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  • Right-to-Work Laws Shouldn’t Exist, so Why Am I Happy about What Happened in Michigan?

    12/15/2012 8:05:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I was very critical of the General Motors bailout since it largely was designed to give undeserved special benefits to the UAW union. I’m also very down of teacher unions because they sabotage reforms that would help poor children trapped in failed government schools. And I’m definitely opposed to the excessive pay and benefits that politicians grant to bureaucrats in exchange for votes and money from government employee unions (as cleverly depicted in this great Michael Ramirez cartoon).So why, then, do I have mixed feelings about the recently enacted right-to-work law in Michigan?Here’s some of what I wrote almost 25 years...
  • Do Civilians Armed With Guns Ever Capture, Kill, or Otherwise Stop Mass Shooters?

    12/15/2012 7:57:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 90 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Backers of laws that let pretty much all law-abiding carry concealed guns in public places often argue that these laws will sometimes enable people to stop mass shootings. Opponents occasionally ask: If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard even one such example. Naturally, such examples will be rare, partly because mass shootings are rare, partly because many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, or private property posted...
  • SHOTS FIRED INSIDE BIRMINGHAM HOSPITAL, 3 INJURED, GUNMAN KILLED

    12/15/2012 7:51:14 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 64 replies
    www2.alabamas13.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Aaron Hutchens
    Birmingham police are on the scene at Saint Vincent's Hospital this morning, where somebody fired a gun early this morning. We have now learned that a police officer and two hospital employees were injured during that shooting, and they have been taken to UAB hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. The gunman was killed during the shooting. Police say that the public is not in any danger, and that the situation is under control. Our reporter on the scene says additional nurses have been called in to work.
  • Stop Subsidizing the Slaughter

    12/15/2012 7:49:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    Congress and the White House are struggling to find even one subsidy or entitlement program that they are willing to cut. Meanwhile, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) insists that the 2.2-cents per kilowatt-hour Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind electricity should be extended yet again – and then (maybe, partially) phased out over the next five years. By then, claims CEO Denise Bode, wind energy could be cost-competitive with other energy sources. What nonsense. No evidence supports any of this. Wind energy is a net jobs and economic loser. By raising electricity costs for factories, internet hubs, offices, malls,...
  • Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw (hip-hop) Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500

    12/15/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/12
    Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500by Breitbart News 13 Dec 2012 **SNIP** The black-tie Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will take place at the Harman Centeron Jan. 20. The gala, hosted by Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, drew the likes of LL Cool J, T.I. and Nick Cannon in 2009, and just like 2009, VIP tickets will still carry the same eye-popping $2,500 price tag.
  • Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

    12/15/2012 7:37:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 215 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2012 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    DENVER (AP) — Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch. "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It's not something that women in my demographic really care about. I've never heard my friends...
  • China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK)

    12/15/2012 7:29:31 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12-13-2012 | Jordan Weissmann
    China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK) By Jordan Weissmann Dec 13 2012, 12:20 PM In 2010, China just barely edged out the United States as the world's top manufacturer by output -- a distinction it hadn't held since 1850. Still the two countries were basically neck and neck. No longer. The United Nations has updated its national accounts data to capture 2011, and thanks to China's breakneck growth, its manufacturing output is now leaving ours in a cloud of coal dust, as shown in this graph from AEI's Mark Perry. China's trend line is practically...
  • DuPage County Homeowner Fires Shots At Intruder(IL)

    12/15/2012 7:21:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A homeowner shot an intruder in his home in unincorporated DuPage County near Naperville on Tuesday, but the suspect was able to get away. A school in the area was briefly on lockdown after the shooting. The incident happened on Woodcrest Drive in the Steeple Run subdivision. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, Tuesday morning, homeowner Richard Niemiec fired his 9mm handgun at least eight times at a burglar standing at his back door, after being roused out of bed by his dog.
  • Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board (Hussein's death panel) on the table

    12/15/2012 7:19:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board on the tableBy Elise Viebeck - 12/15/12 10:05 AM ET The healthcare law's controversial Medicare board should be on the table in deficit-reduction talks, House Democrats said this week. Killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Sarah Palin decried as a "death panel" in June, could ease Republican concessions as part of a year-end deficit deal, Dems said. "I think everything has to be on the table," said Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), one of healthcare reform's most consistent Democratic opponents. "Anything that could help along the way to get some agreement," said Rep. David...
  • Merry Christmas, America-Haters?

    12/15/2012 7:15:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 14, 2012 | L. Brent Bozell III
    When TNT was preparing its annual special "Christmas in Washington" with the president of the United States, you'd think the last star musician they would consider to join the official caroling would be Psy, the South Korean rapper. What on Earth is Christmasy about this man's invisible-horse-riding dance to his dorky disco-rap hit "Gangnam Style"? It's not exactly the natural flip-side to "O Holy Night." But TNT couldn't resist this year's YouTube sensation. This inane publicity stunt backfired when the website Mediaite reported on Dec. 7 that Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) had participated in a 2002 protest in which...
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • A badge don’t make it right…

    12/15/2012 7:02:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Durable Faith ^ | 12/11/2012 | Staff
    We have been conditioned to submit to anyone wearing a badge by our society, schools, and often even our churches. The result of unquestioned submission to authorities often produces the opposite result to the ideals of the civil society and equally applied law and order that we are seeking. Consider the badges below: 1.Why is it ok for the DHS and FEMA to treat Americans like terrorists, but it’s not OK for the KGB to send Russian “dissidents” to Siberia? 2.Why is it OK for the UN and the CIA to be involved in the overthrow of sovereign nations but...
  • Connecticut gun laws among the toughest in the U.S.

    12/15/2012 7:01:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    eveningsun.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    Supporters and opponents alike of gun control will point to this fact in the coming days: Connecticut already has some of the toughest restrictions on gun laws in the United States. For gun control supporters, the shooting at a Newtown elementary school will be one more piece of evidence that even stronger laws are needed, including at the national level. “We have some of the strongest gun laws in the United States, but if you don’t have strong federal gun laws, that makes it that much more difficult,” said Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. But advocates...
  • Evil Is to Blame

    12/15/2012 7:00:04 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-14-2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Evil Is to Blame J. Christian Adams Pay close attention to what gets blamed for the Newtown school shooting. Evil is to blame for these horrific murders and nothing else. Listen closely to the rhetoric over the coming weeks. How often will evil be named as the cause of the horror? Not often, I suspect. Some dispute the existence of conscious, deliberate, unseen evil. Perhaps that’s why blame for the murderous horror will fall elsewhere. Some consider the mention of evil in public discourse to be unseemly. Belief in pure deliberate evil can be inconvenient, because it includes other necessary...
  • Why The Hot Sauce Industry Is The New Craft Beer Industry

    12/15/2012 6:51:23 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 233 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 11, 2012 | Jason Daley
    In April research firm IBISWorld declared manufacturing of the spicy condiment to be one of the 10 fastest-growing industries in the U.S., with average company revenue jumping 9.3 percent per year over the last decade. Even though the segment is small—roughly 5,500 people employed by 218 sauce companies, an industry valued at $1 billion—it packs an entrepreneurial punch.
  • Canada officially becomes first country to withdraw from Kyoto agreement

    12/15/2012 6:48:00 AM PST · by Dartman · 62 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 14/12 | Jessica Hume
    OTTAWA — Canada has officially withdrawn from the Kyoto climate agreement. The death notice comes years after the Stephen Harper government made clear it rejected the terms that were negotiated by the Jean Chretien government in 1997. According to the agreement, Canada would reduce its greenhouse gases 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. Environment Minister Peter Kent pointed to the fact the United States and China - the two largest carbon emitters - never signed on as reason to abandon the agreement. And one year ago Canada officially announced its repudiation of it, becoming the first country in the world...
  • Minnesotans prepare for possible shootings

    12/15/2012 6:45:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    grandforksherald.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Don Davis
    ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say they have tried to prepare for school shootings like one Friday in Connecticut, but there always is more they can do. “We need to collaboratively do a better job of securing those kids,” said state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a law enforcement officer for 34 years, 16 as Douglas County sheriff. ----------------------cut------------------------- “We’re going to have to have some people who are armed in our schools,” Ingebrigtsen said. “As sad as that can be, and I think (former Gov.) Jesse Ventura brought it up, maybe some of these teachers are going to have to...
  • Abortions—Number and Rate by State of Occurrence

    12/15/2012 6:40:01 AM PST · by outofsalt · 23 replies
    US Census ^ | Un | US Census
    Table 103. Abortions—Number and Rate by State of Occurrence: 2000 to 2008 [Number of abortions by state of occurrence from surveys of hospitals, clinics, and physicians identified as providers of abortion services conducted by the Guttmacher Institute]
  • MPD officer killed in hail of bullets

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by GailA · 20 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/15/12 | Kristina Goetz
    Female LEO Link only
  • A Thought Experiment Related to School Shootings

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Imagine that you ran a school district, and some rich foundation, worried about school shootings, gave you the following offer: We’ll hire armed security guards for you, who could try to do something about the school shooter. These aren’t going to be highly trained police officers, just typical security guards, given some modest training and subjected to basic background checks. It’s not like they’re highly skilled; security guards rarely are. But they have a basic understanding of how to shoot, and when to shoot. They wouldn’t deal with ordinary trespassing, vandalism, and the like, nor would they be at all...