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  • U.S. Condemns Israel's Decision to Approve Construction

    12/01/2012 11:22:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The White House on Friday condemned Israel's decision to build 3,000 new homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as "counterproductive" and said it would make resuming peace talks harder. Abbas' move at the United Nations has" buried the Oslo Accords" according to various political figures and that is why talks are not on the agenda. The move to be "recognized" as a state, although symbolic, was made without agreed upon borders or a declaration of peace and is essentially a hostile step. Abbas ignored the US government's request that he refrain from doing so and the automatic pro-PA vote in...
  • Who Killed KPOJ? (Portland OR lib radio)

    12/01/2012 11:10:11 AM PST · by MovementConservative · 45 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | 11/28/12 | Aaron Mesh
    Many see a right-wing conspiracy in the death of Portland’s commercial progressive talk-radio station. But Bain didn’t act alone.Carl Wolfson’s last show on KPOJ-AM 620 sounded like victory. For the past six years, Wolfson, a former standup comedian, hosted a three-hour morning drive-time show that had turned into a radio clubhouse for Portland liberals. Wolfson—laser-fast with a quip and constantly in defense of Democrats—spent the weeks before the Nov. 6 election boosting liberal candidates and puncturing Mitt Romney. “Romney has zero foreign-policy experience,” Wolfson liked to say during the campaign. “He was asked about the Middle East, and his only...
  • Syria rebels build momentum with tactical successes

    12/01/2012 11:04:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 November 2012 Last updated at 07:44 ET
    Opposition supporters hope rebel-held areas will become fully "liberated"Over the past month, rebel forces in Syria have enjoyed tactical successes which analysts say demonstrate their growing ability to challenge the government's military dominance.The rebels have displayed military strength and organisation in capturing several major military bases, seizing weaponry, disrupting supply lines, and forcing the military to pull back.Capturing military bases It is unclear how many government bases the rebels have overrun since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, mostly because they have rarely attempted to hold them because of the risk of retaliatory air strikes...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - Over the Cliff

    12/01/2012 10:54:03 AM PST · by arthurus · 7 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 01 December 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Republicans are playing into the hands of the enemy by emphasizing the fiscal cliff negotiations. There is very little to negotiate here. Obama, fresh off a stolen election, carved out over the bodies of hurricane victims, is daring Republicans to say no to him. And a dispirited Republican establishment is still feeling beaten and too willing to give in. There are two scenarios here. Either Obama is bluffing or he isn't. And it doesn't really matter which one is correct. The crisis is being exploited with nonsense about fixing the giant hole in the economy created by Obama, by raising...
  • First same-sex marriage being celebrated Saturday at West Point’s Cadet Chapel

    12/01/2012 10:51:03 AM PST · by NYer · 131 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2012
    <p>The first same-sex marriage at West Point’s Cadet Chapel will be celebrated Saturday – when a military veteran and her partner exchange vows roughly one year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving in the military.</p>
  • Egypt’s Islamists rally in support of President Morsi

    12/01/2012 10:34:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 1, 2012, 9:51 a.m. | Jeffrey Fleishman
    Islamists rallied Saturday to support President Mohamed Morsi in battling what they see as a conspiracy by loyalists from the deposed regime of Hosni Mubarak to instigate anti-government protests and disrupt Egypt’s political transition. The Muslim Brotherhood and ultraconservative Islamists marched in a counterdemonstration to a week-old protest across the Nile in Tahrir Square by opposition groups challenging Morsi’s expanded powers. Islamists back the president for his religious ideology but say Morsi’s central aim is to rid state institutions of decades of corruption left by Mubarak. … Many of the tens of thousands of Islamists at the rally showed contempt...
  • Chicago Pile 70 years tomorrow Dec 2.

    12/01/2012 10:18:37 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 33 replies
    Argonne National Lab ^ | 9 jul 2012 | Staff
    On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1) went critical and produced the world's first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction.
  • Kindly Note the Impending Bankruptcy (Mark Steyn)

    12/01/2012 10:00:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 71 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Previously on The Perils of Pauline: Last year, our plucky heroine, the wholesome apple-cheeked American republic, was trapped in an express elevator hurtling out of control toward the debt ceiling. Would she crash into it? Or would she make some miraculous escape? Yes! At the very last minute of her white-knuckle thrill ride to her rendezvous with destiny, she was rescued by Congress’s decision to set up . . . a Super Committee! Those who can, do. Those who can’t, form a committee. Those who really can’t, form a Super Committee — and then put John Kerry on it for...
  • Trayvon Martin Case Whoopsie – Scheme Team MEGA-Fail: “Dee Dee” is Keyser Soze – Motion to Compel

    12/01/2012 9:54:49 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 99 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 1, 2012 | Sundance
    Today the George Zimmerman defense team revealed a bombshell discovery. A discovery that will ultimately deconstruct the entire “persecution of George Zimmerman”, and lead to serious liability for Fraud against the Scheme Team and Malicious Prosecution against the State of Florida and Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. We have outlined on numerous occasions there was nothing existing on March 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 to law enforcement that would support an arrest of George Zimmerman. The best evidence we have is the testimony of George Zimmerman, and he says the decedent was the primary aggressor in the whole event,” –...
  • Colleges have free speech on the run

    12/01/2012 9:41:25 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: November 30 | George Will
    In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration — acting as prosecutor, judge and jury — convicted him of “openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.” “Openly.” “Related to.” Good grief. The book, “Notre Dame vs. the Klan,” celebrated the 1924 defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a fight with Notre Dame students. But some of Sampson’s co-workers disliked the book’s cover, which featured a black-and-white photograph of a...
  • Keep the drones zapping

    12/01/2012 9:33:11 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 1, 2012 | Editorial Board
    In a January online chat, Obama said strikes in Pakistan are “a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists.” In a September CNN interview, he offered assurances that drones were used only to prevent “an operational plot against the United States.” Then, in October, on “The Daily Show” of all places, Obama said, “One of the things we’ve got to do is put a legal architecture in place . . . to make sure that not only am I reined in, but any President’s reined in” regarding the use of this potent weaponry. As...
  • Walther Arms Moves to Fort Smith, Plans $7 Million Expansion with Umarex USA

    12/01/2012 9:33:11 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Arkansas Business ^ | Posted 11/29/2012 10:07 am | by Arkansas Business Staff
    Walther Arms Inc. said Thursday that its US operations will locate to Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, sharing a campus and business resources with Umarex USA, which will expand its manufacturing operations to include components of both airguns and firearms. Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas economic development officials made the announcement on Thursday at Umarex USA's plant at Chaffee Crossing. Umarex USA makes sporting and replica air guns. Its line of products includes paintball guns, pellet guns, air pistols and accessories. Umarex USA is owned by PW Group of Germany, which also owns firearms leader Walther Co. in Germany. Walther...
  • Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

    12/01/2012 9:31:12 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 19 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Nov 30, 2012 02:45 PM EST | Guy Benson
    Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise." ... The GOP's dilemma is a doozy. Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular proposition at the moment -- while offering almost nothing meaningful in return. Meanwhile, Democrats' allies in the media have been crafting a 'Republicans-as-stubborn-obstructionists' narrative for years. To a large extent, they've been successful; Republicans are poised to bear the brunt of an irate public's blame if a fiscal cliff...
  • Operation Christmas Child breaks collection record [Nashville, AR]

    12/01/2012 9:26:57 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Nashville Leader ^ | November 30, 2012 | By Jana Copeland
    Operation Christmas Child is a rewarding deed and will change the lives of many children around the world, according to Nashville Collection Center Coordinator Beverly Starr. This year was extremely successful for the Nashville and the collection area. Volunteers gathered a record 10,202 shoeboxes. They also took an additional 21 late boxes to Boone, N.C., with them. The total number of shoeboxes collected worldwide won’t be known until the middle of December. The goal for this area was 7,500 shoeboxes, and obviously, OCC exceeded this goal for the year, shattering the old record of 7,340 set in 2011. Starr said,...
  • Senate Reaffirms US Support for Japan in Land Dispute With China

    12/01/2012 9:23:39 AM PST · by traumer · 7 replies
    The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved an amendment that reaffirms Washington's commitment to Japan in its territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. The measure was attached Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2012, which is still being debated in the Senate - the upper body of Congress. The amendment says that the U.S. acknowledges Japan's administration over the Senkaku Islands, but does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the territory. It also notes U.S. opposition to any efforts to coerce, threaten or use force to resolve the territorial...
  • Video: Egyptian women protest Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo

    12/01/2012 9:18:53 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 1, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    streets of Cairo have remained flooded with protestors ever since Mohamed Morsi issued decrees that “temporarily” maki him a dictator — or as some say, a pharaoh. Morsi pledged to end his decrees as soon as Egypt votes on the constitution drafted by his Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist allies, but that has not slowed down opposition. CNN reports this morning that women flooded into Tahrir Square to protest both Morsi and his Islamist allies, and pledge to remain until Morsi cancels the plebiscite on his draft constitution and his decrees Expect Morsi to approve the plebiscite today, though, because by...
  • Pressure mounting on Obama over pipeline decision

    12/01/2012 8:55:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 1, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama faces mounting pressure on a decision he had put off during his re-election campaign: whether to approve the $7 billion proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada. ........................Estimates for how many jobs the pipeline would create range from a few thousand up to 20,000 or more. At 36 inches in diameter, the pipeline will have an initial capacity of 700,000 barrels a day. That's significant, because demand for oil and gas pipelines is expected to surge over the next four years, according to a November report by The Freedonia Group, a market research firm....
  • Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, then self

    12/01/2012 8:54:51 AM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 106 replies
    Helmet2Helmet ^ | December 1, 2012 | Zack Kelberman
    Just horrific news out of Kansas City this morning. According to multiple reports, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, and then drove to the team’s facility and killed himself. The team confirmed the incident in a statement. “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.” The 25-year-old Belcher, who started 10 games this season, reportedly fired the first gunshots around 8 a.m., and then drove to the facility a short time later. Making matters worse, Belcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than...
  • US-Based Trans-Pacific Failure by President

    12/01/2012 8:53:50 AM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies
    LATIMES ^ | 12/01/2012 | La time Reporter
    President Barack Obama attended the November summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn't. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world's population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States. Instead, the Association of Southeast...
  • North Korea Says Its Archaeologists Discovered A 'Unicorn Lair'

    12/01/2012 8:32:07 AM PST · by teflon9 · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | November 30, 2012 | Eyder Peralta
    It's not the first time we've heard fantastical news from North Korea's state news agency. And if you thought the "peculiar natural wonders" would be buried along with the Dear Leader, my were you mistaken. Today, the Korean Central News Agency said that archaeologists from the History Institute of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea "reconfirmed" the "lair of a unicorn" that was ridden by King Tongmyong. Via the Japan-based Korean News Agency, which distributes KCNA news, here's a bit more of the breaking development: "The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang...