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  • House Republicans blast Senate 'cliff' bill

    01/01/2013 11:10:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/01/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Several Republicans took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to slam the Senate-brokered "fiscal cliff" bill that was passed earlier in the morning, calling it a rush job that raises taxes and delays most of the spending cuts planned for this year. "So we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom, but the seductive spirit that pervades this town," Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said. "Leaders in Washington continue to over-promise. They're likes salespeople who tell their customer they can have an $30,000 car but only pay $18,000 for it. Who doesn't like that deal?" Rep. Louie...
  • Britain should be offered “second class” membership of the EU

    01/01/2013 10:59:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:11AM GMT 31 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Britain should cease to be a full member of the European Union under a new deal that would focus on trade, according to senior Brussels politicians. An umbrella group of 20 organizations campaigning for a federal Europe suggested Britain should be offered “associate membership” of the EU to prevent the country leaving altogether.David Cameron is seen as the “continual impediment” to a closer integration of eurozone states, according to the Union of European Federalists. The plan would see the UK lose all its MEPs, its commissioner in Brussels and its right to veto decisions in the European Council, but remain...
  • Say Yes to the Mess

    01/01/2013 10:45:19 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Bill Kristol
    Say Yes to the Mess 12:15 PM, JAN 1, 2013 • BY WILLIAM KRISTOL The fiscal cliff deal that the Senate passed early this morning is ridiculous in too many ways to count. There seem to be no figures from the Congressional Budget Office and only "very preliminary" figures from the Joint Tax Committee about the real spending and revenue implications. The two month delay of the sequester will make actual governance even more difficult (how is the Pentagon supposed to plan for the rest of the year?). The sequester delay is funded by a gimmick with retirement savings tax...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (13,393 signatures so far)

    01/01/2013 10:42:14 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    11,607 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
  • Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome

    01/01/2013 10:16:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Frances D'emilio
    Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 30. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, announcing her death in a statement, called it a great loss "for all of humanity." He praised her as someone who represented "civic conscience, culture and the spirit of research of our time." Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," a Jew who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination...
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal: Obama Takes Less In Revenue In Exchange For Destroying The GOP

    01/01/2013 9:51:43 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 26 replies
    http://ace.mu.nu/ ^ | January 01 2013 | —DrewM.
    It's hard to rundown all the spending/tax hike ramifications since they passed the damn thing at 2am on New Years Day but the politics of the deal are quite clear. WH tells colleague Ed Henry Obama broke R's tax pledge. Calls it "1 of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple decades And what did the GOP get for this? Nothing. I doubt the House GOP has the stones to decline this invitation to sign their own death warrant. But don't worry guys...we'll get those spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal! This was the key surrender that...
  • Record snowfall today helped us surpass last year total (Dayton, OH)

    01/01/2013 9:48:43 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies
    WDTN.com ^ | 29DEC2012 | Tara Hastings
    Apparently we are making up for last years lack of snow. Today we had a record snowfall of 2.2 inches which puts us at 10.6 inches for December. After our big storm Wednesday and our snowfall this morning we’ve already seen more snow than we did last year. This morning accumulations varied with a few spots in Mercer county picking up five additional inches while most locations saw about 2 to 3 inches. Here’s a look at Live Doppler 2HD’s snowfall accumulation. Official National Weather Service amounts can be found by clicking here.
  • Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/01/2013 9:47:16 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 62 replies
    npr ^ | December 25, 2012 | Elizabeth Shogren
    David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that." ...Staging A Tree-sit For 80 days, a couple dozen protesters took turns living up in Daniel's treehouses. Some wore masks to hide their identities. TransCanada, in a lawsuit it filed against the...
  • Al Sharpton: KNIFE CONTROL Comes Next After Guns (audio)

    01/01/2013 9:24:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/28/12 | radioequalizer
    REV AL SHARPTON (28 Dec 2012): In any civilized society you do not see massacres continue to happen, from Tucson to Aurora to Columbine to Virginia Tech to where we are now in Newtown to Chicago and you keep the same laws when clearly they're not working. ROSCOE IN MARYLAND: What happens when the criminal goes to knives Al? REV AL SHARPTON: Then you deal with knives. ROSCOE IN MARYLAND: Oh I see. REV AL SHARPTON: The same thing as if you have a head cold and the same thing you do if you have a head cold and the...
  • Reports: Russia sends another naval ship to Syria

    01/01/2013 9:18:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | Updated: Dec 30, 2012 7:58 AM PST | AP
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian news agencies say the navy is sending another ship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers olive branch to South in rare address

    01/01/2013 8:54:30 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    NBC News wire services ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | staff writer
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. The address by Kim, who took over power in the state after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers. But North Korea has offered olive branches before and Kim's speech does not necessarily signify a change in...
  • McConnell and Biden to the rescue; the grandstanders holler (RINO celebrates McConnell's tax hikes)

    01/01/2013 8:53:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    By a vote of 89 to 8 to approve a fiscal deal, the Senate demonstrated that President Obama surely is the most incompetent if not counterproductive deal-maker in an era that requires a good one. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Biden found the middle ground, with McConnell sneaking in a few gems. -snip- This is what compromise looks like. -snip- The vote once again shows that right-wing bullies like the Heritage Action Fund that threatened to “score” the vote (i.e., give lawmakers a demerit and set them up for primary challenges) are powerless in the face of real-world...
  • Andrew Jackson, Indian Fighter [Parallel with Democrat/Republican "negotiation"?]

    01/01/2013 8:32:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    A Patriot's History of the United States | 2004/2007 | Schweikart and Allen
    For several generations, Europeans had encroached on Indian lands....exchanging treaty promises and goods for Indian land....But the continuous flow of settlers....caused the treaties to be broken, usually by whites, almost as soon as the signatures were affixed.
  • Reid's Rotten Rules [The End of the Senate Filibuster?]

    01/01/2013 7:32:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/1/13 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    As members of Congress fight with the president and each other over the budget impasse, another battle looms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he may try — on the very first day of the new Congress — to change the Senate’s rules regarding the filibuster. Reid wants to severely limit the minority’s ability to filibuster, and his plan for doing so would itself violate the Senate’s rules on rule changes. If successful, he would destroy a critical element of legislative procedure, one designed to prevent the “tyranny of the majority” that the Founders feared above all else. The...
  • LATEST! HILLARY CLINTON CONFIRMS BRAIN CRISIS

    01/01/2013 7:17:48 AM PST · by libstripper · 83 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | National Enquirer Staff
    LATEST UPDATE: 12/31/12 4:54PM EST -- DATELINE NEW YORK -- A rep for hospitalized Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON confirms the blood clot is lodged near her brain confirming The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's special reports on her condition. Doctors said the clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.
  • Egyptian democracy activist: 'President Obama needs to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood'

    01/01/2013 7:16:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/1/13 | Jamie Weinstein
    Egyptian democracy activist Michael Meunier says President Barack Obama needs to stand up to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Meunier, a Coptic Christian, is head of the Al Haya Party in Egypt and leader of the U.S. Copts Association. After spending many years studying and working in the United States, Meunier returned to Egypt in 2007 and ultimately participated in the Tahrir Square protests that brought down the regime of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. On Dec. 19, in between round one and two of voting on Egypt’s recently passed constitution, Meunier visited The Daily Caller to discuss what he sees...
  • O'Malley signs executive order on flooding, sea level rise (Is Maryland sinking?)

    01/01/2013 7:16:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Cecil Daily ^ | 1/01/13
    Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order Friday to increase Maryland's long-term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. **SNIP** "As storms such as Hurricane Sandy have shown, it is vital that we commit our resources and expertise to create a ready and resilient Maryland by taking the necessary steps to adapt to the rising sea and unpredictable weather," O'Malley said. "In studying and planning for storms and climate change, we can ensure that our land, infrastructure, and most importantly our citizens are safe and prepared."
  • Fears for ailing Hillary Clintons rush to bedside amid ‘brain’ clot

    01/01/2013 6:57:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 149 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | GEORGETT ROBERTS, JENNIFER GOULD KEIL & DAN MANGAN
    Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed yesterday that she had a life-threatening blood clot near her brain. The disturbing news came as a clearly anguished Chelsea Clinton visited her mom’s bedside along with her dad, former President Bill Clinton, whose concern was etched on his face as he left New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Fiscal Cliff Boondogle - How the Senate Voted

    01/01/2013 6:44:16 AM PST · by upchuck · 25 replies
    US Senate ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    Link to how they voted.
  • Concord’s Plastic Bottle Ban in Effect

    01/01/2013 6:35:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    WGGB ^ | 1/01/13
    CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — A new ban on the sales of single-serving plastic water bottles has taken effect in Concord. The ban began Tuesday and follows an April vote by Town Meeting, which made historic Concord one of the first communities in the nation to make the bottles illegal.
  • Energy predictions see a big future

    01/01/2013 6:27:00 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 31, 2012 | Jeannie Kever
    It’s hard not to get a big ego, what with all the predictions about U.S. energy that have come out over the past month or so. Several suggest the United States will become the largest global oil producer by the end of the decade, overtaking Saudi Arabia and going on to export oil to the rest of the world by 2030. Good news, right? But of course there’s a caveat, including the fact that our stint at No. 1 is expected to last only a few years. And those hopes for natural gas-powered passenger cars and a solar panel on...
  • 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
  • Two-thirds of Israelis support peace with Palestinians that ensures security, polls find

    01/01/2013 3:46:59 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 43 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 31, 2012, 3:02 am | By Adiv Sterman
    67% of respondents say they would support two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps and a demilitarized Palestine A broad majority of the Israeli public would vote in favor of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, if the government brought a plan that offered security guarantees to a referendum, polls published Sunday by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace found. Roughly two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) expressed support for a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps; a demilitarized Palestine; and Jerusalem’s Old City administered jointly by the United States, Israel,...
  • Russian warship heads to Syria in preparation for a possible evacuation

    01/01/2013 3:15:21 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 30, 2012, 7:20 pm | By Adiv Sterman
    The Kremlin is sending another warship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base, Russian news agencies reported. The reports Sunday by the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agency cited an unidentified official in the military general staff as saying the Novocherkassk, a large landing ship, has set sail from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. She was “accompanied by a combat ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” according to a Russian news source. The Novocherkassk was the third vessel of its kind dispatched since Friday from Russia to Tartus, AFP reported, and was expected to...
  • 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."