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  • Are ‘isolation rooms’ in some school districts going too far?

    11/29/2012 11:02:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    q13Fox ^ | 11/28/2012 | Dana Rebik
    As the director of the Washington Autism Alliance, Arzu Forough hears a lot of bad stories about special needs students being mistreated in school. When behavior becomes violent and a student is at risk of hurting themselves or others, Forough said, a teacher can put a child in what’s known as a quiet or isolation room if they have the parents’ permission. “The rooms I’ve seen are either three-quarter doors or have large windows where the child is visible to the staff member,” Forough said. “There are either bean bags in there or something comfortable for the student to sit...
  • Ewart: Oilsands success, pipeline failures prove costly

    11/29/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | STEPHEN EWART
    The Alberta government is paying the price for the success of efforts to develop the oilsands and the failure to develop pipelines to get that oil to market. The price - as measured by what is known as the differential, or discount, from global benchmark crudes - is currently about $29 on each of the 2.5 million barrels of oil pumped every day in Canada's biggest oil-producing province. That works out to $72.5 million a day. Over a year, that's $26.5 billion of potential revenue not circulating in the provincial economy. Finance Minister Doug Horner cited widening differentials as the...
  • Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain

    11/29/2012 10:38:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain By Alexander Bolton - 11/29/12 12:54 PM ET Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire....
  • Why no homicide investigations after babies born alive, left to die in Canada?

    11/29/2012 10:10:20 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 28, 2012 | André Schutten
    November 28, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The blog Run with Life has reported that, from 2000 to 2009, 491 babies have been born alive following a failed abortion procedure, and subsequently left to die. And those are only the ones that are recorded by Statistics Canada. The blog explains that “there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died after it was born. These abortions are coded as P96.4 or ‘Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn’.” The question that should immediately present itself is, why has there...
  • US-Led NATO Intervention Begins In Syria War: Patriots In Turkey

    11/29/2012 9:53:33 AM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | November 27, 2012, 9:47
    Tuesday, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to the Syrian war with steps for the start of US and NATO intervention in that conflict. Without spelling this out, a game changer began unfolding when a joint Turkish-NATO team began making a site survey for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems, manned by American military teams. The team, said the statement from Ankara, will assess where to station the missiles and how many would be needed. It reiterated that the system is “for defensive purposes” and not for a “no-fly zone or offensive operations,” but...
  • McConnell slams the door on raising tax rates in deficit deal

    11/29/2012 9:26:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) slammed the door Thursday morning on Democratic demands to raise tax rates on families earning more than $250,000 per year.“We’re insisting on keeping tax rates where they are, first and foremost, to protect jobs and because we don’t think government needs the money in the first place,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.“The problem, as I’ve said, is that Washington spends too much. But if more revenue is the price that Democrats want to exact, then we should at least agree to do it in a way that doesn’t cost jobs and disincentivize rates,...
  • Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges (Boehner looks hungover in picture)

    11/29/2012 9:25:46 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 Nov 12 | JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN
    Listen to top Democrats and Republicans talk on camera, and it sounds like they could not be further apart on a year-end tax-and-spending deal — a down payment on a $4 trillion grand bargain. But behind the scenes, top officials who have been involved in the talks for many months say the contours of a deal — including the size of tax hikes and spending cuts it will most likely contain — are starting to take shape. Cut through the fog, and here’s what to expect: Taxes will go up just shy of $1.2 trillion — the middle ground...
  • A Step Toward a Universal Cancer Blood Test

    11/29/2012 9:22:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 November 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Tumor signal. A new cancer blood test looks for abnormal chromosomes, such as the rearrangements in these breast cancer cells (different colors on the same chromosome). Credit: Mira Grigorova and Paul Edwards/University of Cambridge People usually find out that they have cancer after developing symptoms or through a screening test such as a mammogram—signs that may appear only after the cancer has grown or spread so much that it can't be cured. But what if you could find out from a simple, highly accurate blood test that you had an incipient tumor? By sequencing the abnormal DNA...
  • Gingrich: House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Obama

    11/29/2012 9:19:06 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 100 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats on the fiscal cliff, saying that by doing so, they give Obama all of the leverage in the talks. “One of the things I would say to House Republicans is to get a grip,” Gingrich said in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. “They are the majority. They’re not the minority,” he said, enunciating the words as if explaining the concept to someone who did not understand it. “They don’t need to...
  • Conn. advocates rally on behalf of Mexican migrant

    11/29/2012 9:06:02 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 29, 2012 | The Boston Globe
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates are holding a rally in Hartford to protest the detention of a Mexican immigrant under a federal program known as Secure Communities.
  • Who's getting rich off of GOP defeat?

    11/29/2012 8:30:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/29/2012 | Rosslyn Smith
    Eric Erickson at Red State  has been tracing the web of ownership and (conflict of?) interests among the various Republican consulting operations, the 527s and staff at the RNC, NRCC, NRSC, etc. It is complex, but here is a sample. TargetPoint Consulting and WWP Strategies, two groups connected to Alexander and Katie Packer Gage, both received money from the Romney Campaign wherein Katie Packer Gage served as deputy campaign manager while also serving as a partner at WWP Strategies. Katie Packer Gage's husband, Alexander, is the CEO and founder of TargetPoint Consulting, which got money both from the Romney campaign...
  • Alan Simpson:'I Hope' Grover Norquist Drowns In A Bathtub (The Dems absolutely love this guy)

    11/29/2012 8:28:09 AM PST · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/28/12
    ALAN SIMPSON, FORMER SENATOR (R-WYOMING) "So how do you deal with guys who came to stop government or Grover wandering the earth in his white robe saying he wanted to drown government in the bathtub? I hope he slips in there with it."
  • Report: Hawaii preparing for Obama visit [ 21 days.....]

    11/29/2012 8:27:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Report: Hawaii preparing for Obama visit By DONOVAN SLACK | 11/29/12 10:48 AM EST White House Dossier's Keith Koffler reports on what could be a very touchy Christmas vacation: President Obama is reportedly scheduled to be vacationing in Hawaii on January 2, the date billions in spending cuts – and untold consequences for the economy – will kick in if a deal is not reached on the “fiscal cliff.” According to the Hawaii Reporter, residents who live in the area of Oahu where Obama and his family vacation have been told that the usual restrictions on their movements during an...
  • Republicans Demand Details, Timeline on Spending Cuts (Message to Dems: All we need is a budget)

    11/29/2012 8:17:27 AM PST · by bestintxas · 4 replies
    newsmax ^ | 11/29/12
    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner arrives at the Capitol today to face demands from Republican leaders to spell out spending cuts, after President Barack Obama won backing from some corporate executives to raise taxes as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Geithner will meet separately with each of the top four leaders in Congress a day after chief executives from more than a dozen U.S. corporations shuttled from the Capitol to the White House and pressed for an agreement to prevent triggering automatic spending cuts and tax increases on Jan. 1. Obama telephoned House Speaker John Boehner...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 29,2012

    11/29/2012 8:05:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 89 replies
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  • Yes, Romney Was the Problem

    11/29/2012 7:55:36 AM PST · by Resettozero · 178 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Steve Baldwin
    The GOP establishment and some conservative pundits, such as Ann Coulter, are in full defense mode, claiming that Romney is not responsible for losing to an incumbent responsible for perhaps the most damaging fiscal crises in our nation’s history. Don’t believe it. Romney IS responsible for wasting a billion dollars to carry out an issue-free campaign full of simple-minded platitudes. Indeed, Coulter is leading the charge with her recent column titled, Don’t Blame Romney. It’s sweet to watch Coulter defend her darling Romney, but let’s get real. The reality is that Romney was one of the worst GOP presidential candidates...
  • Obama’s “Tell” In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    11/29/2012 7:44:52 AM PST · by Powers Not Delegated · 41 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 11/12/2012 | George Rasley
    Experienced negotiators, and poker players, always look for the opponent’s “tell” -- that one little blink or tic that helps them see through the opponent’s deception to reveal what the opponent is really thinking or what cards he really holds. For those Republicans who thought Obama was actually serious about avoiding the government’s “fiscal cliff,” he just blinked and revealed his cards – and they show a hand that Democrats have held before and know how to play to entice Republicans into making a sucker bet. What Obama said to reveal his hand was that Congress should pass his tax...
  • TSA chief will be a 'no show' at congressional hearing ( jurisdiction over TSA )

    11/29/2012 7:38:37 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | November 29, 2012 | Jim Barnett
    A congressional hearing Thursday on aviation security will be missing its chief witness, who declined to testify. Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole had been asked to appear before the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation on the impact of his agency's policies on passengers and the airline industry. But Pistole said he had no plans to attend, arguing the panel has no jurisdiction over TSA matters. ... TSA regularly chooses to not even respond to simple requests for information
  • When You’re Falsely Accused of a Gun Crime – 12 Things You Need to Know

    11/29/2012 7:30:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 94 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Michelle Gesse
    Until you’re accused of a crime, you may be blissfully ignorant of the fact that “innocent until proven guilty” is a myth. In reality, it’s the opposite. Michelle Gesse, whose husband lived the nightmare of being falsely accused of a firearms related felony, explains what all Americans need to know now about the criminal justice system. Boulder, CO (November 2012)—The scary part of this story is how easily it could happen to any one of us. Steven and Michelle Gesse thought that the small dinner party they hosted on the night of April 5, 2009, would be just that: an...
  • Five teenagers raped after relative demands wages ( Pakistan )

    11/29/2012 7:25:26 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Indian Express - DG ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Greta McClain
    Five girls were gang raped in the Pakistan province of Punjab after a relative of the girls asked a landlord to pay him his wages.... Boota agreed to harvest the crops of two local landlords, Mara Jat and Zaheer Jat. When Boota asked to be paid the previously agreed upon amount, the landlords became irate and warned Boota there would be "dire consequences". Both landlords, along with an unidentified number of aids, returned to Boota's home later in the evening and proceeded to tie up Boota and his wife... the group then kidnapped and gang raped Boota's 13-year-old daughter, along...
  • Immigrant Welfare: The New Colossus. Do the huddled masses yearn to breathe free or eat for free?

    11/29/2012 7:13:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/29/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Here’s a perplexing pair of statistics: Compared with native-born Americans, immigrants are more likely to start a business — and they’re also more likely to depend on welfare. These dissonant data are even more irksome considering the state of the U.S. economy. Government social-aid programs consume an ever-growing portion of the federal budget, surpassing a trillion dollars even before Medicare and Social Security are factored in. And entrepreneurial activity is slowing. Census Bureau statistics show that start-ups accounted for 12 percent of American businesses in 1980 but less than 8 percent today. And earlier this fall, the Hudson Institute found...
  • Sandy caused $37 billion in damage in NJ: Christie

    11/29/2012 7:12:19 AM PST · by Stingray51 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 28, 2012 | Associated Press
    TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Chris Christie says Superstorm Sandy caused $36.8 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than his state's entire budget, from the federal government. Christie says more than 30,000 homes or businesses were destroyed or sustained substantial damage from last month's storm.
  • All about Taxes: Democrats and the media have ignored the rest of the fiscal-cliff debate.

    11/29/2012 7:10:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2012 | Michael Tanner
    How many times have we heard that the only thing standing in the way of a grand bargain to reduce our growing national debt is Republican intransigence on taxes? If Republicans would only agree to dump Grover Norquist, Democrats will agree to cut spending and reform entitlements. Then, we can all join hands and sing Kumbaya as we usher in a new era of compromise and fiscal responsibility. Except that now that Republicans have agreed to raise taxes, er, revenue, as part of an agreement to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, liberals appear to have decided that there really isn’t...
  • 'With UN Bid, Arabs Once Again Try to Steal Israel's Heritage'

    11/29/2012 7:05:44 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israeli National News ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Lev
    It's no accident that the Palestinian Authority is bringing its “case” to the United Nations on November 29 – a day that has for 65 years been identified with the State of Israel. “It's very typical of the PA to choose the day that Israel was recognized as a state by the UN as the date for their state's recognition,” said one historian. “The PA has tried to co-opt so many Jewish and Israeli symbols in the past, and the co-opting of November 29 fits right in with that,” said Moshe Siebel, a history afficianado. The 29th of November is...
  • Third-Quarter GDP Growth Revised Upward to 2.7% [New Normal: This anemic number is "good news"]

    11/29/2012 7:03:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2012 | ERIC MORATH And SARAH PORTLOCK
    The U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace in nearly three years in the third quarter as stronger inventory and export gains caused the government to revise its growth reading higher. The nation's gross domestic product—he broadest measure of goods and services produced in the U.S.—advanced at an annual rate of 2.7% from July through September, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The revised figure is up from the previously reported 2.0% gain and is the best three-month increase since the final quarter of 2009. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected growth to be revised to a 2.8% rate.
  • Favorables: Socialism 24% Capitalism 68%

    11/29/2012 6:58:09 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 28, 2012
    Most Americans continue to have favorable opinions of capitalism and the free enterprise system. However, just 24% have a favorable opinion of socialism. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% have an unfavorable view of that economic system
  • Egypt’s ‘Moderate’ Despot

    11/29/2012 6:55:14 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/28/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers? A “moderate,” of course.*snip*Apparently, “moderation” in the Middle East has been defined down to not wanting to wage war on Israel right now. On Monday, in response to protests, Morsi met with members of the judiciary. Some reports say he walked back his declaration of supremacy, but that is far from clear. He reaffirmed that the courts cannot veto the constitution being written by Morsi’s Islamist pets. Is there any doubt that the constitution will...
  • A Sordid Tale of Chicago Politics that Reveals how Obama got his Start

    11/29/2012 6:49:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11-29-12 | Andrew Malcolm
    Ah, Chicago and its politics. There's no other American city quite like it. Fortunately. It's a beautiful city from the outside. And a political cesspool inside, a seeping source of conniving and corruption that spawned Barack Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett and is now ruled by the president's ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Another amazing chapter in the Windy City's sordid politics began unfolding Wednesday, one whose lineage can actually be traced back to the very beginnings of Obama's political career, which now has an extended expiry date of Jan. 20, 2017. Today, Obama lunches with the man...
  • 68% Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Over 'Happy Holidays'

    11/29/2012 6:48:14 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 27, 2012
    Most Americans still prefer signs in stores that say “Merry Christmas” rather than ones with “Happy Holidays.” A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults prefer Merry Christmas. Just 23% like Happy Holidays instead.
  • Chinese police plan to board ships in disputed seas

    11/29/2012 6:42:09 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Ben Blanchard and Manuel Mogato
    BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) - Police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan will board and search ships which illegally enter what China considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Thursday, a move likely to add to tensions. The South China Sea is Asia's biggest potential military trouble spot with several Asian countries claiming sovereignty over waters believed to be rich in oil and gas. The shortest route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, it has some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. More than half the globe's oil tanker traffic passes through it. New...
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Crime Rate Soaring As City Loses Officers

    11/29/2012 6:21:57 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KCBS ^ | November 28, 2012 | Phil Matier
    Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city. According to the latest numbers from the Oakland Police Department, more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year – translating to about 33 burglaries a day. The most popular targets have been cars with more than 5,700 burglarized so far this year. One of the most likely reasons for the sharp uptick in crime – city officials said they believe it’s the gradual loss of police officers from the force....
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

    11/29/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the storm-related surge, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised up to show 6,000 more applications than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 390,0000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, increased 7,500 to 405,250, the highest level since October...
  • Four Reasons To Remain Optimistic

    11/29/2012 6:09:31 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 11-28-2012 | Chris Mayer
    Four Reasons To Remain Optimistic By Chris Mayer 11/28/12 The holidays are here. Please allow me be the first to say there’s reason for optimism. Yes… You read that right: optimism. I have been thinking a lot about this — about optimism and pessimism and the reasons for both — in recent post-presidential election days. It’s not that I care that Obama won or Romney lost. Please don’t misunderstand me. I didn’t (and still don’t) support either of them. It’s the whole process that gets me down. It brings out the worst in everybody. And I am always a little...
  • 4-Week-Average Jobless Claims At 13-Month High As Sandy Effects Gone

    11/29/2012 6:01:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    While any and every bad data point recently has been summarily dismissed by the 'transitory' effects of Hurricane Sandy, it appears in the deepest darkest reality that there is more of a structural trend to this shift than simply a 'blip'. Claims missed expectations and prior data was revised higher leaving the four-week-average at its highest since October 2011 jumping back over 400k.
  • Achuthan Vigorously Defends His Recession Call, Says We'll Know If He's Wrong Within One Month

    11/29/2012 5:51:30 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-29-2012 | Sam Ro
    Lakshman Achuthan Vigorously Defends His Recession Call, Says We'll Know If He's Wrong Within One Month Sam RoNov. 29, 2012, 6:30 AM ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan is on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene, vigorously defending his recession call, which many have called dead wrong. In case you're catching up, back in September 2011 Achuthan predicted the U.S. would go into recession. Advisor Perspectives' Doug Short has a great summary of all of Achuthan's calls and appearances since then. Achuthan essentially lays out two parts to his defense this morning. First, a recession is not measured as two consecutive quarters of GDP....
  • After the Election: What Lies Ahead (Long)

    11/29/2012 5:46:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 28, 2012
    Editor’s note: Below is the video and transcript of a special session of the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2012 Restoration Weekend dedicated to the 2012 election. Restoration Weekend took place Nov. 15th-18th at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. PAUL ERICKSON: Ladies and gentlemen, pals and gals, children of all ages, welcome to After the Election, What Lies Ahead with Congressman Louie Gohmert and Congressman Allen West. And we have a bonus walk-on. Who is that strange from Minnesota? My name is Paul Erickson. I’m a private businessman. I build cities all over the world, but in my private...
  • Five theories about Obama’s meeting with Romney

    11/29/2012 5:40:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Constitution Center ^ | November 29, 2012 | Scott Bomboy
    ... Obama is having Mitt Romney over for lunch on Thursday and their meeting is already generating a lot of buzz. Here are five theories about the White House’s motives.... 1. Obama is extending a common courtesy... 2. Obama will offer Romney a Cabinet job... 3. Obama will enlist Romney in the fiscal cliff debate... 4. Obama wants Romney’s advice on business issues... 5. Obama wants closure on the 2012 presidential election, or something else?....
  • State gun sales on track for record-shattering year

    11/29/2012 5:22:08 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 29 nov 2012 | StevenElbow
    Brisk Black Friday gun sales added to the record-setting gun-buying year coming to a close in Wisconsin. While gun purchases set a record nationally on Black Friday, Wisconsin's peak gun-buying frenzy stretched for months following the adoption of the state’s concealed carry law, which went into effect on Nov. 1 last year. The state’s handgun hot line, which gun dealers call to get background checks to see if prospective handgun buyers are barred from owning guns because of felony status or mental health reasons, is having a record-shattering year. As of Tuesday, the hot line had received 117,379 request
  • Obama the job-killing owl-killer

    11/29/2012 5:21:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Register Citizen ^ | November 28, 2012 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to “save” owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not — I repeat not — an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands...
  • I’m Not Sure What Republicans Stand For in Congress

    11/29/2012 4:50:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/28/2012 | Erick Erickson
    I was once an elected Republican. There isn’t much that the Republican Party has to do with trash collection, but I was a Republican on the Macon, Georgia City Council and I supported trash collection privatization. It wasn’t the Republican thing to do. It was the conservative thing to do. It was the right thing to do. Multiple times it had been tried and multiple times it had saved taxpayer dollars. There aren’t a lot of Republican positions at the local level. There aren’t a lot of Democrat positions at the local level. There are conservative and liberal positions. There...
  • Entrepreneurship up 60 percent in U.S. since last year [Pravda! Alert]

    11/29/2012 4:47:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Mohana Ravindranath
    Entrepreneurial activity is up 60 percent in the United States over last year, reaching its highest level since 2005, according to a new report. About 12.3 percent of U.S. adults —around 29 million —are involved in entrepreneurial activity, the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor issued by Babson College and Baruch College reported. This rise marks the the first uptick in Americans starting or running new businesses since 2008.
  • Sandy blasts $80B hole through debt talks(So it costs $80bn- but why do other states p/u tab?)

    11/29/2012 4:42:25 AM PST · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/29/12 | e wasson
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Northeastern lawmakers are seeking $80 billion from Congress to pay for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy — a demand that could wreak havoc on negotiations for a deal on the deficit. Bloomberg (I) traveled to the Capitol on Wednesday to press lawmakers to approve the $80 billion supplemental appropriations bill — without offsets and with new levels of flexibility — to aid the recovery of New York and New Jersey. Senators from the two states are also urging the White House to seek a sweeping aid package next week when it asks Congress to...
  • 5 Dirty Little Secrets About the Bush Tax Cuts

    11/29/2012 4:28:56 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Merline
    It´s been more than 10 years since President Bush signed his first round of tax cuts into law. And in the years since, those cuts have been the source of constant attacks. [snip] But a decade of debate and discussion has managed to shed little light on what the Bush tax cuts actually did. So as the debate heats up once again as part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, it´s worth taking the time to highlight some of the things most people never knew about the Bush-era tax cuts.
  • Leading House GOP figure's compromise plan gets shot down (No Cuts, No Deal!)

    11/29/2012 4:19:56 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/29/2012 | Deirdre Walsh
    House Speaker John Boehner and other conservatives shot down a proposal from a senior congressional Republican who suggested that his GOP colleagues break from their firm anti-tax position and agree to a demand from Democrats to immediately renew middle-class tax cuts. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the leadership team that helps round up House votes, told fellow GOP lawmakers that he thought they should, as a matter of political strategy, extend just the tax-rate cuts for those making $250,000 or less before the end of the year -- a position being pushed by President Barack Obama and...
  • Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus

    11/29/2012 4:11:01 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2150 ^ | November 26, 2012 | Kieran Raval
    The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal order, is under attack by Catholics United, a “non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition”. Catholics United, upset that the Knights of Columbus has donated money to promote and protect the institution of marriage, delivered a petition to the order’s headquarters in New Haven, CT last week. Catholics United accuses the Knights of engaging in right-wing politicking and becoming a front for the GOP. Furthermore, the group tries to causally link the Knights’ support of marriage...
  • PM: Ignore the Sound of UN Applause

    11/29/2012 3:51:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | David Lev
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a message for Israelis planning to watch the UN General Assembly approve the PA's bid to be recognized as a non-voting observer state later Thursday: There is no need to be upset. Speaking Thursday, Netanyahu said that the PA's statehood bid was “meaningless. The decision by the General Assembly to raise the PA delegation's status to a non-member observer state will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state. I suggest that we not be impressed with the applause at the General Assembly. It doesn't matter how many hands are raised against us, we have...
  • More Performers Added To Star Studded Lineup For '12-12-12' Concert [Not a DIME from me]

    11/29/2012 3:32:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY1.com ^ | November 27, 2012
    Next month's benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for victims of Sandy received some added star power. Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder and The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are now slated to perform at the Dec. 12 show. They're joining a lineup that already includes Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Proceeds of the so-called "12-12-12" concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and benefit those affected in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Powerball: Winning Tickets for Jackpot Sold in Arizona and Missouri

    11/29/2012 3:25:13 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 12/29/12 | ALAN FARNHAM and ANTHONY CASTELLANO
    Winning tickets for the record Powerball jackpot worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri. Missouri Lottery official Susan Goedde confirmed to ABC News this morning that one of the winning tickets was purchased in the state, but they would not be announcing a town until later this morning. Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. The winning numbers for the jackpot were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29. The Powerball was 6. The jackpot...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 29, 2012

    11/29/2012 2:57:45 AM PST · by sneakers · 19 replies
    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
  • Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown

    11/29/2012 2:38:08 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | SCOTT WONG and SEUNG MIN KIM
    In just two quick meetings on Capitol Hill, Susan Rice may have blown up any goodwill she had with the very senators she’ll need for confirmation if she’s ever tapped as the next secretary of state.Over the past two days, four key Republican senators have emerged from private meetings to blast the United Nations ambassador’s explanation about what happened during and after the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It’s not clear what Rice said behind closed doors to anger all these senators, but it’s obvious the meetings went badly and this was hardly a nominee-in-waiting charm...