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  • Will Alabama Supreme Court Rule Obama Ineligible?

    12/11/2012 1:37:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | December 11, 2012 | Giacomo
    Over the past year, both before and since the elections, there have been a number of court cases challenging Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility. Most of the cases have been dismissed by judges for reasons that are not truly legitimate, but many feel they were dismissed to avoid the political ramifications. Just last week I wrote about a case that was filed in Florida, that not only challenged Obama’s eligibility, but stated that he was a direct threat to the safety and security of the United States. That case has yet to be heard. Yet another case filed in Alabama may...
  • US Debt - Visualized in physical $100 bills

    12/11/2012 1:20:42 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 3 replies
  • 'British whites' are the minority in London for the first time...[see full title below]

    12/11/2012 1:16:55 PM PST · by Moltke · 44 replies ^ | 11 December 2012 | Hugo Gye
    FULL TITLE: 'British whites' are the minority in London for the first time as census shows number of UK immigrants has jumped by 3million in 10 years White British people are now in a minority in London for the first time, it emerged today as census data revealed that the immigrant population of England and Wales went up by 3million over the past decade.
  • GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him

    12/11/2012 1:07:50 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2012 2:17 PM (ET) | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama's proposals to avoid a "fiscal cliff" come from the president himself, in comments he made months or years before his re-election. Stung by the GOP's midterm election gains in 2010, Obama took stands that differ from his current positions on raising tax rates, adjusting Social Security and other topics now dominating Washington as a Dec. 31 deadline nears.
  • Union Protester Threatens to Kill Conservative Steven Crowder

    12/11/2012 1:07:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    town hall ^ | 12/11/12 | Katie Pavlich
    As reported earlier, conservative comedian Steven Crowder was physically assaulted by union protesters today in Lansing, Michigan. Video has surfaced of Crowder being punched repeatedly in the face and one man is heard yelling, "I'll kill a motherf*cker with a gun!"
  • Video: US declares core of Syrian resistance an AQ affiliate

    12/11/2012 1:04:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on December 11, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    They’re only about 10% of the rebel forces attempting to dislodge that noted reformer Bashar al-Assad, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reports, but Jabhat al-Nusra is the most effective and powerful part of the insurrection against the Iranian-backed dictator. The only problem for the US is that they’re closely affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has been attempting to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Baghdad, too. If this is starting to sound familiar, just think …. Libya: The Christian Science Monitor has more background on the “foreign terrorist organization” that’s staffed by veterans of some old, familiar places: The speed with...
  • The Impossibility of Rapid Energy Transitions

    12/11/2012 1:03:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The American ^ | December 6, 2012 | Kenneth P. Green
    Understanding energy system inertia and momentum is key to judging whether a rapid transition toward any type of energy is feasible. I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this Nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 — never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/11/2012 1:03:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012
    Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things. It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces. The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is still being drafted, but a mainstream newspaper got a sneak preview and published an...
  • Obama Campaign Launches Capitol Call Program Against Republicans in Fiscal Cliff Standoff

    12/11/2012 12:52:28 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 10, 2012 - 10:56 am
    By federal law, the Obama-Biden campaign is supposed to disband. But it shows no signs of disbanding, and is instead launching a whole new campaign. In an email sent out today and signed by Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter, Obama-Biden is urging supporters to flood the capitol switchboard in Washington with calls to Republican congressman. Callers are urged to pressure GOPers into caving to the president’s demand for higher taxes. Cutter casts the debate disingenuously, as the president defending tax cuts for the middle class while Republicans would be making a “conscious choice” to hike those taxes in defense...
  • Need Help Furthering My Education(Vanity)

    12/11/2012 12:40:02 PM PST · by Genflag · 91 replies
    Vanity | Me
    So I work a job at night that's very repetitive, and I'm allowed to listen to music. I've found though i don't have the time for reading that I used to, and that I'd rather spend my time listening to audiobooks while working, then music to help keep my mind from dying a slow death from disuse. Which leads me here, what better group of people to come to for help finding books that will further my knowledge of both fiction and non-fiction, then everyone at Free Republic? I'm looking for any good non-fiction audiobooks on history, science, philosophy, medicine,...
  • Gary Mauser: Why the long-gun registry doesn’t work — and never did

    12/11/2012 12:28:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Gary Mauser
    In March, Stephen Harper’s government reversed decades of increasing restrictions on civilian firearms, scrapping the controversial long-gun registry on grounds that it was wasteful and ineffective. Gun laws, the prime minister correctly said, should focus on criminals rather than law-abiding citizens such as farmers and hunters. Some claim that this Conservative policy flies in the face of a mountain of evidence, and even represents an assault against reason. Canadian voters seem divided on this issue, as well as some basic related questions: Are firearms in the hands of ordinary citizens a serious threat to public safety? Is registration an effective...
  • 'Storage Wars' star Dave Hester says show is fake, suing, report says

    12/11/2012 12:27:20 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 197 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Leora Arnowitz
    NEW YORK – “Storage Wars” may have a real war brewing with one of its stars. Dave Hester , one of the show’s cast members, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the show, according to RadarOnline. In his lawsuit, Hester is claiming the series is fake, and he says when he made complaints to the network about the staged portions of the show he was fired, Radar reported.
  • Boehner: ‘Let’s Be Honest … We’re Broke’

    12/11/2012 12:27:09 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 82 replies
    CBS DC ^ | December11, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and urged him to name specific cuts in government spending he would support as part of any compromise. “Let’s be honest. We’re broke. The plan we offered is consistent with the president’s call for a balanced approach,” said the Ohio Republican. “We’re still waiting for the White House” to do the same.” “Longer the White House slow walks this process, the closer we are” to going over the fiscal cliff, Boehner said. The White House and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi disputed...
  • Appeals court overturns Illinois concealed carry law in gun rights victory

    12/11/2012 12:15:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 11, 2012 | Dave McKinney
    SPRINGFIELD-In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois' Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. "The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013," said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state's longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons. Illinois is the only state with an...
  • I can't get away from these people!

    12/11/2012 12:14:37 PM PST · by BubbaBasher · 17 replies
    E-Bay ^ | 12/11/2012 | Vanity
  • Union Assault on Camera (Steven Crowder, conservative comedian, assaulted in Lansing - VIDEO)

    12/11/2012 12:12:45 PM PST · by HawkHogan · 76 replies Check out the latest video from Lansing. Steven Crowd punched in the face multiple times.
  • Violent Mob Destroys AFP Tent in Lansing, Michigan Protest

    12/11/2012 12:01:54 PM PST · by lowbridge · 85 replies
    youtube ^ | december 11, 2012
    A violent mob destroys the Americans For Prosperity tent on the lawn of the state capital during protest against right to work legislation. While destruction happened, there were people inside the tent and some in the crowd were armed with knives.
  • Teacher’s aide gets jail time in sex abuse case

    12/11/2012 11:57:50 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 12/11/2012 | Richard Weir
    A Boston Public Schools teacher’s aide will spend at least the next year behind bars after pleading guilty today to charges he molested two special needs students. LaShawn Hill, 34, of Dorchester, pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, lewd and lascivious behavior and unnatural lascivious acts with a child. Hill was arrested last December after a teacher found him and a 14-year-old autistic boy with their pants unzipped in a room at the Harbor Pilot School, said prosecutor Alissa Goldhaber. After Hill’s arrest, an April 2011 incident involving a 7-year-old special needs...
  • Generic Congressional Ballot Democrats 46%, Republicans 36% [Wake Up, GOP!]

    12/11/2012 11:55:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/10/12 | Scott Rasmussen
    Democrats hold a 10-point lead over Republicans on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending December 9, 2012. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their district’s congressional race if the election were held today, while 36% would choose the Republican instead. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from December 3-9, 2012.

    12/11/2012 11:50:51 AM PST · by Domandred · 68 replies ^ | 12/11/2012 | Tony Lee
    New CNN programming chief Jeff Zucker will reportedly replace Soledad O'Brien, the host of the network's morning show "Starting Point," with Erin Burnett, who currently hosts "Outfront," which airs at 7 p.m. on the struggling cable news network. The New York Post reported that Zucker is “looking at Erin Burnett to revive the cabler’s moribund morning ratings” and quotes a CNN source who said Zucker will team Burnett “up with a guy, and they’ll go after the audience watching ‘Today’ and ‘Good Morning America.’" O'Brien recently told a college audience that when she first heard of Zucker's hire, she thought,...
  • Shot shoplifter sues liquor store owner ( Colorado Springs )

    12/11/2012 11:50:31 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    gazette ^ | December 10, 2012 | LANCE BENZEL
    A shoplifter who was chased down and shot in the face after swiping a bottle of vodka from a Colorado Springs liquor store is suing the shop owner. Bryson Adrian Dewberry is seeking at least $100,000 for pain and suffering two years after he was wounded in the jaw by a bullet fired by Chang Ho Yi, the owner of Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor, 4150 Austin Bluffs Parkway. According to a lawsuit filed in early October, Yi witnessed the theft on Oct. 25, 2010, and pursued Dewberry out of his store with a loaded .357 revolver, which fired as Dewberry...
  • Millionaire Joe vs. the Teachers

    12/11/2012 11:39:25 AM PST · by eagleye85
    Eagleye Blog ^ | December 11, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    In a recent column for The American Thinker, Randall Hoven discusses how the value of teachers’ pensions can rival an American millionaire’s retirement–with less insecurity, of course. “Businesses go bankrupt, governments face default and economic growth slows to a near standstill,” writes Hoven. “Meanwhile, retired public school teachers, who had to work 9 months of the year during their careers, now pull in checks 12 months a year, indexed for inflation and guaranteed by the government, in amounts that often make them millionaires, maybe twice over.” How does Hoven arrive at this “twice over” number? He takes Illinois school districts’...
  • Historic Home or Grassy Strip?

    12/11/2012 11:38:00 AM PST · by Hoodat · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Peter Hannaford
    All of Ronald Reagan's formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago. In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon. The house the Reagans lived in for two years in Galesburg has been lovingly restored by its private owner. Their house in Monmouth is the only home that is...
  • White House “Holiday” Card Spotlights (Bo the Portugese Water) Dog, Not Christmas

    12/11/2012 11:18:33 AM PST · by drewh · 34 replies
    <p>The 2012 White House “Holiday” card spotlights the Obama’s family Portuguese water dog — instead of Christmas.</p> <p>The black and white illustration was designed by Iowa artist Larassa Kabel and shows Bo the dog, wearing a scarf, while frolicking in the snow on the South Lawn of a blurred White House.</p>
  • The Christmas Strategy should satisfy the LIBs and LIBINOs

    12/11/2012 11:17:52 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:45am
    From DrewM at Ace of Spades HQ, What Does Let It Burn Mean? (h/t Hot Air), : As one of the first, if not the first, people to say Let It Burn, I’m clearly thrilled with the growing chorus of voices joining the movement. Like any movement, there are true believers and Let It Burn In Name Only (LIBINO) types. Since it’s never too early to purge a movement of its impure elements, let us lay out some key principles of Let It Burn…. “Let It Burn” is about inaction. There’s no point in trying do anything that avoids going...
  • Judge blocks Jensen cremations

    12/11/2012 11:11:59 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 10 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 12/6/12 | Paul Shockley
    Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Thursday granted an emergency injunction to block plans to cremate the bodies of Tyler and William Jensen, now in the care of a Grand Junction funeral home. The judge, however, said the boys’ grandparents first must post $5,000. “The court finds that the preliminary injunction should be issued without notice to respondent (mother Heather Jensen),” Deister wrote in his order. Attorney Greg Leavitt, who’s representing the boys’ grandmother, Diane Mathena of Clifton, wrote in an application for an emergency injunction that he had attempted unsuccessfully to communicate with Heather Jensen’s attorney, Ed Nugent,...
  • Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime [forensic evidence proves she lied to police]

    12/11/2012 11:11:03 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | December 11, 2012 | GRANT SCHULTE
    <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by three men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach was found guilty Monday of making a false report.</p> <p>The 34-year-old could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine when sentenced in February.</p>
  • Federal Judge Nixes “Choose Life” License Plates in North Carolina

    12/11/2012 11:07:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 09:38 AM | Michael Mullins
    A federal judge has sided with the ACLU against the state of North Carolina and blocked the state from offering residents “choose life” license plates without providing plates with the opposing view. In his decision on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James Fox, who last year issued an order temporarily blocking the state from producing the “choose life” plates, found the plates to be unconstitutional in the absence of other license plates that promoted a pro-choice position. …
  • UT Professor: Black (& Latino) Students Failing Because They Are Raised by Poor Single Women

    12/11/2012 11:04:06 AM PST · by drewh · 79 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 08:09 EST, 11 December 2012
    A professor at the University of Texas has sparked outrage by claiming black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they have been raised in single parent homes usually by females. Law professor Lino Graglia was talking to the BBC when he said he could 'hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.' He said the average black performance on SAT test is 200 points lower than that for the average white student and that among the black population almost three quarters...
  • A Huge Natural Gas Line Explosion Just Lit Up West Virginia [PHOTOS]

    12/11/2012 11:00:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 81 replies
    business insider ^ | 12.11.2012 | Matthew Boesler
    Reports are coming in of a big explosion in Sissonville, West Virginia. Via local news outlet WSAZ: The northbound lanes of Interstate 77 are closed in the Sissonville area, from Tuppers Creek to Pocatalico due to what's being called a major gas line explosion. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper tells crews were called to what was described as a major gas line explosion in Sissonville. WSAZ says that right now, no injuries or fatalities have been reported. Below are two photos from Twitter. The first was posted by Charleston Gazette reporter
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals holds that the Second Amendment applies outside the home

    12/11/2012 10:59:31 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 45 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | December 11, 2012 | John Pierce
    --EMBEDDED PDF HERE-- In an opinion issued today in the Illinois case of Moore v. Madigan, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense … implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.” --IMAGE HERE-- The opinion is a joy to read as Judge Posner proceeds to shred the historical and public policy arguments against carry put forward by Illinois. Here are some examples to warm your heart on this cold December afternoon: Both Heller and McDonald do say that “the need for...
  • 'Plastic gun' ban would make even less sense now than in 1988

    12/11/2012 10:59:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports that Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) has announced his intention to renew the ban on "plastic guns," set to expire next December: A test of a printed plastic lower firearm receiver has resulted in an anti-gun politician demanding renewal of a law against a gun that does not exist, Live Science reported today, citing a call by Rep. Steve Israel, D- N.Y., to renew “the federal ban on plastic guns just days after members of the ‘Wiki Weapon’ project tested a 3D-printed gun part in a live-fire test.” The "Undetectable Firearms Act" was first...
  • Crass, Contemptuous Obama Humor

    12/11/2012 10:58:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Like he deserves any better... More at Reaganite Republican...  (safe for work this time, lol)
  • In Our Banana Republic

    12/11/2012 10:54:10 AM PST · by kreitzer · 7 replies
    Radio Free New Jersey ^ | 12/09/12 | Tom
    - In Our Banana Republic... There is a headline on Drudge right now which reads: Rubio: 'Tax Increases Will Not Solve Our $16 Trillion Debt'... If the Republicans are trying to get their losing message for 2016 into prime time shape, this seems like an excellent place to start. The people who represent the most accurate expression of the vox populi are no longer interested in such things. Rubio is talking about a problem that they don't even recognize the existence of, let alone are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to actually solve. But he's already out there wasting...
  • Rick Perry: Obamacare Won’t Be Successful

    12/11/2012 10:53:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 11:42 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Obamacare doesn’t have much of a chance of working because of the wariness of states over the creation of health insurance exchanges, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. … “The idea that you’ve got a state instituted exchange, but it has to be federally approved. So the fact is the federal government’s going to have to run these. And they don’t have the expertise, nor do they have the money,” Perry said. …
  • Navy Cancels Nativity over Atheist Complaint (Bahrain)

    12/11/2012 10:49:28 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    The Navy directed service members serving in Bahrain to cancel and dismantle a “Live Nativity” after receiving a complaint from a military atheist group who said the manger scene endangered Americans serving in a Muslim country and violated the U .S. Constitution. The chaplain at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain confirmed to Fox News the nativity scene was cancelled – but referred any further comments to the NSA’s public information officer. The “Live Nativity” was a long-standing tradition at NSA Bahrain that featured the children of military personnel dressed as shepherds, wise men, along with Mary and Joseph. It was...
  • It's OK To Say Merry Christmas

    12/11/2012 10:49:23 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-11-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Created this last year for OMG! For America.It's super-simple, but the importance of driving this message to the people has reached a point that was unimaginable only 20 years ago. Christmas tree, Christmas cards, Christmas vacation...and on it goes...sadly, they've all been replaced with "holiday" or something else.
  • Homeland Security funds sno-cone machines and underwater robots

    12/11/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies ^ | 12/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    At a time when national security remains a high priority, it seems that a $7.1 billion Homeland Security Department grant program would focus on terrorism. But according to an investigation by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, the program paid for 13 sno-cone machines in Michigan, a $98,000 underwater robot in Ohio, and an armored vehicle in New Hampshire that patrolled a pumpkin festival. Coburn’s report, “Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities” begins with this introductory letter:...
  • The Israeli Periphery

    12/11/2012 10:48:39 AM PST · by arthurus · 6 replies
    Stratfor ^ | December 11, 2012 | Reva Bhalla
    he state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its foreign policy toward the Arab world with that of Israel's. These are rather heavy requirements for such a small nation. Security, in the Israeli sense, is thus often characterized in terms of survival. And for Israel to survive, it needs just the right blend of geopolitical circumstance, complex diplomatic arrangements and military preparedness...
  • Ambassador Anna Wintour? (to the court of St. James) Yikes

    12/11/2012 10:44:33 AM PST · by drewh · 27 replies
    Savannah News Now ^ | December 11, 2012 - 6:28am | Lane Filler
    It’s been 200 years since the United States kicked off a shooting war with Great Britain, but that nation may be wondering if we’re looking to start another scrap. What else could be signified by rumors that Vogue editor Anna Wintour could be our next ambassador to the Court of St. James’s? One can only imagine befuddled, monocled British public servants on the phone with the White House: “Dear Lord, is it something we said?”Wintour is most famous for a fictional film depiction of her life, “The Devil Wears Prada,” in which she was ... the devil. She insists on...
  • South Sudan: Displacement and Destruction of Health Facilities in Jonglei State

    12/11/2012 10:43:05 AM PST · by ZULU · 4 replies
    Doctors without Borders ^ | November 27, 2012 | Doctors without Borders
    JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, NOVEMBER 27, 2012—Ongoing violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has had a devastating impact on tens of thousands of people, with many forcibly displaced and further cut off from health care due to the destruction of medical facilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said in a report released today.
  • (Illinois)Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons

    12/11/2012 10:40:49 AM PST · by Lockbar · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/11/2012 | dave Mckinney
    In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. “The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
  • Federal appeals court strikes down concealed carry ban (IL!!)

    12/11/2012 10:40:13 AM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies ^ | 12/11/2012 | Daily Illini
    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.
  • The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish

    12/11/2012 10:40:09 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-12-2012 | Dina Spector
    The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish Dina SpectorDec. 11, 2012, 12:46 PMIf you live in New York, and buy or eat fish, then at some point you probably received something different than what thought you were getting, The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal reports. A surprising number of mislabeled seafood items end up in grocery stores and restaurants, a new study by conservation group Ocenana revealed. More specifically, researchers found that 56, or 39 percent, of 142 fish samples DNA tested were were different from what they claimed to be. Fish labeled as white tuna often turned out be escolar (a...
  • Whither the Mortgage Interest Deduction? Only 25% of Tax Filers Claim the Mortgage Deduction

    12/11/2012 10:37:48 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 26 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There was a nice piece in the Los Angeles Times on the fate of the mortgage interest deduction. President Obama’s deficit commission (aka, Simpson-Bowles) proposed lowering the limit on mortgage principal eligible for a deduction to $500,000 from the current $1 million, removing any break for interest on a second home and turning the deduction into a tax credit capped at 12% of interest paid. “This is a sacred cow to the real estate industry, and it’s almost an entitlement to homeowners,” said Anthony Sanders, a real estate finance professor at George Mason University. “They could cut it in half...
  • US Debt - Visualized in physical $100 bills (video)

    12/11/2012 10:31:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 5, 2012 | Demonocracyinfo
    "The money in the video has already been spent"
  • Millionaires, Billionaires, and Teachers

    12/11/2012 10:26:07 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/12 | Randall Hoven
    Our President likes to use the phrase "millionaires and billionaires." A person whose net worth is $1 million or more is a "millionaire." Most of us working stiffs have trouble thinking in terms of net worth; we are more used to the concept of annual salary. How does net worth translate into annual income, or vice versa? In round numbers, the annual income equivalent is 4% of an investment nest egg. So if you have $1 million socked away, consider that to be equal to $40,000 income every year. Now this "4% rule" is based on a planning horizon of...
  • You may be president, but you ain't American.

    12/11/2012 10:25:05 AM PST · by knarf · 34 replies
    self | December 11, 2012 | knarf
  • Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay

    12/11/2012 10:00:28 AM PST · by edcoil · 132 replies
    usnews ^ | 12-11-2012 | Jason Koebler
    Scientists may have finally solved the puzzle of what makes a person gay, and how it is passed from parents to their children. A group of scientists suggested Tuesday that homosexuals get that trait from their opposite-sex parents: A lesbian will almost always get the trait from her father, while a gay man will get the trait from his mother.
  • Justice Scalia Defends Controversial Opinions About Gays At Princeton

    12/11/2012 9:58:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went to head to head Monday night with a gay student at Princeton University over the jurist's opinions about homosexuality. Duncan Hosie took issue with Scalia equating laws banning sodomy to laws against bestiality and murder. "It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,'" Scalia said, according to the Associated Press. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?" The high court's most outspoken justice stressed he wasn't equating sodomy...