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  • Gun group says active killer events quadrupled after Gun Free School Zones Act

    01/01/2013 6:25:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia Carry.org notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad - An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column). “Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study...
  • New regulations pull the plug on the 75-watt incandescent light bulb

    01/01/2013 6:24:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    KTIV ^ | 1/01/13
    UNDATED (NBC) - As we say goodbye to 2012, we're also saying goodbye to a fixture in America's lighting fixtures: The 75-watt incandescent light bulb. Under federal law, 75-watt bulbs can no longer be produced or imported as of January 1st, though retailers can still clear remaining stock. **SNIP** Traditional 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2014.
  • Charlie Sheen blames homophobic slur on his 'lisp' [Will be forgotten, just like Tracy Morgan]

    01/01/2013 6:22:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/31/12 | Kate Stanton
    Actor Charlie Sheen dropped a gay slur at the opening for Epic Bar on the rooftop of the El Ganzo hotel in Cabo San Lucas Friday, in front of a crowd that included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In an attempt to rev up his audience, the 47-year-old former star of "Two and a Half Men" opened by asking, ""How we doing?...Lying bunch of f*****t a**holes, how we doing?" Sheen later apologized for the remark, but chalked the slur up to a speech impediment. "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I...
  • Feds phase out more light bulbs in 2013

    01/01/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 66 replies
    HOUSTON -- At the Light Bulb Depot near his home in The Heights, Randy Gingrich just bought another batch of florescent bulbs. “Since I started three years ago, I haven’t replaced a compact fluorescent yet,” he says. “So I’m happy with that.” “In my ceiling fans, each one of mine has four lights,” says Allen Tabb, who’s been selling light bulbs for 16 years. “So instead of using 240 watts of electricity, I only use 60 watts of electricity. And I get the same light output.” Sure, fluorescent bulbs are more expensive than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs and some people complain...
  • Shell drilling rig grounds off Kodiak Island after towlines fail for 5th time

    01/01/2013 6:15:12 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 31, 2012 | LISA DEMER
    Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig, re-secured to two vessels with towlines early Monday, grounded around 9 p.m. in rocky water off the southern coast of Kodiak Island during a pounding Gulf of Alaska winter storm, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A command team that includes Shell briefed reporters on the disaster with the Kulluk late Monday night. It broke loose from a Shell-contracted ship, the Aiviq, around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Then around 8:15 p.m., with the grounding imminent, the second tow boat, a borrowed tug named the Alert, was directed to lose its tow line to avoid danger...
  • $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1

    01/01/2013 6:10:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows: The Obamacare Medical Device Tax: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business...
  • Canadian hero in Iran Hostage crisis dies at 88

    01/01/2013 6:10:05 AM PST · by Rock Hardplace · 11 replies
    OTTAWA — “Hell yes. Of course. Count on us.” With those words to an endangered U.S. diplomat in November 1979, John Sheardown, then Canada’s top immigration official in Iran, launched what would become known as “the Canadian Caper.” Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/John+Sheardown+player+rescue+diplomats+from+Iran+dead/7761539/story.html#ixzz2GjLJsOx0
  • Expect some pay-stub confusion ('Making Work Pay' 2 percent hike in withholding?)

    01/01/2013 5:58:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | 12/31/12 | Jordyn Dahl
    The Internal Revenue Service typically distributes withholding tables to employers at the end of November that reflect changes to the federal income-tax rate, but no tables have been sent for the New Year, said Mark Betts, payroll director for ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services Inc. in Durango. **SNIP** Employees should be prepared to take home 2 percent less pay in their checks this year as the Social Security payroll tax cut expires. President Barack Obama initially included the tax cut extension in his fiscal cliff negotiations, but it has not been included in recent proposals. The tax cut was intended...
  • Senate passes massive tax cut which raised taxes over $600 billion in middle of night..

    01/01/2013 5:52:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Legal insurrection. ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson
    There are too many metaphors here applicable to the Senate’s 89-8 passage of a “fiscal cliff” bill in the middle of the night (around 2 a.m. this morning). The bill raised taxes by over $600 billion, in addition to Obamacare taxes already coming on line, yet the Senators can claim it was a massive tax cut because the vote took place after midnight, so technically the Bush tax cuts already had expired.
  • Federal Appeals Court Hands Victory to Religious Colleges, Commands HHS to Act Quickly

    01/01/2013 5:34:02 AM PST · by kindred · 10 replies
    BreakingChristianNews.com ^ | 12/18/12 | unknown
    Washington, D.C. — Today, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Last summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature. Today, the appellate court reinstated those cases, and ordered the Obama Administration to report back every 60 days—starting in mid-February—until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges’ religious freedom. The new rule must be issued by March 31, 2013. “The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and...
  • New year + new health care law = new tax rates

    01/01/2013 5:26:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON -- The tax man is coming in 2013. And he's wearing surgical scrubs and has a stethoscope around his neck. Five new tax increases take effect Jan. 1 to help pay for the nation's health care overhaul. New provisions of the Affordable Care Act require affluent taxpayers to pay more for Medicare and, for the first time, have their investment income subject to Medicare taxes as well. Also, people who use flexible spending accounts for health care expenses will pay higher taxes. And taxpayers who spend a lot out of pocket on their health care will find it harder...
  • Hillary Clinton's Illness Prompts Conspiracy Theories

    01/01/2013 4:50:36 AM PST · by RichBruer · 51 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/31/2012 | Daniel Halper
    "A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12
  • Obama, Carney Publicly Linked Benghazi to Video 3 Days After CIA etc. Reported No Protest

    01/01/2013 1:44:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 31, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Three days after CIA and State Department eyewitnesses reported on Sept. 15 that there had been no protest in Benghazi, Libya, before terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission and a CIA facility there on Sept. 11, President Barack Obama and White House Spokesman Jay Carney both publicly linked the attacks, which killed four Americans, to protests against an anti-Muslim video that had been posted on YouTube. … However, according to a new report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, personnel working at the CIA “Annex” in Benghazi on Sept. 11 reported on Sept. 15 that there had been no protest...
  • Haniyeh: Israel is a 'Cancerous Tumor'

    01/01/2013 1:22:01 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Hamas's de-facto Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, took advantage of an educational conference on Tuesday to attack Israel, Channel 10 News reported. "Israel is a cancerous tumor that must be removed and uprooted," Haniyeh was quoted as having said during an international conference on education. "The hand of the resistance and the jihad fighters has begun to uproot the tumor, and will work to end the occupation of Palestine as a whole. Allah willing, we will break the occupation," Haniyeh said in a speech which was heard by representatives from Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar. He called for Gazan teachers...
  • NY Times reporter forced to leave China over visa

    01/01/2013 1:05:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 6:23 PM EST
    A New York Times correspondent who has worked in China for more than a decade was forced to leave the country on Monday because his visa wasn’t renewed, the newspaper said. Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian, flew to Hong Kong with his family amid increased pressures on foreign journalists by the Chinese government, which is concerned over media scrutiny of its top leaders. …
  • Portman Tells Obama to Rescind Federal Pay Raises

    01/01/2013 1:01:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 31 Dec 2012 06:26 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. Rob Portman on Monday called on President Barack Obama to rescind government pay raises—including his own—saying they are out of line at a time the country is struggling to get its debt under control. … Under the executive order issued on Thursday, most members of Congress would receive a $900 annual raise, pushing their salary to $174,900. House Speaker John Boehner and the leaders of each party in each house would gain $1,100 a year. Vice President, Biden would get the biggest bump, with an increase of more than $6,000 to $231,900. …
  • Chief justice stresses need for judges, funds despite US fiscal strain

    01/01/2013 12:55:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:59pm EST | Jonathan Stempel
    Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday called on the White House and Congress to provide sufficient funding and enough judges to ensure that the federal judiciary can do its job well despite the fiscal problems the country faces. In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Roberts recognized the battle in Washington over the “fiscal cliff,” saying the country has a fiscal ledger that has “gone awry” and must address the longer-term problem of a “truly extravagant and burgeoning national debt.” He said the judiciary has been doing its part to cut costs aggressively, but can only go so far...
  • Choose Your Own Crime Stats - (FBI and UK Crime Stats Compared)

    01/01/2013 12:41:36 AM PST · by GVnana · 1 replies
    An interesting comparison of violent crime statistics for the US and UK. Also, FBI stats on the 54% decline in violent crime in the US. Yes. It is DECLINING. And concentrated in urban centers of 250,000+ population. http://youtu.be/Ooa98FHuaU0
  • Hollande refuses to back down on French super-tax

    12/31/2012 11:21:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 18.37 EST | Angelique Chrisafis
    François Hollande on Monday vowed to press on with his super-tax on the rich, despite a damning decision by France’s top court to throw it out as unconstitutional. But it is uncertain when a new version of the tax will be introduced and whether it will be watered down. … “We will still ask more of those who have the most,” said Hollande. He added that the exceptional tax on France’s wealthy would be “adjusted without changing its objective”, but did not provide details of any new proposal. … The tax remains overwhelmingly popular with the French public, 60% of...
  • Louis Michael Seidman: Time to scrap the constitution

    12/31/2012 11:10:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 49 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 31 2012 | Doug Brady
    <p>I first thought this was going to be some kind of parody.  It isn’t.  My first clue should have been that it was published in, you guessed it, the New York Times.</p> <p>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.</p>
  • Manassas News & Messenger prints final edition ( Warren Buffett )

    12/31/2012 11:07:35 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | - 1/1/2013 | Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON - The Manassas News & Messenger is no more. The paper printed its final edition after 143 years of covering the news in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park Sunday. The paper's parent company, the Warren Buffett-owned World Media Enterprises, decided to close the paper and its website ... World Media Enterprises purchased the paper, as well as several others, from Media General in June. ... All employees lost their jobs, and
  • Obama's New Economic Normal: Seven Devastating Facts

    12/31/2012 9:39:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/1/13 | Wynton Hall
    America is entering a new economic normal, a reality where almost everything that should be going up is going down, and everything that should be going down is going up. The United States begins 2013 in uncharted economic waters; America has never been here before. Consider, for example, these seven “firsts” for the U.S. economy: 1. All-time record annual average gas price: In 2012, the average cost of a gallon of gas eclipsed the previous record by nine cents, bringing the annual average to $3.60. 2. All-time record food stamp participation: As of last month, for the first time in...
  • 'Journal News' advertisers face boycott over gun map (Gannett)

    12/31/2012 9:32:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/12 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the suburban New York newspaper that published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits. **SNIP** The group is encouraging “concerned citizens” to contact national and local advertisers who use the Journal News — including Best Buy, CVS, IKEA and Target, among others — and tell them to stop running ads until the list of lower Hudson Valley pistol license holders is off the Web.
  • Obama, Senate Republicans reach agreement on ‘fiscal cliff’ (All taxes, no cuts)

    12/31/2012 9:32:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 78 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | DECEMBER 31, 11:01 PM ET | By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane,
    President Obama and Senate leaders struck a bipartisan agreement late Monday to let income taxes rise sharply for the first time in two decades, fulfilling Obama’s promise to raise taxes on the rich and avoiding the worst effects of the “fiscal cliff.”The agreement, brokered by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), primarily targets taxpayers who earn more than $450,000 per year, raising their rates for wages and investment profits. At the same time, the deal would protect more than 100 million households earning less than $250,000 a year from income tax increases that are scheduled to...
  • You Know How This Ends Right? This Ends Through War.

    12/31/2012 9:07:36 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-31-2012 | Mac Slavo
    You Know How This Ends Right? This Ends Through War. Mac Slavo December 31st, 2012 In 2006, when Americans were flying high on ever-expanding credit and double digit real estate growth, hedge fund manager Kyle Bass came to the conclusion that something was very wrong. He and his investors determined that a massive real estate bubble was forming in sub-prime mortgages. But rather than just making a prediction, they put their money where their mouth was, and took a $4 billion gamble that the real estate market was about to detonate. At the time, many in the industry and within...
  • Today's U.S. Soldiers Fitter Than Decades Ago: Report

    12/31/2012 8:58:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 26, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    However, study found those serving in Afghanistan, Iraq still had beginnings of heart diseaseHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan had been healthier than troops in previous wars, military researchers report.Although almost 9 percent of those autopsied had some degree of atherosclerosis (or "hardening") of their coronary arteries, which can lead to heart disease, this was far lower than seen in soldiers who died in Vietnam or Korea, researchers say.Similar studies had shown that 77 percent of soldiers in the Korean War and 45 percent in the Vietnam War had atherosclerosis,...
  • Ed Schultz: Obama Took "Republicans To The Cleaners" In Fiscal Cliff Deal (video)

    12/31/2012 8:52:07 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 67 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 31, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    ED SCHULTZ, MSNBC: "If I could just put it this way: the White House is taking the Republicans to the cleaners in negotiation on this. This is a huge win for the White House, if they can get the votes on this. And that's why Schumer is coming out, saying that there's going to be strong Democratic support here. This is a big win for the Democrats, no question about it. A big win for America. This underscores the vote on November 6th, there's no question about it."
  • Clinton’s physicians expect ‘full recovery’

    12/31/2012 8:41:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/31/12 | Guy Taylor
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was being monitored closely at a New York hospital Monday night, although doctors said she was making “excellent progress” toward “a full recovery” from a blood clot inside her skull. Doctors discovered the clot Sunday during a routine MRI as part of a follow-up exam to a concussion Mrs. Clinton sustained in mid-December after dehydration from an acute stomach virus caused her to faint and hit her head. “The scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated
  • Not Ashamed of America’s Gun Culture

    12/31/2012 8:37:50 PM PST · by Clintons-B-Gone · 16 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | December 31, 2013 | R.G. Yoho
    The other day in our local newspaper, there were three political columns on the editorial page, all three of them one-sidedly calling for gun control and moaning about America’s “Gun Culture.” As a law-abiding gun owner, I must say that I am a part of America’s gun culture. I am proud of it. In addition, I often thank God for it.
  • Occupy Float To Follow Rose Parade

    12/31/2012 8:24:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 31, 2012 | Adolfo Flores
    Occupy Float To Follow Rose Parade The 15-foot-high float, with "Mr. Monopoly" riding a red wagon, is designed to draw attention to foreclosures and "illegal bank practices," an organizer says. By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times December 31, 2012 The Occupy movement will be making a repeat appearance at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade, organizers and police said Monday. A 15-foot-high float, with "Mr. Monopoly" riding a red wagon, will wheel its way down the 5.5-mile route at the conclusion of the parade, organizers said. The board game character, intended to represent bankers, will have strings attached to participants...
  • Pelosi: House Dems will look at deal after Senate passage

    12/31/2012 7:37:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday night that she will present the fiscal cliff deal to House Democrats as soon as it’s approved by the upper chamber. “I understand at the present time, Senate Democrats are meeting with the Vice President,” Pelosi said in a statement. “When a final agreement is reached and passed by the Senate, I will present it to the House Democratic Caucus.”
  • Obama's Call for More Revenue Next Year Angers GOP Senators

    12/31/2012 7:32:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Dec. 31, 2012, 2:29 p.m. | Steven T. Dennis
    Douglas Graham/CQ Roll CallMcCain said he believes the president’s statement “clearly will antagonize members of the House.” With both sides on the cusp of a fiscal cliff deal, President Barack Obama vowed Monday to seek additional revenue next year alongside spending cuts. In the process, he also angered several GOP senators who said he demeaned their efforts to reach a deal.Obama said that a year-end deal to avert tax hikes for the middle class “is within sight, but it’s not done.” The emerging deal, which sources have pegged at around $600 billion in new revenue, would include permanent extensions of...
  • 'Why is Miss South Africa white?'

    12/31/2012 7:28:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 94 replies
    Channel 24 ^ | 2012-12-24 | Lesley Mofokeng
    Johannesburg - A white girl representing South Africa was the most jarring thing for some beauty pageant watchers to witness this week. When the blue-eyed former Miss SA Melinda Bam took to the Miss Universe stage at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, she triggered a social media buzz. Her appearance sparked an avalanche of tweets, mostly from American viewers during the pageant, which was streamed live online at 03:00 local time.
  • SF student suspended over Connecticut poem (possibility of being expelled)

    12/31/2012 7:23:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/27/12 | Alan Wang
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco high school senior is suspended because of a poem she wrote which dealt with the school shooting in Connecticut. What she wrote has left officials with a dilemma. It was a dark poem and in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, it raised red flags and triggered a quick response by school officials. Now the student is facing the possibility of being expelled. "I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger," said Courtni Webb, the suspended student. **SNIP** She says she didn't turn in the poem as an...
  • Israeli fence construction cuts off migration from Egypt

    12/31/2012 7:23:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    The number of migrants crossing the border between Egypt and Israel dropped to zero last week for the first time since 2006, as construction of the last small sections of a 150-mile fence is due to be completed in the coming weeks. A total of 36 migrants crossed into Israel from Egypt in December, all of whom were detained, compared with 2,295 in January. The numbers have steadily declined throughout 2012 as construction of the vast steel fence through the desert from Eilat to the border with Gaza has progressed. "We have succeeded in blocking the phenomenon of illegal infiltrators,"...
  • "Fiscal cliff" deal reached between White House, lawmakers: source

    12/31/2012 7:03:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/31/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - The White House and congressional lawmakers have reached a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would delay harsh spending cuts by two months, Obama administration officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama called Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who both signed off on the deal, one source said. The agreement includes a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases to pay for the delay in the automatic spending cuts that would go into effect without a deal by lawmakers.
  • Drilling Opponents Plan Rally In Northeast Ohio

    12/31/2012 6:58:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    cleveland.cbslocal.com ^ | December 28, 2012 6:06 AM
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Anti-drilling demonstrators say a new movie is inspiring a protest in Youngstown, where deep injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing was linked to a series of earthquakes. The group Frackfree Ohio planned a rally Friday afternoon. It’s seeking to draw attention to an initiative it’s pursuing that would prohibit drilling rigs, wastewater deep-injection wells and other oil and gas infrastructure around homes, schools, cemeteries, parks and national forests
  • Torii Hunter being criticized for his comment on gay athletes

    12/31/2012 6:49:50 PM PST · by JohnSmith13 · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/31/12 | Houston Mitchell
    Former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is receiving some criticism for his comments in a story by The Times' Kevin Baxter about homosexuals in sports. In the story, Hunter said he would find it difficult to be supportive of a teammate with a different sexual orientation than his own:
  • President Obama, Hillary Clinton named most admired people of the year in Gallup poll

    12/31/2012 6:43:53 PM PST · by South40 · 22 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 12/31/2012 | Kelsey Osterman
    Fiscal cliff and medical issues aside, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each have something to celebrate at the end of 2012. The leaders were named ‘Most Admired Man of the Year’ and ‘Most Admired Woman of the Year,’ respectively, in a Gallup poll. Clinton, who was mentioned by 21 percent of those polled, has taken the title for 11 straight years, and 17 years total. She was followed by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice and Sarah Palin. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton also made the list.
  • Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods: U-T’s 2012 Persons of the Year

    12/31/2012 5:59:22 PM PST · by South40 · 17 replies
    They died defending us all Navy SEALs — resourceful, courageous, devoted and disciplined — represent the best qualities of our community and our nation. Whether in high-profile operations like tracking down and killing Osama bin Laden or strategic efforts like seizing and preserving power plants in the opening days of the Iraq War in 2003, Navy SEALs are the silent professionals whose sacrifices protect our values and our nation. It is our privilege that so many of these special forces are trained at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. When something goes horribly wrong — as it did in Benghazi, Libya,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-31-12

    12/31/2012 5:56:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-31-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Reaching Deals Is Hard. Here's Why

    12/31/2012 5:41:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 31, 2012 | GERALD F. SEIB
    Why is this so hard? To many Americans, that is the question that hovered above the elusive search for a deficit-reduction deal that once again tied Washington in knots, despite a full year's advance warning that a deal was necessary. Even when the contours of a possible big deal were possible to see weeks ago, the path to compromise—to say nothing of consensus—proved hard for the two parties to travel. Then, even when both sides lowered their sights to seek a more modest deal than the "grand bargain" once envisioned, the normal give-and-take of a negotiation, in which the two...
  • Krauthammer: Obama Showed "Incredible Arrogance" Ridiculing Congress At Press Conference (video)

    12/31/2012 5:21:00 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 52 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 31, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I found it astonishing. Here he is -- coming out to speak to the nation at a crucial moment -- in very delicate negotiations and he comes out there with incredible arrogance. He ridicules the Congress, he spikes the football on the Republicans. He rubs in the fact that they were resisting a raise in rates and he made them do it. And of course, as always, he places himself hovering benignly at an Olympian level above the fray, where the children are playing in the sand box and he's asking that everybody be reasonable as if he...
  • Port Authority cop accused of owning 'Newtown'-style assault rifle

    12/31/2012 4:38:43 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 122 replies
    This gun lover carries a badge. Port Authority cop Jeffrey Haner was busted on possession of two illegal assault weapons, including the same type of Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown massacre, authorities said. Ramsey, NJ, police said they took a total of 10 weapons from Haner after his wife asked for a temporary restraining order. The 41-year-old cop, who works at the George Washington Bridge and made $175,000 last year, also had eight legal guns, including two handguns, Ramsey police said. But Haner’s .223-caliber Bushmaster and Chinese-made Norinco rifle were fitted with accessories including flash suppressors that made them...
  • Office of Congressional Ethics could soon be silenced by those it investigates

    12/31/2012 4:37:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Formed in 2008 as part of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's laughable promise to "drain the swamp" when she gained the gavel in 2006, the Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent group that investigates ethics complaints about Congress. Here's the catch: the Congress it investigates must actually go about the business of nominating its appointees, reauthorizing and funding it or it will cease to exist. As one might expect, princesses are not overly fond of paying others to place peas under their mattresses, endangering their delicate hindquarters.So, the Office of Congressional Ethics is in danger, with its creator Pelosi and Rep....
  • Executives at collapsed Iceland bank jailed for fraud

    12/31/2012 4:00:01 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2012 | Reuters
    REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Two former executives at an Icelandic bank which collapsed in the 2008 financial meltdown were sentenced to jail on Friday for fraud which led to a 53 million euro loss, in the first major trial of Icelandic bankers linked to the crisis. All three of the small North Atlantic island's top banks collapsed in quick succession in October 2008 due to big debts incurred during a rapid overseas expansion. Glitnir was the first to fall after the collapse of Lehman Brothers caused international credit markets to freeze up.
  • President Obama is Responsible for Our Fiscal Mess

    12/31/2012 3:56:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Neil Snyder
    President Obama is responsible for our fiscal mess. I'm not exaggerating, and I'm not saying that simply because I think that Barack Obama is a terrible president, although I do think that he's an awful president. I'm saying that because the president has had ample opportunity over the past four years to arrive at a compromise solution to our immediate fiscal problem and then to make headway toward dealing with longer-term fiscal issues, but he has failed miserably. If the president had taken some of the advice of his own National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, we wouldn't be counting the...
  • Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm

    12/31/2012 3:23:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | staff
    Detroit - A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino´s Pizza doesn ´t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino´s Farms Corp.,near Ann Arbor. Monaghan,a devout Roman Catholic,says contraception isn´t health care but a "gravely immoral" practice. Zatkoff granted Monaghan´s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein Carries a Concealed Weapon

    12/31/2012 3:07:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Push Back Now ^ | 12/31/12 | PushBackNow
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  • Skeptical US Senate Democrats seek meeting with Biden on 'fiscal cliff' deal

    12/31/2012 3:04:19 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/2012
    "Some Democrats complain that Biden went too far to find common ground with McConnell."