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  • Iraqi Refugee Bombs AZ Social Security Office, MSM Remains Silent

    12/03/2012 8:01:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/3/12 | AWR Hawkins
    On Friday morning, an Iraqi refugee used an improvised explosive device (IED) to bomb a Social Security office in Casa Grande AZ -- the mainstream media remains silent. The explosion took place before the office opened for the morning, so one was hurt. But reports indicate the explosion "was heard and felt all over the area." The suspect in the bombing, Abdullatif Aldosary is an Iraqi refugee who lives in Coolidge, AZ. He is in police custody. For reasons unreported, Aldosary had raised the Department of Homeland Security's attention a number of times throughout the last two years, and he...
  • The Wikipedia Takeover

    12/03/2012 7:55:21 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/3/12 | By John J. Miller
    Prominent gender and media studies professors from across the country converged recently to help host what was dubbed by organizers as a “Feminist, Anti-Racist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” to create or influence dozens of entries on the online encyclopedia.
  • Manufacturing Unexpectedly Contracts in November

    12/03/2012 7:46:33 AM PST · by mykroar · 87 replies ^ | 12/3/2012 | Reuters
    <p>U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in November, falling to its lowest in over three years in a sign the sector may be struggling to gain traction, according to an industry report released on Monday.</p> <p>The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity fell to 49.5 in November from 51.7 the month before. The reading was shy of expectations of 51.3, according to a Reuters poll of economists.</p>
  • The GOP’s Redheaded Stepchildren

    12/03/2012 7:31:09 AM PST · by Brookhaven · 116 replies ^ | November 29th, 2012 | Brookhaven
    Every party has its wings–different sub-groups that are part of the larger organization. The Republican party has three wings that the Republican leadership believes is so dangerous to the future of the party, that they tried to suppress their influence in the last election, and pointed fingers at them as the reason for the GOP’s poor showing in the 2012 election cycle. The Tea Party It originally sprung up in opposition to out of control government spending. It has become a grass-roots movement centered around government fiscal responsibility. It has a tendancy to work outside the Republican party machinery, which...
  • New Explosive Book: Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer

    12/03/2012 7:27:23 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 88 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 3, 2012 | Canada Free Press
    Prologue Excerpt from new Book: Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer While it might have initially appeared that the deputy counsel to the president of the United States was taking a nap in a park—lying neatly face-up on a steep embankment with his feet pointing down—Vincent W. Foster Jr. was not napping. He was dead. Dressed in expensive trousers and a white dress shirt, less than eight miles from the White House, he was lying dead. A single gun-shot wound to the head. Dead. Some of the blood on Foster’s face was still wet, but...
  • America's future

    12/03/2012 7:22:25 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 6 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/3/12 | Judson Phillips
    In many ways, if you want to see America’s future, all you have to do is look across the Atlantic. Unfortunately freedom and liberty fled the United Kingdom a long time ago. Now you have the creepy welfare/big brother state that George Orwell warned us about.
  • 'I just wanted money for my birthday!' robbery suspect tells cops

    12/03/2012 7:21:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Mitch Smith and Rosemary R. Sobol
    After officers arrested Jerry Warren Jr. on suspicion of committing a Wicker Park robbery Saturday, the soon-to-be-22-year-old said he only wanted some birthday money, authorities said today. His plan didn’t work. Warren, who police say netted a whopping $4 in the robbery, was ordered held Sunday on $125,000 bond. He will have to post $12,500--3,125 times more than he’s accused of stealing--to leave jail.
  • Luring top oil talent demands perks

    12/03/2012 7:20:04 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 3, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    Skyrocketing demand for petroleum engineers and other oil and gas workers has companies going to new lengths to lure top talent and keep employees out of competitors’ grasps. Winning over recruits isn’t just a matter of providing 35 percent salary hikes and $100,000 signing bonuses. Headhunters say company culture and non-monetary perks are gaining sway in attracting and retaining employees. Stories of eager employers making unique concessions for high-demand job candidates abound. An oil executive started paying for his employees’ shoeshines. Free gasoline and a reinstated pension enticed an experienced project manager back to a former employer. And recently, a...
  • Report: Israel Requested Jordan's 'Permission' To Attack Syria Chemical Weapons Sites

    12/03/2012 7:12:55 AM PST · by Strategy · 28 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | December 3, 2012 | By Barak Ravid
    Israel has asked Jordan twice in the last two months for a green light to attack chemical weapons facilities in Syria, according to a report by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent representatives of the Mossad intelligence agency to Amman twice already, to coordinate the matter with the Jordanians and receive their "permission" for the operation, Goldberg wrote.
  • Norquist: 'Tea Party 2' Backlash if Obama Sends Nation Over Fiscal Cliff

    12/03/2012 7:02:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 114 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Dec 2, 2012
    Newsmax Norquist: 'Tea Party 2' Backlash if Obama Sends Nation Over Fiscal Cliff Sunday, December 2, 2012 04:09 PM Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, predicted a tea party backlash that would dwarf the movement’s success in the 2010 midterm elections if President Barack Obama pushes the nation over the “fiscal cliff. “Tea Party two is going to dwarf tea party one if Obama pushes us off the cliff,” warned Norquist on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” When asked “Are you over?” by host David Gregory, Norquist responded, “That was last week’s news.”
  • Credit Suisse Group AG : Credit Suisse Sets Negative Interest Rates on Cash Accounts

    12/03/2012 7:00:04 AM PST · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Credit Suisse Group AG (CS) said Monday it will start applying negative credit rates on cash clearing accounts above a certain threshold, effective from Dec. 10. "We invite our customers to keep cash balances as low as possible to avoid negative credit charges," Credit Suisse said in a statement sent via the Swift payments system to customers in the Swiss interbank market.
  • Doyline evacuation extended; 6M pounds of black powder to be moved (LA)

    12/03/2012 6:53:01 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    KSLA12 ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Carolyn Roy
    CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - Authorities now believe they're dealing with more than 6 million pounds of M6 powder at Camp Minden. Original estimates had the stockpile officials say was improperly stored on property leased by Explo Systems, Inc. at 1 million pounds.
  • Homeless man given pair of boots . . . seen wandering the streets shoeless

    12/03/2012 6:52:06 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 116 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Barry Paddock AND Bill Hutchinson
    The barefoot homeless man who was given a pair of shoes by a kind-hearted beat cop is wandering the streets shoeless again. Jeffrey Hillman, 54, was spotted panhandling on the upper West Side Sunday without the $100 boots NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought for him on a frigid November night in Times Square. “Those shoes are hidden,” Hillman told The New York Times after he was spotted walking around with no shoes on Broadway near W. 79th St. “They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life.” A tourist from Arizona snapped a cell phone photo of...
  • George Osborne plans tax blitz after Starbucks bows to pressure

    12/03/2012 6:46:42 AM PST · by granada · 5 replies
    Metro, UK ^ | 3rd December, 2012 | John Higginson Political Editor, Matthew Champion
    Google and Amazon are coming under growing pressure to follow Starbucks’ lead and pay a fairer share of tax in Britain as the chancellor plans to clamp down on rich companies and individuals. The multinationals will be among the targets of a £154million clampdown to be unveiled by George Osborne today aimed at raising another £5billion tax in the next three years. They are also being accused by MPs of ‘immorally’ minimising their tax bills, while giving ‘unconvincing and, in some cases, evasive’ evidence to a Commons committee investigating their financial affairs. Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Commons public accounts...
  • Congress urged: Investigate vote fraud now

    12/03/2012 6:45:41 AM PST · by mgist · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 12/2/12 | WND
    GOP poll inspectors illegally removed from voting locations. More than 100 percent of registered voters turning out to vote. .snip...Illegal campaign contributions, deceased and illegal-alien voters, “lost ballots” and intimidation at the polls. It’s enough to make voters ask: Does America still have free, fair and accurate elections? After witnessing a flood of reports detailing incidents of likely vote fraud and abuse this election, WND has launched a petition urging Congress to open an independent and comprehensive investigation. Sign WND’s petition urging Congress to investigate fraud and abuse in America’s election system! As WND reported, the “battleground” states seemed to...
  • Sound Off With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12PM,EST,WTIC AM,December 3-7,2012

    12/03/2012 6:41:35 AM PST · by Biggirl ^ | December 3-7,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

    12/03/2012 6:28:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012
    Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes, EurActiv Serbia reports. The acquittal of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Ramush Haradinaj was met by fierce criticism of The Hague tribunalÂ’s work. Serbian officials said the decision was a blow to international justice and made the process of reconciliation in the region more complicated. Â… Belgrade considers that the tribunal has lost credibility and has shown bias in acquitting...
  • Obama Endorses Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a Second Term as DNC Chief

    12/03/2012 6:24:02 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Obama Endorses Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a Second Term as DNC Chief Daniel Halper December 3, 2012 8:39 AM President Barack Obama will endorse Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a second term as Democratic National Committee chief, a Democratic official tells Politico. "Because of the outstanding job she has done, the President will ask the members of the Democratic National Committee to ratify his choice of [Rep.] Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue leading the Party as Chair when they meet in January," an anonymous "senior Democratic official" tells Mike Allen. "The DNC will meet [in Washington on Jan. 22], the day...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http (Ashland, OH) :// 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...

    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...