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  • Bill Ayers: Leftist Power is in Schools

    12/13/2012 6:36:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Terrorist turned teacher Bill Ayers appeared at a recent Big Apple gathering of “Change the Stakes,” an anti-testing group comprised mostly of teachers and parents. At least two employees of the New York City Board of Education were there as well. EAGnews obtained exclusive video of the event and will be releasing more clips in the coming days. But first we would like to present Ayers’ statement on the power of radical socialist educators in today’s public schools. It should send chills down every parent’s spine. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Ayers explained to his audience that leftists wrongly put...
  • Fundamental change in the way the fed can use citizen databases (my title)

    12/13/2012 6:26:26 AM PST · by MV=PY · 4 replies
    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/490761-nctc-guidelines-2012.html
    Guidelines for access, retention, use, and dissemination by the National Counterterrorism Center and other agencies of information in datasets containing non-terrorism information.
  • Ben Nelson bids farewell, wants to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

    12/13/2012 6:24:45 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's Rag) ^ | December 13, 2012 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON — Ben Nelson isn't about to trade his U.S. Senate seat for a rocking chair. The retiring Nebraska Democrat, 71, wants to trek up Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro. He reiterated Wednesday that he's looking forward to tackling his "bucket list" after leaving Congress late this year. Spending more time with family and hunting top that list, but there are more exotic goals: ascending the dormant volcano peak of Kilimanjaro and visiting Machu Picchu, the remote 15th century Inca site in Peru. “There are so many things that you put off, and now I don't have to worry about just putting...
  • Mom's "miracle child" is a bundle of joy.

    12/13/2012 6:21:56 AM PST · by Melinda in TN · 8 replies
    Cleveland Daily Banner ^ | December 13, 2012 | William Wright
    An infant who stood a zero chance at a normal life after weighing only 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth is redefining what normal looks like with the loving support of his mother. Lolita Harris carried her son, Paxton, for just 26 weeks before his premature birth on Aug. 22, 2009. He was scheduled to arrive as late as Nov. 25. But when he water suddenly broke weeks early, Lolita went into labor for 72 hours, afraid her child would not survive to enjoy a single day. Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Mom’s ‘miracle child’ is a bundle of...
  • U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show

    12/13/2012 6:12:10 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 17 April 2011 | Craig Whitlock
    The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables. The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria as part of a long-standing campaign to overthrow the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad. Human rights groups say scores of people have been killed by Assad’s security forces since the demonstrations began March 18; Syria has blamed the violence on “armed gangs.” Barada TV is closely...
  • Morality and Investing

    12/13/2012 6:11:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Back in the day, Americans trying to pressure South Africa to jettison its Apartheid system of government decided to put pressure on American businesses and other investors with financial links to Pretoria. Reverend Leon Sullivan created a set of principles in 1977 that ultimately was adopted by the United States government in 1986 that created serious economic backlash for those that profited in South Africa. The campaign probably worked more from a moral embarrassment standpoint than an economic boycott. I supported the campaign. I think so did most people that understood how unfair Apartheid was and how poorly it looked...
  • Quinn, Emanuel assail court's concealed carry decision

    12/13/2012 6:07:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 dec 20122 | Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday indicated he would like to see assault weapons banned in Illinois as lawmakers this spring revise state law to allow some form of concealed carry to comply with a court ruling that tossed aside a long-standing ban on allowing people to carry weapons. Meanwhile, at City Hall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Tuesday's federal appellate court decision as "wrongheaded" as he offered legal help to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she weighs an appeal. Judges gave the General Assembly six months to make changes, and the Democratic governor suggested the new rules will have to...
  • Save the Middle Class ... and Everyone Else

    12/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- William McGurn, the esteemed Wall Street Journal columnist and soon-to-be editor of the editorial page of the New York Post, has made an interesting observation about the fabulous Bush tax cuts that are about to lapse. They amount to a substantial sum of money for a middle-class family. For the middle class it will be a big deal if they disappear. President Barack Obama has portrayed the Bush tax cuts as a rich person's tax cut, but now he is portraying them as a huge tax break for the middle class. Of a sudden he says do not...
  • Obama's Laughter

    12/13/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 34 replies
    English Pravda ^ | 10-12-12 | Xavier Lerma
    The last nail on America's coffin has been hammered while Obama and his comrades smirk over its grave....
  • British academic: Ban party balloons (helium filled)

    12/13/2012 5:58:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    “The scarcity of helium is a really serious issue. I can imagine that in 50 years time our children will be saying, ‘I can’t believe they used such a precious material to fill balloons,’” said the doctor, Peter Wothers. The non-renewable gas is a necessity in hospitals, where it is used to cool magnets in MRI scanners and mixed with oxygen to allow ill patients and newborn babies to breathe more easily. Scientists have been unsuccessful in finding a sustainable way of making the gas artificially. “If we keep using it for non-essential things like party balloons, where we’re just...
  • For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

    12/13/2012 5:54:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Towery
    I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently. But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton ultimately...
  • Freedom From Union Compulsion

    12/13/2012 5:47:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    To everything there is a season, the Good Book says, and in Michigan workplaces the season of freedom is arriving at last. Republican legislators voted Tuesday to make Michigan the 24th state in the nation to protect an essential civil liberty: the right to work for a living without being required to join or pay money to a labor union. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new laws – one dealing with private-sector employees, one covering government employment – a few hours later, hailing them as "pro-worker and pro-Michigan." Big Labor and its allies, of course, are furiously denouncing this...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/13/2012 5:44:17 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 30 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012 | Judicial Watch
    Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things. It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces. The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is still being drafted, but a mainstream newspaper got a sneak preview and published an...
  • £100 billion and counting: What Britain has paid to Brussels in the last 40 years

    12/13/2012 5:36:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:42 EST, 13 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Britain’s membership of the European Union has cost taxpayers almost £100 billion since its formation. As David Cameron travels to Brussels today for another EU summit, it emerged that from 1973 to this year, Britain has paid £97 billion ($156 billion) in net payments. … Cameron is due to attend talks today aimed are establishing a single banking watchdog for Eurozone countries. … But the move is being seen as a significant step towards a European super state. … It means national governments will no longer have oversight of their banks. …
  • Fiscal Cliff Creates Problems That Don't Faze Obama

    12/13/2012 5:35:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners? Some analysts think so. Keith Hennessey, a former top staffer for the Bush White House and Senate Republicans and a veteran of budget negotiations, argues that Obama's whole second term would be blighted if he allows the fiscal cliff tax increases and sequestration budget cuts to take place next month. His argument is based on three assumptions. One is that going over the fiscal cliff would trigger a sharp recession and a weak economy thereafter....
  • Britain lifts ban on shale gas fracking

    12/13/2012 5:17:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:14 | (Agencies)
    Britain this morning lifted its ban on shale gas exploration as it aims to become a European leader in a sector that has transformed the US energy market and counter a fall in the UK’s natural gas production. … Europe’s largest gas consumer, Britain, had put a temporary stop to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for shale gas in May 2011, a process in which water and chemicals are injected at high pressure into rock formations to retrieve trapped gas, after earth tremors were measured near a fracking site close to Blackpool. Fracking can resume immediately, but explorers need to operate...
  • European ministers ink deal on bank oversight

    12/13/2012 5:11:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 12:05 AM ET | SARAH DiLORENZO and RAF CASERT
    The European Union on Thursday took a major step towards one of the most important transfers of financial authority away from national capitals when its member states agreed to create a single supervisor for their banks. The political agreement reached at dawn by finance ministers augured well ahead of the evening start of a summit of the 27 government leaders seeking to set up a banking union. … Under the deal, banks with more than €30 billion ($39 billion) in assets or those that represent 20 percent of gross domestic product of their national economies will be placed under the...
  • Taxman to Middle Class: 'Bend Over'

    12/13/2012 4:56:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Larry Elder
    President Barack Obama in 2008, and again during the 2012 election, promised absolutely, positively no tax hikes on the middle class. The rich, however, must pay more: "It's not me being stubborn, it's not me being partisan -- it's just a matter of math." How does Obama intend to pay for our cradle-to-grave welfare state? Why, by charging the dastardly "millionaires and billionaires" who "can afford to pay a little bit more." No more extending the Bush-era tax rates for the rich. To do so, Obama tells us, would "cost" $700 billion -- over 10 years. So this "break" for...
  • Will 401(k) plans keep getting worse?

    12/13/2012 4:50:04 AM PST · by lwd · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Teresa Ghilarducci
    CNN) -- IBM, one of America's largest companies, shook the employee compensation world when it announced recently that it would contribute only once every December to its employees' 401(k) accounts. Any employee who leaves before December would not be able to collect the company's match. Workers at IBM aren't marching to the picket line like Walmart workers and longshoreman who protest pay and working conditions, but you just never know. Only about 9% of the nation's employers make matches once a year. IBM's move is paving the way for big companies to go down this road.
  • QE4 Is Here: Bernanke Delivers $85B-A-Month Until Unemployment Falls Below 6.5%

    12/13/2012 4:39:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    forbes ^ | december 12, 2012 | Agustino Fontevecchia
    Ben Bernanke continues to make history at the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the FOMC announced more quantitative easing at a rate of $85 billion a month for an extended period of time. The Bernanke Fed has also modified its guidance, noting its ultra-accommodative stance will remain in place until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5% and inflation projections remain no more than half a percentage point above 2% two years out. QE4 is here. Only a few months after announcing what had been dubbed QE3, an open-ended $40 billion a month program to buy up mortgage backed securities (MBS), the...
  • Let the Real Fat Cats Pay Their Fair Share

    12/13/2012 4:35:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Who exactly were the rich who, as the president said, were not "paying their fair share"? The rapper Jay-Z (net worth: nearly $500 million)? The actor Johnny Depp (2011 income: $50 million)? Neither seems to have heard the president's earlier warning that, "at a certain point you've made enough money." Could both zillionaires simply have quit making money at $10 million -- and thereby given their poorer audiences a break on ticket prices? With all the talk of raising taxes on the supposedly conservative wannabes who make $250,000 per year, why not additionally levy a $3 surcharge on discretionary tickets...
  • Toothy prehistoric lizard named Obamadon after smiling president

    12/13/2012 4:21:38 AM PST · by shove_it · 34 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Jason McLure
    (Reuters) - Researchers have named a newly discovered, prehistoric lizard "Obamadon gracilis" in honor of the 44th president's toothy grin. The small, insect-eating lizard was first discovered in eastern Montana in 1974, but a recent re-examination showed the fossil had been wrongly classified as a Leptochamops denticulatus and was in fact a new species, researchers told Reuters on Tuesday. Obamadon gracilis was one of nine newly discovered species reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In naming the new species, scientists from Yale and Harvard universities combined the Latin "Obamadon" for "Obama's teeth" and "gracilis,"...
  • Marriage Best Left to Churches

    12/13/2012 4:13:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The current conundrum regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage is what happens when church and state are mixed -- the topics become confusing and confused. When I married my husband almost 15 years ago, I did so out of love and out of a desire to witness before God my commitment to him and his to me. The legal and tax ramifications did not enter into my head. But for couples of the same sex, the legal and tax ramifications can be very important because their legal rights differ from those of heterosexual couples in a number of ways, from...
  • Obama's Tax-the-Scapegoat Strategy Is Doomed to Fail

    12/13/2012 4:12:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/12/2012 | John Merline
    In an interview with Fox News host Bill O´Reilly last year, President Obama claimed he "didn´t raise taxes once." O´Reilly didn´t challenge the claim, and other reporters repeated it as fact. But it was completely false. By the time he went on O´Reilly´s show, Obama had signed more than 20 tax hikes into law with a combined 10-year price tag of more than $500 billion. However, since most of these taxes targeted relatively small and unpopular groups — smokers, tanning salons, insurance companies, the rich — few seemed to notice. Indeed, a review of the tax hikes Obama has enacted...
  • Tax Rich Liberals

    12/13/2012 4:08:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Republicans have been forced into a Hobson's choice of either letting the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone or agreeing to a tax hike on the top 2 percent of income earners (not to be confused with "the rich," who have already made, inherited or married their money). If Republicans object to the Democrats' hitting job creators with a tax hike, three things will happen: Taxes will go up for everyone; Republicans will be seen as the "party of the rich"; and the inevitable economic collapse will be blamed on Republicans. If Democrats were merely trying to raise taxes on...
  • As Clinton Prepares to Testify, Rep Wolf Accuses Tunisia of Hampering FBI Probe Into Benghazi Attack

    12/13/2012 4:08:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to testify on Capitol Hill next week about last September’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a Republican lawmaker is urging her to cut aid to Tunisia over its refusal to allow the FBI to talk to the only known detained suspect in the attack. Speaking on the U.S. House floor Wednesday, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) accused Tunisian authorities of hampering the FBI’s investigation into the attack in Libya’s second city, during which U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. …
  • Cal Logo 2.0: Let There be UC Lite

    12/13/2012 3:53:30 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-13-2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    When you think about it, it's amazing that the high-minded swells at the University of California didn't unveil a new logo sooner. The old logo, which will continue to appear on diplomas and official letters, features the school motto, "Let there be light." Ancient. An English translation of a Latin phrase. And a book. Dead-tree lit. 1868? Dead white guys. Under a star. Too militaristic. But it wasn't political correctness that relegated the old UC seal to the dusty top shelf reserved for weighty documents only. The new logo, explained UC spokesman Steve Montiel, is "an operational thing." The seal...
  • Syrian rebels set to execute Ukrainian journalist

    12/13/2012 3:45:26 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | anon
    NGOs are urging Syrian rebels to release a Ukrainian journalist, Anhar Kochneva, who is set to be executed Thursday. Meanwhile the group behind the kidnapping warned it would now target all Russians, Ukrainians and Iranians on Syrian soil. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19, the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about Kochneva’s life and urging the leadership of the Free Syrian Army and of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to ensure that the journalist is safe and set free. The groups also called on the French, British and US governments,...
  • EU criticizes Israeli plans

    12/13/2012 3:41:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    European Voice ^ | 10.12.2012 / 19:51 CET (Dec. 12) | Andrew Gardner
    The European Union’s 27 foreign ministers today criticized Israel’s response to Palestine’s successful bid to upgrade its status at the United States, saying that they were “deeply dismayed” by Israel’s decision to expand settlements in the occupied territories. Israel has said that it intends to build 3,000 more Jewish settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Ministers said that plans to develop the “E1 area”—which would effectively separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank of Palestine—is a particular concern. “The E1 plan, if implemented, would seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution of the conflict by jeopardizing...
  • Police: NM men plotted to kill Justin Bieber

    12/13/2012 3:19:36 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    KRQE ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | Alex Tomlin
    Investigators say two would-be hit men from Albuquerque may have had their sights set on the teen mega star; Justin Bieber. They had it planned down to the ties they were going to use to strangle to the pop star and three other people. A warning, the details are pretty graphic.
  • Christie: Weight concerns “ridiculous”

    12/13/2012 3:10:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/12 04:49 PM ET | Justin Sink
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said concerns that his weight would prevent him from serving as president were “ridiculous” in an interview set to air Wednesday. In an interview for Barbara Walters’s “10 Most Fascinating People” series, the broadcast veteran asked the New Jersey governor how he would respond to “people who say that you couldn’t be president because you're so heavy.” “That’s ridiculous, I mean, that’s ridiculous,” Christie responded. “I mean, I don’t know what the basis for that is.” …
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 13, 2012

    12/13/2012 2:50:26 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 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
  • Black mobs take over Washington Metro

    12/13/2012 2:27:40 AM PST · by Anila · 181 replies
    WND ^ | 12/13/12 | Colin Flaherty
    No one knows what the two white women were doing on that Metro in that part of Washington, D.C. Ads by Google Clothes and DressesUp to 90% Discount at CashCashPinoy. Join Now! lp.CashCashPinoy.com Trade Forex with FxProStart trading Forex online now. Open an account for free! www.fxpro.com They “did not want any trouble,” they said on the video. To the black mob that confronted them, threatened them, beat them and robbed them, it was no trouble at all. So they grabbed their iPhones, but not before the girls fought back to retrieve them. Unsuccessfully. All the while one of the...
  • Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility age (leaves 270K uninsured in 2021)

    12/13/2012 2:10:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility ageBy Mike Lillis - 12/12/12 08:01 PM ET House Democrats are lining up behind Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) against raising Medicare’s eligibility age as part of a year-end tax-and-spending package. Pelosi rejected raising Medicare’s eligibility age in an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, then doubled down on that position Wednesday. “We want what happens to be fair,” she said in an interview on CBS’s “This Morning” program. “And one of the things that we object to is raising the Medicare age.” A number of Democrats say this is neither...
  • Woman Turns In Historic Nazi Assault Rifle At Conn. Gun Buy-Back

    12/13/2012 2:09:18 AM PST · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 December 2012 | Jessica Stanton
    The Sturmgewehr 44 dates back to 1944 - Value $20,000 to 25,000 - It was the first modern assault rifle ever made - AK 47 copied design - Police "did not take the gun in for the gun buy-back program." - Photo in Comments
  • US backs United Nations measure in favor of universal health coverage

    12/13/2012 1:54:17 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    the hill ^ | december 12, 2012 | elise viebeck
    The United States has backed a United Nations draft resolution favoring universal healthcare coverage. The nonbinding measure calls on U.N. member states to ensure citizens' access to health insurance, and was approved by the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. Supporters say the draft resolution paves the way for the post-2015 development agenda to include universal health coverage. Health insurance for all promotes "sustained, inclusive and equitable growth, social cohesion and well-being of the population," the U.N. said. In 2010, the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO) expressed support for President Obama's signature healthcare law, praising it as an "unprecedented achievement" in...
  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    12/13/2012 1:38:52 AM PST · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    Newsday/AP ^ | 12-13-12 | Matthew Daly
    For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street. The rules had been largely put on hold during the presidential campaign as the White House sought to quiet Republican charges that President Barack Obama was an overzealous regulator who is killing U.S. jobs. But since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to update water quality guidelines for beaches and other recreational waters and deal...
  • LIFE MAGAZINE'S SPECIAL EDITION ON JESUS

    12/13/2012 1:29:44 AM PST · by princess leah · 11 replies
    Life Magazine ^ | November 2012 | Life Magazine
    At our church's Christmas Musical, there was a video presentation of one of the leaders and he held up a copy of Life magazine's November special issue entitled "JESUS" with a picture of Jesus and the sub title "Who Do You Say That I Am?" I then saw this on the magazine rack at the checkout at the store, so I purchased it and while I haven't gotten through it all yet, I was impressed that one of our oldest Magazines in America chose this Christmas season to put out THE Issue that asks the Question that may be the...
  • Judge dismisses handgun case with 1st successful use of Stand Your Ground immunity law

    12/13/2012 1:00:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    tcpalm.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Lamaur Stancil
    Arzie Tory Months before Floridians had heard of Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, an Indian River County man was threatened with a beating and made a decision to stand his ground by grabbing a gun. Arzie Tory was a 48-year-old lawn maintenance employee who arrived at work on July 12, 2011, and was assaulted by a man 19 years younger, according to court records. Tory, who said he was experiencing weakness from diabetes, took a punch to the eye and fled to his car, where he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and warned the other man to stay away, records...
  • Checkmate: From a Slum to Chess Superstar

    12/13/2012 12:43:00 AM PST · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    THINGS GONE RIGHT ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | Admin
    A 16-year-old from Uganda just wanted something to eat the day she wandered into a chess tournament that swept her out of the slums and into the international spotlight. In 2011, Tim Crothers wrote a viral piece for ESPN Magazine about Phiona Mutesi. The story is once again getting attention as Crothers tours the U.S. this week to promote a full-length book about the teen, who he says is “the ultimate underdog.” “Before I discovered chess… I was living on the streets,” Mutesi told CNN in an interview broadcast on Monday. “You couldn’t have anything to eat at the streets.”...
  • Nobel Laureate Prescott: Higher Taxes Will Further Stagnate Economy

    12/13/2012 12:32:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 10:38 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Contrary to popular opinion, U.S. tax rates aren’t low, says Edward Prescott, a Nobel laureate economist at Arizona State University. “Tax rates are already high, much higher than is commonly understood, and increasing them will likely further depress the economy, especially by affecting the number of hours Americans work,” Prescott and Lee Ohanian, a UCLA economist, write in The Wall Street Journal. …
  • Boehner Declined to Attend Tea Party Anti-Tax-Increase Event

    12/13/2012 12:20:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2012 | Penny Starr
    During a press conference to unveil some 160,000 individual petitions asking Congress not to raise taxes on any Americans, organizers were asked if House Speaker John Boehner was invited to attend. “Speaker Boehner was invited. Other members of leadership were invited,” said Dustin Stockton, chief strategist with TheTeaParty.net, the group that organized the petition drive. … “But then he (Boehner) didn’t want to attend this?” CNSNews.com asked. “No,” Stockton said. …
  • House Conservatives: Blame for Fiscal Cliff ‘Rests Squarely on Boehner’s Shoulders’

    12/12/2012 11:54:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    House conservatives believe there is no good proposal put forth by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” and blame for the current Republican position “rests squarely” on Boehner’s shoulders. “Let’s do something that’s real unusual in this town. Let’s talk about accountability. I don’t care whoever you are. The position the speaker’s in right now—if there’s any blame to be placed, it’s squarely on his shoulders,” said Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.). … “There’s no deal on the table from either side that is a good deal for the American people. Not one...
  • EU budget agreed after MEPs settle for €3.8-billion spending hike

    12/12/2012 11:50:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 12.12.12 @ 20:48 | Benjamin Fox
    The 2013 EU budget has been agreed after MEPs signed off on a deal worth €132.8 billion ($173.8 billion) in Strasbourg on Wednesday (12 December). The agreement breaks months of deadlock between MEPs, the commission and national governments. It increases EU spending next year by just €3.8 billion ($4.97 billion), over €5 billion ($6.5 billion) less than the sums demanded by MEPs and the EU executive. It also includes a controversial deal providing just €6.1 billion ($7.98 billion) of emergency funding to the European Commission to cover outstanding bills from 2012. …
  • Caught Up In Violence, Michigan Style

    12/12/2012 11:16:38 PM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 17 replies
    6 Foot 2 In High Heel Shoes ^ | 12-12-12 | 6foot2inhighheels
    12-12-12 I joined a handful of people who supported Right to Work Legislation in Lansing yesterday. While the union goons circled the AFP tent like a pack of hyenas all morning, I ventured out with my friend Wendy, and videotaped the crowds as they swelled from a few hundred at 8 AM to at least 15,000 by 11:30AM. We also spent considerable time observing the planned events that culminated in a near riot. Between 8 and 9, the union leadership directed the protestors to kick Michigan Americans for Prosperity people off the Capitol's front steps, which the AFP had reserved,...
  • Bad News Bear Grantham the Grim

    12/12/2012 11:14:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Rich Karlgaard
    JEREMY GRANTHAM is famous for looking into the dark corners of investment. He sees things we’d rather not discuss. His pessimism has served him well. Investors hire Grantham to spot irrational exuberance and bet against it. That’s why his firm, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, is entrusted to manage $100 billion. The dour Grantham makes a lot of money for his clients. He is usually right. In his November newsletter, you see, Grantham the Grim delivers the most pessimistic report we’ve ever seen. Anywhere. He writes: “The U.S. GDP growth rate that we have become accustomed to for over 100 years—in...
  • Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists ( Syria Coalition Leader )

    12/12/2012 10:59:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Leader of new U.S.-backed Syrian rebel coalition: Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists posted at 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 by Allahpundit A short but important footnote to the NYT’s story about Assad using scud missiles against the rebels. Remember, this is supposed to be the new pro-western face of the Syrian opposition that’ll make deeper U.S. involvement more politically palatable. But the leader of the coalition took issue with a decision by the Obama administration to classify Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign...
  • TSA's Grip on Internal Travel is Tightening

    12/12/2012 10:45:02 PM PST · by sourcery · 51 replies
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tightening its grip on domestic travcel. I don't mean the random, unpredictable security checks at bus, subway and train stations which already exist. I mean a coordinated and systematic police control of internal travel within America. Groundwork is being laid. Application to Make U.S. Into an Airport Screening Zone The application was tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30). It was surrounded by soporific references to forwarding "the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review...
  • Michigan Locals Raise Funds For 'Hot Dog Guy' After Union Thugs Destroy His Supplies

    12/12/2012 10:43:00 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Natalia Angulo
    Clinton Tarver has been serving hot dogs to hungry locals in downtown Lansing, Mich., for the last five years, but a brush this week with a pro-union protest literally upended his small business in a matter of minutes. During a protest against right-to-work legislation in Michigan's capital, Tarver’s catering supplies were destroyed when demonstrators tore down the tent where he was serving and trampled his gear. Related News: Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage Learning From History (Labor Unions) - The Kohler Strike of 1954 Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals?
  • Syrian forces fire short-range ballistic missiles at rebels

    12/12/2012 10:32:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Karen DeYoung
    Government forces have fired at least a half-dozen short-range ballistic missiles at rebel groups in northern Syria over the past several days, according to U.S. officials, a potentially significant escalation of a civil war that has killed more than 40,000 people. U.S. officials and the group Human Rights Watch also alleged Wednesday that Syrian government forces are dropping incendiary devices similar to napalm weapons on rebel fighters in populated areas. The officials described the tactics as acts of desperation as rebels gain momentum in the nearly two-year-old fight to oust President Bashar al-Assad.