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  • Khan Academy on Illinois pensions (Khan Academy video)

    11/27/2012 5:31:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    dailyherald.com ^ | 5/27/2012 | Mike Riopell
    The free online school of everything has taken on the Illinois pension crisis.Video Link This video is from Khan Academy, the heralded online video series that can teach you about algebra, physics or whatever else you want to learn when you have nothing else to do. Their explanation of pension problems hurting government budgets focuses on Illinois. And it highlights how education funding gets hit when the state has to pay more toward retirement costs.
  • Cat-Friend vs Dog-Friend

    11/27/2012 5:22:02 PM PST · by Altariel · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 21, 2012 | fatawesomefilms
    If your friends acted like your pets, you might not keep them around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbycvPwr1Wg
  • Freep a poll! (You happy with the GOP leaders' dealings with Obama over fiscal cliff?)

    11/27/2012 5:19:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | 11-27-12 | Mark Levin
    Are you happy with the GOP leaders' dealings with Obama re the fiscal cliff? No Hell no Yes
  • UN: Get your blood-soaked, pro-totalitarian hands off the Internet

    11/27/2012 5:19:13 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 27, 2012 | Gary Gerofsky
    The world now depends on the free flow of information. What is about to happen at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 3-14 2012, will surely change the world in ways that most of us cannot imagine. Google is taking a lead in objecting to this massive invasion and grab for control over the now self-controlled Internet; the EU is none too happy either. Some national governments like China, Russia, and Middle Eastern countries, and certain power-hungry agencies such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) want to wrest control of the Internet...
  • Racism? Black leaders fret white person may take Jesse Jackson's House seat

    11/27/2012 5:13:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/27/12 | Joe Newby
    Racism? Black leaders fret white person may take Jesse Jackson's House seatBy: Joe Newby November 27, 2012 **SNIP** “There’s a great deal of concern that Debbie Halvorson would win because the black vote would be split 18 ways,” Delmarrie Cobb, a longtime Democratic political consultant in Chicago said. “The battle we have is that we can’t afford to lose a black voice in Congress,” she added. “It would be a terrible loss in many ways,” she added. According to Politico, losing the seat to a white person, no matter how qualified, would "be a blow to the black establishment."
  • Gaza's Not the Key, Philadelphi Is

    11/27/2012 5:11:12 PM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 27, 2012 | Daniel Pipes
    The Second Hamas-Israel War of Nov. 10-21 inspired a mighty debate over rights and wrongs, with each side appealing to the large undecided bloc (19 percent of Americans according to CNN/ORC, 38 percent according to Rasmussen). Is Israel a criminal state that has no right to exist, much less to deploy force? Or is it a modern liberal democracy with the rule of law that justifiably protects innocent civilians? Morality drives this debate.To any sentient person, it is obvious that Israelis are 100-percent justified to protect themselves from wanton attacks. A cartoon from the First Hamas-Israel War of 2008-09 symbolically...
  • Want to help someone?

    11/27/2012 4:59:42 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Unknown | Ernesto Sirolli
    A TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli - 17 minute video. A practical talk on why central planning is always doomed to fail. http://www.wimp.com/helpsomeone/
  • The Difference Between A Fine A Tax And Obamacare

    11/27/2012 4:58:46 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-27-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe

    11/27/2012 4:58:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Keith Laing
    Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in EuropeBy Keith Laing - 11/27/12 02:02 PM ET President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections. "The Obama administration is firmly committed to reducing harmful carbon pollution from civil aviation both domestically and internationally, but, as we have said on many occasions, the application...
  • Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currency (Schumer ticked off)

    11/27/2012 4:50:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Vicki Needham
    Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currencyBy Vicki Needham - 11/27/12 05:11 PM ET The Obama administration is coming under criticism from Sen. Charles Schumer for declaring that China is not a currency manipulator. Following Tuesday's release of a report that again finds China is not keeping the value of its currency artificially low to cut the price of its exports to the United States, Schumer criticized the administration for avoiding penalties against China. "This report all but admits China’s currency is being manipulated, but stops short of saying so explicitly," Schumer, a close ally of Obama's, said...
  • Forget What The Media Say, Republicans And Minorities Are Made For Each Other

    11/27/2012 4:48:12 PM PST · by billflax · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/27/2012 | Bill Flax
    Despite stagnant markets and tepid approval marks, President Obama cobbled together a coalition of religious and ethnic minorities, single women, government employees and union members to attract 50.6 percent of voters. This prompted many pundits to proclaim there aren’t enough grouchy old white men for Republicans to remain relevant. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz chastised that Republicans, “got whiter and more male.” David Bositis told CNN earlier this year, “Their voters are white, aging and dying off.” The Left becomes increasingly ecstatic as the Caucasian majority shrivels. Minority populations are younger, expanding rapidly and demand action. But several factors are missed....
  • MILLER: Harry Reid goes nuclear

    11/27/2012 4:47:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Democrat’s power grab takes away minority Republicans’ rightsForget about bipartisanship; Harry Reid has decided there’s no option that goes too far if it means diluting the influence of Republicans. The Senate majority leader plans to break with long-standing tradition in January by rewriting the chamber’s rules to silence the Republican minority. It’s a shortsighted maneuver, because it means Democrats will have no input in the legislative process when they find themselves out of power in the future. The hostilities spilled into the open on Monday and Tuesday with a rare, heated series of floor debates between Mr. Reid and Minority...
  • Malaysia Muslims call for 'immoral' Elton John to be banned

    11/27/2012 4:46:53 PM PST · by cricket · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Nov 2012 | David Eimer
    Nasruding Hassan Tantawi, head of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS), said the concert "must be cancelled". . .Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, where almost two-thirds of the 28 million population are Muslim, and is punishable by caning and up to 20 years in prison. full story/link above
  • Battle for Stalingrad: 70 years After

    11/27/2012 4:46:09 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    English Russia ^ | 11-21-12 | CJ
    19th of November, 1942. 7:30 a.m. The air over Stalingrad started shaking. Volleys of thousands of artillery shells marked the beginning of the “Uranus” operation – a counter-offensive one, which became a radical turn in the Second World War. Seventy years have passed and last Sunday there was held a reconstruction in Volgograd devoted to that battle.
  • The Mythical 'Cycle of Violence'

    11/27/2012 4:37:04 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    According to the newspaper Al Hayat, Israel offered Hamas and the Islamic Jihad leadership a 90 day cease-fire during which time Israel would gauge Hamas' ability to stop the shelling of Israeli cities and towns prior to discussing Hamas' demands. The offer was simple enough. "If you stop trying to kill Jews, we'll stop retaliating." Hamas rejected the offer only hours after Hillary Clinton promised that she would work out a deal that would benefit both sides, promising from Jerusalem that; "in the days ahead the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region...
  • Addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

    11/27/2012 4:36:40 PM PST · by Arthurio · 17 replies
    TORRANCE, Calif. — The convertible hit Phillip Moreno so hard it knocked him out of his shoes and lodged him in the windshield. As he lay dying on the hood, police said, Sherri Lynn Wilkins kept going another two miles until other motorists swarmed her car at a traffic light and grabbed her keys. Wilkins, who was charged Tuesday with murder and driving drunk, told police she struck the man after leaving work and panicked. Police said her blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit. Her arrest on a street corner between home and her job as...
  • Reid: 'Fiscal cliff' deal must raise debt ceiling (Senate budget not mentioned)

    11/27/2012 4:35:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid: 'Fiscal cliff' deal must raise debt ceilingBy Alexander Bolton - 11/27/12 02:53 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday any deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts must also raise the debt ceiling, and signaled that President Obama feels the same way. Reid said Democrats would be foolish to agree to a year-end package that raises revenues and cuts spending only to face a Republican ultimatum on the debt ceiling weeks later. “We would be somewhat foolish to work out something on stopping us from going over the cliff and then...
  • White House blasts Republican ‘obsession’ with Rice and Benghazi

    11/27/2012 4:21:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House sharply escalated its attacks Tuesday on Republicans trying to stop Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Press secretary Jay Carney described GOP lawmakers as being gripped by a politically fueled "obsession" with a series of television appearances Rice made shortly after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which she wrongly suggested the attack had stemmed from a demonstration over an anti-Muslim video rather than a terrorist assault. Carney's comments came after Rice met privately on Capitol Hill with Republican...
  • Reid: Republicans Must Turn “Happy Talk” On Revenues Into Action

    11/27/2012 4:20:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    United States Senate Democrats, ^ | Nov 27,2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding efforts to reach a balanced, bipartisan agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Too often, it is a challenge finding common ground in Washington.But as we negotiate a path back from the fiscal cliff, we should also recognize when Democrats and Republicans agree.We agree taxes should not go up for anyone making less than $250,000 a year – 97 percent of small businesses and 98 percent of middle-class families.With common ground in sight, we should be able...
  • Stratford [CT] truck driver stole 111 [S&W] guns

    11/27/2012 4:15:30 PM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    CTPost ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daniel Tepfer
    STRATFORD -- A convicted thief, hired to transport a truckload of brand new Smith & Wesson handguns through the state, hijacked the load instead -- turning his Bridgeport home into a weapons superstore. Police said one of the guns ended up in the hands of the so-called "Blackjacket Robber," Kashawn Brown, who is accused of using it in the stick-up of more than a half dozen gas stations, fast food restaurants and convenience stores in Stratford and Bridgeport. And Bridgeport Police Capt. James Viadero said at least 80 guns are still unaccounted for. "Are we concerned that these guns may...