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  • Friday's economics lesson

    12/07/2012 4:01:32 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 4 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | John Wiseman
    Dr. Sowell is perhaps one of our greatest living economists. Since arguments and debates about economic matters seem so important to almost everyone during our election cycles, I will never understand America's reluctance to actually take the time and energy required to gain even a basic understanding of the subject. I will likewise never fully understand the nation's economists remaining mostly silent during election seasons and allowing politicians and morons to take it upon themselves to put words into their mouths. When Barack Obama and Bill Clinton stood up during the Democrat National Convention and made the astoundingly false claim...
  • Day 1 of Legal Pot Marred by Deaths at Alleged Washington 'Growing Center'

    12/07/2012 4:01:14 PM PST · by drewh · 84 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3 hours ago | By Sarah Parnass |
    The first day of legal marijuana use in Washington State was marred by an attempted robbery ending with two deaths at an alleged pot-growing facility just south of Seattle. The possession of pot became legal in the state Thursday after voters passed a measure decriminalizing it in November. Day two kicked off with more celebrations under the Space Needle tower, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, but the Pierce County Sheriff's Department investigated an attempted robbery in Puyallup at an alleged growing center foiled by a homeowner who shot two alleged burglars in front of his 9-year-old son. Officers say they arrived...
  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/07/2012 3:45:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/7/12 | AP
    President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
  • Deficit already at $292 billion for fiscal 2013

    12/07/2012 3:32:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 | Erik Wasson
    Deficit already at $292 billion for fiscal 2013By Erik Wasson - 12/07/12 12:28 PM ET The federal budget deficit has reached $292 billion just two months into fiscal 2013, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Friday. That is a fast start for a fiscal year that CBO already predicted will have a deficit of more than $1 trillion — the fifth year in a row that has happened, all under President Obama. The deficit was $172 billion in November, CBO estimates. For October and November, the deficit is $57 billion more than the deficit for the first two months of fiscal...
  • Not yet time for women to serve in infantry

    12/07/2012 3:29:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2012 | Robert H. Scales
    Recently The Post reported that four women serving in the Army, two with Purple Hearts, had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the military’s combat exclusion policy. “Combat exclusion” is code for being kept from serving in the close-combat arms of the Army, Marines and special forces. These units are made up of soldiers whose purpose is to kill the enemy directly. They also do virtually all of the military’s dying: Since the end of World War II, four out of five combat deaths suffered by men and women serving in the U.S. military have been in the infantry,...
  • Bad-Ass of Pearl Harbor: Dorie Miller

    12/07/2012 3:22:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.facebook.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | GRUNTS 11 Bravo, U.S. Infantry Soldiers
    <p>Mess Attendant First Class Doris "Dorie" Miller was born in Waco, Texas, in 1919, the son of a couple hard-working sharecroppers who had traveled the land working cotton fields. A man who would grow t o be one of the more unlikely heroes on one of America's darkest days, Miller spent every day of his youth on the edge of poverty, just struggling to survive and make ends meet. By the time he was a young man, his family had settled down, working as subsistence farmers, and as soon as he was old enough to push a plow he went to work busting his ass in the fields to make sure his family had enough food to eat. When he wasn't out providing food for his family, he went to school, trampled DBs as the star fullback on his high school team (no small feat in a place like Texas that, as far as I can tell, has always taken their high school football a little bit seriously), and worked nights as a cook at a local restaurant to help make some extra money during the Great Depression. So he was pretty busy. And he didn't have a problem busting his ass like a madman to make sure that shit got done.</p>
  • Press fear Obama private swearing in

    12/07/2012 3:17:23 PM PST · by thouworm · 164 replies
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said...
  • NBC 'Today' Crew Fawns Over 'Brilliant' Ashley Judd Possibly Running for Senate

    12/07/2012 3:12:14 PM PST · by drewh · 49 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 10:32 | By Kyle Drennen
    In a panel discussion on Wednesday's NBC Today, the morning show cast excitedly touted the possibility of left-wing actress Ashley Judd running for senate against Mitch McConnell in 2014, with co-host Willie Geist declaring: "She was a delegate to the Democratic convention this summer, she's very involved in politics, she's outspoken." [Watch the video after the jump] News reader Natalie Morales heaped praise on Judd: "She's a brilliant woman....Harvard, I think....she's a U.N. goodwill ambassador, speaks out on HIV/AIDS prevention. And also, you know, she's done so much good for public – public good and she's a great, very smart...
  • Muslim Brotherhood inherits U.S. war gear

    12/07/2012 3:11:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/07/2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    For Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government, more battle tanks and jet fighters are on their way from the United States. Cairo’s military link to Washington has remained intact, meaning the U.S. will continue to modernize the biggest military in Africa — even as President Mohammed Morsi has decreed near-absolute power for himself and his supporters and opponents battle outside his palace. Analysts say Egypt’s military buildup presents risks for Washington — and Israel — with the growing influence of the Brotherhood, whose overriding goal is to establish Shariah, or Islamic, law worldwide. A Pentagon statement to The Washington Times on Thursday...
  • Steve Forbes: Message To GOP: No Tax Increases! Go On Offense!

    12/07/2012 3:07:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/07/2012 | Steve Forbes
    Mr. Speaker: We are losing the cliff war in terms of public opinion, but the tables can be turned. A few days ago you offered tax increases via eliminating or capping deductions. Your generous gesture won no goodwill from Democrats and the mainstream media. Moreover any tax increase now only damages the economy. Concerning deductions, why give stuff away now for no real tax reform or simplification? Here’s what the GOP should do now: I. The House passes a bill extending for a year or at least six months all the cliff items – current income tax rates; the Alternative...
  • 4 anarchists (beyond Occupy freeloaders) sentenced in Cleveland bridge bomb plot

    12/07/2012 3:04:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | 12/06/12 | Bill Morlin
    4 anarchists sentenced in Cleveland bridge bomb plotMembers of the "Revolutionary People's Party" face sentences ranging from six to 11 and a half years By Bill Morlin, Southern Poverty Law Center Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 10:34 AM EST Four young self-described anarchists caught planning to blow up an Ohio bridge in an FBI sting operation have received sentences ranging from six to 11˝ years in federal prison. Anthony M. Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, the first to plead guilty and the last of the four to be sentenced, received a six-year term Friday after apologizing in U.S. District Court in Cleveland,...
  • Psy To Perform Before US President Obama At 'Christmas In Washington'(Tapes this Sunday, Dec. 9)

    12/07/2012 3:03:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 1 replies
    Manilla Bulletin ^ | 12/4/12 | JONATHAN M. HICAP
    MANILA, Philippines - Korean sensation Psy may finally have the chance to teach US President Barack Obama how to do the famous "Gangnam Style" horse-riding dance when he performs on the "Christmas In Washington" TV special. US TV channel TNT announced the list of performers for the annual event that will air Dec. 21. They are legendary singer Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Chris Mann from "The Voice," "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and Psy, who will close the TV special with "Gangnam Style." "Christmas in Washington" will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. TNT said the taping of the...
  • The GOP and Social Issues: Sophomoric Arguments at the Wall Street Journal

    12/07/2012 2:57:47 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Londregan
    A common trope in social policy debates is to claim that the public’s changing opinion on the policy at stake, rather than the policy’s moral or substantive justifications, merits changing the platform of one’s preferred political party. This notion seems recently to have taken root on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, and several commentators have reacted.Consider its November 8 editorial extolling referendums on marriage. The editors argue that views on “gay marriage” are changing so that “after 32 defeats at the ballot box, a gay marriage initiative was adopted by voters,” which shows that Americans are “capable...
  • Unions steer Calif. Democrats toward cliff

    12/07/2012 2:47:27 PM PST · by lward99 · 26 replies
    Times 247 ^ | 12-07-12 | Katherine Timpf
    Obamacare doesn't go far enough. The government needs to replace private insurance companies in a complete takeover of health care. That’s the system California’s union leaders are pressuring Democrats to create, now that they enjoy supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. And their influence is “tremendous,” according to former Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, who served as Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008. “California Teachers Association’s former president referred to them as the fourth, co-equal branch of government,” she said. “Nobody has the political and money war chest that they do.” Read more: http://times247.com/articles/34unions-steer-california-democrats-toward-cliff9#ixzz2EPP6RNs3
  • Indonesia's Anti-Terror Arsenal

    12/07/2012 2:45:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    AFPC Terrorism Monitor ^ | 11/28/2012 | Avi Jorisch
    The swift and near-simultaneous arrests late last month of 11 individuals allegedly preparing to bomb U.S. and other Western targets throughout Java, Indonesia's most populated island, should serve as a wake-up call to Asia's national security establishment, lawmakers and leaders. The foiled plot would have been just the latest in a flurry of terrorist activity by members of Islamist organizations, all of which are registered and legally sanctioned by the Indonesian government. During the arrests, Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism squad found explosive material, a bomb-making manual, detonators and a list of targets that included the American and Australian embassies in Jakarta...
  • PSY 'Deeply Sorry' for Singing About Killing Americans (Boycott TNT Advertisers)

    12/07/2012 2:40:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/7/12 | TMZ
    PSY- the pop singer behind the hit "Gangnam Style" -- says he "will forever be sorry" for performing a song in 2004 that called for the killing of "Yankees" ... and is begging for Americans to accept his apology. The song in question was called, "Dear Americans" ... and featured the lyrics, "Kill those f*cking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives." He continues, "Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture ... Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers ... Kill them all slowly and painfully.” Now, PSY has released a statement explaining, "The song I featured on...
  • Obamacare May Hike Your Pet’s Health Care Bills

    12/07/2012 2:40:14 PM PST · by jakerobins · 35 replies
    American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many of their manufacturers are expected to hike prices, meaning higher veterinary costs for the nation’s pet owners. The tax will not hit devices that are used exclusively for veterinary purposes. But a host of such devices are manufactured for use in both human health care...
  • The day that lived in infamy

    12/07/2012 2:39:33 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    Today is December 7th. 71 years ago, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, triggering the United States entry into World War 2. 71 years ago, Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor. The skies were filled with acrid smoke from flaming warships and burning planes. Within three hours, the attack was over. Three and a half years later, Pearl Harbor was avenged as a defeated Japan surrendered to American forces in Tokyo Bay. While many remember Pearl Harbor still to this day, many Americans are today clueless about what happened on that Sunday morning so long ago.
  • Dems look to Obama to punish Michigan over labor vote

    12/07/2012 2:39:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | Andrea Billups
    LANSING, Mich. — A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after the GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nation’s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday, to push back on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder by holding...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 7,2012

    12/07/2012 2:37:52 PM PST · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 7,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Elizabeth Warren campaign debt includes bills for printing, mailing and professional services

    12/07/2012 2:33:29 PM PST · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Massachusetts' Democratic Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren raised $41.56 million – but still ended her campaign $401,000 in debt, owing money for mailings, printing and accounting services, according to her latest fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission. Warren defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in a race that was likely the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country this election cycle. The basic numbers of Warren’s fundraising were announced yesterday by her campaign, which revealed the debt in an email to supporters asking for additional donations. In that email, the campaign chalked up the debt to higher than expected...
  • Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson announces record sales

    12/07/2012 2:28:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    Smith & Wesson has announced record sales for its most recent quarter. Net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter were a record $136.6 million, up 48 percent from the second quarter last year, according to a news release issued this week. It was the second consecutive quarter of record sales. The company employs more than 1,200 workers at its factory and headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue. Federal background checks for gun purchasers were up over Black Friday. Many observers say that's because gun buyers fear that a re-elected President Barack Obama will impose more gun restrictions. But Smith &...
  • Matt Damon anti-fracking film Promised Land produced by Middle Eastern Oil Government

    12/07/2012 2:25:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | december 6, 2012
    Journalist Phelim McAleer (director of FrackNation documentary), asks Matt Damon about his new anti-fracking movie Promised Land which was funded by United Arab Emirates, which stand to make billions in oil exports if fracking was banned in US.
  • Vince Vaughn Risks Hollywood Blowback by Teaming with Glenn Beck (another outed conservatve?)

    12/07/2012 2:13:45 PM PST · by drewh · 30 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Holllywood ^ | 5 Dec 2012 | Christian Toto
    Actor Vince Vaughn's next project is sure to make his Hollywood peers more than a little jumpy. The "Wedding Crashers" star is teaming up with Glenn Beck - yes, that Glenn Beck - to produce a reality show for the talker's GBTV network. The show is called “Pursuit of Truth,” and it pits 20 documentary filmmakers against one another, with the grand prize being the financing and distribution of their documentary film.... This isn't Vaughn's first flirtation with the Right. He supported Ron Paul for president both in 2008 and last year. Pairing with Beck shows particular courage, though, given...
  • Charles Barkley says carrying gun gives 'sense of peace'

    12/07/2012 1:51:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    USA TODAY | Dec 5, 2012 | Sam Amick and Michael Hiestand
    Here's the link.
  • Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

    12/07/2012 1:50:17 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Scientific American ^ | December 4, 2012 | Robert Martone
    The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm. The physical connection between mother and fetus is provided by the placenta, an organ, built of cells from both the mother and fetus, which serves as a conduit for the exchange of nutrients, gasses, and wastes. Cells may migrate through the placenta...
  • BBC Video: Private notice question on Syria ( British -- Questions to the Foreign Minister)

    12/07/2012 1:45:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2012/12/04 16:05:31
    Private notice question on Syria Any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people would be "abhorrent and universally condemned", Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has said.***************************************Video att Website.
  • 73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government

    12/07/2012 1:40:46 PM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/7/2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/73-new-jobs-created-last-5-months-are-government (CNSNews.com) - 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. By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June. In the same five-month period since June, the number of...
  • Calls mount for Psy's concert for Obama to be nixed after anti-American lyrics surface

    12/07/2012 1:38:06 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/7/12 | RHEANA MURRAY
    Fiercely anti-American lyrics from Korean rapper Psy have been unearthed just two weeks before the star is scheduled to perform for President Obama. The “Gangnam Style” singer calls for U.S. soldiers to be killed in one song, prompting a short-lived petition to ax Psy from the bill at the Christmas in Washington celebration. The petition had fewer than 500 signatures when it was pulled offline for violating terms, according to whitehouse.gov. In 2004, Psy rapped on a South Korean metal band’s song, “Dear American,” at a protest concert, The Washington Post reported. “Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing...
  • All Of The Fiscal Cliff Polls Have Been Pretty Brutal For Republicans

    12/07/2012 1:29:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/07/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    As negotiations on a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" enter the final three weeks, Republicans face a stark reality: The American public continues siding with President Barack Obama and Democrats on issues crucial to any potential deal. Polls taken over the past month have continually shown that a post-election bump for the President, combined with the relative unpopularity of Republicans, gives Obama a lot of leverage in the debate. Voters overwhelmingly support the key element of Obama's plan for a deal — raising taxes on incomes above $250,000. They also support blanket entitlement cuts, which is what the GOP...
  • Debka: Paris Sources: NATO-Arab Syria Intervention Imminent (modeled after Libyan operation)

    12/07/2012 1:28:23 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Debkafliles ^ | December 7, 2012, 3:09 PM
    Sources close to French Defense Ministry reported Friday, Dec. 7, that a Western-Arab military intervention against the Assad regime is due to begin shortly with the participation of the US, France, Britain, Turkey, Jordan and other anti-Assad Arab nations. (reference is to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar’s special forces) Our military sources add that the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle carrying a complement of marines is deployed in the Mediterranean, having joined the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and at least five British warships which are also carrying a large marine force. In the second and third weeks...
  • Psy rapped about ‘killing Yankees’ in the past: report (Obama's 'Christmas' Guest...)

    12/07/2012 1:23:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/7/12 | NY Post
    Before Psy became an international singing sensation with his infectious hit “Gangnam Style,” the Korean rapper sang about “slowly and painfully” killing American soldiers. Psy, who recently earned the title of most-watched YouTube video of all time, protested the presence of 3,700 US troops in Korea during a 2002 concert, according to a Mediaite report. WATCH: PSY SMASHES COPY OF US TANK AT CONCERT AUDIO: PSY'S ANTI-AMERICAN RAP (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE) Some of the "Dear American" lyrics he rapped: "Kill those [bleep]ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives / Kill those [bleep]ing Yankees who ordered them to torture /...
  • New York AG Takes On "Reciprocity" Gun Bill

    12/07/2012 1:20:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Nov. 30 2012 | James King
    www.commonsensepolitics.org As it currently stands, the Second Amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to own firearms. But each state is permitted to place its own restrictions on the types of firearms -- and the manner in which they're possessed -- that people are allowed to own.A bill making its way through Congress would grant "reciprocity" for gun owners in states where they don't actually live. In other words, if you can carry a concealed handgun under Ohio law, an Ohio resident can carry a concealed weapon in New York -- regardless of New York's gun laws.The bill is designed...
  • RYAN STONEWALLS ON INVOLVEMENT WITH BOEHNER PURGE

    12/07/2012 1:19:21 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Friday December 7, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    As House Speaker John Boehner continues to hide the details of what happened and why during his conservative purge of House committees, House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan is eschewing comment and instead directing all inquiries about the purge to Boehner’s office. For several days, spokespeople for Ryan – the Republican Party’s most recent vice presidential candidate who’s widely rumored to be positioning himself to run for president in 2016 – have refused to answer any questions about whether Ryan was involved and, if he was, what role he played. Then, on Friday, Ryan spokesman William Allison would not...
  • The Job Market Still Su***

    12/07/2012 1:18:54 PM PST · by zeestephen · 13 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 07 December 2012 | Anthony Mirhaydari
    Something odd is happening at the Bureau of Labor Statistics - The unemployment rate has fallen rapidly - But the job market is not getting better - It's actually getting worse
  • APNewsBreak: Corps not budging on Miss. River flap

    12/07/2012 1:11:51 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 7, 2012 | By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, in a Thursday letter obtained by The Associated Press, told lawmakers from Mississippi River states she doesn't consider it necessary to boost Missouri River flows into the Mississippi — something the politicians urgently had sought. Darcy, a top Army Corps official, noted this week's revised National Weather Service...
  • Does the RNC really want a corporate lobbyist as chairman?

    12/07/2012 1:06:39 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/6/12 | Timothy Carney
    The last few days have seen plenty of talk about former congressman J.C. Watts as RNC chairman. I liked J.C. Watts’ congressional record. He also was a good interview. He’s youngish. He’s black. All these things are in his favor. But once he left Congress he became a K Street lobbyist for corporate clients, many of whom were asking the federal government for money. That hardly seems like the future of the GOP. Watts’s lobbying clients include giants like AT&T, and green-energy companies lobbying for renewable-fuel standards like Syntroleum, plus government contractors like Lockheed Martin. Most of clients seem innocuous...
  • 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...