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  • Should Troublemakers Be Segregated from the General Population?

    12/05/2012 4:52:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Letís take a break from depressing posts about Obamaís fixation on class-warfare tax policy and the failure of Washington to enact genuine entitlement reform. Itís time for another edition of ďYou Be the Judge.Ē I periodically come across stories that cause me internal conflict. Often my heart gives one answer and my head disagrees. Or Iím genuinely unsure of the right approach.Previous editions of the game include: Is it appropriate to put politicians on trial†for economic malfeasance? Is it excessive vigilante justice†to set your daughterís rapist on fire? Should prisoners with AIDS be segregated from other convicts? Which†tax collection tactic...
  • President Obama set for Hawaii vacation estimated to cost taxpayers $4-million

    12/05/2012 4:40:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    WNWO ^ | 12/5/12 | Norm Van Ness
    Few would begrudge the President of the United States some well-earned down time. But with the "Fiscal Cliff" looming in coming weeks...and millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet...the Obama's choice of location and the expense of being there is causing many to shake their heads.
  • Obama's Economic Lumps of Coal

    12/05/2012 4:39:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama would have failed Negotiations 101, if there was such a course, the first rule being "do not insult" the people you're dealing with. Hitting the road to campaign for his plan to raise taxes on small business employers, investors and people in the top two income brackets, he hurled some mean-spirited accusations and insults at House Republican leaders even before they got down to serious negotiations to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team, whom Obama likened to Charles Dickens' hard-hearted, skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge, were offering the American people nothing more than...
  • Night Of The Long Knives: 'Fake' Conservative John Boehner Purges The GOP

    12/05/2012 4:30:58 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-5-12 | "Tyler Durden"
    Is this really the reason why markets are rallying today? (or is it front-running the potential 'cone of silence' from a long-weekend in DC) We suspect neither, but Mike Krieger, having written extensively on the two-party political sham, notes the issue is that both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are at their core the same on the big issues most affect these United States at this time. This past election should have been a wakeup call to the Republican establishment, but based on John Boehnerís recent actions, they have learned absolutely nothing. The Republican Party is imploding from...
  • As Middle East Burns, Hillary Says Save The Elephants

    12/05/2012 4:30:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 5, 2012
    Diplomacy: Egypt descends into chaos, Syria's chemical weapons are on the move, and Benghazigate's questions remain unanswered, but our outgoing secretary of state wants saving the African elephant to be her legacy? 'Some of you might be wondering why a secretary of state is keynoting an event about wildlife trafficking and conservation," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday in Washington, D.C., before a group of animal activists and several international ambassadors. Yes, that thought occurred to us, considering that she has put aside the fact that four Americans are dead, apparently forgotten casualties of the Sept. 11, 2012,...
  • CIVIL WAR II Americaís new cold war

    12/05/2012 4:24:06 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 103 replies
    Self ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    After a contentious election sometimes emotions run high. The winners are jubilant and the losers are despondent. This time itís different. After 4 years of an ďus against themĒ policy this nation has never been as divided as we are now since the first civil war. What may have been a deliberate policy to win an election may well transform into a monster that will devour us all.
  • Virginia Beach arena agreement reached; could Sacramento Kings leave?

    12/05/2012 4:23:31 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Sporting News ^ | Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012
    Could the Sacramento Kings be headed for Virginia Beach? While many steps remain, an important step was taken on Tuesday. Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms and Comcast-Spectacor have reached a deal to build a city-owned $350 million arena, according to WAVY-TV. The Sacramento Kings would be the "anchor" tenant, according to the report. The next step: a request has been sent to state officials requesting $150 million to complete the project. That $150 million loan would be paid back through state tax revenue from the arena. The breakdown of that $150 million would be $70 million toward capital costs. $80...
  • Jedi Mind Trick Nation

    12/05/2012 4:08:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In the original "Star Wars", Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) have to smuggle two droids into the criminal-infested, Empire-guarded city of Mos Eisley. The Empire has been looking for the droids, which contain secret information. But Obi Wan has a solution: when our heroes are confronted by emissaries of the Empire, he simply waves his hand. "These aren't the droids you're looking for." The weak-minded Stormtrooper promptly waves the group through. Obi Wan was using an old Jedi mind trick. Welcome to America, 2012. The Democratic Party has apparently been endowed with the ability...
  • Only 16 Members Can Unseat Boehner, Group Says

    12/05/2012 4:06:39 PM PST · by Fred · 141 replies ^ | 12/05/12 | Matthew Boyle
    The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner. ďSpeaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,Ē AMAís Ned Ryun said in a statement. ďBoehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senateóand heís been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. Itís time for him to go.Ē Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, theyíd only need 16 members to abstain from...
  • Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

    12/05/2012 4:03:49 PM PST · by John W · 96 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson
    The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded...
  • Toddler Shot Dead By 4-Year-Old Brother (MN)

    12/05/2012 3:58:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies ^ | 12/5/12 | WCCO Staff
    Police are investigating after a 2-year-old child was allegedly shot dead by another child. Police said the shooting happened in Minneapolisís Riverside neighborhood on the 1900 block of 7th Street South. They were called to the scene just before 1 p.m. Authorities said the 2-year-old child was pronounced dead in the ambulance at the scene before he could be taken to the hospital. According to Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer, the toddler was shot by his 4 year old brother who was playing with a firearm. Michelle Prestegard is a neighbor and witnessed the toddler receiving CPR. ďI saw the...
  • Lawmaker Says (Philippines) Govt Should Guarantee Pleasurable Sex for Women

    12/05/2012 3:58:52 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | December 5, 2012 | Adam CASSANDRA
    As debate intensified over amendments to the RH Bill in the Philippines Tuesday, the principle sponsor of the bill in the Senate, Senator Pia Cayetano, said that the government has a role in ensuring ďpleasurable sexĒ for women, and led an effort to strike down an amendment deleting such language from the bill.Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile introduced an amendment that would remove the word ďpleasurableĒ in the bill from the phrase ďpleasurable and safe sexual experiencesĒ which is included in the billís definition of sexual health.ďMany women are denied a pleasurable sexual experience,Ē explained Sen. Cayetano. ďThey give in...
  • Cops: State senator tried to board plane with unloaded gun, clip

    12/05/2012 3:54:42 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2012 | Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner
    State Sen. Donne Trotter, who is seeking the congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., was arrested this morning at OíHare International Airport for attempting to board a plane with an unloaded handgun and a clip with six bullets, officials said. Trotter, a Chicago Democrat who has served in the state legislature since 1988, was charged with a Class 4 felony, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County stateís attorneyís office.
  • Should College Students be Getting Their XXX Degrees?

    12/05/2012 3:47:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ashley Herzog
    That question was posed in response to a new report from WORLD on Campus about the pornification of American universities. According to WORLD, self-styled ďporn scholarsĒ in fields ranging from literature to law ďbelieve in immersing their students in the porn culture. Last year, 50 schools offered courses that included in-depth pornography content.Ē Students and their parentsómany of whom take out massive loans or a second mortgage to cover outrageously inflated tuitionómight ďbe surprised to learn they are payingÖto watch, digest and learn to appreciate pornography in college.Ē As someone three years out of college, the salacious details of the...
  • UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

    The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend.
  • CBO: Current Law Brings 55% Increase in Annual Spending, $4.25T in New Debt--And Record Taxation

    12/05/2012 3:44:24 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    If Congress allows current laws signed by President Barack Obama to stand and follows the fiscal path they have set for the next decade, federal tax revenues will rise to a record level as a percentage GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but annual federal spending will also increase by 55 percent and continuous deficits will require Congress to lift the federal debt limit by another $4.25 trillion even as the government rakes in unprecedented tax revenue. Under the so-called "fiscal cliff" scenario, in which all of the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire and ďsequestrationĒ of some...
  • Suspicion: Bedouin Helped Hamas Pinpoint Negev Targets

    12/05/2012 3:41:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Elements within the defense establishment suspect that Bedouin from the Negev relayed information to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, according to Maariv. It is believed that the Bedouin roamed about in forbidden military zones and gave the terrorists information about the exact location where their missiles and mortars struck, helping them to hit their targets more accurately. In one case, reservists from the Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion identified a Bedouin pick-up truck atop a hill in the Lachish training base. The soldiers suspected that they were assisting the enemy in targeting the base and fired...
  • Election 2012: Echoes of Trumanís 1948 Campaign

    12/05/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Many of our friends continue to register shock at the election returns of last month. How can it be?, they ask. Itís not so hard to figure out, we reply. The first Romney bumper sticker that appeared last year bore a startling resemblance to another famous corporate logo. What were they thinking? The first bumper sticker for the Presidentís re-election said simply: ďObamaCares.Ē Brilliant. We are not saying that President Obama does actually care about ďpeople like me.Ē But voters polled on that question chose Mr. Obama over Mitt Romney by...
  • The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job

    12/05/2012 3:36:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 12/05/2012 | Samuel Weigley
    While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9% as of October. Some regions fare far better than rest of the country, despite the fact that more than 12 million people are still considered unemployed in the U.S. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. where unemployment barely exists. Higher education and industries that support it are the reason these metropolitan areas are doing well. College towns across America tend to have lower unemployment rates than the population as a whole, Martin Kohli,...
  • Boehner to members: Leadership is watching your voting patterns

    12/05/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 115 replies
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting.
  • Stokely executed Wednesday morning (Arizona)

    12/05/2012 3:30:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies ^ | 12-5-12 | KGUN9
    Richard Stokley was executed this morning by lethal injection. He was convicted of the killing of two 13 year old girls in Elfrida. The killings happened in 1991. Stokley's accomplice, Randy Brazeal, is free after serving a 20-year sentence.
  • Geithner: Ready to Go Over 'Cliff' If Taxes Don't Rise

    12/05/2012 3:26:07 PM PST · by Skepolitic · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/5/12 | Justin Menza
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are "making a little bit of progress" in "fiscal cliff" talks but said the Obama administration was "absolutely" ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn't agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy. ...
  • Survey: Greece seen as most corrupt in EU

    12/05/2012 3:13:36 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | December 5, 2012 | David Rising
    BERLIN ó The countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe, and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday. Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores in Western Europe. On a scale newly introduced for this year's report, where 0 is "highly corrupt" and 100 is "very clean," Spain was ranked highest of the four in place 30 with a score of 65. Portugal followed in place 33 with...
  • Missing cousins update: Two bodies found in the woods

    12/05/2012 3:12:21 PM PST · by xjcsa · 10 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | December 5, 2012 | Courier Staff
    EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Authorities today said hunters found two bodies in a wooded area. While they did not say they were the missing girls from Evansdale, law officers said it was not the end they had hoped. Capt. Rick Abben said the two bodies were found in an undisclosed wooded area about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and to get a positive identification. Elizabeth Collins, now 9, of Evansdale, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, now 11, of Waterloo, who are cousins, have been missing from Evansdale since July 13 --...
  • Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' (COWABUNGA!)

    12/05/2012 3:02:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12-5-2012 | Michael Warren
    December 5, 2012 Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' Michael Warren President Barack Obama spoke to the White House Tribal Nations Conference of Native American groups at the Interior Department Wednesday. The chairman of the conference, Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, reportedly suggested that Obama is the first "American Indian" president. "Think about it for a second," Cladoosby said, according to the pool report. "The president loves basketball. He has an Indian name, he knows what it's like to be poor and he hasn't forgotten where he came from. And his theme song is 'Hail to...
  • The Blue-State Suicide Pact (Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Will Affect Blue-States the Most)

    12/05/2012 2:50:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    forbes ^ | 12/05/2012 | Joel Kotkin
    With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue statesí congressional representatives for the administrationís campaign for tax ďfairnessĒ represents a kind of bizarre economic suicide pact. Any move to raise taxes on the rich ó defined as households making over $250,000 annually ó strikes directly at the economies of these states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers. In fact, when you examine which states,...
  • Appeals Court Hears NLRB Recess Appointments Case

    12/05/2012 2:45:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 12/5/12 | Sean Hackbarth
    What does it mean for the Senate to be in recess? Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure that out. This stems from President Obama bypassing the Senate in appointing three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Wall Street Journal sets it up: [I]n January Mr. Obama named three new members of the National Labor Relations Board along with Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the Senate wasn't in recess. While Congress was conducting pro forma sessions, Mr. Obama pulled this end run around the Senate's advice...
  • U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadisí Hands

    12/05/2012 2:44:51 PM PST · by mojito · 56 replies
    The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September. But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand...
  • What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Immigration

    12/05/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/05/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political momentówhich comes only once every few decadesówas squandered on minor and temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking. This isnít as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than Canada. Canadaís provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends...
  • Swedish artist uses Jewish Holocaust victims' ashes for painting

    12/05/2012 2:39:51 PM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies ^ | december 5, 2012 | matthew day
    Carl Michael von Hausswolff mixed the ashes from the infamous Nazi facility with water to compose a small painting of grey streaks. The work now hangs in a gallery in the Swedish city of Lund. But Salomon Schulman, a leading voice in Sweden's Jewish community who lost many relatives to the Holocaust, has condemned the painting as "revolting". "Who knows," he wrote in a letter to a local newspaper. "Maybe some of the ashes originated from my relatives. No one knows where they were deported: all my mother's siblings and their children, and my grandparents. "I will never go to...
  • Charles Barkley Talks Guns With Bob Costas: ĎI Carry a Guní Because ĎI Just Feel Safer With Ití

    12/05/2012 2:35:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/5/12 | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to Bob Costasí controversial halftime gun control lecture on Sunday night, retired NBA all-star Charles Barkley said he carries ďa real gunĒ because he feels ďsafer with it.Ē Barkley, appearing on ďCostas Tonight,Ē said he doesnít think the nation has a ďgun cultureĒ but rather a ďcrime cultureĒ especially ďin the black community.Ē ďYou know, we as black people always, we donít have respect for one another. You know, weíve got more black men in prison than we do in college and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant,Ē Barkley said. ďAnd I know everybody reacts when something like...
  • Liberals don't want to make fun of Obama because they feel it will weaken him.

    12/05/2012 2:33:02 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 10 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals donít want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him if they honestly point out his foibles and his short-comings. The narrative is that Obama is sort of a god (in fact, Evan Thomas of Newsweek said exactly that.) Gods donít have any flaws. Thus, if they point out a single flaw, they are entirely destroying the narrative Conservatives donít think of their leaders as ďmessiahsĒ (or mythical knights in the fictional kingdom of Camelot) and thus, poking fun at them is not sacrilegious. To the Modern Liberal who looks to their leaders the...
  • Fermiís Anniversary: Seventy years ago, a scientific breakthrough revolutionized nuclear technology.

    12/05/2012 2:28:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    Enrico Fermi This week marks the 70th anniversary of a turning point in human history.It was on December 2, 1942, that Enrico Fermi ordered the control rods pulled from the nuclear reactor he had built under the west stands of the University of Chicago‚Äôs Stagg Field stadium, thereby initiating the first artificial sustained-fission reaction in human history. A cryptic message flashed the electrifying news back to Washington. ‚ÄúThe Italian navigator has landed in the new world.‚ÄĚThe consequences of Fermi‚Äôs success were profound. Within two and a half years, the Manhattan Project advanced to build both uranium-isotope-separation and plutonium-manufacturing facilities on...
  • Heads roll after Fast and Furious investigation

    12/05/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/5/12 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Besides Chait, McMahon, Gillett, Newell, Grindler, Voth and MacAllister; ten other Justice Department and ATF officials faulted by the Inspector General (IG) include: Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor with the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office assigned to Fast and Furious. The IG concluded Hurley's knowledge of "the clear public safety risk" being created by the suspects in Fast and Furious, who were allowed to continue to traffic in firearms for many months; should have prompted him to act urgently. Hurley was reportedly transferred out of the criminal division in the wake of the controversy. Mike Morrissey, Hurley's supervisor at the U.S....

    12/05/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday warned his House Republican conference against dissent from GOP leadership Ė and threatened retaliation similar to that against the already-purged conservatives if anyone else breaks from his pack. The Hill reports that, according to Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Boehner used his weekly GOP conference meeting to ďnote that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns." Huelskamp also said Boehner threatened ďthere may be more folks that will be targetedĒ and that Boehner told the...
  • Let the Taxi App Roll

    12/05/2012 2:08:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    If Hollywood remade "The Graduate" and set it in 1980, the one word the businessman would have for Dustin Hoffman's character wouldn't be "plastics." It'd be "medallions." That's because the single greatest investment you could have made over the last 30 years isn't in gold or silver or even Apple stock. It's in New York City taxicab medallions. Since 1980, New York's taxi medallions -- essentially the license to drive a cab in the Big Apple -- have appreciated nearly 2,000 percent, according to one estimate. Prices rose on average 8 percent annually for 30 years, dipping significantly only once...
  • Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan

    12/05/2012 2:08:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan By Ramsey Cox - 12/05/12 04:03 PM ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obamaís deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it. ďLast week [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,Ē McConnell said on the floor. ďI would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.Ē McConnell suggested that the Senate vote on what he called the presidentís ďridiculousĒ plan as an amendment to the...
  • Californians buying guns at record rate

    12/05/2012 2:04:15 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 172 replies
    Californians are buying more guns than ever. As of November, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System had run 981,798 background checks related to guns in California, beating out totals for previous years before 2012 is even over. The numbers jumped about 8 percent from last year, part of a steady increase since 2008. This year, however, the system broke records, with 154,873 calls on Nov. 23, up about 20 percent from Black Friday last year. With the high volume of calls, officials shut down call centers briefly to allow the system to catch up, Fischer said. Among California...
  • Undocumented immigrants lobby for drivers license

    12/05/2012 2:04:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    WZZM ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Phil Dawson
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After seeing what he calls their "passion and pain", Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell promises he will try to help illegal immigrants get a drivers license or identification card. "We must respond," he told a crowd of immigrants at city hall Tuesday night. "We don't issue drivers licenses or identification cards in the city, but I know we must respond and figure out the most effective way to address your concerns with the State of Michigan." The Mayor offered his support after immigrants, legal and illegal, spoke at the city commission meeting Tuesday night. They are...
  • Syrian rebels vow to conquer Israel, Iran and Spain

    12/05/2012 2:00:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies ^ | October 21, 2012
    Of course they blame the West for their becoming "Islamists." Yet despite their recent conversion, they seem well-versed in the Islamic supremacist agenda of reconquering lands that were once ruled by Muslims and that they thus think belong to Islam forever: "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out" (Qur'an 2:191). "Syrian Rebel Founding 'Robin Hood Brigade' Vows to Conquer Israel, Iran, and Europe," from MEMRI, October 21 (thanks to Mackie): Following are excerpts from a clip featuring rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria, which was posted on the Internet...
  • A Guide to Israel's Political Parties, So Far

    12/05/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Rochel Sylvetsky
    It is understandable if the non-Israeli reader finds it hard to follow the changes that have been taking place daily in the lists of Israeli political parties. Arutz Sheva has decided to try to set the reader straight. First, the established Ė well, sort of established Ė parties. Likud-Yisrael Beytenu: The two parties, one nationalist and the other originally Russian immigrant nationalist, have joined ranks. This is a political move, but may also signal that the Russians, who have taken their place in Israeli life, don't feel the need for their own party anymore. The joint list has still to...
  • ďTHE MARK LEVIN SHOWĒĖ Wednesday, December-5-2012

    12/05/2012 1:58:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 47 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Markís Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation ďConservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.Ē --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to ďThe Levin LoungeĒÖ Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time Ė and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Markís show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Ex-Pa. trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics

    12/05/2012 1:57:11 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/05/2012 | JOE MANDAK, Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) ó A black man contends he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper for false claims that he didn't properly write reports, and sometimes used Ebonics in doing so, according to a federal lawsuit. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends employs nearly all white troopers. Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a "lack...
  • A Queer Need for Rejection

    12/05/2012 1:55:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Whenever I write about the issue of First Amendment Freedom of Association, I defend the right of campus groups, not government administrators, to control their own belief structure and membership requirements. This often involves discussing real life cases with real life tension between religious groups and homosexual activists. This results in a slew of emails asking why a homosexual student would ever want to join a fundamentalist religious group. The short answer to the question is that homosexual activists don't really want to join these organizations. Some want to use them for political gain before shutting them down altogether. The...
  • Republicans weigh swallowing tax hike on the wealthy

    12/05/2012 1:55:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! Health ^ | 12/5/12 | Richard Cowan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While Republican leaders in the House of Representatives insist that raising tax rates on the rich is an impossibility, some Republican lawmakers now see it as inevitable to avoiding the "fiscal cliff" of severe tax hikes and spending cuts set to start January 1. Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified, said Republicans are losing the public relations battle over keeping low tax rates for the rich and are getting battered by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress following their November 6 election victories. On Capitol Hill aides often play an important role...
  • Karl Rove Taken Off the Air at Fox News - FNC Moves Away from Rove after his Election Night Tantrum

    12/05/2012 1:54:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Karl Rove taken off the air as Fox News distances themselves from conservative pundit after his Election Night tantrum Karl Rove has officially been benched as Fox News chief Roger Ailes has reportedly suspended the Republican operative from their airwaves. Rove and Dick Morris, a fellow paid political analyst, have been temporarily banned from appearing on Fox News as the network tries to distance themselves from the two men whose election predictions ended up being so far from the result. New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports that Ailes decided that it is important for Fox News to take a step...
  • 7 of Top 10 ĎWorldís Most Influential Muslimsí Are Islamists

    12/05/2012 1:47:58 PM PST · by bayouranger · 12 replies ^ | 04DEC12 | Ryan Mauro
    The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre has released this yearís list of the 500 ďworldís most influential MuslimsĒ and of the top 10, seven are Islamists. The unfortunate reality is that Islamism is indeed mainstream thought in the Muslim world and non-Muslims have a lot of ground to make up in the struggle over the direction of the Muslim world. The most influential Muslim is Saudi King Abdullah. He is hailed as a reformer but that is by Saudi standards. Under his rule, Sharia is still the law of the land in an especially puritanical form. By setting this example...
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer workers prepare for cuts to one-third of newsroom (Paper endorsed Obama!)

    12/05/2012 1:45:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Newsnet 5 ^ | 12/5/12 | John Kosich
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer plans to cut 58 positions out of its newsroom staff next year, according to the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. That's roughly one-third of the guild's 168 members. "We found out about them in the last few days," said Harlan Spector, of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. "The company has said that they're going to cut the unionized workforce of the newsroom to 110 next year."
  • Who Owns You? Dems or Unions?

    12/05/2012 1:43:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | John Ransom
    While itís a truism that for every finger you point at someone else youíve got three pointed right back at you, for liberals itís part of their laws of physics. It would be impossible for the laws of liberals to govern without this binding hypocrisy that keeps them in orbit. Thatís why it shouldnít surprise you that for all the leftist rhetoric about corporations and greed contributing the decline of the country, thereís one corporate outfit thatís really screwing up this country- and itís a creation and a creature of the left. Like most Big Left organizations it is a...
  • In California, the Shasta & Scott River Water Wars Continue

    12/05/2012 1:42:43 PM PST · by WonkyTonky · 5 replies
    Newswatch 12, ^ | December 4, 2012 | Ron Brown
    FT. JONES, Calif. Ė The ongoing battle between farmers, ranchers and fishing groups for water in the Klamath River Basin is heating up again. On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Department hosted a workshop in Ft. Jones to identify parties who have a stake in Scott River water issues. It was standing room only at the Ft. Jones Community Hall, as Scott Valley residents lined the walls for a California Fish and Game workshop meeting. That didnít last long, once farmers and ranchers sounded off against the process. Tom Pease, who is President of Protect Our Water, or POW,...