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  • Feds: $100,000 To Teach Teen Girls 'Condom Negotiation'

    11/30/2012 4:29:18 PM PST · by drewh · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2012 at 2:00 | Paul Bedard
    The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and "at-risk" 14-17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas, to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including better "condom negotiation" tactics. The National Institutes of Health, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is providing a University of Houston researcher the money because of the lack of study of female teen juveniles in trouble with the law. The school said the study, "Choices - Teen: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females," will include 30 at-risk girls, ages 14-17, on intensive probation with...
  • For Susan Rice, Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu

    11/30/2012 4:18:07 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 30, 2012
    Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. 'What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security." In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she...
  • Suzanne Venker: The War On Men

    11/30/2012 4:17:23 PM PST · by drewh · 116 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published November 26, 2012
    Believe it or not, modern women want to get married. Trouble is, men don’t. The so-called dearth of good men (read: marriageable men) has been a hot subject in the media as of late. Much of the coverage has been in response to the fact that for the first time in history, women have become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They’re also getting most of the college degrees. The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women. Women aren’t women anymore. To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual...
  • George Zimmerman defense asks judge for original recording of interview with 'star witness'

    11/30/2012 4:16:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    George Zimmerman's legal team has asked a judge to force an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family to turn over to the defense a recorded interview with the witness described as the teen's girlfriend. According to Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Trayvon's family, the girlfriend was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon moments before he was shot by Zimmerman on Feb. 26. At issue is a recorded interview Crump conducted with the girl, identified in prosecution documents as Witness 8. Crump played a portion of his talk with Witness 8 at a press conference in late March. Crump has said that...
  • Community Outraged that Store Clerk Shot Man, Surveillance Video Tells Different Story (VIDEO)

    11/30/2012 4:08:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    guns.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Community members are up in arms in southeast Houston, demanding justice for a 21-year-old man who was shot by a store clerk during an altercation Monday night. What happened? The young man punched the clerk in the face. According to KHOU news, Alexander Calloway and his two cousins were trying to enter a gas station at 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked. The young men got into an argument with the clerk, Akrem Azzam, through the bulletproof exterior counter. Azzam eventually unlocked the door to speak with Calloway, which was admittedly unwise. Still, that’s no excuse for what happened...
  • White House opposes new Israeli settlement construction

    11/30/2012 4:07:19 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/30/12 | BYRON TAU
    The White House condemned Israel's decision to build more than 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. "We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two state solution. Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that easier to achieve," Vietor said.
  • What Is the Difference Between Islam and Islamism? ?

    11/30/2012 4:00:03 PM PST · by teflon9 · 24 replies
    George Mason University's History News Network ^ | September 8, 2003 | Melvin E. Matthews, Jr
    The term Islamism was coined to differentiate Islam as modern ideology from Islam as a faith. It became necessary to make this distinction after the Iranian revolution of 1979, which gave rise to the popular use of the term: "Islamic fundamentalism." The use of fundamentalism to describe Islam spread so fast that by 1990, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defined fundamentalism as "the strict maintenance of traditional Protestant beliefs" and "the strict maintenance of ancient or fundamental doctrines of any religion, especially Islam." Ironically the more the media embraced Islamic fundamentalism as a term, the more scholars of Islam looked...
  • In 1929, Deflation Started In Europe Before Overtaking The U.S.

    11/30/2012 3:50:10 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    EWI ^ | 11-30-2012 | EWI
    In 1929, Deflation Started In Europe Before Overtaking The U.S. Economics / DeflationNov 30, 2012 - 05:23 AM By: EWI What Happens in Europe Will Not Stay in Europe More than 1,500 years after the fact, scholars still debate the causes of the Roman Empire's fall. What historians do agree on is that the crumbling empire's final days were marked by economic contraction, a struggle to fund Rome's routine affairs and excessive debt. Sound familiar? Mark Twain said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." That quote seems to apply when economically comparing the Roman Empire and the United...
  • Calif., Ariz. Border Towns Have Nation’s Highest Unemployment: Over 28%

    11/30/2012 3:46:05 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The metropolitan areas of Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., have the two highest unemployment rates in the country, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the El Centro metropolitan area, the unemployment rate for October was 28.1 percent, said BLS. In the Yuma metropolitan area, it was 29.8 percent. The national unemployment rate in October was 7.9 percent.
  • Colin Kaepernick’s parents justifiably annoyed by hack article about their son’s tattoos

    11/30/2012 3:45:05 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 73 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | 11/30/12 | Doug Farrar
    Before we get into this, we'd like to apologize in advance, because we're about to give you a link to perhaps the worst article in the history of sports. ...and Whitley's article, which went up on Thursday, is as asbestos-y as anything you'll ever read. A brief example: "San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback. That must make the guys in San Quentin happy. "Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California's state prison have tattoos. I don't know that as fact, but I've watched enough "Lockup" to know it's close to accurate. "I'm also...
  • Let's ALL Celebrate Anti-Islamophobia Month.

    11/30/2012 3:44:50 PM PST · by DanMiller · 14 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 30, 2012 | Dan Miller
    It's the Multicultural way! How could we possibly go wrong?We must recognize that Islam is our friend, not our enemy, and apologize for our shameful misconduct toward members of the highly regarded Religion of True Peace. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKerbOi_mrI?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkHere's a not very different view: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfJ6FpabknY?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkColonel Allen West has some similar ideas. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CVK4c2qu3M?feature=player_popout] Video linkColonel West is just an absurd old White militaristic Uncle Tom with an irrational hatred of Islam. A vile Islamophobe, he says nothing worth hearing and knows nothing worth knowing. He didn't even have enough common sense to stay happily on the...
  • Hamas Reminder: Our Goal is Israel's Destruction

    11/30/2012 3:39:59 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/30/2012
    While Hamas welcomed a UN vote to recognize "Palestine" on Thursday, on the same day it issued a statement rejecting the UN's famous Resolution 181, in which the world body voted in favor of a plan to recognize two states in what was then British Mandatory Palestine - one Arab, and one Jewish. The Arab world rejected the plan and attacked the fledgling Jewish state - an approach which led to Israel growing in size, while Egypt and Jordan seized the rest of the land in the former British mandate. Hamas' Thursday statement indicated that its approach to the "problem"...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #23 November 30, 2012

    11/30/2012 3:35:54 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 24 replies
    Free Republic | 11-30-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I bottled the Irish Stout that I started about 4 weeks ago this week. I would like to try a Blueberry Wine soon. I think I will make just one gallon to start. What will I need? I will be using frozen whole Blueberries. A recipe for one gallon of must would be nice. Any help out there with what additives I will need and how much? I have a dry Champagne yeast to...
  • New HIV cases still on the rise in Sask. (Saskatchewan)

    11/30/2012 3:33:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    starphoenix ^ | 11.30.2012 | Star Phoenix
    REGINA — The latest HIV statistics have been released and although there has been an eight-per-cent increase of new cases in the province these latest numbers represent a seven-per-cent drop when compared to 2009 rates. “We recognize HIV is a serious issue for Saskatchewan, and we’re committed to reducing the HIV incidence in our province and improving the quality of life for people living with HIV,” Dustin Duncan, minister of health, at the All Nations Hope AIDS Network HIV Conference. “We are into the third year of implementing the provincial HIV Strategy and we have made significant progress on a...
  • CBS Radio Building Hit By Gunfire

    11/30/2012 3:27:20 PM PST · by usconservative · 46 replies
    CBS Radio Dallas Fort Worth ^ | Nov, 30th, 2012 | Ryan Crowe & L.P. Phillips, CBSDFW.com
    CBS Radio hit by gunfire. (Story at Link.)
  • Report: Extending Jobless Benefits Creates Jobs (Congressional Budget Office)

    11/30/2012 3:26:39 PM PST · by drewh · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2012 | By SAM HANANEL
    Extending the current level of long-term unemployment benefits for another year would add 300,000 jobs to the economy, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis released Wednesday from the nonpartisan office estimates that keeping jobless benefits would cost the government $30 billion. But it would also lead to more spending by the unemployed, boosting demand for goods and services and creating new jobs. Federal long-term unemployment benefits are set to expire on Dec. 29 for more than 2 million workers unless Congress approves an extension. Democrats have called for reauthorization of extended benefits, but Republicans generally...
  • Pelosi will try to force House vote to extend middle-class tax rates

    11/30/2012 3:22:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Chris Moody
    WASHINGTON—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will try to force a vote on the House floor to extend current tax rates for the middle class next week if Republicans do not act, the California Democrat announced on Friday. During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi called on House Republicans, who control the chamber, to hold another floor vote on whether to extend current tax rates for individuals who earn $200,000 or less and families making $250,000 or less. If they don't, Pelosi vowed to file a "discharge petition" that would force a vote if 218 House members sign it, which...
  • White House opposed new Iran sanctions

    11/30/2012 3:18:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012 - 3:15 PM | Josh Rogin
    The White House announced its opposition to a new round of Iran sanctions that the Senate unanimously approved Friday, in the latest instance of Congress pushing for more aggressive punitive measures on Iran than the administration deems prudent. On Thursday, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate passed 94-0. The new legislative language would blacklist Iran's energy, port, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, while also placing new restrictions on Iran's ability to get insurance for all these industries. The legislation would also vastly expand U.S. support for human...
  • NEA Awards 832 Art Works Grants Totaling $23.3 million

    11/30/2012 3:17:53 PM PST · by Drango · 15 replies
    NEA ^ | 11/27/12
    Plus, 40 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling $1 million awarded to poets November 27, 2012 Contact: Victoria Hutter 202.682.5570 hutterv@arts.gov Washington, DC -- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works funding category. Not-for-profit arts organizations in 47 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive funding. The supported projects span 13 artistic disciplines and fields and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. In addition, the...
  • Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group

    11/30/2012 3:11:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military. Wonder had been scheduled to perform next week for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
  • Do Conservatives Have to Fight Defense Cuts?

    11/30/2012 3:11:25 PM PST · by DontTreadFred · 32 replies
    www.donttread.com ^ | 11/30 | Fred
    Do you believe that conservatism requires spending more on defense? I am surprised that so many of my fellow conservatives believe that defense spending cuts are at odds with conservatism. I definitely think we need a strong defense: that is a conservative principle. But, we should definitely evaluate what level of spending is necessary to make a strong defense. We owe it to the men and women fighting our war in Afghanistan to give them the tools they need to fight, but I can't imagine that there is no waste in the defense budget. We owe our soldiers a duty...
  • Report: Security Clearances Revoked, Criminal Charges Pending For ATF Fast and Furious Officials

    11/30/2012 3:09:51 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-30-2012 | Katie Pavlich
    November 30, 2012 Report: Security Clearances Revoked, Criminal Charges Pending For ATF Fast and Furious Officials Katie Pavlich Washington D.C. - According to credible ATF sources, officials heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and named as partially responsible for the program's failure by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the House Oversight Committee have been stripped of their government security clearances while some have been fired, demoted, and transferred. Criminal charges are also reportedly pending. Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in...
  • California Is About To Get Pummeled With Rivers Of Rain (Like, Not Since 1861)

    11/30/2012 3:04:06 PM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-30-2012 | Mark Fischetti, Scientific American
    California Is About To Get Pummeled With Rivers Of Rain Mark Fischetti, Scientific AmericanNovember 30, 2012An atmospheric river (thin yellow band) feeds torrential rain into northern California on Nov. 30. Northern California is experiencing the first days of what weather forecasters are warning will be a long series of torrential rainstorms that could cause serious flooding across the northern one-third of the state. The relentless storms are being driven by a feature in the atmosphere you have probably never heard of: an atmospheric river. Oh, and another atmospheric river created the worst flooding since the 1960s in western England and...
  • Mark Levin,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 30,2012

    11/30/2012 3:03:34 PM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 30,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • What the Pope Really Said About Christmas

    11/30/2012 3:00:48 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    First Things ^ | November 30, 2012 | Kevin M. Clarke
    The Pope’s new book, Infancy Narratives, was released on November 21. The day’s headline of the Daily Mail? “Killjoy Pope crushes Christmas nativity traditions: New Jesus book reveals there were no donkeys beside crib, no lowing oxen and definitely no carols.” CNN’s online story followed suit. The New York Daily News repeated the claim about the animals, adding not that the pope agreed with some historians on an earlier dating of the birth of Christ but that “the Christian calendar has Jesus’ birth year wrong, Pope Benedict XVI claims in a new book.” But those who have read Pope Benedict...
  • A Reminder by Spurgeon

    11/30/2012 2:59:17 PM PST · by madmominct · 2 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 11/28/2012 | madmominct
    "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels." Revelation 12:7 War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness. Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it. Jesus will always be the dragon's foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil. All his servants, whether angels...
  • Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

    11/30/2012 2:55:34 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2012 | Matt McGrath
    A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic transit profitable. Long-term preparationBuilt in 2007 with a strengthened hull, the Ob River can carry up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas. The tanker...
  • The Word of God is a Person Not Merely a Text

    11/30/2012 2:54:44 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many people think of the Word of God as an “it” when in fact, the Word of God is a person, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Jesus did not come merely to give us information and exhortation. He came to give us his very self. He is the “Word made Flesh.”In the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict writes:[There is a] statement made by the author of the Letter to the Hebrews: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us...
  • Introducing the 'Obama-fish'

    11/30/2012 2:47:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://news.mongabay.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | Staff
    Scientists have named five newly discovered fish after former and current U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Teddy Roosevelt, reports the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Scientific American. The fish were formerly described earlier this month in the journal the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The fish are all species of darter, a group that is found widely in the United States. The species were identified after research on the Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum) concluded that it could be divided into nine separate species, five of which are now...
  • Son's woes weigh heavily on the Rev. Jesse Jackson

    11/30/2012 2:43:03 PM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    AP (Yahoo) ^ | 11/30/2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) — At 71, the Rev. Jesse Jackson still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks widely on all kinds of civil rights issues. But he struggles when addressing one thing: the son and political heir who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. The elder Jackson says his heart "burns" over the woes of his oldest child.
  • On TCM Sunday: Ronald Reagan in "She's Working Her Way Through College"

    11/30/2012 2:39:49 PM PST · by opineapple · 4 replies
    Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson A burlesque queen goes to college, charms a professor and livens up the class play. Comedy/Musical 1952 TCM: She's Working Her Way Through College
  • Vatican blasts media coverage of pope’s latest book

    11/30/2012 2:38:42 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 29) blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were present when Jesus was born, saying media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s new book on Jesus’ childhood missed the book’s key message.Writing on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, Spanish theologian Jose Maria Gil Tamayo labeled the “media confusion” as another “symptom” of the “widespread and silent marginalization of God” in contemporary society.Benedict’s third book on the life of Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,” hit bookstores worldwide on Nov. 21 with an initial print...
  • Russia reports 12% rise in HIV - 200 new cases a day

    11/30/2012 2:37:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 11.30.2012 | BBC
    The number of HIV cases in Russia was 12% higher in the first six months of 2012 than in the same period last year, government health experts say. Official data shows that in the first 10 months, 703,781 Russians had the virus, of whom 90,396 died. In nearly 60% of new cases, drug injection using dirty needles was the cause of infection. Meanwhile, worldwide, the number of new infections in adults has stayed broadly stable for the past four years. The executive director of the UN's HIV/Aids agency, Michel Sidibe, told BBC News last week that Russia was among a...
  • Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study finds (other Democratics moved in)

    11/30/2012 2:28:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/26/12 | Michelle Warwicker
    Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study findsBy Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature 26 November 2012 Last updated at 22:07 Lemmings became "regionally extinct" five times due to rapid climate change during the last Ice Age, scientists have found. **SNIP** Instead the tests revealed that genetically distinct populations of lemmings were "present at different points in time" during the Late Pleistocene, 11,700 to around 126,000 years ago, meaning that the lemming population had been wiped out multiple times and then re-colonised some time after, possibly from populations in eastern Europe or Russia. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • San Francisco Woman Live Tweets As She Hits Alleged Thief With Bear Spray, Chases Him

    11/30/2012 2:25:41 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY
    A San Francisco woman took crime fighting into her own hands this week when she doused a potential thief with bear spray and delivered him into the handcuffs of police while live-tweeting the whole incident. Photographer Sonya Yu began tweeting about the intruder Tuesday morning, saying that the suspect had been plaguing the neighborhood with thefts of deliveries. "He's the one that's been rampantly stealing packages in our neighborhood. I put out a bait package today & will be quietly working," she tweeted. "My bear spray, bokken, & I are still not intimidated," Yu tweeted. "He's back & strong apparently....
  • (Cops & Robbers Agree!) California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers

    11/30/2012 2:24:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 147 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | dabneybailey
    California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers If a couple of thugs break into your place of business and point a gun in your face, then you would be perfectly justified in opening fire on them, right? Well, maybe not. San Jose police are giving one gun owner a stern tsk-tsk after she defended her property from a pair of armed thieves. According to ABC Local 7 News, a pair of thieves wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts burst into a San Jose jewelry store at 10:15 a.m. on Monday. At least one of the would-be thieves was...
  • Conservatives vs. the GOP - Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if...

    11/30/2012 2:20:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2012 | John Fund
    Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if they vote for tax hikes.Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee. If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base. “This is a time of testing for you,” more than 70 conservative leaders write in an open letter sent Friday morning to every GOP member of Congress. They warn that if a budget deal that raises taxes is passed with GOP fingerprints on...
  • Huntsman: GOP Should Avoid Social, 'Fringe' Issues (angling for sec of state job?)

    11/30/2012 2:16:36 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | - 11/30/12 09:54 ET | By Justin Sink
    Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Friday that the Republican Party should stress its "libertarian roots" rather than "fringe" social issues as it evaluates its election losses. “I think the deliberation about the Republican Party that we’re having is a very healthy thing," Huntsman told CNN. "And if we don’t wind up at the end of the exercise with a mission statement that is one sentence long, then we’re toast. That one statement ought to be, ‘Balance the budgets and get out of people’s lives.’ And you ought to build the party around that because we have strong libertarian...
  • PolitiFact: A foreclosure ‘cliff’ could be looming

    11/30/2012 2:13:34 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 30 November 2012 | Eric Stirgus
    A “foreclosure tax” that would take effect in 2013 could mean a high tax bill for those facing foreclosure and millions of families who modified their mortgage or had a short sale through their lender. National Association of Realtors in a blog on its website —- In Washington, much of the political conversation these days surrounds a “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and drastic budget cuts that could ignite another economic recession if lawmakers don’t reach a compromise on such issues before this year ends. One organization, though, recently raised its concerns about another piece of federal legislation and its...
  • Ignore GDP and the Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Is Already in Recession

    11/30/2012 2:10:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 November 2012 | Aaron Task
    The U.S. economy grew 2.7% in the third quarter, up from a previously reported 2% the government reported Thursday. But the guts of the report raised some concern, notably a big increase in inventories and a big downward revision to consumer spending. For most economists, the GDP report provides further evidence of a U.S. economy that's growing modestly, but far from robustly. For Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, the report is a distraction from the real story: the U.S. economy is already in recession. "The evidence is starting to mount a recession is already underway, and...
  • U.S. Household Debt Is Totally Out Of Control

    11/30/2012 2:08:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Decline of the Empire ^ | 30 November 2012
    We have a stunning chart today which illustrates why taking on boatloads of student debt is not a good "investment" for most young people. (chart) JFC! (See here if this acronym is new to you). The New York Fed has updated the household debt numbers for Q3:2012. Read it and weep. In its latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that in the third quarter, non-real estate household debt jumped 2.3 percent to $2.7 trillion. The increase was due to a boost in student loans ($42 billion), auto loans ($18 billion)...
  • Newt: Fiscal Cliff 'Artificial Invention'

    11/30/2012 1:53:15 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    Newt Gingrich: "Well, I think there are a lot worse things than going over a man-made cliff that I think is entirely artificial. And I think the reality is, the President of the United States has not come forward with any serious spending cuts. What the Democrats are proposing is to take the tax increase now, and then sometime next year, eventually, possibly, we might have some kind of entitlement reform. That's a really bad deal for the American people." Greta Van Sustern: "Well, I don't know if it's also a deal that anyone expects could be realistically kept. I...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • Direct US-Iran Talks December 1: Too Late to Stop a Nuclear-Armed Iran (3 month deadline)

    11/30/2012 1:45:06 PM PST · by drewh · 6 replies
    DEBKAfiles ^ | Fri November 30, 2012
    Tehran given a three-month deadline to halt its nuclear bomb program. President Obama has taken some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results but US military strength has also been lined up just in case.
  • Vanity--Spin off of Another Thread--What Is Your Fav Christmas Music?

    11/30/2012 1:43:38 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 100 replies
    Ok, What is your fav Christmas music to get you in the spirit? And to get your mind off of four more years of Satan.
  • Climate Change Alarmists Are Cult-like

    11/30/2012 1:39:48 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 4 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 30, 2012 | JP
    I was in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It was there that I first observed for myself the almost religious fervor of those who subscribe to the global warming orthodoxy; who accept, as an article of faith, that Earth’s 6.9 billion human inhabitants are dangerously overheating the planet. The Kyoto summit wasn’t about drafting an international treaty based on science. It was about promoting theology based on radical environmentalism. So it continues to this very week with a new study, published in the journal “Science,” reported uncritically in the mainstream media, warning...
  • Buffett: Raise tax cutoff point to $500K

    11/30/2012 1:36:13 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov 26 2012 | UPI
    Warren Buffett called Monday for the cutoff point in U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to end the Bush-era tax cuts to increase to $500,000 from $250,000. "I support President Obama's proposal to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for high-income taxpayers," the business magnate, investor and philanthropist wrote in an op-ed piece published in The New York Times Monday. "However, I prefer a cutoff point somewhat above $250,000 -- maybe $500,000 or so." He also called on Congress, "right now, to enact a minimum tax on high incomes. "I would suggest 30 percent of taxable income between $1 million and $10...
  • Congress should dive headlong off fiscal cliff

    11/30/2012 1:34:48 PM PST · by GVnana · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Tucker Carlson, Neil Patel
    Everyone in Washington fears the fiscal cliff. The White House has no interest in going over. Democrats understand they’ll never have more power than they do now. Delaying a budget deal until after January means getting less of what they want. Republican leaders, meanwhile, live in fear of another 1995 government shutdown. When two sides fail to reach a deal, the media blame Republicans. That’s the lesson Republicans learned 17 years ago. They shudder imagining the headlines if negotiations were to break down next month: “Norquist-controlled GOP forces America off cliff.” Nothing terrifies them more than that. They’ll do anything...
  • The East/West College Bowl Line-Up, presented by CSEN

    11/30/2012 1:29:34 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/20/2012 | Key & Peele
    Meet the flamboyant players of the East/West Collegiate Bowl.
  • The AMT, Bush Tax Cuts, and my CPA Meeting (must read Vanity)

    11/30/2012 1:27:37 PM PST · by taildragger · 18 replies
    taildragger | 11/30/2012 | taildragger
    Folks, Spent more than an hour with my favorite CPA to run through some tax planning scenarios of what will happen to my family w/ the what ifs. She tweaked or found out how to do so, i.e. turn off "The Patch" with her tax planning software. Many clients are coming in to find out what the news is.... If the AMT is fixed this year we are up 600 Fed, minus 300 ish for the State so net ahead... If the AMT isn't fixed for 2012 we owe $2,800 ish.... If the Bush cuts lapse and AMT fixed for...