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  • It's Time To Turn the Tables on this Presidential Bully

    12/07/2012 8:42:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Something is very wrong in the world when the most dogmatic and inflexible president in recent memory can make unreasonable demands of his GOP budget opponents and yet be confident they'll be blamed for the impasse. It is past time Barack Obama be held accountable for his intentionally irresponsible fiscal policies that are guaranteed to take us into national bankruptcy. It is outrageous enough that he is steering us into insolvency, but it is unbearable that he's fraudulently blaming the Republican Party for it to boot. This is not a close call, and reasonable people, if they understood the facts,...
  • BP Starts Building World's Biggest Commercial Research Computer

    12/07/2012 8:37:15 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 07, 2012 | Jon Mainwaring
    BP has begun building a new supercomputing complex for commercial research that it claims will be the biggest in the world at its Westlake Campus in Houston, the company reported Friday. The project is designed to keep BP at the forefront of seismic imaging technology and, the firm said, will be a critical tool in its global hunt for oil and natural gas in coming years. The new High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, scheduled to open in mid-2013, will serve as a worldwide hub for processing and managing very large amounts of geological and seismic data from across BP's portfolio. It...
  • New EIA assessment shows faster rise in U.S. oil production and less U.S. oil consumption

    12/07/2012 8:32:40 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | December 5, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) today issued the Reference case of its Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013) showing an increase from last year's AEO in projected domestic crude oil production, particularly from shale and other tight oil formations. Petroleum fuels continue to dominate transportation sector consumption in AEO2013. However, gasoline consumption is expected to decline both in absolute terms and as a share of total transportation fuel demand, due to the introduction of more stringent corporate average fuel economy standards as well as demographic and economic changes. Petroleum-based diesel fuel is projected to account for a growing share of...
  • Nurse who took Kate prank call has been found dead [Possible suicide]

    12/07/2012 8:30:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    The SUN (UK) ^ | 12-07-2012 | Staff
    THE nurse who took a prank call from two Australian DJs asking about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has been found dead this morning. Tragic Jacintha Saldanha, 46, is believed to have committed suicide as police are not treating the death as suspicious. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were said to be “deeply saddened" by the death of Jacintha, described by the hospital as an "excellent nurse" who was "well respected and popular" with colleagues. DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian made the prank call from Down Under, impersonating Prince Charles and the Queen to get information about Kate's...
  • Cheney Takes Flamethrower To Obama

    12/07/2012 8:26:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Cheney Takes Flamethrower To Obama Former Vice President Dick Cheney was honored tonight at the Hudson Institute’s 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Cheney was introduced by Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who spoke in detail about Cheney’s life and accomplishments, joking about how Cheney twice flunked out of Yale, and joking about Cheney’s hunting incident. In his remarks Cheney was harshly critical of President Obama and the administration’s policy in the Mideast. He said he’s very, very concerned about what he sees developing day by day. He detailed the history of weapons of mass...
  • Kate Middleton Hospital Nurse Dies In Suspected Suicide After Being Duped By Aussie Radio Show

    12/07/2012 8:26:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/07/2012 | Adam Taylor
    In a sad and shocking twist, the nurse who works at the hospital where Kate Middleton was treated and who was reportedly duped by an Australian radio show has been found dead, and is suspected of killing herself. The Daily Mail reports that the nurse was found unconscious at an address near the hospital, King Edward VII Hospital in Paddington, London. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. One source told the Mail that she appeared to have killed herself. In a statement from the hospital, the nurse has been named as Jacintha Saldanha. She was described as...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Lines Friday" M-F,12NOONPM,EST,WABC AM,December 7, 2012

    12/07/2012 8:26:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 7,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: Ideas for staving off the fiscal Armageddon

    12/07/2012 8:23:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Congressional Republicans are in a pretty rough position right now, to put it lightly; at every turn, the Democrats and the media are painting the GOP as the party merely trying to preserve tax loopholes for their billionaire buddies (nevermind that every dollar spent by the government is a dollar not spend much more effectively in the private sector, coming at the opportunity cost of economic growth) and callously cut off benefits for seniors and the poor, all on the backs of the middle class (forget that the Republicans’ real goal is to engender a free, robust economy in which...
  • Don't expect small business to bail the US economy out (Cutting back on new hires drastically)

    12/07/2012 8:21:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/07/2012 | rick Moran
    Gallup released a disturbing poll that shows US small businesses planning to cut back on new hires drastically over the next 12 months: U.S. small-business owners expect to add fewer net new jobs over the next 12 months than at any time since the depths of the 2008-2009 recession, according to this November's Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. Small-business owners' net hiring intentions for the next 12 months plunged to -4 in November, down from +10 in July and matching the previous record low recorded by the Wells Fargo/Small Business Index of -4 in November 2008.. The Wells Fargo/Gallup...
  • Chris Christie the latest GOP governor to refuse Obamacare exchanges

    12/07/2012 8:16:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/07/2012 | Rick Moran
    He may have embraced the president just before the election, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is keeping his distance from Obama when it comes to implementing Obamacare. Politico: ******* Echoing complaints from other Republican governors who have declined to build the key component of the president's health law, Christie stressed unanswered questions and potential costs. "We will comply with the Affordable Care Act but only in the most efficient and cost-effective way for New Jersey taxpayers," he said in a statement. But he said the federal government hasn't told states what they need to make the assessment. "Thus far,...
  • Conservative Congressman: John Boehner's 'Purge' Was A 'Warning' To The GOP

    12/07/2012 8:16:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/6/12 | Grace Wyler
    Conservative Congressman Tim Huelskamp, one of three freshmen representatives ousted from top committee posts this week, slammed the House Republican leadership Thursday, and said that the purge was "a warning" to other members not to go against the party leaders on a fiscal cliff deal. "I think that was clearly a warning from leadership that 'We're watching your votes, and if you don't vote the way we like it, you might be punished like these three people,'" Huelskamp told Business Insider.
  • Deposed GOP lawmaker suggests he could vote against Boehner as Speaker (Boehner's Purge Scorecard)

    12/07/2012 8:13:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/7/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) suggested Friday he might not support Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for Speaker. -snip- Amash and the other members kicked from the committees — Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) — are known for not supporting leadership on votes. Boehner told GOP lawmakers at a closed-door meeting this week that leaders would be watching their votes, participants said. Amash, who lost a spot on the House Budget Committee, urged Boehner to release the voting scorecard that led to the decision. "It's pretty clear that they had a scorecard and if you were...
  • Unemployment Plunges to 3.8% for Government Workers; Government Adds 35,000 Jobs in November

    12/07/2012 8:12:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Terence Jeffrey
    The unemployment rate for civilian government workers plunged from 4.2 percent in October to 3.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as government added 35,000 to its taxpayer-funded payrolls during the month. In October, federal, state and local governments in the United States employed 20,524,000 people. In November, that climbed to 20,559,000. As recently as July, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. That month, government employed only 20,015,000. Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add...
  • 10 Explanations Of How Conservatism Helps The Middle Class

    12/07/2012 8:11:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Hawkins
    There's a lot to be said for talking about the Constitution, economic theory and what's best for the country. However, one place we conservatives have slipped in recent years is framing our policies in a way that answers the very first question on the mind of most voters, "How does this benefit me?" That needs to change. Conservatism is an ideology that benefits everyone, but it's particularly helpful to middle class Americans. If we want to bring more of those voters to the Right, we have to do a better job of explaining to them exactly how we're going to...
  • In Talks on a Budget Deal, Boehner and Obama Stand Alone (Boehner requests solo negotiations)

    12/07/2012 8:10:05 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 5 replies
    At House Speaker John A. Boehner’s request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say. All sides, even the parties excluded, say clearing the negotiating room improves the chance of success. It adds complexity as the two negotiators consult separately with the leaders not in the room. But it also minimizes the number of people who need to say yes to an initial agreement.
  • Phony cheer in unemployment numbers

    12/07/2012 8:10:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/07/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Obama partisans are hailing the "surprising" fall in unemployment as a sign that a recovery is showing strength. But the official metric for unemployment, U-3, counts only people actively looking for jobs, and that is the figure which has declined to 7.7%. Neil Irwin in the Washington Post explains: The jobless rate dropped in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000, suggesting that people gave up looking for work. The number of people saying they had a job actually fell by 122,000. And the Labor Department revised downward its estimates of job creation in September and October by...
  • Why John Boehner Must Not Fold on Tax Rate Increases

    12/07/2012 8:03:12 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 14 replies
    Barack Obama needs the Republicans to raise rates. If they do not get it before January 1, all of the Bush tax cuts will expire and the GOP will not permit any reduction without it being an across the board reduction. Moderate Democrats in the Senate and the few remaining blue dogs in the House will be in a very difficult position. There is still no evidence that Barack Obama’s 2008 or 2012 coalition is the Democrats’ coalition. It did not turn out to save Democrats in 2010. There is no guarantee it will turn out to save them in...
  • Mutiny Against Boo-Hoo Boehner

    12/07/2012 8:01:12 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 21 replies
    http://moonbattery.com ^ | 12/06/2012 | Dave Blount
    This is certainly encouraging: The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership. American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership. Boehner has brought dissatisfaction with his RINO ways to a head by purging key committees of any representatives suspected of being to the right...
  • Dec. 7, 1941, was day of infamy at Pearl Harbor, across Pacific

    12/07/2012 8:01:03 AM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 12-07-2012 | DAVID WHITING
    It's strange how wars are remembered – and forgotten. On this day, Dec. 7, let's honor Pearl Harbor's fallen and never forget that the awful attack was one of several costly battles that day.
  • K-pop star PSY once advocated ‘slowly and painfully’ killing US soldiers

    12/07/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 8 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Twitchy Staff
    He has the most-watched YouTube video ever (more than 900 million views), and is set to perform at the White House later this month. Eight years ago, however, the “Gangnam Style” K-pop singer advocated the murder and torture of US military personnel and their family members. HAPS, an English-language Korean magazine, says news of PSY’s anti-American views have long been known in Korea, but only recently surfaced in the US. The lyrics of the anti-US song performed live by PSY and several other popular Korean singers in 2004 (shortly after the US invaded Iraq) were first translated into English two...
  • Operation Humiliation: Obama doesn’t need a budget deal. He just wants to rout the Republicans.

    12/07/2012 7:53:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/07/2012 | Rich Lowry
    Back during the 2008 Democratic primaries, Rush Limbaugh launched Operation Chaos. Four years later, President Barack Obama has embarked on Operation Humiliation. It is coming off without a hitch. Stage One was to dispatch his treasury secretary to Capitol Hill to make a laughable offer to Republicans on the fiscal cliff — literally. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reported that he burst out laughing upon hearing Tim Geithner spell out the White House’s terms. Stage Two is watching Republicans squirm and panic. Less than a week after the hilarity courtesy of Geithner, the New York Times headlined a front-page piece,...
  • The Stone Truth: Left-Wingers Are Boring

    12/07/2012 7:52:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    When, at long last, will people understand that the left is boring? The question came to mind as I was dipping in and out of Oliver Stone's miasmic 700-plus-page tome. I'll never read the whole thing, and not because it's a left-wing screed full of slimy distortions about the evils of the United States (though that doesn't help). It's that it's boring. Stone and co-author Peter Kuznick call their book "The Untold History of the United States," except, again, it isn't. This story has been told countless times before. As the Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan notes in a devastating review,...
  • In Talks on a Budget Deal, Boehner and Obama Stand Alone (Boehner excludes party from negotiations)

    12/07/2012 7:41:26 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | December 6, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN & PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — At House Speaker John A. Boehner’s request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say. All sides, even the parties excluded, say clearing the negotiating room improves the chance of success. It adds complexity as the two negotiators consult separately with the leaders not in the room. But it also minimizes the number of people who need to say yes to an initial agreement. [Snip] This time, while Mr. Boehner has made himself the...
  • Electric Cars: The Environmentally Friendly Way of Losing Money Since 2009

    12/07/2012 7:36:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Ransom
    A Congressional Budget Office report released in the fall tells Obama what the rest of us have known for some time: Your bet on electric cars wasn’t an investment, but a gamble; a dumb gamble. And now you’ve just come up snake eyes.“Despite the federal government pumping $7.5 billion into the electric vehicle industry in the United States through 2019,” writes the CSMonitor.com, “overall national gasoline consumption is unlikely to be significantly affected, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).”The CBO says that even if Obama increased the amount of the subsidy, it would make little...
  • U.S. Consumer Sentiment Sinks in Early December

    12/07/2012 7:27:35 AM PST · by mykroar · 7 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/7/2012 | Reuters
    Americans' outlook on the economy and their finances took a turn for the worse in early December due likely to anxiety about the potential for higher taxes resulting from contentious discussions in Washington over fiscal issues, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary reading of the overall index on consumer sentiment plunged to 74.5 in early December, the lowest level since August. It was far below November's figure of 82.7 and the median forecast of 82.4 among economists polled by Reuters.
  • Time to Stop the Debt Charade

    12/07/2012 7:23:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Star Parker
    The crisis du jour in Washington now dominating the news, the so-called “fiscal cliff”, is but the latest in seemingly endless political crises that we shouldn’t be having. We get two different kinds of problems in life. The real ones – the struggle to work and improve the quality of our lives – and the ones we bring on ourselves through poor behavior. The more time we must deal with the latter type, the less time and energy we have to deal with life’s real problems and challenges. The political crises which emanate from Washington are invariably problems of the...
  • Why not in New York? (Bringing technology manufacturing to new York)

    12/07/2012 7:22:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | december 7, 2012
    On the very day that Apple announced it will begin building more computers in the United States, a who’s who of the business world called for a major push to educate the next generation of technology workers. Speaking at a forum sponsored by the Daily News and U.S. News & World Report, IBM Vice President Stanley Litow projected that the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — will spawn 14 million new jobs in the near future. But Google Chairman Eric Schmidt warned that the American education system will need a “massive overhaul” for America’s young people...
  • WH Petition: Rescind invite to rapper PSY to perform for Obama over troop killing lyrics

    12/07/2012 7:08:56 AM PST · by kristinn · 22 replies
    White House We the People Petitions ^ | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Kristinn
    Complete headline: rescind invite to Gangnam Style rapper PSY to perform for Pres. Obama at Christmas party over troop killing song lyrics We request President Obama rescind his invitation to the Gangnam Style rapper PSY to perform for him at the Christmas in Washington celebration this month because of the rapper's vicious anti-American song lyrics. In 2004, PSY reportedly performed a song entitled, Dear America, that contained the following lyrics (profanity edited): "Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers Kill them...
  • 'It pains me': Clinton decries plight of women in male-dominated countries

    12/07/2012 6:59:01 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 31 replies
    WorldNews on NBCNews.cocm ^ | December 7, 2012 | NBC News staff and wire reorts
    In an emotional speech as she nears the end of her term of office, Hillary Clinton warned there would be “many sacrifices and losses” before daughters were “valued as sons” across the world, according to reporters traveling with the secretary of state. Clinton, speaking Thursday at Dublin City University in Ireland, was given a humanitarian award by the non-governmental organization Concern Worldwide, whose chief executive Tom Arnold hailed her as “one of the greatest” secretaries of state “in the history of the Republic.”
  • No One is Serious About Debt

    12/07/2012 6:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/7/2012 | David Harsanyi
    The "fiscal cliff" deal House Republicans and President Barack Obama are debating can be called many things—the "avoiding a political nightmare" deal or a "Yes, Mr. Obama, may I have another" deal—but please let's stop referring to it as a "deficit reduction" deal. We've yet to see a serious proposal on debt. Actually, by proposing a tax increase for spending with no real corresponding cuts, the president has been arguing for growing deficits. And with a priority on "fairness" over prosperity, any chance of easing the $16 trillion national debt through an economic boom in the near future is improbable....
  • Why America Is Going To Miss The Bush Tax Cuts (Enjoy the recession that's coming, you voted for it)

    12/07/2012 6:41:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/07/2012 | Peter Ferrara
    President Obama seems to have a strategy to terminate all of the Bush tax cuts, not just those for “the rich,” as he has been saying since 2008. He is offering the Republicans exactly zero concessions in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. No spending cuts, no entitlement reform, no compromise on the rates. It is entirely my way or the highway, and if the Republicans refuse to do everything exactly as he demands, he will let the Bush tax cuts expire entirely, for the middle class and working people as well as the upper incomes, and blame the Republicans for refusing...
  • Political Back Channel Communication –– Discussions of How To Acquit Surface

    12/07/2012 6:41:19 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 7, 2012 | Sundance
    George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, says his client will not accept a plea deal to avoid going to trial on a murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin. On Thursday, O’Mara told In Session correspondent Jean Casarez that he would not allow his client to accept a plea deal. “I wouldn’t plea someone who is innocent. So I think the answer is pretty easily no,” said O’Mara. Behind the scenes of the fraudulent legal case against George Zimmerman, at the highest reaches of State and FEDERAL law enforcement, the powers that exist are strategically planning how best to walk...
  • Muslim bomber in AZ was rejected for citizenship for "terrorism-related activity," but not deported

    12/07/2012 6:39:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 6, 2012 | Jihad Watch
    Why wasn't Aldosary deported? Did someone intercede on his behalf? If so, who, and on what grounds? Or was this just another in a seemingly endless line of accommodations to Muslims and Islam by the Obama Administration -- accommodations that were probably designed to show good will and discourage terrorism? We can see from this incident how spectacularly this endeavor has succeeded. Not that anyone in Washington would dare contemplate abandoning it, no matter what the failure rate may be. "Arizona bomber was rejected for citizenship by Homeland Security for 'terrorism-related activity," by Patrick Poole for PJ Media, December 6:...
  • NRG Energy drops plans for coal plant expansion

    12/07/2012 6:38:41 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 7, 2012 | Zain Shauk
    NRG Energy has abandoned plans for a massive coal-fired electric generating unit between Houston and Dallas, citing poor economics. The 800-megawatt unit would have been an addition to an existing coal plant in Limestone County near Buffalo, and had drawn opposition from environmentalists. The New Jersey-based power producer told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month that it no longer needed environmental permits since it does not plan to proceed with the $1 billion project. The proposed new unit at NRG’s Limestone generating station would have been too costly compared with the potential of a plant running on cheap...
  • Michigan Republicans draw union ire with sudden votes on right-to-work legislation

    12/07/2012 6:33:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2012 at 1:00 am | By Karen Bouffard and Chad Livengood
    Michigan Republicans touched off a firestorm Thursday with an abrupt push to pass right-to-work legislation, in what would be a blow to organized labor in the home of the U.S. auto industry. Right-to-work legislation prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues. Unions and their Democratic allies adamantly oppose these laws -- but with little warning, Michigan Republicans on Thursday laid the groundwork to, in a matter of days, make their state the 24th with right-to-work legislation. "This is all about taking care of the hard-working workers in Michigan, being pro-worker and giving them freedom to make choices," Michigan...
  • Sandy Victim: Staten Island Has Become The Forgotten Borough

    12/07/2012 6:26:21 AM PST · by BCW · 41 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 05 DEC 2012 | Eric Bolling
    Staten Island resident Scott McGrath is still demanding answers a month after the storm. Eric Bolling spoke with Mr. McGrath about the lack of relief despite the back-patting that is occurring on Capitol Hill. (8 min video)
  • There Is No Party of Principle

    12/07/2012 6:01:14 AM PST · by NCjim · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2012 | Steve McCann
    The 2008 and 2012 elections have revealed that an escalating number, perhaps a majority, of Americans are comfortable with the concept of transforming the United States into a Euro-Socialist democracy. While this may be easily sold to an increasingly ill-educated populace by those desirous of capturing political power, the reality is far different when it comes to the price to be paid. A price that is not only monetary but societal as well. Yet there is no party in this nation willing, regardless of the political cost, to confront reality, be brutally honest with the citizenry and stand on principle....
  • 146,000 Jobs Added In November, Beat Expectation Of 85,000, Unemployment Rate Lower At 7.7%

    12/07/2012 5:58:47 AM PST · by Perdogg · 85 replies
    Looks like Sandy was not an issue at all in the November jobs report which beat in both the number of jobs added, at 146,000 on expectations of 85,000, while the unemployment rate declined to 7.7% from 7.9%, where it was expected to post as well. Watch this space next month for prio revisions: September and October saw 49K downward revisions combined. November will suffer the same fate.
  • Al-Qaeda Leader: Bin Laden Emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood

    12/07/2012 5:58:07 AM PST · by Katechon · 9 replies
  • SC congressman, others discussed as DeMint replacement

    12/07/2012 5:51:51 AM PST · by Resettozero · 14 replies
    The Herald Journal - GoUpstate.com ^ | Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8:40 p.m | Lee G. Healy & Lynne P. Shackleford
    The national political barometer has shifted to South Carolina as operatives speculate on who Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint to fulfill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. DeMint announced Thursday that he will resign effective Dec. 31 to lead the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Speculation immediately turned to U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who represents the first congressional district, and other members of the South Carolina congressional delegation including Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, and to “place holders” — such as Henry McMaster and David Wilkins — who could serve until voters selected a permenant replacement in 2014. During...
  • Raw: Asian World Market owner recalls scaring off robbery suspect with gun (MO)

    12/07/2012 5:44:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    kmov.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Staff
    ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police said a man wearing a red mask tried to rob an Asian market in south St. Louis, but fled after a woman scared him off with a gun. Authorities said the suspect on Wednesday walked into the Asian World Market in the 3100 block of Cherokee around 9 a.m. while carrying a white bag. Police said he got a gun out and told Sandy Maniphonh, who was working behind the front counter, to put money in the bag. Maniphonh said she agreed to give him the money and turned. That’s when she grabbed a gun...
  • Pearl Harbor Day remembered on 71st anniversary (December 7th) [LIVE THREAD]

    12/07/2012 5:42:14 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 7, 2012 | Associated Press
    More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. Ceremonies get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941. The crew of a Navy guided-missile destroyer will stand on deck while the ship passes the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank decades ago. Hawaii Air National Guard aircraft will fly overhead in missing man formation. The Navy and...
  • U.N. Report Reveals International Protocol for Tracking People Online

    12/07/2012 5:41:38 AM PST · by BCW · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | 04 DEC 2012 | Ryan Gallagher
    In the shadowy world of electronic surveillance, tactics used by law enforcement agencies are rarely revealed. But now an international protocol about how to best monitor and track people online has been disclosed for the first time—offering a unique insight into covert police methodology. Buried in a recent 158-page U.N. report on how terrorists use the Internet is the so-called “protocol of a systematic approach.” The protocol, which was authored by an elite Italian special operations unit called the Raggruppamento, is significant because it has been implemented by authorities across the world, according to the United Nations.
  • What Obama really wants

    12/07/2012 5:36:10 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 23 replies
    Tea Party Nation. ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    When you go up against another group, whether in business or war, you need to know what the other group’s objectives are. What do they really want? In criminal law, this is called motive. If you understand the goal or the motive, then everything else will make sense. What is Barack Obama’s ultimate goal in the fiscal cliff crisis? Barack Obama has laid out several demands. He wants no spending cuts. He wants massive tax increases on the wealthy, which in liberal speak is anyone with a job. But there is one goal he has that trumps them all. What...
  • Profitable not-for-profits (tax dollars fund high life tax-free)

    12/07/2012 5:34:54 AM PST · by Liz · 16 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/7/12 | EDITORIAL
    New York pols turn non-profits into personal piggy banks with tax dollars. * Queens state Senator Shirley Huntley steered $30,000 to her niece; Huntley was arrested and lost reelection. * Ex Brooklyn councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted of funneling $1.5 million to his mistress, his sister, two brothers and other pals through a network of nonprofits. * Ex Bronx state senator Pedro Espada was convicted of looting $545,000 from his federally funded health clinic for vacations, lavish parties...and $1 million to cover his legal fees. * Ex Queens assemblyman and powerful labor leader Brian McLaughlin stole $3.1 million from public...
  • Obama Administration Helping Small Businesses--In Latin America

    12/07/2012 5:31:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 6, 2012 | Penny Starr
    Ines Bustillo, director of the Washington, D.C. office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), spoke at an event on Dec. 6, 2012 on Capitol Hill. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – At an event on Capitol Hill to discuss how the U.S. State Department is helping small businesses in Latin America, the Washington director of a U.N. economic commission on Latin America said average annual growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in that region in 2011 was 4.3 percent -- almost double the average annual growth rate of the U.S. Ines Bustillo, the Washington director...
  • Death of a Christian jazzman

    12/07/2012 5:14:55 AM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    Gene Veith ^ | 12/7/12 | GENE VEITH
    Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died at age 92. The man and his quartet showed sheer genius. My old guitar teacher once sat in with him and it was one of the highlights of his life. Brubeck was a Christian who composed a great deal of sacred music. From David A. Anderson: “I approached the composition as a prayer,” jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck said of his “To Hope! A Celebration,” a contemporary setting for the Roman Catholic Mass, “concentrating upon the phrases, trying to probe beneath the surface, hoping to translate into music the powerful words which have grown...
  • In U.S. First, Surgeons Implant Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease

    12/07/2012 5:11:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    sciencedaily.com ^ | 12/5/2012
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.*snip*The surgery involves drilling holes into the skull to implant wires into the fornix on either side of the brain. The fornix is a brain pathway instrumental in bringing information to the hippocampus, the portion of the...
  • Vermont governor ‘confident’ assisted suicide will pass next year

    12/07/2012 5:11:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    Life Side News ^ | Dec 06, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    MONTPELIER, December 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite strong opposition from pro-life forces and a recent high-profile defeat in neighboring Massachusetts, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said last week he is confident the state legislature will pass a bill legalizing assisted suicide during the next session. Referring to assisted suicide as “death with dignity,” Shumlin laid out his agenda for 2013 in a press conference last week. “I’m confident that regardless of who leads the various bodies in the legislature, that we can pass decriminalization of marijuana, death with dignity, and the [unionization] bill for childcare workers,” the governor said. “We’re going...
  • Arrest raises questions on Trotter’s job at security firm with city deal (IL)

    12/07/2012 4:58:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO
    The security company employing state Sen. Donne Trotter has been paid more than $350,000 as a subcontractor on a City of Chicago security deal and is represented by a politically powerful lobbying firm run by a onetime top aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley. When Trotter was arrested Wednesday at O’Hare Airport for allegedly having a weapon in his belongings, he told police he left the pistol in a bag after working at AllPoints Security. --------------------------cut------------------------ Several people who work with Trotter in Springfield said privately they were not aware that he carried a weapon, nor that he held...