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  • Raelians defend Old Bridge, NJ third-grader who drew swastika for school assignment

    01/07/2013 9:12:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | Jan 4, 2013 | Anthony G. Attrino
    An 8-year-old boy who drew a swastika as part of a holiday assignment at James McDivitt Elementary School did nothing wrong and should not have been reprimanded by school officials, according to members of the International Raelian Movement. “The swastika is part of the official Raelian symbol,” wrote Raelian Guide Thomas Kaenzig in a letter to Samuel B. Stewart, superintendent of schools in Middlesex County. “There cannot be a more sacred symbol for us Raelians and this is also the case for the billions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and members of other religions on this planet,” Kaenzig wrote. The child...
  • Clinton Not Tried in Senate After Impeachment, Ed Schultz Comically Insists

    01/07/2013 9:08:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Ed Schultz's grasp of American history in the BB era -- Before Barack -- is tenuous at best. And when Schultz is wrong about something from that ancient realm of our past, he makes a fool out of himself. On his radio show Friday, Schultz got on the wrong side of an argument with a better informed caller. Naturally, Schultz couldn't resist hanging up on the man and labeling him an idiot.
  • Southern Europeans flee to London to find work

    01/07/2013 8:57:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07 January 2013
    Britain, and especially London, has become a popular place for tens of thousands of southern Europeans in search of work as the governments of Spain, Portugal and Italy continue to impose austerity measures. 5,350 Spaniards and 5,370 Italians were allocated national insurance numbers in London in the first quarter of 2012, according to The Times newspaper. The number of national insurance registrations for Spaniards across Britain has soared by 25% year on year. The unemployment rate is more than 25% in Spain. …
  • Dershowitz: "Racist And Bigoted To Say That Guns Are Quintessentially American" (video)

    01/07/2013 8:54:13 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 66 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 7, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    ALAN DERSHOWITZ: I don't think it's the NRA power. I think it's people like us, not the two of us, but Americans who care about guns aren't doing enough to make our case to the public. Because we think it's their issue. We've given that issue over to them because they have lobbyists they pay money. But in the end, the people determine the outcome. And it's wrong, and it's racist and it's bigoted to say that guns are quintessentially American. They may represent a part of America, but my grandparents who came over from poland and live in Brooklyn,...
  • The New WH Chief of Staff and Citigroup (background on the new Treasury pick)

    01/07/2013 8:47:34 PM PST · by gotribe · 4 replies
    ... [Lew] oversaw a Citigroup unit that profited off the housing collapse and financial crisis by investing in a hedge fund king who correctly predicted the eventual subprime meltdown and now finds himself involved in the center of the U.S. government’s fraud case against Goldman Sachs. . . . [I]t is his few years at Citi — in particular the one year he spent at its then-$54 billion proprietary trading, hedge fund and private equity unit — that’s likely to raise the most eyebrows in the coming weeks as Lew faces a Senate confirmation hearing. Especially his unit’s investments in...
  • Obama’s $264 Billion Tax Bill for 2013 May Spark New Recession

    01/07/2013 8:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 07 Jan 2013 10:18 PM | David A. Patten
    With the fiscal cliff deal and many Obamacare taxes taking effect, Americans will be slammed with an estimated $264 billion in new taxes this year alone—making 2013 memorable for delivering one of the largest one-year tax increases in American history. The math breakdown of the new taxes is simple: Key parts of the Bush tax cuts will expire as a result of the new fiscal cliff legislation, hitting American taxpayers with a tax bill of about $39.5 billion each year for the next decade. … Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi issued a projection that the tax burden will cut GDP...
  • Raid on home of Twitter user suspected of spreading Chávez health rumours

    01/07/2013 8:15:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Monday 7 January 2013 19.38 EST | Jonathan Watts and Virginia Lopez
    Venezuelan intelligence officers have raided the home of a Twitter user suspected of spreading destabilising rumours about the health of Hugo Chávez ahead of an inauguration that the ailing president looks increasingly unlikely to attend. The team of Sebin (Bolivarian National Intelligence Service) officers confiscated several computers from Medina's home in Valencia on Sunday night, according to domestic newspapers. Analysts on the state-backed channel Telesur claimed the government was under information attack. "This is an information war. All through the Bolivarian revolution you have seen this sustained information war. Twitter and the social networks are just extensions of this war,"...
  • TurboTax makes better argument than GOP (vanity)

    01/07/2013 8:09:19 PM PST · by vmivol00 · 14 replies
    Vanity | 1/7/13 | VMIVol00
    I was watching TV and saw a commercial for TurboTax and noticed that they made a more compelling argument for lower taxes than the GOP. They simply state..."You work hard. You deserve to keep as much of your money as possible. Turbotax wants to help you. Every dollar counts". Why can't the GOP articulate its point just as clearly? It's an easy argument. Replace "Turbotax wants to help you" with "Republicans want to help everyone." These guys are so out of touch with most Americans that they no longer know how to communicate in anything other Beltway BS. Maybe the...
  • Doctor stabbed after Mag Mile lights festival sues suspect, hotel

    01/07/2013 7:55:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 7, 2013 | Jennifer Delgado
    An Oak Brook doctor who was stabbed in the neck and face during an attempted holdup at a Gold Coast restaurant in November is suing his alleged attacker along with the restaurant and hotel that houses it. Mir Shah says he was violently attacked and stabbed several times by Jimmy Harris in the bathroom of the Westin’s The Grill on the Alley on Nov. 17, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. The restaurant’s bartender was also injured when he chased Harris, who cut him with a knife, police said.
  • Church warns Chavez govt over inauguration

    01/07/2013 7:50:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    france24 ^ | 07/01/2013
    Venezuela's Catholic church issued a veiled warning to the government Monday against overriding the constitution by delaying cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez's inauguration for a new term as president. "At stake is the good of the country and the defense of ethics. To alter the constitution to attain a political objective is morally unacceptable," Venezuela's conference of bishops said. The church weighed in on an escalating crisis with just four days to go before Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery, is supposed to take the oath of office for another six year term. His vice president has argued that...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (15,883 signatures so far)

    01/07/2013 7:43:22 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    9,117 more to go. More than 60% there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • White House responds to 'Deport Piers Morgan' petition

    01/07/2013 7:38:39 PM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    politico ^ | 1/7 | dylan byers
    Breaking news during tonight's edition of Piers Morgan Tonight: On the heels of Morgan's fiery interview with Alex Jones, the man who started the petition to deport the CNN host, the White House addressed the petition. The official White House statement, via spokesman Jay Carney: The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one. In the meantime, it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy." The petition to deport Morgan has gained more than 100,000 signatures, well over the 25,000 required to warrant...
  • Study predicts Obama healthcare law will raise premiums on young adults

    01/07/2013 7:26:08 PM PST · by magellan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7 January 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    The study says a provision linking prices for older and younger patients could raise costs on the young. Young adults will see higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of a provision that links prices for older and younger patients, according to a new study. Actuaries at management consulting firm Oliver Wyman predicted the law's age rating restrictions could mean a 42 percent hike in premium costs for people aged 21 to 29 when they buy individual coverage. "This means that close to 4 million uninsured individuals … can expect to pay more out of pocket...
  • Program guaranteed to reduce gun crime: tax credit or voucher for new gun safe purchases

    01/07/2013 7:15:36 PM PST · by BushMeister · 36 replies
    Self ^ | 01/07/2013 | Self
    Governments subsidize the behavior they want to see more of, and punish behavior they want to curtail. If liberals want to see people locking up their guns, then they should favor subsidizing this behavior. I'm providing the link for a gun safe comparison website, in case anyone wants to use it do come up with other ideas.
  • Man sentenced to life-term for '07 maul hammer triple murder

    01/07/2013 7:12:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    A man who was convicted of using a maul hammer to kill his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law in their West Rogers Park home because he felt disrespected was sentenced to a life prison term, prosecutors said. Daryoush Ebrahimi, 61, was sentenced today in connection with killings that happened on Feb. 17, 2007 at their apartment. Ebrahimi had been convicted of the three murders last August, prosecutors said in a press release. According to prosecutors, the Chicago Police and Fire Departments were called to Ebrahimi’s home in the 6400 Block of North Washtenaw Avenue after a relative called 911 after receiving...
  • Piers Morgan: Unbelievably Wrong and Dishonest

    01/07/2013 7:05:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Stop Wasting Money ^ | 01/07/2013 | WARREN REDLICH
    Piers Morgan has continued with his gun-bashing. Here's his latest, Deport Me?Morgan makes a number of huge mistakes and misrepresentations in his assault, not unlike Jason Alexander's rant against the AR-15.Here are key points where Morgan (and other gun control nuts) go unbelievably wrong: [M]y anger turned to blind rage when I saw the reaction to this hideous massacre in America. … Sales of the specific weapon used, an AR-15 military-style assault rifle, rocketed …. And … Brownells said it sold more high-capacity bullet magazines in three days than it normally did in three-and-a-half years.What is behind this apparently...
  • We Are the 98 Percent

    01/07/2013 7:01:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The American ^ | January 7, 2013 | Cliff Asness
    The only way to finance a big European-style state is to have it paid for by massive taxation of everyone, mostly the middle class. Right now, we are avoiding honest debate on this fact. The central issue of our time is the debate over the size and scope of government. Two unpleasant but undeniable mathematical truths limit the feasible policy choices. The recent sound and fury of the fiscal cliff follies in the end signified nothing because the resolution was in fact just a denial of both truths.The first truth is that the current tax rates cannot support the promises...
  • What a plank! Bizarre start to men's fashion week in London

    01/07/2013 6:59:36 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 39 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 1/7/2013 | Amanda Williams
    <p>British Fashion Council member David Gandy has vowed to make London the 'menswear capital of the world.'</p> <p>Bizarre hats made out of wooden planks, models with 'blacked out' faces, and some ankle swinging sportswear were among some of the truly outlandish designs which kicked off Men's fashion week today.</p>
  • Top Gun Grabbers In The House Of Representatives Exposed

    01/07/2013 6:37:45 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    freedoms outpost ^ | 1-7-13 | Leon Puissegur
    We as a people seem to now be wondering if our Congress will ever do anything right. We saw the article posted by Tim Brown entitled, “Ten New Gun Bills Introduced On First Day of Congress”. We then began reading, only to see names that looked funny doing this, so we looked up to find out just who these people are that have placed such bills on the floor of the House. Strange to say, the first one by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) is purely due to what happened to her life. Her husband was shot back in 1993 and...
  • New aircraft carrier next to Houses of Parliament shows giant scale of Navy's latest warship

    01/07/2013 6:36:13 PM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th January 2013 | Harriet Arkell
    'These new computer-generated images put into context the huge scale of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) has released a series of powerful posters illustrating the sheer size of the warships. The computer-generated images show the warships dwarfing some of the country's most recognisable landmarks. Another notable poster is of the under-construction HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed alongside in Portsmouth, Hants. The ACA is a consortium of defence companies behind the construction of Portsmouth's newest carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Ian Booth, programme director of the ACA, said: 'These...