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  • Economic Outlook: Worse after the Election (Economy is getting better, but it won't last long)

    03/08/2012 6:52:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Despite everything Obama has done to ruin it, the economy is getting better. And while a growth rate of 2.3% and an unemployment rate of 8.3% are not exactly worth bragging about, the president is doing just that. The direction of the economy, it seems, is more important than the record of the past three years. The problem is that the present direction is largely the product of this administration's unprecedented deficit spending and of monetary loosening on the part of the Fed. Once these forms of stimulus are withdrawn, as they must be after the election, the direction of...
  • Yahoo! Begins Online Propaganda Series "Remake America"

    03/08/2012 6:50:13 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 5 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | March 8, 2012 | Yahoo!
    Heavily promoted on their front page, a new six-part video series "Remake America". Looks like a freebie series of Obama campaign ads to me. A steady stream of what Reagan used to call "the poor suckers from South Succotash someplace". Boy is there a need for a Conservative search engine!
  • Big Oil and Tax Breaks (Are Big Oil companies sucking money out of the Federal Treasury?)

    03/08/2012 6:44:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2012 | Randall Hoven
    To hear the president and Democrats talk, you'd think that Big Oil was sucking the Treasury dry with huge subsidies. Almost a year ago I wrote about the federal government's "subsidies" to Big Oil. I said then, "They are all tax 'breaks'... about $4.3 billion per year -- about 0.2% of this year's deficit and enough to fund about 10 hours of current US government spending." I was wrong. The tax breaks for all fossil fuels was not $4.3B in 2011. It was only $2.5B -- about 0.19% of that year's deficit, and enough to fund only six hours of...
  • NC Special Forces soldier dies trying to save kids

    03/08/2012 6:37:44 AM PST · by armymarinemom · 6 replies
    News Observer ^ | 3/6/2012 | AP
    HOPE MILLS, N.C. -- A Special Forces soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan and his two young daughters are dead after he tried to rescue them from their burning home near a North Carolina military post. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Edward Cantrell and his daughters, 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia, all died in the fire early Tuesday near Fort Bragg. Read more here:
  • Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India

    03/08/2012 6:28:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 41 replies
    Daily Time ^ | 5th March 2012 | Daily Times
    KARACHI: Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus. A successful professional, he lives in Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in north of Sindh. His family has lived there for centuries, and in 1947, when the sub-continent split between India, a majority Hindu state, and Pakistan, a homeland for Muslims, Das’ grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims. They fervently believed the promise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali...
  • On Iran and Entitlements, Obama Kicks the Can Down the Road

    03/08/2012 6:26:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Kicking the can down the road. That's been the Obama administration's response on issues from Iran's nuclear weapons program to America's entitlement systems. Start with Iran. In a statement in the Oval Office before his meeting with President Obama on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted that Obama had "reiterated yesterday" the principle that "when it comes to Israel's security, Israel has the right, the sovereign right, to make its own decisions." That evening, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu said: "Israel has waited patiently for the international community to resolve this issue. We've waited for...
  • Please, Romney is nothing like Reagan!

    03/08/2012 6:24:52 AM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 43 replies
    Craig Shirley ^ | 03/08/2012 | Craig Shirley
    Wall Street Journal editor William McGurn, a former Bush White House speechwriter, argued in an article Tuesday that Mitt Romney is no worse off now than Ronald Reagan was at this stage of his historic 1980 campaign. He compared these two races and also tried to show that President Barack Obama is the heir to Jimmy Carter. The Romney camp would probably welcome these comparisons — but it’s more a theory in search of facts. There are indeed some similarities, but the differences are far more striking. Both Reagan and Romney did begin as frontrunners, both stumbled. Romney’s outcome is...
  • Rush Vs. Rush Limbaugh: Band Tells Host to Stop Playing Their Music

    03/08/2012 6:24:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies ^ | 3/7/2012 | Kenneth Partridge
    Canadian prog rockers Rush share their name with a certain right-wing American radio personality,but that doesn't mean they share his values. After learning that Rush Limbaugh had used its song 'The Spirit of the Radio' during his recent rant against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke -- a woman he called a "slut" and "prostitute" for supporting mandated coverage of contraceptives -- the band filed a cease and desist letter, asking the DJ to lay off their music, TMZ reports. "The public performance of Rush's music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public...
  • IRAQ INTEL 08 MAR 2012 - Latest Assessment

    03/08/2012 6:15:31 AM PST · by BCW · 1 replies
    Operation Iraq Freedom ^ | 08 MAR 2012 | JH White
    Check out my Iraq Intel reports I put up daily... My latest assessment: IRAQ INTEL 08 MAR 2012 Let the chaos begin...another glorious day in Iraq over the last 24 HRS... I am weary about the high number arrests that take place after large attacks. Within this culture, not going through the local Sheik and by passing established tribal customs has seem to broaden the rift between the local population and that of the national government. The insurgent forces within Iraq and outside foreign influence will seize the opportunity to maintain this separation of national government and local population by...
  • Licenses to Carry Guns, Protection Against Robbery, and Protection Against Rape

    03/08/2012 6:15:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    When states have (or had) discretionary gun carrying license system, they have often provided that people who engage in “business activities that involve heightened risk, such as the need to carry cash or other ‘street valued’ commodities” should generally get licenses. (See this post, for instance, about the Maryland scheme.) The theory is that these people are at heightened risk of robbery, and the loss to them from the robberies is likely to be especially grave. And this theory seems factually plausible. To my knowledge, no-one has quantified how great the risk tends to be, or required such an empirical...
  • The Not-So-Bitter Pill (Sandra Fluke's contraception-cost numbers don't add up)

    03/08/2012 6:15:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The question of who controls health-care costs has been endlessly discussed, but it seems that we’ve all missed the answer: the media. In recent weeks, we have watched the cost of birth-control pills rise dramatically: Three weeks ago, in the infancy of the Sandra Fluke fracas, we were told that the annual cost was, at most, $600; then Fluke upped the ante, reporting $1,000 per year in her congressional testimony; and finally, her figure was widely misreported as being $3,000 per annum. This last spike seems to have been the messy byproduct of Fluke’s claim that $3,000 would be the...
  • Algae: Fuel of the Future? (And do we need government subsidies?)

    03/08/2012 6:13:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Nash Keune
    President Obama’s latest renewable-energy fixation is algae. During a speech at the University of Miami, he touted his administration’s $24 million investment in the fuel, saying, “Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States.” In 2010, the DOE awarded $6 million to Arizona State University for the creation of the Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium (SABC), $9 million to the University of California, San Diego for the creation of the Consortium for Algal Biofuels Commercialization (CABC), and $9...
  • Mandatory Contraception (Here's a doctor's perspective for Sandra Fluke's edification)

    03/08/2012 6:10:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Marc Siegel
    As a practicing internist who prescribes contraception for women on a regular basis, I don’t see the current flame-throwing debate as being about religious principles or promiscuity, and certainly it isn’t about the need to save health-care dollars, as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has so disingenuously asserted. Instead, in the age of Obamacare, the new insurance mandate is simply about increasing government regulation. But if you regulate insurers, they will fight back. If something is mandated, something else will be cut. Premiums will rise, not fall. Health-care costs will rise, not fall. While I think it is absurd and inflammatory...
  • Obama's Salary Paid by CCD

    03/08/2012 6:08:19 AM PST · by schmootman · 5 replies
    Better Catholic Giving ^ | 3/7/12 | Rey Flores
    In this election year, we have been confronted with all types of attacks on our Catholic faith. Those attacks have been orchestrated by the current Obama administration and by a number of so-called Catholic politicians. The USCCB bureaucrats and other anti-Catholic entities have led us down the plank and this document posted below is the first of many documents that Better Catholic Giving will be posting to prove that many, many efforts by the Catholic bishops have backfired and are coming back to bite us with the HHS mandate. Because we have allowed many of the peace & justice liberals...
  • "Outrage" Over Limbaugh - What About Left-Wing Misogyny?

    03/08/2012 6:06:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Larry Elder
    "A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh," said NBC anchor Brian Williams. This was followed by a reporter who said: "In 2012, the personal is political. What began as a debate over religious freedom has devolved into what some call a 'war on women.'" The "outrage" over Rush Limbaugh's "misogyny" provides the latest examples of the liberal vs. conservative double standard and the selective indignation of the left. Limbaugh criticized the congressional appearance of Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who supported requiring even religiously affiliated institutions to provide "free" contraceptives. "So, Ms. Fluke,...
  • Mother loses legs protecting children from tornado

    03/08/2012 6:06:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/8/12 | left that other site
    Mother loses legs protecting children from tornado INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana woman who saved her two children by binding them together with a blanket and shielding them with her body as a tornado ripped apart their house lost parts of both her legs, which were crushed by the falling debris, her husband said Monday.
  • Store clerk shoots and kills armed robbery suspect(SC)

    03/08/2012 6:02:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 6 March, 2012 | Victoria Spechko
    A Conway convenience store owner will not face charges after a deadly shooting that occurred Monday night. Horry County police say a man approached the owner of The Food Shoppe on Highway 501 business around 10 p.m. as the owner was walking to his car after closing. Police say the man showed a gun and demanded money from the owner. The owner then drew a gun and they started shooting. The suspect, Coaty Deas of Conway, 29, was killed. Police say Tamela Riggins, 29, would have been Deas' get-away driver. She has been charged with attempted murder and attempted armed...
  • Report: Number of U.S. anti-government groups rises for third year.

    03/08/2012 5:58:09 AM PST · by forbushalltheway · 41 replies
    cnn ^ | Mar 08 2012 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    Growth fueled by rising tide against Obama, economy, immigration issues. CNN) - The number of anti-government groups in the United States grew dramatically in 2011 for a third year, fueled by a rising tide against President Barack Obama, the struggling economy and illegal immigration, a report released Thursday finds. The three-year trend amounts to an "astounding" 755 percent growth since 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center report "The Year in Hate & Extremism: The Patriot Movement Explodes." The report attributes the growth to "superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, the changing racial makeup of America, and the prospect...
  • Arse Backwards: The Federal Reserve's Approach to the Housing Market

    03/08/2012 5:57:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2012 | Steve Forbes
    In reaffirming its near 0% interest rate policy for another three years the Federal Reserve averred that this was ­necessary to revive the housing market, which, in turn, was necessary for the economy to revive. House building and the buying and selling of existing homes are meaningful parts of the economy. More important, from the Fed’s perspective a house is the biggest asset for millions of people; therefore, higher values mean owners will be more likely to spend. This reasoning is arse backwards. A strong economy—and minimal gov­ernment interference—would rapidly revive the housing market. People who want to buy houses,...
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs Virginia ultrasound bill

    03/08/2012 5:52:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/08/2012 | Lucy Madison
    Amid continued protests from Democrats, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell on Wednesday signed into law a controversial bill requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion. The bill sparked national debate this month over a provision that would have required many women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds, which opponents decried as medically unnecessary and physically invasive. McDonnell, a conservative who opposes abortion rights, ultimately requested that mandate be stripped. The Virginia House of Delegates passed a revised version last week that allows women to "reject" a transvaginal ultrasound and instead opt for an abdominal ultrasound, which generally...