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  • Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime [forensic evidence proves she lied to police]

    12/11/2012 11:11:03 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | December 11, 2012 | GRANT SCHULTE
    <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by three men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach was found guilty Monday of making a false report.</p> <p>The 34-year-old could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine when sentenced in February.</p>
  • Federal Judge Nixes “Choose Life” License Plates in North Carolina

    12/11/2012 11:07:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 09:38 AM | Michael Mullins
    A federal judge has sided with the ACLU against the state of North Carolina and blocked the state from offering residents “choose life” license plates without providing plates with the opposing view. In his decision on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James Fox, who last year issued an order temporarily blocking the state from producing the “choose life” plates, found the plates to be unconstitutional in the absence of other license plates that promoted a pro-choice position. …
  • UT Professor: Black (& Latino) Students Failing Because They Are Raised by Poor Single Women

    12/11/2012 11:04:06 AM PST · by drewh · 79 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 08:09 EST, 11 December 2012
    A professor at the University of Texas has sparked outrage by claiming black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they have been raised in single parent homes usually by females. Law professor Lino Graglia was talking to the BBC when he said he could 'hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.' He said the average black performance on SAT test is 200 points lower than that for the average white student and that among the black population almost three quarters...
  • 'Plastic gun' ban would make even less sense now than in 1988

    12/11/2012 10:59:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports that Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) has announced his intention to renew the ban on "plastic guns," set to expire next December: A test of a printed plastic lower firearm receiver has resulted in an anti-gun politician demanding renewal of a law against a gun that does not exist, Live Science reported today, citing a call by Rep. Steve Israel, D- N.Y., to renew “the federal ban on plastic guns just days after members of the ‘Wiki Weapon’ project tested a 3D-printed gun part in a live-fire test.” The "Undetectable Firearms Act" was first...
  • Rick Perry: Obamacare Won’t Be Successful

    12/11/2012 10:53:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 11:42 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Obamacare doesn’t have much of a chance of working because of the wariness of states over the creation of health insurance exchanges, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. … “The idea that you’ve got a state instituted exchange, but it has to be federally approved. So the fact is the federal government’s going to have to run these. And they don’t have the expertise, nor do they have the money,” Perry said. …
  • Navy Cancels Nativity over Atheist Complaint (Bahrain)

    12/11/2012 10:49:28 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    The Navy directed service members serving in Bahrain to cancel and dismantle a “Live Nativity” after receiving a complaint from a military atheist group who said the manger scene endangered Americans serving in a Muslim country and violated the U .S. Constitution. The chaplain at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain confirmed to Fox News the nativity scene was cancelled – but referred any further comments to the NSA’s public information officer. The “Live Nativity” was a long-standing tradition at NSA Bahrain that featured the children of military personnel dressed as shepherds, wise men, along with Mary and Joseph. It was...
  • Homeland Security funds sno-cone machines and underwater robots

    12/11/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    At a time when national security remains a high priority, it seems that a $7.1 billion Homeland Security Department grant program would focus on terrorism. But according to an investigation by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, the program paid for 13 sno-cone machines in Michigan, a $98,000 underwater robot in Ohio, and an armored vehicle in New Hampshire that patrolled a pumpkin festival. Coburn’s report, “Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities” begins with this introductory letter:...
  • The Israeli Periphery

    12/11/2012 10:48:39 AM PST · by arthurus · 6 replies
    Stratfor ^ | December 11, 2012 | Reva Bhalla
    he state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its foreign policy toward the Arab world with that of Israel's. These are rather heavy requirements for such a small nation. Security, in the Israeli sense, is thus often characterized in terms of survival. And for Israel to survive, it needs just the right blend of geopolitical circumstance, complex diplomatic arrangements and military preparedness...
  • Ambassador Anna Wintour? (to the court of St. James) Yikes

    12/11/2012 10:44:33 AM PST · by drewh · 27 replies
    Savannah News Now ^ | December 11, 2012 - 6:28am | Lane Filler
    It’s been 200 years since the United States kicked off a shooting war with Great Britain, but that nation may be wondering if we’re looking to start another scrap. What else could be signified by rumors that Vogue editor Anna Wintour could be our next ambassador to the Court of St. James’s? One can only imagine befuddled, monocled British public servants on the phone with the White House: “Dear Lord, is it something we said?”Wintour is most famous for a fictional film depiction of her life, “The Devil Wears Prada,” in which she was ... the devil. She insists on...
  • South Sudan: Displacement and Destruction of Health Facilities in Jonglei State

    12/11/2012 10:43:05 AM PST · by ZULU · 4 replies
    Doctors without Borders ^ | November 27, 2012 | Doctors without Borders
    JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, NOVEMBER 27, 2012—Ongoing violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has had a devastating impact on tens of thousands of people, with many forcibly displaced and further cut off from health care due to the destruction of medical facilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said in a report released today.
  • (Illinois)Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons

    12/11/2012 10:40:49 AM PST · by Lockbar · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/11/2012 | dave Mckinney
    In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. “The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
  • Federal appeals court strikes down concealed carry ban (IL!!)

    12/11/2012 10:40:13 AM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    www.dailyillini.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Daily Illini
    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.
  • The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish

    12/11/2012 10:40:09 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-12-2012 | Dina Spector
    The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish Dina SpectorDec. 11, 2012, 12:46 PMIf you live in New York, and buy or eat fish, then at some point you probably received something different than what thought you were getting, The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal reports. A surprising number of mislabeled seafood items end up in grocery stores and restaurants, a new study by conservation group Ocenana revealed. More specifically, researchers found that 56, or 39 percent, of 142 fish samples DNA tested were were different from what they claimed to be. Fish labeled as white tuna often turned out be escolar (a...
  • US Debt - Visualized in physical $100 bills (video)

    12/11/2012 10:31:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 5, 2012 | Demonocracyinfo
    "The money in the video has already been spent"
  • Millionaires, Billionaires, and Teachers

    12/11/2012 10:26:07 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/12 | Randall Hoven
    Our President likes to use the phrase "millionaires and billionaires." A person whose net worth is $1 million or more is a "millionaire." Most of us working stiffs have trouble thinking in terms of net worth; we are more used to the concept of annual salary. How does net worth translate into annual income, or vice versa? In round numbers, the annual income equivalent is 4% of an investment nest egg. So if you have $1 million socked away, consider that to be equal to $40,000 income every year. Now this "4% rule" is based on a planning horizon of...
  • Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay

    12/11/2012 10:00:28 AM PST · by edcoil · 132 replies
    usnews ^ | 12-11-2012 | Jason Koebler
    Scientists may have finally solved the puzzle of what makes a person gay, and how it is passed from parents to their children. A group of scientists suggested Tuesday that homosexuals get that trait from their opposite-sex parents: A lesbian will almost always get the trait from her father, while a gay man will get the trait from his mother.
  • Justice Scalia Defends Controversial Opinions About Gays At Princeton

    12/11/2012 9:58:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went to head to head Monday night with a gay student at Princeton University over the jurist's opinions about homosexuality. Duncan Hosie took issue with Scalia equating laws banning sodomy to laws against bestiality and murder. "It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,'" Scalia said, according to the Associated Press. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?" The high court's most outspoken justice stressed he wasn't equating sodomy...
  • Federal Court Hearing Today in Defense of Tulsa Police Captain Punished for Refusing..

    12/11/2012 9:54:11 AM PST · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    Today, Robert J. Muise, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), is presenting oral argument at a hearing in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on behalf of Captain Paul Fields, a Tulsa police officer who was summarily punished for refusing to attend a mandated Islamic proselytizing event held at a local mosque. The hearing will be held before Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell at 1:30 p.m. CT in Room 411 at the federal courthouse located at 333 West Fourth Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The media and public are welcome to...
  • Govt outlines HSBC ties to drug money laundering

    12/11/2012 9:50:59 AM PST · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    Govt outlines HSBC ties to drug money laundering WASHINGTON (AP) — British bank HSBC violated the Bank Secrecy Act in connection with the laundering of money from narcotics drug traffickers in Mexico and intentionally allowed prohibited transactions with Iran and other nations that have been under sanctions, the Justice Department alleged Tuesday. In court papers filed in federal court in Brooklyn, the federal government said the case against HSBC is related to the laundering of proceeds from narcotics trafficking via the Black Market Peso Exchange — a method by which money launderers convert cash narcotics dollars into Colombian pesos by...
  • There's Not A Single Spending Cut That Republican Voters Support

    12/11/2012 9:50:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    The "compromise" in the fiscal cliff deal from Democrats is supposed to come in the form of spending cuts. But a new Marist-McClatchy poll shows that voters — including Republicans — oppose any and every specific spending cut proposed to them. It goes hand in hand with the disparity between voters' wish for blanket "spending cuts" and their opposition to any cuts to an entitlement that benefits them. A look at what Republicans oppose: By 47-37, letting the Obama payroll tax cut expire. By 68-26, cutting spending for Medicare. By 61-33, cutting spending for Medicaid. By 66-28, eliminating the tax...