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  • Browns employee commits suicide

    12/02/2012 11:34:45 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2012
    BEREA, Ohio -- A member of the Cleveland Browns' grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility, the team said in a statement Sunday. The man's body was found Saturday morning at the facility in suburban Cleveland, the same day Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after earlier killing his girlfriend.
  • The Quisling Consultants

    12/02/2012 11:16:34 AM PST · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11.29.2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    ... The big deal is that when Steve Schmidt and Mike Murphy sit down on the sets of liberal television shows and bash Rush Limbaugh and what Schmidt calls "the conservative entertainment complex" -- meaning talk radio and Fox News -- they wind up sharply illustrating the GOP's real problem. The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy. The real problem is the fact they and so many GOP others make their well-paid livings catering to exactly what the "conservative entertainment complex" spends all of its time fighting: the "political consultant-big government complex." Schmidt and Murphy are the political...
  • The Imperial Presidency

    12/02/2012 11:16:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Majority Leader, ^ | DEcember 1, 2012 | Eric Cantor
    Implications for Economic Growth & Job Creation Ignoring Advise & Consent Creating “Laws” Outside of the Congressional Process Ignoring the Plain Letter of the Law & Failing to Faithfully Execute the Law Circumventing the Normal Regulatory Process Government By Waiver Creating New Programs Not Authorized by Congress Creating New Super Agencies Conclusion Download the PDF Implications for Economic Growth & Job Creation Over the past several months opinion pieces appearing in such places as The Washington Post, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal have talked about the emergence of an “Imperial Presidency.” While some may wish to simply...
  • Cuccinelli dismisses 'rebranding' of GOP, makes appeal to Bolling supporters

    12/02/2012 10:40:32 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 4 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | December 1, 2012 | By David Sherfinski
    Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli on Saturday dismissed calls by some for the Republican party to "rebrand" or remake itself in the wake of the 2012 elections and offered an olive branch to supporters of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who announced this week he does not plan to seek the GOP nomination for governor next year. "Many of you have heard me talk about our first principles — principles that our Founding Fathers recognized were a gift to us from God," Mr. Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, said at the Republican Party of Virginia Advance in Virginia Beach,...
  • Obama hits the links with Bill Clinton

    12/02/2012 10:35:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Obama hits the links with Bill Clinton By Erik Wasson - 12/02/12 01:07 PM ET JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.-- President Obama and former President Bill Clinton hit the golf course on Sunday. Obama is playing his round at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews and it is the third presidential golf outing here since the Nov. 6 elections, under sunny skies with temperatures around 55 degrees. Clinton went to bat for the president in the just-ended campaign, delivering an well-received endorsement at the Democratic National Convention in September. Their partnership, which was initially rocky in the early days of the Obama presidency,...
  • Saying No to College

    12/02/2012 10:30:41 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012 | Alex Williams
    BENJAMIN GOERING does not look like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, talk like him or inspire the same controversy. But he does apparently think like him. Two years ago, Mr. Goering was a sophomore at the University of Kansas, studying computer science and philosophy and feeling frustrated in crowded lecture halls where the professors did not even know his name. “I wanted to make Web experiences,” said Mr. Goering, now 22, and create “tools that make the lives of others better.” So in the spring of 2010, Mr. Goering took the same leap as Mr. Zuckerberg: he dropped out of college...
  • Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low In Net Worth

    12/02/2012 10:28:58 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 30, 2012 | Edward N. Wolff
    The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969. According to a recent study by New York University economics professor Edward N. Wolff, median net worth is at the decades-low figure of $57,000 (in 2010 dollars). And as the numbers in his study reflect, the situation only appears worse when all the statistics are taken as a whole. According to Wolff, between 1983 and 2010, the percentage of households with less than $10,000 in assets (using constant 1995 dollars)...
  • Timing of Obama vacation another brick in the wall

    12/02/2012 10:00:33 AM PST · by cap10mike · 45 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama is once again in disengagement mode. The first family has scheduled another vacation – for three weeks, beginning Dec. 17. This in and of itself doesn’t bother me. Presidents are entitled to take vacations – even presidents who spend more time on the golf course than they do in the Oval Office. I don’t even begrudge him the disruption he’ll be causing his constituents. According to the Hawaii Reporter, the Obamas’ vacation will hugely restrict the comings and goings of the residents living in the upscale Oahu neighborhood, where they’ll be staying. Streets will be barricaded and, unlike...
  • White House to celebrate Kennedy Center honorees

    12/02/2012 9:27:57 AM PST · by John W · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama on Sunday will fete the seven winners of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with a White House reception. Obama will then attend the 35th-annual awards gala and performance at Washington’s premier arts center. Honerees this year are talk show host David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman, the rock band Led Zeppelin, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The festivities will be broadcast December 26 on CBS.
  • CIA agents in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens as bullets

    12/02/2012 9:20:54 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2012 | James Nye
    It has been claimed that CIA agents on the ground during the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and twice were told to stand down. Furthermore sources present during the deadly six-hour assault have said that a desperate last request for military assistance once the CIA themselves came under attack was denied, even though elite counter-terrorism units were only two hours away.
  • A Reagan Forum with Newt and Callista Gingrich

    12/02/2012 9:19:14 AM PST · by Toaster tank · 46 replies
    reagan foundation ^ | 11/28/2012 | reagan foundation
    On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, calling the “so-called fiscal cliff” a “fantasy being used as an excuse to panic.” Speaker Gingrich went on to discuss House Republicans, telling them to not form a “Surrender Caucus” by stating, “They are the majority. They are not the minority.”
  • Teacher's Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks ( Irving - Dallas )

    12/02/2012 9:11:59 AM PST · by george76 · 78 replies
    nbc dfw ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Kevin Cokely
    The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom ... Cross' son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said. "He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t," Cross said. "He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset." "Really, that's just unhealthy," Cross said. "I think that she had no concern for the children." Cross...
  • SEIU fights 300 O'Hare job cuts as mob ties are alleged to owner of firm - Rahm = Job Killer

    12/02/2012 8:43:53 AM PST · by CriticalJ · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11.29/2012 | SEIU fights 300 O'Hare job cuts as mob ties are alleged to owner of firm
    A WGN TV report by Mark Suppelsa now raises serious doubts about Mayor Emanuel’s decision to award the O’Hare cleaning contract to United Maintenance. "In light of this report, we call on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to start an investigation into United Maintenance and this key public contract. We call on the City of Chicago to rebid the contract and choose a responsible bidder that will protect good jobs at O’Hare airport," said SEIU Local 1 Secretary-Treasurer Laura Garza. More than 300 janitors at O’Hare airport may lose their jobs right before Christmas this year because Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded...
  • The 1st Battle of the Next Tea Party Wave — December 5 Rally in Nashville Against Obamacare Exchange

    12/02/2012 8:43:17 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 2, 2012 | Richard A Jacobsen
    Opposition to Obamacare fueled the Tea Party wave of 2009-2010. The next wave will include continued opposition to Obamacare, along with other fiscal issues, The Tea Party tsunami at the gates. The fight over Obamacare as a law ended when Chief Justice John Roberts enganged in mental gymnastics to uphold the law under Congress’ taxing authority, and then again when Obama’s reelection removed any possibility of complete repeal. The fight over Obamacare now is over implementation. There are inherent problems in the law itself which will raise popular ire, but the battle now is over exchanges and other aspects of...
  • TX:Dallas Woman Shoots at 2 Intruders; 1 Dead

    12/02/2012 8:32:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | NA
    Dallas police said a woman shot at two people who kicked in the door to her house late Wednesday morning, killing one.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Concordia Drive.Dallas police said the woman was home alone when she heard a noise -- two men had kicked in the front door of her house.She confronted the two men as they reached the second-floor landing and shot at them several times, police said.The intruders ran out the front door, and one of the men collapsed from a gunshot wound, police said.He was transported to Methodist Hospital,...
  • ALLEN WEST ON HIS FUTURE: ‘ABRAHAM LINCOLN ONLY SERVED ONE TERM IN CONGRESS…’

    12/02/2012 8:24:13 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 67 replies
    Former Florida Rep. and Tea Party favorite Allen West, who recently lost re-election to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, appeared on National Public Radio Friday. Far from despondent, West spoke of Washington politics and his future role with his characteristic assertive, yet calm, tone.
  • KPD: Man shoots would-be burglar (TN)

    12/02/2012 8:23:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 1 December, 2012 | Staff
    Knoxville police searched Friday night for two men involved in a break-in attempt that left a would-be robber shot by a West Knoxville resident, authorities said. Knoxville Police Department officers were alerted at 9:56 a.m. of the shooting at 5455 Lance Drive, in the Timbercrest subdivision. The resident was identified as 59-year-old Gary Berthiaume, and the gunshot victim was identified as 19-year-old Joshua Williams, no address available, according to a news release from KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. Both were treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, DeBusk said. Their conditions weren't available Friday night. Berthiaume was sitting on his...
  • Abbas 'Victory Speech': Jerusalem 'Eternal Capital of Palestine'

    12/02/2012 8:18:47 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/2/12 | Chana Ya'ar
    PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.” Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state. "Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria. "You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians... stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians. "We were...
  • China testing waters with US with provocative acts – Santiago

    12/02/2012 7:54:08 AM PST · by mgist · 33 replies
    Global Nation Inquirer ^ | 12/2/12 | Phillipine News
    MANILA, Philippines — China is “literally testing the waters” to see how far it can go in provoking America’s tolerance with the plan to board foreign ships as an act of asserting its claim over virtually the entire South China Sea. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said China has been appearing displeased by US military’s plan to “pivot” its presence to Asia following the planned pull-out of troops from Iran and Afghanistan. To indicate this sentiment, Santiago said China would make things difficult for the US, its Western allies who have been using the sea as a transit route and members of...
  • City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ‘Lock Their Doors,’ ‘Load Their Guns’ Because Of....

    12/02/2012 7:53:32 AM PST · by joesjane · 57 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | November 30,2012 | Juan Fernandez
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — The city attorney of San Bernardino is under scrutiny for telling residents to “lock their doors and load their guns” during a city council meeting. The official explained that because the city is bankrupt and slashing public safety budgets people will need to start protecting themselves.
  • The Conversion business

    12/02/2012 7:44:47 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/2/12 | Judson Phillips
    How do we conservatives win in 2014? It is a question that we must ask and answer now. We must have a plan now. In our current electoral system, we are in a perpetual campaign. This is especially true for Congress since they only have two-year terms. Is there a plan we can use to win in 2014? Yes there is. It is a simple, grass roots plan. What is it? A friend of mine likes to say, we are in the conversion business. This is so true. I know of almost no one who moves from conservatism to liberalism....
  • Laughing Out Loud at Obama

    12/02/2012 7:43:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Charles Payne
    I read that Senator Mitch McConnell burst into laughter upon hearing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner lay out President Obama's "Fiscal Cliff" plan. Here's the rub: > $1.6 trillion in revenue> $50.0 billion stimulus> $400.0 billion in Medicare cuts Unlike Susan Rice, who was sent in to fall on the administration's sword during the Benghazi cover up, Geithner isn't looking for his next government job. It makes him the perfect foil. He can actually go in with a straight face with a proposal so absurd that an old reserved guy like McConnell doubles over in hysterical disbelief. Some say this is...
  • New Hampshire Teachers Call Flip-Flop, Tank Top Ban ‘Condescending’

    12/02/2012 7:39:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Just how far has the culture in government schools devolved? School district efforts to professionalize staff is now considered an affront to teachers. At least that’s the attitude emanating from teachers in the Hampton, New Hampshire SAU 90 school district. The school board is considering an update to its dress-code policy for teachers, and, according to Seacoastonline.com, “several teachers are insulted such a policy exists, telling them blue jeans, sneakers, flip-flops and tank tops are off limits.” Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said staff members feel the proposed policy is “derogatory and condescending.” It’s derogatory to ask professionals to dress a little...
  • Vanity--Vin Suprynowicz column

    12/02/2012 7:38:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    02 dec 2012 | Vin Suprynowicz
    --link only to Vin Suprynowicz editorial column--LVRJ-- -http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/steal-from-the-rich-give-it-all-to-me-181734921.html
  • The Sadistic Brutality of England’s Government-Run Healthcare

    12/02/2012 7:23:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not easily grossed out or nauseated. Heck, I’m on email lists for a half-dozen softball teams and you can only imagine the strange/filthy/nasty things that guys send to each other. But I read a story about the death panels in the United Kingdom that left me discombobulated. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel.Here’s the intro of a disturbing report in the Daily Mail.Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved...
  • The 4 Benefits of Marrying Young

    12/02/2012 7:21:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 165 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/01/2012 | Paula Bolyard
    A recent article on Yahoo extolled “The Benefits of Marrying Later in Life.” The writer, who waited until age 46 to marry, listed the benefits of delaying marriage:– Learning to love herself and accept her self-worth – Time to become her own person – Benefit of knowing who she is – Experiencing life as her own complete personWith all due respect to the author, her list looks like a recipe for perpetual singleness. A decade or more of doing what’s best for “me” and learning to love and complete “myself” is not the best way to prepare for the...
  • Michigan Action Alert on Right To Work

    12/02/2012 7:19:34 AM PST · by jenk · 16 replies
    12/2/2012 | T. Partee
    Hello All, I know it is the Christmas season and we're all tired after our exchange fight but we must press on! THIS IS THE BEST SHOT TO PASS A RIGHT TO WORK LAW IN MICHIGAN. IF OUR LEGISLATORS LOSE THEIR NERVE (or allow the powerful union lobby to get to them), it might slip away. Our legislators know how important this is to Michigan's lagging economy. They've had the facts presented to them over and over. We don't need to explain why this is good for the citizens of Michigan anymore. Now is the time for them to ACT....
  • Who Let the Jobs Out? Who is sending jobs overseas

    12/02/2012 7:18:33 AM PST · by Moseley · 92 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Joathon Moseley
    Okay, who stole our jobs? Democrats accuse Republicans of out-sourcing American jobs. But no one knows how this is happening. Republicans have no idea how they supposedly outsource jobs. If someone started a petition saying “Let’s repeal section 99 U.S.C. Section 1234 to stop outsourcing jobs,” probably 80% to 90% of citizens and elected officials would rush to sign. The repeal of such a mythical section would probably take 48 hours to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President. But how can you repeal something if you don’t know what you want to repeal? One of...
  • Since 2000, D.C. Area Wealth Grew at Twice National Average

    12/02/2012 7:18:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/01/2012
    From a recent Glenn Reynolds USA Today column [1]: So Washington gets fat, and it does so on money taken from the rest of the country. Just how fat have Washington and the Beltway counties gotten? According to the latest U.S. Census data, between 2000 and 2010 the richest of the Washington, D.C., area have accrued about twice as much new wealth as those not living in or around the area.Also, some Washington counties have gotten about twice as much new wealth as some of the other richest counties in the United States.An April 2012 Forbes article [2] lists...
  • A Nation of Singles

    12/02/2012 7:12:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    weekly Standard ^ | 12/02/2012
    For a brief moment last month​—​roughly a 72-hour span beginning at 11:00 p.m. on November 6 and concluding late in the evening of November 9​—​everyone in America was interested in demographics. That’s because, in addition to rewarding the just, punishing the wicked, and certifying that America was (for the moment) not racist, President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney pointed to two ineluctable demographic truths. The first was expected: that the growth of the Hispanic-American cohort is irresistible and will radically transform our country’s ethnic future. The second caught people by surprise: that the proportion of unmarried Americans was suddenly...
  • National Debt Is Still the Biggest Threat to Our National Security (How much is too much?)

    12/02/2012 6:53:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/12 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    National Debt Is Still the Biggest Threat to Our National SecurityDr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Friday, November 30, 2012 “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily a power to destroy, because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall Americans are in denial about the simple fact that our national debt is the biggest threat to our national security. National debt grew exponentially from Washington’s profligate deficit spending, recessions, and wars. **SNIP** Our national debt has exploded in the last four years. During President Obama’s first three years in office, it grew...
  • West Point Chapel Hosts Its First Same-Sex Wedding

    12/02/2012 6:46:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 12/2/2012 | Staff Writers
    <p>Associated Press West Point's landmark Cadet Chapel saw its first same-sex marriage on Saturday as a graduate of the academy and her partner exchanged vows.</p> <p>WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, hosted its first same-sex wedding Saturday.</p>
  • Why Obama is pushing for stimulus in 'fiscal cliff' deal (Barf and Outrage)

    12/02/2012 6:26:55 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 30 Nov 12 | Ron Scherer
    How about a little government economic stimulus? That may sound incongruous considering the budget deficit and the push from Republicans to cut government spending. But President Obama’s first offer to avoid going over the "fiscal cliff" holds out the hope of at least some stimulus. This would include extending the 2 percentage point Social Security payroll tax cut, boosting a tax incentive to businesses, establishing a $50 billion bank for long-term infrastructure projects, and extending unemployment benefits. The total bill: about $255 billion out of the federal government's pocket – an amount the GOP would likely say needs to be...
  • Morsi's Maneuver

    12/02/2012 6:25:53 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/1/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Phase II of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s declaration of sweeping dictatorial powers was completed on Thursday night. That is when the “constituent assembly” hastily completed a draft constitution that would enshrine sharia principles as fundamental law. Morsi grabbed the reins with a shrewd caveat: His dictatorship would end once the draft constitution was approved by Egyptians in a national referendum — which is to say, once the dictatorship had served its purpose. Nearly three months ago, in my e-book Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (which is about to be published in paperback), I explained that Morsi’s agglomeration of...
  • Bolling Alone: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling Ego Streaks Naked in public

    12/02/2012 6:15:23 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 10 replies
    From email
    Forget Lance Armstrong: Bill Bolling's Ego must have stolen Lance's Dope Stash by Paul Goldman Did you read Richmond Times Dispatch Reporter Jim Nolan's interview with LG Bill Bolling in today's edition of the paper? If Jim doesn't get either a raise or a promotion, then there is no justice in journalism. Did he slip Bolling some Lance Armstrong juice? Do LG's have to pass random drug tests? Bolling better hope not. I have read some stuff in my time, had to deal with a lot of big egos in my time: but I can tell you, without fear of...
  • Hillary Clinton no fan of Susan Rice, prefers Kerry for State

    12/02/2012 6:04:40 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Novewmber 30, 2012 | MICHAEL SNEED
    It ain’t embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who is dealing with the way she handled the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Sneed is told if Hillary had to choose between Rice and U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who is head of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, she would prefer Kerry.
  • Vt. B&B settles lawsuit with gay couple

    12/02/2012 6:00:51 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | August 24, 2012 | Erin Roach
    LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (BP) -- A Vermont bed and breakfast has settled a lawsuit brought by the state's Human Rights Commission and two women who wanted to have a same-sex wedding reception on the inn's property. The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission as a civil penalty for violating Vermont's Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act as well as $20,000 in a charitable trust to be controlled by the couple, the Burlington Free Press reported Aug. 23. "The Wildflower Inn has always served -- and will continue to serve -- everyone in our...
  • Voter Suppression

    12/02/2012 5:48:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    December 2, 2012 Michigan voters went to the polls last month to consider six initiatives. The measures had been placed on statewide ballot by private citizens. They had organized and gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures from fellow Michigan citizens, all to earn an up-or-down vote on their respective issues. All six measures went down to decisive defeat at the polls. Deservedly so — with the exception of Proposal 5, which would have required a vote of the people or a two-thirds legislative vote in order to raise state taxes. I do wish a majority of Michiganders had seen the...
  • Save a Life, Mr. President -- Deport Unlicensed Driver

    12/02/2012 5:28:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Nov. 16, 2010, an unlicensed driver named Roberto Galo took a left turn at Harrison and 16th streets and hit motorcyclist Drew Rosenberg. After Galo backed over Rosenberg's body, the law-school student died. A jury convicted Galo for manslaughter and driving without a license. After serving 43 days in jail, he was released on home detention. Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village -- in Los Angeles County -- blames San Francisco politics for his son's death. He also fears that the like-minded Obama administration will shield unlicensed drivers to the detriment of public safety -- and Washington isn't giving him...
  • Massive Anti-Obama Rally @ “Obama’s” Inauguration Day!!!

    12/02/2012 5:00:35 AM PST · by chrisnj · 131 replies
    obamaballotchallenge.com ^ | 12/1/2012 | GeorgeM
    Massive Anti-obama Rally on "Inauguration" day Whether it’s massive or not will depend on YOU. Since our officials and parties won’t fight, will YOU? We Have A Dream: 500,000+ Anti-Obama Activists Arrive In Washington D.C. During Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony … If you are unsatisfied with Obama’s reelection win and you further feel that he will ultimately destabilize America completely, then let us join together with bold Anti-Obama signs clearly stating our main grievances concerning unemployment, the economy, Benghazi, foreign policy matters, war status or whatever may perhaps be your main concern(s) on Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013 (Martin Luther King,...
  • Warren Buffett and the Corrupting of the American Soul

    12/02/2012 4:56:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Austin Hill
    “Bottom line…would raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans have a chilling effect on hiring?” It was Matt Lauer’s final interview question for his guest, on last Tuesday’s episode of NBC-TV’s “Today” show. “No,” the guest adamantly replied. “No… and I think it would have a great effect in terms of the morale of the middle class..” The guest was famed investor Warren Buffett, CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway holding company and a personal friend of President Obama (and by the way, did you know that Obama calls him, and not the other way around? Mr. Buffett would want you to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 December 2012

    12/02/2012 4:47:54 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 129 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 2 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 2nd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Geithner; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Geithner; Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Geithner; Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Geithner; Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont.
  • Outrage: 'White/Jewish City Council Member Representing NYC?'

    12/02/2012 4:15:27 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A candidate for a position on New York City’s 7th Council District said he opposed to the candidacy of his Jewish opponent, whom he referred to a “White/Jewish candidate”, because he was trying “to sneak into office like a thief in the night.” City Council hopeful Thomas Lopez-Pierre wrote an e-mail to the members of the Douglass Grant Democratic Club, stating his opposition to rival Mark Levine. The subject line of the e-mail: “A White/Jewish City Council Member representing Upper Manhattan?” In an interview with The Jewish Week, Lopez-Pierre, an African American, maintained, "I don’t hate Jews; I love black...
  • Post-Revolution Tunisians Return to Rioting

    12/02/2012 4:08:47 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Chana Yaar
    Nearly two years after the Jasmine Revolution brought down the government, Tunisians are still not satisfied, and renewed riots started last week over economic difficulties once again, sparking concerns over more Islamist unrest. The economic struggles that ignited the self-immolation of a despairing pushcart vendor set off what days later became known as the country's “Jasmine Revolution.” The decades-old regime of President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by protesters in January 2011, setting off the region-wide Arab Spring uprisings. But in the final analysis, the country is still struggling. And Tunisians still take to the streets and clash...
  • Hillary: Israel Lacks 'Empathy,' 'Generosity' Toward Palestinians

    12/02/2012 4:02:47 AM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 50 replies
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has never been a friend to Israel. Today, speaking at the 2012 Saban Forum on US-Israel Relations, a liberal organization, she railed against Israel for supposed insensitivity, lack of empathy, and lack of generosity with regard to the Palestinians – even as the Palestinians unilaterally violated all agreements with Israel and attempted to declare statehood, and within days of Hamas firing rockets on Israeli population centers and bombing a bus. Here’s what she said: So, look, I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of...
  • At Least Get the Big Lie Straight

    12/02/2012 3:45:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | John Ransom
    Donjindra wrote: We're running huge deficits. Of course our tax bill will go up. It should go up. Do "conservatives" think there's a free-lunch? That money grows on trees? Apparently so. - Merry Christmas: This Tax Increase is for You, AmericaDear Comrade Jindra,OK, so now liberals are worried about the deficit? And you guys are lecturing the rest of us about fiscal responsibility and how money is created?Typical tough talk from a group that can’t even pass a budget, yet alone balance one.Here’s a good idea: Have your messiah present a plan to Congress that balances the budget, right now,...
  • The Real Root of Atheists' Anti-Christmas Rage

    12/02/2012 3:18:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Why do some atheists embarrass themselves year after year trying to eradicate Christmas from American culture? Why do they make themselves societal hemorrhoids during this hallowed season? Is it because they are crusaders for equality, secularism’s saviors and humanism’s heroes? I’m sure that’s what they tell themselves when they’re pouting on their couches all alone on Christmas Eve after every single one of their friends has dumped them for being a rabid jackass. I believe, however—and I could be wrong—that the reason some rage against the machine is that they hate God and love their sin, and bringing up Jesus...
  • President Obama Pretends His Tax Plan is the Only Game In Town

    12/02/2012 3:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    This week, when speaking at children's toy K'NEX factory in Pennsylvania, President Obama urged the House of Representatives merely to pass what Harry Reid's Senate has passed and send him the bill. The Senate has already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle-class families. That’s already passed the Senate. Your member of Congress like Allyson and Chaka, other Democrats in the House, they're ready to go. They're ready to vote on that same thing. And if we can just get a few House Republicans on board, we can pass the bill in the House. It...
  • 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...