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  • 7 Secretaries-of-State Criticize Michelle Obama for Claiming Voter Suppression Occurred in 2012

    12/15/2012 11:41:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 14, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election: “Unfortunately the First Lady’s comments continue the baseless attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections. This past election speaks for itself. In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state’s history. In Georgia, African American turnout has remained high in each election after the state adopted its photo...
  • Chris Rock Was Right (“The Dangerous Lunatic Incarceration Act of 2013”)

    12/15/2012 11:04:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | December 14, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    “Liberals talk about banning guns as if it’s the same as banning murder and banning evil.” – Ace of Spades “Gun-free zones are premised on a lie: that murderers will follow rules, and that people like my student are a greater danger to those around them than crazed killers. That’s an insult to honest people. Sometimes, it’s a deadly one.” – Professor Glenn Reynolds “Who to blame for mass murder? This may sound weird, but my gut hunch is it’s probably the homicidal psychotic’s fault.” – Robert Stacy McCain When I got up Friday morning, live-blogging a mass murder was...
  • Report: Boehner Offers Tax Hike to Obama on Fiscal Cliff (Rejected, speakership in jeopardy?)

    12/15/2012 10:40:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 15, 2012 | Staff
    Late Saturday evening, a source from the White House said the Speaker of the House John Boehner had put tax rate hikes on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations. The White House promptly rejected the offer, since Boehner also wanted entitlement reform as a compromise. But the announcement is likely to exacerbate the war within the Republican Party with regard to tax policy in the run-up to the fiscal cliff. According to a Reuters source, Boehner agreed to a tax rate hike of an unspecified size on high earners – a term the source left undefined. The source said that...
  • Russian money-bags to deal with luxury tax in 2013

    12/15/2012 9:52:30 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 7 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | December 14, 2012 | Valentin Gridin
    The tax on luxury will become reality for all Russians without exception next year. President Vladimir Putin reminded everyone of that in his annual Address to the Federal Assembly. According to experts, the new tax may send a definite message to wealthy citizens to redistribute their revenues. The head of state said in his speech that the decision on the so-called luxury tax should be made in the first half of 2013. According to the official website of the President of the Russian Federation, one should not give up on the "flat" income tax scale, since the progressive taxation of...
  • Obama to travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday

    12/15/2012 9:06:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 152 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama will travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday to meet with families of those killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and thank emergency workers who responded to the tragedy, the White House said Saturday. "The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families" at 7 p.m., press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. On Friday, an emotional Obama vowed to "take meaningful action, regardless of the politics," to prevent future tragedies like the shooting massacre, which killed 26 people at the school, 20 of...
  • Obama administration, Congress quietly let school security funds lapse

    12/15/2012 6:37:12 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | December 14, 2012 | John Solomon and Kimberly Dvorak
    Before Connecticut tragedy, administration eliminated emergency preparedness program,let school violence prevention programs lapse UPDATED 23:43 PM EST, December 14, 2012 Why It Matters: Politicians across the country are vowing to do more to prevent school shooting tragedies like the one that unfolded Friday in Newtown, Conn. But over the last few years, the Obama administration and Congress allowed funding for several school safety initiatives to lapse. Beneath the expressions of grief, sorrow and disbelief over the Connecticut school massacre lies an uneasy truth in Washington: over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for...
  • Russians' enduring support of Vladimir Putin

    12/15/2012 6:38:03 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 December 2012
    Opposition protests took place in Moscow, but there is more ambivalence to change in Russia's countryside Last December, Moscow's streets were filled with thousands of opposition protesters accusing Vladimir Putin of rigging elections. A year on, the BBC's Steve Rosenberg reassesses the public's attitude to Mr Putin, from the capital to the countryside. In a Russian winter, it is almost as if the elements conspire to keep you off the streets. In the centre of Moscow, the cold bites to the bone, the icy pavements are an obstacle course, and the snow is like a giant swaddling blanket that makes...
  • As end nears for housing tax break, sellers race the clock

    12/15/2012 3:05:29 PM PST · by memyselfandi59 · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/15/2012 | Drew Harwell, Times Staff Writer
    Since 2007, distressed homeowners have dodged massive bills due to a tax-time saving grace: The debts they were "forgiven" in foreclosures, short sales or principal reductions were also scrubbed from their dues to Uncle Sam. But that tax break is set to expire Dec. 31, and with it more than $1 billion in tax savings to homeowners in trouble. Foreclosed? You'll pay taxes on the money you owed the bank. Close on a "short sale" for less than you owed on your mortgage? You'll still owe part of it to the IRS. Even homeowners whose loan principals are trimmed would...
  • Obama remains committed to assault weapons ban, White House says

    12/15/2012 1:48:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | December 15, 2012 | Halimah Abdullah
    The White House said President Barack Obama supports reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons -- a position he took in the 2008 campaign but failed to press during his first term. "It does remain a commitment of his," presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters as the nation reeled from a mass shooting in Connecticut that mainly killed school children. An emotional Obama did not address that issue directly in a televised statement from the White House on the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 26 people but said something had to be done...
  • Dem. lawmaker: To get gun control, Obama must ‘exploit’ shooting

    12/15/2012 12:21:20 PM PST · by NoRedTape · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    "A veteran Democratic lawmaker believes the nation will go along with stronger gun control laws if President Obama “exploits” the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and nudges Congress to action. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who represents portions of New York City, said he was encouraged by Mr. Obama’s statement on Friday afternoon that the mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 young children, requires “meaningful action” by Congress, but hopes those words turn into concrete legislation.".............
  • The Overton Window (how Ubama will not let Sandy Hook crisis go to waste)

    12/15/2012 10:15:00 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Overton Window, by Glenn Beck The Overton window is a political theory that describes as a narrow "window" the range of ideas that the public will find acceptable, and that states that the political viability of an idea is defined primarily by this rather than by politicians' individual preferences.[1] It is named for its originator, Joseph P. Overton,[2] a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.[3] At any given moment, the “window” includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too...
  • Obama has chosen John Kerry as Secretary of State

    12/15/2012 11:54:43 AM PST · by yoe · 175 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 14, 2012 | MICHAEL SNEED
    President Barack Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be the next secretary of state, a source has told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. His replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the Sneed source said.
  • Willie Nelson: "A lot of guns...there's no need for civilians to own those...those are for military"

    12/15/2012 11:23:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | November 26, 2012 | Piers Morgan
  • Petition asking White House to consider building Death Star exceeds 25,000 signatures

    12/15/2012 10:41:47 AM PST · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    michelle malkin blog ^ | December 13, 2012 | Doug Powers
    Paul Krugman could write a whole book explaining why we should follow through with this petition: Our favorite of these petitions this month has to be from Colorado man “John D” who, as we reported last week, wants the government to secure resources and funding to begin the construction of a Death Star by 2016. His rationale for building the mega-weapon from the ‘Star Wars‘ movies is as much public works project than direct threat to the little green men who could be living below Mars’ surface. “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such...
  • "Gun-Free" Sandy Hook Elementary Was Free of All Guns-Except the Killer's

    12/15/2012 10:38:20 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-15-2012 | MOTUS
    (snip)Our betters have already rushed to their microphones, soap boxes and pulpits to ask why we don’t have the kind of gun control they have in Norway. (snip)I ask a different question: why are so many obviously insane people allowed to move about so freely in society?Why is it that,although there have always been guns,there haven’t always been the number of mass murders we’re experiencing as of late? (snip)As is often the case with good intentions,t“deinstitutional movement,” initiated in 1964 and fully implemented in the 1970’s,the “solution” did not fix the root problem.There are still  just as many crazy people...
  • Syrian Scuds Land Near Turkish Border - NATO

    12/15/2012 8:09:36 AM PST · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2012
    BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria have landed "fairly close" to the Turkish border, NATO's top military commander said on Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile batteries are being deployed to Turkey. The comments by U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, were the first to confirm that Scuds have come down near the border of Turkey, a NATO member state. Stavridis also described the situation in Syria as "chaotic and dangerous".
  • Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw (hip-hop) Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500

    12/15/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/12
    Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500by Breitbart News 13 Dec 2012 **SNIP** The black-tie Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will take place at the Harman Centeron Jan. 20. The gala, hosted by Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, drew the likes of LL Cool J, T.I. and Nick Cannon in 2009, and just like 2009, VIP tickets will still carry the same eye-popping $2,500 price tag.
  • Dem. lawmaker: To get gun control, Obama must ‘exploit’ shooting

    12/14/2012 7:20:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 69 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    A veteran Democratic lawmaker believes the nation will go along with stronger gun control laws if President Obama “exploits” the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and nudges Congress to action. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who represents portions of New York City, said he was encouraged by Mr. Obama’s statement on Friday afternoon that the mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 young children, requires “meaningful action” by Congress, but hopes those words turn into concrete legislation. “These incidents, these horrible, horrible incidents … are happening more and more frequently. And they will continue to happen more and more frequently until someone with...
  • Bloomberg jabs Obama's call for 'meaningful action'

    12/14/2012 5:06:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 90 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't satisfied with President Obama's promise Friday to take "meaningful action" to prevent future mass shootings. "[T]he country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem – and take immediate executive action,"
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    <p>State police are responding to a report of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive, school officials said.</p> <p>Police are reporting a number of injured parties. The nature of their injuries is not clear.</p> <p>There are unconfirmed reports of two shooters — one dead, one still at large.</p>
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Submits Obama Investigation Affidavit In Obama Florida Election Challenge

    12/14/2012 6:56:02 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Larry Klayman
    On or about April 2011, only after years into his presidency, and under media and political pressure, Defendant Obama published on the internet an electronic version of a purported birth certificate alleging his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 to American citizen mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Kenyan British subject father, Barack Obama, Sr. No physical, paper copy of the actual long form birth certificate has been produced in order to definitively establish Defendant Obama's birth within the United States. Instead, there is credible evidence that the "birth certificate" published on the internet was altered or otherwise fraudulent....
  • Surprise! Treasury IG probing multi-million-dollar fraud in green-energy grants, tax credits

    12/14/2012 11:25:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on December 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And the probe doesn’t involve some bit players in an obscure program, either.  The 1603 Program was one of the centerpieces of Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus, designed to subsidize a transition from hydrocarbon-based energy to renewables in the residential market, and federal government sunk $13 billion into the effort.  Now the Inspector General of Treasury has opened a probe of the three largest providers of solar panel installations, who gained the most from the 1603 Program, and who may have fraudulently calculated their bills in order to claim more taxpayer cash: Three of the country’s most prolific installers of...
  • Obama Ignores Ex-Marine Wrongly Held In Mexican Jail

    12/14/2012 4:30:02 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 14, 2012
    Foreign Relations: A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is chained to a jail bed for months after trying to register a souvenir rifle with Mexican authorities, and the Obama administration does nothing to correct this injustice. Since August, Jon Hammar, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been held in a notorious Mexican prison effectively run by the Zetas drug cartel. His crime: declaring to Mexican authorities that he was transporting an antique shotgun after registering the gun with U.S. Customs agents on his way to a surfing trip with buddies in Costa Rica. We can understand...
  • Obama promises 'meaningful action' after Newtown school shooting (Obama's Reichstag Fire?)

    12/14/2012 3:47:30 PM PST · by Arthurio · 178 replies
    Barack Obama wiped away tears at the White House as he expressed grief over the children killed in the Connecticut massacre and promised "meaningful action" to prevent similar shooting rampages in the future. Obama has promised to act on gun control after earlier shooting incidents but subsequently done nothing implement any changes. Over the last four years of his presidency, restrictions on guns – in particular concealed weapons – have become more relaxed and gun sales soared. There have been five major shooting sprees since he has been president, three of them this year. This one is different because the...
  • US President Obama Cries Over School Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:51:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 152 replies
    sky.com ^ | December 14, 2012
    US President Barack Obama wept as he addressed the nation in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. Mr Obama paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children who had been killed and the milestones in their lives they would never have - birthdays, graduations, weddings. "Our hearts are broken today," he said, at times using a finger to wipe tears at the corners of his eyes. Mr Obama said he had reacted to news of the elementary school shooting first as a parent. He added that he and First Lady Michelle would...
  • An emotional Obama: 'They had their entire lives ahead of them'

    12/14/2012 1:10:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 141 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/14/12 | Michael O'Brien
    An emotional President Barack Obama led the nation in mourning the victims of an elementary school massacre on Friday, speaking from the White House following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The president not only pledged to assist investigations into the shooting, but also became openly emotional upon reflecting upon the many school children killed or injured in today's mass shooting. "The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old," he said, pausing to wipe away a tear. "They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings,...
  • NORTH: Obama’s decision deficit disorder

    12/14/2012 1:01:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 14, 2012 | Oliver North
    Troop dismay no longer hiddenQuantico, VA - Until I joined the Fourth Estate, it was my experience that most Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Guardsmen and Marines usually eschewed contact with members of the media. Regard for the potentates of the press used to be about equal to that of chiggers, ticks, scorpions and fire ants. When I was on active duty, I had an aerosol can of bug spray hand-labeled: “Reporter Repellant.” If a military person had to share space with any of these assorted insects, the last thing anyone wanted to do was to discuss politics. Things have changed. Shortly...
  • Obama: 'These children are our children'

    12/14/2012 12:41:54 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | Obama/politico44
    President Barack Obama, in a brief address to the nation, offered his condolences to those who lost loved ones in the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and said it is time to act to prevent similar tragedies. "As a country we have been through this too many times," he said, ticking off recent shootings across the nation. "These neighborhoods are our neghborhoods, and these children are our children, and we're going to have to come together …to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
  • Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer

    12/13/2012 8:18:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Judy Keane
    Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer by Judy Keane on December 13, 2012 ·   In his 2008 Inaugural Address, President Obama praised the tremendous sacrifices of our Founding Fathers and our hard won freedoms saying, “Our Founding Fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, they drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.”  However, in moving forward aggressively with the HHS Mandate, it has become clear we are witnessing a U.S. President eroding those very freedoms he initially spoke so highly...
  • The List; Obama's Two Hundred and Third Week in Office

    12/14/2012 9:57:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 12/14/12 | Nachum
    The Obama Administration: Year FourPresident Obama's Two Hundred and Third Week in Office12/13/2012Benghazi-GateState Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next weekSusan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state Rep. Frank Wolf: Tunisia Won't Let FBI Interview Benghazi SuspectObama Ethics, Year 4New Report Suggests National Labor Relations Board Under Obama Straying From Mission to Promote UnionsYour permanent record is now available on demandTSA's Grip on Internal Travel is TighteningChicago Sun Times: Obama swearing-in to be open to media coverage. Should not even have been a question600 Workers To Be Fired As Controversial Activist Judge Sides With Obama-NLRB And SEIU...
  • We Have a Problem -- A Real Problem

    12/14/2012 9:19:17 AM PST · by NotchJohnson · 19 replies
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 12/14/2012 | Neal Boortz
    No .. I’m not talking about the fiscal cliff, nor am I talking about the almost $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities we face as a nation. Iran and a nuke? Yeah .. that’s serious all right, but I’m told that we are messin’ with Iran right now in ways that you couldn’t even imagine – ways that could derail their nuclear plans for some time to come. Is the real problem our sagging economy? An oncoming second recession? The growth of government dependency? Sure … all of those are problems and all are difficult to deal with … but they...
  • Obama Bypasses Congress to Mandate Black Boxes for All Cars—Beginning in ’14

    12/14/2012 9:10:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Bypassing Congress, the Obama administration has issued a proposed administrative rule, which if adopted, would mandate the installation of “black boxes” in all automobiles and light trucks beginning in 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the regulation on Dec. 7, which it said “would capture valuable safety-related data in the seconds before and during a motor vehicle crash.” The proposed standard would require automakers to install event data recorders (EDRs)—so-called “black box devices”—to collect specific safety-related data in all light passenger vehicles beginning Sept. 1, 2014. …
  • WaPo editors: Golly, Obama’s "balanced" fiscal-cliff approach is unbalanced

    12/14/2012 8:45:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama keeps claiming that he wants a "balanced" approach to deficit reform, but the editors of the Washington Post have a little difficulty trying to figure out what he means by "balanced" --- since his proposals have had a 4:1 ratio of tax hikes to spending cuts. The Post also notes that Obama has backed away from even the inadequate entitlement reforms he's previously embraced. Why, the Post's editors suggest, Obama may not really be serious about this whole deficit-reform idea.You think? Since the election last month, a few modest proposals have been floated to slow the growth in...
  • Harry Belafonte Suggests that Barack Obama Jail Political Detractors

    12/14/2012 8:17:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    The "King of Calypso," Hugo Chávez enthusiast, and "Banana Boat" crooner, octogenarian Harry Belafonte is so thrilled with the reelection of Barack Obama that he's taken to cable "news" network MSNBC to share his views on how President Obama should deal with political nemeses. In addition to singing, acting and songwriting, throughout his career Harry "Viva la revolucion" Belafonte has also promoted himself as a civil rights advocate and humanitarian. In addition to issuing indictments like: "Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet," Mr. Belafonte also heartily endorses the ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's socialist revolution. Once,...
  • Obama’s Electronic-Medical-Records Scam (It is wasting money and inconveniencing doctors)

    12/14/2012 8:05:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Here’s more evidence that government “cures” are inevitably worse than the “diseases” they seek to wipe out. Buried in the trillion-dollar stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic-medical-records “incentive” program. Like most of President Obama’s health-care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust. Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacy-undermining consequences have only just begun. The program was originally sold as a cost-saving measure. In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health-care providers have already made the change. But as with many government “incentive” programs, the EMR bribe is...
  • Obama Hijacks Hanukkah: Makes It All About Obama!

    12/14/2012 7:39:09 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-14-2012 | MOTUS
    I know some of you are still wondering how Big Guy won his reelection. Well, I have a small insight for you: first, there is nothing – no matter how large or small, sacred or profane – that cannot be used for your political purposes. Take Hanukkah for example: First, you invite 600 of your best Jewish friends and benefactors, then you follow the White House tradition of selecting a menorah with some kind of meaningful history. “Meaningful history” used to mean having something to do with the survival of the Jewish people following the Diaspora or the Holocaust. Since...
  • Inaugural Speech by the New Speaker of the House

    12/14/2012 4:47:04 AM PST · by matt1 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 14, 2012 | J.T. Hatter
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, fellow congressmen and women, and my fellow citizens. I'm pleased to take up the gavel as your new Majority Leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish my predecessor all the best as he resumes his duties as a member of the House from Ohio.
  • Dan Rather On Obama And Susan Rice: "He Made A Lot Of Tough Talk, Didn't Back It Up"

    12/13/2012 10:35:05 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 13, 2012 | Dan Rather
    On tonight's broadcast of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow" show, guest Dan Rather was disappointed with President Obama after Susan Rice decided to withdraw herself from Secretary of State considerations. Rather said Obama talked tough, but didn't back it up. "He indicated in his press conference just after the election -- he made a lot of tough talk, didn't back it up," Rather said. "So there are people who say, 'Listen, the kind of leader we want is one who will fight to the finish, never give in.' On the other hand, one could make the case that President Obama has said...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Women In Admin. "Very Angry" With Obama Over Susan Rice

    12/13/2012 10:14:22 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Mitchell
    ANDREA MITCHELL: A lot of Democrats are saying that the president did not show enough loyalty. A lot of women in the administration are very angry tonight, and I'm saying this at a very high level. Angry because they feel that she was not treated with respect, she was not given the support she needed and she was left to twist in the wind. RACHEL MADDOW: They're angry, with whom though? MITCHELL: Angry with the White House. And with the boss, with the president, for not be willing to fight this out. That he's backed down in the face of...
  • Why Susan Rice Withdrew Her Name As Candidate For Secretary of State

    12/13/2012 9:21:29 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-13-12 | Curt
    While I'm thankful this abhorrent woman won't become Secretary of State I can only wonder the timing of this especially since Hillary Clinton is due to testify about Benghazi next week. Isn't that interesting: U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name Thursday as President Obama’s leading candidate for secretary of state, saying the administration could not afford a “lengthy, disruptive and costly” confirmation fight over statements she made about the extremist attack in Libya that killed four Americans. Rice called Obama on Thursday morning, before sending him a letter officially withdrawing from consideration. Rice said in an interview that...
  • Great news: Your permanent record is now available on demand (Complete end of privacy)

    12/13/2012 7:54:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when government needed something called a warrant or even probable cause to look at your records? Good times, good times. I’m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States signed off on an order allowing the government to access pretty much everything it wanted in the name of counterterrorism. The Wall Street Journal found out about the order and got a FOIA request to force its exposure: Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted...
  • Obamacare’s tooth tax takes effect on January 1

    12/13/2012 7:33:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 13, 2012 | Joanne Butler, Sr. Economics Fellow, Caesar Rodney Institute of Delaware
    With all the chatter about the fiscal cliff, you may not have heard of a tax change that will take effect on January 1 — and why going to the dentist now may be the right response to it. If you’re under 65, on January 1 your medical tax deduction rate (including expenses for dental work) will take a big jump from 7.5% of gross income to 10%. (No change for folks 65 and older.) If you’re like me, your health insurance pays a minimal amount for routine dental work — with most of the dentist’s bill being paid out...
  • Susan Rice: Why I Withdrew

    12/13/2012 6:06:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Amb. Susan Rice
    On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state. I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in. But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security. These are...
  • 185 Economists to Congress: "Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Risk Economic Damage"

    12/13/2012 7:51:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Note:  The following letter is co-signed by 185 of the nation's economists including Dr. Sanjai Bhagat, Provost Professor of Finance, University of Colorado, and Contributing Editor to A Line of Sight.  http://sanjaibhagat.com  Further information is available from the National Taxpayers Union, click here.  An Open Letter to Congress: December 11, 2012Dear Members of Congress:As the nation approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff," we, the undersigned economists, urge Congress to carefully consider the relative merits of tax increases and spending restraint. Increasing taxes would likely slow or reverse our nation's fragile economic recovery and undermine long-term growth. Restraining the growth of expenditures,...
  • Opinion: Obama's Negotiating Arrogance (Video)

    12/13/2012 2:54:39 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wsj.com/video ^ | 12/07/12 | Columnist Kim Strassel
    Opinion: Obama's Negotiating Arrogance Dec 7, 2012 Columnist Kim Strassel gives an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations and President Obama's demand that Republicans give him the power to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. 12/07/12 WSJ Video
  • Cause and Effect: Americans Who Voted for Obama Now Seeing Weekly Job Hours Slashed Below 30...

    12/13/2012 2:51:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 12, 2012
    It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some businesses...
  • Economics 101: Small Business Cuts Back on Spending After Obama Election Victory

    12/13/2012 11:44:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have some news here. It's not surprising to me. "US small business owners' net capital spending intentions for the next 12 months plunged to -14 in November, the lowest level in more than two years, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. This is down from net capital spending intentions of -1 in July and suggests the nation's small business owners are likely to pull back on their business investments even more, given their negative expectations for the next 12 months." Now, I give you an illustration. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, this index --...
  • Liberty Cast Radio

    Haven't posted here for a while. Some of you might know me as co-founder of Hear Us Now which organized the Tax Day Tea Parties (among other events) at the Colorado State Capitol. I brought Hear Us Now to an end in March of this year. The next project, Liberty Cast. 24 hour online streaming Activist/political radio. Liberty Cast has been under way on a tiny scale for sometime. Producing podcasts for others, and hosting two pdcasts. One being the podcast for Grassroots Radio Colorado (http://libertycast.net/grc/index.htm). Please visit the following page, give some consideration to the request and share the...
  • Question about Obama eligibility

    12/13/2012 12:20:29 PM PST · by chuckles · 51 replies
    vanity | 12/13/2012 | chuckles
    Question,...Is it possible, that we could make some sort of statement, that if Obama is found out to be illegally elected, we could prosecute some of the people that covered up his lies to get him elected? It's too late to stop anything now, IMHO, but later, investigations could turn up some evidence that may be accepted. To have Arapio say, positively, that Obama's records are fake and no one even looks at it is criminal, in my mind. If some knew we were coming after them no matter how long it takes, maybe someone would crack. Someone has to...
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...