Bird on a Wire

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For Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Hour 2: Male/Female Hour

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Stories:

Cliff Bill Passes
The President gets Republicans to raise taxes on small businesses and those making more than $400K. But what was accomplished, really? Nothing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/us/politics/house-takes-on-fiscal-cliff.html?hp&_r=0

Details (Such as They Exist) of Tax Deal
Is the 400K figure on income or adjusted income? No one knows. Somehow the bill is 157 pages and stuffed with all sorts of nonsense.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323635504578214143016765544.html?mod=WSJ__LEFTTopStories

Samuelson: Obama Won’t Lead
And has no intention of doing so. It’s all about politics. It’s all he knows.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-j-samuelson-obamas-leadership-failure/2012/12/31/fa34a9b6-5393-11e2-8b9e-dd8773594efc_story.html?hpid=z6

WSJ: More Sound and Fury
Signifying that the Democrats have no interest in creating wealth. They’re only interested in redistributing it.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323820104578215400767461788.html

NYT Version of Tax Reform
Just think of any way you can tax the rich and do it. Revenue soars. Equality established. Nirvana. Isn’t that what we have in California?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/opinion/sunday/why-the-economy-needs-tax-reform.html?hp

WSJ: Wiretap Bill Sails Through Congress
A government program that once incensed the media when a Republican was in the Oval Office, now doesn’t even merit a mention.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323820104578215661360927982.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop

Over 60 Die in Stampede in Ivory Coast
People just trampled over other people for no reason. Not sure why I’m showing you this, except that there’s a dark metaphor in here somewhere that might be worth filing away.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323320404578215231254461880.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop

WSJ: Le Tax Bizarre
Only the French could reason out something like this.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323320404578211690929361814.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion

Paul Johnson on God and Prayer
Always worthwhile to read what this pious and brilliant man has to say on this subject.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8789341/reason-to-believe/

876 New Laws for CA in 2012
Probably more this year with Dems having complete control of government.

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/30/new-year-to-bring-876-new-laws-to-california/

NYT: Let’s End the Death Penalty
A few times a year they trot out the same old pathetic arguments. These are the people obsessed with fairness. But what’s fair about a murder getting to keep his life. His victim is gone.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/opinion/americas-retreat-from-the-death-penalty.html?hp

African Economist: Please Stop the AID
He’s not the first person to stay this. But no one wants to listen. What a shame.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/spiegel-interview-with-african-economics-expert-for-god-s-sake-please-stop-the-aid-a-363663.html

Animal Rights Group Finally Get Dinged
Would this be the start of a trend.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22273969/animal-rights-group-settles-lawsuit-ringling

Radical Islam Pushes into Zanzibar
This cancer destroys everything it infects.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c85b0054-42c0-11e2-a4e4-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2GOn0GzXd

Being Somewhat Overweight Turns Out to not Be a Big Deal
According to new study.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/health/study-suggests-lower-death-risk-for-the-overweight.html?hp

Markey Is Choice for MA Dems
To replace Kerry. If he ran, he would probably win. That would give MA two socialists who would be on the Left in Europe.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/opinion/sunday/why-the-economy-needs-tax-reform.html?hp

Prager 20130101 – 3 Power to Save the World

Prager H3: Dennis talks to Gwyneth Cravens, science writer and novelist. She has worked as an editor for both The New Yorker and Harpers. Her latest book is Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy. An admitted liberal and environmentalist, she has written a formidable argument for nuclear power. A Best of Prager Hour. Originally broadcast on March 28, 2008.

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Prager 20130101 – 1 Can Wisdom Be Learned?

Prager H1: Or do we only learn from the school of experience. Dennis explains that, of course, his show is built on the idea that wisdom can be learned, but why are some able to absorb it and others not? Also, knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. That’s why the secular university has become the temple of anti-wisdom. A Best of Prager Hour. Originally broadcast on October 19, 2006.

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