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  • Texas Secession Petition Ignored by White House

    12/10/2012 7:09:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/10/2012 | Sarah Parnass
    Texas is waiting for President Obama’s reaction to a petition demanding it be allowed to secede from the United States. They may have to keep waiting. Sunday marked the last day for Texas’ petition to secede from the union to gather 25,000 digital signatures, the number needed to warrant a response from the White House. The virtual petition achieved that goal four weeks ago. Now it’s up to 119,209, but still no word from the Oval Office. A White House official told ABC News in November that it would respond to the petition, following a procedure that demands they address...
  • Many freed criminals avoid deportation, strike again

    12/10/2012 7:00:33 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 09, 2012 | Maria Sacchetti
    FLUSHING, N.Y. — Qian Wu thought the man who brutally attacked her was gone forever. She was sure that Huang Chen, a Chinese citizen who slipped into America on a ship and stayed in the country illegally, would be deported as soon as he got out of jail for choking, punching, and pointing a knife at her in 2006. But China refused to take Chen back. So, after jailing Chen on and off for three years in Texas, immigration officials believed they were out of options and did what they have done with thousands of criminals like him. They quietly...
  • George Will: 'Quite literally, opposition to gay marriage is dying'

    12/10/2012 6:54:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 65 replies
    Queerty and UPI Blog ^ | 12/10/12 | Kate Stanton
    When pundits on ABC's "This Week" Sunday discussed recent news that the Supreme Court would take up two major gay marriage cases -- challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8 -- conservative commentator George Will issued a blunt characterization of same-sex marriage's opponents. There is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people. According to a Politico poll out Sunday, Will is right in saying that older Americans are less likely to support gay marriage. The poll said that while 63 percent of 18 to...
  • Syria Says it has 'Serious Fear' it is Being Framed

    12/10/2012 6:50:08 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Syria has accused the United States of seeking to frame the country for using chemical weapons, Syrian state-run media reported. "The U.S. administration has consistently worked over the past year to launch a campaign of allegations on the possibility that Syria could use chemical weapons during the current crisis," the Foreign Ministry wrote in letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. "What raises concerns about this news circulated by the media is our serious fear that some of the countries backing terrorism and terrorists might provide the armed terrorist groups with chemical weapons...
  • Michigan unions say no right to work

    12/10/2012 6:23:36 PM PST · by South40 · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2012 | Thomas Mullen
    TAMPA, December 10, 2012 – Lansing, Michigan is bracing for an onslaught of protestors following Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s indication that he would sign “Right to Work” legislation currently making its way through the state legislature. President Obama and Harry Reid have both joined Michigan Democrats in denouncing the bill. As usual, both liberals and conservatives are already demonstrating their skewed perception of reality in weighing in on this debate. President Obama told workers at an engine plant outside Detroit that “what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages,” as if...
  • Boy Scouts of America: Merck pulls funding in protest at gay ban

    12/10/2012 6:22:04 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 27 replies
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Monday 10 December 2012 11.51 EST | Dominic Rushe
    The drugs giant Merck has suspended its funding for the Boy Scouts of America, citing its discrimination against gay people. The maker of top-selling drugs including asthma treatment Singulair and the HPV vaccine Gardasil joins Intel and UPS. In July the BSA reaffirmed its long-time policy barring openly gay members from joining the organisation and barring gay and lesbian scout leaders. The ban sparked a national backlash and was condemned by both president Barack Obama and his Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney. Scouts for Equality has petitioned all major sponsors in an attempt to get the BSA to overturn the...
  • HIV Vector Licks Leukemia

    12/10/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    A gene therapy that uses infusions of patients’ own T cells genetically engineered to attack their tumors enjoyed its first successful and sustained demonstration of clinical-trial success in nine of 12 leukemia patients—two of whom have been in remission for more than two years. The therapy was pioneered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, whose researchers will present latest results from the study today at the American Society of Hematology (ASH)'s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta.According to Penn Perelman, the results pave the way for a potential paradigm shift in the treatment of these types of...
  • Sales of American Eagle gold coins soar

    12/10/2012 6:12:13 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 27 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 12/10/12 | Jack Farchy
    Demand for gold coins in the US has soared since the presidential election, as small investors fret about the lack of action to address America’s ballooning debt. The US Mint’s sales of American Eagles, one of the most popular gold coins, leapt 131 per cent in November, hitting their highest level in more than two years. The Royal Canadian Mint also had its strongest month of sales this year. Terry Hanlon, president of metals at Dillon Gage, one of the largest bullion dealers in the country, said sales had risen sharply “within a day or two” of the election. “You’ve...
  • President Obama Eyes Banks To Cover Bad FHA Bets

    12/10/2012 6:05:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/ | Editorial
    Subprime Scandal: Now that the president's mismanagement of FHA has led to its insolvency, how will he avoid the embarrassment of a bailout? By squeezing banks, how else? Under Obama, the Federal Housing Administration has increasingly backed new home loans to so-called rebound borrowers who recently defaulted on past mortgages. The agency is allowing lower-income borrowers to get loans just three years after foreclosure with as little as 3% down and lousy credit scores. In fact, a whopping 40% of newer FHA-backed loans are subprime. The risky lending has led to higher delinquencies. In fact, at 17%, delinquencies on FHA...
  • Leg-Crossing Swedish Ambassador Angers Iran

    12/10/2012 6:03:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | 8 Dec 12
    Sweden's newly appointed ambassador in Tehran has reportedly upset Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - by crossing his legs during a meeting. According to Iranian website Asriran.com the Swedish ambassador, Peter Tejler, committed the apparently offensive act after a ceremony in which he presented his credentials to the president. It is unclear, though, whether the president himself was offended by the ambassador's cross-legged pose or whether this was, in fact, the interpretation of events by Asriran.com. Photos from the meeting show Ahmadinejad himself sitting cross-legged, too. Armenian website Panorama translated the Iranian website's report, which explains that crossing one's legs "contradicts...
  • French Teacher Suspended Over 'Suicide Assignment'(Asks Kids To Write Suicide Note)

    12/10/2012 6:02:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/10/2012 | BBC
    A teacher in France has been suspended after allegedly asking pupils to write an essay from the viewpoint of a suicidal teenager, officials say. The pupils, aged between 13 and 14, were told to imagine reasons for wanting to end their lives and describe their self-disgust. Angry parents contacted the national education department and sent a copy of the assignment brief to a local paper. "The wording is beyond shocking," an investigating government official said.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio ~ 11 DEC 2012

    12/10/2012 6:01:28 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 83 replies
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        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Greene and Montgomery counties, eight miles northeast of the central business district of Dayton, Ohio. Part of the base is located along the city limits of Riverside and is also adjacent to Fairborn and Beavercreek. The base is named after the Wright brothers, who used the Huffman Prairie portion of what became Wright-Patterson as their testing ground, and Frank Stuart Patterson, son and nephew of the co-founders of National Cash Register, who was...
  • January 15, 2013: Stop Agenda 21 Presentation in Katy, Texas

    12/10/2012 5:54:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    Stop Agenda 21 Texas ^ | 10 December 2012 | Stop Agenda 21 Texas
    SOURCE: January 15, 2013: Stop Agenda 21 Presentation in Katy, Texas The Dangers of UN Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development Date: January 15, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Spring Creek Barbeque 21000 Kay Freeway ( 1-10 W @ Westgreen Blvd ) Katy, Texas, 77449 This presentation will reveal the true intentions of United Nations’ Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development and who’s in control behind the scenes. Video: Brief Overview of Agenda 21:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzoN0IQsTAE Contact Information: Mar. Webster (713) 248-8413 E-mail: mwebster2222@me.com Erin Earley (281) 599-7198, E-mail: eesquared57@comcast.net
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-10-12

    12/10/2012 5:49:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-10-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Fox’s Ed Henry: Some Fox Shows Have Given Benghazi More Coverage Than Needed

    12/10/2012 5:47:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry told the Associated Press Thursday that some of Fox shows and commentators have covered Benghazi “more than it needed to be covered.” …
  • EU: [Italian PM] Mario Monti's exit is only way to save Italy

    12/10/2012 5:40:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/10/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italy has only one serious economic problem. It is in the wrong currency. The nation is richer than Germany in per capita terms, with some €9 trillion of private wealth. It has the biggest primary budget surplus in the G7 bloc. Its combined public and private debt is 265pc of GDP, lower than in France, Holland, the UK, the US or Japan. It scores top of the International Monetary Fund’s index for “long-term debt sustainability” among key industrial nations, precisely because it reformed the pension structure long ago under Silvio Berlusconi. “They have a vibrant export sector, and a primary...
  • George Will: “Opposition to Gay Marriage is Dying—It’s Old People”

    12/10/2012 5:39:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 137 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Syndicated columnist George Will, appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” said opposition to same-sex marriage is “quite literally” dying, because opponents tend to be older Americans. “There is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people,” Will said. …
  • Reminder: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Federal Spending Cuts

    12/10/2012 5:37:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Buy Benson
    But by all means, let's keep obsessing over tax increases on rich people, which would take care of roughly eight percent of this year's federal deficit -- at best.   Let's take a peek at the data itself, then discover how Politico chose to boil it down into a narrative-driving headline:   Your headline? "Battleground Poll: Hike Taxes on the Rich."  Don't get me wrong; there is no shortage of disappointing information packed into that infographic.  (1) A large majority supports the president's proposed tax increase on the rich, despite its negligible revenue impact and high likelihood of killing jobs....
  • Obama: Look at Michigan to See How Unions Built America’s Middle Class

    12/10/2012 5:28:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 150 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    Speaking at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Mich., on Monday, President Barack Obama lashed out at the Michigan legislature for passing a right-to-work law and declared that Americans only needed to look at Michigan if they wanted to see how unions helped build the middle class. “These so-called right to work laws, they don’t have to do with economics,” Obama said. “They have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. You only have to look to Michigan, where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto...
  • Seattle Erects Same-Sex Wedding ‘Chapels’ Inside City Hall

    12/10/2012 5:20:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The City of Seattle erected five “chapels” inside its city hall over the weekend, so the government facility could host 138 same-sex wedding ceremonies on Sunday. Same-sex unions became legal in Washington as of Sunday due to the passage of a referendum in the November election. … But some Seattle residents were not celebrating on Sunday. Dan Kennedy, who is chief executive of the pro-life group Human Life of Washington, told the Seattle Times the day reminded him of the Roman Empire. “I feel like I’m living in pagan Rome,” Kennedy said. …
  • Waterboarding Works, According To (potential Oscar favorite)'Zero Dark Thirty'

    12/10/2012 5:18:57 PM PST · by drewh · 8 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | 10 Dec 2012, 10:46 AM PDT | by Christian Toto
    The new film "Zero Dark Thirty" shows U.S. interrogators using a variety of methods, from sleep deprivation to waterboarding, to get vital information out of terrorist detainees. And it worked, according to the film, which illustrates the hunt for Osama bin Laden in methodical detail. The film's crew worked intensely with the dministration to glean as many details about the hunt as possible, a search which drew questions at to whether the team received classified information along the way. In theory, bin Laden would still be alive and plotting more attacks had Obama's "no torture" policy been in place. Will...
  • Huelskamp to Boehner: Give Me My Job Back

    12/10/2012 5:13:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 04:15 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    One of four Republican lawmakers ousted from several key committees by House Speaker John Boehner last week for allegedly not toeing the party line is asking to be reinstated. … (Kansas Rep. Tim) Huelskamp, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, and Arizona Rep. David Schweikert have asked Boehner for a written explanation of why they were banished. They also want to see any voting “scorecards” that may have factored in their ousters. …
  • Cuomo Declines Opportunity to Back Hillary Clinton

    12/10/2012 5:07:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 02:58 PM | (Newsmax Wires)
    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a potential candidate for president in 2016, offered a non-committal response as to whether he backs Hillary Clinton for president. … (Cuomo:) “That’s a long way away. We just elected a president. … There’s no doubt that she’s incredibly popular, she’s got incredible support. … She’s going to have to make her decision.” …
  • Should Massachusetts Loosen Gun Control Laws?

    12/10/2012 5:06:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    roslindale.patch.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Karla Vallance
    Way too much red tape. That's the complaint of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a group that is urging passage of a law that would abolish the requirement of having to renew a gun permit every six years, according to the Boston Herald. For comparison, Massachusetts vehicle drivers' licenses need to be renewed every five years. But the league says local police cannot keep up with timely gun permit renewals, and legitimate gunowners go license-less until the cops get time to do the paperwork. The law now allows 40 days for turning around license applications. In Boston, almost...
  • Mayan apocalypse: Serbia's mystic mountain targeted by believers

    12/10/2012 5:05:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-10-12 | Nick Squires
    Hotel owners around the pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj, in the east of the Balkan country, say that bookings are flooding in, with believers in the prophecy hoping that its purported mysterious powers will save them from the apocalypse. Adherents of the end-of-the-world scenario think the 5,100ft-high mountain, part of the Carpathian range, conceals a pyramidal building inside, left behind by alien visitors thousands of years ago. Arthur C Clarke, the British science fiction writer, reportedly identified the peak as a place of "special energy" and called it "the navel of the world". Doomsday cultists believe that it emits special energy that...
  • Hero of the Telemark Raid dies aged 101

    12/10/2012 5:00:50 PM PST · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2012 | Daniel Miller
    'One of the last two survivors of the legendary Second World War 'Heroes of the Telemark' raid, which helped thwart Hitler's plans to build a Nazi nuclear bomb, has died aged 101. Just 31 at the time, Norwegian Birger Stromsheim was the oldest member of the team who successfully destroyed the hard water production facility at the Norsk Hydoelectric plant in Telemark, southern Norway. The raid, which is regarded as one of the most successful acts of sabotage in World War II, was also remarkable for the fact all the team managed to escape by cross country skiing 250 miles...
  • Gun owners say boondoggle puts them in license limbo

    12/10/2012 4:49:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 10, 2012 | John Zaremba and Chris Cassidy
    Gun ownership advocates are pushing for a return to lifetime firearm licenses, saying the state’s 1998 get-tough gun control laws have created a bureaucratic nightmare that turns them into lawbreakers, while cash-strapped police departments say they are swamped. “It’s a license that’s mandated by a state that cannot supply it,” said James Wallace, president of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, which is pushing a bill to speed up the process by eliminating renewals — and instead just yanking licenses from people when they violate the terms. “It’s taking so long that people are technically illegal, and they’re scared...
  • Obama Moves "Red Line" On Syria's Chemical Weapons

    12/10/2012 4:37:58 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 10, 2012
    Mideast: The chemical weapons that Syria is preparing to use may have come from a stockpile that Iraq used against its own people and which the Russians helped transport to Syria before Operation Iraqi Freedom. Syria's chemical weapons are on the move, their precursor chemicals having been mixed, a crossing of a line drawn by President Obama Aug. 20 when he said "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized." So our resolute president decides to draw another line — that if Syria's Bashar al-Assad makes use of...
  • ESPN president orders producers to cut back on Tebow coverage: report

    12/10/2012 4:36:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | JUSTIN TERRANOVA
    Cortland may be a little less crowded next summer. ESPN president John Skipper has told producers that the cable giant needs to spend less time talking about Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. "I said, 'Guys, we didn't handle this very well.' Going to training camp wasn't a problem. We just stayed on it relentlessly and too long," Skipper told Sports Business Journal.
  • Navy Seal Killed in Afghanistan

    12/10/2012 4:30:38 PM PST · by PennsylvaniaMom · 29 replies
    KDKA-TV Pittsburgh ^ | 12/10/12 | KDKA-TV
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pentagon says a Navy SEAL from Monroeville was killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, died after being shot in the head Dec. 8, during the mission. Checque was a member of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama Bin Laden last year. However, it is unknown at this time if he participated in that mission.
  • Tony Clement de-Grinches the halls of power

    12/10/2012 4:27:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | Kelly McParland
    It doesn’t seem to matter that the “Christmas season” has long since been usurped by “the holiday season,” that there’s about as much religion involved in Christmas as there is at a WalMart Black Friday sale, or that a present or two under a tree has been replaced by eight weeks of intensive mass marketing designed to fill consumers with guilt if they fail to supply appropriate gifts to anyone who might feel they have a call on one. No, something about Christmas still rankles with people who seem to need something to object to as the date approaches. And...
  • Big Shake-Up at Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    12/10/2012 4:16:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/9/12 | Lettie Teague
    Robert M. Parker Jr., widely regarded as the world's most powerful wine critic, has some far-reaching changes planned for his 34-year-old newsletter, the Wine Advocate. Mr. Parker intends to phase out the print version of the newsletter, which he built over the past several decades into one of the most influential voices on wine. He also said he intends to step down as its editor in chief, turning over editorial oversight to his Singapore-based correspondent, Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
  • What Does Let It Burn Mean?

    12/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 36 replies
    http://ace.mu.nu/ ^ | December 10 2012 | DrewM.
    “Let It Burn” is about inaction. There’s no point in trying do anything that avoids going over the fiscal cliff/sequestration. Remember, the deal that got us to this point was agreed to by House Republicans, Senate Democrats and signed by Obama. That’s as bi-partisan as it gets. I’ve heard from squishy low information voters, Obama and the media that “bi-partisan problem solving” is the Holy Grail of politics. Well, here it is. Will it lead to massive disruptions? Yes. That’s the point. The current system is rigged against conservative. We should play no part in its perpetuation. If you can’t...
  • Michelle Obama Reportedly Behind Ambassador Push For ‘Vogue’ Editor Anna Wintour

    12/10/2012 3:39:05 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:55 PM 12/09/2012
    "It's Like Caligula Making His Horse a Senator" First lady Michelle Obama is reportedly behind the push to award top Obama campaign fundraiser and Vogue editor Anna Wintour with a European ambassadorship — specifically to France — sources have revealed to The Daily Mail. A State Department “insider” told the British paper that Wintour is “under consideration” for a diplomatic post. “Anna Wintour’s friends have expressed an interest in making sure that she is nominated to become an ambassador to a major Western European nation,” the insider said, according to The Daily Mail. “I have had this confirmed from a...
  • Charlie Rogers pleads no contest in fake hate crime case

    12/10/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by HogsBreath · 10 replies
    Journal Star ^ | 12-10-2012 | Jonathan Edwards
    Charlie Rogers maintained her innocence even as a Lancaster County judge found her guilty Monday of faking the anti-gay hate crime that shocked Lincoln and made headlines across the country. Rogers, 34, pleaded no contest in Lancaster County Court early Monday afternoon, a reversal of the not guilty plea she made in September. Judge Gale Pokorny found her guilty and set her sentencing for Feb. 14.
  • Donald Trump: Anna Wintour Ambassadorship Would Be ‘A Favor To The Country’ (barf alert)

    12/10/2012 3:31:56 PM PST · by drewh · 10 replies
    Mediate.com ^ | | 8:30 December 10th, 2012
    Donald Trump baffled many when he tweeted in favor of an ambassadorship for Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Of course, that’s only a rumor — but Trump elaborated on his support for Wintour when he called into Fox & Friends on Monday. She would do an “amazing” job, he said. Wintour is rumored to be in the running for an ambassadorship to the UK or France. A strong Obama supporter, she was one of his big bundlers during the campaign. Gretchen Carlson segued into the topic by noting that she and Trump actually agree on this issue. She doesn’t have a...
  • Paradise Lost: California to Provide Free Cell Phones for Homeless

    12/10/2012 3:09:05 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government, ^ | 10 Dec 2012, 11:20 AM
    In California, the unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed. The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones – call them Obamaphones – with free service. The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with...
  • Concern That Assad May Have Passed Some Chemical Weapons to Hizballah

    12/10/2012 2:59:28 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 10, 2012, 10:08
    There is growing concern that some of the chemical weapons the Assad regime has been pushing out of the Damascus area in the last few days were sent across the border to Hizballah strongholds in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley to keep them out of rebel hands. Syrian army officers who recently defected report that containers were last week removed from Syrian bases at Jabal Kalamon and loaded on vehicles camouflaged as commercial trucks. On the Lebanese side, the consignment is thought to have been split up and hidden at different Hizballah bases to make them harder to attack. Israel’s US...
  • Landmark off-duty pot smoking case set to go to court

    12/10/2012 2:41:24 PM PST · by Road Glide · 75 replies
    Fox31, Denver ^ | December 10, 2012 | Will C. Holden
    DENVER — A Dish Network telephone operator who was fired when he failed a drug test is suing his former employer, saying they infringed on his right to use medical marijuana away from the office. There was no evidence that Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana user, was impaired while he was on the clock. And that’s why he said his legal usage of medical marijuana should not have cost him his job in May of 2010. Coats’ case is pending in the Colorado Court of Appeals. If he loses the case, it could mean 175,000 individuals using medical marijuana...
  • World's most famous wolf shot by hunters(WY)(Barf Alert)

    12/10/2012 2:32:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 56 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Self Newlin
    SALT LAKE CITY — She was an alpha female known as 832F to scientists, but lovingly called " '06" by local tourists, after the year of her birth. She was the most famous wolf in all of Yellowstone National Park, and led the Lamar Canyon wolf pack. 832F wandered outside of the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park Thursday, where she was shot and killed — legally — by hunters in Wyoming. That was made possible by recently-passed federal and state regulations that allow the killing of wolves as game. The changes have made headlines and caused controversy, with hunters and...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, December-10-2012

    12/10/2012 2:27:56 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 18 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
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  • Regarding the Syria Mess: Maybe Morocco can help

    12/10/2012 2:20:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    washingtonpost.com/blogs ^ | 12/3/2012 | Jennifer Rubin -- Right Turn
    <p>The United States is short on allies and effective means of influencing events in the Middle East. Syria is still a bloodbath. Libya is threatened by jihadists. Egypt has taken a turn toward dictatorship. Mali is a non-functioning state in which jihadist separatists control much of the country. The “peace process” (for good reason) is going nowhere.</p>
  • How Obama Won, and Lost

    12/10/2012 2:15:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 27, 2012 | James W. Ceaser
    The 2012 election was the perfect status quo event. On November 6 Americans by the millions went through a massive exercise of going to the polls and voting, only to awake the next morning to find that nothing had changed—other than a welcome respite from the incessant phone calls from the campaign headquarters. There was the same president, the same majority party in the House of Representatives, and the same majority party in the Senate. John Boehner was still Speaker of the House, and Harry Reid Majority Leader of the Senate. Above all, the election offered no feeling of renewal,...
  • 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