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  • Death of Hugo Chavez could set off shock waves across region

    01/07/2013 4:33:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 7:05PM GMT 05 Jan 2013 | By Philip Sherwell
    The orchestra played and loyal lawmakers erupted in adulatory applause as Hugo Chavez invoked Fidel Castro and Jesus Christ as his revolutionary role models. His right hand raised, the fiery Venezuelan leader echoed the famous call to arms of his Cuban mentor. "Fatherland, socialism or death," he proclaimed, then added with a typical flourish: "I swear by Christ, the greatest socialist in history." That was six years ago as "El Commandante" was sworn in for his third term as president and blew kisses to rose petal-tossing crowds when he returned in an open-topped car to his palace to watch a...
  • Bridge to a Higher Cliff

    01/07/2013 4:29:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.7.13 | JED BABBIN
    The coming fight on the debt ceiling and gun control is an ideological one, one Republicans need to fight or else face oblivion. The New Year’s Eve deal to avoid the fiscal cliff isn’t just a lousy deal: it’s entirely corrupt. Obama insisted on what he called a “balanced deal,” but to him a balance is only between increased government spending and higher taxes. It allowed President Obama to pretend that the deal reduces federal spending by $732 billion over the next ten years though, in fact, it increases federal spending — by $332 billion — more than it cuts....
  • Hagel must address 'Jewish lobby' comment

    01/07/2013 4:17:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/13 | Lanny J. Davis
    I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the Cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice. Thus, there should be heavy presumption that President Obama’s reported nominee for secretary of Defense, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, should be confirmed by the Senate. Whether senators agree or disagree with Hagel’s past positions — on the Iraq war (against), declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist organization” (against), engaging with Iran in negotiations more aggressively (for), engaging with Hamas in seeking a peace agreement in the Middle East...
  • How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Hurt a Recovering Economy

    01/07/2013 4:03:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    The deal that Congress came to on the fiscal cliff last week was a combination of half-measures, compromise, and kicking-the-can that nobody seemed to like but was overwhelmingly approved. Most of the meaures that constituted the cliff stood poised to harm the economy over the next two years - and Congress' failure to offset the cost of averting the cliff will result in a worse economy in the long run. As Americans everywhere found out with their first paychecks of the new year, Congress failed to reauthorize the temporary payroll tax cut that expired. This could result in between 300,000...
  • The Silence Of Electric Cars: Our National Nightmare Is Almost Over

    01/07/2013 3:48:43 PM PST · by PilotDave · 60 replies
    WSJ blogs ^ | 7 Jan 2013 | Tom Gara
    They’re so quiet, in fact, that it can be a problem — a problem big enough that federal regulators have stepped in with a plan (PDF) to make the cars play a sound of their own. Pedestrians — visually impaired ones especially, but also those blessed with fine eyesight — often hear an oncoming vehicle without seeing it. By being so eerily quiet, electric cars pose a safety risk, so the logic goes. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published this list of proposed sounds that electric vehicles should make. Have a listen — it’s what the...
  • Corbett Backtracks On Comments About Restricting Gun Sales On State Property

    01/07/2013 3:47:58 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Tom Corbett is backtracking from comments made during a radio interview suggesting that he might consider banning the sale of guns on state property. The comment came during an appearance on Harrisburg public station WITF’s “Radio Smart Talk” program. Governor Corbett was asked about why the state allows gun sales at its massive Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, and whether that policy should be changed.
  • Reid: Sandy Was Much Worse Than Katrina, You Know

    01/07/2013 3:42:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Whether he's publicly recapitulating the hallucinations of an imaginary friend, or wrongly assuring the public that various government programs are "fully funded," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tends to struggle with the truth.  The recent high-octane bout of partisan wrangling over whether to pass a porked-up Sandy relief bill is finally complete, and Reid is unhappy that Congress didn't spend more money.  To emphasize his frustration, he downplayed the severity of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in order to cast Sandy as far worse -- thus indicting those who opposed even one cent of unrelated "relief" spending as uncaring, heartless bastards:  ...
  • The 4 mistakes of the Journal News

    01/07/2013 3:38:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/3/13 | Erik Wemple
    The suburban New York-based Journal News published on Dec. 23 a story headlined “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood.” It also published a map listing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in the New York counties of Westchester and Rockland. The map alone prompted a level of outrage that all but dominated the media-criticism world over the holidays. Herewith a look at Journal News’s four mistakes: Mistake No. 1: Here’s Our Statement!: A word of advice for Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. And for Westchester County Clerk...
  • After the Fall: What Do You Do When You Conclude America Is (Temporarily or Permanently) Kaput?

    01/07/2013 3:35:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/07/2013 | Barry Rubin
    If we reach the following highly unpleasant conclusion, what are the implications? The United States has taken a political turn which, at least for the next four years, will guarantee that it does not play the role of a great power mindful of and willing to protect its own true interests, to support its allies, and to combat its real foes. On the contrary, through inaction or active effort the leadership of America will take counterproductive actions that achieve the opposite result. And there are certain factors — radical ideological hegemony, a weak economy and growing debt, structural social changes,...
  • Praying Hitler in ex-Warsaw ghetto sparks emotion

    01/07/2013 3:33:09 PM PST · by DManA · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Fri, Dec 28, 2012 | VANESSA GERA
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees is on display in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the place where so many Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by Hitler's regime, and it is provoking mixed reactions.
  • (Bastard Nation) Oxygen TV Mum About Proposed Show Involving Rapper with 11 Children from 10 Women

    01/07/2013 3:26:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    KSPR 33 ^ | January 7, 2013 | KSPR 33
    Oxygen mum about show on proposed show involving rapper with 11 children from 10 women PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oxygen cable television executives aren't talking, as negative attention grows about its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers. The Parents Television Council on Monday asked Oxygen to shelve "All My Babies' Mamas" before it ever gets on the air, calling it "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive." The group follows a New York author, Sabrina Lamb, who has launched a petition drive against the show that she said has more than 20,000 signatures. Oxygen executives...
  • Exclusive - Dershowitz: 'I Will Testify Against Hagel' on Iran

    01/07/2013 3:20:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School is a legendary defense lawyer, and the country's foremost pro-Israel advocate. He is also a steadfast supporter of President Barack Obama. Breitbart News spoke to him in an exclusive interview today about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense.Sen. Hagel is controversial for his views on Israel, the Iraq War, Iran, and gays, among other issues. Dershowitz had, prior to Hagel's nomination, urged President Obama publicly not to appoint Hagel to the position.Breitbart News: Does the Hagel nomination represent a slap in the face to the pro-Israel community?Dershowitz:...
  • Sunni protests intensify in Iraq against Maliki

    01/07/2013 3:20:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 01/07/2013 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Iraqi troops fired in the air to disperse Sunni protesters on Monday, as the two-week-old protests gathered steam. The protesters are allying themselves with foreign allies among the Sunni Arab states, mostly in Jordan, Turkey, and the Gulf. slamists, who are demanding a Sunni autonomous region similar to that of the northern Kurdish region, dominate the protests, while events in Syria are affecting events in Iraq. Iraqi street protests, gaining energy or perhaps even inspiration from the Sunniled rebel uprising in neighboring Syria, are putting pressure on Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. In the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi troops...
  • Man claiming to be Satan stabs one, threatens four, police say

    01/07/2013 3:17:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 7, 2013 | Wayne K. Roustan, Sun
    A 30-year-old Hallandale Beach man who claimed to be Satan was arrested Sunday and accused of stabbing one man and threatening four other people, including a pregnant woman, Hollywood Police said. Michael Anthony Thomas is charged with 13 counts that include aggravated battery with a weapon causing bodily harm, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and threatening law enforcement officers, Broward Jail records show.
  • Festival of Caricatures in Tehran Explicitly Denies Holocaust

    01/07/2013 3:15:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), Moshe Kantor, called on the international community to condemn a festival of caricatures in Tehran initiated by the Iranian regime in an effort to explicitly deny the Holocaust. "Once again the Iranian regime is inciting against the Jewish People, denying genocide while actively preparing the means, through their illicit nuclear weapons program, to threaten the Jewish state with violent destruction,” Kantor said. “We expect little of such a rogue regime. However, we do expect the international community to look at this latest incitement and place it within the context of their active pursuit...
  • Iran's Revenues from Oil Exports Dropped by 45%

    01/07/2013 3:09:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/13
    Iran's revenues from their oil and gas exports have dropped by 45% due to international sanctions, a senior lawmaker said...
  • Hagel: No Evidence I'm Anti-Israel

    01/07/2013 3:04:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Chuck Hagel, who was nominated on Monday by President Barack Obama as Secretary of Defense, dismissed allegations that he is against Israel. The former Nebraska senator said in an interview that an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate "unequivocal, total support for Israel" and endorsement of tough international economic sanctions against Iran. Critics have "completely distorted" his record, the former Nebraska senator told the Lincoln Journal Star, a local newspaper based in his home state. At last, Hagel said, with his nomination announced by the president, he has an opportunity to set the record straight. He added that there...
  • Group holds pre-inaugural ‘gun day’

    01/07/2013 3:03:44 PM PST · by hans56 · 3 replies
    Plitico ^ | 1/7/13 | BOBBY CERVANTES |
    Calling for a “Gun Appreciation Day” two days before President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, gun rights activists are urging gun owners to turn “out en masse at gun stores, ranges and shows from coast to coast” on Jan. 19.
  • DoE doubling down on feeding “green” ambitions and hiking third-world food prices

    01/07/2013 2:59:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    The Obama administration has roundly refused to scale back on its relentless buoying up of the biofuels industry, despite the clamorous criticism of almost everybody except the ethanol lobby; once the supposedly ‘environmental’ zealots of our bloated federal bureaucracy and their cronyish friends have decided on a policy, that’s just all there is to it, and no, we really do not give a damn about the real-world unintended consequences. Well, leftists and rent-seekers, here are some unintended consequences: We are already dealing with inflated food prices in the United States because of the government’s mandate that we use a certain...
  • Anti-Gun Zealot Michael Moore Endorses Shoot-Em-Up Film, ‘Django Unchained’

    01/07/2013 2:59:35 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 6, 2012 | Twitchy Staff
    (Via Twitter) Anti-gun zealot Michael Moore endorses shoot-em-up film, ‘Django Unchained’ • This weekend, go see "Django". I still can't get this movie outta my head- & I don't want to! Ignore all nonsense u've heard bout "violence" - Michael Moore • "Django Unchained" is one of the best film satires ever. A rare American movie on slavery and the origins of our sick racist history. Wow. - Michael Moore