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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...