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  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 11:25:03 PM PST · by Abiotic · 108 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Eric Katz
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...
  • AFGHAN WARLORD’S CALL-TO-ARMS

    11/20/2012 11:06:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 11/19/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    Ismail Khan, the governor of Heart province and one of the most powerful mujahedeen commanders in Afghanistan, has announced a call to arms to defend the country against the Taliban. The order has unsettled Afghan officials, who fear the resurgence of regional warlords and their independent militias, preferring instead to organize anti-Taliban fighters under the Afghan National Army and regional police forces. Khan, currently the minister of energy and water, was brought into the Karzai government as a symbol of unity. Speaking at a news conference, Khan said “There are parts of the country where the government forces cannot operate...
  • Obama Won Florida Because of the Gay Vote

    11/20/2012 10:55:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Kyle Munzenrieder | Thu., Nov. 15 2012
    Barack Obama might have gay voters to thank for his reelection, especially right here in Florida. A new analysis suggests that if only straight people went to the polls here, Romney would have pulled off a win by something like two percentage points. "Similarly, analysis of preliminary returns from Florida show that the 420,000 total LGBT votes cast in the state may be a deciding factor in President Obama's projected lead in Florida," reads a new analysis by the Williams Institue. "Though final results aren't yet known, an estimated 300,000 LGBT Floridians voted for the president -- a margin many...
  • 'Britain's Worst Dad' Keith McDonald Jailed After Headbutting Partner Over Toastie Row

    11/20/2012 10:41:53 PM PST · by Sicvee · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | Nov.20, 2012 | Hugh Macknight
    Keith Macdonald, who has fathered nine children by eight different women, attacked Stephanie Jubb when she scolded him for scattering crumbs at her home in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. The 27-year-old, of General Graham Street, Millfield, Sunderland, went on the run after being convicted of criminal damage, theft, and the assault which left Ms Jubb with a bloody nose and two black eyes.
  • What About The White Vote?

    11/20/2012 10:30:21 PM PST · by Williams · 30 replies
    Are we really so beaten down by the left that we are going to accept their blatant racist attacks? Barack Obama received near 100% of the black vote to win the last election. Yet we actually are being made to feel guilty because we got "too many" white voters. And, the DNC chair is bragging that they have a House caucus dominated by minorities and women. Meanwhile, Susan Rice lied to the whole country, and for mentioning this we are being called racists. They WON the election and they still are attacking us as racists. Even though they got lots...
  • Green farming agenda faces EU budget axe

    11/20/2012 10:28:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 November 2012 | Timothy Spence
    Some EU national governments and lawmakers are pushing to weaken proposals intended to create natural defenses against pesticides and fertilizers in crop fields. But they should reconsider their opposition to buffer strips and other natural areas, green advocates say. … EU leaders gathering this week in Brussels are to discuss financing for what has traditionally been Europe’s largest single program, amid growing calls for putting the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on a diet. Meanwhile, the agricultural ministerial council is scheduled to consider CAP reform on 17-18 December. It is almost certain that the CAP’s “greening” proposals will be weakened, with...
  • Eurozone is overcoming crisis: Monti

    11/20/2012 10:21:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Business News ^ | 20 November 2012, 12:56 CET | (AFP)
    Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti insisted Tuesday that the eurozone was overcoming its debt crisis and that member states were determined to preserve the common currency. … “More than a currency, the euro is a symbol of European integration that European governments are determined to preserve and strengthen,” said Monti, few days after Eurostat data showed that the 17-nation eurozone tipped into recession in the third quarter of 2012. …
  • India executes Terrorist convicted of 26/11 Massacre

    11/20/2012 10:08:48 PM PST · by coldphoenix · 35 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 21 Nov 2012 | HT Correspondent
    Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was hanged to death on Wednesday at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Kasab was executed at 7:30am at Yerwada jail in Pune in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month. Pakistan had been informed about the hanging of Kasab, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday. He told reporters that President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected Kasab's mercy petition. "Pakistan has been informed but there is no demand for Kasab's body. The president rejected Kasab's mercy petition Nov 5. I had further forwarded it to the...
  • Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers <abridged>

    11/20/2012 9:52:05 PM PST · by mykroar · 29 replies
    Demos.org ^ | 11/19/2012 | Catherine Ruetschlin
    With more than 15 million workers in in the sector, and leverage over workplace standards across the supply chain, retail wields enormous influence on Americans’ standard of living and the nation’s economic outlook. It connects producers and consumers, workers and jobs, and local social and economic development to the larger US economy. And over the next decade, retail will be the second largest source of new jobs in the United States. Given the vital role retail plays in our economy, the question of whether employees in the sector are compensated at a level that promotes American prosperity is of national...
  • EU: France 'deplores' Moody's over loss of 'AAA' rating

    11/20/2012 9:36:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    France's foreign minister said on Tuesday he "deplored" the decision of Moody's to strip the country of its AAA credit rating but still dismissed the downgrade as irrelevant. Pierre Moscovici hit back against the US rating agency, claiming France had already taken steps to address many of its concerns. "I take note of this decision, and while I deplore it, it doesn't put into question the force of our economy," he said. "We are in the midst of economic reforms that are without precedence in France, and we have no intention of turning back." President François Hollande was more resigned:...
  • Rancho Cordova Businesses Could Soon Send Shocking Message To Criminals

    11/20/2012 9:33:46 PM PST · by Huntress · 13 replies
    CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tony Lopez
    RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – It’s a shocking way to stop the copper theft crime-wave – a 7,000-volt electric security fence. The Rancho Cordova City Council voted Monday night to draft an ordinance allowing businesses to put up electric security fences that will zap would-be copper thieves. Sam Matsoyan of MP Auto Parts said Monday he can’t wait to install it around his Rancho Cordova business. “It’ll be a little fun to watch one of these guys get electrocuted holding my fence trying to rob me,” he said. His laughter said it all. This has become personal for Sam after copper...
  • Brazen faking of images reveals Hamas’ desperation

    11/20/2012 9:21:01 PM PST · by topher · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-20-2012 | By Paul Alster
    Haifa, Israel – There is only one thing worse than the image of a child killed by military conflict, and that is the image of a child killed by military conflict having deliberately been placed in the line of fire. ... But solid evidence now reveals how Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza have been deliberately placing their civilian population in mortal danger, choreographing a number of seemingly gory scenes, as well as releasing images from other conflicts, such as Iraq and Syria, and passing them off as dead Gazan civilians killed by Israeli missiles. In an attempt to persuade...
  • Netanyahu ready for 'whatever action' is needed in Gaza, as Clinton arrives for talks

    11/20/2012 9:13:56 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-20-12 | Fox News/ AP contributor
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while affirming his support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, underscored that Israel would take "whatever actions" are necessary to defend itself. Netanyahu made a brief statement beside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had flown to the Mideast on Tuesday to help advance diplomatic talks intended to avert an escalation of the weeklong conflict with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton said the United States is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late...
  • Thousands line up for a Marion Barry turkey

    11/20/2012 9:13:02 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 11/20/2012 | By Tim Craig
    Barry has noted that the turkey giveaway is being co-sponsored by Chartered Health Plan, Walmart, William C. Smith, Chapman Development, Intralot, United Health Care, Fort Myer Construction and Union Temple Baptist Church. the donors, including a $5,000 donation from Walmart, do extensive business with the D.C. Council and government. But Barry said the turkey donations were routed through a nonprofit, making him only a figurehead not required to report the gifts to the Office of Campaign Finance. Barry arrived at Union Temple Church shortly after the first turkeys were handed out at 10 a.m. When he stepped out of his...
  • Hillary Clinton Falls Asleep During Obama’s Speech In Burma

    11/20/2012 8:57:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 11/20/12 | Daniel Noe
    Hillary sleeps during Obama’s speech; can you blame her?
  • Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election

    11/20/2012 8:51:44 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 106 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/20/12 | Allahpundit
    I keep thinking, “Christie can’t possibly come back from this.” And then I think, “Wait, did we actually just nominate John McCain and the guy responsible for RomneyCare?” Never underestimate the Republican capacity to forgive, my friends: But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christie’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded...The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he...
  • EU leaders warn Greece's aid could be delayed

    11/20/2012 8:49:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead, and Bruno Waterfield
    European leaders warned that the vital tranche of international aid may not be released to Greece until December as in-fighting and indecision dogged another summit in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the eurogroup of finance minister, said that although Greece had delivered on its commitments, he was “not sure” a deal on the €31.5bn Athens’ is due could be reached of overnight as planned. Heading into talks in Brussels, eurozone finance ministers warned that disagreement over Greece’s debt reduction targets among the international paymasters could see the talks spill over into Thursday's leaders summit or beyond. Brussels wants to given...
  • Frivolous Lawsuits Shut Down Largest Gas Can Co. as Sandy Spurs Demand

    11/20/2012 8:33:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    The nation’s largest gas can manufacturer has closed its doors due to frivolous lawsuits at a time when Hurricane Sandy victims urgently need the containers. The company's closure has resulted in a shortage of gas cans for purchase or use in the disaster areas of the northeast, and in the US as a whole. The company, Blitz U.S.A., is a 50-year-old American business that has closed its doors and laid off all 117 employees. Blitz U.S.A. provided 75% of all gas canisters to the US, a feat which industry insiders say is only possible when a company does everything right....
  • The ‘Unskewed Polls’ guy who fooled a nation tries again [Grifter Not Quite Done Grifting Yet]

    11/20/2012 8:32:45 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 94 replies
    roanoke.com ^ | 11/20/12 | Dan Casey
    When last we left Dean Chambers, the Duffield, Va., resident was licking his wounds in Virginia’s coal fields, trying to figure out how he’d fooled himself and much of a nation into believing the Mitt Romney would win the election. Chambers, 45, the founder of UnskewedPolls.com, ultimately decided he had incorrectly forecast that too few Democrats would vote. He admitted this mistake. Now, it appears he’s reconsidering. Recently he launched a new website, BarackOFraudo.com. It seeks to understand how four states that he had incorrectly predicted would go to Romney — Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — actually went to...
  • Ex-boxer 'Macho' Camacho hurt in shooting

    11/20/2012 8:32:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | November 20, 2012
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Ex-boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot in Puerto Rico, medical officials said.