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  • States urged to focus on common security, as UN disarmament meeting ends in deadlock

    09/20/2012 6:17:09 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    United Nations ^ | 9/13/2012
    13 September 2012 – As the United Nations Conference on Disarmament ended its 2012 session in Geneva today – without breaking an impasse over its agenda, including the consideration of a fissile materials treaty – the top UN official on the issue urged Member States to continue to seek progress, keeping in mind that their national security was not solely dependent on military might. “National security is also linked to the security of one’s neighbours, and to regional and global security,” the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, said as the Conference, the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum...
  • American soldier who fled military service to be deported from Toronto today

    09/20/2012 6:15:25 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 25 replies
    National Post ^ | September 20, 2012 | Diana Mehta
    TORONTO — An American soldier who sought refuge in Canada after she became disillusioned with the Iraq war has been ordered to leave the country by today. Kimberly Rivera has said she will comply with the Canadian government’s deportation order and leave the country with her family, but that hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping for a last-minute intervention. They’re calling on Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to halt Rivera’s deportation, arguing that the mother of four will likely face a court martial and jail time upon her return to the U.S. Kenney’s office has said the federal government doesn’t believe...
  • Netanyahu Bashing Obama’s Appeasement in Campaign Ad Showing Today in Florida

    09/20/2012 6:07:23 AM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 32 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | September 20, 2012 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    In a new presidential campaign television advertisement which starts airing today, September 20, in parts of southern Florida, there’s only one person on screen and that one man isn’t running for president of the United States. In fact, that one man is not even an American, although he is well-known to most people in the heavily-Jewish communities of Southern Florida – it’s Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Secure America Now is the organization behind the thirty second ad which shows Netanyahu talking about what many consider to be the over-arching foreign policy issue of our time – the potential nuclear...
  • Nevada Senate: Heller (R) 42%, Berkley (D) 41% (Rasmussen)

    09/20/2012 6:06:46 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 15 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Nevada’s U.S. Senate race is now a virtual tie. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters finds incumbent Republican Dean Heller with 42% support, while his challenger, Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, gets 41% support. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and a sizable 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This is a marked change from July when Heller posted a 51% to 42% lead over Berkley. The Republican has generally had the lead throughout the year. Nevada now moves from Safe Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports...
  • Obama To Sign Anti-Second Amendment U.N. Small ArmsTreaty Gun Grab?

    09/20/2012 6:06:39 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    True Conservatives On Twitter ^ | September 20, 2012
    Second Amendment: The United Nations is putting the finishing touches on an Arms Trade Treaty that transcends borders and may even trample our Constitutional right to bear arms. Every indication is that the president will sign it. Like the New Start and Law of the Sea treaties before it, as well as the Kyoto Protocol and Agenda 21, the Arms Trade Treaty being finalized at the U.N. this month is one of those feel-good, can't-we-all-get-along pieces of parchment whose net effect is to accomplish little except to eat away at American sovereignty and freedom. Just as the world's worst human...
  • O eyes ‘blind sheik’ release (GOPers blast idea to appease Egypt)

    09/20/2012 6:05:29 AM PDT · by The G Man · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/20/12 | Josh Margolin
    The Obama administration is weighing the release of blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman — the spiritual adviser to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers — in a stunning goodwill gesture toward Egypt that has touched off a political firestorm, officials said yesterday. The Egyptian government “asked for his release,” an administration source told The Post — and Rep. Peter King (R-LI) confirmed the request is being considered. The White House, State Department and Justice Department each issued statements denying any deal is in the works, but, “There’s no way to believe anything they say,” said Andrew McCarthy, the former assistant US...
  • Seven of nation’s 10 most affluent counties are in Washington region

    09/20/2012 6:01:56 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2012 | Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik
    The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show. With a median household income surpassing $119,000, Loudoun County heads the list. Fairfax County, at nearly $106,000, is second. Both have held the same positions for several years running. More than 32,000 people have downloaded the Census Bureau’s mobile app in the first month of its release. More surprising, Arlington County leapfrogged from the fifth spot to third, with a median household income...
  • City may sue developer who spent $20,000 to remove 40 tons of trash from vacant lot

    09/19/2012 7:22:52 PM PDT · by grundle · 63 replies
    yahoo news ^ | September 19 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A business developer in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze is facing legal action after voluntarily cleaning up more than 40 tons of trash from a vacant lot neighboring his local business.As the old adage goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Ori Feibush says he visited the local offices of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority four times, sent in seven written requests and made 24 phone calls to the agency asking them to take care of a major eyesore: an empty lot next to his coffee shop was home to more than 40 tons of debris. Not only did the agency...
  • Hippocrates’ Last Stand (Will we stop doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts?)

    09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2012 | Greg Pfundstein
    Imagine it’s 1967. Abortion, except in rare cases, is illegal everywhere in the United States. You can’t imagine that in 45 years abortion will be one of the most contentious political issues in America, and that virtually everyone in the country will be touched by it. If someone describes this future to you, and you ask how it can be avoided, he says, “We need to prevent Roe v. Wade.” And you have no idea what he’s talking about. In 2012, Roe v. Wade is happening again, this time on the subject of doctor-prescribed suicide. As yet there is no...
  • Measuring the Undecideds (Will they finally swing to Romney, or Obama?)

    09/20/2012 5:32:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    For much of the year, head-to-head polls of President Obama and Mitt Romney have generated eerily consistent results: Obama garners a percentage in the high 40s but not at 50 percent, with Romney either tied or slightly behind. A small total — about 5 to 8 percent — remain undecided. Those voters could determine who wins the popular vote — and while the Electoral College vote and the popular vote can differ, it’s pretty rare. So how will those remaining voters end up splitting? Their refusal to back the incumbent suggests a disappointment with Obama’s record that is not easily...
  • Scrapping Oslo

    09/20/2012 5:30:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | Yonatan Silverman
    A front page article in the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv from 14 September discloses that Foreign Minister Lieberman has decided to re-evaluate the nineteen-year-old Oslo Agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. According to Lieberman: “There is no sense in keeping Abu Mazen’s rotten regime on artificial breathing.” So the Foreign Minister ordered the Foreign Ministry management to examine an alternate model for relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority against the background of the problems in reaching a permanent settlement. Lieberman harshly attacked the PA Chairman. “There is a basic mistake in dealing with Abu Mazen and his regime. The Palestinians...
  • Seven of nation’s 10 most affluent counties are in Washington DC region

    09/20/2012 5:27:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/20/2012 | Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik
    The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show. With a median household income surpassing $119,000, Loudoun County heads the list. Fairfax County, at nearly $106,000, is second. Both have held the same positions for several years running. More surprising, Arlington County leapfrogged from the fifth spot to third, with a median household income of almost $101,000, a $6,000 gain in one year. Four in 10 households in the county are single...
  • Iran pours more troops into Syria, ready to target Israel from Syria and Lebanon

    09/20/2012 5:27:07 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 7 replies
    Iran continues to fly military personnel and quantities of weapons into Syria by civilian aircraft which cut through Iraqi airspace, American intelligence sources disclosed early Thursday, Sept. 20. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon also said that, "Unfortunately, both [Syrian] sides, government and opposition forces, seem to be determined to see the end by military means." Clearly, Iran is augmenting its military involvement in the constantly escalating Syrian civil war, broadening it into a multinational conflict which threatens to drag Lebanon in, by means of the Iranian-Syrian ally, Hizballah. The UN Secretary General's statement implying that the two Syrian sides are...
  • Romney sticks to his guns on the 47%: Sometimes the truth hurts

    09/20/2012 5:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/20/2012 | Andrew Napolitano
    As readers of this column and viewers of Fox News Channel may know, I have not hesitated to criticize Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and the governor himself. I have argued that his message is muddled and his values are unknown beyond his ardent wish to improve economic conditions through the use of free-market mechanisms rather than central economic planning, a position with which I agree entirely. I have also maintained that his willingness to abandon, or not to accept, first principles has made these questions reasonable: If Mr. Romney is elected president, which Mitt Romney will show up for...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

    09/20/2012 5:00:06 AM PDT · by ETL · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class. The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises. The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the...
  • 3 shot, 1 killed in drive-by AK-47 shooting [Black Victims, No Outrage--Zimmerman Can't Be Blamed]

    09/20/2012 4:55:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 9/19/12
    Three people were shot and one was killed after a drive-by shooting in northwest Miami-Dade. The shooting happened at Northwest 52nd Street and 22nd Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Miami-Dade police, the victims were standing outside when at least one gunman fired from a car. Police believe the gunman used an AK-47 after rounds from the assault rifle were found at the scene. Several firearms were recovered at the scene. It's unclear if the victims shot back at the car.
  • Robbinsville police officer charged with assaulting woman in wheelchair, 4-year-old son

    09/20/2012 4:35:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 18 September, 2012 | Alex Zdan
    ROBBINSVILLE – A Robbinsville police officer was arrested last night after breaking into a family's apartment and assaulting a mother in a wheelchair and her 4-year-old son, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said today. Authorities say they have no idea why Sgt. Mark Lee, an 18-year department veteran, burst into the apartment at Project Freedom, a home for people with disabilities on Hutchinson Road. Knocking the woman from her wheelchair, Lee also allegedly went after the boy and assaulted him as well. “He went berserk,” the father said of Lee this afternoon. “He broke in the house, knocked her down,...
  • Obamas to make 1st joint appearance on 'The View'

    09/20/2012 4:33:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/20/12
    President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will make their first joint appearance on the daytime show "The View" next week. The show says the Democratic president and first lady will tape an episode Monday to air Tuesday. Obama's appearance in July 2010 was the show's most-watched episode ever.
  • The Obama you don't know (story of the day)

    09/20/2012 4:29:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 56 replies ^ | 9/9/2012 | Mark Tapscott
    In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama -- his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political ambitions and his accomplishments -- The Washington Examiner conducted a four-month inquiry, interviewing dozens of his supporters and detractors in Chicago and elsewhere, and studying countless court transcripts, government reports and other official documents. Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change. With his air...
  • Irmo Chief: Homeowner Shoots Burglar Inside New Friarsgate Home (SC)

    09/20/2012 4:25:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 19 September, 2012 | Shireese Bell
    The Irmo Police Department is investigating a burglary where a homeowner shot a man twice after the man entered his home.
  • Report: Ambassador Stevens Said He Was on an Al-Qaeda Hit List

    09/20/2012 4:20:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sept. 20, 2012
    American intelligence officials insist that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was not pre-planned, but a new CNN report says that Ambassador Chris Stevens had expressed concerns about the safety of the mission in the months before his death. According to "a source familiar with his thinking," Stevens was worried about the growing threat of al-Qaeda and other extremists in Libya and even mentioned that he was on a terrorist "hit list."
  • Reno ATF agents transfer in rift with prosecutors(NV)

    09/20/2012 4:19:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 19 September, 2012 | AP
    Four of six agents from the Reno office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have transferred in a rift with federal prosecutors, and the departures have left the northern Nevada region ill-equipped to investigate illegal weapon and drug activity, a newspaper investigation found.
  • FROM THE EDITOR: I was a gun show virgin(AZ)

    09/20/2012 3:57:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 18 September, 2012 | Dan Shearer
    My first recollection involving a real gun was when I was about 8 years old and Dad took us boys out to a pasture in Minnesota with a 12-gauge. One of the brothers was smart. He brought along two washcloths and packed them under his shirt to absorb the kick. He didn’t share, so the rest of us nearly had our arms ripped off when we pulled the trigger. I declined Dad’s offer for another go at it, and it was a while before I shot another gun. I don’t mind guns, and even considered getting one when we moved...
  • New Obama Flag Looks Eerily Like Blood-Stained Walls at Benghazi Consulate

    09/20/2012 3:52:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 69 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-20-2012 | Jim Hoft
    Talk about poor timing… The Obama Campaign recently released their perfected version of the US flag. You can purchase your O-flag at the Obama Campaign website for $35.If the image looks familiar it could be because the red stripes resemble the bloody Benghazi hand prints. The bloodstained walls at the US consulate revealed that the US officials were dragged to their death by peaceful protestersterrorists. Grim scene: Bloodstains at the main gate believed to be from one of the American staff members of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Daily Mail)It’s hard to know what’s more offensive… That they desecrated...
  • White House Downplays Link Between Libya Attack, 9/11 Anniversary (but it happened on 9/11)

    09/20/2012 3:33:54 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/19/2012 | Fred Lucas
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday downplayed the fact that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya happened on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the U.S. Carney said the evidence points to an American-made, anti-Muslim film as the cause of the Benghazi attack, adding, “There are certainly groups that carry those weapons and look to take advantage of circumstances, as there are around the region and the world.” The attack in Benghazi left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
  • ABCWUA worker pressured to attend church ["Forced" Christianity on someone?]

    09/20/2012 3:22:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    KRQE-TV ^ | 9/17/12 | Celina Westervelt
    Bombarded with religious messages, claims he was pressured to go to church --an employee of Albuquerque's Water Utility Authority is the victor in a lawsuit with a hefty payout because of the actions of his boss... James Chavez says his supervisor, John Stomp forced Christianity on him over and over again making the workplace uncomfortable and nearly impossible for Chavez to receive a promotion. "He thought it was acceptable for him to impose his religious views on me," Chavez said. "He offered me a Bible that he inscribed, gave me frequent admonishments why I should accept God into my life....
  • Andrea Mitchell Inadvertently Admits Double Standard at MSNBC: Chuck Todd Remains Silent

    09/20/2012 3:19:26 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/19/2012 | By Jeffrey Meyer
    On Wednesday morning, Chuck Todd played the audio of Obama's speech from 1998 on his show The Daily Rundown, 4 hours before appearing on Andrea Mitchell Reports who refused to play the clip for "authenticity" reasons. It took less than 12 hours after it was published online at the website of leftist magazine Mother Jones for a video secretly recorded at a Mitt Romney fundraiser in May to appear all over NBC and MSNBC. The heavily-edited video, obtained by the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, has been a staple of MSNBC coverage the past two days.
  • White House Sees No Sign Libya Attack Premeditated (White House sticking to the lies)

    09/20/2012 3:06:04 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/18/2012 | ap
    The White House says it doesn't have any indication that last week's deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was premeditated. But White House spokesman Jay Carney says the matter still is under investigation and that assessment could change. Carney said that, so far, there is no evidence to back up claims that the attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were planned. He said the violent protest appears to have been sparked by an anti-Islam film made in the U.S.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - September 20, 2012

    09/20/2012 2:59:14 AM PDT · by sneakers · 31 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Ashland, OH) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • British soldier gives birth in Camp Bastion - unaware of being pregnant

    09/20/2012 2:22:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 20, 2012 | Hannah Furness
    The woman, a gunner in the Royal Artillery, had complained of stomach pains before medics informed her she was in labour. She gave birth to a son five weeks premature in Camp Bastion on Tuesday. Mother and baby are both said to be in a stable condition, with a specialist paediatric team from the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, preparing to travel to Afghanistan to assist them on the flight home. The Ministry of Defence last night confirmed it was against military policy for servicewomen to be deployed on operations while pregnant and said they had been unaware the servicewoman was...
  • Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder ‘lied to my face’ during House testimony

    09/20/2012 2:02:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 19, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing. Quayle said the Department of Justice’s inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing. “I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress — that’s just a blatant lie,” Quayle said in a phone interview. “I mean, he...
  • HISTORY of Mohammed ( spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc. )

    09/20/2012 1:20:13 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    The Choice for Christ Ministry ^ | Jan. 25, 2012 | William Federer
    If you want a detailed history of "Mohammed's History" (spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc.) then watch William Federer explain it, from Jan. 25, 2012 at CC Chino Hills, CA. It's a MUST WATCH for everyone,Christians, Athiests and even Muslims! This Video exposes the "Hidden Truths" and "Goals" behind Radical Islamic Muslims! - (EVEN WORSE);How Muslims "Justify" their "Actions" of Hatred & Evil -These hidden truths are "FACTS" and have not changed over the past 1,400 years! (#1) Immigrate into Foreign Lands (#2) Increase the Muslim Population (#3) Eliminate (kill) Everyone who Opposes Islam, Mohemmed and Allah! It's one...

    09/20/2012 12:34:33 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 19 Sep 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Only our totally unbiased watchdog media could turn the burning of U.S. embassies in countries where Barack Obama had recently supported mob revolts into Mitt Romney's blunder. Journalists couldn't risk having Obama's campaign slogan "Osama is dead" being amended with "and so is our ambassador." After our ambassador to Libya was murdered in a preplanned, coordinated attack on our embassy last week, preceded by an attack on our embassy in Egypt (and followed by attacks on our embassies in Yemen, Indonesia, Tunisia and Lebanon), Romney criticized the Obama administration for "sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt."...
  • Self-described child prostitute connects Jerry Sandusky to Poly Prep sex abuse scandal...

    09/20/2012 12:18:46 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 3 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/19/12 | Christian Red
    A Philadelphia man who claims to have been paid to have sex with former Poly Prep football coach Phil Foglietta in 1979 as part of an alleged pedophile ring that included Jerry Sandusky sent an email to several Poly Prep officials Monday - including current headmaster David Harman - detailing the explosive allegation. Greg Bucceroni, 48, was a teenager when he said he met Foglietta at a Second Mile fund-raiser near State College, Pa. The Second Mile organization, which helped at-risk youths, was founded in 1977 by Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who was convicted on 45 counts...
  • Maize cells produce enzyme-replacement drug: A genetic tweak keeps problematic plant sugars...

    09/19/2012 11:35:49 PM PDT · by neverdem
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 18 September 2012 | Monya Baker
    A genetic tweak keeps problematic plant sugars off therapeutic proteins. Growing crops is simpler and cheaper than culturing mammalian cells, which can harbour human pathogens and must be kept at precise temperatures and fed particular nutrients. But culturing mammalian cells is currently the only way to make some complex protein drugs. For example, the rare lysosomal storage disease mucopolysaccharidosis I is treated using enzyme-replacement therapy. The enzymes must be made in cells, and the high production costs mean that the drugs can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. So Allison Kermode, a plant biologist at Simon Fraser University...
  • US Warns Attack on Iran Would Cause Mass Arab Riots

    09/19/2012 11:10:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 73 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/9/12
    An Israeli source says that the US has warned that an attack on Iran by Israel may put an end to Israel's relations with its neighbors as well as the peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt, reported the Hebrew daily Yediot this morning. According to the source, the Americans explained that Egypt and Jordan may break off relations with Israel because the two countries' leaders need the support of the masses. "The leaders do not have control over their people, the street rules over them", said the source, and added that "an Israeli attack would bring the entire Islamic-Arab world...
  • 'Tantalizing' hints of room-temperature superconductivity Doped graphite may superconduct at...

    09/19/2012 11:06:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 18 September 2012 | Edwin Cartlidge
    Doped graphite may superconduct at more than 100 şC. Researchers in Germany have claimed a breakthrough: a material that can act as a superconductor — transmit electricity with zero resistance — at room temperature and above. Superconductors offer huge potential energy savings, but until now have worked only at temperatures of lower than about -110 °C. Now, Pablo Esquinazi and his colleagues at the University of Leipzig report that flakes of humble graphite soaked in water seem to continue superconducting at temperatures of greater than 100 °C1. Even Esquinazi admits that the claim “sounds like science fiction”, but the work...
  • Senator Rand Paul's Election Projection

    09/19/2012 11:02:27 PM PDT · by profit_guy · 2 replies
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | September 19, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Rand Paul: You know, I think I’m in the minority here, but I think the election is over. I think that Romney has already won. The people really are tired of the debt, they’re tired of irresponsible leadership. I think they’re tired of having 23 million people out of work. So I think you’ll find, and this is my prediction, and of course, I could be wrong. I am fallible. But you remember when Reagan just pulled away from Carter at the end? I think that’s what we’re going to see, is people coalesce and find that the country’s just...
  • Senator Rand Paul's Election Projection

    09/19/2012 11:02:36 PM PDT · by profit_guy · 9 replies
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | September 19, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Rand Paul: You know, I think I’m in the minority here, but I think the election is over. I think that Romney has already won. The people really are tired of the debt, they’re tired of irresponsible leadership. I think they’re tired of having 23 million people out of work. So I think you’ll find, and this is my prediction, and of course, I could be wrong. I am fallible. But you remember when Reagan just pulled away from Carter at the end? I think that’s what we’re going to see, is people coalesce and find that the country’s just...
  • New Humana program rewards purchase of healthy groceries

    09/19/2012 10:25:34 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/12 | Sarah Kliff
    As one of the country’s largest health-insurance companies, Humana regularly has a say in where its members seek care. Now it wants sway over what groceries they buy. Humana announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart on Wednesday that will give the more than 1 million members of its wellness program, HumanaVitality, a 5 percent discount on healthy groceries. The program, which will launch Oct. 15, is meant to steer customers toward healthier food choices and potentially push down health-care costs — while driving people into Wal-Mart stores. The unusual partnership between a major insurer and major retailer speaks to insurers’...
  • Michelle Obama, Praising Husband, Urges Young People In N.C. To Vote ["Compassion For All"]

    09/19/2012 10:21:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 19, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe
    Michelle Obama, Praising Husband, Urges Young People In N.C. To Vote Andrew Rafferty GREENVILLE, N.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama continued to embrace her role as President Barack Obama's chief character witness on Wednesday, telling thousands of young North Carolinians that her husband is an inclusive leader with compassion for all Americans. "As president, you have to be driven by the struggles, hopes and dreams of all the people you serve," Michelle Obama told the 3,100 gathered at a rally in Durham, emphasizing the word "all." "As president, you truly need a strong inner compass, you know, a core commitment...
  • Secret retirement plans: Does Obama expect to lose?

    09/19/2012 10:10:33 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 48 replies
    WND Politics ^ | 9-19-2012 | Jerome R. Cors
    Insider reveals internal polls, luxury Hawaii estate ready for January. Are Obama insiders secretly making retirement plans for the Obamas with the expectation the president will lose his bid for re-election in November? Very quietly, Obama’s chief financier, Penny Pritzker, has entered the Hawaii housing market to buy a retirement home for the president and his family that will be available not in 2016, but in January 2013, according to a confidential source within Pritzker’s Chicago organization Pritzker, a wealthy Chicago business executive and heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, served as national finance chairman for Obama’s 2008 campaign and...
  • Checks stolen from Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago

    09/19/2012 9:54:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 30 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 9-19-12 | Stefano Esposito
    Updated: September 19, 2012 11:47PM Three checks sent out from President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago have been stolen — a total of $50,000, according to a TV news report — and police are investigating. “Three checks we sent to vendors made it into the wrong hands, and after learning of this, we notified the police,” said Obama’s Midwest press secretary, Ben Finkenbinder in a written statement. “We’re pleased that they’re dealing with the issue swiftly, and don’t expect this to have any impact upon the campaign.” The Obama campaign would not confirm the total amount of the checks...
  • Mitt Romney's Sparse Campaign Schedule Worries Some Republicans

    09/19/2012 9:49:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 71 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 19, 2012 | Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg
    Mitt Romney's Sparse Campaign Schedule Worries Some Republicans Mitt Romney has been holding fewer public campaign events than John McCain did in 2008. He has spent a lot of time fundraising away from key swing states. By Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg September 19, 2012 When the political conventions ended in 2008, GOP candidate John McCain bounded around the country like a jack rabbit. In three days, he went from Wisconsin to Michigan to Colorado to New Mexico to Missouri, with multiple campaign appearances in some of those states. Mitt Romney's schedule this year has presented quite a contrast. In...
  • Michael Ward II, Navy Sub Commander, Faked Death To End Affair With Mistress

    09/19/2012 9:35:19 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 22 replies
    AOL ^ | 9-19-12
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Navy officer who was dismissed last month as commander of a Connecticut-based nuclear submarine faked his own death to end an affair he was carrying on with a mistress, investigation documents show. Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was relieved of his duties aboard the USS Pittsburgh a week after taking command of the attack submarine. Investigators found that Ward sent his mistress an email from a fictitious person named "Bob" in July, saying that Ward had died unexpectedly, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act...
  • First lady of tax fraud arrested in raid (Tampa,FL)

    09/19/2012 9:27:45 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    FOX 13 News - Tampa FL ^ | 9/19/12 | Kristin Wright
    Law enforcement agents raided a house Wednesday and got a big break in their effort to stop a tax fraud epidemic, arresting people they say have been pioneers in creating and executing tax return fraud on a massive scale in the Tampa Bay area. The house is in the 10000 block of Dunscore Cottage Way in Wimauma. It's where authorities say they found a woman known on the street as the "first lady of tax fraud." She is 26-year-old Rashia Wilson, and investigators say she is considered an organizer and recruiter in many of the tax refund schemes that have...
  • In Tight Race, Obama Wields All Levers of Power in Reach [Parceling Benefits To Key Blocs]

    09/19/2012 9:25:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2012 | PETER BAKER and ERIC LIPTON
    In Tight Race, Obama Wields All Levers of Power in Reach PETER BAKER and ERIC LIPTON September 19, 2012 WASHINGTON — For months, government lawyers and economists worked behind the scenes to develop a trade case against China. Then last month came a eureka moment: They confirmed the existence of a Chinese subsidy program for automobiles and parts that in their view violated international trade rules. They finished a complaint, circulated it among agencies and proposed a time frame for filing. That’s when President Obama’s political team took over, providing a textbook example of how an incumbent can harness the...
  • Second person in Vermont dies of fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes

    09/19/2012 9:13:28 PM PDT · by nicmarlo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012 September 19 | AP
    A second Vermonter has died from the eastern equine encephalitis, a rare and potentially fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes, Health Department officials confirmed on Tuesday. Scott Sgorbati, 49, of Sudbury, died within the last few days after fighting the virus for several weeks. Two weeks ago, Richard Hollis Breen, 87, of Brandon died of EEE, after being sick with the disease for five days. Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen on Tuesday offered condolences to the families of both men and reminded Vermonters that EEE is a very rare virus. On average there are only six cases a year...
  • Freep This Poll: Who do you think will win the Presidential election?

    09/19/2012 9:02:04 PM PDT · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 37 replies
    Poll question: Who do you think will win the Presidential election?
  • Pew: Obama 51, Romney 43

    09/19/2012 8:57:43 PM PDT · by Qbert · 135 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/19/12 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    The Pew Research Center gives Obama his biggest lead of the week, finding that he "holds a bigger September lead than the last three candidates who went on to win in November": With the exception of jobs and the deficit, on which voter opinion is about evenly divided, Obama leads Romney on most key issues, notably healthcare, Medicare, and abortion. And the survey, conducted amid an outbreak of violence in the Middle East and shortly after the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, shows that Obama has a wide edge when it comes to foreign affairs and national security....