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  • OFA May Be ‘Standing with Wendy,’ But Texans, Women and Other Americans Aren’t

    07/01/2013 9:13:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 1, 2013 - 4:54 PM | Kristan Hawkins
    After President Obama tweeted his support of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis who filibustered a bill that would ban late term abortions and keep women safe from Gonsell-like abortionists on Tuesday night, his old campaign operation, now Organizing for Action, doubled down and sent out an email saying, “We’re still standing with Wendy, and we’re not backing down.” OFA sent out an email from their National Director of Issue Campaigns, Lindsay Siler, on Thursday asking readers to “stand up for women in Texas.” But what was she asking email subscribers to stand up FOR? For all the talk about women’s...

    07/01/2013 9:11:38 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Jakarta Post ^ | 07/02/2013 | Satria Sambijantoro
    The Indonesian central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), hailed its Singaporean counterpart for punishing traders found guilty of manipulating rupiah quotes. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has ordered banks proven guilty of collusion to fire the employees involved, a form of punishment, according to one senior BI official that was considered “quite ruthless”. “Those people [the punished employees] were treated as if they were criminals [...] they will find it difficult to get another job in Singapore,” BI executive director for reserves and exchange management, Treesna Wilda Suparyono, said on Monday, adding that the punishment proved MAS’ awareness of BI’s...
  • $3,200 fee to hire Indonesian maids in Malaysia

    07/01/2013 9:00:39 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | 07/02/2013 | AsiaOne
    Another amount has been proposed for the contentious hiring fee for Indonesian maids, with the Government putting it at RM8,000 (S$3,200). Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who chaired the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigrants, said that the new rate was decided after considering all costs from both Malaysia and Indonesia. "The RM8,000 was decided after considering the cost of training for at least 200 hours, documentation, food and accommodation before transfer to the new employers, travelling cost, medical check-ups as well as payment to the respective government agencies of both countries," he said at a...
  • Ramadan a ding-dong

    07/01/2013 8:55:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | July 2, 2013 | BEAL, HOLMWOOD and PRYNNE
    CHANNEL 4 yesterday said it will screen a Muslim call to prayer every day during Ramadan — because it is more relevant than the Diamond Jubilee. Boss Ralph Lee claimed the fact that 2.8 million UK Muslims will celebrate the holy month from next week put last year’s Royal celebrations in the shade. He added: “Nearly five per cent of the country will actively engage in Ramadan. “Can we say the same of other national events that received blanket coverage on TV such as the Queen’s coronation anniversary?
  • Rachel Jeantel Testifies in George Zimmerman Trial (VANITY)

    07/01/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Stumbled on this humorous take on the testimony from this week.
  • Call for Malaysia to relax foreign ownership policy

    07/01/2013 8:39:12 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Malaysia Insider ^ | 07/02/2013 | Malaysia Insider
    Malaysia needs to relax its foreign ownership policy in order to maintain the country's position as an attractive investment destination in Asean, says an expert. "When people think of Malaysia, they think the government owns or controls a major portion of the economy," said American investor and author Jim Rogers. He added that the government should grant incentives to Malaysians who invest in companies that are privatised to speed up demand from investors. "Assets disposed are sometimes better off in the hands of the private sector rather than with the government. "International investors can go anywhere, and they don't go...
  • Chinese news analyst calls Philippines a 'troublemaker'

    07/01/2013 8:29:09 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 14 replies
    Phil Star ^ | 07/02/2013 | PhilStar
    MANILA, Philippines - Writing a commentary in China's state press agency, Xinhua news analyst Lu Yu saw the Philippines under President Benigno Aquino III a bad hat in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. "The Philippines, under its current administration, has been a true troublemaker in the region," Lu said, complaining that the country has "assaulted and detained" Chinese fishermen and had an old warship "stranded on purpose" at Ren'ai Reef or the Second Thomas Shoal. Related story: Chinese ship runs aground in Tubbataha The remark was published Monday following Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario's pronouncements on...
  • US threatened by Russia's Christianity

    07/01/2013 8:20:45 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    Pravda ^ | July 1 2013 | Xavier Lerma
    If you ever wonder why the weasel west media always calls Putin a dictator or demonizes him, just look at what has been happening recently. By watching the US news last week one would think all of America has turned gay with the Supreme Court ruling on married same-sex couples. The New York Times called it a, "major victories for the gay rights movement". Some even compare it to racial equality. If Putin was the dictator the West claims, the new law that defends Christianity would have been in effect immediately after the pussy riot blasphemy which happened last year....
  • Brit Hume: Hispanics Still Not Nearly As Important To GOP As White Voters (VIDEO)

    07/01/2013 8:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 1, 2013 | Tom Kludt
    Fox News anchor Brit Hume called "baloney" Monday on the notion that House Republicans must help approve the immigration reform legislation that just passed the Senate, arguing that Hispanic voters are still not as important to the GOP as white voters. The right-leaning Hume was responding to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who warned Sunday that Republicans may never win another presidential election if they don't help pass immigration reform. "And I am absolutely convinced that this trope that you’re hearing that says that if the Republicans don’t go for immigration reform much as the Senate has done, they’ll never...
  • Drug Appears To Work For Weight-Loss In U-M Study

    07/01/2013 8:18:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 1, 2013 | NA
    Obese mice were given the drug Amlexanox lost weight. (credit: University of Michigan)ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Could a drug used to treat canker sores be a miracle weight-loss solution? Researchers at University of Michigan are working to find out.Back in February, U-M researchers discovered that mice given the prescription drug, Amlexanox, lost weight without diet or exercise. Now, Dr. Elif Oral, an associate professor of internal medicine at U-M’s Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) division, is beginning the first human study to determine whether the drug will have the same effect in people.“The weight loss together in improved glucose metabolism...
  • ADB projects in the Philippines rated below average

    07/01/2013 8:18:02 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    ABS CBN ^ | 07/02/2013 | Cai U. Ordinario
    MANILA -- The poverty-reduction projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Philippines have been rated below average since the 1990s, according to a report released by the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) of the multilateral lender. The Annual Evaluation Review report released by ADB on Monday showed that the Philippines, Pakistan, and a group of small Pacific islands were among the countries whose success ratings were below 50 percent. The Philippines’s rating was 48 percent, Pakistan’s, 43 percent and Pacific countries, 31 percent. The ADB said the best-performing country portfolios have been in the China, Tajikistan and Vietnam, with...
  • US Embassy to Remain Closed Tuesday; Obama Says Protecting US Missions Top Priority

    07/01/2013 8:17:58 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 7-1-2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    July 1, 2013 US Embassy to Remain Closed Tuesday; Obama Says Protecting US Missions Top Priority by Patrick Goodenough ( – As Egypt’s turmoil continued overnight the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said it will remain closed for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, and President Obama said that ensuring U.S. diplomatic facilities there are protected is his “number-one priority.”Demonstrators who are calling for President Mohammed Morsi to step down by Tuesday celebrated after the military leadership threatened to intervene if Egyptian politicians did not “meet the people's demands” in 48 hours. The statement was viewed by many as an ultimatum...
  • (update) Outcry over ABC bust of UVa student grows

    07/01/2013 8:12:44 PM PDT · by Drango · 54 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | July 1,2013 | K Burnell Evans
    Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officials said the current review of a University of Virginia student's arrest after agents mistook a crate of LaCroix sparkling water for beer is the second look agency supervisors have taken at the case. ABC earlier this year found no wrongdoing in the agents' encounter with three sorority women who panicked at the sight of a half-dozen undercover officers in plainclothes. One of the agents unholstered his weapon during the April 11 incident and held it at the "ready" position, but did not point it at anyone, according to ABC. "Because of the public outcry, they're...
  • Edward Snowden Issues Statement From Moscow, Slams Obama

    07/01/2013 8:08:44 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 135 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | July 1, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful. On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet...
  • How Immigration Reform Can Pass

    07/01/2013 8:02:56 PM PDT · by fifedom · 27 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/27/13 | Jonathan Chait
    John Boehner has promised conservatives he won't let any bill lacking support from most Republicans come to a vote. There's a way around this problem: the discharge petition. If 218 members of the House sign one, then it automatically comes to the House floor for a vote. Democrats only have 201 votes, so they'd need seventeen Republicans to join them, plus one for every Democrat who defects. If Boehner wants the bill to pass, he wouldn't want to punish the handful of Republicans who sign a petition.
  • McCain, Schumer on Snowden: Russia should pay a price

    07/01/2013 8:01:24 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30 2013 | CNN
    Two high-profile senators on Sunday continued to admonish Russia for not handing over Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency secrets who's hiding in Russia as he seeks asylum in Ecuador. Republican Sen. John McCain said Snowden's actions amounted to a "slap in the face to the United States" and called President Vladimir Putin "an old colonel KGB apparatchik" who "dreams of the restoration of the Russian Empire."
  • Liberal blog: Sarah Palin racist for calling Barack Obama 'lackadaisical'

    07/01/2013 8:00:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 84 replies ^ | July 1, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Saturday, the left wing blog Politics USA called former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a racist for criticizing Barack Obama as "lackadaisical." According to the liberal site, "lackadaisical" is a "Jim Crow stereotype," but Webster's online dictionary defines it as "lacking life, spirit, or zest." Jason Easley said that Palin used a question about the way Obama has handled the Edward Snowden affair to attack Obama.
  • Gay Activists Set Sights on Nationwide Legalization of Same-sex Legalization

    07/01/2013 7:59:01 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 July 2013 | Dave Bohon
    With two self-proclaimed Supreme Court victories under their belt, same-sex marriage proponents are preparing to make a push to force the effective legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states. Gay Activists Set Sights on Nationwide Legalization of Same-sex Legalization The New American 01 July 2013
  • UVA Sorority Girl "Busted," Terrified and Arrested for Buying… Sparkling Water

    07/01/2013 7:53:17 PM PDT · by arthurus · 19 replies
    Cosmopolitan ^ | July 1, 2013 | Caitlin Scott
    20-year-old Elizabeth Daly was driving out of the convenience store parking lot when one man jumped on the hood of her car while another PULLED A GUN ON HER. Turns out, they were agents with Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control, but because they were in plain clothes, Elizabeth and her roommates were completely confused and terrified.
  • US spied on S. Korea, other allies

    07/01/2013 7:46:27 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | 06/02/2013 | Yoon Min-sik
    SOUTH KOREA - A US intelligence agency is suspected of spying on key allies including South Korea and the European Union, a British newspaper reported Sunday. The revelation touched off a fresh round of fierce criticism from Washington's allies and could seriously dent confidence in the world's most powerful nation. The Guardian, citing documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, reported that the US installed wiretapping devices at 38 embassies and missions to collect sensitive inside information. The offices allegedly tapped by the NSA include Asian allies such as South Korea, Japan, India and Turkey as well...