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  • CAIR demands media drop term “Islamist”

    01/03/2013 3:49:18 PM PST · by LSUfan · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3 January 13 | Anne Sorock
    The Council on American Islamist Relations (CAIR) demanded the media drop the term “Islamist” in a commentary piece today from communications director Ibrahim Hooper, SLAM-OPED: Media Urged to Drop Term ‘Islamist’ in New Year. In it, Hooper laments that the term “Islamist” is “used in an almost exclusively pejorative context” and unfairly labels any politically active Muslim with the term. Hooper appears to be reacting to the term’s incorporation in 2012 into the AP Stylebook, the style manual for journalists, as follows: Islamist — Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as...
  • "Diversity" and its definition at issue in Christie's picks for high court

    01/03/2013 3:47:01 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 5 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 1/2/2013
    New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. "The package is not ideologically or racially or ethnically diverse," said Frank Argote-Freyre, president of the Latino Action Network, who noted that of Christie's five high court nominees, none has been...
  • Surprise: Obamacare-wary employers not hiring, cutting hours

    01/03/2013 12:15:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Guy Benson
    The real knife twist in this USA Today piece is the money quote from Mark Zandi, The One’s go-to "independent" economist: Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say. Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. "It will have a negative impact on job creation" in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics…The...
  • Prediction for 2013: Obama Will Lie Under Oath

    01/03/2013 3:34:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 3, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Chief Justice John Roberts administers the presidential oath to Barack Obama a second time on Jan. 21, 2009. (White House photo/Pete Souza) Looking back over the last four years, it is now obvious that the greatest symbolic moment of President Barack Obama's first term was the very first moment. That is when Obama placed his left hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible, raised his right hand, and followed the lead of Chief Justice John Roberts in attempting to recite the oath that all American presidents must take, swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Obama...
  • Islamic Jihad vows to fight the Jews if they return to Egypt

    01/03/2013 3:23:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 1/3/13 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    The Islamic Jihad movement has called on the Freedom and Justice Party’s Essam al-Erian to resign from his role as advisor to the president and apologize to the Egyptian people for his statement asking Egyptian Jews to leave Israel and reclaim their properties back at home. Erian had triggered controversy over his remarks this week when he said this would pave the way for the Palestinians to regain their occupied land. He also blamed President Nasser for deporting the Jews after the establishment of Israel. “We shall fight them vigorously if they return, especially the Egyptian-Israeli Jews,” said Mohamed Abou...
  • Hedge Fund Presents Massive, Bearish Outlook On The State Of US Markets

    01/03/2013 3:00:05 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-3-2013 | Lucas Kawa
    Hedge Fund Presents Massive, Bearish Outlook On The State Of US Markets Lucas KawaJan. 3, 2013, 2:51 PMMorgan Creek Capital Management, an investment management firm with offices around the world, released its 2013 market outlook, entitled "Peering Over the Precipice." The presentation was delivered at the North Carolina Bankers Association yesterday. The slideshow presentation focuses on the three big risks facing the market: the Euro crisis, possibility of a downturn in China, and fallout from the Fiscal Cliff. Of these three, the firm is most bearish on the U.S. economy -- to the point of predicting a recession starting in...
  • Beloved Chicago muffler store owner city’s fifth homicide of new year (Safe from chick-fil-a ! )

    01/03/2013 2:41:20 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Jan 3 2013
    A revered Chicago muffler shop owner became the city’s fifth homicide of 2013, but not before calling his son to let him know he was shot, MyFoxChicago.com reported. "They shot me in the back," Michael Kozel, 57, the owner Independent Muffler Shop in the city's Southwest Side, told his adult son. Those were his last words he said.
  • Boehner re-elected House speaker (after threatening his caucus)

    01/03/2013 1:36:50 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 86 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 3, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal. (snip) Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would “absolutely” be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans,...
  • Toomey: GOP should be willing to risk shutdown to get cuts in debt ceiling deal

    01/03/2013 2:27:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:31 pm on January 3, 2013 | by Mary Katharine Ham
    Sen. Pat Toomey is one of the great accomplishments of the Tea Party Movement, and after supporting him in ’04 back when Bush was backing Specter, it does my heart good to see him in our dysfunctional deliberate body. For that same reason, some are very angry at him for his vote on the fiscal cliff deal. But as we go into another debt-ceiling fight, he’s one of our better communicators on this issue. So, it also does my heart good to see him go on “Morning Joe,” up against five people who disagree with him, and direct the conversation,...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, January-3-2013

    01/03/2013 2:21:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 33 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Gore Turned Down Glenn Beck For Qatar

    01/03/2013 2:07:17 PM PST · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 03 January 2013 | Alana Goodman
    Glen Beck was too "right wing" - So Gore sold to "an authoritarian-Islamist government that has criminalized homosexuality, discriminates against non-Muslims, prosecutes journalists, and has a “Not Free” rating from Freedom House."
  • FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2 (Speaker Vote)

    01/03/2013 2:02:26 PM PST · by ZULU · 11 replies
    THOMAS ^ | January 3, 2013 | THOMAS
    FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2 (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined) YEA-AND-NAY 3-Jan-2013 1:38 PM QUESTION: Election of the Speaker
  • Private Sector Added 215,000 Jobs Last Month, ADP Says

    01/03/2013 1:30:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2013
    A strong report on private-sector hiring in December overshadowed rising jobless claims last week, lifting some economists' expectations for the federal employment snapshot due out Friday. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 215,000 last month, according to a report Thursday by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP +0.39% and forecasting firm Moody's Analytics.
  • Illinois Democrats Pull Plug on Gun /Ammo Bans

  • Best of Biden, swearing-in edition: ‘Spread your legs — you’re going to be frisked’

    01/03/2013 1:16:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/3/13 | Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden was in rare form Thursday morning as he held a mock swearing-in session for the senators of the 113th Congress. In case you missed this hour of must-see TV, we’ve recapped Biden’s best comments. 1) “Spread your legs — your going to be frisked,” Biden said to North Dakota newest senator, Democratic Heidi Heitkamp, and her family, after the photographer suggested they “drop your hands to the side.” “You say that to somebody from North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk,” Biden told the photographer.
  • SAS Joins National Coalition Against Gun Ban

    01/03/2013 1:15:19 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 18 replies
    Second Amendment Sisters ^ | 1/3/2013 | Second Amendment Sisters
    SAS has joined with 27 other pro-2A groups in order to present a unified message to the US Congress that we will not compromise when it comes to our Second Amendment Rights! The National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban has sent the document below to Congress and we ask that you contact your legislators and do the same. Let them know that you are NOT WILLING to compromise away your Second Amendment Rights. Click on the image to open a pdf document that you can save and print out. We encourage you to give copies to your friends and...
  • Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court (Reid to make good his threats)

    01/03/2013 12:53:20 PM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/13 | Duffield
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced he will begin the new Congress today by violating Senate rules and forcing through a set of procedural changes that will undermine Senate conservatives' ability to influence legislation. But the "Reid Plan" will have its most dramatic impact on presidential nominations, especially for the Supreme Court. The Senate is a unique legislative body that protects the rights of individual senators both to debate and to amend. These rights are valued so highly that it takes a supermajority -- today, 60 votes -- to deny fellow senators those rights. This higher vote threshold...
  • Viewpoint: Pro-Life and Feminism Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

    01/03/2013 12:45:12 PM PST · by Jean S · 6 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Emily Buchanan
    From its early beginnings, feminism was a young women’s movement. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Charlotte Lozier and so many others began their suffragist work in their 20s. These women — the original feminists — understood that the rights of women cannot be built on the broken backs of unborn children. Anthony called abortion “child murder.” Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, said that “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” So the pro-life movement hasn’t changed the meaning of feminism, as has been suggested. It was the neo-feminists of the 1960s and ’70s...
  • Obama: We raised taxes, but the rich still aren’t paying their fair share

    01/03/2013 12:36:28 PM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | 7:27 pm | Modified: January 3, 2013 at 11:45 am | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control. Obama started by celebrating the tax increases — “making our tax code more progressive than it’s been in decades,” he said — that will take place because of the fiscal cliff deal. “Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt,” Obama said in the video. “And I’m willing to do more, as long as we do...
  • Fed minutes show some concerns on bond purchases

    01/03/2013 12:31:05 PM PST · by John W · 1 replies
    AP ^ | January 3, 2012 | Martin Crutsinger
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers expressed broad support last month for the Fed's plan to buy bonds to support the U.S. economy. But they differed over how long to keep buying bonds to drive down long-term interest rates. Minutes of the Fed's December policy meeting show that some of the 12 voting members thought the bond purchases would be warranted through the end of this year. Others felt the purchases should be slowed or stopped altogether before the end of 2013. This group was concerned that too much bond buying by the Fed might destabilize the economy.