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  • Dem Lawmaker: Balanced Budget Is Not the Goal

    12/08/2012 12:51:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) says President Obama’s plan to raise tax rates for the wealthiest Americans won’t balance the budget by itself—but that’s not the goal anyway. “Well, that (tax hikes) alone doesn’t balance the budget. It’s part of a broader plan,” Connolly said. “A totally balanced budget is probably not what is being sought. What is being sought is stabilizing the debt in its ratio to the broader general economy—bringing it down to a much more manageable level.” …
  • CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far

    12/08/2012 12:48:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Cover
    The federal government ran a deficit of $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013—October and November 2012—amounting to $4.8 billion of borrowed money each day. … This means that the government borrowed $4.8 billion for each calendar day so far in 2013. If the Treasury Department restricted its borrowing to only weekdays, its per day average would jump to $6.5 billion per day thus far in fiscal year 2013. …
  • Jeb Bush Succeeding Bill Clinton at National Constitution Center

    12/08/2012 12:28:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Dec 2012 11:33 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—one of the top potential GOP contenders for a 2016 presidential run—has been tapped to become chairman of the Board of Trustees at the prestigious National Constitution Center, succeeding former President Bill Clinton. Bush is the second in his family to serve as the chairman of center’s Board of Trustees—his father former President George H.W. Bush had the post in 2007. “I am honored to have this opportunity and am humbled to follow in the footsteps of my beloved father … who first exemplified to me what it means to be a good citizen and to...
  • Corporate money to help pay for Obama inauguration (“unlimited sums”)

    12/08/2012 12:11:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 2:29 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    In a reversal from four years ago, President Barack Obama will accept unlimited sums of money from corporations and individuals to pay for events surrounding his inauguration, a spokeswoman said Friday. Lobbyists, political action committees and foreign entities, however, will still be banned from underwriting the costs of the gala events, spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said. The committee also will reject donations from companies that haven’t paid back loans from the 2008 federal bailout of Wall Street, as well as corporate sponsorship deals. …
  • Amount Spent on Welfare Exceeds Average Income

    12/08/2012 12:02:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Data from a Congressional Research Service report reveals that the amount the government spends on welfare per family below the poverty line exceeds the median earned income. The median for earned income in the United States is about $50,000 per year. The amount spent per family on welfare exceeds $60,000 per year. Assuming a 40-hour work week, welfare equates to an after-tax wage of over $30 per hour. Congressional Democrats used these figures to make the case against prospective cuts to the government's entitlement spending. “The GOP's notion that we ought to be pushing people to get jobs is completely...
  • Jewish Support of the GOP Surges

    12/07/2012 11:51:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Dec 2012 04:08 PM | Ronald Kessler
    The Republican share of the Jewish vote jumped nationally in the presidential election from 22 percent to 32 percent, an increase of almost 50 percent, Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, tells Newsmax. Based on an exit poll of 1,000 Jewish voters commissioned by the group, Brooks says the results show that Republicans have gained market share among Jewish voters in five of the last six national elections. The 10-point gain in the last election is the largest since 1972. Brooks takes issue with a poll commissioned by the left-leaning, pro-Israel organization J Street. That poll found...
  • Our man in Cairo

    12/07/2012 11:32:36 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2012 | David Ignatius
    How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? ItÂ’s a question many Arabs ask these days, and it deserves an answer. And letÂ’s be honest: The Obama administration has been MorsiÂ’s main enabler. U.S. officials have worked closely with him on economic development and regional diplomacy. Visiting Washington last week, MorsiÂ’s top aides were touting their bossÂ’s close contacts with President Obama and describing phone calls between the two leaders that led to...
  • Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    12/07/2012 11:13:52 PM PST · by Arthurio · 39 replies
    It comes after the organisation was mocked last month a ruling that led to a ban on claims that drinking water can prevent dehydration. Despite a long held belief that prunes, traditionally served with custard, are good for improving bowel function, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled this is not the case. Its experts said there was "insufficient" evidence of a link between the dried plums and normal bowel function after looking at three studies of prune consumption. Sir Graham Watson MEP has now challenged an EU Commissioner to a prune-eating contest after his food safety committee ruled...
  • Egyptian Opposition Leader Ahmed Said: US Ignored Warnings on Brotherhood

    12/07/2012 11:13:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Dec 2012 08:45 PM | Todd Beamon and John Bachman
    Washington has failed to heed warnings from inside Egypt about the true intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood, business and political leader Ahmed Said tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “Unfortunately the United States was not listening,” Said, head of the strongly pro-United States Free Egyptians Party, tells Newsmax. “I was a member of parliament for the past five months before the parliament was dissolved, and I have met with several congressional delegations and met with Sens. John McCain and John Kerry—and I don’t think they’re really listening, to be very honest.” Said, whose group is among the many opposing Egyptian...
  • Sorry, Democrats: 4 Ways Progressives Are About to Have Their Hopes Dashed

    12/07/2012 11:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 7, 2012 | Molly Ball
    Ever since Election Day, the left has been riding high. Not only did President Obama and Democrats across the country win big on Nov. 6, the president has gratified his base with his tough talk on the fiscal cliff negotiations, and the new Congress looks to be substantially more progressive than the last. But how long will the second honeymoon last for President Obama and the Democrats? Chances are, it won't be long until the left's hopes are dashed. Here are four possible letdowns on the horizon. 1. Entitlements: Obama has talked very tough on tax rates for income over...
  • Prayer's for a dear friend's husband

    12/07/2012 11:10:56 PM PST · by Salamander · 127 replies
    self | salamander
    Prayers for a dear friend's husband, please
  • I plan for Foot Reconstruction Surgery, bunionectomies too

    12/07/2012 10:37:17 PM PST · by San Rafael Blue · 12 replies
    Dec, 6, 2012 | Bill Miller
    I am against ObamaCare, due mainly to it's uninvited intrusiveness into the well being of every American presently born, and then some. At the same time, I will say there are instances when it is appropriate to take and utilize government services, especially when one has been an employee of the government at some time in their life. That said, I am so glad to have health insurance through the govt. I served in the Navy back in the Carter/Reagan years. I began on a wooden (yes, wooden!) Minesweeper in Charleston South Carolina, 174 feet in length, and finished my...
  • Students Made to Stand for Black National Anthem

    12/07/2012 10:20:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Dec 07 2012 | Dave Blount
    Turning over the education of future generations to liberals was not such a good idea. Even the Heartland provides plenty of examples of the pernicious indoctrination being imposed on children at our expense in public schools: Students at Capital High School (CHS) in Charleston, West Virginia have been regularly forced to stand during the playing of a song known as “The Black National Anthem.” The song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was played in the morning right after the American national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, and students were forced to stand for all three. While the law currently...
  • Congressional aides: Obama asks $60.4B Sandy aid

    12/07/2012 10:18:22 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 7, 2012 | ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama asked Congress Friday for $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. It's a disaster whose cost is rivaled only by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2005 Hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Obama's request adds a huge new to-do item to a congressional agenda already packed with controversy on how to resolve the nation's budget woes and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. "Our nation has an obligation to assist those who suffered losses and who...
  • “Hercules” Monkeys Lift Stones to Crack Nuts

    12/07/2012 9:55:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 7, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    This holiday season I’m featuring a nutcracker of another sort—the bearded capuchin of Brazil. Native to open woodlands called the Cerrado, these monkeys are nicknamed Hercules with a tail, and for good reason—they can lift a stone heavier than themselves to break open tough palm nuts. (Watch a video of the nutcracking monkeys.) A monkey with a missing foot can still crack just as well. Photograph courtesy Dorothy Fragaszy National Geographic grantee Dorothy Fragaszy has been studying these charismatic little critters in the field, and last week she stopped by headquarters to update us on her research. She passed out...
  • Rapper Big Boi On Obama: Warns “I’m Not Pro-Govt…Our Freedoms Are Getting Taken Away”

    12/07/2012 9:55:24 PM PST · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 6, 2012 | Andrea Ryan
    As rare as it is, it’s so refreshing to hear common sense come out of the entertainment industry. During an interview to discuss the release of his new album, rapper Big Boi made the following response when asked about the president: “I’m not pro-government at all, I’m pro-people. Our freedoms are getting taken away every day with things that people aren’t aware of, like the [National Defense Authorization Act]. I don’t care who the president is–it ain’t just all about who’s black or who’s white or who’s Republican or Democrat, it’s about who is for the betterment of people, period....
  • I Quit (How to scam welfare in 2012)

    12/07/2012 9:53:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Ricochet ^ | December 6, 2012 | Ryan M.
    If you are foolish enough to answer truthfully on an application for state assistance, do not despair. The state has thought of that, and does not discriminate against the foolish; you will likely be given multiple opportunities to lie, and you will eventually get your fair share. Always remember that it is best to consult your state and federal poverty guidelines before you subjectively determine what you can or cannot afford. The numbers do not lie, even if you have to lie to fall within them. Please allow me to repeat that: there are state and federal poverty guidelines. Allow...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-12, Solemnity, Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 9:49:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2012   Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me--she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate...
  • It Begins… Obama’s Ministry Of Truth Replacing Great Literature With Propaganda In The Classroom

    12/07/2012 9:48:19 PM PST · by Mozilla · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 7, 2012 | Andrea Ryan
    The Obama Administration has launched its newest campaign to confiscate the minds of our children. To qualify for federal grant funds, Obama is requiring states to adopt a new program called Common Core State Standards In English. The program would wipe great works of literature from English curriculums across the country. And replace them with “information text”, such as “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management”, an Order, of course, favorable to the Liberal environmentalist movement. Via Lucianne, Powerline reports, Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to...
  • Loaded semi-automatic handgun found in package of frozen meat [w/video]

    12/07/2012 9:42:08 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 65 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/7/12
    In a Roswell, New Mexico grocery store, a loaded semi-automatic Rock Island Armory .38 Super and seven rounds of ammunition were found in a packed case of frozen ribs. A grocery store employee made the strange discovery and the gun and ammo were then brought to the Roswell Police Department. Unfortunately, the gun was cleaned before it was handed over so police were not able to uncover any forensic evidence.
  • BREAKING! Sheriff Arpaio - FULL STEAM AHEAD with BHO Investigation; Surprises Coming

    12/07/2012 9:41:13 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 124 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Carl Gallups
    (video transcript) "...within the next week or so there will be a huge push forward on the eligibility investigation lining up before the January 6th date when Congress is supposed to certify the electoral college votes." "This huge push forward is scheduled to involve a uniquely qualified VIP..." "The PPSimmons Channel has verified that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Cold Case Posse is not giving up the Obama eligibility investigation. Lt. Mike Zullo confirmed in a phone conversation with the PPSimmons channel that the investigation and the resulting legal actions from the investigation was going full steam ahead. The investigation...
  • Unions to provide civil disobedience training, prepare for more Michigan Capitol protests

    12/07/2012 9:30:06 PM PST · by quantim · 27 replies
    mlive.com ^ | December 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM, | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — Union members say their fight isn’t over after the House and Senate passed bills to make Michigan a right-to-work state. After a long day of protesting inside and outside the state Capitol, union leaders called on members to attend civil disobedience training on Saturday, and return to Lansing for more protests on Tuesday. “We’ve got to rebuild the broad social justice movement; I think this is going to energize people,” said United Auto Workers President Bob King. “All this administration has done is attack working people, so it’s our job to go out and talk in our...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earth at Night

    12/07/2012 9:13:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    NASA ^ | December 07, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This remarkably complete view of Earth at night is a composite of cloud-free, nighttime images. The images were collected during April and October 2012 by the Suomi-NPP satellite from polar orbit about 824 kilometers (512 miles) above the surface using its Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). VIIRS offers greatly improved resolution and sensitivity compared to past global nightlight detecting instrumentation on DMSP satellites. It also has advantages compared to cameras on the International Space Station. While the space station passes over the same point on Earth every two or three days, Suomi-NPP passes over the same point twice...
  • Republican Florida Senate President Calls for Hangings of Opponents?

    12/07/2012 9:08:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | December 2012 | KrisAnne Hall
    I met Senate President Don Gaetz after speaking to the Senate Committee on Healthcare Exchanges. I explained to him that I wanted to teach on nullification and why the Healthcare Act is unconstitutional. He mocked the Founders of the this nation to my face, implying they are irrelevant to the interpretation of the Constituion. He laughed at my support of Constitutional principles. He then shouted out to me as he left the room that he wouldn’t read anything that I sent him. This morning I sent him an email explaining the Founders’ position on State Sovereignty and nullificaion. After sending...
  • Elephants Digest Beans for Pricey Coffee

    12/07/2012 9:06:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 7, 2012
    A Canadian entrepreneur said his $500-per-pound coffee is made by plucking the beans from the dung of a herd of elephants in Thailand. Blake Dinkin, 42, proprietor of Black Ivory Coffee, said the beans are fed to elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation then later plucked from their dung, Sky News reported Friday. "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," Dinkin said. "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee." John Roberts, director of elephants at...
  • Coulter: Republicans Should Cave on Tax Hikes Because "We Lost the Election"

    12/07/2012 9:05:51 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter SH: So are you saying that, for PR purposes, that they should give in to Obama on the tax rate? AC: Not exactly, I--Well, yeah, I guess I am. SH: You're saying capitulate to Obama? We don't have a revenue problem, Ann. AC: We lost the election, Sean. Hannity seems genuinely flummoxed by Coulter's capitulatory attitude, but does she have a point? Recent polling has been gruesome for Republicans. Not only does an overall double-digit plurality favor raising taxes on "the rich," support for extending all current tax rates has plummeted by nearly 30 percentage...
  • Ex-GOP Gov. Crist tweets he's joining Democrats

    12/07/2012 9:03:32 PM PST · by NYFreeper · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 07, 2012 | Associated Press
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has announced on Twitter that he's joining the Democratic Party. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/07/former-florida-gov-charlie-crist-tweets-joining-democrats/?test=latestnews#ixzz2EQvhAx49
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 77 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | April 2003 | David M. Bristow
    Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate ConceptionDAVID M. BRISTOWWhy do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception? The belief means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It was Mary's closeness to Christ that made her receive God's "fullness of grace" to be sinless. Without God's grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless, and she too would be like the rest of humanity. However, because of her decision to say, "yes" in giving birth to Christ, she was given a special privilege by having no sin touch her. Catholics believe...
  • Chrysler Auto Workers fired...are back on the job

    12/07/2012 8:20:16 PM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 34 replies
    MyFoxDetroit.com ^ | Dec 07, 2012 | Rob Wolchek
    Two years ago Fox 2 Problem Solver Rob Wolchek got a tip from someone inside Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant about what some workers were doing at the park on their lunch break.
  • We’re Going to The Supreme Court! The Supreme Court Takes Review of DOMA and Prop 8!

    12/07/2012 8:19:12 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 29 replies
    ACLU ^ | Dec 7 - A day of infamy | James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project
    This is it – the Supreme Court marriage moment that the ACLU has been working towards for years. The Court announced today that it has granted review of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in Edie Windsor’s case. The Court also took review of California’s Prop 8, so the full range of marriage issues will now be before the high court.  These cases are poised not just to take down DOMA and Prop 8, but to be the next building blocks for LGBT equality more broadly. The Windsor and Perry rulings, expected in June 2013, will be a...
  • Charlie Christ joins Democrats!

    12/07/2012 8:15:34 PM PST · by Recovering Ex-hippie · 33 replies
    Just announced on Jacksonville, Fl local news Christ tittered he has joined the Dem Party! Shocked! I tell you I am shocked....yeah.
  • Obama asks Congress for $60.4 billion in Sandy aid

    12/07/2012 7:53:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 8:58 PM ET | Andrew Taylor
    President Barack Obama asked Congress Friday for $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. It’s a disaster whose cost is rivaled only by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2005 Hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Obama’s request adds a huge new to-do item to a congressional agenda already packed with controversy on how to resolve the nation's budget woes and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. “Our nation has an obligation to assist those who suffered losses and who lack adequate resources...
  • Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistols (faces 60 felony charges)

    12/07/2012 7:50:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistolsAssociated Press 4:15 p.m. CST, December 7, 2012 Rita Crundwell spared no expense when she built and furnished her sprawling home with custom touches like a chandelier made of old revolvers and spurs, an in-ground pool and a baby grand piano in the wood-beamed living room. **SNIP** And she did it all, Crundwell has admitted, by stealing $53 million from the people of Dixon, embezzling the money over two decades while serving as comptroller in the city that was Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty last month and will be...
  • Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup

    12/07/2012 7:48:44 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Associated Press via SFGate ^ | 12-7-12 | JOCELYN GECKER
    In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee. Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste.
  • Longoria Leads Obama Inaugural Committee

    12/07/2012 7:44:36 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 7, 2012 4:14 pm | Staff
    Politico reported on Thursday that Eva Longoria will co-chair the 2013 inauguration committee along with former Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, Democratic National Committee National Finance Chair Jane Stetson, and technology entrepreneur and Obama bundler Frank White. “Vice President Biden and I are grateful to these distinguished women and men for agreeing to serve as co-chairs and honorary co-chairs, including presidents from both sides of the aisle who have dedicated their lives to serving the American people,” Obama said in a statement. The actress served as a national campaign co-chair for Obama and bundled $271, 300 for his reelection effort. Additionally,...
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next Car

    12/07/2012 7:40:36 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 66 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Jason Torchinsky
    It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and, very likely, other uses. There's lots of privacy concerns around this new bill, and lots of questions as to exactly what that little boxy black snitch is snooping on. Plus, what about the voluntary black boxes some insurance carriers are offering? Let's see what we can clear...
  • Charlie Crist Signs Papers to Become Democrat AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    12/07/2012 7:35:22 PM PST · by arichtaxpayer · 50 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 7, 2012
    It was just a matter of time. Charlie Crist, Florida's former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname "Chain Gang Charlie" and used to describe himself variously as a "Ronald Reagan Republican" and "Jeb Bush Republican," on Friday signed papers to become a registered Democrat. He did so Friday evening during a Christmas reception at the White House, where President Barack Obama greeted the news with a fist bump for the man who had a higher profile campaigning for Obama's re-election this year than any Florida Democrat.
  • Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class

    12/07/2012 7:31:22 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 12-7-2012 | Money Morning - Keith Fitz-Gerald
    Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class Politics / TaxesDec 07, 2012 - 08:12 AM By: Money Morning Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: If I didn't know any better, I'd think there's a small but growing group of people in Washington who think it would actually be good if we temporarily went over the fiscal cliff. I say that because I am seeing a smattering of articles recently suggesting that somehow going over the cliff "won't be all that bad" or that we're "really just talking about cuts that need to happen in the first place." President Obama seems...
  • New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Released

    12/07/2012 7:30:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    Transportation Nation ^ | 12/05/2012 | Andrea Bernstein
    Rendering of Design Proposal 1 for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, NY, estimated to cost $3.142 billion. (New York State Thruway Authority) A selection committee has recommended a futuristic design for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, with suspension supports leaning outwards, giving the bridge the look of a stripped-down building by Santiago Calatrava.Calatrava has designed the World Trade Center transit hub, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Athens Olympic stadium.The New York State Thruway Authority — the agency in charge of the project — will consider the design, along with two others, for a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The...
  • Catfish learning to hunt pigeons on land

    12/07/2012 7:22:13 PM PST · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07 Dec 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    In an unusual development that researchers are calling evidence of adaptive behavior, some catfish have taken to jumping on land to hunt live pigeons. Discover Magazine's Ed Yong writes, "These particular catfish have taken to lunging out of the water, grabbing a pigeon, and then wriggling back into the water to swallow their prey. In the process, they temporarily strand themselves on land for a few seconds."Researchers captured video of the European catfish, which reside in the River Tarn in southwestern France. In the footage, several of the fish, which range in length from 3 to nearly 5 feet, are...
  • Did Boehner have anything to do with Allen West's redistricting?

    12/07/2012 7:14:40 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 19 replies
    FLORIDA’S GOP ESTABLISHMENT TRYING TO REDISTRICT ALLEN WEST OUT OF A SEAT? - January 31st, 2012Allen West: House GOP leadership ‘sold us down the road’ for ‘pathetic policy’ - January 06, 2012
  • County steps up meeting security

    12/07/2012 7:11:06 PM PST · by flamberge · 4 replies
    Excerpted from the Longmont, Times-Call Thursday, December 6 {by Joe Rubino} County steps up meeting security Comissioners cite "mob" during fracking hearing. The Boulder County Comissioners were so taken aback by the conduct of anti-fracking protesters during a hearing Tuesday that that have announced a new security plan. The plan [...] calls for [...] the prosecution of people who threaten the safety of others at meetings.
  • Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears

    12/07/2012 7:10:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Daily Telegraph ^ | December 7, 2012 | Nick Allen, Los Angeles, Malcolm Moore in Beijing and Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year "Long Count" Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens will rescue them. The precise manner of Armageddon remains vague, ranging from a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, a disastrous crash with a comet, or the annihilation of civilisation by a giant solar storm. In America Ron...
  • Latest hell for ex-U.S. Marine: Chained to bed in Mexican jail

    12/07/2012 7:00:26 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 35 replies
    McClatchey Newspapers ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Tim Johnson
    MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive. Surfing provided the only respite. “The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” said a fellow Marine veteran, Ian McDonough. snip--- But Mexican prosecutors who looked at the disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out. They charged him with a serious crime: possession of a weapon restricted...
  • Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack report: U.S. lawmaker

    12/07/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 7, 2012 9:01pm EST | Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on a report expected to be released next week on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a top Republican lawmaker said on Friday. "I have just received confirmation from Secretary Clinton's office that the secretary of state will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and the recommendations in the report," Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. snip Ros-Lehtinen is chair of the House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, which has already held several hearings and classified...
  • Prime Minister David Cameron Backs Gay Weddings in Church [UK]

    12/07/2012 6:39:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Evening Standard (UK) ^ | 12/7/12 | Joe Murphy
    David Cameron will risk a major battle with his party next week by backing gay weddings in churches, the Evening Standard can reveal. He will go further than ever in his modernising drive by saying religious groups should be allowed to host same-sex civil weddings in churches, synagogues and other religious buildings if they choose. Organisations that reject gay marriage, such as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, will have legal protection from being forced to host ceremonies against their wishes, the Prime Minister will pledge. Tory MPs will have a free vote on a Bill next...
  • U.S. Government Lends $105M to Brazil—to Build Aquarium

    12/07/2012 6:36:29 PM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Export-Import Bank,an agency of the federal government,is lending $105 million to the Brazilian state of Ceara to help build an aquarium in its capital city of Fortaleza. “An anticipated tourist attraction,the aquarium will boast four floors housing 25 large tanks containing approximately 15 million liters of water and showcasing 500 marine species and 35,000 individual specimens,” the Export- Import Bank said in a press release. “The aquarium will also feature interactive exhibits,two 4D cinemas,one 3D cinema, and an educational platform
  • Psychiatric facility closing doors in February

    12/07/2012 6:36:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WSOC-TV ^ | December 7, 2012 | Linzi Sheldon
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A south Charlotte psychiatric facility for teens is closing its doors in early February, leaving dozens of teens looking for new homes and 122 employees looking for new jobs. The Keys of Carolina officially notified the state this week that it was closing but has not said why. Eyewitness News uncovered it was facing a list of violations from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services and a $6,000 administrative fine, according to state officials, for violations of laws regarding the "protection from harm, abuse, neglect or exploitation" of patients. State officials said conditions in...
  • The Tell-Tale Chart (Achuthan - US Recession Started In July)

    12/07/2012 6:28:58 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    ECRI ^ | 12-7-2012 | ECRI
    The Tell-Tale Chart ECRI December 7, 2012 Following our September 2011 recession call, we clarified its likely timing in December 2011. Based on the historical lead times of ECRI’s leading indexes, we concluded that, if it didn’t start in the first quarter of 2012, it was very likely to begin by mid-year. But we also made it clear at the time that you wouldn’t know whether or not we were wrong until the end of 2012. And so it’s interesting to note the rush to judgment by a number of analysts, already asserting that we were wrong. So, with about...
  • Pizza Hut perfume smells like ‘hand-tossed dough’

    12/07/2012 6:27:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/06/2012 | Caitlin Dewey
    Pizza Hut may have discovered a new route to a man’s heart — through his nose. The chain is releasing the limited-edition scent, which smells of “freshly baked, hand-tossed dough,” in response to an Internet joke that began last August. According to a company news release, Pizza Hut Canada’s marketing firm, Grip Ltd., asked the chain’s Facebook fans what they would name a perfume that smelled like “a box of Pizza Hut pizza being opened.” When the post went viral — earning more than 300 frenzied comments — they decided to make good on the gag. (Pizza Hut) An aromachologist...