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  • Gunboat diplomacy: Indian navy ready to set sail to South China Sea

    12/04/2012 9:49:07 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 4, 2012
    Indian naval warship INS Ranjit (D53)India will deploy warships to the South China Sea if the country’s regional interests are compromised, the Indian Navy commander said. As China bolsters its military, the region has witnessed rising tensions over unresolved territorial disputes. India is not directly involved in any of the disputes, but its national interests are tied to the turbulent region, Admiral D K Joshi said on Monday, a day ahead of India’s Navy Day. Delhi may deploy its forces to the region if the situation deteriorates. “Are we preparing for it? Are we having exercises of that nature? The...
  • Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale (Ed Asner)

    12/04/2012 9:36:50 PM PST · by DWar · 37 replies
    California Federation of Teachers ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Fred Glass
    Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org.
  • Rewriting personal history by inventing racist roads not taken (Libs are racists)

    12/04/2012 9:29:57 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 5 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | Northwestern University via Phys.org
    In 2008, research showed that expressing support for Barack Obama increased people's comfort in subsequently saying or doing things that might be considered racist. Researchers argued that endorsing a black political figure made people feel as if they had "non-racist credentials" that reduced their concern about subsequently seeming prejudiced. Now this same research group has identified a mental trick that people play to convince themselves that they have these same non-racist credentials: convincing themselves that they were presented with but passed up opportunities to act in racially insensitive ways in the past. In a series of new studies from the...
  • Solar Generators Power Sandy-Stricken Areas

    12/04/2012 9:01:40 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    WNYC ^ | 12-3-12 | Annmarie Fertoli
    A non-profit clean energy group, Solar One, has been deploying solar generators to areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The group currently has several generators running in the Rockaways, and made a recent delivery to Midland Beach on Staten Island. The delivery went to a community-run center operating at St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Adjacent to the church’s gymnasium is a building still without power. There, volunteers have set up services like a legal clinic, to help residents with their paperwork, and a free store, packed with donated goods like soap and canned foods. Outside is a small yard...
  • California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention

    12/04/2012 8:50:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 30 November 2012 06:23 | Ryan Mauro
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naďve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance. … Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you...
  • Another Classic from Lord Christopher Monckton: Global Warming Morons Get Pwned

    12/04/2012 8:44:44 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    CFACT ^ | 121205 | CFACT
    Watch morons at Qatar U.N. conference on climate change get pwned.
  • Senator Kerry’s Fallacious Emotional Appeal for a U.N. Treaty

    12/04/2012 8:42:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    RSN ^ | Monday, 03 December 2012 16:12 | Steven Groves
    When the facts and law are not in one’s favor, there is a natural temptation to appeal to the emotions of your target audience in order to win an argument. This is referred to as argumentum ad passiones—an attempt to manipulate an audience’s emotions by pulling on their heartstrings in order to bring them to your side. Such is the case with Senator John Kerry’s (D–MA) appeal in today’s Huffington Post in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international human rights treaty that is scheduled for an up-or-down vote tomorrow at noon. …...
  • Issa parrots the unknowable as Holder deputy abandons ship

    12/04/2012 8:40:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/4/12 | David Codrea
    Citing an unproven assertion from the September Office of Inspector General’s report on Fast and Furious gunwalking, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa issued a statement yesterday on the departure of Eric Holder’s Chief of Staff, Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler. “ ... Grindler was appropriately faulted by his Department’s own Inspector General for keeping information about a connection between the murder of a Border Patrol Agent and a mishandled department operation away from the Attorney General and the Department of Homeland Security,” Issa asserted. “We determined that Grindler learned on December 17, 2010, of the...
  • NASA’s Curiosity rover detects organic compounds on Mars

    12/04/2012 8:39:41 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    Open Minds UFO News and Investigations ^ | 12-4-12 | Jason McClellan
    On Tuesday, November 20, Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that an upcoming announcement about data from a recently collected soil sample by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument would be “one for the history books.” This comment fueled speculation about the possible discovery of evidence indicating past or present life on Mars. Curiosity rover on December 3 during a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California. Explaining the announcement, Space.com describes that Curiosity “found evidence of chlorine, sulfur, and water in Mars dirt studied by...
  • Teachers’ Acquires Plano Molding Co., Leading Supplier To The Outdoor Market(canada)

    12/04/2012 8:31:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 December, 2012 | OTPP
    TORONTO --(Ammoland.com)- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) has announced an agreement for the acquisition of Plano Molding Company, Inc. (Plano), the premier supplier of outdoor sports storage systems. Based in Plano, Illinois, and founded in 1932, Plano is recognized as the leading brand in fishing and fall sports markets where it enjoys leading market shares in tackle boxes, bait storage, gun cases, archery cases, and ice fishing products. It also produces cases for cosmetics, tools and crafts, as well as storage containers and shelving for home and office. Teachers’ is making the acquisition through its private equity investment division, Teachers’...
  • Assad’s chemical weapons units head out of Damascus toward Aleppo

    12/04/2012 8:30:23 PM PST · by tired&retired · 38 replies
    Debka ^ | December 4, 2012 | Debka
    As NATO in Brussels gave the go-ahead Tuesday night, Dec. 4, for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles to protect Turkey against Syrian missiles, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reported that convoys of the Syrian army’s chemical weapons units headed out of Damascus under cover of dark and turned north up the road to Aleppo. Their destination is not yet known. The convoys were ferrying self-propelled cannons for firing shells loaded with poisonous sarin gas. Syrian President Bashar Assad had evidently decided to ignore the warnings President Barack Obama issued Monday night that there would be consequences if he or...
  • Obama to fill key posts in weeks; Hagel on Pentagon short list

    12/04/2012 8:29:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 4, 2012 5:18pm EST | Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretaries of state and defense in the next two weeks, with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on the short list of potential choices to head the Pentagon, senior administration officials said on Tuesday. Hagel, whose appointment would give Obama's reshuffled second-term Cabinet a bipartisan cast, met the Democratic president at the White House this week to discuss a post on his national security team. But there was no sign that Obama had decided on any of the key nominations he will put forth. … Other top contenders to replace Defense...
  • Parties’ ‘no-show’ problem (Salena Zito)

    12/04/2012 8:28:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 1, 2012 | Salena Zito
    Our political parties have an alarming problem with white middle-class voters. Both parties failed to connect with them in this presidential election — from rural voters in the Midwest, Plains and Allegheny Mountains to Iowa’s “Reagan Democrats” (who did not show up for Republican Mitt Romney), as well as along the Appalachian Trail from New York to Mississippi (which rejected Democrat Barack Obama). Many pundits point to high turnout by minorities and young people as the key component of Obama’s victory. But Sean Trende, an analyst at RealClearPolitics, points to a problem that flew under the radar: White voters did...
  • Kibbe to Newsmax: Boehner, GOP ‘Incredibly Hostile’ to Fiscal Conservatives

    12/04/2012 8:22:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012 08:02 PM | Todd Beamon and John Bachman
    Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, charged in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that House Speaker John Boehner and the nation’s GOP leadership are “incredibly hostile” to “fiscal conservatives, who are really the standard-bearers for what it means to be Republican.” “You are for fiscal responsibility. You believe that we shouldn’t raise taxes. You believe that we should balance the budget—and you should believe that you keep your promises that you make on the campaign trail when you come to Washington,” Kibbe says. “It’s damaging to the Republican brand, and you’re seeing this division between those who have maybe...
  • Veteran Republican senator denounces Boehner's tax offer

    12/04/2012 8:16:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 4, 2012 10:00am EST | (Reporting By Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Bill Trott)
    A Republican senator underscored division within his party ranks on Tuesday by opposing a plan by the top Republican to increase tax revenues as part of a possible deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” Senator Jim DeMint, a favorite of the anti-tax Tea Party movement, said the proposal by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for $800 billion in increased tax revenues would “destroy jobs and allow Washington politicians” to swell, not reduce, the deficit. …
  • Party Over Principle: John Boehner Boots Conservatives off Budget Committee

    12/04/2012 8:14:34 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 December 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Republican House Steering Committee header by Speaker of the House John Boehner kicked two of the most conservative representatives off the House Budget Committee. Party Over Principle: Boehner Boots Conservatives off Budget Committee The New American 04 December 2012 In a speech to the House of Representatives in January 2011, then newly-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed that he would “renew focus on the Constitution.” Then, on Tuesday, Boehner demonstrated his lack of fidelity to that promise by politically ostracizing two of the most staunch constitutionalists in the House. Representatives Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Justin...
  • Syrian army weakening as rebels make gains

    12/04/2012 8:12:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Joby Warrick and Babak Dehghanpisheh
    After nearly two years of fighting, Syria’s vaunted war machine is showing serious cracks as emboldened rebels snap up more bases and airfields and force army units to retrench behind defensive lines in major cities, Western officials and military analysts say. Bolstered by a steady flow of arms from foreign backers, opposition forces have scored a series of tactical victories in the Damascus suburbs in recent days and are advancing steadily toward the city’s airport, adding to what some analysts view as a sense of momentum that has been building since late summer. Powerful antitank and antiaircraft weapons have helped...
  • United 787 Loses Speed and Lands Early

    12/04/2012 7:54:30 PM PST · by Red Steel · 59 replies
    nyt ^ | December 4, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER DREW and JAD MOUAWAD
    A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner flown by United Airlines was diverted in midflight to New Orleans on Tuesday because of concern about a possible mechanical problem. The plane was headed to Newark from Houston when it descended over a 10-minute span to 31,000 feet from 41,000 feet and slowed to 480 miles an hour from 655, according to FlightAware.com, a data provider. The plane, which carried 174 passengers and 10 crew members, then rapidly recovered its speed and turned sharply to the south over Mississippi, according to the Web site’s flight log. After the incident, United, the first North American...
  • Future of genetically-modified salmon in doubt

    12/04/2012 7:52:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | AP
    Salmon that has been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on American dinner plates. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat. --snip-- Using gene-manipulating technology, Aquabounty adds a growth hormone to the Atlantic salmon from another type of salmon called the Chinook. The process, company executives say, causes its salmon to reach maturity in about two years, compared with three to four years for a conventional salmon. Aquabounty executives say if their fish are approved for commercial sale, there are several safeguards designed to prevent the fish from...
  • Over 105,000 laid off since the election

    12/04/2012 7:45:40 PM PST · by null and void · 15 replies
    Since the election: (Updated 12/4/12 at 7:30 PM PST)Layoff numbers Organization # Laid off Running total Sector Notes Advanced Auto Parts 80 80 Automotive AFL Quality 63 143 Publishing AFL Web Printing 100 243 Publishing Plant Closure AGC 70 313 Glass fabricator Plant closure Airship Ventures 45 358 Entertainment Closure Alcoa 43 401 Manufacturing AM General 100 501 Defense AMD 400 901 Electronics American Coal 54 955 Energy American Cotton Growers 110 1065 Agriculture Ameridose 790 1855 Health Anchorage School District 100 1955 Education Art Gallery of Windsor 12 1967 Art Gallery Canada ASK Plastics, Inc. 25 1992 Manufacturing Associated...
  • U.S. risks 'another Benghazi' under Mexican rules barring agents from arming

    12/04/2012 7:38:55 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 03, 2012 | Joseph J. Kolb
    U.S. agents on assignment in Mexico, where they are helping the local authorities go after violent drug cartels, are not allowed to carry weapons for their own protection, a situation that one lawmaker says could turn into “another Benghazi.” Because the official role of U.S. agents south of the border is limited to intelligence gathering and training their Mexican counterparts, they are barred by Mexico from carrying weapons. The danger they face was underscored last month, when 15 Mexican National Police were arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two CIA agents in August. ... Obama gave tacit approval...
  • Get The Truth About Lead Ammunition & The Misguided Campaign To Ban It

    12/04/2012 7:36:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Hunt for Truth
    California --(Ammoland.com)- To assist policymakers and to educate the public, hunting and recreational shooting organizations have launched a website to make the facts and science of the lead ammunition debate available. Policymakers and hunters are urged to register at the Hunt for Truth website and to subscribe to the Hunt for Truth email list to receive e-bulletins with the latest breaking news and information on the lead ammunition issue. www.huntfortruth.org Self-proclaimed environmental organizations are trying to prohibit the use of traditional ammunition consisting of lead core components in hunting and recreational shooting. They claim that some scavenging animals, like the...
  • Is America still a Center-Right Nation? Voting Patterns Say It Isn't

    12/04/2012 7:36:33 PM PST · by billflax · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/04/2012 | Bill Flax
    The Eighties action flick Red Dawn has been redone. It’s preposterous that Soviet Russia’s dilapidated economy, let alone North Korea in the remake, could marshal sufficient logistical capacity to project more than a token force across an ocean. Given the Communist Party USA’s ecstatic response to Barrack Obama’s re-election, Democrats may be succeeding where the Red Army dared not tread. CPUSA’s Sam Webb gloats, “The Communist Party said a year ago that the 2012 elections would be the main front of the class and democratic struggle, and subsequent events have confirmed that fact... Had Romney won the Presidency and the...
  • Jackson Lee Claims $5.6 Trillion Surplus Following Clinton Admin

    12/04/2012 7:34:32 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12-4-12 | WFB Staff
    Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed that the United States had a $5.6 trillion surplus at the end of the Clinton administration Tuesday.
  • 62nd soldiers to give communities musical holiday gifts

    12/04/2012 7:33:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — When one thinks of Christmas, music is always involved, said the 62nd U.S. Army Band commander. “No other season is more identified with music than Christmas,” Chief Warrant Officer Tom Bauer said Monday. In a room near his office on Fort Huachuca, some band members were packing up after rehearsing, while in another room, members of the band’s jazz combo were practicing some of the music they will play at a number of venues before Dec. 20. People who believe all an Army band does is march to music in any number of ceremonies — such as...
  • Michigan to Expand Concealed Carry & Eliminate Concealed Weapons Licensing Boards

    12/04/2012 7:30:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 December, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- As the Michigan legislature works through the final weeks of its 2011-2012 session, the state Senate approved Senate Bill 59 by a vote of 27 to 11 (vote is on page 2307). This bill was sent to the House where it has been assigned to the Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation. This pro-Second Amendment reform legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville) would streamline the process for a concealed weapons license, while creating expanded carry zones in previously prohibited places for those who are willing to undergo enhanced training. Along with many other improvements,...
  • New York Senate Democrats Just Got Screwed Out Of A Possible Majority, And They're Furious

    12/04/2012 7:29:03 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    New York State Senate Democrats are furious today over an unprecedented agreement reached by Republicans and conservative-leaning Democrats who disbanded from their party to form their own caucus. The move forms a "bipartisan governing coalition" between Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference, just a month after Democrats won a numerical majority in the chamber. Under the agreement, Republicans and the IDC will shift control every two weeks between GOP Leader Dean Skelos and IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein. On Tuesday, Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat from Queens, became the fifth Democrat to defect and join the IDC. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-state-senate-independent-democrat-conference-republicans-dean-skelos-2012-12#ixzz2E90cIdhX
  • A Reader Reports from the Hartford CT Gun Buyback

    12/04/2012 7:06:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Jesse Buchanan
    I was standing out in the cold on Saturday afternoon offering cash for guns, and I wasn’t having much luck. I was crashing someone else’s party ‑ it was a gun buy-back program in Hartford, Connecticut sponsored by some hospitals, non-profits and the local police. The newspaper had advertised that there’d be a $25 Walmart gift card for any working long guns turned in ‑ I figured if there’s going to be people getting fleeced, I want to be holding the shears. What would people say to $40 in cash on the spot? . . . I’d read about a...
  • JIM DEMINT, LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE?

    12/04/2012 7:04:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/04/2012 | John Hayward
    The "fiscal cliff" drama presents opportunities for leadership, which is something the Republican Party naturally seeks, following a difficult election loss. Among those bidding for the leadership of the conservative resistance is Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who issued a tough statement about House Speaker John Boehner's instantly rejected compromise proposal: Speaker Boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny. This isn't rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and...
  • Oyster farmer battles federal government's order to shuck operation

    12/04/2012 6:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 04, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A California family that has operated an oyster farm on the bucolic Northern California coast is fighting back after the federal government moved to kick it off of the National Park Service property where the shellfish have been legally harvested for nearly 80 years. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company faces closure and its 30 employees will be out of work if the National Park Service reclaims some 1,100 acres of an estuary as part of a plan to create a larger marine wilderness preserve at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. Owner Kevin Lunny said federal officials told him...
  • Ryan, Rubio Seek Party Rebranding

    12/04/2012 6:38:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 83 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04 Dec 2012 | Neil King Jr.
    Two of the Republican Party's most prominent voices, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, laid out their visions for broadening the GOP's economic message in dual speeches Tuesday, as conservatives seek new moorings in the aftermath of Mitt Romney's presidential defeat last month. The speeches revealed Mr. Ryan and Mr. Rubio—respectively, the party's most recent vice-presidential nominee and a freshman senator seen as a rising star—moving briskly to rebrand both themselves and their party at a time of debate and introspection over how to steer the GOP in a new direction. The men, both seen as...
  • HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST

    12/04/2012 6:29:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 133 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4 Dec 2012 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    House Republican leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which conservatives to purge from powerful House committees, Breitbart News has learned. As this time, it appears they will keep the criteria list hidden from the public, too. Spokespeople for members of House GOP leadership have refused to discuss details about the list on the record with press. Because GOP Leadership won't discuss the list, it’s unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. It’s also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process.In remarks to the...
  • Son Shoots Father, Saves Mother (VIDEO) (FL)

    12/04/2012 6:20:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Daniel Terrill
    A Florida teen armed with a handgun shot and killed his father, and in turn prevented his mother from being strangled on Nov. 24. Although the evening ended in tragedy, it seemed to have started pleasant enough as a small group of family and friends gathered around a bonfire outside the family's home near Tampa. But the tone changed sometime around 10 p.m. when the mother Jill Thorpe, 35, went inside their mobile home and her husband Christopher Thorpe, 36, followed suit, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The couple began arguing inside the house and the fight quickly...
  • Burning down the Senate (Harry Reid: Filibuster Reform Coming Whether GOP Wants It Or Not)

    12/04/2012 6:17:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/03/12 | John E. Sununu
    Burning down the SenateBy John E. Sununu December 03, 2012 In the hallways of the US Capitol, intrepid visitors can still find scars left behind when the British burned the building to its foundation stones nearly 200 years ago. Today, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing his very best to repeat that history. Should he gain his way, Senate rules will be changed, the principle of unlimited debate will be restricted, and a fire will rage in the Senate that will burn for a long time to come. Despite 30 years of service in Congress, Reid appears oblivious...
  • Motorists File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NYC Over Red-Light Cameras

    12/04/2012 6:13:42 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | December 4, 2012
    Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets. They’re “gotcha” cameras, mounted at intersections. Their photos catch and fine drivers running red lights. New York City first had them in 1998. ... By federal law, drivers have to have enough time to get through a yellow light — three seconds at the typical 30 mph intersection. Back in October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were...
  • All Signs Indicate That This Flu Season Is Going To Be Brutal

    12/04/2012 6:10:52 PM PST · by blam · 114 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-4-2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    All Signs Indicate That This Flu Season Is Going To Be Brutal Jennifer WelshDec. 4, 2012, 6:53 PMThe flu season could be especially bad this year, and is one of the earliest-starting flu seasons in a decade, said Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control. "This is the earliest regular flu season we've had in nearly a decade, since the 2003-2004 flu season. That was an early and severe flu year," CDC director Thomas Frieden said in a teleconference yesterday Dec. 3. That season was very severe, especially for children, they said. This is much different than we...
  • Questions Surround $55 Million Program to Cut Violence in Chicago

    12/04/2012 6:08:52 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Scott Zamost
    On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago's South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence. "Our message that we're giving out today is about being healthy," said 18-year-old Lucia Eloisa. "One of the key pointers is about taking time to reflect and seek inner peace." Eloisa's part-time job was paid for by an ambitious state-funded program to keep at-risk teenagers out of trouble. It pumped nearly $55 million into Chicago's toughest neighborhoods and three of its suburbs to stem unrelenting gang violence. A four-month CNN investigation found...
  • Belcher told cops he was waiting for 'girlfriend'

    12/04/2012 6:05:17 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Dec. 4 2012 | MARIA SUDEKUM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his ''girlfriend,'' but that she wasn't home. The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot, police said. Police responded...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Gingerbread Cookie Test ~ 05 December 2012

    12/04/2012 6:02:44 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 63 replies
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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-4-12

    12/04/2012 6:02:12 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-4-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Mark Levin Rips Boehner: Who The Hell Does He Think He Is? (audio)

    12/04/2012 6:00:39 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 38 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 4, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Mark Levin opines on reports that House Speaker John Boehner is punishing conservative members of his caucus for not following the party line. MARK LEVIN: I've had enough of this crap. This is a member of Congress being treated like crap by the Speaker of the House. Who the hell does the Speaker of the House think he is? This man was elected by his constituents, American citizens in his Congressional district. He's voting the way he pledged to vote to the constituents in his district. Who the hell does John Boehner think he is? He's so desperate for these...
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Pushes Global Government at UN's Doha Climate Summit

    12/04/2012 5:59:23 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is using the UN's Doha Climate Summit as the latest pretext for global government. CFR Pushes End to Sovereignty at UN's Doha Climate Summit The New American 04 December 2012 The UN Climate Summit in Doha, Qatar, (see here and here) is in its second week, headed for completion on Friday, December 7. Most analysts and observers expect little in the way of major developments or breakthrough agreements to come out of it. With the world economy in shambles, and nearly all national governments awash in debt, there is diminishing incentive for politicians...
  • Costas: "Mistake" To Give Anti-Gun Commentary During Football Game

    12/04/2012 5:47:24 PM PST · by capecodder · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 4, 2012
    About his rant against the 2nd Amendment, in the manner of an explanation: "...maybe I gave the audience too much credit...."
  • Virginia Governor's Race Still Taking Shape (Ken Cuccinelli has reason to be optimistic)

    12/04/2012 5:46:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCP ^ | 12/04/2012 | Scott Conroy
    If Virginia’s political history is any indication, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reason to be optimistic about winning election as governor in November. Virginia is one of only two states that choose their governors in the year following a presidential election. And in the Old Dominion’s nine contests since 1977, the nominee from the party that lost the presidency the previous year has always won. A favorite among his party’s base, Cuccinelli may be well-positioned to become the latest Virginia Republican to benefit from disproportionately high turnout among the conservative rank-and-file in a non-presidential election. Four years ago, Bob...
  • The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control)(Barf Alert)

    12/04/2012 5:43:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | December, 2012 | Jeffry Goldberg
    The Century 16 Cineplex in Aurora, Colorado, stands desolate behind a temporary green fence, which was raised to protect the theater from prying eyes and mischief-makers. --------------------------cut--------------------------- After Columbine, Colorado closed its “gun-show loophole,” but efforts to close the loophole on the national level failed. The National Rifle Association and other anti-gun-control groups worked diligently to defend the loophole—misnamed, because while loophole suggests a small opening not easily negotiated, about 40 percent of all legal gun sales take place at gun shows, on the Internet, or through more-informal sales between private sellers and buyers, where buyers are not subject to...
  • GOP shouldn’t adopt ‘new revenue’ as euphemism for tax hikes

    12/04/2012 5:42:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/04/2012 | Philip Klein
    Over the past few years, there’s been a growing trend of Democrats and their allies in the media using the phrase “new revenue” as a euphemism for tax hikes. As Republicans struggle to find ways to strike a deal with President Obama while claiming to honor their pledges not to raise taxes, they are edging closer to embracing this new terminology. If that happens, it would have dangerous long-term consequences for tax policy. On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama suggesting the parties strike a deal along the lines of one previously suggested by Erskine...
  • Costas: How about sticking to sports?

    12/04/2012 5:42:31 PM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    WND ^ | December 04, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Bob Costas knows his sports. I’ll say that for him. Over the last 32 years, he has parlayed that knowledge and his broadcasting abilities into an estimated net worth of some $32 million. He has won nearly 20 Emmys and four National Sportscaster of the Year awards. But he is clearly out of his depths and out of place when it comes to opining on other matters – such as gun control. Costas attempted to use his platform during a ”Sunday Night Football” halftime report to blame a gun for the murder of a woman – a gun actually fired...
  • New judge named in Hasan trial

    12/04/2012 5:37:19 PM PST · by TxBec · 15 replies
    The U.S. Army has named a new judge for the upcoming court-martial of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan. An Army spokesman confirmed Tuesday night that Col. Tara Osborn has been named to the case. Osborn is the current chief circuit judge of the Army’s Second Judicial District.
  • Dec. 16: A date that should live in infamy

    12/04/2012 5:35:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Everyone knows we’re approaching a date that lives in infamy in American history – Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. But there’s another more recent date in American history that should live in infamy. It’s Dec. 16, 2008. That’s the date on which President George W. Bush admitted what he did with the bailouts of the major investment firms and banks that were “too big to fail.” Here’s what he said in that infamous admission: “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system,” Bush told CNN, saying he had made the decision “to make sure the...
  • Supreme Court sides with private property against the federal government

    12/04/2012 5:25:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/04/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    We've got to celebrate the freedom-endorsing little victories won by the Supreme Court while we've still kinda-sorta got it (one shudders to think of what what the highest court in the land may look like after four more years of President Obama), and the justices logged one in favor of private-property rights with their unanimous decision on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States on Tuesday.Per the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment ("nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation"), the question was whether a series of floods coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps...