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North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il Has Died. by The Elephant's Child
December 18, 2011, 8:17 pm
Filed under: Politics

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital.  His designated successor is believed to be his third son Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be in his late 20s. North Korea’s state-run news agency urged people to unite behind the younger Kim.

All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public.

Mr. Kim’s death will cause huge shock waves across North Korea, an impoverished, nuclear-armed nation with few allies or friends.

Catching Up With Some News You May Have Missed: by The Elephant's Child

Here are a couple of important polls that clarify what people are thinking:

From Gallup: “In the U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level”
Sixty-four percent of Americans say that big government will be the biggest threat to the country. The Occupy Wall Street movement, focused on “fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations” made a lot of noise and mess, but the majority of Americans are not particularly concerned about big business or even big labor.  They’re worried about Big Government.

Also from Gallup: The vast majority of Americans believe that they are members of the “haves” rather than the “have-nots” Sorry, Occupy movement the “99%” is only about 34% of the population. Even 52% of the unemployed consider themselves “haves.”

Obama’s Keystone XL Indecision is Already Costing Jobs:  60 employees at a Little Rock, Arkansas steel pipe manufacturer are now out of work as a result of the president’s indecision. This is aside from the 20,000 union construction jobs that are shovel-ready at no cost to the government and U.S. Taxpayers. Obama’s Big Green supporters are opposed to the pipeline — just because.

Big Green Groups’ Attack on Fracking Based on Bad Science. After admitting that there is no documented evidence of groundwater contamination from a technique used to extract oil and gas from shale deposits, the EPA tries to manufacture a crisis in Wyoming.

Václav Havel, former president of Czech Republic, Champion of Liberty, man of great courage, has died at age 75. Havel spent years behind Communist prison bars for resisting the Party’s dogmas. He was catapulted from prison to the presidency of post-Communist Czechoslovakia in 1989, he resigned the office in 1992 because the country’s break-up into its Czech and Slovak components had not been put to a popular vote. Returned to the presidency of the Czech Republic in 1993, he served another decade andbecame a statesman-celebrity and spokesman for freedom. R.I.P.

— “Fact-Checking President Obama on “Trickle-Down” Economics
Democrats simply cannot let go of this mischaracterization of conservative tax policy, but the facts refute Obama’s claim that these policies were a failure. Here’s ammunition for that argument with the Liberal in your family.  Just the facts.

The Horrifying Chart that Democrats and RINOs Don’t Want You To See, from Doug Powers.  The Obama/Pelosi/Reid “one-time Stimulus Package” was built into the baseline so each year that the Obamacrats can avoid writing a budget is another year that this cash furnace can continue to burn your children’s and their children’s money.

Air of Desperation in Democrats’ Attempts to Roll Back Voter Laws. You and I have to show our driver’s licenses every time we go to the grocery store, cash a check, buy a ticket, pay for something, or dozens of other times in ordinary life. Democrats are attempting to claim that requiring photo I.D. is tantamount to Jim Crow laws, that it is an infringement on the right to vote, and that somehow minorities or people of color are incapable of obtaining free photo identification cards because Republicans don’t want them to vote. Democrats have a strange tendency to claim that minorities are stupid and helpless right before an election.  If I were a minority it would really annoy me.

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