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  • Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing (Republican Governors have the power to disarm it)

    11/19/2012 7:21:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/18/2012 | JAMES C. CAPRETTA AND YUVAL LEVIN
    Champions of ObamaCare want Americans to believe that the president's re-election ended the battle over the law. It did no such thing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be fully repealed while Barack Obama is in office, but the administration is heavily dependent on the states for its implementation. Republicans will hold 30 governorships starting in January, and at last week's meeting of the Republican Governors Association they made it clear that they remain highly critical of the health law. Some Republican governors—including incoming RGA Chairman Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Ohio's John Kasich, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Maine's...
  • Hostess employees hope buyers will put them back to work (Yeah right!)

    11/19/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 74 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | 11/19/2012 | Michael Clinton
    Former employees of Hostess Brands Inc. are now hoping that a buyer will save pieces of the liquidating company and put them back to work. Hostess set a 5 p.m. Nov. 15 deadline for workers involved in a union-organized strike to return to work. The company warned that if the ongoing labor strike continued it would force the company into liquidation, and it wasn’t bluffing — having announced plans to liquidate and lay off 18,000 employees. But now those that are out of work, including nearly 200 in Jacksonville, are hoping that someone will buy the popular Hostess products and...
  • Men only Muslim barbershop in Canada faces discrimination lawsuit

    11/19/2012 7:17:36 AM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | November 18, 2012 | Ryan Lee Hall
    A woman is suing a men’s only barbershop after they refused to cut her hair. Faith McGregor went into the Terminal Barber Shop asking for a haircut but the men refused to cut her hair because they are Muslims and their religion does not allow it. In June, McGregor, 35, asked a Muslim man at the salon for a men’s style haircut, but Co-owner Omar Mahrouk explained that his Muslim faith forbids him to touch a woman who is not a member of his family, therefore he or any of his employees cannot give McGregor a haircut.
  • Gallup Blew Its Presidential Polls, but Why?

    11/19/2012 7:15:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/18/2012 | Steven Shepard
    Last week's presidential election has widely been seen as a victory for pollsters who, on balance, saw President Obama as the favorite before Election Day. But that wasn't the case for the esteemed Gallup Organization. Its polling showed Republican Mitt Romney with a significant lead among likely voters 10 days before Nov. 6 and marginally ahead of Obama on the eve of an election that Obama won by about 3 percentage points. At an event on Thursday at Gallup's downtown Washington offices, Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport told a gathering of fellow pollsters that the organization was reviewing its...
  • Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials

    11/19/2012 7:13:11 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/18/2012
    Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials Posted By Caroline May On 11:53 PM 11/18/2012 @ 11:53 PM Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of...
  • The EPA vs. State Economies. It's Regulations Drive Up the Price of Corn

    11/19/2012 7:04:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2012 | Marlo Lewis
    On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected petitions from the governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina to suspend the biofuel-blending requirements established by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. This program requires refiners to blend increasing quantities of biofuel — mostly corn ethanol — into the nation’s motor-fuel supply. The 2012 target is to blend 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel into our gasoline, a quantity that ratchets up to 13.8 billion gallons in 2013. This year, about 4.7 billion bushels, or 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, will be consumed by ethanol...
  • Investment Falls Off a Cliff

    11/19/2012 6:59:29 AM PST · by The Sons of Liberty · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 11/19/2012 | SUDEEP REDDY and SCOTT THURM
    U.S. companies are scaling back investment plans at the fastest pace since the recession, signaling more trouble for the economic recovery. Half of the nation's 40 biggest publicly traded corporate spenders have announced plans to curtail capital expenditures this year or next, according to a review by The Wall Street Journal of securities filings and conference calls. Nationwide, business investment in equipment and software—a measure of economic vitality in the corporate sector—stalled in the third quarter for the first time since early 2009. Corporate investment in new buildings has declined. At the same time, exports are slowing or falling to...
  • Senate to Vote on NSSF-Backed Sportsmen Act After Thanksgiving (VIDEO) (Protects ranges and ammo)

    11/19/2012 6:54:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    guns.com ^ | S.H. Blannelberry
    After several preliminary votes on the Sportsmen’s Act (S.3525), the U.S. Senate has decided it will take a final vote on the measure after Thanksgiving break. Thus far, the bipartisan bill, which contains all sorts of goodies for gun owners, hunters, shooters and sportsmen (see priority provisions below), has garnered a ton of support from lawmakers. On Thursday, the Senate advanced the Sportsmen’s Act by an 84-12 preliminary vote, a sign of the bill’s overwhelming popularity. "Sportsmen and -women across Montana and the nation are calling for responsible decisions that strengthen our outdoor economy and secure our outdoor heritage for...
  • The Parasite That Kills Its Hostess

    11/19/2012 6:52:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/18/2012 | Robert Tracinski
    The news about the bankruptcy of Hostess, maker of the Twinkie and other legendary junk foods, touched off some memories of growing up in a mid-sized Midwestern town in the 1970s and '80s. No, not that kind of memory, though come to think of it, the 1980s was the last time I actually ate a Hostess snack. What I'm recalling has a lot less nostalgic charm: the whole phenomenon of a kamikaze labor union that keeps demanding more for workers--who end up getting nothing when their employer goes belly-up. That's pretty much what the unions did, or tried to do,...
  • Pizza Hut Going to 29 Hour Weeks As Well (vanity)

    11/19/2012 6:49:33 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    More boycott lib targets. 29 hour shifts for Pizza Hut workers were I live. Not sure if national policy. Was the goal here to get as many people as possible 100% reliant on government healthcare? These workers will now need 2 jobs where they had one.
  • The truth about federal salary numbers (Are they paid much less than those on the private sector?)

    11/19/2012 6:49:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2012 | Andrew G. Biggs and Jason Richwine
    Should federal workers get a raise? With salaries and benefits paid to the government’s civilian workers totaling $271 billion in 2011, deciding whether to extend the freeze enacted last year on cost-of-living increases has important budgetary consequences. Unfortunately, the government’s methodology for comparing pay is too flawed to offer real guidance. The Federal Salary Council, an advisory body of academics and leaders of public employee unions, suggested last month that federal workers are underpaid by an average of 35 percent relative to nonfederal employees. The council’s data come from the “President’s Pay Agent,” the bureaucratic entity that conducts the federal...
  • Concealed Carrier Walks into Robbery Trap, Shoots His Way Out (OK)

    11/19/2012 6:46:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    guns.com ^ | dabneybailey
    The Tulsa Police Department got a call from Oklahoma State University Medical Center last Friday night, warning them that two men had shown up with bullet wounds. This was kind of a backwards crime. Usually, police start with a crime and have to figure out where the criminals are. This time, they started with two wounded criminals and had to figure out what crime had been committed. Police investigated and puzzled out the source of this mysterious double shooting. According to their report, it all started when a woman invited a man back to her room at the Economy Inn,...
  • There Will be a Deal: We'll Never Reach the Fiscal Cliff, And It Wouldn't Matter If We Did

    11/19/2012 6:42:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/18/2012 | John Tamny
    Supply-siders and Keynesians don’t agree on much these days, but when it comes to the alleged “fiscal cliff”, both sides are in agreement that jumping off this ledge would bring tragic economic consequences. Though a strong believer in supply-side principles, I believe even more strongly that conventional wisdom is nearly always wrong. It’s wrong here. Before getting into why the grand assumptions surrounding the fiscal cliff are ridiculous, it’s best to explain why we’ll never reach this ranch-style house “plunge” onto soft ground. We won’t because the incentives that drive politicians ensure a deal. That’s the case because with the...
  • Concealed Carrier Accused of Affair Pulls Gun on Attacker(OH)

    11/19/2012 6:36:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | dabneybailey
    An altercation at a Walmart parking lot in Norwalk, Ohio ended when a man drew his concealed carry handgun on another man who punched him in the face and accused him of having an affair with his wife. Police said 37-year-old Eric Meade and 29-year-old Zachary Crumrine were both shopping at the department store on Monday afternoon. Meade spotted Crumrine pushing his shopping cart out the exit of the building and then confronted him, accused him of sleeping with his wife and proceeded to punch him in the nose, according to the Norwalk Reflector. Meade continued to attack him and...
  • Even Cows Flee California Seeking a Better Economic Climate

    11/19/2012 6:36:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/18/2012 | Bill Frezza
    It's not just millionaires and billionaires who are fleeing the economic madness in California. Even cows are starting to depart for greener pastures. That's right, 400 bovine refugees shuffled off to Kansas just this month, with more expected to follow as over 100 dairy farms in California close their doors. Why are cows voting with their hooves? It's hard to find a government program as insane as the complex web of price supports, market orders, direct payments, diversion programs, herd reductions, import barriers, export subsidies, and stacked-to-the-rafters cheese warehouses that characterize Uncle Sam's efforts to "rationally manage" the dairy market....
  • Welfare Bait Homeland Security 'welcome' materials promote benefits to new immigrants

    11/19/2012 6:32:13 AM PST · by grimalkin · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2012 | The Daily Caller
    Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Knife…Gunfight…You Know the Rest Edition(FL)

    11/19/2012 6:17:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Come on, how many times does it have to be said? Austin Lee Harvey (no really) and a pal, Justin Slivinski, tried to stick up a guy using an ATM from his car Friday night in Fern Park just north of Orlando. But while the two yoots brought knives, the motorist had…well, you guessed it. From cfnews13.com: “The man, armed with a gun, shot at them and hit the other suspect, 24-year-old Justin Slivinski. Slivinski was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte where he was pronounced dead.” So that’s one inmate the people of Florida won’t have to pay to support....
  • Taxing the Rich doesn't cost you anything. Really?

    11/19/2012 6:16:10 AM PST · by econjack · 71 replies
    The Growth Stock Wire ^ | Nov. 19, 2012 | Jeff Clark
    A Shocking Story About Greed and Taxes By Jeff Clark Monday, November 19, 2012 Raising taxes on the rich raises taxes on everyone. My home state of California just passed Proposition 30, which increases income taxes on residents who make $250,000 a year or more. The top marginal tax rate is now 13.3%, the highest of any state. Proposition 30 was sold to the voters as "this won't cost you a dime, but it'll make the rich pay their fair share to put our schools back in shape." Since so many voters thought they were excluded from the tax, and...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,November 19-23,2012

    11/19/2012 6:11:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | November 19-23,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • New York Times: (Petraeus) A Phony Hero for a Phony War

    11/19/2012 6:06:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | Lucian K. Truscott IV
    Fastidiousness is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexander’s time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold braid decorated the brim of his cap than he did about how many bodies he left on beachheads across the Pacific. Next came Westmoreland, with his starched fatigues in Vietnam. In our time, Gen. David H. Petraeus has set the bar high. Never has so much beribboned finery decorated a general’s uniform since Al Haig passed through the sally ports of West Point on his way...