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  • Millions could be left in dark over AMT

    11/27/2012 3:26:21 AM PST · by taildragger · 16 replies
    Investment News ^ | November 25, 2012 | Editorial
    Taxpayers probably won't have a clear idea of their 2012 tax obligations until the last minute this year — and possibly not even then. They could find themselves owing several thousand dollars in income tax that they didn't plan for and may not be able to afford.
  • Benjamin Franklin predicting election of Obama

    11/27/2012 3:23:12 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    "When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) US Founding Father
  • Americans in Israel Sue Clinton for US Funding of Arab Terror

    11/27/2012 3:15:38 AM PST · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | November 27, 2012 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Two dozen Americans in Israel are suing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for negligence in allowing the United States to fund the Palestinian Authority, which used money for terror. The suit was filed in a federal U.S. court in Washington by the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin), which has revolutionized the war against terror through “lawfare,” winning colossal lawsuits against terrorist organizations and banks that handle their funds. The Federal suit alleges that the U.S. State Department violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and abandoned Congressional safeguards, transparency and reporting requirements. The United States Department of State, under the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 27, 2012

    11/27/2012 3:02:05 AM PST · by sneakers · 17 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Livni Announces New Party: 'The Movement'

    11/27/2012 2:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Kadima chair Tzipi Livni held a news conference at 12:00 noon to announce that she is running for the 19th Knesset at the helm of an independent party, "The Movement – Headed by Tzipi Livni." Livni met Monday with another former Kadima chair, Ehud Olmert, and informed him of her decision. According to a Maagar Mochot poll published Thursday, a list headed by Livni would garner nine Knesset seats and "steal" seats from Labor, which would get only 19, and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (Future) party, which would get 4 seats. Lapid has offered Livni the Number Two position...
  • "FA$T CA$H: Easy Credit & the Economic Crash" - (Music Video by Dorian Electra)

    11/27/2012 2:45:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/26/12 | Dorian Electra
    A cautionary tale about monetary stimulus in a catchy pop-song!
  • Study Shows Abortion Linked to High Breast Cancer Risk

    11/27/2012 2:12:42 AM PST · by kathsua · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/12 | Steven Ertelt
    A study in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention shows abortion increases the risk of breast cancer for women. C. Yanhua of the First Peoples’ Hospital of Kunming in Yunnan province and his colleagues found the abortion-breast cancer association after comparing data from 263 cases of breast cancer and 457 controls without the disease. Their analysis covers the years 2009-2011. The authors examined information on disease diagnosis, demographics, medical history, and reproductive characteristics of the patients involved and also looked at short menstrual cycle, old age at first live birth, never breastfeeding, history of oral contraceptive use, postmenopausal status...
  • UPDATE: Body ID'd as missing boy, mom in custody (Cleveland-3 year old child was missing)

    11/27/2012 2:02:38 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 11 replies
    19actionnews ^ | 11/26/12
    OAKWOOD VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) - The body of Emilliano Terry was found in a trash bag late Monday afternoon bringing to an end an emotional search for the young boy. Search for missing 3-year old intensifies FBI, Police update search for missing Cleveland boy Police say they became suspicious after the boy's mother, Camilia Terry, started changing her story. While canvassing for the boy, officers observed a Waste Management truck in the area of the boy's home. Police contacted the company and asked them to hold the truck so they could search. Around 4 p.m., the boy's body was found...
  • Americans in Israel Sue Clinton for US Funding of Arab Terror

    11/27/2012 1:29:46 AM PST · by ilcenter · 4 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/27/2012 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Two dozen Americans in Israel are suing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for negligence in allowing the United States to fund the Palestinian Authority, which used money for terror. The suit was filed in a federal U.S. court in Washington by the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin), which has revolutionized the war against terror through “lawfare,” winning colossal lawsuits against terrorist organizations and banks that handle their funds. The Federal suit alleges that the U.S. State Department violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and abandoned Congressional safeguards, transparency and reporting requirements. Clinton allegedly ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to...
  • Israel's Likud primary draws party further right

    11/27/2012 1:25:39 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/26/2012
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud faction shifted further to the right on Monday, with the more moderate members of the ruling party faring poorly in a primary vote ahead of January elections. The two-day poll, extended from Sunday after technical failures in the computerised system caused significant delays, ended on Monday night with nearly 60 percent of the Likud's 123,000 members casting their vote. Unofficial results published on Israeli media showed that the ballot proved the strength of the settler lobby, led by Moshe Feiglin, who has said that Likud needed to reassure the right. Moshe Feiglin, hardline settler candidate...
  • The Dust Bowl - PBS

    11/27/2012 1:18:00 AM PST · by djf · 15 replies
    KCTS ^ | 2012 | Ken Burns
    Ken Burns has produced a fascinating and heartbreaking documentary about events leading up to and the effects of the "dust bowl" of the 1930's. This is truly one of the most historic events in American society and agriculture, and I highly recommend this to all who are interested in the history of the midwest. The people, their strengths, their values, their struggles, are covered with alot of first person commentary, as well as being covered by the journalists of the day. It is available from KCTS channel 9 in Seattle, a three hour two part series. Part One: The Great...
  • (48YO)Retired Hoboken cop waved gun at worker building fence at Bayonne home: police

    11/27/2012 1:15:05 AM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    A retired Hoboken police officer who lives in Bayonne was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses after allegedly waving a gun at a man building a fence at the rear of his property, officials said. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or bond when Patrick J. Iapicca Jr., 48, of East 22nd Street, made his first court appearance on the charges today via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny. At 10:15 a.m. on Friday, the retired officer allegedly approached the man installing the fence while waving a 9mm Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun, the police report says....
  • Israeli-Americans sue Clinton over PA aid money

    11/27/2012 12:27:27 AM PST · by ilcenter · 4 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11.27.12, 09:50 | Adi Gold
    Dual US-Israeli citizens filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the State Department claiming that the US administration provided the Palestinian Authority with billions of dollars in aid money which were used to fund terrorist groups such as Hamas instead of supporting humanitarian causes, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. According to the lawsuit, the State Department ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to US aid to the Palestinian Authority. The White House, it was claimed, did not comply with the regulations and reporting obligations governing presidential waivers which facilitate emergency funding to the Palestinians. Evidence collected by the plaintiffs indicates that...
  • Smearing Rubio - There are questions only conservative Republicans are asked.

    11/27/2012 12:06:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.26.12 | PAUL KENGOR
    In a recent interview, Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican front-runner for 2016, was asked, "How old do you think the Earth is?" . It's a ridiculous question of utter irrelevance to the status of the country and whether Marco Rubio would be a good president. Rubio's answer was excellent: "I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think...
  • Jeb Bush, with cash and clout, pushes contentious school reforms

    11/26/2012 11:53:13 PM PST · by Arthurio · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 26, 2012
    Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush soared to rock star status in the education world on the strength of a chart. A simple graph, it tracked fourth-grade reading scores. In 1998, when Bush was elected governor, Florida kids scored far below the national average. By the end of his second term, in 2007, they were far ahead, with especially impressive gains for low-income and minority students. Those results earned Bush bipartisan acclaim. As he convenes a star-studded policy summit this week in Washington, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential education reformers in the...
  • EU: Eurozone leaders disregard democracy

    11/26/2012 11:22:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    La Tribune, Paris ^ | 11/26/2012 | Romaric Godin
    On the sidelines of the Brussels budget summit on November 22 and 23, Eurozone leaders approved the appointment of Luxembourgian Yves Mersch to the board of the European Central Bank. But he was elected despite the European parliament voting against him, a move which highlights the EU's dysfunctional nature. Everyone agrees that Europe suffers from a democratic deficit and a lack of legitimacy which alienate its citizens. That is everyone except for the heads of Eurozone governments, who, notwithstanding a European parliament vote to the contrary, quietly appointed Luxembourg’s central bank governor, Yves Mersch, to the board of the ECB...
  • Woman arrested after trying to kill her boyfriend with her large breasts

    11/26/2012 11:08:58 PM PST · by expat1000 · 56 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Nov 25, 2012 | Debbie Gross
    man claims he was nearly killed after his girlfriend choked him with her large breasts, according court proceedings. A high-flying lawyer fled in terror naked after his girlfriend used her 38DD breasts to kill him, a German court has heard.Tim Schmidt, 30, said his girlfriend, Franziska Hansen, 33, mounted her assault while they were having sex because she was jealous of his successful career.
  • 'We're looking at the background of the victim'

    11/26/2012 10:54:37 PM PST · by Anila · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 11/09/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    City officials in Baltimore knew exactly what to do when a mob of black people beat John Mason almost to death. They blamed the victim. The mob assault took place last week at a downtown bus stop, in front of cameras, in the middle of the day, on a crowded street. “At this point, it’s unclear what the motive was,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore police spokesperson. “We’re looking at a variety of possibilities. One of them is an obvious robbery. We’re also looking at the background of the victim, trying to see if there are any disputes that might have...
  • Bunker Hill Community College Showcases Painting of President Obama Crucified Like Jesus

    11/26/2012 10:11:29 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    A local man’s work of art that depicts President Barack Obama like Jesus Christ, donning a Crown of Thorns, is being called “blasphemous” and “shameful” online after Fox 25 spotlighted his creation in a recent news story.
  • Thorium To Be Used In a Working Reactor

    11/26/2012 10:05:27 PM PST · by Praxeologue · 11 replies
    New Energy and Fuel ^ | November 26, 2012
    A Norwegian company led by Alf Bjørseth will start burning thorium fuel in a conventional test reactor owned by Norway’s government with help from U.S.-based nuclear giant Westinghouse. Bjørseth is now running his private company Scatec AS, and establishing new companies within Scatec based on the latest technologies in the areas of renewable energy and advanced materials, including a thorium fuel effort through a holding company called Thor Corporation. Thor Corporation owns Thor Energy and also has shares in businesses related to thorium fuel, thorium mining and separation of rare earth elements. Fen Minerals holds the mining rights to the...
  • The Shot That Prevents Heart Attacks

    11/26/2012 10:01:36 PM PST · by shove_it · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 26 Noov 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    If you’re tempted to skip your flu shot, consider this: Getting vaccinated cuts risk for a heart attack or stroke by up to 50 percent, according to two studies presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Scientists from TIMU Study Group and Network for Innovation in Clinical Research analyzed published clinical trials involving a total of 3,227 patients, half of whom had been diagnosed with heart disease. Participants, whose average age was 60, were randomly assigned to either receive flu vaccine or a placebo shot, then their health was tracked for 12 months. Those who got the flu shot were 50...
  • Sandra Fluke nominated for Time Person of Year

    11/26/2012 9:52:42 PM PST · by massmike · 58 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | n/a
    She became the face for the pro-abortion movement during the 2012 elections and the laughingstock of pro-lifers for her relentless push to force Americans to pay for her birth control. College student Sandra Fluke has been nominated as a potential Person of the Year by Time Magazine. Fluke is apparently unable to figure out how to purchase low-cost birth control from places like Target, Wal-Mart or her local pharmacy. Still, Time magazine felt she was qualified enough to include her with legitimate newsmakers and leaders who are significantly more deserving of the award and recognition.
  • Study: Porn Stars More Religious, Have Higher Self-Esteem Than Other Women

    11/26/2012 9:34:13 PM PST · by null and void · 99 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | November 26, 2012 12:53 PM
    HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — Stop thinking that all porn actresses are “damaged goods.” A new study finds that female porn stars are more religious and have a higher self-esteem than other women. The study, which was published in the Journal of Sex Research, concluded that these women do not fit the “damaged goods hypothesis.” “In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actresses had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality compared to the matched group,” the study titled “Pornography Actresses: An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis” concluded. The study compared 177 porn actresses to a...
  • Santorum: 'I'm open' to 2016 bid

    11/26/2012 9:03:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 137 replies
    (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hinted Monday he may see another presidential run in his future. "I'm open to that possibility," the Republican said when asked on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" about a 2016 White House bid. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker "But we're a long way..." he added, pausing, then continuing, "I'm focused right now on trying to stay involved in the fray and make sure that we do the right thing up on Capitol Hill right now." Santorum proved a tough opponent to Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential primary, ultimately forcing the contest...
  • GRANTHAM: We're Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions

    11/26/2012 8:51:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 70 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 November 2012 | Henry Blodgett
    Last year, legendary investor Jeremy Grantham of GMO published a treatise on exploding commodity prices. He also offered a startlingly depressing outlook for the future of humanity. Grantham believes the world has undergone a permanent "paradigm shift" in which the number of people on Earth has finally and permanently outstripped the planet's ability to support us. The phenomenon of ever-more humans using a finite supply of natural resources cannot continue forever, Grantham says--and the prices of metals, hydrocarbons (oil), and food are now beginning to reflect that. Grantham believes that the planet can only sustainably support about 1.5 billion humans,...
  • British engineer hacked to death on his South African farm

    11/26/2012 8:49:08 PM PST · by jonatron · 69 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Dan Newling
    A British engineer who moved to South Africa after "falling in love with the country" has been brutally murdered on his remote farmstead. Mr Preece's daughter-in-law has told how a gang of three robbers poisoned the couple's large pack of guard dogs before breaking into the house. Since the country's first fully democratic elections in 1994, more than 3,000 white, mainly Afrikaans, farmers have been killed in their homes. The so-called "farm attacks" are part of the wave of criminality that has engulfed the country in recent years, something criminologists blame of a number of factors...
  • Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

    11/26/2012 8:37:22 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | November 26, 2012
    (CNN) -- A Mexican beauty queen was killed during a weekend shootout in the restive northern state of Sinaloa, authorities said Monday. Maria Susana Flores Gamez , 20, was the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa. She was killed Saturday during clashes between criminals and military troops in the municipality of Mocorito. Two others, both men, also were killed in the shootout.
  • Egypt's Morsi Pulls Back Power Grab, Makes Deal w/ Judges

    11/26/2012 8:35:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/27/2012 | Chana Ya'ar
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has agreed to pull back decrees announced last Thursday granting himself sweeping new powers. The Islamist leader originally told a panel of Egypt's top judges that he would not change his stance on the edicts, insisting that he was acting within his rights. But according to a report by a television network allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, an agreement worked out with top judicial authorities was reached late Monday. The decrees had barred the judiciary from disbanding the Constitutional Assembly or the Upper House of the Parliament, placing the presidency and the committee writing the new Constitution...
  • New study shows gun violence down in Virginia

    11/26/2012 8:26:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    WWBT (VA) ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | Phil Newsome
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A new analysis shows gun-related violence has actually fallen steadily in Virginia since 2006, despite the record number of firearm sales. VCU professor Thomas Baker compared state crime data for 2006 through 2011 with gun dealer sales estimated by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The research shows the number of guns purchased soared to 73% in the six year period, while gun related crimes fell 24%. Baker says the comparisons seem to contradict the premise that guns lead to more crime. Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.
  • Obama--64,175,423 Romney--60,044,046

    Still not finalized.
  • Mexicans feeling persecuted flee U.S.

    11/26/2012 8:17:07 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | November 26, 2012 | Rafael Romo
    Cananea, Mexico (CNN) -- In a remote town in northern Mexico, a 10-year-old-boy is struggling with his homework. His name is Oscar Castellanos, and the fifth-grader is getting extra help from his father because he's having trouble adjusting to his new school. The student enrolled at Leona Vicario Elementary in the town of Cananea is technically a foreigner in his father's land. Oscar was born in Arizona and is a U.S. citizen. He recites the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance by memory without hesitation. His English accent is that of a boy raised in the American Southwest. Oscar's family moved back...
  • Republican and Lesbian, and Fighting for Acceptance of Both Identities (Damn The New York Times)

    11/26/2012 8:00:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Sarah Wheaton
    In 1996, Kathryn Lehman was a soon-to-be married lawyer working for Republicans in the House of Representatives. One of her major accomplishments: helping to write the law that bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Today, Ms. Lehman, 53, no longer has a husband, and no longer identifies as straight. And she is a lobbyist for Freedom to Marry, which is devoted to overturning the very law she helped write, the Defense of Marriage Act. But Ms. Lehman is still a fervent Republican. “I’m trying to break the stereotype that all gays and lesbians, especially lesbians, are Democrats,” she said. Although...
  • Life at Conception Act: Rand Paul's Bold Plan to End Abortion via Roe v. Wade

    11/26/2012 7:42:24 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 84 replies
    Rand Paul - National Pro-Life Alliance ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Rand Paul
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asks for your support of the National Pro-Life Alliance and the Life at Conception Act to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sign the Petitionhttp://nationalprolifealliance.com/rlacaa_petition.aspx background: Rand Paul Cosponsors Life at Conception Act Rand Paul - Press Release 24 January 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. This legislation does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment,...
  • Wow! Rand Paul on On the Record with Greta-where was this message in the campaign?

    11/26/2012 7:41:24 PM PST · by mtrott · 37 replies
    Self-vanity
    My goodness, I got a tingle up my leg just now, listening to Rand Paul vigorously advocate for cutting taxes to grow the economy at 4% or greater. And he also pushed back on the dem premise that only by raising taxes can we cut the deficit. On the contrary, he strongly insisted that the Bush tax rates resulted in INCREASED revenues to the federal government for years. He also confirmed that he would not vote to raise ANY taxes, and did not buy into Greta's query about the whole idea of cutting deductions to raise revenue either. This was...
  • Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of Cash

    11/26/2012 7:36:03 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 10 replies
    Propublica ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Dafna Linzer
    This past summer, as the Syrian economy began to unravel and the military pressed hard against an armed rebellion, a Syrian government plane ferried what flight records describe as more than 200 tons of “bank notes” from Moscow. The records of overflight requests were obtained by ProPublica. The flights occurred during a period of escalating violence in a conflict that has left tens of thousands of people dead since fighting broke out in March 2011. The regime of Bashar al-Assad is increasingly in need of cash to stay afloat and continue financing the military’s efforts to crush the uprising.
  • Joy Behar’s Moral Quandary: 'Isn't it a Little Racist to Call it Black Friday?'

    11/26/2012 7:32:56 PM PST · by chessplayer · 94 replies
    There's nothing like tuning into an episode of "The View" for a little exploration of social sensitivities in the modern American culture. In keeping with that tradition, on Black Friday, a term used to describe the Friday following Thanksgiving, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season, the use of the word "black" to mark this occasion was a topic of discussion on "The View" for its potential "racist" implications.
  • White House cites ‘concerns’ over Egypt, won’t criticize Morsi

    11/26/2012 7:17:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House expressed "significant and serious" concerns on Monday about Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's shock power grab last week. But press secretary Jay Carney carefully avoided offering any criticism of a leader who just one week ago seemed to be on President Barack Obama's speed dial as they worked on a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Carney repeatedly addressed the political crisis in Egypt in relatively dry and mild diplo-speak, while emphasizing that Morsi "played an important role" in crafting the cease-fire and deserved "credit" for that. There was no "we strongly condemn" and no "we denounce," and even...
  • Portland school sees racism in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

    11/26/2012 7:15:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    In an effort to combat perceived discrimination, one Portland school seems to have gone off the deep end by suggesting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches carry racist connotations, Twitchy reported Monday. According to the Portland Tribune, Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School, "picks up on the subtle language of racism" on a daily basis. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
  • UDC Asks for $4 Million to Finance Layoffs (DC area)

    11/26/2012 7:12:36 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 13 replies
    nbcwashington.com ^ | Monday, Nov 26, 2012 | Brandon Benavides
    School plans to layoff 25 faculty and staff members The University of the District of Columbia is asking the city for $4 million to pay for the severance packages of dozens of professors and staff members it wants to lay off. UDC plans to lay off 25 faculty and staff members, and eliminate seven departments and two dozen majors. School officials say it's expensive to eliminate positions because of a strong union presence. The school already eliminated 30 positions. A university spokesperson said the school expects the city to pay for the severance packages because the city ordered UDC to...
  • Gregoire pushes for online sales tax

    11/26/2012 7:11:11 PM PST · by Baynative · 94 replies
    kiroTV ^ | 11/26/12 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire's time in office may be best remembered for the major deals she helped broker, often in late-night bargaining sessions in which negotiators were ordered to find a resolution. Now the Democrat, two months away from leaving Washington state government, is looking to finalize one more big agreement.
  • Sweet Krispy Kreme worker surprises man on quest for rejection

    11/26/2012 7:05:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 11/26/12 | Dylan Stableford
    A man's quest to overcome his fear of rejection by making at least one crazy request a day for 100 days was throttled last week when a Krispy Kreme employee accepted his order for five doughnuts linked together in the colors and shape of the Olympic symbol. "It's only my third day and I have already failed," Jia Jiang wrote on his 100 Days of Rejection Therapy blog. "But I did so with such amazement and happiness." When the 31-year-old approached the register to make his "specialized" doughnut order, Jackie Braun, a shift leader at an Austin, Texas, Krispy Kreme,...
  • FBI asked to probe Obama 'vote-changing' machines

    11/26/2012 6:34:16 PM PST · by wesagain · 46 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 26, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A state lawmaker in Maryland has asked the FBI to impound two voting machines used in the 2012 election to determine whether there was a malfunction or something nefarious going on. “I just feel it is my duty to try to get to the bottom of this,” state Delegate Kathryn Afzali told WND today. “We’re not making any accusations. The Board of Elections are good people. They have checks and balances … but we want to make sure everything is fair.” She said a number of people contacted her after the Nov. 6 election to report that they pressed a...
  • 450,000 Businesses Shut Down in Italy; Constitutional Crisis in Spain

    11/26/2012 6:32:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Here are a couple of interesting economic links from Italy courtesy of reader Andrea. The translations from Italian are a bit choppy, but the gist of the articles is easily understandable. Non-Performing Loans Jump 15.3%, Write-Downs 21.6% From Thompson Financial News: Non-Performing Loans Jump 15.3% Non-performing loans amounted to approximately 117.6 billion, 1.8 billion more 'than in August and 15.6 billion in more' than in September 2011, marking an annual increase of 15.3%. With regard to loans net of write-downs at the end of September totaled 67.2 billion, about 1.5 billion more 'than a month before and almost 12 billion...
  • Officials probe how secret confetti rained on Macy's parade

    11/26/2012 6:27:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. | By Michael Muskal
    When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for. Nassau County police announced that they are investigating how some of their confidential records including social security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate, ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “I'm just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police...
  • Do You Live In A Death Spiral State?

    11/26/2012 6:19:48 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25,2012 | William Baldwin,
    Don’t buy a house in a state where private sector workers are outnumbered by folks dependent on government. Thinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don’t put it in a state at high risk of a fiscal tailspin. Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii. Let’s say you are a software entrepreneur...
  • UN Seeking Global Carbon Regime at Climate Summit in Doha

    11/26/2012 6:17:56 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 November 2012 | Alex Newman
    Delegates representing almost 200 governments are gathering in Doha, Qatar, in a desperate bid to keep climate change alarmism alive long enough to create a UN-run planetary carbon regime. UN Seeking Global Carbon Regime at Climate Summit in Doha The New American 26 November 2012 Thousands of delegates representing almost 200 governments and dictatorships are gathering in Doha, Qatar, in a desperate bid to keep climate change alarmism alive long enough to create a United Nations-run planetary carbon regime. However, as the climate hysteria continues its march toward irrelevance following the spectacular implosion of UN global warming theories and...
  • Elections Do Have Consequences…for the Media

    11/26/2012 6:17:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Dan Holler
    It’s a common refrain from the victor: elections have consequences. The victor then goes on to claim a mandate to do A or Z. It’s par for the course. The real question is whether elections have consequences for the media. As it turns out, the answer appears to be yes. On a whole host of issues, the mainstream media’s reporting seems to have a bit more balance, at least compared to the pre-election coverage of some of the campaign’s most important issues. The left will dismiss this as conservative sour grapes, but ask yourself whether you saw, heard or read...
  • No sex? Permission to speak freely, Sir. (West Point memoir by Laura Cannon)

    11/26/2012 6:11:33 PM PST · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-23-12 | Laura Cannon
    What would I do if I were in charge? I’d abolish General Order No. 1. Keep the rules that protect soldiers from sexual harassment. But allow deployed officers and troops to have sex while at war. West Point should come to its senses as well. West Pointers and other military service members endure tremendous sacrifices. We appreciate the adoration and respect we receive. In that same spirit, I ask the public to accept and forgive our weaknesses. It’s okay to be disappointed, but please don’t be misled. Beneath the heavy combat gear and impressive uniform, we’re human, just like you....
  • The “Happy Planet Index” Ranks Venezuela, Albania, and Cuba Far Higher than the United States

    11/26/2012 6:02:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Rankings can be very useful tools, assuming the methodology is reasonable and the authors use robust data. I’ve cited many of them. For a big-picture look at economic policy, the Economic Freedom of the World is the best ranking, though the Index of Economic Freedom is also quite good, and the Global Competitiveness Report also is useful.On tax policy, the Financial Secrecy Index measures how well a nation treats foreign investors, while the Tax Oppression Index measures how well a nation treats its own people.There are also more specialized rankings, such as the one measuring per-capita government debt, the Moocher...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ RoadTrip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California ~ 27 NOV 2012

    11/26/2012 6:01:41 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is a United States Marine Corps military installation in San Diego, California. It lies between San Diego Bay and Interstate 5, adjacent to Lindbergh Field and the former Naval Training Center San Diego. MCRD San Diego's main mission is the initial training of enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained each year. The Depot also is the home to the Marine Corps' Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region's Drill Instructors School....