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  • Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

    01/01/2013 4:46:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    <p>These shocking pictures may look like something out of the Great Depression - but in fact they show life in the last years of the Soviet Union, less than three decades ago.</p> <p>Shop shelves were often bare, it was normal to have to join a long queue if you wanted to buy groceries and many of the people looked ground down after a century of desperate poverty.</p>
  • Eric Cantor Leads GOP Charge Against Senate Cliff Bill

    01/01/2013 4:46:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01/01/2013
    Last-minute efforts to step back from the fiscal cliff ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal that would prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into a recession. House Republicans complained that a bill passed by the Senate in a late-night show of unity to prevent a budget crisis contained tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans but no spending cuts. Some conservatives sought to change the bill to add cuts. That would set up a high-stakes showdown between the two chambers and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets that...
  • Cowboy With Three Horses Causes Stir in Suburban Marin

    01/01/2013 4:45:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 12/31/2012 | Will Jason
    The manure on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was the first sign of something unusual. "You don't often see horse manure going down the main roads," said Linda Novy of Fairfax, who spotted the droppings Sunday. The source was revealed Monday when a lone cowboy led three horses through the heart of suburban Marin, tied them to a bicycle rack in downtown San Anselmo and walked into Hilda's Coffee Shop for a snack. The cowboy was Doc Mishler, who has been riding around the United States on and off for a decade to raise awareness of children's hunger. Mishler began his...
  • Embracing Anarchism Is Like Making Love To A Cactus, Prickly At Best

    01/01/2013 4:44:46 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces | 01-01-13 | Skookum
    The Anarchist Coloring Book An OWS activist and his pregnant girl friend were arrested on bomb paraphernalia charges. The arrests have brought forth images of Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, the friends and former neighbors of the Obamas. Both couples are from privileged backgrounds and have excellent educations. Of course, there is a difference, Ayers is an admitted communist with the proverbial lower case "c". The more recent wanna be terrorists, Morgan Gliedman, a Park Avenue child of wealth and privilege, who now has the distinction of giving birth to her daughter while incarcerated; and her boyfriend...
  • Our debt isn't the problem (Why worry about balancing the federal budget at all?)

    01/01/2013 4:43:34 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 22 replies
    NewEconPerspectives ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephanie Kelton
    Look, up in the sky! It’s a “fiscal cliff.” It’s a slope. It’s an obstacle course. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress. This hastily concocted mix of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases for all was supposed to force Congress to get serious about dealing with our nation’s debt and deficit. The question everyone’s asking is this: On whose backs should we balance the federal budget? One side wants higher taxes; the other wants spending cuts. And...
  • Analysis: 77% of Households to See Tax Increase

    01/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | John D. McKinnon
    The fiscal cliff bill’s impact would be far-reaching for American taxpayers, and particularly painful for very high-income households, according to a new analysis. About 77% of American households would see a tax increase compared to their 2012 tax levels, according to the analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. The biggest impact for most households comes from the expiration of a two-percentage-point payroll-tax break that existed for 2011 and 2012. It basically hits all working people. But the bill also contains sizable tax increases for the wealthy, compared with 2012...
  • List: No love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'

    01/01/2013 4:35:07 PM PST · by Badabing Badablonde · 6 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 12/31/12 | Jeff Karoub
    DETROIT (AP) — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. "Spoiler alert" is among them. So are "kick the can down the road," ''trending" and "bucket list." . . . "Spoiler alert," the seemingly thoughtful way to warn readers or viewers about looming references to a key plot point in a film or TV show, nevertheless passed its use-by date for many, including Joseph Foly, of Fremont, Calif. He argued in his submission the phrase is "used as an obnoxious way to show one has trivial information and is...
  • Howie Carr thread Jan. 1-15, 2013

    01/01/2013 4:32:01 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 1/1/13 | raccoonradio
    Maybe will do the thread once every two weeks, a "fortnight" eh? Howie returns tomorrow, Wed the 2nd. In Boston WTKK 96.9, where Howie hoped to flee to, will end sometime tomorrow. The format is expected to change to music sometime after Eagan & Braude do a farewell show 7-10 am. So, 10 am? Noon? 3pm? 5 pm? And we don't know the new format...There was an article on a left-leaning blog from the Pacific NW wondering if the failure of WTKK is a sign of the end of conserv talk radio. One comment to it, by "Vin": "WTKK conservative?...
  • Any Dems with a Conscience in Congress?

    01/01/2013 4:30:50 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 28 replies
    1/1/13 | originalbuckeye
    Are there any elected Democrats who will put the survival of their country ahead of their Party? Are there any elected Democrats who care about the excessive spending their Party demands? Are there any elected Democrats who will defy their 'leaders' and put future generations ahead of the immature Socialists who have control of this country? $41 dollars of tax hikes for each $1 in spending cuts??? And they aren't spending cuts anyway??? This will put the final nail in the coffin of the once revered American Dream.
  • The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous

    01/01/2013 4:29:25 PM PST · by Gomez · 14 replies
    Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander. A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a...
  • SJPD End Naked Man With Samurai Sword Stand-Off

    01/01/2013 4:23:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 | Lori Preuitt
    A naked man with a Samurai sword brought out a large police force New Year's morningNew Year's Day started with a bizarre stand-off for San Jose police. They were called to Ezie Street and Cas Drive in San Jose after several people called 911 to report a man standing in front of a home with an assault rifle just after 8 a.m. As police rushed to the scene, witnesses said the man got in a car and drove to Southwest Expressway and Bascom Avenue. That's where police pulled him over. Police said the suspect immediately got out of his car...
  • 'Journal News' hires armed security guards [gun control hypocrites]

    01/01/2013 4:21:06 PM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | January 1, 2013 | DYLAN BYERS
    The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper's publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits. RGA Investigations, a private security company, "is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article," according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO. The guards "are armed and will be on site during business hours through at...
  • Spicy Soup Burns Hole Straight Through Man's Stomach (Chinese Death Soup)

    01/01/2013 4:20:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | December 28, 2012 | Makini Brice
    Spicy Soup Burns Hole Straight Through Man's Stomach Doctors in China were dumbfounded after seeing the case of a 26-year-old man whose spicy food burned a hole in the wall of his stomach. For some more adventurous eaters, spicy foods are often an exciting dish to try. After all, though urban legends had proclaimed that eating spicy foods could give you an ulcer, the credit for that belongs to the Helicobacter pylori. That is why doctors in the Hubei province of China were dumbfounded after seeing the case of a 26-year-old man whose spicy food, they say, burned a hole...
  • House Republicans Weigh Two Options for Vote

    01/01/2013 4:19:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/01/2013 | By Corey Boles, Janet Hook, Siobhan Hughes
    WASHINGTON—House Republicans are gauging whether there is enough Republican support to add spending cuts to a Senate-approved fiscal-cliff agreement as leaders moved toward holding votes Tuesday night, a senior House GOP aide said. House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) on Tuesday presented Republicans with two options for overcoming an impasse on legislation to deal with the fiscal cliff. The first option would be to add spending cuts to the Senate-passed bill, vote on that and send it back to the Senate, the aide said. The fallback position would be to bring the Senate-bill up as it exists, vote on it...
  • Urgent Message to the GOP in the House of Representatives..

    01/01/2013 4:15:16 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 34 replies
    Obama_Is_Sabotating_America ^ | January 01, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotating_America
    DON'T DO IT. To Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, and all other Republicans in the House, under NO circumstances shall you betray your country, party and our Constitution by feeding into the Socialists' (masquerading as Democrats) continued assault on the American economy. You MUST realize by now that the mission of the Obama regime is to force the United States into a debt we will NEVER recover from.. His 'Cloward & Piven' strategy of dispensing entitlements like candy and spending relentlessly without any regard to cutting spending for the purpose of CRASHING OUR REPUBLIC FOR REPLACEMENT WITH HIS NATIONAL SOCIALIST UTOPIA is...
  • Putting America's Tax Hike In Perspective (This one picture tells us where the real problem is)

    01/01/2013 4:15:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/01/2013 | Tyler Durden
    One of those occasions when one picture really does speak a thousands words.Houston, we may have a spending problem.
  • 18-Year-Old Bites, Punches Potential Kidnappers to Get Away: Deputies

    01/01/2013 4:07:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 | Lauren Steussy
    A woman in Encinitas bit and punched three men who were allegedly attempting to kidnap and rape her Monday afternoon, she told authorities with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department responded to the 700 block of Saxony Road in Encinitas when they were informed of the potential kidnapping. The 18-year-old victim told deputies that three men who she did not know approached her in a truck near the YMCA on Saxony Road. A thin, young man, possibly a juvenile, pulled the victim into the car with the two other suspects. While in the vehicle,...
  • House Republicans gauging support for budget amendments

    01/01/2013 4:06:45 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-1-13 | Erik Wasson, Russell Berman and Molly K. Hooper
    House Republican leaders will assess support within their conference for two options on the Senate's "fiscal cliff" compromise before deciding whether to try to amend the legislation and send it back to the upper chamber, lawmakers and aides said. The two choices: amend the bill with spending cuts - likely killing it for the 112th Congress - or voting to adopt the Senate measure and sending it to President Obama for his signature. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told his conference he was flatly opposed to the Senate bill without more spending cuts, members said as they emerged from...
  • Journal News hires armed security guards

    01/01/2013 4:06:39 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 34 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/1/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper's publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits. RGA Investigations, a private security company, "is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article," according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO. The guards "are armed and will be on site during business hours through at...
  • Sperm donor for lesbian couple sued by State of Kansas for child support

    01/01/2013 4:05:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 12/31/2012 | BY: THERESA LESCHMANN
    The State of Kansas, which does not recognize same-sex unions, is pursuing child support from the man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple because the child’s mother is seeking financial aid. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is seeking to pass the cost of that child support on to the sperm donor of the lesbian couple involved. According to the Huffington Post’s Dec. 30 report, William Marotta, a Topeka mechanic, may have to pay child support for a child he signed away all his parental rights to. The story begins when Marotta answered a Craigslist ad for a sperm donor....