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  • Our Cars’ Weight Problem: How government is making our cars lighter, and more dangerous

    01/08/2013 7:21:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2013 | Robert E. Nortonj
    As we emerge from the long holiday season chasing new resolutions, many of us find ourselves focusing on watching our waistlines and taking off some extra pounds. As more Americans are diagnosed as obese, this renewed attention to health and weight can only be seen as a good thing. But America is also struggling with another weight problem — and what you don’t know about it just might kill you. During the first term of the Obama administration, much was made of the bailout of the automotive industry. Common belief to the contrary, the U.S. government came to the rescue...
  • How Romney Could Have Won. A changed system = changed results.

    01/08/2013 7:16:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2013 | Katrina Trinko
    If votes in every state were awarded by congressional district, President-elect Romney would be planning his inauguration right now. According to the Cook Political Report, Mitt Romney won roughly about 52 percent of the congressional districts. Currently, all states except for Maine and Nebraska award electoral votes on a winner-takes-all basis. Long-term, that looks like a worrisome trend for the GOP. Several formerly red strongholds, including Georgia and Arizona, are becoming more Democratic. Still, demographics are not destiny and if Republicans succeed in winning over more Hispanics than they have in recent years, for instance, these states could well remain...
  • Obama's Crony Capitalism (PIMCO Management Now in Bed with the White House)

    01/08/2013 7:13:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/08/2013 | Ira Stoll
    On the Friday before Christmas, President Obama announced that he was appointing Mohamed A. El-Erian, the CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company, as the chairman of his Global Development Council. The announcement didn’t get much attention, but it should. It exemplifies what’s wrong with Obama’s approach to economic policy, which amounts to: insult rich people as “fat cats,” raise their taxes, and then choose a favored few of them for special access. If you’re not familiar with El-Erian, you must not be watching CNBC or attending the World Economic Forum at Davos. The son of an Egyptian ambassador to France...
  • Iran hopes Hagel confirmation will bring U.S. policy changes

    01/08/2013 7:12:22 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    -excerpt- "We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly news conference, Iran's IRIB news website reported. He was answering a question about Hagel's views on Israel and U.S. sanctions on Iran.
  • For Sale: NASA Space Shuttle Stuff [BO Abandons Defense Science,Gotta Fund Welfare State, Ya Know!]

    01/08/2013 7:11:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Now that the US space shuttle program is defunct, NASA is leasing and selling some of its facilities and equipment at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to private companies and entrepreneurs. Among the items being sold, according to the Orlando Sentinel: Launch Pad 39A, where shuttles blasted off into space, the Vehicle Assembly Building, the launch control center, a parachute-packing plant, and the world's longest runway, a 15,000 foot (4,572 meter) landing strip. The last shuttle space flight ended in July 2011, when Atlantis landed back on Earth.That shuttle and its sisters, Discovery and Endeavour are now in museums,...
  • India to Western Tech Firms: If You Want To Sell It Here, Build It Here

    01/08/2013 7:11:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/08/2013 | AMOL SHARMA
    NEW DELHI—India has proposed sweeping curbs on the import of technology products ranging from laptops to Wi-Fi devices to computer-network equipment. The proposed regulations, which were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, would create an expansive "Buy India" mandate requiring a large percentage of the high-tech goods sold in the country to be manufactured locally. If implemented, the rules could wreak havoc on the business plans of a wide range of U.S. and other foreign firms, including hardware-makers Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO and Dell DELL Inc.; services companies such as International Business Machines IBM Corp.; and telecom-gear suppliers such as...
  • December Job stats: Don’t let arithmetic get in the way

    01/08/2013 7:08:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/08/2013 | John Crudele
    If you aren’t confused yet about what the economy is doing, you haven’t been paying close enough attention to recent news reports. Take, for example, last Friday’s employment report in which the Labor Department announced the nation’s unemployment rate in December was “unchanged at 7.8 percent” from November’s level. That’s easy enough to understand — until you look back at the November report when “the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent.” How, you might be asking, can December be unchanged at 7.8 percent when November was 7.7 percent? Didn’t the jobless rate go up 0.1 percent from one month...
  • Unemployment risks creating new divide in Europe

    01/08/2013 7:07:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 9:42 AM EST | Raf Casert and Don Melvin
    Record unemployment and fraying social welfare systems in southern Europe risk creating a new divide in the continent, the EU warned Tuesday, when figures showed joblessness across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit a new high. Official data showed eurozone unemployment rose to 11.8 percent in November, the highest since the euro currency was founded in 1999. The rate was up from 11.7 percent in October and 10.6 percent a year earlier. … The figures illustrate the daunting tasks confronting the European Union. While the threat of a collapse of the eurozone due to too much government...
  • The positive side of America’s new malaise (The 'brain drain' is moving from US to Canada)

    01/08/2013 7:05:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | 01/08/2013 | Conrad Black
    As the curtain fell on 2012, and America’s implacably inane “fiscal cliff” melodrama played out, all was symbolism and posturing. Following the last minute deal, the President led the nation in New Year’s revelry with a press conference that was a frenzied verbal caricature of the Republican opposition. Regular readers will recall my past Jeremiads about the unfeasible condition of American public debt: an annual federal deficit of almost 10% of GDP, largely paid for through a fraudulent shell game in which the Federal Reserve purports to buy its parent’s (the U.S. Treasury) bonds by the cyber-issuance of notes, compounded...
  • NJ Dem: GOP’s Christie may have “prayed” for storm

    01/08/2013 6:59:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 7, 2013 6:30 PM EST | Angela Delli Santi
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie may have “prayed” for Superstorm Sandy because it has provided political cover for his failed economic policies, the Democratic leader of the state Senate said Monday. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the state’s most powerful elected Democrat and a possible contender for his party’s nomination for governor, said Christie’s jobs plan before the late October storm was a disaster and now the reconstruction will provide an economic boost through thousands of new construction jobs. … “His jobs package is a hurricane,” Sweeney said during a press conference on Monday, the day before Christie was set to deliver...
  • Texas Legislature to Wrestle Over What to Do with Unexpected Budget Surplus

    01/08/2013 6:57:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 59 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Mark Whittington
    Bloomberg reports that when the Texas Legislature begins its 2013 session it will face a problem that most states will kill for. Texas will likely have a budget surplus of around $8 billion. The question arises, how to spend it? How Texas arrived at a surplus In 2011, when it looked as if Texas was facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, the Texas Legislature cut spending, especially funding for education, Bloomberg notes. However, partly because of the fracking boom, revenues from the sale of oil and gas soared, bringing in unexpected tax revenues. The jobless rate also declined sharply, currently down...
  • Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana

    01/08/2013 6:53:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 8:29 AM EST
    Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he’s established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana. … The Providence Journal reports that Kennedy’s group, Project SAM—for Smart Approaches to Marijuana—will instead lobby for increased treatment for marijuana and drug abuse. …
  • How Cozy – Bill Richardson Works Both Sides of Ex-Im Bank

    01/08/2013 6:52:48 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    lonelyconservative.com ^ | 1-8-13 | Lonely Conservative
    Isn’t this just cozy? Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) is working both sides of the Export-Import Bank. Not only does Richardson sit on the bank’s advisory committee, he’s also a board member of one of its loan recipients. The U.S. Export-Import Bank recently steered hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans to Spanish green energy conglomerate Abengoa, which happens to share an advisory board member with the bank. The Ex-Im Bank approved a $78.6 million direct loan to Spain-based Abengoa in December. It also approved a $73.6 million direct loan to a wind farm in Uruguay, which...
  • Survey: Right Overpowers Left 55-17 (Israel Jan. 22 Election)

    01/08/2013 6:50:49 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/08/2013 | Israel National News
    Most Israelis define themselves as “right wing,” according to a new survey from the Israeli Democracy Institute. Another 21% self-define as centrist, and 17% term themselves leftists. Regarding voting, 50% said they plan to vote for right-wing parties, both religious and secular. Thirty percent said they plan to vote for centrist or left-wing parties. The rest were undecided.
  • 2012 Brief: Average wholesale natural gas prices fell 31% in 2012

    01/08/2013 6:43:53 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 8, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Average wholesale (spot) prices for natural gas fell significantly throughout the United States in 2012 compared to 2011. The average wholesale price for natural gas at Henry Hub in Erath, Louisiana, a key benchmark location for pricing throughout the United States, fell from an average $4.02 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2011 to $2.77 per MMBtu in 2012. This was the lowest average annual price at Henry Hub since 1999. A mild 2011-12 winter, sustained high natural gas inventories, and rising natural gas production in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford basins contributed to lower average spot natural gas...
  • I-270 gridlock cries out for solutions

    01/08/2013 6:40:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - Interstate 270 is considered one of the most choked roads in the Washington region, but solutions for the gridlock are few and far between. Figures from the Maryland Department of Transportation show about 114,000 cars use I-270 daily, and that number is expected to jump to 200,000 in the next 10 to 15 years. "Everyone who is familiar with 270 knows it is jammed up in the morning rush hour and evening rush hour," says Gus Bauman, who studies transportation and funding and who chaired a Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding. One proposal to ease congestion...
  • Iran says it’s hopeful on Hagel nomination

    01/08/2013 6:39:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 3:33 AM EST
    Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S. … Hagel was nominated Monday and faces tough confirmation hearings. Critics have said he is hostile toward Israel and soft on Iran. …
  • Is America tumbling toward ‘Arms-ageddon?’

    01/08/2013 6:37:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    America’s front-page fight over gun rights versus gun prohibition could be tumbling foolishly toward a revolution, if one were to believe respected long time conservative commentator and one-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. His remarks may be either cautionary or cockamamie; you be the judge. With so much talk right now about gun control and outright bans, and resistance growing by the hour as could be seen by the reported rush on Oregon gun permits, one might think the nation is rushing toward "Arms-ageddon." Buchanan, speaking on “The McLaughlin Group” over the weekend, suggested rather forcefully that if gun prohibitionists don’t...
  • Barack Obama a Liberal Fascist?

    01/08/2013 6:33:34 AM PST · by vharlow · 45 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | January 8, 2013 | Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D
    There are now two Americas. One America cherishes individual liberty, respects the Constitution and honors the ideals and traditions that made the United States a great country. The other America, composed of liberal fascists, hates all those values and is pursuing an agenda that will lead to tyranny and oppression.
  • Obama to Boehner: 'We Don't Have a Spending Problem' [99.9% of the media IGNORE THIS OUTRAGE!]

    01/08/2013 6:32:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    One of the reasons that President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner had difficulty agreeing to a "grand bargain" on deficit reduction and avoiding the "fiscal cliff" was that both men disagreed on the nature of the debt problem. Boehner believes that government spending is the problem while Obama believes the problem is the rising costs of health care, not government spending. During those negotiations, Obama repeatedly told Boehner that "we don't have a spending problem," Boehner recalled in an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore.