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  • If Clinton's Economy Is The Model, We Should Just Go Off The No-Bush-Tax-Cut Cliff (Vanity)

    12/05/2012 8:40:35 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    Now | Me
    And we should end the wars now too! Wait a minute ... isn't that what Obama campaigned for in 2008? Why hasn't it happened yet? He can do anything with executive privilege, right. I mean, congress is not acting. They have not presented a budget to Obama that he would accept for 3 years now. That do nothing congress. They have bad ideas, like implementing the deficit reduction plans proposed by the appointed Obama deficit commission. Poor Obama ... this feuding is just going to ruin his Christmas vacation plans.
  • BenghaziGate: Obama Admin Knew Libyan Terrorists Had US-Provided Weapons

    12/05/2012 8:38:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5/12 | Ben Shapiro
    In a story that’s been largely buried by the media for years upon years – and was doubly buried in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11 resulting in the death of four Americans – the New York Times is now reporting that US-approved arms that were supposed to go to Libya rebels went to Islamist terrorists. Even more importantly, the Obama administration knew about it before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks. The Times reports: No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack...
  • Government Issues Statement Debunking End of the World: “Just Rumors”

    12/05/2012 8:27:47 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-5-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Government Issues Statement Debunking End of the World: “Just Rumors” Mac Slavo December 4th, 2012 With the purported 2012 Mayan Apocalypse calculated to take place on December 21st rapidly approaching, thousands of letters have poured into government agencies like NASA from citizens concerned about the end of the world. Doomsday fears surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar, a possible collision with a mystery “Planet X” theorized by some researchers, and pole shift popularized in the Hollywood movie 2012, have forced the government to issue a rebuttal debunking the claims at their USA.gov web site: Scary Rumors about the World...
  • Guatemala detains software guru McAfee, to expel him to Belize

    12/05/2012 8:24:21 PM PST · by posterchild · 9 replies
    Reuters via news.yahoo.com ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Sofia Menchu
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan police arrested U.S. software guru John McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder. McAfee, who had been in hiding for three weeks, crossed into Guatemala with his girlfriend, Samantha, to evade authorities in Belize who wanted to question him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull. "He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla...
  • College Official: Construction Site Must Replace 'Sexist' Men Working Sign

    12/05/2012 8:18:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    The “Men Working” sign is a standard fixture at construction sites, warning passersby that they should be on guard due to potentially dangerous work. That doesn’t seem controversial, but an Ohio college official has declared it anti-women. At Ohio’s Sinclair Community College, Elizabeth Verzi, the school’s Manager of Construction and Planning, ordered the crew to remove a Men Working sign that she called "sexist." The incident occurred the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as an ALL-MALE construction crew from the company JCrane was working in an area of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. The crew was told to immediately cease all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-12, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2012 8:15:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2012 Thursday of the First Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • Detroit city councilwoman wants ‘bacon’ from President Obama

    12/05/2012 8:12:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 05 December 2012 | Kristen A Lee
    Detroit councilwoman JoAnn Watson said Obama should help bail Detroit out of its financial crisis. The city faces a budget deficit of more than $200 million and is deep in debt. A Detroit city councilwoman thinks President Obama owes her city for his election victory – and it’s time to pay up. JoAnn Watson said Obama should help bail Detroit out of its financial crisis after its residents overwhelmingly voted him back into the White House, local Fox station WJBK reported. Detroit faces a budget deficit of more than $200 million and is deep in debt. "After the election of...
  • GOLDMAN: The Shale Oil Revolution Is Real, And It Will Have A Massive Impact On The Global Economy

    12/05/2012 8:10:11 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-5-2012 | Rob Wile
    GOLDMAN: The Shale Oil Revolution Is Real, And It Will Have A Massive Impact On The Global Economy Rob WileDec. 5, 2012, 7:55 PMWe are seeing calls that, thanks to shale drilling, the U.S. is poised to become the world leader in oil production, leading some to begin invoking "Saudi America." Today, Goldman Sachs analyst Kamakshya Trivedi, weighed in on the global macro implications of this phenomenon in a note titled: The shale revolution is changing the global energy landscape. The note actually goes further, talking about how the entire economic landscape could potentially change. The main impact, they write,...
  • Bodies found in Iowa could be those of missing girls

    12/05/2012 8:09:57 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Mary Wisniewsk,Kay Henderso
    (Reuters) - Iowa police said they have not yet identified bodies found by hunters in a wooded area on Wednesday that could be those of two girls who vanished last summer in a case that received national attention. Captain Rick Abben, chief deputy of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, could not say that the bodies were those of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, until they are positively identified by the State Medical Examiner's Office. But Abben said the families of the two cousins had been notified. "It's definitely not the outcome that we wanted," Abben said in...
  • Woman Runs Over Ex-BF’s Mom Then Texts Him ‘How’s Life LOL!’

    12/05/2012 8:09:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NEWSONE ^ | Dec 4, 2012
    A Texas woman allegedly ran over her ex-boyfriend’s mother and texted him “Hows Life LOL” after doing so, KXAN-TV reports. Elizabeth Segundo McClain, 22, was charged with third degree felony of stalking and assault. Police say that McClain has a history of stalking her ex- boyfriend, Ryan Boyd, 25. She reported called Boyd hundreds of times a day over a three month period. According to court records, McClain texted him on Nov. 4, her birthday, 126 times in a row. All of the texts were black with the exception of two that read, “Annoying Uh?” Austin police say the Boyd’s...
  • Dem Senators to Strip Gun Rights from Military Vets

    12/05/2012 8:06:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) hopes to stop a major defense spending bill in its tracks now that Democrats have added an amendment that allows them to take away the guns of certain military veterans. The amendment contains language that bans gun ownership for a broad swath of veterans designated "mentally incompetent." Coburn says the approach is sloppy, and that as of right now, "veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially" are placed under the mentally incompetent label and therefore "cannot buy or possess a firearm."
  • Marvin Gaye’s Son Begs Lenny Kravitz Not to Play His Dad

    12/05/2012 8:03:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    eurweb ^ | December 3, 2012
    *Marvin Gaye‘s son and Lenny Kravitz may be childhood friends, but it doesn’t mean the heir wants the rocker playing his father on the big screen. In fact, Marvin Gaye III and his family members are against the project altogether, according to TMZ.com. Kravitz will play Gaye in the biopic “Sexual Healing” (working title), which is said to follow the legend’s life in the 80s when he battled drug abuse and depression – up until his father shot and killed him in 1984. Gaye III tells TMZ “The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful …...
  • The NASDAQ Got Slammed, And Big Banks Surged — One Firm Thinks This Is A Sign Of Things To Come

    12/05/2012 8:00:31 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies
    <p>It was an interesting an odd day today. Shares of tech leader Apple got destroyed for seemingly no reason, bringing down the NASDAQ.</p> <p>On the other hand, mega-banks like Bank of America and Citi (which announced huge layoffs) surged.</p> <p>That brings us to this recent chart from SocGen, comparing tech vs. banks.</p>
  • DOOMSDAY Preppers vs. DISASTER Preppers - What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

    12/05/2012 7:58:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Emergency Management ^ | December 2, 2012 | Valerie Lucus-McEwen
    A few days ago, I posted this blog: Doomsday Preppers are Socially Selfish. The role of a blogger is to foment discussion an it certainly appears that’s what I did. I very much appreciated most of the 150+ comments – except perhaps the ones that called me ‘stupid’, ‘nuts, ‘arrogant’, ‘ignorant’ – and a few personal emails that were much more graphic. I wrote this for the emergency management community, who pretty much misunderstood what I was saying. Social media is certainly powerful and I had no idea this would be so controversial. FIRST .. let me offer a heartfelt...
  • Washington Post, MSNBC Hosts, Daily Kos Join Obama in West Wing to Discuss Fiscal Cliff

    12/05/2012 7:55:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Before President Obama decides once and for all to fly off the fiscal cliff like a leftist eagle, he’s meeting with all of his lackeys in the media. That started today with four MSNBC primetime hosts entering the West Wing to lick the shoes of the President. First, Ed Schultz tweeted that he was meeting with Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff; then Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery let on that she’d seen Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Al Sharpton – a group with the combined IQ of a single kumquat – entering the West Wing. Maddow apparently gigglesnorted that...
  • Official White House Petition: Secure Resources & Funding & Begin Construction of a Death Star

    12/05/2012 7:41:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | Created: Nov 14, 2012 | WhiteHouse.gov
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
  • Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership

    12/05/2012 7:40:04 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/05/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership.American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership.“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” said Ned Ryun, president and CEO of AMA....
  • Merry CHRISTmas, Freepers!!

    12/05/2012 7:25:46 PM PST · by Brad’s Gramma · 327 replies
    The Bible | 12-5-12 | God's Word
  • Baca Will No Longer Turn Over Low-Level Offenders To Immigration [Misdemeanors Ignored!]

    12/05/2012 7:24:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 05, 2012
    Baca Will No Longer Turn Over Low-Level Offenders To Immigration December 5, 2012 Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday he will no longer honor requests from federal authorities to detain suspected illegal immigrants arrested for low-level crimes, a reversal from his previous support of the controversial Secure Communities program. Until recently, Baca has been adamant about complying with the federal requests, arguing that they were mandatory. He was the most outspoken opponent of a bill called the Trust Act, which would have required California law enforcement to disregard the requests in many cases. A Baca spokesman said the...
  • The vile, racist bigot Whitlock and the NRA’s history defending blacks

    12/05/2012 7:20:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The vile and repugnant Jason Whitlock just keeps the hits on coming. His ignorant screed denigrating our civil rights following an incident where a Kansas City Chiefs NFL player slayed his wife and then went to the Chief’s training area to thank his coach before doing society a favor and offing himself was offensive enough to America’s one hundred plus million gun owners. Jason’s Whitlock’s inner racist bigotry was out for all to see in subsequent remarks he made, equating the National Rifle Association and America’s gun owners with the Ku Klux Klan. Here is what the knuckle-dragging racist bigot...
  • Did Bin Laden Win?

    12/05/2012 7:19:03 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 10 replies
    Poletical ^ | December 1st, 2012 | J. Hodgson
    On December 27th, 1979, the Soviet Union launched a full scale invasion of Afghanistan. Within days, thousands of tanks and armoured vehicles, accompanied by tens of thousands of troops, secured Kabul with intentions of expanding the Soviet sphere of influence. This small, unconquerable Muslim country was victim to one of history’s most monstrous empires. Mass death on a scale of millions unfolded and Afghanistan slowly became the bombed out caveman husk of a nation that we know today. But it wasn’t defeated. The resistance against the invasion was dedicated and determined. One of the key operatives, of course, was Osama...
  • (Life Imitates Art) Snake on a Plane Forces Emergency Landing

    12/05/2012 7:17:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | December 5, 2012 | CNN
    Snake on a plane forces emergency landing (CNN) -- Ninety passengers aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait could have used actor Samuel L. Jackson this week after a snake reportedly bit a Jordanian man who smuggled the reptile onboard. Jackson's character in the movie "Snakes on a Plane" tries to figure out how to save the aircraft after crates of hyped-up serpents started killing the cast. There wasn't quite that kind of drama on Monday, but the incident forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in the Egyptian resort town of Al Ghardaqa on the Red...
  • Study Finds Fraternity, Sorority Students More Likely to Be Conservative

    12/05/2012 7:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    A new study from the University of Iowa found that politically conservative students are more likely to join fraternities and sororities on college campuses. According to study co-author Professor Michael Hevel, the high presence of conservative students in Greek life refutes the conventional wisdom that all college students are politically liberal. …
  • Hamas to create first Palestinian Defense Ministry

    12/05/2012 7:15:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/5/12 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Hamas is about to establish its own “Defense Ministry” in the Gaza Strip as part of lessons drawn from Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced on Wednesday. Hammad, who is in charge of the Hamas security apparatus in the Gaza Strip, made the announcement during a ceremony to honor policemen and security officers for their role during last month’s IDF air offensive. Hammad did not say when the new ministry would be established. This would be the first time that the Palestinians set up a Defense Ministry. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank does not...
  • The United States at Night April-Oct 2012

    12/05/2012 7:13:07 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    NASA ^ | 12/6/2012 | NASA
    This image of the continental United States at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The image was made possible by the satellite's "day-night band" of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires and reflected moonlight.
  • Vanity: Syria loading chemicals weapons. Biblical Prophecy?

    12/05/2012 7:00:45 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 56 replies
    Foxnews
    According to a report the Syrian Army has loaded chemical weapons and is waiting on orders to use them. If Syria uses these weapons there is NO telling what could happen. The weather could cause MANY complications. Such as Isaiah 17. 17 A prophecy against Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of...
  • India okays submarine purchase

    12/05/2012 6:59:37 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | December 5, 2012 | Rahul Singh
    India is getting ready to create another flutter in the arms bazaar — 10 months after it selected French firm Dassault Aviation for a $18-billion ( Rs. 99,000 crore) deal to equip the air force with Rafale fighters. This time, India will spend more than $10 billion ( Rs. 55,000 crore) to scale up the navy’s undersea combat capabilities — inducting next generation submarines — to deter China, which has more than 50 conventional submarines in its fleet, but nearly two-thirds of those are outdated. The Indian Navy’s existing submarine fleet is rather humble, consisting of just 10 Russian Kilo-class,...
  • Stinging report says NASA lost, lacks real sense of direction

    12/05/2012 6:53:24 PM PST · by wesagain · 34 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Seth Borenstein
    NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," looks lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday. The report by a panel of the distinguished National Academy of Sciences doesn't blame the space agency; it faults the president, Congress and the nation for not giving NASA better direction. At the same time, it said NASA is doing little to further the White House's goal of sending astronauts to an asteroid. In one withering passage, the panel said NASA's mission and...
  • For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing

    12/05/2012 6:51:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | MOTOKO RICH
    PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said.
  • Will Steelman’s Missouri Congressional District Become the Next NY-23?

    12/05/2012 6:49:59 PM PST · by Kolath
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 12/05/2012 | Steve Flesher
    News broke Monday morning that Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) was dropping her Congressional Seat in Missouri’s 8th District. Emerson’s late husband held the seat since 1981 until he passed away leaving her to succeed him in 1996. According to area politicos, the Emersons were instrumental in turning the District from Democrat to Republican. The 8th District of Missouri represents the southeast portion of the state and former U.S. Senate Candidate, Sarah Steelman lives there.
  • Skyfall Makes History as U.K.'s Highest Grossing Movie

    12/05/2012 6:42:27 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    James Bond is doing okay for a spy celebrating his 50th anniversary. Skyfall, the latest flick in the popular spy series, beat out James Cameron’s Avatar to become the U.K.’s top grossing film of all time, Variety reports. Skyfall’s U.K./Ireland sales recently hit $151.9 million after 40 days in theaters versus Avatar’s lifetime gross of $151.5 million.
  • Passenger in vehicle with Jordan Davis was adult convicted of burglary in 2011

    12/05/2012 6:41:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 5 December, 2012 | marktwain
    One of the passengers in the Durango that was fired on by Michael Dunn was an adult convicted of burglary in 2011. Tommie Stornes was on probation at the time of the shooting. It is not known if the Dodge Durango involved in the shooting was the same Dodge Durango that was used in the burglary.
  • Detroit Wants Its Obama Bacon

    12/05/2012 6:37:45 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 5 December 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You gotta hear this. Grab sound bite number one. This is JoAnn Watson at a city council meeting last night in Detroit. They had a talk, conversation, or meeting about Detroit's financial crisis. And this is the council member, JoAnn Watson... WATSON: After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, DC, and he came back home with some bacon. WOMAN: All right! COUNCIL: Mmm-hmm! WATSON: That's what you do. That's what you do! This is a... Our people in an overwhelming way supported the reelection of this president, and there...
  • Christiana’s nightmare – for the rest of us (The U.N., Climate Change and Carbon Taxes)

    12/05/2012 6:34:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | December 4, 2012 | Craig Rucker
    Talk about alignment of the stars! Barack Obama based his 2008 presidential campaign on the principle of “sharing the wealth.” He won, got reelected and now has, at least in his own mind, a flat-out mandate to extend his vision for wealth redistribution (and wealth destruction) planet-wide. This week, as United Nations luminaries gather in Doha, Qatar, for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the self-described “daughter of a revolutionary,” has presented her goals. The most important is a massive transfer of wealth – $100 billion a...
  • Obama: "Raise the roof" Boehner: "Raise taxes"

    12/05/2012 6:21:30 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-5 | AFP
    Obama: “If Congress in any way suggests that they’re going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes ... I will not play that game.” Boener: “Now the revenues we are putting on the table are coming from guess who? The Rich. Now there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes and have the same people pay more of their money to the Federal Government without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy” Video Link
  • 'Socialism,' 'capitalism' top 2012 words

    12/05/2012 6:20:27 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 6 replies
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- Massachusetts-based dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster chose "socialism" and "capitalism" as the top words of the year. The publisher said the words share the top spot on the list of the top 10 words of 2012 due to their heavy usage during discussions and debates about the U.S. presidential election. "We saw a huge spike for socialism on Election Day itself but interest in both words was very high all year," said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. "Lookups of one word often led to lookups of the other." Other words making the list include "meme," which Sokolowski described...
  • AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO

    12/05/2012 6:18:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 63 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12-5-2012 | Ann Coulter - Commentary
    December 5, 2012 AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO Ann Coulter I apologize to America's young people, whose dashed dreams and dim employment prospects I had laughed at, believing these to be a direct result of their voting for Obama. On closer examination, it turns out that young voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly supported Romney. But only the white ones. According to Pew Research, 54 percent of white voters under 30 voted for Romney and only 41 percent for Obama. That's the same percentage Reagan got from the entire white population in 1980. Even the Lena Dunham demographic -- white women under...
  • 'Obamacare' saves consumers nearly $1.5 billion

    12/05/2012 6:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 115 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/5/12
    Washington — Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama´s healthcare law that limit what insurance companies can spend on expenses unrelated to medical care, including profit, a new analysis shows. Much of those savings — an estimated $1.1 billion — came in rebates to consumers required because insurers had exceeded the required limits. The study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund also suggests that the Affordable Care Act forced insurers to become more efficient by limiting their administrative expenses, a key goal of the 2010 law. In some cases, insurers passed savings...
  • The Decadence of Procreation (Hating Humans)

    12/05/2012 6:06:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/5/2012 | ANN FRIEDMAN
    It’s no longer news that babies have become a status symbol. We’ve gotten used to judging celebs’ bumps and observed the rise of the baby-centric fashion statement. The excitement this week over Kate Middleton’s royal fetus — and the medical bills already associated with it — serves as another reminder that, like a dressage horse or a third vacation home, children might be covetable, but they’ll certainly cost you. To be a status symbol, a good must be inaccessible to the masses. And indeed America’s birth rate, as New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat reminds us this week, has...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 06 December 2012

    12/05/2012 6:02:16 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 97 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ FLARE FIRE MH-60S Seahawk helicopters fire flares as they approach the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln under way in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 2, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Zachary A. Anderson Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. DEMOLITION DIRT U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Menzies creates a stockpile of dirt that will be used to fill low spots in a demolition project at Naval Air...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-5-12

    12/05/2012 6:00:30 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-5-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • GA Senate Poll: Cain Defeats Taxby Chambliss in Showdown

    12/05/2012 5:54:39 PM PST · by Kolath · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/05/2012 | Tony Lee
    A new Georgia poll found that former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, whose embrace of the Tea Party briefly propelled him to the top of the 2012 GOP presidential primary field during primary, leads incumbent Republican Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss by 14 points in a hypothetical primary showdown.
  • Afghanistan Most Corrupt

    12/05/2012 5:49:31 PM PST · by PaleoBob · 7 replies
    RAWA ^ | December 5,2012 | PaleoBob
    Congrats to the Bush and Obama administrations for their turn at nation-building. They've created a modern Corruptocracy where once there was only savagery and warlords. Quite an achievement.
  • Public university hosts ‘sex toys’ event

    12/05/2012 5:47:21 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 13 replies
    A major public university hosted an event last Wednesday which was aimed at teaching students how to properly use sex toys. The University of California – Merced (UCM) sponsored the event, entitled “Is There a Buzz in Your Bed,” which had the stated goal of teach students about “various sex toys” and different ways “to play as a couple or alone.”
  • House Dems: Debt Limit Should Be Off the Table

    12/05/2012 5:44:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The House Democratic leadership said Wednesday that the debt ceiling “ought not be a negotiating item” in Congress, thereby ceding their constitutional authority to borrow money to President Barack Obama. “The debt limit ought not to be held hostage to anything,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “It hurt our economy. We were downgraded for the first time in my career, and I think in history, by one of the rating agencies. The creditworthiness of America ought not to be put at risk,” he said. “It ought not to be a negotiating item.”...
  • What happens when Zimmerman's acquitted?

    12/05/2012 5:42:07 PM PST · by Perseverando · 67 replies
    WND ^ | December 05, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Exclusive: Jack Cashill stresses significance of attacked Floridian's bloodied-nose photo “That man [George Zimmerman] carried a 9-millimeter handgun,” wrote the New York Times’ Charles Blow last April in a typically reckless bit of media disinformation. “That boy [Trayvon Martin] carried a bag of candy.” That boy also carried a hell of a punch, and now the evidence has emerged that proves it – a front-on, high resolution, color photo of Zimmerman, sitting in a police car, blood dripping from his swollen, disfigured nose. “This type of evidence should have come out day one,” Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, told CNN’s John...
  • Gallup: 53 Percent of Democrats Have ‘Positive Image’ of Socialism

    12/05/2012 5:34:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jon Street
    According to a recent Gallup poll that asked participants if they have a positive or negative image of socialism, 53 percent of Democrats and “leaning democrats” said they have a positive image while 23 percent of Republicans and “leaning republicans” said their image is positive. … On the other hand, Republicans and “leaning republicans” view of small business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurs was 95 percent, 94 percent, and 91 percent positive, respectively. …
  • My Problem With Prayer (People Are Better Off Dead?)

    12/05/2012 5:34:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Very Smart Brothas' Damon Young explains how his mother's illness has led him to re-evaluate the religious practice. ... Much of this love and support has come in the form of prayer. People praying for her, praying with her, and even suggesting special prayers for situations like this. In fact, tonight I searched for "mom" in Gmail and looked at emails and Gchats I received around the time people first found out she was ill. Every single person who contacted me mentioned something about prayer. While this has definitely -- definitely -- been appreciated by my mother and the rest...
  • American Majority Action (AMA) Launches Campaign to 'depose' John Boehner From Speakership

    12/05/2012 5:31:35 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05 December 2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership The Daily Caller 05 December 2012 The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership. American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge...
  • Right-Wing Maurer Elected Swiss President

    12/05/2012 5:30:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 05 Dec 2012
    Swiss People’s Party (SVP) cabinet minister Ueli Maurer was elected Swiss president for the coming year in a vote on Wednesday by the federal assembly, a joint meeting of the upper and lower houses of parliament. Maurer, from Zurich, received support from 148 members of the assembly, while 105 voted against him, reflecting the less than enthusiastic overall support for the right-winger. His election was expected, given that under the consensual Swiss system of government the presidency changes every year and this year was his turn to be chosen from the seven-member cabinet. But political observers often look at the...