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  • Barney Frank: I want to be named interim senator to fill Kerry seat

    01/04/2013 6:20:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 4, 2013 | Matt Stout
    Just one day removed from the House, Barney Frank says he wants to get back to Washington. Frank, speaking today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said he told Gov. Deval Patrick he wants to be interim senator when Sen. John Kerry is named secretary of state. “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said, according to a transcript of his appearance on Politico.com. “It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ But (the fiscal cliff deal) now means that February, March and April are...
  • Sign the WhiteHouse.gov petition to freeze the debt ceiling...

    01/04/2013 6:18:56 AM PST · by MelSmith · 12 replies
    Do not increase the federal debt ceiling. Increasing it beyond $16,000,000,000,000 is unsustainable and unjustifiable. Petition: http://wh.gov/UpGJ
  • The Cliff is Behind Us, Time to Brace For the Coming Battles

    01/04/2013 6:17:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Mark Davis
    For the record, count me among the opponents of the fiscal cliff-averting measure that passed the House and Senate this week. But please do not count me among those for whom this was a do-or-die litmus test for conservative veracity. There are things members of Congress could do that would explode their reputations with me-- endorse Obamacare, back Roe v. Wade, cozy up to terrorists-- but when all is said and done, these days of intra-party angst are about differences in strategy, not goals. From my North Texas base, I watched our area’s Republican contingent vote no, with opposition extending...
  • 155,000 Jobs Added in December, Unemployment Rate 7.8%

    01/04/2013 6:14:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    A surprisingly uneventful report, as BLS reports that 155,000 Jobs were added in December, right on top of the 156,000 expected, and in line with the number needed to keep up with the growth in the population, or at least the Old Normal growth - in the New Normal only handouts matter. The unemployment rate was 7.8%, vs the 7.7% expected: who else is surprised that the rate is now rising with Obama reelected and when a lower unemployment rate means an earlier end to QE4EVA? The November unemployment rate was revised from 7.7% to 7.8%, just so headlines can...
  • Despite fiscal cliff deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    01/04/2013 5:57:34 AM PST · by RC one · 14 replies
    DailyNews ^ | January 2, 2013 | AP
    The expiration of a two-year payroll tax cut means that someone earning $50,000 will pay $1,000 more a year in federal taxes.WASHINGTON (AP) — While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That's because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year.Households making between $40,000...
  • Getting the 60 Percent Married-Renewing marriage in Middle America

    01/04/2013 5:54:54 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | January 3, 2013
    About 60 percent of Americans have a high-school diploma but not a degree from a four-year college. Forty-four percent of their children are born outside of marriage. This finding is the focus of “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” the fruit of the annual “State of Our Unions” report compiled by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values. W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the project, talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about what’s going on and why it matters. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Who are the “forgotten 60...
  • Right-to-Work Laws Are Not Inspired By Hitler

    01/04/2013 5:53:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — While at the union right-to-work protests this past month, there was no shortage of references in signs and chants to Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislators as “Hitler” or “Nazis.” Comparing political opponents to one of the world’s greatest monsters is nothing new, and in fact so common that there is a logical fallacy named for it: Reductio ad Hitlerum — “trying to refute an opponent's view by comparing it to a view that would be held by Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party … a tactic often used to derail arguments because such comparisons tend to distract...
  • Winning Ugly: Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

    01/04/2013 5:53:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    By all accounts, President Obama won the fiscal cliff showdown. Why anyone would take much pride in this kind of "win" is beyond me. It's a bit like being the least filthy toddler in the mud pit. One of the main reasons Obama won, according not only to Obama but an at times cheering press, is that he had a mandate. He ran on the need for the wealthy to "pay their fair share." To his credit, Obama never said raising taxes on the "rich" will solve all of our problems. What he did say, however, is that he couldn't...
  • Are We Already in a New Recession?

    01/04/2013 5:51:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 4, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Are We Already in a New Recession?Posted By Arnold Ahlert On January 4, 2013 @ 12:34 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment On Sunday, President Barack Obama contended that the nation is “poised to improve economic growth in 2013, but what’s been holding us back is the dysfunction here in Washington.” Obama is certainly correct about the dysfunction in our nation’s capital, but whether America’s economy will be heading in the right direction next year is beginning to resemble the “recovery summer” talk from a couple of years ago that turned out to be just...
  • WTKK set to switch from talk to music format (mostly liberal station gone)

    01/04/2013 5:50:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/1/03 | Callum Borchers
    Radio station WTKK-FM’s switch from all-talk programming to an all-music format this week comes amid lackluster ratings and a failure to carve out a niche in the crowded Boston market, media analysts say. The final talk show will air from 7 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday with the broadcast of “Jim & Margery” hosted by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, according to a station source who requested anonymity because owner Greater Media Inc. has not made an official announcement. A Greater Media spokeswoman declined to comment. A pending change at the 96.9 FM station has been reported by several media...
  • Unholy Alliance Comes Out of the Shadows and Into Your Living Room

    01/04/2013 5:49:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 4, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Unholy Alliance Comes Out of the Shadows and Into Your Living RoomPosted By Robert Spencer On January 4, 2013 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV network to Al Jazeera, which plans to rename it Al Jazeera America – and so the Leftist/jihadist alliance is now official. While the American Left has been cooperating and collaborating with forces of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism for years, now their alliance is open and indisputable. Gore is even slated for a spot on Al Jazeera America’s...
  • Murdoch's KGB-Friendly Series

    01/04/2013 5:42:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    In August, Rupert Murdoch's FX picked up a Cold War series set in the 1980s titled "The Americans." Liberals might have braced themselves for the worst. It sounded like some kind of Chuck Norris-style "jingoistic" homage to freedom-loving intelligence agents. But this is Hollywood, so the show instead focuses on KGB spies who speak perfect English, working to destroy Reagan-era America, which is not altogether a bad thing to people in Hollywood. Joe Weisberg, who worked for more than three years at the CIA, first wrote a script about two CIA case officers stationed in Bulgaria. Fox bought that script,...
  • Word of the Day, FRiday, January 4, 2013 - Agley

    01/04/2013 5:41:06 AM PST · by tioga · 82 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. AgleyAdjective (and adverb) Off to one side; awry. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Norquist: GOP Must Insist on 'Dollar-for-Dollar' Spending Cuts

    01/04/2013 5:40:17 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | 1/3/13 | Todd Beamon and John Bachman
    Grover Norquist declared in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that President Barack Obama will not get to increase the nation’s debt ceiling unless Republicans “get a dollar-for-dollar reduction in real spending.” “That’s the leverage,” Norquist, the influential founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, tells Newsmax. “The president needs something. He’s running up debt. He needs a debt-ceiling increase.” As discussions to raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling near, House Speaker John Boehner has said he would not negotiate with President Obama. Still, “The Boehner Rule” — which ties a rise in the debt threshold to an equal...
  • Republican Collaborationists GO TO HELL

    01/04/2013 5:31:49 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 41 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Expect to be massacred in 2014, tools So the GOP old guard would like to ignore us? We can play that game, too... and any TEA Party patriot who can't see the Republican establishment's currently on an offensive to destroy constitutional conservatives' political power in this country -and have actually launched a war in alliance with the left- must have just fell off the turnip truck and hit their head (hard). RNC manipulation of the GOP presidential primary process last year -primarily character assassination of conservative candidates- lead to a weak nominee who didn't stand for much and wanted to run even less. This...
  • (Video) What Democrats Really Want of You

    01/04/2013 5:26:07 AM PST · by publius321 · 9 replies
    Quantifying the "fair share"?
  • Militia members plotted to kill federal officials, prosecutors say

    01/04/2013 5:24:41 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    CNN Justice ^ | 12 November 2011
    Federal agents charged four Georgia men they say are part of a fringe militia group with plotting to attack government officials with explosives and the biotoxin ricin, prosecutors in Atlanta announced Tuesday. A government informant recorded the men discussing plans to manufacture ricin, a highly poisonous substance derived from castor beans, and attack Justice Department officials, federal judges and Internal Revenue Service agents, according to court papers released Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors said the public was never in imminent danger. All four suspects were in custody and are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday in Gainesville, about 50 miles...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/4/13)[Prayer]

    01/04/2013 5:17:58 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/4/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures GovernorPsalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.
  • Marine Writes Letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein: ‘I will not be disarmed’

    01/04/2013 5:17:30 AM PST · by maddog55 · 27 replies
    Guns,com ^ | 1/03/13 | | S.H. Blannelberry
    A letter written by an 8-year Marine veteran to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. “I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind’s shortcomings instead of pretending like they don’t exist. There are evil men in this world and there just may be a time when I need to do the unthinkable to protect me or my family,” Boston said. Senator Dianne Feinstein, I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I...
  • ~THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD~

    01/04/2013 5:11:46 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 118 replies
    And then I read this.... On January 1, 400 new federal laws took effect. Meanwhile, state legislatures passed 29,000 bills and resolutions, many of which came into force on the first of the year. Local government added thousands of new laws. Ignorance is no excuse, so start cramming on all the weird new regulations you have to follow as of Tuesday: 1. In California, it's now unlawful to let a dog pursue a bear or bobcat at any time. Previously, exceptions had been made for hunting. Bad news for dogs, good news for bears and bobcats. 2. The new...