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  • Terrorism? Texas Schools Are Teaching Just That (And More)

    11/26/2012 10:17:50 AM PST · by Thurifer the Censer · 59 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | November 20, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    ďA local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nationís busiest port,Ē wrote the teachers in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party. ďAlthough no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.
  • Will The Peak Of The Solar Cycle In 2013 Produce Technology Crippling Solar Super Storms?

    11/26/2012 10:10:57 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    TAD ^ | 11-25-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Will The Peak Of The Solar Cycle In 2013 Produce Technology Crippling Solar Super Storms? By Michael Snyder November 25th, 2012 Our sun is becoming increasingly unstable, and most people have no idea the complete and utter devastation that a massive solar storm could potentially cause. A giant solar storm could potentially take out satellites, GPS systems, electrical grids, communication networks and pretty much anything else that runs on electricity or that relies upon electronics. And considering how dependent our society has become on technology, we are talking about an event that could possibly bring about the end of the...
  • Why arenít Asians Republicans?

    11/26/2012 9:51:06 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 105 replies
    AEI Ideas ^ | November 26, 2012 | Charles Murray
    Last week, I pointed out that there is no such thing as a natural social-conservative skew among Latino Americans. But that leaves open a rejoinder, expressed by several readers: The GOP doesnít need to get all of the Latino vote, just its fair share. Thatís true, and I should have made my point clearer. In the wake of the election, some social conservatives have tried a new version of the old Silent Majority argument, contending that Republicans can continue to make their candidates pass litmus tests on abortion and gay marriage and still win national elections if only it taps...
  • Promises on Gun Control

    11/26/2012 9:48:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | November 26, 2012
    President Obama's fleeting mention of the need for stronger gun controls at a presidential debate last month was hardly the kind of forceful political statement needed to address the scourge of gun violence in this country. Even his tepid remark was considered by the nation's gun owners as a threat to take away their firearms. In what amounts to a buyers' panic, they are again ramping up gun and ammunition sales as they did four years ago, convinced that Mr. Obama intends a gun-control crackdown. Yet in his first term, Mr. Obama did nothing to cross the gun lobby, and...
  • Mayhem Alert: Eleven Reasons I Donít Shop on Black Friday

    11/26/2012 9:47:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | November 24, 2012 | Clash Daily
    ‚ÄėGang fight‚Äô at Black Friday sale‚Ķ¬†Man Punched in Face Pulls Gun On Line-Cutting Shopper‚ĶShots fired outside WALMART‚ĶShoppers smash through door at URBAN OUTFITTERS‚ĶCustomers run over in parking lot‚Ķ [Scroll down -TSR]Woman busted after throwing merchandise‚ĶThousands storm VICTORIA‚ÄôS SECRET‚ĶVIDEO: Insane battle over phones‚Ķ [Theme from "Superjail" started to run through my head as I watched this -TSR]Mayhem at Nebraska mall where 9 murdered in 2007‚ĶShoplifter tries to mace security guards‚Ķ [Scroll down -TSR]Men Steal Boy‚Äôs Shopping Bag Outside BED, BATH & BEYOND‚Ķ
  • French minister does not want ArcelorMittal in France

    11/26/2012 9:41:05 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    <p>PARIS: French industrial renewal minister Arnaud Montebourg does not want steel giant ArcelorMittal in France anymore and is looking for an industrial partner with which to take the group's operations there over on a temporary basis, he said on Monday in an interview.</p>
  • The Birth of Hamas

    11/26/2012 9:40:41 AM PST · by Katechon · 21 replies
    In-Extremis | November 26 | Katechon
    Hamas traces its roots back to the Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Hasan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al-Banna launched the Muslim Brothers in March 1928. The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood, which al-Banna supplied, is: "Islam is the solution, the Koran is our Constitution, Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our Leader, Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope." Said Ramadan was born in 1926 in Shibin al-Kawm, a village in the Nile delta. He encountered al-Banna and joined the Muslim Brotherhood when he was 14. After graduating from Cairo University, he became al-Banna's...
  • Skills Donít Pay the Bills

    11/26/2012 9:40:40 AM PST · by ksen · 69 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/20/2012 | Adam Davidson
    Eric Isbister, the C.E.O. of GenMet, a metal-fabricating manufacturer outside Milwaukee, told me that he would hire as many skilled workers as show up at his door. Last year, he received 1,051 applications and found only 25 people who were qualified. He hired all of them, but soon had to fire 15. Part of Isbisterís pickiness, he says, comes from an avoidance of workers with experience in a ďunion-type job.Ē Isbister, after all, doesnít abide by strict work rules and $30-an-hour salaries. At GenMet, the starting pay is $10 an hour. Those with an associate degree can make $15, which...
  • Dallas' JR Ewing actor Larry Hagman 'took cash from Romanian communists'

    11/26/2012 9:34:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | november 25, 2012 | alice philipson
    Hagman, who died last week aged 81, reportedly visited Bucharest in the 1980s together with his wife Maj Axelsson. At the time, he was famous worldwide for his role as merciless oil magnate JR Ewing on television series Dallas. However, during the trip, he gained an unexpected fan. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was later executed in the 1989 Christmas uprising, wanted a portrait of the actor to be put up publicity, believing it would bolster the regime. Dallas was one of the few American TV series the late communist dictator allowed to be shown on television, believing it portrayed...
  • Yale may not recognize Christian fraternity

    11/26/2012 9:31:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    World On Campus ^ | 11/26/12 | Catherine Rogers
    A newly approved Christian fraternity at Yale University may be denied official recognition and student group funding because it plans to restrict membership to men who believe in Jesus. Just days after the leaders of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) announced the Yale chapter's formation, the student newspaper reported that the group "will have to change its membership rules if it intends to comply with Yale's anti-discrimination policies."
  • Autism rates hit 'epidemic increase' in N.J.

    11/26/2012 9:27:53 AM PST · by Coleus · 95 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 03.30.12 | Lindy Washburn
    The rate of autism in New Jersey has doubled in six years to one in 49 children ‚ÄĒ and one in 29 boys ‚ÄĒ an ‚Äúepidemic increase‚ÄĚ in a disorder that has confounded researchers for decades.¬† Two percent of children in the state are now identified with autism by their eighth birthday. For more information * The report on autism prevalence can be found at the website of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov\autism.* Information on the signs and symptoms of autism, as well as developmental milestones, can be found at cdc.gov\ActEarly.* Autism New Jersey provides support...
  • Out-Hustled? Michael Barone on Why So Many Failed to Predict the Reelection of Obama (VIDEO)

    11/26/2012 9:23:44 AM PST · by GVnana · 27 replies
    Many pollsters predicted a Romney win, but were proven wrong on Election Day 2012. Did pollsters fail to account for cellphone users, or did Romney fail at turning out the GOP vote? Did voter fraud play a role? Find out as Michael Barone analyzes the results of the 2012 election with Glenn Reynolds.
  • Warren Buffett calls for a minimum tax on the wealthy

    11/26/2012 9:23:44 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | Ben Berkowitz
    In a New York Times editorial printed on Monday, Buffett suggested Congress move immediately to implement minimum taxes of 30 percent on incomes of $1 million to $10 million and 35 percent above that. "A plain and simple rule like that will block the efforts of lobbyists, lawyers and contribution-hungry legislators to keep the ultra rich paying rates well below those incurred by people with income just a tiny fraction of ours," Buffett wrote. "Only a minimum tax on very high incomes will prevent the stated tax rate from being eviscerated by these warriors for the wealthy," he added. The...
  • SCOTUS orders appeals court to hear Liberty University health care lawsuit

    11/26/2012 9:22:22 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 7 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to examine the constitutionality of the health reform lawís employer requirements and mandatory coverage of contraceptives without a co-pay. The move could open the door for President Barack Obamaís health law to be back in front of the Supreme Court late next year. The Supreme Court responded to a request from Liberty University, one of the groups that sued over the health care lawís individual mandate in 2010. When the court ruled in June that the mandate was constitutional, it dismissed Libertyís entire lawsuit. Over the summer, the...
  • Obama does a little Christmas shopping on "Small Business Saturday" [Vomit Bag Alert]

    11/26/2012 9:20:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | November 26, 2012
    Hoping to encourage other Americans to participate in "Small Business Saturday" as an alternative to big chain-friendly Black Friday, President Obama today visited an Arlington, Va., bookstore to cross some items off his family's Christmas list. Accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, the president journeyed across the river to One More Page Books, which the White House described as an "independent, neighborhood bookstore." After consulting his Blackberry for an apparent holiday wish list, he purchased 15 children's books before even browsing the store.
  • Ehud Barak resigns from politics

    11/26/2012 9:15:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 11.26.12, 11:19 | Yuval Karni, Attila Somfalvi
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Monday that he is resigning from politics and will not contend in the upcoming Knesset election. He will complete his term as defense minister, he said. Barak stated that while he had difficulties making the decision, he was confident in his choice. ďI want to study, to write to live and have a good time,Ē he said. Ö The minister denied making the decision based on grim polls results ahead of the Knesset election. He further joked that he is following the footsteps of Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon, who recently announced he is taking a...
  • IBD and WSJ Editorials Make Morsi Power Grab-U.S. Praise Linkage the Rest of the Press Won't

    11/26/2012 8:59:46 AM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    As has so often been the case for nearly four years, one needs to go to the editorial pages of the nation's two leading financial publications, the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily, to get to the truth behind news developments, especially the ones with potential to cast the Obama administration in a bad light. There may not be a better example of the press ignoring the obvious than the circumstances surrounding Mohammed Morsi's dictatorial power grab in Egypt. Morsi gained substantial perceived world standing when the U.S. government praised him lavishly (or is it slavishly?) for his involvement...
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    11/26/2012 8:52:59 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
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  • In shocker, Israel's Barak quits politics

    11/26/2012 8:48:31 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 11/26/12 | AMY TEIBEL/ap
    JERUSALEM (AP) ó Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections. Barak, Israel's most-decorated soldier and one-time prime minister, said he would stay on in his current post until a new government is formed following the Jan. 22 balloting.
  • Not enough pipelines, so crude sells at discount

    11/26/2012 8:31:04 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 26, 2012 | Emily Pickrell
    A $21 price difference between crude oil in Midland and Cushing, Okla., is an all-time high, as oil production in the Permian Basin far outpaces the pipeline infrastructure to move it. The spot price for West Texas Intermediate crude was about $87 per barrel this week in Cushing ¬Ė the delivery point at which the U.S. benchmark oil is priced ¬Ė versus $65 per barrel in Midland. The two only differed by $3 in October, according to a Wells Fargo report. ¬ďIf I produce a barrel of oil in the Permian, my ability to move it to market is restricted,¬Ē...