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  • Don’t Forget the Death Tax: Seventy percent of Americans want it gone

    02/28/2013 7:08:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/28/2013 | Grover Norquist
    Everyone in Washington, D.C., who works on taxes is consumed with one area or another of reform: international provisions, the corporate rate, full business expensing, the spread between the top personal and corporate rates, etc. All of these — and many others besides — are vital parts of comprehensive tax reform. But there’s one area that’s rarely mentioned, despite its economic importance and despite the fact that it’s a deeply immoral blot on our system that 70 percent of Americans want gone for good: the death tax. The fiscal cliff and its legislative aftermath created a “new normal” in the...
  • UK: Oil, Gas in Need of Skilled Engineers

    02/28/2013 7:08:04 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 27, 2013 | Robin Dupre|
    The past couple of years have proven that several nations such as the UK are facing an engineering deficit, one that is poised to significantly hinder the engineering sector unless changes are made. This trend will have a ripple effect, greatly impacting the oil and gas industry – 66 percent of contractors and 62 percent of operations have difficulty recruiting skilled engineers in the oil and gas industry, according to a Labor Market Intelligence survey conducted by the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO). Matchtech, an engineering and technology recruitment specialist, noticed the problem and called on the government for...
  • ANALYST: It Looks Like JC Penney Is Deferring Payments To Suppliers To Shore Up Cash

    02/28/2013 7:07:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/28/13 | Joe Weisenthal
    JC Penney shares are plummeting today after a big earnings whiff yesterday. One bright spot was how much cash the company accumulated. But even that is dubious. Morgan Stanley's Kimberly Greenberger notes that it looks like JC Penney is defering payments to vendors.
  • Teachers as Armed Guards in Michigan: Small-town police chief trains teachers as reserve officers.

    02/28/2013 7:04:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/28/2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Putting guns in schools has struck many as a radical suggestion since the Sandy Hook massacre. But in one rural Michigan township, the police chief has come up with a thoughtful, serious plan to do just that.During his 33-year-career in law enforcement, Victor Pierce has seen the bodies of murdered children, and he’s struggled to reckon with it. After Sandy Hook, he felt compelled to do something, he says. So he decided to invite teachers and school administrators to participate in the reserve-officer-training program. After they’d completed the class, Pierce would swear them in as volunteer reserve officers, and...
  • Henninger: The Obamaian Universe

    02/28/2013 7:00:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/28/2013 | Daniel Henninger
    It may be that we have to move beyond politics alone to explain events in Washington. We are in the fifth year of the Obama presidency, and Washington is still dead in the water. Four straight years in which the government of the United States of America fails to enact a budget is, well, amazing. The sense is growing around Washington, and this increasingly includes Democrats, of living in an alternative universe. Barack Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the sequester looms, and the president flies around the country giving speeches. He's had virtually no contact on the...
  • Great news: Q4 GDP rises to +0.1%

    02/28/2013 6:59:50 AM PST · by John W · 17 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It beats contraction, which was the result of the initial estimate a month ago, but not by much. The Commerce Department’s estimate of fourth-quarter economic growth improved to 0.1%, a rise of only two-tenths of a point, in the routine second iteration. Bear in mind that Q4 was the Christmas season, and one would expect consumer spending to perk up. This is still an indicator that the economy remains moribund, and one would expect that the final estimate won’t change much from here. The only bright spots — real final sales and consumer spending — are still in the 10-watt...
  • Is Obama Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester?

    02/28/2013 6:57:33 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/27/2013 | IBD Staff
    Politics: Here's a pretty good sign that President Obama is losing the sequester fight: Even his best friends in the press are starting to chafe at the desperate and deceptive warnings coming from him and his administration. At one of his countless anti-sequester events, Obama warned that the budget cuts will "gut critical investments," "weaken America's economic recovery" and "weaken our military readiness." He said tens of thousands of parents will scramble to find child care, and hundreds of thousands will "lose access to primary care and preventive care." [snip] Even the media appear — incredibly — to be growing...
  • If Bernanke Has a Great Inflation Record, Then Kim Jong-un Is the World's Tallest Man

    02/28/2013 6:55:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/28/2013 | John Tamny
    In an exchange with Bob Corker on Tuesday in which the Senator called Ben Bernanke an inflation dove, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve responded that "my inflation record is the best of any Federal Reserve chairman in the postwar period." For the readers who presume this article to be satire, the link here will prove otherwise. Bernanke, the walking, tripping, living definition of systemic risk now views himself as a top level inflation fighter in addition to being the world's foremost Great Depression expert, bank savior, and so many other things. And it's President Obama who has the huge...
  • A Reformed Farewell to Benedict XVI

    02/28/2013 6:52:42 AM PST · by Gamecock · 418 replies
    Out Of The Horses Mouth ^ | 28 Feb 2013 | Michael Horton
    Taken from the highest ranks of the clergy, popes should be among the best living pastors, biblical scholars, and theologians. That this has often not been the case is obvious enough throughout history, as any well-informed Roman Catholic will concede. (More than a few instances of corruption and heresy may be found on the Protestant side as well.) However, Benedict XVI has regularly been impressive on these counts. Living alongside Protestants in Germany, he often engages Reformation views with more sympathy and knowledge than most—especially more than many Protestants who convert to Rome and trade on caricatures of the evangelical...
  • Revenge of the Troll?

    02/28/2013 6:48:27 AM PST · by safeasthebanks · 24 replies
    I got a troll zotted yesterday, then all of a sudden this morning I get the following email (to the email address attached to my FR profile) from "Organizing for Action" (rapid pro-Obama group): Hi -- Thanks for saying you’re in for the next phase of our grassroots movement. I’m excited to get the chance to work with you as we set out to finish what we started. Over the next four years, we’ve got an incredible opportunity to keep moving this country forward. This grassroots movement has shown time and again that ordinary people have the power to change...
  • Holy Father's meeting with Cardinals-live

    02/28/2013 6:46:49 AM PST · by fatima · 49 replies
    EWTN ^ | EWTN
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  • Sequester: Drama Even Tarantino Wouldn't Touch

    02/28/2013 6:45:04 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    This year, Hollywood hit award pay dirt for political dramas inspired by American history. Unlike “The Avengers” — the top-grossing superhero movie — best-picture nominees “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” featured authentic, determined and courageous Americans who endured adversity and mortal danger to overcome morally inferior antagonists. Though we're living through the umpteenth act of a gory political spectacle involving the U.S. budget, Think Again if you expect that Quentin Tarantino will adapt it for the silver screen. Devoid of heroes or valiant rescues, the drama serially unfolding in Washington isn't even telenovela-worthy, particularly the latest installment known as...
  • President Obama’s Legacy: Government Greed

    02/28/2013 6:42:44 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 15 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | By Gov. Bobby Jindal February 28, 2013 | Gov. Bobby Jindal
    It seems as if President Obama sends out another cabinet secretary every hour to tell the public about the dire consequences we will face if the sequestration cuts are not averted. You’ve heard them — no vaccinations for children, teachers losing their jobs, less security from terrorist attacks, longer wait times at airports, and fewer food inspections. Now there are even reports that government officials are releasing hundreds of immigrants from deportation centers. What’s next? Is the president going to threaten to open the doors of federal prisons? This is silly. Sequestration cuts account for less than 3 percent of...
  • North Dakota Senate approves bill to lower oil extraction tax

    02/28/2013 6:41:07 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | February 28, 2013 | Mike Nowatzki
    As lawmakers debate whether North Dakota’s oil taxes need tweaking, a recent study suggests the state sits in the middle of major oil-producing states when it comes to oil taxation. The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would reduce the state’s oil extraction tax rate from 6.5 to 4.5 percent, despite strong objections from Democrats who argue the tax cut is unnecessary. The lower rate approved in Senate Bill 2336 would take effect for new oil wells drilled starting in 2017, or if the average statewide daily production exceeds 1 million barrels per day for three consecutive months,...
  • Gov. Cuomo says Hollywood exempt from strict New York gun control law

    02/28/2013 6:33:07 AM PST · by cyn · 38 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | AP
    New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets. ... Hollywood is also a major campaign fundraising stop for New York politicians. ... He said movies and TV may use fake guns that wouldn't be subject to the new law but the industry wants "certainty." The revised law would allow them to use real weapons without real ammunition. "There's no...
  • Earthquake - Magnitude 6.9 - KURIL ISLANDS (Russia)

    02/28/2013 6:31:27 AM PST · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 14:05:51 UTC Friday, March 01, 2013 at 01:05:51 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
  • What Rush Limbaugh Didn't Say

    02/28/2013 6:30:29 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 22 replies
    The Irish Examiner ^ | 2/26/13 | Alicia Colon
    Rush Limbaugh said that for the first time he was ashamed of his country and his words made the top Drudge headline and generated a ton of comments from talking heads in Washington. 'Ashamed' isn't the word I'd use but I share Limbaugh's frustration with the endless lies told by members of both parties so that nothing ever changes but I believe he's being disingenuous. We've never been fooled by the lies the politicians throw at us. Rush is just too polite to say is that he's confounded by the stupidity of the American people who do fall for them....
  • Under Fire: Gov McDonnell Uses Reagan To Defend His Transportation Tax Bill (RINO reeling)

    02/28/2013 6:29:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 27, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    This morning on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM in Washington DC, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) used the memory of Ronald Reagan to give himself cover for a tax increase he helped engineer. Once considered a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, McDonnell has found himself under increasing scrutiny from allies on the right for a tax-laden transportation bill that was approved by Virginia's legislature this weekend, despite opposition from many Republicans, including the presumptive GOP nominee to succeed McDonnell, tea-party favorite Ken Cuccinelli.
  • Pizza shop offers 15 percent off for gun owners

    02/28/2013 6:28:31 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | John Roberts
    A pizza shop owner had a strong desire to show his support for the first amendment even if it means losing out on profit. A Virginia Beach, Virginia, pizza shop owner, is showing support for the rights to carry firearms by giving gun owners a discount of 15 percent on their order. Jay Laze, who is the owner of All Around Pizzas and Deli, has received media attention for his novel idea. In order to get the discount, customers have to either bring their weapon or they can present their permit to carry concealed weapons at the time of purchase.

    02/28/2013 6:26:50 AM PST · by shortstop · 6 replies ^ | 02/28/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    Thousands of gun owners will crowd the grounds of the New York state Capitol today, most of them participating in the first public demonstration of their lives. They will be protesting the Cuomo gun ban, a dramatic rollback of gun-owner rights foisted on the people of New York by an aspiring governor and a servile legislature. There will be speeches and signs and a seething anger. And an unspoken criminal conspiracy. On the grounds of the state Capitol, in a crowd dominated by middle-class and middle-aged white men, a disproportionately high percentage of whom are military veterans, thousands will be...