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  • Sources: Gov. Nikki Haley to Appoint Henry McMaster to US Senate

    12/07/2012 1:05:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/07/2012 | Christian Adams
    The Tatler has learned that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is almost certain to appoint former South Carolina Republican Party Chair and former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster to fill the unexpired term of retiring Senator Jim DeMint. McMaster was a prominent supporter of Haley in a contentious GOP primary. Haley has reportedly already informed key South Carolina politicians of her decision. Yesterday I blogged that Haley should appoint Congressman Joe Wilson to this post, or in the alternative, Tea Party favorite Rep. Tim Scott. A Republican in Washington in 2012 must have experience with the organized Left that now...
  • The Final Order - The forgotten battle of Hill 400

    12/07/2012 1:02:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Patrick K. O’Donnell
    Most Americans remember December 7 as Pearl Harbor Day. But the seventh haunts many World War II Ranger veterans for another reason: It marks the anniversary of one of the great untold small-unit actions of World War II — the Battle of Hill 400, the U.S. Army Rangers’ “longest day.” My new book, Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, chronicles that epic battle, as well as the other heroic efforts of this remarkable Ranger company.“Fix bayonets!” barked a hulking Ranger officer.In a scene reminiscent of a World War I battle, Germans and Americans stared at each other...
  • Supreme Court to Review Prop 8

    12/07/2012 12:37:02 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/7/2012 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.</p> <p>The justices said Friday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban, though on narrow grounds. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right that had been granted by California's Supreme Court.</p>
  • Multinational team of wingmen rescues downed pilot from Pacific Ocean

    12/07/2012 12:35:47 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies
    Air Force Link ^ | 11/21/2012, Updated 11/30/2012 | Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
    On July 22, a U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan, had to eject from an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the turbulent and cold waters of the North Pacific. Over the next six hours, the pilot, JEST 73, focused on surviving in his small life raft - constantly using his helmet to bail water out to keep afloat. While ejecting from an aircraft and landing in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean would probably not qualify as the man's best day, the pilot was fortunate in that an improbable, varied mix of different people and agencies...
  • Tim Scott's bio raises Senate appeal

    12/07/2012 12:35:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/07/2012 | Kate Nocera and Seung Min Kim
    Rep. Tim Scott already brought a remarkable personal story to his first term in the House: a conservative black Republican, raised poor in the corner of South Carolina where the Civil War started. But if the buzz in Washington and South Carolina is right, Scott might soon be the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction if Gov. Nikki Haley decides to appoint him to the seat vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint, who abruptly resigned Thursday to take a job running The Heritage Foundation. It seems to be a logical fit: DeMint and Scott are close, personally and ideologically,...
  • Supreme Court will take up gay marriage cases (In Late March)

    12/07/2012 12:34:14 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 137 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Shannon Bream and AP
    <p>The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.</p>
  • Botched Burglar Calls 911 On Himself

    12/07/2012 12:31:51 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    CBSDFW.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ryan Crowe
    SPRINGTOWN (CBSDFW.COM) - An accused burglar is in the Parker County jail after he called 911, afraid of the homeowner who was holding him at gunpoint. He stayed on the phone for more than 10 minutes with the operator, even trying to convince himself the scenario wasn’t real. The man, Christopher Moore, was in the process of burglarizing a home in the 100 block of Lelon Lane in Springtown Tuesday morning when the owner of the home woke up and found Moore in his bedroom. James Gerow said he thought it was his son, until he got up and realized...
  • How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    12/07/2012 12:30:53 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 10 replies
    HBR Blogs ^ | December 7, 2012 | James Allworth
    If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to...
  • Iran commander claims sanctions are helpful

    12/07/2012 12:15:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7 Dec. 2012 8:32 AM ET | Ali Akbar Dareini
    A senior commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard claimed Friday that Western sanctions are helpful because they promote Iranian self-sufficiency and insisted the country’s leaders should welcome the measures. Oil and trade embargoes have helped Iran reduce its reliance on the outside world, Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi told worshipers at Tehran University in a pre-sermon speech. The remarks echoed the defiant mantra of Iranian conservatives who say the economy is strengthening and that Iran is developing more modern technologies—including building missiles, drones, satellites and advancing its uranium enrichment program—precisely because of the West’s punitive measures. …
  • White House Deletes Petition on 'kill US troops' Gangnam Style Rapper PSY at Obama Christmas Show

    12/07/2012 12:12:31 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies
    The White House via email | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Kristinn
    On 12/07/12, We the People, WhiteHouse.gov wethepeople@whitehouse.gov wrote: Your petition “rescind invite to Gangnam Style rapper PSY to perform for Pres. Obama at Christmas party over troop killing song lyrics” has been removed from the We the People platform on WhiteHouse.gov because it was in violation of the We the People Terms of Participation. This petition was removed for the following reason: o The petition was outside the scope of We the People. Learn more about the We the People Terms of Participation: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/how-why/terms-participation Learn more about the We the People Moderation Policy: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/how-why/moderation-policy If you would like to request...
  • Obama and the lost generation

    12/07/2012 12:07:55 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 33 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    We have a lost generation of Americans. We who make up the baby boom generation still talk about the American dream. For the lost generation, the American dream is now dead. Who are the lost generation and why is the American dream nothing but a myth to them? The lost generation is the group we call “Millennials.” They are the people under 30. Why is their generation lost?
  • Michigan judge in nude picture scandal under fire for allegedly impregnating witness

    12/07/2012 11:59:53 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published December 07, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    A Michigan judge who came under fire for texting nude photos of himself to a female bailiff is now accused of impregnating a complaining witness and discussing a punishment for the defendant in the case. Third Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree is accused of carrying an affair with Geniene La’Shay Mott, a woman who had brought her ex-boyfriend into his court on felony charges for not paying child support, MyFoxDetroit.com reports. ~~~~ An alleged text message sent from McCree's phone to Mott promised that she would get anything she needed in return for an abortion. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/07/michigan-judge-in-nude-picture-scandal-under-fire-for-impregnating-witness/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2EOik9SBF
  • Mayor, DWP Sign Deals For Solar Power Project On Tribal Land

    12/07/2012 11:59:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 7, 2012 9:50 AM | Pete Demetriou
    EAGLE ROCK (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa [aka Tony Vilar] and the Department of Water & Power have signed an agreement to purchase power from a solar panel project built on Native American tribal land. KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports the city will join Sempra Energy and the Moapa Band of Indians to develop long-term renewable energy sources. Villaraigosa was joined by DWP Board Chairman Tom Sayles at the Solar Array project at Occidental College on Thursday for the signing of two city ordinances that approve large long-term solar power purchasing contracts for the DWP. The development of the K-Road...
  • Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy

    12/07/2012 11:56:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    JACKSON, Ky. THIS is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability. Many people in hillside mobile homes here are poor and desperate, and a $698 monthly check per child from the Supplemental Security Income program goes a long way — and those checks continue until the child turns 18. “The kids get taken out of the program because the parents are going...
  • 'Welfare Spending Equates to $168 Per Day for Every Household in Poverty'

    12/07/2012 11:51:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 11:13 AM, Dec 7, 2012 • | By DANIEL HALPER
    The amount of money spent on welfare programs equals, when converted to cash payments, about "$168 per day for every household in poverty," the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee finds. Here's a chart detailing the committee's findings:[see link] "Based on data from the Congressional Research Service, cumulative spending on means-tested federal welfare programs, if converted into cash, would equal $167.65 per day per household living below the poverty level," writes the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. "By comparison, the median household income in 2011 of $50,054 equals $137.13 per day. Additionally, spending on federal welfare benefits,...
  • Anna Wintour: Republicans cool to idea of Vogue editor as UK ambassador

    12/07/2012 11:38:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:13PM GMT 07 Dec 2012 | Jon Swaine and Raf Sanchez
    Republicans have attacked President Barack Obama’s consideration of Anna Wintour as America's next ambassador to Britain, with some claiming that the party’s Senators would move to block her appointment. Obama is believed to have placed Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, on a shortlist of candidates to replace Louis Susman, who this week confirmed he was stepping down as US envoy to the Court of St. James. Conservative critics described the potential appointment of Wintour, whose only political experience is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama’s re-election campaign, as “ludicrous” and “a non-starter”. …
  • Rand Paul Joins the Let Democrats Raise Taxes and Own It Crowd

    12/07/2012 11:38:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT Rand Paul on the Kudlow Report, CNBC, last night. "What do you think of Boehner's idea, cap deductions, get $800 billion in revenues. Make any sense to you?" PAUL: Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want. If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans in the House vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise 'em. Let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes. Let the president sign it, and then they can own a tax increase, and when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters,...
  • The Wickedness Inside All of Us?

    12/07/2012 11:35:54 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 4, 2012 | Timothy Wheeler
    NBC sportscaster Bob Costas brought the sports world some unexpected controversy this weekend: As every NFL fan and a lot of others now know, Costas used the lofty perch of NBC’s Sunday Night Football halftime show to deliver an emotion-fueled diatribe against guns and by implication, gun owners. His rant came a day after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins dead and then committed suicide, leaving their child an orphan.Costas is paid to analyze and report. He should deal in facts and reason, but but he was clearly doing something else when he quoted from Fox...
  • Hillary Clinton “distressed” by Northern Ireland tensions as two bombs found

    12/07/2012 11:30:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:15PM GMT 07 Dec 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Hillary Clinton has called for an end to “unacceptable” violence in Northern Ireland as she visited the region amid a revival of sectarian tensions. The US Secretary of State said she was “distressed” to hear about a death threat to Naomi Long, the East Belfast MP, and the discovery of two unexploded bombs. … Mrs. Clinton landed in Belfast as part of four-day European trip, just hours after police seized an unexploded bomb from suspected Republican dissidents in Londonderry. A second device was found in a postbox. …
  • There is no ‘Trust us’ clause in Constitution: NY Archdiocese wins ruling on HHS mandate

    12/07/2012 11:29:49 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 6, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) — In a strongly worded judgment a federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit from the Archdiocese of New York against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate may proceed. The Obama administration had argued that the archdiocese’s lawsuit was premature, since the administration may still make adjustments to the mandate that would stop it from having any effect on the archdiocese. After announcing the mandate in February, the Obama administration had announced a “safe harbor” that would prevent the mandate from applying to certain religious employers until August 2013. However, Judge Brian Cogan slapped...
  • Obama Runs Rings Around the Republicans on Tax "Cuts" and "Loopholes"

    12/07/2012 11:22:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT Now, Obama. Let's go to top of the audio sound bites. Remember yesterday, a long dissertation in the first hour about what really is going on with the fiscal cliff, and that the real target here is the Republicans, particularly the Republicans in the House, but the Republican Party writ large, Obama is simply trying to decimate it. He is desperate to get Boehner to sign off on raising taxes on the rich. That's ball game for Obama. If he can get that, he gets a confession. What Obama wants is a confession, an admission from the Republicans...
  • David Cameron warned Lords will “massacre” gay marriage laws

    12/07/2012 11:20:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:12PM GMT 07 Dec 2012 | Rowena Mason and John Bingham
    David Cameron has been warned that plans to let same-sex couples marry in churches will be “massacred” in the House of Lords and alienate grassroots Conservatives. Tory MPs and Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, have reacted with dismay after the Prime Minister said places of worship will be allowed to conduct same-sex weddings. The decision represents a major U-turn on the position set out in a formal Government consultation earlier this year which proposed a blanket ban. …
  • LGBT attempts to stop diversity of thought in Salina, Kansas

    12/07/2012 11:11:13 AM PST · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 12-07-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    This is an interview with Luci Larson talking about the LGBT community and their attempt to have her removed from a committee that has influence on ordinances in Salina, Kansas.
  • On The Right Track? Another Half Million Americans Fall Out of the Workforce

    12/07/2012 11:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, remember when we were told, ladies and gentlemen, by the regime that the economy added 148,000 jobs in September? And do you remember we were told that the economy added 171,000 jobs in October, the unemployment rate was going below 8%? And do you also remember that I said at that time, "I don't believe this." And do you remember also that Jack Welch came out and said he didn't believe it and thought they were fudging the numbers and they lit into Jack Welch. Well even back then, the chief economist at Gallup didn't believe...
  • The Stone truth: Left-wingers are boring

    12/07/2012 11:03:15 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | December 07, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg | National Review Online
    Oliver Stone’s boomer-nostalgic radicalism is stale and hackneyed. 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...
  • 71 Years Ago Today (Pearl Harbor tribute)

    12/07/2012 10:53:44 AM PST · by inkling · 4 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jon Gabriel
    Doris “Dorie” Miller was a Mess Attendant working on the USS West Virginia. Like most mornings, he rose before dawn for a dreary day of hauling trash, scrubbing dishes and prepping food for the battleship’s cook. While collecting the crew’s laundry, the General Quarters alarm sounded. Ships have drills all the time — even on Sunday mornings — but a sailor still must answer the call. However this time he couldn’t get to his designated battle station. The torpedo-twisted metal proved this alarm was for real. With nowhere else to report, Dorie ran to the deck to see what was...
  • Obama Remembers Pearl Harbor By Promoting Picture of Himself

    12/07/2012 10:49:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Just this week President Obama celebrated Rosa Parks by publishing a photo of himself on a bus and now the White House can't even commemorate Pearl Harbor without bringing Obama's face into the picture. From the White House Twitter feed: Because it's all about him.
  • Unsealed court documents shed light on Albany Middle School teacher, suspected molester

    12/07/2012 10:30:46 AM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/06/2012 | Matthias Gafni
    Former Albany Middle School teacher and coach James Izumizaki exchanged thousands of flirtatious text messages, photos and videos with an underage student while committing lewd and lascivious acts, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. The popular 28-year-old teacher, who killed himself days after his Sept. 26 arrest, open-mouth kissed the student on multiple occasions on the Albany Middle School campus while fondling the victim over clothes, a detective reported in previously secret court affidavits unsealed at the request of this newspaper. That suspected abuse was just the start of "extremely severe" allegations that have not been publicly released, said attorney...
  • Obama to take corporate cash for inauguration

    12/07/2012 10:28:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/2/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    But the sources say the new decision is driven by pragmatism: The president and his team just wrapped up the most expensive campaign in history — with costs topping $1 billion — and they’ve determined that their donors are simply tapped out. The cost of an Inauguration can run into the tens of millions. Obama spent $47 million in 2009. And raising that in a matter of six weeks is too difficult without throwing open the flood gates, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The inaugural fundraising team will be screening each corporate donation. Those determined to...
  • ANOTHER COVER UP? More on the Arizona Jihadi, Abdullatif Aldosary

    12/07/2012 10:26:37 AM PST · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 7 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    Earlier this week we posted about Abdullatif Aldosary, an Iraqi Muslim refugee who set off an IED at a Social Security office in Arizona. As we reported then, an FBI source told investigative reporter Patrick Poole at PJMedia that Aldosary would not be charged with terrorism, due to “political sensitivities.” Now Poole has uncovered more about Aldosary which reveals yet another cover up by the Obama administration to avoid having to admit that we have been hit again by a Jihadist terrorist. According to Poole, the DHS had previously concluded that Aldosary had been involved in terrorist “activities,” and a...
  • Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum [replaced with environmental propaganda]

    12/07/2012 10:25:09 AM PST · by grundle · 71 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 7, 2012
    American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014. A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace. Books such as JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by "informational texts" approved by the Common Core State Standards. Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and...
  • It’s nothing but a power play

    12/07/2012 10:25:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Let’s understand President Obama’s strategy in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. It has nothing to do with economics or real fiscal reform. This is entirely about politics. It’s Phase 2 of the 2012 campaign. The election returned him to office. The fiscal cliff negotiations are designed to break the Republican opposition and grant him political supremacy, something he thinks he earned with his landslide 2.8-point victory margin on Election Day. This is why he sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to the Republicans to convey not a negotiating offer but a demand for unconditional surrender. House Speaker John Boehner had made a...
  • The NRA the new KKK?

    12/07/2012 10:24:05 AM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | December 06, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    Jeff Knox educates Jason Whitlock, Bob Costas on realities of firearm ownership Sports fans watching the Sunday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend were subjected to an anti-gun homily from sportscaster Bob Costas. The scripted comments were prompted by the tragic murder of Kasandra Perkins and subsequent suicide of her murderer, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. Perkins was Belcher’s live-in girlfriend and the mother of his 3-month-old daughter. At this point, no one knows what set the football player off, but the tragedy triggered a scathing editorial from Fox Sports personality Jason Whitlock,...
  • Repeal and Replace the Republican Party

    12/07/2012 10:21:34 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 24 replies
    Renew America ^ | 07 Dec 2012 | Tim Dunkin
    By Tim Dunkin Many conservatives and liberty lovers have long thought that the Republican Party takes them for granted. We don't get the respect we deserve as the rank-and-file, the foot soldiers who actually try to make things happen for the Party at the local level — running the phones, donating the time and energy, going door to door in canvassing, and turning out to vote. Conservatives believe the Republican Party exists within our two-party system as the vehicle for promoting their views and advancing our agenda. Yet, this rarely seems to happen in practice, at least at the national...
  • Boycott the U.S. military

    12/07/2012 10:19:47 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    WND ^ | December 06, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah urges family, friends not to serve for 'corrupt and dangerous' boss This may sound like a strange idea coming from someone who loves and respects the U.S. military. It’s time to deny it our sons and daughters and our grandchildren. For those young enough to serve, it’s time to deny it yourselves. It’s time to boycott the U.S. military. What am I talking about? Have I completely flipped my lid? Who will protect the nation from foreign enemies in these turbulent times without manpower? Let me begin with something that put me over the edge: When foreign-serving...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Second Week in Office

    12/07/2012 10:15:47 AM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 12/7/12 | Nachum
    A Conservative News and Opinion ResourceThe Obama Administration: Year FourPresident Obama's Two Hundred and Second Week in Office12/6/2012It's 3am and nobody's thereFEMA teams told to 'sightsee' as Sandy victims sufferedDHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officialsObamanomics370k New Jobless Claims; Gallup Reports Unemployment Jump to 8.3%Online sales tax to be added to defense authorization billObama will visit the home of a middle class family in northern Virginia to talk about the importance of resolving the standoff over the fiscal cliff. Battery maker that received stimulus money could be sold to Chinese company Unbalanced Approach: Government Workers Work Less and...
  • Dan Mitchell's Seven Minutes of Sanity

    12/07/2012 10:01:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    You may think there isn't much common-sense anywhere close to Capitol Hill, but less than a ten minute drive away there is a veritable wellspring to be found in the person of Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow at CATO.  Mitchell is an expert on tax policy and supply-side economics. With the clock ticking rapidly to the end of the year when higher tax rates and budget sequestration are scheduled to automatically kick in, lawmakers are deadlocked over a solution to avoid going over "the fiscal cliff."  Most of the attention has focused on sucking more money out of the taxpayers pocket...
  • 73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government [Analysis To Share w/your Obama friends]

    12/07/2012 9:55:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    cns news ^ | 12/7/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments.
  • Saudi Arabia still head of terror finance octopus

    12/07/2012 9:50:54 AM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    Money Jihad via France24 ^ | 07DEC12 | By Marc DAOU via $ Jihad
    Saudi Arabia remains the world’s top financier of terrorism and sponsor of fundamentalist Islam throughout the Arab Spring. U.S. media and Treasury officials don’t really like to discuss it in public, but a report earlier this fall from France 24 gives further confirmation, if you needed it, of the fact that Saudi petrodollars are behind the latest Salafist inroads in the Middle East. Read it all: How Saudi petrodollars fuel rise of Salafism Since the 2011 Arab revolts, a loose network of underground zealots has evolved into a potent and highly vocal force. Behind the remarkable rise of Salafism lies...
  • Profitable not-for-profits

    12/07/2012 9:49:41 AM PST · by lowbridge
    ny post ^ | december 7, 2012
    Nechemya Weberman, an unlicensed counselor accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in his care, testified Wednesday that he ripped off a charity he founded ostensibly to help poor Brooklynites. “You used this not-for-profit for personal gain?” asked a Brooklyn prosecutor. “Yes I did,” Weberman replied, admitting that he spent donations meant for his group, B’Lev V’Nefesh, on tuition for his kids’ yeshiva — and that its cash was also spent at stores like BMG Corset & Lingerie. Creepy, sure. But par for the course in New York, where politicians routinely turn nonprofits into personal piggy banks. For example:
  • Big Mo for Putting C-SPAN Cameras on 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

    12/07/2012 9:44:58 AM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 6, 2012 | Mark Tapscott
    If there is such a thing as a "tipping point" for proposals in the public policy arena, opening the "fiscal cliff" talks to C-SPAN cameras may have passed it. Two days after the election, I wrote in this space that putting the cameras in the room with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner was the only way for the public to know who is serious and who is still playing politics. Shining the light would also be more likely to force a genuine compromise. That column got a tepid response. So I fired off another missive repeating the suggestion...
  • For his next crisis: California’s green folly (Jerry Brown)

    12/07/2012 9:39:28 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    ny post ^ | december 7, 2012 | ben boychuk
    Saving the planet isn’t easy — or cheap —especially in California. The state’s anti-global-warming cap-and-trade program is the latest gimmick to leave it with yet another big hole to fill in its budget. The Golden State’s new carbon-trading program is the world’s second largest, after the European Union’s. The stated goal is to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and another 80 percent by 2050. But California held its very first “carbon credit” auction last month — and it was a big disappointment. Under cap-and-trade, regulators set a limit on how much carbon dioxide a business or utility...
  • Consumer Confidence Plunges Over the Cliff

    12/07/2012 9:37:57 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    wallstcheatsheet.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Eric McWhinnie
    Despite a better-than-expected November unemployment report, consumer confidence in the United States plummeted in December to its lowest level in four months. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary index on consumer sentiment dropped to 74.5 this month, sharply lower when compared to the 5-year high of 82.7 in November. It was the lowest reading since August and well below estimates. Economists polled in a survey expected a median of 82.0, with the 67 economists projecting the figure to range between 80.0 and 88.0. Economists surveyed by Reuters placed a median forecast of 82.4 on the report. The fiscal cliff, a...
  • Five Policy Reasons and Five Political Reasons Why Republicans...

    12/07/2012 9:27:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The politicians claim that they are negotiating about how best to reduce the deficit. That irks me because our fiscal problem is excessive government spending. Red ink is merely a symptom of that underlying problem. But that’s a rhetorical gripe. My bigger concern is that politicians are prevaricating. They’re really talking about higher taxes in order to enable a bigger burden of government spending, not less red ink. I make this point in an interview on Fox Business Network.This is the point where I often elaborate on issues raised in the interview, but let’s instead build on the discussion to...
  • $100K in jewelry stolen from Calif. Rep. Issa home

    12/07/2012 9:27:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    ny post/AP ^ | december 7, 2012
    VISTA, Calif. — San Diego County authorities say $100,000 worth of jewelry has been stolen in a burglary at the home of California U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa. U-T San Diego says more than 50 items, including watches, rings, earrings and bracelets, were taken from the Vista home on Nov. 29. No arrests have been made.
  • The end of the airman's pin-up

    12/07/2012 9:25:47 AM PST · by Living Free in NH · 104 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 7 December 2012 | Helen Pow
    The end of the airman's pin-up: U.S. Air Force orders pictures of naked women to be taken down after sexual assaults soar All active, reserve and Air National Guard units have 10 days to complete the sweep for offensive images Air Force believes pin-ups are contributing to a rise in sexual assaults Over 700 cases of sexual assault were reported in 2012, 100 more than 2011 By Helen Pow PUBLISHED: 09:43 EST, 7 December 2012 Pictures and calendars featuring half-naked women will be stripped from U.S. Air Force work spaces and public areas under a widespread inspection to stamp out...
  • Gangnam Style singer rapped about killing American soldiers ( will perform at White House )

    12/07/2012 9:23:45 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    PSY, the wildly popular Korean rap/pop star who hit it big on YouTube with his viral “Gangnam Style” video, seems so warm and friendly. Scratch beneath the surface, though, and you find anti-American rot: ... He’d get along swell with troop-hating Soulja Boy or cop-killer advocates Ice-T and NWA... PSY will be performing for the White House in a Christmas extravaganza airing on TNT Dec. 21.
  • One Dollar Less

    12/07/2012 9:16:29 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 3 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    Today, the conservative media reported on an interesting story. The Department of Defense spent over $100,000 for a seminar. The topic of the seminar? Did Jesus also die for the Klingons? As nutty as that sounds, there is a serious question that seminar raises and it has nothing to do with Klingons. What is it?
  • It's Obama's Math that Doesn't Add Up

    12/07/2012 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama often boils down the issues around his plan to raise income taxes by saying it's all about the "math," a subject he doesn't seem to know much about. No doubt the White House would argue the point, but the uncomfortable fact remains that after four years in office, the unemployment rate remains painfully high and economic growth is slowing down. Clearly, the president's math isn't working well, and neither are 23 million Americans who want full-time jobs. But even a cursory analysis of the mathematical issues at the center of the battle over the "fiscal cliff" raises some...
  • Drudge Headline: Foul Stench Over Malibu

    12/07/2012 9:14:50 AM PST · by GVnana · 34 replies
    BLOWING IN THE WIND: ROTTING WHALE CASTS FOUL STENCH OVER CELEBS' HOMES IN MALIBU...