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  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

    12/04/2012 10:11:57 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/03/12 | David Sherfinski
    A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights[.] Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially are needlessly given the label and, as such, cannot buy or possess firearms.
  • Dick Armey resigns from tea party group (FreedomWorks)

    12/04/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by GVnana · 41 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/4/2012
    One of the most influential - but behind-the-scenes - leaders of the tea party movement has left the organization he helped to build. Former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Tex., resigned from the tea party umbrella group FreedomWorks at the end of last week. A spokesperson for FreedomWorks confirmed to CBSNews.com that the organization "accepted his letter of resignation."Mother Jones Magazine first reported the story and obtained a copy of the letter Armey sent to Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks. The separation appears to have been tenuous and Armey told Mother Jones that the organization was taking an "unproductive" direction. When...
  • The Demographic Cliff: How will our society survive as it becomes older and numbers become fewer?

    12/04/2012 10:09:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • Obama Wants a War

    12/04/2012 10:05:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    Conservatives seem to be nonplussed about President Obama sending Treasury Secretary Geithner to Capitol Hill without a proposal for a grand bargain on entitlements. But why? Worrying about debt and default and entitlements is for the responsible people. Responsibility is for the people who believe in the "responsible self," the notion developed a couple of millennia ago during the Axial Age. Responsibility is for the bourgeoisie. President Obama is above all that. Liberal politics in general is above all that. Their politics is about war, not about nice comfortable entitlements. President Obama's War? He's fighting a war on "inequality." Even...
  • Press Release: $120 million DOE grant boosts California energy storage accelerator (CalCEF & JCESR)

    12/04/2012 10:04:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 12/4/12 | PRNewswire/Press Release: CalCEF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new California innovation accelerator for energy storage firms is getting a "fresh charge," thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy. CalCharge – a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF, a family of nonprofit organizations working to promote the transition to a clean energy economy-- will play a central role in the newly announced Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), the latest U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub. JCESR, led by Argonne National Laboratory in Indiana, will combine the R&D power of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four...
  • Poll: Repubs Getting Massacred in 'Cliff' Media Debate

    12/04/2012 10:01:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    You know, it's tough to fight the media on behalf of conservatism when those elected to institute and protect conservatism have no skills whatsoever when it comes to articulating and defending our ideas. According to this new poll, House Republicans might actually be doing better in this debate were they to simply say nothing. They certainly couldn't be doing worse: While 53 percent of those surveyed say the GOP would (and should) lose the fiscal cliff blame game, just 27 percent say President Obama would be deserving of more of the blame.
  • Donations to Obama from faculty, staff, at Catholic colleges outpaced those to Romney

    12/04/2012 9:59:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/12 | Caroline May
    The vast majority of faculty and staff members from the nation’s top Catholic universities donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign over Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s this cycle, according to a new report. Ninety-one percent of the employees at 23 different Catholic schools gave to Obama, according to Federal Elections Commission data available on OpenSecrets.org and analysed by the conservative college site Campus Reform. Much has been made of Obama’s Affordable Care Act mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage, a requirement that church officials say conflicts with Catholic religious doctrine,
  • Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace as Police Battle Protesters

    12/04/2012 9:55:46 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2012 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. Police fired teargas at demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. Several thousand people had gathered nearby in what they dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the...
  • News Flash: Senate to Vote on UN Treaty [Update: 60 yes votes, 40 no votes, Treaty FAILS!]

    12/04/2012 9:54:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/3/12 | Karen Farris
    The US Senate will be voting Tuesday, December 4th on whether to ratify a United Nations treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beneath the surface of this important sounding effort, is a crafty attempt to bequeath more of our American sovereignty to the authority of the United Nations. America has some of the most stringent protections for those who are disabled. This treaty supposedly makes it a more global effort to support the disabled. Proponents say if the US signs the treaty other nations would be more likely to improve their own efforts with the disabled. But like...
  • Homeowner, 76, pulls gun on scam artists who flee in van(IN)

    12/04/2012 9:50:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Staff
    HOBART | A 76-year-old Hobart homeowner and his wife were targets of scam artists who prey on the elderly, police said. Three men, who knocked on the couple's door Thursday on the pretext of doing yard work, instead worked to divert their attention, police Detective James Gonzales said. No money reportedly was stolen by the men, who were inside the couple's house and garage, police said. The homeowner, who began feeling uncomfortable, grabbed his handgun from inside his garage, but was pushed down by one of the men who took it from him, Gonzales said. The gun was recovered on...
  • KY:WKU wraps up first semester with new gun policy

    12/04/2012 9:21:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wkuherald.com ^ | 4 November, 2012 | Mary Anne Andrews
    This fall marked the first semester students have been allowed to have guns and other weapons in their vehicles on campus. After the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that public universities couldn’t ban guns from cars on campus, WKU had to change its policy. Prior to July 27, students were not allowed to have guns on campus in any capacity. The new policy allows students with valid concealed carry licenses to keep weapons in their cars, in plain sight. Students who don’t have licenses may still have the weapons in their cars and campus lots but must keep them in a...
  • Illinois poll of Hispanics finds agreement with GOP on guns, gays, abortion

    12/04/2012 9:14:05 AM PST · by bigbob · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-4-12 | Alexis Levinson
    As Republicans ponder how to win over Hispanics in future election cycles, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. A poll of Illinois Hispanics conducted by pollster Mike McKeon found that a majority shared views generally considered to be sympathetic to the Republican party. The poll found Hispanics in the conservative camp on social issues in particular. Fifty-one percent said they opposed legalizing gay marriage, compared to just 40 percent who favored legalization. Fifty-six percent called themselves pro-life, while just 33 percent said they were pro-choice. A small plurality of those surveyed said they did not...
  • Report: Youth Employment At Lowest Level Since World War II

    12/04/2012 9:08:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    A report released Monday claimed employment for America's youth is at the lowest level it's been since World War II. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's study titled "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity," "6.5 million people ages 16 to 24 are both out of school and out of work, statistics that suggest dire consequences for financial stability and employment prospects in that population." The findings are truly disturbing. "Entry-level jobs at fast-food restaurants and clothing stores that high school dropouts once could depend on to start their careers now go to older workers...
  • Churches Thwart Nativity Ban By Putting Up Living Displays In Santa Monica

    12/04/2012 9:05:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 4, 2012 12:58 AM | Serene Branson
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Churches have found a way to keep the decades-old Christmas nativity display alive in Santa Monica following a controversial ban on having the scenes in a public park. Pastor Keith Magee of Trinity Baptist Church is just one of the organizations Monday night who found a loophole in the ban by putting on a live, temporary nativity scene. Volunteers were on hand to play the roles of Joseph and Mary, among other biblical figures. “We want to have a positive effect here in the community, because the nativity scenes have been a positive thing for the...
  • Port Strike Enters 8th Day Despite Mayor’s Mediation

    12/04/2012 9:01:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 4, 2012 5:40 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The strike at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its eighth day Tuesday, despite a late-night meeting held by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and both sides of the picket line. The Mayor returned from a planned trade mission to South America Monday night because of the strike. He went straight to the bargaining table at 11 p.m. and continued to be a part of negotiations early Tuesday morning. Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the two sides are likely closing in on a deal to end the strike. “Mayor Villaraigosa has a...
  • Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants?

    12/04/2012 9:00:12 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    WIFR ^ | Dec 03, 2012 | WIFR/Landon Cassman
    ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It may be hard to believe, but there may be as many as a quarter of a million undocumented immigrants driving around Illinois without a driver's license. Ponce can't get one because he says he's an undocumented immigrant. "I've been stopped twice. One was with a state trooper, and the issue was cleared up. And that was because I had a bad light in the back of the car. And the other one was I had an accident, and that case was also resolved. But still I think that this is an appropriate move,” said Alfredo Ponce.
  • Sorry Libs, The NRA Was There to Help Blacks Defend Themselves From KKK Democrats, Not the...

    12/04/2012 8:57:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-3-2012 | Jim Hoft
    December 3, 2012 Sorry Libs… The NRA Was There to Help Blacks Defend Themselves From KKK Democrats, Not the Other Way Around Jim Hoft On September 28, 1868, a mob of Democrats massacred nearly 300 African-American Republicans in Opelousas, Louisiana. The savagery began when racist Democrats attacked a newspaper editor, a white Republican and schoolteacher for ex-slaves. Several African-Americans rushed to the assistance of their friend, and in response, Democrats went on a “Negro hunt,” killing every African-American (all of whom were Republicans) in the area they could find. (Via Grand Old Partisan)Which brings us to today… Asshat Jason Whitlock,...
  • Evidence Suggests Apple Is Assembling Some Products In The U.S.

    12/04/2012 8:55:54 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 3, 2012 | Dylan Love
    As it does with every new product of note, iFixIt tore apart Apple's new 21.5" iMac to see what's going on inside. A surprising reveal: etching on the computer reads "Assembled in the USA," not China as usual. 9to5Mac points out that some Apple boxes have read "Assembled in the USA" in the past, but the assumption was that these devices were simply refurbished in the USA. This is the first time that the words have appeared etched into the computer itself. So it begs the question –– where is Apple's secret American assembly facility?
  • The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon'

    12/04/2012 8:49:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/04/2012 - 9:33am Most rock musicians are typically quite liberal. Apparently not legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend who dropped a political bombshell Tuesday saying, "I'm a bit of a neocon" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): During a six-minute interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl for the joint online program "Spinners and Winners" launched in January by ABC and Yahoo! News, Townshend said he thought Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to win the election earlier this month. "I thought he was throwing the money...
  • The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

    12/04/2012 8:29:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: "We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation." That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner's face and tell him, "Give me a call, Tim, when you're serious," suggests that the speaker feels he...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 4,2012

    12/04/2012 8:28:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 54 replies
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  • Report: Kellogg Foundation, SEIU funded attacks on Voter ID laws

    12/04/2012 8:26:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-4-12 | David Martosko
    A progressive foundation and a labor union have combined to pour millions of dollars into a “racial justice” group that was hostile to voter ID laws during the 2012 campaign season, according to a conservative watchdog group in Wisconsin. While True the Vote and other right-leaning campaigns were promoting ID requirements for voters and monitoring the implementation of ID laws at the state level, the Applied Research Center (ARC) was pushing back with claims that photo ID requirements at polling places were thinly veiled expressions of racism. Media Trackers, the conservative Wisconsin group, reported Monday that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,...
  • General warns: ‘Egypt is heading into a civil war’ judges answer Morsi’s referendum with a boycott

    12/04/2012 8:22:13 AM PST · by Fred · 17 replies
    A controversial decision by Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council to completely refrain from supervising a referendum on the recently approved constitution remains the top story in the Arab press. “Egypt: Judiciary boycotts the referendum… and the constitutional committee suspends work,” reads the main headline of the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, long known for its anti-Islamist leanings. The paper reports that judges on the council — all appointed by deposed former president Hosni Mubarak — feared for their safety when they saw crowds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters blocking the roads leading to the gates, “climbing the fences… and inciting the people against...
  • House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements

    12/04/2012 8:19:48 AM PST · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/4/2012 | 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 $1.4 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,...
  • Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected by 1st Amendment – Appeals Court

    12/04/2012 8:11:56 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/03/12 | Ashby Jones
    A federal appellate court in New York has reversed the conviction of a Long Island man found guilty of promoting off-label uses for pharmaceuticals on grounds that the conviction violated his First Amendment free speech rights.
  • Obama Barreling Toward Real Fiscal Cliff

    12/04/2012 8:11:26 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/4/2012 | 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...
  • Auction for an intimate hour with Sandra Fluke closes two days early

    12/04/2012 8:11:22 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 4, 2012 | Matt Lewis
    The auction for a private one-hour online “strategy session” with women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke ended two days early because the auctioneer, a charitable website BiddingForGood, deemed some responses to the auction as unacceptably “harassing.” “We had a wonderful opportunity to make Sandra Fluke available for a consulting session with the highest bidder in this auction, but unfortunately, due to a disturbingly high number of harassing responses to this item, we have decided to close the auction two days early,” BiddingForGood said in a special note on the webpage for the auction. “We congratulate the winning bidder, and we apologize...
  • Race Matters, Actually

    12/04/2012 8:04:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 4, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ........There is nothing in Rice’s past to suggest that her own race, gender, or class was a disadvantage in her cursus honorum. In the nexus of elite universities and Democratic politics — whether Stanford University, the Rhodes Scholarship, or the Clinton administration — being black, female, and elite is far more advantageous that being white, male, and poor. In postmodern America, it is considered noble to prejudge people on the basis of their race and gender, but it can be ignoble to postjudge them on the basis of merit. Note, in this regard, that no one seems worried that Susan...
  • Riot act read to school censoring 1st grader's poem

    12/04/2012 8:03:48 AM PST · by wesagain · 43 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Girl's verse commemorating grandfather's military service included the word "God"A school district in North Carolina has been given a deadline to affirm that it will not censor a student’s speech, or a legal team assembled by the Alliance Defending Freedom will seek a “remedy” to the problem. The issue arose several days ago when the school district told a first-grade student that a poem commemorating her grandfathers’ military service could not include the word “God,” because one member of the community didn’t like it. But in a letter sent from ADF to the McDowell County Schools in Marion, N.C., the...
  • Firearm NICS Checks break all time record

    12/04/2012 8:01:38 AM PST · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    FBI website ^ | 12/04/2012 | FBI
    Nationally, firearm NICS checks broke the record in November, with 2,006,919 checks. This beat the prior December 2011 record of 1,862,327.
  • Judge removed in Fort Hood shooting rampage case

    12/04/2012 7:57:15 AM PST · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    http://www.myfoxhouston.com ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | By ANGELA K. BROWN
    <p>FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.</p> <p>The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Col. Gregory Gross didn't appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.</p>
  • Obama and Israel: Carom Shot?

    12/04/2012 7:55:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/4/12 | Elliott Abrams
    The Israeli press is reporting that “The United States was behind the summoning of Israeli ambassadors by several European nations, Israeli sources with close ties to US administration officials said Monday. ‘The European move is essentially an American move,’ one official said. ‘The Brits asked the Americans how to act.’” The same story quotes an Israeli official saying “The Europeans got the green light to respond with extreme measures . . .” No proof is offered and proof in these circumstances will be hard to produce. But the story has a great deal of logic behind it. The Obama administration...
  • 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>