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  • Obama visiting Michigan plant to push tax plans

    12/10/2012 2:20:25 AM PST · by equaviator · 36 replies
    Examiner dot com ^ | December 6, 2012 | J Pace
    <p>REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will visit a suburban Detroit auto plant Monday afternoon, a visit an aide says is to part of an effort to make the case for raising tax rates on wealthier Americans.</p>
  • Nuns celebrate 200 years of helping others

    12/10/2012 1:44:40 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WLKY ^ | 12.10.2012 | WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky — The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrated 200 years of helping others. The order was founded in Bardstown while the War of 1812 raged on and James Madison served as president. A lot has changed over the years, but Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are still serving the poor and helpless. A recent Mass at Louisville's Cathedral of the Assumption focused on the order's work both in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Another UK Health Care Horror Story Which U.S. Press Will Ignore

    12/10/2012 1:44:39 AM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 09 December 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP since 1984, has said her biggest regret is that she didn't "stand in the hospital corridor and scream" in protest at the "almost callous lack of care" with which nurses treated her husband as he lay dying in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
  • Today's Toons 12/10/12

    12/10/2012 1:43:50 AM PST · by pookie18 · 14 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 12/10/12 | pookie18
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  • Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan, officials say

    12/10/2012 1:38:39 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/9/12 | Nasir Habib
    A senior leader was killed in a Thursday drone strike, intelligence officials say Three militants were killed Sunday, officials say Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A senior al Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike Thursday in Pakistan, two of the country's intelligence officials told CNN on Sunday. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman, who also went by the code name Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed in the strike near Miran Shah in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.
  • Police: Boys, 7 and 11, attempt robbery with gun

    12/10/2012 1:32:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12.10.2012 | AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded gun, police said Sunday. The boys tried to carjack a 22-year-old woman who was in her family's truck waiting for her parents in a church parking lot, Portland police said in a statement. Ami Garrett, of southeast Portland, told officers that when the boys approached her, the younger boy told the older boy to "show her your piece." The woman said that when she refused to give them her vehicle, they demanded cash and her phone. She said that...
  • Customers Called 'Fat Girls' on Restaurant Bill

    12/10/2012 1:26:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 97 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12.10.2012 | abc
    The dinner bill for three friends at Chilly D's Restaurant stung, but it wasn't the price - printed on the top of the receipt were the words "Fat Girls". "I got the bill, I was looking at bill [and] I was like, 'Why does this receipt say 'fat girls?'" customer Christine Duran said. The friends had dined out at the Stockton, Calif., restaurant, which is a part of the Cameo Casino Restaurant, on Thursday. The bill lists charges for three tri-tips with fries and three sodas, for a total of $25.50. A bartender named Jeff had apparently typed in "Fat...
  • Brutal Murder of Dana Clair Edwards Shocks Tony Texas Town

    12/10/2012 1:25:27 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 8, 2012
    It takes a lot to get defense attorney Dick DeGuerin away from his cattle and into a courtroom. He's one of the most famous defense lawyers in Texas. He can pick and choose his cases and he's chosen the case of Thomas Ford. "Look very carefully at the evidence and you will find that Thomas Ford is not guilty," DeGuerin addressed the court at trial. "I'm worried that an innocent man could be convicted." Thomas Ford, 43, is from one of the best families in one of the best neighborhoods of San Antonio. He's charged with killing his former girlfriend...
  • Syria: Rebel Prisoners On Their Religious War

    12/10/2012 1:21:40 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12/8/12 | Tim Marshall
    Sky's Tim Marshall gains rare access to a prison where he finds evidence that international jihadists are operating in Syria.Interviewing people who, under different circumstances, might kill you is a strange experience. To the soundtrack of multiple rocket launchers and small arms fire, I met six men who the Syrian authorities told us were jihadist rebel fighters captured by the army. We were in a Ministry of Interior prison near Damascus in an area now close to the front lines. The men, four Syrian, an Iraqi, and a Turk, said they had indeed been in the jihadist movement fighting President...
  • A Motorcycle Car That Makes Commuting Easier

    12/10/2012 1:20:35 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 9, 2012 | Dan Stone
    Daniel Kim was trying to build a drivable truck from scratch. While lying on his back one day in the shop, the 500-pound chassis hung above him. It started to teeter, then fell, barely missing Kim’s face. His life spared, Kim had his “aha” moment. Just over three-quarters of commuters drive alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so why are cars so big and bulky? Kim’s idea was to cut the traditional car in half, the concept behind the fully electric vehicle dubbed the C-1 that his San Francisco-based company Lit Motors is developing for the next decade. It...
  • Police Called When Crowd Signing Up For Housing List Gets 'Out Of Control'

    12/10/2012 1:19:13 AM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    10TV ^ | 12.10.2012 | 10TV
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex. Police said the crowd started to gather Friday night for the Saturday morning event at The Heritage apartment complex on Gatewood Road near Sunbury Road in northeast Columbus. Authorities said that its highest number, the crowd reached 2,000 people. Residents in the area called police overnight and complained about the noise and number of cars in the neighborhood. According to police, a melee broke out when the manager...
  • US Egyptian Christians fear for faith under Morsi’s Islamist agenda

    12/10/2012 12:36:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published December 09, 2012 | Melissa Chrise
    It seems like every Sunday, there’s a new face sitting in the pews of the Church of Saint Verena and the Three Holy Youth in Orange, Calif. Most are young professionals or families with small children and some have been living in the United States for a just few weeks. “The first waves of immigration,” said Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii. These worshipers are Egyptian Christians, better known as Copts. Their church is Coptic Orthodox, the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East with services similar to other Christian faiths....
  • Messi breaks 40-year record with 86th goal of 2012

    12/10/2012 12:36:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/09/2012 | JOSEPH WILSON
    BARCELONA, Spain—Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012 on Sunday. The Argentina forward scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Spanish league match. His first was an individual effort in the 16th minute to tie Mueller's mark, and he eclipsed the 1972 milestone with a familiar left-footed finish nine minutes later. "As I have said many times, the record is nice but the important thing is the victory that keeps us on the patch we want to...
  • Climbing without a rope: Alex Honnold (Video: Not for the squeamish of heights)

    12/10/2012 12:11:00 AM PST · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    Video: Climbing without a rope: Alex Honnold
  • Black-Eyed Children, don’t invite them into your home

    12/10/2012 12:09:12 AM PST · by Cronos · 85 replies
    Examiner ^ | 30.Nov.2012 | Barbara Schneider
    Imagine this. You and your better half are on your way home after a late night out on the town. You pull into a convenience store, and you wait in the car while he runs in for something. You’re sitting there in the dark waiting for him to return when suddenly you get an inexplicable, overwhelming feeling of terror. You sit up a little straighter and glance toward the driver’s side window. There staring in at you are two children – but not just any children. These are “Black Eyed Children,” and they want to get into the car with...
  • Influential double ace fighter pilot dies at 88

    12/09/2012 11:46:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    my San Antonio ^ | 9 Dec 2012 | Scott Huddleston
    Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, has died, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today's Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, where he died Friday at 88. Parr was among the last survivors of an era of gutsy, instinctive flying before remotely piloted aircraft and technology changed the way wars are fought in the air. Bob Laymon, a friend and military historian, said Parr “inspired and motivated combat aviators...
  • World risks fresh credit bubble, Switzerland's BIS warns

    12/09/2012 11:29:13 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Asset prices across the world have risen to heady levels not seen since the credit boom five years ago and may be losing touch with economic reality yet again, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. “Some asset prices appeared highly valued in a historical context relative to indicators of their riskiness,” said the bank in its quarterly report. Yields on morgtage bonds have fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. Spreads on corporate debt have narrowed to the wafer thin margins of 2007, even though default rates are currently three times higher than they were then for junk bonds...
  • EU: Paris hit by wave of street muggings and grave robberies

    12/09/2012 10:52:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Austerity-struck Paris has been hit by a wave of street muggings and grave robberies with thieves prepared to exhume bodies to steal gold and jewellery. Last week, police in the French capital arrested three people as part of a widening grave robbery investigation. There was further public outrage after two masked intruders shot dead a 52-year old precious metal worker when he tried to stop them stealing gold from his foundry in the chic central Parisian district of Le Marais. Police said sky-high market prices for precious metals are acting as a magnet for thieves with scant regard for the...
  • EU: Italian government to quit as Berlusconi returns

    12/09/2012 10:47:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Josephine McKenna
    Mario Monti, the Italian prime miniser, has told the country's president he plans to resign after Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew crucial support in parliament from the technocratic government. President Giorgio Napolitano's office announced Mr Monti's decision after they met for nearly two hours of talks late Saturday at the Quirinale palace, the president's official residence in Rome. An offical statement released by the president's office said Mr Monti had told the head of state that without the support of Mr Berlusconi's party, "he cannot further carry out his mandate, and consequently made clear his intention to resign" . Mr Monti's...
  • Europe clings to scorched-earth ideology as depression deepens

    12/09/2012 10:38:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Like the generals of the First World War, Europe’s leaders seem determined to send wave after wave of their youth into the barbed wire of tight money, bank deleveraging, and fiscal austerity a l’outrance. The strategy of triple-barrelled contraction across a string of inter-linked countries has been the greatest policy debacle since the early 1930s. The outcome over the last three years has been worse than forecast at every stage, in every key respect. The eurozone has crashed back into double-dip recession. It will contract a further 0.3pc next year, according to a chastened European Central Bank. The ECB omitted...
  • Gordon Brown jetted off abroad on 28 trips, earned Ł2m+ in fees and expenses since leaving No. 10

    12/09/2012 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 11:33 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr. Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months. He has declared 28 trips abroad on the MPs’ register of interests—many of them linked to his humanitarian work. And since he left Downing Street in 2010, he has received Ł2 million ($3.2 million) in fees and expenses—all of which has been plowed back into his public and charitable activities. …
  • Students “poison teacher and classmates by secretly giving them marijuana-laced brownies” at CU

    12/09/2012 10:18:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 17:27 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two students have been arrested after they brought brownies laced with marijuana to class and shared them with their unwitting professor and colleagues, authorities said. Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa allegedly made the snacks for “bring food day” at Colorado University on Friday. A female professor was taken to hospital after she began to lose consciousness while teaching at the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building. …
  • Officer saves young girl from family pit bull

    12/09/2012 10:09:21 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jennifer Mayerle
    SPALDING COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Lilly Goodson, 5, is in critical condition with severe bites to her face and body after being mauled by one of her family's dogs on Wednesday. Her grandmother, Kathy Goodson, tried to stop the attack. Neighbors also tried to help, but it was Griffin Police Cpl. Stan Phillips that finally ended the attack. "It was heart-wrenching to see. I never want to see it again," Phillips said. Phillips is still shaken up by the events. When he arrived at the home on Ruth Street in Griffin, he witnessed a 120 pound pit bull attacking...
  • Ghana president re-elected, a result opposition claims was “manipulated”

    12/09/2012 10:08:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 11:00 PM EST, Sun December 9, 2012 | Nana Karikari-apau
    Ghana’s election commission announced Sunday night that the West African nation’s president won re-election, though the main opposition party says it has “credible evidence” the results were manipulated. In a statement streamed live on the Internet, Electoral Commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan declared “John Dramani Mahama president-elect” after securing 50.7% of the vote. Nana Akufo-Addo, the candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), garnered 47.7% of the vote, according to the commission. … But reiterating claims made earlier that the vote had been “manipulated,” the New Patriotic Party issued a statement it has “credible evidence (that) undermines the integrity of the...
  • Deputies: Woman beat up after asking for space at checkout

    12/09/2012 9:55:49 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 5, 2012 | Nikki Davidson
    PACOLET, SC (FOX Carolina) - Deputies said two women are accused of attacking a customer at a Li'l Cricket store in Pacolet who asked them to give her some space while checking out. According to Spartanburg County deputies, it was all because the victim asked the women to give her some space while she entered the pin code for her debit card at the cash register. "All I wanted was a little bit of privacy, I didn't know it would lead to a beatdown," said the victim, Amanda Parker. On Monday afternoon Parker stopped into the Li'l Cricket on Pine...
  • Investigative Journalist Kerry Picket Joins Breitbart News

    12/09/2012 9:54:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Big Journalism (Breitbart) ^ | December 9, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Investigative journalist Kerry Picket has joined Breitbart News. Picket formerly edited and wrote for the Washington Times opinion section and its "Water Cooler" blog. She also covered Capitol Hill and campaign and elections for the publication. Picket has regularly appeared as a guest commentator on dozens of cable news networks like Fox News, CNN, Fox Business Network, and the Christian Broadcast Network. She has also appeared in prime time specials on Fox News’s “Hannity” dealing with issues such as crony capitalism and corruption in Washington, D.C. “I’m looking forward to continuing what Andrew Breitbart started--delivering honest news, real news, without...
  • Madre de George Zimmerman rompe el silencio en Univision-George Zimmerman’s mother breaks silence...

    12/09/2012 9:40:23 PM PST · by SeminoleCounty · 9 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | December 9, 2012 | Sundance
    The following is the [Translated] transcript of the interview made by journalist Jorge Ramos to Gladys and Robert Zimmerman in the program to the point of the Univision Network, on Sunday 9 December 2012. (*Note Gladys speakes fluent Spanish as her first language) The transcript is a little fragmented in translation but you can get the gist. HatTip Ottawa925. The interview: Jorge Ramos: in his first interview for a half in Spanish, accompany us here, in the Studio, Robert Zimmerman, brother of George Zimmerman. Thanks for being with us.
  • Bostwick Labs to cut 90 of 154 workers at south Orlando facility (Florida)

    12/09/2012 9:31:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 7, 2012 | Marni Jameson
    Bostwick Laboratories Inc. will lay off 90 of 154 employees in its Orlando lab between now and next August, the company said Friday. In a layoff-warning letter sent to the state, human-resources manager Michael Tenney said the employees would be let go from the south Orlando facility at 7001 Lake Ellenor Drive. Positions being eliminated range from medical technologists, lab specialists and lab assistants to purchasing and distribution specialists. Virginia-based Bostwick, founded in 1999, specializes in diagnosing cancer through such methods as analyzing prostate biopsies and urine tests...
  • Boehner, Obama Meet Face-to-Face on Fiscal Cliff

    12/09/2012 9:31:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | David Kerley
    For the first time in more than three weeks, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face today at the White House to talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff. … The White House afternoon talks, conducted without cameras or any announcement until they were over, came as some Republicans were showing more flexibility about approving higher tax rates for the wealthy, one of the president’s demands to keep the country from the so-called fiscal cliff—a mixture of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that many economists say would send the country back into recession. “Let’s face it. He does...
  • ARINC Announces Further Cut After Sale (Maryland defense contractor - 120 laid off)

    12/09/2012 9:22:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Eye On Annapolis ^ | December 9, 2012 | Staff
    ARINC has announced that there will be additional significant job losses in the first quarter of 2013 as a result of a re-focusing of their business. This is in addition to the job losses and transfers that were part of the sale of their Defense Systems Engineering and Support business to Booz Allen. Eye On Annapolis obtained an internal e-mail from Stephen L. Waechter, CFO, that details the cuts. The email was distributed late last week. (Names of specific employees have been redacted by Eye On Annapolis). Our source tells us that approximately 120 employees have been affected. The sale...
  • Is the economy creating a lost generation?

    12/09/2012 9:21:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    This is not a good time to be starting out in life. Jobs are scarce, and those that exist often pay unexpectedly low wages. Beginning a family — always stressful and uncertain — is increasingly a stretch. The weak economy begets weak family formation. We instinctively know this; several new studies now deepen our understanding. When the labor market operates smoothly, it creates an economic escalator. Just out of high school or college, young workers typically switch jobs frequently until they find something that fits their talent and temperament. Job changes often mean higher pay; people move to advance themselves....
  • California School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 9:16:58 PM PST · by Biser · 21 replies
    npr ^ | Dec 7, 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.
  • Benghazi: Libyan Terrorists Got Arms From Obama Administration&#8207;

    12/09/2012 9:16:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 09 December 2012 | Jim Kouri
    In spite of the threat of American weapons ending up in the hands of terrorist groups, President Barack Obama secretly approved an arms transfer to Libyan rebels through Qatar at the height of the rebellion against Moamar Khadhafi, a knowledgeable source noted on Friday. However, American counterterrorists are discovering that some of those U.S. weapons ended up in the hands of radical Islamists including associates of al-Qaeda, according to a law enforcement source who trained police in the Middle East. Some Americans who are retired from the military, as well as intelligence and law enforcement agencies, believe there should be...
  • Obama Silent as Mexico Jails Former Marine on Trumped-Up Gun Charge

    12/09/2012 9:15:59 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    A former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been chained to a bed in a Mexican prison since August. Jon Hammar faces up to 12 years in a Mexican jail on what may be a trumped-up charge of possessing an illegal shotgun. Customs officials had already cleared the shotgun before he entered Mexico. On August 23, Hammar and his friend Ian McDonough were en route to Costa Rica on a surfing vacation when they ran into trouble after crossing the Mexican border. According to McClatchy newspapers, Hammer brought “a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico,” which his mother referred...
  • U.S. knew for years of Benghazi extremism

    12/09/2012 9:07:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08 December 2012 | Guy Taylor and Shaun Waterman
    Senior State Department, defense and intelligence officials were well aware that Benghazi and its surrounding area harbored al Qaeda-linked extremists long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city. Benghazi became famous last year as the birthplace of the revolution that swept Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi from power. But in recent interviews with The Washington Times, several former high-level officials explained that eastern Libya was notorious in Washington’s counterterrorism community for more than a decade as a hub for jihadists leaving for or returning from insurgencies abroad. The agencies’ long-standing knowledge about Islamic...
  • Cable subscribers are about to get a sneaky fee

    12/09/2012 8:58:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NBC News Business ^ | December 9, 2012 | Herb Weisbaum
    If you have cable TV service, you probably have at least one set-top box in your house. On Monday, a federal rule change takes effect that could eventually force you to rent more cable boxes. Right now, most cable systems don’t scramble the “basic tier” service which includes local broadcast stations, public, government and education channels, as well as some non-premium programming. Buy basic service and you can plug the cable into a digital set that has a QAM tuner and see these unencrypted channels without a set-top box. Cable companies want to scramble everything coming through their wire, including...
  • Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

    12/09/2012 8:56:14 PM PST · by Errant · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/09/12 | Tyler Durden
    And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data...
  • Sen. Corker: GOP Could Accept Higher Taxes On Wealthy

    12/09/2012 8:41:49 PM PST · by zeestephen · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 09 December 2012 | Anne Flaherty
    Bob Corker says he — and probably many other GOP senators — would consider raising the top tax rate paid by the wealthiest Americans if it meant reforming big entitlement programs such as Medicare.
  • The unspeakable right

    12/09/2012 8:37:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-24-12 | Dan Popp
    The great and chief end, therefore, of men's uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property. — John Locke When Christian employers protested the new federal rule that they provide insurance for services that violate their consciences, the most horrifying thing was the solution. President Obama assumed that Americans would accept his bullying of insurance companies if he paused his bullying of churches. And it seems he was correct. For the moment, we still have some freedom of religion, but no "freedom of business." That's not what the Founders called it, of course; this...
  • Oren: Chemical Weapons in Wrong Hands Would be 'Game Changer'(Israeli Amb.)

    12/09/2012 8:35:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/9/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren warned Sunday that any evidence of chemical weapons being passed from the Assad regime to terrorist groups like Hizbullah would be a “red line for Israel” and could constitute military action. While Oren could not confirm recent claims that the Syrian regime is mixing and moving components for the deadly sarin nerve gas, he said that Israel is watching the situation "very carefully." "Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands -- Huzbullah's hands, for example -- that would be a game-changer for us," Oren told "Fox News Sunday."
  • Cooking Calzones Is a Family Affair

    12/09/2012 8:35:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Kansas City Star ^ | Jim Barcus | MARY G. PEPITONE
    Jill Bamber likes to “cook by feel” with her family. Bamber’s intuitive cooking strategies come naturally but are also a necessity when mixing it up with her blind 4-year-old son, Sean. Married to her husband, Norm, for 17 years, Bamber brings her children — Sami, 12; C.J., 8; Sean and his twin, Kaity — into the kitchen to help make meals. Sami has grown up in the kitchen, assisting her younger siblings. “Our family does most everything together,” Sami says. “I especially like to decorate cakes, and it feels good to be able to make something and share it with...
  • What Comes First: Syrian Chemical Attack Or US-Led Showdown? (Special Ops in Theatre)

    12/09/2012 8:22:41 PM PST · by drewh · 26 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 9, 2012, 12:03
    For the past week, US officials have kept up a flow of leaks to the media suggesting that Syrian President Bashar Assad was on the verge of ordering his army to unleash chemical weapons. The details built up as the week went by, starting with the detection of “unusual movements” of Syrian chemical weapons units, advancing to reports that the Syrians were “mixing precursor chemicals” for the nerve gas sarin and on Thursday, Dec. 6, that bombs had been made ready with sarin gas for loading onto Syrian Air Force fighter-bombers when Assad gave the word. Saturday, Dec. 8, British...
  • The US Finally Admits To Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels

    12/09/2012 7:59:32 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 71 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll and Michael Kelley
    Diplomatic sources told the Sunday Times that the U.S. "bought weapons from the stockpiles of Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi." The heavy arms include mortars, rocket propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and the controversial anti-aircraft heat-seeking SA-7 missiles, which are integral to countering Bashar Al-Assad's bombing campaign. The administration has said that the previously hidden CIA operation in Benghazi involved finding, repurchasing and destroying heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, but in October we reported evidence indicating that U.S. agents — particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens — were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian...
  • Jamie Foxx On SNL Jokes About Killing ‘All the White People’ in New Movie (Blood Pressure Alert)

    12/09/2012 7:40:48 PM PST · by llevrok · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/9/2012
    Singer/actor Jamie Foxx hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, and his comments were racially-charged from the outset. For those who don’t recall, Foxx is the man who recently told us that we should “honor” our “lord and savior” Barack Obama. “I’m dressed in all black, cause it’s good to be black. Black is the new white!” Foxx began in his opening monologue. The really curious comments came soon after: “I got a new movie coming out, Django, check it out…Django Unchained, I play a slave. How black is that? In the movie, I have to wear chains. How whack is...
  • Education's Great Divide: My Time in the Trenches

    12/09/2012 7:40:11 PM PST · by wintertime · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2012 | Glenn Fairman
    On perhaps my saddest day of teaching, I was witness to an assembly presented to juniors and seniors at La Puente High School under color of "AIDS Awareness." Within the 45-minute series of very cleverly devised humorous skits and demonstrations, I beheld the barbaric demolition of the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West before my very eyes. Along with provocative descriptions of male-on-male coitus and the disparagement "twisted and perverse" directed at anyone who found fault with the emancipated vision of a sexual free-for-all was a single demonstration that elicited only wild applause and profound laughter amongst the audience. A mid-twenties...
  • Nine Beers Americans No Longer Drink

    12/09/2012 7:40:10 PM PST · by shove_it · 217 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | Michael B. Sauter and Alexander E.M. Hess
    After three years of declining sales, shipments of domestically sold beer are up by more than 1% in the United States this year. Sales of light beer and specialty beer, such as Budweiser Light Platinum, Shock Top, and Blue Moon, have been the driving force in the resurgence of U.S. breweries. While sales of specialty, craft, and small-market beers have improved dramatically, many of the traditional, full-calorie beers that were once the staples of most breweries have fallen behind. In the five years ending in 2011, sales of Budweiser, which was once the top-selling beer in the country for years,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-12

    12/09/2012 7:40:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2012 Monday of the Second Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • Tea Party Helps Cram Through Michigan Anti-Union “Right to Work” Law

    12/09/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by quantim · 34 replies
    IREHR ^ | 09 Dec 2012 | Ben Stewart
    Ben Stewart presents an on-the-ground look at anti-union events in Michigan Many arrived via the Walter Reuther Expressway from Detroit. Protestors donned hard hats, scrubs and overalls, chanting “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Right to Work Has Got to Go!” As police lines held back the crowds of union members, and locked them out of the governors’ office building and the Capitol, the reality began to sink in. Michigan was going to be a “right to work” state. No more than fifty Tea Party activists were visible on Thursday. Some took this as a sign of weak public support for the...
  • Lansing Protest Paid for by DNC

    12/09/2012 7:22:32 PM PST · by satan · 3 replies
    Self
    My cousin, visiting from Michigan and looking for a congressional intern job, received a call this evening from the Obama Campaign. Return to Lansing as soon as possible for protest against right-to-work. We will pay all expenses. I didn't know he was one of them. Another paid protest brought to you by the DNC.
  • Cullerton lobbies for driver's license bill

    12/09/2012 7:15:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 10, 2012 | Naomi Nix
    Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton on Sunday continued his push for legislation that would give a special driver's license to illegal immigrants. Cullerton told congregants at a packed Spanish-language service at St. Pius V Church in Pilsen that though the bill sailed through the Senate, he would need their help to get it through the House. "The reason why we need to pass this legislation is not just so that illegal immigrants can drive, but also so that everyone will be safe," said Cullerton, whose talk was translated into Spanish. "I hope you can continue to encourage your legislators...