Thought of the Day:
The problem with gun control is that it requires everyone to give up their guns, including criminals. But if criminals have no problem breaking the law in other ways, why would they break the law and turn in their guns?
News of Note:
- New car anti-theft system analyzes your bottom
- UK bookseller sorry for promoting 'Mein Kampf' as Christmas present
- Eight states to increase minimum wage next year
- South Carolina Voter ID law blocked
- Gunshot detectors becoming more prevalent
- Go Daddy backs off of support of SOPA after boycott
- Christians being expelled from Laos
- Virginia Presidential ballot down to three
- Obama finally headed for Hawaii (can he just stay there?)
Tonight's Crazy Story:
TSA Agent Finds Pot in Rapper's Luggage, Just Leaves Note
What happens when a TSA agent finds a bag of weed in someone's luggage? Do they call the police? Or do they just leave a simple note?
The Final Five: Number 5
What Does $40,000 Mean to You?
As Obama screams about $40/week possibly being cut from everyone's paycheck, Daniel Horowitz asks at RedState what the $40,000/person that Obama has added to the national debt means to you. "Obama has been running around all day making a fool of himself as he promotes his $40 Social Security tax cut. Yes, the tax plan that will create a new class warfare Social Security Taxable Wage limit in order to accommodate his totally unworkable two-month extension. Obama has even set up a new web page asking people “what $40 per paycheck would mean to you.” Republicans should respond by setting up a web page asking every taxpayer to explain how a $40,000 increase in their share of debt will affect their finances and those of their grandchildren."
There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"President Obama bought about $200 worth of Christmas presents at Best Buy. Then it got awkward when he asked the Geek Squad if they fix economies."
-Jimmy Fallon, 12/22/11
The Final Five: Number 4
5 Myths About President Obama's Economic Recovery
John Merline breaks down five myths about the economy for Investor's Business Daily. "Over the past several months, President Obama has spent much time pleading for patience on the sluggish economy and ongoing high unemployment, arguing that the economic hole was so deep and the crisis so monumental that a slow recovery — now in its 30th month — was inevitable. But in making his case, Obama appears to be perpetuating several myths about the recession he inherited and the slow recovery over which he's presided."
On Thursday, the government paid off $112,611,410.20 worth of debt, bringing the national debt to:
The Final Five: Number 3
The GOP’s Payroll-tax Debacle
Charles Krauthammer analyzes the fallout from the payroll-tax debate for National Review Online. "Now that Congress appears finally to have reached a compromise on what must be one of the worst pieces of legislation in years — the temporary payroll-tax-holiday extension — let’s survey the damage. To begin with, what even minimally rational government enacts payroll-tax relief for just two months? As a matter of practicality alone, it makes no sense."
Tweets of the Day:
Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez): #onemoredaytostartChristmasshopping!
The Final Five: Number 2
Obamacare and the Ratchet Theory of History
American Thinker's Mike Stopa analyzes the fear of Obamacare's irreversibility. "There are a lot of things that Americans fear about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They fear that they won't be able to continue to go to the doctor whom they trust. They fear that once a single consumer -- the government -- replaces 300 million consumers of drugs and medical technology and then begins to regulate costs, the spigot of medical miracles will slowly shut off (just such regulation and results are already a reality in Europe). Americans fear the disappearance of choice of treatment as they age and the inevitable appearance of death panels (a prelude to which -- mandatory end-of-life counseling for Medicare beneficiaries -- is already materializing in Massachusetts). But perhaps Americans' greatest fear of all is that Obamacare is a one-way door -- that it has been plainly designed, rammed through, and implemented with an aim to being irreversible."
Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence."
The Final Five: Number 1
Holder's Voter ID Fraud
A Wall Street Journal editorial analyzes the fraud in opposing voter ID laws. "Thirty states now require some form of ID at the polls, and one goal of Mr. Holder's attack is to intimidate other states that want to toughen their laws. He's probably also signaling that Justice will strike down the Texas and South Carolina statutes. This would please the Democratic Party's left while not-so-subtly inventing a threat of Republican racism to drive minority turnout in 2012. Mr. Holder's voter ID alarums are one more reason he's earning a reputation for politicized, partial justice."
Tomorrow in History
December 24, 1943 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower is officially named the Supreme Allied Commander.
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