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  • Syrian Rebels Split: New Islamic State Declared in Aleppo

    11/21/2012 2:08:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syria's fractured opposition forces, which have spent nearly 20 months trying to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, declared independence this week from Damascus – and from each other. The powerful radical Islamist rebel factions on Monday declared an independent Islamic state in the city of Aleppo, the country's northern commercial hub. The announcement came in a video statement posted on the Internet that denounced the new opposition Syrian National Coalition as a foreign creation. "We are the representatives of the fighting formations in Aleppo and we declare our rejection of the conspiratorial project, the so-called national alliance,” said...
  • Store mannequins 'spy' on you while you shop

    11/21/2012 1:42:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | Leigh Goessl
    Benetton is one of the few stores in the world that are using facial recognition in a unique way. The company has installed mannequins that have a camera in the eye sockets that can watch your every move while you shop. Smile, you're on camera. This is a phrase that is becoming the norm in today's tech-centric society. From general surveillance to collecting data through facial recognition, cameras are everywhere. Now Benetton has set up mannequins in its stores that can "see" you. What is "EyeSee"? According to Mashable, Benetton stores have installed $5,000 bionic mannequins from Almax, an Italian...
  • Russia: [Defense Minister] Shoigu Suspends the “Serdyukov” Military Reform

    11/21/2012 12:12:26 AM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/20/2012 | Roger McDermott
    A near catatonic trance descended upon the Russian media in the aftermath of President Vladimir Putin sacking his controversial Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on November 6, with a preoccupation on issues of corruption and speculation on the fallen minister’s private life. However, a number of critical decisions taken by the new defense ministry leadership appear to signal that the “new look” is effectively dead. Following the removal of Serdyukov, media rumors concerning his fate have concentrated on a possible advisory role in the state-owned high-tech company Rostekhnologii, though it is clear that the president has no immediate wish to revive...
  • Vanity......I now need a good chainsaw blade sharpener after Sandy.

    11/20/2012 11:59:15 PM PST · by onona · 52 replies
    me | today | me
    Can anyone recommend a good chainsaw blade sharpener ? Thank you.
  • Grinnell Guard Erupts For Record 138

    11/20/2012 11:48:40 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 10 replies
    ESPN ^ | Nov 21, 2012 | Myron Medcalf
    Grinnell's Jack Taylor didn't just amend the NCAA's record books when he scored 138 points -- a new collegiate high mark -- in his team's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible Tuesday night. The Division III star wrote a new chapter.
  • Latinos Spending 3 Times as Much as the Average Shopper

    11/20/2012 11:40:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 | Diana Guevara
    They are not only the fastest growing population in the country, but Latinos are also spending 3 times more at the super market than everyone else. With more than $1 trillion in purchasing power, Latino consumers like Arlette Mendoza are gaining the attention of big name brands. “I personally like it," said the mother of two. "I think it's good that everyone else is discovering just how good our food is." Cereal companies, including General Mills are using flavors like Dulce de Leche with the hope of appealing to the growing Latino consumer. Richie Matthews is President of DIÁLOGO, a...
  • Dave Says Avoid Fix and Flip Fever

    11/20/2012 11:36:41 PM PST · by Altariel · 18 replies ^ | October 20, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, I’m in a very fortunate position when it comes to my finances. I’m 25, and I make $50,000 a year. I’m also completely debt-free. In your opinion, when is it appropriate to let someone you’re dating know about your financial situation? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Wow, you are in a great position for someone so young. I’m not sure how you got there, but it certainly wasn’t by being dumb or immature. I think it’s only natural in a dating situation to reveal more about oneself as time passes and the relationship gets deeper and more serious. In my...
  • Elizabeth Taylor would not approve!

    11/20/2012 11:34:08 PM PST · by Huntress · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/21/2012 | Jade Watkins
    Her name is synonymous with beauty, grace and elegance. But Lindsay Lohan's attempts to channel stylish Elizabeth Taylor for a private dinner to celebrate the Lifetime premiere of Liz & Dick on Tuesday evening can only be described as a failure. The 26-year-old actress, who has already been given terrible reviews surrounding her performance playing the Hollywood legend in her new Lifetime biopic, stepped out in a trashy gold dress as she graced the red-carpet at the Beverly Hills hotel. At first glance Lindsay's gold gown could have passed as tasteful, but on closer inspection the red dangling gems strategically...
  • 10 Reasons Why Romney Lost And Obama Won -- A Two Part Series [Part One]

    11/20/2012 11:30:54 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 96 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 11/19/12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    In the aftermath of establishment Republican Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election, Governor Romney said he lost because he couldn’t overcome the effect of Obama’s “gifts” to key demographics; student loan modifications for young voters and amnesty for young and predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens. We think Romney missed the mark with that analysis because conservative ideas have successfully countered the Democrats’ attempts to bribe voters in the past. However, the comment is a good place for conservatives to start analyzing the failures of the Romney campaign – and learning from the successes of the Obama campaign. Here are...
  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 11:25:03 PM PST · by Abiotic · 108 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Eric Katz
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...

    11/20/2012 11:06:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 11/19/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    Ismail Khan, the governor of Heart province and one of the most powerful mujahedeen commanders in Afghanistan, has announced a call to arms to defend the country against the Taliban. The order has unsettled Afghan officials, who fear the resurgence of regional warlords and their independent militias, preferring instead to organize anti-Taliban fighters under the Afghan National Army and regional police forces. Khan, currently the minister of energy and water, was brought into the Karzai government as a symbol of unity. Speaking at a news conference, Khan said “There are parts of the country where the government forces cannot operate...
  • Obama Won Florida Because of the Gay Vote

    11/20/2012 10:55:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Kyle Munzenrieder | Thu., Nov. 15 2012
    Barack Obama might have gay voters to thank for his reelection, especially right here in Florida. A new analysis suggests that if only straight people went to the polls here, Romney would have pulled off a win by something like two percentage points. "Similarly, analysis of preliminary returns from Florida show that the 420,000 total LGBT votes cast in the state may be a deciding factor in President Obama's projected lead in Florida," reads a new analysis by the Williams Institue. "Though final results aren't yet known, an estimated 300,000 LGBT Floridians voted for the president -- a margin many...
  • 'Britain's Worst Dad' Keith McDonald Jailed After Headbutting Partner Over Toastie Row

    11/20/2012 10:41:53 PM PST · by Sicvee · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | Nov.20, 2012 | Hugh Macknight
    Keith Macdonald, who has fathered nine children by eight different women, attacked Stephanie Jubb when she scolded him for scattering crumbs at her home in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. The 27-year-old, of General Graham Street, Millfield, Sunderland, went on the run after being convicted of criminal damage, theft, and the assault which left Ms Jubb with a bloody nose and two black eyes.
  • Mexico facing a diabetes ‘disaster’ as obesity levels soar

    11/20/2012 10:39:04 PM PST · by traumer · 15 replies
    MEXICO CITY — With each bite into a greasy taco and slurp of a sugary drink, Mexico hurtles toward what health experts predict will be a public health crisis from diabetes-related disease. A fifth of all Mexican women and more than a quarter of men are believed to be at risk for diabetes now. It’s already the nation’s No. 1 killer, taking some 70,000 lives a year, far more than gangster violence. Public health experts blame changes in lifestyle that have made Mexicans more obese than anywhere else on Earth except the United States. They attribute changes to powerful snack...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-12, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2012 10:35:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 11-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2012 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,"Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards."At once I was caught up in spirit.A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • What About The White Vote?

    11/20/2012 10:30:21 PM PST · by Williams · 30 replies
    Are we really so beaten down by the left that we are going to accept their blatant racist attacks? Barack Obama received near 100% of the black vote to win the last election. Yet we actually are being made to feel guilty because we got "too many" white voters. And, the DNC chair is bragging that they have a House caucus dominated by minorities and women. Meanwhile, Susan Rice lied to the whole country, and for mentioning this we are being called racists. They WON the election and they still are attacking us as racists. Even though they got lots...
  • Green farming agenda faces EU budget axe

    11/20/2012 10:28:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 November 2012 | Timothy Spence
    Some EU national governments and lawmakers are pushing to weaken proposals intended to create natural defenses against pesticides and fertilizers in crop fields. But they should reconsider their opposition to buffer strips and other natural areas, green advocates say. … EU leaders gathering this week in Brussels are to discuss financing for what has traditionally been Europe’s largest single program, amid growing calls for putting the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on a diet. Meanwhile, the agricultural ministerial council is scheduled to consider CAP reform on 17-18 December. It is almost certain that the CAP’s “greening” proposals will be weakened, with...
  • 9 reasons why America might go over the fiscal cliff

    11/20/2012 10:22:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Amrican Enterprise Institute ^ | November 20, 2012 | James Pethokoukis
    Veteran political analyst Pete Davis offers up a list of possible impediments to a deal on avoiding the fiscal cliff: 1. President Obama insists on a tax rate increase on those earning $250,000 or more, and House Republicans balk; 2. President Obama and Democrats refuse to accept revenue increases that won’t be scored by CBO, i.e. that depend upon tax reform and/or upon an assumed increase in economic growth; 3. President Obama insists on a Making Work Pay tax credit to replace the lost 2% payroll tax cut for working Americans that Republicans won’t accept; 4. House Republicans insist on...
  • Eurozone is overcoming crisis: Monti

    11/20/2012 10:21:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Business News ^ | 20 November 2012, 12:56 CET | (AFP)
    Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti insisted Tuesday that the eurozone was overcoming its debt crisis and that member states were determined to preserve the common currency. … “More than a currency, the euro is a symbol of European integration that European governments are determined to preserve and strengthen,” said Monti, few days after Eurostat data showed that the 17-nation eurozone tipped into recession in the third quarter of 2012. …
  • India executes Terrorist convicted of 26/11 Massacre

    11/20/2012 10:08:48 PM PST · by coldphoenix · 35 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 21 Nov 2012 | HT Correspondent
    Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was hanged to death on Wednesday at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Kasab was executed at 7:30am at Yerwada jail in Pune in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month. Pakistan had been informed about the hanging of Kasab, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday. He told reporters that President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected Kasab's mercy petition. "Pakistan has been informed but there is no demand for Kasab's body. The president rejected Kasab's mercy petition Nov 5. I had further forwarded it to the...
  • The College Football Czar: Week 13

    11/20/2012 9:56:36 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 43 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 20, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar Week 13 Week twelve in review: The top two teams in the BCS ratings were upset, which, according to the media template, has thrown the championship picture into “chaos.” Top-ranked Kansas State should now be out of the running altogether, after getting the phlegm beaten out of them by ninth-place Baylor, 52-24. Oregon, having lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime, still has a chance, although they need help from a couple conference rivals. Not only did Oregon lose a much better game to a much better opponent than K-State did, but the human polls are bound...
  • An Analysis of Netanyahu's Comment on Tuesday: "Our Hand Grasps the Sword of David"

    11/20/2012 9:55:03 PM PST · by hope_dies_last · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | 11/20/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked King David in a statement Tuesday evening – signaling that he is serious about ordering an intensification of the attack on the terrorists of Gaza. "Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office, "and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country.
  • Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers <abridged>

    11/20/2012 9:52:05 PM PST · by mykroar · 29 replies ^ | 11/19/2012 | Catherine Ruetschlin
    With more than 15 million workers in in the sector, and leverage over workplace standards across the supply chain, retail wields enormous influence on Americans’ standard of living and the nation’s economic outlook. It connects producers and consumers, workers and jobs, and local social and economic development to the larger US economy. And over the next decade, retail will be the second largest source of new jobs in the United States. Given the vital role retail plays in our economy, the question of whether employees in the sector are compensated at a level that promotes American prosperity is of national...
  • EU: France 'deplores' Moody's over loss of 'AAA' rating

    11/20/2012 9:36:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    France's foreign minister said on Tuesday he "deplored" the decision of Moody's to strip the country of its AAA credit rating but still dismissed the downgrade as irrelevant. Pierre Moscovici hit back against the US rating agency, claiming France had already taken steps to address many of its concerns. "I take note of this decision, and while I deplore it, it doesn't put into question the force of our economy," he said. "We are in the midst of economic reforms that are without precedence in France, and we have no intention of turning back." President François Hollande was more resigned:...
  • Rancho Cordova Businesses Could Soon Send Shocking Message To Criminals

    11/20/2012 9:33:46 PM PST · by Huntress · 13 replies
    CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tony Lopez
    RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – It’s a shocking way to stop the copper theft crime-wave – a 7,000-volt electric security fence. The Rancho Cordova City Council voted Monday night to draft an ordinance allowing businesses to put up electric security fences that will zap would-be copper thieves. Sam Matsoyan of MP Auto Parts said Monday he can’t wait to install it around his Rancho Cordova business. “It’ll be a little fun to watch one of these guys get electrocuted holding my fence trying to rob me,” he said. His laughter said it all. This has become personal for Sam after copper...
  • Zimmerman expected to be released on bail

    11/20/2012 9:27:30 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 13 replies
    The Fla. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager may soon be released from prison. As Randall Pinkston reports, a judge granted George Zimmerman bail for a second time.
  • Brazen faking of images reveals Hamas’ desperation

    11/20/2012 9:21:01 PM PST · by topher · 19 replies ^ | 11-20-2012 | By Paul Alster
    Haifa, Israel – There is only one thing worse than the image of a child killed by military conflict, and that is the image of a child killed by military conflict having deliberately been placed in the line of fire. ... But solid evidence now reveals how Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza have been deliberately placing their civilian population in mortal danger, choreographing a number of seemingly gory scenes, as well as releasing images from other conflicts, such as Iraq and Syria, and passing them off as dead Gazan civilians killed by Israeli missiles. In an attempt to persuade...
  • Adultery Can Result in Bastard Babies, Broken Marriages, Blasted Careers, and Baneful Diseases!

    11/20/2012 9:21:01 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 55 replies
    CSTNews ^ | November 20, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Most of today’s citizens don’t want any constraints upon themselves especially in the area of sex; however, whatever government does, God still holds everyone to a very high standard: all sex outside of a marriage relationship is sinful and will be faced one day. Apart from God’s judgment, adultery can result in bastard babies, broken marriages, blasted careers, and baneful diseases. Adultery seems to be too much pain for so little gain! I wonder if General Patraeus thinks his roll in the hay was worth the destruction of his reputation, career, and maybe his marriage. God has not rescinded the...
  • Conservative Think Tank - Check out the Shop Small(R) Campaign [Vanity]

    11/20/2012 9:20:18 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 11 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/21/2012 | Self
    American Express has a Shop Small(R) campaing going on at the moment; you'll see ads all over. I just wanted to cite that as an example of the kind of advocacy the proposed think tank would do: a) a for-profit private sector initiative b) focus on general public awareness, not a particular product or business c) presents tons of possibilities in partners, goals, tie-ins, venues, media attention, etc. This is the type of advocacy program that the think tank would undertake.
  • Netanyahu ready for 'whatever action' is needed in Gaza, as Clinton arrives for talks

    11/20/2012 9:13:56 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 10 replies ^ | 11-20-12 | Fox News/ AP contributor
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while affirming his support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, underscored that Israel would take "whatever actions" are necessary to defend itself. Netanyahu made a brief statement beside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had flown to the Mideast on Tuesday to help advance diplomatic talks intended to avert an escalation of the weeklong conflict with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton said the United States is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late...
  • Thousands line up for a Marion Barry turkey

    11/20/2012 9:13:02 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 11/20/2012 | By Tim Craig
    Barry has noted that the turkey giveaway is being co-sponsored by Chartered Health Plan, Walmart, William C. Smith, Chapman Development, Intralot, United Health Care, Fort Myer Construction and Union Temple Baptist Church. the donors, including a $5,000 donation from Walmart, do extensive business with the D.C. Council and government. But Barry said the turkey donations were routed through a nonprofit, making him only a figurehead not required to report the gifts to the Office of Campaign Finance. Barry arrived at Union Temple Church shortly after the first turkeys were handed out at 10 a.m. When he stepped out of his...
  • Loose Lips Sink Ships

    11/20/2012 9:08:58 PM PST · by Golfinsocal · 24 replies
    Personal Thoughts | 11/20/2012 | Golfinsocal
    So here we convene, to discuss our worries, concerns and solutions...but should our solutions be public forum? It's time of a underground movement, one worthy of being protected, entrusted, and earned. My Grandmother use to say; “fools names, and fools faces are found in public places!" I for one wear red white and blue with pride, I worship Jesus, and pledge allegiance to our flag...but the time has come for those of us who have wish insight and present foresight to heed the statement; "Lose Lips Sink Ships" I might be in the wrong, but one would think our Founding...
  • Hillary Clinton Falls Asleep During Obama’s Speech In Burma

    11/20/2012 8:57:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 11/20/12 | Daniel Noe
    Hillary sleeps during Obama’s speech; can you blame her?
  • Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election

    11/20/2012 8:51:44 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 106 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/20/12 | Allahpundit
    I keep thinking, “Christie can’t possibly come back from this.” And then I think, “Wait, did we actually just nominate John McCain and the guy responsible for RomneyCare?” Never underestimate the Republican capacity to forgive, my friends: But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christie’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded...The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he...
  • Champion Window closes Houston facility, cuts 70 jobs

    11/20/2012 8:50:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Houston Business Journal ^ | November 19, 2012 | Olivia Pulsinelli
    Champion Window Inc. will close a Houston facility, eliminating about 70 positions. The Houston subsidiary of Dallas-based Atrium Windows and Doors Inc. will close its facility at 12427 Duncan Road in north Houston between Jan. 9 and Jan 23, the company said in a letter this month to the Texas Workforce Commission. The job cuts will be in the areas of sales, customer service, warranty, delivery and warehouse, said Justin Pfeifer, director of builder sales. The Duncan Road location is Champion's only physical Houston presence. The upcoming closure is due to the company's decision to exit the direct market and...
  • EU leaders warn Greece's aid could be delayed

    11/20/2012 8:49:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead, and Bruno Waterfield
    European leaders warned that the vital tranche of international aid may not be released to Greece until December as in-fighting and indecision dogged another summit in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the eurogroup of finance minister, said that although Greece had delivered on its commitments, he was “not sure” a deal on the €31.5bn Athens’ is due could be reached of overnight as planned. Heading into talks in Brussels, eurozone finance ministers warned that disagreement over Greece’s debt reduction targets among the international paymasters could see the talks spill over into Thursday's leaders summit or beyond. Brussels wants to given...
  • The Sourtoe: A cocktail garnished with a human toe

    11/20/2012 8:48:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/5/12
    Looking for a new cocktail to add to your repertoire? If you've got a taste for adventure (or a foot fetish), you might consider heading to Canada's Yukon Territory. There, in Dawson City, you'll find a little bar called the Sourdough Saloon, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, has been slinging cocktails that feature a very strange ingredient: Human toes.
  • Liberal Litmus Tests

    11/20/2012 8:40:03 PM PST · by SquarePants · 13 replies
    Realville, USA ^ | Nov 20, 2012 | Ombud
    My sons are getting about the age where they've started asking me about the differences between liberals and conservatives, so I guess I should start a list of easy ways to tell the difference... - If you're committed to women's rights, but unconcerned about the females that are aborted every day, you're probably a liberal.  - If you think the world needs better solutions to problems like hunger and disease, but you think capitalist companies should be raped and pillaged, you're probably a liberal.  - If you despise bullies who use intimidation and threats to get their way, but...
  • Frivolous Lawsuits Shut Down Largest Gas Can Co. as Sandy Spurs Demand

    11/20/2012 8:33:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    The nation’s largest gas can manufacturer has closed its doors due to frivolous lawsuits at a time when Hurricane Sandy victims urgently need the containers. The company's closure has resulted in a shortage of gas cans for purchase or use in the disaster areas of the northeast, and in the US as a whole. The company, Blitz U.S.A., is a 50-year-old American business that has closed its doors and laid off all 117 employees. Blitz U.S.A. provided 75% of all gas canisters to the US, a feat which industry insiders say is only possible when a company does everything right....
  • The ‘Unskewed Polls’ guy who fooled a nation tries again [Grifter Not Quite Done Grifting Yet]

    11/20/2012 8:32:45 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 94 replies ^ | 11/20/12 | Dan Casey
    When last we left Dean Chambers, the Duffield, Va., resident was licking his wounds in Virginia’s coal fields, trying to figure out how he’d fooled himself and much of a nation into believing the Mitt Romney would win the election. Chambers, 45, the founder of, ultimately decided he had incorrectly forecast that too few Democrats would vote. He admitted this mistake. Now, it appears he’s reconsidering. Recently he launched a new website, It seeks to understand how four states that he had incorrectly predicted would go to Romney — Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — actually went to...
  • Ex-boxer 'Macho' Camacho hurt in shooting

    11/20/2012 8:32:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | November 20, 2012
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Ex-boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot in Puerto Rico, medical officials said.
  • Huge Explosion in E. Central San Antonio

    11/20/2012 8:31:22 PM PST · by Hillary'sMoralVoid · 10 replies
    Eyewitness | 11/20/12 | HMV
    We were driving on Blanco Road South of Loop 1604 around 10:10PM, and suddenly Fire trucks from all parts of town were responding to an apparantly huge fire. As we reached a high point as we traveled to the south, we could see a large fire approximately 6 miles away to the east with flames reaching several hundred feet in height. It appeared to be East of I-35 Still no news on the local radio stations. Anyone closer to the fire that has more details?? We don't want to make the situation worse by trying to get closer.
  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 8:20:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    national journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | 6:21 p.m. | Eric Katz,
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...
  • Obesity, Diabetes Raise Breast Cancer Risk in Mexico, Expert Says

    11/20/2012 8:12:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The obesity suffered by 30 percent of Mexico’s adult population, and diabetes, considered the principal cause of death, increase the risk of breast cancer in this country, specialist Enrique Gimenez Jimeno said. Mexico, like many other countries, has launched campaigns to raise women’s awareness of the critical importance of preventing cancer by means of self-exams, plus massive campaigns urging them to have mammograms for the early detection of the ailment. According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common form of the disease among women worldwide, and represents 16 percent of all female cancers. Gimenez, who has...
  • Alleged US spy crucified in Yemen

    11/20/2012 8:09:59 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 30, 2012 | staff
    An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Yemen crucified an alleged US spy, and posted a video of the crucifixion on YouTube, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said on Wednesday. MEMRI posted the clip, but only to subscribers and with a viewer discretion warning. The Washington, DC-based media watchdog said the man had been crucified by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Al-Shari’a for allegedly directing US drones targeting terrorists in Yemen. It said the YouTube clip was posted on Monday.
  • Cabinet maker Merillat closing 2 Virginia plants (279 employees)

    11/20/2012 8:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ATKINS, Va. - Cabinet maker Merillat is laying off 280 employees at two manufacturing plants in southwest Virginia. Officials for parent company Masco Cabinetry confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to close two facilities that make doors and panels for cabinets in Atkins in mid-January...
  • Marion Barry: Only 'liberal white folks' care about source of turkey giveaway money

    11/20/2012 8:06:07 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    WJLA ^ | 11-19-12 | Stephen Tschida
    Each Thanksgiving, Barry gives away thousands of dollars' worth of turkeys. When the Washington City Paper asked Barry where the money for the giveaway comes from, he refused to answer, adding only a specific group is interested in knowing the source of the funds. "...only 'liberal white folk'," Barry told the paper. ABC7 caught up with Barry Monday evening. "I said something about white liberals are the ones who are who, who raise these questions about who is paying etc," Barry said. Barry claimed he keeps the source of the money a secret to protect donors from the media. Additionally,...

    11/20/2012 8:04:22 PM PST · by virgil283 · 14 replies
    As I wander on life's pathway I know not what the future holds As I ponder, hope grows fonder Precious sacred scenes unfold Precious memories, how they lingerHow they ever flood my soulIn the stillness of the midnightPrecious sacred scenes unfold Precious memories, how they lingerHow they ever flood my soulIn the stillness of the midnightPrecious sacred scenes unfold Precious memories, how they lingerHow they ever flood my soulIn the stillness of the midnightPrecious sacred scenes unfold WAYLON JENNINGS - PRECIOUS MEMORIES
  • Hostess Mediation Fails, Liquidation To Proceed; Furious Laid Off Workers Now Turn On Labor Union

    11/20/2012 7:49:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 177 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/20/12 | Tyler Durden
    Last week, when discussing the next steps for the company, and specifically the hope that mediation may resolve the epic animosity between management and workers, we stated that "What makes a mediation improbable is that the antagonism between the feuding sides has certainly hit a level of no return: "Several unions also objected to the company's plans, saying they made "a mockery" of laws protecting collective bargaining agreements in bankruptcy. The Teamsters, which represents 7,900 Hostess workers, said the company's plan would improperly cut the ability of remaining workers to use sick days and vacation." Sure enough, moments ago we...
  • How I Hacked An Electronic Voting Machine

    11/20/2012 7:49:50 PM PST · by wannabegeek · 11 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | November 6, 2012 | Roger Johnston, Popular Science
    What do you need to rig an election? A basic knowledge of electronics and $30 worth of RadioShack gear, professional hacker Roger Johnston reveals. The good news: we can stop it.Roger Johnston is the head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory. Not long ago, he and his colleagues launched security attacks on electronic voting machines to demonstrate the startling ease with which one can steal votes. Even more startling: Versions of those machines will appear in polling places all over America on Tuesday. The touchscreen Diebold Accuvote-TSX will be used by more than 26 million voters in...