovery. As Barbara Flynn Currie, the majority leader in the state house of representatives, said at the time, the nearly $7 billion in new revenues would allow Illinois to “pay our old bills and deal with the structural deficit.” The taxes passed with little controversy.
Little more than a year has passed, and Illinois is right back where it started: the state’s unpaid bills now top $9 billion.
Even here on the little ol’ Real Revo we knew where this was headed.
Cairo, Illinois is both physically and culturally closer to Jackson, Mississippi than it is to Chicago. Why would anyone live in Cairo when 40 miles away in Tennessee, there is no state income tax at all?
An appeals court upheld a requirement in a 2004 Arizona law that voters show identification before they can cast ballots, saying that there wasn’t evidence that the mandate disparately affected Latinos as the challengers had alleged.
A 12-member panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling Tuesday that there was evidence Arizona has racially polarized voting and a history of discrimination against Latinos, but concluded that no proof was offered to show that the ID requirement gave Latinos fewer opportunities to vote.
Mr Obama Snr had grown up in Kenya under British rule and aroused the fears of both colonial officers and American officials when he won a chance to study in Hawaii. The officials felt Kenyan students were ‘academically inferior’ with a ‘bad reputation’ for turning anti-American.
A memo from a British diplomat in Washington to Whitehall – released today by the National Archives in West London – sets out their concerns about the young Kenyans.
Dated September 1, 1959, it says: ‘I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white.’
In one of the Foreign Office files, the future president’s father appears on a list of Kenyan students as ‘OBAMA, Barack H’ – they shared the same name.
“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”
Hey now, I DIDN’T cry like a Bitch, I cried ALMOST like a Bitch. It was mostly cool because I was wearing my offshore fishing polarized finish prescription bi-focal Oakleys that my sweet Jamaican Hottie (Goddaughter of Bob Marley) hooked me up with less than a week ago. They helped me see the concert better because I was able to cut through the glare and the haze created by the fog-hazer up in the lighting rig. At an indoor stage event these specs are magic. I could see MUCH better with them than my clear prescription specs that I had with me. It also helps me hide the streams of tears flowing from my face right there in front of my dates, yes, DATES and I’m not talking about something that grows on a Palm Tree. DATES as in ME being Mac Daddy awesome. The tears broke me all the way back down to Sweet Daddy though.
In a double-barrelled blast at President Obama, Senate Republicans today moved to join a lawsuit challenging the White House’s Christmas “recess appointment” of National Labor Relations Board members even though the Senate was technically in session. To handle their case, they hired Miguel Estrada, who in 2002 became the first-ever judicial nominee to be torpedoed by a Democratic filibuster.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that his side would join a suit brought by Noel Canning, a family-owned business in Washington State that bottles and distributes soft drinks. The company is challenging the NLRB’s determination that it must enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a labor union.
This is good but I can’t help think, why sue? There is a process already in place to handle presidents who choose to violate the Constitution. it is called impeachment. Yeah, I know. The nuclear option tends to cause fallout.
I was in the checkout line at the local Alcohol Depot when an RD-like marketing gimmick caught my eye.
Orange Blossom Cream Ale
I knew that this Beer was NOWHERE near as fine a Beer as Pabst Blue Ribbon but I COULD NOT take my eyes off the fancy-schmancy graphics. Anyone who grew up in Florida or is perhaps a native Floridian is going to fall for the marketing angle here. It can’t be helped. It speaks to me of olden times at an Indian River Fruit Stand or perhaps the Orange Shop in Citra, Florida. The marketing geeks in California were pushing all the “Buy Buttons” on this Florida Cracker with just a single glance. I was mesmerized. There was no turning back. I bought a Six Pack and two days later I was buying a case of the stuff for a very special occasion. I could not control myself, it was a frightening experience.
About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country’s north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education.
Since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban, which banned education for women and girls, females have returned to schools, especially in Kabul.
But periodic attacks still occur against girls, teachers and their school buildings, usually in the more conservative south and east of the country, from where the Taliban insurgency draws most support.”
This is being promoted as a new “Bad Lip Reading” video but I am pretty sure these are all authentic Biden comments. I mean, they all sound like things Slow Joe would legitimately say. Can anybody confirm?
“I bought Summers Eve. I didn’t know what I was doing and…. it’s remarkable. It’s hard to explain.”
Since the 1970s, the incumbent president has always been ahead in April. Some went on to win, some went on to lose. None, however, were behind the challenger in April of the election year… except Obama.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”