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  • Conservatives Rationalize as America Circles the Drain

    12/19/2012 7:51:10 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 15 replies
    AT ^ | 12/19/202
    It's often hard to accept the truth, especially when that truth is scary -- when reality seems to offer you no solutions, only poison from which to pick. It's as with a man I once knew who insisted that it couldn't be proven that smoking is bad for you. He knew better in his heart, but his available choices -- giving up cigarettes or accepting the danger of their use -- were both emotionally unpalatable to him. Enter the rationalization. We're seeing the same thing with Republicans in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election. Radio host Sean Hannity, citing changing...
  • Steven Spielberg: In 2012, 'Chris Christie Was a Hero for Me' (Q&A)

    12/19/2012 7:49:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The "Lincoln" director and Obama supporter, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, says the New Jersey governor "put party politics aside for the greater good" and also cites Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton among his heroes. [SNIP] [SNIP] THR: Daniel, is there a British historical character who interests you in the way America is fascinated by Lincoln? Day-Lewis: The quality of fascination is incomparable, really. But I was very interested in Richard Hillary, a pilot who died in World War II. I don’t know if you’ve read Sebastian Faulks’ wonderful book The Fatal Englishman. He takes three lives...
  • Thick Skin, Tender Hearts Culture and Politics - Sex and Culture

    12/19/2012 7:49:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 12-19-12 | Douglas Wilson
    Lee Habeeb recently wrote a piece here for National Review Online, in which he was encouraging Christians to engage winsomely with our surrounding culture, and to make our peace with the way some things were going. He used the example of gay marriage in the civil sphere. David French wrote a very fine response here, but the money quote is below. "It took me a long time to realize the following truth: No matter how compassionate, charitable, winsome, and kind you are, if you oppose the sexual revolution you are the enemy." And this is precisely why Christians need to...
  • Gov. Christie: Americans need to have a 'national discussion' about gun control

    12/19/2012 7:47:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies
    nj.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie said tonight that gun control is one of several issues that must be examined to prevent tragedies like Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut. On New Jersey 101.5 FM’s "Ask the Governor," Christie said Americans should engage in a "national discussion" about gun control, as well as the stigma associated with mental health treatment and violence in the media. "What role does the media play in terms of the violence we see on television and the movies? And the violent video games that I think desensitize our children to the real effects of violence. So I...
  • Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around

    12/19/2012 7:44:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Over the course of Obama's first four years as president, we watched him "evolve" from a zealous, I-will-slow-the-rise-of-the-oceans climate change champion to a remarkably quiet almost-bystander on the whole debate. Now that his second term is secure, I’m sure we can expect that at least his rhetoric on the subject will once again reach much more vociferous levels, via The Hill: President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.The president, in an interview for TIME's Person...
  • Uncle Sam Books 50% Loss As Government Motors Buys Back 200MM Shares From Tim Geithner

    12/19/2012 7:43:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/19/12 | tyler durden
    A few days after divesting its stake in the firm that started it all, AIG, and at a profit at that (ignoring that the risk has merely been onboarded by the Fed whose DV01 is now $2+ billion as a result), the US Treasury continues to divest of all its bailout stake, this time proceeding to GM, where the channel stuffing firm just announced it would buyback 200MM shares from the US government at a price of $27.50. More importantly, the "Treasury said it intends to sell its other remaining 300.1 million shares through various means in an orderly fashion...
  • Neighbor says Lanza was on meds, links between SSRIs and violence

    12/19/2012 7:42:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Ralph Lopez
    As the world continues to search for answers to the senseless violence and police say they are leaving no stone unturned, reports surface on the links between certain psychiatric medications and homicidal violence. The Washington Post has reported that a neighbor of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, said that Lanza was on some form of medication. Police have issued search warrants to determine if Lanza was being treated with any drugs prescribed for mental illness. Police have said that so far a search of the Lanza home has turned up no such medications....
  • New York Times op-ed: Tim Scott’s just a token for the GOP

    12/19/2012 7:37:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | AllahPundit
    Jim Treacher's right. Publishing this bilge is really just the Time's way of calling him a cornball brother.Of the offense of Disagreeing With The Left While Black, Tim Scott stands guilty as charged: But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress ...Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have...
  • Why does America have so many guns?

    12/19/2012 7:34:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harold Meyerson
    Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation, and you’re forced to draw one of two conclusions: Either there are far more homicidal people in this country than just about anyplace else on Earth, or far more guns. We must either be home to more people who succumb to murderous rage or who kill out of the coldest of calculations, or it’s easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country. And yet, I’ve never heard even the staunchest gun advocate make...
  • Why don't threats against Israel dismay the EU?

    12/19/2012 7:33:45 PM PST · by tekel · 7 replies
    Newsday ^ | 12/19/2012 | Clifford D. May
    More than 40,000 people have been slaughtered in Syria and the death toll rises daily. The European Union does not appear to be particularly concerned. North Korea's rulers have launched a three-stage rocket, moving closer to their goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM, and they're sharing nuclear weapons technology with the world's leading sponsors of terrorism in Iran. The EU does not seem to be worrying about that, either. Israel is considering building homes on barren hills adjacent to Jerusalem. The EU's 27 foreign ministers said they were "deeply dismayed," and warned Israel of unspecified consequences if the plan is...
  • Obama's Hypocrisy Problem On Guns

    12/19/2012 7:25:43 PM PST · by kiryandil · 22 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | December 19, 2012 | Karl Denninger
    I just got done throwing up (again) listening to Obama opine on gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting.Let's step back for a moment and look at this issue with a wide-angle lens, starting with President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, two of the loudest anti-gun proponents.Let me first disclose where I'm coming from -- I'm a parent of a teen-age daughter and have raised her single-handed since she was in diapers.  She came into this world through an intentional act that I undertook with not only full acceptance of the potential consequence but actual planning for that consequence. ...
  • A "Major Victory" in Federal Court for Those Opposing the HHS Mandate

    12/19/2012 7:21:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/19/12 | Catherine Harmon
    Big news from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the law firm representing those challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate:Today [Tuesday, December 18], a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Last summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature. Today, the appellate court reinstated those cases, and ordered the Obama Administration to report back every 60 days—starting in mid-February—until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges’ religious freedom. The new rule...
  • Norway's Statoil buys US shale gas land

    12/19/2012 7:20:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA says it has bought 70,000 acres of land rich in gas and liquid gas in West Virginia and Ohio.
  • Sentiment: Deja Cliff

    12/19/2012 7:15:21 PM PST · by SteelToe · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/19/2012 | "Tyler Durden"
    Blah blah Fiscal Cliff blah. Blah blah blahdy blah Cliff. Cliff blah blah republicans blah democrats blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, Cliff. Blah blah blah blah, blah blahdy blah.... Blah. Meanwhile in Europe: The only data point confirms what everyone knows - reality sucks, hope surges. As usual. German Ifo business confidence rises to 102.4 from 101.4, on expected rise of 102. Why the rise? Because forward expectations spike from 96.4 to 97.9. As for the "current assessment"? Why down of course from 108.1 to 107.1, on expectations...
  • Libyan fighter jets hit suspected smugglers in southern military zone

    12/19/2012 7:12:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Libyan Herald ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | anon
    Libyan airforce jets hit a camp being used by suspected smugglers on Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after large swathes of the south were declared closed military zones. According to Al-Jazeera, the strike took place close to the border with Chad and Sudan, not far from Kufra. It is not reported if there have been any casualties. Last week, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced that any caravan or group crossing the border other than at official frontier posts would “dealt with” by aircraft or by land forces. On Sunday evening, the National Congress passed a resolution declaring the south...
  • Hobbit has ring of a darker journey

    12/19/2012 7:09:06 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | EILEEN BATTERSBY
    JRR Tolkien’s debut prose fiction The Hobbit (1937) may at first glance appear simple, particularly when compared with the epic grandeur and gravity of what was to follow in The Lord of the Rings (published in three volumes between 1954 and 1955), yet it should not be underestimated. The Hobbit is an exciting, fast-moving and witty novel, featuring an unlikely, quintessentially English middle-class hero none too keen on adventures: “Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.” ...Tolkien wrote The Hobbit for his children. It defers broadly to the conventional fairy...
  • The Disaster That Is "Plan B"

    12/19/2012 7:07:13 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 40 replies
    So why exactly did this get pushed forward, without consultation with the Senate leadership and without any chance for the GOP base to weigh in? At what point does GOP leadership figure out the "representative" part of their job? This is a huge, indeed potentially catastrophic mistake, and the Speaker ought to withdraw the plan and send everyone home with a vow to make any tax cuts in the new year retroactive. We will go over the president's cliff, but the GOP will have some credibility left and may yet remember that the party of Reagan defends the military that...
  • ‘Citizen Drone Warfare’: Hobbyist explores a frightening scenario

    12/19/2012 7:03:56 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Hruby
    Less than a month ago, rumors that celebrity news and gossip website TMZ was interested in obtaining a paparazzi drone prompted privacy concerns and public debate about the appropriate personal and commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. Now, a new online video poses a more troubling question: What if civilian drones are equipped to shoot more than just pictures? Titled “Citizen Drone Warfare” and posted to YouTube last week by an anonymous man calling himself “Milo Danger,” the video shows a hobbyist drone equipped with a custom-mounted paintball pistol flying over a grassy field and peppering human-shaped shooting-range targets with...
  • The Paris of the West and the Vast Wasteland That Remains

    12/19/2012 6:53:25 PM PST · by GreenEyedGal · 10 replies
    TheBrennerBrief.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Amanda K. Melson
    Michigan has been in the headlines recently with right-to work legislation and an omnibus abortion bill. What didn’t cause much stir is Michigan’s 2011 eighth grade education report card. The state as a whole is able to claim to be on par with the nation in reading, with 32 percent of eighth graders rating as “proficient” or better; in math, 31 percent of students ranked as “proficient” or better. Compared with national averages of 32 and 34 percent of eighth graders at or above grade-level in reading and math, respectively, Michigan’s public education system appears to be as mediocre as...
  • Unions blast state on plans for underfunded (by $95 BILLION) pensions

    12/19/2012 6:51:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/19/12 | Rick Pearson
    Unions blast state on plans for underfunded pensionsBy Rick Pearson Tribune reporter 1:26 p.m. CST, December 19, 2012 A coalition of public employee unions issued a report today blasting state legislation to address their vastly underfunded pension systems and offering instead to make increased worker contributions if lawmakers raised $2 billion by ending tax benefits to corporations and imposing new taxes. Appearing at the James R. Thompson Center, members of the We Are One coalition said plans backed by Gov. Pat Quinn and another proposal supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would violate the state constitution by reducing pension...