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  • Gay Mosque to Open in Paris, Address to Be Secret

    11/28/2012 1:54:24 PM PST · by billorites · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 28, 2012 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
    Ludovic Mohammed Zahed is braced for controversy, maybe even worse. A gay Muslim and an expert on the Koran, Zahed plans to open Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris at the end of this month. He calls it a place of shelter as well as a place of worship. "We need to have a safe space for people who do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques," Zahed told ABC News. "There are transgender people who fear aggression, women who do not want to wear head scarf or sit in the back of the mosque. This project gives...
  • Few female Marines step forward for infantry

    11/28/2012 1:45:12 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Kristia Wong
    Female Marine officers are unlikely to join the infantry anytime soon, in part because of a lack of volunteers for the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, which was opened to women in September. Only two of about 80 eligible female Marines have volunteered for the course -- a grueling, three-month advanced regimen conducted at Quantico, Va., that was opened to women to research their performance. Of the two female volunteers, one washed out on the first day, along with 26 of the107 men, and the other dropped out two weeks later for medical reasons, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
  • WH: Obama 'Is Not Particularly Concerned' Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

    11/28/2012 1:44:35 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 28, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people: (See Video at link) "What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible. And whether we named them as al Qaeda or not does not--no, it...
  • 9 lawmakers want to arrest U.S. officials who implement Obamacare

    11/28/2012 1:44:19 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 11-13-12 | Patrick Marley
    <p>Madison - As Gov. Scott Walker contemplates whether to create a state health care exchange under Obamacare, he will have to contend in the coming legislative session with nine lawmakers who have said they back a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement the health care law.</p>
  • Fiscal Cuts in Connecticut

    11/28/2012 1:41:31 PM PST · by whattajoke · 6 replies
    The Governor's Office ^ | 11/28/12 | Dannel Malloy
    Connecticut is hurting. We have a Democratic Governor with a stacked state house. We've been cooking the books for 20 years (with RINO gov's too). Today, a giant list of cuts was released... Now we'll see what happens. The cuts are here.
  • Student Loan Debt Hits Another New Record: Study

    11/28/2012 1:32:16 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | 18 Oct 2012 | Scott Cohn
    As costs of college soars (with thanks to absurd union salaries and benefits, as well as absurd administrator salaries and benefits), those attending college have increasing trouble paying back loans. ... a stunning 37.8 percent of recent graduates are working in jobs that do not require a college degree. The study said that means wages are depressed, making the situation for graduates even more difficult.
  • Mel Reynolds to announce run for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat in Congress

    11/28/2012 1:27:38 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    ABC Local ^ | November 28, 2012
    November 28, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- More people are lining up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Former Congressman Mel Reynolds plans to announce his candidacy for the special election in a news conference at 12 p.m. An official letter of resignation from Jesse Jackson Jr. was read aloud in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. In 1995, Reynolds lost his congressional seat after a conviction of sexual assault and child pornography charges. He was later pardoned by then-President Bill Clinton.
  • Senator Vows to Block Any Clinton Successor

    11/28/2012 1:26:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated November 27, 2012, 10:55 p.m. ET | SARA MURRAY
    By SARA MURRAY WASHINGTON—Ambassador Susan Rice's attempt to repair her standing with Senate Republicans fell short Tuesday, as a trio of GOP senators emerged from a meeting with her even more harshly critical of the comments she made following the U.S. consulate attack in Libya. Ambassador Susan Rice's attempt to repair her standing with Senate Republicans appeared to fall short Tuesday, as a trio of GOP senators remained harshly critical of comments she made following the U.S. consulate attack in Libya. Sara Murray has details on The News Hub. Photo: AP. Susan Rice meets with three GOP senators who have...
  • Poland against new UN internet 'censorship threat'

    11/28/2012 1:21:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 33 replies
    The News PL ^ | November 27 2012
    Poland is to oppose a UN agency proposal to renegotiate an international internet treaty which critics say would threaten freedom of expression on the web. The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is to meet behind closed doors in Dubai between 3 and 14 December, where 193 countries are being asked to agree a new information and communications International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) treaty, which would change the way domain names are monitored and IP addresses are assigned. The effect of the new treaty would be to take away the domain name system and other technical specifications, currently run by organisations in...
  • U.N. summit may usher in more Internet regulations

    11/28/2012 1:17:54 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    CNet ^ | November 28 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Next week's Dubai summit could lead to more control by national governments, speakers at a Stanford University event say, unless Internet users take action to protect their rights. PALO ALTO, Calif.--A United Nations summit next week could imperil Internet freedom and lead to a deluge of intrusive new national regulations, Google and a member of the U.S. delegation warned. "We want to maintain a platform of a free and open Internet as a platform for free expression," Patrick Ryan, an attorney at Google, said at a forum organized by Stanford Law School here yesterday afternoon. Google has organized a new...
  • Second Dem hints at alliance to keep Senate in GOP hands

    11/28/2012 1:16:18 PM PST · by Arthurio · 3 replies
    Newsday ^ | 11-28
    Second Dem hints at alliance to keep Senate in GOP hands 12:35 PM By Yancey Roy ALBANY — In what appeared to be a coordinated effort, a Mohawk Valley senator on Wednesday became the second Democrat to signal he might support a “bipartisan coalition” to govern the New York State Senate — that could keep Republicans in power. Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) issued a statement that hinted four members of the “Independent Democratic Conference” could join with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to form a governing alliance. “I believe the time is right for a true bipartisan coalition...
  • High-fructose corn syrup linked to type 2 diabetes

    11/28/2012 12:58:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies
    The Ssaratogian ^ | November 28, 2012 | Annie Hauser
    Countries using high-fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates 20 percent higher than countries that do not, a new international analysis finds. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in national food supplies around the world might help explain the rising rates of type 2 diabetes around the world, researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford report in the journal Global Public Health. After studying 42 countries, researchers found that those that use HFCS in their food supply had a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than those that did not use HFCS, suggesting an association with diabetes independent...
  • Iran’s Gazan Proxy War

    11/28/2012 12:52:51 PM PST · by Mr. Doctor · 6 replies
    The Energy Tribune ^ | Peter Glover
    While the Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds and the TV pundits argue over who initiated the recent Gazan spat, the evidence for an Iran instigated proxy war is overwhelming. Iran’s fingerprints are all over Hamas’ weaponry. For Iran, it’s essential, in the face of a potential ‘nuclear’ showdown, that Israel remains occupied on its border with Teheran’s proxies: Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. It’s a strategy confirmed by the Arab worlds’ most-read newspaper. The long-range rockets currently being fired towards Tel Aviv are Iranian-manufactured Fajr 5 missiles. The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) website cites Sudan as assisting in the transit of these weapons....
  • Second North Korean missile launch would be unprecedented.

    11/28/2012 12:50:46 PM PST · by teflon9 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27th, 2012 | Jennifer Rizzo
    While new satellite images show preparations for what is believed to be a coming long-range missile launch by North Korea, a second attempt in 2012 would be unprecedented, a top satellite image analyst told Security Clearance. There have been four launches of this scale since 1998, including a failed attempt in April of this year. A second launch in 2012 would be the first time North Korea has launched two systems of this class, their largest missile class, in less than three years. "The fact that they are now apparently preparing for a second launch in 2012 indicated that the...
  • Study: More Guns Equal Less Crime

    11/28/2012 12:48:37 PM PST · by South40 · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/28/2012 | Greg Campbell
    Gun control is a less-discussed issue these days compared to the mid-‘90’s. It was around this time that gun control hysteria swept the nation as it served as an electable quality for all leftist leaders to crusade against those evil man-killers. As they created further restrictions and instituted a federal assault weapons ban, we were all told that it was for our own good. After all, guns kill people and lead to increased crime rates. It turns out that not only is that not true, but the exact opposite seems to be true. A recent study in Virginia has shown...
  • John Heilemann Makes Lindsey Graham Joke on ‘Morning Joe;’

    11/28/2012 12:44:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    mediabristo ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Just after 6am, on “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe, Mika and guest John Heilemann were talking about yesterday’s New York Times article about “the three amigos” Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, who have bonded over the last decade through international travel putting themselves at the center of the foreign policy debate at home. With Lieberman leaving the Senate, McCain and Graham have brought in another “amigo” Senator Kelly Ayotte. That prompted Heilemann to make a bad joke, at the expense of Graham: Heilemann: They need a third amigo at all times. So now they have — now...
  • 6-month sentence in stabbing death of parrot

    11/28/2012 12:37:08 PM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Heraldnet ^ | November 27, 2012 | Rikki King
    EVERETT -- An Everett man was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday for the stabbing death of his former girlfriend's parrot. Richard J. Atkinson, 63, pleaded guilty last month in Snohomish County Superior Court to first-degree animal cruelty and second-degree domestic-violence malicious mischief. He's been held at the Snohomish County Jail since the Aug. 19 attack. Police alleged that Atkinson was alone at the former couple's Everett home when he killed the bird with a serving fork and then trashed the house.
  • Entitlements Are Another Form of Slavery [Video: Black Leader Speaks Truth!]

    11/28/2012 12:36:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Victoria Jackson Show ^ | November 28, 2012 | Victoria Jackson
    Appearing in the award-winning documentary, “Runaway Slave,” is Dr. Timothy Johnson, the founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation based in Washington D.C. In November of 2008, after being frustrated with the election of Obama, Dr. Tim had a dream, a calling. “I got tired of hearing there were no black Republicans.” The Frederick Douglass Foundation is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage; it is “the largest Christ-centered, multi-ethnic and Republican ministry.” Dr. Tim explains that Martin Luther King was a Republican, as is Alveda King, as was Frederick Douglass, and the Republican Party was formed to defeat slavery, and ensure equality for all...
  • TERRORIST BREAKS INTO ISRAELI MOTHER’S HOUSE WITH A KNIFE AND PIPE AND SHE TAKES HIM DOWN

    11/28/2012 12:31:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | november 28, 2012 | erica ritz
    Yael Matzpun was sleeping in a room with her four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son when she was awoken by heavy footsteps in the hall. She knew that her husband, an IDF officer, was not due at home. “Suddenly I saw a terrorist in a kefiyyeh [head scarf] standing opposite me,” she told Maariv. “I decided that if I didn’t fight, he would murder me and my four children, there would be a massacre like in Itamar, where the Fogels and three of their children were murdered in their home.” The terrorist turned on the light and said something in Arabic,...
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...