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  • Chili's, Fry's team up to feed the troops

    11/22/2012 9:34:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Jacob Petersen
    SIERRA VISTA — At a time when many people around the country are planning to visit family for Thanksgiving, many of America’s soldiers are duty bound to stand vigilant in defense of the freedoms we all enjoy. And though many local soldiers didn’t get the chance to go home for the start of the holiday season, at least a few hundred still enjoyed a home-cooked holiday meal. Over the course of a few hours on Monday night, more than 300 soldiers packed into the local Chili’s restaurant to fill up on Thanksgiving delicacies. From turkey and ham to green beans,...
  • Abortion rate falls during Obama’s first year in office: was it because of Obama?

    11/22/2012 9:15:29 AM PST · by Bayard · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Nov 22, 2012 | SUSAN MICHELLE TYRRELL
    The timing is a gift to us as we celebrate Thanksgiving in our nation this week. This year, we get to celebrate the lives of 5% more Americans. The data was just released this week because it takes a few years to compile. I have said many times that I was curious to see what the abortion rate did in 2009, after the most pro-abortion president in the history of our nation was elected to office. The reason I wondered this wasn’t obvious, but ironic. You see, as I have reported before, President Obama has actually been one of the...
  • Children of illegal immigrants deserve in-state tuition

    11/22/2012 9:04:29 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 38 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 22, 2012 | Editorial/Boston Globe
    Governor Patrick’s decision this week to allow certain illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition rates at state universities is an important step toward resolving ambiguities in the federal immigration rules. The state now makes clear that young undocumented immigrants who have been granted reprieves from deportation by the federal government can utilize their newly acquired work permits as proof of state residency. The change is more than a technical clarification. The United States has succeeded as a nation of immigrants because it has, more often than not, made assimilation and integration a part of the American experience. Giving immigrants...
  • Gold rises as central banks join investors adding to holdings

    11/22/2012 9:00:38 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 22 Nov, 2012, 05.21PM IST
    LONDON: Gold today rose as central banks joined investors in adding to holdings and the euro strengthened against the dollar before regional leaders meet today. Gold rose by 0.2 per cent to $1,732.65 an ounce, while silver was little changed at $33.34 an ounce, after gaining 0.3 per cent to $33.45. The US markets are closed today for Thanksgiving. Gold rallied 11 per cent this year as investors and central banks bought bullion to diversify assets. Holdings in ETPs backed by bullion rose to a record 2,605.318 tonnes. Kazakhstan, Turkey and Russia boosted reserves in October, according to data on...
  • Reliance Money targets Rupees 2 trillion gold market with new plan [India]

    11/22/2012 8:56:47 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 22 Nov, 2012, 02.32PM IST
    MUMBAI: Targeting an estimated Rs two lakh crore unorganised gold market in the country, Reliance Money today launched a new daily gold accumulation plan under which customers can invest as low as Rs 1,000 per month [less than $20]. Under the plan, named Reliance My Gold Plan, the customer can invest a minimum of Rs 1,000 per month and the company would use the money for purchase of gold on a daily basis and the total accumulate funds can be redeemed for gold coins or jewellery at the end of the investment tenure. The plan was launched here today in...
  • Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owl

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • HAWKINS: Republican Party must remain for life, against abortion

    11/22/2012 8:33:27 AM PST · by rhema · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | Kristan Hawkins
    Not surprisingly, in the immediate aftermath of President Obama's win over Mitt Romney last week, many Republicans bared their fangs at the social-conservative wing of the party, either subtly or not so subtly, blaming the loss on those who vote our values. Now, more than ever, our party needs to hold onto our pro-life, pro-human-rights values. In fact, the Republican Party should become more fiercely aligned to the pro-life position than ever. [ . . . ] We believe ending legal abortion in our lifetime is possible, and we hold the great abolitionists of the past, such as William Wilberforce,...
  • Teenage Girl's Attacker Caught On CCTV (Shocking video)

    11/22/2012 8:23:52 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 43 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:33am UK, Wednesday 21 November 2012 | Sky News
    Video of a 16-year-old girl being knocked unconscious in an unprovoked street attack has been released by police. CCTV footage shows the assailant approach the victim from behind before punching her so hard she falls over, hitting the pavement face-first. Police are appealing for information after the teenager was followed from her home by her attacker, who struck without warning outside the Black Lion pub in Plaistow High Street, east London. Scotland Yard described the suspect as black and muscular, wearing a black baseball jacket and jeans, with a shaven head and aged between 25 and 30.
  • Leno: Obama Is Running Out of Republicans To Blame Fiscal Cliff On

    11/22/2012 8:19:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Leno: Obama Is Running Out of Republicans To Blame Fiscal Cliff On By Noel Sheppard Created 11/22/2012 - 10:29am Jay Leno continued his string of comedic attacks on the current White House resident Wednesday. During his opening monologue on NBC's Tonight Show, the host said that because Democrats did so well on Election Day, President Obama is running out of Republicans to blame the fiscal cliff on (video follows with transcript and commentary): "President Obama today pardoned the White House turkey," Leno teased. "And then the turkey forgave him for the bad economy. So it worked out nice. Thought that...
  • Proclamation - Day of National Thanksgiving October 3, 1789

    11/22/2012 8:10:06 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 11 replies
    The American Presidency Project ^ | October 3, 1789 | George Washington
    Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" Now, therefore, I do...
  • Walmart Workers Protest Over Compensation At Oakland Store [Hostess Twinkie Them!]

    11/22/2012 8:08:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 208 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | November 21, 2012
    About 20 people gathered in front of the Oakland Walmart store on Edgewater Drive Wednesday to demand better pay and work schedules. Richmond Walmart store employee Anthony Bravo joined fellow demonstrators and said the company starts associates at minimum wage, but reported $15 billion in profits last year. “We didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see none of that. It really makes me upset that they can make all of this money out of profits and we’re barely surviving,” Bravo said. With the chant of “Walmart, Walmart you’re no good. Treat your workers like you should,” Bravo and the others marched...
  • The Greatest Generation, Redux (his likely anti-Obama veteran students)

    11/22/2012 7:58:15 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 22, 2012 | E.J. Dionne
    WASHINGTON -- For nearly a decade I have had the privilege of teaching veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, though they have taught me more. Most of them were Army captains and majors who had done three or four tours of duty. And here's the most remarkable thing: Not one of these men and women complained about what we asked of them. My Thanksgiving thoughts have often turned toward my military students at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, and to the thousands like them who have done very hard duty with little notice. We can show our gratitude toward...
  • The Pilgrims Weren't Socialists

    11/22/2012 7:56:33 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 November 2008 | Andrew Lane
    The Pilgrims Weren't Socialists The New American 26 November 2008 When next you sing the Hymn of Harvest Home, think kindly of our Pilgrim Fathers, for they were not "communists with a small c" nor any other kind of communists, Some conservative editors and commentators in recent years have given the impression that the Pilgrims were starry-eyed idealists intent upon founding a socialist utopia in the wilderness. One such editor, zealous to refute socialism, has written: "Socialism is not a new experiment in the United States. Neither is Communism. The Socialist community was tried by the Pilgrims in New England...
  • Dog alerts owner after 9-week-old baby stops breathing

    11/22/2012 7:04:38 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | October 15, 2012 | Ryan Lee Hall
    (Scroll down for video) A family dog helped alert parents that their 9-week-old baby has stopped breathing, according to reports. The Brousseau family rescued their dog six years ago, and the dog returned the favor on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. The Brousseaus say that the dog named Duke is responsible for saving the life of their baby daughter. On Sunday night, Duke jumped on the bed and trembled uncontrollably, enough to wake them. "If Duke had not been so scared, we would have gone to sleep," Jenna Brousseau said.
  • IBD: Obama's Southeast Asia Trip All Style, No Substance [we should expect something else?]

    11/22/2012 6:48:17 AM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2012
    ... In his tour of Burma, billed as an historic first visit since Burma's 2007 move to democracy, it was clear he was in way over his head, even on small things. Obama repeatedly referred to the country's Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi as Aung Yan Suu Kyi, an astonishing error given her global fame. He also bungled the norms of Burmese polite address, calling Thein Sein, the nation's leader "President Sein," an error comparable to addressing Cambodia's Pol Pot as Mr. Pot. But he also undermined his supposed democracy mission, first by telling the Burmese leaders...
  • Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time

    11/22/2012 6:44:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | Dan Carden
    Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time 18 hours ago • Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier income tax payers each will receive $111 next year as Indiana returns a portion of its $2.15 billion budget reserve to its citizens. Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday announced the value of the taxpayer refund created by lawmakers in 2011 to ensure the state's reserve funds never get too big. Under the law, a refund is automatically triggered when the reserve tops 10 percent of the next year's budgeted spending. "Better that these dollars remain in the pockets of the...
  • Supermarket boss shoots employee (Portugal)

    11/22/2012 6:37:21 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies
    Algarvedailynews.com ^ | 13 September 2012
    The manager of a Faro-based supermarket chain today shot an employee, wounding him in the arm. The incident occurred about 05.00a.m. at a warehouse in Galvanas that services the ‘Algartalhos’ supermarket chain. It is thought that the employee was caught with an accomplice stealing stock. The manager saw two employees, and, in breach of disciplinary procedures, fired at one of them, winging him. The victim was transported to hospital in Faro, the entrepreneur has gone missing and is being sought by the Judicial Police.
  • Detroit to go bankrupt in less than a month [Heckuva job with that bailout, Barry]

    11/22/2012 6:32:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 22, 2012
    The city of Detroit, facing a serious cash crisis, is set to go bankrupt by the end of this year and would put city workers on furlough unless it strikes a deal with the city council that would bring in $30 million before Dec. 14. Detroit has been in financial turmoil for years, losing a quarter of its population in the past decade and facing a shrinking auto industry that has reduced tax revenues. The Detroit City Council gave the mayor the option to hire a financial advisor and in return receive $30 million by the end of the year....
  • Congressional Pension May Still Await Jesse Jackson Jr. (after prison)

    11/22/2012 6:30:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/21/12 | Billy House
    Congressional Pension May Still Await Jesse Jackson Jr.By Billy House November 21, 2012 | 5:00 p.m. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., may be resigning from Congress under a cloud, but the Illinois Democrat may still be in line to draw a congressional pension. That is, unless the 47-year-old lawmaker later agrees to forfeit his retirement benefits through any plea negotiations that might come out of the federal investigation he acknowledged is ongoing. On Wednesday afternoon, the best estimates through quick calculations by the Alexandria, Va.-based National Taxpayers Union determined Jackson could have an annual pension of about $45,000 if he waits...
  • Help Me Howard: Re-Cap

    11/22/2012 5:59:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    wsvn-tv ^ | 11/21/12
    ... Teresa Dougherty: "I never felt that way about the other presidents. They seemed stuck up, but he seemed so down to earth. That's why I want to meet him." Ninety-three year old Teresa Doughtery is a big Barack Obama fan and asked us to get her a ticket to the presidential debates at Lynn University. Teresa Dougherty: "It would be a dream come true. I would shake hands with him and if I could kiss him, I would kiss him." I tried to get her tickets, talking to every local democratic leader we thought could help. Tried Lynn University,...
  • Zing! MSNBC’s top 10 comebacks to use against the family conservative

    11/22/2012 5:46:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 149 replies
    msnbc ^ | november 21, 2012 | msnbc staff
    Every family’s got one, at least. That hardcore conservative who makes every Thanksgiving get-together a nightmare by sounding off, unprompted, on how liberals are ruining this country with their taxing and their spending and their gay-marrying, and how back in my day blah blah blah. Usually you just keep your head down and stare into your turkey and try not to make eye contact with anyone. Then the next morning in the shower you remember what you should have said in response. But this year’s going to be different. Why? Because here at MSNBC, we’ve anticipated crazy Uncle Gary’s top...
  • Orwell's Struggle May Be Over

    11/22/2012 5:45:29 AM PST · by No One Special · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 22, 2012 | Ed Kaitz
    By his own admission George Orwell was a committed socialist. About a year before his death in 1950 Orwell responded to the leftist charge that his recently published novel 1984 represented a direct attack on both socialism and the British Labour Party. Orwell calmed the fears of his progressive friends with the following response: "My recent novel [1984] is NOT intended as an attack on Socialism or on the British Labour Party (of which I am a supporter) but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realized in...
  • Thanksgiving’s First Rifle: The Mayflower Wheel-lock Carbine

    11/22/2012 5:19:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    guns.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Kristin Alberts
    What’s even more American than turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie these days? An Italian gun, that’s what. The only known surviving firearm that crossed the wild Atlantic aboard the good ship Mayflower, settled with the pilgrims at Plymouth Colony and ultimately helped the first colonists not only survive, but prosper. Meet the Mayflower Gun. The GunAffectionately dubbed the Mayflower Gun and thought of as an American icon, the gun is actually an Italian-made wheel-lock carbine. This single-shot musket was originally chambered in .50 caliber rifle, though ages of heavy use have worn away the majority of the rifling. Given...
  • ATF notice on disability information collection highlights absurd injustice

    11/22/2012 5:04:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posted two 60-day notices in the Federal Register today, the first under the heading “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comments Requested: Relief of Disabilities,” and the second under “Certification of Qualifying State Relief From Disabilities Program.” Citing that the information requests will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, the notice advises interested parties that “Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ‘sixty days’’ until January 22, 2013.” The first notice is an “[e]xtension of a currently approved collection” on “Relief of Disabilities.” The “need” cited for the...
  • Bizarro World logic vs. Israel

    11/22/2012 4:52:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/22/2012 | MICHAEL GOODWIN
    A cartoon image comes to mind. A mother breaks up a fight between two children, one of whom offers this defense: “It started when he hit me back.” Remember that mentality when you hear Palestinians call Israel “the aggressor.” Hamas fired hundreds, perhaps 1,000 missiles into Israel from Gaza. They hit schools, apartment buildings, streets and vacant lots. The aim was to kill and, if not to kill, at least to terrorize. Mission accomplished. Finally, Israel responded, first by “droning” the Hamas military leader, then by airstrikes against the terror group’s ammunition dumps and rocket launchers, some intentionally placed near...
  • Man shoots and kills charging dog in Charlotte County(FL)

    11/22/2012 4:50:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 150 replies
    fox4now.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Staff
    GULF COVE, Fla. - A man out on a walk Tuesday morning came face to face with two charging dogs in Gulf Coast. He shot and killed one of the dogs. A witness told deputies he saw the entire incident in the area of Gillot Boulevard and Holton Terrace. Deputies met with Frank Gross, 63, who lives several blocks away on Flemming Street. He advised he was out for his usual five-mile walk along the same route he takes every day. He said two large Boxer dogs were let out of the home at 5403 Holton Terrace and were not...
  • Police: Armed intruder shot and killed at Portage Avenue home in Cleveland(OH)

    11/22/2012 4:44:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Shay Harris
    CLEVELAND - Third District Police say a male was sleeping on his couch when he heard someone kick open a door. The resident ran and grabbed a gun. The suspect kicked open a second door to the home and that's when the resident fatally shot the male suspect. Cleveland Police arrived at the scene and located the alleged intruder dead in the driveway. Cleveland's Third District Police Department Captain Romoga said the suspect was armed with a knife. "The home has two doors in this location he heard the suspect kicking in the front door made entry into the first...
  • Retired Marine Shoots Home Intruder During Break-In (OK)

    11/22/2012 4:22:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    guns.com ^ | 14 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    If you’re a thief, there are a couple of warning signs that you should watch out for. A dog bowl and a leash in the front yard would tip you off that you’re probably going to get bitten. A sign that reads, “Trespassers will be shot!” is pretty self-explanatory. The home of 77-year-old Lloyd McCarty is similarly filled with warning signs. He flies an American flag on the front porch, he has a U.S. Marine Corps patch tacked to the wall, and he also keeps a framed picture of himself in his glory day as a Marine. If the home...
  • Twinkies bakers say they'd rather lose jobs than take pay cuts

    11/22/2012 4:15:23 AM PST · by tobyhill · 155 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/22/2012 | By Carey Gillam and Martinne Geller
    After several years of costly concessions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) authorized a walk-out earlier this month after Hostess received bankruptcy court approval to implement a wage cut that was not included in its contract. With operations stalled, the company that makes Twinkies and other famous U.S. brands said last week that liquidating its business was the best way to preserve its dwindling cash. It won court approval on Wednesday to start winding down in a process expected to claim 15,000 jobs immediately and over 3,000 more after about four months. Interviews with more than a...
  • Jane Fonda Finally Apologizes

    11/22/2012 3:51:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 101 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 22, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    It only took 40 years. But finally, actress-turned-workout-specialist Jane Fonda has apologized for sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun during her 1972 visit to North Vietnam. Fonda, who used her fame to push her radical leftism during her heyday, traveled to Hanoi in 1972 in solidarity with the Viet Cong. While there, she proceeded to blame the US for supposedly bombing a dike system, and did a series of radio broadcasts stating that US leaders were “war criminals.” Those broadcasts were replayed for American POWs being tortured by the Viet Cong. Later, when POWs spoke about their experiences of...
  • Taliban admit killing Shi’ites in Pakistan bombings

    11/22/2012 3:43:59 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Euronews ^ | 22.Nov.2012 | euronews
    The Taliban in Pakistan says it was behind a suicide bomb that killed 13 people on Wednesday night during Shi’ite processions in the city of Rawalpindi. The blast ripped a hole in the walls of a Shi’ite mosque. Hardline Sunni militant groups have recently stepped up attacks against Pakistan’s minority Shi’ites whom they regard as non-Muslims. Two other bomb blasts killed at least three people during another Shi’ite gathering in Karachi. It came just hours before the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, hosts a summit of eight developing nations including Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Bangladesh. They are expected to...
  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ could mean $22 billion more in taxes for Pa. residents

    11/22/2012 3:07:54 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies
    Delco Times ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | By Eric Boehm
    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians will face billions of dollars in higher taxes unless Congress acts by the end of the year to defuse a threatening combination of tax increases and spending cuts contained in the so-called “fiscal cliff.” A recent report by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania’s version of the federal Congressional Budget Office, suggests the fiscal cliff would drain billions from Pennsylvania’s economy, putting a strain on state tax revenues and the state budget. Based on estimates from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., the IFO projects the fiscal cliff will raise federal taxes...
  • Stunner… Hamas Fires Twelve Missiles Into Israel an Hour After Ceasefire …Update: 20 Missiles Fired

    11/22/2012 2:21:00 AM PST · by GailA · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/21/12 | Jim Hoff
    headline says it all, makes it look a total hoax and failure of the 0 administration once again
  • Planned Parenthood Tries to Hide Botched Abortion From 911

    11/22/2012 1:24:43 AM PST · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/21/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood has botched another abortion on a woman, this time in Indianapolis, Indiana. After injuring the woman, staffers at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic attempted to hide the failed abortion from emergency dispatchers. An ambulance was called to transport a woman in the middle of a second-trimester abortion to the hospital from a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Indianapolis on November 2 after the abortion practitioner refused to continue the abortion. The emergency was classified a Priority E, which reserved for the most severe cases, according to information Operation Rescue provided LifeNews today. This is the seventeenth medical emergency...
  • (Ehud) Barak: Hamas has Learned its Lesson for now

    11/22/2012 12:56:39 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12
    DM Ehud Barak told Israel Army Radio that the 1,500 targets hit by the IAF have made it clear to Hamas that any violation of the ceasefire will extract a price not worth paying. Reservist call-up was necessary. We had to be ready for an escalation that would justify a ground incursion. ....
  • Iron Dome's Battlefield Successes Point to Greater American Involvement

    11/22/2012 12:37:54 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies
    Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs ^ | November 21, 2012 | Bill Smearcheck
    The performance of the revolutionary Iron Dome system in the ongoing defense of Israel from Hamas rocket attacks, dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, has been so extraordinary as to be considered by all but the most hardline critics to have proven the efficacy of missile defense. By November 20, six days since Hamas dramatically increased the volume of rocket fire against Israel, 340 intercepts had been made, with the Iron Dome system achieving a greater than 80 percent success rate. For Israel, this capability not only saves lives but also provides the government with precious time to contemplate a response...
  • Drunk Home Intruder Raids Fridge, Gets Shot(WV)

    11/22/2012 12:33:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    guns.com ^ | Nov 19, 2012 | dabneybailey
    When you hear a bump in the middle of the night, the first thing that comes to mind is a guy in a ski mask nabbing your flatscreen TV. The last thing you think of is some dude in his underwear raiding your fridge. According to reports, 76-year-old Jack Boggess in Charleston, West Virgina awoke at around 3:30 a.m. to a sound in his house. He immediately phoned 911, and then went to investigate with his gun in tow. That’s where the homeowner found Darin Lanning in nothing more than a T-shirt and his underwear eating food out of the...
  • Florida Homeowner Forced to Shoot Attacker After Friend is 'Shocked' with Stun Gun, Beaten

    11/22/2012 12:28:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    guns.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Holly Hill, Florida homeowner was forced to open fire when two men attacked his friend and proceeded to enter the house in an attempted robbery Saturday around 10 p.m. The incident left one of the two men dead and the other on the run. According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Kenneth Conley, 53, was eating supper on the front porch of his friend 62-year-old Jerry Stremovihtg's house when two men approached Conley, shocked him with a stun gun and then started beating him with brass knuckles. Police said that they aren't sure what the motive was for the...
  • Netanyahu: Ground Campaign Might be Necessary After All

    11/22/2012 12:20:17 AM PST · by Bobalu · 9 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 11/22/2012, 9:59 AM | David Lev
    On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Israel was accepting the U.S.-Egypt brokered cease-fire with Hamas, saying that it would “provide an opportunity for the situation to stabilize and become calmer.” But on his Facebook page Wednesday night, Netanyahu wrote that despite the cease-fire, “it may be necessary for us to conduct a major and harsh military campaign” against Hamas – and if such a campaign would become necessary, Israel would follow through. Netanyahu was responding to thousands of Facebook commenters who slammed him, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, for failing to fully...
  • Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis

    11/21/2012 11:41:34 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 11/18/12 | Marla Paul
    New nanotechnology can be used for Type 1 diabetes, food allergies and asthma New nanoparticle tricks and resets immune system in mice with MSFirst MS approach that doesn't suppress immune systemClinical trial for MS patients shows why nanoparticle is best optionNanoparticle now being tested in Type 1 diabetes and asthma CHICAGO --- In a breakthrough for nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis, a biodegradable nanoparticle turns out to be the perfect vehicle to stealthily deliver an antigen that tricks the immune system into stopping its attack on myelin and halt a model of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according...
  • Probe eyes any Petraeus staff role in Broadwell obtaining sensitive documents

    11/21/2012 11:30:17 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2012 | Carol D. Leonnig, Sari Horwitz and Anne Gearan
    A federal investigation of how David H. Petraeus’s biographer obtained numerous classified records is focusing on whether the retired general’s staff gave her sensitive documents at his instruction, according to federal officials familiar with the inquiry. Petraeus and Broadwell have told FBI investigators that Petraeus did not provide her with classified information, law enforcement officials said. Attorneys for the two declined to respond to specific questions for this article, as did Broadwell’s spokeswoman, Dee Dee Myers of the Glover Park Group.
  • West Concedes In Tight Congressional Race After Recount [A Cruel Result!]

    11/21/2012 10:54:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | November 21, 2012
    West Concedes In Tight Congressional Race After Recount (CNN) - Two weeks after Election Day, Rep. Allen West, R-Florida, conceded Tuesday to Democrat Patrick Murphy following a bitter campaign that resulted in a recount and legal action in Florida's 18th Congressional District. The first-term congressman made his announcement the same day the unofficial results are to be certified by Florida's secretary of state. West had vowed he would not give up until the results, which consistently showed Murphy with a narrow lead, had become certified. "Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask...
  • Locking up Prisoners for Life Does Not Breach Human Rights, Judges Rule

    11/21/2012 10:47:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 Nov 2012
    Locking up Britain's most dangerous prisoners for life does not breach their human rights, appeal court judges ruled today.The Court of Appeal made the judgement in cases bought by two murders and a rapist who claimed whole-life orders were inappropriate. Although the judges overturned the whole-life tariff for murderer Danilo Restivo and rapist Michael Roberts, they upheld the sentence for killer David Oakes. Oakes ''sadistically tortured'' his former partner before shooting her and their two-year-old daughter. His appeal against a whole life tariff was rejected with Lord Judge saying he had been "utterly merciless" in putting his former partner through...
  • What to Expect From the New Congress

    11/21/2012 9:55:54 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 18:00 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Wednesday, 21 November 2012 18:00 What to Expect From the New Congress Written by Thomas R. Eddlem The election results were not even finished being tallied by the time the left-wing, establishment media began telling constitutionalist Republicans that the path to electoral success was to sell out their principles before the next election, call themselves “moderates,” and adopt every aspect of the far-left Democratic political agenda. Though Mitt Romney had no discernible difference on principles from Barack Obama and his national healthcare program, that didn’t stop the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen from sermonizing on election night about how the Republican...
  • Obama to Hold ‘Private’ Swear-in Ceremony for Second Presidential Term

    11/21/2012 9:48:58 PM PST · by robowombat · 58 replies
    Intel Hub ^ | November 20, 2012 | Shepard Ambellas
    Obama to Hold ‘Private’ Swear-in Ceremony for Second Presidential Term Something is not right in America, take 2. By Shepard Ambellas theintelhub.com November 20, 2012 One month from now on January 20, 2013, President Obama will be required by law to be sworn-in for his second presidential term by noon. However, something mysterious is happening again with the ceremony raising the eyebrows of some. Since the 20th falls on a Sunday, a private ceremony will be held signifying the possibility of fraud as the “public” ceremony will be held the following day. The fact is that even a deviation by...
  • Boehner Wants ‘Obamacare’ in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    11/21/2012 9:40:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 21, 2012 | Michael Ono
    President Obama’s reelection guaranteed at least one thing for his second term – Obamacare is here here to stay. But that is not going to keep Republicans from trying to chip away at the law. House Speaker John Boehner wrote, in an op-ed, Tuesday that cuts to the president’s landmark legislative achievement should be included in efforts to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. “We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive...
  • Rockets explode in Israel despite truce

    11/21/2012 9:26:50 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Rockets fired from Gaza continued to land in Israel on Wednesday night following the commencement of the US-Egyptian brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
  • Military Emails Reveal Details On bin Laden's Burial ["Traditional Islamic Procedures" Observed]

    11/21/2012 9:25:26 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 21, 2012
    Internal Military Emails Reveal Details On bin Laden's Burial November 21, 2012 WASHINGTON – Internal emails among senior U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Usama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the Al Qaeda leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department. Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team...
  • Fetus Yawns In Womb, 4D Scan Shows

    11/21/2012 8:48:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 21, 2012 | Kate Kelland
    Fetus Yawns In Womb, 4D Scan Shows A 4D ultrasound scan shows a foetus yawning in the womb at 24 weeks, during a study by Durham and Lancaster Universities and released in Durham, northern England November 21, 2012. By Kate Kelland Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb, they yawn too. Researchers who studied 4D scans of 15 healthy fetuses also said they think yawning is a developmental process which could potentially give doctors a new way to check on...
  • Union Protesters Arrested Trying to Shut Down Traffic at LAX

    11/21/2012 8:39:23 PM PST · by chessplayer · 43 replies
    Police were forced to arrest a dozen union members today after an Service Employees International Union protest around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which shut down traffic completely and added 90 minutes to travellers’ commute time, went awry. SEIU workers handed out fliers to passengers at LAX, marched near the LAX entrance, and ignored police orders to disperse at 1:15 p.m. The rage on the ground at LAX was palpable as Americans simply tried to get to loved ones for the Thanksgiving weekend.