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  • US Army cutting civilian jobs in Europe

    12/01/2012 6:18:59 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Associated Press
    The Pentagon is in the process of eliminating two heavy armored brigades based in Germany. That will leave two U.S. Army combat brigades permanently stationed in Europe, one in Germany and one in Italy.
  • EPA tells judge it will impose stricter water pollution standards on Florida

    12/01/2012 6:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | Craig Pittman
    ........Late Friday night, the EPA said in a news release that it had approved the state rules for part of the state's waterways, but would still impose the federal rules for the rest. According to David Guest of Earthjustice, that means the state rules cover only 15 percent while the new federal rules cover 85 percent — about 100,000 miles of waterways. State DEP officials said they were disappointed the EPA would impose federal rules on any part of the state and vowed to "work with them to craft solutions" to put the state in charge of all pollution rules....
  • Merry Christmas: This Tax Increase is for You, America

    12/01/2012 6:14:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | John Ransom
    Let’s cut right to the end of the story: Ordinary people have already tumbled off the precipice. There will be no dramatic rescue at the height of the tension, with crashing, ominous music turning to a sunshine ditty, a government handout straining to reach you, to save you from tumbling over the lip of the cliff. Instead the government is going to intentionally bump into you, making it look like an accident, head turned away, mumbling an apology, much like a pick-pocket does in a crowd, with the object to lift your wallet.      So, yes; however much they deny it,...
  • Obama toilet paper leads to Pompano firefighter's termination (FL)

    12/01/2012 5:59:00 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 41 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Tonya Alanez
    Placing toilet paper imprinted with President Barack Obama's face in a fire station has led to a firefighter's termination and he had until 5 p.m. Friday to turn in his badge. It was Clint Pierce's third instance of posting political paraphernalia on city property and a violation of a direct order to cease and desist from such behavior, according to city records. "It was clearly a case of insubordination," city spokeswoman Sandra King said Friday. "He had a similar situation of posting political messages on city property and he was given a free pass at that time and told to...
  • Is it now time to go Galt?

    12/01/2012 5:52:49 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 62 replies
    Tea Party Nation. ^ | 12/1/12 | Judson Phillips
    Going Galt has a nice ring to it. Most people do not know what going Galt really means. Like so many expressions we have today, it can mean any number of things. How about a going Galt strategy that will generate results? What does going Galt mean and how would the strategy work? Going Galt is generally meant that those of us who are producers in society simply refuse to produce any more. Without producers, the economy will collapse. After all, without the producers, who is going to make what the takers want? Going Galt is actually something the left...
  • "Liberty, Equality, Homosexuality?"

    12/01/2012 5:48:55 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    TFP ^ | 11/28/2012 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    The French Revolution of 1789 was based on the ideological philosophy of the Enlightenment summarized in the famous trilogy, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” By imposing full equality on society, the advocates of this philosophy sought to bring about complete freedom and an idyllic brotherhood among men. The Guillotine’s “Fraternity” As is well known, the immediate effects of that equality were the execution of King Louis XVI, his sister Princess Elizabeth and Queen Marie Antoinette; thousands of nobles were guillotined; clergy were persecuted and massacred or had to go underground. The peasants of the Vendee who rose up in defense of altar...
  • Teacher plays pro-gay ‘marriage’ song for 8th grade class

    12/01/2012 5:38:30 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    SOUTH LYONS, MI, November 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Michigan performing arts teacher is defending her decision to play a song promoting same-sex “marriage” to her eighth grade class. (Susan Johnson says she was teaching tolerance.) Susan Johnson played the hip-hop song “Same Love” by Macklemore to students at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, in the Detroit area. “The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision, and you can be cured with some treatment and religion,” its lyrics state. “A certificate on paper ain’t gonna change everything, but it’s a damn good place to start.” In a refrain, a...
  • The ObamaCare fiscal cliff (‘You Want To Go Forward, You Put It In D.’)

    12/01/2012 5:36:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/30/12 | John Hayward
    The ObamaCare fiscal cliffBy: John Hayward 11/30/2012 02:34 PM While we’re busy listening to President Obama demand a $1.6 trillion tax increase on some people as the price for disarming part of a $1.2 trillion tax bomb aimed at other people, let’s not forget that he’s already detonated a $1.058 trillion tax warhead on all of us: ObamaCare. As the House Ways and Means Committee noted last summer, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare, it contains 21 distinct tax increases, “a dozen of which target Americans earning less than $200,000 per year for singles or $250,000...
  • Stirrings of Secession

    12/01/2012 5:21:08 AM PST · by IbJensen · 89 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/29/2012 | Pat Buchanan
    "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ..." So begins the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies from the king and country to which they had given allegiance since the settlers first came to Jamestown and Plymouth Rock. The declaration was signed by 56 angry old white guys who had had enough of what the Cousins were doing to them. In seceding from the mother country, these patriots put their lives, fortunes and honor on the line. Four score and five years...
  • Egyptians fear long Muslim Brotherhood rule, warn Morsi is no friend of US

    12/01/2012 5:20:20 AM PST · by John W · 26 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Richard Engel
    Protesters are shouting on bullhorns again in Cairo's Tahrir Square, outraged that an extremist interpretation of Islam is being forced down their throats by a president who critics say is acting every part the tyrant. The era of the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have arrived. President Obama has hailed the Brotherhood's President Mohammed Morsi as a pragmatist who helped end the Gaza crisis. Egyptians here think the Brotherhood has conned Washington, just like it conned them.
  • Madison Avenue's Moral Madness

    12/01/2012 5:06:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Angus T. Jones told the truth. In a religious video posted on YouTube, the former child actor who's the "half" man of the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" shocked the celebrity press by saying "I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth." Calling this show "filth" is like calling your Christmas tree an evergreen. Yet about 14 million Americans still love filling their head with this filthy show, and they don't want to be told what they're doing. It doesn't surprise, then, that the pundits have turned on...
  • Teenage Werewolves

    12/01/2012 4:57:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Back in the 1950s, "Little Joe Cartwright" starred in a movie called "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." That's right, after seeing a full moon, Michael Landon ran around a public high school foaming at the mouth and pretty much out of control. Since there was little difference between his behavior and that of the normal students, he got away with it for two semesters. As I watched the film, I remember thinking that it was going to be tough for Landon to get into college with that on his resume. But then the 1960s happened, so that was that. This...
  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread

    12/01/2012 4:55:42 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 31 replies
    Michiganvotes.org ^ | 12/01/12 | Cripplecreek
    November 30, 2012 Weekly Roll Call Report Senate Bill 1360, Extend deadline on school employee pension reform choices: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate To extend from October 26, 2012 to January 9, 2013, the deadline for public school employees to choose whether to contribute more toward the cost of their defined benefit pensions or else accept a slightly less generous benefit calculation formula, as required by a recently-passed pension reform law. Senate Bill 909, Create Detroit regional mass transit authority: Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate To create a new Detroit area regional transportation authority covering Macomb,...
  • Kiss Your Bill Of Rights Goodbye

    12/01/2012 4:51:57 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Conservative News Daily ^ | November 27, 2012 | Tony Adlkins
    In December of 2011 on New Year’s Eve, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), declaring the entire United States a “battlefield” and giving the U.S. government the right to detain an American citizen indefinitely and even assassinate them, if they are suspected of terrorism—without due process. Then, in March of 2012, Obama signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order (NDRP) that effectively declares peacetime martial law, giving the President authority over food and water, production, fuel, transportation, livestock and more if the government decides it is an emergency. Since September 11, 2001, the government...
  • Obama’s Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W

    12/01/2012 3:37:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    <p>At the close of business on Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the Treasury. At the close of business this Thursday, it stood at $16,323,083,449,604.98.</p> <p>That means the debt has increased $5,696,206,400,691.90 during Obama’s presidency.</p>
  • Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain & Use Weapon...

    12/01/2012 3:36:42 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via THE BLAZE.com ^ | November 30, 2012 10:00 pm | n/a
    "Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain and Use Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Americans" SNIPPET: "MIAMI (AP) — Two South Florida men of Pakistani descent have been charged with plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the U.S., federal prosecutors said Friday. The men were identified as brothers Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, and 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Pakistan and both were arrested in the Fort Lauderdale area, prosecutors said."
  • House passes bill to cancel diversity visa lottery

    12/01/2012 3:32:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The House voted Friday to cancel the annual diversity visa lottery and give those immigration visas to high-tech foreign-born who earn advanced degrees from American universities, as Republicans powered through their chamber the first major immigration bill since the election. The 245-139 vote was a test of the GOP’s plan to tackle immigration piecemeal, and while the bill passed, the strong opposition from Democrats suggests that Republicans’ strategy will face difficult hurdles. And while the chief selling point of the bill was to boost green cards given to science, technology, engineering and technology students, the bigger fight came over Republicans’...
  • SIBLING RIVALRY: Video shows twins fighting in the womb

    12/01/2012 2:00:33 AM PST · by onyx · 34 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Erika Neddenien
    LONDON (WTVR) – Striking new MRI images show that for twins, sibling rivalry starts early–even before birth. Researchers in London were trying to find out more about a rare blood disease that can complicate the pregnancies for women carrying twins, when they captured video of what appears to be two fetuses pushing each other as they try to make more room. Researchers at London’s Center for Fetal Care were studying a potentially deadly condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. It only occurs in identical twins, when the blood supply from one flows into the other. It can cause one twin to...
  • Nigel Farage: Ukip is Now Britain's Third Party

    12/01/2012 1:12:45 AM PST · by expat1000 · 22 replies
    HitC Politics ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Nicholas Watt
    The leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, has claimed that his party has now displaced the Liberal Democrats as the "third force" in British politics after it performed strongly in three byelections. In the party's strongest showing in a Westminster byelection, Ukip secured 21.79% of the vote in Rotherham, claiming second place behind Labour, which won with 46.25%. The Lib Dems trailed in eighth place on 2.11%. Labour scored a hat-trick of comfortable victories in the three byelections held in its safe seats of Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via HamptonRoads.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank

    12/01/2012 12:47:58 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 8 replies
    After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank Official says building is in accordance with Israel’s strategic interests map and says more construction planned in E1 area; Labor, Meretz criticize move By Ron Friedman November 30, 2012, 5:06 pm Updated: November 30, 2012, 7:47 pm 20 Email Print Share A Palestinian protester holds a placard in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem, marking the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state by the United Nations. Friday Nov. 30 (photo credit: AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi) A Palestinian...
  • President Obama: Identifying priorities for a second-term ‘black agenda’

    12/01/2012 12:37:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rahiel Tesfamariam
    While President Obama has been a unifying force in the black community during his first term in office, his presidency has also fueled deep divisions among many African Americans. The president’s first-term policies sparked heated debates among a host of well-known black intellectuals and political observers who argue that the president has ignored the issues of his most loyal base. These tensions will likely remain throughout Obama’s second term unless he quickly reverses course. Critics, such as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, will likely continue to press Obama to address the needs of black America, while others will struggle to...
  • Clinton calls on Israel to embrace moderate Palestinians, negotiations

    11/30/2012 11:51:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Ha’aretz (sub) ^ | 04:46 01.12.12 (Dec. 1) | Natasha Mozgovaya
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Friday that without progress toward peace, Israel will be forced to choose between “preserving democracy and the Jewish identity of the state.” ‫ Speaking at the Saban Forum 2012 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C., Clinton rejected Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s pessimism concerning the Palestinian Authority's capability of governing its territory and bring about a lasting peace. “With very little money, and no natural resources, they have accomplished quite a bit, building a security force that works every single day with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). They have entrepreneurial successes. They...
  • Newt explains what the Republicans need to do to beat Obama

    11/30/2012 11:43:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 77 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11/30/2012 | The Right Scoop via Fox News
    Forget last night’s interview. Newt was much better tonight on Hannity and laid out exactly what Republicans need to do and explained why they have much more power than they realize. The interview begins at the 4:00 mark.
  • The Osama bin Laden Myth

    11/30/2012 11:37:02 PM PST · by Huskerfan44 · 23 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | November 26, 2012 | The Osama bin Laden Myth
    The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper, Ummat and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon. The interview was sensational. The alleged “mastermind” of 9/11 said that he and al Qaeda had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. The British Broadcasting Corporation’s World Monitoring Service had the interview translated into English and made public on September 29, 2001. Osama bin Laden’s sensational denial was not reported by the US print...
  • Drone crashes mount at civilian airports

    11/30/2012 11:02:45 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. Air Force drone, on a classified spy mission over the Indian Ocean, was destined for disaster from the start. An inexperienced military contractor in shorts and a T-shirt, flying by remote control from a trailer at Seychelles International Airport, committed blunder after blunder in six minutes on April 4. He sent the unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drone off without permission from the control tower. A minute later, he yanked the wrong lever at his console, killing the engine without realizing why. As he tried to make an emergency landing, he forgot to put down the wheels. The $8.9 million...
  • Depressing Curtain for Russian Naval Power: Admiral Sergei Gorshkov Fails Her Sea Trials

    11/30/2012 10:55:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies
    After a year of encouraging progress in the refitting of a late Soviet–era carrier, which Russia plans to sell to India, the vessel’s latest sea trials in September 2012 ended in failure and disappointment. The discouraging results point to substantial structural problems in Russia’s domestic naval defense industry and undermine the country’s reputation as a dependable arms supplier. The Kiev-class heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, completed in the late 1980s, has been what sailors call an “unlucky ship.” In 1992, she went into the dock yards at Murmansk for work on her steam pipes. But in those tight financial times...
  • Iran Unveils Unusually Colored Blue Submarine

    11/30/2012 10:22:36 PM PST · by LukeL · 59 replies
    www.yahoo.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    It looks like the Iranian Navy really wanted people to see its new submarine. In a live broadcast on state TV on Wednesday, the Islamic Republic showed off a new Sina 7 submarine that is painted in an unusually bright turquoise blue hue...
  • Report: Iranian Jewish woman cut in half, media silent

    11/30/2012 10:18:07 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 30, 2012 | Joe Newby
    a Jewish woman in Isfahan, Iran, was murdered and cut in half by Muslim extremists who wanted to take over her home. Israel Radio said that according to relatives, the woman lived next to a newly built mosque, and worshippers "had demanded that she and her family leave their home so the mosque could be expanded." The woman complained to authorities, and in response, a group of thugs came to her house, murdered her and allegedly cut her in two.
  • (RoboFish) Homeland Security to Deploy Underwater Drones that Mimic Tuna Fish

    11/30/2012 9:57:48 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    DVICE ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Adario Strange
    Homeland Security to deploy underwater drones that mimic tuna fish With even gossip magazines being (falsely) accused of wanting to deploy aerial drones, it seems like the only place you might be able to escape robotic scrutiny would be somewhere far off at sea. Turns out: not true. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has funded a new underwater robot that can find you even in your underwater lair. The BIOSwimmer was developed by Boston Engineering Corporation's Advanced Systems Group (ASG) as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) modeled after the shape and swimming mechanics of a tuna fish. According to...
  • 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.