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  • The GOP Dream Act is a Nightmare

    11/25/2012 9:31:59 PM PST · by InspCallahan · 36 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | Charles Martel
    "The proposed path to citizenship would begin in college, which is where young people go to stop thinking....Conservatives don't do well among college students, or among minorities. So the open borders Republicans' answer is to incentivize the creation of a larger pool of minority college students through an amnesty pipeline. This approach is shockingly mindless."
  • China mourns death of engineer of Liaoning aircraft(after watching landing,51 yr old had hrt attack)

    11/25/2012 9:03:49 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies
    Associated Press via South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 26 November, 2012, 11:33am
  • Egypt Riots Rage, US Embassy Praises As 'Incredibly Positive'

    11/25/2012 8:47:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    As clashes between Egyptian police forces led by Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and Egyptian protesters angry at Morsi’s power grab escalated, the US embassy in Cairo weighed in. You may remember the embassy’s last embarrassing tweeting escapade on 9/11, when embassy staff tweeted apologies for a YouTube video even as the embassy was stormed. Today, as the embassy fell under assault, they tweeted:
  • Cheating scandal: Feds say teachers hired stand-in to take their certification tests

    11/25/2012 8:18:34 PM PST · by Calamari · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 11/25/2012 | Adrian Sainz
    It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers...
  • Prayers for FReeper Basil's 2 grandaughters

    11/25/2012 7:33:35 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 117 replies
    11/25/2012
    Posting this at the request of FReeper "basil" I have a request to make of those of you who are praying folks. We've had a horrible accident involving 6 or our grandchildren out at our ranch. They were all piled on the 4 wheeler (as they've done many times before), tooling around off road, and somehow, the thing flipped. Thanks be to God no one was killed, and we actually only had one of them seriously injured. She was in surgery over 7 hours today. She suffered a severe compound fracture of her lower left leg l, and they had...
  • Capito Plans 2014 Senate Run (WV)

    11/25/2012 7:25:38 PM PST · by yellowdoghunter · 32 replies
    MetroNews ^ | 11/25/2012 | Hoppy Kercheval
    West Virginia Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will announce Monday morning that she is running in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Capito has long considered a run for the Senate, and passed on the most recent opportunity following the death of long-time Senator Robert Byrd. She's expected to say, among other things, that the timing is now right for her run. The announcement sets up a potential race between two West Virginia political heavyweights.
  • US Cancels Middle East Nuclear Conference

    11/25/2012 7:12:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 24, 2012 | unattributed
    The United States says a conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East will not be held because of current conditions in the region. The announcement comes amid a flare up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, civil war in Syria and an unsettled political situation in Egypt. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday "a deep conceptual gap persists in the region" on how to handle regional security and arms control. Nuland said the U.S. would not support a conference in which any regional state would be subjected to "pressure or isolation," a reference to U.S. concerns that...
  • Egypt's Top Judges Resist Morsi Decrees

    11/25/2012 7:09:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 24, 2012 | Edward Yeranian
    Egypt's highest judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council, is condemning the decrees granting President Mohamed Morsi sweeping powers, branding them an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary. And a broad spectrum of Egypt's judiciary is expressing support for the country's outgoing judicial head, Abdel Mejid Mahmoud, who was fired by the president Thursday. Mahmoud received a standing ovation by members of Egypt's Judge's Club, after telling them that he will appeal the president's decision to the judiciary. Mahmoud said he will insist on the application of all legal articles, including those that deal with the powers of the...
  • Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Helicopter Base Near Damascus

    11/25/2012 7:04:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 25, 2012 | unattributed
    Syrian rebels say they have captured a government helicopter base near Damascus as they try to close in on President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power in the capital. A video released by Syrian activists on Sunday appears to show anti-Assad rebels roaming around the Marj al-Sultan air base, about 15 kilometers east of Damascus, after they launched an assault the previous day. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels killed at least eight soldiers and destroyed two helicopters at the base, while at least 15 rebel fighters also were killed. There was no government confirmation of the...
  • Religious Minorities Find Sanctuary in Kurdistan

    11/25/2012 7:00:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 14, 2012 | Henry Ridgwell
    Long unfairly stigmatized as "devil worshippers" by their Muslim and Christian neighbors, Iraq's half-million strong Yezidi minority suffered some of the worst sectarian attacks after the fall of President Saddam Hussein in 2003. Now under the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, the pilgrims are returning. The Yezidis have their own minister in government. Before we were not free to pray and could not visit here easily," said Lokman Suleiman, a local Yezidi teacher. "Now we can. The Kurdistan government is not only good for us, it is good for all people. The sun now rises over a Kurdistan of many colors,...
  • Black Friday sales online top $1 billion for first time: comScore

    11/25/2012 6:44:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:44pm EST | Alistair Barr
    Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping, comScore Inc said on Sunday. Online sales jumped 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.04 billion from sales of $816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to comScore data. … E-commerce accounts for less than 10 percent of consumer spending in the United States. However, it is growing much faster than bricks-and-mortar retail as shoppers are lured by low prices, convenience, faster shipping and wide selection. …
  • Turkey's PM, President Maneuver for Power

    11/25/2012 6:35:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 23, 2012 | Dorian Jones
    Although both are founding members of Turkey's ruling party, increasingly the two men appear to be at odds with one another on a variety of political issues. The rivalry could have far-reaching consequences for the country. The Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, has in the past few months been challenging what is perceived as the increasingly tough positions of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whether on the treatment of the country’s Kurdish minority, imprisoned journalists or advocating membership in the European Union. Last month Erdogan voiced his frustration. He said Turkey is not ruled by double-headed governance and he said...
  • Obama fires 20,000 Marines, promises billions to Muslim green energy

    11/25/2012 6:35:19 PM PST · by massmike · 64 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 11/25/2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    Is Obama Always Faithful to our Marines? The current political winds in Washington, DC, have dictated that less will be spent on the various Branches of the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Case in point: the Commander-in-Chief has decided to fire 20,000 of our U.S. Marines. In an article published by San Diego, California's North County Times, ironically on Thanksgiving Day, Military Affairs reporter Gretel C. Kovach cites; "The Corps is shrinking by 20,000 Marines, to 182,100." The North County Times also cited that America's premier fighting force is; "scraping to repair or replace battle-worn equipment." In spite of...
  • Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins

    11/25/2012 5:52:16 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 42 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/24/2012 | Michael Carl
    Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins 'We confess idolatry, witchcraft, political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue' "The Ugandan newssite New Vision reports President Yoweri Museveni celebrated Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation. “I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to...
  • Frank Lautenberg says after Hurricane Sandy much of the boardwalk in Atlantic City no longer exists

    11/25/2012 5:50:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Says because of Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City "much of that boardwalk no longer exists -- just the pillars where boardwalk used to be." Hurricane Sandy washed iconic Jersey Shore landmarks into the sea, but despite what you may have heard -- from social media, television or maybe even a United States senator -- the historic boardwalk fronting Atlantic City's casinos survived. Two weeks after the monstrous storm swept through New Jersey, devastating large swaths of the state’s coastline, Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat, took to the Senate floor to describe the destruction and push for funding for recovery efforts. In...
  • Come All Ye FReepers, Patriots, FRiends & New Members [FReepathon Thread XLV]

    11/25/2012 5:31:15 PM PST · by onyx · 794 replies
    Free Republic | Sunday, November 25, 2012 | onyx
    Please Mail checks to Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794. Click here to pledge your support via secure server! ^ Come on, everyone! How long is this one going to take? Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now into its 56th day, which I think, is both a heartbreaking shame and also outrageous. Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the whole on the Internet! You all love Free Republic or you wouldn't be here. You all know that we hold FReepathons every quarter to finance Free Republic. What you...
  • Migrants set fire to Greek detention centre

    11/25/2012 5:25:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    euobserver.com ^ | 24.11.12 @ 22:01 | By Nikolaj Nielsen
    Komotini, Greece - Over 500 undocumented migrants detained for the past three months at the Komotini police academy in eastern Greece have rioted and set fire to the premises. "The riots have stopped. It is not the first but it is the largest. It is inhumane," a ranking officer told Euobserver on Saturday (November 24) evening. The entire site is on lockdown. Outside the gates, a police officer in riot gear stands guard armed with a machine gun in near complete silence. Behind him, a parking lot and the nearby buildings are obscured in darkness. The lights turned off. The...
  • ‘Kill List’ rule book may be coming soon to the White House Situation Room

    11/25/2012 5:25:19 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 25, 2012
    The White House "kill list"--a regularly updated chart showing the world's most wanted terrorists used by President Barack Obama during kill or capture debates--may soon be getting a rule book to go with it. Until now, President Obama has had the "final moral calculation" overseeing the "kill list," the existence of which was first revealed in May in the wake of a drone strike that killed an al-Qaida leader. But according to the paper, administration officials are looking to curb the power of the commander in chief with the rule book:
  • Global Cooling: A Far More Dangerous Fate. Humans thrive during warm spells. We die in the cold.

    11/25/2012 5:21:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/23/2012 | DR. TIM BALL AND TOM HARRIS
    A poll conducted on November 5 by Rasmussen Reports found that an all-time high of 68% of “likely U.S. voters” say that global warming is “a serious problem”; 38% of them thought it was “very serious.” Considering the benefits of warming and the fact that even the UK Met office shows that there has been no global warming in the past 16 years, this demonstrates the degree to which the population has been propagandized into believing the opposite of reality. We are the first generation in history to believe that climatic warming is a bad thing. In a warmer world,...
  • The beginnings of the Virginia gubernatorial race, 2013 edition

    11/25/2012 5:17:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The current Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been and remains a pretty popular leader. His legacy of a decreased unemployment rate that betters the national average, repeatedly balanced budgets, and a relatively evenhanded leadership style will be a tough act to follow, but you can’t run for two consecutive gubernatorial terms in the Old Dominion — a rule of which I am exceedingly fond.Candidates can’t officially sign up for the contest until January, but several people have already gone public with their political intentions, via WaPo a few days back: The early fight in Virginia next year will be among...
  • Militants bomb security bases in Egypt's Sinai

    11/25/2012 5:15:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2012, 06.06 PM IST
    ISMAILIA (EGYPT): Militants bombed security bases being built in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, injuring three people, authorities said, as the state tries to reassert control over territory that slipped from its grip after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. A massive explosion partly destroyed the wall of a security base being built for border guards in the town of Rafah at the border with the Gaza Strip overnight, but without causing injuries. Further south, three workers were injured by a separate blast that damaged a compound being built in Quseima for a different security agency responsible for guarding a pipeline that...
  • North Jersey towns acquiring high-tech surveillance gear

    11/25/2012 5:12:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    North Jersey.com ^ | Friday November 23, 2012 | ZACH PATBERG
    A federal anti-terrorism program has drawn North Jersey deeper into the practice of hidden surveillance, equipping police departments with high-tech cameras, infrared technology and automatic license plate readers to keep tabs on people as they travel to local reservoirs, financial hubs and malls. The stepped-up security around potential terrorist targets links the region into a network of clandestine monitoring. Some of the departments are already putting to use the equipment provided by Homeland Security; others are gearing up. Oradell, Emerson, Closter and Harrington Park police have car-mounted night-vision technology and video and recording equipment that can watch over the Oradell...
  • Secret Service agent who hid affair kills himself (assigned to Ovama)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly six years, a senior Secret Service agent kept his extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency responsible for protecting the president. But in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal involving 13 agents and officers, Rafael Prieto’s secret was revealed by a fellow employee amid concerns the Secret Service wasn’t enforcing its rules consistently. With an internal investigation ongoing, Prieto apparently committed suicide last week, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Prieto, a married father assigned to the security detail for President Barack Obama, admitted the years-long relationship...
  • Race-based Knockout Game meets the Moms

    11/25/2012 5:05:10 PM PST · by Anila · 80 replies
    WND ^ | 11/12/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    This version of the Knockout Game began like most others: A black mob found a defenseless white college student. They punched him in the face. Only stopping when they got tired and he got knocked out. Then they ran away, laughing hard and loud. Leaving Trevor Godfrey bleeding, unconscious and shaking with convulsions. Usually that is the end of it – just another case of racial violence played out by the hundreds in more than 80 cities across the country, detailed both in WND.com and the book White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Sky Soldiers ~ November 26, 2012

    11/25/2012 5:05:01 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 79 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~Sky Soldiers173D Airborne BrigadeAll info and photos from this website.             BRIGADE HISTORY  The 173D Airborne Brigade was activated on the island of Okinawa on March 26, 1963. From its beginning, it proved to be an aggressive and unique unit led by (then) Brigadier General Ellis W. Williamson who established...
  • Gun Talk Radio 11/25/12

    11/25/2012 5:04:50 PM PST · by mylife · 116 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 11/25/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 11/25/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • WHAT WOULD JESUS SHOOT? Churches offering concealed-carry weapons training to attract members

    11/25/2012 5:00:45 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 36 replies
    The Daily ^ | 11/25/12 | Justin Rocket Silverman
    MARENGO, Ohio — Salvation isn’t automatic — but it might be semiautomatic. In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training. “Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.” Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements...
  • Near Tahrir, 3 women have clothes ripped off, chased by mob (Egypt)

    11/25/2012 4:38:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    bikyamasr.com ^ | 25 November 2012 | Joseph Mayton |
    CAIRO: An angry mob of around 300 men near Egypt’s Tahrir Square attacked and ripped three women’s clothes off and chased them near one of the field hospitals by the square. The state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported that the women, of an unknown age, had their clothes torn from their bodies by the mob, assaulted and were then chased near the frontlines of the ongoing clashes with police on Sunday early afternoon. The report said that protesters nearby who saw the incident intervened and rescued the women from further assault. On Friday, as tens of thousands converged on the main Egyptian...
  • The “right” to healthcare does not require a doctor to work for free

    11/25/2012 4:12:14 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 65 replies
    Med City News ^ | 11-23-12 | Kevin Smith MD
    After the election, a lot of people are excited that they can now get healthcare. Or maybe not quite yet, but by 2014, when ObamaCare is fully implemented. The only problem is that healthcare is not like an Obama phone. The phones are all made by a standard process in a factory, probably in China, and they usually work. You can use them to call a healthcare provider. But you usually get the ’if this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911,’ followed by the phone menu. How will this change with ObamaCare? Doesn’t that give you a right...
  • Brave 5-year-old girl didn't cry after she was shot in stomach outside Bronx apartment

    11/25/2012 4:02:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | LAUREL BABCOCK, KIRSTAN CONLEY and ANTONIO ANTENUCCI
    An adorable 5-year-old girl on her way home from a family baby shower was shot in the stomach by a stray bullet early this morning in front of her Bronx apartment building, police said. Relatives thought young Hailey Dominguez had fainted on the steps in the Hughes Avenue courtyard outside her apartment shortly before 1 a.m. They tried to carry her to the fifth-floor apartment where she lived before they realized she had been shot. "We didn't know she got shot," said Keyla Rosario, the victim’s 15-year-old sister. "We were crying, not her."
  • Investigators looking into 'unanswered questions' about Mary Richardson Kennedy's suicide

    11/25/2012 3:57:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Mary Richardson Kennedy’s family hired a high-powered Washington investigation firm and an ex- Manhattan homicide prosecutor to look into her death, The Post has learned. The firm focused its probe on Robert Kennedy Jr., Mary’s estranged husband, and on many “unanswered questions,” according to sources who say they were questioned in the months following her May 16 suicide. “It was definitely my impression that they were pursuing a wrongful-death action,” said a confidant of Mary’s interviewed by family investigators. “They had the same concerns I had about the crime scene.”
  • CURL: Post-election surprise: A slew of bad news

    11/25/2012 3:53:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Joseph Curl
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: Breaking with tradition, this election cycle bypassed the “October Surprise,” unless you count finding out that Donald Trump is a complete idiot. (His “shocking news” on President Obama was his announcement that he was offering $5 million for the release of all drawings the Kenyan native did in kindergarten.) In the end, there wasn’t even a “November Surprise.” Americans, happy with their free stuff from the federal government and fully content to go $1 trillion in debt to get it, stuck with the status quo. The first post-partisan president divided America by class, sex, race, religion and America said,...
  • The 47% have no idea how much healthcare reform will cost them

    11/25/2012 3:45:32 PM PST · by plain talk · 109 replies
    MedCity News ^ | November 5, 2012 | Jane Orient
    It may be unpopular to say so, but it is true: the U.S. is very close to, if not past, the tipping point at which the majority of the people are net beneficiaries of big government — or so they think. People who receive a check from the government may see voting for a smaller government as contrary to their best interest. If they don’t pay taxes, why should they care about a tax increase? Perceptions are, however, deceiving.”Healthcare reform,” as the (Un)Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is billed, probably shows more clearly than anything else how most Americans, including Romney’s...
  • Sprinklers go off in the third quarter of Dolphins-Seahawks at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium

    11/25/2012 3:38:15 PM PST · by BerryDingle · 14 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Doug Farrar
    The sprinklers went off on the Sun Life field, dousing everybody with water. One side judge ran away like the sprinklers were full of hot lava, while some players seemed to enjoy cooling off in the Miami heat. Someone found the off switch a few seconds later, and play resumed.
  • What's is your bug out bag?

    11/25/2012 3:37:35 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 133 replies
    11-25-12
    What's in your bug out bag? My eldest calls them Good bags, Get out of Dodge. My second daughter (see home page) calls it her apocalypse crate, a rubber maid container filled with all the stuff she'll need, and has it in her car. It has all her old army stuff that couldn't be returned. For example, gas masks, mre's etc. Ours has the normal stuff, blankets, food, flashlights, water, clothes, fire, ammo, etc. It might be a good thread to have input, suggestions, what's good, what's frivolous.
  • London Fans Spark Outrage Over “Free Palestine” Chants (Soccer, Rome)

    11/25/2012 3:32:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2012, 9:30 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, has expressed “shock and dismay” at the latest display of anti-Semitism among supporters of the Italian club S.S. Lazio, which occurred during a Europa League match between Lazio and the English club Tottenham Hotspur in Rome on Thursday evening. The match was marred by anti-Semitic chanting, with Lazio fans shouting “Juden Tottenham, Juden Tottenham” and unrolling a huge banner reading “Free Palestine”. …
  • Op-Ed: Peace is a Special Language We All Must Learn to Speak (Barfalicious, Malnutritious)

    11/25/2012 3:28:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Ece Koc
    Everyone has an opinion about the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Some say that Palestinians started it with their rockets aimed at Israel territory, while others say that Israel was using disproportionate force and killing innocent people in Gaza. These points have been debated in the media all over the world. We must realize that following the same paths of hatred and rage will always lead to the same results - pain for both parties, people dying on both sides and a life of fear with no ability to see the hope for the future. It is time for everyone...
  • ‘Kill List’ rule book may be coming soon to the White House Situation Room

    11/25/2012 3:18:15 PM PST · by haffast · 36 replies
    The Ticket ^ | 11/25/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The White House "kill list"--a regularly updated chart showing the world's most wanted terrorists used by President Barack Obama during kill or capture debates--may soon be getting a rule book to go with it. According to the New York Times, the administration--faced with the possibility that President Obama might lose the 2012 election to Mitt Romney--"accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures." Until now, President Obama has had the "final moral calculation" overseeing the "kill...
  • 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...