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Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit
in FY 2012; Disabled Worker
New Record in December: 8,827,795s Hit
CNS, by Terence P Jeffery    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 12/27/2012 8:17:58 AM     Post Reply
The Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 for benefits and overhead expenses, according to official data published by Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration also released new data revealing that the number of workers collecting disability benefits hit a record 8,827,795 in December--up from 8,805,353 in November.

Piers Morgan, David Gregory
and guns - We´re pathetic
Baltimore Sun, by David Zurawik    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 12/27/2012 8:17:48 AM     Post Reply
Remember all the big, high-sounding media talk right after the massacre at Sandy Hook about how maybe now we will have a "national dialogue" about guns? Remember how many members of the media vowed to put aside their own little, selfish, partisan agendas and get serious about making this a safer and saner country for our children? Well, here we are 12 days out, and what´s that big media conversation on guns about? Whether or not "Meet the Press" host David Gregory broke a law by waving an empty ammunition clip on the air Sunday

The Year the Dreams Died
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/27/2012 8:14:39 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change amid hopes that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises. Instead, Obama’s campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the uninsured die to putting his pet dog Seamus

  


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Liberals Who Cling to Their Guns
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/27/2012 8:07:02 AM     Post Reply
Few things animate the ire of liberals more than the right to bear arms. Liberals loathe the Second Amendment and when horrific tragedies like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut rear their ugly head, they are quick on the draw to call for more gun control. But just don’t ask liberals to practice what they preach. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is readying legislation to re-introduce a ban on assault weapons. Yet, as Mark Levin pointed out, Feinstein owned a concealed firearm. She said, “If somebody tries to take me out

Tornado!
American Spectator, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/27/2012 7:58:27 AM     Post Reply
MOBILE, Ala. — Like a wedding cake with its top layer removed, the house next door to my friend Eddie Curran’s abode now sits with its entire top half shorn off entirely. Nearly half the shorn-off roof, along with big tree limbs and unspeakable other debris, is wedged between that house and Eddie’s. But aside from a few shingles missing and two back windows blown in, Eddie’s house is remarkably unscathed — save for the attic vent stack from the neighbor’s house that now sits peacefully on the bed of Eddie’s daughter,

The Top 5 Tech Startup Trends of 2013.
Wall Street Journal, by James Beshara    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/27/2012 7:52:38 AM     Post Reply
Here are the top five trends I see in tech startups for 2013: 1. Our phones are becoming our remote controls for life. If we have a need for it in our daily lives, there should and will be an icon and app for it on our phone. It’s as simple as that. Our phones are our emergency kit for first-world problems. Whether it’s a taxi or a ride in the rain (Uber, Lyft), a mechanic (YourMechanic), a doctor’s appointment (ZocDoc), the literal remote control (AppleTV), a personal assistant (Exec), a cake-baker (Zaarly), groceries (Instacart),

State Senator Slams ‘Asinine’ Newspaper
Editors Who Published Gun Permit Map
New York Observer, by Hunter Walker    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/27/2012 7:52:28 AM     Post Reply
Over the weekend, The Journal News newspaper published maps with the addresses and names of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. The information for the map was legally obtained by the paper through a Freedom of Information Act request, however it sparked a nationwide controversy among those who considered the map a privacy violation. This morning, State Senator Greg Ball weighed in by proposing legislation to keep gun records private and prevent the publication of similar stories in the future. He also blasted “the asinine editors at The Journal News” who published the map.

  


  

Putin says he will sign
anti-US adoptions bill
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/27/2012 7:40:27 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.Putin told a televised meeting on Thursday that he "doesn´t see any reasons" against the bill and said that he "intends to sign it" into law. The president said U.S. authorities deny access to adopted Russian children and lets Americans suspected of violence towards Russian adoptees go unpunished.Critics say that the bill will deprive many Russian orphans of an opportunity to get a family.

Murder by Numbers
American Thinker, by Randall Hoven    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/27/2012 7:40:22 AM     Post Reply
Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse. As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over. Now´s the time for action, and real change on gun control." Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action. The reason is simple: the murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward. In fact, the murder rate in 2011 was the lowest since 1961: 4.7 murders per 100,000 people.

Fiscal cliff deal increasingly unlikely
Politico, by MANU RAJU and JAKE SHERMAN    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/27/2012 7:14:16 AM     Post Reply
Nearly all the major players in the fiscal cliff negotiations are starting to agree on one thing: A deal is virtually impossible before the New Year. Unlike the bank bailout in 2008, the tax deal in 2010 and the debt ceiling in 2011, the Senate almost certainly won’t swoop in and help sidestep a potential economic calamity, senior officials in both parties predicted on Wednesday.

Ignore The Pundits,
Conservatism Doesn´t Need
An Extreme Makeover
Forbes, by David Davenport    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/27/2012 7:05:44 AM     Post Reply
The obituary for conservatism has been running for six weeks now since the election. (Snip) A standard refrain is that conservatism needs to change both its message and its methods if it ever hopes to be heard again. It’s time for an extreme makeover. I have a little different message for conservatives: It’s time to go deeper. Politics is only the shallow topsoil of the American political debate. But the real work of conservatives now is not at that superficial, topsoil level, it is in the deeper soil of policy and the tap root of values

  


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Even if we fall off ‘cliff,’
result may not be awful
Associated Press, by Christopher S. Rugaber    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2012 7:02:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--The economic threat that has kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality, unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year’s Day. Huge tax increases. Deep cuts in domestic and defense programs. The likelihood of sinking stock prices, reduced consumer spending and corporate layoffs. The risk of a recession within months. Still, the start of 2013 may turn out to be far less bleak than feared. For one thing, the two sides may strike a short-term agreement before New Year’s that postpones spending cuts until spring. President Barack Obama and members of

US fiscal cliff: Obama cuts
short holiday to reach deal
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2012 6:54:35 AM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama has cut short his holidays in Hawaii and is flying to Washington to try to reach a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Unless a compromise is found, tax increases and huge spending cuts come into force on 1 January, threatening to tip the US back into recession. However, Democrats and Republicans are still at loggerheads over the issue. Meanwhile, the US Treasury has announced measures to prevent it hitting a legal limit on its borrowing.[Snip] The measures include: halting certain financial assistance provided by the federal government to state and local governments, suspending

Is Starbucks A Cult?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/27/2012 6:50:54 AM     Post Reply
“Room for smarm in your latte?” Isn’t there something creepy about Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz having [in Politico´s words] “asked his Washington-area employees to write ‘Come Together’ on each customer cup today, tomorrow and Friday, as a gesture to urge leaders to resolve the fiscal cliff”? Did Schultz take a poll of his employees–sorry, “partners,” he calls them–before ordering pressuring asking them to join in this lobbying effort? What if he were, say, the CEO of Chick-fil-A and he “asked” his “partners” to write “Preserve the Family” on the outside of cups and containers?

´It´s a horrible, terrible, no-good, rotten
idea.´: Controversy as 200 Utah teachers
to be given concealed weapons
training in wake of Sandy Hook
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2012 6:41:10 AM     Post Reply
Utah lawmakers have reacted with contempt for a planned weapons training convention to be held for 200 Utah teachers tomorrow. The Utah Shooting Sports Council has said they usually gather around a dozen teachers each year for training to carry concealed weapons but this year demand skyrocketed after the tuition was offered for free. The powerful lobby claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut has been the catalyst for the massive interest, but Carol Lear, a chief lawyer for the Utah Office of Education said that the move was a ´terrible idea.´ Arguing that teachers could be

  


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Obama reveals he REALLY ran for
reelection so he could have ´men
with guns´ around daughter Malia,
14, as she starts dating boys
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2012 6:32:32 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama revealed the ´real reason´ he wanted a second term as president is because his daughter Malia, age 14, is about to start dating boys. ´One of the main incentives of running was continued Secret Service protection so we can have men with guns around at all times,´ the father of two joked. The President and First Lady delved into their personal lives--including how they keep ´the fire going´ in their marriage--during a chat with ABC´s Barbara Walters, their first sit-down interview since the election. The president said respect is the key to happiness after more than two

Plea for help from Chinese labor
camp worker paid $1.61 per MONTH
found stuffed in Oregon woman´s
Halloween decorations from Kmart
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2012 6:23:54 AM     Post Reply
Oregon mother Julie Keith expected to find Styrofoam headstones in the graveyard kit she bought at Kmart for Halloween. What she didn´t expect was a desperate plea for help from one of the Chinese laborers forced to make the holiday decorations in brutal conditions. The 42-year-old charity worker from Portland discovered the chilling letter hidden between the two novelty headstones when she opened the kit in October. ´Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization,´ the unsigned note, that was folded into eighths, read. ´Thousands people here who are under

Ex-U.S. President George H.W. Bush
in intensive care
Reuters, by Corrie MacLaggan    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/27/2012 5:33:18 AM     Post Reply
Former President George H.W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, is in intensive care at a Houston hospital in "guarded condition," family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday. (snip) "Following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, President Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Sunday where he remains in guarded condition," McGrath said. "Doctors at Methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment."

EEOC Protected Classes
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/27/2012 5:25:04 AM     Post Reply
On September 19, 2012, the Newark, New Jersey Municipal Council passed Ordinance 12-1630, "which limits employers´ ability to conduct criminal background checks." The ordinance went into effect November 18, 2012 and "prevents employers with five or more employees who do business, employ persons or take applications for employment in the City of Newark, from asking applicants about their criminal history." The employer "can only perform the background check after a conditional offer has been made and the employer makes a ´good faith determination´ that the job position is of a sensitive nature."

Tebow Hurt By Criticism Of His Character,
Insists He Never Asked Out Of Anything
CBSNewYork/AP, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/27/2012 5:20:13 AM     Post Reply
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tim Tebow said that he never asked out of running Wildcat plays last week, but the Jets’ backup quarterback acknowledges that Rex Ryan may have misunderstood him. Tebow said on Wednesday that he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez, and added that he told the coach he wanted to play “regular quarterback.” “I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything,’” Tebow said.

  



Krauthammer slams Obama for ´illegal
and unconstitutional´ regulatory overreach
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 12/27/2012 1:44:32 AM     Post Reply
During Wednesday’s broadcast of “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized the Obama administration for something even President Barack Obama has admitted could be an obstacle to economic growth: the expansion of regulation through executive fiat. As the number of regulations from the federal government is continuously expanding, the comment period for regulations has been shortened from 60 days to 45 days, a move that Krauthammer said overwhelms small businesses. “At so many levels, this is a problem,” Krauthammer

Anti-toy gun campaign re-launched
after Connecticut tragedy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SallyHerigstad- 12/27/2012 1:28:53 AM     Post Reply
Santa Monica, Calif. - A crusade against toy guns that began in 1987 is being re-launched following the elementary school shooting in Connecticut that left dozens dead. Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin says a personalized merit award will be sent to children who write to him about why they don´t like playing with toy guns. Rubin says his anti-toy gun project used to reward children who sent in their toy guns with teddy bears in exchange, but stopped after he ran out of the 5,000 donated stuffed animals. Less than two weeks ago, 20 children and six adults were gunned down

How Unions Promote Wage Inequality
Bloomberg News, by Amity Shlaes    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 12/27/2012 1:08:23 AM     Post Reply
Relief was the main sentiment of travelers who planned to pass through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York when security workers there canceled the threat of a Christmastime strike. Yet two troubling questions linger. The first involves the airport workers’ specific grievances. They complained of making only $8 an hour. Why so low, you wonder, especially compared with what union workers in security-related jobs get. The guards, hired by the contractor Air Serv Corp., were so angry that one of them even expressed a warning that those in safety fields often don’t make explicit:

The amazing grace of Christmas morn
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/27/2012 12:36:35 AM     Post Reply
The strip malls and the Main Streets fall silent. The ringing cash registers and the happy cries of children are but ghostly echoes across silent streets. But the Christ child born in a manger 2,000 years ago lives, liberating the hearts of sinners and transforming the lives of the wicked. The authentic story of the redeeming power of the Christmas message is nowhere more vividly illustrated than in the incredible life of an English slaver named John Newton. John Newton was born 300 years ago into a seafaring family in Liverpool. His mother was a godly woman whose faith gave her life meaning.

A Blow to the College-Industrial Complex
National Review Online, by Heather Mac Donald    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/26/2012 10:32:10 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times seems concerned that teens in the fracking belt of eastern Montana are opting to work in the new oil-field economy right after high school rather than going straight on to college. A front-page story warns: Taking a job is “a lucrative but risky decision for any 18-year-old to make, one that could foreclose on his future if the frenzied pace of oil and gas drilling from here to North Dakota to Texas falters and work dries up.” Let’s see. Where is a teenager more likely to learn the basic and transferable virtue of showing up every day and on time, not to mention how to get

Unions dream big for Obama’s 2nd term
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/26/2012 10:27:33 PM     Post Reply
When President Obama spoke out forcefully against Michigan’s right-to-work law, it was a rare example of the president putting on public display his support of organized labor. “What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money,” Mr. Obama told union workers, reciting labor’s talking points as faithfully as if his speech had been written by the United Auto Workers. Big Labor hopes it’s a sign that Mr. Obama will step into the fray on behalf of union workers more openly during his second term, whether it’s stopping an expansion of right-to-work

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