Thought of the Day:
The dispute between the US and Iran over returning the captured drone sounds like two kids arguing over a piece of candy. Except in this case, some of our military secrets are at stake.
News of Note:
- Our procrastinating Congress
- Shocking News: A federal program that has problems
- The Obama Administration: Doing what it takes to cut the deficit by less than one percent!
- FCC gets involved with TV volumes
- Fear of government nears record
- 'Trump debate', now without Trump
- Occupy DC wastes $400,000 of taxpayer money
Tonight's Crazy Story:
Los Angeles County Schools Hit by Rash of Tuba Heists
You read that right! LA County Schools can't seem to find at least five tubas. It's not exactly like someone could stick it in their pocket on the way out the door.
The Final Five: Number 5
Obama Administration Coordinating with Left-Wing Groups on Voter Fraud
John Hinderaker at Powerline Blog explains how the Obama administration could work with left-wing groups to increase voter fraud in 2012. "So you can see how this will all come together. The Democrats will use their constituent organizations to whip up a frenzy of opposition to “voter suppression,” while DOJ launches, or threatens to launch, legal challenges to selected state statutes. This will energize the Democrats’ base by pretending that Republicans are trying to disenfranchise voters. It also may succeed in increasing the illegal votes that Democrats rely on at the margins of close elections."
There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"A lot of packages this time of year get lost. That's awful. You’re promised something great. You wait and wait and wait. But nothing good ever comes. It's like voting for Obama."
-Craig Ferguson, 12/12/11
The Final Five: Number 4
A Broken System for Choosing the Nominee
Gregory Farrell at American Thinker explains why the Republican debates and primary system has become ridiculous. "The debates in the Republican presidential primaries amount to a relatively cheap to produce reality game shows. All the participants have a chance to win the big prize, and you need to include the celebrity moderator/panelists from the news media as the possible show's real winner. You can't have a real debate with eight candidates on the stage. These so-called debates are really a question and answer session with a little "I've been attacked" rebuttal time thrown in for the candidates to use if they get attacked by another candidate."
On Monday, the government only spent $1,573,853,846.20 over what it took in, bringing the national debt to:
The Final Five: Number 3
The Real Threat to Peace is Western Support of Palestinian Rejectionism
Commentary Magazine contributor Evelyn Gordon explains why Israel is not the real threat to peace. "It is, of course, problematic that Palestinian authors refuse to even sit in the same room with Israeli authors, who as a group (and Sakal is no exception) are overwhelmingly critical of Israeli government policy and consistently advocate greater concessions to the Palestinians. If Palestinian intellectuals won’t deign to talk even with the Israelis most supportive of their cause, it’s hard to see how a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace could ever emerge. Far more problematic, however, was the response of Darwish’s Western enablers: Instead of telling him that such boycotts won’t be tolerated, the conference organizers cravenly capitulated to his demands. ... And as long as such Palestinian rejectionism continues to receive Western support, Palestinians will have no incentive whatsoever to abandon it."
Tweets of the Day:
Jay Smooth (@jsmooth995): The 99% just need to understand that if they work hard enough, they all have a one-in-a-hundred chance! #GeneMarksLogic
The Final Five: Number 2
Obama and the Special Interests
Timothy Carney at the Washington Examiner explains why--despite his rhetoric on eliminating special interests--Obama has increased the influence of special interests in Washington. "His stimulus set off a lobbying free-for-all. His health-care, which was a big giveaway to the drug industry (which spends more on lobbying than any other), bill has made health-care lobbying a chronic condition and spurred the Great Health-Care Cashout in which the bill's authors monetize their experience writing the bill. Dodd-Frank not only spurred a similar boom in revolving-door action it also provided the opportunity for Jon Corzine's cronyism-fueled rise and fall. And all those measures Obama is claiming to have implemented to crack down on lobbying -- they're toothless. He's hired more than 50 lobbyists to senior positions, a handful of his top appointees are now on Wall Street, and his bundlers and donors include big-time lobbyists by any normal definition of the word."
Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship."
The Final Five: Number 1
3 Weeks And Counting. Are We In a Suicide Pact?
RedState's Erick Erickson raised the question of who the Republican nominee should be, and who it will be. "If you were to look at the candidates on the Republican side, I suspect you might agree with me that the best person to put up against a man arguing that the government should pick winners and losers is the guy who grew up dirt poor on a farm without indoor plumbing who joined the military, served his country, became a farmer, and then got into government culminating in the most impressive job creation record of any Governor in America at this time. The problem is that candidate, Rick Perry, has failed to convince people he is capable of the task at hand, though he still has the time, money, and poll trends in an upward direction in Iowa to do it. ... Now, if you are foolish, given that the President intends to campaign on a moral case against success and a lot of people are receptive to it, you might want to put up a candidate who made his money doing leveraged buy outs, laying off people, and restructuring companies. That’s precisely why Mitt Romney is such a terrible fit for the zeitgeist of this election season."
Tomorrow in History
December 14, 1911 - A team of five people, led by Roald Amundsen, become the first explorers to reach the south pole.
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