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  • McDonald's to pay Dearborn Muslims $700,000 for service of sacrilegious meats

    04/17/2013 8:52:14 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies ^ | April 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM
    Gannett, link only.
  • First was 'Thumb Puppet' and now 'Dumb Puppet'

    04/17/2013 8:06:18 PM PDT · by quantim · 3 replies
    Going back a few years "Thumb Puppet" was introduced on FR. When 'Stitches Obama' got a fat lip for supposedly playing basketball, a pic published put his left thumb out there and was totally freaky, funny stuff back then. He is left-handed and is totally in love with himself, so hence the narcissism funny stuff. It was scrubbed from Google immediately but has crept back into Internet lore over the years. Anyway, a pic from Politico shows another freaky thumb from this time, the vice-president. This time a right thumb, just being politically correct in suggesting 'handedness' has nothing to do with...
  • Lieberman, Democrats want ban on assault weapons

    12/16/2012 6:25:59 PM PST · by quantim · 89 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 16, 7:20 PM EST | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States. The proposals were among the first to come from Congress in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Assault weapons were developed for the U.S. military, not commercial gun manufacturers," Lieberman said before a vigil Sunday night in Newtown. "This is a moment to start a very serious national conversation about violence in our society, particularly about these acts of mass violence," said...
  • Michigan right to work: Disappointed protesters return to Muskegon

    12/11/2012 7:50:31 PM PST · by quantim · 31 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 at 7:37 | Delal Pektas
    MUSKEGON, MI -- Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic right to work legislation Tuesday with thousands of protesters in the Capitol. Among them were at least five busloads of union members and supporters from the Muskegon area. All five buses left Tuesday morning and joined 10,000 other protesters in Lansing. Around 5:20 p.m., a bus full of disappointed protesters returned to the CIO hall on Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon. “It wasn’t fair at all. It was partisan politics to its finest,” Don Kosheba of Ravenna said of the day's activities in the state House and Senate. “It’s bad for...
  • Tea Party Helps Cram Through Michigan Anti-Union “Right to Work” Law

    12/09/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by quantim · 34 replies
    IREHR ^ | 09 Dec 2012 | Ben Stewart
    Ben Stewart presents an on-the-ground look at anti-union events in Michigan Many arrived via the Walter Reuther Expressway from Detroit. Protestors donned hard hats, scrubs and overalls, chanting “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Right to Work Has Got to Go!” As police lines held back the crowds of union members, and locked them out of the governors’ office building and the Capitol, the reality began to sink in. Michigan was going to be a “right to work” state. No more than fifty Tea Party activists were visible on Thursday. Some took this as a sign of weak public support for the...
  • TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks

    12/08/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WORLDmag ^ | Dec 8, 11:50 PM EST | Staff
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • Unions to provide civil disobedience training, prepare for more Michigan Capitol protests

    12/07/2012 9:30:06 PM PST · by quantim · 27 replies ^ | December 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM, | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — Union members say their fight isn’t over after the House and Senate passed bills to make Michigan a right-to-work state. After a long day of protesting inside and outside the state Capitol, union leaders called on members to attend civil disobedience training on Saturday, and return to Lansing for more protests on Tuesday. “We’ve got to rebuild the broad social justice movement; I think this is going to energize people,” said United Auto Workers President Bob King. “All this administration has done is attack working people, so it’s our job to go out and talk in our...
  • Right-to-work bill passed in Republican-led Michigan House after walkout by Democrats

    12/06/2012 3:08:40 PM PST · by quantim · 57 replies ^ | December 06, 2012 at 4:55 PM | Tim Martin
    LANSING, MI - The Michigan Legislature has begun passing right-to-work bills in a historic move that was announced just this morning. The Michigan House voted on House Bill 4054, passing it 58-52 mostly partly-line vote in the Republican-led chamber. The bill goes to the Republican-led Senate, which also is taking up right=to-work legislation today. Bills must pass both chambers and be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to become law. The vote occurred after Democrats left the House in protest because Republicans would not suspend debate to acknowledge a lawsuit filed to reopen the Capitol, which as closed, according to police,...
  • Michigan congressman ends write-in campaign (McCotter)

    06/02/2012 7:01:57 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 2, 8:50 PM EDT
    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan announced Saturday that he would not seek a sixth term through a write-in campaign after he failed to get enough signatures to get on the ballot. McCotter ran a little-noticed Republican presidential campaign last year before asking voters to re-elect him to his Detroit-area congressional seat. He surprised everyone late last month when he announced the Michigan secretary of state's office had determined he didn't have the 1,000 valid signatures needed to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, even though 2,000 signatures were turned in. A spokesman for the...
  • Oregon county releases inmates amid budget cuts

    05/30/2012 9:01:44 PM PDT · by quantim · 20 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 30, 8:08 PM EDT | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Dozens of inmates ran whooping from a small town jail into the sunshine Wednesday after a cash-strapped county in Oregon's timber region was forced to release them amid budget cuts. The sheriff's office released 39 inmates, dropping the population at the jail in Grants Pass to 60 - half of them federal prisoners held on contract. "We had no other alternative based on our funding predicament," said Josephine County Undersheriff Don Fasching. "We are very concerned for public safety." About half of those released will finish their sentences on work crews. The rest were waiting...
  • Michelle Obama, daughters attend Beyonce concert

    05/26/2012 9:42:59 PM PDT · by quantim · 24 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 26, 11:34 PM EDT | MESFIN FEKADU
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Michelle Obama is with the single ladies this weekend: The First Lady is at a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City. Obama is at Revel Resorts with daughters Sasha and Malia where Beyonce is performing Saturday night. The girls were singing along to "Love on Top." The crowd cheered loudly as Obama made her way to her seat in a shiny green dress. Some took photos while others screamed her name. One fan yelled, "This is history!" Beyonce entered the stage wearing a glimmering silver outfit and hot pink shoes that matched her nails. The singer's...
  • 2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities

    05/22/2012 9:55:44 PM PDT · by quantim · 18 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 22, 7:26 PM EDT | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday. The Census Bureau released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. population. Based on a sample survey, the government analysis has been a source of political controversy in the past over whether to "statistically adjust" census results to correct for undercounts, which usually involve minorities who tend to vote Democratic. The findings show the 2010 census over-counted the total U.S. population by 36,000 people, or...
  • Obama gay marriage support seen as world precedent

    05/09/2012 9:42:43 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 9, 9:18 PM EDT | JACK CHANG
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that he supports gay marriage boosted the hopes of gay rights groups around the world that other leaders will follow his example. Vatican and other religious officials who oppose gay marriage stayed largely silent, while others denounced the president's position. Gay groups lauded what they said was the tremendous precedent set by Obama and hoped for changes in their own countries. In Latin America, for example, governments in Argentina and Mexico City have passed laws permitting gay marriage, but most do not. "This is incredibly important, it's excellent news. The United...
  • Argentina makes sex-change surgery a legal right

    05/09/2012 9:01:48 PM PDT · by quantim · 19 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 9, 10:57 PM EDT | MICHAEL WARREN
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday. The measure also gives people the right to specify how their gender is listed at the civil registry when their physical characteristics don't match how they see themselves. Senators approved the Gender Identity law by a vote of 55-0, with one abstention and more than a dozen senators declaring themselves absent - the same margin that approved a "death with dignity" law...
  • BPI closing 3 plants, blaming 'pink slime' uproar

    05/07/2012 8:55:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 43 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 7, 8:54 PM EDT | GRANT SCHULTE
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday. About 650 jobs will be lost when the plants close on May 25 in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo Iowa, company spokesman Rich Jochum said. A plant in South Sioux City, Neb., will remain open but run at reduced capacity. The South Dakota-based company blamed the closures on what it said were unfounded attacks over its lean, finely textured beef. During its processing,...
  • Obama's vague gay marriage stance under scrutiny

    05/07/2012 8:33:38 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 7, 9:18 PM EDT | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's election-year vagueness on gay marriage is coming under fresh scrutiny. Education Secretary Arne Duncan broke ranks with the White House on Monday, stating his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage one day after Vice President Joe Biden suggested that he supported gay marriage as well. Obama aides worked to manage any political fallout. They said the back-to-back remarks by two top administration officials represented personal viewpoints and were not part of a coordinated effort to lay groundwork for a shift in the president's position. Obama aides also tried to use the latest flare-up in the...
  • USGS: Some Alaska polar bears losing their fur

    04/07/2012 8:54:34 PM PDT · by quantim · 34 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 7, 7:07 PM EDT | anon
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don't know why. In the past two weeks, nine of 33 bears checked by scientists in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found to have alopecia - loss of fur - and skin lesions, said Tony DeGange, chief of the biology office at the USGS Science Center in Anchorage. Three of four bears inspected Thursday near Kaktovik showed the symptoms as well. Scientists have been collecting blood and tissue samples from the afflicted bears, but they do not know the cause or...
  • Winfrey calls her new cable venture a tough climb

    04/05/2012 8:30:39 PM PDT · by quantim · 20 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 5, 8:53 PM EDT | FRAZIER MOORE
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey says creating her new cable network has turned out to be a steep climb. "I'm climbing Kilimanjaro," she told advertisers Thursday at a presentation for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She quickly explained that her Kilimanjaro is at the offices of OWN. "You know that song, `The Time of My Life'? I've had the climb of my life," she cracked. The network has struggled to build an audience since its launch in January 2011. It recently announced severe staff layoffs and a management shakeup with Discovery Communications, the company that's bankrolled it with $300...
  • Holder: Justice Department will respond to judge

    04/04/2012 7:30:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 29 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 4, 9:28 PM EDT | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department will respond "appropriately" to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing federal courts' authority to strike down laws passed by Congress. Holder spoke a day after 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith questioned President Barack Obama's remarks this week about an "unelected" court possibly striking down the president's health care overhaul. Smith, during oral arguments in a separate challenge to the health law, asked the Justice Department for a three-page, single-spaced letter affirming the federal court's authority. When asked...
  • Governors to tour plant where 'pink slime' is made

    03/27/2012 7:01:47 PM PDT · by quantim · 62 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 27, 8:49 PM EDT | KRISTI EATON
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The leaders of five states plan a visit to the only place where a beef product known as "pink slime" is still made, an effort aimed to support its embattled manufacturer, a company spokesman said Tuesday. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit the one Beef Products Inc. plant that's still in operation to combat misconceptions and misinformation about the company and its "lean, finely textured beef" product, company spokesman Rich Jochum said. They'll be joined at the South Sioux City, Neb., plant on Thursday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Nebraska...