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  • Dick Yuengling rips Philadelphia over $6 million lawsuit

    02/07/2013 6:22:27 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    Dick Yuengling said he was "probably the happiest guy in the beer business" - until Tuesday. --snip-- The suit claims that Yuengling refused to let the city's Revenue Department audit its books, so the department made an assessment based on a Philly beer distributor's accounts-payable list. The suit has no details of what activities Yuengling conducted in Philadelphia that the city found to be taxable. City officials declined to elaborate. Green said that filing suit may have been the only way to access Yuengling's records. "This lawsuit will allow the Department of Revenue to do the discovery that Yuengling rejected,"...
  • US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

    02/07/2013 6:15:27 AM PST · by Cheerio · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6 February 2013 | Karen McVeigh
    New York Times and Washington Post knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia but agreed not to disclose it to the public US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year. Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration's secrecy over its targeted killing programme, media analysts and national security experts said the revelation that some newspapers had co-operated over the drone base had reopened the debate over the...
  • U.S. productivity sinks 2% in fourth quarter

    02/07/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. businesses did not produce goods and services as efficiently at the tail end of 2012, the Labor Department said Thursday. Workers put in more time but companies barely increased their output. Productivity fell at a 2.0% annual rate in the October-to-December period, according to the agency’s preliminary assessment. The decline — the sharpest in almost two years — partly reverses a revised 3.2% gain in the third quarter. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected productivity to fall 1.5%, largely because growth in the fourth quarter contracted and hours spent on the job increased.
  • Japan accuses Russia of intrusion, scrambles jets

    02/07/2013 6:10:41 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 7, 2013
    Japan says it scrambled its jets last night after two Russian fighter jets briefly entered its airspace near disputed territories and the northern island of Hokkaido. Russia, which is currently holding military exercises around the disputed Kurile islands - or Northern Territories - denied any such intrusion took place. The incident happened on what Japan's "Northern Territories Day", when rallies are traditionally held calling for the return of the disputed islands. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe had told a rally he was determined to press ahead with negotiations with Russia for the return of the islands.
  • BOC removes ‘firearms’ from ordinance list

    02/07/2013 6:05:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    douglascountysentinel.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Winston Jones
    An amendment to remove a reference to firearms from Carroll County’s disaster and emergency ordinance was passed by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday without discussion. The decision to change the ordinance was made to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization. The action eliminates the word “firearms” from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter, hand-delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith, by James Camp of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org. Read more: Douglas...
  • More than 50 nations aided CIA’s harsh detention effort: study (Soros)

    02/07/2013 6:02:52 AM PST · by mgist · 8 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 2/7/13 | AFP
    WASHINGTON – Fifty-four foreign governments assisted the CIA in a global campaign that included harsh interrogations of suspects, a rights advocacy group said Tuesday as it pressed for greater accountability. The report by the George Soros-backed network of Open Society Foundations marks the most comprehensive list of countries that helped the United States in what critics saw as excesses by President George W. Bush’s administration in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Bush authorized “extraordinary renditions” — the transferring of individuals without legal process — to allow U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies to interrogate alleged extremists outside...
  • DOUG KASS: 'I'm Getting The Summer Of 1987 Feeling' In The Market Right Now

    02/07/2013 6:00:38 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-7-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    DOUG KASS: 'I'm Getting The Summer Of 1987 Feeling' In The Market Right Now Matthew BoeslerFebruary 6, 2013, 6:06 PMSeabreeze Partners portfolio manager Doug Kass has been sounding the alarm bells on the stock market for a while. In his 2013 outlook published on January 9, Kass warned that the market would make its high for 2013 in the first two weeks of January. That, of course, didn't happen, as stocks have continued to grind higher. Now, more and more people are talking about a sell-off than at any point during this rally that started in November, due to increasing...
  • Initial Claims Miss For Second Week In A Row As Nonfarm Productivity Tumbles Most Since 2008

    02/07/2013 6:00:27 AM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02.07.13 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    As is the case every Thursday, the BLS reported its weekly initial claims which unlike two weeks ago did not estimate the initial unemployment claims for America's most populous state when the number plunged, and has now missed expectations for two weeks in a row, printing at 366K, on expectations of a 360K number, while last week's 368K was as usual revised upward to 371K. As a result, the Mainspin Media already has its headline: Initial Claims decline by 5,000. Such is life under the US Department of Truth, even as unadjusted initial claims spiked by 16.7K to 386K in...
  • Poll Shows Mitch McConnell Struggling for Support (Will Tokyo Rove's PAC target Mitch?)

    02/07/2013 5:54:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    WFPL ^ | 1/28/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    A new poll shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to retain support among voters. The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows that twice as many voters are against McConnell as there are supporting him. It also finds that only one-third of Republicans support him in the 2014 election.
  • Scarborough Gloats Over Fox News 'Trust' Ratings, Ignores MSNBC's Miserable Ones

    02/07/2013 5:47:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Time for Joe Scarborough to brush up on the Sermon on the Mount? On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough gloated at length over survey results indicating that the public's trust in Fox News has declined and that PBS is the only network that more people trust than distrust. But he conveniently failed to mention that Fox News remains the network that more people trust than any other . . . and that his own MSNBC trails way—way!—behind Fox...
  • HAGEL LINKED TO IRANIAN LOBBY (Soros)

    02/07/2013 5:42:51 AM PST · by mgist · 5 replies
    WND ^ | 2/7/13 | Taylor Rose
    HAGEL LINKED TO IRANIAN LOBBY Taylor Rose is a Washington, D.C., staff reporter for WND. WASHINGTON – Could Sen. Chuck Hagel, whose Senate vote on his nomination as the next secretary of defense has been delayed until next week because of controversies over his work, be a potential lobbyist for Iran? After all, he’s already been endorsed by the rogue nation for the administrative post. Clare Lopez, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, spoke to WND on the subject, asserting that Hagel “is associated … with people who are associated with” the National Iranian American Council. And...
  • Karl Rove the 'poster child for crony consultants'

    02/07/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/5/13 | JOE NEWBY
    A civil war seems to be brewing within the GOP as Karl Rove has decided to take on the Tea Party with the "Conservative Victory Project," a group designed to take out conservative Tea Party candidates who challenge those supported by the more moderate GOP establishment. In response, Judson Phillips, head of the Tea Party Nation, posted an open letter on Monday in which he calls Rove the "poster child for crony consultants." In his letter to GOP donors, Phillips said they are about to become a political football for the next two years. He added that Rove's project "has...
  • Mark Levin: Obama Defies Federal Courts and Federal Law

    02/07/2013 5:34:49 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 2/6/2013 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin says that Obama has now created a constitutional crisis: We have a rogue board call the National Labor Relations Board. … Three people are sitting there unconstitutionally issuing opinions involving business and labor unions. The court ruled that they don’t have any power because Obama didn’t have the power to rule the Senate in recess and to make those appointments. Obama doesn’t have the power to change the welfare statute to eliminate work. Obama doesn’t have all kinds of power that he’s exercising. Neither does his bureaucracy over there at the EPA and so forth.
  • Jefferson County legislators consider resolution opposing state gun law

    02/07/2013 5:32:02 AM PST · by rochester_veteran · 15 replies
    Watertown Daily Times ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2013 | DANIEL FLATLEY
    Disappointed with aspects of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun control bill and frustrated by the manner in which it was passed, Jefferson County legislators are considering drafting a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. The NY SAFE Act, enacted last month, includes new definitions for and regulations on assault weapons, stronger regulations on ammunition, changes to mental health reporting requirements, statewide recertification of handguns and assault rifles, universal background checks and a mandatory sentence of life without parole for killing a first responder, among other provisions. Modeled after a resolution created by Republican...
  • Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target? (Tokyo Rove alert)

    02/07/2013 5:29:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/7/13 | Liz Marlantes
    Karl Rove may be trying to quell conservative concerns that his new political group is really an effort to crush the tea party. But actions will speak louder than words – and already, Mr. Rove's group may have a test case on its hands. Rove's Conservative Victory Project has a stated goal of making sure only electable candidates emerge victorious from GOP primaries. But he told Fox News Tuesday: "This is not tea party versus the establishment." So what is it? The campaign of Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, who on Wednesday filed paperwork to run for the seat...
  • The Assasin in Chief: Now the President operates as if he can kill anybody

    02/07/2013 5:26:51 AM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/7/13 | Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson
    Exercising a power that no prior president ever thought he possessed -- a power that no prior president is known to have exercised
  • Even In Blue Minnesota, Gun Control Seems A Tough Sell

    02/07/2013 5:23:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    kvnf.org ^ | 6 February, 2013 | David Welna
    Minnesota has a Democratic governor, two Democratic senators, and Democrats control both houses of its Legislature. So it may have come as no surprise when President Obama went there earlier this week to rally support for his proposals to reduce gun violence. But even in the politically blue state, there's considerable resistance to placing further restrictions on gun ownership. During his visit to a Minneapolis police facility Monday, Obama urged Minnesotans to find common ground in curbing gun violence. "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something," he said. "That's my main message here...
  • Threat Of Silence

    02/07/2013 5:15:42 AM PST · by acw011 · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 | Ryan Gallagher
    Meet the groundbreaking new encryption app set to revolutionize privacy and freak out the feds. It’s a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade state surveillance or corporate espionage. Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.
  • Abortion classified as murder if bill becomes law in Iowa

    02/07/2013 5:15:30 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 34 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | O. Kay Henderson
    A group of Republican legislators has introduced legislation that would make all abortions illegal in Iowa and any doctor who performs an abortion in Iowa would face murder charges. “What the bill does is it defines what a person is,” says Representative Tom Shaw, a Republican from Laurens who is the bill’s lead sponsor. “We put it right underneath our murder statute. This is in keeping with Roe v Wade where Justice Blackman said that if the state ever defined the fetus to be a person, then, of course, it would have all the protections of the 14th amendment. ...”...
  • Harvard, Yale Have No Record of Dr. Salomon Melgen Attending, Despite His Claims (Menendez pal)

    02/07/2013 5:14:03 AM PST · by Liz · 31 replies
    Contrary to his website and resume, big-name institutions including Harvard, Yale and the University of Missouri have claimed they have no record of professional or educational history with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, MD, who is under two separate federal investigations for Medicare fraud and a political scandal involving a Democratic senator, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon. Dr. Melgen's biography (pdf LINK) on his website claims he graduated from Harvard, was the chief resident of ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, and held a Yale internship, but all three denied any record to support his credentials, according...