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  • Obama the job-killing owl-killer

    11/29/2012 5:21:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Register Citizen ^ | November 28, 2012 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to “save” owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not — I repeat not — an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands...
  • The Governing Class and the Decline of America

    11/29/2012 5:20:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29th, 2012 | Steve McCann
    The United States will not reverse its descent into the abyss of financial and societal bankruptcy until the current political and governing establishment is replaced. That will not happen until the American people, who have been deliberately ill-educated and deceived, experience first-hand the early stages of the turmoil and suffering extant in Europe and elsewhere. While professing to care for the interests of the average person the underlying motivation for the vast majority of the governing class or Establishment is first and foremost self-aggrandizement and the acquisition of wealth.
  • The Scariest Chart of the Quarter: Student Debt Bubble Pops as 90+ Day Delinquency Rate is Parabolic

    11/29/2012 5:18:13 AM PST · by No One Special · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | November 27, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    We have already discussed the student loan bubble, and its popping previously, most extensively in this article. Today, we get the Q3 consumer credit breakdown update courtesy of the NY Fed's quarterly credit breakdown. And it is quite ghastly. As of September 30, Federal (not total, just Federal) rose to a gargantuan $956 billion, an increase of $42 billion in the quarter - the biggest quarterly update since 2006.But this is no surprise to anyone who read our latest piece on the topic. What also shouldn't be a surprise, at least to our readers who read about it here first,...
  • Minnesota Taxpayers Challenge State Abortion Funding

    11/29/2012 5:13:59 AM PST · by rhema
    Citizen Link ^ | November 28, 2012 | Bethany Monk
    Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of two Minnesota taxpayers challenging the state’s unauthorized use of state funds being used for elective abortions. The plaintiffs in Walker v. Jesson are suing to prevent the state from using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions on indigent women. The Minnesota Legislature passed a statute in the late 1970s limiting the abortions it would pay for, and also banned taxpayer funding for elective abortions. In 1995, the state Supreme Court struck down part of the statute, ruling that the state cannot withhold state funding for abortions that...
  • Hamas: Killing Jews is worship of Allah (...latest anti-Semitic statement: 'This is Quranic Islam')

    11/29/2012 5:09:19 AM PST · by Perseverando · 18 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Their words, not mine. Israel’s latest defensive action in Gaza has led to an ugly new outpouring of Jew-hatred across the globe. So many devout Muslims calling for jihad in the cause of Islam, so few “moderates” denouncing the devout. So many “misunderstanders” of Islam, so few “moderates” speaking out against the millions of “misunderstanders.” It is not surprising – because Jew hatred is a religious mandate under Islam. During Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas broadcast a video on its official Al-Aqsa TV station saying, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” IPT News reported Monday that...
  • You know you're in trouble when …(Joseph Farah notes Communists' glee over Obama re-election)

    11/29/2012 4:53:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    You know you’re in trouble as a nation when the Communist Party USA is openly celebrating the re-election of the president. And that is exactly what is happening in late November 2012. The Stalinists are calling Barack Obama’s win a “victory for the people.” As a former communist (note small c), I can translate that for you. It means a “victory for communism – or, more precisely, a victory for the party.” Just listen to some of the hyperbolic and ecstatic rhetoric: “We meet on the heels of an enormous people’s victory. It was a long and bitterly contested battle...
  • I’m Not Sure What Republicans Stand For in Congress

    11/29/2012 4:50:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/28/2012 | Erick Erickson
    I was once an elected Republican. There isn’t much that the Republican Party has to do with trash collection, but I was a Republican on the Macon, Georgia City Council and I supported trash collection privatization. It wasn’t the Republican thing to do. It was the conservative thing to do. It was the right thing to do. Multiple times it had been tried and multiple times it had saved taxpayer dollars. There aren’t a lot of Republican positions at the local level. There aren’t a lot of Democrat positions at the local level. There are conservative and liberal positions. There...
  • Entrepreneurship up 60 percent in U.S. since last year [Pravda! Alert]

    11/29/2012 4:47:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Mohana Ravindranath
    Entrepreneurial activity is up 60 percent in the United States over last year, reaching its highest level since 2005, according to a new report. About 12.3 percent of U.S. adults —around 29 million —are involved in entrepreneurial activity, the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor issued by Babson College and Baruch College reported. This rise marks the the first uptick in Americans starting or running new businesses since 2008.
  • The invisible establishment Republicans (...the type of person no one admits to being)

    11/29/2012 4:44:33 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    Snip: So, contrary to what many Republicans believe, Barack Obama is not the problem. He is but a symptom of the problem. Over the past hundred years or so, the United States government has been infiltrated by lots of communists. That’s nothing new. But in the days of yore, Republicans and Democrats worked to track down the commies, root them out and, in the case of the Rosenbergs, even execute them. Let’s face it, on a level playing field, a communist is no match for a true patriot who is passionate about liberty. But therein lies the problem. Today, not...
  • Sandy blasts $80B hole through debt talks(So it costs $80bn- but why do other states p/u tab?)

    11/29/2012 4:42:25 AM PST · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/29/12 | e wasson
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Northeastern lawmakers are seeking $80 billion from Congress to pay for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy — a demand that could wreak havoc on negotiations for a deal on the deficit. Bloomberg (I) traveled to the Capitol on Wednesday to press lawmakers to approve the $80 billion supplemental appropriations bill — without offsets and with new levels of flexibility — to aid the recovery of New York and New Jersey. Senators from the two states are also urging the White House to seek a sweeping aid package next week when it asks Congress to...
  • Trading principle for power (...Republican lawmakers reneging on no-tax-hike pledge)

    11/29/2012 4:38:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Andrew Napolitano
    When President Obama won re-election last month by a larger margin than even his most fervent supporters had expected, though with fewer popular votes than he received in 2008, most commentators initially opined that not much had changed in Washington. The president would remain in the White House for another four years, the Democrats would keep control of the Senate, and the House would stay in Republican hands. Most Republicans re-elected to both houses of Congress had publicly pledged not to vote to raise taxes under any circumstances. And most of those Republicans have adhered to that promise – until...
  • The Tyranny of Good Intentions at U.S. Colleges

    11/29/2012 4:37:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In 1902, journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote a book called "The Shame of the Cities." At the time, Americans took pride in big cities, with their towering skyscrapers, productive factories and prominent cultural institutions. Steffens showed there were some rotten things underneath the gleaming veneers -- corrupt local governments and political machines, aided and abetted by business leaders. In recent weeks, two books have appeared about another of America's gleaming institutions, our colleges and universities, either of which could be subtitled "The Shame of the Universities." In "Mismatch," law professor Richard Sander and journalist Stuart Taylor expose, in the words of...
  • In Sandy's wake, Isaiah 9:10 mantra reverberates: 'We will rebuild. We will recover,'...

    11/29/2012 4:31:13 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – It would be natural for state and city officials to talk about rebuilding after the devastation of the New York City area by Hurricane Sandy. But what is catching the eye and ear of those who have read “The Harbinger” and viewed “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” is the similarity of the remarks to those that reverberate throughout the bestselling book and movie and how they echo the words of the leaders of ancient Israel before that nation was judged and destroyed. First it was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said at the site of Ground Zero: “This...
  • 5 Dirty Little Secrets About the Bush Tax Cuts

    11/29/2012 4:28:56 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Merline
    It´s been more than 10 years since President Bush signed his first round of tax cuts into law. And in the years since, those cuts have been the source of constant attacks. [snip] But a decade of debate and discussion has managed to shed little light on what the Bush tax cuts actually did. So as the debate heats up once again as part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, it´s worth taking the time to highlight some of the things most people never knew about the Bush-era tax cuts.
  • Bankrupt State University

    11/29/2012 4:21:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Many of my friends and readers are disheartened by recent cultural and political trends. Many blame our universities and wonder whether we can ever restore sanity in our nation, given that the enemy seems to control the modern university. They see no chance to win in the war of ideas as long as they are forced to support the public university and, therefore, forced to fund a war against their own cherished values. But I know something they don't know. The public university that has declined so steadily in recent years will cease to exist in just a few short...
  • Leading House GOP figure's compromise plan gets shot down (No Cuts, No Deal!)

    11/29/2012 4:19:56 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/29/2012 | Deirdre Walsh
    House Speaker John Boehner and other conservatives shot down a proposal from a senior congressional Republican who suggested that his GOP colleagues break from their firm anti-tax position and agree to a demand from Democrats to immediately renew middle-class tax cuts. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the leadership team that helps round up House votes, told fellow GOP lawmakers that he thought they should, as a matter of political strategy, extend just the tax-rate cuts for those making $250,000 or less before the end of the year -- a position being pushed by President Barack Obama and...
  • Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Lancaster County permitted to continue church bulletin discount

    11/29/2012 4:18:31 AM PST · by SECURE AMERICA · 24 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Sue Gleiter
    Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen restaurant in Lancaster County will continue offering its Sunday church bulletin discount, despite a complaint the promotion discriminates against faith. Earlier this year, John Wolff of Lancaster County filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission saying the Louisiana-inspired restaurant in Columbia should not give 10 percent discounts to diners who bring in church bulletins on Sundays. At the time, Wolff, who is an atheist and member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation said, “I bear them no ill will, but they shouldn’t be pushing religion." After an investigation, the Human Relations Commission recommended both...
  • Fools, failures and the fiscal cliff: Erik Rush...faux conservatives to be thrown under the bus

    11/29/2012 4:16:49 AM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Eriik Rush
    Although it requires a measure of contrition on my part, I have become willing to consider that my days of advocating the advancement of conservatism from within the Republican Party may be over. In light of the deportment of Republican leaders since the general election, it is difficult not to see their methods and motives of recent years in a whole new light. After coming under specious race- and gender-baiting fire for criticizing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s serial deception on television news shows following the Sept. 11, 2012, murder of our foreign service personnel in Benghazi, Republican Sens. John McCain...
  • Buffettitis -- Is There a Cure?

    11/29/2012 4:15:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Once again, billionaire investor Warren Buffett urges his fellow high-on-the-hoggers to pay more in taxes. "Only in Grover Norquist's imagination," says Buffett, do taxes make much of a difference in how people invest. "So let's forget about the rich and ultra-rich going on strike and stuffing their ample funds under their mattresses if -- gasp -- capital gains rates and ordinary income rates are increased. The ultra-rich, including me, will forever pursue investment opportunities. ... "We need Congress, right now, to enact a minimum tax on high incomes. I would suggest 30 percent of taxable income between $1 million and...
  • Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus

    11/29/2012 4:11:01 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2150 ^ | November 26, 2012 | Kieran Raval
    The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal order, is under attack by Catholics United, a “non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition”. Catholics United, upset that the Knights of Columbus has donated money to promote and protect the institution of marriage, delivered a petition to the order’s headquarters in New Haven, CT last week. Catholics United accuses the Knights of engaging in right-wing politicking and becoming a front for the GOP. Furthermore, the group tries to causally link the Knights’ support of marriage...
  • Why is Obama getting away with the Susan Rice distraction?

    11/29/2012 4:08:49 AM PST · by reaganator · 30 replies
    A sitting President of the United States not only failed to attempt a rescue of four Americans who were tortured, sodomized and murdered in Benghazi, Lybia he did nothing even though the military was staged and ready to act. Here's the plan; "We'll send UN Ambassador Susan Rice out to promote the false fact that this attack on America occurred because of a spontaneous demonstration, we have an election to win and we've been touting our success and the defeat of our enemies. When the true facts come out later, we'll leak that we are considering nominating Susan Rice for...
  • T-Ball War in the Middle East

    11/29/2012 4:01:19 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Classical explanations of conventional wars run something like this: An aggressor state seeks political advantage through military force. It has a hunch that the threatened target will likely either make concessions to avoid losing a war, or, if war breaks out, the resulting political gains will be worth the military costs to achieve victory. Wars then are prevented only by a balance of power and military deterrence: aggressors have to be warned that it would be stupid to start a war they will likely lose. If there are miscalculations or if emotions run high and logic is ignored, then...
  • America's coming financial catastrophe: ...Washington won't discipline itself unless we demand it

    11/29/2012 4:01:20 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | November 28, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Do you want to understand the magnitude and imminence of America’s financial calamity? I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words about it over the years, but an accountant, Hal Mason, has prepared a five-and-a-half-minute YouTube video that does a pretty good job of bringing it all home simply and starkly. I advise every American to take a few minutes to view it if you want to understand why Washington is plunging off the fiscal cliff, even while the Democratic and Republican establishment talk about averting it. All one really needs to do is view the 2013 budget from a high...
  • PM: Ignore the Sound of UN Applause

    11/29/2012 3:51:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | David Lev
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a message for Israelis planning to watch the UN General Assembly approve the PA's bid to be recognized as a non-voting observer state later Thursday: There is no need to be upset. Speaking Thursday, Netanyahu said that the PA's statehood bid was “meaningless. The decision by the General Assembly to raise the PA delegation's status to a non-member observer state will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state. I suggest that we not be impressed with the applause at the General Assembly. It doesn't matter how many hands are raised against us, we have...
  • More Performers Added To Star Studded Lineup For '12-12-12' Concert [Not a DIME from me]

    11/29/2012 3:32:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY1.com ^ | November 27, 2012
    Next month's benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for victims of Sandy received some added star power. Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder and The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are now slated to perform at the Dec. 12 show. They're joining a lineup that already includes Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Proceeds of the so-called "12-12-12" concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and benefit those affected in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Powerball: Winning Tickets for Jackpot Sold in Arizona and Missouri

    11/29/2012 3:25:13 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 12/29/12 | ALAN FARNHAM and ANTHONY CASTELLANO
    Winning tickets for the record Powerball jackpot worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri. Missouri Lottery official Susan Goedde confirmed to ABC News this morning that one of the winning tickets was purchased in the state, but they would not be announcing a town until later this morning. Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. The winning numbers for the jackpot were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29. The Powerball was 6. The jackpot...
  • If No One Goes With You, You Cannot Win

    11/29/2012 3:03:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The passage in Ruth (1:16) highlights what it means to belong: "Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God my God." This was Ruth's response when her mother-in-law Naomi suggested she go back to her own people after the death of her husband (Naomi's son). But Ruth was determined to stay, to be with Naomi. In a broader context of groups and leaders, Ericka Anderson, author of the new book "Leading So People Will Follow," describes great business leaders we are drawn to follow. "We are drawn...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 29, 2012

    11/29/2012 2:57:45 AM PST · by sneakers · 19 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
  • Make the Democrats Own the Obama Economy

    11/29/2012 2:45:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    One bright spot of Barack Obama's re-election was knowing that unemployment rates were about to soar for the precise groups that voted for him -- young people, unskilled workers and single women with degrees in gender studies. But now the Democrats are sullying my silver lining by forcing Republicans to block an utterly pointless tax-raising scheme in order to blame the coming economic Armageddon on them. Democrats are proposing to reinstate the Bush tax cuts for everyone ... except "the rich." (Why do only tax cuts come with an expiration date? Why not tax increases? Why not Obamacare? How about...
  • Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown

    11/29/2012 2:38:08 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | SCOTT WONG and SEUNG MIN KIM
    In just two quick meetings on Capitol Hill, Susan Rice may have blown up any goodwill she had with the very senators she’ll need for confirmation if she’s ever tapped as the next secretary of state.Over the past two days, four key Republican senators have emerged from private meetings to blast the United Nations ambassador’s explanation about what happened during and after the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It’s not clear what Rice said behind closed doors to anger all these senators, but it’s obvious the meetings went badly and this was hardly a nominee-in-waiting charm...
  • First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations (54 live Christmas trees)

    11/29/2012 2:37:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    770kob ^ | 11/29/12
    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday DecorationsNational News 3:00AM November 29, 2012 (WASHINGTON) -- It took 54 live Christmas trees, 175 pounds of gingerbread, and 85 volunteers from across the country to pull it off, but the holidays have finally arrived at the White House. **SNIP** More than 90,000 visitors will tour the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this holiday season, which now boasts a huge 18-foot-6-inch Fraser fir in the Blue Room and a giant topiary of the Obama family dog Bo made out of 20,000 black and white pom-poms. Other highlights include the annual White House gingerbread house,...
  • Why Tester’s Sportsmen’s Act hit a snag in the Senate

    11/29/2012 1:32:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Missoula Independent ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Matthew Frank
    Since U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s election six years ago, arguably his greatest legislative achievement, however controversial, was the precedent-setting removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list. If it wasn’t evident already, the delisting, which Tester attached as a rider to an unrelated budget bill a year and a half ago, cemented the flat-topped organic farmer as a moderate red-state Democrat eager to broker bipartisan solutions. His reelection earlier in the month appeared to validate that approach. All signs indicated that Tester would take a significant step toward scoring his second big, bipartisan legislative accomplishment when the Senate voted...
  • Militant Socialism in America

    11/29/2012 1:31:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2012 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Despite his "colossal economic failures" and a national debt "above $16 trillion" Barack Obama was given a second term. It is not because the conservative message was wrong;it is because Obama is a master of marketing his message..........Which is why the 1952 piece by Elia Kazan titled "Where I Stand" needs to see the light of day again....Kazan notes that..............Why did I not tell this story sooner? I was...held back by a piece of specious reasoning ...which goes like this. 'You may hate the Communists, but you must not attack them or expose them, because if you do you are...
  • Deputies: Homeowner shoots burglar caught taking property (TX)

    11/29/2012 1:17:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    khou.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Staff
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A northwest Harris County homeowner fought back against two burglars Tuesday night and ended up shooting one of them. It all happened at a home on Morgensen Drive at Zada Park Lane sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said a homeowner came home and noticed an upstairs light was on that wasn’t supposed to be. He went back to his car, got his gun, and headed back to the house.
  • Michigan: Time Running Out to Repeal State Handgun Registration and Permit System

    11/29/2012 1:12:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 28 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    The Michigan Legislature returned yesterday for the last few weeks of their 2012 legislative session with several pro-gun bills still pending consideration. House Bill 5225 and its companion bills, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements in Michigan, have been languishing in the state Senate for months, so your state Senator and the Senate leadership need to hear from gun owners across Michigan today! Since the state House passed HB 5225 back in June, the Michigan Senate is the only remaining obstacle to getting this vital bill to the Governor. HB 5225 has faced increased opposition...
  • Another Shooting May Test Florida Law(Jordan, Dunn)

    11/29/2012 12:52:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    MIAMI — In what could become another test of Florida’s broad self-defense law, a software developer charged with killing a Jacksonville teenager said he reached for his gun and fired eight rounds only after he was threatened with a shotgun.
  • Algae turns Australian oceans milky pink

    11/29/2012 12:51:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/29/2012
    A huge red algal bloom along vast stretches of southeastern Australia's coastline Thursday resulted in beaches being closed and turned swathes of usually pristine ocean milky pink. A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney's Clovelly Beach on November 27 The algae, noctiluca scintillans, forced the closure of Sydney's Bondi beach and a number of neighbouring inlets earlier this week, and government officials said it had now spread along the fringes of two states. "Samples taken at Bondi Beach on 27 November confirmed the presence of noctiluca scintillans, which appears as a pinkish to reddish discolouration in...
  • Federal jobless benefits could vanish

    11/29/2012 12:51:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 28, 2012 | Kathleen Pender
    Talk about a hard landing: About 2 million Americans, including 400,000 in California, will abruptly lose their unemployment benefits after December unless Congress votes to continue federal funding for extended benefits. ....About 2.1 million of the 5 million Americans receiving jobless benefits are on a federal extension that will end after Dec. 29, even if they have weeks remaining in their federal claim, according to Maurice Emsellem of the National Employment Law Project. "It's a hard cutoff," he said. "There is no phaseout,".... Congress has renewed extended benefits 10 times since the current round started in June 2008. At its...
  • Russian Army Lacks Recruits, but Will Not Draft North Caucasians

    11/29/2012 12:33:24 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/28/2012 | Valery Dzutsev
    On November 22, the authoritative Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta published a report on how the Russian army is becoming increasingly undermanned. According to the paper’s sources in the Russian military, the new Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was “extremely displeased” with a report by General Vasily Smirnov about Russian military units lacking about half (40–60 percent) of their assigned staff. The best-manned military units, unsurprisingly, are located in the Southern Military District, which encompasses the North Caucasus and nearby areas, where the military reportedly has 90–95 percent of the listed staff. On November 21, Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov stated that...
  • Judge lets married woman walk free despite having affair with 2 underage brothers

    11/29/2012 12:26:18 AM PST · by expat1000 · 16 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Ryan Lee Hall
    A family is very mad after a judge freed a woman who exploited two of their underage boys. The woman, who pleaded guilty to supplying drugs to 15 and 17 year old brothers before having sex with them, got a suspended sentence and walked out of the courtroom a free woman. Claire Louise Roundill, 32, is a married woman who already has three children. While she had the affair with the brothers she became pregnant. She told the boys that she was pregnant but did not know who the father was. Roundill later aborted the baby. Roundill gave the 15-year-old...
  • Soon to be the lone Democrat in Ky.'s delegation, Yarmuth to meet at White House...

    11/28/2012 10:24:52 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 31 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/28/2012 | Nick Storm
    Soon to be the lone Democrat in Ky.'s delegation, Yarmuth to meet at White House to discuss appointments U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville told Pure Politics he is meeting this week with White House officials to go over potential federal appointments in preparation for being the lone Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation. The election loss of U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles leaves Yarmuth as Kentucky’s only member of Congress in President Barack Obama’s party. That will mean he will take on more responsibility in facilitating judicial and U.S. Attorney appointments, as the Courier-Journal first reported. Yarmuth told Pure...
  • Putting a price tag on war with Iran (2 to 3 trillion)

    11/28/2012 10:10:46 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 19 2012 | Jennifer Rizzo
    An all-out U.S. war with Iran, including an invasion by American troops, would cost the global economy close to $2 trillion in the first three months and could go as high as $3 trillion, according to a Washington think tank. A full-scale ground operation to dismantle Iran's nuclear program is unlikely but the scenario is just one of a handful that a group of nine experts, assembled by the Federation of American Scientists, examined to explore how the global economy would be impacted by U.S. action against Iran. "There had been talks about oil spikes, about what would happen with...
  • Senator Susan Collins Goes Back To Africa To Raise Questions About Susan Rice Nomination

    11/28/2012 9:27:07 PM PST · by haffast · 19 replies
    Onyx Magazine ^ | Wed, Nov 28th, 2012 | By admin
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, also the top contender to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, had another meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, with moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Following that meeting, Sen. Collins told reporters that she “continues to be troubled” (hmm, sounds familiar) about Ambassador Rice’s post-Benghazi talk show appearances, and opened another line of attack on Rice’s prospective nomination: her tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, during which bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania occurred. snip From Bloomberg News: "When Rice was confronted with...
  • Petition To Congress Urging Electors To NOT Cast Their Vote

    11/28/2012 9:07:48 PM PST · by mom of young patriots · 25 replies
    "...We are calling on you, our Senators, to request our electors not cast their vote! Then the House of Representatives CAN choose the next President (and Republicans still have the majority - 233 (R) to 195 (D) - in the House of Representatives)!!!..."
  • Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal

    11/28/2012 8:43:20 PM PST · by Marie · 29 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | July2012 | Capt Katie Petronio
    The Marine Corps Times recently published a handful of articles in regard to opening Infantry Officer Course (IOC) to females and the possibility of integrating women into the infantry community. In mid-April the Commandant directed the “integration” of the first wave of female officers into IOC this summer following completion of The Basic School (TBS). This action may or may not pave the way for female Marines to serve in the infantry as the results remain to be seen. However, before the Marine Corps moves forward with this concept, should we not ask the hard questions and gain opinions of...
  • Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony

    11/28/2012 8:41:11 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 88 replies
    Dailymail ^ | Wednesday November 28, 2012
    Full Title: Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies. One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit...
  • Jill Kelley demands probe into who leaked her name as it's revealed 15 investigators are working 7

    11/28/2012 8:40:35 PM PST · by kiryandil · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2012 | AP & DM reporter
    Jill Kelley demands probe into who leaked her name... as it's revealed 15 investigators are working 7 days a week to scrutinize her 'inappropriate' emails with General Allen Tampa socialite who tipped off FBI about Petraeus' affair breaks her silence Attorneys claimed she never tried to exploit her friendship with CIA boss Officials reveal a team is working around the clock to investigate 60-70 emails she exchanged with Allen, leader of U.S. troops in Afghanistan Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239567/Jill-Kelley-demands-investigation-leaked-press-Petraeus-sex-scandal.html
  • 90% of Top Obama Advisers White Males

    11/28/2012 8:39:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Even as the media complains that Republican House officials have installed males at the top of their committees, it ignores the fact that President Obama’s senior advisors are almost entirely white males. The only top advisor who is a female or minority is Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s longtime maternal figure.
  • Jeb Bush, Jr. hopes dad will run for president

    11/28/2012 8:36:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) – Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Tuesday morning he "certainly" wants his dad to run for president. Asked on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" if he wants to see his father make a White House bid, Bush said, "I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so." "Giving you the full loaf of bread right there," he continued, smiling. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker Jeb Bush, the former governor, flirted with a presidential bid last year, but declined to run. With high popularity in the Hispanic community–his wife is...
  • Man convicted of "thrill kill" to be released over a decade early

    11/28/2012 8:34:53 PM PST · by Arthurio · 32 replies
    Man convicted of "thrill kill" to be released over a decade early Posted: 11/28/2012 10:00:03 AM Community members are angry after the Rhode Island Parole Board has agreed to release a man convicted of a “thrill” kill from prison on parole over a decade before his sentence is over. In 1999 Alfred Brissette and Marc Girard of Woonsocket decided to execute their plan to kill a random woman and bury the body. According to court Documents, the men met Jeanette Descoteaux and offered her cocaine if she came with them. Descoteaux agreed and followed the men in the woods of...