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  • Can Obama Cruise to Victory? (Why the current media meme is nonsense)

    09/22/2012 7:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/22/2012 | Jim O'Sullivan
    Just before the Republican National Convention, a mainstream media (MSM) narrative began to take shape. The false meme stated that Obama had the momentum and the necessary support to easily win re-election. Soon another feature was added to the construct -- i.e., that Obama's re-election is inevitable. Too often this narrative was supported by selective polling data that underpinned the stories and purported to make them true. The stories said Obama is inevitable because Romney is dangerous, cares only for the rich, cannot empathize with ordinary people, isn't likeable, and lacks needed experience, intelligence, and even the temperament to be...
  • Ryan at the AARP (Not convincing AARP does not mean not convincing Seniors)

    09/22/2012 7:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2012 | Yuval Levin
    Be sure to read Paul Ryan's speech to the AARP's national convention today --- a clear and forthright elucidation of the case for saving Medicare and the federal budget through market-based reforms and against doubling down on failed central planning and price controls through Obamacare.   As he surely knew he would be, Ryan was met with some opposition (though also some support) in the audience, and boos could be heard at various points --- particularly during his criticisms of Obamacare. That's hardly surprising. The AARP sometimes presents itself as a kind of membership organization consisting of senior citizens,...
  • We Need A Startup President Who Knows How Jobs Are Created

    09/22/2012 7:49:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/22/2012
    How can the next presidential get the American job machine functioning again? One way is establish a policy environment that incentivizes business startups, which have fallen hard under the current administration. President Obama tells small-business owners they "didn't build" their companies. But they know better. And they are also aware of the important role they play in employment. Small businesses employ about half of all U.S. workers and they create the majority - by some estimates 80% or more - of the new jobs. Rather than trying to convince entrepreneurs they're not responsible for their own success, Obama should be...
  • Sweet Home Chicago loses its appeal to the tax-weary

    09/22/2012 7:46:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/21/2012 | Amity Shlaes
    Why don't more people live here? That's what I always think when I come to Chicago, as this week when I come for a conference. The water is bright, and the air is clear. The room where we are lucky enough to hold the conference, the Stock Exchange Trading Room at the Art Institute, is one of the most beautiful in America. Yet for some reason people aren't choosing to live here. Indeed, every 10 minutes the state of Illinois loses a resident to another state. New York, where I do live, hardly differs, losing earners by the hundreds of...
  • The Left's Greatest Enemy and War!

    09/22/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    The most dangerous and deadly place for an unborn child today is to be found in the womb of its own mother. The greatest enemy and threat of the new progressive Democratic Party and moderate Republicans today is the helpless unborn baby which abides IN its mother's womb. Nearly a little more than one third of every child conceived in its mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-20) today has been violently terminated by this barbaric abomination called abortion. Abortion is the by-product of an immoral, decadent culture and society; selfish and narcissistic; void of ALL personal responsibility; ever seeking ones fulfillment through...
  • Forty Four Companies That Could Get Crushed If The Government Cuts Spending

    09/22/2012 7:09:34 AM PDT · by blam · 47 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-22-2012 | Rob Wile
    44 Companies That Could Get Crushed If The Government Cuts Spending Rob WileSep. 21, 2012, 4:16 PM The threat of the "fiscal cliff" remains one of the most important events weighing on U.S. markets To recap, if Congress does nothing before the end of the year, a series of tax cuts and spending programs will expire and combine to shrink GDP by up to 4 percent, according to Goldman Sachs analysts. While we'd all suffer, some companies would get hit more than others. The last time we had a major debate on government spending levels — the debt ceiling talks...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Admits Obama’s Blackness Trumps His Failed Record

    09/22/2012 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Crystal Wright
    The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1971 to advocate on behalf of black Americans and hold lawmakers and the President of the United States accountable for policies adversely impacting blacks. The CBC is often referred to as the “conscience of the Congress.” Considering the caucus’ history, it’s shocking CBC Chairman Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver admitted to the Root the CBC has been reluctant to criticize President Obama because he’s black. Never mind black unemployment under Obama for the past three years has been nearly double the national average and hit a record high of 16% in 2011. Black unemployment hasn’t...
  • President Obama's Munich Moment

    09/22/2012 6:45:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Marvin Folkertsma
    In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich’s psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants, this time about the supposed oppression of Germans living in Czechoslovakia. He threatened war unless Western nations caved to his demands, which was the last thing the British and the French wanted, with torrid memories of the last European conflagration still burning in their thoughts. Thus, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French leader Edouard Daladier agreed to meet with Hitler and his ally, Benito Mussolini, in Munich on September 29, 1938. The rest, as they say,...
  • Chicago School Leaders Don’t Know How They’re Going to Pay for the New Contract!

    09/22/2012 6:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The successful business leaders that sit on the Chicago Board of Education must have checked their brains at the door when they went into the negotiating room with the teachers union. How else could they possibly negotiate a contract that the school district can’t possibly afford? Truth be told, if board member Penny Pritzker’s Hyatt Hotels operated that way, they’d be out of business. But, alas, this is government. They strike deals with unions and figure out how taxpayers will fund it later. Reuters tells us: “Chicago public school teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday but thorny questions remained...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says Expects Israel To Launch War

    09/22/2012 6:35:02 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-22-2012 | Reuters
    Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says Expects Israel To Launch War Reuters September 22,2012 DUBAI (Reuters) - Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Saturday. As speculation mounts that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before U.S. elections in November, Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step. "Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict," Jafari said when asked...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (O-46/R-46)

    09/22/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT · by tatown · 58 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 9/22/2012 | Rasmussen
    he Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows President Obama and Mitt Romney each attracting support from 46% of voters nationwide. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. See daily tracking history.
  • Why Romney’s Remarks on 47 Percent Dependency Are Wrong, Wrong, and Right

    09/22/2012 6:31:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Mitt Romney is catching a lot of flak for his surreptitiously recorded remarks about 47 percent of voters automatically being in the Obama column because they don’t pay federal income tax and thus see themselves as beneficiaries of big government. Since I’ve warned about dependency and raised the alarm that we risk becoming another Greece unless entitlements are reformed, one might think I agree with the former Massachusetts governor.Not quite. I think Romney raised an important issue, but he cited the wrong statistic and drew an unwarranted conclusion.Here’s what I said to Neil Cavuto about the controversy. Dan Mitchell Analyzing...
  • BARACK OBAMA HITLER KIDS 2012 ELECTION NWO YOUTH SING FOR MANCHURIAN LEADER

    09/22/2012 6:31:29 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | Oct 1, 2008 | NObamaCHANGE
    I saw that movie 2016: Obamas America last night, awesome movie, but one part that almost made me puke up my popcorn was this part near the ending. Anyone see this yet? I found it on Youtube. Is child abuse suddenly legal in this country? That's news to me. Be advised: This is a MEGA-barf alert! Watch at your own peril! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdPSqL9_mfM&bpctr=1348321141
  • Slain agent's family not letting up on Holder(fast and furious)

    09/22/2012 6:28:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | 21 September, 2012 | AP
    The parents of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed with a gun sold in the government's botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation believe a Justice Department Inspector General's report into the case was mostly an effort to keep Attorney General Eric Holder from being blamed.
  • (FULL VIDEO) of Akin, McCaskill Debate In Columbia, Mo

    09/22/2012 6:23:34 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | 9/22/12 | Self
    This is a little difficult but, hopefully, will work. When you see the two frozen video screens, scroll down to the second one titled "See the full debate here". When you click on the arrow in the center of the screen, the video will start but will not have sound. You must force the red bar to move right until you get to the 1.06 hour spot. By forcing the red bar to the right will turn on the sound. The 1.06 time will start the Senate debate. If you want to see all of the debates, starting with the...
  • American Dream On

    09/22/2012 6:14:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    "I expect to be judged by results ... If stuff hasn't worked and people don't feel like I've led the country in the right direction, then you'll have a new president." Barack Obama may regret saying this comment in a stimulus pep rally in 2009. After hearing from numerous independents and Democrats from swing states, all of whom are enormously disappointed in Obama's first term, "Can we go through another four years of this?" is the question that the new documentary "The Hope and Change" ends on. What could America look like after another term of squandered economic opportunities and...
  • AP: Benghazi consulate attack was led by 50 masked men using “military: tacticsUpdate.....

    09/22/2012 6:13:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 6:36 pm on September 21, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Update: Libyan officials “absolutely convinced” attack was plannedI don’t want to inch too far out on the limb here, but I’m starting to suspect that this was preplanned. U.S. intelligence indicates that 50 or more people, many of them masked, were responsible for the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Gun trucks provided added firepower. The attackers set up a perimeter, controlling access in and out of the compound. A first wave of attacks sent the Americans fleeing to a fallback building, where a second group of extremists beset them with precise mortar fire.Intelligence reports were...
  • Video: The Three-Phase Process of How Agenda 21 Invades a City

    09/22/2012 6:05:13 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 43 replies
    Stop Agenda 21 in Texas ^ | Sept. 22, 2012 | Sovereignty International / Freedom 21
    Stop Agenda 21 in Texas Sept. 22, 2012 This three-part video series exposes the three-phase process through which Agenda 21 enters most communities and uses actual examples of techniques used by organizations to confront the process. Examples include what to do, and what NOT to do to resist or repeal the elements of Agenda 21 that may be included in your community’s comprehensive Land Use Plan and building and zoning codes. Narrated by Henry Lamb and produced by Sovereignty International, Inc. and Freedom 21, Inc. Youtube Links: 1/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S9Y0562s-U 2/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0__CoNabl0 3/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrFsSFS1z4U
  • Romney Double Digit Lead?

    09/22/2012 6:00:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 83 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 9/21/2012 | Kyle Becker
    The war of the polls gets a little wearisome for non-wonks, but we’ll keep this short and sweet. The mainstream media are rigging the polls. No headliner there, but just how bad is it? It could mean that Romney has as much as a double-digit lead of 54-44 in Realityville. How, you ask? Because the Democrats are fooling themselves in terms of likely voter party identification and voter enthusiasm. An Ipsos/Reuters poll trumpets a five point lead for Barack Obama, and since the rest of the media keeps tight as a herd of cows before a thunderstorm, millions believe it....
  • California Church to become a Mosque

    09/22/2012 5:57:35 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies
    Vinienco ^ | 22 September 12 | Admin
    An Islamic mosque with plans to expand is now operating in a small former church that was previously occupied by a Maronite Catholic church. The sale prompted questions--even from church parishioners--about the future of the site. The Jafaria Islamic Society purchased the building at 1546 E. La Palma Ave. (near St. College Bouleverd) and has been using it as a mosque since June. The Islamic Society has plans to expand the building and change the facade with architecture more reminiscent of Islamic traditions.
  • U.S. Government Celebrates Terrorist Who Craved to Nuke the U.S.

    09/22/2012 5:51:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency kicked-off its celebration of “Hispanic Heritage Month” with an e-mail message featuring Che Guevara along with his famous slogan, “Hasta la Victoria Siempre.”Let’s hope these U.S. civil servants were innocently unaware of some of Che Guevara’s other slogans:* “The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind!” * “Against those hyenas [Americans] there is no option but extermination!”*” We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation. The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! (the U.S.) *...
  • Gasoline Prices More than Double Under Obama: $1.84 to $3.85 (Where's the MSM on this one?)

    09/22/2012 5:49:47 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/14/2012 | Matt Cover
    Average retail gasoline prices have more than doubled under President Obama, according to government statistics, rising from $1.84 per gallon to $3.85 per gallon. The average gasoline price is calculated by the Energy Information Agency, and shows that over the past 43 months of President Obama’s term retail gasoline prices have more than doubled, rising from an average of $1.84 per gallon to $3.85 per gallon. Rising gasoline prices were particularly prevalent in August, which saw a 9.0 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for gasoline, a rise that almost entirely accounts for the general increase in prices...
  • Marco Rubio Launches Twitter Rant Against American Airlines

    09/22/2012 5:48:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/22/12 | Arlette Saenz
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., launched a Twitter tirade against American Airlines Friday night after experiencing delay problems involving a flight to D.C... @marcorubio: Trying to get to DC for early morning votes tonight but let's just say this has not been the best week in American Airlines history. A sample of more of Rubio's tweets: @marcorubio: Delaying flight for "maintenance" to squeeze connectors from other flight, oldest trick in book.Feel bad for crew.#cmonman #AmericanAirlines
  • Democrats Hit Poor with Huge Tax Increase

    09/22/2012 5:48:13 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 15 replies
    Self | Sept. 22, 2012 | Self
    In their rush to increase taxes on the wealthy, the Democrat U.S. Senate left a tax increase of 50% on the poor. Nevermind, the Senate left a scheduled tax increase on Every American next year (before adjourning to campaign - a thing we can thank every Democrat through our votes). But we can take into account what they have done to the poor. Those Americans who are the working poor are scheduled for a tax increase of 50%. That's right, a whopping 50%. College graduates, many getting their first low wage part time job will find it much harder to...
  • Democrats: Political Slant Marks Romney Tax Return [BO LIED: Mitt rate HIGHER than middle class!]

    09/22/2012 5:17:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/22/12 | Tom Raum
    Democrats say Mitt Romney manipulated his deductions to keep his overall 2011 federal income tax rate below a certain level for political purposes.... ... the Romney campaign released a letter from his accountants saying that in the 20 years prior to 2010 the Romneys paid an average annual effective rate of 20.2 percent, never lower than 13.66 percent. On average, middle-income families — those making from $50,000 to $75,000 a year — pay 12.8 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation.
  • Catholic schools in Central Java threatened with closure for not teaching Islam

    09/22/2012 5:01:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    http://www.asianews.it ^ | September 20, 2012
    <p>Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The demand to include Islamic teaching in Catholic schools is proving controversial again. A few months ago, the Education Department in Tegal District (Central Java) warned St Pius Catholic Schools to include Islamic courses for Muslim students.</p>
  • Granma journalist takes refuge in Miami [latest of 4 Cuban defections]

    09/22/2012 4:56:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 21, 2012
    The news editor of the official Cuban daily newspaper Granma defected a week ago during a business trip to Mexico and is now living in Miami. Mairelys Cuevas Gómez, 27, traveled to Mexico authorized by the paper’s executive editor and with the full knowledge of other Cuban officials and the elite in charge of the government media, according to a report published on the website Café Fuerte. Cuevas’ defection is a new blow to the regime’s news and propaganda operation. In recent months, at least four other members of the Cuban media also decided to ask for asylum in the...
  • 'Barack & Hillary at the movies' ... Mark Steyn

    09/22/2012 4:43:43 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 47 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 22 Sep 2012 | Mark Steyn
    I see the Obama campaign has redesigned the American flag, and very attractive it is, too. Replacing the 50 stars of a federal republic is the single "O" logo symbolizing the great gaping maw of spendaholic centralization. And where the stripes used to be are a handful of red daubs, eerily mimicking the bloody finger streaks left on the pillars of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi as its staff were dragged out by a mob of savages to be tortured and killed. What better symbol could one have of American foreign policy? Who says the slick, hollow, vapid marketing of...
  • Obama's Dangerous Consistency

    09/22/2012 4:42:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    On Tuesday, Egypt's chief prosecutor issued arrest warrants against eight US citizens. Their purported crimes relate either to their reported involvement in the production of the Internet movie critical of Islam that has received so much attention over the past 10 days, or to other alleged anti-Islamic activities. One of the US citizens indicted is a woman who converted from Islam to Christianity. According to the Associated Press, Egypt's general prosecution issued a statement announcing that the eight US citizens have been indicted on charges of insulting and publicly attacking Islam, spreading false information, and harming Egyptian national unity. The...
  • Top 10 bad economic signs for Obama

    09/22/2012 4:38:44 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 10 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/22/12 | Staff
    Here are the top 10 economic indicators that Obama doesn’t want you to pay attention to: 1. Unemployment rate Despite his promise that the nearly $1 trillion 2009 economic stimulus would get America working again, the unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 43 straight months. The current 8.1 percent jobless rate woefully understates the reality of problem. When taking into account people working part-time who want a full-time job and those who have given up looking for work, the rate is over 15 percent. Add in recent college graduates working at McDonald’s at the rate tops 18 percent....
  • This Couple Paid Off $92,000 in Credit Card Debt in 5 Years

    09/22/2012 4:32:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | 9/15/12 | Michael Lerner
    Jerry Bailey, a minister in Jackson, Mich., says he feels as if he has been given back his life. It's a dramatic statement -- and the story behind these words is, indeed, pretty extraordinary... It was 2005, and the couple had rung up approximately $92,000 in charges on their credit cards. At one point, they had 17 of them.
  • In surprise move, Florida GOP opposes Supreme Court justices’ retention in November

    09/22/2012 4:20:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 21, 2012 | Mary Ellen Klas
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican Party of Florida waded into a traditionally apolitical fight Friday, announcing it will oppose the retention of three state Supreme Court justices on the November ballot. In a statement released by its spokeswoman, the party said its executive board voted unanimously this week to oppose Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince in November’s retention elections. The justices do not face opponents, but voters are asked every six years to vote yes or no on whether they should remain on the job. The party statement singled out a 2003 case by the court as...
  • Obama criticizes lawmakers for leaving town to campaign for re-election...[NOT SATIRE]

    09/22/2012 4:16:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    President Barack Obama is faulting Congress for leaving town with several pieces of unfinished business on its plate, including measures to help veterans, farmers and homeowners. Obama accuses lawmakers in his weekend radio and Internet address of being “more worried about their jobs and their paychecks” than their constituents.
  • Your Fair Share

    09/22/2012 4:14:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Barack Obama doesn't think the rich are paying their fair share of income taxes. So what is their fair share? I posed this question to Fox News commentator Juan Williams in Dallas the other day. "The top 10 percent of income earners are paying 71 percent of all income taxes," I said. "Isn't that enough?" Although Juan was trying to defend the Obama position, he didn't have an answer. Then I turned the question around. "The bottom one-half of the population is paying zero, or close to zero, income taxes. What's their fair share?" He didn't have an answer to...
  • Israel is America's Shield

    09/22/2012 4:05:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. We are used to hearing that America defends Israel. President Obama assures Israel that he has their back. That may be convincing talk in the `hood, but it rings hollow from this invertebrate administration to talk about anyone's back. Actually, we may have all that backward. It may well be that Israel that is defending us. Israel may yet prove America's Shield. All the usual chin-pullers and deep thinkers are warning of the parade of horribles that will descend on the world if Israel strikes Iran to prevent the mullahs...
  • Unions Tell Taxpayers: “We have no confidence in you.”

    09/22/2012 3:57:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | John Ransom
    All over the country, union leaders are demanding that communities cough up extra cash to help “make teachers whole.” And unions around the country are testing the waters with teachers by asking teachers in budget stricken districts to vote “no confidence” in the community to send a message to taxpayers to cough up cash or else. Strike. Never mind making communities whole; those communities can never be whole under Obama. As cash-strapped municipalities deal with declining tax revenues and too-rosy assumptions made by administrators and union officials, teachers unions are stamping their feet, holding their breath and mouthing the political...
  • "We Are Hungry" Student Song Parody National School lunch Policy

    09/22/2012 3:45:52 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Youtube video ^ | September 17, 2012
    A parody on the national school lunch policy mandated by The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. No copyright infringement of original song "We Are Young" by Fun. was intended. To help repeal the new guidelines, please visit https://www.facebook.com/NutritionNannies http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kake.com%2Fhome%2Fheadlines%... To make your voice heard contact: Undersecretary of Food & Nutrition Services Kevin Concannon 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, D.C. 20250 or Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, D.C. 20250 Lyrics: Give me some seconds I, I need to get some food today My friends are at the corner store Getting junk so they don't waste...
  • Democrats accuse Romney of applying a political strategy in filing his 2011 tax returns

    09/22/2012 3:41:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 163 replies
    washington Post ^ | 9/22/2012 | ap
    Democrats say Mitt Romney manipulated his deductions to keep his overall 2011 federal income tax rate below a certain level for political purposes. The Republican presidential nominee is certain to face new questions about his finances. Romney and his wife, Ann, donated roughly $4 million to charities last year, but they only claimed a deduction of $2.25 million on their tax return, filed with the Internal Revenue Service on Friday. Romney made $13.7 million last year and paid $1.94 million in federal income taxes, giving him an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent. That was a bit above the 13.9...
  • Where's Our Energy?

    09/22/2012 3:40:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    So there I am, pulling into a gas station in my town, and Tarek is smiling. He owns the station, and right now he's charging me $4.25 a gallon. American motorists may not be better off than they were four years ago, but Tarek certainly is. When President Barack Obama took office, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $1.84. That means gas prices have more than doubled on Obama's watch. But why? The primary reason is that the system is rigged. Oil companies watch the worldwide speculation market, and if the traders are bidding the price...
  • On Obama's Watch

    09/22/2012 3:40:36 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 22, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    The facts as they’ve emerged point inescapably to the conclusion that America suffered the country’s worst terrorist attack since 9/11 in the consular assault that killed four Americans in Libya.
  • MEDIA BIAS: Baby Bumps? Why Not “Fetus Bumps”?

    09/22/2012 3:19:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies
    LiveAction.org ^ | 9/14/12 | Kristi Burton Brown
    Or tissue bumps, for that matter? Or even pregnancy bumps? It is telling that the American media continually refers to famous people’s unborn babies as just that - babies. But when these same media outlets discuss abortion or pro-life legislation, it’s all about the fetus. When the media wants everyday citizens to identify with and love celebrities, it proclaims glad news about unborn babies and baby bumps. After all, even our liberal media knows that people – most of us, anyway – love babies. But when the media wants us to keep abortion legal, they resort to references, names, and...
  • You Broke Mideast, Mr. President, Now You Own It

    09/22/2012 3:18:49 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | September 21 2012 | Editor
    With the Middle East now more hostile to U.S. interests than ever, the "Arab Spring" has become a major political liability for the president. Try as he may, he can't distance himself from it. Betraying his frustration with Cairo's Muslim Brotherhood, which egged on U.S. embassy rioters, President Obama said, "I don't think we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy." But in a May 2011 speech at the State Department, Obama essentially took credit for Islamists' rise to power as part of his broader Mideast strategy to help free them from the "repression" of...
  • Feds turn tables on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, deny storm money

    09/22/2012 3:17:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Tampa-St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 22, 2012 | Toluse Olorunnipa
    TALLAHASSEE — Time after time since taking office, Gov. Rick Scott has boasted of rejecting billions of dollars from the federal government. Now, Washington has turned the tables, shutting down Scott's plea for financial aid in a move that almost instantly took on political tones. The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused Scott's request for a presidential declaration of disaster for damages caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, declining to provide $26.9 million in aid to hard-hit counties. Scott moved this week to appeal the decision, but not before the issue was cast in a political light, highlighting Florida's importance in the...
  • Senate defeats bill to condition foreign aid to cooperation in investigating embassy attacks

    09/22/2012 3:10:25 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    washington Post ^ | 9/21/2012 | ap
    The Senate has defeated a bill that would have conditioned foreign aid on a country’s cooperation in investigating attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities. The bill also would have denied aid to Pakistan unless that country releases Dr. Shakil Afridi. Pakistan arrested the doctor, who allegedly helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden by running a fake vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA. The objective was to verify bin Laden’s presence at the compound where the al-Qaida leader was later killed. Afridi was convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. The United States...
  • Free Beacon: Wasserman hails DNC's $8 million (debt) partnership with SEIU bank

    09/22/2012 2:40:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/21/12 | Devonia Smith
    Free Beacon: Wasserman hails DNC's $8 million partnership with SEIU bankBy: Devonia Smith September 21, 2012 Friday, The Free Beacon, reported the Democratic National Committee, (DNC) is in hock to the tune of $8 million to "Amalgamated Bank, often described as “America’s Labor Bank," whose majority ownership is Service Employees International Union (SEIU). According to the Beacon, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), "hailed" DNC's banking move because of a “fiduciary responsibility to those who invest in our party.” **SNIP** Not only will the Democrats owe the union for their support; they will now owe real money. Some think thinks this kind...
  • Why I'm Not a Libertarian

    09/22/2012 2:37:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jeremy Egerer
    ............my reaction to Mises' work underscores my particular problem with libertarianism in general: the fact that it has little to no soul,reducing man to a rational,pleasure-seeking animal. The central premise of Human Action, the basic theory of Mises' praxeology,is that all men are united by one logic,one universal bent toward happiness, which they seek in the most advantageous way possible. In short,man,though capable of making poor decisions,will even in failure choose the most logical poor decision known to him;he furthermore always desires one object more than everything else at any given moment,and the object of his desire is revealed only...
  • Watch That Last Step, It's a Doozy

    09/22/2012 2:16:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    As any mature radical will tell you, the great advantage of a gradual unraveling, as opposed to the more colorful sudden insurrection, is that in the latter case, everyone knows what is happening and, if so inclined, may resist, whereas the former method is akin to the stealthy burglar who steals your jewels while you sleep. You might wake up and carry on with your life for days before realizing you have lost your prized possessions and family heirlooms. And by then it is too late. ......One invaluable tool in the radical's belt, however, is sometimes overlooked. This is the...
  • Swiss rail claims Apple copied its iconic clocks

    09/22/2012 12:16:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 21 Sept 2012 | AP story
    BERLIN -- Switzerland's national rail company accused Apple (AAPL) on Friday of stealing the iconic look of its station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system used by iPhone and iPad mobile devices. Both designs have a round clock face with black indicators except for the second hand, which is red. A spokesman for the Swiss Federal Railways, or SBB, said the Apple design was "identical" to the one pioneered by the rail company in 1944. "We are proud that this icon of clock design is being used by a globally successful company," Reto Kormann told The Associated Press, but...
  • 21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

    09/21/2012 11:53:24 PM PDT · by LucyT · 52 replies
    TheEconomicCollapse ^ | September 21, 2012 | Staff
    You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic...
  • Two men...convicted of drugs offence...despite being caught with grounded Paracetamol and caffeine

    09/21/2012 11:41:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 21 September 2012 | David Baker
    Two men have made UK legal history after being convicted of a drugs-related offence even though the substances involved are not illegal, police said. Anthony Woodford, 23, and David Lewinson, 44, stood trial after Lewinson was found with 150kg of grounded Paracetamol and caffeine at Dover docks in Kent. Although the substances are not illegal, investigators suspected they would be used as cutting agents for heroin, giving the Class A drug a street value of more than £5 million. The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched an investigation and identified Woodford as the organiser of the cross-Channel trip, which...