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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...
  • Grand Ayatollah Declares All Christian Women May be Raped

    12/20/2012 6:44:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is being reported a Syrian rebel declaration, but Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani is a Shiite Grand Ayatollah who hails from Iraq. He appears to be affiliated with some Syrian faction, but it’s unclear exactly which one, and has had his clashes with other Grand Ayatollahs. Grand Ayatollah Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani’s declaration that Christians are polytheists is not unprecedented, but it does serve as a reminder of how fragile even Dhimmi People of the Book status is. Jihadi leader Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani has spoken of Christians as polytheists and friends of the Zionists, in an...
  • Vatican Works to Stop Sunday Shopping in Italy

    12/20/2012 6:40:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/19/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church, trade unions and small business associations have joined forces in a bid to save Sundays. In a bid to spur economic growth, outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti backed a new law that allows shops to stay open on the Sabbath. In what may seem an unlikely alliance, the Catholic Church, trade unions and Italian small business associations have joined forces in a bid to save Sundays from shopping and liberalized shopping hours. But Sunday traditions are strong in the European nation, and the change provoked strong resistance from religious and secular groups....
  • Walmart not pulling gun after school shooting

    12/20/2012 6:39:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    wsbtv.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Richard Elliot
    Walmart, the world's largest retailer, announced it will not be pulling the type of weapon used in the Newtown school massacre off its shelves, while another major retailer announced it would. Walmart confirmed Tuesday that it does sell the Bushmaster Sporting Rifle at its stores and plans to continue to do so. "We have made no changes to the assortment of guns we sell in our stores," Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg said in a written statement.
  • Pope Benedict XVI Writes Article for the Financial Times

    12/20/2012 6:34:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 12/20/12 | Junno Arocho
    Pontiff Responds to Request by Major Newspaper to Comment on the Christmas SeasonVATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Following a request by the Editorial Office of the Financial Times, Pope Benedict XVI has written an article for the major newspaper. The Financial Times had requested the Holy Father's comments on the occasion of Christmas following the publication of his recent book on the infancy of Jesus Christ. In a communique by the Holy See Press Office, Pope Benedict accepted the request willingly "despite the unusual nature of the request." "It is perhaps appropriate to recall the Pope's willingness to respond...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee:Schools Need Steel Retractable Walls To Stop Attackers(U just can't fix stupid)

    12/20/2012 6:33:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 109 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/19/2012
    KPFT 90.1 FM : Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat, Houston, is speaking out about tighter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. This audio interview excerpt is from the KPFT 90.1 FM Local News at 4pm broadcast for Monday, December 17, 2012.
  • US Shooting Spurs Bulletproof Backpack Sales

    12/20/2012 6:29:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    US Shooting Spurs Bulletproof Backpack Sales Nervous parents are buying protective rucksacks for their children after last week's deadly Connecticut school shooting. Sales of bulletproof backpacks have soared in the days after the shootings of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. One company, Amendment II, sells Avengers and Little Mermaid-themed bags for boys and girls respectively, with integrated protective armour inserts. "Sewn into the rear of the pack, you can always be confident that the armour hasn't been accidentally left at home and that you or your child are protected in case of the...
  • Senators: 'Zero Dark Thirty' film dangerous mix of fact, fiction

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a combination of “fact, fiction and Hollywood” that dangerously links the use of torture with the killing of Osama bin Laden.
  • 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 Fix is in: Hillary’s Benghazi Report (ARB) Blames Amb. Christopher Stevens

    12/20/2012 6:11:57 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    When government officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton self- investigate themselves in ‘internal’ ‘independent’ reviews the truth is always covered up and buried. While you were sleeping on Tuesday night the Obama-Clinton regime did just that when they released a 39-page, unclassified report, an Accountability Review Board (ARB), on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert. Straight out of the Clinton era cover-up playbook, everyone except Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, disgraced, philandering ex-CIA director David Petraeus...
  • 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...
  • The Fix is in (Part II): Hillary’s Benghazi cover-up

    12/20/2012 6:08:31 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Yesterday, John Bolton, President George W. Bush’s former U.N. ambassador, alleged that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concocted a “diplomatic illness”avoid testifying this week on the September 11 anniversary attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert. Over the weekend Clinton reportedly fainted and suffered a concussion. She continues to work from home (where she could also testify by a live feed). While it might sound callous to some people, there is very good reason for Ambassador Bolton’s skepticism considering the last time Hillary...
  • 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,"...
  • I'm A Dead Sandy Hook Teacher.

    12/20/2012 5:02:20 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 47 replies
    AbsoluteSurvivalist.com ^ | 12/18/2012 | Absolute Survivalist
    I’m A Dead Sandy Hook Teacher 12/18/2012 I want to tell you about my recent death. I will be brief, because I know there are many other stories to be told about my tragic day. I hope that my death brings about the the type of conversation that will help to prevent more unnecessary deaths of teachers and children, or of any persons caught in similar circumstances. I was a normal person. I liked many of the things that you like. But mostly I loved my children and I loved teaching them. That is what I was doing four days...