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  • Boehner Declined to Attend Tea Party Anti-Tax-Increase Event

    12/13/2012 12:20:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2012 | Penny Starr
    During a press conference to unveil some 160,000 individual petitions asking Congress not to raise taxes on any Americans, organizers were asked if House Speaker John Boehner was invited to attend. “Speaker Boehner was invited. Other members of leadership were invited,” said Dustin Stockton, chief strategist with TheTeaParty.net, the group that organized the petition drive. … “But then he (Boehner) didn’t want to attend this?” CNSNews.com asked. “No,” Stockton said. …
  • House Conservatives: Blame for Fiscal Cliff ‘Rests Squarely on Boehner’s Shoulders’

    12/12/2012 11:54:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    House conservatives believe there is no good proposal put forth by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” and blame for the current Republican position “rests squarely” on Boehner’s shoulders. “Let’s do something that’s real unusual in this town. Let’s talk about accountability. I don’t care whoever you are. The position the speaker’s in right now—if there’s any blame to be placed, it’s squarely on his shoulders,” said Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.). … “There’s no deal on the table from either side that is a good deal for the American people. Not one...
  • EU budget agreed after MEPs settle for €3.8-billion spending hike

    12/12/2012 11:50:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 12.12.12 @ 20:48 | Benjamin Fox
    The 2013 EU budget has been agreed after MEPs signed off on a deal worth €132.8 billion ($173.8 billion) in Strasbourg on Wednesday (12 December). The agreement breaks months of deadlock between MEPs, the commission and national governments. It increases EU spending next year by just €3.8 billion ($4.97 billion), over €5 billion ($6.5 billion) less than the sums demanded by MEPs and the EU executive. It also includes a controversial deal providing just €6.1 billion ($7.98 billion) of emergency funding to the European Commission to cover outstanding bills from 2012. …
  • NATO in Afghanistan - Dutch PRT teaching rule of law to Afghans (Video)

    12/12/2012 11:24:04 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    NATO ^ | Dec 12, 2012
    The Dutch Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kunduz teaches Afghan students 'rule of law'.
  • Caught Up In Violence, Michigan Style

    12/12/2012 11:16:38 PM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 17 replies
    6 Foot 2 In High Heel Shoes ^ | 12-12-12 | 6foot2inhighheels
    12-12-12 I joined a handful of people who supported Right to Work Legislation in Lansing yesterday. While the union goons circled the AFP tent like a pack of hyenas all morning, I ventured out with my friend Wendy, and videotaped the crowds as they swelled from a few hundred at 8 AM to at least 15,000 by 11:30AM. We also spent considerable time observing the planned events that culminated in a near riot. Between 8 and 9, the union leadership directed the protestors to kick Michigan Americans for Prosperity people off the Capitol's front steps, which the AFP had reserved,...
  • Bad News Bear Grantham the Grim

    12/12/2012 11:14:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Rich Karlgaard
    JEREMY GRANTHAM is famous for looking into the dark corners of investment. He sees things we’d rather not discuss. His pessimism has served him well. Investors hire Grantham to spot irrational exuberance and bet against it. That’s why his firm, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, is entrusted to manage $100 billion. The dour Grantham makes a lot of money for his clients. He is usually right. In his November newsletter, you see, Grantham the Grim delivers the most pessimistic report we’ve ever seen. Anywhere. He writes: “The U.S. GDP growth rate that we have become accustomed to for over 100 years—in...
  • Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists ( Syria Coalition Leader )

    12/12/2012 10:59:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Leader of new U.S.-backed Syrian rebel coalition: Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists posted at 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 by Allahpundit A short but important footnote to the NYT’s story about Assad using scud missiles against the rebels. Remember, this is supposed to be the new pro-western face of the Syrian opposition that’ll make deeper U.S. involvement more politically palatable. But the leader of the coalition took issue with a decision by the Obama administration to classify Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign...
  • TSA's Grip on Internal Travel is Tightening

    12/12/2012 10:45:02 PM PST · by sourcery · 51 replies
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tightening its grip on domestic travcel. I don't mean the random, unpredictable security checks at bus, subway and train stations which already exist. I mean a coordinated and systematic police control of internal travel within America. Groundwork is being laid. Application to Make U.S. Into an Airport Screening Zone The application was tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30). It was surrounded by soporific references to forwarding "the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review...
  • Michigan Locals Raise Funds For 'Hot Dog Guy' After Union Thugs Destroy His Supplies

    12/12/2012 10:43:00 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Natalia Angulo
    Clinton Tarver has been serving hot dogs to hungry locals in downtown Lansing, Mich., for the last five years, but a brush this week with a pro-union protest literally upended his small business in a matter of minutes. During a protest against right-to-work legislation in Michigan's capital, Tarver’s catering supplies were destroyed when demonstrators tore down the tent where he was serving and trampled his gear. Related News: Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage Learning From History (Labor Unions) - The Kohler Strike of 1954 Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals?
  • Syrian forces fire short-range ballistic missiles at rebels

    12/12/2012 10:32:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Karen DeYoung
    Government forces have fired at least a half-dozen short-range ballistic missiles at rebel groups in northern Syria over the past several days, according to U.S. officials, a potentially significant escalation of a civil war that has killed more than 40,000 people. U.S. officials and the group Human Rights Watch also alleged Wednesday that Syrian government forces are dropping incendiary devices similar to napalm weapons on rebel fighters in populated areas. The officials described the tactics as acts of desperation as rebels gain momentum in the nearly two-year-old fight to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus from denomination

    12/12/2012 10:31:59 PM PST · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | Ann Rodgers
    Members of Pittsburgh Presbytery expressed grief and frustration with three churches that recently voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) without going through the constitutional process for doing so, while the church's national moderator, who coincidentally was at their regular meeting Thursday, said he had offered to meet with leaders of those churches and two others that are pursuing the formal process for leaving. Representatives from only one of the five, later identified as Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, agreed to meet with the Rev. Neal Presa. About 140 churches are in the countywide presbytery. Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian...
  • Vote manufacturing can't buy state houses

    12/12/2012 10:29:35 PM PST · by varmintman · 12 replies
    Ever wonder how a state like Fla. whose state senate is owned by the GOP 28/12 could go for Bork Obunga in a national election (or Ohio 23/10) or how a total bastion of libtardism like Michigan could pass a right-to-work law or why RR couldn't take Wiconsin after Scott Walker's stunning victories and with Ryan one of the two R's on the ticket?? The basic cold, hard reality of it: dems can manufacture all the vote they want and it won't buy state houses, the GOP will still control its own districts, it's only statewide or national elections which...
  • Episcopal priests offer spiritual support for gay unions

    12/12/2012 10:27:36 PM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Lois K Solomon
    Gay couples who seek spiritual affirmation of their relationships can now sanctify their unions with special blessings at South Florida's Episcopal churches. Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida have been given permission to perform a distinct rite, different from the marriage between a man and a woman. Called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," the ceremony, to be introduced this month, was approved by national convention delegates over the summer. Lorraine Michels and Joan Van Ness were married in 2009 in Massachusetts, but decided to participate in a nine-couple blessing ceremony in April at All Saints...
  • Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of ObamaCare

    12/12/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/12/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President Obama’s signature health care law. Using “Republican” language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • French Greens look to ban all future shale drilling with new draft law

    12/12/2012 10:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Platts ^ | December 12, 2012 | Robin Sayles
    France's Green party has proposed to parliament a law which extends the nation's ban on shale oil and gas exploration to all drilling methods, Green party MP Francois-Michel Lambert said in a statement Wednesday. The question of whether France should mine its significant shale gas potential is high on the agenda of a national debate on energy which will frame 2013 policy decisions. "It is time to definitively close the door on non-conventional hydrocarbon [drilling]" said Lambert, proponent of the draft law. This is something the Socialist government has not been willing to do, instead choosing to outlaw hydraulic fracturing,...
  • Episcopalian Exodus Over Gay Issues continues

    12/12/2012 10:18:02 PM PST · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 19.Nov.2012 | inq
    Divisions in the Episcopal Church on the subject of gay marriage have led yet another diocese to break from the national US Episcopal Church. Reuters reports Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina received a letter Oct. 15 from Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori saying he had “abandoned the church” and barring him from exercising his office. The local diocese however had previous stated that it would disassociate with the national church if it took exercised any hierarchical authority. It did, and the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina became the fifth US diocese to break from its mother...
  • Feds to landowner: don't touch that trash [Obama admin grabs private property in NM]

    12/12/2012 10:16:51 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 24 replies
    WND ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A New Mexico couple has been warned by the federal government not to touch trash – tin cans, broken glass and the like – that has accumulated over the years on the 20 acres of desert land they bought for their retirement home near Santa Fe because it could hurt the Rio Grande River, 25 miles away. Huh? The dispute over the Obama administration’s claim to jurisdiction over desert land belonging to Peter and Francoise Smith is heading to court now. Their lawsuit alleges Washington is over-reaching in its claim that their land, which does not contain any “relatively permanent,...
  • On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation

    12/12/2012 10:12:57 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 12, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation "God Continues to Draw Near to Us" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I spoke of God's revelation, as a communication He makes of Himself and of His plan of kindness and love. This revelation of God inserts itself in time and in the history of mankind: history that becomes "the arena where we see what God does for humanity. God comes to us in the things we...
  • Natural-gas processing facility planned (Ohio)

    12/12/2012 10:12:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Vindicator ^ | December 13, 2012 | Burton Speakman
    YOUNGSTOWN - The construction industry can expect another local boom with the announcement of a second cryogenic gas-processing plant in the Mahoning Valley. Hilcorp and NiSource are partnering on an estimated $300 million investment to build pipeline and a natural-gas processing plant in eastern Mahoning County. The partnership, named Pennant Midstream LLC, is moving forward with plans to construct the Hickory Bend Pipeline System and an associated cryogenic gas-processing plant, said Chevalier Mayes, spokeswoman for NiSource. Neither Hilcorp nor NiSource has confirmed specific locations for either the plant or the pipeline. The pipeline will consist of 50 miles of 20-...
  • "Mary's Song Prepares Us for Mary's Son" (Sermon on Luke 1:46-55)

    12/12/2012 9:53:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 12, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Mary’s Song Prepares Us for Mary’s Son” (Luke 1:46-55)One of the things we’re doing this month in our Advent and Christmas services is looking at a number of texts from Luke’s “Infancy Narrative,” that is, the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel, which concern events related to the birth of Jesus Christ. And one of the distinctive features of Luke chapters 1 and 2 is the inclusion of four poetic, song-like pieces--in other words, the four canticles of Luke. And those four canticles are as follows: Mary’s Song, the Magnificat; Zechariah’s Song, the Benedictus; the Angels’ Song, the Gloria in...