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  • Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

    12/14/2012 11:22:05 AM PST · by Arthurio · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-14
    Beijing (CNN) -- Twenty-two primary school children were wounded in a knife attack Friday in central China, authorities said. The attack took place at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, according to the public information department of Guangshan county, the area where the school is located. An adult was also wounded, it said. Several of the children are in critical condition, the state-run website Chinanews.com said, citing local authorities. Police say they have detained a suspect, a 36-year-old man from the village, state media reported. Initial assessments suggest the man is mentally ill, Chinanews.com said,...
  • Federal Judges Sue to Win Promised Pay Increases

    12/14/2012 11:17:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 14th, 2012 | Jesse L. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the nation teetering on an economic "fiscal cliff," federal judges may soon force Congress to dedicate possibly millions of dollars to what some of those same judges must consider a worthy cause: their own salaries. Congress in 1989 limited federal judges' ability to earn money outside of their work on the bench and in exchange provided what was supposed to be automatic cost-of-living increases to judicial salaries to ensure inflation wouldn't erode the value of those salaries over time. U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson Jr. of Texas, one of the judges seeking class-action status, called that...
  • I Hereby Withdraw My Name from Consideration for Secretary of Business

    12/14/2012 11:00:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Do you all realize how we're being played on this whole Susan Rice thing? Susan Rice has not even been nominated to be secretary of state, and she's already withdrawn. She wasn't even nominated. This is all such a smoke screen. All this is, is an effort to get an old white guy in there, which has the babes at the White House a little ticked off, by the way. But they're still angrier at the Republicans. Of course, everything is the fault of Republicans. Republicans derailed Susan Rice because all they care about is getting to...
  • IPCC AR5 draft leaked, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing

    12/14/2012 10:41:45 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 13 December 2012
    Full AR5 draft leaked here, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing (Alec Rawls) I participated in “expert review” of the Second Order Draft of AR5 (the next IPCC report), Working Group 1 (“The Scientific Basis”), and am now making the full draft available to the public. I believe that the leaking of this draft is entirely legal, that the taxpayer funded report report is properly in the public domain under the Freedom of Information Act, and that making it available to the public is in any case protected by established legal and ethical standards, but web hosting companies are...
  • CBS News: 27 Dead, Including 18 Children, In Elementary School Shooting (Father was shooter)

    12/14/2012 10:40:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 185 replies
    CBS ^ | 12.14.2012 | CBS
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 18 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead. CBS News’ John Miller reports there is preliminary information that the gunman was the father of one of the students. Miller additionally reports the gunman is 20 years old and is from New Jersey. The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way....
  • Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes'

    12/14/2012 10:31:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/14/2012 - 11:23am Why is it wealthy liberals don’t understand that if they want to pay more income taxes, they can each year on their 1040 form make an additional contribution to the federal government above and beyond what they owe? Consider the case of actor Matt Damon who on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show Wednesday actually said, “I need to pay more taxes” (video follows with transcript and commentary): TAVIS SMILEY, HOST: Do you think that ultimately on the things that matter to you, the things that matter...
  • 4-D Transistor a Preview of Future Computers


    12/14/2012 10:29:58 AM PST · by null and void · 7 replies
    This image, taken with a transmission electron microscope shows the cross section of a new type of transistor shaped like a Christmas tree that was created by researchers at Purdue and Harvard universities. The transistor is made from tiny nanowires of a material called indium-gallium-arsenide, which could replace silicon within a decade. Courtesy of Purdue University A new type of transistor shaped like a Christmas tree has arrived just in time for the holidays, but the prototype won't be nestled under the tree along with the other gifts. "It's a preview of things to come in the semiconductor industry," said...
  • News: 27 dead in Connecticut elementary school shooting

    12/14/2012 10:29:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 64 replies
    CainTV ^ | 12.14.2012 | DAN CALABRESE
    There are no words. I have no words of wisdom or scintillating analysis. Just pray for these people. My God. Reuters reports: At least 27 people, including children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials. The shooter, the father of a student there, was also killed, CBS News reported. The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said. There were unconfirmed reports of a second shooter after witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots fired. Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from...
  • Man-made global warming: even the IPCC admits the jig is up

    12/14/2012 10:12:35 AM PST · by rocksandbroncs · 40 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Last updated: December 13th, 2012 | James Delingpole
    Breaking news from the US – h/t Watts Up With That? – where a leaked draft of the IPCC's latest report AR5 admits what some of us have suspected for a very long time: that the case for man-made global warming is looking weaker by the day and that the sun plays a much more significant role in "climate change" than the scientific "consensus" has previously been prepared to concede. [...] The admission of strong evidence for enhanced solar forcing changes everything. The climate alarmists can’t continue to claim that warming was almost entirely due to human activity over a...
  • The List; Obama's Two Hundred and Third Week in Office

    12/14/2012 9:57:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 12/14/12 | Nachum
    The Obama Administration: Year FourPresident Obama's Two Hundred and Third Week in Office12/13/2012Benghazi-GateState Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next weekSusan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state Rep. Frank Wolf: Tunisia Won't Let FBI Interview Benghazi SuspectObama Ethics, Year 4New Report Suggests National Labor Relations Board Under Obama Straying From Mission to Promote UnionsYour permanent record is now available on demandTSA's Grip on Internal Travel is TighteningChicago Sun Times: Obama swearing-in to be open to media coverage. Should not even have been a question600 Workers To Be Fired As Controversial Activist Judge Sides With Obama-NLRB And SEIU...
  • Moving Rice to National Security Advisor Is a Brilliant Tactical Move

    12/14/2012 9:48:07 AM PST · by CriticalThinking · 24 replies
    4YourCountry ^ | 12/14/12 | 4yourcountry
    President Obama made a brilliant move giving up Rice for Secratary of State. He can now move her to National Security Advisor, much how Nixon originally had Kissinger inside the White House. As National Security Advisor, she is covered by Executive Privilege (Secretary of State is not). This positioning affords Obama a great deal more strategic range. Kerry in State plays into placating Republican Senators - they will resist attacking Kerry. Kerry is ultimately an ineffective leader (also known as "Figure Head"), so he can travel the world collecting frequent flyer miles without disrupting the President's Foreign Policy Agenda. Loss...
  • Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Files Criminal Complaint After Alleged Assault By Pro-Union

    12/14/2012 9:42:59 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 135 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-14-2012 | Noah Rothman
    December 14, 2012 Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Files Criminal Complaint After Alleged Assault By Pro-Union Protester Noah Rothman Fox News commentator Steven Crowder has filed a complaint with the Michigan State Police in relation to an assault he sustained by a pro-union protester while attending a demonstration outside Michigan’s state capitol on December, 11. The protesters were demonstrating against the state legislature’s efforts to pass right to work laws in the heavily unionized state. Crowder joined the protests in support of those controversial laws. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple spoke with Richard Hale, the shift supervisor at the Lansing...
  • Multiple people shot dead at elementary school in Connecticut (Principal, staffer killed)

    12/14/2012 9:41:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 229 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/14/12 | DAN MacLEOD
    Multiple people are dead after a shooting this morning at a Connecticut elementary school, according to a report. According to a witness report, the school's principal and another staffer were killed while the vice principal was shot in the leg afte a gunman opened fire in a hallway. A witness said gunshots were heard in the hallway during a meeting and that "100 rounds" must have been fired, according to CNN. After the shots were fired, three people ran into the hallway but only the vice principal crawled back. Cops responded to reports of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary...
  • Obama: I'm not a socialist

    12/14/2012 9:38:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 78 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama on Thursday brushed aside concerns that he favors socialism, saying in an interview with Univision that his policies are so mainstream that he would have been considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s. Via the transcript of the interview by Alina Mayo Azze of "Noticias Univision 23" in Miami: AMA: One issue that Cuban-Americans are worried about is, they believe that you favor a socialist model for our country. Cubans and Venezuelans especially because of what they have gone through. What do you think of that? PBO: I don't know that there are a lot of Cubans...
  • The G.O.P.’s Existential Crisis (NYT version why we're not actually in debt, and the GOP is dying)

    12/14/2012 9:38:35 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/13/2012 | Paul Krugman
    We are not having a debt crisis. It’s important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis. But it isn’t. The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit. In fact, its borrowing costs are near historic lows. And even the confrontation over the debt ceiling that looms a few months from now if we do somehow manage to avoid going over the fiscal cliff isn’t really about debt. No, what we’re having is a political...
  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker

    12/14/2012 9:36:42 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies
    SBNation.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Ryan Van Bibber
    ESPN announced Friday morning that commentator and Saturday First Take host Rob Parker has been suspended for his comments Thursday concerning Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Parker may not be out of hot water; network spokesperson Mike Soltys added that ESPN was conducting a "full review" of the incident.
  • Casper Police: Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves

    12/14/2012 9:33:33 AM PST · by SLB · 9 replies
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Megan Cassidy
    A gunman retreated from a Casper nail salon last week after realizing one of its customers was packing heat. Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds. A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol. At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Majorities Only Favor Solutions Impacting the Wealthy

    12/14/2012 9:24:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A poll by Pew Research Center shows that majorities of Americans only favor solutions that impact wealthy Americans to reduce the national debt and avoid the "fiscal cliff."Pew provided respondents with 12 deficit reduction options and asked if they approved or disapproved of each option. Majorities approved of five of the options: raise taxes on income over $250,000 (69 percent), limit deductions a taxpayer can claim (54 percent), raise the tax rate on investment income (52 percent), reduce Medicare benefits for higher income seniors (51 percent), and reduce Social Security benefits for higher income seniors (51 percent).Deficit reduction solutions that impact...
  • Panetta: “We’re Not Departing Afghanistan”

    12/14/2012 9:20:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the United States does have plans to draw down its military personnel from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but that the United States is “not departing Afghanistan.” “Well, first and foremost, we’re not departing Afghanistan. We are going to maintain an enduring presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014,” Panetta said at a Wednesday press conference alongside Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan. …
  • Pelosi: Stock Markets “Trust We Would Not Be So Stupid as to Go Over the Cliff”

    12/14/2012 9:15:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said what she views as optimistic market data is a sign that investors believe an agreement to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” will be reached, that the markets “trust that we would not be so stupid as to go over the cliff.” At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Pelosi said, “If we agree that we will have a solution and that we will avoid the cliff—I think we all should agree to that—then what are the steps we need to take and how quickly can we take them, so that we at...
  • Christians Drop 13 Percent in UK; Census Reveals Just 59 Percent Identify as Christian in 2011

    12/14/2012 9:14:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2012
    There has been a huge 13 percent drop in the number of people in Britain identifying themselves as Christian, according to new data released from the 2011 Census. The shocking statistics reveal that the number of Christians has fallen from 37 million to 33 million since 2001. Christians now make up only 59 percent of the population, as opposed to 72 percent in 2001. Meanwhile, the number of Muslims has risen from 1.5 million to 2.7 million - or 5 percent of the population - while the number of people describing themselves as having no religion rose by 10 percent...
  • Montana parents: Christmas songs performed at school concert are a ‘form of bullying’

    12/14/2012 9:14:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    EAG News Organization ^ | December 14, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Parents in the Missoula County, Montana school district have taken bullying accusations to a whole new level. They’re claiming Christmas songs that refer to “our Lord” are “unfair, unconstitutional and [are] a form of bullying,” according to the Billings Gazette. The parents say there are all sorts of faiths represented in the community and children singing the songs at a recent school concert “were uncomfortable.” The school district responded by saying, “During the holidays we, as a school district, are very cognizant regarding our district policy pertaining to the holidays and the importance of separation of church and state,”...
  • Motionless Driver Gets Ticketed For Speeding

    12/14/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 14, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Speeding tickets generate revenue for the city or county in which they’re issued. If the police department is low on revenue, they’ll set up a speed trap on a busy road and lie in wait for the non-violent speed violators. If the city is really desperate, they’ll invest in a speed camera system that will be distributed around the city and send citations to the registered owners of the alleged speeding vehicles. And if they’re still not happy with the money they’re making, they’ll start issuing speeding tickets to people who aren’t even speeding. In Baltimore, Maryland, they’ve generated over...
  • Obama Bypasses Congress to Mandate Black Boxes for All Cars—Beginning in ’14

    12/14/2012 9:10:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Bypassing Congress, the Obama administration has issued a proposed administrative rule, which if adopted, would mandate the installation of “black boxes” in all automobiles and light trucks beginning in 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the regulation on Dec. 7, which it said “would capture valuable safety-related data in the seconds before and during a motor vehicle crash.” The proposed standard would require automakers to install event data recorders (EDRs)—so-called “black box devices”—to collect specific safety-related data in all light passenger vehicles beginning Sept. 1, 2014. …
  • Multiple deaths reported in shooting at Connecticut elementary school

    12/14/2012 9:09:17 AM PST · by Sopater · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/12
    DEVELOPING: A gunman opened fire Friday inside a Connecticut elementary school, and authorities reported multiple deaths -- including the gunman -- according to CTNow.com. Reports also said children were shot but it remains unclear whether any were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Authorities said the gunman, who was not identified, is dead. An official with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that the man apparently had two guns.
  • Clinton’s Testimony on Benghazi Not Confirmed, Says State Dep’t

    12/14/2012 9:03:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The State Department Thursday reined in expectations that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will share with lawmakers the findings of an inquiry into the Sept. 11 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland could not confirm that Clinton would give testimony on Capitol Hill next Thursday—even though the chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee have both issued advisories to that effect. Nuland told a press briefing that to her knowledge the Accountability Review Board (ARB) has yet to complete its work. “I don’t have any dates—any schedule of the secretary’s...
  • Rush LImbaugh Show,"Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 14, 2012

    12/14/2012 8:58:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 102 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 14,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List!
  • The Road to Damascus

    12/14/2012 8:53:54 AM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 14DEC12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget the Grand Prix or the Daytona 500, the real race right now is the race to Damascus. The racers include Syrian rebels in pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and homemade tanks, toting weapons and equipment supplied and paid for by Qatar and Turkey, and more covertly by the British and French intelligence services. Racing along with them are carloads of international diplomats urging their governments to give the Islamist militias more money and more weapons. Everyone is on the road to Damascus in this amazing race. Christian refugees from Aleppo, Alawites packing in behind the tanks of the...
  • 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....