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  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House ďnearly every day,Ē the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Alleged Undocumented Immigrant Served as a Volunteer Sheriff

    12/12/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    ABC Univision ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | TED HESSON
    A sheriff in an Alabama town knowingly allowed an alleged undocumented immigrant to act as a volunteer deputy sheriff. Meanwhile, his office went about the business of detaining and reporting suspected undocumented immigrants to federal authorities Canadian immigrant Kevin Dwight Venhuis has served as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Henry County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. Now he could face federal charges for illegally possessing firearms while being in the country without authorization, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
  • Anti-gun state senator punishes law-abiding Oregonians for Clackamas shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 5:12:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's Clackamas Town Center incident, where a criminal with a stolen gun opened fire on holiday shoppers in a reported ďNo GunsĒ zone, State Senator Ginny Burdick has introduced a bill to keep law-abiding Oregon gun owners from possessing standard capacity ammunition magazines for semi-automatic firearms, Oregon Firearms Federation reported today in a membership alert. ďAs we predicted, the anti-gun bills are starting to show up in Salem,Ē OFF Executive Director Kevin Starrett informed Beaver State gun owners. ďThe first one by (of course) Ginny Burdick bans the 'transfer' of magazines that can hold over...
  • Politico, Daily Kos Upset īFox News-Breitbart Crowdī Gaining Influence

    12/12/2012 5:06:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/12/12 | Tony Lee
    Add Politico and The Daily Kos to organizations conceding that Breitbart News is reporting stories they refuse to cover. In an article describing the violent pro-union demonstrations in Michigan on Tuesday, in which protesters rallied against Michigan's historic right-to-work legislation, Politico promptly finished the piece with two paragraphs that served to dismiss everything that was written leading up to that point, quoting a poster on the liberal website The Daily Kos lamenting about the "Fox News-Breitbart" crowd. "But some on the left are saying the reports are overly exaggerated," Politico writes at the end of the article. Politico then quotes...
  • Obama schedules photo-ops, parties, golf as Ďcliffí nears

    12/12/2012 4:58:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/12/12 | Dave Boyer
    Since returning from a trip to southeast Asia on Nov. 21, President Obama has managed to play three rounds of golf but has met face-to-face only once with Speaker John A. Boehner, the man with whom he is trying to strike a deal on taxes and spending that could prevent another recession. With the deadline for going over the ďfiscal cliffĒ less than three weeks away, the presidentís schedule this week is exceptionally light. It does not include any time on the links with Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who is also an avid golfer.
  • Christmas History

    12/12/2012 4:56:40 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 15 replies
    The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child was born. The 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, the giving of gifts, carnivals (parades) with floats, carolers who sing while going from house to house, the holiday feasts, and the church processions can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.
  • Mitsubishi Reports Toyota Replication [of Iwamura's LENR transmutation of elements]

    12/12/2012 4:54:03 PM PST · by TXnMA · 166 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | Steve Krivit
    Dec. 7, 2012 Ė By Steven B. Krivit Ė Researchers from Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories performed an independent replication of a Mitsubishi low-energy nuclear reaction transmutation experiment, according to a physicist from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries speaking at the American Nuclear Society LENR session on Nov. 14 in San Diego, Calif. The physicist, Yasuhiro Iwamura, told the ANS audience that the Toyota researchers confirmed that nuclear changes from one element to another took place without the use of high-energy nuclear physics. Most scientists who have not followed this field closely consider such profound claims inconceivable. Toyota used a LENR...
  • Lone Udinese football fan wins hearts in Italy

    12/12/2012 4:37:22 PM PST · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th December 2012 | BBC News
    'A football fan has stolen media attention in Italy after being the only supporter to show up to watch his club play an away game in the top league. Udinese fan Arrigo Brovedani was the club's sole supporter in Genoa for a Serie A match against local team Sampdoria. The 30-something wine merchant found himself alone in the visitors' section. But Sampdoria stewards gave him coffee and home fans invited him for a drink after the match.'
  • How Obama replaced Christ among blacks

    12/12/2012 4:34:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12-11-12 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    President Barack Obama is the most divisive man to ever occupy the White House Ėperiod! Yet, 95 percent of black Americans worship him as if heís the messiah. Why? Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx recently took the stage at the Soul Train Awards and told the audience, ďThank God, and our lord and savior, Barack Obama!Ē Foxx called on the audience to stand up and clap for Obama. His outrageous remarks were broadcast on national television, yet not one nationally known black leader repudiated Foxx. Barack Obamaís ability to seduce people is well-known. He can bring his biggest critics into...
  • Politifact's "Lie" Of The Year Reveals Once Again The Pettiness And Bias Of The Media

    12/12/2012 4:27:37 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-12-12 | The Looking Spoon
    It's not a lie, Twitchy has the detais here.
  • Union Violence In Michigan Is No Tea Party

    12/12/2012 4:26:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 12, 2012
    Organized Labor: The assault on a Fox News contributor protecting women and seniors in a tent is but the latest example of the civil discourse and respect for democracy the president's union supporters really have. Imagine the outrage and the mainstream media feeding frenzy had it been a Tea Party member punching an MSNBC contributor covering a protest over ObamaCare. Or if Tea Party members had descended on a tent full of Occupy Wall Street supporters, flattening and tearing it apart with total disregard for the people inside. Yet that is precisely what happened to conservative comedian and Fox News...
  • Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women

    12/12/2012 4:25:25 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/11/12 | Ian Schwartz
    <p>Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Republicans will have to change their philosophy and not just their ground game in order to win in the future.</p> <p>Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections.</p>
  • James Bond is a 'massive boozer' who has been portrayed as a cartoon character in films..

    12/12/2012 4:22:58 PM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    James Bond was far from the suave, English gent portrayed in the 007 films, but rather a more troubled, heavy-drinking character, the new Bond author claims. William Boyd, the novelist famed for 'Any Human Heart', and responsible for coming up with the next Bond novel in the Ian Fleming series, said that Bond's true character, until now, had been underplayed.
  • Colorado River seen as depleting regional resource

    12/12/2012 4:21:46 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 12, 2012 | KEN RITTER | Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS (AP) ó The federal government isn't going to tap the Missouri River to slake the thirst of a drought-parched Southwest, the government's top water official said Wednesday. But rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West considering a host of other options to deal with dire projections that the Colorado River ó the main water supply for a region larger than the country of France ó won't be able over the next 50 years to meet demands of a regional population now about 40 million and growing. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued what he...
  • Maynard Dixon 4x5 inch Watercolor Brings Close to $32,000

    12/12/2012 4:17:18 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 7 replies
    Ask Art ^ | 12/12/12 | Staff
    Small painting sets a record for its' size.
  • Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons

    12/12/2012 4:16:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons 5:53pm EST By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday. Applications for the permits in the state of 19.1 million people have doubled since 2007. Only 0.3 percent of the more than 2 million total permits issued since 1987 have been revoked, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. "Floridians who are obtaining these licenses...
  • North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out of Control,' U.S. Officials Say

    12/12/2012 4:11:50 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and Alan Boyle
    The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be ďtumbling out of controlĒ as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still havenít been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do. In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions. The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the launch, calling it a "clear violation" of U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N....
  • Tallying the winners and losers of the War of 1812

    12/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | James Careless
    The human cost of the War of 1812 was dramatic. Some 35,000 people were killed, wounded or missing at the end of the war. York (now Toronto), Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Washington, D.C. were torched. Elsewhere, homes and properties were looted and damaged and family lives were thrown into chaos. The borders between British North America and the United States might not have changed when the fighting stopped ó the old lines were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war on December 24, 1814. But once the treaty was signed, there wasnít simply a return to the...
  • Hanna and Cortes: Public Support of Tax Increase Is a Myth

    12/12/2012 4:07:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Dec. 10, 2012 | Colin Hanna and Alex Cortes
    Most donít know that successful individuals and small businesses already pay a progressive rate Myths are perpetuated in Washington, with conventional wisdom created by one person and bouncing off hundreds more in a self-reassuring circle of groupthink. But in real America, you can find the truth if you look hard enough. When the Democratic Party and the fourth branch of government, the mainstream media, unite on an issue, the result is a powerful megaphone of misrepresentation. During the present fiscal cliff negotiations, the most egregious myth perpetrated by the Democratic media complex is that the public supports raising taxes on...
  • The Celebration Generation

    12/12/2012 4:07:00 PM PST · by Kenny · 2 replies
    ToBeRight ^ | PeggyN
    Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means, get the decorations up, shop around the clock, and use every spare moment to wrap and plan. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours will go into preparations for this single day. But is all this hubbub really necessary for a birthday? Granted itís for the ĎKing of Kings but didnít they used to celebrate His birth with far less fanfare? Well, birthday parties arenít what they used to be, thatís for sure. And Jesus isnít the only one honored with a dazzling over-the-top extravaganza. Today, parties are...
  • Pressure Mounting For Challenge To Boehner As Speaker (Eric Cantor's name floated)

    12/12/2012 4:06:55 PM PST · by drewh · 48 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Dec 2012 11:56 | Jim Meyers
    Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, another of the removed Republicans, suggested he could support House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia for speaker. Asked point-blank if he would vote for Cantor, Schweikert offered a humorous response: ďItís bad enough being removed from your committee ó Iíd actually like not to be chairman of janitorial supplies if I answer that.Ē According to Bloomberg, any budget deal Boehner might reach with President Obama would need Cantorís support to insulate the speaker from rebellion in the GOP ranks, but ďthere is no guarantee that Cantor would stick with Boehner if a negotiated deal...
  • Florida about to register one million active conceal-carry permits

    12/12/2012 3:54:08 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    Gun instructor Frankie Bright has been teaching conceal-carry classes for three decades. He says demand for classes is on the rise. ďA lot of people are coming out and saying Ďlisten, I would like to get a conceal carry permit so I can be legal.íĒ The re-election of President Barack Obama and fear that Washington will pass stricter gun laws is fueling the run on guns, especially in Florida. At a news conference at the state Capitol Wednesday, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced a fast approaching milestone. ďFlorida will have one million active conceal weapons licenses next week.Ē Hitting...
  • Obama offers Cabinet position to businessman with billions in offshore profits

    12/12/2012 3:52:07 PM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-12-12 | DrJohn
    No, not Mitt Romney. Google has paid nearly nothing in taxes over the last few years: Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda. Googleís income shifting -- involving strategies known to lawyers as the ďDouble IrishĒ and the ďDutch SandwichĒ -- helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries. Google has sheltered about $10 billion offshore- in...
  • Boehner to House GOP: Don't Make Christmas Plans

    12/12/2012 3:51:06 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 12, 2012, 3:19 p.m. ET | Lucy Madison
    Despite what looked like recent signs of progress on a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner signaled today that Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever in the negotiating process -- and is warning his fellow lawmakers that they might have to work through the Christmas holidays. In a meeting with the House Republican Conference this morning, Boehner told members not to make plans for Christmas, CBS News has learned, and members leaving the meeting said there were no indications from Boehner's remarks that any real progress has been made between the two...
  • Famed Quick-Draw Gunsmith Munden Dies

    12/12/2012 3:46:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Print Email 3 hours ago ē Montana Standard(0) Comments Quick-draw gunsmith Bob Munden of Butte is seen in 1977. Munden died Monday of heart failure. Enlarge Photo BUTTE ó Bob Munden, known as a fierce fast draw competitor who was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as ďThe Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived,íí died Monday in a Butte hospital. Munden, 70, a longtime Butte resident, entertainer and master gunsmith who developed groundbreaking methods of customizing to perfection the beloved .45 caliber single-action revolver and other guns, died Monday of heart failure. Mundenís wife and performance partner,...
  • Naples Seizure Busts Iranís Balkan-Italian Smuggling Route (100's of anti-tank missiles)

    12/12/2012 3:42:37 PM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 12, 2012, 12:12 PM
    The seizure of five containers by the Maritime Police in the Port of Naples last Friday, Dec. 7 - before they were loaded on an Egyptian freighter Ė shut down two of Iranís mainline clandestine arms routes to the Hamas-ruled Gaza from Kosovo and Macedonia via Croatia and Italy, reported exclusively from military and intelligence sources. The Naples police acted on a tip-off from Israel. Iranian arms smuggling rings were then partly rolled up in other parts of Italy together with ďanother cache of weapons.Ē Western intelligence sources say this Israeli undercover operation was equal in significance and scope to...
  • Fiscal Cliff Threatens Federal Aid for Home Heat

    12/12/2012 3:33:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | CLARKE CANFIELD Associated Press
    Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Congress and the White House fail to figure out a way to avoid the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. If that happens, there'll be an automatic 10 percent reduction in funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. But the plight of those in the estimated 6.9 million households who rely on the money to keep warm hardly appears to be a priority for lawmakers in...
  • Wyoming Game Dept. Lab Is 'CSI' of Wildlife Forensics

    12/12/2012 3:31:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    With a DNA analyzer, high tech microscopes and blood typing equipment straight out of an episode of the television series "CSI," the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) lab in Laramie is one of the premier wildlife forensic labs in the country. Every year the lab helps enforcement officials from seven western states prosecute those who take the states' resources unlawfully. Lab director DeeDee Hawk said the WGFD Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Lab tests literally thousands of pieces of fish, big game and trophy game mammal evidence each year as it strives to protect resources.
  • Cooper City Commissioner Apologizes for His Facebook Post

    12/12/2012 3:22:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012
    John Sims said he reposted the comment from another site.A Cooper City commissioner under fire for a recent Facebook post apologized to people he may have offended at a scheduled workshop meeting, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. John Sims has been the District 1 Commissioner since March of 2007, according to the cityís website. He apologized Tuesday for his Nov. 30 post about Social Security stimulus packages. "To those of you who were genuinely offended, I offer my deepest apology," Sims was quoted as saying by the newspaper. "Rest assured that I will continue to serve our city well...
  • Union Goons Destroy Manís Hot Dog Cart While Calling Him ĎN*****í & ĎUncle Tomí (Lansing, MI)

    12/12/2012 3:17:11 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | December 12, 2012 - 10:23
    Early today Clint Tarver, known as ďThe Hot Dog GuyĒ here in Lansing had his business attacked and destroyed by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol. Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way [did] he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him. Mr. Tarver has been operating his food businesses since 1990 in the Lansing area. He had been hired by Americans for Prosperity to cater their tent...
  • Doctor Who Helped Find bin Laden is Being Tortured in Pakistani Prison, U.S. Aid Continues to Flow

    12/12/2012 3:14:51 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    After the successful May 2011 raid that took down Osama bin Laden, President Obama said that ďhis [bin Ladenís] demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.Ē Pakistanís treatment of CIA informant Dr. Shakil Afridi tells a different story, however. The countryís spy agency (Inter-Services Intelligence) promptly arrested the doctor for helping Americans identify OBLís compound. In addition to a fine and his entire bank account being looted, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison for high treason and is now reportedly being tortured: ... According to Afridi, ISI ďregards America as its ďworst...
  • When is "Drill and Kill" not "Drill and Kill"??

    12/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If there is one true cancer in the land of education, according to our Education Establishment, itís the torture known as ďdrill and kill.ĒProgressive educators always hated Drill and Kill. It hurts the child, we are told, and is the end of genuine learning.For the last hundred years, our Education Establishment condemned the direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to student. These elite educators are constantly in a rage that students might be forced to prepare for a test in the traditional sense, that is, they know facts. And yet, when it helps their agenda, the commissars will turn on...
  • Holder: U.S. Should Automatically Register 'Every Eligible Voter'

    12/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Holder: U.S. Should Automatically Register 'Every Eligible Voter' by Tony Lee 12 Dec 2012, 2:30 PM PDT On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States should automatically register "every eligible voter in America" by coordinating modern technology and existing databases that are available, while insisting in-person voter fraud rarely occurs. In a speech at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Holder said "modern technology provides ways to address many of the problems that impede the efficient administration of elections." The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on "the state of the right to...
  • Jerry Brown has early-stage prostate cancer

    12/12/2012 3:09:35 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 46 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | December 12, 2012 | Unknown
    Gov. Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, his office announced this afternoon. The governor's office described the condition as a "localized prostate cancer" and said Brown is continuing to work a full schedule while being treated with a short course of radiation. It released a statement from Eric Small, Brown's oncologist at University of California San Francisco. "Fortunately, this is early stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy," Small said in the statement. "The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects." Brown's office...
  • Sri Lanka's Cobra Girl Told 'Mom Was Snake'

    12/12/2012 3:03:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012
    Nirosha Wimalaratne who was born to Indian parents was adopted by a Lankan couple; she was charged for keeping a snake as petNirosha Wimalaratne, a snake dancer in a Colombo night club has been reunited with her pet cobra after winning a legal battle following a month-long ordeal. The 21-year-old 'Cobra Girl' from Colombo had been arrested after being charged for keeping a snake in her possession under the Animals Ordinance and Cruelty to Animals Act and, the Dangerous Animals Act. Her troubles began when police raided the Cleopatra Night Club at the Liberty Plaza in Colombo at dawn in...
  • South Africaís economy remains firmly in white ownership

    12/12/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Standard ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012
    JOHANNESBURG ó South Africaís black majority directly owns less than 10% of the Johannesburg stock market, a study showed on Thursday, evidence that Africaís top economy remains firmly in white hands nearly two decades after the end of apartheid. Despite the ruling African National Congressí drive for ďblack economic empowermentĒ, under which firms are set black ownership and other targets, millions of blacks remain trapped in poverty and excluded from the formal economy. Coming less than two weeks before the start of an ANC leadership election conference, the study will increase pressure on ANC President Jacob Zuma for more ďblack...
  • Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to jihadi group

    12/12/2012 3:01:39 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10:03PM GMT 10 Dec 2012 | Ruth Sherlock, Beirut
    Rebel groups across Syria are defying the United States by pledging their allegiance to a group that Washington will designate today a terrorist organization for its alleged links to al-Qaeda. A total of 29 opposition groups, including fighting "brigades" and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist group which the White House believes is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The petition is promoting the slogan "No to American intervention, for we are all Jabhat al-Nusra" and urges supporters to "raise the Jabhat al-Nusra flag" as a "thank you". "These...
  • South Africaís White Farmers: An Endangered Species?

    12/12/2012 3:00:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Palash R. Ghosh
    It is more dangerous to be a white farmer in South Africa than it is to be a policeman in this country awash in crime and violence. The threats posed to South Africaís ever-dwindling population of white (mostly Afrikaner) landowners has become so grave that a group of activists and farmers marched to the capital of Pretoria over the weekend to demand the state protect them and their property. In the wake of hundreds of attacks and murders, the farmers Ė represented by two farmers associations, AfriForum and Solidarity -- asked Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to declare such assaults ďcrimes...
  • Oakland: Where "the Riders" are today

    12/12/2012 2:57:48 PM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/12/2012 | Scott Johnson
    OAKLAND -- On the night before disgraced Oakland police Officer Frank Vazquez disappeared in November 2000, he called attorney Michael Rains in a rage. In a profanity-laced tirade, Vazquez said he feared his fate as one of the four Oakland cops caught up in the infamous police brutality case known as the Riders. "They're not going to give us a fair trial," Rains remembers Vazquez screaming into the phone. "I'm not going to rot in prison." Twelve years later, Vazquez is still on the run, an enduring symbol of Oakland's decadelong failure to fix a Police Department ripped apart by...
  • How South Africa's dream turned into a grim reality

    12/12/2012 2:55:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Star ^ | Saturday, December 8, 2012 | Ben Schiller
    LUSIKISIKI, SOUTH AFRICAóThe news arrived in this remote African village at night, like a digital bolt from the star-filled sky ó landing with the ďpingĒ of a text message. It woke Nomkhitha Sompeta from her sleep, sent her scrambling in the dark for her phone, and left her staring into its luminous screen. ďBiza has passed away,Ē the message read. Her brother was dead. More than 700 kilometres away, 36-year-old Mzukisi Sompeta ó ďBizaĒ to his friends ó had been shot to death with 33 other striking miners in a standoff with police at a place called Marikana, in a...
  • South Africa still a chronically racially divided nation, finds survey

    12/12/2012 2:52:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 6, 2012 | David Smith
    "Can we deny that Cape Town is still the most racist city in South Africa?" asks Kenneth Lukuko, in an essay contained in the SA reconciliation barometer survey (pdf) published on Thursday. "Perhaps we can't." During Nelson Mandela's presidency, he notes, "it was the only city in which he was met with a placard that referred to him with the K-word [the taboo term "kaffir"]. And it has taken Cape Town longer than anywhere else in the country to name a major public space or amenity after Mandela, although it is the city associated most closely with his incarceration, as...
  • 'Jedi' religion most popular alternative faith in the UK

    12/12/2012 2:50:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/12/2012 | Henry Taylor
    Today's Census figures show that 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the "Other Religions" category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall. The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer. Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed. Although the number of Jedis...
  • Gold ďMiningĒ Termites Found, May Lead Humans to Riches

    12/12/2012 2:49:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 12, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Insects stockpile precious metal while gathering nest material, study says.Want to know if you're literally sitting on a gold mine? Get some termites, a new study suggests. New experiments in West Australia reveal that termites "mine" and stockpile the precious metal while they're collecting subterranean material for their nests. For the study, entomologist Aaron Stewart, with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and colleagues took samples from several termite nests and compared the nest material to nearby soil samples from varying depths. By using a mass spectrometeróan instrument that measures molecules' chemical makeupóthey discovered that the termite nests were...
  • Two-Thirds Donít Want Sandra Fluke as Time Person of the Year

    12/12/2012 2:48:45 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Two-thirds of people who have voted in the polling associated with selecting Time magazine‚Äôs person of the year say they do not want Sandra Fluke chosen as its Person of the Year.Time magazine doesn‚Äôt provide the raw voting totals but the results, so far, show 66.52 percent of those voting say ‚ÄúNo way‚ÄĚ to the pro-abortion birth control activist as its Person of the Year while just 33.48 percent of voters say she deserves the title.The pro-life movement was up in arms when Fluke‚Äôs name was included among the list of those Time said had been nominated as potential Person...
  • Unions eye gubernatorial elections for payback (Eye Ohio and Michigan as Targets in 2013 and 2014)

    12/12/2012 2:46:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    How will the labor movement rebound from two years of defeats in what had been home turf for unionism? Politico previews their strategy to organize efforts to defeat Republicans in key gubernatorial elections in 2013 and 2014: Labor unions, stung by an unexpected setback in Michigan, where Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a right-to-work law Tuesday limiting their ability to collect dues, are eyeing a large-scale counteroffensive against the conservative state leaders who have slashed away at union power since the 2010 midterm elections.For national labor groups, the upcoming gubernatorial elections in 2013 and 2014 may be a greater test...
  • Pictures: World War II-era Fighter Raised From Lake Michigan (Waterlogged Wildcat)

    12/12/2012 2:43:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 11, 2012 | Ker Than
    Salvagers recovered a World War II-era fighter plane that crashed during takeoff nearly 70 years ago from Lake Michigan last week. Pulled from its watery grave on December 7, 2012ó71 years after Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harboróthe plane will eventually be restored at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The FM-2 Wildcat fighter plane, recovered from approximately 200 feet (61 meters) of water, crashed into the lake on December 28, 1944. The plane's engine had died during an attempted takeoff from the U.S.S. Sable, one of two U.S. aircraft carriers used for pilot training on Lake Michigan in the...
  • Pennsylvania joins the ranks of states declining on setting up Obamacare exchanges

    12/12/2012 2:42:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The Department of Health and Human Services extended the original deadline by which states need to decide whether they will be setting up their own versions of the virtual health insurance exchanges required via the auspices of ObamaCare, or allowing (making?) the federal government to do it for them, or forging some kind of partnership with the feds to get the things done --- meaning that states now have until this Friday, December 14th to report their decision to HHS. Many Republican governors have been leaning back on forth on which option to take, torn between trying to mitigate the...
  • Apple Campus Helps Hometown Shine

    12/12/2012 2:42:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2012 | IAN SHERR
    First the personal-computer industry, then the smartphone and then the tablet. The latest area touched by Apple's AAPL -0.44% innovation: its hometown of Cupertino. As Apple moves closer to breaking ground on its new campus, Cupertino is experiencing a flurry of economic activity, with commercial rental rates surging and construction projects ramping up. "It brings a sense of confidence to see that Apple is making this significant investment here," says Todd Trekell, a regional senior vice president at commercial real-estate-services firm Borelli Investment Co. He says many property owners are touting their relative proximity to Apple as a selling point....
  • Christ Or Cain?....Genesis 4 pt 5

    12/12/2012 2:42:05 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brotherís righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)There...
  • In first tweet, Pope blesses his million-plus followers

    12/12/2012 2:39:05 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 12, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his ‚Äúfollowers.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,‚ÄĚ read his first tweet, sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI Hall. He sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device¬†at the end of his Dec. 12 general audience. His account, @pontifex, already has over 1.2 million followers,...