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  • Democrat pulls ahead to win Southern California Assembly seat

    12/02/2012 6:52:38 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 2 2012 | Torey Van Oot
    The final vote update from Los Angeles County has given Democrat Steve Fox a slight lead over the presumed Republican victor in the 36th Assembly District, putting the seat in Democrats' column by a margin of just 145 votes. Fox trailed Republican Ron Smith by about 2,000 votes the day after the Nov. 6 election, according to local reports, but the gap has narrowed in recent weeks as remaining absentee and provisional ballots were counted. The final count by Los Angeles County, which is one of three counties in the district, put Fox ahead with just over 50 percent of...
  • Michael Bloomberg Puts Anti-Gun Plans Into Action

    12/02/2012 6:45:45 PM PST · by grcuster · 26 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Kevin Klass
    America's Most Dangerous Mayor has long advocated stricter gun control laws - not just in his own mayoral jurisdiction, but in other places around the country. Not content to merely govern New Yorkers, Bloomberg has begun to put his personal fortune on the line to oust Second Amendment advocates around the country. The Sacramento Bee reports that Bloomberg spent millions in opposition of a pro-gun Democrat Congressman in California. His efforts were rewarded, as the NRA-supported Democrat lost to a more liberal candidate. No doubt the strongest gun control advocate on Forbes' list
  • New fish species named after Obama

    12/02/2012 6:36:13 PM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | Sun, Dec 02 2012 at 5:24 PM EST | Russell McClendon
    The species, formally known as 'Etheostoma obama,' is one of five newly discovered fish that scientists have named after a U.S. president or VP. President Obama may not have won many Southeastern states in his recent re-election, but he did make waves across the Republican-leaning region. And thanks to two scientists from Georgia and Missouri, his Southern profile is still growing — although some of his flashiest new acolytes don't have a clue who he is. That's because they're fish, one of five new species found by ecologist Steve Layman of Geosyntec Consultants and biologist Rick Mayden of Saint Louis...
  • UPDATED: Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED

    12/02/2012 6:34:37 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 2 | Patrick Poole
    UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI Phoenix field office (who is not authorized to speak on behalf of the FBI office) that it is highly unlikely that Aldosary will be charged with any terrorism offense. While they are internally treating it like a domestic terrorism investigation, including looking at if he had any help constructing the explosive device, the FBI is saying very little and and will prosecute this as a simple explosives and arson case because of “the political sensitivities involved”. Original Post: The typically quiet town of Casa Grande, Arizona was...
  • Young Immigrant Activists Cast a Wider Net

    12/02/2012 6:29:53 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2012 | JULIA PRESTON
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a boisterous three-day congress here, more than 600 leaders of a national movement of young immigrants living in the country without legal papers voted to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.The leaders of the United We Dream network, the largest organization of youths here illegally, decided to push President Obama and Congress next year for legislation to open a path to citizenship for them and their families. The move will increase pressure on...
  • Should the United Nations be Given the Power to Control the Internet?

    12/02/2012 6:28:25 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 2, 2012 | Youtube
    Exposing the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Youtube:Should the United Nations be Given the Power to Control the Internet? Related Articles: UN to Seek Internet Kill Switch Next Month, Documents Show 15 November 2012 - The United Nations is drafting a plan to give a little-known UN agency control over the online world, including an Internet "kill switch."Secret UN Document Lays Out Plan to Seize Control of Internet16 November 2012 - A draft proposal of a document by the International Telecommunications Union lays out a plan for greater government control of the Internet.U.S. Reps. Introduce Resolution to Bar UN...
  • Man hit by vandals after helping Sandy cleanup [Okie gets New York welcome]

    12/02/2012 6:13:09 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 27 replies
    Local ABC News ^ | 12/2/2012 | Art McFarland
    Man hit by vandals after helping Sandy cleanup Art McFarland, 1202/2012HUNTINGTON (WABC) -- Paul Nosak, a tree-servicer owner says he had always dreamed of bringing his company to New York and making a difference. Nosak was part of a clean-up outside the Huntington Baptist Church, where several huge trees had fallen on the roof. A local tree service originally said that the removal of the trees would have to wait until January...Nosak then saw the damage as he passed through the neighborhood by chance. He then walked into the church to offer his immediate services...A team of eight workers joined...
  • Drug Bust Deadly for Coast Guard Crew near Santa Cruz Island

    12/02/2012 6:08:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 12.02.2012 | Tom Bolton
    A U.S. Coast Guard crewman was killed and another was injured early Sunday when their boat was rammed as they attempted to apprehend suspected drug smugglers near Santa Cruz Island. The incident occurred as a small boat launched from the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, based in Marina del Rey, was approaching a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities, said Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers. “When the Coast Guard small boat approached with its blue law enforcement light energized, the suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican-style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the Coast Guard...
  • Super Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Bears Down on Philippines (Now Cat 5)

    12/02/2012 6:06:21 PM PST · by SueRae · 55 replies
    Weather channel ^ | 12/02/12 | N/a
    Link only...can't get my gosh darned iPad to cooperate. The good news is that much of Palau was spared! Last minute turn indeed, thank you, God.
  • UK doctor testifies that under socialized medicine, sick babies are sent home to die

    12/02/2012 6:02:45 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jessica Stanton
    A British physician’s disturbing testimony is shedding light on the increasingly common practice of National Health Service (NHS) hospitals sending sick or severely disabled newborn babies home or to hospices to die of starvation or dehydration.Newborn babies are being being placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway for end-of-life care, a system originally allotted and designed for elderly or terminally ill adults. That end-of-life care involves the removal of food and fluid tubes, a method which can take an average of ten days to result in death.The Daily Mail reports an investigation is being launched to determine “whether cash payments...
  • Emanuel Slams Netanyahu Over Support for Romney President Obama is not willing to accept

    12/02/2012 5:45:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Elad Benari
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over what is perceived as his public support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the last election, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday. According to the report, Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff, said during a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington that "Netanyahu supported the wrong candidate in the U.S. elections and lost." Emanuel also said that the White House expects that Netanyahu’s treatment of President Barack Obama will be different, especially at this time. He said the President was not willing to accept...
  • Muslim Brotherhood 'paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egypt'

    12/02/2012 5:42:14 PM PST · by traumer · 26 replies
    Egypt's ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo's Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said. They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers. It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers. Just 24 hours earlier around 200,000 people gathered...
  • US Coast Guard member killed after drug boat rams ship

    12/02/2012 5:15:43 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 39 replies
    PORT OF HUENEME, Calif. (KABC) -- A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was killed in the line of duty when his boat was rammed by a drug smuggler's craft. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the Coast Guard intercepted two boats - a pleasure craft and a small panga boat - near San Clemente Island in Santa Barbara County at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The panga, which was operated by Mexican Nationals, was carrying marijuana. According to initial reports, the Coast Guard took the pleasure craft into custody and detained two people on board. Then, the Coast Guard...
  • Starbucks says may pay more UK tax

    12/02/2012 5:11:57 PM PST · by granada · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 2, 2012 | Tom Bergin
    Coffee chain Starbucks said it was considering changes to its UK tax practices, which allowed it to make billions in revenue while paying little in income taxes, following criticism from lawmakers, tax campaigners and the media. A Reuters examination of Starbucks accounts published in October showed the company had reported 13 years of losses at its UK unit, even as it told investors the operation was profitable and among the best performing of its overseas markets. The chain's UK unit paid no corporation tax - a tax on a company's income - in the last three years for which figures...
  • How Susan Rice Covered Up the Kenya Embassy Bombings 14 Years Before Benghazigate

    12/02/2012 5:05:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 12/2.12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Before you read this, keep in mind that all this is just unjustified racism because Susan Rice had nothing to do with any of it. Except for the parts that she had to do with. In the spring of 1998, Prudence Bushnell, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, sent an emotional letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright begging for a more secure embassy in the face of mounting terrorist threats and a warning that she was the target of an assassination plot. The State Department had repeatedly denied her request, citing a lack of money. But that kind of response,...
  • Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12

    12/02/2012 5:05:24 PM PST · by mylife · 119 replies
    GunTalk Radio ^ | 12/2/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Berlin Airlift: Part 1 ~ December 3, 2012

    12/02/2012 5:01:15 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 86 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ The Berlin Airlift Part 1:  The Beginning All info and photos from this website.             For the next four weeks, on Mondays, the Hall of the Heroes threads will be about the Berlin Airlift and its heroes.  I hope the story inspires you like it does me!  Thank you...
  • Web access battles brew before UN conference

    12/02/2012 4:58:02 PM PST · by Ron C. · 13 replies
    Google ^ | 11/27/12 | AP
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace. Among the issues on the agenda at next month's meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns...
  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Amb. Rice and Sec. Clinton cat fight continues

    12/02/2012 4:50:34 PM PST · by paltz · 18 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 12/2/12 | Kerry Picket
    The Chicago Sun Times's report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry: “Hillary is not close to Rice, who is tough — but is not the friendliest person,” said a top White House source. “And Hillary’s brief comment recently that Rice had done ‘a great job’ was considered underwhelming and tepid,” the source added. Apparently, if this report is accurate, Clinton and Rice have not mended fences since Clinton ran for the White...
  • (Tax-cheat Timmy) Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthy

    12/02/2012 4:45:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthyBy Meghashyam Mali - 12/02/12 09:50 AM ET Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sought to raise pressure on Republicans amid “fiscal cliff” talks, insisting Sunday that any deficit deal would need to raise tax rates on the wealthiest. “There's not going to be an agreement without rates going up,” said Geithner, who appeared on all Sunday morning shows, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If they are going to force higher rates on virtually all Americans because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on...
  • Chicago library custodians (54) laid off

    12/02/2012 4:12:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/01/12 | Tim Sallinger
    Chicago library custodians laid offTim Sallinger WGN News 7:24 a.m. CST, December 1, 2012 CHICAGO— 54 custodians who clean Chicago libraries turned in their city ID's Friday. The city gave them pink slips earlier this month. Leaders of SEIU, which represents the workers, say they knew for a long time that the custodians would be laid off -- but they expected 90 days advance notice, and only found out this past week.
  • Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts company

    12/02/2012 4:10:02 PM PST · by null and void · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/12 | Julian Ryall
    Astronaut Koichi Wakata and an artist's impression of the robot Photo: EPA The 13-inch android is scheduled to be completed by next summer and will be sent to the orbiting ISS shortly before astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives, according to officials of the Kibo Robot Project. Currently being developed by a consortium of companies, including Toyota, Robo Garage Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the robot will weigh around 2.2lbs and be able to recognise Wakata's facial features. It will then have the ability to communicate with the astronaut in Japanese and take photographs during their stay on the...
  • Middle-Class Wealth Protection, Post-Fiscal Cliff

    12/02/2012 4:07:37 PM PST · by betty boop · 61 replies
    self | December 2, 2012 | Jean F. Drew
    Middle-Class Wealth Protection, Post-Fiscal Cliff By Jean F. Drew I don’t know about you, but I’m a lifelong, middle-class working stiff who has managed to accumulate a certain modest amount of “wealth” designated to be sent to the future, to supply my support and lifestyle needs when I am “old” and no longer have employment income. I’m speaking of my 401(k)s and IRAs. The way I have assets deployed in these accounts very likely will need to change, given the absolutely predictable outcome of the much-hyped impending fiscal cliff. At least, that is my supposition. Consider: We get the fiscal...
  • Egypt judges up political stakes with referendum boycott

    12/02/2012 3:46:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    AFP - via yahoo ^ | 2 hours 8 minutes ago | Haitham El-Tabei
    Egyptian judges refused on Sunday to oversee a referendum due in less than two weeks on a controversial new constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, sharply upping the stakes of a standoff with the Islamist president.The announcement by the Judges Club, which represents judges nationwide, came after Egypt's top court began an open-ended strike in the face of a mass protest outside the courthouse by supporters of President Mohamed Morsi opposed to their ruling on the legality of the panel that drew up the draft charter.Judges traditionally supervise elections in Egypt, giving them a seal of legitimacy, but they have...
  • Egypt court halts all work amid Islamist 'pressure'

    12/02/2012 3:33:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 December 2012 Last updated at 08:01 ET
    Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has said it is halting all work indefinitely in protest at the "psychological pressure" it has faced.Islamist protesters earlier prevented the judges from meeting in Cairo to rule on a draft constitution.The supporters of President Mohammed Morsi wanted to block any ruling that would question the document's legality.The court said that Sunday was "the blackest day in the history of Egyptian judiciary".Sunday's developments are the latest in an unfolding confrontation between President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on one side, and his mainly secular political opponents and the judiciary on the other.Mr Morsi adopted...
  • Harvey Mansfield: The Crisis of American Self-Government

    12/02/2012 3:20:54 PM PST · by docbnj · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 30 Nov 2012 | Sohrab Amari
    "We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn't matter, because that's what they're voting for. They're voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency."
  • Democratic Party Chief Wins Primary in Italy

    12/02/2012 3:14:35 PM PST · by docbnj · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 Dec 2012 | Giada Zampano
    Democratic Party chief Pier Luigi Bersani defeated rival Matteo Renzi in the final round of political primaries on Sunday, a victory that makes him the center-left movement's candidate for prime minister and positions him as the favorite to succeed Premier Mario Monti in the spring's general elections.
  • Inhofe: Some Dems won’t ‘fall on the sword of Obama’ to defend EPA rules

    12/02/2012 3:04:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Ben Geman
    Inhofe: Some Dems won’t ‘fall on the sword of Obama’ to defend EPA rulesBy Ben Geman - 12/02/12 02:47 PM ET Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) believes all is not lost in his push to thwart Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations despite President Obama’s victory and Democrats’ continued control of the Senate. Inhofe, one of Capitol Hill’s most persistent critics of EPA regulations on carbon dioxide and other pollutants, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that new political opportunities await EPA foes. “There are a lot of Democrats who are coming up for re-election in 2014 who are not going to...
  • Join Anti-Israel Journalist in Exploring Jewish Roots?

    12/02/2012 2:48:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    In what Breitbart.com has described as “an affront to religious Jews and religious Christians everywhere,” ABC News has chosen journalist Christiane Amanpour to host a two-part primetime special about the history of the land of Israel. Breitbart.com says Amanpour is vehemently anti-Israel and anti-Christian. Titled “Back to the Beginning”, ABC News invites viewers to embark on “the ultimate road trip” as Amanpour “travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus.” According to ABC, the mini-series, which airs December 21 and 28, will use “the Old Testament as a guidebook”...
  • Al-Qaeda Leader in Iraq Arrested

    12/02/2012 2:38:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12
    Uncomfirmed reports in Iraqi media said, Sunday, that security forces have arrested Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the top leader of the Al-Qaeda international terror network in Iraq. Abu-Bakr was named head of a number of terror organizations following the killing of Abu-Omar Al-Baghdadi in a United States air strike in 2010. .....
  • Ralph Nader: President Obama’s a ‘war criminal’ [video at link]

    12/02/2012 2:37:38 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/12 | PATRICK GAVIN
    It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more. On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.” “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world...
  • Join Anti-Israel Journalist in Exploring Jewish Roots?

    12/02/2012 2:35:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    In what Breitbart.com has described as “an affront to religious Jews and religious Christians everywhere,” ABC News has chosen journalist Christiane Amanpour to host a two-part primetime special about the history of the land of Israel. Breitbart.com says Amanpour is vehemently anti-Israel and anti-Christian. Titled “Back to the Beginning”, ABC News invites viewers to embark on “the ultimate road trip” as Amanpour “travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus.” According to ABC, the mini-series, which airs December 21 and 28, will use “the Old Testament as a guidebook”...
  • UN Tweets One-State 'Typo of Epic Proportions'

    12/02/2012 2:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Hours before the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a non-member observer state, the official U.N. Twitter account made an egregious typo, tweeting in favor of a one-state solution. "On Day of Solidarity with Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 1-state solution," read the tweet. The message, which stayed online for more than 30 minutes, went out to the UN's over one-million Twitter followers before being promptly taken down and replaced with a corrected version, which read: "On Day of Solidarity w/ Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 2-state solution (corrected...
  • Nader: War Criminal Obama Worse Than Bush [video at link]

    12/02/2012 2:28:24 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2 Dec 2012
    “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world is his plate, that national sovereignties mean nothing, drones can go anywhere.”
  • (Cliff maker) Pelosi warns ‘clock is ticking,’ threatens House vote on tax rates

    12/02/2012 2:26:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Pelosi warns ‘clock is ticking,’ threatens House vote on tax ratesBy Molly K. Hooper - 12/02/12 12:37 PM ET House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Sunday repeated threats to file a “discharge petition” and force a House vote to extend current tax rates for households making under $250,000 a year. The Senate has already approved extending those rates, but the House GOP objects to the measure, instead calling for all of the expiring Bush-era tax rates to be extended across-the-board. In order to bypass the House majority party's right to schedule floor votes, the California Democrat would need to...
  • PM: Illegal Immigration, Human Trafficking Things of the Past

    12/02/2012 2:23:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | David Lev
    At an annual event discussing ways to end human trafficking, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that the problem of illegal immigration into Israel "has been solved.” With no more than a few dozen illegals managing to get into Israel in recent months, Netanyahu said that for all intents and purposes, his government had managed to put an end to illegal immigration, and with it, the problem of human trafficking. “Human trafficking, human torture, and murder of children were phenomena that accompanied the parade of illegals that entered the country. From the moment we stemmed this flow, with the intent of...
  • Welcome to the Catacombs

    12/02/2012 2:12:33 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    Oregon Magazine ^ | Art Hyland
    There are only two classes now: “Christians” and “Romans”. If you are called an extremist, if you revere an old document created long ago by people known as “founders,” if you lack that old motivation to produce because of unending taxes, fees, regulations and other barriers, if you have to pay more attention to rules than customers, and if you are disillusioned enough to consider going underground, searching for ways to hide or reduce your business, your income, or just preserve your wealth (what’s left of it), then you are a “Christian” regardless of any religious affiliation. The Tea Party...
  • GOP ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on Medicare

    12/02/2012 2:09:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck
    GOP ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on MedicareBy Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 12/02/12 02:45 PM ET Mitt Romney’s Medicare budget might be fading away just as quickly as Romney himself. During the campaign, candidate Romney repeatedly hammered President Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare as part of his signature healthcare law. Romney pledged to repeal those cuts in a break from his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman, had preserved Obama’s Medicare cuts in two consecutive budget proposals that repealed the rest of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan...
  • The Convenient Loyalties of Grover Norquist

    12/02/2012 2:06:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | November 30, 2012 | John DeMayo
    Among the Don’s and Capo’s of the K street syndicate operates a man of considerable yet waning influence, his name is Grover Glenn Norquist. Mr. Norquist’s controversial “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” has come under recent fire from both high ranking Democrats and so-call conservative Republican supporters. To many Americans, Norquist’s small government and tax reform agenda has made him a man worthy of praise. However, as it is with all lobbyists, the general public would do well to consider Mr. Norquist’s loyalties before rushing to anoint another false patriot. For decades Grover Norquist has enriched himself with his legislative crusades to...
  • The Monster of Monticello (NYT on Jefferson)

    12/02/2012 2:05:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Paul Finkelman
    THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths. Neither Mr. Meacham, who...
  • Fore: Obama, Bill Clinton enjoy round of golf

    12/02/2012 1:58:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/2/12 | Stacy A. Anderson | Associated Press
    JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — Fore — 42 and 44 are playing 18. Former President Bill Clinton — the 42nd president — is joining President Barack Obama — he's No. 44 — for a round of golf at Joint Air Base in Maryland. Also in the group, according to the White House, are U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and longtime Clinton backer and strategist Terry McAuliffe, who's running for governor in Virginia in 2013.
  • South African farmers fearing for their lives

    12/02/2012 1:48:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 55 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/2/20112 | Telegraph
    Since the attack on Attie Potgieter and his family, the simple stone farmhouse where they lived has stood empty and crumbling, with nobody wanting to live in the home where one of South Africa's most disturbingly brutal crimes took place. Mr Potgieter, a farm caretaker, was stabbed and hacked 151 times with a garden fork, a knife and a machete near Lindley in the Free State - the agricultural heart of the country. His wife, Wilna, and two-year-old daughter, Willemien, were both made to watch him die, before being shot in the head, execution style. All for pocket money, and...
  • NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all info stored, no matter the post

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuET0kpHoyM
  • Report: Begin Only Coming Back with Meridor, Eitan

    12/02/2012 1:10:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12
    Minister Benny Begin has told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he will only return to the cabinet if Ministers Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan come back too, according to a Sunday-evening report by Channel 10 Television. Begin's 21st-place finish in last week's Likud Knesset primary did not bode well for his return as a Knesset member. A number of local leaders and other Likud activists reportedly petitioned the party's election committee to place him in a higher position on the ballot that would see him more likely to be elected but he asked that they not do so...
  • Norris Junction Helicorder Activity

    What is going on at Yellowstone? Looking at the helicorder for Norris Junction for the past couple of days they either have a severely malfunctiong seismograph machine or something big is affecting the area. Any thoughts from those who watch this area? Is this normal?
  • Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

    12/02/2012 11:42:44 AM PST · by grundle · 63 replies
    wwltv.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Brendan McCarthy
    NEW ORLEANS - The Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City takes its parking lot rules seriously. Very seriously. About 4 p.m. Friday, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man with a life-threatening medical issue. They worked on the patient with chest pain, put him inside the vehicle, then started to speed off. The paramedics “heard a loud noise,” and the vehicle came to a screeching halt, according to Jeb Tate, spokesman for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The medics stepped out and found a boot on their ambulance. Convenience store employees allegedly put a restrictive parking boot on...
  • Israel withholds tax revenues from Palestinian Authority

    12/02/2012 11:36:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2012, 10:14 a.m. | Edmund Sanders
    Israel said Sunday it would withhold more than $100 million in tax revenue this month from the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, the latest reaction to last week's U.N. vote recognizing the Palestinian territories as a “nonmember observer state.” Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he would use the money to repay part of an outstanding Palestinian debt—estimated to be about $180 million—to Israel’s electricity company for power supplied to parts of the West Bank. … The Israeli move did not dampen the celebrations Sunday in Ramallah, where thousands of people gave a hero’s welcome to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas upon...
  • Browns employee commits suicide

    12/02/2012 11:34:45 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2012
    BEREA, Ohio -- A member of the Cleveland Browns' grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility, the team said in a statement Sunday. The man's body was found Saturday morning at the facility in suburban Cleveland, the same day Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after earlier killing his girlfriend.
  • The Quisling Consultants

    12/02/2012 11:16:34 AM PST · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11.29.2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    ... The big deal is that when Steve Schmidt and Mike Murphy sit down on the sets of liberal television shows and bash Rush Limbaugh and what Schmidt calls "the conservative entertainment complex" -- meaning talk radio and Fox News -- they wind up sharply illustrating the GOP's real problem. The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy. The real problem is the fact they and so many GOP others make their well-paid livings catering to exactly what the "conservative entertainment complex" spends all of its time fighting: the "political consultant-big government complex." Schmidt and Murphy are the political...
  • The Imperial Presidency

    12/02/2012 11:16:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Majority Leader, ^ | DEcember 1, 2012 | Eric Cantor
    Implications for Economic Growth & Job Creation Ignoring Advise & Consent Creating “Laws” Outside of the Congressional Process Ignoring the Plain Letter of the Law & Failing to Faithfully Execute the Law Circumventing the Normal Regulatory Process Government By Waiver Creating New Programs Not Authorized by Congress Creating New Super Agencies Conclusion Download the PDF Implications for Economic Growth & Job Creation Over the past several months opinion pieces appearing in such places as The Washington Post, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal have talked about the emergence of an “Imperial Presidency.” While some may wish to simply...