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  • Don't Be Fooled, No Union Rights Were Lost In Right-To-Work Michigan

    12/20/2012 7:22:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/14/2012 | Mark Hendrickson, Grove City College
    The passing of a right-to-work law in Michigan is a hugely significant development. In my mind, Michigan would have been the last state to pass legislation removing the requirement for workers to join a union as a condition of employment in unionized businesses. As welcome as this new law is for those of us who recognize how economically pernicious and ethically debased compulsory union membership is, the reporting of the story has been marred by sloppy, inaccurate usage of a key word: “rights.” Here’s a typical example from Reuters: “Michigan weakens union rights in home of auto industry.” Americans greatly...
  • Stuart Chase founded the Chicago Fabian Club

    12/20/2012 7:21:15 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    In the "Intercollegiate Socialist", Volume 7, the following is written: Cooperation, according to Stuart Chase, founder of the Fabian Club of Chicago, must depend on the future radicalism of the labor parties. All those groups in society which lose rather than gain from the present economic system must amalgamate their sooner or later - if the present economic system is really to be modified. I think the Socialists and other articulate radicals would do well to hold off, without gratuitous criticism, and give the Labor Party a chance to see what it can do, and how far to the left...
  • Blacks Enslaving Themselves

    12/20/2012 7:19:56 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Mark Tapson
    Separate incidents in entertainment news last week highlighted just how deeply blacks are in thrall to the divisive racism of identity politics. First, ESPN commentator Rob Parker raised viewers’ eyebrows with his astounding musings about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on the show First Take. Parker, who is black, openly questioned whether the black “RG3” is black enough: Is he a ‘brother,’ or is he a ‘cornball brother’? He’s not really… he’s black, he kinda does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kinda black, but he’s not really, like,...
  • Why the Chinese Demand US Gun Control

    12/20/2012 7:19:26 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 12/19/2012 | Staff
    The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media's statement, titled "Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control," is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. The Chinese government stated, "Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control." – Breitbart Dominant Social Theme: The Chinese are rightfully concerned with US violence. Free-Market Analysis:...
  • Turkish Jews Express Fear Amid Reports That Intelligence Service Spied On Their Community

    12/20/2012 7:17:40 AM PST · by bayouranger
    algemeiner.com ^ | 19DEC12 | Zach Pontz
    The relationship between the 30,000 or so Jews living in Turkey and the rest of the Turkish population has become tense ever since the relationship between Israel and Turkey began to deteriorate shortly after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010. Anti-Israel sentiment is high in the country, and anti-Semitism has also been on the rise at the encouragement of Turkey’s Islamist government. A report in Al-Monitor quotes several Jews who fear a backlash against their community. “As a Jew, I can attest to you there is a difference between being a Turk and an Israeli,” Ediz said. “But whenever there...
  • Call To Action By Grass Roots North Carolina

    12/20/2012 7:16:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Recognizing the time to act is now if we are going to stop any new gun control bills, Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina sent out this alert last night. It says we need to meet the threat head-on. It proposes a three-prong approach consisting of contacting NC's Congressional delegation, conducting public education, and reframing the debate. Earlier alerts this week have discussed the ineffectiveness of the Gun-Free School Zone Act. The alert also gives contact information including phone numbers for the newly elected members of the North Carolina delegation. Given that they took a strongly pro-gun rights stance,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/20/2012 7:15:35 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/20/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Collects Your Tears Today's Scripture “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalm 56:8, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you know how important you are to God? He cares so much about every detail of your life. He cares about your thoughts, feelings and emotions. In fact, what you are going through is so important to Him that He records every sorrow and collects the tears you’ve shed. Why would God record your sorrows and collect your tears?...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 20, 2012]

    12/20/2012 7:13:22 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Right Kind of Help "And I, if I am lifted up . . . will draw all peoples to Myself" —John 12:32 Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery.When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person...
  • The case for gun rights is stronger than you think

    12/20/2012 7:11:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 19 December, 2012 | lliam J. Bennett
    (CNN) -- On NBC's "Meet the Press" this past Sunday, I was asked how we can make our schools safer and prevent another massacre like Sandy Hook from happening again. I suggested that if one person in the school had been armed and trained to handle a firearm, it might have prevented or minimized the massacre. "And I'm not so sure -- and I'm sure I'll get mail for this -- I'm not so sure I wouldn't want one person in a school armed, ready for this kind of thing," I said. "The principal lunged at this guy. The school...
  • Q3 GDP final rises to 3.1% (With Caveats)

    12/20/2012 7:10:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/20/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The BEA released the third and final estimate of US economic growth in the third quarter, and it turned out better than either of the first two reports for Q3. Growth had been initially estimated at 2.0% in the October advance estimate and rose to 2.7% in November’s interim report, but the final number rose even further to 3.1%: Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.1 percent in the third quarter of 2012 after increasing 1.3 percent in the second quarter, according to estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The third-quarter growth rate was revised up 0.4 percentage...
  • CARTOON: Santa Closed

    12/20/2012 7:10:40 AM PST · by daletoons · 4 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 12-20-12 | Dale
    Christmas 2012. Clutching his government approved revolver, a despondent Santa pores over his mailbag, resigned to becoming the latest casualty in the war on Christmas. Buck up Santa, the war isn't against you or the consumerist glut you've come to symbolize. The war is against Christ and His influence on our society. The same geniuses who banned "Thou shalt not kill" from the public schools are now having nocturnal emissions over their opportunity to use the Sandy Hook atrocity to disarm the law-abiding. Hope you have the merriest Christmas allowable by law.
  • ICE Offers to Buy NYSE-Euronext in $8.2 Billion Deal

    12/20/2012 7:10:40 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | December 20,2012 | Javier E. David
    The Intercontinental Exchange confirmed on Thursday plans to buy the NYSE Euronext in a transaction valued at approximately $8.2 billion, bringing to an end the Big Board's storied era of more than two centuries as an independent institution. In a statement, the ICE said it intends to offer $33.12 per share, representing a premium of about 37 percent over NYSE Euronext's Wednesday closing price. The deal will be comprised of about 1/3 cash, and 2/3 stock consideration. But in an unexpected move, the ICE's deal with the NYSE could result in the European arm of the exchange being spun off...
  • Expect More Catholic Caveats about Government

    12/20/2012 7:08:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/19/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I found some extraordinarily important distinctions in Pope Benedict’s recent address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. These distinctions ought to affect significantly how we approach the Church’s social teaching regarding governmental authority in general, and world governmental authority in particular. Recent popes have called for the exercise of administrative authority at the global level to deal with those problems that are global in scope, and therefore not amenable to solution at lower levels. This would seem to be an extension of their call for intervention and collaboration by national governments to address widespread...
  • GOP proposes smaller, $24B Sandy aid package

    12/20/2012 7:07:56 AM PST · by upchuck · 6 replies
    Ass Press ^ | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | ANDREW MIGA
    The GOP alternative bill would provide more than enough money to pay for immediate recovery efforts through the spring. Republicans complain that the $60.4 billion Democratic bill being debated in the Senate is larded with money for projects unrelated to damage from the late October storm, which battered the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to Maine. The Republican version does not include $13 billion Democrats want for projects to protect against future storms, including fortification of mass transit systems in the Northeast and protecting vulnerable seaside areas by building jetties against storm surges. Republicans said however worthy such projects may...
  • NY Stock Exchange Being Bought For $8.2B By Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange

    12/20/2012 7:00:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/20/2012 | Mark Memmott
    <p>The New York Stock Exchange will be acquired by IntercontinentalExchange of Atlanta in a deal valued at about $8.2 billion, the two rivals confirmed Thursday morning.</p> <p>In matching press releases, they say the sale "combines two leading exchange groups to create a premier global exchange operator diversified across markets including agricultural and energy commodities, credit derivatives, equities and equity derivatives, foreign exchange and interest rates."</p>
  • Initial jobless claims climb 17,000 to seasonally adjusted 361,000 in the week ended Dec. 15

    12/20/2012 6:56:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/20/2012 | Steve Goldstein
    <p>First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 17,000 in the latest week, though to a level that suggests the U.S. labor market is continuing its steady but painfully slow improvement.</p> <p>The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time jobless claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 361,000 in the week ended Dec. 15, versus a slightly upwardly revised 344,000 in the prior week. That’s almost exactly in line with the MarketWatch-compiled economist consensus of 360,000.</p>
  • Our Sociopaths, Ourselves: What could have stopped Adam Lanza?

    12/20/2012 6:51:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2012 | Christina Hoff Sommers
    The school shooting in Newtown was so horrific and heartbreaking that it is only natural to call out for whatever it takes to make sure nothing like it ever happens again. It is hard to disagree with those who are demanding stronger gun-control laws and better mental-health oversight of unstable people. But how workable are such measures — and how effective? And are we asking the right questions?The proposed gun-control legislation sponsored by California senator Dianne Feinstein sounds reasonable. But it is not clear that it would make a difference. It would stop the sale and manufacture of some...
  • Hillary announces she's pregnant; high risk requires 7 months bed rest; resigning immediately

    12/20/2012 6:50:44 AM PST · by ken5050 · 42 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Sec. of State Hillary Clinton announced this morning that she's approximately two months pregnant, and would thus be resigning immediately. Against the background of two of her top aides testifying this morning to Congress about the multiple failures in the State Dept outlined in the just released report on the Benghazi, Clinton, in a prepared statement, revealed that because of the very high risk nature of the pregnancy, given her age, her doctors had advised that she "pretty much spend the next 7 months in bed."
  • A Man for This Season, and All Seasons

    12/20/2012 6:48:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute, Public Discourse ^ | 12/19/12 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    There is only one Thomas More: A man of tender nobility, subtle intellect, and forceful conviction, all rooted in profound fidelity to the larger commonwealth of Christendom outside and above Tudor England.A day after the 2012 Summer Olympics closed in London, Joseph Pearce wrote that he felt like his “body had been covered in slime. I also felt a great sense of gratitude that I had shaken the smut and dirt from my sandals and had left the sordid culture of which I was once a part.” Given the grand sweep of British history, those are harsh words from a...
  • Self-Righteous Starbucks Forced To Chug A Venti Of Greedy British Government

    12/20/2012 6:48:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/20/2012 | Kyle Smith
    It’s easy to chuckle at Starbucks’ tax troubles. The java merchant that has successfully enticed millions to pay for the privilege of hearing words like “barista” and “doppio” sprinkled over their morning jolt has made a specialty of offering a little dollop of sanctimony in every cup, promising to calm the conscience even as it raises the heartbeat. Shibboleths like “sustainable,” “fair trade” and “responsibly grown” seem to add value to its self-regarding clientele. Alas, Starbucks’ now-notorious “tax avoidance” policy in the United Kingdom proves that once you start chugging a Venti of self-righteousness, you may find yourself getting force-fed...