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  • My Two Sons

    12/30/2012 9:19:31 AM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Change.org | Jennifer McNary
    FRiends -Both of my sons have the same debilitating disease  -- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy -- that's kept them dependent on wheelchairs to get around. But now only one of my sons has access to a "miracle drug" that is saving his life.Max was fortunate enough to take part in a study of a breakthrough medication, and now he can walk on his own for longer than he ever could. But Austin wasn't as lucky. Without access to this miracle drug, I watch Austin suffer silently as his brother thrives. The FDA has the power to make this drug available to kids...
  • Clemson student's turtle project takes dark twist

    12/30/2012 9:17:31 AM PST · by ZULU · 92 replies
    Herald on line ^ | December 27, 2012 | Jeffrey Collins
    CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University student Nathan Weaver just wanted to put together a project to help figure out the best way to assist turtles in crossing the road. But he also ended up with a peek into the dark souls of some human beings. Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/12/27/4507782/clemson-students-turtle-project.html#storylink=cpy
  • In gun debate, two sides speak different languages

    12/30/2012 9:14:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-30-12 | JESSE WASHINGTON (Administration Propaganda)
    This divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban. As the nation responds to the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now. After the gunman invaded an elementary school with a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and magazines of 30 bullets each, there was a brief moment of unity amid the nation's grief. Across partisan divides, politicians said something must be done about weapons based upon military designs. Many wondered if even the National Rifle Association would adjust its staunch opposition...
  • Graham: “Hats Off to the President; He Won”

    12/30/2012 9:00:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 11:37 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that chances for a small “fiscal cliff” deal in the next 48 hours were “exceedingly good” and that President Barack Obama had won. “I think people don’t want to go over the cliff if we can avoid it,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. … “This deal won’t affect the debt situation, it will be a political victory for the president and I hope we’ll have the courage of our convictions when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling to fight for what we believe as Republicans, but hats off to the...
  • It's Official: Muslim Population of Britain Doubles

    12/30/2012 8:58:58 AM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 21, 2012 | Douglas Murray
    England and Wales ... undergoing seismic change. Over the course of a decade up to four million more people have entered the country to live. In the capital, London, people identifying themselves as "white British" have for the first time become a minority. Perhaps most strikingly, the national Muslim population has doubled. ... For the last decade, every major politician has lied about this issue. While talking tough, about putting a cap on immigrant numbers, pushing people to assimilate and much else besides, they have done nearly nothing ... Now we can see the fruits of their labors. The census...
  • The Politics of Revenge

    12/30/2012 8:54:36 AM PST · by morethanright · 3 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-30 09:26:58 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:People of the government, by the government, for the government. That is what has become of "We the People." As Congress's inability to deal with the fiscal cliff and debt-ceiling issues prove, saving bloated government, not the liberty and financial solvency of 311 million Americans, is Washington's priority.A microcosm of the problems facing America is playing out in France. France's Constitutional Council declared Socialist President Francois Hollande's 75% income tax on those earning above $1 million illegal.  However, had the plan passed constitutional muster, it would not have done much to save the Fifth Republic from its fiscal...
  • Outgoing Congress proves to be unproductive to the end (Budgetless Dingy Harry not mentioned)

    12/30/2012 8:52:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/12 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    **SNIP** But the number of legislative disputes that they have failed to resolve while they have been failing to craft a budget deal is equally striking. They include reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, renewing a sweeping farm bill and reforming the U.S. Postal Service. Congress’s inability to solve even the stuff that used to be considered routine in Washington portends trouble for work on broader legislative initiatives like immigration reform or new gun control laws next year, when Republicans will continue to have solid control of the House and the Democrats’ majority in the Senate will expand by two...
  • Bin Laden son’s wife joins British legion

    12/30/2012 8:46:08 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th December 2012 | NAFEESA SHAN
    THE daughter-in-law of former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is a keen member of the Royal British Legion... Zaina — previously known as Jane Felix Browne — married the terror mastermind’s son Omar in 2007 a month after she met him on a trip to Egypt’s pyramids. ... Zaina converted to Islam before she wed Omar, her sixth husband. ... A military source said: “The Legion can’t deny her membership purely on the basis of her surname — that would be discrimination. But many members will be appalled.”
  • Feinstein urges Americans to 'bite the bullet' on gun control

    12/30/2012 8:44:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Feinstein urges Americans to 'bite the bullet' on gun control By KEVIN CIRILLI | 12/30/12 9:59 AM EST Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that America needs to "bite the bullet" on gun control reform in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "America has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation and our nation's standing in the world," Feinstein said on "Fox News Sunday." "When you have someone walking in and slaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong." Feinstein...
  • Feinstein: We Knew Something Would Happen In Benghazi But Didn't Do Anything Ab

    12/30/2012 8:38:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/30/12 | GOPICYMI
    Feinstein: We Knew Something Would Happen In Benghazi But Didn't Do Anything About It
  • Obama on Benghazi: 'This was a huge problem'

    12/30/2012 8:34:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/30/12
    **SNIP** "We're not going to be defensive about it," Obama said of the State Department review of the attacks during an exclusive interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "We're not going to pretend that this was not a problem. This was a huge problem. And we're going to implement every single recommendation that's been put forward."
  • How to use biodiesel efficiently: Don't unload it.

    12/30/2012 8:28:15 AM PST · by RLM · 10 replies
    CBC News | Canada ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | John Nicol and Dave Seglins
    The mystery of the trainload of biodiesel that crossed back and forth across the Sarnia-Port Huron border without ever unloading its cargo, as reported by CBC News, has been solved.
  • For attacking NRA, David Gregory’s reward is Obama interview

    12/30/2012 8:14:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 29 December, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    It has been said that no good deed goes unpunished. The converse appears to be true as well, at least if you’re liberal. Dylan Byers writes at Politico that David Gregory, who was originally reported by NBC to be heading out on vacation instead of hosting his weekly Sunday news program "Meet the Press," will indeed be at his anchor desk tomorrow. Not only that, but he has been granted an exclusive interview with none other than President Barack Obama.
  • Watch a Mash-Up of Celebrities Demanding Gun Control (in Real Life) Gratuitously Using Guns

    12/30/2012 8:06:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Vulture.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Eliot Glazer
    Last week, we pointed you to a PSA from Mayor Bloomberg's gun-control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which the rich, famous, and pretty decried the need for stricter gun control (or something not quite specified). Some, like YouTube user Mike Hunt (ahem!), blame those very same people for perpetuating a culture of violence in the first place. In his own biting video response, he peppers in hyper-violent, trigger-happy footage against video of each celebrity wearing black and speaking in a hushed tone, respectively.
  • Drone War Spurs Militants to Deadly Reprisals

    12/30/2012 8:01:30 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | DECLAN WALSH
    They are dead men talking, and they know it. Gulping nervously, the prisoners stare into the video camera, spilling tales of intrigue, betrayal and paid espionage on behalf of the United States. Some speak in trembling voices, a glint of fear in their eyes. Others look resigned. All plead for their lives. These macabre recordings offer a glimpse into a little-seen side of the drone war in Waziristan, a paranoid shadow conflict between militants and a faceless American enemy in which ordinary Pakistanis have often become unwitting victims. At least 473 noncombatants have been killed by C.I.A.-directed strikes since 2004,...
  • How Chicago and Obama Globalized Voter Fraud

    12/30/2012 7:54:58 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 12/30/2012 | Michael Bargo Jr.
    Chicago has a long tradition of padding its vote totals by placing homeless and deceased persons on its voter registration list. Jim Laski, who once served as the City Clerk of Chicago, second in power only to the mayor, noted in his book My Fall From Grace that fraudulent voters were registered to addresses that included cemeteries, municipal buildings, and taverns. The taverns, at least, are understandable: politically connected city workers spent so much time on bar stools the Board of Elections thought they lived there. Other voters who had died or moved away were also on the voter registration...
  • Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013

    12/30/2012 7:50:26 AM PST · by Obadiah · 178 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013. “I'm going to be putting forward a package and I'm going to be putting my full weight behind it,” said Obama in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I'm going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen...
  • OBAMA ON DAUGHTERS’ SAFETY: ‘THEY’RE SURROUNDED BY MEN WITH GUNS’-----after Benghazi attack

    12/30/2012 7:48:00 AM PST · by granada · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 18, 2012 | Eddie Scarry
    A taped appearance of President Obama on the Late Show with David Letterman airs tonight. A pool report by the Washington Post‘s Amy Gardner has a preview of the exchange between Obama and Letterman: Letterman remarked on how grown-up Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, looked at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this month. “Does that kill you?” Letterman asked. “It worries me, but they’re surrounded by men with guns,” Obama replied.
  • WHY GOOD PEOPLE NEED SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS AND “HIGH CAPACITY” MAGAZINES … Part I

    12/30/2012 7:39:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 29 December, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation with someone in the last few days who asked, “Why do ordinary law-abiding people need those semiautomatic firearms with magazines that can hold more than ten cartridges?” There are lots of sound answers. For one thing, defensive firearms are meant to be “equalizers,” force multipliers that can allow one good person to defend against multiple evil people. To allow one good person to defend against a single evil person so much stronger and/or bigger and/or more violent than he or she, that the attacker’s potentially lethal assault can be stopped. History...
  • Examiner Local Editorial: Fairness issue at center of NBC stunt

    12/30/2012 7:33:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    An on-air stunt involving an empty high-capacity gun magazine brandished by NBC "Meet the Press" host David Gregory last Sunday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings has taken a bizarre twist. But it raises important issues about fairness and equality before the law. After being called out by viewers, the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the incident is "under investigation" because it's illegal to even have such a device in one's possession in the District of Columbia, where the show was taped. The law in question is crystal clear: "No person in the District shall possess, sell,...
  • Wind credit proponents prepare for 'fiscal-cliff' agreement without extension

    12/30/2012 7:28:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Zack Colman
    An energy security group told The Hill on Friday that it does not expect the one-year wind credit extension it has supported to make it into a “fiscal cliff” deal. The Truman National Security Project's Operation Free campaign is preparing to fight for a retroactive extension to the credit next Congress. Michael Wu, the group’s advocacy policy director, said the extension would likely be left out of a short-term agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect Jan. 1. “Everything in a stopgap package would be geared toward keeping taxes from jumping on the middle...
  • Reduced Cardiac Vagal Modulation Impacts on Cognitive Performance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    12/30/2012 7:18:29 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 32 replies
    PLOS ONE ^ | November 14, 2012 | Alison Beaumont, et al
    Background Cognitive difficulties and autonomic dysfunction have been reported separately in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). A role for heart rate variability (HRV) in cognitive flexibility has been demonstrated in healthy individuals, but this relationship has not as yet been examined in CFS. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between HRV and cognitive performance in patients with CFS. Results Patients with CFS showed no deficits in performance accuracy, but were significantly slower than healthy controls. CFS was further characterized by low and unresponsive HRV; greater heart rate (HR) reactivity and prolonged HR-recovery after cognitive challenge....
  • Obama: US troops sent to aid evacuation of diplomats in Central African Republic

    12/30/2012 7:17:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Kyle Balluck
    President Obama sent approximately 50 U.S. military personnel to Chad earlier this week to aid in the evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel and U.S. citizens from the neighboring Central African Republic. In a letter to congressional leaders on Saturday, Obama cited the “deteriorating security situation” in the Central African Republic and the threat to U.S. citizens. U.S. embassy personnel and several private U.S. citizens were evacuated from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui on Thursday. Obama said the “stand-by security force” was deployed for the sole purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. Rebels in the Central African Republic...
  • Democrats prepare tax-cut bills in case nation goes over 'fiscal cliff'

    12/30/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Leading Democrats are putting together fallback proposals if Washington fails to reach a deal on the “fiscal cliff” that would allow the party to cast itself as seeking to cut taxes. “Of course, I’ve got a backup plan in the event that we don’t succeed here,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday. “I’m sure the White House has one too.” Tax rates are set to expire on most households in January if Congress does not act to extend some of the rates, something some Democrats have long seen as giving their party an advantage....
  • Obama: GOP's insistence on halting tax hikes for the wealthy is stopping fiscal cliff deal

    12/30/2012 7:04:46 AM PST · by John W · 28 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Carrie Dann
    President Barack Obama on Sunday said congressional Republicans and their insistence on preventing tax increases for the very wealthy are standing in the way of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. In an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," the president chided House Republicans as the clock continued to run out on a potential agreement. "They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected," Obama...
  • German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead

    12/30/2012 6:46:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead Benjamin Weinthal December 30, 2012 9:19 AM Berlin The German magazine Der Spiegel’s online edition today posted an obituary for George H.W. Bush. It was titled “The Better Bush.” Here is a screenshot of the obituary headline and text: In fact, George H.W. Bush is still alive. The premature death notice was scrubbed without an explanation as to why the magazine’s New York correspondent Marc Pitzke got the story completely wrong. Here is the website announcing that Pitzke’s article can no long be found. Pitzke and Spiegel used the false death notice...
  • Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks

    12/30/2012 6:43:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks 9:06am EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has some "very good leads" about who carried out the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador in September, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Obama told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the United States would carry out all of the recommendations put forward in an independent review of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. "We're not going to pretend that...
  • Rep. Rhonda Fields on push to repeal death penalty: "An insult to crime victims"

    12/30/2012 6:38:46 AM PST · by beaversmom · 11 replies
    Westword ^ | December 28, 2012 | Sam Levin
    Representative Rhonda Fields, an Aurora Democrat, generally sides with liberal lawmakers in Colorado. But when it comes to a possible repeal of the death penalty, she is unwavering in her opposition. Getting rid of the death penalty would be an insult to crime victims and ill-timed given recent horrific tragedies, she says. And for Fields, it's personal: The man who killed her son is on death row. As we reported yesterday, there is talk among legislators about a possible push to repeal the death penalty in the session that will begin next month. Efforts to get rid of the death...
  • Colorado's crush of gun checks requires more money, officials say

    12/30/2012 6:15:01 AM PST · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    7 News (Denver) ^ | December 29, 2012
    DENVER - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is planning to ask lawmakers for $500,000 to help it more quickly process the huge backlog of background checks for gun buyers that has swamped the agency after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Denver Post reports that in November, it took an average of 23 minutes for a gun buyer in Colorado to get a criminal-background check. The wait time now has stretched to nearly seven days as the CBI struggles with the backlog of more than 11,000 applications. CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina says the supplemental appropriation would be used...
  • The Obama Culture Arrives

    12/30/2012 6:00:39 AM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/28/2012 | L. Brent Bozell III
    The year 2012 was a depressing time for people who are already pessimistic about the state of our common culture. Conversely, the re-election of Barack Obama, in large measure made possible by the heavy financial support of Hollywood, projects the optimism of the cultural Left. They anticipate increased blue-state voting patterns in favor of gay "marriage," legalized pot, gun regulations, and what next? Legalized prostitution? Euthanasia subsidized by Obamacare? So let's just line up the cultural winners of Obama's America, where the only impediments to progress are those who believe in religion, manners and "family values." Winner: Seth MacFarlane, the...
  • Bold Action to Protect the Second Amendment

    12/30/2012 5:41:02 AM PST · by ez · 54 replies
    12/30/12 | ez
    DiFi has made her move...check. Now it's our turn. Part of the problem we have in defending Second Amendment rights in this country is in the intensity displayed on either side of the argument. We have to match their intensity. We play the game on defense, allowing the left to call for our murder, propose draconian bans on regular arms, and push for un-Constitutional remedies while we try to defend instead of matching their effort. This is how they keep creeping the ball toward their goal inch by inch as we compromise our milquetoast efforts with their ravenous zeal. NO...
  • Labor Dept. Spending $2M to Boost Worker 'Solidarity' in Haiti and Peru

    12/30/2012 5:39:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/28/2012 | Susan Jones
    In this photo taken Feb. 19, 2010, women work at the DKDR Haiti garment assembly factory in Port-au-Prince. (CNSNews.com) - Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Thursday announced a $2.2 million grant that will be used to strengthen budding labor unions in Haiti and Peru. The taxpayer money will fund projects organized by the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center, which aims to build a global labor union movement. "Supporting the ability to organize and protect their rights is important to leveling the playing field for all workers," Solis said in a news release. "This grant will help organizations in Haiti and Peru...
  • Court case query: Is Topeka man a sperm donor or father? State wants Craigslist donor to pay

    12/30/2012 5:39:04 AM PST · by billorites · 57 replies
    Capital-Journal ^ | December 28, 2012 | Tim Hrenchir
    Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor — but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father. Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist. Marotta and the women, Topekans Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, signed an agreement holding him harmless for support of the child, a daughter Schreiner bore after being artificially inseminated. But the Kansas Department for Children and Families is now trying to have Marotta declared the 3-year-old girl’s father and forced...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 December 2012

    12/30/2012 4:25:17 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 179 replies
    Various driveby media sources ^ | 30 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 30th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): President Barack Obama.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif.; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • London could make EU “unravel”

    12/30/2012 4:23:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.12.12 @ 09:12 | Honor Mahony
    An attempt by Britain to rewrite the EU rulebook to reflect domestic interests could make the European Union fall apart, its top official has warned. EU council president Herman Van Rompuy told the Guardian newspaper that London’s quest to repatriate powers from Brussels could spark other member states to do the same. “If every member state were able to cherry-pick those parts of existing policies that they most like, and opt out of those that they least like, the union in general, and the single market in particular, would soon unravel.” … Meanwhile, the future-of-Europe debate is taking place in...
  • India..Brilliantly Industrious/Incredibly Barbaric

    12/30/2012 4:16:03 AM PST · by San Rafael Blue · 32 replies
    Dec,30,2012 | Floyd A. Logan
    A young girl in India was attacked by a small gang of local youths. This girl was assaulted ,tortured with a metal rod. The rod was used to beat and sodomize her. Perhaps mercifully, the teenage girl died this week while being hospitalized for severe internal injuries plus numerous infections. Her family and neighbbors are outraged. There is suspicion that the crimes are going to be ignored, with police aiding the cover-up. There were many outbreaks of violence earlier this week. Many conclude that the accusers will probably not be punished with any level of severity if the public does...
  • Gun seller: 'I can't do it anymore'

    12/30/2012 4:15:30 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 149 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12-17-2012 | Chris Trenkmann
    SEMINOLE, Fla. - As a pawn shop owner, Frank James was always a big believer in gun rights and the second amendment. After all, it was his bread and butter business. But after what he saw in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, he's had a change of heart. "I basically broke into tears and looked up on the wall, seeing the types of firearms I am selling," James said. At the Loan Star Pawn store in Seminole, a glass display case that once housed several Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles is now empty. The glass counters normally filled with handguns has been...
  • After upgrading status, UN officially switches from “Palestine” to “State of Palestine”

    12/30/2012 1:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 25, 2012, 2:44 pm | Raphael Ahren
    While legislative scholars and political pundits continue to debate the exact meaning of the upgrade of the Palestinians to a non-member observer state, the United Nations last week officially changed the way it refers to the body: it’s now the “State of Palestine,” as opposed to merely “Palestine.”The name change is based on an opinion by the UN’s legal department, and might not have any practical implications on the ground, Israeli officials say. But on a symbolic level, the decision will likely boost aspirations of Palestinian leaders who hope their newly gained status will help them establish a full-fledged independent...
  • Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after growth removed

    12/30/2012 1:15:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:08 ET
    Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after having a growth removed from her bladder, sources have told the BBC. She is said to be “doing well” after a minor operation to remove the growth. The 87-year-old, who has suffered from ill health in recent years, was admitted last week and is thought to have left hospital on Friday. The BBC’s Norman Smith says Baroness Thatcher is understood to be “convalescing privately”. …
  • GOP unlikely to oust Boehner as speaker of the House (so saith establishment)

    12/30/2012 12:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/12 1:50 PM EST | Updated: 12/29/12 11:02 PM EST | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    It’s a truth that fire-breathing conservatives will have to handle: John Boehner isn’t going anywhere as speaker of the House. … When Boehner walks onto the House floor on Jan. 3, there’s an outside chance he‘ll see low double-digit defections—and those in and around his camp recognize it. The speaker’s fate has become a much-discussed topic as the fiscal cliff approaches and the Senate conducts last-minute talks this weekend—so far without a deal—to avoid across-the-board tax hikes. But even staunch conservatives admit what’s become abundantly clear within the House Republican Conference. “John Boehner is our speaker,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz...
  • Drugs Aim to Make Several Types of Cancer Self-Destruct

    12/30/2012 12:24:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 22, 2012 | GINA KOLATA
    For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated — breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research. Great uncertainties remain, but such drugs could mean new treatments for rare, neglected cancers, as well as common ones. Merck, Roche and Sanofi are racing to develop their own versions of a drug they hope will restore a...
  • Obama Issues Executive Order...(Title To Long)

    12/30/2012 12:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Congress has done such a beautiful job handling the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling that president Obama felt it mandatory to issue an Executive Order Giving Biden, Congress Pay RaisesPresident Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little...
  • The Greening of the Economy

    12/29/2012 11:54:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Marita Noon
    The contrast between then and now, the past and present, is startling. Sitting in the Carson Mansion, overlooking the Humboldt Bay, watching the boats bobbing in the marina, it is easy to picture what life must have been like in the heyday—1884-85—when William Carson built what has become one of the area’s most conspicuous landmarks. Now known as the Ingomar Club, the mansion is only open to members—one of whom was my host. The conversation started with a comment about the region’s past professions: logging and fishing. “What is the leading industry today?” “Pot, I’m told.”The answer was easy to...
  • America The Mostly Beautiful

    12/29/2012 11:50:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Bill Steigerwald
    "Big." "Empty." "Rich." "No change since 1960." Long after the old farms and new forests of New England disappeared in my rearview mirror, I was still scrawling those words in the reporter's notebook on my knee. Big, empty, rich and unchanged - that's a pretty boring scouting report for the America I "discovered" along the Steinbeck Highway. You can add a bunch of other boring but fitting words - "beautiful," "safe," "friendly," "clean," and "quiet." Like Steinbeck, I didn't see the Real America or even a representative cross-section of America, neither of which exist anyway. Because I went almost...
  • Putting the Spending Genie Back in the Bottle

    12/29/2012 11:43:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    As the following chart from Investor's Business Daily demonstrates, The Bush Tax Cuts didn't starve the federal treasury – revenue flooded in as the economy expanded from the pro-growth policies implemented in 2003 and continued until the sub-prime mortgage market collapse.  Even with the anemic Obama economic recovery, revenues are again nearly equal to the level required to fund the government had spending over the last fifteen years increased at the rate of population plus inflation growth.  But, that has not been the case. The pox on Bush and the Republican majorities is that while revenues soared following implementation of...
  • Abbas Makes It Official: All of Israel is Palestine

    12/29/2012 11:42:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 12/30/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Fatah party, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has made official what it has been saying more quietly and has adopted a new logo showing all of Israel as Palestine. The logo marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat and includes a map with the PA flag and a map of Israel that appears to be a depiction of the black and white checkered kefiyah, a symbol of the violent intifada, and the slogan “the state and victory." PMW revealed that the official PA daily published the new official logo. For the past...
  • Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

    12/29/2012 11:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, EAGnews.org reported. But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise. "What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...
  • BREAKING: Top Jewish Leader Says Chuck Hagel Nomination on Monday is “Most Likely”

    12/29/2012 11:28:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Algemeiner Journal ^ | 12/3012 | staff
    A top Jewish leader said that former senator Chuck Hagel is likely to be nominated by the White House for the position of Defense Secretary on Monday, according to audio of an interview with a Jewish radio show obtained by The Algemeiner. “It’s most likely that on Monday they will announce that Hagel will be the choice,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group that represents 50 of America’s largest Jewish organizations, to Jewish talk show host Zev Brenner. The interview took place on Saturday night. While some...
  • Why we are on the brink of the greatest Depression of all time

    12/29/2012 11:21:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Everywhere from FoxNews.com to CNBC.com, I suddenly see commentators warning of pending doom, economic collapse, and a new Great Depression. Welcome to my club. Perhaps America's politicians and economists should have paid attention to an entrepreneur and small businessman that has been warning of economic collapse and a new Great Depression publicly for over two years. More importantly, none of the current commentaries mention the "why's" of this slow motion economic collapse...beyond the obvious -- mountains of deficit and debt. None of them mention the dysfunctional structure of the current U.S. economy and the massive changes in the work ethic...
  • Obama’s Deadly Plan for the Death Tax

    12/29/2012 11:09:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In some ways, it would be fun to be a leftist. No, I’m not talking about living a life of idleness and letting others pay my bills, though I suppose that’s tempting to some people.And I’m not talking about becoming a Washington insider and using corrupt connections to obtain unearned wealth, though I confess I’m actually friends with some of those people.Instead, I’m talking about what it must be like to engage in reckless demagoguery and personal smears.Remember during the presidential campaign when Mitt Romney was – for all intents and purposes – accused of causing a woman’s death because...