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  • Oakland: Where "the Riders" are today

    12/12/2012 2:57:48 PM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/12/2012 | Scott Johnson
    OAKLAND -- On the night before disgraced Oakland police Officer Frank Vazquez disappeared in November 2000, he called attorney Michael Rains in a rage. In a profanity-laced tirade, Vazquez said he feared his fate as one of the four Oakland cops caught up in the infamous police brutality case known as the Riders. "They're not going to give us a fair trial," Rains remembers Vazquez screaming into the phone. "I'm not going to rot in prison." Twelve years later, Vazquez is still on the run, an enduring symbol of Oakland's decadelong failure to fix a Police Department ripped apart by...
  • How South Africa's dream turned into a grim reality

    12/12/2012 2:55:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Star ^ | Saturday, December 8, 2012 | Ben Schiller
    LUSIKISIKI, SOUTH AFRICA—The news arrived in this remote African village at night, like a digital bolt from the star-filled sky — landing with the “ping” of a text message. It woke Nomkhitha Sompeta from her sleep, sent her scrambling in the dark for her phone, and left her staring into its luminous screen. “Biza has passed away,” the message read. Her brother was dead. More than 700 kilometres away, 36-year-old Mzukisi Sompeta — “Biza” to his friends — had been shot to death with 33 other striking miners in a standoff with police at a place called Marikana, in a...
  • South Africa still a chronically racially divided nation, finds survey

    12/12/2012 2:52:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 6, 2012 | David Smith
    "Can we deny that Cape Town is still the most racist city in South Africa?" asks Kenneth Lukuko, in an essay contained in the SA reconciliation barometer survey (pdf) published on Thursday. "Perhaps we can't." During Nelson Mandela's presidency, he notes, "it was the only city in which he was met with a placard that referred to him with the K-word [the taboo term "kaffir"]. And it has taken Cape Town longer than anywhere else in the country to name a major public space or amenity after Mandela, although it is the city associated most closely with his incarceration, as...
  • Two-Thirds Don’t Want Sandra Fluke as Time Person of the Year

    12/12/2012 2:48:45 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Two-thirds of people who have voted in the polling associated with selecting Time magazine’s person of the year say they do not want Sandra Fluke chosen as its Person of the Year.Time magazine doesn’t provide the raw voting totals but the results, so far, show 66.52 percent of those voting say “No way” to the pro-abortion birth control activist as its Person of the Year while just 33.48 percent of voters say she deserves the title.The pro-life movement was up in arms when Fluke’s name was included among the list of those Time said had been nominated as potential Person...
  • Unions eye gubernatorial elections for payback (Eye Ohio and Michigan as Targets in 2013 and 2014)

    12/12/2012 2:46:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    How will the labor movement rebound from two years of defeats in what had been home turf for unionism? Politico previews their strategy to organize efforts to defeat Republicans in key gubernatorial elections in 2013 and 2014: Labor unions, stung by an unexpected setback in Michigan, where Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a right-to-work law Tuesday limiting their ability to collect dues, are eyeing a large-scale counteroffensive against the conservative state leaders who have slashed away at union power since the 2010 midterm elections.For national labor groups, the upcoming gubernatorial elections in 2013 and 2014 may be a greater test...
  • Pennsylvania joins the ranks of states declining on setting up Obamacare exchanges

    12/12/2012 2:42:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The Department of Health and Human Services extended the original deadline by which states need to decide whether they will be setting up their own versions of the virtual health insurance exchanges required via the auspices of ObamaCare, or allowing (making?) the federal government to do it for them, or forging some kind of partnership with the feds to get the things done --- meaning that states now have until this Friday, December 14th to report their decision to HHS. Many Republican governors have been leaning back on forth on which option to take, torn between trying to mitigate the...
  • Apple Campus Helps Hometown Shine

    12/12/2012 2:42:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2012 | IAN SHERR
    First the personal-computer industry, then the smartphone and then the tablet. The latest area touched by Apple's AAPL -0.44% innovation: its hometown of Cupertino. As Apple moves closer to breaking ground on its new campus, Cupertino is experiencing a flurry of economic activity, with commercial rental rates surging and construction projects ramping up. "It brings a sense of confidence to see that Apple is making this significant investment here," says Todd Trekell, a regional senior vice president at commercial real-estate-services firm Borelli Investment Co. He says many property owners are touting their relative proximity to Apple as a selling point....
  • Syrian jihadists, including al Qaeda's Al Nusrah Front, form Mujahideen Shura Council

    12/12/2012 2:29:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 12, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    On the same day the US government announced that al Qaeda in Iraq's Al Nusrah Front was a terrorist organization, Al Nusrah and nine other jihadist groups banded together in the Syrian province of Deir al Zour and formed a Mujahideen Shura Council. The 10 jihadist groups, headed by the Al Nusrah Front, released a statement yesterday announcing the council's formation "on jihadist forums and pro-Syrian resistance social networking sites," according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained and translated the message. "The jihadi Islamic brigades in the city of proud Deir al Zour in the Levant of Islam...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, December-12-2012

    12/12/2012 2:25:38 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 72 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Jews Warned Not to Wear Kipahs, Stars of David in Copenhagen

    12/12/2012 2:23:55 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 42 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 12/12/2012
    Israeli and Jewish officials in Denmark on Wednesday warned Jews to avoid openly wearing religious symbols and dress when moving about Copenhagen amid rising anti-Israeli sentiments. "We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe," Israel's ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, told AFP. Avnon added that visitors were also advised not to "speak Hebrew loudly" or demonstrably wear Star of David jewelry,...
  • DUers Claim Steven Crowder Caused Michigan Union Violence

    12/12/2012 2:22:49 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 12, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Shame on Steven Crowder for brutally smashing his face down upon the tender closed fist of union member Tony Camargo. Although the network news shows are carefully avoiding committing themselves to real journalism by not reporting on union violence in Michigan, those of us who have access to the censored news via the Web are well aware of what is actually happening. And in order to keep up the pretense that  the the unions are mere innocents in the drama unfolding in Michigan as you can see in this video of union thug Camargo throwing punches at Crowder, the DUers...
  • Hillary Clinton: I ‘Don’t Believe’ I’ll Run in 2016

    12/12/2012 2:07:03 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 97 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/12/2012 | By Newsmax Wires
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she doesn’t plan to run for president in 2016, but she leaves open the opportunity. In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters set to air Wednesday night, Clinton explains, “I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again. I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before. I think there are lots of ways to serve, so I’ll continue to serve,” The Hill reports.  
  • Obama administration launches housing PSA [free government resources....]

    12/12/2012 2:05:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    Obama administration launches housing PSA Comments () By BYRON TAU | 12/12/12 6:33 AM EST The Obama administration is launching a new public service announcement campaign aimed at struggling homeowners. “While communities across the country are beginning to recover from an unprecedented housing crisis, too many families are still struggling with their mortgage payments and are unsure of where to turn for help,” said Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance Mary Miller in a statement. “Millions of homeowners have gotten help to avoid foreclosure since 2009. We want to make sure struggling homeowners know today that there are free government resources...
  • Senator's Office Gone Wild: Sex Offenders, Hookers and Homeland Security

    12/12/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who allegedly often visits the Dominican Republic to have sex with underpaid hookers at "bunga bunga" style sex parties, employed a sex offender to work as an intern in his office on immigration policy throughout 2012. Zavaleta just so happens to be an illegal immigrant but the Department of Homeland Security instructed ICE agents to postpone deporting him until after Menendez's reelection in November. You just can't make this stuff up. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under...
  • Sen. Menendez pleads ignorance of sex offender intern

    12/12/2012 1:53:15 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Sen. Menendez pleads ignorance of sex offender intern By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News White House Correspondent By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 1 hr 4 mins ago Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens to testimony by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Capitol Hill in October. …Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Wednesday there was "no way" for him or his staff to know that an unpaid college intern in his office was in this country illegally and had registered as a sex offender. Menendez told MSNBC that his staff learned of the situation on Monday and...
  • Track Palin Files for Divorce: Report

    12/12/2012 1:48:23 PM PST · by Justaham · 79 replies
    people.com ^ | 12/12/12 | Stephen M. Silverman
    Track Palin, the eldest son of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is reportedly ending his marriage to Britta Hanson after a year and a half. The couple, who were former high-school sweethearts, are jointly petitioning for divorce, reports TMZ. Shortly after they got married, Track, now 23, and Britta, 22, announced the arrival of their first child, a girl named Kyla Grace Palin. Track is an Army Reservist who spent a year deployed in Iraq with a Ft. Wainwright Stryker Brigade. At the time of his marriage it was reported that he had planned to study at the University of...
  • Jimmy Hoffa, on Michigan: "We're Going to Have a Civil War"

    12/12/2012 1:35:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Yes, this is the same elegant creature who screeched about "taking out" Tea Party "son-of-a-bitches" [sic] at a presidential event last year.  In case you'd forgotten, both the White House and the DNC conspicuously declined to repudiate his vituperation at the time.  Now Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. has taken his anger mismanagement show to CNN, seething about an incipient "civil war" in Michigan:   Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Tuesday he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into "civil war" after the state legislature passed right-to-work bills that would weaken unions' power. "This is just...
  • Proposed Army manual tells G.I.s not to insult Taliban, speak up for women

    12/12/2012 1:33:37 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/12/2012
    A proposed new handbook for Americans serving in Afghanistan warns them not to speak ill about the Taliban, advocate women’s rights or criticize pedophilia, and the general in charge is not happy with it. The draft of the newest Army handbook seems to suggest that ignorance of Afghan culture is to blame for deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces, according to The Wall Street Journal, which got a peek at the 75-page document. But its message of walking on eggshells around the locals is not going over well with U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top military...
  • Census: Whites No Longer A Majority In US By 2043 [Hey Kids, You'll Miss Us When We're Gone!]

    12/12/2012 1:21:17 PM PST · by zeestephen · 59 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 12 December 2012 | Hope Yen
    In 1960, whites made up 85% of the USA - In 2012 it's 64%.
  • Unpaid intern for Senator Menendez of NJ arrested for being an illegal immigrant

    12/12/2012 1:16:14 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    NYP ^ | December 12, 2012
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.