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  • Terrorism? Texas Schools Are Teaching Just That (And More)

    11/26/2012 10:17:50 AM PST · by Thurifer the Censer · 59 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | November 20, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    “A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port,” wrote the teachers in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party. “Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.
  • Will The Peak Of The Solar Cycle In 2013 Produce Technology Crippling Solar Super Storms?

    11/26/2012 10:10:57 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    TAD ^ | 11-25-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Will The Peak Of The Solar Cycle In 2013 Produce Technology Crippling Solar Super Storms? By Michael Snyder November 25th, 2012 Our sun is becoming increasingly unstable, and most people have no idea the complete and utter devastation that a massive solar storm could potentially cause. A giant solar storm could potentially take out satellites, GPS systems, electrical grids, communication networks and pretty much anything else that runs on electricity or that relies upon electronics. And considering how dependent our society has become on technology, we are talking about an event that could possibly bring about the end of the...
  • Why aren’t Asians Republicans?

    11/26/2012 9:51:06 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 105 replies
    AEI Ideas ^ | November 26, 2012 | Charles Murray
    Last week, I pointed out that there is no such thing as a natural social-conservative skew among Latino Americans. But that leaves open a rejoinder, expressed by several readers: The GOP doesn’t need to get all of the Latino vote, just its fair share. That’s true, and I should have made my point clearer. In the wake of the election, some social conservatives have tried a new version of the old Silent Majority argument, contending that Republicans can continue to make their candidates pass litmus tests on abortion and gay marriage and still win national elections if only it taps...
  • Promises on Gun Control

    11/26/2012 9:48:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | November 26, 2012
    President Obama's fleeting mention of the need for stronger gun controls at a presidential debate last month was hardly the kind of forceful political statement needed to address the scourge of gun violence in this country. Even his tepid remark was considered by the nation's gun owners as a threat to take away their firearms. In what amounts to a buyers' panic, they are again ramping up gun and ammunition sales as they did four years ago, convinced that Mr. Obama intends a gun-control crackdown. Yet in his first term, Mr. Obama did nothing to cross the gun lobby, and...
  • Mayhem Alert: Eleven Reasons I Don’t Shop on Black Friday

    11/26/2012 9:47:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | November 24, 2012 | Clash Daily
    ‘Gang fight’ at Black Friday sale… Man Punched in Face Pulls Gun On Line-Cutting Shopper…Shots fired outside WALMART…Shoppers smash through door at URBAN OUTFITTERS…Customers run over in parking lot… [Scroll down -TSR]Woman busted after throwing merchandise…Thousands storm VICTORIA’S SECRET…VIDEO: Insane battle over phones… [Theme from "Superjail" started to run through my head as I watched this -TSR]Mayhem at Nebraska mall where 9 murdered in 2007…Shoplifter tries to mace security guards… [Scroll down -TSR]Men Steal Boy’s Shopping Bag Outside BED, BATH & BEYOND…
  • French minister does not want ArcelorMittal in France

    11/26/2012 9:41:05 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    <p>PARIS: French industrial renewal minister Arnaud Montebourg does not want steel giant ArcelorMittal in France anymore and is looking for an industrial partner with which to take the group's operations there over on a temporary basis, he said on Monday in an interview.</p>
  • The Birth of Hamas

    11/26/2012 9:40:41 AM PST · by Katechon · 21 replies
    In-Extremis | November 26 | Katechon
    Hamas traces its roots back to the Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Hasan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al-Banna launched the Muslim Brothers in March 1928. The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood, which al-Banna supplied, is: "Islam is the solution, the Koran is our Constitution, Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our Leader, Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope." Said Ramadan was born in 1926 in Shibin al-Kawm, a village in the Nile delta. He encountered al-Banna and joined the Muslim Brotherhood when he was 14. After graduating from Cairo University, he became al-Banna's...
  • Skills Don’t Pay the Bills

    11/26/2012 9:40:40 AM PST · by ksen · 69 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/20/2012 | Adam Davidson
    Eric Isbister, the C.E.O. of GenMet, a metal-fabricating manufacturer outside Milwaukee, told me that he would hire as many skilled workers as show up at his door. Last year, he received 1,051 applications and found only 25 people who were qualified. He hired all of them, but soon had to fire 15. Part of Isbister’s pickiness, he says, comes from an avoidance of workers with experience in a “union-type job.” Isbister, after all, doesn’t abide by strict work rules and $30-an-hour salaries. At GenMet, the starting pay is $10 an hour. Those with an associate degree can make $15, which...
  • Dallas' JR Ewing actor Larry Hagman 'took cash from Romanian communists'

    11/26/2012 9:34:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | november 25, 2012 | alice philipson
    Hagman, who died last week aged 81, reportedly visited Bucharest in the 1980s together with his wife Maj Axelsson. At the time, he was famous worldwide for his role as merciless oil magnate JR Ewing on television series Dallas. However, during the trip, he gained an unexpected fan. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was later executed in the 1989 Christmas uprising, wanted a portrait of the actor to be put up publicity, believing it would bolster the regime. Dallas was one of the few American TV series the late communist dictator allowed to be shown on television, believing it portrayed...
  • Yale may not recognize Christian fraternity

    11/26/2012 9:31:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    World On Campus ^ | 11/26/12 | Catherine Rogers
    A newly approved Christian fraternity at Yale University may be denied official recognition and student group funding because it plans to restrict membership to men who believe in Jesus. Just days after the leaders of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) announced the Yale chapter's formation, the student newspaper reported that the group "will have to change its membership rules if it intends to comply with Yale's anti-discrimination policies."
  • Autism rates hit 'epidemic increase' in N.J.

    11/26/2012 9:27:53 AM PST · by Coleus · 95 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 03.30.12 | Lindy Washburn
    The rate of autism in New Jersey has doubled in six years to one in 49 children — and one in 29 boys — an “epidemic increase” in a disorder that has confounded researchers for decades.  Two percent of children in the state are now identified with autism by their eighth birthday. For more information * The report on autism prevalence can be found at the website of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov\autism.* Information on the signs and symptoms of autism, as well as developmental milestones, can be found at cdc.gov\ActEarly.* Autism New Jersey provides support...
  • Out-Hustled? Michael Barone on Why So Many Failed to Predict the Reelection of Obama (VIDEO)

    11/26/2012 9:23:44 AM PST · by GVnana · 27 replies
    Many pollsters predicted a Romney win, but were proven wrong on Election Day 2012. Did pollsters fail to account for cellphone users, or did Romney fail at turning out the GOP vote? Did voter fraud play a role? Find out as Michael Barone analyzes the results of the 2012 election with Glenn Reynolds.
  • Warren Buffett calls for a minimum tax on the wealthy

    11/26/2012 9:23:44 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | Ben Berkowitz
    In a New York Times editorial printed on Monday, Buffett suggested Congress move immediately to implement minimum taxes of 30 percent on incomes of $1 million to $10 million and 35 percent above that. "A plain and simple rule like that will block the efforts of lobbyists, lawyers and contribution-hungry legislators to keep the ultra rich paying rates well below those incurred by people with income just a tiny fraction of ours," Buffett wrote. "Only a minimum tax on very high incomes will prevent the stated tax rate from being eviscerated by these warriors for the wealthy," he added. The...
  • SCOTUS orders appeals court to hear Liberty University health care lawsuit

    11/26/2012 9:22:22 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 7 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to examine the constitutionality of the health reform law’s employer requirements and mandatory coverage of contraceptives without a co-pay. The move could open the door for President Barack Obama’s health law to be back in front of the Supreme Court late next year. The Supreme Court responded to a request from Liberty University, one of the groups that sued over the health care law’s individual mandate in 2010. When the court ruled in June that the mandate was constitutional, it dismissed Liberty’s entire lawsuit. Over the summer, the...
  • Obama does a little Christmas shopping on "Small Business Saturday" [Vomit Bag Alert]

    11/26/2012 9:20:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | November 26, 2012
    Hoping to encourage other Americans to participate in "Small Business Saturday" as an alternative to big chain-friendly Black Friday, President Obama today visited an Arlington, Va., bookstore to cross some items off his family's Christmas list. Accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, the president journeyed across the river to One More Page Books, which the White House described as an "independent, neighborhood bookstore." After consulting his Blackberry for an apparent holiday wish list, he purchased 15 children's books before even browsing the store.
  • Ehud Barak resigns from politics

    11/26/2012 9:15:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 11.26.12, 11:19 | Yuval Karni, Attila Somfalvi
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Monday that he is resigning from politics and will not contend in the upcoming Knesset election. He will complete his term as defense minister, he said. Barak stated that while he had difficulties making the decision, he was confident in his choice. “I want to study, to write to live and have a good time,” he said. … The minister denied making the decision based on grim polls results ahead of the Knesset election. He further joked that he is following the footsteps of Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon, who recently announced he is taking a...
  • IBD and WSJ Editorials Make Morsi Power Grab-U.S. Praise Linkage the Rest of the Press Won't

    11/26/2012 8:59:46 AM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    As has so often been the case for nearly four years, one needs to go to the editorial pages of the nation's two leading financial publications, the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily, to get to the truth behind news developments, especially the ones with potential to cast the Obama administration in a bad light. There may not be a better example of the press ignoring the obvious than the circumstances surrounding Mohammed Morsi's dictatorial power grab in Egypt. Morsi gained substantial perceived world standing when the U.S. government praised him lavishly (or is it slavishly?) for his involvement...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 26,2012

    11/26/2012 8:52:59 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
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  • In shocker, Israel's Barak quits politics

    11/26/2012 8:48:31 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 11/26/12 | AMY TEIBEL/ap
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections. Barak, Israel's most-decorated soldier and one-time prime minister, said he would stay on in his current post until a new government is formed following the Jan. 22 balloting.
  • Not enough pipelines, so crude sells at discount

    11/26/2012 8:31:04 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 26, 2012 | Emily Pickrell
    A $21 price difference between crude oil in Midland and Cushing, Okla., is an all-time high, as oil production in the Permian Basin far outpaces the pipeline infrastructure to move it. The spot price for West Texas Intermediate crude was about $87 per barrel this week in Cushing – the delivery point at which the U.S. benchmark oil is priced – versus $65 per barrel in Midland. The two only differed by $3 in October, according to a Wells Fargo report. “If I produce a barrel of oil in the Permian, my ability to move it to market is restricted,”...
  • Justice Ginsburg: We Need An All-Female Supreme Court

    11/26/2012 8:30:05 AM PST · by chessplayer · 55 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female. “So now the perception is yes women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said.
  • Schools’ Tracking Devices Causes Controversy

    11/26/2012 8:20:53 AM PST · by pgkdan · 37 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 11/25/12
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio school district’s website was hacked over the weekend to protest its policy requiring students to wear microchip-embedded cards tracking their every move on campus. A teenager purportedly working with the hacker group Anonymous said in an online statement that he took the site down because the Northside school district “is stripping away the privacy of students in your school.”
  • No Powerball winner sends jackpot to record $425 million

    11/26/2012 8:15:29 AM PST · by jakerobins · 57 replies
    <p>CNN) — No one hit the jackpot in the latest Powerball drawing, pushing the next prize of $425 million into the history books.</p> <p>The prize for Saturday night’s Powerball was $325 million — the fourth-largest in the game’s history.</p> <p>For the 15th consecutive time, no winners matched the numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.</p>
  • Decisive action against Obama's left-wing 'trolls'

    11/26/2012 8:14:10 AM PST · by detective · 48 replies
    WND ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WND Internet forum moderators have conducted extensive studies of leftist, pro-Obama “trolls” who post misinformation. In the process, the moderators have blocked from WND forums participants who post abusive language aimed at angering or otherwise insulting forum members, WND authors, management and staff. Trolls appear to perform a “disinformation” function typical of counter-intelligence efforts by intelligence agencies to confuse political enemies and refute or deflect opposing political views that are less susceptible to refutation by more traditional methods of debate and argumentation.
  • CNN poll: More Americans would blame Republicans if country went off fiscal cliff

    11/26/2012 8:13:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 92 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    A new CNN poll shows that more Americans would blame Republicans if the country went off the fiscal cliff rather than President Obama. 45 percent of those polled by CNN said they would blame Republicans more; 34 percent said they would blame Obama. But Republicans might have a political opportunity if they can convince Americans that President Obama is not working to cooperate with Republicans. According to CNN, nearly half say Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans, although seven in ten want him to compromise with the GOP.
  • Liberation United Church of Christ Closing Its Doors

    11/26/2012 8:11:34 AM PST · by null and void · 13 replies
    Patch.Com ^ | 11/26/12 | Colin McEwen
    Predominantly LGBT church on Madison Avenue shuttering after 19 years of ministry. After 19 years of serving the LGBT community, the Liberation United Church of Christ is closing its doors on Madison Avenue. The church will host its last service on Christmas Eve. The building at 13714 Madison Avenue has been home to the church for the past 14 years. When the church began in a community center at Case Western University in 1993, churches weren’t too accepting of the gay community. However, as society became more inclusive, so did churches. “Twenty years ago there were very few churches welcoming the...
  • From Man Who Insulted Muhammad, No Regret

    11/26/2012 7:51:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/26/2012 | SERGE F. KOVALESKI and BROOKS BARNES
    LOS ANGELES — Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making “Innocence of Muslims,” his crude YouTube movie trailer depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a bloodthirsty, philandering thug. Does Mr. Nakoula now regret the footage? After all, it fueled deadly protests across the Islamic world and led the unlikely filmmaker to his own arrest for violating his supervised release on a fraud conviction. Not at all. In his first public comments since his incarceration soon after the video gained international attention in September, Mr. Nakoula...
  • Supreme Court revives challenge to ObamaCare on religious-liberty grounds

    11/26/2012 7:48:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    A decision by the Supreme Court this morning opens up a potential new avenue of attack against ObamaCare on the grounds of religious liberty — and not just the HHS contraception mandate. The court overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Liberty University over the health-system overhaul, in a move that was not opposed by the Obama administration in court: The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration.The court on Monday ordered the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to consider the claim by Liberty...
  • Premature Release Of Dallas Fed Data Shows Biggest Miss In 4 Months

    11/26/2012 7:43:52 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    UPDATE: Release shows a plunge in Capacity Utilization and Production to their lowest in a year, Inventories surged to 3 month highs, Shipments dropped, Capex fell and Finished Goods dropped to its lowest in two years! It seems the Thanksgiving week has wreaked havoc with governmental timepieces. The Dallas Fed manufacturing headline data was just released 15 minutes early and has dropped back into negative territory with the largest miss in four months, due we are sure to Sandy in some way. Full details to follow...
  • The GOP's California Lesson (You want amnesty? Look at what's happening in the once Golden State)

    11/26/2012 7:38:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jared E. Peterson
    There's been much verbal hand wringing since the election about the Republican Party's alleged urgent need to modify its stance on amnesty -- this, it's argued, is the key to improving Republican showing among Hispanic voters (Romney got about 22% of the Hispanic vote). As but one of many recent examples, see James Doti's November 16, 2012, opinion piece in the Orange County Register, a normally sensible newspaper. Almost all this panicked chatter, Doti's included -- from both conservative commentators and Republican office holders -- is based on a willful refusal to see the obvious. Those who argue that the...
  • N.Y. to Hire 5,000 Temp Workers for Sandy Cleanup

    11/26/2012 7:34:42 AM PST · by posterchild · 22 replies
    NBC New York, NY ^ | Mon Nov 26, 2012
    More than 5,000 New Yorkers will be hired for temporary government jobs cleaning up after Sandy, officials said Sunday. About $27 million in federal Labor Department money will finance the cleanup and rebuilding positions in New York City and eight nearby counties, paying about $15 per hour and generally lasting about six months, state and federal officials said. Separately, the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working to put New Yorkers into more than 700 temporary FEMA jobs, some as administrative assistants and community relations workers. "This is a neighbors-helping-neighbors effort," state Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera said at...
  • Redefining Marriage Sign of a Lost Society

    11/26/2012 7:34:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Star Parker
    One significant development in the recent election was votes in four states approving same sex marriage initiatives. Until now, all previous state referenda to approve same sex marriage – 32 of them - failed. The Wall Street Journal editorial page – a place where conservatives usually turn for intellectual capital – saw this as cause for celebration. According to the Journal, marriage definition should come from voters, not from court orders. Americans, they argue, have “shown themselves more than capable of changing their views on gay marriage the democratic way.” In other words, our definition of marriage should follow process,...
  • Learning to Love Simpson-Bowles (Let's look at the options we have)

    11/26/2012 7:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Randall Hoven
    What should Republicans in Congress do right now about the "fiscal cliff"? Everyone has advice, almost none of which squares with reality. Republicans have only two levers of control: the House of Representatives and filibusters in the Senate. Consider the options. Option 1: Do nothing. If no new legislation gets passed we hit the so-called "fiscal cliff." That means all "Bush tax cuts" would expire, for rich and non-rich alike. It means other tax cuts and credits added under Obama (payroll tax cuts, child tax credits, etc.) would also expire. The Congressional Budget Office estimates all that at $4,532 billion...
  • An Anti-Semite Walks Into a Bar … Amnesty International U.K. official reprimanded after tweeting

    11/26/2012 7:28:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam Kredo
    A senior official with the human rights organization Amnesty International has been reprimanded for making an anti-Semitic joke about several British lawmakers. Kristyan Benedict, campaigns manager for Amnesty’s United Kingdom affiliate, drew widespread criticism from Jewish leaders and others after making an offensive joke about several British lawmakers who are Jewish. Benedict has a history of taking controversial stances against the Jewish state and once threatened to “smack” a pro-Israel writer on his “little bald head.” His most recent comments took aim at Jewish members of Parliament for their support of Israel during its most recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists...
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama'

    11/26/2012 7:25:58 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/26/2012 | By Noel Sheppard
    Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama' Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx recently called Barack Obama "our lord and savior." This occurred at the previously recorded Soul Train Awards broadcast on BET Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary): JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama. Please also notice that this clip was used as a promo for the presentation by BET. I guess Obama really IS the messiah.
  • The Great American Mismatch. Plenty of Manufacturing jobs, too few people with the necessary skills

    11/26/2012 7:12:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers’ best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity. The manufacturing sector has long had trouble finding skilled applicants for its jobs. Around 48 percent of manufacturing companies are looking to hire, according to the most recent report from ThomasNet, a company that helps connect producers and suppliers. But 67 percent of manufacturing companies see a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, and last year, as many as 600,000 jobs went unfilled, according to a report from...
  • Japan is the Next Shoe to Drop

    11/26/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Sizemore Insights ^ | 11/26/2012 | Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
    The fiscal cliff has been getting most of the media attention these days. And when not fretting over U.S. political gridlock, investors have turned their attention to Europe.But the real crisis brewing—and the one that no one seems to notice—is in Japan. The land of the rising sun is a ticking time bomb, and when it finally blows up it will make all the talk of Eurozone disintegration seem petty by comparison.Japan is the most heavily-indebted nation in the world with government debts of over 220% of GDP and a gaping budget deficit of nearly 10% of GDP.To put that...
  • The Fiscal Cliff? Let's Rush Off Of It (The choice is recession now, or recession later)

    11/26/2012 7:06:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    Washington, the media, and many economists are consumed by the looming fiscal cliff-a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to occur on January 1. Many economists, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke among them, predict that if we go over the fiscal cliff the country will go into recession. I say let's do it. In fact, we should take more action to cut the deficit than the fiscal cliff will accomplish. The fiscal cliff would reduce the current federal deficit by less than one-third, still larger than any deficit ever run by a president not named Barack Obama....
  • Doubt of the benefit: Why increasing unemployment aid is prolonging the recession

    11/26/2012 7:04:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/26/2012 | CASEY B. MULLIGAN
    More families used food stamps this past Thanksgiving than ever in history, while Congress is pushing to extend benefits — again — for the longterm unemployed. But what if such aid isn’t helping us weather the recession, but instead prolonging it? The White House, and other believers in Keynesian policy refer to subsidies to the unemployed, poor and financially distressed as “automatic stabilizers” and insist that subsidies have a large positive effect on national income. Yet when the subsidy spigots were opened wide in 2008 and 2009, labor market activity contracted sharply, and stubbornly refuses to rebound. It is time...
  • College Marching Band Spells Out ‘O-B-A-M-A’ on the Field During Bayou Classic Football Game

    11/26/2012 7:02:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    THEBLAZE ^ | November 26, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Each year, the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars get together to compete in the State Farm Bayou Classic. On Saturday, the 39th annual football game unfolded, with Southern winning 38-33. While the game likely exited a great many, it was the halftime show that distinguished itself as particularly memorable. The victorious school’s marching band coordinated themselves to spell out “Obama” on the field — an action that was noted by both supporters and critics of the president, alike.
  • Murdoch Says ‘YES’ to the Yankees: Why the Deal Could Help FOX Take On ESPN

    11/26/2012 7:01:42 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    Time Business ^ | 11/26/12 | Sam Gustin
    ...News Corp., the giant media conglomerate run by billionaire mogul Rupert Murdoch, has made sports a key component of the company’s portfolio. But this deal, which values YES at a whopping $3 billion, takes the company’s sports position to a new level, for three reasons. First, News Corp., which also owns cable news leader Fox News Channel, Hollywood stalwart 20th Century Fox, and 20 regional sports networks, gains a nearly 50% stake in YES, the country’s most valuable regional sports network. Second, the deal puts the media giant firmly in bed (so to speak) with the New York Yankees, arguably...
  • Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies

    11/26/2012 6:51:18 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | November 25, 2012 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — When Tea Party activists swamped town hall-style meetings about health care in the summer of 2009, President Obama’s army of campaign volunteers largely stayed away, seemingly less interested in fighting for legislation than they had been in electing the nation’s first African-American president. Now, Mr. Obama is seizing a second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated. With lawmakers scheduled to return to work on Monday to begin intense discussions before a looming fiscal deadline, Mr. Obama’s aides are trying to harness the passions that returned him to the White House, hoping to pressure Republicans in Congress to...
  • Egypt’s President Moves Toward Dictatorship (Surprised? Hardly!)

    11/26/2012 6:45:48 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 11/26/2012 | James Phillips and Amy Payne
    Egypt remains in turmoil after its president decreed last Thursday that he was no longer subject to the laws of his country—giving himself power over the judiciary and other branches of government. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made his lunge for power shortly after helping to broker a fragile ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, the extremist offshoot of his own Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda includes imposing Sharia (Islamic law), curbing the rights of women and religious minorities, abandoning Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel, and advancing Islamist causes around the world. Reuters reports that about 370 people...
  • Engineer and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan on why he doubts global warming

    11/26/2012 6:38:08 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    This aired on WUWT.TV on November 14th in response to Al Gore’s “dirty weather report”. Engineer and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan gives his presentation on why he doesn’t think global warming/climate change is a problem, by presenting the data that convinced him it is a non-issue from and engineering standpoint. Burt gets a bit fired up in this presentation, saying to me afterwards by email that “it was fun!”.
  • Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday

    11/26/2012 6:34:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    Banghor Daily News ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff Posted Nov. 23, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. BREWER, Maine — Sometime early on Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, went down and stopped all gun sales, Bangor-area gun dealers said. High call volumes caused “intermittent outages” in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon. “It means we can’t sell no damn guns,” Rick Lozier, a manager at Van Raymond Outfitters in Brewer, said at about 1:15 p.m. “NICS is down, which means nobody is...
  • Oil and tradition try life together in far north Alaska

    11/26/2012 6:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    BARROW, Alaska – Minutes after the hunters’ harpoon pierced the flesh of a bowhead whale, the call went out. By cellphone and radio, native Alaskans were beckoned to the beach. Dozens worked furiously in the dark to carve the 40-ton beast and distribute the meat before it could spoil. The resulting harvest in early October was stashed in cellars tunneled into the tundra. It will supply the delicacy muktuk for holiday celebrations and put food on the table of native Alaskans in far-flung villages for months to come. The ritual has been going on for centuries in this small town...
  • Newly elected Nashua representative Laughton a convicted felon

    11/26/2012 6:27:36 AM PST · by massmike · 21 replies
    nashuatelegraph.com ^ | 11/26/2012 | DANIELLE CURTIS
    Newly elected state representative Stacie Laughton, a Gate City Democrat, has been getting national attention since her win earlier this month, which made her the first openly transgender elected official in the state. But this weekend, that attention turned negative after a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton served four months in jail in 2008 on felony charges of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. According to information from the Laconia Daily Sun, Laughton was no stranger to Laconia police. In addition to the conspiracy to commit fraud charges, Laughton was charged with slashing the tires of...
  • Cleaning Up After Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2012 6:26:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Of all the sloppy and confused decisions rendered by the Supreme Court in recent years, few compare with CLS v. Martinez (2010). The decision was more than just poorly reasoned. It was also based upon willful blindness toward factual misrepresentations by the defendants in the case. Justice Ginsburg authored an opinion she knew she could arrive at only by pretending to believe facts she knew were not true. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, offers a good critique of the decision in his new book, Unlearning Liberty. I write about it today because...
  • On Obamacare, I Won't Comply

    11/26/2012 6:19:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | John Ransom
    Americans know instinctively that when liberals start talking about deficit reduction that’s it’s just a case of the fantods, as Huckleberry Finn would say. And say what you will about old Huck, but he knew a couple of frauds when he saw them.       No matter what liberal “Wonks” like Ezra Klein say about the historically dumb healthcare “reform” known as Obamcare, Americans are uneasy about it. And they should be. The best thing- as Democrat strategist James Carville admitted last year- that could have happened for the Democrats is for the Supreme Court to have tossed out the landmark legislation that bears...
  • Klein Gobbles Obama's Benghazi Talking Points 'Like Thanksgiving Turkey'

    11/26/2012 6:17:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At the end of Joe Klein's stupefying defense of Susan Rice and the Obama admin's misinformation campaign on the Benghazi outrage on today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough asked Time's Klein whether President Obama had invited him to play golf, "because you are just gobbling up the talking points like Thanksgiving turkey." H/t NB reader Carmel. Here were some of Klein's astounding assertions: There are no unanswered questions about Benghazi. Ambassador Stevens had all the security he wanted. Rice's talking points were "absolutely accurate"--it was a spontaneous demonstration by extremists. Al qaeda was not involved in the attack. Not clear that...