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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...