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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
    The EIB Network ^ | December 6,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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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...