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  • Shrewsbury man defends action against anti-Obama protestors

    12/12/2012 1:03:43 PM PST · by pabianice · 37 replies
    Community Advocate ^ | 12/12/12 | Adams
    Shrewsbury resident Carl Lund. Northborough, MA – When Carl Lund saw a table set up on Main Street in Northborough on Friday, Dec. 7, he was “disgusted” he said, to see a poster of President Barack Obama, depicted as Adolf Hitler, prominently displayed. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Lund, a resident of Shrewsbury and a Vietnam veteran, said. Lund then got into a verbal confrontation with the two men manning the table, who Northborough police identified as Ian Brinkley and Jared Caskill. “[Brinkley and Caskill] claimed it was a peaceful, political display with literature,” Lund said. “I...
  • Cuyahoga County ME identifies TSA agent fatally shot at Hopkins

    12/12/2012 12:59:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies
    FOX19.com (WOIO) ^ | December 9, 2012; Updated December 10, 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two people are dead, including a TSA Agent, after a domestic murder-suicide.  Sunday morning Cleveland Police were called to the Riveredge Parking Lot behind the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant, where airline and airport employees park. Investigators say 28-year-old Ahmad Alkahder followed his estranged wife, identified as 20-year-old Kimberly Alkahder, to work at Hopkins Airport. Airport reps say he got in by piggy-backing her at the parking lot gate.  There isn't any security there, only parking lot attendants."
  • Biggest tides of the year set to hit California later this week [fake link to "climate change"]

    12/12/2012 12:32:45 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/10/2012 | Paul Rogers
    If you head down the beach this week, or wander along the edges of San Francisco Bay, you may just be witnessing California's future. The ocean is getting closer. --snip-- The gravitational tug of the moon and sun, not climate change, is responsible for the extreme tides. But volunteers with cameras across the state are using the event to document what California could look like in the coming decades as the warming earth continues to raise sea levels.
  • Millennials Will Have A Hard Time Entering The Housing Market

    12/12/2012 12:17:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mandi Woodruff
    In this day and age, the 18- to 34-year-old crowd have lived up to their reputation as perpetual renters. Most blame the trend on the housing crisis, which led so many homeowners to downsize and stunted the home buying power of younger consumers. But whatever trauma the Great Recession had on the minds of millennials, it hasn't stymied their hopes for owning a home of their own one day, a new study shows. Real estate tracker Trulia found more than 90 pecent of millennial renters plan on buying a home in the next two years. The question is whether they'll...
  • Rep. Moran (D-Va): Son’s Attack on Girlfriend “An Accident" (Beaten bloody)

    12/12/2012 12:01:23 PM PST · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | Wdnesday, December 12, 2012 | Will Sommers
    Virginia Rep. Jim Moran's office has another statement about his son's arrest for assaulting his girlfriend in Columbia Heights earlier this month. And it turns out it was all an accident, according to Moran, despite his son's guilty plea to assault. "The situation was an accident," Moran spokeswoman Anne Hughes writes in an email, adding that both Moran and his girlfriend testified to that in court. "Patrick didn't hit or shove her."
  • Whoa! Earth gets close shave by newfound asteroid

    12/12/2012 12:00:22 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 67 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/11/12 | Mike Wall
    Spotted just two days ago, it came zipping toward us inside the moon's orbitA newfound asteroid gave Earth a close shave early today, zipping between our planet and the moon just two days after astronomers first spotted it. The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was discovered Sunday, came within 140,000 miles (230,000 kilometers) of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday, researchers said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so (386,000 km). Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet (36 meters) wide — big enough to cause substantial damage...
  • Lieberman: We Don't Want to Lose Our Freedom by Trying to Keep Terrorists from Crossing Border

    12/12/2012 11:59:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/11/2012 | Patrick Burke
    CNSNews.com) – Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday the U.S. has made it increasingly difficult for Hezbollah terrorists and their supporters to cross the U.S.-Mexico border--but there is still more work to do to make the border secure. However, Lieberman also warned that we don't want to lose American freedom by trying to keep terrorist from crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. “The security’s better on the U.S.-Mexican border than it has been before in terms of terrorists’ capacity to break through our borders in the south, but we still...
  • Defense Dept. had live video of attack in Benghazi

    12/12/2012 11:58:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/11/12 | Guy Taylor
    Live video from a drone flying over the U.S. Consulate during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was monitored at a Defense Department facility, but was not fed to the White House, senior officials say.
  • 'There Will Be Blood' - Union Violence in the Age of Obama

    12/12/2012 11:48:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/12/2012 | Michelle Obama
    Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to "make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." He Who Heals advocated "a more civil and honest public discourse" in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else. This week, menacing union goons unleashed threats, profanity and punches in Michigan, which is now poised to become a "right-to-work" state. Obama met the initial outbreak of...
  • Gov't arrests illegal immigrant Senate intern (Menendez NJ)

    12/12/2012 11:17:05 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/12 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    <p>The Associated Press has learned that a registered sex offender working as an unpaid intern for Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is facing deportation after being arrested by federal immigration authorities.</p>
  • THE BIG STORY: Spain arrests woman with cocaine breast implants

    12/12/2012 11:08:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 12/12/12
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 1.38 kilograms (3 pounds) of cocaine concealed in breast implants. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that border police noticed fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on her chest as well as pale patches beneath her skin.
  • Oregon Mall Gunman Identified as Jacob Tyler Roberts

    12/12/2012 10:44:16 AM PST · by Lera · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY, DEAN SCHABNER and KEVIN DOLAK
    The masked gunman who killed two people in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., was identified today as Jacob Tyler Roberts. Roberts, 22, was armed with a stolen AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, Sheriff Craig Roberts told a news conference today. He was not wearing a bullet-proof vest as previously reported.
  • Palazzo, Venetian welcome veterans to Las Vegas in style

    12/12/2012 10:38:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    kntv ^ | dec 2012 | Villarreal
    Palazzo, Venetian welcome veterans to Las Vegas in style By Marco Villarreal CREATED Dec. 5, 2012 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's the season of giving and it's especially nice when the people on the receiving end have already given so much to protect our nation. Wounded war veterans were given a well-deserved "thank you" at the Palazzo Wednesday afternoon. Joined with the Armed Forced Foundation, veterans were greeted at the hotel with applause and cheers from hundreds of team members from the Palazzo and the Venetian. Veterans came in with close family and loved ones; some physically supported or...
  • Census: Whites no longer a majority in U.S. by 2043

    12/12/2012 10:18:34 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 89 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12-12-12 | AP
    White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections, part of a historic shift that is already reshaping the nation's schools, workforce and electorate. The official projection, released Wednesday by the Census Bureau, now places the tipping point for the white majority a year later than previous estimates, which were made before the impact of the recent economic downturn was fully known. America continues to grow and become more diverse due to higher birth rates among minorities, particularly for Hispanics who entered the U.S. at the height of the immigration boom...
  • Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-Va)Son Guilty of Beating Up His Girlfriend in Columbia Heights (D.C.)

    12/12/2012 10:16:48 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Will Sommer
    Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year. First, undercover video operative James O'Keefe caught him on tape half-heartedly discussing how to commit voter fraud...while acting as the field director for his dad's campaign. Now Moran's taken a more criminal turn, pleading guilty earlier today to allegedly beating up his girlfriend outside a Columbia Heights bar. SNIP In a statement to Washington City Paper, Rep. Moran described his son and his girlfriend as "good kids." "I hope their privacy will be respected," the congressman said. "They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Let Dems raise taxes and own the result (Republicans should just vote "Present")

    12/12/2012 10:16:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Are higher taxes inevitable? If they are, Senator Rand Paul wants no Republican fingerprints on them. Last night, he told Greta van Susteren on Fox News that House Republicans should pass a bill with their specific plan to cut spending and fix the tax code to address the fiscal-cliff issues, and dare the Senate to take it up. If Democrats refuse, then Paul wants the House to hold a vote on the Democratic plan, with Republicans voting "present" to allow Democrats to pass the bill. That way, the economic damage from tax hikes will be totally owned by Democrats, and...
  • Fined Church Cited Again

    12/12/2012 10:15:23 AM PST · by MA~Bear · 8 replies
    Northeast Columbia Patch ^ | 12/10/2012 | Jessie Gabel
    Police interrupted a church service Sunday morning when neighbors called about noise--again. Just last week Rehoboth United Assemblies Church was fined $700 for noise citations. At that time, church leaders said they would monitor the noise during their worship.
  • A123 Systems Won't Get Rest of Federal Grant if Owned by Chinese Company

    12/12/2012 10:12:12 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | December 11, 2012 11:24 AM | Tiffany Kaiser
      (Source: inautonews.com) A123 could lose the rest of its $249 million grant We can put this under the "Duh" files: A123 Systems won't receive the remaining amount of its federal grant if Wanxiang Group is approved as the new owner. According to Reuters, which spoke to an unnamed official from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the DOE will cut A123 off from its $249 million grant the company received in 2009. A123 has only used $133 million of the grant so far. The official, who noted that all parties were aware of this consequence during last weekend's auction of A123, said...
  • The GOP: Not a Club for Christians

    12/12/2012 10:07:05 AM PST · by MetaThought · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Jonah Goldberg | Jonah Goldberg
    In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian Americans converted en masse to the Republican party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate. President Obama did spectacularly well with Asian Americans, garnering nearly three-quarters of their vote. This runs counter to a lot of conventional wisdom on both the left and the right. On average, family income is higher and poverty is lower among Asian Americans than among non-Latino whites. Entrepreneurship,...
  • The RNC’s Fix-It Committee

    12/12/2012 10:02:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/12 | Jim Geraghty
    Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to NRO yesterday morning about the committee’s new Growth and Opportunity Project, which is led by a five-member panel that will review the operations and strategies of the RNC and Republican party as a whole. The members of that panel are Sally Bradshaw, a veteran adviser to former Florida governor Jeb Bush; Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush; and three RNC committee members — Zori Fonalledas of Puerto Rico, Henry Barbour of Mississippi, and Glenn McCall of South Carolina.
  • Review of UT Fracking Study Finds Failure to Disclose Conflict of Interest (Updated)

    The long-awaited review of a controversial study on the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” was released today, and it finds numerous errors and flaws with how the study was conducted and released, as well as University of Texas policies for disclosing conflicts of interest. The head author of the study, Dr. Charles “Chip” Groat, has retired in the wake of the controversy, and the head of the Energy Institute that released it, Dr. Raymond Orbach, has resigned as head of the Institute, the University announced today. The original report by UT Austin’s Energy Institute, ‘Fact-Based Regulation for...
  • Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says

    12/12/2012 9:45:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 12, 2012 | Mark Landler, Aida Alami, Alan Cowell and Anne Bernard
    Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have fired Scud missiles at rebel fighters in recent days, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. The move represents a significant escalation in the fighting, which has already killed more than 40,000 civilians in a nearly two-year-old conflict that has threatened to destabilize the Middle East. One American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing classified information, said that missiles had been fired from the Damascus area at targets in northern Syria. “The total is number is probably north of six now,” said another American official, and that the...
  • Networks Skip Union Violence in MI, Insist Protesters Are Simply 'Voicing Their Anger'

    12/12/2012 9:41:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    All three networks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ignored the violent assaults by union protesters in Michigan, instead vaguely insisting that picketers were simply "voicing their anger" at the "showdown raging in the heartland."
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals [Dynamic Book Excerpt]

    12/12/2012 9:36:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Amazon ^ | May 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    [Sowell's book] challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted. In a series of long essays, this book presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends. It presents eye-opening insights into the historical development of the ghetto culture that...
  • ABC, CBS, NBC Are 'Censoring Footgage' of Union Thug Violence in Lansing

    12/12/2012 9:35:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    The pro-union broadcast networks are deliberately censoring footage of thuggish union violence directed at conservatives. If a Tea Partier had physically assaulted a liberal journalist or ripped down a structure occupied by a liberal organization all on video, the footage would be broadcast on an endless loop.
  • Jimmy Hoffa Warns Of "Civil War" As MI Governor Signs "Right-To-Work" Into Law

    12/12/2012 9:28:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 83 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11 DEC 12 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    Minutes before Michigan Governor Snyder signed the 'Right-To-Work' bill into law... ... Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa appeared on CNN, as seen in the clip below, warning that: "This is just the first round of a battle that's going to divide this state. We're going to have a civil war," ...as the bill to weaken unions' power is passed. If Hoffa is right, look for Michigan GDP to soar: after all it is one of the more Keynesian states in the union. Via AP: Michigan Gov. Snyder signs right-to-work bills LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed right-to-work...
  • Bob Costas Sounds Off on Zimmerman Case, Ignoring Suit Against Sportscaster's Network

    12/12/2012 9:24:51 AM PST · by Justaham · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/12/12
    NBC Sports talker Bob Costas caught plenty of heat for launching into an anti-gun rant in the wake of the murder/suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Last night, Costas waded into the subject once more, but this time he brought up the George Zimmerman case to buttress his points. "What does common sense tell you about the likelihood of that confrontation ever taking place in the first place if George Zimmerman was not carrying a gun?" Not so fast. Costas' own network is being sued for shoddy journalism involving Zimmerman's case. That didn't prevent the sportscaster from...
  • Heckuva job: Michigan union thugs destroyed hot dog vendor’s cart

    12/12/2012 9:22:49 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    Michele Malkin ^ | 12-12-2012 | Michele Malkin
    December 12, 2012 Heckuva job: Michigan union thugs destroyed hot dog vendor’s cart Michele Malkin This is small business owner Clint Tarver of Lansing, Michigan. He was caught in the violent chaos that erupted when union thugs attacked the Americans for Prosperity tent on the capitol grounds yesterday during the right-to-work debate. His hot dog stand was destroyed. Velvet Hammer reports that the thugs shouted “Uncle Tom” and “nigger” at Tarver.Dana Loesch has more on the story and how to help.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 12,2012

    12/12/2012 8:47:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
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  • Van Hollen: Boehner would give in to Obama after he wins reelection to speaker

    12/12/2012 8:41:46 AM PST · by NCjim · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2012
    A top Democratic leader Wednesday accused House Speaker John Boehner of stringing out "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama until after he wins his speakership reelection, when he would then cave in to Democratic demands to get a deal done without a majority of House Republican support. "I hope he wouldn't avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January and after his swearing-in, but I've become increasingly worried that that is exactly what's going on," charged Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen. "I would hope that he would put the interests of getting an agreement before House Republican politics,"...
  • Michigan Auto Union Reactions a Harbinger of Things to Come?

    12/12/2012 8:30:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/2012 | Neil Snyder
    In the early 1980s, Ford and Chrysler were struggling to make ends meet and Chrysler needed a government bailout to keep going. General Motors' predicament in the 1980s wasn't life threatening so it continued along its merry way without making significant changes. I don't remember which automaker it was, but in the early 1980s one of the Big Three asked its union workers in Michigan to take a pay cut so that it could continue to operate. The unions were told that if they didn't accept a pay cut, the firm would move production to Texas. The unions considered the...
  • Union Thugs Assault Steven Crowder in Michigan; Lefties Blame the Victim

    12/12/2012 8:29:14 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Patterico.com ^ | 12/12/2012 | Patterico
    A follow-up to JD’s post from this morning. The screenshot actually says it all. Let me translate this for you. Ha! Steven Crowder says he was assaulted! That’s a laugh! Especially when he is provoking “peaceful union people” by talking to them! Video emerges of assault. Um. Er. . . . . HEAVILY EDITED!!!!!!!1!!1!! Talk about adding insult to injury.
  • Pentagon Asking Congress To Sell Israel 1,725 Bunker Busters

    12/12/2012 7:53:18 AM PST · by Fennie · 27 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | December 11, 2012 | By Yori Yanover
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress that it intends to sell Israel some 6,900 tail kits which can turn "dumb" bombs into satellite-guided "smart bombs," including bombs capable of penetrating hardened targets, Bloomberg Business Week reported. Some of the hardened targets one would immediately think about are those underground nuclear plants the Iranian government has been so chatty about this past decade or so. According to BBW, the sale will includes 1,725 all-weather satellite-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM tail kits with BLU-109 bombs, which are 2,000-pound, hard-target penetrators. Bombs delivered this way are among the most...
  • Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women

    12/12/2012 7:34:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec 11, 2012
    Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Republicans will have to change their philosophy and not just their ground game in order to win in the future. Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections. VIDEO
  • Total: Oil Production to Peak at 98M Barrels per Day

    12/12/2012 7:20:49 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | December 11, 2012 | Geraldine Amiel
    New discoveries and technological advances have increased the oil industry's ability to increase production in recent years, pushing global maximum oil production to 98 million barrels per day for longer than initially expected, Total SA's Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie said Tuesday. Global oil production should plateau at that level for some time before dropping as reserves gradually deplete, de Margerie said during a meeting with the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris. Technological constraints led the French oil major to estimate in 2007 that the "peak oil" production rate would be at around 95 million barrels per day,...
  • First LNG-Fueled Hydraulic Fracturing Completed in Eagle Ford Play

    12/12/2012 6:53:16 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 11, 2012 | Karen Boman
    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) division of Calgary-based Ferus LP successfully completed in October what the company believes to be the first-ever hydraulic fracturing operation utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as engine fuel in North America. Ferus' LNG Division was engaged by a major oil and gas service company in the United States to conduct the pilot project, which involved six dual-fuel 2,250 horsepower pressure pumper units, powered by LNG, to stimulate well performance in the south Texas Eagle Ford shale. The dual fuel systems allow for natural gas and diesel to be consumed simultaneously with no decrease in performance,...
  • Forbes lists Bridgeport as fourth-dirtiest city in U.S. ( Conn )

    12/12/2012 6:45:33 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ct post ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tom Cleary
    Citing blighted buildings, polluted property and poor air quality, Forbes Magazine named Bridgeport as the fourth "dirtiest city" in America. But look at the bright side Bridgeport residents: Your city is cleaner than Fresno, Calif.; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Philadelphia. "Green" Mayor Bill Finch, who has frequently touted the BGreen2020 sustainability initiative to improve the quality of life in Bridgeport, was among many from the city to take offense to the ranking. ... The image of Bridgeport put forth by Forbes was similar to its portrayal on FOX's animated comedy show "Family Guy" two years ago, casting the Park City as...
  • In France's Welfare State Status Quo, Are We Seeing America's Future?

    12/12/2012 6:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Sylvain Charat
    Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase in people on food stamps (from 32 to 47 million). It is a form of welfareship. As a citizen of France, I know such a society very well. France has 60 years of experience with entrenched welfare policies, beholden to a kind of “welfareship.” It is a democratic society based heavily on welfare, and distrusting the values of free markets. In 2009, 11.2 million French persons received welfare payments, out a...
  • What right to work would do for NY

    12/12/2012 6:39:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mark Mix
    Union bosses are fuming at the prospect of a Michigan Right to Work law, but New Yorkers concerned about protecting employee freedom and reviving their state’s flagging economy should consider Michigan’s example. It’s hard to imagine the Empire State adopting a Right to Work law — but it would be right for businesses, taxpayers and workers. Big Labor’s top officials huff and puff about Right to Work laws, but they never tell you what they actually do. That’s because nearly 80 percent of Americans support the Right to Work principle when it’s presented to them in straightforward terms. Right to...
  • Prescott and Ohanian: Taxes Are Much Higher Than You Think

    12/12/2012 6:36:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2012 | By EDWARD C. PRESCOTT AND LEE E OHANIAN
    President Obama argues that the election gave him a mandate to raise taxes on high earners, and the White House indicates that he won't compromise on this issue as the so-called fiscal cliff approaches. But tax rates are already high—much higher than is commonly understood—and increasing them will likely further depress the economy, especially by affecting the number of hours Americans work. Taking into account all taxes on earnings and consumer spending—including federal, state and local income taxes, Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, excise taxes, and state and local sales taxes—Edward Prescott has shown (especially in the Quarterly Review...
  • Shot shoplifter sues liquor store owner ( Colorado Springs )

    12/11/2012 11:50:31 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    gazette ^ | December 10, 2012 | LANCE BENZEL
    A shoplifter who was chased down and shot in the face after swiping a bottle of vodka from a Colorado Springs liquor store is suing the shop owner. Bryson Adrian Dewberry is seeking at least $100,000 for pain and suffering two years after he was wounded in the jaw by a bullet fired by Chang Ho Yi, the owner of Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor, 4150 Austin Bluffs Parkway. According to a lawsuit filed in early October, Yi witnessed the theft on Oct. 25, 2010, and pursued Dewberry out of his store with a loaded .357 revolver, which fired as Dewberry...
  • Deputies: Robber met with gunfire inside Bakersfield home(CA)

    12/12/2012 6:07:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    bakersfieldnow.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Staff
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A resident shot an alleged robber Tuesday morning in east Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. The resident heard someone remove a screen and break a kitchen window to gain access to his home, so the resident armed himself with a handgun, the sheriff's office said. The suspect and resident came face to face in the hallway of the East Brundage Lane home, and the resident shot the suspect at least twice in the upper body. The alleged intruder, 26-year-old Arturo Jose Luis Estrada, got out of the house and stumbled about a half...
  • JAMIE DIMON: The Table Is Set For Booming 4% Growth, And 200K New Jobs Per Month

    12/12/2012 6:07:11 AM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-12-12 | Joe Weisenthal
    JAMIE DIMON: The Table Is Set For Booming 4% Growth, And 200K New Jobs Per Month Joe WeisenthalDecember 12,2012Jamie Dimon is on LIVE at the Dealbook conference talking fiscal cliff, the economy, and public policy. We're taking notes during his Q&A. Anything not in direct quotes. -- Says odds are politicians will do something between December 21 and December 28. -- On the impact of going over the cliff it might not be horrible... but it might be. -- 'We are one decision away from restoring our moral and fiscal authority in the world.... let's just do it."-- With...
  • Bond in Bankruptcy ... Mark Steyn

    12/12/2012 6:01:20 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 12 Dec 2012 | Mark steyn
    For some reason, the quadrennial humiliation of the Republican presidential candidate now coincides with the release of the new Bond movie. Don't ask me why; probably a constitutional amendment I missed along the way. Last time round, Kevin Sessums interviewed Daniel Craig and, as a final question, asked which presidential nominee would make the better 007: Craig doesn't hesitate. "Obama would be the better Bond because — if he's true to his word — he'd be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go toe to toe with them. McCain, because of his long service and...
  • Undocumented immigrants could get jobless benefits

    12/12/2012 6:00:41 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Legislation introduced Tuesday would give about 400,000 undocumented immigrants in California the same rights as citizens to unemployment benefits and various other government services.
  • Benevolent Sexism

    12/12/2012 5:58:42 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/2012 | Katherine Connell
    Katy Perry recently joined Taylor Swift, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and French former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the ranks of prominent women who declined to identify themselves as feminists when prompted by reporters. Internet responses to this trend ranged from outrage over their false consciousness to snarky derision of their stupidity to concerned introspection about the failures of feminist branding. Another possibility that should be considered is that feminism seems largely irrelevant to an increasing number of Western women because it often appears to be at odds with their experience of reality and their desires. Bruni-Sarkozy explained, “I’m not...
  • 5 things to know about Mich. right-to-work bills (AP wept)

    12/12/2012 5:40:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-12-12 | JEFF KAROUB
    THE NAME IS MISLEADING It isn't about a right to work but rather a right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits what are known as "closed shops," where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. IT MOVED SWIFTLY The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to ramrod legislation through the House and Senate last week. They brushed aside denunciations and challenges by helpless Democrats and cries of outrage from thousands of union...
  • Adam Carolla: Don't Say 'Tax the Rich' ... Say 'Tax the Successful'

    12/12/2012 5:32:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12-11-2012 | Christian Toto
    Adam Carolla wants to set the record straight. The broadcaster who once boastfully told "Loveline" listeners he was "literally" a millionaire isn't rich. He's successful. There's a difference, and it's one lost in the current debate over Democrats trying to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Carolla shared his thoughts on the matter with "The O'Reilly Factor" viewers last night.
  • Deputies: Robber met with gunfire inside Bakersfield home(CA)

    12/12/2012 5:28:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    bakersfieldnow.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Anthony Bailey
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A resident shot an alleged robber Tuesday morning in east Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. The resident heard someone remove a screen and break a kitchen window to gain access to his home, so the resident armed himself with a handgun, the sheriff's office said. The suspect and resident came face to face in the hallway of the East Brundage Lane home, and the resident shot the suspect at least twice in the upper body. The alleged intruder, 26-year-old Arturo Jose Luis Estrada, got out of the house and stumbled about a half...
  • Casper Police: Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves(WY)

    12/12/2012 5:20:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    trib.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Megan Cassidy
    A gunman retreated from a Casper nail salon last week after realizing one of its customers was packing heat. Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds. A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol. At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done...