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  • Pat Condell: Patronising the Palestinians (by employing liberal racism)

    01/03/2013 10:16:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 3, 2013 | Pat Condell
    Because we're racists. "As Muslims, our blood vengeance against the Jews will only subside with their annihilation." This is the kind of insanity Israelis are up against, but the free world shoves fingers in ears and pretends not to hear.
  • Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

    01/03/2013 10:14:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached a statement in which he serves notice to Congress that he’ll interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to objections of military chaplains against the new policy on gay service members. Mr. Obama said in a “signing statement” late Wednesday that he agrees with the “vast majority” of provisions in the 680-page law. But he added, “I do not agree with them all.” He earlier had issued a veto threat to...
  • Washington is broke and broken.

    01/03/2013 10:08:50 AM PST · by ADSUM · 21 replies
    Press release email from Sen Ron Johnson WI | 1/3/2013 | Sen Ron Johnson (WI -R)
    As frustrated as you are with Washington, D.C. right now... Multiply it by 1,000 and you'll know how I feel. Washington is broke and broken. What passes for problem-solving in the United States Senate has shattered the trust of the American people. Our nation is facing monumental financial problems that the career politicians from both political parties created over many decades...and now they're busy squabbling and finger-pointing instead of recognizing our problems and buckling down to the hard work of fixing them. Clever sound bites take the place of ideas. Petty partisan attacks take the place of leadership. Brinkmanship -...
  • Nice Moment: Sen. Mark Kirk Returns To Capitol One Year After Stroke

    01/03/2013 9:42:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | January 03, 2013 | Mark Memmott
    Before lawmakers get back to the business of arguing about taxes, deficits and other issues as they open a new session of Congress today, there was just a nice moment outside the Capitol. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who suffered a stroke last Jan. 21, came to the Capitol for the first time since then. And as C-SPAN cameras watched, he made a very public return — slowly walking up the steps of the Capitol with assistance from Vice President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. Kirk, 53, was cheered on by other members of Congress, including his Democratic colleague...
  • EPA head resigns to protest Obama’s support of Keystone XL?

    01/03/2013 9:40:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    rt.com ^ | 02 January, 2013, 22:46
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.(Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency announced she will step down from that role in the coming weeks, but a new report suggests her resignation may in fact be motivated by a 180 to be expected from President Obama. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tells reporters that her decision to walk away as the top environmental regulator in the country after nearly four years comes at a time when she is “ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make...
  • Hastert says violation of namesake rule threatens GOP's ability to lead

    01/03/2013 9:40:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Hastert says violation of namesake rule threatens GOP's ability to lead By Justin Sink - 01/03/13 11:48 AM ET Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said Thursday that current Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to pass the "fiscal cliff" compromise bill without a majority Republican support threatened the party's "ability to lead" on future votes. Under the so-called "Hastert Rule," Republican Speakers of the House customarily do not allow a vote on the House floor unless a majority of the GOP majority supports a bill. Tuesday's vote on the fiscal cliff compromise deal passed the House 257-167, but Republicans voted...
  • People are truly good at heart? Sadly, no

    01/03/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    ELEVEN YEARS AGO, al-Qaeda terrorist Richard Reid tried to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 with a bomb hidden in his shoes. As a result, air travelers to this day must remove their shoes to pass through security at US airports. In 2006, terrorists plotted to destroy as many as 10 planes flying from London to North America using peroxide-based liquid explosives smuggled in their carry-on luggage. So passengers now must limit any liquids they carry through security checkpoints to minuscule containers sealed in clear plastic bags. It is fundamental to the Judeo-Christian outlook that human beings are not naturally...
  • Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’

    01/03/2013 9:38:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’ By Penny Starr January 3, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – In an interview on Thursday with National Public Radio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that many Republicans do not “believe in government.” "There are many members in the Republican caucus who do not believe in government,” Pelosi said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs. “So day to day, we vote here on issues that eliminate government initiatives for clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety,...
  • Shakes were spiked, cops say (parents drugged by kids)

    01/03/2013 9:37:19 AM PST · by thefactor · 31 replies
    The Sacremento Bee ^ | 1/3/2013 | Ed Fletcher
    Two Placer County teenage girls were arrested for allegedly using drugged milkshakes to knock out the parents of one of the girls so they could log on to the Internet, Rocklin police said. Internet access at the Rocklin home was routinely shut off at 10 p.m., said Lt. Lon Milka, a department spokesman. Milka said that on Friday evening, a 15-year-old girl – who had a 16-year-old friend from Roseville visiting – offered to pick up milkshakes from a local fast-food restaurant for her parents. The parents drank about a quarter of the milkshakes but didn't finish them, saying they...
  • Obama Rejects ‘Ill-Advised’ Conscience Protections for Military Chaplains

    01/03/2013 9:34:13 AM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama issued a statement Wednesday rejecting several provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a conscience protection for military chaplains that he called “ill-advised”. Section 533 of the NDAA provides legal protections for military chaplains, barring the Defense Department from forcing them to perform services which violate their moral or religious beliefs.
  • Illinois Senate Committee Bans Semiautomatic Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

    01/03/2013 9:24:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 1-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. KMOV reported An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them. The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill’s sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal. Democrats are pushing the gun restrictions in...
  • GOP Congressman: Boehner Will Lead Republicans to 2014 Loss

    01/03/2013 9:20:01 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | REP. JEFF LANDRY (R-LA)
    It’s an embarrassing time to be a Republican Congressman—albeit an outgoing Congressman.  As negotiators, we utterly failed to meet our two objectives: to reduce spending and prevent tax increases. President Obama demanded tax increases with small spending cuts, and that’s exactly what passed. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, the House passed a bill which raises taxes by $620 billion while cutting spending by a mere $15 billion over 10 years. Usually, a compromise is an even trade (one-for-one). In this trade, House and Senate Republicans traded $41 dollars in tax hikes for every $1 dollar in spending...
  • Perils Of The Entitlement State And Our Decadent Democracy

    01/03/2013 9:17:42 AM PST · by jimt · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/2/12 | George F. Will
    Connoisseurs of democratic decadence can savor a variety of contemporary dystopias. Because familiarity breeds banality, Greece has become a boring horror. Japan, however, in its second generation of stagnation, is fascinating. Once, Japan bestrode the world, jauntily buying Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. Now Japanese buy more adult diapers than those for infants. America has its lowest birth rate since at least 1920 — family formation and workforce participation (which last year hit a 30-year low) have declined in tandem. But it has an energy surplus, the government-produced overhang of housing inventory is shrinking and the average age of Americans'...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • We’ve Always Had Access To Military Firearms

    01/03/2013 9:02:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Captains Journal ^ | 1/2/13 | Herschel Smith
    From a NYT Editorial: Bushmasters are by no means the only assault weapons of choice among mass killers (the Aurora shooter used a Smith & Wesson), but the brand’s repeated presence in murderous incidents reflects Bushmaster’s enormous popularity in the gun world, the result of a successful marketing campaign aimed at putting military firepower and machismo in the hands of civilians. Gun owners once talked about the need for personal protection and sport hunting, but out-of-control ad campaigns like Bushmaster’s have replaced revolvers and shotguns with highly lethal paramilitary fantasies. The guns, some of which come in camouflage and desert...
  • Gannett requested to investigate ethics of anti-gun personnel

    01/03/2013 8:57:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/2/13 | David codrea
    A request to investigate violations is being filed this morning with the Chief Ethics Officer of Gannet, the media giant that owns The Journal News, which published gun permit holders' names and addresses, and the Des Moines Register, which published Donald Kaul's call for gun owners to be killed. Gannett's Ethics Policy is unequivocally stated: “To affect change for the good in the communities we serve, to make life better for the people who trust us to know them and do right by them.” "Every day, all of us at Gannett are given the rare and sacred opportunity to affect...
  • Iowa secretary of state pushes ahead with noncitizen voting rule

    01/03/2013 8:37:59 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 34 replies
    Omaha.com ^ | 1.3.13 | Staff
    Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is moving forward to establish procedures for removing voters from registration rolls if they can't prove citizenship, with a public hearing scheduled for today that is expected to draw critics who want to stop the change. “Schultz's proposed voter-suppression rules will unfairly target Latino immigrants, intimidate voters from exercising their rights and could result in voters' being purged from the rolls without cause,” said Ana Belen Mancebo, a member of the government watchdog group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 3,2012

    01/03/2013 8:16:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 74 replies
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  • Patriotic Group (DAR) Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

    01/03/2013 7:52:55 AM PST · by servo1969 · 57 replies
    radio.foxnews.com ^ | 1-3-2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the nation’s oldest patriotic organizations, has erased any mention of Jesus Christ in their official book, removed prayers and poems that reference Christian imagery, and directed members to refrain from praying in the name of Christ, an outraged group of members alleged. The dispute has been brewing for more than a year when DAR members learned that the newly revised Ritual and Missal books – the primary guide for chaplains – were altered. They noticed that the name of Jesus Christ had been omitted. The DAR president general did not return calls...
  • ADP: 215K jobs added in December

    01/03/2013 7:33:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Tomorrow will bring the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so today we have a few indicators to get a hint as to what may come. The preliminary numbers from ADP look promising, although they usually overshoot the mark. According to the payroll-processing firm, the private sector added 215,000 jobs in December: Private sector employment increased by 215,000 jobs from November to December, according to the December ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), a leading provider of human capital management solutions, in collaboration with MoodyÂ’s Analytics. The report, which is...
  • Comrade Depardieu: France's Most Famous Millionaire Expat Granted Russian Citizenship

    01/03/2013 7:33:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Thirty years ago, the USSR was better known as the "Evil Empire." Fast forward to today, when its successor Russia, is apparently the "Tax Free Empire", and less socialist than France, at least to infamous millionaire expatriate Gérard Depardieu, who as reported previously has paid €145 million in taxes over 45 years, and who demonstratively decided to give up his French passport in the wake of France's socialist 75% millionaire tax (subsequently ruled unconstitutional), and as of today, has just been granted Russian citizenship.
  • REPORT: Al Gore Made $100 Million In The Current TV Sale

    01/03/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/03/2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Amazing detail in Brian Stelter's reporting on the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera: "Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But the deal was not signed...
  • Parents of baby featured in viral C-section photo: 'It was such an amazing moment

    01/03/2013 7:29:20 AM PST · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    PHOENIX -- Alicia and Randy Atkins knew their baby girl would be photogenic before she was even born. Randy captured an amazing shot of this soon-to-be-born daughter, Nevaeh, poking her tiny hand out of her mother's womb and tightly grasping the finger of the doctor helping to bring her into the world. “The doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she's grabbing my finger.’ So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture,” Randy told 3TV's Jason Voluntine, adding that he was nervous about...
  • The Democrats' Coming Civil War: Dems poised for a showdown over Social Security and Medicare.

    01/03/2013 7:26:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 01/03/2013 | Blake Zeff
    For Democrats, there may be few things more entertaining than watching the Republican Party self-destruct and fight with itself these last few weeks. But it may be time to put away the party favors – because a Democratic internal war may be on the way. Just as Republicans were so divided over taxes – from failing to pass their own “Plan B” bill last week, to their leaders splitting votes on last night’s legislative package – Democrats are about to endure an emotional debate about one of their own bedrock principles: the protection of programs like Social Security, Medicare, and...
  • White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants [Dissolves Congress?]

    01/03/2013 7:17:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1/2/13 | Brian Bennett
    The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S. A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
  • The America of 2013

    01/03/2013 7:12:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2013 | Steve McCann
    Americans take great umbrage whenever they, as a society, are portrayed by the residents of other nations as self-centered, avaricious and overbearing. While an egregious exaggeration in the past, is it an accurate description now? Who are the American people today and what sort of country is the United States in 2013? How does one describe a society wherein a majority of the people, and their elected leaders, have embraced the following mindset? a) The United States can commit to unlimited government spending as the long-term future of the nation is immaterial and will take care of itself. b) Based...
  • The Great New Year Stampede: Americans Rushing to beat Obamacare and gun bans.

    01/03/2013 7:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a New Year stampede developing that we have not seen for a long time. Gun stores are swamped with panicking customers. They are looking for handguns, semiautomatic rifles, and as much ammunition as they can afford. But buyers are not just camouflaged hunters, conspiracy theorists, and gun hoarders. Instead, many of those purchasing firearms and ammo are so-called ordinary people, convinced that this administration will soon begin to centrally register — and then ban — far more than assault rifles. There were probably lots of reasons why Adam Lanza shot 26 innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook...
  • Fiscal Irresponsibility Day. Washington rams through an appropriately hideous deal.

    01/03/2013 7:03:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt Welch
    It's the deficit-reduction package that doesn't reduce the deficit. It's the debt-ceiling deal that doesn't touch the debt ceiling (and doesn't cut debt). It's the long-term entitlement negotiation that—after nearly three years of wheedling—does not delay, let alone stave off, a Baby Boomer retirement bomb currently on pace to swallow half of federal outlays by 2030. Say this for the fiscal cliff-avoidance bill that passed on New Year's Day—it is a near-perfect expression of Washington's grotesque devolution since Bill Clinton left office. Not only have a succession of Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses combined to jack up spending from...
  • Obama’s “Not A Single Dime” Tax Pledge Gets Broken Again [Payroll Tax + Obamacare!]

    01/03/2013 6:41:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    GOP.com ^ | 3/22/12 | staff
    OBAMA: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks In Dover, NH, 8/12/08) OBAMA: “Not Your Income Tax, Not Your Payroll Tax, Not Your Capital Gains Taxes, Not Any Of Your Taxes.”
  • NC gun center overwhelmed after offering free gun training for teachers(Poll)

    01/03/2013 6:33:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    wsoctv.com ^ | 2 January, 2013 | NA
    CARY, N.C. — Some teachers in North Carolina are signing up for classes to carry concealed guns. It comes in the wake of the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn. A combat center in Cary started offering free gun training courses after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The gun center said so many teachers are signing up that there’s now a waiting list. “Ever since we posted that we’re offering free classes for teachers, we’ve been absolutely crushed, inundated. Teachers want to learn about firearms,” said Molotov Mitchell of Triangle Krav Maga.
  • More Equal than Others

    01/03/2013 6:27:02 AM PST · by morethanright
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-02 14:07:16 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It Ran: All Animals Are Equal But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others."~ George Orwell, Animal Farm.New Year's Day, the U.S. Senate passed a "compromise" bill the media insists deals with the fiscal cliff. According to some estimates, over the next decade the federal government will raise $600 billion in new taxes and increase spending by $330.3 billion. No worries, Harry Reid's Senate Democrats cut about $17 billion from...
  • Jobless claims rise in holiday-distorted week

    01/03/2013 6:22:34 AM PST · by John W · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | January 3, 2012 | Reporting By Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Andrea Ricci
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the data continues to be too distorted by the holidays to offer a clear read of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised to show 12,000 more applications than previously reported. Claims data reported for the week ended December 22 had been artificially depressed by the holidays, which resulted in data for 19 states being estimated. A Labor Department official said claims...
  • SURPRISE ! – Well, notsomuch for y’all but: New Obamacare Tax Showing Up On Receipts….

    01/03/2013 6:14:41 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 3, 2013 | Sundance
    #1 Here comes some of those Obama care taxes on Jan 1, 2013. Soon every purchase you make, there will be more taxes. On 103.98 I was charged 8.58 for Texas state taxes. And then Obama care medical tax another 2.39. So the more you spend , the more goes to the “so called free Obama care”. ........................ #2 O didn’t raise taxes, now did he. Here’s another ObamaTax receipt so you KNOW this is real. They should put ObamaTax on these so people know what they are paying.....
  • Israeli military preparing hospitals for chemical attacks – report

    01/03/2013 6:13:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Israeli military command is running drills to prepare the country's medical facilities for a variety of security threats, including missile and chemical attacks, the Jerusalem Post reported, quoting a senior IDF source. ­The preparations include training for hospital staff to manage what the military called “mega-mass casualty incidents” involving 1,000 or more victims. “We train a lot for chemical weapons,” a Home Front Command source said. “This is our business, and only ours. There is no room for error.”
  • Primary care doctors growing scarce [Great Job, Obama]

    01/03/2013 6:05:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    SF GATE ^ | 1/1/13 | Drew Joseph
    Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that will likely exacerbate the state's doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say. Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been forecast as the state's and nation's population ages and grows, and as a generation of older doctors retires. But by mandating that individuals have insurance and expanding Medicaid, the law will extend coverage to an additional 30 million Americans and place a greater strain on the physician...
  • Initial Claims Misses By Most Since Sandy, Reverts To 2012 Average

    01/03/2013 5:59:45 AM PST · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    It would seem initial claims can be summed for 2012 in one word, 'average'. This last print of 2012 was almost perfectly at 2012's average of 372, the biggest miss since the first week of November and the Sandy disturbance. Notably, last week's print was revised higher (after 19 states failed to report and were 'guessed at) by 12k jobs to 362k having now risen for 3 weeks in a row (on a seasonally adjusted basis). When we scratch below the surface at non-seasonally-adjusted the numbers are much more concerning than a rampaging equity market would care to note, NSA...
  • Photo of baby reaching out of womb during c-section goes viral

    01/03/2013 5:53:21 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 2, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    January 2, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – When Alicia Atkins posted a photo taken by her husband during her recent c-section on Facebook, she thought it would only be viewed by a handful of friends. Instead it has drawn the attention of thousands of complete strangers, as well as the media. The remarkable photo shows Alicia’s newborn daughter, Nevaeh (“heaven” spelled backwards) reaching out and grasping the gloved fingers of a doctor. Already the photo has been viewed thousands of times, and is rapidly being shared on Facebook. “We didn’t think we were going to get such positive feedback,” Alicia recently...
  • Gerard Depardieu 'granted Russian citizenship' (Putin's 13% Flat Tax Reason For Move To Russia)

    01/03/2013 5:49:07 AM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/03/2013 | BBC News
    The French actor, described by Mr Putin as a successful businessman and friend, has developed close ties with Russia, which has a flat 13% personal income tax rate. He currently appears in an advertisement for Sovietsky Bank's credit card and is prominently featured on the bank's home page. In 2011, he played the lead role in the film Rasputin, a Franco-Russian production about the life of eccentric monk Grigory Rasputin. In addition, Mr Depardieu has also helped raise funds for a children's hospital in St Petersburg.
  • Putin gives tax exile Depardieu Russian citizenship

    01/03/2013 5:45:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 3, 2013 | Alexei Anishchuk
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star who is quitting his homeland to avoid a tax hike on the rich, the Kremlin said on Thursday. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor bought a house across the border in Belgium last year to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires in France planned by Socialist President Francois Hollande but said he could also seek tax exile elsewhere. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Depardieu had applied for citizenship after Putin told reporters last month that he would be welcome in Russia. "The citizenship could not have...
  • Fiscal Cliff Bill Hurts Charities & Donors

    01/03/2013 5:44:33 AM PST · by Edmunds mom · 2 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/2/2013 | Scott Walter
    The charitable deduction wasn’t dumped off the fiscal cliff, but it was dented in the new law passed by Congress. That bill does not include cuts to your charitable tax deduction that are as big as President Obama proposed in his last budget, but it does trim deductibility for donors. The most important stat is the swag Congress and the President expect to receive by cutting deductions: $152 billion over a decade. Economic growth and wealth creation are vital to the charitable sector’s health, which means punitive taxes will harm charities and wealth creators alike. Too bad so few in...
  • Hollywood A-listers called hypocrites on issue of gun violence in ‘Demand a Plan’ response video

    01/03/2013 5:22:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 02, 2013
    Several big-name Hollywood stars appear in a new anti-gun public service YouTube video calling for Americans to demand that their elected officials come up with a strategy to curb gun violence. In the video, A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Paul Rudd, and Chris Rock read the names of the sites of the most horrific gun massacres before calling on viewers to “demand a plan” to stop mass shootings. But now a new video called “Demand a Plan – Demand Celebrities Go F*** Themselves” has been created that highlights the gun violence many of these same stars have taken part in in...
  • President Obama’s paradoxical presentation on the ‘fiscal cliff’ dealet [Afraid to call him LIAR]

    01/03/2013 5:17:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/3/13 | Glenn Kessler
    ... We’re back from vacation and, like many Americans, have been trying to figure out the details of the “fiscal-cliff” deal —one of those classic middle-of-the-night congressional compromises that please virtually no one. The White House, by its own accounting, ended up with $737 billion in deficit reduction, a far cry from the $2 trillion or so that it originally sought. But that hasn’t stopped President Obama from touting the deal as a victory in a campaign-style video for supporters. But a politician who highlights good news often leaves out the bad news. Let’s see what’s missing from Obama’s presentation.
  • Bad Inventions ... Ann Coulter

    01/03/2013 5:17:06 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 38 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Ann Coulter
    I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions. (1) SILENT DISHWASHERS Are people installing dishwashers next to their beds? I've checked my "Top 500 Daily Irritations" list and dishwasher noise is not on it. What possible benefit derives from having a dishwasher...
  • Illegal Immigrant Pedophile May Be Released in Chicago Area

    01/03/2013 5:13:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Michael Volpe
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Illegal Immigrant Pedophile May Be Released in Chicago AreaPosted By Michael Volpe On January 3, 2013 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Front Page Magazine has been able to confirm that an individual recently arrested for the sexual assault of a three year old near Chicago, Illinois is here illegally, and confusion between Cook County officials and officials from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) means that all thatÂ’s standing in the way of freedom for this sexual predator is a Cook County judge. Cook County judges have been the subject...
  • Cliff averted, it’s on to the next fiscal crisis

    01/03/2013 5:10:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 12:34 AM EST | Andrew Taylor
    Onward to the next fiscal crisis. Actually, several of them, potentially. The New Year’s Day deal averting the “fiscal cliff” lays the groundwork for more combustible struggles in Washington over taxes, spending and debt in the next few months. President Barack Obama’s victory on taxes this week was the second, grudging round of piecemeal successes in as many years in chipping away at the nation’s mountainous deficits. Despite the length and intensity of the debate, the deal to raise the top income tax rate on families earning over $450,000 a year—about 1 percent of households—and including only $12 billion in...
  • Obama signs $633B defense bill

    01/03/2013 5:04:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 12:39 AM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. …
  • St. Paul City Council calls for statewide ban on semi-automatics

    01/03/2013 5:02:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-3-12 | city hall scoop
    The city of St. Paul doesn’t have direct say over statewide gun laws, but that isn’t stopping city council members from calling for more gun control. At the Wednesday, Jan. 2 council meeting, they amended their annual request to lawmakers to include a crackdown on semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. They join a chorus of municipal bodies, politicians and Hollywood celebrities clamoring for tighter gun laws in the wake of the horrific school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s a look at six proposals being mulled across the country. Some gun enthusiasts are dubious that a ban on semi-automatics would...
  • Congress ushering in new members, with old divide

    01/03/2013 4:42:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 3:14 AM EST | Donna Cassata
    Congress is ushering in the new and the old—dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government. The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at the constitutionally required time of noon for pomp, pageantry and politics as newly elected members of the House and Senate are sworn in and the speaker of the Republican-controlled House is chosen. The traditions come against the backdrop of a mean season that closed out an angry election year. A deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” of big tax increases and spending cuts split the parties...
  • Cliff Deal Only Whets Obama's Appetite For More Taxes

    01/03/2013 4:41:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/2/2013 | IBD Staff
    Taxes: Anyone who thinks the fiscal cliff deal will end President Obama's soak-the-rich campaign isn't paying attention. Even before the ink had dried on his $620 billion tax hike, Obama was talking up his desire for more. Obama hinted at this on Sunday on "Meet the Press," when he told David Gregory that "you are not only going to cut your way to prosperity" and that "one of the fallacies" was that "deficit reduction is only a matter of cutting programs." But as the fiscal cliff agreement looked increasingly likely, Obama started talking more specifically about additional tax hikes.
  • Belleville chief bans officers from Denny’s; detectives were asked to leave for displaying gun

    01/03/2013 4:41:47 AM PST · by Lawgvr1955 · 80 replies
    Belleville News-Democrat ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Jamie Forsythe
    Police Chief William Clay has banned all on-duty police officers from eating at Denny's Restaurant on South Illinois Street after a detective was asked to remove her gun or leave the restaurant. "All sworn (uniformed/non-uniformed) officers have been prohibited from entering Denny's Restaurant at 1130 South Illinois for any meal or coffee breaks while on duty," Clay said in a released statement. "Additionally, no officers may enter the restaurant off-duty if in uniform."