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  • Pistol-packing lawmaker deserves a high-caliber nickname

    12/11/2012 5:05:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | John Kass
    What's worse for a distinguished, pro-gun-control Chicago politician who sports a cool goatee and an always-natty wardrobe: Being charged with a felony after allegedly trying to carry a .25-caliber Beretta handgun onto a Chicago plane bound for Washington? Or to suffer as readers and radio talk show callers showered him Thursday with endearing — sometimes snarky — nicknames?
  • Conservative Media Are Not the Problem

    12/11/2012 4:54:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    It is really getting old to hear liberal politicians and pundits complaining about conservative media as being destructive, as if the country would be better off returning to the halcyon days of the monolithic liberal media. That seems to be the view of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who complained about "the right-wing control of the American media, particularly starting with Fox News." During a discussion on HuffPost Live, Kennedy said, "Ninety-five percent of talk radio in our country is right-wing ... so a whole section of our country that's what they're hearing." "Twenty-two percent of Americans," continued Kennedy, "say their...
  • 5 Myths Liberals Have Created About Themselves

    12/11/2012 4:42:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism is like a restaurant with ugly decor, terrible food, overflowing toilets and roaches scurrying across the floor -- that stays packed every night. Sure, liberals may be sanctimonious, mean spirited and advocate policies that don't work, but you can't help but admire the excellence of their public relations network. They can laud themselves for courage because they take a stand everyone they know agrees with, pat themselves on the back for their compassion as they maliciously insult someone that disagrees with them and congratulate themselves for their charitable behavior as they give other people's money away. Liberal mythology is...
  • World Begins to Heal with Taxes on Rich January 1st

    12/11/2012 4:34:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | John Ransom
    The Age of Aquarius- long a goal for liberals- will begin in earnest on January 1st, 2013 when more of the planned tax increases on the wealthy created by Obamacare are implemented. Here’s how it will work:Finally, the low-down, dirty rich, who are responsible for all the world’s ills, including the short stature, pint-sized intellect and light caliber (pun intended) of Bob Costas, will start paying their fair share.Time to cue the music from the play Hair:“The 3.8% Net Investment Tax will be imposed against individuals, estates and trusts on their investment income,” croons “and the 0.9% Additional Medicare...
  • Obamacare Jiujitsu

    12/11/2012 4:25:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    The art of jiujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe we can further choke the life out of Obamacare by using this martial art technique. Let me explain. Last week, I shared with you that while Republicans' power to repeal Obamacare has been thwarted by the president's re-election, all is not lost. Conservatives can still suffocate the federal monstrosity by supporting individual-to-state efforts to impede its funding and implementation. I noted how, just two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower federal court to take up a lawsuit by the patriots...
  • Sowell: Taxing the poor

    12/11/2012 4:23:06 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | 12/11/2012 | Thomas Sowell
    With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires. While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the apparently simple word “tax” has many complications that can be a challenge for even professional economists to untangle. If you define a tax as only those things that the government chooses to call a tax, you get a radically different picture from what...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 11, 2012

    12/11/2012 2:45:09 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http (Ashland, OH) :// for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • PA Issues Ultimatum to Israel: Talk - or Else

    12/10/2012 11:55:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The Palestinian Authority, feeling it is fully armed diplomatically after it won informal UN recognition, now says Israel has six months to talk – or else. Flying the “peace process” slogan despite Fatah’s unity with the Hamas terrorist organization, Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat told PA radio the “peace process” is a golden principle but then incorrectly stated that “according to all previously signed agreements and international law, [it] is the withdrawal of Israel to the June 4, 1967 borderline, including Jerusalem.” Mainstream media have accepted his claims as fact, but in truth, the Oslo Accords “peace process” specifically calls...
  • Clinton cancels Middle East trip because of ill health

    12/10/2012 11:50:10 PM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-10-12 | Mohammad Arshad/Christopher Wilson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has canceled her trip to Morocco this week for a meeting on the future of Syria's opposition because of a stomach virus, the State Department said on Monday. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will travel to the meeting in her place.
  • Report: Army Discharging Overweight Soldiers

    12/10/2012 11:46:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 03:03 PM | Todd Beamon
    The Army’s looking for thinner men and women. The leading cause of civilians not making the cut is obesity, the Washington Post reports, and budgetary concerns are leading the Army to drop those who cannot meet its fitness standards. … The Army kicked out 1,625 active-duty personnel for being out of shape during the first 10 months of the year—nearly 16 times more than in 2007, the peak of wartime deployment cycles, the Post reports. …
  • Israel's Netanyahu: World has double standards

    12/10/2012 11:40:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2012 5:55 PM EST | Josef Federman
    Israel’s prime minister on Monday accused the international community of “deafening silence” in response to recent vows by the head of the Hamas militant group to fight on until the Jewish state is destroyed, and appeared unmoved by the gathering storm of global condemnation of his government’s plans to continue settling the West Bank. Benjamin Netanyahu’s tough words were likely to deepen the rift between Israel and some of its closest allies, particularly in Europe, that has emerged since the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of Palestinian independence last month. In a sign of the tense relations, European...
  • Abolish Social Studies - Born a century ago, the pseudo-discipline has outlived its uselessness.

    12/10/2012 11:13:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL KNOX BERAN
    Emerging as a force in American education a century ago, social studies was intended to remake the high school. But its greatest effect has been in the elementary grades, where it has replaced an older way of learning that initiated children into their culture with one that seeks instead to integrate them into the social group. The result was a revolution in the way America educates its young. The old learning used the resources of culture to develop the childÂ’s individual potential; social studies, by contrast, seeks to adjust him to the mediocrity of the social pack. Why promote the...
  • How The Fed's Next Trick Will Hurt Bonds

    12/10/2012 10:59:21 PM PST · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 10 December 2012 | Jim Jubak
    Another bond-buying program seems likely as the Federal Reserve tries to boost the economy. But long term, it will lead to higher interest rates, inflation and bond market turmoil.
  • Report: McCain to Join Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    12/10/2012 10:55:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 05:10 PM | Stephen Feller
    The most outspoken critic of UN Ambassador Susan Rice is expected to join the Senate committee charged with vetting her credentials if she is nominated to head up the State Department. Arizona Sen. John McCain confirmed to Foreign Policy’s blog The Cable that he would be joining the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January. … Though he has his concerns about Rice, McCain maintained the respect for the nominating system he has encouraged since 2005 when he responded to Democratic attempts to block the nomination of former UN Ambassador John Bolton. …
  • Conservatives can be persuaded to care more about the environment, study finds

    12/10/2012 10:54:12 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 40 replies
    Enlarge Study finds that conservatives can be moved to support pro-environmental policies when messages emphasize fending off threats to the purity of our bodies. When it comes to climate change, deforestation and toxic waste, the assumption has been that conservative views on these topics are intractable. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that such viewpoints can be changed after all, when the messages about the need to be better stewards of the land are couched in terms of fending off threats to the "purity" and "sanctity" of Earth and our bodies. A UC Berkeley study has...
  • Feds rule on health care law’s Medicaid expansion

    12/10/2012 10:39:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 10, 2012 5:34 PM EST | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law, the Obama administration said Monday. The ruling affects a federal-state program that covers nearly 60 million low-income and severely disabled people, caught in a tug-of-war between Republican governors and the Democratic administration. President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded Medicaid to cover people up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $15,400 for an individual. The change mainly affects low-income adults without children at home, as well as low-income parents who can’t get coverage under current...
  • Parenting dilemma: where should children of divorce spend Christmas?

    12/10/2012 10:20:39 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Dec 6 2012 | Sally Peck
    Separated parents squabbling over who gets to spend time with their children over the Christmas period will have to resolve their disputes themselves this year, as many courts are already fully booked before the festive break, a group of family lawyers said this week. Applications to courts from parents trying to make arrangements for contact with their children now need the couple to show evidence that they have tried to resolve their issues themselves through mediation, except in very urgent cases or those involving harm. “Christmas can be a very difficult time for families that are separated or divorced and...
  • Marco Rubio and the Coming Conservative Revolt

    12/10/2012 10:18:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 176 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/10/2012 | Jonathan Chait
    In the immediate wake of the election, Republicans felt so stunned — in no small part because they had deluded themselves into expecting victory — that it seemed momentarily possible that the party’s long march to the right may halt or even reverse. But the future of the party is already taking shape, and that future will be, in some form or fashion, a conservative reaction against the Republican leadership that has sold them out. The smarter Republicans have already shaken off the trauma of electoral defeat and begun positioning themselves to capitalize. One important indication comes from National Review...
  • Rand Paul to Join Protest of House GOP Leadership Tax Deal

    12/10/2012 10:05:57 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 16 replies ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, and others will join tea party group TheTeaParty.Net to denounce the House GOP leadership’s caving on taxes later this week. House GOP leadership recently proposed $800 billion in new revenue streams in response to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's proposal on behalf of President Barack Obama. GOP leaders say the new revenue would come from closing tax code deduction loopholes, but more conservative members worry this is a euphemism for tax increases. The event, to take place Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., will focus...
  • The Feds Can Tell Ernest Hemingway's Cats What To Do; Here's Why [Totalitarian Fed power grab]

    12/10/2012 9:43:13 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 38 replies
    NPR ^ | December 10, 2012 | Mark Memmott
    Cats were everywhere. Fifty or so of them. In the house. On the lawn. Sunning themselves on the wall surrounding the property.Most were six-toed — making them polydactyls. That's different. The cats you usually see have five toes on each paw in the front. Four on each in the back.They were descendants of Snowball, a present from a ship's captain. A gift to writer Ernest Hemingway. He — Hemingway, that is — died in 1961.About 10 years ago, a visitor to the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West thought something was wrong. Were the cats being treated well?...