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  • The Great "HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS" Wars (tea party vs. insiders)

    12/09/2012 7:52:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 31 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Almost every challenge facing the Republican Party boils down to one issue: How is it possible for Republicans to win elections? The GOP establishment fights, undermines, lies to, and betrays conservative Americans because GOP insiders do not believe it is possible to win elections on a tea party agenda. We’re looking at everything all wrong. We want Republican leaders to champion our tea party issues. But they can’t. They don’t know how. Conservatives believe that a properly-run campaign based on conservative values will win. More than that, we know it is the only way that a Republican candidate can win....
  • Right to Work Works!

    12/09/2012 7:42:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2012 | Brian Farmer
    Right to Work -- allowing every person to choose whether or not to join a union and pay dues — leads to greater personal wealth, freedom, and jobs for workers. Right to Work Works! The New American 14 June 2012 The concept of the right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Article 23.1 declares, “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment.” Article 23.4 goes on to state,...
  • Update: Robbery suspect shot, killed; two hostages unharmed at Sacramento Jack in the Box

    12/09/2012 7:18:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    blogs.sacbee.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Debbie Arrington and Edward Ortiz
    Hundreds of Saturday afternoon customers at a Sacramento shopping center witnessed a tense three-hour standoff at a Jack in the Box restaurant, which ended with a robbery suspect shot by Sacramento police sharpshooters. ------------------------cut---------------------- Dan Escamilla had just sat down to lunch at El Festival taqueria behind the Jack in the Box. A bail agent from Orange County, he was visiting the area in search of a violent felony fugitive. Still wearing her headset from the drive-through window, a female Jack in the Box employee rushed into the taqueria and said the nearby restaurant was being robbed, Escamilla said. "The...
  • Intruder dies in Mississauga home invasion, police allege(Canada)

    12/09/2012 6:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | 7 December, 2012 | NA
    Police believe the man shot dead during a home invasion in Mississauga early Friday morning was an intruder. The robbery was at a residence on Corkstone Glade, near Rathburn Road and Dixie Road. Police responded to a 911 call just after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the suspects were gone and 22-year-old Ibrahim Abukar was found dead. He was alleged to have broken into the home along with the two other men. Peel police said that the men, two of whom were armed, were confronted by the homeowner. A struggle ensued, resulting in Abukar's death.
  • MSNBC host: Energy is just too darn cheap (Watch Video)

    12/09/2012 6:53:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    While I was taking a short break from working this morning and fixing some breakfast, my TV was still on in the background, tuned in to MSNBC. The host of Up With Chris Hayes was holding court over a panel discussion on domestic energy issues, so since that’s pretty much my field I had decided to tune in. The initial discussion had roped in quite a bit of the usual disinformation on natural gas fracking (which appeared to draw heavily on "facts" from fabulist Josh Fox's fictional propaganda piece, Gasland). There was one industry "advocate" included who I wasn't familiar...
  • PDF of full court opinion: "There is no, 'Trust us, changes are coming' clause in the Constitution."

    EXCERPT: Moreover, the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action. There is no, "Trust us, changes are coming" clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction. See Florida Cannabis Action Network, Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 130 F. Supp. 2d 1358, 1362 (M.D. Fla. 2001) ("The whim, self restraint, or even the well reasoned judgment of a government official...
  • Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid — whether they need it or not

    12/09/2012 6:39:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MARY KAY LINGE
    Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief. New York City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need. Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay for home repair and other basic...
  • No community programs at ‘Ground Zero’ mosque a year after the controversy

    12/09/2012 6:28:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    It’s all pray and no play. The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs. And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services — but that’s the only activity in the building. Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Obama’s second-term agenda will be shadowed by budget woes

    12/09/2012 6:21:29 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 Dec 12 | Peter Wallsten and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Even if President Obama succeeds in getting Republicans to agree to tax hikes on the wealthy as part of a “fiscal cliff” deal, the country’s grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow — limiting his ambitions as he begins plotting a second-term agenda. Any agreement is likely to result in less than the $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next decade that Obama requested in his initial offer to House Republicans, and White House aides are signaling to allies that any new money from taxes would be used almost entirely for deficit reduction — not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA — A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2’s Amanda Cook that a man tossed a brick through the bedroom window of her northwest Atlanta home Wednesday afternoon. James said the man tried to crawl through her window. “He got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,” James said.
  • Freedom's greatest tool in danger

    12/09/2012 6:15:40 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 30 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/9/12 | Judson Phillips
    There is one tool of this modern age that we can argue is the greatest aid to the spread of liberty and freedom. This one great tool is in danger. This is a tool that tyrants would like to see dismantled. With freedom and liberty riding on the defense led by the Obama Regime, we should all be worried. What is this great tool and why is it in danger?
  • Young Mexican police chief who fled drug cartels seeking asylum in the US

    12/09/2012 6:12:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT
    As the bodies of her former law-enforcement colleagues pile up in Mexico’s violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. “I thought I could make a difference,” Valles says of her decision at age 20 to become the top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a dusty town of 9,000 in the Chihuahua region, just south of the US border. Two of her predecessors were executed, and the job was vacant for a year before Valles, a criminal-justice student, took it. But she, too, was vulnerable to the intense violence of...
  • Alleged burglar shot in Old Tazewell Pike home(TN)

    12/09/2012 6:06:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Staff
    KNOXVILLE — A Knox County man — released from jail on a burglary charge earlier this week — was shot while allegedly burglarizing a Northeast Knox County home today. Authorities responded just before noon to a home on the 5700 block of Old Tazewell Pike to a possible shooting, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Moments later, deputies found an injured man in a blood-spattered white car a couple of miles away near the corner of Washington Pike and Babelay Road.
  • Piers Morgan’s Solution to Gun Violence: “I’d Remove Every Gun in America”

    12/09/2012 5:40:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 100 replies
    guns.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    On Monday, Research Director of the Independence Institute David Kopel appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight to debate the issue of gun-related violence with Piers and Josh Horwitz from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. In the video below, you can see the debate unfold. What’s most telling in this exchange is Morgan’s admission that he, personally, would like to “Remove every gun in America.” Of course, what preceded this statement only seconds earlier was the perfunctory disclaimer, which is often made by those who secretly wish to pass onerous gun laws, “I do have a respect for the Second...
  • Lawsuit: Homeless sex offenders need a break

    12/09/2012 5:37:50 AM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Attorneys for sex offenders who claim they’re too poor to register have filed a separate case against the city of Chicago on behalf of homeless sex offenders who say they can’t register because they don’t have permanent addresses. Douglas M. Montgomery, a plaintiff in the new case filed Thursday, says in the lawsuit he’s been in the Cook County Jail since July 2011 when he was arrested for urinating in public. He’s awaiting trial on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Montgomery, 57, said he was living under a bridge in January 2011 and police refused...
  • Mobster uses mass-mailed letters from Obama, other politicians in bid for leniency

    12/09/2012 5:37:44 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 8, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX and PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR
    A longtime Gambino crime-family associate tried to convince a judge he’s politically connected to avoid a harsh sentence — claiming a mass-mailing from President Obama proves he has pals in the Oval Office. -snip “Anthony, I’m about to go to speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first,” read an election night e-mail from the president’s campaign headquarters, which was also sent to millions of other supporters. Another, from former President Bill Clinton, read, “Anthony, Thank you so very much for your message on my 66th birthday. “Hearing from you made a special day...
  • Egypt's Predictable Unraveling

    12/09/2012 5:20:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Brothers are playing for keeps. As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, here’s the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhood’s major goal in America and Europe — its self-professed “grand jihad” — is “eliminating and destroying Western civilization,” to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared...
  • Trucking company’s bet paying off in Eagle Ford play

    12/09/2012 5:16:09 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 8, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    Douglas Cain made a big bet on the shale drilling industry in South Texas, and so far it seems to be paying off with a boom for his family’s longtime trucking company.? Since moving the company from Houston to San Antonio to get closer to the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play, Cain’s Lake Truck Lines Inc. has grown from 11 trucks to 67. The company opened a location in Odessa to serve the Permian Basin. And it’s started a new subsidiary, Lake Oilfield Services, to provide equipment such as tanks to drilling rigs or hydraulic fracturing sites. “I...
  • GOP: Obama 'Bullying' Charities into Backing Tax Hike on Wealthy

    12/09/2012 5:13:55 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Friday, the Obama Administration sought to teach the nonprofit world the same lesson during a White House gathering of charitable officials, say Republicans, when charities were bullied into supporting higher taxes on the wealthy to avoid losing vital deductions for charitable contributions. “Today, the White House chose to mislead and scare America’s charitable giving community, using them as pawns in an effort to achieve their tax hike proposal,” said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the ranking Republican at Senate Finance in a joint statement issued Friday....