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  • The postal grinch that stole Christmas

    12/13/2012 9:39:05 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Susan Thurston
    Thousands of area children might go without toys this holiday season thanks to a Grinch-like move from the Postal Service. Normally this time of year, boxes of gifts pack the Toys for Tots warehouses. But not this season. Toy donations are so low, Toys for Tots officials worry they won't have enough gifts for the estimated 40,000 boys and girls on their lists. 'I'm losing sleep,' said Herb Donica, chairman of the committee that supports the Toys for Tots campaign in Hillsborough County. 'All of our core people are pulling their hair out wondering what we are going to do.''...
  • Changes in voter demographics likely permanent, study says

    12/13/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by Defiant · 32 replies
    San Diego News Room ^ | December 12, 2012 | not stated
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Changes in San Diego voter demographics that became apparent with the election of Bob Filner as mayor are probably permanent, with the city's political power shifting toward independents and residents south of Interstate 8, according to a study released Wednesday. The National University System Institute for Policy Research found that Mayor Bob Filner's election victory over ex-Councilman Carl DeMaio was fueled by voters south of the freeway that runs through Mission Valley. The freeway is a traditional, but not entirely accurate, dividing line between economic "haves'' and "have-nots'' and a border between Republican- and Democratic-leaning enclaves.
  • Energy Perspectives: For most fuel sources, domestic production has been increasing

    12/13/2012 9:37:32 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    In 2011, the United States produced about 78 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy, more than at any point in the nation's history. More than three-quarters of this energy production came from nonrenewable fossil fuels: coal, natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas plant liquids. Despite rising production, the United States was a net energy importer, consuming more than 97 quads of energy in 2011. The 60.6 quads of domestic fossil fuel production set a record, exceeding the previous peak of 59.3 quads in 1998. Of those fuels, natural gas surpassed coal as the most-produced fuel with 23.5 quads compared to...
  • STUDY: Reality Show Viewers Are More Neurotic, Have Lower Self-Esteem...

    12/13/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 49 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    People who watch non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have a lower self-esteem, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by Today.com polled 19,000 people and found that "those who watched non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have lower self-esteem than watchers who are not fans of the genre." Additionally, the survey found that 72% of women and 60% of men watch Reality television simply because they're bored. Also, 46% of women and 26% of men watch this genre because they like to see how people with money and fame live their lives. Deadliest Catch...
  • FACEBOOK Voted Best Place To Work - Interns Earn $67,000/Year!

    12/13/2012 9:27:02 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 8 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Facebook is the number one company to work for in the world, according to a new study by Glassdoor.com. The career site ranked the 50 best companies to work for based on employee reviews and other corporate data and found that the social media website tops them all. Facebook employees gave the company a 4.6 rating on a scale of 5.0 with a majority saying they are "Very Satisfied." The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, received a 97 percent approval rating. Some of the pros reported by Facebook employees included smart and driven employees, vision of management and the ability to...
  • Harry Belafonte Blasts GOP ‘Infestation’ of America, Ponders Imprisoning Dissenters

    12/13/2012 9:11:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    During an appearance on the program of MSNBC’s race-baiter-in-chief Al Sharpton, entertainer Harry Belafonte lashed out at Republicans, saying that their continued presence in Washington, DC constituted an “infection” of sorts. He also told his host that the only thing left for Obama to do with opposition figures who continue to disagree with him was to “Work like a Third World dictator and just put all these guys in jail.” Belafonte’s totalitarian prescription elicited a laugh rather than horror from Sharpton. View video below the jump.
  • Extortion call, somber visit bring nightmare home for parents of Marine jailed in Mexico

    12/13/2012 9:10:38 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12-13-12 | Joseph J. Kolb
    The father of a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico after being caught with his grandfather's antique shotgun heard the fear in his son's voice and felt helpless. The phone call came at midnight from Mexico's notorious CEDES prison, where Jon Hammar Jr. has been held since August. The caller demanded $1,800, then put Hammar on to drive the point home. "They're serious, Dad," Jon Hammar Sr. heard his son say. "I'll pay you back; they are going to kill me." Hammar, who faced down Iraqi insurgents in the final push on Fallujah in 2004, has been in dangerous situations before....
  • Putin Expels Foreign Reporter from Siberia

    12/13/2012 9:08:34 AM PST · by No One Special · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 12, 2012 | Kim Zigfeld
    On November 20, 2012, Moscow Times reporter Howard Amos arrived in the Siberian city of Chita for a planned one-month sojourn along the Chinese border to Russia's far-east outpost of Vladivostok. He was to report on the life and times of the region, where Chinese influence grows by the day.Less than ten days later, Amos was on his way back to Moscow, hopes dashed and dreams destroyed in classic Russian fashion. His adventure offers penetrating insights into the true nature of Vladimir Putin's neo-Soviet state.Amos described his first morning waking up in Siberia this way: After a bad night on...
  • Michele Bachmann says Obama wants to 'lift up the Islamists' and allow Sharia law in America

    12/13/2012 9:00:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 13, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Representative Michele Bachmann has claimed that Barack Obama is determined 'to lift up the Islamists' and bow to their 'ultimate demand' of imposing Sharia law on America. In an extraordinary interview at the weekend, the woman who once had high hopes of being the Republican candidate in this year's presidential election, said that Americans should study Islamist texts just as those worried about fascism pored over Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' in the 1930s and 1940s. In an extended on-air conversation with conservative radio hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger, Bachmann contended that Obama was endangering the United States and Israel...
  • Poll: Majority would blame both sides equally if talks fail

    12/13/2012 8:52:17 AM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new poll finds that a majority of voters would blame both President Obama and congressional Republicans equally if efforts to find a deficit deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” fail. Fifty-six percent surveyed in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll say both sides would be responsible if a compromise is not reached. Nineteen percent would blame Obama and Democrats only, with 24 percent saying the GOP would be at fault. Those numbers could suggest a shift in public opinion as both parties work to find a way to prevent tax rate hikes and automatic spending cuts from taking...
  • Belafonte’s Advice to Obama: Imprison Opposition “Like a Third World Dictator” (Video)

    12/13/2012 8:41:23 AM PST · by null and void
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 10:16 PM | Jim Hoft
    (video) Enlightened Marxist Harry Belafonte was on with pal Al Sharpton this week. His advice for Obama was to imprison opposition like a “third world dictator.”
 Belefonte, of course, is a big fan of third world dictators.

Previously, Belefonte called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” while praising Marxist tyrant Hugo Chavez.
  • Chinese airplane enters Japanese airspace over Senkakus for 1st time

    12/13/2012 8:33:51 AM PST · by cartan · 9 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 2012-12-13
    A Chinese government airplane entered Japanese airspace over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday in the first such airspace intrusion in Japan, prompting an immediate protest from the Japanese government. The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15 fighter jets to the area after one of China's State Oceanic Administration airplanes was spotted at 11:06 a.m. about 15 kilometers south of Uotsuri Island, one of the Japanese-administered Senkakus claimed by China, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters. It is the first-ever intrusion by China into Japanese airspace since Tokyo started tallying the number of such intrusions...
  • Left-Wing Ideology Now Rules Supreme In America

    12/13/2012 8:32:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Douglas MacKinnon
    News flash for conservatives, Christians, libertarians or anyone in America who embraces traditional values, the rule of law, common sense, basic math, a more secure nation or politicians who put you and your family first: You have lost or are losing across the board. Period. With the re-election of Barack Obama — and he and his campaign should be congratulated for not only running a winning campaign but, more importantly, for also exploiting the weaknesses created by the nanny-state — there is now no more mystery or doubt. Liberal ideology rules supreme in our country and to say otherwise, is...
  • Norfolk, VA: Norva Plastics wins eminent domain fight over value

    12/13/2012 8:31:12 AM PST · by 4buttons · 10 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 12, 2012 | Clay Barbour
    A jury delivered Norva Plastics a big victory Wednesday, awarding the 70-year-old company a multimillion-dollar payout and delivering yet another blow to city leaders in the ongoing fight over eminent domain.
  • 8 fighter jets scrambled after Chinese plane flies over disputed islands

    12/13/2012 8:29:19 AM PST · by traumer · 3 replies
    TOKYO — Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the center of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. It was the first incursion by a Chinese state aircraft into Japanese airspace anywhere since the country’s military began monitoring in 1958, the defense ministry said. The move marks a ramping-up of what observers suggest is a Chinese campaign to create a “new normal”—where its forces come and go as they please around islands which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, but Tokyo controls as the Senkakus. It also...
  • ANALYSIS U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Introduces New Deception Campaign

    12/13/2012 8:19:02 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 12DEC12 | GlobalMBR
    The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and its allies in the interfaith movement have created what appears to a new effort whose net effect is to further promote the Brotherhood’s deception tactics. In October, the Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center released a document titled “What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers, described as follows: “What is the Truth About American Muslims: Questions and Answers is a resource created jointly by Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project. In a time when misinformation about and misunderstandings of Islam and of the...
  • Norway citizens join militants to fight NATO troops

    12/13/2012 8:18:56 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | 12/13/2012 | Sayed Jawad
    According to reports several Norwegina citizens have joined militants groups based in Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Norwegina intelligence officials have confirmed the report and said the citizens fought on the side of insurgents and even shot at NATO-led international troops that have included Norwegian soldiers.
  • Union "Victory": Chrysler Reinstates 13 Workers Fired for Drinking on the Job

    12/13/2012 8:18:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    <p>The following story proves what common sense has long ago suggested, that unions have outlived any possible usefulness and they are also hugely counterproductive to the goal of getting any work done.</p> <p>Please consider the Detroit News article Chrysler reinstates 13 workers fired for drinking on job.</p>
  • Michael Moore on Reagan voters: They're dying

    12/13/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Michael Moore on Reagan voters: They're dying By: Patrick Gavin December 13, 2012 09:16 AM EST Michael Moore thinks the country is getting better — “I’m very optimistic about the future” — he says, and what explains that? Reagan voters are dying. In a discussion on Current TV about Sheldon Adelson on Wednesday, Moore told host Jennifer Granholm, “Adelson and all those people will be gone, just like the people who voted for Reagan, the older generation that was really behind Reagan.” “If you were 55 or 60 years old in 1980 when Reagan ran, you’re dead now,” said Moore....
  • Laura Ingraham partners with Norm Pattiz at Courtside

    12/13/2012 8:13:39 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 17 replies
    Tom Taylor Now ^ | 12/13/12 | Tom Taylor
    So it’s not Cumulus. Norm Pattiz, one of L.A.’s most famous Lakers fans (thus the “Courtside Entertainment” name) recruits a new star in talkhost Laura Ingraham. She recently left TRN at the end of her contract, had conversations with several parties, and now signs with Westwood One founder Norm Pattiz. The deal was done yesterday. Other Courtside projects include “Loveline with Dr. Drew, Mike and Simone” and “Bill O’Reilly’s Presidential Townhall.” Expect an announcement about Ingraham today, and a start date. That could be as soon as next week, or it could be January 2. One thing’s for sure –...