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  • The rich will pay more taxes, Boehner says

    12/05/2012 9:32:33 AM PST · by Qbert · 135 replies
    KITV-TV via MSNBC ^ | 12/5/2012 | KITV-TV
    Taxes on the wealthy are going up, House Speaker John Boehner conceded on Wednesday in challenging President Barack Obama to sit down with him to hammer out a deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff. The statement to reporters reflected how negotiations on reducing the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt have evolved since Obama's re-election last month. Republicans once opposed to any new revenue in their quest to shrink government now realize Obama's victory and public support for the president's campaign theme of higher taxes on the wealthy leave them with little negotiating leverage. Less than four weeks from the...
  • Two of a Kind: Republican and Democratic proposals for the fiscal cliff hardly differ

    12/05/2012 9:29:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2012 | Michael Tanner
    For all those who think that our deficit is caused by a dearth of revenue, consider this thought experiment. In 2012, the federal government will spend $3.56 trillion. Last week’s Powerball jackpot was a reported $587.5 million, the largest winning Powerball payout ever. In order to finance current spending, the federal government would have to hit that jackpot 6,570 times. As recently as fiscal year 2001, President Clinton’s last budget, federal spending amounted to just $1.9 trillion. If spending since 2000 had simply increased at the rate of inflation plus population growth, spending this year would have been less than...
  • The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets

    12/05/2012 9:26:29 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-5-2012 | John Rolls - Michael Snyder
    The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets Stock-Markets / Financial CrashDec 05, 2012 - 04:24 AM By: John Rolls John Rolls Submits, Michael Snyder writes: When financial markets in the United States crash, so does the U.S. economy. Just remember what happened back in 2008. The financial markets crashed, the credit markets froze up, and suddenly the economy went into cardiac arrest. Well, there are very few things that could cause the financial markets to crash harder or farther than a derivatives panic. Sadly, most Americans don't even understand what derivatives are. Unlike stocks and bonds, a...
  • Northborough’s Ed Bombard recalls participation in ’60s nuclear crisis

    12/05/2012 9:26:16 AM PST · by pabianice
    Ed Bombard Northborough, MA – “Suddenly we saw a truck full of rifle-toting Cuban soldiers racing over the hill. They stopped in front of us in a cloud of dust. One yelled, ‘Get the hell out of here!’” said Ed Bombard with a chuckle. The year was 1961 and the place Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “We were on liberty and had rented a boat,” Ed explained. “We beached it near a chain-link fence and were getting out to enjoy the beach. When the Cuban Army troops showed up, we left in a hurry.” Ed, a longtime resident of Northborough, displayed...
  • Citi Exec to FOX Business: More Cuts Likely

    12/05/2012 9:25:20 AM PST · by mykroar · 4 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    Citigroup (C : CITIGROUP INC.) tells FOX Business that the 11,000 job cuts announced today -- 4% of its workforce -- won’t be the end of layoffs at the nation’s third-largest bank by assets, deemed "too big to fail" by the U.S. government. On whether today's cuts will be the end, a Citi executive tells FOX Business: “In the last quarter, we said on a Wall Street conference call that we would continue to seek ways to optimize. I don’t think anyone can come to the conclusion the bank is going to sit back and do nothing else.” The executive...
  • The Underworked Public Employee: Government workers take it easier than their private counterparts.

    12/05/2012 9:24:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/05/2012 | By ANDREW G. BIGGS AND JASON RICHWINE
    With state and local governments struggling to balance budgets in a still sluggish economy, government employment has fallen by 562,000 jobs since September 2008, a decline of 2.6%. In response, the Obama administration has called for more federal aid—on top of the $250 billion doled out in the 2009 Recovery Act—to help keep state and local government payrolls near prerecession levels. But supporters of more federal aid implicitly assume that the size of the public sector was optimal before the recession. On the contrary, overstaffing is a serious problem in government, and the best evidence is a simple empirical fact:...
  • Emanuel brushes aside contractor’s organized crime ties allegations

    12/05/2012 9:21:24 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/04/12 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday brushed aside allegations that the owner of a company awarded a $99 million O’Hare Airport janitorial contract was the longtime business partner of a man with ties to organized crime. * * * Last month, the city chose United Maintenance Co., Inc. to provide custodial services at O’Hare for the next five years . . . . The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that United Maintenance owner Richard Simon was involved in another company with alleged mob figure William Daddano Jr.—from 1998 until that firm was officially disbanded on Dec. 17, 2011, according to state...
  • CONSERVATIVE PURGE

    12/05/2012 9:13:45 AM PST · by jonefab · 31 replies
    THEBLAZETV ^ | 12/04/12 05:32
    Tonight Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) joins us from Washington to fill us in on a possible GOP leadership purge.
  • Taxpayers footing the bill for next generation of electric car batteries

    12/05/2012 9:09:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2012 | John Brandon
    Whether you like it or not, you are an investor in the electric vehicle (EV) battery of tomorrow. Late last week, the Department of Energy announced plans to spend $120 million to establish a major battery research center at the Argonne National Lab outside of Chicago. The stated goal: to create a new “Manhattan Project” that will develop an EV battery in the next five years that lasts five times as long and costs one-fifth as much as current EV batteries. And they say it’s all in the interest of national security. The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)...
  • Obama's Illegal Immigrant Uncle Might Be Getting Special Treatment

    12/05/2012 9:06:54 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-5-2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    Obama's Illegal Immigrant Uncle Might Be Getting Special Treatment Alexander Abad-Santos The Atlantic WireDecember 5, 2012 AP - Onyango Obama in 2011 After being ordered to leave the United States 20 years ago, Onyango Obama, the Kenyan-born half-brother of President Obama's father, has been granted a new deportation hearing and now has a second chance to stay in the country. "Last week, the Board of ­Immigration Appeals granted Onyango Obama’s request to ­reopen his immigration case based in part on his contention that his prior lawyer was ­ineffective, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the case," reports...
  • MSNBC Hosts Visit Obama

    12/05/2012 8:56:06 AM PST · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, and Lawrence O'Donnell all spotted entering the West Wing. WASHINGTON — MSNBC's prime time line-up was spotted entering the West Wing Tuesday afternoon for what host Ed Schultz tweeted was a meeting with President Barack Obama. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest released the following statement on the meeting: “This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction.”
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 5,2012

    12/05/2012 8:51:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 80 replies
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  • CIA Makes History: Please Apply Here If You Are a Member of the LGBT Community

    12/05/2012 8:45:39 AM PST · by chessplayer · 35 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – For the first time in its history, the Central Intelligence Agency is actively seeking recruits from a new demographic – the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.
  • Barefoot Man Not Homeless: Jeffrey Hillman, Given Boots By NYPD Officer, Has Bronx Apartment

    12/05/2012 8:21:47 AM PST · by marthemaria · 34 replies
    he barefoot man helped by a kind cop in New York City is not actually homeless. Last week, we told you about the heartwarming story of an NYPD officer giving a homeless and barefoot man a pair of winter boots. The story seemed almost too good to be true. And, according to one report, that is in fact the case. The New York Daily News reported on Monday that the barefoot man in question, Jeffrey Hillman, is not actually homeless. Instead, he has an apartment in the Bronx thanks to disability benefits and vouchers. The article also notes that Jeffrey...
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski: US, Israel Should Have Voted For Palestinian Statehood

    12/05/2012 8:21:07 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's hardly a surprise, coming from the man who counseled the United States to shoot down Israeli planes should they seek to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. But just for the record, Zbigniew Brzezinski has opined that the US and, yes, Israel itself, should have voted in favor of last week's UN resolution granting “non-member observer statehood” to Palestinians living in the West Bank of Israel. Brzezinski stated his view on today's Morning Joe. He did say something that was probably true, when expressing skepticism that, despite their public utterances, President Obama and Susan Rice truly opposed the resolution. Brzezinski suggested...
  • Police: Man loses drug money, asks police for excuse note for drug cartel

    12/05/2012 8:16:29 AM PST · by jakerobins · 16 replies
    TUCSON, Ariz. — A North Carolina man claims he misplaced $20,000 in drug money and asked authorities to write him an excuse note so a Tucson cartel wouldn't kill him. The Arizona Daily Star says 30-year-old Demarco Alonzo Thomas has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering. According to documents from the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department, Thomas thought it might help smooth things over if he could show cartel members a phony receipt from authorities stating they had seized the money.
  • After Fatal NYC Subway Shove, Asking: Were There No Heroes {Naem, Umar Abbasi}

    12/05/2012 7:49:33 AM PST · by Cronos · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4.Dec.2012 | Michael Wilson and Daniel Krieger
    The question of the day in New York City on Tuesday — what would you do? — rode on a wave of outrage over a harrowing act the day before. A clearly agitated man pushed a 58-year-old stranger onto the track of an oncoming subway train in Midtown Manhattan. The man, Ki-Suck Han of Elmhurst, Queens, was struck and killed.... One law enforcement official said that the suspect, originally from Africa, Naeem Davis was a peddler and was on the street working when he was taken into custody. The official said that detectives were trying to determine a motive. ..The...
  • One lucky uncle? He’ll drink to that!

    12/05/2012 6:59:46 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Howie Carr
    There are three chances that Barack Obama’s illegal-alien Uncle Omar will be deported by his nephew’s government. Slim, fat and none.
  • 2012's high-stakes spin war: George Soros won, Karl Rove lost

    12/05/2012 6:58:43 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Cliff Kincaid
    Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | Posted by WorldTribune.com 2012′s high-stakes spin war: George Soros won, Karl Rove lost Special to WorldTribune.com By Cliff Kincaid Fox News contributor Karl Rove was criticized in the media for objecting to the channel calling Ohio for Barack Obama on election night. The state of Ohio did in fact go for Obama and the channel was correct in making that prediction. Like many other Fox News commentators, Rove had mistakenly forecast a Romney victory. He was only alone in thinking this was still possible as election night wore on and the results from Ohio came...
  • Drought May Have Killed Sumerian Language

    12/05/2012 6:54:00 AM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12-5-2012 | Tia Ghose
    Drought May Have Killed Sumerian Language Tia Ghose LiveScience Staff Writer Date: 04 December 2012 Time: 11:35 AM ETThe ancient Sumerians invented cuneiform, shown here on a clay tablet documenting barley rations issued monthly to adults and children. The language may have died out as a result of a 200-year drought 4,200 years ago. CREDIT: Public Domain SAN FRANCISCO — A 200-year-long drought 4,200 years ago may have killed off the ancient Sumerian language, one geologist says. Because no written accounts explicitly mention drought as the reason for the Sumerian demise, the conclusions rely on indirect clues. But several pieces...
  • Samuel Adams is Spinning in his Grave

    12/05/2012 6:50:49 AM PST · by morethanright · 9 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-05 07:15:42 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"I will walk in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts."- Psalms 119:45In December of 1773, hotheaded revolutionary Samuel Adams attended a meeting of 7,000 American colonials at the Old South Church in Boston. They were angry over the Tea Act passed by the British Parliament. The tea tax raised revenue used to pay colonial governors and judges, which London viewed as the best means to control them. When Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson issued a statement making clear his support for king and country, Samuel Adams announced, "This meeting can do nothing further to save the country."According...
  • POLL: Americans Favor Legalization of Marijuana 51-44%

    12/05/2012 6:45:57 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 59 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Americans favor the legalization of marijuana 51 to 44 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning. The poll showed a substantial gender and age gap on the issue: -- Men favored legalization 59 to 36 percent, but women opposed it, 52 to 44 percent. -- Americans 18 to 29 years old support legalization 67 to 29 percent, while those over 65 years oppose it, 56 to 35 percent. -- Respondents between 30 and 44 years old also support the idea of legalization, 58 to 39 percent, while Americans between 45 and 64 are more closely divided,...
  • My Petraeus interview firestorm silly, off-base

    12/05/2012 6:42:02 AM PST · by pepperdog · 9 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4 Dec 2012 | K.T. McFarland
    A conversation that began in jest and that led to a passing comment at the end of my interview with General David Petraeus has turned into a firestorm of speculation and an attempt to denigrate Fox. Today, I’m bewildered by the reaction of the press to Bob Woodward’s story in the Washington Post. Though Bob is in possession of a secretly recorded tape of my conversation with the general...
  • Citi Firing 11,000

    12/05/2012 6:38:28 AM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Big news ahead of this Friday's NFP report: •CITI TO CUT OVER 11,000 JOBS, TAKE PRETAX CHARGE $1B IN 4Q "Sandy's fault?" or better yet, "Vikram's fault." Or maybe the economy is collapsing despite all the propaganda one is spoonfed. Considering the recent termination of over 50,000 by UBS we think we know the answer. And while C stock may jump on the news, the end result is that New York and the US have both just lost 11,000 less key taxpayers most of whom are almost certainly in the $250,000+ bucket. That said we can't wait for the BLS...
  • To What Lengths Did Someone Go to Scapegoat George Zimmerman?

    12/05/2012 6:32:39 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The PJ Tattler ^ | December 5, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    The “new” photo of George Zimmerman raises some very disturbing issues. Take a look at the black and white version of the photo, which the Florida prosecutor gave to the defense as part of the discovery process shortly after his altercation with Trayvon Martin. ................... The man in the photo above looks somewhat menacing. The misshapen nose suggests a history of brawls, the color having been drained away, taking with it the reds and purples indicating a fresh wound from a very recent attack. The vacant look in his eyes suggests no remorse for the killing of a young man,...
  • Private Sector Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected

    12/05/2012 6:31:53 AM PST · by mykroar · 19 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Reuters
    U.S. private-sector employers added 118,000 jobs in November shy of economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 125,000 jobs. October's private payrolls were revised slightly down to an increase of 157,000 f rom the previously reported 158,000.
  • You Go into Battle with, or Perhaps without, the Armey You Have

    12/05/2012 6:23:12 AM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/5/12 | Geraghty
    So . . . this certainly seems sudden and odd: In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party. Armey, the former House majority leader who helped develop and promote the GOP's Contract with America in the 1990s, tendered his resignation in an memo sent to Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, on November 30. Mother Jones obtained the email on Monday, and Armey has confirmed he sent it. The...
  • PN Bakken: ND’s gas woes

    12/05/2012 6:12:46 AM PST · by thackney · 45 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of December 02, 2012 | Ray Tyson
    Finding a solution to North Dakota’s ballooning gas-flaring problem will require a “very difficult balancing act” that could take until the end of the decade to work out. “We have to balance the ability to build gathering systems against the waste that takes place with flaring,” Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Department of Mineral Resources, said in a Nov. 20 Webcast. “So we’re looking at toward the end of this decade before we really get this flaring dynamic under control.” Gas production continues to increase at a faster rate than the more desirable crude oil, setting yet another production...
  • Most Young Voters Actually Want Bigger Government

    12/05/2012 6:05:43 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 40 replies
    Nearly 6 in 10 young voters support bigger government — a worrisome statistic for conservatives who want to increase their presence on college campuses and among the under-30 crowd. According to the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of young voters think the government should do more — something only 44 percent of all voters support. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/28/majority-of-young-voters-wants-bigger-government/#ixzz2EBaswBMs
  • Senators brush off White House defense bill veto threat (Ayotte Guantanamo Amendment Attached)

    12/05/2012 6:01:55 AM PST · by what's up · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | December 4, 2012 | Laura Litvan
    Senators appeared unconcerned Thursday by a White House threat to veto the defense policy bill they are considering on the floor, evidently confident they can get the legislation into a form that President Barack Obama would ultimately sign. The White House Office of Management and Budget announced that if the bill “in its present form” were passed, it would face a veto over restrictions on Guantánamo Bay detainees, the makeup of the armed forces, its support for certain weapons programs and other details. It was the second time the White House has threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act...
  • Why Did George Zimmerman View Trayvon As “suspicious”?

    12/05/2012 5:59:41 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 17 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 5, 2012 | Sundance
    This question has dogged the entire narrative from the very beginning. People threw around the term “profile” in a racial sense. However, as more and more FBI and State investigative witness testimony/statements are reviewed the answer looms obvious. Trayvon Martin looked suspicious because he fit the same behavioral and descriptive outline of the prior criminals in the Retreat at Twin Lakes sub-division. It certainly appears George Zimmerman became another well-known victim of Political Correctness and Cultural Marxism run amok, here’s why: First, let’s look at who George Zimmerman saw on the night in question…. .................... Another consideration was reported to...
  • Egypt’s Constitutional Endgame: Where Confusion Is the Rule

    12/05/2012 5:58:39 AM PST · by EBH · 9 replies
    Egypt Daily News ^ | 12/4/2012 | Ashraf Khalil
    Egypt’s constitutional endgame is upon us. And almost nobody in the country — including the document’s drafters — seems to be truly prepared. On Nov. 22, when President Mohamed Morsi issued his stunning decree granting himself sweeping powers, one of the least publicized aspects of the declaration gave the country’s Constituent Assembly an extra two months to finish drafting the new constitution — extending the deadline into early 2013. One week later, Morsi abruptly and mysteriously shifted tactics. Suddenly the constitution was ready for approval, and a national referendum on the document is now scheduled for Dec. 15. What followed...
  • 7 things that scare your doctor with obamacare on the horizon

    12/05/2012 5:55:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    fox ^ | 12-5-12 | Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu
    Affordable Care Act is in full swing, there’s a lot of apprehension and perhaps, sometimes, enthusiasm about what is truly in store for the medical profession. The last time you visited your doctor you may have noticed that he or she was more apprehensive, cautious, and yes, maybe more overwhelmed. The fact of the matter is that the health care profession is undergoing the most significant renovation to ever happened in the history of the United States. Here are many things that keep many doctors awake at night:
  • Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

    12/05/2012 5:52:15 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    DETROIT (WJBK) -- The city of Detroit faces a major financialcrisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.
  • Lake County presses for clear gun laws(FL barf alert)

    12/05/2012 5:49:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    wogx.com ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Mike Synan
    TAVARES, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Lake County officials say one of their top priorities is to get the state to clarify its gun laws to prevent stray bullets from landing in residential areas. The problems stems from an area near the Mount Dora Country Club. Earlier this year, Jerry Benedict spoke with FOX 35 reporter Valerie Boey about bullets reaching his yard, describing the sound for her. "Eeeenyow... Kabloom, and it went right through that grass there, right next to us about 8 or 10 feet away!" The gunfire was coming from a private property in a wooded...
  • Will 'diversity' beat 1st Amendment in Round 2?

    12/05/2012 5:42:16 AM PST · by wesagain · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 5, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Appellate judges to rule on firing of university administrator over her beliefs "The fight over the “tyranny” of higher education’s “diversity” agenda is taking center stage, with judges in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing arguments on whether a university can fire an administrator for expressing an opinion that conflicts with the institution’s adopted political perspective. “It should be concerning to all Americans that officials at a public institution such as the University of Toledo believe they can fire someone for violating the university’s ‘value system’ even though such actions clearly violate the Constitution,” said David Yerushalmi of...
  • 10 Illinois Republican Senators join Senate Democrats, passing 41-14 Illegal Alien Drivers Licenses

    12/05/2012 5:40:02 AM PST · by Steelers6 · 54 replies
    Republican News Watch ^ | December 4, 2012 | DOUG IBENDAHL
    A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain an Illinois driver’s license passed the Illinois Senate today by a vote of 41 to 14. One Democrat voted “present.” The bill is SB957. The 10 Republicans who joined the Democrats in rewarding non-citizens who are already breaking our laws, were: Bill Brady (Sponsor), Kirk Dillard, Tom Johnson, John Millner (Sponsor), Matt Murphy, Carole Pankau, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (Sponsor), Sue Rezin, Ron Sandack (Sponsor), and Suzi Schmidt. Two Republicans, Pamela Althoff and Dale Righter, took the ultimate lily-livered approach and just didn’t vote on the bill. That’s as bad as...
  • Linebackers don't need guns to kill

    12/05/2012 5:39:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-4-12 | joe soucheray
    Populists have been lining up these past few days to get on TV and denounce The Gun. The Gun. If only Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, didn't have a gun, everything would have been all right. Really? According to one report I read, Belcher shot his girlfriend nine times. He then raced his Bentley over to Arrowhead Stadium and apparently shot himself only once. Nine times. I am loath to wander in the fields of psychiatry, but it seems reasonable to assume that a guy who shoots his girlfriend nine times had an anger problem that had exploded...
  • O’Reilly, Goldberg should be careful providing cover for Costas

    12/05/2012 5:39:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The Bob Costas flap has become the gaffe du jour this week, with some well-meant attempts to help the embattled NBC announcer do damage control in the wake of Sunday night’s remarks and Monday’s blistering reaction. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and contributor Bernie Goldberg jumped to Costas’ defense Monday night and while they made some reasonable points, they also said some things that may just exacerbate the situation, and leave them looking a bit foolish. It's a pity, because both guys seem like honorable men trying to do what they believe is the right thing. To wit, during O’Reilly’s popular...
  • API Awaits Outcome of Final Keystone XL Hearing

    12/05/2012 5:38:47 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 04, 2012 | Matthew V. Veazey|
    In anticipation of a long-awaited Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) public hearing on TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL (KXL) oil pipeline, the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday urged President Obama to approve the project. The DEQ's final hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Central time Tuesday in Albion, Neb. On Oct. 30, 2012, the agency released its draft report on a revised KXL route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region in northeastern Nebraska. "With today's final [Nebraska] public hearing, the DEQ can conclude deliberations on this project," said API Central Region Director John Kerekes in...
  • Romney's Defeat Caused by "Extraordinary" Drop in White Male Support[Election Autopsy]

    12/05/2012 5:36:30 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4 December 2012 | Daniel Bates
    Failed campaign: Mitt Romney's staff found that he lost an 'extraordinary' number of white, male votes during the election - traditionally key supporters of the Republican party And in another blow, Romney’s own campaign manager also admitted that his infamous 47 per cent comment was ‘the epitome of low during the campaign’ - from which they never recovered. California as he reflects upon what went wrong. Now Neil Newhouse, his campaign pollster, has begun to sift through the data to determine what the key factors were. He said that he had to give ‘credit’ to the Obama campaign for getting...
  • Israel awards country's first gay divorce

    12/05/2012 5:34:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12-5-12
    An Israeli court has awarded the country's first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state. A decision this week by a family court in the Tel Aviv area "determined that the marriage should be ended" between former Israeli lawmaker Uzi Even, 72, and his partner of 23 years, Amit Kama, 52, their lawyer, Judith Meisels said. Legal experts see the ruling as a precedent in the realm of gay rights in a country where conservative family traditions are strong and religious courts oversee ceremonies like...
  • AutoZone Employee (and Veteran) Fired After Using His Gun to Ward Off Armed Robber(VA)

    12/05/2012 5:26:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Becket Adams
    When former AutoZone employee Devin McClean grabbed his gun from his car and chased an armed robber out of his store, he didn’t think his quick thinking would get him fired. But it did: (video at the site) Business AutoZone Employee (and Veteran) Fired After Using His Gun to Ward Off Armed Robber * Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:55pm by Becket Adams Becket Adams * Print » * Email » * * * * Comments (262) When former AutoZone employee Devin McClean grabbed his gun from his car and chased an armed robber out of his store, he...
  • Why Terrorist Attacks Have Quadrupled Since 2001

    12/05/2012 5:24:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 5, 2012 | Kerry Patton
    Terrorism is a tactic used by individuals with specific ideologies. Killing an ideology is nearly impossible. The war on terror is a complete misnomer. A war cannot be waged against a tactic. And proving to be an ideological war, evidence demonstrates that today, the tactic of terrorism is actually growing world-wide. Since 2001, the United States and our allies have been engaged in a complex war fighting against an ideology. Many people have been killed while many more have been maimed. Today, it is known via the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, deaths caused by terror have decreased yet...
  • Egypt and the Death of the ‘Arab Spring’-new constitution puts the final nail in the coffin

    12/05/2012 5:22:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 4, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Egypt and the Death of the ‘Arab Spring’Posted By Robert Spencer On December 4, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 25 Comments Nearly two years after the “Arab Spring”  began in Egypt, the nation’s Muslim Brotherhood president has arrogated to himself dictatorial powers, and is ramming through a new constitution that will effectively extinguish the last vestiges of Egyptian democracy and establish Egypt as a Sharia state. Just as I said back in January 2011, when the uprisings against Mubarak began, for the people in Egypt who had real power to...
  • Planting the Seeds of His Own Demise

    12/05/2012 5:19:28 AM PST · by NCjim · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 5, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    The conservative comeback begins now -- on the assumption that a majority of Americans will not welcome a second Great Depression. Stop that cringing! I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it's not pretty for today's neo-Marxist Democrat party. The man you see before you as your President today bears a striking resemblance to the main character in a Greek tragedy. He so reeks of hubris. Every word that drops from his lips speaks a haughty derision of the lesser beings not benighted to be a cog in his political machine. All witness Obama...
  • The Geithner Plan's Assault on Small Businesses

    12/05/2012 5:18:29 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Rep. Kevin McCarthy
    Before I came to Congress, I was a small business owner. I started a deli in my hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., that I creatively named “Kevin O’s.” As any small business owner knows, starting a business is not glamorous work. I made the deli countertop in my garage with my dad, and counted on my friends and family to “volunteer” their labor until I could afford to pay them. While it wasn’t a gold mine, people in Bakersfield seemed to like the sandwiches and after a couple of years I was able to sell the business so I could go...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Puts Jordan in the Crosshairs

    12/05/2012 5:16:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Muslim Brotherhood Puts Jordan in the CrosshairsPosted By Ryan Mauro On December 5, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments In March, the Dubai police chief warned that the Muslim Brotherhood had a plan for the Gulf monarchies. Instead of regime change, it would make them “figurehead bodies without actual ruling.” That’s exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to make happen in Jordan by demanding “democratic” reforms. And King Abdullah II appears to be wobbling under the stress.King Abdullah II, the second most influential non-Islamist in the Muslim world, is...
  • Pitt chancellor, top officials get raises

    12/05/2012 5:11:00 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 4, 2012 | Debra Erdley
    University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will pocket a 3.3 percent raise or $18,500 for the 2012-13 fiscal year, bringing his base annual compensation to $580,000. Six other university officers will get raises ranging from 3.3 percent to 15 percent under a package the Compensation Committee of Pitt’s board of trustees approved on Tuesday. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia Beeson will see her annual salary jump $34,000 to $374,000; Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Jerome Cochrane are up $18,000 to $493,000; Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Chancellor Jean B. Ferketish, gets an $8,000 hike to...
  • Greg Gutfeld blasts ‘ghoulish’ Bob Costas, ‘bigot’ Jason Whitlock [VIDEO]

    12/05/2012 4:43:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-3-2012 | Jeff Poor
    Fox News Channel “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld said NBC sports analyst Bob Costas and writer Jason Whitlock have exploited for their own benefit the murder-suicide committed over the weekend by former Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. On Monday’s “The Five,” Gutfeld, author of “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage,” ripped Costas in particular for quoting Whitlock’s editorial, which strongly advocates for gun control, during Sunday night’s NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. “If it was a deadly flood, it would be the same saying we...