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  • Shakes were spiked, cops say (parents drugged by kids)

    01/03/2013 9:37:19 AM PST · by thefactor · 31 replies
    The Sacremento Bee ^ | 1/3/2013 | Ed Fletcher
    Two Placer County teenage girls were arrested for allegedly using drugged milkshakes to knock out the parents of one of the girls so they could log on to the Internet, Rocklin police said. Internet access at the Rocklin home was routinely shut off at 10 p.m., said Lt. Lon Milka, a department spokesman. Milka said that on Friday evening, a 15-year-old girl – who had a 16-year-old friend from Roseville visiting – offered to pick up milkshakes from a local fast-food restaurant for her parents. The parents drank about a quarter of the milkshakes but didn't finish them, saying they...
  • Thinking about school safety

    01/03/2013 9:37:01 AM PST · by pabianice · 3 replies
    The Community Advocate ^ | 12/3/13 | Sherman
    Guns are again the topic of conversation across the nation in the aftermath of the Connecticut school mass shooting. Opinions range from banning all but flint-lock rifles to having the federal government ensure a police office on duty in every school. Unfortunately, neither of these ideas can work. Banning private firearms violates the Constitution, the most recent Supreme Court decisions, and public sentiment. On the other hand, a police officer at each school would be too expensive to afford when our government representatives refuse to cut any spending at all, even if it is to spend two million dollars to...
  • Obama Rejects ‘Ill-Advised’ Conscience Protections for Military Chaplains

    01/03/2013 9:34:13 AM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama issued a statement Wednesday rejecting several provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a conscience protection for military chaplains that he called “ill-advised”. Section 533 of the NDAA provides legal protections for military chaplains, barring the Defense Department from forcing them to perform services which violate their moral or religious beliefs.
  • (Vanity) Flipping channels between C-Span waiting for the Republicans to keep Boehner as Speaker

    01/03/2013 9:31:18 AM PST · by jakerobins · 70 replies
    John Boehner looks too calm and resolved. The other Republicans don't appear to be coming together trying to get a group to vote against "Cry baby" Boehner. I think the Fix is in folks we are about to be "Lead" by the Doormat until he can hand the gavel over to Pelosi......
  • Why the Tea Party Lives On

    01/03/2013 9:26:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | Michael Hirsh
    Crazies. Cliff divers. Nihilists. Nutjobs. Those are just a few of the descriptions being applied to the 151 House Republicans who broke with Speaker John Boehner—they included his own supposed wing men, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy—to vote against the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night. In truth, what the fine print of the bill demonstrates is that the Republicans who refused to vote for the fiscal compromise had every right to be disgusted by it—that is, if you expect legislators to hold true at all to the beliefs that inspired them to run for office in...
  • Illinois Senate Committee Bans Semiautomatic Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

    01/03/2013 9:24:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 1-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. KMOV reported An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them. The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill’s sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal. Democrats are pushing the gun restrictions in...
  • GOP Congressman: Boehner Will Lead Republicans to 2014 Loss

    01/03/2013 9:20:01 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | REP. JEFF LANDRY (R-LA)
    It’s an embarrassing time to be a Republican Congressman—albeit an outgoing Congressman.  As negotiators, we utterly failed to meet our two objectives: to reduce spending and prevent tax increases. President Obama demanded tax increases with small spending cuts, and that’s exactly what passed. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, the House passed a bill which raises taxes by $620 billion while cutting spending by a mere $15 billion over 10 years. Usually, a compromise is an even trade (one-for-one). In this trade, House and Senate Republicans traded $41 dollars in tax hikes for every $1 dollar in spending...
  • Perils Of The Entitlement State And Our Decadent Democracy

    01/03/2013 9:17:42 AM PST · by jimt · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/2/12 | George F. Will
    Connoisseurs of democratic decadence can savor a variety of contemporary dystopias. Because familiarity breeds banality, Greece has become a boring horror. Japan, however, in its second generation of stagnation, is fascinating. Once, Japan bestrode the world, jauntily buying Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. Now Japanese buy more adult diapers than those for infants. America has its lowest birth rate since at least 1920 — family formation and workforce participation (which last year hit a 30-year low) have declined in tandem. But it has an energy surplus, the government-produced overhang of housing inventory is shrinking and the average age of Americans'...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • Holder Brags About Burning 3,000 Bankers At the Stake

    01/03/2013 9:07:52 AM PST · by yoe · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | January 2, 2013 | Paul Speery
    In an end-of-year press release — posted under the banner headline "Accomplishments Under the Leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder" — the Justice Department boasts of charging "nearly 3,000" bankers with lending discrimination and fraud. [snip] But none of the race-bias cases highlighted by the administration was litigated in court. Evidence was never presented or tested, nor guilt ever proven. What's more, no incident of discrimination was ever specified, and no individual complainants or victims of discrimination were ever identified. All the major defendants — Bank of America, Wells Fargo and SunTrust Mortgage — settled while strongly denying Holder's allegations...
  • We’ve Always Had Access To Military Firearms

    01/03/2013 9:02:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Captains Journal ^ | 1/2/13 | Herschel Smith
    From a NYT Editorial: Bushmasters are by no means the only assault weapons of choice among mass killers (the Aurora shooter used a Smith & Wesson), but the brand’s repeated presence in murderous incidents reflects Bushmaster’s enormous popularity in the gun world, the result of a successful marketing campaign aimed at putting military firepower and machismo in the hands of civilians. Gun owners once talked about the need for personal protection and sport hunting, but out-of-control ad campaigns like Bushmaster’s have replaced revolvers and shotguns with highly lethal paramilitary fantasies. The guns, some of which come in camouflage and desert...
  • Gannett requested to investigate ethics of anti-gun personnel

    01/03/2013 8:57:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/2/13 | David codrea
    A request to investigate violations is being filed this morning with the Chief Ethics Officer of Gannet, the media giant that owns The Journal News, which published gun permit holders' names and addresses, and the Des Moines Register, which published Donald Kaul's call for gun owners to be killed. Gannett's Ethics Policy is unequivocally stated: “To affect change for the good in the communities we serve, to make life better for the people who trust us to know them and do right by them.” "Every day, all of us at Gannett are given the rare and sacred opportunity to affect...
  • Surviving War, Falling to Suicide

    01/03/2013 8:46:10 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 01/01/13 | Kelley Vlahos
    Suffering an IED blast on the battlefield is most certainly a traumatic event, especially when accompanied by witnessing the death or injury of other service members or civilians. Untangling the physical from the mental damage is never easy. But doctors and veterans’ advocates feel that they are running out of time, given the skyrocketing rates of suicide among active-duty soldiers and veterans. According to the most recent statistics, Army and Navy suicides are at a record high: 2012 was the worst year for self-inflicted deaths since the military began tracking them in 2001. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last summer...
  • Iowa secretary of state pushes ahead with noncitizen voting rule

    01/03/2013 8:37:59 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 34 replies
    Omaha.com ^ | 1.3.13 | Staff
    Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is moving forward to establish procedures for removing voters from registration rolls if they can't prove citizenship, with a public hearing scheduled for today that is expected to draw critics who want to stop the change. “Schultz's proposed voter-suppression rules will unfairly target Latino immigrants, intimidate voters from exercising their rights and could result in voters' being purged from the rolls without cause,” said Ana Belen Mancebo, a member of the government watchdog group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 3,2012

    01/03/2013 8:16:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 74 replies
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  • Britain: Home of the Progenitor of Parliaments?

    01/03/2013 8:12:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Morrison
    The United Kingdom has long been proud to host the Mother of Parliaments. Now, if Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, Britain will be home to the Progenitor of Parliaments. Britain’s Conservatives – the Tories – are deeply divided by the precipitous actions of their young, hip Prime Minister. Mr. Cameron wants to ram through Parliament a measure to end marriage in Britain. He won’t, of course, claim to be ending marriage. But this will nonetheless be the effect of his rule. But Cameron is facing a revolt. A big one. Anne Widdicombe spoke for thousands of Britons when...
  • This I Believe: A Farewell to Optimism

    01/03/2013 8:06:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Maggie Gallager
    A few days ago, going through some memorabilia of my mother's, I found the original promotional material for this syndicated column, launched in 1993. I was billed as "A New Conservative Voice for Young Women!" More than 17 years ago, I set out to explain how a Yale-educated young woman from a secular Oregon family could become a social conservative: Every life is precious. It is better to care for your children than to kill them. Divorce hurts children; it also breaks apart life's most precious commitment -- a family. Men and women are different. A society that pretends otherwise...
  • 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.....