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  • Elector Challenge Against Obama - Jan. 3, 2013, 2 p.m. PDT

    01/03/2013 8:04:31 AM PST · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 33 replies
    Defend Our Freedoms Foundation | 1/2/2013 | Orly Taitz
    This order was issued at 5:17pm [1/2/2013] by Judge England, confirming that each side gets 20 minutes at tomorrow’s [1/3/2013] hearing per local rules
  • So What's Next, Mr. President?

    01/03/2013 7:53:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | David Harsanyi
    The worst part of the fiscal cliff deal isn't the specifics -- though they do stink. It's being reminded again how utterly detached Washington is from reality. The question, now that we've finally hiked taxes on the rich (and doesn't everyone feel better knowing that life is that much fairer?), is: How are we going to continue paying for the government we've been promised? As it turns out, raising tax rates on the "wealthy," the most pressing issue of the Obama Age, amounts to a mere $62 billion of new revenue. To put it in perspective, the deficit spending this...
  • Patriotic Group (DAR) Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

    01/03/2013 7:52:55 AM PST · by servo1969 · 57 replies
    radio.foxnews.com ^ | 1-3-2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the nation’s oldest patriotic organizations, has erased any mention of Jesus Christ in their official book, removed prayers and poems that reference Christian imagery, and directed members to refrain from praying in the name of Christ, an outraged group of members alleged. The dispute has been brewing for more than a year when DAR members learned that the newly revised Ritual and Missal books – the primary guide for chaplains – were altered. They noticed that the name of Jesus Christ had been omitted. The DAR president general did not return calls...
  • If I Were The Speaker Of The House

    01/03/2013 7:46:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    boortz.com ^ | Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    And as we get into this, let’s remember that if frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their ass every time they jumped. Got it? OK ….. We learned yesterday from Jamie Dupree that there is no Constitutional requirement for the Speaker of the House to actually be a member! In other words, the Republicans could make Jessica Simpson the Speaker today if they wished to .. and frankly she would probably do a better job than the weak-kneed man we have in there right now, and attendance at her press conferences would certainly go up. But Jessica is pregnant and...
  • Once More Unto the Cliff, Dear Friends

    01/03/2013 7:40:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December, 3, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    It tells you something about the news media that before the House vote Tuesday, talking heads were warning Americans that unless the GOP House voted for a bill to stall our going over the fiscal cliff, taxes would go up on 98 percent of Americans. President Barack Obama's big talking point matched the cable news narrative. Breaking news: Republicans were ready to raise taxes on the middle class to shield top earners from a tax increase. Now that the cliffhanger deal is done, the old narrative has prompted many reports to bury the new lead: This package, which raises income...
  • Eleventh Hour: Speaker Boehner Moves to the Right(Will "Weepy" "Survive"?)

    01/03/2013 7:33:45 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | by Matthew Boyle
    The Speaker of the House will be elected today and some conservatives believe they have the votes necessary to oust John Boehner. In an appearance on CNBC, American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer said there are more than 20 House Republicans willing to vote for someone other than Boehner on Thursday when the 113th Congress convenes to elect a Speaker. Another source from a different organization has similarly confirmed that more than 20 have planned to oppose Boehner.
  • ADP: 215K jobs added in December

    01/03/2013 7:33:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Tomorrow will bring the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so today we have a few indicators to get a hint as to what may come. The preliminary numbers from ADP look promising, although they usually overshoot the mark. According to the payroll-processing firm, the private sector added 215,000 jobs in December: Private sector employment increased by 215,000 jobs from November to December, according to the December ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), a leading provider of human capital management solutions, in collaboration with MoodyÂ’s Analytics. The report, which is...
  • Comrade Depardieu: France's Most Famous Millionaire Expat Granted Russian Citizenship

    01/03/2013 7:33:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Thirty years ago, the USSR was better known as the "Evil Empire." Fast forward to today, when its successor Russia, is apparently the "Tax Free Empire", and less socialist than France, at least to infamous millionaire expatriate Gérard Depardieu, who as reported previously has paid €145 million in taxes over 45 years, and who demonstratively decided to give up his French passport in the wake of France's socialist 75% millionaire tax (subsequently ruled unconstitutional), and as of today, has just been granted Russian citizenship.
  • Hillary Clinton WILL testify about Benghazi consulate attack despite concussion and blood clot

    01/03/2013 7:32:45 AM PST · by null and void · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 09:31 EST, 3 January 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Going home: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday after being treated for a blood clot Republicans have been battering the Obama Administration and any officials associated with the September 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Washington Post reports that Clinton 'remains committed' to appearing in front of the Congressional committees, though no date has been set. The new House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Rep Edward Royce, said the government accountability report on the attack points to 'an unacceptable failure of leadership' leading up to the...
  • REPORT: Al Gore Made $100 Million In The Current TV Sale

    01/03/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/03/2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Amazing detail in Brian Stelter's reporting on the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera: "Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But the deal was not signed...
  • Parents of baby featured in viral C-section photo: 'It was such an amazing moment

    01/03/2013 7:29:20 AM PST · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    PHOENIX -- Alicia and Randy Atkins knew their baby girl would be photogenic before she was even born. Randy captured an amazing shot of this soon-to-be-born daughter, Nevaeh, poking her tiny hand out of her mother's womb and tightly grasping the finger of the doctor helping to bring her into the world. “The doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she's grabbing my finger.’ So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture,” Randy told 3TV's Jason Voluntine, adding that he was nervous about...
  • The Democrats' Coming Civil War: Dems poised for a showdown over Social Security and Medicare.

    01/03/2013 7:26:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 01/03/2013 | Blake Zeff
    For Democrats, there may be few things more entertaining than watching the Republican Party self-destruct and fight with itself these last few weeks. But it may be time to put away the party favors – because a Democratic internal war may be on the way. Just as Republicans were so divided over taxes – from failing to pass their own “Plan B” bill last week, to their leaders splitting votes on last night’s legislative package – Democrats are about to endure an emotional debate about one of their own bedrock principles: the protection of programs like Social Security, Medicare, and...
  • Temporary Fiscal Cliff Compromise Full of Pork, Tax Hikes and Spending Increases

    01/03/2013 7:26:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Congressional Republicans caved in to the Democrats this week, surrendering their principles in order to pass a bill that merely delays the looming fiscal cliff by two months. This is the first time Republicans have voted for a tax increase in 20 years. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) strong-armed Republican members of the House into supporting it, no doubt by threatening them with loss of their committee positions should they dare to oppose it. The Wall Street Journal described the massive sellout in an editorial, “The Senate-White House compromise grudgingly passed by the House is a Beltway classic: the biggest...
  • More of the Same

    01/03/2013 7:19:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Everything that everyone loathes about Washington was present in the "fiscal cliff" bill just passed by Congress. It is 153 pages long; most members probably hadn't read all of it before voting on it; it was delivered in the middle of the night; it was loaded with pork -- the mother's milk (to mix a metaphor) of politicians -- and while the country is already swamped with massive debt, it contains massive giveaways to satisfy interest groups and campaign contributors. Did I mention the bill raises taxes on top of the coming Obamacare taxes, but does nothing -- nothing --...
  • White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants [Dissolves Congress?]

    01/03/2013 7:17:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1/2/13 | Brian Bennett
    The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S. A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
  • Conservative group: Boehner will not be re-elected

    01/03/2013 7:16:44 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 01/02/2013 | daily caller
    A conservative group aiming to oust John Boehner as speaker of the House said on Wednesday that they have commitments from enough Republicans in Congress to deliver the political surprise of the year and deny the Ohio Republican another two years with the speaker’s gavel. “I have confirmed with a group of congressmen that Speaker Boehner will not be elected speaker tomorrow,” Ron Meyer of the group American Majority Action wrote in an email Wednesday evening. “He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow.” In a phone interview with The Daily Caller, Meyer said “more than 20” Republicans have...
  • The America of 2013

    01/03/2013 7:12:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2013 | Steve McCann
    Americans take great umbrage whenever they, as a society, are portrayed by the residents of other nations as self-centered, avaricious and overbearing. While an egregious exaggeration in the past, is it an accurate description now? Who are the American people today and what sort of country is the United States in 2013? How does one describe a society wherein a majority of the people, and their elected leaders, have embraced the following mindset? a) The United States can commit to unlimited government spending as the long-term future of the nation is immaterial and will take care of itself. b) Based...
  • Borked

    01/03/2013 7:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Most of us would be honored to have our name become a verb. Especially those of us in public life. But that is not how Judge Robert H. Bork got into the dictionary. He was "borked" when President Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. No sooner had the announcement been made by the White House on July 1, 1987, than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) raced to the Senate floor to denounce the distinguished judge and former Yale Law Professor. In Robert Bork's America, Kennedy roared, blacks would once again sit in the back of the bus, rogue...
  • The Great New Year Stampede: Americans Rushing to beat Obamacare and gun bans.

    01/03/2013 7:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a New Year stampede developing that we have not seen for a long time. Gun stores are swamped with panicking customers. They are looking for handguns, semiautomatic rifles, and as much ammunition as they can afford. But buyers are not just camouflaged hunters, conspiracy theorists, and gun hoarders. Instead, many of those purchasing firearms and ammo are so-called ordinary people, convinced that this administration will soon begin to centrally register — and then ban — far more than assault rifles. There were probably lots of reasons why Adam Lanza shot 26 innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook...
  • Fiscal Irresponsibility Day. Washington rams through an appropriately hideous deal.

    01/03/2013 7:03:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt Welch
    It's the deficit-reduction package that doesn't reduce the deficit. It's the debt-ceiling deal that doesn't touch the debt ceiling (and doesn't cut debt). It's the long-term entitlement negotiation that—after nearly three years of wheedling—does not delay, let alone stave off, a Baby Boomer retirement bomb currently on pace to swallow half of federal outlays by 2030. Say this for the fiscal cliff-avoidance bill that passed on New Year's Day—it is a near-perfect expression of Washington's grotesque devolution since Bill Clinton left office. Not only have a succession of Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses combined to jack up spending from...
  • Waiting for the Sequel

    01/03/2013 6:58:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    The latest horror movie from Washington -- “The Fiscal Cliff” -- finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013. But after two years did its climax -- more taxes, more spending and more chicken-livered can-kicking by our politicians -- really shock any of you over the age of six? Didn’t think so. Spinning the budget deal as a last-minute victory for the American people, the White House and Congress are saying that all the actors knuckled down, did the right thing and created a compromise budget deal that kept the country from going over the fiscal...
  • Al Jazeera buys Current TV, will launch new channel

    01/03/2013 6:58:19 AM PST · by BobNative · 7 replies
    cnnmoney.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Charles Riley
    HONG KONG (CNNMoney) Pioneering Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera has acquired Current TV, and will use the network's wider distribution avenues to launch a new U.S.-based channel. The takeover will provide Al Jazeera with access to millions of U.S. households, a lucrative market the Qatar-based broadcaster has long coveted. The deal also means the end of Current, the low-rated channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.
  • Mr. President: We Will Not Increase Debt Ceiling without Spending Cuts!

    01/03/2013 6:50:18 AM PST · by CriticalThinking · 24 replies
    4 Your Country ^ | 1/3/12 | 4 Your Country
    With the Fiscal Cliff behind us, it is time to focus our country on fixing the economy. In the last 4 years, in an effort to help the economy, spending has exceeded revenue by $1T each year. Our National Debt at $16T exceeds our annual GDP. Government spending can help economic growth at times, but this government spending has not. While the President enjoys his victory lap, it is time for the adults to stand up and focus the nation’s mind on our fiscal house. Like any good plan, simplicity of purpose gets a lot accomplished. The President does not...
  • Al Gore Sells Out to Qatar: State-Owned Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

    01/03/2013 6:49:41 AM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 3 January 12 | Unattributed
    Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV television network. The buyer is none other than Al Jazeera, the infamous Islamist television network based out of Doha, Qatar (more on Qatar very shortly). Gore released an interesting statement along with the announcement of the sale: “Current Media was built based on a few key goals: To give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell stories that no one else is telling.” “Al Jazeera has the same goals…” This statement isn’t just interesting. It’s...
  • Obama’s “Not A Single Dime” Tax Pledge Gets Broken Again [Payroll Tax + Obamacare!]

    01/03/2013 6:41:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    GOP.com ^ | 3/22/12 | staff
    OBAMA: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks In Dover, NH, 8/12/08) OBAMA: “Not Your Income Tax, Not Your Payroll Tax, Not Your Capital Gains Taxes, Not Any Of Your Taxes.”
  • NC gun center overwhelmed after offering free gun training for teachers(Poll)

    01/03/2013 6:33:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    wsoctv.com ^ | 2 January, 2013 | NA
    CARY, N.C. — Some teachers in North Carolina are signing up for classes to carry concealed guns. It comes in the wake of the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn. A combat center in Cary started offering free gun training courses after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The gun center said so many teachers are signing up that there’s now a waiting list. “Ever since we posted that we’re offering free classes for teachers, we’ve been absolutely crushed, inundated. Teachers want to learn about firearms,” said Molotov Mitchell of Triangle Krav Maga.
  • The Crisis of American Conservatism: Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road

    01/03/2013 6:28:15 AM PST · by Abiotic · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy Research Institute ^ | December 2012 | James Kurth
    It has long been understood that there is something peculiar, even paradoxical, about conservatism in America. American conservatism is different from conservatism in other countries, even those countries which were the original source of many other American ideas and ideals, i.e., the countries of Europe. Indeed, the very term “American conservatism” is something of an oxymoron. For most Europeans who came to America, the whole purpose of their difficult and disruptive journey to the New World was not to conserve European institutions but to leave them behind and to create something new, often an entirely new life and even a...
  • More Equal than Others

    01/03/2013 6:27:02 AM PST · by morethanright
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-02 14:07:16 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It Ran: All Animals Are Equal But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others."~ George Orwell, Animal Farm.New Year's Day, the U.S. Senate passed a "compromise" bill the media insists deals with the fiscal cliff. According to some estimates, over the next decade the federal government will raise $600 billion in new taxes and increase spending by $330.3 billion. No worries, Harry Reid's Senate Democrats cut about $17 billion from...
  • A Pea Party for the Tea Party

    01/03/2013 6:26:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | John Ransom
    Peas are all the rage when it comes to talking about the country’s fiscal woes. You might remember that in July of 2011, when fighting over the debt ceiling, president Obama- right before he left for his 17th vacation at Martha’s Vineyard that year- complained about congressional inaction by saying that’s it time for the country “to eat its peas.”From CBSNews:"I've been hearing from my Republican friends for some time it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and deficits in a serious way," Mr. Obama said. "What I've said to them is, let's go."The president said today he...
  • Obama's Staff Uses Autopen to Sign 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation

    01/03/2013 6:25:07 AM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    (Snip) Within thirty minutes, the White House seems to have directed the pool reporter to send this note to reporters, from an unnamed "senior White House official": "We received the ['fiscal cliff'] bill late this afternoon, and it was immediately processed. A copy was delivered to the President for review. He then directed the bill be signed by autopen."
  • Jobless claims rise in holiday-distorted week

    01/03/2013 6:22:34 AM PST · by John W · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | January 3, 2012 | Reporting By Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Andrea Ricci
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the data continues to be too distorted by the holidays to offer a clear read of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised to show 12,000 more applications than previously reported. Claims data reported for the week ended December 22 had been artificially depressed by the holidays, which resulted in data for 19 states being estimated. A Labor Department official said claims...
  • Armed Guards for Returning Sandy Hook Students

    01/03/2013 6:21:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - When children from Sandy Hook Elementary school return to class in neighboring Monroe, Conn. today, they'll be entering "the safest school in America," according to the Associated Press. "Law enforcement officers have been guarding the new school, and by the reckoning of police, it is 'the safest school in America,'" the AP reported Thursday. "I think right now it has to be the safest school in America," Monroe police Lt. Keith White was quoted as saying. Having armed guards in schools is the National Rifle Association's suggestion for keeping children safe from the kind of terror that happened...
  • SURPRISE ! – Well, notsomuch for y’all but: New Obamacare Tax Showing Up On Receipts….

    01/03/2013 6:14:41 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 3, 2013 | Sundance
    #1 Here comes some of those Obama care taxes on Jan 1, 2013. Soon every purchase you make, there will be more taxes. On 103.98 I was charged 8.58 for Texas state taxes. And then Obama care medical tax another 2.39. So the more you spend , the more goes to the “so called free Obama care”. ........................ #2 O didn’t raise taxes, now did he. Here’s another ObamaTax receipt so you KNOW this is real. They should put ObamaTax on these so people know what they are paying.....
  • Israeli military preparing hospitals for chemical attacks – report

    01/03/2013 6:13:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Israeli military command is running drills to prepare the country's medical facilities for a variety of security threats, including missile and chemical attacks, the Jerusalem Post reported, quoting a senior IDF source. ­The preparations include training for hospital staff to manage what the military called “mega-mass casualty incidents” involving 1,000 or more victims. “We train a lot for chemical weapons,” a Home Front Command source said. “This is our business, and only ours. There is no room for error.”
  • Primary care doctors growing scarce [Great Job, Obama]

    01/03/2013 6:05:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    SF GATE ^ | 1/1/13 | Drew Joseph
    Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that will likely exacerbate the state's doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say. Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been forecast as the state's and nation's population ages and grows, and as a generation of older doctors retires. But by mandating that individuals have insurance and expanding Medicaid, the law will extend coverage to an additional 30 million Americans and place a greater strain on the physician...
  • Guns and Piers Morgan

    01/03/2013 6:01:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | Larry Elder
    CNN's Piers Morgan writes that the pro-gun crowd's anger toward him stems from anti-British bias: "This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal attrition in America -- and I'm just the latest target, the advantage to the gun lobbyists being that I'm British, a breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American will ever be allowed to forget." Scads of "in-sourced" Brits appear on our telly without us Yanks calling for their deportation. Hell, we just let a Brit play Abe Lincoln. Fox's...
  • Initial Claims Misses By Most Since Sandy, Reverts To 2012 Average

    01/03/2013 5:59:45 AM PST · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    It would seem initial claims can be summed for 2012 in one word, 'average'. This last print of 2012 was almost perfectly at 2012's average of 372, the biggest miss since the first week of November and the Sandy disturbance. Notably, last week's print was revised higher (after 19 states failed to report and were 'guessed at) by 12k jobs to 362k having now risen for 3 weeks in a row (on a seasonally adjusted basis). When we scratch below the surface at non-seasonally-adjusted the numbers are much more concerning than a rampaging equity market would care to note, NSA...
  • Caption her

    01/03/2013 5:56:53 AM PST · by crosshairs · 39 replies
  • Photo of baby reaching out of womb during c-section goes viral

    01/03/2013 5:53:21 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 2, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    January 2, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – When Alicia Atkins posted a photo taken by her husband during her recent c-section on Facebook, she thought it would only be viewed by a handful of friends. Instead it has drawn the attention of thousands of complete strangers, as well as the media. The remarkable photo shows Alicia’s newborn daughter, Nevaeh (“heaven” spelled backwards) reaching out and grasping the gloved fingers of a doctor. Already the photo has been viewed thousands of times, and is rapidly being shared on Facebook. “We didn’t think we were going to get such positive feedback,” Alicia recently...
  • Dropping Anchor In Piraeus (We Have Reached Athens)

    01/03/2013 5:49:57 AM PST · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    1/3/2013 | Self
    The word is out from Moodys Investor Service. The United States cannot keep its credit rating unless more is done beyond the "imperfect deal" agreed to by the political leaders of both parties in Washington. Reflecting on what was done it is impossible not to conclude that the deal was the beginning of what will be a series of European-style austerity measures coming out of Washington as demanded by the creditors holding onto this nations multi-trillion dollar debt. We have made it into the same spot that Spain, Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdon, France and Greece are. The Age of...
  • Gerard Depardieu 'granted Russian citizenship' (Putin's 13% Flat Tax Reason For Move To Russia)

    01/03/2013 5:49:07 AM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/03/2013 | BBC News
    The French actor, described by Mr Putin as a successful businessman and friend, has developed close ties with Russia, which has a flat 13% personal income tax rate. He currently appears in an advertisement for Sovietsky Bank's credit card and is prominently featured on the bank's home page. In 2011, he played the lead role in the film Rasputin, a Franco-Russian production about the life of eccentric monk Grigory Rasputin. In addition, Mr Depardieu has also helped raise funds for a children's hospital in St Petersburg.
  • American Cities Drown in Debt

    01/03/2013 5:46:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 01/03/2013 | By Marc Hujer
    San Bernardino, California, has gone from being the birthplace of McDonald's to a mound of unpaid debts. Here in San Bernardino, California, in the building that once housed the first McDonald's restaurant, Albert Okura has collected nearly everything the fast-food chain has ever produced. There are paper cups, paper napkins, Happy Meal toys -- all the consumer detritus of America's golden years -- but nothing is more important to him than this small metal machine. "It was a brilliant idea," he says. "This way, every hamburger is the same." Okura believes in that idea to this day. It reminds him...
  • Putin gives tax exile Depardieu Russian citizenship

    01/03/2013 5:45:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 3, 2013 | Alexei Anishchuk
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star who is quitting his homeland to avoid a tax hike on the rich, the Kremlin said on Thursday. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor bought a house across the border in Belgium last year to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires in France planned by Socialist President Francois Hollande but said he could also seek tax exile elsewhere. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Depardieu had applied for citizenship after Putin told reporters last month that he would be welcome in Russia. "The citizenship could not have...
  • Fiscal Cliff Bill Hurts Charities & Donors

    01/03/2013 5:44:33 AM PST · by Edmunds mom · 2 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/2/2013 | Scott Walter
    The charitable deduction wasn’t dumped off the fiscal cliff, but it was dented in the new law passed by Congress. That bill does not include cuts to your charitable tax deduction that are as big as President Obama proposed in his last budget, but it does trim deductibility for donors. The most important stat is the swag Congress and the President expect to receive by cutting deductions: $152 billion over a decade. Economic growth and wealth creation are vital to the charitable sector’s health, which means punitive taxes will harm charities and wealth creators alike. Too bad so few in...
  • Ten Ways to Start the New Year Fres

    01/03/2013 5:34:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over -- but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2013. 1) What's past is past. Wipe all the disappointments of 2012 from your mind. They cannot be changed, and any amount of dwelling and wallowing will not help. Pretend you have amnesia and that it never happened, while retaining the lessons learned from the experience. Then do this again every month, every week, every morning. 2) Define success. Whether it be money made, time spent, lives changed, experiences created, every person has...
  • Hollywood A-listers called hypocrites on issue of gun violence in ‘Demand a Plan’ response video

    01/03/2013 5:22:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 02, 2013
    Several big-name Hollywood stars appear in a new anti-gun public service YouTube video calling for Americans to demand that their elected officials come up with a strategy to curb gun violence. In the video, A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Paul Rudd, and Chris Rock read the names of the sites of the most horrific gun massacres before calling on viewers to “demand a plan” to stop mass shootings. But now a new video called “Demand a Plan – Demand Celebrities Go F*** Themselves” has been created that highlights the gun violence many of these same stars have taken part in in...
  • The GOP's Anti-Muslim Wing Is In Retreat (BARF ALERT)

    01/03/2013 5:18:41 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 3 Jan 12 | By Tim Murphy and Adam Serwer
    Over the last four years, a die-hard cadre of activists and their allies in Congress have dragged the Republican Party into a fever swamp of Islamophobia and barely-concealed anti-Muslim bigotry. In their paranoid scenario, Islamic Shariah law is creeping into American courts; the Department of Justice has come under the sway of the Muslim Brotherhood; and the president’s engagement ring includes secret writing that indicates Muslim loyalties. But after a November election that saw three of the party's loudest voices on "creeping Shariah" defeated—and the GOP presidential nominee ignore the issue entirely—the anti-Islam movement within the Republican party may have...
  • President Obama’s paradoxical presentation on the ‘fiscal cliff’ dealet [Afraid to call him LIAR]

    01/03/2013 5:17:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/3/13 | Glenn Kessler
    ... We’re back from vacation and, like many Americans, have been trying to figure out the details of the “fiscal-cliff” deal —one of those classic middle-of-the-night congressional compromises that please virtually no one. The White House, by its own accounting, ended up with $737 billion in deficit reduction, a far cry from the $2 trillion or so that it originally sought. But that hasn’t stopped President Obama from touting the deal as a victory in a campaign-style video for supporters. But a politician who highlights good news often leaves out the bad news. Let’s see what’s missing from Obama’s presentation.
  • Bad Inventions ... Ann Coulter

    01/03/2013 5:17:06 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 38 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Ann Coulter
    I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions. (1) SILENT DISHWASHERS Are people installing dishwashers next to their beds? I've checked my "Top 500 Daily Irritations" list and dishwasher noise is not on it. What possible benefit derives from having a dishwasher...
  • Bad Inventions

    01/03/2013 5:17:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions. (1) SILENT DISHWASHERS Are people installing dishwashers next to their beds? I've checked my "Top 500 Daily Irritations" list and dishwasher noise is not on it. What possible benefit derives from having a dishwasher...