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  • Centrist Dems lying low on deficit negotiations to avoid 2014 backlash

    12/06/2012 8:04:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/12 05 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic centrists, whom Grover Norquist describes as the “hostages” in the tax debate, are lying low and keeping quiet about competing proposals from President Obama and House GOP leaders.These centrists have declined to endorse Obama’s opening offer to raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, twice the size of the tax increase most of them voted for in July. They have also held their fire on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plan, released Monday, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenues and cut $1.2 trillion in spending, which is closer to the ratio of the Bowles-Simpson plan popular with many...
  • Military Drones Prowl US Skies (Smile!! You're on camera or will be soon!)

    12/06/2012 7:58:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | TechNewsDaily Staff | LiveScience.com
    Military drones used to track terrorists or insurgents in Afghanistan have also been flying across the U.S. homeland. Newly released documents show U.S. drone flights by the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the first time. The Air Force has tested drones in U.S. skies ranging from hand-launched Ravens to the larger Reaper drones responsible for targeting and killing people overseas — all recorded through the Federal Aviation Administration licenses required to fly in national airspace. That information became public through a Freedom of Information Act request from the nonprofit digital rights organization Electronic...
  • Summer 2013 Software Engineer Internship (Executive Office Of The President: unpaid)

    12/06/2012 7:55:22 PM PST · by posterchild · 8 replies
    USAJOBS.GOV ^ | Mon Nov 26 ,2012
    Begin a challenging and exciting internship with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) providing support to the President of the United States. The EOP is comprised of The White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Administration, National Security Staff, Council on Environmental Quality, and Council of Economic Advisers. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President's message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad....
  • Israeli PM “disappointed” with Angela Merkel

    12/06/2012 7:53:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 09:29 | Valentina Pop
    A joint German-Israeli government meeting in Berlin on Thursday (6 December) is likely to be the scene of more disagreements between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the two traditional allies are having increased difficulty finding common ground. The scene was set already on the eve of the meeting. Netanyahu told Die Welt about his “disappointment” at Germany’s decision last week to abstain instead of saying “No” to Palestine's status upgrade within the United Nations. “I think Chancellor Merkel thought this vote would somehow promote peace. But the opposite has happened: Ever since the UN vote, the...
  • George Zimmerman sues NBC Universal over edited 911 call

    12/06/2012 7:43:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 136 replies
    CNN ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Florida boy, sued NBC Universal on Thursday for using "the oldest form of yellow journalism" by editing an audio tape of his 911 call to make him sound racist, the lawsuit said. Zimmerman is seeking "damages in excess of the jurisdictional limit" in Seminole County Circuit Court in Florida, where the lawsuit is filed. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and is charged with second-degree murder, is accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, who was African-American. The February incident has provoked national controversy.
  • A preview of DeMint’s possible replacements in the Senate

    12/06/2012 7:39:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    RedAlertPolitics ^ | 12-6-2012 | Katie LaPotin
    December 6, 2012 A preview of DeMint’s possible replacements in the Senate Katie LaPotin Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) abrupt resignation today opens a seat in the upper chamber for a Palmetto State Republican to win a huge promotion.South Carolina election law gives the state’s governor, in this case Republican Nikki Haley, the ability to appoint someone to fill DeMint’s seat after he officially resigns in January for the next two years. A special election will be held in November 2014 to determine who will serve the the final two years of DeMint’s remaining four year term.Senior South Carolina Sen. Lindsey...
  • Finger Prints of Recession 2013, Recipe for Economic Disaster and Investor Opportunity

    12/06/2012 7:37:34 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-6-2012 | Ty Andros
    Finger Prints of Recession 2013, Recipe for Economic Disaster and Investor Opportunity Economics / Recession 2013Dec 06, 2012 - 03:04 AM By: Ty Andros The verdict is in and the man-made disaster that is creeping socialism just got a green light in the world’s largest economy! The SOMETHING for Nothing society known formally as the United States of America and controlled by what Vladimir Lenin called USEFUL IDIOTS (products of centrally controlled public schools taught the VIRTUES of socialism as beneficial) have now elevated their chosen REPRESENTATIVES as slave masters (at the point of a government GUN) to the last...
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a foetus

    12/06/2012 7:33:26 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Cranmer ^ | December 4, 2012 | Archbishop Cranmer
    His Grace would like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the announcement that they are expecting their first baby. Girl or boy, he or she is destined to ascend the Throne and reign over the United Kingdom (should it remain united) and the Dominions overseas. But His Grace is puzzled. Everywhere he turns he reads about a Royal baby. Even The Guardian talks of the couple 'expecting their first child', despite the Duchess being in the 'very early stages' of pregnancy. We are told that the couple 'are to be parents', and that this 'will be the...
  • Issa's Vista home burglarized; $100,000 worth of jewelry stolen

    12/06/2012 7:32:31 PM PST · by glorgau · 40 replies
    U-T - San Diego ^ | 12/6/12 | Staff
    VISTA — An estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Rep. Darrell Issa’s home in Vista last week, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista — AP Deputies responded on Nov. 29 to a burglary call at the Republican congressman’s house in the city’s upscale Shadowridge neighborhood, Sheriff’s Department records show. The incident occurred between 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. that day. More than 50 pieces of jewelry were stolen, including watches, earrings, rings and bracelets, according to department records.
  • How to read the Sandy-impacted jobs report

    12/06/2012 7:28:55 PM PST · by plain talk · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Dec 6 2012 | Jeffrey Bartash
    The highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report is rarely treated as minor sideshow, but November is a different story. Economists believe the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy slashed net job growth in November by more than half compared to the prior month, making it virtually impossible to figure out whether U.S. hiring trends got better or worse. They say it might take another month or two of jobs data before they can backfill and figure out how much the storm hurt hiring. “We won’t have a sense of what underlying job growth is until we get the December number,” said...
  • Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff (Peter Schiff)

    12/06/2012 7:20:30 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-6-2012 | Peter Schiff
    Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012Dec 06, 2012 - 01:18 PM By: Peter Schiff Turn on the TV and this is what you'll hear: The US budget is heading for a fiscal cliff. If a deal isn't reaching in Congress by the end of this year, a combination of automatic tax hikes and budget cuts will sink America into economic depression. There is no escape. Of course, my readers know that the fiscal cliff is merely an example of the piper having to be paid. The problem isn't the bill, but that we ran...
  • Poll: Do you think things in California are generally going in the ...

    12/06/2012 7:18:37 PM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    Do you think things in California are generally going in the ... Right direction Wrong direction Scroll down, poll on right. Mash Here
  • Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on Gun Rights

    12/06/2012 7:16:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ^ | December 2nd, 2012 | December 2nd, 2012
    Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on Gun Rights » by NewsWatch on December 2nd, 2012 Permalink By LARRY BODINE Editor in Chief/Lawyers.comLarry Bodine Militant gun advocates and firearms industry lobbies will be surprised to learn that there are indeed limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and that there is no fundamental right to carry handguns in public. New York can require applicants for concealed-carry gun license to articulate a need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community, as the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on November 27. Kachalsky v. City of Westchester,...
  • NJ rejects state-based health exchange

    12/06/2012 7:15:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Neew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined to set up a state-based insurance exchange under the healthcare law Thursday — the same day he met with President Obama on Hurricane Sandy aid. The move will be welcomed by conservatives who blamed Christie for praising Obama's response to the storm. Sandy hit just before the election and distracted national media coverage from Obama's campaign against Mitt Romney, who lost. In a statement, Christie said New Jersey would default to a federally run exchange because the Obama administration did not provide enough information on alternatives. He also said an exchange would be...
  • Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes And Then Let Them Own It

    12/06/2012 7:04:39 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 6, 2012
    SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the...
  • Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes

    12/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST · by Mozilla · 48 replies
    patch.com ^ | 12-6-12 | William Demarest
    Actor Stephen Baldwin has been arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox. Baldwin, 46, a resident of Upper Grandview in Rockland County, is accused of failing to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In total, Baldwin’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interests, is more than $350,000. “At a time when Rockland County and New York...
  • Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys

    12/06/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by null and void · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18:01 EST, 6 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are awaiting federal approval for release into the Florida Keys as part of an experiment aimed at reducing the risk of dengue fever. Officials are targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes because they can spread dengue fever, a disease health officials thought had been eradicated in the U.S. until 93 cases originated in the Keys in 2009 and 2010. The trial planned by mosquito control officials and the British company Oxitec would release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to pass along a birth defect that kill their progeny before reaching maturity....
  • WARRIORS, WEAPONS, & CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (VANITY Cont...)

    12/06/2012 6:48:39 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 3 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/06/2012 | Bill Russell
    An article in Monday’s Washington Times, highlighted the Democratic efforts in the Senate to block Senator Tom Cobun’s amendment to require a court order before denying a veteran under Veteran’s Administration care the right to own a gun. Until four years ago, I would not have been so concerned about the VA making a medical mental competency call on an individual veteran being treated for mental health issues. Certainly, no one in their right mind would argue that the mentally incompetent should own guns. Also, the vast majority of the people who work for the bureaucratic organization known as the...
  • National parliaments “not best” for EU’s interests

    12/06/2012 6:35:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 17:36 | Honor Mahony
    A new ideas paper on progress towards further EU integration highlights the shifting power sands for national parliaments, as the European Parliament is set to become the principal democratic guardian of a future EU. The paper—put together by EU council president Herman Van Rompuy and published Thursday (6 December)—lays out a loose time framework for achieving “genuine economic and monetary union.” In a section entitled democratic legitimacy and accountability—the section itself is an acknowledgement of the how the issue has moved up the political agenda—the paper notes that the one of “guiding principles” is that democratic control should happen at...
  • Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador (to the Court of St James)

    12/06/2012 6:14:55 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Fashionista ^ | Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 12:00 | by Dhani Mau
    Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador Despite their disparate political beliefs and the fact that there is no actual confirmation that Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassador position, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to endorse her. He Tweeted yesterday, I am happy to hear that Pres.Obama is considering giving Anna Wintour @voguemagazine an ambassadorship. She is a winner & really smart! We can’t disagree, but we’re a little…surprised. In this past election, Trump endorsed and threw tons of money at the Romney campaign, and has said some pretty nasty things about the current president, for...
  • ObamaCare is Not a Sure Thing

    12/06/2012 6:13:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | 12-5-2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    ObamaCare is Not a Sure Thing by Phyllis Schlafly December 5, 2012 Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obama’s belief that the public would warm up to his signature legislation once it became the law of the land...
  • California teachers union video features ‘rich’ urinating on the ‘poor’

    12/06/2012 6:10:10 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Eagle News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    SACRAMENTO – A new video produced by the California Federation of Teachers – which could be playing in your child’s classroom as we speak – drums up the typical class warfare images we’ve come to expect from Big Labor. “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” written by CFT staffer Fred Glass (2011 compensation: $139,800) and narrated by proud leftist actor (and 1 percenter) Ed Asner, advocates for higher taxes on the “rich” as the cure for government’s insatiable thirst for spending. The video claims the rich got rich through tax cuts and tax loopholes and even tax evasion. But...
  • Homeric Battle in Germany -- Bizarre Court Battle over Duff Beer Trademark

    12/06/2012 6:09:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 12/06/2012
    Germany's Duff Beer UG has shown itself to be a formidable foe in the courtroom, taking on all comers in defending its right to brew Homer Simpson's favorite beer. For what was originally a fictitious beverage fawned over by a yellow cartoon character with four fingers, Duff Beer and its would-be real-life producers have spent a surprising amount of time in court. And on Thursday, yet another such legal tiff was resolved -- with Germany's Federal Court of Justice (BGH) essentially ruling that the country can have two separate beers named Duff. Duff Beer UG, which has brewed the stuff...
  • Marines expanding use of meditation training (Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (“M-Fit”))

    12/06/2012 6:08:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/6/12 | Patrick Hruby
    While preparing for overseas deployment with the U.S. Marines late last year, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton participated in a series of training exercises held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., designed to make him a more effective serviceman. There were weapons qualifications. Grueling physical workouts. High-stress squad counterinsurgency drills, held in an elaborate ersatz village designed to mirror the sights, sounds and smells of a remote mountain settlement in Afghanistan. There also were weekly meditation classes — including one in which Sgt. Hampton and his squad mates were asked to sit motionless in a chair and focus on the point of contact...
  • Parents Of Teen Strip-Searched At School Sue Assistant Principal, Police

    12/06/2012 6:06:56 PM PST · by grundle · 42 replies
    CBS News Chicago ^ | December 5, 2012
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The parents of a 15-year old boy who was allegedly strip-searched at a high school last month have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools. In an exclusive interview with CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman, the boy and his outraged parents described what happened. “He came home crying. So I asked him why he was crying,” said the boy’s father, Anthony Woodman. “And he was like hysterical. He tells me he’s been strip-searched.” It allegedly happened at Taft High school last month. His mother, Michelle Woodman said she contacted the CBS2 Investigators “so this doesn’t happen...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 7 December 2012

    12/06/2012 6:05:06 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 152 replies
    December 6, 2012 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite Christmas movie. Grab the hot cocoaand pop in your favorite Christmas movie. Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for your safe return home.
  • Can a Republican Take Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Old Seat?

    12/06/2012 5:59:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Chicago Heights Patch ^ | 12/06/12 | Christopher Paicely
    Can a Republican Take Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Old Seat?Lenny McAlister thinks his chances are good, but will 2nd District voters look beyond the "R" on the ballot? By Christopher Paicely One Republican has entered the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the United States representative for the 2nd District. Lenny McAllister has no legislative experience and has never won an election, but he's hoping to win a seat held by Democrats for more than 50 years. And let's not forget a Republican was unable to come close to beating a nigh-nonexistent congressman back in November.
  • Drug dealers, tax cheats boost $100 bill demand?

    12/06/2012 5:57:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04 December 2012
    The U.S. government printed 3 billion $100 bills in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, according to a Tuesday note from Nicholas Colas, ConvergEx Group chief market strategist. That’s 100% more than the average production of $100 bills over the past 5 years, and 50% more C-notes than $1 bills printed in the same period, according to Colas. Hard cash holds a special place in global finance as the preferred mechanism for drug, illegal arms and tax evasion transactions, Colas notes and $100 bills are the preferred denomination. While the use of smaller denomination bills has fallen in recent years...
  • Obama: Give Me Debt Ceiling Power Or I’ll Veto My Own Tax Proposal

    12/06/2012 5:54:54 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 12-6-12 | tim brown
    In case there is still anyone out there that continues to believe that the 2008 campaign lines that Barack Obama gave about changing the way Washington works, stopping “politics as usual,” and providing more transparency in government are true, then get a load of this. On Wednesday, Obama demonstrated just how partisan and how much of a power grabber he is. He indicated that if he were not given unlimited powers to raise the debt ceiling, apart from Congressional approval, that he might just veto his own tax hike proposal should it come to his desk. As Obama addressed corporate...
  • CDC: Language barrier [didn't speak English] caused chlorine gas leak

    12/06/2012 5:53:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 hrs ago | By KELLY P. KISSEL
    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. Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident. The CDC found that, at Springdale, Ark., in June 2011, a Spanish-speaking worker poured sodium hypochlorite, which is bleach, into a 55-gallon drum that had been left in the wrong place and that contained...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-6-12

    12/06/2012 5:52:50 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-6-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

    12/06/2012 5:50:29 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    KHON 2 TV ^ | Thursday, December 6, 2012 | Associate Press
    Honolulu (AP) - Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.... Emory, a survivor of the attack,... On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack, the Navy and National Park Service will honor the 91-year-old former sailor for his determination to have Pearl Harbor remembered, and remembered accurately.
  • Vatican to begin tracking clergy and employees with RFID cards

    12/06/2012 5:45:51 PM PST · by haffast · 28 replies
    examiner.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Jake Jones
    We have learned today that the Vatican has decided to use an ID card that has a micro-chip device embedded inside the card that is capable of being used as a tracking device. This card will be given to clergy and employees. A source inside the Vatican acknowledged that they have been thinking about this for years, but declined to give any details of the discussions. The common name for such devices is RFID or Radio Frequency Identification devices. The issuance of these devices will probably take place on or about Jan. 1, 2013. The Vatican sees the need for...
  • DeMint takes parting shot at Boehner

    12/06/2012 5:44:17 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday December 6, 2012
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. “I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s "The Situation Room." “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.” “Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,” he said in a...
  • Students Forced to Stand for 'Black National Anthem'

    12/06/2012 5:42:00 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 24 replies
    A Thinker ^ | 12/6/2012
    Students at Capital High School (CHS) in Charleston, West Virginia have been regularly forced to stand during the playing of a song known as "The Black National Anthem." The song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," was played in the morning right after the American national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, and students were forced to stand for all three. While the law currently states that no child can be compelled to stand for any kind of pledge, controversy only arose at CHS after two students and a parent complained about having to stand for the "Black National Anthem" (BNA)....
  • DA: Wakefield sex offender abused 13 kids

    12/06/2012 5:39:21 PM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/06/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet And Matt Stout
    A Level One sex offender stands accused of raping children as young as 8 days old — and videotaping the alleged abuse — in a series of “chilling” attacks that has resulted in more than 100 counts of child sex abuse, the DA said. The alleged victims are from Stoneham, Medford, Newton, Reading, Melrose, Woburn, and Waltham. The alleged victims are said to be both boys and girls.
  • Chris Matthews: Bill Clinton Is the Best Person to Help Get You Into Heaven (barf alert!)

    12/06/2012 5:39:08 PM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 06, 2012 | 11:56 | By Scott Whitlock
    Chris Matthews' affinity for Bill Clinton is well known. But on Wednesday's Hardball, Mathews argued that the Democrat would be the best lobbyist to get one into heaven. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Talking to journalist Joe Klein and GOP strategist David Winston, Matthews lauded the former president's campaigning for Barack Obama. The liberal host enthused, "...I have to tell you, who would you rather have make your case to Saint Peter than this guy?" Clinton, of course, was accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, of sexual assault by Kathleen Willey and by Paula Jones of exposing himself. "This...
  • 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.