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  • Sens. Stephen Colbert and Ashley Judd? The rocky road from stardom to politico

    12/14/2012 8:53:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/14/12 | Rick Klein, Amy Walter, Richard Coolidge & Sherisse Pham | Power Players
    The speculation for the 2014 elections has already begun, and some of the Senate names being discussed you would expect to see on the silver screen rather than a ballot. Can you imagine a Sen. Ashley Judd? How about Sen. Stephen Colbert? There's a long, and somewhat checkered history of celebrity politicians proving that Hollywood success can pave the road to Washington--Ronald Reagan being the ultimate example. Of course there are other examples as well, like the Govenator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura who wrestled his way to governor of Minnesota. When celebrities become candidates, their notoriety brings...
  • Physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation

    12/14/2012 8:51:14 AM PST · by chessplayer · 77 replies
    Some physicists and university researchers say it's possible to test the theory that our entire universe exists inside a computer simulation, like in the 1999 film "The Matrix." In 2003, University of Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom published a paper, "The Simulation Argument," which argued that, "we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation." Now, a team at Cornell University says it has come up with a viable method for testing whether we're all just a series of numbers in some ancient civilization's computer game. Researchers at the University of Washington agree with the testing method, saying it can...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Latest Group to Stoke Class Warfare With ‘Fat Cats’ Video

    12/14/2012 8:45:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    On the heels of the controversial California Federation of Teachers “Tax the Rich” video, the Chicago Teachers Union has produced its own class warfare-stoking cartoon, “Stand Up to the Fat Cats.” The CTU is again attempting to slam Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the advocates of school reform as the “fat cats” who are simply looking to get rich off the government education system. The CTU apparently doesn’t want the billionaires and “profiteers” horning in on their very lucrative territory. Fashioned as a children’s book – likely for an audience of students – the CTU video claims several groups from around...
  • WaPo editors: Golly, Obama’s "balanced" fiscal-cliff approach is unbalanced

    12/14/2012 8:45:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama keeps claiming that he wants a "balanced" approach to deficit reform, but the editors of the Washington Post have a little difficulty trying to figure out what he means by "balanced" --- since his proposals have had a 4:1 ratio of tax hikes to spending cuts. The Post also notes that Obama has backed away from even the inadequate entitlement reforms he's previously embraced. Why, the Post's editors suggest, Obama may not really be serious about this whole deficit-reform idea.You think? Since the election last month, a few modest proposals have been floated to slow the growth in...
  • Fed Now "Doing it Right"

    12/14/2012 8:39:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Political Calculations
    How do we know that the Fed pays attention to the things we write? Previously, commenting on the apparent lack of effect that the Fed's latest round of quantitative easing has had on stock prices, we observed: 1. The Fed is doing it wrong. In the two previous rounds of QE, the Fed purchased large quantities of U.S. Treasuries. So far in this round, the Fed is only purchasing Mortgage Backed Securities. The stock market just doesn't get the same bang for the buck as when the Fed buys up Treasuries, which acts to reduce long-term interest rates across a...
  • Why Not Regulate Guns Like Cars?

    12/14/2012 8:38:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    I was just on a HuffPost Live panel with, among others, Elie Mystal (Above The Law), and he suggested — as a gun control proposal — that guns should be regulated like cars. This prompts me to repost an item I posted several years ago: Cars are basically regulated as follows (I rely below on California law, but to my knowledge the rules are similar throughout the country): (1) No federal licensing or registration of car owners. (2) Any person may use a car on his own private property without any license or registration. See, e.g., California Vehicle Code §§...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley vets Stephen Colbert for Senate

    12/14/2012 8:34:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    This is fun for a Friday. Gov. Nikki Haley is now deciding who will take Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) place when he leaves the Senate to head up The Heritage Foundation. Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert tops the list of preferred appointments with South Carolinians, according to a PPP poll: Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney...
  • Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s

    12/14/2012 8:30:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s By Ian Swanson - 12/14/12 06:49 AM ET President Obama said his economic policies are "so mainstream" he'd be considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s. In a Thursday interview with a Miami-based local television station, Obama said he thinks few people believe he wants to impose socialism on the country. "The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican," he told Noticias Univision 23...
  • School Replaces Holiday Concert With Anti-bullying Speech

    12/14/2012 8:29:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | 12.14.2012 | Michael Berry
    Residents in Mansfield, Mass. are crying “bah humbug” after the local elementary school cancelled its annual holiday concert and replaced it with a program on anti-bullying. The holiday production at Jordan-Jackson Elementary School has been a long-time tradition in the community. But last year’s performance drew complaints from some parents who objected to the religious nature of the show. Read more: http://www.ktrh.com/pages/michaelberry.html?article=10641237#ixzz2F2neSSAX
  • Oh, SNAP!

    12/14/2012 8:25:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Charles Payne
    I happen to be a fan of Cory Booker, mayor of Newark and raising star in the Democratic Party. He's young, articulate, and represents a new school of politician in the black community. His struggle to displace the old guard that focused on fire and brimstone and shakedowns and intimidation was epic. Armed with a great education and outgoing personality, he used charm and tricks learned in debating class to get in office and gain high regard. Yet the longer he's in office, the more it appears his goals are not unlike those of predecessor Sharp James. Promoting victimization, income...
  • Chivalry: The Opposite of Good Manners?

    12/14/2012 8:20:17 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | Mona Charen
    The code persists despite feminists’ best efforts. Chivalry is back in the news. The always alert Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute draws our attention to an item in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. A new study on what the authors are pleased to call “benevolent sexism” (which, as Murray translates, seems to mean gentlemanly behavior) found that both women and men are happier when men behave like gentlemen. This being a sociological publication, though, the findings are not written in English, but rather in academic argot. It’s full of sentences like this: “A structural equation model revealed that...
  • Harry Belafonte Suggests that Barack Obama Jail Political Detractors

    12/14/2012 8:17:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    The "King of Calypso," Hugo Chávez enthusiast, and "Banana Boat" crooner, octogenarian Harry Belafonte is so thrilled with the reelection of Barack Obama that he's taken to cable "news" network MSNBC to share his views on how President Obama should deal with political nemeses. In addition to singing, acting and songwriting, throughout his career Harry "Viva la revolucion" Belafonte has also promoted himself as a civil rights advocate and humanitarian. In addition to issuing indictments like: "Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet," Mr. Belafonte also heartily endorses the ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's socialist revolution. Once,...
  • Final state tally for health insurance exchanges: 15 out of 50 States

    12/14/2012 8:14:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2012 | Rick Moran
    Only 15 states have told HHS that they will develop their own online insurance exchanges. This means the government has to design 35 different sites, with 35 different criteria for coverage -- all by next year. From CNBC: Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country. On the eve of a federal deadline for states to say whether they will run their own exchanges, a top health care policy official told lawmakers...
  • Educating Ignorance: The best-kept secret in America is the huge drop in the quality of college

    12/14/2012 8:10:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2012 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    The best-kept secret in America today is the precipitous drop in the quality of college since the Left seized power in higher education. Every year, various magazines publish a list of rankings for American undergraduate institutions. Forbes assures parents that "Every school with a Forbes grade meets a high standard." U.S. News and World Report assures its readers that they consider a wide variety of factors in measuring a college's effectiveness. While American colleges were once great institutions of learning, those who know higher education today recognize that "high standards" of quality are casualties in the war against traditionalism and...
  • Media Oddly Silent on WikiLeaks Proceedings

    Some thoughts about Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's pretrial hearing, which concluded this week. Manning, of course, is charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks and, at his trial in March, will be pleading guilty to certain charges while rejecting the military's contention that he "aided the enemy" in doing so. Manning was in court this month seeking dismissal on the grounds that since his arrest in May 2010, he has been subjected to unlawful pretrial punishment. Certainly the conditions Manning and his civilian lawyer David E. Coombs described in often dramatic testimony were...
  • Obama’s Electronic-Medical-Records Scam (It is wasting money and inconveniencing doctors)

    12/14/2012 8:05:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Here’s more evidence that government “cures” are inevitably worse than the “diseases” they seek to wipe out. Buried in the trillion-dollar stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic-medical-records “incentive” program. Like most of President Obama’s health-care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust. Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacy-undermining consequences have only just begun. The program was originally sold as a cost-saving measure. In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health-care providers have already made the change. But as with many government “incentive” programs, the EMR bribe is...
  • American Equality

    12/14/2012 8:01:49 AM PST · by morethanright · 3 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-14 08:52:00 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Keep your eyes on Greece. That's America's future. With the Greek economy shrinking by 6% annually, and its government desperate to feed the cradle-to-grave nanny state, tax rates were recently adjusted to reflect the new reality. A simplified tax structure divides Greek society into three brackets: 22%, 32% and 42%. Those earning $55,000 will join the ultra-rich in the top tax bracket."... The successive hikes in taxes, required to meet deficit-cutting targets, have hammered the [Greek] economy, pushing unemployment up to 26 percent ... with more than 20 percent of the population now officially living in poverty -...
  • The Blue Tax

    12/14/2012 7:55:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | The Editors
    Republicans have agreed to a tax increase of $800 billion over ten years as part of the negotiations regarding the so-called fiscal cliff. Even as Republicans refuse to call it a tax hike (“revenues,” indeed), there are better and worse ways to go about this unpleasant business, and one simple reform would raise all that money and more: eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes. While we would prefer no tax increase at all, eliminating this deduction would be a sensible reform of the tax code, and could be paired with tax cuts elsewhere for a fiscally...
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    <p>State police are responding to a report of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive, school officials said.</p> <p>Police are reporting a number of injured parties. The nature of their injuries is not clear.</p> <p>There are unconfirmed reports of two shooters — one dead, one still at large.</p>
  • Michelle Suggests Republicans are Liars

    12/14/2012 7:45:48 AM PST · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    WH dossier ^ | by Keith Koffler on December 14, 2012, 9:58 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday suggested Republicans are engaged in rampant lying as they debate the issues with President Obama. “People have to stay focused on what’s going on, because it’s easy to get confused in all the back and forth that goes on, and there’s a whole lot of not-truth telling going on, if you know what I mean,” Michelle said during a radio appearance on the The Tom Joyner Show. Mrs. Obama also charged that voter suppression during the 2012 election was widespread.
  • Electoral vote reform -- an idea whose time has come

    12/14/2012 7:38:39 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 24 replies
    Renew America ^ | 12 Dec 2012 | Tim Dunkin
    By Tim Dunkin It has often been noted that you can gauge the merit of a proposal by the amount of fire and brimstone that is generated against it by the Democrats and others on the Left. If the Left doesn't like it, then it must be a good idea. So it is with a proposed change to the way Pennsylvania allocates its electoral votes put forward by State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester). Under Pileggi's proposal, Pennsylvania would adopt a proportional allocation system in which its electoral votes based on the number of Representatives in the federal Congress...
  • Breaking the Union Stranglehold

    12/14/2012 7:37:02 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | 14 Dec 2012 | Tim Dunkin
    By Tim Dunkin Michigan has joined the ranks of the Free States — states where workers are no longer forced to join unions and pay dues to fat cat union bosses or else lose their jobs. This past week, over and against the frenzied efforts by union representatives to intimidate and terrorize state legislators, both houses of the Michigan legislature passed right-to-work legislation, which was shortly signed by Governor Rick Snyder, thereby officially becoming the 24th state in this nation to emancipate workers to choose what associations — if any — with which they would like to associate their labor....
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • Bill O'Reilly: Secular forces on the march

    12/14/2012 7:34:59 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    htto://www.foxnews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    As we have been reporting, some committed left-wing Americans have been emboldened by the re-election of President Obama. You are seeing that now in the budget negotiations as the President and his side are not in a compromising mood. I saw it firsthand this week when I was down in Washington. There is arrogance and condescension in many left-wing precincts despite the fact that U.N. ambassador today Susan Rice is out of consideration as Secretary of State. We'll have more on that with Bob Beckel coming up. The more intelligent Secular Progressives will understand that now is their time in...
  • TSA detains sick girl because she tested positive for explosives, mother says

    12/14/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    | FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 14, 2012
    <p>A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by Transportation Security Administration agents who said they detected traces of bomb residue on her hands, according to her mother.</p> <p>MyFoxDFW.com reports that Shelbi Walser, who suffers from a genetic bone disorder, was traveling with her mother from Texas to Florida for medical treatment Dec. 8 when she was prevented from proceeding through a security checkpoint.</p>
  • SW sources: Dave Hester, who claims A&E show is rigged in new lawsuit, has been a pain in the past

    12/14/2012 7:20:12 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 13, 2012 | Don Kaplan
    The snarky character axed from the A&E reality show “Storage Wars” — and who now filed a bombshell lawsuit claiming the show is rigged — has always been a trouble maker, production sources claim. “He was always demanding more this and that and whined that things were rigged when he was outbid,” a show source said of David Hester, who sued the show and A&E Tuesday, alleging the entire series is a fraud.
  • Need a Job? You May Have to Wait Until 2015 or Later, Says the Fed

    12/14/2012 7:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Everything you ever wanted to know about the Obama economy is in a single sentence about the Federal Reserve Board's latest attempts this week to deal with unacceptably high unemployment. "Fed officials projected that the jobless rate, now at 7.7 percent, would not reach 6.5 percent until near the end of 2015 at the earliest," The Washington Post reported in its lead front page story Thursday morning. If there's anyone out there -- besides Barack Obama's top advisers and diehard allies in Congress -- who think his economic policies, or lack thereof, will restore a weak economy to...
  • The right-to-work dilemma (Krauthammer)

    12/14/2012 7:01:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/14/2012 | Krauthammer
    For all the fury and fistfights outside the Lansing Capitol, what happened in Michigan this week was a simple accommodation to reality. The most famously unionized state, birthplace of the United Auto Workers, royalty of the American working class, became right-to-work. It’s shocking, except that it was inevitable. Indiana went that way earlier this year. The entire Rust Belt will eventually follow because the heyday of the sovereign private-sector union is gone. Globalization has made splendid isolation impossible. The nostalgics look back to the immediate postwar years when the UAW was all-powerful, the auto companies were highly profitable and the...
  • In Florida and Illinois, concealed-weapons debate lays bare the politics of gun control

    12/14/2012 6:58:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    usnews.nbcnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | M. Alex Johnson
    Two states, two takes: Even as Illinois officials are lamenting a court order requiring them to let state residents carry concealed weapons, Florida officials are boasting about just how many hundreds of thousands of state residents are carrying concealed weapons. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam happily announced Wednesday that some time next week, Florida would become the first state with more than 1 million residents holding "active" concealed-carry permits. That's proof, said Putnam — whose agency administers the permit program — of Florida's "strong tradition in upholding Second Amendment rights." As Putnam spoke at a news conference Wednesday, anguished officials...
  • I Still Like Ike

    12/14/2012 6:52:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Ordinarily, the news that a long overdue memorial to an historic American leader has been put on hold still again would come as a disappointment. But if you've seen the innocuous design for an Eisenhower memorial in the nation's capitol, the news may come as a relief -- and a welcome opportunity to start all over and try to get it right this time. Innocuous doesn't begin to cover the emptiness, the blahness, the pomp meaninglessness of Frank Gehry's design for this "monument" that is the opposite of monumental. It's just a few saplings around what looks like an...
  • Marijuana Not High Obama Priority

    12/14/2012 6:49:59 AM PST · by John W · 95 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 14, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs. "We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters. "It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it's legal. More of Barbara...
  • Florida Leads the U.S. in Concealed Firearm Permits, Texas Somehow Far Behind

    12/14/2012 6:44:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Frontburner ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Bradford Pearson
    Florida is slated to become the first state with one million concealed firearm permits, Bloomberg reported yesterday. State officials issued 993,200 active permits as of Nov. 30, and are expected to pass the one million mark next week. “Floridians have a great respect and appreciation for their Second Amendment rights,” said Adam Putnam, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs. This got me thinking about the Texas number. So I called the state department of public safety, and they sent me to their website (technology!). The numbers aren’t exactly apples-to-apples (the newest Texas numbers are for last year), but they...
  • Rewriting History: New "Gay Friendly" Bible Published

    12/14/2012 6:34:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    The King James version of the Bible has been hijacked by gay activists who want to rewrite history. Anonymous editors have published a Bible "friendly to gays," and have edited eight major verses to fit their narrative. The "Queen James Bible" is available on Amazon and is described as, "A Gay Bible. The Queen James Bible is based on The King James Bible, edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation." The description and reasoning for the changes is below. Why We Chose the King James Version We chose the 1769 form of the King James Bible for our revision for the following...
  • 'Fiscal Cliff Deal Without Pain'

    12/14/2012 6:33:01 AM PST · by morethanright · 4 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-13 04:12:29 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:The headline in the Washington Times said it all: "Americans desire a 'fiscal cliff' deal without pain." It just goes to show that my fellow countrymen are incapable of dealing with harsh realities. Welfare, at all levels of American society, whether in the form of Medicare or corporate tax credits, will "end as we know it," to quote Bill Clinton.America is broke and getting broker.Democrats say we should emulate the infamous Donner Party and eat our own. And compliant Republican leaders have napkins, paper plates, plastic forks and knives at the ready. They were, after all, elected by...
  • Dividend Tax Folly

    12/14/2012 6:25:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    While Washington pols pose and posture on whether to raise taxes next year, American businesses are busy taking action to avoid the hit their shareholders are likely to take come January. It's an old lesson that liberals never seem to learn. No matter how clever the tax hikers think they are, those who stand to be hurt by higher taxes usually figure out a way to protect themselves. The Obama administration hopes to raise more revenue by allowing the top tax rate to rise to 39 percent (or 43.4 percent if you include the new tax to pay for Obamacare)...
  • New information emerges on SEC Playboy probe of gun control group treasurer

    12/14/2012 6:23:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 December, 2012 | david codrea
    New details are emerging on a former Illinois state senator and treasurer for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for insider trading of Playboy Enterprises stocks based on information he obtained from his wife, Daily Finance reported yesterday, citing transcripts obtained by Bloomberg News related to charges initially announced in August, 2011. William Marovitz, now separated from former Playboy CEO and “progressive” activist Christie Hefner, “was secretly trading Playboy stock based on inside information he gleaned from their relationship,” the report claims, gaining profits and avoiding losses using personal brokerage accounts, allegedly...
  • Pat Gauen: Illinois concealed carry ruling rooted in violent attack

    12/14/2012 6:14:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Pat Gauen
    Mary Shepard had concealed carry permits from two states — but no gun — when a robber broke into the First Baptist Church in Anna, Ill., south of Carbondale, one September afternoon in 2009. He beat Shepard, the 69-year-old congregation secretary-treasurer, and another woman nearly to death. The attacker went to prison. Shepard, joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association, went to court. U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl, based in East St. Louis, rejected her attempt to nullify the Illinois law against carrying guns, finding that “bearing of a firearm outside the home is not a core right protected...
  • Insourcing to America

    12/14/2012 6:05:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    The prospect of hanging, as Samuel Johnson observed, "concentrates the mind wonderfully." We're counting on that kind of concentration to keep us from falling off the infamous fiscal cliff, which doesn't sound like fun. But while the Republicans and Democrats argue about whom to blame if they let the worst happen, we might look outside the box to find something beyond partisan gloom and economic doom. We've given up our role as the manufacturing colossus, which blinds us to the reality that the times, they are a-changing -- again. "For decades," writes James Fallows in The Atlantic magazine, "every trend...
  • Another low bow to radical Islam

    12/14/2012 5:56:11 AM PST · by NCjim · 13 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 14, 2012 | Wesley Pruden
    Barack Obama says he's a Christian. Good for him (and for the Gospel). But rarely has a Christian paid such obeisance to another faith and ideology. The president's bow and scrape to Islam knows no end. That's not so good. The U.S. Army is soon to issue a handbook instructing soldiers to copy Mr. Obama's example of when and how to defer to an alien ideology that stands against everything Americans are taught, whether by faith, ethics, morals or another code of good conduct. The new manual, which runs to 75 pages, orders American military personnel to refrain from saying...
  • Hip/hop artist and his legion of morons spew hate at Michelle Malkin

    12/14/2012 5:44:15 AM PST · by Mozilla · 31 replies
    CDN ^ | 12/14/12 | by Matt Vespa
    Here we go again. Conservative blogger and Twitchy founder Michelle Malkin has reaped a whirlwind of hate tweets from fans of hip/hop artist The Game. It’s due to the cover art of his new album Jesus Piece, which features a depiction of Christ that some consider blasphemous. Malkin had a post about it on her blog on December 11. According to Twitchy: The Game released a controversial artwork of the album via Instagram on October 21, 2012 and also announced the release date will be December 11. The cover portrays a dark-skinned Jesus in a stained glass window with a...
  • The Fall of the House of Labor

    12/14/2012 5:42:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor. Knowland's plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 was rejected 2 to 1. Knowland's career was over, and the Republicans were decimated nationally for backing right-to-work. Badly burned, the party for years ran away from the issue. This history makes what happened in Michigan, cradle of the United Auto Workers, astonishing. A GOP legislature passed and Gov....
  • Moody's revises Illinois outlook to negative on pensions

    12/14/2012 5:37:16 AM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | updated 12/13/2012 8:21:24 PM ET | Karen Pierog
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' public pension funding problems, likely to persist if not worsen, led Moody's Investors Service on Thursday to revise the state's credit outlook to negative from stable, putting more pressure on state lawmakers to act. Illinois' finances are buckling under a $96.8 billion unfunded pension liability while Governor Pat Quinn and various state lawmakers are pushing to get various reform measures passed by the legislature in early January. But Moody's, which affirmed Illinois' A2 rating, said the passage of any reforms stands a good chance of being challenged in court on the basis of strong state constitutional...
  • Don't You Dare Open a Door for Me!

    12/14/2012 5:29:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Chivalry is back in the news. The always-alert Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute draws our attention to an item in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. A new study on what the authors are pleased to call "benevolent sexism" (which, as Murray translates, seems to mean gentlemanly behavior) found that both women and men are happier when men behave like gentlemen. This being a sociological publication, though, the findings are not written in English, but rather in academic argot. It's full of sentences like this: "A structural equation model revealed that benevolent sexism was positively associated with diffuse system...
  • Awash in red ink, Detroit pays out nearly $500k in bonuses

    12/14/2012 5:24:13 AM PST · by haffast · 20 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 12/13/2012 | Martha C. White
    Detroit is dangling at the edge of insolvency, but the city reportedly has enough funds to pay workers nearly $500,000 in bonuses, the Detroit News reported Thursday. The newspaper said the annual longevity bonuses, which went out last Friday to 1,148 workers, ranged from $150 to $750, depending on how long a worker had been employed. The city, which has fewer than 10,000 employees, eliminated longevity bonuses for union employees three years ago, the Detroit News added. But a statement emailed to NBCNews by Mayor Dave Bing’s spokesman Anthony Neely said the majority of workers — 697 of them —...
  • Swedish Christmas goat engulfed in flames—again

    12/14/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-14-12 | ap
    STOCKHOLM—Not even a layer of ice was enough to keep three people from torching the giant straw goat in a Swedish town where the annual challenge of charring it to the ground has become an unusual Christmas tradition for vandals. The 13-meter (43 foot) high and 3.6 ton heavy straw goat in the Swedish town of Gavle, meant to symbolize the seasonal spirit, was engulfed in flames for the 26th time overnight Thursday after the assailants crossed the fence surrounding it before setting it on fire.
  • Wisconsin: 11 doctors disciplined for handing out fake sick notes during protest

    12/14/2012 5:20:42 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    MADISON, Wis. -- The state Medical Examining Board disciplined 11 doctors this week for giving out questionable sick notes to public workers at a 2011 rally to fight Gov. Scott Walker's limits on collective bargaining. The discipline was handed down Wednesday, eight months after 20 other doctors were punished for similar activity. In the latest round, six doctors were reprimanded and five residents were given administrative warnings, a lesser form of discipline. The six doctors who were disciplined were Susan Carson, Jennifer Edgoose, Laurel Mark, Dipesh Navsaria, Richard Schmelzer and Melissa Stiles. Carson is retired; the others are with the...
  • Brady Campaign Lawsuit Against Armslist.com — Preempted by Federal Law?

    12/14/2012 5:12:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    The Brady Campaign has filed a lawsuit against ArmsList.com (Complaint here). The theory: On April 13, 2011, Jitka Vesel, a 36-year-old immigrant from the Czech Republic was shot and killed by Demetry Smirnov, a Russian immigrant residing in Canada who had met Jitka online a few years earlier. Smirnov stalked her to her workplace parking lot where he shot her 11-12 times with a .40-caliber handgun.... The complaint alleges that [Smirnov] illegally purchased from a private seller whom he located through armslist.com, an online gun auction site owned by defendant Armslist, LLC. The complaint alleges that the website’s design facilitates...
  • Act in self-defense, Illinois (barf alert)

    12/14/2012 5:11:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 14 dec 2012
    No wonder Illinois has such a turbulent relationship with firearms: Many downstate residents grow up comfortable with guns; many city dwellers flinch at the sight of one. Hunters' weapons echo across flat prairies and thickly wooded bluffs; on urban streets, where the prey often knows the predator, gunplay leaves residential streets red with blood. Those differences in our experiences provoke clashing opinions about gun laws — and especially about proposals to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons in public. On Tuesday, a federal appellate panel in Chicago surveyed the broader national landscape and essentially told Illinois lawmakers and Attorney General...
  • Police: Man caught with Mac 11 machine pistol after South Loop robbery

    12/14/2012 5:06:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Peter Nickeas
    Police caught a robbery suspect with a Mac 11 machine pistol in the South Loop neighborhood late Thursday night, authorities said. The 23-year-old man was arrested in the alley between Wabash and Michigan avenues just south of 18th Street just before midnight. He was also carrying a small amount of marijuana and the gun had an extended clip that could hold more than 30 rounds, police said.
  • Union man (Wheeler Marsee - city council) speaks out about run-in with reporter Steven Crowder

    12/14/2012 5:05:58 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 53 replies
    Fox2news ^ | 12-13-2012 | Andrea Isom
    MELVINDALE, Mich. (WJBK) -- It's a video seen all over the world. An attack on a Fox News contributing reporter at the right to work protest in Lansing earlier this week was caught on video. Now, one of the union members seen in the footage is speaking out to FOX 2. By now, almost everybody knows who he is, reporter Steven Crowder, the guy who got sucker-punched outside a pitch tent where the pro-right to work crowd had gathered. (See the video above in the upper right corner) "I'm under rested and overworked right now and still tough enough to...