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  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 December 2012

    12/09/2012 4:56:19 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 9th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, leaders of President Barack Obama's now-defunct deficit commission; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): hristine Lagarde, managing director of the International...
  • Marijuana mayhem in Pierce County leaves two dead(WA)

    12/09/2012 4:43:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Dave Workman
    As many Washington potheads were legally lighting up, two men were shot dead in what appears to be a pot theft gone very bad in Pierce County, the first time the Puget Sound region has read about a wild dope shootout since the Steve Sarich incident in March 2010. This column discussed the Sarich shooting here and here. Now in Pierce County, an unidentified homeowner defended himself and his 9-year-old son when the two would-be robbers broke in. Sheriffís Detective Ed Troyer noted to the Tacoma News Tribune that it could have turned out a lot differently. However, unlike Sarich...
  • The income inequality factor liberals can't talk about

    12/09/2012 4:32:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    But let's take a look at that list of high-income-inequality states again. What do California, Arizona and New Mexico all have in common? I'll give you a hint: Texas comes in seventh on the high-income-inequality state list. That's right: The three states with the highest income inequality also all share a border with Mexico. But what about New York? Or Georgia? Or Illinois (which is the sixth-most-unequal state)? They are all hundreds of miles away from Mexico. Well, it turns out that all of those states have huge illegal immigrant populations too. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, every one...
  • Striped nanoparticle controversy blows up

    12/08/2012 11:14:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 December 2012 | Simon Hadlington
    Some scientists question the existence of self-assembling stripes on nanoparticles © NPGA prickly controversy has erupted in the rarefied world of nanoscience revolving around the strength of the evidence that molecules can assemble themselves into discrete stripes around gold nanoparticles. The issue highlights the difficulty of interpreting images of nanoscale objects.For many years researchers have been decorating gold nanoparticles with thiolated ligands to imbue the nanoparticles with a range of properties. In 2004, a group led by Francesco Stellacci, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, published a paper in Nature Materials demonstrating that if two different...
  • Washington Post ďObama is Morsiís Main EnablerĒ

    12/08/2012 10:15:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/8/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember that distant time so long ago when Obama promised that he would end our old backward policy of supporting tyrants in order to win over the Arab Street. And here we are, four years later, and Obama is supporting a tyrant in Cairo, a problem that has even broken into the normally supportive pages of the Washington Post. How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? Itís a question many Arabs ask...
  • TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks

    12/08/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WORLDmag ^ | Dec 8, 11:50 PM EST | Staff
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud

    12/08/2012 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/12 | Lee Stranahan
    An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford ďBlack FarmersĒ Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak. ďBurying the ledeĒ is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as "Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations." Just based on the title, you can already tell the report is needlessly...
  • Scientists Discover Childrenís Cells Living in Mothersí Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children¬ís Cells Living in Mothers¬í Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / –ź–Ĺ–į—Ā—ā–į—Ā–ł—Ź –ü–ĺ–Ņ–ĺ–≤–į ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • Vietnam Breaks Up Anti-China Protests

    12/08/2012 9:59:18 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 1 replies
    Protesters in Hanoi had been trying to march to the Chinese embassy Rare protests have taken place in Vietnam over maritime territorial disputes with neighbouring China. The protests in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were quickly dispersed by police. Tensions are high after an incident last month in which Hanoi accused Beijing of cutting the cables of a Vietnamese oil exploration ship. Vietnam is also unhappy at a map in new Chinese passports that shows disputed areas of the South China Sea as Chinese territory. Hundreds of people are reported to have taken part in the protests on Sunday...
  • Stem-Cell Cures Without the Controversy

    12/08/2012 9:49:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    The chief medical ambition of those who study stem cells has always been that the cells would be used to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. That's still a long way off, despite rapid progress exemplified by the presentation of the Nobel Prize next week to Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University for a key stem-cell breakthrough. But there's another, less well known application of stem cells that is already delivering results: disease modeling. Dr. Yamanaka used a retrovirus to insert four genes into a mouse cell to return it to a "pluripotent" stateócapable of turning into almost any kind of cell....
  • New Chemical Reaction Could Explain How Stars Form, Evolve, and Eventually Die

    12/08/2012 8:44:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | December 7, 2012 | NA
    University of North Dakota scientist Mark Hoffmann's version of Star Search goes a long way -- a very long way -- out into the universe. Hoffmann, a computational chemist, and his colleagues Tryve Helgaker, a well-known Norwegian scientist, and co-authors E.I. Tellgren and K. Lange, also working in Norway, have discovered a molecular-level interaction that science had puzzled over for decades but had never seen. That discovery, it turns out, may redefine how science views chemical compound formation. It also answers questions about what goes on in places like white dwarfs, the super dense cores of stars nearing the end...
  • Real Electoral College Reform

    12/08/2012 8:14:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 7, 2012 | Paul Hollrah
    In a recent column titled The National Popular Vote Fallacy, I attempted to demonstrate how the progressives who are behind the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) may, in fact, be shooting themselves in the foot.As the NPVIC rule is designed, when enough states have joined the Compact to bring at least 270 electoral votes (a simple majority in the Electoral College) to the table, then and only then will the combined electoral votes of all the Compact states automatically go to the candidate with a majority of the national popular vote, thereby eliminating any possibility of electing a president...
  • Al-Masry Al-Youm Reports On Brotherhood Torture Chambers

    12/08/2012 7:42:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    al-monitor.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 | Mohamad Jarehi
    Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours in total in the torture chambers established by the Muslim Brotherhood at the gates of the Ittihadiya Palace in the suburb of Heliopolis. The central torture chamber, which is located in front of the gate facing the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz Mosque on al-Merghany Street, is secured with a cordon and iron barriers, where the Central Security Forces (CSF) prevent the access of any persons without the authorization of the Brotherhood. We entered the chamber with a great difficulty, after a fellow journalist from the Misr 25 TV channel facilitated. The channel is owned by...
  • Venezuela's Chavez to have another cancer operation

    12/08/2012 7:11:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 8, 2012
    (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation in coming days after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba. "It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days," Chavez said in a televised broadcast, adding he would return to Havana on Sunday. The socialist leader had flown back to Venezuela on Friday after the tests in Cuba.
  • Warren Campaign Blames Pizza for Debt

    12/08/2012 6:44:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    The Elizabeth Warren campaign sent out an email to contributors on Tuesday announcing that it's broke after spending all the $42 million it raised in its successful effort to unseat Republican Senator Scott Brown. In her email, Senator-elect Warren placed the blame on her campaign's failure to properly budget for the massive amounts of coffee and pizza consumed by her get-out-the-vote volunteers. She also added that her campaign had underestimated the number of vans needed on election day:
  • Romney Campaign Paid $33 Million to Two Consulting Firms With Ties to Key Staffers

    12/08/2012 6:26:41 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11-29-12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Romney campaign spent an estimated $356 million between January 1, 2011 and October 17, 2012 in its unsuccessful effort to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama. According to Federal Election Commission documents, as reported by OpenSecrets.org, $33 million of this amount was paid to two consulting firms with ties to key staffers at both the Romney campaign and the RNC. Targeted Victory LLC, a Minnesota company with executive offices in Virginia, was paid $17 million for digital communications by the Romney campaign. FLS Connect LLC, an Arizona corporation with headquarters in Minnesota, was paid $16 million for voter contact and...
  • Firing range teams with Mob Museum for new experience(NV)

    12/08/2012 5:19:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | William D'Urso
    With a glacier-white smile and rapid-fire laugh, Mark Cole greets visitors to his Guns and Ammo Garage, a shooting range where they can travel back to a world of Prohibition-era weapons by firing classic models like the murderous Tommy gun, known, too, as the "Chicago Typewriter." Guns and Ammo Garage, 5155 S. Dean Martin Drive, has partnered with the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas to provide a full mob-related experience. From gunshot to mugshot, the partnership pulls from decades of mob history in Las Vegas and beyond. ďThe Vegas Mob Tour,Ē Guns and Ammo's package with the museum, is...
  • Egypt's president pulls back on power decree, pushes referendum

    12/08/2012 5:17:38 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | December 8, 2012 | Reza Sayah
    Cairo (CNN) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy early Sunday canceled most of a controversial decree that gave him sweeping powers, but vowed to press forward with a planned referendum next weekend on a draft constitution, an adviser said. The move is an apparent attempt to end a political crisis that has spilled into the streets, pitting the president's supporters and opponents against one another and raising questions about Morsy's ability to lead the fragile democracy. It was not immediately clear whether the offer, as announced by adviser Mohamed Selim el-Awwa, would be enough to mollify the opposition. The development came...
  • Bactericides reach new depths

    12/08/2012 5:15:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 December 2012 | Lucy Gilbert
    Scientists in the US and China have come up with a low-risk treatment for bacterial infections in a deep wound.Treating infections has long been a challenge for healthcare professionals, and infections caused by drug resistant bacteria have made this task even more difficult to manage. Recently, the genome of an MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) outbreak in a hospital was sequenced to identify the source of infection, track its spread and avoid an outbreak.1 Such extreme measures of tracing infection need an equally tough bactericide. X-ray irradiation is known to have bactericidal properties; however, the high doses needed and the associated...
  • 1 shot after man attempts to intervene in couple's argument, police say(UT)

    12/08/2012 5:10:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | David Self Newlin
    WEST JORDAN ó What appeared to be a fight between a couple turned into a much more serious shooting after an armed neighbor apparently tried to intervene. Police say a they were called to the shooting at about 1 a.m. A man was arguing with his girlfriend in a car just outside the Woodgate apartment complex at 3581 W. Cobble Ridge Drive. As the argument got more heated, a man walking his dog passed by, saw the argument, and asked the female if she needed help, according to West Jordan officer J.C. Holt. An ensuing argument between the two men...
  • Obama photo-ops draw criticism

    12/08/2012 4:58:13 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    Obama photo-ops draw criticism By Amie Parnes - 12/08/12 05:00 PM ET President Obama has taken his negotiating powers to the kitchen table to talk to the middle class in the latest round of debt talks with Republicans. One photo-op at a time, the White House has sought to drive home a message that middle class families will see their taxes go up if Congress doesnít pass an extension of current tax rates. Itís led to criticism from Republicans that the president should be meeting with them instead of taking time for campaign-style visits to suburban homes. But the strategy...
  • Microbiome: Cultural differences

    12/08/2012 4:52:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature ^ | December 5, 2012 | Virginia Hughes
    Studies of gut bacteria are beginning to untangle how diet affects health in old age ó but determining cause and effect is tricky. Almost everything about eating gets more difficult with age. Elderly people typically cannot taste or smell as well as they used to, decreasing the appeal of some foods. Dental issues or a dry mouth can impede chewing; loss of muscle tone in the pharynx can make swallowing difficult; constipation and the side effects of medication can make digestion uncomfortable; and decreased mobility makes a chore of grocery shopping or cooking complex meals. Little wonder that older people...
  • Michigan right to work: Judge rules on lockdown of Capitol building

    12/08/2012 4:29:49 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 08, 2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI ó A judge found that state police were doing their job on Thursday when they locked down the Michigan Capitol building during a protest of right-to-work bills. But state police and Capitol building officials need to devise guidelines for dealing with these types of situations in the future, said Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette. Collette on Friday dissolved the temporary restraining order that was issued on Thursday by Judge Joyce Draganchuk ordering the state police to reopen the Capitol building. ďBut anyway, please just keep the building open if at all possible because the Constitution requires it,Ē...
  • Inhofe: Obama funneling billions to UN for climate-change redistribution

    12/08/2012 4:16:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:01 pm on December 8, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    At issue in the latest video from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is the UNís Green Climate Fund, which aims to garner $100 billion from industrial nations ostensibly to bolster efforts to get developing nations to use renewable, non-hydrocarbon energy rather than coal and oil in their development.† In practice, as we have seen at UN climate-change conferences, te fund has been treated as an entitlement and even a type of reparation by developing nations from the US and the West.† Inhofe, who couldnít attend this yearís climate conference in Doha, which is just as well, as media around the...
  • Mexicoís Pena Nieto Proposes Balanced Budget for His First Year (Bloomberg, Link Only)

    12/08/2012 2:52:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Nacha Cattan and Eric Martin
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-08/mexico-s-pena-nieto-proposes-balanced-budget-for-his-first-year
  • IDF: Arab Rioting More Since 'Pillar of Defense'

    12/08/2012 2:43:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/12 | David Lev
    A violent face-off developed Thursday afternoon between IDF soldiers and Arabs in Hevron. In the wake of the face-off, a major Arab riot developed, with Arabs throwing stones and bricks at IDF soldiers. Israeli forces used anti-riot tactics to break up the fracas. IDF officials said they considered the incident ďserious,Ē and that an investigation had been opened. Officials said that the level of Arab rioting in Judea and Samaria had climbed significantly since Operation Pillar of Defense ended, and that there were more reports of rock throwing and other terror incidents. Officials said that they had also been prepared...
  • Hevron Jews On Edge over New Expulsion Threat

    12/08/2012 2:38:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews in Hevron are facing the prospect of another expulsion after the State Prosecution adopted a former senior prosecutorís opinion in favor of evicting Israeli Jews from Beit Ezra. Beit Ezra is a Jewish owned building in Hevron that was abandoned in 1947 when Jews were forced from the city, but was restored to Jewish ownership following the 1967 Six Day War. A court has issued a verdict favorable to the Jewish families living in the property, but the familiesí rights to the building have been challenged by a Peace Now lawsuit calling for their eviction. .....
  • Once Boxed-In, Boehner May Finally Be Master Of The House

    12/08/2012 2:34:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | December 08, 2012 | FRANK JAMES
    Not long ago, it seemed to many observers that the House of Representatives was a case of the tail wagging the dog, with Speaker John Boehner unable to keep in line many of his fellow Republicans, especially freshmen who came to Congress riding the 2010 Tea Party wave. Now, however, the big dog seems back in control. Some of the signs are subtle, some not. But as he faces off with President Obama during fiscal cliff negotiations, Boehner enjoys a stronger position with House Republicans than he had during earlier showdowns with the White House. In a paradoxical way, Obama's...
  • Navy Prepares to Defend Gas Rig

    12/08/2012 2:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Israeli Navy is prepared to neutralize threats targeting Israel's Tamar natural gas rig, the IDF Website reported Saturday. The Navy will protect the reception facility Ė a vital infrastructural facility to pump gas from the rig Ė which is currently being built. The IDF's defensive model has been tested in three scenarios: routine, escalation, and emergency. "The wisdom in the development of this kind of model is that it provides an excellent response for all three scenarios," senior naval commander Rear Adm. Yaron Levi recently explained at a conference on protecting Israel's economic waters held at the Institute for...
  • TOP 10 EXCERPTS FROM ZIMMERMAN VS. NBC NEWS COMPLAINT

    12/08/2012 1:58:08 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Sexton
    On Thursday, George Zimmerman filed suit against NBC News and three NBC producers he accuses of intentionally painting him as a racist. Zimmerman and his attorneys have now done what many in the new media only dream of doing, holding the major media responsible for their biased and misleading output. The language in the complaint is blunt. It calls NBC's coverage "yellow journalism" and refers to "journalistic crimes." Most broadly, the complaint accuses NBC of trumping up a racism narrative for ratings, with a name check of the Today Show and Rev. Al Sharpton in particular. Here are some of...
  • 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 ďreconciliationĒ.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 Christiansí 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 wouldnít 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 Holderís 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 ďFast and FuriousĒ 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...
  • Groverís Missing Piece: Politicians canít 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 ďstarving the beastĒ of the federal government by capping taxes. While theyíve 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. Itís 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.
  • Obamaís weekly address: 'I wonít 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 ďfiscal cliff.Ē Both sides remain at loggerheads over what to do about tax rates for the top two percent of income-earners and the nationís 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. ďIf weíre serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research...
  • ďGangnam StyleĒ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôll 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‚Äôt. I‚Äôm speaking hypothetically.) Between that and the fact that he apologized, sort of, for how the song ‚Äúcould be interpreted,‚ÄĚ Obama‚Äôs 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‚Äôll change if people are still talking about this on Monday, not so much in terms of POTUS‚Äôs attendance as Psy‚Äôs.</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 Ö is absolutely unbelievable,Ē 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. Thatís 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 Sheriffís Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to ďprovide better customer serviceĒ and ďstreamline the permit process,Ē ultimately cutting back on the publicís flow of traffic in and out of the Sheriffís Office and increasing the systemís 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 Sheriffís Office, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Thursday.