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  • Strange Days: Print Two-One Trillion Dollar Coins to Solve Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    12/09/2012 10:31:28 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 23 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/09/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Washington Post had interesting article about solving the debt ceiling “crisis.” The author recommended that Treasury produce two-one trillion dollar platinum coins and deposit them at The Fed. “I like it,” says Joseph Gagnon of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There’s nothing that’s obviously economically problematic about it.” Actually, Mr. Gagnon, there are a few problems with it. 1. Moral hazard. The President orders trillion dollar coins to be produced, then gives one each to campaign donors and other party favorites (note that I did not mention our current President by name since this would be a temptation...
  • Military Update: Coburn, McCain sway Senate to bigger RX fees

    12/09/2012 10:19:57 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott, Military Update
    Late-hour speeches by Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) on runaway military health costs led the Senate Tuesday to shelve a defense bill amendment that would have spared family members and retirees more burdensome co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base. The timing of their opposition, in the last hours of consideration of the 2013 defense authorization bill when amendments were only being approved by unanimous consent, allowed Coburn and McCain to block the Senate from supporting the softer House-passed plan for raising prescription fees. There will be a second chance next week when House-Senate conferees iron...
  • Freedom threatened by plan to federalize local government in Florida

    12/09/2012 10:15:51 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/09/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    A new initiative by the federal government called Seven50, a cousin of Agenda 21, seeks to relieve local governments nationwide of direct representation by and for local citizens in matters of education, infrastructure and population. Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari (772- 226-1442) is putting out an urgent call to attend a special Indian River County Commission meeting concerning this topic on Tuesday, December 18, 9 a.m. in the Vero Beach County Chambers, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach, FL. Though Alabama already has passed legislature to curb the Seven50 agenda, seven southeastern counties along Florida’s coastline from Miami to Vero...
  • First women qualify as submarine officers

    12/09/2012 10:05:12 AM PST · by Salman · 48 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle ABC affiliate) ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | Kelly Koopmans
    For the last century all fully-qualified submarine officers have been men. But that all changed when two women were honored with their Navy dolphin pins. The ceremony on Wednesday at Naval Base Kitsap was a graduation day of sorts with crowds, caps, and uniforms. From a cluster of colleagues, two female crew members of the USS Maine ballistic missile submarine were called front and center for a designation that made them qualified submariners. The two junior lieutenants were among the first three women in the submarine force's 112-year history to get their dolphins. "This is the mark where your command...
  • Is Norton™ Online Backup a good backup system?

    12/09/2012 10:02:54 AM PST · by Grampa Dave · 40 replies
    self | 12/9/2012 | self
    Recently I had a problem with Comcast's cloud backup. Then, I went to MyPC Backup Premium, and I started a year of their Premium program. Everything appeared to go well until this past week. I couldn't back up my files, and the system wanted me to go into a new package. Finally, after several days, I got a response re what to do, and it didn't work. I went on line and checked out their ratings. Once you got past the bs, there appeared to be a lot of people having similiar problems as I had. I really don't want...
  • SNL: Foxx Celebrates 'Kill[ing] All The White People' in New Film

    12/09/2012 9:30:30 AM PST · by george76 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Dec 2012
    On Saturday Night Live, guest host Jamie Foxx told the amped-up crowd now in his new movie, Django Unchained, he gets to "kill all the white people ... How GREAT is that?" The live audience erupted in cheers and laughter.
  • Carville On Hillary: Every Democrat I Know Says "God, I Hope She Runs" (video)

    12/09/2012 9:26:48 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CARVILLE: Since 1944, if we would have been sitting here, Republicans have always craved order. And they've always looked for the lion tail to get behind. We've always been people that we want to fall in love. We're looking for the next argument. This is entirely different. Every Democrat I know says, "God, I hope she runs. We don't need a primary. Let's just go to post with this thing. We don't want to fight with anybody over anything." ### CARVILLE: Yeah, you've got to beat somebody. And the Republicans know that they need a primary. We don't want --...
  • Mary Matalin To Paul Krugman: "Are You An Economist Or A Polemicist?" (video)

    12/09/2012 9:25:11 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    KRUGMAN: That kills charitable deductions. It hits the middle class hard. If you do it -- if you do it right -- we've done this, right... MATALIN: Are you an economist or a polemicist? (CROSSTALK) KRUGMAN: There's only -- there's only $450 billion that you can get by doing that. MATALIN: Do you want to talk about economy or do you want to talk about polemics? KRUGMAN: No, this is not true. MATALIN: We have two different ways of going forward. We will not have Medicare, we will not have Social Security. You have senior Democrat Dick Durbin saying Social...
  • Ky. plastics manufacturing plant slated to close (392 jobs lost)

    12/09/2012 9:23:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls plans to close a central Kentucky plastics manufacturing plant early next year, potentially putting nearly 400 employees out of work. The Courier-Journal ( reports that a mass layoff notice filed with the Kentucky Office of Employment & Training on Friday says up to 392 workers could be cut in February when the facility in Louisville closes. The plant produces injection-molded interior components for vehicles...
  • 15 Worst Christmas Sweaters in the History of the Planet

    12/09/2012 9:23:12 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican (NOTE: last one maybe not SFW...but utterly hilarious) ___________________________________________ BostInno   
  • Governor Strongly Backs “Assisted Suicide”

    12/09/2012 9:19:22 AM PST · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) says it’s imperative that the state enact an “assisted suicide” bill calling it “a crucial element of a successful implementation of Obamacare.” “Study after study has shown that a disproportionate share of what this nation spends on health care goes for the treatment of persons who are desperately ill,” Shumlin observed. “One way of overcoming this disparity is to channel more of these persons onto a path toward death with dignity.” “For the amount it costs to treat one late stage cancer patient we could provide thousands of others with condoms or abortions,” Shumlin pointed...
  • St. Nick The Grinch: Nasty Santa Fired From Mall After Parents Complained On Facebook

    12/09/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies ^ | december 8, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Turns out, everyone’s susceptible to the holiday blues: a mall Santa was fired in Maine for being a downright grinch. Parents complained and fa-la-la-la-la, he lost his job. Taking to Facebook, the angry parents voiced their irritation with the Scrooge Santa. The mother of 6-year-old Chantel Mailhiot told WGME 13 that the Santa wouldn’t allow her daughter to sit on his lap simply because she didn’t purchase a $20 photo package. Apparently, though, it gets worse: even after little Chantel told Santa she wanted an American girl doll, he told her that instead, she’d get an “American football.” After Chantel’s...
  • Glenn Beck, Vince Vaughn to launch reality TV show

    12/09/2012 9:12:55 AM PST · by Bill ORightsly · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/5/12 | Mackenzie Weinger
    Glenn Beck on Wednesday announced that he is teaming up with actor Vince Vaughn to produce a new reality show set to debut next year on Beck's TheBlaze TV. “Pursuit of Truth” will pit 20 documentary filmmakers in a competition for financing and distribution for their film. Beck’s TheBlaze TV, Vaughn and Peter Billingsley’s Wild West Productions and Gary Auerbach’s Go Go Luckey Entertainment are behind the nine episode series, which will launch on TheBlaze TV in spring 2013. "I am proud to announce that Vince Vaughn and I are going to be the executive producers," Beck said on his...
  • Bouvet Volcano becoming active? (my title)

    12/09/2012 9:11:37 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 118 replies
    usgs ^ | 12/08/12 | usgs
    MAP 5.0 2012/12/09 12:38:40 -54.038 -1.941 9.9 BOUVET ISLAND REGION MAP 5.1 2012/12/07 01:35:09 -54.094 -1.928 17.4 BOUVET ISLAND REGION MAP 5.1 2012/12/06 21:33:26 -54.217 -1.983 12.0 BOUVET ISLAND REGION MAP 4.9 2012/12/06 15:46:50 -54.039 -1.964 18.7 BOUVET ISLAND REGION
  • Bolling maintains his attack against Conservative Cuccinelli on radio show

    12/09/2012 9:10:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
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  • Progressive journos hang with Obama: Anything wrong with that?

    12/09/2012 9:04:48 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2012 | Erik Wemple
    Now that’s compliance for you. The blackout from these “influential progressives” – as the White House so boosterishly calls them — raises an historic prospect. Could this be the first White House meeting with journalists in which more information about the proceedings came from the White House than from the journalists? After all, the White House did at least issue this statement: “This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction.”
  • The death of tax reform

    12/09/2012 9:02:10 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6 , 2012 | Robert J. Samuelson,
    The story behind the story is that “tax reform,” as we know it, is dying. During the 1980s, no major piece of legislation better symbolized bipartisan consensus than the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was regarded by both liberal and conservative experts as the best tax law since World War II. The basic idea was simple: Reduce tax rates and recover lost revenue by ending (or limiting) tax breaks. The struggle between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over the “fiscal cliff” indicates that this beneficial consensus has collapsed. Just the opposite is occurring. ... many politicians support...
  • California reveals the future Democrats plan for us when they gain full control of our lives

    12/09/2012 8:52:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/9/2012 | Emma Karlin
    Now that the Democrats have gained total control of California we are beginning to see what they want to do to all of us should they ever get total control of America. In San Francisco mentally malformed adults stand naked in the streets next to children while they claim a right to be naked in public. The State of California plans to tax the “wealthy” at a 52% rate and the bizarre character in the Statehouse Jerry Brown signs anti America anti -family and anti -Christian bills as fast as he can. Here are some of the assaults on Christianity...
  • Nature paper: Global droughts unchanged in 60 years

    12/09/2012 8:46:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    JoNova ^ | November 16th, 2012 | joanne
    How many images have we seen of drought-stricken cracked land, or been told this is the future? How many headlines have suggested that global warming causes droughts?Since the end of World War II humans have produced some 85% of all their CO2 emissions, but here is a new study showing that for all those emissions, and for all that warming, droughts back then were just as bad globally as they are today.Essentially, researchers thought that the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) was the way to measure global drought levels, and they thought that warming would increase global drought conditions....
  • Book Review - Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

    12/09/2012 8:45:15 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies ^ | 8/26/2012 | John Tamny
    Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind - Mallory Factor Book Review: Shadowbosses by Mallory Factor and Elizabeth Factor 8/26/2012