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  • Terry Waite Shakes Hands with Hizbollah 25 Years After Kidnap

    12/08/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2012 | Robert Mendick
    Terry Waite has met the leadership of Hizbollah, the militant group accused of kidnapping and holding him for five years, in an extraordinary gesture of “reconciliation”.The former hostage spoke for two hours to one of its most senior figures at their stronghold in Beirut, his first encounter with the organisation held responsible for masterminding his kidnapping 25 years ago. Accompanied by The Sunday Telegraph, he travelled to Lebanon to highlight the plight of Christians who have fled the Syrian civil war. Mr Waite offered the reconciliation to Hizbollah to help with the Christians’ plight at a secretly arranged, late night...
  • The lost generation and the Great Obama Depression

    12/08/2012 1:05:07 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 7 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/8/12 | Judson Phillips
    Many times numbers and statistics are simply thrown at us. It is almost a mind blurring information overload. If we take the time to look inside the numbers, what the numbers show is frightening for America. How bad is the Great Obama Depression and what is it doing to America?
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • Mohamed Morsi approves martial law in Egypt, state media reports

    12/08/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by dynachrome · 71 replies
    New York Times via times of india ^ | 12-8-12 | David D Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of PresidentMohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt's state media reported on Saturday. Morsi has not yet issued the order, the flagship state newspaper Al Ahram reported. But even if merely a threat, the preparation of the measure suggested an escalation in the political battle between Egypt's new Islamist leaders and their secular opponents over an Islamist-backed draft constitution. The standoff has already threatened to derail the culmination of Egypt's promised transition to a...
  • Obama Wrong: Housing Policy, Not Tax Policy, Caused Recession

    12/08/2012 10:50:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Sperry
    President Obama argues Republicans want to go back to pre-recession policies of cutting "taxes for the folks at the very top" and rolling back "regulations on big banks." He warned: "We tried that top-down approach. It's what caused the mess in the first place." Did it, though? Most economists agree the recession was caused by the subprime mortgage crisis, which had little if anything to do with tax policies. In fact, real economic growth accelerated after 2003, when the Bush tax cuts for top earners and small businesses fully went into effect. The 73-month economic boom of the 2000s didn't...
  • The Demographic Cliff

    12/08/2012 10:49:44 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • Don't Get Carried Away About Hillary Clinton

    12/08/2012 10:36:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Here we go again, it's "American Idol: Presidential Edition." And we can't even resist waiting until 2012 is over. Since the Republican Party clearly needs to amp up its Hispanic outreach, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a leading contestant for their team. And Hillary, oh Hillary, she is inevitable all over again. Pundits on left-leaning MSNBC who once cast her aside in 2008 are now expecting her to be their next candidate. After viciously attacking the GOP during this year's presidential election, The National Organization for Women is now insisting that President Obama's cabinet be filled with at least 50...
  • Fast and Furious: Post-Election, Golden Parachutes Deployed

    12/08/2012 10:36:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7 December, 2012 | http://pjmedia.com/blog/fast-and-furious-post-election-golden-parachutes-deployed/
    You wouldn’t know it by perusing mainstream media coverage, but now that the 2012 election is out of the way, the Department of Justice is discarding some of the troublesome ATF and DOJ employees responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning operation that put more than 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Sinaloa narco-terrorist cartel. Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, was the highest-ranking figure to go: A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme “Fast and Furious” will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a...
  • Unemployment Rate Drop Due to Workers Leaving Labor Force(350,000)

    12/08/2012 10:32:15 AM PST · by Son House · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 7, 2012 | Rea Hederman and James Sherk
    The November employment report appeared to be good news. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest level since 2009, and the economy created 146,000 jobs. However, a closer reading of the details shows that the labor market is not recovering any faster but instead continuing its long, painful march to full recovery. The only reason that the unemployment rate fell was because more people dropped out of the labor market than actually found jobs. The labor force declined by 350,000 and the labor force participation rate, a measure of potential workers, declined to 63.6, the same level as...
  • Walmart security shoots mother-of-2 shoplifting suspect dead in parking lot as she tries to flee

    12/08/2012 10:26:35 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 391 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | James Nye
    A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store. According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the...
  • Why Obama's 'Balanced Approach' Doesn't Work

    12/08/2012 10:19:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/08/2012 | Adam Shaw
    We hear a lot from freshly re-elected President Obama about the importance of a "balanced approach" to dealing with the USA's mounting debt crisis and the upcoming fiscal cliff that America faces in 2013. Bob Woodward's latest book, The Price of Politics, shows that the president laid out his balanced approach many times during the debt-ceiling crisis in 2011. This proposal involves varying mixes of spending cuts (that appeal to the right) and tax increases (that appeal to the left). Since his re-election, Obama has doubled down, saying that he will not accept spending cuts unless they are accompanied by...
  • Do 'the people' get the governments they deserve?

    12/08/2012 10:16:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/08/2012 | Clifton Chadwick
    So Obama has been re-elected. Did the American people get the government they deserve? I spent several years working in development economics -- specifically in education for development, mostly as a consultant to The World Bank, but also to USAID, UNDP, and the OAS. One question which often was raised, particularly when the project implementation was going badly, was if national groups -- the people -- had the government they deserved. Some specialists in development thought the question was cruel and demeaning. But many others thought that the nature and culture of the national populace were major factors in the...
  • Grover’s Missing Piece: Politicians can’t keep taxes from rising unless they also curb spending

    12/08/2012 10:02:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/07/2012 | Jonathan Bydlak
    For years, Grover Norquist and Republicans have tried “starving the beast” of the federal government by capping taxes. While they’ve been highly successful at preventing tax increases, they have been less effective at addressing one problematic aspect of fiscal policy: the ability of the Federal Reserve and Treasury to borrow more and more to finance massive spending, as they have done under the Bush and Obama administrations. It’s simple: Borrowing today means a higher tax burden tomorrow when the debt comes due. True fiscal responsibility, then, requires us to curb spending in addition to limiting tax rates. Imagine if instead...
  • Fiscal Cliff: What Isn't Said Tells More Than Actual Words

    12/08/2012 9:56:14 AM PST · by Son House · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | December 7, 2012 | Tom Cohen
    In an interview with Bloomberg TV this week, Obama also hinted at a possible long-range solution, saying lower tax rates for the wealthy could be negotiated as part of broader tax reform in 2013, but only after those rates increase now.
  • Obama’s weekly address: 'I won’t compromise on tax hikes on the rich'

    12/08/2012 9:50:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/08/2012 | Devin Dwyer
    Taxes will rise on all Americans in 23 days without bipartisan Congressional intervention. But President Obama and House Republicans are showing little sign of breaking the frosty standoff over the “fiscal cliff.” Both sides remain at loggerheads over what to do about tax rates for the top two percent of income-earners and the nation’s debt limit. In his weekly address, Obama says he wants an immediate resolution, but only if Republicans agree to raise the top tax rates on individuals earning $200,000 or more. “If we’re serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research...
  • “Gangnam Style” rapper: Sorry about how those lyrics about killing U.S. soldiers and their families

    12/08/2012 9:46:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2012 | AllahPundit
    <p>He did indeed perform for the troops on Leno’s Thanksgiving show; skip to 3:25 of the first clip below and watch him do the horse dance with full military backing. That looks twice as surreal today as it did then and it looked darned surreal at the time, but his PR team will use it to full effect to buy him some forgiveness with the public. He’ll get leeway too from the fact that he is, after all, the goofy horse-dance guy. A musician known for more introspective work would be held to full account for his political opinions but this is a bit like finding out that LMFAO thinks 9/11 is an inside job. (They don’t. I’m speaking hypothetically.) Between that and the fact that he apologized, sort of, for how the song “could be interpreted,” Obama’s spokesman felt safe enough to say this afternoon that O still plans on attending the upcoming TNT benefit concert at which Psy is scheduled to perform. Fearless prediction: That’ll change if people are still talking about this on Monday, not so much in terms of POTUS’s attendance as Psy’s.</p>
  • WW2 weapon turned in during gun buy-back program in CT(worth $30,000)

    12/08/2012 9:36:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    necn.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Jeff Saperstone
    (NECN/NBC News: Jeff Saperstone) - Police officers in Connecticut received one very unusual weapon during a gun buy-back program last week -- the gun was from World War II and is worth over $30,000. All sorts of guns were turned in at the gun buy-back event in Hartford last Saturday, but one weapon caught the eyes of officers. "The chance to see a piece of history -- this … is absolutely unbelievable,” said Officer Lewis Crabtree of the Hartford Police Dept.
  • Blasphemy case creates turmoil in 'moderate' Algeria

    12/08/2012 9:20:11 AM PST · by wesagain · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michael Carl
    An Algerian Christian sentenced to five years in jail for sharing his faith is still waiting to learn if he will have to serve the time. That’s because the appeals court judge in the Algerian city of Oran has decided to delay a decision of whether to overturn the conviction given to Karim Siaghi, also known as Siaghi Krimo. Krimo was sentenced in 2011 to five years in jail and fined about $2,500 after being accused by a Muslim shopkeeper of handing a Christian CD to a man on the street. In a press statement, Christian human rights group Open...
  • Unsuspecting supermarket employee finds handgun in container of frozen ribs

    12/08/2012 9:03:47 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An unsuspecting supermarket employee got an alarming surprise this week. The worker at an Albertsons store in Roswell, New Mexico, opened a container of frozen ribs Wednesday and found a .38 super semi-auto handgun along with seven rounds of ammunition packaged with the meat. He brought the firearm and ammo to a local police department at about 2pm that afternoon and authorities are beginning to piece together some preliminary clues, a police public relations liaison said. However, since the unidentified employee cleaned the pistol before turning it in, tracing its origin has not been easy, authorities say. There are no...
  • Gun permit applications can now be done online (NC)

    12/08/2012 8:48:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic in and out of the Sheriff’s Office and increasing the system’s level of convenience for residents, according to a press release. Prior to moving the permit process online, citizens had to make multiple trips to the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Thursday.