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  • Va. lawmaker proposes higher gas tax to pay for road construction

    11/17/2012 3:49:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | WTOP.com
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has called for tolls to pay for the state's much-needed road construction, but another option is now on the table. State Sen. John Watkins (R-Powhatan) proposed a plan that would increase Virginia's gas tax from 17.5 cents a gallon to 31.5 cents a gallon. The 14-cent increase would eliminate the need to add more toll roads. In the proposed legislation, taxpayers in the three lowest state brackets would get a break on their income tax. Electric and hybrid vehicles would also have to undergo an annual assessment of $102 a year.
  • FABIAN FREEWAY - High Road to Socialism in the U.S.A.

    11/17/2012 1:32:33 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 22 replies
    womensgroup.org ^ | 1966 | Rose Martin
    The American people have been and are complacently unfamiliar with Communism's helpmate, Fabian Socialism. For over fifty years but especially since the middle nineteen-thirties there have been insinuated into high places in our government at Washington men whose collaboration in this socialistic movement has been greatly responsible for breaking down our constitutional form of government and substituting therefor the Socialist idea of centralized government. Every loyal American should read this book. It is well documented, and proves beyond doubt that those who have wielded such vast influence upon successive Presidents, especially since Franklin Roosevelt, do not have a desire to...
  • Obama Begins Push to Confiscate IRA’s & 401k’s

    11/16/2012 11:45:13 PM PST · by rocksandbroncs · 116 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | November 16, 2012 | The Doc
    It may be time to take the tax hit and withdraw funds from private retirement accounts before they are forced into long term T-bonds. The Obama administration is reportedly quickly moving on plans to nationalize private 401k and IRA retirement accounts, and replace them with government sponsored annuities(aka Treasury bonds that the Treasury currently can’t sell to anyone but the Fed). National Seniors Council Director Robert Crone warns: “This whole issue is moving forward very quickly. Already there is a bill requiring all businesses to automatically enroll their employees in IRA plans in which part of every employee’s paycheck would...
  • Wax-Filled Nanotubes Flex Their Muscles

    11/16/2012 11:27:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Sarah C. P. Williams
    Enlarge Image Nanopower. Yarn made of intertwined carbon nanofibers and wax can expand and contract like muscle. Credit: Images Courtesy of Science/AAAS Here's a twist: Scientists have designed a flexible, yarnlike artificial muscle that can also pack a punch. It can contract in 25 milliseconds—a fraction of the time it takes to blink an eye—and can generate power 85 times as great as a similarly sized human muscle. The new muscles are made of carbon nanotubes filled with paraffin wax that can twist or stretch in response to heat or electricity. When the temperature rises, the wax melts and...
  • Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack (Not satire)

    11/16/2012 11:12:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 132 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | By ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups. Mr. Petraeus, who resigned last week after admitting to an extramarital affair, said the names of groups suspected in the attack — including Al Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and a local Libyan group, Ansar al-Shariah...
  • UPDATE 1-Five US Republican govs reject state-run health markets: OH, MI & FL willing to work w/DC

    11/16/2012 11:08:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | David Morgan
    Five Republican governors rejected on Friday a major provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law that calls on U.S. states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at federally subsidized rates. That makes it likely that the federal government will establish its own markets, known as healthcare exchanges, in those states and potentially supplant state control of private individual insurance markets. But in what could be a sign of thawing relations between administration officials and some state Republican leaders, three of the five governors -- representing Ohio, Michigan and Florida -- expressed a...
  • EPA rejects governors' requests to waive ethanol mandate

    11/16/2012 10:57:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday rebuffed requests by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the leaders of several other states to waive a federal renewable fuel mandate that requires ethanol to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply. In rejecting the waiver requests, the Environmental Protection Agency effectively disagreed with the states' concerns that the mandate was spiking corn demand and prices following a drought that devastated crops in the Midwest. The EPA concluded the Renewable Fuel Standard would not cause "severe economic harm" to states and regions. "We recognize that this year's drought has created hardship in some sectors of...
  • Boots on the ground: Obama’s cybersecurity directive could allow military deployment within the US

    11/16/2012 10:16:07 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | RT TV
    The White House is being asked by attorneys to explain a top-secret presidential policy directive signed last month that may allow for the domestic deployment of the US military for the sake of so-called cybersecurity. Lawyers with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the office of US President Barack Obama in hopes if hearing more about an elusive order signed in secrecy in mid-October but only made public in an article published this week in the Washington Post. According to persons close to the White House who have seen the...
  • Still Looking Like the Higgs

    11/16/2012 9:57:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Credit: CERN Still too soon to know. That's the latest word from particle physicists working with the world's largest atom smasher—Europe's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—as they try to figure out whether the particle they discovered in July is precisely the long-sought Higgs boson or something a tad different. The key question is whether the new particle decays into combinations of familiar particles at the rates that physicists' standard model predicts. So far, the measured decay rates generally match expectations, but the statistical uncertainties are too large to say anything conclusive, physicists working with the gargantuan particle detectors known...
  • EU: Economist 'time-bomb' cover sparks French ire

    11/16/2012 9:34:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/16/2012 | Telegraph Staff, and agencies
    French officials angrily rejected a charge by The Economist on Friday that France was the "time-bomb at the heart of Europe", accusing the magazine of sensationalist journalism. The Economist's front cover showed seven loaves of "baguette" bread held together by a French tricolour with a lit fuse protruding from the centre. Its main article raised concerns that President Francois Hollande's economic reforms are not ambitious enough and so could jeopardise the future of the euro currency. "Unless Mr Hollande shows that he is genuinely committed to changing the path his country has been on for the past 30 years, France...
  • Glenn Beck on David Petreaus sex scandal

    11/16/2012 8:58:13 PM PST · by advance_copy · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/12/12 | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck's take on the sex scandal surrounding David Petraeus and his mistress on his program (11/12/12).
  • Flasher Runs Away After Woman Whips Out Gun

    11/16/2012 8:27:15 PM PST · by JT Hatter · 22 replies
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  • Lawmakers: Video shows tarp hid 2 killed by DPS sniper

    11/16/2012 8:00:32 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Lynn Brezosky
    BROWNSVILLE — A Department of Public Safety video of an airborne sniper shooting that left two Guatemalan immigrants dead backs up DPS statements that the immigrants were not visible to troopers, according to state lawmakers granted requests to view the footage. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, said the clip, which he viewed in his capitol office on Thursday, contradicts reports by the Guatemalan consulate that a covering concealing the immigrants in the back of the truck had blown off, exposing them to the trooper firing from a DPS helicopter.
  • Report: Rockets Fired from Egypt Hit Israel

    11/16/2012 7:52:43 PM PST · by upchuck · 124 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel. "Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night," reports the Jerusalem Post. "The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries." The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, "Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council." It appears no damage was reported in connection with the rocket fire from Egypt. Earlier today, the Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians there. This new front comes a day after a rocket landed...
  • Texas A&M student senate approves concealed handgun bill

    11/16/2012 7:44:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | ALLEN REED
    Texas A&M student senators want handguns in classrooms, and with a little help from the Legislature, they might soon get their wish. The student senate voted 38-19 Wednesday to ask A&M university officials and state lawmakers to permit concealed carry license holders to bring handguns inside university buildings, said Rusty Thompson, interim director of Student Activities. Student Body President John Claybrook said he has not decided whether to sign or veto the senate's recommendation but wants to have a decision by Monday. The student senate's "Texas A&M Personal Protection Bill," reads, in part: "Seeing a need for self-preservation against criminals,...
  • Man avoids jail after mistakenly picking up wrong girl from school

    11/16/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by expat1000 · 32 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | Debbie Gross
    New Jersey School crossing guard placed a frantic call to police after seeing a young girl getting into an unfamiliar car. A man was almost arrested on abduction charges after picking up the wrong girl from school. Art Deaner picked up 9-year-old Courtney who he does not know instead of the 6-year-old Courtney he was supposed to take home. As a favor to the girl’s mother Deaner went to the Gloucester City School, in New Jersey to pick up six-year-old Courtney Fetters, instead he drove away with nine-year-old Courtney Durr. The mistaken identity almost landed him in jail.
  • Regulators R Us: Feds Crank Up Regulations -- on Everything

    11/16/2012 7:26:43 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 November 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Get set for the Obama administration’s post-election tsunami of business-killing, job-killing, economy-killing federal regulations. It’s already begun. Regulators R Us: Feds Crank Up Regulations — on Everything The New American 16 November 2012 Get set for the Obama administration’s post-election tsunami of business-killing, job-killing, economy-killing federal regulations. It’s already begun. Take a look at www.regulations.gov, the administration’s regulatory website. The home page informs us that in the last 90 days, the administration has posted 5,934 new regulations. Yes, our federal bureaucrats have been very diligent. The above-mentioned website informs us of their daily productivity of regulations over the past 90...
  • Benghazigate: The Disaster That Should Have Sunk Obama -- and Still Could

    11/16/2012 7:26:21 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 November 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Evidence continues to mount that President Obama and his administration intentionally left Benghazi diplomats unsafe and, after the 9/11 attack, tried to cover up their actions regarding Libya. Benghazigate: The Disaster That Should Have Sunk Obama -- and Still Could The New American 16 November 2012 President Barack Obama has survived Benghazigate — thus far. In the weeks and days leading up to the November 6 elections, President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their advisors, no doubt, had containment of this Libyan fiasco foremost in their minds. Would toxic details of the deadly debacle leak out and spell...
  • House GOP: Obama officials using secret emails to avoid oversight

    11/16/2012 7:20:19 PM PST · by haffast · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1:58 PM 11/16/2012 | Neil Munro
    The House science committee is demanding the White House explain why top administration officials are using secret e-mail accounts and other techniques to conceal their taxpayer-paid activities from public oversight. The evidence of officials’ efforts to evade transparency laws includes EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of the fake name “Richard Windsor”, and hidden e-mail accounts, according to a Nov. 16 letter sent by the committee to several White House officials, including Jackson. (RELATED: EPA chief’s secret ‘alias’ email revealed) (snip) “The use of these [hidden] accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” said...
  • “America Wages War Like the World’s Biggest NGO”

    11/16/2012 7:13:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Mark Thompson
    You don’t want your military described as an “NGO” — that stands for non-governmental organization, like the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. It’s just one of the criticisms lobbed by Mark Steyn about how the nation is fighting, or not, in Afghanistan, in the latest issue of the conservative National Review. He argues that while the U.S. tends to be forward-leaning when it comes to getting into wars, it’s also forward-leaning when it comes to getting out. We simply don’t have the will to win, he says. That’s true, as far as it goes, of course. Democratic governments who...