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  • New Mexico resident fights Army Corps over arroyo cleanup

    12/29/2012 11:07:19 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 30 2012 | Michael Haederle
    A New Mexico man who was told he violated the Clean Water Act when he cleared out an arroyo on his land sues the Army Corps of Engineers. SANTA FE, N.M. — Peter Smith steered his silver Chevy TrailBlazer down a rough dirt road, rolling to a stop at the edge of a dry, sandy wash called the Gallina Arroyo. "Here's the scene of the crime," he said. Two years ago, Smith cleaned out and graded a few hundred yards of the arroyo that winds through the 20-acre tract he and his wife, Francoise, own in the hills south of...
  • Want Milk?

    12/29/2012 11:02:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    December 22, 2012 “Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1821, “we should soon want bread.” And milk, no doubt. “Add another, more prosaic item to the list of things Congress has left until the last minute to resolve this year: the price of milk,” The Washington Post reported last Thursday. Yes, it’s true; our glad-handing representatives are set to thrust us off yet another cliff — this time “The Dairy Cliff.” A major piece of the colossal federal legislation dictating rules and regulations for our current nationalized farming system expires...
  • Romney at the Bat

    12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year: The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear. The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race. So the weak and doubtful rose -- and tried to take their place. Our Herman Cain, for instance, flogged his taxing 9-9-9. To 10 parts cuts but 1 part tax, all said that they'd decline. Newt brought his wife, who wore her hair as if it were a...
  • Harry in Afghanistan: Return of the Warrior Prince

    12/29/2012 10:48:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 25, 2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    "It was Big H all the way..." Slightly late (and arguably), Prince Harry answered the Papal call to defend Christendom by killing a major Taliban leader in Afghanistan as reported by The Sun (of London, UK), Dec. 23, 2012 . In his Letter of Instruction to the Crusaders issued in December of 1095, Pope Urban II gave the clarion call "to all the faithful, both princes and subjects..." to take up a Holy Crusade against the armies that sought to destroy Christendom. A millennium later, give or take a century, His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales,...
  • The Assault Weapons Ban Didn’t Work Then and It Won’t Work Now

    12/29/2012 10:33:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable—yet again—an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to “severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity.” Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004. It was awesome. It panned out wonderfully aside from the following: November 7, 1994: Wickliffe, Ohio: (Wickliffe Middle School shooting) Keith Ledeger, 37, a former student at the school, shot and killed custodian Pete Christopher and wounded four other adults. January 12, 1995: Seattle, Washington: A 15-year-old Garfield High School student left school...
  • Are You Ready for Some Football?

    12/29/2012 10:24:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Austin Hill
    The Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the BCS National Championship – and in a few weeks, the Super Bowl – are all coming soon to a television near you. But what if we all displayed the same disdainful attitudes towards the accomplished athletes on our TV screen that Washington politicians display towards accomplished business owners and executives? And why is it that so many Americans celebrate the individual achievements of people who run fast, throw far, and jump high, but look with suspicion and anger at individuals who earn money creating valuable products and services? It’s been almost six months...
  • On Obamacare (and Guns), We Won't Comply

    12/29/2012 10:20:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | John Ransom
    Americans know instinctively that when liberals start talking about deficit reduction that’s it’s just a case of the fantods, as Huckleberry Finn would say. And say what you will about old Huck, but he knew a couple of frauds when he saw them.        No matter what liberal “Wonks” like Ezra Klein say about the historically dumb healthcare “reform” known as Obamcare, Americans are uneasy about it. And they should be. More and more law-abiding Americans say that they have constitutional objections to the healthcare and liberty land grab by the Obama administration. Coming next? It could be guns!  Despite Sotomayor Ruling,...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...