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  • Halt nuclear panel meltdown

    01/05/2012 9:02:47 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    postandcourier ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Staff
    Arrogant, abusive, volatile and arbitrary in his use of authority... The chairman of the NRC has been excoriated by scientists who have seen years of research, discarded as Jaczko... terminated the national nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. He has been castigated by congressmen who support a rational system for nuclear waste disposal -- as mandated by Congress and four previous administrations. The NRC inspector general concluded that Mr. Jaczko has manipulated policy by withholding information from his fellow commissioners.
  • Temp worker applicants who signed recall petitions won't be hired to check signatures

    01/05/2012 9:11:11 AM PST · by knittnmom · 2 replies
    The Cap Times ^ | January 5, 2012 6:30 | Steven Elbow
    A client at a local temp agency was a little put off that signing a recall petition made her ineligible for an $8.75-an-hour clerk job with the state. The client, who didn't want to talk on the record and whose husband contacted The Capital Times, didn't know if that was policy for all state jobs because she wasn't told what state agency she would be working for. Turns out, that job was checking signatures on recall petitions for the Government Accountability Board, which plans to hire 50 temp workers to deal with recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov....
  • Afghan girl brutally tortured for months by in-laws for resisting prostitution: official

    01/04/2012 1:10:30 PM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 1/2/12
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A 15-year-old Afghan girl severely tortured for months by her in-laws in an attempt to force her into prostitution will be sent to India for medical treatment, an Afghan official said Monday. Sahar Gul's mother-in-law and sister-in-law were arrested and her husband was being sought, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. The case has shocked Afghanistan, though rights activists say serious abuses against women and girls in the conservative society are common. President Hamid Karzai has said that whoever used violence against Gul will be punished. According to officials in northeastern Baghlan province, the in-laws kept Gul...
  • Circus: GOP primary (Ironic)

    01/01/2012 7:38:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | January 1, 2012 | The Editor
    We remember when many U.S. Republican leaders were genuine conservatives, devoting themselves to reasonable compromises to save taxpayer money and improve government effectiveness. But today's GOP scene, laced with erratic tea party extremism, seems like an odd carnival. Karl Rove, the clever strategist who enticed millions of white evangelicals into the Republican Party, says the current campaign for the GOP presidential nomination is the most "downright inexplicable primary race I've ever witnessed." He's right. A bizarre quality marks the ongoing tussle. Herman Cain, who said God told him to run, was forced out of the race by sex accusations --...
  • Sci-Fi Brothel to Open in Nevada

    01/01/2012 11:10:02 AM PST · by redreno · 75 replies · 2+ views
    Time Newsfeed ^ | 01/01/2012 | y Melissa Locker
    Hey gents, have you ever found yourself jealous of Captain James T. Kirk and his, …er intergalactic conquests? Do you longingly watch Jabba the Hutt’s dancing slave (her name is Oola, if you’re interested) and wonder, what if? Do you long to go where no man has gone before? Well, once a new sci-fi brothel opens in Nevada, you can. Nevada is the only state that allows legal prostitution, and there are two dozen licensed brothels in the state,
  • Too much damage done to Islamic charity under gov’t control

    12/28/2011 10:29:45 PM PST · by Rabin
    Jordan Times ^ | Dec 29,2011 | Khaled Neimat
    An Islamist leader was downbeat on Wednesday over the prospects of the full return of a major charity to the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that authorities have made changes to the structure and composition of the organisation that have made it almost impossible for the group to have the upper hand again.
  • How to argue with right-wing relatives (You're about to lose yesterday's supper)

    12/26/2011 9:49:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Salon ^ | December 25, 2011 | Alex Pareene
    There comes a time at most large family gatherings when a heated political argument breaks out. And by “heated political argument” what I mean is “someone just repeats something they heard on Hannity’s radio show that you know to be completely untrue.” You may be the lone liberal in a conservative family, or you may have one right-wing uncle in your left-wing family, but this will happen. What to do? If you have a “smart phone,” just bookmark Snopes now. That’ll take care of the really weird stuff. (Well, not this level of weird, but “I read that airlines don’t...
  • Oops: Red Jacket Firearms Loses Their FFL (Sons of Guns)

    12/24/2011 6:25:15 PM PST · by PilotDave · 45 replies · 27+ views
    The Truth About Guns ^ | December 23, 2011 | Dan Zimmerman
    Things went swimmingly until 2009 … when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted a routine inspection of RJF and discovered 10 guns registered to the company could not be accounted for … a big, BIG problem. We’re told the feds pinned the blame on William and Stephanie — and were looking to take serious action that could have resulted in the end of RJF. But law enforcement sources tell us … the Hayden’s struck a deal with feds in 2010, in which the two agreed to surrender their gun-making licenses … and in exchange, they could appoint a...
  • Will The Government Fall In Iraq?

    12/23/2011 9:19:04 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, December 24, 2011
    Apparently the Iraqi government is not able to function without American leadership.
  • U.S. encourages partners to do away with Iran's oil

    12/22/2011 8:48:13 PM PST · by Rabin
    xinhuanet ^ | 2011-12-20 | Staff
    The U.S. Congress passed a massive defense bill last week with provisions asking for new sanctions on Iran, targeting foreign financial institutions that do business with the Islamic republic' s central bank.Government officials said sanctions on the central bank, the main conduit for Iran's oil revenues, could roil markets and harm the interests of U.S. allies and partners. However, as a result of changes made to the original version of the bill, the president can waive the penalties by notifying the Congress that the move is in the interest of U.S. national security. In her meeting with visiting Japanese Foreign...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Why Give Up On Huntsman? [Andy endorsed Ru Paul last week] (Spew warning)

    12/21/2011 9:02:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Sullivan
    Many readers are scratching their heads over my endorsement of Ron Paul last week. One writes: Let me add a few more reasons to vote for Ron Paul: If you want all federal student aid eliminated, vote Paul. If you want the Department of Energy, Commerce, Interior, Education and Housing & Urban Development eliminated, vote Paul. If you want the department of Transportation Security Administration eliminated (meaning security is the sole responsibility of private property owners), vote Paul. You can't just ignore Paul's "nuttier policy proposals". These proposals are Paul. If you endorse Ron Paul, you're endorsing his proposals. There...
  • Reid Went to Mat to Get Jaczko on NRC

    12/20/2011 7:45:29 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Humberto Sanchez
    2003, Harry Reid, pulled all the stops, twice putting blanket holds on executive branch nominations to get Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko in place... It seemed to me that Reid extracted the nomination out of the administration,” said Sarah Binder, a historian of Congress. To kill the Yucca Mountain project, (and) the Majority Leader has largely succeeded. // snip // “This letter is not about politics; it is signed by two Democratic and two Republican members of this commission,” NRC Commissioner George Apostolakis said. “It is not about Yucca Mountain. It is not about other policy disagreements.” NRC Commissioner...
  • Dont Mute Newt: Electing Gingrich could accomplish the impossible: motivate Americans to rebel

    12/19/2011 11:16:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | December 19, 2011 | Joel S. Hirschhorn, libertarian
    The trick to maintaining the US delusional democracy is feeding the illusion for citizens that voting and elections really matter. But when both major parties are owned by rich and corporate elites it matters less than most people think whether Republicans or Democrats win and control Congress or the White House. Their seeming differences are a clever distraction that keeps fooling and manipulating Americans. With the help of the mainstream media, making entertainment out of political races, Americans are deceived into thinking that elections deserve their respect and participation. As power shifts periodically from one party to the other partner...
  • THE WHITE HOUSE

    12/17/2011 10:24:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    www.whitehouse.gov ^ | July 16, 2009 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Thank you. It is good to see you. Hello, New Jersey! (Applause.) All right, everybody have a seat. Everybody have a seat. I want to begin by just making a few acknowledgements. First of all, I'm going to have a lot to say about this guy, but I just want everybody to know that one of my earliest supporters, somebody who had faith and confidence in me before I was a United States senator was the man standing next to me right here -- Jon Corzine. (Applause.)
  • NRC says new South Texas nukes don't pass ownership test

    12/16/2011 10:12:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Dec 14 | Scott DiSavino
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it would suspend review of the non-foreign ownership requirements of the proposed new reactors at South Texas because Japanese multinational Toshiba effectively controls the project. ("Suspend review" = drop dead in place.)
  • Inside President Obama's War On The Fast & Furious Whistleblowers

    12/12/2011 7:17:46 PM PST · by Rabin · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/07/2011 | Frank Miniter
    Senator Grassley then pointed out that the first whistleblower to come forward about Fast and Furious (ATF Agent John Dodson) had recently been attacked by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). According to Senator Grassley, “Someone in the Justice Department leaked a document to the press along with talking points in an attempt to smear [Dodson.]” The letter insinuated that Dodson went rogue and started a gun-walking operation on his own... Dodson would have been left dangling in these political winds,
  • The Birther Posse AD!

    12/10/2011 1:41:57 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 5 replies
    My fevered Imagination | 12 10 2011 | yours truly
  • IS NEWT LIKE CHURCHILL?

    12/09/2011 6:30:34 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 52 replies
    The National Review ^ | 12/08/2011 | Steven F. Hayward
    THE TWO HAVE MUCH IN COMMON As one of the most polarizing figures in modern American politics, Newt Gingrich has racked up a huge inventory of pungent criticism of both his ideas and his character — much of it from his fellow conservatives. National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, for example, notes Newt’s “erratic behavior, lack of discipline and self-absorption” and “need to justify his every petty move by reference to some grand theory.” But before becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill was often dismissed in similar terms by members of his own party, who complained that “his planning is all wishing and...
  • December 10: Stand For Freedom March in NYC (NAACP goes to UN to protest "right to vote")

    12/09/2011 9:58:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Stand For Freedom ^ | December 6, 2011
    This year, two-thirds of state legislatures have introduced laws that undermine the right to vote. Early voting and Sunday voting are under attack, photo ID requirements will introduce the first financial and document barrier to voting since the poll tax, and racially-motivated bans on ex-felons will wipe tens of thousands off the rolls. This effort is unprecedented, it is coordinated, and it is targeted. African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, students, working women, seniors and immigrants of all colors will be disproportionately affected. The right to vote is the heart of our democracy. Throughout our history Americans have been...
  • Sarah Palin: vicious? You betcha! (Look at the source!)

    12/06/2011 12:31:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Socialist Worker ^ | The December 10, 2011 Issue | Siân Ruddick
    Nick Broomfield’s new documentary Sarah Palin: You Betcha! shocks and entertains, writes Siân Ruddick For the millions who hate Sarah Palin and her reactionary politics, the rise and fall of the former governor of Alaska makes a gripping spectacle. Nick Broomfield uses his documentary to find out the truth about the Tea Party Republican in a funny and engaging way. There is little in Sarah Palin: You Betcha! that people with an eye on US politics would have missed in terms of the big events. It charts her sacking of state employees who oppose her and the high profile scandals...