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  • Deal or no deal, ObamaCare taxes poised to hit next month

    12/09/2012 12:42:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 8, 2012
    Even if lawmakers somehow stop the Bush-era tax rates from expiring, taxes are still expected to rise on Jan. 1 -- thanks to a trio of new fees tied to the federal health care overhaul. The IRS this past week published rules for some of the first major taxes meant to help pay for President Obama’s massive insurance coverage expansion. Together, they will raise investment and income taxes on top earners and impose a separate -- and controversial -- tax on medical devices. The bundle of fees has been largely overlooked as lawmakers and the White House bicker over the...
  • After Educating Delegates, Lord Monckton Booted From UN Climate Summit

    12/09/2012 11:52:00 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 December 2012 | Alex Newman
    Lord Christopher Monckton was escorted from the UN Conference of the Parties (COP18) by the organization’s security after telling delegates that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years. After Educating Delegates, Lord Monckton Booted From UN Climate Summit The New American 09 December 2012 Lord Christopher Monckton had an opportunity to educate representatives of governments and dictatorships at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar, about the fact that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years. However, after pretending to be a delegate from the regime ruling Burma to...
  • Report: U.S. Supplying Tanks, Fighter Jets To Islamist-Controlled Egypt

    12/09/2012 11:42:56 AM PST · by Fennie · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 8, 2012
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government is set to receive more tanks and fighter jets from the U.S. These include 200 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and "a squadron of F-16 Falcon" fighters. Besides the obvious problems associated with sending weaponry to a government run by the Muslim Brotherhood, one must also consider the precarious position the U.S. will find itself in should war break out between Israel and Egypt. This concern becomes paramount when one considers how the billions in aide provided annually by the U.S. have enabled Egypt to develop "far and away the largest army in Africa." Egypt is also...
  • Slouching Toward Damascus

    12/09/2012 11:20:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    This was a week of some surprises and some perfectly foreseeable consequences of forces which have been in play for some time. The fiscal cliff talks have gone nowhere, to the surprise of only the most daft who do not realize that the President does not want a pragmatic solution. He's fixated on soaking "the rich", stirring up class hatred and trying to drive a wedge between his opposition forces. Among the surprises is this: Michigan, long seen as the showplace home of America's industrialized unions, has voted to become a right to work state. Its Governor Rick Snyder said...
  • How close did Israel just come to its own Cuban missile crisis?

    12/09/2012 11:05:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    How close did Israel just come to its own Cuban missile crisis? By Paul Alster Published December 07, 2012 | FoxNews.com HAIFA, Israel – Hundreds of Iranian-made, long-range missiles already smuggled into Gaza provided a secret sense of urgency behind Israel's recent campaign against Hamas, and the the Jewish state acted with the Obama administration's full knowledge, intelligence experts told FoxNews.com. Jonathan Schanzer, a former counter-terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said the real agenda behind Israel’s assault last month on Hamas’ munitions stockpiles and smuggling tunnels was not simply to end the daily barrage of relatively...
  • NYT's Helene Cooper: Obama Will "Have To Own" Recession If We Go Over Cliff (video)

    12/09/2012 10:49:20 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 36 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    HELENE COOPER, NEW YORK TIMES: "I really do think at the end of the day, Larry, what you describe sounds like sort of the White House negotiating right now -- easily saying, 'Yeah, we can go over the fiscal cliff.' But at the end of the day, this is a president, he would have to own it. He may not think he has to own the recession; but if we go over that, he is going to have to own that. And that's something he definitely knows."
  • Auditing Shooting Rampage Statistics(Private Citizen vs Police Saves)

    12/09/2012 10:45:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    dailyanarchist.com ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Davi Barker
    Firearm prohibitionists love to use tragedy to leverage their agenda. So, it’s important for gun rights advocates to stand their ground and fire back (proverbially) whenever this happens. Last week I posted a graphic on Facebook claiming the average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 18.25, and the average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by civilians is 2.2. I based it on 10 shootings I found listed on some timeline somewhere. I honestly don’t even remember where. I presented the case studies in a blog post on the Silver...
  • Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition:'Religiously Unaffiliated'

    12/09/2012 10:42:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    npr.org ^ | 12/9/12 | Liz Halloran
    ...as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term. They're the "nones" — that's the Pew Research Center's shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don't have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either "religious" or "spiritual but not religious," Pew found in a recent survey. They are typically younger, more socially liberal than their forebears, vote Democratic, and now make up nearly 20 percent of the country's population....
  • 2012 Doomsday , Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh

    12/09/2012 10:41:02 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-8-2012 | DK Matai
    2012 Doomsday Psychology, Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh Politics / Social IssuesDec 08, 2012 - 07:47 AM By: DK Matai Panic buying of candles and essentials has accelerated not only in China and Russia, but there has been a simultaneous explosion in the sale of survival equipment, food, fuel and emergency shelters in America in preparation for the Mayan calendar's long count deadline: December 21st, 2012. The precise mechanism for the Armageddon to manifest remains vague, ranging from: 1. Catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known...
  • FLASHBACK: 7/20/12 Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq

    12/09/2012 10:36:24 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | July 20, 2012
    War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq. King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida. "One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands," he...
  • Left-wing Radical, America-hating Bill Maher calls deceased Andy Williams a "teabag idiot"

    12/09/2012 10:34:24 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    <p>HBO host Bill Maher’s political views– and his crass way of expressing them– are well known to most. Every once in a while, though, he takes things a step further than normal.</p> <p>The mega Obama donor claimed back in March, for instance, that he should be held to a different standard after calling Sarah Palin a “cu**” than when Rush Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a “slut.” On Sunday, Maher made another noteworthy claim.</p>
  • First women qualify as submarine officers

    12/09/2012 10:05:12 AM PST · by Salman · 48 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle ABC affiliate) ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | Kelly Koopmans
    For the last century all fully-qualified submarine officers have been men. But that all changed when two women were honored with their Navy dolphin pins. The ceremony on Wednesday at Naval Base Kitsap was a graduation day of sorts with crowds, caps, and uniforms. From a cluster of colleagues, two female crew members of the USS Maine ballistic missile submarine were called front and center for a designation that made them qualified submariners. The two junior lieutenants were among the first three women in the submarine force's 112-year history to get their dolphins. "This is the mark where your command...
  • SNL: Foxx Celebrates 'Kill[ing] All The White People' in New Film

    12/09/2012 9:30:30 AM PST · by george76 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Dec 2012
    On Saturday Night Live, guest host Jamie Foxx told the amped-up crowd now in his new movie, Django Unchained, he gets to "kill all the white people ... How GREAT is that?" The live audience erupted in cheers and laughter.
  • Carville On Hillary: Every Democrat I Know Says "God, I Hope She Runs" (video)

    12/09/2012 9:26:48 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CARVILLE: Since 1944, if we would have been sitting here, Republicans have always craved order. And they've always looked for the lion tail to get behind. We've always been people that we want to fall in love. We're looking for the next argument. This is entirely different. Every Democrat I know says, "God, I hope she runs. We don't need a primary. Let's just go to post with this thing. We don't want to fight with anybody over anything." ### CARVILLE: Yeah, you've got to beat somebody. And the Republicans know that they need a primary. We don't want --...
  • Mary Matalin To Paul Krugman: "Are You An Economist Or A Polemicist?" (video)

    12/09/2012 9:25:11 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    KRUGMAN: That kills charitable deductions. It hits the middle class hard. If you do it -- if you do it right -- we've done this, right... MATALIN: Are you an economist or a polemicist? (CROSSTALK) KRUGMAN: There's only -- there's only $450 billion that you can get by doing that. MATALIN: Do you want to talk about economy or do you want to talk about polemics? KRUGMAN: No, this is not true. MATALIN: We have two different ways of going forward. We will not have Medicare, we will not have Social Security. You have senior Democrat Dick Durbin saying Social...
  • Glenn Beck, Vince Vaughn to launch reality TV show

    12/09/2012 9:12:55 AM PST · by Bill ORightsly · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/5/12 | Mackenzie Weinger
    Glenn Beck on Wednesday announced that he is teaming up with actor Vince Vaughn to produce a new reality show set to debut next year on Beck's TheBlaze TV. “Pursuit of Truth” will pit 20 documentary filmmakers in a competition for financing and distribution for their film. Beck’s TheBlaze TV, Vaughn and Peter Billingsley’s Wild West Productions and Gary Auerbach’s Go Go Luckey Entertainment are behind the nine episode series, which will launch on TheBlaze TV in spring 2013. "I am proud to announce that Vince Vaughn and I are going to be the executive producers," Beck said on his...
  • Bolling maintains his attack against Conservative Cuccinelli on radio show

    12/09/2012 9:10:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    from an email
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLaVo66OVF0&feature=youtu.be
  • Progressive journos hang with Obama: Anything wrong with that?

    12/09/2012 9:04:48 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2012 | Erik Wemple
    Now that’s compliance for you. The blackout from these “influential progressives” – as the White House so boosterishly calls them — raises an historic prospect. Could this be the first White House meeting with journalists in which more information about the proceedings came from the White House than from the journalists? After all, the White House did at least issue this statement: “This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction.”
  • The death of tax reform

    12/09/2012 9:02:10 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6 , 2012 | Robert J. Samuelson,
    The story behind the story is that “tax reform,” as we know it, is dying. During the 1980s, no major piece of legislation better symbolized bipartisan consensus than the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was regarded by both liberal and conservative experts as the best tax law since World War II. The basic idea was simple: Reduce tax rates and recover lost revenue by ending (or limiting) tax breaks. The struggle between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over the “fiscal cliff” indicates that this beneficial consensus has collapsed. Just the opposite is occurring. ... many politicians support...
  • Book Review - Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

    12/09/2012 8:45:15 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 8/26/2012 | John Tamny
    Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind - Mallory Factor Book Review: Shadowbosses by Mallory Factor and Elizabeth Factor Forbes.com 8/26/2012
  • Sen Coburn: DHS Security Grants not Funding Security Measures

    12/09/2012 8:43:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/9/12 | AWR Hawkins
    On Dec. 5, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report providing an overview of the $35 million the Department of Homeland Security has spent on grant programs since 2003. Ostensibly, the money was to be spent in a way that enhanced public security. Thus the money is labeled "security spending." However, what Coburn discovered is that the money is often not enhancing security in any way. And because funds are limited, the specious spending Coburn discovered is actually "making our nation less secure by directing scarce dollars to low-priority projects and low-risk areas." In the report, Coburn lists multiple examples...
  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 8:43:02 AM PST · by RLM · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/9/2012 | Richard Gonzales
    More than 200 school districts across California are taking a second look at the high price of the debt they've taken on using risky financial arrangements. Collectively, the districts have borrowed billions in loans that defer payments for years — leaving many districts owing far more than they borrowed.
  • Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound

    12/09/2012 8:40:00 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | December 8, 2012 | Tristin Hopper
    A little-used law that cracks down on “pretend witchcraft” remains in force more than a century after its enactment, but cities across Canada are still crawling with sham conjurers, fake sorcerers and fraudulent psychics. “I think the rarity of the charge comes down to the rarity of people coming forward,” said Detective Constable James Turnbull of Toronto police. “You’re trying to explain to people that they’ve been victimized and they don’t believe you; they believe the guy’s power is real.” Last week, his division charged self-described “healer” Gustavo Gomez under Section 365 of the Criminal Code, an archaic law that...
  • White House could protect middle class from looming tax hikes

    12/09/2012 8:36:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    White House could protect middle class from looming tax hikes By Peter Schroeder and Bernie Becker - 12/09/12 06:00 AM ET The White House has the power to temporarily protect taxpayers from middle-class tax hikes even as upper income rates rise if Congress does nothing and all of the Bush-era tax rates expire in January. Experts and lawmakers alike agree that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has the power to adjust how much is withheld from paychecks for tax purposes — for all taxpayers or just for some. By doing so, Geithner could ensure paychecks reflect the White House position that...
  • NYTimes Reporter: 'They Are So Much Cockier Now at the White House'

    12/09/2012 8:21:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    NYTimes Reporter: 'They Are So Much Cockier Now at the White House' Daniel Halper December 9, 2012 10:49 AM New York Times reporter Helene Cooper explained on Meet the Press that the White House is now "cockier": "I think when you talk about the feeling at the White House, there's a palpable difference now compared to 2011, the summer of 2011," said Cooper. "They are so much cockier right now at the White House than they were a year and a half ago when they were doing this. They really believe they have set out--you come to us, we're not...
  • Need Father's Rights help in DuPage County, IL (Please help!)

    12/09/2012 8:16:02 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 42 replies
    Vanity | 12-9-12 | TitansAFC
    I am dealing with a woman who is willing to falsely accuse me of harassment and being a threat to abuse my children. She has used denying visitation of the children against me, and is doing so now by filing an Order of Protection based on false allegations, which denies me visitation until our court date later in December. My current attorney, who was also my divorce attorney, is very passive. He has talked down any ideas I have come up with, and when I push for better advocacy from him, he is quick to mention that he will require...
  • Obama administration investigating sergeant who said the Bible condemns homosexuality

    12/09/2012 8:09:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 103 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has launched a federal investigation over a conversation between a Huntsville JROTC instructor and a lesbian student about the Bible and homosexuality. Last April, Virgil Grissom High School student Taylor Sisk, 15, asked a local homosexual activist to file a complaint on her behalf after 1st Sgt. Lynn Vanzandt allegedly told her that he believed the Bible says homosexuality is a sin. It is unclear how the conversation began. Sisk, who leads her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club, claimed she was talking to another girl about wanting to live in San Francisco when Vanzandt made...
  • The Military Knows It Has a Morality Problem

    12/09/2012 8:09:14 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 6, 2012 | James Kitfield
    It has not been a good year for America’s armed forces. David Petraeus’s extramarital affair dominated headlines; 25 instructors are under investigation for systematic sexual abuse of cadets at Lackland Air Force Base; and a rash of senior officers—at the rank of colonel or higher—have been reprimanded for serious misconduct. Last month, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to all four-star generals and flag officers asking for institutional soul-searching. Has the military’s behavior, he seemed to be asking, threatened the “sacred trust” among top officers, the men and women they lead, and the American people? “I...
  • War over ‘sexist’ Queens statue

    12/09/2012 8:01:00 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 9, 2012 | LIZ SADLER and KATE BRIQUELET
    Civic Virtue has become a Greek tragedy. Queens residents are protesting the city’s plans to banish a controversial sculpture to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn — which would be the second move for the classic, 90-year-old monument that pols have slammed for decades as a sexist eyesore. “The Triumph of Civic Virtue” depicts a nude male warrior symbolizing civic virtue trampling two women, the sirens of vice and corruption.
  • The Great "HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS" Wars (tea party vs. insiders)

    12/09/2012 7:52:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 31 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Almost every challenge facing the Republican Party boils down to one issue: How is it possible for Republicans to win elections? The GOP establishment fights, undermines, lies to, and betrays conservative Americans because GOP insiders do not believe it is possible to win elections on a tea party agenda. We’re looking at everything all wrong. We want Republican leaders to champion our tea party issues. But they can’t. They don’t know how. Conservatives believe that a properly-run campaign based on conservative values will win. More than that, we know it is the only way that a Republican candidate can win....
  • Right to Work Works!

    12/09/2012 7:42:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2012 | Brian Farmer
    Right to Work -- allowing every person to choose whether or not to join a union and pay dues — leads to greater personal wealth, freedom, and jobs for workers. Right to Work Works! The New American 14 June 2012 The concept of the right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Article 23.1 declares, “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment.” Article 23.4 goes on to state,...
  • China’s inflation accelerates as food-price gains quicken

    12/09/2012 7:34:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Business Mirror ^ | 09 December 2012 18:39
    CHINA’S inflation rebounded from a 33-month low as food costs rose the most since August, while deflation in factory-gate prices eased for a second month. The consumer price index rose 2 percent in November from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on its web site on Sunday. That compares with the 2.1-percent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 35 economists and 1.7-percent gain in October. Producer prices fell for a ninth month, while the pace of the decline moderated. The data may herald a new round of inflation should the nation’s nascent growth recovery gather...
  • Return of The Snowman: 30 years after the Christmas TV classic

    12/09/2012 7:28:25 AM PST · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th December 2012 | Claudia Connell
    'For many families, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs has become as much a part of Christmas as mince pies. To mark the 30th anniversary of the film — featuring the iconic Walking In The Air flying sequence — the team behind it have made a sequel, The Snowman And The Snowdog, to be screened on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve. Here, we bring you an exclusive preview — without spoiling all the surprises — revealing the painstaking care that goes into every frame...'
  • Jerusalem: Between the Jewish People and the Armies of Allah

    12/09/2012 7:26:52 AM PST · by Katechon · 37 replies
    December 9 | Katechon
    When, by an act of its own free will, it rejected the truth that it knew about God, satan became the cosmic "liar and the father of lies." For this reason, it lives in radical and irreversible denial of God and seeks to impose its own tragic "lie about the good" that is God. -- John Paul II Socialists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood are infiltrating Washington D.C. in order to loot the treasury and establish a totalitarian state, while socialists and homosexuals have infiltrated the Church long ago so as to drag as many folks as possible into...
  • Is America Headed Into An Intentional Recession?

    12/09/2012 7:21:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Austin Hill
    “Mah fellow Americans, inflayshun is ow-uh friend…” If you can pronounce the phonetic wording above – and if it sounds vaguely familiar – then for better or worse you probably grew up watching “Saturday Night Live” like I did. The line comes from a late 1970’s skit wherein funny guy Dan Aykroyd was impersonating President Jimmy Carter. During his one term as President, Carter addressed the nation numerous times to try and quell people’s fears about inflation, the economic malady that defined the era. During those years, Carter announced several anti-inflation policy measures. He urged Americans to “tighten their belts”...
  • Update: Robbery suspect shot, killed; two hostages unharmed at Sacramento Jack in the Box

    12/09/2012 7:18:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    blogs.sacbee.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Debbie Arrington and Edward Ortiz
    Hundreds of Saturday afternoon customers at a Sacramento shopping center witnessed a tense three-hour standoff at a Jack in the Box restaurant, which ended with a robbery suspect shot by Sacramento police sharpshooters. ------------------------cut---------------------- Dan Escamilla had just sat down to lunch at El Festival taqueria behind the Jack in the Box. A bail agent from Orange County, he was visiting the area in search of a violent felony fugitive. Still wearing her headset from the drive-through window, a female Jack in the Box employee rushed into the taqueria and said the nearby restaurant was being robbed, Escamilla said. "The...
  • Gun Owners: Should We Listen to Bob Costas or Jesus Christ?

    12/09/2012 7:07:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Doug Giles
    As most of you know, during a football game last week Bob Costas lectured us po’ goofy Americans about the evils of a “gun culture” and how we need to evolve away from being obsessed with firearms. As soon as I heard that drivel roll off Mr. C’s tongue I ordered another 30/06, a sweet Walther PPK and a custom .416 Rigby turnbolt. Cowabunga, Bob. Thanks for reminding me to buy more guns. First off, let me help you, Robert: Guns do not kill people. Dads with daughters do. Oh, and BTW, Planned Parenthood kills a lot of people …...
  • Intruder dies in Mississauga home invasion, police allege(Canada)

    12/09/2012 6:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | 7 December, 2012 | NA
    Police believe the man shot dead during a home invasion in Mississauga early Friday morning was an intruder. The robbery was at a residence on Corkstone Glade, near Rathburn Road and Dixie Road. Police responded to a 911 call just after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the suspects were gone and 22-year-old Ibrahim Abukar was found dead. He was alleged to have broken into the home along with the two other men. Peel police said that the men, two of whom were armed, were confronted by the homeowner. A struggle ensued, resulting in Abukar's death.
  • Why did nurse at Kate Middleton’s hospital kill herself?

    12/09/2012 6:55:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Delia Lloyd
    LONDON — It’s the million-dollar question, and not only here in the U.K. Jacintha Saldana — one of the nurses taken in by the prank phone call to the hospital where Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for acute morning sickness — killed herself early Friday. And we are all left scratching our heads. Why did she do it? Of course, the first thing we all wonder is about her mental stability. We’d all desperately like to believe that this hard-working mother of two, who commuted 140 miles to her day job, often working double shifts so that she...
  • MSNBC host: Energy is just too darn cheap (Watch Video)

    12/09/2012 6:53:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    While I was taking a short break from working this morning and fixing some breakfast, my TV was still on in the background, tuned in to MSNBC. The host of Up With Chris Hayes was holding court over a panel discussion on domestic energy issues, so since that’s pretty much my field I had decided to tune in. The initial discussion had roped in quite a bit of the usual disinformation on natural gas fracking (which appeared to draw heavily on "facts" from fabulist Josh Fox's fictional propaganda piece, Gasland). There was one industry "advocate" included who I wasn't familiar...
  • PDF of full court opinion: "There is no, 'Trust us, changes are coming' clause in the Constitution."

    EXCERPT: Moreover, the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action. There is no, "Trust us, changes are coming" clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction. See Florida Cannabis Action Network, Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 130 F. Supp. 2d 1358, 1362 (M.D. Fla. 2001) ("The whim, self restraint, or even the well reasoned judgment of a government official...
  • Report: Israel Special Forces Tracking Chemical Weapons In Syria

    12/09/2012 6:43:54 AM PST · by Fennie · 36 replies
    INN ^ | December 9, 2012
    IDF Special Forces are operating inside Syria to track chemical weapons, the London Sunday Times reported. The Israeli government has not commented on the report. The report from London comes hours after Syrian opposition forces released a video showing that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in the commercial center of Aleppo. The newspaper stated that the IDF operations across the border are part of new secret operations to locate non-conventional weapons and to sabotage them to prevent their use.
  • Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid — 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 City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — 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 ‘Ground Zero’ 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
    It’s 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 — but that’s 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....
  • Obama’s 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 “fiscal cliff” deal, the country’s grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow — 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 — not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA — A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2’s 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. “He got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,” 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 Mexico’s violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. “I thought I could make a difference,” 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 — A Knox County man — released from jail on a burglary charge earlier this week — 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.