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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
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    federalwaymirror.com ^ | 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
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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: http://cfnews13.com/ http://www.myfoxorlando.com/ http://www.wesh.com/ Agenda for the hearing: http://184.172.211.159/~gzdocs/documents/1212/notice_of_hearing_121112.pdf
  • Man Shoots Intruder in Santa Maria(CA)

    12/11/2012 5:57:01 AM PST · by marktwain
    crimevoice.com ^ | 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
    wlox.com ^ | 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 - http://frontpagemag.com - 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 - http://frontpagemag.com - 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...
  • Vanity: How did Obama get elected in the first place?

    12/11/2012 5:18:10 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 117 replies
    So how did we get here? How did Barack Obama, a relative unknown get elected to the Presidency of the United States? With much of the public not knowing who he is, where he was born. Almost nothing of his background was investigated. Besides election fraud, I think you have to look way back from 2004 to 2006 to see how we headed down this road. Starting in 2004 George Bush was re-elected on the heels of an early Iraq effort. But that effort soon became another Vietnam, at least in the media, as Americans were faced with daily and...
  • What Does Let It Burn Mean?

    12/11/2012 5:13:21 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 51 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | 12/10/2012 | Drew M.
    As one of the first, if not the first, people to say Let It Burn, I’m clearly thrilled with the growing chorus of voices joining the movement. Like any movement, there are true believers and Let It Burn In Name Only (LIBINO) types. Since it’s never too early to purge a movement of its impure elements, let us lay out some key principles of Let It Burn. 1- America isn’t a conservative country anymore and hasn’t been for a while. Yes, you can point to lots of surveys that show people identify themselves as conservatives and they even say government...
  • Judge rules ‘Choose Life’ license plates violate the First Amendment

    12/11/2012 5:11:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Life Site Times ^ | 12/10/2012 | Ben Johnson
    CHARLOTTE, December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – North Carolina women are free to choose abortion, but not pro-life license plates. A federal judge has ruled the state can only sell a “Choose Life” vanity plate if it also offers a pro-abortion alternative. U.S. District Judge James C. Fox stated that offering only one side of the argument “constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.” The state legislature passed a bill authorizing the pro-life message with dozens of other specialty plate options in September 2011. The ACLU of North Carolina won an injunction against the plates that December. “We would...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 TaxNews.com “and the 0.9% Additional Medicare...
  • Obamacare Jiujitsu

    12/11/2012 4:25:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    humanevents.com ^ | 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: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • 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
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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?...
  • Treasury to sell its remaining stake in AIG

    12/10/2012 9:36:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/10/12 | Jim Puzzanghera
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department said Monday that it would sell its remaining ownership stake in insurance giant American International Group, effectively ending one of the largest bailouts of the financial crisis and turning a profit for taxpayers.</p> <p>The sale of the Treasury's remaining 234 million shares -- 15.9% of the company -- would add to the $15.1 billion in profit the government already has made on the bailout. The Treasury would still hold warrants in AIG after the stock sale.</p>
  • US sending 20 more F-16s to Egypt, despite turmoil in Cairo

    12/10/2012 9:30:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/10/12 | Maxim Lott
    Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn´t enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package. The first four jets are to be delivered to Egypt beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com. The North African nation already has a fleet of more than 200 of the planes and the latest shipment merely fulfills an order placed two years ago.
  • The Marxist Plan to Bankrupt the United States: Is History Repeating Itself?

    12/10/2012 9:15:43 PM PST · by Fedora · 47 replies
    Original research into FBI archives | 12/10/2012 | FReeper Fedora
    In light of current events, I thought it would be relevant to post an obscure but important bit of information about a Marxist plan to bankrupt America which I found back in 2005 when I was researching the VVAW.The information comes from the "8/25/1972 FBI Information Digest Special Report on VVAW" (FBI file HQ 100-448092, Section 32, PDF pp. 31-45). The report was prepared while the government was preparing its case against Scott Camil and other VVAW defendants in the Gainesville Eight trial, initiated after the US intelligence community became aware that Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) was conspiring...
  • SCHWEIKERT: Losing committee seat for bucking leadership

    12/10/2012 9:10:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10 December 2012 | Rep. David Schweikert
    In Washington, principle is a frequent casualty of the unrelenting pursuit of power. In order to climb the ranks, to get appointed to the plush committees, to advance a bill or to just get a seat at the table, you have to be a loyal foot soldier. For conservative Republicans, this means a choice: stifle our beliefs in support of allegedly more palatable positions, or stick to our guns. We are courted, coaxed, pressured and when all else fails, we are threatened. Inside the Beltway, they call this “being a team player.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a...
  • New Salinas School Gets Name of Famous Outlaw

    12/10/2012 9:08:53 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 54 replies
    KION ^ | : Dec 10, 2012 | Jasmine Viel
    SALINAS, Calif.- The Alisal Union School District confirmed Monday it decided to rename a new school in the Monte Bella neighborhood after a famous bandit, who is seen as a hero by some Mexican-Americans. Tiburcio Vasquez was convicted of murder and hung for the crime in the 1800's. He was born in Monterey to a prominent family. According to several online sources, like Wikipedia, he organized a gang, robbed travelers, had gunfights with police and killed three innocent bystanders during a robbery in San Benito County. Vasquez is already "honored" today by two place names in southern California. According to...
  • Motor mutts pass doggie driving test with flying collars

    12/10/2012 8:40:09 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 23 replies
    France24 ^ | 12/10/2012 | Staff
    AFP - A pair of highly trained canines guided a modified car along a New Zealand race track Monday, passing their doggie driving tests with flying collars on live television, despite the odd off-road detour. In a heartwarming project aimed at increasing pet adoptions from animal shelters, a group of cross-breed rescue dogs from Auckland were taught to drive a car -- steering, pedals and all -- to show the potential of unwanted canines. Footage of the motorised mutts learning their skills has proved an Internet sensation but their ultimate test came on Monday, when the two best performers, Monty...
  • Al Nusrah Front, foreign jihadists seize key Syrian base in Aleppo ( Chemical Weapons here?)

    12/10/2012 8:39:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    longwarjournal ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, and allied jihadist groups took control of the last major Syrian Army base in western Aleppo after a two-month-long siege. The base is believed to be involved in Syria's chemical weapons program. The Sheikh Suleiman base, or Base 111, fell to the Al Nusrah Front and "several Islamist rebel battalions linked to it," a representative of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. Foreign fighters are also said to have played a key role...