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  • 'Suha Arafat admits husband premeditated Intifada'

    12/29/2012 11:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2012
    In interview, Palestinian leader's widow says Arafat decided to launch Intifada after Camp David, according to research institute. Yasser Arafat's widow Suha admitted that the late Palestinian leader premeditated the Second Intifada, in an interview with Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. ďImmediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return.Ö Camp David had failed, and he said to me: ĎYou should remain in Paris.í I asked him why, and he said: ĎBecause I am going to start an Intifada. They want...
  • A Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

    12/29/2012 11:35:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    US News ^ | 12/29/2012 | M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing. "The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," Bloomberg said Friday in a statement announcing that homicides in the city this year had fallen to 414 ó the fewest since it started keeping such statistics in 1963. About the same time Friday, Chicago police were trying to get the message out that their city hadn't actually recorded its 500th homicide this year, as was being reported. A few hours later, they had to backtrack and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, "the city has seen its...
  • Movie Review: Promised Land Is a Fracking Movie Scared of Its Own Politics(bad review from a lib)

    12/29/2012 11:33:18 AM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies
    vulture.com ^ | 12/28/2012 | Bilge Erbiri
    Movies like Promised Land sometimes make me ashamed to be a liberal. Gus Van Santís heartland drama about a natural-gas company trying to take over a small town wants to make the personal political and vice versa, to use its protagonistís indecision and lack of identity to make a broader point about the corporate, "just doing my job" ethos. But it collapses on all fronts, delivering hot-button platitudes and just-add-water character development. The protagonist in this case is Steve (Matt Damon, who co-scripted, with John Krasinski, from a story by Dave Eggers), who works for a giant energy company seeking...
  • Sandy Hook Massacre CT Attorney Blames State Wants to Sue for $100 Mil

    12/29/2012 11:24:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 12/29/12 | tmzstaff
    The state is immune from most lawsuits, which is why Pinsky must ask for permission to even file the suit. No decision has been made whether or not the suit will go through.
  • Facebook bans Ghandi quote as part of revisionist history purge

    12/29/2012 11:20:37 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 70 replies
    The Natural News website ^ | 12/27/2012 | Mike Adams The Health Ranger
    (NaturalNews) The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads: "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446. This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook's censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a "final warning" that one more violation of their so-called "community guidelines" would result in our account being permanently deactivated. They then demanded we...
  • Michigan governor making his way through 282 bills

    12/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBT ^ | 12/29/12
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) ó Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy working his way through the 282 bills passed by the Legislature during the final weeks of the 2012 session. The governor's office said he signed 53 bills on Friday and vetoed four. He has acted on a total of 186 bills and 95 are pending review.
  • Obama Proposes Last Minute "Mini Deal," Adding Milk Lobby Bonus

    12/29/2012 11:07:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The one thing I am always afraid of in budget negotiations is that virtually nothing is done, or worse yet, something counterproductive is done. Obama's latest Fiscal Cliff "Mini-Deal" Proposal is exactly the kind of counterproductive nonsense I am talking about. Assuming the above Atlantic Wire article is correct ...   The deal would delay or replace the vast majority of spending cuts called for in the automatic sequester. The deal would extend unemployment benefits The deal would stop planned cuts to Medicare reimbursements Out of the blue, and probably an attempt to buy farm-state votes, the deal purportedly would include...
  • Phila. police tie construction-site arson to union sabotage

    12/29/2012 11:03:52 AM PST · by NittanyLion · 24 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Dec 29, 2012 | Inga Saffron
    The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor.
  • Hollywood star Matt Damon takes on energy industry with fracking film Promised Land

    12/29/2012 11:02:38 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | Jacqui Goddard
    Matt Damon's film is set to intensify debate on fracking As one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors with a reputation for straight-talking, he has made little secret of his willingness to confront thorny political and social issues. Now Matt Damon is facing off against one of America's most powerful institutions - the oil and gas industry - in a film that represents a new battleground for environmentalists' campaigns against fracking. Promised Land, which goes on nationwide release in the US this week, is set to intensify debate on the controversial drilling technique to such an extent that the industry has...
  • Protecting incompetence: a D.C. way of life

    12/29/2012 10:58:43 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | December 29th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    A hallmark of the inside the beltway, cronyism style of government is the protection and promotion of incompetent political hacks within its own ranks. (2) An independent review board reported that the murders at Benghazi on September 11, 2012, were the result of ďsystemic failures and leadership and management deficienciesĒ at the State Department. But of course, ďÖthe Board did not find that any individual U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities.Ē The fix was in even before the State Department announced, the very next day, that Secretary Clinton had accepted the resignation of...
  • Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

    12/29/2012 10:50:50 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    RT ^ | 21 December, 2012
    Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia. Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the countryís demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit. ≠The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nationís demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues. After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for...
  • Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

    12/29/2012 10:49:54 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    RT ^ | 21 December, 2012
    Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia. Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the countryís demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit. ≠The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nationís demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues. After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for...
  • Utah birth rate drops for 4th year in a row

    12/29/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    ksl ^ | December 26th, 2012 | Devon Dolan
    SALT LAKE CITY ¬ó Utah has had one of the nation's highest birth rates for quite a while, but over the last four years couples have chosen to have fewer children. One big reason for that: money, and the lack thereof. Most any parent will tell you having a child is their greatest blessing ‚Āł the more than 51,000 infants born in Utah this past year are living proof of that. But the number of Utah births is decreasing. "We have seen a decline since 2006, 2007 ¬ó those were our biggest years. Those years we had about 60,000 babies...
  • Predicting the Biggest Stories of 2013, Part 2

    12/29/2012 10:46:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Steve Deace
    Each December I gaze into my crystal ball and predict what I believe will be the top 10 stories of the coming year. I almost never get these right but theyíre fun to speculate about nevertheless. A year from now weíll take a look back and see how well I did, unless I didnít do well at all. In that case we will pretend this never happened for the sake of preserving my fragile self esteem. In case you missed part one, make sure to check out last weekís column for numbers 10 through six. 5. Green Bay Packers win...
  • Buffett: Americaís Seen Worse Problems than Fiscal Cliff

    12/29/2012 10:45:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 10:24 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Warren Buffett says heís optimistic the nationís debt problems will be solved, despite the political fighting thatís threatening to put the country over the ďfiscal cliff.Ē Ö ďThe United States is richer than itís ever been. We have $50,000 or so of GDP per person. But weíve overpromised and weíve also under taxed to some extent, so we find ourselves with this great fiscal imbalance. But it was man made. Weíre a rich country. It can be solved. Ö Weíll be able to overcome this problem. America has faced a lot tougher problems than this one. Weíll get it solved.Ē...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/29/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 29, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their witsí end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the...
  • Reid, McConnell working on new fiscal-cliff plan

    12/29/2012 10:22:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/29/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Looks like John Boehner may get his wish. After his Plan B collapsed, Boehner has insisted that the ball is in the Senate‚Äôs court, as the House has already passed legislation that would resolve the fiscal cliff. The Hill reports that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are now working on a plan that they will reveal sometime tomorrow ‚ÄĒ as the eleventh hour ticks away: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) are working on an agreement to avoid across-the-board tax hikes and plan to show it to colleagues Sunday.Senate leaders emerged optimistic from a...
  • Rebellion Begins February 27th, Goodbye Republican Party

    12/29/2012 10:19:13 AM PST · by fantail 1952 · 36 replies
    Self
    Our Declaration of Independance in its first sentance, includes "it becomes neccessary to dissolve the political bands" will take on a new meaning startng February 27. There is a movement afoot to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Rick Santelli's tea party rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live on CNBC television, which had the effect of spurring thousands, and then millions to form Tea Parties all across America, by re-registration of Tea Party members from Republican to indeependant.It is believed that a sudden drop of more than millions of GOP registrations will send a message to the...
  • Massachusetts Republicans cheer as Dems back Edward Markey for Senate seat

    12/29/2012 10:18:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Rick Moran
    If there is such a thing as being too liberal for Massachusetts, Rep. Edward Markey may fill that requirement. The 18-term congressman has embraced every far left cause since he entered the House in 1977 and has a voting record among the most liberal in congress. If, as expected, former Senator Scott Brown runs in the special election to replace Secretary of State nominee John Kerry, the contrast between the two candidates would be striking. Boston Herald: A mad scramble by bigwig Democrats to avoid a bloody primary and clear the field for U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey in a...
  • Easy Like Sunday Morning

    12/29/2012 10:18:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Speaker Boehner has called on the House to convene on Sunday in yet another last ditch effort to stave off the fiscal cliff. But at this stage of this saga, there isn't a lot of pressure on the Speaker with respect to that public relations aspect, because the media is in the tank. He should be relaxed as he gathers the troops once more. If 30 million plus Americans have to cut checks to cover AMT and two million lose their extended unemployment benefits and millions more find out the IRS isn't prepared to mail out early return checks, they...