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  • Lake Wobegon Alert: Less Than 1 Percent of Michigan Teachers Rated 'Ineffective'

    12/05/2012 1:03:56 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/3/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Out of over 95,000 Michigan teachers, more than 97 percent were rated “highly effective” or “effective” by their administrators. Only 0.8 percent were rated "ineffective." More than two-thirds of the 3,796 schools rated every teacher in one of the top two categories. For the past few years, the Michigan Department of Education surveyed and reported school evaluations as a condition of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — also known as the federal stimulus program. Teachers can be rated “highly effective,” “effective,” “minimally effective” or “ineffective.” Jan Ellis, a spokesperson with the Michigan Departmet of Education, said that...
  • That’s Indoctrination! Everything your suburban fourth-grader needs to know about gay marriage

    12/05/2012 1:01:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 4, 2012 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Two moms and a baby, as presented in That’s a Family! (GroundSpark)Next week, fourth-grade students at Penn Valley Elementary School in the gilded Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion will spend part of their school day watching and discussing a very clever piece of cinematic propaganda courtesy of organized homosexuality. The film is called That’s a Family!, and it is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign along with other homosexual activist groups.As a fellow practitioner of the occult arts of persuasion, I must confess my admiration for That’s a Family! The film clearly is a product of the institutional wing of the...
  • Court casts doubt on Obama’s recess appointments

    12/05/2012 12:58:06 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/5 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good.
  • Green Energy Overhaul Hurts Environment, Hikes Electric Bills

    12/05/2012 12:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 5, 2012
    In a major blow to the taxpayer-funded green energy movement, a government audit reveals that a California plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using more “renewable” sources will damage the environment and increase electric bills. This clearly defeats the intended goal of saving mother earth from the evils of man-made pollutants that are contributing to the global warming crisis. The story involves California’s massive transformation in the way electricity is produced and distributed. By 2020 the Golden State plans to be a green zone with a clean-energy economy that drastically slashes greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of...
  • ‘Are you famous?' Woman doesn't recognise Jay-Z on New York subway (Watch Video)

    12/05/2012 12:47:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 12/05/2012 | Chris Paine
    WHEN hip-hop superstar Jay-Z boarded a crowded subway to his show in Brooklyn everybody knew who he was. Everybody except for the person sitting next to him. In Jay-Z's new 24-minute YouTube documentary Where I'm From, a woman named Ellen innocently asks Mr Beyonce: "are you famous?" as he takes his seat. Jay-Z, taken aback, politely replies: "Yes. Not very famous you don't know me." "I'll get there some day." He then tells Ellen he makes music and that he's on the way to his eighth and final show. "I'm on my way to the performance in Brooklyn and the...
  • Huge Powerball Payout Inspires “Ingenious” Fiscal Idea

    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...
  • Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act Introduced to Assembly

    12/05/2012 12:32:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 12-4-12 | unattributed
    Building off of Rhode Island’s community effort, a coalition of West Coast organizations is working with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to introduce a Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness Act today. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, said, “We need to stop criminalizing the behavior of people who have nowhere else to turn. People who are in need of mental health services or who have lost their jobs and their homes are being told, ‘Move along or go to jail.’ The Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights begins to give us a framework for appropriate approaches to protecting our...
  • Bob Costas: I Was Talking About The "Gun Culture," Not Gun Control

    12/05/2012 12:32:09 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 12-5-2012
    (Watch video at link) BOB COSTAS: "...... What I was talking about here, and I'm sorry if that wasn't clear to everybody, was a gun culture. I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. ......"
  • Obama Gets Humiliated in the Pacific

    12/05/2012 12:27:56 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 50 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | December 03, 2012 | Spengler
    It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world's population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States. President Barack Obama attended the summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn't. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. Instead, the Association of Southeast Asian...
  • U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998

    12/05/2012 12:16:00 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    December 4, 2012 U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged almost 6.5 million barrels per day in September 2012, the highest volume in nearly 15 years. The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more of crude oil was in January 1998. Since September 2011, U.S. production has increased by more than 900,000 barrels per day. Most of that increase is due to production from oil-bearing rocks with very low permeability through the use of horizontal...
  • NSA agent: "Everyone under virtual surveillance!"

    12/05/2012 12:15:36 PM PST · by wesagain · 60 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 5, 2012 | staff writer
    Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched? And watched by the government? There’s very good reason to feel that way, says a whistleblower from the National Security Agency who says everyone in the U.S. is under virtual surveillance by federal authorities. In an interview with RT, William Binney, a former mathematician and code breaker at the NSA, says the FBI records the emails of nearly all Americans, including members of Congress, and warns that the government can use this information against anyone. “The FBI has access to the data collected, which is basically the emails of virtually...
  • HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST

    12/05/2012 12:14:07 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Republican leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which conservatives to purge from powerful House committees, Breitbart News has learned. As this time, it appears they will keep the criteria list hidden from the public, too. Spokespeople for members of House GOP leadership have refused to discuss details about the list on the record with press. Because GOP Leadership won't discuss the list, it’s unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. It’s also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process. In remarks to...
  • Obama Warns GOP Against Debt Ceiling Fight: "I Will Not Play That Game"

    12/05/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by yoe · 73 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 5, 2012
    Video At a Business Roundtable meeting today, President Obama warned Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as leverage in talks over spending cuts or entitlement cuts. Obama told business leaders they "should not accept going through" that "game" which would be a "catastrophe" for the country. "That is a bad strategy for America, it's a bad strategy for your businesses and it's not a game that I will play," Obama said. "I will not play that game, because we've got to break that habit before it starts," Obama later added.
  • Special-ops vets demand Benghazi answers

    12/05/2012 12:09:11 PM PST · by wesagain · 19 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 5, 2012 | staff writer
    "'The truth has got to come out as to why we let these people die'"With almost three months elapsed since the September terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a group of special operations veterans is tired of the delay in answers from the Obama administration and is demanding action. “We view the events in Libya as sort of a jigsaw puzzle that’s been dumped out of the box on to the table, and there’s a heck of a lot of pieces that need to be put together to reveal the big picture,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col....
  • Mitchell Bemoans Defeat Of Disability Treaty: 'Everything That's Wrong With Capitol Hill'

    12/05/2012 12:09:05 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What are the odds that Andrea Mitchell has thoroughly read the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, let alone a systematic, serious critique of it, as this one appearing at The Daily Caller? But that didn't prevent Mitchell from bemoaning the defeat of the ratification of the treaty in the Senate yesterday thanks to Republican opposition,. Introducing a segment in which she and sponsor John Kerry engaged in a spate of mutual handwringing, Mitchell kvetched that the defeat "seemed to underscore everything that is wrong with Capitol Hill." View the video here.
  • I was wrong, and I admit it

    12/05/2012 12:05:18 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 64 replies
    Mat-Sub Valley Frontiersman ^ | Nov. 29,2012 | Charles Fredericks
    19 comments To the editor: Back in 2008, right at the peak of the McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden presidential election, I wrote a scathing opinion to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about Sarah Palin (titled “Caribou Barbie”), and five years later, I would like to recant my opinion and tell the people of the Mat-Su Valley just how wrong I was at the time. The Frontiersman published the opinion and it drew a lot of comments, mostly negative, and here we are almost five years later, and I want to pass on what I have learned. In closing, Sarah Palin warned us, and...
  • THE HILL: NO GOP OPPOSITION TO BOEHNER'S TAX HIKE FLIP-FLOP

    12/05/2012 12:04:44 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    In a report on the GOP's half of the Fiscal Cliff debate, The Hill claimed there was no opposition to Republican House Speaker John Boehner's sudden caving in to President Obama's demand that tax hikes accompany any solutions to the budget mess. The Hill reported on December 4 that the GOP was "moving reluctantly toward a debt deal that would increase revenues" and that Speaker Boehner had offered some $800 billion in new taxes in his most recent fiscal cliff proposal. How could Boehner achieve this flip flopping away from the Party's presumptive principles? The Hill says it's because there...
  • How the Republicans Can Shut-down the Senate (after Reid ends filibuster)

    12/05/2012 12:00:42 PM PST · by pabianice · 36 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/27/12 | Plumer
    ...Alternatively, the GOP could threaten to shut down the Senate entirely. This is technically doable. ”Keep in mind that a lot of what Senate leaders do day to day is done by unanimous consent,” explains Binder. If a single senator started objecting to every little motion and maneuver, it would become impossible to conduct any legislative business at all. Some examples: – A 500-page amendment is brought to the floor, and the bill manager wants to dispense with the reading of the amendment? All a senator has to say is, “I object,” and it’s time to start reading all 500...
  • Gingrich: The smart legislative strategy for Obama’s second term

    12/05/2012 12:00:01 PM PST · by GVnana · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/5/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    >-snip-<The news media and Washington elite solution is simple: surrender, cave in, give up your principles, do what the President demands. Those are the daily suggestions and expectations of the elite media and much if the national establishment, which takes its talking points from the consensus media of the left. It would be a triple disaster for House Republicans to follow this defeatist advice. First, it would be a betrayal of the very principles for which they campaigned and the voters who elected them. Second, it would deeply and bitterly split the House Republican Conference between hard core conservatives and...
  • New Improved 2013 Volt Charges 30 Percent Slower

    12/05/2012 11:57:12 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 28 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | December 4 | Bertel Schmitt
    In late 2011, photos of melted and damaged Volt charging cords appeared on the internet. GM initially blamed wiring problems in the electrical outlets, eventually, the company announced that they would replace all the 120V chargers in all 2011 and some 2012 models with a new unit. About 9,500 charging units were replaced. When the 2013 model came around, Volt owners were faced with a new and improved feature: Longer charge time. In self-help groups on the Internet, the culprit was quickly found: GM had reduced the default circuit load of the charger from 12 Ampere to 8 Ampere. Then,...
  • Left-Center Party Leaders Call Each Other Liars, Thieves

    12/05/2012 11:56:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/12 | David Lev
    The disintegration of Israel's left and left of center parties continued apace Wednesday, as Tzipi Livni, head of the new “Hatnu'a” (“the Movement”) party accused Labor Party officials of lying to the public about the reasons for Labor's failure to finalize its Knesset list, one day before the deadline to file lists. Labor officials have been quoted in the media in recent days as saying that Labor is in serious negotiations with Livni to join the two parties, and it is for that reason that the Labor list has not been finalized. But sources close to Livni said Wednesday that...
  • I was wrong, and I admit it

    12/05/2012 11:55:42 AM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 8 replies
    Mat-Sub Valley Frontiersman ^ | Nov. 29,2012 | Charles Fredericks
    Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:04 pm 19 comments To the editor: Back in 2008, right at the peak of the McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden presidential election, I wrote a scathing opinion to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about Sarah Palin (titled “Caribou Barbie”), and five years later, I would like to recant my opinion and tell the people of the Mat-Su Valley just how wrong I was at the time. The Frontiersman published the opinion and it drew a lot of comments, mostly negative, and here we are almost five years later, and I want to pass on what I have learned....
  • Excuse me Mr. Costas, what are your thoughts regarding WWE's Chris Benoit, his wife, and son?

    12/05/2012 11:51:34 AM PST · by PizzaTheHut · 4 replies
    Um, Excuse me Mr. Costas, what are your thoughts regarding WWE's Chris Benoit, his wife, and son? (Double murder/suicide - NO GUN)
  • Mark Levin goes NUCLEAR: “Who the hell does Boehner think he is?”

    12/05/2012 11:50:43 AM PST · by Fred · 15 replies
    RightScoop ^ | 120512 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin has had enough, saying that Huelskamp was elected by American citizens in his district who sent him there to vote the way he pledged to them he’d vote, and now Huelskamp is being treated like crap from Speaker Boehner because he’s not falling in line? Levin asks “who the hell does Speaker Boehner think he is?” Listen below:
  • A Suggestion as to Voter ID (Vanity)

    12/05/2012 11:37:12 AM PST · by NJ_Tom · 16 replies
    05Dec2012 | NJ_Tom
    As we all know, the left has continuously litigated against voter photo ID laws, often successfully, on the grounds that the poor, disadvantaged Democrat voter is unlikely to possess such a rare document. It came to me that a solution to the need for election security, while "pulling the teeth" of this argument might be found if we reversed the whole process.What if the voter were given 2 choices at the poll: 1) they could present a state-issued photo ID before voting, or 2) they would be photographed before voting and a photo ID would be generated and mailed to...
  • Dame Elisabeth Murdoch dies at 103

    12/05/2012 11:31:26 AM PST · by Borges · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/5/12
    Dame Elisabeth Murdoch died Wednesday surrounded by her family at her home at Cruden Farm in Australia. She was 103 years old. Dame Elisabeth, with her husband Sir Keith Murdoch, was a mother to four children, including Rupert Murdoch, Anne Kantor and Janet Calvert-Jones. Her eldest daughter, Helen Handbury, died in 2004. Additionally, Dame Elisabeth is survived by 77 direct descendants, including 50 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
  • Gun Rights Leader: 470 Murders in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel ‘Has Some Blood on His Hands’(IL)

    12/05/2012 11:30:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    (CNSNews.com) – A gun-rights group says that Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel bears some responsibility for the murder rate in the Windy City, which now totals 470 homicides this year, because of the strict gun-control laws there. “Rahm Emanuel has some blood on his hands,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, in a statement. “He and the city council have done everything possible to prevent law-abiding Chicago residents from exercising their restored Second Amendment rights in the two years since the Supreme Court’s landmark McDonald ruling.” In June 2010, the...
  • Partialize or Perish: The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

    12/05/2012 11:29:45 AM PST · by arthurus · 1 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 05 December 2012 | Sam Sewell
    Exodus 18:21 Select capable men from all the people--men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain--and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. The United States of America is teetering on the edge of a perilous precipice, overlooking the bone yard of history. A forensic study of the bone yard of nations, empires, and cultures reveals a common cause of death; they all collapsed under their own weight. Death_of_AmericaIt is also true that the bigger they are, the more likely they are to fall. It often happens quickly, when a paradigm shift that has been...
  • Why Dick Armey resigned from his tea party organization

    12/05/2012 11:29:10 AM PST · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-5-2012 | Alex Pappas
    WASHINGTON — Dick Armey’s resignation as chairman of FreedomWorks follows months of turmoil, accusations of unethical behavior, top officials being put on administrative leave and a wave of staff departures inside the tea party-affiliated organization. Multiple sources inside FreedomWorks told The Daily Caller that Armey’s resignation — made public this week but in the works for months – came about after the former House Majority Leader became angry with how FreedomWorks CEO and president Matt Kibbe was operating the organization. “We had serious differences of opinion about the process of how you do business and I wanted to move on,”...
  • More Bad News For CU Robbers In The Wolverine State(MI)

    12/05/2012 11:25:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    banklawyersblog.com ^ | 4 December, 2012 | NA
    Last week's post on the pistol-packing ways of some credit union members, and their bad attitude toward robbers, led some credit union officials and attorneys to keep an eye out for similar incidents. In what cannot be a mere coincidence, a well-known credit union attorney put me on to another take-down, this one in Michigan. Would-be robbers picked the wrong person in Redford Saturday Night. Redford police say a 31-year-old Redford resident had just withdrawn money from an ATM at Community Choice Credit Union, 25447 Five Mile, when he was approached by two people who demanded he hand over his...
  • The Court Predator (Jimmy Savile: BBC Serial Pedophile)

    12/05/2012 11:20:21 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | 12/5/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Jimmy Savile is entirely unknown to Americans. Which is as it should be. He was a British disc jockey and children's-TV host, but, even by the debased standards of those callings, he didn't appear to have any particular talent. Yet, for half a century, until his death a year ago, he was one of the BBC's biggest stars: He hosted the first edition of Top of the Pops on TV in 1964, and he was there for the last in 2006. He had no discernible interest in pop music, but for millions of Britons his radio show was the accompaniment...
  • '2016' Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias

    12/05/2012 11:14:02 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12-4-2012 | Paul Bond
    December 4, 2012 '2016' Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias Paul Bond Gerald Molen, who produced the Academy Award-winning 'Schindler's List,' said the box-office success of the anti-Obama documentary proves the film was a hit: "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead on arrival in Hollywood." ..Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is claiming political bias because a documentary movie he produced this year isn't up for an Oscar, even though that film, 2016: Obama’s America, made more money at the box office than the combined...
  • Obama Plays Chicken [Thomas Sowell]

    12/05/2012 11:09:32 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/5/2012 | Thomas Sowell
    His priority is to increase government, and he’ll sacrifice the economy for it.One of the big advantages that President Obama has, as he plays “chicken” with congressional Republicans along the “fiscal cliff,” is that he is a master of the plausible lie, which will never be exposed by the mainstream media — nor, apparently, by the Republicans. A key lie that has been repeated over and over, largely unanswered, is that President Bush’s “tax cuts for the rich” cost the government so much tax revenue that this added to the budget deficit — so that the government cannot afford to...
  • Fairview police officer shoots, kills loose pig

    12/05/2012 11:04:43 AM PST · by Arthurio · 23 replies
    By JAMIE FORSYTHE — News-Democrat FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — A pot-bellied pig that has been wreaking havoc throughout neighborhoods in southeastern Fairview Heights the past month has been shot and killed by a police officer, according to Lt. Steve Evans. Evans said the black pig was shot at about 9 a.m. Sunday near Christ United Methodist Church on Frank Scott Parkway. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2012/12/03/2415446/fairview-police-officer-shoots.html#storylink=cpy
  • States, Estate Taxes and the Fiscal Cliff (Where a rich man can die without worrying about taxes)

    12/05/2012 11:04:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Governing ^ | 12/05/2012 | Penelope Lemov
    Not so long ago, states were plugged into a money gusher: They could charge estate taxes without costing their taxpayers a dime -- the money came straight out of the federal treasury. The set up made states billions of dollars -- at least until 2001 when Congress passed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA), which put an end to one of the sweetest deals Washington ever gave state governments. That deal, struck in 1926, worked like this: Every dollar (up to a point) that someone paid in state estate taxes would be a dollar they didn't have...
  • DARPA studying pollen grains as vaccine delivery system

    12/05/2012 11:04:25 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    Vaccine News Daily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jeffrey Bigongiari
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding the development of technology to package oral vaccines for delivery using pollen. The exterior of pollen grains are shells made of a non-allergenic, naturally durable polymer. The interior of the shell can be emptied, which eliminates any allergy-producing material, and then filled with vaccine, according to GlobalBiodefense.com. The shell’s durability also gives it a substantial advantage over traditional oral tablets because it serves to protect the vaccine while it is in the body. Stomach acids, for example, often limit a medication’s absorption. A pollen shell would protect the vaccine until it reaches...
  • Fiscal Cliff — the Christmas strategy

    12/05/2012 11:03:50 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    legal insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:10pm
    So many headlines, so little news. Boehner: Obama must make the next move on ‘fiscal cliff’ “If the president doesn’t agree with our proposal and our outline, I think he’s got an obligation to send one to the Congress and a plan that can pass both chambers of Congress,” Boehner said, adding that the plan Obama offered in recent days “couldn’t pass either house of the Congress.” Meanwhile, during a meeting with a business lobbying group, the president rejected any notion that he would allow Republicans to use the debt limit to force tax and spending concessions on Democrats. “We’re...
  • Court casts doubt on Obama’s recess appointments

    12/05/2012 10:58:26 AM PST · by Cheerio · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good. ...snip... Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the lead plaintiff from Senate Republicans, attended the oral argument.
  • Lawsuit Threat Cancels Christmas Concert (Hatetheist Alert)

    12/05/2012 10:55:04 AM PST · by kaehurowing · 22 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | December 4, 2012 | Rick Daysog
    Lawsuit threat cancels Christmas concert HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A threatened lawsuit had put a halt to what's become a Christmas tradition for members of the Moanalua High School orchestra. For the past six years, the award-winning group and volunteers from the New Hope Church have raised more than $200,0000 for a charity that treats poor people in Hawaii. But that all came to a halt on Monday when the Department of Education decided to cancel the concert just four days before the event. In a letter to the Department of Education, Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the...
  • My Daughter's Job Interview (Teaching)

    12/05/2012 10:53:12 AM PST · by ColoCdn · 78 replies
    colocdn's daughter | May 8, 2012 | Vanity (colocdn's daughter)
    The clock ticked a little impatiently, waiting for an answer. My answer. The interviewer’s question stuck in my mind, “Have you worked with diverse students before?” Looking past her wide set eyes, I focused on the picture of MLK behind her head. He stared down at me with knowing eyes. Brooding. Silent. Without reserve. I paused, finding the answer to her question. “Yes. I have worked with diverse students. I mean, I’ve been an English Language Development teacher for the past two years and all of my students have been Hispanic.” “I wouldn’t call that diverse.” She caught me with...
  • McConnell: Reid filibuster rule change would do ‘irreparable damage’ (Failed RINO alert)

    12/05/2012 10:52:27 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/5/12 | Ramsey Cox
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blasted Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) proposed rule changes, saying they would do “irreparable damage” to the chamber. “Such a rules change won’t do them any good in the short term ... but it will do the institution irreparable damage in the long term,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “We should work together instead to resolve our differences.”
  • Conservatives Declare War on Karl Rove

    12/05/2012 10:50:34 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/5/2012 | Grace Wyler
    Grassroots Republican operatives and Movement conservatives are quickly turning against the GOP Establishment in the wake of the party's expensive defeat this election cycle. Republicans we spoke to this week voiced a near-universal disgust with the national Republican Party leaders and Washington political class, who are seen as having put personal financial interest above winning the election. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/karl-rove-gop-money-civil-war-republicans-2012-11#ixzz2ECkUPpGG
  • Ann Barnhardt's New Video: The Republic is Dead; You Should Engage in Counter-Revolution Now

    12/05/2012 10:46:07 AM PST · by Katechon · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 5 | Ann Barnhardt's Speech
    VIDEO LINK HERE
  • Harry Reid: Filibuster Changes Will Take Place In January

    12/05/2012 10:37:25 AM PST · by pabianice · 75 replies
    Hannity.com ^ | 12/4/12 | Hannity
    WASHINGTON -- Keeping with his post-election pledge to reform the filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday proffered that changes to the rules of the upper chamber will be made, leaving it up to Republicans if they would like to participate. "There are discussions going on now [over filibuster reform], but I want to tell everybody here. I'm happy I've had a number of Republicans come to me, a few Democrats,” Reid told reporters Tuesday at his weekly press availability. “We're going to change the rules. We cannot continue in this way. I hope we can get something...
  • Families want to know what happened in Benghazi

    12/05/2012 10:37:14 AM PST · by bryan999 · 23 replies
    The father of a former Navy SEAL killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says he learned the details of his son’s bravery not from the Obama administration, but in an email from an American whose life was saved by his son. Tyrone Woods, 41, was found “slumped over his machine gun, which was caked with blood,” Charles Woods, the former SEAL’s father, said during a telephone interview from his home in Hawaii.
  • Conservatives bite back at House GOP leadership over purge (Boehner channels Stalin)

    12/05/2012 10:33:44 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 164 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 12/5/12 | Rachel Weiner
    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) took a public shot at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Tuesday night, in the wake of a shake-up that knocked a small group of conservatives off prominent committees. Justin Amash âś” @repjustinamash Still waiting for call from GOP leadership. Are they too embarrassed to explain they booted me for working to reduce debt? 4 Dec 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite Amash, a libertarian-leaning conservative, was taken off the House Budget Committee. Tea party-backed Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) was taken off Budget and Agriculture. Reps. Walter Jones (N.C.), a rare moderate, and David Schweikert (Ariz.) lost their spots on the...
  • Bozell warns GOP just strategizing surrender

    12/05/2012 10:25:35 AM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | December 04, 2012 | Taylor Rose
    WASHINGTON – Just one day after tax activist Grover Norquist warned Democrats are coming after the middle class for $3 trillion in tax hikes, another conservative leader says it appears the big GOP strategy is to figure out how to surrender. Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, told WND today that the Republican leadership is lacking vision, resents its own conservative base and needs to refocus. “If the Republicans continue a campaign of presenting themselves as Democrat-lite, they are going to see the losses increase. It will not be long before the Democrats are in complete control,” he told...
  • Conn. man, daughter charged with incest

    12/05/2012 10:24:54 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 77 replies
    AP via Boston.com ^ | 5 December 2012
    <p>BETHEL, Conn. (AP) — A 46-year-old Connecticut man and his 23-year-old daughter have been arrested on incest allegations after police say DNA tests proved they were the parents of a child.</p> <p>An arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The News-Times of Danbury (http://bit.ly/SEYwsg) says George Sayers and Tiffany Hartford of Bethel were charged Monday with third-degree sexual assault in an investigation that began with a complaint by Hartford’s former girlfriend.</p>
  • What Would Obama Say If He Were At Jesus's Birth?

    12/05/2012 10:17:42 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 36 replies
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  • Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal

    12/05/2012 10:14:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/5/12 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA is adrift without a coherent vision for where it should be going, an independent panel of space, science and engineering experts says. But the report by the National Academy of Sciences doesn't blame the space agency. It faults the president, Congress and the nation for not giving NASA clear direction. At the same time, the report said NASA is doing little to further the stated goal of the White House to send astronauts to a nearby asteroid. Panel member Bob Crippen, a retired NASA manager and astronaut who piloted the first space shuttle mission, said he...