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  • Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

    12/11/2012 6:44:13 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 18 replies
    State of Tennessee newsroom ^ | 12/10/2012 | Unknown
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue: “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. “I'm not a fan of the law. The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments and the federal government. It does nothing to address the cost of health care in our country. It only expands a broken system. That’s why I’ve...
  • Minn. gay couple in '71 marriage case still united

    12/11/2012 6:39:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies ^ | December 10, 2012 | PATRICK CONDON
    When Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell that they join their lives together as a couple, in March 1967, McConnell accepted with a condition that was utterly radical for its time: that someday they would legally marry. Just a few years later, the U.S. Supreme Court slammed the door on the men's Minnesota lawsuit to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the U.S. It took another 40 years for the nation's highest court to revisit gay marriage rights, and Baker and McConnell — still together, still living in Minneapolis — are alive to see it.
  • Democrats' Assault on Language

    12/11/2012 6:29:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    For months, pundits and politicians have been saying that Americans have a math problem. They have a point, for Mr. Obama routinely champions the idea that running annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion dollars can be continued, simply by requiring Americans to pay $200 billion in taxes more each year. Anyone with a 3rd grade grasp of math has long ago come to the conclusion that even if Mr. Obama gets his way, huge annual deficits will remain, and the nation cannot sustain the current level of profligate spending indefinitely. Somehow, contrary to all known mathematics principles, and contrary...
  • Do you think (Florida) college students should be allowed to carry guns on campus? (FREEP THIS POLL)

    12/11/2012 6:25:24 AM PST · by rarestia · 30 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | 10 December 2012 | Staff
    I-POLL on the front page: Do you think college students should be allowed to carry guns on campus? Yes (26%) No (71%) Not Sure (3%) FREEP IT UP!
  • So Much For "Confidence" - NFIB Small Business Outlook Drops To Record Low

    12/11/2012 6:16:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    While Europe's confidence-inspired rally is floating all global boats in some magical unicorn-inspired way, the reality is that on the ground in the US, things have never looked worse.
  • The Winter of Conservative Discontent

    12/11/2012 6:16:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964. Barry Goldwater had suffered a defeat not seen since Alf Landon. Republicans held less than one-third of the House and Senate and only 17 governorships. The Warren Court was remaking America. In the arts, academic and entertainment communities, and national press corps, conservatives were rarely seen or heard. It was Liberalism's Hour, with America awash in misty memories of Camelot and great expectations of the Great Society to come in 1965. That year,...
  • News story shows gun store in false light | Firearms Lawyer

    12/11/2012 6:16:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 10 December, 2012 | MARK KNAPP
    A recent King 5 News broadcast reported on gun violence around the Puget Sound. The fact that the reporters referenced Champion Arms and the Kent gun store’s licensing issues is a case history in how the news media often portray gun issues in a false light. Champion Arms had almost nothing to do with the stated subject matter of the story, which was how people like the Cafe Racer killer, Ian Stawiki, obtain guns. Stawiki, who killed four people in Seattle and wounded another, did not have a criminal record nor any record of mental illness. It is hard to...
  • This Is Why You Never, Ever Break Into a Boxer’s Home

    12/11/2012 6:15:25 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 43 replies ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    A suspected burglar got more than he could handle when he attempted to break into an Oklahoma City home, which ended up being inhabited by a boxing and kickboxing trainer — and apparently a good one. Jonathan Wise, 19, was arrested earlier this month with two black and bloodshot eyes and in need of stitches for other injuries. He reportedly tried to rob the home of Norm Houston, according to police. “I heard a thumbing noise on my garage door,” Houston told KFOR. “I swung open my back door and somebody was standing there.” Wise, the suspected burglar, probably could...
  • Waseca man knocks intruder down with shotgun(MN)

    12/11/2012 6:10:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Mankato Free Press ^ | 10 December, 2012 | na
    WASECA — A woman suspected of burglarizing a Waseca home is in jail after fleeing on foot from the shotgun-wielding homeowner, then being chased and caught by a police officer neighbor. The male homeowner, who police did not identify, confronted Kotek with a 12-gauge shotgun. Kotek, armed with a knife found in the home, refused to be detained and tried to escape. The homeowner struck her with the shotgun, knocking her to the floor. She got up and ran outside.
  • How Congress Is Getting It Wrong

    12/11/2012 6:05:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tim Phillips
    In the current debate over the lame duck deal, the focus seems to be solely on the issue of taxes. Raising rates or closing loopholes: which will it be? After all it’s essential that the federal government increase its revenues, right? Everyone knows the government has run out of money, and talk of another debt limit debacle is already surfacing. Is the cause of the deficit declining federal revenues? Perhaps it's those pesky billionaires moving jobs and profits overseas? Or, there's always some way to blame oil companies or George W. Bush. The reality is far less flattering for...
  • Fracking seen robbing OPEC of gasoline pricing power

    12/11/2012 6:01:07 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 11, 2012 | Bloomberg
    Link only due to Bloomberg content
  • George Zimmerman Hearing 9:00 AM EST -- LIVE

    12/11/2012 5:58:38 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 57 replies
    UC | December 11, 2012 | UC
    Live streaming coverage should be at these links: Agenda for the hearing:
  • Man Shoots Intruder in Santa Maria(CA)

    12/11/2012 5:57:01 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 10 December, 2012 | April Charlton
    SANTA MARIA – An unidentified intruder was shot Sunday evening in Santa Maria when he knocked on a homeowner’s door and brandished a gun. Police received a 9-1-1 call just after 7:30 p.m. that shots were fired in the area of the 400 block of North Oakley. Officers responded to the scene, where they found a male subject who had been shot multiple times. According to police, the adult shooting victim knocked on a homeowner’s door in the neighborhood and began threatening the occupants in the house. The suspect was also armed with a gun and began threatening the resident...
  • Sheriff: Armed homeowner walks burglar outside to wait for deputies(MS)

    12/11/2012 5:52:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Staff
    GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A George County man found himself on the wrong end of a homeowner's gun after allegedly breaking into a home on Crenshaw Road Saturday night. Sheriff Dean Howell said just after midnight, dispatch received a call from a homeowner who said he was holding a burglar at gunpoint. When deputies arrived, they found Alex Hamblin standing on the sidewalk with the suspect, Wilton Grady Dickerson, 28. Hamblin recounted how he had heard a loud noise downstairs, grabbed his gun and found Dickerson standing in the kitchen. At first, the homeowner thought it was his son,...
  • Administration Pushes For Lighter Iran Sanctions In Legislative Fight

    12/11/2012 5:45:52 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | December 10, 2012 | Rosie Gray
    A version of the Iran sanctions legislation from the administration would give the regime more time. Fewer business would face sanctions. The Obama administration is requesting a number of changes to congressional sanctions on Iran that would make the sanctions less strict, according to a redlined version of the legislation sent to the Armed Services Committees of the House and Senate. The document, provided to BuzzFeed by a Democratic source who is privy to the negotiations, proposes a number of alterations to a package aimed at raising the pressure on Iran to abandon a nuclear program most American observers believe...
  • Iran: We Stole All Secrets From US Drone

    12/11/2012 5:41:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    ABC ^ | By LEE FERRAN (@leeferran) | Dec. 10, 2012
    An Iranian military commander claimed Monday that the country has stolen all the secrets held by a high-tech American surveillance drone that crashed in Iran last year, according to Iranian news reports. "All the intelligence in this drone has been completely decoded and extracted and we know each and every step it has taken," said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Aerospace Division for the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard, according to an English-language report by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.
  • School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work

    12/11/2012 5:33:35 AM PST · by MV=PY · 53 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | 12/11/12 | Audrey Spalding and Jarrett Skorup
    Students suffer because 'several hundred' teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing. At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today. Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools are confirmed to be closed. It is also suggested that schools in Detroit and St. Johns may be missing a significant number of teachers...
  • 3,000 Foreign Jihadis to Terrorize Egyptian Opposition?

    12/11/2012 5:22:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 11, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - - 3,000 Foreign Jihadis to Terrorize Egyptian Opposition?Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On December 11, 2012 @ 12:42 am In FrontPage | 1 Comment The title of a recent Al Akhbar report declares: “Morsi summons 3,000 jihadis from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia and Iran to be an Islamic army to strike the police and army forces” of Egypt.According to the report, Ibrahim Ali, a lawyer of various Islamic groups, said that 3,000 leaders and members of the Jihad Groups and the notorious Islamic Group—including the brother of Khaled al-Islambouli, the army officer who planned and participated...
  • Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief Headed to Washington

    12/11/2012 5:21:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 11, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief Headed to WashingtonPosted By Arnold Ahlert On December 11, 2012 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment On Monday, Yasser Ali announced that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will visit the United States in 2013, in what would be his first visit to Washington since he was elected last June. Ever since, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies have made numerous moves to reimpose a dictatorship on an Egyptian opposition that grows more impassioned against this power grab with every passing day. Yet like every would-be dictator, Morsi has his methods of dealing...
  • It’s Dictators All the Way Down

    12/11/2012 5:20:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 11, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Three years ago in the spring, Barack Hussein Obama came to the Middle East offering a new beginning. With that new beginning no longer would the United States support Arab dictatorships for the sake of its own interests. America 2.0 would defuse that great mythical wellspring of Muslim anger toward the Great Satan by embracing Muslim democracy. On a cold winter’s day, two years later, Obama celebrated the fall of Mubarak by proclaiming that “the people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.” Now one year later, in the teeth of...