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  • Guess What? Digitized Health Records Don't Save Any Money Like Obama Promised

    01/11/2013 4:09:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The New York Times. I hate to break this to you. Do you remember when they were touting digitizing health records, making everybody's health records electronic so that they would be easily available to doctors and medical professionals? Of course, not scammers. They would never get them, of course not. Only the people that needed to see your health records would ever be able to. They'd take care of that. They said, "It's gonna really make things cheaper. We have to do this because health care costs are just out of control, causing the deficit, causing the...
  • Proof that Concealed Carry permit holders live in a dream world, Part One

    01/11/2013 4:06:21 PM PST · by Right Wing Assault · 67 replies
    abc news ^ | Uploaded to youtube.com on Apr 21, 2010 | abc news
    The controlled study documented in these videos show that concealed carry permit holders are fooling themselves if they think they will be able to react effectively to armed aggressors. Most CCW holders won't even be able to un-holster their gun. They will more likely be killed themselves or kill innocent bystanders than stop the aggressor. For more details, see "Unintended Consequences: Pro-Handgun Experts Prove That Handguns Are a Dangerous Choice for Self-Defense." http://www.vpc.org/studies/unincont.htm. CCW permit holders don't protect innocent people. They kill them.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #27 January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 4:06:10 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 1-11-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I had my very first commercially brewed Double IPA yesterday evening. It was brewed by Samuel Adams as a limited release of their brews and is called “Third Voyage”. It is 8% ABV in a 22 oz. bottle and is very tasty and hoppy with a big citrus after taste. They used Cascade Hops from the regions that that Capt. James Cook sailed to on his third voyage - New Zealand and the Pacific...
  • Alabama Court Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection

    01/11/2013 3:59:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    A ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court today makes the argument that unborn children deserve legal protection under the law. The case involves the consolidation of two cases, which address the question of whether Alabama’s law against chemical endangerment of children can be applied to unborn children who are exposed to illegal drugs in utero. Courts of appeal in Alabama upheld convictions of mothers who were charged under the chemical endangerment law, when their children tested positive for illegal drugs at birth.
  • Media Blames Flu for Economic Downturn

    01/11/2013 3:56:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's a headline from CNBC: "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." Now, what the hell kind of headline is this? "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." It was just yesterday I was talking about media propagandists, and you see this headline, and you have to understand that I know what I'm talking about and I was right. The flu threatens to slow the economy further? Really? They're throwing that out there now? We know that it's not the flu slowing down the economy! We know it's not the flu that has...
  • Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals'

    01/11/2013 3:51:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals' Dan Ivers/NJ.com By Dan Ivers/NJ.com on January 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM, updated January 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM PATERSON — A state appeals court has upheld the firing of a former Paterson first-grade teacher who called her students "future criminals" on her personal Facebook page. Jennifer O'Brien, an Elmwood Park resident who began working for Paterson schools in 1998, claimed in her appeal that her comments were protected by the First Amendment, and that her right to express her opinion "was outweighed by the district's interest in the...
  • David Gregory and wife knew D.C. Attorney General (Party photo at link)

    01/11/2013 3:43:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/11/13 | William A. Jacobson
    District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan issued a lengthy letter today explaining the decision not to prosecute David Gregory despite “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” despite rejecting NBC’s claims of a subjective misunderstanding of the law, and despite vowing vigorous enforcement of gun laws. -snip- t further undermines public confidence in such decisions to find out that Nathan knew Gregory and his wife, high-powered attorney Beth Wilkinson. Anne dug up the connection in which in 2011 Nathan and Wilkinson participated together in a charity mock trial for the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company (emphasis...
  • NPS/Presidential Inaugural Committee Revokes ANSWER Coalition Permit for Unemployed Speakout

    01/11/2013 3:38:33 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    email from A.N.S.W.E.R. | January 11, 2013
    At the direction of the Obama Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) the National Park Service has revoked the permit of the ANSWER Coalition to hold a large scale Speak-out of America’s Unemployed for Jobs and Justice in Freedom Plaza during the Inauguration Day events on January 21, 2013. The historical irony of the decision to evict a rally of the unemployed from Freedom Plaza (named in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) on January 21(the day honoring Dr. King’s birth) is hard to overstate. Exactly five years to the day (January 21, 2008) then-candidate Barack Obama said in response to a...
  • Forget discouraged, 3 million workers hopelessly unemployed

    01/11/2013 3:34:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Annalyn Kurtz
    Employers may be hiring, but there's another big problem with the job market that isn't being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed. An often overlooked number calculated by the Labor Department shows millions of Americans want a job but haven't searched for one in at least a year. They've simply given up hope. They're not counted as part of the labor force, the official unemployment rate, or the category the Labor Department refers to as "discouraged workers" -- those who haven't bothered to look for work in the last four weeks. These hopelessly unemployed workers have just been jobless so...
  • Obamacare's Other Shoe

    01/11/2013 3:15:22 PM PST · by qaz123 · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 11Jan13 | Mark Steyn
    If you had buttonholed me in the Senate men’s room circa 2003 and told me that a decade hence Joe Biden would be America’s vice president, John Kerry secretary of state, and Chuck Hagel secretary of defense, I’d have laughed and waited for the punch line: The Leahy administration? President Lautenberg? Celebrate lack of diversity! But even in the republic’s descent into a Blowhardocracy staffed by a Zombie House of Lords, there are distinctions to be drawn.
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 3:13:47 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 25 replies
    In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen "short of the ideal" in Afghanistan:
  • Realistic DX-160 - my favorite radio-

    01/11/2013 3:10:42 PM PST · by virgil283 · 62 replies
    "In 1967, Radio Shack introduced the DX-150 general coverage ...Over the next few years, this line underwent several improvements.. . In 1975 the DX-160 was introduced with the most noticeable change being the addition of a LW band (150-400 kHz). This family of radios was made for Radio Shack by General Research of Electronics, Inc. of Japan....My impressions? This is as solid a radio as I could ask for given its age and simplicity of design. It has reasonably good selectivity and you have to be careful to tune it slowly or you'll miss the station you're looking for. The...
  • Men won't face death penalty in Lansing slaying

    01/11/2013 3:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 1/11/13 | staff
    <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The government won't seek the death penalty for a group of men charged in the 2010 death of a Lansing woman.</p> <p>The Grand Rapids Press reported Friday (http://bit.ly/WxWIie ) that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder notified West Michigan federal prosecutors of the government's decision.</p>
  • Answering an Atheist and Asking for Fairness and Accuracy

    01/11/2013 3:03:24 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 11, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Susan Jacoby, an author and atheist wrote a column in last Sunday’s New Your Times entitled “The Blessings of Atheism.” In it she proposes that atheism has a lot to offer, especially in times of tragic loss and that it frees human beings from having to ask and answer difficult question. As you may imagine, I am not so sure that asserting a question can be avoided means that it has actually been avoided, or that what she calls blessings are in fact blessings.I would like to excerpt her article and make a few comments. Her original writing is in...
  • Alabama Leads The Way In Nationwide Run On Guns

    01/11/2013 3:00:25 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies
    Al.Com ^ | 1-11-2013 | Challen Stephens
    Alabama Leads The Way In Nationwide Run On GunsBy Challen Stephens cstephens@al.com January 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM, updated January 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM Alabama appears to have led the national run on guns last month. It's not that Alabamians purchased the most. But Alabama saw the nation's largest spike in applications for firearm background checks, a sudden rise of 145 percent, between the months of October and December. Federal background checks spiked in every single state following the presidential election and the shooting in Newtown, according to FBI data on background checks. Background checks normally rise before Christmas....
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 3:00:19 PM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 11,2013 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Infiltration, Intrigue and Communists

    01/11/2013 2:57:50 PM PST · by qaz123 · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11Jan13 | Wes Vernon
    In writing “Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government”, authors M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein have produced a highly informative volume that will enlighten not only relative newcomers to the field of Communist subversion but scholars as well. What they learn will be utterly sobering. Soviet loyalists, with enormous influence over policy, are revealed to have been far more deeply entrenched than ever previously acknowledged. More surprising, these agents had alarmingly easy access to the Oval Office.
  • State suspends gun carry permit for TN man who made viral video (Jim Yeager)

    01/11/2013 2:51:26 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 11, 2013 | Unattributed
    A Middle Tennessee firearms trainer who made an ominous and very public promise in a YouTube video that gained national attention this week, has had his handgun carry permit suspended Friday by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. James Yeager, 42, had his permit suspended based on a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," the department said in a statement. Yeager told Channel 4 News he is aware of the suspension, and his attorney will handle his statements going forward.
  • On Matthews' Hard Ball, David Corn says Rush Limbaugh is "inviting John Wilkes Booth..."

    01/11/2013 2:46:16 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 58 replies
    watching MSNBC's Hardball | January 11, 2013 | Seizethecarp
    Chris Matthews opened Hardball with video from the past two days of Jim Yeager, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh defending the second amendment. David Corn says Rush is "inviting John Wilkes Booth..." Matthews says Rush should know better. Matthews also introduced the segment (usually rebroadcast at 7:00 PM EST) by saying he was "going to nut country" and said that was a quote from JFK just before he went to Dallas for the last time. Right before Hardball, Martin Bashir said that the report that the armed officer assigned to the school that were the latest shooting occurred wasn't there...
  • (Inked) In Czech Republic, A Leading Presidential Candidate Has a Full-Face Tattoo

    01/11/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    WP ^ | January 11, 2013 | Olga Khazan
    In Czech Republic, a leading presidential candidate has a full-face tattoo File this under, “Things that could never happen in America.” That man is Vladimir Franz, a Czech composer who is tattooed from head — and face — to toe, and he’s third in the polls in the Czech Republic’s presidential election, which is going on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time Czechs will directly elect a president — a mainly ceremonial position because the prime minister largely runs the country. Since the breakup of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic has had two presidents, Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus,...
  • Ben Shapiro Shows the Right How to Beat the Media

    01/11/2013 2:42:50 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 1/11/2013 | John Nolte
    Forgive me for choosing a colleague and friend, but I've been waiting for exactly this kind of media appearance from someone -- anyone! -- on our side to make this point with, and it just so happens that last night it was Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro who delivered as perfect an example as one could ever hope for. This is a must-watch for the rest of this column to make any sense whatsoever. As one of our Founding Fathers once said, "Facts are stubborn things," and when faced with facts, calm logic, and someone fully prepared for the encounter, after...
  • GOV. WALKER PLEDGES INCOME TAX CUT FOR WISCONSIN

    01/11/2013 2:37:26 PM PST · by qaz123 · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 13Jan2013 | John Hayward
    First Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes the elimination of the state gas tax, then Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calls for wiping out all state income and corporate taxes. Now Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is talking about reducing income taxes in his state, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
  • Next pope will be African according to odds from Irish bookmaker

    01/11/2013 2:37:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 08/2012 | By PATRICK COUNIHAN
    The next pope is very likely to be African according to Paddy Power, Ireland’s leading bookmaker, who has come out with a list of “papabile,” those considered papal material. The list comes at a time of increased health problems for Pope Benedict, who, at 85, has begun using a cane and is appearing more frail. Favorite is Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who is 15/8 (bet eight to win fifteen), while in second place is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 9/4. That’s two top Africans in the top two spots according to the bookmaker’s odds. In third place in...
  • No gun magazine charges for David Gregory (Some animals are more equal than others...)

    01/11/2013 2:34:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/11/13 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    NBC’s David Gregory is off the hook for showing a high-capacity gun magazine on “Meet the Press” and will not be prosecuted, D.C.’s attorney general announced on Friday. D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline to prosecute in the case involving the Sunday show host and any NBC staffers. In a letter to NBC’s attorney Lee Levine, Nathan wrote that after reviewing the matter, his office “has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events...
  • Federal report: Warming is changing US daily life

    01/11/2013 2:33:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive new federal scientific report says global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and how Americans live. The government issued Friday a 1,146-page draft report that details in dozens of ways how climate change is already disrupting the health, homes and other facets of daily American life. It warns that those disruptions will increase in the future. The blunt report takes a global environmental issue and explains what it means for different U.S. regions, for various sectors of the economy and for future generations. The National Climate Assessment doesn't say what should...
  • The Saudis’ PR ‘Roads’ Show

    01/11/2013 2:27:34 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 09JAN13 | Nina Shea
    One of a series of lavish attempts to throw sand in the eyes of the West Even before the “Arab spring” revolts — indeed, ever since the 9/11 attacks on American soil by mostly Saudi terrorists — the Saudi royal family has assiduously waged a public-relations campaign to improve its image by sponsoring major cultural initiatives in the West. In 2012 alone, these included the opening of the King Abdullah interfaith-dialogue center in Vienna, an Islamic-art wing at the Louvre in Paris, and “Roads of Arabia,” an archaeological exhibition now on display in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution. All...
  • Christians Banned From Using Word 'Allah' in Arabic by New Fatwa in Malaysia

    01/11/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Daniel Blake
    A Malaysian Sultan has issued a fatwa prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" in Arabic. The Sultan of the Malaysian state of Selangor, Sharafuddin Idris Shah, issued the prohibition on Tuesday, according to the Lebanon Debate newspaper. Malaysian media have reported that the prohibition has been put in place by the Islamic leader because it is a "sacred word," and should be reserved exclusively for Muslims, according to MidEast Christian News. The sultan has ordered the Islamic Council of Selangor and the Islamic Affairs Department in the state to take strict action against all groups that question the fatwa...
  • African Anglicans Say Gay Bishops Affirmation 'Shatters Hopes of Reconciliation'

    01/11/2013 2:21:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Anglican leaders in Africa have expressed their outrage over the Church of England's decision to approve gay bishops in its order, saying that the decision could put an end to hopes of healing broken relationships in the Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, one of the world's largest provinces of the Anglican Communion with 17 million members, said that the affirmation of gay bishops "could very well shatter whatever hopes we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved Communion," Reuters reported. Okoh added that the Church of England has given into "the contemporary idols of secularism and moral expediency,"...
  • Obama Inauguration Committee to Replace Louie Giglio With Pro-Gay Pastor

    01/11/2013 2:18:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Paul Stanley
    Soon after the Rev. Louie Giglio announced he would no longer deliver the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration later this month as to avoid controversy over a past sermon on homosexuality, an inaugural committee spokesperson said the evangelical pastor would be replaced with someone who has pro-homosexual beliefs. "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural," inaugural committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said in a statement Thursday. "Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction...
  • Former Pa. Gov. (Rendell): The ‘Good Thing’ About Newtown Is That it Was ‘So Horrific,’

    01/11/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by DTogo · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 11th, 2013 | Becket Adams
    “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side,” said the former mayor, referring to the current debate between gun control advocates and supporters of the Second Amendment.
  • The Chávez Legacy in Venezuela

    01/11/2013 2:08:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Shortly after Hugo Chávez won his first election as Venezuelan president in December 1998, a lawyer from the western state of Barinas, which was then governed by Chávez's father, delivered a prescient warning to Newsweek magazine: "Venezuelans are dreaming of a savior, but Chávez is a dictator. People don't know what they are getting."  More than 14 years later, a cancer-stricken Chávez is reportedly near death, but his autocratic legacy is very much alive. Venezuela long ago ceased to be a real democracy: The ruling regime effectively controls the Supreme Court (which in 2004 was expanded and packed with Chávez allies), the National Assembly...
  • Oahu Firearms Owners Wait as Long as Nine Hours Over Three Visits to Obtain Registration, Permits

    01/11/2013 2:03:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Malia Zimmerman
    Oahu firearms owners are increasingly frustrated with long lines at the registration desk at the main Honolulu Police Department (HPD) station. Hawaii's firearms registration laws are among the strictest in the country, and mandate gun owners must register firearms within 72 hours of purchase. Firearms owners can spend more than nine hours in line over three visits to obtain a permit for a firearm and register it, according to Dr. Max Cooper, a legislative liaison for the Hawaii Rifle Association, with rules differing for handguns and long guns. Currently, to obtain a permit to acquire or to register a firearm, HPD requires the applicant...
  • Excommunicated priest formally notified of laicization

    01/11/2013 2:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who was excommunicated in 2008 and dismissed from the Maryknoll society last year, has been formally notified of his laicization. Bourgeois received a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, relayed through his former Maryknoll superiors, notifying him of his dismissal from the society and from the priesthood. The Vatican asks Bourgeois to sign the letter, acknowledging receipt—which he says he will refuse to do. Bourgeois was excommunicated in 2008 after he participated in a ceremony in which women claimed ordination. He had repeatedly refused to reconsider his stand, and had remained...
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren hires Barney Frank's former chief of staff as economic development director

    01/11/2013 2:01:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that her office has hired Bruno Freitas as the new economic development director and a senior advisor to serve in Washington D.C. Freitas joins the Warren team from the office of another Massachusetts politician, former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, who retired from Congress this year following the state legislature's redistricting process. Freitas, a New Bedford native, most recently worked as Frank's chief of staff and legislative director, although he has worked with the congressman in some capacity since 1994, when he helped design Frank's first website. Warren's office said that his previous work...
  • America’s Future? Look to Illinois

    01/11/2013 1:54:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Fritz Pfister
    Somewhere along the line I remember a song about how you can take the kid out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the kid. Guess one could write a song, you can take the kid out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the kid. In October of 2008 my warnings went unheeded regarding candidate Barack Obama. All one needed do to see America in four years was to look at Blagojevich’s Illinois. It turned out worse than imagined. Blagojevich’s Illinois was reeling in corruption, political favoritism, extra constitutional mandates, and unfunded pension...
  • Clarksville-Montgomery Co. (TN) school announce new safety plan

    01/11/2013 1:49:44 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    newschannel5 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Channel 5 news staff
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville-Montgomery School officials announced Friday that armed off-duty officers will be stationed at all elementary schools beginning this month. Administrators said Friday at a news conference that they reviewed the school system's safety protocol and what could be done to enhance safety measures already in place. School resource officers from the Sheriff's Office are already provided in middle and high schools. In December, they increased the visibility and presence of law enforcement at local elementary schools. "There was never a question of us continuing to do business as usual, even though we have had numerous external and...
  • Muni Bubble Pop?

    01/11/2013 1:42:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    On Wednesday, I posted a chart of US Treasury Yields asking the question Yield Curve: Where To From Here? Extreme Complacency in Face of Bernanke Shift. Today's focus is on municipal bonds, but first let's take a look at a chart from the above link. Treasury Yield Curve click on chart for sharper image Certainly Bernanke is not hiking rates any time soon. However, that does not preclude upward pressure on long-term rates. And if there is sustained upward pressure on interest rates (see the above link for why that may be the case), treasuries, corporates, and municipal bonds will...
  • Springfield (MA) ranked as 2nd most LGBT friendly city in America by Advocate magazine

    01/11/2013 1:42:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    The City of Firsts has ranked as the second-most gay friendly city in the nation according to a new list compiled by the LGBT publication Advocate magazine. Springfield, coming in just behind Tacoma, Wash., nearly topped the 2013 list based on several factors including the number of LGBT elected officials, embracing marriage equality and the existence of a roller derby league based in the city. Providence, R.I. was the only other New England city named by the magazine in its list, which looked only at municipalities with a population of at least 150,000. "The city is among the top 10...
  • Volunteer Firefighter to NY Gov. Cuomo: Why I Own an “Assault Rifle”

    01/11/2013 1:32:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 10 January, 2013 | Kevin
    I am a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter living in New York. I also own an AR-15 rifle that is ban compliant. This means that I have spent well over a thousand dollars buying and modifying the rifle to make it legal in NY State, something that people in other states with less violent crime do not need to do. My AR-15 is the best home defense weapon possible for me to own in NY. As I am not yet 21, I cannot apply for a permit to purchase a pistol. Even so, I believe that my rifle is perfect for me....
  • Think Only the Rich Will Pay More Taxes After Fiscal Cliff Agreement? You're Wrong

    01/11/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/11/2013 | Eamon Javers
    You followed all of the debate over the fiscal cliff and were relieved to hear that taxes were only going up for the rich this year. Well, you were wrong. Because neither party wanted to defend it, the temporary payroll tax cut enacted under Obama died at the end of 2012, which means that everyone in the country will see a bigger tax bite out of their paychecks this year. So when you get your first check of the year, look at the amount charged under "FICA" – you're going to be paying more than you did in December. How...
  • Senate Leaders Urge President Obama To Consider “Any Lawful Steps” To Avoid Default

    01/11/2013 1:19:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | January 11, 2013 | United States Senate Democrats
    Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leaders sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to consider taking unilateral action to protect America’s economy in the face of continued intransigence and obstruction from Republicans.“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary,” the leaders write.Senate...
  • Texas Lt. Gov. calls for gun training for teachers

    01/11/2013 1:19:13 PM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 11, 2013 | JIM VERTUNO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called for state-funded specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings. Dewhurst said school districts would nominate who they wanted to carry weapons on campus. The training would be more extensive than what is currently required for Texas concealed handgun license and include how to react technically and emotionally in an active shooter situation on a school campus. Dewhurst offered no other details of his plan, and said the amount of state funding needed would depend on the number of school districts that participate and how...
  • Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor?

    01/11/2013 1:17:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor? The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry -- as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh -- shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor I...
  • Woman walked into Philly high school with gun in a diaper bag, police say

    01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2013
    A woman is behind bars after police say she tried to walk inside a Philadelphia high school with a loaded gun in a diaper bag. A school district spokesman says the adult woman, identified as 21-year-old Kelly Jones, was entering South Philadelphia High School on Thursday to register for evening classes when school police at the X-ray machine spotted the .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun.
  • A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa’s Wars to Iran

    01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2013 | By C. J. CHIVERS
    The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then turned up in 2009 in a stadium in Conakry, Guinea, where soldiers had fired on antigovernment protesters, killing more than 150. For six years, a group of independent arms-trafficking researchers...
  • Status Quo School Defenders: Money For Me, But Bad For Thee

    01/11/2013 1:02:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/6/2013 | Tom Gantert
    One of the consistent talking points against education reform bills that have been proposed has been that they open the door for “profiteers” to take over public education. However, a look at the compensation (salaries, benefits and other perks) of some of the most vocal critics shows they are doing quite well in the business relationships they have with conventional public school districts. Here’s a look at five people who are compensated at about $200,000 a year or more with a big hand from taxpayers through relationships with conventional public schools. Salary information was gathered from documents listed online in...
  • Reid to Obama: OK to skip Congress on debt ceiling

    01/11/2013 12:54:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Reid to Obama: OK to skip Congress on debt ceiling By: Manu Raju and John Bresnahan January 11, 2013 02:47 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats are putting new pressure on the White House to circumvent Congress to boost the nation’s debt ceiling if no bipartisan agreement can be reached. In a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama obtained by POLITICO, Reid and his leadership team argue that failing to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling would threaten the full faith and credit of the United States. Reid and Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer...
  • Frau Koma’s Second Coming: Mass Murder, Autism and the Cult of Weaponized Genetics

    01/11/2013 12:52:06 PM PST · by mgist · 20 replies
    Age of Autism ^ | 1/11/2013 | Adriana Gamondes
    Part 1, Demon Seed And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. ~Revelations, 20:14-15 By Adriana Gamondes In September, 2011, Manitoba judge Robert Heinrichs ruled that a sixteen year old accused of murder would remain in youth court where he faces a maximum sentence of four years rather than the possibility of life without parole in adult court. Family members of the fifteen year old victim were outraged by the ruling, though Heinrichs stated...
  • China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea

    01/11/2013 12:51:10 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 11, 2013 | Robert Johnson
    After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of Chinese military planes spotted in Japan's "air defense identification zone" over the East China Sea on Thursday. "China firmly opposes...
  • Ann Barnhardt over the edge (My Title)

    01/11/2013 12:50:33 PM PST · by rey · 51 replies
    http://www.barnhardt.biz/ ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | rey
    For those of us who were on the fence whether Ann Barnhardt was a taco short of a platter, here's the proof. Seemingly she closed her brokerage business while having a sizable mortgage. The reason she claims to have taken this mortgage is to prevent some near-do-well from aborting her child. Predictably, this had not the desired effect; now there is just one more up and coming near-do-well in the world. She continues to defend her actions despite clear evidence that she was manipulated by satan's spawn. Sad...