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  • Obama's Most Dangerous Tax Hike: Savings and Investments

    12/02/2012 2:59:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama proposed tax hike contains a lot to dislike, but what hasn't gotten much attention is the tax hike on savings and investments. While the marginal income tax rate will rise from 35% to 39.6% for top income-earners and small business owners, the proposed tax hike on capital gains and dividends could cause the most long-term economic damage. That's not to downplay the rise in marginal rates. It could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next few years. More universally acknowledged by economists, however, is the economic harm that savings and investment taxes do. In the Tax...
  • Flow of Arms to Syria Through Iraq Persists, to U.S. Dismay

    12/02/2012 2:50:26 AM PST · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | MICHAEL R. GORDON, ERIC SCHMITT
    Western intelligence officials say they are picking up new signs of activity at sites in Syria that are used to store chemical weapons. The officials are uncertain whether Syrian forces might be preparing to use the weapons in a last-ditch effort to save the government, or simply sending a warning to the West about the implications of providing more help to the Syrian rebels. “It’s in some ways similar to what they’ve done before,” a senior American official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. “But they’re doing some things that suggest they intend to use...
  • Muslim Brotherhood ‘paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egypt’ as

    12/02/2012 12:17:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/1/12 | staff
    Egypt’s ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said. They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers. It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.
  • Crocodile eats boy, 12, as he swims with friends in Australia's second fatal attack within two weeks

    12/01/2012 11:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 December 2012 | Richard Shears
    Today’s attack was a chilling reminder of the day earlier in November when the seven-year-old girl was snatched by a saltwater crocodile 210 miles east of Darwin. ... Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 25ft and weigh more than a ton, are plentiful in the Northern Territory... Crocodiles are protected in the Northern Territory and their numbers have increased steadily, resulting in a number of attacks on people, One man writing to the Northern Territory News today said: ‘This has got to stop – there are too many crocs. ‘Of course we need to use common sense when in...
  • Amsterdam's legal brothels are a brutal lesson for Britain : sex gangs and race

    12/01/2012 11:34:53 PM PST · by george76 · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 November 2012 | Sue Reid
    In a chilling parallel to the scandal sweeping Britain’s towns and cities, where a multitude of girls have been lured into sex-for-sale rings run by gangs, the Dutch pimps search out girls at school gates and in cafes, posing as ‘boyfriends’ promising romance, fast car rides and restaurant meals. The men ply their victims with vodka and drugs. They tell them lies: that they love them and their families don’t care for them. Then, the trap set, they rape them with other gang members, often taking photos of the attack to blackmail the girl into submission. ... Hard-line criminal behaviour...
  • Israel West Bank Settlement Construction Approved By Government

    12/01/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 12/1/12 | Aron Heller and Karin Laub
    JERUSALEM — Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians. The plans also include future construction in a strategic area of the West Bank where critics have long warned that Jewish settlements would kill hopes for a viable Palestinian state. Israel's moves served as a harsh reminder to Palestinians – euphoric over the U.N. upgrade – that while they now have a state on paper, most of it remains very much under Israeli control. "This...
  • The Spread Between Too Public and Barely Public

    Somewhere is a line between excessive hyping of a stock and what is appropriate to informing potential investors about the future investment prospects of a company. Daktronics (NASDAQ: DAKT), which on Tuesday, Nov. 20 released news of solid revenue growth and blew away the Street's earnings consensus, is an example of a company on the extreme end of the under-hyped spectrum. The chart below demonstrates how the stock went from $6.32 a share in late August to approximately $10.00 a share after surprising the Street for that quarter... (continued)
  • ATF Takes Action Against Agents Involved In Fast and Furious

    12/01/2012 10:44:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/1/12 | Mary Chastain
    Top ATF officials involved in Operation Fast and Furious had their government security clearances revoked and others were fired, demoted, or transferred. Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in the West Bill McMahon, and former Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division George Gillett were fired. Former Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jim Needles and Field Supervisor David Voth were demoted. Lead case agent Hope McAllister was placed on leave and transferred out of Phoenix. Agent Voth was the subject of Fortune...
  • Remembering Some of Those Who Said the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Wasn't a Threat to Democracy

    12/01/2012 10:43:14 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 30, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Egyptian "President" Mohammed Morsi "is not backing down in the showdown over decrees granting him near-absolute powers," that "clashes between the two camps (Morsi's Islamist supporters and secular opponents) ... left two dead and hundreds injured," and that the country's Muslim Brotherhood-dominated assembly "pushed through the 234-article draft (constitution) in just 21 hours from Thursday into Friday ... (after) Coptic Christians and liberals earlier had walked out." The draft constitution includes several articles "that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities," and omits "bans on slavery or promises to adhere...
  • Is the Neutron Bomb the Only Solution to the Afghan Problem? (British Suggestion

    12/01/2012 10:40:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    THE VOICE OF RUSSIA ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Boris Volkhonsky
    A couple of days ago, speaking in the House of Lords, former British Labour Defence Minister Baron John Gilbert suggested that UK should drop a neutron bomb on the Pak-Afghan border for creating impassable sanitary cordons between the two countries. "Your Lordships may say that this is impractical, but nobody lives up in the mountains on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan except for a few goats and a handful of people herding them," Baron Gilbert is quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India. "If you told them that some ERRB (Enhanced Radiation/Reduced Blast) warheads were going to...
  • Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality

    12/01/2012 10:13:25 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 52 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 11/11/2012
    <p>At first the move to America from the former USSR made me feel as though I had made a jump in time, from the stagnant depraved past into a distant dynamic future.</p> <p>There was an abundance of commonly available futuristic contraptions, machines, and appliances that made everyday existence easier and more enjoyable. Less obvious but just as exciting was the media's openness: I no longer needed to read between the lines to know what was happening.</p>
  • Interesting Development In Trayvon Martin Case

    12/01/2012 10:12:35 PM PST · by zeestephen · 35 replies
    Vanity | 01 December 2012 | zeestephen
    The George Zimmerman defense team has filed a motion to compel Benjamin Crump, the Trayvon Martin family attorney, to produce the original recording of his telephone interview with Trayvon's girlfriend "Dee Dee". Summary in Comments.
  • Cars trapped in tunnel collapse outside Tokyo

    12/01/2012 10:12:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Parts of a tunnel collapsed Sunday on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping an unknown number of vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was apparently extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside the city. About 25 vehicles were inside the (2.5 mile) 4.3 kilometer-long tunnel, some of them trucks stopped by the tunnel's collapse.
  • Howie Carr thread week of Dec 2, 2012

    12/01/2012 9:25:31 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 6 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 12/2/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • Anwar al-Awlaki 'had been in US custody'

    12/01/2012 9:16:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Nov 2012 | The Telegraph
    Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born Islamic cleric killed in a US drone attack in Yemen last year, had been in American custody at least twice but was released, according to a human rights group. Judicial Watch, an accountability watchdog group, said it had learned this through Freedom of Information lawsuits it filed with the US government. It said documents from the US embassy in Yemen indicate Awlaki was held for at least eight months between late 2006 and mid 2007. But the documents do not say how long he was held or why he was he was freed. Back in October...
  • Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America

    12/01/2012 9:14:27 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 30, 2012 | Josh Kron
    The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either -- virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it. The difference is no longer about where people live, it's about how people live: in spread-out, open, low-density privacy -- or amid rough-and-tumble, in-your-face population density and diverse communities that enforce a lower-common denominator of tolerance among inhabitants. The only major cities that voted Republican in the 2012...
  • College Professors Get What They Asked For in Obamacare, Don't Like It Much

    12/01/2012 8:40:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2012 | Gary Jason
    There is an antique saying -- no less true for its antiquity -- that you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. This came to mind when I read a recent report about what is happening at a Pennsylvania college. One of President Obama's most loyal -- not to say fawning -- constituencies clearly is academia. His rate of support among collegiate faculty and administrators surely approaches near-unanimity on the typical campus. This is why the news about the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is so richly ironic. CCAC has just announced...
  • California's Road to Perdition (The Golden State proves that even gold can rust sometimes)

    12/01/2012 8:34:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2012 | Elise Cooper
    California was once the envy of everyone. But this promised land is now being controlled by a super-majority of leftists, and the liberal, pro-union Democrats have only one answer to California's woes: to raise taxes. With that in mind, American Thinker asked California representatives if, after the 2012 election, Republicans become an archaic party in this state. There are many reasons why California Republicans took such a shellacking. Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) emphasizes the key word: "communication. The Democrats had monopoly control over the message. Republicans need to pull up their socks and wipe their noses to get back into...
  • Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

    12/01/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 1, 2012 | (Reporting by Rafiq Shirzad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    (Reuters) - Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties. NATO officials were not immediately available for comment. Security forces surrounded the area. "We can confirm there have been multiple explosions in the vicinity of the Jalalabad airfield," the U.S.-led coalition said in a statemen. "Currently, ISAF officials are on the scene gathering facts, and as more information becomes available, we will release it as appropriate."
  • Unemployment benefits cost: $520 billion

    12/01/2012 8:26:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 11/30/2012 | Tami Luhby
    Jobless Americans have collected more than half a trillion dollars in benefits over the past five years. State and federal unemployment insurance programs have cost roughly $520 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday. The price of continuing this safety net will be the subject of intense debate in Congress as lawmakers decide whether to extend the deadline to file for federal benefits beyond year's end as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Extending federal jobless insurance next year could cost as much as $30 billion, according to the CBO analysis. The federal government has spent far...