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  • Obama’s Kingdom of Fairness: Forget the debt. It's the role of gov't to soak the undeserving rich.

    12/06/2012 9:48:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We are still borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt in his first term alone. Such massive borrowing is unsustainable. Someone somehow at some time has to pay it back. Obama would agree. He once alleged that George W. Bush’s much smaller deficits were “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Obama himself vowed to cut the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, Obama’s annual deficits have never gone below $1 trillion. Three ways to establish a long-term trajectory toward a balanced budget were under discussion....
  • Rubio: “There is no scientific debate on the age of the earth”

    12/06/2012 9:47:52 AM PST · by ksen · 278 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Jillian Rayfield
    After dabbling in creationism earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., clarified that he does believe that scientists know the Earth is “at least 4.5 billion years old.” “There is no scientific debate on the age of the earth. I mean, it’s established pretty definitively, it’s at least 4.5 billion years old,” Rubio told Mike Allen of Politico. ”I was referring to a theological debate, which is a pretty healthy debate. “The theological debate is, how do you reconcile with what science has definitively established with what you may think your faith teaches,” Rubio continued. “Now for me, actually, when...
  • Panhandler who told Oklahoma police he made $60k a year busted in Boise

    12/06/2012 9:42:14 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | December 6, 2012 | Meghann Cuniff
    A well-traveled panhandler who made national headlines last summer when he told an Oklahoma City police officer he'd made $60,000 in a year begging for money was arrested this week in Boise. ... Speegle was in Oklahoma City, where he told a police officer he was too lazy to get a job and didn't need to because he'd made $60,000 last year... The officer told Speegle he needed a $200 daily permit to panhandle, but Speegle suggested the price was within his means.
  • China bids today on yet another failed Obama energy loan recipient

    12/06/2012 9:34:59 AM PST · by opentalk · 5 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | December 6, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    You won´t hear much about it elsewhere today. But from some downtown Chicago law offices will come the distinct sound of one more nail being driven into the coffin of Barack Obama´s green energy giveaway loans. A123 Systems will be auctioned off. It´s a Michigan lithium ion battery maker which declared bankruptcy back in October,the same day it cashed another $1 million check from the crack Obama investment team. A123 is one of those notorious bad bets like Solyndra that the Obama administration poured billions offices taxpayer dollars into.… A123, an 11-year-old firm founded to manufacture batteries for electric cars...
  • Keep Your Guns Locked Up or Face Lawsuits(VT)

    12/06/2012 9:33:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 57 replies
    blogs.lawyers.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Michele Bowman
    If you don’t lock up your guns – or at least keep them unloaded – when you have guests, you could be sued when something goes wrong. One Vermont family is finding out just how horribly wrong things can go: They are being sued for wrongful death in the wake of an accidental shooting between two house guests, which left one of them dead. The suit alleges that the family was negligent, because the weapon involved in the incident was loaded, unsecured and belonged to a family member. Tragic Facts Jeffrey Charbonneau, 24, and his friend Nick Bell, 25, ran...
  • Man, 73, in wheelchair arrested in fatal shooting at gas station, police say

    12/06/2012 9:23:06 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 26 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 12/5/12 | CHRISTINA ALMEIDA and JEFF MARTIN
    <p>ATLANTA -- An elderly man opened fire on a woman after her car came into contact with his motorized wheelchair at a central Georgia service station, authorities said Wednesday. She died shortly afterward at a hospital despite the efforts of a crowd of people to aid her.</p>
  • NASA: Polar ice sheets are melting

    12/06/2012 9:16:39 AM PST · by edcoil · 44 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 12-05-2012 | pat brennan
    Ice sheets at both of Earth's poles are melting rapidly, and the rate of loss has increased since the 1990s, a new NASA-sponsored study shows. The study, which combines extensive data from aircraft and satellites, is believed to be the most precise assessment of its kind.
  • IRS finalizes new tax for medical devices in healthcare law

    12/06/2012 9:15:08 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Patrick Temple-West
    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday released final rules for a new tax on medical devices, products ranging from surgical sutures to knee replacement implants, that starts next year ... ... The tax applies mostly to devices used and implanted by medical professionals, including items as complex as pacemakers or as simple as tongue depressors. Products sold for humanitarian reasons, such as experimental cancer treatment devices, are not exempt from the tax. ... it remains "an open question" when latex gloves come under the tax
  • The Overtaxed $250K Couple: ‘We’re Not Rich’

    12/06/2012 9:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/06/2012 | Harriet White*, as told to Colleen Oakley
    If someone had told me as a kid in Louisiana that my husband and I would have a combined income of $250,000 a year in our late twenties, I would have been pie-eyed. It sounds like a crazy amount of money. But after taking into account taxes, debt and living expenses in New York City, we’re actually finding it difficult to meet our financial goals. Why Our Taxes Are Nearly Unmanageable Last year, we paid $100,000 in taxes, which is almost exactly 40 percent of what we make. Even though we also paid $22,000 in student loan payments (we have...
  • Taxing Stock Sales Will Hurt the Stock Markets

    12/06/2012 8:55:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/06/2012
    Our ever-expanding government and its enablers will tax everything that moves - and everything else. Their newest idea - taxing stock sales - ultimately hurts not the rich, but those who seek jobs. Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont, a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's subcommittee on financial services, wants Uncle Sam to start taxing stock transactions. Interviewed by disgraced ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer - also known as "Client No. 9" - about imposing "a tiny little tax when stocks are traded on Wall Street" to "raise a huge sum of money and it...
  • East Texas woman charged with bigamy

    12/06/2012 8:52:04 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 33 replies
    KCBD News Channel 11 ^ | 5 December 2012 | Michael Thompson
    GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - For more than a year, KLTV has been investigating the allegations by several East Texas men that they were all married to the same woman at the same time. Now, that woman has been charged with bigamy. Candice Andrade, 32 of Kilgore, was arrested in Gregg County on November 15 and released the same day. Her trial date has not been set. In June of 2011, two men said they discovered they were married to Andrade at the same time. They told KLTV they found a third husband in Houston. In November 2011, they discovered...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 6,2012

    12/06/2012 8:51:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
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  • Iranians prepare terror campaign inside U.S.

    12/06/2012 8:44:38 AM PST · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    WND ^ | December 05, 2012 | Michael Carl
    'There are numerous Revolutionary Guard cells' inside borders Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is alive and well in the U.S. and the country’s law enforcement officials ignore them at their peril, according to former U. S. Air Force officer Steven O’Hern. O’Hern says that the Revolutionary Guard, long an influential factor in the radical Islamic regime in Iran, does most of its surveillance and intelligence gathering through its proxy force, Hezbollah, considered by many to be a terror group. “In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard uses more than one approach. Hezbollah operatives and sympathizers are present in large numbers in many...
  • DHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials

    12/06/2012 8:28:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Mark Flatten
    News: Watchdog DHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials December 5, 2012 | 11:00 am | Modified: December 5, 2012 at 11:05 am America is prepared if pumpkin-starved zombies that can only be killed with flavored snowballs invade, thanks to billions of dollars in federal grants to harden the homeland against terror attacks. What's not clear is whether the United States is any better protected against more conventional attacks by actual humans using guns, bombs or chemical weapons, according to report on wasteful spending of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) money issued today by Sen. Tom Coburn,...
  • Federal Housing Administration: the Next Housing Bailout

    12/06/2012 8:21:14 AM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    NCPA ^ | 06 December 2012
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently released its 2012 fiscal year actuarial review of the single family mortgage insurance fund and concluded it was insolvent. It is likely that the FHA will be the next government bailout for the housing industry, says Joe Gyourko, the Martin Bucksbaum professor of Real Estate, Finance and Business & Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business. •The value of the fund is measured by looking at the difference between the expected revenues of the insurance program and expected costs associated with the defaults of underlying mortgages. •This year, the value was reported to...
  • Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

    12/06/2012 8:21:03 AM PST · by crosshairs · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/5/12 | Michael Hill
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week in a much-discussed online post that echoed the sentiments of soldiers and airmen at other military installations. The 24-year-old told The Associated Press that a determination this semester that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional...
  • As Middle East Burns and Benghazi questions remain, Hillary Says Save The Elephants

    12/06/2012 8:19:55 AM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | December 6, 2012 | Daniel John Sobieski
    <p>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?</p> <p>'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.</p>
  • Bond-style weapons carried by North Korean assassin unveiled

    12/06/2012 8:10:40 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2012 | Julian Ryall
    Footage of three weapons that were found on a North Korean assassin when he was arrested on the platform of a subway in Seoul in September 2011 were shown on CNN on Monday. The weapons, which would not be out of place in a James Bond film, included what at first glance appears to be a black torch with a wrist strap and the word "police" along one side. Upon closer inspection, however, one end has three holes and each contains a bullet, with a trigger mechanism in the body of the torch. Two of the bullets remain in the...
  • Justice? Not in Chicago

    12/06/2012 8:04:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | John Ransom
    In 2004, a nephew of Chicago’s then-mayor Richie Daley got into an altercation off of Rush Street, the Windy City’s alcohol-fueled playground for revelers and romancers. Taunts were thrown, obscenities exchanged, and in an instant, a kid from the suburbs, David Koschman, who was just 21 years old at the time, fell backwards, his head making an audible thump as it contacted the street. A friend says that he was unconscious before he hit the ground According to witnesses R. J. Vanecko, a current Daley nephew and a former college lineman who weighed in a 230 pounds and stands 6-feet-3,...
  • The Truth About Playing the Liar Card

    12/06/2012 8:04:26 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | December 6, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    Believing a free press to be a vital safeguard of liberty, Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Many believe the inverse of Jefferson's maxim — the people are uninformed, and therefore the government can't be trusted. After all, what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face? Despite a proliferation of new media, it's increasingly difficult to separate fact from narrative. Combined with rancorous political discourse in which opponents are demonized in order to delegitimize competing arguments and render unnecessary...
  • Republicans for big government

    12/06/2012 8:03:16 AM PST · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    WND ^ | December 05, 2012 | Andrew Napolitano
    Andrew Napolitano: Why are GOP leaders helping Obama spend us into oblivion? Do you know anyone who voted Republican this past election in order to further President Obama’s big-government agenda? Or is it more likely that Republican voters sought to advance a smaller version of the federal government? And if they did, why are Republican congressional leaders offering to help the president spend us into oblivion? I suspected that those questions might have been asked when Mitt Romney was nominated to oppose Obama. My view of his campaign then and now has been that he presented a choice to the...
  • North Dakota sheriff gets drone license

    12/06/2012 8:02:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-6-12 | ap
    The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department has received a federal license to use a miniature helicopter drone as a law enforcement tool across 16 northeastern North Dakota counties. The drone carries a camera and no weapons. It weighs 2 pounds and can easily be carried in a squad car. The drone could have many uses, Sheriff Bob Rost said. Those could include finding lost children or escaped prisoners, monitoring a hazardous material spill or checking flood conditions, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
  • George Zimmerman's lawyers say prosecutors are stalling

    12/06/2012 7:59:19 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 24 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | December 4, 2012 | Frances Robles / Miami Herald
    <p>MIAMI — George Zimmerman's lawyers say prosecutors are deliberately dragging their feet, and accused the Duval County State Attorney of delaying - and even hiding - evidence that suggests their client is innocent.</p> <p>It took months and the judge's intervention for lawyers to get a vivid color copy of Zimmerman's bloody injuries. The defense didn't find out about witnesses who had helpful information until recently, and attorneys learned of a police officer's full role in the case by word of mouth.</p>
  • Gun control's racist component

    12/06/2012 7:55:09 AM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    WND ^ | December 05, 2012 | Eriik Rush
    Exclusive: Erik Rush notes early firearms laws were meant to keep them from blacks I understand that given the nature of the media it is all but irresistible for the press to cover events such as the shooting murder-suicide case of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher prior to possessing pertinent facts. Given the bias of those in the media, I can also understand NBC sports guru Bob Costas engaging in an abysmally ignorant anti-gun rant following the Belcher tragedy, which quickly became as much of a story as the shootings themselves. Reactions to the Costas diatribe ranged from the...
  • Dead pig found at Houston mosque

    12/06/2012 7:50:29 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 93 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 5 December 2012 | Anita Hassan
    The small, black pig lay dead on its side upon the wooden deck, a deep gash on the side of its belly. That's what a congregant at the Islamic Outreach Center saw Tuesday evening when he and a handful of other worshippers arrived for nightly prayers. Worshippers also found blood stains near the door of the Harris County mosque. "It looked like someone was trying to take it inside, but it was locked," said Ilyas Choudry, who helps run the center. At the end of a news conference on Wednesday about the incident, mosque officials also discovered what appeared to...
  • Higher Tax Rates Won't Support Entitlement State

    12/06/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Barone
    The fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama's insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders' insistence on opposing them. The president believes he has a mandate from voters for his position, and House Republicans believe they have a mandate from voters for theirs. The real argument here is over the size and scope of government. Under Barack Obama, federal outlays -- the technical term for federal spending -- have increased to 24 and 25 percent of gross domestic product. That's a higher level of federal spending than in any year since 1946,...
  • Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation (leaving US Senate in January)

    12/06/2012 7:31:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 261 replies
    South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina's junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million. Sen. DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint's replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
  • USS Eisenhower arrives near Syrian border (From Reason.com - adds validity)

    12/06/2012 7:27:18 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Staff
    The USS Eisenhower...arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preperation for a potential ground intervention. ...
  • Bob Costas: I wouldn’t want to have a gun during a theater shooting

    12/06/2012 7:26:06 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 68 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 6 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    O’Reilly: “Do you want to hit the floor and hope you don’t get shot or have a gun on you that you could protect yourself?” Costas: “I don’t want a gun on me, no. In that situation, in the dark, in the confusion, I think it’s highly more likely that there would be more carnage – bullets would be flying wildly all over the place.”
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA

    12/06/2012 7:26:06 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 26 replies
    NBS News ^ | 12/6/12 | Ronnie Polidoro
    “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told Williams. It was Cook’s first interview since taking over from his visionary former boss, Steve Jobs, who resigned due to health reasons in August 2011. Jobs died on October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The announcement could be good news for a country that has been struggling with an unemployment rate of around 8 percent for some time and has been bleeding good-paying factory jobs to lower-wage nations such as China. Cook, who joined Apple in 1998, said he believes...
  • Chicago police to increase security at gang funerals

    12/06/2012 7:14:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Craig Wall
    Chicago police to increase security at gang funerals Updated: Dec 05, 2012 9:42 PM CST By Craig Wall, FOX 32 News reporter CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that gang funerals in Chicago will start to be treated like "gang events," including increased police presence, pat-downs, and searches outside of funeral homes and churches. "Where there's a gang funeral — given that they have shown no respect for a place of worship — we're gonna change how they're gonna operate. The Police Department is gonna change the way they deal with gang funerals," the mayor said.
  • Is Obama a Socialist? In 2012, Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out

    12/06/2012 7:13:09 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies
    AOL Daily Finance ^ | December 5, 2012 | Bruce Watson
    On Monday night, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News, where she told Sean Hannity that "Barack Obama is a socialist. He believes in socialism." Palin's statement wasn't especially surprising; it's hardly the first time she's said that the president was a socialist, and she wasn't the first person to make the claim. For much of the past four years, critics from John McCain to Dick Morris to Rush Limbaugh have tried to tack the s-word on the President, claiming that Obamacare, the CARD Act, the Wall Street bailout and the fight over tax increases were all examples...
  • Sorority’s racist party photo stirs outcry on the Web (Jeez Louise Racist barf alert!)

    12/06/2012 7:11:37 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 63 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/05/12 | Claudine Zap
    A Penn State sorority has become the focus of an investigation after a racist Mexican-themed party picture was posted to the Web, according to the independent Penn State blog, Onward State. The picture, said to be taken around Halloween, shows the women dressed in sombreros and mustaches. Some of the women held signs that read "Will mow lawn for weed + beer" and "I don't cut grass I smoke it." The photo was posted on Tumblr and Facebook, where Onward State was able to identify the women tagged in the photo as members of the Chi Omega sorority on campus....
  • Beating Obama

    12/06/2012 7:08:58 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 15 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/6/12 | Judson Phillips
    Barack Obama and the Party of Treason are on a roll. He has John Boehner and the Republicans on the ropes. It is no longer a question of will Boehner surrender but what will be the terms of his surrender. The Republican resistance to Obama has all but collapsed as Obama simply waits for the pressure to increase on Boehner and for Boehner to surrender. John Boehner and the Republicans are no longer the opposition to Obama. We the people are. So if we are the opposition, how do we beat Obama?
  • FLUKE: ‘It’s time for young women in this country to join the fight’

    12/06/2012 7:05:37 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 35 replies
    Daily Nebraskan ^ | 12.4.2012 | Kelli Rollin
    This year has brought many changes and milestones for women’s issues and women in politics, said Sandra Fluke, American attorney and women’s rights activist. Fluke was the keynote speaker for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s annual fundraiser Tuesday night called “The Big Event: Courage — No Matter What.” Hundreds of people gathered at the Rococo Theatre to support Planned Parenthood and listen to Fluke speak. About 20 protesters stood in a line on the sidewalk outside, holding anti-abortion signs and singing Christmas carols. Fluke recently came into the public eye when conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh made derogatory...
  • Police: Gun found in Ill. lawmaker's carry-on bag

    12/06/2012 6:52:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | Updated: 12/05/2012 07:51:55 PM CST | TAMMY WEBBER and DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO—A veteran Illinois state senator was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to board a flight from Chicago to Washington with a gun and ammunition in a carry-on bag, authorities said. Sen. Donne Trotter, a Chicago Democrat who recently announced he would run to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House, was carrying an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun and a magazine clip with six bullets when he tried to board a flight at O'Hare International Airport, according to Chicago police.
  • U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up (adjusted rate hits 8.3%)

    12/06/2012 6:49:09 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    gallup.com ^ | 12/6/2012 | Jenny Marlar
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October. Gallup's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.3%, nearly a one-point increase over October's rate.
  • Burglary suspect, held at gunpoint, calls 911(TX)

    12/06/2012 6:48:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | 5 December, 2012 | Domingo Ramirez Jr. and Bill Miller
    A Parker County woman called 911 early Tuesday, saying that her husband was outside, holding a burglar at gunpoint. "Hurry up now, because my husband's fixing to shoot him," the woman said after giving directions to their house near Springtown. The man with the gun pointed at him had the same idea. He, too, called 911. "He's going to shoot me," he told the operator.
  • Press kicked out of Obama Q & A

    12/06/2012 6:38:32 AM PST · by massmike · 19 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Posted by Rachel Weiner on December 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    At a meeting with the Business Roundtable on Wednesday morning, President Obama publicly warned Republicans that he would not negotiate over the debt ceiling. But after those opening remarks, reporters were ushered out of the room so Obama could talk to the gathered CEOs in private. “”Yeah, I think the press is … they’ve probably got enough there to spin a story,” Obama said as the reporters were kicked out of the room. The Roundtable is a business lobbying group made up of high-powered executives whom the president is hoping to rally to his side in the “fiscal cliff” fight.
  • Why Obama Is Wrong on Morsi

    12/06/2012 6:35:55 AM PST · by Katechon · 18 replies
    In-Extremis | December 6 | Katechon
    Obama, as well as main-stream journalists, academics, politicians and diplomats argue that the contemporary Muslim Brotherhood is no longer attached to the vision of the Caliphate. They say the Brotherhood is being transformed by the experience of democracy and of actual governance. It will internalize the culture of democracy, they assure us... Nonsense! Every Brotherhood leader is reaffirming the Brotherhood's mission -- the islamization of everything, from the individual, the family, to the society, the government and even the whole world. Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie The Muslim Brotherhood is close to achieving the “ultimate goal” set by the group's...
  • Claims Drop To 370K, Beat Expectations Even As Unadjusted Claims Soar By 140K In One Week

    12/06/2012 6:34:23 AM PST · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    And so the BLS and DOL are back to "seasonal adjustments." Because in a week in which the Sandy effect was supposed to fade, at least on a seasonally adjusted basis, nothing could spoil the party. And sure enough, the headline number dropped from an upward revised (how else) 395,000 to 370,000, well below the expected 380,000. The real story, however, is how the DOL is doing all it can to smooth the noise, because in the week ended December 1, Not Seasonally Adjusted Initial Claims soared by 139,678 - the highest since January, to a whopping 498,619. Compare this...
  • Women’s group: Obama’s cabinet ‘clearly’ needs to be 50-percent female

    12/06/2012 6:31:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 6, 2012 | Caroline May
    As President Barack Obama finalizes his second-term cabinet picks, the nation’s leading feminist group is pushing for more female appointments. Currently, the president, who garnered 55 percent of the women’s vote on Election Day, has eight females in his 23-member cabinet. According the National Organization for Women, that number isn’t nearly high enough. NOW president Terry O’Neill, in an interview with The Daily Caller, explained that she would like to see complete gender parity in Obama’s second-term cabinet. “I think that if half of the cabinet were women and half of the Supreme Court and half of Congress were women,...
  • Santorum strikes again (NYT attack on Santorum's role in defeating a UN treaty)

    12/06/2012 6:31:05 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/5/2012 | Gail Collins
    Lately, you’ve probably been asking: “What ever happened to Rick Santorum? The guy who ran for president in the sweater vest? The one who compared homosexuality to bestiality and did 50 push-ups every morning?” It’s certainly been on my mind. Santorum is still in there swinging. Lately, he’s been on a crusade against a dangerous attempt by the United Nations to help disabled people around the world. This week, he won! The Senate refused to ratify a U.N. treaty on the subject. The vote, which fell five short of the necessary two-thirds majority, came right after 89-year-old Bob Dole, the...
  • Lawmaker proposes bill to close stores on Thanksgiving

    12/06/2012 6:29:19 AM PST · by mykroar · 23 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch online ^ | 12/4/2012 | Elizabeth Crisp
    Missouri state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, wants to stop Black Friday’s blitz on Thanksgiving, so he has proposed legislation that would bar most retail stores from opening on the holiday. "Thanksgiving should be about families, not profit and greed. It's Thanksgiving Day, not Black Friday Eve,” Roorda said in a news release.
  • U.S. Can't Avoid The Entitlement Cliff By Raising Taxes

    12/06/2012 6:23:07 AM PST · by jimt · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/5/12 | Staff
    A new government report finds that the country is heading toward fiscal ruin, and the only way to avoid that is to make deep cuts in entitlement programs; tax hikes can't fix the problem. In other words, what's needed is the opposite of what the Obama administration and congressional Democrats propose as part of the fiscal cliff talks. The Government Accountability Office report found that, even using optimistic assumptions about spending, the government is "on an unsustainable long-term fiscal path" that will lead to debt exceeding the economy within a few decades. The report puts the blame squarely on entitlement...
  • The backpedalling by and for Bob Costas isn’t working

    12/06/2012 6:11:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 December, 2012 | Dave Workman
    NBC sportscaster Bob Costas will appear tonight on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor with host Bill O’Reilly as the centerpiece of a gun rights controversy that just keeps on giving like the proverbial Christmas present with a down-side. He's trying to mollify a lot of angry people and it is obviously not working at Northwest Firearms, Shooters Northwest, Seattle Guns or Gun Rights Media. His media colleagues may be okay with his remarks, and buy his shifting explanations, but that merely has sharpened the philosophical disparity between the media and a huge segment of its audience. This column discussed Mr. O’Reilly’s...
  • Bob Costas is Wrong: Gun Ownership Deters Crime

    12/06/2012 6:07:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    blog.heartland.org ^ | 5 December, 2012 | Maureen Martin
    Sports broadcaster Bob Costas used his platform at NBC’s Sunday Night Football to blame guns for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and Belcher’s subsequent suicide. Costas quoted extensively from a column written by Fox News sportswriter Jason Whitlock, in which Whitlock concludes, without equivocation: What I believe is, if he [Belcher] didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today. Never mind the fact that their relationship was so troubled that the KC Chiefs team management was providing counseling to them. And never mind the fact that Belcher had...
  • CFTC Charges Traders With Off-Exchange Precious Metal Trading Scheme

    12/06/2012 6:04:06 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    CFTC.gov ^ | Dec 5 | Dennis Holden
    CFTC Charges Hunter Wise Commodities, Lloyds Commodities, C.D. Hopkins Financial, United States Capital Trust, Newbridge Alliance, Blackstone Metals Group, and their Principals in Multi-Million Dollar Fraudulent Precious Metals Scheme CFTC alleges that defendants conducted illegal, off-exchange commodity transactions, and deceived customers in connection with financed transactions in precious metals Washington, DC - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that on December 5, 2012, it filed a civil injunctive enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Hunter Wise Commodities, LLC; Hunter Wise Services, LLC; Hunter Wise Credit, LLC; Hunter Wise Trading,...
  • Rich Lefties and Their Taxes

    12/06/2012 5:55:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Ah, the hypocrisy of tax-hikers who do everything they can to avoid the taxes they wish to impose on others. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.: He tried to avoid $500K in his home state's sales and excise taxes by docking his newly purchased $7 million 76-foot yacht in Rhode Island. Massachusetts lowered its state income tax in 2001. Given the presumably large number of rich people who pine to pay more taxes, the state allowed tax filers to check a box and voluntarily pay the old, higher rate. In a liberal state of over 3 million tax filers, how many volunteered...
  • Abbas Says E1 Construction is a "Red Line"

    12/06/2012 5:52:42 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday denounced Israel's plans to build homes in the area known as E1. AFP reported that Abbas said the plan was "a red line that cannot be tolerated" and warned he would take all the legal means available to prevent such a "dangerous" decision. "We went to all international parties to prevent this settlement decision, and if it goes ahead we will resort to all legitimate and legal methods," he warned, according to the report. E1 refers to an area that connects Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim. It was designated nearly 20 years ago for...