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  • Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owl

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • HAWKINS: Republican Party must remain for life, against abortion

    11/22/2012 8:33:27 AM PST · by rhema · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | Kristan Hawkins
    Not surprisingly, in the immediate aftermath of President Obama's win over Mitt Romney last week, many Republicans bared their fangs at the social-conservative wing of the party, either subtly or not so subtly, blaming the loss on those who vote our values. Now, more than ever, our party needs to hold onto our pro-life, pro-human-rights values. In fact, the Republican Party should become more fiercely aligned to the pro-life position than ever. [ . . . ] We believe ending legal abortion in our lifetime is possible, and we hold the great abolitionists of the past, such as William Wilberforce,...
  • Teenage Girl's Attacker Caught On CCTV (Shocking video)

    11/22/2012 8:23:52 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 43 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:33am UK, Wednesday 21 November 2012 | Sky News
    Video of a 16-year-old girl being knocked unconscious in an unprovoked street attack has been released by police. CCTV footage shows the assailant approach the victim from behind before punching her so hard she falls over, hitting the pavement face-first. Police are appealing for information after the teenager was followed from her home by her attacker, who struck without warning outside the Black Lion pub in Plaistow High Street, east London. Scotland Yard described the suspect as black and muscular, wearing a black baseball jacket and jeans, with a shaven head and aged between 25 and 30.
  • Walmart Workers Protest Over Compensation At Oakland Store [Hostess Twinkie Them!]

    11/22/2012 8:08:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 208 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | November 21, 2012
    About 20 people gathered in front of the Oakland Walmart store on Edgewater Drive Wednesday to demand better pay and work schedules. Richmond Walmart store employee Anthony Bravo joined fellow demonstrators and said the company starts associates at minimum wage, but reported $15 billion in profits last year. “We didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see none of that. It really makes me upset that they can make all of this money out of profits and we’re barely surviving,” Bravo said. With the chant of “Walmart, Walmart you’re no good. Treat your workers like you should,” Bravo and the others marched...
  • The Pilgrims Weren't Socialists

    11/22/2012 7:56:33 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 November 2008 | Andrew Lane
    The Pilgrims Weren't Socialists The New American 26 November 2008 When next you sing the Hymn of Harvest Home, think kindly of our Pilgrim Fathers, for they were not "communists with a small c" nor any other kind of communists, Some conservative editors and commentators in recent years have given the impression that the Pilgrims were starry-eyed idealists intent upon founding a socialist utopia in the wilderness. One such editor, zealous to refute socialism, has written: "Socialism is not a new experiment in the United States. Neither is Communism. The Socialist community was tried by the Pilgrims in New England...
  • Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time

    11/22/2012 6:44:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | Dan Carden
    Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time 18 hours ago • Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier income tax payers each will receive $111 next year as Indiana returns a portion of its $2.15 billion budget reserve to its citizens. Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday announced the value of the taxpayer refund created by lawmakers in 2011 to ensure the state's reserve funds never get too big. Under the law, a refund is automatically triggered when the reserve tops 10 percent of the next year's budgeted spending. "Better that these dollars remain in the pockets of the...
  • Supermarket boss shoots employee (Portugal)

    11/22/2012 6:37:21 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies
    Algarvedailynews.com ^ | 13 September 2012
    The manager of a Faro-based supermarket chain today shot an employee, wounding him in the arm. The incident occurred about 05.00a.m. at a warehouse in Galvanas that services the ‘Algartalhos’ supermarket chain. It is thought that the employee was caught with an accomplice stealing stock. The manager saw two employees, and, in breach of disciplinary procedures, fired at one of them, winging him. The victim was transported to hospital in Faro, the entrepreneur has gone missing and is being sought by the Judicial Police.
  • Detroit to go bankrupt in less than a month [Heckuva job with that bailout, Barry]

    11/22/2012 6:32:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 22, 2012
    The city of Detroit, facing a serious cash crisis, is set to go bankrupt by the end of this year and would put city workers on furlough unless it strikes a deal with the city council that would bring in $30 million before Dec. 14. Detroit has been in financial turmoil for years, losing a quarter of its population in the past decade and facing a shrinking auto industry that has reduced tax revenues. The Detroit City Council gave the mayor the option to hire a financial advisor and in return receive $30 million by the end of the year....
  • Congressional Pension May Still Await Jesse Jackson Jr. (after prison)

    11/22/2012 6:30:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/21/12 | Billy House
    Congressional Pension May Still Await Jesse Jackson Jr.By Billy House November 21, 2012 | 5:00 p.m. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., may be resigning from Congress under a cloud, but the Illinois Democrat may still be in line to draw a congressional pension. That is, unless the 47-year-old lawmaker later agrees to forfeit his retirement benefits through any plea negotiations that might come out of the federal investigation he acknowledged is ongoing. On Wednesday afternoon, the best estimates through quick calculations by the Alexandria, Va.-based National Taxpayers Union determined Jackson could have an annual pension of about $45,000 if he waits...
  • ATF notice on disability information collection highlights absurd injustice

    11/22/2012 5:04:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posted two 60-day notices in the Federal Register today, the first under the heading “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comments Requested: Relief of Disabilities,” and the second under “Certification of Qualifying State Relief From Disabilities Program.” Citing that the information requests will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, the notice advises interested parties that “Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ‘sixty days’’ until January 22, 2013.” The first notice is an “[e]xtension of a currently approved collection” on “Relief of Disabilities.” The “need” cited for the...
  • Bizarro World logic vs. Israel

    11/22/2012 4:52:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/22/2012 | MICHAEL GOODWIN
    A cartoon image comes to mind. A mother breaks up a fight between two children, one of whom offers this defense: “It started when he hit me back.” Remember that mentality when you hear Palestinians call Israel “the aggressor.” Hamas fired hundreds, perhaps 1,000 missiles into Israel from Gaza. They hit schools, apartment buildings, streets and vacant lots. The aim was to kill and, if not to kill, at least to terrorize. Mission accomplished. Finally, Israel responded, first by “droning” the Hamas military leader, then by airstrikes against the terror group’s ammunition dumps and rocket launchers, some intentionally placed near...
  • Man shoots and kills charging dog in Charlotte County(FL)

    11/22/2012 4:50:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 150 replies
    fox4now.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Staff
    GULF COVE, Fla. - A man out on a walk Tuesday morning came face to face with two charging dogs in Gulf Coast. He shot and killed one of the dogs. A witness told deputies he saw the entire incident in the area of Gillot Boulevard and Holton Terrace. Deputies met with Frank Gross, 63, who lives several blocks away on Flemming Street. He advised he was out for his usual five-mile walk along the same route he takes every day. He said two large Boxer dogs were let out of the home at 5403 Holton Terrace and were not...
  • Police: Armed intruder shot and killed at Portage Avenue home in Cleveland(OH)

    11/22/2012 4:44:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Shay Harris
    CLEVELAND - Third District Police say a male was sleeping on his couch when he heard someone kick open a door. The resident ran and grabbed a gun. The suspect kicked open a second door to the home and that's when the resident fatally shot the male suspect. Cleveland Police arrived at the scene and located the alleged intruder dead in the driveway. Cleveland's Third District Police Department Captain Romoga said the suspect was armed with a knife. "The home has two doors in this location he heard the suspect kicking in the front door made entry into the first...
  • Retired Marine Shoots Home Intruder During Break-In (OK)

    11/22/2012 4:22:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    guns.com ^ | 14 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    If you’re a thief, there are a couple of warning signs that you should watch out for. A dog bowl and a leash in the front yard would tip you off that you’re probably going to get bitten. A sign that reads, “Trespassers will be shot!” is pretty self-explanatory. The home of 77-year-old Lloyd McCarty is similarly filled with warning signs. He flies an American flag on the front porch, he has a U.S. Marine Corps patch tacked to the wall, and he also keeps a framed picture of himself in his glory day as a Marine. If the home...
  • Twinkies bakers say they'd rather lose jobs than take pay cuts

    11/22/2012 4:15:23 AM PST · by tobyhill · 155 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/22/2012 | By Carey Gillam and Martinne Geller
    After several years of costly concessions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) authorized a walk-out earlier this month after Hostess received bankruptcy court approval to implement a wage cut that was not included in its contract. With operations stalled, the company that makes Twinkies and other famous U.S. brands said last week that liquidating its business was the best way to preserve its dwindling cash. It won court approval on Wednesday to start winding down in a process expected to claim 15,000 jobs immediately and over 3,000 more after about four months. Interviews with more than a...
  • (Ehud) Barak: Hamas has Learned its Lesson for now

    11/22/2012 12:56:39 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12
    DM Ehud Barak told Israel Army Radio that the 1,500 targets hit by the IAF have made it clear to Hamas that any violation of the ceasefire will extract a price not worth paying. Reservist call-up was necessary. We had to be ready for an escalation that would justify a ground incursion. ....
  • Drunk Home Intruder Raids Fridge, Gets Shot(WV)

    11/22/2012 12:33:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    guns.com ^ | Nov 19, 2012 | dabneybailey
    When you hear a bump in the middle of the night, the first thing that comes to mind is a guy in a ski mask nabbing your flatscreen TV. The last thing you think of is some dude in his underwear raiding your fridge. According to reports, 76-year-old Jack Boggess in Charleston, West Virgina awoke at around 3:30 a.m. to a sound in his house. He immediately phoned 911, and then went to investigate with his gun in tow. That’s where the homeowner found Darin Lanning in nothing more than a T-shirt and his underwear eating food out of the...
  • Florida Homeowner Forced to Shoot Attacker After Friend is 'Shocked' with Stun Gun, Beaten

    11/22/2012 12:28:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    guns.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Holly Hill, Florida homeowner was forced to open fire when two men attacked his friend and proceeded to enter the house in an attempted robbery Saturday around 10 p.m. The incident left one of the two men dead and the other on the run. According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Kenneth Conley, 53, was eating supper on the front porch of his friend 62-year-old Jerry Stremovihtg's house when two men approached Conley, shocked him with a stun gun and then started beating him with brass knuckles. Police said that they aren't sure what the motive was for the...
  • Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis

    11/21/2012 11:41:34 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 11/18/12 | Marla Paul
    New nanotechnology can be used for Type 1 diabetes, food allergies and asthma New nanoparticle tricks and resets immune system in mice with MSFirst MS approach that doesn't suppress immune systemClinical trial for MS patients shows why nanoparticle is best optionNanoparticle now being tested in Type 1 diabetes and asthma CHICAGO --- In a breakthrough for nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis, a biodegradable nanoparticle turns out to be the perfect vehicle to stealthily deliver an antigen that tricks the immune system into stopping its attack on myelin and halt a model of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according...
  • West Concedes In Tight Congressional Race After Recount [A Cruel Result!]

    11/21/2012 10:54:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | November 21, 2012
    West Concedes In Tight Congressional Race After Recount (CNN) - Two weeks after Election Day, Rep. Allen West, R-Florida, conceded Tuesday to Democrat Patrick Murphy following a bitter campaign that resulted in a recount and legal action in Florida's 18th Congressional District. The first-term congressman made his announcement the same day the unofficial results are to be certified by Florida's secretary of state. West had vowed he would not give up until the results, which consistently showed Murphy with a narrow lead, had become certified. "Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask...