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  • None Dare Call It Default (Beyond the Fiscal Cliff)

    11/25/2012 12:05:54 PM PST · by mojito · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | 111/23/2012 | Holman Jenkins
    To call Greece First World may be a stretch, but Greece has defaulted once already, and it is only a matter of time until Greece defaults again. Welcome to default-o-rama, the next chapter in the First World's struggle for fiscal sustainability. Japan is piling up debt in the manner of a nation beyond hope. France, Belgium, Spain and Italy are defaults waiting to happen unless Europe can somehow generate the kind of growth that has eluded it for decades. America's fiscal cliff is an artificial crisis. We have no trouble borrowing in the short term. But at some point the...
  • Why can't we use executive fiat when we have the chance? [vanity]

    11/25/2012 12:03:08 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 38 replies
    What's to stop the next Republican president* from walking into the oval office and using executive fiat to immediately close the EPA, defund and/or cripple Obamacare, and phase out the foodstamp program, among other things? Or at least make the requirements insanely strict for foodstamps and disability to make sure it's only used by the truly indigent? Is it just that he/she would become insanely unpopular among 47% of people? Or is there some legal reason he/she couldn't? Because it seems Obama's administration has nothing stopping them from doing similar things. *assuming he/she would be willing to do this
  • Likud Voting at 40%; Anger over Malfunction

    11/25/2012 12:01:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Likud primaries were back on track by early Sunday evening, and by 8:45 p.m., 40% of registered members – 49,322 in total – had voted. However, a serious malfunction in the computerized voting system earlier in the day made it necessary to extend the voting by two hours, to midnight – and there is possibility of a further extension. The Likud's Election Committee was to meet again at 10:00 p.m. and decide whether voting would continue for another day. Various news sources estimated that the committee would decide to continue the voting until Monday at 10:00 p.m. There have...
  • The Federal Reserve and the Threat of the Silver Slippers

    11/25/2012 11:56:28 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 29 replies
    While many of you have probably seen it, Ben Still's "The Secret of Oz" (The Federal Reserve and Solutions for a Broken Economy) was a shattering and unexpected eye-opener for me. I saw it for the first time yesterday, and can't stop thinking about how blind I was. If you haven't watched this documentary, I encourage you to do so. It has completely changed my view of the U.S. monetary system and the ideas surrounding monetary reform that promise to cure the current economic mess we find ourselves. You can watch Ben's (1:57:52 long) award-winning film * Here * ....
  • Mark Steyn: Jill Kelley for secretary of state

    11/25/2012 11:55:48 AM PST · by mojito · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/23/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Let us turn from the post-Thanksgiving scenes of inflamed mobs clubbing each other to the ground for a discounted television set to the comparatively placid boulevards of the Middle East. In Cairo, no sooner had Hillary Clinton's plane cleared Egyptian air space then Mohammed Morsi issued one-man constitutional amendments declaring himself and his Muslim Brotherhood buddies free from judicial oversight and announced that his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, would be retried for all the stuff he was acquitted of in the previous trial. Morsi now wields total control over Parliament, the Judiciary, and the military to a degree Mubarak in his...
  • Hamas TV Airs 'Death to Israel!' Music Video Day After Agreeing to Ceasefire

    11/25/2012 11:36:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/25/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    The day after Hamas agreed to a ceasefire with Israel, the terrorist group's TV station aired this "Death to Israel!" music video on its station: "Destroy the throne of Zion, the house of absolute evil," the song goes. "Raise the banner of victory. Be like the fire of a volcano. Repeat in the name of your Jihad: Death to Israel! With blood and fire, resist until freedom. Defeat the soldiers of aggression the enemies of humanity." The tune is illustrated with video of rockets being launched from Gaza, presumably, into Israel, the Zionist state, as well as other war scenes....
  • The TEA PARTY SHOULD EMBRACE THE FISCAL CLIFF -- er, FISAL BABY STEP

    11/25/2012 11:04:56 AM PST · by Moseley · 26 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    America faces a Fiscal Cliff in January. Well, no, actually, it doesn’t. In politics, alarmist language – like elections – can have real consequences. Political spin can be deceitful. Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name? A rose is a rose is a rose. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be thought-provoking and controversial: Yet the Tea Party should embrace the “Fiscal Baby Step” coming on January 1, 2013. Republicans should do absolutely nothing and sit on their hands. One exception: When the next vote comes up to raise the debt...
  • Supreme Court mulls review of federal gay marriage laws

    11/25/2012 10:50:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A San Francisco couple is waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will take their case challenging the 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Karen Golinski and Amy Cunninghis got married during the brief window in 2008 when gay and lesbian couples could tie the knot in California. Golinski immediately tried to add her wife to her employer-sponsored health care plan. But because she is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her otherwise routine request was denied...
  • Pentagon Spends $1.5 Million To Develop Its Own Jerky (that tastes like a Fruit Roll Up)

    11/25/2012 10:46:52 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | 7:17 EST, November 23, 2012
    he Pentagon wins a Hammer for spending money earmarked for weapons and combat gear testing on jerky available at any grocery store UPDATED 7:17 AM EST, November 23, 2012 | BY Phillip Swarts The Defense Department's Foreign Comparative Testing program is supposed to study weapons and combat technology and determine the appropriate gear for U.S. troops. That usually means testing body armor, batteries for battlefield electronics and mine-clearing systems. But the program strayed from its normal work recently to study the culinary skill of turning thin strips of beef into jerky. The goal, officials say, was to make a beef...
  • Kyl (& Sen. Hutchison) Suggest Benghazi 'Cover-Up'

    11/25/2012 10:30:20 AM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/25/12 10:14 AM EST | JUANA SUMMERS
    Kyl suggests Benghazi 'cover-up' Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-Ariz.) suggests the Obama administration orchestrated a "cover-up" of the events that led to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. "There are three questions that have to be answered," Kyl said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," appearing on a panel with three other retiring senators. "Why weren't the warnings about the need for security heeded? Why weren't the requests for help during the ted attack answered and why did the administration think...
  • GOP opposition to diplomat Rice begins to crack

    11/25/2012 10:17:22 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 68 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    Republican opposition to the possible nomination of Susan Rice to be secretary of state is showing signs of cracking. Arizona Sen. John McCain now says he'd be willing to meet with Rice, the current U.N. ambassador, and consider her much-scrutinized explanation about how the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, unfolded. McCain has said GOP senators would do "whatever is necessary" to block Rice if President Barack Obama were to nominate her to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department. On Sunday, McCain was asked on "Fox News Sunday" if Rice could change his mind....
  • Lapid: Livni Can be My Number 2

    11/25/2012 10:14:36 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, Yair Lapid, announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he has asked Tzipi Livni to be in the number two spot in his party's Knesset list. Livni is expected to announce this week that she is running in an independent party. "In the past few days I have had quite a few conversations with Tzipi Livni," Lapid wrote. "She received an offer to be Number Two on the Yesh Atid list and to be a full partner in all of the important decisions. Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel...
  • See China’s First Successful Fighter Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday
  • Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate's Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space

    11/25/2012 10:04:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    AOL Real Estate ^ | November 16, 2012 | Krisanne Alcantara
    Being roommates with your parents after age 21 sounds like a nightmare for most, but Jessica Bruno wouldn't have it any other way. Bruno, a 40-year-old mom, wife and DIY blogger, lives with her 62-year-old parents, Connie and Fred, in their Sutton, Mass., home. Oh, and there's Bruno's husband, Tony, and their 6-year-old son, Tony Jr. Think that's a lot of people under one roof? There's more. Bruno's grandparents, Grace, 80, and Fred, 82, live in the house, too. That's seven people from four generations living together in one home. Actually, make that nine: Bruno's two stepdaughters, 12-year-old twins Alexia...
  • Judge owned stock in firms he ruled on (Rat appointee?)

    11/25/2012 9:58:15 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 24, 2012 | Jennifer Gollan and Shane Shifflett
    A federal judge has issued three key rulings over a four-year period that favored companies in which he owned stock, a California Watch analysis has found. Measures are in place to prevent judges from violating federal conflict-of-interest laws. But Judge Manuel Real, a 46-year veteran of the bench appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, appears to have skirted those safeguards, records and interviews show. Judges are supposed to disclose everything from their investments to their attendance at expenses-paid seminars. When a financial conflict arises, no matter how small, they are required to step aside, by federal law and the Code of...
  • Republicans: An old, white, dying breed of voter?

    11/25/2012 9:55:22 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 86 replies
    The Republicans are old white men, red necks and racists. They're in thrall to tea-baggers, who do not understand or give a darn about minorities. If only other Republicans knew how often I had this hateful brew (hatred of white male conservatives is still socially acceptable on the left) shoved down my throat. But what's been directed at me personally is worse: I have been called a sell-out, hater of a brother (meaning Obama), and numerous choice words I can't share here (hatred of conservative black women from the left is trickier, but even more heart-felt). ...It is time to...
  • Egypt crisis: Mohammed Mursi says new powers 'temporary' (Yeah right!)

    11/25/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 11/25/2012 | staff
    The office of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has defended a decree giving him sweeping new powers, saying it is temporary and not intended to concentrate power in his hands. The decree was intended to prevent democratically elected bodies from being undermined, the statement said. Mr Mursi was committed to finding "common ground" with other parties.
  • Thankful for My Comrades, All of Them

    11/25/2012 9:44:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | John Ransom
    Doctor Roy wrote: You guys remember when I told you that corporations are not persons and money is not free speech? And that Citizens United would come back and bite you all in the behind? And that the only way to stop the shenanigans is to take the money out of getting elected? Well just chalk all this up to your "free speech". This is what you want. So this is what you get. -Cleared of Ethics Charges, Maxine Waters Ready to Write Bank LawsDear Comrade Doctor,You have cause and effect jumbled up as most liberal ground troops do.Citizens United...
  • Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

    11/25/2012 9:01:52 AM PST · by grimalkin · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Washington Examiner
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade...
  • GOP Doomed if Establishment Prevails

    11/25/2012 8:54:02 AM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    American Thinker Magazine ^ | November 25, 2012 | By J. Robert Smith
    The battle lines are being drawn. The fight for the GOP is on. The seemingly eternal struggle between the right and the Republican establishment has entered its newest phase. In the wake of Mitt Romney being end-run by Barack Obama, GOP get-alongs want to double-down on failure. Moderation -- the odor of it -- is in DC's air like cheap, fetid perfume. The point being: why would establishment Republicans want to move left (to the center, in their vernacular) precisely at the time when the America created by Woodrow Wilson and FDR is faltering -- groaning under its own enormous...