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  • The postal grinch that stole Christmas

    12/13/2012 9:39:05 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Susan Thurston
    Thousands of area children might go without toys this holiday season thanks to a Grinch-like move from the Postal Service. Normally this time of year, boxes of gifts pack the Toys for Tots warehouses. But not this season. Toy donations are so low, Toys for Tots officials worry they won't have enough gifts for the estimated 40,000 boys and girls on their lists. 'I'm losing sleep,' said Herb Donica, chairman of the committee that supports the Toys for Tots campaign in Hillsborough County. 'All of our core people are pulling their hair out wondering what we are going to do.''...
  • Changes in voter demographics likely permanent, study says

    12/13/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by Defiant · 32 replies
    San Diego News Room ^ | December 12, 2012 | not stated
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Changes in San Diego voter demographics that became apparent with the election of Bob Filner as mayor are probably permanent, with the city's political power shifting toward independents and residents south of Interstate 8, according to a study released Wednesday. The National University System Institute for Policy Research found that Mayor Bob Filner's election victory over ex-Councilman Carl DeMaio was fueled by voters south of the freeway that runs through Mission Valley. The freeway is a traditional, but not entirely accurate, dividing line between economic "haves'' and "have-nots'' and a border between Republican- and Democratic-leaning enclaves.
  • Energy Perspectives: For most fuel sources, domestic production has been increasing

    12/13/2012 9:37:32 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    In 2011, the United States produced about 78 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy, more than at any point in the nation's history. More than three-quarters of this energy production came from nonrenewable fossil fuels: coal, natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas plant liquids. Despite rising production, the United States was a net energy importer, consuming more than 97 quads of energy in 2011. The 60.6 quads of domestic fossil fuel production set a record, exceeding the previous peak of 59.3 quads in 1998. Of those fuels, natural gas surpassed coal as the most-produced fuel with 23.5 quads compared to...
  • STUDY: Reality Show Viewers Are More Neurotic, Have Lower Self-Esteem...

    12/13/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 49 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    People who watch non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have a lower self-esteem, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by Today.com polled 19,000 people and found that "those who watched non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have lower self-esteem than watchers who are not fans of the genre." Additionally, the survey found that 72% of women and 60% of men watch Reality television simply because they're bored. Also, 46% of women and 26% of men watch this genre because they like to see how people with money and fame live their lives. Deadliest Catch...
  • FACEBOOK Voted Best Place To Work - Interns Earn $67,000/Year!

    12/13/2012 9:27:02 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 8 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Facebook is the number one company to work for in the world, according to a new study by Glassdoor.com. The career site ranked the 50 best companies to work for based on employee reviews and other corporate data and found that the social media website tops them all. Facebook employees gave the company a 4.6 rating on a scale of 5.0 with a majority saying they are "Very Satisfied." The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, received a 97 percent approval rating. Some of the pros reported by Facebook employees included smart and driven employees, vision of management and the ability to...
  • Harry Belafonte Blasts GOP ‘Infestation’ of America, Ponders Imprisoning Dissenters

    12/13/2012 9:11:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    During an appearance on the program of MSNBC’s race-baiter-in-chief Al Sharpton, entertainer Harry Belafonte lashed out at Republicans, saying that their continued presence in Washington, DC constituted an “infection” of sorts. He also told his host that the only thing left for Obama to do with opposition figures who continue to disagree with him was to “Work like a Third World dictator and just put all these guys in jail.” Belafonte’s totalitarian prescription elicited a laugh rather than horror from Sharpton. View video below the jump.
  • Extortion call, somber visit bring nightmare home for parents of Marine jailed in Mexico

    12/13/2012 9:10:38 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12-13-12 | Joseph J. Kolb
    The father of a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico after being caught with his grandfather's antique shotgun heard the fear in his son's voice and felt helpless. The phone call came at midnight from Mexico's notorious CEDES prison, where Jon Hammar Jr. has been held since August. The caller demanded $1,800, then put Hammar on to drive the point home. "They're serious, Dad," Jon Hammar Sr. heard his son say. "I'll pay you back; they are going to kill me." Hammar, who faced down Iraqi insurgents in the final push on Fallujah in 2004, has been in dangerous situations before....
  • Putin Expels Foreign Reporter from Siberia

    12/13/2012 9:08:34 AM PST · by No One Special · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 12, 2012 | Kim Zigfeld
    On November 20, 2012, Moscow Times reporter Howard Amos arrived in the Siberian city of Chita for a planned one-month sojourn along the Chinese border to Russia's far-east outpost of Vladivostok. He was to report on the life and times of the region, where Chinese influence grows by the day.Less than ten days later, Amos was on his way back to Moscow, hopes dashed and dreams destroyed in classic Russian fashion. His adventure offers penetrating insights into the true nature of Vladimir Putin's neo-Soviet state.Amos described his first morning waking up in Siberia this way: After a bad night on...
  • Michele Bachmann says Obama wants to 'lift up the Islamists' and allow Sharia law in America

    12/13/2012 9:00:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 13, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Representative Michele Bachmann has claimed that Barack Obama is determined 'to lift up the Islamists' and bow to their 'ultimate demand' of imposing Sharia law on America. In an extraordinary interview at the weekend, the woman who once had high hopes of being the Republican candidate in this year's presidential election, said that Americans should study Islamist texts just as those worried about fascism pored over Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' in the 1930s and 1940s. In an extended on-air conversation with conservative radio hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger, Bachmann contended that Obama was endangering the United States and Israel...
  • Poll: Majority would blame both sides equally if talks fail

    12/13/2012 8:52:17 AM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new poll finds that a majority of voters would blame both President Obama and congressional Republicans equally if efforts to find a deficit deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” fail. Fifty-six percent surveyed in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll say both sides would be responsible if a compromise is not reached. Nineteen percent would blame Obama and Democrats only, with 24 percent saying the GOP would be at fault. Those numbers could suggest a shift in public opinion as both parties work to find a way to prevent tax rate hikes and automatic spending cuts from taking...
  • Belafonte’s Advice to Obama: Imprison Opposition “Like a Third World Dictator” (Video)

    12/13/2012 8:41:23 AM PST · by null and void
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 10:16 PM | Jim Hoft
    (video) Enlightened Marxist Harry Belafonte was on with pal Al Sharpton this week. His advice for Obama was to imprison opposition like a “third world dictator.”
 Belefonte, of course, is a big fan of third world dictators.

Previously, Belefonte called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” while praising Marxist tyrant Hugo Chavez.
  • Chinese airplane enters Japanese airspace over Senkakus for 1st time

    12/13/2012 8:33:51 AM PST · by cartan · 9 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 2012-12-13
    A Chinese government airplane entered Japanese airspace over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday in the first such airspace intrusion in Japan, prompting an immediate protest from the Japanese government. The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15 fighter jets to the area after one of China's State Oceanic Administration airplanes was spotted at 11:06 a.m. about 15 kilometers south of Uotsuri Island, one of the Japanese-administered Senkakus claimed by China, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters. It is the first-ever intrusion by China into Japanese airspace since Tokyo started tallying the number of such intrusions...
  • Left-Wing Ideology Now Rules Supreme In America

    12/13/2012 8:32:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Douglas MacKinnon
    News flash for conservatives, Christians, libertarians or anyone in America who embraces traditional values, the rule of law, common sense, basic math, a more secure nation or politicians who put you and your family first: You have lost or are losing across the board. Period. With the re-election of Barack Obama — and he and his campaign should be congratulated for not only running a winning campaign but, more importantly, for also exploiting the weaknesses created by the nanny-state — there is now no more mystery or doubt. Liberal ideology rules supreme in our country and to say otherwise, is...
  • Norfolk, VA: Norva Plastics wins eminent domain fight over value

    12/13/2012 8:31:12 AM PST · by 4buttons · 10 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 12, 2012 | Clay Barbour
    A jury delivered Norva Plastics a big victory Wednesday, awarding the 70-year-old company a multimillion-dollar payout and delivering yet another blow to city leaders in the ongoing fight over eminent domain.
  • 8 fighter jets scrambled after Chinese plane flies over disputed islands

    12/13/2012 8:29:19 AM PST · by traumer · 3 replies
    TOKYO — Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the center of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. It was the first incursion by a Chinese state aircraft into Japanese airspace anywhere since the country’s military began monitoring in 1958, the defense ministry said. The move marks a ramping-up of what observers suggest is a Chinese campaign to create a “new normal”—where its forces come and go as they please around islands which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, but Tokyo controls as the Senkakus. It also...
  • ANALYSIS U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Introduces New Deception Campaign

    12/13/2012 8:19:02 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 12DEC12 | GlobalMBR
    The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and its allies in the interfaith movement have created what appears to a new effort whose net effect is to further promote the Brotherhood’s deception tactics. In October, the Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center released a document titled “What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers, described as follows: “What is the Truth About American Muslims: Questions and Answers is a resource created jointly by Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project. In a time when misinformation about and misunderstandings of Islam and of the...
  • Norway citizens join militants to fight NATO troops

    12/13/2012 8:18:56 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | 12/13/2012 | Sayed Jawad
    According to reports several Norwegina citizens have joined militants groups based in Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Norwegina intelligence officials have confirmed the report and said the citizens fought on the side of insurgents and even shot at NATO-led international troops that have included Norwegian soldiers.
  • Union "Victory": Chrysler Reinstates 13 Workers Fired for Drinking on the Job

    12/13/2012 8:18:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    <p>The following story proves what common sense has long ago suggested, that unions have outlived any possible usefulness and they are also hugely counterproductive to the goal of getting any work done.</p> <p>Please consider the Detroit News article Chrysler reinstates 13 workers fired for drinking on job.</p>
  • Michael Moore on Reagan voters: They're dying

    12/13/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Michael Moore on Reagan voters: They're dying By: Patrick Gavin December 13, 2012 09:16 AM EST Michael Moore thinks the country is getting better — “I’m very optimistic about the future” — he says, and what explains that? Reagan voters are dying. In a discussion on Current TV about Sheldon Adelson on Wednesday, Moore told host Jennifer Granholm, “Adelson and all those people will be gone, just like the people who voted for Reagan, the older generation that was really behind Reagan.” “If you were 55 or 60 years old in 1980 when Reagan ran, you’re dead now,” said Moore....
  • Laura Ingraham partners with Norm Pattiz at Courtside

    12/13/2012 8:13:39 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 17 replies
    Tom Taylor Now ^ | 12/13/12 | Tom Taylor
    So it’s not Cumulus. Norm Pattiz, one of L.A.’s most famous Lakers fans (thus the “Courtside Entertainment” name) recruits a new star in talkhost Laura Ingraham. She recently left TRN at the end of her contract, had conversations with several parties, and now signs with Westwood One founder Norm Pattiz. The deal was done yesterday. Other Courtside projects include “Loveline with Dr. Drew, Mike and Simone” and “Bill O’Reilly’s Presidential Townhall.” Expect an announcement about Ingraham today, and a start date. That could be as soon as next week, or it could be January 2. One thing’s for sure –...
  • Democrats Find Out What's in ObamaCare and Don't Like It

    12/13/2012 8:13:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Senate Democrats who helped pass ObamaCare are finally seeing what is in it and aren't really so sure the massive tax increases mandated in the legislation will be good for their constituents, especially when it comes to the medical device tax which is set to further increase on January 1. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and...
  • Bonds Are Confusing

    12/13/2012 8:04:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Carrie Schwab Pommerantz
     Dear Carrie: I'm 37 and have been building up my IRA. So far, I've been focused on stocks, but I've read I should have some bonds, too. However, bonds seem really confusing and I've heard they can be risky. Can you help me get started? --A Reader Dear Reader: You're right that bonds can be both confusing and risky -- and especially so in today's economic environment. That's because bond performance is directly related to interest rates, and today's rates are about as low as they go. But there's a lot more to understand about bonds, so let's take a...
  • The Great Progressive Church

    12/13/2012 8:04:20 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/13/2012 | Robert A Hall
    The Great Progressive Church By Robert A. Hall Psychologists say that people need religion in one form or another, and will always invent a theology if they are not given one. I'm not the first to notice that the rise of thetic, unchurched, Godless Secular Humanists has resulted in liberals meeting this human need by converting Progressive Ideology into religious doctrine and admiration for Progressive leaders into unquestioning worship. Self-righteous calls for civility aside, this explains why they get so angry and vicious when you challenge any of their tenets. You are not disagreeing with them over policy. You are...
  • The racial slurs the MSM doesn’t want to cover

    12/13/2012 7:52:12 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 12/13/2012 | William Jacobson
    Union protesters called hot dog vendor “Uncle Tom” and “N*gger” but you won’t hear about it in the mainstream media I have posted numerous times about the union violence in Lansing, including punches thrown at Steven Crowder and the tearing down of the Americans for Prosperity tent even as bystanders screamed that there were people inside. You may also have heard the story of the hot dog vendor whose equipment and supplies were deliberately destroyed by the union protesters. But unless you read conservative blogs and websites, you have not heard that the union protesters shouted racial slurs at the...
  • President's Gamesmanship Hurts Economy

    12/13/2012 7:51:27 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Charlie Leonard
    As the president gets closer to achieving his most cherished political ambition — raising taxes on the top earners in our country — I've started to wonder what satisfaction he, and those he's convinced this is a good idea, will actually experience. Forget all the silly speeches. By any seriously objective standard, the president's tax increases will do little or nothing to reduce his deficits or his approaching legacy of extraordinary national debt. Without increasing taxes more broadly and without structurally reforming our entitlement programs, which now appears likely, the president's plan changes virtually nothing about the direction or funding...
  • Belafonte’s Advice to Obama: Imprison Opposition “Like a Third World Dictator” (Video)

    12/13/2012 7:51:17 AM PST · by crosshairs · 53 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/12/12 | Jim Hoft
    Enlightened Marxist Harry Belafonte was on with pal Al Sharpton this week. His advice for Obama was to imprison opposition like a “third world dictator.”
  • 185 Economists to Congress: "Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Risk Economic Damage"

    12/13/2012 7:51:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Note:  The following letter is co-signed by 185 of the nation's economists including Dr. Sanjai Bhagat, Provost Professor of Finance, University of Colorado, and Contributing Editor to A Line of Sight.  http://sanjaibhagat.com  Further information is available from the National Taxpayers Union, click here.  An Open Letter to Congress: December 11, 2012Dear Members of Congress:As the nation approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff," we, the undersigned economists, urge Congress to carefully consider the relative merits of tax increases and spending restraint. Increasing taxes would likely slow or reverse our nation's fragile economic recovery and undermine long-term growth. Restraining the growth of expenditures,...
  • We Have a Problem -- A Real Problem

    12/13/2012 7:50:20 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/13/2012 | Neal Boortz
    No .. I’m not talking about the fiscal cliff, nor am I talking about the almost $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities we face as a nation. Iran and a nuke? Yeah .. that’s serious all right, but I’m told that we are messin’ with Iran right now in ways that you couldn’t even imagine – ways that could derail their nuclear plans for some time to come. Is the real problem our sagging economy? An oncoming second recession? The growth of government dependency? Sure … all of those are problems and all are difficult to deal with … but they...
  • Homeowner shoots intruder near Mulvane(KS)

    12/13/2012 7:49:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ksn.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | NA
    MULVANE, Kansas -- A 31-year-old burglary suspect is listed in serious but stable condition after he was shot in the chest by a homeowner in rural Mulvane. It happened about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the homeowner found the man in his garage and held him at gunpoint while his wife called 911. "The suspect threatened him, came at him," said Capt. Mike Yoder with the Sumner County Sheriff's Department. "He fired one round. It struck him in the upper chest."
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 13,2012

    12/13/2012 7:37:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 70 replies
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  • Record Dividends as the U.S. Creeps Deeper Toward Recession

    12/13/2012 7:32:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Political Calculations
    According to S&P's latest Monthly Dividend Action Report [Excel spreadsheet], the month of November 2012 was a record month that saw some 3,327 U.S. companies make some kind of declaration involving their dividends (that's not the record!) Here are the astounding numbers: 197 companies acted to increase their cash dividend in the 8th best month on record (since January 2004), and the most in any November on record. The all-time record for regular dividend increases announced in a single month is 246, which was set in February 2007. 228 companies acted to make a special cash dividend payment to their...
  • “There Will Be Blood”: Union Violence in the Age of Obama

    12/13/2012 7:30:48 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 23 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/13/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” He Who Heals advocated “a more civil and honest public discourse” in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else. This week, menacing union goons unleashed threats, profanity and punches in Michigan, which is now poised to become a “right-to-work” state. Obama met the initial outbreak of...
  • Women senators agree: If women were in charge, there’d be a fiscal cliff deal by now

    12/13/2012 7:26:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, this is worth watching if only to see McCaskill mouth a bit of ancient biological determinism that would have set the left off on a two-day screech bender had she been a Republican man. I think the clip's worst sin is how cloying it is: Diane Sawyer decided to bring the women of the Senate together to talk about capital-w Women, so naturally some self-serving CW about capital-w Women must get said. Thank you, Susan Collins, for handling the easy lay-up. I'd like to hear more from her and McC about why compromise is a virtue in itself...
  • WIND ENERGY: America’s Most Favored Industry

    12/13/2012 7:19:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Robert Bryce
    In the history of American business, it’s difficult to find an industry that has enjoyed more political favoritism than the wind-energy sector now enjoys. The wind industry gets subsidies, mandates, and a de facto exemption from prosecution under some of America’s oldest wildlife laws. And the wind-energy lobby is doing all it can to make sure that this favoritism is maintained. With the lame-duck session of Congress now under way, the American Wind Energy Association and its allies on Capitol Hill have begun a lobbying effort to extend the Production Tax Credit, the 2.2-cent-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy that the wind sector has...
  • The $10,000 Degree: Instead of increasing financial aid, two states are decreasing college tuition.

    12/13/2012 7:15:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    As college costs rise rapidly in most places, Texas and Florida are trying to implement something that has become a radical notion: a degree that costs only $10,000. Texas governor Rick Perry announced this goal for his state last year. (Perry was inspired by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had remarked that online learning ought to make it possible for students to pay just $2,000 per year for college.) In November, Florida governor Rick Scott announced that he, too, wanted to see state colleges offer bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 or less. In Texas, ten colleges have signed on (some of...
  • The Republicans Should Just Let Obama Take America Off Of the Cliff

    12/13/2012 7:13:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/13/2012 | Louis Woodhill
    For the good of the country and the survival of the Republican Party, the GOP must allow President Obama to take America off the so-called “fiscal cliff” on January 1. Given the intransigent position that Obama has taken on raising marginal tax rates, any deal that the Republicans in the House of Representatives could conceivably make with him before the end of the year would be counterproductive. It would impede economic growth, and thereby actually reduce the present value of future federal revenues. Such a deal would also further damage the Republican “brand”, which has been trashed by the “clueless...
  • Communist Victory Amerika

    12/13/2012 7:12:16 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 33 replies
    English Pravda ^ | 3-12-12 | Xavier Lerma
    Once upon a time there once was a country so beautiful with spacious skies, with purple mountain majesties where everyone sang "God shed his grace on thee". It promoted freedom of religion and allowed Christianity to grow. It gave opportunities for everyone to better themselves in education and create businesses that not only made them rich but allowed those in poverty to prosper and become middle class citizens.
  • Walter Williams: The Government, Not The Market, Created Our Financial Crisis

    12/13/2012 7:11:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/13/2012 | Prof. Walter Williams
    Suppose you saw a building on fire. Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? You say, "Williams, you'd have to be a lunatic to do that!" But that's precisely what we've done: turned to the people who created our fiscal crisis to fix it. I have never read a better account of our doing just that than in John Allison's new book, "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure." Allison is the former CEO of Branch Banking and Trust, the nation's 10th largest bank. He assembles evidence...
  • Concealed Weapon Permits To Hit 1 Million Next Week In Florida

    12/13/2012 7:05:25 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | Michael Van Sickler
    Sometime next week in Florida, somebody will become the state's 1 millionth holder of a concealed weapons permit, solidifying the state's No. 1 standing in the nation in that category. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam deemed that was worthy of a news conference Wednesday, flanked by U.S. and state flags. "I've been asked about our licensing responsibilities as much as any other topic," Putnam said when asked why he touted the 1 million mark. No doubt, it proves the popularity of a program begun in 1987 at the urging of the NRA, when Florida became the first state to adopt a...
  • Jobless claims fall sharply, recover from Sandy (Down to 343,000)

    12/13/2012 7:05:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/13/2012 | Jason Lange;
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a fourth straight week last week, pointing to steady healing in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 29,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised to show 2,000 more applications than previously reported. Last week's drop left new claims at their lowest since the week of October 6, and well below the levels just before superstorm Sandy, which slammed into the East Coast in late October and triggered several weeks of volatile claims numbers.
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...
  • Non-whites to make up nearly 60 percent of U.S. by 2060: Census

    12/13/2012 6:43:44 AM PST · by dennisw · 38 replies
    yahoo ^ | DEC 13 | By Susan Heavey
    The shift will largely be fueled by minority births that continue to outpace those of whites, the agency said, based on data from the 2010 Census. Nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic by 2060, up from one in six now, it said. The Asian population is also expected to more than double over the next five decades. "The U.S. will become a plurality nation, where the non-Hispanic white population remains the largest single group, but no group is in the majority," Thomas Mesenbourg, the agency's acting director, said in a statement. The United States has been on...
  • Embrace the Suck

    12/13/2012 6:37:16 AM PST · by NCjim · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 13, 2012 | William L. Gensert
    Let's go over the cliff Gangnam Style. It used to be an accepted truth that America would never negotiate with terrorists -- at least before Obama made 'leading from behind' so popular -- or the ascendency of his current variation, 'leading from nowhere.' Well... in fiscal negotiations Barack Obama is a terrorist. Think about it; he has nothing to lose, because he cares only about winning -- the nation be damned. In fact, the economic depredations inherent in cliff diving provide him with an advantage. By letting lower tax rates on the middle class expire, potentially he has access to...
  • 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...