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  • White-Flag Surrender on Cliff

    01/02/2013 8:39:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    For all the pissing and moaning over the fiscal cliff, there was never much of a "cliff" in the first place. Worse yet, every delay made matters increasing irresponsible in terms of addressing the deficit. The final result, as passed by the Senate, watered down budget cuts from $600 billion to a mere $12 billion. Moreover, the extension of the tax cuts will add almost $4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years according to CBO analysis of the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Nonetheless, that was not enough for liberal democrats who thought they did not get enough out of...
  • Krauthammer: Fiscal-Cliff Bill Represents ‘Rout’ for Democrats (Video at link)

    01/02/2013 8:37:48 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 31 replies
    Democrats came out on top big-time in the fiscal-cliff bill approved by the House Tuesday, says conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer. Congress agreed to increase taxes on individuals with annual income of $400,000 in exchange for little in the way of spending cuts. “It’s a complete rout by the Democrats,” Krauthammer told Fox News. “Tonight is one of the low points that Republicans have had...
  • Domino’s Pizza owner wins injunction on birth control mandate

    01/02/2013 8:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    We had this in headlines a couple of days ago, but many probably missed it over the holidays. It's enough of a departure from other recent decisions that it's worth posting here, and I have a feeling we could use a little good news on a bad day. The devoutly Catholic founder of Domino's filed this lawsuit on behalf of an office park he owns in Michigan, not Domino's Pizza, but the suit is one of more than 40 brought against the federal government to prevent religious owners of secular businesses from being forced to violate their religious beliefs under...
  • Big Business and Marxist Collusion – Bourgeois Socialism

    01/02/2013 8:34:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 5 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 24 December 2012 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Who needs a Mayan apocalypse when you have Obama? The Occupy Movement, as we all know, was and is a tool of the elite. Skilled in projection and deflection, they screamed that big business was the enemy of the people and Marxism was the cure. No sane American would fall for that tripe. What the lame movement, if they had been honest, would have railed against was big business in collusion with big government. A marriage made in hell and brought to you by Barack Obama and the bourgeois socialists. We now have many, many examples of these elitists who...
  • Who Goes to Prison Due to Gun Control?

    01/02/2013 8:33:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    blog.independent.org ^ | 21 December, 2012 | Anthony Gregory
    Somehow, left-liberals have associated the cause of gun rights with white racism, when if anything it is gun control that has a racist legacy. In the United States, early gun laws targeted recently freed blacks, and open carry first became banned in California under Governor Ronald Reagan to disarm groups like the Black Panthers. Today, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately subjected to humiliating stop-and-frisk searches in the name of gun control. Perhaps the most telling data concerns the racial makeup of who goes to prison for gun violations. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, for Fiscal Year 2011, 49.6% of...
  • Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns

    01/02/2013 8:29:37 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | By Craig Whitlock
    The three European men with Somali roots were arrested on a murky pretext in August as they passed through the small African country of Djibouti. But the reason soon became clear when they were visited in their jail cells by a succession of American interrogators. U.S. agents accused the men — two of them Swedes, the other a longtime resident of Britain — of supporting al-Shabab, an Islamist militia in Somalia that Washington considers a terrorist group. Two months after their arrest, the prisoners were secretly indicted by a federal grand jury in New York, then clandestinely taken into custody...
  • How to Resolve the Fiscal Cliff? Elementary, My Dear Watson!

    01/02/2013 8:22:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Ralph Benko
    As this column is being written America is preparing to head down the, theatrically styled, “Fiscal Cliff.” That “cliff” really is the chicken roost of 40 years of mostly disappointing — and more than a decade of catastrophic — economic growth. Lousy growth leads to a diminished tax base, capable of producing only anemic tax revenues. Washington, DC is emulating Sherlock Holmes locked in mortal combat with its own Moriarity-style criminal mastermind: the Deficit. In its own re-enactment of The Final Problem Washington disappears — whether by rappelling in a mini-deal, or hurtling — over its own Reichenbach Falls: The...
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal FAQ: What Just Happened and What It Means For You (LOL @ Derek Thompson)

    01/02/2013 8:20:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    atlantic ^ | 1-2-13 | Derek Thompson
    Last night, the House of Representatives signed off on a deal to avert the massive tax hikes and spending cuts known, nearly posthumously, as the "fiscal cliff." Today we are a presidential signature away from the official end of this absurd national nightmare. But did the president make a bad deal? Did he make a secretly ingenious deal? What's in it, anyway? Those are questions. These are our answers ... What's in the fiscal cliff deal? The Tweet-length version of this deal is: No more payroll tax holiday, higher taxes for the super-rich, and we'll figure out the rest later....
  • The "NO" Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 2, 2013

    01/02/2013 8:19:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 2,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, Today Is The Last Day Of The Rush Subs. Do Not Know Who Will Sub Today. Rush WILL Return Tomorrow. Enjoy Today's Sub. Happy New Year 2013!:)=^..^=
  • The Obama Strategy of straddle, jump and ride like hell

    01/02/2013 8:18:42 AM PST · by IbJensen · 1 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 1/1/2012 | Jerry Todd,
    Obama’s “strategy” is akin to a circus rider astride two horses – one with currency manipulator George Soros whom he has further enriched with the Gulf oil spill fiasco evicting rigs to Brazil offshore along with a billion of taxpayer dollars to drill in Soros-controlled leases. (Note: only Republican people of wealth are the evil rich. 16 tons of gold Soros is just an international patriot the French would like to get their claws in.) The other horse is obviously his love of Sharia Law. He told Putin the Constitution was dead in 2009 – and now he has the...
  • House Republicans reject Cliff deal but it passes anyway (Only 85 Republicans voted 'yea')

    01/02/2013 8:12:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    The deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is done as the House passed the Senate version in a late night session on Tuesday. The vote was 257-167. The fact that only 85 Republicans (out of 241) supported the deal calls into question Speaker Boehner's leadership in the next congress, although it is doubtful anyone has the fortitude - or the stature - to challenge him. All but 20 Democrats voted for the bill. Gone is the payroll tax holiday, which means 77% of American households will experience a tax increase in the new year. Taxes on dividends and capital gains...
  • Russians prepare to bring first-of-its-kind dual-screen smartphone to market

    01/02/2013 8:08:14 AM PST · by null and void · 6 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 12/2/13 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Phone features LCD display on one side, e-ink screen on the other Well, here’s something you don’t see every day: A Moscow, Russia-based mobile phone company is getting ready to reveal a new type of phone that, if successful, could usher in a whole new generation of smartphones. Their novel concept: a two-sided smartphone that features a full-color LCD screen on one side, and an electronic-paper display on the other.The YotaPhone, by Yota Devices, features an LCD screen on one side, and electronic-paper display on the other. The company, Yota Devices, believes that the two-screen device — aptly referred to...
  • Your Paycheck in 2013: Part 1

    01/02/2013 8:04:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Political Calculations
    How much money will Uncle Sam allow you to keep from your paycheck in 2013 in the form of federal income taxes? Thanks to the so-called "fiscal cliff" standoff in Washington D.C., the answer, for now, is exactly the same as you would have taken home in 2012. That fact will hold true even if the reported deal struck and passed in the U.S. Senate early on 1 January 2013 is passed by the House of Representatives later in the day. That's because President Obama has previously directed the IRS to not issue any change in the directions it provides...
  • House votes to block salary hike for federal workers, members of Congress

    01/02/2013 7:54:05 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House approved legislation on Tuesday that would block a pay increase for federal workers and members of Congress scheduled to take place in March. Members voted 287-129 in favor of the bill from Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). Just two Republicans opposed the legislation, and 55 Democrats supported it. Republicans brought the bill up under a suspension of the rules in order to allow for quicker consideration, although that move also required a two-thirds majority vote. The bill is a response to an (executive order) last Friday from President Obama that would end the two-year federal worker pay freeze, and...
  • Newspaper hires ARMED guards to patrol its headquarters - days after listing names of nearby gun

    01/02/2013 7:48:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The New York newspaper that sparked controversy after publishing the names and addresses of nearby gun permit owners is now taking up arms in an apparent response to threats. The Journal News has reportedly hired a team of armed guards to patrol the paper's headquarters in West Nyack. The paper caused a stir on December 23 when it listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City in an interactive map on its website. The Rockland County Times reported on Tuesday that Journal News editor Caryn A. McBride hired gun-toting security...
  • Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for Life: The Medical Marijuana Grower's Stark Choice

    01/02/2013 7:47:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law. Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust...
  • Old Wounds and New Oil

    01/02/2013 7:41:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2. 2013 | Charles Payne
    It was all about peace on earth and goodwill to all men last week. Today itÂ’s about oil, nationalism and long-term beefs. The Self Defense Force of Japan was forced recently to scramble an F-15 in response to China flying a cargo plane over disputed islands at the center of a brewing conflict. Thus far the saber rattling has been confined to economic boycotts and some physical violence aimed at Japanese workers living in China. But this thing is heating up to the point where neither side will be able to back down and save face at the same time....
  • Media Taunts Begin: Ryan 'Strong Candidate for President... as Democrat'

    01/02/2013 7:39:27 AM PST · by RummyChick · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/2 | O'connor
    Scarborough himself lamented the mismanagement of the Republican leaders and proclaimed himself "bitter" over the botched negotiations. Then Time magazine's Mark Halperin ripped Paul Ryan in the cruelest way possible saying he “Could be a strong candidate for president in 2016 as a Democrat.”
  • Signs and Wonders: Hannity ratings drop, debt ceiling, minimum wage hikes, spirituality

    01/02/2013 7:35:01 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 96 replies
    World ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Warren Cole Smith
    Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity predicted a Mitt Romney landslide in the presidential election. When that didn’t happen, Hannity’s audience abandoned him in droves. According to Nielson numbers, Hannity has lost about half of his audience since the election. This sort of drop is not unusual. News shows generally have higher ratings in the months leading up to elections. But compare Hannity’s numbers to Fox colleague Bill O’Reilly’s. O’Reilly lost about 30 percent of his audience. Both Hannity and O’Reilly still have numbers that top 2 million viewers per night, so they’re still cable powerhouses. But Rachel Maddow on liberal...
  • Fiscal cliff bill includes favors for Hollywood and green energy

    01/02/2013 7:33:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    biz pac review ^ | 1-2-13 | Michael Dorstewitz
    One item within the bill that was hurriedly passed in the wee hours — presumedly without reading it — was a one-year extension of a tax credit for wind energy. For new installations, it gives the industry a 2.2-cent credit per kilowatt-hour of energy produced for the first 10 years the installation is in operation. In a related story, Breitbart.com reported an extension of a tax incentive favoring the film industry. Section 317 of the freshly approved legislation includes an extension for “special expensing rules for certain film and television productions.” Congress first enacted production tax incentives favorable to the...
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (Rabbi tells truth about Obama win and is vilified)

    01/02/2013 7:33:18 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://rabbipruzansky.com ^ | November 11, 2012 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    "......as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle. Romney lost because he didn’t get enough votes to win. That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious...
  • Group wants to move bitumen by rail to Alaska

    01/02/2013 7:32:03 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    EDMONTON JOURNAL ^ | JANUARY 2, 2013 | KAREN KLEISS
    Alison Redford’s cabinet is expected to decide in January whether the government will spend $10 million to study the idea of building a rail line to ship oilsands products from northern Alberta to a port in Alaska. The money would help pay for a $40-million study that will investigate the feasibility of a proposed 2,400-kilometre rail line to carry landlocked oilsands products from Fort McMurray to Delta Junction, Alaska. From there, Alberta’s oil would flow through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system to the Valdez Marine Terminal, and on to booming Asian markets. The proposal has been in the works for more...
  • LAPD endangers selves and public with gun safety violation at ‘buyback’

    01/02/2013 7:21:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/2/13 | David Codrea
    The Los Angeles Police Department held a so-called gun “buyback” the day after Christmas, reportedly taking in over 2,000 firearms at two locations. Disregarding for a moment that Chief Charlie Beck once more trotted out an inert tube and presented it as an active rocket launcher to awe the “Authorized Journalists” who don’t know any better (and it still hasn’t been established if it’s the same one he trotted out at a previous photo op), disregarding that Beck himself is armed and men under his command routinely deploy with firearms he describes as “weapons of war, weapons of death [that]...
  • What Was the Most Tragic Policy Development of 2012?

    01/02/2013 7:18:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’m not sure I could pick out a significant victory for human freedom in 2012. Maybe IÂ’m missing something, but the only good policy thatÂ’s even worth mentioning was the decision in Wisconsin to rein in the special privileges and excessive compensation for government workers.But there definitely have been lots of sad developments.The hard part is picking the most disappointing story.1. Was it the craven decision by John Roberts to put politics before the Constitution and cast the deciding vote for Obamacare? This certainly could be the most disappointing event of the year, but technically it didnÂ’t represent a step...
  • The Conservative Response to Outing Legal Gun Owners

    01/02/2013 7:13:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/02/2013 | Elise Cooper
    As Christmas was approaching, one newspaper, the Journal News of White Plains, New York, decided to take on Scrooge's personality of mean-spiritedness. They printed an interactive map that included the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Each red dot represented an individual gun owner. They were able to obtain this information because New York state law allows it to be part of the public record. American Thinker was able to interview a few of these gun owners about how they felt about being "outed" by this newspaper. In clicking randomly on the red dots,...
  • Delhi rape spurs Indian women to rush for gun licenses

    01/02/2013 7:13:25 AM PST · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    A sense of insecurity has gripped the female population in parts of India. As the ashes of the New Delhi gang rape victim were scattered over the Ganges River, hundreds of Indian women applied for firearm licenses and joined self-defense classes. ­Since the news of the brutal gang rape and murder broke in December, 274 Delhi women have applied for gun licenses, Delhi police said. Some 1,200 more have called the licensing department to inquire how to obtain one. “These include not only the average working woman, but even students who travel long distances to colleges and even their concerned...
  • George W. Bush Reconsidered (Some perspective on the much-derided 43rd president)

    01/02/2013 7:10:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    George W. Bush left office in January 2009 with one of the lowest job-approval ratings for a president (34 percent) since Gallup started compiling them — as compared to Harry Truman’s low of 32 percent, Richard Nixon’s of 24 percent, and Jimmy Carter’s of 34 percent — and to the general derision of the media. At times the venom accorded Bush in popular culture reached absurd — and even sick — levels. Alfred A. Knopf, for example, infamously published Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint, a pathetic riff on shooting Bush. Gabriel Range’s unhinged 2006 “docudrama,” The Death of a President, focused on...
  • Obama’s Tax Evaders of the Year. They support soaking the rich but find ways to stay dry themselves.

    01/02/2013 7:05:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama will kick off the new year the same way that he kicked off the old year: by demanding that the wealthy pay their “fair share” in taxes. But while millions of small-business owners, struggling entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors brace for a double whammy of fiscal-cliff tax hikes and new Obamacare taxes, the class-warrior-in-chief’s richest pals are getting a pass.It’s a golden pass for liberal millionaires and billionaires who support higher Obama taxes for everyone but themselves. Meet the Democratic tax evaders of the year.Google. The left-wing Internet giant provided Silicon Valley’s biggest campaign-finance boost to Obama, with...
  • Obama's Thug America

    01/02/2013 7:04:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    Progressivism in America has always been a thuggish ideology. It rests on the notion that laws require no evidence to support their implementation, that intentions are all that matter and that those who oppose "change" of the sort progressives like are morally deficient. Progressivism requires Americans to separate off certain groups in American life as evil -- the rich ("greedy!"), gun owners ("hooligans!"), traditionally religious people ("sexists!"), Constitutional government advocates ("bigots!"). It requires that certain Americans be cast as good -- racial and ethnic minorities, low income earners and women ("victimized!"), irreligious people ("rationalists!") and big government advocates ("experts!"). Progressivism...
  • Newspaper Hires Armed Guards After It Enraged The Community By Publishing Info On Local Gun Owners

    01/02/2013 6:51:21 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-2-2013 | Abby Rogers
    Newspaper Hires Armed Guards After It Enraged The Community By Publishing Info On Local Gun Owners Abby RogersJanuary 2, 2013Caryn McBride, Journal News Rockland Editor A New York state newspaper is taking drastic steps to protect its staff after it enraged gun owners in two counties. The Journal News, a Gannett-owned newspaper in Westchester, N.Y., published a map showing the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. The Journal News tried to do the same for Putnam County, but the newspaper's request for records was denied because of the outrage the map had already caused...
  • It is Time to Choose! (braying)

    01/02/2013 6:47:29 AM PST · by bray · 11 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 1/2/13 | bray
    The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, Luke 4:18 What if everything the Republican Party knows about elections is false? Our little group out in Oregon has been doing everything against the established methods and finding our methods win elections. In a Blue Tide which swept the Dems back into power in the state we not only won elections but won them in bigger margins than...
  • Five Reasons the Obama Abortion-HHS Mandate Should Upset You

    01/02/2013 6:39:47 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | December 31, 2012
    As we look back on the past year, we conclude that 2012 is a year that will go down in infamy.For the first time in history, the government has attempted to force Americans to pay for the ending of human life – even if abortion violates their religious beliefs.The issue came to a head this summer when the ObamaCare abortion pill mandate was scheduled to go into effect. The mandate forces employers to provide health insurance coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization. And many employers are compelled to provide these in spite of their sincerely held religious beliefs...
  • Next Comes The US Downgrade

    01/02/2013 6:30:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    From SocGen: The scaled-down deal passed in the Senate addressed the fiscal cliff but did nothing to address longer term fiscal health of the nation. This puts the US rating at risk for a downgrade. However, credit rating agencies may decide to wait and see what emerges from the subsequent talks. There is an implicit new cliff at the end of February related to the sequester and to the expected exhaustion of extraordinary measures related to the debt ceiling. This date is expected to be used by Republicans as leverage for spending cuts. President Obama has already signaled that a...
  • Sources: Enough Republicans Willing to Unseat Speaker Boehner

    01/02/2013 6:27:52 AM PST · by RummyChick · 89 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/1 | boyle
    “At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this and want to unseat Speaker Boehner--and are willing to do what it takes to do it,” Meyer said. “That’s more than enough to get the job done, but the one problem these guys face is they need a leader to coalesce behind.” Meyer said the conservatives have considered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to take the helm after Boehner is knocked out. His opposition from the right to the Senate fiscal cliff deal that Vice President Joe Biden cut with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a sign...
  • Boehner Responds to Reid: 'Go F— Yourself'

    01/02/2013 6:25:35 AM PST · by RummyChick · 139 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 1/2 | weekly standard
    "Go f— yourself," Boehner repeated. Politico reports on the exchange: House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday. It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. “Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present. Reid, a bit startled,...
  • Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

    01/02/2013 6:17:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 3:23 AM EST | Kimberly Dozier
    Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted. In one of the last votes of the year, House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president’s $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies including the CIA, adding extra cash for the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida, and the counterintelligence fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the U.S. … The bill was stripped of several measures meant to block the leaking of classified information, including a provision that...
  • Hugo Chavez 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery

    01/02/2013 6:15:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 2, 2013 | Anthony Bond
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today. Sources at the hospital in Cuba where he is being treated told a Spanish newspaper he was showing 'very weak' vital signs, adding that doctors could decide to switch off the machines 'at any moment'. With rumours swirling that Chavez had taken a turn for the worse, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the ailing president's condition remains 'delicate' three weeks after his cancer surgery. He did not provide further information about the president's condition and...
  • Japan plans 'nationalisation' of factories to save industry

    01/02/2013 6:04:09 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-1-13 | Ambrose Evans–Pritchard
    Japan's government is to take the unprecedented step of buying factories and machinery directly with taxpayer funds, the latest in a series of radical steps to lift the country out of its deep slump. Premier Shenzo Abe is to spend up to one trillion yen (Ł7.1bn) buying plant in the electronics, equipment, and carbon fibre industries to force the pace of investment, according to Nikkei news. The disclosure came just a day after Mr Abe vowed to revive Japan's nuclear industry with a fresh generation of reactors, insisting that they would be "completely different" from the Fukishima Daiichi technology.
  • 2013: Welcome to Very, Very Scary Times ... Victor Davis Hanson

    01/02/2013 6:03:54 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On the One Hand… These should not be foreboding years. The U.S. is in the midst of a veritable energy revolution. There is a godsend of new gas and oil discoveries that will help to curtail our fiscal and foreign policy vulnerabilities — an energy bonanza despite, not because of, the present administration. Demographically, our rivals — the EU, China, Russia, and Japan — are both shrinking and aging at rates far in excess of our own. In terms of farming, the United States is exporting more produce than ever before at record prices. Americans eat the safest and cheapest...
  • Domestic Spy Expansion Bill Sails Through the Congress

    01/02/2013 6:03:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Bob Barr
    Neither Congress nor the White House has proved itself capable of reaching a decision on how to begin trimming the $16.5 trillion national debt with which these two institutions have saddled the American taxpayers. They even have been unable to come up with a reasonable measure to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” they themselves constructed months ago. Yet, when it comes to expanding the power of the government to spy on American citizens without warrants, both the House and the Senate last week fairly tripped over themselves in a rush to pass legislation doing just that; with President Obama...
  • A 2013 Conservative Call to Arms

    01/02/2013 5:58:55 AM PST · by RobaWho · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Rob Cunningam
    In 2013, conservatives can offer no greater tribute of respect to our Founding Fathers and our fellow citizens than to resolve, from this day forward, to relentlessly expose, ridicule, deride, mock and publicly shame arrogant progressives in a manner that, for the first time in our adult lifetimes, communicates this one undeniable founding truth: America was never supposed to be this way. The progressive left's ultimate weapon of choice in emasculating America's strength has clearly and undeniably been outed as radical debt accumulation. Progressives have masterfully promoted the toxic falsehood that infinite government money, services, and benefits exist simply for...
  • FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659 FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659

    01/02/2013 5:58:03 AM PST · by ZULU · 38 replies
    THOMAS ^ | January 1, 2013 | Library of Congress
    The roll call that gave Obama a Triumph. Check out the other GOP Traitors who voted with Boner to screw the American Public and give Obama a victory.
  • Obscenities invade C-SPAN website during fiscal cliff coverage

    01/02/2013 5:54:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1-2-13 | Alexis Levinson
    Someone is running amok at C-SPAN, the nonprofit network where political junkies get their kicks watching the inner workings of Congress. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, as most of the country partied away the first few hours of the 2013, anyone who was watching C-SPAN at 1:27 a.m., breathlessly waiting for the Senate to pass a deal on the fiscal cliff, would have seen a somewhat odd caption over Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin: “Just Plain Dick.” The caption was memorialized by Erin Skinner Cochran on Twitter, and reported by Jim Romenesko on his media blog.
  • Monterey County's First Baby of 2013 Born at SVMH

    01/02/2013 5:54:14 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
    KION ^ | Jan 01, 2013
    SALINAS, Calif. - Monterey County's first baby of 2013 was born at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital at 12:06 on Tuesday morning. Mom and baby are doing well. Marisol Fernandez from Soledad delivered her 7lbs-13oz baby girl, named Maytte Arciga Fernandez. The father, Ernesto Fernandez, who is a dentist practicing in Mexico, witnessed the birth via mobile phone video conferencing.
  • Liberal Logic: To Cut Spending You Have to Spend More

    01/02/2013 5:53:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2012 | John Ransom
    At the White House once I was regaling him with local news from Champaign (which he was always ready to hear), and I said, 'Blank is dead; his extremely disloyal sentiments so provoked his neighbors that there was serious talk of inflicting vengeance on him, and he was found dead in bed—caused largely by fright.' This man was an old Whig friend of Lincoln, but the reason of his exit from life's trials amused him. His comment was, 'He died, then, to save his life, it seems.'"- Lincoln's Own Stories, Anthony Gross, HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON,...
  • How to Cut Federal Spending: The Real Country-Killer in 2013

    01/02/2013 5:44:50 AM PST · by Moseley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now juggling federal accounts via questionable extraordinary measures to squeeze out perhaps two more months. Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards. More than ever before, America now faces national ruin unless political leaders cut federal spending. However, Washington no longer understands what budget cuts are. Simply trim a few percent from every program -- here a...
  • Nothing Is Certain Except More Debt and Taxes

    01/02/2013 5:40:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/02/2013 | David Malpass
    Whatever ultimately emerges from the fiscal-cliff negotiations over the past 48 hours, the country will survive. But the damage can't be undone. Taxes are going up for all working Americans. And so is the size of government. Businesses have been waiting to see whether a second Obama administration will encourage the economy. During the fiscal-cliff negotiations, however, the president made clear that his goal isn't to get business going again but instead to expand government and redistribute income. He offered no real spending cuts and instead used the year-end deadline to divide America into classes—to the point of campaigning on...
  • Children of Privilege Busted in Occupy Bomb Scheme

    01/02/2013 5:40:14 AM PST · by wesagain · 25 replies
    You’ve got to admire the “ethics” of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. All that looking out for the humble 99 percent while going after the evil 1 percent must be exhausting. Thank goodness, then, for the 1.5 percenters who are actually in charge of the Occupy movement and put in the work to bring about the sort of change that’s so needed in this country. A couple of Occupiers were doing just that recently when “the man” nabbed them and charged them with making bombs and hoarding weapons. Morgan Gliedman and Aaron Greene were busted at their Greenwich Village apartment...
  • Why the 2nd Amendment

    01/02/2013 5:38:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: "The British are not coming. ... We don't need all these guns to kill people." Lewis' vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants. Alexander Hamilton: "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed," adding later, "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents,...
  • Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    01/02/2013 5:33:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2013 7:49 AM EST | Stephen Olemacher
    While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That’s because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year. The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group, estimates that 77 percent of American households will face higher federal taxes in 2013 under the agreement negotiated...