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  • Eating meat 'will make you lie, steal and commit sex crimes': Vegetarian advice for 11-year-olds

    11/19/2012 7:18:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/2012 | Paul Milligan
    The pros and cons of a diet including meat may be the subject of debate for nutritionists, but one Indian school textbook has made its position very clear – eating meat will make you lie, steal and commit sex crimes. The unusual moral guidance appeared in a school book for 11-year-olds, supposedly offering education on issues from health and hygiene to sex education and exercise, Indian news channel NDTV reported. On a page about non-vegetarians, the book said that they ‘easily cheat, tell lies, they forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence...
  • Hostess employees hope buyers will put them back to work (Yeah right!)

    11/19/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 74 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | 11/19/2012 | Michael Clinton
    Former employees of Hostess Brands Inc. are now hoping that a buyer will save pieces of the liquidating company and put them back to work. Hostess set a 5 p.m. Nov. 15 deadline for workers involved in a union-organized strike to return to work. The company warned that if the ongoing labor strike continued it would force the company into liquidation, and it wasn’t bluffing — having announced plans to liquidate and lay off 18,000 employees. But now those that are out of work, including nearly 200 in Jacksonville, are hoping that someone will buy the popular Hostess products and...
  • Men only Muslim barbershop in Canada faces discrimination lawsuit

    11/19/2012 7:17:36 AM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | November 18, 2012 | Ryan Lee Hall
    A woman is suing a men’s only barbershop after they refused to cut her hair. Faith McGregor went into the Terminal Barber Shop asking for a haircut but the men refused to cut her hair because they are Muslims and their religion does not allow it. In June, McGregor, 35, asked a Muslim man at the salon for a men’s style haircut, but Co-owner Omar Mahrouk explained that his Muslim faith forbids him to touch a woman who is not a member of his family, therefore he or any of his employees cannot give McGregor a haircut.
  • Gallup Blew Its Presidential Polls, but Why?

    11/19/2012 7:15:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/18/2012 | Steven Shepard
    Last week's presidential election has widely been seen as a victory for pollsters who, on balance, saw President Obama as the favorite before Election Day. But that wasn't the case for the esteemed Gallup Organization. Its polling showed Republican Mitt Romney with a significant lead among likely voters 10 days before Nov. 6 and marginally ahead of Obama on the eve of an election that Obama won by about 3 percentage points. At an event on Thursday at Gallup's downtown Washington offices, Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport told a gathering of fellow pollsters that the organization was reviewing its...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Leader of the Free World

    11/19/2012 7:14:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Matt Barber
    There has been much talk of late about America’s “fiscal cliff.” As troubling as our impending (Obama-spurred) economic collapse may be – and it is more troubling than even our most pessimistic economists are willing to admit – I’m even more concerned about fast-mounting tensions worldwide. As the world government ship of fools drifts unmanned amid a sea of unparalleled global volatility, we, her passengers, behold – brewing on the horizon – an economic and foreign relations “perfect storm.” As so often is the case, the hurricane swirls around the Middle East. Historically, the president of the United States has...
  • Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials

    11/19/2012 7:13:11 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/18/2012
    Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials Posted By Caroline May On 11:53 PM 11/18/2012 @ 11:53 PM Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of...
  • Where the jobs are

    11/19/2012 7:12:05 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Higher Ed Jobs ^ | November 2, 2012
    The number of jobs in higher education grew 2.3 percent during the third quarter of 2012, continuing to outpace growth of all U.S. jobs, which were up 1.4 percent. The "market share" of higher education jobs compared to all U.S. jobs continued to increase as well but only incrementally in the third quarter, a trend that has persisted for several years. Similarly, the number of advertisements for job openings in higher education continued to grow, but at a moderating pace in the third quarter of 2012, according to data from HigherEdJobs. Current patterns and trends occurring in different categories of...
  • Allen West and the Big Fix

    11/19/2012 7:12:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    The legitimacy the electoral process in St. Lucie County, Florida is now in question, as Rep. Allen West seeks judicial intervention to prevent certification of as vote count that is indisputably incompetent, and very possibly corrupt. John Fund, the go-to expert on electoral fraud, writes in National Review Online: ******** Democrat Patrick Murphy, who leads West by some 2,000 votes, is trying to stop a full recount of controversial early ballots cast in St. Lucie County. His current victory margin is just large enough to avoid triggering an automatic recall of all precincts and all votes. ...Gertrude Walker, the 32-year-veteran...
  • Anti-Tax “Carrot Rebellion”

    11/19/2012 7:07:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    If there was a prize for fighting back against tax authorities, the Italians would probably deserve first place. I’m not aware of any other country where tax offices get firebombed. The Italians also believe in passive forms of resistance, with tens of thousands of boat owners sailing away to protect themselves from the government.But the Spanish are beginning to get into the swing of things, perhaps because they are increasingly upset by the plethora of tax hikes imposed by the supposedly right-of-center government in Madrid.Here’s part of a report from NPR about a new tax revolt on the Iberian Peninsula.When...
  • Obama's touchy-feely Asia Tour (Eow!! Get a room!)

    11/19/2012 7:06:03 AM PST · by Carl Vehse · 21 replies
    DrudgeReport ^ | November 19, 2012 | Drudge
    Drudge also links to a London Daily Mail article, "The charmer-in-chief: Obama gets flirty as he schmoozes with Thai prime minister on first stop of historic Asia visit."
  • The real GOP Vision: It’s not a choice between “You’re on your own” and The Life of Julia

    11/19/2012 7:05:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    I’ll bet you $10,000 that this term doesn’t get a round of applause from focus groups of voters struggling in these hard economic times: “self-reliance.” Throughout this campaign, Barack Obama cleverly set himself up as the alternative to a straw man who thought everyone in America could make it on his own, with no help from anyone. “We’re told by our opponents that since government can’t do everything, it should do almost nothing,” Obama said at a Miami campaign event in October. “It’s sort of a ‘You’re on your own’ philosophy. If you don’t have health insurance, hope you don’t...
  • The EPA vs. State Economies. It's Regulations Drive Up the Price of Corn

    11/19/2012 7:04:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2012 | Marlo Lewis
    On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected petitions from the governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina to suspend the biofuel-blending requirements established by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. This program requires refiners to blend increasing quantities of biofuel — mostly corn ethanol — into the nation’s motor-fuel supply. The 2012 target is to blend 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel into our gasoline, a quantity that ratchets up to 13.8 billion gallons in 2013. This year, about 4.7 billion bushels, or 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, will be consumed by ethanol...
  • Just Who Are the Fools

    11/19/2012 7:01:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Terry Paulson
    A regular reader e-mailed me the morning after Obama's election victory, "You should probably leave the country. best for all concerned. slam the door on yer way out." I replied, "Saving the future of America has never been a sprint.... It's a marathon. It's not a movie; it's a soap opera. It's not bad enough yet for people to wake up to reality. You're stuck with me, like I am stuck with you. America now will get what it voted for. I pray that my assessment of our short-term future as a result of this election does not come to...
  • Investment Falls Off a Cliff

    11/19/2012 6:59:29 AM PST · by The Sons of Liberty · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 11/19/2012 | SUDEEP REDDY and SCOTT THURM
    U.S. companies are scaling back investment plans at the fastest pace since the recession, signaling more trouble for the economic recovery. Half of the nation's 40 biggest publicly traded corporate spenders have announced plans to curtail capital expenditures this year or next, according to a review by The Wall Street Journal of securities filings and conference calls. Nationwide, business investment in equipment and software—a measure of economic vitality in the corporate sector—stalled in the third quarter for the first time since early 2009. Corporate investment in new buildings has declined. At the same time, exports are slowing or falling to...
  • On the Coming of the Son of Man

    11/19/2012 6:56:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    "He is the Central Event That, in the Midst of the Troubles of the World, Remains the Firm and Stable Point"VATICAN CITY, Nov. 18, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave Sunday before and after praying the midday Angelus in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, Jesus’ discourse about the end times (in technical terms, his “eschatological” discourse) is proclaimed at Mass (cf. Mark 13:24-32). This discourse is also found, with some variations, in Matthew and Luke, and it is probably the most...
  • Return of Cold War

    11/19/2012 6:55:55 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 8, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who treat the Cold War as a relic of the past ignore a salient fact: Communist regimes still exist, sometimes with nukes but always with human rights violations. To get an idea of why they linger, it is helpful to see how they came into being. They were mostly established by the mother of all communist dictatorships, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). In World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt sought to placate wartime ally Josef Stalin, dictator of the USSR in every manner possible, particularly at the wartime conferences attended by the Allied leaders in Teheran and...
  • Senate to Vote on NSSF-Backed Sportsmen Act After Thanksgiving (VIDEO) (Protects ranges and ammo)

    11/19/2012 6:54:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    guns.com ^ | S.H. Blannelberry
    After several preliminary votes on the Sportsmen’s Act (S.3525), the U.S. Senate has decided it will take a final vote on the measure after Thanksgiving break. Thus far, the bipartisan bill, which contains all sorts of goodies for gun owners, hunters, shooters and sportsmen (see priority provisions below), has garnered a ton of support from lawmakers. On Thursday, the Senate advanced the Sportsmen’s Act by an 84-12 preliminary vote, a sign of the bill’s overwhelming popularity. "Sportsmen and -women across Montana and the nation are calling for responsible decisions that strengthen our outdoor economy and secure our outdoor heritage for...
  • The Parasite That Kills Its Hostess

    11/19/2012 6:52:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/18/2012 | Robert Tracinski
    The news about the bankruptcy of Hostess, maker of the Twinkie and other legendary junk foods, touched off some memories of growing up in a mid-sized Midwestern town in the 1970s and '80s. No, not that kind of memory, though come to think of it, the 1980s was the last time I actually ate a Hostess snack. What I'm recalling has a lot less nostalgic charm: the whole phenomenon of a kamikaze labor union that keeps demanding more for workers--who end up getting nothing when their employer goes belly-up. That's pretty much what the unions did, or tried to do,...
  • Future of Religious Groups in Syria Should be Determined Before Discussing Assad's Fate - Putin

    11/19/2012 6:51:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/19/12
    Moscow, November 19, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that, before discussing the fate of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, it is necessary to clarify the political future of various ethnic and religious groups in the country. "We believe that it is necessary first to reach an agreement on the future and understand how legitimate rights and interests of various ethnic and religious groups will be ensured and only then switch to changes rather than vice versa - to dismiss Assad and then think what to do with this," Putin said at a press conference following Russian-German intergovernmental consultations. Otherwise,...
  • Pizza Hut Going to 29 Hour Weeks As Well (vanity)

    11/19/2012 6:49:33 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    More boycott lib targets. 29 hour shifts for Pizza Hut workers were I live. Not sure if national policy. Was the goal here to get as many people as possible 100% reliant on government healthcare? These workers will now need 2 jobs where they had one.
  • The truth about federal salary numbers (Are they paid much less than those on the private sector?)

    11/19/2012 6:49:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2012 | Andrew G. Biggs and Jason Richwine
    Should federal workers get a raise? With salaries and benefits paid to the government’s civilian workers totaling $271 billion in 2011, deciding whether to extend the freeze enacted last year on cost-of-living increases has important budgetary consequences. Unfortunately, the government’s methodology for comparing pay is too flawed to offer real guidance. The Federal Salary Council, an advisory body of academics and leaders of public employee unions, suggested last month that federal workers are underpaid by an average of 35 percent relative to nonfederal employees. The council’s data come from the “President’s Pay Agent,” the bureaucratic entity that conducts the federal...
  • Concealed Carrier Walks into Robbery Trap, Shoots His Way Out (OK)

    11/19/2012 6:46:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    guns.com ^ | dabneybailey
    The Tulsa Police Department got a call from Oklahoma State University Medical Center last Friday night, warning them that two men had shown up with bullet wounds. This was kind of a backwards crime. Usually, police start with a crime and have to figure out where the criminals are. This time, they started with two wounded criminals and had to figure out what crime had been committed. Police investigated and puzzled out the source of this mysterious double shooting. According to their report, it all started when a woman invited a man back to her room at the Economy Inn,...
  • Freep a poll.

    11/19/2012 6:43:10 AM PST · by beejaa · 3 replies
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s598 ^ | Nov. 10, 2011 | Diane Feinstein
    S. 598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 112th Congress, 2011–2012 A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage. Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
  • There Will be a Deal: We'll Never Reach the Fiscal Cliff, And It Wouldn't Matter If We Did

    11/19/2012 6:42:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/18/2012 | John Tamny
    Supply-siders and Keynesians don’t agree on much these days, but when it comes to the alleged “fiscal cliff”, both sides are in agreement that jumping off this ledge would bring tragic economic consequences. Though a strong believer in supply-side principles, I believe even more strongly that conventional wisdom is nearly always wrong. It’s wrong here. Before getting into why the grand assumptions surrounding the fiscal cliff are ridiculous, it’s best to explain why we’ll never reach this ranch-style house “plunge” onto soft ground. We won’t because the incentives that drive politicians ensure a deal. That’s the case because with the...
  • Senate Fiddles While College Debt Explodes

    11/19/2012 6:41:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    America’s accumulated college-loan debt will surpass $1 trillion this year; what is our leadership doing about it? The Obama Administration took over the student loan market and expanded Pell Grants, but hasn’t accomplished anything to address the root cause of the crisis: exploding college fees and related costs. The only thing they’ve done is criticize innovators and entrepreneurs. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), issued a new report calling into question the costs and performance of For-Profit universities. There are actually hundreds of these schools, perhaps the most well-known being...
  • For one economist the “fiscal cliff” will be only one problem among many that are coming very soon

    11/19/2012 6:38:26 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Whether Barack Obama’s policies are popular or not is immaterial. They are destructive and will eventually be seen for what they are by all but the most dedicated parasites among us. The pain Obama will cause us all will injure us all to one degree or another and time will bare this prediction out. Time will enable us to say “We told you so” although that will be little consolation. Things are so bad the world over that nothing can stop the eventual collapse of the global financial markets. This is the situation we face according to well respected Economist...
  • Concealed Carrier Accused of Affair Pulls Gun on Attacker(OH)

    11/19/2012 6:36:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | dabneybailey
    An altercation at a Walmart parking lot in Norwalk, Ohio ended when a man drew his concealed carry handgun on another man who punched him in the face and accused him of having an affair with his wife. Police said 37-year-old Eric Meade and 29-year-old Zachary Crumrine were both shopping at the department store on Monday afternoon. Meade spotted Crumrine pushing his shopping cart out the exit of the building and then confronted him, accused him of sleeping with his wife and proceeded to punch him in the nose, according to the Norwalk Reflector. Meade continued to attack him and...
  • Even Cows Flee California Seeking a Better Economic Climate

    11/19/2012 6:36:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/18/2012 | Bill Frezza
    It's not just millionaires and billionaires who are fleeing the economic madness in California. Even cows are starting to depart for greener pastures. That's right, 400 bovine refugees shuffled off to Kansas just this month, with more expected to follow as over 100 dairy farms in California close their doors. Why are cows voting with their hooves? It's hard to find a government program as insane as the complex web of price supports, market orders, direct payments, diversion programs, herd reductions, import barriers, export subsidies, and stacked-to-the-rafters cheese warehouses that characterize Uncle Sam's efforts to "rationally manage" the dairy market....
  • Critical questions for ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-NPR-AP-NYT-WASHPO-LAT

    11/19/2012 6:33:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell
    Wake up and smell the cappuccino, conservatives. This election offers devastating proof we must embrace immigration reform now. It’s our only hope! Not as the pandering stunt some Beltway geniuses argue will trick liberal minorities into voting conservative. Someone’s gotta be inhaling Colorado’s special herbs to think that’ll work. No, we need immigration reform so Univision can hire more hard-working reporters to do the dirty jobs their American counterparts won’t, like, ask a few tough questions.Imagine a press conference going like this:Mr. President, it’s  reported your Attorney General knew your FBI was investigating your Director of Central Intelligence about issues...
  • Welfare Bait Homeland Security 'welcome' materials promote benefits to new immigrants

    11/19/2012 6:32:13 AM PST · by grimalkin · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2012 | The Daily Caller
    Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Knife…Gunfight…You Know the Rest Edition(FL)

    11/19/2012 6:17:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Come on, how many times does it have to be said? Austin Lee Harvey (no really) and a pal, Justin Slivinski, tried to stick up a guy using an ATM from his car Friday night in Fern Park just north of Orlando. But while the two yoots brought knives, the motorist had…well, you guessed it. From cfnews13.com: “The man, armed with a gun, shot at them and hit the other suspect, 24-year-old Justin Slivinski. Slivinski was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte where he was pronounced dead.” So that’s one inmate the people of Florida won’t have to pay to support....
  • Taxing the Rich doesn't cost you anything. Really?

    11/19/2012 6:16:10 AM PST · by econjack · 71 replies
    The Growth Stock Wire ^ | Nov. 19, 2012 | Jeff Clark
    A Shocking Story About Greed and Taxes By Jeff Clark Monday, November 19, 2012 Raising taxes on the rich raises taxes on everyone. My home state of California just passed Proposition 30, which increases income taxes on residents who make $250,000 a year or more. The top marginal tax rate is now 13.3%, the highest of any state. Proposition 30 was sold to the voters as "this won't cost you a dime, but it'll make the rich pay their fair share to put our schools back in shape." Since so many voters thought they were excluded from the tax, and...
  • Pic: Twitter users creeped out by Obama mural in Burma

    11/19/2012 6:15:09 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 34 replies
    Twitchy via Drudge ^ | by Twitchy Staff | Posted at 7:46 am on November 19, 2012
    Pic: Twitter users creeped out by Obama mural in Burma
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,November 19-23,2012

    11/19/2012 6:11:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | November 19-23,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • New York Times: (Petraeus) A Phony Hero for a Phony War

    11/19/2012 6:06:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | Lucian K. Truscott IV
    Fastidiousness is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexander’s time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold braid decorated the brim of his cap than he did about how many bodies he left on beachheads across the Pacific. Next came Westmoreland, with his starched fatigues in Vietnam. In our time, Gen. David H. Petraeus has set the bar high. Never has so much beribboned finery decorated a general’s uniform since Al Haig passed through the sally ports of West Point on his way...
  • Reports show gun ownership increases(MA)

    11/19/2012 6:05:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    masslive.com ^ | 17 November, 2012 | Frank Sousa
    Guess what? Firearms ownership by private citizens is at all-time high while violent crimes are near an all-time low. This is not a report from the National Rifle Association, but rather from the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In addition, a recent ABC News Poll showed that nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of the public endorses the Second Amendment, which protects rights of individuals to own guns. This is interesting, the high percentage of ownership, as I know from limited experience there are many gun owners who do not claim ownership as their mate does...
  • Fargo Faints: Catholic Teen Refused Confirmation After Pro-Gay Marriage Photo Posted on Facebook

    11/19/2012 6:05:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 69 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 19, 2012 | Tim Graham
    The media in Fargo, North Dakota were scandalized when a nearby Minnesota priest informed the parents of Lennon Cihak that he would not be confirmed in the local Catholic church after he posted a picture on Facebook supporting gay marriage (or a No vote on the traditional-marriage ballot initiative). Naturally, the liberal parents – who agree with their son – were shocked, shocked that the church would stand for something. “You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody confirmation because you weren’t 100 percent. I guess that’s what shocks me,” Shana Cihak said....
  • To Reduce Inequality, Tax Wealth, Not Income

    11/19/2012 6:03:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 18, 2012 | DANIEL ALTMAN
    WHETHER you’re in the 99 percent, the 47 percent or the 1 percent, inequality in America may threaten your future. Often decried for moral or social reasons, inequality imperils the economy, too; the International Monetary Fund recently warned that high income inequality could damage a country’s long-term growth. But the real menace for our long-term prosperity is not income inequality — it’s wealth inequality, which distorts access to economic opportunities. Wealth inequality has worsened for two decades and is now at an extreme level. Replacing the income, estate and gift taxes with a progressive wealth tax would do much more...
  • Florida AG Bondi fights against gun rights(FL)

    11/19/2012 5:57:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | Raquel Okyay
    The Florida Supreme Court is currently reviewing the case of Mackey v. State of Florida to determine whether an investigatory stop, and a search and seizure of a person suspected to be carrying a concealed firearm, is lawful. Conflicting case law lands this matter at the highest court in the State. By statute 190.01(2), the Florida legislature has deemed carrying a concealed firearm a felony crime in the third degree. Statute 190.01(3) says, however, carrying a concealed firearm is permissible with a valid permit.The petitioner asserts that a police officer conducted an illegal investigatory stop and a search of his...
  • The charmer-in-chief: Obama gets flirty as he schmoozes with Thai prime minister

    11/19/2012 5:55:46 AM PST · by yoe · 54 replies
    Mail On LIne ^ | November 18, 2012
    President Obama is practicing a new brand of foreign relations, appearing to flirt with Thailand’s attractive prime minister on his first stop of his three-day tour of Southeast Asia. The president and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok on Sunday night.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 19, 2012--ludic

    11/19/2012 5:48:56 AM PST · by xsmommy · 73 replies
    11/19/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/19/12 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ludic; adj layful in an aimless way: the ludic behavior of kittens. Etymology: 1935–40; < Latin lūd- (stem of lūdere to play) + -ic, perhaps via French ludique, learned formation from same components Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for...
  • District Used $1.7M in Tax Dollars Paying Employees Not To Take Insurance

    11/19/2012 5:36:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/15/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Forest Hills Public Schools paid its employees $1.7 million in 2010-2011 to opt out of its health insurance package in a lucrative setup that one small business lobbyist said was unrealistic. At that time, the district offered to pay about $5,000 — the cost of that employee being on the district’s single-subscriber insurance plan — to not take the health care plan in which the district paid 100 percent of the employees' health care premiums. "So if I don't buy the insurance, you are giving me money I didn't have to pay because the school district paid it?" said...
  • Oil taxes top session agenda, but some GOP lawmakers say it's time to look at social issues

    11/19/2012 5:18:25 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 18, 2012 | BECKY BOHRER
    Republicans are looking to capitalize on their newfound control of the Alaska Legislature, taking on oil taxes and raising social issues dear to more conservative members. This month's elections helped dismantle the bipartisan coalition that has ruled the Senate since 2007 and resulted in Republicans controlling both legislative chambers - and holding the governor's office - for the first time since 2006. Gov. Sean Parnell, who arguably stands to gain the most politically in this new environment with re-election or a possible U.S. Senate bid looming, said he was pleased with the results. GOP gains, particularly on the Senate side,...
  • President Obama Defends Historic Trip to Burma

    11/19/2012 5:10:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | David Nakamura
    President Obama on Sunday defended his trip to Burma, insisting that the visit Monday is “not an endorsement” of the nation’s long-repressive leadership but rather an acknowledgment that the country is making progress toward reform. “I don’t think anybody is under any illusion that Burma has arrived, that they’re where they need to be,” Obama said at a joint news conference with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to begin his three-country Asia trip. President Obama arrived in Thailand on Sunday on his first foreign trip since winning a second term. His visit is designed to expand the U.S. economic and...
  • 1 step forward, 2 back {impact of Alaska Oil Taxes}

    11/19/2012 5:05:54 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of November 18, 2012 | Kristen Nelson
    BP Exploration (Alaska) and ConocoPhillips Alaska, the North Slope’s major operators, delivered similar messages to the Resource Development Council’s annual conference Nov. 14 in Anchorage: The state’s oil and gas tax system needs to be changed. It’s not a new message, but Nick Olds, ConocoPhillips Alaska’s new vice president, North Slope operations and development, said a better business climate in Alaska is necessary to draw the investment needed for continued development of legacy fields, including high-risk satellite opportunities. John Minge, president of BP Exploration (Alaska), called ACES — Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share — a good short-term fiscal policy for...
  • More primary schools to offer Latin and ancient Greek (UK)

    11/19/2012 5:04:54 AM PST · by Renfield · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-17-2012 | Graeme Paton
    All primary schools will be expected to teach foreign languages to pupils from 2014 as part of a major drive to boost education standards, it emerged. At least one subject from a seven-strong shortlist – French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Latin and ancient Greek – will be offered to seven- to 11-year-olds. The move – outlined in a consultation document published by the Department for Education – could result in a major rise in the number of pupils studying the classical languages at a young age....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/19/12)[Prayer]

    11/19/2012 5:01:12 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/19/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Borei...Creator Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them";
  • Desecrated Ancient Temple Sheds Light on Early Power Struggles at Tel Beth-Shemesh

    11/19/2012 5:00:25 AM PST · by Renfield · 6 replies
    aftau.org ^ | 11-12-2012
    Tel Aviv University researchers have uncovered a unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound at the site of Tel Beth-Shemesh, an ancient village that resisted the aggressive expansion of neighboring Philistines. The newly discovered sacred complex is comprised of an elevated, massive circular stone structure and an intricately constructed building characterized by a row of three flat, large round stones. Co-directors of the dig Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz and Dr. Zvi Lederman of TAU's Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology say that this temple complex is unparalleled, possibly connected to an early Israelite cult — and provides remarkable new evidence of the...
  • Counting Your Blessings, Backwards

    11/19/2012 4:58:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Ten, nine, eight… what do you appreciate? When life seems crazy or hopeless, count your blessings backwards—that is, find something to be thankful for in the midst of darkness. It is reverse psychology for adults. Think of the most onerous regulation or politician in your life and find one reason you are thankful for this trial. For example, President Obama’s reelection could be an opportunity for you to develop a stronger character or feel greater motivation to achieve your goals. This is an uplifting mental exercise, particularly during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few more examples: Challenge: Weak military leadersAmericans...
  • Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up San Francisco

    11/19/2012 4:50:15 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/20/2012 | LISA LEFF, AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — 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 region...