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  • Boehner could face rocky vote for speakership amid Republican angst

    01/02/2013 1:08:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies
    Fox ^ | January 02, 2013
    John Boehner could be in for a fight Thursday when the newly seated House votes for the next speaker, with conservatives grumbling about his leadership and a report surfacing about a supposed plan to challenge him. The 11-term congressman, who's endured his share of political turbulence, presumably enters the election with the upper hand. So far, a single viable Republican challenger has not emerged and the rules of the vote tend to work in Boehner's favor. But Boehner's potential troubles were compounded by a late-night flare up with outraged northeast lawmakers over a decision by the speaker to postpone a...
  • President Obama continues to drive America towards European-style decline

    01/02/2013 1:01:13 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    The United States has not gone over the “fiscal cliff”, but it has taken another major step towards EU-style decline. The fiscal cliff deal pushed by President Obama and subsequently ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives (with 151 House Republicans and eight Senators bravely opposing it on principle) raises taxes by roughly $600 billion, without introducing any significant cuts in government spending. Incredibly, for every $1 in spending cuts there are $41 in tax increases. While sold by the Obama administration as a deal to protect the middle class, 77 percent of Americans will now be subject to...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Government as Santa

    01/02/2013 12:59:02 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/25/2012 | Joeseph Lehman
    Why is it that most people eventually abandon the idea of Santa Claus … and yet so many never abandon belief in an omnipotent government? Santa Claus is magic. His toy sack never empties, he traverses the globe faster than lightning, his reindeer never tire, his elves never strike, and he’s never too fat for the chimney. Awed by his powers, young kids approach the Jolly One clutching wish lists that itemize the objects of their “unbridled avarice,” as a popular Christmas movie put it. And why not? Santa’s little supplicants are prodded by plenty of parental encouragement. No toy...
  • On TCM Saturday: Ronald Reagan in "Secret Service Of The Air"

    01/02/2013 12:56:46 PM PST · by opineapple
    Saturday January, 5 2013 at 10:45 AM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, John Litel, Ila Rhodes Pilot Brass Bancroft becomes a T-man and grounds smugglers of illegal aliens. Drama/Mystery/Crime 1939 Secret Service Of The Air, TCM
  • Triple Lutz Report--Did We Really Survive The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/02/2013 12:49:31 PM PST · by appeal2 · 1 replies
    www.financialsurvivalnetwork.com ^ | 01/02/13 | Kerry Lutz
    Congressmen come and go, but the Kleptocracy goes on and on. What would have happened had the parties not reached a deal. Probably nothing much different than now. But maybe the price of gold and silver would have gone down instead of up. This was a complete PR event, stage-managed from the get go to make you believe that higher taxes and increased government spending are the answers to what ails the country and the economy. In the end, none of the changes necessary to save the US and the world from a complete and utter economic catastrophy have been...
  • Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan

    01/02/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by bayouranger · 55 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 02JAN12 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian officials tell citizens to vacate city located near nuke site Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material. Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets...
  • Gun sales set record in 2012

    01/02/2013 12:38:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
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  • Gun sales set record in 2013

    01/02/2013 12:38:07 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
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  • House speaker says still committed to Sandy aid

    01/02/2013 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 2, 2013 2:57pm EST | Ian Simpson and David Lawder
    House Speaker John Boehner insisted on Wednesday he is committed to passing a Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill this month after his decision to deny a vote on the package drew scathing criticism from East Coast lawmakers and governors. President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to pass the $60.4 billion measure on Wednesday before the current Congress ends at noon on Thursday and pending legislation expires. … Failure to vote on the Sandy measure was widely condemned by lawmakers from affected states. Republican Representative Peter King of New York told CNN it was a “knife in the back.” However, Michael...
  • Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders

    01/02/2013 12:31:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/2/2013 | Fox News
    Donald Kaul retired earlier this year. Now he has decided to return to writing occasional opinion columns for OtherWords.org. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. brought out all his ugliness. In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline "Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns," he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.
  • Grocery price stickers no longer mandatory next week (MA)

    01/02/2013 12:29:47 PM PST · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Individual price stickers on groceries may disappear in the new year. A new state law allows shop owners to place price scanners throughout their store as an alternative to having individual tags on each item. Many larger stores already have such scanners. It is designed to be a cost saving measure, but it has some disadvantages for customers. Some consumer advocates also argue that scanners can be unreliable. Mary Ann Spencer of Springfield told 22News that the change is not good for her. "It would be more difficult for me because I am handicapped, and so if I had to...
  • Future Map of America *Vanity*

    01/02/2013 12:26:46 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    Me | Wednesday, January 3, 2012
  • Peter King: Halt donations to House GOP

    New York Republican Rep. Peter King went to war with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday after leaders spiked a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, calling on New Yorkers to stop all donations to GOP House members.
  • Despite deal, taxes on most Americans will go up

    01/02/2013 12:21:51 PM PST · by Ron C. · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 02, 2013 | FoxNews
    Taxes for most Americans will still go up this year despite declarations from President Obama and others touting Tuesday night's fiscal crisis deal as a victory for middle-class workers. At the same time, tax relief that was included in the package comes at a cost -- contributing, along with new spending, nearly $4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, adding to the nation's more than $16 trillion debt. But there will be federal tax hikes in 2013. That's because the legislation pushed through the Senate and House on Jan. 1 does nothing to prevent a temporary cut...
  • U.S. Spends $40 Mil on Foreign Labor Causes in Final Days of 2012

    01/02/2013 12:14:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 2, 2013
    With 12 million Americans out of work the government agency responsible for advancing opportunities for profitable employment has gone on a frantic year-end spending spree, doling out tens of millions of dollars to foreign causes that won’t put a dent in the nation’s unemployment crisis. In the last few weeks of 2012, the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) generously dedicated nearly $40 million to global initiatives unlikely to help workers in this country. The money will go to efforts that strengthen unions and help combat child labor in African, central and South American countries. This includes $10 million to combat...
  • How To Restore the West

    01/02/2013 12:13:36 PM PST · by Little Ray · 21 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | Monday, December 31, 2012 | Ron Holland
    By any political, cultural or economic measure the nations of the West are in total decline. The historic virtues of hard work, free-market thinking and a common cultural integrity as well as religious and historical principles are gone. They have been subverted and replaced by an emphasis on rampant materialism and a consumer driven society that exceeds 70 percent of GNP in addition to private and public debt. Furthermore, a kind of parasitism has laid claim to Western culture by which sports stars, politicians, media darlings and financial scam artists get recognition and exorbitant incomes while real workers find their...
  • Ray Lewis to retire after season

    01/02/2013 12:13:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jamison Hensley
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season, closing one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Lewis says "it is time for me to create a new legacy" after 17 NFL seasons. He intends to play for the first time since tearing his triceps two months ago when the Ravens host the Colts in Sunday's wild-card game, saying "there is no reason for me to not play," according to The Baltimore Sun. Sunday likely will be Lewis' final game in Baltimore even if the Ravens win because of their No....
  • "Indefensible And Immoral" [MSNBC RINO Alert] olleagues For Delay On Relief

    01/02/2013 12:12:51 PM PST · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 02 January 2013 | Tracy Connor
    New York Republican Rep. Peter King condemns Conservatives on Sandy aid bill: "Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans after this should have their head examined."
  • The (New York) Times on Taxes

    01/02/2013 12:07:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | December 30, 2012 | John Cochrane
    ... The whale comes last: "Greater progressivity would reduce rising income inequality, and with it, inequality of opportunity that is both an economic and social scourge." The Times is arguing forthrightly for confiscatory taxation of income and wealth, in order simply to reduce post-tax incomes. This isn't "redistribution," it's "off with their heads!" Inequality of opportunity? No, President Obama's kids should not go to Sidwell Friends, they should go to DC public schools like everyone else? Mayor Rahm Emanuel's kids shouldn't go to the University of Chicago Lab school (mine go there too, but I don't preach this stuff), they...