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  • US aid to Indonesia unharmed by crisis (this is bizarre!)

    12/09/2012 3:41:07 PM PST · by mgist · 21 replies
    Foreign Assistance ^ | Fri, July 06 2012 | Bagus BT Saragih
    US aid to Indonesia unharmed by crisis (Indnosia is timy and recieved over $205 Million in 2011, which was as much as Afganistan recieved) Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Fri, July 06 2012, 6:58 AM The US, through its biggest international development organization, has pledged that aid funds for Indonesia would be maintained at about the same level as in the past year, or around US$157.35 million annually. Donald Steinberg, the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Thursday that the assistance from his organization to Indonesia would be constant...
  • US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban

    12/09/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Agence France Presse
    US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban Agence France PresseDecember 8, 2012 US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province. "Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the...
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: GOP Has to Agree to Raise Taxes

    12/09/2012 3:33:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Congress will have to raise taxes to resolve its budget impasse, making him yet another top Republican to suggest that the no-higher-taxes pledge may be outdated. … If taxes aren’t raised, Corbett said, “every state is going to be affected” through cuts to military contracts and spending for senior citizens, special education and other programs relied on by millions. …
  • Chemical weapons in Syria? Just say no to imperialism and its dirty war plans

    12/09/2012 3:29:39 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Pravda! ^ | December 8, 2012 | Lisa Karpova
    Now that Barack Obama is firmly enconsed in office, re-elected for a second term, it appears that the hounds of hell are desperately barking for some action on Syria. Frustrated by the successful efforts of the Syrian government to turn back the western backed and armed terrorists, their stooges and proxies, they have gone back to old tactics again. You would think after having been caught out the last time they started agitating about chemical weapons before a false flag attack, they they would give up the ruse. However, here they go again, trying to put the international community in...
  • IMF chief says U.S. needs blend of spending cuts, revenue raising

    12/09/2012 3:24:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 9, 2012 9:48am EST | (Reporting By Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Todd Eastham and Bill Trott)
    The United States needs a balanced, comprehensive approach to tackle its fiscal woes that should include a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday. “My view, personally, is that the best way to go forward is to have a balanced approach that takes into account both increasing the revenue, which means, you know, either raising taxes or creating new sources of revenue, and cutting spending,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a pre-taped interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which aired on Sunday. …
  • In Doha, a big green rent-seeking machine

    12/09/2012 3:19:53 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 9 December 2012 | Andrew Montford
    A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair. This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands: motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change This is despite the fact that nobody seems able to point to any great problems caused by the modest warming...
  • Gingrich: Republicans Better Prepare for ‘Super Bowl’ in 2016

    12/09/2012 3:19:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 09 Dec 2012 12:55 PM | Amy Woods
    President Barack Obama “guarantees a permanent war” with Republicans by forcing the party’s hand on the issue of income-tax hikes on top earners, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday. “The president won,” Gingrich said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “The president has a very clear, simple position. He wants to prove he can dominate, and he proves he can dominate by getting the rates up, and he has a veto pen.” …
  • Terror Victim Makes Miraculous Recovery

    12/09/2012 3:13:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The wife of an Israeli singer who was critically wounded in an Arab attack during the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense has made a miraculous recovery. Ziona Kalla, wife of singer Itzik Kalla, was sitting in a car driven by her daughter when it was ambushed by Arabs near the community of Beitar Illit. During the attack, firebombs were thrown at the car and it was pelted with rocks. One of the rocks smashed the windshield and hit Kalla’s head. She was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where she was hospitalized in intensive care, suffering from...
  • Ikea: sorry for East German prison labour

    12/09/2012 3:09:24 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 16 Nov 12 16:06 CET
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea apologised on Friday for using East German political prisoners as forced labour to build furniture in the 1970s and 80s. After initially denying revelations made this April on SVTSveriges Television, Ikea on Friday admitted that prisoners had been used to make its products in East Germany. “We deeply regret that this could happen,” said sustainability manager Jeanette Skjelmose in a statement. Auditors Ernst and Young combed through tens of thousands of documents from the Ikea and German federal archives to produce the report, which Ikea presented at the Stasi victim association UOKG headquarters in Berlin. Although...
  • Video Claims Proof Assad Unleashed Chemical Weapons

    12/09/2012 3:07:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Fears of the worst possible scenario in Syria have been confirmed in a video released by rebels that shows victims of chemical warfare. WARNING: The video should not be shown to children without parental agreement. Video An almost sure sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has unleashed his chemical weapons for use against rebels is his regime’s claim on Saturday that rebels are preparing to use chemicals in their uprising. Assad systematically has accused opposition forces, which he labels as “foreign terrorists,” of carrying out attacks and murders for which his own loyalists are responsible. British Foreign Secretary William Hague...
  • Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

    12/09/2012 2:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2012
    A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal...
  • AFTER DOHA, THE U.N. AND MEMBER GOVERNMENTS NEED SOBER SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘GLOBAL WARMING’

    12/09/2012 2:52:32 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    CLIMATE SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL ^ | December 09, 2012 | climate science international
    Attention: News Editors, Political, Science and Environment Reporters After 16 years without warming, future climate talks must focus on preparation for, and adaption to, climate change, not vainly trying to stop it. Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2012: “Governments must re-examine climate change science before considering further, more concrete commitments in the United Nations negotiating process,” said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “In their November 29th open letter to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, scientists from across the globe explained that the science relied upon by the U.N....
  • Boustany defeats Landry for La. congressional seat

    12/09/2012 2:52:27 PM PST · by Impy · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-9-2012 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana congressman Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Saturday by handily defeating his fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election. The two men were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.
  • The Stranger in the House

    12/09/2012 2:35:55 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 16, 2012
    ....it is worth noting that some of the earliest records of the Christmas-tree tradition are to be found among the records of killjoy officialdom. As Bernd Brunner notes in "Inventing the Christmas Tree," the town clerk of Strasbourg, in 1494, put the kibosh on the local "custom of cutting off pine branches at the New Year and bringing them home." By the 16th century the custom was widespread enough to pose some threat of deforestation: In 1554, the city of Freiburg im Breisgau banned the cutting of trees for Christmas. [SNIP] The Tannenbaum (which simply means "fir tree") came to...
  • Senior home Christmas tree ban touches nerve about religious diversity, tolerance

    12/09/2012 2:35:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    The Willits News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    News of Newhall seniors protesting the removal of a Christmas tree from their community room this week because, they said they were told, it was a religious symbol prompted a national outcry -- a collective bah humbug from Christmas defenders. It was, many said, another example of the so-called "war on Christmas" and political correctness run amok. The issue isn't new, but the debate over appropriate public demonstrations of traditionally religious holidays has now spread beyond blatant symbols like the cross and Nativity scenes to the unassuming Christmas tree. Chalk it up to the melting pot, experts say. "The country...
  • Obama met with Boehner on Sunday over fiscal cliff: aides

    12/09/2012 2:14:48 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Obama met with Boehner on Sunday over fiscal cliff: aides By Jeff Mason | Reuters – 28 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner on Sunday at the White House to negotiate ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to White House officials and a congressional aide. The two sides declined to provide further details about the unannounced meeting. Obama and Boehner aides used the same language to describe it. "This afternoon, the president and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the...
  • Music For Christmas From The Vatican (In MP3 format, all free)

    12/09/2012 2:11:40 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies
    The Vatican ^ | December 9, 2012
    These links will take you to several selections for Christmas as well as many other Celebrations and events: Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel  Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra - L'Offerta Musicale in MP3 Please enjoy and share with friends :-)Merry Christmas!
  • Fareed Zakaria wants to end the war on terror and replace it with nothing

    12/09/2012 2:10:07 PM PST · by forty_years · 20 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Gary Gerofsky
    The CNN-appointed 5th estate "expert" on foreign affairs now wants an end to the war on terrorism. That is what he said in his op-ed piece on CNN today (December 9th, 2012). Fareed dismisses the war as immoral, impractical, and unnecessary without saying what will replace it. Knowing Fareed, he wants to replace counterterrorism with a universal joining of hands in an international love-fest that will erase all hate and anger. Such is the ignorance and naiveté of the mainstream media. Fareed is a unilateralist, believing that the West is in complete control and that every action and reaction regarding...
  • Local companies named on ‘boycott’ list for supporting national monument proposal near Canyonlands

    12/09/2012 2:06:07 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Moab Times-Independent ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Steve Kadel
    Grand County companies whose owners signed a letter to President Obama supporting federal protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands National Park are facing an economic boycott that some say has been spurred by the locally-based Sagebrush Coalition. The coalition’s Facebook page includes a list of local and national companies that signed the Nov. 13 letter from the Outdoor Industry Association urging Obama to create the Greater Canyonlands National Monument. ... Sagebrush Coalition president James Tibbetts ... opposes monument status for land around Canyonlands National Park because it isn’t necessary. “We’ve used it all these years and we haven’t ruined...
  • Did Mary have a bunch of kids? Mary's perpetual virginity before, during and after Jesus' birth

    12/09/2012 2:05:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 175 replies
    Catholic Bridge ^ | David MacDonald