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  • Senior MP Ann Clwyd says her husband ´died like a battery hen´ in hospital

    12/04/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/4/12 | John-Paul Ford Rojas
    Ann Clwyd broke down as she spoke about the final moments of Owen Roberts, who contracted pneumonia after being admitted.[Snip] She said her husband was squashed against the side of his bed, his lips dry, and cold from a fan that had been turned on for a patient in an adjacent bay. A light had been flicked on in the four-bed ward and someone shouted out “anybody for breakfast?” just moments before he died., Ms Clwyd said. She painted a picture of nurses who treated her husband with “coldness, resentment, indifference and even contempt"
  • NBC's Bob Costas Says Anti-Gun Commentary Was A "Mistake" (with audio)

    12/04/2012 2:40:56 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 81 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 4, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    BOB COSTAS: And for a long time, I’ve been wanting to get off my chest my disgust with this idea that every time something tragic happens, no matter what it may be, that in any way touches sports, there’s a chorus of people saying, 'You know, this really puts it in perspective.’ Which is a bunch of nonsense, because if that was true, we wouldn’t have to have that perspective readjusted every time the next tragedy occurs. It’s a bunch of nonsense. And what I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are...
  • Cain tops Chambliss

    12/04/2012 2:40:50 PM PST · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/4/2012 | Katie Glueck
    Herman Cain would crush Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Republican primary if the pizza mogul were to run in 2014, according to a poll released Tuesday. Cain led Chambliss (R-Ga.) 50 percent to 36 percent in a survey from Public Policy Polling.
  • Douglass High School Mess Reflects a System Wide Failure

    12/04/2012 2:37:08 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 38 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 12-4-12 | The Oklahoman Editorial
    <p>ON the first day Douglass High School students walked the halls of their new building, the Oklahoma City School Board chairman at the time stood before students with a message of hope.</p> <p>“The investment they made in you is one we expect to pay off for years to come,” Cliff Hudson said that day in January 2006. He was referencing voter support of MAPS for Kids, which paid for the new Douglass and hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of capital improvements throughout the district.</p>
  • U.S. Oil Output Hits Nearly 15-Year High

    12/04/2012 2:36:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | TENNILLE TRACY
    WASHINGTON—U.S. crude-oil production reached its highest level in nearly 15 years in September, thanks in large part to the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday. Daily production averaged nearly 6.5 million barrels, the EIA said, an increase of about 900,000 barrels over September 2011. The statistics reflect the growing role of the U.S. as a dominant energy producer. Last month, the International Energy Agency said the U.S. could overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer by 2020. The EIA is slated to come out this week with an...
  • Lawyer for George Zimmerman 'frustrated' at prosecutors' withholding of graphic photo

    12/04/2012 2:32:53 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The attorney for George Zimmerman said he is "frustrated" that prosecutors withheld a color photo of the Florida gunman that could bolster his case that Zimmerman was being beaten when he shot Trayvon Martin. The graphic photo of Zimmerman, taken the night of his fateful confrontation with Florida teen Trayvon Martin, shows the accused murderer with a bloody face. Zimmerman’s legal team released the photo, which was taken by police, after prosecutors substituted it in for a black and white photocopy that had been submitted earlier. "I get frustrated when certain evidence gets out and other evidence is withheld," said...
  • For 2016, Bush vs. Clinton

    12/04/2012 2:29:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27, 2012
    Jeb Bush in 2016? (CNN) -- For all of our post-2012 election talk about the changing culture, the changing demographics and, perhaps, a changing party, preliminary thoughts out of D.C. about the 2016 election have us headed toward not much change at all: Clinton vs Bush ... again. I am as intrigued by the prospects of these two juggernauts, Jeb and Hillary, locking ideological horns as I am repulsed by the thought of half of my life being dominated by two family names. One, Clinton, has risen from the ashes after the White House. The other name, Bush, is so...
  • George W. Bush praises immigrants

    12/04/2012 2:27:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Kevin Cirilli
    In a rare public policy speech, former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that immigrants both help the American economy and “invigorate our soul.” “America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants have helped build a country that we have became, and immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul,” Bush said.
  • Reserve estimate boosted 19 percent for proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely in NE Minnesota

    12/04/2012 2:23:58 PM PST · by DManA · 25 replies
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 12/4/.12 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    According to the new estimate, the site contains "indicated resources" of 13.7 billion pounds of copper, 4.4 billion pounds of nickel and 21.2 million ounces of palladium, platinum and gold. The company has high confidence in those estimates because they're based on samples from a high number of drill sites. It separately projects "inferred resources" of 11.8 billion pounds of copper, 4 billion pounds of nickel and 12.8 million ounces of precious metals, but those estimates are less certain because they're based on fewer samples.
  • President's Girfriend to Attend Gay Wedding

    12/04/2012 2:21:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Dec 2012
    Valérie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President François Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner's commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks, Trierweiler revealed she had accepted an invitation to participate in the wedding of gay friends. "I'm delighted that I'm going to be a witness at one of the very first marriages for all," Trierweiler said. A law providing for same sex couples to wed and adopt children is expected to...
  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

    12/04/2012 2:19:09 PM PST · by tired&retired · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Coburn wants decisions by judge rather than VA for impaired troops A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats’ vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body. Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support...
  • Boehner faces conservative backlash over tax proposal, even as Dems resist offer (RINO traitor)

    12/04/2012 2:17:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/4/12 | Fox News
    Conservatives in both chambers are already starting to pounce on House Speaker John Boehner's fiscal crisis counter-proposal, in a sign of the political risk the speaker took by calling for $800 billion in new tax revenue -- though that proposal was rebuffed by President Obama. Tea Party-aligned conservative South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday that the House Republicans' plan "will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more." On the House side, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Boehner's proposal was "not a good place to start." Meanwhile, conservative think tanks and advocacy groups like the...
  • Kittens found inside sandwich bags in freezer, deputies say

    12/04/2012 2:16:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    WESH.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | WESH.com
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Petersburg man was arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty and one count of battery after a visitor at his home found four kittens in the freezer, police said. Florida mug shots: Dec. 3 ROBERT AUDETTE Check out the latest mug shots from around the state of Florida. More One of the kittens was dead when deputies arrived at the home late Sunday afternoon. Deputies said Rodney J. Blanchard, 49, asked a visitor at his home to get him a beer out of the freezer. When the visitor went to the freezer,...
  • Majority of young voters wants bigger government

    12/04/2012 2:14:22 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/28/12 | Daily Caller News Foundation
    Nearly 6 in 10 young voters support bigger government — a worrisome statistic for conservatives who want to increase their presence on college campuses and among the under-30 crowd. According to the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of young voters think the government should do more — something only 44 percent of all voters support. On government-run healthcare, the most popular policy preference among young voters was to expand it. Young voters were also far more likely to identify as liberals and members of the Democratic Party than older generations. For young conservative activists, making inroads on college campuses will...
  • Judges at odds over new law that bans gay conversion therapy for teens

    12/04/2012 2:12:51 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/4/12 | Denny Walsh
    In a rare development, two federal judges in Sacramento have come to opposite conclusions on the constitutionality of a new California law that bars the use of "gay conversion therapy" on minors. On Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller ruled that the law prohibiting licensed mental health providers from steering patients under 18 away from gay and lesbian lifestyles does not infringe on the suing providers' constitutional guarantee of free speech. Thus, she concluded, providers challenging the law are unlikely to prevail, and she refused to grant them a preliminary injunction precluding enforcement of the law, which is...
  • Broun: Democrats Say Raise Taxes or Go to Hell

    12/04/2012 2:09:32 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 42 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12/4/12 | Joe Rowdy
    (Washington, D.C.) U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s dismissal of Republican efforts to provide a solution to the looming fiscal cliff: “Democrats have basically told Republicans to either raise taxes, or go to hell,” said Broun. “Forcing us to choose between hurting families and small businesses or going off the fiscal cliff is not only counter-productive – it simply doesn’t make sense for righting our nation’s fiscal crisis. The Democrats’ math just doesn’t add up; there is no way to tax our way out of this mess. Even if they...
  • Texas attorney in mental ward still wants to practice law

    12/04/2012 1:59:50 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    KSAT ^ | 12-04-2012
    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas attorney who is a patient at a psychiatric hospital and was found incompetent to stand trial in an assault case is still trying to practice law and get a theft charge against a client dismissed. But an appeals court has questioned whether Carolyn Barnes can continue representing her client while she remains institutionalized. The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/TBTc9U ) that Barnes has been committed to Kerrville State Hospital since mid-2011. She is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a handgun in 2010 at a census worker...
  • Reuters: Egypt's Morsi leaves presidential palace amid clashes

    12/04/2012 1:50:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 1012 | Staff
    gyptian President Mohamed Morsi left the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday, two sources reported, after protesters angered by his decree last month to extend his powers clashed with police outside. "The president left the palace," a presidential source, who declined to be named, told Reuters. A security source at the presidency also said the president had left the building. Some protesters broke through lines of police who were protecting the palace and demonstrated at the palace walls.
  • Phony Global Economic Recovery Is An Illusion

    12/04/2012 1:38:53 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-4-2012 | Michael Pento
    <p>Many investors still hope that the global economy will experience a significant rebound in 2013. I guess it is human nature to assume the optimistic position that our economic fate will turn to the upside with each new calendar.</p> <p>In fact, a Bloomberg poll of 862 global investors taken this month showed that 66 percent of respondents believe in a stabilizing or improving global economy, compared to just over 50 percent in September. The survey also indicated that the world economy is in its best shape in 18 months as China’s prospects improve and the U.S. looks likely to avoid the Fiscal Cliff.</p>
  • Anderson Cooper Temporarily Blinded During Trip To Portugal

    12/04/2012 1:35:35 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 72 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Dev 4, 2012 | Alex Werpin
    CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was in Portugal last week shooting a story for CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” and he ended up being temporarily blinded for 36 hours. He recounts the harrowing experience on his daytime talk show “Anderson Live.” In a nutshell, he was shooting out at sea, and sunlight reflecting off of the water burned his retina: “I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs and I think oh maybe I have sand in my eyes or something. I douse my eyes with water. Anyway, it turns...
  • PA Considers Introduction of Passport After UN Win

    12/04/2012 1:34:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/12
    Palestinian Authority Cabinet Minister Hassan Alawi said that the PA is examining looking into introducing Palestinian passports following their successful UN bid to upgrade their status to observer state. Allawi spoke to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, and said, "...we must examine these measures."
  • Bozell: 'Time for Conservatives to Start Looking for a New Home'

    12/04/2012 1:29:55 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 116 replies
    CNSNews ^ | Tuesday December 4, 2012
    (CNSNews.com) - Conservative leaders don't like what they're hearing from House Speaker John Boehner, the man in the middle of fiscal cliff negotiations. One day after Boehner mentioned an $800-billion tax hike -- half the amount President Obama is seeking -- conservative activist L. Brent Bozell III said the Republican Party is no longer the party of limited government, limited spending and limited taxes: "It is now officially exactly right behind the Democrats -- on everything," Bozell said. "It is time for conservatives to start looking for a new home. There's precious little left for us here." Bozell said it's...
  • Fiscal Cliff Is Just a Speed Bump on the Road to a Real Crisis

    12/04/2012 1:29:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m very concerned about both the fiscal cliff and its possible replacements. It will be bad news if we get an automatic tax hike on January 1, and it will be bad news if that tax increase is replaced by an even more odious plan concocted by the White House. But the cliff is not our biggest fiscal problem.Here’s some of what I wrote for today’s New York Post about the fiscal cliff, along with a warning that we have a much bigger problem down the road.…it’s a fight that has important implications, particularly since some of the tax increases will have...
  • SoCal Port Strike Costing $1 Billion Per Day As Union Clerks Turn Down $190,000 Offer

    12/04/2012 1:24:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | December 4, 2012
    Among the nation’s shrinking union population, the unionized office workers at Southern California’s ports make more than most actors in the Screen Actors Guild. They make more than union construction workers, truck drivers, school teachers, cops, fire fighters, and just about any other unionized profession you can think of (with the possible exception of sports players). In fact, other than union bosses themselves, it can be easily argued that the office workers at SoCal ports are the union movement’s crème de la crème. As the office workers’ union has, so far, rejected an offer bringing their total compensation to nearly...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-PM,EST,WABC AM,December 4, 2012

    12/04/2012 1:21:29 PM PST · by Biggirl · 70 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 4,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811 Need to set up early because I am going to an early Christmas of a family member. Thank-you for your patience and understanding. :)=^..^=
  • Republican Suckers

    12/04/2012 1:21:14 PM PST · by IbJensen · 11 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/3/2012 | Michael Reagan
    Republicans had better learn from history -- and from Ronald Reagan's mistake. President Obama and his fellow big-spenders in Congress are promising if they get higher tax rates today they'll make even higher spending cuts tomorrow. It's an old sucker's game. Republicans -- and the rest of the country -- should know it by now, because for three decades we've all been suckers. If history is our guide, and Republicans in Congress don't grow a spine, by this time next year we'll have higher taxes, higher spending, more debt and a bigger government. Twice before, Republicans have been fooled into...
  • Fiscal cliff: Obama says tax rates could drop in 2013 ("not wedded to every detail of his plan")

    12/04/2012 1:20:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/4/12 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has said in an interview that he would consider lowering top tax rates as part of a wider reform of the tax code in 2013. The White House also signalled that it might agree to increase taxes for the wealthiest earners to less than 39.6%. Spokesman Jay Carney left open the option that rates would not have to rise to that Clinton-era level. Lawmakers are deadlocked in efforts to avert steep spending cuts and tax rises due to take effect on 1 January. Mr Carney said the "major obstacle" in reaching an agreement was a Republican...
  • Facing Fiscal Cliff, Obama Goes Overboard on Christmas Trees and Vacation

    12/04/2012 1:08:05 PM PST · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/4/2012 | Staff Writers
    So, what does the president of the United States do to set a good example as the country faces a looming financial meltdown? He keeps spending and spending. For this Christmas season, not only did Obama call for significantly more Christmas trees in the White House than last year, but he's also getting ready for a $4 million vacation to Hawaii. As reported by Investors Business Daily, taxpayers will be paying for 54 Christmas trees this year which will adorn the White House. That's a 50% increase in trees over last year. Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent's...
  • Disheartened Obamaphiles Should Just Stop Talking (Proof that Democrats Are Just Plain Stupid)

    12/04/2012 1:07:12 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Legal Insurection ^ | December 2, 2012 | William A Jacobsen
    It’s hard to know whether to cheer their disappointment or commiserate. My natural inclination is to tell them to S*** *** **** ** considering that they have subjected us to four more years. From Michael Goodwin, Obama 2: Even more reckless: People weren’t paying attention. Those are the people now surprised that President Obama is still stridently campaigning instead of doing the real work of governing. Even some who voted for him last month are puzzled as he threatens to take the nation off the fiscal cliff if Republicans don’t give him the tax hikes he demands now and puts...
  • Putin to visit Brussels as 'Eurasian Union' leader

    12/04/2012 1:05:53 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    euractiv.com ^ | December 04, 2012
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend the EU-Russia summit in Brussels later this month. But he will make sure his hosts welcome him as the representative of the Eurasian Union - Putin's pet geopolitical project, which bears similarities to the EU. The date of the summit is still a “working” hypothesis, but diplomats told EurActiv they were quite confident that Putin will be in Brussels on 21 December. The Russian leader made his first international appearance yesterday (3 December) after cancelling several foreign trips because of an apparent back problem. Putin was in Turkey yesterday, appearing reasonably fit....
  • (Rino) George W. Bush pushes for more immigration

    12/04/2012 1:03:32 PM PST · by Mozilla · 89 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/12 | Neil Munro
    Former President George W. Bush ambled back into the spotlight Tuesday to laud legal immigration, a decade after he helped inflate the real-estate bubble to its 2007 peak while trying to boost homeownership among Hispanics. “America is a nation of immigrants. … Immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. … They invigorate our soul,” Bush said at the keynote speech of a one-day symposium on immigration’s role in the economy at the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute. “Growing up in Texas we have had the honor and privilege of meeting many of the newly arrived,” the former president said. “They...
  • Outrage after Indonesian official divorces teenage bride

    12/04/2012 12:58:55 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 4 Dec 2012 | anon
    An Indonesian official is facing calls for his resignation after it emerged he divorced a teenager by text message following four days of marriage. Aceng Fikri, the elected head of Garut in West Java province, has publicly apologised amid the outcry. Hundreds protested against him on Tuesday. Mr Fikri, 40, is married with three children and took the 17-year-old as his second wife in a Muslim ceremony. He divorced her after reportedly discovering she was not a virgin. "I would like to apologise to the public if women feel harassed, even though I didn't mean to harass anyone," Mr Fikri...
  • Waiting on Leadership

    12/04/2012 12:58:43 PM PST · by IbJensen · 1 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/3/2012 | Duane Millaer
    “I’m waiting on you,” is essentially the message the White House continues to deliver to the House of Representatives when the subject of the pending so-called fiscal cliff is discussed. Frankly, I am a bit weary of the would-be media telling me that the President is “waiting for the GOP to make a move.” Political brinksmanship is part and parcel of elections. I get that, hate it, understand it, but the election is over for crying out loud. Would someone please tell Mr. Obama that he won and that by winning the country has a right to expect HIM to...
  • I am Thankful for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy

    12/04/2012 12:52:35 PM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/4/2012 | Erick Erickson
    Not quite two weeks removed from Thanksgiving, it is worth giving thanks to John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy. I really am thankful for them. Yesterday the three of them purged fiscal conservatives from committees as punishment for being authentically fiscal conservatives. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina was put on the Financial Services Committee to show fiscal conservatism had nothing to do with removing Congressmen Justin Amash and David Schweikert, but that just causes me to question Mick Mulvaney’s conservative bona fides now. Congressmen Schweikert, Amash, and Congressman Tim Huelskamp now removed from the Budget Committee, have been punished...
  • Coming: '$3 trillion tax increase on middle class' (Norquist: Dems offer distractions before...)

    12/04/2012 12:36:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – Getting Republicans to agree to a tax increase on “the rich” is not the ultimate aim of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, says noted tax activist Grover Norquist. “This is just the first act of a two- or three-act play,” Norquist said in an exclusive interview with WND. Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said the first act “is to get congressional Republicans to put their fingerprints on what amounts to a minor tax increase.” “After raising taxes on the rich a little bit, the Democrats will come back for serious tax revenue,”...
  • Gun Crazy

    12/04/2012 12:33:16 PM PST · by 867V309 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 3, 2012 | Michael Walsh
        If Bob Costas wants to consult someone on domestic double murder without a gun, he need to look no further than his former broadcasting partner at NBC.
  • THE AMERICAN TRIBULATION: Can the greatest nation in history survive 4 more years of Obama?

    12/04/2012 12:25:35 PM PST · by Perseverando · 73 replies
    WND ^ | December 04, 2012 | Staff
    Unthinkable. A cataclysmic disaster. The end of America as we know it. That pretty much sums up how millions of Americans regard the re-election of Barack Obama. Already, the White House website displays petitions from all 50 states bearing the names of hundreds of thousands of distraught citizens demanding their state secede from the union. States likewise are targeting the Obama administration with a major nullification movement. Meanwhile, Republicans engage in media blame-fests, denouncing each other for their devastating failure Nov. 6, while liberal pundits – pretending to offer them helpful advice – counsel Republicans to abandon their core values...
  • US married father's horror after wife places his child with an adopted family without telling him

    12/04/2012 12:24:52 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 101 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 3 December 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    A Texas man is battling for custody of his first-born daughter after his wife successfully gave her up for adoption without telling him - to a family who now refuses to return the girl. Terry Achane, 31, a drill instructor in South Carolina, says it was just days after he left his pregnant wife for his new job out of state that she quietly signed over their unborn baby to a family of seven in Utah. His newborn baby, whom he had wanted to name Teleah, was given to Jared and Kristi Frei, who now say the girl is theirs...
  • Russia urges Israel to reconsider settlement expansion

    12/04/2012 12:23:31 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | December 3, 2012
    Russia urged Israel on Monday to reconsider plans to expand Jewish settlements on occupied land after Palestinians won de facto U.N. recognition of statehood, saying building new homes would undermine any chance for direct peace talks. In a statement issued a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off condemnation from the United States and European nations, Russia also criticized Israel's announcement it was withholding Palestinian tax revenues. Russia "views these Israeli intentions with the most serious concern", the Foreign Ministry statement said. "Implementation of the announced plans for large-scale settlement activity would have a very negative effect on...
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • Our 'gimme dat' culture (John Rocker sees Black Friday mentality becoming societal norm)

    12/04/2012 12:20:23 PM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | John Rocker
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A uniquely American phenomenon, thereÂ’s nothing better than sitting down to a hearty meal in the company of family, friends and loved ones. Thanksgiving is special in that itÂ’s about appreciating what you have with the people who mean the most to you. At the risk of igniting an ACLU lawsuit, Thanksgiving also is the start of the holiday Christmas season. While the radio stations and department stores switch to Christmas mode the day after Halloween, no one really gets into the spirit until the turkey gets roasted on the fourth Thursday of...
  • Poll finds New Yorkers convinced of climate change

    12/04/2012 12:17:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | Dec 04, 2012 | Karen DeWitt
    Listen with NCPR Player Latham, NY, Dec 04, 2012 — A new poll finds that, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more than two thirds of New Yorkers say they now believe in climate change. They also give Gov. Andrew Cuomo good grades for his handling of the storm's aftermath. Hear this Listen with NCPR Player Download audio Share this Explore this Reported byKaren DeWitt NYS Capitol Correspondent @kdewitt7 Tags cuomo · economy · environment · hurricanesandy · politics · weather Story location News near this location Cuomo seeks $41 billion from US gov for Sandy rebuilding (4 mi)...
  • A godless nation: Doomed to fail (Mychal Massie says U.S. trusts handouts of man over hand of God)

    12/04/2012 12:14:29 PM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    The truth is a hard thing to hear and even a more bitter pill to swallow. But until we face the truth, we are doomed to sink lower into the abyss as a society. The truth is that a godless nation is a nation doomed to fall. We as a nation have slowly accepted and pompously come to believe that wisdom begins and stems from us. Secularism is the view that all things religious should be excluded from daily public living, specifically pertaining to political and social concerns. Thanks to secularism, the mindset today is that God and religious opinion...
  • In World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules

    12/04/2012 12:12:51 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | James R Hagerty
    Robert LeTourneau, a roving American evangelist and inventor, decided in the mid-1930s that a plot of lakefront land a mile and a half northeast of downtown Peoria would be a fine place to make earth-moving equipment. Skilled labor and suppliers were plentiful; transport links were good. Nearly eight decades later, Japan's Komatsu Ltd., which owns the plant, still thinks Mr. LeTourneau chose the right location—even though most giant mining trucks made there are shipped overseas to Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa. The U.S. may not be much good at making small things like smartphones, but it is still a...
  • ROUNDS ANNOUNCES SENATE RUN IN SOUTH DAKOTA

    12/04/2012 12:12:30 PM PST · by Impy · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/3/2012 | John Gizzi
    When South Dakota’s former two-term Gov. Mike Rounds made it official last week that he would seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator in 2014, it was national news. After an election year in which Republicans began with high hopes of winning a majority in the Senate only to end with a net loss of two seats from their ranks, news that Rounds was poised to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was truly something to cheer for the dispirited GOP. “Instantly competitive,” is how the Hill characterized the likely contest between conservative Rounds and two-term liberal Democrat Johnson (lifetime American...
  • Chicago Family Says Police Officer Shot Their Puppy

    12/04/2012 12:01:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    chicagocbslocal.com ^ | 12/4/12 | chicago cbs
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Al Phillips wants to know why a Chicago police officer shot his dog while writing a traffic ticket outside his house. “My neighbor called and told me I was getting a ticket on my van. When I opened the fence, my puppy ran out. That’s when I heard two gunshots and the officer shot my dog,” Phillips said. The 7-month-old Bull Terrier miniature puppy survived but had a bullet in its leg and fragments in its abdomen.
  • Chiefs knew of couple's problems

    12/04/2012 11:57:08 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    espn.go.com ^ | 12/4/12 | ESPN.com news services
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs officials knew that linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend were having relationship problems, and the team provided the couple with counseling in an effort to help, a police official said.
  • Muslim Brotherhood: "Jews are still the source of evil in the world"

    12/04/2012 11:55:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 26 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6/11 | Badi'
    "Allah warned us against the deceit of the Jews and their dangerous role in sparking wars: 'Whenever they kindle a fire for war Allah puts it out, and they strive to make mischief in the land; and Allah does not love the mischief-makers [Koran 5:64].' Their hands light the hidden fuse... [and] little time passes before the fire spreads to the field of war, including Islamic lands... The war in Sudan and its division are their handiwork; the internal struggle and war among the Palestinians is [likewise part] of their plan. [For this reason,] the reconciliation between Hamas and...
  • White House: Boehner's Counterproposal 'Magic Beans and Fairy Dust'

    12/04/2012 11:53:47 AM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/4/12 | breitbart
    So we don't know who pays, we don't know what we're talking about in terms of actual legislation to increase revenues. It's magic beans and fairy dust."
  • Massachusetts' largest wind energy farm nears completion in Florida (MA)

    12/04/2012 11:49:15 AM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    The Bay State’s largest wind energy farm is nearing completion. Gov. Deval Patrick and state Energy and state energy officials on Monday visited the 19-turbine Hoosac Wind Power project in the western Massachusetts towns of Florida and Monroe. Officials say the wind farm on track to be completed by year’s end will produce enough power for more than 10,000 homes a year and offset about 64 million pounds of carbon dioxide released by traditional electrical generation. The project is also expected to generate about $6.8 million in tax revenue for the towns. But not all local residents are happy. Opponents...