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  • Poll: Majority would blame both sides equally if talks fail

    12/13/2012 8:52:17 AM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new poll finds that a majority of voters would blame both President Obama and congressional Republicans equally if efforts to find a deficit deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” fail. Fifty-six percent surveyed in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll say both sides would be responsible if a compromise is not reached. Nineteen percent would blame Obama and Democrats only, with 24 percent saying the GOP would be at fault. Those numbers could suggest a shift in public opinion as both parties work to find a way to prevent tax rate hikes and automatic spending cuts from taking...
  • Chinese airplane enters Japanese airspace over Senkakus for 1st time

    12/13/2012 8:33:51 AM PST · by cartan · 9 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 2012-12-13
    A Chinese government airplane entered Japanese airspace over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday in the first such airspace intrusion in Japan, prompting an immediate protest from the Japanese government. The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15 fighter jets to the area after one of China's State Oceanic Administration airplanes was spotted at 11:06 a.m. about 15 kilometers south of Uotsuri Island, one of the Japanese-administered Senkakus claimed by China, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters. It is the first-ever intrusion by China into Japanese airspace since Tokyo started tallying the number of such intrusions...
  • 8 fighter jets scrambled after Chinese plane flies over disputed islands

    12/13/2012 8:29:19 AM PST · by traumer · 3 replies
    TOKYO — Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the center of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. It was the first incursion by a Chinese state aircraft into Japanese airspace anywhere since the country’s military began monitoring in 1958, the defense ministry said. The move marks a ramping-up of what observers suggest is a Chinese campaign to create a “new normal”—where its forces come and go as they please around islands which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, but Tokyo controls as the Senkakus. It also...
  • Norway citizens join militants to fight NATO troops

    12/13/2012 8:18:56 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | 12/13/2012 | Sayed Jawad
    According to reports several Norwegina citizens have joined militants groups based in Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Norwegina intelligence officials have confirmed the report and said the citizens fought on the side of insurgents and even shot at NATO-led international troops that have included Norwegian soldiers.
  • Michael Moore on Reagan voters: They're dying

    12/13/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Michael Moore on Reagan voters: They're dying By: Patrick Gavin December 13, 2012 09:16 AM EST Michael Moore thinks the country is getting better — “I’m very optimistic about the future” — he says, and what explains that? Reagan voters are dying. In a discussion on Current TV about Sheldon Adelson on Wednesday, Moore told host Jennifer Granholm, “Adelson and all those people will be gone, just like the people who voted for Reagan, the older generation that was really behind Reagan.” “If you were 55 or 60 years old in 1980 when Reagan ran, you’re dead now,” said Moore....
  • The Great Progressive Church

    12/13/2012 8:04:20 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/13/2012 | Robert A Hall
    The Great Progressive Church By Robert A. Hall Psychologists say that people need religion in one form or another, and will always invent a theology if they are not given one. I'm not the first to notice that the rise of thetic, unchurched, Godless Secular Humanists has resulted in liberals meeting this human need by converting Progressive Ideology into religious doctrine and admiration for Progressive leaders into unquestioning worship. Self-righteous calls for civility aside, this explains why they get so angry and vicious when you challenge any of their tenets. You are not disagreeing with them over policy. You are...
  • The racial slurs the MSM doesn’t want to cover

    12/13/2012 7:52:12 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 12/13/2012 | William Jacobson
    Union protesters called hot dog vendor “Uncle Tom” and “N*gger” but you won’t hear about it in the mainstream media I have posted numerous times about the union violence in Lansing, including punches thrown at Steven Crowder and the tearing down of the Americans for Prosperity tent even as bystanders screamed that there were people inside. You may also have heard the story of the hot dog vendor whose equipment and supplies were deliberately destroyed by the union protesters. But unless you read conservative blogs and websites, you have not heard that the union protesters shouted racial slurs at the...
  • Homeowner shoots intruder near Mulvane(KS)

    12/13/2012 7:49:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ksn.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | NA
    MULVANE, Kansas -- A 31-year-old burglary suspect is listed in serious but stable condition after he was shot in the chest by a homeowner in rural Mulvane. It happened about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the homeowner found the man in his garage and held him at gunpoint while his wife called 911. "The suspect threatened him, came at him," said Capt. Mike Yoder with the Sumner County Sheriff's Department. "He fired one round. It struck him in the upper chest."
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 13,2012

    12/13/2012 7:37:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 70 replies
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  • “There Will Be Blood”: Union Violence in the Age of Obama

    12/13/2012 7:30:48 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 23 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/13/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    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...
  • Women senators agree: If women were in charge, there’d be a fiscal cliff deal by now

    12/13/2012 7:26:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, this is worth watching if only to see McCaskill mouth a bit of ancient biological determinism that would have set the left off on a two-day screech bender had she been a Republican man. I think the clip's worst sin is how cloying it is: Diane Sawyer decided to bring the women of the Senate together to talk about capital-w Women, so naturally some self-serving CW about capital-w Women must get said. Thank you, Susan Collins, for handling the easy lay-up. I'd like to hear more from her and McC about why compromise is a virtue in itself...
  • WIND ENERGY: America’s Most Favored Industry

    12/13/2012 7:19:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Robert Bryce
    In the history of American business, it’s difficult to find an industry that has enjoyed more political favoritism than the wind-energy sector now enjoys. The wind industry gets subsidies, mandates, and a de facto exemption from prosecution under some of America’s oldest wildlife laws. And the wind-energy lobby is doing all it can to make sure that this favoritism is maintained. With the lame-duck session of Congress now under way, the American Wind Energy Association and its allies on Capitol Hill have begun a lobbying effort to extend the Production Tax Credit, the 2.2-cent-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy that the wind sector has...
  • The $10,000 Degree: Instead of increasing financial aid, two states are decreasing college tuition.

    12/13/2012 7:15:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    As college costs rise rapidly in most places, Texas and Florida are trying to implement something that has become a radical notion: a degree that costs only $10,000. Texas governor Rick Perry announced this goal for his state last year. (Perry was inspired by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had remarked that online learning ought to make it possible for students to pay just $2,000 per year for college.) In November, Florida governor Rick Scott announced that he, too, wanted to see state colleges offer bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 or less. In Texas, ten colleges have signed on (some of...
  • The Republicans Should Just Let Obama Take America Off Of the Cliff

    12/13/2012 7:13:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/13/2012 | Louis Woodhill
    For the good of the country and the survival of the Republican Party, the GOP must allow President Obama to take America off the so-called “fiscal cliff” on January 1. Given the intransigent position that Obama has taken on raising marginal tax rates, any deal that the Republicans in the House of Representatives could conceivably make with him before the end of the year would be counterproductive. It would impede economic growth, and thereby actually reduce the present value of future federal revenues. Such a deal would also further damage the Republican “brand”, which has been trashed by the “clueless...
  • Communist Victory Amerika

    12/13/2012 7:12:16 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 33 replies
    English Pravda ^ | 3-12-12 | Xavier Lerma
    Once upon a time there once was a country so beautiful with spacious skies, with purple mountain majesties where everyone sang "God shed his grace on thee". It promoted freedom of religion and allowed Christianity to grow. It gave opportunities for everyone to better themselves in education and create businesses that not only made them rich but allowed those in poverty to prosper and become middle class citizens.
  • Walter Williams: The Government, Not The Market, Created Our Financial Crisis

    12/13/2012 7:11:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/13/2012 | Prof. Walter Williams
    Suppose you saw a building on fire. Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? You say, "Williams, you'd have to be a lunatic to do that!" But that's precisely what we've done: turned to the people who created our fiscal crisis to fix it. I have never read a better account of our doing just that than in John Allison's new book, "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure." Allison is the former CEO of Branch Banking and Trust, the nation's 10th largest bank. He assembles evidence...
  • Concealed Weapon Permits To Hit 1 Million Next Week In Florida

    12/13/2012 7:05:25 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | Michael Van Sickler
    Sometime next week in Florida, somebody will become the state's 1 millionth holder of a concealed weapons permit, solidifying the state's No. 1 standing in the nation in that category. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam deemed that was worthy of a news conference Wednesday, flanked by U.S. and state flags. "I've been asked about our licensing responsibilities as much as any other topic," Putnam said when asked why he touted the 1 million mark. No doubt, it proves the popularity of a program begun in 1987 at the urging of the NRA, when Florida became the first state to adopt a...
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...
  • Non-whites to make up nearly 60 percent of U.S. by 2060: Census

    12/13/2012 6:43:44 AM PST · by dennisw · 38 replies
    yahoo ^ | DEC 13 | By Susan Heavey
    The shift will largely be fueled by minority births that continue to outpace those of whites, the agency said, based on data from the 2010 Census. Nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic by 2060, up from one in six now, it said. The Asian population is also expected to more than double over the next five decades. "The U.S. will become a plurality nation, where the non-Hispanic white population remains the largest single group, but no group is in the majority," Thomas Mesenbourg, the agency's acting director, said in a statement. The United States has been on...
  • Embrace the Suck

    12/13/2012 6:37:16 AM PST · by NCjim · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 13, 2012 | William L. Gensert
    Let's go over the cliff Gangnam Style. It used to be an accepted truth that America would never negotiate with terrorists -- at least before Obama made 'leading from behind' so popular -- or the ascendency of his current variation, 'leading from nowhere.' Well... in fiscal negotiations Barack Obama is a terrorist. Think about it; he has nothing to lose, because he cares only about winning -- the nation be damned. In fact, the economic depredations inherent in cliff diving provide him with an advantage. By letting lower tax rates on the middle class expire, potentially he has access to...
  • Quinn, Emanuel assail court's concealed carry decision

    12/13/2012 6:07:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 dec 20122 | Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday indicated he would like to see assault weapons banned in Illinois as lawmakers this spring revise state law to allow some form of concealed carry to comply with a court ruling that tossed aside a long-standing ban on allowing people to carry weapons. Meanwhile, at City Hall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Tuesday's federal appellate court decision as "wrongheaded" as he offered legal help to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she weighs an appeal. Judges gave the General Assembly six months to make changes, and the Democratic governor suggested the new rules will have to...
  • British academic: Ban party balloons (helium filled)

    12/13/2012 5:58:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    “The scarcity of helium is a really serious issue. I can imagine that in 50 years time our children will be saying, ‘I can’t believe they used such a precious material to fill balloons,’” said the doctor, Peter Wothers. The non-renewable gas is a necessity in hospitals, where it is used to cool magnets in MRI scanners and mixed with oxygen to allow ill patients and newborn babies to breathe more easily. Scientists have been unsuccessful in finding a sustainable way of making the gas artificially. “If we keep using it for non-essential things like party balloons, where we’re just...
  • Black mobs take over Washington Metro

    12/13/2012 2:27:40 AM PST · by Anila · 181 replies
    WND ^ | 12/13/12 | Colin Flaherty
    No one knows what the two white women were doing on that Metro in that part of Washington, D.C. Ads by Google Clothes and DressesUp to 90% Discount at CashCashPinoy. Join Now! lp.CashCashPinoy.com Trade Forex with FxProStart trading Forex online now. Open an account for free! www.fxpro.com They “did not want any trouble,” they said on the video. To the black mob that confronted them, threatened them, beat them and robbed them, it was no trouble at all. So they grabbed their iPhones, but not before the girls fought back to retrieve them. Unsuccessfully. All the while one of the...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/13/2012 5:44:17 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 30 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012 | Judicial Watch
    Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things. It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces. The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is still being drafted, but a mainstream newspaper got a sneak preview and published an...
  • QE4 Is Here: Bernanke Delivers $85B-A-Month Until Unemployment Falls Below 6.5%

    12/13/2012 4:39:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    forbes ^ | december 12, 2012 | Agustino Fontevecchia
    Ben Bernanke continues to make history at the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the FOMC announced more quantitative easing at a rate of $85 billion a month for an extended period of time. The Bernanke Fed has also modified its guidance, noting its ultra-accommodative stance will remain in place until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5% and inflation projections remain no more than half a percentage point above 2% two years out. QE4 is here. Only a few months after announcing what had been dubbed QE3, an open-ended $40 billion a month program to buy up mortgage backed securities (MBS), the...
  • Toothy prehistoric lizard named Obamadon after smiling president

    12/13/2012 4:21:38 AM PST · by shove_it · 34 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Jason McLure
    (Reuters) - Researchers have named a newly discovered, prehistoric lizard "Obamadon gracilis" in honor of the 44th president's toothy grin. The small, insect-eating lizard was first discovered in eastern Montana in 1974, but a recent re-examination showed the fossil had been wrongly classified as a Leptochamops denticulatus and was in fact a new species, researchers told Reuters on Tuesday. Obamadon gracilis was one of nine newly discovered species reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In naming the new species, scientists from Yale and Harvard universities combined the Latin "Obamadon" for "Obama's teeth" and "gracilis,"...
  • Obama's Tax-the-Scapegoat Strategy Is Doomed to Fail

    12/13/2012 4:12:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/12/2012 | John Merline
    In an interview with Fox News host Bill O´Reilly last year, President Obama claimed he "didn´t raise taxes once." O´Reilly didn´t challenge the claim, and other reporters repeated it as fact. But it was completely false. By the time he went on O´Reilly´s show, Obama had signed more than 20 tax hikes into law with a combined 10-year price tag of more than $500 billion. However, since most of these taxes targeted relatively small and unpopular groups — smokers, tanning salons, insurance companies, the rich — few seemed to notice. Indeed, a review of the tax hikes Obama has enacted...
  • Cal Logo 2.0: Let There be UC Lite

    12/13/2012 3:53:30 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-13-2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    When you think about it, it's amazing that the high-minded swells at the University of California didn't unveil a new logo sooner. The old logo, which will continue to appear on diplomas and official letters, features the school motto, "Let there be light." Ancient. An English translation of a Latin phrase. And a book. Dead-tree lit. 1868? Dead white guys. Under a star. Too militaristic. But it wasn't political correctness that relegated the old UC seal to the dusty top shelf reserved for weighty documents only. The new logo, explained UC spokesman Steve Montiel, is "an operational thing." The seal...
  • Syrian rebels set to execute Ukrainian journalist

    12/13/2012 3:45:26 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | anon
    NGOs are urging Syrian rebels to release a Ukrainian journalist, Anhar Kochneva, who is set to be executed Thursday. Meanwhile the group behind the kidnapping warned it would now target all Russians, Ukrainians and Iranians on Syrian soil. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19, the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about Kochneva’s life and urging the leadership of the Free Syrian Army and of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to ensure that the journalist is safe and set free. The groups also called on the French, British and US governments,...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 13, 2012

    12/13/2012 2:50:26 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
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  • Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility age (leaves 270K uninsured in 2021)

    12/13/2012 2:10:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility ageBy Mike Lillis - 12/12/12 08:01 PM ET House Democrats are lining up behind Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) against raising Medicare’s eligibility age as part of a year-end tax-and-spending package. Pelosi rejected raising Medicare’s eligibility age in an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, then doubled down on that position Wednesday. “We want what happens to be fair,” she said in an interview on CBS’s “This Morning” program. “And one of the things that we object to is raising the Medicare age.” A number of Democrats say this is neither...
  • Woman Turns In Historic Nazi Assault Rifle At Conn. Gun Buy-Back

    12/13/2012 2:09:18 AM PST · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 December 2012 | Jessica Stanton
    The Sturmgewehr 44 dates back to 1944 - Value $20,000 to 25,000 - It was the first modern assault rifle ever made - AK 47 copied design - Police "did not take the gun in for the gun buy-back program." - Photo in Comments
  • US backs United Nations measure in favor of universal health coverage

    12/13/2012 1:54:17 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    the hill ^ | december 12, 2012 | elise viebeck
    The United States has backed a United Nations draft resolution favoring universal healthcare coverage. The nonbinding measure calls on U.N. member states to ensure citizens' access to health insurance, and was approved by the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. Supporters say the draft resolution paves the way for the post-2015 development agenda to include universal health coverage. Health insurance for all promotes "sustained, inclusive and equitable growth, social cohesion and well-being of the population," the U.N. said. In 2010, the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO) expressed support for President Obama's signature healthcare law, praising it as an "unprecedented achievement" in...
  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    12/13/2012 1:38:52 AM PST · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    Newsday/AP ^ | 12-13-12 | Matthew Daly
    For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street. The rules had been largely put on hold during the presidential campaign as the White House sought to quiet Republican charges that President Barack Obama was an overzealous regulator who is killing U.S. jobs. But since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to update water quality guidelines for beaches and other recreational waters and deal...
  • LIFE MAGAZINE'S SPECIAL EDITION ON JESUS

    12/13/2012 1:29:44 AM PST · by princess leah · 11 replies
    Life Magazine ^ | November 2012 | Life Magazine
    At our church's Christmas Musical, there was a video presentation of one of the leaders and he held up a copy of Life magazine's November special issue entitled "JESUS" with a picture of Jesus and the sub title "Who Do You Say That I Am?" I then saw this on the magazine rack at the checkout at the store, so I purchased it and while I haven't gotten through it all yet, I was impressed that one of our oldest Magazines in America chose this Christmas season to put out THE Issue that asks the Question that may be the...
  • Judge dismisses handgun case with 1st successful use of Stand Your Ground immunity law

    12/13/2012 1:00:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    tcpalm.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Lamaur Stancil
    Arzie Tory Months before Floridians had heard of Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, an Indian River County man was threatened with a beating and made a decision to stand his ground by grabbing a gun. Arzie Tory was a 48-year-old lawn maintenance employee who arrived at work on July 12, 2011, and was assaulted by a man 19 years younger, according to court records. Tory, who said he was experiencing weakness from diabetes, took a punch to the eye and fled to his car, where he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and warned the other man to stay away, records...
  • Checkmate: From a Slum to Chess Superstar

    12/13/2012 12:43:00 AM PST · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    THINGS GONE RIGHT ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | Admin
    A 16-year-old from Uganda just wanted something to eat the day she wandered into a chess tournament that swept her out of the slums and into the international spotlight. In 2011, Tim Crothers wrote a viral piece for ESPN Magazine about Phiona Mutesi. The story is once again getting attention as Crothers tours the U.S. this week to promote a full-length book about the teen, who he says is “the ultimate underdog.” “Before I discovered chess… I was living on the streets,” Mutesi told CNN in an interview broadcast on Monday. “You couldn’t have anything to eat at the streets.”...
  • Caught Up In Violence, Michigan Style

    12/12/2012 11:16:38 PM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 17 replies
    6 Foot 2 In High Heel Shoes ^ | 12-12-12 | 6foot2inhighheels
    12-12-12 I joined a handful of people who supported Right to Work Legislation in Lansing yesterday. While the union goons circled the AFP tent like a pack of hyenas all morning, I ventured out with my friend Wendy, and videotaped the crowds as they swelled from a few hundred at 8 AM to at least 15,000 by 11:30AM. We also spent considerable time observing the planned events that culminated in a near riot. Between 8 and 9, the union leadership directed the protestors to kick Michigan Americans for Prosperity people off the Capitol's front steps, which the AFP had reserved,...
  • Bad News Bear Grantham the Grim

    12/12/2012 11:14:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Rich Karlgaard
    JEREMY GRANTHAM is famous for looking into the dark corners of investment. He sees things we’d rather not discuss. His pessimism has served him well. Investors hire Grantham to spot irrational exuberance and bet against it. That’s why his firm, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, is entrusted to manage $100 billion. The dour Grantham makes a lot of money for his clients. He is usually right. In his November newsletter, you see, Grantham the Grim delivers the most pessimistic report we’ve ever seen. Anywhere. He writes: “The U.S. GDP growth rate that we have become accustomed to for over 100 years—in...
  • Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists ( Syria Coalition Leader )

    12/12/2012 10:59:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Leader of new U.S.-backed Syrian rebel coalition: Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists posted at 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 by Allahpundit A short but important footnote to the NYT’s story about Assad using scud missiles against the rebels. Remember, this is supposed to be the new pro-western face of the Syrian opposition that’ll make deeper U.S. involvement more politically palatable. But the leader of the coalition took issue with a decision by the Obama administration to classify Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign...
  • TSA's Grip on Internal Travel is Tightening

    12/12/2012 10:45:02 PM PST · by sourcery · 51 replies
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tightening its grip on domestic travcel. I don't mean the random, unpredictable security checks at bus, subway and train stations which already exist. I mean a coordinated and systematic police control of internal travel within America. Groundwork is being laid. Application to Make U.S. Into an Airport Screening Zone The application was tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30). It was surrounded by soporific references to forwarding "the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review...
  • Michigan Locals Raise Funds For 'Hot Dog Guy' After Union Thugs Destroy His Supplies

    12/12/2012 10:43:00 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Natalia Angulo
    Clinton Tarver has been serving hot dogs to hungry locals in downtown Lansing, Mich., for the last five years, but a brush this week with a pro-union protest literally upended his small business in a matter of minutes. During a protest against right-to-work legislation in Michigan's capital, Tarver’s catering supplies were destroyed when demonstrators tore down the tent where he was serving and trampled his gear. Related News: Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage Learning From History (Labor Unions) - The Kohler Strike of 1954 Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals?
  • Syrian forces fire short-range ballistic missiles at rebels

    12/12/2012 10:32:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Karen DeYoung
    Government forces have fired at least a half-dozen short-range ballistic missiles at rebel groups in northern Syria over the past several days, according to U.S. officials, a potentially significant escalation of a civil war that has killed more than 40,000 people. U.S. officials and the group Human Rights Watch also alleged Wednesday that Syrian government forces are dropping incendiary devices similar to napalm weapons on rebel fighters in populated areas. The officials described the tactics as acts of desperation as rebels gain momentum in the nearly two-year-old fight to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of ObamaCare

    12/12/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/12/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President Obama’s signature health care law. Using “Republican” language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • DA: Woman falls on SEPTA bus, 6 claim injuries (PHOTOS)

    12/12/2012 9:39:23 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Vernon Odom
    The Philadelphia District Attorney said six people filed false injury claims against SEPTA after a woman tripped and fell on a bus. The DA said the incident happened on Thanksgiving night in 2010. According to investigators, the woman involved fell while walking to the rear of the bus. The bus had not been in an accident, the DA said, and there were no sudden maneuvers that would have caused her to fall. Paramedics were called to the scene, but the woman refused treatment and declined to go to the hospital. The only other person on the bus at the time...
  • 55 Reasons Why California Is The Worst State In America

    12/12/2012 9:37:46 PM PST · by blam · 49 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-12-2012 | Michael Snyder
    55 Reasons Why California Is The Worst State In America By Michael Snyder December 12th, 2012 Why in the world would anyone want to live in the state of California at this point? The entire state is rapidly becoming a bright, shining example of everything that is wrong with America. It is so sad to watch our most populated state implode right in front of our eyes. Like millions of Americans, I was quite enamored with the state of California when I was younger. The warm weather, the beaches, the great natural beauty of the state and the mystique of...
  • Pelosi Accuses GOP Of Lack Of Concern For Kwanzaa [VIDEO]

    12/12/2012 9:35:44 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-12-12 | Unknown to me
    "Is there not an appreciation for the Jewish holidays? The Christmas holiday? Kwanzaa? All the other things that families come together around? Bonding rituals important to the strength of our society? Do we not care about that? Well, the American people do. And they want to shop for it." - Wednesday, December 12, 2012, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the house floor
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Wed. 12/12/12 (9-10 PM PT)

    12/12/2012 9:08:06 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 12/12/12 | Paul Preston
    Agenda21Radio, hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street, airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.com
  • Michael Moore: Big Fat Union Hypocrite

    12/12/2012 9:06:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 25 replies
    chicago now ^ | 12-2012 (orig March 2011) | warren todd huston
    With the spotlight on Wisconsin's union thugs rampaging across the state, one wonders why it took propaganda filmmaker Michael Moore so long to put himself in front of the news cameras to take some of their publicity for himself. But this weekend, Moore finally glommed onto the cameras making himself out to be a great supporter of the union's efforts in the Badger State. Once again, though, Moore proves to be a hypocrite. It was Moore, after all, that excluded using union workers in one of his recent films. Some supporter of unions! Filmmaker Moore attend a recent Wisconsin pro-union...
  • In cautionary move, Europe centralizes bank oversight

    12/12/2012 8:57:37 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/12/12 | staff
    European Union finance ministers reached an agreement early Thursday to create a single supervisor for their banks - one of the most significant transfers of authority from national governments to regional authorities since the creation of the euro currency. Under the deal, banks with more than $39 billion in assets supervised or those that represent a significant proportion of their national economies will be placed under the oversight of the European Central Bank. The deal gives the ECB broad powers, including the ability to grant and withdraw banking licenses, investigate institutions, and financially sanction banks that don't follow the rules.