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  • Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality

    11/17/2012 7:02:47 AM PST · by Moseley · 23 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 12, 2012 | Oleg Atbashian
    The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America: •America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized. •Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims. •They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government. •Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer. •The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about. •They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those...
  • Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials

    11/17/2012 7:00:43 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 115 replies
    A Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found him wearing an unusual watch they said could be used to make a timing device for a bomb, authorities said Friday.
  • Jill Kelley's world: White House visits, meals with generals, and name-dropping emails

    11/17/2012 6:57:23 AM PST · by RummyChick · 68 replies
    tampa bay times ^ | 11/17 | levesque & leary
    TAMPA — Her business card is utterly ordinary. No big titles. No hint of connections with the military and political elite. It lists her address, her phone number and her name in elegant script: "Honorable Jill G. Kelley." But the outsized portrait of herself that Kelley presents to the world will fit on no card. It's seen in her emails to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others. She drops names. She mentions lunch at the White House in a casual aside, one of three visits she has made there in the last six weeks. The top U.S. general in Afghanistan...
  • NLRB to Force Businesses to Give Employee Information to Unions

    11/17/2012 6:45:50 AM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 15 Nov 2012 | Tony Lee
    President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering a rule that would force private businesses to turn over their workers' personal information -- such as phone numbers, email addresses, and work schedules -- to union organizers. While this rule would be intended to make it easier for union bosses to organize workers at businesses that do not have a union presence, it would also have the unintended effect of making workers vulnerable to harassment. The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk argued this will allow union organizers to bother workers even after the worker tells an organizer "no" by bombarding...
  • Paul Soglin: Close loophole that caters to criminals (barf alert)

    11/17/2012 6:43:15 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 17 nov 2012 | PAUL SOGLIN
    Simple and common sense fixes to Wisconsin’s gun laws could have prevented the recent tragic Brookfield shootings. Federal law barred the shooter, Radcliffe Haughton, from buying or possessing a firearm after his wife obtained a domestic violence restraining order against him. If Haughton had gone to any one of the state’s many licensed gun stores, which are required to run background checks on gun purchasers, he would have failed the check and walked out of the store empty-handed. Unfortunately, in Wisconsin, criminals such as Radcliffe Haughton know that private dealers can sell guns with no paperwork and no questions asked....
  • Analyst Kirsten Powers Blasts Obama’s ‘Silly, Sexist’ Defense Of Ambassador Susan Rice

    11/17/2012 6:30:38 AM PST · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 15th, 2012 | Andrew Kirell |
    Fox News self-described liberal political analyst Kirsten Powers tore into President Barack Obama‘s full-throated defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over her response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Unlike the conservative critics who take issue with Obama’s defense for obvious reason, Powers was offended by it because of what she believes was a “sexist” tone. In her Fox News column, Powers described the president’s performance as “bizarrely” casting Rice “as some delicate flower the boys should stop picking on” for her post-Benghazi comments. “There is no damsel in distress and Obama’s paternalistic bravado in defense...
  • Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal for actions during special operations missions

    11/17/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    MARFORRES ^ | 16 Nov 12 | SGT Ray Lewis
    The enemy had the hostages. Taliban forces had overtaken observation post Bari Ali and captured coalition troops. Then-Army Staff Sgt. Cody J. Carroll was part of an elite group of special operations forces called in to execute the rescue. Carroll was a sniper by trade, so when he and his observer were dropped in, they immediately went to work. Within an hour of establishing a position, Carroll located the insurgent leader responsible for the attack on Bari Ali. He peered through his scope at the figure more than 750 yards away, and pulled the trigger. The bullet travelled the length...
  • Gun Store Owner to Obama Voters: You Are Not Welcome

    11/17/2012 6:12:25 AM PST · by servo1969 · 95 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-17-2012 | Jim Hoft
    An Arizona gun store owner said he will not sell weapons to customers who voted for Obama. They’re too stupid.Not WelcomeTodd Starnes reported, via FOX Nation: The owner of an Arizona gun store said he will not sell weapons to customers who voted for President Obama because “you have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”Cope Reynolds, owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz., posted the new store policy in a newspaper advertisement — as well as on a sign posted on the front door.“If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not...
  • Michigan Affirmative-Action Ruling A Short-Lived Fight Against The Tide [Good News]

    11/17/2012 6:08:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 16, 2012 | Daniel Fisher
    The federal appeals court decision striking down a statewide referendum banning affirmative action in Michigan universities likely represents the last gasp of a dying legal theory: That minority groups are entitled not just to equal protection under the laws, but special measures designed to correct past discrimination. ... the majority on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati resorted to an extreme interpretation of two U.S. Supreme Court cases that themselves are showing signs of wear. The decision by the full 15-member panel drew strong dissents from judges... The majority’s holding may soon become moot, anyway. The U.S. Supreme...
  • Van Nuys man walking his dog shoots at would-be robbers, say police(CA)

    11/17/2012 6:04:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | NA
    VAN NUYS - A man confronted by two would-be masked robbers while he walked his dog in Van NuysThursday night fired shots at the suspects, who ran off, police said. | » POLICE NEWS The victim said he was walking his dog near his home in the 6700 block of Noble Avenue, near Vanowen Street, around 9:15 p.m. when he was confronted outside his house by two men wearing ski masks, said Lt. Abel Parga of the Van Nuys Station. It was unclear if the man was already armed at the time or somehow armed himself after being confronted, but...
  • Homeowner protects himself during attempted robbery (KY)

    11/17/2012 5:44:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    wkyt.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Jordan Vilines
    One Magoffin County man could face burglary charges after police say he stole from someone's home and then allegedly fired a gun at the homeowner. The Magoffin County Sheriff says Douglas Caldwell broke into Harlan Rowe's home in Salyersville on Thursday night and tried to steal several different things. Shelia Balesdrieri, who also lives in Rowe’s home, says things turned violent when the suspect started running away. Balesdrieri says the suspect got halfway down the gravel travel when he started firing a gun in their direction. But Harlan Rowe was also armed. “Harlan ran in the house and got his...
  • What should a woman do when a man exposes himself?(WA)

    11/17/2012 5:33:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 | Dave Workman
    You’re a mom on an evening walk with your 6-year-old son and you are suddenly approached “aggressively” by a man who exposes himself and then suggests that you stand there and watch what’s next, so what do you do? In Longview, a Clark County community near Vancouver along the I-5 corridor, you reach into your pocket, pull out your Ruger .380 ACP semiautomatic, and tell the fellow rather bluntly, “You need to leave or I’ll shoot you. I’m going to blow your brains out.” The fellow left, with the woman’s Norwegian Behund Hound hot on his heels. According to the...
  • Total Recall (Hollyweird movie capture)

    11/17/2012 5:07:16 AM PST · by Bikkuri · 20 replies
    Bikkuri | Bikkuri
    Not really worthy of making a thread for... but I captured something 'interesting' on a newer movie released from Hollywood..
  • Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Obama’s Brown Shirts – Homeland Youth

    11/17/2012 4:51:38 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 45 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | October 18, 2012 | fromthetrenchesworldreport.com
    It Makes Sense Blog October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country. On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps first-responders. While the...
  • BLAZING BROOKS: MEL SAYS 'SADDLES' COULDN'T BE MADE IN 2012

    11/17/2012 4:17:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 138 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 16 Nov 2012 | by Christian Toto
    <p>It's a good thing Mel Brooks' inspiration for "Blazing Saddles" struck in the early 1970s and not 2012. Had Brooks come up with the western genre spoof today, it wouldn't pass muster at any major studio.</p> <p>Brooks himself shared that sad truth during a visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night. "Blazing Saddles" starred Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in a zany send up of classic western films. And while "Superbad," "Bridesmaids" and "Project X" push the boundaries of modern cinema, they couldn't compare to the outrageous gags Brooks sprinkled throughout his 1974 comedy classic. "It couldn't be made today," Brooks tells Kimmel flatly before launching into a classic story about an early preview of the film, and how a man high up at Warner Bros. told him to make some major cuts ... or else. "We had this preview, people went crazy. They laughed, they enjoyed it. Afterwards, he grabs me by the collar and shoves me into an office ... and he says, “Okay, here’s a legal pad, here’s a pencil, take these notes...” “N-word, OUT! We don’t say it. No punching a horse. Noooo punching a horse. Around the campfire, cut out the farting… out! It's out! You can’t punch an old lady. Lily von Schtupp and the black sheriff … you can’t – OUT, OUT.”</p>
  • Obama's Economy: What We've Learned Since Re-election

    11/17/2012 4:06:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/16/2012 | IBD Staff
    Obama II: In the "now they tell us" file, add a vast array of reports that have come out since the election showing just how weak the economy really is. Looks like the president will need a new scapegoat soon. Here's just a sampling of what we've learned since voters decided to give Obama four more years to "experiment" with the economy.
  • Troops not safe from sequestration

    11/17/2012 4:04:43 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 16 Nov 12 | Sara Sorcher and Meghan McCarthy
    If Washington’s defense community has achieved one thing over the past year, it’s spreading the message of how the fiscal cliff could desecrate the military. Sequestration cuts of $55 billion would jeopardize weapons contracts, furlough civilian staff, and imperil national security, defense hawks say. One glaring casualty has gotten far less notice: the military’s $37 billion health account. In designing the trigger mechanism, members of Congress were careful to make sure that the men and women in uniform wouldn’t suffer because of the cuts—but not careful enough. Now, without a compromise on Capitol Hill during the lame-duck session, the deal...
  • Obama Begins Push to Confiscate IRA’s & 401k’s

    11/16/2012 11:45:13 PM PST · by rocksandbroncs · 116 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | November 16, 2012 | The Doc
    It may be time to take the tax hit and withdraw funds from private retirement accounts before they are forced into long term T-bonds. The Obama administration is reportedly quickly moving on plans to nationalize private 401k and IRA retirement accounts, and replace them with government sponsored annuities(aka Treasury bonds that the Treasury currently can’t sell to anyone but the Fed). National Seniors Council Director Robert Crone warns: “This whole issue is moving forward very quickly. Already there is a bill requiring all businesses to automatically enroll their employees in IRA plans in which part of every employee’s paycheck would...
  • Wax-Filled Nanotubes Flex Their Muscles

    11/16/2012 11:27:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Sarah C. P. Williams
    Enlarge Image Nanopower. Yarn made of intertwined carbon nanofibers and wax can expand and contract like muscle. Credit: Images Courtesy of Science/AAAS Here's a twist: Scientists have designed a flexible, yarnlike artificial muscle that can also pack a punch. It can contract in 25 milliseconds—a fraction of the time it takes to blink an eye—and can generate power 85 times as great as a similarly sized human muscle. The new muscles are made of carbon nanotubes filled with paraffin wax that can twist or stretch in response to heat or electricity. When the temperature rises, the wax melts and...
  • Boots on the ground: Obama’s cybersecurity directive could allow military deployment within the US

    11/16/2012 10:16:07 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | RT TV
    The White House is being asked by attorneys to explain a top-secret presidential policy directive signed last month that may allow for the domestic deployment of the US military for the sake of so-called cybersecurity. Lawyers with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the office of US President Barack Obama in hopes if hearing more about an elusive order signed in secrecy in mid-October but only made public in an article published this week in the Washington Post. According to persons close to the White House who have seen the...