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  • Boehner plans to leave Washington amid "fiscal cliff" stalemate

    12/13/2012 11:49:50 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Boehner plans to leave Washington amid "fiscal cliff" stalemate Reuters – 29 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner plans to go home to Ohio on Friday, his office said, in a sign that there is no deal in sight to avert the looming "fiscal cliff." Spokesman Michael Steel added, however, that should President Barack Obama decide he needs to talk or meet with Boehner again, "Ohio has both cell phone service and airports - so ... it won't be a problem." Steel said Boehner - the top Republican in Congress - will likely...
  • An American Divorce Agreement

    12/13/2012 11:49:39 AM PST · by Slyfox · 32 replies
    email | 12-12-12 | An American Law Student
    Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, regressive, Marxists, and Obama supporters, et. al.: We have stuck together since the late 1950s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and...
  • Cops use Taser on woman buying too many iPhones

    12/13/2012 11:45:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 67 replies
    wcvb.com ^ | 12-13-2012 | staff
    NEWTON, Mass. — A local family says a language barrier may have resulted in police using a Taser on a woman after she tried to buy too many iPhones at a local mall. Police, however, say the incident isn't that clear cut. Xiaojie Li, of Newton, said she is embarrassed by Monday's Pheasant Lane Mall in New Hampshire incident. "So my mom says she don't know why they called the police, because she doesn't understand what they are talking about," her 12-year-old daughter Jiao Jay said. Jay said her mother bought two iPhones last Friday, and was told that was...
  • Black Skin Privilege

    12/13/2012 11:45:03 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | David Horowitz and John Perazzo
    When a Neighborhood Watch guard shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012, a chorus of civil rights activists concluded that he had been killed because of his race. Michael Skolnick, the political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, spoke for the consensus in an article he titled, “White People You Will Never Look Suspicious.” I will never look suspicious to you. Even if I have a black hoodie, a pair of jeans and white sneakers on … I will never watch a taxicab pass me by to pick someone else up. I will never witness someone clutch their purse tightly against...
  • Economics 101: Small Business Cuts Back on Spending After Obama Election Victory

    12/13/2012 11:44:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have some news here. It's not surprising to me. "US small business owners' net capital spending intentions for the next 12 months plunged to -14 in November, the lowest level in more than two years, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. This is down from net capital spending intentions of -1 in July and suggests the nation's small business owners are likely to pull back on their business investments even more, given their negative expectations for the next 12 months." Now, I give you an illustration. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, this index --...
  • Boehner appears to ease opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy

    12/13/2012 11:42:22 AM PST · by South40 · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/13/2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    Emergency compromise could allow for a short-term solution to avoid fiscal cliff as Congress prepares to break for Christmas House speaker John Boehner has left open the door for a quick bill that would halt tax increases for the vast majority of Americans on January 1. Boehner twice ducked questions from reporters during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday about whether he was prepared to allow a vote on a bill that would see the top 2% of the country's richest face tax rises but exempt the remaining 98%. With just over two weeks left until the country...
  • Video: The $100 traffic ticket

    12/13/2012 11:37:56 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December13, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    When 25-year-old Hayden Carlo was pulled over for an expired registration sticker by a Plano police officer, he told him without hesitation – he had no excuse. “I said there’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money….it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.” The cop gave Carlo a ticket…and something else. “I opened it up and there’s a 100 dollar bill. I broke down in my car what else could I do?,” Carlo told CBS DFW. The officer never told anyone about the $100 gift. But Carlo’s grandfather, Billy...
  • G.O.P. Senator Who Voted for Gay Marriage Concedes Defeat

    12/13/2012 11:34:46 AM PST · by Arthurio · 10 replies
    December 13, 2012 G.O.P. Senator Who Voted for Gay Marriage Concedes Defeat By THOMAS KAPLAN A Republican state senator who provided one of the pivotal votes to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State conceded defeat on Thursday in a three-way race where a conservative-leaning candidate siphoned away thousands of votes. The outcome means that only one of the four Republican senators who went against their caucus to support allowing gay couples to marry will return to Albany. The senator who was defeated, Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie, congratulated his Democratic opponent, Terry W. Gipson, after election officials in Dutchess...
  • Rep. Jason White (HD 48) making the switch to the GOP (Mississippi)

    12/13/2012 11:26:36 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies
    Yall Politics ^ | 12/13/12
    Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, and a host of other Republican elected and party officials will welcome a new member to the ever growing GOP in Mississippi Tuesday. It appears that Freshman State Representative Jason White of House District 48 is set to announce that he is switching parties, pushing the Republican majority up to 65 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. House District 48 has long been primed to go red. If you will recall, the Democratic leadership under former Speaker Billy McCoy sought to eliminate HD 48 during redistricting back in 2011 because...
  • Justin Bieber security team taking ‘every precaution’ details of alleged murder, castration plot

    12/13/2012 11:25:14 AM PST · by billorites · 44 replies
    National Post ^ | December 13, 2012
    After New Mexico police revealed they’d uncovered an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star’s management has released a statement saying they take “every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans.” Other than that, the star and his security team have been tight-lipped about how seriously they take the threat. News of the bizarre assassination plot made news around the world Wednesday after Albuquerque’s KRQE reported that Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew Tanner Ruane, 23, had allegedly been hired to castrate and murder the singer. The puppet master behind the...
  • State Department creates time-travel themed video game

    12/13/2012 11:24:40 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/12/12 | BYRON TAU
    The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the launch of a new video game designed to teach foreign students about American life, language and culture. "Students explore American culture through puzzles, activities, and adventures in an interactive world," the State Department announced in a release. "Through the game, students take a virtual journey through the United States, traveling to locations,
  • Gun Control, People Control and Thought Control

    12/13/2012 11:22:49 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The gun control debate, like all debates with the left, is reducible to the question of whether we are individuals who make our own decisions or a great squishy social mass that helplessly responds to stimuli. Do people kill with guns or does the availability of guns kill people? Do bad eating habits kill people or does the availability of junk food kill people? To the left these are distinctions without a difference. If a thing is available then it is the cause of the problem. The individual cannot be held accountable for shooting someone if there are guns for...
  • Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Report (Dec. 20)

    12/13/2012 11:16:49 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 13, 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Dec. 20 before the House of Representatives and Senate foreign affairs committees on a report on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, the committees said on Wednesday. The attack on Sept. 11 killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and raised questions about the adequacy of security in far-flung posts. Republicans have criticized Democratic President Barack Obama's administration for its flawed early public explanations of the attack. They have also criticized shifting explanations of why talking points given to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations...
  • Conservative Members were purged because of ‘[] factor,’ not voting record

    12/13/2012 11:10:35 AM PST · by bigbob · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-13-12 | Matt K. Lewis
    <p>As you probably know, grassroots conservatives are up in arms over the fact that some conservatives Members were “purged” from committee assignments.</p> <p>Now, it seems Republican leadership is aiming to make matters even worse.</p>
  • Making criminals leave chemical fingerprints

    12/13/2012 11:09:56 AM PST · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    RSC ^ | 12/13/2012 | Jennifer Newton
    Scientists in Brazil have shown that luminescent lanthanide tags can be added to ammunition to enable visual identification of gunshot residue at crime scenes, and even on a shooter’s hands, using an ultraviolet lamp. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis is currently used to identify some types of gunshot residue, but environmental and occupational contamination can give false negatives. The method is also time-consuming and limited by the need to obtain adequate sample quantities. Another problem is that lead-free ammunition is now coming into use to avoid lead pollution and its resulting impact on human health. (The blood level of...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:20 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Buffett, Soros Join List of Billionaires Calling for Tax Hikes They Won’t Pay

    12/13/2012 11:01:45 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December13, 2012 | Matt Nesto
    "I just got fed up. It wasn't just Warren Buffett. There's been a half dozen of these things lately, and what I noticed is everyone is asking for taxes to be raised except the taxes they actually pay," Brown told me on the sidelines of the Minyanville Festivus event. So in that light, let's look at the gap that exists between proposed tax hikes and actual impact. The proposed income tax increase on couples earning more than $250,000 year: Buffett's $100,000 a year salary is well known - as is the complaint that his poor, lowly secretary has a higher...
  • U.N. Conference Slyly Introduces Resolution to Gain Control of Internet—in Middle of Night

    12/13/2012 10:58:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 10:48 PM, Dec 12, 2012 • | By DANIEL HALPER
    In the middle of the night at a U.N. conference in Dubai, the presiding chairman of the International Telecommunication Union conference surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement in the U.N. governing the Internet. A majority of countries gave their approval. With a sufficient majority supporting the U.N. becoming more active in controlling the Internet, the chairman put forth a resolution. The chairman, though, insisted the survey "was not a vote." The resolution was supported by Cuba, Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia; the United States opposed it. The proposed resolution resolves that the secretary...
  • Feds Raise Hackles Over 5-Hour Energy Drink( Say it ain't so!! )

    12/13/2012 10:35:24 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012 | ALEXANDER KAZAM
    The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade. 5 hour The hubbub over 5-Hour Energy, which has some fans stockpiling 12-packs of the bottles in anticipation of a possible ban, was sparked by an article in the New York Times claiming that 5-Hour Energy has been “linked” to 13 deaths reported to the FDA in the past four years. In truth, millions of bottles of 5-Hour Energy are consumed every week, and there is no evidence whatsoever...