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  • Biden Is Back for a 2nd Run at Gun Limits (brings scar tissue from past battles with the NRA)

    12/29/2012 10:19:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/29/12 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Never much known for restraint, Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, “This is my baby.” Mr. Biden, then a Delaware senator in a dark-horse bid for the White House, shook his head. “I tell you what, if that’s his baby, he needs help,” he said. “I think he just made an admission against self-interest. I don’t know if he’s mentally qualified to own that gun.” **SNIP** Mr. Biden, he added, has...
  • Good Riddance to 2012

    12/29/2012 10:12:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    It’s that time again – time to make resolutions we won’t keep, spend two weeks writing the wrong date on checks and to look back on the year we’re leaving. As for 2012, it can’t end quickly enough. It was an awful year for many reasons. Let me count just a few of the ways: The Fiscal Cliff This column is due to my editors by noon on Saturday, so there’s a chance Speaker of the House John Boehner has cut some horrible deal with President Obama to avoid the over-hyped fiscal cliff since I submitted it. If that happens...
  • Hillary Clinton too sick to testify on Benghazi, not too sick to party

    12/29/2012 9:40:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/29/12 | Joe Newby
    **SNIP** On Friday, however, CNN reported that "doctors have grounded her from overseas travel for several more weeks." The report made no mention of the trip to the Dominican Republic. The Huffington Post said Thursday that according to Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines, Secretary Clinton "continues to recuperate at home and will resume her office schedule next week." Reines also said that "Clinton had no schedule this week because of a long-planned holiday," Matthew Lee wrote. Last week, CNN said Clinton was too sick to appear before Congress to testify on the attack that saw four Americans killed, including Ambassador Chris...
  • Good riddance, Lisa Jackson

    12/29/2012 9:19:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 12/29/12
    Lisa Jackson is an object lesson in the manifest dangers of Leviathanism. Ms. Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is resigning in the new year. She took the reputation of the long-thuggish EPA to new lows, foisting new, damaging and ideologically based regulations on the nation, often by dictatorial fiat, with little transparency (think of her secret email accounts) and with no basis in science. Jackson‘s mission never was to protect or to better the environment but to use environmental regulations to reorder...
  • Ruben Navarrette: California is all over the map on illegal immigrants

    12/29/2012 8:54:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/29/2012 | Ruben Navarrette
    SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to how California handles illegal immigrants, the state is all over the map. Not unlike the rest of the country, the Golden State can't decide whether it wants to make life comfortable for the undocumented or make them so unhappy that it runs them off. 'Twas always thus. Consider my home state's history over the past few decades. In the 1980s, Republican Sen. Pete Wilson of California -- at the behest of agribusiness -- drove support for the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986. The legislation...
  • Sceptics weather the storm to put their case on climate

    12/29/2012 8:39:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | 12/29/12 | John Spooner
    WELL, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation. The same fate has befallen the international climate change emergency brigade. About $1 billion and 18 "Kyoto" meetings later, the world has agreed to do nothing much more than meet again. How did this frightening climate threat dissolve into scientific uncertainty and political confusion? What of the many billions of dollars of wasted public resources? Some might blame the "sceptics", the "merchants of doubt" or the "deniers". Others point to the global financial crisis. We can say for...
  • Let’s Be Gone With the Wind

    12/29/2012 8:22:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Fund
    Why subsidize an industry that kills millions of birds and has no environmental benefit? President Obama likes to talk about making sure “the biggest corporations pay their fair share.” Treasury secretary Tim Geithner calls for tax reform to close loopholes and subsidies. Budget hawks say federal spending must be curbed. Congress and federal environmental regulators claim they are doing everything they can to save endangered species. By doing nothing and waiting for December 31 to pass, all of those folks could strike a blow in support of each of these policies. All they have to do is let the federal...
  • The Fiscal Cliff’s Hidden $1 Trillion Tax Hike (CLIFF? What Cliffffffffffff.........?

    12/29/2012 7:57:40 PM PST · by yoe · 26 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Kartch
    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare’s twenty new or higher taxes amount to a net $1 trillion over the next decade, 2013-2022. These tax increases are already permanent law due to Obamacare. They include the medical device tax, the surtax on investment income, the individual and employer mandate non-compliance penalty tax, the medical itemized deduction “haircut,” the hike in the Medicare payroll tax rate, and others. These tax increases total exactly $1 trillion over the next ten years: 2012 CBO Report on Revenue Effects of ObamacareTax Hike Provisions Tax Hike 2013-2022
  • What I Learned in the Poverty War - Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor.

    12/29/2012 7:49:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | Peter Cove
    Nearly half a century ago, I dropped out of graduate school and enlisted as a foot soldier in AmericaÂ’s War on Poverty. Today, IÂ’m still on the front lines, working to move people out of dependency and into employment. But with an important difference: IÂ’ve become fed up with the useless policies that I once supported, and IÂ’m trying to change the strategy of our bogged-down army. We know for certain that income transfers, the preferred tactic of generations of liberals, have utterly failed to end poverty. My firsthand experience with welfare clients has shown me why: being on the...
  • If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Which Would Win?

    12/29/2012 7:38:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 | Jon Davis,
    These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period. After the breakup, many wondered which states would come out in control of the power void created by the dissolution of the United States. There were many with little chance against several of the larger more powerful states. The states in possession of a large population, predisposition for military (i.e.) military bases, and a population open to the idea of warfare fared the best. In the long term, we would look to states with self-sufficiency and long...
  • Chelsea Clinton, Still NBC’s Pretend Journalist [List Your OWN Pretender Here!]

    12/29/2012 7:36:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Daily Download ^ | 12/29/12 | David Zurawik
    I know there are questions on my beat larger and more pressing than who’s worse as a TV journalist, Chelsea Clinton or Jenna Bush Hager, the presidentially-connected, pretend correspondents at NBC News. But I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine. I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss program started by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church, and I can say with absolute certainty that she has not improved one lick in the last year. In fact, I think...
  • Craig R. Whitney on Living With Guns - A liberal's case for the Second Amendment

    12/29/2012 7:21:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nick Gillespie & Todd Krainin
    "A lot of our gun control measures are aimed at people who would obey the law and get the permits. How does keeping me or you from having a gun really control gun violence in Washington or New York City?" asks Craig R. Whitney, a former New York Times journalist and author of the new book, Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment. From the earliest settlement at Jamestown to the renewed debate over so-called assault weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has always been contentious. The earliest...
  • Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    12/29/2012 6:57:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 141 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 29, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings. … The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually...
  • Arab League Pins Hopes on Obama's Second Term

    12/29/2012 6:50:02 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/29/2012, 9:43 PM | Gil Ronen
    Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Saturday called on US President Barack Obama to be "proactive" in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his forthcoming term, according to AFP. "We hope that the new American administration adopts a policy of conflict resolution rather than conflict management," Arabi said during a visit with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr to the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmud Abbas. Arabi said that in the four-hour meeting with Abbas they discussed the Arab League's promise to provide an economic "safety net" of $100 million a month to alleviate the effect of Israeli...
  • U.S. evacuates embassy in Central African Republic amidst rebellion

    12/29/2012 6:44:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    BNO News ^ | Posted about 43 mins ago
    BANGUI -- The United States on Thursday evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic after Seleka rebels seized parts of the impoverished but resource-rich nation, raising fears that the capital Bangui could fall within days. Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said Ambassador Laurence D. Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui on Thursday along with several private U.S. citizens. "As a result of this suspension of operations, the embassy will not be able to provide routine consular services to American citizens in the Central African Republic until further notice," he said. Ventrell reiterated that the...
  • Guess who’s getting a pay raise? (And Guess who's paying for it?)

    12/29/2012 6:34:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/30/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Some days, it seems like there’s just no limit to what you can do with an executive order. The most recent addition to the list of many hundreds of EOs signed by Barack Obama lifts a freeze on the pay rates for certain DC denizens. The largest beneficiary of this largess (skimpy though it may be) is a name which may come as a surprise. President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President...
  • Lawmakers working on last-minute farm bill extension ($8/gal milk scare)

    12/29/2012 6:31:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:44pm EST | Charles Abbott
    Lawmakers in the House and Senate agriculture committees are working on a short-term extension to the expired U.S. farm bill, and plan to vote on the extension by Monday, the final day of 2012, a Congressional source said on Friday. The proposed extension to farm legislation that expired in September would be for “some months” but for less than a year, the source said. If an extension is passed, the United States would avoid reverting to 1949 “permanent law” and a potential spike in the retail price of milk to as much as $8 a gallon in 2013. …
  • Second Amendment attack backfires

    12/29/2012 6:15:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Gun owners shine a spotlight on hypocritical attacks on their rights Gun grabbers have been exploiting the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., to pursue their long-standing agenda of disarming America. Law-abiding and responsible gun owners are fighting back against the onslaught. NBC anchor David Gregory acted on Sunday as if D.C. firearms laws didn’t apply to him. He brandished a 30-round rifle magazine on “Meet the Press” during an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “Isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?” Mr....
  • The current economic recovery is a fraud

    12/29/2012 5:57:26 PM PST · by Ron C. · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2012 | Lanny Ebenstein
    For those who would see recovery in current economic data, there are these facts to ponder. The first is that most of the decline in the unemployment rate has been a result not of more people working, but of more people leaving the labor force. In November, unemployment went down to 7.7 from 7.9 percent in October, the lowest unemployment rate since late 2008. But at the same time unemployment declined, so did labor force participation--which fell to 63.6 in November from 63.8 percent in October. Half a million Americans have left the labor market in recent months. Long term...
  • In Delhi Slum, Tales of the Rape Suspects

    12/29/2012 5:51:58 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    India Real Time ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | By Amol Sharma and Krishna Pokharel
    Ravi Dass Camp, a poor neighborhood in South Delhi, is a maze of narrow lanes, open drains, and pastel-colored mud-and-brick houses. Clothes are hung to dry on power lines above the corrugated metal rooftops. It’s a typical city slum where locals say they try to make an honest living doing everything from construction day-labor to driving auto-rickshaws to cleaning houses. But these days, Ravi Dass Camp has an unwelcome distinction: it is home to four of the six men accused of carrying out the Dec. 16 gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman aboard a chartered bus that inflicted such horrific damage...