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  • What don’t Republicans in Congress understand about the Christmas Strategy?

    12/10/2012 6:14:26 AM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:10pm
    Sometimes I think we would be better off leaderless. Senator: GOP could accept tax hikes on very rich: "There is a growing group of folks looking at this and realizing that we don’t have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end,” [Tennessee Senator Bob] Corker told Fox News Sunday. If Republicans agree to Obama’s plan to increase rates on the top 2% of Americans, Corker added, “the focus then shifts to entitlements and maybe it puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves the nation.”
  • A South Korean Rapper, Forgiveness, and Restitution

    12/10/2012 6:12:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Michael Brown
    After his YouTube video went mega-viral, the South Korean rapper named PSY received an invitation to sing and dance at a White House Christmas party. But it was quickly learned that in 2004, he had rapped lyrics wishing for the death and torture of American troops in Iraq, along with their families. PSY quickly issued a humble apology to the American people, and the White House reaffirmed that PSY’s show would go on. Was this the right thing to do? In case you haven’t heard of PSY, his Korean rap video “Gangnam Style” has been viewed more than 900 million...
  • Obama and Slavery

    12/10/2012 6:11:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 12/10/2012 | Daren Jonescu
    What, at its base, is slavery? Slavery, we would casually answer, is the ownership of one man by another. That is to say, it is a perversion of the notion of private property, rooted in a fundamental illogic about the nature and source of property itself. Property is a derivation from what Jefferson, following Locke and others, termed the right to life. A human being, as an animal, has a natural inclination to self-preservation; however, as a rational being, this inclination is not simply an instinct, but initiates a moral imperative, i.e., it becomes a matter of choosing to live...
  • Socialism, Capitalism Top Ten Words

    12/10/2012 6:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Merriam Webster is out with its top ten words of 2012. Heading the list is a tie between "Socialism" and "Capitalism." Maybe not a surprise that these words would make the list, but I'm somewhat taken aback there would be a tie at the top of the list. Anyone that believes capitalism brought the nation to greatness should be alarmed at the short-term reaction of those that think capitalism brought the nation to the brink. There is a full-fledged war afoot, and maybe those that love capitalism and how it created the road map to the American Dream, are too...
  • As "fiscal cliff" clock ticks, Obama hits the road again

    12/10/2012 5:57:30 AM PST · by Cronos · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | 10.Dec.2012 | CBS
    <p>Although the president has been criticized by Republicans for "campaign style" rallies on the "fiscal cliff," the president today will hit the road when he heads to Michigan to tour Daimler's Detroit Diesel Corporation. The White House said he will talk again about the "fiscal cliff" and, if a deal isn't struck before the end of the year, how devastating it will be to the economy and the middle class. His remarks come on the heels of his weekly address over the weekend where he repeated that he won't budge on letting the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire.</p>
  • Caddo sheriff offers gun class for kids (LA)

    12/10/2012 5:53:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    goerie.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | AP
    The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office is offering a gun safety class for children 8 to 12 years old.
  • Mail-order ammo bill dodges bullet(IL)

    12/10/2012 5:49:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    thetelegraph.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | NA
    One of the highlights of the just-completed veto session in the Illinois General Assembly was when lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto of a bill regarding mail order sales of ammunition. The Legislature’s action was significant because it prevented the governor from overstepping his constitutional powers by trying to rewrite a piece of legislation to the point of changing its intent completely. Earlier this year, the Illinois House and Senate passed Senate Bill 681, which was written to address a quirk in state law regarding mail-order sales of ammo. Current state law allows individuals to purchase ammunition through the...
  • The Flat Tax the U.S. Effectively Already Has

    12/10/2012 5:49:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Political Calculations
    Harvard economist Greg Mankiw offered a unique observation following the release of the findings of a CBO study on the effective marginal tax rates that many Americans really pay on their incomes, after taking into account any government assistance they might receive and the income levels at which their welfare benefits phase out: The Congressional Budget Office has a new study of effective federal marginal tax rates for low and moderate income workers (those below 450 percent of the poverty line). The study looks at the effects of income taxes, payroll taxes, and SNAP (the program formerly known as Food...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,December 10-14,2012

    12/10/2012 5:47:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | December 10-14,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Lawyers agree that residents have rights on lethal force(NH)

    12/10/2012 5:43:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 9 December, 2012 | Staff
    At a community meeting in Bedford Thursday, a resident asked the police chief under what circumstances a resident could use lethal force against a burglar. "Say you're asleep, you hear a noise, glass breaks, you hear somebody in there, you know they don't belong," said the resident, who didn't provide his name. "Are you expected to ascertain whether they're armed if you have the ability to take them out legally?" Joking that he's not a lawyer but has been accused of being one, Chief John Bryfonski sidestepped the question, saying it's inappropriate for him to provide a legal opinion. "The...
  • USDA Wants to Expand Protection for American Indians’ ‘Sacred Places’ on Public Lands

    12/10/2012 5:30:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/10/2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Dec. 6 released a report that urges the U.S. Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in protecting, respectfully interpreting, and giving appropriate access to sites that are sacred to American Indians and Alaskan Natives. "American Indian and Alaska Native values and culture have made our nation rich in spirit and deserve to be honored and respected," Vilsack said. "By honoring and protecting sacred sites on national forests and grasslands, we foster improved tribal relationships and a better understanding of native people's deep reverence for natural resources and contributions to society."...
  • Meet the Leading Opponent to Obamcare

    12/10/2012 5:24:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Having dealt with queries about whether I hate Republicans and whether my views have changed on anything, the newest edition of “Question of the Week” asks for my opinion about Senator DeMint moving over to become President of the Heritage Foundation. Variants of this question came from several people, perhaps because folks know that I spent more than 15 years working for Heritage.The short answer is that I think DeMint’s move generally is a good thing.But first, the bad news. It is unfortunate that Senator DeMint no longer will be in the Senate. We need as many “Tea Party” lawmakers...
  • Honour in the skies:

    12/10/2012 5:24:17 AM PST · by mware · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:45 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The day a chivalrous German flying ace saluted a crippled US bomber and let them fly to safety instead of shooting them down. *Charlie Brown's B-17F bomber had come under fire from 15 enemy planes during successful mission. *Franz Stigler pursued it, but when he saw the damage he let it fly home to safety, guided by the moral code laid down by his commanding officer. The bombing mission targeting a German munitions factory had been a success, but Second World War pilot Charlie Brown's attempts to get home safely seemed doomed to failure. His B-17F bomber had been attacked...
  • Drilling company looks high and low for workers

    12/10/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2012 | LM Sixel
    How hot is offshore drilling? So hot that it’s hard to find enough roustabouts, mechanics and experienced managers to staff all the rigs under construction. So hot that Ensco, with six new rigs set to debut over the next two years, will need 1,000 more people, said Kurt Basler, the company’s manager of strategic staffing in Houston. So hot that some 20,000 to 25,000 offshore workers will be needed industrywide over the next two to three years, Basler said. “The shortages are acute everywhere,” said Steve Colville, president and CEO of the International Association of Drilling Contractors in Houston. The...
  • Blacks’ support a surprise on same-sex marriage

    12/10/2012 5:17:43 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10 December 2012 | Hannah Morgan - Capital News Service
    Same-sex marriage opponents counted black voters among their allies leading up to November’s election, expecting them to help overturn legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maryland. Polls in the months before November’s referendum on same-sex marriage seemed to back them up, with black residents showing less support than whites. But as the months wore on, opposition softened, especially in the face of endorsements from President Obama and prominent entertainers, as well as a media campaign that included clergy, athletes and other public figures. By Election Day, voters in the state’s large, predominantly black jurisdictions — Baltimore and Prince George’s...
  • A Nation of Takers Hurtles Toward the Fiscal Abyss

    12/10/2012 5:04:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bruce Thornton
    The on-going negotiations over avoiding the tax hikes and spending cuts we call the “fiscal cliff” are the simply the latest act in a farce of self-serving political denial. For decades now both parties have overseen and nurtured the expansion of the entitlement state all the while ignoring the slow-motion economic implosion whose predictable end can be seen today in a bankrupt Greece currently surviving on EU handouts. But American voters and politicians are so marinated in expectations of endless federal and state largess that modest reductions in spending, such as those proposed earlier this year by Congressman Paul Ryan,...
  • Republicans’ Easy Way to Defuse Social Issues

    12/10/2012 5:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    This is part two of a column on the state of Republicanism and how they should move forward.In 1973, the Supreme Court issued one of their worst rulings ever in Roe v. Wade. Largely made from “whole cloth,” the ruling has started a 40-year fight over abortion that unnecessarily has divided this country. If Republican principles were in place on this issue, then there would be a heated discussion; but the core of the fight would be defused and the issue would be handled at the state level where it properly belongs and where other issues should be handled. Without...
  • Should Israel Let the Palestinian Authority Fail?

    12/10/2012 5:01:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 10, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Should Israel Let the Palestinian Authority Fail?Posted By P. David Hornik On December 10, 2012 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments …our people have witnessed, and continue to witness, an unprecedented intensification of military assaults, the blockade, settlement activities and ethnic cleansing, particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem, and mass arrests, attacks by settlers and other practices by which this Israeli occupation is becoming synonymous with an apartheid system of colonial occupation, which institutionalizes the plague of racism and entrenches hatred and incitement.What permits the Israeli government to blatantly continue with its...
  • Sound familiar?

    12/10/2012 4:54:24 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 12 replies
    http://iowntheworld.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Cardigan
    These guidelines were originally published as “Rules for Revolution” in 1919 and subsequently reprinted in American newspapers during the 1950s.
  • Food stamp use reaches another high in September: 47.7 million participants

    12/10/2012 4:53:24 AM PST · by upchuck · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 9, 2010 | Caroline May
    Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, reached another high in September, according to new data released by the United Stated Department of Agriculture. The most recent data on SNAP participation were released Friday, and showed that 47,710,324 people were enrolled in the program in September, an increase of 607,559 from the 47,102,765 enrolled in August. The number of households enrolled in the program also increased from 22,684,463 in August to 22,973,698 in September, an increase of 289,235. The average benefit, according to the new data, was $134.29 per person and $278.89 per household. Texas, California, and...
  • True Drone Lies

    12/10/2012 4:48:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Superheroes often live double lives. But so do super-villains. For four years, the Obama administration has been living a double-life regarding drones. Publicly, the president and his leadership tell us they are using drones to protect our borders and promote national security. The administration dismisses challenges to its drone policies as falsehoods, but these “lies” are alarmingly close to the truth. True Drone Lies at HomeDrone creep is happening. On Valentine’s Day, Obama signed the unconstitutional FAA Modernization and Reform Act, allocating $63.6 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) between 2012 and 2015. Basically, he authorized the FAA...
  • GOP Classic

    12/10/2012 4:46:10 AM PST · by New Jersey Realist · 32 replies
    RedStates ^ | 9 Dec 2013 | Patrick Millsaps
    Growing up in the South means that you were raised on Coca-Cola. We don’t just call Coke, “Coke,” we call every soda made “Coke.” We believe Coke tastes better in a glass bottle than it does in a can. Every true Southerner has tried the unique concoction of drinking Coke with peanuts (in the bottle). We love Coca-Cola. However, in the early 1980’s, Pepsi starting outselling Coke. After a few years of hand wringing and worry, on April 23, 1985, the Coca Cola Company—and this is still emotionally straining as I write this–abandoned its century old formula and introduced—sigh—“New Coke.”...
  • Poll Shows Opposition Ripping Itself to Pieces

    12/10/2012 4:01:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The intellectually bankrupt center-left finally has owned up to its disintegration six weeks before the election. Even the ultra left-wing Haaretz lamented Monday, “Game Over. The center-left bloc is a fragmented mess, while the right-wing bloc has never looked so hale and hearty.” It published a Dialog poll that apparently was a knock-out punch for the left but revealed no surprises for readers of Arutz Sheva, which has reported ever since the demise of the Olmert government that the Israeli public is moving away from the “center left” and towards the nationalist and religious camps. If elections were held today,...
  • Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

    12/10/2012 3:57:01 AM PST · by Perdogg · 31 replies
    And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data...
  • Fleeing Soldiers Claim Officers Were Afraid of Media Photos

    12/10/2012 3:50:11 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The damaging video of Israel soldiers fleeing from rock-throwing terrorists may have a happy ending as the IDF reviews limitations on soldiers, several of whom also charged that officers' fear of media photos forced them to retreat. The video of the soldiers in retreat last Friday may have been embarrassed senior IDF officers enough to change increasingly restrictive limits on soldiers’ ability to fight terror. Combat troops have privately complained the past several years that they have been exposed to life-endangering situations by restrictions on their shooting at terrorists. Court cases, lawsuits, and negative media have been behind the restrictions...
  • Mexican Migration May Be Over

    12/10/2012 3:32:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Is mass migration from Mexico to the United States a thing of the past? At least for the moment, it is. Last May, the Pew Hispanic Center, in a study based on U.S. and Mexican statistics, reported that net migration from Mexico to this country had fallen to zero from 2005 to 2010. Pew said 20,000 more people moved to Mexico from the United States than from there to here in those years. That's a vivid contrast with the years 1995 to 2000, when net inflow from Mexico was 2.2 million people. Because there was net Mexican immigration until 2007,...
  • Adams 2016

    12/10/2012 3:22:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Mike Adams
    I'm getting sick and tired of people asking me why I'm running for president in 2016. The answer is that I have to run. The GOP can't run another big government establishment candidate masquerading as a true conservative. So I'm stepping up to the plate. And I'm going to win, largely because my policies will appeal to young people, libertarians, and Reagan Democrats. But that’s enough of the generalities. Here are the twelve specific changes you can expect when I become your 45th president. 1. Passing the 28th Amendment. There is a proposed 28th Amendment floating around the Internet. It...
  • Walmart Bails On Obamacare-Sticks Taxpayers With Employee Healthcare Costs

    12/10/2012 3:03:18 AM PST · by lowbridge · 105 replies
    forbes ^ | december 9, 2012 | rick ungar
    After making a big deal of publicly supporting the Affordable Care Act, Walmart—the nation’s largest private sector employer—is joining the ranks of companies seeking to avoid their obligation to provide employees with health insurance as required by Obamacare. It was not all that many years ago that Walmart announced, in response to harsh criticism over the low pay provided to Walmart ‘associates’, that the company would provide a healthcare benefit to its part-time, low earning employees. The uncharacteristically generous nod to worker needs was short lived as the company partially pulled back on the commitment in 2011, citing premium rate...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 10, 2012

    12/10/2012 2:52:27 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Going to Ground

    12/10/2012 2:50:30 AM PST · by AdaGray · 19 replies
    Cannot believe the number of calls I am still getting from Republican groups...making a hobby of unsubscribing from all email marketing lists.
  • Chrysler Auto Workers fired after Wolchek investigation are back on the job

    12/10/2012 2:32:21 AM PST · by equaviator · 17 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | ec 07, 2012 | Rob Wolchek
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Two years ago Fox 2 Problem Solver Rob Wolchek got a tip from someone inside Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant about what some workers were doing at the park on their lunch break. For several days our TV crews followed some of these workers. Play the video above to see what these guys were doing before they went back to work in the factory in 2010. When we showed the video to executives from Chrysler they were embarrassed. The company had just been bailed out by the government and president Obama stood on the floor of the...
  • Inside Look at Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Chambers

    12/10/2012 2:27:06 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The Muslim Brotherhood has replaced Hosni Mubarak, but an inside look at Egypt’s torture chambers reveal that they remain the same despite the Obama administration’s attempt to make Egypt safe for democracy. At least two things have not changed: Violence and protests. The Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, with the help of a Brotherhood-owned television station, was given a rare tour of the torture chambers by the Muslim Brotherhood, which does not allow anyone to access the compound without its own permission. The report was translated and published by the Al Monitor website. During a three-hour visit, the newspaper’s reporter revealed,...
  • Obama visiting Michigan plant to push tax plans

    12/10/2012 2:20:25 AM PST · by equaviator · 36 replies
    Examiner dot com ^ | December 6, 2012 | J Pace
    <p>REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will visit a suburban Detroit auto plant Monday afternoon, a visit an aide says is to part of an effort to make the case for raising tax rates on wealthier Americans.</p>
  • Another UK Health Care Horror Story Which U.S. Press Will Ignore

    12/10/2012 1:44:39 AM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 09 December 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP since 1984, has said her biggest regret is that she didn't "stand in the hospital corridor and scream" in protest at the "almost callous lack of care" with which nurses treated her husband as he lay dying in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
  • Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan, officials say

    12/10/2012 1:38:39 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/9/12 | Nasir Habib
    A senior leader was killed in a Thursday drone strike, intelligence officials say Three militants were killed Sunday, officials say Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A senior al Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike Thursday in Pakistan, two of the country's intelligence officials told CNN on Sunday. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman, who also went by the code name Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed in the strike near Miran Shah in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.
  • Syria: Rebel Prisoners On Their Religious War

    12/10/2012 1:21:40 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12/8/12 | Tim Marshall
    Sky's Tim Marshall gains rare access to a prison where he finds evidence that international jihadists are operating in Syria.Interviewing people who, under different circumstances, might kill you is a strange experience. To the soundtrack of multiple rocket launchers and small arms fire, I met six men who the Syrian authorities told us were jihadist rebel fighters captured by the army. We were in a Ministry of Interior prison near Damascus in an area now close to the front lines. The men, four Syrian, an Iraqi, and a Turk, said they had indeed been in the jihadist movement fighting President...
  • US Egyptian Christians fear for faith under Morsi’s Islamist agenda

    12/10/2012 12:36:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published December 09, 2012 | Melissa Chrise
    It seems like every Sunday, there’s a new face sitting in the pews of the Church of Saint Verena and the Three Holy Youth in Orange, Calif. Most are young professionals or families with small children and some have been living in the United States for a just few weeks. “The first waves of immigration,” said Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii. These worshipers are Egyptian Christians, better known as Copts. Their church is Coptic Orthodox, the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East with services similar to other Christian faiths....
  • Influential double ace fighter pilot dies at 88

    12/09/2012 11:46:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    my San Antonio ^ | 9 Dec 2012 | Scott Huddleston
    Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, has died, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today's Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, where he died Friday at 88. Parr was among the last survivors of an era of gutsy, instinctive flying before remotely piloted aircraft and technology changed the way wars are fought in the air. Bob Laymon, a friend and military historian, said Parr “inspired and motivated combat aviators...
  • World risks fresh credit bubble, Switzerland's BIS warns

    12/09/2012 11:29:13 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Asset prices across the world have risen to heady levels not seen since the credit boom five years ago and may be losing touch with economic reality yet again, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. “Some asset prices appeared highly valued in a historical context relative to indicators of their riskiness,” said the bank in its quarterly report. Yields on morgtage bonds have fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. Spreads on corporate debt have narrowed to the wafer thin margins of 2007, even though default rates are currently three times higher than they were then for junk bonds...
  • EU: Paris hit by wave of street muggings and grave robberies

    12/09/2012 10:52:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Austerity-struck Paris has been hit by a wave of street muggings and grave robberies with thieves prepared to exhume bodies to steal gold and jewellery. Last week, police in the French capital arrested three people as part of a widening grave robbery investigation. There was further public outrage after two masked intruders shot dead a 52-year old precious metal worker when he tried to stop them stealing gold from his foundry in the chic central Parisian district of Le Marais. Police said sky-high market prices for precious metals are acting as a magnet for thieves with scant regard for the...
  • EU: Italian government to quit as Berlusconi returns

    12/09/2012 10:47:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Josephine McKenna
    Mario Monti, the Italian prime miniser, has told the country's president he plans to resign after Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew crucial support in parliament from the technocratic government. President Giorgio Napolitano's office announced Mr Monti's decision after they met for nearly two hours of talks late Saturday at the Quirinale palace, the president's official residence in Rome. An offical statement released by the president's office said Mr Monti had told the head of state that without the support of Mr Berlusconi's party, "he cannot further carry out his mandate, and consequently made clear his intention to resign" . Mr Monti's...
  • Europe clings to scorched-earth ideology as depression deepens

    12/09/2012 10:38:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Like the generals of the First World War, Europe’s leaders seem determined to send wave after wave of their youth into the barbed wire of tight money, bank deleveraging, and fiscal austerity a l’outrance. The strategy of triple-barrelled contraction across a string of inter-linked countries has been the greatest policy debacle since the early 1930s. The outcome over the last three years has been worse than forecast at every stage, in every key respect. The eurozone has crashed back into double-dip recession. It will contract a further 0.3pc next year, according to a chastened European Central Bank. The ECB omitted...
  • Gordon Brown jetted off abroad on 28 trips, earned Ł2m+ in fees and expenses since leaving No. 10

    12/09/2012 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 11:33 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr. Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months. He has declared 28 trips abroad on the MPs’ register of interests—many of them linked to his humanitarian work. And since he left Downing Street in 2010, he has received Ł2 million ($3.2 million) in fees and expenses—all of which has been plowed back into his public and charitable activities. …
  • Students “poison teacher and classmates by secretly giving them marijuana-laced brownies” at CU

    12/09/2012 10:18:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 17:27 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two students have been arrested after they brought brownies laced with marijuana to class and shared them with their unwitting professor and colleagues, authorities said. Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa allegedly made the snacks for “bring food day” at Colorado University on Friday. A female professor was taken to hospital after she began to lose consciousness while teaching at the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building. …
  • Officer saves young girl from family pit bull

    12/09/2012 10:09:21 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jennifer Mayerle
    SPALDING COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Lilly Goodson, 5, is in critical condition with severe bites to her face and body after being mauled by one of her family's dogs on Wednesday. Her grandmother, Kathy Goodson, tried to stop the attack. Neighbors also tried to help, but it was Griffin Police Cpl. Stan Phillips that finally ended the attack. "It was heart-wrenching to see. I never want to see it again," Phillips said. Phillips is still shaken up by the events. When he arrived at the home on Ruth Street in Griffin, he witnessed a 120 pound pit bull attacking...
  • Ghana president re-elected, a result opposition claims was “manipulated”

    12/09/2012 10:08:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 11:00 PM EST, Sun December 9, 2012 | Nana Karikari-apau
    Ghana’s election commission announced Sunday night that the West African nation’s president won re-election, though the main opposition party says it has “credible evidence” the results were manipulated. In a statement streamed live on the Internet, Electoral Commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan declared “John Dramani Mahama president-elect” after securing 50.7% of the vote. Nana Akufo-Addo, the candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), garnered 47.7% of the vote, according to the commission. … But reiterating claims made earlier that the vote had been “manipulated,” the New Patriotic Party issued a statement it has “credible evidence (that) undermines the integrity of the...
  • Deputies: Woman beat up after asking for space at checkout

    12/09/2012 9:55:49 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 5, 2012 | Nikki Davidson
    PACOLET, SC (FOX Carolina) - Deputies said two women are accused of attacking a customer at a Li'l Cricket store in Pacolet who asked them to give her some space while checking out. According to Spartanburg County deputies, it was all because the victim asked the women to give her some space while she entered the pin code for her debit card at the cash register. "All I wanted was a little bit of privacy, I didn't know it would lead to a beatdown," said the victim, Amanda Parker. On Monday afternoon Parker stopped into the Li'l Cricket on Pine...
  • Investigative Journalist Kerry Picket Joins Breitbart News

    12/09/2012 9:54:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Big Journalism (Breitbart) ^ | December 9, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Investigative journalist Kerry Picket has joined Breitbart News. Picket formerly edited and wrote for the Washington Times opinion section and its "Water Cooler" blog. She also covered Capitol Hill and campaign and elections for the publication. Picket has regularly appeared as a guest commentator on dozens of cable news networks like Fox News, CNN, Fox Business Network, and the Christian Broadcast Network. She has also appeared in prime time specials on Fox News’s “Hannity” dealing with issues such as crony capitalism and corruption in Washington, D.C. “I’m looking forward to continuing what Andrew Breitbart started--delivering honest news, real news, without...
  • Boehner, Obama Meet Face-to-Face on Fiscal Cliff

    12/09/2012 9:31:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | David Kerley
    For the first time in more than three weeks, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face today at the White House to talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff. … The White House afternoon talks, conducted without cameras or any announcement until they were over, came as some Republicans were showing more flexibility about approving higher tax rates for the wealthy, one of the president’s demands to keep the country from the so-called fiscal cliff—a mixture of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that many economists say would send the country back into recession. “Let’s face it. He does...
  • Is the economy creating a lost generation?

    12/09/2012 9:21:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    This is not a good time to be starting out in life. Jobs are scarce, and those that exist often pay unexpectedly low wages. Beginning a family — always stressful and uncertain — is increasingly a stretch. The weak economy begets weak family formation. We instinctively know this; several new studies now deepen our understanding. When the labor market operates smoothly, it creates an economic escalator. Just out of high school or college, young workers typically switch jobs frequently until they find something that fits their talent and temperament. Job changes often mean higher pay; people move to advance themselves....