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  • Save the Middle Class ... and Everyone Else

    12/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- William McGurn, the esteemed Wall Street Journal columnist and soon-to-be editor of the editorial page of the New York Post, has made an interesting observation about the fabulous Bush tax cuts that are about to lapse. They amount to a substantial sum of money for a middle-class family. For the middle class it will be a big deal if they disappear. President Barack Obama has portrayed the Bush tax cuts as a rich person's tax cut, but now he is portraying them as a huge tax break for the middle class. Of a sudden he says do not...
  • Obama's Laughter

    12/13/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 34 replies
    English Pravda ^ | 10-12-12 | Xavier Lerma
    The last nail on America's coffin has been hammered while Obama and his comrades smirk over its grave....
  • British academic: Ban party balloons (helium filled)

    12/13/2012 5:58:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    “The scarcity of helium is a really serious issue. I can imagine that in 50 years time our children will be saying, ‘I can’t believe they used such a precious material to fill balloons,’” said the doctor, Peter Wothers. The non-renewable gas is a necessity in hospitals, where it is used to cool magnets in MRI scanners and mixed with oxygen to allow ill patients and newborn babies to breathe more easily. Scientists have been unsuccessful in finding a sustainable way of making the gas artificially. “If we keep using it for non-essential things like party balloons, where we’re just...
  • For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

    12/13/2012 5:54:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Towery
    I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently. But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton ultimately...
  • Freedom From Union Compulsion

    12/13/2012 5:47:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    To everything there is a season, the Good Book says, and in Michigan workplaces the season of freedom is arriving at last. Republican legislators voted Tuesday to make Michigan the 24th state in the nation to protect an essential civil liberty: the right to work for a living without being required to join or pay money to a labor union. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new laws – one dealing with private-sector employees, one covering government employment – a few hours later, hailing them as "pro-worker and pro-Michigan." Big Labor and its allies, of course, are furiously denouncing this...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/13/2012 5:44:17 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 30 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012 | Judicial Watch
    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...
  • £100 billion and counting: What Britain has paid to Brussels in the last 40 years

    12/13/2012 5:36:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:42 EST, 13 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Britain’s membership of the European Union has cost taxpayers almost £100 billion since its formation. As David Cameron travels to Brussels today for another EU summit, it emerged that from 1973 to this year, Britain has paid £97 billion ($156 billion) in net payments. … Cameron is due to attend talks today aimed are establishing a single banking watchdog for Eurozone countries. … But the move is being seen as a significant step towards a European super state. … It means national governments will no longer have oversight of their banks. …
  • Fiscal Cliff Creates Problems That Don't Faze Obama

    12/13/2012 5:35:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners? Some analysts think so. Keith Hennessey, a former top staffer for the Bush White House and Senate Republicans and a veteran of budget negotiations, argues that Obama's whole second term would be blighted if he allows the fiscal cliff tax increases and sequestration budget cuts to take place next month. His argument is based on three assumptions. One is that going over the fiscal cliff would trigger a sharp recession and a weak economy thereafter....
  • Is it time to rethink the war on drugs?

    12/13/2012 5:26:46 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 147 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/13/12 | Judson Phillips
    We have had the “War on Drugs” since the 70’s. In the 80’s, the “War” went from just skirmishes to an all out nuclear war on drugs. Now, thirty years later what have we accomplished? Has the “War on Drugs” become just another epic government failure like the “War on Poverty” with the only thing accomplished being massive government spending and an equally massive erosion of our Constitutional Rights? My perspective on the “War on Drugs” is a little different from most people. I practiced law for 24 years. Ten of those years were as a prosecutor. The rest were...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/13/12)[Prayer]

    12/13/2012 5:23:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/13/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress. God Bless America!
  • Britain lifts ban on shale gas fracking

    12/13/2012 5:17:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:14 | (Agencies)
    Britain this morning lifted its ban on shale gas exploration as it aims to become a European leader in a sector that has transformed the US energy market and counter a fall in the UK’s natural gas production. … Europe’s largest gas consumer, Britain, had put a temporary stop to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for shale gas in May 2011, a process in which water and chemicals are injected at high pressure into rock formations to retrieve trapped gas, after earth tremors were measured near a fracking site close to Blackpool. Fracking can resume immediately, but explorers need to operate...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/13/12)[Prayer]

    12/13/2012 5:13:00 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/13/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Olam...Everlasting GodGenesis 21:33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.
  • European ministers ink deal on bank oversight

    12/13/2012 5:11:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 12:05 AM ET | SARAH DiLORENZO and RAF CASERT
    The European Union on Thursday took a major step towards one of the most important transfers of financial authority away from national capitals when its member states agreed to create a single supervisor for their banks. The political agreement reached at dawn by finance ministers augured well ahead of the evening start of a summit of the 27 government leaders seeking to set up a banking union. … Under the deal, banks with more than €30 billion ($39 billion) in assets or those that represent 20 percent of gross domestic product of their national economies will be placed under the...
  • Fairness Doctrine… for License Plates?!

    12/13/2012 5:06:41 AM PST · by scottfactor · 20 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 12/13/12 | Ginam Miller
    The God-hating minions of the Left are working overtime to kill our freedom of speech and expression, when it concerns speech and expression they don’t like. So, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina sued representatives of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Highway Patrol to block the state from issuing “Choose Life” license plates. Last Friday, an 84-year-old President Reagan appointee, North Carolina Federal Judge James C. Fox, issued a ruling declaring the state’s “Choose Life” license plates to be an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, giving the ACLU...
  • Taxman to Middle Class: 'Bend Over'

    12/13/2012 4:56:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Larry Elder
    President Barack Obama in 2008, and again during the 2012 election, promised absolutely, positively no tax hikes on the middle class. The rich, however, must pay more: "It's not me being stubborn, it's not me being partisan -- it's just a matter of math." How does Obama intend to pay for our cradle-to-grave welfare state? Why, by charging the dastardly "millionaires and billionaires" who "can afford to pay a little bit more." No more extending the Bush-era tax rates for the rich. To do so, Obama tells us, would "cost" $700 billion -- over 10 years. So this "break" for...
  • Will 401(k) plans keep getting worse?

    12/13/2012 4:50:04 AM PST · by lwd · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Teresa Ghilarducci
    CNN) -- IBM, one of America's largest companies, shook the employee compensation world when it announced recently that it would contribute only once every December to its employees' 401(k) accounts. Any employee who leaves before December would not be able to collect the company's match. Workers at IBM aren't marching to the picket line like Walmart workers and longshoreman who protest pay and working conditions, but you just never know. Only about 9% of the nation's employers make matches once a year. IBM's move is paving the way for big companies to go down this road.
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 13, 2012 – cathexis

    12/13/2012 4:44:27 AM PST · by secret garden · 54 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 13 December 2012 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". cathexis \kuh-THEK-sis\ noun investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea Example sentences: "The veil that hides Laura and her eyes, her hair, her smile (and its counterpart, the glove that veils her hand) becomes the object of Petrarch's cathexis...." — From an essay by Margaret Brose in the 2010 book The Body in Early Modern Italy "The plot of this French film diverges from ... most American film...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 13, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/13/2012 4:44:07 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/13/12 | Joel Osteen
    Beauty for Ashes Today's Scripture He will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3, TLB. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everyone has experienced hurt and disappointment. We’ve all been burnt by life. But God doesn’t want us to sit in the ashes of the past; He wants to trade our brokenness for healing. He wants to give us beauty for our ashes. The key is that we have to be willing to give up the ashes in order to receive the beauty. You can’t have both because the old has to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 13, 2012]

    12/13/2012 4:42:23 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Intercessory Prayer ". . . men always ought to pray and not lose heart" —Luke 18:1 You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up . ....
  • QE4 Is Here: Bernanke Delivers $85B-A-Month Until Unemployment Falls Below 6.5%

    12/13/2012 4:39:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    forbes ^ | december 12, 2012 | Agustino Fontevecchia
    Ben Bernanke continues to make history at the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the FOMC announced more quantitative easing at a rate of $85 billion a month for an extended period of time. The Bernanke Fed has also modified its guidance, noting its ultra-accommodative stance will remain in place until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5% and inflation projections remain no more than half a percentage point above 2% two years out. QE4 is here. Only a few months after announcing what had been dubbed QE3, an open-ended $40 billion a month program to buy up mortgage backed securities (MBS), the...
  • Let the Real Fat Cats Pay Their Fair Share

    12/13/2012 4:35:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Who exactly were the rich who, as the president said, were not "paying their fair share"? The rapper Jay-Z (net worth: nearly $500 million)? The actor Johnny Depp (2011 income: $50 million)? Neither seems to have heard the president's earlier warning that, "at a certain point you've made enough money." Could both zillionaires simply have quit making money at $10 million -- and thereby given their poorer audiences a break on ticket prices? With all the talk of raising taxes on the supposedly conservative wannabes who make $250,000 per year, why not additionally levy a $3 surcharge on discretionary tickets...
  • Toothy prehistoric lizard named Obamadon after smiling president

    12/13/2012 4:21:38 AM PST · by shove_it · 34 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Jason McLure
    (Reuters) - Researchers have named a newly discovered, prehistoric lizard "Obamadon gracilis" in honor of the 44th president's toothy grin. The small, insect-eating lizard was first discovered in eastern Montana in 1974, but a recent re-examination showed the fossil had been wrongly classified as a Leptochamops denticulatus and was in fact a new species, researchers told Reuters on Tuesday. Obamadon gracilis was one of nine newly discovered species reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In naming the new species, scientists from Yale and Harvard universities combined the Latin "Obamadon" for "Obama's teeth" and "gracilis,"...
  • ALLIES REPEL ALL NEW TANK ATTACKS BY THE AXIS IN NORTHEAST TUNISIA (12/13/42)

    12/13/2012 4:18:43 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/13/42 | Raymond Daniell, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Ralph Parker, Hanson W. Baldwin, Charles Hurd
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 THE NEWS OF THE WEEK IN REVIEW8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • Marriage Best Left to Churches

    12/13/2012 4:13:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The current conundrum regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage is what happens when church and state are mixed -- the topics become confusing and confused. When I married my husband almost 15 years ago, I did so out of love and out of a desire to witness before God my commitment to him and his to me. The legal and tax ramifications did not enter into my head. But for couples of the same sex, the legal and tax ramifications can be very important because their legal rights differ from those of heterosexual couples in a number of ways, from...
  • Obama's Tax-the-Scapegoat Strategy Is Doomed to Fail

    12/13/2012 4:12:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/12/2012 | John Merline
    In an interview with Fox News host Bill O´Reilly last year, President Obama claimed he "didn´t raise taxes once." O´Reilly didn´t challenge the claim, and other reporters repeated it as fact. But it was completely false. By the time he went on O´Reilly´s show, Obama had signed more than 20 tax hikes into law with a combined 10-year price tag of more than $500 billion. However, since most of these taxes targeted relatively small and unpopular groups — smokers, tanning salons, insurance companies, the rich — few seemed to notice. Indeed, a review of the tax hikes Obama has enacted...
  • Comrades - embrace your government as they embrace your files.

    12/13/2012 4:10:20 AM PST · by ripnbang · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2012
    The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them.
  • Tax Rich Liberals

    12/13/2012 4:08:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Republicans have been forced into a Hobson's choice of either letting the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone or agreeing to a tax hike on the top 2 percent of income earners (not to be confused with "the rich," who have already made, inherited or married their money). If Republicans object to the Democrats' hitting job creators with a tax hike, three things will happen: Taxes will go up for everyone; Republicans will be seen as the "party of the rich"; and the inevitable economic collapse will be blamed on Republicans. If Democrats were merely trying to raise taxes on...
  • As Clinton Prepares to Testify, Rep Wolf Accuses Tunisia of Hampering FBI Probe Into Benghazi Attack

    12/13/2012 4:08:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to testify on Capitol Hill next week about last September’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a Republican lawmaker is urging her to cut aid to Tunisia over its refusal to allow the FBI to talk to the only known detained suspect in the attack. Speaking on the U.S. House floor Wednesday, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) accused Tunisian authorities of hampering the FBI’s investigation into the attack in Libya’s second city, during which U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. …
  • Cal Logo 2.0: Let There be UC Lite

    12/13/2012 3:53:30 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-13-2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    When you think about it, it's amazing that the high-minded swells at the University of California didn't unveil a new logo sooner. The old logo, which will continue to appear on diplomas and official letters, features the school motto, "Let there be light." Ancient. An English translation of a Latin phrase. And a book. Dead-tree lit. 1868? Dead white guys. Under a star. Too militaristic. But it wasn't political correctness that relegated the old UC seal to the dusty top shelf reserved for weighty documents only. The new logo, explained UC spokesman Steve Montiel, is "an operational thing." The seal...
  • Syrian rebels set to execute Ukrainian journalist

    12/13/2012 3:45:26 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | anon
    NGOs are urging Syrian rebels to release a Ukrainian journalist, Anhar Kochneva, who is set to be executed Thursday. Meanwhile the group behind the kidnapping warned it would now target all Russians, Ukrainians and Iranians on Syrian soil. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19, the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about Kochneva’s life and urging the leadership of the Free Syrian Army and of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to ensure that the journalist is safe and set free. The groups also called on the French, British and US governments,...
  • EU criticizes Israeli plans

    12/13/2012 3:41:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    European Voice ^ | 10.12.2012 / 19:51 CET (Dec. 12) | Andrew Gardner
    The European Union’s 27 foreign ministers today criticized Israel’s response to Palestine’s successful bid to upgrade its status at the United States, saying that they were “deeply dismayed” by Israel’s decision to expand settlements in the occupied territories. Israel has said that it intends to build 3,000 more Jewish settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Ministers said that plans to develop the “E1 area”—which would effectively separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank of Palestine—is a particular concern. “The E1 plan, if implemented, would seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution of the conflict by jeopardizing...
  • Today's Toons 12/13/12

    12/13/2012 3:31:06 AM PST · by pookie18 · 15 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 12/13/12 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Police: NM men plotted to kill Justin Bieber

    12/13/2012 3:19:36 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    KRQE ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | Alex Tomlin
    Investigators say two would-be hit men from Albuquerque may have had their sights set on the teen mega star; Justin Bieber. They had it planned down to the ties they were going to use to strangle to the pop star and three other people. A warning, the details are pretty graphic.
  • Christie: Weight concerns “ridiculous”

    12/13/2012 3:10:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/12 04:49 PM ET | Justin Sink
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said concerns that his weight would prevent him from serving as president were “ridiculous” in an interview set to air Wednesday. In an interview for Barbara Walters’s “10 Most Fascinating People” series, the broadcast veteran asked the New Jersey governor how he would respond to “people who say that you couldn’t be president because you're so heavy.” “That’s ridiculous, I mean, that’s ridiculous,” Christie responded. “I mean, I don’t know what the basis for that is.” …
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 13, 2012

    12/13/2012 2:50:26 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Three female Rebel pilots were discharged from ‘Return of the Jedi’

    12/13/2012 2:41:59 AM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    Yahoo Movie Talk ^ | 12/13/12 | Bryan Enk
    The Rebel Alliance now seems a little bit less like a galactic Boys Club. The final battle against the Death Star in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983) used to have a bit more of a woman's touch as it's been revealed that there were actually three female Rebel pilots taking on TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers as they waited for Han Solo and the gang to blow up the shield generator bunker on Endor (ah, old war stories!). There were three unnamed lady pilots in "Jedi," two of which can be seen in the extras...
  • Black mobs take over Washington Metro

    12/13/2012 2:27:40 AM PST · by Anila · 181 replies
    WND ^ | 12/13/12 | Colin Flaherty
    No one knows what the two white women were doing on that Metro in that part of Washington, D.C. Ads by Google Clothes and DressesUp to 90% Discount at CashCashPinoy. Join Now! lp.CashCashPinoy.com Trade Forex with FxProStart trading Forex online now. Open an account for free! www.fxpro.com They “did not want any trouble,” they said on the video. To the black mob that confronted them, threatened them, beat them and robbed them, it was no trouble at all. So they grabbed their iPhones, but not before the girls fought back to retrieve them. Unsuccessfully. All the while one of the...
  • Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility age (leaves 270K uninsured in 2021)

    12/13/2012 2:10:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility ageBy Mike Lillis - 12/12/12 08:01 PM ET House Democrats are lining up behind Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) against raising Medicare’s eligibility age as part of a year-end tax-and-spending package. Pelosi rejected raising Medicare’s eligibility age in an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, then doubled down on that position Wednesday. “We want what happens to be fair,” she said in an interview on CBS’s “This Morning” program. “And one of the things that we object to is raising the Medicare age.” A number of Democrats say this is neither...
  • Woman Turns In Historic Nazi Assault Rifle At Conn. Gun Buy-Back

    12/13/2012 2:09:18 AM PST · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 December 2012 | Jessica Stanton
    The Sturmgewehr 44 dates back to 1944 - Value $20,000 to 25,000 - It was the first modern assault rifle ever made - AK 47 copied design - Police "did not take the gun in for the gun buy-back program." - Photo in Comments
  • US backs United Nations measure in favor of universal health coverage

    12/13/2012 1:54:17 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    the hill ^ | december 12, 2012 | elise viebeck
    The United States has backed a United Nations draft resolution favoring universal healthcare coverage. The nonbinding measure calls on U.N. member states to ensure citizens' access to health insurance, and was approved by the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. Supporters say the draft resolution paves the way for the post-2015 development agenda to include universal health coverage. Health insurance for all promotes "sustained, inclusive and equitable growth, social cohesion and well-being of the population," the U.N. said. In 2010, the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO) expressed support for President Obama's signature healthcare law, praising it as an "unprecedented achievement" in...
  • Cold Fusion and the Energy Crisis: to be or not to be?

    12/13/2012 1:48:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy Journal ^ | November 30, 2012 | Dr. Stoyan Sarg
    While the year 2011 will be remembered for the remarkable progress in cold fusion achieved in Italy and more particularly by the E-cat reactors of Andrea Rossi, the year 2012 will be remembered for the slow progress of its recognition by the mainstream establishments. Cold fusion, known also as LENR, is a new and safer type of nuclear energy that will rival the currently used unsafe nuclear power. Its advantages are unparalleled: a lack of radioactive waste and byproducts that could be used for a weapon; abundance of fuel (nickel) without the need for mining of radioactive uranium with the...
  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    12/13/2012 1:38:52 AM PST · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    Newsday/AP ^ | 12-13-12 | Matthew Daly
    For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street. The rules had been largely put on hold during the presidential campaign as the White House sought to quiet Republican charges that President Barack Obama was an overzealous regulator who is killing U.S. jobs. But since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to update water quality guidelines for beaches and other recreational waters and deal...
  • LIFE MAGAZINE'S SPECIAL EDITION ON JESUS

    12/13/2012 1:29:44 AM PST · by princess leah · 11 replies
    Life Magazine ^ | November 2012 | Life Magazine
    At our church's Christmas Musical, there was a video presentation of one of the leaders and he held up a copy of Life magazine's November special issue entitled "JESUS" with a picture of Jesus and the sub title "Who Do You Say That I Am?" I then saw this on the magazine rack at the checkout at the store, so I purchased it and while I haven't gotten through it all yet, I was impressed that one of our oldest Magazines in America chose this Christmas season to put out THE Issue that asks the Question that may be the...
  • Judge dismisses handgun case with 1st successful use of Stand Your Ground immunity law

    12/13/2012 1:00:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    tcpalm.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Lamaur Stancil
    Arzie Tory Months before Floridians had heard of Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, an Indian River County man was threatened with a beating and made a decision to stand his ground by grabbing a gun. Arzie Tory was a 48-year-old lawn maintenance employee who arrived at work on July 12, 2011, and was assaulted by a man 19 years younger, according to court records. Tory, who said he was experiencing weakness from diabetes, took a punch to the eye and fled to his car, where he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and warned the other man to stay away, records...
  • Patterson's Pharmacy closing after 37 years (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) [ObamaCare]

    12/13/2012 12:58:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | December 12, 2012 | Doug Walker
    For 37 years, Burt Patterson has owned the pharmacy named after him. That is now coming to an end. For Patterson, it was simply time to retire. "At a certain age, everybody has to come to grips with the fact that you can't keep going forever," Patterson said. He also said uncertainly about the future of health care in America also played a role in his decision. "The potential for a small pharmacy surviving in the coming years under Obamacare is going to be very difficult. And again, at my age, I just did not want to risk my retirement,"...
  • Checkmate: From a Slum to Chess Superstar

    12/13/2012 12:43:00 AM PST · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    THINGS GONE RIGHT ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | Admin
    A 16-year-old from Uganda just wanted something to eat the day she wandered into a chess tournament that swept her out of the slums and into the international spotlight. In 2011, Tim Crothers wrote a viral piece for ESPN Magazine about Phiona Mutesi. The story is once again getting attention as Crothers tours the U.S. this week to promote a full-length book about the teen, who he says is “the ultimate underdog.” “Before I discovered chess… I was living on the streets,” Mutesi told CNN in an interview broadcast on Monday. “You couldn’t have anything to eat at the streets.”...
  • Nobel Laureate Prescott: Higher Taxes Will Further Stagnate Economy

    12/13/2012 12:32:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 10:38 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Contrary to popular opinion, U.S. tax rates aren’t low, says Edward Prescott, a Nobel laureate economist at Arizona State University. “Tax rates are already high, much higher than is commonly understood, and increasing them will likely further depress the economy, especially by affecting the number of hours Americans work,” Prescott and Lee Ohanian, a UCLA economist, write in The Wall Street Journal. …
  • 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. …