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  • CURL: Obama supporters shocked, angry at new tax increases

    01/06/2013 4:23:49 PM PST · by Reagan is King · 107 replies
    The Washington Times online ^ | Sunday, January 6, 2013 | Joseph Curl
    Sometimes, watching a Democrat learn something is wonderful, like seeing the family dog finally sit and stay at your command. With President Obama back in office and his life-saving “fiscal cliff” bill jammed through Congress, the new year has brought a surprising turn of events for his sycophantic supporters. “What happened that my Social Security withholding’s in my paycheck just went up?” a poster wrote on the liberal site DemocraticUnderground.com. “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease is gonna’ hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will...
  • JPMORGAN: The US Recovery Is About To Hit A Pothole

    01/06/2013 3:54:54 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-6-2013 | Walter Kurtz, Sober Look
    JPMORGAN: The US Recovery Is About To Hit A Pothole Walter Kurtz, Sober LookJan. 6, 2013, 8:43 AM As discussed earlier (see post), US manufacturing sector has begun to recover. Manufacturing orders in the US as well as in Emerging Asia (see post) have diverged from other large economies. This trend is becoming reflected in the broader economic activity. However according to JPMorgan, the result of the latest fiscal negotiations will soon create headwinds for this expansion and dampen GDP growth. The tax increases on higher income households as well as the hike in payroll taxes will crate a drag...
  • Quentin Tarantino says his mom dated Wilt Chamberlain ("one of the thousand”)

    01/06/2013 3:52:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Yardbarker ^ | 1/06/13 | Larry Brown
    In talking about the movie, Tarantino got into how African-American culture was a part of his life growing up. In fact, he claimed his mother dated Wilt Chamberlain in the 1970s. “Black culture is my culture growing up,” Tarantino explained. “Yeah, it was almost like a sitcom the way we lived in the ’70s. She was in her 20s, she was hot, alright, she was a hot white girl and her best friend named Jackie was a hot black girl and her other best friend, Lillian, was a hot Mexican girl. And they lived in this swinging singles apartment with...
  • Naomi Wolf Compares 'Zero Dark Thirty' Filmmaker to Nazi Propagandist Leni Riefenstahl

    01/06/2013 3:51:23 PM PST · by drewh · 24 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 6 Jan 2013, 7:35
    The Left's battle against "Zero Dark Thirty" continues, but this time the Oscar-winning director of the film is being called far worse than an apologist for "torture." A trio of senators previously critiqued the minds behind the movie, detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, for daring to suggested enhanced interrogation tactics helped nab the terrorist leader. Now, progressive critic Naomi Wolf is comparing Bigelow to the Nazis' premier propagandist. In a time of darkness in America, you are being feted by Hollywood, and hailed by major media. But to me, the path your career has now taken reminds of...
  • Egypt Copts mark Christmas with fear of future

    01/06/2013 3:45:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6 2013 2:47 PM EST | Sarah El Deeb and Mariam Rizk
    Egypt’s minority Christians were celebrating their first Christmas after the election of an Islamist president and a new pope—and following adoption of a constitution many argue has an Islamist slant. … Concerned for their future and their ancient heritage in Egypt, some Copts are reportedly considering leaving the country. As Egypt struggles with the role of religion in society, many Copts are aligning themselves with moderate Muslims and secular Egyptians who also fear the rise of Islamic power. …
  • 'They're Starting To Seriously Worry': Concern Growing About Low Turnout At Obama Inauguration

    01/06/2013 3:35:37 PM PST · by drewh · 120 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12:34 EST, 6 January 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press
    Hotel rooms remain unbooked ahead of January 21 inauguration ceremony Organizers expecting much lower turnout than 2009 ceremony, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president's 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats. The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol to watch Obama take the oath of...
  • The Sandy Hook Actors PART 1

    01/06/2013 3:24:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/2012 | LifePsyop·
    As "Crisis Actors" is a hot topic right now, this video seems to be relevant.
  • Obama Is Planning A Major Push On Guns, And One Democratic Senator Is Already Calling It 'Extreme'

    01/06/2013 2:32:30 PM PST · by blam · 85 replies
    TBI ^ | Brett LoGiurato
    The White House Is Planning A Major Push On Guns, And One Democratic Senator Is Already Calling It 'Extreme' Brett LoGiuratoJan. 6, 2013, 1:40 PMThe White House's task force led by Vice President Joe Biden is considering expansive proposals to tackle the nation's gun violence, something that is already drawing early condemnation from even Democratic lawmakers. The Washington Post reported Sunday that the group headed by Biden is preparing to go far beyond a simple reinstatement of the expired assault weapons ban: A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders...
  • US fines China firm for illegal export to Pak nuke plant

    01/06/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    A Chinese company has agreed to pay a penalty of $3 million after pleading guilty to the charges of illegally exporting high-performance coating to Pakistan's Chashma nuclear power plant, US federal authorities said. Headquartered in Nanjing, the Chinese firm Huaxing agreed to the maximum criminal fine of  $2 million, $1 million of which will be stayed pending its successful completion of five years of corporate probation. Huaxing was building Chashma II Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan as part of a nuclear cooperation pact between China and Pakistan. Chashma II is owned by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, which is an...
  • Ted Nugent Tries to Advise Joe Biden on Gun Control Issues

    01/06/2013 2:22:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Vintage Vinyl News ^ | Saturday, January 05, 2013
    Gun advocate Ted Nugent has taken it upon himself to write an open letter to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on how he should handle the issue of gun control. In essence, Nugent is calling for no further gun control but better the use of public service announcements encouraging the public to be aware of warning signs by those in their realm that could point to a possible dangerous situation. The letter, published by the Washington Times, may not be every American's cup of tea nor may it be the right way to avoid further tragedies, but it is possibly...
  • Obama: More Tax Increases Possible to Reduce the Deficit

    01/06/2013 2:03:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | january 5, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    President Barack Obama said he’s willing to consider more spending cuts to lower the deficit, as long as they’re coupled with more tax reforms. Using Saturday’s weekly address to praise Congress’ last-minute deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” Obama said it’s “just one more step” in the larger effort to boost the economy and reduce federal deficits. He said this week’s deal raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have thrown the country back into recession. “I believe we can find more places to cut spending without shortchanging things like education, job training,...
  • Violence erupts in Belfast for a third night

    01/06/2013 1:54:15 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 5 replies
    RTE News ^ | 1/6/13
    There have been further clashes between police and Loyalist protesters in east Belfast, with reports of shots being fired and a 38-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The violence, which flared for the third night in a row, is linked to last month's decision by councillors to limit the number of days the union flag is flown over Belfast City Hall.
  • Is Our Debt Burden Really $100 Trillion? (probably more - 'unfunded liabilities' are a KILLER)

    01/06/2013 1:26:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/28/12 | Derek Thompson
    Wanna scare somebody about America's debt on the eve of the Fiscal Cliff? I mean, really scare somebody? Here's a trick. Don't talk about the debt. Talk about "unfunded liabilities." The U.S. national debt comes out to about $16 trillion today. That's something. But it's nothing compared to the extra $87 trillion in unfunded liabilities to Social Security, Medicare, and federal pensions. Here's how that works. If you add up all of the U.S. government's promises to pay retirement and health care benefits for the next 75 years and subtract the projected tax revenue dedicated to those programs over the...
  • Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought

    01/06/2013 1:17:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/6/13 | Jonathan Strong
    A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned. A group of disaffected conservatives had agreed to vote against the Ohio lawmaker if they could get at least 25 members to join the effort. But one member, whose identity could not be verified, rescinded his or her participation the morning of the vote, leaving the group one person short of its self-imposed 25-member threshold. Only 17 votes against Boehner were required to...
  • Obama's Vacation by the Numbers

    01/06/2013 1:00:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    <p>Obama played FIVE rounds of golf with SEVEN different partners, spending roughly THIRTY hours on TWO different courses on Oahu.</p> <p>The president made FIVE early morning trips to the gym at the nearby Marine Base at Kaneohe Bay.</p> <p>The First Family spent TWO afternoons enjoying the beach on the base and went for ONE hike to a local waterfall.</p>
  • Credit - Out of Control Debt

    01/06/2013 12:42:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    USA.gov ^ | 1/6/13 | USA.gov
    Counseling services are available to help people budget money and pay bills. Credit unions, Cooperative Extension offices, military family service centers and religious organizations are among those that may offer free or low-cost credit counseling.Local, nonprofit agencies that provide educational programs on money management and help in developing debt payment plans operate under the name Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS). They are members of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).
  • Wall Street cheers "cliff" deal, but only for now

    01/06/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | STEVE ROTHWELL
    When lawmakers delivered a long-delayed, last-minute agreement on the budget, Wall Street celebrated. And it would be easy to think that the surge in the Dow the following day meant that investors had put their concerns about Washington's political gridlock behind them. The Dow Jones industrial average surged on the news, but that doesn't mean the volatility is over. In fact, there could be more turmoil in the market soon because decisions on cutting the federal budget deficit have been put off until March, when the government will reach its borrowing limit. Republicans have already said they will demand cuts...
  • Obama's Historic Easing of Sanctions Dramatically Increases Abuse by Castro

    01/06/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | Brandon Darby
    Cuba was singled out by Human Rights Watch in 2011 as being the only Latin American country that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. It is difficult to understand how such tyranny could get worse. Both Reuters and the Miami Herald report that Cuban Security agents broke their previous records of government political repression in 2012 with 6,602 confirmed detentions of political dissidents. In 2011 there were 4,123 confirmed political arrests which was even higher than the 2,704 arrests from 2010. Both Reuters and the Miami Herald based their data on a 2012 year-end report from the Cuban Committee...
  • Emancipation and Tyranny

    01/06/2013 12:08:03 PM PST · by morethanright · 4 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-06 12:46:52 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) told the Daily Caller that President Obama should be given the power to raise the nation's debt ceiling without congressional authority. Citing Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, Davis said, "Sometimes when we've gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions. I mean, remember that we just celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and if Abraham Lincoln had not had the power, authority and the will to make that decision, we may have gone on with the war that was going to last several additional...
  • ‘National database’ on gun sales part of Obama anti-gun game plan

    01/06/2013 11:51:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 124 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The Washington Post is reporting that President Barack Obama is preparing to pull out all the stops in pushing his anti-gun agenda in what the newspaper calls “a far broader and more comprehensive approach” than the Clinton-era ban on semi-autos. That ban expired in 2004 after a ten-year lifespan. Passage of the measure cost Democrats control of Congress in November 1994. The moves will be sold as an effort to curb “gun violence,” but it appears there is much more in the president’s plan, including what the Post calls “measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal...
  • Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of People Who Thank Them for Their Service

    01/06/2013 11:41:40 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    On New Year’s Eve, schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore made a resolution to stop saying he supports the troops. On Thursday, Moore put an exclamation point on this anti-American insanity publishing a piece at the Huffington Post entitled “Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't.” “I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you,” Moore began. Moore then elaborated on six offenses either suffered by our troops or thrust upon them by Americans. These included: being “sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives;” having their homes foreclosed on them...
  • Christie: Comments on Obama, Boehner Part of Job

    01/06/2013 11:41:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Copyright © 2012 Breitbart ^ | 6 Jan 2013, 5:14 AM PDT | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    Christie, by his own admission, is "not a subtle personality" and he likes to take charge. Those two traits figured prominently in how the rising Republican handled Sandy. From his frequent, televised updates to residents as the storm's winds whipped the state's beaches to his criticism last week of fellow Republican John Boehner's decision to delay a U.S. House vote on federal storm aid, his handling of his native state's worst natural disaster may one day be considered the defining moment in the political career of a budding presidential contender. The timing of the storm _ days before a presidential...
  • Burglar Endagered! Atlanta mom shoots intruder in the face 5 times

    01/06/2013 11:37:25 AM PST · by F105-D ThunderChief · 62 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 01/06/13 | F-105D Thunderchief
    An Atlanta mom took matters into her own hands on Friday when confronting an intruder. The unidentified woman hid with her 9-year-old twins in a crawlspace as a man broke into her house and began rummaging through it. The alleged burglar, Paul Ali Slater, eventually found the family’s hiding space, but not before finding himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver. The woman fired six shots, five of which hit Slater in the face and neck, but he managed to flee after the family ran to a neighbor’s house. Slater is expected to survive
  • Obama signs bill for Sandy flood insurance claims

    01/06/2013 11:22:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 12:36 PM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy. … The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned. …
  • Pelosi: Unemployment at 7.8% Shows ‘Good Pace, Going in the Right Direction’

    01/06/2013 11:19:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | january 4, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the unemployment rate remaining flat at 7.8 percent shows a “good pace” and that the country is “going in the right direction.” “Good morning. It’s a good morning indeed, I think,” Pelosi said, as she began her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Friday. “155,000 jobs added in December.” “Good pace, going in the right direction,” she said. “1.8 million private sector jobs gained in 2012. December was the 34th consecutive month of private-sector job creation.” The government unemployment report released on Friday revealed that the number of unemployed Americans remained unchanged...
  • Hume: Obama Believes Hagel Will Be A Counterforce To The Pentagon And Not An Advocate (video)

    01/06/2013 11:04:48 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    BRIT HUME: The only thing I can think of is that he believes that Hagel is a kind of maverick, would not drink the kool-aid as the White House may see it on Pentagon, military spending and so on. That he would be a counterforce over there and not an advocate for the armed forces in a way that even Leon Panetta has become. You know, the warnings that we're hearing, for example, about the affect of the sequester, so-called, on the Pentagon, the dire warnings, have come from Panetta, not from the White House you'll notice. The President isn't...
  • Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduces bill to repeal presidential term limit

    01/06/2013 11:03:32 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 19 replies
    Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) is already looking forward to 2016 and beyond. The congressman yesterday reintroduced a bill to repeal the 22nd amendment establishing term limits for the president.
  • White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory

    01/05/2013 10:00:43 AM PST · by pabianice · 131 replies
    TPM ^ | 1/5/13 | Sarlin
    President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence.President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence. 0 The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington’s attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President...
  • Fake News: LAPD, Media Tout Rocket Launcher Seizure That Wasn't

    01/06/2013 11:02:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/6/13 | Warner Todd Huston
    Only one problem. The story is pure puffery. These so-called “rocket launchers” the LAPD recovered weren't a danger to anyone. In fact, at least one of them was never a danger to anyone. It turns out both were one-use, AT-4 grenade launchers used by the U.S. Army in anti-tank operations. Yes they are grenade launchers (not really "rocket" launchers proper) but these tubes are pre-packaged weapons that can be fired only one time and cannot be reloaded. They are one-shot only weapons. So, yes, that means the tubes the police had were completely and permanently harmless. But even more absurdly,...
  • EBT Fraud and Abuse

    01/06/2013 10:39:05 AM PST · by doug from upland · 35 replies
    watchdog dot org ^ | 1-2013 | Shepherd
    EBT fraud and abuse: Looking past your state By Todd Shepherd / July 24, 2012 / 7 Comments Fraud is skyrocketing as states shift from issuing paper-based food stamps to plastic, electronic benefits transfer cards preloaded with a monthly limit of cash intended only for food purchases. Examples of fraud prompted Congress to take action, with President Obama signing a law in February intended to prevent EBT cardholders from spending their money on tattoos and at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Here’s a state-by-state listing of some EBT fraud stories: Alabama: Not fraudulent, but are EBT cards becoming a...
  • A recipe for activism against efforts at gun control

    01/06/2013 10:19:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 69 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6 January, 2013 | Lee DeCovnick
    "Obama Plans Broad Gun Control" screamed the Drudge Report headline. So what actions can a responsible gun owner take to stop this legislative insanity? There are, of course, the accepted channels of communications: email and phone calls to your two Senators and the Representative from your Congressional district. Having once worked as an idealistic political intern in a legislative office, I was flabbergasted at the utter contempt that the staff and "my" legislator held for the ordinary voters of the district. Respect was only paid to the large financial donors and their minions. Emails and phone calls may have a...
  • Making fun of Morsi becomes riskier in Egypt

    01/06/2013 10:16:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 2013/01/06 1:11 am | (DW)
    Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was the subject of many an unkind word before his fall. Though the jokes were usually told in trusted circles only, they were known to many, and fear of reprisal engendered inventiveness. To avoid mentioning Mubarak by name, the president was called “la vache qui rit” (“the laughing cow”), a reference to a type of French cheese. The fear only disappeared with the advent of the revolution. Today, political satire can be found in the media, on the Internet, on social networks or even on protestors’ signs at demonstrations. … For his supporters, Morsi is a...
  • Dem. Rep. Introduces Bill to Abolish Presidential Term Limits —

    01/06/2013 10:12:27 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 6, 2013 | Madeline Morganstern
    A Democratic congressman on Friday yet again introduced a resolution seeking to repeal the 22nd Amendment, thereby removing the limit on how many terms a president may serve in office. It’s a regular occurrence for longtime Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), who has introduced similar legislation every Congress going back at least through 2001. The 22nd Amendment bars any president from serving more than two full terms in office. It was passed by Congress in 1947 and ratified in 1951 as a reaction to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four-term presidency. Amending the Constitution would require the approval of both the House and...
  • A Push for an Obama Third Term: HR 15, 113th Congress...

    01/06/2013 10:04:00 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 36 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | January 4, 2013 | Rep Jose Serrano, D-NY 15th District
    H.J.RES.15 -- Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual... (Introduced in House - IH) HJ 15 IH 113th CONGRESS 1st Session H. J. RES. 15 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 4, 2013 Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on...
  • When Muslims Burn Christians Alive: warning Graphic PIC (A Glimpse into a "Peaceful" Religion)

    01/06/2013 10:02:15 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    am thinker ^ | 1/6/13 | s duke
    Most of them were holding machetes, knives, and long swords; they kept on dividing some of them [the villagers], cutting their heads into two, even a little child, no matter how small. And some little children who could run, they would follow them as far as almost half a kilometer to kill them; there was no mercy for anyone trying to escape. The above was a testimonial of a Nigerian man, speaking of an attack on one of his nation's villages. The attackers - the unidentified "them" and "they" in the above passage - were Muslims. And the victims were...
  • 2013: List of Pro-Liberty Bills in Congress

    01/06/2013 9:13:43 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    Govtrack.us ^ | Jan 5, 2013 | me
    2013: List of Pro-Liberty Bills in Congress Updated: Jan 5, 2013 H.R. 23: To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization. H.R. 24: To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes. H.R. 25: To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States. H.R. 33: To amend title 31,...
  • Black and Latino firefighter hopefuls get a second chance to join the FDNY

    01/06/2013 9:03:11 AM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | january 6, 2013 | Ginger Adams Otis
    They coulda' been contenders — and now they have a second chance. Nearly 300 black and Latino firefighter candidates who didn’t score high enough to join the FDNY in 1999 and 2002 are getting a rare opportunity take their entrance exams again. They’ll sit for the FDNY written exam Friday, and an intense physical fitness test will follow later. If they can rack up passing grades on both, the job with generous pension, sick pay and other benefits could be within their grasp. The break is part of a controversial ruling from Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who in July found...
  • McConnell Won’t Rule Out Government Shutdown

    01/06/2013 9:00:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 06 Jan 2013 11:29 AM | Amy Woods
    Government spending is the No. 1 problem in America, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he won’t rule out a government shutdown if President Barack Obama refuses to address the country’s growing fiscal woes. “We now have a debt the size of our economy, which makes us look a lot like Greece,” McConnell said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It’s a shame that the president doesn’t embrace the effort to reduce spending.” When host David Gregory asked McConnell about the debt ceiling, and whether Republicans would consider a government shutdown to force the issue of spending cuts, the...
  • Bestow obscurity on Sandy Hook shooter and other mass murderers

    01/06/2013 8:57:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | mike nichols
    It doesn't matter; people will forget them again because we have become inured. I don't think we've completely lost our ability to be shocked. People will always remember that 20 children died at Sandy Hook. But the murderers are running together, fusing themselves into the obscurity they so badly wanted to escape. Maybe there are just too many of them. Maybe it is a collective self-defense mechanism on our part, our way of making them less real. Or maybe it is our little protest, our refusal to give anything of value -- even the effort to recall a name --...
  • Amity Shlaes: No solace in these 1950s tax fantasies

    01/06/2013 8:41:21 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | amity shlaes
    Of course, 2013 will be fine, because the 1950s sure were. That's the premise for the coming year, especially in regard to the agreement in Washington to raise U.S. tax rates on the well-off. In the 1950s, after all, tax rates were far higher than what the House and Senate have agreed on, a top rate in the high 30 percent range. Back then, they were even higher than what President Barack Obama might have proposed, if left to his own counsel. Republicans in that era went along with the idea that high rates took something away from the rich...
  • Barack Obama’s $7 million Hawaii vacation is an insult to America’s struggling middle class

    01/06/2013 8:29:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/06/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    $16.4 trillion – that’s the latest figure for America’s massive national debt. Nearly $6 trillion of this debt was racked up in the first term of the Obama presidency – a 50 percent increase. It is horrifying to imagine what the debt will be when Obama leaves the White House in 2016, unless Congress has the willpower to stand in the way. Meanwhile, as the world’s superpower is literally drowning in debt, President Obama is basking in the warmth of the beaches of Hawaii, at an exclusive resort way beyond the financial reach of most Americans. The president pays the...
  • Pelosi: "Not enough" revenue in "fiscal cliff" deal

    01/06/2013 8:26:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Pelosi: "Not enough" revenue in "fiscal cliff" deal By Jake Miller House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argued that additional revenue must be included in upcoming deficit reduction deals, calling the revenue secured by the "fiscal cliff" deal "significant" but "not enough." "The President had originally said he wanted $1.6 trillion in revenue," she said on "Face the Nation." "He took it down to 1.2 as a compromise in this legislation. We get $620 billion dollars, very significant, high-end tax, changing the high-end tax rate to 39.6 percent, but that is not enough on the revenue side." Pelosi declined to...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: "I'm A Conservative Because Conservative Policies Work" (video)

    01/06/2013 8:25:34 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): The reason why I'm a conservative is because conservative policies work and they improve opportunities. They are the avenue for climbing the economic dream. And what I have been talking about for many years is opportunity conservatism, that every policy should focus like a laser on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. That we should be championing the 47%, to take that now infamous comment. Look, the great thing about Americans -- Americans don't want to be dependent upon government. Dependency saps the spirit, it doesn't work. Americans want to stand on their...
  • 'He prevented a rape of the Treasury': Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer ...

    01/06/2013 8:25:27 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 6, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    nfluential conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer has praised Republican House Speaker John Boehner for preventing a ‘rape of the Treasury’ by blocking a larger relief bill for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Bohener and the GOP leadership have been criticized by New York-area Republicans for failing to pass a $60 billion bill to the floor, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calling it ‘disgusting.’ Instead, the House passed a much smaller bill dealing solely with flood insurance on Friday, with a larger bill set to follow. Speaking on Fox News’ Special Report on Friday, Krauthammer claimed that Boehner had done the...
  • Inmates Use Newspaper's Gun Map to Threaten Guards

    01/06/2013 8:16:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | John Nolte
    The entirely predictable consequences of the Journal News' decision to publish a map of gun-owners marches on… Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday. Robert Riley, an officer with the White Plains Police Department and president of its Patrolman’s Benevolent Association,...
  • UK’s Cameron: I want to stay PM through 2020

    01/06/2013 8:15:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2013 10:30 AM EST
    David Cameron says he wants to stay on as British prime minister until 2020, calling his agenda of reforms enough to keep him busy through another term. … Cameron told the newspaper (Sunday Telegraph) there was no turning back on policies such as allowing same-sex marriage or the protection of foreign-aid spending, which have been unpopular with his party’s grass roots. He urged critics in his party to “stop complaining.” …
  • Refuting Swiss Gun Laws

    01/06/2013 8:08:04 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    Refinem Respice ^ | 12/19/2012 | Refinem Respice
    ("Mythbusting: Israel and Switzerland are not gun-toting utopias," Wonkblog (December 14, 2012)). It is unfortunate then that the body of your research on Switzerland can only be described as "shoddy," at best. At worst it appears more like raw academic fraud.
  • Pelosi suggests top earners pay even more in taxes (no specifics given)

    01/06/2013 8:07:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    US News ^ | 1/06/13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi isn't ruling out pushing for upper-income earners to pay more even after the "fiscal cliff" deal that raised their taxes. She tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that "I'm saying that's not off the table." The California Democrats isn't getting into specifics but she does discuss changes to tax law that might involve deductions and other breaks.
  • Pelosi suggests top earners pay even more in taxes

    01/06/2013 8:04:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2013 9:01 AM EST
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi isn’t ruling out pushing for upper-income earners to pay more even after the “fiscal cliff” deal that raised their taxes. … The former House speaker also says the current Republican Party isn’t the “Grand Old Party that did so many things for America that commanded so much respect.” …
  • Don´t call it gun control, saysDemocrats´ point person on the issue

    01/06/2013 8:03:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/6/13 | Gregory Wallace
    The Californian picked to lead congressional Democrats´ efforts on gun control says the positions held by some gun rights advocates are unnecessarily divisive, and that government action should go beyond simply outlawing certain weapons. "I think assault weapons are a pox on the home of every gun owner," Rep. Mike Thompson said Saturday on CNN. "I think that´s the thing that´s going to cause the overwhelming majority of people in this country who aren´t gun owners to have negative feelings about those of us who are gun owners." Thompson is a gun owner and hunter himself,