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  • Flat Tax or Fair Tax?

    01/31/2013 6:05:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m at Hillsdale College in Michigan for a conference on taxation. The event is called “The Federal Income Tax: A Centenary Consideration,” though I would have called it something like “100 Years of Misery from the IRS.” I’m glad to be here, both because Hillsdale proudly refuses to take government money (which would mean being ensnared by government rules) and also because I’ve heard superb speeches by scholars such as Amity Shlaes (author of The Forgotten Man, as well as a new book on Calvin Coolidge that is now on my must-read list) and George Gilder (author of Wealth and...
  • UN: Israel Must Withdraw From Judea, Samaria

    01/31/2013 6:01:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Chana Ya'ar
    The United Nations says Israel must withdraw all of its citizens from the regions of Judea and Samaria. The recommendation came in a report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has a history of passing numerous biased resolutions condemning Israel for various alleged ‘crimes’ each year.
  • Will Syria Bleed Hezbollah Dry?

    01/31/2013 5:58:01 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | DANIEL NISMAN and DANIEL BRODE
    “THE conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.” Henry Kissinger’s observation, made during the Vietnam War, should be haunting Hezbollah, the Middle East’s most capable guerrilla force, as it becomes embroiled in an increasingly costly effort to save the Assad regime. ... Hezbollah’s military commitment in Syria is no less obvious. Since the conflict’s outset, Hezbollah commanders have joined their counterparts in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in advising the Syrian military in its crackdown on opposition strongholds, in addition to training a reported 60,000-member militia to protect Alawite communities in Syria’s...
  • History Lesson: Under 'Fascist' Bush, Democrats Feared Tyranny

    01/31/2013 5:57:49 AM PST · by mgist · 9 replies
    atriot Post ^ | 1/31/13 | larry Elder
    History Lesson: Under 'Fascist' Bush, Democrats Feared Tyranny By Larry Elder · January 31, 2013 2 Comments Once upon a time, a group of people known as the "Democrats" expressed great fear of tyranny by government. This was a time long, long ago, when a man from a place called Texas, representing a people known as the Republicans, occupied the White House. Leaders of the Democrats feared tyranny by the Republicans and called the man from Texas racist, oppressive and tyrannical. To refresh your recollection, we offer a few examples from the distant past: Billionaire Democratic contributor George Soros. He...
  • House bill could raise ICC speed limit to 70 (Maryland)

    01/31/2013 5:54:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Gazette ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sylvia Carignan
    This story was corrected on Jan. 29, 2013. An explanation follows the story. The speed limit on the Intercounty Connector could reach 70 miles per hour if a bill, introduced during the General Assembly's current session, passes. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown and Del. Neil Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown are co-sponsoring the bill that would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The speed limit on the ICC would automatically increase from 55 to 70 miles per hour if the bill is passed. The Maryland Transportation Authority...
  • So Now It’s Sexist for Wanting Women to Own A Gun…Even

    01/31/2013 5:53:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Red State.com ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | tomjeffersonsghost
    RS MEMBER DIARY So Now It’s Sexist for Wanting Women to Own A Gun…Even If It’s A Woman Advocating For Women To Own A Gun Alex Wagner, Though Pretty, and Sincere in Her Liberalism, Is Headcrushingly Ignorant By: tomjeffersonsghost (Diary) | January 30th, 2013 at Alex Wagner on tweeted that Gail Trotter’s testimony during the hearing on gun violence was sexist, no breathtakingly sexist because of her advocating for women to own guns. At which time, upon my reading the tweet, I had to un-follow her. It was difficult I must admit because she’s on my top twenty most attractive...
  • Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’

    01/31/2013 5:51:33 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | David Martosko and Charles C. Johnson
    In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor. “That Senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman wrote on April 21, 2012, according to an English translation provided to The Daily Caller by a native Spanish speaker. “In the beginning he seemed so serious, because he never spoke to anyone, but he is just like...
  • Geller and Spencer in The Jewish Press: Taunting the Lions in the Lions’ Den

    01/31/2013 5:49:30 AM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 30, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Setting the record straight on all of the nonsense: Taunting the Lions in the Lions’ Den The Jewish Press, January 30, 2013 CZC is holding a Purim gala honoring Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer at Santa Monica’s Shangri-La Hotel. By: Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer It is a rare instance when Muslims publicly make amends to Jews for their vicious anti-Semitism and then underwrite a Zionist event honoring two fierce Zionists. In fact, we don’t know of any time this has happened other than this one: the newly formed Creative Zionist Coalition (CZC) is holding a Purim gala honoring Pamela...
  • Shazam!

    01/31/2013 5:49:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Towery
    Gomer Pyle, USMC, in his 80s, just got married to some guy from Hawaii; some player from Notre Dame had a dead virtual girlfriend who really wasn't alive; and the media are reporting that we've been out of the recession since March of 2009. Well as Gomer would have said, "Golly!" I really don't give a flip who Jim Nabors, who played Gomer, marries and can't really find a reason to understand why Notre Dame's Manti Te'o's private online non-love-life matters, either. But then again, as we enter 2013, let's consider all of the crazy things we never thought...
  • Zimmerman wants to delay trial for Martin shooting

    01/31/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Mike Schneider
    <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death on Wednesday asked for more time to prepare his case, saying prosecutors had been slow to turn over evidence.</p> <p>At the same time, Zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara, renewed his request for donations to George Zimmerman's legal defense, which he said could cost up to $1 million. "The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George," O'Mara said on Zimmerman's defense fund website.</p>
  • Iran Threatens "Serious Consequences" For Tel Aviv

    01/31/2013 5:46:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://www.jpost.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Yaakov Lappin, JPost Com Staff
    In the wake of reported Israeli air strike on a Syrian weapons center, Iran issued a threat to Israel on Thursday. The Iranian regime's English language mouthpiece, Press TV, quoted a deputy foreign minister as saying that the "strike on Syria will have serious consequences for Tel Aviv." The official did not elaborate.
  • 100-Feet-Tall Wave Largest Ever Surfed

    01/31/2013 5:44:43 AM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 6 replies
    The Big Picture, at Ritholtz.com website ^ | January 31, 2013 | Washington's Blog
    Garrett McNamara of Hawaii rode a giant wave in Nazaré, Portugal yesterday. It was claimed to be 100 feet high, although the Guinness Book of World Records has not yet confirmed the measurement (the official measurement is usually smaller than initial estimates). Nazaré has unusual conditions for making huge waves … an undersea trench narrows right before the shore, shooting the sea up to the sky at the last minute.
  • Legendary quarterback Dan Marino 'fathered love child with CBS employee in 2005 - and paid her

    01/31/2013 5:41:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    Legendary quarterback Dan Marino fathered a secret lovechild with a junior network employee and paid her millions of dollars to keep it quiet, it emerged today. The former Miami Dolphins star cheated on Claire, his wife of 28 years, with Donna Savattere, a production assistant at CBS Sports.
  • State Dept. Recruits Muslim Foreign Service Officers at Jihadist Conference

    01/31/2013 5:39:05 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 30, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Get your arms around this one, Americans. Obama's Deputy Special Coordinator in the State Department’s Office of Middle East Transition, Mark Ward, held a seminar with two notorious Muslim Brothherood groups, the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Ward stood side by side with speakers who advocate violent jihad. What was he doing there? Recruiting. This is beyond infiltration. This is a stealth coup. Ward stood with Jamal Badawi. At interfaith events Jamal Badawi. is presented as a scholarly visitor from Canada - a Professor of Business Mathematics at St Johns University in Halifax....
  • Kinder makes shale grab with $4 billion deal

    01/31/2013 5:38:25 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Laura Goldberg
    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has advanced its position in the North American shale race adding another 6,900 miles of pipelines and nine processing plants to its empire. Kinder’s deal to purchase Copano Energy for $3.9 billion, announced late Tuesday, will expand its its 46,000-mile pipeline network and, perhaps more important, will give it processing capabilities in key shales plays including the Eagle Ford in South Texas. “Copano gives us a great platform in the Eagle Ford,” partnership President Park Shaper said Wednesday. The pipeline giant announced late Tuesday night that it would buy midstream natural gas company Copano Energy for...
  • Can a Pope be Removed from Office?

    01/31/2013 5:35:16 AM PST · by Weiss White · 43 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 31, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: In a recent piece you explained that the Pope can resign if he chooses. To me that raises another question: What would happen if a Pope became so mentally debilitated that he didn’t know what he was doing? It seems to me that he wouldn’t be able to resign under those circumstances. Is there some legal mechanism that would allow the Church to remove him, and call for a conclave to elect a new Pope? Or is there at least a way for the cardinals to take charge of running the Church until that Pope passes away? –Paul
  • Feinstein's plan bans any gun with a 'grip'?

    01/31/2013 5:34:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | January 30, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Analyst says list 'a smokescreen' to conceal true intent of bill A key gun law analyst who has published books on the issue of the Second Amendment and its rights and responsibilities for decades says the Feinstein gun ban bill is just exactly that, a gun ban bill. Not, essentially, a plan to limit certain guns. Not a limit on the size of magazines. Not a plan for restrictions on those with certifiable mental instabilities, a ban on criminals’ access or a plan to encourage gun safety. Alan Korwin is a nationally recognized expert resource on the issue of gun...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 31, 2013 – intemerate

    01/31/2013 5:32:22 AM PST · by secret garden · 81 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 31 January 2013 | Thursday'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".intemerate \in-TEM-er-it\, adjective Inviolate; undefiled; unsullied; pure. Example sentences: The rain smelled cool and earthy, and with her eyes closed it sounded louder and nearer; it seemed to be in the room, falling small and touchless upon her; it was clear, intemerate as the sky.-- Fred Chappell, The Inkling Did you know, sir, that I can trace my intemerate ancestry to Adam through the paternal line, and to Eve through the maternal line?-- Andrew...
  • Obama: I’m Not A king, I Can’t Just Ignore Immigration Laws

    01/31/2013 5:29:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Although President Obama was willing to order the federal government to stop deporting young ‘DREAMer’ illegal immigrants last summer, he signaled in an interview with Latino network Telemundo that he couldn’t allow all illegal immigrants to stay. Host Jose Diaz-Balart fairly asked him why he couldn’t extend the same benefits to illegal immigrants already in America.
  • FBI agents raid office of North Palm Beach doctor accused of providing prostitutes to U.S. senator

    01/31/2013 5:29:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/30/13 | George Bennett, Sonja Isger
    FBI agents on Wednesday removed dozens of boxes from the office of an eye doctor and Democratic donor with close ties to new Senate Foreign Relations chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Menendez denied allegations that he had sex with underage prostitutes while visiting a home of the donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Dominican Republic. It was not clear if the raid on Melgen’s office was related to Menendez. Agents arrived Melgen’s Vitreo-Retinal Consultants Eye Center near 45th Street and Village Boulevard on Tuesday night and on Wednesday afternoon loaded at least 63 cardboard boxes onto vans. Personnel from the Office...