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  • How Conservatism Can Triumph Quickly [vanity]

    12/28/2012 6:47:49 AM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 7 replies
    This will explain: 1. A secret about the human brain. 2. A mistake many people make when they research. 3. How conservatism can spread faster than ever before. 4. How EASY it will be. To top it off, I try to make this fun. When a tree falls ... uh? How does that go again? A tree falls in the forest and no one hears it. Big 'duh', of course it's real. So is serious political punditry, about as real and unnoticed as that tree. Even big names might be broadcast far and wide, but people will mentally tune dreariness...
  • Here's your choice: Fight or die

    12/28/2012 6:44:16 AM PST · by Perseverando · 65 replies
    WND ^ | December 26, 2012 | Phil Elmore
    Exclusive: Phil Elmore insists gun-hating liberals 'want to murder you' The war has begun. The cultural war, the roiling but barely concealed “cold” war in which you have been enmeshed for years, has exploded into a full-fledged conflict. Where once the libs, the leftists, the Democrats in the United States were content to try to marginalize you – to define you through flawed “studies” and junk “science” as stupid, as uninformed, as less compassionate, as inferior – they are no longer satisfied with this cowardly tactic. Where once the major news media at least went through the motions of concealing...
  • $10, cell phone and a bullet to head

    12/28/2012 6:40:24 AM PST · by Anila · 74 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    People who say racial violence is “random” either do not know what the word means, or they are not telling the truth. The latest “random” attack – that wasn’t random – happened earlier this month in downtown Wilmington, N.C. Four black people decided they needed some money for marijuana and travel, so they decided to look for a “white person in a good neighborhood (because) they’re bound to have money lying around,” said one of the suspected killers to the Wilmington Star News. They tried to break into a home but ran away after they discovered someone was there. So...
  • Attorney claims EPA chief resigned over alias email accounts (Lying Obama appointee)

    12/28/2012 6:35:10 AM PST · by subterfuge · 22 replies
    FOX New ^ | December 28, 2012 | Judson Berger
    <p>A Washington attorney suing the Obama administration for access to alias emails sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that a recent decision by the Justice Department to release thousands of those emails next month contributed to her resigning Thursday.</p>
  • Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense

    12/28/2012 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    WSBT.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Kim Christensen
    Organization often played legal hardball against accusers in molestation cases, say attorneys and families. When a lawsuit alleged that two young brothers in Michigan had been molested “hundreds of times” by a troop leader, the Boy Scouts denied responsibility and pointed the finger at someone else — the boys' recently widowed mother. The Scouts faulted the woman “for her failure to provide adequate parental supervision,” suggesting in court papers that she was responsible for any harm to her sons. One of the boys' lawyers called that argument excessive. “The day their dad died, the perpetrator began to befriend the boys,”...
  • Vanity: We just lost another good one.

    12/28/2012 6:31:12 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 14 replies
    Me | 12/28/12 | Me
    We just lost another from the Greatest Generation
  • Dick Blumenthal: Reflections on Newtown (gun grab alert)

    12/28/2012 6:29:41 AM PST · by DTogo · 12 replies
    The US Senate, Mordor-on-the-Potomac ^ | Dec 27th, 2012 | Dick Blumenthal
    blah, blah, blah... I will work to keep faith with the Newtown community and find a solution to this crisis that is rooted in common sense. I will work with the President, and my colleagues in the Senate, regardless of party, and with any organization that is willing to engage in a thoughtful, constructive discussion about the steps we need to take. Here are some necessary steps: •We must do something to effectively ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. •We need to better prevent mentally ill people and criminals from having access to firearms. •We need to close loopholes that...
  • Before this gets out of hand...(David Gregory Crime)

    12/28/2012 6:28:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Knitebane Manor ^ | 27 December, 2012 | Knitebane
    David Gregory needs to please turn himself in to the authorities. Mr. Gregory has been accused of having a piece of metal of the wrong size. We've all seen the video of him waving that metal box and spring about on Meet The Press, a box and spring that is illegal to posses in the District of Columbia. We can debate the logic and sense of the law and how it is interpreted at a later date. There is no time for that now. Mr. Gregory needs to act before this spins out of control. He needs to do the...
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill (NRA-ILA Letter)

    12/28/2012 6:27:49 AM PST · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    NRAILA.org ^ | December 27, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)—author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004—has announced that on the first day of the new Congress—January 3rd— she will introduce a bill to which her 1994 ban will pale by comparison. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation” and “It will be carefully focused.” Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012.According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein’s website and a draft...
  • Three in the Head

    12/28/2012 6:27:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-28-12 | William L. Gensert
    I carried a gun in New York City for more than a decade -- back when there were thousands of murders a year and the Bronx led the nation in killings. On at least four occasions, that gun saved my life, and in a couple of instances, the lives of people who were with me at the time. For 13 years I had a New York City full carry permit. For a number of years I concealed and carried a gun in my son's grammar school as well. I don't think the world would be a better place without me,...
  • MSNBC Boss Calls Chris Matthews a 'Statesman,'

    12/28/2012 6:24:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    The AP gets it right with this headline: “Chris Matthews now the broadcaster that conservatives love to hate.” AP reporter David Bauder begins: “To his boss, Chris Matthews has become a statesman. His critics probably have other words.” MRC assistant research director Geoff Dickens had other words in this piece, but get a load of MSNBC president Phil Griffin on this “statesman” business: "He's as good as he's ever been," said Phil Griffin, MSNBC president. "He's at a place in his life where he's really comfortable in his own skin. He's a statesman. He has so much knowledge and I...
  • America has brand-new Benedict Arnold

    12/28/2012 6:07:57 AM PST · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | Chelsea Schilling
    'People deserve better than this. And that's the bottom line' He single-handedly delivered the swing vote to approve Obamacare and perhaps even crushed the American health system that has been the envy of the world. WND has selected U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. for its first-ever Benedict Arnold Award. “There are lots of bad guys out there who would qualify as ‘Villain of the Year,’ but precious few candidates for the ‘Benedict Arnold Award,’” explained WND Vice President and Managing Editor David Kupelian. “Benedict Arnold, after all, was a good guy; he was an American general in...
  • Three cops reportedly shot inside New Jersey police station

    12/28/2012 6:03:45 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/28/2012
    <p>Three New Jersey police officers were reportedly wounded during a shooting inside the Gloucester Township Police station.</p> <p>MyFoxPhilly.com reports that the suspected shooter has been shot and killed.</p> <p>One officer was undergoing surgery early Friday, while injuries to the other officers were minor, sources told the station.</p>
  • Tourists flock to former top-secret US Air Force base near Charleville (Queensland, Australia)

    12/28/2012 6:00:15 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 29th December 2012 | Jeremy Pierce
    <p>IT was the top-secret air base so covert even the locals were sworn to silence.</p> <p>The US Air Force base, outside Charleville in outback Queensland, was deserted after World War II and has sat forgotten in the desert for more than 60 years.</p> <p>Until now.</p>
  • Bass Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

    12/28/2012 5:57:34 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 9 replies
    Union Leader ^ | December 28,2012 | Unknown
    Bass, who was defeated for re-election this year, did not release a statement about his decision to co-sponsor the measure known as the Respect for Marriage Act.
  • Friday abstinence in the Octave of Christmas, or, Meat’s “back on the menu, boys!”

    12/28/2012 5:57:04 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 28, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    p>People have been asking whether we can eat meat today, Friday, in the Octave of Christmas. YES!Since liturgically it is a “solemnity”, Friday abstinence is suspended. This applies also to those who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite. Yes, the new Code of Canon Law applies to you as well.
  • 11 Amazing Facts about the McDonald's McRib (Reader Reactions Are HILARIOUS!)

    12/28/2012 5:55:19 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 87 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo!Finance ^ | December 17, 2012 | Dina Spector and Kim Bhasin
    The McDonald's McRib is back, hitting restaurants nationwide today. The legendary boneless pork sandwich, famously molded to resemble a rack of ribs, is both a feat of modern engineering and shrewd marketing. It garners almost as much attention for its pseudo-meat shape as its impermanence on restaurant menus. The barbecue-sauce-smothered sandwich was supposed to return at the end of October, but was pushed back to help boost end-of-the-year sales. Better late than never.
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem (12/28/12)[Prayer]

    12/28/2012 5:55:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/28/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Avenger1 Thessalonians 4:6 ...that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
  • Leadership Jobs Open

    12/28/2012 5:54:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Who wants a fantastic job? Unemployment is high, so there ought to be many candidates. The job is leader of the Republican Party. As leader, you will be the spokesman for a philosophy of smaller government, more individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, free markets and budget cuts. You will speak up for the traditional family and strong community organizations. On one hand, you stand for keeping taxes low on the very richest Americans. On the other, you're for cutting programs that are broadly popular. Congratulations. What are you for that Americans support? That's what is so great about this job. It...
  • Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports [Obama's Supporters]

    12/28/2012 5:47:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    khou.com ^ | 12/27/12
    In just a few days, a walkout by thousands of dock workers could bring commerce to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston, potentially delivering a big blow to retailers and manufacturers still struggling to find their footing in a weak economy. More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday -a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships. The 15 ports involved in the labor dispute move more than 100 million tons of goods each year, or about 40...
  • Saudi Arabia: 41 people arrested for "plotting to celebrate Christmas"

    12/28/2012 5:44:16 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 12-28-12
    The only kind of Santa that is allowed Just so that you know that the Saudis are cracking down on the really important crimes, like jihad terrorism -- no, wait... Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places: "Saudi detains dozens for 'plotting to celebrate Christmas,'" from al-Akhbar, December 27 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said. The raid is the latest in a string of religious...
  • November milk prices expected to increase 30 cents (NOW EXCEEDS gas in some places)

    12/28/2012 5:41:49 AM PST · by GailA · 48 replies
    AGRI-VIEW ^ | Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:00 am | N/A
    Not sure about the posting rules for this one, so just click the link.
  • How Obama’s Policies Led to Benghazigate

    12/28/2012 5:41:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 28, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    It took some 22 hours for American help to arrive in Benghazi after all the t’s had been crossed and the i’s had been dotted, and the body of America’s ambassador to Libya had been dragged through the streets by “rescuers” stopping along the way to pose for cell phone pictures with his corpse. By way of comparison it takes about 16 hours for a boatload of Libyan illegal immigrants to row to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Support for the Americans under fire in Libya would have arrived sooner if a few former members of the Harvard Rowing Team...
  • Hurricane Sandy Hamas Relief

    12/28/2012 5:39:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 28, 2012 | Joe Kaufman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Hurricane Sandy Hamas ReliefPosted By Joe Kaufman On December 28, 2012 @ 12:34 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The clean-up effort is still underway in the northeast, where Hurricane Sandy unleashed its imprint of death and destruction. A number of highly-rated charitable organizations have sent out relief workers to the area to help with things like food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment. Yet another group, ICNA Relief, is in town claiming to assist in the effort and asking for donations. Their donations have reached terror-related groups in the past, so their motives...
  • RATIONING OF CANNED FRUITS, SOUPS AND VEGETABLES STARTS IN FEBRUARY (12/28/42)

    12/28/2012 5:39:16 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 28 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/28/42 | John D. Morris, Ralph Parker, A.C. Sedgwick, George Axelsson
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  • Minneapolis: R.T. Rybak won't seek fourth term as mayor

    12/28/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-28-12 | Brian Bakst
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he won't seek a fourth term as leader of Minnesota's largest city, creating the first open race for the office in two decades. Rybak's announcement came less than a year before voters in the city of almost 400,000 will choose a new mayor. Several potential candidates had been waiting on Rybak to make a decision before declaring whether they would run, and the field is likely to be large. The decision also should ramp up speculation about Rybak's next political move. The 57-year-old Democrat has been mentioned as a possible addition to President Barack...
  • The Americans With No Abilities Act

    12/28/2012 5:29:03 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition. "Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer...
  • (FM Avigdor) Lieberman on Abbas' Threat: Please Quit, We Can't Wait

    12/28/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, until recently the Foreign Minister, reacted with joy Friday as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened to quit if negotiations do not resume. Abbas has refused to negotiate in absence of several Israeli concessions, including a complete freeze on construction east of the 1949 armistice line. According to Lieberman, Israel "can't wait" for Abbas to follow through on his threat. "We congratulate Abu Mazen [Abbas] for reaching the correct conclusion, that only his leave from the PA leadership will allow the diplomatic process to resume," Lieberman said. "We anxiously await the official announcement from the...
  • Darrell Brackett, man set on fire at a Miami gas station Christmas night [Sharpton Silent]

    12/28/2012 5:19:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    wptv.com ^ | 12/27/12
    Police and family members are wondering why a 44-year-old man was attacked and set on fire outside a Miami gas station on Christmas night. While Darrell Brackett was being treated for burns over 75 percent of his body at a Miami hospital on Thursday, police continued their search for answers. Brackett and his girlfriend dropped their guests off after hosting a Christmas night cookout. On their way home, the van ran out of gas and Brackett walked to the gas station.
  • Pat Buchanan: Why the War Party Fears Hagel

    12/28/2012 5:18:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/28/2012 | Pat Buchanan
    In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. Who is Chuck Hagel? Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, was twice elected U.S. senator, and is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chair of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. To The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, however, Hagel is a man "out on the fringes," who has a decade-long record of "hostility to Israel" and is "pro-appeasement-of-Iran." Lest we miss Kristol's...
  • Obama vs. America's Fiscal Health

    12/28/2012 5:14:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    The reason President Obama and Republicans can't come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations is that they don't share the same goals. This is also the key to understanding why President Obama appears far less worried about going over the cliff. Republicans are focused on restoring the nation's financial health by promoting economic growth and reducing our horrendous deficits and debt. President Obama's primary aim is to complete his project of fundamentally transforming America. I ask you loyal Democrats to please consider these things. Obama has demonstrated almost no concern for our crushing debt or deficits -- at...
  • John Kerry at State: A Disaster for Israel

    12/28/2012 5:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2012 | Moshe Phillips
    President Obama's decision to nominate Senator John Kerry as his next secretary of state will prove to be a disaster for Israel. The choice of the American Jewish establishment to vehemently protest the expected nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel while granting Kerry a free pass for his anti-Israel behavior follows a longtime pattern. Hagel is a Republican who has a history of marking foolish remarks regarding Israel and has long been seen as an independent thinker on Middle East policy with a non-interventionist outlook. Kerry, however, is the much bigger problem for Israel. Hagel as SecDef will be tasked...
  • Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill

    12/28/2012 5:11:18 AM PST · by 1010RD · 84 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>More than 250 Illinois clergy — most of them in the Chicago area — have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield before Jan. 9.</p> <p>On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.</p>
  • Former GOP candidate for governor of Arizona Mike Harris blames Israel for Newtown Massacre

    12/28/2012 5:08:38 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 47 replies
    Israel Unseen ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | admin
    Mike Harris is contributor to a publication called VeteransToday.com. If you peruse through it closely, it’s basically a website for former military officers turned Ron Paul types or “vast Zionist conspiracy” kookoos for Cocoa Puffs. Here he is on Iran’s state-run PressTV blaming Israel for the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.
  • Jerusalem (Latin Rite) patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

    12/28/2012 5:04:55 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | December 27, 2012
    Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 27, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith. “The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20. He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is “full of compassion for the victims.” Conflict between rebel forces and the Syrian government has...
  • [Driving Mr Obama] Reid calls on Republicans to offer cliff solutions

    12/28/2012 4:58:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | Robert Schroeder, Market Watch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- With time running short to avoid tax increases and spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday urged House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to offer new fiscal-cliff proposals. "I would hope that the speaker and the Republican leader here in the Senate would come to us and say here's what we think will work," Reid said on the Senate floor. Boehner has said that the Senate must act first to avert the cliff......
  • Hobby Lobby Continues Fight Against Obamacare Abortion Mandate

    12/28/2012 4:50:51 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 11 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/28/12 | LD Jackson
    Hobby Lobby is a well-known store that many people rely on to supply the needed materials for their arts and crafts projects. I even purchased a wicker basket to carry my eggs in from the chicken house. The store was started in a garage in Oklahoma City and has grown to 525 stores across America. It is a very popular store and highly regarded, but it has a couple of major points against it. First and foremost, it is a Christian-owned business. Secondly, it is in the midst of the fight of its life, as it uses every avenue available...
  • Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

    12/28/2012 4:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible. Federalism reduces partisanship by shrinking the importance of the federal government. It increases happiness by maximizing the number of people who get to live the way they want to live. Unfortunately, proponents of federalism tend to start the conversation with the really big issues: gay marriage, drugs, guns, abortion, etc....
  • Obama's upcoming dishonor of General Norman Schwarzkopf (vanity)

    12/28/2012 4:42:03 AM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 47 replies
    me | 12/28/12 | me
    Yesterday we lost a true American giant, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. Today, I'm starting a betting pool on how many times obama uses the words "I" "me" or "my" in his eulogy to the General. As was noted in the Weekly Standard, Zero used "I","me" or "my" a total of 63 times in a 1,600-word eulogy to the late Medal of Honor recipient and Senator, Daniel Inouye, to whom he referred as "Danny" in the speech. I will donate $50 to FR in the name of the freeper who posts the closest numeric guess, prior to publication of Dear Reader's failure...
  • 5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart

    12/28/2012 4:39:24 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 27, 2012 | Lisa Hendey
    The calendar reads December 27th. Secular society has us fully ensconced in “after-Christmas” sales and is already prepared to move us along to Valentine’s Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, we’re just getting started.Some of you may fall prey to the “after Christmas blues” that seem to hit in these days after the big holiday. We’ve spent so much time planning, preparing, cooking and making the past week special for our loved ones that when it finally comes, and then goes by so quickly, we may be left feeling exhausted and...
  • The Real Cliff: The staggering debt from decades of continuous borrowing is about to come due

    12/28/2012 4:33:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Weekly Stsndard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Christopher Demuth
    It is important to understand that the fiscal cliff is a charade. There are, to be sure, many conscientious debt reformers working to avert our proclaimed year-end epic fall​—​along with many cynics who are using the occasion to advance pet projects that will make the debt problem worse. But all concerned are working within a fiscal system that has become seriously pathological. The cliff is the latest expression of that pathology. Just last year, the president and Congress agreed by statute to (a) increase the federal government’s public debt by more than $2 trillion (up to $16.4 trillion) and (b)...
  • Lake Ellsworth Antarctic drilling project called off

    12/28/2012 4:26:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    bbc ^ | 27 December 2012 Last updated at 05:08 ET
    An ambitious mission to drill through 3km (1.8 miles) of Antarctic ice to a lake that has been sealed off for thousands of years has been cut short. The team at Lake Ellsworth decided to call off the mission in the early hours of Christmas Day UK time. They were unable to join the main borehole with a parallel hole that was to be used to recover drilling water. The team is now "weatherising" the equipment and it is unclear when they will be able to resume the project. The Ł8m ($13m) project, headed by the British Antarctic Survey (Bas),...
  • Media Ushers in Cowardly New World

    12/28/2012 4:20:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Ransom
    What a difference a few month makes. Last month we were told by a fawning news media how great things were. The economy was a little engine that could.  And the declining unemployment rate was touted in headlines as significant progress toward economic recovery. Unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in September, reported the Washington Post- a four-year low...”nearly”… whatever “nearly” means. “The nation’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly four years in September. And unlike some recent declines, this one happened for the right reason: not because people gave up looking for a job, but because far...
  • The Obama Culture Arrives

    12/28/2012 4:13:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The year 2012 was a depressing time for people who are already pessimistic about the state of our common culture. Conversely, the re-election of Barack Obama, in large measure made possible by the heavy financial support of Hollywood, projects the optimism of the cultural Left. They anticipate increased blue-state voting patterns in favor of gay "marriage," legalized pot, gun regulations, and what next? Legalized prostitution? Euthanasia subsidized by Obamacare? So let's just line up the cultural winners of Obama's America, where the only impediments to progress are those who believe in religion, manners and "family values." Winner: Seth MacFarlane,...
  • Where’s Hillary?

    12/28/2012 4:13:21 AM PST · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/28/2012 | Tim Young
    Remember when Hillary Clinton unexpectedly suffered from a concussion due to a stomach flu a few weeks ago? She missed her scheduled testimony on the Benghazi attacks, she missed the appointment of John Kerry… she even missed the State Department Christmas Party… so where in the world is she? According to her advisors, she has been advised to take bed rest, but she hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks. The problem here is that is seems like she’s avoiding her responsibility as Secretary of State. It’s all too strange that she hasn’t said anything about the Benghazi attacks…...
  • Japan Aso Says US Should Seek Strong Dollar .

    12/28/2012 4:08:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | Updated December 28, 2012, 6:46 a.m. ET | TAKASHI NAKAMICHI
    Japan's finance minister said Friday that U.S. authorities should seek a strong dollar, making the most straightforward call yet from Tokyo's new leadership on Washington to help correct the yen's strength against the U.S. currency. Taro Aso, citing the U.S. currency's level being still below where it stood versus the yen when he served as prime minister in 2008-2009, said: "The U.S. ought to work toward making the dollar strong." He also played down the notion that the recent efforts by the new administration led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to weaken the yen could spark a devastating global race...
  • LA police: Fire set on woman 'defies explanation'

    12/28/2012 4:04:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Montana Standard ^ | 2 hours ago
    Police say the attack defies explanation: A man poured flammable liquid on a 67-year-old homeless woman as she slept on a bus bench in the San Fernando Valley, then lit a match and set her on fire. A witness called 911, and police arrested 24-year-old Dennis Petillo a short time after the Thursday morning attack. He was booked for investigation of attempted murder and was held on $500,000 bail. It wasn't immediately known if he had retained an attorney. The assailant "just poured it all over the old lady," the witness, Erickson Ipina, told reporters. "Then he threw the match...
  • Russia's Putin signs anti-U.S. adoption bill [Obama and Hillary "Reset" is MASSIVE FAILURE]

    12/28/2012 4:00:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/28/12
    President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial measure banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, the Kremlin said Friday. The action could affect hundreds of American families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
  • U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget

    12/28/2012 4:00:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for...
  • Atty: Hobby Lobby won’t offer morning-after pill

    12/28/2012 3:51:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 7:12 PM EST
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of...