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  • FreedomWorks Urges Activists to Call Speaker Boehner’s Office to Stop the Fiscal Conservative Purge

    12/05/2012 12:12:35 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 03, 2012 | Jacqueline Bodnar
    FreedomWorks Urges Activists to Call Speaker Boehner’s Office to Stop the Fiscal Conservative Purge FreedomWorksPress Release Washington, DC- Following news that fiscally conservative Congressmen David Schweikert (R-AZ), Justin Amash (R-MI) and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) have been removed from their committee positions by Republican leadership, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe released the following statement: “Is there room in the House Republican Conference for legislators who believe that Washington is spending too much money it does not have? Based on this remarkably hostile act by leadership, the answer may be no. This is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to...
  • Putin Attempts a Comeback as His Leadership Becomes Precarious

    12/04/2012 11:48:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Winter hit Moscow furiously in the last days of November causing colossal traffic jams, but the political climate remains hot as if the electoral season and the government reshuffle did not end in May. President Vladimir Putin announced plans for several trips and scheduled the annual president’s address to the Federal Assembly for mid-December, seeking to catch up on the time he lost walled up in his residence outside Moscow for the past several weeks. Putin indeed needs to block the mutually reinforcing dynamics of spreading discontent and escalating squabbles among the elite clans, but he is set to discover...
  • Bob Costas, NFL Surrounded by Armed Security

    12/04/2012 11:32:42 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Dec 2012, | AWR Hawkins
    Bob Costas' gun control rant was bad but made worse by one key point -- he lives much of his life with the benefit of armed security. (i.e., men with guns). If you've ever been to an NFL game this point is academic. The number of armed policemen you pass between the gate your seat is incredible. And if you get behind the scenes, in certain corridors, the armed presence can be just as strong (or stronger). ... Remember when Rosie O'Donnell spent what seemed like years on her gun rants? Those rants lost their effectiveness when the focus turned...
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife to Consider Ban on Hunting Bear with Dogs

    12/04/2012 11:02:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | December 4, 2012 | NA
    In a move to more closely mirror California's anti-hunting environment, the Nevada Department of Wildlife will be hearing a petition to ban the use of hounds by hunters when bear hunting. This proposal will be considered by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners (NVBWC) at its meeting in Reno this Saturday, December 8. Their agenda and guidelines for public comment can be viewed here[PDF] (petition details are under 17 and guidelines are under 22). Hunting with dogs is a tradition that continues across the country. Many dog breeds with select characteristics for hunting can be traced back for thousands of...
  • France joins the stealth drone club

    12/04/2012 10:57:28 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Reed
    To kick this week off we thought we'd bring you these pictures showing that France has become the second nation in the world to (publicly) fly a stealth UAV. These images show Dassault's nEUROn (yes, it's really written that way) making its maiden flight in Istres on Dec. 1. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator; basically it's a plane used to prove that all the tech Dassault has designed for a stealth, unmanned strike jet will actually work. Here are some stats about nEUROn from Dassault: "With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight...
  • Nigerian Oil Tycoon Takes Oprah's Place as Richest Black Woman in the World

    12/04/2012 10:54:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012
    Oprah Winfrey has lost her long-held title as the richest black woman in the world to a Nigerian oil tycoon, according to a report by an African business magazine. Edging out Oprah is Folorunsho Alakija, a 61-year-old woman from Nigeria who is reportedly worth at least $3.2 billion, or roughly $500 million more than Oprah's $2.7 billion net worth, Ventures Africa reported. Alakija is the founder and owner of Famfa Oil, which owns a 60 per cent interest in OML 127, an offshore oil field that produces roughly 200,000 barrels of oil per day and is worth an estimated $6.44...
  • From Republicans, a Parting Slap at Bob Dole and Disabled Americans

    12/04/2012 10:52:21 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | Lawrence Downes
    Former Senator Bob Dole, 89 years old and in a wheelchair, went onto to the floor of the Senate today to urge his former colleagues to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Mr. Dole, a disabled veteran, has been one of the leading voices urging ratification of the treaty, which seeks to bring the world closer to the high standard set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil-rights law enacted under President George H.W. Bush.
  • EU: Boris Johnson attacks David Cameron and George Osborne for “morally wrong” policies

    12/04/2012 10:48:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:43AM GMT 04 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Boris Johnson has condemned the government for urging eurozone countries to form closer economic links as he demanded a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union. The Chancellor and Prime Minister believe it is essential that the 17 eurozone countries move towards closer union of their banking and fiscal policies. However, the Mayor of London said the Government was backing an “intellectually dishonest” and “anti-democratic” approach. …
  • Paris Trickster Charged With Selling 'Indian Picasso' Fakes

    12/04/2012 10:42:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    A Paris-based trickster has been charged with flooding the art market with forged paintings of India's most famous and controversial modern artist, M.F. Husain, police say. The 32-year-old man, identified as Sofiane B., was arrested last month following a complaint from a city art dealer. He was charged with a number of offences and placed under judicial supervision on a hefty bail after a 48-hour detention. Based in the working-class northern quarter of Saint-Ouen, where the city's most famous flea market is located, Sofiane B. took advantage of Husain's advanced age to get him to sign paintings done by others,...
  • Covert US-Iran war bubbles over with claims of drone capture

    12/04/2012 10:34:37 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    CSM ^ | December 4, 2012 | Howard LaFranchi
    Most of the actions in the US-Iran covert war remain mysterious and unclaimed – until one side sees an advantage in shining light on an incident. That’s what Iran has done with the drone capture. This image taken from the Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel Al-Alam, showed what the Iranian government says is an intact U.S. ScanEagle drone aircraft. Iranian claims – and US denials – that Iran captured an American reconnaissance drone flying over Iranian territory in recent days offers little in the way of clarity, other than this: The covert war between the two adversaries continues. Iran’s Revolutionary...
  • "I Just Stabbed a Man": Suspect in Homeless Slaying

    12/04/2012 10:30:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 | Karen Franklin
    Stabile, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Bradley Suessine in Deerfield Beach, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.Authorities say the suspect charged with killing a homeless man in a Deerfield Beach alley confessed to the crime in a 911 call released Tuesday. “Um, alright I’m on psychotic medications,” the caller, identified by the Broward Sheriff's Office as John Stabile, tells an operator in the call. “Um, I just stabbed a homeless man.” Stabile, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Bradley Suessine in Deerfield Beach Saturday, according...
  • "Anti-energy" drink Marley's Mellow Mood sold to students in N.J., blamed for "zombiefest" reaction

    12/04/2012 10:25:05 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12-4-12 | Michelle Castillo
    An "anti-energy" drink is being blamed for making middle-school students vomit and act lethargic.Some students from William R. Satz school in Holmdel, N.J., were reportedly sickened after they purchased Marley's Mellow Mood from their cafeteria and drank it, according to WNYW. Symptoms included vomiting, splitting headaches and feeling drowsy."It was like a zombiefest," one student told the news station.Marley's Mellow Mood, named after Bob Marley and made in partnership with the Marley family, are "100 percent natural relaxation beverages" made from natural ingredients. According to the official website, the drinks are supposed to reduce stress and calm a person down....
  • New judge appointed in Fort Hood shooting case

    12/04/2012 10:12:27 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 12 , 2012 | AP
    The Army's highest legal branch appointed a new judge to preside over the case of the Fort Hood shooting suspect, indicating the court-martial is on track to move forward after lengthy delays. U.S. Army Col. Tara Osborn was named Tuesday to head the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings that killed 13 and wounded more than two dozen on the Texas Army post.
  • Young Guns: Future of the GOP delivers message of hope

    12/04/2012 10:06:00 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12-5 | Andrew Stiles
    Two of the Republican Party’s most promising presidential prospects on Tuesday outlined their vision of a renewed GOP that represents 100 percent of Americans, in an apparent effort to distance themselves from some of the blunders of the party’s most recent presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) both delivered speeches before an audience of influential conservative leaders at the Jack Kemp Foundation’s Leadership Award Dinner. Rubio received this year’s award, while Ryan was last year’s winner. Both lawmakers recalled the economic philosophy championed by Ryan’s mentor Kemp, the...
  • Refugee lawyer accused of raping four men

    12/04/2012 9:59:22 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    A high-profile refugee lawyer will face a Sydney court next month, accused of raping four men more than a decade ago. David Bitel has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent and three counts of indecent assault. Police say the offences were committed at an office on Pitt Street in Sydney's CBD between 1995 and 2004. The 60-year-old is on strict conditional bail and will face court next month. Bitel is the managing partner at the firm Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers. On the firm's website, Bitel is described as a "leader in his field". The list of...
  • Gunboat diplomacy: Indian navy ready to set sail to South China Sea

    12/04/2012 9:49:07 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 4, 2012
    Indian naval warship INS Ranjit (D53)India will deploy warships to the South China Sea if the country’s regional interests are compromised, the Indian Navy commander said. As China bolsters its military, the region has witnessed rising tensions over unresolved territorial disputes. India is not directly involved in any of the disputes, but its national interests are tied to the turbulent region, Admiral D K Joshi said on Monday, a day ahead of India’s Navy Day. Delhi may deploy its forces to the region if the situation deteriorates. “Are we preparing for it? Are we having exercises of that nature? The...
  • Rogue Dentist’s 30-Year Crusade Against Wisdom Teeth Removal Extracts Results

    12/04/2012 9:41:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon, Dec 3, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Dr. Jay Friedman relishes his role as dental outcast. Like a pesky younger brother who enjoys watching his siblings squirm, the 86-year-old dentist and public health advocate has for decades been poking and prodding at the oral health community over his personal obsession: wisdom teeth. Friedman has argued for more than 30 years that removing a young person's healthy wisdom teeth -- called "third molars" by professionals -- is an unnecessary and irresponsible practice. While many dentists and oral surgeons have dismissed him as a traitor and a zealot, in 2007, people in the public health arena began to listen....
  • (Video) TheEndisNear for the Republican Party Imposters - it is time to "Purge" Crybaby Boehner

    12/04/2012 9:38:49 PM PST · by publius321 · 17 replies
    There is a palpable sense that conservatives may have finally had enough of telling the Roves and the usual suspects "thank you sir, may I have another".
  • Superstorm Sandy and Sea Level Rise

    12/04/2012 9:37:47 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 13 replies
    ClimateWatch.NOAA.gov ^ | November 5, 2012 | Brian Kahn
    Climate.gov’s Brian Kahn interviews Cynthia Rosenzweig, a climate impacts expert at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and director of the NOAA-sponsored Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Why should New Yorkers care about sea level rise? First of all, sea level rise is a big issue for millions of people in the U.S., not just New Yorkers. Twenty-three of the 25 most densely populated U.S. counties are on the coast. In New York, the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy has shown how powerful and damaging the effects...
  • Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale (Ed Asner)

    12/04/2012 9:36:50 PM PST · by DWar · 37 replies
    California Federation of Teachers ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Fred Glass
    Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org.