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  • Bill Ayers: Leftist Power is in Schools

    12/13/2012 6:36:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | December 13, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Terrorist turned teacher Bill Ayers appeared at a recent Big Apple gathering of “Change the Stakes,” an anti-testing group comprised mostly of teachers and parents. At least two employees of the New York City Board of Education were there as well. EAGnews obtained exclusive video of the event and will be releasing more clips in the coming days. But first we would like to present Ayers’ statement on the power of radical socialist educators in today’s public schools. It should send chills down every parent’s spine. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Ayers explained to his audience that leftists wrongly put...
  • Fundamental change in the way the fed can use citizen databases (my title)

    12/13/2012 6:26:26 AM PST · by MV=PY · 4 replies
    Guidelines for access, retention, use, and dissemination by the National Counterterrorism Center and other agencies of information in datasets containing non-terrorism information.
  • Ben Nelson bids farewell, wants to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

    12/13/2012 6:24:45 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's Rag) ^ | December 13, 2012 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON — Ben Nelson isn't about to trade his U.S. Senate seat for a rocking chair. The retiring Nebraska Democrat, 71, wants to trek up Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro. He reiterated Wednesday that he's looking forward to tackling his "bucket list" after leaving Congress late this year. Spending more time with family and hunting top that list, but there are more exotic goals: ascending the dormant volcano peak of Kilimanjaro and visiting Machu Picchu, the remote 15th century Inca site in Peru. “There are so many things that you put off, and now I don't have to worry about just putting...
  • Mom's "miracle child" is a bundle of joy.

    12/13/2012 6:21:56 AM PST · by Melinda in TN · 8 replies
    Cleveland Daily Banner ^ | December 13, 2012 | William Wright
    An infant who stood a zero chance at a normal life after weighing only 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth is redefining what normal looks like with the loving support of his mother. Lolita Harris carried her son, Paxton, for just 26 weeks before his premature birth on Aug. 22, 2009. He was scheduled to arrive as late as Nov. 25. But when he water suddenly broke weeks early, Lolita went into labor for 72 hours, afraid her child would not survive to enjoy a single day. Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Mom’s ‘miracle child’ is a bundle of...
  • U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show

    12/13/2012 6:12:10 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 17 April 2011 | Craig Whitlock
    The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables. The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria as part of a long-standing campaign to overthrow the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad. Human rights groups say scores of people have been killed by Assad’s security forces since the demonstrations began March 18; Syria has blamed the violence on “armed gangs.” Barada TV is closely...
  • Morality and Investing

    12/13/2012 6:11:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 13, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Back in the day, Americans trying to pressure South Africa to jettison its Apartheid system of government decided to put pressure on American businesses and other investors with financial links to Pretoria. Reverend Leon Sullivan created a set of principles in 1977 that ultimately was adopted by the United States government in 1986 that created serious economic backlash for those that profited in South Africa. The campaign probably worked more from a moral embarrassment standpoint than an economic boycott. I supported the campaign. I think so did most people that understood how unfair Apartheid was and how poorly it looked...
  • Quinn, Emanuel assail court's concealed carry decision

    12/13/2012 6:07:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 dec 20122 | Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday indicated he would like to see assault weapons banned in Illinois as lawmakers this spring revise state law to allow some form of concealed carry to comply with a court ruling that tossed aside a long-standing ban on allowing people to carry weapons. Meanwhile, at City Hall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Tuesday's federal appellate court decision as "wrongheaded" as he offered legal help to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she weighs an appeal. Judges gave the General Assembly six months to make changes, and the Democratic governor suggested the new rules will have to...
  • Save the Middle Class ... and Everyone Else

    12/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 13, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- William McGurn, the esteemed Wall Street Journal columnist and soon-to-be editor of the editorial page of the New York Post, has made an interesting observation about the fabulous Bush tax cuts that are about to lapse. They amount to a substantial sum of money for a middle-class family. For the middle class it will be a big deal if they disappear. President Barack Obama has portrayed the Bush tax cuts as a rich person's tax cut, but now he is portraying them as a huge tax break for the middle class. Of a sudden he says do not...
  • Obama's Laughter

    12/13/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 34 replies
    English Pravda ^ | 10-12-12 | Xavier Lerma
    The last nail on America's coffin has been hammered while Obama and his comrades smirk over its grave....
  • British academic: Ban party balloons (helium filled)

    12/13/2012 5:58:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    “The scarcity of helium is a really serious issue. I can imagine that in 50 years time our children will be saying, ‘I can’t believe they used such a precious material to fill balloons,’” said the doctor, Peter Wothers. The non-renewable gas is a necessity in hospitals, where it is used to cool magnets in MRI scanners and mixed with oxygen to allow ill patients and newborn babies to breathe more easily. Scientists have been unsuccessful in finding a sustainable way of making the gas artificially. “If we keep using it for non-essential things like party balloons, where we’re just...
  • For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

    12/13/2012 5:54:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Towery
    I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently. But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton ultimately...
  • Freedom From Union Compulsion

    12/13/2012 5:47:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    To everything there is a season, the Good Book says, and in Michigan workplaces the season of freedom is arriving at last. Republican legislators voted Tuesday to make Michigan the 24th state in the nation to protect an essential civil liberty: the right to work for a living without being required to join or pay money to a labor union. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new laws – one dealing with private-sector employees, one covering government employment – a few hours later, hailing them as "pro-worker and pro-Michigan." Big Labor and its allies, of course, are furiously denouncing this...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/13/2012 5:44:17 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 30 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012 | Judicial Watch
    Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things. It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces. The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is still being drafted, but a mainstream newspaper got a sneak preview and published an...
  • £100 billion and counting: What Britain has paid to Brussels in the last 40 years

    12/13/2012 5:36:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:42 EST, 13 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Britain’s membership of the European Union has cost taxpayers almost £100 billion since its formation. As David Cameron travels to Brussels today for another EU summit, it emerged that from 1973 to this year, Britain has paid £97 billion ($156 billion) in net payments. … Cameron is due to attend talks today aimed are establishing a single banking watchdog for Eurozone countries. … But the move is being seen as a significant step towards a European super state. … It means national governments will no longer have oversight of their banks. …
  • Fiscal Cliff Creates Problems That Don't Faze Obama

    12/13/2012 5:35:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | December 13, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners? Some analysts think so. Keith Hennessey, a former top staffer for the Bush White House and Senate Republicans and a veteran of budget negotiations, argues that Obama's whole second term would be blighted if he allows the fiscal cliff tax increases and sequestration budget cuts to take place next month. His argument is based on three assumptions. One is that going over the fiscal cliff would trigger a sharp recession and a weak economy thereafter....
  • Britain lifts ban on shale gas fracking

    12/13/2012 5:17:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:14 | (Agencies)
    Britain this morning lifted its ban on shale gas exploration as it aims to become a European leader in a sector that has transformed the US energy market and counter a fall in the UK’s natural gas production. … Europe’s largest gas consumer, Britain, had put a temporary stop to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for shale gas in May 2011, a process in which water and chemicals are injected at high pressure into rock formations to retrieve trapped gas, after earth tremors were measured near a fracking site close to Blackpool. Fracking can resume immediately, but explorers need to operate...
  • European ministers ink deal on bank oversight

    12/13/2012 5:11:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 12:05 AM ET | SARAH DiLORENZO and RAF CASERT
    The European Union on Thursday took a major step towards one of the most important transfers of financial authority away from national capitals when its member states agreed to create a single supervisor for their banks. The political agreement reached at dawn by finance ministers augured well ahead of the evening start of a summit of the 27 government leaders seeking to set up a banking union. … Under the deal, banks with more than €30 billion ($39 billion) in assets or those that represent 20 percent of gross domestic product of their national economies will be placed under the...
  • Taxman to Middle Class: 'Bend Over'

    12/13/2012 4:56:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 13, 2012 | Larry Elder
    President Barack Obama in 2008, and again during the 2012 election, promised absolutely, positively no tax hikes on the middle class. The rich, however, must pay more: "It's not me being stubborn, it's not me being partisan -- it's just a matter of math." How does Obama intend to pay for our cradle-to-grave welfare state? Why, by charging the dastardly "millionaires and billionaires" who "can afford to pay a little bit more." No more extending the Bush-era tax rates for the rich. To do so, Obama tells us, would "cost" $700 billion -- over 10 years. So this "break" for...
  • Will 401(k) plans keep getting worse?

    12/13/2012 4:50:04 AM PST · by lwd · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Teresa Ghilarducci
    CNN) -- IBM, one of America's largest companies, shook the employee compensation world when it announced recently that it would contribute only once every December to its employees' 401(k) accounts. Any employee who leaves before December would not be able to collect the company's match. Workers at IBM aren't marching to the picket line like Walmart workers and longshoreman who protest pay and working conditions, but you just never know. Only about 9% of the nation's employers make matches once a year. IBM's move is paving the way for big companies to go down this road.
  • QE4 Is Here: Bernanke Delivers $85B-A-Month Until Unemployment Falls Below 6.5%

    12/13/2012 4:39:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    forbes ^ | december 12, 2012 | Agustino Fontevecchia
    Ben Bernanke continues to make history at the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the FOMC announced more quantitative easing at a rate of $85 billion a month for an extended period of time. The Bernanke Fed has also modified its guidance, noting its ultra-accommodative stance will remain in place until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5% and inflation projections remain no more than half a percentage point above 2% two years out. QE4 is here. Only a few months after announcing what had been dubbed QE3, an open-ended $40 billion a month program to buy up mortgage backed securities (MBS), the...