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  • Jindal teaches the Catholic Church a lesson

    12/21/2012 3:19:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 12/21/2012 | Mark Silk
    Bobby Jindal, the conservative Catholic governor of Louisiana, attracted some attention last week for a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he advocated making oral contraceptives available over the counter without a prescription. And for his pains, he received a slap on the wrist from his local archdiocese.Jindal made his case on libertarian and partisan grounds: People should have a right to buy products free from government restrictions, and letting them do so in this case (as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends) will take contraception out of the political arena (where the Democrats are using...
  • Gun limits might hurt Flathead manufacturers

    12/21/2012 3:14:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Inter Lake ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jim Mann
    While gun sales are spiking across the country in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, people in the firearms industry aren’t necessarily enjoying the profits. Instead, they are gripped with worry about potential gun control fallout. Just ask Brian Sipe, owner of the Montana Rifleman barrel and action manufacturing company located on Montana 35 east of Kalispell. “I’m very concerned about legislation. If they do an assaults weapons ban, I’m going to have to lay off people,” said Sipe, who is in regular communication with firearms manufacturers across the county. President Barack Obama’s call for a special...
  • Larry Kudlow: Don’t Blame Boehner. Plan B was the least-bad option with this President and Senate.

    12/21/2012 3:13:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Larry Kudlow
    When you lose an election you get frustrated. When you’re sitting in a subpar 2 percent economy, and are faced with tax hikes rather than marginal rate reductions, you get even more frustrated. And when you’re staring at $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years, and $8.6 trillion in deficits, your frustration levels climb even higher. These are among the frustrations that led a number of House Republicans to pull back from Speaker John Boehner’s so-called Plan B. Nobody looked good on the Republican side when Thursday night’s vote fell through. But you have to understand their frustrations....
  • Analysis: GOP policies led to fiscal cliff blowup

    12/21/2012 3:12:10 PM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/21/2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    House Republicans seem shocked by their party's meltdown on the so-called fiscal cliff. They shouldn't be. The uncompromising conservatives who blocked Speaker John Boehner's tax bill were merely sticking to policies that Boehner and nearly all other GOP leaders have pushed, without reservation, for years: It's always wrong to raise tax rates on anyone, no matter how rich. The nation's big deficit is entirely "a spending problem, not a revenue problem." And in any deficit-reduction plan, spending cuts must overwhelm new revenues, by 10-to-1 if not more. To be surprised by Boehner's failure is to assume one of two things....
  • Mark Levin Show,"MERRY CHRISTMAS!",M-F,6PM-PM,EST,WABC AM,December 21,2012

    12/21/2012 3:08:53 PM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 21,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Last State Ban Against Concealed Carry Struck Down by Appeals Court (Illinois)

    12/21/2012 3:08:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/21/2012 | Gary Wickert
    Christmas came early for law-abiding gun owners. Last Tuesday, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons, the last remaining such ban in the country. The landmark decision gave state lawmakers six months to come up with a version of the law that legalizes concealed carry.In contrast, one thousand miles from the Illinois state capitol, in a rare Sunday night address from Newtown, Connecticut, which preempted even the usually sacrosanct NFL, Barack Obama telegraphed --- without clearly saying so --- that he will create political opportunity out of tragedy by pushing for...
  • LANCE CORPORAL HAMMAR AND THE DEBATE WE SHOULD BE HAVING ON PTS(D)

    12/21/2012 3:08:14 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 14 replies
    Self ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    The Silver Star Families Call for a Debate on PTS
  • (San Diego, CA) Gun Owners Give Up Weapons for Groceries

    12/21/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fox 5 News Staff
    Gun owners give up weapons for groceries SAN DIEGO — Gun owners had a chance to exchange weapons for Friday morning. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the United African American Ministerial Action Council held another installment of their “Guns for Gift Cards” program from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tubman/Chavez Multicultural Center in Valencia Park. The program allows people to turn in working-condition guns, no questions asked, in exchange for monetary vouchers redeemable at area grocery stores. Shotguns and rifles bring $50 credit each, while pistols and assault-type weapons fetch $100 apiece. Participants must place the weapons,...
  • Politically potent Hollywood escapes heavy scrutiny in wake of shooting (DNC profits from Violence)

    12/21/2012 3:02:28 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec 21.2012
    n the wake of last week's Connecticut school shooting, many in the media and on Capitol Hill blamed one powerful lobby, the gun industry, and suggested banning assault weapons would lead to safer streets. "On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons," Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., said. On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said "people on the far-right, on the NRA front ... they go to bed at night ... afraid somebody's going to take that gun away from them. Normal people have other interests." On...
  • The Demographic Cliff (Fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace America)

    12/21/2012 3:02:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/21/2012
    The New York Times has finally discovered that fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace the modern nation-state. There’s a demographic cliff, too. A couple weeks ago, the Times’s Ross Douthat wrote a column about America’s bleak demographic future and suggested that the reason we aren’t having enough babies is that we’ve become a decadent society. Douthat’s column touched off something of a firestorm on the left as liberal writers flipped out over the ideas that (1) There aren’t enough babies; (2) More babies would be a good thing; and (3) The dearth of babies suggests there might be...
  • Mayor Gray says D.C. should ‘double down’ on gun restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:57:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his city should “double down” on gun laws that are among the most stringent in the country, as leaders in the nation’s capital and other cities view the sudden debate over guns as a pressing issue that afflicts youth both inside and outside of school walls. .... In the District, Mr. Gray pointed to an incident at the Family Research Council in August, when a gunman entered the conservative think tank’s downtown offices. A security guard, Leo Johnson, was hailed as a hero for wrestling the man to the ground before he could inflict...
  • God's gender divides German government

    12/21/2012 2:56:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/21/2012
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A minister in Angela Merkel's government has sparked a pre-Christmas row among Germany's ruling parties by suggesting God be referred to with the neutral article "das" instead of the masculine "der". Family Minister Kristina Schroeder made the comments when asked in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit how she explained to her young daughter the use of the masculine form for God. "The article is not important," she responded, adding that it was fine to use "das" instead of the traditional "der" when referring to God. The remarks were immediately denounced by members of Schroeder's own...
  • Obama's Friday Aloha Speech

    12/21/2012 2:55:42 PM PST · by Toespi · 16 replies
    Fox News
    The extortionist-in-chief just told us goodbye, for seventeen days. Told Congress no one can get 100% of what they want, you have 10 days to come up with a deal.
  • Argentina Deploys Troops to Contain Looting

    12/21/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by docbnj · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | Ken Parks
    Looters attacked supermarkets in several Argentine cities Friday in the latest challenge to President Cristina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy and maintain her control over the ruling Peronist Party. What started with the ouster Thursday afternoon of a supermarket in the Patagonian resort town of Bariloche quickly spread to other parts of the country, with thousands of looters attacking supermarkets and shops in the cities of Rosario, Campana and Zárate. In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested.
  • Mayor Emanuel releases fiery statement on NRA

    12/21/2012 2:48:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 52 replies
    wlsam.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Cameron
    Mayor Emanuel has released a fiery statement denouncing the National Rifle Association for advocating armed police in about every school. Rahm Emanuel prepared an unusually strong statement, even by his standards. “It’s outrageous and unsettling that the NRA would choose to address gun violence not by taking assault weapons off our streets, but by adding more guns to our schools, " the mayor said in a statement. The statement went on to say "that is not the right answer for our society, our schools and most importantly our children. People across this country, from small towns to big cities, are...
  • 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....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 51 DECEMBER 21, 2012

    12/21/2012 1:22:01 PM PST · by greeneyes · 101 replies
    Free Republic | Dec 21, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • How to Control an Army of Zombies

    12/21/2012 1:21:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2012 | Carl Zimmer
    In the rain forests of Costa Rica lives Anelosimus octavius, a species of spider that sometimes displays a strange and ghoulish habit. From time to time these spiders abandon their own webs and build radically different ones, a home not for the spider but for a parasitic wasp that has been living inside it. Then the spider dies — a zombie architect, its brain hijacked by its parasitic invader — and out of its body crawls the wasp’s larva, which has been growing inside it all this time. The current issue of the prestigious Journal of Experimental Biology is entirely...
  • Reproduction without sex, a liberating future

    12/21/2012 1:14:01 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Special to CNN ^ | December 20, 2012 | Aarathi Prasad
    Last year on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the contraceptive pill its inventor Carl Djerassi spoke of the coming dramatic changes to reproductive options -- of the technologies that will have just as big an impact on society in the 50 years to come. After sex without reproduction, reproduction without sex. In an article in the UK's "traditional values" tabloid, the Daily Mail, titled "A Terrifying Future for Female Fertility," Djerassi said, "There are an enormous number of well-educated, proficient women who, when facing the biological clock, first pay attention to their professional ambitions...in the next 20...
  • ZERVOS: The Fed Is Risking An Inflation Disaster, And There Will Only Be One Place To Hide

    12/21/2012 1:13:31 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    ZERVOS: The Fed Is Risking An Inflation Disaster, And There Will Only Be One Place To Hide Joe WeisenthalDecember 21,2012 Jefferies' economist David Zervos is back in a new note, which takes stock of developments at the Fed and the Bank of Japan. The Fed, of course, recently adopted Evans Rule, which indicates that tightening won't occur until unemployment gets to around 6.5%, or inflation expectations are around 2.5%. The Bank of Japan is expected to see a new round of aggressive policy, thanks to the wishes of incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While markets seem to be pretty happy...
  • Aptostichus barackobamai: US President gets a trapdoor spider named after him as researchers

    12/21/2012 1:11:08 PM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/21/12 | Mark Prigg
    full title....Aptostichus barackobamai: US President gets a trapdoor spider named after him as researchers reveal 33 terrifying new speciesResearchers in America has revealed 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including Aptostichus barackobamai, named for Barack Obama. The President is believed to be a fan of Spiderman, and was earlier this week pictured in the Whitehouse playing with a young fan. The new creatures were all found in the American Southwest, and is the largest ever find in the secretive family which hides underground in specially built burrows with a silk trapdoor.
  • I can see it in the sky!

    12/21/2012 1:06:07 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 67 replies
    December 21, 2012 | Momaw Nadon
    It's incredible!
  • They’re Running TV Spots For Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie Now…

    12/21/2012 1:03:03 PM PST · by LSUfan · 34 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 18 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    …it opens next month. It’s a propaganda film, and it’s pure BS. There is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing causes farmland to become unproductive the way it’s depicted in Promised Land. We’ve been fracking for 60 years in this country and if fracking destroyed farmland we would know about it. We don’t know that. But what we do know is that the financing of Damon’s anti-fracking propaganda film comes from the United Arab Emirates. As in, an Arab OPEC nation. Whose interests are significantly damaged by the kind of full-scale domestic U.S. oil and gas production fracking holds the key...
  • Fiscal cliff: Why Boehner’s Plan B vote failure helps Republicans

    12/21/2012 12:56:35 PM PST · by conservativeforpalin · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21 | Henry D'Andrea
    House Speaker John Boehner’s Plan B to avert the fiscal cliff was shelved last night. Boehner cited failure to garner enough Republican votes for passage in the House. This was good news for the Republican Party and conservative movement, as Plan B included a major tax hike on those earning more than $1 million per year and would have shown GOP to be party of sellouts. Boehner’s allies have mislead Americans all week, claiming that Plan B would not raise taxes, rather extend the tax cuts set to expire at the start of next year. That really isn’t true at...
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

    12/21/2012 12:53:41 PM PST · by ConservativeDude · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 19 2009 | Phil Mongredien
    Elie Wiesel was 15 when the Nazis came for the 15,000 Jews of his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania, in May 1944. Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, his mother and sister were murdered within hours, while he was put to work as a slave labourer. Eight months later, the Germans evacuated the camp and forced the survivors on a death march that ended at Buchenwald. Wiesel was one of the few still alive when the Americans arrived in April 1945.
  • Christmas Pageant Frustrates Kid

    12/21/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 3 replies
    I thought this was hilarious, and I wanted to share it. No matter what is going on in your life, laughter is the best medicine. Merry Christmas!
  • Watch This Fearless Pup Drive Through San Francisco (Video)

    12/21/2012 12:52:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wed., Dec. 19 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    In the same way we enjoyed the smoking scrub jay in Bernal Heights not too long ago, here's another amusing image of an animal acting like a destructive human. In this video, posted by YouTube user thedrivingdogs, you will see Porter the pup speeding across the Bay Bridge and through the streets of San Francisco. He's not just trying to teach Californians how to drive; rather the homeless dog wanted to show you how damn smart he is, giving you a good reason to head to your local SPCA and adopt homeless pups like him.
  • White House weighs smaller fiscal cliff package

    12/21/2012 12:50:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    politico ^ | 12/21/12 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    So the White House is turning its focus to a smaller package that would extend the Bush-era tax rates on income below $250,000, pause the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester and renew unemployment insurance benefits, according to senior administration officials. It would hold off a significant portion of the fiscal cliff, minimizing any economic shock in the new year. But it means a host of tax provisions would likely expire, little would be done to address the debt and deficit, and no process would be set up for overhauling the tax code next year. There would be no...
  • Middle East Forum bankrolls free speech defenses for critics of ‘Islamist threat’

    12/21/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    americanindependent.com ^ | 20DEC12 | Eli Clifton
    When the people sounding alarms over the ‘Islamist threat’ run into trouble with the law, the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project is increasingly the go-to funder tapped to mount defenses here and abroad. In September, Reuters revealed that the Legal Project paid legal bills for Dutch anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders. Wilders faced charges in the Netherlands for inciting hatred against Muslims in interviews, articles, and his short film, “Fitna,” which compared “Islamic ideology” to Nazism and Communism. Wilders was acquitted on all charges in June 2011. The Legal Project’s work on the case is part of its focus on what...
  • John Kerry's Nomination Means Barney Frank May Be Back In D.C. Sooner Than Anyone Thought

    12/21/2012 12:45:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/21/2012 | Linette Lopez
    Today, Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State, and if he's confirmed, that will leave a Massachusetts Senate seat open next year. At the same time, there just happens to be a Massachusetts Democrat going into retirement next year — former head of the Banking Committee, Barney Frank. Governor Deval Patrick has got to nominate someone to fill the seat until a special election is held next year, and Frank may be the experienced pick. Politico reports that Frank said he wouldn't rule out accepting the nomination either. “The governor ought to be free to...
  • BOOMTOWN: D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market

    12/21/2012 12:44:48 PM PST · by Poundstone · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2012 | Annys Shin
    While much of the nation is still struggling to emerge from a historic housing-market meltdown, the District is reliving its boom days. High rents, low interest rates, low inventory, and a flood of new residents in their 20s and 30s are making parts of the city feel like it’s 2005 again. The median home sale price in the District is up 14 percent from last year, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). And the average number of days houses spend on the market has fallen by nearly 30 percent, to 53 days.