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  • A Reagan Forum with Newt and Callista Gingrich

    12/02/2012 9:19:14 AM PST · by Toaster tank · 46 replies
    reagan foundation ^ | 11/28/2012 | reagan foundation
    On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, calling the ďso-called fiscal cliffĒ a ďfantasy being used as an excuse to panic.Ē Speaker Gingrich went on to discuss House Republicans, telling them to not form a ďSurrender CaucusĒ by stating, ďThey are the majority. They are not the minority.Ē
  • SEIU fights 300 O'Hare job cuts as mob ties are alleged to owner of firm - Rahm = Job Killer

    12/02/2012 8:43:53 AM PST · by CriticalJ · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11.29/2012 | SEIU fights 300 O'Hare job cuts as mob ties are alleged to owner of firm
    A WGN TV report by Mark Suppelsa now raises serious doubts about Mayor Emanuelís decision to award the OíHare cleaning contract to United Maintenance. "In light of this report, we call on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to start an investigation into United Maintenance and this key public contract. We call on the City of Chicago to rebid the contract and choose a responsible bidder that will protect good jobs at OíHare airport," said SEIU Local 1 Secretary-Treasurer Laura Garza. More than 300 janitors at OíHare airport may lose their jobs right before Christmas this year because Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded...
  • The 1st Battle of the Next Tea Party Wave ó December 5 Rally in Nashville Against Obamacare Exchange

    12/02/2012 8:43:17 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 2, 2012 | Richard A Jacobsen
    Opposition to Obamacare fueled the Tea Party wave of 2009-2010. The next wave will include continued opposition to Obamacare, along with other fiscal issues, The Tea Party tsunami at the gates. The fight over Obamacare as a law ended when Chief Justice John Roberts enganged in mental gymnastics to uphold the law under Congressí taxing authority, and then again when Obamaís reelection removed any possibility of complete repeal. The fight over Obamacare now is over implementation. There are inherent problems in the law itself which will raise popular ire, but the battle now is over exchanges and other aspects of...
  • TX:Dallas Woman Shoots at 2 Intruders; 1 Dead

    12/02/2012 8:32:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | NA
    Dallas police said a woman shot at two people who kicked in the door to her house late Wednesday morning, killing one.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Concordia Drive.Dallas police said the woman was home alone when she heard a noise -- two men had kicked in the front door of her house.She confronted the two men as they reached the second-floor landing and shot at them several times, police said.The intruders ran out the front door, and one of the men collapsed from a gunshot wound, police said.He was transported to Methodist Hospital,...
  • Abbas 'Victory Speech': Jerusalem 'Eternal Capital of Palestine'

    12/02/2012 8:18:47 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/2/12 | Chana Ya'ar
    PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over ďJerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.Ē Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state. "Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!Ē Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria. "You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians... stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians. "We were...
  • Crocodile eats boy, 12, as he swims with friends in Australia's second fatal attack within two weeks

    12/01/2012 11:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 December 2012 | Richard Shears
    Todayís attack was a chilling reminder of the day earlier in November when the seven-year-old girl was snatched by a saltwater crocodile 210 miles east of Darwin. ... Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 25ft and weigh more than a ton, are plentiful in the Northern Territory... Crocodiles are protected in the Northern Territory and their numbers have increased steadily, resulting in a number of attacks on people, One man writing to the Northern Territory News today said: ĎThis has got to stop Ė there are too many crocs. ĎOf course we need to use common sense when in...
  • ALLEN WEST ON HIS FUTURE: ĎABRAHAM LINCOLN ONLY SERVED ONE TERM IN CONGRESSÖí

    12/02/2012 8:24:13 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 67 replies
    Former Florida Rep. and Tea Party favorite Allen West, who recently lost re-election to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, appeared on National Public Radio Friday. Far from despondent, West spoke of Washington politics and his future role with his characteristic assertive, yet calm, tone.
  • KPD: Man shoots would-be burglar (TN)

    12/02/2012 8:23:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 1 December, 2012 | Staff
    Knoxville police searched Friday night for two men involved in a break-in attempt that left a would-be robber shot by a West Knoxville resident, authorities said. Knoxville Police Department officers were alerted at 9:56 a.m. of the shooting at 5455 Lance Drive, in the Timbercrest subdivision. The resident was identified as 59-year-old Gary Berthiaume, and the gunshot victim was identified as 19-year-old Joshua Williams, no address available, according to a news release from KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. Both were treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, DeBusk said. Their conditions weren't available Friday night. Berthiaume was sitting on his...
  • City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ĎLock Their Doors,í ĎLoad Their Gunsí Because Of....

    12/02/2012 7:53:32 AM PST · by joesjane · 57 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | November 30,2012 | Juan Fernandez
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) ó The city attorney of San Bernardino is under scrutiny for telling residents to ďlock their doors and load their gunsĒ during a city council meeting. The official explained that because the city is bankrupt and slashing public safety budgets people will need to start protecting themselves.
  • The Conversion business

    12/02/2012 7:44:47 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/2/12 | Judson Phillips
    How do we conservatives win in 2014? It is a question that we must ask and answer now. We must have a plan now. In our current electoral system, we are in a perpetual campaign. This is especially true for Congress since they only have two-year terms. Is there a plan we can use to win in 2014? Yes there is. It is a simple, grass roots plan. What is it? A friend of mine likes to say, we are in the conversion business. This is so true. I know of almost no one who moves from conservatism to liberalism....
  • The Sadistic Brutality of Englandís Government-Run Healthcare

    12/02/2012 7:23:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Iím not easily grossed out or nauseated. Heck, Iím on email lists for a half-dozen softball teams and you can only imagine the strange/filthy/nasty things that guys send to each other. But I read a story about the death panels in the United Kingdom that left me discombobulated. I canít even begin to describe how I feel.Hereís the intro of a disturbing report in the Daily Mail.Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial Ďdeath pathwaysí. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved...
  • Vanity--Vin Suprynowicz column

    12/02/2012 7:38:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    02 dec 2012 | Vin Suprynowicz
    --link only to Vin Suprynowicz editorial column--LVRJ-- -http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/steal-from-the-rich-give-it-all-to-me-181734921.html
  • The 4 Benefits of Marrying Young

    12/02/2012 7:21:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 165 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/01/2012 | Paula Bolyard
    A recent article on Yahoo extolled ‚ÄúThe Benefits of Marrying Later in Life.‚ÄĚ The writer, who waited until age 46 to marry, listed the benefits of delaying marriage:‚Äď Learning to love herself and accept her self-worth ‚Äď Time to become her own person ‚Äď Benefit of knowing who she is ‚Äď Experiencing life as her own complete personWith all due respect to the author, her list looks like a recipe for perpetual singleness. A decade or more of doing what¬ís best for ¬ďme¬Ē and learning to love and complete ‚Äúmyself‚ÄĚ is not the best way to prepare for the...
  • Who Let the Jobs Out? Who is sending jobs overseas

    12/02/2012 7:18:33 AM PST · by Moseley · 92 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Joathon Moseley
    Okay, who stole our jobs? Democrats accuse Republicans of out-sourcing American jobs. But no one knows how this is happening. Republicans have no idea how they supposedly outsource jobs. If someone started a petition saying ďLetís repeal section 99 U.S.C. Section 1234 to stop outsourcing jobs,Ē probably 80% to 90% of citizens and elected officials would rush to sign. The repeal of such a mythical section would probably take 48 hours to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President. But how can you repeal something if you donít know what you want to repeal? One of...
  • Since 2000, D.C. Area Wealth Grew at Twice National Average

    12/02/2012 7:18:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/01/2012
    From a recent Glenn Reynolds USA Today column [1]: So Washington gets fat, and it does so on money taken from the rest of the country. Just how fat have Washington and the Beltway counties gotten? According to the latest U.S. Census data, between 2000 and 2010 the richest of the Washington, D.C., area have accrued about twice as much new wealth as those not living in or around the area.Also, some Washington counties have gotten about twice as much new wealth as some of the other richest counties in the United States.An April 2012 Forbes article [2] lists...
  • A Nation of Singles

    12/02/2012 7:12:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    weekly Standard ^ | 12/02/2012
    For a brief moment last month‚Äč¬ó‚Äčroughly a 72-hour span beginning at 11:00 p.m. on November 6 and concluding late in the evening of November 9‚Äč¬ó‚Äčeveryone in America was interested in demographics. That¬ís because, in addition to rewarding the just, punishing the wicked, and certifying that America was (for the moment) not racist, President Barack Obama¬ís victory over Mitt Romney pointed to two ineluctable demographic truths. The first was expected: that the growth of the Hispanic-American cohort is irresistible and will radically transform our country¬ís ethnic future. The second caught people by surprise: that the proportion of unmarried Americans was suddenly...
  • National Debt Is Still the Biggest Threat to Our National Security (How much is too much?)

    12/02/2012 6:53:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/12 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    National Debt Is Still the Biggest Threat to Our National SecurityDr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Friday, November 30, 2012 ďAn unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily a power to destroy, because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.Ē Ė John Marshall Americans are in denial about the simple fact that our national debt is the biggest threat to our national security. National debt grew exponentially from Washingtonís profligate deficit spending, recessions, and wars. **SNIP** Our national debt has exploded in the last four years. During President Obamaís first three years in office, it grew...
  • West Point Chapel Hosts Its First Same-Sex Wedding

    12/02/2012 6:46:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 12/2/2012 | Staff Writers
    <p>Associated Press West Point's landmark Cadet Chapel saw its first same-sex marriage on Saturday as a graduate of the academy and her partner exchanged vows.</p> <p>WEST POINT, N.Y. ó Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, hosted its first same-sex wedding Saturday.</p>
  • Why Obama is pushing for stimulus in 'fiscal cliff' deal (Barf and Outrage)

    12/02/2012 6:26:55 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 30 Nov 12 | Ron Scherer
    How about a little government economic stimulus? That may sound incongruous considering the budget deficit and the push from Republicans to cut government spending. But President Obamaís first offer to avoid going over the "fiscal cliff" holds out the hope of at least some stimulus. This would include extending the 2 percentage point Social Security payroll tax cut, boosting a tax incentive to businesses, establishing a $50 billion bank for long-term infrastructure projects, and extending unemployment benefits. The total bill: about $255 billion out of the federal government's pocket Ė an amount the GOP would likely say needs to be...
  • Morsi's Maneuver

    12/02/2012 6:25:53 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/1/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Phase II of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsiís declaration of sweeping dictatorial powers was completed on Thursday night. That is when the ďconstituent assemblyĒ hastily completed a draft constitution that would enshrine sharia principles as fundamental law. Morsi grabbed the reins with a shrewd caveat: His dictatorship would end once the draft constitution was approved by Egyptians in a national referendum ó which is to say, once the dictatorship had served its purpose. Nearly three months ago, in my e-book Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (which is about to be published in paperback), I explained that Morsiís agglomeration of...
  • Hillary Clinton no fan of Susan Rice, prefers Kerry for State

    12/02/2012 6:04:40 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Novewmber 30, 2012 | MICHAEL SNEED
    It ainít embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who is dealing with the way she handled the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Sneed is told if Hillary had to choose between Rice and U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who is head of the Senateís Foreign Relations Committee, she would prefer Kerry.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 December 2012

    12/02/2012 4:47:54 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 129 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 2 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 2nd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Geithner; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Geithner; Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Geithner; Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Geithner; Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont.
  • Outrage: 'White/Jewish City Council Member Representing NYC?'

    12/02/2012 4:15:27 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A candidate for a position on New York Cityís 7th Council District said he opposed to the candidacy of his Jewish opponent, whom he referred to a ďWhite/Jewish candidateĒ, because he was trying ďto sneak into office like a thief in the night.Ē City Council hopeful Thomas Lopez-Pierre wrote an e-mail to the members of the Douglass Grant Democratic Club, stating his opposition to rival Mark Levine. The subject line of the e-mail: ďA White/Jewish City Council Member representing Upper Manhattan?Ē In an interview with The Jewish Week, Lopez-Pierre, an African American, maintained, "I donít hate Jews; I love black...
  • Post-Revolution Tunisians Return to Rioting

    12/02/2012 4:08:47 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Chana Yaar
    Nearly two years after the Jasmine Revolution brought down the government, Tunisians are still not satisfied, and renewed riots started last week over economic difficulties once again, sparking concerns over more Islamist unrest. The economic struggles that ignited the self-immolation of a despairing pushcart vendor set off what days later became known as the country's ďJasmine Revolution.Ē The decades-old regime of President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by protesters in January 2011, setting off the region-wide Arab Spring uprisings. But in the final analysis, the country is still struggling. And Tunisians still take to the streets and clash...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Ďpaying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egyptí as

    12/02/2012 12:17:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/1/12 | staff
    Egyptís ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairoís Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said. They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers. It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.
  • Amsterdam's legal brothels are a brutal lesson for Britain : sex gangs and race

    12/01/2012 11:34:53 PM PST · by george76 · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 November 2012 | Sue Reid
    In a chilling parallel to the scandal sweeping Britainís towns and cities, where a multitude of girls have been lured into sex-for-sale rings run by gangs, the Dutch pimps search out girls at school gates and in cafes, posing as Ďboyfriendsí promising romance, fast car rides and restaurant meals. The men ply their victims with vodka and drugs. They tell them lies: that they love them and their families donít care for them. Then, the trap set, they rape them with other gang members, often taking photos of the attack to blackmail the girl into submission. ... Hard-line criminal behaviour...
  • Israel West Bank Settlement Construction Approved By Government

    12/01/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 12/1/12 | Aron Heller and Karin Laub
    JERUSALEM ó Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians. The plans also include future construction in a strategic area of the West Bank where critics have long warned that Jewish settlements would kill hopes for a viable Palestinian state. Israel's moves served as a harsh reminder to Palestinians Ė euphoric over the U.N. upgrade Ė that while they now have a state on paper, most of it remains very much under Israeli control. "This...
  • ATF Takes Action Against Agents Involved In Fast and Furious

    12/01/2012 10:44:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/1/12 | Mary Chastain
    Top ATF officials involved in Operation Fast and Furious had their government security clearances revoked and others were fired, demoted, or transferred. Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in the West Bill McMahon, and former Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division George Gillett were fired. Former Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jim Needles and Field Supervisor David Voth were demoted. Lead case agent Hope McAllister was placed on leave and transferred out of Phoenix. Agent Voth was the subject of Fortune...
  • Remembering Some of Those Who Said the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Wasn't a Threat to Democracy

    12/01/2012 10:43:14 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 30, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Egyptian "President" Mohammed Morsi "is not backing down in the showdown over decrees granting him near-absolute powers," that "clashes between the two camps (Morsi's Islamist supporters and secular opponents) ... left two dead and hundreds injured," and that the country's Muslim Brotherhood-dominated assembly "pushed through the 234-article draft (constitution) in just 21 hours from Thursday into Friday ... (after) Coptic Christians and liberals earlier had walked out." The draft constitution includes several articles "that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities," and omits "bans on slavery or promises to adhere...
  • Is the Neutron Bomb the Only Solution to the Afghan Problem? (British Suggestion

    12/01/2012 10:40:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    THE VOICE OF RUSSIA ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Boris Volkhonsky
    A couple of days ago, speaking in the House of Lords, former British Labour Defence Minister Baron John Gilbert suggested that UK should drop a neutron bomb on the Pak-Afghan border for creating impassable sanitary cordons between the two countries. "Your Lordships may say that this is impractical, but nobody lives up in the mountains on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan except for a few goats and a handful of people herding them," Baron Gilbert is quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India. "If you told them that some ERRB (Enhanced Radiation/Reduced Blast) warheads were going to...
  • Cars trapped in tunnel collapse outside Tokyo

    12/01/2012 10:12:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Parts of a tunnel collapsed Sunday on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping an unknown number of vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was apparently extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside the city. About 25 vehicles were inside the (2.5 mile) 4.3 kilometer-long tunnel, some of them trucks stopped by the tunnel's collapse.
  • College Professors Get What They Asked For in Obamacare, Don't Like It Much

    12/01/2012 8:40:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2012 | Gary Jason
    There is an antique saying -- no less true for its antiquity -- that you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. This came to mind when I read a recent report about what is happening at a Pennsylvania college. One of President Obama's most loyal -- not to say fawning -- constituencies clearly is academia. His rate of support among collegiate faculty and administrators surely approaches near-unanimity on the typical campus. This is why the news about the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is so richly ironic. CCAC has just announced...
  • California's Road to Perdition (The Golden State proves that even gold can rust sometimes)

    12/01/2012 8:34:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2012 | Elise Cooper
    California was once the envy of everyone. But this promised land is now being controlled by a super-majority of leftists, and the liberal, pro-union Democrats have only one answer to California's woes: to raise taxes. With that in mind, American Thinker asked California representatives if, after the 2012 election, Republicans become an archaic party in this state. There are many reasons why California Republicans took such a shellacking. Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) emphasizes the key word: "communication. The Democrats had monopoly control over the message. Republicans need to pull up their socks and wipe their noses to get back into...
  • Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

    12/01/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 1, 2012 | (Reporting by Rafiq Shirzad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    (Reuters) - Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties. NATO officials were not immediately available for comment. Security forces surrounded the area. "We can confirm there have been multiple explosions in the vicinity of the Jalalabad airfield," the U.S.-led coalition said in a statemen. "Currently, ISAF officials are on the scene gathering facts, and as more information becomes available, we will release it as appropriate."
  • Unemployment benefits cost: $520 billion

    12/01/2012 8:26:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 11/30/2012 | Tami Luhby
    Jobless Americans have collected more than half a trillion dollars in benefits over the past five years. State and federal unemployment insurance programs have cost roughly $520 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday. The price of continuing this safety net will be the subject of intense debate in Congress as lawmakers decide whether to extend the deadline to file for federal benefits beyond year's end as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Extending federal jobless insurance next year could cost as much as $30 billion, according to the CBO analysis. The federal government has spent far...
  • Buy a House, Get a Visa: Coming Soon Everywhere?

    12/01/2012 8:22:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/01/2012 | HENRY GRABAR
    For the last two years, Spain has been in the thick of a massive housing crisis. There are somewhere between 700,000 and a million new, unsold homes in the country. (The U.S., by contrast, with five times the population of Spain, has only 145,000 new unsold homes.) Spanish banks hold nearly 200 billion euros worth of bad mortgage loans. So Spain is offering a deal. Buy a house worth more than the mean home price and receive something that had been, until now, priceless: Spanish residency papers. Spain isn't the first European country that's tried to stimulate the housing market...
  • New legislative push for open carry gun law in Texas stirs emotions

    12/01/2012 8:17:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    news-journal.com ^ | 1 December, 2012 | Richard Yeakley
    A sophomore Texarkana state representative caused a stir this week when he announced he would once again push for an open carry gun law when the legislative session convenes in January. Rep. George Lavender hopes to spearhead legislation that would allow residents who have been approved for concealed-weapon carrying to carry holstered pistols in the open. He was behind similar legislation that was not passed in the 2011 legislative session. Texas is one of six states that forbids open carry in all forms. ďI definitely support open carry. The concealed handgun law to me is ridiculous... I am still carrying...
  • Possible breakthroughs in Fast and Furious

    12/01/2012 8:11:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    armsandthelaw.com ^ | 1 December, 2012 | David Hardy
    Katie Pavlich is is reporting that the supervisors involved in F&F are being fired or demoted. What's especially interesting is the case of Bill McMahon, who took a job in Singapore, I believe, for JP Morgan (which issues the ATF credit cards), nicely getting him beyond the reach of Congressional subpoenas. But he didn't give up his ATF job, he was still listed as an employee on leave, meaning I could return to his old job eventually. I posted on that -- a Federal employee can only carry over so much annual leave from year to year, I forget now...
  • Business As Usual ..Louis Rukeyser .....Gold Bugs' Have Amnesia . (from 1978)

    12/01/2012 8:01:36 PM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    google ^ | 1978 | Louis Rukeyser
    Use your skills this is an IQ test... The article is there and is a true blast to the past
  • Hillary: Israel Lacks 'Empathy,' 'Generosity' Toward Palestinians

    12/01/2012 7:35:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/1/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has never been a friend to Israel. Today, speaking at the 2012 Saban Forum on US-Israel Relations, a liberal organization, she railed against Israel for supposed insensitivity, lack of empathy, and lack of generosity with regard to the Palestinians Ė even as the Palestinians unilaterally violated all agreements with Israel and attempted to declare statehood, and within days of Hamas firing rockets on Israeli population centers and bombing a bus. Hereís what she said: So, look, Iím not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of...
  • Fair shares for everyone

    12/01/2012 7:30:13 PM PST · by combat_boots · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 21 September 1999 | ---
    A group in the Midlands are pooling their income and distributing it according to needs. Andrea Smith reports Share Part-time management consultant Guy Simmons earns £322 a week - yet every time he needs a new shirt for work, he has to get the agreement of five other people. Guy, 52, is a member of an East Midlands group called Snowball, which opposes capitalism and consumerism. The five adult members and one child pool every penny of their income, redistributing it according to need. Youth worker Katy Wright, 36, says: "Really, we are a little welfare state, but we are...
  • March for Life directors elect successor to late Nellie Gray

    12/01/2012 7:25:27 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Jeanne Monahan is the new full-time president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, which organizes and runs the March for Life in Washington each January. The organizationís board of directors unanimously voted to appoint Monahan to the post. She succeeds the late Nellie Gray, founder and president, who died in August at age 86. Monahan, a former board member, had been serving as interim president since Grayís death. ďJeanne is a strong pro-life advocate who will continue the strong leadership of Nellie Gray and bring us closer to a culture of life,Ē said Patrick Kelly, chairman of...
  • Grassley asks Holder about U.S. Attorney's gun trafficking case leak

    12/01/2012 7:21:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Washington Examinier ^ | 12/1/12 | David Codrea
    A copy of a letter received in the past hour by Gun Rights Examiner addressed to Eric Holder from Senator Chuck Grassley questions the attorney general about a leak on a gun trafficking case tied to the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation that resulted in the indictment of the husband of the then-head of the New Mexico U.S. Attorneyís Office Criminal Division. The letter, sent on Wednesday, provides further details to a story related last Monday in this column, concerning Danny Burnett, married to federal prosecutor Paula Burnett, charged with leaking wiretap information to a suspect in an ATF gun...
  • So Long to ĎThe Big Eí(inactivated today)

    12/01/2012 7:09:10 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 76 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-1-2012 | Rick Moran
    December 1, 2012 So Long to ¬ĎThe Big E¬í Rick Moran For five decades, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise plowed the seven seas to protect the freedoms of American citizens and guarantee freedom of the seas for all. From the Cuban missile crisis through its participation in conflicts arising out of the 9/11 attacks, ‚ÄúThe Big ‚ÄėE‚Äô‚ÄĚ was the tip of the spear of American foreign policy.Today, in front of 12,000 former crew, their families, and friends, the United States Navy formally retired Enterprise from active service. Reuters: The 1,123-foot (342-metres) long Enterprise was commissioned in 1961 with eight...
  • Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of Electricity (panels a FAIL after Sandy)

    12/01/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/19/12 | DIANE CARDWELL
    Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of ElectricityBy DIANE CARDWELL Published: November 19, 2012 When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the power in areas like coastal Long Island and the Jersey Shore, what should have been beacons of hope ó hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops ó became symbols of frustration. Despite the popular perception that installing solar panels takes a home ďoff the grid,Ē most of those systems are actually part of it, sending excess power to the utility grid during the day and pulling electricity back to run the house at night. So when the...
  • Half of those on Liverpool Care Pathway never told.. [ Death by NHS]

    12/01/2012 5:40:07 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 01 Dec 2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Each year around 130,000 patients are placed on the Lierpool Care Pathway, which can involve the withdrawal of drugs, fluids and food, and the administration of powerful pain relief. A national audit by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and the Royal College of Physicians ... demonstrated that in total, around 57,000 patients a year are dying in NHS hospitals without being told that efforts to keep them alive have been stopped. It also reveals that thousands of dying patients have been left to suffer in pain, with no attempt to keep them comfortable while drugs were administered....
  • Japan tunnel collapse 'traps cars'

    12/01/2012 5:22:34 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 December 2012
    A road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles, Japanese media reports say. The incident happened at about 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Saturday) in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.
  • Navy Dolphins' Work Will Be Outsourced

    12/01/2012 5:15:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    NAVY DOLPHINSí WORK WILL BE OUTSOURCED Robots to pick up animalsí tasks, like some detection of mines Like the factory worker and travel agent before them, some Navy dolphins trained to hunt down mines are scheduled to be replaced by computers in five years. However, the Navyís marine mammals arenít going away. Military-trained dolphins and sea lions will continue to be used for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor ó jobs they are still better at than machines. The Navyís $28 million marine mammal program, headquartered in San Diego, uses 80 bottlenose dolphins and 40 California sea...
  • Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28)

    12/01/2012 5:15:03 PM PST · by blam · 169 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-1-2012 | Brian Hamilton
    Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28) Alabama running back Eddie Lacy scores on a 41-yard touchdown run as he is chased by Georgia's Shawn Williams during the second quarter. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Photo / December 1, 2012) Brian Hamilton Tribune reporter6:53 p.m. CST, December 1, 2012 ATLANTA -- Notre Dame, the Tide rolls for thee.Alabama rallied twice in the second half to down Georgia 32-28 in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, all but assuredly earning a shot at the No. 1 Irish in the BCS title tilt on...
  • Possible Mississippi River Shutdown Threatens Thousands of Jobs

    12/01/2012 5:14:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | November 30, 2012 | Justin Wingerter
    Itís an issue that has plagued states along the Mississippi River for months and has now landed squarely on the desk of President Obama: how to prevent the imminent shutdown of commercial traffic along the nationís largest waterway. A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the river, threatening barge traffic. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the President raised the issue with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Wednesdayís cabinet meeting, directing his administration to take ďevery step to mitigateĒ the situation. Carney added that there are a number...