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Boehner is trying, Obama is not
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/14/2012 10:42:12 AM     Post Reply
Let’s get over the notion that the Republicans are the ones preventing that “balanced” deal the president insists on securing. The New York Times (hardly the hotbed of the conservative media) acknowledges: Mr. Boehner has offered to raise his opening bid of $800 billion in increased tax revenue over 10 years, but only if the president makes a significant commitment to overhaul entitlements and slow their growth. The White House’s opening bid committed to pressing changes next year to federal health care programs that would save $400 billion over 10 years.

Black Skin Privilege
FrontPage Magazine, by David Horowitz and David Perazzo    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/14/2012 10:36:00 AM     Post Reply
When a Neighborhood Watch guard shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012, a chorus of civil rights activists concluded that he had been killed because of his race. Michael Skolnick, the political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, spoke for the consensus in an article he titled, “White People You Will Never Look Suspicious.”(Snip)the term “white skin privilege” was first popularized in the 1970s by the SDS radicals of “Weatherman,” who were carrying on a terrorist war against “Amerikkka,” a spelling designed to stigmatize the United States as a nation of Klansmen.

JFK Strike Authorized
Amid Holiday Travel
WNBC-TV [New York], by Deepti Hajela    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/14/2012 10:26:06 AM     Post Reply
Some security guards at John F. Kennedy International Airport have voted to go on strike next week if their employer doesn´t respond to their concerns over issues including training and equipment. Security worker Prince Jackson said about 100 employees of Air Serv Corp. voted Thursday to authorize a strike for Dec. 20. The employees are not unionized but are being supported by 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.(Snip)The workers handle security issues such as directing traffic in front of the terminals at the airport, one of the nation´s busiest, and making sure non-passenger areas including the tarmacs are secure.

  


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Russia, in Shift, Sees
Rebel Victory in Syria
Wall Street Journal, by Alan Cullison*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/14/2012 10:20:34 AM     Post Reply
A top Russian diplomat on Thursday said President Bashar al-Assad could lose control of Syria, Moscow´s first public admission of that prospect. "We have to face facts—the trend is that the Syrian regime and government are losing more and more control and more and more territory," said Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia´s top envoy for Middle East affairs. "Unfortunately, the opposition could prevail." (Snip) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, called Mr. Assad´s downfall "only a matter of time."

Outlook for Chávez
Darkens, Doctors Say
Wall Street Journal, by Jose de Cordoba and Ron Winslow    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/14/2012 10:15:42 AM     Post Reply
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez´s cancer is most likely terminal given the disease´s recurrences, and while the president may bounce back for periods, his health is increasingly at risk, say several leading cancer specialists not involved in the treatment. Mr. Chávez is recovering from surgery in Cuba this week after the president said malignant cells reappeared for a third time in his abdomen.(Snip)Doctors say cancer in the abdomen is almost always one of four types: prostate, colon, bladder or sarcoma, which is a rare form of cancer that arises not from an organ, but from connective tissue like muscles, ligaments,

Co-inventor of the bar
code, N. Joseph Woodland,
dies in Edgewater at 91
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Abbott Koloff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/14/2012 10:07:59 AM     Post Reply
N. Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code, died this week at an assisted-living facility in Edgewater where he had been living with his wife the past six years, family members said Thursday. Mr. Woodland, 91, came up with the idea for the bar code, now used to store information on almost every product sold in stores or online, as he drew lines in the sand on a beach in Miami 64 years ago, said one of his daughters, Susan Woodland, who lives in New York City. He and his partner, Bernard Silver, who died in the 1960s,

Republicans Need to Talk
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2012 9:59:27 AM     Post Reply
Viewed a certain way, the 2012 election can be seen as a gift to Republicans wrapped in ugly paper. The wrapping looked like a hostage note with a message scrawled in crayon: "We hate you." But inside was a gift, and the gift was time. The party was given the opportunity, when it is still strong, to hold the kind of fresh, open-the-windows debate it would have been forced to have in 2016 anyway, and in less favorable conditions. If Mitt Romney had won this year he would have had a very tough presidency, with the left revived and

  


  

Pain Behind the Budget Cuts
New York Times, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/14/2012 9:50:07 AM     Post Reply
You might never spot an air marshal on your flight, but it’s reassuring to know one might be there. In a few weeks, though, many of them are likely to get pink slips — along with food safety inspectors, border patrol agents and countless other government employees who play a crucial if hidden role in everyone’s lives. These and many other cuts to important programs like child nutrition and low-income housing are part of a giant buzz saw known as the sequester, which will indiscriminately slash $100 billion in discretionary

Mother weeps for Manhattan
shooting victim son as
police reveal he ´was drug
courier executed over missing
cash confiscated by cops in California´
Daily Mail (UK), by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2012 9:26:48 AM     Post Reply
The law student assassinated on a busy New York City street worked as a drug courier and was assassinated after a large sum of money he was carrying was confiscated by police in California, it was claimed on Thursday. Brandon Woodard, 31, reportedly flew to New York from his home in Los Angeles to try to smooth things over with his angry bosses. Instead, he was coldly executed in Midtown Manhattan in broad daylight on Monday. New York police say they are closing in on the men responsible for Woodard´s death. They have identified the getaway driver

Pentagon to Send Missiles,
400 Troops to Turkey
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2012 9:15:36 AM     Post Reply
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order en route to Turkey from Afghanistan calling for 400 U.S. soldiers to operate two batteries of Patriots at undisclosed locations in Turkey, Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters flying with Panetta. Germany and the Netherlands have already agreed to provide two batteries of the U.S.-built defense systems and send

Exclusive-DeMint: Heritage
to Audit Campaign, Republicans
´Amateurish´
Breitbart Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2012 9:09:42 AM     Post Reply
This afternoon, Breitbart News sat down with Sen. Jim DeMint, in advance of his exit from the Senate to take the reigns at the Heritage Foundation. Our conversation primarily focused on the future of the conservative movement and the immediate talks surrounding the "fiscal cliff." But, one particular exchange was unexpected. Breitbart News asked Sen. DeMint about the newly announced 5-member panel to examine or "audit" the recent campaign and the Republican Party´s outreach and messaging. His answer was a surprise: I´ll see what they do, but we´re going to do that [auditing the campaign] at Heritage

  


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Ending Progressive Public Education
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/14/2012 9:06:43 AM     Post Reply
If Barack and Michelle Obama feel comfortable allowing Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to babysit their children, that is their problem. The question is, would you allow them to babysit yours? Let´s take that a step farther: would you let them raise your children? Would you give them exclusive supervision over the majority of your children´s daylight hours up to age eighteen, primary control of your children´s academic curriculum and teaching methodology, and authority to arrange the broad social and moral framework within which your children will be educated? No? Then why do you accept modern public education?

JFK workers vote to strike
just in time for holiday rush
New York Daily News, by Lisa L. Colangelo    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/14/2012 9:05:01 AM     Post Reply
A group of security officers at JFK Airport are threatening to strike during the holiday travel rush if they don’t get better wages and working conditions. “They are not providing us with enough training, with proper equipment to do our jobs,” Prince Jackson, one of the security guards who has been helping organize his colleagues with the help of 32BJ/SEIU, said at a rally outside Terminal 3 at JFK on Thursday. “I started working here three years ago at $8 an hour and I still make $8 an hour,” he said. Jackson said a majority of 200 security officers

Marine double-amputee’s treatment
on Delta flight angers other vets
Washington Post, by Annie Groer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/14/2012 9:03:33 AM     Post Reply
On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row

Obama’s Asia team caught off guard
partying when rocket launched
Foreign Policy, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/14/2012 8:53:09 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration´s Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea´s Dec. 11 rocket launch, several of them actually had to put down their drinks and suddenly leave a holiday party being held in honor of the Japanese emperor´s birthday. Several top U.S. officials dealing with Asia and North Korea from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council were relaxing Tuesday night at the Japanese ambassador´s Nebraska Avenue residence

  


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UAW chief admits some mistakes in
pushing Prop 2 despite Snyder´s
warnings
Detroit News, by Daniel Howes    Original Article
Posted By: bnrmusa- 12/14/2012 8:36:38 AM     Post Reply
On election night, Bob King knew what lay ahead. Last month´s rejection of Proposal 2 assured organized labor´s defeat this week in Michigan´s lopsided right-to-work battle, culminating a series of miscalculations by the United Auto Workers president and others. Barely a month after voters killed a proposed collective bargaining amendment to the state constitution, the right-to-work loss weakens his credibility with the union's major employers, imperils his membership and potentially slows the union's dues flow, say labor analysts and ranking auto industry execs familiar with the situation.
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Solar firms probed for possible
‘misrepresentations’ in getting
public money
Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig,    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/14/2012 8:21:20 AM     Post Reply
Three of the country’s most prolific installers of residential solar panels are under federal investigation to determine if they inflated the cost of their work to increase the payments they would receive from the government, according to government and industry officials familiar with the probe. SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity have received subpoenas from the Treasury Department’s office of inspector general for financial records to justify more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits the firms tapped for performing work. The probe seeks to determine whether the companies accurately reported the market value of their costs

Another low bow to radical Islam
Jewish World Review, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/14/2012 8:07:47 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama says he´s a Christian. Good for him (and for the Gospel). But rarely has a Christian paid such obeisance to another faith and ideology. The president´s bow and scrape to Islam knows no end. That´s not so good. The U.S. Army is soon to issue a handbook instructing soldiers to copy Mr. Obama´s example of when and how to defer to an alien ideology that stands against everything Americans are taught, whether by faith, ethics, morals or another code of good conduct. The new manual, which runs to 75 pages, orders American military personnel to refrain from saying

Promise vs. Reality in
Newark on Mayor’s Watch
New York Times, by Kate Zernike    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/14/2012 7:59:33 AM     Post Reply
NEWARK — When snow blanketed this city two Christmases ago, Mayor Cory A. Booker was celebrated around the nation for personally shoveling out residents who had appealed for help on Twitter. But here, his administration was scorned as streets remained impassable for days because the city had no contract for snow removal. Last spring, Ellen DeGeneres presented Mr. Booker with a superhero costume after he rushed into a burning building to save a neighbor. But Newark had eliminated three fire companies after the mayor’s plan to plug a budget hole failed.

Crony Confab: Valerie Jarrett
Meets with Top Hedge Fund Execs
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/14/2012 7:21:04 AM     Post Reply
If you can’t beat them, buy them. That has been the Obama Administration’s cronyism strategy with corporate America, showering bailouts, government grants, and other crony perks along the way. Employ Occupy Wall Street rhetoric publicly, but cut corporations into big government and alliances privately. So on Thursday, President Barack Obama’s right hand senior adviser Valerie Jarrett met privately with top executives of leading financial services firms like Bank of America, Blackstone Group, JP Morgan—companies whose employees overwhelming

  



Susan Rice withdraws
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/14/2012 7:12:29 AM     Post Reply
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, no doubt at the behest of the White House, withdrew her name for consideration as secretary of state. This suggests there is a glimmer of reality-based thinking at the White House.Susan Rice won’t be secretary of State.To be frank, she should never have been floated as a possible nominee. Her consideration for all intents and purposes was a political payback for her loyalty in the campaign and in the first term. Her reputation in the Clinton administration was poor;

Energy to Spare
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2012 6:12:48 AM     Post Reply
With an Arab Fall if not Winter dominating the Middle East, the U.S. is under pressure to intervene even more. Unfortunately, reliance on imported oil continues to entangle Washington in the Middle East’s volatile politics. Some analysts advocate more subsidies for alternative energy in response. It would be better to free North America’s abundant natural resources, providing the U.S. with a brighter economic future. Americans have endured multiple energy “crises” centered on the Mideast over the last four decades. Arab oil producers imposed an embargo during the Nixon administration, which had bizarrely discouraged domestic production with price controls.

The Republicans Should Let Obama
Take America Off Of the Cliff
Forbess, by Louis Woodhill    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2012 6:02:45 AM     Post Reply
For the good of the country and the survival of the Republican Party, the GOP must allow President Obama to take America off the so-called “fiscal cliff” on January 1. Given the intransigent position that Obama has taken on raising marginal tax rates, any deal that the Republicans in the House of Representatives could conceivably make with him before the end of the year would be counterproductive. It would impede economic growth, and thereby actually reduce the present value of future federal revenues.

The High Cost of
Dems’ Cheap Populism
Commentary, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/14/2012 5:53:14 AM     Post Reply
Last week, I wrote about the fact that President Obama’s approach to taxes as part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations is billed as taxing the rich but would end up hurting the poor and possibly deepening inequality. Policies built on the flimsy populism of “fairness”–at least as modern Democrats define it–are quite often devoid of economic common sense. What’s more, the Democrats seem to know this. The New York Times offers a “News Analysis” today in which it is revealed that the Republicans are right on the merits of most of the arguments,

After Jesse Jackson Jr. quit,
Sandi changed campaign reports
Chicago Sun-Times, by Natasha Korecki    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2012 5:49:56 AM     Post Reply
Five days after Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, filed a series of amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that went back three years. That includes at least $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband’s congressional account into her ward organization account, a Sun-Times review of campaign records show. Among the undisclosed transactions shown in the amended reports were monthly transfers of $1,250 to his wife’s 7th Ward Independent Political Organization — or SWIPO. In a federal disclosure, Rep. Jackson’s campaign fund indicates a $1,250 payment

Prez wants to spy on US
Boston Herald, by Michael Graham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2012 5:41:16 AM     Post Reply
How many “Big Brother Fascists” does it take to spy on every American citizen? None — if it’s Barack Obama. I remember the good old days when “goose-stepping” George W. Bush was in office, and you couldn’t tune in MSNBC for more than an hour at a time without the “F” word being thrown at him (no — not that “F” word — but they were thinking it). Today The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama has authorized a massive, intrusive search into the lives of virtually every American — and it’s greeted with a yawn.

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