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  • Jedi Mind Trick Nation

    12/05/2012 4:08:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In the original "Star Wars", Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) have to smuggle two droids into the criminal-infested, Empire-guarded city of Mos Eisley. The Empire has been looking for the droids, which contain secret information. But Obi Wan has a solution: when our heroes are confronted by emissaries of the Empire, he simply waves his hand. "These aren't the droids you're looking for." The weak-minded Stormtrooper promptly waves the group through. Obi Wan was using an old Jedi mind trick. Welcome to America, 2012. The Democratic Party has apparently been endowed with the ability...
  • Only 16 Members Can Unseat Boehner, Group Says

    12/05/2012 4:06:39 PM PST · by Fred · 141 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 12/05/12 | Matthew Boyle
    The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” AMA’s Ned Ryun said in a statement. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate—and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.” Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, they’d only need 16 members to abstain from...
  • Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

    12/05/2012 4:03:49 PM PST · by John W · 96 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson
    The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded...
  • Booted House members complain to Boehner

    12/05/2012 3:59:41 PM PST · by jonefab · 8 replies
    It’s becoming clearer why Schweikert, Huelskamp, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) were yanked from their committee posts. It wasn’t ideological, sources involved with the negotiations said. Instead, they said, the lawmakers lost their spots because they worked against their colleagues or leadership. Huelskamp, for example, voted against Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget in committee, in addition to trying to bring down the farm bill. Other members affected by the discipline voted against measures in committee, as well.
  • Toddler Shot Dead By 4-Year-Old Brother (MN)

    12/05/2012 3:58:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/5/12 | WCCO Staff
    Police are investigating after a 2-year-old child was allegedly shot dead by another child. Police said the shooting happened in Minneapolis’s Riverside neighborhood on the 1900 block of 7th Street South. They were called to the scene just before 1 p.m. Authorities said the 2-year-old child was pronounced dead in the ambulance at the scene before he could be taken to the hospital. According to Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer, the toddler was shot by his 4 year old brother who was playing with a firearm. Michelle Prestegard is a neighbor and witnessed the toddler receiving CPR. “I saw the...
  • Lawmaker Says (Philippines) Govt Should Guarantee Pleasurable Sex for Women

    12/05/2012 3:58:52 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | December 5, 2012 | Adam CASSANDRA
    As debate intensified over amendments to the RH Bill in the Philippines Tuesday, the principle sponsor of the bill in the Senate, Senator Pia Cayetano, said that the government has a role in ensuring “pleasurable sex” for women, and led an effort to strike down an amendment deleting such language from the bill.Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile introduced an amendment that would remove the word “pleasurable” in the bill from the phrase “pleasurable and safe sexual experiences” which is included in the bill’s definition of sexual health.“Many women are denied a pleasurable sexual experience,” explained Sen. Cayetano. “They give in...
  • Cops: State senator tried to board plane with unloaded gun, clip

    12/05/2012 3:54:42 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2012 | Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner
    State Sen. Donne Trotter, who is seeking the congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., was arrested this morning at O’Hare International Airport for attempting to board a plane with an unloaded handgun and a clip with six bullets, officials said. Trotter, a Chicago Democrat who has served in the state legislature since 1988, was charged with a Class 4 felony, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
  • Should College Students be Getting Their XXX Degrees?

    12/05/2012 3:47:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ashley Herzog
    That question was posed in response to a new report from WORLD on Campus about the pornification of American universities. According to WORLD, self-styled “porn scholars” in fields ranging from literature to law “believe in immersing their students in the porn culture. Last year, 50 schools offered courses that included in-depth pornography content.” Students and their parents—many of whom take out massive loans or a second mortgage to cover outrageously inflated tuition—might “be surprised to learn they are paying…to watch, digest and learn to appreciate pornography in college.” As someone three years out of college, the salacious details of the...
  • UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

    The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend.
  • CBO: Current Law Brings 55% Increase in Annual Spending, $4.25T in New Debt--And Record Taxation

    12/05/2012 3:44:24 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    If Congress allows current laws signed by President Barack Obama to stand and follows the fiscal path they have set for the next decade, federal tax revenues will rise to a record level as a percentage GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but annual federal spending will also increase by 55 percent and continuous deficits will require Congress to lift the federal debt limit by another $4.25 trillion even as the government rakes in unprecedented tax revenue. Under the so-called "fiscal cliff" scenario, in which all of the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire and “sequestration” of some...
  • Suspicion: Bedouin Helped Hamas Pinpoint Negev Targets

    12/05/2012 3:41:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Elements within the defense establishment suspect that Bedouin from the Negev relayed information to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, according to Maariv. It is believed that the Bedouin roamed about in forbidden military zones and gave the terrorists information about the exact location where their missiles and mortars struck, helping them to hit their targets more accurately. In one case, reservists from the Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion identified a Bedouin pick-up truck atop a hill in the Lachish training base. The soldiers suspected that they were assisting the enemy in targeting the base and fired...
  • Election 2012: Echoes of Truman’s 1948 Campaign

    12/05/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Many of our friends continue to register shock at the election returns of last month. How can it be?, they ask. It’s not so hard to figure out, we reply. The first Romney bumper sticker that appeared last year bore a startling resemblance to another famous corporate logo. What were they thinking? The first bumper sticker for the President’s re-election said simply: “ObamaCares.” Brilliant. We are not saying that President Obama does actually care about “people like me.” But voters polled on that question chose Mr. Obama over Mitt Romney by...
  • The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job

    12/05/2012 3:36:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 12/05/2012 | Samuel Weigley
    While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9% as of October. Some regions fare far better than rest of the country, despite the fact that more than 12 million people are still considered unemployed in the U.S. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. where unemployment barely exists. Higher education and industries that support it are the reason these metropolitan areas are doing well. College towns across America tend to have lower unemployment rates than the population as a whole, Martin Kohli,...
  • Boehner to members: Leadership is watching your voting patterns

    12/05/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 115 replies
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting.
  • Stokely executed Wednesday morning (Arizona)

    12/05/2012 3:30:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    kgun9.com ^ | 12-5-12 | KGUN9
    Richard Stokley was executed this morning by lethal injection. He was convicted of the killing of two 13 year old girls in Elfrida. The killings happened in 1991. Stokley's accomplice, Randy Brazeal, is free after serving a 20-year sentence.
  • Geithner: Ready to Go Over 'Cliff' If Taxes Don't Rise

    12/05/2012 3:26:07 PM PST · by Skepolitic · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/5/12 | Justin Menza
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are "making a little bit of progress" in "fiscal cliff" talks but said the Obama administration was "absolutely" ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn't agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy. ...
  • Freep a poll! (oreilly. Budget deal soon or gridlock?)

    12/05/2012 3:16:19 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    billoreilly.com ^ | 12-5-12 | Bill O'reilly
    Do you believe President Obama and Republicans will reach a budget deal before automatic tax increases are triggered? Yes, it will work out in a timely manner. No, there is too much gridlock.
  • Survey: Greece seen as most corrupt in EU

    12/05/2012 3:13:36 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | December 5, 2012 | David Rising
    BERLIN — The countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe, and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday. Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores in Western Europe. On a scale newly introduced for this year's report, where 0 is "highly corrupt" and 100 is "very clean," Spain was ranked highest of the four in place 30 with a score of 65. Portugal followed in place 33 with...
  • Missing cousins update: Two bodies found in the woods

    12/05/2012 3:12:21 PM PST · by xjcsa · 10 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | December 5, 2012 | Courier Staff
    EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Authorities today said hunters found two bodies in a wooded area. While they did not say they were the missing girls from Evansdale, law officers said it was not the end they had hoped. Capt. Rick Abben said the two bodies were found in an undisclosed wooded area about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and to get a positive identification. Elizabeth Collins, now 9, of Evansdale, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, now 11, of Waterloo, who are cousins, have been missing from Evansdale since July 13 --...
  • Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' (COWABUNGA!)

    12/05/2012 3:02:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12-5-2012 | Michael Warren
    December 5, 2012 Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' Michael Warren President Barack Obama spoke to the White House Tribal Nations Conference of Native American groups at the Interior Department Wednesday. The chairman of the conference, Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, reportedly suggested that Obama is the first "American Indian" president. "Think about it for a second," Cladoosby said, according to the pool report. "The president loves basketball. He has an Indian name, he knows what it's like to be poor and he hasn't forgotten where he came from. And his theme song is 'Hail to...
  • The Blue-State Suicide Pact (Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Will Affect Blue-States the Most)

    12/05/2012 2:50:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    forbes ^ | 12/05/2012 | Joel Kotkin
    With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue states’ congressional representatives for the administration’s campaign for tax “fairness” represents a kind of bizarre economic suicide pact. Any move to raise taxes on the rich — defined as households making over $250,000 annually — strikes directly at the economies of these states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers. In fact, when you examine which states,...
  • Appeals Court Hears NLRB Recess Appointments Case

    12/05/2012 2:45:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 12/5/12 | Sean Hackbarth
    What does it mean for the Senate to be in recess? Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure that out. This stems from President Obama bypassing the Senate in appointing three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Wall Street Journal sets it up: [I]n January Mr. Obama named three new members of the National Labor Relations Board along with Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the Senate wasn't in recess. While Congress was conducting pro forma sessions, Mr. Obama pulled this end run around the Senate's advice...
  • U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

    12/05/2012 2:44:51 PM PST · by mojito · 56 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/5/2012 | JAMES RISEN, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September. But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand...
  • What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Immigration

    12/05/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/05/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political moment—which comes only once every few decades—was squandered on minor and temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking. This isn’t as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than Canada. Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends...
  • Swedish artist uses Jewish Holocaust victims' ashes for painting

    12/05/2012 2:39:51 PM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | december 5, 2012 | matthew day
    Carl Michael von Hausswolff mixed the ashes from the infamous Nazi facility with water to compose a small painting of grey streaks. The work now hangs in a gallery in the Swedish city of Lund. But Salomon Schulman, a leading voice in Sweden's Jewish community who lost many relatives to the Holocaust, has condemned the painting as "revolting". "Who knows," he wrote in a letter to a local newspaper. "Maybe some of the ashes originated from my relatives. No one knows where they were deported: all my mother's siblings and their children, and my grandparents. "I will never go to...
  • Charles Barkley Talks Guns With Bob Costas: ‘I Carry a Gun’ Because ‘I Just Feel Safer With It’

    12/05/2012 2:35:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/5/12 | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to Bob Costas’ controversial halftime gun control lecture on Sunday night, retired NBA all-star Charles Barkley said he carries “a real gun” because he feels “safer with it.” Barkley, appearing on “Costas Tonight,” said he doesn’t think the nation has a “gun culture” but rather a “crime culture” especially “in the black community.” “You know, we as black people always, we don’t have respect for one another. You know, we’ve got more black men in prison than we do in college and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant,” Barkley said. “And I know everybody reacts when something like...
  • Liberals don't want to make fun of Obama because they feel it will weaken him.

    12/05/2012 2:33:02 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals don’t want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him if they honestly point out his foibles and his short-comings. The narrative is that Obama is sort of a god (in fact, Evan Thomas of Newsweek said exactly that.) Gods don’t have any flaws. Thus, if they point out a single flaw, they are entirely destroying the narrative Conservatives don’t think of their leaders as “messiahs” (or mythical knights in the fictional kingdom of Camelot) and thus, poking fun at them is not sacrilegious. To the Modern Liberal who looks to their leaders the...
  • Did Desperate Fishermen Cannibalise Their Friends in Extreme Cold in Remote Siberia?

    12/05/2012 2:32:17 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 04 December 2012 | The Siberian Times reporter
    Did desperate fishermen cannibalise their friends in extreme cold in remote Siberia? In the most extreme conditions, the unimaginable can happen. Police in Siberia are now trying to piece together a mystery that unfolded after four friends went on a fishing expedition in August in the endless taiga. Three months later, only two men came back from their adventure along the remote Sutam River, after they were located in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) by a rescue helicopter from the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which saved their lives. Alexander Abdullaev, 37, and Alexei Gradulenko, 35, were found alive - but only just....
  • The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about “Hospitality”

    12/05/2012 2:30:46 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Late last week on the blog I made mention of the sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance.” The traditional list, is summarized in the Catechism which states The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner (# 1867).It probably does not surprise you that I got push-back from certain homosexuals who wrote in to “remind” me that the sin of Sodom “has nothing...
  • Fermi’s Anniversary: Seventy years ago, a scientific breakthrough revolutionized nuclear technology.

    12/05/2012 2:28:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    Enrico Fermi This week marks the 70th anniversary of a turning point in human history.It was on December 2, 1942, that Enrico Fermi ordered the control rods pulled from the nuclear reactor he had built under the west stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field stadium, thereby initiating the first artificial sustained-fission reaction in human history. A cryptic message flashed the electrifying news back to Washington. “The Italian navigator has landed in the new world.”The consequences of Fermi’s success were profound. Within two and a half years, the Manhattan Project advanced to build both uranium-isotope-separation and plutonium-manufacturing facilities on...
  • Heads roll after Fast and Furious investigation

    12/05/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/5/12 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Besides Chait, McMahon, Gillett, Newell, Grindler, Voth and MacAllister; ten other Justice Department and ATF officials faulted by the Inspector General (IG) include: Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor with the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office assigned to Fast and Furious. The IG concluded Hurley's knowledge of "the clear public safety risk" being created by the suspects in Fast and Furious, who were allowed to continue to traffic in firearms for many months; should have prompted him to act urgently. Hurley was reportedly transferred out of the criminal division in the wake of the controversy. Mike Morrissey, Hurley's supervisor at the U.S....
  • GOP REP: BOEHNER MAY 'TARGET' MORE CONSERVATIVES

    12/05/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday warned his House Republican conference against dissent from GOP leadership – and threatened retaliation similar to that against the already-purged conservatives if anyone else breaks from his pack. The Hill reports that, according to Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Boehner used his weekly GOP conference meeting to “note that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns." Huelskamp also said Boehner threatened “there may be more folks that will be targeted” and that Boehner told the...
  • Let the Taxi App Roll

    12/05/2012 2:08:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    If Hollywood remade "The Graduate" and set it in 1980, the one word the businessman would have for Dustin Hoffman's character wouldn't be "plastics." It'd be "medallions." That's because the single greatest investment you could have made over the last 30 years isn't in gold or silver or even Apple stock. It's in New York City taxicab medallions. Since 1980, New York's taxi medallions -- essentially the license to drive a cab in the Big Apple -- have appreciated nearly 2,000 percent, according to one estimate. Prices rose on average 8 percent annually for 30 years, dipping significantly only once...
  • Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan

    12/05/2012 2:08:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan By Ramsey Cox - 12/05/12 04:03 PM ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it. “Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor. “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.” McConnell suggested that the Senate vote on what he called the president’s “ridiculous” plan as an amendment to the...
  • From Justin Amash on Facebook (VANITY)

    12/05/2012 2:07:01 PM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 20 replies
    Facebook ^ | December 5, 2012 | Representative Justin Amash
    Rumor has it that I’ve been removed from the House Committee on the Budget. Remarkably, I still have not received a single call, e-mail, or text from Republican leadership confirming this story. In fact, I wouldn’t even have learned about it if not for the news reports. I look forward to hearing from my party’s leadership about why my principled, conservative voting record offends them. That’s sur e to be a lively and entertaining conversation. In the meantime, I can only speculate as to what specifically would make Republican leadership punish several of its party’s most principled members. Rep. Tim...
  • Californians buying guns at record rate

    12/05/2012 2:04:15 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 172 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 12/5/2012 | CLAUDIA KOERNER
    Californians are buying more guns than ever. As of November, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System had run 981,798 background checks related to guns in California, beating out totals for previous years before 2012 is even over. The numbers jumped about 8 percent from last year, part of a steady increase since 2008. This year, however, the system broke records, with 154,873 calls on Nov. 23, up about 20 percent from Black Friday last year. With the high volume of calls, officials shut down call centers briefly to allow the system to catch up, Fischer said. Among California...
  • Undocumented immigrants lobby for drivers license

    12/05/2012 2:04:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    WZZM ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Phil Dawson
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After seeing what he calls their "passion and pain", Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell promises he will try to help illegal immigrants get a drivers license or identification card. "We must respond," he told a crowd of immigrants at city hall Tuesday night. "We don't issue drivers licenses or identification cards in the city, but I know we must respond and figure out the most effective way to address your concerns with the State of Michigan." The Mayor offered his support after immigrants, legal and illegal, spoke at the city commission meeting Tuesday night. They are...
  • Syrian rebels vow to conquer Israel, Iran and Spain

    12/05/2012 2:00:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | October 21, 2012
    Of course they blame the West for their becoming "Islamists." Yet despite their recent conversion, they seem well-versed in the Islamic supremacist agenda of reconquering lands that were once ruled by Muslims and that they thus think belong to Islam forever: "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out" (Qur'an 2:191). "Syrian Rebel Founding 'Robin Hood Brigade' Vows to Conquer Israel, Iran, and Europe," from MEMRI, October 21 (thanks to Mackie): Following are excerpts from a clip featuring rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria, which was posted on the Internet...
  • A Guide to Israel's Political Parties, So Far

    12/05/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Rochel Sylvetsky
    It is understandable if the non-Israeli reader finds it hard to follow the changes that have been taking place daily in the lists of Israeli political parties. Arutz Sheva has decided to try to set the reader straight. First, the established – well, sort of established – parties. Likud-Yisrael Beytenu: The two parties, one nationalist and the other originally Russian immigrant nationalist, have joined ranks. This is a political move, but may also signal that the Russians, who have taken their place in Israeli life, don't feel the need for their own party anymore. The joint list has still to...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, December-5-2012

    12/05/2012 1:58:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 47 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
  • Ex-Pa. trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics

    12/05/2012 1:57:11 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/05/2012 | JOE MANDAK, Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A black man contends he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper for false claims that he didn't properly write reports, and sometimes used Ebonics in doing so, according to a federal lawsuit. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends employs nearly all white troopers. Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a "lack...
  • A Queer Need for Rejection

    12/05/2012 1:55:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Whenever I write about the issue of First Amendment Freedom of Association, I defend the right of campus groups, not government administrators, to control their own belief structure and membership requirements. This often involves discussing real life cases with real life tension between religious groups and homosexual activists. This results in a slew of emails asking why a homosexual student would ever want to join a fundamentalist religious group. The short answer to the question is that homosexual activists don't really want to join these organizations. Some want to use them for political gain before shutting them down altogether. The...
  • Republicans weigh swallowing tax hike on the wealthy

    12/05/2012 1:55:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! Health ^ | 12/5/12 | Richard Cowan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While Republican leaders in the House of Representatives insist that raising tax rates on the rich is an impossibility, some Republican lawmakers now see it as inevitable to avoiding the "fiscal cliff" of severe tax hikes and spending cuts set to start January 1. Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified, said Republicans are losing the public relations battle over keeping low tax rates for the rich and are getting battered by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress following their November 6 election victories. On Capitol Hill aides often play an important role...
  • Karl Rove Taken Off the Air at Fox News - FNC Moves Away from Rove after his Election Night Tantrum

    12/05/2012 1:54:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Karl Rove taken off the air as Fox News distances themselves from conservative pundit after his Election Night tantrum Karl Rove has officially been benched as Fox News chief Roger Ailes has reportedly suspended the Republican operative from their airwaves. Rove and Dick Morris, a fellow paid political analyst, have been temporarily banned from appearing on Fox News as the network tries to distance themselves from the two men whose election predictions ended up being so far from the result. New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports that Ailes decided that it is important for Fox News to take a step...
  • Before the Boat Accident...

    12/05/2012 1:52:01 PM PST · by bicyclerepair · 40 replies
    12-05-12 | bicyclerepair
    Before the boating accident
  • 7 of Top 10 ‘World’s Most Influential Muslims’ Are Islamists

    12/05/2012 1:47:58 PM PST · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    counterjihadreport.com ^ | 04DEC12 | Ryan Mauro
    The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre has released this year’s list of the 500 “world’s most influential Muslims” and of the top 10, seven are Islamists. The unfortunate reality is that Islamism is indeed mainstream thought in the Muslim world and non-Muslims have a lot of ground to make up in the struggle over the direction of the Muslim world. The most influential Muslim is Saudi King Abdullah. He is hailed as a reformer but that is by Saudi standards. Under his rule, Sharia is still the law of the land in an especially puritanical form. By setting this example...
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer workers prepare for cuts to one-third of newsroom (Paper endorsed Obama!)

    12/05/2012 1:45:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Newsnet 5 ^ | 12/5/12 | John Kosich
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer plans to cut 58 positions out of its newsroom staff next year, according to the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. That's roughly one-third of the guild's 168 members. "We found out about them in the last few days," said Harlan Spector, of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. "The company has said that they're going to cut the unionized workforce of the newsroom to 110 next year."
  • Who Owns You? Dems or Unions?

    12/05/2012 1:43:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | John Ransom
    While it’s a truism that for every finger you point at someone else you’ve got three pointed right back at you, for liberals it’s part of their laws of physics. It would be impossible for the laws of liberals to govern without this binding hypocrisy that keeps them in orbit. That’s why it shouldn’t surprise you that for all the leftist rhetoric about corporations and greed contributing the decline of the country, there’s one corporate outfit that’s really screwing up this country- and it’s a creation and a creature of the left. Like most Big Left organizations it is a...
  • David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) Dave Brubeck is dead

    12/05/2012 1:43:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    necropedia.org ^ | December 5, 2012
    Dave Brubeck's obituary Dave Brubeck 1920 - 2012 Dave Brubeck is deadDave Brubeck, born on December 6, 1920 in Concord, was an American pianist. He died on December 6, 2012 at the age of 92.Friends and family are mourning the loss of a loved one. Translations :FrançaisEspañolDeutsch中文
  • In California, the Shasta & Scott River Water Wars Continue

    12/05/2012 1:42:43 PM PST · by WonkyTonky · 5 replies
    Newswatch 12, kdrv.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Ron Brown
    FT. JONES, Calif. – The ongoing battle between farmers, ranchers and fishing groups for water in the Klamath River Basin is heating up again. On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Department hosted a workshop in Ft. Jones to identify parties who have a stake in Scott River water issues. It was standing room only at the Ft. Jones Community Hall, as Scott Valley residents lined the walls for a California Fish and Game workshop meeting. That didn’t last long, once farmers and ranchers sounded off against the process. Tom Pease, who is President of Protect Our Water, or POW,...