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  • Gingrich to GOP: Stop negotiating on fiscal cliff

    11/29/2012 10:18:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    On The Record ^ | November 29, 2012 | Greta VanSusteren
    Former presidential candidate thinks Republicans are giving Pres. Obama, Democrats leverage, that the fiscal cliff is like a 'fantasy'
  • Ill. Senate rejects Quinn plan on assault weapons

    11/29/2012 10:16:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    AP ^ | November 28, 2012 | NA
    November 28, 2012 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- A proposed assault-weapons ban that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced in August with great fanfare has fizzled without discussion in the Senate. The Senate voted 49-4 Wednesday to override Quinn's amendatory veto that rewrote legislation to prohibit the sale or possession of semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines and .50-caliber guns. Quinn's action came after a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater...
  • Bolling hints of independent bid for Va. governor

    11/29/2012 10:14:04 PM PST · by TBP · 21 replies
    The great Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s decision Wednesday to drop his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination paves the way for a battle royale between Republican state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe — a campaign that could be radically altered if Mr. Bolling follows through on hints he might pursue an independent run. Such a move would turn on its head a race that’s already ensured a national audience thanks to Virginia’s tradition of holding gubernatorial elections in odd years and would also test the loyalties of many within the party hungry...
  • McDonald's, KFC, Burger King workers protest in NYC

    11/29/2012 9:57:50 PM PST · by babyfreep · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Emily Jane Fox
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pamela Waldron makes $7.75 an hour as a cashier at the KFC in New York's Penn Station, where she has worked for eight years. That's just 50 cents above the New York state minimum wage. The 26-year old nursing student, and mother of two, says she has asked for a raise but her pleas have gone unheeded for weeks. Finally, on Thursday, around lunchtime she joined a protest of about 40 fast food workers who walked out of their shifts, carrying placards and shouting slogans to bring attention to their cause of fighting for higher wages...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greece’s burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:55:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greece’s burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...
  • Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood. Via its Genesis.

    11/29/2012 9:52:26 PM PST · by Katechon · 16 replies
    In-Extremis | November 27 | Katechon
    Hassan al-Banna (left), حسن البنا and Saïd Ramadan (right), سعيد رمضان Al-Banna was born in Mahmudiya, Egypt, in 1906. [Biographical info here, ikhwanwiki arabic here, translated here]. He co-founded the Muslim Youth Association in 1927, restored the newspaper Al-Manar and the weekly al-Shehab, a magazine founded by Imam Abdul Hamid Ben Badis [more info here], and launched the Muslim Brotherhood in March 1928. Al-Banna casted the Muslim Brotherhood's project as twofold: a) to resist Western colonialism (الاستعمار) in its attempt to conquer the peoples of muslim faith (الشعوب المسلمة), and b) to implement Islamic law (Sharia, الشريعة) in the...
  • Gun owners, neighbors clash in Island County

    11/29/2012 9:29:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    King5 ^ | 11-26-12 | Eric Wilkinson
    WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - For Michael McInerney, home is on the range, shooting a gun, a way of life. “I've been a target shooter since I was able to pick up a rifle,” he says, squeezing off a few rounds at a fresh target. Outside city limits in Island County you can shoot just about anywhere, anytime. The same goes for hunting. It’s a way of life not everyone in this increasingly populated county is comfortable with. “You do think about once in a while,” said Ken Webb, a relative newcomer to Whidbey Island after five years. Like many here,...
  • Recession Big Factor as Birthrate Falls

    11/29/2012 9:28:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2012 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    A steep decline in births among immigrant women hard hit by the recent recession is the driving force behind the record low U.S. birthrate, according to the Pew Research Center. The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957. Immigrant women, both legal and illegal, still have a higher birthrate than the U.S. population as a whole. Yet the rate...
  • 'Bear attack' killed local man

    11/29/2012 9:25:55 PM PST · by whodathunkit · 44 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | November 27, 2012 | LANA MUTHLER
    SWISSDALE - State police say a Woodward Township, Clinton County, man died from a bear attack. The state Game Commission, however, disagrees, believing that Gary Lininger died of injuries caused when a tree fell on him. Lininger, 62, died on Oct. 16, according to the Clinton County coroner. His body was found four days later outside his secluded mountain home along Tedrow Lane, just off Route 664, the Coudersport Pike, above the village of Swissdale and some eight miles north of Lock Haven. Coroner Donald G. Walker said the death was not suspicious, but he ordered an autopsy to determine...
  • Joe Biden: Costco-shopper-in-chief

    11/29/2012 9:05:39 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11-29-12 | Morgan Little
    Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the grand opening of Washington, D.C.’s first Costco Thursday morning, meeting with co-founder Jim Sinegal and CEO Craig Jelinek and most importantly, searching for pies. Biden, who re-activated his Costco membership yesterday, declared “I’m looking for pies” as soon as he got a cart, perusing the bakery’s offerings while shoppers gathered around him. Biden, who also gathered a number of children’s books intended for a charity in Delaware, resisted attempts by employees to bring him into the tire department, saying “Hey man, I don’t need tires. I don’t drive anymore.” The vice president ended...
  • Boehner - Filibuster rule change bills 'dead on arrival'

    11/29/2012 9:03:06 PM PST · by Arthurio · 92 replies
    House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made it clear that any bill that came to the House from the upper chamber as a result of Senate Democrats changing the rules on the filibuster would be "dead on arrival." In a statement released from Speaker Boehner's office, the Ohio GOP'er remarked: “Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures. I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and...
  • Cops: Fla. woman attacks boyfriend after bad sex

    11/29/2012 9:01:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 82 replies
    CBS ^ | November 28, 2012
    (CBS) BRADENTON, Fla. - A Florida woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend because he had an orgasm during sex and she did not, CBS Tampa Bay reports. So is her arrest the anti-climax? Esric Davis, 30, told authorities that he and Raquel Gonzalez, 24, were having sex Monday when "[he] climaxed and Raquel did not."
  • EU: Citigroup sentences Europe to faster economic death

    11/29/2012 8:46:57 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The closer you read Willem Buiter's imperial uber-blick of the world economy, the more astonishing it becomes. Citigroup's end of year forecast – Prospects for Economies and Financial Markets in 2013 and Beyond – is in essence a celebration of American revival and ascendancy. It sentences Europe to slow economic death. The growth gap in 2012 between the US (+2.2) and the eurozone (-0.4) is the 2.6pc, the biggest since 1993. Professor Buiter – Citi's chief economist – said this is not a one-off. The differential will widen to 3.4pc in 2014 and continue at extreme levels into the latter...
  • More Than 400 Women Have Died From Legal Abortions Since 1973

    11/29/2012 8:38:42 PM PST · by kathsua · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/27/12 | Randy O'Bannon
    Abortion numbers, rates, and ratios for 2009 have been released by the government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indicating significantly fewer abortions than found in the previous year’s report. And while the decrease is most welcomed, the abortion industry likes to act as if women no longer died from abortion once it became legal. In fact, CDC reports that twelve more women died in 2008, the most recent year for which the CDC had data, and more than 400 women have died from legal abortion since 1973. The number of abortions reported for 2009 (784,507) is 41,057 fewer than it...
  • Obama As Jesus Painting On Display After Canceled Event

    11/29/2012 8:35:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    A painting depicting President Obama in a religious pose is now on display at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and it’s garnering some protests from those who think it’s blasphemous. Artist Michael D’Antuono originally planned to display the piece in an art installation in New York’s Union Square on the president’s 100th day in office, but so many protesters contacted him about it–he received over 4,000 emails–that he canceled the event. It’s something he says he regrets now. “I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings,”...
  • Weight Loss Surgery May Not Combat Diabetes Long-Term

    11/29/2012 8:28:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | Anahad O'Connor
    Weight loss surgery, which in recent years has been seen as an increasingly attractive option for treating Type 2 diabetes, may not be as effective against the disease as it was initially thought to be, according to a new report. The study found that many obese Type 2 diabetics who undergo gastric bypass surgery do not experience a remission of their disease, and of those that do, about a third redevelop diabetes within five years of their operation. The findings contrast with the growing perception that surgery is essentially a cure for Type II diabetes. Earlier this year, two widely...
  • Unrest in Egypt: Islamists Vow Demonstrations in Support of Morsi

    11/29/2012 8:03:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/28/2012 | Raniah Salloum
    Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi seems unshaken by the massive protests that shook Cairo on Tuesday night. He has shown no interest in retreating from his recent power grab and the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood is planning to hold even larger pro-Morsi demonstrations on Friday. … As such, the Muslim Brotherhood seems determined to pursue a course of confrontation. “The opposition thinks that the meaning of Tuesday lies in the number of protesters, 200,000 to 300,000,” one Brotherhood tweet said. “But it should brace itself for the millions who will take to the streets for the new president!” A new date...
  • {{{Vanity}}} Where can I get definitive numbers on the election?

    11/29/2012 8:02:06 PM PST · by narses · 16 replies
    Vote counts, comparisons to prior races and other stats? I am helping a college kid with a project and cannot find a good compendium of the recent election. Help!
  • Author Korwin disavows e-mail scare under his byline

    11/29/2012 7:54:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Veteran Arizona gun rights advocate Alan Korwin, author of several gun law books and a prolific writer, is scrambling to distance himself from what appears to be a rather cleverly concocted fraud that takes something he wrote almost four years ago and makes it look like some brand new sinister scheme he has uncovered. In an unusual step, he has issued an alert that appears on the Ammo Land website, denouncing the first paragraphs of this new missive that has spread across the Internet like a bad case of the flu, under his byline. It purports to identify a new...