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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...
  • NRA fingerprints in landmark health-care law

    12/31/2012 11:29:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2012 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
    <p>The words were tucked deep into the sprawling text of President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul. Under the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” was a brief provision restricting the ability of doctors to gather data about their patients’ gun use — a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to treat firearms as a matter of public health.</p>
  • NPR: Is The Party Over For The Tea Party?

    12/31/2012 11:26:48 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 12/31/2012 | Alan Greenblatt
    Is The Party Over For The Tea Party? by Alan Greenblatt December 31, 2012 Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., protested outside the Supreme Court in June as justices debated the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. David Goldman/AP It's a little bit early, but the Tea Party is hitting its sophomore slump. A few of the prominent members of Congress elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010 lost their seats in November. With the end-of-year budget negotiations going nowhere, the Tea Party has been described variously as standing on the sidelines and losing its...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation (12/31/12)

    12/31/2012 11:26:18 AM PST · by Faith · 20 replies
    December 31, 2012 | Faith
    But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.Jude 20-21
  • Let’s Give Up on the Constitution

    12/31/2012 11:25:05 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 31, 2012 | LOUIS MICHAEL SEIDMAN
    AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions. Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck...
  • No Ted Kennedy Up Here

    12/31/2012 11:19:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Mark Baisley
    As the credits begin to roll on the year 2012, I would like to take proper note of the recent loss of one of America’s most compelling figures, Judge Robert Heron Bork.  Robert Bork died on December 19 in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 85 due to complications of heart disease. I never had the honor of meeting Judge Bork.  But his book, The Tempting of America, has become a regular reference artifact for me personally.  In this taut tome, Bork effectively teaches the intended mission of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He explains the crucial role...
  • Who Should Support The Disabled?

    12/31/2012 11:19:02 AM PST · by OddLane · 28 replies
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | December 26th 2012 | Lawrence M. Vance
    Some of the most terrifying words the parents of a newborn will ever hear are “there is a problem with the baby.” Sometimes the dreadful news comes later after a tragic childhood accident or disease. When such children grow to adulthood they are joined by an even larger number of those who lived perfectly healthy lives as children only to become disabled in some way as adults. Adults with a disability of some kind are many times unable to work or unable to make enough money from working to support themselves or their families, especially during periods of economic downturn...
  • A Liberal's List Of New Year's Resolutions For 2013

    12/31/2012 11:16:00 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-31-12 | The Looking Spoon
    A new year a new list of resolutions, this is sort of a sequel to the list of liberal resoutions I came up with last year.See the 2012 list here.
  • The Nazi roots of U.S. gun-control laws

    12/31/2012 11:13:29 AM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | December 28, 2012 | Ellis Washington
    Exclusive: Ellis Washington has historical chart linking firearm restrictions to genocide Here’s the Formula: Hatred + Government + Disarmed Civilians = Genocide. What makes the argument so powerful? Two factors. First, it makes common sense: Unarmed, defenseless people have no hope against armed aggressors. Second, it states the historical truth: Evil governments did wipe out 170,000,000 innocent non-military lives in the 20th century alone. ~ Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership website The pretext: Massacre of the innocents – Newtown, Conn. I am a professor at a wonderful online school called National Paralegal College (NPC). Shannon Southard, a student...
  • Let’s Make a Deal! (Raise Taxes on $450k and Above, Kick the Can Down the Road)

    12/31/2012 11:10:16 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 16 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/31/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) –The White House and congressional negotiators have agreed to contours of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff including tax cut extensions, with the remaining sticking point being how to handle automatic military and domestic cuts, according to an official familiar with the talks. Income tax cuts would be extended on families earning up to $450,000, the official said, with rates rising to 39.6 percent on incomes above that. Rates on estate taxes would rise to 40 percent, on amounts above $5 million. Extensions of business tax breaks would continue through the end of 2013. There would...
  • Interesting Accounting.

    You can find out interesting links between school shooting, and "psycho" drugs, using by perpetrator. at http://ssristories.com/index.php?sort=date&p=school
  • California Crime Drops As Gun Sales Surge

    12/31/2012 11:05:11 AM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 31, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    [snip] On Wednesday, the LAPD collected 2,037 guns including handguns, rifles, “assault” weapons and one rocket launcher. In total, these buybacks have pulled in about 10,000 California guns since the program began in 2009. While officials are celebrating these programs and saying that these events will make California streets safer, gun sales there have shot up significantly in the past 10 years. In 2002, 350,000 guns were sold in California, but last year, over 600,000 were sold. So a couple thousand guns were turned in last week, but that’s nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands bought last year alone....
  • Two wounded in theater shooting(2 days after Newtown, this time there was a gun and it saved lives)

    12/31/2012 10:53:43 AM PST · by bestintxas · 3 replies
    MY SA ^ | 12/17/2012 | h O'Connor
    Two people were wounded late Sunday when gunfire erupted at a local movie theater, sending panicked moviegoers rushing to exits and ducking for cover, police and witnesses said. A lone suspect was in custody after being wounded by an unidentified law enforcement officer, a Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Conditions of the two people wounded were not immediately released, nor was it disclosed where they were when they were wounded, or the type of gun that was used. Related Link: Officials: Breakup sparked Santikos shooting Witnesses said numerous shots were fired inside and outside the Santikos Mayan Palace 14...
  • Spoiler alert: Word enthusiasts want to ban "fiscal cliff"

    12/31/2012 10:52:53 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 31, 2012 | Colleen Jenkins
    Whether or not the U.S. Congress acts to avoid the "fiscal cliff," the much-used phrase tops the list of words language aficionados want banned from everyday speech, according to a Michigan university's yearly roundup released on Monday. Also making the cut for Lake Superior State University's annual list of overused, misused and generally useless terms were "kick the can down the road," "bucket list" and, it may come as no surprise, "spoiler alert." ...
  • Too Expensive to Die

    12/31/2012 10:52:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Morgan Brittany
    The end is near.  Some kind of decision will be made on the fiscal cliff mess but it will more than likely be nothing substantial.  Knowing Congress, it will be a shot of morphine to ease our pain as we continue to be on death watch. Speaking of death watch; no one other than financial gurus and geeks are talking about the impending rise in the estate tax.  Is no one paying attention to this blatant theft of savings and assets that have already been taxed once?If nothing is done, on January 1, 2013 the estate tax will cripple more...
  • OK! Which one was it?

    12/31/2012 10:44:35 AM PST · by chooseascreennamepat · 52 replies
    Self | 12/31/12 | Self
    For the month that the murders in Newtown have been in the news, I have heard two totally different stories as to the weapon used. Some stories claim the perp used the semiautomatic rifle while others (as recently as Saturday) claim he used the two pistols he had in his possession. Which is it?
  • Ohio Teacher Says She Was Fired Over Pregnancy, Files Suit Against Catholic Archdiocese

    12/31/2012 10:32:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 122 replies
    The Republic ^ | 10/30/12 | AP
    DAYTON, Ohio — An unmarried Catholic school teacher who said she was fired after telling her principal that she was pregnant is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It's the second lawsuit that's been filed in the last two years against archdiocese over the firing of a pregnant teacher. Kathleen Quinlan, who taught first grade at Ascension Catholic School in Kettering in suburban Dayton, said she was told to resign or she would be fired, on the same day she told the school's principal in December 2011 that she was expecting. She said she had offered to take a...
  • Rebirth of the Viking warship that may have helped Canute conquer the seas

    12/31/2012 10:31:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday, December 27, 2012 | Maev Kennedy
    When the sleek, beautiful silhouette of Roskilde 6 appeared on the horizon, 1,000 years ago, it was very bad news. The ship was part of a fleet carrying an army of hungry, thirsty warriors, muscles toned by rowing and sailing across the North Sea; a war machine like nothing else in 11th-century Europe, its arrival meant disaster was imminent. Now the ship's timbers are slowly drying out in giant steel tanks at the Danish national museum's conservation centre at Brede outside Copenhagen... to be a star attraction at an exhibition in the British Museum. The largest Viking warship ever found,...
  • Obama, Democrats Favor Worst of Bad Ideas

    12/31/2012 10:29:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    As Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress finalize plans for whom to increase tax rates on and by how much – all in the name of preventing the nation from going over the "fiscal cliff," of course – the following may being of interest to readers of this page, if not to the politicians. Earlier this month, Scott Hodge, President of the Tax Foundation, published a ranking of fifteen ideas to create "new revenues as a component of any bipartisan deal to reduce the federal deficit."  Hodge utilized findings of extensive studies by OECD economists (a 34 nation organization...
  • Christians Have No Right to Refuse to Work on Sundays, Rules Judge [UK]

    12/31/2012 10:29:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/29/12 | David Barrett
    Judges have been accused of diluting the rights of Christians after a key judgment on whether they can refuse to work on Sundays.A new ruling by a High Court judge - the first on the issue in nearly a decade - says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs. The judgment - which upholds an earlier decision - means that individual Christians do not have any protection from being fired for not working on Sundays. Campaigners said the decision puts Christians at a disadvantage to other religions...
  • AP SOURCES: 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL EMERGING

    12/31/2012 10:27:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 114 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 31 1:08 PM EST | By JULIE PACE and BEN FELLER —
  • Fears of mass suicides as followers of jailed cult leader ... prepare for end of the world TONIGHT

    12/31/2012 10:23:09 AM PST · by null and void · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11:13 EST, 31 December 2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Followers of cult leader, Warren Jeffs, who is behind bars for sexually assaulting young girls, are reportedly preparing for the end of the world tomorrow, after their former leader warned of Armageddon before midnight. cult leader Warren Jeffs Closed: The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has closed the church-run supermarket This isn't the first time Jeffs has warned of the world's end. In November, he predicted 'disastrous cleansing' would occur as the end of times arrived on December 23 Sam Bower, a private detective who has helped hundreds of ex-cult members says he fears what Warren...
  • Craigslist sperm donor forced to pay child support to lesbian couple [nixed rights before birth]

    12/31/2012 10:23:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 31 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>A sperm donor has been ordered to pay child support for the biological daughter he fathered to a lesbian couple who found him via Craigslist.</p> <p>Angela Bauer, 40, and partner Jennifer Schreiner, 34, placed an ad on the site three years ago for a donor which was answered by William Marotta.</p>
  • Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens of Schools

    12/31/2012 10:15:23 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    nytimes ^ | 12.31.2012
    PHILADELPHIA — Like many public schools here, University City High School is underused, underfinanced and underperforming. William R. Hite Jr., the schools superintendent, says the closings will help keep the district solvent. More Photos » Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in precollege testing like the SAT. Largely because of the lure of local charter schools, the school is one-quarter full, with fewer than 600 students for its nearly 2,200...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DISCRIMINATION, 12-31-12

    12/31/2012 10:08:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic.Reference.net ^ | 12-31-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DISCRIMINATION In philosophy, the power of the mind clearly to distinguish between objects, whether real or conceptual, and between right and wrong in moral matters. Consequently, it is also the distinction between things that the mind recognizes, whether and how they differ. In popular usage, discrimination has come to mean acting toward someone or something with bias or prejudice. (Etym. Latin discriminare, to set apart as different, distinguish.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Man seriously hurt using exploding target to build a fire

    12/31/2012 10:07:18 AM PST · by matt1234 · 42 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | December 29, 2012 | unknown
    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -- Two people were hurt after trying to start a fire using exploding target material Friday afternoon. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the men had spent the day in an area commonly referred to as the Hayden Creek shooting pit, when they decided to start a fire using some of their leftover exploding material as an accelerant. When one of them came close to the fire with the materials in a bag, the materials exploded, severally injuring the man’s hand. Another man suffered lower body injuries. Deputies said the men drove themselves to a convenience store...
  • Live Thread: Obama Says What Jarrett and Axelrod Write For him...fiscal cliff remarks at 1:30

    12/31/2012 10:05:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 150 replies
    12/31/12
    Fox local affiliate came on in Miami, said the Assclown was going to speak at 1:30. So once the teleprompter is loaded, expect him to stumble in at about 2:00.
  • The Game Is Rigged

    12/31/2012 10:03:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Dan Holler
    Matt Damon, the actor who once gave $2,000 to Dennis Kucinich, is giving up on politics. He told Playboy, “It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.” Liberal Hollywood elites are not the only ones disappointed with failure of President Obama to deliver on his 2008 promise to change Washington. Heck, even left-leaning newspapers are blaming – albeit inadvertently – his Washington for the fiscal cliff fallout. When consumer confidence took a sharper than expected...
  • Lawmakers push one-year extension of farm bill in bid to avert spike in milk prices

    12/31/2012 9:57:53 AM PST · by impimp · 61 replies
    www.foxnews.com/ ^ | 30 Dec 2012 | AP
    The leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But House leaders have yet to say whether they will allow a vote on it.
  • What you’ll see in the rebellion

    12/31/2012 9:54:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 116 replies
    bob-owens.com ^ | 28 December, 2012 | Bob Owens
    Let me explain, gun grabbers, how your confiscatory fantasy plays out. Let us imagine for a moment that a sweeping gun control bill similar to the one currently suggested is passed by the House and Senate, and signed into law by a contemptuous President. Perhaps 50-100 million firearms currently owned by law-abiding citizens will become contraband with the stroke of a pen. Citizens will either register their firearms, or turn them in to agents of the federal government, or risk becoming criminals themselves. Faced with this choice, millions will indeed register their arms. Perhaps as many will claim they’ve sold...
  • Md. same-sex couples prepare for Jan. 1 marriages

    12/31/2012 9:45:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31 2012 12:09 PM EST | Brian Witte
    Gay couples are preparing for New Year’s Day weddings in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to allow same-sex marriage, which will become legal in Maryland on Tuesday. The new law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. and follows a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin O’Malley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question. … Same-sex couples in Maryland have been able to get marriage licenses since Dec. 6, but they do not take effect until Tuesday. …