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  • The Fiscal Cliff’s Hidden $1 Trillion Tax Hike (CLIFF? What Cliffffffffffff.........?

    12/29/2012 7:57:40 PM PST · by yoe · 26 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Kartch
    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare’s twenty new or higher taxes amount to a net $1 trillion over the next decade, 2013-2022. These tax increases are already permanent law due to Obamacare. They include the medical device tax, the surtax on investment income, the individual and employer mandate non-compliance penalty tax, the medical itemized deduction “haircut,” the hike in the Medicare payroll tax rate, and others. These tax increases total exactly $1 trillion over the next ten years: 2012 CBO Report on Revenue Effects of ObamacareTax Hike Provisions Tax Hike 2013-2022
  • "Simeon's Song: What a Way to Go!" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/29/2012 7:51:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 30, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40)This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters 1 and 2, dealing with the events surrounding the birth of Christ. We’ve especially been looking at the canticles we find in Luke 1-2, those poetic, psalm-like pieces included there. We’ve looked at three so far: Mary’s song, the Magnificat; Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus; and the song of the Christmas angels, the Gloria in Excelsis. Now today we wrap up this...
  • What I Learned in the Poverty War - Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor.

    12/29/2012 7:49:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | Peter Cove
    Nearly half a century ago, I dropped out of graduate school and enlisted as a foot soldier in America’s War on Poverty. Today, I’m still on the front lines, working to move people out of dependency and into employment. But with an important difference: I’ve become fed up with the useless policies that I once supported, and I’m trying to change the strategy of our bogged-down army. We know for certain that income transfers, the preferred tactic of generations of liberals, have utterly failed to end poverty. My firsthand experience with welfare clients has shown me why: being on the...
  • Piers Morgan Ready to Deport Himself if US does not meet his demands

    12/29/2012 7:47:22 PM PST · by Boiler Plate · 130 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 29 December 2012 | Piers Morgan
    Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider deporting myself.
  • If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Which Would Win?

    12/29/2012 7:38:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 | Jon Davis,
    These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period. After the breakup, many wondered which states would come out in control of the power void created by the dissolution of the United States. There were many with little chance against several of the larger more powerful states. The states in possession of a large population, predisposition for military (i.e.) military bases, and a population open to the idea of warfare fared the best. In the long term, we would look to states with self-sufficiency and long...
  • Chelsea Clinton, Still NBC’s Pretend Journalist [List Your OWN Pretender Here!]

    12/29/2012 7:36:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Daily Download ^ | 12/29/12 | David Zurawik
    I know there are questions on my beat larger and more pressing than who’s worse as a TV journalist, Chelsea Clinton or Jenna Bush Hager, the presidentially-connected, pretend correspondents at NBC News. But I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine. I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss program started by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church, and I can say with absolute certainty that she has not improved one lick in the last year. In fact, I think...
  • NYCC 2012: “Robotech” Panel Report

    12/29/2012 7:31:26 PM PST · by Kolath · 12 replies
    Toonzone ^ | 10/13/2012 | Ed Liu
    Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever hosted the Robotech Panel at New York Comic Con 2012, giving a quick rundown of the state of the Robotech universe before opening up the bulk of the panel to audience Q&A (and giving away a pretty hefty pile of Robotech swag to people asking questions). He quickly breezed through the many properties available now, including the original anime (snip) So, repeat after me: Tobey Maguire is attached only to produce the movie, and the rumors that he will be playing Rick Hunter are not true. Until the script is finished, discussions about directors, actors, or...
  • 2012-10-12 - Syrian air defense base overrun by opposition near Aleppo, Syria (Were the Missile Atta

    12/29/2012 7:28:38 PM PST · by Magen David · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on October 12, 2012 | Guardian Mario
    When looking back at the missile attacks against Israel last month by the Hamas Terrorist organization in Gaza, it is hard not to make a few observations. As rapidly as the unsolicited attacks began, they ended in the same fashion. We must ask ourselves, what was achieved by Hamas? There are certainly many valuable pieces of information that were inadvertently released by Israel to their enemies during Operation Pillar of Defense. Among these were Israel’s plan of response to a missile attack. This is understandable though because in any act of defense against your aggressor, your defensive posture will be...
  • Craig R. Whitney on Living With Guns - A liberal's case for the Second Amendment

    12/29/2012 7:21:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nick Gillespie & Todd Krainin
    "A lot of our gun control measures are aimed at people who would obey the law and get the permits. How does keeping me or you from having a gun really control gun violence in Washington or New York City?" asks Craig R. Whitney, a former New York Times journalist and author of the new book, Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment. From the earliest settlement at Jamestown to the renewed debate over so-called assault weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has always been contentious. The earliest...
  • Work Begins on Dorms for Catholic Students at Two Secular Universities

    12/29/2012 6:59:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/28/12 | Laura Dodson
    Catholic students at one secular university in Florida soon will have a dormitory all their own. In a historic collaboration, Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, Fla., Anthony J. Catanese, president of Florida Institute of Technology, Matt Zerrusen, president of the Newman Student Housing Fund, and Salvatorian Fr. Douglas Bailey, chaplain of Catholic campus ministry at the school, participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking for Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Student Residence on Dec. 7. The ceremony was the second in as many months at a secular university in which housing specifically designated for Catholic students is being constructed. A...
  • Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    12/29/2012 6:57:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 141 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 29, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings. … The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually...
  • Arab League Pins Hopes on Obama's Second Term

    12/29/2012 6:50:02 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/29/2012, 9:43 PM | Gil Ronen
    Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Saturday called on US President Barack Obama to be "proactive" in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his forthcoming term, according to AFP. "We hope that the new American administration adopts a policy of conflict resolution rather than conflict management," Arabi said during a visit with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr to the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmud Abbas. Arabi said that in the four-hour meeting with Abbas they discussed the Arab League's promise to provide an economic "safety net" of $100 million a month to alleviate the effect of Israeli...
  • Man Fatally STabs Wife at Irving Food Pantry

    12/29/2012 6:47:48 PM PST · by GeronL · 26 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 12-28-2012 | Deborah Fleck
    DMN police reporter Tanya Eisener posted this news on the DMN Crime Blog about a murder at Irving Cares today: Authorities say an Irving man fatally stabbed his wife Friday morning at an Irving nonprofit and food pantry. Roy Lee Gooden, 47, has been booked into the Irving city jail on a charge of murder, jail records show. His wife has been identified as Sharon Gooden, 55. The fatally stabbing occurred about 11 a.m. Friday at Irving Cares at 440 South Nursery Road. A woman who answered the phone at the food pantry referred comment to police department.
  • U.S. evacuates embassy in Central African Republic amidst rebellion

    12/29/2012 6:44:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    BNO News ^ | Posted about 43 mins ago
    BANGUI -- The United States on Thursday evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic after Seleka rebels seized parts of the impoverished but resource-rich nation, raising fears that the capital Bangui could fall within days. Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said Ambassador Laurence D. Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui on Thursday along with several private U.S. citizens. "As a result of this suspension of operations, the embassy will not be able to provide routine consular services to American citizens in the Central African Republic until further notice," he said. Ventrell reiterated that the...
  • Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in the new year

    12/29/2012 6:42:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 12/29/2012 12:51:12 PM ET | Alicia Chang
    Curiosity will now head for Mount Sharp in mid-February after it drills into its first rock. "We'll probably be ready to hit the pedal to the metal and give the keys back to the rover drivers," mission chief scientist John Grotzinger said in a recent interview at his office on the sprawling NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus, 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles. The road trip comes amid great expectations. After all, it's the reason the $2.5 billion mission targeted Gale Crater near the Martian equator. Soaring from the center of the ancient crater is a 3-mile-high...
  • Hillary Clinton is the Horatio Gates of our time…

    12/29/2012 6:41:27 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Sentry Journal ^ | 12/29/12 | John Carey
    I believe Hillary Clinton is the Horatio Gates of our time. Horatio Gates was a Major General during Revolutionary War. He was also a complete phony and if you ask me history has been far too kind to him. His most notable achievement was his victory at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777; however most scholars now agree that it was that actions of General Arnold and General Lincoln during that battle that ultimately led to the victory and that Gates contributions were minimal at best. Gates, whom Arnold called ‘the greatest poltroon in the world and many other genteel...
  • "Stars" Anti-Gun Video Spoof - Pulled By Youtube?

    12/29/2012 6:40:09 PM PST · by kiryandil · 26 replies
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    Apparently, there was a parody of the "Stars" anti-gun video on Youtube that was picking up a head of steam, so they had to pull it. Probably a personal favor to Barack. Here's the original "Heads Filled With Mush" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlUSo7otKJ4
  • Guess who’s getting a pay raise? (And Guess who's paying for it?)

    12/29/2012 6:34:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/30/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Some days, it seems like there’s just no limit to what you can do with an executive order. The most recent addition to the list of many hundreds of EOs signed by Barack Obama lifts a freeze on the pay rates for certain DC denizens. The largest beneficiary of this largess (skimpy though it may be) is a name which may come as a surprise. President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President...
  • Lawmakers working on last-minute farm bill extension ($8/gal milk scare)

    12/29/2012 6:31:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:44pm EST | Charles Abbott
    Lawmakers in the House and Senate agriculture committees are working on a short-term extension to the expired U.S. farm bill, and plan to vote on the extension by Monday, the final day of 2012, a Congressional source said on Friday. The proposed extension to farm legislation that expired in September would be for “some months” but for less than a year, the source said. If an extension is passed, the United States would avoid reverting to 1949 “permanent law” and a potential spike in the retail price of milk to as much as $8 a gallon in 2013. …
  • Maine Restaurant Owner Plans Protest Against Pro-Life Women by Giving Away Free Food

    12/29/2012 6:16:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    CN ^ | 12.29.2012 | Heather Clark
    Portland, Maine – A restaurant owner in Maine is using free food as part of a devised plan to assemble area residents in protest against a number of pro-life women that minister to abortion-minded mothers outside of the local Planned Parenthood. Mike Fink of Mike’s Restaurant in Portland states that he is staging a protest next Friday because he opposes the presence of the women and their children at the abortion facility, which is located next door to his business. “Normally, we do not get involved in religious or political debate because it is a waste of time,” Fink wrote...
  • Assistance needed

    12/29/2012 6:15:33 PM PST · by Michigan Bowhunter · 18 replies
    I am putting a political Resume together and have been asked to assemble a collage of agenda items as Chairmen of a GOP County organization. The County has been raising about 60K per year for the past five years and we have had little inclusiveness with outside tea party groups and other conservative groups. My goal is to grow our money supply and broaden the activist base as well as including more regional and nationally recognized speakers and raising awareness at the grass roots level. Obviously I could write anything but I am interested in what people here in this...
  • Second Amendment attack backfires

    12/29/2012 6:15:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Gun owners shine a spotlight on hypocritical attacks on their rights Gun grabbers have been exploiting the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., to pursue their long-standing agenda of disarming America. Law-abiding and responsible gun owners are fighting back against the onslaught. NBC anchor David Gregory acted on Sunday as if D.C. firearms laws didn’t apply to him. He brandished a 30-round rifle magazine on “Meet the Press” during an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “Isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?” Mr....
  • Bullet tax proposal is new twist in gun-control debate

    12/29/2012 6:11:49 PM PST · by vet7279 · 24 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Stateline
    "The Hartford Courant reported last week that two Democratic legislators were proposing a new 50 percent tax on bullets as part of a broader gun-control bill. The Connecticut legislation is one sign that the gun-control debate that the shootings will prompt next year in statehouses around the country could morph into an ammunition-control debate, too."
  • The current economic recovery is a fraud

    12/29/2012 5:57:26 PM PST · by Ron C. · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2012 | Lanny Ebenstein
    For those who would see recovery in current economic data, there are these facts to ponder. The first is that most of the decline in the unemployment rate has been a result not of more people working, but of more people leaving the labor force. In November, unemployment went down to 7.7 from 7.9 percent in October, the lowest unemployment rate since late 2008. But at the same time unemployment declined, so did labor force participation--which fell to 63.6 in November from 63.8 percent in October. Half a million Americans have left the labor market in recent months. Long term...
  • The Descendants of Abraham:Do Church-Age Believers Become "Spiritual Jews"? (Dispensational Caucus)

    12/29/2012 5:52:07 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 11 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Dr. Christopher Cone
    Based on Romans 2:28-29, some have concluded that being Jewish is a spiritual rather than ethnic matter, and that people become "spiritual Jews" when they become Christians. Romans 2:28-29 reads, "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God." For understanding this passage the near context of the passage is very important. Chapter 2:1-16...
  • In Delhi Slum, Tales of the Rape Suspects

    12/29/2012 5:51:58 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    India Real Time ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | By Amol Sharma and Krishna Pokharel
    Ravi Dass Camp, a poor neighborhood in South Delhi, is a maze of narrow lanes, open drains, and pastel-colored mud-and-brick houses. Clothes are hung to dry on power lines above the corrugated metal rooftops. It’s a typical city slum where locals say they try to make an honest living doing everything from construction day-labor to driving auto-rickshaws to cleaning houses. But these days, Ravi Dass Camp has an unwelcome distinction: it is home to four of the six men accused of carrying out the Dec. 16 gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman aboard a chartered bus that inflicted such horrific damage...
  • Commerce City Police Officer Charged With Animal Cruelty For Killing Dog

    12/29/2012 5:50:22 PM PST · by Ken H · 27 replies
    CBS4 Denver ^ | December 20, 2012 | n/a
    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4)- The Commerce City Police officer who shot and killed a family dog last month has been charged with animal cruelty. The shooting happened Nov. 24 when officers received a call of a dog running unattended in the neighborhood. When officers tried to catch the dog, Chloe, they had trouble. They used a taser and tried a neck harness. Police Officer Robert Price then fired five shots, killing Chloe. The incident was caught on video.
  • WhiteHouse.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (9,624 signatures so far)

    12/29/2012 5:36:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    40% of the way to 25,000. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords.
  • Pope’s Christmas message warns gender theory is a denial of God and the Bible

    12/29/2012 5:25:44 PM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/21/12 | JOHN-HENRY WESTE
    The gender theory, which is behind the homosexual revolution and the attack on the family was highlighted in Pope Benedict’s Christmas message to Vatican prelates this morning. “There is no denying the crisis that threatens,” the family “to its foundations – especially in the Western world,” he said. Crediting the Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, for the research, Pope Benedict XVI said “the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper” than was originally believed. “While up to now we regarded a false understanding of...
  • Friday penance in the Octave of Christmas revisited (Fr. Z reverses himself)

    12/29/2012 5:24:09 PM PST · by Hieronymus · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | Dec. 29, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Yesterday I facetiously posted about Friday penance during the Octave of Christmas. Days (other than Sunday) within the Octave of Christmas are not “heavy enough” (as a “solemnity” would be) to “outweigh” the Friday obligation to do some sort of penance as determined by the conferences of bishops. In the 1962 Missale Romanum they are “II class”, which corresponds to the newer, non-traditional calendar’s “feast”. In the 2001 Missale Romanum they are categorized as second class, as “feasts”. If, howeverm you are at a parish named “Holy Innocents”, such as that great place in Manhattan, and the Feast of the...
  • 5 Disgusting Foods That Will Make You Eat Healthy In the New Year

    12/29/2012 5:21:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Fri., Dec. 28 2012 | Katie Johnson
    Not feeling awful enough after all that holiday binging? Need a little push to help send you into the glutton-free lifestyle? Here are five things that should do the trick and shame you into changing your eating habits. Because we all know that hating yourself is the first step to eating healthier. This is Why You're Fat: cataloging where things went wrong On the This is Why You're Fat tumblr "where dreams become heart attacks," you'll find such appetite-repelling dishes as a deep fried poutine calzone, yogurt covered Cheetos, and our personal favorite, a KFC double down wedged between two...
  • Newtown Parents Organize To Fight Gun Violence (asked to "feed the fire" of gun control)

    12/29/2012 5:20:18 PM PST · by raybbr · 54 replies
    courant.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | JESSE LEAVENWORTH
    NEWTOWN —— Newtown United was born in the agony and confusion that followed the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.The group of residents, including parents of children who survived, held its first meeting two days after the shooting as news teams from around the globe scrambled for reaction to the killings. Group leaders are working to ensure that Newtown United grows and gains power long after the news trucks leave. Before the week was over, leaders had formed an executive team and started the process of becoming a nonprofit organization. Some members had gone to Washington to speak against gun...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ Living Prayer ~ 30 December 2012

    12/29/2012 5:04:10 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 126 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            LIVING PRAYER Brother Lawrence was a monk who lived almost 300 years ago and worked in the galley of his monastery. He wrote a book, The Practice of the Presence of God, which today is considered a classic in the area of Christian devotion. Brother Lawrence spent much of his time in the monastery scullery scrubbing pots and pans. He also had a collateral duty as the monastery cobbler. In these jobs, he said, he learned to glorify God in simple tasks and to pray with his hands. By bringing to each small job the...
  • Hanoi Jane Fonda Tried to Save the Lives of IRA Hunger Strikers

    12/29/2012 5:03:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Saturday, 29 December 2012 | Adrian Rutherford
    Hollywood actress Jane Fonda lobbied the British Government to intervene and stop the 1981 hunger strike, newly released files reveal. The two-time Oscar winning star sent a telegram to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urging her to grant the prisoners political status. Her message was sent in May 1981, at the height of a crisis which saw 10 republican prisoners starve themselves to death. The telegram, dispatched to Downing Street, is also signed by her then husband Tom Hayden, a US social and political activist. It states: “Please save the lives of the hunger strikers by granting them political status. “The...
  • Cato Institute study statistics on concealed weapons cited on The Rush Limbaugh Show

    12/29/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by yoe · 4 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | December 2, 2012
    From a Rush Limbaugh show....Cato Institute Radio Highlight............
  • Bill Brady and Mark Curran: Licensing undocumented immigrants will make state safer

    12/29/2012 4:57:30 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The State Journal -Register ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | By Bill Brady and Mark Curran
    This nation is a melting pot of immigrants, both legal and not. Our state is no different. We celebrate the ethnic diversity of our population and welcome those who come to this country and pursue citizenship, and whose work and effort have helped make this country great. We also have a continuing concern with the numbers of immigrants in this country who are here without any legal authority. Many of them have come to America from our southern neighbor seeking work and a better life for their families. Another large percentage of the undocumented immigrants came to our country legally...
  • Pizza Hut Delivery Man Demoted After Defending Himself Against Attackers

    12/29/2012 4:56:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 29, 2012 | Tim Brown
    Sam Swicegood, a Pizza Hut delivery man in Maryland fought off a group of attackers as he was attempting to deliver pizzas, and what happens? Pizza Hut gave him a demotion. According to Swicegood, he was sucker punched, which caused his glasses to “fly off.” He then dropped the pizzas he was carrying and began to swing a small piece of a tent pole he had at his attackers, while covering his face. “It’s a little fiberglass road I had up my sleeve not thinking I would actually have to use it but more or less having a little comfort...
  • Chicago's First and Only Crucifixion!

    12/29/2012 4:54:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | December 15, 2012 | Ray Johnson
    No! I don't mean the crucifixions that some of our less law abiding politicians claim federal prosecutors are performing. I am talking about a real, honest to goodness crucifixion. I was recently researching some executions that took place in the Chicago Courthouse and so I had executions on my mind when I had visited the Nativity display in front of the Daley Center and it made me think of the horrible way in which the baby in the manger would meet his death roughly 33 years after he was born. The Romans of the 1st Century A.D. were masters at...
  • Time for a yard sale? Selling excess property could net government billions

    12/29/2012 4:52:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | William LaJeunesse
    When families face a budget crunch, they have but a few options -- spend less, make more or starting selling stuff. So why doesn't the federal government do the same? Given the current state of the country's finances, many are wondering if it is time for the federal government to sell what it doesn't need -- basically, hold a yard sale. The federal government is sitting on billions in assets that are either sluggish or just dead weight. That includes federal land, buildings and other structures. Two years ago, President Obama's deficit commission identified 64,000 buildings and structures that it...
  • YouTube Christmas Gift for Pakistan

    12/29/2012 4:51:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, December 29, 2012
    Pakistan is expected to unblock access to the popular video sharing website YouTube on Saturday after taking measures to filter blasphemous material and pornography, a cabinet minister said. Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in September ordered the blocking of YouTube after the US-based website refused to heed the government's call to remove a controversial anti-Islam video. Weeks of protests in Pakistan over the crudely made "Innocence of Muslims" film saw more than 20 people killed and caused serious damage in major cities.
  • To Boost School Security, Lawmakers Push to Increase Access to Guns

    12/29/2012 4:45:54 PM PST · by native texan · 10 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 28, 2012 | Morgan Smith
    While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make firearms more available, and their discussions have included increasing access for teachers and other school personnel. Ahead of the 83rd legislative session, bills have been proposed with that mission in mind. The efforts have drawn the praise of statewide elected officials including Gov. Rick Perry.
  • Jihadist Doctrine Teaches the West How to Defeat Them

    12/29/2012 4:45:05 PM PST · by Magen David
    RadicalIslam.org ^ | 29 December 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    The seemingly endless supply of martyrdom-seeking jihadists makes it tempting to abandon the battlefields, but withdrawal does not come without cost. For many Muslims, victory is a display of approval from Allah and defeat is judgment. One success can inspire a generation, while a series of undeniable losses can cause re-examination of the jihad’s merits. The monotheistic religions have a history of viewing victories against insurmountable odds as miracles and defeats as divine punishment. The Terrorism & Homeland Security: 7th Edition textbook by Jonathan R. White explains that in the year 624, Mohammed and his followers fought a superior army...
  • Islamist-Led Tunisia to Raise Alcohol Duty

    12/29/2012 4:35:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Constituent Assembly approves rise in alcohol duty despite criticism from rival Islamists that it is ‘haram’ to profit from it.The Islamist-led ruling coalition in Tunisia raised alcohol duty on Wednesday in a bid to bolster state coffers despite criticism from rival Islamists that it was wrong to profit from an activity prohibited by the faith. The Constituent Assembly approved the budget measure aimed at raising 170 million dinars (85 million euros), acting finance minister Slim Besbes told the state TAP news agency. MPs from the moderate Islamist Ennahda party that leads the government voted in favour but an MP from...
  • Mosul Men Go Under Knife for Good Looks

    12/29/2012 4:33:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | 2012-12-28 | Saleh Elias
    Young Iraqis want more attractive noses as plastic surgery is booming in one of Iraq’s most dangerous cities.Business is booming, say cosmetic surgeons in one of Iraq’s most dangerous cities. It’s not just Botox for ladies either. Apparently the biggest increase is in young men who want more attractive noses. The Mosul clinic run by Dr Sadallah al-Zako is full almost all day, every day. For five working days of the week it’s crowded with people from all age and social groups. What they have in common: they want to look nicer. Al-Zako is a member of the British Association...
  • To Beef Up School Security, Lawmakers Turn to Firearms

    12/29/2012 4:13:31 PM PST · by native texan · 3 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 28, 2012 | Morgan Smith
    While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make firearms more available, and their discussions have included increasing access for teachers and other school personnel. Ahead of the 83rd legislative session, bills have been proposed with that mission in mind. The efforts have drawn the praise of statewide elected officials including Gov. Rick Perry.
  • What America would look like with strict gun laws

    12/29/2012 4:13:23 PM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-29-12 | DrJohn
    Following the Newtown massacre there has been an outcry from the left for more and tougher gun laws. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has proposed another assault weapons ban with more teeth than the previous ban. Exactly what are consequences of tough gun laws? Let us construct a hypothetical place with some strict gun laws: Let's regulate the sale, possession and use of firearms. Let's regulate ammunition. Let's insist that those possessing firearms have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. Let's ban automatic firearms, short-barreled shotguns and short-barreled rifles. Let's ban assault weapons. Let's ban magazines that can hold more than 10...
  • Records identify staffer who invited Jill Kelley to the White House

    12/29/2012 4:03:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/29/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    And the Central Command web site says Gottlieb was detailed from the White House for a time to a joint inter-agency task force focusing on detainee operations in Afghanistan. He was in Kabul from January 2010 through March 2011, according to a biography. Gottlieb, as a White House employee, is allowed to bring guests to dine in the White House mess -- basically an employee cafeteria.
  • Obama 2008 - "I Am Not Going To Take Your Guns Away, That Just Ain't True"

    12/29/2012 3:32:45 PM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    youtube ^ | december 29, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkUpp22fHyw
  • Writer Dwight R. Worley not shown as gun permit holder on Journal News internet map

    12/29/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    12/29/12 | Libloather
    Did some digging. From Dwight R. Worley's own piece at the Journal News website and Angry White Dude - Journal News reporter Dwight R. Worley owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011.I went to the Journal News map. There is no red dot on his address showing that he is a permit holder. To be fair, they may not have updated all of the info on that website yet. BUT, there are red dots shown in his area.
  • Sam Colt and the Law of Self-Preservation

    12/29/2012 3:28:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2012 | Glenn Fairman
    "God made man but Sam Colt made them equal." Yet is said that the 2nd Amendment follows hard upon the 1st so as to serve as its bodyguard -- providing the added incentive of coercive force by a wary citizenry to guarantee that those initial cherished liberties, expounded by our Founders, did not go the way of the 10th Amendment. The 2nd Amendment, interpreted as the right to bear arms by a free people, has not escaped that yawning chasm that has opened up between the political Right and Left, and the rationale behind this stratification falls along the same...