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  • 75 Percent of Obama's Proposed Tax Hikes To Go Toward New Spending

    12/11/2012 4:35:28 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10:04 AM, Dec 11, 2012 | By DANIEL HALPER
    Seventy-five percent of the new revenue pulled in by President Barack Obama's "fiscal cliff" plan would go toward new spending, not toward deficit reduction, the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee contends. Here's a chart, detailing how money from the new tax hikes would be distributed: According to the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee, $1.2 trillion of the proposed $1.6 trillion in tax hikes would go toward new spending, while only $400 billion would go toward deficit reduction. "The [president's] plan called for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, twice what the president asked for in the campaign....
  • Turning Pull Into Push?

    12/11/2012 4:19:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 10 December 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Enlarge Image Up and away. Whereas a point charge is always attracted to an underlying surface, a sideways moving line of charge can be repelled, one physicist calculates. Credit: Primož R. Ribič, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) It's textbook physics: An electric charge near the surface of a material gets pulled toward the surface. However, if the charge is spread out into the right shape and moves fast enough, that attraction becomes a repulsion, one physicist calculates. The odd finding could help physicists avoid unexpected effects when guiding beams of particles such as electrons. "At first I thought this was...
  • President Obama Predicts GOP Will Cave on Taxes

    12/11/2012 3:57:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year. "I'm pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama said today in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters. "I don't think they'll do that," he said of Republicans forcing tax-rate increases for families earning $250,000 a year or less. The sign of optimism follows weeks of tense negotiations and...
  • $1M gift to help illegal immigrants at UC Berkeley

    12/11/2012 3:55:13 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/11/2012 | The Associated PressAssociated Press
    BERKELEY, Calif.The University of California, Berkeley says a $1 million gift will help provide scholarships to nearly 200 students who are illegal immigrants
  • Obama: US recognizes Syria's main rebel group

    12/11/2012 3:48:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Syria's main opposition group the sole "legitimate representative" of its country's people Tuesday, deeming the move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. Obama said the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status, which paves the way for the greater U.S. support for the organization.
  • Leftists Call to Disqualify Nationalists for 'Racism'

    12/11/2012 3:37:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arut Sheva ^ | 11/12/12 | Elad Benari
    A leftist party that is running in the elections for the next Knesset has asked the Central Election Committee to disqualify Michael Ben-Ari, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir from running in the elections in the Power to Israel party. The party that filed the appeal, leftist Eldad Yanivs Eretz Hadasha (lit. New Country), said that the three are guilty of incitement, racism and violation of democracy. Eretz Hadasha is also calling to disqualify Likud candidates Miri Regev and Danny Danon. In the appeal, the Power to Israel members are called the "Flowers of Kahane" because of their support for the...
  • Black Dignity: What's the #1 Cause of Death?

    12/11/2012 3:36:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    blackdignity.org ^ | Dr. Alveda King, et al.
    We Are Being Targeted. Our People Are Dying! In America today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born. A black baby is three times more likely to be aborted as a white baby. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.
  • Livni: In Each Generation, Some Refuse to Give Up

    12/11/2012 3:28:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/12
    Tzipi Livni lit Hanukkah candles Tuesday evening with activists from her new party.... In every generation a group of people arise who do not give in, and who fight against every challenge, even if it is hard and the odds do not look good, she said. The group keeps fighting to bring the light.
  • Lieberman: PA Tax Money Belongs to Israel

    12/11/2012 3:20:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/12
    The taxes Israel collected for the Palestinian Authority but did not pass on should go to Israel anyway to cover the PAs debts, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday, speaking at a Hanukkah event for Yisrael Beytenu party activists. I hear theyre saying that Israel froze the Palestinians tax money. We didnt freeze any Palestinian money, he said. To this point we paid 700 million shekels advance salaries for PA workers and we paid another 900 million when we absorbed the cost of water and electricity that the Palestinians were supposed to pay for but did not What were doing...
  • China sacks officials over Golden Rice controversy

    12/11/2012 3:18:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 10 December 2012 | Jane Qiu
    Chinese families did not give consent for children to consume genetically modif[i]ed rice in the part US-funded study. China has sacked three officials for breaching Chinese laws and ethical regulations during a trial in which children were fed genetically modified rice. The trial’s legitimacy was questioned in August by the environmental group Greenpeace. A three-month investigation, led by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), culminated in the decision on 6 December to sack two members of the CDC’s own staff — Yin Shi’an, the principal investigator of the Chinese arm of the project, in Beijing, and Hu...
  • Concealed-carry in Illinois, at last

    12/11/2012 3:06:15 PM PST · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 dec 2012 | Steve Chapman
    Illinois is the only state in the country that does not make some provision for ordinary citizens to carry concealed firearms. But not for long. Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said the state ban is unconstitutional because it violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It's a surprising decision, and it may not survive Supreme Court scrutiny. But it has forced state legislators, who have 180 days to draft a new conceal-carry law, to take the idea seriously -- something they have stubbornly refused to do. There is a strong anti-gun culture in Illinois, particularly...
  • Obama Hires 101 New Federal Employees A Day

    12/11/2012 3:04:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/11/12 | News Investors
  • GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him (Barf Alert!)

    12/11/2012 2:58:09 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Excite.com ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him Dec 11, 2:17 PM (ET) By CHARLES BABINGTON WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama's proposals to avoid a "fiscal cliff" come from the president himself, in comments he made months or years before his re-election. Stung by the GOP's midterm election gains in 2010, Obama took stands that differ from his current positions on raising tax rates, adjusting Social Security and other topics now dominating Washington as a Dec. 31 deadline nears. Sometimes gleefully, Republicans throw Obama's old words back at him. They portray...
  • UNION THUG Who Beat Steven Crowder IDed His Name Is Tony Camargo (Updated)-Video

    12/11/2012 2:57:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 135 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/11/12 | Jim Hoft
    <p>The union official who sucker punched Steven Crowder today in Michigan has been identified. His name is Tony.</p>
  • Auto Bailout Loss Could Exceed $70 Billion

    12/11/2012 2:53:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/12 | Seton Motley
    Courtesy of the $83 billion auto bailout - on which we are already poised to lose more than $40 billion - the taxpayers are stuck with 26% stock ownership of General Motors (GM). It could get much worse. Judge Set to Rule on Case That Could Reverse Auto Bailout A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy.... At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administrations demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of...
  • Michigan Legislature sends governor right-to-work

    12/11/2012 2:43:48 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2013 5:03 PM (ET) | JOHN FLESHER and JEFF KAROUB
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, a devastating and once unthinkable defeat for organized labor in a state considered a cradle of the movement. Unswayed by Democrats' pleas and thousands of protesters inside and outside the state Capitol, the House approved two final bills, sending them on to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. One dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Both measures cleared the Senate last week.
  • Westfield (MA) gives huge welcome to Wreaths Across America

    12/11/2012 2:34:28 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    America will always be strong because of communities like Westfield, Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, said while attending a special veterans memorial at Stanley Park on Tuesday. More than 200 city veterans, schoolchildren and residents attended the ceremony and welcomed Worcester and her entourage that included Maines First Lady Ann LePage, American Gold Star Mothers president Mary Beyers, retired Army Major Gen. Peter M. Aylward and eight tractor-trailers full of holiday wreaths en route to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. My heart is full seeing all the children and others who turned out today, said Worcester,...
  • Lawmakers question gift of 20 F-16s to Morsi's Egypt

    12/11/2012 2:30:16 PM PST · by Ron C. · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 11, 2012 | Maxim Lott
    Key lawmakers expressing concerns about the Obama administration's plan to send 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, where new President Mohamed Morsi's allegiances are as uncertain as his grip on power. Under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010, when Morsi's U.S.-friendly predecessor Hosni Mubarak was in charge, the U.S. is giving the planes to Egypt's air force, which already has more than 200 of the aircraft. The first four jets are to be delivered beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com. But the $213...
  • THE MARK LEVIN SHOW Tuesday, December-11-2012

    12/11/2012 2:00:48 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 28 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • US Debt - Visualized in physical $100 bills

    12/11/2012 1:20:42 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 3 replies
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=iTBODoBaCns&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DiTBODoBaCns%26feature%3Dyoutu.be
  • 'British whites' are the minority in London for the first time...[see full title below]

    12/11/2012 1:16:55 PM PST · by Moltke · 44 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11 December 2012 | Hugo Gye
    FULL TITLE: 'British whites' are the minority in London for the first time as census shows number of UK immigrants has jumped by 3million in 10 years White British people are now in a minority in London for the first time, it emerged today as census data revealed that the immigrant population of England and Wales went up by 3million over the past decade.
  • GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him

    12/11/2012 1:07:50 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2012 2:17 PM (ET) | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama's proposals to avoid a "fiscal cliff" come from the president himself, in comments he made months or years before his re-election. Stung by the GOP's midterm election gains in 2010, Obama took stands that differ from his current positions on raising tax rates, adjusting Social Security and other topics now dominating Washington as a Dec. 31 deadline nears.
  • Union Protester Threatens to Kill Conservative Steven Crowder

    12/11/2012 1:07:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    town hall ^ | 12/11/12 | Katie Pavlich
    As reported earlier, conservative comedian Steven Crowder was physically assaulted by union protesters today in Lansing, Michigan. Video has surfaced of Crowder being punched repeatedly in the face and one man is heard yelling, "I'll kill a motherf*cker with a gun!"
  • Video: US declares core of Syrian resistance an AQ affiliate

    12/11/2012 1:04:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on December 11, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Theyre only about 10% of the rebel forces attempting to dislodge that noted reformer Bashar al-Assad, CNNs Nick Paton Walsh reports, but Jabhat al-Nusra is the most effective and powerful part of the insurrection against the Iranian-backed dictator. The only problem for the US is that theyre closely affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has been attempting to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Baghdad, too. If this is starting to sound familiar, just think . Libya: The Christian Science Monitor has more background on the foreign terrorist organization thats staffed by veterans of some old, familiar places: The speed with...
  • Appeals court overturns Illinois concealed carry law in gun rights victory

    12/11/2012 12:15:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 11, 2012 | Dave McKinney
    SPRINGFIELD-In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois' Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. "The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013," said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state's longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons. Illinois is the only state with an...
  • Union Assault on Camera (Steven Crowder, conservative comedian, assaulted in Lansing - VIDEO)

    12/11/2012 12:12:45 PM PST · by HawkHogan · 76 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_F3oev06i0&list=SP85933DBA7E52B5B6 Check out the latest video from Lansing. Steven Crowd punched in the face multiple times.
  • Violent Mob Destroys AFP Tent in Lansing, Michigan Protest

    12/11/2012 12:01:54 PM PST · by lowbridge · 85 replies
    youtube ^ | december 11, 2012
    A violent mob destroys the Americans For Prosperity tent on the lawn of the state capital during protest against right to work legislation. While destruction happened, there were people inside the tent and some in the crowd were armed with knives.
  • Teachers aide gets jail time in sex abuse case

    12/11/2012 11:57:50 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Richard Weir
    A Boston Public Schools teachers aide will spend at least the next year behind bars after pleading guilty today to charges he molested two special needs students. LaShawn Hill, 34, of Dorchester, pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, lewd and lascivious behavior and unnatural lascivious acts with a child. Hill was arrested last December after a teacher found him and a 14-year-old autistic boy with their pants unzipped in a room at the Harbor Pilot School, said prosecutor Alissa Goldhaber. After Hills arrest, an April 2011 incident involving a 7-year-old special needs...
  • Generic Congressional Ballot Democrats 46%, Republicans 36% [Wake Up, GOP!]

    12/11/2012 11:55:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/10/12 | Scott Rasmussen
    Democrats hold a 10-point lead over Republicans on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending December 9, 2012. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their districts congressional race if the election were held today, while 36% would choose the Republican instead. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from December 3-9, 2012.
  • REPORT: CNN TO REPLACE SOLEDAD O'BRIEN WITH ERIN BURNETT

    12/11/2012 11:50:51 AM PST · by Domandred · 68 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Tony Lee
    New CNN programming chief Jeff Zucker will reportedly replace Soledad O'Brien, the host of the network's morning show "Starting Point," with Erin Burnett, who currently hosts "Outfront," which airs at 7 p.m. on the struggling cable news network. The New York Post reported that Zucker is looking at Erin Burnett to revive the cablers moribund morning ratings and quotes a CNN source who said Zucker will team Burnett up with a guy, and theyll go after the audience watching Today and Good Morning America." O'Brien recently told a college audience that when she first heard of Zucker's hire, she thought,...
  • Historic Home or Grassy Strip?

    12/11/2012 11:38:00 AM PST · by Hoodat · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Peter Hannaford
    All of Ronald Reagan's formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago. In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon. The house the Reagans lived in for two years in Galesburg has been lovingly restored by its private owner. Their house in Monmouth is the only home that is...
  • White House Holiday Card Spotlights (Bo the Portugese Water) Dog, Not Christmas

    12/11/2012 11:18:33 AM PST · by drewh · 34 replies
    <p>The 2012 White House Holiday card spotlights the Obamas family Portuguese water dog instead of Christmas.</p> <p>The black and white illustration was designed by Iowa artist Larassa Kabel and shows Bo the dog, wearing a scarf, while frolicking in the snow on the South Lawn of a blurred White House.</p>
  • The Christmas Strategy should satisfy the LIBs and LIBINOs

    12/11/2012 11:17:52 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:45am
    From DrewM at Ace of Spades HQ, What Does Let It Burn Mean? (h/t Hot Air), : As one of the first, if not the first, people to say Let It Burn, Im clearly thrilled with the growing chorus of voices joining the movement. Like any movement, there are true believers and Let It Burn In Name Only (LIBINO) types. Since its never too early to purge a movement of its impure elements, let us lay out some key principles of Let It Burn. Let It Burn is about inaction. Theres no point in trying do anything that avoids going...
  • UT Professor: Black (& Latino) Students Failing Because They Are Raised by Poor Single Women

    12/11/2012 11:04:06 AM PST · by drewh · 79 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 08:09 EST, 11 December 2012
    A professor at the University of Texas has sparked outrage by claiming black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they have been raised in single parent homes usually by females. Law professor Lino Graglia was talking to the BBC when he said he could 'hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.' He said the average black performance on SAT test is 200 points lower than that for the average white student and that among the black population almost three quarters...
  • 'Plastic gun' ban would make even less sense now than in 1988

    12/11/2012 10:59:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports that Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) has announced his intention to renew the ban on "plastic guns," set to expire next December: A test of a printed plastic lower firearm receiver has resulted in an anti-gun politician demanding renewal of a law against a gun that does not exist, Live Science reported today, citing a call by Rep. Steve Israel, D- N.Y., to renew the federal ban on plastic guns just days after members of the Wiki Weapon project tested a 3D-printed gun part in a live-fire test. The "Undetectable Firearms Act" was first...
  • Homeland Security funds sno-cone machines and underwater robots

    12/11/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    At a time when national security remains a high priority, it seems that a $7.1 billion Homeland Security Department grant program would focus on terrorism. But according to an investigation by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, the program paid for 13 sno-cone machines in Michigan, a $98,000 underwater robot in Ohio, and an armored vehicle in New Hampshire that patrolled a pumpkin festival. Coburns report, Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities begins with this introductory letter:...
  • Ambassador Anna Wintour? (to the court of St. James) Yikes

    12/11/2012 10:44:33 AM PST · by drewh · 27 replies
    Savannah News Now ^ | December 11, 2012 - 6:28am | Lane Filler
    Its been 200 years since the United States kicked off a shooting war with Great Britain, but that nation may be wondering if were looking to start another scrap. What else could be signified by rumors that Vogue editor Anna Wintour could be our next ambassador to the Court of St. Jamess? One can only imagine befuddled, monocled British public servants on the phone with the White House: Dear Lord, is it something we said?Wintour is most famous for a fictional film depiction of her life, The Devil Wears Prada, in which she was ... the devil. She insists on...
  • (Illinois)Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons

    12/11/2012 10:40:49 AM PST · by Lockbar · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/11/2012 | dave Mckinney
    In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday tossed the states ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013, said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
  • Federal appeals court strikes down concealed carry ban (IL!!)

    12/11/2012 10:40:13 AM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    www.dailyillini.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Daily Illini
    CHICAGO A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.
  • The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish

    12/11/2012 10:40:09 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-12-2012 | Dina Spector
    The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish Dina SpectorDec. 11, 2012, 12:46 PMIf you live in New York, and buy or eat fish, then at some point you probably received something different than what thought you were getting, The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal reports. A surprising number of mislabeled seafood items end up in grocery stores and restaurants, a new study by conservation group Ocenana revealed. More specifically, researchers found that 56, or 39 percent, of 142 fish samples DNA tested were were different from what they claimed to be. Fish labeled as white tuna often turned out be escolar (a...
  • Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay

    12/11/2012 10:00:28 AM PST · by edcoil · 132 replies
    usnews ^ | 12-11-2012 | Jason Koebler
    Scientists may have finally solved the puzzle of what makes a person gay, and how it is passed from parents to their children. A group of scientists suggested Tuesday that homosexuals get that trait from their opposite-sex parents: A lesbian will almost always get the trait from her father, while a gay man will get the trait from his mother.
  • Justice Scalia Defends Controversial Opinions About Gays At Princeton

    12/11/2012 9:58:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went to head to head Monday night with a gay student at Princeton University over the jurist's opinions about homosexuality. Duncan Hosie took issue with Scalia equating laws banning sodomy to laws against bestiality and murder. "It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,'" Scalia said, according to the Associated Press. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?" The high court's most outspoken justice stressed he wasn't equating sodomy...
  • There's Not A Single Spending Cut That Republican Voters Support

    12/11/2012 9:50:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    The "compromise" in the fiscal cliff deal from Democrats is supposed to come in the form of spending cuts. But a new Marist-McClatchy poll shows that voters including Republicans oppose any and every specific spending cut proposed to them. It goes hand in hand with the disparity between voters' wish for blanket "spending cuts" and their opposition to any cuts to an entitlement that benefits them. A look at what Republicans oppose: By 47-37, letting the Obama payroll tax cut expire. By 68-26, cutting spending for Medicare. By 61-33, cutting spending for Medicaid. By 66-28, eliminating the tax...
  • Teens Ask for Smoke, Kill Woman When She Replies "Get a Job": Cops

    12/11/2012 9:12:36 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 118 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | December11, 2012
    Police say three teens charged in the fatal shooting of a western Pennsylvania woman targeted her after she told them to "get a job" when she saw them trying to bum a cigarette off her boyfriend. Beaver Falls police have charged 14-year-olds Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez and Kyle Goosby Jr., 13, with criminal homicide and other charges in Saturday's shooting of Kayla Peterson, 22. She was shot at about 3:30 p.m. that day and died in a Pittsburgh hospital two hours later. Goosby is in custody and his attorney says he was just "in the wrong place at the...
  • Worker Liberation in Michigan: Another state gives individuals the right not to join a union.

    12/11/2012 9:45:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The economic policy drift in Washington is antigrowth, but here and there in the states are glimmers of hope and change. The best news of late is in Michigan, which is poised this week to pass a landmark right-to-work law. You can tell this is a big deal based on the fury of Big Labor's reaction. Union activists plan to descend on Lansing Tuesday to protest, including many from out of state. State police will have to be on duty to ensure that legislators can get through what is likely to be a loud and abusive cordon of activists who...
  • Surprise: investors shifting resources to avoid tax hikes next year

    12/11/2012 9:42:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the difference between static and dynamic tax analysis? The former posits that tax changes produces no change in market behavior, so that hiking taxes by 10% gets you 10% more in revenue. The latter assumes that changes in tax codes forces markets to adapt, so that rate hikes risk lowering revenues, and lowering rates in certain ways can produce a better revenue stream, especially over the long run. Republicans favor the latter analytical method, while Democrats insist that tax cuts “cost” revenue opportunities and cause deficits.Which is correct? Well, the Washington Post reports on a lot of dynamic activity...
  • Shortsighted CA schools take virtual 'pay day loans' to keep operating

    12/11/2012 9:32:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2012 | Rick Moran
    Tyler Durden has this nailed: These three letters - C.A.B. - might just be the Dis-Humor story of the day. NPR reports that more than 200 schools across California are coming to the shocking realization that the upfront cash they needed so badly came at quite a price. These 'Capital Appreciation Bonds' are unlike normal bonds (requiring regular coupon payments and principal repayment); instead they provide the 'lent' money upfront and defer all interest and repayment to some magical faery land time in the future (by which time the interest accrued has grown exponentially as the interest accrues on the...
  • Dems join in calling for delay to ObamaCare medical device tax

    12/11/2012 9:17:05 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/11/2012
    Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed. The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade. But a group of U.S. senators this week revived concerns that...
  • A Victory for Demagoguery (America seems to be falling for Obama's class warfare campaign)

    12/11/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Mona Charen
    Im in the camp that believes Republicans have no choice but to agree to raise taxes on the top 2 percent of earners. The party has been successfully caricatured as the servant of the rich. This is unjust, yes, but justice is imperfect in this life. Its political suicide for Republicans to stand fast on maintaining current rates for high earners even at the cost of raising taxes for everyone else. Imagine if we went over the fiscal cliff. In January, Obama would call upon Congress to pass a law restoring the tax rates for 98 percent of filers. What...
  • Cost of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities reaches record high

    12/11/2012 8:46:50 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | December 4, 2012 | Oil & Gas Financial Journal
    The costs of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities continued to rise over the last six-month period and have reached record highs, according to two cost indexes developed by IHS [NYSE: IHS]. The IHS Upstream Capital Cost Index (UCCI) rose 1% over the Q1 2012-Q3 2012 period to an index score of 230, matching its Q3 2008 high. Its counterpart, the IHS Upstream Operating Cost Index (UOCI), rose to 0.5% to a new high score of 190 over the same period. The indexes are proprietary measures of cost changes similar in concept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)...