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  • 3 Bearish Signs In A Sea Of Negativity

    12/08/2012 6:39:16 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-7-2012 | Cullen Roche
    3 Bearish Signs In A Sea Of Negativity 12/07/2012 12:48 AM Cullen Roche Last week I published the 3 bullish signs in a sea of negativity (click here). So I figured I’d even the score and mark down some of the more bearish economic signs I’ve been seeing lately. Yes, there’s a lot to be negative about, but one could easily argue that the negativity is justified. The following indicators are all important barometers of economic growth. This will be sure to brighten your day before you head into the weekend! Rail Traffic is grinding to a halt. As I...
  • Using States to Transform Higher Learning

    12/08/2012 6:32:34 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies ^ | Bruce Walker
    In the wake of what might appear to be a disastrous presidential election, it must be remembered that Republicans now control half of the fifty state governments outright. So while Republicans can do nothing at the federal level except obstruct radical leftist plans, Republicans at the state level can do a great deal to transform America. There are lots of areas in which this political muscle could be used to defeat leftism. Why not start with the macabre obscenity of taxpayer-supported higher education? We do not need public universities -- or, for that matter, any universities -- to produce genius....
  • Illegal immigrant gets kidney

    12/08/2012 6:25:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2012 | Michael Holtz,
    As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come. His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center. After years of uncertainties, Mariscal said he's excited about his future and grateful for the help he received. But he remains frustrated with a health care system that he worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants in need of lifesaving treatments. "Why can't we be treated the same?" he asked while sitting in his hospital room. "Health care should be a human right, not...
  • Boehner Orchestrating the GOP's Demise

    12/08/2012 6:03:35 AM PST · by upchuck · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2012 | J Robert Smith
    It's a contest of wills and guess who is winning? President Obama, of course. And that's because the president is up against the GOP's equivalent of Churchill's "Boneless Wonder," Speaker John Boehner. Matched against the president, Boehner is making Ned Beatty's hapless character from the classic movie Deliverance look downright gritty. Boehner the Boneless Wonder's beta dog routine is doing much to deep-six the Party of Lincoln. Hyperbole? Don't grumpy grassroots conservatives grouse incessantly that establishment Republicans are screwing the -- well, putting it more politely, screwing it up and that the Grand Old Party will go the way of the...
  • Bozell Column: The Polluted Oscar Documentary Pool

    12/08/2012 5:39:31 AM PST · by chessplayer · 2 replies
    The cabal that chooses the 15 nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature has issued its 2013 selections. Why was the the top-grossing documentary of 2012 -- and the fourth most-successful documentary of all time – not on that expansive list? Because it was “2016,” the film in which conservative author Dinesh D’Souza warns of a dark future for America if Barack Obama is re-elected. The film’s producer, Gerald Molen, who’s already won an Oscar for “Schindler’s List,” was scandalized. "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead...
  • The Washington Post Co. Will Pay 2013 Dividends In 2012 to Spare Investors from Tax Hikes

    12/08/2012 5:24:23 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    AP reports “The Washington Post Co. will pay its 2013 dividends before the end of this year to try to spare investors from anticipated tax increases.” Guess who benefits? The nation's leading billionaire advocate of tax hikes: "The Washington Post's dividend payment also stands to benefit those with a significant stake in the company, such as WARREN BUFFET's firm Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Durbin says Trotter deserves no special treatment on O'Hare gun arrest

    12/08/2012 5:18:25 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08 dec 2012 | Rick Pearson
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Democratic state Sen. Donne Trotter, a candidate to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, shouldn't get any special treatment as an elected official for allegedly trying to board a plane with a firearm and ammunition.
  • The Crescent That Stole Christmas

    12/08/2012 4:29:21 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    TFP ^ | December 3, 2012 | Gary J Isbell
    City officials in Brussels have announced that the traditional Christmas tree will not be displayed in the public square due to concerns that it might offend the minority Muslim population. It seems that the insanity of political correctness is reaching a frenzied apex. Now, any reference to Christianity whatsoever will not be tolerated by “open-minded” liberals. Brussels councilwoman Bianca Debaets told reporters that a “misplaced argument” over religious sensitivities caused the city to remove the traditional Christmas tree and replace it with a “winter” sculpture. To further make her point, she remarked that any city display must not be referred...
  • WASHINGTON POST TO PAY DIVIDEND EARLY (to avoid next years tax increase)

    12/08/2012 3:50:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
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  • An Elegy for Two Once-Divine Female Critics

    12/08/2012 2:20:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    As recently as five years ago, I counted Ann Coulter and Camille Paglia among my favorite authors, and my guiltiest but most delicious reading pleasures............ .......................It's Paglia that has lost the ability to understand feminine complexity. As she has turned sourer in the last few years, I have tried to psychologize her Orphic descent from edginess to banality. I can't reduce the problem to a simple case of self-pitying bitterness, though she does write, "Paradoxically, a key problem with the current youth cult, which is devouring both entertainment and fashion, is that aging women have become progressively invisible." It seems...
  • Unions to provide civil disobedience training, prepare for more Michigan Capitol protests

    12/07/2012 9:30:06 PM PST · by quantim · 27 replies ^ | December 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM, | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — Union members say their fight isn’t over after the House and Senate passed bills to make Michigan a right-to-work state. After a long day of protesting inside and outside the state Capitol, union leaders called on members to attend civil disobedience training on Saturday, and return to Lansing for more protests on Tuesday. “We’ve got to rebuild the broad social justice movement; I think this is going to energize people,” said United Auto Workers President Bob King. “All this administration has done is attack working people, so it’s our job to go out and talk in our...
  • Republican Florida Senate President Calls for Hangings of Opponents?

    12/07/2012 9:08:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | December 2012 | KrisAnne Hall
    I met Senate President Don Gaetz after speaking to the Senate Committee on Healthcare Exchanges. I explained to him that I wanted to teach on nullification and why the Healthcare Act is unconstitutional. He mocked the Founders of the this nation to my face, implying they are irrelevant to the interpretation of the Constituion. He laughed at my support of Constitutional principles. He then shouted out to me as he left the room that he wouldn’t read anything that I sent him. This morning I sent him an email explaining the Founders’ position on State Sovereignty and nullificaion. After sending...
  • Coulter: Republicans Should Cave on Tax Hikes Because "We Lost the Election"

    12/07/2012 9:05:51 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter SH: So are you saying that, for PR purposes, that they should give in to Obama on the tax rate? AC: Not exactly, I--Well, yeah, I guess I am. SH: You're saying capitulate to Obama? We don't have a revenue problem, Ann. AC: We lost the election, Sean. Hannity seems genuinely flummoxed by Coulter's capitulatory attitude, but does she have a point? Recent polling has been gruesome for Republicans. Not only does an overall double-digit plurality favor raising taxes on "the rich," support for extending all current tax rates has plummeted by nearly 30 percentage...
  • Chrysler Auto Workers fired...are back on the job

    12/07/2012 8:20:16 PM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 34 replies ^ | Dec 07, 2012 | Rob Wolchek
    Two years ago Fox 2 Problem Solver Rob Wolchek got a tip from someone inside Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant about what some workers were doing at the park on their lunch break.
  • Latest hell for ex-U.S. Marine: Chained to bed in Mexican jail

    12/07/2012 7:00:26 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 35 replies
    McClatchey Newspapers ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Tim Johnson
    MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive. Surfing provided the only respite. “The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” said a fellow Marine veteran, Ian McDonough. snip--- But Mexican prosecutors who looked at the disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out. They charged him with a serious crime: possession of a weapon restricted...
  • Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistols (faces 60 felony charges)

    12/07/2012 7:50:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistolsAssociated Press 4:15 p.m. CST, December 7, 2012 Rita Crundwell spared no expense when she built and furnished her sprawling home with custom touches like a chandelier made of old revolvers and spurs, an in-ground pool and a baby grand piano in the wood-beamed living room. **SNIP** And she did it all, Crundwell has admitted, by stealing $53 million from the people of Dixon, embezzling the money over two decades while serving as comptroller in the city that was Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty last month and will be...
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next Car

    12/07/2012 7:40:36 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 66 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Jason Torchinsky
    It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and, very likely, other uses. There's lots of privacy concerns around this new bill, and lots of questions as to exactly what that little boxy black snitch is snooping on. Plus, what about the voluntary black boxes some insurance carriers are offering? Let's see what we can clear...
  • Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class

    12/07/2012 7:31:22 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 12-7-2012 | Money Morning - Keith Fitz-Gerald
    Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class Politics / TaxesDec 07, 2012 - 08:12 AM By: Money Morning Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: If I didn't know any better, I'd think there's a small but growing group of people in Washington who think it would actually be good if we temporarily went over the fiscal cliff. I say that because I am seeing a smattering of articles recently suggesting that somehow going over the cliff "won't be all that bad" or that we're "really just talking about cuts that need to happen in the first place." President Obama seems...
  • County steps up meeting security

    12/07/2012 7:11:06 PM PST · by flamberge · 4 replies
    Excerpted from the Longmont, Times-Call Thursday, December 6 {by Joe Rubino} County steps up meeting security Comissioners cite "mob" during fracking hearing. The Boulder County Comissioners were so taken aback by the conduct of anti-fracking protesters during a hearing Tuesday that that have announced a new security plan. The plan [...] calls for [...] the prosecution of people who threaten the safety of others at meetings.
  • Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack report: U.S. lawmaker

    12/07/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 7, 2012 9:01pm EST | Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on a report expected to be released next week on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a top Republican lawmaker said on Friday. "I have just received confirmation from Secretary Clinton's office that the secretary of state will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and the recommendations in the report," Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. snip Ros-Lehtinen is chair of the House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, which has already held several hearings and classified...