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  • Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit And Order To Alter Comments

    12/08/2012 4:32:58 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | December 7, 2012 | Gregory Ferenstein
    A woman is facing a $750,000 defamation lawsuit and has been ordered to alter a negative Yelp review of a home contractor after police found that her claims didn’t add up. Dietz Development is claiming that Jane Perez’s scathing review has cost them new customers and, on Wednesday, a judge ordered a preliminary injunction for her to edit the post. Yelp and legal critics are worried that Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)-related lawsuits could chill free speech, but business owners say that legal intervention is necessary in an age when online reviews can make or break a company. As...
  • Michigan right to work: Judge rules on lockdown of Capitol building

    12/08/2012 4:29:49 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 08, 2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — A judge found that state police were doing their job on Thursday when they locked down the Michigan Capitol building during a protest of right-to-work bills. But state police and Capitol building officials need to devise guidelines for dealing with these types of situations in the future, said Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette. Collette on Friday dissolved the temporary restraining order that was issued on Thursday by Judge Joyce Draganchuk ordering the state police to reopen the Capitol building. “But anyway, please just keep the building open if at all possible because the Constitution requires it,”...
  • Polls Make Hillary Clinton Frontrunner For 2016 Democrat Nomination

    12/08/2012 4:28:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 8, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    Hillary Clinton is among the most popular politicians nationwide and is the clear choice for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, according to recent polling data. A new poll released by Public Policy Polling found 51 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 29 percent view her unfavorably. On the Republican side, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received a 48 percent favorability rating, with 26 percent of respondents viewing him unfavorably. …
  • Inhofe: Obama funneling billions to UN for climate-change redistribution

    12/08/2012 4:16:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:01 pm on December 8, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    At issue in the latest video from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is the UN’s Green Climate Fund, which aims to garner $100 billion from industrial nations ostensibly to bolster efforts to get developing nations to use renewable, non-hydrocarbon energy rather than coal and oil in their development.  In practice, as we have seen at UN climate-change conferences, te fund has been treated as an entitlement and even a type of reparation by developing nations from the US and the West.  Inhofe, who couldn’t attend this year’s climate conference in Doha, which is just as well, as media around the...
  • Bid to Preserve Manhattan Project Sites in a Park Stirs Debate

    12/08/2012 3:03:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    <p>A plan now before Congress would create a national park spread over three states to protect the aging remnants of the atomic bomb project from World War II, including an isolated cabin where grim findings threw the secretive effort into a panic.</p>
  • Mexico’s Pena Nieto Proposes Balanced Budget for His First Year (Bloomberg, Link Only)

    12/08/2012 2:52:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Nacha Cattan and Eric Martin
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-08/mexico-s-pena-nieto-proposes-balanced-budget-for-his-first-year
  • IDF: Arab Rioting More Since 'Pillar of Defense'

    12/08/2012 2:43:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/12 | David Lev
    A violent face-off developed Thursday afternoon between IDF soldiers and Arabs in Hevron. In the wake of the face-off, a major Arab riot developed, with Arabs throwing stones and bricks at IDF soldiers. Israeli forces used anti-riot tactics to break up the fracas. IDF officials said they considered the incident “serious,” and that an investigation had been opened. Officials said that the level of Arab rioting in Judea and Samaria had climbed significantly since Operation Pillar of Defense ended, and that there were more reports of rock throwing and other terror incidents. Officials said that they had also been prepared...
  • Hevron Jews On Edge over New Expulsion Threat

    12/08/2012 2:38:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews in Hevron are facing the prospect of another expulsion after the State Prosecution adopted a former senior prosecutor’s opinion in favor of evicting Israeli Jews from Beit Ezra. Beit Ezra is a Jewish owned building in Hevron that was abandoned in 1947 when Jews were forced from the city, but was restored to Jewish ownership following the 1967 Six Day War. A court has issued a verdict favorable to the Jewish families living in the property, but the families’ rights to the building have been challenged by a Peace Now lawsuit calling for their eviction. .....
  • Once Boxed-In, Boehner May Finally Be Master Of The House

    12/08/2012 2:34:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | December 08, 2012 | FRANK JAMES
    Not long ago, it seemed to many observers that the House of Representatives was a case of the tail wagging the dog, with Speaker John Boehner unable to keep in line many of his fellow Republicans, especially freshmen who came to Congress riding the 2010 Tea Party wave. Now, however, the big dog seems back in control. Some of the signs are subtle, some not. But as he faces off with President Obama during fiscal cliff negotiations, Boehner enjoys a stronger position with House Republicans than he had during earlier showdowns with the White House. In a paradoxical way, Obama's...
  • Navy Prepares to Defend Gas Rig

    12/08/2012 2:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Israeli Navy is prepared to neutralize threats targeting Israel's Tamar natural gas rig, the IDF Website reported Saturday. The Navy will protect the reception facility – a vital infrastructural facility to pump gas from the rig – which is currently being built. The IDF's defensive model has been tested in three scenarios: routine, escalation, and emergency. "The wisdom in the development of this kind of model is that it provides an excellent response for all three scenarios," senior naval commander Rear Adm. Yaron Levi recently explained at a conference on protecting Israel's economic waters held at the Institute for...
  • Mother Beat Son to Death for Failing to Learn the Koran by Heart

    12/08/2012 2:32:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Dec 2012
    A mother who beat her son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart murdered him and burned his body to hide the evidence, a jury has found.Sara Ege, 33, treated her son Yaseen like a "dog," brutally beating him with a stick for failing to memorise religious texts. The seven-year-old died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of punishing beatings from his own mother. Ege accused her husband, Yousef, of being the real killer throughout her murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court. But he was cleared on Wednesday of failing to act to...
  • What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?

    The day after the election, House Speaker John Boehner, the man now at the center of the negotiations with President Obama, called Ryan, according to a Boehner aide, because the speaker wanted "to make sure he was in the fold from Day One," adding he's been a "close part of the thought process." And an aide to Ryan, who asked that his name not be used, says the role of the Wisconsin congressman is as a "resource to the speaker, a resource to House Republicans."
  • TOP 10 EXCERPTS FROM ZIMMERMAN VS. NBC NEWS COMPLAINT

    12/08/2012 1:58:08 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Sexton
    On Thursday, George Zimmerman filed suit against NBC News and three NBC producers he accuses of intentionally painting him as a racist. Zimmerman and his attorneys have now done what many in the new media only dream of doing, holding the major media responsible for their biased and misleading output. The language in the complaint is blunt. It calls NBC's coverage "yellow journalism" and refers to "journalistic crimes." Most broadly, the complaint accuses NBC of trumping up a racism narrative for ratings, with a name check of the Today Show and Rev. Al Sharpton in particular. Here are some of...
  • Terry Waite Shakes Hands with Hizbollah 25 Years After Kidnap

    12/08/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2012 | Robert Mendick
    Terry Waite has met the leadership of Hizbollah, the militant group accused of kidnapping and holding him for five years, in an extraordinary gesture of “reconciliation”.The former hostage spoke for two hours to one of its most senior figures at their stronghold in Beirut, his first encounter with the organisation held responsible for masterminding his kidnapping 25 years ago. Accompanied by The Sunday Telegraph, he travelled to Lebanon to highlight the plight of Christians who have fled the Syrian civil war. Mr Waite offered the reconciliation to Hizbollah to help with the Christians’ plight at a secretly arranged, late night...
  • Are Republicans Learning the Wrong Lessons?

    12/08/2012 1:42:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | November 28, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle. For starters, there’s been a lot of excessive emphasis on racial demographics, which actually changed very little from 2008.  According to exit polling, the portion of Hispanic voters went up just 1 percentage point, the portion of Asian voters went up just 1 point, and the portion of black voters stayed the same.  Meanwhile, the portion of white voters fell 2 points — largely because,...
  • Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats

    12/08/2012 1:27:11 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 51 replies
    KRDO NewsChannel 13 ^ | 11-30-2012 | Jaclyn Rostie
    November 30, 2012 Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats Jaclyn Rostie COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect President Barack Obama. John Obringer sent out a letter to his tenants at the Casa Adobe Apartments on Wednesday. The letter was addressing cutbacks on staff and maintenance issues. "Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration's continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe...
  • CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far

    12/08/2012 1:18:57 PM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Cover
    The federal government ran a deficit of $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013 – October and November 2012 – amounting to $4.8 billion of borrowed money each day. “The federal budget deficit was $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013, $57 billion more than the shortfall recorded in October and November of last year,” CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review Friday. This means that the government borrowed $4.8 billion for each calendar day so far in 2013. If the Treasury Department restricted its borrowing to only weekdays, its per day...
  • The lost generation and the Great Obama Depression

    12/08/2012 1:05:07 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 7 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/8/12 | Judson Phillips
    Many times numbers and statistics are simply thrown at us. It is almost a mind blurring information overload. If we take the time to look inside the numbers, what the numbers show is frightening for America. How bad is the Great Obama Depression and what is it doing to America?
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • Man accused of stealing and snorting ashes gets 8 years

    12/08/2012 11:49:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Ocala (FL) Star- Banner ^ | December 7, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    One of the three men accused of stealing human and canine ashes from a house in Silver Springs Shores in late 2010 and snorting them was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison. Authorities believe Jose David Diaz-Marrero, 20, was involved in a string of burglaries in the Shores between December 2010 and January 2011. He and Waldo Soroa, 21, and Matrix Andaluz, 19, allegedly burglarized a home in the area on Dec. 15, 2010, and took urns that contained the cremated remains of Holli Tencza’s father and her two beloved Great Danes, Samson and Epic. They also...