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  • Rhode Island’s Blue Civil War (Walter Russell Mead)

    12/06/2012 5:37:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 5, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Rhode Island’s blue-on-blue showdown is heating up. Famed litigator David Boies is taking a 96 percent pay cut to represent the state against recalcitrant public sector unions. The New York Times reports: Mr. Boies became involved, he said, because he was convinced that Rhode Island’s pension troubles were just the tip of a $5 trillion iceberg of unsecured retirement promises to the nation’s millions of public workers. “This is something that can cripple state and municipal governments at a time when the federal government is, more and more, cutting back on the services it provides,” he said. Public unions and...
  • Senate passes right-to-work legislation (Michigan)

    12/06/2012 5:23:03 PM PST · by taildragger · 45 replies
    WXYZ TV Channel 7 ^ | 12/06/2012 | AP / WXYZ
  • Satellites Could Detect Nuclear Tests

    12/06/2012 5:21:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 4 December 2012 | Carolyn Gramling
    Enlarge Image There’s the kaboom. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory lower equipment underground for the September 1992 “Divider” nuclear test, the last such test that the United States conducted. Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—Even when they're underground, nuclear tests can be detected in the skies—and as a result, global satellite networks could become a powerful new tool in the arsenal of weapons to help detect clandestine underground nuclear explosions, a team of scientists reported here today at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The International Monitoring System (IMS), established by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban...
  • Latino Voice Alfonso Aguilar also conservative voice for immigration reform

    12/06/2012 5:19:46 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 7 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 12/5/2012
    Alfonso Aguilar shouts into the mike, gesticulating wildly to no one in particular on a recent Saturday morning. He is taping his radio show, which is recorded in the District and beamed into nine cities, including Houston, Chicago and Miami. News has broken that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney blames his election loss in part on “gifts” President Obama gave Hispanics and other minorities. Aguilar — “La Voz de Los Latinos” (the Latino Voice) — is incredulous. “He thinks Latinos voted for entitlements,” he tells listeners in Spanish. “Mr. Romney, Latinos didn’t vote for President Obama because they liked Obamacare....
  • Single mother in PA better off taking job for 29K with entitlements than a 69k job without

    12/06/2012 5:19:42 PM PST · by HawkHogan · 8 replies
    I just heard this statistic on O'Reilly, and found a discussion about it from July on another website. Check it out. Absolutely astounding!
  • Study: "Disappointly weak" link between salt and high blood pressure

    12/06/2012 5:15:19 PM PST · by shove_it · 53 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6 Dec 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    For decades table salt has been on a healthy heart’s most wanted list. Believing it’s responsible for skyrocketing blood pressure, Americans have banned salt from tables and stripped it from recipes. But new research says salt just might deserve a bit of a reprieve. The link between salt and blood pressure is thought to date back to the 1940s when Duke University researcher Walter Kempner, M.D., became famous for using salt restriction as a means to treat people with high blood pressure. During the next few decades, studies confirmed Kempner’s theory that reducing salt could help reduce hypertension. A Controversy...
  • UN Summit: Transforming Your Kids into "Climate Change Agents"

    12/06/2012 5:13:44 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    UNICEF, UNESCO, and other UN agencies and NGOs have teamed up to flood classrooms with an ongoing tsunami of global-warming indoctrination. UN Summit: Transforming Your Kids into "Climate Change Agents" The New American 06 December 2012 Do your children (or grandchildren) have nightmares about the Earth melting or exploding due to human-caused global warming? Do they believe they have no future because our planet is dying, the icecaps and glaciers are melting, the sea levels are rising, islands and coastal areas are disappearing, polar bears and children are drowning, plant and animal species are rapidly going extinct, and extreme...
  • More Than a Game (North on US Military)

    12/06/2012 5:13:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Oliver North
    Philadelphia, PA — For most football fanatics, this is the time of year for watching the big conference championship games and wondering whether their favorite college team is going play in a major postseason bowl. Many of the players in these contests will be hoping to shine for the NFL scouts looking to recruit new talent. That's not the case this weekend. Few of the players I'll be watching on Saturday are likely to get a call from Jerry Maguire. They won't be hearing an agent shouting, "Show me the money!" In fact, all the players on the gridiron here...
  • Right to Work Just passed the Michigan Senate!!!

    12/06/2012 5:03:52 PM PST · by taildragger · 1 replies
    taildragger
    Folks, I just got a phone call from someone who is following this real close. The Michigan Senate just passed right to work. No word when it hits the Governors Desk All I can say is wow. I need to second source it !
  • Michigan House passes right-to-work measure in defiance of angry unions, minority Democrats

    12/06/2012 5:01:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 74 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/6/12 | AP
    LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House passes right-to-work measure in defiance of angry
  • Gore to Obama: Talk is cheap on climate

    12/06/2012 4:58:04 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Gore to Obama: Talk is cheap on climate By Ben Geman - 12/06/12 05:06 PM ET Al Gore is calling on President Obama to make climate change a higher priority in his second term. “I deeply respect our president and I am grateful for the steps that he has taken, but we cannot have four more years of mentioning this occasionally and saying it's too bad that the Congress can't act,” Gore said in New York City on Thursday, Reuters reports. The remarks come three weeks after Obama pledged to focus on climate but offered no specific second-term plans and...
  • Oyster company: Obama Admin’s faulty science shut us down (lawsuit)

    12/06/2012 4:41:14 PM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    human events ^ | december 6, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    A family oyster business recently shut down by the Obama administration’s demand that the public land on which it operates revert to a wilderness area is suing the federal government for what they say is an illegal taking of the property. “Our family business is not going to sit back and let the government steamroll our community, which has been incredibly supportive of us,” Drakes Bay Oyster Company said in a statement. Lawyers for the company, which is situated in Drakes Estero, a tidal inlet off Drakes Bay, will ask a judge in the Northern District of California’s District Court...
  • Macy's to stay open 48 hours on weekend before Christmas

    12/06/2012 4:36:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 6, 2012 | Corilyn Shropshire
    Last month for retailers, it was all about post-Turkey spending sprees. In December, at least one retailer is upping the ante by offering an all-night, last minute shopping marathons. Macy's announced Thursday that it would open all of its stores for 48-hours straight, giving last-minute shoppers wiggle room to buy gifts the weekend before Christmas.
  • Depose John Boehner: Why Some Conservatives Are Calling for the Speaker's Head

    12/06/2012 4:26:04 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | December 6, 2012 | Ryu Spaeth
    The Ohio Republican is facing a backlash for "purging" four ultraconservatives from important committees. "The Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes," insists the right-wing American Majority Action group. "The Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes," insists the right-wing American Majority Action group. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled four ultraconservative House members from cushy committee assignments this week, a move that was widely perceived as a bid to exercise a degree of control over his raucous caucus. Boehner is in no mood for dissent as he tries to broker a budget...
  • (Howard) Dean: "The Truth Is Everybody Needs To Pay More Taxes, Not Just The Rich"

    12/06/2012 4:25:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    HOWARD DEAN: The only problem is -- and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is -- the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. And it's a good start. But we're not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board, to go back to what Bill Clinton had and his taxes. And if we don't do that, the problem is the pressure is going to be on spending even more.
  • CDC: Language barrier caused chlorine gas leak [sickened nearly 200 people]

    12/06/2012 4:16:40 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | KELLY P. KISSEL
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A chlorine gas leak that sickened nearly 200 people at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas last year happened because a worker who couldn't read the English-language label on a barrel of chemicals inadvertently poured bleach into it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday.
  • Iran tells US to 'recount' drones

    12/06/2012 4:15:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10:03AM GMT 05 Dec 2012
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards has told the United States to "recount" the drones in its fleet as it insists that – despite US denials – it captured a small US unmanned spy plane over Gulf waters. "Its capture is not an issue the Americans can easily refute," Guards spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif was quoted as saying. "I advise the American commanders to recount their drones accurately," he said. The Guards on Tuesday claimed to have recently captured a ScanEagle drone, a low-cost, short-range unmanned aircraft made by Boeing that measures 1.4 metres (4.5 feet) long and with a wingspan of...
  • U.S. Can't Afford Obama's No-Debt-Limit Credit Card

    12/06/2012 4:10:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 6, 2012
    <p>Fiscal Policy: The president tells business leaders he wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country's legal debt limit and be able to do it all by himself.</p> <p>It was on display again Wednesday, when President Obama told CEOs at the Business Roundtable he is no longer playing the debt ceiling "game" of agreeing to raise the limit in exchange for administration concessions on spending and taxes.</p>
  • House committee purge may continue as Boehner tightens grip (Boehner threats to GOP "dissidents")

    12/06/2012 4:09:18 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/5/12 | David Lawder
    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's purge of some dissident Republican congressmen from key committees may continue as he seeks to tighten control over his unruly caucus ahead of difficult votes on "fiscal cliff" issues. House Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday that in addition to the four conservatives who were stripped of their committee assignments earlier this week, other unnamed lawmakers were warned that their votes need to be more in line with party leadership and committee chairmen. In effect, these congressmen are not "team players"
  • How fracking could save the dollar

    12/06/2012 4:05:05 PM PST · by SteelToe · 8 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | December 5, 2012 | Michael Casey
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Ever since the Reagan years, America has played a singularly important role in the global economy as its largest net borrower. Thanks to the shale energy revolution, that’s beginning to change. The implications for the dollar are profound. The U.S. is on track to become the world’s largest oil producer in eight years and the biggest producer of gas in five, according to the International Energy Agency, which projects energy self sufficiency in 25 years. That remarkable turnaround not only shifts the U.S. relationship with the Middle East but, as economists at RBC Capital Markets predicted...