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  • GOP proposes smaller, $24B Sandy aid package

    12/20/2012 7:07:56 AM PST · by upchuck · 6 replies
    Ass Press ^ | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | ANDREW MIGA
    The GOP alternative bill would provide more than enough money to pay for immediate recovery efforts through the spring. Republicans complain that the $60.4 billion Democratic bill being debated in the Senate is larded with money for projects unrelated to damage from the late October storm, which battered the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to Maine. The Republican version does not include $13 billion Democrats want for projects to protect against future storms, including fortification of mass transit systems in the Northeast and protecting vulnerable seaside areas by building jetties against storm surges. Republicans said however worthy such projects may...
  • NY Stock Exchange Being Bought For $8.2B By Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange

    12/20/2012 7:00:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/20/2012 | Mark Memmott
    <p>The New York Stock Exchange will be acquired by IntercontinentalExchange of Atlanta in a deal valued at about $8.2 billion, the two rivals confirmed Thursday morning.</p> <p>In matching press releases, they say the sale "combines two leading exchange groups to create a premier global exchange operator diversified across markets including agricultural and energy commodities, credit derivatives, equities and equity derivatives, foreign exchange and interest rates."</p>
  • Initial jobless claims climb 17,000 to seasonally adjusted 361,000 in the week ended Dec. 15

    12/20/2012 6:56:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/20/2012 | Steve Goldstein
    <p>First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 17,000 in the latest week, though to a level that suggests the U.S. labor market is continuing its steady but painfully slow improvement.</p> <p>The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time jobless claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 361,000 in the week ended Dec. 15, versus a slightly upwardly revised 344,000 in the prior week. That’s almost exactly in line with the MarketWatch-compiled economist consensus of 360,000.</p>
  • Our Sociopaths, Ourselves: What could have stopped Adam Lanza?

    12/20/2012 6:51:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2012 | Christina Hoff Sommers
    The school shooting in Newtown was so horrific and heartbreaking that it is only natural to call out for whatever it takes to make sure nothing like it ever happens again. It is hard to disagree with those who are demanding stronger gun-control laws and better mental-health oversight of unstable people. But how workable are such measures — and how effective? And are we asking the right questions?The proposed gun-control legislation sponsored by California senator Dianne Feinstein sounds reasonable. But it is not clear that it would make a difference. It would stop the sale and manufacture of some...
  • Self-Righteous Starbucks Forced To Chug A Venti Of Greedy British Government

    12/20/2012 6:48:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/20/2012 | Kyle Smith
    It’s easy to chuckle at Starbucks’ tax troubles. The java merchant that has successfully enticed millions to pay for the privilege of hearing words like “barista” and “doppio” sprinkled over their morning jolt has made a specialty of offering a little dollop of sanctimony in every cup, promising to calm the conscience even as it raises the heartbeat. Shibboleths like “sustainable,” “fair trade” and “responsibly grown” seem to add value to its self-regarding clientele. Alas, Starbucks’ now-notorious “tax avoidance” policy in the United Kingdom proves that once you start chugging a Venti of self-righteousness, you may find yourself getting force-fed...
  • Grand Ayatollah Declares All Christian Women May be Raped

    12/20/2012 6:44:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is being reported a Syrian rebel declaration, but Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani is a Shiite Grand Ayatollah who hails from Iraq. He appears to be affiliated with some Syrian faction, but it’s unclear exactly which one, and has had his clashes with other Grand Ayatollahs. Grand Ayatollah Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani’s declaration that Christians are polytheists is not unprecedented, but it does serve as a reminder of how fragile even Dhimmi People of the Book status is. Jihadi leader Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani has spoken of Christians as polytheists and friends of the Zionists, in an...
  • Walmart not pulling gun after school shooting

    12/20/2012 6:39:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    wsbtv.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Richard Elliot
    Walmart, the world's largest retailer, announced it will not be pulling the type of weapon used in the Newtown school massacre off its shelves, while another major retailer announced it would. Walmart confirmed Tuesday that it does sell the Bushmaster Sporting Rifle at its stores and plans to continue to do so. "We have made no changes to the assortment of guns we sell in our stores," Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg said in a written statement.
  • Sheila Jackson Lee:Schools Need Steel Retractable Walls To Stop Attackers(U just can't fix stupid)

    12/20/2012 6:33:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 109 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/19/2012
    KPFT 90.1 FM : Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat, Houston, is speaking out about tighter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. This audio interview excerpt is from the KPFT 90.1 FM Local News at 4pm broadcast for Monday, December 17, 2012.
  • US Shooting Spurs Bulletproof Backpack Sales

    12/20/2012 6:29:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    US Shooting Spurs Bulletproof Backpack Sales Nervous parents are buying protective rucksacks for their children after last week's deadly Connecticut school shooting. Sales of bulletproof backpacks have soared in the days after the shootings of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. One company, Amendment II, sells Avengers and Little Mermaid-themed bags for boys and girls respectively, with integrated protective armour inserts. "Sewn into the rear of the pack, you can always be confident that the armour hasn't been accidentally left at home and that you or your child are protected in case of the...
  • West Virginians protest Manchin’s gun rights betrayal

    12/20/2012 6:25:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Neil W. McCabe
    West Virginians plan to rally in front of the Charleston, W.V. offices of Sen. Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.) Dec. 22 in protest of his abandonment of the pro-gun rights positions he campaigned on in 2010 and 2012. “We are expecting 300 to 1,000 people to attend — it will be bigger than any of the events we held during the campaign,” said Keith T. Morgan, the president of the Charleston-based West Virginia Citizens Defense League. “We have received hundreds of RSVP’s through our Facebook page and tons of emails,” he said. “It is front page news here and we’ve gotten...
  • Americans seeking unemployment aid rises by 17,000

    12/20/2012 6:17:13 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    US News ^ | December 20, 2012 | PAUL WISEMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. But the number of people seeking aid is consistent with a job market that continues to grow modestly. Unemployment claims rose the week of Dec. 15 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000 from a revised 344,000 the week before.
  • Final Q3 GDP Prints 3.1% - Government, Inventories Account For Half; Fixed Investment Negligible

    12/20/2012 6:16:28 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Moments ago the BEA released the final Q3 GDP number, which printed at 3.1%, up from the second GDP guesstimate 2.7% reported last month, the first 3%+ print since Q4 2011 when, just like today, everything was coming up roses and when growth was on the horizon. Sadly, just like then, reading between the lines reveals more of the same disappointing components, with nearly half of the entire 3.1% annualized growth being derived from Government (0.75) and Inventories (0.73%), combined adding 1.48% (more than in the second revision) of the 3.1% print. Annualized Personal Consumption as a portion of the...
  • JIM ROGERS: I'm A Gold Bull, But I Think Prices Will Tumble For A While Longer

    12/20/2012 6:16:13 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-20-2012 | Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
    JIM ROGERS: I'm A Gold Bull, But I Think Prices Will Tumble For A While Longer Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, CNBCDecember 20, 2012With gold prices being hammered in recent weeks, and trading near four-month lows on Wednesday, longtime gold bull Jim Rogers is sounding a word of caution, saying it's possible the correction in bullion may continue into the new year. "Just be careful, there're too many bulls, including me, but I'm very cautious," Rogers told CNBC. "Gold is having a correction— it's been correcting for 15-16 months now— which is normal in my view, and it's possible that [the] correction is...
  • GDP SOARS PAST EXPECTATIONS, RISING 3.1 PERCENT

    12/20/2012 6:07:24 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-20-2012 | Matthew Boesler
    GDP SOARS PAST EXPECTATIONS, RISING 3.1 PERCENT Matthew BoeslerDecember 20, 2012 U.S. economic output rose 3.1 percent in Q3 versus consensus estimates of a 2.8 percent gain. An increase in nonfarm private inventories was one of the largest single drivers of growth, contributing 1.1 percentage points to the number. Personal consumption growth came in at 1.6 percent versus expectations of a 1.4 percent rise. Below, the full text from the BEA: Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 3.1...
  • When you do this, Sun-Tzu smiles (strategy and tactics)

    12/20/2012 6:01:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    In a minute, we'll give you four concrete steps you can take to preserve your guns and your gun rights -- and not coincidentally, make Sun-Tzu, the greatest of ancient strategists, smile. But first, an assessment of the position. We're under attack, but it's not unprecedented. It's just the usual suspects, taking delight in a crisis they won't let go to waste, frolicking in the bloody shirt. If you're young you haven't seen this before. If you're older, you saw it in the mid-nineties. A little older, you saw the 80s hysteria that led to the Hughes Amendment and the...
  • Shiller: Housing Hasn’t Necessarily Bottomed Yet

    12/20/2012 6:01:24 AM PST · by blam
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-20-12 | Cullen Roche
    Shiller: Housing Hasn’t Necessarily Bottomed Yet 12/20/2012 1:39 AM Cullen Roche In an interview on CNBC earlier today Robert Shiller provided his outlook for housing. Shiller says house prices haven’t necessarily bottomed yet. “A lot of people seem to think that if the market turns around, that means more of the same, meaning another big boom.” … “I don’t think [a boom] is in the cards. We might see home prices go up a little bit, you know, a little bit above inflation, maybe. Not likely that we’ll see a real boom.” “I’d like to people getting optimistic again. Not...
  • Leno: 'When Congress Talks About Plan B, The Rest of Us End Up With Plan F and U'

    12/20/2012 5:54:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Leno: 'When Congress Talks About Plan B, The Rest of Us End Up With Plan F and U' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/20/2012 - 8:08am Jay Leno said a really inconvenient truth about the fiscal cliff negotiations on NBC's Tonight Show Wednesday "John Boehner told Congress to prepare for plan B," Leno teased during his opening monologue. "You know what that means when Congress talks about plan B? The rest of us end up with plan F and U. Okay? That's the plan we get, F and U." Ain't that the truth? Leno followed this up by saying, "But, the...
  • What Is FedEx Telling Us About The Global Economy?

    12/20/2012 5:51:08 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-20-2012 | Cullen Roche
    What Is FedEx Telling Us About The Global Economy? 12/20/2012 3:04 AM Cullen Roche Everyone always thinks that Alcoa kicks off the earnings season, but I donÂ’t see it that way. The real earnings season kicks off with FedEx who usually reports well in advance of Alcoa and gives us a much more meaningful look into the state of the economy. So whatÂ’s the global bellwether telling us? Here are some of the key highlights from their earnings report yesterday and the conference call: â–  Guidance for the full-year was in-line with expectations after last quarterÂ’s big cut. That could...
  • San Jose man out of immigration jail for Christmas

    12/20/2012 5:47:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 12/19/2012 | Joshua Melvin
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Jesus Ruiz Diego, 26, woke up in San Jose on Wednesday morning he thought for a second that he had just dreamed about getting out of jail. But when he saw it was his aunt who had awaked him, not a guard, he knew he wouldn't have to face the horrible reality of a Christmas spent awaiting deportation in the Yuba County Jail. "And then I was like, 'It's real,' " he said Wednesday during a news conference in front of the San Francisco office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whom he hopes will help in...
  • WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers

    12/20/2012 5:43:54 AM PST · by Wolfie · 39 replies
    WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers Washington state recently passed a ballot initiative that permits marijuana smokers the ability to smoke the drug in their homes legally. Frank Schnarr, the owner of Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, said that pot smokers can smoke in his establishment, according to Reuters. “I stay up at night,” he said. “I’m about to lose my business. So I’ve got to figure out some way to get people in here.” No one knows for sure if Schnarr is breaking the law by allowing his patrons to smoke marijuana at his...