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  • SEPTA driver is a hero in Poland

    11/23/2012 9:13:58 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/22/2012 | Daniel Rubin
    ---snip--- in the fall of 1985, he and a friend in the Solidarity movement bought a pig from a farmer, tied a red ribbon - symbolizing communism - to its tail, and painted on its flanks the words in Polish for "I'm voting." Before sending it squealing through Gdansk's old city, his friend greased the pig. "People laughed," Sekowski says. The pig protesters, whoever they were, became folk heroes. Then Sekowski got cocky. Before setting out to repeat the act in nearby Gdynia, he notified the newspapers. The secret police stopped the Fiat sedan on the way to the city,...
  • Tampa Mom Thought Baby Was Devil, Drowned Him

    11/23/2012 8:54:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    AP ^ | November 22, 2012
    PLANT CITY | A Tampa Bay area mother confessed to drowning her baby in her apartment's bathtub, saying he has the devil, according to an affidavit released by police. Talae Thomas, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of her 5-week-old son, Chase Harrison. She is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail.
  • Argentina told to pay hedge funds $1.3bn

    11/23/2012 8:50:56 AM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    CNN/Financial Times ^ | 23 November 2012 | Robin Wigglesworth, Jude Webber
    Argentina will have to pay $1.3bn to hedge funds that refused to restructure their debts after the country's 2001 default when it makes regular payments to its restructured bondholders in December, a US court has ordered. The ruling, made late on Wednesday in New York, raises the possibility that Argentina will default once more, and if upheld represents a major chink in the armour of sovereign immunity against creditors that has largely reigned in international law for almost a century. US District Court Judge Thomas Griesa first made the order earlier this year, which after appeals was unexpectedly largely affirmed...
  • Protesters set up picket line outside Atlanta Wal-Mart

    11/23/2012 8:50:49 AM PST · by BobNative · 27 replies
    AJC ^ | November 23, 2012 | Mike Morris
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Bargain hunters encountered protesters outside at least one Atlanta Wal-Mart on Black Friday morning. About two dozen union protesters were walking a picket line along the crosswalk of the driveway leading to the Wal-Mart store on Howell Mill Road at I-75 in northwest Atlanta. The picketers broke their line to let cars enter the lot, but things got testy just before 9 a.m. when the driver of a sport utility vehicle slowed for the protesters, but didn’t come to a stop at the crosswalk, and nudged several of the protesters out of her way. No one appeared...
  • The Cold War’s Arab Spring

    11/23/2012 8:44:39 AM PST · by No One Special · 13 replies
    Berlinski.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Claire Berlinski
    Stolen Kremlin records show how the Soviets, including Gorbachev, created many of today’s Middle East conflicts. The dominant narrative of modern Middle East history emphasizes the depredations visited upon the region by European colonization and accepts as a truism that the former colonial powers prioritized the protection of their material interests—in oil, above all—above the dignity and self-determination of the region’s inhabitants. Thus did botched decolonization result in endless instability. The most intractable of the regional conflicts to which this gave rise, that between the Arabs and Israelis, is attributed in this narrative to Israel’s unwillingness to accede to Palestinian...
  • Thanksgiving Day murder suspect turns himself in (Death by Obamaphone)

    11/23/2012 8:41:14 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    WOKV ^ | November 23, 2012 | Matt Augustine and Gene Wexler
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 24-year-old woman was killed in a Thanksgiving Day murder in Northwest Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is accusing her ex-boyfriend of shooting her in front of family members.
  • How Warren Buffett and his ilk are raping America, a must listen too

    11/23/2012 8:28:29 AM PST · by Abiotic · 17 replies
    KPFA ^ | November 21, 2012 | David Cay Johnston
    "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English To Rob You Blind" with Pulizer Prize-winning David Cay Johnston. Right Click, Save As
  • About that Fiscal Cliff: The "fiscal cliff" is less frightening than the bankruptcy cliff.

    11/23/2012 8:28:27 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | November 21, 2012 | John Stossel
    "They're not even...talking about real cuts. They're talking about cuts in baseline budgeting..." "If they propose, let's say, a $10 billion increase for next year and cut it down to $9 billion, they say they're cutting 10 percent. But they're not cutting anything, they're only increasing it $9 billion instead of $10 billion. It's done on purpose so that people get confused." "When government spending is about $3.8 trillion, you're going to cut $100 billion? That's a deck chair on the Titanic," said Russ Roberts of the Hoover Institution. "If they're actual cuts, I think that would be great. I'd...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundredth Week in Office

    11/23/2012 8:21:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 11/23/12 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundredth Week in Office11/22/2012Community Organizer to the WorldFor Fourth Straight Year, Obama's Thanksgiving Message Doesn't Thank GodObama on Thanksgiving: 'A day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap' Peace, turkey pardoned by President Obama last Thanksgiving, euthanizedPictured: How Cambodia´s first lady mocked President Obama with a handshake greeting typically reserved for servantsBun Rany, Cambodia's First Lady gives Obama a "Sampeh", a greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servantsObama and Agenda 21Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owlBenghazi-GateGreta Van Susteren: Obama punishing Fox for Benghazi- : "grow up"Susan Rice defends initial...
  • Obama fashion line brings in $40 million

    11/23/2012 8:02:15 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/22/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Anna Wintour is officially a political-fundraising groundbreaker. The Vogue editor's "Runway to win" initiative -- which had famous designers like Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs creating bags, shirts and other gear for the Obama campaign -- brought in a lot more dough than some predicted. Campaign manager Jim Messina tells Bloomberg Businessweek that the venture, which had been mocked by some pundits, raised "just north of $40 million."
  • National German gun registry on target for launch

    11/23/2012 7:43:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11-19-2012
    National German gun registry on target for launch The German interior minister has said a countrywide database of all legal gun owners is set for launch on January 1. Hans-Peter Friedrich predicted a "considerable increase in security" as a result. The German government plans to launch its complete registry of legal gun owners at the beginning of next year, two years ahead of a deadline set by the EU. As with many German authorities, those responsible for weapons licensing and tracking operated on a local basis - with a total of 551 authorities around the country. Under new EU laws,...
  • Russia Sends A Detachment Of Ships To The Coast Of Gaza

    11/23/2012 7:41:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 113 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | November 23, 2012
    Russia sent a detachment of ships of the Black Sea Fleet to the coast of the Gaza Strip in order to evacuate Russians in case of escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a source in the main command of the RF Navy said. "The detachment of combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet, including the Guards missile cruiser Moskva, the patrol ship Smetliviy, large landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov, the sea tug MB-304 and the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov, got the order to remain in the designated area of the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a possible evacuation...
  • Missouri Republicans are unlikely to expand Medicaid (Good! Let it implode)

    11/23/2012 7:36:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    kansas city star ^ | 11/23/2012 | JASON HANCOCK
    Here's how much Missouri Republicans oppose Obamacare. GOP lawmakers are reluctant to spend one dollar in state money for every 19-plus dollars of new federal money if that means expanding Medicaid eligibility in line with the president’s health care overhaul. The state has no extra money to spare, they say, so any expansion will likely result in cuts somewhere else, like education. It’s a stance that’s not playing well with their hometown hospitals, though, who say they badly need more Medicaid dollars as money they get from Washington for caring for low-income patients starts to go away. And now those...
  • Brothers accused of murder in fatal shooting of Fort Lauderdale man

    11/23/2012 7:35:04 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 21, 2012 | Erika Pesantes
    Sydney Green's last moments were captured on surveillance video when two men rushed toward him and shot him to death during an altercation, Fort Lauderdale police said. Brothers Tyrone Shaw, 31, and Corey Haygood, 22, are each charged with first-degree murder and were ordered held without bail during their first appearance court hearings Wednesday. Fort Lauderdale and Lauderhill police and the FBI Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force tracked the pair down in Lauderhill and arrested them late Tuesday.
  • Morsi grabs dictatorial powers in Egypt

    11/23/2012 7:34:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Say, how has Barack Obama’s Arab Spring policy worked out for us so far? Well, we bombed one dictator out of power in Libya, which set that nation free … to have terrorist networks openly operate and control the eastern part of the country, which resulted in the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi, and four American deaths. In Egypt, we pushed our longtime ally out of power after just eight days of peaceful protests, and then insisted on immediate elections in which only the radical Muslim Brotherhood could organize effectively — and they took over the government and the...
  • Egypt's Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers (Hillary and Huma's MuzBro debacle)

    11/23/2012 7:26:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/22/12 | AP
    Egypt's Islamist president unilaterally decreed greater authorities for himself Thursday and effectively neutralized a judiciary system that had emerged as a key opponent by declaring that the courts are barred from challenging his decisions. Riding high on U.S. and international praise for mediating a Gaza cease-fire, Mohammed Morsi put himself above oversight and gave protection to the Islamist-led assembly writing a new constitution from a looming threat of dissolution by court order. But the move is likely to fuel growing public anger that he and his Muslim Brotherhood are seizing too much power.
  • Sandra Fluke Now Has a Human Right to Taxpayer-Financed Birth Control

    11/23/2012 7:26:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/23/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Every so often, I share breakthrough stories about advances in “human rights” around the world. In France, it is against the law to say your husband is under-endowed or that your wife is fat. Across Europe, a satellite dish is now a human right. In Finland, broadband access is a basic right. There’s now an entitlement for free soccer broadcasts in Europe. In Italy, you have the right to…um…your testicles. Now, in honor of Sandra Fluke, the United Nations has decided that contraception is a human right. Not just a human right, a universal human right. The New York Times...
  • Washington Post Suspects Racism In GOP Opposition To Rice Nomination

    11/23/2012 7:23:53 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As I wrote this morning to the NewsBusters editor who alerted me to the Washington Post's editorial, "The GOP’s bizarre attack on Susan Rice," I don't read WaPo much, but somehow assume they're not quite as extreme as the New York Times. Silly me, judging by WaPo's ugly, over-the-top opinion item. Here's the ugly last paragraph from today's editorial: "Could it be, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are charging, that the signatories of the letter are targeting Ms. Rice because she is an African American woman? The signatories deny that, and we can’t know their hearts. What we...
  • The Problem With Susan Rice (Obama's racist, sexist dog whistle)

    11/23/2012 7:11:33 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 23, 2012 | Carl M. Cannon
    “This is a response to a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world,” Rice told NBC’s David Gregory. “The best assessment we have today,” she added when talking to CBS’s Bob Schieffer, “is that in fact this was not a pre-planned, premeditated attack.” Also, if Rice really knew nothing about Benghazi, why was she out there talking about it? The tip-off to Republicans is that she didn’t only read from the script provided her about the violence in Libya, she also repeated the president’s campaign slogans. “The American people fully understand that this...
  • US leads the world in ...carbon reductions? (Without relying on government green energy initiatives)

    11/23/2012 7:07:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2012 | Rick Moran
    You read that correctly. And it's not because of Obama's green energy initiatives. Nor is it the result of any UN mandated program of carbon trading. It is certainly not because the US has religiously followed the Kyoto Protocols. It's because greedy capitalists find it easier to make money selling natural gas: Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world. Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated "green" energy didn't cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure....