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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...
  • Unemployment Benefits are Becoming a Dependence Problem

    12/29/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Neil Snyder
    Imagine that you meet a young woman and after introductions, you ask, "What do you do?" "I'm unemployed," she says. "That's too bad. I hope you find a job soon." Nothing unusual so far, but the conversation is about to take an interesting turn. "I'm not looking for a job. Being unemployed is what I do." The look on your face shows your bewilderment. What on earth is she talking about? Welcome to the new United States of America, the Obama model that you voted to give another chance even though he didn't earn it. Yesterday, he said, "So if...
  • Free Republic Recipe Thread (Happy New Year)

    12/29/2012 10:10:36 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 93 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | Dec 29, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the FReeper Recipe Thread. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. Happy New Year!
  • December 29th, 1812, the USS Constitution battles the HMS Java

    12/29/2012 10:02:06 AM PST · by abishai · 15 replies
    ...At 2 p.m., USS CONSTITUTION opened fire on HMS JAVA, a 38-gun ship that was smaller and faster than her adversary and commanded by Capt. Henry Lambert. HMS JAVA's opening salvo damaged USS CONSTITUTION's rigging and spars and wounded Bainbridge. Raking fire from HMS JAVA to the American frigate's stern shattered the helm and killed or injured the four helmsmen. Wounded a second time in the thigh, Bainbridge passed steering orders to Marines in the ship's tiller room, who moved the rudder using block and tackle. Setting the fore and main courses, USS CONSTITUTION closed fast and delivered a broadside...
  • Bush Tax Rates: Democrats were against it before they were for it

    12/29/2012 9:57:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    One of the more hysterical components of the fiscal cliff saga is watching the Democrats falling all over themselves to champion the importance of preserving the existing tax rates ‚Äď the George W. Bush Tax Rates ‚Äď for nearly every American taxpayer.¬† The President last offer to Speaker Boehner would preserve the Bush Tax Rates for at least 99.5% of all taxpayers according to IRS data (all but individuals above $400,000 annual income). To be clear, there's nothing funny about the fiscal mess that our nation is in.¬† It's real.¬† It's serious.¬† And, if Washington fails to get its act...
  • England Warns America: Don't let them take your guns

    12/29/2012 9:54:14 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/12/12
    England grabbed its citizens guns in 1997. Crime skyrocketed as the law-abiding were disarmed. The English citizens have a message for Americans.
  • New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar

    12/29/2012 9:43:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/12 | Noreen O'Donnell
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said. The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City. Along with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you...
  • The Continuing Exodus of Jobs Ė and Taxable Income Ė from California

    12/29/2012 9:40:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Like most people, I‚Äôm a sucker for a heartwarming story around the holidays. Sometimes, you get that nice feeling when good things happen to good people, like you find at the end of a classic movie like ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a Wonderful Life.‚ÄĚ But since I‚Äôm a bit of a curmudgeon, I also feel all warm and fuzzy when bad things happen to bad people. That‚Äôs why I always smile when I read stories about taxpayers moving across borders, thus preventing greedy tax-hiking politicians from collecting more revenue. ‚ÄúWhere‚Äôs our tax revenue?!?‚ÄĚ I‚Äôm glad when that happens to French politicians. I‚Äôm glad...
  • Jews Outraged by Hitler Statue in Warsaw Ghetto

    12/29/2012 9:35:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2012, 10:30 PM | Elad Benari
    An artist has caused huge controversy after placing a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the Daily Mail reports. Some Jewish groups have expressed fury at the decision to install the provocative artwork in the area where thousands of Jews were forced to live during the rule of the Nazi regime. In total, around 300,000 Jews from the Ghetto died or were sent to their death in concentration camps. The statue by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, entitled ďHIMĒ, has attracted a large number of visitors since its installation last month, reported the Daily...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton in Punta Cana for New Year's celebration

    12/29/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 80 replies
    Dominican Today ^ | 12-29-2012 | staff report
    December 29, 2012 Bill and Hillary Clinton in Punta Cana for New Year's celebration Staff report Punta Cana, DR.Ė Ex-president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton are enjoying their year-end vacation in Punta Cana, in the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. According to press reports, the Clintons will celebrate New Yearís at the Puntacana Resort & Club and could also attend a fashion show scheduled for December 29, which will be held in honor of famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. Also expected to attend are American journalist Barbara Walters, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Spanish actress Mar...
  • The Political Superstorm that Devastated New York

    12/29/2012 9:25:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    ďSuperstormĒ Sandy killed more than 100 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and left millions without food, water, electricity, sanitation or shelter for days or even weeks. Our thoughts and prayers remain focused on its victims, many of whom are still grieving as they struggle with the stormís wintry aftermath and try to rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, too many politicians continue to use the storm to advance agendas, deflect blame for incompetence and mistakes, and obfuscate and magnify future risks from building and development projects that they have designed, promoted, permitted and profited from. Sandy was ďunprecedented,Ē the...
  • Rose Parade Float Honors Four-Legged Military Heroes

    12/29/2012 9:20:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    cbs ^ | December 28, 2012 11:18 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) ó Military dogs that have served alongside soldiers on the battlefield are getting a special tribute at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Yearís Day. The four-legged heroes will be honored through a festive, floral float titled ďCanines with CourageĒ, which showcases the exact replica of the United States Military Working Dog Teams National Monument in Texas. ďItís just amazing to see that theyíre actually going to have a monument to recognize their service and everything theyíve done and all the lives that theyíve saved,Ē said Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham of the U.S. Marine Corps. Lucca,...
  • Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression

    12/29/2012 9:10:37 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 126 replies
    A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman ^ | November 2, 2012 | Kathryn Skaggs
    From childhood it has been my nature to find that double rainbow in even the worst adversity I've experienced throughout my life, and like so many of you I've had my share. As an adult I am now well conditioned to find it immediately -- as I've learned that to do so I'm able to overcome a setback much quicker, press forward -- come what may. (Of note, this usually accompanies a very fast turn to Christ as part of the process.) But on occasion, life's disappointments refuse to allow such expediency and we are compelled to pause briefly...
  • Reid, McConnell to Seek Budget Compromise Plan

    12/29/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/28/12 | Alexis Simendinger
    Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell agreed Friday to work through the weekend to develop a possible fiscal-cliff plan they hope could pass in both chambers of Congress before Dec. 31. The eleventh-hour effort was the upshot of an hour-long discussion at the White House among congressional leaders and President Obama. Speaker John Boehner told the group that the House, which is scheduled to return to work Sunday night, will act only after the Senate makes the next move. Should Congress fail to ratify legislation in time for Obama to sign it before midnight Monday, more than $500 billion...
  • Greco Sees Double

    12/29/2012 9:07:08 AM PST · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | December 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The minor mob boss from the south of Europe learns about how hard it is for a small business to survive, with big government, high taxes, and EU austerity programs crushing your every effort... coming soon to a western nation near you?... ------------------ It was a good day for a walk. The sun was shining, the air was clearÖ the view from Athens, out across the lovely Aegian Sea, had never been so sparkling. So Greco put on his pea coat and fishermanís cap, clipped his blackjack on his belt and checked his pocket for his switchblade, pulled on his...
  • The Sandy Claus Bill

    12/29/2012 9:06:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    While the national spotlight is on the looming Fiscal Cliff and whether the country will go over it, plunging into the roaring waters below -- cue scary music -- the usual high-rollers (with your money, Dear Taxpayer) have seen their chance. They've put together the mother of all log-rolling, patronage-dispensing, pork-distributing appropriation bills, and are about to sneak it through the Senate while the country's attention is elsewhere. What a grab bag of a bill, with the emphasis on grab. By the time you read this, the whole list of goodies may have received the Senate Seal of Approval,...
  • Switzerland: A Case Study in Consumer-Driven Health Care

    12/29/2012 9:05:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/29/2012 | Avik Roy
    In 2007, Harvard Business School professor Regina Herzlinger and McGraw-Hill published Who Killed Health Care? Americaís $2 Trillion Medical ProblemóAnd The Consumer-Driven Cure. In the book, Herzlinger describes the health care system of Switzerland as a case study in consumer-driven health care, one that has things for both liberals and conservatives to like (and dislike). Given the fact that both Obamacareís insurance exchanges and Paul Ryanís Medicare reform proposals borrow from Switzerlandís model, itís worth learning from Regiís research on the topic. Her work has influenced my own thinking about how to use parts of Obamacare to reform Medicare, Medicaid,...
  • Rise in Number seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad---poor foreign surrogate mothers [having] babies

    12/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Dec 8, 2012 | Jeremy Laurance
    Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking "wombs for hire" from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent. The number of couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners. "Parental orders" granted following surrogacy Ė to transfer the child from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents Ė have risen from 47 in 2007 to 133 in 2011. While the figures are still relatively small, experts say they understate the true scale of the...
  • Feud over Frankie the cat leaves family with £20,000 legal bill after 'foster owner' refuses ...

    12/29/2012 8:55:17 AM PST · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 21 December 2012 | Nick Fagge
    The black dot on his nose and his white-socked paws do not single out Frankie as a particularly remarkable cat. So it must be his charm that has led this moggy into the centre of a bitter tug-of-love which ended in a courtroom drama and left one family £20,000 worse off. The extraordinary row, which has set two lifetime animal lovers against each other, began last year when Rosalind Mahoney handed over Frankie to June Allan on what she thought was a temporary basis
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years ["Meet the Press"...]

    12/29/2012 8:49:14 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years By Amie Parnes - 12/29/12 10:19 AM ET President Obama will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning in his first appearance on the news program since 2009, the network has announced. The Obama interview comes hours before the so-called "fiscal cliff" deadline. Obama has called on Congress in recent days to pass legislation that would prevent income taxes from rising and spending cuts from taking effect. In his radio address on Saturday, Obama said the recovering economy "can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound," and...
  • How the fiscal cliff fight will end (unhappily for Republicans)

    12/29/2012 8:49:01 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 58 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 29 2012 | B. York
    The word among some Senate Republicans is that a fiscal cliff deal is likely to be struck by Sunday, or Monday at the latest... If such a deal is made, it would mean that many Republicans would be backing off their longstanding position against raising taxes on anyone, including top earners... So a deal will most likely be done. But the bottom line is that the fiscal cliff fight will not end happily for Republicans. They will have given in on what was an article of faith ó that taxes should not be raised on anybody, poor or rich ó...
  • Tackling Fairness and Justice

    12/29/2012 8:46:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The last year has been a tough one for conservatives. The hope that four years of failed policy would be enough to repudiate the liberal/progressive ideology of the Obama administration ended when the majority of the American public voted to maintain their entitlements -- so long as someone else paid for them. And the conservative response to the debacle has been for the various factions within the movement to declare war on each other. It's time for conservatives to give serious thought to what they believe and how they can make a more persuasive case that conservative principles offer the...
  • Epidemic of Gang Violence Across The Globe Destroying Black Boys

    12/29/2012 8:38:36 AM PST · by Lorianne · 63 replies
    Atlanta Black Star ^ | 31 October 2012 | Nick Chiles
    From Chicago to Rio, from Jamaica to Nigeria, gang violence is leaving an indelible mark on communities across the globe, leaving authorities at a loss for what to do about the epidemic of lawlessness among young men who see little hope in their futures. Certainly the global economic crisis has much to do with the rise in gang violence and influence, as young men of color in most of the affected countries see few options for gainful employment. In Chicago, among 400 murders that have occurred in 2012, an estimated 80 percent of them have been gang-related. The killing in...
  • Russia Bans US Adoptions (Satire)

    12/29/2012 8:35:07 AM PST · by John Semmens · 62 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    The Russian legislature passed and President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. Families. In a signing statement President Putin asserted that ďwe cannot continue to subject the fruit of Russian loins to lives of degradation and depravity in an immoral society. Not only is the culture permeated with filth that poses as art, but the physical safety of the children is not even protected in the schools. For us to continue acquiescing to these adoptions would make us knowing accomplices in the criminal abuse of these children.Ē A secondary concern cited by Putin...
  • Chicago Immigrant Laborers Denounce Raid

    12/29/2012 8:31:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | December 28, 2012 | CBS2 Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) Ė A group of immigrant day laborers gathered in a park on the Northwest Side this morning, calling for an end to immigration raids.
  • Trotter cites legal trouble in ending US House run

    12/29/2012 8:29:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    An Illinois state lawmaker who was a frontrunner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's ending his candidacy because he doesn't want the felony gun charges he faces to detract from the district's important issues. Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O'Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun in his bag. **SNIP** Trotter announced Saturday he will not seek the 2nd congressional district seat, explaining that solving the area's economic and other problems was too important to allow his legal "situation to detract from what needs to be front and center."
  • Obama's Bottomline: Spare Only 'Middle Class' from Tax Hike and Extend Unemployment Benefits

    12/29/2012 8:28:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 28, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said on Friday evening that if he cannot make a bipartisan deal with congressional leaders before the Monday "fiscal cliff" deadline, he has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring legislation up for a vote in the Senate that would extend the Bush tax rates for "middle class" Americans only and extend unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans whose government payments would otherwise expire. [Snip] "But letís not miss this deadline," he said. "That is the bare minimum that we should be able to get done." ďFor the past couple of months Iíve been...
  • Muslim doctor blames hepatitis on ... Islamophobia

    12/29/2012 8:15:46 AM PST · by wesagain · 24 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 29, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A Muslim doctor who fled to Pakistan after his Nebraska-based clinic left dozens of patients infected with hepatitis C, including several who died, now wants to return to the United States and practice medicine, and he blames his earlier problems on Islamophobia, according to a new report. The Omaha World-Herald has reported that Tahir Ali Javed now has applied for restoration of his medical license in New York. That license was surrendered about 10 years ago shortly after his Nebraska medical license was revoked, the report said. That occurred because his Fremont cancer clinic was determined to have infected dozens...
  • French Court Rejects 75 Percent Millionaire's Tax

    12/29/2012 8:12:40 AM PST · by usconservative · 18 replies
    Reuters Wire Service ^ | 12/29/12 | Emile Picy and Catherine Bremer
    (Reuters) - France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit.
  • 'Petty-Bourgeois Individualism'

    12/29/2012 8:12:34 AM PST · by morethanright · 5 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-29 08:43:47 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:They say they just want to protect the masses - all 500 million of them. The People's Daily - the official organ of China's totalitarian government - announced that the country's Internet users will be require to give their real names and addresses to government-sanctioned Internet providers before they are allowed access to the China-Wide-Web. Chinese citizens are denied admittance to the "World-Wide" version."The draft decision says authorities will protect digital information that could be used to determine the identity of a user or that concerns a user's privacy," said the People's Daily. In other words, "If you...