What The National Pamphleteers Don’t Report:
Does Alaska Have A New “Bridge To Nowhere?”
By Rachel Rose Hartman
Political Reporter, The Ticket
September 29, 2011
Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” is one of the most infamous symbols in recent years of wasteful pork-barrel spending, but [….]
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/does-alaska-bridge-nowhere-143817249.html
 
6 questions to ask before a refinance [Slideshow]
by Michele Lerner
Bankrate.com
A home mortgage refinance may sound like a good idea in theory, but it’s not always possible or desirable.
For starters, lenders have tightened up the approval process, making it more difficult to get a loan. 
“Homeowners today need to be triathletes to qualify for a loan, with great income, great credit and great value in their home,” says Anthony Hsieh, founder and CEO of loanDepot.com, headquartered in Irvine, Calif.  In addition, a refinance may not make sense financially, particularly for borrowers who plan to sell their homes in the next few years.  Before taking the leap and opting to refinance, homeowners should ask [….]
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/refinance/6-questions-to-ask-before-a-refinance-1.aspx?ic_id=tsThumb1

Top Small Cap Analyst Picks With 40%+ Price Targets

by: Simon Monger
September 29, 2011
includes: CALD, PFE, PRSC, SNSS
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SNSS), Callidus Software Inc. (CALD) and Providence Service Corporation (PRSC) are three top analyst stock picks trading for under $10.00 per share. In this article, we’ll take a look at the catalysts driving these analyst projections and why they may represent an attractive buy for investors at these levels.
Sunesis’s Vosaroxin Targets $500mm+ Market
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the oncology therapeutics for hematologic and solid tumor cancers, was initiated with a Buy rating and $3.50 per share price target at MLV Equity. At a significant 180% premium to the current market price, the analyst’s price target reflects a very bullish [….]
http://seekingalpha.com/article/296735-top-small-cap-analyst-picks-with-40-price-targets?source=email_the_daily_dispatch

Leaf Peeping Season: Massachusetts Foliage Guide

Christy Maldonaldo
September 30, 2011[With photos like below!]
When asked why we live in New England, many Bostonians will tell you that it’s the lure of the four seasons, and one of the most enjoyable is fall. From the changing trees and mild temperatures to fall activities like apple picking and outdoor festivals, fall is a lovely time to be in Boston. This guide to Enjoying Fall Foliage will give you plenty of [….]
http://boston.cbslocal.com/guide/a-guide-to-enjoying-fall-foliage-in-boston/

Leaf Peeping Season: NH & Vermont Foliage Guide

September 30, 2011
[With photos as above!]
New England is home to four stunning seasons, and one of the most enjoyable is autumn. The mild temperatures make it easy to enjoy the brilliant colors on the changing trees. Here’s guide to Enjoying Fall Foliage to the north, with plenty of leaf peeping ideas.
New Hampshire
The first weekend of October is when higher elevations in the White Mountains region are just about into prime leaf peeping season.
Kancamagus Highway
One of the biggest hotspots is the recently repaired Kancamagus Highway. The ‘Kanc’ is a winding 34-mile road that connects [….]
http://boston.cbslocal.com/guide/leaf-peeping-season-foliage-hotspots-in-nh-vermont-oct-1/

Is It Time to Ditch Your Debit Card?
by SmartMoney Staff
September 29, 2011
Bank of America’s new $5 monthly fee for debit cards is the last straw
What’s the least-friendly piece of plastic in your wallet?
With Bank of America’s recent announcement that it will start charging for debit card use, upset customers might say there’s a strong argument it’s the debit card – and increasingly, there are better alternatives.  The change in debit card terms has been gradual. Most recently, Bank of America announced its plans to levy a $5 monthly fee for making debit-card purchases starting next year. Banks including Wells Fargo, SunTrust and Chase have already eliminated debit rewards programs, and Chase, PNC and TD Bank are testing ATM fees as high as $5 a pop in some markets.  Given the rising costs, consumers may be better off without debit cards [….]
http://blogs.smartmoney.com/advice/2011/09/29/is-it-time-to-ditch-your-debit-card/?link=SM_hp_middle_optStory

Epic scorching drought testing Texas’ ways

Massive droughts caused by wildfires in Texas have ravaged the environment, incited a tug of war for available water, and fundamentally changed the way of life for the state’s millions of residents.
By Patrik Jonsson,
Staff writer, Christian Science Monitor
September 26, 2011
[A young cowboy sized up livestock at a Navasota, Texas, cattle auction on Sept. 9. The state’s herd has dwindled to a historic low.]
The onset of a Dust Bowl-like drought has forced 25 million Texans to go beyond questioning whether to turn on the sprinklers.  As massive wildfires sully the air over Houston and Austin, and as ranchers sell off cattle to prevent mass starvation of their herds, the unfolding environmental crisis in Texas is changing everyday patterns of life – and even causing some to reconsider the Lone Star State’s famous low-tax, react-as-you-go political philosophy.  Pitted hardest against each other are cities and agricultural interests, the ranchers [….]
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0926/Epic-scorching-drought-testing-Texas-ways

Tell Congress to Stop the FCC Internet Takeover
In its efforts to impose crippling net neutrality regulations on the Internet—an idea with very little support from the American public or Congress—the Obama administration turned to the FCC to simply pretend Congress has given it authority to regulate. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically smacked down that attempt in Comcast v. FCC.  But President Obama and his close friend, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, refuse to back down. Chairman Genachowski used the threat of [….]
http://prosperityactions.com/c.5oJELSPwFhJWG/b.6074153/k.8B4D/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=5oJELSPwFhJWG&b=6074153&aid=15343

10 U.S. Cities With the Cheapest Cost of Living
June, 2011
Kiplinger.com
[Slideshow]
http://portal.kiplinger.com/slideshow/cities-with-least-expensive-cost-of-living-2011/2.html#top

Bears Hall of Famer Hampton refuses White House invite
By Chris Chase
September 28, 2011
Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton won’t be attending the team’s visit to the White House next month. The Hall of Famer told WLS-890 in Chicago that his decision is based on a “personal choice.”  Obama invited the 1985 Super Bowl championship team to visit Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The Bears had been scheduled to meet with President Reagan in January of 1986, but the Challenger disaster forced the White House to cancel the planned meeting.  Hampton gave three [….]
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Bears-Hall-of-Famer-Hampton-refuses-White-House-?urn=nfl-wp8216
Until Next Sunday….

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