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  • US ETF Inflows Hit A Record $188B in 2012

    01/06/2013 9:00:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Index Universe reports US ETF Inflows Hit A Record $188B In 2012 Investors poured a record $188 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs in 2012, eclipsing a previous record of more than $175 billion in 2008, as a variety of asset classes shined—including domestic as well as international equities, and particularly fixed income. Overall, total ETF assets ended the year at almost $1.349 trillion, 27 percent higher than the $1.062 trillion a year earlier and 2 1/2 times as much as the $537 billion total at the end of 2008, according to data compiled by IndexUniverse. The 2012 year-end asset total, just...
  • McConnell Won’t Rule Out Government Shutdown

    01/06/2013 9:00:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 06 Jan 2013 11:29 AM | Amy Woods
    Government spending is the No. 1 problem in America, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he won’t rule out a government shutdown if President Barack Obama refuses to address the country’s growing fiscal woes. “We now have a debt the size of our economy, which makes us look a lot like Greece,” McConnell said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It’s a shame that the president doesn’t embrace the effort to reduce spending.” When host David Gregory asked McConnell about the debt ceiling, and whether Republicans would consider a government shutdown to force the issue of spending cuts, the...
  • Bestow obscurity on Sandy Hook shooter and other mass murderers

    01/06/2013 8:57:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | mike nichols
    It doesn't matter; people will forget them again because we have become inured. I don't think we've completely lost our ability to be shocked. People will always remember that 20 children died at Sandy Hook. But the murderers are running together, fusing themselves into the obscurity they so badly wanted to escape. Maybe there are just too many of them. Maybe it is a collective self-defense mechanism on our part, our way of making them less real. Or maybe it is our little protest, our refusal to give anything of value -- even the effort to recall a name --...
  • A Culture War or a War Against Christ?

    01/06/2013 8:53:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    Some in the media have popularized the term “culture war,” giving the impression that the war being waged against Christianity is the same thing as a war against everything that is traditional. But in 2013, let’s change the term. Let’s call it what it is: “A war against Christ.” Certainly there are many American traditions rooted in Christian teaching and history. But mixing some traditions with what is purely Christ-honoring—although it may recruit support from non-Christian traditionalists or conservatives—dilutes the Christian dye. Take for example the ACLU’s war against Christians praying in public schools while obliging Muslims the ability...
  • North Korea Blusters About War

    01/06/2013 8:44:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Night Watch
    North Korea: A day after leader Kim Jong-un delivered his New Year's address urging reunification and conciliation, the National Defense Commission (NDC) published a very different message. On 2 January a spokesman for the most powerful organ of state in North Korea said, "We should raise our awareness of the confrontation commotions against fellow countrymen happening at the beginning the new year. Nothing but war will be incurred by confrontation against fellow countrymen. This is an historical lesson that the past North-South relations clearly show us." The statement contained three resolutions by the commission which reprise long standing warnings. Comment:...
  • Mexico's Cartels and the Economics of Cocaine

    01/06/2013 8:41:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Stewart Scott
    At Stratfor, we follow Mexico's criminal cartels closely. In fact, we are currently finishing our 2013 cartel forecast, which will be released later this month. As we analyze the Mexican cartels, we recognize that to understand their actions and the interactions between them, we need to acknowledge that at their core they are businesses and not politically motivated militant organizations. This means that although violence between and within the cartels grabs much of the spotlight, a careful analysis of the cartels must look beyond the violence to the business factors that drive their interests -- and their bankrolls.  There are several distinct business factors that have...
  • Amity Shlaes: No solace in these 1950s tax fantasies

    01/06/2013 8:41:21 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | amity shlaes
    Of course, 2013 will be fine, because the 1950s sure were. That's the premise for the coming year, especially in regard to the agreement in Washington to raise U.S. tax rates on the well-off. In the 1950s, after all, tax rates were far higher than what the House and Senate have agreed on, a top rate in the high 30 percent range. Back then, they were even higher than what President Barack Obama might have proposed, if left to his own counsel. Republicans in that era went along with the idea that high rates took something away from the rich...
  • Vets Face Confusion Using GI Bill at State Schools

    01/06/2013 8:32:13 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 5, 2013 | ALLEN G. BREED
    In choosing to serve her country in uniform, Hayleigh Lynn Perez knowingly accepted a nomadic life. Now the former Army sergeant says she and thousands of other veterans trying to get a higher education are being penalized for that enforced rootlessness. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the federal government will pick up the full in-state cost for any honorably discharged service member wishing to attend a public college or university. But because the often intricate rules governing residency differ from state to state, and even within university systems, many veterans face a bewildering battle to exercise the benefits they've already...
  • Barack Obama’s $7 million Hawaii vacation is an insult to America’s struggling middle class

    01/06/2013 8:29:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/06/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    $16.4 trillion – that’s the latest figure for America’s massive national debt. Nearly $6 trillion of this debt was racked up in the first term of the Obama presidency – a 50 percent increase. It is horrifying to imagine what the debt will be when Obama leaves the White House in 2016, unless Congress has the willpower to stand in the way. Meanwhile, as the world’s superpower is literally drowning in debt, President Obama is basking in the warmth of the beaches of Hawaii, at an exclusive resort way beyond the financial reach of most Americans. The president pays the...
  • Hobby Lobby CEO open letter: “Honoring God is more important than turning a profit”

    01/06/2013 8:26:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Normally I'd be inclined to run something like this on a Sunday, when I like to explore more faith-based topics. However, today is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, where consumers who support the Christian ownership's stand against the HHS mandate that attempts to impose a highly restrictive definition of religious expression can put their money where their mouths are. Since I don't really have a hobby at the moment, I'll instead offer a passage from the open letter written by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, who explains why he's decided to spend a lot of money and risk even more to...
  • Pelosi: "Not enough" revenue in "fiscal cliff" deal

    01/06/2013 8:26:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Pelosi: "Not enough" revenue in "fiscal cliff" deal By Jake Miller House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argued that additional revenue must be included in upcoming deficit reduction deals, calling the revenue secured by the "fiscal cliff" deal "significant" but "not enough." "The President had originally said he wanted $1.6 trillion in revenue," she said on "Face the Nation." "He took it down to 1.2 as a compromise in this legislation. We get $620 billion dollars, very significant, high-end tax, changing the high-end tax rate to 39.6 percent, but that is not enough on the revenue side." Pelosi declined to...
  • Laws and Rules for Wile Coyote, Congress and US Economy

    01/06/2013 8:26:02 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Washington passed a fiscal cliff deal that honors the most famous cliff diver in history - Wile E. Coyote. Just as Mr. Coyote obtained complex and ludicrous devised plans from a mail-order company Congress cobbled together yet another bill that pretends to have answers but leaves lots of questions and more frustration. Just as the template for the Road Runner cartoon saw contraptions used by Wile E. Coyote "invariably fail in improbable and spectacular ways" each issue that gets resolved in Washington these days is doomed to failure. Part of the reason failure is inevitable is because core problems are...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: "I'm A Conservative Because Conservative Policies Work" (video)

    01/06/2013 8:25:34 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): The reason why I'm a conservative is because conservative policies work and they improve opportunities. They are the avenue for climbing the economic dream. And what I have been talking about for many years is opportunity conservatism, that every policy should focus like a laser on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. That we should be championing the 47%, to take that now infamous comment. Look, the great thing about Americans -- Americans don't want to be dependent upon government. Dependency saps the spirit, it doesn't work. Americans want to stand on their...
  • 'He prevented a rape of the Treasury': Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer ...

    01/06/2013 8:25:27 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 6, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    nfluential conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer has praised Republican House Speaker John Boehner for preventing a ‘rape of the Treasury’ by blocking a larger relief bill for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Bohener and the GOP leadership have been criticized by New York-area Republicans for failing to pass a $60 billion bill to the floor, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calling it ‘disgusting.’ Instead, the House passed a much smaller bill dealing solely with flood insurance on Friday, with a larger bill set to follow. Speaking on Fox News’ Special Report on Friday, Krauthammer claimed that Boehner had done the...
  • Ill. Prison Locked Down After Guards Call in Sick

    01/06/2013 8:22:58 AM PST · by redreno · 19 replies
    NBCChigago.com ^ | Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 | Updated 5:22 PM CST | unknown
    Officials say they had to put one of Illinois' maximum-security prisons on lockdown not because of an inmate riot but because dozens of guards called in sick. The movement of inmates was limited for most of Friday at the Stateville Correctional Center in suburban Chicago. Nearly 60 employees failed to turn up to work, an occurrence that Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano called "unusual."
  • Eleven Minutes and 2.3 Miles Away Equals 26 Dead

    01/06/2013 8:17:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Political Calculations
    Following NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre's call for placing trained armed guards in each of the nation's public schools, gun control advocates went on the attack and refused to give the idea any meaningful consideration. We thought it might help to review the timeline of the shootings on 14 December 2012 to see if it might be a good idea. Time Event 9:30:00 AM: Classes begin at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 9:35:53 AM: First known dispatch call - 911 Dispatch: "Sandy Hook School, Caller's indicated she thinks someone is shooting in the building." 9:36:15 AM: Shooting continues - Dispatch: "The individual...
  • Inmates Use Newspaper's Gun Map to Threaten Guards

    01/06/2013 8:16:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | John Nolte
    The entirely predictable consequences of the Journal News' decision to publish a map of gun-owners marches on… Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday. Robert Riley, an officer with the White Plains Police Department and president of its Patrolman’s Benevolent Association,...
  • UK’s Cameron: I want to stay PM through 2020

    01/06/2013 8:15:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2013 10:30 AM EST
    David Cameron says he wants to stay on as British prime minister until 2020, calling his agenda of reforms enough to keep him busy through another term. … Cameron told the newspaper (Sunday Telegraph) there was no turning back on policies such as allowing same-sex marriage or the protection of foreign-aid spending, which have been unpopular with his party’s grass roots. He urged critics in his party to “stop complaining.” …
  • John Taylor Gatto - The Purpose Of Schooling

    01/06/2013 8:14:00 AM PST · by wintertime · 31 replies
    Youtube video: 7:05 This video is well worth the time. John Taylor Gatto-The Purpose of Schooling So?....With the government schools becoming increasingly more prison-like,( and with children literally be arrested for behavior that was once seen as a learning opportunity and handled within the school), do John Gatto's comments ring true? I think they do. If children attend the government's godless prison-like schools and are treated like state prisoners within the prison-like compounds, they risk learning to be comfortable with being state prisoners. The continuation of government schooling has, and will have, evil consequences for the child and for the...
  • Do You Live in a “Death Spiral” State?

    01/06/2013 8:10:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Three years ago, I put together a “Moocher Index” that measured the degree to which non-poor people in a state were benefiting from redistribution programs. As you can see if you click on the nearby table, Vermont was the worst state, followed by Mississippi, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts.I confessed that my Moocher Index was a crude and imprecise tool, but it was one of my most popular posts in the early days of this blog. Probably because it was a way of measuring the degree to which people were being lured to ride in the wagon of government dependency...
  • Refuting Swiss Gun Laws

    01/06/2013 8:08:04 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    Refinem Respice ^ | 12/19/2012 | Refinem Respice
    ("Mythbusting: Israel and Switzerland are not gun-toting utopias," Wonkblog (December 14, 2012)). It is unfortunate then that the body of your research on Switzerland can only be described as "shoddy," at best. At worst it appears more like raw academic fraud.
  • Pelosi suggests top earners pay even more in taxes (no specifics given)

    01/06/2013 8:07:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    US News ^ | 1/06/13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi isn't ruling out pushing for upper-income earners to pay more even after the "fiscal cliff" deal that raised their taxes. She tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that "I'm saying that's not off the table." The California Democrats isn't getting into specifics but she does discuss changes to tax law that might involve deductions and other breaks.
  • Pelosi suggests top earners pay even more in taxes

    01/06/2013 8:04:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2013 9:01 AM EST
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi isn’t ruling out pushing for upper-income earners to pay more even after the “fiscal cliff” deal that raised their taxes. … The former House speaker also says the current Republican Party isn’t the “Grand Old Party that did so many things for America that commanded so much respect.” …
  • Don´t call it gun control, saysDemocrats´ point person on the issue

    01/06/2013 8:03:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/6/13 | Gregory Wallace
    The Californian picked to lead congressional Democrats´ efforts on gun control says the positions held by some gun rights advocates are unnecessarily divisive, and that government action should go beyond simply outlawing certain weapons. "I think assault weapons are a pox on the home of every gun owner," Rep. Mike Thompson said Saturday on CNN. "I think that´s the thing that´s going to cause the overwhelming majority of people in this country who aren´t gun owners to have negative feelings about those of us who are gun owners." Thompson is a gun owner and hunter himself,
  • The Safety Net That Isn't

    01/06/2013 7:59:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    January 6, 2013 Congress has just raised payroll taxes. It has done it before, and will do it again. Our august solons excuse themselves, however, by pleading that the 2 percentage point hike is merely the sunset of a tax holiday. And necessary to shore up a faltering system. It’s not a triumph of responsibility, though. What is responsibility? Every year the Social Security Administration sends out a helpful note to its “clients” about how much we’ve contributed in payroll taxes. The kindly bureaucrats also warn us not to rely only upon Social Security payments. They don’t tell us that...
  • Benghazi - During Attack Denis McDonough and Tom Donilon Replace President Obama and VP Biden…

    01/06/2013 7:57:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Conservatvie Tree House ^ | 1/6/13 | Sundance
    Two days ago we posted a discussion around a newly released photo from the White House. The picture was taken in the oval office on Sept 11th 2012: (Snip) The picture was taken at exactly 7:28:16pm DC time. It was dusk outside, and President Obama had just completed a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why is this important? Because we know the conversation lasted an hour. (Snip) So this phone call between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama started three hours after the attack began.
  • Getting Dirty Getting bin Laden

    01/06/2013 7:48:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    During George W. Bush's presidency, it was a matter of liberal faith that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on al-Qaida members "undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer," as Barack Obama once put it. According to Obama, "enhanced interrogation techniques" are wrong, and -- no matter what common sense tells you -- they never work. Asking nicely works best with terrorists. "Zero Dark Thirty" -- Kathryn Bigelow's new thriller about the decadelong quest to bring Osama bin Laden to justice -- doesn't cleave to that liberal orthodoxy. At a preview Thursday, I saw a steely homage...
  • A Message to Aspiring Lawyers: Caveat Emptor (New jobs annually: 21,800. No. of graduates: 44,000)

    01/06/2013 7:42:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/04/2013 | Chris Fletcher
    There is a crisis in law-school education, but don't expect the institutions to tell potential applicants about it. In short, there are far too many graduates for the number of jobs available, and the majority of those who get jobs are not being paid nearly enough to service their debt. Nationally there are twice as many graduates as there are jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the economy will provide 21,880 new jobs for lawyers annually between 2010 and 2020; law schools since 2010, however, have produced more than 44,000 graduates each year. Yet schools continue to enroll...
  • Crony capitalism: Obama going for gun control with tactic used to pass Obamacare

    01/06/2013 7:33:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 25 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 5, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama plans to ally himself with big business once again by using crony capitalist tactics to pass gun control just as he used them to pass Obamacare. In this case, Obama reportedly plans to make sure that the new gun control law benefits big businesses that sell weapons. “[T]he White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses,” The Washington Post reports.“Wal-Mart and other major gun retailers may have an incentive to support closing a...
  • Scaled-Back Inauguration Loses its Appeal

    01/06/2013 7:13:57 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2013 | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's public swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21 is prompting a different kind of oath within the capital's tourism industry, as the prospect of disappointing attendance threatens to dent spending on all manner of travel goods and services, from luxury hotel suites to servings of the president's favorite chili. Mr. Obama's 2009 inauguration drew an estimated 1.8 million people to Washington, more than any other gathering on the National Mall, according to officials at Destination D.C., the city's main tourism and convention marketer. This week, D.C. transportation and tourism officials said they expected turnout to be less than half...
  • Vote-stealing Dem Pleads Guilty to Beating up Girlfriend

    01/06/2013 7:07:21 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 4, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    If you’re a Democrat operative forced to resign for facilitating vote fraud, what do you do for a follow-up? If you said brutally attack your girlfriend, cracking her skull, your name just might be Patrick Moran. And if you’ve skated on both counts, your father just might be Jim Moran, Democrat congressman from Virginia. Patrick Moran was the field director for his father’s campaign before the election — that is, until a sting operation caught him on video coaching an undercover reporter on how to commit vote fraud. He sounded as if he’d already achieved semi-pro status, too. But since...
  • War on Words: CAIR Asks Journalists to Drop the Term Islamist

    01/06/2013 6:55:51 AM PST · by Patriot95 · 38 replies
    The BLAZE ^ | 6 January 2013 | Sharona Schwartz
    he Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the nation’s media to make this their new year’s resolution: Stop using the word “Islamist.” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, explained in a Jan. 3 op-ed why his group is upset the Associated Press added the term to its latest stylebook, a document that guides reporters worldwide. Hooper wrote: That entry reads: “Islamist — Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.” The AP...
  • House Democrats name vice chairs of gun-violence task force

    01/06/2013 6:49:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/13 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats have named the leaders of a new panel designed to fight gun violence. The task force, formed in the wake of last month's shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., will be led by lawmakers as diverse as Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), an ardent supporter of gun control; John Dingell (Mich.), a long-time ally of the National Rifle Association; and Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who was injured in the Tucson shooting that almost killed former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.). Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), appointed chairman of the panel last month by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said the group's task...
  • Obama to draw on public support in new round of economic battles (What is Hussein's fiscal plan?)

    01/06/2013 6:38:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/13 | Niall Stanage, Amie Parnes
    President Obama intends to take a confrontational approach with Republicans in future economic battles by using the same campaign-style events the White House saw as effective in the “fiscal-cliff” fight. Many in Obama’s party believe that he got the upper hand in the recent deal to avoid the mixture of across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts, and that the aggressive approach helped build his public case. Sources close to Obama say he can fend off Republicans for several reasons: his successful reelection; polling suggesting public support for many of his positions; and division among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Jen Psaki,...
  • Hagel would face uphill battle for Pentagon's top job if picked by Obama

    01/06/2013 6:23:43 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | January 06, 2013
    Chuck Hagel likely would face opposition from both liberals and conservatives for his past stances and comments ... Coats said. "... We watched Chuck take positions that are, frankly, ... to the left of Barack Obama." He continued: "Hagel has moved ... to someone that looks like they are out of the most leftist state in the country and exceeding even a lot of Democrats," ... Sen. Linsey Graham, R-S.C., told Chris Wallace, "There would be very little Republican support for his nomination. ... There will be very few votes.”
  • FBI reveals surveillance of 60 minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, who was accused of being a...

    01/06/2013 6:13:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    FBI reveals surveillance of 60 minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, who was accused of being a communist The FBI files include an investigation of a threatening letter sent to Wallace by a World War II veteran titled 'Communist Control of the Press' In the summer of 1970, Wallace and late '60 Minutes' creator Don Hewitt took a trip to Cuba, which the FBI kept tabs on Wallace was not discovered to be a communist By Damian Ghigliotty PUBLISHED: 19:33 EST, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:26 EST, 5 January 2013 The U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau released records it was keeping on...
  • Canada speaking up for persecuted Christians in Middle East

    01/06/2013 6:05:03 AM PST · by Dartman · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 5/13 | Simon Kent
    Sometimes silence isn’t so much golden as deadly. Just ask Christians living in the troubled Middle East. Their world will be a very dangerous place in 2013 as believers face being wiped out of their “biblical heartlands” because of mounting persecution by militant Islam, according to a new report by the U.K. think tank Civitas. It warns that Christians suffer greater hostility in the Middle East than any other religious group on the planet while the world wilfully ignores their plight. And it claims the clear majority of politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians...
  • Over 120 guns collected at Jersey City gun buy-back program, police said

    01/06/2013 5:54:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    The Jersey City Police Department collected over a hundred and twenty guns during a gun buy-back program held earlier today at a Mcginley Square church, according to police spokesman Stan Eason. As part of Operation Life Safer 2, the four-and-a-half hour event began at 12 p.m. at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church at 661 Montgomery St. where gun owners handed in their weapons in exchange for cash with no questions asked. Since 2005, the city held two prior gun buy-back programs in an effort to reduce gun violence and managed to collected 1,297 rifles, handguns, and assault weapons, according to...
  • Michael Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of Citizens Who Thank Them for Their Service

    01/06/2013 5:54:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Michael Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of Citizens Who Thank Them for Their Service By Noel Sheppard Created 01/06/2013 - 8:16am On New Year’s Eve, schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore made a resolution to stop saying he supports the troops. On Thursday, Moore put an exclamation point on this anti-American insanity publishing a piece at the Huffington Post entitled “Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't.” “I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you,” Moore began. “I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess...
  • Matt Damon’s Latest Film Simplifies a Complex Political Issue

    01/06/2013 5:41:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2012 | John Hanlon
    Matt Damon’s latest film “Promised Land” arrived in theaters nationwide yesterday with a focus on the controversial issue of fracking. Written by Matt Damon (who won an Oscar for co-writing “Good Will Hunting”) and John Krasinski (“The Office),” the story focuses on a small community that is asked to debate the merits of the process when a large corporation arrives in town wanting to buy much of the local land. In an article from the Wall Street Journal, reporter Daniel Gilbert described -- much more succinctly than the film does -- what the process of fracking entails. He noted that...
  • There's No 'I' in 'Kumbaya'

    01/06/2013 5:29:03 AM PST · by gotribe · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/04/2013 | Peggy Noonan
    ...He is a uniquely polarizing figure. A moderate U.S. senator said the other day: "One thing not said enough is he is the most divisive president in modern history. He doesn't just divide the Congress, he divides the country." The senator thinks Mr. Obama has "two whisperers in his head." "The political whisperer says 'Don't compromise a bit, make Republicans look weak and bad.' Another whisperer is not political, it's, 'Let's do the right thing, work together and begin to right the ship.' " The president doesn't listen much to the second whisperer....
  • Gun sales are on full auto at Roanoke gun show

    01/06/2013 5:22:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | January 6, 2013 | Liana Bayne
    Although antique firearms attracted some attention, many people bought modern weapons. When folks visited Jerry Cochran's tables at Saturday's gun show in the Roanoke Civic Center, they were mainly purchasing high-capacity magazines and guns such as the AR-15. Cochran, who runs two Trader Jerry's gun shops in Cedar Bluff and in Salem, said he believed fear was driving many of his customers at Saturday's show, hosted by Blacksburg-based promotion company Showmasters. "It's a fear of the government prohibiting what they want," he said, "which is their right to own guns." Saturday's show filled the civic center with a large variety...
  • Iceland teen known legally as ‘girl’ fights to get her name back

    01/06/2013 5:21:02 AM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    It turns out the 15-year-old's given name, Blaer, is not on the Icelandic government's approved list of names. She's now identified as 'girl' on official documents. Her mother had no idea the name, which means 'light breeze' in Icelandic, wasn't on the list. She’s suing the government to get her daughter’s name back. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/iceland-teen-fights-back-article-1.1232072#ixzz2HCVPQxmR
  • Justin Bieber’s Fee-Ridden Prepaid Debit Card Targets Teens

    01/06/2013 4:41:02 AM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    In recent months, a slew of celebrity-endorsed prepaid cards have been introduced to the market. From Magic Johnson and Suze Orman to Russell Simmons, it seems everyone wants to offer the public a checking account and debit card rolled into one. Teen star Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to jump on the prepaid bandwagon. But unlike most cards previously produced, his card is reportedly geared toward teenagers. With many prepaid cards catching a lot of flak from financial experts for having high fees, will his card be viewed as one that actually benefits its audience? Cited from: http://www.gobankingrates.com/checking-account/justin-bieber-fee-ridden-prepaid-debit-card-targets-teens/#ixzz2HCLCJ988
  • McCrory sworn in as North Carolina governor

    01/06/2013 4:33:53 AM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Associated Press | RALEIGH — Pat McCrory was officially installed as North Carolina’s governor on Saturday, getting sworn in during a low-key, 15-minute ceremony that belied momentous changes marked by new Republican dominance within state government. Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath of office to the former Charlotte mayor shortly after noon Saturday in the House chambers of the old Capitol building. McCrory kept to themes from his campaign of tackling problems and finding concord in brief remarks after becoming the state’s 74th governor. “Our goal was not to get a title. Our goal was to lead and to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 6 January 2013

    01/06/2013 4:29:26 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 108 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 6 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 6th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Angus King, a Maine independent; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, leaders of President Barack Obama’s now-defunct deficit commission.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. McConnell; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Rick Nolan, D-Minn., and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. McConnell and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Reps. Joaquin Castro,...
  • Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, VA refusing to let vendors sell "assault weapons?" Is this true?

    01/06/2013 4:09:41 AM PST · by KingLudd · 21 replies
    I caught the tail end of a local DC-area radio program last week (Thursday) and I'm pretty sure I heard one of the representatives from the Nation's Gun Show say that they would no longer allow the sale of "assault weapons" at their show in Chantilly, VA. Can anyone verify this? If this is true, I have attended my last Nation's Gun Show.
  • Can You Imagine King George III Telling Our Nation’s Founders They Couldn’t Have Muskets?

    01/06/2013 3:43:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Don’t you love how the Left and their step-n-fetch media mavens are trying to make law-abiding gun owners the bad guys? You don’t? Yeah, me neither. From Hollywood’s heavily armed guarded elite to the radical, anti-gun commie rag Journal News, peaceful and upright average Joes are being isolated and concentrated on as the bane of America’s existence just because we righteously and lawfully keep and bear arms. Hollywood has even cobbled together a little tsk-tsk black and white video demanding our government do something about gun violence. That would be the very gun violence they have glamorized on the big...
  • “Education Is The Key?” Assessing The Value Of A College Degree In A Tumultuous Economy

    01/06/2013 3:28:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2012 | Austin Hill
    Half of recent college graduates can’t find employment. Those who find a job often settle for something less than a “college level job.” So what good is a college education, anyway, in our very unstable economy? As 2013 launches with more federal government debt and American businesses guessing when the next punitive regulatory show will drop, most Americans are ignoring an area of societal upheaval that is poised to get more intense. Increasingly, Americans are wondering how essential it is for one to possess a college degree. The upheaval transcends what you’ll read in the occasional “top paying” and...
  • The Four-Year Honeymoon Will the press ever give Obama tough coverage?

    01/06/2013 3:25:31 AM PST · by Fzob · 36 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 01/14/2012 | Fred Barnes
    President Obama never disappoints. When the monthly unemployment rate fails to drop, forget it. What’s important is the number of jobs created. But when the rate actually does drop, forget the growth (or lack of it) in jobs. It’s the rate that matters. And don’t blame Obama for the persistence of slow economic growth and high joblessness. That’s the “new normal.” As for the millions of dropouts from the job market, that’s no big deal, hardly worth more than a passing mention. Full credit is due Obama for his role in the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He was...