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  • FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

    11/18/2012 8:40:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    KARN News Radio ^ | November 18, 2012 | ABC News Radio
    (WASHINGTON) -- A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor that the vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Quebec, was in compliance with licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations, reports MedPage Today. H5N1 currently does not spread as easily among humans as it does among domestic foul, but flu experts have feared it could mutate and potentially lead to a pandemic. In infected humans, the virus is...
  • Woman Injured by Gunfire in District Heights FBI Raid

    11/18/2012 8:37:52 PM PST · by Altariel · 22 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | November 18, 2012 | News4 & NBC Washington
    A college student was injured during an FBI raid Thursday morning in District Heights, Md. Agents were executing a search warrant at a home in the 6700 block of Kipling Parkway when the SWAT team "felt threatened" by a woman in the home, authorities said. Homeowner Emory Hughley, a former military service member, was present at the incident. He told News4's Jackie Bensen that one agent fired at his 18-year-old daughter, Myasia, at least seven times with a semi-automatic weapon. Hughley said his son and two of Myasia's friends were also in the house when a SWAT team of about...
  • Ross Mirkarimi Dresses Like General Eisenhower

    11/18/2012 8:36:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu., Nov. 15 2012 | Joe Eskenazi
    Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and District Attorney George Gascón aren't exactly seeing eye to eye these days. But if a common bond could be forged, perhaps the first step to take would be uniting the warring city officials over their shared sartorial senses. As police chief, Gascón was far more likely than not to wander into police headquarters dressed like a lawyer. Gascón is a lawyer, and Mirkarimi is not -- but, in the limited amount of time the sheriff has been permitted to do the job he was elected to do, he's often outfitted like one. So, it was a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-12

    11/18/2012 8:26:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2012   Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,to show his servants what must happen soon.He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,who gives witness to the word of Godand to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.Blessed is the one who reads aloudand blessed are those who listen to this prophetic messageand heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to...
  • We request that Obama be impeached for the following reasons.

    11/18/2012 8:14:18 PM PST · by modernline2009 · 29 replies
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-request-obama-be-impeached-following-reasons/cpk4V6zK
    We request that Barack Obama be impeached for the following reasons. 1. He proclaimed war in libya without getting congress approval first. Article I, Section 8- Only congress can approve to start war. 2. Obamacare is unconstitutional. Forcing US citizens to get health insurance whether they want it or not. 3. Obama disrespects our Constitution calling it flawed and trying to change it even after taking this oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the...
  • Would-Be Victim Outsmarts Suspects in Weird Asian Ghost Scam, Four Charged

    11/18/2012 8:04:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Nov. 16 2012
    The District Attorney was pretty stoked to announce he's charged additional suspects connected to that bizarre ghost scam that's plagued San Francisco's Asian community since early this year. "Our public awareness campaign is working," said District Attorney George Gascón. "Thanks to the media, potential victims are becoming aware of the scam and extra vigilant." The DA charged four suspects involvement in another jewelry scam after one of the victim's outsmarted them. See also: Police Warn Residents of Weird Chinese Ghost Scams Ying Liu Tam, 38, and Ah Chung Liu, 48, are charged with four felony counts including grand theft, extortion,...
  • Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up San Francisco

    11/18/2012 7:52:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 11.18.2012 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing. City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places, a blanket ban that represents an escalation of a two-year tiff between a devoted group of men who strut their stuff through the city's famously gay Castro District and the supervisor who represents the area. Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposal would make it illegal for a person over the age of 5 to "expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal...
  • Autopsy Identifies Man Shot And Killed After Trying To Rob Beer Store(PA)

    11/18/2012 7:51:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    yourerie.com ^ | 18 November, 2012 | NA
    A man attempted to rob a Beer For Less store in Millcreek is identified Coroner Lyell Cook tells us Patrick Atkins, 21 years old, was pronounced dead at Hamot yesterday just before 9 pm. Cook says he died of a single gun shot wound to the chest, and Cook ruled it a homicide. The shooting happened just after 8 tonight at the Presque Isle Beer For Less store at 2756 West 12th Street. Atkins reportedly walked into the store with a small handgun in an apparent attempt to rob the store. The clerk in the store was armed with a...
  • Following the Truth: The Year Of Faith – 10 Things You Should Know [Catholic Caucus]

    11/18/2012 7:51:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Oct 25th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    The Year Of Faith – 10 Things You Should Know Oct 25th, 2012by Gary Zimak. In his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei (The Door of Faith), Pope Benedict XVI explained his reasoning behind declaring the Year of Faith (Oct 11, 2012 – November 24, 2013). While I recommend that you read the full document, here are 10 highlights that every Catholic should know.1. The Door of Faith Is Always Open – Although we may choose to resist, the Lord’s door is always open and He waits patiently for us to enter.2. The Journey of Faith Lasts A Lifetime – We start...
  • Phil Tong, Sheriff's Deputy, Arrested on Suspicion of Bank Robbery

    11/18/2012 7:49:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Nov. 16 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    A San Francisco sheriff's deputy was hauled to his own county jail this morning after authorities identified him on a surveillance camera as the suspect who allegedly robbed a local Bank of America. Officer Albie Esparza tells us that on Nov. 7 about 4:50 p.m., Deputy Phil Tong, 36, allegedly walked into the Bank of America at 3701 Balboa St., handed the teller a note that said he had a gun, and demanded cash. He fled with $1,700 and was last seen on Balboa Street headed toward 39th Avenue. Police say they recognized him on the surveillance camera holding a...
  • EPA rules Ariz. power plants must upgrade

    11/18/2012 7:47:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met a deadline Thursday on a plan to control emissions from three Arizona power plants that it contends have impaired visibility at places like the Grand Canyon. The Associated Press reports that the EPA had proposed approving Arizona's air-quality plan to reduce sulfur dioxide and soot at the Apache coal-fired plant in Cochise, along with the Cholla and Coronado plants. But when it came to nitrogen oxide emissions, the EPA suggested the state's plan didn't go far enough and came up with one of its own. The conflict highlights the tension between the EPA and...
  • Hamas wants end to blockade in cease-fire talks, official says [Barf Alert]

    11/18/2012 7:23:50 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun November 18, 2012 | Frederick Pleitgen, Sara Sidner and Kareem Khadder
    (CNN) -- Hamas wants an end to Israel's long blockade of Gaza and raids on the territory in any cease-fire that might put a stop to five days of weaponry plummeting from the sky, a top Palestinian official said Sunday. Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, said an Israeli airstrike killed a family of 10 on Sunday. Israel, meanwhile, said Hamas had fired nearly 150 rockets into Israel in a single day, and that the strike was aimed at killing one of the leaders of the militant group's rocket corps -- but Israel was unsure...
  • California's Laffer Curve: Playing with Fire

    11/18/2012 7:14:37 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Econlog ^ | November 12, 2012 | David Henderson
    It's not Go Galt: It's Go to Texas. As I have noted before, the Laffer Curve--the curve that relates tax revenues to tax rates--must be correct. The relevant question is where we are on the Laffer Curve. Are we on the part of the curve--the "prohibitive region"--where an increase in marginal tax rates will reduce revenues and a decrease in marginal tax rates will increase revenues? For the United States, I think the answer is pretty clearly no. But what about for California? We are about to have an empirical test. Proposition 30 garnered about 54 percent of the vote...
  • This may be the time for that divorce

    11/18/2012 7:14:05 PM PST · by campg · 31 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 11/18/12 | Dennis Clayson
    Given the results of recent national elections, it appears that the nation is split on a number of issues that neither side considers negotiable. In May 2009, I wrote an article suggesting an amicable divorce between the two sides, with a partitioning of national assets between the two groups based on what was dear to each. It was a rhetorical device to outline the differences found in a split nation, and to make a larger point about ideology applied to everyday life. Looking at the recent election, it may be time to revisit the idea. The winners of the last...
  • This may be the time for that divorce

    11/18/2012 7:13:51 PM PST · by campg · 14 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 11/18/12 | Dennis Clayson
    Given the results of recent national elections, it appears that the nation is split on a number of issues that neither side considers negotiable. In May 2009, I wrote an article suggesting an amicable divorce between the two sides, with a partitioning of national assets between the two groups based on what was dear to each. It was a rhetorical device to outline the differences found in a split nation, and to make a larger point about ideology applied to everyday life. Looking at the recent election, it may be time to revisit the idea. The winners of the last...
  • Qeestions about the Hostess Debacle

    11/18/2012 7:12:53 PM PST · by Explodo · 45 replies
    So I'm getting the business from the local lefties here in Minnesota on the Hostess thing. They Keep bringing up how some of the Hostess Exec's received a 300% raise while the company was in trouble and negotiating with the union. Somehow this alleged fact removes all resonsibility from the union. I've been trying to research this and all I've found on the web are links to the uber-leftie sites who use this to justify union actions Question 1:, Is this factoid true? (Execs gave themselves a huge Raise Question 2: If true, why did the execs do this? Question...
  • No Joke, Not Kidding, Not Joshing Ya, Not the Onion: Sarah Palin for GOP Nominee in 2016?

    11/18/2012 7:06:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | November 18, 2012 | Joe Gandelman, editor-in-chief
    No, this is jot a joke. Not kidding, not joshing ya, not The Onion. Esto no es un chiste y yo se que Vd. no puede creerlo. As the GOP is now reeling from an election campaign where it’s clear failed Presidential candidate and increasingly self-discredited-by-mouth Mitt Romney ignored, turned off, or neglected to woo key growing groups the GOP needs to survive….as the GOP is soul searching about ways to offer a more affirmative and positive form of politics that offers solid specifics rather than warmed over talk radio riffs or lines seemingly grabbed from blogs… Charlotte Allen in...
  • Maryland’s Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation

    11/18/2012 7:01:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 15, 2012 | James Simpson
    Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state’s treatment of illegal aliens. Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top. I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples. In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates—which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN...
  • 50 Shades of Petraeus: SNL mocks sex scandal

    11/18/2012 6:52:22 PM PST · by traumer · 9 replies
    Author, played by Cecily Strong, recites filthy biography of her lover Sketch featuring Jill Kelley mocks media coverage of Petraeus scandal Star Seth Myers describes story as 'a sexy new reboot of You've Got Mail' When Paula Broadwell wrote the biography of her lover David Petraeus, she managed to keep out any hint of their relationship from the book. But when Saturday Night Live took on the notorious relationship during the opening sketch of last night's show, they reimagined it as a significantly more steamy tome similar to bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. The irreverent comedy showcase featured comic Cecily...
  • Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

    11/18/2012 6:51:12 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Staff
    Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon. As the neck-and-neck result emerged, supporters of both UMP candidates made accusations of vote fraud. The party has been without a leader since Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the May presidential election. Mr Cope has been secretary general of the conservative UMP since 2010 while his rival was prime minister for five years during Mr Sarkozy's presidency. More than 50% of the party's...