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  • Tax Deal Finalized

    12/31/2012 12:36:48 PM PST · by Ron C. · 79 replies
    NRO ^ | December 31, 2012 | Robert Costa
    Senior Senate Republican aides tell NRO that the tax side of the fiscal-cliff deal has been finalized. Here’s a sketch of the framework: — Current tax rates would be permanently extended for singles making $400,000 or below, and permanently extended for couples making $450,000 or below — For singles, capital gains and dividends of $400,000 or below would be permanently taxed at 15 percent; capital gains and dividends above $400,000 would be permanently taxed at 20 percent
  • Source: Tax Terms Locked

    12/31/2012 12:35:26 PM PST · by RummyChick · 42 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 12/31 | daniel halperin
    A senior Republican Senate aide passes along the tax terms of the deal being worked out by Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill and the White House to avert the "fiscal cliff." These terms are "locked," says the source, between Senate Republicans and the White House: · Permanent extension of current rates on income below $400k (singles) and $450k (married). · Permanent 15% rate on cap gains and dividends for income below $400k (single), $450k (married). · Permanent 20% capital gains & dividends for those above $400k (single), $450k (married). · Permanent death tax at $5M exemption but a 40%...
  • $75,000 Worth of Guns Stolen During Big Gun Armory Burglary (Georgia)

    12/31/2012 12:33:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Patch ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kristi Reed
    DACULA, GA -- Just hours after a large shipment of weapons arrived at a local gun store, burglars struck the shop and stole numerous handguns, tactical rifles and shotguns. According to business owner David Duncan, Big Gun Armory received two large deliveries on Friday afternoon. Duncan said the 65 guns were immediately placed on display since store inventory had been heavily depleted due to increased sales related to the election, the Connecticut shootings and holiday shopping. Then, at 1:47 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, Duncan got a call from his alarm company -- the burglar alarm had been activated. Gwinnett...
  • Caracal Cat Explosive Jump

    12/31/2012 12:31:39 PM PST · by navysealdad · 20 replies
    Watch as these cats spring from a standing position 10 feet in the air and snatch their food out of mid-air.
  • “Journalist” David Gregory refuses to call out Obama’s lie that he “cut spending by over a trillion

    12/31/2012 12:31:14 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 31, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog “Journalist” David Gregory refuses to call out Obama’s lie that he “cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011″ On “Meet the Press” on December 30, 2012, President Obama said:“I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011″In reality, CNS News reports:According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, federal spending was not cut by $1 trillion in 2011. In fact, in fiscal 2010, federal spending was $3,456,213,000,000. In fiscal 2011, federal spending was $3,603,213,000,000. That was an increase of $147 billion.I’m not sure which is worse – the fact that Obama...
  • Philadelphia Officials Plead For Gunfire-Free New Year’s Eve Celebrations

    12/31/2012 12:22:26 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    CBS News (Philly) ^ | 12/31/2012 | Pat Loeb
    District attorney Seth Williams and police commissioner Charles Ramsey today made their annual plea to Philadelphians not to fire guns into the air to celebrate the arrival of the new year. They say it’s a dangerous practice that can have tragic consequences, and they promised strict enforcement of laws prohibiting the practice. It’s an annual reminder that, apparently, isn’t reaching its target audience. Greg Jaskolka used to look forward to New Year’s traditions like watching the ball drop, banging pots, and kissing his family. Now, his annual tradition is pushing his wheelchair-bound son, Joe, to police headquarters to put a...
  • Revealing gun permit holders a dumb move

    12/31/2012 12:14:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Naperville Sun (Il) ^ | December 29, 2012 | TIM WEST
    Illinois gun owners will doubtless remember a year and a half ago when the Associated Press used the state of Illinois Freedom of Information Act to try to obtain a list of the holders of Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards. FOID card holders objected mightily, and the Illinois Legislature passed a bill, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law, to exempt FOID cards from the freedom of information law and protect the privacy of card holders. Even though, as a news guy, I would of course always like to know everything about everybody, I agreed with FOID card holders...
  • How the Lytro Camera Works

    12/31/2012 12:14:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    howstuffworks.com ^ | by Jonathan Strickland
    1 Introduction to How the Lytro Works 2 Focusing on the Problem 3 Fields of Light 4 Faking Depth Lytro cameras have a simple touch-screen interface and LCD display. Courtesy LytroTaking the perfect photograph is part art and part science. In the old days, when film was the only medium you could use, you had to make sure you had the right lens, lighting and type of film for the shot. As digital cameras took center stage, lens choice and lighting remained important. Equally as important was a familiarity with editing software. The right tools can help you adjust...
  • Chick-fil-A’s Latest Horror

    12/31/2012 12:10:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, DEC 27, 2012 | DAVID SIROTA
    The controversial fast-food chain publishes a children's book loaded with half-truths about farms and animalsAs my son enters the so-called Terrible Twos, I’ve become keenly aware of one thing that makes them so terrible: awareness. After 24 months outside the womb, kids slowly but surely start becoming cognizant of what they have, what they don’t have — and what they want. At this point, too, kids begin more fully processing how the world works — or at least what the world is telling them about how the world works. Advertisers obviously know all of this. They not only know that...
  • Gun Grabbers Gone Wild

    12/31/2012 12:09:51 PM PST · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    front page ^ | 12/31/12 | t blumer
    The left’s gun grabbers believe that the Newtown massacre gives them a ghoulish yet golden opportunity to permanently undermine citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Exhibit A is California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s promise to introduce a bill which will supposedly stop “the spread of deadly assault weapons.” Her bill would go far beyond the so-called “assault weapons ban” passed in 1994, but which Congress refused to reauthorize in 2004. Feinstein’s proposal, among many other things: • “Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.” • “Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered.” The only way Feinstein can accomplish the...
  • OBAMA SCUTTLES 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL?

    12/31/2012 12:08:16 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | December 31, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    This afternoon, in one of the more bizarre appearances of his presidency, Barack Obama gave a televised address to a room full of supporters on the "fiscal cliff." He broke no news, but mocked Congress, and hinted at future tax hikes. Observers worried that he may have deliberately scuttled a potential agreement. Even though he has come off his last campaign for political office, President Obama acted like a candidate on the campaign trail--one prepared to use whatever political capital he had accumulated to take shots at the opposition in Congress at the very moment leaders from both sides are...
  • Why the 2nd Amendment

    12/31/2012 11:59:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Jabuary 2, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: "The British are not coming. ... We don't need all these guns to kill people." Lewis' vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants. Alexander Hamilton: "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed," adding later, "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents,...
  • Gregory under investigation, out of headlines (Are the magazines legal - or not?)

    12/31/2012 11:55:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/12 | DYLAN BYERS |
    **SNIP** Those who argue that the investigation is ludicrous have a point: Showing an empty gun magazine on television, though illegal in Washington, D.C., was hardly going to harm anyone. As Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote, it's hard to think of a sillier use of investigative resources. But it's also hard to blame the other side for asking that laws be upheld and applied to all -- especially at a time when so many in the media seem to be pushing for more of those laws. The Gregory investigation may have started as a "non-story," but that's no...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-31-12 (Know-it-all Nadin robbed, then Robbed!)

    12/31/2012 11:52:00 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 33 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 31, 2012 | DUmmie nadinbrzezinski, DUmmies, and Charles Henrickson
    Distraught DUmmies protest the fraudulent DUmmie of the Year results that cost Nadin Brzezinski her title. As you know, our friends over at Conservative Cave conduct the annual polling to determine the winner of the much-coveted "DUmmie of the Year" (DOTY) award. Last year's winner, and deservedly so, was DUmmie nadinbrzezinski, affectionately known in these parts as Know-it-all Nadin. Nads blew the competition AWAY with her countless, unintentionally hilarious posts, filled with malaprops, misspellings, all-knowingness, and general condescension, on subjects as far-ranging as Fukushima gas clouds, trend-spotting and tipping points, her own coverage as a "journalist" of the Occupy...
  • Texas judge OKs ban on Planned Parenthood funding

    12/31/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.
  • Why Inflation Is The Economy's Hidden Iceberg In 2013

    12/31/2012 11:41:52 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-31-2012 | Martin Hutchinson
    Why Inflation is the Economy's Hidden Iceberg in 2013 Economics / InflationDec 31, 2012 - 06:35 AM By: Money Morning Martin Hutchinson writes: Even though Ben Bernanke's Fed has kept interest rates close to zero, inflation hasn't been a big problem since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite what many observers have expected inflation has remained quite tame. However in 2013, that may be about to change. One factor that might cause a surge in inflation is the fiscal cliff. That's because Bernanke is already buying $1 trillion of Treasury and housing agency bonds each year ($85 billion per month) against...
  • Sheriff: Spring Hill Woman Charged After child Eats Crack (9 and 11 Year Old)

    12/31/2012 11:38:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | December 28, 2012
    A Spring Hill woman faces a charge of abuse after a 9-year-old child ate a piece of crack under her care, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Kimberly Losurdo, 45, of 11233 Riddle Drive, is charged with child abuse. She is in the Hernando County Detention Center with her bond set at $5,000. About 1:30 a.m. today, Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to a residence in Spring Hill in reference to a 9-year old child who was having convulsions and losing consciousness, the sheriff's office said. The child was taken to a local hospital where blood tests found cocaine...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt stays in the gun game (with new, high prices)

    12/31/2012 11:35:13 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Max Slowik
    Cheaper Than Dirt recently shocked the gun community with their post-Sandy Hook announcement that they were suspending future firearms sales online. They would continue to sell sporting goods and shooting supplies online, but only sell guns at their retail location. The outrage was palpable. It should be mentioned, for those who do not know, that online sales do not circumvent any gun laws or background checks. It is functionally no different than buying from a dealer in person, except you have a larger number of options with wider product availability and price selections. Guns bought online must still be transferred...
  • NEW ARMY HANDBOOK: 'IGNORANCE' AND 'LACK OF EMPATHY' CAUSE OF U.S. DEATHS

    12/31/2012 11:32:38 AM PST · by LSUfan · 36 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 31 Dec 12 | Wynton Hall
    A new draft of a 75-page Army handbook for troops heading to Afghanistan says that American cultural insensitivity is to blame for the 63 attacks this year by Afghan soldiers against the U.S.-led coalition forces who are training them. According to the Wall Street Journal, who obtained an advance copy of the controversial document, the draft manual states that: "Many of the confrontations occur because of [coalition] ignorance of, or lack of empathy for, Muslim and/or Afghan cultural norms, resulting in a violent reaction from the [Afghan security force] member," according to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers. In...
  • Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.'

    12/31/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.' Daniel Halper December 31, 2012 2:12 PM President Barack Obama tipped his hand today during a speech at the White House ... about how he plans to spend this New Year's Eve. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress have to get this done," Obama said, according to a rush transcript, referencing the ongoing "fiscal cliff" talks. "But they're not there yet. They are close, but they're not there yet. And one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there is even one...