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  • Obama's Power Grab

    12/08/2012 11:02:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Betsy Mccaughey
    President Obama went over the constitutional cliff this week, demanding more power than the U.S. Constitution allows any president to have. All Americans — regardless of party affiliation — should shudder at the president's attempted power grab and say no. Compromising on taxes and spending is fine, but not on the nation's bedrock principles. To avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, 2013, Obama is insisting that House Republicans hand over to him Congress's authority to raise the debt ceiling. Obama is demanding a power no other president has ever had — to borrow without congressional prior approval. Under...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Baku Moonrise

    12/08/2012 10:58:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 08, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A Full Moon rises in this waterfront scene. Its colorful, watery reflection is joined by harbor lights and a windowed skyscraper's echo of the western horizon just after sunset. The tantalizing image is a composite of frames recorded at 2 minute intervals on November 28 from the Caspian Sea port city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Still, this Full Moon was not really as big or as bright as others, though it might be hard to tell. In fact, November 28's Full Moon was near apogee, making it the smallest Full Moon of 2012. As it rose over the Baku boardwalk...
  • The Royal Presidency - Obama lives better than kings. (Mark Steyn)

    12/08/2012 10:54:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 8, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    From the New York Daily News: “Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice on Being a New Parent.” Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice. About fiscal prudence, for example... --snip-- In his recent book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire royal family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing “royal” about the current level of “presidential perks”: The Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/08/2012 10:52:11 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46:9-10)
  • Obama Wrong: Housing Policy, Not Tax Policy, Caused Recession

    12/08/2012 10:50:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Sperry
    President Obama argues Republicans want to go back to pre-recession policies of cutting "taxes for the folks at the very top" and rolling back "regulations on big banks." He warned: "We tried that top-down approach. It's what caused the mess in the first place." Did it, though? Most economists agree the recession was caused by the subprime mortgage crisis, which had little if anything to do with tax policies. In fact, real economic growth accelerated after 2003, when the Bush tax cuts for top earners and small businesses fully went into effect. The 73-month economic boom of the 2000s didn't...
  • The Demographic Cliff

    12/08/2012 10:49:44 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • $10,000 Worth Of Right-Footed Shoes Stolen On Valencia Street

    12/08/2012 10:42:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    SF APPEAL ^ | December 6, 2012
    A small business that sells plus-size women's shoes took a big hit this week when dozens of the company's shoes were stolen from a car in San Francisco's Mission District. Johanna Nilsson, a spokeswoman for LLXLLQ, said she was parked at 19th and Valencia streets on Monday evening when someone broke into the trunk of her car and stole about 50 shoe samples, all right-footed. The total value of the shoes is about $10,000, she said. The Palo Alto-based company, which sells various shoes crafted in Italy in sizes 10-12, is currently online-only but plans to open a store in...
  • 2012 Annual FR Christmas Pet Photo Thread

    12/08/2012 10:38:17 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 87 replies
    self ^ | 12/08/12 | Joe 6-pack
    Post 'em if ya' got 'em!
  • Don't Get Carried Away About Hillary Clinton

    12/08/2012 10:36:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Here we go again, it's "American Idol: Presidential Edition." And we can't even resist waiting until 2012 is over. Since the Republican Party clearly needs to amp up its Hispanic outreach, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a leading contestant for their team. And Hillary, oh Hillary, she is inevitable all over again. Pundits on left-leaning MSNBC who once cast her aside in 2008 are now expecting her to be their next candidate. After viciously attacking the GOP during this year's presidential election, The National Organization for Women is now insisting that President Obama's cabinet be filled with at least 50...
  • Fast and Furious: Post-Election, Golden Parachutes Deployed

    12/08/2012 10:36:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7 December, 2012 | http://pjmedia.com/blog/fast-and-furious-post-election-golden-parachutes-deployed/
    You wouldn’t know it by perusing mainstream media coverage, but now that the 2012 election is out of the way, the Department of Justice is discarding some of the troublesome ATF and DOJ employees responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning operation that put more than 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Sinaloa narco-terrorist cartel. Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, was the highest-ranking figure to go: A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme “Fast and Furious” will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a...
  • UC Berkeley Might Ban Salvation Army Bell Ringers for Holidays, Claiming the Org. Is Anti-Gay

    12/08/2012 10:36:16 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Dec. 7 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    The ubiquitous Salvation Army bell ringers who collect donations for charity every Christmas might be booted from the liberal bastion of UC Berkeley, where the student body has accused the Christian group of holding homophobic policies. Last month, the student government passed a resolution saying the bell ringers and their red kettles are persona non grata on campus, claiming the charity organization only serves people who "accept and abide by the Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline,' which excludes homosexuality," according to the resolution. The Campus Reform blog explains that Berkeley officials are now seriously reviewing whether to grant the student...
  • Army Navy Gameday Thread

    12/08/2012 10:35:55 AM PST · by chargers fan · 22 replies
    8 December 2011 | Self
    Game day has come. A place for Old Grads and fans to talk trash and keep up with the game.
  • Insane: Liberals Contemplate $1 Trillion Platinum Coin to "Solve" Debt Limit Issue

    12/08/2012 10:32:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 162 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Guy Benson
    Welcome to Zimbabwe.  This is not a parody -- it is an actual report from the Washington Post:   Some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the “platinum coin option” is one way to defuse a crisis if Congress can’t or won’t lift the debt ceiling soon. At least in theory. The U.S. government is, after all, facing a real problem. The Treasury Department will hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit by next February at the latest. Unless Congress reaches an agreement to raise that borrowing limit, the government will no longer be able to borrow enough money...
  • Unemployment Rate Drop Due to Workers Leaving Labor Force(350,000)

    12/08/2012 10:32:15 AM PST · by Son House · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 7, 2012 | Rea Hederman and James Sherk
    The November employment report appeared to be good news. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest level since 2009, and the economy created 146,000 jobs. However, a closer reading of the details shows that the labor market is not recovering any faster but instead continuing its long, painful march to full recovery. The only reason that the unemployment rate fell was because more people dropped out of the labor market than actually found jobs. The labor force declined by 350,000 and the labor force participation rate, a measure of potential workers, declined to 63.6, the same level as...
  • Now They Tell Us

    12/08/2012 10:28:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 8, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Now that Barack Obama is safely ensconced in the White House for another four years, several items which should have been noticed or revealed before Election Day have come to the fore. Collectively, they tell us two things: that the pre-election economy was worse than voters were led to believe, and that the prospects for meaningful improvement under the current regime are bleak at best. Additionally, in at least one instance, economic activity itself was likely manipulated. The probable gamesmanship occurred at Government/General Motors, which is still effectively under Obama administration control, still on track to saddle U.S. taxpayers with...
  • You Can Give a Boy a Doll, but You Can't Make Him Play With It

    12/08/2012 10:28:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | DEC 6 2012
    Is it discriminatory and degrading for toy catalogs to show girls playing with tea sets and boys with Nerf guns? A Swedish regulatory group says yes. The Reklamombudsmannen (RO) has reprimanded Top-Toy, a licensee of Toys"R"Us and one of the largest toy companies in Northern Europe, for its "outdated" advertisements and has pressured it to mend its "narrow-minded" ways. After receiving "training and guidance" from RO equity experts, Top-Toy introduced gender neutrality in its 2012 Christmas catalogue. The catalog shows little boys playing with a Barbie Dream House and girls with guns and gory action figures. As its marketing director...
  • Walmart security shoots mother-of-2 shoplifting suspect dead in parking lot as she tries to flee

    12/08/2012 10:26:35 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 391 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | James Nye
    A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store. According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the...
  • Why Obama's 'Balanced Approach' Doesn't Work

    12/08/2012 10:19:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/08/2012 | Adam Shaw
    We hear a lot from freshly re-elected President Obama about the importance of a "balanced approach" to dealing with the USA's mounting debt crisis and the upcoming fiscal cliff that America faces in 2013. Bob Woodward's latest book, The Price of Politics, shows that the president laid out his balanced approach many times during the debt-ceiling crisis in 2011. This proposal involves varying mixes of spending cuts (that appeal to the right) and tax increases (that appeal to the left). Since his re-election, Obama has doubled down, saying that he will not accept spending cuts unless they are accompanied by...
  • Do 'the people' get the governments they deserve?

    12/08/2012 10:16:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/08/2012 | Clifton Chadwick
    So Obama has been re-elected. Did the American people get the government they deserve? I spent several years working in development economics -- specifically in education for development, mostly as a consultant to The World Bank, but also to USAID, UNDP, and the OAS. One question which often was raised, particularly when the project implementation was going badly, was if national groups -- the people -- had the government they deserved. Some specialists in development thought the question was cruel and demeaning. But many others thought that the nature and culture of the national populace were major factors in the...
  • Priest remembers Alfred Hitchcock's faith

    12/08/2012 10:15:04 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | Deember 8, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    New York City, N.Y., Dec 8, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA).- In a Dec. 6 article for the Wall Street Journal, Jesuit priest Father Mark Henninger recounted his time with famed director Alfred Hitchcock towards the end of his life. In 1980, Fr. Henninger was invited by his friend Father Tom Sullivan to visit Hitchcock's house in Bel Air, Calif. one afternoon to say Mass there. Recalling his introduction to the director that day, Fr. Henninger said that “Hitchcock awoke, looked up and kissed (Father) Tom's hand, thanking him.” The priest noted that seeing scripts from Hitchcock's films, such as...
  • Grover’s Missing Piece: Politicians can’t keep taxes from rising unless they also curb spending

    12/08/2012 10:02:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/07/2012 | Jonathan Bydlak
    For years, Grover Norquist and Republicans have tried “starving the beast” of the federal government by capping taxes. While they’ve been highly successful at preventing tax increases, they have been less effective at addressing one problematic aspect of fiscal policy: the ability of the Federal Reserve and Treasury to borrow more and more to finance massive spending, as they have done under the Bush and Obama administrations. It’s simple: Borrowing today means a higher tax burden tomorrow when the debt comes due. True fiscal responsibility, then, requires us to curb spending in addition to limiting tax rates. Imagine if instead...
  • Even Santa Can't Find a Job

    12/08/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 12/08/2012 | QUENTIN FOTTRELL
    He's making a LinkedIn profile. He's checking it twice. He's gonna find out which employers are naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town -- and he needs a job. While the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% last month, as the Labor Department reported today, more and more Santa Clauses around the country are going without work this holiday season. There's no official Kris Kringle employment index, but agencies that place Santas at gigs around the country say the prospects for many of the men in red suits is Ho-ho-hopeless. "There's no question about it, the number of Santas...
  • Etiquette expert: Put phone away on toilet

    12/08/2012 9:57:08 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 7, 2012
    WASHINGTON, A Washington business etiquette expert says people should learn to put down their smartphones while sitting on the toilet. Kate Zabriskie, owner of Business Training Works, said using the phone for any reason while sitting on the toilet runs counter to the cause of cleanliness, NBC's "Today" show reported Friday. "If you're in the stall touching the buttons on the phone, that's not good," Zabriskie said. "Those just aren't clean hands. And even if they're immaculate hands ... it's just not an image that I would think most people would want to project." However, Zabriskie said convincing people to...
  • Fiscal Cliff: What Isn't Said Tells More Than Actual Words

    12/08/2012 9:56:14 AM PST · by Son House · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | December 7, 2012 | Tom Cohen
    In an interview with Bloomberg TV this week, Obama also hinted at a possible long-range solution, saying lower tax rates for the wealthy could be negotiated as part of broader tax reform in 2013, but only after those rates increase now.
  • Free Republic Recipe Thread

    12/08/2012 9:50:35 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 51 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | Dec 8, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the FReeper Recipe Thread. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe.
  • Obama’s weekly address: 'I won’t compromise on tax hikes on the rich'

    12/08/2012 9:50:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/08/2012 | Devin Dwyer
    Taxes will rise on all Americans in 23 days without bipartisan Congressional intervention. But President Obama and House Republicans are showing little sign of breaking the frosty standoff over the “fiscal cliff.” Both sides remain at loggerheads over what to do about tax rates for the top two percent of income-earners and the nation’s debt limit. In his weekly address, Obama says he wants an immediate resolution, but only if Republicans agree to raise the top tax rates on individuals earning $200,000 or more. “If we’re serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research...
  • “Gangnam Style” rapper: Sorry about how those lyrics about killing U.S. soldiers and their families

    12/08/2012 9:46:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2012 | AllahPundit
    <p>He did indeed perform for the troops on Leno’s Thanksgiving show; skip to 3:25 of the first clip below and watch him do the horse dance with full military backing. That looks twice as surreal today as it did then and it looked darned surreal at the time, but his PR team will use it to full effect to buy him some forgiveness with the public. He’ll get leeway too from the fact that he is, after all, the goofy horse-dance guy. A musician known for more introspective work would be held to full account for his political opinions but this is a bit like finding out that LMFAO thinks 9/11 is an inside job. (They don’t. I’m speaking hypothetically.) Between that and the fact that he apologized, sort of, for how the song “could be interpreted,” Obama’s spokesman felt safe enough to say this afternoon that O still plans on attending the upcoming TNT benefit concert at which Psy is scheduled to perform. Fearless prediction: That’ll change if people are still talking about this on Monday, not so much in terms of POTUS’s attendance as Psy’s.</p>
  • High Insulin Levels Could Lead to Obesity

    12/08/2012 9:40:04 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies
    diabetesincontrol.com ^ | 12/01/12 | Cell Metabolism
    While the dominating opinion is that rising insulin is a result of obesity and insulin resistance, a new study provides evidence that it appears to be the other way around.
  • WW2 weapon turned in during gun buy-back program in CT(worth $30,000)

    12/08/2012 9:36:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    necn.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Jeff Saperstone
    (NECN/NBC News: Jeff Saperstone) - Police officers in Connecticut received one very unusual weapon during a gun buy-back program last week -- the gun was from World War II and is worth over $30,000. All sorts of guns were turned in at the gun buy-back event in Hartford last Saturday, but one weapon caught the eyes of officers. "The chance to see a piece of history -- this … is absolutely unbelievable,” said Officer Lewis Crabtree of the Hartford Police Dept.
  • Climate talks: UN forum extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020 (In the words of Homer Simpson.. DOH!aaaaa)

    12/08/2012 9:20:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/8/12 | BBC
    Delegates at UN climate talks in Qatar have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020, avoiding a major new setback. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 nations, keeps the protocol alive as the only legally binding plan for combating global warming. However, it only covers developed nations whose share of world greenhouse gas emissions is less than 15%. The US - a major polluter - has never ratified the original 1997 protocol. The agreement had been due to expire later this year.
  • Blasphemy case creates turmoil in 'moderate' Algeria

    12/08/2012 9:20:11 AM PST · by wesagain · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michael Carl
    An Algerian Christian sentenced to five years in jail for sharing his faith is still waiting to learn if he will have to serve the time. That’s because the appeals court judge in the Algerian city of Oran has decided to delay a decision of whether to overturn the conviction given to Karim Siaghi, also known as Siaghi Krimo. Krimo was sentenced in 2011 to five years in jail and fined about $2,500 after being accused by a Muslim shopkeeper of handing a Christian CD to a man on the street. In a press statement, Christian human rights group Open...
  • A Christmas Family Story

    12/08/2012 9:11:42 AM PST · by eagleye85
    Eagleye Blog ^ | December 8, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    This Christmas Dr. Russell D. Moore might call upon us to think of Joseph, Jesus’ father, and his role in the nativity story. Dr. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, argues that Joseph’s decision to be a father to Jesus reflects God and the way he treats his Christian children. “Joseph acts as a father when he takes Mary into his family, when he takes her as his wife,” said Dr. Moore at a recent Family Research Council event. “He acts fatherly toward Jesus in terms of identity (naming him),” Dr. Moore continues,...
  • Unsuspecting supermarket employee finds handgun in container of frozen ribs

    12/08/2012 9:03:47 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An unsuspecting supermarket employee got an alarming surprise this week. The worker at an Albertsons store in Roswell, New Mexico, opened a container of frozen ribs Wednesday and found a .38 super semi-auto handgun along with seven rounds of ammunition packaged with the meat. He brought the firearm and ammo to a local police department at about 2pm that afternoon and authorities are beginning to piece together some preliminary clues, a police public relations liaison said. However, since the unidentified employee cleaned the pistol before turning it in, tracing its origin has not been easy, authorities say. There are no...
  • Dead Malibu whale decomposing near stars' homes

    12/08/2012 9:03:19 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 102 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12-8-12
    <p>Officials are still trying to sort out what to do about a dead 40-foot fin whale that washed ashore last week in Malibu, creating a big stink.</p> <p>The spit of sand is at the foot of a towering cliff, below Barbara Streisand's neighborhood that features massive estates of groomed lawns, swimming pools and tennis courts.</p>
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANTA CRUZ, 12-08-12

    12/08/2012 9:01:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SANTA CRUZ "Holy Cross." A mission church founded on September 25, 1791, on Monterey Bay at Santa Cruz, California. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Homeless Bill of Rights Pushed in California

    12/08/2012 9:00:37 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) says he will introduce legislation aimed at establishing what he termed “a homeless bill of rights.” “As it stands right now, a homeless person can be prosecuted for breaking into and occupying a vacant house,” Ammiano complained. “This places the property rights of an absentee home owner ahead of the human rights of the poor and impoverished. That's not fair.” While the details of the bill are still sketchy, the gist of the proposed legislation would exempt the deprived from being punished for helping themselves to any unused and inadequately secured private property. In...
  • History, Reality and Prophecy

    12/08/2012 8:59:16 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    Israel promised to respond to the UN General Assembly's recognition of Palestine as a state, in violation of the Oslo Agreement, by building an additional 3,000 settlement units on land claimed by the Palestinians. This immediately prompted cries from the Arab League-dominated UN about Israel's "expansionist" policies requiring immediate UN intervention. The UN General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. If they are pre-1967 borders, then what does that mean? It means the borders which existed prior to the Six Days War, which means the borders as they existed in 1948. Let's fire up the WayBack...
  • Central Michigan adds women's golf, lacrosse to aid sex equity (10 to 6, the new equity)

    12/08/2012 8:54:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    AP ^ | December 06, 2012
    MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Central Michigan University has decided to add two women's sports, saying it's an effort to strengthen sexual equality in athletics. The Mount Pleasant school's trustees voted Thursday to add women's golf in 2014-15 and women's lacrosse in 2015-16.
  • Gun permit applications can now be done online (NC)

    12/08/2012 8:48:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic in and out of the Sheriff’s Office and increasing the system’s level of convenience for residents, according to a press release. Prior to moving the permit process online, citizens had to make multiple trips to the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Thursday.
  • Media Discussion of my pieces on Bob Costas (John Lott)

    12/08/2012 8:42:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | John Lott
    Regarding my first op-ed this last week at Fox News on Costas here is some of the reaction. I will update this later when I have time to put in responses. From Entertainment Weekly: As you can guess, his commentary was closely scrutinized, and while some applauded his effort, many criticized him for broaching a politically taboo subject in the midst of Sunday Night Football. Second-Amendment advocates like Fox News’ John Lott dismissed Costas for his “emotional reaction,” and media-watcher Howard Kurtz said, “If Bob Costas wanted to urge gun control during NFL, he should have made his own case,...
  • What Justice will swear in 0bama on Jan. 20 2013

    12/08/2012 8:39:03 AM PST · by Lionheartusa1 · 45 replies
    Me | 12 / 8 / 2012 | Lionheartusa1
    1) Can anyone tell me which Supreme Court Justice will swear 0bama in in the proposed private swearing in ceremony . Something unusual is happening again this time and many people feel he may be sworn in using the koran but we will not know for sure . 2) Will they by law be required to use the same exact oath that previous presidents have been sworn in under requiring them to " preserve , protect , and defend the Constitution of the United States"? There are "two" questions I need to be answered . Thank you . . .
  • Trouble in the Water: Acidifying Oceans Hinder Health of Northwest Shellfish (Video / Transcript)

    12/08/2012 8:37:36 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | AIR DATE: Dec. 7, 2012 | HARI SREENIVASAN
    SUMMARY The world's oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide at an unprecedented rate and the resulting acidification is transforming marine ecosystems. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ocean acidification is already affecting oysters and other shellfish in the U.S. Transcript HARI SREENIVASAN: Pacific oysters like the ones grown on Shina Wysocki's family farm near Olympia, Wash., are served in restaurants around the country. SHINA WYSOCKI, Chelsea Farms: We think our water tastes great here, and that makes our oysters taste great. ARTICLE TOOLS Print Email Share HARI SREENIVASAN: But there's trouble in the water. The ocean's pH, which measures the level of...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Fox News Has Divided America In a Way Not Seen Since the Civil War

    12/08/2012 8:33:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 107 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Fox News Has Divided America In a Way Not Seen Since the Civil War By Noel Sheppard Created 12/08/2012 - 11:13am Robert F. Kennedy Jr said of Fox News Friday, "It's divided our country in a way that we haven't been divided probably since the Civil War." This occurred during an online video interview with the Huffington Post (video follows with transcript and commentary): ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR: There’s two things happening. One is the influence of big money in politics, and the other is the right-wing control of the American media, particularly starting with Fox...
  • USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

    12/08/2012 8:33:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 46 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders this past week that he's frustrated with their internecine squabbles and says they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.
  • Learning from Lincoln: Both Onscreen and Off

    12/08/2012 8:28:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    What is it about Abraham Lincoln that has captured the hearts and minds of the American public since his assassination nearly 150 years ago? After all, one could argue -- rather persuasively -- that our 16th president was the least qualified candidate ever elected to high national office; in fact, his public service record included just four terms in the Illinois state legislative, one unremarkable term in the House of Representatives, and two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. In addition, he had virtually no executive experience and, as his contemporaries invariably pointed out, Lincoln seemed wholly unfit to lead...
  • U.S. Small-Business Owners' Hiring Intentions Plunge

    12/08/2012 8:15:13 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Gallup news ^ | December 6, 2012 | Dennis Jacobe
    Net hiring over the past 12 months declined to -12, down from -7 in July. U.S. small-business owners expect to add fewer net new jobs over the next 12 months than at any time since the depths of the 2008-2009 recession. ... In November, 21% of owners say they expect to decrease jobs at their companies over the next 12 months, the most recorded on this measure since the inception of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index in August 2003. ... small-business owners are pessimistic about their operating environment as 2012 comes to a close. As a result, owners' intentions...
  • 10's of thousands gather in Gaza for Hamas rally and Meshaal speech

    12/08/2012 8:13:52 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-8-2012
    Tens of thousands of people have gathered to attend a rally in the Gaza Strip to mark the 25th anniversary of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal gave a fiery speech during his first ever visit to the territory. He said he would never recognise Israel, and insisted Palestinians would never cede any part of their land. Hamas removed Fatah from Gaza by force in 2007 after winning elections there. Fatah governs parts of the West Bank. 'Made in Gaza' The BBC's Yolande Knell in Gaza City says the event is intended to send a message...
  • Forget Tea Party Candidates, We Need Birther Candidates (Vanity)

    12/08/2012 8:13:39 AM PST · by kreitzer · 41 replies
    The GOP-e was shaken by the Tea Partyers a couple years back, but fought back and succeeded in pushing the Tea Partyers/Palin backers out of the convention and nominating their man Romney. But the Tea Partyers had some success, like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Who's to say a few well placed Birther candidates couldn't have some success? If we could field a few Birther candidates who promise to make the ineligibility of the current Commander-in-Chief a central issue, even if only one of them gets through the system it will be a 100% gain for conservatives. Simply...
  • Mish Takes the Most Complete Look at Employment and Unemployment Anywhere

    12/08/2012 8:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Initial Reaction The establishment report of +146,000 jobs was about what most expected. However, beneath the surface, this report looks grim. The household survey shows a loss of 122,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped by .2% because the labor force fell by 350,000 and those "not in the labor force" rose by a whopping 542,000. Thus, we are back to the previous 2012 pattern of witnessing unemployment rate drop largely because of a massive increase of those "not" in the labor force. No Effect From Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy had no effect. The BLS reports "Our survey response rates in...
  • The incredible origami house that can change its shape to face the Sun

    12/08/2012 8:09:48 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Damien Gayle
    There are houses for cold climates, which are designed to keep in the precious warmth; there are houses for hot climates where architecture allows for air to sweep through and keep inhabitants cool. However, until now, the two were difficult to combine. But this new incredible folding house is able to, in the words of its creators, 'metamorphosize' into eight different configurations to adapt to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions. For example, in the summer plan, bedroom one faces east and watches the sun rise as its inhabitan wakes up. It can then rotate so that the user is...