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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....
  • Marijuana Use Causes Brain Damage Confirmed

    11/23/2012 7:07:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 72 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | August 9, 2012 | Christine Hsu
    Scientists have confirmed the long-held suspicion that frequent heavy marijuana use damages the brain's memory and learning capacity. "Our results suggest that long-term cannabis use is hazardous to white matter in the developing brain. This was especially true for those who had started in adolescence, as we know the brain is still developing during this time," Lead researcher Dr. Marc Seal, from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children's Research Institute said in a university release. Scientists from MCRI, Melbourne University and Wollongong University compared MRI scans of the brain for 59 people who had been using marijuana for an average of 15 years...
  • Obama's 'Balanced Approach' Is an Unbalanced Lie

    11/23/2012 7:03:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2012 | Joe Herring
    SNIP SNIP In the absence of a budget, appropriations must be reauthorized through congressional action. This is done with a continuing resolution, which essentially is an agreement that we will "continue" to do all the things we've been doing, along with as many plums for ourselves as we can squeeze in under the radar. Clearly, there is nothing frugal about this activity; it is the opposite of that, and both sides in Washington know this, yet they pride themselves on their ability to play these games with our tax dollars. The phrase you're going to hear a lot in the...
  • Anti-Morsi protesters torch Muslim Brotherhood offices

    11/23/2012 7:01:50 AM PST · by mandaladon · 68 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 Nov 2012
    Protesters set fire on Friday to the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a day after he assumed broad new powers not subject to appeal. Pro- and anti-Morsi rallies erupted in cities across Egypt. Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi staged rival rallies across Egypt a day after he assumed sweeping powers. The offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, were set ablaze in the canal cities of Ismailiya and Port Said, state television said. An...
  • Halle Berry's ex arrested after fight at her house [Shock: Money & Fame Doesn't Bring Happiness]

    11/23/2012 6:59:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Jamaica Observer ^ | November 23, 2012
    Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was arrested for investigation of battery Thursday after he and the Oscar-winning actress's current boyfriend got into a fight at her Hollywood Hills home, police said. Aubry, 37, was booked for investigation of a battery, a misdemeanor, and released on $20,000 bail, according to online jail records. He's scheduled to appear in court December 13. Aubry came to Berry's house Thanksgiving morning and police responded to a report of an assault, said Los Angeles Police Officer Julie Boyer. Aubry was injured in the altercation and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and...
  • The trap that Ariel Sharon built

    11/23/2012 6:57:57 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/23/2012 | Carolyne B. Glick
    The ceasefire agreement that Israel accepted Wednesday night to end the current round of Palestinian rocket and missile attacks is not a good deal for Israel by any stretch of the imagination. At best, Israel and Hamas are placed on the same moral plane. The ceasefire erases the distinction between Israel, a peace-seeking liberal democracy that wants simply to defend its citizens from molestation, and Hamas, a genocidal jihadist terrorist outfit that seeks the eradication of the Jewish people and the destruction of Israel. Under international law, Israel is not just within its rights to defend itself from Hamas. It...
  • The GOP and Racism, Yet Again

    11/23/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by rellimpank · 30 replies
    NRO ^ | 23 nov2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    If the GOP wants to win more black votes, it will need to get a lot more “racist.” The scare quotes are necessary because I don’t think the Republican party is racist now (and, historically, the GOP has a lot less to answer for than the Democratic party does). But that hasn’t stopped a lot of people from slandering Republicans as racist for one reason or another. Right now, many in Washington — particularly the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus — insist that Republican attacks on U.N. ambassador Susan Rice are racist and, yawn, sexist. The basis for this...
  • Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas

    11/23/2012 6:28:55 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 100 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 November 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    The U-Haul Index, popularized by economist Mark Perry, shows how much extra people in California are willing to pay to get out of town and head for Texas. Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas The New American 23 November 2012 One of the best indicators of a state’s economic health, according to John Merline, writing in Investor’s Business Daily, is the “U-Haul Index” (first publicized by economist Mark Perry) to see what people are paying to move into, or out of, the state. Renting a 20-foot truck one way from San Francisco to San Antonio, Texas, for...
  • Obama's Soviet Mistake (This from Pravda)

    11/23/2012 6:25:34 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    Pravda ^ | 11/19/2012 | Xavier Lerma
    After Obama was elected in his first term as president the then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2009. Ignored by the West as usual, Putin gave insightful and helpful advice to help the world economy and saying the world should avoid the Soviet mistake. Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes...
  • Shame On The Gluttonous Bakery Union Members, Blasted Twinkie Killers

    11/23/2012 6:13:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/22/2012 | Dr. Mark Hendrickson Grove City College
    Drat! I’m bummed—saddened by the news that the Hostess company, home of the Twinkie and other venerable sugary snacks, is shutting down. I’ll bet I haven’t eaten more than three or four Twinkies in the last 30 years, so the demise of Hostess doesn’t adversely impact my lifestyle. It’s just that, for baby boomers like me, the Twinkie has historic significance in popular culture. Being a kid in the ‘50s meant watching “The Mickey Mouse Club” and “The Lone Ranger” and snacking on Twinkies and Tootsie Rolls. Twinkies were as American as baseball. Now the company that makes them is...
  • Black voters look to leverage their loyalty [BWA HA HA HA! Good Luck with that!]

    11/23/2012 5:59:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 23, 2012
    When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That encouraged those leaders to try to leverage more attention from both Obama and Congress. Although they waver over how much to demand from the president —particularly in light of defeated GOP challenger Mitt Romney's assertion that Obama gave "gifts" to minorities in exchange for their votes — they are delivering postelection wish lists to the president anyway. "I think the president heard us loud and clear....
  • America's Iron Dome Dividend

    11/23/2012 5:57:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/23/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    The great success of Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system is a good example of how Israel's military advances are important to the American military maintaining our cutting edge capabilities. An article by Bill Smearcheck of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), explains the promise for America: Iron Dome's proven effectiveness [a greater than 80 percent success rate - ed.] has greatly increased expectations that it will be a popular product on the world market and has drawn considerable attention to possible co-production in the United States. Developed by the Israeli firms Elta, mPrest Systems, and Rafael, the...
  • Walmart workers walk off job during Black Friday sales in Milwaukee area

    11/23/2012 5:47:50 AM PST · by tobyhill · 68 replies
    TMJ4 ^ | 11/23/2012 | WTMJ
    Black Friday has begun and reached full swing in Milwaukee, but some workers at America's biggest retailer have walked off the job. Workers at the 58th and Capitol location in Milwaukee and a Kenosha location walked off the job during Black Friday sales. 1 worker walked off in Milwaukee, while more left the job in Kenosha. "We're here not to bash Walmart, but to make Walmart a better place to work," said Jerry Synowicz, a Walmart employee, on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak." "We want a fair wage for a good days work. We're not asking for a lot. People...
  • Store robbery on North Broadway ends with clerk fatally shooting suspect(KS)

    11/23/2012 5:27:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 22 November, 2012 | DAN VOORHIS
    A robbery of a convenience store along North Broadway ended Thursday evening when a store clerk shot and fatally wounded one of two robbery suspects, Wichita police said. Shortly after 7 p.m., two armed men entered KC Gas & Groceries store at 1161 N. Broadway, said Sgt. Ron Hunt of the Wichita Police Department. Police got a call about a robbery shortly afterward. A store clerk fired a gun and shot one of the suspects, Hunt said. The other man ran out. A police officer arrived minutes later to find a man lying on the floor of the store. The...
  • Greek Milk Costs More Than Anywhere Else In Europe As Suicide Rate Rises By 37%

    11/23/2012 5:18:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/22/2012 | Tyler Durden
    That Greek suicide rates have exploded over the past two years is very much expected: after all, in order to preserve the sanctity of the failed monetary status quo, the Greek economy and its less than prosperous population have been sacrificed by the legacy elite and the wealthy. The socio-economic collapse has resulted in a total crash in economic production of goods and services [12], an nosebleed-inducing unemployment rate which increasing at a mindboggling 1% per month [13], and the rise of neo-nazism, with the Golden Dawn party now the third most popular political organization [14]in the country (and rising...
  • Mother shoots at burglar(MO)

    11/23/2012 5:12:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    A Newton County man who allegedly tried to break into a home in Ottawa County is in custody after being shot at by the resident, a mother who said she was protecting herself and her three-year-old son. Nathan Owen Lankford, 34, whose rural Joplin address is listed as being on NN Highway, is being held in the Newton County Jail on charges of a felon in possession of a firearm and driving on a suspended license. Ottawa County has also charged him with first degree burglary. He will be extradited to Oklahoma when the Newton County charges are disposed of....
  • Being thankful for less pain(Reese Family Update)(ATF abuse)

    11/23/2012 5:06:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 22 November, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney for New Mexico Ken Gonzales to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. This nomination is particularly significant because Gonzales was the U.S. attorney who oversaw the investigation, arrest and prosecution of the Reese family. At the time of the Reese’s arrest, Gonzales had the audacity to release a statement saying, “Those who sell firearms knowing that they will be illegally smuggled into Mexico to arm Mexican cartels share responsibility for the violence that has been devastating Mexico.” So far, he has not called for the prosecution of any of the federal agents or...
  • 14 States Now Opposing Concealed Carry Permit Restrictions

    11/23/2012 4:52:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    freedomoutpost.com ^ | 22 November, 2012 | Tim Brown
    Kansas has become the fourteenth state to join in support of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, agreeing that a person does not need to show why they want a permit to carry their firearm concealed. In a case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia Kansas has been added to the list of states which oppose requiring those who apply for concealed carry permits to provide a reason for carrying concealed. Attorney General Derek Schmidt confirmed the addition on November 15. The court is reviewing a decision by a Maryland district court which struck down a...
  • Obama drops God from Thanksgiving address for fourth year straight

    11/23/2012 3:59:00 AM PST · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/22/2012 | John Jalsevac
    November 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For the fourth year straight, President Obama has omitted any direct statement thanking God in his Thanksgiving address. In 2009 President Obama made history when he issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that failed to directly thank God. There was an outcry, and Obama’s subsequent proclamations have made prominent mention of God. However, as Ben Shapiro of Breitbart points out, his Thanksgiving addresses (as opposed to the proclamations), which he reads to the camera, have continued to eschew mention of God. In his 2012 Thanksgiving address, Obama says that Thanksgiving is “a time to give...
  • Rubio, Wasserman-Schultz to address pro-Israel Rally [DWS supports anti-Israel Obama]

    11/23/2012 3:56:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 23, 2012
    Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez are scheduled to speak at a rally in support of Israel this weekend. Hundreds are expected at Sunday's rally in North Miami Beach at the Michael and Ann Russell Jewish Community Center. Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire this week after eight days of conflict. Four Israeli civilians and two soldiers were killed and dozens others wounded by rockets fired from Gaza into residential neighborhoods during the fighting that ended in cease-fire Wednesday night.
  • Porn one of the greatest threats to Christianity

    11/23/2012 3:42:45 AM PST · by IbJensen · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/21/2012 | Shane Morris
    November 21, 2012 (Breakpoint.org) - Pornography is out there, and it’s not going away any time soon. So to help your kids guard against it, you have to prepare them. According to Josh McDowell, author of books including “Evidence which Demands a Verdict” and “More Than a Carpenter,” who has turned his attention of late to the devastation of pornography on our culture and the Church, this may rank among the greatest threats to Christianity we’ve ever seen. Explaining why he decided to tackle the issue of pornography, Josh said in an interview with John Stonestreet of Breakpoint how he...
  • Excommunicated US priest laicized for public dissent on ordination of women

    11/23/2012 3:32:15 AM PST · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/21/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    MARYKNOLL, NY, November 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his public dissent from the Catholic Church’s teaching on the ordination of women. Bourgeois’ dismissal was announced by the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, also known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, in a Nov. 19 statement. As a Maryknoll priest during 2008, Bourgeois participated in a mock ordination of a woman and a simulated Mass at a Unitarian church in Lexington, Kentucky. The radical feminist group Roman Catholic Womanpriests staged the ceremony....
  • Facebook Asks Users If It Can Abolish Their Right To Vote On Future Site Governance Changes

    11/23/2012 2:29:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Josh Constine
    Today Facebook will send its largest email blast to date, informing all 1 billion users that it’s proposing to modify the site’s governance structure and remove the ability for users to vote on changes. Currently if proposed changes get over 7,000 comments all users may vote on them, and if over 30 percent vote for or against the changes, their decision is binding. Facebook wants to replace this system with a focus on soliciting high-quality feedback through new features. This would prevent votes from being triggered by copy and pasted comments drummed up by fringe privacy activists like Europe Vs...
  • Van Jones and Philosophical Warfare

    11/23/2012 2:18:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2012 | Troy Smith
    ..... Mr. Jones claimed,"I hear a lot about liberty now from the so-called libertarians and they say the only thing that matters in America is liberty. That's what they say. They say America has only one value: liberty. Economic liberty. My economic liberty and if you stand for any other value you're anti-American. And they've taken their despicable ideology, and they're using it as a wrecking ball that they've painted red, white, and blue to smash down every good thing in America."[SNIP]In the novel The Fountainhead,Ellsworth Toohey says,"If you learn how to rule one single man's soul,you can get the...
  • Krauthammer: Why Was There War in Gaza?

    11/23/2012 1:44:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 22, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Why was there an Israel–Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media. What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over. Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that...
  • Sea Tensions Erupt at Asian Summit [Obama Fails Again]

    11/23/2012 1:43:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | NATASHA BRERETON -FUKUI, CHUN HAN WONG and ENDA CURRAN
    ... Obama supported Southeast Asian nations' proposed multilateral approach to tackling territorial tension in the South China Sea, pushing back against Beijing as a major international meeting became bogged down in acrimony for the second time in five months..
  • Wanted for one last mission: call for Bletchley Park codebreakers to crack the D-Day pigeon cipher

    11/23/2012 1:31:55 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 36 replies
    Daily Telegraph (London)_ ^ | Nov 23 2012 | Hannah Furness
    Historians from GCHQ are appealing for the veteran codebreakers of Bletchley Park to volunteer for one last act of service for their country: cracking the D-Day carrier pigeon cipher that has stumped Britain's finest minds. The coded message had been carefully filed in a small red capsule and attached to a carrier pigeon to be delivered 70 years ago. But instead of arriving safely at its destination, the unfortunate bird got stuck in a chimney en-route and lost. The message was found earlier this month by homeowner David Martin, who ripped out a fireplace to find the skeleton while renovating...
  • Study questions value of mammography screening [Obamacare War on Women]

    11/23/2012 1:31:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | November 21, 2012 | Monte Morin
    About a third of all tumors discovered in routine mammography screenings are unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast cancer exams have resulted in the overdiagnosis of 1.3 million American women. The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the increase in breast cancer survival rates over the last few decades is due mostly to improved therapies and not screenings, which are intended to flag tumors when they are small and most susceptible to treatment. Instead, the widespread use of mammograms now results in the...
  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States

    11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 126 replies
    It’s on. A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the country’s first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun. ... Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmart’s role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the country’s most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described today’s actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle...
  • Obama given servant's greeting by Cambodian first lady

    11/22/2012 11:25:38 PM PST · by Arthurio · 33 replies
    -snip- Before the dinner, Sen introduced Obama to his wife, Bun Rany, who greeted Obama with a traditional "sampeah" pressed-hands greeting that is normally reserved for servants. "Was the first lady getting her own back over the president's harsh words earlier to her husband or did she simply forget that she was shaking hands with the leader of the free world?" the Daily Mail asked. According to the Daily Mail, the slight was not noticed by Obama or his advisers, but it "would have been picked up by a great many people throughout Southeast Asia region."