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  • The "New Normal" Dream Job: CA State Workers Earning $822,000

    12/11/2012 9:07:43 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-11-12 | Tyler Durden
    Become a California state worker, preferably one who deals with neurotic and/or crazy people (i.e., a psychiatrist), and rake it in. The following chart from Bloomberg shows just how generous the otherwise insolvent state of California is when it comes to paying its public servants, and the 100%+ increase in California employee state pay since 2005. Needless to say, this is a rate of increase in compensation that 99% of workers in the private sector would die for. Some other stunning observations from Bloomberg on the best job taxpayer money can buy. The best paid job: psychiatrist. At this pace,...
  • What is Life Like in Massachusetts? (Possible Vanity???)

    12/11/2012 9:01:14 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 61 replies
    12/11/2012 | Me
    I wonder,,,,,,, what would life be like in Massachusetts? Yep, I got a job offer from Westover AFB. Not sure what to make of this; I normally don't apply for jobs in a highly liberal state like Massachusetts. I don't even remember applying for this one. I currently live in central Indiana. From a federal job standpoint, looking at the possibility of sequestration after Jan 1st, it's not as bad as I had feared. It would actually give me more options if I'm rifted into out of it within the first year I'm on probation. However, from a financial standpoint,...
  • Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

    12/11/2012 8:54:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    University of Washington ^ | 12/10/12 | Vince Stricherz
    A decade ago, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might in fact be a computer simulation run by our descendants. While that seems far-fetched, perhaps even incomprehensible, a team of physicists at the University of Washington has come up with a potential test to see if the idea holds water. The concept that current humanity could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. In the paper, he argued that at least one of...
  • USF researchers find 19 more graves at Dozier School for Boys

    12/11/2012 8:48:37 AM PST · by null and void · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | December 10, 2012 - 8:56 PM | JEROME R. STOCKFISCH
    Researchers from the University of South Florida say there are at least 50 graves on the grounds of a former Panhandle reform school – higher than a state estimate of 31 graves – and that a second cemetery is likely to exist. Anthropologists and archaeologists from USF have spent months conducting field work, scientific analysis and ethnographic research at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, which has been the subject of investigations into abuse allegations and suspicious deaths. The school, which opened in 1900, was closed last year. A USF report contradicts a previous state report that...
  • A Victory for Demagoguery (America seems to be falling for Obama's class warfare campaign)

    12/11/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Mona Charen
    I’m in the camp that believes Republicans have no choice but to agree to raise taxes on the top 2 percent of earners. The party has been successfully caricatured as the servant of the rich. This is unjust, yes, but justice is imperfect in this life. It’s political suicide for Republicans to stand fast on maintaining current rates for high earners even at the cost of raising taxes for everyone else. Imagine if we went over the fiscal cliff. In January, Obama would call upon Congress to pass a law restoring the tax rates for 98 percent of filers. What...
  • Cost of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities reaches record high

    12/11/2012 8:46:50 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | December 4, 2012 | Oil & Gas Financial Journal
    The costs of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities continued to rise over the last six-month period and have reached record highs, according to two cost indexes developed by IHS [NYSE: IHS]. The IHS Upstream Capital Cost Index (UCCI) rose 1% over the Q1 2012-Q3 2012 period to an index score of 230, matching its Q3 2008 high. Its counterpart, the IHS Upstream Operating Cost Index (UOCI), rose to 0.5% to a new high score of 190 over the same period. The indexes are proprietary measures of cost changes similar in concept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)...
  • An Embarrassing Metric Disappears: Why are gov't stats taxpayer migration being discontinued?

    12/11/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Jim Pettit
    As the din of America’s falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet. Since 1991 the Internal Revenue Service has been compiling statistics on filers’ addresses, which the agency’s Statistics of Income division uses to show who is moving into and out of every county and state in the nation. As you’d expect, the IRS also knows the aggregate income levels of those who move. So the movements of the most fundamental productive components of the...
  • Obama Supports Michigan Worker's Right To Chose - "NOT"!

    12/11/2012 8:42:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-11-2012 | MOTUS
    Big Guy visited a Detroit engine shop yesterday. (snip)Since BO isn’t running for anything right now, this can’t be characterized as a campaign stop, so let’s just call this visit for what it is: Bully Pulpit Propaganda (BPP®). (snip)Michigan is finalizing the wording today on its “Right to Work” legislation that passed both houses last week. Massive union protests in the capital are expected, butt they will be to no avail, as it’s a done deal. Capital building closed as of 10:30, having reached capacity. Doesn’t anyone work in Michigan any more? Also the presidential campaign proved both the popularity...
  • Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing 'All The White People' In His New Movie

    12/11/2012 8:40:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/11/2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Two weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx made national headlines when he called President Obama "Our lord and savior." While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, Foxx joked about how in his new film "Django Unchained," "I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO JAMIE FOXX: My name is Jamie Foxx. Give it up, give it up, New York City, Saturday Night Live. Come on, make some noise, man. New York City, New York City, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, it’s crazy. I'm...
  • Teachers ditch school kids to protest vote on right-to-work

    12/11/2012 8:40:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/11/2012 | fox news
    Two Michigan school districts reportedly closed shop Tuesday after teachers called out, likely so they could participate in union protests tied to the expected passage of "right-to-work" legislation this week in the state capital. Demonstrators have already started to march down the streets, as lawmakers return to put the final touches on legislation that would bar unions from demanding dues from workers. The move would make Michigan the 24th "right-to-work" state and strike a blow to organized labor in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. Local unions spent the weekend preparing for massive protests on Tuesday, in a last-ditch...
  • 50-year-old transsexual ‘woman’ makes college basketball debut: video

    12/11/2012 8:39:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.11.2012 | Ben Johnson
    SAN PABLO, CA, December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Gabrielle Ludwig is not like any other woman on the basketball courts, or in the locker rooms, in Santa Clara Community College’s junior team. Gabrielle is a foot taller than every other player and has significantly more upper body strength. That’s because the 50-year-old player was born Robert John Ludwig, a man. He still bears the tattoos of his service in Operation Desert Storm. This turn at college basketball is his second. His first stint in 1980 was as a man at Nassau Community College. After his sex change operation this summer...
  • Valuable WWII Gun at Police Buy-Back (Sturmgewehr 44)

    12/11/2012 8:38:58 AM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 32 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 12/10/12 | Annie Rose Ramos
    Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station's gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II. The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/11/2012 8:38:47 AM PST · by Hiskid · 14 replies
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  • (VIDEO) How to Opt Out of a Teachers' Union Membership

    12/11/2012 8:31:34 AM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies
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  • Exports drop in October by biggest margin in almost four years

    12/11/2012 8:31:09 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    “The private sector is doing fine,” Barack Obama assured us in June, but we haven’t seen much evidence for that argument. Today’s report from Commerce on the trade deficit certainly doesn’t provide any reassurance for that claim. In fact, exports dropped in October by the biggest margin since Obama took office, and the trade gap with China widened to a new record:
  • Northern Virginia Lawmakers Say Gun Control Remains a Tough Fight

    12/11/2012 8:24:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    delray.patch.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Drew Hansen
    Trying to get more stringent gun control legislation through the Virginia General Assembly is something of a losing battle, according to at least two state lawmakers representing Northern Virginia. Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th) lamented that he’s tried multiple times to tighten up Virginia’s gun rights, but to little avail. He told audience members of a state legislative forum held at Alexandria’s City Hall that three years ago he introduced a bill after a man shot and killed two police officers before shooting and killing himself. Saslaw said in response, he introduced a bill making it illegal in Virginia to bring...
  • Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of 'racist' impersonation of Serena Williams

    12/11/2012 8:23:58 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2012
    Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of doing a 'racist' impersonation of fellow tennis player Serena Williams after stuffing her bra and shorts. At a recent exhibition against Maria Sharapova in Brazil, the former world No. 1 stuffed courtside towels down her kit to replicate the body of the curvaceous Grand Slam champion. But now the 22-year-old Dane, whose boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy was in the crowd, has now been accused of racism by some observers.
  • Syrian Rebels: We Are All Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Qaeda)

    12/11/2012 8:23:14 AM PST · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | 11DEC12 | Diana West
    You can almost hear the Obama administration call out, as one voice, "Aha! We'll designate the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra a terrorist organization, thus barring the group from receiving Western money and arms, and be done with it!" And so they did. But they weren't. From the NYT story, picking up with paragraph 9: But a growing number of anti-government groups — including fighters in the loose-knit Free Syrian Army that the United States is trying to bolster — have signed petitions or posted statements online in recent days expressing support for the Nusra Front. In keeping...
  • Norquist: Still No Better Argument for Tax Hikes

    12/11/2012 8:16:39 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | 06:42 AM EST
    A powerful anti-tax crusader said President Barack Obama doesn't have a better argument for tax increases today than he did two years ago, when he agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans. "Raising taxes is always bad for the economy," Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday. "Tax increases are what's done instead of reforming government." Negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts have largely been focused on the president's desire to raise tax rates for the top two percent of wage earners. Republicans have...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 11,2012

    12/11/2012 8:13:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 50 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 11,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • New Species of Galaxy Discovered Glowing from Light of Monster Black Holes

    12/11/2012 8:09:58 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 12/5/12
    A new galaxy class has been identified using observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Gemini South telescope, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Nicknamed “green bean galaxies” because of their unusual appearance, these galaxies glow in the intense light emitted from the surroundings of monster black holes and are amongst the rarest objects in the Universe. Many galaxies have a giant black hole at their center that causes the gas around it to glow. However, in the case of green bean galaxies, the entire galaxy is glowing, not just the centre. These new observations reveal the largest and brightest...
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Falling Confidence Signals Likely Fed Action

    12/11/2012 8:09:37 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    he Good: Job openings in construction rose to +48 after several months of little progress. The Bad: The Small Business Optimism Index fell to its lowest point since March 2010. The Ugly: The Investors Business Daily (IBD) and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence (TIPP) economic optimism index fell to 45.1 in December, down 3.5 points from a month earlier. A reading over 50 indicates a positive outlook while a reading below 50 signals a negative outlook. On the ugly side, the USA trade balance with the Pacific Rim (China, Japan, etc) fell as well. On the mortgage/MBS side, Ginnie Mae 15 year...
  • "The Blogger’s Rules For Defeating Liberals"

    12/11/2012 8:07:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 10, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    BC over at the blog 1'm 41 contacted me in a quest to ask "50 of the brightest minds in the conservative blogosphere their views, so that I can compile a set a blogging best practices to help act as a guide for the thousands of grassroots conservative bloggers -- so that as a group we can be more effective at attacking liberals." I gave BC a short summary of what I thought needed to be done in the face of a vicious left, a gutless, mealy-mouthed right, and a culture at war with American values and morality. Kudos to...
  • Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE

    12/11/2012 8:06:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced. Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be included. In her statement, Mrs Miller promised a "quadruple lock" to protect religious freedom, involving: No religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises Making it unlawful for religious...
  • RAND PAUL, PAUL BROUN TO JOIN PROTEST OF HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP TAX DEAL

    12/11/2012 7:53:31 AM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 9 replies
    BREITBART ^ | December 10, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, and others will join tea party group TheTeaParty.Net to denounce the House GOP leadership’s caving on taxes later this week...
  • Police Shot And Kill Burglar(IN)

    12/11/2012 7:51:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wbiw.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    (INDIANAPOLIS) - Police shot and killed a burglar found hiding in a family’s basement on Indianapolis’ northeast side Monday night. Officers were called to a home in the 3800 block of North Arlington Avenue just after 7 p.m. Family members said they came home to find someone had broken into their home, so they called police and waited for officers to arrive. When police searched the home, they said they found the burglar hiding in the basement. Officers struggled with the suspect, and shots were fired, hitting the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not...
  • Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor

    12/11/2012 7:47:31 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Editorial
    Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus...
  • Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor

    12/11/2012 7:47:20 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Editorial
    Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus...
  • Taxifornia Lessons

    12/11/2012 7:38:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    California revenue is up from a year ago. Unfortunately, California revenue is not up as much as expected, while spending is up way more than expected. Please consider California Finances in November 2012 by state controller John Chiang. November's tax receipts fell 10.8% short of expectations contained in the 2012-2013 State Budget, although they were above the year-ago level. Total revenues year to date are now 2.6% less than anticipated at this time, with shortfalls among all of the major sources. Expenditures are 4.9% above estimates contained in the Budget, with assistance to local governments driving the overage. Total revenues...
  • Anarchist Protest Trainer Preps Michigan Unions for Right to Work Showdown

    12/11/2012 7:30:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Mother Jones calls her “Professor Occupy.” She was the brains behind the violent 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Now, Lisa Fithian – a self-described anarchist – has brought her tactics to Michigan, where the unions are prepping for a massive demonstration Tuesday as the legislature gives final passage to Right to Work legislation. EAGnews exposed Fithian when she popped up in Chicago last year to organize the Chicago Teachers Union during the height of the silly but dangerous Occupy protests. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. But strangely, the Associated Press didn’t mention Fithian’s track record in a story it...
  • Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

    12/11/2012 7:27:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/11/12 | Alex Murashko
    The founder of an international group of advocates for the equality and rights of Coptic Christians is appealing to the leaders of democratic nations to cut any ties with Egypt. The Voice of the Copts is attempting to thwart President Mohamed Morsi's regime from implementing a primarily Islamic-based constitution. "We demand that world leaders withdraw their recognition of Egypt's phony 'pro-democracy' leader, Mr. Morsi, who is backed by the illegal Muslim Brotherhood party," states Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of the Copts, in an open letter sent Monday. "Freeze your political relationships with Egypt, halt all investments and aid...
  • (How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert

    12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 195 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson
    While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC. Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have...
  • Diocese of Phoenix Deny Olmsted to Vatican Report

    12/11/2012 7:20:21 AM PST · by marshmallow
    PHOENIX (AP) - The Diocese of Phoenix is denying a report that the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix is headed to the Vatican. Rob DeFrancesco told The Associated Press on Sunday that a report in an Italian newspaper that Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was going to Rome for a Vatican post is false.
  • Why Liberalism Doesn't Work

    12/11/2012 7:19:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    Reason No. 1 not to tremble at the prospect of liberal ascendancy, world without end: Liberalism doesn't work. At any rate, not the way liberals commonly suppose it's going to work when they devise enormous taxpayer-funded, government-run programs, minimally connected, if at all, to the realities of human existence. An article in the Dec. 9 New York Times, of all places, gleams in the darkness of the present political moment as the Obama administration works to rub away resistance to its vision of an all-encompassing federal government. "This is painful for a liberal to admit," admits Nicholas D. Kristof, a...
  • You Think the GOP Has Problems?

    12/11/2012 7:19:04 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 11, 2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    While everyone gathers around the water cooler Monday-morning quarterbacking Speaker Boehner on the execution of his game plan for the Cliff Bowl before it is even played, let us spare a thought for the hapless Democrats. After all, who would want to be a Democrat as we go into 2013? Don't be fooled by that tough-guy act. Yes, yes, we know that the Democrats own the future with the educated, the young, the black, and the Hispanic. And Republicans have just got to learn to speak Hispanic. Even Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan seem to agree. But my suspicion is...
  • Bishop Robert Morlino Cracks Down on Madison Nuns for Espousing 'New Ageism' and 'Indifferentism'

    12/11/2012 7:12:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12/11/12 | Doug Erickson
    Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese. Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal. Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom's Well, also have been banned as part of the same action. The memo...
  • An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

    12/11/2012 7:05:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve written and pontificated about the problem of government-created dependency and how the welfare state traps people in poverty. I also shared this dramatic chart showing how redistribution programs create shockingly high implicit marginal tax rates for those with modest incomes.But when a liberal writer for the New York Times basically comes to the same conclusion, that’s a sign that there may finally be some consensus about the need for reform.Here’s some of what Nicholas Kristof wrote, beginning with an acknowledgement of the welfare state’s perverse incentives.This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill...
  • Royal Canadian Mint’s Tungsten Gold Twostep?

    12/11/2012 6:59:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-28-2012 | Rob Kirby
    In the end, we were all told that this loss was due to honest miscalculations and blunders, or in other words – LAX CONTROLS.Lax Internal Controls at the Royal Canadian Mint?It's elementary(?), Watson -- (December 21, 2009) A series of miscalculations and blunders in its gold refinery dating back to 2005 were responsible for 17,500 troy ounces of gold going missing from the mint's Sussex Drive inventory count last October, the mint announced in a 12-page report. That's the equivalent of almost forty-four 400-ounce bars and worth more than $20 million in today's prices.More than $3 million in government gold...
  • U.S. Economic Confidence Continues Post-Election Fade

    12/11/2012 6:58:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12/11/12 | Gallup staff
    Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index is at -16 for the week ending Dec. 9, down from -12 the previous week. Confidence is now the lowest it has been since the presidential election... The decline in confidence comes even though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better-than-expected jobs report on Friday, showing a 0.2-percentage-point improvement in the seasonally adjusted employment rate. Still, confidence was -16 from Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9 -- similar to the weekly average. The trend in Gallup's Economic Confidence index, based on more than 3,000 interviews conducted each week, is not as negative...
  • How Liberals Think: Mika Says 'It's Kind Of Simple'—Just Pay Workers More

    12/11/2012 6:54:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 82 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I post this item not to mock Mika Brzezinski. But her comments this morning were so illustrative of the liberal mindset--in ignoring fundamental principles of economics--that they are worth highlighting here. An entire Morning Joe segment had been devoted to discussing the wage dilemma in America. In the context of analyzing the right-to-work law soon to be signed in Michigan, the panel—apparently excepting Mika—agreed that we face hard choices here. We can artificially preserve high wages for a relative few, or let wages seek their natural level, providing more jobs at lower pay. As Joe Scarborough put it, we have...
  • Local housing specialists join national debate over changes in tax deduction for mortgage holders

    12/11/2012 6:52:48 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 31 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11 December 2012 | Jenifer B. McKim
    The generous mortgage-interest tax deduction that homeowners have long enjoyed could be diminished or eliminated as part of efforts to reduce the federal deficit, disproportionately hurting Massachusetts and other regions where real estate is especially costly. Proposals to change the deduction include limiting it to the 28 percent tax bracket and lower; converting the deduction to a less generous tax credit; reducing the maximum allowed mortgage balance from $1.1 million to $500,000; and eliminating the benefit for second homes and equity loans, according to the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., nonpartisan think tank.
  • Did Obama steal the 2012 election?

    12/11/2012 6:48:04 AM PST · by wesagain · 34 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 11, 2012 | James Simpson
    "Overwhelming evidence shows vote fraud, abuse played major role in outcome Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/did-obama-steal-the-2012-election/#IucGe1EBe2cW55XF.99 "WASHINGTON — Following Barack Obama’s re-election, accusations from some quarters have held that his campaign stole the election through vote fraud. Others claim no vote fraud occurred, and that the election victory resulted from the Obama campaign’s vastly superior get-out-the-vote effort. One RedState diarist has even gone so far as to announce that commenters complaining that the election was stolen will be banned from the site. With all of the swirling allegations, where does the truth lie? While there have been many proven cases of...
  • Atheist Attacks on Christmas

    12/11/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Bill O'Reilly asked this question on his Fox News program last week: "Why do I have to be the leader defending Christmas against its attackers?" O'Reilly was criticizing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's renaming his state's Christmas tree a "holiday tree." Good question. It's time for Christians to realize that their religion is under attack, and they had better start fighting to win the war for religious liberty in public opinion, in the courts and in the schools. The war against Christianity has been waged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and similar groups. Their...
  • Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

    12/11/2012 6:44:13 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 18 replies
    State of Tennessee newsroom ^ | 12/10/2012 | Unknown
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue: “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. “I'm not a fan of the law. The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments and the federal government. It does nothing to address the cost of health care in our country. It only expands a broken system. That’s why I’ve...
  • Minn. gay couple in '71 marriage case still united

    12/11/2012 6:39:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | PATRICK CONDON
    When Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell that they join their lives together as a couple, in March 1967, McConnell accepted with a condition that was utterly radical for its time: that someday they would legally marry. Just a few years later, the U.S. Supreme Court slammed the door on the men's Minnesota lawsuit to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the U.S. It took another 40 years for the nation's highest court to revisit gay marriage rights, and Baker and McConnell — still together, still living in Minneapolis — are alive to see it.
  • Democrats' Assault on Language

    12/11/2012 6:29:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    For months, pundits and politicians have been saying that Americans have a math problem. They have a point, for Mr. Obama routinely champions the idea that running annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion dollars can be continued, simply by requiring Americans to pay $200 billion in taxes more each year. Anyone with a 3rd grade grasp of math has long ago come to the conclusion that even if Mr. Obama gets his way, huge annual deficits will remain, and the nation cannot sustain the current level of profligate spending indefinitely. Somehow, contrary to all known mathematics principles, and contrary...
  • Winning the Demographic War and the Culture War

    12/11/2012 6:26:49 AM PST · by expat1000 · 22 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    There is no better outcome that the Democrats could have hoped for than the demographic despair that has overtaken some sections of the conservative movement. While the Republican establishment prepares to accept Obama as the new FDR, the grass roots feels alienated and willing to write off the whole country. Demographics is a serious issue, but it's not a done deal either. Countries are not static. America was created because a large number of Europeans moved to a place that had formerly been populated by the descendants of Siberian refugees crossing over the Bering Strait. I have often said that...
  • Do you think (Florida) college students should be allowed to carry guns on campus? (FREEP THIS POLL)

    12/11/2012 6:25:24 AM PST · by rarestia · 30 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | 10 December 2012 | Staff
    I-POLL on the front page: Do you think college students should be allowed to carry guns on campus? Yes (26%) No (71%) Not Sure (3%) FREEP IT UP!
  • Crow Starts Fight Between Two Cats

    12/11/2012 6:19:26 AM PST · by navysealdad · 20 replies
    A crow instigates a fight between two cats and sits back to watch.
  • So Much For "Confidence" - NFIB Small Business Outlook Drops To Record Low

    12/11/2012 6:16:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    While Europe's confidence-inspired rally is floating all global boats in some magical unicorn-inspired way, the reality is that on the ground in the US, things have never looked worse.