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  • Gov. Brown launches effort to push gas prices down

    10/07/2012 4:38:01 PM PDT · by umgud · 54 replies
    Bakersfield Californian/AP ^ | Sunday, Oct 07 2012 03:29 PM | Christopher Weber
    Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state smog regulators Sunday to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to help drive prices down. Winter-blend gas typically isn’t sold until after October 31. Few refineries outside the state are currently making summer-blend gas, putting the pressure on already-taxed California manufacturers. In some locations, fuming motorists paid $5 or more per gallon while station owners had to shut down pumps in others.
  • Wasserman Schultz, Harrington face final month of campaign ('No-debate Deb' - too glam?)

    10/07/2012 5:09:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Sun-Sentinal ^ | 10/07/12 | Kathleen Haughney
    Wasserman Schultz, Harrington face final month of campaignBy Kathleen Haughney, Tallahassee Bureau October 7, 2012 TALLAHASSEE - So what may lie ahead for South Florida's most visible woman politician? Four-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been talked about as a future House Speaker, a future governor, even a potential member of the Obama administration if it wins re-election. But, first the 46-year-old Weston resident must get past a determined restaurateur from Davie who is hoping to be the Republican who pierces the Democratic National Committee chair's armor. Karen Harrington, 48, who lost to Wasserman Schultz in 2010, is hoping...

    10/07/2012 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Snuph · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7 Oct 2012 | TONY LEE
    Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, and liberal think tanks have claimed Mitt Romney's plan to cut tax rates across the board by 20 percent is bad arithmetic, but a Princeton economics professor, Harvey Rosen, examined Romney's proposals in a paper and concluded Romney's plan would work.
  • David Cameron 'would veto' EU budget

    10/07/2012 4:55:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    BBC News ^ | 7 October 2012 | Last updated at 06:53 ET
    Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would veto a new European Union budget "if necessary". The EU is beginning negotiations on its next budget for 2014 to 2020. Mr. Cameron also told the BBC that in the longer term, the EU should have two different budgets—one for countries in the eurozone and one for those outside the single currency. Last year, Mr. Cameron vetoed an EU-wide treaty to coordinate budget policies and impose penalties on rule-breakers. …
  • France boosts security at Jewish sites

    10/07/2012 4:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7 October 2012 | Last updated at 08:19 ET
    The French president has promised the Jewish community a major increase in security after police shot dead a man suspected of targeting a kosher shop. François Hollande said there would be "total mobilization of the state to fight all terrorist threats". A suspected radical Islamist, believed to have thrown a grenade at a kosher grocery in Paris last month, died in a raid in Strasbourg on Saturday. Hours later, blank bullets were fired outside a Paris synagogue. …
  • Charts of the Day: Deficits and spending (Pay attention to government estimates vs reality)

    10/07/2012 4:31:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Instapundit, this is the chart to keep in mind when it comes to deficits and campaign promises. It's pretty self-explanatory, but pay close attention to the huge jump in deficit spending between FY2008 and FY2009 --- and the very large gap between White House and even CBO estimates and reality (in gray) in FY2010-12:A few things to bear in mind: As Glenn Reynolds notes, the war spending began in FY2002 for Afghanistan and FY2003 for Iraq. Also, the Bush-era tax rate reductions were fully implemented in FY2003, but probably had their full impact in FY2004. The combination pushed deficits...
  • Black mob violence blamed on white kids drinking

    10/07/2012 4:16:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Colin Flaherty
    The mayor, police chief and media have figured out what is behind a wave of black-mob violence in Columbia, S.C: White kids drink too much. And race has nothing to do with the assailants. But a growing number of residents are wondering why public officials are focusing their attention on arresting potential victims. They say city officials are ignoring the black mobs that are “loitering,” threatening, beating, shooting and robbing people by the dozens in this popular entertainment district called Five Points near the University of South Carolina. And it has never been worse. The latest attacks came a few...
  • Obama (blame game) camp: Ryan budget would have cut embassy security

    10/07/2012 4:03:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Obama camp: Ryan budget would have cut embassy securityBy Julian Pecquet - 10/07/12 05:09 PM ET Democrats are hitting Mitt Romney over the House GOP budget's potential cuts to embassy security as the Republican candidate and his allies on Capitol Hill seek to make inadequate protection in Libya a campaign issue. Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), put forward a budget blueprint this year that would have cut non-defense discretionary spending by 19 percent by 2014. While the blueprint doesn't specify cuts to embassy security, applying that figure across-the-board would yield a $300 million reduction in State Department funding...
  • Libya's parliament votes to remove PM from post

    10/07/2012 3:41:44 PM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 10/7/2012 | ESAM MOHAMED
    Libya's parliament ousted the country's new prime minister in a no-confidence vote on Sunday, the latest blow to hopes that political factions could agree on a government charged with restoring stability after last year's civil war. Mustafa Abushagur was the first prime minister to be elected after the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He represented an offshoot of the country's oldest anti-Gadhafi opposition movement,... But his proposed Cabinet was struck down by a legislature representing dozens of divided tribes, towns, and regions across the country, many of whom feel they are owed the spoils of victory over Gadhafi. He...
  • ICE Decides Not To Detain Jose Antonio Vargas

    10/07/2012 3:05:19 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/7/12 | Katie Glueck
    Jose Antonio Vargas, the writer and activist who went public last year with his status as an undocumented immigrant, was arrested for a driving infraction in Minnesota on Friday, but federal immigration authorities did not detain him or take any other action, officials said Saturday.
  • EPA Celebrates ‘Children Health Month,’ Recruiting Students for ‘Energy Patrols’ at School

    10/07/2012 3:00:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 5, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating Children’s Health Month this October by providing information and health tips on its website, including the importance of energy efficiency in schools. On the website page is a link to a 26-page EPA report entitled, “Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environment.” In the report’s chapter on Energy Efficiency, the EPA presents a box with items to help establish “Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Schools.” One of the items in the box reads, “Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform...
  • Rampant recycling fraud is draining California cash [They built it]

    10/07/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Las Angeles Times ^ | October 7, 2012 | Jessica Garrison
    Just over 8.5 billion recyclable cans were sold in California last year. The number redeemed for a nickel under California's recycling law: 8.3 billion. That's a return rate of nearly 100%. That kind of success isn't just impressive, it's unbelievable. But the recycling rate for certain plastic containers was even higher: 104%. California's generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don't have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels. In addition, recyclers inside the state are claiming redemptions for...
  • Russia marks Putin's 60th birthday

    10/07/2012 1:47:01 PM PDT · by ConradofMontferrat · 7 replies
    Google News ^ | 10/07/2012 | By by Maria Antonova
    MOSCOW — Russia's President Vladimir Putin turned 60 on Sunday, the official retirement age in the country he has dominated for the past 12 years, as critics snickered that his image of an energetic, young macho leader no longer corresponds with his age.... ...A survey by independent pollster Levada this week showed that despite his age, Putin was still popular with the ladies, with 20 percent of Russian women saying they would like to marry him.
  • Romney and G.O.P. Make Inroads in Silicon Valley

    10/07/2012 1:20:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2012 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    SAN FRANCISCO — When President Obama makes his latest foray into Silicon Valley on Monday, he will face a technology industry more engaged than ever in the wheeling and dealing of Washington, and much more forthcoming with its political contributions — including, generously, to his rival, Mitt Romney. The two candidates, and their parties, have raised more money from technology executives and investors than they did in 2008. Altogether, Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney have campaigned here numerous times in the last year. And as the stakes for the industry have grown higher in Washington, both candidates have at least...
  • Latest polls: Romney's uphill fight not as steep

    10/07/2012 1:00:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 7, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker,
    Public opinion polls are moving things in Mitt Romney's direction, with one expert suggesting that Romney 'has peeled off some of Mr. Obama’s softer support in addition to gaining ground among undecided voters.' A Rasmussen national survey out at week’s end shows a shift from Obama 49-47 to Romney 49-47. “This is a small shift that’s significant in a close race,” pollster Scott Rasmussen told the New York Post. “Both candidates have a stable base, and the race is close. Barring something that happens in the real world, it’s likely to remain close.” “Bounces are called bounces because they don’t...
  • Report: Obama Heading to L.A. to ‘Reassure’ Hollywood Donors After Debate Performance

    10/07/2012 11:39:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 7, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    President Barack Obama’s fundraising trip to Los Angeles this weekend will provide a boost to his campaign coffers — and also an opportunity to soothe his Hollywood supporters left shaken after his widely-panned debate performance against Republican rival Mitt Romney. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sunday night’s star-studded concert and $25,000-per-plate dinner will now have Obama “reassuring” his donors that he’s still committed to victory and ready for Romney in round two. As the Reporter noted, the entertainment industry has been a lucrative fountain for the president to tap this campaign cycle, but there is “no doubt” the Hollywood crowd...
  • Enter At Your Own Risk: Police Union Says ‘War-Like’ Detroit Is Unsafe For Visitors

    10/07/2012 11:28:09 AM PDT · by Snuph · 42 replies
    Detroit.CBS Local ^ | October 6, 2012
    The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it. Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.
  • The UNDECIDED (profiles of six voters in swing states)

    10/07/2012 11:26:17 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    They represent a sliver of the electorate, yet their choices on Election Day could make a difference. Click on the photos to read about the lives of these undecided voters; roll over their artifacts to examine possessions and mementos that reveal identity. You might recognize yourself — even if the vote you'll cast is already decided.
  • Ad idea: Big Bird the 1%er

    10/07/2012 11:05:34 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 12 replies
    First, I don't know where to even send a suggestion like this. Any ideas? The ad: Big Bird walks past people protesting Romney's claim that PBS funding should be cut. Signs argue that without public funding, American children wouldn't experience Sesame Street. He goes into a parking deck, where he gets in a red Ferrari. As the engine roars, titles overlaying the screen would read: "Sesame Street receives [however much funding] a year from the federal government. In that same time, Sesame Street makes more than $50 million in toys and consumer sales." They could add a guy working in...
  • MA Republican mailer – “Elizabeth Warren: The Native American Scandal”

    10/07/2012 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/07/12 | William A. Jacobson
    MA Republican mailer – “Elizabeth Warren: The Native American Scandal”Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 8:30am The Massachusetts Republican State Committee has sent out a mailer, forwarded to me be a reader, which hits Elizabeth Warren very hard on her false claim to be Cherokee. The mailer is very well done because it presents a lot of facts, including a timeline of Warren’s changing self-identifications as White and then Native American, as well as her initial denials.
  • Yuengling, largest American-owned brewer.. won't build next brewery in Pennsylvania

    10/07/2012 10:33:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | October 07, 2012 | JOHN LUCIEW,
    Despite Yuengling’s double-digit growth rate, a slew of unserved states still clamor for its beer. Soon, some states could be competing for the honor of hosting the Pottsville beermaker’s next brewery. Last year, America’s oldest brewery became the nation’s largest American-owned brewer. With a move into Ohio last year, D.G. Yuengling & Son’s sales rose to about 2½ million barrels — enough to eclipse Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams brands. ... Unfortunately, Yuengling said he doubts he will build the brewery in Pennsylvania, even though a western Pennsylvania location would be perfect for the brand’s continued westward expansion. The decision...

    10/07/2012 10:18:35 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 17 replies ^ | 10-7-12 | Chriss W. Street
    OBAMA MAGICALLY LOWERS UNEMPLOYMENT BY ELIMINATING WORKFARE Chriss Street Oct. 7, 2012 All great magicians employ misdirection in creating miraculous illusions, leaving their audiences stunned and confused. President “Houdini’s” miraculous creation of 873,000 jobs in the month of September drove down the national unemployment rate from 8.1% to 7.8%, just as absentee voting begins. The trick left Republicans and economists equally befuddled, since the last time a similar monthly jobs increase appeared was June of 1983 when the economy was growing at an astronomical 9.3% annual rate. But looking behind Barack the Great’s smoke and mirrors reveals that the President’s...
  • Stratfor Sources: U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels

    10/07/2012 9:43:20 AM PDT · by robowombat · 44 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 05 October 2012 13:00 | Alex Newman
    Friday, 05 October 2012 13:00 Stratfor Sources: U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels Written by Alex Newman Federal authorities in the United States have been quietly supporting certain Mexican criminal empires, especially the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a bid to solidify the syndicates’ reign as dominant powerbrokers in particular territories, according to leaked e-mails from a U.S.-based Mexican diplomat to the private intelligence firm Stratfor. If cartel chiefs cooperate with authorities, “governments will allow controlled drug trades,” the diplomatic source wrote. Other information unearthed so far in the leak, much of it coming from a variety of sources,...
  • August: Obama's State Dept Pulled Security Teams Out of Libya

    10/07/2012 9:40:00 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 7,2012 | AWR Hawkins
    A "Site Security Team" member claims he and his team were pulled out of Libya in August despite the fact that U.S. officials in Libya wanted more security.
  • USSAF to Intervene in Wisconsin Anti’s Wolf Hunting Lawsuit

    10/07/2012 9:34:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 October, 2012 | USSAF
    Columbus, OH --( Today, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation along with Safari Club International, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin filed a motion to intervene in a Wisconsin lawsuit seeking to stop the use of dogs in the state’s wolf hunt. The lawsuit, filed by a coalition of Wisconsin humane societies and several individuals against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), claims that the use of dogs to hunt wolves violates the state’s animal cruelty law despite the fact that the animal cruelty law clearly states it does not apply to hunting. The lawsuit...
  • Congress to probe security flaws for Libya diplomats

    10/07/2012 8:43:51 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 3 replies
    (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that congressional investigators have issued a subpoena to a former top security official at the US mission in Libya. The official is Lt. Col. Andy Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who headed up a Special Forces "Site Security Team" in Libya. Lt. Col. Andy Wood led a 16-member Special Forces site security team responsible for protecting U.S. personnel in Libya. / CBS News/Andy Woods The subpoena compels Lt. Col. Wood to appear at a House Oversight Committee hearing next week that will examine security decisions leading up to the...
  • Emails show state department rejected requests for increased Libya security

    10/07/2012 8:40:21 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties. Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support. No one has yet to argue that...
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tighter oversight of local debt

    10/07/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Mark Shade
    Pennsylvania legislators, grappling with capital city Harrisburg's $340 million of debt, set out on Thursday to tighten the state law that governs how cities and towns win approval for complex, taxpayer-funded projects. In a day-long hearing, members of Pennsylvania's Senate Local Government Committee questioned former local officials publicly for the first time about how Harrisburg could have racked up so much debt tied to renovations of its ill-fated trash incinerator. ... A handful of other U.S. municipalities - in particular, Alabama's Jefferson County, which filed the country's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy last November - were also undone largely by debt...
  • Right to bear arms barely there for landlord

    10/07/2012 8:21:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 6 October, 2012 | Kevin Leininger
    Whatever one thinks of the Second Amendment, this much should be beyond debate: If merely displaying a legal firearm makes a person unfit to carry or own one, the right to keep and bear arms is not worth the parchment it was written on. Whether the implications are quite that black-and-white in Richard Snider's case is not entirely clear, but the 44-year-old Air Force veteran is convinced he's been victimized by a system that too often protects the guilty at the expense of the innocent – and the facts back him up, at least to a point. “It took a...
  • Weight of attorney general’s opinion on open carry debate

    10/07/2012 7:55:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 6 October, 2012 | Hurst Laviana
    The wording of the law seems clear. “Nothing in this section shall prohibit a city or county from regulating the manner of openly carrying a loaded firearm” on public property. Tell that to the lawyers. From the Kansas Attorney General’s Office: “A city may not completely prohibit the open carry of a loaded firearm on one’s person.” From the Kansas League of Municipalities: “Logically, if the city can regulate, it can prohibit. … The attorney general’s reasoning is erroneous.” The attorney general’s opinion that was released Dec. 29 prompted city councils in Wichita and Overland Park to rewrite their firearms...
  • White House Manipulating the Jobs Data? Unpossible...

    10/07/2012 7:29:59 AM PDT · by Snuph · 24 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/06/2012 | CrownThomas
    ABC is reporting that the White House has told defense contractors to not issue layoff notices until after the election. They even went as far as to offer to pay for any legal fees associated with not giving employees proper notice - pardon, you will pay for any legal fees associated with the administration keeping the unemployment rate artificially low. Two things: 1. Why aren't we hearing more about this from the mainstream media (rhetorical)? 2. Still think the jobs report yesterday was real?
  • Mexico now seeing wave of immigrants

    10/07/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 53 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 7 October 2012 | Jason Buch
    When Pete Navarro showed up three years ago in this industrial city a few hours' drive from the border, he spoke barely a word of Spanish and hardly knew a soul. The San Antonio resident, who went to Jay High School, lost his legal residency in December 2009 and was deported to his native Mexico. He hadn't been there since he was a child, and the only people he knew were his aunt and her family. He left his parents and two children in San Antonio. “So when I got here, my two cousins were my best friends, because they...
  • Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll: R: 49% O: 47%: Obama -13%

    10/07/2012 6:56:17 AM PDT · by SoftwareEngineer · 62 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/07/2012 | Rasmussen Reports
    Sunday, October 07, 2012 The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 47%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided. These results are based upon nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, today’s update is the first based entirely upon interviews conducted after the first presidential debate last Wednesday night. The numbers reflect a modest debate bounce for Romney. See daily tracking history. As with all bounces, it remains to...
  • 'Food terrorism' a new concern in China-Japan rift

    10/07/2012 6:07:40 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Oct. 07, 2012 - 06:30AM JST
    In a matter of weeks from mid-September, Japan-China relations have chilled to a level not seen in recent memory. “In China, Japanese nationals have been singled out for attacks, such as the hot broth from a bowl of noodles being flung on a Japanese customer, or a man assaulted on the street in Hong Kong,” a Japanese exchange student in China tells Shukan Jitsuwa (Oct 18). “There’s also been rumors going around that Japanese women in China were raped. Everybody’s terrified that sooner or later one of these rumors will prove to be true.” With some Japanese in China afraid...
  • Obama’s jobs report isn't a conspiracy. But the figures are debatable and the recovery is dubious

    10/07/2012 5:59:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 7, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    ......there are two problems with the administration’s report. First,there’s the question of what figure to use to calculate employment levels because there are two data sets available. One is the establishment survey, which is based on payrolls and puts the jobs gained at 114,000–an unusually low number for this time of year. The second is the household survey, which is based on what people say they are doing at the moment. The household survey puts the jobs gained at 873,000–an unusually high number for this time of year. In fact, the household figure is so high that it’s likely that...
  • Obama Waives Child Soldiers Law for Muslim Brotherhood’s Libyan Forces

    10/07/2012 5:58:49 AM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies ^ | 10/05/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama said, “When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery. It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.” And then Obama went ahead for the third time and waived the Child Soldiers Prevention Act signed into law by President Bush and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators, including Obama and Biden. Obama not only waived a law he had co-sponsored, claiming that it was in the national interest, he did it after denouncing the very activity that he waived....
  • Lifting Obama’s gag order on military chaplains

    10/07/2012 5:46:06 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2012 | Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. Roger Wicker
    Our Founding Fathers spoke much about the importance of “freedom of conscience” and its underpinning of all other freedoms. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson said, “We are bound, you, I, and every one to make common cause even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience.” Recent decisions by the Obama administration and Pentagon leaders threaten this common right, and their assault on freedom of conscience raises new and serious concerns — especially for our servicemen and women. Our armed services were created with an apolitical framework, and this unique platform has helped maintain Americans’ trust and...
  • (Shortage of) $1.4 Trillion in Pension Fights Foreshadowed in RI

    10/07/2012 5:36:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/07/12 | DAVID KLEPPER
    $1.4 Trillion in Pension Fights Foreshadowed in RIBy DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. October 7, 2012 (AP) Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. But lawmakers suspended annual increases, leaving Gillis wondering how he'll pay medical bills and whether he'd been betrayed by his former employer. **SNIP** Nowhere have the changes been as sweeping as in Rhode Island, where public sector unions are suing to block an overhaul passed last year. The law raised retirement ages, suspended pension increases for years and...
  • Villaraigosa: Tell Texas Dems their time is coming

    10/07/2012 5:20:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 6, 2012 | Joe Holley
    Antonio Villaraigosa, who was in Houston recently, is in his second and final term as mayor of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles native, Villaraigosa, 59, graduated from UCLA and worked as a labor organizer before getting into politics. He served as the permanent chairman of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this year and has talked of running for governor of California. Below are excerpts from an interview by Chronicle politics reporter Joe Holley. Q. You may have noticed that Texas Democrats are sort of a dispirited bunch. I wonder what you could tell them that might get them...
  • NBC tells Obama not to use footage (Andrea Mitchell ad)

    10/07/2012 4:58:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    NBC tells Obama not to use footageBy DYLAN BYERS | 10/6/12 1:47 PM EDT **SNIP** In a letter sent Friday night to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, NBC told the Obama campaign to cease using network footage in a new 30-second spot, released shortly after Wednesday’s debate, in which Andrea Mitchell is shown on air citing an independent, stating that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years, a source said. **SNIP** “NBC News has not granted any campaign permission to use our news material. As is our practice, we have requested that the Obama campaign refrain...
  • ***Why Mitt Romney Is Unlikable***

    10/07/2012 2:26:31 AM PDT · by The Wizard · 36 replies
    Stardate: 1210.7
    Why Mitt Romney is Unlikeable! A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being "likeable or that he doesn't "relate well" to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we dhave come up with a Top Ten List to explain this "unlikablility" Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney: 1. Drop-dead, collar-ad handsome with gracious, statesman like aura. Looks like every central casting's #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief. 2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS. 3....
  • $5 Trillion - Romney's new ad about Obama's distortions and fiction

    10/07/2012 2:15:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 7, 2012 | Romney campaign
    VIDEO Mitt Romney, Apopka, Fla - Oct 6, 2012 Source
  • Sticker shock at California gas stations

    10/07/2012 12:37:44 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 23 replies
    CBS ^ | October 6, 2012 | John Blackstone
    In San Francisco the average is $4.69 a gallon. The lack of buyers at station charging $5.09 shows drivers have their limits. California pollution rules require a gasoline blend that isn't readily available from refineries outside the state..
  • Fear of defense cuts could help Romney in Virginia

    10/06/2012 11:51:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 6, 2012 | Brian Hughes
    Mitt Romney's effort to overtake President Obama in the crucial swing state of Virginia may depend on how effective he is at convincing voters he can limit the economic damage from pending defense cuts. The Republican presidential candidate will give a foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, looking to highlight what he calls President Obama's "taking a meat cleaver to the military." Under a deal between the Obama administration and Congress to raise the nation's borrowing capacity last year, leaders agreed to implement $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board reductions over the next decade if a broader...
  • Turkey approves Syria raids, but disapproves of war

    10/06/2012 11:12:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/4/2012 | Leela JACINTO
    Turkey’s parliament has authorised military operations inside Syria following Wednesday’s deadly shelling of a Turkish town. But Turks have voiced their opposition to a war, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have heard them. The roar of war was getting louder over the past few weeks in Akcakale, a tiny Turkish town right on the Syrian border, with mortars crashing into buildings and the rumble of distant tank fire accompanying announcements from the local mosque warning residents to stay home. That’s exactly what Zeliha Timucin was doing on Wednesday evening when her family was huddled in their modest...
  • Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards

    10/06/2012 10:38:35 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 40 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 Oct 2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards. * as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals; * there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals; * 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a...
  • Cop says she has proof she traded sex with Godbee for promotion

    10/06/2012 10:00:15 PM PDT · by castlebrew · 22 replies ^ | Posted: Oct 05, 2012 4:05 PM PDT Updated: Oct 05, 2012 5:29 PM PDT | Charlie LeDuff, FOX 2 News
    I got a call from Lieutenant Monique Patterson, the cop caught in the love triangle between former chief Warren Evans and Ralph Godbee two years ago. She said she had some text messages showing that she had sex with Godbee in exchange for a promotion. One text message from Godbee to Patterson said, "I want you, I think you, I breathe you, I taste you, I smell you, need I go on?" Another text message from Godbee to Patterson read, "I need a face to face so you can see that I say what I say because I'm in LOVE...
  • Tokyo governor risks Chinese outrage with disputed island construction plan

    10/06/2012 8:22:01 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/5/2012 | Julian Ryall in Tokyo
    The hawkish governor of Tokyo intends to push ahead with a plan to construct port facilities on disputed islands, a move that would inevitably trigger renewed outrage in China. Uotsuri Island, one of disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea Allies of Shintaro Ishihara have confirmed that he is demanding that harbour facilities be constructed on the remote islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus but China insists are the Diaoyu islands, along with a lighthouse and a radio transmitter. The development would be to provide a place of refuge for Japanese fishermen operating in waters around the islands, the...
  • Md. Dems face redistricting mutiny

    10/06/2012 8:13:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2012 | Charles Mahtesian
    As Maryland voters prepare for a November referendum to decide the fate of the state’s new congressional map, Montgomery Gazette columnist Blair Lee chronicles the quandary faced by Democratic Party leaders in strongly Democratic, earnestly liberal and good government-oriented Montgomery County. On one hand, the newly drawn map — one of the most ridiculously gerrymandered in the nation — maximizes Democratic opportunities across the state. On the other, the new congressional lines are an indefensible affront to good government — an issue of concern in the affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., one the nation’s top goo-goo outposts.
  • CSGV becoming increasingly frantic over 'printable gun'

    10/06/2012 7:55:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 October, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner recently discussed the "Wiki Weapon" project, organized by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, to develop a design for a firearm that can be printed on a 3-D printer. This design would be published for free on the Internet, and made available to anyone with Internet access. The project has hit a speed bump for the moment, because the manufacturer of the high-end 3-D printer revoked the lease of the printer when it got wind of the nature of the project. Wilson has vowed to not let this stop him, and is exploring his...