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  • EU: Euro blueprint gives Brussels economic sovereignty over members

    12/05/2012 5:20:24 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/5/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Eurozone countries would lose the right to set their own budgets and end up surrendering economic sovereignty to Brussels under a blueprint to “complete” the European Union’s single currency. A masterplan for “completion of economic and monetary union” has been set out in a confidential document to be discussed by EU leaders at a Brussels summit next week. In the nine-page paper, seen by The Daily Telegraph, Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council – the monthly summits of EU leaders – charts a series of steps from ongoing financial reforms to overall political union for the eurozone....
  • U.S. Republicans say, "No way" to ceding debt limit power

    12/05/2012 5:18:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    U.S. Republicans say, "No way" to ceding debt limit power Photo 7:36pm EST By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers took a firm stand on Wednesday against an Obama administration proposal that would make it easier for the president to increase the nation's debt limit, worried it would undercut their leverage to cut government spending. Republicans introduced a non-binding resolution in the House of Representatives that, if approved, would put the chamber on record opposing the plan, and a Senate Republican began circulating a letter to President Barack Obama saying it was critical that Congress' role in setting the...
  • Boehner tells Obama put deal on the table, amid growing caucus discontent

    12/05/2012 5:10:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner emerged Wednesday from a meeting with fellow Republican congressional leaders and urged President Obama to meet face to face on solving the country’s looming fiscal crisis or send a deal to Congress on which both chambers can agree. “We need a response from the White House,” said Boehner, who sent a proposal Monday to the White House. “We can't sit here and negotiate with ourselves. … If the president doesn't agree with our proposal and our outline, I think he's got an obligation to send one to the Congress.” The president and congressional Republicans are at...
  • California Teachers Union Cartoon Video Has Rich Urinating On Poor

    12/05/2012 5:09:13 PM PST · by tpmintx · 31 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/5/12 | RCP
    "Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale" by the California Federation of Teachers: 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...
  • 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.
  • CBO: Current Law Brings 55% Increase in Annual Spending, $4.25T in New Debt--And Record Taxation

    12/05/2012 3:44:24 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    If Congress allows current laws signed by President Barack Obama to stand and follows the fiscal path they have set for the next decade, federal tax revenues will rise to a record level as a percentage GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but annual federal spending will also increase by 55 percent and continuous deficits will require Congress to lift the federal debt limit by another $4.25 trillion even as the government rakes in unprecedented tax revenue. Under the so-called "fiscal cliff" scenario, in which all of the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire and “sequestration” of some...
  • Suspicion: Bedouin Helped Hamas Pinpoint Negev Targets

    12/05/2012 3:41:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Elements within the defense establishment suspect that Bedouin from the Negev relayed information to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, according to Maariv. It is believed that the Bedouin roamed about in forbidden military zones and gave the terrorists information about the exact location where their missiles and mortars struck, helping them to hit their targets more accurately. In one case, reservists from the Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion identified a Bedouin pick-up truck atop a hill in the Lachish training base. The soldiers suspected that they were assisting the enemy in targeting the base and fired...
  • Election 2012: Echoes of Truman’s 1948 Campaign

    12/05/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Many of our friends continue to register shock at the election returns of last month. How can it be?, they ask. It’s not so hard to figure out, we reply. The first Romney bumper sticker that appeared last year bore a startling resemblance to another famous corporate logo. What were they thinking? The first bumper sticker for the President’s re-election said simply: “ObamaCares.” Brilliant. We are not saying that President Obama does actually care about “people like me.” But voters polled on that question chose Mr. Obama over Mitt Romney by...
  • The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job

    12/05/2012 3:36:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 12/05/2012 | Samuel Weigley
    While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9% as of October. Some regions fare far better than rest of the country, despite the fact that more than 12 million people are still considered unemployed in the U.S. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. where unemployment barely exists. Higher education and industries that support it are the reason these metropolitan areas are doing well. College towns across America tend to have lower unemployment rates than the population as a whole, Martin Kohli,...
  • Boehner to members: Leadership is watching your voting patterns

    12/05/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 115 replies
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting.
  • Stokely executed Wednesday morning (Arizona)

    12/05/2012 3:30:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    kgun9.com ^ | 12-5-12 | KGUN9
    Richard Stokley was executed this morning by lethal injection. He was convicted of the killing of two 13 year old girls in Elfrida. The killings happened in 1991. Stokley's accomplice, Randy Brazeal, is free after serving a 20-year sentence.
  • Geithner: Ready to Go Over 'Cliff' If Taxes Don't Rise

    12/05/2012 3:26:07 PM PST · by Skepolitic · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/5/12 | Justin Menza
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are "making a little bit of progress" in "fiscal cliff" talks but said the Obama administration was "absolutely" ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn't agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy. ...
  • Survey: Greece seen as most corrupt in EU

    12/05/2012 3:13:36 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | December 5, 2012 | David Rising
    BERLIN — The countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe, and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday. Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores in Western Europe. On a scale newly introduced for this year's report, where 0 is "highly corrupt" and 100 is "very clean," Spain was ranked highest of the four in place 30 with a score of 65. Portugal followed in place 33 with...
  • Missing cousins update: Two bodies found in the woods

    12/05/2012 3:12:21 PM PST · by xjcsa · 10 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | December 5, 2012 | Courier Staff
    EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Authorities today said hunters found two bodies in a wooded area. While they did not say they were the missing girls from Evansdale, law officers said it was not the end they had hoped. Capt. Rick Abben said the two bodies were found in an undisclosed wooded area about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and to get a positive identification. Elizabeth Collins, now 9, of Evansdale, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, now 11, of Waterloo, who are cousins, have been missing from Evansdale since July 13 --...
  • Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' (COWABUNGA!)

    12/05/2012 3:02:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12-5-2012 | Michael Warren
    December 5, 2012 Tribal Leader: Obama Is the 'First American Indian President' Michael Warren President Barack Obama spoke to the White House Tribal Nations Conference of Native American groups at the Interior Department Wednesday. The chairman of the conference, Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, reportedly suggested that Obama is the first "American Indian" president. "Think about it for a second," Cladoosby said, according to the pool report. "The president loves basketball. He has an Indian name, he knows what it's like to be poor and he hasn't forgotten where he came from. And his theme song is 'Hail to...
  • The Blue-State Suicide Pact (Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Will Affect Blue-States the Most)

    12/05/2012 2:50:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    forbes ^ | 12/05/2012 | Joel Kotkin
    With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue states’ congressional representatives for the administration’s campaign for tax “fairness” represents a kind of bizarre economic suicide pact. Any move to raise taxes on the rich — defined as households making over $250,000 annually — strikes directly at the economies of these states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers. In fact, when you examine which states,...
  • Appeals Court Hears NLRB Recess Appointments Case

    12/05/2012 2:45:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 12/5/12 | Sean Hackbarth
    What does it mean for the Senate to be in recess? Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure that out. This stems from President Obama bypassing the Senate in appointing three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Wall Street Journal sets it up: [I]n January Mr. Obama named three new members of the National Labor Relations Board along with Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the Senate wasn't in recess. While Congress was conducting pro forma sessions, Mr. Obama pulled this end run around the Senate's advice...
  • U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

    12/05/2012 2:44:51 PM PST · by mojito · 56 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/5/2012 | JAMES RISEN, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September. But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand...
  • What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Immigration

    12/05/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/05/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political moment—which comes only once every few decades—was squandered on minor and temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking. This isn’t as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than Canada. Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends...
  • Swedish artist uses Jewish Holocaust victims' ashes for painting

    12/05/2012 2:39:51 PM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | december 5, 2012 | matthew day
    Carl Michael von Hausswolff mixed the ashes from the infamous Nazi facility with water to compose a small painting of grey streaks. The work now hangs in a gallery in the Swedish city of Lund. But Salomon Schulman, a leading voice in Sweden's Jewish community who lost many relatives to the Holocaust, has condemned the painting as "revolting". "Who knows," he wrote in a letter to a local newspaper. "Maybe some of the ashes originated from my relatives. No one knows where they were deported: all my mother's siblings and their children, and my grandparents. "I will never go to...
  • Charles Barkley Talks Guns With Bob Costas: ‘I Carry a Gun’ Because ‘I Just Feel Safer With It’

    12/05/2012 2:35:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/5/12 | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to Bob Costas’ controversial halftime gun control lecture on Sunday night, retired NBA all-star Charles Barkley said he carries “a real gun” because he feels “safer with it.” Barkley, appearing on “Costas Tonight,” said he doesn’t think the nation has a “gun culture” but rather a “crime culture” especially “in the black community.” “You know, we as black people always, we don’t have respect for one another. You know, we’ve got more black men in prison than we do in college and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant,” Barkley said. “And I know everybody reacts when something like...
  • Liberals don't want to make fun of Obama because they feel it will weaken him.

    12/05/2012 2:33:02 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals don’t want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him if they honestly point out his foibles and his short-comings. The narrative is that Obama is sort of a god (in fact, Evan Thomas of Newsweek said exactly that.) Gods don’t have any flaws. Thus, if they point out a single flaw, they are entirely destroying the narrative Conservatives don’t think of their leaders as “messiahs” (or mythical knights in the fictional kingdom of Camelot) and thus, poking fun at them is not sacrilegious. To the Modern Liberal who looks to their leaders the...
  • Fermi’s Anniversary: Seventy years ago, a scientific breakthrough revolutionized nuclear technology.

    12/05/2012 2:28:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    Enrico Fermi This week marks the 70th anniversary of a turning point in human history.It was on December 2, 1942, that Enrico Fermi ordered the control rods pulled from the nuclear reactor he had built under the west stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field stadium, thereby initiating the first artificial sustained-fission reaction in human history. A cryptic message flashed the electrifying news back to Washington. “The Italian navigator has landed in the new world.”The consequences of Fermi’s success were profound. Within two and a half years, the Manhattan Project advanced to build both uranium-isotope-separation and plutonium-manufacturing facilities on...
  • Heads roll after Fast and Furious investigation

    12/05/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/5/12 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Besides Chait, McMahon, Gillett, Newell, Grindler, Voth and MacAllister; ten other Justice Department and ATF officials faulted by the Inspector General (IG) include: Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor with the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office assigned to Fast and Furious. The IG concluded Hurley's knowledge of "the clear public safety risk" being created by the suspects in Fast and Furious, who were allowed to continue to traffic in firearms for many months; should have prompted him to act urgently. Hurley was reportedly transferred out of the criminal division in the wake of the controversy. Mike Morrissey, Hurley's supervisor at the U.S....
  • GOP REP: BOEHNER MAY 'TARGET' MORE CONSERVATIVES

    12/05/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday warned his House Republican conference against dissent from GOP leadership – and threatened retaliation similar to that against the already-purged conservatives if anyone else breaks from his pack. The Hill reports that, according to Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Boehner used his weekly GOP conference meeting to “note that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns." Huelskamp also said Boehner threatened “there may be more folks that will be targeted” and that Boehner told the...
  • Let the Taxi App Roll

    12/05/2012 2:08:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    If Hollywood remade "The Graduate" and set it in 1980, the one word the businessman would have for Dustin Hoffman's character wouldn't be "plastics." It'd be "medallions." That's because the single greatest investment you could have made over the last 30 years isn't in gold or silver or even Apple stock. It's in New York City taxicab medallions. Since 1980, New York's taxi medallions -- essentially the license to drive a cab in the Big Apple -- have appreciated nearly 2,000 percent, according to one estimate. Prices rose on average 8 percent annually for 30 years, dipping significantly only once...
  • Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan

    12/05/2012 2:08:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan By Ramsey Cox - 12/05/12 04:03 PM ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it. “Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor. “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.” McConnell suggested that the Senate vote on what he called the president’s “ridiculous” plan as an amendment to the...
  • Californians buying guns at record rate

    12/05/2012 2:04:15 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 172 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 12/5/2012 | CLAUDIA KOERNER
    Californians are buying more guns than ever. As of November, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System had run 981,798 background checks related to guns in California, beating out totals for previous years before 2012 is even over. The numbers jumped about 8 percent from last year, part of a steady increase since 2008. This year, however, the system broke records, with 154,873 calls on Nov. 23, up about 20 percent from Black Friday last year. With the high volume of calls, officials shut down call centers briefly to allow the system to catch up, Fischer said. Among California...
  • Undocumented immigrants lobby for drivers license

    12/05/2012 2:04:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    WZZM ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Phil Dawson
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After seeing what he calls their "passion and pain", Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell promises he will try to help illegal immigrants get a drivers license or identification card. "We must respond," he told a crowd of immigrants at city hall Tuesday night. "We don't issue drivers licenses or identification cards in the city, but I know we must respond and figure out the most effective way to address your concerns with the State of Michigan." The Mayor offered his support after immigrants, legal and illegal, spoke at the city commission meeting Tuesday night. They are...
  • Syrian rebels vow to conquer Israel, Iran and Spain

    12/05/2012 2:00:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | October 21, 2012
    Of course they blame the West for their becoming "Islamists." Yet despite their recent conversion, they seem well-versed in the Islamic supremacist agenda of reconquering lands that were once ruled by Muslims and that they thus think belong to Islam forever: "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out" (Qur'an 2:191). "Syrian Rebel Founding 'Robin Hood Brigade' Vows to Conquer Israel, Iran, and Europe," from MEMRI, October 21 (thanks to Mackie): Following are excerpts from a clip featuring rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria, which was posted on the Internet...
  • A Guide to Israel's Political Parties, So Far

    12/05/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Rochel Sylvetsky
    It is understandable if the non-Israeli reader finds it hard to follow the changes that have been taking place daily in the lists of Israeli political parties. Arutz Sheva has decided to try to set the reader straight. First, the established – well, sort of established – parties. Likud-Yisrael Beytenu: The two parties, one nationalist and the other originally Russian immigrant nationalist, have joined ranks. This is a political move, but may also signal that the Russians, who have taken their place in Israeli life, don't feel the need for their own party anymore. The joint list has still to...