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  • Immigrant faces sentencing in marriage fraud

    12/03/2012 6:21:54 AM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | Associated Press
    WICHITA — A Jamaican woman faces sentencing for entering into a sham marriage with a Fort Riley soldier to get legal immigration status. Shannakay Hunter now lives in New York City. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot gave her permission to participate by phone in her sentencing Monday, rather than traveling to Wichita for the proceeding. Hunter was convicted in August of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and lying to the government. She faces up to five years on each count but is likely to get far less prison time — if any — under federal guidelines. The man...
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...
  • Football, Lunatics and Liberals

    12/03/2012 6:20:33 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 37 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/3/12 | Judson Phillips
    The football world was rocked Saturday morning when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend then turned the gun on himself. This tragedy was bad enough but then the left decided to use another tragedy for political again. What did the left do in light of this tragedy? Last night, in the weekly edition of Sunday night football, the Cowboys hosted the Eagles in a game with playoff implications. At halftime, NBC sportscaster and liberal nut job Bob Costas decided to launch into a tirade about the Belcher murder/suicide and gun control. Costas quoted a Kansas City Sports...
  • Michael Steele On Cliff Negotiations: 'A Lot Of It Is, Let's See How Big Yours Is Versus Mine'

    12/03/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, asked by substitute host Willie Geist how much of the tough talk by Republicans and Dems over the fiscal cliff was posturing, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that 80% was posturing, then added "a lot of it is, let's see how big yours is versus mine." Steele was careful to suggest he was simply talking about the size of the two parties' respective . . . plans. But between the smirks, raised eyebrows—and an immediate intervention from Geist—it seemed obvious that Steele was making a macho allusion to something else. View the video here.
  • Male model convicted in grisly murder of Portuguese TV journalist

    12/03/2012 5:53:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | December 2, 2012
    (CNN) -- He was a 20-year-old male model. His lover was a 65-year-old man who was a television journalist. They were from Portugal, visiting New York City. The older partner broke off the relationship and ended up mutilated and dead. Now, almost two years later, a New York jury has convicted model Renato Seabra of the grisly second-degree murder of Carlos Antonio De Castro in their InterContinental Hotel room in Times Square. "This was a brutal and sadistic crime, where Renato Seabra bludgeoned, choked, and mutilated his victim before murdering him," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said following...
  • A Hidden Crime: Domestic Violence Against Men Is a Growing Problem

    12/03/2012 5:43:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    DailyFinance.com ^ | January 30, 2010 | Bruce Watson
    Amid the media frenzy over Tiger Woods and Bengals receiver Chris Henry, a key aspect of both stories slipped through the cracks: Like millions of other men, Woods and Henry were -- allegedly at least -- the victims of domestic violence perpetrated by their wives or girlfriends. Beyond its brutal physical and psychological costs, domestic violence against men exacts a cruel economic toll at the personal, societal and national levels.For the most part, the media, authorities and average citizens see domestic violence as a crime that is committed by men and victimizes women. Consequently, funding to combat the problem has...
  • Modest chapel in Vallejo features Tiffany stained glass

    12/03/2012 5:41:19 AM PST · by DFG · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/02/12 | Paul McHugh
    An impressive array of Tiffany stained glass and other religious art elements is showing at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. To see it, you need to fly to the Big Apple before Jan. 20. Or make it a lot easier on yourself and stay in Northern California, instead driving a short distance to enjoy the astonishing collection of 25 Louis Comfort Tiffany stained- glass windows that illuminate Saint Peter's Chapel on Mare Island.
  • A Presidency of Perpetual Crisis

    12/03/2012 5:40:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    So here are the headlines coming out of the Sunday shows… Boehner ‘flabbergasted’ at fiscal cliff proposal McCaskill: ‘I Feel Almost Sorry For John Boehner’ Sen. Ayotte ‘disappointed’ in initial White House proposal Sen. Hatch: Obama fiscal proposal ‘classic bait and switch’ So predictable, isn’t it? During these seemingly-more-frequent showdowns, the purpose of every lawmaker appearing on a Sunday show, no matter the party, is to emphasize how committed they are to a sensible bipartisan compromise that put’s the nation’s interest ahead of the special interests, and how the opposition is being extreme, divisive, unyielding, outrageous, etcetera. This latest round...
  • Jovan Belcher's murder of girlfriend, suicide made easy by a gun (Liberal racism by Mike Lupica)

    12/03/2012 5:35:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/3/12 | Mike Lupica
    After the predictable, shocked rhetoric of death about Jovan Belcher of West Babylon High and the Kansas City Chiefs, you still arrived back at the only place that mattered in the last hour of his life: the gun. You plowed through all the rest of it in the aftermath of what happened Saturday morning outside Arrowhead Stadium, went through the résumé of how many positions Belcher played for Coach Al Ritacco at West Babylon, how he played linebacker at the University of Maine before he became a defensive lineman, and how he was signed as an undrafted free agent by...
  • New York Times investigation uncovers federalism

    12/03/2012 5:33:04 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-3-12 | Jeb Golinkin
    A New York Times investigation has uncovered a shocking scandal they would have you believe involves big corporations blackmailing your state government and stealing tax dollars that should be spent on public education. This scandal, though not identified as such in the article, is called federalism. It finds its roots in the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Granted, the statistical research The Times provides in the piece is invaluable, but the article is confused as to the conclusions that flow from the numbers. The most glaring statistic is the dollar amount of “gifts” (to use Mitt Romney’s phrase)...
  • Tax hitmen to track your spending

    12/03/2012 5:29:42 AM PST · by NCjim · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 2, 1021 | Robert Winnett
    Up to two million people are to have their credit files secretly checked under a crackdown on tax evasion to be unveiled by George Osborne to help raise another £10 billion. Credit reference agencies will cross-check details of the income people declare on their tax returns against their spending patterns to identify “high” and “medium” risks of both illegal and legal tax avoidance. People identified to HM Revenue and Customs will then be subject to more detailed investigations. About two million people are expected to be scrutinised under the programme, which may lead to privacy concerns. HMRC will today unveil...
  • 7 Blacks Beat Up 1 White Boy In An Unprovoked Racial Attack

    12/03/2012 5:26:07 AM PST · by Uncle Lonny · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/03/12 | Uncle lonny
    The 13 year old victim and his family believe that the attack could have been racially motivated.
  • Crystal Sugar workers reject contract 4th time

    12/03/2012 5:25:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    Bismarck Tribune ^ | 12-2-12 | ap
    FARGO, N.D. — Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American Crystal Sugar Co. workers on Saturday rejected a contract for the fourth time. Contract opponents say the sugar beet processor’s five-year contract offer would cut health care benefits and weaken job security and seniority protections. The company says the offer would raise worker pay by 17 percent over five years when a $2,000 signing bonus is taken into account. Leaders of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International union said in a news release that the workers voted 55 percent to reject management’s contract offer. “By now...
  • “Bow and Arrow” used in WY campus murder/suicide

    12/03/2012 5:21:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    CollegeInsurrection.com ^ | 12-2-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Bow and Arrows don't kill people, people kill peopleThere has always been a vigorous debate about the necessity of campus gun control laws, especially after the Virginia Tech massacre in which the shooter killed 32 people and wounded 15.A tragedy highlights the point that gun control opponents make, that it is the person and not the weapon that is the real issue. A man killed a woman near a community college in Casper, Wyoming, before killing a male teacher and himself in front of a class full of students, according to police.The ABC news affiliate in Casper reports that police...
  • Push the Fed Over the Cliff

    12/03/2012 5:17:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Stop worrying about the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Spending cuts would feel therapeutic after watching Standard & Poor's and Egan-Jones downgrade our credit rating and seeing President Obama add $6 trillion to the national debt. The way to avert another recession and massive inflation is to eliminate the unconstitutional Federal Reserve. There are two ways for politicians to “pay” for their spending. They can be transparent and raise taxes extremely high across all income levels. (This is not happening because politicians know Americans would riot.) Or, they can be sneaky and “monetize the debt,” which means allowing the Federal Reserve to...
  • The Fabrication of Evidence Is A Crime

    12/03/2012 5:12:55 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 3, 2012 | Sundance
    The Discovery Evidence in case of State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman clearly shows that Witness #8 “DeeDee” the mysterious girlfriend of Trayvon Martin is 18-years-old. [pg #1 F-2] Witness #8 is 18-years-old and was 18 at the time of Benjamin Crump’s interview with her on 3/19/12 according to her sworn statement to State Prosecutors on 4/2/12. So why did the media and the Trayvon Family of Attorney’s report to the public that DeeDee was 16-years-old on 3/20/12 ABC News was there exclusively as the 16-year-old girl told Crump about the last moments of the teenager’s life. Martin had been...
  • Are Republicans Already Blowing the Next Election?

    12/03/2012 4:56:26 AM PST · by teflon9 · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 3, 2012 | John B. Judis
    In the beginning, [Club for Growth] targeted liberal Republicans ..., but it now extends to politicians like Lugar, Capito, Saxby Chambliss and even ... Speaker Boehner, who [normally] would be considered conservative. The Club and its allies see themselves as “insurgents” against a Republican “establishment” ... Republicans, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote in National Review, have to [be] “the party of middle-class economic interests.” “It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes on millionaires a little bit,”... Bill Kristol opined. But the Club and its network blame the Republicans’ and Romney’s defeat on their not being conservative enough. “The first lesson”...
  • Obama: More Peas for You!

    12/03/2012 4:34:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Ransom
    It’s been a year and half since the GOP and Democrats hammered out an agreement that raised the debt ceiling and put us on the lip of a fiscal cliff, threatening mutually assured destruction if a budget deal wasn’t worked out before January 2013. It made sense for all sides at the time. The GOP figured there was a good shot that Obama wasn’t going to be reelected. The Democrats figured there was a good chance shot Obama wasn’t going to be reelected. And Obama was content to do what he did best: run a campaign on TV, eat his...
  • Georgia college to cut NCAA budget, put funds into anti-obesity programs

    12/03/2012 4:19:48 AM PST · by SueRae · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/03/2012 | Elizabeth Prann
    Full Title: "Georgia college to cut NCAA budget, put funds into anti-obesity programs" College sports tend to dominate the airwaves this time of year. Football teams face off in championship bowl games, and college basketball teams take to the courts to start their run to the Final Four. But one college in Atlanta has decided to completely cut their NCAA competitive sports budget. Instead, officials will use the money to improve the health and wellness of the entire student body. Spelman College, a historic college for black women, is taking a long, hard look at their NCAA funds. The school’s...
  • Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability

    12/03/2012 4:18:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators. The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this. But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability insurance (DI) program,...