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  • Putting Themselves to Sleep

    11/24/2012 11:24:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 November 2012 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge Image Self-medicated. A new study suggests that some people suffer from excessive sleepiness due to a naturally occurring compound that acts like a sedative. Credit: Digital Vision/Thinkstock Hitting the wall in the middle of a busy work day is nothing unusual, and a caffeine jolt is all it takes to snap most of us back into action. But people with certain sleep disorders battle a powerful urge to doze throughout the day, even after sleeping 10 hours or more at night. For them, caffeine doesn't touch the problem, and more potent prescription stimulants aren't much better. Now, a...
  • Israel Pushing Ahead with Next Anti-Missile System

    11/24/2012 10:44:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/12 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the great success of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was able to intercept many of the rockets fired from Gaza at populated areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel is now pushing ahead with the development of Magic Wand, which is supposed to be able to intercept short-range and medium-range rockets. According to a report in the Boston Globe on Saturday, Israel will test the system in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, the report said, is being developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in cooperation with the American company...
  • Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

    11/24/2012 10:21:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/24/12 | Tyler Durden
    For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial "national interest" role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that...
  • China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier

    11/24/2012 8:54:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2012-11-25
    China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said. A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise. After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said. Since the carrier...
  • Jaws ’12

    11/24/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become a metaphor for the beginning of such a...
  • Walmart workers laud their wage protest as success

    11/24/2012 8:27:40 PM PST · by Arthurio · 30 replies
    SECAUCUS, New Jersey - Walmart workers hailed their wage protest Saturday, saying their walkout on ‘Black Friday’ had shown the world’s largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds. Hundreds of protesters targeted Walmart stores across the United States on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, accusing the bargain superstore of ripping off its own employees. The protests were designed to disrupt the Black Friday shopping frenzy, after Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, when deep discounts pull in waves of customers. “Today’s protests at Walmart stores across the country are a reminder of the enormous power of working people...
  • Getting paid to sit on the couch (Illinois state so-called workers)

    11/24/2012 8:06:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Getting paid to sit on the couchWhat a waste of tax money November 24, 2012 Tribune reporters Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards recently exposed one of those head-scratching how-Illinois-works stories that will drive you crazy. This state is perpetually broke, yet it allows government employees to get paid for doing no work. Between 2007 and September of this year, 2,033 state workers were placed on paid leave at various times, at a cost of more than $23 million. Employees placed on paid administrative leave are typically being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. Maybe an employee has been accused of stealing,...
  • Obama’s energy chairman paints rifles a ‘terrorist threat’ for Bloomberg group

    11/24/2012 7:07:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/24/12 | David Codrea
    Rifles, even .22 caliber models many young people receive as their first gun, are “among the greatest threats to the reliability of the nation’s power system,” U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff claimed at a Tuesday Bloomberg Government Breakfast, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Citing “inadequately protected” transformers as easy targets, Wellinghoff told the group that terrorists in "coordinated" actions committed to destroying them “could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out.” His proposed solution, a “couple hundred bucks” of “metal sheeting to block the view of transformers” hardly seems comprehensive, realistic,...
  • Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendously (too much toil)

    11/24/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendouslyAssociated Press 3:54 p.m. CST, November 24, 2012 **SNIP** After Saturday's service, Davis and Rush said they have not seen Jackson and don't know where he is. But they said they understand why he has not yet spoken publicly about his resignation. "He can't take the pressure," Rush said. Rush said when he and Davis visited with Jackson a few weeks ago, the 47-year-old son of a civil rights icon broke down in tears several times. They said they don't want others to see him that way. "He's suffering under a tremendous, tremendous toil," Rush said....
  • Shipping Containers to Become Condos in Detroit

    11/24/2012 6:28:34 PM PST · by haffast · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | By Karin Halperin
    The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year. Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children's toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters. But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That's when architects and designers, especially those with a "green" bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists'...
  • Question for Automotive/Engineering Wizards. Car Computers

    11/24/2012 6:24:43 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 31 replies
    11.24.12 | Chickensoup
    So, I am looking at a new car. Perhaps the VW diesel. I drive the car and find that I am staring at computer screens. The car must have a full pc under the hood. I am told now that most do. And I understand that for some reason beyond my understanding the cars now have wifi. When I purchase a computer I get in there and disable, uninstall and delete items I don’t use like games…extra os and tools I won’t use. So how do I turn off the garbage that is extra on a new car? Like Wifi?...
  • Prince Charles: 'I'm running out of time'

    11/24/2012 6:23:31 PM PST · by george76 · 82 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Roya Nikkhah
    In a series of remarkably candid comments, Prince Charles hinted that he feared his legacy as king would be cut short. During a visit to Dumfries House, the stately home in East Ayrshire which the Prince helped save for the nation, he joked about his reputation for pursuing projects with notorious vigour but made a poignant reference to his mortality. He said: “Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am.” He added: “I’ll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.” The comments, which were recorded for a film on...
  • Photo: Romney's laid-back Thanksgiving

    11/24/2012 6:22:59 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    CNN) - Casting aside his typical campaign attire of suits or shirts with rolled up sleeves and well-coiffed hair, a photo appeared on Mitt Romney's Facebook Friday with the 2012 GOP nominee donning a t-shirt and hugging his wife, Ann, in the kitchen. "Hope everyone had a great Thanskgiving! Much to be thankful for this year," the caption read.
  • Black voters look to leverage their loyalty

    11/24/2012 5:12:17 PM PST · by haffast · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That encouraged those leaders to try to leverage more attention from both Obama and Congress. Although they waver over how much to demand from the president — particularly in light of defeated GOP challenger Mitt Romney's assertion that Obama gave "gifts" to minorities in exchange for their votes — they are delivering postelection wish lists to the president anyway. snip Blacks made up 13...
  • Chicago Man Faces Life for Hacking Private Intelligence Company

    11/24/2012 5:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 03:49 PM | Stephen Feller
    A computer hacker connected to the group Anonymous could face life in prison for stealing credit card, email, and other personal information from a private intelligence company, and posting it on the Internet. The compromised information already has cost the company, Strategic Forecasters, several million dollars in a class-action lawsuit with its customers, one of which is the judge overseeing the criminal case against alleged hacker Jeremy Hammond’s, reported RT.com. Hammond, a member of LulzSec, an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, is accused of breaking into Strategic Forecasters’ servers and collecting thousands of emails, credit card numbers and pieces...
  • NASA Not Sharing a "Historic" Find On Mars.... yet

    11/24/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 80 replies
    C-Net ^ | Novembe 21 ,2012 | Eric Mack
    Data that NASA's discovery wee a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. NASA's not sharing a 'historic' find on Mars... yet Data from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. SAM, a mobile sample analysis lab, is currently mounted on Curiosity and finding interesting stuff in Martian soil. It seems NASA and the Curiosity rover have found something exciting and nerd-tastic on Mars, but the space agency's scientists are holding back for now, despite how painful...
  • 9 More Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Joining Congress

    11/24/2012 4:56:27 PM PST · by haffast · 11 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | 11/24/2012 | ABC OTUS News
    As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. snip Veterans' groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep...
  • How to rebuild America (Rahm tells us how American can become Chicago)

    11/24/2012 4:55:24 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/24/2012 | Rahm Emanuel
    Too much post-election analysis has focused on voter demographics and campaign mechanics, leaving Democrats in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from our electoral success. Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas. But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily, or to...
  • HORN LAKE, MS SOLDIER INJURED ( BAD) & 0 & military REFUSE to pay for the full transportation home.

    11/24/2012 4:55:00 PM PST · by GailA · 26 replies
    Horn Lake soldier injured 2012 Horn Lake High School graduate, Army Pvt. Taylor Odom, who currently awaits transfer from a hospital in Colorado home after a tragic incident. Training accident leaves 2012 Horn Lake High School graduate in critical condition in Colorado Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:10 PM CST TIM SUMMERS Managing Editor According to his mother, all Army Pvt. Taylor Odom wanted to be was a soldier, and now as a result of a training accident at Fort Carson in Colorado, he awaits approval from military officials for an ambulance ride back home. His mother, Jenniffer Palazola-Herrin, said...
  • Likud Primaries: Rain could Wash Away Meridor

    11/24/2012 4:24:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Rain is forecast for many parts of Israel Sunday, and this has supporters of Binyamin Netanyahu worried. They believe that a downpour would favor Netanyahu's nemesis within Likud, Moshe Feiglin, in Sunday's Likud primaries, and endanger the political future of Likud "prince" Dan Meridor. Feiglin's supporters within Likud are considered to be a highly organized and dedicated group, in comparison with the average Likud member. Common political wisdom says that when a vote is held in unfavorable weather, it is the more dedicated and organized group that benefits. Netanyahu's people are concerned that Feiglin will attain a position on the...
  • A Lesson in Irony – Take the Food Stamp program

    11/24/2012 3:32:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | 11-23-2012 | Harvey Miller
    A Lesson in Irony – Take the Food Stamp program November 23, 2012By Harvey Miller This year the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) administered by the U.S.Department of Agriculture is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever – to 47 million people.Meanwhile, the National Park Service administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals” because animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves… Animals that are fed by people become dependent on human food, and may lose their natural...
  • Editorial: Obamacare, the ultimate job killer

    11/24/2012 3:17:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Editorial: Obamacare, the ultimate job killerPublished on November 24, 2012 **SNIP** Total: ~6,000+ jobs Of course, the latest is causing quite a stir. Hostess, maker of the ever-love Twinkie, is closing their doors and letting 18,500 employees go. This has hit America’s obese population like a sugar brick. Unfortunately, they have no one to blame but themselves and their votes. While the headlines read that labor negations are to blame, the bigger story is an uncertain economy and new taxation. Part of the increased labor cost is Obamacare, and as a result the union was asked to reduce benefits and/or...
  • Palermo Villa: NLRB decision 'vindicates' company

    11/24/2012 3:05:15 PM PST · by Jean S · 8 replies
    The Business Journal ^ | 11/21/12 | Jeff Engel, Reporter
    Palermo Villa Inc. said Wednesday’s National Labor Relations Board decision on its labor dispute “vindicates” the company. Palermo properly followed immigration law in firing 75 workers earlier this year for not having proper documentation, the NLRB said Wednesday. The investigation into allegations of unfair labor practices against the Milwaukee pizza manufacturer found no evidence Palermo fired the workers in retaliation for union-organizing efforts, Irv Gottschalk, NLRB regional director in Milwaukee, told The Business Journal Wednesday.“It looks like they properly followed immigration procedures, but I’m no immigration expert,” Gottschalk said. “Under the (National Labor Relations Act) that I enforce, there’s no...
  • History of Socialist Progression: From Healthcare to the Holocaust

    11/24/2012 2:35:08 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 November 2012 | Michael Tennant
    Children with "hereditary defects" such as Down syndrome were among the first victims of the Nazi euthanasia program, which killed those deemed "unworthy of life." From Healthcare to Holocaust The New American 24 November 2012 It all started modestly enough. Hoping to stem the rising tide of socialism in the late 19th century, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck decided to institute a welfare state, the theory being that finding a middle ground between laissez-faire capitalism and full-blown socialism would blunt the popularity of the latter without unduly interfering with the former. Bismarck convinced the Reichstag to create four programs:...
  • 'Son of Hamas' Says Israel Made a Mistake with Ceasefire

    11/24/2012 2:28:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Elad Benari
    Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organization and author of the book “Son of Hamas,” said on Friday that Israel made a mistake by agreeing to a ceasefire with Gaza’s terrorist rulers. Yousef has spent a number of years abroad following a decade in which he risked his life working undercover as an agent for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). His code name during that time was 'The Green Prince.' "What is important is that at the moment there is a ceasefire, and I think we need to look at things...
  • Russia to Conduct Open Skies Surveillance Flight over US

    11/24/2012 2:27:05 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    ria.ru ^ | 11/24/2012
    MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military inspectors will begin a survey flight this week above the United States under the international Open Skies Treaty, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said. Russian experts will conduct the survey flight over the US territory in a Tupolev Tu-154 M/LK-1 aircraft during the period from November 25 and December 3, a spokesman said. The flight will start from the Travis Air Force Base, California. Its maximum range will be 4,250 kilometers (2,600 miles). During the flight, Russian and US specialists will operate surveillance equipment on board of the aircraft as set out in...
  • Suspected Terrorist's Mother: He Didn't Do It

    11/24/2012 2:18:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The bombed Tel Aviv bus Reuters The mother of the Arab with Israeli citizenship, who was arrested on Thursday for involvement in the terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv bus this week, said on Friday she does not believe her son is guilty. The man is originally from Beit Lakiya but married an Israeli Arab and today lives in Tayibe, an Arab city located in the Triangle, an area west of Hadera populated mainly by Israeli Arabs, whose towns form a large triangle on the map. The man’s family members live in Tayibe as well, in a neighborhood of the...
  • Islam Sunni Awakening in Lebanon

    11/24/2012 1:06:27 PM PST · by Katechon · 15 replies
    In-Extremis | November 24 | Katechon
    Syria’s Civil War is leaking out of its borders into Lebanon. The two countries share a porous border and very close communal ties. As tensions between Sunnis and Shiites rise in Syria, so too do they mount in Lebanon. The Sunni-Shiite faultline in Lebanon is being projected onto the Syrian civil war. Sunni militants view their jihad against the Shiite movement as a mirror image of the Syrian rebels’ fight against the Alawite-dominated regime of Assad. They see the Lebanon’s Shiite movement of Hezbullah and the Assad regime as both enemies of the Sunnis. In 1970, Hafez al-Assad, an...
  • Livni Set to Announce She is Running

    11/24/2012 12:14:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will announce that she is running for Knesset at the helm of a political party this week – most likely on Tuesday, according to reports. Livni will not form a new party but rather take over a non-functioning party, Hetz, which was registered several years ago by ex-Shinui minister Avraham Poraz. Leftist pundits are unanimous in estimating that Livni's party will further split the already fractured left wing in the next election. Polls project that Livni's party will receive as many as 10 seats, and according to a Maariv poll it is expected to take...
  • Arabs Attack Drivers, Police Watch

    11/24/2012 12:08:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    A new video showing police inaction in the face of Arab rock attacks has caused anger among residents of the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The video was taken as an Arab gang attacked Israeli drivers who were stuck in traffic. A massive traffic jam forms daily between the Adam junction, just minutes north of Jerusalem, and the Hizme checkpoint at the entrance to the city. “We just sat there and got hit,” related one of the drivers. “We had no way to respond.” The video showed that it was not only the drivers who found themselves silent in the...
  • North Carolina Town Split Over Sheriff's Treatment of Latinos [Town Whites Drop From 80% To 66%]

    11/24/2012 11:17:11 AM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | David Zucchino
    North Carolina Town Split Over Sheriff's Treatment of Latinos The Justice Department has accused Sheriff Terry Johnson of discriminatory policing in Graham. Some locals stand against him while others show vigorous support. Comments 49 Email Share Sheriff Terry Johnson, center, talks with resident Charles Smith, right, at a local eatery in 2009. "We don't have enough work in this country to support people who are here legally. Why should we be keeping illegal immigrants?" Smith says. By David Zucchino November 23, 2012 GRAHAM, N.C. — In this southern mill town, tortillas and bolillos are as common as Carolina barbecue sandwiches....
  • A Family Business In Disarray {The Jackson Family- No, Not The Michael Jackson Family]

    11/24/2012 11:00:50 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    NYTimes ^ | November 23, 2012 | MONICA DAVEY
    A Family Business In Disarray By MONICA DAVEY November 23, 2012 IF there’s a crisis unfolding somewhere, it’s a good bet that the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is on his way. Over the years, Mr. Jackson, 71, who has a fondness for staring into the lens of a television camera, has jetted to tense locales around the world to negotiate the release of hostages. When President Clinton’s White House was engulfed in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Mr. Jackson showed up to offer spiritual guidance, including some advice he described to a reporter at the time: “Keep your eyes open...
  • 15 members of Joe Berrios' family on county, state payrolls (Chicago, cook county democrat)

    11/24/2012 10:56:31 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://www.suntimes.com ^ | november 16, 2012 | DAN MIHALOPOULOS
    For Joe Berrios, the Cook County assessor who is also the county Democratic Party chairman, government is the family business. That got him in trouble with the county ethics board, which called for Berrios to fire three family members who are on his staff and fined him $10,000 for violating the county?s anti-nepotism ban by hiring two of them -- his son and sister -- after he was elected assessor in 2010. But the Berrios family's presence on government payrolls goes far beyond that. In September, his nephew Stephen Berrios got a job working for the Cook County judiciary. That...
  • Pat Caddell: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Defeat

    11/24/2012 10:47:25 AM PST · by Bratch · 97 replies
    Big Government ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at The David Horowitz Freedom Center's "Restoration Weekend" in Florida on November 16, Pat Caddell indicted what he called the Republican "consultant-lobbyist-establishment" complex for losing a presidential campaign in 2012 President Barack Obama had no business winning. “No presidential campaign should be run by consultants,” Caddell said. “They should be run by people who are committed to the candidate and not into making big money.” Caddell said “Republicans never attempted to put a frame around the national election” because “the people who run the messaging in the Republican party and their consultants refused to do it.” Caddell, the former...
  • Young voter drop in Obama support unprecedented

    11/24/2012 10:44:00 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 58 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Michel F. Haverluck
    In post-election analyses, the 11-point drop in the president's support among 18- to 29-year-olds indicates that particular voting bloc is falling away from Barack Obama on major issues. ------- One polling trend that isn't going in Barack Obama's favor after the presidential election is the drop in his support among young voters. Even though it might not be as unbelievable as winning 100 percent of the vote in 59 Philadelphia precincts ─ and nine Cleveland precincts ─ an 11-point swing in support away from Obama is lifting some eyebrows on both sides of the political spectrum ... particularly because that...
  • Benghazi police reject new chief (last one gunned down)

    11/24/2012 10:34:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 11/24/12 | Maha Ellawati
    Benghazi police reject new chiefMaha Ellawati Last Updated : Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:47 AM BENGHAZI – Benghazi’s police force have rejected the appointment of Colonel Saleheddin Awad Daghman as the new chief of police in Benghazi, following the assassination of his predecessor Colonel Faraj Mohammed Idris Drissi. Daghman was previously rejected by the police in the aftermath of the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens on Sept. 11, after the government attempted to place him in charge of security in the eastern region. Members of the force are said to be angry at the rapid appointment of Daghman, declaring...
  • Holiday Miracle as Man Awakes From Monthlong Coma

    11/24/2012 9:58:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 24, 2012
    Jennifer Abbey Nov 24, 2012 Doctors told Benjamin Pessah’s family he might not live after he was shot in the head. But after waking from an almost month-long coma, Pessah said his first words and took his first steps just in time for Thanksgiving. Pessah, of Burlingame, Calif., was walking home from a Halloween party in San Francisco Oct. 28 with two friends and his girlfriend when a stranger came up and touched his girlfriend inappropriately. Pessah, 21, stepped in to protect her when the man pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. “It was pretty bizarre...
  • THE CASE OF THE MISSING VOTERS (SOME THOUGHTS)

    11/24/2012 9:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/24/2012 | Scott Johnson
    In the new issue of the Weekly Standard Jay Cost undertakes a retrospective on what happened in the election just passed. Cost detects a mystery. It’s the case of the missing voters: ******** In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around there probably were between 127 and 130 million votes cast. Most of the decline came from white voters; in fact, between 6 and 9 million white voters went missing this year, relative to 2008. It is a reasonable guess that the number of white votes in 2004...
  • Walmart says Black Friday "best ever" despite walk-out threat

    11/24/2012 9:21:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WSFA ^ | 11/23/12 | John Shryock
    Walmart says Black Friday "best ever" despite walk-out threatBy John Shryock Updated: Nov 23, 2012 1:23 PM EST **SNIP** Threats to derail the company's plans came from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) which seeks to unionize Walmart's workforce. Walmart has fought such efforts to unionize for years. Last week, the company filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board to stop the UFCW's attempts to encourage employee walk-outs. "Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates," Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon said. "We...
  • POLITICAL SUICIDE, ANYONE? (IT WAS NOT THE HISPANIC VOTE THAT DEFEATED ROMNEY)

    11/24/2012 8:53:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/24/2012 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    In an article referenced by Scott earlier today, Byron York shows that Mitt Romney did not lose the election because of his failure to win the Hispanic vote. Romnwy would have lost in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire even if he had gained a large portion of the Hispanic votes in these key battleground states.York also demonstrates that, as we have argued, Hispanics are not a natural Republican constituency. If anything, they are natural Democrats for reasons unrelated to the immigration issue. Exit poll information suggests that Hispanics based their votes on a number of issues beyond...
  • A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

    11/24/2012 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/24/2012 | Dr. Peter Weiss
    Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song. Now, don’t get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the “free stuff” it provides. Children covered on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults — excuse me, children — pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the “annual ” or “preventative” exam, which according to Obamacare is “free.” You gotta love this stuff. I wish I...
  • Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’

    11/24/2012 8:30:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’ Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does...
  • Hamas: Ending arms smuggling not part of truce

    11/24/2012 8:08:15 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday. Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue. Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. The Hamas official claimed that Israel was behind the reports...
  • Hector Camacho, 50, Boxer Who Lived Dangerously, Dies

    11/24/2012 7:41:04 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    ny times ^ | 11-24-12 | bruce weber
    Hector Camacho, a boxer known for his lightning-quick hands and flamboyant personality who emerged from a delinquent childhood in New York’s Spanish Harlem to become a world champion in three weight classes, died on Saturday in San Juan, P.R., after being shot while sitting in a parked car. He was 50.
  • Lawmaker to push bill allowing guns at work

    11/24/2012 7:11:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    cbs42.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | AP
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would let employees take handguns to work. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Friday that state Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, said the bill is aimed at increasing personal safety.
  • Egypt's 'Islamist Coup'

    11/24/2012 7:09:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/24/2012 | Rick Moran
    Mr. Morsi says his diktat will merely last as long as it takes the country to adopt a new constitution, which is what authoritarians always say. They claim to be a necessary step on the way to democracy, but democracy never arrives. Mr. Morsi's rationalization is that he must have this power to "protect the revolution," as if the demonstrators who deposed Hosni Mubarak in 2011 merely wanted another Mubarak with a beard and prayer rug. Mr. Morsi is claiming more power than Mr. Mubarak ever had. Egyptians took to the street on Friday in protest, sometimes violently, and nearly...
  • ABC Calls Black Friday An 'Orgy Of Capitalism'

    11/24/2012 7:07:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's enough to make an MSMer nostalgic for the good old days of the Soviet Union, when the masses didn't stampede into stores because there was little of interest to buy and little money to buy it with, and the good stuff was reserved for the ruling elites at special shops. Here's how ABC's Dan Harris opened today's Good Morning America: "This morning, Black and Blue Friday. America's annual orgy of capitalism gets dicey." Capitalism? Really? Is that the problem? View the video here.
  • Rifle-Toting Terrorists Called Major Threat to U.S. Power Grid

    11/24/2012 6:58:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Brian Wingfield
  • Veterans: Thinking of Running for Office?

    11/24/2012 6:28:49 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 8 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/24/2012 | William Russell
    If you are thinking of running for office, this page is for you. This is where I share some of my experiences in a congressional campaign which drew national attention. I will be as informative as possible for those who are weighing a political run, especially those coming from military service. I will add topics as I craft them. For now, KNOW WHY YOU ARE RUNNING If you are thinking of running for office, the most important part of that decision is the “why” of what you are doing. Make sure your reasons are clear and unambiguous. It is hard...
  • Destruction of badges labeled ‘juvenile act’ by ATF whistleblower(fast and furious)

    11/24/2012 6:45:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    Posting an attachment responding to a Freedom of Information Act request yesterday on the Clean Up ATF website forum, Special Agent Vince Cefalu related how badges he’d turned in while on medical disability reassignment in 2006 were discovered to be intentionally defaced when he resumed his law enforcement duties the next year. “The face of each badge … exhibit multiple toolmarks produced by the scraping action of a hand tool, ATF’s Firearms and Toolmark Section Chief wrote in a September 27, 2007 laboratory report. “One possible toolmark source could be the blade of a standard screwdriver.” Cefalu is the whistleblower...