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  • AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner (another episode of 'As the Stomach Turns'?)

    12/17/2012 6:47:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/17/12 | David Espo and Jim Kuhnhenn | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday. Speaking a few hours after Obama and Boehner met at the White House, these people said the president was now seeking a higher tax rate beginning at incomes over $400,000, up from the levels of $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples that were cornerstones of his successful campaign...
  • ODU's Heinicke wins Payton, FCS' Heisman Trophy

    12/17/2012 6:46:52 PM PST · by wolfman23601
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/17/2012 | Harry Minium
    Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke capped a record-breaking season in which he became the most prolific passer in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision by winning the Walter Payton Award on Monday night. Surrounded by family and friends from his hometown of Atlanta, and an entourage of ODU officials, Heinicke accepted the award as he was accorded a standing ovation by several hundred spectators at The Sports Network FCS banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill. “Other than the national championship, there’s not a better award you could win,” Heinicke said. “It’s a huge honor and I’m very humbled. “I’m speechless....
  • Belgium: Blame France for Depardieu Move

    12/17/2012 6:46:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 17 Dec 2012
    Belgium's foreign minister said Monday that France was solely to blame after its top actor Gérard Depardieu threatened to give up his passport following a move to seek tax exile in the neighbouring country. Depardieu puts Paris mansion on market (13 Dec 12) Ayrault slams tax exiles after Depardieu move (12 Dec 12) Depardieu moves to Belgium over tax hikes (10 Dec 12) Didier Reynders said his country must not be made a "scapegoat" for Depardieu's move, which the French prime minister suggested was an unpatriotic act. "There have been no measures taken by Belgium to attract any French national,"...
  • Arizona Electors Question Barack Obama Birth Certificate

    12/17/2012 6:36:05 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 36 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | John Celock
    The chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and two other Arizona members of the Electoral College on Monday questioned President Barack Obama's birth certificate during the formal casting of the state's electoral votes. Arizona GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey said during the state's Electoral College meeting that Obama did not produce a "legitimate" birth certificate, KNAU reports. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who has vetoed bills to require presidential candidates to show a birth certificate to Arizona's secretary of state, said she disagreed with the trio's stance. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), the presiding officer of the Arizona Electoral College,...
  • Latino Groups Warn Congress to Fix Immigration or Else

    12/17/2012 6:33:24 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Julia Preston
    WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest Latino organizations warned Congress on Wednesday that they will keep a report card during the immigration debate next year, with plans to mobilize their voters against lawmakers who do not support a comprehensive immigration bill. “Make no mistake, we will be watching,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, which led one of the most extensive Latino voter drives. The report card will show “who stood with us and who stood against us” on immigration reform, Mr. Medina said."
  • EDITORIAL: EPA regulates water

    12/17/2012 6:29:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Editorial
    Life-giving substances shouldn’t be treated as pollutantsThe environmentalist movement has gone off the deep end. It’s bad enough that the courts have allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare carbon dioxide, one of the essential components of life on this planet, to be a pollutant. Now the same bureaucratic zealots are going after water itself. On Friday, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared in federal district court in Alexandria to contest the EPA’s use of the Clean Water Act to punish Virginia and Fairfax County for sending too much water into a watershed. “These regulations are expensive,...
  • ABC and CBS Skip News of Tim Scott’s Historic Senate Appointment

    12/17/2012 6:24:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday announced she will appoint Republican U.S. Representative Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate to replace the departing Senator Jim DeMint, but though he will become the “first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881” and the only black -- Democrat or Republican -- in the current Senate, neither ABC nor CBS mentioned the news Monday night. Yes, the newscasts were dominated by the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, yet the NBC Nightly News managed to squeeze in 24 seconds to note Scott’s historic appointment.
  • R.I.P. Sen. Inouye, Hero of the 442nd (Hero of Immense Proportions)

    12/17/2012 6:19:58 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | Daniel Foster
    We have just learned that Senator Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) has passed away at 88. Whatever else the president pro tempore of the Senate was, he was a Nazi-socking badass of a G.I.: In the fall of 1944, Inouye’s unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of “The Lost Battalion” is listed in the U.S. Army annals as one of the most significant military battles of the century. Inouye lost ten pounds, became a platoon leader and won the...
  • Income Argument Against Right-To-Work Legislation Isn't Valid

    12/17/2012 6:15:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2012 | Tom Gantert
    News reports about the pending right-to-work legislation are filled with dire predictions and statistics that fit specific story lines. The Detroit Free Press, for example, ran a story after right-to-work legislation was introduced in the state House and Senate claiming that right-to-work states had lower-income residents than non-right-to-work states. "The data on wages tell a fairly clear story," the Free Press story said. "Of the top 10 states in per capita income in 2011, seven were not right-to-work states. Of the bottom 10 states with the lowest per capita income, seven were right-to work states.” However, Mackinac Center for Public...
  • Founding Fathers Just 'Some Dead People' Spews Ed Schultz in Anti-Second Amendment Rant

    12/17/2012 6:14:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Remember how liberals feigned reverence for the Constitution during its alleged wholesale destruction while George W. Bush was president? With a Democrat ensconsed in the White House, they are reverting to old habits when it comes to the blueprint for our republic. On his radio show Friday, Schultz argued with a caller who said he usually agrees with Schultz, citing "socialized medicine" and higher taxes as examples of common ground they share. But the Second Amendment must be protected, the caller said, lest changes to it erode other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights (audio) -- CALLER: From a...
  • BOND: A Tipping Point For Wall Street

    12/17/2012 6:13:46 PM PST · by Grampa Dave · 9 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 12/17/2012 | jeff-binkley
    Seeking Alpha Home |Portfolio |Market Currents |Investing Ideas |Dividends & Income |ETFs |Macro View |ALERTS |PRO   This article was sent to 832 people who get email alerts on  . Which cover: new articles | breaking news | earnings results | dividend announcementsGet email alerts on   » This article was sent to 84,459 people who get the ETFs & Portfolio Strategy newsletter. Get the ETFs & Portfolio Strategy newsletter » BOND: A Tipping Point For Wall Street December 17, 2012 by: Jeff Binkley  |  about: BOND Disclosure: I am long BOND. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses...
  • Reading, ’Riting and Race

    12/17/2012 6:11:45 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/16/2012
    Is arithmetic racist? Are English and science and art? These might seem like stupid questions, but — speaking of stupid — a federal judge says the answer is yes, they are, and slapped New York City with a judgment that could cost the school system hundreds of millions. The case involves a 16-year-old lawsuit, a handful of unqualified teachers who tried to cast their own failures as a civil-rights violation — and the lefty lawyers who have abetted their cause. Would-be teachers in New York must pass a state exam called the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, or LAST, to...
  • Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’

    12/17/2012 6:08:49 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    If gun-control advocates and our media want to have a conversation about government restrictions on gun ownership, I think that’s fine. Debating more issues, rather than fewer, is probably good for our politics. But the conversation about guns needs to be a bit more factually precise. Today’s New York Times story on the AR-15 has a lot of good information and aims to be balanced, but the story still manages to perpetuate many of the most stubborn myths about rifles. Some points I would like to make in response:
  • Blame it on the Preppers.

    12/17/2012 6:07:47 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 15 replies
    12-17-12
    So, let me get this straight..... Obama wants less energy, less economic activity, more food stamps, more unemployment checks, more government spending, more dependency. And we shouldn't stock up on supplies to prepare for no electricity, no fuel, closed businesses and no stores open with foods available. And we shouldn't have to fight off those that may want to take what we have? No guns. Then what....???? Should we just lay down and die? Our society is seriously broken down. Look where libs have taken us to.
  • Myths of Health Care Reform

    12/17/2012 6:04:30 PM PST · by Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri · 9 replies
    AAPS ^ | Aug 31, 2010
    Myth 1: An electronic medical record could save your life in an emergency Posted on June 29, 2009 by admin Information technology does not stop bleeding, start IVs, defibrillate the heart, or put in a breathing tube. In an emergency, those are the things that save your life. If you need them, the doctor does not have time to look at your EMR.In an emergency, the doctor needs to know your blood sugar NOW, not what it was 6 months ago. Ditto for your chest xray. If the test needs to be done STAT, the old results are probably irrelevant,...
  • 4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shooting

    12/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shootingPosted: 12/17/2012 Last Updated: 2 hours ago DENVER - Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. Those gun-purchase requests surpassed the previous record -- 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico ~ 18 DEC 2012

    12/17/2012 6:01:48 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 61 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located six miles southwest of the central business district of Alamogordo, a city in Otero County, New Mexico, United States. The base was named in honor of Col. George V. Holloman, a pioneer in guided missile research. It is the home of the 49th Wing (49 WG) of the Air Combat Command (ACC). Holloman is located in New Mexico's Tularosa Basin between the Sacramento and San Andres mountain ranges. The base is about 10...
  • BREAKING NEWS - ANOTHER potential MASS shooting 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 6:01:48 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-17-12 | cybertribenetwork
    ANOTHER shooting 12-17-12 at "MAYAN" theater potential MASS MURDER
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: The primacy of Peter: When and how did Christ entrust it to him?

    12/17/2012 5:59:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 5:55:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Dr. Michael Savage