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  • For his next crisis: California’s green folly (Jerry Brown)

    12/07/2012 9:39:28 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    ny post ^ | december 7, 2012 | ben boychuk
    Saving the planet isn’t easy — or cheap —especially in California. The state’s anti-global-warming cap-and-trade program is the latest gimmick to leave it with yet another big hole to fill in its budget. The Golden State’s new carbon-trading program is the world’s second largest, after the European Union’s. The stated goal is to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and another 80 percent by 2050. But California held its very first “carbon credit” auction last month — and it was a big disappointment. Under cap-and-trade, regulators set a limit on how much carbon dioxide a business or utility...
  • Consumer Confidence Plunges Over the Cliff

    12/07/2012 9:37:57 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    wallstcheatsheet.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Eric McWhinnie
    Despite a better-than-expected November unemployment report, consumer confidence in the United States plummeted in December to its lowest level in four months. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary index on consumer sentiment dropped to 74.5 this month, sharply lower when compared to the 5-year high of 82.7 in November. It was the lowest reading since August and well below estimates. Economists polled in a survey expected a median of 82.0, with the 67 economists projecting the figure to range between 80.0 and 88.0. Economists surveyed by Reuters placed a median forecast of 82.4 on the report. The fiscal cliff, a...
  • $100K in jewelry stolen from Calif. Rep. Issa home

    12/07/2012 9:27:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    ny post/AP ^ | december 7, 2012
    VISTA, Calif. — San Diego County authorities say $100,000 worth of jewelry has been stolen in a burglary at the home of California U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa. U-T San Diego says more than 50 items, including watches, rings, earrings and bracelets, were taken from the Vista home on Nov. 29. No arrests have been made.
  • The end of the airman's pin-up

    12/07/2012 9:25:47 AM PST · by Living Free in NH · 104 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 7 December 2012 | Helen Pow
    The end of the airman's pin-up: U.S. Air Force orders pictures of naked women to be taken down after sexual assaults soar All active, reserve and Air National Guard units have 10 days to complete the sweep for offensive images Air Force believes pin-ups are contributing to a rise in sexual assaults Over 700 cases of sexual assault were reported in 2012, 100 more than 2011 By Helen Pow PUBLISHED: 09:43 EST, 7 December 2012 Pictures and calendars featuring half-naked women will be stripped from U.S. Air Force work spaces and public areas under a widespread inspection to stamp out...
  • Gangnam Style singer rapped about killing American soldiers ( will perform at White House )

    12/07/2012 9:23:45 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    PSY, the wildly popular Korean rap/pop star who hit it big on YouTube with his viral “Gangnam Style” video, seems so warm and friendly. Scratch beneath the surface, though, and you find anti-American rot: ... He’d get along swell with troop-hating Soulja Boy or cop-killer advocates Ice-T and NWA... PSY will be performing for the White House in a Christmas extravaganza airing on TNT Dec. 21.
  • One Dollar Less

    12/07/2012 9:16:29 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 3 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    Today, the conservative media reported on an interesting story. The Department of Defense spent over $100,000 for a seminar. The topic of the seminar? Did Jesus also die for the Klingons? As nutty as that sounds, there is a serious question that seminar raises and it has nothing to do with Klingons. What is it?
  • Drudge Headline: Foul Stench Over Malibu

    12/07/2012 9:14:50 AM PST · by GVnana · 34 replies
    BLOWING IN THE WIND: ROTTING WHALE CASTS FOUL STENCH OVER CELEBS' HOMES IN MALIBU...
  • BP Starts Building World's Biggest Commercial Research Computer

    12/07/2012 8:37:15 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 07, 2012 | Jon Mainwaring
    BP has begun building a new supercomputing complex for commercial research that it claims will be the biggest in the world at its Westlake Campus in Houston, the company reported Friday. The project is designed to keep BP at the forefront of seismic imaging technology and, the firm said, will be a critical tool in its global hunt for oil and natural gas in coming years. The new High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, scheduled to open in mid-2013, will serve as a worldwide hub for processing and managing very large amounts of geological and seismic data from across BP's portfolio. It...
  • New EIA assessment shows faster rise in U.S. oil production and less U.S. oil consumption

    12/07/2012 8:32:40 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | December 5, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) today issued the Reference case of its Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013) showing an increase from last year's AEO in projected domestic crude oil production, particularly from shale and other tight oil formations. Petroleum fuels continue to dominate transportation sector consumption in AEO2013. However, gasoline consumption is expected to decline both in absolute terms and as a share of total transportation fuel demand, due to the introduction of more stringent corporate average fuel economy standards as well as demographic and economic changes. Petroleum-based diesel fuel is projected to account for a growing share of...
  • Cheney Takes Flamethrower To Obama

    12/07/2012 8:26:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Cheney Takes Flamethrower To Obama Former Vice President Dick Cheney was honored tonight at the Hudson Institute’s 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Cheney was introduced by Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who spoke in detail about Cheney’s life and accomplishments, joking about how Cheney twice flunked out of Yale, and joking about Cheney’s hunting incident. In his remarks Cheney was harshly critical of President Obama and the administration’s policy in the Mideast. He said he’s very, very concerned about what he sees developing day by day. He detailed the history of weapons of mass...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Lines Friday" M-F,12NOONPM,EST,WABC AM,December 7, 2012

    12/07/2012 8:26:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 7,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Kate Middleton Hospital Nurse Dies In Suspected Suicide After Being Duped By Aussie Radio Show

    12/07/2012 8:26:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/07/2012 | Adam Taylor
    In a sad and shocking twist, the nurse who works at the hospital where Kate Middleton was treated and who was reportedly duped by an Australian radio show has been found dead, and is suspected of killing herself. The Daily Mail reports that the nurse was found unconscious at an address near the hospital, King Edward VII Hospital in Paddington, London. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. One source told the Mail that she appeared to have killed herself. In a statement from the hospital, the nurse has been named as Jacintha Saldanha. She was described as...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: Ideas for staving off the fiscal Armageddon

    12/07/2012 8:23:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Congressional Republicans are in a pretty rough position right now, to put it lightly; at every turn, the Democrats and the media are painting the GOP as the party merely trying to preserve tax loopholes for their billionaire buddies (nevermind that every dollar spent by the government is a dollar not spend much more effectively in the private sector, coming at the opportunity cost of economic growth) and callously cut off benefits for seniors and the poor, all on the backs of the middle class (forget that the Republicans’ real goal is to engender a free, robust economy in which...
  • Don't expect small business to bail the US economy out (Cutting back on new hires drastically)

    12/07/2012 8:21:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/07/2012 | rick Moran
    Gallup released a disturbing poll that shows US small businesses planning to cut back on new hires drastically over the next 12 months: U.S. small-business owners expect to add fewer net new jobs over the next 12 months than at any time since the depths of the 2008-2009 recession, according to this November's Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. Small-business owners' net hiring intentions for the next 12 months plunged to -4 in November, down from +10 in July and matching the previous record low recorded by the Wells Fargo/Small Business Index of -4 in November 2008.. The Wells Fargo/Gallup...
  • Conservative Congressman: John Boehner's 'Purge' Was A 'Warning' To The GOP

    12/07/2012 8:16:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/6/12 | Grace Wyler
    Conservative Congressman Tim Huelskamp, one of three freshmen representatives ousted from top committee posts this week, slammed the House Republican leadership Thursday, and said that the purge was "a warning" to other members not to go against the party leaders on a fiscal cliff deal. "I think that was clearly a warning from leadership that 'We're watching your votes, and if you don't vote the way we like it, you might be punished like these three people,'" Huelskamp told Business Insider.
  • Deposed GOP lawmaker suggests he could vote against Boehner as Speaker (Boehner's Purge Scorecard)

    12/07/2012 8:13:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/7/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) suggested Friday he might not support Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for Speaker. -snip- Amash and the other members kicked from the committees — Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) — are known for not supporting leadership on votes. Boehner told GOP lawmakers at a closed-door meeting this week that leaders would be watching their votes, participants said. Amash, who lost a spot on the House Budget Committee, urged Boehner to release the voting scorecard that led to the decision. "It's pretty clear that they had a scorecard and if you were...
  • Dec. 7, 1941, was day of infamy at Pearl Harbor, across Pacific

    12/07/2012 8:01:03 AM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 12-07-2012 | DAVID WHITING
    It's strange how wars are remembered – and forgotten. On this day, Dec. 7, let's honor Pearl Harbor's fallen and never forget that the awful attack was one of several costly battles that day.
  • K-pop star PSY once advocated ‘slowly and painfully’ killing US soldiers

    12/07/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 8 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Twitchy Staff
    He has the most-watched YouTube video ever (more than 900 million views), and is set to perform at the White House later this month. Eight years ago, however, the “Gangnam Style” K-pop singer advocated the murder and torture of US military personnel and their family members. HAPS, an English-language Korean magazine, says news of PSY’s anti-American views have long been known in Korea, but only recently surfaced in the US. The lyrics of the anti-US song performed live by PSY and several other popular Korean singers in 2004 (shortly after the US invaded Iraq) were first translated into English two...
  • Operation Humiliation: Obama doesn’t need a budget deal. He just wants to rout the Republicans.

    12/07/2012 7:53:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/07/2012 | Rich Lowry
    Back during the 2008 Democratic primaries, Rush Limbaugh launched Operation Chaos. Four years later, President Barack Obama has embarked on Operation Humiliation. It is coming off without a hitch. Stage One was to dispatch his treasury secretary to Capitol Hill to make a laughable offer to Republicans on the fiscal cliff — literally. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reported that he burst out laughing upon hearing Tim Geithner spell out the White House’s terms. Stage Two is watching Republicans squirm and panic. Less than a week after the hilarity courtesy of Geithner, the New York Times headlined a front-page piece,...
  • In Talks on a Budget Deal, Boehner and Obama Stand Alone (Boehner excludes party from negotiations)

    12/07/2012 7:41:26 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | December 6, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN & PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — At House Speaker John A. Boehner’s request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say. All sides, even the parties excluded, say clearing the negotiating room improves the chance of success. It adds complexity as the two negotiators consult separately with the leaders not in the room. But it also minimizes the number of people who need to say yes to an initial agreement. [Snip] This time, while Mr. Boehner has made himself the...