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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One of the most enduring images of the early Reagan years is the "welfare queen." The not entirely apocryphal story of a woman making a six-figure income on welfare became for conservatives a symbol of everything that was wrong with the welfare state -- and for liberals a symbol of everything that was wrong with conservatives.

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Twenty years later, is the new welfare queen General Motors, General Electric, Boeing, and other big corporations receiving taxpayer funds? Have Claribel Ventura and Linda Taylor been replaced by federally financed flops like Solyndra?


A new study by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that America's government policies reflect the wishes of the rich and of powerful interest groups, rather than the wishes of the majority of citizens. Read more


Fox News host Eric Bolling and most of his colleagues on The Five dismissed seemingly the whole idea of a balance between life and work on Tuesday, with Bolling suggesting that the U.S. look to China, and not Europe, for inspiration.

"Some of the economies that are starting to kick our butt, those people work hard," Bolling said. "There aren't labor laws, there aren't minimum wages, they're working harder than we are."

"That's what we should have -- no labor law and no minimum wage," co-host Bob Beckel countered. "They work for a dollar a week." Read more


A man previously arrested for digging up bodies and eating them was arrested again after authorities in Pakistan said they found the head of a young child in his home.

The BBC reports that convicted cannibal Mohammad Arif Ali was taken into custody on Monday morning after police in Darya Khan, Pakistan, raided his home following reports of a bad smell emanating from the residence.

"We found the severed head of a young child, about 2 or 3 years old," Ameer Abdullah Khan, superintendent of police in Darya Khan, said. "They probably dug up his body from a grave, but the identity of the child and the graveyard from where his body might have been stolen is not clear."

The Express Tribune reports that Arif Ali and his brother, Mohammad Farman Ali, were imprisoned in 2011 for digging up as many as 150 bodies and eating their flesh. They were both sentenced to two years in prison.

Farman Ali is also wanted in connection with the latest incident.


As more baby boomers retire, and as Obamacare comes fully online -- with its expanded Medicaid rolls and federally subsidized health insurance for anyone earning less than 400 percent of the poverty level -- the number of takers will inevitably expand. And the number of full-time private-sector workers might also contract.

Eventually, there will be too few carrying too many, and America will break.

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Smugglers from Arizona being monitored through the U.S. government's Operation Fast and Furious helped supply firearms to a gun-trafficking ring led by officials in Columbus, N.M., according to court documents.

Court documents also provide additional details on the extent of the Columbus conspirators' involvement with Mexican drug traffickers and La Linea enforcers of the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel. Read more


Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

Six armored personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of "Russia! Russia!". It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters.

Another 15 armored troop carriers full of paratroops were surrounded and halted by a pro-Russian crowd at a town near an airbase. They were allowed to retreat only after the soldiers had handed over the firing pins from their rifles to a rebel commander.

The military setback leaves Kiev looking weak on the eve of a peace conference on Thursday, when its foreign minister will meet his Russian, U.S. and European Union counterparts in Geneva.


It used to be that the rich had much more leisure time than the poor. That has now changed. Why?


And so began another day of bluster and hyperbole, of the misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine that have emanated from the highest echelons of the Kremlin and reverberated on state-controlled Russian television, hour after hour, day after day, week after week. Read more


Whipped up by the Kremlin ­propaganda machine and led by Russian ­military intelligence, armed men are erecting road blocks, storming police stations and ripping down the country's flag.

They are demolishing not just their own country, but also the post-war order that has kept most of Europe safe and free for decades.

[Putin's] target is our inability to work with allies in defence against common threats. The profoundly depressing fact is that the events of the past few months, as Russia has annexed the Crimea and ­suppressed opposition in Ukraine, have shown the West to be divided, humiliated and powerless in the face of these land grabs.

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Hobby Lobby fired an employee yesterday for divorcing her husband without company approval.

33-year old Jennifer Silverton of Scottsdale, Ariz., spent seven years as a cashier at the arts and crafts retail giant and was promoted to assistant manager just two weeks ago.

However, her employment was abruptly terminated for reasons of "moral laxity" after upper management learned she had divorced her husband two months ago after six years of marriage. Read more


NEW YORK (AP) -- A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems.

"What we think we are seeing here is a very early indication of what becomes a problem later on with prolonged use," things like lack of focus and impaired judgment, said Dr. Hans Breiter, a study author.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It appears that this is this is a statistical problem. In other words there is no closed solution. There is a range of points that the aircraft must be at different times, and there is a range of speeds the aircraft can travel. Shown below is the method that has been used for the final analysis, limited to the first 'branch' of all the possible intersections.


LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- Armed volunteer sheriff's deputies will patrol six Larimer County elementary schools starting next week. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was the catalyst for this new program, but it's moving beyond just protection for students. Berthoud Elementary School, in the Thompson School District, is one of the six schools involved in the pilot program. The idea is that the reserve deputies can create a presence within the schools and start to create a community connection and dialogue for the younger kids who may not see law enforcement in their schools until middle or high school. A couple of dozen parents and teachers filled the library at Berthoud Elementary School Monday night to ask questions about the new "School Marshal" program. Most parents seem to be on board with the changes. In fact, Suzy Bullet has four kids in the district. One is already in middle school, the other three are at Berthoud. She says she wishes the program had started sooner.

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A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would stop government paychecks for officials who have been found in contempt of Congress -- a move that seems designed in the short term to go after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Mr. Holder has refused to cooperate with the House GOP's probe into the Fast & Furious gun-walking operation, and the House has voted to find him in contempt. Mr. Holder is challenging that vote in court.


A Manitoba mother feels she's being bullied because she won't vaccinate her son against measles. Read more


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