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  • Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered’ for being members of Ukip

    11/24/2012 3:23:34 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 55 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10:00PM GMT 23 Nov 2012 | By Sam Marsden
    A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies. The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers. Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”. The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30...
  • Spain fears break-up as Catalonia votes - "We're sick of being robbed...."

    11/24/2012 2:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DNA - Daily News Analysis ^ | November 24, 2012 | Fiona Govan | The Daily Telegraph
    In Madrid, the central government of Mariano Rajoy has pledged to fight any move towards independence. There are fears that fellow separatists in the Basque region and even Galicia will follow suit, provoking a constitutional crisis. One association of retired and active members of the military even warned that war should be declared on Catalonia if the region broke away and others have suggested Mas [ Artur Mas, the incumbent regional president and leader of the centre-Right Convergence and Union Party (CIU)] should be tried for treason. Something is missing at the top of the flagpole outside the town hall...
  • Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters

    11/23/2012 10:50:52 PM PST · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    Shoppers surged into an Urban Outfitters store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after midnight Friday and smashed a tall glass door, injuring about five people, authorities said. Paramedics treated a few shoppers for minor cuts but no one was transported to the hospital by ambulance, said Sgt. Marty Fine of the Santa Monica Police Department. "It was just too many people, too fast," Fine said.
  • Republican Super Pac Aims To Win Over Hispanics With Immigration Reform {STOP All Immigration!]

    11/23/2012 10:41:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 23, 2012 | Ed Pilkington
    Republican Super Pac Aims To Win Over Hispanics With Immigration Reform After Obama won 71% of the bloc, GOP campaigner Carlos Gutierrez turns to convincing party to embrace a shift in tone Ed Pilkington in New York 22 November 2012 The head of Mitt Romney's campaign to attract Latino voters during the presidential election has warned fellow Republicans that unless they embrace immigration reform they are in danger of destroying the party's reputation as the guardian of economic freedom and prosperity. Carlos Gutierrez, former commerce secretary under George Bush and the man who spearheaded of Romney's outreach to the Hispanic...
  • Man accused of leaving 2-year-old to buy 51-inch TV

    11/23/2012 10:34:00 PM PST · by Arthurio · 37 replies
    There is nothing wrong with Black Friday. Save for the fact that it seems to bring out behaviors that may well have perplexed Neanderthals. One example might be that of a man who pulled a gun on a line-cutter at a Sears in San Antonio, Texas. Another might be the following joyous, spirit-lifting tale from Springfield, Mass. According to police, 34-year-old Anthony Perry was very much excited by a 51-inch TV at his local K-Mart. He allegedly drove to the mall at around 1:30 a.m., his girlfriend's 2-year-old in tow. As WWLP News tells it, the police claim Perry then...
  • Workers protest Walmart on Black Friday

    11/23/2012 9:48:25 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    WFTV ^ | 11-23-2012 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A group of Walmart workers spent Black Friday protesting at several Central Florida Walmart stores. They were demonstrating against what they call unfair working conditions. Alex Rivera, a former Walmart employee, said he lost his job a couple months ago after trying to get some of his workers to join in a walk-out on Black Friday. "Only because I was speaking out about their wages and the way they were treating their employees, they were retaliating against me and after that they fired me," said Rivera.
  • Land O'Lakes woman arrested during Black Friday

    11/23/2012 9:24:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 43 replies
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- A Land O' Lakes woman's holiday weekend got off to a rough start. According to officials, Samantha Chavez, 28, was arrested at a Walmart in Altamonte Springs. Police said the Land O'Lakes resident was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers said Chavez was seen approaching the crowded checkout lines. She attempted to bypass the long lines and walk past the officer controlling the lines. Chavez said she was trying to find her sister-in-law and explained what happened a different way. "I came back and the lines kind of moved and I couldn’t find her. Her cellphone...
  • Dave Roberts Brings Diversity To The San Diego County Supervisors [Gay Married Father of 5!]

    11/23/2012 9:21:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Dave Roberts Brings Diversity To The San Diego County Supervisors He is the first Democrat on the board in more than two decades. He's also the first new supervisor in 18 years. And he's a gay, married father of five. Newly elected San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, right, and his spouse, Wally Oliver, center, with their five children, from left: Alex Oliver, 12, Robert Roberts, 17, Natalee Roberts, 4, Joe Roberts, 5, and Julian Oliver, 8, at Del Mar City Beach. By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times November 23, 2012 DEL MAR — In January, when he joins the...
  • Prince of Wales: It is an 'act of suicide' to ignore green issues (British Algore)

    11/23/2012 9:16:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/23/12 | Hannah Furness
    Prince of Wales: It is an 'act of suicide' to ignore green issuesBy Hannah Furness 7:25AM GMT 23 Nov 2012 The Prince of Wales warned the current generation is “heading to the terrifying point of no return” when it comes to green issues, with humanity and the Earth soon to suffer some “very grim consequences”. Saying he had been vindicated by science after being labelled a “crank" for his views years ago, he warned the human race was “pushing nature beyond her limits”. “If we go on as we are the impact of these scarcities and declines on human societies...
  • Gov't Tells Americans What to Discuss at Holiday Dinner

    11/23/2012 9:04:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies ^ | November 22, 2012 | Susan Jones
    ( - The Thanksgiving holiday comes with a series of advisories and admonitions from your favorite Uncle Sam: The Transportation Department wants you to "buckle up and slow down," especially on Sunday; the Food and Drug Administration wants you to store your medications safely when traveling; the surgeon-general wants you to "create a family health portrait" when you sit down to your turkey dinner with relatives; and the U.S. Agriculture Department wants you to "sample local businesses" when you start your holiday shopping. Aside from the by-now-familiar tips on safe food handling and turkey cooking times (found at the

    11/23/2012 8:38:07 PM PST · by carlo3b · 65 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/23/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    WHEREÂ’S GOD...? Have you ever wondered where in the world is GOD, when we are witnessing unspeakable horrors throughout the world each and every hour of each and every day? Forget listening to the news, local, national, or heaven forbid international news, there isnÂ’t a momentÂ’s peace in the world if we accept what we are told... Heck, we canÂ’t even turn on the TV, log on to the computer, or flip on the radio at the top of any hour of the day or night, without being reminded of the suffering of our fellow humans, not just in countries...
  • State Dept Official Attends OIC Meeting on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website

    11/23/2012 8:25:47 PM PST · by thouworm · 30 replies
    PJMedia ^ | Nov 18, 2012 | Patrick Poole
    State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website, Screenshot Added, Cover-Up Begins byPatrick PooleBio November 18, 2012 - 11:18 pm UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. Earlier this morning before I posted this item the OIC press release noted that U.S. Consul General in Jeddah Anne Casper would be attending the OIC’s meeting: The Session will be attended by Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the OIC Secretary General. It will be chaired by Ambassador Ahmad Taib , Director General of the Branch of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Makkah Al-Mukarrammah region. It will...
  • TSA offers holiday travel guidelines: No gravy in carry-ons

    11/23/2012 8:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/22/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    TSA offers holiday travel guidelines: No gravy in carry-onsBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/22/12 04:21 PM ET Holiday travelers cannot bring certain Thanksgiving food favorites on planes, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines that ban the carrying of food items ranging from cranberry sauce to gravy. In a post Thursday on the TSA's blog, agency blogger Bob Burns warns holiday travelers to pack liquids, including "gravy, jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer," in their checked bags. "Eggnog can be an alternate to fuel depending on who’s mixing it. Sometimes there’s a fine line...
  • Obama hits the links for post-Thanksgiving golf

    11/23/2012 7:51:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Sheldon Alberts
    Obama hits the links for post-Thanksgiving golfBy Sheldon Alberts - 11/23/12 11:44 AM ET President Obama hit the links for some post-Thanksgiving exercise on Friday morning, taking advantage of an unusually mild late November day in the Washington area. Obama played his round at Joint Base Andrews with White House assistant Eugene Kang, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson — the president's most frequent golfing partner — and Nicholson's brother, Walter. Obama is an avid golfer — he played his 100th round as president in June — but played less frequently during the stretch run of the election campaign. The...
  • Asian Americans Turn Democratic [73% Voted Obama: End H1B Visas & Chain Migration]

    11/23/2012 7:39:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 67 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan
    Asian Americans Turn Democratic Their support for President Obama on Nov. 6 caught many political pundits by surprise. By Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan November 23, 2012 As the dust settles on the presidential election, there seems to be a new theory daily as to why Mitt Romney lost and what it signals for the future of the Republican Party. Common to nearly all the speculation are the partisan implications of demographic change. The United States is shifting gradually toward a majority-minority electorate, with ever-growing numbers of Latino and Asian American voters. Notably, these groups are increasingly voting as Democrats....
  • Occupy 2.0 : Destroy U.S. Economy with Lawlessness

    11/23/2012 7:20:52 PM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Where is the Occupy Wall Street movement headed? It’s not back to long term camping in the parks. Their explicit goal for the next step of the movement is the destruction of the United States financial system. Anyone doubting this isn’t listening, because not only have leading leftist thinkers like Francis Fox Piven laid out this strategy, but the Occupy Wall Street movement has even written the instruction manual. First, the theory. In the last section of the Stephen K. Bannon film Occupy Unmasked, viewers are warned that the Occupy movement is just beginning. One of the left’s most revered...
  • Extreme couponer claims attack by store manager

    11/23/2012 7:14:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies ^ | 11-22-12 | Michael Clark
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC-TV) - An extreme couponer claims she was attacked at a dollar store when she said the manager refused to honor her coupons. The entire ordeal was caught on camera. The sign at the store states coupons are accepted at Dollar Tree but a shopper is now nursing a busted lip and popped blood vessels in her eye after she says the manager refused to deal with her "wad of coupons". She said she was attacked while leaving the store. Missy Monzo-Marte says she was shopping at the Dollar Tree in Germantown with a friend, both of...
  • Report: White House considering corporate donors for inauguration (Walmart?)

    11/23/2012 7:13:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Report: White House considering corporate donors for inaugurationBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/23/12 09:47 AM ET President Obama is considering allowing corporate donors to help fund his inauguration in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports. Such a move would be a reversal of Obama's 2009 ban on such donations, which was then meant as a symbolic gesture. In 2009, the president raised over $50 million from donors, sans any contributions from corporate donors, to fund his inauguration. But he did not pursue corporate donors, "a gesture meant to show that well-heeled interests wouldn't have undue influence in his administration," according to...
  • New “fiscal cliff” compromise idea: Let’s raise taxes on the rich without raising their tax rates

    11/23/2012 7:08:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/2012 | AllahPundit
    I don't understand why either side would want to do this. Actually, wait, that's not true: I kind of understand why Democrats would want to do it. If it happens, it'll be a heavy bludgeon to use against Republicans in the next election cycle. One possible change would tax the entire salary earned by those making more than a certain level — $400,000 or so — at the top rate of 35 percent rather than allowing them to pay lower rates before they reach the target, as is the standard formula. That plan would allow Republicans to say they did...
  • Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More [Marriage Sodomy Constitutionalized!]

    11/23/2012 6:31:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More By Cheryl Wetzstein November 22, 2012 Bolstered by their recent wins at the ballot box, gay-marriage activists say they are looking to build on their newfound momentum at the ballot box and in the courtroom. Having broken a long losing string at the polls Nov. 6, gay marriage backers already have targeted several states for statewide voting drives, even as they await an imminent announcement from the Supreme Court that could reignite the battle over same-sex marriage in California. Among the states being primed for marriage battles are New Jersey, one of just two...