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  • OBAMA SCUTTLES 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL?

    12/31/2012 12:08:16 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | December 31, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    This afternoon, in one of the more bizarre appearances of his presidency, Barack Obama gave a televised address to a room full of supporters on the "fiscal cliff." He broke no news, but mocked Congress, and hinted at future tax hikes. Observers worried that he may have deliberately scuttled a potential agreement. Even though he has come off his last campaign for political office, President Obama acted like a candidate on the campaign trail--one prepared to use whatever political capital he had accumulated to take shots at the opposition in Congress at the very moment leaders from both sides are...
  • Gregory under investigation, out of headlines (Are the magazines legal - or not?)

    12/31/2012 11:55:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/12 | DYLAN BYERS |
    **SNIP** Those who argue that the investigation is ludicrous have a point: Showing an empty gun magazine on television, though illegal in Washington, D.C., was hardly going to harm anyone. As Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote, it's hard to think of a sillier use of investigative resources. But it's also hard to blame the other side for asking that laws be upheld and applied to all -- especially at a time when so many in the media seem to be pushing for more of those laws. The Gregory investigation may have started as a "non-story," but that's no...
  • Texas judge OKs ban on Planned Parenthood funding

    12/31/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.
  • Why Inflation Is The Economy's Hidden Iceberg In 2013

    12/31/2012 11:41:52 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-31-2012 | Martin Hutchinson
    Why Inflation is the Economy's Hidden Iceberg in 2013 Economics / InflationDec 31, 2012 - 06:35 AM By: Money Morning Martin Hutchinson writes: Even though Ben Bernanke's Fed has kept interest rates close to zero, inflation hasn't been a big problem since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite what many observers have expected inflation has remained quite tame. However in 2013, that may be about to change. One factor that might cause a surge in inflation is the fiscal cliff. That's because Bernanke is already buying $1 trillion of Treasury and housing agency bonds each year ($85 billion per month) against...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt stays in the gun game (with new, high prices)

    12/31/2012 11:35:13 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Max Slowik
    Cheaper Than Dirt recently shocked the gun community with their post-Sandy Hook announcement that they were suspending future firearms sales online. They would continue to sell sporting goods and shooting supplies online, but only sell guns at their retail location. The outrage was palpable. It should be mentioned, for those who do not know, that online sales do not circumvent any gun laws or background checks. It is functionally no different than buying from a dealer in person, except you have a larger number of options with wider product availability and price selections. Guns bought online must still be transferred...
  • Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.'

    12/31/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.' Daniel Halper December 31, 2012 2:12 PM President Barack Obama tipped his hand today during a speech at the White House ... about how he plans to spend this New Year's Eve. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress have to get this done," Obama said, according to a rush transcript, referencing the ongoing "fiscal cliff" talks. "But they're not there yet. They are close, but they're not there yet. And one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there is even one...
  • NPR: Is The Party Over For The Tea Party?

    12/31/2012 11:26:48 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 12/31/2012 | Alan Greenblatt
    Is The Party Over For The Tea Party? by Alan Greenblatt December 31, 2012 Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., protested outside the Supreme Court in June as justices debated the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. David Goldman/AP It's a little bit early, but the Tea Party is hitting its sophomore slump. A few of the prominent members of Congress elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010 lost their seats in November. With the end-of-year budget negotiations going nowhere, the Tea Party has been described variously as standing on the sidelines and losing its...
  • Let’s Give Up on the Constitution

    12/31/2012 11:25:05 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 31, 2012 | LOUIS MICHAEL SEIDMAN
    AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions. Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck...
  • Two wounded in theater shooting(2 days after Newtown, this time there was a gun and it saved lives)

    12/31/2012 10:53:43 AM PST · by bestintxas · 3 replies
    MY SA ^ | 12/17/2012 | h O'Connor
    Two people were wounded late Sunday when gunfire erupted at a local movie theater, sending panicked moviegoers rushing to exits and ducking for cover, police and witnesses said. A lone suspect was in custody after being wounded by an unidentified law enforcement officer, a Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Conditions of the two people wounded were not immediately released, nor was it disclosed where they were when they were wounded, or the type of gun that was used. Related Link: Officials: Breakup sparked Santikos shooting Witnesses said numerous shots were fired inside and outside the Santikos Mayan Palace 14...
  • Craigslist sperm donor forced to pay child support to lesbian couple [nixed rights before birth]

    12/31/2012 10:23:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 31 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>A sperm donor has been ordered to pay child support for the biological daughter he fathered to a lesbian couple who found him via Craigslist.</p> <p>Angela Bauer, 40, and partner Jennifer Schreiner, 34, placed an ad on the site three years ago for a donor which was answered by William Marotta.</p>
  • Live Thread: Obama Says What Jarrett and Axelrod Write For him...fiscal cliff remarks at 1:30

    12/31/2012 10:05:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 150 replies
    12/31/12
    Fox local affiliate came on in Miami, said the Assclown was going to speak at 1:30. So once the teleprompter is loaded, expect him to stumble in at about 2:00.
  • Md. same-sex couples prepare for Jan. 1 marriages

    12/31/2012 9:45:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31 2012 12:09 PM EST | Brian Witte
    Gay couples are preparing for New Year’s Day weddings in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to allow same-sex marriage, which will become legal in Maryland on Tuesday. The new law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. and follows a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin O’Malley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question. … Same-sex couples in Maryland have been able to get marriage licenses since Dec. 6, but they do not take effect until Tuesday. …
  • Abbas to Arab MKs: We Seek Peace with Israel

    12/31/2012 9:05:11 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/31/2012, 12:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party's new logo shows all of Israel as Palestine, claimed on Sunday that he seeks peace with the Jewish State. Abbas, who met with Arab MKs Mohammad Barakeh and Said Nafaa, said that the "Palestinian people" are striving for peace in accordance with the decisions of international institutions and seek to establish an independent Palestinian state within the 1949 armistice line with its capital in Jerusalem. Abbas said that the PA Arabs desire peace and want to have a "partner who believes in peace." He added that the Palestinian aspiration is to establish...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (11,810 signatures so far)

    12/31/2012 8:47:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    13,190 more to go. Almost halfway there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • From partisan perspective, ‘cliff’ may not be that scary

    12/31/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/2012 | Zachary A. Goldfarb & Rosalind S. Helderman
    To many Americans, what’s going on in Washington looks like a circus show that isn’t the least bit entertaining — the nation’s leaders seemingly unable to come up with a deal that keeps most people from paying higher taxes. But there is a logic to it. For all the posturing of the last few weeks, both sides see a measure of political upside in going over the “fiscal cliff” — or, at the least, an advantage in waiting until the last minute, since they want to avoid drawing the ire of their most loyal supporters by appearing to cave too...
  • NBC reporter raises Hillary Clinton questions

    12/31/2012 8:30:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Politico ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kevin Robillard
    The top science reporter for NBC News raised questions Monday about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization, raising the possibility the blood clot causing isn’t linked to an earlier concussion. “It’s not exactly clear what is happening with Secretary Clinton’s health,” NBC News chief science and health correspondent Robert Bazell said “All we have is a statement from her office. The hospital isn’t saying anything and the statement from her [office] says that she had this blood clot that stemmed from the concussion and she’s being treated with blood-thinning drugs,” Bazell continued. “The problem is that usually when blood clots...
  • Drone spotted flying above Metrodome during Vikings-Packers game

    12/31/2012 8:30:50 AM PST · by kiryandil · 60 replies
    Citypages blog ^ | Mon., Dec. 31 2012 | Aaron Rupar
    Think drones only fly above Pakistan, Afghanistan, or other quasi-theaters of war? Think again. Yesterday, an unmanned helicopter was photographed flying above the Metrodome plaza before the Vikings-Packers game. A Homeland Security Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response [VIPR] team was also photographed milling around the plaza. Here's a photo of the VIPR team, followed by a full-size shot of the drone (all photos courtesy of Nathan M. Hansen's Twitter): Local "information operations" and "spinstorms" blogger Dan Feidt writes that the drone "is comparable to the sports photography drone... I figured it might just be a civilian hobbyist drone or some...
  • The Whining Krauthammer

    12/31/2012 8:26:07 AM PST · by morethanright · 36 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-31 09:10:21 | mrcurmudgeon
    Mr. Curmudgeon:"I do begrudge what he's done in this fiscal cliff talks," said syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer to Fox News host Sean Hannity. "It's been very clear from the beginning that he [President Obama] had no intention to solve the fiscal issues. He's been using this, and I must say with great skill and ruthless skill and success, to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition. The only, you know, redoubt of the opposition is the House. And his objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House and to create an internal civil war,...
  • The "NO" Rush Limbaugh,M-F,WABC AM,EST,12NOONPM-3PM,December 31, 2012-January 1-2,2013

    12/31/2012 8:09:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 31-January 2,2012-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013! WELCOME To The "NO" Rush Limbaugh Show Thread! Enjoy the SUBS!:)=^..^=
  • Preppers, Patriots and Pirates

    12/31/2012 8:06:08 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    BATR ^ | 12-31-2012 | BATR
    Preppers, Patriots and Pirates Politics / US PoliticsDec 31, 2012 - 08:21 AM By: BATR Now that the prospects of a second Obama administration are hitting home, the pace of a rapid deterioration are confronting all thinking Americans. The radical transformation that is centrally planned for the economy and authoritarianism administrated by the statists that are part of the most tyrannical regime in memory, is taking place before our eyes. Falling off the cliff is more like descending into the abyss of martial law contrived to eliminate the last remnants of independent citizens. Advocating for civil liberties is treated as...