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  • Economy barely expands in fourth quarter (revisal to earlier report of contraction)

    02/28/2013 8:46:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/13 | Jason Lange
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy barely grew in the fourth quarter although a slightly better performance in exports and fewer imports led the government to scratch an earlier estimate that showed an economic contraction. Another report on Thursday showed a drop in new claims for unemployment benefits last week, adding to a string of data that suggests the economy improved early this year. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said, missing the 0.5 percent gain forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. The growth rate was the slowest since the first quarter...
  • Sequestergate: From one manufactured crisis to another

    02/28/2013 8:44:54 AM PST · by Art in Idaho · 12 replies
    February 28, 2013 | Art in Idaho
    The sequester has all the earmarks of another manufactured crisis. The cuts proposed are miniscule and do nothing to actually deal with our out of control Federal spending problem. That is the core issue that needs to be dealt with, or we are looking at a worldwide econonic meltdown. Quibbling over the miniscule cuts and Obama cherry picking the worst possible areas to cut to make political points is disgusting. Releasing an unknown number of illegal criminals is the first in a long line of "I'll make you pay" behaviors that are deplorable and evil at it's core. But what...
  • Grammar Rebel

    02/28/2013 8:40:02 AM PST · by Shout Bits · 94 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 02/11/13 | Shout Bits
    Will Rogers famously wanted his epitaph to read "I never met a man I didn't like." I sometimes turn a joke on Mr. Rogers's line, and say "I have never met anyone with good grammar I did not like." Considering today's state of affairs, grammar is an unlikely metric for kinship. The nation is overrun with a socialist fever, unsustainable government obligations, and appalling corruption. Why should grammar sit with these important issues? Man's greatest tool in building an environment to his liking is language. Every success employs communication and retrieval of archived knowledge. Employing Standard English is the least...
  • Obama Goes Strong to the Paint, But Woodward Draws The Charging Foul!!!

    02/28/2013 8:39:12 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-28-2013 | MOTUS
    You’re probably wondering which “Senior White House Staffer” yelled at Bob Woodward for over a half hour. Apparently the disagreement was over Bob’s insistence on maintaining a smidgen of journalistic integrity with respect to reporting on the origin of the Grand Sequester Bargain. Bob stood firm that it was originally BO’s idea; even in the face of withering disapproval and untold backlash that’s bound to kill the career of the veteran Washington Post reporter - who was the first to break the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon White House. Butt, as the Plouf-daddy points out, Bob’s pretty much...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 28,2013

    02/28/2013 8:32:19 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Bank Job Cuts, Wall Street Bonuses and Fed Policy: Good Examples of False Recovery

    02/28/2013 8:31:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/28/2013 | Matt Towery
    The Wall Street Journal of Feb. 27 tells the story in its own headlines. On page C1, the story was, "JPMorgan Pulls Belt Tight," while on C3 the headline read, "Wall Street's Bonus Pool Hits $20 Billion." If that doesn't describe this crazy false recovery we are allegedly undergoing, nothing does. Of course, the picky can point out that JPMorgan Chase is tightening its belt on its banking side and the Wall Street bonus increases are paid to traders, investment bankers and other employees of securities firms. But to the average Joe, it's hard to understand, if the JPMorgan Chase...
  • More bad firearm advice from Joe Biden – Shoot through a door

    02/28/2013 8:27:54 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    Radioviceonline ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | Steve McGough
    More bad firearm advice from Joe Biden – Shoot through a door Posted by Steve McGough on February 28, 2013 Actually, this could be criminal. If someone told you it was perfectly acceptable to fire a round through a door at a target you had not identified, how do you think that would go over? More Vice President Joe Biden advice on self-defense strategies. First it was warning shots for the heck of it, and now we have the guy suggesting this? While on the discussion of modern sport rifles… F&S: What about the other uses, for self-defense and target...
  • U.S. economy grew 0.1% in fourth quarter

    02/28/2013 8:22:32 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 55 replies
    WSJ/Market Watch ^ | Feb. 28, 2013, 8:31 a.m | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The U.S. economy grew in the fourth quarter - but just barely - instead of contracting for the first time in three and a half years, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The U.S. expanded at a 0.1% annual rate in the last three months of 2012, better than the initially reported 0.1% drop but well below the third quarter's 3.1% pace.
  • Anti-Obama Bumper Sticker Idea: Anyone Here a Designer?

    02/28/2013 8:22:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    2/28/13 | sff
    I am not claiming to have thought of this first, someone probably has said it already...but it would be a great idea to put on a bumper sticker, I think. Obama: Nixon's Corruption + Carter's Stupidity or something like that. Is anyone here skilled enough to do a design? I remember years ago when I was a lurker, there was a "Registered" FREEPer and some others who did their own designs...I am not an artist with photoshop or other stuff. Just an idea for any geniuses among us.
  • Cape Cod community considers taking down wind turbines after illness, noise

    02/28/2013 8:11:57 AM PST · by massmike · 39 replies ^ | 02/28/2013 | Molly Line
    Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings -- but they've created angst and division, and may now be removed at a high cost as neighbors complain of noise and illness. "It gets to be jet-engine loud," said Falmouth resident Neil Andersen. He and his wife Betsy live just a quarter mile from one of the turbines. They say the impact on their health has been devastating. They're suffering headaches, dizziness and sleep deprivation and often seek to escape the property where they've lived for more than 20...
  • Duke settles federal case with former lacrosse players

    02/28/2013 8:09:31 AM PST · by AppyPappy · 26 replies
    DURHAM — Duke University and 38 members of its 2005-06 men’s lacrosse team notified a federal judge on Wednesday that they’d settled the players’ lawsuit out of court.
  • Why the Left hates Gun Shows

    02/28/2013 8:07:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Lines into and out of Arizona Gun Show, 2013 Gun shows are centers of resistance to the nanny state. As resistance to the growing, all pervasive regulations and vague, impossible to decipher federal laws, grows in the heartland of America, gun shows offer a place where freedom is still practiced, and limits to State power are recognized. At most gun shows, if you are not a gun dealer, you are allowed to sell your personal firearm to another person without special permission from the nanny state. The stranglehold on political speech by the MSM is not so tight,...
  • Photographer's amazing pictures of girlfriend leading him by the hand around the globe

    02/28/2013 8:05:01 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 02/28/2013 | By Simon Tomlinson
    <p>Some men aren't keen on letting their partners take the lead.</p> <p>But not Russian photographer Murad Osmann.</p> <p>While some of his peers hate the thought of just being led around the shops, he was quite happy to let his girlfriend guide him around the world.</p>
  • Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling emails revealed

    02/28/2013 7:59:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling emails revealed By: Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei February 28, 2013 08:30 AM EST POLITICO’s “Behind the Curtain” column last night quoted Bob Woodward as saying that a senior White House official has told him in an email he would “regret” questioning White House statements on the origins of sequestration. The official in question is Gene Sperling, economic adviser to the president. The White House has since pushed back, saying the exchange was far more innocuous than Woodward claims. We have obtained, exclusively, the exchange. Here it is: From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb....
  • What did American Progressives teach to British Fabians?

    02/28/2013 7:57:07 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    When I wrote some months ago about how Fabians employ what they call "permeation" in order to advance their causes, I quoted an interesting passage from Margaret Cole's book "The Story of Fabian Socialism", page 85: 'Permeation' is a peculiarly Fabian term, with a very long history. It is first found in print in Hubert Bland's Fabian Essay - curiously enough Bland was not there advocating but warning the Society against it; but the casual reference shows that it was already in common use. Occasionally it seems to mean no more than what the Americans have taught us to call...
  • Panic In Greek Pharmacies As Hundreds Of Medicines Run Short

    02/28/2013 7:52:34 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-28-2013 | Elizabeth Sukkar and Helena Smith, The Guardian
    Panic In Greek Pharmacies As Hundreds Of Medicines Run Short Elizabeth Sukkar and Helena Smith, The GuardianFebruary 28, 2013Greece is facing a serious shortage of medicines amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country because of the economic crisis and concerns that the drugs will be exported by middlemen because prices are higher in other European countries. Hundreds of drugs are in short supply and the situation is getting worse, according to the Greek drug regulator. The government has drawn up a list of more than 50 pharmaceutical companies it accuses of halting or planning to halt...
  • Is Ohio Governor John Kasich the Chris Christie of the Midwest?

    02/28/2013 7:50:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/28/2013 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Governor John Kasich rode to victory on the 2010 Tea Party wave, campaigning as a budget hawk, promising to cut taxes and balance the budget. He raged against Obamacare and out-of-control federal spending. Speaking to Bill Cunningham a few months before his election, Kasich said of Obamacare: It’s all taxes, it’s smoke and mirrors, it’s always tomorrow, it’s never today, it’s always tomorrow. … What they’re doing on this health care bill and everything else they’re doing is just spending like there’s no tomorrow. Big government, big debt. And look, everybody’s worked up about it. And the country doesn’t...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMISSION, 02-28-13

    02/28/2013 7:46:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-28-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):   OMISSION Willful neglect or positive refusal to perform some good action that one's conscience urges one to do. such omission is morally culpable, and its gravity depends on the importance of what should have been done, on the person's willfulness, and the circumstances of the situation. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Revealed: Arabs Behind 'Israeli Attack'

    02/28/2013 7:46:31 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/2/13 | David Lev
    Members of the Samaria Residents Council slammed leftist groups Thursday after police said that what had been thought to be a “price tag” action by Jewish residents of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region turned out to be a dispute between Arabs. It was the Arabs who set fire to six vehicles in the village of Korsa near Shechem last week, deliberately blaming the Jews for their activities. Among the groups with egg on their face in the wake of the police findings is the “Rabbis for Human Rights” organization, which in the wake of the claims by Arabs that...
  • Why Does Anyone Need to Read About Celebrities? [Coulter]

    02/28/2013 7:43:57 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 25 replies ^ | 2/27/2013 | Ann Coulter
    Having given up on trying to persuade Americans that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will reduce the murder rate, Democrats have turned to their usual prohibitionary argument: "Why does anyone need (an assault weapon, a 30-round magazine, a semiautomatic, etc., etc.)?" Phony conservative Joe Manchin, who won his U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia with an ad showing him shooting a gun, said, "I don't know anyone (who) needs 30 rounds in a clip." CNN's Don Lemon, who does not fit the usual profile of the avid hunter and outdoorsman, demanded, "Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting?"...
  • The US Is Putting More White People In Prison, And Meth Could Be To Blame

    02/28/2013 7:43:39 AM PST · by blam · 101 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-28-2013 | Erin Fuchs
    The US Is Putting More White People In Prison, And Meth Could Be To Blame Erin FuchsFebruary 28, 2013There's been a huge shift in the racial makeup of U.S. prisons in the past decade, The New York Times reports. The Sentencing Project analyzed prison populations from 2000 to 2009, finding the rates of incarceration for blacks dropped sharply during that period: 30.7 percent for black women and 9.8 percent for men. The report also found a major spike in incarceration rates for white men and women during the same period, according to The Times. The rate for white women increased...
  • Ohio: Record number of Right-to-Carry permits issued in 2012

    02/28/2013 7:43:39 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | NRA-ILA Staff
    More than 76,000 licenses to carry concealed weapons were issued in Ohio last year the highest number reported in the state since the licensing began in 2004, the state attorney general reported Wednesday. Statistics released from Attorney General Mike DeWine's office show 64,650 new licenses and 12,160 renewal licenses issued last year. The new licenses were also the most in a single year since Ohio's law allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns went into effect.
  • 50 Signs That the US Health Care System Is [About To Collapse]

    02/28/2013 7:43:14 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 2-24-13 | Michael @ TEC
    The U.S. health care system is a giant money making scam that is designed to drain as much money as possible out of all of us before we die. In the United States today, the health care industry is completely dominated by government bureaucrats, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations. The pharmaceutical corporations spend billions of dollars to convince all of us to become dependent on their legal drugs, the health insurance companies make billions of dollars by providing as little health care as possible, and they both spend millions of dollars to make sure that our politicians in Washington...
  • Swiss Guards Get A Rest

    02/28/2013 7:38:50 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    The pope's retirement means his famous Swiss Guards get a few days off before they have to protect the new guy. Stern-face and standing as erect as the halberds they grasp, Swiss Guards rarely betray emotion on duty. Â But their storied history has its early roots in a bloody drama.
  • In the Footsteps of a Killer

    02/28/2013 7:37:07 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    LA Mag ^ | 02/27/2013 | by Michelle McNamara
    Fifty rapes. Ten murders. Two identities. One man. From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. Now a determined investigator, a retired detective, and a group of online obsessives are on the hunt to track him down [ 1 ] MISSING LINKS ON A SLEEPLESS NIGHT LAST JULY—one of dozens I’ve powered through during the months I’ve spent tracking him down—I Googled a description of a pair of cuff links he stole in the midst of a home...
  • Turns Out Cats Have Been Walking on Important Stuff for Basically Forever

    02/28/2013 7:35:28 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 50 replies
    Check out this 15th Century manuscript. Notice anything familiar? In totally-non-shocking-news-of-the-day, it turns out cats have been walking on whatever you're writing since the dawn of time. Emir O. Filipovic of the University of Sarajevo's History Department discovered the medieval kitty prints. We can only assume that somewhere, beyond the reach of time, in a small ancient monastery in the mountains, the muffled sounds of "SNOWBALL, OFF. OFF. DOWN. GET DOWN, SNOWBALL. BAD KITTY. DAMNIT, SNOWBALL GO SOMEWHERE ELSE," carry across the medieval vales and valleys.
  • WH Senior Adviser Plouffe: Woodward Washed Up

    02/28/2013 7:35:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 56 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | Breitbart News
    Wednesday night, in the aftermath of the blow-up regarding the White House’s email to Bob Woodward suggesting he would "regret" his reporting of sequestration, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe took to twitter to bash Woodward as a past-his-prime hack: - See more at:
  • Debate over gun proposals rages across state (Georgia)

    02/28/2013 7:33:31 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | Kristina Torres
    The Newtown school massacre has provoked fiery debates at the federal and state levels on whether to scale back the rights of gun owners. But in Georgia, the focus isn’t entirely on curtailing gun rights. Many of the more than two dozen gun bills filed so far in the General Assembly are pushing for expanded access to firearms across the Peach State. This legislative session, following the shooting of 20 students and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school, the debate has been amplified to the point that both sides have the potential to drown out each other and get...
  • AMD: We Will Sell PlayStation 4-Like APUs on Open Market.

    02/28/2013 7:33:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 02/27/2013 09:04 PM | Anton Shilov
    Sony PlayStation 4 Technologies to Be Available for PCs*********************************************But not the customized chip as I read it****************************************** Advanced Micro Devices reaffirmed plans to sell accelerated processing units with Jaguar x86 cores and Radeon HD “GCN” graphics technology on open market. While those APUs will not be as powerful as the one that AMD developed for Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 game console, technology- and architecture-wise they will be similar to the semi-custom APU inside the PS4.“Everything that Sony has shared in that single chip is AMD [intellectual property], but we have not built an APU quite like that for anyone...
  • The Oscars: Seth MacFarlane's 'We Saw Your Boobs' Song Outraged Women In Hollywood

    02/28/2013 7:31:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2013 | Aly Weisman
    Despite solid ratings for Sunday's 85th annual Academy Awards, host Seth MacFarlane is catching a lot of flak for his crude jokes about women, Jews, Abraham Lincoln and most notably, actresses' boobs. In a musical number titled "We Saw Your Boobs," MacFarlane pointed out actresses who have bared all on-screen — often during emotionally-charged or rape scenes. Women both in the audience and watching at home were offended by the song, calling it crass and inappropriate. We spoke with Elizabeth Cantillon, film producer and executive vice president of production at Sony who was in the audience at the Dolby Theater...
  • Philip Klein: CPAC is emblematic of why conservatives lost health care debate

    02/28/2013 7:25:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/28/2013 | Philip Klein
    If you want to understand why proponents of limited government keep losing the health care debate, look no further than this year's upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference. Over the past several years, as the debate over President Obama's national health care law was raging, the largest annual gathering of conservatives held regular panel discussions on the topic. Not this year. Laura Rigas, a spokeswoman for the American Conservative Union (which runs CPAC), confirmed to me that although "health care and the associated budget-busting costs at the federal and state level will be addressed in a number of panels," there would...
  • UBS: Today's Positive GDP Report Was WORSE Than Last Month's Negative GDP Report

    02/28/2013 7:25:16 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    tbi ^ | 2-28-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    UBS: Today's Positive GDP Report Was WORSE Than Last Month's Negative GDP Report Matthew BoeslerFebruary 28, 2013The BEA just released its second estimate of U.S. fourth quarter GDP. Total output expanded 0.5 percent – a marked increase over the initial estimate, which showed a 0.1 percent contraction in the U.S. economy. However, personal consumption growth, which clocked in at 2.2 percent in the initial estimate and was expected to rise to 2.3 percent in today's release, actually slowed to 2.1 percent. UBS economist Drew Matus was just on CNBC following the release. Matus said he would have preferred the initial...
  • USA Today reporter: I know a few reporters who’ve gotten White House e-mails like Woodward's

    02/28/2013 7:20:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2013 | AllahPundit
    Noteworthy, although I'm not sure which way it cuts. Younger reporters were tweeting last night that they get angry e-mails from political flacks all the time and that it's no big deal, which is a nifty way to humblebrag about how they've upset Power by speaking Truth while also serving the liberal cause du jour of discrediting Bob Woodward. (Some serve more bravely than others.) Is that what David Jackson means here, that Woodward's blowing routine White House grumpiness out of all proportion? Or that Woodward's right and that veiled White House threats are more common than you’d think? In...

    02/28/2013 7:17:54 AM PST · by safetysign · 15 replies
    WND Health ^ | 02/28/2013 | Lee Hieb, MD.
    Dr. John Natale of Illinois graduated with honors from Loyola University, graduated medical school from Northwestern University School of Medicine and went on to complete eight years of arduous postgraduate study to become a highly trained thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. For over 20 years he practiced his specialty at a hospital in Illinois, doing extremely complicated cases, including treating ruptured aortic aneurysms. Although these cases have greater than 10 percent intraoperative mortality in the recognized medical literature, Dr. Natale never lost a patient on the operating table.

    02/28/2013 7:17:34 AM PST · by safetysign · 1 replies
    WND Health ^ | 02/28/2013 | Lee Hieb, MD.
    Dr. John Natale of Illinois graduated with honors from Loyola University, graduated medical school from Northwestern University School of Medicine and went on to complete eight years of arduous postgraduate study to become a highly trained thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. For over 20 years he practiced his specialty at a hospital in Illinois, doing extremely complicated cases, including treating ruptured aortic aneurysms. Although these cases have greater than 10 percent intraoperative mortality in the recognized medical literature, Dr. Natale never lost a patient on the operating table.
  • All the President’s Thugs

    02/28/2013 7:15:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-2013 | J. Christian Adams - Commentary
    February 27, 2013 All the President’s Thugs J. Christian Adams Hey, Bob, you can’t say we didn’t warn you. We knew this White House was capable of attacking even the great Bob Woodward for telling the truth.You could have listened to Michael Barone. He saw it coming even before Barack Obama was elected. In October 2008, he penned “The Coming Obama Thugocracy.” I experienced it when DOJ press harpy Tracy Schmaler yelled at a half dozen reporters, as the White House official did to you, about my under-oath testimony involving the New Black Panther dismissal. Her victims included Pete Williams,...
  • Teacher Tells Students to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”

    02/28/2013 7:13:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    An Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9-11 hijackers not as terrorists – but as “freedom fighters,” according to students who were in the class. Students at Lumberton High School were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.” John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, tells me that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong. “What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education...
  • Low Information Voters? How about our Low Information President?

    02/28/2013 7:12:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/28/2013 | Bruce Johnson
    There is a real possibility, a strong likelihood, that President Obama knows nothing of the nuts and bolts, the details and realities of the positions he promotes. He rides the Starship Air Force One, thrills adolescent crowds and frames himself with federal employees while orating vapid clichés dowsed in demagoguery. He drives the fancy car but needs help filling it with gas and couldn't point to the air filter if you popped the hood. Imagery sans leadership. Celebrity is the accomplishment here, and adoration is the metric. Polls demonstrate people approve more of him and less of his execution of...
  • 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
    Watch live-on now.
  • 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...