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  • ICC Examining 'Legal Implications' of PA Statehood Bid

    12/01/2012 2:49:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor's office said on Friday it was considering the legal implications after the UN General Assembly's overwhelming vote to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a non-member state. "The Office of the Prosecutor takes note of the decision" and will now "consider the legal implications of this resolution," it said in a statement sent to AFP but declined to elaborate. In 2009, the PA asked the ICC prosecutor's office to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. However, only a state can launch such a request under international law,...
  • The No-Tax-Hike Pledge Is an IQ Test for Republicans

    12/01/2012 2:49:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Eugene Robinson is one of the group-think columnists at the Washington Post. Like E.J. Dionne, he is an utterly predictable proponent of big government. So it won’t surprise you to know that he wants taxes to go up and he’s a big fan of Obama’s class-warfare agenda. He’s also a very partisan Democrat and wants the GOP to lose. Again, that’s not exactly a stunning revelation.So when someone like Eugene Robinson starts offering advice to the Republican Party about tax policy, a logical person instantly should be suspicious that he’s actually trying to advance his own ideological and partisan agenda.An...
  • Internal Row in Labor over Platform, Talk of Split

    12/01/2012 2:43:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Amir Peretz, who occupies the Number Three spot in the Labor party's list for the Knesset, mounted an attack on party leader Shelly Yechimovich on Channel 2's Meet the Press Saturday. He demanded that Yechimovich state clearly that she will never sit in the Netanyahu government, and insisted that she spell out a detailed plan for peace with the Palestinian Authority. The presenter, political reporter Rina Matzliah, asked him if it was true that he was considering splitting off from Labor after the election along with six other MKs. He did not confirm or deny this, but said that at...
  • This picture perfectly captures significance of today's anniversary (Obama on Parks' bus)

    12/01/2012 2:42:18 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | December 1, 2012
    Today is the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala. And this photograph of President Obama sitting on that exact same bus 57 years later is a poignant reminder of just how much America has changed in half a century.
  • Source: Belcher murder-suicide followed argument over Trey Songz concert

    12/01/2012 2:41:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    KC Star ^ | 12/1/12 | GLENN RICE
    According to a friend of Kasandra Perkins, the woman killed today by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the couple argued in the early morning hours after the woman was out late attending Friday’s Trey Songz concert at The Midland. The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted Perkins when she returned home about 1 a.m.
  • Obama Administration Silent After Egyptian Constitution Restores Slavery

    12/01/2012 2:38:07 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    gateway ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    It’s no secret that Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids. It’s also common knowledge that Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves... So it’s really no surprise that he helped usher in a radical Egpytian regime that is restoring slavery. ... The Obama administration declined to criticize Egypt’s constitution despite its slavery clause.
  • Pot Peddlers 'Forced Teens to Become Muslim'

    12/01/2012 2:38:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Nov 2012
    Police have arrested members of a gang of Eastern European immigrants who used violence, intimidation and the promotion of Islam to control marijuana trafficking operations in the Neuchâtel mountains, cantonal justice authorities said on Thursday. Three members were detained for questioning following the arrest of another ringleader in March, who remains in jail, the public prosecutor’s office said, while issuing an appeal to the public for more information to help permanently disband the group. The gang, which calls itself the Jamahat, forced other young people to become Muslims as part of its operations, said officials. The group peddled pot to...
  • Students failing algebra rarely recover

    12/01/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by thecodont · 160 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 10:22 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 | Jill Tucker
    California students who fail algebra and repeat the course are pretty much doomed to fail again, a vicious cycle that wastes limited resources and precious learning time, according to a report released Friday. Just over a third of students in the 24 school districts studied had to repeat Algebra I either in ninth or 10th grade, yet even after a second year of study, relatively few were proficient in the subject. Of those who took the class in eighth grade and repeated it as freshmen, just 1 in 5 scored at a proficient level on standardized tests. And of those...
  • Ikea Can't Get the Meatball Rolling in India

    12/01/2012 2:28:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Swedish retailer Ikea said Friday it was reviewing sweeping curbs imposed on what it can sell at its planned new stores in India. One will reportedly prevent it offering its famed meatballs.India's foreign investment panel has rejected 15 of Ikea's 30 product lines, a report said on Friday, underscoring the regulatory hurdles faced by foreign stores who are eyeing the Indian market with renewed interest. "We are now internally reviewing the details (of the investment board's decision)," an Ikea spokeswoman told AFP, adding that she could not confirm the curbs as reported by The Economic Times on Friday. Among the...
  • Indian Priest's Altruism Starts Chain of Kidney Donation

    12/01/2012 2:21:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, December 01, 2012 | Joseph George
    Indian priest's altruism starts chain of kidney donation Under the newly-set up kidney federation, a family member of a patient who receives a kidney ought to offer an organ in return An Indian who donated his kidney to help a dying patient and started the Kidney Federation in the country is calling upon non-resident Indians to join a movement to sign up as volunteers for posthumous organ donation. About 100,000 people die every year in India due to non-availability of organs, whereas the number of available donors in the country today stands at just 1 per cent of what is...
  • (Take My Wives, Please) 1,000-Year-Old Muslim Joke Book Found

    12/01/2012 2:17:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Discovery News ^ | November 27, 2012 | Jennifer Viegas
    1,000-Year-Old Muslim Joke Book Found An 11th-century book by a revered Baghdad Muslim scholar turns out to be a tongue-in-cheek guide for party crashers, according to the researcher who translated the book into English. The tome was originally authored by al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, a well known scholar of the Prophet Mohammed's teachings. According to Emily Selove of the University of Manchester, who did the translation, he wrote the book to remind readers "that every serious minded person needs to take a break." She continued, "This book, which contains flirtation, profanity, and even a little drunkenness, is a lot of fun and...
  • AutoZone Fires Employee Who Prevented Robbery

    12/01/2012 2:17:23 PM PST · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    A clerk working in a Virginia AutoZone store thwarted an armed robber who is believed to have committed more than 30 hold-ups in retail establishments throughout the state. Bringing the thief to justice, however, has cost that clerk, Devin McClean, his job. Though the store manager credits McClean with saving his life, the clerk ran afoul of AutoZone's “zero tolerance” policy on guns in its stores. AutoZone spokesman Curt Chretin explained that “It's a matter of corporate policy that the company feels very strongly about. Zero tolerance is simple and efficient. Rather than having corporate time and energy tied up...
  • Real-Life Twilight: Vampire on the Loose

    12/01/2012 2:12:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, December 01, 2012
    Get your garlic, crosses and stakes ready: a bloodsucking vampire is on the loose. Or so say villagers in the tiny western Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, nestled between lush green mountain slopes and spooky thick forests. They say that rumors that a legendary vampire ghost has awakened are spreading fear — and a potential tourist opportunity — through the remote village. A local council warned villagers to put garlic in their pockets and place wooden crosses in their rooms to ward off vampires, although it appeared designed more to attract visitors to the impoverished region bordering Bosnia. Many of the...
  • McConnell: White House proposal 'laughable' and no behind-the-scenes movement on fiscal cliff

    12/01/2012 2:04:34 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | December 1, 2012 | Don Weber
    FLORENCE — The spending and tax proposal delivered to Capitol Hill by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was “laughable,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told Pure Politics on Friday. McConnell was being literal. According to the Weekly Standard, McConnell burst into laughter after Geithner outlined a plan with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over the next decade. After speaking to Republicans at a Northern Kentucky dinner Friday night, McConnell said “nothing is going to happen until the president gets serious.” He said there hasn’t been any behind-the-scenes movement toward a deal that would avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and...
  • Can a Grand Bargain Ever Work?

    12/01/2012 2:02:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    The idea behind a grand bargain to get the federal budget deficit under control is a simple one. Republicans agree to tax increases and Democrats agree to spending cuts. In a previous post I warned that this could be a trap for Republicans, just like similar budget deals have been in the past.There are two problems. First, the tax increases will hit immediately, while the spending cuts will be mainly in the future. That means future Congress's will have an opportunity to renege on the agreement before any serious spending reduction takes place. Second, all the serious spending increases in...
  • Gov’t Gives PA Restaurant a Choice: Give 10% Sunday Church Bulletin Discount to Atheists Too or

    12/01/2012 1:56:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 69 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Do you recall the furor surrounding Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, a Pennsylvania-based restaurant, this past summer? The establishment has been offering a 10 percent discount for individuals who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays. Citing this action as discriminatory, John Wolff, a local atheist, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Now, the restaurant will be forced to offer discounts to any individual who brings in a pamphlet involving religious faith — including atheism. To continue offering its discount, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen must now honor literature that comes from any religious institution, The Christian Post...
  • Former rector of nation’s largest Episcopal church becomes a Catholic

    12/01/2012 1:48:30 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2012
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The former rector of the nation’s largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic.The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008.Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI to accept former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. “The nature of authority in the Catholic Church is what...
  • Police investigate vandalism to 3 religious statues (decapitated) at Catholic shrine in Portland

    12/01/2012 1:40:39 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Republic ^ | December 1, 2012
    PORTLAND, Oregon — Police in Portland say a maximum $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of Italian marble religious statues damaged at a Catholic shrine and botanical garden.Sgt. Pete Simpson says three statues were damaged this week, with the heads removed.Police recovered one of the statue heads Friday after a passer-by called to say it was perched on a post at the west end of the 62-acre site popularly known as The Grotto. That head belonged to a statue of the Virgin Mary.Still missing are heads belonging to statues of St. Joseph...
  • H.S. Principal Violated Policy by Making Boys Hold Hands

    12/01/2012 1:22:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The principal of at a high school in Mesa, Arizona violated policy when he required two boys who were fighting to hold hands in front of other students, according to a report on azcentral.com. Tim Richard, principal at Westwood High School, has not been reprimanded but has met with Mesa Public School officials, who advised him not to speak to the media about the incident, according to the article posted on Friday. …
  • Undocumented students and supporters hold vigil at University of Oklahoma

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    NewsOK.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Silas Allen
    NORMAN — Deisy Escalera considers Oklahoma her home. She graduated from high school here, goes to college here and pays taxes here. But in some respects, Escalera isn't American — at least, not on paper. “I consider myself an American,” she said. “I was not born here, but I consider myself an American.” Escalera, 23, came to the United States illegally from Mexico with her mother when she was 6 years old. Today, she's one of 25 undocumented students at the University of Oklahoma. Several of those undocumented students and their supporters gathered on OU's South Oval Tuesday evening to...