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  • Man shot in face by homeowner charged with burglary(WA)

    01/02/2013 1:32:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 31 December, 2012 | NA
    TACOMA, Wash. — A man who was shot in the face as he entered a home was charged with burglary Monday. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Christopher Rhodes, 20, with residential burglary in the June 19 home invasion burglary of a Tacoma-area home. ---------------------- cut --------------------- Court documents said that at the time of the burglary, Rhodes had a cellphone with an application that allowed him to monitor police radio broadcasts. Police said a witness reported hearing dispatch communications coming from the phone.
  • Hillary Clinton in hospital amid speculation of plane accident in Iran

    01/02/2013 1:10:35 AM PST · by Heuristic Hiker · 45 replies
    DEBKAfile Special Report ^ | December 31, 2012 | DEBKAfile Special Report
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York- Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 - with a blood clot caused by concussion - gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours. However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents....
  • Sesquicentennial Comparisons: Black Slavery in America and Ottoman Turkey (Beware: no faint hearts!)

    01/02/2013 12:18:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 1, 2013 | Andrew G. Bostom
    January 1, 2013 marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which set the United States firmly on the path toward the abolition of slavery. --snip-- Castrators of Negroes buy them and then sell them, after having mutilated them, on the Turkish market, that is if the victim does not succumb to the operation or to its consequences. As to the methods used, they have remained as primitive as in the past. The child is spread out on the floor or a table, the sexual parts are tied at their base by a rope, and on these...
  • Stocks to soar as world money catches fire, Calvinst Europe left behind

    01/02/2013 12:03:19 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Bears beware. A monetary revolution is underway. The US, Japan, Britain, as well as the Swiss, Scandies, and a string of states around the world, are actively driving down their currencies or imposing caps. They are tearing up the script, embracing the new creed of nominal GDP targeting (NGDP), a licence for yet more radical action. The side-effects of this currency warfare -- or "beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy as it was known in the 1930s -- is an escalating leakage of monetary stimulus into the global system. So don’t fight the Fed, and never fight the world’s central banks on multiple fronts....
  • On The Road To Athens

    01/01/2013 11:14:53 PM PST · by Nextrush · 20 replies
    1/2/2013 | Self
    "Thank You America" was the theme of a commercial I saw on the Rose Bowl Game telecast yesterday. The bailed out AIG was singing the praises of our tax dollars being pumped into their company from a nation that is now trillions of dollars more in debt than it was before bailouts like theirs were pushed through Congress. The pushing through Congress of band aids like the bailouts and now the new legislation called the "Taxpayer Relief Act" will not stop the trillions of dollars in debt from continuing to expand until new band aids will be needed. Who is...
  • Report: 532 Murdered in Chicago in 2012

    01/01/2013 11:01:58 PM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website. The number of people murdered the year before was 441, meaning in the city of Chicago, murders have increased by 91 from 2011 to 2012. The Chicago Police Department was not available to confirm these numbers today, which is New Year's Day. The website also claims that, through December 25, 2012, there 2,670 people were shot in Chicago last year. That's also an increase from the year before, when 2,217 people were shot in Chicago that year. In all,...
  • The wink that says I won: and Obama heads back to restart Hawaii vacation

    01/01/2013 11:01:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    Congress last night finally passed a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, as critics attacked the Republican party for giving in and allowing tax hikes on wealthy Americans in return for minimal spending cuts. President Obama was in a triumphant mood as he addressed the nation after the vote on Capitol Hill, even winking at photographers before flying back to Hawaii to resume his vacation.
  • Layoffs Since The Election, HAppy New Year edition

    01/01/2013 10:31:52 PM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Mostly DailyJobCuts.com ^ | 1/1/13 | nully
    Since the election: (Updated 1/1/13 at 10:30 PM PST) Layoffs and closures. Number of jobs lost listed where reported. USA only Week of to # Laid off Running total Notes 11/7 11/13 21,164 21,164 11/14 11/20 35,247 56,411 11/21 11/27 3,630 60,041 Thanksgiving week 11/28 12/4 6,138 66,179 12/5 12/11 17,882 84,061 12/12 12/18 7,551 91,612 12/19 12/25 3,464 95,076 Merry Christmas! 12/26 1/1 2,851 97,927 Happy New Year! Organization Location # Laid off Running total Sector Notes Date Medical Center of Newark Newark, OH 160 160 Health 12/26/12 North Memorial Health Care Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 20 180 Health 12/26/12...
  • "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (House Roll Call Vote)

    01/01/2013 9:50:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    House of Representatives ^ | January 1, 2013 | NA
    FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659 (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined) H R 8 RECORDED VOTE 1-Jan-2013 10:57 PM QUESTION: On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments BILL TITLE: To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes
  • On the Left, Seeing Obama Giving Away Too Much, Again

    01/01/2013 9:46:06 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | PETER BAKER
    For President Obama, the fiscal deal passed by Congress on Tuesday finally ends four years of debate with Republicans about raising tax rates on the wealthy. But it seemed to reopen a debate within his party about the nature of his leadership and his skills as a negotiator. While Mr. Obama got most of what he sought in the agreement, he found himself under withering criticism from some in his liberal base who accused him of caving in to Republicans by not taxing the rich more. Just as Speaker John A. Boehner has been under pressure from his right, Mr....
  • Prince Harry is a 'jackal' who wants to 'kill innocent Afghans while drunk'

    01/01/2013 9:43:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    An Afghan warlord has launched a scathing attack on Prince Harry - describing the Royal as a 'jackal' who is only interested in killing 'innocent Afghans while he is drunk'. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is listed as a global terrorist by the U.S., made the comments as Prince Harry spent Christmas in the war-torn country. The Prince is currently on a four month long deployment to Afghanistan serving his second tour of duty as gunship co-pilot.
  • President Obama returning to Hawaii Wednesday morning

    01/01/2013 9:37:25 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    The Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 01, 2013 | Star-Advertiser staff
    President Barak Obama left Washington D.C. tonight and is flying to Hawaii to rejoin his family on vacation.
  • Grover Norquist: Vote for deal is vote to cut taxes

    01/01/2013 9:23:46 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | Felicia Sonmez
    Grover Norquist, the Americans for Tax Reform president and anti-tax activist who has become a key figure in the ongoing negotiations on the fiscal cliff, took to Twitter as the House was voting Tuesday night to give his blessing to the deal: "The Bush tax cuts lapsed at midnight last night. Every R voting for Senate bill is cutting taxes and keeping his/her pledge." "Congress about to make permanent most of the temporary tax cuts that Democrats voted against in 2001 and 2003. Permanent beats temporary."
  • Israeli-Palestinian clashes erupt in West Bank

    01/01/2013 9:20:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 4:58 PM EST | Mohammed Ballas
    An arrest raid by undercover Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors ignited rare clashes in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, residents said, leaving at 10 Palestinians wounded. Israeli army raids into Palestinian areas to seize activists and militants are fairly common. The raids are normally coordinated with Palestinian security forces, and suspects are usually apprehended without violence. …
  • The Fallacy of Gun Control

    01/01/2013 9:19:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 1, 2013 | Edward Paltzik
    As a parent of two boys under the age of four, a responsible gun owner, and an NRA member, I'd like to take this opportunity to rebut "Sensible Arms Control," in which my good friend Brett Joshpe argues for more gun control following the Newtown tragedy. Gun Rights are Inalienable and Natural There is nothing "lazy" about characterizing the inalienable right to defend self, family, and property, and the right to hunt, as "natural rights." Preaching from their ivory towers (typically capitol buildings, college campuses, gated communities, and urban apartments), gun control proponents casually dismiss the dire consequences of disarming...
  • Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes

    01/01/2013 9:13:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 11:37 PM EST | David Espo and Alan Fram
    Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph for the president less than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. Moments later, Obama strode into the White House briefing room and declared, “Thanks to the votes of Republicans and Democrats...
  • Pete Sessions only Republican in North Texas to vote for Fiscal Cliff bill

    01/01/2013 9:10:33 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 22 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | January 1, 2013 | Arec Barrwin
    Pete Sessions makes me sick - he's voted RINO every single time. I'll be supporting his opponent next time or not voting for him.
  • Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Is a Smoke Screen Obscuring Deeper Problems

    01/01/2013 9:06:36 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 December 2012 | Jocelyn Edwards
    An evergreen bill imposing life imprisonment on gays is arguably nothing more than an ugly diversion in the hands of politicians eager to avoid real problems, writes Jocelyn Edwards. Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s speaker of parliament, broke her pledge to pass the country’s infamous anti-gay bill before the year’s end on Friday, as the lawmakers in the small East African nation broke for the holidays without debating the legislation. And so, a population found in one survey to be 96 percent opposed to homosexuality won’t get the odious “Christmas gift” she had promised. But for the government, however, that hardly matters....
  • Britain - and Prince Harry - are failing in Afghanistan, says warlord

    01/01/2013 8:49:35 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jan 2013 | Peter Oborne,
    One of Afghanistan's most feared and wanted warlords has warned that the country could collapse into a murderous civil war after the withdrawal of Nato troops next year. [snip] "The British prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujaheddin with his helicopter rockets without any shame.But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy! Jackals cannot hunt lions. During the Mujaheddin attack on the American base the Prince saw that he was the one about to be hunted and...
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal Limps Across Finish Line in House

    01/01/2013 8:36:34 PM PST · by GVnana · 180 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/1/2013 | Daniel Newhauser
    The Congress that convened two years ago under the war cries of the tea party is slowly coming to an end with a Champagne-less whimper on New Year’s Day 2013. The House voted late Tuesday evening, in a rare holiday session, to pass a fiscal cliff bill brokered without the involvement of the GOP majority and with far less than half of their votes. The bill (HR 8) was amended by the Senate in the early morning hours on an 89-8 vote, carrying language crafted over the holiday weekend by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Vice President...
  • 95.9 The Ranch Is The Greatest Radio Station Ever.

    01/01/2013 8:15:02 PM PST · by Drew68 · 33 replies
    Streaming available. I just can't believe how incredibly awesome this radio station is!!!! Yes, I've had several beers tonight...
  • IT'S OFFICIAL: HOUSE PASSES FISCAL CLIFF BILL

    01/01/2013 8:07:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 239 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/01/2013 | Joe Weisenthal and Grace Wyler
    After a long day of fiscal cliff chaos, the House will finally hold a vote tonight on the fiscal cliff bill passed by the Senate early Tuesday. The decision to hold an up-down vote virtually guarantees passage of the bill, which would extend the Bush tax hikes for households earning under $450,000. that the bill will pass. For most of the day, House Republicans have said that they could not support the bill without spending cuts, but by Tuesday night it was clear that GOP leaders could not come up with the votes to pass an amendment to add those...
  • REPUBLICAN HORROR NEW YEAR

    01/01/2013 8:06:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 94 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    REPUBLICAN HORROR NEW YEAR
  • House to vote on Senate-passed fiscal crisis billdespite conservative qualms-$620B hikes,$15B cuts

    01/01/2013 8:06:11 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 1, 2013 | Fox News
    Washington – House leaders are planning to call a vote on the Senate-passed fiscal crisis bill as early as Tuesday night, moving ahead despite the concerns of rank-and-file Republicans about the lack of spending cuts in the package. The House began its debate on the bill Tuesday evening. Lawmakers were moving quickly, after Republicans spent the day weighing their options... If they are to act on the bill, they have less than two days before a new congressional class is sworn in. House Speaker John Boehner had earlier presented members with two options... The first would be to craft an...
  • Rep. Graves Says He Can't Support Fiscal Cliff Bill That Does Not Address Spending

    01/01/2013 7:53:25 PM PST · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    The Chattanoogan.com ^ | Tuesday, January 01, 2013 | The Chattanoogan Staff
    Rep. Graves Says He Can't Support Fiscal Cliff Bill That Does Not Address Spending; Corker Says It's Time To Move On To Spending Cuts Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following statement on the fiscal cliff legislation passed by the U.S. Senate: “The Senate bill offers no commitment to debt reduction, only a demand from taxpayers to bail out Washington. As taxes rise, freedom diminishes. Without any spending reforms, the debt crisis continues. I cannot support a bill that protects Washington and promotes bigger government at the expense of my constituents and future generations. “What began in 2011 as an...
  • House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt

    01/01/2013 7:47:58 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 182 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 31, 2012 | Olivier Knox
  • Why I Will Vote No On The Senate-Passed Bill:Message from my Congressman - a true Tea Partier

    01/01/2013 7:37:31 PM PST · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    1/1/13
    In the dead of the night, with no committee hearings, no public input and no time to read the bill, the Senate approved a bill written in secret by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi – the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.” According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Senate-passed bill would cost taxpayers $3.9 trillion over 10 years and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would add almost $4 trillion in debt over the next ten years. The official estimate is that it will increase spending by at least $330...
  • MILLER: Two systems of justice

    01/01/2013 7:30:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Emily Miller
    David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailedIt’s been more than a week since police in Washington, D.C., opened an investigation into NBC’s David Gregory’s possession of a “high-capacity magazine” that’s prohibited in the District on on national TV. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s spokesman refused Monday to respond to whether Mr. Gregory had even been interviewed yet. This is a rather curious departure for a city that has been ruthless in enforcing this particular firearms statute against law-abiding citizens who made an honest mistake. In July, The Washington Times highlighted the plight of former Army Spc. Adam...
  • Washington Post Column: The character assassination of Hillary Clinton

    01/01/2013 7:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/01/2013 | Kathleen Parker
    The new year began not with a cannonball off the “fiscal cliff” but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism. This time it’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi. Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the...
  • After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar

    01/01/2013 6:58:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | December 29, 2012 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar The 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar never made it to James W. Flanagan, general manager of The Scranton Times. He would never need it: he died in December 1949. But on Friday, 63 years after his death, the U.S. Postal Service made a delivery. A mail carrier, with no explanation of where the package had been the last 63 years, handed it to Chris O'Hora at The Times-Tribune's front desk. The calendar, rolled in a long tube, soon made its way to the office of Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and...
  • F. Lee Bailey Denied Bid to Practice Law in Maine

    01/01/2013 6:29:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Jan 01, 2013
    F. Lee Bailey, the attorney who represented O.J. Simpson and Patty Hearst, had been denied his request to practice law in Maine. The 79-year-old Bailey passed the Maine bar exam last winter. He was previously licensed in Massachusetts and Florida, but was disbarred in those states for mishandling $6 million worth of stock for a client.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Does Your New Year's Eve Say About You? ~ 02 January 2013

    01/01/2013 6:04:27 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 73 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We What To Know..... What Does Your New Year's Eve Say About You? Click here and take the quiz! To share your results, click "Get HTML", then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • New York County denies request for names of gun permit holders

    01/01/2013 5:45:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Noreen O'Donnell
    Authorities in a suburban county north of New York City said on Tuesday they will refuse to release names of local gun permit holders to a newspaper that has been publishing the identities of thousands of license-holding residents. Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy a request for information about pistol permit holders from the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, which has come under criticism for publishing thousands of such identities already. "There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong," Sant said in a statement. "I...
  • Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper's Crotch On National Television [Video at link]

    01/01/2013 5:42:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 89 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/1/13 | Noel Sheppard
    No matter what vulgar things Kathy Griffin does on CNN's live New Year's Eve broadcasts, the folks at the supposedly most trusted name in news continue to invite her back. On Monday night's program, after first telling co-host Anderson Cooper "I'm going to tickle your sack," she shortly after midnight actually kissed his crotch...
  • 8 deadly agents 'to bring U.S. to its knees'

    01/01/2013 5:35:46 PM PST · by wesagain · 97 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iranian scientists, working under orders from the radicals running the Islamic regime, have genetically altered microbial agents in a nightmarish scheme to bring the West to its knees. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with knowledge of Iran’s microbial research and development, the scientists, with Russian and North Korean help, currently possess eight extremely dangerous microbial agents that, if unleashed, could kill millions of people. As reported exclusively on WND on Dec. 16, the source revealed the existence of a plant in Marzanabad, Iran, where 12 Russian and 28 Iranian scientists are working on microbial agents...
  • Olney’s Support the Troops Rally 2012 WRAP UP - Pic Heavy

    01/01/2013 5:32:39 PM PST · by trooprally · 18 replies
    Our Olney Support the Troops Rally is still going strong. With the economy and election putting a damper on 2012, our regulars and not-so-regulars standing tall. Jimmy Valentines Brother made it up one Saturday when we needed help. We also had several passer-bys stop and stand with us along with numerous joggers and walkers thank us for our support of the troops including FReeper MomToThree. As her screen name indicates, having 3 kids makes it hard stand with us. But her and the kids always enthusiastically wave as they drive by. Many of the others who stopped by are active...
  • CNN: Clinton Itching To Testify on Benghazi Issue

    01/01/2013 5:27:45 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/30/2012
    From the CNN transcript.........ELISE LABOTT, is a CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORTERLEMON: Yes. And -- and also traveling with her, you said would -- you know, she's relentless and she is one of those people from -- you know, her husband and her, I've seen them at events, every hand they shake, they're the -- usually the first people to enter the room and the last people to leave. And she is committed as Secretary of State and the president has said as such -- as much just recently over the past couple of weeks. ............................. .................LABOTT: She was, you know,...
  • Mass. Lawmaker in Voting Scandal Quits Office

    01/01/2013 5:21:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Jan 01, 2013
    Updated: A Massachusetts lawmaker who agreed to plead guilty to casting invalid absentee ballots in 2009 and 2010 has submitted his resignation letter. State Rep. Stephen Smith submitted a letter dated Monday to the state's top election official, Secretary William Galvin. Galvin said Tuesday Smith's signed letter states, "I respectfully decline to accept this office."
  • Abortion Effect: U.S. Seeing Slowest Population Growth Since 1930

    01/01/2013 5:05:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    After almost 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the United States — and longer in states that okayed abortions pre-Roe — the U.S. population has been decimated to the point that the nation is seeing the lowest population growth since the 1930s.Abortion has destroyed not only one generation of Americans but a second as well — people who should be boosting the fertility rate in their childbearing years now who were victims of abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. In total, more than 55 million Americans are been victimized by abortions and millions more were never born because their parents...
  • Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

    01/01/2013 4:59:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 | Pumza Fihlani
    Nomasonto Mnisi says her skin colour is "a self-esteem issue" South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela's rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black. A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want "white skin". Local musician Nomasonto "Mshoza" Mnisi, now several shades lighter,...
  • Pelosi: House can pass bill with Democratic help (Boehner surrenders to Pelosi, too...)

    01/01/2013 4:58:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Rachel Weiner
    Echoing her words at a press conference earlier in the day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Tuesday afternoon for an up-or-down vote on the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate. She wrote on Twitter that she was confident the bill would pass the House with a “strong majority” of House Democrats.
  • Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Deal: "A Complete Surrender On Everything" (video)

    01/01/2013 4:57:01 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 1, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's possible that this is a prelude to a challenge, Thursday, to Boehner's leadership by Eric Cantor. I think it would be quite naked to do it at this late hour as a result of a split over the vote. Look, there are a lot of conservatives in the Republican caucus in the House who hate the bill, and for good reason. This is a complete surrender on everything. The ratio of tax hikes to spending cuts is 40:1 rather than 1:1, or 1:2 or 1:3. So, it was a complete rout by the Democrats. So it's understandable....
  • Giles County cancels school Wednesday : Narrows could be site of next school massacre

    01/01/2013 4:54:08 PM PST · by AppyPappy · 6 replies
    PEARISBURG -- Giles County schools will be closed Wednesday to give law enforcement officials an opportunity to brief teachers and school administration about a website that mentions Narrows schools in a discussion about the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn.
  • Cantor ‘stands with Boehner,’ spokesman says (GOP surrender to Obama is back on track...)

    01/01/2013 4:52:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Rachel Weiner
    A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pushed back Tuesday afternoon against the suggestion that by coming out against the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate, the congressman was undercutting House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
  • Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

    01/01/2013 4:46:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    <p>These shocking pictures may look like something out of the Great Depression - but in fact they show life in the last years of the Soviet Union, less than three decades ago.</p> <p>Shop shelves were often bare, it was normal to have to join a long queue if you wanted to buy groceries and many of the people looked ground down after a century of desperate poverty.</p>
  • Eric Cantor Leads GOP Charge Against Senate Cliff Bill

    01/01/2013 4:46:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01/01/2013
    Last-minute efforts to step back from the fiscal cliff ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal that would prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into a recession. House Republicans complained that a bill passed by the Senate in a late-night show of unity to prevent a budget crisis contained tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans but no spending cuts. Some conservatives sought to change the bill to add cuts. That would set up a high-stakes showdown between the two chambers and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets that...
  • Our debt isn't the problem (Why worry about balancing the federal budget at all?)

    01/01/2013 4:43:34 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 22 replies
    NewEconPerspectives ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephanie Kelton
    Look, up in the sky! It’s a “fiscal cliff.” It’s a slope. It’s an obstacle course. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress. This hastily concocted mix of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases for all was supposed to force Congress to get serious about dealing with our nation’s debt and deficit. The question everyone’s asking is this: On whose backs should we balance the federal budget? One side wants higher taxes; the other wants spending cuts. And...
  • Analysis: 77% of Households to See Tax Increase

    01/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | John D. McKinnon
    The fiscal cliff bill’s impact would be far-reaching for American taxpayers, and particularly painful for very high-income households, according to a new analysis. About 77% of American households would see a tax increase compared to their 2012 tax levels, according to the analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. The biggest impact for most households comes from the expiration of a two-percentage-point payroll-tax break that existed for 2011 and 2012. It basically hits all working people. But the bill also contains sizable tax increases for the wealthy, compared with 2012...
  • Howie Carr thread Jan. 1-15, 2013

    01/01/2013 4:32:01 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 1/1/13 | raccoonradio
    Maybe will do the thread once every two weeks, a "fortnight" eh? Howie returns tomorrow, Wed the 2nd. In Boston WTKK 96.9, where Howie hoped to flee to, will end sometime tomorrow. The format is expected to change to music sometime after Eagan & Braude do a farewell show 7-10 am. So, 10 am? Noon? 3pm? 5 pm? And we don't know the new format...There was an article on a left-leaning blog from the Pacific NW wondering if the failure of WTKK is a sign of the end of conserv talk radio. One comment to it, by "Vin": "WTKK conservative?...
  • Any Dems with a Conscience in Congress?

    01/01/2013 4:30:50 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 28 replies
    1/1/13 | originalbuckeye
    Are there any elected Democrats who will put the survival of their country ahead of their Party? Are there any elected Democrats who care about the excessive spending their Party demands? Are there any elected Democrats who will defy their 'leaders' and put future generations ahead of the immature Socialists who have control of this country? $41 dollars of tax hikes for each $1 in spending cuts??? And they aren't spending cuts anyway??? This will put the final nail in the coffin of the once revered American Dream.