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  • Kim Kardashian brings out fans, Islamists and police in Bahrain

    12/01/2012 3:08:22 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1 December 2012 | Hamad Mohammed
    Television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said. About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper. Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.
  • Egypt: Mass Protests After Constitution Draft Approved

    12/01/2012 2:59:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    An Egyptian panel rushed through a draft constitution seen as undermining basic freedoms on Friday, resulting in mass protests in Cairo. AFP reported that tens of thousands of protesters rallied as the opposition piled pressure on President Mohammed Morsi. "Down with the constitutional assembly," vast crowds armed with megaphones chanted as they filed into Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. Banners condemned "dictatorial Morsi" while protesters shouted "down with the rule of the Guide," a reference to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, through whose ranks Morsi rose before becoming president....
  • Japan Manufacturing Contracts at Sharpest Rate for 19 Months

    12/01/2012 2:56:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    In Japan things have gone from Grim to Grimmer. The Markit/JMMA Japan Manufacturing PMIâ„¢ shows Japanese manufacturing sector contracts at sharpest rate in 19 months. Key points: Output and new orders both continue to declineCapital goods producers register sharpest falls in production and salesInventories and employment cut amid subdued economic outlook Summary: Operating conditions in the Japanese manufacturing sector continued to worsen in November. The deterioration was driven by falls in output, new orders and employment as the economic climate remained difficult. Amid an uncertain outlook, manufacturers also cut inventory levels and lowered purchasing activity. Investment goods producers also recorded...
  • ICC Examining 'Legal Implications' of PA Statehood Bid

    12/01/2012 2:49:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor's office said on Friday it was considering the legal implications after the UN General Assembly's overwhelming vote to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a non-member state. "The Office of the Prosecutor takes note of the decision" and will now "consider the legal implications of this resolution," it said in a statement sent to AFP but declined to elaborate. In 2009, the PA asked the ICC prosecutor's office to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. However, only a state can launch such a request under international law,...
  • The No-Tax-Hike Pledge Is an IQ Test for Republicans

    12/01/2012 2:49:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Eugene Robinson is one of the group-think columnists at the Washington Post. Like E.J. Dionne, he is an utterly predictable proponent of big government. So it won’t surprise you to know that he wants taxes to go up and he’s a big fan of Obama’s class-warfare agenda. He’s also a very partisan Democrat and wants the GOP to lose. Again, that’s not exactly a stunning revelation.So when someone like Eugene Robinson starts offering advice to the Republican Party about tax policy, a logical person instantly should be suspicious that he’s actually trying to advance his own ideological and partisan agenda.An...
  • Internal Row in Labor over Platform, Talk of Split

    12/01/2012 2:43:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Amir Peretz, who occupies the Number Three spot in the Labor party's list for the Knesset, mounted an attack on party leader Shelly Yechimovich on Channel 2's Meet the Press Saturday. He demanded that Yechimovich state clearly that she will never sit in the Netanyahu government, and insisted that she spell out a detailed plan for peace with the Palestinian Authority. The presenter, political reporter Rina Matzliah, asked him if it was true that he was considering splitting off from Labor after the election along with six other MKs. He did not confirm or deny this, but said that at...
  • This picture perfectly captures significance of today's anniversary (Obama on Parks' bus)

    12/01/2012 2:42:18 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | December 1, 2012
    Today is the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala. And this photograph of President Obama sitting on that exact same bus 57 years later is a poignant reminder of just how much America has changed in half a century.
  • Source: Belcher murder-suicide followed argument over Trey Songz concert

    12/01/2012 2:41:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    KC Star ^ | 12/1/12 | GLENN RICE
    According to a friend of Kasandra Perkins, the woman killed today by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the couple argued in the early morning hours after the woman was out late attending Friday’s Trey Songz concert at The Midland. The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted Perkins when she returned home about 1 a.m.
  • Obama Administration Silent After Egyptian Constitution Restores Slavery

    12/01/2012 2:38:07 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    gateway ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    It’s no secret that Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids. It’s also common knowledge that Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves... So it’s really no surprise that he helped usher in a radical Egpytian regime that is restoring slavery. ... The Obama administration declined to criticize Egypt’s constitution despite its slavery clause.
  • Students failing algebra rarely recover

    12/01/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by thecodont · 160 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 10:22 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 | Jill Tucker
    California students who fail algebra and repeat the course are pretty much doomed to fail again, a vicious cycle that wastes limited resources and precious learning time, according to a report released Friday. Just over a third of students in the 24 school districts studied had to repeat Algebra I either in ninth or 10th grade, yet even after a second year of study, relatively few were proficient in the subject. Of those who took the class in eighth grade and repeated it as freshmen, just 1 in 5 scored at a proficient level on standardized tests. And of those...
  • McConnell: White House proposal 'laughable' and no behind-the-scenes movement on fiscal cliff

    12/01/2012 2:04:34 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | December 1, 2012 | Don Weber
    FLORENCE — The spending and tax proposal delivered to Capitol Hill by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was “laughable,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told Pure Politics on Friday. McConnell was being literal. According to the Weekly Standard, McConnell burst into laughter after Geithner outlined a plan with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over the next decade. After speaking to Republicans at a Northern Kentucky dinner Friday night, McConnell said “nothing is going to happen until the president gets serious.” He said there hasn’t been any behind-the-scenes movement toward a deal that would avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and...
  • Can a Grand Bargain Ever Work?

    12/01/2012 2:02:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    The idea behind a grand bargain to get the federal budget deficit under control is a simple one. Republicans agree to tax increases and Democrats agree to spending cuts. In a previous post I warned that this could be a trap for Republicans, just like similar budget deals have been in the past.There are two problems. First, the tax increases will hit immediately, while the spending cuts will be mainly in the future. That means future Congress's will have an opportunity to renege on the agreement before any serious spending reduction takes place. Second, all the serious spending increases in...
  • Gov’t Gives PA Restaurant a Choice: Give 10% Sunday Church Bulletin Discount to Atheists Too or

    12/01/2012 1:56:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 69 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Do you recall the furor surrounding Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, a Pennsylvania-based restaurant, this past summer? The establishment has been offering a 10 percent discount for individuals who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays. Citing this action as discriminatory, John Wolff, a local atheist, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Now, the restaurant will be forced to offer discounts to any individual who brings in a pamphlet involving religious faith — including atheism. To continue offering its discount, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen must now honor literature that comes from any religious institution, The Christian Post...
  • H.S. Principal Violated Policy by Making Boys Hold Hands

    12/01/2012 1:22:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The principal of at a high school in Mesa, Arizona violated policy when he required two boys who were fighting to hold hands in front of other students, according to a report on azcentral.com. Tim Richard, principal at Westwood High School, has not been reprimanded but has met with Mesa Public School officials, who advised him not to speak to the media about the incident, according to the article posted on Friday. …
  • Undocumented students and supporters hold vigil at University of Oklahoma

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    NewsOK.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Silas Allen
    NORMAN — Deisy Escalera considers Oklahoma her home. She graduated from high school here, goes to college here and pays taxes here. But in some respects, Escalera isn't American — at least, not on paper. “I consider myself an American,” she said. “I was not born here, but I consider myself an American.” Escalera, 23, came to the United States illegally from Mexico with her mother when she was 6 years old. Today, she's one of 25 undocumented students at the University of Oklahoma. Several of those undocumented students and their supporters gathered on OU's South Oval Tuesday evening to...
  • U.S. Moves Toward Recognizing Syria’s Opposition

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2012 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER
    Bryan Denton for The New York Times Rebels in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, in August. The opposition to the Syrian government is developing a political structureWASHINGTON — The United States is moving toward recognizing the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people as soon as it fully develops its political structure, American officials said Thursday. A decision to recognize the group could be announced at a so-called Friends of Syria meeting that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to attend in Morocco on Dec. 12. It is the most immediate decision facing the Obama administration...
  • California StormWatch thread: December 1st thru ? , 2012 (Phase #3 or is it #4 approaches)

    12/01/2012 1:12:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Wunderground.com ^ | 12/1/12 | Severe Weather -Wunderground.com
    Whip out your web site links and get ready for Phase #3 or is it #4 as it comes ashore, the hills are soggy.. the sandbags are ready.. Twenty days out from the Mayan calendar scenario.. got life jackets?
  • Pelosi Won’t Defend First Amendment Rights of Historic San Francisco Catholic Hospital

    12/01/2012 1:04:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2012 | Matt Cover
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is Catholic, indicated on Friday that she supports forcing St. Mary’s Medical Center, the oldest continuously operating hospital in her San Francisco-based congressional district, to provide health plans to its workers that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge even though the Catholic faith says this Catholic hospital may not do so because these things are intrinsically immoral. “We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus,” says the hospital's mission statement. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius—who, like Pelosi, is Catholic—issued the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate as a regulation under...
  • Some House Republicans bending on anti-tax stance

    12/01/2012 12:58:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:51pm EST | Rachelle Younglai and Kim Dixon
    A growing number of Republicans in the House of Representatives—including a handful of Tea Party-backed conservatives—are signaling greater flexibility than their leaders to reach a “fiscal cliff” deal with President Barack Obama. They are not buckling on demands to slash spending or agreeing with Obama’s exact proposals to avert across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts set to start on January 1. But unlike House Speaker John Boehner, they suggest they would be open to higher tax rates on wealthy Americans as part of a broader deal to slash deficits.Obama is hoping to appeal to more potential renegades to get a...
  • Casper Police Release Official Statement on Facebook

    12/01/2012 12:52:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    K2Radio ^ | 12/1/12 | Tom McCarthy
    Casper College Incident -snip- Investigation has revealed that Chris Krumm stabbed Heidi Arnold to death at the residence on Hawthorne prior to driving to Casper College where he carried a compound bow and two knives, covered by a blanket, into the Wold Physical Science building. Once inside, he stepped into Professor Krumm’s classroom and shot his father in the head with an arrow, knocking him to the ground. Despite being mortally wounded, James Krumm got up and fought with his attacker enabling the students in the room to escape unharmed; an incredible act of courage and heroism to say the...
  • Special Report Panel on Intervention in Syria-- Nov 30, 2012 -- FOXNEWS Video

    12/01/2012 12:49:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard Blog ^ | Nov 30, 2012
    Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
  • 'Terror in School': Hasbara Meets 21st Century

    12/01/2012 12:39:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    A new animated video by Israeli animation firm "The Scratch Group" explains the complex situation Israel is in, with regard to Arab terror from Gaza – and it does so, arguably, better than all of the official spokesmen combined. In under three minutes, the talented team conveys the frustrating dilemmas Israel faces in its asymmetric war against a terror state that has the world on its side. Commentators are divided with regard to the success of Operation Pillar of Defense, but there is general agreement that Israel's effort in the field of hasbara – or national public relations and information...
  • Op-Ed: Have Israel and Islamists Joined Forces Against Iran?

    12/01/2012 12:31:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Ted Belman
    Have Israel and the Islamists joined forces against Iran? According to DEBKA the answer is yes. But do we believe DEBKA? On Nov 23rd DEBKA reported Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire....it will be a great victory for PM Netanyahu and Israel. But if that is true, why hasn’t Netanyahu mentioned it in concrete terms and why has no one corroborated the report. The article explains: “When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Jerusalem from Bangkok Tuesday, she tried assuring Netanyahu that President Obama had decided to accelerate the construction of...
  • Obama Slaps States That Don't Comply With Obamacare

    12/01/2012 12:26:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 149 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 01:42 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald and Martin Gould
    Residents of states that refuse to set up health insurance exchanges under Obamacare are set to be hit with higher premiums under new rules announced by the Health and Human Services Department. Insurance companies will be charged 3.5 percent of any premiums they sell through the federal exchanges, the department announced Friday. And insurers are likely to pass that surcharge on to clients, leaading to higher premiums. The only states to be affected are those that refuse to set up their own exchanges because of opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They are almost certain to be...
  • MTV to debut 'Buckwild' in 'Jersey Shore' slot on Jan. 3 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

    12/01/2012 12:25:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Inside TV ^ | Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Dan Snierson
    BUCKWILDIn just a few weeks, it will be time to pack up the beach towels, tanning oils, and tanning oils and say goodbye to Jersey Shore for good. How will you fill your Thursday nights at 10 p.m.? MTV is hoping to hit pay dirt (mud?) several hundred miles southwest of New Jersey with Buckwild, a new reality series about nine young-adult friends in small-town West Virginia who say they are living by the motto, “Whatever happens, happens.” And what seems to be happening is a lot of riding down hills inside giant tires, driving trucks dangerously through mud, tearing...
  • Could Obamacare Go the Way of McCain-Feingold?

    12/01/2012 12:18:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.30.12 | DAVID CATRON
    The "Affordable Care Act" might die a death of a thousand legal cuts. Last June, upon learning that the Supreme Court had ruled Obamacare's individual mandate constitutional, many observers were forced to concur with the Dickens character who opined, "If the law supposes that… the law is an ass." Yet, the increasing number of anti-PPACA lawsuits that have been receiving serious attention from the courts suggests that the legal system may not be as irrational as it seemed when Chief Justice John Roberts began braying from the bench on June 28. If this seems Pollyannaish, consider the fate of McCain-Feingold....
  • Conservative Leaders Threaten to Oppose GOPers Who Cave on Cliff

    12/01/2012 12:18:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 10:55 AM | Stephen Feller
    The leaders of 45 conservative and religious groups co-signed an open letter to Republican members of Congress urging them to resist compromise with Democrats that “would be a disaster for conservative principles.” They warn that any who cave in to Democratic demands on fiscal cliff negotiations will face strong primary opposition at the next election. “Let us … remind you that a great many potent conservative organizations and millions of conservative and liberty-loving voters do not believe in the divine right of incumbents to be re-nominated,” says the letter written by Liberty Institute president Morton Blackwell, in his capacity with...
  • ObamaCare Fallout: Walmart Ends Insurance For New Hires

    12/01/2012 12:14:56 PM PST · by george76 · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Nolte
    And so the government takeover of our health care system begins: Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week.. ... By making the fine for not providing health care cheaper than providing health care, this was always the plan: to encourage employers to send us to the government. Remember how Obama's big ObamaCare sell was, "You get to keep the health insurance you have"? It was all a lie, a hustle, a con, a ruse…
  • The Biggest Lesson the GOP Should Learn from the Election

    12/01/2012 12:07:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 101 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-1-2012 | Frank J. Fleming
    December 1, 2012 The Biggest Lesson the GOP Should Learn from the Election Frank Fleming So what lessons should Republicans learn from the 2012 election? I don’t think anyone other than me has thought to ask this question, as Republicans tend not to be very analytical. But I think the answer is pretty obvious when you look at the failure of their presidential candidate this year and the one in 2008: Republicans need to stop nominating right-wing extremists like John McCain and Mitt Romney. Obviously, the two most recent Republican presidential candidates were far too extreme to the right to...
  • Three Reported Missing After Animal Rights Activists Take "War on Leather" to Motorcycle Gang Rally

    12/01/2012 11:56:12 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    The Spoof ^ | Jan 30, 2010 | Fuzzy Duffy Rating:
    Try to read this without laughing out loud… H/T Mike Hoy What a wonderful coming together of two diverse groups! We need more gatherings where the idiot activists are given warm, moist, aromatic welcomes like this one. This is why PETA usually protests women wearing fur rather than bikers wearing leather. Sounds to me like the old saying, “you mess with the bull, and you get the horns”. Gee, I guess these characters thought that Bikers where going to be politically correct like the rest of the wimpy world.
  • More white, Indian youth want to leave South Africa: survey

    12/01/2012 11:53:21 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Times Live ^ | November 21, 2012
    The number of white and Indian South African youth wishing to leave the country has increased, a survey by Pondering Panda revealed on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield said 2606 respondents aged between 18 and 34 participated in the survey, where they were asked if they wanted to live in the country for good or if they wished to live in another country. "Fifty-six percent of whites, and 53% of Indians expressed the desire to emigrate, far higher than black respondents with 33%, and coloureds at 43%," said Wakefield in a statement. The company said the overall number of youths who...
  • Eligibility challenge returns to haunt Florida

    12/01/2012 11:50:51 AM PST · by wesagain · 24 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 1, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s presence on the 2012 presidential election ballot because of questions over his constitutional eligibility that was thrown out by a judge who earlier determined it wasn’t timely has returned to haunt election officials in the state with a request that the Obama victory results be quashed. “Defendant Barack Hussein Obama is a direct threat to the safety and security of the United States, and its Constitution, which plaintiff must protect and defend by oath,” according to the complaint, which was delivered to Secretary of State Ken Detzner today. The case earlier this year was dismissed...
  • Killings of white farmers highlight toxic apartheid legacy in South Africa

    12/01/2012 11:41:11 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012
    ERMELO, South Africa -- In a country cursed by one of the world's highest murder rates, being a white farmer makes a violent death an even higher risk. Whether attacks have been motivated by race or robbery, a rising death rate from rural homicides is drawing attention to the lack of change on South Africa's farms nearly two decades after the end of apartheid -- and to the tensions burgeoning over enduring racial inequality. Some of South Africa's predominantly white commercial farmers go as far as to brand the farm killings a genocide. 'Potentially explosive' issue On the other side...
  • 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....