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  • What Would a President Romney Do?

    02/22/2013 8:16:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/22/2013
    For those convinced that President Obama doesn’t deserve any blame for the fiscal gridlock, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Mitt Romney was elected president, and was dealing with the same Congress that Obama has faced so much trouble in getting legislation to avert sequestration and myriad fiscal emergencies. Would a President Romney be confronting the same crisis? It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker, reaching bipartisan...
  • SHOCK REPORT — Veterans Receive Letters From VA Prohibiting Ownership or Purchase of Firearms

    02/22/2013 8:08:18 AM PST · by illiac · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/22/13 | Jim Hoft
    This must be Barack Obama’s way of thanking our veterans for serving. US veterans are receiving letters from the government informing them that they are disabled and not allowed to own, purchase or possess a firearm. If the veteran does decide to purchase a firearm he will by fined, imprisoned or both. This comes on page 2 of the VA letter.
  • Report: 47 Percent of Detroit Property Owners Pay No Taxes

    02/22/2013 8:07:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    An estimated 47 percent of Detroit’s property owners pay no taxes, according to recent report from The Detroit News. n fact, according to The News, delinquency in the shattered city is so bad that that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes in 2012. Yes, one person paid taxes in an area covering 77 blocks. Many of the people interviewed by The News said that they don’t understand why they should pay into a system that has failed to provide them with basic public services. “Why pay taxes?” asked Fred Phillips, who owes more than $2,600 on his...
  • State Board of Education President Complains Of 'Right-Wing' Agenda

    02/22/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the Michigan State Board of Education authored an email that was sent by the Michigan Democratic Party to its members lambasting state Republicans and urging Democrats to show up at public education forums across the state to make sure they “help ensure a full public debate" about education reform. John Austin, president of the state board of education, sent the email Feb. 11. The email has links to the Michigan Democratic Party Facebook page. The email read: ...Last year ended with a very destructive lame duck session marked by Lansing Republicans sticking a pencil in the eye...
  • Why used cars are scarce - and expensive

    02/22/2013 8:04:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2013 | David Paulin
    Yes, Obama's Cash for Clunkers program is definitely one reason used cars are in increasingly scarce supply-- and much pricier than they used to be. But another reason relates to something liberals despise: "trickle down" economics or, in respect to the increasing scarcity of used cars, the fact that low-income used car buyers do better when wealthier Americans (those who can afford new cars) do better. The reason used cars have gotten increasingly scarce and expensive is the subject of a Wall Street Journal article, "Amid New Car Boom, Used Cars Are Gold." Its observations are illuminating: The shortage of...
  • Krugman, Death Panels, And The Disabled

    02/22/2013 8:03:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Anthony 'AC' Castellitto
    Krugman, Death Panels, And The Disabled February 16, 2013 By Anthony 'AC' Castellitto “We’re going to need more revenue…it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well…And we’re also going to…have to make decisions about health care, not pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits…death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.” -Paul Krugman
  • Report: El Chapo Killed In Guatemalan Shootout

    02/22/2013 7:59:40 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Forbes-listed billionaire who heads the Sinaloa cartel, may have died in a shootout with rival narcos in Guatemala's northern Peten province as reported by Sonia Perez for The Associated Press. However, it's still too early to pop the champagne, dance in the streets and celebrate with joy on the hopeful news because "officials stressed late Thursday that they had not yet found any bodies or even confirmed a shootout happened." Guatemala is among the major transit points for cocaine smuggled from Colombia through Central America and Mexico before reaching crazed druggies in the United States....
  • Cocky ex-cop Drew Peterson screams his innocence, gets 38 years in prison for wife's murder

    02/22/2013 7:57:43 AM PST · by Jeff Winston · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Associated Press
    JOLIET, Ill. – Drew Peterson showed nearly no emotion during his murder trial. Yet the once famously jocular ex-Illinois police officer screamed out his innocence before he was sentenced to 38 years in prison for his third wife's death. The outburst Thursday suggested reality may be settling in for Peterson, who for years casually dismissed suggestions he killed Kathleen Savio in 2004, or that he was behind the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Savio's death was initially ruled an accident. But after Stacy Peterson disappeared, authorities took another look and reclassified Savio's death as a homicide.
  • Rand Paul returns unused money from office budget to the government

    02/22/2013 7:53:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2013 | Rick Moran
    Would that our bureaucrats had this kind of attitude. From CNN: Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn't need from his office's budget to make a tiny dent in the nation's massive federal debt. "We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it's our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure." The $600,000 reflects...
  • Pastor questions grand jury indictment in 'road rage' shooting death

    02/22/2013 7:53:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | February 20, 2013 | Kevin Reece
    HOUSTON -- The pastor of the young woman who indicted for murder five months after a road rage incident in northwest Harris County says that if the races were reversed there might not be a murder indictment at all. Crystal Scott, 23, shot and killed 22-year-old Jonathan Ables, September 17, 2012 ... The drivers had pulled into a Shell gas station at Perry and FM 1960 after Scott says Ables bumped her car. “Unfortunately the actions of an enraged man led to his untimely death,” said Scott’s pastor, Bishop James Dixon, II, who held a news conference on Wednesday --...
  • Obama gets emotional to sell public on second-term agenda

    02/22/2013 7:50:56 AM PST · by Cheerio · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/13 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama is displaying a more emotional side of his personality as he works to sell his second-term agenda to the public. The Spock-like Obama criticized for being aloof has been ditched in favor of a president who tells personal anecdotes about his life, shares locked-away thoughts from his past and on several occasions has wiped away a tear or two in public. While Obama has more flexibility to be himself now because he doesn’t face reelection, the personal touches are also in tune with a White House effort to enact an agenda that includes gun control, immigration reform and...
  • Charles Krauthammer, Obamacare may not be the law of the land as you assert!

    02/22/2013 7:49:22 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 16 replies
    2-22-13 | johnwk
    On Thursday, February 21, 2013 while appearing on FoxNews Special Report, hosted by Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer asserted that Obamacare was duly passed by Congress and is the law of the land. But our founding fathers were very careful to stipulate in our Constitution, and in crystal clear language, that our Constitution, and only those laws which shall be made in pursuance thereof, shall be the supreme law of the land. And so, since Mr. Krauthammer asserts Obamacare is ``the law of the land``, I would imagine he is capable of explaining why the following stated reasons are insufficient to...
  • 5 Reasons Not to Worry About the ‘Dreaded’ Sequester

    02/22/2013 7:49:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 02/22/2013 | JOSH BOAK and ERIC PIANIN
    With the automatic spending cuts kicking in next week, it’s tough to separate fact from bluster. Both the Obama administration and congressional Republicans chose this week to go with finger-pointing, a subtle acknowledgement that their differences on taxing and spending won’t be bridged by more negotiating. President Obama and his team warn of government services getting even worse if the $85 billion of across the board cuts in fiscal 2013 are allowed to kick in next Friday—cars stuck idling at under-staffed border posts, furloughed bureaucrats, fewer police and firefighters, thousands of hungry children kicked off government nutrition programs. Meanwhile, House...
  • Texas Experiences Meteoric Rise Of Relocation Inquiries From California Companies

    02/22/2013 7:44:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/21/2013 | Rex Sinquefield
    Lone Star State Governor Rick Perry seriously amped up his West Coast recruiting efforts this month in response to California’s passage of Proposition 30, a statewide vote that dramatically increased the state’s personal income tax rate. Taxpayers there will be paying up to 3% more on earned income, and that increase is retroactive to January 1, 2012. More than a thousand miles away from Sacramento, a far more positive outlook counters the frustration felt by many California employees and business owners. Just last week Governor Perry met with 200 Golden State business owners, and two weeks ago he purchased $24,000...
  • No to the Flat Tax, Gold Standard and Other Stale Ideas

    02/22/2013 7:41:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/19/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    Free enterprise, free markets, competition, and choice: All are timeless economic principles, but their application can and should evolve with changing economic circumstances. When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, the top income-tax rate was 70 percent, inflation was 13 percent, health-care spending was 10 percent of GDP, and publicly held debt was 26 percent. The average American was 30 years old.Today, the top marginal tax rate is 40 percent, and inflation is 2 percent. Health-care spending and the debt have both risen by nearly 80 percent as a share of output. The average American is 37 years...
  • Oscar Pistorius Is Granted Bail

    02/22/2013 7:39:41 AM PST · by John W · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | LYDIA POLGREEN and ALAN COWELL
    PRETORIA, South Africa — After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation. “The accused has made a case to be released on bail," the magistrate concluded. Pistorius family members in the packed courtroom shouted: "Yes!" The terms of the bail were not immediately disclosed.
  • PBS Documentary Looks at Right-Wing Promotion of Ignorance Through Texas Textbooks (Video)

    02/22/2013 7:37:20 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    Sierra Voices ^ | January 27, 2013 | Posted by depelton
    Did you miss it? ... Texas textbooks determine what children learn nationwide. “I believe that dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark … somebody’s got to stand up to these experts.” (Don McElroy, former member of the Texas State Board of Education). Watch “The Revisionaries,” on PBS tomorrow night, January 28th:
  • The Islamization of Spanish Jurisprudence

    02/22/2013 7:35:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/20/13 | Soeren Kern
    Spain Submits to "Adoption Jihad"To the extent that European lawmakers are willing to graft Islamic legal principles onto Europe's secular legal codes, Islamic Sharia law could easily become a permanent reality in Spain and across the continent.Spain has acceded to the demands of the Islamist government in Morocco by agreeing that Moroccan children adopted by Spanish families must remain culturally and religiously Muslim. The agreement obliges the Spanish government to establish a "control mechanism" that would enable Moroccan religious authorities to monitor the children until they reach the age of 18 to ensure they have not converted to Christianity. The...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • President Obama holds off-record meeting with top White House reporters

    02/22/2013 7:28:33 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with top White House reporters on Thursday afternoon, POLITICO has learned. The meeting, with reporters from major print and television outlets, comes days after the White House Correspondents Association complained publicly about their lack of access to the president during a golf outing in Palm Beach, Fla., and one day after Obama met with local television reporters.