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  • Mass migration from Mexico may be history (Michael Barone)

    12/10/2012 10:30:27 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 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, when...
  • Dick Armey Blasts Losing GOP: They Said “Stupid Things”

    12/10/2012 10:19:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 10:05 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    The Republican Party and stupid statements by some candidates are to blame for GOP losses in last month’s congressional elections, the former leader of a tea party group said Monday. Dick Armey, who until recently led the conservative group FreedomWorks, said some GOP candidates said “stupid things” that party leaders should have taught them to avoid saying. He said Republicans had a lot of candidates who did “dumb things” during their campaigns. Armey, a former Republican House majority leader from Texas, did not specifically mention controversial comments about rape by GOP Senate candidates in Indiana and Missouri that contributed to...
  • European renewable power grid rocked by cyber-attack

    12/10/2012 10:11:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    A German power utility specialising in renewable energy was hit by a serious cyber-attack two weeks ago that lasted five days, knocking its internet communications systems offline, in the first confirmed digital assault against a European grid operator. “It was a DOS (‘Denial Of Service’) attack with a botnet behind it,” Boris Schucht, the CEO of 50Hertz told EurActiv on the fringes of a Brussels renewables conference. “It blocked our internet domains so that in the first hours, all email and connectivity via the internet was blocked.” DOS attacks involve thousands of requests being sent to a server each second...
  • No decision in 'stand your ground' claim in unrelated case heard by Zimmerman judge

    12/10/2012 10:05:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 11 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    <p>On Monday Circuit Judge Debra Nelson heard testimony in the case of James Fraleigh, a Casselberry man who is accused of striking a neighbor with a shovel. Fraleigh says he did so in self-defense after the neighbor, Dylan Wells, attacked him.</p>
  • Nugent: Bob Costas is dead wrong

    12/10/2012 10:01:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | Ted Nugent
    As you read this, know that by the time you finish, somewhere in America a fellow citizen will use a gun to stop a crime and save a life. Opining on the Kansas City Chief football player who murdered his girlfriend and then blew out his own brains in front of his coach, the otherwise great sports announcer, Bob Costas, blamed the murder-suicide on easy access to guns. He lives in a strange fairyland of ignorance and denial. If there were a free speech penalty for blundering ignorance, a penalty flag would have been tossed at Mr. Costas. Just as...
  • Teen Stabbed At San Jose Christmas In The Park Event

    12/10/2012 9:53:20 AM PST · by null and void · 15 replies
    CBS Local San Francisco ^ | December 9, 2012 10:13 AM
    Christmas in the Park at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose (CBS) SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 14-year-old boy was injured in a stabbing at San Jose’s Christmas in the Park event on Saturday night, a police spokesman said. Officers responded to reports of a stabbing at Plaza de Cesar Chavez near Almaden Boulevard and Park Avenue at about 8:50 p.m., San Jose police Officer Albert Morales said. Arriving officers found a teenage boy who had been stabbed at least once, Morales said. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not expected to be life...
  • Want to sell insurance on the Obamacare exchanges? There’s a (3.5%) fee for that.

    12/10/2012 9:41:37 AM PST · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Sarah Kliff
    <p>The Obama administration is proposing a new way to finance the health law’s insurance exchanges: A fee levied on the insurers who sell in the marketplace.</p> <p>Health and Human Services will operate a health insurance exchange in all states that decline to set up the marketplace themselves. In order to finance the exchange’s operations, new draft regulations released Friday envision health plans paying a “user fee” if they want to sell in that space.</p>
  • Female Genital Mutilation: An Islamic Crime

    12/10/2012 9:36:36 AM PST · by Perseverando · 48 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jamie Glazov
    Asia News recently reported how the misogynist crime of female genital mutilation (FGM) continues to be a “widespread traditional practice” in “rural areas and more remote areas of Indonesia, particularly the island of Java.” The story makes sure to remind us, naturally, that while this crime is being perpetrated in a Muslim country, the crime “is not a rule set in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam.” It is only widespread, we are consoled, because of the actions of “the more extreme and integral fringe.” In her coverage of this news report, freedom fighter Pamela Geller shrewdly asks...
  • Best water purification systems, recharge systems for Preppers?

    12/10/2012 9:34:21 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 64 replies
    Emergency Essentials ^ | 10 December 2012 | Sales Literature
    With the downward spiral of society and the economy ensured by Obama's narrow reelection, I am now looking at gear to ensure, or at least greatly improve, my family's survival when TSHTF.I have 3-4 months supply of food including canned goods, dried goods, MREs and stuff we use regularly. I have ammunition and firearms to protect it and a couple of alternative escape plans just in case. I also have a hand-crank radio and lighting to ensure communication and illumination. Last election season also helped us define which neighbors would be potential allies, most of them military veterans including a...
  • Office supplies chain, Staples, to offer in-store 3D printing

    12/10/2012 9:22:15 AM PST · by null and void · 21 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 12/7/12 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Announcement marks first time major franchise will carry technology Staples, the popular office supplies store, has announced that its Printing Systems Division will work with Mcor Technologies Ltd. to launch a low-cost, full-color 3D printing service called “Staples Easy 3D”. The program will be hosted online and offers everyone from architects to engineers to parents the ability to create photo-realistic 3D printed products. All that’s needed is an electronic design file be uploaded to the online Staples Office Center. After that, the user can head down to the store to pick up the finished model, or otherwise opt to have...
  • Google saves $2B in taxes by sheltering $10B in revenue in Bermuda

    12/10/2012 9:18:06 AM PST · by Obadiah · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 12/10/2012 | Shara Tibken
    Google avoided about $2 billion in global income taxes last year by shifting $9.8 billion in revenue into a Bermuda shell company, Bloomberg reported. That level is almost double the total from three years ago, Bloomberg said, citing a Nov. 21 regulatory filing by a Google subsidiary in the Netherlands. And it allowed Google to cut its overall tax rate almost in half. Google's action -- moving about 80 percent of its total pretax profit from 2011 to tax-free Bermuda -- isn't illegal. On the contrary, many companies have taken similar steps in recent years to avoid paying steep taxes....
  • A Gangnam Style Apology for Getting Caught (Should the USA just let South Korea fend for herself?)

    12/10/2012 9:09:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/10/2012 | Bryan Preston
    South Korean rapper Psy --- you may have heard of him --- spent time during the last decade attending anti-American protests in his country. He even rapped the following about the Americans: Kill those Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/Kill them slowly and painfully Psy is meeting President Obama Sunday and will be in a Christmas TV special with him that airs on December 21. Those old lyrics about killing Americans "slowly and painfully" are suddenly a problem for him.So here comes the “sorry I...
  • Atheists around world suffer persecution, discrimination: report. (And Christians do not?)

    12/10/2012 9:08:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | December 10, 2012 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be executed if their beliefs become known, according to a report issued on Monday. The study, from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), showed that "unbelievers" in Islamic countries face the most severe - sometimes brutal - treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.
  • Boehner must go

    12/10/2012 9:01:49 AM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WND ^ | December 09, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah declares GOP leader 'a total failure as speaker of the House' It’s not possible for Republicans to dump Barack Obama in the next four years. They have blown their opportunity to do that. But the next best thing they can do right now is to dump John Boehner as speaker of the House. Though Boehner has been portrayed in the media as some kind of hardliner who is intransigent and unwilling to compromise, the truth is that he is the opposite. He is an appeaser. He is an enabler. He is an accommodationist. Boehner began waving the...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 10, 2012

    12/10/2012 8:54:33 AM PST · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 10,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Willfully blind to reality of jihad

    12/10/2012 8:54:09 AM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    WND ^ | December 09, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller exposes 'primary goal of millions of Muslims' Academics produce “studies” that are advancing the ridiculous fiction that “anti-Muslim fringe groups dominated the mass media via displays of fear and anger” after 9/11 that “stoked public fears that Muslims are secretly plotting to overthrow the U.S. government.” “Anti-Muslim fringe groups” are responsible for that idea? Osama, Anwar Awlaki, Sheikh Qaradawi, et al have made no secret of it. And yet it is somehow the fault of champions of freedom. This is what passes for research and analysis at a major American university today. It’s a sign of how...
  • A real cliff of incompetence, excuses

    12/10/2012 8:50:11 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 4 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 12/07/12 | Bill Fleckenstein
    OK, everyone, buckle up. This is going to be a bumpy ride. First off, I would like to turn to our eventual funding crisis. Yes, I have been talking about this for some time, and no, it hasn't started yet. But it will. One day the markets will take the printing press away from central bankers by spurning their bonds, and governments needing to get their debt funded will see rates rise dramatically. Whether it will start here, in Japan or somewhere else I don't know, nor do I know when it will start. But I do know that the...
  • Judge finds NC ‘Choose Life’ plates unconstitutional

    12/10/2012 8:40:42 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 68 replies
    FOX8 WGHP ^ | 12/10/12 | Joe Borlik
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights.</p> <p>U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate.</p>
  • This is what ‘Saudi America’ looks like {McDonalds is offering a $300 signing bonus}

    12/10/2012 8:37:58 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/08/2012 | Chris Hayes
    Right now in Dickinson, North Dakota, the local McDonalds is offering a $300 signing bonus to new employees. You heard that right, with a 7.7% nationwide unemployment rate, and persistently sluggish job growth and wage stagnation, the labor market of this one town in North Dakota is so tight, and employers are so desperate for workers, they’re offering a signing bonus for a job slinging fries. And it’s not just Dickinson, unemployment in the entire state is 3.1%, GDP growth for the state is 7.6%, and housing there is in such short supply that one bedrooms are renting for more...
  • 13 Gifts from Obama

    12/10/2012 8:25:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    CCHF ^ | 12-5-12 | twila brase
    With just 20 days until Christmas, the White House has sent you seven gifts -- and it's not seven swans a-swimming. You may decide these shouldn't be called gifts. I agree. He's given us a stack of proposed Obamacare rules prepared well before the election and released to the public just two days before, and eight days after, Thanksgiving. In a nutshell, here is what's inside these 871 pages of federal regulatory "gift-wrapping": · Health Insurance Market Rules (131 pp) - rules on ending health insurance (as we know it no pre-existing condition exclusions) and nationalizing coverage, leading to higher...
  • Battleground Poll: Hike taxes on rich (so say 60% of respondents)

    12/10/2012 8:24:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/2012 | James Hohmann
    An American appetite for tax hikes gives President Barack Obama leverage in fiscal cliff negotiations.A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that 60 percent of respondents support raising taxes on households that earn more than $250,000 a year and 64 percent want to raise taxes on large corporations.
  • Obama's stealthy education takeover

    12/10/2012 8:21:28 AM PST · by Perseverando · 90 replies
    WND ^ | December 09, 2012 | Barbara Simpson
    Exclusive: Barbara Simpson exposes nationwide 'dumbing down of America's children' Snip: They explained classes would be reconfigured, curriculum content was being revised, teachers are being retrained on how to teach and what to teach, how every student would have a laptop, books were to be virtually phased out – but some new books would be created for this whole new education system. We were told it would take a couple of years to get everything in place, but by the time that happens, it would be in every school and every grade in California. There was no question of refusing...
  • Yep: Bankrupt Obama-stimulus recipient goes to the highest bidder, the highest bidder being China

    12/10/2012 8:19:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Let me get my obligatory free-trade qualifier out of the way here first: It's not so much that there's anything at all wrong with businesses buying and selling on the international arena, because foreign markets may have demands for products we don't, and we all stand to make money off of one another in a mutually beneficial and productive way. Free-trade is not a zero-sum game, and everybody wins.The problem here is that in the case of A123 Systems, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric cards, the Obama administration spoon-fed hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money into...
  • Washington Post complains Israel's Iron Dome missile defense is too perfect

    12/10/2012 8:16:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Leo Rennert
    Israel strengthened its military deterrence during the recent clash with Hamas by demonstrating that its Iron Dome missile defense intercepted Israel-bound rockets from Gaza 84 percent of the time. Most media accounts of Iron Dome in action marveled at its precision performance in preventing most of the rockets from reaching their targets in southern Israel - although a few did get through its new defensive net. Iron Dome was widely credited with keeping Israeli casualties to a bare minimum. But that's not exactly the view of the Washington Post in its Sunday, Dec. 9, edition. In a front-page article that...
  • Arabs team with Russia, China to push Internet control

    12/10/2012 8:10:43 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 10, 2012 | Anthony Martin
    certain Arab nations have teamed up with Russia and China to attempt to place the World Wide Web under the control of the International Telecommunications Union. At the World Conference on International Telecommunications currently meeting in Dubai Dec. 3-14, a group of Arab states along with Russia and China proposed that nations strictly control Internet companies, leading many critics, especially in the United States, to charge that the proposal would severely hamper Internet freedom. ... nations with totalitarian forms of government, such as Russia and Muslim nations, have also insisted that strict limits be placed on access to information on...
  • Why We Lost: The Big Picture

    12/10/2012 8:09:07 AM PST · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | By Jay Haug
    Critics of the Republican loss in the presidential election, which returned the status quo to Washington for another four years, have spent a number of weeks analyzing the reasons for the debacle. Pundits have put forth demographics, messaging, the Obama turnout machine, and a whole host of other assertions to show why Republicans must go back to the drawing board and reinvent themselves. No doubt this sifting process will continue for months to come. Though John F. Kennedy's oft-quoted dictum that "victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan" still holds true, it appears the orphans are having...
  • Gregory Kane: Is Jason Whitlock a 'blame whitey firster'?

    12/10/2012 8:09:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | Gregory Kane
    Some background might be in order before I proceed. Whitlock wrote a piece recently just after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, then shot himself. In his column Whitlock, an African-American, (yes, that is pertinent to this story) took National Football League officials to task for allowing a game between the Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers to be played on Sunday, Dec. 2, only one day after the shocking and horrifying murder-suicide. Whitlock's column was passionate; it was eloquent; it was extremely well written. I didn't agree with much of it, but the column was indeed...
  • The student loan debt bomb (Now tops total credit card debt for the first time)

    12/10/2012 8:06:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Rick Moran
    Bill Bennett has an excellent column at CNN on the looming crisis of excess student debt: Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that student loan debt increased to $956 billion, more than auto loan debt or credit card debt. More worrisome, student loan 90-day delinquency rate increased to 11% this past quarter and for the first time exceeds the "serious delinquency" rate for credit card debt.Student loan debt is reaching bubble-bursting levels. By comparison, in October 2007, the start of the subprime mortgage crisis, 16% of subprime mortgages were 90 days delinquent, according to Federal...
  • Why Work Anyway?

    12/10/2012 7:56:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 116 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Morgan Brittany
    I was shocked by something I heard from one of my friend’s sons the other day.  He is a college graduate with a business degree and fortunately has a job.  We were all talking about the fiscal cliff and how it would affect people making over $250K a year.  His reaction to the top rate rising to 39% along with the California State tax increase due to Proposition 30 prompted him to say, “Whew, I think I dodged a bullet! I was up for a promotion with a pay raise but someone else got it. I’m pretty sure my taxable...
  • Death of a great musical mind

    12/10/2012 7:55:54 AM PST · by Borges · 32 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | 12/10/12 | Norman Lebrecht
    Charles Rosen – pianist, philosopher, polymath – has died in New York. He was 85. A pupil of Josef Hoffman, he held authority on the music of Schoenberg and Elliott Carter and spoke with authority on the rest of the canon – and, indeed, on French literature, in which he had a doctorate, and much else. We once crossed swords on a BBC radio programme, discussing declining attendances at classical recitals. Charles said: ‘I remember a concert where I played for an audience of 15.’ He paused for monent, then added: ‘Of course, 12 of them held Nobel Prizes…’ May...
  • Dean Exposes Obama's Need For Middle Class Tax Hike

    12/10/2012 7:52:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials Dean Exposes Obama's Need For Middle Class Tax Hike Posted 12/06/2012 06:52 PM ET Taxes: The president says all he wants is for "the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more." But far-left Howard Dean just reminded us Obama wants a lot more from all taxpayers. Interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Wednesday, the ex-Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate shocked many with comments that really should have shocked no one. "This is, initially, gonna seem like heresy from a progressive," Dean said. "The truth is, everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. That's...
  • Worcester gun buyback snags piece of history(MA)

    12/10/2012 7:52:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    telegram.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | George Barnes
    WORCESTER — The Guns for Goods program succeeded in getting more guns off the streets, but it also netted a piece of history. “We got a very unusual vintage Japanese rifle from World War II with a bayonet,” said Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at UMass Memorial Medical Center. The program, which offered both gift certificates from Wegmans and free flu shots to people who anonymously turned in guns, netted 102 weapons in two days. Mr. Hirsh said 34 were collected yesterday to go with 68 collected Dec. 1. The collection yesterday...
  • A Lost Civilization

    12/10/2012 7:44:36 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 8, 2012 | MAUREEN DOWD
    Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count. As the historian Will Durant observed, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”
  • Former Fla. Police Officer Scheduled for Execution

    12/10/2012 7:43:03 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2012 | TAMARA LUSH
    Manuel Pardo was a decorated Florida highway patrolman and police officer who went horribly bad, slaying nine people during a three-month crime spree after he had been fired for lying. Now, almost 27 years later, Pardo, 56, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night at Florida State Prison in Starke barring a last-minute stay, fulfilling a request he made to jurors at his 1988 trial.
  • The moment Obama shook hands with the rapper who sang 'kill those f****** Yankees': Outrage as

    12/10/2012 7:39:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama has been pictured shaking hands with a South Korean rapper who sang about wanting to kill American soldiers. PSY, born Park Jae-sang, performed at a White House charity event on Sunday, despite a deeply controversial performance in 2004 that has shocked and outraged American fans. The rapper showed off his signature dance moves while performing 'Gangnam Style,' which has the most watched YouTube video in history. Scroll down for video
  • Handwriting on the wall for Susan Rice

    12/10/2012 7:39:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Why would the New York Times choose to publish an attack on Susan Rice ("a surprising and unsettling sympathy for Africa's despots") in its Sunday edition? The Times turned over prized op-ed real state to Salem Solomon ("an Eritrean-American journalist who runs Africa Talks, a news and opinion Web site covering Africa and the global African diaspora"), who signaled the UN Ambassador that a nomination to be Secretary of State would not be a bed of roses. Just in case she felt that going on those five Sunday shows and playing a meat puppet mouthing whatever she was told...
  • The End of the Wave: The northward surge of Mexicans into the United States may be over

    12/10/2012 7:37:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2012 | 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,...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/10/2012 7:33:53 AM PST · by Faith · 25 replies
    December 10, 2012 | Faith
    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1: 32-33
  • Under Obama, Economic Stagnation Is the New Normal

    12/10/2012 7:33:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/10/2012 | Louis Woodhill
    Friday's "Employment Situation" report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that 5.4 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force since Barack Obama took office. The labor force declined by 350,000 in November, despite an increase of 191,000 in our working age population. The unprecedented decline of labor force participation under President Obama is not news. However, it also appears that millions of brain cells have dropped out of the mental labor force of America's economic analysts. How else can we account for headlines like these? "Jobs report: A pleasant surprise" (Jared Bernstein) "The employment emergency is...
  • Gutfeld Rips Costas With Story About Guns Saving Lives

    12/10/2012 7:27:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | GREG GUTFELD
    GREG GUTFELD: Now this tale not only shows how guns save lives, but it also kills the stereotype, Bob, that libs love to propagate that gun owners are clumsy yokels who collect guns the way sports broadcasters collect toupees. Not so, the homeowner handled the situation with compassion, keeping the guy from endangering them and others. Any decent gun owner would say that's how it's done. But this is a logic that escapes people like Bob Costas, who glide among secure skyscrapers, never worrying about trivialities like home invasions. Commentators need no guns when the bodyguard is already packing. If...
  • Gallup Reports Upper-Income Spending Worst November Ever

    12/10/2012 7:25:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    With the generally upbeat spending reports on black Friday and cyber-Monday, Gallup paints a different point of view in its most recent poll that shows U.S. Consumer Spending Holds Steady, Consistent With 2011Americans' self-reported daily spending averaged $73 in November, essentially on par with September and October. It is also similar to the $71 Americans spent last November and slightly higher compared with November 2010 and 2009 -- but still much lower than in November 2008. November 2012 vs. November Prior Years U.S. Upper-Income Spending Sees Worst November on Record Upper-income Americans' (defined as those making at least $90,000 per...
  • Occupier Lisa Fithian Training Union Activists for Michigan Protests

    12/10/2012 7:25:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/12 | Lee Stranahan
    Yahoo News is reporting that far-left anarchist Lisa Fithian is training protestors in Michigan on "direct action techniques" in preparation for the upcoming right-to-work protests. Fithian, exposed in the film Occupy Unmasked, is the radical frequently employed by labor unions such as the United Auto Workers. With Fithian involved, look for fireworks in the coming days in the battle for Michigan to become a right-to-work state. According to Yahoo: More than 200 activists attended training Saturday in preparation for a protest at the Michigan Capitol, where lawmakers are putting the final touches on legislation that would allow workers to stop...
  • Peter Schiff: Majority Doesn't "Have A Right To Steal My Money Just Because They Voted For It"

    12/10/2012 7:21:46 AM PST · by george76 · 84 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 10, 2012 | Peter Schiff
    First of all, I'm in the top two percent. Right now, I'm paying 45% of my total income in income taxes, both to the state of Connecticut and to the federal government, and if you take the 3% Medicare tax. After the tax hikes go into effect next year, more than half -- more than half of my total income is going to go to the government. You tell me, what's fair about that when medieval serfs pay 25%, I'm paying half? I don't care what the majority voted to do, they don't have a right to steal my money...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Official: We Rule Morsi

    12/10/2012 7:21:08 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 10DEC12 | Raymond Ibrahim
    During Egyptian presidential elections, one of the biggest criticisms against President Mohammed Morsi was that he was just a stooge for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie — who recently called for a jihad on Israel. The logic was that Morsi’s function was simply to fulfill the Guide’s will, which is the absolute Islamization of Egypt. Of course, the Brotherhood and Morsi brushed aside such talk, saying the latter was his own man, that his policies for Egypt would have nothing to do with Brotherhood interests, that he was a president for all Egyptians, etc., etc. Amazingly, however, a...
  • Cyprus Makes Big Concessions for Bailout [De Facto Loss of Sovereignty]

    12/10/2012 7:20:23 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 12/10/2012 | By Christian Reiermann and Markus Dettmer
    Dimitris Christofias had a serious look on his face as he spoke of a "gut-wrenching" decision, but a "necessary evil." The Cypriot president was not giving his people good news. Christofias, in his televised address last Tuesday, reminded viewers of his country's darkest hour, the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974. In return for billions of euros, the "troika," made up of the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will essentially take control of the Mediterranean island.The Cypriot government and representatives of the troika negotiated for almost five months over the terms...
  • Boehner’s Biggest Threat (Representative Tom Price of Georgia is a conservative force)

    12/10/2012 7:15:38 AM PST · by Fred · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 121011 | Robert Costas
    Should a debt deal go sour, the buzz is that Tom Price, a 58-year-old physician from Georgia, may challenge John Boehner for the speaker’s gavel. “Price is the person we’re all watching,” says an aide close to House leadership. “We know he’s frustrated, but we don’t know much else.” In an interview with National Review Online, Price won’t speculate about his future, but he acknowledges his growing uneasiness. “My concern is that within our conference, conservatives, who are a majority, don’t have a proper platform,” he says. “That’s true at the leadership table and on the steering committee.”
  • Is Gun Violence Soaring in America?

    12/10/2012 7:11:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    An article published in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that while the number of homicides has decreased over the last decade (2001-2011) due to improvements in medical technology, the number of people treated for gunshot wounds increased by almost half. Here is an excerpt from the WSJ article: After a steady decline through the 1990s, the annual number of homicides zigzagged before resuming a decline in 2007, falling from 16,929 that year to an estimated 14,722 in 2010, according to FBI crime data. At the same time, medical data and other surveys in the U.S. show a rising...
  • Zimmerman's defense seeks to end GPS monitoring

    12/10/2012 7:05:10 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 9, 2012 | Jeff Weiner Orlando Sentinel
    <p>ORLANDO — George Zimmerman's defense team has filed several new motions in advance of this week's hearing in his second-degree murder case, including a request to remove Zimmerman from GPS monitoring and allow him to travel throughout the state.</p> <p>Zimmerman, the defense argues, "needs to be able to travel more freely throughout the state of Florida for reasons of his own personal safety and … to have the ability to assist his defense" by meeting with witnesses, including experts.</p>
  • Scarborough: 'Conservatism Is A Racket For A Lot Of People To Get Very, Very Rich'

    12/10/2012 6:43:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is it possible to have a principled opposition to raising tax rates to avoid the fiscal cliff? It seems that Joe Scarborough doesn't think so. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough suggested that those on the "far, far right" in the "conservative entertainment complex" and in the ranks of political consultants who oppose tax rate hikes do so out of base material motives. According to Scarborough, speaking of such "far, far right" tax-increase opponents, "conservatism is a racket for a lot of people to get very, very rich." View the video here.
  • Concealed carry: one year report card(WI SemiBarf Alert)

    12/10/2012 6:42:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    walworthcountytoday.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | TODD MISHLER
    SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — Although some local law enforcement officials say the concealed-carry law isn’t perfect, there has been little negative fallout in Walworth County during its first year. It’s been a little more than a year since Wisconsin adopted the concealed carry law, and despite high profile tragedies in Milwaukee, law enforcement officials in Walworth County report that the Wild West has not returned like detractors claimed it would. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has approved more than 138,500 concealed carry permits since Act 35 went into effect Nov. 1, 2011, and DOJ statistics show that handgun sales are...