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  • Who elected Obama?

    12/06/2012 10:40:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Murphy
    Many Republicans seem ready to agree to Obama's demands for tax increases -- after all, elections have consequences, and he won, right? Maybe, but before agreeing to anything, the GOP should probably look a little more carefully at just who elected Obama. Dr. Robert Vanderbei, a professor of Operations Research at Princeton, developed the visualization shown above by combining Democrat blue with GOP red according to popular vote proportions taken at the county level and printing the result as a 3D map in which apparent vertical height is a stand-in for the number of voters counted.Nationally, Obama won the popular...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin responds to letter (DICK IS A LITTLE THIN-SKINNED)

    12/06/2012 10:26:40 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 5, 2012 6:38PM | Sen. Dickhead Durbin (D-Ill.)
    Senator responds This week, a letter writer criticized what he felt is my position on taxing the rich, reducing the debt and protecting the safety net. Let me set the record straight. I do believe the wealthy should pay their fair share. I voted for a bill raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 and protecting middle-income families from income tax increases this summer. That bill is being held up in the House of Representatives by the Speaker. I support closing tax loopholes, limiting deductions and elimination of some of the carve-outs and giveaways in our tax code —...
  • First female submarine officers receive their dolphins

    12/06/2012 9:52:06 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    News Channel 3 - wtkr ^ | December 6, 2012 | Matt Knight
    Three sailors assigned to the USS Maine and USS Wyoming became the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines on Dec. 5. Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan of Maine’s Blue Crew received their submarine “dolphins” during separate ceremonies at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash. In order to receive their dolphins, Leveque, Cowan and Noonan were required to qualify as Officer of the Deck and Engineering Officer of the Watch, perform...
  • JIM DEMINT TO LEAVE SENATE TO HEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION

    12/06/2012 10:03:38 AM PST · by jessduntno · 43 replies
    Human Events ^ | Today | Erick Erickson
    By: Erick Erickson 12/6/2012 10:32 AM I got the call before the news went out. Jim DeMint, the standard bearer of the conservative movement in America and conservative king maker, is leaving the United States Senate. He will succeed Ed Feulner as President of the Heritage Foundation. While my initial reaction was one of sadness that we are losing the clearest voice in the Senate for conservatives, the upside on Jim DeMint’s departure from the Senate is mind boggling. Mitch McConnell likes it when people compare McConnell to Darth Vader, seemingly clueless that Vader lost the Death Star twice to...
  • Higher Tax Rates Don’t Equal Higher Revenues

    12/06/2012 9:57:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2012 | Michael Barone
    The fiscal-cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama’s insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders’ insistence on opposing them. The president believes he has a mandate from voters for his position, and House Republicans believe they have a mandate from voters for theirs. The real argument here is over the size and scope of government. Under Barack Obama, federal outlays — the technical term for federal spending — have increased to over 24 percent of gross domestic product. That’s a higher level of federal spending than in any year since 1946, when we...
  • AAPS: Is ObamaCare Here to Stay?

    12/06/2012 9:52:41 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 9 replies
    AAPS News December 2012 - ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | AAPS staff
    Democrats are exulting in their narrow victory on Nov 6, saying that ObamaCare is “now a certainty,” and the “best is yet to come” as they implement their glorious promises of healthcare for all. The fact is, however, that key parts of the Act are not in effect yet and may be blocked at the state level.
  • Obama’s Kingdom of Fairness: Forget the debt. It's the role of gov't to soak the undeserving rich.

    12/06/2012 9:48:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We are still borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt in his first term alone. Such massive borrowing is unsustainable. Someone somehow at some time has to pay it back. Obama would agree. He once alleged that George W. Bush’s much smaller deficits were “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Obama himself vowed to cut the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, Obama’s annual deficits have never gone below $1 trillion. Three ways to establish a long-term trajectory toward a balanced budget were under discussion....
  • Rubio: “There is no scientific debate on the age of the earth”

    12/06/2012 9:47:52 AM PST · by ksen · 278 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Jillian Rayfield
    After dabbling in creationism earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., clarified that he does believe that scientists know the Earth is “at least 4.5 billion years old.” “There is no scientific debate on the age of the earth. I mean, it’s established pretty definitively, it’s at least 4.5 billion years old,” Rubio told Mike Allen of Politico. ”I was referring to a theological debate, which is a pretty healthy debate. “The theological debate is, how do you reconcile with what science has definitively established with what you may think your faith teaches,” Rubio continued. “Now for me, actually, when...
  • China bids today on yet another failed Obama energy loan recipient

    12/06/2012 9:34:59 AM PST · by opentalk · 5 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | December 6, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    You won´t hear much about it elsewhere today. But from some downtown Chicago law offices will come the distinct sound of one more nail being driven into the coffin of Barack Obama´s green energy giveaway loans. A123 Systems will be auctioned off. It´s a Michigan lithium ion battery maker which declared bankruptcy back in October,the same day it cashed another $1 million check from the crack Obama investment team. A123 is one of those notorious bad bets like Solyndra that the Obama administration poured billions offices taxpayer dollars into.… A123, an 11-year-old firm founded to manufacture batteries for electric cars...
  • IRS finalizes new tax for medical devices in healthcare law

    12/06/2012 9:15:08 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Patrick Temple-West
    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday released final rules for a new tax on medical devices, products ranging from surgical sutures to knee replacement implants, that starts next year ... ... The tax applies mostly to devices used and implanted by medical professionals, including items as complex as pacemakers or as simple as tongue depressors. Products sold for humanitarian reasons, such as experimental cancer treatment devices, are not exempt from the tax. ... it remains "an open question" when latex gloves come under the tax
  • NASA: Polar ice sheets are melting

    12/06/2012 9:16:39 AM PST · by edcoil · 44 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 12-05-2012 | pat brennan
    Ice sheets at both of Earth's poles are melting rapidly, and the rate of loss has increased since the 1990s, a new NASA-sponsored study shows. The study, which combines extensive data from aircraft and satellites, is believed to be the most precise assessment of its kind.
  • The Overtaxed $250K Couple: ‘We’re Not Rich’

    12/06/2012 9:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/06/2012 | Harriet White*, as told to Colleen Oakley
    If someone had told me as a kid in Louisiana that my husband and I would have a combined income of $250,000 a year in our late twenties, I would have been pie-eyed. It sounds like a crazy amount of money. But after taking into account taxes, debt and living expenses in New York City, we’re actually finding it difficult to meet our financial goals. Why Our Taxes Are Nearly Unmanageable Last year, we paid $100,000 in taxes, which is almost exactly 40 percent of what we make. Even though we also paid $22,000 in student loan payments (we have...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 6,2012

    12/06/2012 8:51:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 6,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • As Middle East Burns and Benghazi questions remain, Hillary Says Save The Elephants

    12/06/2012 8:19:55 AM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | December 6, 2012 | Daniel John Sobieski
    <p>Diplomacy: Egypt descends into chaos, Syria's chemical weapons are on the move, and Benghazigate's questions remain unanswered, but our outgoing secretary of state wants saving the African elephant to be her legacy?</p> <p>'Some of you might be wondering why a secretary of state is keynoting an event about wildlife trafficking and conservation," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday in Washington, D.C., before a group of animal activists and several international ambassadors.</p>
  • DHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials

    12/06/2012 8:28:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Mark Flatten
    News: Watchdog DHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials December 5, 2012 | 11:00 am | Modified: December 5, 2012 at 11:05 am America is prepared if pumpkin-starved zombies that can only be killed with flavored snowballs invade, thanks to billions of dollars in federal grants to harden the homeland against terror attacks. What's not clear is whether the United States is any better protected against more conventional attacks by actual humans using guns, bombs or chemical weapons, according to report on wasteful spending of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) money issued today by Sen. Tom Coburn,...
  • Bond-style weapons carried by North Korean assassin unveiled

    12/06/2012 8:10:40 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2012 | Julian Ryall
    Footage of three weapons that were found on a North Korean assassin when he was arrested on the platform of a subway in Seoul in September 2011 were shown on CNN on Monday. The weapons, which would not be out of place in a James Bond film, included what at first glance appears to be a black torch with a wrist strap and the word "police" along one side. Upon closer inspection, however, one end has three holes and each contains a bullet, with a trigger mechanism in the body of the torch. Two of the bullets remain in the...
  • North Dakota sheriff gets drone license

    12/06/2012 8:02:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-6-12 | ap
    The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department has received a federal license to use a miniature helicopter drone as a law enforcement tool across 16 northeastern North Dakota counties. The drone carries a camera and no weapons. It weighs 2 pounds and can easily be carried in a squad car. The drone could have many uses, Sheriff Bob Rost said. Those could include finding lost children or escaped prisoners, monitoring a hazardous material spill or checking flood conditions, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
  • George Zimmerman's lawyers say prosecutors are stalling

    12/06/2012 7:59:19 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 24 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | December 4, 2012 | Frances Robles / Miami Herald
    <p>MIAMI — George Zimmerman's lawyers say prosecutors are deliberately dragging their feet, and accused the Duval County State Attorney of delaying - and even hiding - evidence that suggests their client is innocent.</p> <p>It took months and the judge's intervention for lawyers to get a vivid color copy of Zimmerman's bloody injuries. The defense didn't find out about witnesses who had helpful information until recently, and attorneys learned of a police officer's full role in the case by word of mouth.</p>
  • Dead pig found at Houston mosque

    12/06/2012 7:50:29 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 93 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 5 December 2012 | Anita Hassan
    The small, black pig lay dead on its side upon the wooden deck, a deep gash on the side of its belly. That's what a congregant at the Islamic Outreach Center saw Tuesday evening when he and a handful of other worshippers arrived for nightly prayers. Worshippers also found blood stains near the door of the Harris County mosque. "It looked like someone was trying to take it inside, but it was locked," said Ilyas Choudry, who helps run the center. At the end of a news conference on Wednesday about the incident, mosque officials also discovered what appeared to...
  • USS Eisenhower arrives near Syrian border (From Reason.com - adds validity)

    12/06/2012 7:27:18 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 12/5/2012 | Staff
    The USS Eisenhower...arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preperation for a potential ground intervention. ...