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  • The Good Face, Not the Good Book: Beware of Mark Zuckerberg bearing gifts.

    12/21/2012 3:21:47 PM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/21/12 | Jay D. Homnick
    In wonderful news on the philanthropy front, Mark Zuckerberg has contributed 500 million dollars to… well, to an organization that will spawn a subsidiary foundation to contribute to… well, a funding mechanism that will facilitate his ability to contribute to… well, to things involving education and its ability to contribute to… well, to the general wellbeing of society and its ability to contribute to… well, Mark Zuckerberg’s reputation. And the government. It is too early to predict just who if anyone will benefit from this “gift” to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Take a look at this organization’s website and...
  • Larry Kudlow: Don’t Blame Boehner. Plan B was the least-bad option with this President and Senate.

    12/21/2012 3:13:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Larry Kudlow
    When you lose an election you get frustrated. When you’re sitting in a subpar 2 percent economy, and are faced with tax hikes rather than marginal rate reductions, you get even more frustrated. And when you’re staring at $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years, and $8.6 trillion in deficits, your frustration levels climb even higher. These are among the frustrations that led a number of House Republicans to pull back from Speaker John Boehner’s so-called Plan B. Nobody looked good on the Republican side when Thursday night’s vote fell through. But you have to understand their frustrations....
  • Analysis: GOP policies led to fiscal cliff blowup

    12/21/2012 3:12:10 PM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/21/2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    House Republicans seem shocked by their party's meltdown on the so-called fiscal cliff. They shouldn't be. The uncompromising conservatives who blocked Speaker John Boehner's tax bill were merely sticking to policies that Boehner and nearly all other GOP leaders have pushed, without reservation, for years: It's always wrong to raise tax rates on anyone, no matter how rich. The nation's big deficit is entirely "a spending problem, not a revenue problem." And in any deficit-reduction plan, spending cuts must overwhelm new revenues, by 10-to-1 if not more. To be surprised by Boehner's failure is to assume one of two things....
  • Mark Levin Show,"MERRY CHRISTMAS!",M-F,6PM-PM,EST,WABC AM,December 21,2012

    12/21/2012 3:08:53 PM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 21,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • (San Diego, CA) Gun Owners Give Up Weapons for Groceries

    12/21/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fox 5 News Staff
    Gun owners give up weapons for groceries SAN DIEGO — Gun owners had a chance to exchange weapons for Friday morning. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the United African American Ministerial Action Council held another installment of their “Guns for Gift Cards” program from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tubman/Chavez Multicultural Center in Valencia Park. The program allows people to turn in working-condition guns, no questions asked, in exchange for monetary vouchers redeemable at area grocery stores. Shotguns and rifles bring $50 credit each, while pistols and assault-type weapons fetch $100 apiece. Participants must place the weapons,...
  • Politically potent Hollywood escapes heavy scrutiny in wake of shooting (DNC profits from Violence)

    12/21/2012 3:02:28 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec 21.2012
    n the wake of last week's Connecticut school shooting, many in the media and on Capitol Hill blamed one powerful lobby, the gun industry, and suggested banning assault weapons would lead to safer streets. "On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons," Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., said. On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said "people on the far-right, on the NRA front ... they go to bed at night ... afraid somebody's going to take that gun away from them. Normal people have other interests." On...
  • The Demographic Cliff (Fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace America)

    12/21/2012 3:02:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/21/2012
    The New York Times has finally discovered that fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace the modern nation-state. There’s a demographic cliff, too. A couple weeks ago, the Times’s Ross Douthat wrote a column about America’s bleak demographic future and suggested that the reason we aren’t having enough babies is that we’ve become a decadent society. Douthat’s column touched off something of a firestorm on the left as liberal writers flipped out over the ideas that (1) There aren’t enough babies; (2) More babies would be a good thing; and (3) The dearth of babies suggests there might be...
  • Mayor Gray says D.C. should ‘double down’ on gun restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:57:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his city should “double down” on gun laws that are among the most stringent in the country, as leaders in the nation’s capital and other cities view the sudden debate over guns as a pressing issue that afflicts youth both inside and outside of school walls. .... In the District, Mr. Gray pointed to an incident at the Family Research Council in August, when a gunman entered the conservative think tank’s downtown offices. A security guard, Leo Johnson, was hailed as a hero for wrestling the man to the ground before he could inflict...
  • Argentina Deploys Troops to Contain Looting

    12/21/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by docbnj · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | Ken Parks
    Looters attacked supermarkets in several Argentine cities Friday in the latest challenge to President Cristina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy and maintain her control over the ruling Peronist Party. What started with the ouster Thursday afternoon of a supermarket in the Patagonian resort town of Bariloche quickly spread to other parts of the country, with thousands of looters attacking supermarkets and shops in the cities of Rosario, Campana and Zárate. In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested.
  • Mayor Emanuel releases fiery statement on NRA

    12/21/2012 2:48:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 52 replies
    wlsam.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Cameron
    Mayor Emanuel has released a fiery statement denouncing the National Rifle Association for advocating armed police in about every school. Rahm Emanuel prepared an unusually strong statement, even by his standards. “It’s outrageous and unsettling that the NRA would choose to address gun violence not by taking assault weapons off our streets, but by adding more guns to our schools, " the mayor said in a statement. The statement went on to say "that is not the right answer for our society, our schools and most importantly our children. People across this country, from small towns to big cities, are...
  • Arne Duncan Says ‘Reasonable People’ Should Back Gun Restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:37:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sarah Parnass
    Two hours before the National Rifle Association told the country that guns were not to blame for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that “reasonable people” should be able to overcome their differences on the issue and work to craft tougher laws. Duncan, a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s new task force charged with finding solutions to America’s gun violence, said the goal should be to support “common sense” measures such as banning “assault weapons” and high-capacity ammunition, and closing gun-show loopholes in the background-check process. “Reasonable people should be...
  • Teachers union rejects NRA’s call for armed security in schools

    12/21/2012 2:25:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 21, 2012
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in reaction to National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s press conference today: After remaining silent for an entire week following the Newtown massacre, the NRA’s first comments were to call for more guns in our schools and our society. This is both irresponsible and dangerous. No matter how much money the NRA spends or propaganda it tries to spread, one thing is clear—the NRA is not serious about confronting the epidemic of gun violence in our nation. Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. Anyone who...
  • Caption Boehner

    12/21/2012 2:24:38 PM PST · by crosshairs · 23 replies
  • Meet WND’s 'Man of the Decade'

    12/21/2012 2:23:37 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Taylor Rose
    "He championed the Constitution, sound money and liberty like no other "WASHINGTON – Honoring one of the most inspiring and principled political careers in contemporary American politics, culminating in an extraordinary “farewell address” upon his recent announced retirement from the House of Representatives, WND has named U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, as its “Man of the Decade.” In addition to his primary focus of keeping government within the confines of the Constitution, Paul’s legacy will prominently feature his unwavering dedication to audit – and ultimately abolish – the Federal Reserve in a decades-long effort to restore America’s economy and monetary...
  • Public university hires pornographic poet as English prof

    12/21/2012 2:19:11 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 17 replies
    The University of North Carolina-Wilmington has hired an English literature professor whose pornographic poetry verse include fantasies of sexual relations with freshmen female students, an education watchdog reported this week. In Prof. Alessandro Porco’s poem “Hot Girl-Girl Action University” the fictional university president Jill Kelly offers a welcome to the freshman class. “Who would say No to a gang-bang? Who would say No to Prof. Poon-Tang? Who would say No to my scholarly toungin’? Thank you fathers for your daughters.”
  • Voeltz v. Obama Dismissed

    12/21/2012 2:10:48 PM PST · by Ray76 · 67 replies
    Voeltz v. Obama DISMISSED http://judicial.clerk.leon.fl.us/image_orders.asp?caseid=64293606&jiscaseid=&defseq=&chargeseq=&dktid=6821636&dktsource=CRTV From the Dismissal: This Court notes that President Obama lives in the White House. He flies on Air Force One. He has apeared before Congress, delivered States of the Union addresses, and meets with Congressional leaders on a regular bais. He has appointed countless ambassadors to represent the interests of the United States throughout the world. President Obama's recent appointment of The Honorable Mark Walker, formerly a member of this Court, has been confirmed by the United States Senates. Judge Walker has been sworn in as a United States District Court Judge and currently works...
  • Report: Mark Sanford to run for Congress

    Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford plans to return to the political arena and run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was recently appointed to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.
  • NRA Membership Increasing 8,000 A Day After Sandy Hook Shooting

    12/21/2012 1:51:55 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 20, 2012
    NRA membership rolls are rising rapidly at a record-setting pace, increasing by 8,000 new NRA members per day since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. According to Fox News, both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in the period following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Unlike many who are using the school shooting as a political club, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been staying quiet out of respect for the Newtown victims. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on Tuesday the NRA released a statement:
  • Swift Boat Vets Promise To Resurface Against John Kerry

    12/21/2012 1:49:18 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 41 replies
    http://freedomoutpost.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Tim Brown
    John O’Neill, the founder of the Swift Boat Vets for Truth, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the group would resurface and protest the nomination of Senator John Kerry should he be nominated as Secretary of Defense of Secretary of State...... O’Neill said that Kerry wouldn’t be suited for serving as Secretary of Defense, but would be “a much better guy at hauling up the white flag.”
  • Justin Trudeau's Islamist Revival

    12/21/2012 1:46:45 PM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 20DEC12 | David B. Harris Special to IPT News
    Nothing says bug-eyed clerical fanaticism more than inviting a hate-spewing Saudi cleric to address your religious revival meeting. But this is part of the under-reported history of the Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention, a conference that Justin Trudeau, a frontrunner in Canada's Liberal Party leadership race – and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau – will address this weekend in Toronto. It's also why moderate Muslims and non-Muslims are aghast at the prospect of Trudeau's presence legitimizing the conference and some of its notables. Although organizers pitch the gathering as "A Unique Youth Effort" "to help overcome new...
  • EX-OBAMA OFFICIAL FUNDING AL-QAIDA-TIED REBELS. Raising U.S. money for jihadist

    12/21/2012 1:38:24 PM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    kleinonline ^ | 19DEC12 | Aaron Klein
    - -led opposition fighters JERUSALEM — The former director of Muslim outreach for President Obama’s 2008 campaign now is representing a charity raising money in the U.S. to fund the jihadist-tied Syrian opposition. Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, resigned from Obama’s first presidential campaign after the Wall Street Journal reported that he sat on the board of an Islamic investment group called the Allied Assets Advisors Fund. Also on the board was Jamal Said, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, which raised millions of dollars for the Hamas terrorist organization. The Allied Assets Advisors Fund was itself a...
  • The Most Accurate Economist On Wall Street Sees A Big Bullish Wildcard For America

    12/21/2012 1:32:51 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Sam Ro
    The Most Accurate Economist On Wall Street Sees A Big Bullish Wildcard For America Sam RoDec. 21, 2012, 2:05 PM One of the most bullish economic stories in the world has been the recent recovery of the U.S. housing market. Maury Harris, UBS's Chief U.S. Economist, is particularly optimistic considering the snapback of housing formation, which is now back above 1 million per year. We recently had lunch with Harris, who is repeatedly recognized as the most accurate economist on Wall Street and is one of Bloomberg's 50 most influential people in the world. Harris pointed to one housing market...
  • Boston mayor blasts NRA reaction to Conn. killings

    12/21/2012 1:24:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 63 replies
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is criticizing the National Rifle Association's call for armed police and security volunteers to be posted at schools. He said the group's proposal "is not a plan, but a ploy to bring more guns into our neighborhoods." Menino reacted in a statement Friday after the NRA commented on last week's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 children and staff. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby blamed video games, movies and music videos, saying they expose children to a violent culture day in and day out. The mayor said Americans are tired of the same...
  • Reproduction without sex, a liberating future

    12/21/2012 1:14:01 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Special to CNN ^ | December 20, 2012 | Aarathi Prasad
    Last year on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the contraceptive pill its inventor Carl Djerassi spoke of the coming dramatic changes to reproductive options -- of the technologies that will have just as big an impact on society in the 50 years to come. After sex without reproduction, reproduction without sex. In an article in the UK's "traditional values" tabloid, the Daily Mail, titled "A Terrifying Future for Female Fertility," Djerassi said, "There are an enormous number of well-educated, proficient women who, when facing the biological clock, first pay attention to their professional ambitions...in the next 20...
  • ZERVOS: The Fed Is Risking An Inflation Disaster, And There Will Only Be One Place To Hide

    12/21/2012 1:13:31 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    ZERVOS: The Fed Is Risking An Inflation Disaster, And There Will Only Be One Place To Hide Joe WeisenthalDecember 21,2012 Jefferies' economist David Zervos is back in a new note, which takes stock of developments at the Fed and the Bank of Japan. The Fed, of course, recently adopted Evans Rule, which indicates that tightening won't occur until unemployment gets to around 6.5%, or inflation expectations are around 2.5%. The Bank of Japan is expected to see a new round of aggressive policy, thanks to the wishes of incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While markets seem to be pretty happy...
  • They’re Running TV Spots For Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie Now…

    12/21/2012 1:03:03 PM PST · by LSUfan · 34 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 18 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    …it opens next month. It’s a propaganda film, and it’s pure BS. There is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing causes farmland to become unproductive the way it’s depicted in Promised Land. We’ve been fracking for 60 years in this country and if fracking destroyed farmland we would know about it. We don’t know that. But what we do know is that the financing of Damon’s anti-fracking propaganda film comes from the United Arab Emirates. As in, an Arab OPEC nation. Whose interests are significantly damaged by the kind of full-scale domestic U.S. oil and gas production fracking holds the key...
  • White House weighs smaller fiscal cliff package

    12/21/2012 12:50:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    politico ^ | 12/21/12 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    So the White House is turning its focus to a smaller package that would extend the Bush-era tax rates on income below $250,000, pause the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester and renew unemployment insurance benefits, according to senior administration officials. It would hold off a significant portion of the fiscal cliff, minimizing any economic shock in the new year. But it means a host of tax provisions would likely expire, little would be done to address the debt and deficit, and no process would be set up for overhauling the tax code next year. There would be no...
  • Middle East Forum bankrolls free speech defenses for critics of ‘Islamist threat’

    12/21/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    americanindependent.com ^ | 20DEC12 | Eli Clifton
    When the people sounding alarms over the ‘Islamist threat’ run into trouble with the law, the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project is increasingly the go-to funder tapped to mount defenses here and abroad. In September, Reuters revealed that the Legal Project paid legal bills for Dutch anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders. Wilders faced charges in the Netherlands for inciting hatred against Muslims in interviews, articles, and his short film, “Fitna,” which compared “Islamic ideology” to Nazism and Communism. Wilders was acquitted on all charges in June 2011. The Legal Project’s work on the case is part of its focus on what...
  • John Kerry's Nomination Means Barney Frank May Be Back In D.C. Sooner Than Anyone Thought

    12/21/2012 12:45:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/21/2012 | Linette Lopez
    Today, Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State, and if he's confirmed, that will leave a Massachusetts Senate seat open next year. At the same time, there just happens to be a Massachusetts Democrat going into retirement next year — former head of the Banking Committee, Barney Frank. Governor Deval Patrick has got to nominate someone to fill the seat until a special election is held next year, and Frank may be the experienced pick. Politico reports that Frank said he wouldn't rule out accepting the nomination either. “The governor ought to be free to...
  • BOOMTOWN: D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market

    12/21/2012 12:44:48 PM PST · by Poundstone · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2012 | Annys Shin
    While much of the nation is still struggling to emerge from a historic housing-market meltdown, the District is reliving its boom days. High rents, low interest rates, low inventory, and a flood of new residents in their 20s and 30s are making parts of the city feel like it’s 2005 again. The median home sale price in the District is up 14 percent from last year, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). And the average number of days houses spend on the market has fallen by nearly 30 percent, to 53 days.
  • Obama Unveils Online Information Sharing Strategy To Fight Cyberterrorism

    12/21/2012 12:37:37 PM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | 12/21/2012 | Adam Popescu
    On Wednesday the President issued a 16-page game plan aimed at strengthening the process and protection of online sharing to fight cyber attacks. It's called the the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. The NSISS is a guideline aimed at creating a "balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm," the President wrote. "Sharing and safeguarding are often seen as mutually exclusive, in reality they are mutually reinforcing. This Strategy, therefore, emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help...
  • Eric Cantor plays loyal lieutenant to Boehner

    12/21/2012 12:36:49 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Rosalind S. Helderman,
    In a breach of bedrock conservative principles, House Speaker John A. Boehner laid out a proposal Tuesday to allow tax rates to rise for Americans making more than $1 million a year. And standing side by side with Boehner as he outlined what many Republicans consider an apostasy — but what Boehner argues is the only way to spare most people from a tax increase — was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who has worked hard in recent months to play the loyal lieutenant.
  • Student’s plan to come to school as Santa goes awry

    12/21/2012 12:30:02 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Claudinezap
    the teen’s mother confirmed that George had bought a Santa costume, and that he had told police that he and his friends planned to dress up as Santa and his elves–and hand out candy canes. He had even alerted a teacher to his idea. Police investigated and found no cause for concern. But Crawford High School principal Mike Campbell was not convinced, saying he found the post disturbing. He had George suspended while the school investigates.
  • Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control

    12/21/2012 12:27:24 PM PST · by gitmo · 43 replies
    Sott Net ^ | Tue, 18 Dec 2012 | Niall Bradley
    The massacre of 20 children and 7 adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school last Friday was one more in a long line of atrocious mass murders committed in the USA. By now, four days later, an official version of events has more or less solidified to explain the chain of events. The familiar 'lone gunman' narrative has once more stoked the hot-button issue of gun control and left the general population as clueless as ever as to why people suddenly 'go postal' and target the most vulnerable members of society. Teddy bears left at a memorial for the child...
  • Why The Manufacturing Jobs Are Not Coming Back

    12/21/2012 12:26:52 PM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    There are a plethora of reasons underpinning the fact that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the USA. Perhaps the simplest is purely economic. As McKinsey notes in a recent report, manufacturings' role in job creation shifts over time as manufacturing's share of output falls and as companies invest in technologies and process improvements that raise productivity. A critical finding is that as manufacturing's share of national output falls, so does its share of employment - following the inverted 'U' curve below. Manufacturing job losses in advanced economies have been concentrated in labor-intensive and highly tradable (read globalizable) industries...
  • 446 school age children shot in Chicago . . .

    12/21/2012 12:24:17 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 37 replies
    The Tea Party Commander ^ | December 20, 2012 | none listed
    446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year with strongest gun laws in country – media silent The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media. In Chicago, there have been 446 school age children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc. 62 school aged children have actually been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost...
  • California: State unemployment rate falls to 9.8% even as employers shed jobs

    12/21/2012 12:23:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/21/2012 | Ricardo Lopez
    California's unemployment rate hit single-digits in November for the first time in almost four years, thanks in part to a holiday hiring surge by retailers. The jobless rate fell to 9.8% from 10.1% in October, according to data in an overall jobs report released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The drop in the unemployment rate, determined in a survey of households, came even as a separate payroll survey found that employers in the state shed 3,800 jobs. “The state showed a very significant and encouraging drop in the unemployment rate,” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at the Fermanian...
  • Boehner says he's open to negotiations with President Obama on avoiding 'fiscal cliff'

    12/21/2012 12:13:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/21/12 | Associated Press
    House Speaker John Boehner signaled on Friday he's still open to negotiations with President Barack Obama on avoiding across-the-board tax increases set to hit taxpayers Jan. 1, but sounded pessimistic about reaching a grand deal with the president. "How we get there, God only knows," Boehner told a Capitol Hill news conference just hours after his rank-and-file handed him a stunning tactical defeat. The Republican leader spoke the morning after he was forced by his members to abandon legislation that would have raised taxes on incomes above $1 million. "We didn't have the votes to pass it," Boehner said glumly.
  • URGENT: 4 shot dead in Pennsylvania, 3 troopers injured in confrontation with suspect

    12/21/2012 12:02:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    A wild car chase has resulted in a 6-mile-long crime scene. The suspect is now ‘neutralized,’ say cops. Four people died and three were injured in a shooting near Geeseytown, Pa., Friday morning. A woman and three men – including the gunman – were killed, said Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE DAILY NEWS ONLINE PETITION TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS.[Snip] “There is no longer a threat to residents and visitors to this area from this individual,” the agency alerted the public via Facebook. Those seeking emergency counseling regarding this incident may report to the Geeseytown...
  • Public Puts Mental Health, More Police above Gun Control

    12/21/2012 12:01:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 21, 2012 | John Fund
    Policy makers should focus on what might actually work to prevent massacres.(Gallup, Inc., December 18, 2012) Despite what amounts to an all-out propaganda campaign in the mainstream media calling for more gun control, the American people remain unconvinced and think there are better ways to avoid massacres like the one that happened in Newtown.A CBS News poll taken after the shootings found just 26 percent of Americans believe stricter gun laws would have done a lot to prevent the carnage. A Rasmussen poll found only 27 percent think stricter gun control would be the most effective preventive measure. Almost half...
  • Do you agree with the NRA that an armed officer should be posted in every school? (FREEP THIS POLL!)

    12/21/2012 11:46:44 AM PST · by rarestia · 106 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | 21 December 2012 | Staff
    Do you agree with the NRA that an armed officer should be posted in every school? Yes(72%) No(28%)
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    12/21/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 21 Dec 12 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted. "He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said, standing alongside Kerry at the White House. "Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."
  • I'm no Scrooge, Obama edition

    12/21/2012 11:33:37 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/21/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Obama is giving a special gift to federal workers: a day off on Christmas Eve, apparently with pay. "All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2012, the day before Christmas Day," states the executive order he signed.
  • Christmas 2012 (North on our military)

    12/21/2012 11:31:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 21, 2012 | Oliver North
    EPHRATA, PA — Five years ago, this annual Christmas column was written while our Fox News "War Stories" team was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad. A year earlier, the Christmas 2006 column was written in Ramadi, Iraq, while we were embedded with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in what was then the bloodiest place on the planet. In 2005, this column originated with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and the 2nd Brigade of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, in Anbar Province. In the days before Christmas that year, we were able to document the...
  • John Kerry: Global Warming Is The Next 9/11 ( Aug. 31, 2009 )

    12/21/2012 11:24:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Business insider ^ | Aug. 31, 2009, 1:34 PM | Jay Yarow
    John Kerry has written an op-ed for the Huffington Post comparing the inaction in response to a heating planet to the inaction of President Bush before September 11th. Kerry reaches deep into the bag of global warming hysterics to uncork this piece, saying that the fate of the nation hinges upon the passing of some sort of climate change legislation.It's ridiculously over the top, but we suppose it might get a few supporters all riled up and ready to fight for the bill this fall. Of course, it's so over the top that it might just turn off a bunch...
  • Indiana Man Got 'Riled Up' Watching Fox News, Drank 45 Beers, And Then Set Fire To A Mosque

    12/21/2012 11:21:22 AM PST · by blam · 70 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Aleksi Tzatzev
    Indiana Man Got 'Riled Up' Watching Fox News, Drank 45 Beers, And Then Set Fire To A Mosque Aleksi TzatzevDec. 21, 2012, 10:13 AMA 52-year-old truck driver has pleaded guilty to driving from his home in Indiana to set a mosque on fire in Ohio, Toledo Blade reported yesterday. Randolph Linn said he got "riled up" watching Fox News and drank 45 beers in seven hours before setting the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on fire, according to The Sentinel-Tribune. The drive from his Indiana home to the mosque was nearly two hours. Linn said he wanted "to get some...
  • Council Rock High School Closed Due to Threat, Student Arrested (PA)

    12/21/2012 11:15:07 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 12 replies
    NBC-10 ^ | 12/21/12 | Staff
    Northampton Township police arrested a Council Rock High School South student and seized two handguns from his bedroom after he allegedly threatened a shooting at the school. Police say the ninth-grader was taken into custody Thursday night after fellow students reported he made threatening statements. Detective Sgt. Bill Klein says two 9 mm handguns were in plain sight in the boy's bedroom when police went to his home. Klein says police treated the threat as credible from the start but weren't sure if the 14-year-old had the means to carry out an attack until searching the home. Investigators say it...
  • Journalists slam NRA throughout press conference

    12/21/2012 11:14:46 AM PST · by billorites · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre took the stage on Friday to address the media about last week’s elementary school massacre, he made it clear multiple times that the organization has issues with how the press reports on guns. At one point, LaPierre said “the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking.” If the NRA doesn’t like reporters, the feeling is apparently mutual. As Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, put it: Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more...
  • Gun Outrage in Black and White: Why Parents Matter

    12/21/2012 11:09:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Crystal Wright
    Young Black men are killing each other every day and the problem is particularly acute in urban cities like Chicago from which President Barack Obama hails. Yet, I haven’t seen Obama or the mainstream media shed a tear over the fact more than 50% of America’s murder victims are black and nearly all (85%) of those blacks killed are young men. Nor do we see media or presidential outrage or calls for more rigid gun control laws when young black kids are heinously murdered like we do when the victims are mostly white. Neither words nor God can explain the...
  • 4 Dead, 3 State Troopers Injured After Blair County Church Shooting

    12/21/2012 11:06:52 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 41 replies
    KDKA ^ | 12/21/12 | Staff
    BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — Emergency officials are on the scene of a deadly shooting in Frankstown Township, in Blair County. Right now, sources tell KDKA-TV that four people are dead, and three Pennsylvania State Troopers were also hurt, but are expected to be okay. Sources say at least part of the shooting took place at the Juniata Valley Gospel Church. Troopers responded to a 9-1-1 shots fired call about 9 a.m. Additional 9-1-1 calls reported an armed man shooting at additional locations. According to sources, two troopers were fired at by the driver of a pickup truck on Juniata...