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  • Lindsey Graham: Obama Needs to “Man Up” on Entitlement Reform

    12/12/2012 5:50:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 05:09 PM | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Budget Committee, tells Newsmax he will refuse to approve an increase in the debt ceiling unless a deal is reached on major entitlement reform—and he is convinced House Speaker John Boehner will refuse as well. The South Carolina Republican also says President Obama should “man up” and create a lasting legacy by saving Medicare and Social Security with those reforms. And he insists defense spending should not suffer significant new cuts because “there is no Social Security without national security.” …
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-12-12

    12/12/2012 5:50:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-12-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Bernanke: Fed’s ability to support U.S. economy is limited

    12/12/2012 5:45:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:15pm EST | Alister Bull
    There are limits to how much aid the Federal Reserve can provide to the U.S. economy, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warned on Wednesday as he urged politicians to tackle a year-end fiscal cliff that could derail the country’s gradual recovery. … The U.S. central bank announced it would keep buying $85 billion of Treasury and mortgage-backed bonds a month until it saw a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market. Its balance sheet would increase to almost $4 trillion by the end of next year if it kept up that pace of purchases. … Critics of the central...
  • Ex-Democrat Lieberman to leave U.S. Senate; calls for bipartisanship

    12/12/2012 5:39:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:31pm EST | Patricia Zengerle
    Former Democrat Joe Lieberman used his last speech on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday to call for bipartisanship and get in a last dig over the controversial result of the 2000 election, when he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee. Lieberman, 70, announced in January 2011 that he would retire when his fourth term ends next month rather than seek re-election. He reflected on his career in remarks that lasted for about 20 minutes, recounting landmarks in his career and changes in society since he became a U.S. senator in January 1989. “When I started here in the Senate,...
  • Why Sound Suppressors Matter

    12/12/2012 5:23:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    outdoorlife.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | John B. Snow
    At the latest count, 39 states allow civilians to own suppressors. If you live in one of these silencer-friendly states and haven’t purchased a suppressor, you need to put one on your Christmas list. The advantages of suppressors are numerous. They not only protect your hearing but make shooting with a group of people much safer and improve marksmanship by reducing flinching. I’ve been shooting at Gunsite this last week during the Shooting Slam and had a perfect object lesson demonstrating the value of suppressors the other day. We’ve been shooting the Rock River Arms LAR-15 ATH Carbine, which has...
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Alleged Undocumented Immigrant Served as a Volunteer Sheriff

    12/12/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    ABC Univision ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | TED HESSON
    A sheriff in an Alabama town knowingly allowed an alleged undocumented immigrant to act as a volunteer deputy sheriff. Meanwhile, his office went about the business of detaining and reporting suspected undocumented immigrants to federal authorities Canadian immigrant Kevin Dwight Venhuis has served as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Henry County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. Now he could face federal charges for illegally possessing firearms while being in the country without authorization, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
  • Anti-gun state senator punishes law-abiding Oregonians for Clackamas shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 5:12:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's Clackamas Town Center incident, where a criminal with a stolen gun opened fire on holiday shoppers in a reported “No Guns” zone, State Senator Ginny Burdick has introduced a bill to keep law-abiding Oregon gun owners from possessing standard capacity ammunition magazines for semi-automatic firearms, Oregon Firearms Federation reported today in a membership alert. “As we predicted, the anti-gun bills are starting to show up in Salem,” OFF Executive Director Kevin Starrett informed Beaver State gun owners. “The first one by (of course) Ginny Burdick bans the 'transfer' of magazines that can hold over...
  • Politico, Daily Kos Upset ´Fox News-Breitbart Crowd´ Gaining Influence

    12/12/2012 5:06:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/12/12 | Tony Lee
    Add Politico and The Daily Kos to organizations conceding that Breitbart News is reporting stories they refuse to cover. In an article describing the violent pro-union demonstrations in Michigan on Tuesday, in which protesters rallied against Michigan's historic right-to-work legislation, Politico promptly finished the piece with two paragraphs that served to dismiss everything that was written leading up to that point, quoting a poster on the liberal website The Daily Kos lamenting about the "Fox News-Breitbart" crowd. "But some on the left are saying the reports are overly exaggerated," Politico writes at the end of the article. Politico then quotes...
  • Obama schedules photo-ops, parties, golf as ‘cliff’ nears

    12/12/2012 4:58:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/12/12 | Dave Boyer
    Since returning from a trip to southeast Asia on Nov. 21, President Obama has managed to play three rounds of golf but has met face-to-face only once with Speaker John A. Boehner, the man with whom he is trying to strike a deal on taxes and spending that could prevent another recession. With the deadline for going over the “fiscal cliff” less than three weeks away, the president’s schedule this week is exceptionally light. It does not include any time on the links with Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who is also an avid golfer.
  • Lone Udinese football fan wins hearts in Italy

    12/12/2012 4:37:22 PM PST · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th December 2012 | BBC News
    'A football fan has stolen media attention in Italy after being the only supporter to show up to watch his club play an away game in the top league. Udinese fan Arrigo Brovedani was the club's sole supporter in Genoa for a Serie A match against local team Sampdoria. The 30-something wine merchant found himself alone in the visitors' section. But Sampdoria stewards gave him coffee and home fans invited him for a drink after the match.'
  • Union Violence In Michigan Is No Tea Party

    12/12/2012 4:26:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 12, 2012
    Organized Labor: The assault on a Fox News contributor protecting women and seniors in a tent is but the latest example of the civil discourse and respect for democracy the president's union supporters really have. Imagine the outrage and the mainstream media feeding frenzy had it been a Tea Party member punching an MSNBC contributor covering a protest over ObamaCare. Or if Tea Party members had descended on a tent full of Occupy Wall Street supporters, flattening and tearing it apart with total disregard for the people inside. Yet that is precisely what happened to conservative comedian and Fox News...
  • Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women

    12/12/2012 4:25:25 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/11/12 | Ian Schwartz
    <p>Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Republicans will have to change their philosophy and not just their ground game in order to win in the future.</p> <p>Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections.</p>
  • Colorado River seen as depleting regional resource

    12/12/2012 4:21:46 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 12, 2012 | KEN RITTER | Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government isn't going to tap the Missouri River to slake the thirst of a drought-parched Southwest, the government's top water official said Wednesday. But rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West considering a host of other options to deal with dire projections that the Colorado River — the main water supply for a region larger than the country of France — won't be able over the next 50 years to meet demands of a regional population now about 40 million and growing. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued what he...
  • Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons

    12/12/2012 4:16:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons 5:53pm EST By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday. Applications for the permits in the state of 19.1 million people have doubled since 2007. Only 0.3 percent of the more than 2 million total permits issued since 1987 have been revoked, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. "Floridians who are obtaining these licenses...
  • North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out of Control,' U.S. Officials Say

    12/12/2012 4:11:50 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and Alan Boyle
    The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do. In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions. The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the launch, calling it a "clear violation" of U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N....
  • Tallying the winners and losers of the War of 1812

    12/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | James Careless
    The human cost of the War of 1812 was dramatic. Some 35,000 people were killed, wounded or missing at the end of the war. York (now Toronto), Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Washington, D.C. were torched. Elsewhere, homes and properties were looted and damaged and family lives were thrown into chaos. The borders between British North America and the United States might not have changed when the fighting stopped — the old lines were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war on December 24, 1814. But once the treaty was signed, there wasn’t simply a return to the...
  • Hanna and Cortes: Public Support of Tax Increase Is a Myth

    12/12/2012 4:07:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Dec. 10, 2012 | Colin Hanna and Alex Cortes
    Most don’t know that successful individuals and small businesses already pay a progressive rate Myths are perpetuated in Washington, with conventional wisdom created by one person and bouncing off hundreds more in a self-reassuring circle of groupthink. But in real America, you can find the truth if you look hard enough. When the Democratic Party and the fourth branch of government, the mainstream media, unite on an issue, the result is a powerful megaphone of misrepresentation. During the present fiscal cliff negotiations, the most egregious myth perpetrated by the Democratic media complex is that the public supports raising taxes on...
  • Pressure Mounting For Challenge To Boehner As Speaker (Eric Cantor's name floated)

    12/12/2012 4:06:55 PM PST · by drewh · 48 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Dec 2012 11:56 | Jim Meyers
    Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, another of the removed Republicans, suggested he could support House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia for speaker. Asked point-blank if he would vote for Cantor, Schweikert offered a humorous response: “It’s bad enough being removed from your committee — I’d actually like not to be chairman of janitorial supplies if I answer that.” According to Bloomberg, any budget deal Boehner might reach with President Obama would need Cantor’s support to insulate the speaker from rebellion in the GOP ranks, but “there is no guarantee that Cantor would stick with Boehner if a negotiated deal...
  • Florida about to register one million active conceal-carry permits

    12/12/2012 3:54:08 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    Gun instructor Frankie Bright has been teaching conceal-carry classes for three decades. He says demand for classes is on the rise. “A lot of people are coming out and saying ‘listen, I would like to get a conceal carry permit so I can be legal.’” The re-election of President Barack Obama and fear that Washington will pass stricter gun laws is fueling the run on guns, especially in Florida. At a news conference at the state Capitol Wednesday, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced a fast approaching milestone. “Florida will have one million active conceal weapons licenses next week.” Hitting...
  • Boehner to House GOP: Don't Make Christmas Plans

    12/12/2012 3:51:06 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 12, 2012, 3:19 p.m. ET | Lucy Madison
    Despite what looked like recent signs of progress on a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner signaled today that Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever in the negotiating process -- and is warning his fellow lawmakers that they might have to work through the Christmas holidays. In a meeting with the House Republican Conference this morning, Boehner told members not to make plans for Christmas, CBS News has learned, and members leaving the meeting said there were no indications from Boehner's remarks that any real progress has been made between the two...
  • Naples Seizure Busts Iran’s Balkan-Italian Smuggling Route (100's of anti-tank missiles)

    12/12/2012 3:42:37 PM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 12, 2012, 12:12 PM
    The seizure of five containers by the Maritime Police in the Port of Naples last Friday, Dec. 7 - before they were loaded on an Egyptian freighter – shut down two of Iran’s mainline clandestine arms routes to the Hamas-ruled Gaza from Kosovo and Macedonia via Croatia and Italy, reported exclusively from military and intelligence sources. The Naples police acted on a tip-off from Israel. Iranian arms smuggling rings were then partly rolled up in other parts of Italy together with “another cache of weapons.” Western intelligence sources say this Israeli undercover operation was equal in significance and scope to...
  • Fiscal Cliff Threatens Federal Aid for Home Heat

    12/12/2012 3:33:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | CLARKE CANFIELD Associated Press
    Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Congress and the White House fail to figure out a way to avoid the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. If that happens, there'll be an automatic 10 percent reduction in funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. But the plight of those in the estimated 6.9 million households who rely on the money to keep warm hardly appears to be a priority for lawmakers in...
  • Union Goons Destroy Man’s Hot Dog Cart While Calling Him ‘N*****’ & ‘Uncle Tom’ (Lansing, MI)

    12/12/2012 3:17:11 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | December 12, 2012 - 10:23
    Early today Clint Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing had his business attacked and destroyed by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol. Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way [did] he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him. Mr. Tarver has been operating his food businesses since 1990 in the Lansing area. He had been hired by Americans for Prosperity to cater their tent...
  • Doctor Who Helped Find bin Laden is Being Tortured in Pakistani Prison, U.S. Aid Continues to Flow

    12/12/2012 3:14:51 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    After the successful May 2011 raid that took down Osama bin Laden, President Obama said that “his [bin Laden’s] demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.” Pakistan’s treatment of CIA informant Dr. Shakil Afridi tells a different story, however. The country’s spy agency (Inter-Services Intelligence) promptly arrested the doctor for helping Americans identify OBL’s compound. In addition to a fine and his entire bank account being looted, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison for high treason and is now reportedly being tortured: ... According to Afridi, ISI “regards America as its “worst...
  • Holder: U.S. Should Automatically Register 'Every Eligible Voter'

    12/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Holder: U.S. Should Automatically Register 'Every Eligible Voter' by Tony Lee 12 Dec 2012, 2:30 PM PDT On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States should automatically register "every eligible voter in America" by coordinating modern technology and existing databases that are available, while insisting in-person voter fraud rarely occurs. In a speech at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Holder said "modern technology provides ways to address many of the problems that impede the efficient administration of elections." The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on "the state of the right to...
  • Jerry Brown has early-stage prostate cancer

    12/12/2012 3:09:35 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 46 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | December 12, 2012 | Unknown
    Gov. Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, his office announced this afternoon. The governor's office described the condition as a "localized prostate cancer" and said Brown is continuing to work a full schedule while being treated with a short course of radiation. It released a statement from Eric Small, Brown's oncologist at University of California San Francisco. "Fortunately, this is early stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy," Small said in the statement. "The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects." Brown's office...
  • South Africa’s economy remains firmly in white ownership

    12/12/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Standard ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012
    JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s black majority directly owns less than 10% of the Johannesburg stock market, a study showed on Thursday, evidence that Africa’s top economy remains firmly in white hands nearly two decades after the end of apartheid. Despite the ruling African National Congress’ drive for “black economic empowerment”, under which firms are set black ownership and other targets, millions of blacks remain trapped in poverty and excluded from the formal economy. Coming less than two weeks before the start of an ANC leadership election conference, the study will increase pressure on ANC President Jacob Zuma for more “black...
  • Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to jihadi group

    12/12/2012 3:01:39 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10:03PM GMT 10 Dec 2012 | Ruth Sherlock, Beirut
    Rebel groups across Syria are defying the United States by pledging their allegiance to a group that Washington will designate today a terrorist organization for its alleged links to al-Qaeda. A total of 29 opposition groups, including fighting "brigades" and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist group which the White House believes is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The petition is promoting the slogan "No to American intervention, for we are all Jabhat al-Nusra" and urges supporters to "raise the Jabhat al-Nusra flag" as a "thank you". "These...
  • South Africa’s White Farmers: An Endangered Species?

    12/12/2012 3:00:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Palash R. Ghosh
    It is more dangerous to be a white farmer in South Africa than it is to be a policeman in this country awash in crime and violence. The threats posed to South Africa’s ever-dwindling population of white (mostly Afrikaner) landowners has become so grave that a group of activists and farmers marched to the capital of Pretoria over the weekend to demand the state protect them and their property. In the wake of hundreds of attacks and murders, the farmers – represented by two farmers associations, AfriForum and Solidarity -- asked Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to declare such assaults “crimes...
  • 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
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  • 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.