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  • Anti-illegals activist to target voter fraud (Kansas)

    12/15/2010 7:43:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Valerie Richardson
    Outside of Kansas, Kris Kobach is best known as an expert on immigration issues. He's the author of Arizona's anti-illegal-immigration law, a longtime counsel to the Immigration Law Reform Institute and a hero within the border-security movement.Inside Kansas, he wears another hat entirely. He's the newly elected secretary of state, having ousted Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs by a margin of 59 percent to 37 percent.Why would someone who's devoted his career to fighting illegal immigration want to become chief vote-counter for the state of Kansas? Suffice it to say that Mr. Kobach devoted his campaign to one issue, and...
  • $1 Billion for Obamacare in Omnibus Spending Bill

    12/15/2010 7:40:53 PM PST · by opentalk · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 15, 2010 | Katrina Trinko
    In addition to the earmarks, the Senate omnibus spending bill also contains provisions totaling over $1 billion that will help fund Obamacare’s implementation. About $81 million will go to the Department of Health and Human Services for costs related to the enforcing the mandate and the new health care regulations. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will receive $176 million to finance starting the Medicaid expansion and the costs associated with the Medicare Advantage cuts. The National Health Care Workforce Commission, which was created by Obamacare, will nab $3 million.
  • Two white Britons 'killed fighting for Al Qaeda' in U.S. drone attack in Pakistan

    12/15/2010 7:39:50 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 32 replies ^ | 16th dec. 2010 | By David Gardner and Katherine Faulkner
    Two white British men who were fighting alongside Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan have been killed in a drone attack, it was reported last night. The two men are believed to have been ‘white converts’ to Al Qaeda who changed their British names to Islamic ones after becoming radicalised. They died five days ago when a Hellfire missile
  • Joe Biden To Republicans: "Get Out Of The Way" (video)

    12/15/2010 7:38:18 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 15, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President tells Sen. Jim DeMint and others opposing the ratification of the START treaty: "Get out of the way. There's too much at stake."
  • Rape and murder case delayed in court

    12/15/2010 7:37:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    WAVY-TV ^ | Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | WAVY-TV
    JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - There was another heartbreaking delay in court Wednesday for the family of a 16-year-old girl who police say was raped and murdered nearly six years ago by an illegal immigrant who is also deaf and mute. Unless Oswaldo Martinez, who prosecutors say is a perfect DNA match to the killer, learns enough sign language to communicate with his attorney, he might never stand trial. The body of Brittany Binger was discovered in January 2005 on a patch of grassy land right in front of the mobile home park where she lived in James City...
  • "O King of the Nations, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/15/2010 7:36:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | December 15, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “O King of the Nations, Come” (Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 28:18-20)In our Advent series on the O Antiphons, today we continue with “King of the nations.” You’ll find it there in your hymnal or in the bulletin. Let us pray this antiphon together: “O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: Come and save us all, whom You formed out of clay.” Now this title for Christ, “King of the nations,” is sometimes also referred to as “Desire of nations,” not that the word “king” means “desire”--it doesn’t--but that this king...
  • Baseball Great Bob Feller has died

    12/15/2010 7:31:21 PM PST · by Keith in Iowa · 56 replies · 1+ views
    WHO-TV, Des Moines IA | 12/15/10 | Self
    WHO-TV in Des Moines is reporting that the "Van Meter Heater", Iowa's greatest-ever baseball player, Bob Feller has died in a Cleveland hospice at the age of 92
  • taiwanese animation AWOL Obama leaves Bill in charge

    12/15/2010 7:25:31 PM PST · by RummyChick · 14 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | 12/14 | NMAworldedition
  • Rome in Grip of Guerrilla Warfare

    12/15/2010 7:25:17 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Corriere della Sera ^ | December 15, 2010 | Fabrizio Caccia
    Clashes and barricades in city centre streets, police armoured cars torched and about a hundred casualties ROME – “Ge-no-va, Ge-no-va”. The grim, shiver-engendering chant rose from the march in Via delle Botteghe Oscure, bringing to mind the events of 2001 at the G8 summit in Genoa, when Carlo Giuliani died. An ill omen. In Rome on 14 December 2010, showdown time in Chamber of Deputies, opposition movements met to “withdraw confidence from below” in the Berlusconi government. With them were thousands of secondary school and university students, who have been protesting at the Gelmini reforms for some time. This self-styled...
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...
  • The socialist president plays host to capitalism

    12/15/2010 7:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2010 | Dana Milbank
    The titans of American industry were all assembled at the White House complex Wednesday. There was Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google. There was Kenneth Chenault, the chairman of American Express. And there was Barack Obama, the sometimes owner of General Motors, Chrysler, Citibank, Bank of America, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The president's advance team handled it like a state visit. The Secret Service shut down Lafayette Square as the CEOs huddled inside Blair House -- where foreign dignitaries often stay. The U.S. Park Police were mounted, the presidential limousines were idling, and men with scary-looking weapons stood...
  • House ethics chief counsel has resigned (Blake Chisam - Zoe Lofgren RAT-CA trying to leave too?)

    12/15/2010 7:20:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/10 | Susan Crabtree
    House ethics chief counsel has resignedBy Susan Crabtree - 12/15/10 07:41 PM ET The staff director and chief counsel for the House ethics committee tendered his resignation before the election. Blake Chisam, who Ethics Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) handpicked to help run the committee at the beginning of this Congress, will be departing imminently, according to two House aides. Chisam’s departure is spurring speculation from lawmakers that Lofgren is trying to leave the committee as well. Lofgren’s office did not return a request for comment. Chisam’s departure follows the resignation of Office of Congressional Ethics Staff Director and Chief...
  • Do "Progressives" Have An Intelligence Allergy?

    12/15/2010 7:19:26 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-15-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    This is actually worse than Liam Neeson's ridiculous take on his role in the Chronicles of Narnia. See the Hardball video where Richard Wolffe mocks Palin for reading C.S. Lewis embedded at the original post here or at YouTubeI'm not going to get into what a buffoon Matthews is (you all already know), but I'll let Neil Cavuto do it for me. I've been writing/blogging and engaged in political activities off and on for about 7 years now. Part of the job is to know and understand what the other side thinks. I've had a gut feeling about the...
  • Bosnia & Kosovo: radical Islam, organ trafficking, and media bias

    12/15/2010 7:14:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Serbianna ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    The conflict that raged throughout the former Yugoslavia was met by a wall of silence when it came to important issues. These important issues apply to America and the United Kingdom supporting Islamists in a brutal civil war in Bosnia and then installing a new nation by ignoring international law in Kosovo. Also, is it credible to believe that the vast majority of major news agencies and national governments did not know about thousands of Islamists in Europe who were sent to slit the throats and behead Orthodox Christians? Shoeless Holbrooke sits with Muslim Albanian gunmen that ran the organ...
  • Muschamp makes 1st appearance as Florida's coach (Opens mouth, inserts foot)

    12/15/2010 7:12:17 PM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 10 replies ^ | 12/15/10 | unknown
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Will Muschamp spent part of his childhood in Gainesville, growing up just a few streets from Florida Field and cheering for the Gators. He left in the mid-80s, then returned as a player at Georgia and as an assistant coach with Auburn and LSU. He's back again - this time in a much different capacity. Muschamp, who agreed to a five-year contract worth $13.5 million to replace Urban Meyer, was formally introduced as Florida's new coach Tuesday. He took center stage for a 40-minute news conference filled with confidence, enthusiasm and witty one-liners. "University of Florida is...
  • Why Michael Moore Really Bailed Julian Assange Out Of Jail...

    12/15/2010 7:12:04 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-15-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Obama meets with top CEOs to urge more hiring

    12/15/2010 7:04:31 PM PST · by La Lydia · 137 replies · 6+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2010
    President Obama on Wednesday sat down with chief executives from major companies such as Boeing, Comcast, General Electric and Google for a lengthy "working meeting" to urge them to do more hiring to bring down unemployment and work with him to strengthen the economic recovery. "I am looking forward to getting good ideas from them, but I am definitely going to talk to them about how we can get more hiring out there," Obama told reporters as he walked across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to attend the meeting at Blair House. The meeting was expected to last about...
  • Richard Holbrooke: An American Diplomat

    12/15/2010 7:04:17 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    Chronicles ^ | December 15, 2010 | Srdja Trifkovic
    A few hours before Richard Holbrooke’s death last Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a group of America’s top diplomats gathered at the State Department for a Christmas party that he was “practically synonymous with American foreign policy.” Her assessment is correct: Richard Holbrooke’s career embodies some of the least attractive traits of contemporary American diplomacy. As assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs under Jimmy Carter, Holbrooke was instrumental in securing continued U.S. support for Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. In 1997 he authorized arms deliveries to Indonesia in violation of the supposed U.S. arms...
  • Could there be a Tet Offensive in Afghanistan? (George Will)

    12/15/2010 7:03:51 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2010 | George F. Will
    ... Although it is unlikely that the Taliban leadership has as nuanced an understanding of the importance and dynamics of American public opinion in wartime as North Vietnam's leadership did, Taliban leaders surely know that North Vietnam won the Vietnam War not in Vietnam but in America. And they surely know the role played by North Vietnam's February 1968 Tet Offensive. Although U.S. forces thoroughly defeated the enemy, the American public, seeing only chaos and the prospect of many more years of it, turned decisively against the war. Might the Taliban's tactics, techniques and procedures (in military argot, TTP) make...
  • Arctic icecap safe from runaway melting: study (potential reprieve for polar bears... WHEW!!)

    12/15/2010 7:03:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/10 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) – There is no "tipping point" beyond which climate change will inevitably push the Arctic ice cap into terminal melt off, according to a study released Wednesday. The northern polar cap has shrunk between 15 and 20 percent over the last 30 years, unleashing concern that on current trends -- with regional temperature increases twice or triple the global average -- it could disappear entirely during the summer months by century's end. One of the factors in this calculation is a so-called positive feedback, in which a reduced area of floating ice helps to stoke global warming. As...