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  • At federal government agencies, survey finds sagging job satisfaction

    12/13/2012 1:54:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/13/2012 | Lisa Rein
    It’s no secret that federal workers are feeling worn down. They’ve had their salaries frozen and are at the center of a partisan debate over the value of their work. A report due out Thursday, based on the largest sample ever of the workforce of 2 million, confirms a steady decline in morale and ebbing commitment. Despite positive feedback at some agencies, job satisfaction across the government has hit its lowest point in almost a decade. Just 52.9 percent of employees at the sprawling Department of Homeland Security, for example, are satisfied with their jobs, making it the lowest-ranked large...
  • Report: Chuck Hagel “likely” to be nominated as next Secretary of Defense

    12/13/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2012 | AllahPundit
    His name's been kicking around for more than a week but the "likely" part is new. BREAKING: Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel likely to be nominated as Secretary of Defense— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) December 13, 2012 NBC is hearing the same thing. Team O has been touting him for appointments since before The One was president, when Hagel was briefly rumored to be in the mix for VP. His name popped up again two years later as a potential successor to Dennis Blair as DNI. He's sort of the perfect Obama appointee: He's a centrist Republican, which burnishes O's phony...
  • Setting The Record Straight For Foreigners

    12/13/2012 1:45:33 PM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Daily Rant ^ | December 13, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    Setting The Record Straight For Foreigners by Mychal Massie on December 13, 2012 in Daily Rant Last night I was talking with a good friend in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who shared an interesting conversation he had with a black Sudanese Moslem about race in America. Jordan’s punishment for knowingly and intentionally misleading the American people and the world at large was to become the recipient of numerous journalism awards including the Livingston Award which until his receipt of same was only awarded posthumously. It seems that the individual my friend referenced was under the impression that white people...
  • Bank Of America Website Blocked By Hackers - Again

    12/13/2012 1:37:04 PM PST · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    13 December 2012 | Vanity
    Denial-of-Service assault - Third time in three days their website won't load - I'm thinking targeted drone missile strikes could solve this malicious hacker issue in a couple days - Spammers would be next on my "Ka-Boom List"
  • Two Kansas City Star reporters told to choose who gets sacked

    12/13/2012 1:33:01 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    NBC News Business KC ^ | December13, 2012 | A. Pawlowski
    You could call it the “Hunger Games” approach to layoffs – one that’s getting a big thumbs-down from workplace experts. The Kansas City Star recently told two of its journalists, Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann, that only one of them could keep her job -- and the employees themselves would have to decide who should leave the company, according to the media blog JimRomenesko.com. Dillion confirmed the report in an e-mail to NBC News, but did not provide any more details. The investigative reporter has worked for the Kansas City Star since 1991, according to her LinkedIn profile. Bormann did...
  • Forum Text is All EXTRA LARGE

    12/13/2012 1:04:22 PM PST · by TChris · 53 replies
    Self ^ | 13-Dec-2012 | TChris
    The body text of every post in the forum is now a VERY LARGE font. Anyone else seeing this?
  • Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state, cites 'very politicized' confirmation....

    12/13/2012 1:02:18 PM PST · by Perdogg · 148 replies
    Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
  • Drudge, headline only, Yahoo: Rice drops out

    12/13/2012 1:01:53 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies
    Drudge Rep ^ | 12/13/12 | Drudge
    FLASH: SUSAN RICE DROPS OUT OF CONSIDERATION FOR SECY OF STATE... DEVELOPING...
  • Source: Rice withdraws from Secretary of State consideration

    12/13/2012 1:01:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Source: Rice withdraws from Secretary of State consideration (CNN) - A senior administration official confirms to CNN that Susan Rice has withdrawn her name......
  • Rob Parker on RGIII’s blackness

    12/13/2012 12:57:57 PM PST · by DFG · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/13/12 | Dan Steinberg
    snip “But time and time we keep hearing this, so it just makes me wonder deeper about him,” Parker went on. “And I’ve talked to some people down in Washington D.C., friends of mine, who are around and at some of the press conferences, people I’ve known for a long time. But my question, which is just a straight honest question. Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” What does that mean, Parker was asked. “Well, [that] he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of...
  • Teens Trade PlayStation For LSD

    12/13/2012 12:55:20 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    KDKA ^ | 12/13/12 | KDKA
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after two Washington County teens were taken to the hospital after taking LSD. Police say two 14-year-old boys were transported to Mon Valley Hospital after taking the drug Wednesday. They allegedly traded a PlayStation 3 gaming console for six hits of LSD in Fallowfield Township. One of the boys was transferred to Children’s Hospital. No word on their conditions or who gave them drugs.
  • Liberty Cast Radio

    Haven't posted here for a while. Some of you might know me as co-founder of Hear Us Now which organized the Tax Day Tea Parties (among other events) at the Colorado State Capitol. I brought Hear Us Now to an end in March of this year. The next project, Liberty Cast. 24 hour online streaming Activist/political radio. Liberty Cast has been under way on a tiny scale for sometime. Producing podcasts for others, and hosting two pdcasts. One being the podcast for Grassroots Radio Colorado (http://libertycast.net/grc/index.htm). Please visit the following page, give some consideration to the request and share the...
  • Barbra Streisand on love and politics [ “ever been in love with a Republican,”........]

    12/13/2012 12:53:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    Barbra Streisand on love and politics By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 12/13/12 1:36 PM EST Reuters Reuters Republicans hoping to romance Barbra Streisand are out of luck. Asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan if she’s “ever been in love with a Republican,” the famously liberal actress replied: “Never.” "Could you ever be?” Morgan followed up. "No," she replied. "Well, I mean unless there was an enormous sexual chemistry and, you know, and I had to - we never talked about politics, maybe. But I can't quite imagine it, no."
  • CBS to DeMint: Why Can't the GOP Just Cave to Obama's Tax Hike Demand?

    12/13/2012 12:50:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matthew Balan
    Charlie Rose and Gayle King pressed outgoing Senator Jim DeMint on Thursday's CBS This Morning over congressional Republicans resistance to tax hikes. When DeMint stated that President Obama will "probably eventually get his tax increases one way or another", Rose replied, "So, if he will get them, why not get them now and compromise and avoid going off the fiscal cliff?" Open Obama booster King added the bad polling numbers for Republicans into the mix as she tried to get the senator to surrender to the President's demand: "You released a statement...saying this is not rocket science...with that in mind,...
  • Rare opportunity for action on medical record privacy and data control (MN)

    12/13/2012 12:44:09 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    CCHF ^ | 12-13-12 | twila brase
    DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Thursday, December 20. The MN Dept of Health wants your comments on patient consent before accessing private medical records, on having to inform patients about unauthorized access to medical records, and on whether patients should be able to see the electronic logs that show exactly who accessed their medical records, when, where, and why.  States have power to write real privacy laws. Help legislators take a strong stand for real consent, limited consent, and the right to stay off the National Health Information Network. The NHIN is being created by $27 billion from the Recovery Act (stimulus). It...
  • Australia has asked US if it would sell to Australia 24 more Super Hornets

    12/13/2012 12:42:45 PM PST · by Dundee · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 14, 2012 | Brendan Nicholson
    AUSTRALIA'S Super Hornet fighter-bombers, including 12 fitted out for the RAAF as "Growler" electronic warfare aircraft, will be a major part of the nation's arsenal for many years and will not merely be a stopgap until the arrival of the promised Joint Strike Fighter. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said yesterday that, quite apart from bridging a capability gap if the new JSFs were delayed, the government was now looking at the longer-term use of the Super Hornet and the Growler. Mr Smith said that, putting aside concerns about delays to the JSFs, standard Super Hornets and Growlers used by the...
  • Question on the Fiscal Cliff "negotiations"

    12/13/2012 12:41:39 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    Self | 13 December 2012 | Self
    Why is Boehner even negotiating with zer0? Aren't all financial bills supposed to originate in the House? Just write the bill, and publicize its contents. Make the Admin and the Senate fail to pass/sign the bill. See where the publicity goes then.
  • Harkin: Limbaugh Manufactured Fiscal Cliff

    12/13/2012 12:31:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Did you know that the fiscal cliff is my fault? The fiscal cliff has been manufactured by me to scare you. I don't know when I did this, but Tom Harkin was on some Web show that the Huffing and Puffington Post has and the hostette, somebody named Alicia Menendez, who probably doesn't like the Apple Maps app, was interviewing Tom "Dung Heap" Harkin, and they're talking about the fiscal cliff. She said, "Do you hold the conservative media accountable?" Now, stop and think. What kind of wizard of smart do you have to be to in...
  • So, to Sum Up Our Day

    12/13/2012 12:31:14 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    A Democratic senator hired an unpaid intern who was an undocumented immigrant but a documented sex offender. Apparently Senator Menendez needed an immigrant to do sex offending that Americans won’t do. Meanwhile, Representative Jim Moran is “embarrassed” by the revelation that his voter-fraud-orchestrating son smashed his girlfriend’s face into a garbage can and pleaded guilty to assault. The girlfriend appears to be doing what she can to make the story go away. But don’t worry, the phrase “war on women” may still only be used to describe people who don’t want to pay for someone else’s birth control. ... Obama’s...
  • Senate Dems Want Obamacare Waivers

    12/13/2012 12:20:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This story isn't getting a lot of play, but it should be. Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to dismantling of Obamacare, and they are using Republican language to make their case. These Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. This is a piece by Dr. Susan Berry at Breitbart.com. "With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates...
  • Flashback: Obama Starts Hawaiian Vacation (Dec 23, 2010)

    12/13/2012 12:20:20 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2010 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    HONOLULU – Hawaii, at last. President Obama’s delayed Christmas vacation began at 11:42 p.m. (Hawaii time – 4:42 a.m. on the East Coast) when Air Force One touched down at Hickam Air Force Base here. Mr. Obama stepped off the plane into the sultry Hawaiian darkness with two members of Congress, Senator Daniel Akaka and Representative Mazie Hirono, both Democrats of Hawaii, who accompanied him for the 10-hour flight home. The president hopped into his S.U.V., and his motorcade sped off in a hurry to take him to his wife and daughters, who left Washington Saturday for their luxury rented...
  • Henninger: Who Speaks for the GOP?

    12/13/2012 12:19:47 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/13/2012 | Daniel Henninger
    Republicans are failing to define their party's purpose during the fiscal-cliff talks. After the presidential election, the biggest question out there is: What should the Republican Party stand for? The fiscal cliff, no matter the result, was an instant opportunity to elevate the party's basic beliefs. Instead the GOP is disappearing beneath waves of Beltway process. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have worked hard to keep their thumbs stuck in the dam of rising tax rates. Still, the fiscal cliff is looking more each day like an inside-the-Beltway CYA operation. Does anyone in the country beyond the halls of Congress...
  • Purge-worthy

    12/13/2012 12:19:03 PM PST · by bkepley · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2:45 PM, Dec 13, 2012 | John McCormack
    What separated the likes of Huelskamp and Amash from Labrador and Mulvaney was not opposition to budget compromises. The big, obvious difference in their voting records is that Huelskamp and Amash flip-flopped on the budget written by Paul Ryan and voted with Democrats to kill it in committee. The Ryan budget, which had been hailed in 2011 by Rush Limbaugh as “substantively superb and politically brilliant,” squeaked through the Budget Committee in 2012 on a 19-18 vote.
  • Flashback: Obama Departs for Delayed Hawaiian Vacation (Dec 23, 2011)

    12/13/2012 12:13:54 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 23, 2011 | Tom Giusto
    President Obama is on his way to a delayed Hawaiian vacation with his family now that the showdown over extending the payroll tax cut has been settled. He called it “some good news just in the nick of time for the holidays.” Before leaving the White House the president signed the bill extending the payroll tax cut for two months. It will affect 160 million American workers. Mr. Obama acted Friday after the House and Senate approved the 2 percent tax cut extension. The legislation also extends unemployment insurance for jobless workers and forces Mr. Obama to make a decision...
  • Tennessee’s Troubling Islamist Network

    12/13/2012 12:07:56 PM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | David James
    The “red-green alliance” in Tennessee between the liberal-left and Islamists is alive and well but made even more novel with the participation of Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Never one to shy away from Obama’s agenda for the U.S., Governor Haslam’s push to elevate the political status of Muslims in his state must leave Tennesseans wondering if their Republican governor is actually a Democrat. Governor Haslam’s promotion of the Islamist agenda in his state progressed from having his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security work behind the scenes to support and partner with the American Muslim Advisory Council to having...
  • The Leader of the Never Surrender Wing

    12/13/2012 12:07:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Do you know, in addition to me being responsible for your state of panic over the fiscal cliff, I lead the Never Surrender Wing of the GOP. This is Norman Ornstein last night on the Charlie Rose Show. Norman Ornstein, the American Enterprise Institute resident scholar, and they were talking about the Republican Party. Charlie Rose said, "Is Boehner less afraid of his caucus than he has been in the past?" ORNSTEIN: You've got groups like those led by Rush Limbaugh saying never give up, never surrender, we didn't do anything wrong, they'll come to us. You've...
  • Boehner: If Obama Won't Cut Spending, Then No Deal (vudeo)

    12/13/2012 12:06:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
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  • (Ma. Gov.Deval)Patrick: Controversial ex-public safety czar would be ‘great judge’

    12/13/2012 12:04:05 PM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/13/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan — who is stepping down amid a flurry of controversy — may be in line for a judgeship, Gov. Deval Patrick suggested this afternoon. Asked by a Herald reporter at a State House press conference today whether he intended to nominate Heffernan to become a judge, Patrick grinned widely. “Well, you know, she’d make a great judge,” said Patrick. “And that’s all I’ll say about that right now.” Heffernan was listed as a reference on the job application of Sheila Burgess, the state’s ex-highway safety director who resigned after her checkered, four-page driving record...
  • Russia says Syrian rebels might win

    12/13/2012 11:55:48 AM PST · by Repeat Offender · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | Steve Gutterman and Oliver Holmes
    MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels are gaining ground and might win, Russia's Middle East envoy said on Thursday, in the starkest such admission from a major ally of President Bashar al-Assad in 20 months of conflict.
  • Speakers Blast Sound Of Baby Crying As Part Of Protest In Philly

    12/13/2012 11:51:13 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    PHILADELPHIA - It's a union protest designed to bring you to tears. Residents at the Vista apartment building on the 2800 block. of N. 47th St. in Philadelphia's Wynnefield section are losing their minds over a recording played by protesters from IBEW local 98. Last Wednesday, the union set up an iPod and loudspeakers that plays this recorded message: "Your community is crying for jobs, participation and fair wages." It's what comes next that brings a tear to the eye: an extended crying jag by a seemingly fussy infant. The recording- which began last Wednesday- runs each weekday from around...
  • Boehner plans to leave Washington amid "fiscal cliff" stalemate

    12/13/2012 11:49:50 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Boehner plans to leave Washington amid "fiscal cliff" stalemate Reuters – 29 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner plans to go home to Ohio on Friday, his office said, in a sign that there is no deal in sight to avert the looming "fiscal cliff." Spokesman Michael Steel added, however, that should President Barack Obama decide he needs to talk or meet with Boehner again, "Ohio has both cell phone service and airports - so ... it won't be a problem." Steel said Boehner - the top Republican in Congress - will likely...
  • An American Divorce Agreement

    12/13/2012 11:49:39 AM PST · by Slyfox · 32 replies
    email | 12-12-12 | An American Law Student
    Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, regressive, Marxists, and Obama supporters, et. al.: We have stuck together since the late 1950s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and...
  • Cops use Taser on woman buying too many iPhones

    12/13/2012 11:45:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 67 replies
    wcvb.com ^ | 12-13-2012 | staff
    NEWTON, Mass. — A local family says a language barrier may have resulted in police using a Taser on a woman after she tried to buy too many iPhones at a local mall. Police, however, say the incident isn't that clear cut. Xiaojie Li, of Newton, said she is embarrassed by Monday's Pheasant Lane Mall in New Hampshire incident. "So my mom says she don't know why they called the police, because she doesn't understand what they are talking about," her 12-year-old daughter Jiao Jay said. Jay said her mother bought two iPhones last Friday, and was told that was...
  • Black Skin Privilege

    12/13/2012 11:45:03 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | David Horowitz and John Perazzo
    When a Neighborhood Watch guard shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012, a chorus of civil rights activists concluded that he had been killed because of his race. Michael Skolnick, the political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, spoke for the consensus in an article he titled, “White People You Will Never Look Suspicious.” I will never look suspicious to you. Even if I have a black hoodie, a pair of jeans and white sneakers on … I will never watch a taxicab pass me by to pick someone else up. I will never witness someone clutch their purse tightly against...
  • Economics 101: Small Business Cuts Back on Spending After Obama Election Victory

    12/13/2012 11:44:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have some news here. It's not surprising to me. "US small business owners' net capital spending intentions for the next 12 months plunged to -14 in November, the lowest level in more than two years, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. This is down from net capital spending intentions of -1 in July and suggests the nation's small business owners are likely to pull back on their business investments even more, given their negative expectations for the next 12 months." Now, I give you an illustration. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, this index --...
  • Boehner appears to ease opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy

    12/13/2012 11:42:22 AM PST · by South40 · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/13/2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    Emergency compromise could allow for a short-term solution to avoid fiscal cliff as Congress prepares to break for Christmas House speaker John Boehner has left open the door for a quick bill that would halt tax increases for the vast majority of Americans on January 1. Boehner twice ducked questions from reporters during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday about whether he was prepared to allow a vote on a bill that would see the top 2% of the country's richest face tax rises but exempt the remaining 98%. With just over two weeks left until the country...
  • Video: The $100 traffic ticket

    12/13/2012 11:37:56 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December13, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    When 25-year-old Hayden Carlo was pulled over for an expired registration sticker by a Plano police officer, he told him without hesitation – he had no excuse. “I said there’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money….it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.” The cop gave Carlo a ticket…and something else. “I opened it up and there’s a 100 dollar bill. I broke down in my car what else could I do?,” Carlo told CBS DFW. The officer never told anyone about the $100 gift. But Carlo’s grandfather, Billy...
  • G.O.P. Senator Who Voted for Gay Marriage Concedes Defeat

    12/13/2012 11:34:46 AM PST · by Arthurio · 10 replies
    December 13, 2012 G.O.P. Senator Who Voted for Gay Marriage Concedes Defeat By THOMAS KAPLAN A Republican state senator who provided one of the pivotal votes to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State conceded defeat on Thursday in a three-way race where a conservative-leaning candidate siphoned away thousands of votes. The outcome means that only one of the four Republican senators who went against their caucus to support allowing gay couples to marry will return to Albany. The senator who was defeated, Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie, congratulated his Democratic opponent, Terry W. Gipson, after election officials in Dutchess...
  • Rep. Jason White (HD 48) making the switch to the GOP (Mississippi)

    12/13/2012 11:26:36 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies
    Yall Politics ^ | 12/13/12
    Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, and a host of other Republican elected and party officials will welcome a new member to the ever growing GOP in Mississippi Tuesday. It appears that Freshman State Representative Jason White of House District 48 is set to announce that he is switching parties, pushing the Republican majority up to 65 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. House District 48 has long been primed to go red. If you will recall, the Democratic leadership under former Speaker Billy McCoy sought to eliminate HD 48 during redistricting back in 2011 because...
  • Justin Bieber security team taking ‘every precaution’ details of alleged murder, castration plot

    12/13/2012 11:25:14 AM PST · by billorites · 44 replies
    National Post ^ | December 13, 2012
    After New Mexico police revealed they’d uncovered an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star’s management has released a statement saying they take “every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans.” Other than that, the star and his security team have been tight-lipped about how seriously they take the threat. News of the bizarre assassination plot made news around the world Wednesday after Albuquerque’s KRQE reported that Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew Tanner Ruane, 23, had allegedly been hired to castrate and murder the singer. The puppet master behind the...
  • State Department creates time-travel themed video game

    12/13/2012 11:24:40 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/12/12 | BYRON TAU
    The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the launch of a new video game designed to teach foreign students about American life, language and culture. "Students explore American culture through puzzles, activities, and adventures in an interactive world," the State Department announced in a release. "Through the game, students take a virtual journey through the United States, traveling to locations,
  • Gun Control, People Control and Thought Control

    12/13/2012 11:22:49 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The gun control debate, like all debates with the left, is reducible to the question of whether we are individuals who make our own decisions or a great squishy social mass that helplessly responds to stimuli. Do people kill with guns or does the availability of guns kill people? Do bad eating habits kill people or does the availability of junk food kill people? To the left these are distinctions without a difference. If a thing is available then it is the cause of the problem. The individual cannot be held accountable for shooting someone if there are guns for...
  • Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Report (Dec. 20)

    12/13/2012 11:16:49 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 13, 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Dec. 20 before the House of Representatives and Senate foreign affairs committees on a report on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, the committees said on Wednesday. The attack on Sept. 11 killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and raised questions about the adequacy of security in far-flung posts. Republicans have criticized Democratic President Barack Obama's administration for its flawed early public explanations of the attack. They have also criticized shifting explanations of why talking points given to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations...
  • Conservative Members were purged because of ‘[] factor,’ not voting record

    12/13/2012 11:10:35 AM PST · by bigbob · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-13-12 | Matt K. Lewis
    <p>As you probably know, grassroots conservatives are up in arms over the fact that some conservatives Members were “purged” from committee assignments.</p> <p>Now, it seems Republican leadership is aiming to make matters even worse.</p>
  • Making criminals leave chemical fingerprints

    12/13/2012 11:09:56 AM PST · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    RSC ^ | 12/13/2012 | Jennifer Newton
    Scientists in Brazil have shown that luminescent lanthanide tags can be added to ammunition to enable visual identification of gunshot residue at crime scenes, and even on a shooter’s hands, using an ultraviolet lamp. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis is currently used to identify some types of gunshot residue, but environmental and occupational contamination can give false negatives. The method is also time-consuming and limited by the need to obtain adequate sample quantities. Another problem is that lead-free ammunition is now coming into use to avoid lead pollution and its resulting impact on human health. (The blood level of...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:20 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Buffett, Soros Join List of Billionaires Calling for Tax Hikes They Won’t Pay

    12/13/2012 11:01:45 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December13, 2012 | Matt Nesto
    "I just got fed up. It wasn't just Warren Buffett. There's been a half dozen of these things lately, and what I noticed is everyone is asking for taxes to be raised except the taxes they actually pay," Brown told me on the sidelines of the Minyanville Festivus event. So in that light, let's look at the gap that exists between proposed tax hikes and actual impact. The proposed income tax increase on couples earning more than $250,000 year: Buffett's $100,000 a year salary is well known - as is the complaint that his poor, lowly secretary has a higher...
  • U.N. Conference Slyly Introduces Resolution to Gain Control of Internet—in Middle of Night

    12/13/2012 10:58:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 10:48 PM, Dec 12, 2012 • | By DANIEL HALPER
    In the middle of the night at a U.N. conference in Dubai, the presiding chairman of the International Telecommunication Union conference surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement in the U.N. governing the Internet. A majority of countries gave their approval. With a sufficient majority supporting the U.N. becoming more active in controlling the Internet, the chairman put forth a resolution. The chairman, though, insisted the survey "was not a vote." The resolution was supported by Cuba, Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia; the United States opposed it. The proposed resolution resolves that the secretary...
  • Feds Raise Hackles Over 5-Hour Energy Drink( Say it ain't so!! )

    12/13/2012 10:35:24 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012 | ALEXANDER KAZAM
    The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade. 5 hour The hubbub over 5-Hour Energy, which has some fans stockpiling 12-packs of the bottles in anticipation of a possible ban, was sparked by an article in the New York Times claiming that 5-Hour Energy has been “linked” to 13 deaths reported to the FDA in the past four years. In truth, millions of bottles of 5-Hour Energy are consumed every week, and there is no evidence whatsoever...