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  • Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit And Order To Alter Comments

    12/08/2012 4:32:58 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | December 7, 2012 | Gregory Ferenstein
    A woman is facing a $750,000 defamation lawsuit and has been ordered to alter a negative Yelp review of a home contractor after police found that her claims didn’t add up. Dietz Development is claiming that Jane Perez’s scathing review has cost them new customers and, on Wednesday, a judge ordered a preliminary injunction for her to edit the post. Yelp and legal critics are worried that Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)-related lawsuits could chill free speech, but business owners say that legal intervention is necessary in an age when online reviews can make or break a company. As...
  • Michigan right to work: Judge rules on lockdown of Capitol building

    12/08/2012 4:29:49 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 08, 2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — A judge found that state police were doing their job on Thursday when they locked down the Michigan Capitol building during a protest of right-to-work bills. But state police and Capitol building officials need to devise guidelines for dealing with these types of situations in the future, said Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette. Collette on Friday dissolved the temporary restraining order that was issued on Thursday by Judge Joyce Draganchuk ordering the state police to reopen the Capitol building. “But anyway, please just keep the building open if at all possible because the Constitution requires it,”...
  • Polls Make Hillary Clinton Frontrunner For 2016 Democrat Nomination

    12/08/2012 4:28:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 8, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    Hillary Clinton is among the most popular politicians nationwide and is the clear choice for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, according to recent polling data. A new poll released by Public Policy Polling found 51 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 29 percent view her unfavorably. On the Republican side, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received a 48 percent favorability rating, with 26 percent of respondents viewing him unfavorably. …
  • Inhofe: Obama funneling billions to UN for climate-change redistribution

    12/08/2012 4:16:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:01 pm on December 8, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    At issue in the latest video from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is the UN’s Green Climate Fund, which aims to garner $100 billion from industrial nations ostensibly to bolster efforts to get developing nations to use renewable, non-hydrocarbon energy rather than coal and oil in their development.  In practice, as we have seen at UN climate-change conferences, te fund has been treated as an entitlement and even a type of reparation by developing nations from the US and the West.  Inhofe, who couldn’t attend this year’s climate conference in Doha, which is just as well, as media around the...
  • Bid to Preserve Manhattan Project Sites in a Park Stirs Debate

    12/08/2012 3:03:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    <p>A plan now before Congress would create a national park spread over three states to protect the aging remnants of the atomic bomb project from World War II, including an isolated cabin where grim findings threw the secretive effort into a panic.</p>
  • Mexico’s Pena Nieto Proposes Balanced Budget for His First Year (Bloomberg, Link Only)

    12/08/2012 2:52:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Nacha Cattan and Eric Martin
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-08/mexico-s-pena-nieto-proposes-balanced-budget-for-his-first-year
  • IDF: Arab Rioting More Since 'Pillar of Defense'

    12/08/2012 2:43:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/12 | David Lev
    A violent face-off developed Thursday afternoon between IDF soldiers and Arabs in Hevron. In the wake of the face-off, a major Arab riot developed, with Arabs throwing stones and bricks at IDF soldiers. Israeli forces used anti-riot tactics to break up the fracas. IDF officials said they considered the incident “serious,” and that an investigation had been opened. Officials said that the level of Arab rioting in Judea and Samaria had climbed significantly since Operation Pillar of Defense ended, and that there were more reports of rock throwing and other terror incidents. Officials said that they had also been prepared...
  • Hevron Jews On Edge over New Expulsion Threat

    12/08/2012 2:38:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews in Hevron are facing the prospect of another expulsion after the State Prosecution adopted a former senior prosecutor’s opinion in favor of evicting Israeli Jews from Beit Ezra. Beit Ezra is a Jewish owned building in Hevron that was abandoned in 1947 when Jews were forced from the city, but was restored to Jewish ownership following the 1967 Six Day War. A court has issued a verdict favorable to the Jewish families living in the property, but the families’ rights to the building have been challenged by a Peace Now lawsuit calling for their eviction. .....
  • Once Boxed-In, Boehner May Finally Be Master Of The House

    12/08/2012 2:34:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | December 08, 2012 | FRANK JAMES
    Not long ago, it seemed to many observers that the House of Representatives was a case of the tail wagging the dog, with Speaker John Boehner unable to keep in line many of his fellow Republicans, especially freshmen who came to Congress riding the 2010 Tea Party wave. Now, however, the big dog seems back in control. Some of the signs are subtle, some not. But as he faces off with President Obama during fiscal cliff negotiations, Boehner enjoys a stronger position with House Republicans than he had during earlier showdowns with the White House. In a paradoxical way, Obama's...
  • Navy Prepares to Defend Gas Rig

    12/08/2012 2:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Israeli Navy is prepared to neutralize threats targeting Israel's Tamar natural gas rig, the IDF Website reported Saturday. The Navy will protect the reception facility – a vital infrastructural facility to pump gas from the rig – which is currently being built. The IDF's defensive model has been tested in three scenarios: routine, escalation, and emergency. "The wisdom in the development of this kind of model is that it provides an excellent response for all three scenarios," senior naval commander Rear Adm. Yaron Levi recently explained at a conference on protecting Israel's economic waters held at the Institute for...
  • Mother Beat Son to Death for Failing to Learn the Koran by Heart

    12/08/2012 2:32:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Dec 2012
    A mother who beat her son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart murdered him and burned his body to hide the evidence, a jury has found.Sara Ege, 33, treated her son Yaseen like a "dog," brutally beating him with a stick for failing to memorise religious texts. The seven-year-old died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of punishing beatings from his own mother. Ege accused her husband, Yousef, of being the real killer throughout her murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court. But he was cleared on Wednesday of failing to act to...
  • What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?

    The day after the election, House Speaker John Boehner, the man now at the center of the negotiations with President Obama, called Ryan, according to a Boehner aide, because the speaker wanted "to make sure he was in the fold from Day One," adding he's been a "close part of the thought process." And an aide to Ryan, who asked that his name not be used, says the role of the Wisconsin congressman is as a "resource to the speaker, a resource to House Republicans."
  • TOP 10 EXCERPTS FROM ZIMMERMAN VS. NBC NEWS COMPLAINT

    12/08/2012 1:58:08 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Sexton
    On Thursday, George Zimmerman filed suit against NBC News and three NBC producers he accuses of intentionally painting him as a racist. Zimmerman and his attorneys have now done what many in the new media only dream of doing, holding the major media responsible for their biased and misleading output. The language in the complaint is blunt. It calls NBC's coverage "yellow journalism" and refers to "journalistic crimes." Most broadly, the complaint accuses NBC of trumping up a racism narrative for ratings, with a name check of the Today Show and Rev. Al Sharpton in particular. Here are some of...
  • Terry Waite Shakes Hands with Hizbollah 25 Years After Kidnap

    12/08/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2012 | Robert Mendick
    Terry Waite has met the leadership of Hizbollah, the militant group accused of kidnapping and holding him for five years, in an extraordinary gesture of “reconciliation”.The former hostage spoke for two hours to one of its most senior figures at their stronghold in Beirut, his first encounter with the organisation held responsible for masterminding his kidnapping 25 years ago. Accompanied by The Sunday Telegraph, he travelled to Lebanon to highlight the plight of Christians who have fled the Syrian civil war. Mr Waite offered the reconciliation to Hizbollah to help with the Christians’ plight at a secretly arranged, late night...
  • Are Republicans Learning the Wrong Lessons?

    12/08/2012 1:42:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | November 28, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle. For starters, there’s been a lot of excessive emphasis on racial demographics, which actually changed very little from 2008.  According to exit polling, the portion of Hispanic voters went up just 1 percentage point, the portion of Asian voters went up just 1 point, and the portion of black voters stayed the same.  Meanwhile, the portion of white voters fell 2 points — largely because,...
  • Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats

    12/08/2012 1:27:11 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 51 replies
    KRDO NewsChannel 13 ^ | 11-30-2012 | Jaclyn Rostie
    November 30, 2012 Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats Jaclyn Rostie COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect President Barack Obama. John Obringer sent out a letter to his tenants at the Casa Adobe Apartments on Wednesday. The letter was addressing cutbacks on staff and maintenance issues. "Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration's continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe...
  • CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far

    12/08/2012 1:18:57 PM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | 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. “The federal budget deficit was $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013, $57 billion more than the shortfall recorded in October and November of last year,” CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review Friday. 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...
  • The lost generation and the Great Obama Depression

    12/08/2012 1:05:07 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 7 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/8/12 | Judson Phillips
    Many times numbers and statistics are simply thrown at us. It is almost a mind blurring information overload. If we take the time to look inside the numbers, what the numbers show is frightening for America. How bad is the Great Obama Depression and what is it doing to America?
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • Man accused of stealing and snorting ashes gets 8 years

    12/08/2012 11:49:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Ocala (FL) Star- Banner ^ | December 7, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    One of the three men accused of stealing human and canine ashes from a house in Silver Springs Shores in late 2010 and snorting them was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison. Authorities believe Jose David Diaz-Marrero, 20, was involved in a string of burglaries in the Shores between December 2010 and January 2011. He and Waldo Soroa, 21, and Matrix Andaluz, 19, allegedly burglarized a home in the area on Dec. 15, 2010, and took urns that contained the cremated remains of Holli Tencza’s father and her two beloved Great Danes, Samson and Epic. They also...
  • Woman Who Stalked, Killed Ex in Brooklyn Park Faces 40 Years

    12/08/2012 11:17:13 AM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    KAALTV ^ | 12-7
    Posted at: 12/07/2012 4:02 PM Updated at: 12/07/2012 5:00 PM By: Cassie Hart Woman Who Stalked, Killed Ex in Brooklyn Park Faces 40 Years A woman accused of stalking and then killing her ex-boyfriend in his Brooklyn Park home pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder. 39-year-old Rochelle Lynn Inselman of Eden Valley was indicted for first-degree murder and faced life in prison without parole. "The charges were reduced when she agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder", said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Dominick Mathews. Inselman pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 41-year old Bret Struck on February 12th. “Every case...
  • Democrats want jobless benefits in “cliff” deal

    12/08/2012 11:15:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 10:36 AM EST | Sam Hananel
    Hovering in the background of the “fiscal cliff” debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas. “This is the real cliff,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He's been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January. “Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,” Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected each other’s opening offers for a...
  • State Department Will Designate 9% of Syrian Rebels as a Terrorist Group

    12/08/2012 11:15:06 AM PST · by bayouranger · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 08DEC12 | Daniel Greenfield
    The problem is that it’s also the 9 percent that has the best equipment and the best fighters. But this should be interesting. The U.S. State Department is planning to designate the al-Nusra Front, a radical Islamist group in Syria, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to two U.S. officials who spoke to CNN on background. The goal of the designation is to isolate extremists groups in Syria while giving a boost to the new political opposition group unveiled at a summit in Doha, Qatar, last month. The latest U.S. data estimates al-Nusra makes up roughly 9% of the rebel...
  • Mohamed Morsi approves martial law in Egypt, state media reports

    12/08/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by dynachrome · 71 replies
    New York Times via times of india ^ | 12-8-12 | David D Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of PresidentMohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt's state media reported on Saturday. Morsi has not yet issued the order, the flagship state newspaper Al Ahram reported. But even if merely a threat, the preparation of the measure suggested an escalation in the political battle between Egypt's new Islamist leaders and their secular opponents over an Islamist-backed draft constitution. The standoff has already threatened to derail the culmination of Egypt's promised transition to a...
  • Obama's Power Grab

    12/08/2012 11:02:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Betsy Mccaughey
    President Obama went over the constitutional cliff this week, demanding more power than the U.S. Constitution allows any president to have. All Americans — regardless of party affiliation — should shudder at the president's attempted power grab and say no. Compromising on taxes and spending is fine, but not on the nation's bedrock principles. To avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, 2013, Obama is insisting that House Republicans hand over to him Congress's authority to raise the debt ceiling. Obama is demanding a power no other president has ever had — to borrow without congressional prior approval. Under...
  • The Royal Presidency - Obama lives better than kings. (Mark Steyn)

    12/08/2012 10:54:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 8, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    From the New York Daily News: “Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice on Being a New Parent.” Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice. About fiscal prudence, for example... --snip-- In his recent book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire royal family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing “royal” about the current level of “presidential perks”: The Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house...
  • Obama Wrong: Housing Policy, Not Tax Policy, Caused Recession

    12/08/2012 10:50:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Sperry
    President Obama argues Republicans want to go back to pre-recession policies of cutting "taxes for the folks at the very top" and rolling back "regulations on big banks." He warned: "We tried that top-down approach. It's what caused the mess in the first place." Did it, though? Most economists agree the recession was caused by the subprime mortgage crisis, which had little if anything to do with tax policies. In fact, real economic growth accelerated after 2003, when the Bush tax cuts for top earners and small businesses fully went into effect. The 73-month economic boom of the 2000s didn't...
  • The Demographic Cliff

    12/08/2012 10:49:44 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • Don't Get Carried Away About Hillary Clinton

    12/08/2012 10:36:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Here we go again, it's "American Idol: Presidential Edition." And we can't even resist waiting until 2012 is over. Since the Republican Party clearly needs to amp up its Hispanic outreach, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a leading contestant for their team. And Hillary, oh Hillary, she is inevitable all over again. Pundits on left-leaning MSNBC who once cast her aside in 2008 are now expecting her to be their next candidate. After viciously attacking the GOP during this year's presidential election, The National Organization for Women is now insisting that President Obama's cabinet be filled with at least 50...
  • Fast and Furious: Post-Election, Golden Parachutes Deployed

    12/08/2012 10:36:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7 December, 2012 | http://pjmedia.com/blog/fast-and-furious-post-election-golden-parachutes-deployed/
    You wouldn’t know it by perusing mainstream media coverage, but now that the 2012 election is out of the way, the Department of Justice is discarding some of the troublesome ATF and DOJ employees responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning operation that put more than 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Sinaloa narco-terrorist cartel. Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, was the highest-ranking figure to go: A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme “Fast and Furious” will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a...
  • Insane: Liberals Contemplate $1 Trillion Platinum Coin to "Solve" Debt Limit Issue

    12/08/2012 10:32:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 162 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Guy Benson
    Welcome to Zimbabwe.  This is not a parody -- it is an actual report from the Washington Post:   Some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the “platinum coin option” is one way to defuse a crisis if Congress can’t or won’t lift the debt ceiling soon. At least in theory. The U.S. government is, after all, facing a real problem. The Treasury Department will hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit by next February at the latest. Unless Congress reaches an agreement to raise that borrowing limit, the government will no longer be able to borrow enough money...
  • Unemployment Rate Drop Due to Workers Leaving Labor Force(350,000)

    12/08/2012 10:32:15 AM PST · by Son House · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 7, 2012 | Rea Hederman and James Sherk
    The November employment report appeared to be good news. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest level since 2009, and the economy created 146,000 jobs. However, a closer reading of the details shows that the labor market is not recovering any faster but instead continuing its long, painful march to full recovery. The only reason that the unemployment rate fell was because more people dropped out of the labor market than actually found jobs. The labor force declined by 350,000 and the labor force participation rate, a measure of potential workers, declined to 63.6, the same level as...
  • Walmart security shoots mother-of-2 shoplifting suspect dead in parking lot as she tries to flee

    12/08/2012 10:26:35 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 391 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | James Nye
    A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store. According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the...
  • Why Obama's 'Balanced Approach' Doesn't Work

    12/08/2012 10:19:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/08/2012 | Adam Shaw
    We hear a lot from freshly re-elected President Obama about the importance of a "balanced approach" to dealing with the USA's mounting debt crisis and the upcoming fiscal cliff that America faces in 2013. Bob Woodward's latest book, The Price of Politics, shows that the president laid out his balanced approach many times during the debt-ceiling crisis in 2011. This proposal involves varying mixes of spending cuts (that appeal to the right) and tax increases (that appeal to the left). Since his re-election, Obama has doubled down, saying that he will not accept spending cuts unless they are accompanied by...
  • Do 'the people' get the governments they deserve?

    12/08/2012 10:16:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/08/2012 | Clifton Chadwick
    So Obama has been re-elected. Did the American people get the government they deserve? I spent several years working in development economics -- specifically in education for development, mostly as a consultant to The World Bank, but also to USAID, UNDP, and the OAS. One question which often was raised, particularly when the project implementation was going badly, was if national groups -- the people -- had the government they deserved. Some specialists in development thought the question was cruel and demeaning. But many others thought that the nature and culture of the national populace were major factors in the...
  • Grover’s Missing Piece: Politicians can’t keep taxes from rising unless they also curb spending

    12/08/2012 10:02:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/07/2012 | Jonathan Bydlak
    For years, Grover Norquist and Republicans have tried “starving the beast” of the federal government by capping taxes. While they’ve been highly successful at preventing tax increases, they have been less effective at addressing one problematic aspect of fiscal policy: the ability of the Federal Reserve and Treasury to borrow more and more to finance massive spending, as they have done under the Bush and Obama administrations. It’s simple: Borrowing today means a higher tax burden tomorrow when the debt comes due. True fiscal responsibility, then, requires us to curb spending in addition to limiting tax rates. Imagine if instead...
  • Even Santa Can't Find a Job

    12/08/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 12/08/2012 | QUENTIN FOTTRELL
    He's making a LinkedIn profile. He's checking it twice. He's gonna find out which employers are naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town -- and he needs a job. While the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% last month, as the Labor Department reported today, more and more Santa Clauses around the country are going without work this holiday season. There's no official Kris Kringle employment index, but agencies that place Santas at gigs around the country say the prospects for many of the men in red suits is Ho-ho-hopeless. "There's no question about it, the number of Santas...
  • Fiscal Cliff: What Isn't Said Tells More Than Actual Words

    12/08/2012 9:56:14 AM PST · by Son House · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | December 7, 2012 | Tom Cohen
    In an interview with Bloomberg TV this week, Obama also hinted at a possible long-range solution, saying lower tax rates for the wealthy could be negotiated as part of broader tax reform in 2013, but only after those rates increase now.
  • Obama’s weekly address: 'I won’t compromise on tax hikes on the rich'

    12/08/2012 9:50:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/08/2012 | Devin Dwyer
    Taxes will rise on all Americans in 23 days without bipartisan Congressional intervention. But President Obama and House Republicans are showing little sign of breaking the frosty standoff over the “fiscal cliff.” Both sides remain at loggerheads over what to do about tax rates for the top two percent of income-earners and the nation’s debt limit. In his weekly address, Obama says he wants an immediate resolution, but only if Republicans agree to raise the top tax rates on individuals earning $200,000 or more. “If we’re serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research...
  • “Gangnam Style” rapper: Sorry about how those lyrics about killing U.S. soldiers and their families

    12/08/2012 9:46:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2012 | AllahPundit
    <p>He did indeed perform for the troops on Leno’s Thanksgiving show; skip to 3:25 of the first clip below and watch him do the horse dance with full military backing. That looks twice as surreal today as it did then and it looked darned surreal at the time, but his PR team will use it to full effect to buy him some forgiveness with the public. He’ll get leeway too from the fact that he is, after all, the goofy horse-dance guy. A musician known for more introspective work would be held to full account for his political opinions but this is a bit like finding out that LMFAO thinks 9/11 is an inside job. (They don’t. I’m speaking hypothetically.) Between that and the fact that he apologized, sort of, for how the song “could be interpreted,” Obama’s spokesman felt safe enough to say this afternoon that O still plans on attending the upcoming TNT benefit concert at which Psy is scheduled to perform. Fearless prediction: That’ll change if people are still talking about this on Monday, not so much in terms of POTUS’s attendance as Psy’s.</p>
  • WW2 weapon turned in during gun buy-back program in CT(worth $30,000)

    12/08/2012 9:36:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    necn.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Jeff Saperstone
    (NECN/NBC News: Jeff Saperstone) - Police officers in Connecticut received one very unusual weapon during a gun buy-back program last week -- the gun was from World War II and is worth over $30,000. All sorts of guns were turned in at the gun buy-back event in Hartford last Saturday, but one weapon caught the eyes of officers. "The chance to see a piece of history -- this … is absolutely unbelievable,” said Officer Lewis Crabtree of the Hartford Police Dept.
  • 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...