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  • President Obama returning to Hawaii Wednesday morning

    01/01/2013 9:37:25 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    The Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 01, 2013 | Star-Advertiser staff
    President Barak Obama left Washington D.C. tonight and is flying to Hawaii to rejoin his family on vacation.
  • Grover Norquist: Vote for deal is vote to cut taxes

    01/01/2013 9:23:46 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | Felicia Sonmez
    Grover Norquist, the Americans for Tax Reform president and anti-tax activist who has become a key figure in the ongoing negotiations on the fiscal cliff, took to Twitter as the House was voting Tuesday night to give his blessing to the deal: "The Bush tax cuts lapsed at midnight last night. Every R voting for Senate bill is cutting taxes and keeping his/her pledge." "Congress about to make permanent most of the temporary tax cuts that Democrats voted against in 2001 and 2003. Permanent beats temporary."
  • 'Fiscal cliff' deal repeals part of 'Obamacare'

    01/01/2013 9:21:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Tucked inside the "fiscal cliff" deal is a provision repealing the CLASS Act, a giant unfunded mandate that was part of President Obama's health care law. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program was a priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and was designed to create a program for long-term care for the functionally disabled. Mr. Obama halted the program, saying he couldn't find a way to make it cost-effective. But he had objected when Republicans tried to repeal it outright, saying he wanted to keep it on the books and try to amend it...
  • Why I do not like the Obamas

    01/01/2013 6:44:50 PM PST · by Just another Joe · 25 replies
    The Daily Rant ^ | Feb 22, 2012 | Michael Massie
    Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles. The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's? Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture." The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me...
  • Federal workers brace for furloughs

    01/01/2013 6:39:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 31, 2012 | Jennifer Liberto
    Federal workers are bracing for furloughs that could start to take place in the next few months if Congress doesn't replace massive budget cuts scheduled to begin Wednesday. Even as a fiscal cliff deal was beginning to emerge Monday afternoon, lawmakers and the president still lacked agreement to stop measures carving some $110 billion in spending power from federal budgets each year over the next decade through automatic cuts. President Obama dubbed the sequester cuts akin to "using an ax instead of a scalpel" on the budget in a Monday speech, while announcing a deal was close. "Some of these...
  • Hollywood Tax Credits, Rum Subsidies, Indian Coal & Scooters: The Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill’s Ripoffs

    01/01/2013 6:26:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 1, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    While the American people are being hit with new ObamaCare taxes, and the ObamaDeficit is climbing through the roof and will pass 20 trillion dollars before long, there’s always plenty of sweetheart deals and pork to be found. 1. Hollywood. Celebrities flocked to Obama and the industry poured millions into his campaign. Payday comes in the form of an extension of the Special Expensing Rules which allow Hollywood productions to deduct 15 to 20 million dollars. That’s pretty generous considering that companies that manufacture medical devices are being hit with a tax. But who really needs pacemakers anyway when you’ve...
  • House Republicans gauging support for budget amendments

    01/01/2013 4:06:45 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-1-13 | Erik Wasson, Russell Berman and Molly K. Hooper
    House Republican leaders will assess support within their conference for two options on the Senate's "fiscal cliff" compromise before deciding whether to try to amend the legislation and send it back to the upper chamber, lawmakers and aides said. The two choices: amend the bill with spending cuts - likely killing it for the 112th Congress - or voting to adopt the Senate measure and sending it to President Obama for his signature. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told his conference he was flatly opposed to the Senate bill without more spending cuts, members said as they emerged from...
  • The Socialist Mind Game: A Brief Manual

    01/01/2013 3:46:29 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 1, 2013 | Oleg Atbashian
    We are being played; it's time we learned the game. Conservatives have their Constitution. Progressives have their Narrative. The current battle for America is between these two concepts, and each side uses different rules to fight it. One set of rules is consistent with an unchanging objective: limited government and individual freedoms. The other side's rules are as fickle as their goals, which are never fully disclosed beyond the equivocal references to fairness and hyphenated forms of justice. They will have to remain vague and deny their true allegiances until a time when American voters will no longer squirm at...
  • Fiscal cliff in New Year's limbo: House Republicans are demanding more federal spending cuts

    01/01/2013 2:50:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Newser / The Associated Press ^ | January 1, 2013 | David Espo and Alan Fram
    Emergency legislation to avoid the economy-threatening fiscal cliff ran into vehement New Year's Day opposition from House Republicans, casting doubt on the divided government's ability to prevent widespread tax increases and painful, across-the-board federal spending cuts. "I do not support the bill. We are looking, though, for the best path forward," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declared after a closed-door meeting of his party's rank and file. While Speaker John Boehner took no public position, an attempt to add spending cuts was all but certain before the leadership called for a final House vote on the measure that cleared...
  • URGENT!!: A FEINSTEIN NEW YEAR FOR YOU

    01/01/2013 2:48:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    One of the first items on the agenda for Congress in January 2013, if not the first, will be the new and even more Draconian “assault weapons and magazine ban” long since drafted by Dianne Feinstein, Democrat Senator from California. Here, in 1995, Dianne Feinstein explains why she would ban all private ownership of firearms if she could: ---- Moreover, THE TRANSFER TAX (“REGISTRATION TAX”) PER ITEM IS $200 APIECE FOR NFA ITEMS! Only, this would be a transfer “from you to yourself,” an extortionistic demand that you pay to keep something you have already legally purchased and responsibly owned....
  • WHY GOOD PEOPLE NEED SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS AND “HIGH CAPACITY” MAGAZINES (M. Ayoob)

    01/01/2013 2:44:05 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies
    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation with someone in the last few days who asked, “Why do ordinary law-abiding people need those semiautomatic firearms with magazines that can hold more than ten cartridges?” There are lots of sound answers. For one thing, defensive firearms are meant to be “equalizers,” force multipliers that can allow one good person to defend against multiple evil people. To allow one good person to defend against a single evil person so much stronger and/or bigger and/or more violent than he or she, that the attacker’s potentially lethal assault can be stopped. History...
  • What to expect in 2013 (Predicts presidential run by Palin, AWB, another Pelosi speakership)

    01/01/2013 12:38:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2012 | Colbert I. King
    This year has been quite a storm. Three hundred sixty-five days in a cyclone with fierce weather on all fronts: an economy tossing around in fits and starts; politics stalled by fog and precipitation, with heavy rains arriving in the fall to wash away Republican hopes of winning the White House and both houses of Congress. What about the coming year? No doubt we will again find ourselves at year’s end shaking our heads and contemplating what has happened, especially the unexpected. Here are a few of my educated guesses — and a bit of speculation — about what 2013...
  • The Fiscal Cliff and the Ethics of Capitulation

    01/01/2013 11:37:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 1, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    The more the media covers the "fiscal cliff" fiasco, the more perspective is lost. It is really quite simple. Because the Republicans unilaterally jettisoned their trademark anti-tax stance, they will get nothing in return. The Democrats are not going to cut spending. In fact, the new tax revenues will fuel new spending, that will be leveraged into even more debt. The pre-emptive Republican capitulation decoupled the tax issue from the spending issue, precluding any "Grand Bargain'" or even token spending cuts. The Democrats trademark stance of protecting social programs like Medicare and Social Security from cuts is intact. Thus, Obama...
  • Here come the crazies (Cuomo, Obama, to release more mental patients)

    01/01/2013 10:06:36 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 79 replies
    © Copyright 2013 NYP Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. ^ | Last Updated: 12:26 AM, January 1, 2013
    The Cuomo administration is preparing to shove thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers out of supervised settings — where they can be forced to take their medication — into far less restrictive, far more dangerous “community housing.” Albany, under pressure from the Obama administration, recently ordered psychiatric facilities not to place any discharged patients in adult homes, where staff can ensure they take their meds. Instead, they’ll be placed in “community housing,” without full-time supervision. This is part of the state’s plan to essentially empty adult homes into community-based “supportive” apartments, leaving up to 6,000 people — including those with...
  • Fiscal Abyss Bill Passes Senate – Barely Touches the Trillion Dollar Deficit

    01/01/2013 9:52:23 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 1/1/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The US Senate passed a bill last night to avoid the fiscal abyss. Actually, it just bypasses it and does nothing about putting our disastrous fiscal house in order. Here is the actual bill in all its gory details: 118551686-Mat-12564 The Senate bill raises income tax rates for those taxpayers with incomes more than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. These higher income taxpayers will also pay higher rates on investment income, with rates on dividends and capital gains rising from 15 percent to 20 percent. Add the 3.8 percent Obamacare surcharge on...
  • White House declares victory

    01/01/2013 9:52:16 AM PST · by Cheerio · 69 replies
    politco ^ | 1/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The White House issued a "fact sheet" statement Tuesday declaring the fiscal cliff agreement a victory, though the House has yet to vote on the measure. "At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy," the statement says. "For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis to vote for significant new revenue.
  • White House declares victory

    01/01/2013 9:52:15 AM PST · by Cheerio · 3 replies
    politco ^ | 1/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The White House issued a "fact sheet" statement Tuesday declaring the fiscal cliff agreement a victory, though the House has yet to vote on the measure. "At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy," the statement says. "For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis to vote for significant new revenue.
  • $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1

    01/01/2013 6:10:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows: The Obamacare Medical Device Tax: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business...
  • Obama Walks Us Towards Socialism/Communism

    01/01/2013 8:11:44 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 42 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 1, 2013 | Leon Puissegur
    ...How can we be “walking” towards Socialism/Communism? This cannot happen in the United States. Our nation has fought battles to stop this from happening in the world. Many of those fights have been undercover jobs and yet, here we are today, just a step or two from becoming a huge third world Socialist/Communist nation. All one has to do is go back and look at what the Communist Party of the United States laid out at their conference back on April 2012. This conference was attended by none other than a host of those in the Democratic “Progressive” Caucus, along...
  • MOTUS Wraps Up 2012 With Her "Best Of" Retrospective, Part-2

    01/01/2013 8:06:19 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-1-2013 | MOTUS
    Happy New Year everyone! We’ve made it through one Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year and are on to a new one.   (snip)I turn back the hands of time and wrap up my year in review with my Best of, July-December edition(snip)July: Pay for Play In which MOTUS learns that both the Big White Calligrapher and the staff “Ethics Advisor” earn more than she does. How can that be ethical?     August: It’s Half Time in America: Are You Feeling Lucky? In which we assess Big Guy’s ability to move the ball downfield (hint: pretty good, as...
  • Cliff frustration mounts among House GOP

    01/01/2013 6:16:59 AM PST · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    Politco ^ | 12/31/12 | KATE NOCERA
    “We’re extremely disappointed. There was no need for this drama on New Year’s Ever because the House completed its work last August,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) “[This] is a cynical attempt on the part of the President to ensure that he has complete Democrat control, House of Representatives and Senate, in the final term.”
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases

    01/01/2013 12:58:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 31, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 3:1 and 2:1. “In 1982, President Reagan was promised $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes,” Americans for Tax Reform says of those two incidents...
  • ObamaCare, 2013, and the Start of the GOP Comeback

    01/01/2013 12:45:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Peter Wehner
    Right now the political landscape is grim for Republicans–and in the short term, thanks to the so-called fiscal cliff, things may get grimmer still. But moments like these can pass, often quicker than we think. And next year may turn out to be one in which the pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act–aka ObamaCare–really begin to kick in, from higher premiums to the loss of employer-based health insurance to the start of enrollment in insurance exchanges. It will become more and more clear to the public what a nightmarish law the Affordable Care Act actually is. “The administration is...
  • Obama's Call for More Revenue Next Year Angers GOP Senators

    12/31/2012 7:32:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Dec. 31, 2012, 2:29 p.m. | Steven T. Dennis
    Douglas Graham/CQ Roll CallMcCain said he believes the president’s statement “clearly will antagonize members of the House.” With both sides on the cusp of a fiscal cliff deal, President Barack Obama vowed Monday to seek additional revenue next year alongside spending cuts. In the process, he also angered several GOP senators who said he demeaned their efforts to reach a deal.Obama said that a year-end deal to avert tax hikes for the middle class “is within sight, but it’s not done.” The emerging deal, which sources have pegged at around $600 billion in new revenue, would include permanent extensions of...
  • "Judge England" and the upcoming "Eligibility Challenge" of Illegal-Alien Barack Obama

    12/31/2012 6:47:47 PM PST · by ednoonan7 · 64 replies
    Orly Taitz Press Release ^ | 12-31-12 | Edward C. Noonan
    As one of the litigants in Attorney Orly Taitz's upcoming Barry Soetoro (aka BHO) eligibility case (Jan 3, 2013), I have doubts that Judge Morrison C. England, Jr can be objective about removing the Usurper-in-Chief from office. England will be incapable of being fair and honest in this "Soetoro eligibility" matter. I will admit that England was nominated by George W. Bush (on March 21, 2002) for the seat on the Federal bench but I can hardly believe that England is a stalwart GOPer. I have been unhappy with England in the past. He was the "conservative turncoat" who decided...
  • President Obama, Hillary Clinton named most admired people of the year in Gallup poll

    12/31/2012 6:43:53 PM PST · by South40 · 22 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 12/31/2012 | Kelsey Osterman
    Fiscal cliff and medical issues aside, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each have something to celebrate at the end of 2012. The leaders were named ‘Most Admired Man of the Year’ and ‘Most Admired Woman of the Year,’ respectively, in a Gallup poll. Clinton, who was mentioned by 21 percent of those polled, has taken the title for 11 straight years, and 17 years total. She was followed by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice and Sarah Palin. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton also made the list.
  • Obama says fiscal cliff deal is 'within sight' as Senate prepares to vote (interesting photo)

    12/31/2012 5:11:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | December 31, 2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    The White House and Congress were close to reaching a deal Monday to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis that threatens the fragile US economic recovery. With only hours left until a midnight deadline for automatic tax rises and spending cuts, Barack Obama said agreement was within sight but discussions were continuing.
  • Port Authority cop accused of owning 'Newtown'-style assault rifle

    12/31/2012 4:38:43 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 122 replies
    This gun lover carries a badge. Port Authority cop Jeffrey Haner was busted on possession of two illegal assault weapons, including the same type of Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown massacre, authorities said. Ramsey, NJ, police said they took a total of 10 weapons from Haner after his wife asked for a temporary restraining order. The 41-year-old cop, who works at the George Washington Bridge and made $175,000 last year, also had eight legal guns, including two handguns, Ramsey police said. But Haner’s .223-caliber Bushmaster and Chinese-made Norinco rifle were fitted with accessories including flash suppressors that made them...
  • Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012

    12/31/2012 4:02:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12/31/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans again this year name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man living in any part of the world. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 11 years, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years in a row. First lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice are next in line behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list, while Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man....
  • President Obama is Responsible for Our Fiscal Mess

    12/31/2012 3:56:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Neil Snyder
    President Obama is responsible for our fiscal mess. I'm not exaggerating, and I'm not saying that simply because I think that Barack Obama is a terrible president, although I do think that he's an awful president. I'm saying that because the president has had ample opportunity over the past four years to arrive at a compromise solution to our immediate fiscal problem and then to make headway toward dealing with longer-term fiscal issues, but he has failed miserably. If the president had taken some of the advice of his own National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, we wouldn't be counting the...
  • The solution to gun violence is clear (Disarm the dhimmah!)

    12/31/2012 2:59:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 19, 2012 | Fareed Zakaria
    Announcing Wednesday that he would send proposals on reducing gun violence in America to Congress, President Obama mentioned a number of sensible gun-control measures. But he also paid homage to the Washington conventional wisdom about the many and varied causes of this calamity — from mental health issues to school safety. His spokesman, Jay Carney, had said earlier that this is “a complex problem that will require a complex solution.” Gun control, Carney added, is far from the only answer. In fact, the problem is not complex, and the solution is blindingly obvious. People point to three sets of causes...
  • McCain Blasts Obama For 'Fun' And 'Jokes' In Press Conference, Wanting To Go Over Cliff For

    12/31/2012 2:39:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/31/12 | Noah Rothman
    Minutes after President Barack Obama left a stage flanked by supporters where he implored Congressional Republicans to support a tentative deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took to the floor of the Senate to accuse the president of “antagonizing” Republicans. He said that, based on the president’s casual press conference, he and the American people have to wonder whether Obama believes it is in his interest to go over the cliff. In his speech to his fellow colleagues in the Senate on Monday, McCain did not express any faith that Obama’s press conference had...
  • Why am I supposed to not want a tax compromise?

    12/31/2012 2:39:36 PM PST · by Jake8898 · 51 replies
    Me | Me
    As it stands, I pay thousands upon thousands in federal income taxes...
  • Obama Lists Those to Blame for the Fiscal Cliff and He's Not One of Them

    12/31/2012 1:40:19 PM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | December 31, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Well, at this hour of the last day of 2012, 10 days into the new Mayan calendar, it's become quite clear that the United States is falling off the much-looming fiscal cliff. Or perhaps it won't. Or maybe if it does, the Washington clowns will do something to reverse the new taxes and severe budget cuts in the next few days. Or do part of something. Or maybe not. Got it? As five or six of you probably saw, President Obama made a rare appearance on a Sunday talk show yesterday to put his spin on the events or non-events....
  • Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.'

    12/31/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.' Daniel Halper December 31, 2012 2:12 PM President Barack Obama tipped his hand today during a speech at the White House ... about how he plans to spend this New Year's Eve. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress have to get this done," Obama said, according to a rush transcript, referencing the ongoing "fiscal cliff" talks. "But they're not there yet. They are close, but they're not there yet. And one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there is even one...
  • Why your paycheck's getting smaller, no matter what: There may be no escaping higher taxes come Jan.

    12/31/2012 12:40:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 30, 2012 | Emily Jane Fox
    President Obama is trying to push through legislation to keep broader middle class income taxes from rising by Monday night. But they may still have to pay at least 2% more in payroll taxes. That's because the government had temporarily lowered the payroll tax rate in 2011 to 4.2% from 6.2%, in an effort to keep more cash in the pockets of Americans and provide a boost to the economy. The tax cut, which applies on the first $113,700 in annual earnings, is expiring in December. Come 2013, most of the country's 160 million workers will see smaller paychecks. No...
  • OBAMA SCUTTLES 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL?

    12/31/2012 12:08:16 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | December 31, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    This afternoon, in one of the more bizarre appearances of his presidency, Barack Obama gave a televised address to a room full of supporters on the "fiscal cliff." He broke no news, but mocked Congress, and hinted at future tax hikes. Observers worried that he may have deliberately scuttled a potential agreement. Even though he has come off his last campaign for political office, President Obama acted like a candidate on the campaign trail--one prepared to use whatever political capital he had accumulated to take shots at the opposition in Congress at the very moment leaders from both sides are...
  • Why the 2nd Amendment

    12/31/2012 11:59:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Jabuary 2, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: "The British are not coming. ... We don't need all these guns to kill people." Lewis' vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants. Alexander Hamilton: "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed," adding later, "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents,...
  • Let’s Make a Deal! (Raise Taxes on $450k and Above, Kick the Can Down the Road)

    12/31/2012 11:10:16 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 16 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/31/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) –The White House and congressional negotiators have agreed to contours of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff including tax cut extensions, with the remaining sticking point being how to handle automatic military and domestic cuts, according to an official familiar with the talks. Income tax cuts would be extended on families earning up to $450,000, the official said, with rates rising to 39.6 percent on incomes above that. Rates on estate taxes would rise to 40 percent, on amounts above $5 million. Extensions of business tax breaks would continue through the end of 2013. There would...
  • The Battle of Athens, Tennessee 1946

    12/31/2012 6:36:54 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/31/2012 | History
    The Battle of Athens was an armed rebellion led by WWII veterans and citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the tyrannical local government in August 1946.
  • MOTUS's Best of 2012 Retrospective: Part 1

    12/31/2012 7:53:32 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-31-2012 | MOTUS
    It’s New Year’s Eve (snip)So in the spirit of our lazy legislators and deliberately remiss journolists I’m doing my “best of 2012” - half today, and half tomorrow! I’m not sure if that’s a two-fer or a four-fer, butt it’s definitely a replay. So please enjoy these memories from the vaults of MOTUS as the clock strikes midnight and  we all turn into pumpkins, thanks to our do-nothing Congress. (snip)So let’s tackle this past year from the top: January: Bitch Stole My Look!® In which we witness the Oscar contenders emulating Lady M’s fashion forwardness. February: Karl Loves the Wons ...
  • Obama: ‘I Cut Spending by Over a Trillion Dollars in 2011’

    12/30/2012 11:31:31 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Appearing on NBCs “Meet the Press” on Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he cut spending by more than $1 trillion in 2011. However, the White House Office of Management and Budget says that federal spending increased by $147 billion from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011.
  • Wilbur Ross: Shale Gas Could Transform US Economy

    12/31/2012 1:31:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 27, 2012 | Forrest Jones and Kathleen Walter
    Policies that allow for the extraction of natural gas and oil in the country's shale deposits could transform the U.S. economy by creating jobs and improving the country's balance of payments, said Wilbur Ross, chairman and CEO of WL Ross and Co. Attempts to burden the energy sector with heavy-handed regulation could wipe out growth in the sector and crimp a sector otherwise poised for lasting growth. "We are very keen on shale gas. We have been for quite some time. I think it's the one thing that could transform the economy, and the great thing about it is it...
  • Perhaps we’re still in Oz (Salena Zito)

    12/30/2012 8:10:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 29, 2012 | Salena Zito
    L. Frank Baum‘s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” published amid the economic and political chaos of the 1893 financial panic, has “eerie parallels to today,” according to Loyola University political science professor Michael Genovese. Genovese‘s theory is that Dorothy (representing the Midwestern farmer or “The Everyman”) is swept from home in a tornado (representing the Industrial Revolution); her landing kills the Wicked Witch of the East (bankers and capitalists) who kept the munchkins (the little guys) in bondage. To return home, she travels through the Land of Oz wearing silver slippers (Hollywood later made those slippers ruby-colored) — a...
  • 'Les Misérables' - A Fitting Lesson For The Age Of Obama

    12/30/2012 6:56:10 PM PST · by Bratch · 26 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | December 30, 2012 | Larry O'Connor
    The groundbreaking new film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Les Misérables" features desperate people suffering under soul-shattering unemployment, naive university students decrying the rich and stoking the flames of socialist revolution, unyielding government official interested not in right and wrong but in following his government's rules and one heroic individual who follows his faith in God to guide him from one success to another all the while truly helping others by using his own private wealth rather than through the ineffective and neglectful government. In short, it is the perfect allegory for Americans living in the Age of Obama. In...
  • Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013

    12/30/2012 4:00:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 242 replies
    The Hill Blogs via Drudge Report ^ | Sunday December 30, 2012 09:49 AM ET | By Meghashyam Mali
  • Obama Likes Fiscal Cliff

    12/30/2012 3:15:39 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 36 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 12/30/2012 | Moneyrunner
    For reasons that escape me, most people on Capitol Hill and members of the brain dead "Press Corpse uh Corps" seem to believe that Obama really wants a compromise to avoid going over the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” The assumption is that Obama wants to raise taxes only on those making over $250,000 annually and would like to have something done about those sequestration laws. Talk about living in a fantasy universe. The “Fiscal Cliff” is tailor made for Obama. Keep in mind that the law which implements this tax hike and sequestration was recommended by a member of Obama’s administration....
  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • Leading Economist Morici: Obama Has “Put a Pistol to the Head of the Middle Class” (Video)

    12/30/2012 12:41:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/30/12 | Jim Hoft
    Economist Peter Morici had this to say this morning about Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiating tactics: “The president, by being so persistent that it’s my way or the highway, no spending cuts, taxes on folks over $250,000 or nothing, has basically put a pistol to the head of the middle class. It’s threatened them with financial extortion if he doesn’t get his way to satisfy the populist wing of the Democratic Party.”
  • Obama on Meet the Press: “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda.”

    12/30/2012 12:34:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/30/12 | John Hayward
    President Obama turned up on NBC’s “Meet the Press” for the first time since the passage of ObamaCare, and gave exactly the performance that every veteran Obama-watcher would have expected: a bitter, intransigent partisan claiming to be the only non-partisan, non-ideological participant in the “fiscal cliff” drama. “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda – I’m a pretty practical guy,” he explicitly stated, offering his past four years in office as evidence. It’s too bad “Meet the Press” doesn’t have a laugh track. Obama’s interviewer, David Gregory, was willing to flagrantly violate D.C. gun laws to beat up on NRA...