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  • Oh My: McConnell Laughed Out Loud When Geithner Discussed Obamas Plan

    11/30/2012 2:54:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Negotiations cant be going too well if the Senate Minority leader is openly scoffing at President Obamas bipartisan plan to solve the looming fiscal cliff crisis. Yikes: Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he burst into laughter Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasnt trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts. Geithners visit to his office left McConnell discouraged about reaching a balanced deal on tax hikes and spending reductions designed to prevent a shock...
  • Police officer buys homeless man a pair of shoes [Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?]

    11/30/2012 2:50:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    WWAY-TV ^ | November 30, 2012 | Katelyn Supa
    One tourist's photograph, among the countless snapped every day in the Big Apple, has gone viral. The moment captured is one of generosity, and since it was posted on Tuesday, it has circled the globe and brought a lot of attention to one young New York City cop. Had it not been for a tourist from Arizona who snapped the photo with her cell phone, Officer Lawrence DePrimo's act of kindness, giving boots to a homeless man, may have gone unnoticed. Tourist Jennifer Foster emailed the photo to the NYPD and they posted it to their Facebook page. Tens of...
  • Mesika: PA Killed Oslo, Time for Annexation

    11/30/2012 2:37:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    ..... Not only would it be the only useful response, he added, but first and foremost, it would be the morally and historically right thing to do. Judea and Samaria are the heart of the Jewish people. ..... Over the years the state of Israel has been the only one keeping the accords, while the Arab terrorist entity, imported from Tunisia, has regularly ignored it. But the appeal to the UN means the declaration of the accords death Therefore the state of Israel has nothing to stop it from annexing all the communities it has established in Judea and Samaria,...
  • India's economic growth rate slows to 5.3%

    11/30/2012 2:20:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | November 30, 2012
    India's growth rate slowed in the July to September quarter, putting pressure on the government to implement more reforms and ease monetary policy. The economy grew by 5.3% from a year earlier. That was down from a rate of 5.5% in the previous three months.
  • Syrian Internet switched off as army launches offensive

    11/30/2012 2:01:41 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/30/2012
    Syria's Internet and telecommunications networks were shut down and international flights were cancelled Thursday as President Bashar al-Assads regime launched a major offensive to retake control of the main road leading to Damascus airport. Syrias Internet was effectively cut off on Thursday, web monitoring organisations confirmed, before the regime of President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive to retake control of the road to Damascus airport. From around 10 a.m. today all Syrian IP addresses went blank, Nicolas Guillaume, of French Internet-monitoring company Cedexis told FRANCE 24. Weve seen traffic slowdowns in recent weeks, but this is the first time there...
  • French mouths water with the return of Burger King

    11/30/2012 1:50:35 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/30/2012
    The announcement that US fast food chain Burger King is set to make a return to France after a 15-year hiatus has caused huge excitement, even if only two franchises are planned for 2013. Burger King is making a return to France after a 15-year hiatus, in news that has set mouths watering in a country better known for its haute cuisine, fine wine and cheeses. The US fast food chains imminent return after it quit the country in 1997, citing the brands poor commercial performance, has been the subject of intense and repeated rumours for years. And the confirmation...
  • Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: "Republicans Ought To Simply Walk Away"

    11/30/2012 1:50:01 AM PST · by GVnana · 43 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/29/2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's not just a bad deal, this is really an insulting deal. What Geithner offered, what you showed on the screen, Robert E. Lee was offered easier terms at Appomattox, and he lost the Civil War. The Democrats won by 3% of the vote and they did not hold the House, Republicans won the house. So this is not exactly unconditional surrender, but that is what the administration is asking of the Republicans. This idea -- there are not only no cuts in this, there's an increase in spending with a new stimulus. I mean, this is almost...
  • Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa. [Republicans, Follow This Assclown & Refute Him!]

    11/30/2012 1:41:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    madison.com ^ | November 30, 2012
    President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling "fiscal cliff" to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. The trip comes amid signs of impatience in the negotiations between Republican leaders and the White House. Obama was scheduled to go to Hatfield, Pa.,to pressure Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending current Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. White House officials believe Friday's trip will build momentum for the president's case, even as Republicans describe it as an irritant and an obstacle to fruitful talks.
  • Obama's opening "fiscal cliff" bid seeks debt limit hike, stimulus

    11/30/2012 1:35:04 AM PST · by GVnana · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/2012
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration's opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said. The proposal, made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to congressional Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, was seen as offering little the Republicans could agree to and was greeted with laughter, the aide said. "We can't move any closer to them because they're not even on our planet," the aide said. "It was not a serious proposal."-snip-In the maiden bargaining session, Geithner, the...
  • Rick Perry's Ghostwriter Moves to the Senate

    11/30/2012 1:17:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | November 28, 2012 | David Weigel
    Erick Erickson informs his conservative readers that Sen.-elect Ted Cruz, the agreed-upon star of the new GOP class, has picked Chip Roy as his chief of staff. Why they should be happy: Chip currently works for Governor Rick Perry. If youve ever read Governor Perrys book Fed Up!, well, you know Chip Roy as the guy who helped put pen to paper for the Governor and helped shape Governor Perrys thinking on federalism issues. That represents no change from what we expected -- Cruz was always going to join the Mike Lee/Rand Paul Appeal to Reason caucus. It's just good...
  • Fighting Corruption Russian Style

    11/30/2012 1:03:13 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The dismissal of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month as a result of an investigation of corruption in the defense ministrycontrolled holding company Oboronservis (see EDM, October 25, November 1, 8) has been followed this week by further state-sponsored disclosures of high-level fraud. Former agriculture minister in Putins government from 2008 to 2012, Elena Skrynnik (51), has been accused by the state TV channel Rossya-1 of misappropriating 39 billion rubles ($1.26 billion) of state budget funds. In a special TV program aired on November 27, Rossya-1 accused Skrynnikwho before becoming agriculture minister was from 2001...
  • Top Five Reasons Republicans Should Take Us Over the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 12:50:56 AM PST · by GVnana · 37 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Nolte
    As the clock ticks and we watch the various players move their pieces into place, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Republicans are in a no-win situation. Theyre ether going to have to cave and agree to a tax increase without meaningful spending cuts or take the blame for going over the fiscal cliff. Here are five reasons why going over the cliff is by far the best option. 1. It's a Trap! Though House Speaker John Boehner foolishly helped to manufacture this trap by making tax increases the primary issue in the fiscal cliff negotiations, there's still time to extricate...
  • Sibley files motion to hold Obama in Contempt of Court

    11/29/2012 11:15:59 PM PST · by ABrit · 21 replies
    AMO PROBOS ^ | November 29, 2012 | MONTGOMERY BLAIR SIBLEY
    At the November 29, 2012, Preliminary Injunction hearing in Sibley vs. Alexander, Dinan and Lightfoot – a class action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against the three District of Columbia Electors of the so-called Electoral College – Barack Hussein Obama, II, refused to produce his original Short-Form “Certificate of Live Birth” and his original Long-Form “Certificate of Live Birth”. These documents are the sole evidence that Mr. Obama has proffered to the American People to establish his Article II, §1, eligibility for the Office of President. I had subpoenaed those documents for the hearing.  As a result, I today filed...
  • More soda tax measures may be coming

    11/29/2012 11:13:17 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Richmond's soda tax may have faltered badly on election day, but the idea is now bubbling up in other Bay Area cities and counties. Officials in San Francisco, Berkeley, Alameda County, Vallejo, El Cerrito and other jurisdictions have discussed, or plan to discuss, placing soda taxes on ballots. "We lost the election, but the movement will eventually win," said Dr. Jeff Ritterman, the Richmond city councilman who sponsored Measure N. "Momentum is on our side."
  • Obamas 2009 stimulus chief says taxes and rules on junk food are coming

    11/29/2012 11:05:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 28, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obamas healthy foods initiative.I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and its a big contributor to health costs, Summers said on Morning Joe today.Its not the agenda now, but I think at some point youre going to see tax measures and regulatory measures that...
  • Target: Old White Men

    11/29/2012 10:53:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    While modern society prides itself on being unbiased, it's no exception to the rule that every age has its fashionable prejudices -- and unfashionable people. Among the latter today are white men, and the closer they are to "dead white male" status, to use a favored leftist descriptive, the greater the disdain in which they're held. Thus do we see sneering at "old white men." Earlier this year, Senator Harry Reid -- one well acquainted through experience with old-white-male machinations -- complained of "angry old white men" who bankroll conservative causes. More recently, the old-white-media paper the Guardian published a...
  • After 460 Weeks of Protests, the Grannies Call It a Day

    11/29/2012 10:41:42 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | 11-29-12 | Clyde Haberman
    Sometimes the news is what didnt happen. It is worth noting, then, that Joan Wile and her cadre of graying activists did not stand curbside on Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon in protest against Americas wars. In mid-November, after an almost-unbroken run of Wednesday vigils going back nearly nine years, this group, known as Grandmothers Against the War, decided to call it a day. What had gotten them started, the war in Iraq, was over. While the other war, in Afghanistan, does go on, it draws ever scanter attention. That was the case even in the presidential campaign. (Headline in...
  • Only 12% of the world's population can solve this in under 30 seconds.

    11/29/2012 10:34:49 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 41 replies
    Only 12% of the world's population can solve this in under 30 seconds.Say the opposites of these words: 1. Always 2. Coming 3. Take 4. Me 5. Down Check your answers :here:
  • Could Sarah Palin Enter The 2016 Presidential Race?

    11/29/2012 10:34:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 29, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    The presidential campaign of 2016 was launched as soon as the last light dimmed on the stage after Mitt Romney gave his concession speech, in losing his presidential bid to Barack Obama. With the new battle now warming up amongst the GOP hierarchy there are many Republican leaders who want to point the party leftward, away from Ronald Reagan and his heir apparent Sarah Palin. That is correct. There is no stuttering here. Sarah Palin may appear to liberals and leftwing pundits, as well as, GOP Washington leaders as yesterdays news. Yet Mitt Romneys loss was not due to conservative...
  • Debt Limit: The Other Fiscal Cliff

    11/29/2012 10:23:13 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/12 4:33 AM EST | By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    [Nothing raises the ire of Republicans in Congress like the specter of Obama taking matters into his own hands. If the White House goes that route and raises the debt ceiling by executive order, Boehner and his leadership team would likely take immediate legal action to halt the debt ceiling increase, sources familiar with his thinking said.] -Snip- President Barack Obama made a demand of House Speaker John Boehner near the end of their first White House meeting on the fiscal cliff: Raise the debt limit before years end. Boehner responded: There is a price for everything. And with that...
  • Gingrich to GOP: Stop negotiating on fiscal cliff

    11/29/2012 10:18:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    On The Record ^ | November 29, 2012 | Greta VanSusteren
    Former presidential candidate thinks Republicans are giving Pres. Obama, Democrats leverage, that the fiscal cliff is like a 'fantasy'
  • Ill. Senate rejects Quinn plan on assault weapons

    11/29/2012 10:16:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    AP ^ | November 28, 2012 | NA
    November 28, 2012 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- A proposed assault-weapons ban that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced in August with great fanfare has fizzled without discussion in the Senate. The Senate voted 49-4 Wednesday to override Quinn's amendatory veto that rewrote legislation to prohibit the sale or possession of semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines and .50-caliber guns. Quinn's action came after a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater...
  • Bolling hints of independent bid for Va. governor

    11/29/2012 10:14:04 PM PST · by TBP · 21 replies
    The great Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bollings decision Wednesday to drop his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination paves the way for a battle royale between Republican state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe a campaign that could be radically altered if Mr. Bolling follows through on hints he might pursue an independent run. Such a move would turn on its head a race thats already ensured a national audience thanks to Virginias tradition of holding gubernatorial elections in odd years and would also test the loyalties of many within the party hungry...
  • Austerity program at San Diego Hospice brings layoffs (More than 180 sacked)

    11/29/2012 10:12:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The North County Times ^ | November 29, 2012 | Paul Sisson
    More than 180 San Diego Hospice employees received layoff notices Wednesday and Thursday, as the organization implements an austerity plan designed to keep it operating in the face of ongoing Medicare audits. Chief Executive Kathleen Pacurar said Thursday that the cuts include temporarily shutting down San Diego Hospices most visible presence in the community, a 24-bed specialty hospital in Hillcrest. The move is the result of Medicare temporarily shutting off reimbursement payments in early November, causing the hospice, one of the largest in the nation, to temporarily stop admitting patients. Those Medicare payments have since resumed, removing doubts about the...
  • McDonald's, KFC, Burger King workers protest in NYC

    11/29/2012 9:57:50 PM PST · by babyfreep · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Emily Jane Fox
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pamela Waldron makes $7.75 an hour as a cashier at the KFC in New York's Penn Station, where she has worked for eight years. That's just 50 cents above the New York state minimum wage. The 26-year old nursing student, and mother of two, says she has asked for a raise but her pleas have gone unheeded for weeks. Finally, on Thursday, around lunchtime she joined a protest of about 40 fast food workers who walked out of their shifts, carrying placards and shouting slogans to bring attention to their cause of fighting for higher wages...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greeces burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:55:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greeces burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...
  • The College Football Czar: Week 14

    11/29/2012 9:52:53 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 10 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 29, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar Week 14 Week thirteen in review: Notre Dame did what it had to do, by defeating another diminished opponent to finish the regular season at 12-0. The Fighting Irish defense stuffed the USC ground game on a late goal-line stand, and harassed freshman QB Max Wittek into two interceptions in a 22-13 victory. That presumably advances them to the BCS championship game in Miami, where they will face the winner of the SEC title game. Alabama and Georgia both dominated their rivalry games, which eliminated all other contending teams from the chase. The college football czar...
  • Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood. Via its Genesis.

    11/29/2012 9:52:26 PM PST · by Katechon · 16 replies
    In-Extremis | November 27 | Katechon
    Hassan al-Banna (left), حسن البنا and Saïd Ramadan (right), سعيد رمضان Al-Banna was born in Mahmudiya, Egypt, in 1906. [Biographical info here, ikhwanwiki arabic here, translated here]. He co-founded the Muslim Youth Association in 1927, restored the newspaper Al-Manar and the weekly al-Shehab, a magazine founded by Imam Abdul Hamid Ben Badis [more info here], and launched the Muslim Brotherhood in March 1928. Al-Banna casted the Muslim Brotherhood's project as twofold: a) to resist Western colonialism (الاستعمار) in its attempt to conquer the peoples of muslim faith (الشعوب المسلمة), and b) to implement Islamic law (Sharia, الشريعة) in the...
  • Navy catapults unmanned aircraft for first time

    11/29/2012 9:36:01 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29
    The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have conducted the Navy's first catapult launch of an unmanned aircraft on Thursday, marking the first of a series of shore-based catapult-to-flight tests over the next few weeks. Using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator, the Navy's UCAS Carrier Demonstration program plans to catapult the aircraft from a ship base, making history, next year. Mike Mackey, UCAS-D program director for Northrop Grumman, said, "Today's successful launch is another critical milestone in the carrier-stability testing phase of the UCAS-D program." The test was conducted at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station...
  • Body armor manufacturer in Eden to lay off 280 employees (North Carolina)

    11/29/2012 9:32:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WGHP-TV ^ | November 29, 2012 | Scott Gustin
    EDEN, N.C. KDH Defense Systems in Eden will lay off up to 280 employees in January. President & CEO Dave Herbener said employees were sent a notice warning of the layoffs. Herbener said most of the positions affected are in the production and administrative departments. When asked if the company was doing well in business, Herbener said the company is healthy. However, two military contacts will soon be ending, leaving a gap in production for the first part of next year. Herbener said their law enforcement contracts are growing and if more opportunities become available, those same employees could...
  • Gun owners, neighbors clash in Island County

    11/29/2012 9:29:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    King5 ^ | 11-26-12 | Eric Wilkinson
    WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - For Michael McInerney, home is on the range, shooting a gun, a way of life. I've been a target shooter since I was able to pick up a rifle, he says, squeezing off a few rounds at a fresh target. Outside city limits in Island County you can shoot just about anywhere, anytime. The same goes for hunting. Its a way of life not everyone in this increasingly populated county is comfortable with. You do think about once in a while, said Ken Webb, a relative newcomer to Whidbey Island after five years. Like many here,...
  • Our Most Popular Posts from the First 500

    11/29/2012 9:29:27 PM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Prepping To Survive .com ^ | 11/28/12 | Just for Fun
    Laura and I have been hoping for the best and preparing for the worst for quite a while now, but it wasnt until April of 2011 that we started sharing our experiences and what weve learned along the way with others in the form of PreppingToSurvive. Our goals at the time were pretty simple: Explain the need we feel for preparing for an uncertain future. Discuss hesitations, concerns, and common objections to prepping that others may harbor. Share common sense approaches to preparing for the future. Provide insight into the physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual requirements for surviving in...
  • Recession Big Factor as Birthrate Falls

    11/29/2012 9:28:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2012 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    A steep decline in births among immigrant women hard hit by the recent recession is the driving force behind the record low U.S. birthrate, according to the Pew Research Center. The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957. Immigrant women, both legal and illegal, still have a higher birthrate than the U.S. population as a whole. Yet the rate...
  • 'Bear attack' killed local man

    11/29/2012 9:25:55 PM PST · by whodathunkit · 44 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | November 27, 2012 | LANA MUTHLER
    SWISSDALE - State police say a Woodward Township, Clinton County, man died from a bear attack. The state Game Commission, however, disagrees, believing that Gary Lininger died of injuries caused when a tree fell on him. Lininger, 62, died on Oct. 16, according to the Clinton County coroner. His body was found four days later outside his secluded mountain home along Tedrow Lane, just off Route 664, the Coudersport Pike, above the village of Swissdale and some eight miles north of Lock Haven. Coroner Donald G. Walker said the death was not suspicious, but he ordered an autopsy to determine...
  • ABC-TV Still the One 1979 ending

    11/29/2012 9:18:52 PM PST · by bigbob · 59 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-3-2009 | JAM Creative Productions
    For many years the major TV networks in the U.S. would each create a "fall campaign" to build their promotion efforts around. The campaigns included custom graphics and a song, which could be either an established hit or an original composition. A full length version of the song would be produced with special lyrics, and become the sound track for a lengthy video designed to introduce the new fall programming line-up at the annual affiliates convention. In 1979, ABC-TV secured the rights to use the song "Still the One", which was an appropriate campaign theme because they were the #1...
  • TCM movie alert: "The Girl From Jones Beach"(1949) starring former President Ronald Reagan 11AM EST

    11/29/2012 9:09:30 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    TCM ^ | 1949 | Peter Godfrey
    My 2nd TCM movie alert for today. TCM will be airing the Ronald Reagan comedy "The Girl From Jones Beach" at 11 AM E.S.T. on Friday, November 30, 2012. It's a fun, goofy comedy that's worlds away from Reagan's dealing with the Soviets and fixing Carter's economic disaster. The voluptuous Virginia Mayo makes a very lovely leading lady for him and was quite fond of Reagan off-screen as well. I remember later seeing her in an interview where she said he was one of her favorite leading men. Don't expect anything deep but for light entertainment it works if you're...
  • Joe Biden: Costco-shopper-in-chief

    11/29/2012 9:05:39 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11-29-12 | Morgan Little
    Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the grand opening of Washington, D.C.s first Costco Thursday morning, meeting with co-founder Jim Sinegal and CEO Craig Jelinek and most importantly, searching for pies. Biden, who re-activated his Costco membership yesterday, declared Im looking for pies as soon as he got a cart, perusing the bakerys offerings while shoppers gathered around him. Biden, who also gathered a number of childrens books intended for a charity in Delaware, resisted attempts by employees to bring him into the tire department, saying Hey man, I dont need tires. I dont drive anymore. The vice president ended...
  • Boehner - Filibuster rule change bills 'dead on arrival'

    11/29/2012 9:03:06 PM PST · by Arthurio · 92 replies
    House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made it clear that any bill that came to the House from the upper chamber as a result of Senate Democrats changing the rules on the filibuster would be "dead on arrival." In a statement released from Speaker Boehner's office, the Ohio GOP'er remarked: Senate Democrats attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures. I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and...
  • Cops: Fla. woman attacks boyfriend after bad sex

    11/29/2012 9:01:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 82 replies
    CBS ^ | November 28, 2012
    (CBS) BRADENTON, Fla. - A Florida woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend because he had an orgasm during sex and she did not, CBS Tampa Bay reports. So is her arrest the anti-climax? Esric Davis, 30, told authorities that he and Raquel Gonzalez, 24, were having sex Monday when "[he] climaxed and Raquel did not."
  • Collierville's McGinnis Hardware to close its doors after 146 years

    11/29/2012 8:59:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | November 29, 2012 | Matt Woo
    While searching through the plastic containers full of screws and bolts at McGinnis Hardware, John Ashworth stopped, picked up a 1 -inch metal flat washer and showed it to employees. "I don't know where else you'll find something like that," said Ashworth, 79, who has been a customer for the last 40 years. For Ashworth and other longtime McGinnis Hardware patrons, the days of driving to the Collierville Town Square to pick up tools, plumbing equipment and other home repair items soon will come to an end. McGinnis Hardware will close its doors at 99 N. Center St. Dec. 22,...
  • Hundreds of SBB&T Employees Being Laid Off (Up to 600 in Southern California)

    11/29/2012 8:47:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KEYT-TV ^ | November 29, 2012 | Beth Farnsworth, C.J. Ward and Victoria Sanchez
    UPDATE - KEY News has learned as many as 600 Santa Barbara Bank & Trust employees working at branches from Ventura to San Jose will lose their jobs. Three hundred fifty of those workers are from the Santa Barbara area. The layoffs are part of the consolidation between SBB&T and Union Bank. An official with Santa Barbara Bank and Trust confirmed to KEY News Thursday morning that employee staff notifications are underway. KEY News has learned that the notifications started going out Wednesday. "I think most people were expecting the worst but had hope that this wasn't going to be...
  • EU: Citigroup sentences Europe to faster economic death

    11/29/2012 8:46:57 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The closer you read Willem Buiter's imperial uber-blick of the world economy, the more astonishing it becomes. Citigroup's end of year forecast Prospects for Economies and Financial Markets in 2013 and Beyond is in essence a celebration of American revival and ascendancy. It sentences Europe to slow economic death. The growth gap in 2012 between the US (+2.2) and the eurozone (-0.4) is the 2.6pc, the biggest since 1993. Professor Buiter Citi's chief economist said this is not a one-off. The differential will widen to 3.4pc in 2014 and continue at extreme levels into the latter...
  • (Video) The Revived Cold War & GOP Cowards in "Leadership"

    11/29/2012 8:43:40 PM PST · by publius321 · 4 replies
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  • More Than 400 Women Have Died From Legal Abortions Since 1973

    11/29/2012 8:38:42 PM PST · by kathsua · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/27/12 | Randy O'Bannon
    Abortion numbers, rates, and ratios for 2009 have been released by the governments Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indicating significantly fewer abortions than found in the previous years report. And while the decrease is most welcomed, the abortion industry likes to act as if women no longer died from abortion once it became legal. In fact, CDC reports that twelve more women died in 2008, the most recent year for which the CDC had data, and more than 400 women have died from legal abortion since 1973. The number of abortions reported for 2009 (784,507) is 41,057 fewer than it...
  • Obama As Jesus Painting On Display After Canceled Event

    11/29/2012 8:35:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    A painting depicting President Obama in a religious pose is now on display at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and its garnering some protests from those who think its blasphemous. Artist Michael DAntuono originally planned to display the piece in an art installation in New Yorks Union Square on the presidents 100th day in office, but so many protesters contacted him about ithe received over 4,000 emailsthat he canceled the event. Its something he says he regrets now. I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someones hurt feelings,...
  • The day spa of gun ranges: Giant new shooting facility focuses on sexy luxury with military cred

    11/29/2012 8:33:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    CultureMapHouston ^ | 11-29-12 | Whitney Radley
    Even in name, Athena Gun Club doesn't come across as your average shooting range. Nor does it feel like one upon entering the airy lobby off the Katy Freeway, its spa-serene atmosphere belying what takes place behind soundproof walls until a visitor glances to the right or left to see a plentiful array of handguns, machine guns, rifles and Tasers on display. *snip* .. the largest gun range in Houston and the most expansive facility in the nation, with 26 indoor lanes that boast Action Target and digital retrieval systems, bullet traps, ammo recycling and an advanced ventilation system that...
  • Weight Loss Surgery May Not Combat Diabetes Long-Term

    11/29/2012 8:28:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | Anahad O'Connor
    Weight loss surgery, which in recent years has been seen as an increasingly attractive option for treating Type 2 diabetes, may not be as effective against the disease as it was initially thought to be, according to a new report. The study found that many obese Type 2 diabetics who undergo gastric bypass surgery do not experience a remission of their disease, and of those that do, about a third redevelop diabetes within five years of their operation. The findings contrast with the growing perception that surgery is essentially a cure for Type II diabetes. Earlier this year, two widely...
  • Trade Tax Increase for Vote Rigging Prosecutor

    11/29/2012 8:22:22 PM PST · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | November 29, 2012 | Reasonmclucus
    Congressional Republicans shouldn't give President Barack Obama the tax increases he wants without getting something in return. Many of the Republicans strongly opposed to tax increases believe Obama won the election because of voting irregularities in some states. They might find a tax increase more acceptable if the legislation were accompanied by appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of voting irregularities. I don't know how valid the allegations are or if the actions could actually have changed the outcome of the election. However, ignoring these allegations won't make them disappear. Those who believe the allegations are valid will...
  • Hostess says it has over 100 interested buyers

    11/29/2012 8:18:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    New York - Hostess Brands got final approval for its wind-down plans in bankruptcy court Thursday, setting the stage for its roster of snack cakes to find a second life with new owners - even as 18,000 jobs will be wiped out. The company said in court that it's in talks with 110 potential buyers for its iconic brands, which also include Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. The suitors include at least five national retailers, such as supermarkets, according to a financial adviser for the company. The process has been "so fast and furious," Hostess hasn't been able to make...