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  • Obama’s Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W

    12/01/2012 3:37:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    <p>At the close of business on Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the Treasury. At the close of business this Thursday, it stood at $16,323,083,449,604.98.</p> <p>That means the debt has increased $5,696,206,400,691.90 during Obama’s presidency.</p>
  • Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain & Use Weapon...

    12/01/2012 3:36:42 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via THE BLAZE.com ^ | November 30, 2012 10:00 pm | n/a
    "Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain and Use Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Americans" SNIPPET: "MIAMI (AP) — Two South Florida men of Pakistani descent have been charged with plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the U.S., federal prosecutors said Friday. The men were identified as brothers Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, and 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Pakistan and both were arrested in the Fort Lauderdale area, prosecutors said."
  • House passes bill to cancel diversity visa lottery

    12/01/2012 3:32:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The House voted Friday to cancel the annual diversity visa lottery and give those immigration visas to high-tech foreign-born who earn advanced degrees from American universities, as Republicans powered through their chamber the first major immigration bill since the election. The 245-139 vote was a test of the GOP’s plan to tackle immigration piecemeal, and while the bill passed, the strong opposition from Democrats suggests that Republicans’ strategy will face difficult hurdles. And while the chief selling point of the bill was to boost green cards given to science, technology, engineering and technology students, the bigger fight came over Republicans’...
  • SIBLING RIVALRY: Video shows twins fighting in the womb

    12/01/2012 2:00:33 AM PST · by onyx · 34 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Erika Neddenien
    LONDON (WTVR) – Striking new MRI images show that for twins, sibling rivalry starts early–even before birth. Researchers in London were trying to find out more about a rare blood disease that can complicate the pregnancies for women carrying twins, when they captured video of what appears to be two fetuses pushing each other as they try to make more room. Researchers at London’s Center for Fetal Care were studying a potentially deadly condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. It only occurs in identical twins, when the blood supply from one flows into the other. It can cause one twin to...
  • Nigel Farage: Ukip is Now Britain's Third Party

    12/01/2012 1:12:45 AM PST · by expat1000 · 22 replies
    HitC Politics ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Nicholas Watt
    The leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, has claimed that his party has now displaced the Liberal Democrats as the "third force" in British politics after it performed strongly in three byelections. In the party's strongest showing in a Westminster byelection, Ukip secured 21.79% of the vote in Rotherham, claiming second place behind Labour, which won with 46.25%. The Lib Dems trailed in eighth place on 2.11%. Labour scored a hat-trick of comfortable victories in the three byelections held in its safe seats of Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via HamptonRoads.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank

    12/01/2012 12:47:58 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 8 replies
    After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank Official says building is in accordance with Israel’s strategic interests map and says more construction planned in E1 area; Labor, Meretz criticize move By Ron Friedman November 30, 2012, 5:06 pm Updated: November 30, 2012, 7:47 pm 20 Email Print Share A Palestinian protester holds a placard in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem, marking the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state by the United Nations. Friday Nov. 30 (photo credit: AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi) A Palestinian...
  • President Obama: Identifying priorities for a second-term ‘black agenda’

    12/01/2012 12:37:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rahiel Tesfamariam
    While President Obama has been a unifying force in the black community during his first term in office, his presidency has also fueled deep divisions among many African Americans. The president’s first-term policies sparked heated debates among a host of well-known black intellectuals and political observers who argue that the president has ignored the issues of his most loyal base. These tensions will likely remain throughout Obama’s second term unless he quickly reverses course. Critics, such as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, will likely continue to press Obama to address the needs of black America, while others will struggle to...
  • Grassroots Activists Launch pro-Rubio AmericaNeedsRubio.com

    12/01/2012 12:08:04 AM PST · by americaneedsrubio · 19 replies
    A group of Conservative grassroots activists have launched a new pro-Marco Rubio website dedicated to electing him president of the United States in 2016, 4 years before the elections take place. The Mission Statement states: The Republican Party needs a strong conservative leader to take our message to the American people of smaller government, a strong foreign policy, low taxes and a balanced budget. Our message is the right one, but it is being lost in the mist of a biased media and uninformed electorate. We do NOT have to moderate, we need to modernize and market. Market our ideas...
  • Conservative Grassroots Activists Launch pro-Rubio Site

    11/30/2012 11:59:09 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 45 replies
    AmericaNeedsRubio.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | AmericaNeedsRubio.com
    A group of Conservative grassroots activists have launched a new pro-Marco Rubio website dedicated to electing him president of the United States in 2016, 4 years before the elections take place. The Mission Statement states: The Republican Party needs a strong conservative leader to take our message to the American people of smaller government, a strong foreign policy, low taxes and a balanced budget. Our message is the right one, but it is being lost in the mist of a biased media and uninformed electorate. We do NOT have to moderate, we need to modernize and market. Market our ideas...
  • Clinton calls on Israel to embrace moderate Palestinians, negotiations

    11/30/2012 11:51:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Ha’aretz (sub) ^ | 04:46 01.12.12 (Dec. 1) | Natasha Mozgovaya
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Friday that without progress toward peace, Israel will be forced to choose between “preserving democracy and the Jewish identity of the state.” ‫ Speaking at the Saban Forum 2012 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C., Clinton rejected Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s pessimism concerning the Palestinian Authority's capability of governing its territory and bring about a lasting peace. “With very little money, and no natural resources, they have accomplished quite a bit, building a security force that works every single day with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). They have entrepreneurial successes. They...
  • U.S. Steel lays off McKeesport Tubular Operations workers (Over 100 in Pennsylvania)

    11/30/2012 11:44:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WTAE-TV ^ | November 30, 2012
    McKEESPORT, Pa. — U.S. Steel is laying off more than 100 workers at its McKeesport Tubular Operations plant. Several people called WTAE Channel 4 Action News on Friday morning and said they got layoff notices. "As a result of business conditions, including the negative effect of the high level of tubular imports (many of which we believe to be unfairly traded), we are adjusting production at our McKeesport Tubular Operations. This adjustment in production will impact approximately 142 hourly employees...
  • Newt explains what the Republicans need to do to beat Obama

    11/30/2012 11:43:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 77 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11/30/2012 | The Right Scoop via Fox News
    Forget last night’s interview. Newt was much better tonight on Hannity and laid out exactly what Republicans need to do and explained why they have much more power than they realize. The interview begins at the 4:00 mark.
  • Huge Powerball Payout Inspires “Ingenious” Fiscal Idea

    11/30/2012 11:42:42 PM PST · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    The nearly $600 million payout to the two winners of this week's latest Powerball lottery drawing has inspired what Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called “an ingenious and painless way out of the government's chronic debt crisis.” Geithner's “ingenious and painless” plan calls for the Federal Reserve to buy a minimum of $30 billion in Powerball tickets every week. “Over the course of a year this would generate a minimum of $1.5 trillion in lottery winnings,” Geithner calculated. “As the holder of more than 99% of each week's outstanding tickets, the federal government would almost certainly win each week's jackpot. The...
  • "Casablanca" Piano Coming to NYC Auction

    11/30/2012 11:39:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | Nov 27, 2012
    The piano used for the song "As Times Goes By" in the movie "Casablanca" is getting another turn at fame. The instrument is going up for sale at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 14.
  • The Osama bin Laden Myth

    11/30/2012 11:37:02 PM PST · by Huskerfan44 · 23 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | November 26, 2012 | The Osama bin Laden Myth
    The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper, Ummat and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon. The interview was sensational. The alleged “mastermind” of 9/11 said that he and al Qaeda had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. The British Broadcasting Corporation’s World Monitoring Service had the interview translated into English and made public on September 29, 2001. Osama bin Laden’s sensational denial was not reported by the US print...
  • Say Goodbye to the Stage Deli, a Midtown Staple Since 1937

    11/30/2012 11:34:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Florence Fabricant
    At midnight on Thursday, the Stage Deli, a landmark New York institution that got its start 75 years ago, closed its doors. “It’s a sad day for New York,” said Paul Zolenge, who has owned the deli, on Seventh Avenue near 54th Street, with Steve Auerbach for 26 years. “We’ve been struggling to make it through these hard times.” Mr. Zolenge cited the cost of doing business in New York. The landlord erected scaffolding in front of the restaurant a year ago, he said, and even though it came down in September, “we lost a whole year.” The rent had...
  • 'Last Best Hope'

    11/30/2012 11:24:44 PM PST · by iowamark
    NY Times Disunion ^ | 11/30/2012 | Ted Widmer
    On Dec. 1, 1862, Abraham Lincoln submitted his second Annual Message to Congress... “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we...
  • Glen Campbell forgetful but in fine musical form - Concert review

    11/30/2012 11:21:11 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 16 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-28-12 | Tom Keough
    Mixed emotions were inevitable for fans of Glen Campbell during the legendary singer-guitarist’s performance at the Paramount Tuesday night. One of the last concerts remaining on Campbell’s long-running “Goodbye Tour,” which the 76-year-old musician launched last year after announcing he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, the Seattle show underscored the beloved artist’s strengths as a consummate crossover musician since the 1950s. At the same time, the ravages of Alzheimer’s were very much in evidence. Campbell sometimes stared at teleprompters, singing displayed lyrics as if reading from a book. (Even so, he lost his way on occasion.) His stage patter rambled: At...
  • Why Won’t Morsi Back Down? Read His Resume

    11/30/2012 11:20:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 30, 2012 | Eric Trager
    From the moment that tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to protest President Mohamed Morsi’s power-grabbing constitutional declaration, western journalists largely assumed that Morsi would back down. From their vantage point, criticism of Morsi’s move from within his own government, threats of judicial strikes, and the sheer magnitude of popular anger could force Morsi, in the words of The New York Times, “to engage in the kind of give and take that democratic government requires.” So when Morsi met with judges on Monday evening and promised that his newly declared powers only applied to ill-defined “acts of...
  • Drone crashes mount at civilian airports

    11/30/2012 11:02:45 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. Air Force drone, on a classified spy mission over the Indian Ocean, was destined for disaster from the start. An inexperienced military contractor in shorts and a T-shirt, flying by remote control from a trailer at Seychelles International Airport, committed blunder after blunder in six minutes on April 4. He sent the unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drone off without permission from the control tower. A minute later, he yanked the wrong lever at his console, killing the engine without realizing why. As he tried to make an emergency landing, he forgot to put down the wheels. The $8.9 million...
  • Depressing Curtain for Russian Naval Power: Admiral Sergei Gorshkov Fails Her Sea Trials

    11/30/2012 10:55:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies
    After a year of encouraging progress in the refitting of a late Soviet–era carrier, which Russia plans to sell to India, the vessel’s latest sea trials in September 2012 ended in failure and disappointment. The discouraging results point to substantial structural problems in Russia’s domestic naval defense industry and undermine the country’s reputation as a dependable arms supplier. The Kiev-class heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, completed in the late 1980s, has been what sailors call an “unlucky ship.” In 1992, she went into the dock yards at Murmansk for work on her steam pipes. But in those tight financial times...
  • Iran Unveils Unusually Colored Blue Submarine

    11/30/2012 10:22:36 PM PST · by LukeL · 59 replies
    www.yahoo.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    It looks like the Iranian Navy really wanted people to see its new submarine. In a live broadcast on state TV on Wednesday, the Islamic Republic showed off a new Sina 7 submarine that is painted in an unusually bright turquoise blue hue...
  • Report: Iranian Jewish woman cut in half, media silent

    11/30/2012 10:18:07 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 30, 2012 | Joe Newby
    a Jewish woman in Isfahan, Iran, was murdered and cut in half by Muslim extremists who wanted to take over her home. Israel Radio said that according to relatives, the woman lived next to a newly built mosque, and worshippers "had demanded that she and her family leave their home so the mosque could be expanded." The woman complained to authorities, and in response, a group of thugs came to her house, murdered her and allegedly cut her in two.
  • What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

    11/30/2012 10:08:24 PM PST · by Kartographer · 103 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11/30/12 | Daisy Luther
    Some people believe that we are hurtling towards physical disaster with our delicate electrical grid. Just how that disaster might occur is open for debate, but we need only look at major power outages over the last few years to see how precarious our grasp on electricity is. It isn’t a matter of “if” the lights will go out, but a matter of “when”. Severe weather has given the grid a walloping over the past few years. For example, three years ago, parts of Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Missouri suffered through 3 weeks sans power after...
  • (RoboFish) Homeland Security to Deploy Underwater Drones that Mimic Tuna Fish

    11/30/2012 9:57:48 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    DVICE ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Adario Strange
    Homeland Security to deploy underwater drones that mimic tuna fish With even gossip magazines being (falsely) accused of wanting to deploy aerial drones, it seems like the only place you might be able to escape robotic scrutiny would be somewhere far off at sea. Turns out: not true. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has funded a new underwater robot that can find you even in your underwater lair. The BIOSwimmer was developed by Boston Engineering Corporation's Advanced Systems Group (ASG) as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) modeled after the shape and swimming mechanics of a tuna fish. According to...
  • U.S. judge refuses to order anti-Muslim film off YouTube

    11/30/2012 9:44:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Steve Gorman
    (Reuters) - An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world on Friday lost her second legal bid to force the video off of YouTube. Denying a request by actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a court order requiring the popular online video site to remove the crudely made 13-minute clip, a federal judge found she was unlikely to prevail on her claims of copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald of Santa Clara, California, also canceled a December 3 hearing he had previously set...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-12

    11/30/2012 9:38:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion. December 1, 2012   Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 22:1-7 John said:An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of Godand of the Lamb down the middle of the street,On either side of the river grew the tree of lifethat produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.Nothing accursed will be found anymore.The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,and his servants will worship...
  • Catholic Church's Exorcist Hotline - Press 1 for Demonic Possession, Press 2 for Visions of Hell

    11/30/2012 9:23:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 30 November 2012 | Kerry Mcdermott
    Press one for demonic possessions, press two for visions of Hell ... Catholic Church sets up exorcist hotline • The hotline has been set up in Milan, Europe's biggest Roman Catholic diocese, to cope with growing demand for exorcisms • People ringing the hotline will be able to schedule a visit from one of a team of 12 on-call priests Help is at hand for Catholics in Milan who need to ward off evil at short notice. The diocese has set up an exorcist hotline to cope with growing demand for assistance in dealing with potential cases of demonic possession....
  • Football stars accused in racial Knockout Game

    11/30/2012 9:16:29 PM PST · by Anila · 61 replies
    WND ^ | 11/07/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    NBC Sports had it half right: When he is on the football field, Lafayette Pitts is one of the most dangerous men in America. Off the field, he is accused of being even more menacing. Pitts and two teammates from the University of Pittsburgh football team stand accused of playing the Knockout Game. The Knockout Game is just one form of the black mob violence and lawlessness documented in more than 80 cities with more than 400 examples in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.” Rules of the...
  • Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews

    11/30/2012 9:15:59 PM PST · by Swazi Spring · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2012 | Marton Dunai
    A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary's third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament. Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi's party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014. Jobbik has never called publicly for lists of Jews....
  • The Demographic that Should Keep Rove Awake at Night

    11/30/2012 9:15:36 PM PST · by filbert00 · 32 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Katherine Stewart
    Imagine a demographic that has doubled its share of the population over the past two decades, is up by 25 percent over the past four years, and now accounts for as many as one in five Americans. Imagine that this demographic votes disproportionately for one political party—to the tune of 70 percent for Obama versus 26 percent for Romney in the 2012 election. Sounds like a demographic that ought to be of interest to politicians, journalists, and activists, right? That demographic consists of people who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, or religiously unaffiliated—the “nones,” as they’re sometimes called. And it...
  • Stop the Media from Lying About the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 8:47:24 PM PST · by annajones · 28 replies
    opinion | 11/30/2012 | annajones
    Stop the MSM from Pressuring Congress!!! We should not sit back and let the Main Stream Media continue "campaigning" for Obama!!! The lies: We want to give tax breaks to the 98% of Americans. Obama has a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. We can make a difference. History shows they had to back down some when we apply pressure via blogs and notifying conservative news outlets and hosts otherwise they look like fools or continue to appear even more untrustworthy which we know they are. We can't have the kind of news outlets that dictatorship countries have.
  • Stop the Media from Lying About the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 8:47:20 PM PST · by annajones · 6 replies
    opinion | 11/30/2012 | annajones
    Stop the MSM from Pressuring Congress!!! We should not sit back and let the Main Stream Media continue "campaigning" for Obama!!! The lies: We want to give tax breaks to the 98% of Americans. Obama has a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. We can make a difference. History shows they had to back down some when we apply pressure via blogs and notifying conservative news outlets and hosts otherwise they look like fools or continue to appear even more untrustworthy which we know they are. We can't have the kind of news outlets that dictatorship countries have.
  • Hamas cries fowl after Israel responds to provocation

    A large mob of Palestinians attempted to break through the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel on Wednesday, ignoring warnings to desist from IDF troops who fired shots at the legs of the rioters, leading to seven Palestinians being wounded.
  • Three reasons Sandra Fluke totally deserves to be TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year

    11/30/2012 8:42:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    lan ^ | 11.30.2012 | Kristen Walker Hatten
    Every year, TIME Magazine, a periodical which continues to insist upon its own relevancy despite the fact that no one under the age of 40 reads it, nominates a list of people to be its Person of the Year. The criteria for having this title bestowed upon you is that you be “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.” This year, they have nominated Sandra Fluke, the young woman you are sick to death of hearing about. The Georgetown law student was used...
  • WH Fiscal Cliff Offer Includes Unlimited Executive Power to Raise Debt Ceiling

    11/30/2012 8:31:57 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, President Barack Obama's point man on the fiscal cliff negotiations, presented Republican leaders a proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff on Thursday, which gives Obama unprecedented powers to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. The White House proposal includes $1.6 trillion in tax increases, a one-year deferral of sequestration, and $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other programs. In addition, the White House's initial offer also gives Obama the authority to raise the debt ceiling essentially to infinity without congressional approval and a “multi-year” stimulus package that would be “at least” $50 billion for...
  • LA SINK HOLE: 3 MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

    11/30/2012 8:29:22 PM PST · by Blogger · 50 replies
    You Tube Channel ^ | 11/29/12 | Idaho Picker
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  • Payroll tax cut expiration lurks in 'fiscal cliff's' shadow

    11/30/2012 8:19:16 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Elaine Maag
    The expiration of the payroll tax cut would increase taxes by $115 billion in 2013, Maag writes, yet President Obama and others have been strangely silent – arguing instead about the fate of the 2001-2003 tax cuts. If a tax cut is scheduled to expire, but the focus of the debate is elsewhere, will people notice? Will the average family be surprised when their taxes rise by $1,000 or more next year, even if most of the rest of the 2001-2003 tax cuts are extended for all but the wealthiest Americans? That’s precisely what could happen to a family earning...
  • A Few Notable Anniversaries On The Palestinians' Big Day

    11/30/2012 8:16:51 PM PST · by zeestephen · 4 replies
    CarolineGlick.com ^ | 29 November 2012 | Caroline Glick
    On November 28, 1941 the religious and political leader of the Palestinian Arabs and one of the most influential leaders of the Arab world, Haj Amin el Husseini, met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin.
  • Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

    11/30/2012 8:16:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yahoo Health/Healthline ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    Need a good laugh? Here’s one to tickle your funnybone: giggling keeps your heart stronger, might lower your blood sugar levels and even enhances your friendships. Researchers studying the health benefits of laughter agree: unlike stress and worry, laughing doesn’t hurt us, physically or emotionally—and it may very well cure what ails us. Nor does it take long for our systems to respond to something funny. Less than half a second, in fact, is all the time our brains need to see or hear a joke, “get” it, and tell our bodies that it’s time to smile or laugh. Laughter...
  • Dug this out of the Deep- for current or recovering Trekkies (Vanity)

    11/30/2012 8:15:06 PM PST · by One Name · 13 replies
    N/A ^ | 1971? | One Name
  • Seek Suggestions for 17 Year Old Grandson's Chirstmas Present:

    11/30/2012 8:05:10 PM PST · by Vinylly · 98 replies
    I have a 16 year old grandson that spends too much time on the computer and playing X games. He doesn't read books. So, I am thinking of giving him a couple of books for his christmas present. Two books I am thinking of is; 'The Richest Man In Babylon' by George Clasan and 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand. I would like suggestions from other writers that counter act the teaching he is getting in his school, and still be interesting for a 16 year old.
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  • US government publishes once-secret Watergate court files, adds to case's historical trove

    11/30/2012 7:51:50 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11-30-12 | STEPHEN BRAUN and RICHARD LARDNER
    Watergate Judge John J. Sirica aided the prosecution in pursuing the White House connection to the Democratic headquarters break-in by providing the special prosecutor information from a probation report in which one of the burglars said he was acting under orders from top Nixon administration officials, according to once-secret documents released Friday by the National Archives. One newly public transcript of an in-chambers meeting between Sirica, the U.S. District Court judge in charge of the case, and then-Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in July 1973 shows the judge revealed secret probation reports indicating that E. Howard Hunt had cited orders from...
  • Supreme Court Does Not Act on Gay-Marriage Cases

    11/30/2012 7:49:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jess Bravin
    The Supreme Court took no action on any of the 10 gay-marriage petitions before it Friday, despite expectations that the justices would finally announce their plans regarding challenges to three separate laws denying recognition to same-sex couples. The court could add any of those cases to its docket as soon as Monday, but more likely the justices will continue discussing the matter at their next private conference, scheduled for Dec. 7. Most attention has focused on challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 statute denying federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses. Federal appeals courts in Boston...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Clouds in Cygnus

    11/30/2012 7:47:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | November 30, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Cosmic clouds of gas and dust drift across this magnificent mosaic covering a 12x12 degree field within the high flying constellation Cygnus. The collaborative skyscape, a combination of broad and narrow band image data presented in the Hubble palette, is anchored by bright, hot, supergiant star Deneb, below center near the left edge. Alpha star of Cygnus, Deneb, is the top of the Northern Cross asterism and is seen here next to the dark void known as the Northern Coal Sack. Below Deneb are the recognizable North America and Pelican nebulae (NGC 7000 and IC 5070). Another supergiant star,...
  • Double-Barrel 1911 Lands ATF Approval, Importation To Begin Next Year

    11/30/2012 7:44:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11.27.2012 | Max Slowik
    Double-barrel 1911 lands ATF approval, importation to begin next year The ATF has given Arsenal the green light to import their double-barreled, double-everything 1911. Arsenal turned a lot of heads a few months back when they announced their truly unique handgun, the AF2011-A1, but many assumed that the gun would never wind up for sale in the U.S., because it fires two cartridges with one pull of the trigger, making it a machine gun according to federal law. Arsenal maintained that their double trigger design, and matching pair of sears and hammers, would not raise the hackles of the gatekeepers...
  • David Axelrod Surprised by Romney Campaign’s Missed Opportunities

    11/30/2012 7:44:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/30/2012 | James Warren
    Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with their base—and chose Paul Ryan for VP. President Obama’s top reelection strategist conceded surprise Monday that Republican super PACS didn’t attack Obama far earlier, Mitt Romney didn’t invest much more in ground operations, and that the Republican nominee played narrowly to the party base in picking Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. Offering a lengthy dissection of the campaign, David Axelrod told a Chicago audience that he was “a bit surprised that super PACS, which spent...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day — Super Moon vs. Micro Moon

    11/30/2012 7:40:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | November 29, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Did you see the big, bright, beautiful Full Moon Wednesday night? That was actually a Micro Moon! On that night, the smallest Full Moon of 2012 reached its full phase only about 4 hours before apogee, the most distant point from Earth in the Moon's elliptical orbit. Of course, earlier this year on May 6, a Full Super Moon was near perigee, the closest point in its orbit. The relative apparent size of November 28's Micro Moon (right) is compared to the famous May 6 Super Moon in these two panels, matching telescopic images from Bucharest, Romania. The difference...