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  • Redefining Marriage Sign of a Lost Society

    11/26/2012 7:34:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Star Parker
    One significant development in the recent election was votes in four states approving same sex marriage initiatives. Until now, all previous state referenda to approve same sex marriage – 32 of them - failed. The Wall Street Journal editorial page – a place where conservatives usually turn for intellectual capital – saw this as cause for celebration. According to the Journal, marriage definition should come from voters, not from court orders. Americans, they argue, have “shown themselves more than capable of changing their views on gay marriage the democratic way.” In other words, our definition of marriage should follow process,...
  • Hostess’s pension liabilities

    11/26/2012 7:29:33 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    Overlawyered ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2012 | WALTER OLSON
    Some of the company’s $2 billion in unfunded liabilities could get dumped on the federally sponsored Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), raising premiums for the many solvent companies that are obliged to participate. Worse yet, a lot of Hostess’s liability is to union “multiemployer” plans, which under a peculiarly onerous federal law follow a “last-man-standing” rule of liability under which companies still operating are made to pick up the obligations of those no longer in business. David Kaplan at Fortune quotes a Credit Suisse report to the effect that multiemployer plans “are now underfunded by $369 billion.” [Ivan Osorio, CEI]
  • Learning to Love Simpson-Bowles (Let's look at the options we have)

    11/26/2012 7:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Randall Hoven
    What should Republicans in Congress do right now about the "fiscal cliff"? Everyone has advice, almost none of which squares with reality. Republicans have only two levers of control: the House of Representatives and filibusters in the Senate. Consider the options. Option 1: Do nothing. If no new legislation gets passed we hit the so-called "fiscal cliff." That means all "Bush tax cuts" would expire, for rich and non-rich alike. It means other tax cuts and credits added under Obama (payroll tax cuts, child tax credits, etc.) would also expire. The Congressional Budget Office estimates all that at $4,532 billion...
  • An Anti-Semite Walks Into a Bar … Amnesty International U.K. official reprimanded after tweeting

    11/26/2012 7:28:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam Kredo
    A senior official with the human rights organization Amnesty International has been reprimanded for making an anti-Semitic joke about several British lawmakers. Kristyan Benedict, campaigns manager for Amnesty’s United Kingdom affiliate, drew widespread criticism from Jewish leaders and others after making an offensive joke about several British lawmakers who are Jewish. Benedict has a history of taking controversial stances against the Jewish state and once threatened to “smack” a pro-Israel writer on his “little bald head.” His most recent comments took aim at Jewish members of Parliament for their support of Israel during its most recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists...
  • Connecticut Now Struggling With Caregiver Unionization Efforts

    11/26/2012 7:28:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/22/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan’s home-based caregiver dues skim should be on its last legs with the rejection of Proposal 4, but a similar forced unionization plan exists in Connecticut. Michigan Proposal 4, which would have locked a scheme orchestrated by the Service Employees International Union when Jennifer Granholm was governor, was rejected 56 percent to 44 percent on Election Day. This comes seven years after the SEIU used a mail-in election to forcibly unionize Michigan home-based caregivers.. As a result of that scheme, the SEIU has taken nearly $33 million from dues taken out of Michigan caregivers’ Medicaid checks. The SEIU convinced home-based...
  • What A Future American Right Party Can Do To Win (First, Dump the Republicans)

    11/26/2012 7:26:33 AM PST · by kreitzer · 17 replies
    Chateau Heartiste ^ | 11/23/12 | heartiste
    What A Future American Right Party Can Do To Win November 23, 2012 by heartiste Dissolve the Republicans. They are worse than useless; their “me-too”ism knee-jerk quickness to dance to the Left’s funeral dirge composed on their behalf is leading them right into a hole in the ground. A future party of the right is going to have to fight a different fight — one that cuts out the beating heart of leftoidism itself and squeezes it to a mash: the propagandizers. Commenter Porter at Mangans’s explains how to defund (and defang) the Left’s army of indoctrinators: Dissolve their barbell...
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama'

    11/26/2012 7:25:58 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/26/2012 | By Noel Sheppard
    Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama' Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx recently called Barack Obama "our lord and savior." This occurred at the previously recorded Soul Train Awards broadcast on BET Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary): JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama. Please also notice that this clip was used as a promo for the presentation by BET. I guess Obama really IS the messiah.
  • Is Opposition to Genetic Engineering Moral?

    11/26/2012 7:20:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2012 | By Henry I. Miller & Drew L. Kershen
    There's an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. That certainly seems to be true for many breakthroughs in genetic engineering. Here are several particularly egregious examples.1. "Biopharming" --- a new way to make drugsDiarrhea is the number-two infectious killer of children under the age of five in developing countries, surpassed only by respiratory diseases. It accounts for roughly 2 million deaths a year. But thanks to a simple but ingenious innovation by an emerging biotech company, Ventria Bioscience, those numbers could become a relic of the past, like mortality from smallpox and bubonic plague.Since the 1960s, the...
  • The Great American Mismatch. Plenty of Manufacturing jobs, too few people with the necessary skills

    11/26/2012 7:12:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers’ best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity. The manufacturing sector has long had trouble finding skilled applicants for its jobs. Around 48 percent of manufacturing companies are looking to hire, according to the most recent report from ThomasNet, a company that helps connect producers and suppliers. But 67 percent of manufacturing companies see a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, and last year, as many as 600,000 jobs went unfilled, according to a report from...
  • Japan is the Next Shoe to Drop

    11/26/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Sizemore Insights ^ | 11/26/2012 | Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
    The fiscal cliff has been getting most of the media attention these days. And when not fretting over U.S. political gridlock, investors have turned their attention to Europe.But the real crisis brewing—and the one that no one seems to notice—is in Japan. The land of the rising sun is a ticking time bomb, and when it finally blows up it will make all the talk of Eurozone disintegration seem petty by comparison.Japan is the most heavily-indebted nation in the world with government debts of over 220% of GDP and a gaping budget deficit of nearly 10% of GDP.To put that...
  • The Fiscal Cliff? Let's Rush Off Of It (The choice is recession now, or recession later)

    11/26/2012 7:06:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    Washington, the media, and many economists are consumed by the looming fiscal cliff-a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to occur on January 1. Many economists, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke among them, predict that if we go over the fiscal cliff the country will go into recession. I say let's do it. In fact, we should take more action to cut the deficit than the fiscal cliff will accomplish. The fiscal cliff would reduce the current federal deficit by less than one-third, still larger than any deficit ever run by a president not named Barack Obama....
  • Belgian discovers his wife used to be a man after 19 years

    11/26/2012 7:04:54 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/26/12
    The man, only named as Jan, married Monica, his family's former au pair in a previous marriage, in 1993 despite legal difficulties raised by the Belgian immigration authorities. But it was only in recent weeks that he discovered that his wife had originally been a man and had undergone a sex change. "I feel I've been assaulted," he told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. "I brought her to Belgium. That was not easy. The Belgian courts had serious doubts about the authenticity of her birth and her identity papers, but eventually they accepted it anyway. I thought she was an attractive...
  • Doubt of the benefit: Why increasing unemployment aid is prolonging the recession

    11/26/2012 7:04:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/26/2012 | CASEY B. MULLIGAN
    More families used food stamps this past Thanksgiving than ever in history, while Congress is pushing to extend benefits — again — for the longterm unemployed. But what if such aid isn’t helping us weather the recession, but instead prolonging it? The White House, and other believers in Keynesian policy refer to subsidies to the unemployed, poor and financially distressed as “automatic stabilizers” and insist that subsidies have a large positive effect on national income. Yet when the subsidy spigots were opened wide in 2008 and 2009, labor market activity contracted sharply, and stubbornly refuses to rebound. It is time...
  • College Marching Band Spells Out ‘O-B-A-M-A’ on the Field During Bayou Classic Football Game

    11/26/2012 7:02:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    THEBLAZE ^ | November 26, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Each year, the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars get together to compete in the State Farm Bayou Classic. On Saturday, the 39th annual football game unfolded, with Southern winning 38-33. While the game likely exited a great many, it was the halftime show that distinguished itself as particularly memorable. The victorious school’s marching band coordinated themselves to spell out “Obama” on the field — an action that was noted by both supporters and critics of the president, alike.
  • Murdoch Says ‘YES’ to the Yankees: Why the Deal Could Help FOX Take On ESPN

    11/26/2012 7:01:42 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    Time Business ^ | 11/26/12 | Sam Gustin
    ...News Corp., the giant media conglomerate run by billionaire mogul Rupert Murdoch, has made sports a key component of the company’s portfolio. But this deal, which values YES at a whopping $3 billion, takes the company’s sports position to a new level, for three reasons. First, News Corp., which also owns cable news leader Fox News Channel, Hollywood stalwart 20th Century Fox, and 20 regional sports networks, gains a nearly 50% stake in YES, the country’s most valuable regional sports network. Second, the deal puts the media giant firmly in bed (so to speak) with the New York Yankees, arguably...
  • Fight over Trayvon Martin's cellphone as lawyers ... demand teenager's father hand over PIN

    11/26/2012 7:00:33 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A major piece of evidence in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has yet to be analyzed - his cell phone. Attorneys for shooter George Zimmerman are fighting to get information pulled from phone records in the hope of shedding light on the teenager's death. The phone was found at the scene with its battery dead on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed on February 26 in Sanford, Florida. It is a two-year-old Huawei U8150 smartphone, sold by T-Mobile as the 'Comet,' which shot video and photos as well as had internet connectivity. Police have tried without success to...
  • PRAVDA: Obama Voters are Ignorant Tools -- 'Re-Elected by Illiterate Society'

    11/26/2012 7:00:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    This from people who know a thing or two  about the pitfalls of socialism... In the wake of unlikely GOP defeat, am I the only one that's gone from hating on the lyin', cheatin' progs... to blaming Romney... to the-more-I-think-about-it wanting to go out and wring each-and-every Obama voter's goofy neck personally?  The 60s had the go-getter 'jet set'- guess we've got the tool set: Pravda (highlights mine): Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them...  He is a Communist without question...
  • The trench talk that is now entrenched in the English language

    11/26/2012 6:55:46 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/25/12 | Jasper Copping
    If you’re feeling washed out, fed up or downright lousy, World War One is to blame. New research has shown how the conflict meant that hundreds of words and phrases came into common parlance thanks to the trenches. Among the list of everyday terms found to have originated or spread from the conflict are cushy, snapshot, bloke, wash out, conk out, blind spot, binge drink and pushing up daisies. The research has been conducted by Peter Doyle, a military historian, and Julian Walker, an etymologist, who have analysed thousands of documents from the period — including letters from the front,...
  • Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies

    11/26/2012 6:51:18 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | November 25, 2012 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — When Tea Party activists swamped town hall-style meetings about health care in the summer of 2009, President Obama’s army of campaign volunteers largely stayed away, seemingly less interested in fighting for legislation than they had been in electing the nation’s first African-American president. Now, Mr. Obama is seizing a second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated. With lawmakers scheduled to return to work on Monday to begin intense discussions before a looming fiscal deadline, Mr. Obama’s aides are trying to harness the passions that returned him to the White House, hoping to pressure Republicans in Congress to...
  • LAUGH BREAK---Time Magazine names 50 Worst Inventions of the Twentieth Century

    11/26/2012 6:46:24 AM PST · by Liz · 81 replies
    TIME MAGAZINE ^ | May 27, 2000 | Dan Fletcher and Time staff writers