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  • Favorite Food and Drink Songs.Tell us Your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 12~14~12

    12/13/2012 5:10:47 PM PST · by fatima · 276 replies
    ~Favorite Food and Drinks Songs ~ Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis - That's Amore Words and Music by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks (In Napoli where love is King, when boy meets girl, here's what they say) When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pieThat's amoreWhen the world seems to shine like you've had too much wineThat's amore Bells'll ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-lingAnd you'll sing "Vita bella"Hearts'll play tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tayLike a gay tarantella When the stars make you drool joost-a like pasta fazoolThat's amoreWhen you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you're in...
  • Boehner Seeks To Quell Revolt: Speaker Faces Criticism Over Leadership From GOP Right Wing

    12/13/2012 5:10:14 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | 8:34 Thursday, December 13, 2012
    The House's most conservative members vowed to vote against any deal that raises taxes, openly challenging the speaker's authority. Rep. Jeff Landry of Louisiana, defeated in a House race decided last week, blamed the speaker for creating the perilous fiscal position the nation finds itself in. A senior Democrat suggested that Boehner was dragging his feet on deficit talks to avoid striking a deal before January, when the House formally chooses its next speaker. "The biggest impediment right now is the speaker's ability to get a decent number of Republican votes for an agreement," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of...
  • Embattled, Rice bows out of running; Kerry likely

    12/13/2012 4:54:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | BEN FELLER and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination. The reluctant announcement makes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the likely choice to be the nation's next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon.
  • Exclusive: First Glimpse of Former First Daughter Barbara Bush & Graffiti Artist Miky Fabrega

    12/13/2012 4:54:00 PM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 13:05 EST, 13 December 2012 | By Sara Nathan
    Her sister may be married and expecting a baby, but Barbara Bush is just as happy with her long-term boyfriend, graffiti artist Miky Fabrega - despite the fact he has been an outspoken critic of her family. The willowy 31-year-old has been quietly dating the Panama-born artist, 37, for the past two years - and the couple have kept their romance out of the public eye. But in this first glimpse of the pair, it is more than clear they are smitten as they pose with their arms wrapped around each other. Miky has made it clear he dotes on...
  • European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded €60,000

    12/13/2012 4:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Khaled El-Masri, the Lebanese-born German national who claims the CIA abducted him in Macedonia in 2003 before subjecting him to unlawful imprisonment and torture, has become accustomed to his case being thrown out of court. But on Thursday, he was finally able to claim a victory. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in El-Masri’s favor and ordered that the government of Macedonia to pay him €60,000 ($78,456) in damages. Based in Strasbourg, the court found that his account of having been flown secretly to Afghanistan, brutally interrogated there at a prison run by the US intelligence agency and then...
  • Instead of Asking Hillary Clinton About Benghazi, Barbara Walters Pushes Her to Run

    12/13/2012 4:26:30 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 13, 2012 | 13:10 | By Jeffrey Meyer
    Add Barbara Walters to the list of journalists pushing for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016. For the third time now, Ms. Clinton has been featured on Barbara Walters’s annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. Given that Ms. Walters had a one-on-one sit-down interview with Clinton, it would seem logical that the topic of the Benghazi fiasco would come up. It didn't, despite the fact that, as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton oversees all U.S. Embassies, and is directly responsible for protecting our diplomats around the world, especially in troubled regions where security threats are...
  • America Still The Shining City On A Hill: GOP Must Not Abandon Its Principles

    12/13/2012 4:22:30 PM PST · by calif_reaganite · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Igor Birman
    What possibly could inspire someone to leave behind the comfort and familiarity of home and the warmth of friends and relatives to seek the unknown alone in a foreign land? It’s a question Republicans should ask as a panicked posse presses us to leave behind our principles in order to appeal to the growing immigrant vote. Here’s a hint: The motivation is not a longing for big government. I arrived in the United States as a refugee from Russia in 1994 with my family, a few bags and a dream of life in liberty. After Russian police had torn apart...
  • John Hickenlooper on Colorado gun control laws: 'The time is right'

    12/13/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | | 12/13/12 1:49 PM EST
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile shootings, including a movie theater rampage in suburban Denver, that have shocked the nation. The Democratic governor upset some in his party for not taking a stronger position when he said last summer that stricter laws would not haven't prevented the mass shooting in Aurora. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Hickenlooper said that the legislative session in January would be an appropriate time to take up...
  • Michigan Unions Targeted Obama Enemy: Koch Brothers

    12/13/2012 4:19:33 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | Dece,ber 12, 2012
    Politics: The union mob that tore down that tent outside the Michigan state capitol was aiming at a free-market advocacy group on the president's enemies list promoting right-to-work and other pro-growth measures. In an editorial headlined "Drinking the Kochs' Kool-Aid," the Detroit Free Press, a newspaper in a decaying city with 18.9% unemployment, opined it was pressure from the Koch brothers, David H. and Charles G., who head a Kansas-based conglomerate with 50,000 U.S.-based employees, that moved Michigan Republicans to make the state adopt right-to-work legislation. Randy Richardville, majority leader of the state Senate, and Gov. Rick Snyder may have...
  • How Liberals Argue: Obamacare Taxes

    12/13/2012 4:15:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Last night, I joined CNBC's The Kudlow Report to discuss the recent news that 18 Senate Democrats have signed a letter urging the postponement or repeal of Obamacare's destructive medical device tax.  Conservatives have warned for years that the tax would kill jobs and undermine innovation in the field, a conclusion that some Democrats have finally embraced as implementation looms.  The Left has recognized this problem all along, of course, but they needed to squeeze as much on-paper revenue as possible into the Obamacare CBO score back in 2010 in order to attract those final few votes from "fiscally conservative"...
  • Ted Turner, Prodded by CNN, Calls for Nuclear Disarmament; Says “War Is Just About Over With”

    12/13/2012 4:14:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 13, 2012 | 17:01 | Matt Hadro
    CNN founder Ted Turner is well-known for his outlandish liberal views, and CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux teed him up on Thursday to rant against nuclear weapons, call for higher taxes on the wealthy, and announce that “the big, intelligent, well-educated countries have already quit war.” “President Obama, he says in his second term he wants to make climate change and protecting the environment a top priority. What do you think he should do? What should he do first?” Malveaux prodded the liberal Turner. He answered that Obama should do both and “might as well add getting rid of nuclear weapons too,...
  • Michael Moore: 'Things Got Better' When Reagan Voters Died (mega hurl alert!)

    12/13/2012 4:07:08 PM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    Appearing on Current TV Filmmaker Michael Moore: I'm very optimistic about the future, young people. Adelson and all those people will be gone, just like the people who voted for Reagan, the older generation that really was behind Reagan. You know, if were 55 or 60 years old in 1980, when Reagan ran, you're dead now. They're not alive, they left. And when they left, you know, things got better. Nothing against -- my dad is 91. I love old people, don't get me wrong. But I'm just saying, that the previous generations, which were willing to live under segregation,...
  • Obama’s Asia Team Caught Off Guard, Partying When Rocket Launched

    12/13/2012 4:06:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Foreign Policy - The Cable ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    The Obama administration's Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea's Dec. 11 rocket launch, several of them actually had to put down their drinks and suddenly leave a holiday party being held in honor of the Japanese emperor's birthday. Several top U.S. officials dealing with Asia and North Korea from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council were relaxing Tuesday night at the Japanese ambassador's Nebraska Avenue residence in Washington when the news came over their blackberries that North Korea had launched another Unha-3 rocket with a "satellite" attached, this time with much more...
  • Simple sitting test may determine your mortality (bad title...video at source)

    12/13/2012 4:01:00 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/13/2012
    A simple sitting and standing test can determine your mortality, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. The test screens for musculo-skeletel fitness and is an assessment of your ability to sit and then rise – unaided – from the floor. The study was performed in Brazil by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo and his team at the Clinimex-Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro. Araujo and his colleagues looked at more than 2,000 middle-aged men and women in 2002. He followed up with them approximately six years later, or until their date of death. RELATED:...
  • Boehner: “Zero” Chance Obama Would’ve Given Bush Unlimited Borrowing Power

    12/13/2012 4:01:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there was “zero” chance that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and then-Sen. Barack Obama would have supported giving President George W. Bush the power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, as they propose giving the chief executive today. … “Do you think that Senator Reid or then-Senator Obama would have ever given to President George W. Bush the unlimited ability to raise the debt limit?” Boehner said. “They’re talking about doing it now,” a reporter replied. “I know they’re talking about doing it now,” Boehner said, jokingly. “Do you think there’s any chance...
  • Cal Thomas: A society without entitlements

    12/13/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    SINGAPORE -- While the U.S. unemployment rate "dropped" to 7.7 percent last month -- a figure even the Washington Post acknowledged was due "in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000" -- here in this modern and prosperous city-state of slightly more than 5 million people, unemployment is practically nonexistent at 1.9 percent. In part, this is due to a work ethic that seems to be in the genes here. But there is something else at work that should astound Washington politicians struggling with expensive "entitlement" programs and with those who receive them. The Economist wrote about it...
  • This Graph Says it All: “Spending is the Problem”

    12/13/2012 3:53:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Anyone who believes that the president’s proposed tax hikes on “the rich” will save our country from insolvency is grossly mistaken, and should begin to educate themselves by examining the graph below. Whoa: This isn’t the least bit surprising, of course. We’ve seen this coming for a very long time. Barring major cuts to entitlement spending the country will go bankrupt. It’s not a possibility -- it’s an absolute certainty. Which is why I find all the “negotiations” surrounding raising taxes on “the rich” so reprehensible. The revenue generated from such a proposal -- as the graph above demonstrates --...
  • Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field ... 1,300 Light Years Away

    12/13/2012 3:48:44 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Oil price. ^ | 06 December 2012 | James Burgess
    Have our wishes been answered? Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field. It is around 1,300 light years away. The scientists work at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and using the 30m-telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy they discovered a vast cloud of hydrocarbons within the Horse Head Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation.
  • Gun Rights Find a New Home (Illinois)

    12/13/2012 3:45:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | Steve Chapman
    A federal appeals court rules Illinois cannot maintain its flat ban on concealed-carry. There are certain constants to life in Illinois. Abraham Lincoln has always been revered. The Cubs always find a way to lose. Lake Michigan never goes dry. Letting citizens carrying concealed firearms is out of the question. But one of those is no longer true. Tuesday, a federal appeals court said the state cannot maintain its flat ban on concealed-carry—a policy that makes it unique among the 50 states. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have and use...
  • Reid Laughs at Prospect of Bringing GOP Bills Up for Votes in Senate

    12/13/2012 3:44:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) complained that House Republicans are refusing to bring some Senate-passed legislation to the floor—but dismissed the question of when he might bring many House-passed measures up for a Senate vote. “I can give you a long list of things we haven’t done,” Reid said at his weekly press conference when CNSNews.com asked if he would ever bring languished GOP bills up for a vote. … Reid, as majority leader in the Senate, controls the floor schedule—deciding which bills will come to the floor and when. When asked again if he might bring any of...
  • ESPN panelist Rob Parker: Robert Griffin III is a ‘cornball brother’...he’s not one of us’

    12/13/2012 3:37:43 PM PST · by slumber1 · 20 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/13/12 | Josh Friemel
    <p>These were all topics an edition of ESPN’s “First Take” that concerned former Baylor QB and Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III.</p> <p>When asked about what RG3 had to say about being an African American quarterback, ESPN panelist Rob Parker, an African American himself, (Twitter handle @RobParkerESPN) had this to say. Transcriptions came from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.</p>
  • Virginia Moves to Make Card-Check Unconstitutional

    12/13/2012 3:37:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Virginia is moving towards making card-check—the controversial union proposal to replace secret-ballot elections with simple card-signing petitions—unconstitutional in the state. The effort is led by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) who said that “no citizen” should be denied the ability to vote by secret ballot. …
  • DOE: School Suspensions of Boys, Blacks, Disabled May Violate Civil Rights Laws

    12/13/2012 3:24:45 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/13/2012
    “Students of color, students with disabilities and male students” are suspended at a disproportionate rate to their peers, in “potential violation of civil rights laws,” an official from the U.S. Department of Education said at a congressional hearing Wednesday on the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. “We are alarmed by the disparities in disciplinary sanctions, particularly for students of color, students with disabilities, and male students,” said Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Education Department. In written testimony, Delisle said such disparities are a “potential violation of civil rights laws.” “When African-American students are...
  • Female Border Police Officer Foils Terror Attack Near Hevron

    12/13/2012 3:24:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/12 | Elad Benari
    A 17-year-old Palestinian Authority Arab teenager was shot and killed on Wednesday evening after pulling a gun on Border Police officers near Hevron. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time, when the teenage boy arrived at a Border Police position located the on the road connecting between Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarchs. As he approached of the officers, he was asked, as is usual procedure, to produce an ID card. As one of the officers was inspecting the ID card, the boy began to beat him with his fists, knocked him down and pulled out...
  • IDF Soldiers Foil Firebomb Attack in Hevron

    12/13/2012 3:21:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Members of an IDF unit stationed near Hevron shot an Arab terrorist as he prepared to throw a firebomb at them on Thursday evening. Arab reports claimed that the terrorist was seriously wounded and taken to hospital in the city. Earlier on Thursday, terrorists threw a firebomb at an IDF position in the city. There were no injuries or damages. Also on Thursday, three firebombs were thrown at an Israeli car travelling near Al-Khader, west of Bethlehem. There were no injuries or damages. Palestinian Authority Arabs rioted Thursday in Hevron, where they hurled rocks and bottles at Israeli soldiers. IDF...
  • ESPN COMMENTATOR: RGIII A 'CORNBALL BROTHER' DUE TO POSSIBLE REPUBLICANISM

    12/13/2012 3:20:25 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 67 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | December 13 2012 | by BREITBART NEWS
    ESPN’s Rob Parker dropped a bombshell today when he called NFL rookie star and MVP candidate Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother.” That means, according to Parker, that RGIII isn’t a real black person, and that he might not be “one of us” or “down for the cause.” What was his justification? RGIII is engaged to a white woman, and could be a Republican. Seriously. ( video at link )
  • Gun Control, Ad Infinitum - Gun control is something Americans almost never stop talking about.

    12/13/2012 3:18:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | December 12, 2012 | A. Barton Hinkle
    Gun control, according to a recent blog post by Timothy Egan of The New York Times, is “the issue that dare not speak its name.” Egan is upset that people who do not like gun control recently said mean things about sportscaster Bob Costas, who does. This proved to Egan that “you cannot talk” about guns in America. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees. Thanking Costas for speaking up, he tweeted: “A frank discussion about gun laws and gun violence is a discussion we need to have.”Bloomberg has an ally in NPR’s Neal Conan. In a “Talk of the Nation”...
  • Rep. Johnson Tells “Abnormally Small People” He Regrets Using the “M-Word”

    12/13/2012 3:18:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compared companies and workers to a “cage fight” between a “giant” and a “midget” on Wednesday night. By Thursday, he publicly expressed regret to “abnormally small people” for using the “m-word”. Johnson was discussing the right-to-work enacted in Michigan on Wednesday when he said, “What happens when you put in a cage fight a giant in with a midget? Well, the midget will not win the fight, I’m going to tell you that. Why? He just doesn’t carry enough weight to do so.” …
  • Ben-Ari's Campaign Invalidated for 'Racism'

    12/13/2012 2:54:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The Chairman of the Central Election Committee, Justice Elyakin Rubinstein, invalidated on Wednesday the election campaign of the Power to Israel party, headed by Aryeh Eldad, Michael Ben-Ari, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir. One of the ads in the campaign that was invalidated contains the word "trust" written in Arabic, and below it are the words “there are no rights without obligations”, a play on the campaign used by the Yisrael Beytenu party in the 2009 elections: No loyalty, no citizenship". Rubinstein's decision was made after a complaint was filed to the Committee by former MK Mossi Raz, who is...
  • Opinion: Obama's Negotiating Arrogance (Video)

    12/13/2012 2:54:39 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wsj.com/video ^ | 12/07/12 | Columnist Kim Strassel
    Opinion: Obama's Negotiating Arrogance Dec 7, 2012 Columnist Kim Strassel gives an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations and President Obama's demand that Republicans give him the power to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. 12/07/12 WSJ Video
  • Cause and Effect: Americans Who Voted for Obama Now Seeing Weekly Job Hours Slashed Below 30...

    12/13/2012 2:51:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 12, 2012
    It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some businesses...
  • Lieberman Responds to Indictment: I've Been Targeted for Years

    12/13/2012 2:51:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/12 | Annie Lubin
    Avigdor Lieberman responded Thursday to the recent indictment of fraud and breach of trust brought against him, saying he has been the target of suspicion and questioning for a long time now. Hinting that he has no intention of resigning, he said he hopes the matter will be settled as soon as possible. The Attorney General charged that Lieberman used his influence to promote the former Israeli ambassador to Belarus because the ambassador illegally leaked information about an investigation against him. "The investigation against me has been going on for sixteen years," said Lieberman. "From July 1996 there has not...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 13,2012

    12/13/2012 2:44:40 PM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 13,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Michigan Right to Work law partially defunds Planned Parenthood, gay activists

    12/13/2012 2:35:12 PM PST · by topher · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 12-13-12 | by Kirsten Andersen
    Full Title: Michigan Right to Work law an opportunity to partially defund Planned Parenthood, gay activists ... Despite the fact that their membership is about evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, major Michigan unions spend nearly 100 percent of their political cash on the campaigns of some of the nation’s most pro-abortion Democratic politicians. They also support Planned Parenthood and same-sex “marriage” campaigns. “Planned Parenthood and the UAW [United Auto Workers] share a planned vision for this country,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at the National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference in Washington. Elise Hilton of the Acton...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'I Love Paying My Taxes!'

    12/13/2012 2:35:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/13/12 | PATRICK GAVIN
    In a new interview with Esquire, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reflects on his time in public office and shares what he’s learned about politics. “You can’t learn charisma,” said Schwarzenegger. “The power of influence is one of the most unique powers that you can have. It’s not the power of controlling people. It’s developing a certain skill of communicating what you want to accomplish so that people will follow you.” Schwarzenegger also said, “Be a public servant. Not a party servant,” a statement that isn’t surprising given the fact that his own views weren’t always in line with Republican doctrine....
  • 'The a--hole factor'

    12/13/2012 2:31:13 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 14 replies
    Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that "the a—hole factor" came into play in the Steering decision. “He said that it had nothing to do with their voting record, a scorecard, or their actions across the street [meaning fundraising],” Westmoreland spokeswoman Leslie Shedd told POLITICO. “It had to do with their inability to work with other members, which some people might refer to as the a—hole factor.” Shedd said her boss didn’t intend to call anyone a name and acknowledged later to her that “perhaps he should have said obstinate factor instead and...
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 2:30:11 PM PST · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 13DEC12 | Clare M. Lopez
    There they go again. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has just put out an Action Alert that takes direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. At issue is the Michigan state legislature’s House Bill No. 4769, which looks likely to pass in coming days. Quite simply, that bill states that no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room. The key provision of the bill is Section 2, which says: “A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law...
  • FLASH: Senate passes amended HB495; Concurrence vote expected in the House(OH)

    12/13/2012 2:25:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    An amended HB495 was passed by the Ohio Senate today by a 26-7 vote. The Ohio House is expected to hold a concurrence vote on the Senate version later today. The amended bill makes three changes to current law: * Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license. * Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition. * Allows law-abiding gun owners to have their firearms stored in their cars in the state-owned parking garages such as the one under the Statehouse. Unfortunately, despite...
  • (Flashback) Nebraska: Bob Kerrey Nabs Chuck Hagel Endorsement

    12/13/2012 2:22:11 PM PST · by Arthurio · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11/1/12
    By Humberto Sanchez Posted at 6:18 p.m. on Nov. 1 Nebraskans should send former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) back to the Senate on Tuesday because he has a history of working across the aisle and would help end partisan gridlock, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel said today in endorsing his former colleague. Some polls have shown the race between Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer tightening in recent days. Hagel, who stressed that he is still a Republican, noted that Kerrey has also received endorsements from other Republican former Senators, including Alan Simpson of Wyoming, who co-chaired a commission that proposed...
  • The Republicans Have Failed the Nation

    12/13/2012 2:15:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 91 replies
    RedState ^ | December 13th, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    “Obsequious praise for small government does the Republicans no good when they too are in favor of big government in their actions.” Over the next couple of years, Barack Obama wants to raise the national debt to $18.9 trillion or so. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the congressional Republicans want to raise the national debt to $18.4 trillion or so.The present leadership of the Republican Party has gone from making the case that government is the problem and the American people are the solution to making the case that Democratic controlled government is the problem and Republican controlled government is...
  • South Florida Family Steps Up Pressure to Get Ex-Marine Son Out of Mexican Prison

    12/13/2012 2:09:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 | Julia Bagg and Brian Hamacher
    Congressional letters, petitions putting attention on South Florida man's imprisonmentFamily members of a South Florida military veteran jailed in Mexico are stepping up pressure to free their son so he won't spend Christmas behind foreign bars. Jon Hammar, 27, hasn't been seen since August, when he and a friend set out in a Winnebago on a road trip headed for Costa Rica with plans on surfing. Days after he drove off, his parents learned the former Marine landed in a Mexican jail, charged with carrying an illegal weapon. "I ask you to continue to pray for him, we got a...
  • Fixed Costs Are What's Really Driving Americans To The Poorhouse

    12/13/2012 2:09:06 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 29 replies
    BI ^ | 12/13/2012 | Mandi Woodruff
    Thumb through any personal finance book written over the last five years and chances are you'll come across at least a handful of chapters on how cutting daily luxuries like coffee and cable. It's that kind of finger-wagging criticism that's rubbed so many hardworking people wrong –– the idea that they wouldn't be in this position if only they'd watched less TV, traded in their car, or tried cooking more meals at home. In case you're in need of a reminder of the bigger picture, Personal finance expert Helaine Olen nails the issue right on its ugly head in her...
  • Forensics profiler deconstructs Barack Obama

    12/13/2012 2:01:20 PM PST · by robowombat · 22 replies
    COACH COLLINS, ^ | DECEMBER 13TH, 2012 | George Spelvin
    Forensics profiler deconstructs Barack Obama COACH COLLINS, ON DECEMBER 13TH, 2012 by George Spelvin, staff writer Cutting edge forensic profiler, Dr. Andrew G. Hodges, is using his skills to decode the psychological construct of President Barack Obama to uncover the reasons for what the doctor believes to be the poresident’s “deep misguided fury … toward America.” Using a method he calls thought print decoding, Hodges explains the shadow side which Obama reveals in his speeches and especially his letters to his daughters. “These communications result from part of the subconscious called super intelligence,” says Hodges. (1) Thought print decoding enables...
  • White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions [Obama Hates Churches & Charity]

    12/13/2012 1:55:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/13/12 | Jerry Markon and Peter Wallsten
    The White House and the nation’s most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense, behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama’s push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. In a series of recent meetings and calls, top White House aides have pressed nonprofit groups to line up behind the president’s plan for reducing the federal deficit and averting the year-end “fiscal cliff,” according to people familiar with the talks. In part, the White House is seeking to win the support of nonprofit groups for Obama’s central demand that...
  • 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?