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  • Matthews Sneers: Fiscal Conservatism Is Like Being 'Most Segregationist Guy In The South'

    01/03/2013 5:30:20 PM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 03, 2013 | 12:45 | By Scott Whitlock
    On New Year's Eve, Chris Matthews got off one last sneering shot against conservatives. In a special 2012 retrospective, the Hardball anchor connected fiscal conservatism to segregation. After guest Howard Fineman insisted that Mitt Romney's aversion to tax increases during the primary doomed him in the general election, Matthews snorted, "It's today's politics! It's like, they used to say, you have to be the most segregationist guy in the south." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] He continued, "You can never be an inch away from it because somebody would always go to your right on that issue." Go to...
  • The $13.6-Trillion Man: Geithner Sets All-Time Record for Spending by Treasury Secretary

    01/03/2013 5:20:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 3, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who reportedly will leave office at the end of this month, is already responsible for spending and borrowing more money than any of his predecessors as secretary of the Treasury. The U.S. Senate confirmed Geithner on Jan. 26, 2009. Between February 2009, the first full month of Geithner’s tenure, and the end of November 2012, the last full month for which federal spending records are available, the U.S. Treasury dispensed approximately $13.582319 trillion. …
  • Report: Sen. Mark Kirk recalls seeing angels

    01/03/2013 5:10:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/03/2013 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said he saw three angels in the hospital when he awoke from a stroke-induced coma in an interview published Wednesday. Kirk — who had a stroke almost a year ago — is set to walk up the U.S. Capitol building’s steps Thursday without any assistance. Kirk told suburban-Chicago’s The Daily Herald the angels asked him, “You want to come with us?” “No,” Kirk responded. “I’ll hold off.” Doctors sent Kirk into a coma after he had a stroke Jan. 21, 2012 and they temporarily removed a 4-by-8 inch piece of his skull to help his brain...
  • Gun Ammunition Sales On The Rise

    01/03/2013 5:09:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 39 replies
    CLOVIS, Calif. (KMPH) - Valley gun store owners say their shelves are becoming bare. Last month KMPH News reported gun sales are on the rise. Now, consumers are buying ammunition at a feverish pace. James Mize, works at Clovis' Valley Rod and Gun store, he says people are afraid their gun rights will be touched, with California already having some the strictest gun control laws in the nation. He believes the federal government will simply force other states to follow the Golden State. "About 10 days ago, these shelves were full, the only ones not selling right now are the...
  • Obama's Hawaii Vacation: Day 1

    01/03/2013 5:06:20 PM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | January 3, 2012 | AP
    How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Wednesday: — REJOINING THE FAMILY: Obama arrived in Honolulu early Wednesday morning after spending the time between Christmas and New Year's Day in Washington as Congress moved toward passing a bill to address the so-called fiscal cliff.
  • NY AWB Introduced: No grandfather. No possession. No registration

    01/03/2013 4:55:46 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 96 replies
    No grandfather. No possession. No registration. B-felony. Same as Rape 1 or Manslaughter 1.
  • Lots Of Influential People Are Talking About The Trillion Dollar Coin Idea To Save The Economy

    01/03/2013 4:36:21 PM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-3-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Suddenly, Lots Of Influential People Are Talking About The Trillion Dollar Coin Idea To Save The Economy Joe WeisenthalJan. 3, 2013, 4:42 PMThis is really thrilling. An arcane idea that started on finance blogs in the summer of 2011-- that Tim Geithner should mint a trillion dollar platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling -- is now seriously taking off. The premise of the idea is this: Although the Treasury can't just create money out of thin air to pay its bills, there is a technicality in the law that says the Treasury has special discretion to create platinum coins,...
  • Malloy creates panel to review gun laws

    01/03/2013 4:09:48 PM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    Following a deadly school shooting in Newtown last month, the governor has established a commission to look at limiting and possibly preventing another tragedy from ever happening again. "It would be stupid for us not to have this conversation," said Gov. Dannel Malloy in from the State Capitol in Hartford Thursday afternoon. Malloy announced that he is setting up a Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which will be led by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson. "This issue touches me, I have a son whose in the first grade," said Jackson. "Right now, it's the most important thing for me to do." The...
  • Guardian: Paedophiles are 'ordinary members of society' who need moral support

    01/03/2013 3:55:05 PM PST · by Salman · 90 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 3rd, 2013 | Damian Thompson
    Britain's most persecuted minority have found a new advocate. An article this morning in the Guardian by feature writer Jon Henley addresses misconceptions about paedophiles, quoting one "expert" who believes that: "It is the quality of the relationship that matters". No, this is not not some sick send-up on my part. "If there's no bullying, no coercion, no abuse of power," says Tom O'Carroll, "if the child enters into the relationship voluntarily … the evidence shows there need be no harm." O'Carroll is a former chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange with a conviction for distributing indecent photographs. The Guardian...
  • Matt Damon called ‘liar’ by pro-fracking filmmaker

    01/03/2013 3:51:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/3/13 | PATRICK GAVIN
    Fracking fans have a new target: Matt Damon. “Promised Land,” the new Gus Van Sant film about the controversial technique that acquires natural gas through drilling and pressurized fluid, stars and was written by Damon and costar John Krasinski, opens nationally Friday. Phelim McAleer is launching a one-man campaign to call Damon out about the film. McAleer directed the documentary FrackNation, along with his wife Ann McElhinney, and the film paints a more sympathetic portrayal of fracking and aims to dispel some of the misinformation that McAleer and McElhinney believe have dominated the debate over the procedure’s environmental and health...
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Peter Orszag: Yeah, the White House has less leverage in the spending fight now

    01/03/2013 12:19:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    As I wrote earlier this week, the fiscal-cliff deal was mostly a win for Barack Obama, but only a temporary victory fought on one issue. By delinking the tax debate from the spending debate and keeping the debt limit out of the fiscal-cliff deal, Republicans at least allowed themselves the chance to fight another day for spending cuts and entitlement reform. Whether they can successfully negotiate real reform is another question, of course, but even Obama's former OMB director acknowledges that the White House now has significantly less leverage to prevent budget reform now that taxes are off the table....
  • Shocking Time Magazine Cover: After 40 Years, Abortion Activists Losing

    01/03/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/3/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The mainstream media will get around to covering abortion this month as the nation marks 40 years of legalized abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy via Roe v Wade. Time magazine has released its issue, which comes to a shocking conclusion... The article makes the pro-abortion case that, while abortion is still legal, it is increasingly difficult to access thanks to the closing of so many abortion clinics and pro-life laws that help women by giving them additional information and alternatives. The magazine also contains an article from Emily Buchanan of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List that...
  • The culture war is over, and conservatives lost (Face it, Americans no longer agree with us)

    01/03/2013 12:09:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 228 replies
    The Week ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    Late last year, I criticized the notion that Barack Obama won re-election by buying off voters with "gifts."  In case you've forgotten, many conservatives had sought to explain away Mitt Romney's loss by reasoning that we had finally reached a tipping point where Americans were voting for candidates who supported the welfare state, based solely on their own pecuniary interests. And I argued that voters do want to be given something by Republican politicians: Hope, optimism, and vision.But while I dismissed that premise, there may be an even larger fundamental problem that should alarm conservatives even more: Too many Americans...
  • Coming soon: The Hillary Is Totally Awesome Movie?

    01/03/2013 11:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Even before Barack Obama won re-election in November, speculation had begun over the Democratic primaries for the 2016 presidential cycle. Hillary Clinton has received most of the mention and a majority of support so far, but her relatively thin resume combined with the debacle at State she oversaw might make it difficult for her to gain enough credibility, let alone the questions over her age and health that the past few weeks have produced. What Hillary needs is a narrative changer that will focus on her highlights and overlook her actual performance, something on a grand enough scale to actually...
  • Our 1st quarter FReepathon is underway!! [Thread II]

    01/03/2013 11:43:52 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,114 replies
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  • Several Republican Congressmen Vote For Allen West Over Boehner For House Speaker

    01/03/2013 11:31:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 1-3-2013 | Andrew Kirell
    January 3, 2013 Several Republican Congressmen Vote For Allen West Over Boehner For House Speaker Andrew Kirell It’s no secret that Speaker of the House John Boehner is currently unpopular with the more conservative elements of his Republican Party. As the new House voted for Speaker, several Republican congressmen made their negative feelings official, casting ballots for anyone but Boehner. While other disgruntled GOPers either held their noses and voted for Boehner, or abstained entirely, several other Republicans cast protest votes in favor of Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Eric Cantor (R-MD), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Raul Labrador (R-ID), former U.S Comptroller...
  • Clinton soars, Palin plummets in most-admired survey

    01/03/2013 11:23:40 AM PST · by massmike · 109 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01/03/2013 | National Constitution Center
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets a record in Gallup’s annual most-admired survey, while Sarah Palin falls farther off the popularity radar. Gallup has run its most-admired man and woman survey since World War II, and in the 2012 edition, Clinton and President Barack Obama kept their top positions among those asked a simple question: “What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?” Clinton was named as most-admired woman for the 17th time since she became a national figure in 1992....
  • Gore Wanted Current TV Sale Completed in 2012 to Avoid Obama Tax Increases

    01/03/2013 11:13:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Al Gore, the man who first introduced the idea of blaming “the wealthiest one percent” for all of America’s ills, is continuing to embarrass himself in the sale of his low-rated Current TV channel to the Al Jazeera. First, we learned that Current’s management believed that the favorite news channel of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists is closer to its own viewpoints than conservative media mogul Glenn Beck; now comes news that the former Democratic presidential candidate was insistent that the sale to the Qatari channel be completed before December 31. That date was important to Gore because he was trying to...
  • Shysters!

    01/03/2013 10:47:17 AM PST · by haffast · 8 replies
    MoneyWeek ^ | Jan 03, 2013 | Bill Bonner
    Dow up more than 300 points yesterday. Why? Because the ‘fiscal cliff’ has been averted. That’s what the papers say. But it just goes to show why it’s a mistake to read the news, except for a cynical guffaw. The real reason markets went up was because investors were reassured: Washington works in the same corrupt, self-serving and zombie-coddling way it always has. The politicians raised taxes, and put off worrying about spending cuts until sometime in the future. In other words, investors realised that they could trust the empty suits not to do anything different! How much of the...
  • [South Texas:]Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise

    01/03/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/26/20012 | Katie Lopez
    The problem is not going away. "Most of them have people here or they're just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News. No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey. "A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they're coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they're coming for the 'American Dream.' I always tell them that they're here illegally---how...
  • Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal Into The Fireplace During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    01/03/2013 10:25:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal Into The Fireplace During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations by Meenal Vamburkar | 8:36 am, January 3rd, 2013 » 11 comments Today’s installment of “Just How Bad Were Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?” features one Harry Reid. According to a report in the Washington Post, Reid disliked one proposal so much that he tore it up and tossed it into the fireplace. The point of contention, it appears, was Social Security. The Post reports: There were now less than 36 hours until the deadline. “The clock was ticking and we were not moving.” They weren’t moving because Democrats had...
  • 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...