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  • Automatic Tax Increases Could Stunt Economy’s Growth in 2013

    11/26/2012 3:51:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    ny times ^ | 11/26/2012 | PETER BAKER
    Americans could spend nearly $200 billion less next year on cars, clothes, furniture and other consumer products than they would otherwise if automatic tax increases take effect as currently scheduled, the White House warned in a report issued Monday morning. Such a crimp on demand would curb the growth of real consumer spending by 1.7 percentage points in 2013 and slow the growth of the overall economy by 1.4 percentage points, according to the report prepared by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. The report focused entirely on the impact of Bush-era tax cuts expiring for middle-class taxpayers at the...
  • More congressional Republicans break tax pledge for sake of looming fiscal crisis

    11/26/2012 3:30:38 AM PST · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | november 26, 2012
    New York Rep. Peter King and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday they would break the pledge and accept tax changes to generate more revenue to curb the trillion-dollar federal deficit. Their statements followed a similar one Thursday by Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. “I agree entirely with Saxby Chambliss,” King said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. … The world has changed, and the economic situation is different.” The New York congressman said he was opposed to tax increases but that “everything should be on the table”...
  • As Tampa Bay population ages, few doctors want to specialize in geriatrics

    11/26/2012 2:55:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | Nivember 26, 2012 | Letitia Stein
    TAMPA — Dr. Inna Sheyner cupped her hand to speak into the ear of her 91-year-old patient, pledging loudly to answer all his questions about his constellation of problems, from heart failure to constipation, requiring a dozen medications. "The problem is, you're not taking half of that list," she gently scolded Everett Haehnel. "You know that, and I know that." He promised to do better. Sheyner offered to have a pharmacist help him, and put in orders for a physical therapy session at his Sun City Center home and a consult for dementia. Two University of South Florida medical students...
  • The Undying Myth - Democrats are more charitable than Republicans

    11/26/2012 2:53:31 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.dfwcatholic.org ^ | November 23, 2012 | Thomas Addis
    One of the many exit polls following President Obama’s re-election asked Obama supporters why they rejected Mitt Romney. There were several reasons given, but two of them I found particularly revealing. A large percentage felt that Romney was only concerned about helping wealthy people. The second reason, and one directly connected to the first, was that Romney did not care about middle-class or poor people. So the Democrat plan to paint Romney and, by extension, all Republicans/conservatives as insensitive elitists was apparently quite successful. The problem is that this characterization is a myth. Any serious comparison between liberals and conservatives...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 26, 2012

    11/26/2012 2:45:25 AM PST · by sneakers · 10 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • EU Budget: Commission is nowhere to be seen

    11/26/2012 1:25:01 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Coulisses de Bruxelles, Brussels ^ | 11/23/2012 | Jean Quatremer
    <p>Everyone has forgotten that the European executive prepared the budget which is currently being negotiated by European leaders. And there is a simple reason for this: Commission President José Manuel Barroso has become invisible. Libération’s Brussels correspondent deplores what he describes as a political “suicide”.</p>
  • EU: Spain's Catalan separatists win election but punish Mas

    11/25/2012 11:33:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/26/2012
    <p>Separatists in Spain's Catalonia won regional elections on Sunday but failed to get the resounding mandate they need to push convincingly for a referendum on independence.</p> <p>Catalan President Artur Mas, who has implemented unpopular spending cuts in an economic crisis, had called an early election to test support for his new drive for independence for Catalonia, a wealthy region in northeastern Spain.</p>
  • U.N. envoy to Middle East acknowledges ‘quiet engagements’ with Hamas

    11/25/2012 10:33:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    mcclatchy ^ | 11/25/12 | Sheera Frenkel
    JERUSALEM — The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for “years,” despite the international community’s official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his office’s contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as “quiet engagements” and said his office was working now, in the wake of a cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, “hoping to help the parties get to a more durable solution.” “Because we are on the ground we...
  • Obama faces huge challenge in setting up (Commiecare™) insurance exchanges

    11/25/2012 10:21:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Obama faces huge challenge in setting up insurance exchangesBy Elise Viebeck - 11/25/12 02:45 PM ET The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece of President Obama’s signature law, and are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Match.com. Sixteen states — most of them governed by Republicans — have said they will not set up their own systems, forcing the federal government to come up...
  • Could a ‘Solar Maximum’ event spark food riots and meltdowns? (One respected scientist says ‘yes!’)

    11/25/2012 10:18:27 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    If Earth is struck by a large solar flare, some in the scientific community believe: The planet will be hit with a widespread loss of power. Air travel would be grounded. Nuclear plants would be crippled and without sufficient back-up power, dozens could meltdown. Satellites would be disabled, causing a serious loss of communication in all areas (military and civilian). Food and medicine would be in short supply, setting up the potential for food riots within days of an outage. The same scientists who believe that a large solar strike could lead to a very rapid societal breakdown say that...
  • Spain to get EU bank aid in exchange for job cuts

    11/25/2012 10:09:20 PM PST · by Arthurio · 1 replies
    Reuters in Madrid guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 November 2012 10.29 EST European authorities will transfer €35bn (£28bn) to Spain's state bank rescue fund on 15 December in exchange for massive layoffs at the country's four nationalised banks, including the state-rescued Bankia, according to reports. The cash injection from European bailout funds will be disbursed to troubled Spanish banks two weeks after it is paid into Spain's orderly bank restructuring fund, according to El País. Bankia, which sought a €23.5bn bailout from the state in May, is expected to be forced to axe up to 6,000 of its 20,000 staff, while Novagalicia...
  • Check Out Israel’s Newest Missile Defense System: ‘David’s Sling’

    11/25/2012 10:06:22 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    (TheBlaze/AP) — Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system Sunday, the military said, a step toward making the third leg of what Israel calls its “multilayer missile defense” operational. The “David’s Sling” system is designed to stop mid-range missiles. It successfully passed its test, shooting down its first missile in a drill Sunday in southern Israel, the military said. The system is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 300 kilometers (180 miles). Israel has also deployed Arrow systems for longer-range threats from Iran. The Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets fired by militants in the Gaza...
  • The GOP Dream Act is a Nightmare

    11/25/2012 9:31:59 PM PST · by InspCallahan · 36 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | Charles Martel
    "The proposed path to citizenship would begin in college, which is where young people go to stop thinking....Conservatives don't do well among college students, or among minorities. So the open borders Republicans' answer is to incentivize the creation of a larger pool of minority college students through an amnesty pipeline. This approach is shockingly mindless."
  • Egypt Riots Rage, US Embassy Praises As 'Incredibly Positive'

    11/25/2012 8:47:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    As clashes between Egyptian police forces led by Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and Egyptian protesters angry at Morsi’s power grab escalated, the US embassy in Cairo weighed in. You may remember the embassy’s last embarrassing tweeting escapade on 9/11, when embassy staff tweeted apologies for a YouTube video even as the embassy was stormed. Today, as the embassy fell under assault, they tweeted:
  • Race-based Knockout Game meets the Moms

    11/25/2012 5:05:10 PM PST · by Anila · 80 replies
    WND ^ | 11/12/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    This version of the Knockout Game began like most others: A black mob found a defenseless white college student. They punched him in the face. Only stopping when they got tired and he got knocked out. Then they ran away, laughing hard and loud. Leaving Trevor Godfrey bleeding, unconscious and shaking with convulsions. Usually that is the end of it – just another case of racial violence played out by the hundreds in more than 80 cities across the country, detailed both in WND.com and the book White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the...
  • Black Friday sales online top $1 billion for first time: comScore

    11/25/2012 6:44:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:44pm EST | Alistair Barr
    Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping, comScore Inc said on Sunday. Online sales jumped 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.04 billion from sales of $816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to comScore data. … E-commerce accounts for less than 10 percent of consumer spending in the United States. However, it is growing much faster than bricks-and-mortar retail as shoppers are lured by low prices, convenience, faster shipping and wide selection. …
  • Obama fires 20,000 Marines, promises billions to Muslim green energy

    11/25/2012 6:35:19 PM PST · by massmike · 64 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 11/25/2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    Is Obama Always Faithful to our Marines? The current political winds in Washington, DC, have dictated that less will be spent on the various Branches of the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Case in point: the Commander-in-Chief has decided to fire 20,000 of our U.S. Marines. In an article published by San Diego, California's North County Times, ironically on Thanksgiving Day, Military Affairs reporter Gretel C. Kovach cites; "The Corps is shrinking by 20,000 Marines, to 182,100." The North County Times also cited that America's premier fighting force is; "scraping to repair or replace battle-worn equipment." In spite of...
  • Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins

    11/25/2012 5:52:16 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 42 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/24/2012 | Michael Carl
    Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins 'We confess idolatry, witchcraft, political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue' "The Ugandan newssite New Vision reports President Yoweri Museveni celebrated Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation. “I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to...
  • Come All Ye FReepers, Patriots, FRiends & New Members [FReepathon Thread XLV]

    11/25/2012 5:31:15 PM PST · by onyx · 794 replies
    Free Republic | Sunday, November 25, 2012 | onyx
    Please Mail checks to Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794. Click here to pledge your support via secure server! ^ Come on, everyone! How long is this one going to take? Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now into its 56th day, which I think, is both a heartbreaking shame and also outrageous. Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the whole on the Internet! You all love Free Republic or you wouldn't be here. You all know that we hold FReepathons every quarter to finance Free Republic. What you...
  • Global Cooling: A Far More Dangerous Fate. Humans thrive during warm spells. We die in the cold.

    11/25/2012 5:21:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/23/2012 | DR. TIM BALL AND TOM HARRIS
    A poll conducted on November 5 by Rasmussen Reports found that an all-time high of 68% of “likely U.S. voters” say that global warming is “a serious problem”; 38% of them thought it was “very serious.” Considering the benefits of warming and the fact that even the UK Met office shows that there has been no global warming in the past 16 years, this demonstrates the degree to which the population has been propagandized into believing the opposite of reality. We are the first generation in history to believe that climatic warming is a bad thing. In a warmer world,...