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  • Taxing Social Security Taxes

    11/15/2012 4:22:30 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 12 replies
    na ^ | November 15, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    The Fiscal Responsibility Cliff- By: Larry Walker -When I went to work for the IRS back in 1988, the first few weeks were spent in tax law courses. I distinctly remember, at the time, that the base amounts used in determining the taxability of Social Security benefits were $25,000 for single taxpayers and $32,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. For some reason when the topic came up this year, during annual continuing education, with all the talk of looming fiscal responsibility (errantly referred to as a cliff), combined with having been read the riot act by several seniors...
  • Jersey City small business owners tell FEMA they need grants, not loans ('Where's da free loot?')

    11/15/2012 4:20:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    NJ ^ | 11/15/12 | Terrence T. McDonald
    Jersey City small business owners tell FEMA they need grants, not loansBy Terrence T. McDonald / The Jersey Journal updated November 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM **SNIP** But that’s not helpful, said Wayne Lyons, 52, owner of Soul Flavors Restaurant on Grove Street. The restaurant was closed for five days because of Sandy, which caused floods that destroyed equipment in the restaurant’s basement, Lyons said. Lyons said he was hoping for grants instead of loans, saying the federal government “bailed out Wall Street,” so they should bail out small businesses. FEMA declined to comment.
  • Freep a Poll! ("Modest" tax increase on rich to avoid fiscal cliff?)

    11/15/2012 4:18:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 11-15-12 | LA Daily News
    Do you believe "a modest tax increase" on the rich is the best way to avoid a 'fiscal cliff'? Yes No
  • The Americanness of the American Revolution - Why the Founders succeeded

    11/15/2012 4:18:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MYRON MAGNET
    Why was the American Revolution, of all great revolutions, the only successful one, resulting in two centuries and more of unexampled freedom and prosperity? The French Revolution, by contrast, illuminated by AmericaÂ’s example and Enlightenment thought, began in blissful optimism but collapsed into a blood-soaked tyranny much worse than the monarchy it deposed. It spawned a military dictatorship that convulsed Europe and roiled half the globe for over a decade with wars of grandiose imperial aggression that slew at least 3 million. And the result of 25 years of turmoil? The Bourbon monarchy, minus the Enlightenment of its earlier incarnation,...
  • Petraeus mistress had substantial classified data on computer: sources

    11/15/2012 4:17:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Mark Hosenball and Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Classified material kept by the woman who conducted an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus predates their liaison and does not come from the spy agency, sources briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Thursday. The finding appears to bolster assertions by both Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, that their affair did not put national security secrets at risk - a central question hovering over the scandal that brought down one of the United States' most respected public figures last week. The CIA said on Thursday it had opened an "exploratory" investigation into Petraeus' conduct,...
  • President Obama Plays The Susan Rice Card On Benghazi

    11/15/2012 4:13:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 15, 2012
    Leadership: Obama admits sending our U.N. ambassador, who had "nothing to do with Benghazi," to explain Benghazi on five Sunday talk shows "at the request of the White House" with talking points "provided to her." Considering this was President Obama's first press conference in eight months, his bluster that if "Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me" regarding Benghazi is a bit odd. When the questions needed to be asked and answers needed to be given, both the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were nowhere to be found....
  • President Obama, Take Your Eyes Off The Teleprompter!

    11/15/2012 4:10:13 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-15-12 | The Looking Spoon
    The reflection doesn't need to be in reverse, the poster was written that way...so the reflection is right :-P
  • Gaza Shall Be Forsaken...(prophecy)

    11/15/2012 4:09:41 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 4 replies
    The Gaza Strip, was originally part of the inheritance the LORD allotted to the tribe of Judah. But Philistines invaded and built their five cities in the area, Gaza, Ashdod, Gath, Akron, and Askelon. Eventually King David defeated the Philistines and Judah possessed the land until the Babylonian captivity, the return and finally the Roman diaspora. Nearly 20 centuries later, once again the Gaza is occupied, this time by Arabs who call themselves Philistines (ie Palestinians), and whose dubious claim to the land God gave the tribe of Juda, is supported by the ‘world community’. As Israel resists the provocative...
  • Wal-Mart workers plan Black Friday walkout

    11/15/2012 4:08:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 167 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | 11/15/12 | Emily Jane Fox
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world's largest retail store. The walkout builds on an October strike that started at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined in the October actions. One of the workers who plans to join next week's walkout is William Fletcher, who works at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, Calif.
  • Illegal Status Keeps Immigrant Tenants In Poor Housing

    11/15/2012 4:08:04 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    The Uptowner ^ | Nov 15th, 2012 | Sune Engel Rasmussen
    “It’s very dirty here, all the apartments have rats,” says Catalina Espinosa, 34, who opens her door on the fifth floor carrying an infant son with one arm while a daughter peeks out from behind her. Three stories below, Tino Torres, 40, has lived with rodents for all his five years in this building at 1985 Amsterdam in Washington Heights. “The rats crawl from the kitchen into my bedroom,” he says. For many uptown immigrants, coming to America hasn’t meant an upgrade in housing. “In the last five years, it’s one of the worst buildings I have seen,” Luis Manuel...
  • Congressman Allen West news-NEW VOTE COUNT DISCREPANCIES CAST FURTHER DOUBT...

    11/15/2012 4:07:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    GretaWire/FoxnewsInsider ^ | 11-15-2012 | Greta Van Susteren
    November 15, 2012 by Greta Van Susteren See news release from Congressman West’s campaign: NEW VOTE COUNT DISCREPANCIES CAST FURTHER DOUBT ON ACCURACY OF ELECTION RESULTS Stuart, FL – West for Congress today sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, detailing vote count discrepancies uncovered during a review of public records released today from the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office. Specifically, while the campaign has not yet been provided access to the poll book information for votes cast on Election Day, an examination of the early and absentee ballot information raises significant questions relating to...
  • Scott Walker will not implement state 0-care exchange!

    11/15/2012 4:06:45 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 96 replies
    Newstalk 1130, Milwaukee ^ | 11/15/12 | Mark Belling
    Good news! I just heard on Newstalk 1130 AM in Milwaukee that Scott Walker would announce on Friday that WI would not implement the state exchange. I also heard that a group of GOP governors would do likewise and make a group announcement tomorrow!
  • New broader Russian treason law alarms Putin critics

    11/15/2012 4:03:41 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and Steve Gutterman
    * Law extending definition of treason goes into force * Critics say it can be used to stifle dissent * FSB says law needed to deal with foreign intelligence Moscow, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Russia enacted a new treason law on Wednesday, alarming opponents of President Vladimir Putin who fear he will use it to silence critics and - in a reminder of the Soviet past - put at risk almost anyone who associates with foreigners. The law broadens the definition of treason to allow Russians representing international organisations to face the charge, as well as citizens working for foreign...
  • Kelley Twins Had Picture Taken With Rubio

    The twin sisters involved in the David Petraeus scandal crashed one of Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign fundraisers in 2010, the host of the fundraiser said. The twins, Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam, came to the party uninvited, took their photo with Rubio and quickly left without donating money to his Senate campaign, said Angelette Aviles, of Tampa
  • 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - LIVE THREAD

    11/15/2012 4:02:33 PM PST · by Chode · 49 replies
    Chode ^ | 11/15/2012 | Chode
    Formula 1 Austin 2012 Race Date: 18 Nov 2012 Circuit Name: Circuit of The Americas First Grand Prix: 2012 Number of Laps: 56 Circuit Length: 5.513 km Race Distance: 308.405 km Fri Sunny 68F Sat Sunny 68F Sun Sunny 72F
  • Intel officials struggle to explain Libya talking points, pressure on Petraeus to clear the air

    11/15/2012 4:01:55 PM PST · by forty_years · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/15/2012 | Staff
    Top intelligence officials struggled to explain to lawmakers Thursday why their initial talking points after the Libya attack minimized the role of militant groups, putting pressure on former CIA Director David Petraeus to set the record straight in another round of closed-door hearings Friday. Lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees heard testimony Thursday in private meetings with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell. But Fox News was told there were heated exchanges on the House side, particularly over the talking points that administration officials relied on in the days after the Sept....
  • Gold & the Dollar are Less Correlated than Everyone Thinks

    11/15/2012 4:01:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    PeakProsperity.com ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 10:03 AM | by Charles Hugh Smith
    Whenever I make the case for a stronger U.S. dollar (USD), the feedback can be sorted into three basic reasons why the dollar will continue declining in value: The USD may gain relative to other currencies, but since all fiat currencies are declining against gold, it doesn’t mean that the USD is actually gaining value; in fact, all paper money is losing value. When the global financial system finally crashes, won’t that include the dollar? The Federal Reserve is “printing” (creating) money, and that will continue eroding the purchasing power of the USD. Lowering interest rates to zero has dropped...
  • Train/18-wheeler flatbed truck Wreck involves Hunt For Heroes military personnel in Midland, Texas

    11/15/2012 3:55:38 PM PST · by LUV W · 60 replies
    CBS 7 has just learned that at least 20 people have been transported and Midland Memorial has gone Code 1 meaning all emergency hospital personal must report to the hospital UPDATE 5:12 ***Eyewitnesses tell CBS7 the trailer was carrying the veterans ****
  • War Babies: Time to Fight

    11/15/2012 3:55:04 PM PST · by Bravada · 2 replies
    Original | 11/15/2012 | Sunnie Bell
    Cleaning out papers, I found this that I had written and distributed without effect during the Clinton years. It was a 'back to the future' moment re-reading it today. "A group of people are bonded by a love of this country, gratitude and respect for those who have served to protect it, and concern for its future. Many of us were silent during the 1960's when revolution overtook America. We basked in freedoms bought by strangers, neighbors, and loved ones. We are the WAR BABIES. Born and raised in an atmosphere of trust that powers-that-be more or less kept everybody's...
  • PHOTO: Hamas missile launch pad next to mosque, playground. Civilian factories, gas station also

    11/15/2012 3:54:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    wnd ^ | 11/15/12 | Aaron Klien
    TEL AVIV – A missile launch site in the Gaza Strip was set up by Hamas just half a block from a mosque and children’s playground, according to aerial photographs provided to KleinOnline by the Israel Defense Forces today. Israel yesterday struck the site in question – a Fajr-5 missile launch pad established in the heavily populated Zeitoun district of Gaza to fire long range rockets into the Jewish state. The photograph of the launch site, posted above, shows a children’s playground and a mosque located about a half a block away as well as two civilian factories and a...