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  • Young, gifted and slack {youth unemployment}

    12/05/2012 10:50:29 PM PST · by Cronos · 27 replies
    The Economist ^ | 14 Nov 2012 | Domnic Barton
    One of the biggest problems facing the world in 2013 is the prolonged—and seemingly intractable—crisis of youth unemployment. Put simply, too many young people lack employable skills in a world that has too few skilled workers. The result is that in parts of the Middle East and north Africa youth unemployment remains stuck at around 25%; in Spain and South Africa about half of young would-be workers are unemployed; globally around 75m people aged 15 to 24 are jobless, and the International Labour Organisation expects this dismaying unemployment rate of almost 13% to rise. Clearly, this is a critical business...
  • Same-sex couples can get marriage licenses in Washington state

    12/05/2012 10:03:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 5, 2012, 7:51 p.m. | Andrew Khouri
    Same-sex couples can get marriage licenses in Washington state on Thursday—exactly one month after voters legalized gay marriage. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election results Wednesday, paving the way for the state's first same-sex marriages, which could begin as early as Sunday. Two counties will start issuing marriage licenses within hours—at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. …
  • Voyager spacecraft finds solar system is bigger than thought

    12/05/2012 9:41:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    An artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft, which is now about 11 billion miles from the sun, NASA said. (CNN) -- Are we there yet? If you're Voyager 1 and you're looking for a spot beyond the end of our solar system, the answer is no. NASA officials have been saying for months that Voyager 1 is almost there when it comes to interstellar space as it continues the longest road trip in the history of mankind. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 took off 16 days apart in 1977, and Voyager 1 is now about 11 billion miles (18 billion...
  • Watch Bill Whittle David Horowitz TV Episodes

    12/05/2012 9:17:05 PM PST · by DWar · 9 replies
    David Horowitz TV ^ | 11.28.12 | Bill Whittle
    William A. "Bill" Whittle (born April 7, 1959 is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author. He is best known for his PJ Media internet videos and short films, one of which, "Three and a Half Days", has been watched by over 2.4 million viewers on YouTube as of November 2012. He is currently the presenter of Afterburner and The Firewall, and co-hosts Trifecta with Stephen Green and Scott Ott. He is a former National Review Online contributor and has been a guest on the Fox News Channel, The Dennis Miller Show, Sun TV, and...
  • Watch Bill Whittle David Horowitz TV Episodes

    12/05/2012 9:16:42 PM PST · by DWar · 1 replies
    David Horowitz TV ^ | 11.28.12 | Bill Whittle
    William A. "Bill" Whittle (born April 7, 1959 is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author. He is best known for his PJ Media internet videos and short films, one of which, "Three and a Half Days", has been watched by over 2.4 million viewers on YouTube as of November 2012. He is currently the presenter of Afterburner and The Firewall, and co-hosts Trifecta with Stephen Green and Scott Ott. He is a former National Review Online contributor and has been a guest on the Fox News Channel, The Dennis Miller Show, Sun TV, and...
  • US Officials Say Syrian Bombs Are Loaded With Chemical Weapons

    12/05/2012 9:09:51 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-5-2012 | Michael Kelley
    US Officials Say Syrian Bombs Are Loaded With Chemical Weapons Michael KelleyDecember 5, 2012 Unnamed U.S. officials tell NBC News that the Syrian military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin nerve gas into aerial bombs. The report comes hours after French weekly magazine Le Point reported that NATO special forces are preparing to enter Syria to secure its chemical weapons stockpiles.On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the U.S. is "certainly planning to take action" if new evidence showed that Bashar al-Assad's regime intended to use its stash of chemical weapons internally or cross-border. Sarin gas, a...
  • Tracy Morgan: I'll Kill My Son If He Acts Gay [Black Hater on Jimmy Fallon Tonight]

    12/05/2012 9:02:58 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    tmz ^ | 6/10/11
    "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan is under some very serious fire this morning -- after reportedly spewing some disgusting homophobic "jokes" during a performance in Nashville last week. According to reports, Morgan took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium (pictured above) and went off about gays -- saying, "Gays need to quit being p**sies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying." He added, "Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming." When talking about the possibility of his son being gay -- Tracy said he "better talk to me like a man and not...
  • New York Judge Slaps Down Obama Justice Department

    12/05/2012 9:02:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/5/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    The Obama administration has been consistently arguing since announcing a year’s grace period for some religious organizations to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the Department and Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate, that the controversy over religious freedom and the mandate is over and the Catholics are happy. That, as has been pointed out here before, ignores all the lawsuits pending. And that they are not just from Catholics. Today in New York, a judge dismissed Justice Department claims that the Archdiocese of New York’s lawsuit in response to the coercive mandate is unnecessary....
  • 'Poverty’ like we’ve never seen it

    12/05/2012 8:53:35 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2012 | Robert Rector
    The federal government now considers a family of four in New York City to be poor if its pre-tax income is below $37,900.Even with full medical coverage. The calculation helps explain why newly revised Census Bureau figures hike the number of poor Americans to 49 million as of last year, further widening an already yawning gap between ordinary perceptions of poverty and how the government sees it. This breathtaking number begs the question: What does it mean to be “poor” in the United States? To the average American, the word “poverty” means significant material hardship and need. It means lack...
  • Battery maker that received stimulus money could be sold to Chinese company

    12/05/2012 8:53:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Steven Mufson ^ | 12/5/12 | WaPo
    A bankrupt battery manufacturer that was a cornerstone of President Obama’s effort to make the United States a global leader in clean energy technology could end up in the hands of a Chinese company when it goes on the auction block Thursday. Congressional Republicans call the company, A123 Systems, which received $133 million in federal stimulus grants, a textbook case of how the Obama administration wasted taxpayer money trying to nurture new industries. Administration officials say the stimulus money was used to build a new manufacturing facility in Michigan
  • BenghaziGate: Obama Admin Knew Libyan Terrorists Had US-Provided Weapons

    12/05/2012 8:38:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5/12 | Ben Shapiro
    In a story that’s been largely buried by the media for years upon years – and was doubly buried in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11 resulting in the death of four Americans – the New York Times is now reporting that US-approved arms that were supposed to go to Libya rebels went to Islamist terrorists. Even more importantly, the Obama administration knew about it before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks. The Times reports: No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack...
  • Government Issues Statement Debunking End of the World: “Just Rumors”

    12/05/2012 8:27:47 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-5-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Government Issues Statement Debunking End of the World: “Just Rumors” Mac Slavo December 4th, 2012 With the purported 2012 Mayan Apocalypse calculated to take place on December 21st rapidly approaching, thousands of letters have poured into government agencies like NASA from citizens concerned about the end of the world. Doomsday fears surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar, a possible collision with a mystery “Planet X” theorized by some researchers, and pole shift popularized in the Hollywood movie 2012, have forced the government to issue a rebuttal debunking the claims at their USA.gov web site: Scary Rumors about the World...
  • Guatemala detains software guru McAfee, to expel him to Belize

    12/05/2012 8:24:21 PM PST · by posterchild · 9 replies
    Reuters via news.yahoo.com ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Sofia Menchu
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan police arrested U.S. software guru John McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder. McAfee, who had been in hiding for three weeks, crossed into Guatemala with his girlfriend, Samantha, to evade authorities in Belize who wanted to question him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull. "He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla...
  • College Official: Construction Site Must Replace 'Sexist' Men Working Sign

    12/05/2012 8:18:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    The “Men Working” sign is a standard fixture at construction sites, warning passersby that they should be on guard due to potentially dangerous work. That doesn’t seem controversial, but an Ohio college official has declared it anti-women. At Ohio’s Sinclair Community College, Elizabeth Verzi, the school’s Manager of Construction and Planning, ordered the crew to remove a Men Working sign that she called "sexist." The incident occurred the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as an ALL-MALE construction crew from the company JCrane was working in an area of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. The crew was told to immediately cease all...
  • Detroit city councilwoman wants ‘bacon’ from President Obama

    12/05/2012 8:12:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 05 December 2012 | Kristen A Lee
    Detroit councilwoman JoAnn Watson said Obama should help bail Detroit out of its financial crisis. The city faces a budget deficit of more than $200 million and is deep in debt. A Detroit city councilwoman thinks President Obama owes her city for his election victory – and it’s time to pay up. JoAnn Watson said Obama should help bail Detroit out of its financial crisis after its residents overwhelmingly voted him back into the White House, local Fox station WJBK reported. Detroit faces a budget deficit of more than $200 million and is deep in debt. "After the election of...
  • GOLDMAN: The Shale Oil Revolution Is Real, And It Will Have A Massive Impact On The Global Economy

    12/05/2012 8:10:11 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-5-2012 | Rob Wile
    GOLDMAN: The Shale Oil Revolution Is Real, And It Will Have A Massive Impact On The Global Economy Rob WileDec. 5, 2012, 7:55 PMWe are seeing calls that, thanks to shale drilling, the U.S. is poised to become the world leader in oil production, leading some to begin invoking "Saudi America." Today, Goldman Sachs analyst Kamakshya Trivedi, weighed in on the global macro implications of this phenomenon in a note titled: The shale revolution is changing the global energy landscape. The note actually goes further, talking about how the entire economic landscape could potentially change. The main impact, they write,...
  • Bodies found in Iowa could be those of missing girls

    12/05/2012 8:09:57 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Mary Wisniewsk,Kay Henderso
    (Reuters) - Iowa police said they have not yet identified bodies found by hunters in a wooded area on Wednesday that could be those of two girls who vanished last summer in a case that received national attention. Captain Rick Abben, chief deputy of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, could not say that the bodies were those of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, until they are positively identified by the State Medical Examiner's Office. But Abben said the families of the two cousins had been notified. "It's definitely not the outcome that we wanted," Abben said in...
  • Dem Senators to Strip Gun Rights from Military Vets

    12/05/2012 8:06:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) hopes to stop a major defense spending bill in its tracks now that Democrats have added an amendment that allows them to take away the guns of certain military veterans. The amendment contains language that bans gun ownership for a broad swath of veterans designated "mentally incompetent." Coburn says the approach is sloppy, and that as of right now, "veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially" are placed under the mentally incompetent label and therefore "cannot buy or possess a firearm."
  • The NASDAQ Got Slammed, And Big Banks Surged — One Firm Thinks This Is A Sign Of Things To Come

    12/05/2012 8:00:31 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies
    <p>It was an interesting an odd day today. Shares of tech leader Apple got destroyed for seemingly no reason, bringing down the NASDAQ.</p> <p>On the other hand, mega-banks like Bank of America and Citi (which announced huge layoffs) surged.</p> <p>That brings us to this recent chart from SocGen, comparing tech vs. banks.</p>
  • Washington Post, MSNBC Hosts, Daily Kos Join Obama in West Wing to Discuss Fiscal Cliff

    12/05/2012 7:55:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Before President Obama decides once and for all to fly off the fiscal cliff like a leftist eagle, he’s meeting with all of his lackeys in the media. That started today with four MSNBC primetime hosts entering the West Wing to lick the shoes of the President. First, Ed Schultz tweeted that he was meeting with Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff; then Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery let on that she’d seen Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Al Sharpton – a group with the combined IQ of a single kumquat – entering the West Wing. Maddow apparently gigglesnorted that...
  • Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership

    12/05/2012 7:40:04 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/05/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership.American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership.“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” said Ned Ryun, president and CEO of AMA....
  • Baca Will No Longer Turn Over Low-Level Offenders To Immigration [Misdemeanors Ignored!]

    12/05/2012 7:24:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 05, 2012
    Baca Will No Longer Turn Over Low-Level Offenders To Immigration December 5, 2012 Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday he will no longer honor requests from federal authorities to detain suspected illegal immigrants arrested for low-level crimes, a reversal from his previous support of the controversial Secure Communities program. Until recently, Baca has been adamant about complying with the federal requests, arguing that they were mandatory. He was the most outspoken opponent of a bill called the Trust Act, which would have required California law enforcement to disregard the requests in many cases. A Baca spokesman said the...
  • The vile, racist bigot Whitlock and the NRA’s history defending blacks

    12/05/2012 7:20:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The vile and repugnant Jason Whitlock just keeps the hits on coming. His ignorant screed denigrating our civil rights following an incident where a Kansas City Chiefs NFL player slayed his wife and then went to the Chief’s training area to thank his coach before doing society a favor and offing himself was offensive enough to America’s one hundred plus million gun owners. Jason’s Whitlock’s inner racist bigotry was out for all to see in subsequent remarks he made, equating the National Rifle Association and America’s gun owners with the Ku Klux Klan. Here is what the knuckle-dragging racist bigot...
  • Hamas to create first Palestinian Defense Ministry

    12/05/2012 7:15:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/5/12 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Hamas is about to establish its own “Defense Ministry” in the Gaza Strip as part of lessons drawn from Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced on Wednesday. Hammad, who is in charge of the Hamas security apparatus in the Gaza Strip, made the announcement during a ceremony to honor policemen and security officers for their role during last month’s IDF air offensive. Hammad did not say when the new ministry would be established. This would be the first time that the Palestinians set up a Defense Ministry. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank does not...
  • India okays submarine purchase

    12/05/2012 6:59:37 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | December 5, 2012 | Rahul Singh
    India is getting ready to create another flutter in the arms bazaar — 10 months after it selected French firm Dassault Aviation for a $18-billion ( Rs. 99,000 crore) deal to equip the air force with Rafale fighters. This time, India will spend more than $10 billion ( Rs. 55,000 crore) to scale up the navy’s undersea combat capabilities — inducting next generation submarines — to deter China, which has more than 50 conventional submarines in its fleet, but nearly two-thirds of those are outdated. The Indian Navy’s existing submarine fleet is rather humble, consisting of just 10 Russian Kilo-class,...
  • Stinging report says NASA lost, lacks real sense of direction

    12/05/2012 6:53:24 PM PST · by wesagain · 34 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Seth Borenstein
    NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," looks lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday. The report by a panel of the distinguished National Academy of Sciences doesn't blame the space agency; it faults the president, Congress and the nation for not giving NASA better direction. At the same time, it said NASA is doing little to further the White House's goal of sending astronauts to an asteroid. In one withering passage, the panel said NASA's mission and...
  • For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing

    12/05/2012 6:51:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | MOTOKO RICH
    PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said.
  • Detroit Wants Its Obama Bacon

    12/05/2012 6:37:45 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 5 December 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You gotta hear this. Grab sound bite number one. This is JoAnn Watson at a city council meeting last night in Detroit. They had a talk, conversation, or meeting about Detroit's financial crisis. And this is the council member, JoAnn Watson... WATSON: After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, DC, and he came back home with some bacon. WOMAN: All right! COUNCIL: Mmm-hmm! WATSON: That's what you do. That's what you do! This is a... Our people in an overwhelming way supported the reelection of this president, and there...
  • AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO

    12/05/2012 6:18:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 63 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12-5-2012 | Ann Coulter - Commentary
    December 5, 2012 AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO Ann Coulter I apologize to America's young people, whose dashed dreams and dim employment prospects I had laughed at, believing these to be a direct result of their voting for Obama. On closer examination, it turns out that young voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly supported Romney. But only the white ones. According to Pew Research, 54 percent of white voters under 30 voted for Romney and only 41 percent for Obama. That's the same percentage Reagan got from the entire white population in 1980. Even the Lena Dunham demographic -- white women under...
  • 'Obamacare' saves consumers nearly $1.5 billion

    12/05/2012 6:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 115 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/5/12
    Washington — Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama´s healthcare law that limit what insurance companies can spend on expenses unrelated to medical care, including profit, a new analysis shows. Much of those savings — an estimated $1.1 billion — came in rebates to consumers required because insurers had exceeded the required limits. The study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund also suggests that the Affordable Care Act forced insurers to become more efficient by limiting their administrative expenses, a key goal of the 2010 law. In some cases, insurers passed savings...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 06 December 2012

    12/05/2012 6:02:16 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 97 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ FLARE FIRE MH-60S Seahawk helicopters fire flares as they approach the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln under way in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 2, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Zachary A. Anderson Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. DEMOLITION DIRT U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Menzies creates a stockpile of dirt that will be used to fill low spots in a demolition project at Naval Air...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-5-12

    12/05/2012 6:00:30 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-5-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Public university hosts ‘sex toys’ event

    12/05/2012 5:47:21 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 13 replies
    A major public university hosted an event last Wednesday which was aimed at teaching students how to properly use sex toys. The University of California – Merced (UCM) sponsored the event, entitled “Is There a Buzz in Your Bed,” which had the stated goal of teach students about “various sex toys” and different ways “to play as a couple or alone.”
  • House Dems: Debt Limit Should Be Off the Table

    12/05/2012 5:44:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The House Democratic leadership said Wednesday that the debt ceiling “ought not be a negotiating item” in Congress, thereby ceding their constitutional authority to borrow money to President Barack Obama. “The debt limit ought not to be held hostage to anything,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “It hurt our economy. We were downgraded for the first time in my career, and I think in history, by one of the rating agencies. The creditworthiness of America ought not to be put at risk,” he said. “It ought not to be a negotiating item.”...
  • What happens when Zimmerman's acquitted?

    12/05/2012 5:42:07 PM PST · by Perseverando · 67 replies
    WND ^ | December 05, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Exclusive: Jack Cashill stresses significance of attacked Floridian's bloodied-nose photo “That man [George Zimmerman] carried a 9-millimeter handgun,” wrote the New York Times’ Charles Blow last April in a typically reckless bit of media disinformation. “That boy [Trayvon Martin] carried a bag of candy.” That boy also carried a hell of a punch, and now the evidence has emerged that proves it – a front-on, high resolution, color photo of Zimmerman, sitting in a police car, blood dripping from his swollen, disfigured nose. “This type of evidence should have come out day one,” Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, told CNN’s John...
  • Gallup: 53 Percent of Democrats Have ‘Positive Image’ of Socialism

    12/05/2012 5:34:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jon Street
    According to a recent Gallup poll that asked participants if they have a positive or negative image of socialism, 53 percent of Democrats and “leaning democrats” said they have a positive image while 23 percent of Republicans and “leaning republicans” said their image is positive. … On the other hand, Republicans and “leaning republicans” view of small business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurs was 95 percent, 94 percent, and 91 percent positive, respectively. …
  • Right-Wing Maurer Elected Swiss President

    12/05/2012 5:30:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 05 Dec 2012
    Swiss People’s Party (SVP) cabinet minister Ueli Maurer was elected Swiss president for the coming year in a vote on Wednesday by the federal assembly, a joint meeting of the upper and lower houses of parliament. Maurer, from Zurich, received support from 148 members of the assembly, while 105 voted against him, reflecting the less than enthusiastic overall support for the right-winger. His election was expected, given that under the consensual Swiss system of government the presidency changes every year and this year was his turn to be chosen from the seven-member cabinet. But political observers often look at the...
  • Rubio: Obama Tax Hikes Will Devastate American Consumers

    12/05/2012 5:23:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012 05:23 PM | Todd Beamon and John Bachman
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that the nation’s middle-class consumers will be hardest hit by President Barack Obama’s proposed tax increases. “When you raise taxes, the money has to come out of the private economy,” Rubio, the first-term GOP senator, tells Newsmax. “It’s coming out of a business somewhere, whose taxes are going to go up. … What we need to make clear to people is that these taxes that the president’s proposing to raise is going to hit a lot of small businesses and mid-sized businesses that pay on their personal rate.” …
  • John Boehner Brings Down Conservatives' Wrath in Wake of Committee Firings

    12/05/2012 5:21:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | 05 December 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Conservative groups are attacking Speaker of the House John Boehner for his decision to boot constitutionalist representatives off the Budget Committee. John Boehner Brings Down Conservatives' Wrath in Wake of Committee Firings The New American 05 December 2012 When he kicked Representatives Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) off the Budget Committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (shown), a Republican from Ohio, also kicked up a firestorm of controversy, riling up the libertarian wing of the GOP. On Tuesday, for example, liberty-minded activists from FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty visited Speaker Boehner‘s office “to register their...
  • 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.