Popular Tags:

Shocking Poll: Only 13% Think The Government Should Fix Income Inequality

February 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

dollar

Read more about the poll below:

A new Fox New poll shows a possible disconnect between President Barack Obama and voters on what the president says will be the top priority for the rest of his term: reducing income inequality.

The poll finds that only a small minority of voters (13 percent) thinks the government should do something about the fact some people make a lot more money than others. A 62-percent majority is okay with disparities in income “because that’s just how the economy works.” Another 21 percent say income inequality “stinks,” but still think the government “shouldn’t get involved.”

See poll results here.

Twenty-one percent of voters with annual household incomes below $30,000 think the government should do something about income inequality, while 12 percent of those with incomes $100,000 or more feel that way.

One reason there’s an apparent lack of enthusiasm for the government to address income inequality may be that most voters don’t see success as a zero-sum game: 12 percent say if someone makes a lot of money it means someone else has to make less, while 84 percent don’t think it works that way. Fully 83 percent of voters with incomes below $50,000 say it doesn’t work that way, compared to 84 percent of those with incomes $50,000 or more.

Furthermore, many voters think government involvement can make things worse: for example, 55 percent think giving unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for a long time discourages them from looking for a job. More voters than not in both higher and lower income groups say the benefits keep people from trying to find work.

Click here for the full article

Michelle Obama Lists “Politically Savvy” Jane Fonda As Role Model

February 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hanoi-Jane

Here’s the report via The Examiner:

It seems Jane Fonda, the actress known as “Hanoi Jane” for her treasonous actions during the Vietnam War, has a big fan in the White House. On Monday, Newsbusters’ Tim Graham reported that Michelle Obama considers the 76-year-old actress something of a role model.

Says Graham: “In their latest interview with Michelle Obama, People magazine asked if there were role models the First Lady looked at to think ‘When I’m 70 or 80, I want to look and live like her?’”

Obama considered two actresses: Cicely Tyson, and then the “politically savvy, sharp woman” named Jane Fonda.

“I just went to see Cicely Tyson on Broadway. She is in her 80s [just turned 80 in December] and did a two-hour play with stamina and passion. I told her ‘I want to be you when I grow up!’”

“There’s Jane Fonda, a beautiful, engaged, politically savvy, sharp woman,” she added.

While Obama thinks highly of Fonda, veterans will never forget her treachery during the Vietnam War.

Also read Breitbart’s frank assessment below:

Typically first ladies are a hands off topic as we don’t elect them to office, and often I have a more measured response but I’m being blunt here.

Michelle Obama profiled in People Magazine sees the traitor Hanoi Jane Fonda who has the blood of dead Americans in Vietnam on her hands as a ‘politically-savvy’ role model.

But then again what’s the surprise because the Obama’s are in league with domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, former leaders of the 1960s’ Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist organization. Michelle Obama often comes across to me as an angry black woman who had all the advantages such as going to Princeton University after coming from basically nothing. Yet instead of maximizing her advantages in life she seems to wear them like a burden and projects the burden onto others.

After all, remember when she said twice in prepared speeches on the same day that “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country” (Video). I wonder if Hillary Clinton with the blood of four dead for Americans in Benghazi idolizes Hanoi Jane Fonda as well.

Christie Accused Of Shutting Down NJ DMV

February 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

New Jersey Governor Christie gives news conference in Trenton

Read the report below:

Is there one Democratic mayor in New Jersey that doesn’t have a story about how Chris Christie hurt his city to get back at him? Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage is the latest to join the parade, accusing Christie of inexplicably closing his city’s Motor Vehicle Commission office and placing traffic cameras where they were not needed.

“And some folks think its a good idea that he gets the nuclear codes,” Mayor Bollwage quipped while explaining what he thought were two separate plots to hurt the economically ravaged city of Elizabeth in order to enact revenge on its Democratic mayor. Bollwage first announced that he too considered himself a victim of Christie’s vindictiveness on MSNBC’s The Last Word days ago, in an interview overshadowed by graver accusations such as those of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, also on MSNBC, that Christie threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy funding from the city. Bollwage has since then only surfaced in the one interview nationally to accuse the governor, and there is no evidence that, like Zimmer, federal investigators have attempted to contact him.

Bollwage and New Jersey Assemblyman Joe Cryan, who represents Elizabeth, argued that the Motor Vehicle Commission office was shut down as a move for “complete retribution… there was no other possible explanation for it.” They alleged that the closure caused hours-long lines at the closest office remaining open in Newark, far from public transportation. Bollwage and Cryan are longtime members of the New Jersey Democratic scene, and Elizabeth’s other legislative representative, State Senator Ray Lesniak, has long been a powerful force in New Jersey politics. Lesniak had also been a top strategist for the Corzine campaign.

Bollwage also accused Christie of concocting a traffic light retribution scheme. The Daily Mail notes that Elizabeth received funding for traffic safety cameras, but they were not placed where Bollwage wanted them. “Just another retaliation by this administration,” Bollwage lamented. Bollwage and Lesniak argued that the move would disproportionately affect Elizabeth’s poor minority community, as the closed office was easily accessible by public transportation which is used in great numbers by that population.

Christie’s office disputes the claim that there was “no logical reason” to shut down the extra Motor Vehicle Commission office. ‘The Elizabeth agency was not only the least used of the three in Union County, but its consolidation saved New Jersey taxpayers nearly $300,000,” Christie spokesperson Colin Reed responded.

READ MORE HERE.

Food Microchip To Warn Consumers When Food Is Spoiled

February 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

microchipped-apple

Here’s the report:

Computer chips in futuristic food packaging could warn consumers when their food is about to go off, it has been reported.

Scientists have developed the gadget that can be inserted into packets of perishable foods, which will be able to assess when the contents are nearing their use-by date, an EU committee of peers has heard.

The Daily Mail said the chips could potentially alert the owner by sending them a text message telling them they need to eat the food.

According to the newspaper, Baroness Scott of Needham Market, the committee chair told environment minister Dan Rogerson that one witness giving evidence to the committee in the Netherlands said: “We’re quite close to commercial production of a small chip which would go into packaging which would measure the actual deterioration of the rate of food.”

She said the current convention of the best before date “assumes that everything’s equal. It just assumes that you all keep your food at the same temperature whereas this would actually respond to what the real conditions are”.

CLICK HERE for the original article.

Google Accused Of Violating Canada’s Privacy Law

January 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

privacy

Here’s the report:

SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc. used sensitive personal information to target health-related ads at users, in violation of privacy law in Canada, a Canadian privacy watchdog said Wednesday. The agency said its investigation was triggered by a complaint from a man with sleep apnea, who said he was “followed” by ads for devices geared to treating the condition after conducting online searches on the illness. “As Canadians spend more and more time online, they create a digital trail that can reveal a great deal about a person,” the agency’s interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier said in a statement. “Organizations such as Google must ensure privacy rights are respected in this complex environment.” Google has agreed to “take steps aimed at stopping the privacy-intrusive ads,” the agency said. Google could not immediately be reached for comment. Google shares were up 0.1% in Wednesday trades.

Click here to view the original post.

Study: Religious People Less Likely To Be Stressed

January 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

religious

Read this report below:

People who are religious are healthier and take fewer sick days, new research suggests.

They are also less stressed and anxious at work, the researchers found.
Experts believe this could be because spirituality offers a ‘buffer against strains’ of modern life.

A psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Stockport found that the more religious a person is, the less likely they are to suffer from anxiety, depression or exhaustion.

Dr Roxane Gervais also discovered that employees who are religious feel their lives have more meaning than those who are not.
Dr Gervais surveyed workers in a bid to discover how happy they are in their home and working lives.

She found those who attend religious services feel more content within themselves and that they feel connected to a higher being.

Dr Gervais told The Telegraph: ‘As the pace of work and life accelerates, people long for meaning, and the younger generation in particular is looking for more than just a big pay cheque at the end of the month.

‘My research shows that religiosity in the workplace may act as a resource, making people more resilient to cope with the many challenges of working life.

‘Such personal beliefs could be very helpful not only for employees, but also for employers providing people with a buffer zone.’

Read more here.

Three People For Every One Open Job? Obama Regulations Get In The Way…

January 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

jobs

Read the report from Reuters below:

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A White House-backed bill to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a Republican procedural roadblock in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, the first volley in a new battle to combat poverty.

In a largely party-line vote of 60-37 – 60 were needed to prevail – the Democratic-led Senate agreed to begin consideration of the measure, which, at a cost of $6 billion, would extend recently ended jobless benefits for three months.

The Senate may vote later this week on whether to pass the bill and send it to the Republican-led House of Representatives, where it would likely die unless there is a deal to cover the cost without increasing the record federal debt.

At the White House, President Barack Obama praised the Senate for moving forward and urged swift passage by both chambers so he could sign the emergency legislation into law.

“We’ve got to get this across the finish line without obstruction or delay,” said Obama, joined by some of the long-term unemployed, including Katherine Hackett of Moodus, Connecticut. She has two sons in the military and has had to turn down the heat in her home to make ends meet.

“When we’ve got the mom of two of our troops who’s working hard out there but is having to wear a coat inside of the house, we’ve got a problem,” Obama said.

House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, noted that he told the White House a month ago that any renewal of jobless benefits “should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work.”

“To date, the president has offered no such plan,” Boehner said in a statement.

The Senate vote and exchange of words helped kick off a new struggle over the growing gap between rich and poor.

Continue reading here.

Obamacare “Get Covered” Ad Should Note That Your Premium Will Be Higher Than Your Mortgage

January 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

House Covered in Snow

Here is the image that the HHS is urging citizens to share on Facebook:

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 5.29.48 PM

Here’s the report:

(CNSNews.com) – A snow day; Christmas dinner — anytime is the right time to concentrate on health insurance, the Obama administration says. Particularly if you’re young and healthy.

On Friday evening, at the end of a “snow day” in the Northeastern United States, the Health and Human Services Department posted the following “get covered” reminder aimed at the Facebook crowd:

“SHARE THIS: A snow day is the perfect day to #GetCovered”

“Not Going Anywhere Today?” says the caption on a photo showing a snow-covered car and home. “Visit Healthcare.gov to #GetCovered.”

- See more here.

IRS’ Wilkins Responds “I Don’t Recall” 80 Times During Tea-Party Hearings

December 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

wilkins

Here’s the report via The National Review:

Behind the scenes and nearly six months after the scandal first made headlines, the House Oversight Committee is quietly continuing its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea-party groups. Since May, congressional investigators have interviewed over 30 witnesses and examined thousands of pages of documents.

The latest official called to testify before committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness.

The Oversight Committee has furnished none, to date, but it is expressing gross dissatisfaction with Wilkins’s testimony and, in a letter sent to him on Wednesday, offering him the opportunity to amend it. “In your testimony, you stated ‘I don’t recall’ a staggering 80 times in full or partial response to the Committee’s questions,” committee chairman Darrell Issa and Ohio representative Jim Jordan wrote. “Your failure to recollect important aspects of the Committee’s investigation suggests either a deliberate attempt to obfuscate your involvement in this matter or gross incompetence on your part.”

The most pertinent subject on which Wilkins’s memory failed him was the nature of his communications with Treasury Department officials: in particular, whether he discussed the applications of tea-party groups with anybody at the Treasury Department, whether he discussed with Treasury Department officials regulatory guidance for 501(c)(4) entities engaged in political activities, and whether he discussed with them the inspector general’s report that blew the lid off of the targeting scandal in mid May.

CLICK HERE for more.

Some Raise Concerns About iPad Baby Seat

December 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

fisher-price-ipad-apptivity-seat

Here’s the story:

A newborn baby cannot hold or even swipe at an iPad, but Fisher-Price is providing a way to keep infants glued to the device.

The Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for the iPad allows parents to strap a baby to the reclining bouncy chair and slip a tablet into an attached case that hovers several inches above the infant’s face.

The seat is chafing parents and child advocates who say the introduction of screen technology so early is harmful to the health and development of babies. Fisher-Price’s seat seems to hit a new low, they say, but other retailers also are promoting holiday gifts that integrate tech into baby gear, even a potty-training seat with an iPad stand.

Fisher-Price’s iPad seat is the “ultimate electronic babysitter, whose very existence suggests that it’s fine to leave babies as young as newborns all alone and with an iPad inches from their face,” said Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), a child advocacy group.

The group on Tuesday launched a letter-writing campaign aimed at trying to persuade Mattel, the parent company of Fisher-Price, to stop selling the seat.

“Fisher-Price should stay true to its mission to foster learning and development by creating products for infants that promote, rather than undermine, interaction with caregivers,” Linn said.

Victor Strasburger, a doctor and professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, said attaching iPads to babies’ seats is “a terrible idea.”

“Does anyone out there think that kids need more screen time?” Strasburger asked. “There is no need to hurry to expose kids to new technology, certainly not babies — or newborns.”

Click here to read more.