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  • Migrant workers note new dynamic (and swarm out of the woodwork)

    11/25/2012 2:51:39 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The (Hanover) Evening-Sun ^ | November 24, 2012 | AMY STANSBURY
    Gorditas, it means little fat ones. Maria Alejandra shared the meaning behind these fluffy cinnamon flavored cookies with her guests, guiding the plate around the room, urging everyone to take more. Take - tome in Spanish. Eat - come. She bounced her 13-month-old daughter, Cielo, on her knee as she told her story. Born in Mexico, Alejandra first moved to the United States with her husband five years ago, after he got a full-time job at a potato chip factory. He had been migrating back and forth from Mexico to the United States as a farmworker since he was a...
  • Stock Market Last Push Higher Before the Big Collapse?

    11/25/2012 2:50:26 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-25-2012 | Graham Summers
    Stock Market Last Push Higher Before the Big Collapse? Stock-Markets / Financial CrashNov 25, 2012 - 01:59 PM By: Graham Summers With most of Wall Street on vacation, those few traders manning their desks are taking advantage of the low volume to push the market sharply higher. This, combined with a large move up by the Euro has pulled the entire risk trade up forcing the US Dollar lower. This move was to be expected on some levels. Since 2002, there has been a rally from just before Thanksgiving until the second week of December. This year is shaping up...
  • Springfield explosion cause: 'Human error,' Massachusetts fire marshal says

    11/25/2012 2:37:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    The massive explosion that rocked Springfield's entertainment district, leveling a strip club and injuring 21 people, was caused by "human error," according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. Officials said a thorough, block-by-block investigation since Friday's blast indicates the city's gas system is safe, intact and functioning properly. The probe will now focus on the Columbia Gas employee responsible for puncturing a gas line with a tool, and whether proper protocol was followed in the build-up to Friday's explosion. The blast injured 21 people, damaged more than three dozen buildings, and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown...
  • KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt

    11/25/2012 2:35:18 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    TBI ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt Joe WeisenthalNov. 25, 2012, 11:05 AMPaul Krugman posts a simple chart that makes a profound point. It compares the yield on UK debt vs. US debt. What should stand out for you, instantly, is that the two countries borrow at virtually identical rates, and have for years. What this should show to people is that much of the popular stories that people tell about sovereign debt is a myth. Countries that borrow in their own currencies and can "print" at will don't have default risk, so...
  • Ketzaleh: Even the 'Best' Likudniks Can't Change Party Policy

    11/25/2012 2:28:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | David Lev
    Candidates running in Sunday's Likud primary have gone out of their way to emphasize their right-wing sensibilities, but even the rightest of the right Likudniks were unable to stop their party from undertaking one of the most devastating blows to the philosophy of love of the Land of Israel – the disengagement from Gaza and Northern Samaria. While former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – still in bed in a comatose state – broke away to form Kadima before the actual destruction of the communities in Gush Katif, he was a Likud Prime Minister, and many of the forming members of...
  • NV lawmakers seek to repeal anti-communist law

    11/25/2012 1:30:31 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    AP ^ | November 24, 2012
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada legislative panel has decided it's high time to repeal a state law that allows job discrimination against communists. The 12-member Legislative Commission unanimously decided this week to introduce a bill at the 2013 session that would repeal a law that was passed in 1951 during the anti-communist fervor of the Cold War. The law allows employers to reject job applications from communists and their sympathizers, and to fire any communists in their workforce. .... Legislative staffers told the Las Vegas Review-Journal The law was passed during an era of renewed fears that Communists...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin: Medicare, Medicaid Fair Game in Talks to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    11/25/2012 1:06:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/25/2012 | By George Stephanopoulos
    Sen. Dick Durbin said today that his Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate should be willing to address entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid in deficit reduction negotiations. “From my side of the table, bring entitlement reform into the conversation,” Durbin said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit. But when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, protect the integrity of the program, but give it solvency for more and more years.” But Durbin ruled out raising the age of Medicare eligibility as a potential reform. “We’ve got to...
  • 'Gun dorms' attract 0 students at CU campuses

    11/25/2012 1:02:27 PM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    TheDenverChannel ^ | 11/25/2012 | staff reporter
    BOULDER, Colo. - Colorado's new segregated "gun dorms" for students with valid concealed-carry permits have attracted zero students. The Daily Camera newspaper reports that since the University of Colorado's Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses began segregating dorms for students with valid concealed-carry permits this year, not a single student has asked to live where guns are allowed. On Aug. 16, CU announced it would establish residential areas for students over age 21 with a permit to hold a concealed handgun. In all other dormitories, guns are banned.
  • Ansonia resident battles to keep neon peace sign she displays from her apt. window

    11/25/2012 12:31:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 25, 2012 | KATHIANNE BONIELLO
    This Upper West Sider is going to war for her peace symbol. Brigitte Vosse, 58, has been irking neighbors for more than a year with her own personal protest against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: a neon peace sign hanging in her living-room window at the Ansonia, a beloved, Beaux-Art style Broadway building once home to Babe Ruth.
  • Russian-speaking Jews in Europe drafted to defend Israel online

    11/25/2012 12:29:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/25/12 | Philip Podolsky
    Israel held a four-day conference aimed at giving young Russian-speaking Jewish communal leaders in Europe a training in social media that should enable them to promote the country’s image and to reverse anti-Israeli attitudes. The conference, held on November 21-25 in Maastricht, Holland, was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Ministry for Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Over 200 Russian-speaking young Jewish leaders between the ages of 20 and 30, who have been involved in Jewish Agency programs in recent years, attended the event. During the conference, the participants developed technical skills for working with online and...
  • Goldman Sachs CEO: Entitlements must be contained (!!)

    11/25/2012 12:07:33 PM PST · by John S Mosby · 41 replies
    CBS Evening News TV ^ | 11/19/2012 | Scott Pelley
    Stocks shook off their post-election slump Monday, in part because of optimism that the president and Congress will reach a compromise on the nation's budget by the end of the year. If they don't, there will be automatic tax increases and huge cuts in federal spending -- that so-called fiscal cliff. It's a time bomb, according to Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and one of the world's most influential bankers. His message to Washington? Make a deal.
  • None Dare Call It Default (Beyond the Fiscal Cliff)

    11/25/2012 12:05:54 PM PST · by mojito · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | 111/23/2012 | Holman Jenkins
    To call Greece First World may be a stretch, but Greece has defaulted once already, and it is only a matter of time until Greece defaults again. Welcome to default-o-rama, the next chapter in the First World's struggle for fiscal sustainability. Japan is piling up debt in the manner of a nation beyond hope. France, Belgium, Spain and Italy are defaults waiting to happen unless Europe can somehow generate the kind of growth that has eluded it for decades. America's fiscal cliff is an artificial crisis. We have no trouble borrowing in the short term. But at some point the...
  • Why can't we use executive fiat when we have the chance? [vanity]

    11/25/2012 12:03:08 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 38 replies
    What's to stop the next Republican president* from walking into the oval office and using executive fiat to immediately close the EPA, defund and/or cripple Obamacare, and phase out the foodstamp program, among other things? Or at least make the requirements insanely strict for foodstamps and disability to make sure it's only used by the truly indigent? Is it just that he/she would become insanely unpopular among 47% of people? Or is there some legal reason he/she couldn't? Because it seems Obama's administration has nothing stopping them from doing similar things. *assuming he/she would be willing to do this
  • Likud Voting at 40%; Anger over Malfunction

    11/25/2012 12:01:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Likud primaries were back on track by early Sunday evening, and by 8:45 p.m., 40% of registered members – 49,322 in total – had voted. However, a serious malfunction in the computerized voting system earlier in the day made it necessary to extend the voting by two hours, to midnight – and there is possibility of a further extension. The Likud's Election Committee was to meet again at 10:00 p.m. and decide whether voting would continue for another day. Various news sources estimated that the committee would decide to continue the voting until Monday at 10:00 p.m. There have...
  • The Federal Reserve and the Threat of the Silver Slippers

    11/25/2012 11:56:28 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 29 replies
    While many of you have probably seen it, Ben Still's "The Secret of Oz" (The Federal Reserve and Solutions for a Broken Economy) was a shattering and unexpected eye-opener for me. I saw it for the first time yesterday, and can't stop thinking about how blind I was. If you haven't watched this documentary, I encourage you to do so. It has completely changed my view of the U.S. monetary system and the ideas surrounding monetary reform that promise to cure the current economic mess we find ourselves. You can watch Ben's (1:57:52 long) award-winning film * Here * ....
  • Mark Steyn: Jill Kelley for secretary of state

    11/25/2012 11:55:48 AM PST · by mojito · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/23/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Let us turn from the post-Thanksgiving scenes of inflamed mobs clubbing each other to the ground for a discounted television set to the comparatively placid boulevards of the Middle East. In Cairo, no sooner had Hillary Clinton's plane cleared Egyptian air space then Mohammed Morsi issued one-man constitutional amendments declaring himself and his Muslim Brotherhood buddies free from judicial oversight and announced that his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, would be retried for all the stuff he was acquitted of in the previous trial. Morsi now wields total control over Parliament, the Judiciary, and the military to a degree Mubarak in his...
  • Hamas TV Airs 'Death to Israel!' Music Video Day After Agreeing to Ceasefire

    11/25/2012 11:36:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/25/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    The day after Hamas agreed to a ceasefire with Israel, the terrorist group's TV station aired this "Death to Israel!" music video on its station: "Destroy the throne of Zion, the house of absolute evil," the song goes. "Raise the banner of victory. Be like the fire of a volcano. Repeat in the name of your Jihad: Death to Israel! With blood and fire, resist until freedom. Defeat the soldiers of aggression the enemies of humanity." The tune is illustrated with video of rockets being launched from Gaza, presumably, into Israel, the Zionist state, as well as other war scenes....
  • The TEA PARTY SHOULD EMBRACE THE FISCAL CLIFF -- er, FISAL BABY STEP

    11/25/2012 11:04:56 AM PST · by Moseley · 26 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    America faces a Fiscal Cliff in January. Well, no, actually, it doesn’t. In politics, alarmist language – like elections – can have real consequences. Political spin can be deceitful. Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name? A rose is a rose is a rose. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be thought-provoking and controversial: Yet the Tea Party should embrace the “Fiscal Baby Step” coming on January 1, 2013. Republicans should do absolutely nothing and sit on their hands. One exception: When the next vote comes up to raise the debt...
  • Supreme Court mulls review of federal gay marriage laws

    11/25/2012 10:50:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A San Francisco couple is waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will take their case challenging the 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Karen Golinski and Amy Cunninghis got married during the brief window in 2008 when gay and lesbian couples could tie the knot in California. Golinski immediately tried to add her wife to her employer-sponsored health care plan. But because she is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her otherwise routine request was denied...
  • Pentagon Spends $1.5 Million To Develop Its Own Jerky (that tastes like a Fruit Roll Up)

    11/25/2012 10:46:52 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | 7:17 EST, November 23, 2012
    he Pentagon wins a Hammer for spending money earmarked for weapons and combat gear testing on jerky available at any grocery store UPDATED 7:17 AM EST, November 23, 2012 | BY Phillip Swarts The Defense Department's Foreign Comparative Testing program is supposed to study weapons and combat technology and determine the appropriate gear for U.S. troops. That usually means testing body armor, batteries for battlefield electronics and mine-clearing systems. But the program strayed from its normal work recently to study the culinary skill of turning thin strips of beef into jerky. The goal, officials say, was to make a beef...