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  • Fiscal Cliff Boondogle - How the Senate Voted

    01/01/2013 6:44:16 AM PST · by upchuck · 25 replies
    US Senate ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    Link to how they voted.
  • SOVIET SEALS RING AROUND 22 DIVISIONS, PUTS AXIS STALINGRAD LOSSES AT 312,650 (1/1/43)

    01/01/2013 6:43:21 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/1/43 | Ralph Parker, Charles Hurd, F. Tillman Durdin, Sidney M. Shalett
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  • Tragic end to 2012: Two killed, three injured in New Year's Eve shooting in Old Sacramento

    01/01/2013 6:41:41 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    SacramentoPress ^ | December 31, 2012
    The New Year's Eve fireworks celebration in Old Sacramento ended tragically before it had even begun: Someone pulled a gun during a fight inside the Sports Corner Cafe around 9:40 p.m., and now two people are dead three more have been shot, according to police. The midnight display was cancelled. An eyewitness, who provided her name but asked not to be identified, was walking outside the bar when said she heard several gunshots. She said she ducked under a stairwell, turned, and saw a young man in a white hoodie run outside the door, pull out a handgun, turn it...
  • Concord’s Plastic Bottle Ban in Effect

    01/01/2013 6:35:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    WGGB ^ | 1/01/13
    CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — A new ban on the sales of single-serving plastic water bottles has taken effect in Concord. The ban began Tuesday and follows an April vote by Town Meeting, which made historic Concord one of the first communities in the nation to make the bottles illegal.
  • Energy predictions see a big future

    01/01/2013 6:27:00 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 31, 2012 | Jeannie Kever
    It’s hard not to get a big ego, what with all the predictions about U.S. energy that have come out over the past month or so. Several suggest the United States will become the largest global oil producer by the end of the decade, overtaking Saudi Arabia and going on to export oil to the rest of the world by 2030. Good news, right? But of course there’s a caveat, including the fact that our stint at No. 1 is expected to last only a few years. And those hopes for natural gas-powered passenger cars and a solar panel on...
  • Gun group says active killer events quadrupled after Gun Free School Zones Act

    01/01/2013 6:25:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia Carry.org notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad - An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column). “Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study...
  • New regulations pull the plug on the 75-watt incandescent light bulb

    01/01/2013 6:24:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    KTIV ^ | 1/01/13
    UNDATED (NBC) - As we say goodbye to 2012, we're also saying goodbye to a fixture in America's lighting fixtures: The 75-watt incandescent light bulb. Under federal law, 75-watt bulbs can no longer be produced or imported as of January 1st, though retailers can still clear remaining stock. **SNIP** Traditional 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2014.
  • Charlie Sheen blames homophobic slur on his 'lisp' [Will be forgotten, just like Tracy Morgan]

    01/01/2013 6:22:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/31/12 | Kate Stanton
    Actor Charlie Sheen dropped a gay slur at the opening for Epic Bar on the rooftop of the El Ganzo hotel in Cabo San Lucas Friday, in front of a crowd that included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In an attempt to rev up his audience, the 47-year-old former star of "Two and a Half Men" opened by asking, ""How we doing?...Lying bunch of f*****t a**holes, how we doing?" Sheen later apologized for the remark, but chalked the slur up to a speech impediment. "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I...
  • Iowa’s oldest veteran dies at Iowa Veterans Home

    01/01/2013 6:22:08 AM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Marshalltown Times-Republican ^ | January 1, 2013 | ANDREW POTTER
    Floyd Teske, the oldest veteran in Iowa and a resident at the Iowa Veterans Home, died at the facility Monday at the age of 106. "He had a huge impact on the people here," said Michael Hines, staff assistant to the commandant at IVH. "At 106 years old, he lived a full life." Teske was born July 10, 1906 and is a native of Decorah. In a previous interview with the Times-Republican, Teske said he remembered when World War I ended when he was 12 years old. "Early one morning the fire whistle in Decorah sounded for a long period,"...
  • Feds phase out more light bulbs in 2013

    01/01/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 66 replies
    HOUSTON -- At the Light Bulb Depot near his home in The Heights, Randy Gingrich just bought another batch of florescent bulbs. “Since I started three years ago, I haven’t replaced a compact fluorescent yet,” he says. “So I’m happy with that.” “In my ceiling fans, each one of mine has four lights,” says Allen Tabb, who’s been selling light bulbs for 16 years. “So instead of using 240 watts of electricity, I only use 60 watts of electricity. And I get the same light output.” Sure, fluorescent bulbs are more expensive than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs and some people complain...
  • Cliff frustration mounts among House GOP

    01/01/2013 6:16:59 AM PST · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    Politco ^ | 12/31/12 | KATE NOCERA
    “We’re extremely disappointed. There was no need for this drama on New Year’s Ever because the House completed its work last August,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) “[This] is a cynical attempt on the part of the President to ensure that he has complete Democrat control, House of Representatives and Senate, in the final term.”
  • Shell drilling rig grounds off Kodiak Island after towlines fail for 5th time

    01/01/2013 6:15:12 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 31, 2012 | LISA DEMER
    Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig, re-secured to two vessels with towlines early Monday, grounded around 9 p.m. in rocky water off the southern coast of Kodiak Island during a pounding Gulf of Alaska winter storm, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A command team that includes Shell briefed reporters on the disaster with the Kulluk late Monday night. It broke loose from a Shell-contracted ship, the Aiviq, around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Then around 8:15 p.m., with the grounding imminent, the second tow boat, a borrowed tug named the Alert, was directed to lose its tow line to avoid danger...
  • $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1

    01/01/2013 6:10:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows: The Obamacare Medical Device Tax: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business...
  • Canadian hero in Iran Hostage crisis dies at 88

    01/01/2013 6:10:05 AM PST · by Rock Hardplace · 11 replies
    OTTAWA — “Hell yes. Of course. Count on us.” With those words to an endangered U.S. diplomat in November 1979, John Sheardown, then Canada’s top immigration official in Iran, launched what would become known as “the Canadian Caper.” Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/John+Sheardown+player+rescue+diplomats+from+Iran+dead/7761539/story.html#ixzz2GjLJsOx0
  • Today's Toons 1/1/13

    01/01/2013 6:09:21 AM PST · by pookie18 · 16 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 1/1/13 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Expect some pay-stub confusion ('Making Work Pay' 2 percent hike in withholding?)

    01/01/2013 5:58:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | 12/31/12 | Jordyn Dahl
    The Internal Revenue Service typically distributes withholding tables to employers at the end of November that reflect changes to the federal income-tax rate, but no tables have been sent for the New Year, said Mark Betts, payroll director for ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services Inc. in Durango. **SNIP** Employees should be prepared to take home 2 percent less pay in their checks this year as the Social Security payroll tax cut expires. President Barack Obama initially included the tax cut extension in his fiscal cliff negotiations, but it has not been included in recent proposals. The tax cut was intended...
  • Eye and hair color of our Freepers??

    01/01/2013 5:54:55 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 206 replies
    I have wondered what the eye and hair color the various Freepers have. I know by reading stories on here that we have people who have black hair and black eyes, all the way to bald albinos. Obviously, don't post your eye and hair color if you do not want to, but I just thought it would be interesting to see our pigmentation spans. I am 42.
  • Senate passes massive tax cut which raised taxes over $600 billion in middle of night..

    01/01/2013 5:52:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Legal insurrection. ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson
    There are too many metaphors here applicable to the Senate’s 89-8 passage of a “fiscal cliff” bill in the middle of the night (around 2 a.m. this morning). The bill raised taxes by over $600 billion, in addition to Obamacare taxes already coming on line, yet the Senators can claim it was a massive tax cut because the vote took place after midnight, so technically the Bush tax cuts already had expired.
  • David Gregory's Slobbering Obama Interview

    01/01/2013 5:46:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    NBC's David Gregory interviewed President Barack Obama on "Meet the Press" Sunday, and a conversation ensued that would have been more fitting for a show called "The President Meets One of His Many Mainstream Media Enablers." Let's take a look at just some of the exchanges and fantasize how different the nation's political and electoral climate might be if the liberal press were doing its job as watchdog instead of taking sides. Obama said, "We're seeing signs of recovery ... in employment numbers improving." Might Gregory have asked Obama how he can continue to put an unrealistically positive spin on...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/1/13)[Prayer]

    01/01/2013 5:38:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/1/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Hiding PlacePsalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
  • 5 Reasons God Allows Tragedies Like the Sandy Hook Massacre To Occur

    01/01/2013 5:35:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | John Hawkins
    As a Christian, it can be difficult to reconcile all the evil that happens in the world with an all knowing, all powerful loving God who could stop it if He wants, but chooses not to do so. If our hearts break for the innocent children who were senselessly murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, how can a God who loves us not feel the same way? If any of us had known what Adam Lanza was going to do, we would have done anything in our power to stop him, so why didn't God? All too often we tend to...
  • Federal Appeals Court Hands Victory to Religious Colleges, Commands HHS to Act Quickly

    01/01/2013 5:34:02 AM PST · by kindred · 10 replies
    BreakingChristianNews.com ^ | 12/18/12 | unknown
    Washington, D.C. — Today, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Last summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature. Today, the appellate court reinstated those cases, and ordered the Obama Administration to report back every 60 days—starting in mid-February—until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges’ religious freedom. The new rule must be issued by March 31, 2013. “The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and...
  • Why Americans Are Stupid

    01/01/2013 5:32:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 99 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 1/1/2013 | Diane Alden
    After watching the viral video of the Obamaphone lady in October, I thought to myself — we are in a lot of trouble. It forced me to consider just how literate are the voters and people of the US. It’s very hard to tell given so few studies nail it down to specifics. For some reason the federal government does not want to get an exact account of how many illegal immigrants we have or how much illiteracy there is in the US. The census bureau delves into high school graduation levels, but not literacy rates. Perhaps because literacy and...
  • New year + new health care law = new tax rates

    01/01/2013 5:26:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON -- The tax man is coming in 2013. And he's wearing surgical scrubs and has a stethoscope around his neck. Five new tax increases take effect Jan. 1 to help pay for the nation's health care overhaul. New provisions of the Affordable Care Act require affluent taxpayers to pay more for Medicare and, for the first time, have their investment income subject to Medicare taxes as well. Also, people who use flexible spending accounts for health care expenses will pay higher taxes. And taxpayers who spend a lot out of pocket on their health care will find it harder...
  • California Law Enforcement Is Losing Fight Against Mexican Drug Cartels

    01/01/2013 5:25:39 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 31 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/01/13 | Friends of Ours
    California has indeed become The Golden State for Mexican drug cartels which have solidified their hold over the narco trade by eliminating the middle man to deal directly with street gangs in the distribution chain as reported by Adam Housley for Fox News. Of course, it's hard to place the full blame on law enforcement for failing to push back the drug cartels. After all, the border remains unsecure, many cities provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants among whom the narco traffickers hide, the entertainment industry glorifies drug culture and the criminal underworld, and so-called medical marijuana makes a mockery of...
  • Fighting Crime with a Vodka Bottle in Place of a Gun

    01/01/2013 5:22:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | John Ransom
    It happens probably nightly. A citizen fights off a criminal in order to protect his property. But it doesn't always make the nightly news. In this case it did. But... How much easier and safer would have been this takedown of a punk in New York City if the clerk had been equipped with a hand gun rather than just a vodka bottle? How much less of a burden to the taxpayer too, who will now have to incarcerate the criminal? And just think of chilling effect it would have on criminals if shootings of miscreants during crimes like this...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 1, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/01/2013 5:11:06 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 1/1/13 | Joel Osteen
    The New Has Come Today's Scripture Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As a believer in Jesus, you are a new creation. You have a new spirit and a new life! There may be “old” things in your life that you are trying to get rid of. Maybe you have old habits or addictions that you want to change. Remember today that the new has come. It’s a new year with new opportunities, and it’s time...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 1, 2013]

    01/01/2013 5:09:47 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Let Us Keep to the Point "". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death"" —Philippians 1:20 My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . . .” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if...
  • Weights of our Freepers??

    01/01/2013 5:02:52 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 110 replies
    I have wondered how much all the various Freepers weigh. I know by reading stories on here that we have had people get diabetes type II from their weight, all the way to ectomorphs who work out 7 days a week. Obviously, don't post your weight if you do not want to, but I just thought it would be interesting to see our weight spans. I am 42.
  • Hillary Clinton's Illness Prompts Conspiracy Theories

    01/01/2013 4:50:36 AM PST · by RichBruer · 51 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/31/2012 | Daniel Halper
    "A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12
  • December 31, 1912

    01/01/2013 4:35:46 AM PST · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 31, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The next year sweeps around the earth like the hand of a clock, from Australia to Europe and across the great stretch of the Atlantic it rides the darkness to America. And then around and around again, each passing day marking another sweep of the hours. In Times Square crowds of tourists gather in clumps behind police barricades, clutching corporate swag beneath video billboards shifting and humming in the cool air. And the same scene repeats in other squares and other places even if it doesn't feel like there is a great deal to celebrate. While the year makes its...
  • Key West Drops Drag Queen to Start 2013

    01/01/2013 4:34:29 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | January 1, 2013
    Key West Florida rings in the New Year by dropping a drag queen, who rides down in a high heeled shoe. "Sushi," as she calls herself, has been doing this for 16 years.
  • It’s the Little Things That Matter (Shortened Title)

    01/01/2013 3:54:53 AM PST · by Kartographer · 92 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12/29/12 | Norse Prepper
    It’s the Little Things That Matter: 100 Survival Items To Help Keep A Sense of Normality and Sanity After the Collapse Bullets…check. Beans…check. Band Aids…check. The list goes on and on sometimes doesn’t it? As preppers, we all are stockpiling the items and supplies that we plan on needing if and when it hits the fans. We all need to make sure we can eat, drink, protect ourselves from the elements and defend what needs to be defended. However, today I found myself thinking of things that weren’t on my “Need in order to survive” list. Little things that we...
  • Chronicles of Bias XXV

    01/01/2013 3:51:23 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 1, 2013 | Editorial
    Here are some of the Media Research Center's Notable Quotables for the worst reporting of 2012. DENYING THE OBVIOUS AWARD Host Stephen Dubner: "There is a kind of, I think, common analog, I hope I'm not overstating it by saying that it's common, that Fox News is to the right what The New York Times is to the left. I'm guessing you would see that as a false equivalency on a lot of levels ..." Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal: "The word I want to use here ... begins with 'bull' and ends in 'it' and you can figure out...
  • Two-thirds of Israelis support peace with Palestinians that ensures security, polls find

    01/01/2013 3:46:59 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 43 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 31, 2012, 3:02 am | By Adiv Sterman
    67% of respondents say they would support two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps and a demilitarized Palestine A broad majority of the Israeli public would vote in favor of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, if the government brought a plan that offered security guarantees to a referendum, polls published Sunday by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace found. Roughly two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) expressed support for a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps; a demilitarized Palestine; and Jerusalem’s Old City administered jointly by the United States, Israel,...
  • Ages of our Freepers??

    01/01/2013 3:40:49 AM PST · by theelephantway · 110 replies
    I have wondered how old all the various Freepers are. I know by reading stories on here that we have had WWII vets to people just starting college now. Obviously, don't post your age if you do not want to, but I just thought it would be interesting to see our age spans. I am 42.
  • Russian warship heads to Syria in preparation for a possible evacuation

    01/01/2013 3:15:21 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 30, 2012, 7:20 pm | By Adiv Sterman
    The Kremlin is sending another warship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base, Russian news agencies reported. The reports Sunday by the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agency cited an unidentified official in the military general staff as saying the Novocherkassk, a large landing ship, has set sail from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. She was “accompanied by a combat ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” according to a Russian news source. The Novocherkassk was the third vessel of its kind dispatched since Friday from Russia to Tartus, AFP reported, and was expected to...
  • Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris get married at playboy mansion

    01/01/2013 2:53:43 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 43 replies
    eonline.com ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | Natalie Finn
    Hugh Hefner is ringing in the new year as a married man. The 86-year-old Playboy founder tied the knot with 26-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris tonight at—where else—the Playboy Mansion in front of a select group of family and friends, Playboy confirms to E! News. The bride, who is now going by Crystal Hefner on Twitter, posted photos earlier in the evening of the wedding set-up, including a close-up of the flowers lining the altar inside.
  • Did Obama Just Make an Assassination Reference?

    01/01/2013 2:27:02 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 81 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Elspeth Reev
    During an oddly jokey statement at the White House as the fiscal deadline bore down Monday afternoon, President Obama said, "I'm going to be president for the next four years. I hope." He was warning Republicans that, yes, they'd have to deal with him for a while. But it was, to be sure, a strange moment. Could he actually have been joking about assassination? About impeachment?
  • School that spent Ł500,000 giving its pupils iPads admits that HALF are now broken

    01/01/2013 1:51:55 AM PST · by dennisw · 34 replies
    dailymail ^ | 31 December 2012 | By Hannah Roberts
    Honywood Community Science School gave iPad2 to its 1,200 pupils a year ago Admits half of the costly devices have been broken A school which gave out iPads to every pupil in hope of improving their education has admitted that just a year later half the costly devices have been broken. Honywood Community Science School dished out iPad2 tablets to its 1,200 pupils a year ago, at vast cost to the taxpayer. Despite warnings that children would not be able to look after the fragile computer tablet, the school in Coggeshall, Essex, allowed children to take the device outside the...
  • Obama, Carney Publicly Linked Benghazi to Video 3 Days After CIA etc. Reported No Protest

    01/01/2013 1:44:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 31, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Three days after CIA and State Department eyewitnesses reported on Sept. 15 that there had been no protest in Benghazi, Libya, before terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission and a CIA facility there on Sept. 11, President Barack Obama and White House Spokesman Jay Carney both publicly linked the attacks, which killed four Americans, to protests against an anti-Muslim video that had been posted on YouTube. … However, according to a new report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, personnel working at the CIA “Annex” in Benghazi on Sept. 11 reported on Sept. 15 that there had been no protest...
  • 1942 - THE YEAR IN REVIEW

    01/01/2013 1:36:29 AM PST · by CougarGA7 · 13 replies
    01/01/2013 | CougarGA7
    1942 – THE YEAR IN REVIEW 1942 is arguably one of the busiest years of the Second World War. It stands as the fulcrum point of the war. The final advances of the Axis powers would be reached during this year and the beginning of the Allied press to ultimate victory would take hold. The war was finally truly global. The final month of the previous year had seen to that and now the battles raged from the waters of the Pacific Ocean to the Caucuses. It would also be a year of unprecedented brutality. Unknown to the general public,...
  • Haniyeh: Israel is a 'Cancerous Tumor'

    01/01/2013 1:22:01 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Hamas's de-facto Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, took advantage of an educational conference on Tuesday to attack Israel, Channel 10 News reported. "Israel is a cancerous tumor that must be removed and uprooted," Haniyeh was quoted as having said during an international conference on education. "The hand of the resistance and the jihad fighters has begun to uproot the tumor, and will work to end the occupation of Palestine as a whole. Allah willing, we will break the occupation," Haniyeh said in a speech which was heard by representatives from Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar. He called for Gazan teachers...
  • NY Times reporter forced to leave China over visa

    01/01/2013 1:05:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 6:23 PM EST
    A New York Times correspondent who has worked in China for more than a decade was forced to leave the country on Monday because his visa wasn’t renewed, the newspaper said. Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian, flew to Hong Kong with his family amid increased pressures on foreign journalists by the Chinese government, which is concerned over media scrutiny of its top leaders. …
  • Portman Tells Obama to Rescind Federal Pay Raises

    01/01/2013 1:01:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 31 Dec 2012 06:26 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. Rob Portman on Monday called on President Barack Obama to rescind government pay raises—including his own—saying they are out of line at a time the country is struggling to get its debt under control. … Under the executive order issued on Thursday, most members of Congress would receive a $900 annual raise, pushing their salary to $174,900. House Speaker John Boehner and the leaders of each party in each house would gain $1,100 a year. Vice President, Biden would get the biggest bump, with an increase of more than $6,000 to $231,900. …
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases

    01/01/2013 12:58:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 31, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 3:1 and 2:1. “In 1982, President Reagan was promised $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes,” Americans for Tax Reform says of those two incidents...
  • Chief justice stresses need for judges, funds despite US fiscal strain

    01/01/2013 12:55:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:59pm EST | Jonathan Stempel
    Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday called on the White House and Congress to provide sufficient funding and enough judges to ensure that the federal judiciary can do its job well despite the fiscal problems the country faces. In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Roberts recognized the battle in Washington over the “fiscal cliff,” saying the country has a fiscal ledger that has “gone awry” and must address the longer-term problem of a “truly extravagant and burgeoning national debt.” He said the judiciary has been doing its part to cut costs aggressively, but can only go so far...
  • ObamaCare, 2013, and the Start of the GOP Comeback

    01/01/2013 12:45:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Peter Wehner
    Right now the political landscape is grim for Republicans–and in the short term, thanks to the so-called fiscal cliff, things may get grimmer still. But moments like these can pass, often quicker than we think. And next year may turn out to be one in which the pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act–aka ObamaCare–really begin to kick in, from higher premiums to the loss of employer-based health insurance to the start of enrollment in insurance exchanges. It will become more and more clear to the public what a nightmarish law the Affordable Care Act actually is. “The administration is...
  • Choose Your Own Crime Stats - (FBI and UK Crime Stats Compared)

    01/01/2013 12:41:36 AM PST · by GVnana · 1 replies
    An interesting comparison of violent crime statistics for the US and UK. Also, FBI stats on the 54% decline in violent crime in the US. Yes. It is DECLINING. And concentrated in urban centers of 250,000+ population. http://youtu.be/Ooa98FHuaU0
  • Pizza magnate wins temporary ruling on contraception coverage dispute (Tom Monaghan)

    01/01/2013 12:31:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2012 | Bill Mears
    The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights. Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had "shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion." "The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a...