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  • Ghana president re-elected, a result opposition claims was “manipulated”

    12/09/2012 10:08:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 11:00 PM EST, Sun December 9, 2012 | Nana Karikari-apau
    Ghana’s election commission announced Sunday night that the West African nation’s president won re-election, though the main opposition party says it has “credible evidence” the results were manipulated. In a statement streamed live on the Internet, Electoral Commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan declared “John Dramani Mahama president-elect” after securing 50.7% of the vote. Nana Akufo-Addo, the candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), garnered 47.7% of the vote, according to the commission. … But reiterating claims made earlier that the vote had been “manipulated,” the New Patriotic Party issued a statement it has “credible evidence (that) undermines the integrity of the...
  • Deputies: Woman beat up after asking for space at checkout

    12/09/2012 9:55:49 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 5, 2012 | Nikki Davidson
    PACOLET, SC (FOX Carolina) - Deputies said two women are accused of attacking a customer at a Li'l Cricket store in Pacolet who asked them to give her some space while checking out. According to Spartanburg County deputies, it was all because the victim asked the women to give her some space while she entered the pin code for her debit card at the cash register. "All I wanted was a little bit of privacy, I didn't know it would lead to a beatdown," said the victim, Amanda Parker. On Monday afternoon Parker stopped into the Li'l Cricket on Pine...
  • Investigative Journalist Kerry Picket Joins Breitbart News

    12/09/2012 9:54:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Big Journalism (Breitbart) ^ | December 9, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Investigative journalist Kerry Picket has joined Breitbart News. Picket formerly edited and wrote for the Washington Times opinion section and its "Water Cooler" blog. She also covered Capitol Hill and campaign and elections for the publication. Picket has regularly appeared as a guest commentator on dozens of cable news networks like Fox News, CNN, Fox Business Network, and the Christian Broadcast Network. She has also appeared in prime time specials on Fox News’s “Hannity” dealing with issues such as crony capitalism and corruption in Washington, D.C. “I’m looking forward to continuing what Andrew Breitbart started--delivering honest news, real news, without...
  • Boehner, Obama Meet Face-to-Face on Fiscal Cliff

    12/09/2012 9:31:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | David Kerley
    For the first time in more than three weeks, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face today at the White House to talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff. … The White House afternoon talks, conducted without cameras or any announcement until they were over, came as some Republicans were showing more flexibility about approving higher tax rates for the wealthy, one of the president’s demands to keep the country from the so-called fiscal cliff—a mixture of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that many economists say would send the country back into recession. “Let’s face it. He does...
  • Is the economy creating a lost generation?

    12/09/2012 9:21:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    This is not a good time to be starting out in life. Jobs are scarce, and those that exist often pay unexpectedly low wages. Beginning a family — always stressful and uncertain — is increasingly a stretch. The weak economy begets weak family formation. We instinctively know this; several new studies now deepen our understanding. When the labor market operates smoothly, it creates an economic escalator. Just out of high school or college, young workers typically switch jobs frequently until they find something that fits their talent and temperament. Job changes often mean higher pay; people move to advance themselves....
  • California School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 9:16:58 PM PST · by Biser · 21 replies
    npr ^ | Dec 7, 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.
  • Benghazi: Libyan Terrorists Got Arms From Obama Administration‏

    12/09/2012 9:16:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 09 December 2012 | Jim Kouri
    In spite of the threat of American weapons ending up in the hands of terrorist groups, President Barack Obama secretly approved an arms transfer to Libyan rebels through Qatar at the height of the rebellion against Moamar Khadhafi, a knowledgeable source noted on Friday. However, American counterterrorists are discovering that some of those U.S. weapons ended up in the hands of radical Islamists including associates of al-Qaeda, according to a law enforcement source who trained police in the Middle East. Some Americans who are retired from the military, as well as intelligence and law enforcement agencies, believe there should be...
  • Obama Silent as Mexico Jails Former Marine on Trumped-Up Gun Charge

    12/09/2012 9:15:59 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    A former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been chained to a bed in a Mexican prison since August. Jon Hammar faces up to 12 years in a Mexican jail on what may be a trumped-up charge of possessing an illegal shotgun. Customs officials had already cleared the shotgun before he entered Mexico. On August 23, Hammar and his friend Ian McDonough were en route to Costa Rica on a surfing vacation when they ran into trouble after crossing the Mexican border. According to McClatchy newspapers, Hammer brought “a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico,” which his mother referred...
  • U.S. knew for years of Benghazi extremism

    12/09/2012 9:07:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08 December 2012 | Guy Taylor and Shaun Waterman
    Senior State Department, defense and intelligence officials were well aware that Benghazi and its surrounding area harbored al Qaeda-linked extremists long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city. Benghazi became famous last year as the birthplace of the revolution that swept Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi from power. But in recent interviews with The Washington Times, several former high-level officials explained that eastern Libya was notorious in Washington’s counterterrorism community for more than a decade as a hub for jihadists leaving for or returning from insurgencies abroad. The agencies’ long-standing knowledge about Islamic...
  • Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

    12/09/2012 8:56:14 PM PST · by Errant · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/09/12 | Tyler Durden
    And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data...
  • Sen. Corker: GOP Could Accept Higher Taxes On Wealthy

    12/09/2012 8:41:49 PM PST · by zeestephen · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 09 December 2012 | Anne Flaherty
    Bob Corker says he — and probably many other GOP senators — would consider raising the top tax rate paid by the wealthiest Americans if it meant reforming big entitlement programs such as Medicare.
  • The unspeakable right

    12/09/2012 8:37:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-24-12 | Dan Popp
    The great and chief end, therefore, of men's uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property. — John Locke When Christian employers protested the new federal rule that they provide insurance for services that violate their consciences, the most horrifying thing was the solution. President Obama assumed that Americans would accept his bullying of insurance companies if he paused his bullying of churches. And it seems he was correct. For the moment, we still have some freedom of religion, but no "freedom of business." That's not what the Founders called it, of course; this...
  • Oren: Chemical Weapons in Wrong Hands Would be 'Game Changer'(Israeli Amb.)

    12/09/2012 8:35:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/9/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren warned Sunday that any evidence of chemical weapons being passed from the Assad regime to terrorist groups like Hizbullah would be a “red line for Israel” and could constitute military action. While Oren could not confirm recent claims that the Syrian regime is mixing and moving components for the deadly sarin nerve gas, he said that Israel is watching the situation "very carefully." "Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands -- Huzbullah's hands, for example -- that would be a game-changer for us," Oren told "Fox News Sunday."
  • What Comes First: Syrian Chemical Attack Or US-Led Showdown? (Special Ops in Theatre)

    12/09/2012 8:22:41 PM PST · by drewh · 26 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 9, 2012, 12:03
    For the past week, US officials have kept up a flow of leaks to the media suggesting that Syrian President Bashar Assad was on the verge of ordering his army to unleash chemical weapons. The details built up as the week went by, starting with the detection of “unusual movements” of Syrian chemical weapons units, advancing to reports that the Syrians were “mixing precursor chemicals” for the nerve gas sarin and on Thursday, Dec. 6, that bombs had been made ready with sarin gas for loading onto Syrian Air Force fighter-bombers when Assad gave the word. Saturday, Dec. 8, British...
  • The US Finally Admits To Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels

    12/09/2012 7:59:32 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 71 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll and Michael Kelley
    Diplomatic sources told the Sunday Times that the U.S. "bought weapons from the stockpiles of Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi." The heavy arms include mortars, rocket propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and the controversial anti-aircraft heat-seeking SA-7 missiles, which are integral to countering Bashar Al-Assad's bombing campaign. The administration has said that the previously hidden CIA operation in Benghazi involved finding, repurchasing and destroying heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, but in October we reported evidence indicating that U.S. agents — particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens — were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian...
  • Jamie Foxx On SNL Jokes About Killing ‘All the White People’ in New Movie (Blood Pressure Alert)

    12/09/2012 7:40:48 PM PST · by llevrok · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/9/2012
    Singer/actor Jamie Foxx hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, and his comments were racially-charged from the outset. For those who don’t recall, Foxx is the man who recently told us that we should “honor” our “lord and savior” Barack Obama. “I’m dressed in all black, cause it’s good to be black. Black is the new white!” Foxx began in his opening monologue. The really curious comments came soon after: “I got a new movie coming out, Django, check it out…Django Unchained, I play a slave. How black is that? In the movie, I have to wear chains. How whack is...
  • Education's Great Divide: My Time in the Trenches

    12/09/2012 7:40:11 PM PST · by wintertime · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2012 | Glenn Fairman
    On perhaps my saddest day of teaching, I was witness to an assembly presented to juniors and seniors at La Puente High School under color of "AIDS Awareness." Within the 45-minute series of very cleverly devised humorous skits and demonstrations, I beheld the barbaric demolition of the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West before my very eyes. Along with provocative descriptions of male-on-male coitus and the disparagement "twisted and perverse" directed at anyone who found fault with the emancipated vision of a sexual free-for-all was a single demonstration that elicited only wild applause and profound laughter amongst the audience. A mid-twenties...
  • Nine Beers Americans No Longer Drink

    12/09/2012 7:40:10 PM PST · by shove_it · 217 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | Michael B. Sauter and Alexander E.M. Hess
    After three years of declining sales, shipments of domestically sold beer are up by more than 1% in the United States this year. Sales of light beer and specialty beer, such as Budweiser Light Platinum, Shock Top, and Blue Moon, have been the driving force in the resurgence of U.S. breweries. While sales of specialty, craft, and small-market beers have improved dramatically, many of the traditional, full-calorie beers that were once the staples of most breweries have fallen behind. In the five years ending in 2011, sales of Budweiser, which was once the top-selling beer in the country for years,...
  • Tea Party Helps Cram Through Michigan Anti-Union “Right to Work” Law

    12/09/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by quantim · 34 replies
    IREHR ^ | 09 Dec 2012 | Ben Stewart
    Ben Stewart presents an on-the-ground look at anti-union events in Michigan Many arrived via the Walter Reuther Expressway from Detroit. Protestors donned hard hats, scrubs and overalls, chanting “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Right to Work Has Got to Go!” As police lines held back the crowds of union members, and locked them out of the governors’ office building and the Capitol, the reality began to sink in. Michigan was going to be a “right to work” state. No more than fifty Tea Party activists were visible on Thursday. Some took this as a sign of weak public support for the...
  • Lansing Protest Paid for by DNC

    12/09/2012 7:22:32 PM PST · by satan · 3 replies
    Self
    My cousin, visiting from Michigan and looking for a congressional intern job, received a call this evening from the Obama Campaign. Return to Lansing as soon as possible for protest against right-to-work. We will pay all expenses. I didn't know he was one of them. Another paid protest brought to you by the DNC.