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  • Bouvet Volcano becoming active? (my title)

    12/09/2012 9:11:37 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 118 replies
    usgs ^ | 12/08/12 | usgs
    MAP 5.0 2012/12/09 12:38:40 -54.038 -1.941 9.9 BOUVET ISLAND REGION MAP 5.1 2012/12/07 01:35:09 -54.094 -1.928 17.4 BOUVET ISLAND REGION MAP 5.1 2012/12/06 21:33:26 -54.217 -1.983 12.0 BOUVET ISLAND REGION MAP 4.9 2012/12/06 15:46:50 -54.039 -1.964 18.7 BOUVET ISLAND REGION
  • Bolling maintains his attack against Conservative Cuccinelli on radio show

    12/09/2012 9:10:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    from an email
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLaVo66OVF0&feature=youtu.be
  • Progressive journos hang with Obama: Anything wrong with that?

    12/09/2012 9:04:48 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2012 | Erik Wemple
    Now that’s compliance for you. The blackout from these “influential progressives” – as the White House so boosterishly calls them — raises an historic prospect. Could this be the first White House meeting with journalists in which more information about the proceedings came from the White House than from the journalists? After all, the White House did at least issue this statement: “This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction.”
  • The death of tax reform

    12/09/2012 9:02:10 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6 , 2012 | Robert J. Samuelson,
    The story behind the story is that “tax reform,” as we know it, is dying. During the 1980s, no major piece of legislation better symbolized bipartisan consensus than the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was regarded by both liberal and conservative experts as the best tax law since World War II. The basic idea was simple: Reduce tax rates and recover lost revenue by ending (or limiting) tax breaks. The struggle between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over the “fiscal cliff” indicates that this beneficial consensus has collapsed. Just the opposite is occurring. ... many politicians support...
  • California reveals the future Democrats plan for us when they gain full control of our lives

    12/09/2012 8:52:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/9/2012 | Emma Karlin
    Now that the Democrats have gained total control of California we are beginning to see what they want to do to all of us should they ever get total control of America. In San Francisco mentally malformed adults stand naked in the streets next to children while they claim a right to be naked in public. The State of California plans to tax the “wealthy” at a 52% rate and the bizarre character in the Statehouse Jerry Brown signs anti America anti -family and anti -Christian bills as fast as he can. Here are some of the assaults on Christianity...
  • Nature paper: Global droughts unchanged in 60 years

    12/09/2012 8:46:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    JoNova ^ | November 16th, 2012 | joanne
    How many images have we seen of drought-stricken cracked land, or been told this is the future? How many headlines have suggested that global warming causes droughts?Since the end of World War II humans have produced some 85% of all their CO2 emissions, but here is a new study showing that for all those emissions, and for all that warming, droughts back then were just as bad globally as they are today.Essentially, researchers thought that the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) was the way to measure global drought levels, and they thought that warming would increase global drought conditions....
  • Book Review - Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

    12/09/2012 8:45:15 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 8/26/2012 | John Tamny
    Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind - Mallory Factor Book Review: Shadowbosses by Mallory Factor and Elizabeth Factor Forbes.com 8/26/2012
  • Sen Coburn: DHS Security Grants not Funding Security Measures

    12/09/2012 8:43:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/9/12 | AWR Hawkins
    On Dec. 5, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report providing an overview of the $35 million the Department of Homeland Security has spent on grant programs since 2003. Ostensibly, the money was to be spent in a way that enhanced public security. Thus the money is labeled "security spending." However, what Coburn discovered is that the money is often not enhancing security in any way. And because funds are limited, the specious spending Coburn discovered is actually "making our nation less secure by directing scarce dollars to low-priority projects and low-risk areas." In the report, Coburn lists multiple examples...
  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 8:43:02 AM PST · by RLM · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/9/2012 | Richard Gonzales
    More than 200 school districts across California are taking a second look at the high price of the debt they've taken on using risky financial arrangements. Collectively, the districts have borrowed billions in loans that defer payments for years — leaving many districts owing far more than they borrowed.
  • Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound

    12/09/2012 8:40:00 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | December 8, 2012 | Tristin Hopper
    A little-used law that cracks down on “pretend witchcraft” remains in force more than a century after its enactment, but cities across Canada are still crawling with sham conjurers, fake sorcerers and fraudulent psychics. “I think the rarity of the charge comes down to the rarity of people coming forward,” said Detective Constable James Turnbull of Toronto police. “You’re trying to explain to people that they’ve been victimized and they don’t believe you; they believe the guy’s power is real.” Last week, his division charged self-described “healer” Gustavo Gomez under Section 365 of the Criminal Code, an archaic law that...
  • White House could protect middle class from looming tax hikes

    12/09/2012 8:36:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    White House could protect middle class from looming tax hikes By Peter Schroeder and Bernie Becker - 12/09/12 06:00 AM ET The White House has the power to temporarily protect taxpayers from middle-class tax hikes even as upper income rates rise if Congress does nothing and all of the Bush-era tax rates expire in January. Experts and lawmakers alike agree that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has the power to adjust how much is withheld from paychecks for tax purposes — for all taxpayers or just for some. By doing so, Geithner could ensure paychecks reflect the White House position that...
  • Ignoring Planetary Peril, a Profound ‘Disconnect’ Between Science and Doha

    12/09/2012 8:28:24 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 12 replies
    NYT Blogs ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2012, 6:00 AM | CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE
    In one of the most poignant moments of the Doha climate talks, the Philippine climate change commissioner, Naderev M. Sano, appealed to his fellow negotiators at a session deciding the contours of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. “Please let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around,” he said as he choked back tears. Just days before, Typhoon Bopha had hit the Philippines, killing hundreds of people. The typhoon, having been both unusually forceful and out of season, was deemed — like Hurricane Sandy — to be an extreme...
  • NYTimes Reporter: 'They Are So Much Cockier Now at the White House'

    12/09/2012 8:21:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    NYTimes Reporter: 'They Are So Much Cockier Now at the White House' Daniel Halper December 9, 2012 10:49 AM New York Times reporter Helene Cooper explained on Meet the Press that the White House is now "cockier": "I think when you talk about the feeling at the White House, there's a palpable difference now compared to 2011, the summer of 2011," said Cooper. "They are so much cockier right now at the White House than they were a year and a half ago when they were doing this. They really believe they have set out--you come to us, we're not...
  • Need Father's Rights help in DuPage County, IL (Please help!)

    12/09/2012 8:16:02 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 42 replies
    Vanity | 12-9-12 | TitansAFC
    I am dealing with a woman who is willing to falsely accuse me of harassment and being a threat to abuse my children. She has used denying visitation of the children against me, and is doing so now by filing an Order of Protection based on false allegations, which denies me visitation until our court date later in December. My current attorney, who was also my divorce attorney, is very passive. He has talked down any ideas I have come up with, and when I push for better advocacy from him, he is quick to mention that he will require...
  • Obama administration investigating sergeant who said the Bible condemns homosexuality

    12/09/2012 8:09:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 103 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has launched a federal investigation over a conversation between a Huntsville JROTC instructor and a lesbian student about the Bible and homosexuality. Last April, Virgil Grissom High School student Taylor Sisk, 15, asked a local homosexual activist to file a complaint on her behalf after 1st Sgt. Lynn Vanzandt allegedly told her that he believed the Bible says homosexuality is a sin. It is unclear how the conversation began. Sisk, who leads her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club, claimed she was talking to another girl about wanting to live in San Francisco when Vanzandt made...
  • The Military Knows It Has a Morality Problem

    12/09/2012 8:09:14 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 6, 2012 | James Kitfield
    It has not been a good year for America’s armed forces. David Petraeus’s extramarital affair dominated headlines; 25 instructors are under investigation for systematic sexual abuse of cadets at Lackland Air Force Base; and a rash of senior officers—at the rank of colonel or higher—have been reprimanded for serious misconduct. Last month, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to all four-star generals and flag officers asking for institutional soul-searching. Has the military’s behavior, he seemed to be asking, threatened the “sacred trust” among top officers, the men and women they lead, and the American people? “I...
  • War over ‘sexist’ Queens statue

    12/09/2012 8:01:00 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 9, 2012 | LIZ SADLER and KATE BRIQUELET
    Civic Virtue has become a Greek tragedy. Queens residents are protesting the city’s plans to banish a controversial sculpture to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn — which would be the second move for the classic, 90-year-old monument that pols have slammed for decades as a sexist eyesore. “The Triumph of Civic Virtue” depicts a nude male warrior symbolizing civic virtue trampling two women, the sirens of vice and corruption.
  • China's Wanxiang wins auction for U.S. government-backed A123

    12/09/2012 7:55:19 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    Chi Trib ^ | December 08, 2012 | Tom Hals
    WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - China's largest maker of auto parts won a politically sensitive auction for A123 Systems Inc , a bankrupt maker of batteries for electric cars that was funded partly with U.S. government money, A123's investment banker said on Saturday. Timothy Pohl of Lazard Freres said Wanxiang Group Corp's bid of about $260 million topped a joint bid from Johnson Controls Inc of Milwaukee and Japan's NEC Corp <6701.T> for the maker of lithium-ion batteries. Siemens AG of Germany had also qualified to bid, according to two people familiar with the auction, who asked not to be identified....
  • " It Will Take a Moral Movement "

    12/09/2012 7:53:19 AM PST · by virgil283 · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    " After the election, conservatives are still full of foreboding -- and also a pessimistic hope...... McLoughlin argues that the great reforms in North American history have always been preceded by a religious Awakening. Liberal economist Robert William Fogel was so impressed that he wrote The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism to warn liberals of the coming threat to their power...... What was going on just before the American Revolution? It was the massive Great Awakening led by the Wesley brothers and Jonathan Edwards. ......" ---This concept goes deeper than this article suggests. I would recommend this...
  • The Great "HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS" Wars (tea party vs. insiders)

    12/09/2012 7:52:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 31 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Almost every challenge facing the Republican Party boils down to one issue: How is it possible for Republicans to win elections? The GOP establishment fights, undermines, lies to, and betrays conservative Americans because GOP insiders do not believe it is possible to win elections on a tea party agenda. We’re looking at everything all wrong. We want Republican leaders to champion our tea party issues. But they can’t. They don’t know how. Conservatives believe that a properly-run campaign based on conservative values will win. More than that, we know it is the only way that a Republican candidate can win....
  • Right to Work Works!

    12/09/2012 7:42:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2012 | Brian Farmer
    Right to Work -- allowing every person to choose whether or not to join a union and pay dues — leads to greater personal wealth, freedom, and jobs for workers. Right to Work Works! The New American 14 June 2012 The concept of the right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Article 23.1 declares, “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment.” Article 23.4 goes on to state,...
  • China’s inflation accelerates as food-price gains quicken

    12/09/2012 7:34:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Business Mirror ^ | 09 December 2012 18:39
    CHINA’S inflation rebounded from a 33-month low as food costs rose the most since August, while deflation in factory-gate prices eased for a second month. The consumer price index rose 2 percent in November from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on its web site on Sunday. That compares with the 2.1-percent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 35 economists and 1.7-percent gain in October. Producer prices fell for a ninth month, while the pace of the decline moderated. The data may herald a new round of inflation should the nation’s nascent growth recovery gather...
  • UK Endures Coldest Autumn Since 1993

    12/09/2012 7:33:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 7, 2012 | Guest post by Paul Homewood
    Guest post by Paul HomewoodThe UK Met Office report that the UK has just had its coldest autumn for nineteen years, leaving 2012 on course to be second coldest year since 1996.Mean temperature in November was 0.4C below the 1981-2010 average, the third month in a row when temperatures have been well down on normal.The average temperature for the autumn in the UK was 8.6C, compared to the long term average of 9.5C and the coldest since 1993. It is also the sixth coldest autumn in the last 50 years.The year as a whole is currently running as the second...
  • Obama Relents: Puts the Meat Back in "Lunch Meat"

    12/09/2012 7:32:55 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 16 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-9-2012 | MOTUS
    I see that Ag Secretary Tommy and his Vilsacks were forced to walk back their recent schoolyard food police “guidelines.” I’m referring of course to the USDA’s dictates restricting the amount of fat, salt, sugar, meat and grains in public school lunch programs. Under the new program some of the kids were so hungry that the schools evidently had to add breakfast and after school mini-dinner programs as well. So clearly this was not a cost cutting measure, butt simply a well intentioned “we know better than you what to feed your kids” edict (sponsored by the SEIU, now representing...
  • Colorado Springs Doctor Rescued from Taliban

    12/09/2012 7:28:32 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 9, 2012 | Clayton Sandell
    Dr. Dilip Joseph and two colleagues were kidnapped by a group of armed men while returning from a visit to a rural medical clinic in eastern Kabul Province, according to a statement from their employer, Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development. The statement said the three were eventually taken to a mountainous area about 50 miles from the border with Pakistan. Morning Star's crisis management team in Colorado Springs was in contact with the hostages and their captors almost immediately, the statement said. On Saturday evening in Afghanistan, two of the three hostages were released. Morning Star did not release their...
  • Return of The Snowman: 30 years after the Christmas TV classic

    12/09/2012 7:28:25 AM PST · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th December 2012 | Claudia Connell
    'For many families, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs has become as much a part of Christmas as mince pies. To mark the 30th anniversary of the film — featuring the iconic Walking In The Air flying sequence — the team behind it have made a sequel, The Snowman And The Snowdog, to be screened on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve. Here, we bring you an exclusive preview — without spoiling all the surprises — revealing the painstaking care that goes into every frame...'
  • Jerusalem: Between the Jewish People and the Armies of Allah

    12/09/2012 7:26:52 AM PST · by Katechon · 37 replies
    December 9 | Katechon
    When, by an act of its own free will, it rejected the truth that it knew about God, satan became the cosmic "liar and the father of lies." For this reason, it lives in radical and irreversible denial of God and seeks to impose its own tragic "lie about the good" that is God. -- John Paul II Socialists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood are infiltrating Washington D.C. in order to loot the treasury and establish a totalitarian state, while socialists and homosexuals have infiltrated the Church long ago so as to drag as many folks as possible into...
  • A problem: nearly one third of CO2 emissions occured since 1998, and it hasn’t warmed

    12/09/2012 7:26:39 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 6, 2012 | Guest post by Tom Fuller
    Posted on December 6, 2012 by Guest Blogger Guest post by Tom FullerThe physics behind the theory of global warming are solid. CO2 is a greenhouse gas, we’re emitting industrial levels of it, with China now in the lead for emissions. A significant portion remains in the atmosphere for a fairly long time, though the residence time is widely disputed. This residence of CO2 retards the cooling of the Earth and temperatures warm as a result.One of the few non-controversial datasets in climate change is the Keeling curve, the graph of the concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere reproduced here:Figure1...
  • Is America Headed Into An Intentional Recession?

    12/09/2012 7:21:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Austin Hill
    “Mah fellow Americans, inflayshun is ow-uh friend…” If you can pronounce the phonetic wording above – and if it sounds vaguely familiar – then for better or worse you probably grew up watching “Saturday Night Live” like I did. The line comes from a late 1970’s skit wherein funny guy Dan Aykroyd was impersonating President Jimmy Carter. During his one term as President, Carter addressed the nation numerous times to try and quell people’s fears about inflation, the economic malady that defined the era. During those years, Carter announced several anti-inflation policy measures. He urged Americans to “tighten their belts”...
  • Rotting 20-Ton Whale Carcass Fouling Malibu Carted Out To Sea

    12/09/2012 7:21:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 8, 2012 10:28 PM
    MALIBU (CBSLA.com) — The rotting — and oh-so-smelly — carcass of the twenty ton fin whale that washed up on a beach in Malibu last Monday, has been carted out to sea. Officials moved the 41-foot male Saturday afternoon after scores of area residents complained about the stench. After the whale washed up last week, several jurisdictions went back and forth trying to determine who was responsible for the whale’s disposal. County Fire Department dispatcher Christina Flores said department officials confirmed to dispatchers that an effort to move the whale was being mounted by lifeguard officials. The Malibu Homeowners Association...
  • Update: Robbery suspect shot, killed; two hostages unharmed at Sacramento Jack in the Box

    12/09/2012 7:18:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    blogs.sacbee.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Debbie Arrington and Edward Ortiz
    Hundreds of Saturday afternoon customers at a Sacramento shopping center witnessed a tense three-hour standoff at a Jack in the Box restaurant, which ended with a robbery suspect shot by Sacramento police sharpshooters. ------------------------cut---------------------- Dan Escamilla had just sat down to lunch at El Festival taqueria behind the Jack in the Box. A bail agent from Orange County, he was visiting the area in search of a violent felony fugitive. Still wearing her headset from the drive-through window, a female Jack in the Box employee rushed into the taqueria and said the nearby restaurant was being robbed, Escamilla said. "The...
  • Gun Owners: Should We Listen to Bob Costas or Jesus Christ?

    12/09/2012 7:07:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Doug Giles
    As most of you know, during a football game last week Bob Costas lectured us po’ goofy Americans about the evils of a “gun culture” and how we need to evolve away from being obsessed with firearms. As soon as I heard that drivel roll off Mr. C’s tongue I ordered another 30/06, a sweet Walther PPK and a custom .416 Rigby turnbolt. Cowabunga, Bob. Thanks for reminding me to buy more guns. First off, let me help you, Robert: Guns do not kill people. Dads with daughters do. Oh, and BTW, Planned Parenthood kills a lot of people …...
  • Coolest Guy at The Boat Ramp

    12/09/2012 7:05:51 AM PST · by navysealdad · 17 replies
    This dude is by far the coolest guy at the boat ramp and this is the coolest video you'll see today.
  • Intruder dies in Mississauga home invasion, police allege(Canada)

    12/09/2012 6:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | 7 December, 2012 | NA
    Police believe the man shot dead during a home invasion in Mississauga early Friday morning was an intruder. The robbery was at a residence on Corkstone Glade, near Rathburn Road and Dixie Road. Police responded to a 911 call just after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the suspects were gone and 22-year-old Ibrahim Abukar was found dead. He was alleged to have broken into the home along with the two other men. Peel police said that the men, two of whom were armed, were confronted by the homeowner. A struggle ensued, resulting in Abukar's death.
  • Why did nurse at Kate Middleton’s hospital kill herself?

    12/09/2012 6:55:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Delia Lloyd
    LONDON — It’s the million-dollar question, and not only here in the U.K. Jacintha Saldana — one of the nurses taken in by the prank phone call to the hospital where Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for acute morning sickness — killed herself early Friday. And we are all left scratching our heads. Why did she do it? Of course, the first thing we all wonder is about her mental stability. We’d all desperately like to believe that this hard-working mother of two, who commuted 140 miles to her day job, often working double shifts so that she...
  • MSNBC host: Energy is just too darn cheap (Watch Video)

    12/09/2012 6:53:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    While I was taking a short break from working this morning and fixing some breakfast, my TV was still on in the background, tuned in to MSNBC. The host of Up With Chris Hayes was holding court over a panel discussion on domestic energy issues, so since that’s pretty much my field I had decided to tune in. The initial discussion had roped in quite a bit of the usual disinformation on natural gas fracking (which appeared to draw heavily on "facts" from fabulist Josh Fox's fictional propaganda piece, Gasland). There was one industry "advocate" included who I wasn't familiar...
  • PDF of full court opinion: "There is no, 'Trust us, changes are coming' clause in the Constitution."

    EXCERPT: Moreover, the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action. There is no, "Trust us, changes are coming" clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction. See Florida Cannabis Action Network, Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 130 F. Supp. 2d 1358, 1362 (M.D. Fla. 2001) ("The whim, self restraint, or even the well reasoned judgment of a government official...
  • Report: Israel Special Forces Tracking Chemical Weapons In Syria

    12/09/2012 6:43:54 AM PST · by Fennie · 36 replies
    INN ^ | December 9, 2012
    IDF Special Forces are operating inside Syria to track chemical weapons, the London Sunday Times reported. The Israeli government has not commented on the report. The report from London comes hours after Syrian opposition forces released a video showing that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in the commercial center of Aleppo. The newspaper stated that the IDF operations across the border are part of new secret operations to locate non-conventional weapons and to sabotage them to prevent their use.
  • Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid — whether they need it or not

    12/09/2012 6:39:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MARY KAY LINGE
    Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief. New York City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need. Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay for home repair and other basic...
  • Swedish diplomat crosses legs, Iran angry

    12/09/2012 6:39:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 8, 2012
    TEHRAN, - The newly appointed Swedish ambassador to Iran apparently upset the Iranian president by crossing his legs, an Iranian website reported. The offending act came during a meeting after a ceremony in which Swedish ambassador Peter Tejler presented Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his credentials, The Local.se reported. Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos from the meeting in which Tejler is sitting cross-legged, but in the photos, Ahmadinejad is also seen crossing his legs. Armenian website Panorama translated Asriran.com's report, which explains that sitting cross-legged "contradicts international diplomatic norms." "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response...
  • Bishop Joe Devine Attacks David Cameron’s Morals [UK]

    12/09/2012 6:38:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | 12/9/12 | Eddie Barnes
    THE tensions between Church and state have provoked their fair share of war and bad blood over the centuries. But an infuriated Catholic bishop in Scotland, appalled over social reforms being carried out by David Cameron, has taken things to a whole new level. In an intemperate two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Bishop Joe Devine of Motherwell has accused him of being “out of his depth” and suggested he is “devoid of moral competence” over his attitude to Christianity. Not only that, he also tells Cameron that he is responsible for a political culture in which “words mean nothing”...
  • PETA Crashes Biker Gathering

    12/09/2012 6:38:09 AM PST · by MamaTexan · 14 replies
    fromthetrenchesworldreport ^ | December 4, 2012 | by RightBill
    What a wonderful coming together of two diverse groups! This is how they found one of them.
  • Healing Priest Fr. Suarez reaches out to Fil-Ams

    12/09/2012 6:28:42 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Asian Journal ^ | 12/8/12 | Mico Letargo
    LOS ANGELES – Renowned Filipino healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez recently reached out to Catholics in Los Angeles -- Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. Although he made a few stops in some other places in the west coast, one of the notable events in his 2012 ministry was his Dec. 5 healing mass at the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Reseda. In an exclusive interview with Asian Journal, Fr. Suarez admitted that the reception of the people to his ministry has been very overwhelming. “I think you can attest to that because there are so many people everywhere I go....
  • No community programs at ‘Ground Zero’ mosque a year after the controversy

    12/09/2012 6:28:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    It’s all pray and no play. The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs. And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services — but that’s the only activity in the building. Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Obama’s second-term agenda will be shadowed by budget woes

    12/09/2012 6:21:29 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 Dec 12 | Peter Wallsten and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Even if President Obama succeeds in getting Republicans to agree to tax hikes on the wealthy as part of a “fiscal cliff” deal, the country’s grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow — limiting his ambitions as he begins plotting a second-term agenda. Any agreement is likely to result in less than the $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next decade that Obama requested in his initial offer to House Republicans, and White House aides are signaling to allies that any new money from taxes would be used almost entirely for deficit reduction — not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA — A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2’s Amanda Cook that a man tossed a brick through the bedroom window of her northwest Atlanta home Wednesday afternoon. James said the man tried to crawl through her window. “He got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,” James said.
  • Freedom's greatest tool in danger

    12/09/2012 6:15:40 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 30 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/9/12 | Judson Phillips
    There is one tool of this modern age that we can argue is the greatest aid to the spread of liberty and freedom. This one great tool is in danger. This is a tool that tyrants would like to see dismantled. With freedom and liberty riding on the defense led by the Obama Regime, we should all be worried. What is this great tool and why is it in danger?
  • Young Mexican police chief who fled drug cartels seeking asylum in the US

    12/09/2012 6:12:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT
    As the bodies of her former law-enforcement colleagues pile up in Mexico’s violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. “I thought I could make a difference,” Valles says of her decision at age 20 to become the top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a dusty town of 9,000 in the Chihuahua region, just south of the US border. Two of her predecessors were executed, and the job was vacant for a year before Valles, a criminal-justice student, took it. But she, too, was vulnerable to the intense violence of...
  • Philippine economy grows 7.1 percent in the third quarter, among the fastest in Asia and world

    12/09/2012 6:09:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2012
    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine economy expanded 7.1 percent in the third quarter, among the fastest growing in Asia despite headwinds from overseas, officials said Wednesday. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said household spending, public construction and higher farm output boosted growth. Exports have also improved but trade makes up a smaller proportion of the economy than in many other Asian nations, cushioning the Philippines from weak growth in Europe, Japan and the U.S. The economy grew 6.5 percent for the first nine months of the year and is likely to exceed the government’s 5-6 percent growth target for 2012,...