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  • Could you pass a US citizenship test? [Give it a try.]

    11/24/2012 7:07:34 AM PST · by upchuck · 128 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | Saturday, November 24, 2012
    In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0104/Could-you-pass-a-US-citizenship-test/Who-signs-bills?cmpid=prc:ctzn:d
  • ABC Calls Black Friday An 'Orgy Of Capitalism'

    11/24/2012 7:07:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's enough to make an MSMer nostalgic for the good old days of the Soviet Union, when the masses didn't stampede into stores because there was little of interest to buy and little money to buy it with, and the good stuff was reserved for the ruling elites at special shops. Here's how ABC's Dan Harris opened today's Good Morning America: "This morning, Black and Blue Friday. America's annual orgy of capitalism gets dicey." Capitalism? Really? Is that the problem? View the video here.
  • Goodnight 'Snow White': Longest Coma Patient Ever Passes Away: Mom and Sister Never Left Her Side

    11/24/2012 6:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Edwarda O'Bara was a popular 16-year-old when she fell into a diabetic coma after a bout with pneumonia in 1970Her last words to her mother, Kaye, were 'promise you won't leave me'The woman's father died in 1977 from a heart attack, brought on by the grueling schedule of caring for Edwarda Her mother stayed by her daughter's side until Kaye passed away at the age of 80 in 2008 O'Bara's sister, Colleen, stepped in to offer full time care for Edwarda 'She closed her eyes and joined my mom in Heaven,' Colleen said about Edward's passing on Wednesday at the...
  • They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children

    11/24/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by Lorianne · 80 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 20 November 2012 | Michael
    They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children
  • Rifle-Toting Terrorists Called Major Threat to U.S. Power Grid

    11/24/2012 6:58:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Brian Wingfield
  • Buying into the Mural Trap

    11/24/2012 6:57:55 AM PST · by starpublisher · 4 replies
    Cactus Thorns ^ | 11/19/12 | Dan O'brian
    It starts as a couple of cute brightly painted drawings on the walls on old abandoned stores. Soon if you don’t watch it turns into, a major government project. Its great for the chosen few that are paid by the local governments as it becomes the driving patron of the arts.
  • Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?

    11/24/2012 6:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/23/2012 | Michael Snyder
    If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake? Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food. Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives...
  • Women Bishops 'in My Lifetime', Insists Archbishop John Sentamu

    11/24/2012 6:53:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/20/12 | Richard Alleyne and John Bingham
    The Church of England will definitely have women bishops “in my lifetime”, claims Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.The second most powerful man in the church said that it was “very disappointing” it had not happened during this General Synod but he was sure the principle had been accepted. His comments came the day after the church tore up plans to ordain women as bishops despite overwhelming support in the parishes. After a tortuous 12-year legal process, which secured strong backing in all but two of the 44 dioceses, the move was denied final approval by just six votes....
  • Shocking Case of Unbelief

    11/24/2012 6:49:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Father Ed Tomlinson's Blog ^ | 11/23/12 | Father Ed Tomlinson
    Channel 4 offers a reflection today from a clergyman of the Anglican Church who quite openly states a complete and sincere disbelief in God. He is an atheist who considers the scriptures nothing more than human literature. What are we to make of him? Personally I find this sort of liberal wooliness in a clergyman not only absurd but frankly dishonest. What an affront to those who do believe, to the faithful in the pews whose giving pays his stipend! How does he stand at the altar with a straight face I wonder? Little surprise he opts to be filmed...
  • FABER: 44 Charts That Show Why The World Is Doomed

    11/24/2012 6:46:04 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 22 replies
    Business Insider, Inc. ^ | Nov. 23, 2012 | Sam Ro
    Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, is well known for his ultra-bearish commentary. But he's not without reason. In a new presentation given in Hong Kong to the London Bullion Market Association, Faber offers a thick stack of 44 charts that makes him very bearish on the global economy (via ZeroHedge). They include overviews of the emerging and evolving trends on debt, trade, stocks and commodities. Faber points to the explosion of public and private debt and how they have been far outpacing GDP growth for the last 50 years. In this backdrop, the wealth gap...
  • Destruction of badges labeled ‘juvenile act’ by ATF whistleblower(fast and furious)

    11/24/2012 6:45:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    Posting an attachment responding to a Freedom of Information Act request yesterday on the Clean Up ATF website forum, Special Agent Vince Cefalu related how badges he’d turned in while on medical disability reassignment in 2006 were discovered to be intentionally defaced when he resumed his law enforcement duties the next year. “The face of each badge … exhibit multiple toolmarks produced by the scraping action of a hand tool, ATF’s Firearms and Toolmark Section Chief wrote in a September 27, 2007 laboratory report. “One possible toolmark source could be the blade of a standard screwdriver.” Cefalu is the whistleblower...
  • The Democrats are waging a war on men to satisfy the feminist left

    11/24/2012 6:44:33 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 21 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 24TH, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    So let’s cut to the chase and talk about what’s really going on here. Was the takedown of Colonel Allen West decided by a Machiavellian cabal in both parties that began with the redrawing of Florida Congressional voting districts, both state and federal? And was this alleged decision made to move him out of the district controlled by the Democrat Mark Foley called the Chihuahua in high heels? By insiders cutting a deal to move West up to the Democrat ex pat region of St. Lucie County, he would be folded in between GOP enclaves in both Martin and Indian...
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like chaos

    11/24/2012 6:37:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    While there will be the typical reports of “Black Friday” shopping surges on Seattle, Spokane and Portland news broadcasts, it’s not likely anyone will trump the tale out of San Antonio Friday morning, where an armed shopper discouraged a line-jumping thug who pushed and punched his way into a store. According to the NBC affiliate in Dallas, the unidentified shopper in San Antonio will not be charged after drawing his legally-carried handgun. He had just been punched in the face, and other shoppers at a Sears store were pushed and otherwise harassed by the line-jumper. When the gun came out,...
  • Wealthy Singapore ranks as world's most stoic nation

    11/24/2012 6:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/23/2012 | Elizabeth Yuan
    The most emotionless society is Singapore's despite its reputation for being among the world's richest, a new survey has revealed. Gallup looked at 150 countries where about 1,000 residents were asked whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot during the course of a day. The results were based on interviews taken over a three-year period. Questions included whether people felt well-rested or enjoyment, smiled and laughed or felt worry, sadness, stress or anger. The 36% in Singapore who reported feeling anything is the lowest in the world, the Washington-based research and analytics organization found. This figure...
  • From the most accurate pollster of 2012: Pennsylvania Could Be a Path Forward for G.O.P.

    11/24/2012 6:29:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/24/2012 | Nate Silver
    The last ballots in the presidential election were cast more than two weeks ago. But votes in 37 states, and the District of Columbia, are still being counted, with the results yet to be officially certified. President Obama’s national margin over Mitt Romney has increased as additional ballots have been added to the tally. According to the terrific spreadsheet maintained by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, Mr. Obama now leads Mr. Romney by 3.3 percentage points nationally, up from 2.5 percentage points in the count just after the election. Turnout has grown to about 127 million voters, down...
  • Veterans: Thinking of Running for Office?

    11/24/2012 6:28:49 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 8 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/24/2012 | William Russell
    If you are thinking of running for office, this page is for you. This is where I share some of my experiences in a congressional campaign which drew national attention. I will be as informative as possible for those who are weighing a political run, especially those coming from military service. I will add topics as I craft them. For now, KNOW WHY YOU ARE RUNNING If you are thinking of running for office, the most important part of that decision is the “why” of what you are doing. Make sure your reasons are clear and unambiguous. It is hard...
  • Ex-boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies after shooting

    11/24/2012 6:25:14 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/2012 | Coto and Skretta
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hector "Macho" Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead on Saturday, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.
  • CONSISTORY FOR CREATION OF CARDINALS: POPE EMPHASISES CATHOLICITY OF THE CHURCH

    11/24/2012 6:10:45 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | November 24, 2012
    Vatican City, (VIS) - In St. Peter's Basilica at 11 a.m. today, Benedict XVI celebrated an ordinary public consistory for the creation of six new cardinals: James Michael Harvey, Bechara Boutros Rai O.M.M., Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Ruben Salazar Gomez and Luis Antonio G. Tagle. Following the new appointments the College of Cardinals will be composed of 211 members of whom 120, being under the age of eighty, are eligible to vote in a conclave for the election of a new Pope. After the opening prayer and the proclamation of the Gospel, the Holy Father pronounced his...
  • RJ's NFL Picks: Week Twelve

    11/24/2012 6:00:42 AM PST · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    BC Magazine ^ | 11/21/2012 | RJ Elliott
    *Sunday, November 25* Minnesota (6-4) at Chicago (7-3) 1:00 p.m. (Line: No Line) The Vikings would move into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with a win here and a loss by the Packers on Sunday Night Football. There is no line for this game as of this writing presumably due to the fact that Jay Cutler's status is up in the air. I think he'll play. ---RJ's Pick: Bears by 9 Oakland (3-7) at Cincinnati (5-5) 1:00 p.m. (Line: Cincinnati by 7) The Raiders have lost three straight, while the Bengals have won two in...
  • Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacks

    11/24/2012 5:57:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacksBy Alexander Bolton - 11/24/12 06:00 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) infuriated Republicans during the campaign with his harsh partisan attacks and now faces the delicate task of mending his relationship with the GOP. Some Republicans say Reid poisoned his relationship with their party by waging controversial attacks against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. They were most angered by Reid’s charge that Romney had not paid taxes in ten years, attributing the information to an anonymous source. "I do think he lost more credibility with Republicans because...