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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...