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  • Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid ó whether they need it or not

    12/09/2012 6:39:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MARY KAY LINGE
    Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief. New York Cityís 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) ó even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need. Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay for home repair and other basic...
  • No community programs at ĎGround Zeroí mosque a year after the controversy

    12/09/2012 6:28:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Itís all pray and no play. The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs. And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services ó but thatís the only activity in the building. Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Obamaís second-term agenda will be shadowed by budget woes

    12/09/2012 6:21:29 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 Dec 12 | Peter Wallsten and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Even if President Obama succeeds in getting Republicans to agree to tax hikes on the wealthy as part of a ďfiscal cliffĒ deal, the countryís grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow ó limiting his ambitions as he begins plotting a second-term agenda. Any agreement is likely to result in less than the $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next decade that Obama requested in his initial offer to House Republicans, and White House aides are signaling to allies that any new money from taxes would be used almost entirely for deficit reduction ó not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA ó A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2ís Amanda Cook that a man tossed a brick through the bedroom window of her northwest Atlanta home Wednesday afternoon. James said the man tried to crawl through her window. ďHe got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,Ē James said.
  • Freedom's greatest tool in danger

    12/09/2012 6:15:40 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 30 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/9/12 | Judson Phillips
    There is one tool of this modern age that we can argue is the greatest aid to the spread of liberty and freedom. This one great tool is in danger. This is a tool that tyrants would like to see dismantled. With freedom and liberty riding on the defense led by the Obama Regime, we should all be worried. What is this great tool and why is it in danger?
  • Young Mexican police chief who fled drug cartels seeking asylum in the US

    12/09/2012 6:12:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT
    As the bodies of her former law-enforcement colleagues pile up in Mexicoís violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. ďI thought I could make a difference,Ē Valles says of her decision at age 20 to become the top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a dusty town of 9,000 in the Chihuahua region, just south of the US border. Two of her predecessors were executed, and the job was vacant for a year before Valles, a criminal-justice student, took it. But she, too, was vulnerable to the intense violence of...
  • Alleged burglar shot in Old Tazewell Pike home(TN)

    12/09/2012 6:06:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Staff
    KNOXVILLE ó A Knox County man ó released from jail on a burglary charge earlier this week ó was shot while allegedly burglarizing a Northeast Knox County home today. Authorities responded just before noon to a home on the 5700 block of Old Tazewell Pike to a possible shooting, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Moments later, deputies found an injured man in a blood-spattered white car a couple of miles away near the corner of Washington Pike and Babelay Road.
  • Egyptian President Morsi Annuls Emergency Decree

    12/09/2012 5:59:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 12/09/2012
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month granting him sweeping emergency powers, in a push to defuse political tensions and deadly violence gripping the country. But a spokesman, speaking late Saturday in Cairo, said a referendum on a controversial draft constitution will still go forward as planned December 15. There has been no formal opposition response to the decree annulment, and it was not immediately clear what impact it will have on opposition protesters who have camped out near the presidential palace since Tuesday. The two issues -- the decree and the referendum -- are...
  • Piers Morganís Solution to Gun Violence: ďIíd Remove Every Gun in AmericaĒ

    12/09/2012 5:40:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 100 replies
    guns.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    On Monday, Research Director of the Independence Institute David Kopel appeared on CNNís Piers Morgan Tonight to debate the issue of gun-related violence with Piers and Josh Horwitz from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. In the video below, you can see the debate unfold. Whatís most telling in this exchange is Morganís admission that he, personally, would like to ďRemove every gun in America.Ē Of course, what preceded this statement only seconds earlier was the perfunctory disclaimer, which is often made by those who secretly wish to pass onerous gun laws, ďI do have a respect for the Second...
  • Lawsuit: Homeless sex offenders need a break

    12/09/2012 5:37:50 AM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Attorneys for sex offenders who claim theyíre too poor to register have filed a separate case against the city of Chicago on behalf of homeless sex offenders who say they canít register because they donít have permanent addresses. Douglas M. Montgomery, a plaintiff in the new case filed Thursday, says in the lawsuit heís been in the Cook County Jail since July 2011 when he was arrested for urinating in public. Heís awaiting trial on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Montgomery, 57, said he was living under a bridge in January 2011 and police refused...
  • Mobster uses mass-mailed letters from Obama, other politicians in bid for leniency

    12/09/2012 5:37:44 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 8, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX and PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR
    A longtime Gambino crime-family associate tried to convince a judge heís politically connected to avoid a harsh sentence ó claiming a mass-mailing from President Obama proves he has pals in the Oval Office. -snip ďAnthony, Iím about to go to speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first,Ē read an election night e-mail from the presidentís campaign headquarters, which was also sent to millions of other supporters. Another, from former President Bill Clinton, read, ďAnthony, Thank you so very much for your message on my 66th birthday. ďHearing from you made a special day...
  • News: Old, White Liberals OK with Obamacare

    12/09/2012 5:34:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | John Ransom
    LoninPa wrote: Is Ransom saying that the Senate would never approve the tax bill that they already approved and sent to the house? I know it started out as a non-tax bill with the tax part amended on. But that hardly changes the fact that the Senate voted for it.What Ransom, pretty much alone, seems to have missed is that the Democrats don't have to vote for a tax hike bill. The Republicans voted for one 12 years ago (extended by a compromise for two years) and it will go into effect in January. The Democrats only plan on passing...
  • Egypt's Predictable Unraveling

    12/09/2012 5:20:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Brothers are playing for keeps. As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, hereís the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhoodís major goal in America and Europe ó its self-professed ďgrand jihadĒ ó is ďeliminating and destroying Western civilization,Ē to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared...
  • Trucking companyís bet paying off in Eagle Ford play

    12/09/2012 5:16:09 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 8, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    Douglas Cain made a big bet on the shale drilling industry in South Texas, and so far it seems to be paying off with a boom for his familyís longtime trucking company.? Since moving the company from Houston to San Antonio to get closer to the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play, Cainís Lake Truck Lines Inc. has grown from 11 trucks to 67. The company opened a location in Odessa to serve the Permian Basin. And itís started a new subsidiary, Lake Oilfield Services, to provide equipment such as tanks to drilling rigs or hydraulic fracturing sites. ďI...
  • GOP: Obama 'Bullying' Charities into Backing Tax Hike on Wealthy

    12/09/2012 5:13:55 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Friday, the Obama Administration sought to teach the nonprofit world the same lesson during a White House gathering of charitable officials, say Republicans, when charities were bullied into supporting higher taxes on the wealthy to avoid losing vital deductions for charitable contributions. ďToday, the White House chose to mislead and scare Americaís charitable giving community, using them as pawns in an effort to achieve their tax hike proposal,Ē said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the ranking Republican at Senate Finance in a joint statement issued Friday....
  • Bob Costas and the Media Miss the Real Problem

    12/09/2012 5:12:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Bob Costas, an admitted ignoramus on the issue of the Second Amendment, chose halftime in a nationally broadcast football game to infect the world with his uneducated opinion on gun rights. Speaking about Jovan Belcher, the NFL player who killed his girlfriend then committed suicide, Costas missed the point completely Ė as did the equally ignorant sports columnist Jason Whitlock. It wasnít ďloose gun lawsĒ that sparked this tragedy. If anything, it had to do with how we treat celebrities. Costas and Whitlock have the right to their opinions Ė and the Democrat Media Complex has the right to amplify...
  • Why Michigan Should Abolish Handgun Purchase Permits & Handgun Registration

    12/09/2012 5:08:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Rick Ector
    Detroit, MI --(Ammoland.com)- The state of Michigan may soon abolish handgun registrations and handgun purchase permits. Michigan House Bill 5225 (HB 5225) ¬Ė the legislation which seeks to abolish the aforementioned pistol reporting requirements ¬Ė has already been passed by the Michigan House of Representatives and is expected to be put up for a vote within the next few days in the Michigan Senate. At least with respect to handgun registrations, the state of Michigan is very late to the gun rights party; it is one of a small remaining number of US states that still require them: California,...
  • Egyptís Predictable Unraveling (Andrew McCarthy)

    12/09/2012 5:06:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, hereís the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhoodís major goal in America and Europe ó its self-professed ďgrand jihadĒ ó is ďeliminating and destroying Western civilization,Ē to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared as an ďIslamophobe.Ē Thatís the Islamophilic...
  • Dick Cheney: Our Allies Donít Trust Us, Our Enemies Donít Fear Us

    12/09/2012 5:01:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 December, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- During comments at the 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner in New York last night, former VP Dick Cheney criticized Obamaís Middle East policy and what he perceives as the projection of U.S. weakness instead of U.S. strength. Cheney said the Middle East is moving in a direction ďfundamentally hostile to U.S. interestsĒ and ďthe U.S. is increasingly unable to influence events there.Ē Cheney believes our inability to influence is largely tied to the fact that Obama is ďheaded for the exitĒ in Afghanistan. The former VP then reminded his audience of Obamaís ďapologyĒ tour to the...
  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    12/09/2012 5:00:49 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 191 replies
    Michiganvotes.org ^ | 12/9/12 | Cripplecreek
    Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state: Passed 58 to 52 in the House To prohibit employers from enforcing a union contract provision that compels employees to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The bill also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof." All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except for Reps. Forlini, Goike, Horn, McBroom, Somerville and Zorn. , Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state: Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate The Senate vote on the same "right-to-work" measure described above. All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 December 2012

    12/09/2012 4:56:19 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 9th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, leaders of President Barack Obama's now-defunct deficit commission; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): hristine Lagarde, managing director of the International...
  • Marijuana mayhem in Pierce County leaves two dead(WA)

    12/09/2012 4:43:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Dave Workman
    As many Washington potheads were legally lighting up, two men were shot dead in what appears to be a pot theft gone very bad in Pierce County, the first time the Puget Sound region has read about a wild dope shootout since the Steve Sarich incident in March 2010. This column discussed the Sarich shooting here and here. Now in Pierce County, an unidentified homeowner defended himself and his 9-year-old son when the two would-be robbers broke in. Sheriffís Detective Ed Troyer noted to the Tacoma News Tribune that it could have turned out a lot differently. However, unlike Sarich...
  • The income inequality factor liberals can't talk about

    12/09/2012 4:32:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    But let's take a look at that list of high-income-inequality states again. What do California, Arizona and New Mexico all have in common? I'll give you a hint: Texas comes in seventh on the high-income-inequality state list. That's right: The three states with the highest income inequality also all share a border with Mexico. But what about New York? Or Georgia? Or Illinois (which is the sixth-most-unequal state)? They are all hundreds of miles away from Mexico. Well, it turns out that all of those states have huge illegal immigrant populations too. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, every one...
  • Surprise Side Effect Of Shale Gas Boom: A Plunge In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    12/09/2012 4:20:38 AM PST · by EBH · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/7/2012 | Julie M. Carey
    In the first quarter of this year, U.S. carbon emissions hit a 20-year low. As Figure 1 below demonstrates, the U.S. has observed substantial reductions in CO2 emissions over the last five years. These reductions contrast with the increases in CO2 emissions that the Energy Information Administration forecasted in 1998 when the U.S. was considering committing to CO2 emissions reductions in the Kyoto Agreement. At the time of these discussions, the EIA estimated that CO2 emissions would increase at a rate of approximately 1.3 percent annually through 2020. In fact, to reach the Kyoto Agreement target for 2012, the U.S....
  • Howie Carr thread week of Dec 9, 2012

    12/09/2012 3:30:11 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 12/9/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie tjread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • Does Obama's arrogance have any limits?

    12/09/2012 2:43:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/8/2012 | Bobby Eberle
    Being president of the United States must fill a person with a certain level of confidence. Winning reelection despite miserable economic conditions could only add to that level. But has there ever been a president in the history of this country as arrogant as Barack Obama? Not only does he never miss an opportunity to inject his image into historical events, but now he's even adding himself to historical descriptions of other presidents. Back in August, I wrote on the passing of the first man to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. As a "tribute" to Armstrong, Obama...
  • End drawing close for Syria's Assad: German spy chief

    12/09/2012 1:30:23 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | Reuters
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government is its final stages and will be unable to survive as more parts of the country slip from his control, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) said. "Armed rebels are co-ordinating better, which is making their fight against Assad more effective," Gerhard Schindler told the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung newspaper, in an interview made public on Saturday. "Assad's regime will not survive." Rebels fighting to topple Assad declared Damascus International Airport a battle zone on Friday, while Moscow and Washington both sounded downbeat about the prospects of a diplomatic push to end the conflict...
  • Nelson Mandela ďprovenĒ to be a member of the Communist Party after decades of denial

    12/09/2012 12:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM GMT 08 Dec 2012 | Colin Freeman and Jane Flanagan
    For decades, it was one of the enduring disputes of South Africaís anti-apartheid struggle. Was Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, really a secret Communist, as the white-only government of the time alleged? Or, as he claimed during the infamous 1963 trial that saw him jailed for life, was it simply a smear to discredit him in a world riven by Cold War tensions? Now, nearly half a century after the court case that made him the worldís best-known prisoner of conscience, a new book claims that whatever the wider injustice perpetrated, the apartheid-era prosecutors were indeed...
  • Syria warns rebels may use chemical weapons

    12/08/2012 11:15:23 PM PST · by null and void · 27 replies
    France24 ^ | 08 December 2012 - 17H08
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • Striped nanoparticle controversy blows up

    12/08/2012 11:14:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 December 2012 | Simon Hadlington
    Some scientists question the existence of self-assembling stripes on nanoparticles © NPGA prickly controversy has erupted in the rarefied world of nanoscience revolving around the strength of the evidence that molecules can assemble themselves into discrete stripes around gold nanoparticles. The issue highlights the difficulty of interpreting images of nanoscale objects.For many years researchers have been decorating gold nanoparticles with thiolated ligands to imbue the nanoparticles with a range of properties. In 2004, a group led by Francesco Stellacci, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, published a paper in Nature Materials demonstrating that if two different...
  • Reid: Iíd Have a ďSerious ConversationĒ with Bernanke Before Considering Fed Audit

    12/08/2012 11:07:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he would have to have a ďreal serious conversationĒ with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke before he considers bringing the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to the Senate Floor. On July 25, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 (HR 459), also commonly known as the ďAudit the FedĒ bill sponsored by retiring Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), in a 327-98 vote and has been received in the Senate. The Senate version of the bill, S.202, is stuck in the Senate. Ö As CNSNews.com previously reported, Reid was once a...
  • Senate passes a bill allowing movie extras to use their pets without filing paperwork

    12/08/2012 10:35:27 PM PST · by null and void · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 03:35 PM ET | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate passed a bill Thursday night that would exempt animals used as ďextrasĒ in movies and television from protections in the Animal Welfare Act. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the bill, which amends the Animal Welfare Act so that actors appearing as extras who use their own pets in a scene donít have to submit paperwork proving they are humanely caring for their pet. ďCurrently, if youíre a movie extra and have your dog with you ó youíre subject to burdensome paperwork and approval from a [United States Department of Agriculture] bureaucrat,Ē Vitterís press secretary Luke Bolar said. ďSen....
  • Washington Post ďObama is Morsiís Main EnablerĒ

    12/08/2012 10:15:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/8/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember that distant time so long ago when Obama promised that he would end our old backward policy of supporting tyrants in order to win over the Arab Street. And here we are, four years later, and Obama is supporting a tyrant in Cairo, a problem that has even broken into the normally supportive pages of the Washington Post. How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? Itís a question many Arabs ask...
  • TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks

    12/08/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WORLDmag ^ | Dec 8, 11:50 PM EST | Staff
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud

    12/08/2012 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/12 | Lee Stranahan
    An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford ďBlack FarmersĒ Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak. ďBurying the ledeĒ is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as "Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations." Just based on the title, you can already tell the report is needlessly...
  • Scientists Discover Childrenís Cells Living in Mothersí Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children¬ís Cells Living in Mothers¬í Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / –ź–Ĺ–į—Ā—ā–į—Ā–ł—Ź –ü–ĺ–Ņ–ĺ–≤–į ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • A free-trade agreement with Europe? [David Ignatius]

    12/08/2012 10:00:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday December 6, 2012 | David Ignatius
    At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders, one participant summed up an anxiety thatís almost palpable here: ďEuropeans have a sense of being left alone. You Americans donít understand how much we need you.Ē Europeans seem relieved that Barack Obama won reelection. (One German official wrote in an informal paper that his victory was ďthe best thing that could have happened to the U.S.Ē) But Europeans remain worried that the Obama administrationís famous ďpivotĒ toward Asia will leave them abandoned at a time of severe internal economic and political trouble. But a big idea is taking shape...
  • Vietnam Breaks Up Anti-China Protests

    12/08/2012 9:59:18 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 1 replies
    Protesters in Hanoi had been trying to march to the Chinese embassy Rare protests have taken place in Vietnam over maritime territorial disputes with neighbouring China. The protests in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were quickly dispersed by police. Tensions are high after an incident last month in which Hanoi accused Beijing of cutting the cables of a Vietnamese oil exploration ship. Vietnam is also unhappy at a map in new Chinese passports that shows disputed areas of the South China Sea as Chinese territory. Hundreds of people are reported to have taken part in the protests on Sunday...
  • Boehner: ďThis Isnít a Progress Report Because Thereís No Progress to ReportĒ

    12/08/2012 9:56:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said no progress has been made with the White House in talks to avert the so-called fiscal cliff: across-the-board tax-rate hikes and automatic spending cuts (sequestration) at the beginning of the new year. ďThis isnít a progress report because thereís no progress to report,Ē Boehner said during a Capitol Hill press conference on Friday. ďWhen it comes to the fiscal cliff that is threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the White House has wasted another week.Ē Ö
  • US-led coalition: US doctor rescued from Taliban

    12/08/2012 9:49:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 8:33 PM EST | Deb Riechmann
    An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said. Dr. Dilip Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province. He was rescued in an early morning operation ordered after intelligence showed that the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement. Ö
  • Stem-Cell Cures Without the Controversy

    12/08/2012 9:49:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    The chief medical ambition of those who study stem cells has always been that the cells would be used to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. That's still a long way off, despite rapid progress exemplified by the presentation of the Nobel Prize next week to Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University for a key stem-cell breakthrough. But there's another, less well known application of stem cells that is already delivering results: disease modeling. Dr. Yamanaka used a retrovirus to insert four genes into a mouse cell to return it to a "pluripotent" stateócapable of turning into almost any kind of cell....
  • Michigan Town Woos Hollywood, but Ends Up With a Bit Part (Ganholm)

    12/08/2012 9:14:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03 December 2012 | Louise Story
    PONTIAC, Mich. ó Even the great and powerful Oz could not save the film studio that was supposed to save this town. The studio, a state-of-the-art facility fit for Hollywood blockbusters, had risen from the ruins of a General Motors complex here. It was the brainchild of a small group of investors with big plans: the studio would attract prestigious filmmakers, and the movie productions would create jobs and pump money into the local economy. A glamorous sheen would rub off on this down-on-its-luck town. But in Pontiac, happy endings do not usually come Hollywood-style. The tale behind the studio,...
  • Keiser Report: Hollywood Accounting (Granholm film studio scam0

    12/08/2012 9:08:57 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 08 December 2012
    Video 25:46 First half: discussion about Governor Jennifer Granholm and her connection to tax funded Hollywood film studio scam in Pontiac MI Second half: Matt Taibbi
  • Disowned for Voting Republican: Part II

    12/08/2012 8:54:54 PM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 165 replies
    Vanity | November 8, 2012 | Behind the Blue Wall
    A good number of you responded to a vanity that I posted a week ago consisting of an email I sent to my father in law who was threatening to disown me for switching "sides" and voting "R" in the last election. He wrote back, and although I'll save you from having to read the extensive drivel that is his email to me, I'm posting my response back to him. Excerpts from his email are in italics. This is even longer than the first one, so if you're not interested in reading all that, I more than understand. I did...
  • New Chemical Reaction Could Explain How Stars Form, Evolve, and Eventually Die

    12/08/2012 8:44:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | December 7, 2012 | NA
    University of North Dakota scientist Mark Hoffmann's version of Star Search goes a long way -- a very long way -- out into the universe. Hoffmann, a computational chemist, and his colleagues Tryve Helgaker, a well-known Norwegian scientist, and co-authors E.I. Tellgren and K. Lange, also working in Norway, have discovered a molecular-level interaction that science had puzzled over for decades but had never seen. That discovery, it turns out, may redefine how science views chemical compound formation. It also answers questions about what goes on in places like white dwarfs, the super dense cores of stars nearing the end...
  • Real Electoral College Reform

    12/08/2012 8:14:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 7, 2012 | Paul Hollrah
    In a recent column titled The National Popular Vote Fallacy, I attempted to demonstrate how the progressives who are behind the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) may, in fact, be shooting themselves in the foot.As the NPVIC rule is designed, when enough states have joined the Compact to bring at least 270 electoral votes (a simple majority in the Electoral College) to the table, then and only then will the combined electoral votes of all the Compact states automatically go to the candidate with a majority of the national popular vote, thereby eliminating any possibility of electing a president...
  • Al-Masry Al-Youm Reports On Brotherhood Torture Chambers

    12/08/2012 7:42:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    al-monitor.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 | Mohamad Jarehi
    Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours in total in the torture chambers established by the Muslim Brotherhood at the gates of the Ittihadiya Palace in the suburb of Heliopolis. The central torture chamber, which is located in front of the gate facing the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz Mosque on al-Merghany Street, is secured with a cordon and iron barriers, where the Central Security Forces (CSF) prevent the access of any persons without the authorization of the Brotherhood. We entered the chamber with a great difficulty, after a fellow journalist from the Misr 25 TV channel facilitated. The channel is owned by...
  • Venezuela's Chavez to have another cancer operation

    12/08/2012 7:11:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 8, 2012
    (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation in coming days after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba. "It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days," Chavez said in a televised broadcast, adding he would return to Havana on Sunday. The socialist leader had flown back to Venezuela on Friday after the tests in Cuba.
  • Nearly Three-Quarters of Jobs Created Since June Are in Government

    12/08/2012 6:58:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Just when you thought yesterdayís dismal jobs numbers couldnít get any worse -- they did. According to CNSNews.com, nearly seventy-five percent of all civilian jobs created since the beginning of last summer are in the public sector: Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data...