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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....
  • 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...