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Lawmakers ask Fed help for student loans

"House members from both parties are asking the Federal Reserve to intervene and steady the shaken student loan market.

2nd Amendment being mulled

Here we go on the roller coaster. The Supreme Court is now hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of DC's ban of handguns. From the first day's arguments, it sounds as if the proponents of gun rights are getting a positive hearing.

"if the United States government doesn’t stabilize the markets, foreign governments increasingly will"

The more the Federal Reserve does to avert financial contagion, the clearer it becomes that the Fed alone cannot solve the problems in the financial system. To many Americans, it’s now obvious that taxpayers will have to step in.

New New York Governor Had Multiple Affairs

It appears that in New York, you can lose your job if you cheat on your wife with a hooker. But, if you just cheat on her with multiple ordinary woman...then it's o.k. for you to replace the guy that used hookers. Americans have a funny way of judging morality. Link on story below:

how have you cut back in order to pay for higher prices?

Households face the unthinkable: budgeting

ATLANTA (Reuters) - After years of living large, U.S. households are finally learning what financial experts thought they never would: to live within their means.

Local small businesses optimistic despite downturn

"Perhaps it's a testament to the indomitable
spirit of entrepreneurs that many small-business owners in the Toledo
area remain optimistic despite high energy prices, rising costs of
materials, spiraling health-care costs, and fears of a recession."


New business models for citywide Wi-Fi

Minneapolis is quickly becoming the new poster child for the municipal Wi-Fi movement.

The city is expected to have the majority of its 59-square-mile network finished by the end of this month, and already experts are pointing to the nearly completed network as a model other cities should follow.

Bans are bought thru grants by big business with an agenda

I found this, not my words - but it sounded interesting.

Doesn't it seem a bit odd that the economy dived with smoking bans and tax hikes as they spread. The mortgage crunch (loan problem) is actually at 30% of the mortgage problems (per a news report here).

People Are Fat Due To Environment - So They Will Change Our Environment

Page 7 of Monday, March 17 Peach section has a huge article titled "Who is to blame for weight problems; society or ourselves?". (This article is absent from the Blade website.)It says that eating is an automatic response, and it isn't people's fault if they are fat. That the fault lies with the food manufactures, grocery stores, food vendors, restaurants, etc.

How the Irish saved Civilization

I like beer too, but Patrick's story is one of my fav's !

District 5 Newsletter - 03/17/2008

Below is the latest newsletter from Tom Waniewski:

Budget Hearing March 18th

Please join me Tuesday, March 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. for a district hearing on the city's budget. City administrators will be on hand to answer questions at UT's College of Engineering in Nitschke Hall (1715 N. Westwood).

Road Paving News

Lima officer indicted


Breaking news today:


Now will you shut the hell up, Pete??

Troy Neff’s viewpoint isn't very common on the bleak economic picture

Troy Neff’s viewpoint isn't very common on the bleak economic picture.

Here's what I see as the reality of our economy:

Cheney on Unannounced Visit to Iraq

"BAGHDAD — Vice President Dick Cheney
made an unannounced trip Monday to Baghdad, where he plans to push
Iraqi political leaders toward opening the country’s vast oil fields to

Planned Parenthood of Idaho officials apologized Wednesday for what they called an employee's "serious mistake" in encouraging a

abortion of black babies !

This is what PP pioneer Margaret Sanger advocated too.

Response to caller 'a serious mistake,' says Planned Parenthood of Idaho
They also criticized The Advocate for trying to discredit employees with recorded phone calls


Autumn Kersey of Planned Parenthood in Boise: Good afternoon, this is Autumn.

Is dog hunt in Toledo barking up wrong tree?

"I respect the man trying to find his lost dog," Mr. Carter said. "I understand there may be a personal thing, and the dog may be like family."

But Mr. Carter is also searching for something - er, someone. As of Friday, he had the distinction of having filed the most recent "missing person" report with Toledo police.
Early Friday morning, the 27-year-old man reported Troy Martin, his 15-year-old foster son, missing.

"The dog may be like family," he allowed, "but it's not as important as another human being. A child."

Toledo Citizens and Trash Collection

Why does Toledo always fear change?

Iraq: Who won the war?

Not the 90,000 Iraqi civilians or the 4,200 US and UK troops killed since 2003. Some big winners are the money men who have made billions. The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq comes up next Thursday. Who are the winners and who are the losers? Follow the money and politics.

Last place of individual rights

Montana seems to be the last bastion of individualism and freedom. The state is refusing to cave in to the feds' demand that it implement the national ID. Chernoff, Homeland Security director, is threatening all kinds of bad things if Montana doesn't go along.

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