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  • Thailand Will Extradite Mafia Banker

    12/20/2012 6:28:03 AM PST · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/20/12 | Friends of Ours
    Vito Roberto Palazzolo, convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 for laundering money for "boss of bosses" Toto Riina and Bernardo Provenzano from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, will be will be extradited from Thailand following his arrest in Bangkok earlier this year after a long international chase to apprehend him as reported by International Business Times. Palazzolo was found from clues he and his relatives left on their Facebook profiles as reported by Alessio Fratticcioli for the Digital Journal. The money man previously was implicated in the so-called Pizza Connection case in which the Mafia distributed...
  • West Virginians protest Manchin’s gun rights betrayal

    12/20/2012 6:25:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Neil W. McCabe
    West Virginians plan to rally in front of the Charleston, W.V. offices of Sen. Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.) Dec. 22 in protest of his abandonment of the pro-gun rights positions he campaigned on in 2010 and 2012. “We are expecting 300 to 1,000 people to attend — it will be bigger than any of the events we held during the campaign,” said Keith T. Morgan, the president of the Charleston-based West Virginia Citizens Defense League. “We have received hundreds of RSVP’s through our Facebook page and tons of emails,” he said. “It is front page news here and we’ve gotten...
  • Obam's Petulant Chlid, "Eat Your Peas" Swagger Returns!

    12/20/2012 6:25:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-20-2012 | MOTUS
    I see we’ve returned to what somebody called the “smartest man in the room” swagger. This “eat your peas” scold was last heard during the fiscal cliff talks 2011(snip) Butt yesterday’s presser completed Big Guy’s on the job growth curve: from whiny baby, to petulant child, through cocky adolescence, before emerging in tact as the peevish, hubristic adult he is today. All the while staying true to his community organizer roots. And when asked where he’s been on gun control for the last 4 years by that uppity ABC reporter, Big Guy really put him in his place: “I don’t...
  • Reagan on 'Blaming Society'

    12/20/2012 6:23:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    "We must reject the idea that each time a law's broken, society is guilty- rather than the lawbreaker. It's time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions"-Ronald Reagan ________________________________ 'nuff said...
  • Abornaments? Abortion Activists Make Sacrilegious Ornaments

    12/20/2012 6:19:43 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 12/20/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business upset pro-life advocates for years with its sacreligious “Choice on Earth” Christmas cards, but pro-abortion activists have taken that outrage to the next level. The pro-life group Life Dynamics has been highlighting so-called “Abornaments” that pro-abortion activists are promoting. They are sharing the images of the sacrilegious ornaments on the popular image sharing web site Pinterest. Most of the so-called Christmas ornaments pictured involve the manipulation and desecration of plastic fetal models depicting unborn children at various stage of development before birth. The makers added: “While it’s obviously not a challenge to figure out where...
  • Americans seeking unemployment aid rises by 17,000

    12/20/2012 6:17:13 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    US News ^ | December 20, 2012 | PAUL WISEMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. But the number of people seeking aid is consistent with a job market that continues to grow modestly. Unemployment claims rose the week of Dec. 15 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000 from a revised 344,000 the week before.
  • Final Q3 GDP Prints 3.1% - Government, Inventories Account For Half; Fixed Investment Negligible

    12/20/2012 6:16:28 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Moments ago the BEA released the final Q3 GDP number, which printed at 3.1%, up from the second GDP guesstimate 2.7% reported last month, the first 3%+ print since Q4 2011 when, just like today, everything was coming up roses and when growth was on the horizon. Sadly, just like then, reading between the lines reveals more of the same disappointing components, with nearly half of the entire 3.1% annualized growth being derived from Government (0.75) and Inventories (0.73%), combined adding 1.48% (more than in the second revision) of the 3.1% print. Annualized Personal Consumption as a portion of the...
  • JIM ROGERS: I'm A Gold Bull, But I Think Prices Will Tumble For A While Longer

    12/20/2012 6:16:13 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-20-2012 | Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
    JIM ROGERS: I'm A Gold Bull, But I Think Prices Will Tumble For A While Longer Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, CNBCDecember 20, 2012With gold prices being hammered in recent weeks, and trading near four-month lows on Wednesday, longtime gold bull Jim Rogers is sounding a word of caution, saying it's possible the correction in bullion may continue into the new year. "Just be careful, there're too many bulls, including me, but I'm very cautious," Rogers told CNBC. "Gold is having a correction— it's been correcting for 15-16 months now— which is normal in my view, and it's possible that [the] correction is...
  • The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

    12/20/2012 6:11:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The New York Times has a long piece discussing the use — and abuse — of state and local tax incentives to businesses. The Times estimates a minimum of $80 billion worth of select tax breaks are given out nationwide each year, though the real number is much higher since many locals do not track the money or require a proper accounting. These breaks are the result of state and local bureaucrats and elected officials picking and choosing which companies should receive special economic treatment while the rest of businesses and individual taxpayers pay full freight. The article includes a...
  • GDP SOARS PAST EXPECTATIONS, RISING 3.1 PERCENT

    12/20/2012 6:07:24 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-20-2012 | Matthew Boesler
    GDP SOARS PAST EXPECTATIONS, RISING 3.1 PERCENT Matthew BoeslerDecember 20, 2012 U.S. economic output rose 3.1 percent in Q3 versus consensus estimates of a 2.8 percent gain. An increase in nonfarm private inventories was one of the largest single drivers of growth, contributing 1.1 percentage points to the number. Personal consumption growth came in at 1.6 percent versus expectations of a 1.4 percent rise. Below, the full text from the BEA: Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 3.1...
  • When you do this, Sun-Tzu smiles (strategy and tactics)

    12/20/2012 6:01:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    In a minute, we'll give you four concrete steps you can take to preserve your guns and your gun rights -- and not coincidentally, make Sun-Tzu, the greatest of ancient strategists, smile. But first, an assessment of the position. We're under attack, but it's not unprecedented. It's just the usual suspects, taking delight in a crisis they won't let go to waste, frolicking in the bloody shirt. If you're young you haven't seen this before. If you're older, you saw it in the mid-nineties. A little older, you saw the 80s hysteria that led to the Hughes Amendment and the...
  • Shiller: Housing Hasn’t Necessarily Bottomed Yet

    12/20/2012 6:01:24 AM PST · by blam
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-20-12 | Cullen Roche
    Shiller: Housing Hasn’t Necessarily Bottomed Yet 12/20/2012 1:39 AM Cullen Roche In an interview on CNBC earlier today Robert Shiller provided his outlook for housing. Shiller says house prices haven’t necessarily bottomed yet. “A lot of people seem to think that if the market turns around, that means more of the same, meaning another big boom.” … “I don’t think [a boom] is in the cards. We might see home prices go up a little bit, you know, a little bit above inflation, maybe. Not likely that we’ll see a real boom.” “I’d like to people getting optimistic again. Not...
  • Leno: 'When Congress Talks About Plan B, The Rest of Us End Up With Plan F and U'

    12/20/2012 5:54:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Leno: 'When Congress Talks About Plan B, The Rest of Us End Up With Plan F and U' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/20/2012 - 8:08am Jay Leno said a really inconvenient truth about the fiscal cliff negotiations on NBC's Tonight Show Wednesday "John Boehner told Congress to prepare for plan B," Leno teased during his opening monologue. "You know what that means when Congress talks about plan B? The rest of us end up with plan F and U. Okay? That's the plan we get, F and U." Ain't that the truth? Leno followed this up by saying, "But, the...
  • What Is FedEx Telling Us About The Global Economy?

    12/20/2012 5:51:08 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-20-2012 | Cullen Roche
    What Is FedEx Telling Us About The Global Economy? 12/20/2012 3:04 AM Cullen Roche Everyone always thinks that Alcoa kicks off the earnings season, but I donÂ’t see it that way. The real earnings season kicks off with FedEx who usually reports well in advance of Alcoa and gives us a much more meaningful look into the state of the economy. So whatÂ’s the global bellwether telling us? Here are some of the key highlights from their earnings report yesterday and the conference call: â–  Guidance for the full-year was in-line with expectations after last quarterÂ’s big cut. That could...
  • San Jose man out of immigration jail for Christmas

    12/20/2012 5:47:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 12/19/2012 | Joshua Melvin
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Jesus Ruiz Diego, 26, woke up in San Jose on Wednesday morning he thought for a second that he had just dreamed about getting out of jail. But when he saw it was his aunt who had awaked him, not a guard, he knew he wouldn't have to face the horrible reality of a Christmas spent awaiting deportation in the Yuba County Jail. "And then I was like, 'It's real,' " he said Wednesday during a news conference in front of the San Francisco office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whom he hopes will help in...
  • BRITISH ARMY ADVANCES 40 MILES INTO BURMA; RUSSIA STARTS NEW MAJOR OFFENSIVE ON DON (12/20/42)

    12/20/2012 5:45:57 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 16 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/20/42 | F. Tillman Durdin, Ralph Parker, Grant Parr, Hanson W. Baldwin, Raymond Daniell, Charles Hurd, more
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  • WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers

    12/20/2012 5:43:54 AM PST · by Wolfie · 39 replies
    WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers Washington state recently passed a ballot initiative that permits marijuana smokers the ability to smoke the drug in their homes legally. Frank Schnarr, the owner of Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, said that pot smokers can smoke in his establishment, according to Reuters. “I stay up at night,” he said. “I’m about to lose my business. So I’ve got to figure out some way to get people in here.” No one knows for sure if Schnarr is breaking the law by allowing his patrons to smoke marijuana at his...
  • "Obama Demands Gun Plan" (USA Today)

    12/20/2012 5:43:35 AM PST · by freedumb2003 · 20 replies
    USA Commie Today ^ | 12/20/12 | Martha (big surprise) Moore
    The assault on the Bill Of Rights: A 1: Political Correctness A 2: underway -- SCOTUS opinion of "personal right" rendered meaningless by Ayers' puppet obozo A 3: A cop comes to your house/car and flashes a badge. Say "No" I dare ya. (yes, I would say No) A 4: Tell a cop he can't search your car. A 5: Tell a cop you had "2 beers" A 6: The cop shows up -- facts are irrelevant: He can lie until the cows come home - you are screwed A 7: See A 6 A 8: Irony. Those who torture...
  • GOA's Larry Pratt DESTROYS CNN's Piers Morgan on CT Shooting

    12/20/2012 5:14:05 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gary Mule
    "I think we need to ban control laws that prevent people from protecting themselves".
  • Cinematic Firsts Enshrined in 2012 Film Registry

    12/20/2012 5:03:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | December 19, 2012
    The excitement of national football; the first black star of an American feature-length film; the visionary battle between man and machine; and an award-winning actress born yesterday are part of a kaleidoscope of cinematic moments captured on film and tapped for preservation. The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 motion pictures that have been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These cinematic treasures represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking. "Established by Congress in 1989, the National Film Registry spotlights the importance of preserving America’s unparalleled film heritage,"...