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  • Four injured in fire at State Department

    11/24/2012 7:00:58 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 23 replies
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | 24 November 2012 | Chris Francescani
    A fire broke out during routine maintenance at the U.S. State Department on Saturday, injuring four maintenance workers, officials said. The fire began inside ductwork on the building's eighth floor at about 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) as workers were replacing insulation, State Department and fire officials said. Workers doused the fire with hand-held extinguishers before fire department personnel arrived, District of Columbia Battalion Chief Edward Mills said. Mills, who was one of the first responders to the scene, told Reuters TV the cause of the fire remained under investigation but did not immediately appear suspicious.
  • Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendously (too much toil)

    11/24/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendouslyAssociated Press 3:54 p.m. CST, November 24, 2012 **SNIP** After Saturday's service, Davis and Rush said they have not seen Jackson and don't know where he is. But they said they understand why he has not yet spoken publicly about his resignation. "He can't take the pressure," Rush said. Rush said when he and Davis visited with Jackson a few weeks ago, the 47-year-old son of a civil rights icon broke down in tears several times. They said they don't want others to see him that way. "He's suffering under a tremendous, tremendous toil," Rush said....
  • 10 Reasons Why Obama Won And Romney Lost -- A Two Part Series (Part Two)

    11/24/2012 6:37:37 PM PST · by T-Bird45 · 113 replies
    ConservativeHQ.com ^ | 11/20/12 | Richard Viguerie
    In many aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and the establishment Republicans who were running his campaign just plain got outgunned and outsmarted. Yet, in the aftermath of Romney’s defeat, he said he lost because he couldn’t overcome the effect of Obama’s “gifts” to key demographics: student loan modifications for young voters and amnesty for young and predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens. We think Romney missed the mark with that analysis because conservative ideas have successfully countered the Democrats’ attempts to bribe voters in the past. To avoid the kind of defeat Republicans suffered in 2012, conservatives must learn...
  • Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Mobilizing the Poor" [Saul Alinsky Interview, 1967]

    11/24/2012 6:35:46 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | December 11, 1967 | William F Buckley
    Streaming on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Q3JT6A/ Taped on Dec 11, 1967 (New York City, NY) Guest: Saul David Alinsky
  • Shipping Containers to Become Condos in Detroit

    11/24/2012 6:28:34 PM PST · by haffast · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | By Karin Halperin
    The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year. Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children's toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters. But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That's when architects and designers, especially those with a "green" bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists'...
  • Question for Automotive/Engineering Wizards. Car Computers

    11/24/2012 6:24:43 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 31 replies
    11.24.12 | Chickensoup
    So, I am looking at a new car. Perhaps the VW diesel. I drive the car and find that I am staring at computer screens. The car must have a full pc under the hood. I am told now that most do. And I understand that for some reason beyond my understanding the cars now have wifi. When I purchase a computer I get in there and disable, uninstall and delete items I don’t use like games…extra os and tools I won’t use. So how do I turn off the garbage that is extra on a new car? Like Wifi?...
  • Prince Charles: 'I'm running out of time'

    11/24/2012 6:23:31 PM PST · by george76 · 82 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Roya Nikkhah
    In a series of remarkably candid comments, Prince Charles hinted that he feared his legacy as king would be cut short. During a visit to Dumfries House, the stately home in East Ayrshire which the Prince helped save for the nation, he joked about his reputation for pursuing projects with notorious vigour but made a poignant reference to his mortality. He said: “Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am.” He added: “I’ll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.” The comments, which were recorded for a film on...
  • Photo: Romney's laid-back Thanksgiving

    11/24/2012 6:22:59 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    CNN) - Casting aside his typical campaign attire of suits or shirts with rolled up sleeves and well-coiffed hair, a photo appeared on Mitt Romney's Facebook Friday with the 2012 GOP nominee donning a t-shirt and hugging his wife, Ann, in the kitchen. "Hope everyone had a great Thanskgiving! Much to be thankful for this year," the caption read.
  • Editorial: We are now in a massive ‘dollar bubble’ and it’s going to pop

    11/24/2012 5:33:22 PM PST · by upchuck · 183 replies
    The Tribune Papers ^ | November 10, 2010
    [Note: This editorial published on Nov 10, 2012] We are now rushing down a course that is going to create incredible economic hardships for millions of Americans. The increase in the amount of debt that has been added to our economy is astronomical. And there is no end in sight. We now have over $16 trillion of debt, and with Obama’s policies it will be almost impossible to reverse that course. Debt is the problem. Big debt is a big problem. There are only four ways to tackle it: increase taxes to bring in more dollars, reduce spending to save...
  • Pentagon Developing Underwater Sub Drones

    11/24/2012 5:16:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 02:44 PM | Paul Scicchitano
    The Pentagon is hoping to one day be able to patrol the seas with unmanned submarine drones, according to website RT.com. The website reports that the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract valued at more than $58 million to Science Applications International Corporation of McLean, Va. to perfect similar technology for the sea that has proved so successful in the air. …
  • Black voters look to leverage their loyalty

    11/24/2012 5:12:17 PM PST · by haffast · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. snip Blacks made up 13...
  • Chicago Man Faces Life for Hacking Private Intelligence Company

    11/24/2012 5:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 03:49 PM | Stephen Feller
    A computer hacker connected to the group Anonymous could face life in prison for stealing credit card, email, and other personal information from a private intelligence company, and posting it on the Internet. The compromised information already has cost the company, Strategic Forecasters, several million dollars in a class-action lawsuit with its customers, one of which is the judge overseeing the criminal case against alleged hacker Jeremy Hammond’s, reported RT.com. Hammond, a member of LulzSec, an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, is accused of breaking into Strategic Forecasters’ servers and collecting thousands of emails, credit card numbers and pieces...
  • NASA Not Sharing a "Historic" Find On Mars.... yet

    11/24/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 80 replies
    C-Net ^ | Novembe 21 ,2012 | Eric Mack
    Data that NASA's discovery wee a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. NASA's not sharing a 'historic' find on Mars... yet Data from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. SAM, a mobile sample analysis lab, is currently mounted on Curiosity and finding interesting stuff in Martian soil. It seems NASA and the Curiosity rover have found something exciting and nerd-tastic on Mars, but the space agency's scientists are holding back for now, despite how painful...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ What I've Learned From Life ~ 25 November 2012

    11/24/2012 5:02:54 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 121 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM LIFE “I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit, I’m secretly glad by parents are strict with me.” (Age 14) “I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.” (Age 24) “I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater the need to cast blame on others.” (Age 16) “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.” (Age 53) “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same as making a life.” (Age 58)...
  • <Vanity> Bump Stocks for AR's......anyone own them?

    I just ordered one, and cannot wait to shoot it. Looks like a real blast. There are several on the market and I do not want this to be an advertisement for one or the other. For those who are unaware of bump firing, it uses the recoil of the gun to fire at a high rate of speed. It looks like FA, but is not. Needless to say, if hickock45 has a blast shooting it, you know it is fun.
  • 9 More Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Joining Congress

    11/24/2012 4:56:27 PM PST · by haffast · 11 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | 11/24/2012 | ABC OTUS News
    As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. snip Veterans' groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep...
  • How to rebuild America (Rahm tells us how American can become Chicago)

    11/24/2012 4:55:24 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/24/2012 | Rahm Emanuel
    Too much post-election analysis has focused on voter demographics and campaign mechanics, leaving Democrats in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from our electoral success. Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas. But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily, or to...
  • HORN LAKE, MS SOLDIER INJURED ( BAD) & 0 & military REFUSE to pay for the full transportation home.

    11/24/2012 4:55:00 PM PST · by GailA · 29 replies
    Horn Lake soldier injured 2012 Horn Lake High School graduate, Army Pvt. Taylor Odom, who currently awaits transfer from a hospital in Colorado home after a tragic incident. Training accident leaves 2012 Horn Lake High School graduate in critical condition in Colorado Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:10 PM CST TIM SUMMERS Managing Editor According to his mother, all Army Pvt. Taylor Odom wanted to be was a soldier, and now as a result of a training accident at Fort Carson in Colorado, he awaits approval from military officials for an ambulance ride back home. His mother, Jenniffer Palazola-Herrin, said...
  • Lincoln, Liberty and Two Americas

    11/24/2012 4:41:35 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | CHARLES M. BLOW
    The gap is growing between liberals and conservatives, the rich and the not rich, intergenerational privilege and new-immigrant power, patriarchy and gender equality, the expanders of liberty and the withholders of it. And that gap, which has geographic contours — the densely populated coastal states versus the less densely populated states of the Rocky Mountains, Mississippi Delta and Great Plains — threatens the very concept of a United States and is pushing conservatives, left quaking after this month’s election, to extremes. Some have even moved to make our divisions absolute. The Daily Caller reported last week “more than 675,000 digital...
  • Likud Primaries: Rain could Wash Away Meridor

    11/24/2012 4:24:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Rain is forecast for many parts of Israel Sunday, and this has supporters of Binyamin Netanyahu worried. They believe that a downpour would favor Netanyahu's nemesis within Likud, Moshe Feiglin, in Sunday's Likud primaries, and endanger the political future of Likud "prince" Dan Meridor. Feiglin's supporters within Likud are considered to be a highly organized and dedicated group, in comparison with the average Likud member. Common political wisdom says that when a vote is held in unfavorable weather, it is the more dedicated and organized group that benefits. Netanyahu's people are concerned that Feiglin will attain a position on the...