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  • Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal for actions during special operations missions

    11/17/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    MARFORRES ^ | 16 Nov 12 | SGT Ray Lewis
    The enemy had the hostages. Taliban forces had overtaken observation post Bari Ali and captured coalition troops. Then-Army Staff Sgt. Cody J. Carroll was part of an elite group of special operations forces called in to execute the rescue. Carroll was a sniper by trade, so when he and his observer were dropped in, they immediately went to work. Within an hour of establishing a position, Carroll located the insurgent leader responsible for the attack on Bari Ali. He peered through his scope at the figure more than 750 yards away, and pulled the trigger. The bullet travelled the length...
  • Gun Store Owner to Obama Voters: You Are Not Welcome

    11/17/2012 6:12:25 AM PST · by servo1969 · 95 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-17-2012 | Jim Hoft
    An Arizona gun store owner said he will not sell weapons to customers who voted for Obama. They’re too stupid.Not WelcomeTodd Starnes reported, via FOX Nation: The owner of an Arizona gun store said he will not sell weapons to customers who voted for President Obama because “you have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”Cope Reynolds, owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz., posted the new store policy in a newspaper advertisement — as well as on a sign posted on the front door.“If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not...
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/17/2012 6:09:16 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obamas re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • Michigan Affirmative-Action Ruling A Short-Lived Fight Against The Tide [Good News]

    11/17/2012 6:08:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 16, 2012 | Daniel Fisher
    The federal appeals court decision striking down a statewide referendum banning affirmative action in Michigan universities likely represents the last gasp of a dying legal theory: That minority groups are entitled not just to equal protection under the laws, but special measures designed to correct past discrimination. ... the majority on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati resorted to an extreme interpretation of two U.S. Supreme Court cases that themselves are showing signs of wear. The decision by the full 15-member panel drew strong dissents from judges... The majoritys holding may soon become moot, anyway. The U.S. Supreme...
  • Van Nuys man walking his dog shoots at would-be robbers, say police(CA)

    11/17/2012 6:04:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | NA
    VAN NUYS - A man confronted by two would-be masked robbers while he walked his dog in Van NuysThursday night fired shots at the suspects, who ran off, police said. | POLICE NEWS The victim said he was walking his dog near his home in the 6700 block of Noble Avenue, near Vanowen Street, around 9:15 p.m. when he was confronted outside his house by two men wearing ski masks, said Lt. Abel Parga of the Van Nuys Station. It was unclear if the man was already armed at the time or somehow armed himself after being confronted, but...
  • Why Apple Can't Deny Google Maps On iPhone

    11/17/2012 5:58:20 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 49 replies
    Google has nearly completed work on a new version of Google Maps for the iPhone. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is now field testing the app outside of Google. It should soon be ready for Google to submit to Apple for approval. Apple booted Google Maps from the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch earlier this year with the introduction of iOS 6. Google Maps was a part of iOS from the very first iPhone through September of this year -- a partnership that lasted more than five years. But Apple has been...
  • Chester's General [who accompanied Lincoln to Gettysburg as a young USMC officer]

    11/17/2012 5:56:39 AM PST · by foreverfree · 5 replies
    Delaware County (PA) Daily Times ^ | 11/11/2012 | Jeff Wolfe
    Henry Clay Cochrane traveled thousands of miles around the world as a Marine in the mid- to late 1800s. But it was probably one of his shortest military journeys early in his career that made him famous. The Chester native earned the title of brigadier general after his Marine career ended. But his big moment in history came just as that career was starting. Cochrane was just 21 when he was one of 13 men selected to ride on a train from Washington, D.C., to Gettysburg with President Abraham Lincoln in November 1863. Cochrane was on hand when Lincoln delivered...
  • Homeowner protects himself during attempted robbery (KY)

    11/17/2012 5:44:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    wkyt.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Jordan Vilines
    One Magoffin County man could face burglary charges after police say he stole from someone's home and then allegedly fired a gun at the homeowner. The Magoffin County Sheriff says Douglas Caldwell broke into Harlan Rowe's home in Salyersville on Thursday night and tried to steal several different things. Shelia Balesdrieri, who also lives in Rowes home, says things turned violent when the suspect started running away. Balesdrieri says the suspect got halfway down the gravel travel when he started firing a gun in their direction. But Harlan Rowe was also armed. Harlan ran in the house and got his...
  • Droughts steady since 1950s

    11/17/2012 5:39:34 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-14-2012 | Nic, Collins
    According to a commonly used model of drought patterns, researchers had previously assumed that higher global temperatures were causing greater evaporation of water, and therefore more droughts. But a more detailed analysis of weather data, including wind speed, humidity and radiation levels, found that in fact there has been "little change" in drought over the past 60 years. Researchers from Princeton University and the Australian National University said drought was "expected to increase in frequency and severity" in the future, but added that currently used prediction methods are inaccurate.....
  • Catholic nun stands trial over 63 counts of physical and sexual abuse of children Catholic nun stand

    11/17/2012 5:36:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 41 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 11-15-2012 | Cathy Hayes
    A Catholic nun has been charged with the systematic abuse of seven schoolgirls in the 1970s. Sister Mary Teresa Grogan has denied the 63 counts of indecent assault put to her. It is alleged that these crimes took place while she was teaching in a primary school (middle school) in the midlands of Ireland from 1973 to 1977. All of her victims were the same age, in third class, approximately nine-years-old. One complainant told the court that the nun would call her to her desk and put her hand inside her underwear. The lawyer for the prosecution, Aileen Donnelly SC,...
  • What should a woman do when a man exposes himself?(WA)

    11/17/2012 5:33:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 | Dave Workman
    Youre a mom on an evening walk with your 6-year-old son and you are suddenly approached aggressively by a man who exposes himself and then suggests that you stand there and watch whats next, so what do you do? In Longview, a Clark County community near Vancouver along the I-5 corridor, you reach into your pocket, pull out your Ruger .380 ACP semiautomatic, and tell the fellow rather bluntly, You need to leave or Ill shoot you. Im going to blow your brains out. The fellow left, with the womans Norwegian Behund Hound hot on his heels. According to the...
  • U.S. SMASHES JAPANESE FLEET IN SOLOMONS; SINKS 23 SHIPS, DAMAGES 7 IN 3-DAY BATTLE (11/17/42)

    11/17/2012 5:31:53 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 18 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/17/42 | Charles Hurd, Robert Trumbull, Drew Middleton, Ralph Parker, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • (U2 vocalist) Bono thanks Vatican for helping with debt forgiveness

    11/17/2012 5:29:34 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | November 16, 2012
    <p>Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 06:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free the world's least developed countries from their foreign debt, enabling them to invest in education.</p>
  • St. Paul woman, 3 others charged in Social Security fraud (SSA employee)

    11/17/2012 5:24:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    PIONEER PRESS ^ | 11-17-12 | John Welbes
    Four Twin Cities residents -- including a Social Security Administration employee in St. Paul -- have been indicted in a scheme that generated real Social Security cards with fake identities. The conspiracy's start date was unknown, but it went back to at least May 2001 and ended in 2010, the indictment claimed. Dianne Josephine Chess, 49, of St. Paul, was a service representative for the SSA whose responsibilities included inputting data provided by applicants seeking a number and a card.
  • Open season on Catholicism

    11/17/2012 5:21:32 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 16, 2012 | Phil Lawler
    It’s open season on Catholicism. In Ireland and in Australia, public opinion is being whipped into frenzy in crusades against Church teachings. In both cases the arguments are thoroughly irrational. In Ireland, Savita Halappanavar died a horrible, painful, needless death. But rather than mourning her death, and demanding a full accounting of where the doctors went wrong, pundits are blaming the tragedy on teachings of the Catholic Church. We really don’t know, at this point, what caused her death. But one thing is quite clear already: it was not due to Catholic teaching, nor to Catholic influence on Ireland's laws.In...
  • Reflections on Current Hamas/Israel Hostilities

    11/17/2012 5:14:34 AM PST · by Amerisraelhere · 4 replies
    Daniel Pipes ^ | Daniel Pipes
    Two observations about the hostilities that began on Nov. 10: An Israeli soldier works on the IDF's Facebook page. (1) The old Arab-Israeli wars were military clashes, the recent ones are political clashes. The wars of 1948-49, 1967, and 1973 were life-and-death struggles for the Jewish state. But the wars of 2006, 2008-09, and now 2012 are media events in which Israeli victory on the military battlefield is foreordained and the struggle is to win public opinion. Opeds have replaced bullets, social media have replaced tanks. Will Israel prevail in arguing that its enemy initiated offensive action? Or will those...
  • Understand This: They're not "Militants" but Terrorists Got It?!

    11/17/2012 5:14:12 AM PST · by Amerisraelhere · 13 replies
    Unfortunately the folks at Fox News and other MS media are unwilling and too cowardly to speak the truth. Referring to the genocidal Hamas Islamic terrorists as "militants" instead of as what they really are: Savage jihad "terrorists"!An intro to an article on Fox reads "Gaza militants", not terrorists as it should.The word "militants" conveys a level of legitimacy that Hamas and the other Islamic terrorists are not deserving of.
  • County board grants Rep. Allen Wests recount request

    11/17/2012 5:12:04 AM PST · by mgist · 40 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 11/16/12 | Alan Blake
    County board grants Rep. Allen Wests recount request The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board has ordered a recount of all early votes in that county, beginning Saturday morning. The ruling is a victory for West, but overcoming his current 1,900-vote deficit will still be difficult. A Florida judge on Friday denied Rep. Allen Wests (R-Fla.) request to recount early votes in St. Lucie County, dealing another setback to the congressmans effort to overcome an apparent defeat in last Tuesdays election. West had requested the recounting of 37,000 ballots from early voting, suggesting that they may have been miscounted. The judge...
  • Total Recall (Hollyweird movie capture)

    11/17/2012 5:07:16 AM PST · by Bikkuri · 20 replies
    Bikkuri | Bikkuri
    Not really worthy of making a thread for... but I captured something 'interesting' on a newer movie released from Hollywood..
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 17, 2012]

    11/17/2012 5:05:59 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Eternal Goal "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing . . . I will bless you . . ." —Genesis 22:16-17 Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.My goal is God Himself . . . At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.“At any cost . . . by any road” means submitting to God’s way of bringing us to the goal.There is no possibility of questioning God when He speaks, if He speaks...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/17/12)[Prayer]

    11/17/2012 4:57:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 29 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/17/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Deuteronomy 4:23-24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
  • Cashier Allegedly Scammed Lottery Winner Out Of $5 Million Ticket, Waited 6 Years To Cash It In

    11/17/2012 4:55:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    A maintenance worker in Syracuse, N.Y. claims that he won $5 million on an instant lottery ticket. He took it back to the store where he had purchased it, and the store owners son told him that he had only won $5,000. The man offered him for $4,000 in cash for the ticket. The store owners two sons sat on the ticket for six years, then turned it in to the state lottery. The lottery sensed that something was not right here. To smoke out the shenanigans, the state lottery planted a story in the media. They didnt lie, exactly,...
  • Van Rompuy: financial tax to form part of EU budget

    11/17/2012 4:54:38 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11-16 | BENJAMIN FOX
    BRUSSELS - The much vaunted EU financial transaction tax (FTT) is set to be hard-wired into the EU budget, with most of its revenue going directly to the EU. A paper prepared by EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and sent to European capitals ahead of next week's EU budget summit, where leaders aim to agree a mandate on the budget framework for 2014-2020, would deduct FTT revenues from national contributions to the annual EU pot. Van Rompuy put forward his ideas after private talks with EU countries' budget sherpas over the past 10 days. (Snip) Under Van Rompuy's plan,...
  • Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Obamas Brown Shirts Homeland Youth

    11/17/2012 4:51:38 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 45 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | October 18, 2012 | fromthetrenchesworldreport.com
    It Makes Sense Blog October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the Presidents AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHSs youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country. On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps first-responders. While the...
  • For your consideration

    Why the GOP wont challenge vote fraud Posted on November 15, 2012 by Dr. Eowyn | 78 Comments Friends and Patriots, Its major duct tape time cause youll need it to keep your head from exploding. Are you ready for this?
  • Hold on to the rope

    11/17/2012 4:31:28 AM PST · by expat1000 · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Let them eat cake: Giant cakes are on the menu at the Gaza Grand Palace Hotel, the choice of New York Times correspondents ABOUT THIS WAR THING... A few things to remember about what is going on in Israel. And this may sound cynical, but unfortunately recent history bears me out. 1. This is not a war. This is what happens when you cede territory to a terrorist group with plenty of eager Muslim regimes supplying it with weapons. This is what happens when that terrorist group is supported by Egypt and Qatar. 2. Israel ethnically cleansed its Jewish...
  • BLAZING BROOKS: MEL SAYS 'SADDLES' COULDN'T BE MADE IN 2012

    11/17/2012 4:17:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 138 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 16 Nov 2012 | by Christian Toto
    <p>It's a good thing Mel Brooks' inspiration for "Blazing Saddles" struck in the early 1970s and not 2012. Had Brooks come up with the western genre spoof today, it wouldn't pass muster at any major studio.</p> <p>Brooks himself shared that sad truth during a visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night. "Blazing Saddles" starred Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in a zany send up of classic western films. And while "Superbad," "Bridesmaids" and "Project X" push the boundaries of modern cinema, they couldn't compare to the outrageous gags Brooks sprinkled throughout his 1974 comedy classic. "It couldn't be made today," Brooks tells Kimmel flatly before launching into a classic story about an early preview of the film, and how a man high up at Warner Bros. told him to make some major cuts ... or else. "We had this preview, people went crazy. They laughed, they enjoyed it. Afterwards, he grabs me by the collar and shoves me into an office ... and he says, Okay, heres a legal pad, heres a pencil, take these notes... N-word, OUT! We dont say it. No punching a horse. Noooo punching a horse. Around the campfire, cut out the farting out! It's out! You cant punch an old lady. Lily von Schtupp and the black sheriff you cant OUT, OUT.</p>
  • Obama's Economy: What We've Learned Since Re-election

    11/17/2012 4:06:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/16/2012 | IBD Staff
    Obama II: In the "now they tell us" file, add a vast array of reports that have come out since the election showing just how weak the economy really is. Looks like the president will need a new scapegoat soon. Here's just a sampling of what we've learned since voters decided to give Obama four more years to "experiment" with the economy.
  • Troops not safe from sequestration

    11/17/2012 4:04:43 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 16 Nov 12 | Sara Sorcher and Meghan McCarthy
    If Washingtons defense community has achieved one thing over the past year, its spreading the message of how the fiscal cliff could desecrate the military. Sequestration cuts of $55 billion would jeopardize weapons contracts, furlough civilian staff, and imperil national security, defense hawks say. One glaring casualty has gotten far less notice: the militarys $37 billion health account. In designing the trigger mechanism, members of Congress were careful to make sure that the men and women in uniform wouldnt suffer because of the cutsbut not careful enough. Now, without a compromise on Capitol Hill during the lame-duck session, the deal...
  • Va. lawmaker proposes higher gas tax to pay for road construction

    11/17/2012 3:49:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | WTOP.com
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has called for tolls to pay for the state's much-needed road construction, but another option is now on the table. State Sen. John Watkins (R-Powhatan) proposed a plan that would increase Virginia's gas tax from 17.5 cents a gallon to 31.5 cents a gallon. The 14-cent increase would eliminate the need to add more toll roads. In the proposed legislation, taxpayers in the three lowest state brackets would get a break on their income tax. Electric and hybrid vehicles would also have to undergo an annual assessment of $102 a year.
  • The Campaign Of Rhetoric To Raise Taxes

    11/17/2012 2:50:08 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 5 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/17/12 | LD Jackson
    I like to think of myself as an observer. I like to watch people and I also like to watch how certain situations unfold in front of me. I find it fascinating to see how some things turn out, but I also get frustrated when I realize things are not working out how I believe they should. Such is the case in the ongoing and upcoming fight over raising our taxes. Make no mistake about this, President Obama wants to repeal the tax cuts now in place and by doing so, he will be raising taxes. He made it very...
  • FABIAN FREEWAY - High Road to Socialism in the U.S.A.

    11/17/2012 1:32:33 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 22 replies
    womensgroup.org ^ | 1966 | Rose Martin
    The American people have been and are complacently unfamiliar with Communism's helpmate, Fabian Socialism. For over fifty years but especially since the middle nineteen-thirties there have been insinuated into high places in our government at Washington men whose collaboration in this socialistic movement has been greatly responsible for breaking down our constitutional form of government and substituting therefor the Socialist idea of centralized government. Every loyal American should read this book. It is well documented, and proves beyond doubt that those who have wielded such vast influence upon successive Presidents, especially since Franklin Roosevelt, do not have a desire to...
  • Its time to do the right thing

    11/17/2012 1:06:46 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 14 replies
    Sentry Journal ^ | 11/17/12 | John Carey
    For the last couple of days I’ve been observing the Benghazi hearings and the negotiations going on with Boehner and Democratic leaders to prevent us from going off a fiscal cliff. It appears the left cares more about politicizing events to advance the agenda of their political party than doing what’s right and good for America and I’m personally tired of it. Benghazi is a no-brainer.After seven hours of fighting and numerous requests for help, we failed to answer the call and left our citizens to die in the streets of Benghazi. This alone is absolutely unacceptable, but what...
  • West request for recount denied or court doesn't have authority?

    11/17/2012 12:45:53 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 17 replies
    11/17/2012 | Me
    Earlier today while reading an article from a Drudge link that state West's request for recount was denied by a judge I actually read the reason the judge didn't order the recount was because his court didn't have the authority to do so (jurisdiction?). Is this actually considered a denial or is it being framed by certain media interests as a denial? Anybody have an actual URL of the court transcripts?
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Arianism

    11/17/2012 12:45:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Arianism 1247. What was the heresy of Arius? Arius was born in Lybia in 256 A.D., and was ordained a Catholic priest in 313 A.D. In the year 318, at the Synod of Alexandria, the Patriarch of that city gave a discourse on the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity. Arius declared that the Patriarch had fallen into error, and proceeded to set out his own ideas of Christian doctrine. He denied that Christ was really the Eternal Son of God, equally sharing in the Divine Nature with the Father. According to him, the Person of Christ existed before all...
  • Earth tremor Barry Texas

    11/16/2012 11:50:37 PM PST · by john12123 · 19 replies
    Was in bed lying down fully awake when the bed shook violently. I got up and went towards the doorway when it stopped. Looked at the clock which read 01.08am. Anyone else felt this ?
  • Congresswomen Rally to Defense of Susan Rice

    11/16/2012 11:48:20 PM PST · by John Semmens · 40 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Nov 2012 | John Semmens
    U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has come under criticism from Senators John McCain (R-Az) and Linsey Graham (R-SC) for lying about the September 11th attack on the Behghazi Consulate. A dozen female members of the House of Representatives have rallied to her defense. Ambassador Rice was just following orders, Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) declared. Laying the blame on her is racist and sexist. Fudge compared the Senators' attack on Rice to blaming a prostitute for sticking up for her pimp. What's she supposed to do when her boss gives the marching orders? You know he's got her in a vise. You...
  • RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It

    11/16/2012 11:46:08 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 28 replies
    Republican Study Committee ^ | November 16, 2012 | Republican Study Committee
    Outline/Summary: This paper will analyze current US Copyright Law by examining three myths on copyright law and possible reforms to copyright law that will lead to more economic development for the private sector and to a copyright law that is more firmly based upon constitutional principles. 1. The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content:It’s a common misperception that the Constitution enables our current legal regime of copyright protection – in fact, it does not. The Constitution’s clause on Copyright and patents states:“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times...
  • Obama Begins Push to Confiscate IRAs & 401ks

    11/16/2012 11:45:13 PM PST · by rocksandbroncs · 116 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | November 16, 2012 | The Doc
    It may be time to take the tax hit and withdraw funds from private retirement accounts before they are forced into long term T-bonds. The Obama administration is reportedly quickly moving on plans to nationalize private 401k and IRA retirement accounts, and replace them with government sponsored annuities(aka Treasury bonds that the Treasury currently cant sell to anyone but the Fed). National Seniors Council Director Robert Crone warns: This whole issue is moving forward very quickly. Already there is a bill requiring all businesses to automatically enroll their employees in IRA plans in which part of every employees paycheck would...
  • ReVolt Technology officially files bankruptcy (A small Solyndra?)

    11/16/2012 11:28:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The parent company of a taxpayer-backer battery technology company has filed bankruptcy in a Norwegian court. Portland-based ReVolt Technology, whose parent company is in Norway, said last month it would file bankruptcy because it had been unable to raise new capital or find a buyer. The company had been developing a zinc-air battery technology that it said could deliver twice the energy of conventional rechargeable battery technologies, such as lithium-ion. The Business Journal has been unable to reach ReVolt company officials. Before it abruptly closed its doors, ReVolt received several taxpayer subsidies: $5 million from a federal grant program. $3.4...
  • Wax-Filled Nanotubes Flex Their Muscles

    11/16/2012 11:27:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Sarah C. P. Williams
    Enlarge Image Nanopower. Yarn made of intertwined carbon nanofibers and wax can expand and contract like muscle. Credit: Images Courtesy of Science/AAAS Here's a twist: Scientists have designed a flexible, yarnlike artificial muscle that can also pack a punch. It can contract in 25 milliseconds—a fraction of the time it takes to blink an eye—and can generate power 85 times as great as a similarly sized human muscle. The new muscles are made of carbon nanotubes filled with paraffin wax that can twist or stretch in response to heat or electricity. When the temperature rises, the wax melts and...
  • United Technologies laying off 500 workers, including 4 in Charlotte area

    11/16/2012 11:18:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | November 16, 2012 | Kerry Singe
    United Technologies Corp. announced Friday it is laying off 500 salaried and hourly employees worldwide including some in the Charlotte area between now and the end of the year. The multinational manufacturing and transportation company, which acquired Charlotte-based Goodrich Corp. this past summer, said it is laying off three workers at its Monroe plant and one in its Charlotte aerospace division headquarters. The company started telling workers Friday, company spokesman Dan Coulom said. The company will continue to notify affected workers through December, Coulom said. He was not aware of additional layoffs planned for the Charlotte area, he...
  • Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack (Not satire)

    11/16/2012 11:12:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 132 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | By ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups. Mr. Petraeus, who resigned last week after admitting to an extramarital affair, said the names of groups suspected in the attack including Al Qaedas franchise in North Africa and a local Libyan group, Ansar al-Shariah...
  • UPDATE 1-Five US Republican govs reject state-run health markets: OH, MI & FL willing to work w/DC

    11/16/2012 11:08:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | David Morgan
    Five Republican governors rejected on Friday a major provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law that calls on U.S. states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at federally subsidized rates. That makes it likely that the federal government will establish its own markets, known as healthcare exchanges, in those states and potentially supplant state control of private individual insurance markets. But in what could be a sign of thawing relations between administration officials and some state Republican leaders, three of the five governors -- representing Ohio, Michigan and Florida -- expressed a...
  • EPA rejects governors' requests to waive ethanol mandate

    11/16/2012 10:57:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday rebuffed requests by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the leaders of several other states to waive a federal renewable fuel mandate that requires ethanol to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply. In rejecting the waiver requests, the Environmental Protection Agency effectively disagreed with the states' concerns that the mandate was spiking corn demand and prices following a drought that devastated crops in the Midwest. The EPA concluded the Renewable Fuel Standard would not cause "severe economic harm" to states and regions. "We recognize that this year's drought has created hardship in some sectors of...
  • Boots on the ground: Obamas cybersecurity directive could allow military deployment within the US

    11/16/2012 10:16:07 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | RT TV
    The White House is being asked by attorneys to explain a top-secret presidential policy directive signed last month that may allow for the domestic deployment of the US military for the sake of so-called cybersecurity. Lawyers with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the office of US President Barack Obama in hopes if hearing more about an elusive order signed in secrecy in mid-October but only made public in an article published this week in the Washington Post. According to persons close to the White House who have seen the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-12, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2012 10:01:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2012 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious Reading 13 Jn 5-8 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,especially for strangers;they have testified to your love before the Church.Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.For they have set out for the sake of the Nameand are accepting nothing from the pagans.Therefore, we ought to support such persons,so that we may be co-workers in the truth. Responsorial PsalmPs 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the man who fears...
  • In UK, social media rants land some in jail

    11/16/2012 9:57:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    News24 Capetown ^ | November 15, 2012
    London - One teenager made offensive comments about a murdered child on Twitter. Another young man wrote on Facebook that British soldiers should "go to hell". A third posted a picture of a burning paper poppy, symbol of remembrance of war dead. All were arrested, two convicted, and one jailed - and they're not the only ones. In Britain, hundreds of people are prosecuted each year for posts, tweets, texts and e-mails deemed menacing, indecent, offensive or obscene, and the number is growing as our online lives expand. Lawyers say the mounting tally shows the problems of a legal system...
  • SYSTEM FAILURE: Warren Pollock on Hurricane Sandy

    11/16/2012 9:57:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/16/12 | DEMCAD
    I (Reginald Kaigler) speak with financial expert Warren Pollock on his experience in the New York City area dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Still Looking Like the Higgs

    11/16/2012 9:57:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Credit: CERN Still too soon to know. That's the latest word from particle physicists working with the world's largest atom smasher—Europe's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—as they try to figure out whether the particle they discovered in July is precisely the long-sought Higgs boson or something a tad different. The key question is whether the new particle decays into combinations of familiar particles at the rates that physicists' standard model predicts. So far, the measured decay rates generally match expectations, but the statistical uncertainties are too large to say anything conclusive, physicists working with the gargantuan particle detectors known...