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  • Caltech engineers invent light-focusing device

    12/13/2012 10:22:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 7, 2012 | NA
    EnlargeEngineers at Caltech have created a device (illustrated here) that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a meter) across -- an achievement they say may lead to next-generation applications in computing, communications, and imaging. Credit: Young-Hee Lee (Phys.org)—As technology advances, it tends to shrink. From cell phones to laptops—powered by increasingly faster and tinier processors—everything is getting thinner and sleeker. And now light beams are getting smaller, too. Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a device that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a...
  • Google chairman Schmidt 'proud' of tax avoidance

    12/13/2012 10:20:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Computer Business Review ^ | 13 December 2012 | Steve Evans
    Search giant's tax reducing efforts are just 'capitalism' Eric Schmidt, chairman of search giant Google, has said his company's approach to corporation tax is just "capitalism" and that he is "very proud" of the structure in place. The company is one of many big organisations currently embroiled in arguments over what tax it pays. According to reports Google generated sales in the UK in 2011 of $4.1bn, around 11% of its total revenue. However it paid only Ł6m in corporation tax after using a variety of legal methods to reduce its payments. It was also recently revealed that Google shifted...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Women In Admin. "Very Angry" With Obama Over Susan Rice

    12/13/2012 10:14:22 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Mitchell
    ANDREA MITCHELL: A lot of Democrats are saying that the president did not show enough loyalty. A lot of women in the administration are very angry tonight, and I'm saying this at a very high level. Angry because they feel that she was not treated with respect, she was not given the support she needed and she was left to twist in the wind. RACHEL MADDOW: They're angry, with whom though? MITCHELL: Angry with the White House. And with the boss, with the president, for not be willing to fight this out. That he's backed down in the face of...
  • Vladimir Putin calls on Russian families to have three children

    12/13/2012 10:04:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:48PM GMT 12 Dec 2012 | Tom Parfitt, Moscow
    President Vladimir Putin has urged Russians to have at least three children as he said a resurgent nation should be a confident and “influential” power on the world stage. In a bullish state-of-the-nation address in Moscow on Wednesday, Mr Putin promised to smite corruption, create millions of new jobs and boost Russia’s military might while warning that foreign meddling in the country’s internal affairs was unacceptable. He claimed the country shared universal democratic values, adding: “Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us...
  • THE ARIZONA BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION

    12/13/2012 9:48:22 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 6 replies
    Via Email | December 13, 2012 | Alan Korwin
    THE ARIZONA BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ARIZONA STATE CAPITAL Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, starting at 10 a.m. [There will be no formal evening event as previously announced] 10:00 a.m. - Dedication of the Bill of Rights Monument at the Arizona State Capital THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NATION THE BILL OF RIGHTS -- CARVED IN STONE -- UNVEILED THIS SATURDAY The complete Bill Of Rights will be read aloud from Stone Tablets! The monument will be unwrapped and unveiled Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, Bill of Rights Day, at 10 a.m. Do not miss...
  • Gingrich: 'Ambassador Rice misled the entire country'

    12/13/2012 9:47:38 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/13/2012 | Hannity
    Fmr. presidential candidate sounds off
  • UPDATE: Police make arrest following fight with Medal of Honor recipient

    12/13/2012 9:32:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    WKYT ^ | 12-12-12 | Phil Pendelton
    State police have made an arrest for a fight that injured a medal of honor recipient. Police arrested 18-year-old Kanissa'a Thompson, of Columbia, late Thursday afternoon. He is being charged with 2nd Degree Assault. Police say Thompson injured Dakota Meyer during a fight at a party in Adair county. Meyer was taken to the hospital, but was not seriously injured. (Original story follows below)
  • Hollywood Leftist Sean Penn Praises Hugo Chavez

    12/13/2012 9:21:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    Ther Blaze ^ | 12/12/12 | Erica Ritz
    Hollywood leftist Sean Penn’s support of the belligerent socialist leader of Venezuela is well-known. Around this time last December a Venezuelan-raised actress called him out as a “communist a**hole” at an airport for his stance, but Penn has steadfastly supported the man who called President Bush “the devil” at the United Nations headquarters in 2006 and accused the United States of giving him cancer. Saying journalists who refer to Chavez as a “dictator” should be jailed (which should tell you a little something about how he understands freedom), Penn claimed in 2010: “Who do you know here who’s gone through...
  • ‘Shut Up!’ Neil Cavuto and Dem Rep. Battle it Out in Must See Interview

    12/13/2012 9:10:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/13/12 | Becket Adams
    While discussing the looming “fiscal cliff” on Thursday, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) had a rather unpleasant exchange of words: Cavuto repeatedly pressed Rep. Johnson for specifics on what Democrats would be willing to cut as part of a budget agreement. For her part, the Texas congresswoman insisted on focusing on “revenue generation.” “No, you told me things you’d do to raise taxes. That’s what you told me. Credits, allowances, that sort of stuff. That’s what you told me,” Cavuto said. “You’ve got to talk about revenue generation,” the congresswoman replied. “I know that, but...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Thurs. 12/13/12 (9 - 10PM PT)

    12/13/2012 9:03:50 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 4 replies
    mysytv.com ^ | 12/13/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street and airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.comCall in questions and comments at 1-877-211-4525 or locally for Northern Californians in the Marysville, Yuba City, Chico area at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com
  • Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day

    12/13/2012 9:03:04 PM PST · by null and void · 20 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/12/2012   | Charles Murray
    Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries might find new life one day in energy storage applications outside the vehicle, such as parceling out power to homes during blackouts. General Motors has entered a pilot program with the residential energy provider Duke Energy to put lithium-ion batteries to work in grid test demonstrations. To learn more about the concept's viability, Duke plans to use a module incorporating five Chevy Volt batteries. "Duke will look at the cost efficiencies and utility of the system to determine whether they can use it in more applications in the future," Kevin Kelly, a spokeman for GM,...
  • US police foil plot to kill, castrate Justin Bieber

    12/13/2012 9:02:15 PM PST · by Arthurio · 24 replies
    WASHINGTON—US police have foiled a plot to kill teen pop idol Justin Bieber and possibly castrate him with pruning shears, with the alleged killer promised $2,500 per testicle, legal documents revealed Thursday. Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew, Tanner Ruane, were arrested in Vermont and New York last month and face charges in New Mexico of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The pair were allegedly plotting to strangle two victims and castrate them with pruning shears, but a convicted killer who is serving life in prison told police that the “ultimate”...
  • Too fat to fight: Obesity is now leading cause of new recruits being rejected by U.S. Army

    12/13/2012 8:53:52 PM PST · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/13/12 | By Larisa Brown
    Obesity has become the leading cause of new recruits being rejected from the US Army as they struggle to meet fitness standards. And military officials have warned expanding waistlines in the warrior corps are causing a national security concern as the Army is being forced to dismiss a rising number of overweight soldiers. During the first 10 months of this year, the Army, under pressure to cut the number of troops, kicked out 1,625 soldiers for being out of shape - around 15 times the number discharged for that reason in 2007. Between 1998 and 2010, the number of active-duty...
  • Nicaragua Rewind: Ortega, same as the old boss?

    12/13/2012 8:52:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Tim Rogers
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Denis Obando’s short-lived rebellion against what he calls Nicaragua’s “totalitarian regime” has been swiftly beaten into submission. Obando, a popular mayor of the battered opposition Liberal Party, thought the Nov. 4 municipal election in his farming town of Nueva Guinea was his to lose. To the mayor’s surprise, and despite claiming he trounced the challenger from President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party, he lost. Obando and his followers — many of them former Contra fighters who battled the left-wing Sandinista government in the 1980s — challenged the official results. They pointed to copies of ballot tallies as proof...
  • Vestas may cut local workers' hours ( Under-employment insurance ? )

    12/13/2012 8:49:33 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain, ^ | December 12, 2012 | DENNIS DARROW
    Vestas workers in Pueblo could face the same cut in work hours as their counterparts in Northern Colorado... Workers in Windsor and Brighton will see their work hours reduced to 32 hours from 40 hours starting in January. Part of the workers' lost wages will be covered by unemployment insurance under a work-share plan announced by the company and the state Department of Labor. ... Vestas and other wind energy companies are in the midst of a sharp slowdown in U.S. due to falling orders and also the scheduled expiration of a federal wind energy tax break. The wind energy...
  • More Babies, Please

    12/13/2012 8:44:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition. It’s a near-universal law that modernity reduces fertility. But compared with the swiftly aging nations of East Asia and Western Europe, the American birthrate has proved consistently resilient, hovering around the level required to keep a population stable or growing over the long run. America’s demographic edge has a variety of sources: our famous religiosity, our vast interior and...
  • Did Fried Brain Cells Bag John McAfee?

    12/13/2012 8:44:36 PM PST · by null and void · 2 replies
    Dice ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Dawn Kawamoto
    How is it possible that John McAfee–John McAfee, the pioneer in protection against hacking, for goodness sake–was tracked down in Guatemala by a hack so simple it doesn’t really deserve to be called a hack? First, Vice magazine posted a picture of McAfee snapped by an iPhone-bearing staffer who was visiting the fugitive. Then, the enterprising Twitter user Simple Nomad downloaded the photo and extracted the metadata from special headers, EXIF tags, embedded in most digital images. Based on longitude and latitude, the type of device used, and sometimes even the name of its owner, the metadata can reveal precisely...
  • Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership

    12/13/2012 8:39:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-13-2012 | Bridget Johnson
    December 13, 2013 Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership Bridget Johnson The Army today released its updated suicide data through the end of November: 177 potential active-duty suicides; 113 of these confirmed as suicides and 64 under investigation. In 2011, there were 165 Army suicides. With other branches of the Armed Forces, the Army has multiple programs under way in an effort to reduce these statistics, from crisis counseling to suicide prevention training for families. But some lawmakers see this tragic trend as reason to pinpoint gun ownership in the defense authorization bill that headed...
  • GOP Lawyer: Republicans Must End Cronyism of 'Little White Boy Consultants'

    12/13/2012 8:36:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    “Until Chairman Priebus and other GOP leaders focus on rooting out the greed, cronyism, and corruption of the ‘little white boy’ consultants who make millions of dollars, year in and year out, and yet lose elections—and until there is real accountability and transparency to donors to ensure that integrity is restored to GOP circles—none of these initiatives will matter,” said Cleta Mitchell.
  • Russia Nears a Milestone

    12/13/2012 8:36:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 December 2012 | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    MOSCOW—Russia is on target to register its first natural population growth since the fall of the Soviet Union, with a slightly higher number of births than deaths being recorded so far this year, the labor minister said Wednesday. Through the end of October, Russia had recorded 790 more births than deaths—a minute advance, but one that could mark a potential turning point in a troubling demographic trend that has seen the country's population on the decline since the early 1990s. "Cumulative natural growth was recorded from the start of the year for the first time in many years," Labor Minister...
  • Gambling With Kurdistan And Checking Baghdad

    12/13/2012 8:34:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe
    aina.org ^ | December 14, 2012 | Denise Natali
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's deployment of special Tigris Forces to Iraq's disputed territories has renewed concerns about armed conflict between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). For many, Maliki's actions have violated the constitution, provoked Erbil and further threatened Iraqi state stability. Yet, the source of the problem is not entirely in Baghdad. Since 2003, KRG officials have engaged in what Arab Iraqis consider as their own "Illegal, unconstitutional and provocative" actions: unilaterally moving the Kurdish militia (Peshmerga) into disputed lands, signing oil contracts in contentious areas and bringing the Kurdish north into regional power struggles. These actions...
  • Thank you for flying Soviet airline

    12/13/2012 8:26:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 13 December 2012 | Leon Watson
    The CCCP on this plane's tail refers to Russia's former regime, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Sat rusting away in a field 555 miles east of Moscow, these relics are all that's left of a bygone era of Soviet innovation in military and civilian aircraft. Among them are some of the former Communist regime's greatest achievements in air travel, that have since been superseded many times and rendered redundant. Nine thousand of the hulking Cold War wrecks can be seen at the vast plane and helicopter graveyard at Russia's largest aviation museum in Ulyanovsk, in the Middle Volga region.
  • Repair damaged eyes with stem cell discs

    12/13/2012 8:25:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Futurity ^ | December 11, 2012 | Amy Stone-Sheffield
    U. SHEFFIELD (UK) — Engineers have developed a new technique to graft a biodegradable disc loaded with stem cells onto damaged eyes.The team at the University of Sheffield describes the method, which involves producing membranes to assist with grafting, in the journal Acta Biomaterialia. The goal is to treat damage to the cornea, the transparent layer on the front of the eye, which is one of the major causes of blindness in the world.Using a combination of techniques known as microstereolithography and electrospinning, the researchers made a disc of biodegradable material that can be fixed over the cornea. The disc...
  • High tides bring S.F. Bay Area flooding

    12/13/2012 8:25:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2012 | Will Kane
    Susan Schwartz already drives a Prius and has solar panels on her home. But the 69-year-old Berkeley woman still doesn't think she's doing enough to stop global warming. On Thursday and Friday, Schwartz will join hundreds of other Bay Area residents to document the spectacularly high tides lapping at shores and seawalls across the region. The tides aren't new - they happen every year - but this week a coalition of government and nonprofit advocates hopes the photos will draw attention to the rising seas. The photos of the king tides will be collected online on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr...
  • Amtrak to replace high-speed Acela trains

    12/13/2012 8:23:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 13, 2012: 3:21 PM ET | James O’Toole
    Amtrak announced plans Thursday to replace its fleet of high-speed trains on the East Coast. The railroad said that early next year, it would begin the process of replacing its 20 existing Acela Express train sets, which run on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Boston and Washington, DC. … Amtrak said Thursday that it had scrapped a previous plan to add 40 new passenger cars to the existing fleet, deeming it too expensive and “insufficient to handle new ridership growth projections.” …
  • Former Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger: 'I love paying my taxes!'

    12/13/2012 8:13:41 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 13 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Don't expect to hear much grumbling from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when his post-Proposition 30 tax bill arrives. "I always tell my accountant, If you're in doubt about taxes, pay more," Schwarzenegger told Esquire magazine. "No Cayman Island offshore investments. No gimmicks. I love paying my taxes!"
  • Republicans must get real on foreign policy

    12/13/2012 7:46:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Daniel Lareson
    Republicans are slowly recovering from their crushing defeat in the presidential election, and are now weighing possible changes that the party clearly needs to make to regain the public's trust after losing their third national election in the last six years. (2010 was the lone bright spot.) But despite the broad soul-searching, most of the GOP's high-profile national leaders have so far failed to address the party's continued weakness on foreign policy and national security, which remains a major liability. The exceptions to this have been Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who have both hinted...
  • Texas teaching 'Allah is the Almighty God'

    12/13/2012 7:46:25 PM PST · by wesagain · 84 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 13, 2012 | John Griffing
    In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the “fact” that “Allah is the Almighty God,” charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight. The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency. Other reports previously have raised alarm over the curriculum’s depiction of the Boston Tea Party as a terrorist...
  • Details of Oregon mall shooter paint a mixed picture

    12/13/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, Steven Dubois, Associated Press
    Court documents show Tami Roberts misappropriated $18,000 that Jacob Roberts received in an inheritance from his grandmother when he was a young teen. She said that was not the reason for the estrangement.
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 7:32:54 PM PST · by wesagain · 8 replies
    RadicalIslam.org ^ | December 13, 2012 | Clare 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...
  • Missing 12 year old implicated in purse snatch, car theft (Video at link, elderly victim)

    12/13/2012 7:08:58 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    WRCB TV ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Paul Shahen
    ROSSVILLE, GA (WRCB) -- A Rossville grandmother says someone swiped her purse and stole her car as she shopped at a local Bi-Lo grocery store. Her car has been returned, and police say the suspect is a 12-year-old runaway. "When they got my purse, I just thought my purse was gone, I went out to get my car and my car was gone," said 86-year-old Tiny Alice Cox. Cox, a working woman, turned her back for a split second while shopping at the Rossville Bi-Lo. That's all it took for the suspect to snatch her purse right out of her...
  • ABC News Zimmerman Video Re-Visited ... Agenda Become More Clear

    12/13/2012 7:07:59 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 37 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2012 | Sundance
    As you may remember, on March 29th we were reviewing another “exclusive” ABC release of George Zimmerman at Sanford Police Dept, when we noticed something odd, the video was/is actually a recording of a monitor. Initially we thought that meant it was not an official release. We were wrong. ABC was given a digital Hi-def copy from the outset.We now know that ABC was the first to possess a digital copy of the actual CCTV recording. But they chose instead to use a lesser quality, and far lower definition, video. (This is what they aired) Here’s the story: On March...
  • Stem cell 'sticky spots' recreated by scientists

    12/13/2012 6:51:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 13, 2012 | NA
    Randomly distributed sticky spots which are integral to the development of stem cells by maximising adhesion and acting as internal scaffolding have been artificially recreated by experts from the University of Sheffield for the first time. Using synthetic foam type materials to mimic the natural process – known as the extracellular matrix or ECM – scientists, from the University of Sheffield and University of California San Diego, created the random stickiness required for stem cells to properly adhere. The findings will better inform researchers across the world of how to make their biomaterials appropriately sticky for stem cells to grow....
  • NBC's Chuck Todd: Susan Rice 'victim' of conservative 'advocacy media'

    12/13/2012 6:44:59 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd today called U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice a "victim" of conservative "advocacy media" while addressing her decision to withdraw from consideration for secretary of state. "She became victim of the attacks. ... and it was all driven, in many cases, by conservative outlets who were making her the center of the Benghazi story," Todd told MSNBC's Martin Bashir. "There were legitimate questions to ask about the Benghazi story, but the idea that she belonged in the center of those attacks never made a lot of sense. She sort of became a victim of this....
  • State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

    12/13/2012 6:33:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12/13/12 | Josh Rogin
    The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that´s not a done deal. Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today. Congress expects Clinton to testify Dec. 20 about the results of the Accountability Review Board, State´s internal review on the events leading up to and during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi
  • Hollande’s World: French in Denial as Crisis Deepens

    12/13/2012 6:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | Romain Leick
    In the midst of the economic crisis, France’s Socialists are denying reality. The minister of industrial renewal is calling for nationalization of some industries, while the president shies away from necessary structural reforms. Business leaders fear the clock has been turned back 30 years. … France’s business leaders felt as if they had been set back 30 years, to a time when the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, François Mitterrand, began his term with a wave of nationalizations and, after two years, was forced to reverse his policy. Some even drew a comparison with 1945, when the government...
  • Berlin (CT) neighbors get chance to speak out against gun range proposal

    12/13/2012 6:21:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    A proposal by gun store owners to open an indoor gun range in a residential neighborhood in Berlin has homeowners concerned saying it is close to their families. The Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public. According to the town of Berlin's website, the proposal is to add an indoor gun range to the west side of the Berlin Turnpike in connection with an existing gun shop, BMG Guns & Ammo. The gun shop currently doesn't have gun range for people to practice, which is...
  • Colorado governor John Hickenlooper says it's time to talk gun control

    12/13/2012 6:21:06 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 19 replies
    DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance on the issue nearly five months after the Aurora movie theater massacre shocked the nation. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hickenlooper DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance on the issue nearly five months after the Aurora movie theater massacre shocked the nation. said enough time has passed since the tragedy and that the legislative session in January would...
  • The "Black Quarterback" Is Dead

    12/13/2012 6:17:29 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Shadow League ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Vincent Thomas
    Last month, Cam Newton was one of two GQ cover boys – the other was Tim Tebow. The Tebow piece, like so many written about him, was partly an assessment of Tebow’s cultural standing. The title referred to him as a “Sunday Savior” and featured pictures, taken during his Florida Gators days, of him in a pose that conjured Jesus Christ on a cross. You get the feeling that, at some point, we’re going to start referring to the man as a “Christian quarterback.” Meanwhile, in Newton’s 2,500-word profile, there was no mention of being a “black quarterback” – the...
  • Judge Dismisses Capt. Paul Fields' Case Against City Of Tulsa

    12/13/2012 6:16:06 PM PST · by wtd · 10 replies
    Newson6 ^ | 12/13/2012 | newson6
    TULSA, Oklahoma - A federal judge has ruled against Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields and his law suit against the City of Tulsa. He had sued the city after being disciplined for refusing to attend or order his officers to attend a law enforcement appreciation day event at a mosque. Fields said following that order violated his religious rights. The judge said Fields did not have to attend, but had the option to send others, so his religious rights were not violated. The judge added, even if Fields had been ordered to go, he did not have to partake of...
  • Susan Rice: Why I Withdrew

    12/13/2012 6:06:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Amb. Susan Rice
    On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state. I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in. But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security. These are...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-13-12

    12/13/2012 5:50:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-13-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir | Government Corruption Whistleblower

    12/13/2012 5:49:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir Sibel Edmonds, 2012 U.S. government translator — and whistleblower — Sibel Edmonds found evidence of corruption at the highest levels of government--and suffered for it. Sibel Edmonds' "Classified Woman" The New American 12 December 2012 Imagine that you have a Top Secret clearance and are privy to some of our country's most sensitive national security information. In that capacity, you discover that some of the highest elected and appointed political leaders in the land are engaged in espionage and treason, accepting bribes and selling weapons and information (including nuclear weapons...
  • Assad Fires Scuds To Stop Al Qaeda Arm Seizing Chemical Arms at Al Safira

    12/13/2012 5:48:53 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 13, 2012, 10:50
    By the blacklisting Tuesday, the Jabhat al-Nusra group fighting in Syrian rebel ranks as “a foreign terrorist organization” and affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq, Washington faces four quandaries: 1. The 10,000 fighters of this al Qaeda affiliate are the best-trained and most professional component of the Syrian rebel front;. 2. Jabhat al-Nusra fields 3,000 fighters out of the mostly Free Syrian Army’s 14,000 rebels fighting in and around Aleppo. They also constitute the assault force’s spearhead. 3. The Islamists are at the sharp front edge of the rebel force battling for control of the Syrian army’s biggest chemical weapons...
  • Syria government 'losing control' - Russian official

    12/13/2012 5:48:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012
    A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces. President Bashar al-Assad's forces are "losing more and more control and territory", deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. He said Russia, one of Syria's staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens. Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels. Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said the organisation had detected the launch of such short-range missiles, saying it showed an "utter disregard" for the lives of the Syrian people. 'Unacceptable...
  • Geologists: Shale gas likely under Connecticut River Valley, but would be hard to exploit

    12/13/2012 5:47:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Fracking, the controversial method of extracting shale gas or other petroleum from deep below the earth's surface, might be possible in the Connecticut River Valley, geologists say. But the rock deposits likely to bear gas are thin here and difficult to access, making commercial exploitation of the resource unlikely in the near future. “It's not hard to hit,” said James L. Coleman Jr., a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “It's hard to do anything with once you get it.” Coleman was one of the speakers Thursday at a day-long conference on the future of shale gas, hydraulic fracturing...
  • American Majority Action: We can get the votes to #FireBoehner

    12/13/2012 5:37:06 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10:23 pm on 12/10/2012 | Martin Bashir/John Flowers
    <p>The spokesman of one of the organizations leading this fight told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir today that they’re feeling confident of a House Speaker TBD come 2013. When asked if they can get the 16 votes they say are needed to depose John Boehner as Speaker, American Majority Action’s Ron Meyer, Jr, said, “Yes, we can get that number.”</p>
  • The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend

    12/13/2012 5:30:21 PM PST · by tje · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 12, 2012, 4:36 PM | Michael Kelley
    NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime. Known as the "double tap," the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders. A 2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called double taps a "favorite tactic of Hamas" and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists
  • Big Labor Bosses Make Way More than Michigan Workers (But aren't leftists for the little guy?)

    12/13/2012 5:29:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-13-2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    December 13, 2012 Big Labor Bosses Make Way More than Michigan Workers By Jillian Kay Melchior It pays big to be a union boss. That’s something to remember as Big Labor leaders decry Michigan’s new right-to-work law. After all, those union dues are supporting their rock-and-roll lifestyles.About 45 different unions operate in Michigan — and 33 of those unions’ presidents make enough yearly to be considered millionaires by Obama’s definition.The latest numbers from the Office of Labor Management Standards show that when General President Michael Sullivan retired from the Sheet Metal Workers Association last year, he was drawing $1,043,023 in...
  • Politically correct Santa gives up the pipe

    12/13/2012 5:21:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | December 12, 2012 | Leanne Italie (Associated Press)
    NEW YORK (AP) - Santa has kicked the habit in time for Christmas. No, not the sugar plum habit, or his fur-wearing habit, or his penchant for romping recklessly around open flame. No, gentlepeople, this is the year the man in red gave up pipe tobacco, at least in a new book version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" that has received attention from some lofty corners, including the American Library Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.