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  • Some Egyptian police are siding with anti-Morsi protesters?

    12/04/2012 2:41:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mohamed Lotfy@mlotfyamnesty Important question, are the police & army genuinely loyal to president or would they let him down at the first opportunity? #Egypt #Morsi 4 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Good question. Somebody loyal to President Mohamed Morsi is reportedly shooting tear gas at protesters from the Presidential Palace. On the other hand, according to unconfirmed reports from numerous Twitter users, some Egyptian riot police sympathize with the protesters. This Tweeter says some Egyptian police took off their uniforms, left them in a heap on the ground, and joined forces with the anti-Morsi protesters: Ashour@mhmmdashour Police get rid of...
  • Majority of young voters wants bigger government

    12/04/2012 2:14:22 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/28/12 | Daily Caller News Foundation
    Nearly 6 in 10 young voters support bigger government — a worrisome statistic for conservatives who want to increase their presence on college campuses and among the under-30 crowd. According to the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of young voters think the government should do more — something only 44 percent of all voters support. On government-run healthcare, the most popular policy preference among young voters was to expand it. Young voters were also far more likely to identify as liberals and members of the Democratic Party than older generations. For young conservative activists, making inroads on college campuses will...
  • Reuters: Egypt's Morsi leaves presidential palace amid clashes

    12/04/2012 1:50:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 1012 | Staff
    gyptian President Mohamed Morsi left the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday, two sources reported, after protesters angered by his decree last month to extend his powers clashed with police outside. "The president left the palace," a presidential source, who declined to be named, told Reuters. A security source at the presidency also said the president had left the building. Some protesters broke through lines of police who were protecting the palace and demonstrated at the palace walls.
  • Fiscal cliff: Obama says tax rates could drop in 2013 ("not wedded to every detail of his plan")

    12/04/2012 1:20:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/4/12 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has said in an interview that he would consider lowering top tax rates as part of a wider reform of the tax code in 2013. The White House also signalled that it might agree to increase taxes for the wealthiest earners to less than 39.6%. Spokesman Jay Carney left open the option that rates would not have to rise to that Clinton-era level. Lawmakers are deadlocked in efforts to avert steep spending cuts and tax rises due to take effect on 1 January. Mr Carney said the "major obstacle" in reaching an agreement was a Republican...
  • Can we Dumb things down Enough?

    12/04/2012 12:46:57 PM PST · by DanMiller · 11 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 4. 2012 | Dan Miller
    Arguments that appeal to reason rarely appeal to emotion. Nor do they appeal to uninformed voters who are not interested. Can we have better informed and more rational voters? Democrats realize that rational thought does not appeal to many voters and Republicans have yet to understand that emotional appeals beat rational appeals. Even when they try emotional appeals they rarely work because they don't do a good job of it; their efforts are quickly and effectively shoved aside. On Sunday, I received an appeal from Stephanie Cutter of the Obama-Biden campaign. Here's the gist of it: Friend -- I hope...
  • Coming: '$3 trillion tax increase on middle class' (Norquist: Dems offer distractions before...)

    12/04/2012 12:36:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – Getting Republicans to agree to a tax increase on “the rich” is not the ultimate aim of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, says noted tax activist Grover Norquist. “This is just the first act of a two- or three-act play,” Norquist said in an exclusive interview with WND. Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said the first act “is to get congressional Republicans to put their fingerprints on what amounts to a minor tax increase.” “After raising taxes on the rich a little bit, the Democrats will come back for serious tax revenue,”...
  • Norquist To MSNBC: Obama ‘Thinks Somebody Made Him King,’ Doesn’t Know ‘His Place In The Universe’

    12/04/2012 11:00:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/4/12 | Noah Rothman
    Americans for Tax Reform chief Grover Norquist joined Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s NOW to discuss the current status of negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff. Norquist told the MSNBC host that he thinks President Obama is overplaying his hand in these negotiations, as he did in his first term, and Obama will cede the political advantage to Republicans because he “doesn’t have the mandate he thinks he does.” Wagner asked Norquist if he supported the plan put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Norquist replied that Boehner’s plan is “amorphous,” and said...
  • Higher taxes are “just the beginning”

    12/04/2012 10:37:01 AM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-04-12 | DrJohn
    This will surprise few readers: A group of House Democrats has formed its own “Gang of Six” to push for progressive tax reform — in which the expiration of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans is “just the beginning.” This is the platform of a group of "progressives" in Congress. “In response to the call for progressives to draw a red line in the fiscal cliff sand, here is our big picture stance on corporate and individual tax reform,” Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “Six progressive tax principles from a new Gang of Six. The...
  • Obama Wants a War

    12/04/2012 10:05:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    Conservatives seem to be nonplussed about President Obama sending Treasury Secretary Geithner to Capitol Hill without a proposal for a grand bargain on entitlements. But why? Worrying about debt and default and entitlements is for the responsible people. Responsibility is for the people who believe in the "responsible self," the notion developed a couple of millennia ago during the Axial Age. Responsibility is for the bourgeoisie. President Obama is above all that. Liberal politics in general is above all that. Their politics is about war, not about nice comfortable entitlements. President Obama's War? He's fighting a war on "inequality." Even...
  • Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace as Police Battle Protesters

    12/04/2012 9:55:46 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2012 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. Police fired teargas at demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. Several thousand people had gathered nearby in what they dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the...
  • Donations to Obama from faculty, staff, at Catholic colleges outpaced those to Romney

    12/04/2012 9:59:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/12 | Caroline May
    The vast majority of faculty and staff members from the nation’s top Catholic universities donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign over Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s this cycle, according to a new report. Ninety-one percent of the employees at 23 different Catholic schools gave to Obama, according to Federal Elections Commission data available on OpenSecrets.org and analysed by the conservative college site Campus Reform. Much has been made of Obama’s Affordable Care Act mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage, a requirement that church officials say conflicts with Catholic religious doctrine,
  • Firearm NICS Checks break all time record

    12/04/2012 8:01:38 AM PST · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    FBI website ^ | 12/04/2012 | FBI
    Nationally, firearm NICS checks broke the record in November, with 2,006,919 checks. This beat the prior December 2011 record of 1,862,327.
  • General warns: ‘Egypt is heading into a civil war’ judges answer Morsi’s referendum with a boycott

    12/04/2012 8:22:13 AM PST · by Fred · 17 replies
    A controversial decision by Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council to completely refrain from supervising a referendum on the recently approved constitution remains the top story in the Arab press. “Egypt: Judiciary boycotts the referendum… and the constitutional committee suspends work,” reads the main headline of the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, long known for its anti-Islamist leanings. The paper reports that judges on the council — all appointed by deposed former president Hosni Mubarak — feared for their safety when they saw crowds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters blocking the roads leading to the gates, “climbing the fences… and inciting the people against...
  • The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

    12/04/2012 8:29:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: "We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation." That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner's face and tell him, "Give me a call, Tim, when you're serious," suggests that the speaker feels he...
  • Obama and Israel: Carom Shot?

    12/04/2012 7:55:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/4/12 | Elliott Abrams
    The Israeli press is reporting that “The United States was behind the summoning of Israeli ambassadors by several European nations, Israeli sources with close ties to US administration officials said Monday. ‘The European move is essentially an American move,’ one official said. ‘The Brits asked the Americans how to act.’” The same story quotes an Israeli official saying “The Europeans got the green light to respond with extreme measures . . .” No proof is offered and proof in these circumstances will be hard to produce. But the story has a great deal of logic behind it. The Obama administration...
  • Obama Sells Ambassador Assignments to Fashionista!

    12/04/2012 7:54:34 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-402012 | MOTUS
    What’s going on here? Does Big Guy really want us to go off the fiscal cliff?  All I know is that I heard Val-Jar explaining that since we WON, he can raise taxes on anybody he darn well feels like. And she reminded him that the Republicans need to be punished…for being Republicans.(snip) Butt never mind that: let’s move on to the real news of the day. Anna Wintour for Ambassador?  President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, to be either his next ambassador to the U.K. or France, as he looks to reward his...
  • Obama Should Return To Clinton/Gingrich-Era Spending Levels, Not Tax Rates

    12/04/2012 7:51:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Fiscal Policy: Talk of Clinton-era tax rates ignores the fact that the former president, working with a GOP Congress, cut spending as a share of GDP and produced four balanced budgets by focusing on growth, not spending. Even as he pushes $150 billion in new "stimulus" spending, President Obama argues that to avoid the fiscal cliff we must return to Clinton-era tax rates for wealthy households, with a top marginal rate of 39.6% vs. the Bush-era 35%. Clinton's was an age of balanced budgets and economic growth. But it was also an era of budgetary restraint in which both parties,...
  • Russia To Deploy Combat Troops Near Norway

    12/04/2012 7:43:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 29, 2012 | By Kevin Brent
    The Russian Navy's Northern Fleet announced yesterday the permanent deployment of the 200th Motorized Brigade of the Russian Army adjacent to the Norwegian border. It is the first of two brigades to be permanently assigned to the Northern Fleet and placed under the overall command of Vice Admiral Vladimir Korolev. This development is not only significant for the size of the formation itself and where it is being deployed, but also for the composition of forces within the brigade. Current Russian military commanders like their Soviet Era predecessors take the 'combined arms' warfare approach to force composition and structure with...
  • 7 Reasons Socialism Will Make You Poorer Than Capitalism

    12/04/2012 4:26:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Given what we know in 2012, saying that capitalism will make a society richer than socialism should be about as controversial as saying the earth is round, not flat. Yet, a recent Gallup poll shows that more liberals have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. This is only possible because there are so many perverse incentives that drive the promotion of socialism. If you're a politician, socialism puts power in your hands while capitalism takes it away. If you want to use the government to control people's lives, socialism is a wonderful vehicle to do just that while capitalism...
  • Fiscal Cliff Debate Is About Size of Government, Not Taxing "the Rich" Thomas Sowell

    12/04/2012 7:22:09 AM PST · by Fred · 9 replies
    real clear pols ^ | 120412 | Thomas Sowell
    Amid all the political and media hoopla about the "fiscal cliff" crisis, there are a few facts that are worth noting. First of all, despite all the melodrama about raising taxes on "the rich," even if that is done it will scarcely make a dent in the government's financial problems. Raising the tax rates on everybody in the top two percent will not get enough additional tax revenue to run the government for ten days. And what will the government do to pay for the other 355 days in the year? All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting...
  • Why President Obama's Tax Hike Will Hurt the 98%

    12/04/2012 7:01:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/04/2012 | Charles Kadlec
    President Barack Obama’s campaign to raise tax rates on the top 2% will cause far more economic pain to the 98% than to the truly rich. First, the truly rich have already demonstrated their ability to avoid much of the Obama tax hikes. At the same time, the higher marginal tax rates he demands will reduce the opportunities for economic activity, leading to slower growth and fewer job opportunities for the 98%. Finally, those with high incomes inevitably will shift much of the burden of Obama tax hike to those with lower incomes. Let’s start with the ruse that the...
  • The Post-Election Public Mood: It’s About to Hit the Fan

    12/04/2012 4:27:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 124 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 3, 2012 | Gordon Runyan
    Freedom Outpost has previously reported on the fact that gun sales represent at least one booming sector of the American economy since the re-election of Barak Obama. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to interpret that piece of data in terms of sociology: What must people be thinking? That’s a legitimate question, and it’s easy to think of an answer. Horror icon, Stephen King, has a theory that the same sort of “weather vane” indication of the public mood can be discerned from the popularity, or lack thereof, of current scary movies. In his nonfiction book about creating horror fiction, Danse...
  • Obama urges Russia to work with U.S. to extend arms pact

    12/03/2012 7:40:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/3/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Russia on Tuesday to work with the United States to "update" a decades-old agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemicals weapons that is set to expire in mid-2013. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in October that Moscow intended to end the 1992 agreement, the latest sign that the much-vaunted "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes may be running out of steam. Obama, attending a conference of nuclear anti-proliferation experts at the National War College in Washington, took note of Moscow's complaints and expressed optimism the pact would be extended. "Russia has...
  • IRS aims to clarify investment income tax under healthcare law

    12/03/2012 7:37:40 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/3/2012 | Patrick Temple-West
    (Reuters) - The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law. The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income. The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI. The tax applies to a broad range of...
  • Obama, Media Whitewash Morsi´s Pro-Jihad, Anti-Jew Past

    12/03/2012 7:05:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/3/12 | Staff
    Islamofascism: To hear the president and his media stenographers, Egypt´s new leader is a "practical" guy who´s surprisingly Westernized. He loves our movies and even the "ERA." Such positive reviews provide Mohammed Morsi a fig leaf of secularism and legitimacy. But they cannot hide his dark Islamist heart. Time magazine does its best, however, in an "exclusive interview" with Morsi. It lets him filibuster, uninterrupted, about his alleged support for America´s once-proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women, claiming that´s what his Muslim Brotherhood party stands for, too. Sharing more details from the interview on MSNBC,
  • MILLER: Obama is left of liberals

    12/03/2012 5:23:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Geithner’s fiscal cliff offer might not even be able to pass Democratic SenateTreasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the “full Ginsburg” on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day. Mr. Geithner’s whirlwind tour revealed more of the White House’s endgame for the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it’s evident President Obama is positioning himself to the left of his own party. For the first time, Mr. Geithner revealed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace the White House determination to...
  • Boehner counterpunches Obama’s cliff offer

    12/03/2012 4:19:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Last week, the White House tried (or at least, tried to appear like they were sincerely trying) to grease the skids on the fiscal cliff negotiations with a proposal that included $1.6 trillion in new taxes and the virtual elimination of the debt ceiling — a proposal to which Republicans responded with open laughter.On Monday, the House GOP counter-offered their own jumping-off point, calling for $800 billion in new revenue via tax-code reform and spending cuts and entitlement reforms that would trim off a couple trillion from the budget. Looks like Mary Katharine and Guy Benson came pretty close to...
  • McCaskill, Colleagues Call for Action from President Obama (tells Hussein ‘The clock is ticking’)

    12/03/2012 4:17:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    McCaskill, Colleagues Call for Action from President ObamaSenator tells President: ‘The clock is ticking’ Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:40 pm WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues, including fellow Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, are calling on President Obama to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take action ensuring that commercial navigation of the Mississippi River remains possible. “The President needs to take a look at what’s happening in the Midwest and act,” McCaskill said. “The clock is ticking while jobs and businesses in the region are endangered, and it’s imperative...
  • Obama Should Return To Clinton-Era Spending Levels

    12/03/2012 4:11:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 3, 2012
    Fiscal Policy: Talk of Clinton-era tax rates ignores the fact that the former president, working with a GOP Congress, cut spending as a share of GDP and produced four balanced budgets by focusing on growth, not spending. Even as he pushes $150 billion in new "stimulus" spending, President Obama argues that to avoid the fiscal cliff we must return to Clinton-era tax rates for wealthy households, with a top marginal rate of 39.6% vs. the Bush-era 35%. Clinton's was an age of balanced budgets and economic growth. But it was also an era of budgetary restraint in which both parties,...
  • Mr. Speaker!... Tear Down This Wall!!!

    12/03/2012 3:40:53 PM PST · by Safrguns · 23 replies
    Self | 12/3/12 | Safrguns
    Mr. John Boehner…. Speaker of the House of Representatives… MAJORITY Leader! You recently proclaimed that Obamacare is now the Law of the Land… that the will of the people had spoken. As if our failure to vote Obama out of office means that it’s now Time for us to capitulate to the Democrats, time for us to take our spanking… time for us to give the voters what they want by raising taxes… and to now work with the democrats as they implement Obamacare. REALLY??? Are you kidding me? You must not understand our representative form of government at all....
  • Tea Party pushes GOP closer to fiscal and political cliff (Hurl, you will)

    12/03/2012 2:48:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    allvoices ^ | December 3, 2012 | Paul Jesep, esquire
    US House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is caught between a political rock and hard place. If he appears too willing to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to address the deficit, Boehner and other Congressional Republicans risk being challenged in primaries by Tea Party activists. If the GOP leadership appears obstinate in generating new revenue, Republicans may lose seats in the Senate and potentially their majority in the House in the mid-term elections. It’s worth noting, Tea Party candidates who defeated incumbents or more mainstream candidates in the 2012 GOP primaries often lost in the general election. Hence, Tea Party...
  • The Deconstructed Presidency has been. Deal with it.

    12/03/2012 1:40:55 PM PST · by Kenny Bunk · 40 replies
    Kenny Bunk ^ | 12/03/2012 | Kenny Bunk
    The key to understanding Barack Hussein Obama is that he does nothing. This proposition is at the heart of a grave misapprehension of this Presidency. An American might be forgiven for feeling that a contribution to the common good is based on performance; productivity, some meaningful place in a functioning enterprise that fulfills one and contributes to the furtherance of some cause, or to one’s family and thus to God. What we cannot be forgiven for is continually attempting to apply this now remarkable cultural artifact; this mindset, to this Presidency. For example, the airwaves resonate as the right-wing talkers...
  • Middle Class Net Worth Collapses to 1969 Levels

    12/03/2012 12:58:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Breibart ^ | December1 , 2012 | John Nolte
    The angle of a just-released New York University study is, of course, that ole' left-wing canard known as "income inequality," but the findings are still useful in drawing other conclusions, and not ones that are very pleasant. Is America now a bigger version of Chicago, where Democrats and the media have so expertly rigged the electoral game that, even as their policies fai,l they're able to stay in power? According to the study, we are now back to 1969 levels with respect to median net worth in this country. A large part of this is the housing crisis we've yet...
  • Understanding the President’s fiscal cliff offer

    12/03/2012 12:01:46 PM PST · by PhxRising · 19 replies
    Keith Hennessey blog ^ | 12/03/2012 | Keith Hennessey
    Source: Keith Hennessey BlogUnderstanding the President’s fiscal cliff offer I am going to describe the President’s proposal to Republican Congressional leaders, then react to the most important parts of it. Secretary Geithner offered this proposal last Thursday. Senate Minority Leader McConnell was right to laugh at the President’s proposal, and Speaker Boehner was right to call it “silliness.” This is not a serious offer. This is a post for intermediate to advanced readers. Except where noted, all large numbers are for the next ten years. President Obama’s opening bid Items in bold are being labeled by the Administration as non-negotiable....
  • Administration Opposes STEM Act

    12/03/2012 11:55:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Republican efforts to pave the way for talented immigrants to enter America are being opposed by the Obama Administration. Specifically, President Obama is opposing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Act. This bill would expedite the issuance of visas to foreign-born graduates with technical degrees from US universities. The President characterized the legislation as “misguided. It would extend the benefits of residency and employment to highly skilled foreigners. This is contrary to my wishes and contradicts America’s promise. The beneficiaries would tend to be the most capable people from foreign countries. We should be encouraging them to return home...
  • Obama to GOP: Save the middle class from me

    12/03/2012 11:06:32 AM PST · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-03-12 | DrJohn
    Instead of negotiating with Congress for a deal, Barack Obama is out there campaigning for his tax increase plans. President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass an extension of tax cuts for middle class families, saying a tax increase for them would be like a "lump of coal" for Christmas. In his first campaign-style event to sell his solution on the "fiscal cliff," Obama says in the Philadelphia suburbs that Republicans should extend existing Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less, while allowing increases to kick in for the wealthy. He says both sides need to "get...
  • In foiled Jordanian terror plot, officials see hand of resurgent al-Qaeda in Iraq

    12/03/2012 9:54:33 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2012 | Joby Warrick
    AMMAN, Jordan — The plan was to unleash mayhem across an entire city and “bring Amman to its knees,” in the words of one security official. It would start with suicide bombings at two shopping malls, then build momentum as teams of terrorists blew up cars and raked cafes with machine-gun fire. In the midst of the chaos that would ensue, the attackers would turn their attention to the U.S. Embassy, the primary target and a long-sought prize for the organization that investigators say provided critical support for the scheme: al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq. Using the terrorist group’s expertise and...
  • Fiscal Cliff Notes

    12/03/2012 9:13:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 4, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Amid all the political and media hoopla about the "fiscal cliff" crisis, there are a few facts that are worth noting. First of all, despite all the melodrama about raising taxes on "the rich," even if that is done it will scarcely make a dent in the government's financial problems. Raising the tax rates on everybody in the top two percent will not get enough additional tax revenue to run the government for ten days. And what will the government do to pay for the other 355 days in the year? All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting...
  • Fiscal Cliff Notes: Part II

    12/03/2012 9:12:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 4, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the big advantages that President Obama has, as he plays "chicken" with the Congressional Republicans along the "fiscal cliff," is that Obama is a master of the plausible lie, which will never be exposed by the mainstream media— nor, apparently, by the Republicans. A key lie that has been repeated over and over, largely unanswered, is that President Bush's "tax cuts for the rich" cost the government so much lost tax revenue that this added to the budget deficit— so that the government cannot afford to allow the cost of letting the Bush tax rates continue for "the...
  • Obama Fiddles With Arts As We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

    12/03/2012 8:57:11 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-3-2012 | MOTUS
    <p>Hard to believe that it’s that season again. No, not “Christmas,” I’m talking about awards season, which kicks off with the annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House on CBS!</p> <p>The weekend-long celebration began with a dinner hosted by Hillary and the State Department on Saturday night.</p>
  • EXCLUSIVE: WHD Obtains Obama Plan to Fix Economy!

    12/03/2012 8:41:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 12/3/12 | Keith Koffler
    White House Dossier has just obtained President Obama’s plan to roll back the crushing long term costs of entitlements, reduce unemployment, and spur the economy back to normal growth. Given the importance of this information, we decided to share the plan with you immediately. Here it is:
  • A Presidency of Perpetual Crisis

    12/03/2012 5:40:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    So here are the headlines coming out of the Sunday shows… Boehner ‘flabbergasted’ at fiscal cliff proposal McCaskill: ‘I Feel Almost Sorry For John Boehner’ Sen. Ayotte ‘disappointed’ in initial White House proposal Sen. Hatch: Obama fiscal proposal ‘classic bait and switch’ So predictable, isn’t it? During these seemingly-more-frequent showdowns, the purpose of every lawmaker appearing on a Sunday show, no matter the party, is to emphasize how committed they are to a sensible bipartisan compromise that put’s the nation’s interest ahead of the special interests, and how the opposition is being extreme, divisive, unyielding, outrageous, etcetera. This latest round...
  • Dislodging Obamacare

    12/03/2012 3:35:13 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michaek F. Cannon (Cato Institute)
    Republicans believed a Mitt Romney win would seal Obamacare's fate. Democrats - or rather, the lonely two-fifths of Americans who support the president's beleaguered healthcare law - believed an Obama win would secure its future. Both sides were kidding themselves.Romney may have pledged to repeal the law, but his positions on Obamacare had the life span of a rainbow. He supported an identical law when he got the credit for signing it as governor of Massachusetts. He then opposed Obamacare when that's what GOP primary voters wanted to hear, and later endorsed parts of it when he thought that's what...
  • White House Data Debunk Myth Bush Cuts Built Deficit

    12/03/2012 3:09:54 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 30, 2012 | Staff
    <p>While President Obama insists the Bush tax cuts caused the recession and record deficits, his own economists say otherwise.</p> <p>He might want to consult their data for the truth.</p> <p>Kicking off fiscal cliff negotiations last month, Obama said: "What I'm not going to do is extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford and, according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy."</p>
  • Major Televised Event Will Expose Obama's Ineligibility Before Electoral College Certification?

    12/02/2012 9:15:11 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 113 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Carl Gallups
    Carl Gallups of PPSimmons says he "has exclusive inside information that a surprising and potentially devastating eligibility event is scheduled to happen before the January 6th Electoral College Certification. Perhaps by the middle of December. This event most likely will be aired on national cable television and around the world exposing Obama's ineligibility. The person doing the exposing is a very important person with constitutional standing to do the exposing of the evidence against Obama."
  • Michelle Obama’s Next Move (President? Supreme Court Justice?)

    12/02/2012 7:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 3, 2012 | Allison Samuels
    Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn’t thinking about what she might do in the future. “I’m just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he’s been doing,” she said. “Supporting him is my focus.” But others think the first lady—who spent the past four years seeking to better the lives of military families and fighting to end childhood obesity before becoming one of the stars of her husband’s reelection effort this fall—could have bigger things ahead of her, if...
  • New fish species named after Obama

    12/02/2012 6:36:13 PM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | Sun, Dec 02 2012 at 5:24 PM EST | Russell McClendon
    The species, formally known as 'Etheostoma obama,' is one of five newly discovered fish that scientists have named after a U.S. president or VP. President Obama may not have won many Southeastern states in his recent re-election, but he did make waves across the Republican-leaning region. And thanks to two scientists from Georgia and Missouri, his Southern profile is still growing — although some of his flashiest new acolytes don't have a clue who he is. That's because they're fish, one of five new species found by ecologist Steve Layman of Geosyntec Consultants and biologist Rick Mayden of Saint Louis...
  • Metal Mania: Gold, Silver, Real Estate and Mortgages

    12/02/2012 6:35:58 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/02/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is no doubt that the housing and commercial real estate bubbles (and burst). Gold experienced the greatest appreciation since 2000, with silver in second place. Multifamily real estate (Moody’s REAL) and the Case-Shiller 20 metro index demonstrate the plunge in real estate. Real estate did poorly relative to precious metals since 2000. [Bear in mind that these are price indices, not total rate of return indices.] In terms of total returns, the JP Morgan MBS return index outperformed the SP 500 index. The Dow Jones REIT index is the third index which started and ended at the same place...
  • Obama’s Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W

    12/01/2012 3:37:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    <p>At the close of business on Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the Treasury. At the close of business this Thursday, it stood at $16,323,083,449,604.98.</p> <p>That means the debt has increased $5,696,206,400,691.90 during Obama’s presidency.</p>
  • Fore: Obama, Bill Clinton enjoy round of golf

    12/02/2012 1:58:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/2/12 | Stacy A. Anderson | Associated Press
    JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — Fore — 42 and 44 are playing 18. Former President Bill Clinton — the 42nd president — is joining President Barack Obama — he's No. 44 — for a round of golf at Joint Air Base in Maryland. Also in the group, according to the White House, are U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and longtime Clinton backer and strategist Terry McAuliffe, who's running for governor in Virginia in 2013.