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  • Climate talks: UN forum extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020 (In the words of Homer Simpson.. DOH!aaaaa)

    12/08/2012 9:20:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/8/12 | BBC
    Delegates at UN climate talks in Qatar have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020, avoiding a major new setback. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 nations, keeps the protocol alive as the only legally binding plan for combating global warming. However, it only covers developed nations whose share of world greenhouse gas emissions is less than 15%. The US - a major polluter - has never ratified the original 1997 protocol. The agreement had been due to expire later this year.
  • Blasphemy case creates turmoil in 'moderate' Algeria

    12/08/2012 9:20:11 AM PST · by wesagain · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michael Carl
    An Algerian Christian sentenced to five years in jail for sharing his faith is still waiting to learn if he will have to serve the time. That’s because the appeals court judge in the Algerian city of Oran has decided to delay a decision of whether to overturn the conviction given to Karim Siaghi, also known as Siaghi Krimo. Krimo was sentenced in 2011 to five years in jail and fined about $2,500 after being accused by a Muslim shopkeeper of handing a Christian CD to a man on the street. In a press statement, Christian human rights group Open...
  • Unsuspecting supermarket employee finds handgun in container of frozen ribs

    12/08/2012 9:03:47 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An unsuspecting supermarket employee got an alarming surprise this week. The worker at an Albertsons store in Roswell, New Mexico, opened a container of frozen ribs Wednesday and found a .38 super semi-auto handgun along with seven rounds of ammunition packaged with the meat. He brought the firearm and ammo to a local police department at about 2pm that afternoon and authorities are beginning to piece together some preliminary clues, a police public relations liaison said. However, since the unidentified employee cleaned the pistol before turning it in, tracing its origin has not been easy, authorities say. There are no...
  • Central Michigan adds women's golf, lacrosse to aid sex equity (10 to 6, the new equity)

    12/08/2012 8:54:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    AP ^ | December 06, 2012
    MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Central Michigan University has decided to add two women's sports, saying it's an effort to strengthen sexual equality in athletics. The Mount Pleasant school's trustees voted Thursday to add women's golf in 2014-15 and women's lacrosse in 2015-16.
  • Gun permit applications can now be done online (NC)

    12/08/2012 8:48:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic in and out of the Sheriff’s Office and increasing the system’s level of convenience for residents, according to a press release. Prior to moving the permit process online, citizens had to make multiple trips to the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Thursday.
  • What Justice will swear in 0bama on Jan. 20 2013

    12/08/2012 8:39:03 AM PST · by Lionheartusa1 · 45 replies
    Me | 12 / 8 / 2012 | Lionheartusa1
    1) Can anyone tell me which Supreme Court Justice will swear 0bama in in the proposed private swearing in ceremony . Something unusual is happening again this time and many people feel he may be sworn in using the koran but we will not know for sure . 2) Will they by law be required to use the same exact oath that previous presidents have been sworn in under requiring them to " preserve , protect , and defend the Constitution of the United States"? There are "two" questions I need to be answered . Thank you . . .
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Fox News Has Divided America In a Way Not Seen Since the Civil War

    12/08/2012 8:33:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 107 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Fox News Has Divided America In a Way Not Seen Since the Civil War By Noel Sheppard Created 12/08/2012 - 11:13am Robert F. Kennedy Jr said of Fox News Friday, "It's divided our country in a way that we haven't been divided probably since the Civil War." This occurred during an online video interview with the Huffington Post (video follows with transcript and commentary): ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR: There’s two things happening. One is the influence of big money in politics, and the other is the right-wing control of the American media, particularly starting with Fox...
  • USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

    12/08/2012 8:33:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 46 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders this past week that he's frustrated with their internecine squabbles and says they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.
  • Learning from Lincoln: Both Onscreen and Off

    12/08/2012 8:28:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    What is it about Abraham Lincoln that has captured the hearts and minds of the American public since his assassination nearly 150 years ago? After all, one could argue -- rather persuasively -- that our 16th president was the least qualified candidate ever elected to high national office; in fact, his public service record included just four terms in the Illinois state legislative, one unremarkable term in the House of Representatives, and two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. In addition, he had virtually no executive experience and, as his contemporaries invariably pointed out, Lincoln seemed wholly unfit to lead...
  • U.S. Small-Business Owners' Hiring Intentions Plunge

    12/08/2012 8:15:13 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Gallup news ^ | December 6, 2012 | Dennis Jacobe
    Net hiring over the past 12 months declined to -12, down from -7 in July. 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. ... In November, 21% of owners say they expect to decrease jobs at their companies over the next 12 months, the most recorded on this measure since the inception of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index in August 2003. ... small-business owners are pessimistic about their operating environment as 2012 comes to a close. As a result, owners' intentions...
  • 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...
  • The Last Chance for the Republican Party

    12/08/2012 6:07:02 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 66 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/8/12 | Judson Phillips
    According to the Mayans, the world will end on December 21. The world probably won’t end on December 21, but something else may end around that date. What is it and what can we do about it? December 21 of this year might herald the end of the Republican Party as a major political party. At this point, the Republican Party is making it very plain that the only role it expects conservatives to have is to be cheerleaders for the establishment and be boots on the ground for people like John Boehner or the next great RINO hope, Jeb...
  • Boehner Orchestrating the GOP's Demise

    12/08/2012 6:03:35 AM PST · by upchuck · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2012 | J Robert Smith
    It's a contest of wills and guess who is winning? President Obama, of course. And that's because the president is up against the GOP's equivalent of Churchill's "Boneless Wonder," Speaker John Boehner. Matched against the president, Boehner is making Ned Beatty's hapless character from the classic movie Deliverance look downright gritty. Boehner the Boneless Wonder's beta dog routine is doing much to deep-six the Party of Lincoln. Hyperbole? Don't grumpy grassroots conservatives grouse incessantly that establishment Republicans are screwing the -- well, putting it more politely, screwing it up and that the Grand Old Party will go the way of the...
  • Bozell Column: The Polluted Oscar Documentary Pool

    12/08/2012 5:39:31 AM PST · by chessplayer · 2 replies
    The cabal that chooses the 15 nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature has issued its 2013 selections. Why was the the top-grossing documentary of 2012 -- and the fourth most-successful documentary of all time – not on that expansive list? Because it was “2016,” the film in which conservative author Dinesh D’Souza warns of a dark future for America if Barack Obama is re-elected. The film’s producer, Gerald Molen, who’s already won an Oscar for “Schindler’s List,” was scandalized. "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead...
  • Beck, Marriage and The State of The Union

    12/08/2012 5:28:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    My buddy, Glenn Beck, has made a great contribution to the TEA party movement and to a renewal of popular interest in our Founding Fathers and their ideals. For all that he deserves praise. But, I believe, he is making a serious error in abandoning the civil right of marriage. The Republican Party was founded in opposition to two historic wrongs. The party’s first platform in 1856 denounced “slavery and polygamy—the twin relics of barbarism.” Slavery was finally put down with a terrible toll—630,000 Americans dead in the Civil War. The new movie, Lincoln, tells the dramatic story of the...
  • The Washington Post Co. Will Pay 2013 Dividends In 2012 to Spare Investors from Tax Hikes

    12/08/2012 5:24:23 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    AP reports “The Washington Post Co. will pay its 2013 dividends before the end of this year to try to spare investors from anticipated tax increases.” Guess who benefits? The nation's leading billionaire advocate of tax hikes: "The Washington Post's dividend payment also stands to benefit those with a significant stake in the company, such as WARREN BUFFET's firm Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Durbin says Trotter deserves no special treatment on O'Hare gun arrest

    12/08/2012 5:18:25 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08 dec 2012 | Rick Pearson
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Democratic state Sen. Donne Trotter, a candidate to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, shouldn't get any special treatment as an elected official for allegedly trying to board a plane with a firearm and ammunition.
  • Obama Hypocrisy Index Picks up Steam

    12/08/2012 5:13:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 8, 2012 | John Ransom
    What a difference a few month makes. Last month we were told by a fawning news media how great things were. The economy was a little engine that could.  And the declining unemployment rate was touted in headlines as significant progress toward economic recovery. Unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in September, reported the Washington Post- a four-year low...”nearly”… whatever “nearly” means. “The nation’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly four years in September. And unlike some recent declines, this one happened for the right reason: not because people gave up looking for a job, but because far...
  • Bonding Fifty Years Later

    12/08/2012 5:08:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    If you really want to understand the vast changes that have occurred in America over the past 50 years, all you have to do is watch James Bond. Back in 1962, the first Bond movie, "Dr. No," was released, catapulting Sean Connery to international stardom. Even President Kennedy expressed admiration for Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent. Connery's Bond was ultra-suave but amazingly politically incorrect. The guy smoked constantly, drank, gambled and womanized without remorse. He was a rogue and couldn't care less what anyone thought. He was also brutal, liberally exercising his license to kill in the cause...
  • SOCIAL SECURITY NOW CALLED 'FEDERAL BENEFIT PAYMENT'/ENTITLEMENT!

    12/08/2012 4:42:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 143 replies
    emal | 12/8/2012 | email edited by Ib Jensen
    Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a "Federal Benefit Payment"? The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.”This isn’t a benefit – its earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes. If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that's close to $180,000 invested in Social Security. If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social security ($375/month, including both your and your employer’s contributions) at...
  • The Crescent That Stole Christmas

    12/08/2012 4:29:21 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    TFP ^ | December 3, 2012 | Gary J Isbell
    City officials in Brussels have announced that the traditional Christmas tree will not be displayed in the public square due to concerns that it might offend the minority Muslim population. It seems that the insanity of political correctness is reaching a frenzied apex. Now, any reference to Christianity whatsoever will not be tolerated by “open-minded” liberals. Brussels councilwoman Bianca Debaets told reporters that a “misplaced argument” over religious sensitivities caused the city to remove the traditional Christmas tree and replace it with a “winter” sculpture. To further make her point, she remarked that any city display must not be referred...
  • WASHINGTON POST TO PAY DIVIDEND EARLY (to avoid next years tax increase)

    12/08/2012 3:50:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
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  • LAUGH BREAK Is Rice really so bad? (nothing wrong with having another proven liar in the WH)

    12/08/2012 3:48:50 AM PST · by Liz · 8 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/7/12 | OP-ED
    EDITED Rice is par for the course for a sap-happy Chicago pol who never met an honest person in the Windy City in his entire life. EXAMPLES: Ohaha's treasury secretary couldn’t figure out how to pay his own taxes. His AG leads a Justice Dept that thought selling guns to Mexican drug cartels would have good results. And he appointed only one czar who was a Communist truther (that we know of). So, as long as Rice is reasonably loyal to the US (ie, ID'S the US as one of her five favorite countries) and doesn't accidentally start a Mideast...
  • Barack Obama will attend Gangnam Style concert despite rapper's anti-American protests

    12/08/2012 2:59:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | December 7, 2012
    A spokesman said Friday that the Obama family will attend the December 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom. News reports cite two instances of the 34-year-old "Gangnam Style" rapper participating in concerts protesting the US military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the war in Iraq. In a 2004 concert, PSY performs another act's song about killing "Yankees" who have been torturing Iraqi captives and their families "slowly and painfully."...... .....PSY's inescapable hit went viral in the US and holds the YouTube record for most watched video.
  • An Elegy for Two Once-Divine Female Critics

    12/08/2012 2:20:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    As recently as five years ago, I counted Ann Coulter and Camille Paglia among my favorite authors, and my guiltiest but most delicious reading pleasures............ .......................It's Paglia that has lost the ability to understand feminine complexity. As she has turned sourer in the last few years, I have tried to psychologize her Orphic descent from edginess to banality. I can't reduce the problem to a simple case of self-pitying bitterness, though she does write, "Paradoxically, a key problem with the current youth cult, which is devouring both entertainment and fashion, is that aging women have become progressively invisible." It seems...
  • F-16 engines stolen from Israeli army base

    12/08/2012 12:58:57 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies
    F-16.net ^ | Dec 7 2012 | Lieven Dewitte
    Israel's military police are investigating the theft of F-16 fighter plane engines from an military base in central Israel, with the military suspecting that the thieves had inside help. The F-16C/D 'Barak' jets were undergoing repairs. The base commander contacted the military police after discovering the engines missing. There were no details how many engines or engine parts were stolen but the radio report said the estimated worth is the millions of dollars. The thieves seems to have been assisted by someone within the base. Among other things, there is the fact that there was no damage to the base's...
  • Violence Against Christians Moves Nigeria to No. 7 on List of Terror-Affected Nations

    12/08/2012 12:57:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Boko Haram’s violent jihad against Christians in Nigeria pushed the West African country into seventh place in annual rankings of countries impacted by terrorism, lending weight to calls for the State Department to reconsider its decision not to designate the group as a “foreign terrorist organization.” Nigeria’s ranking in the latest Global Terrorism Index, released this week, marked a shift from 12th place a year earlier, from 16th place in 2008, and from 30th place in 2005. The top six countries this year are Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Yemen and Somalia. … Most recently, ten Christians were reported to have...
  • Dem Lawmaker: Balanced Budget Is Not the Goal

    12/08/2012 12:51:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) says President Obama’s plan to raise tax rates for the wealthiest Americans won’t balance the budget by itself—but that’s not the goal anyway. “Well, that (tax hikes) alone doesn’t balance the budget. It’s part of a broader plan,” Connolly said. “A totally balanced budget is probably not what is being sought. What is being sought is stabilizing the debt in its ratio to the broader general economy—bringing it down to a much more manageable level.” …
  • CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far

    12/08/2012 12:48:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Cover
    The federal government ran a deficit of $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013—October and November 2012—amounting to $4.8 billion of borrowed money each day. … This means that the government borrowed $4.8 billion for each calendar day so far in 2013. If the Treasury Department restricted its borrowing to only weekdays, its per day average would jump to $6.5 billion per day thus far in fiscal year 2013. …
  • Jeb Bush Succeeding Bill Clinton at National Constitution Center

    12/08/2012 12:28:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Dec 2012 11:33 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—one of the top potential GOP contenders for a 2016 presidential run—has been tapped to become chairman of the Board of Trustees at the prestigious National Constitution Center, succeeding former President Bill Clinton. Bush is the second in his family to serve as the chairman of center’s Board of Trustees—his father former President George H.W. Bush had the post in 2007. “I am honored to have this opportunity and am humbled to follow in the footsteps of my beloved father … who first exemplified to me what it means to be a good citizen and to...
  • Corporate money to help pay for Obama inauguration (“unlimited sums”)

    12/08/2012 12:11:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 2:29 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    In a reversal from four years ago, President Barack Obama will accept unlimited sums of money from corporations and individuals to pay for events surrounding his inauguration, a spokeswoman said Friday. Lobbyists, political action committees and foreign entities, however, will still be banned from underwriting the costs of the gala events, spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said. The committee also will reject donations from companies that haven’t paid back loans from the 2008 federal bailout of Wall Street, as well as corporate sponsorship deals. …