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  • Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere Sue After Engagement Pic Used in Colorado Hate Mailer

    12/12/2012 9:25:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Denver Westword ^ | Wed., Dec. 12 2012 | Michael Roberts
    In this year's campaign, Senator Jean White and state House candidate Jeffrey Hare, both Republicans, were attacked via mailers featuring a gay couple kissing and slogans suggesting that the image represented their version of family values. Turns out that the couple in question, Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere, weren't asked if their photo could be used in this way -- and now, they and the photographer who snapped the pic are suing the outfit that used it. Details and the images in question below. Here's the original photo, as captured by photographer Kristina Hill to mark Edwards and Privitere's engagement....
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Wed. 12/12/12 (9-10 PM PT)

    12/12/2012 9:08:06 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 12/12/12 | Paul Preston
    Agenda21Radio, hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street, airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.com
  • Michael Moore: Big Fat Union Hypocrite

    12/12/2012 9:06:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 25 replies
    chicago now ^ | 12-2012 (orig March 2011) | warren todd huston
    With the spotlight on Wisconsin's union thugs rampaging across the state, one wonders why it took propaganda filmmaker Michael Moore so long to put himself in front of the news cameras to take some of their publicity for himself. But this weekend, Moore finally glommed onto the cameras making himself out to be a great supporter of the union's efforts in the Badger State. Once again, though, Moore proves to be a hypocrite. It was Moore, after all, that excluded using union workers in one of his recent films. Some supporter of unions! Filmmaker Moore attend a recent Wisconsin pro-union...
  • In cautionary move, Europe centralizes bank oversight

    12/12/2012 8:57:37 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/12/12 | staff
    European Union finance ministers reached an agreement early Thursday to create a single supervisor for their banks - one of the most significant transfers of authority from national governments to regional authorities since the creation of the euro currency. Under the deal, banks with more than $39 billion in assets supervised or those that represent a significant proportion of their national economies will be placed under the oversight of the European Central Bank. The deal gives the ECB broad powers, including the ability to grant and withdraw banking licenses, investigate institutions, and financially sanction banks that don't follow the rules.
  • 14 Year Olds Kill Philly Mom Who Tells Them To Get A Job When They Ask For A Cigarette

    12/12/2012 8:12:37 PM PST · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    WTAE:: BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — Two 14-year-old boys are wanted in the senseless killing of a young mother who had words with them as they harassed her boyfriend walking down the street on Saturday afternoon. Two 14-year-olds are wanted for the death of a 22-year-old woman who had words for them as they harassed her boyfriend. Kayla Peterson's boyfriend, Bill Bailey, said the situation began when he walked out of J's News at about 3:15 p.m. "My friend came in and got cigarettes, and three young kids followed him. They kept following him and asking him for a cigarette," said...
  • Adam Sandler Pays Hilarious Tribute To New Yorkers With “Sandy, Screw Ya!” Song At 12-12-12 Concert

    12/12/2012 8:08:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/12/12 | Andrew Kirell
    During a special cameo appearance at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, comedian Adam Sandler paid tribute to the resilience of the NY/NJ metropolitan residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Set to the tune of Leonard Cohen‘s oft-covered classic “Hallelujah,” Sandler and David Letterman‘s long-time sidekick Paul Shaffer performed a parody titled “Sandy, Screw Ya!” Name-dropping every famous New Yorker under the sun from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Alex Rodriguez to Donald Trump‘s combover, the lyrics were as follows: “The terror of the hurricane / The unforgiving wind and rain / New York, the world held its breath as the storm...
  • Wisconsin: Walker says he won't pursue 'right-to-work' legislation

    12/12/2012 8:06:10 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-12-12 | ap
    Walker was asked Wednesday about whether he would push to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state on the heels after his proposal in 2011 that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Walker said that introducing a right-to-work bill could lead to massive protests like what happened last year over the collective bargaining bill. He said those protests and the recall elections that followed created uncertainty for job creators. Walker said, "The last thing I want to do is create the sense of uncertainty out there." Walker stopped short of saying he would veto a right-to-work bill should it pass.
  • 'I kill white people': Dozens of racial slurs... Quentin Tarantino film criticized as excessive

    12/12/2012 7:36:10 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Django Unchained set in pre-Civil War Texas and pits a former slave against his tormentors when he becomes a bounty hunter Early reviews of the film claim the n-word is used frequently by black and white characters, but the level of violence is even more disturbing Not the first time that Tarantino has gotten in trouble for use of racial slur In his 1997 film Jackie Brown, the n-word was used 38 times
  • Fed Bond-Buying Bonanza: $85 Billion a Month Until Unemployment Hits 6.5%

    12/12/2012 7:34:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 50 replies
    In an unprecedented and surprising move, the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it will keep interest rates near zero and will purchase $85 billion in bonds every month until unemployment falls from its present 7.7% to 6.5%. The new plan will maintain the $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed bond buying it began in September while adding another $45 billion in Treasuries. Where will the cash to bankroll the $85 billion-a-month bond-buying binge come from? The Fed plans to expand it's $2.8 billion balance sheet. The new round of so-called “stimulus” is meant to replace the soon to expire...
  • Former congressman pepper-sprayed, Fox News contributor punched

    12/12/2012 7:23:02 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) was hit with pepper spray while protesting “right to work” legislation outside the Michigan state capitol on Wednesday. “I immediately began to retreat and began to cover my eyes and my mouth,” he told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “It was not good.” Meanwhile, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was punched repeatedly in an altercation with one protester. Schauer served one term; he beat Rep. Tim Walberg (R) in 2008 only to lose to the former congressman two years later. Tear gas was sprayed at least once, according to the Detroit Free Press. At least two...
  • Replacing Speaker Boehner - Here's how and why it has to be done.

    12/12/2012 7:07:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.12.12 | PETER FERRARA
    John Boehner is a good man in a hard place. He has served in public office as a lifelong conservative, not a RINO. His position on the Obama tax increases has been better than almost any other Republican who has been speaking out lately, given the Obama/Democrat election victories -- close loopholes and deductions for $800 billion in new revenue over a decade, but no increases in rates. But face it. Boehner is no match for Obama on the national stage. He cannot press the economic arguments articulately. He does not have a compelling personality. Obama is running circles around...
  • U.S. Increases Aid to Syria, Now Totals $210 Million

    12/12/2012 6:39:50 PM PST · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 12, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    The State Department announced today that it had increased aid to help with humanitarian situation in Syria. Today's announcement stated that an additional $14 million of aid would be given, pushing the grand total of aid to Syria to $210 million. "Today, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns announced the United States is providing nearly $14 million in additional humanitarian aid that will provide nutrition support for children, as well as additional emergency medical and winterization supplies to families in need inside Syria," the State Department spokesman said in a statement.
  • The Folly of Scientism

    12/12/2012 6:07:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Fall 2012 | Austin L. Hughes
    When I decided on a scientific career, one of the things that appealed to me about science was the modesty of its practitioners. The typical scientist seemed to be a person who knew one small corner of the natural world and knew it very well, better than most other human beings living and better even than most who had ever lived. But outside of their circumscribed areas of expertise, scientists would hesitate to express an authoritative opinion. This attitude was attractive precisely because it stood in sharp contrast to the arrogance of the philosophers of the positivist tradition, who claimed...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 13 December 2012

    12/12/2012 6:03:44 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 71 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ BOAT MANEUVERS Coast Guard crewmen conduct tactical boat maneuvers during an exercise in San Pedro, Calif., July 31, 2012. The exercise tested the unit's ability to protect a ship docked at a pier as well as under way, using four Coast Guard small boats. The crewmen are assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles/Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the...
  • Gunman, victims identified in Clackamas mall shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 6:03:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    kptv.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Staff
    CLACKAMAS, OR (KPTV) - A 22-year-old man from southeast Portland parked his car outside Macy's, rushed into the Clackamas Town Center mall food court and opened fire, killing two people Tuesday, investigators said. Jacob Roberts' AR-15 rifle then jammed, but he was able to get the gun working again. He shot and killed himself, sheriff's deputies said. Steve Forsyth, of West Linn, and Cindy Yuille, of northeast Portland, were killed by Roberts, authorities said. A third shooting victim, Kristina Shevchenko, survived and is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University hospital. Deputies said Roberts stole the rifle used...
  • Reward: $2,200 for information leading to arrest of Steven Crowder assaulter (now 7K)

    12/12/2012 6:02:45 PM PST · by doug from upland · 39 replies
    twitchy ^ | 12-2012
    Posted at 4:00 pm on December 11, 2012 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments Dana Loesch âś” @DLoesch An Anonymous Donor is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the thug who assaulted @scrowder . #dlrs 11 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch announced on her show that an anonymous donor is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the union thug who assaulted Steven Crowder in Michigan on Tuesday. Dana Loesch âś” @DLoesch Now ppl are contacting my show offering monetary awards for information leading to the arrest of...
  • Time for New Car Golf TDI? Freeper Input Appreciated!

    12/12/2012 6:02:23 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 100 replies
    12.12.12 | Chickensoup
    Time for another motor in the house. Last vehicle I bought I ran by the Freeper Auto-Guys and it worked great. Time for a different kind of transportation. Looking at a new two or four door Golf TDI in Red with manual transmission. No sunroof, no nav package. Test drove it twice and like the manual transmission. Dealer giving 300K warranty with serviceing Q10K at dealership. Your thoughts.
  • (CT)DEEP facing both federal and state budget cuts

    12/12/2012 6:00:01 PM PST · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Facing potentially dramatic budget cuts on two fronts, Connecticut's commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the agency will need to remake its business model to continue to do its job. In a particularly sobering presentation to an annual gathering of environmental advocates, Daniel Esty made it clear that the pain from a series of expected state budget cuts would be exacerbated by anticipated federal ones -- money that the department has relied heavily on for many years. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget rescissions last month have already stripped nearly $1.5 million from DEEP's budget and more...
  • Hero Marine who saved comrades by falling on grenade will NOT get post- humous Medal of Honor -

    12/12/2012 5:59:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/12/12 | Beth Stebner
    A Marine who was killed after his unconscious body fell on a live grenade during the Iraq War will not receive a posthumous Medal of Honor, it was revealed today. Sgt Rafael Peralta was 25 years old when he fell on the grenade in Fallouja, Iraq in 2004. Though he perished, his body shielded other American soldiers and saved the lives of other Marines. The Pentagon told Rep. Duncan Hunter it supports the decision of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who honored Sgt. Rafael Peralta with the Navy Cross instead of the military´s highest honor.
  • Rep. Jim Moran’s Son’s Girlfriend Blames Broken High Heel for Injuries

    12/12/2012 5:59:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Will Sommer
    SNIP "Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan," Moran's office quotes her saying. "On impact, I fractured my nose." She calls the police report that says a police officer saw Moran slam her head into a trashcan outside Columbia Heights bar The Getaway "inaccurate." Moran was arrested after the incident on felony domestic assault charges, before pleading guilty today to assault and receiving probation. SNIP