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  • Selective Thoughts

    11/26/2012 4:03:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    Five years ago while driving my son Sam to The University of Kansas, we stopped to get gas off the I-70 in the western part of the state. There was a rather large market adjacent to the gas pumps which we entered to buy some drinks. There was a massive display of Hostess products. The entire family of delicious treats was on there – Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ding-Dongs, Fruits Pies and Snowballs. I knew I was no longer in California as I never see them in health-obsessed Los Angeles. Now they will all be gone unless someone buys them out of...
  • In a surprise move, Intrade shuts down for U.S. Traders

    11/26/2012 4:02:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/26/12 | Alexis Levinson
    Intrade, the futures trading website, will no longer be available to residents of the United States as a result of “legal and regulatory pressures,” the Dublin, Ireland-based site announced Monday. The website allows people to buy and sell shares in possible outcomes. For example, before Election Day, users could buy shares that President Barack Obama would be re-elected. Those who did were paid out for those shares when Obama defeated Mitt Romney. Users who held shares in Romney becoming president lost money on those shares. “We are sorry to announce that due to legal and regulatory pressures, Intrade can no...
  • Sandy Victim Promised ‘Immediate Help’ by President Obama Still in the Cold

    11/26/2012 3:49:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Bergen Record via Fox News ^ | November 26, 2012 | Kevin Wexler
    Donna Vanzant struggled through flooded streets and downed power lines two days after superstorm Sandy to reach the ravaged marina she owns in Brigantine. … Vanzant has been moved by the many kindnesses she received from friends, family and customers. She heard from countless people after the photograph of her hug with the president was published, including from strangers as far away as Vietnam who wished her well. She said she was honored to meet Obama, but she is also frustrated that she has yet to receive help from either her insurance companies or the government. “The president told me...
  • CIA Quietly Closes Global Warming Unit (Center on Climate Change and National Security)

    11/26/2012 3:45:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CIA Quietly Closes Global Warming UnitCORRUPTION CHRONICLES More than three years—and no doubt a chunk of change—later, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is quietly shutting down its insignificant center dedicated to climate change. That’s right; the scandal-plagued government agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior U.S. policymakers operated a special unit that focused on global warming. Known as the Center on Climate Change and National Security, it was an exclusive division led by “senior specialists.” It operated under a cloak of secrecy that rejected all public-records requests, despite President Obama’s promise to run a transparent government. When the...
  • Exclusive: Jeb Bush Meets with Former Aides near White House (NO!)

    11/26/2012 3:36:01 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 102 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 26, 2012 | Robert Costa
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush met Monday with a group of his former staffers at the J. W. Marriott hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the White House. Bush, a potential 2016 presidential contender, spent an hour in the hotel’s Cannon room, reminiscing and entertaining questions about his political future. In an interview with NRO, Bush did not rule out a presidential run. “I am here to catch up with folks and promote education reform,” he said, smiling. When asked again whether he will issue a Sherman-type statement about his future, Bush remained coy. “We have an alumni group...
  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ negotiations stall — again — on question of raising tax rates (Good!)

    11/26/2012 3:35:47 PM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/26/2012 | By Dave Boyer
    The talks between President Obama and congressional Republicans to avoid looming tax hikes and steep spending cuts regressed Monday to the same old sticking point — raising taxes on wealthier Americans. Although both sides had expressed optimism before Thanksgiving that they would reach a deal to prevent a serious blow to the economy in January, the post-holiday pronouncements from the White House showed a re-emphasis on the president’s position that tax rates must rise for families earning more than $250,000 per year. And some top Republican lawmakers again insisted they won’t raise tax rates on anyone, arguing that enough revenue...
  • Left's Newest Inquisition: Deny Your God or Be Declared Unfit

    11/26/2012 3:30:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell
    Let the Blood Games continue. Only weeks after election 2012 and years before election 2016, in a routine interview, a glossy pop magazine popped Florida Senator Marco Rubio with an oddball question: How old do you think the earth is? Rubio responded a bit clumsily and noncommittally. Smelling blood and opportunity, the wolf pack bared fangs and chased. Their game is either to force Rubio to affirm a personal belief the earth is 4.5 billion years old—disturbing some of his religious supporters--or to mock and stigmatize him and others who could harbor any delusional uncertainty—damaging him with a different part...
  • New federal law may make replacing your furnace much costlier

    11/26/2012 3:13:25 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 93 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | November 23, 2012 | JAMES M. O’NEILL
    Replacing an aging furnace could cost homeowners thousands of dollars more after May 1, when new federal energy efficiency standards take effect for northern states, including New Jersey. The new energy-efficient natural gas furnaces aren’t that much more expensive themselves, but they must be vented directly to an outside wall rather than through the chimney, which can increase installation costs dramatically, home heating contractors say. (snip) Under the Department of Energy rules, gas furnaces installed after May 1 must be at least 90 percent efficient, compared with the current 78 percent efficient criterion. Similar improvements in energy efficiency are set...
  • Supreme Court Orders New Look at Obamacare, Abortion Funding

    11/26/2012 2:58:34 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | November 26, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals court to take a new look at the controversial Obamacare law and whether it unconstitutionally forces taxpayers to fund abortions and contraception, violating religious freedoms.The high court ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the case of Liberty University, a Christian college that contends ObamaÂ’s health care law violates the schoolÂ’s religious freedoms. A federal judge rejected the case and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the lawsuit was premature but did not deal with the main points the lawsuit brought up.When the Supreme Court upheld the...
  • Egypt's Morsi Pulls Back Power Grab, Makes Deal w/ Judges

    11/26/2012 2:46:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has agreed to pull back decrees announced last Thursday granting himself sweeping new powers. The Islamist leader originally told a panel of Egypt's top judges that he would not change his stance on the edicts, insisting that he was acting within his rights. But according to a report by a television network allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, an agreement worked out with top judicial authorities was reached late Monday. The decrees had barred the judiciary from disbanding the Constitutional Assembly or the Upper House of the Parliament, placing the presidency and the committee writing the new...
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/26/2012 2:38:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ Posted in Top Stories | 0 comments Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ Nov 26, 2012 By Todd Starnes A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on a cross is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th. The painting is called “Truth” – and shows the president on the...
  • Analysis: Barak Exits the Left’s House of Cards

    11/26/2012 2:37:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Monday’s resignation of Defense Minister Ehud Barak is another crack in the foundations of the center-left, which has been in a state of denial ever before the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and other Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria in 2005. Buoyed by a largely center-left Israeli and foreign media, which have done all but openly campaign against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Labor and Kadima parties have been grasping a dead limb that props up Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as a “peace partner.” The center-left parties feed themselves on feeling good over support of the...
  • Should UN take control of internet? NZ govt takes stand

    11/26/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by knighthawk · 26 replies
    The National Business Review (NZ) ^ | Novermber 25 2012 | Chris Keall
    New Zealand will vote against a move by the United Nations to take control of the internet. Next month, the 193 member countries of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and its 700 academic and private industry members (many of them phone companies) will met in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications – dubbed “ the most important conference you’ve never heard of.” The UN body is pushing for an international telecommunications treaty to be extended to cover the internet. The internet was developed, if not by Al Gore personally, then the US government – which in turn...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, November-26-2012

    11/26/2012 2:29:05 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 52 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Feiglin Will be a Member of Knesset

    11/26/2012 2:25:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | Elad Benari
    According to a report in Army Radio, Feiglin placed 14 in the primaries, meaning he will be placed 15th on its Knesset’s list (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as party chairman has the number one spot). The unofficial line-up, according to the report, is as follows (MKs who served in the outgoing Knesset and their positions, when applicable, in bold): 1.Education Minister Gidon Sa’ar 2.Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan 3.Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom 4.Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz 5.MK Danny Danon 6.Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin 7.Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon 8.Coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin 9.MK Yariv Levin 10.Information and Diaspora...
  • An Overdue Book (Sowell on taxes)

    11/26/2012 2:24:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Sydicate ^ | November 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide. The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans? Since "Who's The Fairest of Them All?" was published in October, there was little chance that it would affect this year's election. But this little gem of a book exposes, in plain...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,November 26-30,2012

    11/26/2012 2:15:30 PM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | November 26-30,2012 | Sean Hannity
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  • The UN’s Internet Grab

    11/26/2012 2:09:27 PM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 2012 | Arthur Herman
    Leo Tolstoy once said, “Imagine Genghis Khan with a telephone.” Imagine Genghis Khan, or a gaggle of Genghis Khans, running the Internet, and you have a sense of the ideas that will be percolating in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in December. Delegates from 120 countries will gather under the auspices of the United Nations to consider a plan to take administrative control of the Internet away from the United States and hand it over to an international body run by the UN. In short, governance of cyberspace will pass from the country that has kept it...
  • Ulster count may determine NY Senate control

    11/26/2012 2:01:17 PM PST · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    ALBANY, N.Y. — The count of paper ballots in two critical New York state Senate races is in the final stages this week, with control of the chamber hanging in the balance. The seesawing leads continue in the 46th Senate District, where Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT'-chihk) trails by about 700 votes with more than 3,000 votes yet to be counted in her Ulster County stronghold. Republican George Amedore (AM'-uh-dohr) has the lead after being behind on election night. The counting resumes Tuesday and the race could be decided by the end of the day.
  • Russian News Outlet Pravda Labels Obama a ‘Communist’ in Scathing OpEd

    11/26/2012 1:32:03 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 41 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The famed Russian news site “Pravda,” which ironically was formed as the official Communist publication of the former Soviet Union, recently released a scathing opinion column entitled, “Obama’s Soviet Mistake,” in which the author unabashedly labels the U.S. president a “Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.”
  • Finally, the Clinton Legacy (via Saudi Arabia w/VID)

    11/26/2012 1:26:31 PM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | 14NOV12 | Diana West
    Saudi Arabia’s [Prince] Turki al Faisal addressing Bill Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative shindig, September 25, 2012: “Muslims will never forget your deliverance of Bosnia-Herzogovenia and Kosovo, and near-deliverance, within 100 meters, of Palestine from occupation.” There by a smiling Chelsea’s side, in a room full of people who warmly approve of the term Israeli “occupation”: her sellout Jewish husband.
  • Slate Writer: Racism Could Explain White Turkey Meat Preference

    11/26/2012 1:17:44 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 112 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 26, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Have you been enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers? Do you have a preference for the white meat? If you do, then racism could explain why you prefer the white meat to the dark meat. In an article worthy of The Onion but published in all seriousness in Slate, writer Ron Rosenbaum plumbs the depths of absolute ridiculousness to explain his white meat racism theory. First he details why white meat is supposedly so horrible:
  • U.N. to Seek Control of the Internet

    11/26/2012 1:16:07 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | BY DANIEL HALPER
    Next week the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports. "Next week the ITU holds a negotiating conference in Dubai, and past months have brought many leaks of proposals for a new treaty. U.S. congressional resolutions and much of the commentary, including in this column, have focused on proposals by authoritarian governments to censor the Internet. Just as objectionable are proposals that ignore how the Internet works, threatening its smooth and open operations," reports...
  • Federal officials take down 132 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdown

    11/26/2012 1:14:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/12 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal officials take down 132 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdownBy Brendan Sasso - 11/26/12 12:20 PM ET U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and European officials seized 132 websites on Monday for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise in a coordinated crackdown timed to coincide with the holiday shopping season. It is the third straight year that the government has seized websites on "Cyber Monday" — the marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving, when many online retailers offer steep discounts and promotions. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit coordinated with officials from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, the United Kingdom and the European Police...
  • New York's Top Cop Slammed Obama For Ignoring Bloodshed In His Hometown

    11/26/2012 1:13:12 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 11/26/2012 | Abby Rogers
    As of Oct. 21, Chicago had raked up 435 murders, earning itself the title of the deadliest global city, according to NBC Chicago. And New York's police commissioner has had enough. NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly took President Barack Obama to task Sunday for failing to speak out against the wave of violence that's been battering the Windy City since this summer. "Maybe the city most affected (by guns) is Chicago. The President's hometown. But barely a peep out of him," Kelly said, referencing the lack of debate about gun control during this year's presidential election, according to the New...
  • The "Fiscal Cliff" Story You're Not Hearing from the Mainstream Press

    11/26/2012 1:13:04 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-26-2012 | Daily Wealth - Dan Ferris
    The "Fiscal Cliff" Story You're Not Hearing from the Mainstream Press Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2012Nov 26, 2012 - 08:16 AMBy: DailyWealth Dan Ferris writes: Investors are scared... In fact, they're even more scared today than they were in late 2008. That's hard to believe... In 2008, the market was down close to 50% from its late-2007 highs. The housing market was crushed. Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and AIG had all gone out of business in one way or another. Officials from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury were running around like chickens with their heads cut off......
  • Supreme Court revives challenge to President Obama's healthcare law (individual mandate)

    11/26/2012 12:58:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/12 | Sam Baker
    Supreme Court revives challenge to President Obama's healthcare lawBy Sam Baker - 11/26/12 10:50 AM ET The Supreme Court revived a legal challenge to President Obama's healthcare law on Monday, saying a lower court can consider a challenge to the law's individual mandate. The court — with the blessing of the Obama administration — revived a suit filed by Liberty University. When Liberty's case reached a federal appeals court, the court said it could not rule because of the Anti-Injunction Act, a federal law that bars lawsuits against new taxes before they have taken effect. But when the Supreme Court...
  • Thanksgiving 2022 (or sooner)

    11/26/2012 12:57:07 PM PST · by ParkerPoo · 14 replies
    I just received the following E-mail and thought my fellow freepers would enjoy it: Thanksgiving 2022(Who knows—perhaps sooner than that!) "Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. "In a minute, honey, it's a tie score," he answered. Actually Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington . Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad" example it sets for the rest of the world", Winston was far less of a football fan...
  • Thanksgiving Message from a Pilgrim in Progress in this New American Cultural Revolution

    11/26/2012 12:55:28 PM PST · by BobNative · 2 replies
    Smyrna Patch Blog ^ | November 22, 2012 | Rich Pelligrino
    Thanksgiving is a special time for me for many reasons, not only because it reminds me to be thankful, but also because I am a pilgrim, both literally, as Pellegrino is Italian for Pilgrim, and symbolically, on a progressive pilgrimage and journey of learning and growth. And, like the early pilgrims to this country, this journey was blessed greatly by an early opportunity to live among the Native Americans, on a Reservation in northern NY, and to visit and stay on many other Reservations around this country. I went there over 30 yrs ago in my young, white-male, arrogance—to teach,...
  • Dodge Ram Truck Ad on Drudge Report site - Hammer and Sickle?? (VANITY)

    11/26/2012 12:54:38 PM PST · by I_Publius · 27 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 11/26/2012 | Advertisement
    Call me a conspiratorialist, but there is an ad popping up in the header space on the main Drudge Report website for Dodge Ram and it has an ad that looks very Communisitic to me.... They are crossing a hammer and a wrench in a similiar fashion as that of a hammer and sickle. Probabaly just my warped mind, but was curious if anyone else was finding the same? I took a screen shot of what I saw, but can't figure out how to post it, as it's a Flash based ad. Anyway...I'm posting this in the Vanity section of...
  • The “Collaborators” Hamas Executed Were Actually Al Qaeda Rivals

    11/26/2012 12:44:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 11/26/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hamas’ brutal execution of a number of men who it claimed were Israeli collaborators led to a lot of headlines complete with photos of bodies being dragged around behind motorcycles. But in the Muslim world, it’s important to understand context, not just content, and everyone lies all the time. Collaborators are often executed in the West Bank and Gaza, however these people are rarely agents of Israel. Israeli intelligence is pretty good and not that easy to penetrate. Israel doesn’t rely as much on local informants anymore and more on intercepted communications. So who are the
  • 10 people who led us to the ‘fiscal cliff’

    11/26/2012 12:40:42 PM PST · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    market watch ^ | 11/21/12 | r. nutting
    With our political leaders locked in a fiscal struggle that threatens to throw the economy off a so-called cliff and into recession, you might be wondering how we got to this place. Remember that this supposed fiscal cliff is the direct result of two contradictory impulses in American life: Greed and guilt. Greed for low taxes, a strong military, a strong safety net and lots of government spending for everyone. And guilt that we weren’t paying our way. Read “Stop calling it a ‘fiscal cliff’” All of us (or almost all) had a role in this melodrama, either benefiting from...
  • Call For Treasury Dep't To Designate Gambino Crime Family As A Transnational Criminal Organization

    11/26/2012 12:34:38 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Beyond Peradventure ^ | 11/14/12 | Beyond Peradventure
    The Gambino crime family allegedly is strengthening its ties to the old country, and the supposed move may prove its undoing under a recently issued Executive Order by President Barack Obama which authorizes the Treasury Department to designate transnational crime groups in order to freeze their U.S. assets and ban American citizens and companies from conducting business with them. The Treasury Department through its Office of Foreign Assets Control was granted the authority to take enforcement action against designated transnational crime groups under Executive Order 13581 issued on July 24, 2011 pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and...
  • The Who manager Chris Stamp dies at 70

    11/26/2012 12:12:14 PM PST · by mgstarr · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/26/12 | Staff
    Chris Stamp, one of the original managers of The Who, has died of cancer at the age of 70. Band member Roger Daltrey paid tribute to him on stage in Detroit on Saturday. He described Stamp as a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were", according to Billboard magazine. Stamp co-founded the group's Track Records label. He co-managed The Who with Kit Lambert and also helped to launch the career of Jimi Hendrix. Daltrey told the audience at Joe Louis arena that Stamp "flew into the universe on a pair of rainbow wings". "Chris, we can never...
  • Election 2016: Not Bush vs. Clinton, but Palin vs. Biden

    11/26/2012 11:55:24 AM PST · by Marcus · 53 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | November 26, 2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    Allahpundit at Hot Air is relating what he thinks may be a nightmare scenario for 2016, the presidential candidacy of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the brother of one former president and the son of another. It just smacks too much of dynastic politics. This is especially true if Bush wound up running against Hillary Clinton, the wife of a former president, former senator and soon to be former secretary of state. There is an alternative, however
  • Cal State Long Beach will offer Queer Studies minor next fall

    11/26/2012 11:55:02 AM PST · by Deo volente · 52 replies
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | November 25, 2012 | Phillip Zonkel
    LONG BEACH - Dina Perrone likes to talk about sex, specifically how laws are used to control, regulate and prohibit sex and sexuality. For example, in her "Sex, Sexuality, Crime & Punishment" course Perrone, an assistant professor in Cal State Long Beach's criminal justice department, will discuss Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court's 2003 landmark decision making gay and lesbian sexual activity legal in every state. "Sex, Sexuality, Crime & Punishment" will be one of the courses students can take toward the university's new Queer Studies minor, which will be available Fall 2013.
  • More Republicans Renege on 'No Tax-Hike' Pledge...

    11/26/2012 11:54:57 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 33 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    As the fiscal cliff looms, a growing number of Republican lawmakers are abandoning their pledge to the American people NOT to raise taxes. It was reported last week that Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) broke from his conservative colleagues when he stated on WMAZ-TV, "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge." Chambliss was referring to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge created by Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform. The pledge asks candidates and incumbents to bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. The promise, made to the American people states the following: 1....
  • GOP softens stance on tax pledge, but doesn't mean rates are on table

    11/26/2012 11:54:09 AM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    First Read (NBCNEWS.com) ^ | 26 November 2012 | Domenico Montanaro
    Saxby Chambliss (GA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Bob Corker (TN), Eric Cantor (VA), Peter King (NY) - Each one waffles on a Democrat TV program - Quotes in "Comments."
  • Israel says successfully tests more powerful rocket interceptor (Iron Dome is the lowest tier)

    11/26/2012 11:35:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/2012 | Dan Williams
    A new Israeli air shield against rockets more powerful than those intercepted by Iron Dome in the Gaza conflict passed its first field test last week after being rushed through development, officials said on Sunday. They said that David's Sling, billed as Israel's answer to the longer-range missiles of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and Syria, shot down a target rocket in a secret November 20 desert trial that coincided with fierce shelling exchanges between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Worried about deteriorating security on the fronts with Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, and the international showdown over the disputed nuclear...
  • Obama’s Energy Mandate: More Oil and Gas

    11/26/2012 11:28:58 AM PST · by Mr. Doctor · 14 replies
    The Energy Tribune ^ | Peter Glover
    During the presidential campaign Barack Obama was “economical with the truth” to say the least on energy matters. Claiming personal credit for the success of the shale gas and oil industry took some ‘Chicago politics’ hutzpah given the development took place mostly on private land. But with the fiscal cliff looming on January 1, the President will be involved in making some critical energy policy decisions. So just what is the president’s electoral mandate for his second-term? Will he throw his anti-fossil fuel ideology under the bus and in the economic interest of the nation? Or he will he persist...
  • Sickly, obese Bronx woman dies in Hungary after airlines say she's too fat to fly

    11/26/2012 11:23:14 AM PST · by billorites · 68 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 26, 2012 | Chuck Bennet
    A sickly, obese Bronx woman was left stranded in Hungary then died from kidney failure after airline officials booted her from three New York-bound flights because she was too fat, her husband says. “All we wanted was to come back home to get her treatment,” said a grieving Janos Soltesz, a Staten Island Ferry security guard whose 56-year-old wife, Vilma, died in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off the first of three jets. Vilma, who weighed about 425 pounds, had only one leg and used a wheelchair. She traveled with her husband of 33 years to Hungary on...
  • GREG MANKIW: Warren Buffett Doesn't Tell You About How He's A Master Of Tax Avoidance

    11/26/2012 11:20:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/26/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    In a NYT Op-Ed today, Warren Buffett argued that the rich should pay a certain minimum tax, and he explained to activist Grover Norquist that it's preposterous to think that businessmen would forgo profitable deals merely because the rate of tax on the profits would go up. But why do people listen to Buffett on taxes? Basically because he's a rich, successful guy (which is why a lot of people are listened to on a lot of subjects). To that end, economist and former Romney advisor Greg Mankiw has a short post talking about Buffett as a master of "tax...
  • Question for those knowledgeable in guns

    11/26/2012 11:17:41 AM PST · by learner · 27 replies
    self | 11/26/2012 | learner
    I purchased a powerful pellet gun for my sister and we sighted in for the correct distance. However the location of the scope will be different for her than it was for me as she is shorter and the scope needs to be more to the rear for her. Will this affect the sighting in or is it the same regardless of the location of the scope? Thanks for your help
  • Obamacare: The nightmare of setting up state insurance exchanges

    11/26/2012 11:14:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Rick Moran
    What a clusterfark. The Hill: ***** "The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece of President Obama's signature law, and are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Match.com. Sixteen states - most of them governed by Republicans - have said they will not set up their own systems, forcing the federal government to come up with one instead. Another five states said they want a...
  • Approaching Crunch Time on the Student Loan Debacle (About to go the way of subprime mortgage mess)

    11/26/2012 11:10:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Gary Jason
    For a number of years now, a number of critics of the American system of higher education have rightly insisted that there is a "bubble" in the system, with more and more students running up loans in amounts they will find difficult to pay back. This bubble has been fueled by the federal government's lavish subsidization of the student loan program (which was nationalized four years ago), in a way similar to how the housing bubble was fueled by government agencies pushing subprime mortgages. This extensive government largess has produced a number of unintended -- though not necessarily unforeseeable --...
  • The 2011 LEOKA Report- Studying the Cop Killers

    11/26/2012 11:07:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    activeresponsetraining.net ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Greg Ellifritz
    The FBI recently released its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report. According to the FBI webpage: “The FBI publishes Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted each year to provide information about officers who were killed, feloniously or accidentally, and those officers who were assaulted while performing their duties.” I find the report to be a treasure trove of information about cop-killing violent criminals. It should be mandatory reading for every police officer. Armed citizens will also find the information useful as the criminals who prey on cops also regularly attack citizens in a similar manner. The report is...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    11/26/2012 11:07:18 AM PST · by Faith · 27 replies
    November 26, 2012 | Faith
    Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. – Isaiah 49:16
  • Obama and the Morsi Dictatorship

    11/26/2012 11:05:59 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11/25/2012 | Jonathan Tobin
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has had quite a week. He helped broker a cease-fire between his Hamas ally and Israel to the acclaim of the international community as well as the United States and his new friend President Obama. He followed that triumph up by issuing new decrees that effectively give him dictatorial powers over Egypt. In less than year in office, Morsi has amassed as much power as Hosni Mubarak had in his time in office as the country’s strongman and he has done it while getting closer to the United States rather than having his Islamist regime being...
  • Angus T. Jones TRASHES 'Two and a Half Men' -- It's Ungodly FILTH

    11/26/2012 11:02:09 AM PST · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    TMZ ^ | November 26, 2012
    Angus T. Jones is pleading with his fans to STOP watching "Two and a Half Men" ... claiming it's nothing but "filth" that contradicts his deep Christian values. 19-year-old Jones -- who makes $350k AN EPISODE playing Jake on the show ...
  • Jeb Bush buzz grows over possible 2016 run

    11/26/2012 10:58:35 AM PST · by Arthurio · 107 replies
    <p>After a year in which Republicans had precious little for which to be thankful, perhaps it's not surprising that party leaders and the faithful spent a good chunk of the long Thanksgiving weekend obsessing instead over 2016 – specifically the possibility of a presidential run by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.</p>