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  • Wolf Pack 103: Sole Mates

    12/03/2012 2:03:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | 03 December 2012 | Michael Yon
    REMEMBER THIS PRINT. The terrain in Afghanistan is great for tracking: prints are often sharp and clear, and quarry is frequently channelized. During a mission with British forces, this print pinged my senses so I made the photograph in the morning light. Soldiers found many bombs nearby, and we were ambushed by machine gun. A smartphone app could compare this image to others in a database. Moments like this offer an opportunity to track down the wearer of this shoe. STUDY THIS PRINT and REMEMBER. There are countless types of footwear around the world. If you sit down with a...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • J.C. Watts mulls bid for RNC chair

    12/03/2012 1:57:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    After the shocking loss in the November election, Republicans are once again considering whether to change leadership at the top. Reince Priebus wants a second term as RNC chair and still has considerable support for another go, but apparently some committee members have begun recruiting alternative candidates, among them former Congressman J.C. Watts. Watts tells Politico that he's not sure he'll run, but he's interested: Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current...
  • Booming Economic Growth Can Be Broken Down To Four Easy Words

    12/03/2012 1:54:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/03/2012 | Nathan Lewis
    I sometimes refer to the Magic Formula for economic prosperity. Here it is: Low Taxes, Stable Money. It’s only four words. That’s so it is easy to remember. The United States was founded on the principles of the Magic Formula. Until the introduction of the income tax in 1913, taxation was almost nonexistent. The principle of a gold-based currency was defined in the Constitution. The result was magical: the United States was the most successful country of the 19th and 20th centuries. We seem to have forgotten the Magic Formula today. Despite Republicans’ staunch efforts, we are drifting towards “austerity”...
  • Ken Cuccinelli: Conservatives' New 'It' Candidate

    12/03/2012 1:51:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    This past week Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he was dropping out of the race for Virginia's governor, but left open the door to his running as an independent. He issued a disappointingly divisive statement that Richard Viguerie called Bolling's Charlie Crist moment. Bolling took an unfortunate and cheap shot against his primary opponent and now-presumptive Republican nominee, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling's statement was a dénouement of betrayal to his conservative voters and supporters. We have come to expect that from establishment Republicans who somehow feel entitled to support from principled conservatives -- right up to the...
  • We Are a Nation of Immigrants...Sort Of

    12/03/2012 1:48:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Charles Martel
    In any debate about immigration, the response you are likely to get will probably include the sickly-sweet mantra, "We're a nation of immigrants." Whether you're pointing out that illegal immigrants are driving down wages, failing to assimilate, or promoting the welfare state, the answer is predictable: "We're a nation of immigrants." The "nation of immigrants" mantra is often a plea for compassion toward immigrants. The phrase reflects a desperate, well-meaning desire to rationalize the presence of people who are violating our laws and patronizing the welfare system. The trouble is that repeating a phrase does nothing to enforce our law,...
  • Veterans' gun rights sticky issue in defense bill (Senator Schumer Gungrab)

    12/03/2012 1:48:00 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    koaa ^ | Dec 3, 2012 10:30 AM | Lauren Molenburg
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun? The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms. Sen. Charles...
  • Petition: Obama should build Death Star

    12/03/2012 1:43:48 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Forget the White House beer recipe — what the American people really want is a Death Star. Well, 495 of them anyway. A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website calls for the United States to find funding and begin construction on a Star Wars-style Death Star by 2016. “Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016,” the petition reads. “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation...
  • U.S. warns Syria not to use chemical weapons ( Today's Warning )

    12/03/2012 1:40:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 4:20 PM EST, Mon December 3, 2012 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- The United States warned Syria again on Monday not to use chemical weapons amid intelligence reports indicating President Bashar al-Assad's regime could be preparing to take that step as it escalates its fight against rebel forces. "I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday. "But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur."U.S. officials are concerned that with...
  • Children 4 Israel Launches Internet Video Chat Between US, Israel Schools

    12/03/2012 1:37:00 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 2 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Lisa Klein
    Children 4 Israel Launches Internet Video Chat Between US, Israel Schools(Photo)Jewish children in the Greater Hartford area show support and make friends through Internet chat with their "cousins" in Sderot, Israel. Photo: Israel News AgencyBy Lisa Klein Israel News AgencyNew York, New York --- December 2, 2012 ... Children 4 Israel, a non-profit, humanitarian organization providing emotional support to the children of Israel, launched it's international, Internet video chat service today between the US and Israel. The first video chat to ever take place between Jewish youth institutions in and outside of Israel was organized by Leyden Digital PR, Temple...
  • College Demands Construction Crew Remove ‘Sexist’ ‘Men Working’ Sign

    12/03/2012 1:20:11 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Eliana Johnson
    A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a “Men Working” sign that was deemed “sexist” by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident, which occurred on November 21, stemmed from the school’s “deep commitment to diversity,” and that it takes that commitment “very seriously.”
  • Hamas appeals for talks with EU diplomats

    12/03/2012 1:09:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 03.12.12 @ 09:00 (Dec.3) | Andrew Rettman
    The Prime Minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, has appealed to the EU to take his political and militant group, Hamas, off its terrorist register. Speaking to a delegation of visiting MEPs and MPs from Poland, Portugal and the UK in Gaza on Sunday (2 December), he said: “It is time to remove the Palestinian resistance from the terrorist list. Hamas is a national liberation movement which operates only inside the borders of Palestine.” “We would like you to send a message from under the rubble which you have seen here, that we are not terrorists,” he added. … Haniyeh on...
  • Middle Class Net Worth Collapses to 1969 Levels

    12/03/2012 12:58:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Breibart ^ | December1 , 2012 | John Nolte
    The angle of a just-released New York University study is, of course, that ole' left-wing canard known as "income inequality," but the findings are still useful in drawing other conclusions, and not ones that are very pleasant. Is America now a bigger version of Chicago, where Democrats and the media have so expertly rigged the electoral game that, even as their policies fai,l they're able to stay in power? According to the study, we are now back to 1969 levels with respect to median net worth in this country. A large part of this is the housing crisis we've yet...
  • GOP Considers 'Doomsday' Fiscal Cliff Plan ("Becoming The Most Likely Scenario")

    12/03/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by Red Steel · 47 replies
    Newser ^ | Dec 3, 2012 12:54 PM CST | Kevin Spak, Newser Staff
    (Newser) – With fiscal cliff negotiations going, in John Boehner's words, "nowhere," Republicans are considering what ABC News correspondent Jon Karl calls a "doomsday" contingency plan. Under the plan—which Karl's sources say "is becoming the most likely scenario"—the House would approve extending the middle class Bush tax cuts, but would agree to absolutely nothing else before the holiday recess, leaving President Obama to face massive spending cuts and another debt ceiling showdown as soon as Congress returned. In other fiscal cliff news: Nancy Pelosi is threatening to use a maneuver called the "discharge petition" to bring the Senate's already-passed bill...
  • House GOP makes a $2.2 trillion debt counteroffer to Obama on cliff

    12/03/2012 12:30:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2012 | Russell Berman
    House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue. The leaders delivered the offer to the White House on Monday with a three-page letter signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and four other senior Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the party’s just-defeated vice presidential nominee. House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/03/2012 12:17:20 PM PST · by Faith · 18 replies
    December 3, 2012 | Faith
    But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
  • Bakken Development Could Be 'Game Changer'

    12/03/2012 12:03:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 3, 2012
    A U.S. oil producer announced developments at the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and Montana could be a "game changer." Continental Resources, a U.S. producer focused on the Northern Plains, said about 1,000 barrels of oil flowed during a one-day test at its Charlotte 3-22H well in western North Dakota. The company said it was able to exploit the reserve using a 30-stage fracture stimulation technique in the northern shale play. Continental said the 1,280-acre suit was the first in the play to yield production from three distinct horizons in the Bakken formation. The company in 2010 said technology...
  • Understanding the President’s fiscal cliff offer

    12/03/2012 12:01:46 PM PST · by PhxRising · 19 replies
    Keith Hennessey blog ^ | 12/03/2012 | Keith Hennessey
    Source: Keith Hennessey BlogUnderstanding the President’s fiscal cliff offer I am going to describe the President’s proposal to Republican Congressional leaders, then react to the most important parts of it. Secretary Geithner offered this proposal last Thursday. Senate Minority Leader McConnell was right to laugh at the President’s proposal, and Speaker Boehner was right to call it “silliness.” This is not a serious offer. This is a post for intermediate to advanced readers. Except where noted, all large numbers are for the next ten years. President Obama’s opening bid Items in bold are being labeled by the Administration as non-negotiable....
  • Behind a Call That Kept Nursing Home Patients in Storm’s Path (Sandy)

    12/03/2012 11:26:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2012 | JENNIFER PRESTON, SHERI FINK and MICHAEL POWELL
    Hurricane Sandy was swirling northward, four days before landfall, and at the Sea Crest Health Care Center, a nursing home overlooking the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn,workers were gathering medicines and other supplies as they prepared to evacuate. Then the call came from health officials: Mayor....Bloomberg,acting on the advice of his aides and those of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo,recommended that nursing homes and adult homes stay put. The 305 residents would ride out the storm.The same advisory also took administrators by surprise at the Ocean Promenade nursing home,which faces the Atlantic Ocean in Queens. They canceled plans to move 105...
  • How A Legal Technicality Could Unravel Obamacare

    12/03/2012 11:24:59 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec 3 2012 | Lucas Kawa
    Obamacare supporters rejoiced in June when the Supreme Court ruled the U.S. could use its taxing authority to mandate that most people buy health insurance. But their celebrations may have been a bit premature. The Affordable Care Act faces other legal hurdles—including a challenge that only could have been made after the Supreme Court’s ruling. The right-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation amended its challenge to the ACA after the Supreme Court upheld the insurance mandate under Congress’ taxing powers. The group's challenge turns on the Origination Clause in the U.S. Constitution, which requires that bills for raising revenue start in the...