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  • U.S. judge refuses to order anti-Muslim film off YouTube

    11/30/2012 9:44:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Steve Gorman
    (Reuters) - An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world on Friday lost her second legal bid to force the video off of YouTube. Denying a request by actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a court order requiring the popular online video site to remove the crudely made 13-minute clip, a federal judge found she was unlikely to prevail on her claims of copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald of Santa Clara, California, also canceled a December 3 hearing he had previously set...
  • Football stars accused in racial Knockout Game

    11/30/2012 9:16:29 PM PST · by Anila · 61 replies
    WND ^ | 11/07/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    NBC Sports had it half right: When he is on the football field, Lafayette Pitts is one of the most dangerous men in America. Off the field, he is accused of being even more menacing. Pitts and two teammates from the University of Pittsburgh football team stand accused of playing the Knockout Game. The Knockout Game is just one form of the black mob violence and lawlessness documented in more than 80 cities with more than 400 examples in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.” Rules of the...
  • Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews

    11/30/2012 9:15:59 PM PST · by Swazi Spring · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2012 | Marton Dunai
    A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary's third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament. Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi's party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014. Jobbik has never called publicly for lists of Jews....
  • Stop the Media from Lying About the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 8:47:24 PM PST · by annajones · 28 replies
    opinion | 11/30/2012 | annajones
    Stop the MSM from Pressuring Congress!!! We should not sit back and let the Main Stream Media continue "campaigning" for Obama!!! The lies: We want to give tax breaks to the 98% of Americans. Obama has a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. We can make a difference. History shows they had to back down some when we apply pressure via blogs and notifying conservative news outlets and hosts otherwise they look like fools or continue to appear even more untrustworthy which we know they are. We can't have the kind of news outlets that dictatorship countries have.
  • Stop the Media from Lying About the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 8:47:20 PM PST · by annajones · 6 replies
    opinion | 11/30/2012 | annajones
    Stop the MSM from Pressuring Congress!!! We should not sit back and let the Main Stream Media continue "campaigning" for Obama!!! The lies: We want to give tax breaks to the 98% of Americans. Obama has a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. We can make a difference. History shows they had to back down some when we apply pressure via blogs and notifying conservative news outlets and hosts otherwise they look like fools or continue to appear even more untrustworthy which we know they are. We can't have the kind of news outlets that dictatorship countries have.
  • Hamas cries fowl after Israel responds to provocation

    A large mob of Palestinians attempted to break through the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel on Wednesday, ignoring warnings to desist from IDF troops who fired shots at the legs of the rioters, leading to seven Palestinians being wounded.
  • WH Fiscal Cliff Offer Includes Unlimited Executive Power to Raise Debt Ceiling

    11/30/2012 8:31:57 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, President Barack Obama's point man on the fiscal cliff negotiations, presented Republican leaders a proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff on Thursday, which gives Obama unprecedented powers to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. The White House proposal includes $1.6 trillion in tax increases, a one-year deferral of sequestration, and $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other programs. In addition, the White House's initial offer also gives Obama the authority to raise the debt ceiling essentially to infinity without congressional approval and a “multi-year” stimulus package that would be “at least” $50 billion for...
  • LA SINK HOLE: 3 MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

    11/30/2012 8:29:22 PM PST · by Blogger · 50 replies
    You Tube Channel ^ | 11/29/12 | Idaho Picker
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJieuo-PssQ&feature=g-u
  • Payroll tax cut expiration lurks in 'fiscal cliff's' shadow

    11/30/2012 8:19:16 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Elaine Maag
    The expiration of the payroll tax cut would increase taxes by $115 billion in 2013, Maag writes, yet President Obama and others have been strangely silent – arguing instead about the fate of the 2001-2003 tax cuts. If a tax cut is scheduled to expire, but the focus of the debate is elsewhere, will people notice? Will the average family be surprised when their taxes rise by $1,000 or more next year, even if most of the rest of the 2001-2003 tax cuts are extended for all but the wealthiest Americans? That’s precisely what could happen to a family earning...
  • A Few Notable Anniversaries On The Palestinians' Big Day

    11/30/2012 8:16:51 PM PST · by zeestephen · 4 replies
    CarolineGlick.com ^ | 29 November 2012 | Caroline Glick
    On November 28, 1941 the religious and political leader of the Palestinian Arabs and one of the most influential leaders of the Arab world, Haj Amin el Husseini, met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin.
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  • US government publishes once-secret Watergate court files, adds to case's historical trove

    11/30/2012 7:51:50 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11-30-12 | STEPHEN BRAUN and RICHARD LARDNER
    Watergate Judge John J. Sirica aided the prosecution in pursuing the White House connection to the Democratic headquarters break-in by providing the special prosecutor information from a probation report in which one of the burglars said he was acting under orders from top Nixon administration officials, according to once-secret documents released Friday by the National Archives. One newly public transcript of an in-chambers meeting between Sirica, the U.S. District Court judge in charge of the case, and then-Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in July 1973 shows the judge revealed secret probation reports indicating that E. Howard Hunt had cited orders from...
  • Supreme Court Does Not Act on Gay-Marriage Cases

    11/30/2012 7:49:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jess Bravin
    The Supreme Court took no action on any of the 10 gay-marriage petitions before it Friday, despite expectations that the justices would finally announce their plans regarding challenges to three separate laws denying recognition to same-sex couples. The court could add any of those cases to its docket as soon as Monday, but more likely the justices will continue discussing the matter at their next private conference, scheduled for Dec. 7. Most attention has focused on challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 statute denying federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses. Federal appeals courts in Boston...
  • Double-Barrel 1911 Lands ATF Approval, Importation To Begin Next Year

    11/30/2012 7:44:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11.27.2012 | Max Slowik
    Double-barrel 1911 lands ATF approval, importation to begin next year The ATF has given Arsenal the green light to import their double-barreled, double-everything 1911. Arsenal turned a lot of heads a few months back when they announced their truly unique handgun, the AF2011-A1, but many assumed that the gun would never wind up for sale in the U.S., because it fires two cartridges with one pull of the trigger, making it a machine gun according to federal law. Arsenal maintained that their double trigger design, and matching pair of sears and hammers, would not raise the hackles of the gatekeepers...
  • David Axelrod Surprised by Romney Campaign’s Missed Opportunities

    11/30/2012 7:44:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/30/2012 | James Warren
    Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with their base—and chose Paul Ryan for VP. President Obama’s top reelection strategist conceded surprise Monday that Republican super PACS didn’t attack Obama far earlier, Mitt Romney didn’t invest much more in ground operations, and that the Republican nominee played narrowly to the party base in picking Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. Offering a lengthy dissection of the campaign, David Axelrod told a Chicago audience that he was “a bit surprised that super PACS, which spent...
  • Should Republicans just put forth Simpson-Bowles for the fiscal cliff?

    11/30/2012 7:39:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    My friend Guy Benson and I were talking about this idea the other night, and I liked it when compared to all our other dismal options. It was also the same night we saw "Lincoln," so I wondered if we were high on celluloid optimism about what's possible in politics.But Guy fleshed out the idea in this must-read post today, and I think he’s onto something. You should go over there to read the whole thing, but here's the gist: Of the commission’s 18 members, six Democrats and five Republicans endorsed the final document, while the seven ‘no’ votes split...
  • Kerosene Lamps Identified as Big Source of Black Carbon

    11/30/2012 7:36:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 55 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11-28-12 | unattributed
    The primary source of light for more than a billion people in developing nations is also churning out black carbon at levels previously overlooked in greenhouse gas estimates, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois. Results from field and lab tests found that 7 to 9 percent of the kerosene in wick lamps -- used for light in 250-300 million households without electricity -- is converted to black carbon when burned. In comparison, only half of 1 percent of the emissions from burning wood is converted to black carbon. Factoring in...
  • State judge rules Louisiana school voucher program unconstitutional

    11/30/2012 7:24:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11-30-12 | ap
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's private school tuition voucher program has been ruled unconstitutional by a state judge. State Judge Tim Kelley said Friday that the program improperly diverts money allocated through the state's public school funding formula to private schools. He also said it unconstitutionally diverts local tax dollars to private schools. Kelley ruled in a lawsuit backed by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program. The state education department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education said the programs were funded and created in line with the constitution.
  • Obama orders CIA to closedown multi-billion dollar unit (Ctr on Climate Change, National Security)

    11/30/2012 7:22:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/29/12 | Jim Kouri
    Obama orders CIA to closedown multi-billion dollar unitBy: Jim Kouri November 29, 2012 **SNIP** Regardless of the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had already possessed a multi-billion dollar intelligence center for global warming, a new report by public-interest group Judicial Watch's blog claims that the Obama administration believed the nation’s intelligence community needed yet another taxpayer-funded entity to better determine the impact of climate change on U.S. national security. "This waste of money is even more shameful when you consider millions and millions of Americans out of work or losing their homes and here's 'Mr. Green Jeans' Obama...
  • VCU volleyball coach James Finley says he was fired because he is gay; team finished 25-6

    11/30/2012 7:15:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Associated Press, ^ | November 30, 2012
    RICHMOND, Va. — VCU women’s volleyball coach James Finley is fighting to get his job back after he says he was fired because he is gay. Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokesperson Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days.