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  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • David Gregory Asks Obama 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:24:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten. "Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Dave Barry’s Year in Review

    12/30/2012 10:23:05 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/29/12 | Dave Barry
    It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate. Example: This year the “reality” show Jersey Shore, which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor of a major earth-asteroid collision, finally got canceled, and we dared to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, as a society, were becoming slightly less stupid. But then, WHAP, we were slapped in our national face by the cold hard frozen mackerel of reality in the form of the hugely popular new “reality” show...
  • A little radiation is good for mice - Low doses of radioactivity led to healthier pups

    12/30/2012 10:15:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 6, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    X-rays may not heal broken bones, but low doses of ionizing radiation may spark other health benefits, a new study of mice suggests. Radiation in high doses has well-known harmful effects. Scientists had thought low doses would do less extensive damage but could add up to big problems later. But radiation acts differently at low doses, producing health benefits for mice with an unusual genetic makeup, Randy Jirtle of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and colleagues report online November 1 in the FASEB Journal. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C and E, erased those health gains. “What goes on at high...
  • David Brooks: 'Sometimes Obama Governs Like a Visitor From a Morally Superior Civilization'

    12/30/2012 10:14:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 61 replies
    New York Times columnist David Brooks made an astonishing observation about President Obama on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. "Sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • NY Plaintiff: Gay Benefits 'Bigger Than Marriage'

    12/30/2012 10:08:46 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    AP ^ | December 30, 2012
    At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court. But the Philadelphia-born former IBM executive scoffs at how much gumption was necessary to go to court at a time when society seems to be getting more conscious that a closed-minded approach to differences in sexuality appears to do more harm than good.
  • Mormon reply to thread "Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression"

    12/30/2012 10:06:43 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 154 replies
    FramReport Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Greg West
    Mormons and "post-election depression" Back on November 8th, Kathryn Skaggs wrote an article on her blog, "Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression." In the article she expresses the dismay at having the hopes that Romney might have been the fulfillment of several prophetic statements by early Church leaders regarding a time when the elders of Israel (LDS priesthood) would save the Constitution when it should hang by a thread. Sister Skaggs and other conservatives had their hopes dashed when Romney lost. The reason I mention this nearly two-month old article is that it has surfaced on Free Republic, posted by...
  • George W. Bush continues to destroy privacy rights

    12/30/2012 10:01:02 AM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    One of the sad, lasting legacies of the previous administration was the destruction of personal liberty and privacy which followed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Washington began treating everyone as a suspect, prying into private phone conversations and recording your every move. Unfortunately, though he’s been out of office for more than four years and working with injured veterans on a remote Texas ranch, George W. Bush continues to hold America under his intrusive thumb. Congress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned...
  • The Magic 9-Ball Predicts 2013

    12/30/2012 9:59:34 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 14 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 30, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Now we come to the end of another year and the dawn of a new one. While others are busy thinking up lists resolutions to break (let’s be real. New Year’s resolutions are nothing but a list of self-promises with a time limit) I instead will once again look into the Moderate Separatist’s Magic 9-ball for hints and clues from the upcoming year.
  • Preventing the third transformation

    12/30/2012 9:58:34 AM PST · by OregonRancher · 19 replies
    Sonoran News.com ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Laura Hollis
    I am reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year's elections. I am adding my own ten cents. Here goes: 1. We are outnumbered. We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics, evangelicals - they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who...
  • MILLER: David Gregory’s legal jeopardy (under investigation yet got into the White House?)

    12/30/2012 9:54:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/12 | Emily Miller
    President Obama wants more gun-control laws, but perhaps he should care more about enforcing the ones already on the books. He granted an exclusive interview to NBC’s David Gregory on Saturday, even though the “Meet the Press” anchor is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for possession of an unregistered “high capacity” magazine in the District. It is also unclear how Mr. Gregory passed the Secret Service background check to enter the White House while under criminal investigation. **SNIP** Chief Lanier is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she does not charge Mr. Gregory with...
  • Obama's NLRB Plays Santa to Unions

    12/30/2012 9:54:13 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    BigGovernment ^ | 12/29/2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The NLRB now allows that unions no longer are required to provide proof, through audits of their finances, to so-called “Beck objectors” that their money is not spent on union politics. In addition to saving unions from mandatory financial audits, the NLRB also decided that lobbying expenses are now “chargeable to [Beck] objectors, to the extent that they are germane to collective bargaining, contract administration, or grievance adjustment.”
  • Fiscal Cliff In Plain English

    12/30/2012 9:53:09 AM PST · by Wuli · 7 replies
    Wuli | December 30, 2012 | Wuli
    “Fiscal Cliff” in plain English Lesson # 1: * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000 * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000 * New debt: $1,650,000,000,000 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 * Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000 Now, let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget: * Annual family income: $21,700.00 * Money the family spent: $38,200.00 * New debt on the credit card: $16,500.00 * Balance on the credit card: $142,710.00 * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50 Got It ? ..... OK now,,,,,,,,,,,, ------------------------------------------------------------------ Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the "Debt Ceiling": Let's say, you come home from work...
  • Udall says he has 51 votes for filibuster reform (You want nuclear option? Just stay tuned in Texas)

    12/30/2012 9:48:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/30/12 | r moran
    This is not good news for Republicans - or for future minority parties in the US Senate. The Hill: Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures - and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote - amounts to breaking the rules to...
  • Marine protects citizens from cops

    12/30/2012 9:43:20 AM PST · by Anvilhead · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/29/2012 | ExclusiveWorldNews
    They don't call 'em Devil Dogs for nothing. Youtube.com
  • NEW YORK'S JOURNAL NEWS TELLS CRIMINALS WHICH HOMEOWNERS ARE UNARMED

    12/30/2012 9:37:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    When New York's Journal News published an interactive map revealing the names and addresses of legal gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, their intent seems to have been to heap shame on those gun owners and direct public ire toward them as well. However, one other thing they unwittingly accomplished was letting criminals know which homeowners are unarmed and therefore, which homeowners could be sitting ducks. Think about it: The release of a list of the homes of legal gun owners is simultaneously a hint at which homeowners are not gun owners.
  • Ducking Reality

    12/30/2012 9:37:19 AM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-30-12 | Skookum
    The truth is we need real professionals to implement security devices and techniques in our schools to at least make it more difficult for homicidal maniacs to ply their trade in our schools. Arming teachers who are capable and have the guts to confront evil, perhaps even paying them more to attend seminars to train in procedures, would be a first step in making our schools more secure. I am talking about seminars taught by professional SWAT and Special Forces instructors, not incompetent boobs like Janet Napolitano. We can’t prevent school shootings, but we can damn well minimize the damage...
  • An American Hero - Curtis "Bud" Diles - Halyard Mission veteran

    12/30/2012 9:36:34 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Francie Weakley
    Curtis Diles (left), with a friend in Italy, 1945, returned to safety and survived the war after being rescued by the Mihailovich Serbs.There are those people in life that are born unto their destiny, that come into life to be something special. They choose not their path, nor do they accept it willingly, it just is for them, despite their not even seeking it. You cannot create these people; you cannot groom them for their destiny is contained within every cell of their being. They cannot be drawn into a comic book or cast into a made for TV movie...
  • CBS Sunday Morning: Digging into the practice of fracking

    12/30/2012 9:33:21 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 40 replies
    CBS News - Sunday Morning ^ | 12/30/12 | David Pogue
    What if I told you that we have a new source of fuel? It's cheap, it burns cleaner than coal, it's found right here in America, and there's enough of it for the next hundred years. The fuel is natural gas. And the new source? Gigantic deposits of shale rock, miles underground. This one is called the Marcellus Shale. It covers 95,000 square miles, across four states. The gas is locked in the rock. If you crack a piece off you can actually smell the gas inside.
  • The Tea Party marches on in N.C. (virulent hatred of Hussein)

    12/30/2012 9:30:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    News Observer ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** The main driving force in the movement has been a hatred of President Obama, a virulent hatred indeed. Now that the president has been resoundingly given another four years, the tea party’s leaders need new objects of scorn. And there’s the rub. Movements built on antagonism toward one individual tend to be short-lived, and when that individual triumphs despite loud opponents, it’s frustrating for the losers. But if the party’s over, the hangover remains. No place may have a bigger headache than North Carolina. The tea party’s push helped Republicans win control of the General Assembly, led to a...