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  • Will Saddam’s WMDs Fall into the Hands of Al Qaeda?

    12/09/2012 6:05:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 53 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 12-9-2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    December 9, 2012 Will Saddam’s WMDs Fall into the Hands of Al Qaeda? by Daniel Greenfield Probably one of the most despicable lies perpetrated by the Democratic Party was the claim that Saddam Hussein had no WMDs. It was a lie of political convenience by a party whose top politicians had asserted the exact opposite until it became more convenient for them to jump on a new bandwagon.After all that there would be a certain historical irony if Saddam’s WMDs were indeed finally found, but by Islamist terrorists into whose hands they fell after almost a decade of liberal political...
  • The Power of Negative Thinking

    12/09/2012 5:55:50 PM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2012 | OLIVER BURKEMAN
    The holiday season poses a psychological conundrum. Its defining sentiment, of course, is joy—yet the strenuous effort to be joyous seems to make many of us miserable. It's hard to be happy in overcrowded airport lounges or while you're trying to stay civil for days on end with relatives who stretch your patience. So to cope with the holidays, magazines and others are advising us to "think positive"—the same advice, in other words, that Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking," was dispensing six decades ago. (During holidays, Peale once suggested, you should make "a deliberate effort...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/09/2012 5:47:02 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    12-9-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 33:18 Behold, the Lord's Eye is upon those who Fear Him [Who Revere and Worship Him with Awe], Who Wait for Him, And Hope in His Mercy and Lovingkindness.
  • Michigan’s governor sides with right to work

    12/09/2012 5:42:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2012 | Andrea Billups
    He forged a reputation as a moderate, can-do businessman-politician, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, has taken a leap into the political unknown by embracing a right-to-work bill that has put him at the center of an ideological battle with the state’s powerful union movement that shows no signs of dying down in the weeks ahead. With President Obama, who openly criticized the right-to-work drive, set to visit Detroit on Monday, opinions are sharply divided over the wisdom of the Republican push to make this longtime bastion of union strength into the nation’s 24th right-to-work state. Unions and Democrats...
  • Russia Rules Out Libyan Scenario in Syria

    12/09/2012 5:35:08 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | December 9, 2012 | RiaNovosti
    Russia will not allow a repetition of the Libyan scenario in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. “We’ll not allow the Libyan experience to be reproduced in Syria. Unfortunately our Western partners have departed from the Geneva accords and are seeking the departure of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” Lavrov said, adding Russia was not clinging to any individual leaders in Syria. Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution on Syria on July 19 over fears that it would lead to foreign military intervention in the Middle East country. The resolution was tied to Chapter 7 of...
  • Following the Truth: Avoiding Advent Pitfalls

    12/09/2012 5:28:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FollowtheTruth.com ^ | 12-09-12 | Gary Zimak
    Avoiding Advent Pitfalls Dec 9th, 2012by Gary Zimak. We’re all familiar with the main message of Advent: “PREPARE!”As we look back on past Advents, however, most of us have done a rather poor job preparing to welcome Christ. Sure, we’ve prepared for Christmas by buying gifts, decorating and baking and we’ve probably reflected on the Lord’s birth, but have we honestly followed the Church’s instructions to “Prepare the way of the Lord”?I would guess that most of us would have to admit that we’ve often failed to use the season of Advent as a time of preparation. And why is...
  • Will the U.S. Housing Market Recovery Continue?

    12/09/2012 5:24:32 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 12-8-2012 | InvestmentContrarian - Sasha Cekerevac
    Will the U.S. Housing Market Recovery Continue? Housing-Market / US HousingDec 08, 2012 - 06:56 AM By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: We have all heard the recent news that the housing market recovery is well on its way off the bottom. With home prices continuing to move up, many are questioning the long-term strength of the housing market. While there is no question that home prices have hit the lowest point and won’t return to those levels again, many are worried that they missed the housing market recovery, as prices have already risen significantly. I think there’s a few more...
  • Dinesh D'Souza's '2016' Movie: Winner at the Box Office Snubbed by Oscar

    12/09/2012 5:13:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Alex Murashko
    Dinesh D'Souza's documentary "2016: Obama's America" failed to earn an Oscar nomination despite earning $33.4 million at the box office, and becoming the fourth highest grossing documentary in history. Of course, there isn't much an outcry inside liberal Hollywood. However, D'Souza didn't keep quiet about the Academy Awards committee snub. "I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film," D'Souza joked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like 'Searching for Sugar Man' and 'This Is Not a Film' are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends...
  • Antinomianism: The Soft Heresy (How could Christians vote to outlaw their own religious values?)

    12/09/2012 5:08:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2012 | Daniel Ciofani
    The election of 2012 fused principles of state and church demanding Americans follow one distinct path. The country chose to follow a path that is fiscally illogical, covetous of private property, dismissive to personal initiative, mythological towards freedom, repentant to a planet, subjugating of the religious to the secular, deadly to the unborn, disrespectful to the sick and aged, encouraging to the sexually deviant, and destructive to family. So how could our nation, so strongly and freely steeped in Judeo-Christian principles, have chosen such a path willingly? First, let us quickly address the Judeo portion of our heritage. Quite simply,...
  • You Haven't Realized, Goldman Sachs Is Predicting A Major Economic Turn To Happen In 2013

    12/09/2012 5:07:50 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    In Case You Haven't Realized, Goldman Sachs Is Predicting A Major Economic Turn To Happen In 2013 Joe WeisenthalDecember 8, 2012Goldman Sachs continues to dribble out its 2013 forecasts and top trades. And as the firm peels back more and more, it's clear that the forecast is for major change to the economy. This can be seen across multiple calls, from multiple analysts. It starts with top economist Jan Hatzius, who sees, for the first time since the financial crisis, the economy accelerating to above-trend growth in the second half of next year. The call is based on an expectation...
  • Gun Talk radio 12/9/12

    12/09/2012 5:04:59 PM PST · by mylife · 82 replies
    gun talk ^ | 12/9/12 | tom gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 12/9/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Chávez Successor an Ex-Bus Driver, Peripatetic, Hindu-Mystic Devotee

    12/09/2012 5:03:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Chávez Successor an Ex-Bus Driver, Peripatetic, Hindu-Mystic Devotee By KEJAL VYAS And JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA CARACAS—Nicolas Maduro has gone from driving a bus to becoming ailing President Hugo Chávez's handpicked choice to continue his vision of socialism and possibly lead Venezuela, an oil-rich republic of 29 million. Mr. Chávez, who said this past weekend he has suffered another relapse in his long battle with cancer, named Mr. Maduro as his successor. It was the first time Mr. Chávez talked publicly about who might replace him, prompting many analysts to speculate that the former army tank commander believes himself to be...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Berlin Airlift, Part 2: Operations ~ December 10, 2012

    12/09/2012 5:03:24 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 101 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Berlin Airlift, Part 2: OperationsAll info and photos from this website. Link to Part One             Lt. Gen. William H. Tunner:  directed Berlin Airlift operation    A native of New Jersey and son of an immigrant father, General Tunner was awarded an appointment to West Point upon his graduation...
  • Israeli ambassador: Chemical weapons passed from Syria to Hezbollah would be 'game-changer'

    12/09/2012 5:02:13 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/9/2012
    Israel's ambassador to the United States warned Sunday that any evidence of chemical weapons being passed from the Assad regime to extremist groups like Hezbollah would be a "game-changer," and said that would be a "red line" for Israel. The remark comes amid claims that the Syrian regime is mixing and moving the components for the deadly sarin nerve gas. Ambassador Michael Oren said he could not confirm those reports but made clear that Israel is watching the situation "very carefully." "Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands -- Hezbollah's hands for example -- that would be a...
  • Flash: Obama Meets, Shakes Hands With 'Kill US Troops, Families' Rapper PSY (Biden also)

    12/09/2012 5:02:00 PM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Kristinn
    President Barack Obama was photographed meeting and shaking hands with 'kill US troops and their families' rapper PSY at tonights Christmas in Washington charity concert.The photo was taken by Washington publisher Merrill Williams and posted at TwitterPSY is obscured in the photo, but one can see the red sequin sleeve of the glitter shirt he is wearing in a backstage photo with Vice President Joe Biden and the other performers:Source: Demi Lovato (TM) via Twitter
  • New plan. We just won’t collect the taxes

    12/09/2012 5:00:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/09/2012 | JAZZ SHAW
    There's a new bit of creative thinking making the rounds in DC this weekend, proving yet again that not all ideas wind up being good ones. According to this line of thought, assuming no deal is reached to prevent tax rates from going up on the middle class, Timothy Geithner has certain, hidden superpowers which will save the day. If the tax rates go up, people won't need to worry about it because we just won’t withhold the extra money from their paychecks. The White House has the power to temporarily protect taxpayers from middle-class tax hikes even as upper...
  • Gore On Sandy: ‘This Storm Was Related To Global Warming’

    12/09/2012 4:55:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    <p>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said late last week that there is no doubt that Superstorm Sandy was related to global warming, and people need to stop and think about what is happening to the planet.</p>
  • Senator Hoeven Convinces Feds To Withdraw Calorie Limits From School Lunches

    12/09/2012 4:48:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    SayAnythingBlog.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Rob Port
    I’m pretty critical of Senator John Hoeven at times, but he deserves credit for going to bat against federal overreach on school lunches. New federal guidelines that, among others things, limited calories in school lunches rankled parents and school administrators across the nation. It was a one-size-fits-all policy for a nation full of students who have very different nutritional needs.Now, thanks to the work of Senator Hoeven (who teamed up with Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor), the calorie restriction is no more, though just for the 2012-2013 school year. So it’s a temporary reprieve, for now. From a press release sent...
  • Swiss Gun Murders Lower Than Reported

    12/09/2012 4:47:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    Whenever international comparisons of homicide rates are studied, it is mandatory to consider Switzerland. Not only does Switzerland have very low homicide rates, it has one of the highest levels of gun ownership in the world. As I attempted to find out what the gun homicide rate for Switzerland was, I ran into a curious phenomena. The most commonly quoted figures for gun homicides were for both gun homicides and attempted gun homicides. In one source, this led to the startling conclusion that gun homicides for a given year were greater than total homicides. At the site gunpolicy.org, the total...
  • An Open Letter To Democrats: Truth Hurts

    12/09/2012 4:46:17 PM PST · by Blue Collar Republican · 20 replies
    Airmodal ^ | 12/08/12 | Edwin R Williams
    I’m sure you are all sick of reading this stuff, but if I stop speaking out against socialism I will have no right to complain when it takes over our nation. I have to mention that so many of you have taken the lies of the socialist left as fact without doing a minute of independent research. In the 1970’s when nobody had convenient access to information, it was understandable how lies, rumors and misconceptions were able to flourish. Today, however you have the power to research at your fingertips, but still you refuse. So, I have a few points...
  • Syria: Iraq 2.0, another false-flag invasion, rated XXX

    12/09/2012 4:43:37 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Robles
    The US and NATO are set to invade Syria, something many of us have been warning about for a while now. It has been obvious that they have been looking for a pretext and that pretext has already been injected into the public debate. That pretext: chemical weapons, revealed by Fox News and the Director of the CIA, the same two sources that brought us all of the Iraq invasion lies. Sadly no matter how questionable or fabricated the pretext is, it appears that there is nothing we can do except sit back and watch the US and its surrogates...
  • Venezuela's Hugo Chavez suffers cancer relapse, names potential successor

    12/09/2012 4:39:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Tiems fo India ^ | Dec 9, 2012, 06.20 PM IST
    In the clearest indicator yet that Chavez's health problems could spell an end to his tumultuous years at the helm of the OPEC nation, he said supporters should vote for Vice-President Nicolas Maduro if a new election had to be held. His departure would trigger an election and mark the end of an era for the Latin American left, depriving them of one of their most acerbic voices. A clutch of nations in the region, from Cuba and Nicaragua to Bolivia and Ecuador, depend on Chavez's oil-fuelled generosity to bolster their fragile economies. An unruly transition from Chavez's highly centralized...
  • "Anti-Islam" speaker WILL appear at High School despite CAIR’s attempts to have him banned

    12/09/2012 4:33:41 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 14 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 11-19-2012 | Unknown to me
    OHIO: ‘Anti-Islam’ speaker WILL appear at Mansfield Senior High School despite CAIR’s anti-first amendment attempts to have him banned THAT WAS THEN: Cleveland, March 28, 2011: The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today welcomed a decision by a school board in that state to cancel an anti-Islam Tea Party event featuring a speaker, Usama Dakdok, who claims Muslims are demons and that there is no good Muslim. CAIR-Ohio, the NAACP, ACLU and other civil rights and interfaith groups scheduled a news conference this morning at the Board of Education in Mansfield, Ohio, to address the negative...
  • ***What Stinkin' Mandate: 60 Million People Voted Against Bama***

    12/09/2012 4:31:56 PM PST · by The Wizard · 23 replies
    Vanity | Stardate: 1212.9
    I mean can no one in the GOP house count??? When 60 million people vote against you and everything you stand for, and only 3 million more people vote for you than against you, there is no mandate, there is a country divided in half It's the GOP's challenge to bring 4 or 5 million folks to their side.....and there were probably that many votes stolen by the thugs anyway.. Wake up GOP.....if you're going to get blamed, get blamed for standing on your Principles and what 60 million Americans voted for..... No one will remember in 2 years anyway.
  • Bunny snuff: Syrian rebels have chemical weapons too

    12/09/2012 4:31:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:31 pm on December 9, 2012 | J.E. Dyer
    According to a video reportedly posted by the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian rebels have their own chemical weapons to match Bashar Al-Assad’s – and you get to watch two rabbits die to prove it.This link is to the video posted at YouTube.  But Breitbart has helpfully loaded the video to its post on the topic today, so you don’t have to sign in at YouTube to watch it.  Warning: graphic content.After apparently setting off the chemical agent in a glass box containing the hapless rabbits, the speaker in the video issues this warning (translation cited at Breitbart): You saw...
  • Clinton’s Countless Choices Hinge on One: 2016

    12/09/2012 4:31:01 PM PST · by Phlap · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 8, 2012 | JODI KANTOR
    You’re one of the most famous women on earth, and you’re jobless for the first time in decades. You’d like to make money, but you don’t want to rule out running for president. So what do you do all day? “If you’re thinking about running for president, does that affect everything else?” asked former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York, who once agonized over the same choice and whose son Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo may find his own prospects shaped by what Mrs. Clinton decides. “Yes. Once you make your decision, everything clears up.”
  • Shared Sacrifice

    12/09/2012 4:26:15 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 7 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/9/12 | Judson Phillips
    What is the motto that Barack Obama, the left and the Party of Treason have been using this year? Well, that’s not a fair question. The left has been wrong about so many things, they have had to change their motto and their lies so many times, it is hard to keep up. But there is one that claim that the Obama Regime and the left have made that really pegs the hypocrisy meter. What is it? One of the comments Obama made during the campaign was the need for “shared sacrifice.” Really? When is Obama going to start sacrificing?...
  • The Real Second Amendment

    12/09/2012 4:25:54 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 29 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2012 | Bart Wilburn
    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed As simple as these word are, we have been arguing about what they mean for a long time. Part of the problem is that many people engaged in the argument do not interpret the 2nd Amendment with respect for its historical context, but rather in light of what they want it to mean in support of their purposes. If we want to be honest about it, we must look to the origins of...
  • Ohio, Virginia eye proposals for more proportional split of electoral votes

    12/09/2012 4:20:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Officials in Virginia and Ohio, once reliably red states that have gone for President Obama in the past two elections, have discussed the idea of apportioning their electoral votes by congressional district — a system some say would more accurately reflect the will of the states’ voters but one that others dismiss as an unnecessary political ploy. The talks come as demographic shifts have pushed the GOP’s reliable bastions to more exurban and rural areas, allowing Democrats to win such states by sufficiently running up their margins in a comparatively small number of densely-populated cities and counties. To that end,...
  • Obama Silent As Marine Is Chained To Bed In Mexican Jail On Trumped Up Charges

    12/09/2012 4:13:35 PM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 6, 2012
    Former United States Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine) and Iraq War Veteran Jon Hammar endured much in his tour in the streets of Fallujah, but now he spends most of his time chained to a bed in a Mexican jail on trumped up gun charges that could result in twelve years in jail. Not surprisingly his former commander-in-chief Barack Obama has been absolutely silent on the matter, even though he was arrested on August 13. Didn’t anyone tell you this? Hammar took to Mexico with a friend to surf, as it was the only thing that seemed to...
  • U.S. service member killed in hostage rescue in Afghanistan

    12/09/2012 4:10:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 December 2012
    U.S. service member was killed in Sunday's rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban, the White House said. "Our special operators in Afghanistan rescued an American citizen in a mission that was characteristic of the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that our troops show every day," the White House said in a statement.
  • Syria: Western-backed terrorists preparing chemical false flag attack?

    12/09/2012 4:05:51 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    Pravda! (again) ^ | December 7, 2012 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    Let everyone reporting on the situation in Syria agree upon one thing: the situation is hideous, it is unacceptable, it is disgusting, it is a disgrace to humankind, it is an insult to our collective intelligence at the turn of the century and...video evidence that Obama is totally wrong. The ones preparing to use chemicals are the terrorists. We may begin by discounting ninety-five per cent of what we read in the crispy-clean reports from the corporate media - you know, that pile of bullshit pressed and ironed on your morning newspaper on your breakfast table in Europe or slung...
  • Monkey seen in fancy winter coat at North York Ikea

    12/09/2012 3:54:34 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 33 replies
    CP24 ^ | December 9, 2012 | Joshua Freeman
    Shoppers at an Ikea in North York were surprised to discover a small monkey wandering about the store wearing a fancy winter coat Sunday. Bystander Bronwyn Page said she spotted the monkey outside, in the store’s upper parking lot. “I was in an elevator going down and there was a crowd of people and then I saw the monkey,” Page told CP24. “It was wearing a coat and a diaper. It started darting all over the place. It was scared, it was screaming.” Page said the monkey was eventually cornered inside the store. Police with 33 Division later confirmed the...
  • Lipsky Column: Kerry Not Fit For State

    12/09/2012 3:44:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Dec 2012 12:58 PM | Dan Weil
    Sen. John Kerry should not be named secretary of State, says former Wall Street Journal editorial board member Seth Lipsky. The Massachusetts Democrat is said to be President Barack Obama’s second choice for the position after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to step down early next year. “Why in the world is Mr. Obama floating the name of John Kerry for secretary of either state or defense?” Lipsky writes in the Journal.“It is hard to think of anyone who did more to besmirch the name of the GIs who fought in Vietnam than Sen....
  • Minister Kenney's Chanukah Greeting

    12/09/2012 3:44:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/9/12 | JasonKenneyMP
    Video at link.
  • Monkey found alone at Toronto Ikea, wearing coat

    12/09/2012 3:43:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    CBC ^ | December 9, 2012
    Animal control came to collect a monkey from a Toronto Ikea store on Sunday, after the animal was spotted in the parking lot. An Ikea spokesperson told CBC News that the monkey was first spotted in the parking lot of the Ikea store located near Leslie Street and Highway 401.
  • US aid to Indonesia unharmed by crisis (this is bizarre!)

    12/09/2012 3:41:07 PM PST · by mgist · 21 replies
    Foreign Assistance ^ | Fri, July 06 2012 | Bagus BT Saragih
    US aid to Indonesia unharmed by crisis (Indnosia is timy and recieved over $205 Million in 2011, which was as much as Afganistan recieved) Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Fri, July 06 2012, 6:58 AM The US, through its biggest international development organization, has pledged that aid funds for Indonesia would be maintained at about the same level as in the past year, or around US$157.35 million annually. Donald Steinberg, the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Thursday that the assistance from his organization to Indonesia would be constant...
  • US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban

    12/09/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Agence France Presse
    US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban Agence France PresseDecember 8, 2012 US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province. "Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the...
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: GOP Has to Agree to Raise Taxes

    12/09/2012 3:33:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Congress will have to raise taxes to resolve its budget impasse, making him yet another top Republican to suggest that the no-higher-taxes pledge may be outdated. … If taxes aren’t raised, Corbett said, “every state is going to be affected” through cuts to military contracts and spending for senior citizens, special education and other programs relied on by millions. …
  • Chemical weapons in Syria? Just say no to imperialism and its dirty war plans

    12/09/2012 3:29:39 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Pravda! ^ | December 8, 2012 | Lisa Karpova
    Now that Barack Obama is firmly enconsed in office, re-elected for a second term, it appears that the hounds of hell are desperately barking for some action on Syria. Frustrated by the successful efforts of the Syrian government to turn back the western backed and armed terrorists, their stooges and proxies, they have gone back to old tactics again. You would think after having been caught out the last time they started agitating about chemical weapons before a false flag attack, they they would give up the ruse. However, here they go again, trying to put the international community in...
  • IMF chief says U.S. needs blend of spending cuts, revenue raising

    12/09/2012 3:24:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 9, 2012 9:48am EST | (Reporting By Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Todd Eastham and Bill Trott)
    The United States needs a balanced, comprehensive approach to tackle its fiscal woes that should include a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday. “My view, personally, is that the best way to go forward is to have a balanced approach that takes into account both increasing the revenue, which means, you know, either raising taxes or creating new sources of revenue, and cutting spending,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a pre-taped interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which aired on Sunday. …
  • In Doha, a big green rent-seeking machine

    12/09/2012 3:19:53 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 9 December 2012 | Andrew Montford
    A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair. This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands: motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change This is despite the fact that nobody seems able to point to any great problems caused by the modest warming...
  • Gingrich: Republicans Better Prepare for ‘Super Bowl’ in 2016

    12/09/2012 3:19:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 09 Dec 2012 12:55 PM | Amy Woods
    President Barack Obama “guarantees a permanent war” with Republicans by forcing the party’s hand on the issue of income-tax hikes on top earners, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday. “The president won,” Gingrich said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “The president has a very clear, simple position. He wants to prove he can dominate, and he proves he can dominate by getting the rates up, and he has a veto pen.” …
  • Terror Victim Makes Miraculous Recovery

    12/09/2012 3:13:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The wife of an Israeli singer who was critically wounded in an Arab attack during the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense has made a miraculous recovery. Ziona Kalla, wife of singer Itzik Kalla, was sitting in a car driven by her daughter when it was ambushed by Arabs near the community of Beitar Illit. During the attack, firebombs were thrown at the car and it was pelted with rocks. One of the rocks smashed the windshield and hit Kalla’s head. She was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where she was hospitalized in intensive care, suffering from...
  • Ikea: sorry for East German prison labour

    12/09/2012 3:09:24 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 16 Nov 12 16:06 CET
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea apologised on Friday for using East German political prisoners as forced labour to build furniture in the 1970s and 80s. After initially denying revelations made this April on SVTSveriges Television, Ikea on Friday admitted that prisoners had been used to make its products in East Germany. “We deeply regret that this could happen,” said sustainability manager Jeanette Skjelmose in a statement. Auditors Ernst and Young combed through tens of thousands of documents from the Ikea and German federal archives to produce the report, which Ikea presented at the Stasi victim association UOKG headquarters in Berlin. Although...
  • Video Claims Proof Assad Unleashed Chemical Weapons

    12/09/2012 3:07:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Fears of the worst possible scenario in Syria have been confirmed in a video released by rebels that shows victims of chemical warfare. WARNING: The video should not be shown to children without parental agreement. Video An almost sure sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has unleashed his chemical weapons for use against rebels is his regime’s claim on Saturday that rebels are preparing to use chemicals in their uprising. Assad systematically has accused opposition forces, which he labels as “foreign terrorists,” of carrying out attacks and murders for which his own loyalists are responsible. British Foreign Secretary William Hague...
  • Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

    12/09/2012 2:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2012
    A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal...
  • AFTER DOHA, THE U.N. AND MEMBER GOVERNMENTS NEED SOBER SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘GLOBAL WARMING’

    12/09/2012 2:52:32 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    CLIMATE SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL ^ | December 09, 2012 | climate science international
    Attention: News Editors, Political, Science and Environment Reporters After 16 years without warming, future climate talks must focus on preparation for, and adaption to, climate change, not vainly trying to stop it. Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2012: “Governments must re-examine climate change science before considering further, more concrete commitments in the United Nations negotiating process,” said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “In their November 29th open letter to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, scientists from across the globe explained that the science relied upon by the U.N....
  • Boustany defeats Landry for La. congressional seat

    12/09/2012 2:52:27 PM PST · by Impy · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-9-2012 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana congressman Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Saturday by handily defeating his fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election. The two men were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.
  • The Stranger in the House

    12/09/2012 2:35:55 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 16, 2012
    ....it is worth noting that some of the earliest records of the Christmas-tree tradition are to be found among the records of killjoy officialdom. As Bernd Brunner notes in "Inventing the Christmas Tree," the town clerk of Strasbourg, in 1494, put the kibosh on the local "custom of cutting off pine branches at the New Year and bringing them home." By the 16th century the custom was widespread enough to pose some threat of deforestation: In 1554, the city of Freiburg im Breisgau banned the cutting of trees for Christmas. [SNIP] The Tannenbaum (which simply means "fir tree") came to...