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  • So What If Taxing Rich Hurts the Economy? (And creates more poor?)

    11/22/2012 11:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/22/2012 | Larry Elder
    Consider this headline from a Reuters article in The Huffington Post: "Raising Taxes on Rich Won't Hurt Economic Growth, CBO Says." But the first paragraph refutes the headline: "Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans would not hurt U.S. economic growth much (emphasis added) in 2013 ..." The CBO did not say, as the headline suggests, that raising taxes on the rich has no negative economic effect. In fact, the CBO actually said that extending the Bush-era rates for all would increase economic growth by 1.5 percent. If, however, the Bush era rates expired for the rich --...
  • Kasab execution: Survivors and kin welcome justice

    11/22/2012 11:01:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | The Times of India
    Tukaram Omble, Girgaum martyr "A terrorist like him should have been hanged in public, but I know our laws don't permit this,'' said Eknath, younger brother of Tukaram Omble, who helped capture Ajmal Kasab alive. "I am proud that my brother's efforts have paid off. We have been waiting for this for four long years. My family is happy,'' he added. At Girgaum Chowpatty, unarmed assistant sub-inspector Omble had helped stop the Skoda hijacked by Kasab and Ismail Khan, and held on to Kasab despite the latter spraying him with bullets from his AK-47. Omble's youngest daughter Bharati has joined...
  • US Navy to Briefly Reduce Carriers in Persian Gulf

    11/22/2012 10:53:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 11/21/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf will temporarily decline due to unexpected repairs and unusual maintenance problems, the Navy said on Wednesday. The USS Nimitz was expected to be deployed to the Gulf early next year to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is now stationed in the region, but will be delayed due to the need for extensive repairs on a failed propulsion pump. The USS Eisenhower is being sent back to the U.S for repairs to its flight deck. It will remain in Norfolk, Virginia, for two months and then return to the Middle...
  • One Look At This Chart, And You'll Instantly Get Why We Can't Fix The Tax Code

    11/22/2012 10:52:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/22/2012 | Joe Wiesenthal
    Hey, let's just simplify the tax code and eliminate loopholes.It's hard to think of any statement that on its surface sounds less controversial. Eliminating loopholes means more revenue. Everyone likes simplification. Efficiency!So why doesn't it happen?This fantastic chart from Credit Suisse's Neal Soss is the answer. It shows the top 20 biggest "Tax Expenditures" which cost the government over $900 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. Credit SuisseSo you want to simplify the tax code, what are you going to get rid of?Are you going to eliminate the incentive to provide employers health insurance? Are you going to get rid...
  • European Union Expresses 'Serious Concern', 'Deep Regret' Over India Executing Pakistani Militant

    11/22/2012 10:50:51 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    RTT News ^ | 11/22/2012 6:34 AM ET | RTT News
    The European Union has expressed serious concern and deep regret over India executing a Pakistani militant who carried out a massacre during the Mumbai terror strikes four years ago. Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pak gunman captured during the attacks on the western Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people and injured 300 others nearly four years ago, was hanged to death on Wednesday. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist was executed and buried at the Yerwada Central Jail in another western Indian city of Pune after his mercy petition was rejected by the country's President earlier this month....
  • The Day The World Ended

    11/22/2012 10:27:48 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-22-2012 | Mac Slavo
    The Day The World Ended [Micro-Documentary] Mac Slavo November 21st, 2012 From the creator of the widely popular The Day the Dollar Died: The First 12 Hours of a US Dollar Collapse, comes a simulation of what the world may look like in the very near future. WATCH: THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (PART 1 of 2): CONTINUE: Watch The Day the World Ended [Part 2 of 2]
  • Obama Brings In Grassroots Team To Cut Deal On Fiscal Cliff [The Endless Campaign!]

    11/22/2012 10:23:05 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 22, 2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    Obama Brings In Grassroots Team To Cut Deal On Fiscal Cliff President calls on campaign team to spread the word about looming deadline when tax rises and spending cuts will kick in Ewen MacAskill 22 November Obama's call came after no progress was made between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over Thanksgiving. Barack Obama has enlisted the help of his formidable grassroots army of volunteers in the battle with Republican members of Congress over the fiscal cliff, the January 1 deadline for a deal on tax and spending. The Obama for America campaign team, which has remained intact post-election, sent...
  • Poll: Chris Christie’s popularity gets a big boost…

    11/22/2012 10:13:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is sitting atop many Republicans’ you-know-what-list these days, after what seemed like some unnecessarily excessive displays of ultra-bipartisan praise of Obama in the pre-election wake of Hurricane Sandy. Yes, everyone understands that he's the Republican governor of a blueish state and that some well-placed schmoozing to the federal government can help him gain more federal resources for his domain, but it did seem kind of over-the-top, especially after Romney gave him the keynote slot at the Republican National Convention. As Allahpundit already noted, it's tough to believe that Christie wasn't milking the situation for all...
  • Remember When Condoleezza Rice Was Called a ‘House Nigga’?

    11/22/2012 10:04:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/22/2012 | Eliana Johnson
    That didn't take long. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has yet to be nominated as secretary of state, but prominent Democrats are already denouncing opposition to her potential nomination as racist on the basis of remarks by Republican senators that she may not be qualified for the job. Would that they had been so sensitive to racial overtones back in 2004, when the African-American nominee for secretary of state, the Republican Ms. Rice, was denounced on the Senate floor and pilloried in racialist cartoons.Rice's nomination, noted the Washington Post, garnered "the most negative votes cast against a nominee for that...
  • If The Right Gets Its Way, The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Kill Social Security And Medicare

    11/22/2012 10:00:35 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI- A Taxing Matter ^ | 11-22-2012 | Linda McKissack Beale
    If The Right Gets Its Way, The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Kill Social Security And Medicare Linda McKissack Beale A Taxing MatterNov. 22, 2012, 9:52 AMIn several posts recently I have discussed the harmful demands the right is engaging in related to the so-called "fiscal cliff" created by the original Bush tax cuts (set to sunset en masse), the artificial debt ceiling (used by the GOP to exact promises of spending cuts during a recession along with extension of unneeded tax cuts for the rich), and the ill-conceived notion that the U.S. military should continue to be funded at dangerously high...
  • Let Obama Be Obama

    11/22/2012 9:58:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/22/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    After his party’s devastating setback in the 2010 midterm elections, Barack Obama was reelected earlier this month by painting his Republican opponents as heartless in favoring lower taxes for the rich. They were portrayed as nativists for opposing the DREAM Act amnesty for illegal immigrants, and as callous in battling the federal takeover of health care. Republicans countered with arguments that higher taxes on the employer class hurt the economy in general. They assumed most voters knew that amnesties are euphemisms for undermining federal law and in the past have had the effect of promoting more illegal immigration. They tried...
  • College students protest Kobach on immigration

    11/22/2012 9:51:16 AM PST · by Regulator · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/20/2012 | John Milburn
    TOPEKA -- About 50 college students who are in the U.S. illegally marched Tuesday on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office urging him to stop working on immigration laws and to do his state job. The students from Kansas and Arizona delivered a letter to a staff member, who said Kobach was in his office but unable to meet with the students. The letter calls for Kobach to stop working on immigration laws and focus on his duties as secretary of state or resign for office. "I'm still standing and fighting to have the American dream," said Ernesto de...
  • Japanese TV blunder labels ex-Prime Minister Abe a train groper

    11/22/2012 9:39:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Nov. 22, 2012 - 03:50PM JST | By Philip Kendall
    Running for election in Japan isn’t easy. But when your face is shown alongside titles like “pervert” and “molester,” it’s probably a lot harder than it ought to be. Japan’s political system is a mess right now and, despite having seen six prime ministers come and go in as many years, the country is headed for an election next month, with one-time PM Shinzo Abe putting himself forward to be re-elected. The politician was made a laughing-stock earlier this week, however, when the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) early morning TV show “Asazuba” accidentally displayed Abe’s photo alongside a news report...
  • Children of illegal immigrants deserve in-state tuition

    11/22/2012 9:04:29 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 38 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 22, 2012 | Editorial/Boston Globe
    Governor Patrick’s decision this week to allow certain illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition rates at state universities is an important step toward resolving ambiguities in the federal immigration rules. The state now makes clear that young undocumented immigrants who have been granted reprieves from deportation by the federal government can utilize their newly acquired work permits as proof of state residency. The change is more than a technical clarification. The United States has succeeded as a nation of immigrants because it has, more often than not, made assimilation and integration a part of the American experience. Giving immigrants...
  • Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owl

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • HAWKINS: Republican Party must remain for life, against abortion

    11/22/2012 8:33:27 AM PST · by rhema · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | Kristan Hawkins
    Not surprisingly, in the immediate aftermath of President Obama's win over Mitt Romney last week, many Republicans bared their fangs at the social-conservative wing of the party, either subtly or not so subtly, blaming the loss on those who vote our values. Now, more than ever, our party needs to hold onto our pro-life, pro-human-rights values. In fact, the Republican Party should become more fiercely aligned to the pro-life position than ever. [ . . . ] We believe ending legal abortion in our lifetime is possible, and we hold the great abolitionists of the past, such as William Wilberforce,...
  • Teenage Girl's Attacker Caught On CCTV (Shocking video)

    11/22/2012 8:23:52 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 43 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:33am UK, Wednesday 21 November 2012 | Sky News
    Video of a 16-year-old girl being knocked unconscious in an unprovoked street attack has been released by police. CCTV footage shows the assailant approach the victim from behind before punching her so hard she falls over, hitting the pavement face-first. Police are appealing for information after the teenager was followed from her home by her attacker, who struck without warning outside the Black Lion pub in Plaistow High Street, east London. Scotland Yard described the suspect as black and muscular, wearing a black baseball jacket and jeans, with a shaven head and aged between 25 and 30.
  • Walmart Workers Protest Over Compensation At Oakland Store [Hostess Twinkie Them!]

    11/22/2012 8:08:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 208 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | November 21, 2012
    About 20 people gathered in front of the Oakland Walmart store on Edgewater Drive Wednesday to demand better pay and work schedules. Richmond Walmart store employee Anthony Bravo joined fellow demonstrators and said the company starts associates at minimum wage, but reported $15 billion in profits last year. “We didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see none of that. It really makes me upset that they can make all of this money out of profits and we’re barely surviving,” Bravo said. With the chant of “Walmart, Walmart you’re no good. Treat your workers like you should,” Bravo and the others marched...
  • The Pilgrims Weren't Socialists

    11/22/2012 7:56:33 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 November 2008 | Andrew Lane
    The Pilgrims Weren't Socialists The New American 26 November 2008 When next you sing the Hymn of Harvest Home, think kindly of our Pilgrim Fathers, for they were not "communists with a small c" nor any other kind of communists, Some conservative editors and commentators in recent years have given the impression that the Pilgrims were starry-eyed idealists intent upon founding a socialist utopia in the wilderness. One such editor, zealous to refute socialism, has written: "Socialism is not a new experiment in the United States. Neither is Communism. The Socialist community was tried by the Pilgrims in New England...
  • Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time

    11/22/2012 6:44:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | Dan Carden
    Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time 18 hours ago • Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier income tax payers each will receive $111 next year as Indiana returns a portion of its $2.15 billion budget reserve to its citizens. Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday announced the value of the taxpayer refund created by lawmakers in 2011 to ensure the state's reserve funds never get too big. Under the law, a refund is automatically triggered when the reserve tops 10 percent of the next year's budgeted spending. "Better that these dollars remain in the pockets of the...