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  • U.S. Economic Confidence in November Best in Four Years [Whistle Past Graveyard]

    12/04/2012 11:15:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies ^ | 12/4/12 | Gallup
    Americans' economic confidence was better in November than in any month since Gallup began tracking confidence daily in January 2008. The -13 Economic Confidence Index score surpasses the previous bests of -17 from October and May of this year. The index, which began at -32 in January 2008 as the recession was taking hold, had been -20 or lower until May.
  • Michigan Could Become 24th Right-to-Work State

    12/04/2012 11:15:10 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 28 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2012 | Mackinac Center
    MIDLAND — Michigan legislators are now openly discussing the possibility that the Great Lake State could become the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. “A right-to-work law makes Michigan home again,” said Labor Policy Director F. Vincent Vernuccio. “It means Michigan will be home to more and better jobs for our state, it means Michigan’s children and grandchildren will be able to stay here and not only find jobs, but prosper.” Extending right-to-work protections to employees in both the private and public sectors means that unions will no longer be able to get a person fired for refusing to financially...
  • Obama and Boehner: Who Blinks First?-The GOP faces a president who plays hardball by Alinsky's rules

    12/04/2012 11:11:23 AM PST · by filbert00 · 27 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: “We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation.” That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner’s face and tell him, “Give me a call, Tim, when you’re serious,” suggests that the speaker feels he...
  • I Hate Snakes (And So Does The Pentagon)

    12/04/2012 11:11:06 AM PST · by filbert00 · 5 replies
    ExportLawBlog ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Clif Burns
    Like Indiana Jones, I hate snakes, and so doing this post (and especially the picture at the right) was a bit unsettling, but the story was just too good to pass up. According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Pentagon is buying snake bite drugs from Iran. Apparently Afghanistan is crawling with venomous snakes (like the Oxus cobra pictured on the right), and Iran’s Razi Vaccine & Serum Research Institute is one of the few manufacturers and purveyors of the anti-venin needed to combat snake bites in Afghanistan. Indeed, DoD medical guidance explicitly states that...
  • C’mon Now, GOP, Don’t Go Wobbly on Us

    12/04/2012 11:10:02 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Tuesday December 4, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Please read and pass along this article. We send good conservatives to D.C. to fulfill the promises they made to the electorate, and yet when they stay true to their word the permanent political class in their own party punishes them. This won’t be forgotten come 2014. Right now the GOP establishment is more concerned about the opinion of the media and the Georgetown cocktail circuit than they are “we the people” who hired them. For all this new talk of how the GOP needs a “populist movement,” it would do them good to remember they already have one; it’s...
  • Conservatives make John Boehner’s life difficult—again

    12/04/2012 11:04:12 AM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4/2012 | Chris Moody
    WASHINGTON—Conservatives panned the House Republican proposal released Monday to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, yet again giving House Speaker and lead negotiator John Boehner little room to maneuver as he works toward a deal with the White House. The proposal includes extending current tax rates for all income levels and raising revenue by closing loopholes in the tax code.
  • 'It was the best day of my life': Girl, 19, arrested after boasting about bank robbery on YouTube

    12/04/2012 11:03:22 AM PST · by dennisw · 43 replies ^ | 4 December 2012 | By Becky Evans
    Hannah Sabata from Nebraska posted the video claiming to have stolen more than $6,000 at gun-point Said the alleged crime spree was 'the best day of my life' in clip watched more than 7,000 times An alleged bank robber was arrested after she posted a video on YouTube claiming to have stolen more than $6,000 at gun-point. In the bizarre YouTube video Hannah Sabata, 19, is seen fanning herself with a wad of cash that she said was stolen using a 'gun, a pillow case and a note'. Gawker said Sabata was arrested last week in connection with the robbery...
  • Norquist To MSNBC: Obama ‘Thinks Somebody Made Him King,’ Doesn’t Know ‘His Place In The Universe’

    12/04/2012 11:00:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/4/12 | Noah Rothman
    Americans for Tax Reform chief Grover Norquist joined Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s NOW to discuss the current status of negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff. Norquist told the MSNBC host that he thinks President Obama is overplaying his hand in these negotiations, as he did in his first term, and Obama will cede the political advantage to Republicans because he “doesn’t have the mandate he thinks he does.” Wagner asked Norquist if he supported the plan put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Norquist replied that Boehner’s plan is “amorphous,” and said...
  • America Will Find Out How A Termed Out Socialist Will Govern (pic)

    12/04/2012 10:54:39 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-4-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • NASA Debunks Doomsday, Apocalypse Prophecies (Video)

    12/04/2012 10:53:00 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 17 replies
    WebProNews ^ | 12-4-2012 | Sean Patterson
    As December 21, 2012 grows near, the hysteria concerning the end of the Maya calendar is coming to a head. Gullible people all over the world are stocking up on non-perishable items and preparing for an apocalyptic disaster. For scientists, though, these latest doomsday prophecies are the same thing as any prophecy – a claim without enough evidence to even be worthy of the label ‘hypothesis.’ Not everyone knows bunk when they hear it, though, so NASA recently devoted the precious time of some of its scientists to debunking the spurious claims. NASA researchers from all over the U.S. gathered...
  • San Bernardino Will Try to Hammer "Nail House" Loans in 2013

    12/04/2012 10:52:44 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies ^ | December 3, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    What are called “nail houses” in China may be coming to the county of San Bernardino in 2013 by using eminent domain as a bail out from unfunded public pension debts. The photo at right shows a property that has gained worldwide attention as a holdout from a freeway construction project in China. A now famous duck farmer owned the home — recently demolished after the owner finally “accepted” the Chinese government’s offering price. Holdout houses in China are called “nail houses” because homeowners refuse to be “hammered down” in price. Mortgage Resolution Partners is a private mortgage hedge fund...
  • Guns, Women, and How We Protect Ourselves From Violence(TX)

    12/04/2012 10:42:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    As you probably know by now, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, leaving behind a 3 month old daughter. Anti gun advocates are always quick to jump on these kind of tragedies to make their case against gun ownership. Bob Costa took time at the halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys game last night to pontificate using the same boring nonsensical arguments, the most ridiculous being that if guns were just restricted, and if Jovan had not had a gun that morning, he and his girlfriend...
  • Big Programming Changes Are Coming to WPFW (far left Pacifica drops music for news/talk)

    12/04/2012 10:41:16 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Wash. City Paper ^ | 11/29/12 | Jonathan Fischer
    "I am very upset about the changes. I think we need to boycott." "I for one will not give more money until I hear some answers...some real answers about the station." "They're not the people's station." Those were some of the on-air words of WPFW listeners this morning...Word has already spread about impending programming changes to the 35-year-old "jazz and justice" station. Interim Programing Director Bobby Hill announced on the WPFW Facebook page yesterday that the station will begin a new programming schedule on Dec. 3—one that includes more syndicated talk programs. While some of the new programs will be...
  • Higher taxes are “just the beginning”

    12/04/2012 10:37:01 AM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-04-12 | DrJohn
    This will surprise few readers: A group of House Democrats has formed its own “Gang of Six” to push for progressive tax reform — in which the expiration of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans is “just the beginning.” This is the platform of a group of "progressives" in Congress. “In response to the call for progressives to draw a red line in the fiscal cliff sand, here is our big picture stance on corporate and individual tax reform,” Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “Six progressive tax principles from a new Gang of Six. The...
  • Texas: Stopping a Jihadi bomber Who was One Chemical Away from Building a Bomb

    12/04/2012 10:33:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 12/4/12 | Pamela Geller
    FBI 12/04/12 The 20-year-old Saudi Arabian man living in Lubbock, Texas was intent on waging jihad against Americans—possibly even a former U.S. president—and he was one ingredient away from being able to build a powerful bomb. But Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari’s deadly plans began to unravel when a shipping company’s suspicions were raised—illustrating once again how the FBI relies on private industry and the general public in the fight against terror. In early February 2011, a Lubbock shipping firm received a package from a North Carolina chemical company containing 10 bottles of phenol intended for Aldawsari. Combined with just two other...
  • Oakland officials drop ball on crime (or 'How ranked choice voting can get you killed.')

    12/04/2012 10:29:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies ^ | 12/4/12 | Chip Johnson
    On more than one occasion I've heard politicians dredge up the old adage "You cannot arrest your way out" of a crime problem. In Oakland, it's apparently become city policy. There's been a precipitous decline in arrests in Oakland - a 44 percent drop from 2008 to 2011, according to a Chronicle investigation. And even as arrests have bottomed out, the city's crime rate has climbed in each of the past two years, including an overall 23 percent increase this year. One of the most startling statistics, the Police Department's homicide clearance rate, is particularly troubling. Through October, the department...
  • Official: NATO OKs Patriot missiles for Turkey

    12/04/2012 10:28:29 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies ^ | 12/4/12 | AP
    A NATO official says the military alliance has approved plans to send Patriot anti-missile systems to southern Turkey to bolster its defense against strikes from neighboring Syria. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was expected to make the announcement later Tuesday.
  • Allen West: “Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too”

    12/04/2012 10:24:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | posted at 9:05 pm on December 3, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Rep. Allen West was finally forced to concede a couple weeks back, and his currently wrapping up his term --- but he's said that he'll continue to look for ways to serve the country, I don't think we've seen the last of him. Real Clear has the audio: MARTIN: So what’s next for you?WEST: Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they...
  • California urged to assess energy reform

    12/04/2012 10:22:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies ^ | 12/3/12 | David R. Baker
    California officials need to add up the costs of all the state's clean-energy policies before adopting any more, according to a report issued Monday by a government oversight agency. The state has adopted a series of far-reaching energy reforms - boosting the use of renewable power and reining in greenhouse gases - without considering how each policy affects the others, the Little Hoover Commission argues in the report. Even worse, state officials have no clear idea how much all of those reforms, taken together, will cost. Californians could soon face a "rate impact bomb" of exploding electricity prices as a...
  • Obamacare is Not a Sure Thing

    12/04/2012 10:20:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/04/2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts' decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obama's belief that the public would warm up to his signature legislation once it became the law of the land has proven false. The current Kaiser Family Foundation poll reports that only...