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  • Somewhere, someone has to pay for charitable giving [Let Government Do It!]

    12/04/2012 7:55:21 AM PST · by SES1066 · 18 replies
    Washington Post-Bloomberg ^ | 12/04/12 | Fredd Hiatt
    With tax-deductible donations in danger, the nonprofit world is mobilizing. Its lobbyists and supporters will be blanketing Capitol Hill this week. "Take action," urges the website of Independent Sector, an organization of philanthropies and philanthropists. "Tell Congress not to limit the charitable deduction." ... At first blush, it seems to make policy sense, too. The rich fabric of America's civic life, from Boy Scouts to community orchestras to soup kitchens, is the envy of the world. Its diversity reflects in part how much it depends on private givers with diverse interests and motives, and not just on the government. Their...
  • Just 1,600 signatures needed!

    12/04/2012 7:48:15 AM PST · by CheezyD · 12 replies
    The White House ^ | Nov 10, 2012
    Only 1,600 signatures needed to push this over the required 25,000 barrier. December 10th is the deadline. Thanks!
  • Hundreds line up to apply for heating assistance

    12/04/2012 7:43:52 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 39 replies
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 12/4/2012 | AMY LEIGH WOMACK
    Melissa Hines was the first person through the door when home heating help became available Monday morning.Hundreds of people were bundled up behind her in the dark, hoping to get help paying their heating bills.The Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council accepted applications from the first 250 people in the line, which stretched around St. Paul AME Church at 7 a.m. It’s part of a nationwide energy assistance program.Each person approved for the assistance will receive between $310 and $350, depending on income and family size, said Jimmie Samuel, the council’s executive director.Hines camped out starting at 9 p.m. Saturday night....
  • Big Lake men subdue serial burglar(AK)

    12/04/2012 7:43:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    frontiersman.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | Greg Johnson
    BIG LAKE — A bail-jumping burglar may be feeling lucky at the possibility of spending the next several decades in jail after an armed confrontation that nearly left him shot. Joshua Beaty, 25, was in the process of robbing the Big Lake area home of James Conner Oct. 26 when Conner and a couple of his friends caught Beaty in the act. “He already had the TV loaded up and some other stuff,” said Jim Bowe Jr., owner of Mark’s Big Lake Repair and friend of Conner. “He came out of the house and tried to sneak into his truck,...
  • Russia To Deploy Combat Troops Near Norway

    12/04/2012 7:43:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 29, 2012 | By Kevin Brent
    The Russian Navy's Northern Fleet announced yesterday the permanent deployment of the 200th Motorized Brigade of the Russian Army adjacent to the Norwegian border. It is the first of two brigades to be permanently assigned to the Northern Fleet and placed under the overall command of Vice Admiral Vladimir Korolev. This development is not only significant for the size of the formation itself and where it is being deployed, but also for the composition of forces within the brigade. Current Russian military commanders like their Soviet Era predecessors take the 'combined arms' warfare approach to force composition and structure with...
  • Northern California magician set on fire on Dominican TV show

    12/04/2012 7:43:34 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Chico Enterprise Record ^ | December 3, 2012 | HEATHER HACKING
    Magician Wayne Houchin, who grew up in Chico, had his head set on fire Monday in the Dominican Republic, and it wasn't part of the act. Houchin was the guest of a television show when a host poured flaming Aqua de Florida cologne on his head.
  • House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements

    12/04/2012 7:42:32 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 15 replies
    Heritage Foundation - Morning Bell ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | Amy Payne
    When President Obama put forth his first offer on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “You can’t be serious.” We could say the same thing to the Speaker after his counteroffer yesterday. In a letter signed by House Republican leadership, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Boehner offered to raise taxes by $800 billion and cut spending by $1.2 trillion, with no substantive reforms to the entitlement programs that are driving U.S. spending and debt. Heritage’s Alison Fraser, director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, and J.D. Foster,...
  • 81-year-old Detroit man shoots at intruder, scares him off

    12/04/2012 7:38:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 30 November, 2012 | Roger Weber
    DETROIT - An 81-year-old Detroit homeowner was upstairs when a brick shattered his sliding glass door. "I heard a loud 'pow' sound," said Dave, who did not want his full name used in this story. The sound jolted Dave from his sleep at 7 a.m. He could see from his bedroom that the door had been broken. He reached for his .22-caliber handgun. "I have had this (gun) since 1955 and never been fired. Never been fired," Dave said. He stood about 8 feet from his bedroom door, ready with the gun in case the intruder tried to come through.
  • (ID) Sen. Risch=Best Friend, (LA) Sen. Landrieu=Worst Enemy, of Small Business [Must-See Video]

    12/04/2012 7:36:25 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 12 replies
    C-Span Video ^ | 11/29/2012 | Senate Committee Hearing
    In 5 minutes this video sums up what it's all about. Watch the fantasic Sen. James Risch of the great state of Idao fry the SBA and the Obama adminstration's tax proposal - with one simple question followed by hummanna hummanna hummanna. Followed by Mary Landrieu barfing up communist spew to try to recover from the logical hit the administration took with that question. Action is from 1:24:50 to 1:30:00. But if you're into small business, the whole video is worth a background listen (and watch of the freaky characters). The SBA is a complete waste and needs to be...
  • Ageism in hospitals ´leaves elderly heart attack and breast cancer victims to die´

    12/04/2012 7:33:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/4/12 | Sophie Borland
    The elderly are being denied life-saving treatment for heart attacks and surgery following breast cancer, a report warns. [Snip]This year the Government promised to end ageism in the Health Service and introduced laws that enable the elderly to sue if they are unfairly refused treatment. But a report today warns that patients in their 50s are three times more likely to be offered an emergency treatment for heart attacks than those in their 80s. And some hospitals are refusing to offer the treatment to anyone over 75 at all. The procedure--a percutaneous coronary intervention--widens blood vessels and has been credited
  • Why Public Nudity Is Wrong (And why San Francisco, by the barest majority, is right to ban it)

    12/04/2012 7:32:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2012 | Dennis Prager
    If you want to understand leftism — and everyone needs to, because it has been the most dynamic religion of the past one hundred years — one good place to start is with San Francisco. Or, perhaps more precisely, with nudity. Or, even more precisely, with public nudity. Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted by the barest (pun not intended) margin, 6 to 5, to ban public nudity. By “public nudity,” the law means only displaying one’s genitals in public. San Francisco women are still free to walk around topless. But that is not unique to San...
  • Fiscal Cliff Debate Is About Size of Government, Not Taxing "the Rich" Thomas Sowell

    12/04/2012 7:22:09 AM PST · by Fred · 9 replies
    real clear pols ^ | 120412 | Thomas Sowell
    Amid all the political and media hoopla about the "fiscal cliff" crisis, there are a few facts that are worth noting. First of all, despite all the melodrama about raising taxes on "the rich," even if that is done it will scarcely make a dent in the government's financial problems. Raising the tax rates on everybody in the top two percent will not get enough additional tax revenue to run the government for ten days. And what will the government do to pay for the other 355 days in the year? All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting...
  • REPORT: Elizabeth Warren Will Get A Seat On The Senate Banking Committee

    12/04/2012 7:18:43 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-4-2012 | Linette Lopez
    REPORT: Elizabeth Warren Will Get A Seat On The Senate Banking Committee Linette LopezDecember 4, 2012 Huffington Post is reporting that Elizabeth Warren now has a seat on the Senate Banking Committee. The freshman Senator-elect and former Harvard professor is known for being an outspoken critic of Wall Street. After being passed over for the top spot at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped to form, she won a nail-biter Massachusetts Senate contest against Scott Brown. There has been a ton of speculation about which committee Warren would sit on. As a freshman, her picks take a...
  • After Meeting Bill Clinton, Father Of Asperger Child Wondered Whether Clinton Has Same Syndrome

    12/04/2012 7:05:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bill Clinton is famous for feeling others' pain. So he might be the last person one would suspect of having Asperger syndrome, which is characterized by a lack of demonstrated empathy. Yet that is precisely the thought that passed through the mind of Ron Fournier after meeting the former president with his son Tyler, who is diagnosed with the disorder. Fournier told the surprising story on today's Morning Joe. A former Associated Press reporter, now with the National Journal, Fournier recounted how during the meeting, Clinton went off on a long monologue about Teddy Roosevelt, missing the clues that he...
  • Man, 79, disarms intruder with karate chop

    12/04/2012 7:04:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Chris Paschenko
    LEAGUE CITY — With a karate chop to the throat, a 79-year-old resident disarmed a rifle-toting man who was accused by police of being high on bath salts while trying to break into a home. Ervin Brittnacher awoke shortly before 6 a.m. Monday to a racket in front of his house in the 3000 block of McFarland Road, League City police Lt. Bruce Whitten said. “We talked to the homeowner, who said he woke up to a guy banging on the porch,” Whitten said. “It sounded like he was ripping the screen off.” Brittnacher opened the door to see what...
  • Why President Obama's Tax Hike Will Hurt the 98%

    12/04/2012 7:01:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/04/2012 | Charles Kadlec
    President Barack Obama’s campaign to raise tax rates on the top 2% will cause far more economic pain to the 98% than to the truly rich. First, the truly rich have already demonstrated their ability to avoid much of the Obama tax hikes. At the same time, the higher marginal tax rates he demands will reduce the opportunities for economic activity, leading to slower growth and fewer job opportunities for the 98%. Finally, those with high incomes inevitably will shift much of the burden of Obama tax hike to those with lower incomes. Let’s start with the ruse that the...
  • Dark Shadows

    12/04/2012 6:55:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    The opening scene-setter for the 1996 film "Independence Day" might serve as a metaphor for what Egyptians could face if a draft constitution written by a panel dominated by Islamists and based on Sharia law wins approval in a referendum: "A loud rumble is heard. Suddenly, we are covered in darkness as the shadow engulfs us. Only the image of our Earth hangs in the air, until a huge silhouetted object suddenly blocks our view." Egypt could well embrace the dark side (to mix movie metaphors) and become the region's biggest force for extremism, just ahead of the Wahaabists in...
  • La. town evacuates; police relocate explosives

    12/04/2012 6:55:17 AM PST · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | HOLBROOK MOHR and KEVIN McGILL
    <p>DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Weather could complicate the transfer of roughly 6 million pounds of explosives that were haphazardly stored at an industrial site in northwestern Louisiana and led to the evacuation of a small town, a state police spokeswoman said Monday.</p>
  • George Zimmerman: In Technicolor

    12/04/2012 6:43:07 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    Talkleft ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jeralyn Merritt
    Also, the defense has filed a motion asking for the original interview of Trayvon Martin's phone friend "Dee Dee", whom Team Crump has described as 16 years old since March 20, the day they played a phone conversation between her and Crump. Why? It seems when the state interviewed her on April 2, they asked her how old she was and she said "18." The state redacted both the question and the answer from the recording initially provided the defense (and the media version). Footnote 2 of Zimmerman's Motion to Compel, seeking an order directing Benjamin Crump "to produce the...
  • Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

    12/04/2012 6:07:15 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Jennifer O'Mahony
    Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters. Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month. Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft's Windows division, said yesterday: "Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7," speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP...
  • Conservatives removed from financial committees by GOP House leadership

    12/04/2012 5:59:49 AM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 81 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 3, 2012 | Francesca Chambers
    The fissure between the GOP establishment and Tea Party members in Congress blew wide open Monday evening when conservative members of Congress were suddenly removed from House financial committees.RedState’s Erick Erickson was the first reliable source to share that conservatives were reportedly being removed from the House’s finance related committees by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).Shortly after, Roll Call reported that Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona had been removed from from the Financial Services Committee “for bucking the party line too often.”“This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle. That...
  • Jordanian King to Visit Ramallah to Help PA 'Establish State'

    12/04/2012 5:52:29 AM PST · by wesagain · 15 replies
    Israel National News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Jordan's King Abdullah is set to arrive in Ramallah on Thursday on the first visit of an Arab leader to the area since the Palestinian Authority was granted UN recognition as a non-member observer state. "King Abdullah will visit the state of Palestine the day after tomorrow, on Thursday, in the first visit by a top official to the Palestinian state after we received UN recognition," Nimr Hammad, political adviser to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmud Abbas, told AFP on Tuesday. "The visit will confirm Jordanian efforts and support for the Palestinian people and their leadership," Hammad added after assuming the...
  • South Carolina Bill Would Nullify ‘Obamacare’

    12/04/2012 5:51:13 AM PST · by Resettozero · 143 replies
    The Times Examiner ^ | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Bob Dill
    South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act Declares ‘Obamacare’ Unconstitutional and invalid in South Carolina A proposed bill sponsored by Rep. William Chumley of Spartanburg County, and designed to block ‘Obamacare’ in South Carolina, will be pre-filed in Columbia before the end of the year. The South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act declares the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” passed by a “lame duck’ Democrat Congress and signed into law by President Obama, to be “unconstitutional,” “invalid” and “shall be considered null and void in this state.” The description of the act reads as follows: An...
  • South African Company to Build U.S. Plant to Convert Gas to Liquid Fuels

    12/04/2012 5:50:36 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | CLIFFORD KRAUSS
    WESTLAKE, La. — In an ambitious bet that the glut of cheap natural gas in the United States will last for many years, a South African energy company announced on Monday that it would build America’s first commercial plant to convert natural gas to diesel and other liquid fuels. The company, Sasol, which is based in Johannesburg, has been a pioneer in a technology that has tantalized energy scientists for decades over its potential to produce liquid fuels without using oil, which has historically cost far more than natural gas. Having already built smaller plants in South Africa and Qatar,...
  • Caption this

    12/04/2012 5:46:47 AM PST · by crosshairs · 37 replies
  • Producers watch the clock in Eagle Ford

    12/04/2012 5:45:58 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    The rush is on in the Eagle Ford Shale, and some of it has more to do with legal contracts than extracting oil and gas from miles below the surface. The clock is ticking on many of the mineral leases that South Texas landowners signed a few years ago after the first successful Eagle Ford well in La Salle County in 2008. If oil and gas companies don’t start production soon, they could lose rights to drill. People who own mineral rights would be free to sign leases with other companies. Leases vary but typically include an upfront bonus payment...
  • DECONSTRUCTING N.Y. TIMES' ANTI-FIREARMS BLATHER

    12/04/2012 5:34:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 30 November, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The New York Times might contain “all the news fit to print,” but it also contains bias, distortion and outright lies supporting failed policies and irrational fears. On Black Friday, as Americans were setting another record in single-day firearm purchases, the Times editorial board was decrying the lack of action in Congress on gun control and calling for President Obama to keep his promises to pursue gun-control legislation. In typical, disingenuous Times fashion, they denigrated gun owners for taking Obama’s “tepid remark” about gun control during the presidential debates as a threat, and then characterized these same remarks from Obama...
  • New lawmakers urged to reject God, prayer

    12/04/2012 5:30:38 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | November 12, 2012
    New House and Senate members are being urged to reject an invitation to join the 105-strong Congressional Prayer Caucus by the influential American Humanist Association which claims there is no evidence of God or Heaven. In a letter to new lawmakers following last week's election, the group warned that Prayer Caucus members too often push legislation that favors Christianity and Christian social morals and that senators and congressmen should abide the Constitutionally mandated separation of church and state. They also indicated opposition to the practice of opening and closing each session of Congress with a prayer, which "relegates non-religious Americans...
  • The Party of Reagan is dead: Long live the Party of Liberty

    12/04/2012 5:15:18 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 30 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/4/12 | Judson Phillips
    As we approached the 40thanniversary of the moon landings four years ago, there was a renewed interest in the space program. Not the current space program, but the space program of the 60’s that put Americans on the moon. Obama killed the current space program, so all we can do now is look back with nostalgia at our glory days. The Republican Party is the same way. Every year, almost every local Republican Party has a Reagan day dinner. Republicans remember the glory days when they ran Washington. The Republican rank and file is much like the average American. They...
  • Obama, Media Whitewash Morsi's Pro-Jihad, Anti-Jew Past

    12/04/2012 5:12:56 AM PST · by yoe · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | December 3,2012 | Editor
    Islamofascism: To hear the president and his media stenographers, Egypt's new leader is a "practical" guy who's surprisingly Westernized. He loves our movies and even the "ERA." Such positive reviews provide Mohammed Morsi a fig leaf of secularism and legitimacy. But they cannot hide his dark Islamist heart. [snip] For starters, Morsi was hardly a bit player in the Brotherhood. He was hailed as a martyr by the radical Islamist group after spending seven months behind bars for supporting jihadists. And he worked for years alongside Hamas, the Brotherhood's Palestinian branch. He spent a decade helping lead the Brotherhood's parliamentary...
  • Military judge taken off Ft. Hood shooting case over beard fight

    12/04/2012 5:12:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 3, 2012, 6:45 p.m. | By Matt Pearce
    A military judge's "duel of wills" with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan over whether Hasan would have to shave made the judge appear biased, requiring his removal from the case, a military appeals court ruled Monday. Hasan, 42, is accused of killing of 13 people and wounding 32 others in a rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2009. Hasan, who is Muslim, said that he had grown the beard for religious reasons and that it was protected under freedom of religious expression. Military prosecutors disagreed, as did the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, who ruled that the beard violated the...
  • Republicans and Mad Max

    12/04/2012 5:10:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Mona Charen
    The incomparable Walter Russell Mead, writing in the American Interest, offered a glimpse into the coming dystopia: "Things are getting worse in San Bernardino. The city filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, but its financial situation has continued to deteriorate. And now with what promises to be a heated court battle over payments to the state pension fund in the offing, further cuts are likely. "Things are getting so bad that at a recent city council meeting, the city attorney advised residents to 'lock their doors and load their guns' because the city could no longer afford to keep up...
  • China, South Korea agree to boost yuan, won use in trade

    12/04/2012 5:02:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 hrs ago
    Trade giants China and South Korea have agreed to utilise their currency swap valued at $59 billion to boost the use of yuan and won in bilateral trade, Seoul's finance ministry and central bank said on Tuesday. Central banks of the world's largest and seventh largest exporters will begin lending trading firms yuan and won through banks from later this month for use in settling trade bills, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Bank of Korea said in a joint statement. "Using local currencies for trade settlement has been a global trend since the end of the 2008-2009...
  • A Movement Toward Food Justice

    12/04/2012 5:02:27 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 123 replies
    linkedin ^ | 12/4/2012 | cory booker
    This morning, I will begin living on a food budget of $30 a week / $4.32 per day. This is the financial equivalent of the budget provided to people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, in the State of New Jersey. I will live only on a SNAP equivalent food budget for the next seven days. Undertaking what is referred to as the #SNAPChallenge began with a social media-based conversation on Twitter. A Twitter user tweeted me her opinion that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government". This comment caused me to...
  • Bishops Letter on the Economy - Economic Justice for All

    12/04/2012 4:55:11 AM PST · by publius1 · 17 replies
    NCCB ^ | 1986 | US Catholic Bishops
    The precarious economic situation of so many people and so many families calls for examination of U.S. economic arrangements. Christian conviction and the American promise of liberty and justice for all give the poor and the vulnerable a special claim on the nation's concern. They also challenge all members of the Church to help build a more just society. 20. The investment of human creativity and material resources in the production of the weapons of war makes these economic problems even more difficult to solve.
  • Obama Barreling Toward Real Fiscal Cliff

    12/04/2012 4:53:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Some commentators wonder why President Obama always engages in brinksmanship. Why can't he meet Republicans halfway, like Clinton did, they ask. Let me try to respond. One blogger suggests that Obama prefers to play chicken, taking the nation right to the edge of a fiscal disaster because it will increase the likelihood that the GOP will cave. Perhaps, but there's more to it. Many of us warned that Obama is not, by nature or ideology, a conciliator. He is not a centrist, and he's not someone who is interested in the other side's ideas. He knows what he wants to...
  • Soldiers, Police Seize Illegal Weapons Hidden in Negev Sheep Pen

    12/04/2012 4:36:32 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | David Lev
    A crack IDF team, along with several police units, has discovered and confiscated a cache of illegal weapons. The weapons were discovered in a sheep pen in the Bedouin village of Hura in the Negev. A number of residents of the town were taken into custody. The weapons were found in several sacks hidden inside the pen. Among the weapons were M-16 rifles and dozens of cartridges for them. Other weapons were found as well. The owner of the pen said that he had no idea that the weapons were there, nor did he know how they got there. He...
  • The Post-Election Public Mood: It’s About to Hit the Fan

    12/04/2012 4:27:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 124 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 3, 2012 | Gordon Runyan
    Freedom Outpost has previously reported on the fact that gun sales represent at least one booming sector of the American economy since the re-election of Barak Obama. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to interpret that piece of data in terms of sociology: What must people be thinking? That’s a legitimate question, and it’s easy to think of an answer. Horror icon, Stephen King, has a theory that the same sort of “weather vane” indication of the public mood can be discerned from the popularity, or lack thereof, of current scary movies. In his nonfiction book about creating horror fiction, Danse...
  • 7 Reasons Socialism Will Make You Poorer Than Capitalism

    12/04/2012 4:26:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Given what we know in 2012, saying that capitalism will make a society richer than socialism should be about as controversial as saying the earth is round, not flat. Yet, a recent Gallup poll shows that more liberals have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. This is only possible because there are so many perverse incentives that drive the promotion of socialism. If you're a politician, socialism puts power in your hands while capitalism takes it away. If you want to use the government to control people's lives, socialism is a wonderful vehicle to do just that while capitalism...
  • Talking Tax Reform, Let’s Start with Cokie’s Uterus

    12/04/2012 4:15:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | John Ransom
    It’s apparently cool for the cool kids to think that Grover Norquist is a dweeb. Yes, the guy who has been warning all of us about the untenable nature of the federal tax-and-spend system, the guy who came up with the novel idea that the Republican Party should actually stand for something- and be held accountable for campaign promises- is in trouble now. Prior to the election, the reason why politicians like Barack Obama and Lindsey Graham trimmed their sails to the political winds in the first place and extended the Bush era tax cuts was because a guy like...
  • Anna Wintour 'leading contender to be America's UK ambassador'

    12/04/2012 4:15:05 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | December 4, 2012 | Alex Spillius
    On the face of it, Ms Wintour, 63, may not appear a natural candidate for international diplomacy. Her reportedly aloof and demanding personality has earned her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour” and inspired the waspish character played by Meryl Streep in the film The Devil Wears Prada. But according to Bloomberg News, Mr Obama has placed her on his short list to safeguard transatlantic relations at the Court of St James. It would be hard to find a better connected ambassador in the fields of fashion and entertainment than Ms Wintour, who was awarded an OBE for services to British journalism...
  • Charges dropped against New Haven [CT] attorney who brought handgun to Batman movie

    12/04/2012 4:07:33 AM PST · by Daffynition · 3 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | December 03, 2012 | William Kaempffer
    NEW HAVEN — A judge dismissed all charges against a local immigration lawyer arrested for bringing a licensed handgun to a Batman movie last year less than three weeks after a Colorado massacre at a debut of “The Dark Knight Rises.” On the behalf of the state, Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Strollo Monday entered ”nolles” on counts of breach of peace and interfering with police against attorney Sung-Ho Hwang in connection with the Aug. 7 incident at the Criterion Cinemas downtown.
  • Iran Flies Propaganda; US Denies Drone Downed

    12/04/2012 4:03:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The United States has denied an Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ claim that they downed a US spy drone, possibly part of the regime’s propaganda in the wake of mounting evidence pointing to a feverish race to develop a nuclear weapon. “The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space,” a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain told news agencies. “We have no record that we have lost any ScanEagles recently.” Iran’s state-controlled media reported Tuesday...
  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 4:02:29 AM PST · by publius1 · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/3/12 | David Welch
    IT is a shame that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away in 2008. The conservative movement could use him — or someone like him — right now. In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked. Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts...
  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 4:02:01 AM PST · by publius1 · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/3/12 | David Welch
    IT is a shame that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away in 2008. The conservative movement could use him — or someone like him — right now. In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked. Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts...
  • Polls: Nation that re-elected Obama wants more spending cuts than tax hikes, still hates Obamacare

    12/04/2012 3:53:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Look, I don’t even know anymore. I’m just gonna put these out there for you as yet another indication of how tough getting anywhere close to solving our deficit and debt problems is. It’s a nice complement to the latest in the fiscal cliff saga, in which allegedly intractable, unreasonable Republicans offer a Simpson-Bowles-like compromise that might actually come within a couple ballparks of acknowledging our debt problems while Democrats seem rather enthusiastic about cliff-diving and yet the press and public are determined to blame Republicans for going over. Let’s see if that can change in the near future. Presumably...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 4, 2012

    12/04/2012 2:47:32 AM PST · by sneakers · 19 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
  • The Middle East “Two State Solution” Delusion

    12/04/2012 2:47:04 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 1 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12/4/12 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    Following Obama’s declaration to the Turkish Parliament that he was all in for the two-state-solution, he doubled down in Cairo, Egypt on June 4, 2009 when he said: "For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Greatest Hits

    12/04/2012 2:38:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/03/12 | John Fund
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Greatest HitsBy John Fund December 3, 2012 9:57 A.M. Republicans think they got a bit of good news this morning with the announcement that President Obama has asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. The Florida congresswoman will now lead the party through the 2014 mid-term elections. **SNIP** - “We own the economy,” she declared at a breakfast sponsored by Politico in June 2011. “We own the beginning of the turnaround, and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery.” The economy, she said, “has turned around”...
  • Senate Dems push climate change amendment (to defense authorization bill)

    12/04/2012 2:19:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/12 | Zack Colman
    Senate Dems push climate change amendmentBy Zack Colman - 12/03/12 11:12 PM ET Senate Democrats are attempting to force a vote on climate change through an amendment to the defense authorization bill, according to a copy of the amendment obtained by The Hill. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-R.I.) amendment calls for the U.S. to “assess, plan for, and mitigate the security and strategic implications of climate change” out of concern for national security. Democrats might be looking for a vote of record by Republicans on climate change, thinking opposition to it would be cast in a negative light after Hurricane Sandy....