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  • John Maynard Keynes, the conservative

    12/30/2012 7:39:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 30, 2012 | Jack Kelly
    The economist was right about much, but his prescriptions have been misapplied Conservatives speak disparagingly of "Keynesian economics." If he were alive today, I suspect John Maynard Keynes would be critical, too, of policies advocated in his name. Lord Keynes (1883-1946) was the most celebrated economist of the 20th century, chiefly because in his "General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money" (1936) he told politicians exactly what they wanted to hear. Despite that, Keynes deserved his fame. He was a genius who made a fortune in the stock market (he made most of his picks while lying in bed in...
  • Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs' as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

    12/30/2012 7:38:21 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/30/2012 | Daily Mail
    Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.
  • Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional

    12/30/2012 7:26:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    KTLA 5 Web Staff ^ | December 30, 2012 | KTLA 5
    Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) Two rocket launchers handed over to the Los Angeles Police Department during L.A.’s annual Gun Buyback were not functional. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed off the launchers, which were turned in by families of former military members on December 26. The LAPD said all along the launchers appeared to be antiquated, and probably could no longer be fired. The department enlisted the U.S. military to investigate whether the rockets were ever stolen. Military experts have now confirmed to the Los Angeles Times,...
  • Flashback: Hillary Clinton: My Life at 60 (2007, talks about 1998 blood clot scare)

    12/30/2012 7:21:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 59 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, October 25, 2007 | Heidi Evans
    SNIP She approaches her seventh decade with what any 60-year-old wants most - good health - but Clinton recalled a potentially fatal scare in 1998. It came while she was campaigning on behalf of Chuck Schumer's New York Senate bid and a swollen right foot caused her terrible pain. She thought she just needed to slow down from constant flying. A White House doctor told her to rush to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where doctors diagnosed a large blood clot behind her right knee. "That was scary because you have to treat it immediately - you don't want to take the...
  • Stock futures up. Someone in Congress already knows a deal is going to take place.

    12/30/2012 7:21:14 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 51 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 30 December 2012
    Stock futures are up. Someone in Congress knows a deal is going to take place. Information already leaked to big players. Futures were down -207 on Dow earlier today and are now up +23. Insider trading taking place. These guys are really slick.
  • Holding pattern

    12/30/2012 7:14:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/30/12 | politico/whitehouse
    12/30/12 9:53 PM President Obama has no events listed on his public schedule Monday.
  • Torii Hunter: Gay teammate would be ‘difficult and uncomfortable’ [Attack on Christian Athlete]

    12/30/2012 7:09:38 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | 12/30/12 | Larry Brown
    Hunter is a four-time All-Star and has played in the majors since 1997. He was considered a clubhouse leader with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, and he told the Los Angeles Times that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable.” “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter told the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.” Kevin Baxter, who wrote a lengthy piece for the Times on gays in sports, described Hunter as saying that a gay teammate could...
  • Qatari interest in Greece seen to be growing

    12/30/2012 7:00:35 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies ^ | Sunday December 30, 2012 (13:54) | By Vangelis Mandravelis
    The improvement of the macroeconomic climate in Greece combined with the volatile situation in the Middle East has put this country firmly in the investment plans of Qatar, thereby rendering the planned visit by the Greek prime minister to the Gulf state next month very interesting indeed. The acquisition of Oxia island, near Ithaca in the Ionian Sea, by the royal family of the emirate last summer was an initial show of interest in Greece. A second indication has come with the recent decision by state carrier Qatar Airways to use Athens International Airport for flights to and from New...
  • It's Official: January 5, 2013 is SUPPORT HOBBY LOBBY DAY (Breitbart, Others Spreading the Word)

    12/30/2012 6:52:59 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Breitbart, roundup of other sources ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Ken Klukowski
    David and Barbara Green, owners of Hibby Lobby “We must obey God rather than men!”—Acts 5:29. Now that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied Hobby Lobby’s application for an emergency injunction protecting them from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate on abortion and birth control, Hobby Lobby has decided to defy the federal government to remain true to their religious beliefs, at enormous risk and financial cost. Hobby Lobby is wholly owned and controlled by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. The Greens are committed to running their business in accordance with their Christian faith, believing that God wants them to...
  • Greek head of local anti-drug squad in narcotics ring

    12/30/2012 6:49:44 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies ^ | Sunday December 30, 2012 (23:57)
    Three police officers are among 28 people arrested The head of a local anti-drugs squad and two other police officers are among the 28 people arrested in Thessaloniki, Agrinio and Volos for their suspected involvement in a drug ring, Skai television reported on Sunday. Police and the secret service had over the last 11 months been monitoring the telephone calls of suspects linked to a ring allegedly run by Albanian drug dealers who operated at Dendopotamos of Thessaloniki, at Volos and Agrinio. The men arrested include the head of the Volos anti-drug squad, a police officer at the foreigners' division...
  • Obama Seizing Sole Authority for US Defense

    12/30/2012 6:37:04 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 21 replies
  • Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens (37) of Schools

    12/30/2012 6:34:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/12 | JON HURDLE
    PHILADELPHIA — Like many public schools here, University City High School is underused, underfinanced and underperforming. Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in precollege testing like the SAT. Largely because of the lure of local charter schools, the school is one-quarter full, with fewer than 600 students for its nearly 2,200 seats. It needs major work on its infrastructure, including lighting and heating systems, that would cost an estimated $30...
  • Why “Gay Marriage” is Not Inevitable

    12/30/2012 6:21:47 PM PST · by DBeers · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 27, 2012 | Luis Tellez
    Election Day was a drubbing for marriage. The ballot initiatives to protect marriage lost by over 4% in Maine, Minnesota, Washington State, and Maryland. Those who support same-sex “marriage” reportedly spent over $33 million, while those who defend marriage spent just over $10 million. Many friends have said that same-sex marriage is inevitable. It is not. I have confidence that fence-sitters will enter the fray in support of traditional marriage. As we continue to debate this issue, three important forces can shift the outcome in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Consider first, public...
  • Political commentator Sean Hannity was one of the big losers in the 2012 election

    12/30/2012 6:12:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 97 replies
    The right-wing Fox News host lost half his audience in the weeks after Obama's win In a fitting coda to 2012, we’ve learned that the ratings for rock-ribbed conservative Sean Hannity cratered after Barack Obama won his second term, with viewers tuning out the Fox News Channel talk-show host in droves. According to Nielsen numbers, Hannity lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election, while his Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly — who steadfastly refuses to identify himself politically as a conservative — retained around 70% of his audience. So what happened to Hannity? The going...
  • Hillary Clinton in hospital with blood clot after fall

    12/30/2012 6:12:24 PM PST · by traumer · 74 replies
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to hospital in New York with a blood clot, officials say. Mrs Clinton suffered a concussion earlier this month after fainting and falling down. At the time, she was reported to have had a stomach virus and to have passed out after becoming dehydrated. Mrs Clinton is due to stand down as secretary of state before US President Barack Obama officially begins his second term in January. Doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up examination on Sunday, her spokesman Philippe Reines said. Mrs Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants. She was...
  • Do media vultures perpetuate mass shootings?

    12/30/2012 6:07:58 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | December 29, 2012 | RIN KELLY
    “We didn’t use any of the violent photos he sent to NBC,” Steele recalls. “In our opinion, we felt like the package was a cry for attention, and that was the last thing we wanted to give him.”\ Loren Coleman, author of “The Copycat Effect” and a behavioral expert who has consulted on school violence for Maine state schools, argues that the recommendations prevention experts give regarding press-driven suicide contagion should apply to these types of murder-suicides as well. “Back in the ‘suicide days,’ if you put the method in the newspaper, the next series of suicide clusters exactly repeated...
  • Flashback: Hugh Rodham Dies After Stroke; Father of Hillary Clinton Was 82

    12/30/2012 5:44:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Ny Times ^ | April 08, 1993 | ERIC PACE
    Hugh Rodham, the father of President Clinton's wife, Hillary, died last night in Little Rock, Ark. He was 82 and lived in Little Rock. Mr. Rodham was hospitalized on March 19 at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center after suffering what his doctor said was a stroke. Carolyn Lindsey, the director of communications for the medical center, said Mr. Rodham died at 8:35 P.M. -snip- By some accounts, Mr. Rodham had been in poor health before suffering the stroke in March. When he went to a baseball game with Mr. Clinton in July 1992, he walked slowly and with a cane.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: James E Swett ~ December 31, 2012

    12/30/2012 5:13:36 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 44 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ James E. SwettInfo from this website.             James Elms Swett (June 15, 1920 – January 18, 2009) was a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot and ace[1] during World War II. He was awarded the United States' highest military decoration— the Medal of Honor — for actions while a...
  • Charlie Sheen apologizes for homophobic slur

    12/30/2012 5:11:49 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 30, 2012
    Trouble-prone actor Charlie Sheen has apologized for a homophobic slur caught on video during a party Friday. "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I offended anyone," Sheen told Sunday after the website posted a video of him at what was billed as "Charlie Sheen's Epic Bar Grand Opening" at the El Ganzo hotel in Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. He added to TMZ, apparently jocularly, "I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp." In the video, Sheen at a microphone warms up the crowd for musical guest...
  • Report: Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton Hospitalized for Blood Clot Following Concussion

    12/30/2012 5:04:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 18 replies
    AP via Twitter ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012 | AP
    AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion. APTV 12-30-12 1953EST