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  • Hahn: High-Speed Rail Project ‘Critical’ To Calif., U.S. Economy

    12/06/2012 2:25:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 6, 2012 1:08 PM | Jan Stevens
    TORRANCE (CBSLA.com) — A Southern California Congresswoman Thursday defended plans for a high-speed rail project despite spiraling costs and concerns about its long-term viability. KNX 1070′s Jan Stevens reports Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Torrance) clashed with a Bakersfield lawmaker during a Transportation Committee hearing in Washington. State legislators in July approved nearly $8 billion in spending on the first phase of the rail project that will ultimately connect the Southland to San Francisco. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) appealed to the Committee to review the business plan and to assess the viability of investing more funds into the project. “There are...
  • 34 Parties to Run for Knesset

    12/06/2012 2:21:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/12 | David Lev
    After weeks of wrangling and infighting, all the parties that plan to run for seats in the19th Knesset have filed the names of their candidates. As of the Thursday night 10 PM deadline for filing, 34 parties had submitted lists, and received authorization from the National Election Commission to run for office. One party that will not be running for office at all is the Atzama'ut party, formerly headed by outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The party's new number one, Shalom Simhon, said Thursday night that he was dropping out of the party, and of politics. After he announced he...
  • Obama, Boehner staff resume cliff talks: WSJ (Boehner purge over; prepares to surrender to Obama)

    12/06/2012 2:17:56 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/6/12 | Robert Schroeder
    Negotiations about how to avoid the fiscal cliff have resumed between the staffs of President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
  • Transsexual woman -- 50 years old, 6 feet 8 -- debuts on Santa Clara junior college basketball team

    12/06/2012 2:09:55 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 46 replies
    InsideBayArea.com ^ | 12/5/12 | Matthias Gafni
    SAN PABLO -- As the buzzer sounds to announce the substitution, a handful of Mission College basketball supporters chant: "Gabbi! Gabbi! Gabbi!" Most of the 50 or so onlookers in the dingy, yellow-tinted gym briefly look up from their chili-cheese nachos and smartphones, and then back down. A few whisper and point at No. 42, marveling at her size. It was the debut of Gabrielle Ludwig, and at 6 feet 8, 220 pounds, with tattoos on her arms and legs, she stands out in the Contra Costa College gym. At 50, the Fremont resident is about three decades older than...
  • Meeting Maya - Food Justice

    12/06/2012 2:08:39 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Good Times Weekly ^ | Wednesday, 05 December 2012 | Greg Archer
    Santa Cruz’s Maya Salsedo planted the seed for Food Justice and wound up harvesting an award-winning manifesto to boot. Now, her story is inspiring other youth nationwide to create changes within their own communities.
  • Why Freedom is Really the Only Issue

    12/06/2012 2:07:49 PM PST · by Guido2012 · 1 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/6/12 | Tony Caruso
    Because this is America, and freedom is, and should be, the ONLY issue. The problem is that Mitt Romney and most of the Republican establishment doesn’t know how to articulate WHY liberty is so important in a free republic. They have their speech writers, handlers, and poll takers who tell them what to say, when to say it, and to whom it should be said. Thus, they have put themselves in a position to be followers – followers of the very people who expect them to lead. But very few of these politicians have liberty not only as their core...
  • Enrico Fermi’s Anniversary (World's first nuclear reactor was built in the middle of Chicago)

    12/06/2012 2:00:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2012 | Robert Zubrin
    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...
  • Schumer: Jobless Benefits ‘The Best Stimulus There Is’

    12/06/2012 1:45:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that extending long-term unemployment benefits would be the “best stimulus there is” for the economy, saying it would create the most jobs for the money. … Schumer and fellow Senate Democrats called for yet another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed before the current benefit extension expires at the end of the year. …
  • Blonde Joke #119,358,517

    12/06/2012 1:45:14 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
  • Obama hosts Christie for surprise White House visit

    12/06/2012 1:44:30 PM PST · by IbJensen · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/6/2012 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama hosted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the White House Thursday morning in an unannounced visit that comes as the administration is preparing a major emergency spending request to cover damage from Hurricane Sandy. News reports have said the request would be $50 billion, and Mr. Christie reportedly wants tens of billions of dollars more. White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to talk about specifics from the meeting or to say how much Mr. Obama will request. "The president is very focused on assisting New Jersey and New York and other affected states in their recovery efforts," he...
  • House Passes Measure Removing Word ‘Lunatic’ From Federal Law (Good one!)

    12/06/2012 1:39:55 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    CBS D.C. ^ | 12/06/12 | CBS D.C. Staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The word “lunatic” will be stricken from federal law under legislation that passed the House by a vote of 398-1 on Wednesday. The congressional action is the most recent effort to eliminate language from the U.S. code that has become outdated or demeaning. Two years ago, Congress removed references in federal law to the term “mental retardation.”
  • Berkeley students seek Christmas ban on Salvation Army bell ringers

    12/06/2012 1:39:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | Dec 06, 2012 | Oliver Darcy
    The student government at the University of California-Berkeley (CAL) passed a resolution last month that would ban Salvation Army bell ringers and their iconic red kettles from campus this Christmas because of the Christian organization’s alleged bias against homosexuality. UC Berkeley is "reviewing" whether or not they will prohibit the Salvation Army from operating on campus this Christmas, after students passed a resolution condemning the charity. The resolution, cleared on November 14, accuses the charity of openly discriminating against gay individuals. “Salvation Army church services, including charity services, are available only to people ‘who accept and abide by the Salvation...
  • Pelosi: Unemployment Benefits ‘One of the Most Important Stimuli for the Economy’

    12/06/2012 1:36:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said unemployment insurance benefits act as a “safety net for our whole economy,” adding that they simultaneously constitute “probably the most important” stimulus for the economy. During a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, a reporter asked Pelosi why she has not brought unemployment benefits into the debate over the so-called fiscal cliff. …
  • Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton nominated for Grammys

    12/06/2012 1:33:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton nominated for Grammys By Alicia M. Cohn - 12/06/12 03:58 PM ET First lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton will be competing for music's top prize next year — both have been nominated for a Grammy in the spoken-word-album category. The first lady is nominated for her first book, American grown, and Clinton for his fourth, Back To work: Why we need smart government for a strong economy. The competition will also be a rematch of sorts for the first lady and Ellen DeGeneres, following their friendly push-up competition. DeGeneres is nominated for her book,...
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee: It’s Not “Tradition” to Call It a Christmas Tree

    12/06/2012 1:31:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jon Street
    Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that his administration calls the decorated evergreen tree erected in the Rhode Island State House in December a “holiday tree”—rather than a “Christmas tree”—because that is what the tree is traditionally called. … But Rhode Island State Rep. Doreen Costa, who has called Chafee “Governor Grinch,” told CNSNews.com that she doesn’t remember Chafee’s predecessor, Gov. (Donald) Carcieri, calling it a “holiday tree”—nor does she recall Carcieri’s predecessor, Gov. (Lincoln) Almond, calling the tree a “holiday tree.” … But Carcieri also referred to it as a “Christmas tree,” she said. … “Governor Chafee,...
  • Hey, Fat Cat Unions: Pay Your “Fair Share”

    12/06/2012 1:30:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Message for wealth-bashing millionaire actor Ed Asner: Man up and take responsibility for lying to America's schoolchildren. Confronted by a producer for Fox News Channel's "The Sean Hannity Show" this week, the left-wing celebrity claimed he couldn't remember "a thing (he) said" on a vile propaganda video produced and published by the California Federation of Teachers. Asner narrated the unforgettable eight-minute anti-capitalist screed geared toward children. Think Occupy Wall Street meets Sesame Street. "Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore," Asner warbles in a folksy grandpa voice....
  • Obama's official inauguration will be private

    12/06/2012 1:24:02 PM PST · by crosshairs · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Stephen Dinan
    Because next year's inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day. The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday. The committee said that the small ceremony is a tradition for inaugurations that fall on Sundays. It will be the second time Mr. Obama has had two swearing-in ceremonies, after Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. botched...
  • 370k New Jobless Claims; Gallup Reports Unemployment Jump to 8.3%

    12/06/2012 1:23:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 12/6/12 | John Nolte
    After a few post-Hurricane Sandy weeks of new jobless claims hitting over 400,000, it looks as though we´ve settled back into the new and accepted normal of new claims landing somewhere in the 360,000 to 390,000 range. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this week saw 370,000 new claims filed. Keep in mind, though, that it´s only in Barack Obama´s America that we´ve learned to celebrate any number under 400,000. We´re nowhere near the point where our economy creates enough jobs to keep up with those lost every week. But because the media will never
  • The GOP Is Dying Because The Liberty Movement Is Thriving

    12/06/2012 1:22:58 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 6, 2012 | Brandon Smith
    To the point of causing intestinal convulsions, there has been no shortage of analysis on the elections of 2012. Every no-name mop-head mainstream media hack with a niche audience has put in his or her two cents on the finale of perhaps the biggest non-event of the decade and almost every single one of them has been depressingly wrong or completely disingenuous - but perhaps this was to be expected. The word “journalist” has today become synonymous with “whore”, simply because success in the field makes whoredom essential. The job of news outlets is not to report on the facts,...
  • Win $1,500 for catching Burmese pythons in South Florida

    Participants must take an online training course, with additional training available at the Jan. 12 event. The python must be killed in a humane manner, using a firearm or other methods outlined in the training materials. The dead pythons must be brought within 24 hours to one of three drop-off locations in Davie, Miami and Naples. For a complete list of rules, go to http://www.pythonchallenge.org. Hunters can compete for cash prizes for catching the most Burmese pythons… Think you can catch a $1,000 snake? The state wildlife commission is enlisting the profit motive in the fight against the Burmese pythons...
  • Remember those SHOT Show arrests?

    12/06/2012 1:08:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    weaponsman.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Weaponsman
    In 2010, the SHOT Show was roiled by the news of almost two dozen executives arrested in a massive bribery sting. The case has just concluded two years of falling apart with an interesting result: the 22 executives arrested are free and clear, and the FBI's ace informant, who seems to be a shockingly bad bloke even as CIs go, is going up the river on the charges that they were holding over his head. The taxpayers are out many millions (tens of millions?) on a political prosecution led by a familiar name -- Lanny Breuer -- to besmirch the...
  • Man accused of stealing from Wal-Mart by using tinfoil-lined backpack

    12/06/2012 1:06:53 PM PST · by Last Dakotan · 25 replies
    Inforum ^ | December 05, 2012 | Forum staff reports
    DILWORTH – Police arrested a man here after they say he used a backpack lined with tinfoil to bypass a store’s security equipment and steal over $100 in merchandise, according to a WDAY news report. Police say Antonio Ramirez, 21, stole $133 in items from Wal-Mart here. Ramirez faces felony charges and up to five years in prison. Using a bag lined with tinfoil to circumvent alarm systems automatically escalates the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony, WDAY reports.
  • ANNIE COULTER TAKES APART THE NUMBERS . THEN SHE SHOWS US WHY WE LOST IN NOVEMBER.

    12/06/2012 12:58:47 PM PST · by jimsin · 104 replies
    ANN/S BLOG ^ | DEC, 5TH 2012 | ANN COULTER
    AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO December 5, 2012 Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services355 I apologize to America's young people, whose dashed dreams and dim employment prospects I had laughed at, believing these to be a direct result of their voting for Obama. On closer examination, it turns out that young voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly supported Romney. But only the white ones. According to Pew Research, 54 percent of white voters under 30 voted for Romney and only 41 percent for Obama. That's the same percentage Reagan got from the entire white population in 1980....
  • Man holds 2 accused of road rage at gunpoint

    12/06/2012 12:49:14 PM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    WQOW Wisconsin ^ | 12/06/12
    <p>WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - Police say a man who accused two people in a road rage incident in Wausau held them at gunpoint until officers arrived.</p> <p>A 49-year-old Appleton man called 911 from Highway 29 Tuesday afternoon saying the van he had just passed was ramming his SUV from behind. The dispatcher told the caller to pull off the road and wait for officers.</p>
  • Immigration Not A Fix For An Aging Population

    12/06/2012 12:43:53 PM PST · by zeestephen · 15 replies
    Based on Census Bureau estimates, USA population will increase from 309 million in 2010 to 436 million in 2050, mostly from immigration - However, the working-age (18-65) share of the population will grow only slightly faster.
  • Gun-packing Atlanta air travelers land in jail(GA)

    12/06/2012 12:42:54 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    blogs.ajc.com ^ | 5 December, 2012 | Christopher Seward
    Monday was a busy day for Transportation Security Administration agents on the lookout for weapons at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Within a two-hour period, agents confiscated three guns from travelers and police arrested them, , according to Channel 2 Action News. So far this year, TSA agents have confiscated 87 guns at the airport, one of the busiest in the nation. By comparison, 69 guns were taken from travelers last year at Hartsfield-Jackson.
  • Obama's official inauguration will be private

    12/06/2012 12:42:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Because next year's inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day. The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday.
  • E. London “mega-mosque” with 4 times capacity of St. Paul’s Cathedral rejected by local council

    12/06/2012 12:42:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:41 EST, 6 December 2012 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    A missionary Islamic sect has been denied permission to build a controversial mega-mosque with four times the capacity of St. Paul’s Cathedral, it was announced today. The Tablighi Jamaat group saw its plan to build the 9,000-capacity venue in West Ham, east London, rejected by members of Newham Borough Council at a planning meeting. If permission had been granted, Abbey Mills Mosque—also known as the Riverine Center—would have become one of the biggest Islamic centers in Britain and western Europe. …
  • Senate slams human rights with NDAA 2013 troop deployment on US soil

    12/06/2012 12:33:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | december 6, 2012 | deborah dupre
    In a slam to human rights in the United States, on Tuesday, Senators unanimously passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2013, including potential dictatorial capacity to deploy the U.S. military on U.S. soil to arrest citizens. One amendment to the 2013 version of the defense spending bill unanimously passed Tuesday by the Senate clarified the right to trial of “citizens and permanent legal residents” detained under the relevant sections of the revamped measure, but according to civil and human rights experts, this amendment created the potential for even more rights violations than NDAA 2012. The amendment, "the Feinstein-Lee Amendment,"...
  • Michelle Obama for Senate? PPP Says Yes

    12/06/2012 12:31:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12/06/2012 | Mary Ann Ahern
    Could First Lady Michelle Obama go the route of Hillary Clinton? It’s only hypothetical this point, but a survey done by Public Policy Polling gives Mrs. Obama the lead over Sen. Mark Kirk 51 to 40 percent, should she choose to challenge Kirk in 2016 for an Illinois senate seat.  From PPP. If Michelle Obama decided she wanted to follow the Hillary Clinton route once her husband leaves office in 2016 and go to the Senate, she'd have the upper hand on Mark Kirk. She leads him 51/40 in a hypothetical head to head. Kirk's approval numbers are ok with...
  • Senate Unanimously Passes 2013 NDAA; Power to Arrest Americans Remains

    12/06/2012 12:27:21 PM PST · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    http://www.thenewamerican.com ^ | december 5, 2012 | joe wolverton
    Just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Senate did it again. By a vote of 98-0 (two senators abstained) lawmakers in the upper chamber approved the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Not a single senator objected to the passage once again of a law that purports to permit the president, supported by nothing more substantial than his own belief that the suspect poses a threat to national security, to deploy the U.S. military to arrest an American living in America. As The New American reported, an amendment to the 2013 version of the defense spending bill passed by...
  • Was John Lennon a Genius?

    12/06/2012 12:23:27 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 69 replies
    Living Waters Ministries ^ | Dec. 5, 2012 | Ray Comfort
    Was John Lennon a Genius? You make the call! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7pe3_VQbUM
  • 'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford stares down Asa Butterfield in first photo

    12/06/2012 12:21:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 77 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | December 5, 2012 | Grady Smith
    Anyone who has read Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, it’s challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but it’s an even taller order to capture the novel’s complex themes about war and morality...
  • Obama, Christie meet at the White House

    12/06/2012 12:20:09 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | December 6, 2012
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has met with New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie at the White House. Christie is in Washington Thursday to talk about aid to help his state recover from Superstorm Sandy. Obama is expected to ask Congress for about $50 billion in additional emergency assistance.
  • Where Masturbation and Homosexuality Do Not Exist

    12/06/2012 12:18:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Dec 4 2012 | Alice Dreger
    Aka father carrying his daughter while out on a hunt [Courtesy of Barry Hewlett] Barry and Bonnie Hewlett had been studying the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa for many years before they began to specifically study the groups' sexuality. As they reported in the journal African Study Monographs, the married couple of anthropologists from Washington State University "decided to systematically study sexual behavior after several campfire discussions with married middle-aged Aka men who mentioned in passing that they had sex three or four times during the night. At first [they] thought it was just men telling their...
  • Morsi is speaking NOW...

    12/06/2012 12:18:40 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America | December 06, 2012 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Morsi of Egypt is speaking LIVE NOW. Can someone please translate or explain what he is saying? Thanks! http://www.livestream.com/ontveglive
  • U.N. Readies Attack on Internet as Obama Dithers

    12/06/2012 12:07:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Bob Barr
    While talk of the United States tumbling over a so-called “fiscal cliff” dominates news cycles in the nation’s capital and other major cities, on the other side of the planet, the United Nations is quietly but relentlessly pressing to take control of the Internet. It is being aided in this illicit endeavor by various totalitarian regimes, and by many smaller states that routinely use their strength in numbers to bash America. The vehicle chosen by the internationalists for this power grab is the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), one of the many aged bureaucracies that long ago lost any degree...
  • Canterbury Concedes Anglican Communion Has Become "Corrupted"

    12/06/2012 12:03:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 12/5/12 | George Conger
    Push for an Anglican Covenant overtaken by the dissolution of the communionThe Archbishop of Canterbury has conceded defeat in the battle over the Anglican Covenant. In a 2 Dec 2012 Advent letter to the primates, Dr. Rowan Williams said the Anglican Communion had become “corrupted” and could no longer be considered a communion of churches but a “community of communities.” Dr. Williams’ somber appreciation of the state of the communion today, contrasts with his past letters to the leaders of the Communions 38 provinces. Nothing now bound the church together apart from good will. In 2009 Dr. Williams rejected calls...
  • Gingrich to GOP Leaders: “Go Over the Cliff”

    12/06/2012 12:01:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 06 Dec 2012 10:56 AM | Greg McDonald
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it would be better for Republicans to take that dive off the so-called fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, rather than “cave in” to President Barack Obama on tax increases. The Georgia Republican also suggested that GOP leaders in Congress “should be prepared” if necessary to force a government shutdown to get the deep spending cuts they want. “I think it’s a huge mistake for House Republicans to cave in and try to find some kind of desperate solution that doesn't work,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night. …
  • Months before graduation, West Point cadet quits, citing culture of overt religion

    12/06/2012 11:58:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 74 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/6/2012
    A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week, telling The Associated Press that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional prevalence of religion in the military. "I've been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that...
  • The ignorant Candorville Culture

    12/06/2012 11:56:32 AM PST · by SFmom · 7 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | 12/6/2012 | Darrin Bell
    Not sure it's legit to actually post the cartoon, but here's the basics: He depicts a right-winger debating the "good guy" a.k.a. the cartoonist himself about cutting government spending. Right-winger sez when a family spends too much they cut back to balance the budget. The "good guy" sez "Or they can get a job which makes more money".
  • Arctic Route Paves New Way for Gas Trade

    12/06/2012 11:55:32 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    wsj.com/video ^ | 12/3/2012 2:45am | Ken Brown
    A Norwegian tanker full of natural gas is scheduled to deliver to Japan after traveling through the Arctic Ocean. The WSJ's Ken Brown explains how this route will change the way people sell gas. Up Next Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night
  • Jim DeMint tells Rush Limbaugh how to fix GOP, tweaks Boehner

    12/06/2012 11:46:11 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Jim DeMint tells Rush Limbaugh how to fix GOP, tweaks Boehner By: Kevin Cirilli December 6, 2012 01:38 PM EST In an interview on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Thursday, retiring Sen. Jim DeMint offered his take for how to get the Republican party back on track - and he joked about dumping House Speaker John Boehner. DeMint’s resignation as South Carolina senator sent shock waves through the Beltway earlier in the day, when the tea party leader announced he was leaving the Senate to become Heritage Foundation president. “I think it’s safe to say that [House Speaker John] Boehner...
  • Gas-guzzling German cars bashed (by enviro-wackos)

    12/06/2012 11:45:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 4 Dec 12 09:32 CET | (AFP/mry)
    Environmental campaigners have taken aim at famous German car brands like Porsche, Audi and BMW, criticizing their high CO2 emissions as well as Germany’s tax system they say promotes petrol-guzzling vehicles. … “Germany has the most absurd policy in the world of making incentives for polluting cars,” said Patrick Huth from pressure group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Environmental Aid or DUH). … The DUH group has calculated that the tax regime on cars owned by individuals is also one of the least strict in terms of carbon emissions in Europe. And Huth criticized Germany's famously speed limit-free motorways, “the only case...
  • Former Congressman Jack Brooks dies

    12/06/2012 11:40:57 AM PST · by brickdds · 10 replies
    KFDM ^ | 12-6-12 | Scott Lawrence
    BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence - Jack Brooks, who served more than 40 years in Congress as a member of the Democratic Party representing Southeast Texas, and who helped author the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, has died after a sudden illness, according to a statement released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University, according to a family member.
  • Atlantic Editor Wonders If Morsi Wants to Be Dictator or Abe Lincoln

    12/06/2012 11:39:12 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 25, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Does Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi desire to become a dictator...or another Abraham Lincoln? Did that question make you burst out laughing? If so, please be prepared for an even bigger laugh when you watch Atlantic editor Steve Clemons expend brain cells while struggling to figure out the answer to that question in his column. So laughable are the efforts of Clemons trying to come up with what to even slightly aware people is the obvious answer that you might need an oxygen mask due to an inability to catch a breath:
  • Karzai blames NATO, U.S. for violence, corruption in Afghanistan

    12/06/2012 11:36:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the U.S. and NATO forces on Thursday for some of the violence and the brunt of corruption that is rampant in his war-torn country. Karzai bluntly criticized allied tactics, declaring that terrorists won't be beaten "by attacking Afghan villages and Afghan homes." Speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC News, Karzai also said he had written a letter to President Barack Obama warning that Afghans will not permit American and NATO troops to stay past 2014 unless the U.S. turns over hundreds of detainees held at Bagram Air Base and a nearby facility. "I have...
  • NewsBeast Layoffs Begin (Liberal Newsweek print staffers getting the boot right now!)

    12/06/2012 11:36:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Adweek ^ | 12/6/12 | Lucia Moses
    It's got to be a sad day at the Newsweek Daily Beast Co., where the layoffs that have been in the offing since the company announced it would fold Newsweek have begun. The staff got an email at lunchtime today from editor in chief Tina Brown and CEO Baba Shetty notifying them that editorial staffers would learn if their positions are being eliminated. The company announced in October that it would take Newsweek digital-only in 2013—it's expected to lose $40 million this year—ending a costly experiment to combine the weekly newsmagazine and online upstart into a profitable entity.
  • Terrorists Enter U.S. via Resettlement Program for “Vulnerable Refugees” (DHS & UN)

    12/06/2012 11:30:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 6, 2012
    Islamic terrorists—including two al Qaeda affiliates indicted last year in Kentucky—have entered the United States legally through a resettlement program that helps tens of thousands of “the world’s most vulnerable refugees” start a new life in America each year. Known as the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), it’s a joint venture between the State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Homeland Security agency that oversees the nation’s lawful immigration. The two agencies are responsible for deciding which refugees are granted USRAP resettlement consideration. USCIS is hands on and conducts individual, in-person interviews with applicants to determine if...
  • Egypt army erects barriers at Cairo presidential palace (clashes leave 5 dead, 644 injured)

    12/06/2012 11:27:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/6/12 | BBC
    The Egyptian army has set up barricades outside the presidential palace, after ordering protesters to leave the area. It follows violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured. Most protesters left the palace by the 15:00 (13:00 GMT) deadline, though some opposition activists remained. Meanwhile, Egypt's top Islamic body has called on the president to suspend his decree claiming sweeping powers. The Al-Azhar institution also demanded an unconditional dialogue between the president and his opponents. The BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo says this move by one of the most...