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  • Report: Managers at Fannie, Freddie earned $200K

    12/10/2012 10:52:07 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/10/2012 | Associated Press
    A government report finds median pay for nearly 2,000 senior managers at government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exceeded $200,000 last year. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the two mortgage giants, also did an inadequate job monitoring pay, according to the report released Monday from the inspector general for the FHFA. The median figure means that half the managers received salaries above $200,000 and half received less. Compensation for senior managers at the companies cost about $455 million in 2011, according to the report. Taxpayers so far have paid roughly $170 billion to rescue Fannie and Freddie, which...
  • PPP Poll: Stephen Colbert tops SC voters' Senate wish list

    12/10/2012 10:49:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove. Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity. Haley has pretty solid numbers within her own party. 70% of Republicans approve of the job she's doing to 22% who disapprove. But with Democrats (15/78 approval) and independents (28/57) her numbers are pretty woeful. There is a path back to popularity for Haley though: appointing Stephen Colbert to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. Colbert tops the wish...
  • The Sebelius Coverup

    12/10/2012 10:49:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson, senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute
    ".... likely in concert with the White House — and to the chagrin of many HHS employees — Sebelius and other senior HHS officials decided that word could too easily get out about the firewall project. If it did, it would alert people to UnitedHealth Group’s having gained a potentially huge competitive advantage — a political concern for the White House on the cusp of the election, especially in light of the crony capitalism charges that have plagued this administration. Therefore, HHS, under Sebelius’s leadership, suspended work on the firewall and told United-Health Group not to alert the SEC to...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,December 10-14, 2012

    12/10/2012 10:49:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | December 10-14,2012 | Sean Hannity
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  • Hillary Clinton Nominated for Tipperary Peace Prize

    12/10/2012 10:47:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 01:05 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary has been nominated for this year’s Tipperary International Peace Award. … Previous winners of the prestigious Irish prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and former President Bill Clinton. …
  • Half of America: I'd kill to protect my own

    12/10/2012 10:46:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    WND ^ | December 09, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Survey reveals stunning attitudes about surviving in catastrophe Editor’s note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. Nearly half of Americans would expect serious, sustained life-threatening civil unrest within two weeks of a major catastrophe, such as an EMP attack that would destroy electronics, according to a new poll. Another huge percentage say they would expect further deterioration after two weeks, but for many, that development would be irrelevant, because they expect they would be dead by then. The sobering the new poll by...
  • 2nd bite to challenge Obama's eligibility?

    12/10/2012 10:41:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    WND ^ | December 09, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Famous justice has had 'serious questions' about birth certificate A longstanding eligibility case challenging Barack Obama’s presence in the White House soon could be headed to the state Supreme Court in Alabama, where one justice already in a court filing has questioned the authenticity of Obama’s documentation, and the incoming chief justice is a dyed-in-the-wool Constitution supporter with little tolerance for those who want to bypass the document. The move is pending in an eligibility challenge brought by Hugh McInnish and others against the Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman. The case most recently was turned down by a state...
  • Our Government-Created Financial Crisis (Walter Williams)

    12/10/2012 10:40:44 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 12, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Suppose you saw a building on fire. Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? You say, "Williams, you'd have to be a lunatic to do that!" But that's precisely what we've done: turned to the people who created our fiscal crisis to fix it. I have never read a better account of our doing just that than in John A. Allison's new book, "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure." Allison is the former CEO of Branch Banking and Trust, the nation's 10th largest bank. He assembles...
  • Poll: Republicans Lack Popular National Leader

    12/10/2012 10:38:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 09:52 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    The Republican Party doesn’t have a leader who is looked upon favorably by a majority of Americans, according to a Politico/George Washington University poll. Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, each garnered only 47 percent approval, according to the poll. …
  • Failed Felsenthal - Reuters Reporter Ruins Reason

    12/10/2012 10:38:22 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 2 replies
    “Washington is a fine place for journalists to live as well as to brown-nose. It has plenty of the only type of people who can stand journalists -- other journalists -- and plenty of the only kind of people journalists get any real information from -- other journalists. — P.J. O'Rourke” All the media is an echo chamber and all its reporters are merely mimes. This truism was confirmed by my friend Brian Patrick, a tenured professor of communications and the charming chap who penned the academic foreword to my book Shooting The Bull. Brain speaks eloquently about the “cloud...
  • 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...