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  • Conservatives Take Aim at Pork-laden $50 Billion Sandy Aid Bill

    01/12/2013 12:01:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 10:24 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Conservatives are taking aim at the pork-laden $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Too much of the aid will go to recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm, they say. The bill includes $150 million for what the Commerce Department described as fisheries disasters in places as far afield as Alaska and Mississippi, and $50 million in subsidies for replanting trees on private land damaged by wildfires. … The objections have led senior House Republicans to assemble a $17 billion...
  • Hoekstra: Obama’s Afghan Drawdown Opens Door to Taliban, Al-Qaida

    01/12/2013 11:56:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 11:29 AM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    President Barack Obama’s decision on Friday to speed up the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan “reopens the possibility of the Taliban to emerge as a major player,” former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax. “It is a signal to the Afghan people—he signaled to the Taliban, and he signaled to the American people—that the U.S. role, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, is done,” Hoekstra, the former GOP chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. “It may not be completed, but it is finished. The US will no longer be there primarily to...
  • IRS Threatens Employers on Obamacare (Satire)

    01/12/2013 11:45:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory edict that “scrupulous adherence to the rules will not be tolerated if the intent is merely to minimize costs.” The IRS issued the edict amidst reports that many business owners were limiting employee hours or hiring temps in order to avoid Obamacare’s health insurance mandates. “While the law may say that only full time employees must be covered, the President’s intent is to see that everyone has health insurance,” the IRS wrote. “Replacing full-time employees with part-timers or outsourcing jobs to temp agencies as a means of lowering costs will...
  • Yet Another Scandal for Harry Reid?

    01/12/2013 11:44:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    New questions are being asked about the ethics of Sen. Harry Reid; a Utah businessman is alleging that his state's attorney general demanded $600,000 as a bribe to Reid in exchange for dismissal of a federal investigation. Certainly the allegations could be false, but it's worth noting this isn't the first time Reid's name has come up in connection with some pretty shady propositions.  Remember the shady, underpriced land deal?  Or the green energy conflict? There's so much there, pithily summed up by Investors Business Daily as follows: . . .shadowy years he ran the Nevada Gaming Commission, through his...
  • Teams from a US Army brigade heading to 35 African nations to beef up anti-terror training

    01/12/2013 11:39:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Fox/AP ^ | 24 December 2012 (convenient time to report this)
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and won't be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approval from the secretary of defense. The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.
  • Sales of Guns Soar in U.S. as Nation Weighs Tougher Limits

    01/12/2013 11:33:59 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 61 replies
    As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are spiking in the rest of the country as people rush to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed. People were crowded five deep at the tiny counter of a gun shop near Atlanta, where a pastor from Knoxville, Tenn., was among the customers who showed up in person after the store’s Web site halted sales because of low inventory. Emptying gun cases and bare shelves gave a picked-over feel to gun...
  • Eric Holder: Gun Owners Should ‘Cower’ in Shame Like Smokers

    01/12/2013 11:33:58 AM PST · by yoe · 77 replies
    Vision To America ^ | January 12, 2013
    The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman’s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now “cower outside of buildings” to smoke. “What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way...
  • Debt Star: Federal Debt Increased By 113% Since Q2 2008, But Real GDP Increased By Only 2.6%!

    01/12/2013 11:26:29 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/12/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    How bad is the USA’s debt problem (as we approach the dreaded debt ceiling debate)? Federal government debt held by the public surged starting in Q2 2008. But since Q2 2008, government debt held by the public surged 113%. But real GDP growth over 4+ years was a measly 2.6%. That’s not annual real GDP growth, but real GDP growth over 4+ years! Most people don’t talk about government debt held by the public. Instead, they focus on Total Public Debt, the one that stands at $16,432,692,129,510.84 While not as dramatic as Federal debt held by the public, it is...
  • Ominous gun control words from Biden: 'unless we can do everything we’re going to do nothing'

    01/12/2013 11:25:29 AM PST · by forty_years · 31 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 1/12/2013 | netWMD Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama could use executive action and bypass Congress to further restrict gun ownership by private citizens. ... "I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion (that) unless we can do everything we're going to do nothing," Biden said. "It's critically important (that) we act." - Albany Tribune News, January 10, 2013 "Unless we can do everything?" What does this man mean? "Do everything" means an unlimited set of options. Does Biden mean that he and President Obama will ignore...
  • Jesus, the Beginning of the New Creation: The Readings for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2013 11:24:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    TheSacredPage.com ^ | 01-2013 | John Bergsma
    Jesus, the Beginning of the New Creation: The Readings for the Baptism of the Lord The end of the Season of Christmas arrives this Sunday, as we celebrate the event that marked the end of Jesus’ early life and the beginning of his public ministry: the Baptism. The Christmas decorations coming down in our churches and homes inevitably leaves a feeling of sadness and nostalgia.  We don’t want to move on from meditation on all the joyful aspects of Our Lord’s early life, the incidents of wonder and mystery, like the angels singing to the shepherds, or the visit...
  • Long term care for a senior citizen?

    01/12/2013 11:22:50 AM PST · by LouAvul · 28 replies
    Hypothetical. Scenario: If a senior citizen becomes physically incapacitated, but reasonably mentally alert, and it is impractical for her to move in with family. Her sole support is social security at approximately $2000 month. Are there any options in terms of assisted living? Other retirement facilities? Also, what if she's not physically incapacitated, but simply is unable to live alone? I'm sure many of you have addressed or, at least, investigated such events. thank you
  • If Obama Can Just Create A Trillion Dollar Coin, Then Why Do We Have To Pay Taxes?

    01/12/2013 11:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/12/2013 | Michael Snyder
    If Barack Obama can "solve" the debt ceiling crisis by printing up some trillion dollar coins, then why does the federal government need our money? As another debt ceiling showdown approaches, many in the liberal media are suggesting that if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling that Obama should just have the U.S. Treasury create a trillion dollar platinum coin and use it to pay our bills. It sounds crazy, but many notable voices (including Paul Krugman of the New York Times) are supporting this idea. But if the federal government has had the power to create trillion...
  • The latest U.S. foreclosure horror story: Curse of the zombie title

    01/12/2013 11:17:35 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Jan 10, 2013 10:22 AM ET | Michelle Conlin
    <p>COLUMBUS — Joseph Keller doesn’t expect he’ll live to see the end of 2013. He blames the house at 190 Avondale Avenue.</p> <p>Five years ago, Keller, 10 months behind on his mortgage payments, received notice of a foreclosure judgment from JP Morgan Chase. In a few weeks, the bank said, his three-story house with gray vinyl siding in Columbus, Ohio, would be put up for auction at a sheriff’s sale.</p>
  • Annals of the Art World, Division of Academic Foolishness (the art world is beyond satire)

    01/12/2013 11:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/12/2013 | Roger Kimball
    Years ago I read an amusing piece in the London Telegraph about an exhibition of Damien Hirst’s, er, art work at some glitzy Cork Street gallery. The man with the formaldehyde sharks had lots of exciting new bijoux to offer his public. One immortal opus consisted of a tray full of dirty coffee cups, overflowing ash trays, and the like. After the opening party, a diligent janitor, who I hope has gone on to a post as an art critic, tidied up the tray.Yep, out went the master’s work, all those carefully arranged cigarette butts and lipstick-smeared napkins, valued,...
  • It Looks Like Europe Is Going Off The Solar Energy Demand Cliff

    01/12/2013 11:14:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2013 | Lisa Mahapatra
    Ever since the German government started subsidizing solar energy, demand for solar installations went up like clockwork, towards the end of each year.But recently released data from German regulators shows that number of solar installations in December 2012 was down 88% from the previous year.In fact, 2012 saw the lowest number of installations since 2008.And it still wasn't as low as the German government would have liked. The German government wants to cut back on solar energy installations because their whole drive to switch to renewable energy has ended being far more expensive that they thought it would be. Which...
  • Obama's Rats Jump Ship to Line Their Pockets!!!

    01/12/2013 11:14:07 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-12-2013 | MOTUS
    It’s getting hard to keep up with all the rats abandoning ship around here. It looks like we’ll be rearranging a few of the deck chairs ahead of our historic first, second inauguration.   Here, help me move this a little more to the left Here’s what we know so far regarding the rats bailing on us: Hillary’s leaving State to “pursue other interests” i.e. making money on the lecture circuit with Bill. More than likely she’ll be replaced by lantern jawed senior statesman Jean Karré, who finds our military reminiscent of Genghis Kahn(snip) Let’s just say there is a...
  • A Little Reality in a Sea of Fantasy on Gun Control

    01/12/2013 11:12:08 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-10-13 | CJ
    I think it's about time to sit down and talk with you realistically about the ignorance of those advocating for bans on so-called "assault weapons" (AW) and so-called "high-capacity" magazines. First and foremost, I object to the use of both terms. They are nothing more than scare tactics designed by opponents to create fear of inanimate objects. They are used to assume there is safety in less capacity and less menacing characterics. However, I use the terms merely to sync my words with the common media vernacular to avoid confusion. To be honest, I'm not even sure what constitutes an...
  • Latest Ed Schultz Whopper: 'We've Never Had a Civilian Stop a Shooting'

    01/12/2013 11:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 01/12/2013 | Jack Coleman
    The hits keep coming from libtalker Ed Schultz, who's kicking off the new year on a roll. First week into 2013, Schultz insisted that Bill Clinton was never tried in the Senate after he was impeached by the House. Schultz followed with the laughable claim that gun laws in Chicago, a city with some of the nation's toughest restrictions on firearms, "don't even exist." (audio clip after page break) Schultz is tripling down on his ignorance, making an egregiously false claim on his radio show yesterday while talking about whether schools should allow teachers to arm themselves (h/t for embedded...
  • Philly newspaper union: Company threatens ‘liquidation’

    01/12/2013 11:05:40 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 7:52 PM | DAVID GAMBACORTA
    WELL, THIS IS getting ugly. Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com, has threatened to "liquidate" the newspapers and their website if tentative contract agreements aren't reached with the company's 11 unions by next Friday. The grim ultimatum was delivered Thursday by Michael Lorenca, the media company's chief operating officer, according to Dan Gross, president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the company on Thursday simultaneously offered buyouts and an option for employees to switch to reduced work weeks. The Guild, which represents newsroom staffers, advertising-sales representatives and circulation-customer-service representatives, has...
  • Central Texas ammunition shortage hits record high

    01/12/2013 11:05:04 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    KVUE ^ | Jan. 10, 2013 | Kris Betts
    For instance hollow-point bullets which used to sell at Central Texas Gun Works for $15 dollars a box 30 days ago -- now costs more than $30... "Anyone that's coming in, taking a concealed handgun class, we'll sell ammo to them. But we're not selling any ammo to any outside people," Cargill said.