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  • Accused eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin surrenders at Canadian border

    11/29/2012 1:27:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | November 29, 2012 | Noelle Crombie
    Rebecca Rubin A 39-year-old woman accused of eco-sabotage in three Western states turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the Canadian border on Thursday morning. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash. She is accused of multiple counts of arson as part of a conspiracy with 12 other people from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states. The charges against Rubin include a Nov. 30, 1997, arson at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney county near Burns and the Dec. 22,...
  • Harvard provides official recognition to BDSM sex-club

    11/29/2012 1:25:27 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 26 replies
    Harvard University granted a controversial BDSM sex-club official school recognition on Wednesday, Campus Reform has confirmed. The student club, Harvard College Munch, is a group of roughly 20 members that meets weekly to explicitly discuss matters related to BDSM and other forms of kinky sex.
  • Residents Alerted to Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday Plans (Drudge:Obamas-20-day, $4 million)

    11/29/2012 1:23:48 PM PST · by STARWISE · 37 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 11-29-12 | Malia Zimmerman
    Residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obamas' holiday vacation plans. The report delivered to residents living along the ocean and canal that surrounds the multi-million dollar homes at Kailuana Place where the President stays, informed them of restrictions that will be implemented for 20 days beginning December 17 and running through January 6. In a matter of weeks, Kailua residents will see the familiar street barricades fronted by U.S. Secret Service agents and Navy Seals and...
  • Feder's Rules For Conservatives (Part I)

    11/29/2012 1:15:09 PM PST · by massmike · 11 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | Don Feder
    Some on the right are now recommending Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” as a handbook for us. The recommendation usually begins with, “I know Alinsky was thoroughly evil… but there’s a lot we can learn from him.” Obama is reelected with 9 million fewer votes than in 2008, against a pathetically weak opponent (whose most memorable line from the debates was “I agree with the president on that”), and suddenly the Marxist Machiavelli is the political equivalent of Sun Tzu. Here’s a guide for conservative victories based on conservative values: Understand that the left intends to destroy you. Your opponent...
  • Feeling Hopeful, More Becoming Entrepreneurs (Bizarro World Alert)

    11/29/2012 1:11:18 PM PST · by crosshairs · 31 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/29/12 | unknown
    In a sign that more Americans are feeling upbeat about their economic prospects, more people were running or starting new businesses in 2011 - the highest level since 2005, according to a study released Thursday. More than 29 million Americans were engaged in entrepreneurship last year - a 60 percent gain from 2010, according to a report issued by Babson College and Baruch College. And nearly 40 percent of these entrepreneurs are expected to create more than five new jobs during the next five years. "There is renewed interest in entrepreneurship," said Donna J. Kelley, associate professor of Entrepreneurship at...
  • Police Grab PLO Flag as MKs were About to Light It

    11/29/2012 1:06:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen
    Police pushed MKs Eldad and Ben Ari and stopped them from burning PLO flags in protest of UN statehood bid. Video .....
  • 50 Best Albums Of 2012

    11/29/2012 1:04:44 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 53 replies
    New Music Express ^ | 11/20/12 | Luke Lewis
    Yowzers, it's been a good year for music. Music so good it made us want to lick the packaging it came in. Music so bad we had a bonfire piled high with it. Music so weird it made us question whether it was even music. After countless hours of in-office arguing, we've boiled the lot of it down to the 50 choicest cuts of 2012
  • Stonemason James Vieira of Ashfield studies 'mound builders,' ancient stonework

    11/29/2012 1:04:15 PM PST · by Theoria · 17 replies
    MassLive ^ | 05 Sept 2012 | Cori Urban
    Many New England communities have within them dirt-covered stone “mounds,” dug into the earth and meticulously lined and covered with stones; some of the stones that cover the tops weigh tons. Some would say they are the remnants of root cellars, but an Ashfield man who for 15 years has studied the ancient stonework thinks otherwise. James E. Vieira, a stonemason, writer and Northeast Antiquities Research Association member, believes there is ample evidence that Ancient America was a melting pot of races from other lands, noting that other parts of the country have ancient stone ruins. He says the mound...
  • Trooper Accused of Stealing from Victim of Fatal Crash [CT]

    11/29/2012 12:59:44 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.nbcconnecticut.com ^ | Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 | Updated 2:48 PM EST | Staff
    A 43-year-old state trooper has been charged with larceny, accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal crash on Route 15 in Fairfield on Sept. 22. Trooper Aaron Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the department, has been suspended from the department, according to state police. Police began investigating when the victim’s family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing, state police said. The Connecticut Post is reporting that Huntsman is accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim's body. The family obtained the victim’s clothes from the hospital, but were...
  • Iraq tensions rise as Syria crisis deepens

    11/29/2012 12:58:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    dailystar.com.lb ^ | November 28, 2012 | Lauren Williams
    BAGHDAD: The crisis in Syria is threatening to rupture Iraq’s precarious sectarian divide, which some say may re-ignite into a civil war. Wedged between Syria’s greatest ally, Iran, and its greatest foe, Turkey, with its own volatile ethnic makeup, oil riches and fresh out of years of civil strife, Iraq is desperately clinging to a neutrality on the Syrian crisis. That policy is being increasingly put to the test as players from across Iraq’s fragile political spectrum begin to take sides in a war of increasing sectarian dimensions. “This situation is not going away,” said U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Joel Rayburn,...
  • Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains

    11/29/2012 12:58:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29-12 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Three years ago, a Denver bellhop ventured into Arizona’s Superstition Mountains determined to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, an elusive, vast gold reserve that has lured prospectors since the 19th century. Jesse Capen, 35, had made finding the hidden treasure an “obsession” fueled by more than 100 books and maps on the legendary — and perhaps nonexistent — mine named for German immigrant Jacob "The Dutchman" Waltz. On Saturday, years after Capen’s Jeep, wallet, backpack and cellphone were found by hikers, volunteers from the Superstition Search and Rescue finally located what they believe is Capen’s body. “We call ‘em Dutch...
  • Protein's destructive journey in brain may cause Parkinson's

    11/29/2012 12:56:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Laura Sanders
    Clumps of alpha-synuclein move through dopamine-producing cells, mouse study finds The insidious spread of an abnormal protein may be behind Parkinson’s disease, a study in mice suggests. A harmful version of the protein crawls through the brains of healthy mice, killing brain cells and damaging the animals’ balance and coordination, researchers report in the Nov. 16 Science. If a similar process happens in humans, the results could eventually point to ways to stop Parkinson’s destruction in the brain. “I really think that this model will increase our ability to come up with Parkinson’s disease therapies,” says study coauthor Virginia Lee...
  • New Cuban Tax Just Same Old Communist Expropriation

    11/29/2012 12:45:02 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Editorial
    Tyranny: The media praised Cuba for slapping taxes on its impoverished citizens for the first time, calling the move "market-oriented" and "modern." In reality, it's just a new kind of theft from the same old dictatorship. To hear Reuters tell it, you'd think that Cuba, a brutal communist dictatorship for 53 years, has been a tax-free haven for all its lucky citizens. "Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting Jan. 1," the newswire chirped, noting that the new taxes on private profits begin in the 35% vicinity. They're...
  • The Most Powerful Bible Resource Ever Available

    11/29/2012 12:44:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Brandon Vogt Blog ^ | 11/29/12 | Brandon Vogt
    Check back tomorrow as I'm giving away a complete Verbum Basic package from Logos. It includes 226 books and resources —a digital library worth over $2,700!NOTE: Despite my enthusiasm, I don't work for Logos nor do I receive anything for promoting them outside of testing software. I'm just a huge fan of their products.I've written twice before about the Logos Bible software. First I shared seven ways it can revolutionize your faith. Then I highlighted the new Logos Catechism app. But since then, Logos has made several huge improvements. The biggest is that they've re-branded their Catholic arm, "Verbum." This...
  • Vanity

    11/29/2012 12:43:13 PM PST · by FloridaGeezer · 14 replies
    I tried to post this vanity a week or so ago but was refused publication. This is my second attempt. If the United States is ever going to control the war-like actions of our president we must pass a law could throw him out of office rather quickly. My proposal is that any legislator could call for the impeachment and removal from office if he/she has not sought congressional approval of the use of our military within 30 days.
  • eBay Yanks Beck’s ‘Obama in Pee Pee’ Art Project Meant to Raise Money for Charity

    11/29/2012 12:38:35 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 20 replies
    (Editor’s note: The video above features Beck’s radio segment from Wednesday morning, discussing the eBay incident.)The popular online auction site eBay has yanked a piece of artwork done by Glenn Beck citing its belief that the project featured an Obama figurine floating in actual urine (it was not, however). Bids can now be emailed in the subject line to the following email address set up by Beck: obamapeepee@glennbeck.com (Related: Liberals Goes Berserk Over Beck’s ‘Obama in Pee Pee,’ Hurl Expletives at Beck)On Tuesday evening, Glenn Beck featured an Obama bobble head doll in a jar of yellow liquid, catalyzed by Michael D’Anouto’s painting titled,...
  • Vin Scully turns 85 years old today

    11/29/2012 12:35:21 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Brown
    He's not everyone's favorite baseball broadcaster, but not everyone has the best taste. Vin Scully, the voice and face of the Dodgers since 1950, celebrates his 85th birthday Thursday.
  • Turkish men getting mustache implants

    11/29/2012 12:32:28 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi. ^ | Nov. 29, 2012
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, - A Turkish plastic surgeon says he's keeping busy performing mustache implants on men wanting to project virility, wisdom and maturity. Dr. Selahattin Tulunay told CNN he's doing 50 to 60 of the procedures each month, using a technique called follicular unit extraction in which clumps of hair are transplanted from other parts of the body under local anesthetic. Most of his patients are medical tourists from the Middle East between the ages of 30 and 50 who pay about $7,000 each, the U.S. broadcaster reported Thursday. "For some men who look young and junior, they think [a...
  • Obama's Objective is Transforming an Unjust America, Not Economic Growth or Averting a Recession

    11/29/2012 12:26:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So building on the program from yesterday, if you didn't hear yesterday's program, go to RushLimbaugh.com to get caught up, 'cause I can't repeat it. For those of you that were here, I'm gonna build a little bit on yesterday. I'm watching all of the talk from everybody, learned pundits, learned analysts, elected officials, and virtually everybody, and they're all discussing this fiscal cliff issue. Identically the same. They are all analyzing it through the same prism. They're all looking at it as though it's no different than any other budget negotiation in the history of the...
  • MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice at Mercury's Poles

    11/29/2012 12:16:16 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 24 replies
    NASA ^ | 11.29.12 | NASA Press Release
    New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters. Three independent lines of evidence support this conclusion: the first measurements of excess hydrogen at Mercury's north pole with MESSENGER's Neutron Spectrometer, the first measurements of the reflectance of Mercury's polar deposits at near-infrared wavelengths with the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), and the first detailed models of the surface and near-surface temperatures of Mercury's north polar regions that utilize the actual topography of Mercury's surface measured by the MLA. These...
  • Liberal Onslaught Empowered By Republican Timidity

    11/29/2012 12:15:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    While conservatives are painfully aware that Barack Obama did in fact win on November 6, the grimness of the current situation is only enhanced by the manner in which the Republican Party has responded to his reelection. It is not surprising that though Obama’s margin of victory was considerably smaller this year than in 2008, Democrats and their media minions are claiming their victory as a mandate to transform America into a sorry imitation of those failing European socialist states. What is appalling however is that establishment Republicans are almost exuberant in their efforts to characterize the election as a...
  • Conrad Black: Jewish-Owned Media ‘Habitually anti-Israel’

    11/29/2012 12:14:54 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Newsmax Wires ^ | Nov 29, 2012
    Newsmax Conrad Black: Jewish-Owned Media ‘Habitually anti-Israel’ Thursday, November 29, 2012 02:50 PM By: Newsmax Wires The Jewish-owned American media don’t treat Israel fairly, says former newspaper publisher turned author Conrad Black. Black, writing in the National Review, expresses agreement with a Twitter posting from News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch earlier this month that read, “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” Murdoch subsequently apologized after the tweet sparked heated criticism. “Rupert Murdoch and I have had our differences over many years, but I must join with him entirely in his recent tweeted complaint that most...
  • Just Walk Away, Republicans

    11/29/2012 12:12:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm having trouble coming up with a term for this. But the conventional wisdom, the groupthink, I mean, folks, I don't care where you go, and this is not a criticism. I'm actually looking at this in wonderment. I don't care where you go. It could be a left-wing blog or right-wing blog, a left-wing magazine, a right-wing magazine, a left-wing newspaper, right-wing newspaper, they're all analyzing these negotiations in the same way: Can Obama prevail over the Republicans? Do the Republicans have any leverage? Are the Republicans going to get entitlement reform? Will there be any...
  • Obamacare: MUST keep children under 26 on parent's plan

    11/29/2012 12:10:31 PM PST · by Help! · 65 replies
    self ^ | 11/29/2012 | Help!
    I work in HR. We are being told by Blue-cross Blue-shield Insurance that dependents CANNOT be removed from the insured's policy until they turn 26, even if they get married (and have coverage under a spouse), take a job on their own (and have their own coverage), leave home (no longer living in a parent-child relationship), etc. etc. This includes a non-adopted step-child. They are saying it is ILLEGAL under Obamacare to remove that child from the insured's coverage. The parent's coverage would be primary and if they got another policy it would be secondary. Seems this make the parent...
  • Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end

    11/29/2012 12:08:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/29/12 | Sue Reid and Simon Caldwell
    Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
  • Is your 401K safe from the Democrats?

    11/29/2012 12:07:28 PM PST · by prplhze2000 · 61 replies
    jackson jambalaya ^ | November 29, 2012 | Kingfish
    Suddenly within 24 hours three articles appeared in the NYT, Atlantic Monthly, and Time discussing a Danish "study" about the tax breaks for the 401K plan. Naturally they all discussed whether the government should abolish the tax break for them. What was it they said about never wasting a crisis?
  • Housing, Employment, GDP and CNBC with Rick Santelli

    11/29/2012 12:06:05 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/29/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I was interviewed this morning by CNBC’s Rick Santelli on the FHA. Here is my interview. So little time, so much to discuss. So, if real Personal Consumption Expenditures only rose 1.4%, what drove the 2.7% increase in real GDP? Residential construction and Federal government spending. Real federal government consumption expenditures and gross investment increased 9.5 percent in the third quarter, in contrast to a decrease of 0.2 percent in the second. National defense increased 12.9 percent, in contrast to a decrease of 0.2 percent. But real residential fixed investment increased 14.2 percent, compared with an increase of 8.5 percent....
  • Barack? I Hope He Succeeds (in Going Over the Cliff)!

    11/29/2012 11:53:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It is my contention to you the Democrat Party want tax increases for everybody. They're not gonna say so, but they do. Going over the cliff is a win. Obama gets to raise taxes, which, by the way, include tax increases on the middle class. You have to make a pretense of paying for the welfare state. He does want more revenue, but not to balance budgets. He wants more revenue to spend it so he doesn't have borrow as much. By the way, you know what's next folks? Keep a sharp eye. There are Democrats already...
  • Senate panel approves bill requiring police to get a warrant to read emails

    11/29/2012 11:53:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A key Senate panel approved legislation Thursday that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can read a private citizen's emails, Facebook messages or other electronic communications. The revised Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee will now move on to the full Senate for a vote. Passage would be a victory for privacy advocates, who say current privacy rules have been left in the dust by technological progress. Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who played a key role in drafting the original bill, has called the existing law,...
  • Dog stuns firefighters; emerges from smoldering home’s ashes

    11/29/2012 11:51:36 AM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    WTVR ^ | 11.29
    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A heartwarming story out of Tennessee has firefighters stunned and a family counting their blessings. Pat Boone, who has been a firefighter for nearly a decade, said it is relatively common for crews to bust open a door during a house fire and find a pet desperately trying to escape. However, Boone is calling Abigail the dog’s story of survival a miracle. “You never see a house that has fully burned to the ground… and 90 percent of the home is gone. I mean it’s up in smoke –and something lived.” Boone said he could...
  • WATCH: Zebra, Pony Run Loose on Staten Island After Escape from Christmas Tree Seller

    11/29/2012 11:42:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 | Marc Santia
    A wild scene unfolded on New York's Staten Island Wednesday when a zebra and a pony were spotted running along a busy roadway after they apparently escaped from a Christmas tree seller. Part of their journey was captured on video by Zachary Osher, who was busy at work when he looked out the window of his shop and saw the animals on Victory Boulevard. "Is this actually happening to me, am I finally losing my mind. This can't be happening," Osher told NBC 4 New York he remembered thinking. "This is a zebra on Staten Island. On the street!" Osher...
  • Harvard approves BDSM club

    11/29/2012 11:38:18 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 11-29-12 | W. A. Jacobson
    “The Harvard Munch” Because Orgasm Seminars are not enough. And Incest Fest is so yesterday. The logical next step was official recognition of a BDSM Club: It started last October with a meal in Currier dining hall with a handful of friends who shared something in common: an affinity for kinky sex. More than a year after the group first began informally meeting over meals to discuss issues and topics relating to kinky sex, Harvard College Munch has grown from seven to about 20 members and is one of 15 student organization that will be approved by the Committee on...
  • Boehner: No progress in fiscal cliff talks

    11/29/2012 11:38:08 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 1:38 PM EST 11.29.12 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) - After two years of endless debate and a national election, Democrats and Republicans on Thursday found themselves right where they started -- blaming each other for stagnant negotiations on taxes and government spending. This time, they face an imminent deadline of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in 33 days -- the looming fiscal cliff at the end of the year that economists fear could cause another recession. After meeting separately with President Barack Obama's point man on the talks, top congressional Democrats and Republicans said the failure to move forward was the other side's fault. House...
  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Could Put Millions of Taxpayers Into ‘AMT Shock’ [$33,750 - $45,000 /yr]

    11/29/2012 11:31:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published: Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | 11:24 AM ET | By: Mark Koba
    One of the key questions lurking in the "fiscal cliff" talks — though well below the public's radar — is what happens to the alternative minimum tax — or AMT. Implemented in 1969 to make sure upper-income Americans pay their share of taxes, the AMT has increasingly snared more middle-income Americans over the years because it was never indexed for inflation. During the 2011 tax year for example, the higher tax hit single taxpayers with incomes as low as $48,450 and joint filers making only $74,450. But millions more Americans could be subject to the AMT in their 2012 returns...
  • Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?

    11/29/2012 11:28:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/12 | Robert Johnson
    Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911. The oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not apply. When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory —...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • Six middle school students charged with assault after attack on Virginia bus driver

    11/29/2012 11:20:38 AM PST · by Arthurio · 42 replies
    By Daniel Arkin, NBC News Six students who allegedly assaulted a Richmond, Va., middle school bus driver Tuesday have been arrested and charged, according to the Richmond Police Department. The unidentified students face felony aggravated assault and assault by mob charges, police said. A seventh student was suspended in connection with the incident. Richmond City school administrators said the group of students attacked a bus driver on the way to Albert Hill Middle School at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The alleged assault left the 55-year-old male bus driver with serious face and head injuries, according to NBC12, a station...
  • Susan Rice has six-figure investment in controversial Canadian oil pipeline company

    11/29/2012 11:20:34 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Martosko
    Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been floated as a possible secretary of state nominee, may soon face opposition from the environmental lobby over what the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called a potential financial conflict of interest on Wednesday. According to her May 2012 financial disclosure, Rice has an investment in TransCanada Corporation worth between $300,000 and $600,000. TransCanada is angling for the State Department’s permission to build the final portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile conduit for crude oil between Canadian deposits and Texas refineries. If she were confirmed...
  • Good News for a Change: Two More States Move Against ObamaCare

    11/29/2012 11:19:37 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | 11/29/2012 | Joshua Withrow
    Some good news today, as Michigan and Arizona have both made decisions that they will not be setting up a health care exchange under ObamaCare. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer declared yesterday that she will not direct the state government to set up an exchange. In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has been trying to set up an exchange, but Speaker of the House Jase Bolger has declared that he will not bring the bill to establish exchanges to the floor. 3,500 people have already sent messages urging Michigan's top state officials to stand against ObamaCare, and the Speaker is listening....
  • Arizona governor sued over her order denying driver's licenses for young immigrants

    11/29/2012 11:10:00 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    The StarTribune ^ | November 29, 2012 | JACQUES BILLEAUD , Associated Press
    PHOENIX — Immigrant rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under a new Obama administration policy.
  • 1,200 Days and $5 Trillion in New Debt Since Senate Dems Passed a Budget [Update: 1,310 days]

    11/29/2012 11:08:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 8/10/12 | Daniel Halper
    Tomorrow will mark a milestone: It will be 1,200 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, during which time Congress amassed $4.8 trillion in new debt. Later today, the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee will release this chart, detailing these startling numbers:
  • Are ‘isolation rooms’ in some school districts going too far?

    11/29/2012 11:02:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    q13Fox ^ | 11/28/2012 | Dana Rebik
    As the director of the Washington Autism Alliance, Arzu Forough hears a lot of bad stories about special needs students being mistreated in school. When behavior becomes violent and a student is at risk of hurting themselves or others, Forough said, a teacher can put a child in what’s known as a quiet or isolation room if they have the parents’ permission. “The rooms I’ve seen are either three-quarter doors or have large windows where the child is visible to the staff member,” Forough said. “There are either bean bags in there or something comfortable for the student to sit...
  • Stuff Obama Says While Playing Monopoly

    11/29/2012 11:02:43 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 30 replies
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  • Tomorrow Never comes

    11/29/2012 11:01:52 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 14 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/29/12 | Judson Phillips
    Word is slowly seeping out for Washington about a grand bargain being worked out between Barack Obama and John Boehner. As we hear about the negotiations, the obvious question to be asked is, does Boehner and the Republican leadership in the House even have a clue? What is going on that is so dangerous? The Republicans are going to surrender on taxes. According to published reports a deal is going to be made. It is your typical Republican deal. The GOP will agree to a trillion in new taxes and there will be spending cuts in the future. When will...
  • Biden hits new D.C. Costco: ‘I’m looking for pies’

    11/29/2012 10:56:43 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Yahooooooooo Newz ^ | 29NOV2012 | Olivier Knox
    Best office "Secret Santa" ever? Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise shopping blitz through the brand-new Washington, D.C., Costco store on Thursday, emerging with a 32-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV, some kids' books, a big apple pie and Duraflame logs. He then brought his loot back to the White House compound. "I'm looking for pies," Biden told Costco employee Ivey Stewart, his native guide through the wilderness of the big-box store's opening-day frenzy. Biden, who was welcomed by Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal, flashed his membership card (yes, the vice president has his own membership card). "In...
  • Live Thread: U.N. Set To Vote Within Hours On Palestinian State Recognition

    11/29/2012 10:48:46 AM PST · by silentknight · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/2012
    (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly is set to approve an implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government. - clip -- U.N. set to vote within the next few hours.
  • Ewart: Oilsands success, pipeline failures prove costly

    11/29/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | STEPHEN EWART
    The Alberta government is paying the price for the success of efforts to develop the oilsands and the failure to develop pipelines to get that oil to market. The price - as measured by what is known as the differential, or discount, from global benchmark crudes - is currently about $29 on each of the 2.5 million barrels of oil pumped every day in Canada's biggest oil-producing province. That works out to $72.5 million a day. Over a year, that's $26.5 billion of potential revenue not circulating in the provincial economy. Finance Minister Doug Horner cited widening differentials as the...
  • Dem Rep. Hank Johnson: Amend Constitution to Restrict Freedom of Speech

    11/29/2012 10:44:38 AM PST · by abishai · 77 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Nov 29 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech. "We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations," said Johnson. “These corporations, along with the people they support, other millionaires who they’re putting into office, are stealing your government. They’re stealing the government and the U.S. Supreme Court was a big enabler with the Citizens United case,” Johnson...
  • American Patriots and Guns - All Patriots Are Obligated to Be Armed and Ready

    11/29/2012 10:42:52 AM PST · by EdReform · 33 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Mark Alexander
    The Patriot Post • http://patriotpost.us American Patriots and Guns All Patriots Are Obligated to Be Armed and Ready By Mark Alexander November 29, 2012 "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic." --Joseph Story On the most recent "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, which has become the biggest commercial sales day of the year, despite the continuing economic decline, there were record sales in one notable product category: Guns. According to Stephen Fischer, director of the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System,...
  • Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain

    11/29/2012 10:38:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain By Alexander Bolton - 11/29/12 12:54 PM ET Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire....