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  • New Civil Rights Group Joins Affirmative Action Case

    01/11/2013 7:13:37 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/9/2012 | Jack Spencer
    More than six years after voters approved the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, supporters are rallying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to keep it in place. The latest effort came on Thursday when the XIV Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. Voters in 2006 passed the constitutional amendment that prohibited the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any group or individual on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin. However, on Nov. 15, eight federal judges on the 6th...
  • I'm British and Piers Morgan is Damn Wrong

    01/11/2013 7:11:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/10/2013 | Adam Shaw
    Many Americans, since the Sandy Hook massacre, have been disgusted by Piers Morgan's snooty condescension toward their great country, and his blatant disregard for the Second Amendment. This culminated in his recent interview with talk show host Alex Jones, that ultimately backfired when his fiery guest wiped the floor with him. Since the shooting, Morgan has strutted around as the flag waver for gun control, pointing to his native Great Britain as the ultimate example of what these dumb, gun-toting Yanks should try and imitate. Not only did he use Britain constantly in his scathing editorial against American gun laws,...
  • Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    01/11/2013 7:09:41 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2013 | John Heilprin
    Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday after sustaining injuries from a fall while cross-country skiing in nearby Caux-sur-Montreux on Christmas Eve. He was taken to the hospital and fell into a coma from which he never recovered. Nobs worked his way from being a chef and director of Montreux's tourism office, where he organized charity concerts, to overseeing one of...
  • Wyoming lawmakers propose bill to nullify new federal gun laws

    01/11/2013 7:09:13 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Wyoming lawmakers propose bill to nullify new federal gun laws January 10, 2013 | 11:03 am 202Comments Charlie Spiering Commentary Staff Writer The Washington Examiner Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a new bill that, if passed, would nullify any federal restrictions on guns, threatening to jail federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, ammunition magazines or ammunition. The bill – HB0104 – states that “any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.” The bill is sponsored...
  • Vatican Artist from Russia Follows the Old Masters

    01/11/2013 7:07:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Kuwait Times ^ | 1/11/13 | AFP
    After Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican’s latest official painter is something of an unusual choice-an ebullient Russian woman with a pet owl who is a regular at the court of cardinals and popes. An Orthodox believer in the heart of Roman Catholicism, Natalia Tsarkova paints her classical-style portraits in a flat filled with Vatican memorabilia by the walls of the Holy See. “I like the atmosphere here, I feel needed,” Tsarkova told AFP in an interview in a studio with several unfinished works and back copies of the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. It is dream come true for this...
  • Who's afraid of fracking? Not honest regulators, who tend to understand it.

    01/11/2013 7:03:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/11/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    If frackophobes are to be believed, natural-gas fracking is the most frightful environmental nightmare since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear-power plant melted down amid an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.In Promised Land, Matt Damon’s new anti-fracking film funded by the United Arab Emirates, one character demonstrates this production technique’s “dangers” by drenching a toy farm with household chemicals and then setting it ablaze.In the upcoming pro-fracking film, FrackNation, one Pennsylvania homeowner absurdly claims that fracking polluted his well water with weapons-grade uranium. (For details, watch AXS-TV on Tuesday, January 22, at 9 p.m. EST.)In an agitprop poster from the group...
  • Monks in California Breathe Life Into a Monastery From Spain

    01/11/2013 7:01:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/10/13 | Norimitsu Onishi
    VINA, Calif. — The rebirth of a medieval Cistercian monastery building here on a patch of rural Northern California land was, of course, improbable. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon, brought the dismantled Santa Maria de Óvila monastery from Spain but failed to restore it. The City of San Francisco, after some fitful starts at bringing the monastery back to life, left its stones languishing for decades in Golden Gate Park. The Great Depression, World War II and lethargy got in the way. But an aging and shrinking order of Cistercian monks have accomplished what great men and cities could...
  • Joe Biden’s Faulty Lifeguard Logic : “If it saves one life” — at what cost?

    01/11/2013 7:00:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/11/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking,” Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do. “There are executive orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.” Biden insisted that it is a moral imperative for the White House to do something: “It’s critically important...
  • American Express Kicks Off 2013 With Biggest Layoffs in Four Years

    01/11/2013 6:59:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Brand Channel ^ | 1/10/13 | Shirley Brandy
    ... American Express delivered a surprise in its fourth quarter earnings report today: the elimination of 5,400 jobs as part of a global reorganization of its business units, with over $400 million in severance and its business travel unit taking a big hit. The company has endured more than a decade of downsizing under CEO Ken Chenault: 7,700 jobs in 2001; 6,500 jobs in 2002; 7,000 jobs (10% of its workforce) in 2008; 4,000 jobs in 2009. This round of cuts, as Wall Street Journal reports, represents "its biggestretrenchmentin a decade," and will shed 8.5% of its workforce.
  • 2013 Government Gun Ban List!

    01/11/2013 6:58:05 AM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1-11-13 | James
    Thought this might be of interest: Gun bans impact our freedoms under search and seizure, due process, confiscated property, states' rights, free speech, right to assemble and more, in addition to the Second Amendment. The Democrats current gun-ban-list proposal may include most of the following firearms: Rifles (or copies or duplicates): M1 Carbine, Sturm Ruger Mini-14, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, AR-10, Thompson 1927, Thompson M1; AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR; Olympic Arms PCR; AR70, Calico Liberty , Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU, Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR,...
  • Jimmy Savile....Raped 34 women and girls....assaulted 450....

    01/11/2013 6:41:55 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1-11-2013 | Martin Robinson
    Twisted Jimmy Savile carried out an 'unprecedented' 60 year long campaign of sexual abuse across Britain with up to 450 victims, including 34 who claim to have been raped, an official report revealed. Since the paedophile DJ died in October 2011 aged 84, a staggering 214 official crimes have been recorded by 28 police forces. Today's report into his abuse states Savile used his celebrity to 'hide in plain sight' while he targeted those as young as eight and sexually assaulted at least 23 on BBC premises, as well as in 14 hospitals, prisons and at least one hospice between...
  • Obama’s Stimulus: A Bit of Pork, a Lot of Opportunism

    01/11/2013 6:41:33 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 4 replies
    CATO Institute ^ | January 10, 2013 | Tad DeHaven
    A study [$] published in the winter edition of Political Science Quarterly considers two possible reasons for why the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) failed to sprinkle Uncle Sam’s magic dust onto those areas of the country that were being hardest hit by the recession. Was it because well-positioned politicians were successful in delivering the pork? Or was it because the recession created a “window of opportunity” for politicians to quickly spend a bunch of additional money on pet causes, which had the effect of benefitting certain areas of the country? I’m going to skip right to the...
  • Wikipedia’s article “Presidency of Barack Obama” is a puff piece which ignores many critical issues

    01/11/2013 6:40:43 AM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    wordpress ^ | May 30, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Wikipedia’s article “Presidency of Barack Obama” is a puff piece which ignores many critical issues. Wikipedia’s article “Presidency of Barack Obama” is a puff piece which ignores many critical issues. These issues have been added to the article multiple times, but they always get erased. Editors who continue to add these things to the article get accused of “edit warring,” and if they continue to put the information into the article, they get blocked from editing for 24 hours. If they continue adding the information after their 24 hour block expires, they get blocked for a...
  • North Kansas City schools to equip a few buses for Wi-Fi access

    01/11/2013 6:21:20 AM PST · by mykroar · 20 replies
    KC Star Online ^ | 12/25/2012 | Mary Sanchez
    Stepping aboard a school bus will soon be the same as taking a seat in class for some students in the North Kansas City schools. In January, the district will begin wiring four school buses that are used for longer trips with Wi-Fi access. It’s believed to be the first such effort locally. The innovative move is just one more example of how local districts are adapting to keep up with technology and use it for the benefit of students. “We are living in a digital age,” said Eric Sipes, information technology executive director for the district. “We are at...
  • Dupe of the Year 2012

    01/11/2013 6:18:42 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/4/2013 | Paul Kengor
    You may be sick of hearing about him again, but Warren Buffett did huge damage serving as Obama’s useful fool last year. Dupes comprise a long, dubious tradition in American history. Over 200 years ago, George Washington warned the nation about “dupes” in his historic Farewell Address. Such warnings would echo from the founding of the republic through the Cold War. During the Cold War, “dupe,” like the associated word, “useful idiot” — attributed to Vladimir Lenin — became an everyday term. Dupes were legion during the Cold War, a unique breed of (largely) left-leaning Americans who, unwittingly, allowed or...
  • Poetry on the Potomac

    01/11/2013 6:12:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    A poet laureate comes to Washington. Yawn. In the world capital of the sound and fury that often signifies not very much, the disciplined sentiments of a poet sound as alien as a tax cut for millionaires. We live in a city of argument, one-upsmanship, and winners and losers playing a power game where rhetoric rules without eloquence. Pragmatism trumps poetry every time. We have no majesty, none of the grace notes of language and no call for a poet to memorialize events, celebratory or tragic. But wait. Natasha Trethewey, the newest poet laureate, wants to change that. By moving...
  • Decades Before Chavez Dies

    01/11/2013 6:08:50 AM PST · by nyds · 3 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | 11/01/13 | Dominic Whiteman
    The failure of the sick President-elect of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, to show up yesterday for his necessary swearing in as the nation’s President at Venezuela’s Supreme Court was emblematic of a man who has cared little for law or procedure whilst ruling Venezuela as a dictator for over a decade now.
  • Is this "good" news for manufacturing incentives?

    01/11/2013 6:04:54 AM PST · by mikelets456
    Tax payer relief act ^ | 1/9/2013 | .Gov
    American Taxpayer Relief Act, the deal that kept us from going off the “Fiscal Cliff,” also brought back increased expensing limits for small businesses. For the 2013 tax year, the Section 179 Expensing Limit has been raised back to $500,000, the increased level in effect in 2010 and 2011 and is not reduced until the cost of section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2 Million. H.R. 8: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Click this link to download the 154-page Act (better known as the "Fiscal Crisis Bill") and go to 'SEC.315. Extension of Increased Expensing Limitations and Treatment...
  • Navy admits standard-issue uniform is highly flammable and will melt onto skin

    01/11/2013 6:04:23 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2013 | By Beth Stebner
    The U.S. Navy’s standard-issue blue digitized camouflage fatigues are highly flammable and will burn ‘robustly until complete consumption,’ a report revealed last month. The findings show that the digital-print camo, which is made from 50 percent cotton and 50 percent nylon, will drip as it burns, causing potentially hazardous burn injuries. But the Navy’s top spokesman said that the government organization is aware of the report findings, and added that sailors had asked for a fade-resistant uniform that was also comfortable.
  • Where Piers Morgan goes wrong with gun control

    01/11/2013 6:01:12 AM PST · by conservativeforpalin · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 11th | Henry D'Andrea
    Ever since the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, CNN host Piers Morgan has been on an anti-gun tirade all while lacking common sense and basic facts that drown his gun control rhetoric. Piers Morgan claims that if assault riffles and high-capacity magazines were outright illegal to own, 27 people wouldn’t have been killed at the elementary school in Newton, Connecticut last year, nor 12 people in Aurora, Colorado. What Morgan fails to realize most is that criminals don’t follow laws they don't want to; that’s why they’re criminals in the first place. Looking at the Connecticut shooting specifically,...