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  • 4th man claims he had underage sex with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

    12/10/2012 2:03:47 PM PST · by FamiliarFace · 40 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 10, 2012 | Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley
    <p>A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash.</p> <p>On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers.</p>
  • Gays Condemn Salvation Army

    12/10/2012 1:58:20 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    Catholic League ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    The Salvation Army is under increasing attack from homosexual activists this Christmas season. The Christian organization is under fire for merely holding Christian beliefs on marriage and the family—it does not discriminate against anyone—and now the war has extended to a formal resolution by the Associated Students of the University of California at Berkeley calling for a ban of Salvation Army donation boxes on campus; university officials are considering the request. An organized effort to boycott the Salvation Army is also under way. A gay website, watermarkonline.com, is asking its readers nationwide not to give to the charitable organization. Gays...
  • Governor signs Amendment 64, marijuana officially legal in Colorado

    12/10/2012 1:33:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 115 replies
    fox31 ^ | 12.10.2012 | fox31
    DENVER — Go ahead and bust out the Cheetos and Goldfish, Colorado. Marijuana is now legal in the Centennial State. Just over a month after the citizens of Colorado voted in overwhelming favor of Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote.” What does it mean?
  • Man, 31, visiting Manhattan killed with one shot to the head near Columbus Circle

    12/10/2012 1:32:27 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/10/12 | Edgar Sandoval , Barry Paddock AND Rocco Parascandola
    It took one bullet in the back of the head to kill a 31-year-old man visiting Manhattan on Monday, in a shocking, broad-daylight attack near Columbus Circle and Carnegie Hall, a police source said Monday. -snip- The suspect, described as wearing a brown hoodie, a dark coat and khaki pants, fled the scene in a grey vehicle, cops said. -snip- "He was bleeding bad,” Kolo said. “Blood was gushing out of his eyeball, his nose, mouth, everywhere. He was talking a little. Or trying to. He was alive for good two minutes." "You could not even see anything on one...
  • How Dewey Bartlett Balanced Tulsa's Budget without Raising Taxes

    12/10/2012 1:30:23 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 3 replies
    Reason TV ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Len Gilroy and Sharif Matar
    Video is here. When Mayor Dewey Bartlett took office on December 7, 2009, Tulsa, Oklahoma was in its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression. "We would have probably had to file for bankruptcy," Bartlett tells Reason TV. "It certainly got us focused on how to run a government better." With a $10 million budget shortfall and employee compensation spiraling out of control, thinkng about layoffs was just the beginning. Bartlett schooled himself about the budget and decided to focus "on things a government really should do and also make a decision on what a government really doesn't need to...
  • Christmas Books

    12/10/2012 1:18:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 11, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    During the holidays, a shopping mall can be more like a shopping maul. One way to avoid that scene is to give books as Christmas gifts, since books can be bought on-line, painlessly. A book that fits in with the holiday spirit is "No, They Can't!" by TV show host John Stossel. It is written with a light touch, but gets across some pretty heavy stuff about economics. The title is a take-off on Obama's old slogan, "Yes, we can!" It is the first book I have read that asks a question about electric cars that should have been asked...
  • UN Hosts Art Depicting Palestine as All of Israel

    12/10/2012 1:09:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    The UN is now hosting in the public entrance hall of its New York headquarters a Palestinian exhibit which includes pieces that artfully depict all of Israel as Palestine. The display goes hand-in-hand with the logo featured at the top of the cover page of the speech that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ delivered to the General Assembly on November 29, 2012. That emblem continues to promote a one state solution, Palestine without Israel. On November 29th the General Assembly granted “Palestine” the status of “non-member observer state” under the pretense that the move brought the world
  • Watching Syria’s descent

    12/10/2012 12:52:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Jackson Diehl
    The scariest thing about Syria, from the West’s point of view, may be the gap between the hair-raising scenarios senior officials are discussing about what may happen next and their limp strategies for preventing it. Inside the Obama administration, Syria is now likened by some to a second Somalia — only at the heart of the Middle East, and with the world’s third-largest stockpile of chemical weapons. One official recently described a near-term future in which the current, two-sided civil war breaks down into a free-for-all in which Sunni forces fight Kurds and each other as well as the Alawi...
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s unlikely new ally? Egypt’s military

    12/10/2012 12:47:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2012 | Dan Murphy, Staff Writer
    Yesterday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi raised taxes on a host of goods and services, among then alcohol, tobacco, advertising, and construction rebar. Then at around 2 a.m. today, he suspended the tax increases with a short update to his public Facebook account. … Now, he and the Muslim Brotherhood that propelled him to power appear to be accommodating themselves to the authoritarian institutions that worked so well during the country’s nearly 60 years of military-backed dictatorship. Concessions have been made to protect the military’s autonomy and business interests, and in return Morsi appears to have secured the cooperation of the...
  • 2 Dems to work with GOP to control state Senate [Washington State]

    12/10/2012 12:40:23 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/10/2012 | Associated Press
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two Democrats in the Washington state Senate abandoned their caucus Monday, vowing to work with Republicans to control the chamber and push conservative budgeting principles. Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom of Bellevue and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch said the bipartisan cooperation would drive better policies. Under the new plan, Republicans will chair six committees, including the panel that controls the state budget, while Democrats will control another six committees. The parties will split control of three other panels, though Sheldon is on two of those committees.
  • Syria: Assad Already Using Chemical Weapons On Civilians – Activists

    12/10/2012 12:36:43 PM PST · by Braak · 62 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/10/2012 | Al Bawaba News
    Global concerns over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles grew after U.S. officials this week privately said the regime had begun mixing chemicals that could be used for the lethal nerve agent sarin. On Saturday, Syrian told the United Nations that it would never use chemical weapons against its peoples and warned that opposition fighters are the ones who could use chemical weapons. But videos uploaded on the web by activists proved otherwise. The video showed the destruction caused by what they identified as chemical weapons. They said the fire was caused by a tank dropped from a Syrian warplane and was...
  • Prosecutor: Zimmerman trying to 'co-opt the mantle of victimhood' from Trayvon Martin

    12/10/2012 12:36:19 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 72 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    <p>In a blistering response to a recent filing by George Zimmerman's defense team, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda accuses the second-degree murder defendant of attempting "to co-opt the mantle of victimhood for himself."</p> <p>Zimmerman's legal team had asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to force an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teen shot by Zimmerman Feb. 26 in Sanford, to turn over a recorded interview of a witness described as the teen's girlfriend.</p>
  • Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

    12/10/2012 12:35:14 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / AP
    Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers. "Especially at a time when we are facing economic uncertainty, (companies will) be hit with...
  • Assad has chemical weapons: Obama and the U.N. vow tough inaction

    12/10/2012 12:32:49 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-10-2012 | Eric Golub
    December 10, 2012 Assad has chemical weapons: Obama and the U.N. vow tough inaction Eric Golub LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2012 ― For every innocent Syrian killed, there is a world organization with bloodied Syrian bodies on its filthy hands. That useless, ineffectual bastion of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism known as the United Nations has decided to stop doing nothing and start looking busy. Recent reports say that Syrian strongman Bashar Assad is moving and preparing chemical weapons, which suggests that he is willing to kill his own people in order to maintain his weakening grip on power. This guy is...
  • Obamacare’s regulatory surtax on exchange insurance plans

    12/10/2012 12:28:35 PM PST · by Red Steel · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 3, 2012 | 2:13 pm | Philip Klein
    Despite over 2,000 pages of legislative text, many key details of President Obama’s national health care law were left up to regulators to work out, with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius given the lead role. The Obama administration wanted to avoid issuing potentially controversial health care regulations during an election year, but now that it’s over, regulations are starting to roll out. In a news dump this past Friday afternoon, HHS released 373 pages of new insurance regulations, and buried on page 299 is a proposed 3.5 percent monthly “user fee” to be levied on the premiums...
  • Obama criticizes Michigan right-to-work bills

    12/10/2012 12:27:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 12/10/12 | AP News
    REDFORD, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama says right-to-work legislation in Michigan is more about politics than economics. He is criticizing a measure that would prevent requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at their workplace. Obama received loud applause at a Michigan engine plant when he said we shouldn't be "taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions." The president says that the right-to-work bills are more about "giving you the right to work for less money."
  • Chrysler workers canned for drinking on the job reinstated

    12/10/2012 12:21:47 PM PST · by shove_it · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8 Dec 2012
    <p>Chrysler workers who were fired or suspended two years ago after a MyFoxDetroit investigation found them drinking and goofing off during lunch break are back on the job. MyFoxDetroit first aired the footage of the Chrysler workers in September 2010.</p>
  • (Bastard Nation) 'I Should Sterilize You' - Judge Orders Deadbeat Dad of 9 to Stop Reproducing

    12/10/2012 12:11:35 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'I should sterilize you': Deadbeat dad of nine agrees to judge's order to stop having kids • Corey Curtis, 44, owes about $90,000 in back child support and interest to the mothers of his children • Agrees with judge's order to curb his excessive breeding as a condition of a three-year probation term • America’s most infamous baby machine, Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee, has fathered more than 20 children with 11 women A Wisconsin father of nine who's behind on child support payments has allegedly agreed with a judge's order not to have any more children until he can show...
  • Merck Foundation stops giving to Boy Scouts

    12/10/2012 12:07:24 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | AP
    Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company's nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money to the Boy Scouts if they change their policy on sexual orientation. Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier was a scout in his youth. He received the "Good Scout" Award from the Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council in June. ...
  • Chinese group buys AIG aircraft firm for up to $4.8 billion

    12/10/2012 12:07:04 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 3 replies
    Rueters ^ | 12/10/12 | http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/10/us-aig-ilfc-idUSBRE8B900J20121210
    American International Group Inc (AIG.N) will sell nearly all of aircraft leasing business ILFC (ILFC.N) to a Chinese consortium for up to $4.8 billion, in a deal that gives the fastest growing aviation market easier and cheaper access to planes. But the sale is at a far cheaper price than AIG sought and will lead to a substantial loss, the insurer's price for getting out of its last major non-core asset following the U.S. government bailout of the company in the financial crisis. Chinese firms have previously shown interest in aircraft leasing, and the deal would give China access to...