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  • India wary as Turkey set to broker Afghanistan-Taliban peace

    01/06/2013 12:32:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | January 6, 2013 | Indrani BagchiIndrani Bagchi
    Turkey is emerging as the new player in the unfolding Afghanistan peace process. As Afghanistan and Pakistan work on a peace roadmap, with the active assistance and blessings of London and Washington, Turkey has stepped in, even offering to host senior Taliban leaders released by Pakistan for reconciliation talks with the Afghan government. Although India is not part of the deal, India will be deeply affected by the outcome of whatever political process is implemented in Afghanistan. And with a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan, India will be keen to ensure its own red lines about the accommodation...
  • Wall Street cheers "cliff" deal, but only for now

    01/06/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | STEVE ROTHWELL
    When lawmakers delivered a long-delayed, last-minute agreement on the budget, Wall Street celebrated. And it would be easy to think that the surge in the Dow the following day meant that investors had put their concerns about Washington's political gridlock behind them. The Dow Jones industrial average surged on the news, but that doesn't mean the volatility is over. In fact, there could be more turmoil in the market soon because decisions on cutting the federal budget deficit have been put off until March, when the government will reach its borrowing limit. Republicans have already said they will demand cuts...
  • Obama's Historic Easing of Sanctions Dramatically Increases Abuse by Castro

    01/06/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | Brandon Darby
    Cuba was singled out by Human Rights Watch in 2011 as being the only Latin American country that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. It is difficult to understand how such tyranny could get worse. Both Reuters and the Miami Herald report that Cuban Security agents broke their previous records of government political repression in 2012 with 6,602 confirmed detentions of political dissidents. In 2011 there were 4,123 confirmed political arrests which was even higher than the 2,704 arrests from 2010. Both Reuters and the Miami Herald based their data on a 2012 year-end report from the Cuban Committee...
  • The Tax Man Takes Aim At The World's Wealthy

    01/06/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 06 Jan 2013 | Anita Huslin
    As 2013 begins with wealthy Americans in line for bigger tax bills, they're not alone. Tax fairness takes the spotlight worldwide this year, as cash-strapped governments look to impose more of the burden on well-heeled companies, individuals and institutions, and to catch and punish tax cheaters. This week, as the U.S. Congress averted a plunge off the fiscal precipice, British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a letter to leaders of the Group of Eight countries that make up about half of the world's economic output. Cameron is incoming president of the G-8 and says corporate tax evasion is on his...
  • Emancipation and Tyranny

    01/06/2013 12:08:03 PM PST · by morethanright · 4 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-06 12:46:52 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) told the Daily Caller that President Obama should be given the power to raise the nation's debt ceiling without congressional authority. Citing Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, Davis said, "Sometimes when we've gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions. I mean, remember that we just celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and if Abraham Lincoln had not had the power, authority and the will to make that decision, we may have gone on with the war that was going to last several additional...
  • GA mom shoots intruder 5 times in face, hides children [bad news for those who oppose self defense]

    01/06/2013 12:06:38 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    myfox8.com ^ | January 6, 2012
    LOGANVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia mother hid her two 9-year-old twins and shot an intruder, Paul Ali Slater, several times during a home invasion on Friday, according to multiple media reports. The Loganville mother said she didn’t initially answer when someone knocked on her door around 1 p.m. Friday. When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He then dialed 911 and his 37-year-old wife gathered their 9-year-old twins and hid them in a crawlspace inside the home. According to the report, the intruder then forced his way...
  • A century later, Nixon legacy carries on: The president would have been 100 this week.

    01/06/2013 12:05:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Mello
    For five years, he was known as the leader of the Free World. But for the first several years of his life, Richard Milhous Nixon had a more modest title: farm boy. Wednesday will mark the date, 100 years ago, of a winter day so cold that Hannah Nixon was advised it would be better to bear her fifth son at home than risk traveling in the chill to a hospital. That was the day a small, kit-constructed home surrounded by citrus trees saw the birth of the man who would become the 37th president of the United States.
  • ‘National database’ on gun sales part of Obama anti-gun game plan

    01/06/2013 11:51:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 124 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The Washington Post is reporting that President Barack Obama is preparing to pull out all the stops in pushing his anti-gun agenda in what the newspaper calls “a far broader and more comprehensive approach” than the Clinton-era ban on semi-autos. That ban expired in 2004 after a ten-year lifespan. Passage of the measure cost Democrats control of Congress in November 1994. The moves will be sold as an effort to curb “gun violence,” but it appears there is much more in the president’s plan, including what the Post calls “measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal...
  • McConnell: Any gun proposals to take back seat

    01/06/2013 11:45:22 AM PST · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    wsls ^ | January 06, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell federal spending and the country's debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months, and that debate about potential gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting will take a back seat.
  • Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of People Who Thank Them for Their Service

    01/06/2013 11:41:40 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    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. Moore then elaborated on six offenses either suffered by our troops or thrust upon them by Americans. These included: being “sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives;” having their homes foreclosed on them...
  • Christie: Comments on Obama, Boehner Part of Job

    01/06/2013 11:41:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Copyright © 2012 Breitbart ^ | 6 Jan 2013, 5:14 AM PDT | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    Christie, by his own admission, is "not a subtle personality" and he likes to take charge. Those two traits figured prominently in how the rising Republican handled Sandy. From his frequent, televised updates to residents as the storm's winds whipped the state's beaches to his criticism last week of fellow Republican John Boehner's decision to delay a U.S. House vote on federal storm aid, his handling of his native state's worst natural disaster may one day be considered the defining moment in the political career of a budding presidential contender. The timing of the storm _ days before a presidential...
  • Burglar Endagered! Atlanta mom shoots intruder in the face 5 times

    01/06/2013 11:37:25 AM PST · by F105-D ThunderChief · 62 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 01/06/13 | F-105D Thunderchief
    An Atlanta mom took matters into her own hands on Friday when confronting an intruder. The unidentified woman hid with her 9-year-old twins in a crawlspace as a man broke into her house and began rummaging through it. The alleged burglar, Paul Ali Slater, eventually found the family’s hiding space, but not before finding himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver. The woman fired six shots, five of which hit Slater in the face and neck, but he managed to flee after the family ran to a neighbor’s house. Slater is expected to survive
  • There’s No Case for Hagel (Kristol)

    01/06/2013 11:22:53 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 4, 2013 | By William Kristol
    In the three weeks since Chuck Hagel’s name emerged as President Barack Obama’s likely choice as the next secretary of defense, there's been a lively, if lopsided, debate about his qualifications for the job. The debate’s been lopsided because the arguments for Hagel have been so startlingly weak. It’s not just that those arguing for Hagel form an unusually motley crew, even by the standards of the anti-Israel swamp in which many of them frolic. What's striking about the case for Hagel is its absence. His backers can cite no significant legislation for which Hagel was responsible in his two...
  • Obama signs bill for Sandy flood insurance claims

    01/06/2013 11:22:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 12:36 PM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy. … The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned. …
  • Pelosi: Unemployment at 7.8% Shows ‘Good Pace, Going in the Right Direction’

    01/06/2013 11:19:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | january 4, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the unemployment rate remaining flat at 7.8 percent shows a “good pace” and that the country is “going in the right direction.” “Good morning. It’s a good morning indeed, I think,” Pelosi said, as she began her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Friday. “155,000 jobs added in December.” “Good pace, going in the right direction,” she said. “1.8 million private sector jobs gained in 2012. December was the 34th consecutive month of private-sector job creation.” The government unemployment report released on Friday revealed that the number of unemployed Americans remained unchanged...
  • INSIDE THE CONSERVATIVE REBELLION AGAINST JOHN BOEHNER

    01/06/2013 11:06:02 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | SeekTheTruth for Bevperl
    House Speaker John Boehner barely held onto his job atop Congress’ lower chamber on Thursday.
  • Hume: Obama Believes Hagel Will Be A Counterforce To The Pentagon And Not An Advocate (video)

    01/06/2013 11:04:48 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    BRIT HUME: The only thing I can think of is that he believes that Hagel is a kind of maverick, would not drink the kool-aid as the White House may see it on Pentagon, military spending and so on. That he would be a counterforce over there and not an advocate for the armed forces in a way that even Leon Panetta has become. You know, the warnings that we're hearing, for example, about the affect of the sequester, so-called, on the Pentagon, the dire warnings, have come from Panetta, not from the White House you'll notice. The President isn't...
  • Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduces bill to repeal presidential term limit

    01/06/2013 11:03:32 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 19 replies
    Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) is already looking forward to 2016 and beyond. The congressman yesterday reintroduced a bill to repeal the 22nd amendment establishing term limits for the president.
  • Fake News: LAPD, Media Tout Rocket Launcher Seizure That Wasn't

    01/06/2013 11:02:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/6/13 | Warner Todd Huston
    Only one problem. The story is pure puffery. These so-called “rocket launchers” the LAPD recovered weren't a danger to anyone. In fact, at least one of them was never a danger to anyone. It turns out both were one-use, AT-4 grenade launchers used by the U.S. Army in anti-tank operations. Yes they are grenade launchers (not really "rocket" launchers proper) but these tubes are pre-packaged weapons that can be fired only one time and cannot be reloaded. They are one-shot only weapons. So, yes, that means the tubes the police had were completely and permanently harmless. But even more absurdly,...
  • EBT Fraud and Abuse

    01/06/2013 10:39:05 AM PST · by doug from upland · 35 replies
    watchdog dot org ^ | 1-2013 | Shepherd
    EBT fraud and abuse: Looking past your state By Todd Shepherd / July 24, 2012 / 7 Comments Fraud is skyrocketing as states shift from issuing paper-based food stamps to plastic, electronic benefits transfer cards preloaded with a monthly limit of cash intended only for food purchases. Examples of fraud prompted Congress to take action, with President Obama signing a law in February intended to prevent EBT cardholders from spending their money on tattoos and at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Here’s a state-by-state listing of some EBT fraud stories: Alabama: Not fraudulent, but are EBT cards becoming a...
  • Meet the Press Fail: Shows Debt Clock $3 Trillion Less Actual $16.4 Trillion

    01/06/2013 10:27:47 AM PST · by kristinn · 38 replies
    Sunday, January 6, 2013 | Kristinn
    It has gone unremarked upon by their peers in the media, but a few people noted it on Twitter. This morning NBC's Meet the Press featuring gun criminal David Gregory ran a graphic of the U.S. national debt clock that showed the debt at $13 trillion, a mere $3 trillion short of where it actually stands.Most notably, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker tweeted about it.A photo of the Meet the Press debt clock fail was posted to Twitter by Rick VanMeter:As of today, the national debt is over $16,400,000,000,000.
  • A recipe for activism against efforts at gun control

    01/06/2013 10:19:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 69 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6 January, 2013 | Lee DeCovnick
    "Obama Plans Broad Gun Control" screamed the Drudge Report headline. So what actions can a responsible gun owner take to stop this legislative insanity? There are, of course, the accepted channels of communications: email and phone calls to your two Senators and the Representative from your Congressional district. Having once worked as an idealistic political intern in a legislative office, I was flabbergasted at the utter contempt that the staff and "my" legislator held for the ordinary voters of the district. Respect was only paid to the large financial donors and their minions. Emails and phone calls may have a...
  • Making fun of Morsi becomes riskier in Egypt

    01/06/2013 10:16:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 2013/01/06 1:11 am | (DW)
    Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was the subject of many an unkind word before his fall. Though the jokes were usually told in trusted circles only, they were known to many, and fear of reprisal engendered inventiveness. To avoid mentioning Mubarak by name, the president was called “la vache qui rit” (“the laughing cow”), a reference to a type of French cheese. The fear only disappeared with the advent of the revolution. Today, political satire can be found in the media, on the Internet, on social networks or even on protestors’ signs at demonstrations. … For his supporters, Morsi is a...
  • The Problem in Washington Isn’t the Constitution

    01/06/2013 10:12:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    It’s easy to pity Kremlinologists. These are people who spent years, even decades, studying the Soviet Union. Their job was to explain why that country did the things it did, even though those actions so often seemed counterproductive. Suddenly, though, the USSR dissolved and the Kremlinologists were out of work. Louis Michael Seidman hopes to join them on the unemployment lines. He’s a “professor of constitutional law” at Georgetown University. That means students pay more than $60,000 per year to hear him lecture. Nonetheless, Seidman apparently wants to end his cushy teaching gig. “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution”...
  • Dem. Rep. Introduces Bill to Abolish Presidential Term Limits —

    01/06/2013 10:12:27 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 6, 2013 | Madeline Morganstern
    A Democratic congressman on Friday yet again introduced a resolution seeking to repeal the 22nd Amendment, thereby removing the limit on how many terms a president may serve in office. It’s a regular occurrence for longtime Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), who has introduced similar legislation every Congress going back at least through 2001. The 22nd Amendment bars any president from serving more than two full terms in office. It was passed by Congress in 1947 and ratified in 1951 as a reaction to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four-term presidency. Amending the Constitution would require the approval of both the House and...
  • A Push for an Obama Third Term: HR 15, 113th Congress...

    01/06/2013 10:04:00 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 36 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | January 4, 2013 | Rep Jose Serrano, D-NY 15th District
    H.J.RES.15 -- Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual... (Introduced in House - IH) HJ 15 IH 113th CONGRESS 1st Session H. J. RES. 15 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 4, 2013 Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on...
  • When Muslims Burn Christians Alive: warning Graphic PIC (A Glimpse into a "Peaceful" Religion)

    01/06/2013 10:02:15 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    am thinker ^ | 1/6/13 | s duke
    Most of them were holding machetes, knives, and long swords; they kept on dividing some of them [the villagers], cutting their heads into two, even a little child, no matter how small. And some little children who could run, they would follow them as far as almost half a kilometer to kill them; there was no mercy for anyone trying to escape. The above was a testimonial of a Nigerian man, speaking of an attack on one of his nation's villages. The attackers - the unidentified "them" and "they" in the above passage - were Muslims. And the victims were...
  • Obama ready for fight on Hagel

    01/06/2013 9:58:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    politico ^ | 1/6/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    It's official. President Obama has chosen former Republican senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel as his nominee for Secretary of Defense and plans to make the announcement Monday, POLITICO's Mike Allen and Darren Samuelsohn report over on the home page: A Democratic aide described the White House’s logic for choosing Hagel, age 66: “Chuck Hagel is a decorated war hero who would be the first enlisted soldier and Vietnam veteran to go on to serve as Secretary of Defense. He had the courage to break with his party during the Iraq War, and would help bring the war in Afghanistan to...
  • Father of four in California makes his stand against LGBT agenda in classroom

    01/06/2013 9:43:00 AM PST · by mgist · 41 replies
    Daily caller ^ | 12/5/13 | Eric
    Monday's meeting of the Capistrano Unified School District A school board should offer more fireworks than usual. At the meeting, Stan Wasbin, a father of four, plans to voice his complaint that local schools are becoming "re-education camps" because of an excessive focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, reports the San Juan Capistrano Patch. Wasbin, a resident of the seaside suburb of San Clemente, asked in a three-page letter that his concerns about the supposedly agenda-driven politicization of the school curriculum be placed on the official board agenda. Both the curriculum and Wasbin's missive come in response to...
  • 2013: List of Pro-Liberty Bills in Congress

    01/06/2013 9:13:43 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    Govtrack.us ^ | Jan 5, 2013 | me
    2013: List of Pro-Liberty Bills in Congress Updated: Jan 5, 2013 H.R. 23: To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization. H.R. 24: To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes. H.R. 25: To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States. H.R. 33: To amend title 31,...
  • Obama, Race and Affirmative Action: Why the Second Term Will Be Worse (Part II)

    01/06/2013 9:13:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    The executive branch isn’t the only arena in which the Obama affirmative action crusade will be felt over the next four years. The legislative branch, too, offers manifold opportunities for mischief. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148), or “Obamacare,” for example, offers a generous supply of tripwire. Section 5301, which defines criteria for federal aid to medical schools, contains a subsection, “Priorities in Making Awards.” It states: “The Secretary [of Health and Human Services] shall give priority to qualified applicants that…have a record of training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups.” Section 5303,...
  • Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores and X-rated shops

    01/06/2013 9:08:22 AM PST · by 4buttons · 32 replies
    NY Post.com ^ | 1/6/13 | KATE BRIQUELET
    They’re on the dole — and watching the pole. Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found.
  • Black and Latino firefighter hopefuls get a second chance to join the FDNY

    01/06/2013 9:03:11 AM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | january 6, 2013 | Ginger Adams Otis
    They coulda' been contenders — and now they have a second chance. Nearly 300 black and Latino firefighter candidates who didn’t score high enough to join the FDNY in 1999 and 2002 are getting a rare opportunity take their entrance exams again. They’ll sit for the FDNY written exam Friday, and an intense physical fitness test will follow later. If they can rack up passing grades on both, the job with generous pension, sick pay and other benefits could be within their grasp. The break is part of a controversial ruling from Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who in July found...
  • 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,...