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  • Anti-illegals activist to target voter fraud (Kansas)

    12/15/2010 7:43:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Valerie Richardson
    Outside of Kansas, Kris Kobach is best known as an expert on immigration issues. He's the author of Arizona's anti-illegal-immigration law, a longtime counsel to the Immigration Law Reform Institute and a hero within the border-security movement.Inside Kansas, he wears another hat entirely. He's the newly elected secretary of state, having ousted Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs by a margin of 59 percent to 37 percent.Why would someone who's devoted his career to fighting illegal immigration want to become chief vote-counter for the state of Kansas? Suffice it to say that Mr. Kobach devoted his campaign to one issue, and...
  • $1 Billion for Obamacare in Omnibus Spending Bill

    12/15/2010 7:40:53 PM PST · by opentalk · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 15, 2010 | Katrina Trinko
    In addition to the earmarks, the Senate omnibus spending bill also contains provisions totaling over $1 billion that will help fund Obamacare’s implementation. About $81 million will go to the Department of Health and Human Services for costs related to the enforcing the mandate and the new health care regulations. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will receive $176 million to finance starting the Medicaid expansion and the costs associated with the Medicare Advantage cuts. The National Health Care Workforce Commission, which was created by Obamacare, will nab $3 million.
  • Two white Britons 'killed fighting for Al Qaeda' in U.S. drone attack in Pakistan

    12/15/2010 7:39:50 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 32 replies
    Dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16th dec. 2010 | By David Gardner and Katherine Faulkner
    Two white British men who were fighting alongside Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan have been killed in a drone attack, it was reported last night. The two men are believed to have been ‘white converts’ to Al Qaeda who changed their British names to Islamic ones after becoming radicalised. They died five days ago when a Hellfire missile
  • Joe Biden To Republicans: "Get Out Of The Way" (video)

    12/15/2010 7:38:18 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 15, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President tells Sen. Jim DeMint and others opposing the ratification of the START treaty: "Get out of the way. There's too much at stake."
  • Rape and murder case delayed in court

    12/15/2010 7:37:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    WAVY-TV ^ | Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | WAVY-TV
    JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - There was another heartbreaking delay in court Wednesday for the family of a 16-year-old girl who police say was raped and murdered nearly six years ago by an illegal immigrant who is also deaf and mute. Unless Oswaldo Martinez, who prosecutors say is a perfect DNA match to the killer, learns enough sign language to communicate with his attorney, he might never stand trial. The body of Brittany Binger was discovered in January 2005 on a patch of grassy land right in front of the mobile home park where she lived in James City...
  • "O King of the Nations, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/15/2010 7:36:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 15, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “O King of the Nations, Come” (Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 28:18-20)In our Advent series on the O Antiphons, today we continue with “King of the nations.” You’ll find it there in your hymnal or in the bulletin. Let us pray this antiphon together: “O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: Come and save us all, whom You formed out of clay.” Now this title for Christ, “King of the nations,” is sometimes also referred to as “Desire of nations,” not that the word “king” means “desire”--it doesn’t--but that this king...
  • Baseball Great Bob Feller has died

    12/15/2010 7:31:21 PM PST · by Keith in Iowa · 56 replies · 1+ views
    WHO-TV, Des Moines IA | 12/15/10 | Self
    WHO-TV in Des Moines is reporting that the "Van Meter Heater", Iowa's greatest-ever baseball player, Bob Feller has died in a Cleveland hospice at the age of 92
  • taiwanese animation AWOL Obama leaves Bill in charge

    12/15/2010 7:25:31 PM PST · by RummyChick · 14 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | 12/14 | NMAworldedition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdMMzwMqqLQ
  • Rome in Grip of Guerrilla Warfare

    12/15/2010 7:25:17 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Corriere della Sera ^ | December 15, 2010 | Fabrizio Caccia
    Clashes and barricades in city centre streets, police armoured cars torched and about a hundred casualties ROME – “Ge-no-va, Ge-no-va”. The grim, shiver-engendering chant rose from the march in Via delle Botteghe Oscure, bringing to mind the events of 2001 at the G8 summit in Genoa, when Carlo Giuliani died. An ill omen. In Rome on 14 December 2010, showdown time in Chamber of Deputies, opposition movements met to “withdraw confidence from below” in the Berlusconi government. With them were thousands of secondary school and university students, who have been protesting at the Gelmini reforms for some time. This self-styled...
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...
  • The socialist president plays host to capitalism

    12/15/2010 7:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2010 | Dana Milbank
    The titans of American industry were all assembled at the White House complex Wednesday. There was Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google. There was Kenneth Chenault, the chairman of American Express. And there was Barack Obama, the sometimes owner of General Motors, Chrysler, Citibank, Bank of America, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The president's advance team handled it like a state visit. The Secret Service shut down Lafayette Square as the CEOs huddled inside Blair House -- where foreign dignitaries often stay. The U.S. Park Police were mounted, the presidential limousines were idling, and men with scary-looking weapons stood...
  • House ethics chief counsel has resigned (Blake Chisam - Zoe Lofgren RAT-CA trying to leave too?)

    12/15/2010 7:20:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/10 | Susan Crabtree
    House ethics chief counsel has resignedBy Susan Crabtree - 12/15/10 07:41 PM ET The staff director and chief counsel for the House ethics committee tendered his resignation before the election. Blake Chisam, who Ethics Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) handpicked to help run the committee at the beginning of this Congress, will be departing imminently, according to two House aides. Chisam’s departure is spurring speculation from lawmakers that Lofgren is trying to leave the committee as well. Lofgren’s office did not return a request for comment. Chisam’s departure follows the resignation of Office of Congressional Ethics Staff Director and Chief...
  • Do "Progressives" Have An Intelligence Allergy?

    12/15/2010 7:19:26 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-15-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    This is actually worse than Liam Neeson's ridiculous take on his role in the Chronicles of Narnia. See the Hardball video where Richard Wolffe mocks Palin for reading C.S. Lewis embedded at the original post here or at YouTubeI'm not going to get into what a buffoon Matthews is (you all already know), but I'll let Neil Cavuto do it for me. I've been writing/blogging and engaged in political activities off and on for about 7 years now. Part of the job is to know and understand what the other side thinks. I've had a gut feeling about the...
  • Bosnia & Kosovo: radical Islam, organ trafficking, and media bias

    12/15/2010 7:14:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Serbianna ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    The conflict that raged throughout the former Yugoslavia was met by a wall of silence when it came to important issues. These important issues apply to America and the United Kingdom supporting Islamists in a brutal civil war in Bosnia and then installing a new nation by ignoring international law in Kosovo. Also, is it credible to believe that the vast majority of major news agencies and national governments did not know about thousands of Islamists in Europe who were sent to slit the throats and behead Orthodox Christians? Shoeless Holbrooke sits with Muslim Albanian gunmen that ran the organ...
  • Muschamp makes 1st appearance as Florida's coach (Opens mouth, inserts foot)

    12/15/2010 7:12:17 PM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 10 replies
    www.thestate.com ^ | 12/15/10 | unknown
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Will Muschamp spent part of his childhood in Gainesville, growing up just a few streets from Florida Field and cheering for the Gators. He left in the mid-80s, then returned as a player at Georgia and as an assistant coach with Auburn and LSU. He's back again - this time in a much different capacity. Muschamp, who agreed to a five-year contract worth $13.5 million to replace Urban Meyer, was formally introduced as Florida's new coach Tuesday. He took center stage for a 40-minute news conference filled with confidence, enthusiasm and witty one-liners. "University of Florida is...
  • Why Michael Moore Really Bailed Julian Assange Out Of Jail...

    12/15/2010 7:12:04 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-15-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Obama meets with top CEOs to urge more hiring

    12/15/2010 7:04:31 PM PST · by La Lydia · 137 replies · 6+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2010
    President Obama on Wednesday sat down with chief executives from major companies such as Boeing, Comcast, General Electric and Google for a lengthy "working meeting" to urge them to do more hiring to bring down unemployment and work with him to strengthen the economic recovery. "I am looking forward to getting good ideas from them, but I am definitely going to talk to them about how we can get more hiring out there," Obama told reporters as he walked across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to attend the meeting at Blair House. The meeting was expected to last about...
  • Richard Holbrooke: An American Diplomat

    12/15/2010 7:04:17 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    Chronicles ^ | December 15, 2010 | Srdja Trifkovic
    A few hours before Richard Holbrooke’s death last Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a group of America’s top diplomats gathered at the State Department for a Christmas party that he was “practically synonymous with American foreign policy.” Her assessment is correct: Richard Holbrooke’s career embodies some of the least attractive traits of contemporary American diplomacy. As assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs under Jimmy Carter, Holbrooke was instrumental in securing continued U.S. support for Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. In 1997 he authorized arms deliveries to Indonesia in violation of the supposed U.S. arms...
  • Could there be a Tet Offensive in Afghanistan? (George Will)

    12/15/2010 7:03:51 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2010 | George F. Will
    ... Although it is unlikely that the Taliban leadership has as nuanced an understanding of the importance and dynamics of American public opinion in wartime as North Vietnam's leadership did, Taliban leaders surely know that North Vietnam won the Vietnam War not in Vietnam but in America. And they surely know the role played by North Vietnam's February 1968 Tet Offensive. Although U.S. forces thoroughly defeated the enemy, the American public, seeing only chaos and the prospect of many more years of it, turned decisively against the war. Might the Taliban's tactics, techniques and procedures (in military argot, TTP) make...
  • Arctic icecap safe from runaway melting: study (potential reprieve for polar bears... WHEW!!)

    12/15/2010 7:03:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/10 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) – There is no "tipping point" beyond which climate change will inevitably push the Arctic ice cap into terminal melt off, according to a study released Wednesday. The northern polar cap has shrunk between 15 and 20 percent over the last 30 years, unleashing concern that on current trends -- with regional temperature increases twice or triple the global average -- it could disappear entirely during the summer months by century's end. One of the factors in this calculation is a so-called positive feedback, in which a reduced area of floating ice helps to stoke global warming. As...
  • California to adopt 'cap and trade' to combat climate change (Air Resources Board to vote)

    12/15/2010 6:58:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/15/10 | Dana Hull
    Taking the lead where Washington has wavered, California on Thursday is expected to adopt the nation's most ambitious plan yet to curb global warming. The California Air Resources Board is all but certain to vote to approve comprehensive "cap and trade" regulations designed to cut greenhouse gases. The regulations would impose limits, or "caps," on emissions from large industrial polluters through permits, or allowances, that could be traded on a market. California's plans to forge ahead are in sharp contrast to the lack of action from Washington, where Congress has rejected cap and trade at the national level. While the...
  • House Republicans who votes for DADT repeal

    12/15/2010 6:57:28 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 64 replies · 36+ views
    House of Representatives ^ | December 15, 2010 | House of Representatives
    Biggert(IL) Bono Mack (CA) Campbell (CA) Cao (LA) Castle (DE) Diaz-Balart, L (FL) Djou (HI) Dreier (CA) Ehlers (MI) Flake (AZ) Paul (TX) Platts (PA) Reichert (WA) Ros-Lehtinen (FL)
  • As Congress Gets Its Worst Approval Rating Ever They Load Spending Bill With Billions In Earmarks

    12/15/2010 6:56:53 PM PST · by Starman417 · 15 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-15-10 | Curt
    Lowest approval of Congress in Gallop polling history. 13% approval for the 111th Congress....and the parting present they give us? Senate leaders and top appropriators from both parties racked up more than $2.2 billion in earmarks in the massive omnibus spending bill that Democrats are pushing to enact in the final days of the 111th Congress. According to a POLITICO analysis of an earmark database compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) racked up $252 million, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) snagged another $145 million, Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) scored another $217 million...
  • Rep. Bachmann: Tax Bill Violates Article 1, Section 7 of U.S. Constitution

    12/15/2010 6:55:46 PM PST · by opentalk · 39 replies · 1+ views
    CNSnews ^ | December 15, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told CNSNews.com that the tax bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday violates the U.S. Constitution. “Article 1, section 7 says that all revenue bills originate in the House and that is our province and, of course, this originated in the Senate,” she told CNSNews.com in an interview Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the tax deal passed by the Senate on Thursday or Friday. The bill was the result of a deal cut between President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution...
  • Soyuz Crew Blasts Off Into Space

    12/15/2010 6:55:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published December 15, 2010
    Russia's Dmitry Kondratyev, NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli of Italy will spend five months at the space station, which has a full schedule for 2011, with the arrival of several cargo craft delivered by the U.S., Russian, European and Japanese space agencies.
  • U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks

    12/15/2010 6:53:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Charlie Savage
    Federal prosecutors, seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange for his role in a huge dissemination of classified government documents, are looking for evidence of any collusion in his early contacts with an Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the information. Justice Department officials are trying to find out whether Mr. Assange encouraged or even helped the analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, to extract classified military and State Department files from a government computer system. If he did so, they believe they could charge him as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient...
  • Chris Matthews: Dem’s Values “Really Are Intact”

    12/15/2010 6:47:29 PM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | December 15,2010 | annem040359
    It never ceases to amaze me that “Hardball’s” Chris Mathews, even despite the reality in that we are a little over a week away from one of the most important major holiday in the Christian Church calendar, “Christmas”, yet he still thinks things are like it is only a few days away from “Election Day”. Mr. Mathews sure sounds like he CANNOT LET GO of the reality that the Republicans are in the process of taking over control of the USA House of Representatives come early January, 2011. He even accuses the Republicans of being “mean.” Mr. Mathews, is it...
  • Mark Tapscott: Oh the horror! Fox bureau chief told reporters to be 'skeptical'

    12/15/2010 6:43:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/15/10 | By: Mark Tapscott
    You think the most essential purpose of journalism and the reason the Founders included freedom of the press in the First Amendment was to insure independent reporting about government, politicians, and public policy issues, right? Well, you must be wrong because Fox News Washington Bureau Chief Bill Sammon is getting a raft of garbage from liberal activists masquerading as journalists at Media Matters, some liberal bloggers and a scattering of real journalists who ought to know better. Why? Politico’s headline captures the controversy perfectly: “Fox editor urged climate skepticism.” A journalist being skeptical? Who would ever have thought such a...
  • Dems Seek ‘Reciprocity’ on START

    12/15/2010 6:40:20 PM PST · by La Lydia · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | December 15, 2010 | Andrew Stiles
    Democratic leaders said they’ve “reached out in every way possible” to accommodate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) and his reservations over New START, and now they want some “reciprocity.” Just minutes after 12 Republicans Senators announced that ratification of the treaty must wait until the new congress convenes next year, Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) told reporters not to declare it dead just yet. “Let’s see how people feel tomorrow,” he said, adding that Democrats planned to allow “a fair amount of time” for additional debate and give Republicans the chance to offer further amendments to the bill. Still,...
  • Glenn Beck Tells Wilmington Ohio Christmas Audience "Everybody Needs A Rabbi"

    12/15/2010 6:35:37 PM PST · by joeclarke · 101 replies · 2+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 12/15/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
    I have to respect Glenn Beck's zeal and desire to restore America to traditional values, and in some way restore people to some sort of deity. I am just not sure if he is steering people toward The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Glenn, appearing in Wilmington Ohio, preached to an auditorium full of townspeople who have gained national publicity (primarily through Beck) for their 24 hour a day, 7 day a week prayer vigils asking God to reclaim their city as well as their country, and their own souls. The people of Wilmington were driven to their knees...
  • Band that tied up 101 freeway charged with felonies

    12/15/2010 6:29:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    <p>This was not a matter involving free speech or lawful protest," said District Attorney Steve Cooley in a written statement. "This was a well-orchestrated commercial stunt perpetrated by these defendants and their accomplices with no concern for the lives or well-being of thousands of innocent victims who were caught up in the prank.</p>
  • UK's First Halal Beauty Shop Launched by UB40 Drummer's Daughter

    12/15/2010 6:29:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Sify ^ | 12/13/2010
    UB40 drummer Jimmy Brown's daughter has launched UK's first halal beauty shop. Rose, 20, launched the store, which sells cosmetics free from alcohol and pig fat, in Birmingham after she found out the ingredients used in conventional products. "Obviously, there are a lot of Muslims who will be interested, but I think the products will work for anyone who is concerned about what they're putting on their bodies," the Daily Star quoted her as saying. "The halal certification gives you peace of mind," she added.
  • Man killed by Long Beach police was holding a water nozzle, not a gun, police say

    12/15/2010 6:28:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 143 replies
    The 35-year-old Long Beach man killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday was holding a pistol-grip water nozzle, not a gun, Long Beach police officials said Monday. Two officers responded to a 911 call at 4:40 p.m. Sunday from a neighbor reporting an intoxicated man holding a "six-shooter" in the 5300 block of East Ocean Boulevard in the upscale Belmont Shore neighborhood. "The officers had a position of cover and were observing the suspect while other officers were en route," said Sgt. Dina Zapalski, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department. Zapalski said Douglas Zerby had been sitting on a...
  • Stratfor: The Lasting Geopolitical Effects from WikiLeaks

    12/15/2010 6:19:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Market Financial ^ | December 15, 2010 | George Friedman, Stratfor
    Here’s an interesting take on the lasting effects of WikiLeaks from geopolitical expert George Friedman, Founder of Stratfor. I go on and off with my subscription to Stratfor – they give excellent insights into geopolitics, taking a game theory approach to determine what actions the various actors will take. While I’m not currently a subscriber, I saw this piece float across my inbox, and found it worth sharing. Friedman is not as impressed by the WikiLeaks saga as I thought he’d be! ***** Taking Stock of WikiLeaks By George Friedman Julian Assange has declared that geopolitics will be separated into...
  • Free Joel Rosenberg(MN)(ccw)

    12/15/2010 6:15:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    freejoel.com ^ | 12 December, 2010 | Dick Unger
    Attorney Dick Unger explains what is going on clearly. Emphasis added. This is more about our justice system than about Joel. The preposterous amount of bail is the usual way to coerce a defendant to plead. If they had a solid case they’d have mailed him a Summons. The reasons for an arrest and bail in any case is that there is a likelihood of flight and/or a threat of violence toward others. It’s kind of why we deny bail to serial killers. Or, (the reason not written in the law), when they want to force a plea. Joel has...
  • You’ve read the Preamble to the Constitution, but what about the Preamble to the Bill of Rights?

    12/15/2010 6:12:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 12/15/2010 | Joshua Mercer
    On this day in 1791, the Bill of Rights were ratified and became the law of the land.These wonderful ten amendments crafted by James Madison clearly spell out our rights (which we derive from God, not the State).Many people know that our Constitution has a Preamble. But did you know that there is a Preamble to the Bill of Rights, as well? Not everyone was enthused about the new Constitution when it was proposed. George Mason was a very vocal opponent and worried that the proposed new federal government would have too much power. (Guess George was right about that!) In response to the Anti-Federalists, Congress passed ten amendments, known...
  • Obama praises House vote to end military gay ban

    12/15/2010 6:12:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 55 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/15/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is praising the House for passing legislation to end the Pentagon policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military. The legislation awaits Senate action now. The House passed the measure 250-175. Obama says the legislation permits a smooth transition from the Clinton-era 'don't-ask-don't-tell' standard. Obama says the legislation will give the military "the clarity and certainty it deserves."
  • Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond in (Rock and Roll) Hall (of Fame)

    12/15/2010 6:11:51 PM PST · by DemforBush · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Music ^ | 12/15/10 | n/a
    Neil Diamond had been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for several years but never got a nomination to join music's prestigious club. But he was never really worried about it....
  • Poll: 55% back rabbis' anti-Arab ruling

    12/15/2010 6:10:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | 12/15/10 | ynet
    Survey shows 41% of secular Israelis support municipal religious leaders' call not to rent apartments to non-Jews, as do 64% and 88% of Israel's traditional and haredi Jews, respectively A significant segment of Israel's adult Jewish population agrees with a religious ruling forbididng Jews from selling or renting apartments to Arabs or other non-Jews, according to a recent survey commissioned by Ynet and the Gesher organization. The controversial ruling was issued by a group of 50 municipal rabbis. Some 55% of those polled said they agree with the ruling; 26% of the respondents said they agree with it for the...
  • WSJ poll: Obama leads Romney by seven, Palin by 22 (barf alert!)

    12/15/2010 6:00:53 PM PST · by Justaham · 67 replies · 1+ views
    hotair.com ^ | 12-15-10 | Allahpundit
    It’s a poll of adults, not even of registered voters, and the sample’s probably tilted a bit too far towards Democrats (42/33 if you include leaners), so scale the Republican numbers up by four or five points. An interesting trend for Romney: After seeing his favorables dip just before the midterms, he’s now back to where he was in July 2009. An early indicator that as the ObamaCare debate recedes, some conservatives are turning less chilly towards him?
  • Costs Bend Upward

    12/15/2010 5:59:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2010 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: Democrats insist that spending cuts won't erase the budget deficit, but they're wrong. Places to cut abound, starting with a big piece of ObamaCare. Earlier this week, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the individual mandate requiring uninsured Americans to buy health care coverage is unconstitutional. But even before that opinion came down, the Congressional Budget Office had said the individual mandate is too costly. Well, not exactly "too costly." What the CBO said is that between 2014, the first real year of ObamaCare, and 2020, eliminating the individual mandate would lower the deficit by $252 billion....
  • ANOTHER SOLDIER FIGHTS FOR HIS FREEDOM -- PLEASE HELP!

    12/15/2010 5:58:48 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 15 replies
    Michael Savage ^ | Michael Savage
    PFC Lawrence is accused of premeditated murder for the alleged shooting of Mullah Muhibullah on Oct. 17 while guarding him in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Mullah Muhibullah was a senior Taliban commander and had been captured by U.S. forces the day before his death. Muhibullah's death was announced by an angry Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Oct. 19. Formal charges were filed against PFC Lawrence the same day, Oct. 19.
  • Rove: From Post-Partisan to Most Partisan-Obama has energized his opponents by demonizing them

    12/15/2010 5:44:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 15, 2010 | Karl Rove
    'I'm itching for a fight on a whole range of issues." President Barack Obama made that threat last week as Congress moved to pass his bipartisan tax-cut compromise. Why was Mr. Obama so pugilistic? It was partly to reassure unhappy Democratic liberals, especially bitter Democratic congressmen. Many are from gerrymandered districts where little news about the midterm elections has apparently penetrated. But a scorched-earth policy doesn't make sense for the Obama White House. Independents voted Republican last month by a 59% to 38% margin not because they thought Mr. Obama too civil, his course too centrist, and his bipartisanship too...
  • Reid: Democrats Fighting For The Middle Class, Republicans Pushing Giveaways For CEOs

    12/15/2010 5:42:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 53 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | December 15, 2010 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement this afternoon after the Senate passed a bill to cut taxes for the middle class and create jobs:   “Middle class families need a boost in this economy, and that is exactly what this plan gives them. It is not perfect, but it will create 2 million jobs, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses, and ensure that Americans who are still looking for work will continue to have they safety net they rely on to make ends meet.   “This debate revealed that my Republican colleagues...
  • Fear for Pakistan's death row Christian woman (with video)

    There is growing concern over the fate of a Christian woman on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy. Pope Benedict is among those calling for the release of Aasiya Bibi, a mother of five, who was convicted last month of breaching the country's blasphemy laws. The legislation has been controversial since it was introduced in the 1980s, with campaigners saying it is often used to persecute religious minorities. The BBC's Orla Guerin reports from Punjab Province.
  • Too Much Attention To Moody's Swing

    12/15/2010 5:41:50 PM PST · by Kaslin
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2010 | Staff
    Tax Deal: The media are touting a rating agency's schizophrenic claim that keeping the Bush tax rates helps the economy, but hurts the country's credit standing. Are ratings firms even relevant anymore? Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas, in her richly detailed analysis of the roots of the financial crisis, "After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington," pulls back the curtain and exposes the ugly reality of the once all-powerful credit ratings agencies Moody's, Fitch and Standard & Poor's. "Reliance on ratings agencies contravenes market principles," Gelinas warns. "The ratings-agency world is small and homogeneous, populated...
  • Oh My: Standalone DADT repeal bill passes House as Olympia Snowe flips to yes in Senate

    12/15/2010 5:41:23 PM PST · by tom h · 60 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | December 15, 2010 | Allahpundit
    They already passed an amendment to repeal DADT back in May, but that was part of a broader defense bill. Today’s vote was on the standalone DADT bill that Lieberman and Collins are hoping to put in front of the Senate next week. The vote in May: 234-194, with just five Republicans voting yes. The vote today: 250-175, with 15 Republicans in the majority. (Among the 10 who flipped to yes this time: Jeff Flake.) It was smart of Pelosi to force a vote in the House, just as it was smart of Reid to table the vote on the...
  • Laurence Kotlikoff: “The U.S. Is Bankrupt”

    12/15/2010 5:36:33 PM PST · by Flavius · 34 replies
    Kolikoff ^ | 12/15/10 | Kolikoff
    Nobody likes being told they are broke. While the truth may hurt, when you’re broke, you’re broke. Are we as a nation broke? Laurence Kotlikoff believes we are and expresses as much today in a Bloomberg commentary, U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don’t Even Know It,
  • Paradise Lost: The Bitter Pill of Global Feminism

    12/15/2010 5:36:13 PM PST · by FreeManDC · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 15, 2010 | Carey Roberts
    Most persons are aware of China’s one-child policy. But few fully understand the indelible mark this human rights travesty has left on the soul of the Chinese people. Recently professor Jing-Bao Nie of New Zealand published a remarkably candid appraisal of this policy, which represents the most ambitious demographic experiment ever conducted in human history. China’s Birth Control Program through Feminist Lenses catalogs in chilling detail how the Chinese population-control agenda coerced hundreds of millions of women to use birth control, compelled over one-quarter of the adult female population to obtain an abortion, and ensured the forced sterilization of 37%...
  • Ed Schultz on his radio show today: "I can SMELL Republicans"

    12/15/2010 5:35:56 PM PST · by macquire · 31 replies
    You could hear the disdain in his voice today as he snickered "I can SMELL republicans". I guess I wonder if he can SMELL our Republican sons and daughters serving this country in the military, too? Why does MSNBC keep these loons like Schultz on their lineup? Ed just insulted 40% of America and for WHAT? I still swear he is a fake liberal and only doing it for the money.