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  • John Boehner Brings Down Conservatives' Wrath in Wake of Committee Firings

    12/05/2012 5:21:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | 05 December 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Conservative groups are attacking Speaker of the House John Boehner for his decision to boot constitutionalist representatives off the Budget Committee. John Boehner Brings Down Conservatives' Wrath in Wake of Committee Firings The New American 05 December 2012 When he kicked Representatives Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) off the Budget Committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (shown), a Republican from Ohio, also kicked up a firestorm of controversy, riling up the libertarian wing of the GOP. On Tuesday, for example, liberty-minded activists from FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty visited Speaker Boehner‘s office “to register their...
  • EU: Euro blueprint gives Brussels economic sovereignty over members

    12/05/2012 5:20:24 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/5/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Eurozone countries would lose the right to set their own budgets and end up surrendering economic sovereignty to Brussels under a blueprint to “complete” the European Union’s single currency. A masterplan for “completion of economic and monetary union” has been set out in a confidential document to be discussed by EU leaders at a Brussels summit next week. In the nine-page paper, seen by The Daily Telegraph, Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council – the monthly summits of EU leaders – charts a series of steps from ongoing financial reforms to overall political union for the eurozone....
  • Boehner tells Obama put deal on the table, amid growing caucus discontent

    12/05/2012 5:10:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner emerged Wednesday from a meeting with fellow Republican congressional leaders and urged President Obama to meet face to face on solving the country’s looming fiscal crisis or send a deal to Congress on which both chambers can agree. “We need a response from the White House,” said Boehner, who sent a proposal Monday to the White House. “We can't sit here and negotiate with ourselves. … If the president doesn't agree with our proposal and our outline, I think he's got an obligation to send one to the Congress.” The president and congressional Republicans are at...
  • Asia’s Passport Wars: Chinese Map Triggers Diplomatic Firestorm

    12/05/2012 5:07:21 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 4 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Ishaan Tharoor
    As anybody who travels with personal documents from countries like India or China or Vietnam will tell you, an Asian passport can be a miserable thing. It means having to steel yourself through weeks, if not months, of visa-application processes that can be both interminable and humiliating. It means being forced to wait for special screening at the borders of prosperous Western nations, just by circumstance of birth and bureaucracy. It means feeling forever a second-class citizen of a world that is supposed to be growing ever more interdependent and intertwined. But, if it wasn’t enough of an albatross, the...
  • (RAT Elizabeth) Warren asks for help to retire debt (an "embarrassment of riches")

    12/05/2012 4:59:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Warren asks for help to retire debtBy Alexandra Jaffe - 12/05/12 03:10 PM ET Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in one of the most closely-watched and expensive races in the nation, has asked for help to retire her campaign debt. Warren broke Massachusetts fundraising records with her $42 million haul, but she said in an email to supporters that she incurred some debt because of an "embarrassment of riches," in the form of the unexpected levels of support she says she received. "When my campaign team planned our final budget, we knew our Get Out...
  • Pentagon Peacocks

    12/05/2012 4:56:05 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/05/2012 | G. Murphy Donovan
    The Davis Petraeus saga is another urban legend; a myth about a great man felled by a single flaw or indiscretion. The truth is that Petraeus is a bit player in a larger, uglier drama, the political corruption the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and that exclusive four star glut that sits atop the military. And the rot didn't start with Petraeus. Recall Army Chief-of-Staff George Casey taking to the airways to rationalize the Fort Hood Islamist massacre in 2009. Somehow "diversity" and Muslim sensitivities were more important than twin dangers of domestic sedition or troop safety on American bases....
  • Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by MISTAKE ...

    12/05/2012 4:55:07 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Matt Blake
    Blundering builders mistakenly bulldozed an 18th-century chateau in the heart of France's picturesque wine country - when they were only supposed to knock down an outhouse on its estate. Chateau de Bellevue, 12km to the east of Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases and imposing granite balconies. Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former baroque glory, including the removal of one small building. But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle instead, leaving the outhouse...
  • President Obama set for Hawaii vacation estimated to cost taxpayers $4-million

    12/05/2012 4:40:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    WNWO ^ | 12/5/12 | Norm Van Ness
    Few would begrudge the President of the United States some well-earned down time. But with the "Fiscal Cliff" looming in coming weeks...and millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet...the Obama's choice of location and the expense of being there is causing many to shake their heads.
  • Night Of The Long Knives: 'Fake' Conservative John Boehner Purges The GOP

    12/05/2012 4:30:58 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-5-12 | "Tyler Durden"
    Is this really the reason why markets are rallying today? (or is it front-running the potential 'cone of silence' from a long-weekend in DC) We suspect neither, but Mike Krieger, having written extensively on the two-party political sham, notes the issue is that both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are at their core the same on the big issues most affect these United States at this time. This past election should have been a wakeup call to the Republican establishment, but based on John Boehner’s recent actions, they have learned absolutely nothing. The Republican Party is imploding from...
  • Only 16 Members Can Unseat Boehner, Group Says

    12/05/2012 4:06:39 PM PST · by Fred · 141 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 12/05/12 | Matthew Boyle
    The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” AMA’s Ned Ryun said in a statement. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate—and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.” Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, they’d only need 16 members to abstain from...
  • Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

    12/05/2012 4:03:49 PM PST · by John W · 96 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson
    The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded...
  • Toddler Shot Dead By 4-Year-Old Brother (MN)

    12/05/2012 3:58:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/5/12 | WCCO Staff
    Police are investigating after a 2-year-old child was allegedly shot dead by another child. Police said the shooting happened in Minneapolis’s Riverside neighborhood on the 1900 block of 7th Street South. They were called to the scene just before 1 p.m. Authorities said the 2-year-old child was pronounced dead in the ambulance at the scene before he could be taken to the hospital. According to Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer, the toddler was shot by his 4 year old brother who was playing with a firearm. Michelle Prestegard is a neighbor and witnessed the toddler receiving CPR. “I saw the...
  • UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

    The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend.
  • CBO: Current Law Brings 55% Increase in Annual Spending, $4.25T in New Debt--And Record Taxation

    12/05/2012 3:44:24 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    If Congress allows current laws signed by President Barack Obama to stand and follows the fiscal path they have set for the next decade, federal tax revenues will rise to a record level as a percentage GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but annual federal spending will also increase by 55 percent and continuous deficits will require Congress to lift the federal debt limit by another $4.25 trillion even as the government rakes in unprecedented tax revenue. Under the so-called "fiscal cliff" scenario, in which all of the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire and “sequestration” of some...
  • Suspicion: Bedouin Helped Hamas Pinpoint Negev Targets

    12/05/2012 3:41:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Elements within the defense establishment suspect that Bedouin from the Negev relayed information to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, according to Maariv. It is believed that the Bedouin roamed about in forbidden military zones and gave the terrorists information about the exact location where their missiles and mortars struck, helping them to hit their targets more accurately. In one case, reservists from the Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion identified a Bedouin pick-up truck atop a hill in the Lachish training base. The soldiers suspected that they were assisting the enemy in targeting the base and fired...
  • The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job

    12/05/2012 3:36:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 12/05/2012 | Samuel Weigley
    While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9% as of October. Some regions fare far better than rest of the country, despite the fact that more than 12 million people are still considered unemployed in the U.S. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. where unemployment barely exists. Higher education and industries that support it are the reason these metropolitan areas are doing well. College towns across America tend to have lower unemployment rates than the population as a whole, Martin Kohli,...
  • Stokely executed Wednesday morning (Arizona)

    12/05/2012 3:30:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    kgun9.com ^ | 12-5-12 | KGUN9
    Richard Stokley was executed this morning by lethal injection. He was convicted of the killing of two 13 year old girls in Elfrida. The killings happened in 1991. Stokley's accomplice, Randy Brazeal, is free after serving a 20-year sentence.
  • Geithner: Ready to Go Over 'Cliff' If Taxes Don't Rise

    12/05/2012 3:26:07 PM PST · by Skepolitic · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/5/12 | Justin Menza
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are "making a little bit of progress" in "fiscal cliff" talks but said the Obama administration was "absolutely" ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn't agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy. ...
  • Missing cousins update: Two bodies found in the woods

    12/05/2012 3:12:21 PM PST · by xjcsa · 10 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | December 5, 2012 | Courier Staff
    EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Authorities today said hunters found two bodies in a wooded area. While they did not say they were the missing girls from Evansdale, law officers said it was not the end they had hoped. Capt. Rick Abben said the two bodies were found in an undisclosed wooded area about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and to get a positive identification. Elizabeth Collins, now 9, of Evansdale, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, now 11, of Waterloo, who are cousins, have been missing from Evansdale since July 13 --...
  • Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' (COWABUNGA!)

    12/05/2012 3:02:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12-5-2012 | Michael Warren
    December 5, 2012 Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' Michael Warren President Barack Obama spoke to the White House Tribal Nations Conference of Native American groups at the Interior Department Wednesday. The chairman of the conference, Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, reportedly suggested that Obama is the first "American Indian" president. "Think about it for a second," Cladoosby said, according to the pool report. "The president loves basketball. He has an Indian name, he knows what it's like to be poor and he hasn't forgotten where he came from. And his theme song is 'Hail to...
  • The Blue-State Suicide Pact (Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Will Affect Blue-States the Most)

    12/05/2012 2:50:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    forbes ^ | 12/05/2012 | Joel Kotkin
    With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue states’ congressional representatives for the administration’s campaign for tax “fairness” represents a kind of bizarre economic suicide pact. Any move to raise taxes on the rich — defined as households making over $250,000 annually — strikes directly at the economies of these states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers. In fact, when you examine which states,...
  • Appeals Court Hears NLRB Recess Appointments Case

    12/05/2012 2:45:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 12/5/12 | Sean Hackbarth
    What does it mean for the Senate to be in recess? Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure that out. This stems from President Obama bypassing the Senate in appointing three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Wall Street Journal sets it up: [I]n January Mr. Obama named three new members of the National Labor Relations Board along with Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the Senate wasn't in recess. While Congress was conducting pro forma sessions, Mr. Obama pulled this end run around the Senate's advice...
  • What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Immigration

    12/05/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/05/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political moment—which comes only once every few decades—was squandered on minor and temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking. This isn’t as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than Canada. Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends...
  • Charles Barkley Talks Guns With Bob Costas: ‘I Carry a Gun’ Because ‘I Just Feel Safer With It’

    12/05/2012 2:35:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/5/12 | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to Bob Costas’ controversial halftime gun control lecture on Sunday night, retired NBA all-star Charles Barkley said he carries “a real gun” because he feels “safer with it.” Barkley, appearing on “Costas Tonight,” said he doesn’t think the nation has a “gun culture” but rather a “crime culture” especially “in the black community.” “You know, we as black people always, we don’t have respect for one another. You know, we’ve got more black men in prison than we do in college and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant,” Barkley said. “And I know everybody reacts when something like...
  • Liberals don't want to make fun of Obama because they feel it will weaken him.

    12/05/2012 2:33:02 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals don’t want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him if they honestly point out his foibles and his short-comings. The narrative is that Obama is sort of a god (in fact, Evan Thomas of Newsweek said exactly that.) Gods don’t have any flaws. Thus, if they point out a single flaw, they are entirely destroying the narrative Conservatives don’t think of their leaders as “messiahs” (or mythical knights in the fictional kingdom of Camelot) and thus, poking fun at them is not sacrilegious. To the Modern Liberal who looks to their leaders the...
  • Heads roll after Fast and Furious investigation

    12/05/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/5/12 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Besides Chait, McMahon, Gillett, Newell, Grindler, Voth and MacAllister; ten other Justice Department and ATF officials faulted by the Inspector General (IG) include: Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor with the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office assigned to Fast and Furious. The IG concluded Hurley's knowledge of "the clear public safety risk" being created by the suspects in Fast and Furious, who were allowed to continue to traffic in firearms for many months; should have prompted him to act urgently. Hurley was reportedly transferred out of the criminal division in the wake of the controversy. Mike Morrissey, Hurley's supervisor at the U.S....
  • GOP REP: BOEHNER MAY 'TARGET' MORE CONSERVATIVES

    12/05/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday warned his House Republican conference against dissent from GOP leadership – and threatened retaliation similar to that against the already-purged conservatives if anyone else breaks from his pack. The Hill reports that, according to Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Boehner used his weekly GOP conference meeting to “note that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns." Huelskamp also said Boehner threatened “there may be more folks that will be targeted” and that Boehner told the...
  • Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan

    12/05/2012 2:08:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan By Ramsey Cox - 12/05/12 04:03 PM ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it. “Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor. “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.” McConnell suggested that the Senate vote on what he called the president’s “ridiculous” plan as an amendment to the...
  • Undocumented immigrants lobby for drivers license

    12/05/2012 2:04:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    WZZM ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Phil Dawson
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After seeing what he calls their "passion and pain", Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell promises he will try to help illegal immigrants get a drivers license or identification card. "We must respond," he told a crowd of immigrants at city hall Tuesday night. "We don't issue drivers licenses or identification cards in the city, but I know we must respond and figure out the most effective way to address your concerns with the State of Michigan." The Mayor offered his support after immigrants, legal and illegal, spoke at the city commission meeting Tuesday night. They are...
  • Syrian rebels vow to conquer Israel, Iran and Spain

    12/05/2012 2:00:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | October 21, 2012
    Of course they blame the West for their becoming "Islamists." Yet despite their recent conversion, they seem well-versed in the Islamic supremacist agenda of reconquering lands that were once ruled by Muslims and that they thus think belong to Islam forever: "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out" (Qur'an 2:191). "Syrian Rebel Founding 'Robin Hood Brigade' Vows to Conquer Israel, Iran, and Europe," from MEMRI, October 21 (thanks to Mackie): Following are excerpts from a clip featuring rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria, which was posted on the Internet...
  • A Guide to Israel's Political Parties, So Far

    12/05/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Rochel Sylvetsky
    It is understandable if the non-Israeli reader finds it hard to follow the changes that have been taking place daily in the lists of Israeli political parties. Arutz Sheva has decided to try to set the reader straight. First, the established – well, sort of established – parties. Likud-Yisrael Beytenu: The two parties, one nationalist and the other originally Russian immigrant nationalist, have joined ranks. This is a political move, but may also signal that the Russians, who have taken their place in Israeli life, don't feel the need for their own party anymore. The joint list has still to...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, December-5-2012

    12/05/2012 1:58:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 47 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
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  • Ex-Pa. trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics

    12/05/2012 1:57:11 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/05/2012 | JOE MANDAK, Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A black man contends he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper for false claims that he didn't properly write reports, and sometimes used Ebonics in doing so, according to a federal lawsuit. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends employs nearly all white troopers. Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a "lack...
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer workers prepare for cuts to one-third of newsroom (Paper endorsed Obama!)

    12/05/2012 1:45:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Newsnet 5 ^ | 12/5/12 | John Kosich
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer plans to cut 58 positions out of its newsroom staff next year, according to the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. That's roughly one-third of the guild's 168 members. "We found out about them in the last few days," said Harlan Spector, of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. "The company has said that they're going to cut the unionized workforce of the newsroom to 110 next year."
  • In California, the Shasta & Scott River Water Wars Continue

    12/05/2012 1:42:43 PM PST · by WonkyTonky · 5 replies
    Newswatch 12, kdrv.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Ron Brown
    FT. JONES, Calif. – The ongoing battle between farmers, ranchers and fishing groups for water in the Klamath River Basin is heating up again. On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Department hosted a workshop in Ft. Jones to identify parties who have a stake in Scott River water issues. It was standing room only at the Ft. Jones Community Hall, as Scott Valley residents lined the walls for a California Fish and Game workshop meeting. That didn’t last long, once farmers and ranchers sounded off against the process. Tom Pease, who is President of Protect Our Water, or POW,...
  • No 'Drama' Obama--Wants to Raise 'Debt Limit Without Drama or Delay'

    12/05/2012 1:39:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama wants to raise the debt limit "without drama or delay," a White House official tells Reuters.  "The President will highlight why it would hurt our economy and our nation's businesses if we do not find a solution to avoid another debt ceiling crisis, and will ask the business leaders for their help in supporting an approach that resolves the debt limit without drama or delay," the anonymous aide tells Reuters.Republicans fighting the debt limit last go around, according to Reuters, is the reason America's credit was downgraded: It was the reluctance of congressional Republicans to agree to...
  • Pentagon now preparing for massive cuts as fiscal negotiations appear stalled

    12/05/2012 1:18:22 PM PST · by Ron C. · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 05, 2012 | FoxNews
    The Pentagon said Wednesday it is now preparing for billions of dollars in budget cuts should President Obama and congressional Republicans fail to reach an alternative plan by Jan. 1. The move breaks from earlier statements that no plans were being made – a signal that difficulties reaching a deal are beyond the public stalemate or so-called “political theater” and that Washington officials are bracing for the worst. Pentagon spokesman George Little said the Office of Management and Budget instructed the department to begin preparing for the roughly $500 billion cuts over the next 10 years – a situation resulting...
  • Belarusian Ruler Introduces Forced Employment

    12/05/2012 1:08:46 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    Chem Info (from AP) ^ | 12/5/2012 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has decided to stem an exodus of qualified workers to Russia, starting by banning those who work in wood-processing industries from quitting. Critics have compared the measure to serfdom and warned that it would only deepen the former Soviet republic's economic troubles and fuel protests against Lukashenko.
  • Just Where Will You Be Able To Smoke Pot On Thursday? [Seattle]

    12/05/2012 1:08:36 PM PST · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 05 December 2012 | Eric Johnson
    It will be illegal to smoke marijuana any place you cannot have an open container of alcohol.
  • 80 Connecticut workers laid off from Pratt & Whitney

    12/05/2012 1:04:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 3 replies
    Pratt & Whitney announced in a statement Wednesday that the company will be laying off 80 workers in Connecticut. The company stated that the layoffs are a direct result of the F119 engine program being completed and "lower customer demand for commercial engine overhaul and repair work throughout the company's global repair network." "Pratt & Whitney provided voluntary separation offers as described under the collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Machinists to minimize the impact of this reduction," the statement said. Workers at the East Hartford and Middletown plants took separation packages, according to a spokesman from the...
  • Green Energy Overhaul Hurts Environment, Hikes Electric Bills

    12/05/2012 12:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 5, 2012
    In a major blow to the taxpayer-funded green energy movement, a government audit reveals that a California plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using more “renewable” sources will damage the environment and increase electric bills. This clearly defeats the intended goal of saving mother earth from the evils of man-made pollutants that are contributing to the global warming crisis. The story involves California’s massive transformation in the way electricity is produced and distributed. By 2020 the Golden State plans to be a green zone with a clean-energy economy that drastically slashes greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of...
  • Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act Introduced to Assembly

    12/05/2012 12:32:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 12-4-12 | unattributed
    Building off of Rhode Island’s community effort, a coalition of West Coast organizations is working with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to introduce a Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness Act today. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, said, “We need to stop criminalizing the behavior of people who have nowhere else to turn. People who are in need of mental health services or who have lost their jobs and their homes are being told, ‘Move along or go to jail.’ The Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights begins to give us a framework for appropriate approaches to protecting our...
  • Bob Costas: I Was Talking About The "Gun Culture," Not Gun Control

    12/05/2012 12:32:09 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 12-5-2012
    (Watch video at link) BOB COSTAS: "...... What I was talking about here, and I'm sorry if that wasn't clear to everybody, was a gun culture. I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. ......"
  • Obama Gets Humiliated in the Pacific

    12/05/2012 12:27:56 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 50 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | December 03, 2012 | Spengler
    It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world's population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States. President Barack Obama attended the summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn't. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. Instead, the Association of Southeast Asian...
  • U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998

    12/05/2012 12:16:00 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    December 4, 2012 U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged almost 6.5 million barrels per day in September 2012, the highest volume in nearly 15 years. The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more of crude oil was in January 1998. Since September 2011, U.S. production has increased by more than 900,000 barrels per day. Most of that increase is due to production from oil-bearing rocks with very low permeability through the use of horizontal...
  • HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST

    12/05/2012 12:14:07 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Republican leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which conservatives to purge from powerful House committees, Breitbart News has learned. As this time, it appears they will keep the criteria list hidden from the public, too. Spokespeople for members of House GOP leadership have refused to discuss details about the list on the record with press. Because GOP Leadership won't discuss the list, it’s unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. It’s also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process. In remarks to...
  • Mitchell Bemoans Defeat Of Disability Treaty: 'Everything That's Wrong With Capitol Hill'

    12/05/2012 12:09:05 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What are the odds that Andrea Mitchell has thoroughly read the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, let alone a systematic, serious critique of it, as this one appearing at The Daily Caller? But that didn't prevent Mitchell from bemoaning the defeat of the ratification of the treaty in the Senate yesterday thanks to Republican opposition,. Introducing a segment in which she and sponsor John Kerry engaged in a spate of mutual handwringing, Mitchell kvetched that the defeat "seemed to underscore everything that is wrong with Capitol Hill." View the video here.
  • THE HILL: NO GOP OPPOSITION TO BOEHNER'S TAX HIKE FLIP-FLOP

    12/05/2012 12:04:44 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    In a report on the GOP's half of the Fiscal Cliff debate, The Hill claimed there was no opposition to Republican House Speaker John Boehner's sudden caving in to President Obama's demand that tax hikes accompany any solutions to the budget mess. The Hill reported on December 4 that the GOP was "moving reluctantly toward a debt deal that would increase revenues" and that Speaker Boehner had offered some $800 billion in new taxes in his most recent fiscal cliff proposal. How could Boehner achieve this flip flopping away from the Party's presumptive principles? The Hill says it's because there...
  • Gingrich: The smart legislative strategy for Obama’s second term

    12/05/2012 12:00:01 PM PST · by GVnana · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/5/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    >-snip-<The news media and Washington elite solution is simple: surrender, cave in, give up your principles, do what the President demands. Those are the daily suggestions and expectations of the elite media and much if the national establishment, which takes its talking points from the consensus media of the left. It would be a triple disaster for House Republicans to follow this defeatist advice. First, it would be a betrayal of the very principles for which they campaigned and the voters who elected them. Second, it would deeply and bitterly split the House Republican Conference between hard core conservatives and...
  • Left-Center Party Leaders Call Each Other Liars, Thieves

    12/05/2012 11:56:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/12 | David Lev
    The disintegration of Israel's left and left of center parties continued apace Wednesday, as Tzipi Livni, head of the new “Hatnu'a” (“the Movement”) party accused Labor Party officials of lying to the public about the reasons for Labor's failure to finalize its Knesset list, one day before the deadline to file lists. Labor officials have been quoted in the media in recent days as saying that Labor is in serious negotiations with Livni to join the two parties, and it is for that reason that the Labor list has not been finalized. But sources close to Livni said Wednesday that...