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  • Immigrant faces sentencing in marriage fraud

    12/03/2012 6:21:54 AM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | Associated Press
    WICHITA — A Jamaican woman faces sentencing for entering into a sham marriage with a Fort Riley soldier to get legal immigration status. Shannakay Hunter now lives in New York City. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot gave her permission to participate by phone in her sentencing Monday, rather than traveling to Wichita for the proceeding. Hunter was convicted in August of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and lying to the government. She faces up to five years on each count but is likely to get far less prison time — if any — under federal guidelines. The man...
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...
  • Football, Lunatics and Liberals

    12/03/2012 6:20:33 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 37 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/3/12 | Judson Phillips
    The football world was rocked Saturday morning when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend then turned the gun on himself. This tragedy was bad enough but then the left decided to use another tragedy for political again. What did the left do in light of this tragedy? Last night, in the weekly edition of Sunday night football, the Cowboys hosted the Eagles in a game with playoff implications. At halftime, NBC sportscaster and liberal nut job Bob Costas decided to launch into a tirade about the Belcher murder/suicide and gun control. Costas quoted a Kansas City Sports...
  • Michael Steele On Cliff Negotiations: 'A Lot Of It Is, Let's See How Big Yours Is Versus Mine'

    12/03/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, asked by substitute host Willie Geist how much of the tough talk by Republicans and Dems over the fiscal cliff was posturing, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that 80% was posturing, then added "a lot of it is, let's see how big yours is versus mine." Steele was careful to suggest he was simply talking about the size of the two parties' respective . . . plans. But between the smirks, raised eyebrows—and an immediate intervention from Geist—it seemed obvious that Steele was making a macho allusion to something else. View the video here.
  • Male model convicted in grisly murder of Portuguese TV journalist

    12/03/2012 5:53:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | December 2, 2012
    (CNN) -- He was a 20-year-old male model. His lover was a 65-year-old man who was a television journalist. They were from Portugal, visiting New York City. The older partner broke off the relationship and ended up mutilated and dead. Now, almost two years later, a New York jury has convicted model Renato Seabra of the grisly second-degree murder of Carlos Antonio De Castro in their InterContinental Hotel room in Times Square. "This was a brutal and sadistic crime, where Renato Seabra bludgeoned, choked, and mutilated his victim before murdering him," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said following...
  • A Hidden Crime: Domestic Violence Against Men Is a Growing Problem

    12/03/2012 5:43:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    DailyFinance.com ^ | January 30, 2010 | Bruce Watson
    Amid the media frenzy over Tiger Woods and Bengals receiver Chris Henry, a key aspect of both stories slipped through the cracks: Like millions of other men, Woods and Henry were -- allegedly at least -- the victims of domestic violence perpetrated by their wives or girlfriends. Beyond its brutal physical and psychological costs, domestic violence against men exacts a cruel economic toll at the personal, societal and national levels.For the most part, the media, authorities and average citizens see domestic violence as a crime that is committed by men and victimizes women. Consequently, funding to combat the problem has...
  • Modest chapel in Vallejo features Tiffany stained glass

    12/03/2012 5:41:19 AM PST · by DFG · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/02/12 | Paul McHugh
    An impressive array of Tiffany stained glass and other religious art elements is showing at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. To see it, you need to fly to the Big Apple before Jan. 20. Or make it a lot easier on yourself and stay in Northern California, instead driving a short distance to enjoy the astonishing collection of 25 Louis Comfort Tiffany stained- glass windows that illuminate Saint Peter's Chapel on Mare Island.
  • A Presidency of Perpetual Crisis

    12/03/2012 5:40:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    So here are the headlines coming out of the Sunday shows… Boehner ‘flabbergasted’ at fiscal cliff proposal McCaskill: ‘I Feel Almost Sorry For John Boehner’ Sen. Ayotte ‘disappointed’ in initial White House proposal Sen. Hatch: Obama fiscal proposal ‘classic bait and switch’ So predictable, isn’t it? During these seemingly-more-frequent showdowns, the purpose of every lawmaker appearing on a Sunday show, no matter the party, is to emphasize how committed they are to a sensible bipartisan compromise that put’s the nation’s interest ahead of the special interests, and how the opposition is being extreme, divisive, unyielding, outrageous, etcetera. This latest round...
  • Jovan Belcher's murder of girlfriend, suicide made easy by a gun (Liberal racism by Mike Lupica)

    12/03/2012 5:35:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/3/12 | Mike Lupica
    After the predictable, shocked rhetoric of death about Jovan Belcher of West Babylon High and the Kansas City Chiefs, you still arrived back at the only place that mattered in the last hour of his life: the gun. You plowed through all the rest of it in the aftermath of what happened Saturday morning outside Arrowhead Stadium, went through the résumé of how many positions Belcher played for Coach Al Ritacco at West Babylon, how he played linebacker at the University of Maine before he became a defensive lineman, and how he was signed as an undrafted free agent by...
  • New York Times investigation uncovers federalism

    12/03/2012 5:33:04 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-3-12 | Jeb Golinkin
    A New York Times investigation has uncovered a shocking scandal they would have you believe involves big corporations blackmailing your state government and stealing tax dollars that should be spent on public education. This scandal, though not identified as such in the article, is called federalism. It finds its roots in the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Granted, the statistical research The Times provides in the piece is invaluable, but the article is confused as to the conclusions that flow from the numbers. The most glaring statistic is the dollar amount of “gifts” (to use Mitt Romney’s phrase)...
  • Tax hitmen to track your spending

    12/03/2012 5:29:42 AM PST · by NCjim · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 2, 1021 | Robert Winnett
    Up to two million people are to have their credit files secretly checked under a crackdown on tax evasion to be unveiled by George Osborne to help raise another £10 billion. Credit reference agencies will cross-check details of the income people declare on their tax returns against their spending patterns to identify “high” and “medium” risks of both illegal and legal tax avoidance. People identified to HM Revenue and Customs will then be subject to more detailed investigations. About two million people are expected to be scrutinised under the programme, which may lead to privacy concerns. HMRC will today unveil...
  • 7 Blacks Beat Up 1 White Boy In An Unprovoked Racial Attack

    12/03/2012 5:26:07 AM PST · by Uncle Lonny · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/03/12 | Uncle lonny
    The 13 year old victim and his family believe that the attack could have been racially motivated.
  • Crystal Sugar workers reject contract 4th time

    12/03/2012 5:25:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    Bismarck Tribune ^ | 12-2-12 | ap
    FARGO, N.D. — Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American Crystal Sugar Co. workers on Saturday rejected a contract for the fourth time. Contract opponents say the sugar beet processor’s five-year contract offer would cut health care benefits and weaken job security and seniority protections. The company says the offer would raise worker pay by 17 percent over five years when a $2,000 signing bonus is taken into account. Leaders of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International union said in a news release that the workers voted 55 percent to reject management’s contract offer. “By now...
  • “Bow and Arrow” used in WY campus murder/suicide

    12/03/2012 5:21:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    CollegeInsurrection.com ^ | 12-2-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Bow and Arrows don't kill people, people kill peopleThere has always been a vigorous debate about the necessity of campus gun control laws, especially after the Virginia Tech massacre in which the shooter killed 32 people and wounded 15.A tragedy highlights the point that gun control opponents make, that it is the person and not the weapon that is the real issue. A man killed a woman near a community college in Casper, Wyoming, before killing a male teacher and himself in front of a class full of students, according to police.The ABC news affiliate in Casper reports that police...
  • Push the Fed Over the Cliff

    12/03/2012 5:17:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Stop worrying about the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Spending cuts would feel therapeutic after watching Standard & Poor's and Egan-Jones downgrade our credit rating and seeing President Obama add $6 trillion to the national debt. The way to avert another recession and massive inflation is to eliminate the unconstitutional Federal Reserve. There are two ways for politicians to “pay” for their spending. They can be transparent and raise taxes extremely high across all income levels. (This is not happening because politicians know Americans would riot.) Or, they can be sneaky and “monetize the debt,” which means allowing the Federal Reserve to...
  • The Fabrication of Evidence Is A Crime

    12/03/2012 5:12:55 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 3, 2012 | Sundance
    The Discovery Evidence in case of State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman clearly shows that Witness #8 “DeeDee” the mysterious girlfriend of Trayvon Martin is 18-years-old. [pg #1 F-2] Witness #8 is 18-years-old and was 18 at the time of Benjamin Crump’s interview with her on 3/19/12 according to her sworn statement to State Prosecutors on 4/2/12. So why did the media and the Trayvon Family of Attorney’s report to the public that DeeDee was 16-years-old on 3/20/12 ABC News was there exclusively as the 16-year-old girl told Crump about the last moments of the teenager’s life. Martin had been...
  • Are Republicans Already Blowing the Next Election?

    12/03/2012 4:56:26 AM PST · by teflon9 · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 3, 2012 | John B. Judis
    In the beginning, [Club for Growth] targeted liberal Republicans ..., but it now extends to politicians like Lugar, Capito, Saxby Chambliss and even ... Speaker Boehner, who [normally] would be considered conservative. The Club and its allies see themselves as “insurgents” against a Republican “establishment” ... Republicans, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote in National Review, have to [be] “the party of middle-class economic interests.” “It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes on millionaires a little bit,”... Bill Kristol opined. But the Club and its network blame the Republicans’ and Romney’s defeat on their not being conservative enough. “The first lesson”...
  • Obama: More Peas for You!

    12/03/2012 4:34:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Ransom
    It’s been a year and half since the GOP and Democrats hammered out an agreement that raised the debt ceiling and put us on the lip of a fiscal cliff, threatening mutually assured destruction if a budget deal wasn’t worked out before January 2013. It made sense for all sides at the time. The GOP figured there was a good shot that Obama wasn’t going to be reelected. The Democrats figured there was a good chance shot Obama wasn’t going to be reelected. And Obama was content to do what he did best: run a campaign on TV, eat his...
  • Georgia college to cut NCAA budget, put funds into anti-obesity programs

    12/03/2012 4:19:48 AM PST · by SueRae · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/03/2012 | Elizabeth Prann
    Full Title: "Georgia college to cut NCAA budget, put funds into anti-obesity programs" College sports tend to dominate the airwaves this time of year. Football teams face off in championship bowl games, and college basketball teams take to the courts to start their run to the Final Four. But one college in Atlanta has decided to completely cut their NCAA competitive sports budget. Instead, officials will use the money to improve the health and wellness of the entire student body. Spelman College, a historic college for black women, is taking a long, hard look at their NCAA funds. The school’s...
  • Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability

    12/03/2012 4:18:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators. The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this. But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability insurance (DI) program,...
  • The Republican Hispanic Challenge

    12/03/2012 4:04:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Star Parker
    Although Mitt Romney took flak for his statement that he lost the election because President Obama bestowed “gifts” on key parts of the electorate, what he said is basically true. We’re stuck in a deadly spiral where economic growth is retarded because the economy is larded with enormous and ever-increasing government spending and debt. Yet, more and more Americans want the lard. President Obama got re-elected by promising to continue to serve it up. Romney’s failure, and the failure of the Republican Party, is not that Obama is pulling this off, but that they can’t get their act together to...
  • Boehner on Obama Tax Plan: "You Can't Be Serious"

    12/03/2012 3:57:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    The Obama Administration proposal to fix the "fiscal cliff" coming at the end of the year called for $1.6 trillion in tax hikes over current policy. House Speaker John Boehner said he was "flabbergasted" when presented with the proposal this week. Boehner tells "Fox News Sunday" that after Geithner briefed him privately on Thursday, he looked at Geithner and said, "You can't be serious." Boehner called it "silliness" that the White House was, among other things, asking Congress to give up its power to set the nation's debt limit. Earlier today, Geithner insisted that the Obama Administration wouldn't relent on...
  • Dislodging Obamacare

    12/03/2012 3:35:13 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michaek F. Cannon (Cato Institute)
    Republicans believed a Mitt Romney win would seal Obamacare's fate. Democrats - or rather, the lonely two-fifths of Americans who support the president's beleaguered healthcare law - believed an Obama win would secure its future. Both sides were kidding themselves.Romney may have pledged to repeal the law, but his positions on Obamacare had the life span of a rainbow. He supported an identical law when he got the credit for signing it as governor of Massachusetts. He then opposed Obamacare when that's what GOP primary voters wanted to hear, and later endorsed parts of it when he thought that's what...
  • White House Data Debunk Myth Bush Cuts Built Deficit

    12/03/2012 3:09:54 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 30, 2012 | Staff
    <p>While President Obama insists the Bush tax cuts caused the recession and record deficits, his own economists say otherwise.</p> <p>He might want to consult their data for the truth.</p> <p>Kicking off fiscal cliff negotiations last month, Obama said: "What I'm not going to do is extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford and, according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy."</p>
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 3, 2012

    12/03/2012 3:03:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 16 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Sometimes a Bang, Sometimes a Whimper [How nations die]

    12/03/2012 2:51:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 3, 2012 | Janice Fiamengo
    In the Judeo-Christian understanding, God is a being who loves humanity—even sinful and erring humanity—and creates an ordered world that we can know and harness for productive ends. This is a very different conception from the capricious and transcendent God of Islam, who cannot love because such would imply weakness or incompleteness. Muslims can be sure of heavenly reward only through dying to protect Islam from its enemies. Under Islam, human beings submit as a collectivity to Allah’s absolute power; in the Judeo-Christian tradition, in contrast, individuals have inalienable rights granted by a God who limits His own power in...
  • Far from Electrifying: Electric car hopes never die — but electric realities keep intervening.

    12/03/2012 1:55:45 AM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies
    The American ^ | November 26, 2012 | Vaclav Smil
    Exactly two years ago, in November 2010, the Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn assured reporters that his auto alliance would sell half a million electric vehicles a year by the end of 2013. In 2011, it sold just short of 10,000 electrics, but in April 2012 Ghosn still claimed that the 2012 sales would double to 20,000. On November 15, he had to give up and admit that, after selling less than 7,000 vehicles, the 2012 target cannot be reached. That is just the latest in a less than electrifying saga of modern electric vehicles (this qualification is needed because...
  • EU: French bank governor calls for City of London to be sidelined as Europe's financial hub

    12/03/2012 1:51:49 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/2012 | Szu Ping Chan
    London should be stripped of its status as Europe's main financial hub and sidelined to allow the eurozone to “control” transactions within the 17-nation bloc, the governor of the Bank of France has said. Christian Noyer, French bank governor, told the Financial Times that there was "no rationale" for allowing the eurozone's financial centre to be "offshore". "Most of the euro business should be done inside the euro area. It's linked to the capacity of the central bank to provide liquidity and ensure oversight of its own currency," he told the Financial Times in an interview. "We're not against some...
  • New Bacteria Raises Concern

    12/03/2012 1:31:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 167 replies
    KDLT ^ | November 29, 2012 | Laura Monteverdi
    A deadly bacteria known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is raising concerns in the medical community. Jennifer Hsu in an Infectious Disease Physician at Sanford Health and has been closely studying this 'super bug' which is best known for it's ability to defy even the strongest of drugs. “What has happened over time with increasing exposure to antibiotics the bacteria have developed ways to evade those antibiotics and they become resist to a certain class of antibiotics,” said Hsu. In the United States, the bacteria have been found primarily in healthcare facilities and hospitals and are known to prey on...
  • British Army shutting down for 3+ weeks

    12/03/2012 12:58:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2012 | Steve Nolan
    The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills. All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take ‘block leave’ from December 14 until January 7, a leaked memo from a senior officer said. The decision, communicated by Major General David Cullen, means all barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites will be closed for almost a month. General Cullen, the chief of staff for land forces, said it was an ‘opportunity for utility savings’. He added that the measure aimed to ‘fully exploit the utility efficiencies available by...
  • The world's commodity supercycle is far from dead

    12/03/2012 12:40:28 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Great resource booms usually end abruptly, catching almost everybody by surprise. Studies by the World Bank covering two centuries of data sketch a pattern of 10-year supercycles, followed by a slide for the next 20 years or so as excess investment leads to a flood of supply. The long bear market can be cruel for those hanging onto to resource stocks, convinced that the rebound must be nigh. Mark Ryder, Australian investment chief for UBS, says we are reaching just such an inflexion point as China’s manic construction phase gives way to more sedate growth, and Europe, America, and Japan...
  • AAA SAYS CERTAIN ETHANOL FUEL CAN DAMAGE CARS, ASKS EPA TO REMOVE FROM PUMPS

    12/03/2012 12:08:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 76 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/30/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The recently approved use of E15 fuel made from blending gasoline and ethanol could damage vehicles and void warranties says the American Automobile Association (AAA), which is urging the federal government to ban it from the market. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the fuel earlier this summer, but AAA says only five percent of vehicles on the road are approved by the manufacturers to use the special blend they say causes significant problems such as accelerated engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false “check engine” warning lights. The auto club conducted a recent survey it says identifies confusion...
  • Psoriasis drug may halt or reverse Alzheimer's disease

    12/02/2012 10:29:54 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 34 replies
    SmelLASlime ^ | November 27, 2012 | Melissa Healy
    A biological medication already widely used to treat plaque psoriasis may be able to slow the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. The same study found that in older mice with established Alzheimer's, this treatment approach, which suppresses the brain's immune reaction to beta amyloid, brought a marked improvement in cognitive function and may even halt or reverse early signs of Alzheimer's. The new study was published this week in the journal Nature Medicine. Conducted by researchers in Switzerland and Germany, the study offers a glimmer of...
  • Bob Costas: ‘If Jovan Belcher did not possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive’

    12/02/2012 10:29:29 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 160 replies
    SI.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | SI.com Tracking Blog
    NBC sportscaster Bob Costas used his weekly monologue on “Sunday Night Football” to discuss the fallout of the tragedy in Kansas City, urging viewers to move past the cliched coverage of the “perspective” gleaned from the news that linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself Saturday morning. Costas focused much of his monologue on a column by Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock, which argued that “current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.” Costas said that although he often doesn’t agree with Whitlock, he found his argument to be spot...
  • Sen. Graham: Obama’s Economic Plan Will Turn US Into Greece

    12/02/2012 10:25:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 01:03 PM | Amy Woods
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Barack Obama’s plan to prevent American from going over the fiscal cliff is “a joke.” “I think we’re going over the cliff,” the South Carolina Republican said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It’s pretty clear to me they’ve made a political calculation. This offer doesn’t remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security from imminent bankruptcy.” …
  • Buffett Tax On Rich Will Hurt Average Americans

    12/02/2012 10:21:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 11/26/2012 06:47 PM ET | (IBD Editorials)
    Billionaire Warren Buffett, always popular among Democratic redistributionists, says he wants a “minimum tax” on the very rich. Never mind that we already have one, and that what he proposes would hurt both the economy and the middle class. … Last year, according to the Treasury Department, the U.S. deficit was $1.1 trillion. According to a study by Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation, a Buffett-style 30% tax on all millionaires would generate just $5 billion. That’s less than one-half of one percent of our budget. In short, Buffett’s proposal is a fiscal joke. …
  • Sen. DeMint: Washington Is Lost for Now

    12/02/2012 10:08:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 03:23 PM | Ernest Istook
    “We’ve lost the battle in Washington” for now, says Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. The new goals, he says, are for conservatives to prove their principles work in states and to defend against President Obama’s effort “to steamroll what’s left of the Republican Party here in Washington.” As a guest on “Istook Live!,” DeMint agreed that Obama aims to crush his opposition now so they cannot resist his agenda over the next four years. Said the senator, “They smell blood in the water and they’ll keep pushing … they’re not coming our way or coming to the middle to try and...
  • Vatican introduces new security measures after Vatileaks scandal (Microchips)

    12/02/2012 10:06:33 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 12 replies
    Much tighter controls have already been introduced for anyone seeking access or photocopies of the Holy See's archives, dossiers and documents.
  • States increase school hours: 300 hours added for some students in 2013

    12/02/2012 9:59:17 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | Heather Tooley
    Participating states include New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, Tennessee, and Connecticut. The decision is all part of an initiative to be more competitive with other nations on a global level... Federal, state, and district funds will afford the increase in school hours along with the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time and Learning.
  • Putin Cracks Down on Russian Internet

    12/02/2012 9:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2012 | Kim Zigfeld
    Russia’s Vladimir Putin has declared war on the Internet, and not just within his country’s own borders. Putin’s war may be coming soon to a laptop or smart phone near you. For years we’ve been told by Putin’s apologists that his moves against traditional media didn’t matter because it was impossible to strangle Russia’s feisty Internet. But for a KGB dictator, “impossible” is a meaningless term. Putin’s campaign consists of a three-part pincer movement, and now that he has essentially been made “president for life”, he is pursuing it with greatly renewed vigor. … Throughout Putin’s first twelve years in...
  • Anger at California 'maternity mansion' where Chinese pregnant woman [sic] pay to give birth so ...

    12/02/2012 9:24:11 PM PST · by filbert00 · 14 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | -----
    Dozens of Chinese mothers are giving birth to their babies in a house atop a hill in a wealthy neighborhood of Chino Hills, California - and they're paying thousands of dollars for the privilege. Neighbors say the home is a 'maternity mansion,' a hotel where Chinese women stay for the last few months of their pregnancy so their children are born on American soil - and are therefore American citizens. Experts say the practice is widespread and that authorities are nearly powerless to stop it. The 14th Amendment guarantees that any person born in the United States is an American...
  • Koontz case to protect property rights (at Supreme Court; Bureaucrats unfairly charge for permits)

    12/02/2012 8:49:58 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 2 2012 | Ilya Shapiro and Timothy Sandefu
    The right to build a home or a business on your own land is basic to the very concept of property rights. Of course, government can impose reasonable conditions for health and safety, but too often, officials misuse land-use permitting to enrich the public sector rather than for legitimate regulation. In fact, many bureaucrats view the right to develop one’s property as a privilege landowners must purchase, sometimes at the cost of their constitutional freedoms. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court recently accepted a Florida case that could force an attitude change on regulators across the country. Koontz v. St. Johns...
  • Prosecutors: Girlfriend stabs man found watching TV with another woman

    12/02/2012 8:32:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Mitch Smith
    Lakeshia R. Hall came back to her West Town home Saturday to find her boyfriend watching television with another woman, leading her to believe he had been unfaithful, prosecutors said today. That sight launched Hall, 28, into a violent rage that earned her an attempted murder charge and sent her boyfriend to the hospital, prosecutors said.
  • Where George W. Bush succeeded, Mitt Romney fell short

    12/02/2012 8:32:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and...
  • (Hardline Islamic) Protests Flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian Visit

    12/02/2012 8:07:00 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies
    By REEM KHALIFA Associated Press MANAMA, Bahrain Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. The clashes took place just before Kardashian opened the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop. An Associated Press journalist saw protesters chanting "God is Great" near the shopping complex in Riffa, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Manama. The demonstrators were cleared before Kardashian appeared late Saturday. Earlier, she posted glowing remarks about Bahrain...
  • Michelle Obama’s Next Move (President? Supreme Court Justice?)

    12/02/2012 7:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 3, 2012 | Allison Samuels
    Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn’t thinking about what she might do in the future. “I’m just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he’s been doing,” she said. “Supporting him is my focus.” But others think the first lady—who spent the past four years seeking to better the lives of military families and fighting to end childhood obesity before becoming one of the stars of her husband’s reelection effort this fall—could have bigger things ahead of her, if...
  • Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

    12/02/2012 7:41:40 PM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-2-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family By Michael Snyder December 2nd, 2012 Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder...
  • School Replaces Baby Jesus with Frosty the Snowman

    12/02/2012 7:40:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 12/02/2012 | Todd Starnes
    Frosty the Snowman is there — and so is Santa Claus. But the Baby Jesus is stuffed inside a closet at Cottondale Elementary School — leaving many residents of this small town in the Florida panhandle outraged. The Nativity scene had been a part of the school’s holiday lawn decorations for years. But this year the yuletide display is strictly secular. Principal Brenda Jones told television station WJHG the decision to keep Baby Jesus in the closet came after an official with the Dept. of Education dropped by to discuss the separation of church and state. “The Dept. of Education...
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • The Pigeon Movement – A rallying cry for French startups

    12/02/2012 7:24:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    The Rude Baguette ^ | 01 October 2012 | LiamBoogar
    60% Capital Gains tax – the real innovation killer Forget taxing the wealthy, forget big government, the French government is eliminating the one tangible reward for building new companies, creating innovation, and providing the French government with a few hundred new employees. This come at a time where France’s big companies are beginning to show their anti-global competitiveness roots - Peugeot is laying off thousands, Bouygues is laying off thousands, and this is just the beginning. For the record, the current Capital Gains tax is set at 32.5%, an 84.6% tax hike. The Pigeon Movement – France’s Last Hope for...