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  • Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

    11/25/2012 9:01:52 AM PST · by grimalkin · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Washington Examiner
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade...
  • Remembering Some Great TV Characters

    11/25/2012 8:59:03 AM PST · by Doc Savage · 135 replies
    November 25, 2012 | Doc Savage
    Just remembering some of the great TV characters from years ago. Perhaps you have a few of your own favorites to add. Sgt. Vince Carter Arnold Ziffel Barney Fife Jethro Bodine Gunther Toody Grandpa Munster Maynard G. Krebs Eddie Haskell Ted Baxter Maxwell Smart
  • RINO Consultant Steve Schmidt Blames Rush Limbaugh & Tea Party for Romney Loss

    11/25/2012 8:55:15 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 32 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-26-2012 | MOTUS
    On the last day of this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, we are going to focus on a few more things that the Wons and their constituents have to be truly thankful for this year. Number one on the list of heretofore unmentioned blessings is Rush Limbaugh. Apparently without him Big Guy never would have WON! Let’s start with the charge made by Steve-Sarah-Palin-made-McCain-lose-not-our-crappy-campaign-Schmidt: on Meet the Press two weeks ago he named Rush as this year’s scapegoat. He explained how the lovable little fluff ball was responsible for undermining the Romney campaign strategy developed by himself and fellow Big Brained consultant Mike Murphy....
  • GOP Doomed if Establishment Prevails

    11/25/2012 8:54:02 AM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    American Thinker Magazine ^ | November 25, 2012 | By J. Robert Smith
    The battle lines are being drawn. The fight for the GOP is on. The seemingly eternal struggle between the right and the Republican establishment has entered its newest phase. In the wake of Mitt Romney being end-run by Barack Obama, GOP get-alongs want to double-down on failure. Moderation -- the odor of it -- is in DC's air like cheap, fetid perfume. The point being: why would establishment Republicans want to move left (to the center, in their vernacular) precisely at the time when the America created by Woodrow Wilson and FDR is faltering -- groaning under its own enormous...
  • Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

    11/25/2012 8:48:05 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 25, 2012 | Adrian Sainz AP
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. ....... Mumford faces more than 60 fraud and...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • Have A Good Day Of Rest...

    11/25/2012 8:05:02 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. … Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take...
  • I Saw The Light

    11/25/2012 7:59:45 AM PST · by Revski · 11 replies
    Revski's Youtube ^ | 11-25-2012 | Revski
    The pictures of this video are of family and personal events in our lives. The song, I Saw The Light, is sung Karaoke by Jimmy (o7jimmy).
  • U.N. optimistic the U.S. will finally hop on that climate-change bandwagon

    11/25/2012 7:54:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:31 pm on November 24, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Ugh, here we go again: Self-righteous globalism-loving environmental zealots hellbent on getting developed nations to voluntarily “contract” their relatively prosperous economies, ostensibly in order to combat climate change, while trying to dictate the type of “green” development they’d like to see happen in poorer countries.As I’ve noted before, environmentalists are hopefully sniffing the air now that President Obama has won a second term, banking on the more “flexible” Obama’s willingness to once again take up the mantle of climate change — especially in the wake of this past summer’s droughts and superstorm Sandy. From the AP: [A]s a re-elected president...
  • Petraeus, the comeback general. He may benefit from the Bill Clinton rule.

    11/25/2012 7:49:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/2012 | Doyle McManus
    Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal. It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn't be kept under wraps. The dust hasn't settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI's discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell's jealousy of another woman who liked men in uniform. Did Petraeus allow...
  • VIDEO: Egyptian President Morsi Makes Important Announcement

    11/25/2012 7:46:02 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 25, 2012 | volosization
    VIDEO
  • Korean Hit: Gangnam Style Is Most Watched YouTube Video of All Time

    11/25/2012 7:40:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/25/2012 | Daniel Politi
    omeone has finally removed Justin Bieber from his YouTube throne. South Korean rapper PSY and his hugely popular Gangnam Style video officially surpassed Justin Bieber’s Baby over the Thanksgiving weekend, notes YouTube’s Trends blog. As of Sunday morning, Gangnam Style had more than 815 million views while Baby was a few hundred thousand short of 805 million. Bieber’s video has been at the top since July 2010 and remains hugely popular with as many as 500,000 views a day. Yet that’s nothing compared with how quickly PSY’s video rose to the top. Lots of searches for the video were first...
  • Poor management, not union intransigence, killed Hostess.

    11/25/2012 7:35:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 120 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/2012 | Michael Hiltzik
    Let's get a few things clear. Hostess didn't fail for any of the reasons you've been fed. It didn't fail because Americans demanded more healthful food than its Twinkies and Ho-Hos snack cakes. It didn't fail because its unions wanted it to die. It failed because the people that ran it had no idea what they were doing. Every other excuse is just an attempt by the guilty to blame someone else. Take the notion that Hostess was out of step with America's healthful-food craze. You'd almost think that Hostess failed because it didn't convert its product line into one...
  • Jonah Code & 70 Weeks of Daniel Full Disk 1 of 5 by Michael Rood

    11/25/2012 7:29:09 AM PST · by Errant · 301 replies
    Youtube ^ | Michale Rood
    View The Jonah Code & the 70 Weeks Prophecy of Daniel via Full Playlist as Yahshua the Messiah (AKA Jesus of Nazareth) declared that there would be only One Sign of his authenticity: "Three Days and Three Nights in the grave---and rising on the Third Day." Tragically, inherited ignorance of our Creator's reckoning of time, and mindless attachments to Pagan Traditions have left the Christian Church system seemingly unable to count to three!!! Join your host Biblical Scholar, Author, and TV Host Michael Rood as he exposes and corrects the fatal error in Western Christianity while unveiling mathematical proofs...
  • Judge: Hobby Lobby has no constitutional right to the free exercise of religion

    11/25/2012 7:20:27 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 79 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Tim Talley
    A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
  • Wide racial gap exists on speed of Boston-area commutes

    11/25/2012 7:14:51 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 65 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 24, 2012 | Eric Moskowitz
    At the end of a recent community meeting on the state transportation system, a grandmotherly woman with a lyrical Caribbean accent strode up to the top transportation official in Massachusetts, dispensing with pleasantries. “Let me tell you something,” she told Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey. “I am so upset with Number 28.”
  • UK Couple Has Their Kids Taken Away Because - Get This - They're CONSERVATIVE.

    11/25/2012 7:14:13 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    chicks on the right ^ | november 24, 2012 | daisy
    The "Ukip" is the conservative wing of British politics, in case you didn't know. They advocate "lower taxes, limited government, freer markets, and immigration reform." Sound familiar? Well, according to social workers in the "Labour-controlled Rotherham borough, supporting (the Ukip) makes you an unsuitable foster parent." So open-MINDED of them, huh? A foster Mom and Dad "received a visit out of the blue from the children's social worker at the Labour-run council (that's the liberal side of the fence, FYI) and an official from their fostering agency. They were told that the local safeguarding children team had received an anonymous...
  • Horrible Showbiz Career Decisions (McLean Stevenson Effect)

    11/25/2012 7:06:22 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 199 replies
    Self | November 25, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    People in the entertainment business sometimes make horrible career decisions. This is what is known as the "McLean Stevenson Effect." Named after actor McLean Stevenson who played the part of Henry Blake in the hit TV series "M*A*S*H." Stevenson was unhappy with being part of an ensemble so after about 3 seasons left the show to become the lead in the "McLean Stevenson Show" which promptly flopped. His career never recovered. Another victim of the McLean Stevenson effect was Shelly Long who was in the hit series "Cheers." She left after 5 seasons to become a movie actress but pretty...
  • Catalonia vote brings new test for struggling Spain

    11/25/2012 6:57:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/25/2012
    BARCELONA, Spain - Voters in Spain's Catalonia region began voting Sunday in an election whose outcome is likely to test Spanish unity at a time of deep economic crisis. Opinion polls show two-thirds of voters in this region on the French border will cast ballots for parties, both rightist and leftist, that want Catalan independence from Spain. Catalan President Artur Mas will likely win re-election since his conservative Convergence and Union party is forecast to take a majority, some 62 to 64 seats, in the 135-seat regional assembly, or Parliament. Frustration over high unemployment and a deep recession have fueled...
  • FReeper Recipe Thread

    11/25/2012 6:54:59 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 24 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | Nov 25, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the FReeper Recipe Thread. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe.