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  • Christmas shopping: 1958 vs. 2012

    12/21/2012 2:40:14 PM PST · by virgil283 · 46 replies
    http://www.aei-ideas.org ^ | December 19, 2012, 1:33 pm | Mark J. Perry
    "One way to illustrate your good fortune of being a holiday shopper today is to measure the cost of consumer goods by the number of hours it takes working at the average hourly wage to earn enough income to purchase typical consumer products at their retail prices, and then compare the “time cost” of goods from the past to today’s “time cost” for similar items.... consider the equipment with the “best stereo sound” that Sears had to offer in 1958, which was advertised for sale in its Christmas catalog for $84.95 (see picture above), boasting that “You’ll be amazed at...
  • Arne Duncan Says ‘Reasonable People’ Should Back Gun Restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:37:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sarah Parnass
    Two hours before the National Rifle Association told the country that guns were not to blame for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that “reasonable people” should be able to overcome their differences on the issue and work to craft tougher laws. Duncan, a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s new task force charged with finding solutions to America’s gun violence, said the goal should be to support “common sense” measures such as banning “assault weapons” and high-capacity ammunition, and closing gun-show loopholes in the background-check process. “Reasonable people should be...
  • Teachers union rejects NRA’s call for armed security in schools

    12/21/2012 2:25:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 21, 2012
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in reaction to National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s press conference today: After remaining silent for an entire week following the Newtown massacre, the NRA’s first comments were to call for more guns in our schools and our society. This is both irresponsible and dangerous. No matter how much money the NRA spends or propaganda it tries to spread, one thing is clear—the NRA is not serious about confronting the epidemic of gun violence in our nation. Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. Anyone who...
  • Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

    12/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) and are indeed aimed at kids and teenagers. The focus of the message is “Kids without God: You’re not the only one.” I have altered the ad at the upper right of this post to avoid listing its website but as you can see God...
  • Caption Boehner

    12/21/2012 2:24:38 PM PST · by crosshairs · 23 replies
  • Meet WND’s 'Man of the Decade'

    12/21/2012 2:23:37 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Taylor Rose
    "He championed the Constitution, sound money and liberty like no other "WASHINGTON – Honoring one of the most inspiring and principled political careers in contemporary American politics, culminating in an extraordinary “farewell address” upon his recent announced retirement from the House of Representatives, WND has named U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, as its “Man of the Decade.” In addition to his primary focus of keeping government within the confines of the Constitution, Paul’s legacy will prominently feature his unwavering dedication to audit – and ultimately abolish – the Federal Reserve in a decades-long effort to restore America’s economy and monetary...
  • Public university hires pornographic poet as English prof

    12/21/2012 2:19:11 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 17 replies
    The University of North Carolina-Wilmington has hired an English literature professor whose pornographic poetry verse include fantasies of sexual relations with freshmen female students, an education watchdog reported this week. In Prof. Alessandro Porco’s poem “Hot Girl-Girl Action University” the fictional university president Jill Kelly offers a welcome to the freshman class. “Who would say No to a gang-bang? Who would say No to Prof. Poon-Tang? Who would say No to my scholarly toungin’? Thank you fathers for your daughters.”
  • Voeltz v. Obama Dismissed

    12/21/2012 2:10:48 PM PST · by Ray76 · 67 replies
    Voeltz v. Obama DISMISSED http://judicial.clerk.leon.fl.us/image_orders.asp?caseid=64293606&jiscaseid=&defseq=&chargeseq=&dktid=6821636&dktsource=CRTV From the Dismissal: This Court notes that President Obama lives in the White House. He flies on Air Force One. He has apeared before Congress, delivered States of the Union addresses, and meets with Congressional leaders on a regular bais. He has appointed countless ambassadors to represent the interests of the United States throughout the world. President Obama's recent appointment of The Honorable Mark Walker, formerly a member of this Court, has been confirmed by the United States Senates. Judge Walker has been sworn in as a United States District Court Judge and currently works...
  • Longshoreman strike looms at East and Gulf Coast ports

    12/21/2012 2:10:39 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 22 replies
    The container carriers and port operators, represented by the U.S. Marine Alliance, want to cap the royalties at 2011 levels, saying they've morphed into a huge expense, totally unrelated to their original purpose, which hurts the industry's competitiveness as it tries to keep up with new technology. The alliance says the royalty payments now amount to a bonus averaging $15,500 annually for East Coast workers who already earn more than $50 per hour.
  • Sandy Hook, Huckabee, and the Inscrutability of Evil

    12/21/2012 2:05:33 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 21, 2012 | Francis J. Beckwith
    “How could God let this happen?” That was the question asked of the former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, by Fox News host Neil Cavuto in an interview following the horrific slaughter of innocent school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, replied:We ask why there’s violence in the schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we do not want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability. That we’re not going...
  • Pennsylvania Gun Shopping Report (vanity)

    12/21/2012 2:03:22 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 38 replies
    Vanity | December 21, 2012 | ConservativeInPA
    I am finally home after a day of Christmas shopping that started with purchasing a revolver and a pistol for my two daughters at Shyda's Gun Shop. My purchase actually started three weeks ago when my background check was put on hold by the State Police. There was no reason given. I've never been in trouble with the law, and I have made multiple gun purchases this past year without any problems with a background check. Yesterday, I received a call from the gun shop informing me that my background check was approved. Fortunately I had already planned to take...
  • Report: Mark Sanford to run for Congress

    Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford plans to return to the political arena and run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was recently appointed to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.
  • NRA Membership Increasing 8,000 A Day After Sandy Hook Shooting

    12/21/2012 1:51:55 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 20, 2012
    NRA membership rolls are rising rapidly at a record-setting pace, increasing by 8,000 new NRA members per day since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. According to Fox News, both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in the period following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Unlike many who are using the school shooting as a political club, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been staying quiet out of respect for the Newtown victims. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on Tuesday the NRA released a statement:
  • Swift Boat Vets Promise To Resurface Against John Kerry

    12/21/2012 1:49:18 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 41 replies
    http://freedomoutpost.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Tim Brown
    John O’Neill, the founder of the Swift Boat Vets for Truth, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the group would resurface and protest the nomination of Senator John Kerry should he be nominated as Secretary of Defense of Secretary of State...... O’Neill said that Kerry wouldn’t be suited for serving as Secretary of Defense, but would be “a much better guy at hauling up the white flag.”
  • Justin Trudeau's Islamist Revival

    12/21/2012 1:46:45 PM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 20DEC12 | David B. Harris Special to IPT News
    Nothing says bug-eyed clerical fanaticism more than inviting a hate-spewing Saudi cleric to address your religious revival meeting. But this is part of the under-reported history of the Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention, a conference that Justin Trudeau, a frontrunner in Canada's Liberal Party leadership race – and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau – will address this weekend in Toronto. It's also why moderate Muslims and non-Muslims are aghast at the prospect of Trudeau's presence legitimizing the conference and some of its notables. Although organizers pitch the gathering as "A Unique Youth Effort" "to help overcome new...
  • EX-OBAMA OFFICIAL FUNDING AL-QAIDA-TIED REBELS. Raising U.S. money for jihadist

    12/21/2012 1:38:24 PM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    kleinonline ^ | 19DEC12 | Aaron Klein
    - -led opposition fighters JERUSALEM — The former director of Muslim outreach for President Obama’s 2008 campaign now is representing a charity raising money in the U.S. to fund the jihadist-tied Syrian opposition. Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, resigned from Obama’s first presidential campaign after the Wall Street Journal reported that he sat on the board of an Islamic investment group called the Allied Assets Advisors Fund. Also on the board was Jamal Said, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, which raised millions of dollars for the Hamas terrorist organization. The Allied Assets Advisors Fund was itself a...
  • The Most Accurate Economist On Wall Street Sees A Big Bullish Wildcard For America

    12/21/2012 1:32:51 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Sam Ro
    The Most Accurate Economist On Wall Street Sees A Big Bullish Wildcard For America Sam RoDec. 21, 2012, 2:05 PM One of the most bullish economic stories in the world has been the recent recovery of the U.S. housing market. Maury Harris, UBS's Chief U.S. Economist, is particularly optimistic considering the snapback of housing formation, which is now back above 1 million per year. We recently had lunch with Harris, who is repeatedly recognized as the most accurate economist on Wall Street and is one of Bloomberg's 50 most influential people in the world. Harris pointed to one housing market...
  • Can Murder Be Tracked Like An Infectious Disease?

    12/21/2012 1:26:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | December 06, 2012 | SHANKAR VEDANTAM
    If I asked you to think of a murderer, what's the image that springs to mind? If you're like most people, you'll probably think of an evil psychopath, or someone bent on revenge. Perhaps you'll see a criminal mastermind, who eliminates rivals on his way to riches. Or a strung-out drug addict, who kills because she needs money to get high. All of these images have something in common: As a rule, we tend to associate murder with the behavior of individuals who behave in aberrational ways. "We think of individuals who commit homicide as being unlike the rest of...
  • Boston mayor blasts NRA reaction to Conn. killings

    12/21/2012 1:24:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 63 replies
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is criticizing the National Rifle Association's call for armed police and security volunteers to be posted at schools. He said the group's proposal "is not a plan, but a ploy to bring more guns into our neighborhoods." Menino reacted in a statement Friday after the NRA commented on last week's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 children and staff. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby blamed video games, movies and music videos, saying they expose children to a violent culture day in and day out. The mayor said Americans are tired of the same...
  • On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ

    12/21/2012 1:24:08 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ "Marys Faith [] Combines Complete Trust in the Lords Promises with a Certain 'Unknowing'" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the journey of Advent, the Virgin Mary has a special place as the one who in a unique way waited for the fulfillment of the promises of God, accepting Jesus in faith and in the flesh, the Son of God, in full obedience to the divine will....