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  • Boehner counterpunches Obama’s cliff offer

    12/03/2012 4:19:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Last week, the White House tried (or at least, tried to appear like they were sincerely trying) to grease the skids on the fiscal cliff negotiations with a proposal that included $1.6 trillion in new taxes and the virtual elimination of the debt ceiling — a proposal to which Republicans responded with open laughter.On Monday, the House GOP counter-offered their own jumping-off point, calling for $800 billion in new revenue via tax-code reform and spending cuts and entitlement reforms that would trim off a couple trillion from the budget. Looks like Mary Katharine and Guy Benson came pretty close to...
  • McCaskill, Colleagues Call for Action from President Obama (tells Hussein ‘The clock is ticking’)

    12/03/2012 4:17:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    McCaskill, Colleagues Call for Action from President ObamaSenator tells President: ‘The clock is ticking’ Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:40 pm WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues, including fellow Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, are calling on President Obama to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take action ensuring that commercial navigation of the Mississippi River remains possible. “The President needs to take a look at what’s happening in the Midwest and act,” McCaskill said. “The clock is ticking while jobs and businesses in the region are endangered, and it’s imperative...
  • Obama Should Return To Clinton-Era Spending Levels

    12/03/2012 4:11:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 3, 2012
    Fiscal Policy: Talk of Clinton-era tax rates ignores the fact that the former president, working with a GOP Congress, cut spending as a share of GDP and produced four balanced budgets by focusing on growth, not spending. Even as he pushes $150 billion in new "stimulus" spending, President Obama argues that to avoid the fiscal cliff we must return to Clinton-era tax rates for wealthy households, with a top marginal rate of 39.6% vs. the Bush-era 35%. Clinton's was an age of balanced budgets and economic growth. But it was also an era of budgetary restraint in which both parties,...
  • Two Mexican nationals charged in killing of U.S. Coast Guardsman

    12/03/2012 4:07:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | 3:22 pm
    Federal prosecutors charged two Mexican nationals in connection with killing U.S. Coast Guardsmen Terrell Horne III after they allegedly rammed his vessel with a drug-smuggling panga boat. The two men, boat captain Jose Mejia-Leyva and Manuel Beltra-Higuera, are expected to appear in court Monday afternoon to face charges that they killed a federal officer. Horne, 34, of Redondo Beach, was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers in a panga rammed his vessel off the Ventura County coast. He died of severe head trauma, officials said. …
  • U.S. Policy Defending Sharia, Not American Citizens

    12/03/2012 4:03:44 PM PST · by bayouranger · 17 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 02DEC12 | Clare M. Lopez
    America’s involvement in the global jihad against Western civilization—on the side of the jihadis—is accelerating. Instead of standing firm as leader of the free world and defender of inalienable human rights, U.S. policy is shifting demonstrably to the defense of those who systematically deny such rights to their own people and seek to suppress them everywhere. Since 2009, U.S. foreign policy has backed Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood power plays in Libya, Egypt and now Syria, too. The U.S. Department of State is working closely with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), whose top objective is the criminalization of the criticism...
  • David Schweikert booted from financial panel

    12/03/2012 4:01:42 PM PST · by MrShoop · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/3/2012 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Rep. David Schweikert has been removed from his seat on the House Financial Services Committee, and aides to the Arizona Republican claim the move was retaliation for voting against House GOP leaders too often. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other top Republicans were huddled in a Steering Committee meeting on Monday. That panel, which is controlled in large part by Boehner, decides who sits on the various House committees. “This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle. That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee,” said Rachel Semmel,...
  • `Zero Dark Thirty' Is Massive, Meticulous and Authentic (film of OBL Capture Operation)

    12/03/2012 4:00:01 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/03/2012 01:21:34 PM PST | By Christy Lemire
    Of course it took billions of dollars over 10 years and a multitude of people - many who gave their lives - to make this mission a success. Bigelow and "Hurt Locker" screenwriter-producer Mark Boal have accomplished the difficult feat of taking all that time, travel, investigation and frustration and depicting it thoroughly but also efficiently. The attention to detail, to getting it right each step of the way, is evident in everything from the dialogue to the production design to the lighting. This is pure, unadorned storytelling, an effort to recreate what happened with absolute authenticity and zero excess....
  • Inspector General Probing FBI/CAIR Interactions

    12/03/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 30NOV12 | IPT News
    The Justice Department's Inspector General is investigating contact between FBI field offices and representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a report to Congress first flagged by reporter Ryan Reilly shows. The FBI cut off contact with CAIR in 2008, citing evidence in a Hamas-financing trial that tied the organization to both the Palestinian terrorist group and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. Internal records of a U.S.-based Hamas support network listed CAIR among the group's member organizations. "[U]ntil we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS," a senior FBI official wrote in...
  • Care for a Plan B? A few steps short of the end of innocence

    12/03/2012 3:54:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 3, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Have you heard about the holiday gift some people think American girls should be getting this year? “Emergency contraception.”Truth be told, it’s not likely to happen before the winter solstice. But a fiscal cliff isn’t the only disaster to be on alert about. During Thanksgiving week the American Academy of Pediatrics announced its recommendation that “morning after” prescriptions be issued to adolescent girls as a matter of course, allowing them the false security of what has long been described by advocates as a “fire extinguisher” in their purse to counter at least some of the consequences of risky behavior.“There’s...
  • Burglar arrested after homeowner shoots out getaway car's tire (OH)

    12/03/2012 3:54:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    today.msnbc.msn.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | NA
    <p>A man is in custody after deputies said he picked the wrong house to burglarize Wednesday.</p> <p>The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Jason Hawk broke into a home in the 7000 block of Glendale-Milford Road just before noon, but was discovered when the homeowner returned.</p>
  • U.S. government confirms world won't end in 2012

    12/03/2012 3:53:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/3/12 | BYRON TAU
    The U.S. government is rebutting claims that the end is nigh. "The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012," an unsigned USA.gov blog asserts. Some New Age theorists believe that the ancient Mayan civilization predicted a late December doomsday for all of humanity. Others believe the date signifies the start of a new era. Their predictions are based on the idea that the Mayan Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 — something that scholars say is a misrepresentation. "False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet...
  • The Boehner Fiscal Offer (Agrees with 60% of Obama plan )

    12/03/2012 3:45:12 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 9 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | December 03 2012 | By: Daniel Horowitz
    Here are two things to keep in mind with regards to Boehner’s budget offer. First, when you begin negotiations agreeing to 60% of the demands of the other side and fail to offer a bold contrast on the other 40%, you are headed for an outcome that is 80-90% favorable to your opponent. Second, when you need to outsource your budget plan and entire view of government to Democrat Erskine Bowles, you are relegating yourself and your party to irrelevancy. John Boehner and other House GOP leaders have offered Obama a plan to raise $800 billion in revenue through “tax...
  • Mr. Speaker!... Tear Down This Wall!!!

    12/03/2012 3:40:53 PM PST · by Safrguns · 23 replies
    Self | 12/3/12 | Safrguns
    Mr. John Boehner…. Speaker of the House of Representatives… MAJORITY Leader! You recently proclaimed that Obamacare is now the Law of the Land… that the will of the people had spoken. As if our failure to vote Obama out of office means that it’s now Time for us to capitulate to the Democrats, time for us to take our spanking… time for us to give the voters what they want by raising taxes… and to now work with the democrats as they implement Obamacare. REALLY??? Are you kidding me? You must not understand our representative form of government at all....
  • Why America is spiraling down

    12/03/2012 3:40:42 PM PST · by charlie72 · 12 replies
    The only way to understand America's downward spiral is to start with the premise that the regime has a nihilistic death-wish. They believe there is no moral objective truth, that we are not a Christian-founded nation, that the Constitution is a failed document, that our current political, social and economic order is unjust and must be replaced with sharia or national socialism (nazi-ism) by any means possible including voter fraud, fake class warfare, printing more money, OWS riots, nationalized healthcare and skyrocketing debt. Nihilism explains why the President is unconcerned about death at Benghazi, debt and deficits, operating without a...
  • 3-D Printed Gun Only Lasts 6 Shots

    12/03/2012 3:31:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    thunderfeeds.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Robert Beckhusen
    Over the weekend, a group of 3-D printing gunsmiths took a partially printed rifle out to test how long its plastic parts survived spewing bullets. The result? Six rounds until it snapped apart....
  • SHOT Show Sting Charges Dismissed, Guilty Pleas Vacated, FBI Informant Sentenced to Prison

    12/03/2012 3:20:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    thefirearmblog.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Steve
    In 2010 the BATFE raided the S&W booth at SHOT Show arresting 21 people, including Smith & Wesson executives for beaching the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law which prohibits US corporations, citizens and residents from bribing foreign officials. Those arrested were charged with conspiring to bribe officials in the African state of Gabon as part of a deal to sell $15 million of equipment to the 1,800 man strong Gabon Presidential (Republican) Guard. Washington, D.C. law firm Miller & Chevalier have published a number of reports on the “SHOT Show Sting”. Their first report on the case appeared shortly...
  • If Obama "Honors" Kate Middleton's Pregnancy The Way He Honors Everyone Else...

    12/03/2012 3:20:15 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-3-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Obama recently "honored" Rosa Parks, and Neil Armstrong when he died.Months ago I did a post about how he worked himself into the bios of every former president going back to Calvin Coolidge.Why would this be different?
  • Haniyeh: Take Hamas Off Lists of Terror Organizations

    12/03/2012 3:10:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Hamas’s Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, on Sunday called world countries to take Hamas and other Arab terror groups off their lists of designated terrorist organizations, Channel 10 News reported. According to the report, Haniyeh accused Israel of being the greatest terrorist state in the world, saying, “It's time to do it (take Hamas off terrorist organization lists –ed). Hamas, for example, is a national liberation movement that operates within the boundaries of Palestine.” Haniyeh made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of Europeans. "We have no problem with Jews all over the world and we are...
  • US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, All Primed To Strike If Assad Activates Chemical Weapons

    12/03/2012 3:07:15 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 3, 2012, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00
    Regarding contingencies, military sources report that the American force in Jordan and Jordanian units, who have been training for two months in tactics against Syrian chemical warfare units, are on a high state of preparedness. So, too, are the three special US command centers set up in Turkey, Jordan and Israel for coordinating such operations. An American official “with knowledge of the situation” told Wired Magazine that “engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas.” Anchored opposite the Syrian shore is the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group...
  • California Appeals Court Throws Out Misguided Switchblade Ruling

    12/03/2012 3:03:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Knife Rights
    Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- In a victory for law-abiding knife owners, the California Court of Appeals last week reversed a lower court’s absurd expansive ruling that a knife that could be “wrist-flicked” open was a “switchblade.” The lower court made the faulty ruling despite an explicit provision in California law that distinguishes and protects one-hand opening and assisted-opening knives with a bias towards closure and despite prior Appellate Court rulings upholding that exception. These common folding knives represent over 80% of the U.S. market and the legislature clearly wanted them to be legal when they clarified the original switchblade law.: “Switchblade...
  • White House rejects GOP fiscal cliff counteroffer

    12/03/2012 3:02:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3 Dec. 2012 4:58 PM ET
    <p>The White House is rejecting a Republican counteroffer aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff,” saying it does not meet what the White House calls “the test of balance.”</p>
  • Restraining Order Forces Activist to Stay Out of Yesha

    12/03/2012 3:00:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12
    Right-wing activist Moshe Auerbach recieved a restraining order Monday to keep out of Judea and Samaria for 12 months. The reason for the order, as written by the commanding officer Nitzan Alon is "for security reasons which require it, and because it is necessary and essential to maintaining regional security and public ...
  • Obama warns Assad against using chemical weapons: “There will be consequences”

    12/03/2012 2:58:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 3, 2012, 4:48 PM | (CBS/AP)
    President Barack Obama gave Syrian President Bashar Assad a stern warning Monday after U.S. officials told CBS News the Syrian regime has shown signs that it may be making chemical weapons material. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity, although President Obama spoke publicly about the possibility of chemical weapons in a speech at National Defense University Monday. President Obama said he wanted to be “absolutely clear” to Assad that “the world is watching,” CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports. The use of chemical weapons is “totally unacceptable” and “if you make mistake of using—there will be...
  • Collecting Disability Becomes A Career Choice For Men (welcome to the Obama economy!)

    12/03/2012 2:54:35 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 3 2012 | By Michael Barone
    "It is exceptionally difficult — for all practical purposes, impossible," writes Eberstadt, "for a medical professional to disprove a patient's claim that he or she is suffering from sad feelings or back pain." In other words, many people are gaming or defrauding the system. This includes not only disability recipients but health care professionals, lawyers and others who run ads promising to get you disability benefits. Between 1996 and 2011, the private sector generated 8.8 million new jobs, and 4.1 million people entered the disability rolls. In 1960, some 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments. In 2011, the number was...
  • Germany “deeply concerned” by Israeli settlement plans

    12/03/2012 2:50:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Lebanon Daily Star ^ | December 03, 2012 01:06 PM (Last updated: December 03, 2012 01:41 PM) | (AFP)
    Germany said Monday it was “deeply concerned” about Israeli plans for new settlements but would not "for the moment" summon its ambassador to Berlin. Ahead of talks this week between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert called on Israel to withdraw its plan to build new Jewish settler homes. … When asked whether Germany would follow France and Britain in summoning the Israel ambassador, a foreign ministry spokesman said Berlin had no immediate plans to do so. …
  • The Purge of House Conservatives Continues

    12/03/2012 2:49:45 PM PST · by newgeezer · 62 replies
    RedState.com ^ | December 3rd, 2012 at 01:59 PM | Daniel Horowitz
    Well, House leadership made sure to elevate like-minded members to leadership; they took care to co-opt the Republican Study Committee; they packed the Steering Committee, which chooses committee assignments, with a bunch of loyalists. Now we’re seeing the effects of those decisions. Maybe it’s because he’s intent on repealing Dodd-Frank. Maybe it’s because he wants to use his committee assignment to advocate winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Perhaps it’s because of his opposition to the $1 trillion farm bill. Maybe it’s because he’s just too darn conservative to sit on an important committee. Earlier today, we provided a...
  • Tea Party pushes GOP closer to fiscal and political cliff (Hurl, you will)

    12/03/2012 2:48:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    allvoices ^ | December 3, 2012 | Paul Jesep, esquire
    US House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is caught between a political rock and hard place. If he appears too willing to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to address the deficit, Boehner and other Congressional Republicans risk being challenged in primaries by Tea Party activists. If the GOP leadership appears obstinate in generating new revenue, Republicans may lose seats in the Senate and potentially their majority in the House in the mid-term elections. It’s worth noting, Tea Party candidates who defeated incumbents or more mainstream candidates in the 2012 GOP primaries often lost in the general election. Hence, Tea Party...
  • Charges dropped against lawyer who brought gun to theater(CT)

    12/03/2012 2:48:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ctpost.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Staff
    NEW HAVEN -- State prosecutors have dismissed charges against a prominent New Haven lawyer who was arrested in August after bringing a handgun to a city movie theater showing the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Sung-Ho Hwang, 46, an immigration attorney and president of the New Haven County Bar Association, was charged with breach of peace and interfering with police after officers said they found a loaded handgun in his waistband. The arrest came not long after a gunman opened fire during a screening of the same film in Aurora, Colo., in July, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 58....
  • Supreme Court to Decide if Human Genes Can be Patented

    12/03/2012 2:43:57 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court will decide whether human genes can be patented. From the Reuters story: The nation’s highest court in a brief order agreed to review a case over whether Myriad Genetics Inc may patent two genes linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. In a 2-1 ruling on August 16, a panel of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the biotechnology company’s right to patent “isolated” genes that account for most inherited forms of the two cancers. Actually, my headline, Supremes to Decide Others Can Own Your Genes, is a bit misleading. If the...
  • New York Times Offers Newsroom Buyouts; About 30 jobs will be eliminated

    12/03/2012 2:42:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Adweek ^ | 12/3/12 | Emma Bazilian
    The New York Times is attempting to save costs by implementing another round of newsroom staff cuts. According to a memo sent by executive editor Jill Abramson this morning, the newspaper is looking for 30 buyouts among newsroom staff. Over the next few days, Abramson wrote, certain employees will be asked to accept voluntary severance packages. (Newspaper Guild members also have the option to apply for a buyout even if they’re not among those contacted by the NYT.) If the quota isn’t met through buyouts, Abramson will be “forced to go to layoffs,” she said.
  • Toxic effect of China environmental nondisclosure

    12/03/2012 2:42:42 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 8:03 PM ET Nov 28, 2012 | Caixin Online
    <p>High-profile talk emphasizing environmental action at the Communist Party’s 18th national congress attracted a lot of attention...</p> <p>China’s soil contamination problem is among the worst the world has ever seen, according to data released in 2006 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The study found toxins affecting some 10 million hectares of the country’s 120 million hectares of arable land, and that another 2.1 million hectares of crops were being irrigated with polluted water. Some 133,000 hectares were being used for waste dumps nationwide.</p>
  • THE ANSWER - Hello, Republican "leaders"?

    12/03/2012 2:35:38 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 10 replies
    My brain. | December 3, 2012 | Lancey Howard
    The Republicans can end the ludicrous "fiscal cliff" debate today by making the following offer: "We, the House majority and Senate minority Republicans, agree to CUT NOT EVEN ONE SINGLE DOLLAR in federal government spending for the next 5 years in return for the Democrats agreeing to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. We also promise that these two legislative initiatives, holding spending at exactly the current level and making the Bush tax cuts permanent, will result in a balanced budget in 10 years or less. Our proposal is that the federal government will spend EXACTLY the same number of...
  • {snip} UN’s costly Congo peacekeepers charged with making a bad situation even worse

    12/03/2012 2:32:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published December 03, 2012 | George Russell
    A United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has so far spent $12.8 billion, has been charged by critics with ineptitude and unwillingness to protect civilians from murder, rape and other atrocities. Skepticism about the 19,000-strong U.N. force, known since 2010 as MONUSCO, has swelled to the point that some critics are questioning the wisdom of using the U.N. to prop up Congo, which is engaged in a bloody struggle with a rebel group known as the March 23 Movement (M23). Meantime, the U.N. continues to spend roughly $1.4 billion a year on MONUSCO, with the...
  • Pope Benedict Joins Twitter; Greeted by Profane, Hateful Tweets

    12/03/2012 2:31:40 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Life News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Pope Benedict joined Twitter today and was greeted by hateful tweets from Catholic bashers laced with profanity. Pope Benedict XVI ’s new Twitter account has been revealed, @Pontifex, and it already has more than 100,000 followers and is expected to be eventually followed by millions.The Vatican revealed the new personal Twitter account for Pope Benedict XVI, and said the leader of the Catholic Church would answer one question about his faith every week — with the first coming next Wednesday. Users of Twitter can send questions using the hashtag #askpontifex or #B16 and church officials said the first tweets from...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, December-3-2012

    12/03/2012 2:29:45 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 57 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. 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
  • New experiments challenge fundamental understanding of electromagnetism

    12/03/2012 2:29:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    Phys.org ^ | November 28, 2012 | NA
    A cornerstone of physics may require a rethink if findings at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are confirmed. Recent experiments suggest that the most rigorous predictions based on the fundamental theory of electromagnetism—one of the four fundamental forces in the universe, and harnessed in all electronic devices—may not accurately account for the behavior of atoms in exotic, highly charged states. The theory in question is known as quantum electrodynamics, or QED, which physicists have held in high regard for decades because of its excellent track record describing electromagnetism's effects on matter. In particular, QED has been especially...
  • Israel revives plan for 1,600 settler homes

    12/03/2012 2:28:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/3/12 | afp
    Israel has revived a plan to construct 1,600 new settler homes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo that raised US objections when it was first announced in 2010, an official said on Monday. "In the next two weeks the interior ministry's district committee for Jerusalem will convene to discuss the objections to the programme that was approved for deposit over two years ago," interior ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach told AFP.
  • Fail Safe

    12/03/2012 2:26:29 PM PST · by Happy Rain · 8 replies
    Happy Rain | Happyt Rain
    Fail Safe: Capable of compensating automatically and safely for a failure.
  • The New York Times' latest cutbacks: Proof its digital strategy is failing?

    12/03/2012 2:23:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/3/2012 | Ryu Spaeth
    he New York Times on Monday announced that it would offer buyout packages to 30 newsroom employees, and that layoffs would ensue if the 30 spots were not voluntarily filled. Citing a difficult "economic environment" that has led in recent years to a 60 percent staff reduction on the paper's business side, Executive Editor Jill Abramson said, "There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced." While the loss of 30 jobs pales in comparison to the ousting of roughly 100 newsroom staffers in 2008, it is the latest evidence that...
  • FBI will not prosecute bombing of government building bombing with IED as terrorism

    12/03/2012 2:14:51 PM PST · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    Atlast Shrugs ^ | 12/3/2012 | various FR mention!
    FBI will not prosecute bombing of government building bombing with IED as terrorism due to "political sensitivities" This is as bad as the actual bombing. Afraid of violating the sharia and offending the feelings of jihadists, the FBI will not be prosecuting the bombing of a government building with an IED as terror due to "political sensitivities." It just gets worse and worse. Muslim bombs government office in Arizona Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED PJ Media, Patrick Poole via Free Republic UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI...
  • Ndamukong Suh: Another Belcher Waiting to Happen?

    12/03/2012 2:07:19 PM PST · by publius321 · 109 replies
    Instead of blaming guns, Why not address the clear warning signs of the mentally disturbed - BEFORE they snap. Here is at least one who is a walking portent...
  • Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

    12/03/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Benedict XVI. (Credit: Anne Hartney) Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching. The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.” Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while...
  • Wolf Pack 103: Sole Mates

    12/03/2012 2:03:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | 03 December 2012 | Michael Yon
    REMEMBER THIS PRINT. The terrain in Afghanistan is great for tracking: prints are often sharp and clear, and quarry is frequently channelized. During a mission with British forces, this print pinged my senses so I made the photograph in the morning light. Soldiers found many bombs nearby, and we were ambushed by machine gun. A smartphone app could compare this image to others in a database. Moments like this offer an opportunity to track down the wearer of this shoe. STUDY THIS PRINT and REMEMBER. There are countless types of footwear around the world. If you sit down with a...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • J.C. Watts mulls bid for RNC chair

    12/03/2012 1:57:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    After the shocking loss in the November election, Republicans are once again considering whether to change leadership at the top. Reince Priebus wants a second term as RNC chair and still has considerable support for another go, but apparently some committee members have begun recruiting alternative candidates, among them former Congressman J.C. Watts. Watts tells Politico that he's not sure he'll run, but he's interested: Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current...
  • Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

    12/03/2012 1:55:55 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Greg Burke speaks to the media about the Pope's new Twitter account at a Dec. 3, 2012 press conference. Credit: Estefania Aguirre-CNA. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vatican representatives announced. The news of the 85-year-old tweeting came out weeks ago, but officials finally revealed the account's name and that it will be launched on the Marian feast day, which they said was a coincidence. But instead of informing people of his favorite band and...
  • Booming Economic Growth Can Be Broken Down To Four Easy Words

    12/03/2012 1:54:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/03/2012 | Nathan Lewis
    I sometimes refer to the Magic Formula for economic prosperity. Here it is: Low Taxes, Stable Money. It’s only four words. That’s so it is easy to remember. The United States was founded on the principles of the Magic Formula. Until the introduction of the income tax in 1913, taxation was almost nonexistent. The principle of a gold-based currency was defined in the Constitution. The result was magical: the United States was the most successful country of the 19th and 20th centuries. We seem to have forgotten the Magic Formula today. Despite Republicans’ staunch efforts, we are drifting towards “austerity”...
  • Child Exploitation in Propaganda War in Syria: Boy Digs Own Grave in Expectation of Martyrdom

    12/03/2012 1:53:27 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 11-18-12
    Following is an excerpt from a clip depicting a Syrian child digging his own grave, part of the Syrian propaganda war. The clip was posted on the Internet on November 18, 2012. Youth: Prayers upon our Prophet Muhammad. The children of freedom desire martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Assalam Alykum, brother. Child: Alykum Assalam. Youth: I see that you are digging something. What are you digging there? Child: I'm digging my own grave. Allah willing, I will become a martyr. Youth: Are you asking Allah to grant you martyrdom? Child: Allah willing. Youth: May Allah grant you success. Take...
  • Ken Cuccinelli: Conservatives' New 'It' Candidate

    12/03/2012 1:51:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    This past week Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he was dropping out of the race for Virginia's governor, but left open the door to his running as an independent. He issued a disappointingly divisive statement that Richard Viguerie called Bolling's Charlie Crist moment. Bolling took an unfortunate and cheap shot against his primary opponent and now-presumptive Republican nominee, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling's statement was a dénouement of betrayal to his conservative voters and supporters. We have come to expect that from establishment Republicans who somehow feel entitled to support from principled conservatives -- right up to the...
  • We Are a Nation of Immigrants...Sort Of

    12/03/2012 1:48:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Charles Martel
    In any debate about immigration, the response you are likely to get will probably include the sickly-sweet mantra, "We're a nation of immigrants." Whether you're pointing out that illegal immigrants are driving down wages, failing to assimilate, or promoting the welfare state, the answer is predictable: "We're a nation of immigrants." The "nation of immigrants" mantra is often a plea for compassion toward immigrants. The phrase reflects a desperate, well-meaning desire to rationalize the presence of people who are violating our laws and patronizing the welfare system. The trouble is that repeating a phrase does nothing to enforce our law,...