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  • Tips, clues helping FBI unravel mystery of dead Alaska serial killer

    12/05/2012 5:08:30 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Yereth Rosen
    (Reuters) - Authorities in Alaska said on Tuesday they were examining tips from across the United States as they piece together the decade-long travels of a confessed serial killer who committed suicide over the weekend while awaiting trial for the abduction and murder of an Anchorage teenage woman. Officials say Israel Keyes confessed to kidnapping and killing 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who vanished in February from the coffee stand where she worked, a Vermont couple and up to five other people before killing himself. Now a toll-free tip line established by the FBI is bringing in clues about other possible victims...
  • Asia’s Passport Wars: Chinese Map Triggers Diplomatic Firestorm

    12/05/2012 5:07:21 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 4 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Ishaan Tharoor
    As anybody who travels with personal documents from countries like India or China or Vietnam will tell you, an Asian passport can be a miserable thing. It means having to steel yourself through weeks, if not months, of visa-application processes that can be both interminable and humiliating. It means being forced to wait for special screening at the borders of prosperous Western nations, just by circumstance of birth and bureaucracy. It means feeling forever a second-class citizen of a world that is supposed to be growing ever more interdependent and intertwined. But, if it wasn’t enough of an albatross, the...
  • (RAT Elizabeth) Warren asks for help to retire debt (an "embarrassment of riches")

    12/05/2012 4:59:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Warren asks for help to retire debtBy Alexandra Jaffe - 12/05/12 03:10 PM ET Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in one of the most closely-watched and expensive races in the nation, has asked for help to retire her campaign debt. Warren broke Massachusetts fundraising records with her $42 million haul, but she said in an email to supporters that she incurred some debt because of an "embarrassment of riches," in the form of the unexpected levels of support she says she received. "When my campaign team planned our final budget, we knew our Get Out...
  • Pentagon Peacocks

    12/05/2012 4:56:05 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/05/2012 | G. Murphy Donovan
    The Davis Petraeus saga is another urban legend; a myth about a great man felled by a single flaw or indiscretion. The truth is that Petraeus is a bit player in a larger, uglier drama, the political corruption the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and that exclusive four star glut that sits atop the military. And the rot didn't start with Petraeus. Recall Army Chief-of-Staff George Casey taking to the airways to rationalize the Fort Hood Islamist massacre in 2009. Somehow "diversity" and Muslim sensitivities were more important than twin dangers of domestic sedition or troop safety on American bases....
  • Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by MISTAKE ...

    12/05/2012 4:55:07 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Matt Blake
    Blundering builders mistakenly bulldozed an 18th-century chateau in the heart of France's picturesque wine country - when they were only supposed to knock down an outhouse on its estate. Chateau de Bellevue, 12km to the east of Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases and imposing granite balconies. Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former baroque glory, including the removal of one small building. But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle instead, leaving the outhouse...
  • Should Troublemakers Be Segregated from the General Population?

    12/05/2012 4:52:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Let’s take a break from depressing posts about Obama’s fixation on class-warfare tax policy and the failure of Washington to enact genuine entitlement reform. It’s time for another edition of “You Be the Judge.” I periodically come across stories that cause me internal conflict. Often my heart gives one answer and my head disagrees. Or I’m genuinely unsure of the right approach.Previous editions of the game include: Is it appropriate to put politicians on trial for economic malfeasance? Is it excessive vigilante justice to set your daughter’s rapist on fire? Should prisoners with AIDS be segregated from other convicts? Which tax collection tactic...
  • President Obama set for Hawaii vacation estimated to cost taxpayers $4-million

    12/05/2012 4:40:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    WNWO ^ | 12/5/12 | Norm Van Ness
    Few would begrudge the President of the United States some well-earned down time. But with the "Fiscal Cliff" looming in coming weeks...and millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet...the Obama's choice of location and the expense of being there is causing many to shake their heads.
  • Obama's Economic Lumps of Coal

    12/05/2012 4:39:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama would have failed Negotiations 101, if there was such a course, the first rule being "do not insult" the people you're dealing with. Hitting the road to campaign for his plan to raise taxes on small business employers, investors and people in the top two income brackets, he hurled some mean-spirited accusations and insults at House Republican leaders even before they got down to serious negotiations to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team, whom Obama likened to Charles Dickens' hard-hearted, skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge, were offering the American people nothing more than...
  • Night Of The Long Knives: 'Fake' Conservative John Boehner Purges The GOP

    12/05/2012 4:30:58 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-5-12 | "Tyler Durden"
    Is this really the reason why markets are rallying today? (or is it front-running the potential 'cone of silence' from a long-weekend in DC) We suspect neither, but Mike Krieger, having written extensively on the two-party political sham, notes the issue is that both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are at their core the same on the big issues most affect these United States at this time. This past election should have been a wakeup call to the Republican establishment, but based on John Boehner’s recent actions, they have learned absolutely nothing. The Republican Party is imploding from...
  • As Middle East Burns, Hillary Says Save The Elephants

    12/05/2012 4:30:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 5, 2012
    Diplomacy: Egypt descends into chaos, Syria's chemical weapons are on the move, and Benghazigate's questions remain unanswered, but our outgoing secretary of state wants saving the African elephant to be her legacy? 'Some of you might be wondering why a secretary of state is keynoting an event about wildlife trafficking and conservation," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday in Washington, D.C., before a group of animal activists and several international ambassadors. Yes, that thought occurred to us, considering that she has put aside the fact that four Americans are dead, apparently forgotten casualties of the Sept. 11, 2012,...
  • CIVIL WAR II America’s new cold war

    12/05/2012 4:24:06 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 103 replies
    Self ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    After a contentious election sometimes emotions run high. The winners are jubilant and the losers are despondent. This time it’s different. After 4 years of an “us against them” policy this nation has never been as divided as we are now since the first civil war. What may have been a deliberate policy to win an election may well transform into a monster that will devour us all.
  • Virginia Beach arena agreement reached; could Sacramento Kings leave?

    12/05/2012 4:23:31 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Sporting News ^ | Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012
    Could the Sacramento Kings be headed for Virginia Beach? While many steps remain, an important step was taken on Tuesday. Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms and Comcast-Spectacor have reached a deal to build a city-owned $350 million arena, according to WAVY-TV. The Sacramento Kings would be the "anchor" tenant, according to the report. The next step: a request has been sent to state officials requesting $150 million to complete the project. That $150 million loan would be paid back through state tax revenue from the arena. The breakdown of that $150 million would be $70 million toward capital costs. $80...
  • Jedi Mind Trick Nation

    12/05/2012 4:08:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In the original "Star Wars", Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) have to smuggle two droids into the criminal-infested, Empire-guarded city of Mos Eisley. The Empire has been looking for the droids, which contain secret information. But Obi Wan has a solution: when our heroes are confronted by emissaries of the Empire, he simply waves his hand. "These aren't the droids you're looking for." The weak-minded Stormtrooper promptly waves the group through. Obi Wan was using an old Jedi mind trick. Welcome to America, 2012. The Democratic Party has apparently been endowed with the ability...
  • Only 16 Members Can Unseat Boehner, Group Says

    12/05/2012 4:06:39 PM PST · by Fred · 141 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 12/05/12 | Matthew Boyle
    The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” AMA’s Ned Ryun said in a statement. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate—and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.” Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, they’d only need 16 members to abstain from...
  • Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

    12/05/2012 4:03:49 PM PST · by John W · 96 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson
    The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded...
  • Toddler Shot Dead By 4-Year-Old Brother (MN)

    12/05/2012 3:58:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/5/12 | WCCO Staff
    Police are investigating after a 2-year-old child was allegedly shot dead by another child. Police said the shooting happened in Minneapolis’s Riverside neighborhood on the 1900 block of 7th Street South. They were called to the scene just before 1 p.m. Authorities said the 2-year-old child was pronounced dead in the ambulance at the scene before he could be taken to the hospital. According to Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer, the toddler was shot by his 4 year old brother who was playing with a firearm. Michelle Prestegard is a neighbor and witnessed the toddler receiving CPR. “I saw the...
  • Lawmaker Says (Philippines) Govt Should Guarantee Pleasurable Sex for Women

    12/05/2012 3:58:52 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | December 5, 2012 | Adam CASSANDRA
    As debate intensified over amendments to the RH Bill in the Philippines Tuesday, the principle sponsor of the bill in the Senate, Senator Pia Cayetano, said that the government has a role in ensuring “pleasurable sex” for women, and led an effort to strike down an amendment deleting such language from the bill.Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile introduced an amendment that would remove the word “pleasurable” in the bill from the phrase “pleasurable and safe sexual experiences” which is included in the bill’s definition of sexual health.“Many women are denied a pleasurable sexual experience,” explained Sen. Cayetano. “They give in...
  • Cops: State senator tried to board plane with unloaded gun, clip

    12/05/2012 3:54:42 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2012 | Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner
    State Sen. Donne Trotter, who is seeking the congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., was arrested this morning at O’Hare International Airport for attempting to board a plane with an unloaded handgun and a clip with six bullets, officials said. Trotter, a Chicago Democrat who has served in the state legislature since 1988, was charged with a Class 4 felony, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
  • Should College Students be Getting Their XXX Degrees?

    12/05/2012 3:47:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ashley Herzog
    That question was posed in response to a new report from WORLD on Campus about the pornification of American universities. According to WORLD, self-styled “porn scholars” in fields ranging from literature to law “believe in immersing their students in the porn culture. Last year, 50 schools offered courses that included in-depth pornography content.” Students and their parents—many of whom take out massive loans or a second mortgage to cover outrageously inflated tuition—might “be surprised to learn they are paying…to watch, digest and learn to appreciate pornography in college.” As someone three years out of college, the salacious details of the...
  • UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

    The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend.