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  • Mish Takes the Most Complete Look at Employment and Unemployment Anywhere

    12/08/2012 8:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Initial Reaction The establishment report of +146,000 jobs was about what most expected. However, beneath the surface, this report looks grim. The household survey shows a loss of 122,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped by .2% because the labor force fell by 350,000 and those "not in the labor force" rose by a whopping 542,000. Thus, we are back to the previous 2012 pattern of witnessing unemployment rate drop largely because of a massive increase of those "not" in the labor force. No Effect From Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy had no effect. The BLS reports "Our survey response rates in...
  • Van Jones and Exxon Mobil Support a Carbon Tax

    12/08/2012 7:54:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Tom Borelli
    It’s a bad omen for free enterprise, prosperity and liberty when normally warring special interest groups such as big business and progressive activists agree on public policy. During President Obama’s first term big business interests led by the pharmaceutical industry joined the union lobby in successfully making ObamaCare the law of the land. Shortly after Obama’s re-election, history may be repeating itself this time regarding energy policy. While it’s known that politics makes strange bedfellows none can be more bizarre than former White House green jobs czar Van Jones and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson agreeing on a carbon tax....
  • Sir Issac Newton Explains Income Inequality

    12/08/2012 7:45:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Political Calculations
    The planet Neptune has never been seen by anyone looking at the night sky through just their own eyes. So distant is it from the sun that the light it reflects toward the Earth is so faint that the planet is effectively invisible in the darkness of night. And yet, the outermost large planet of our solar system was discovered by astronomers who knew exactly where to look.... Following William Herschel's discovery of Uranus in 1781, the world's astronomers went to work to observe and describe the seventh planet of the solar system, taking detailed measurements of its trajectory in...
  • South Glastonbury Woman Sues Crystal Mall For Black Friday Fall

    12/08/2012 7:39:47 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Glastonbury Patch ^ | December 7, 2012 | Paul Petrone
    A South Glastonbury woman is in the midst of a lawsuit against the Crystal Mall after she sued the Waterford shopping center when she slipped and fell on a puddle at 4:30 a.m. on Black Friday 2009. Diane Mincarelli filed a suit against the mall in December of 2011 after she slipped and fell on water on the floor of the mall at 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2009. November 27, 2009 was the day after Thanksgiving that year, a day commonly referred to as Black Friday as retailers, including the Crystal Mall, offer special deals and open at earlier...
  • Hamas leader vows never to recognize Israel

    12/08/2012 7:39:43 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/8/2012
    Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, making his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip, vowed on Saturday never to recognize Israel and said his Islamist group would never abandon its claim to all Israeli territory. "Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land," he told a sea of supporters at an open-air rally, the highlight of his three-day stay in Gaza. "We will never recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation and therefore there is no legitimacy for Israel, no matter how...
  • Voting Your Way to Prosperity

    12/08/2012 7:33:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Charles Payne
    "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that… Of course, not just that, but why not?" "After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon. That's what you do." Joann Watson Detroit City Councilwomen The first crack in the floodgates opened this week, when Detroit councilwoman Joann Watson demanded a quid pro quo from President Obama in the form of a federal government bailout of the...
  • BATFE Taking Comments on "Sporting Purposes" Exemption to "Armor Piercing Ammunition" Law Until

    12/08/2012 7:23:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 6 December, 2012 | NRA-ILA6
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking public comments on its website until December 31, with regard to how it should determine what types of projectiles meet the "sporting purposes" exception to the federal "armor piercing ammunition" law. At this time, the question centers primarily around rifle-caliber projectiles made of metals harder than lead, such as the Barnes Bullets solid brass hunting bullets. Under the law, adopted in 1986, "armor piercing ammunition" is defined as "a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces...
  • 73 percent of new jobs created in last five months are bureaucratic

    12/08/2012 7:20:19 AM PST · by ecomcon · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/8/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Hey, I’ve got a neat idea — why don’t we just keep growing the government, until we all can have government jobs? That can work, right? 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 the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.
  • Now They Tell Us - The economy never really got better

    12/08/2012 7:11:34 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 78 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/8/2012 | Tom Blumer
    Now that Barack Obama is safely ensconced in the White House for another four years, several items which should have been noticed or revealed before Election Day have come to the fore. Collectively, they tell us two things: that the pre-election economy was worse than voters were led to believe, and that the prospects for meaningful improvement under the current regime are bleak at best. Additionally, in at least one instance, economic activity itself was likely manipulated.*snip*The probable gamesmanship occurred at Government/General Motors, which is still effectively under Obama administration control, still on track to saddle U.S. taxpayers with a...
  • O’Mara And West ... Did The State Engage In Witness Tampering?

    12/08/2012 7:05:47 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 4 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 8, 2012 | Sundance
    This segment of the interview centers around the inconsistencies in both Sabryna and Tracy’s testimony regarding their son’s voice. The fact that the State withheld information regarding who was in attendance during an earlier meeting where Serino questioned Martin is more than troubling. Officer Bill Irwin, the same person who did the voice stress analysis on George, was sitting in on the earlier questioning of Martin…a corroborating fact that, until now, was unknown to the defense. Why did Sanford Police Capt. O’Connor and the State keep this information from the defense until they were deposed? O’Mara states it’s the same...
  • Learning from the European Experience: Do Higher Tax Burdens Lead to Less Red Ink?

    12/08/2012 7:05:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve been arguing against higher taxes because of my concerns that more revenue will simply lead to a bigger burden of government spending. Yes, I realize it is theoretically possible that a tax hike could be part of a political deal that produces a good outcome, such as entitlement reform.But that doesn’t seem to happen in the real world. Indeed, I pointed out almost exactly one year ago that the only budget deal that gave us a surplus was the 1997 pact that cut taxes instead of raising them.But maybe there’s evidence from other parts of the world showing that...
  • Hypocrites shriek 'Hypocrites!' over national concealed carry legislation

    12/08/2012 6:56:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    An editorial in the Scranton, Pennsylvania Times Tribune claims to be "Calling out states' rights hypocrites." The allegation of "hypocrisy" is centered on gun rights advocates' condemnation of Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane's signature on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to reject two national concealed carry reciprocity bills: There is one area in which the states' rights crowd applauds federal intervention, however - regarding to the right to bear arms. Two bills that have passed the House and await action in the Senate would make a mockery...
  • The Liberal Mind

    12/08/2012 6:51:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Have you ever noticed that people who worry about inequality seem to be focused only on certain kinds of inequality? When they obsess about the income and wealth of the top 1%, they seem to be bothered by only some of those at the top, and not others. For example, have you ever seen Robert Reich or Paul Krugman or any like-minded complainer bemoan the huge salaries of professional athletes? What about the stratospheric incomes of rock stars? Or movie idols? Or super models?Even more puzzling, when is the last time you saw any of them assailing worthless heirs?...
  • FinancialCrisis (Financial crisis explained - Excellent!)

    12/08/2012 6:47:57 AM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/8/12 | UMKC Econ Students
    Hilarious but accurate explanation of the global financial crisis
  • 3 Bearish Signs In A Sea Of Negativity

    12/08/2012 6:39:16 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-7-2012 | Cullen Roche
    3 Bearish Signs In A Sea Of Negativity 12/07/2012 12:48 AM Cullen Roche Last week I published the 3 bullish signs in a sea of negativity (click here). So I figured I’d even the score and mark down some of the more bearish economic signs I’ve been seeing lately. Yes, there’s a lot to be negative about, but one could easily argue that the negativity is justified. The following indicators are all important barometers of economic growth. This will be sure to brighten your day before you head into the weekend! Rail Traffic is grinding to a halt. As I...
  • Using States to Transform Higher Learning

    12/08/2012 6:32:34 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Bruce Walker
    In the wake of what might appear to be a disastrous presidential election, it must be remembered that Republicans now control half of the fifty state governments outright. So while Republicans can do nothing at the federal level except obstruct radical leftist plans, Republicans at the state level can do a great deal to transform America. There are lots of areas in which this political muscle could be used to defeat leftism. Why not start with the macabre obscenity of taxpayer-supported higher education? We do not need public universities -- or, for that matter, any universities -- to produce genius....
  • Time to Remove Boehner as Speaker? (Perhaps)

    12/08/2012 6:30:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) may have finally gone too far betraying conservatives. This past week, he removed three conservative Republican Congressmen from their committee positions in retaliation for not voting for his compromises on the budget with Democrats – compromises that led us to the current “fiscal cliff.” Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) was removed from the Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) were removed from the Budget Committee. All three were elected with strong Tea Party support. An aide to GOP leadership said they were removed for “not being team...
  • Illegal immigrant gets kidney

    12/08/2012 6:25:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2012 | Michael Holtz,
    As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come. His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center. After years of uncertainties, Mariscal said he's excited about his future and grateful for the help he received. But he remains frustrated with a health care system that he worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants in need of lifesaving treatments. "Why can't we be treated the same?" he asked while sitting in his hospital room. "Health care should be a human right, not...
  • GOP Strategic Retreat? (It's Either 0bama's Way, Or The Highway)

    12/08/2012 6:20:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Larry Kudlow
    Republicans are divided. President Obama won't budge. And more and more, it looks like the fiscal-cliff deadline of Dec. 31 will be missed. It's now clear that Team Obama wants higher tax rates and revenue-raising tax-deduction caps to meet their $1.6 trillion revenue target. Spending cuts and entitlement reforms are vague to nonexistent. In fact, it could be that Obama not only rejects the across-the-board budget sequester, but that he actively seeks to raise spending, not cut it. I guess it stands to reason that if you puff up his $800 billion revenue increase from last year, and double it...
  • Russia Arms Syria With Powerful Ballistic Missiles

    12/08/2012 6:18:14 AM PST · by Fennie · 17 replies
    WND ^ | December 8, 2012 | By Reza Kahlili
    Hours after NATO agreed on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to Turkey because of the crisis in Syria, Russia delivered its first shipment of Iskander missiles to Syria. The superior Iskander can travel at hypersonic speed of over 1.3 miles per second (Mach 6-7) and has a range of over 280 miles with pinpoint accuracy of destroying targets with its 1,500-pound warhead, a nightmare for any missile defense system. According to Mashregh, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard media outlet, Russia had warned Turkey not to escalate the situation, but with Turkey's request for Patriot missiles, it delivered its first shipment of...