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  • Brave 5-year-old girl didn't cry after she was shot in stomach outside Bronx apartment

    11/25/2012 4:02:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | LAUREL BABCOCK, KIRSTAN CONLEY and ANTONIO ANTENUCCI
    An adorable 5-year-old girl on her way home from a family baby shower was shot in the stomach by a stray bullet early this morning in front of her Bronx apartment building, police said. Relatives thought young Hailey Dominguez had fainted on the steps in the Hughes Avenue courtyard outside her apartment shortly before 1 a.m. They tried to carry her to the fifth-floor apartment where she lived before they realized she had been shot. "We didn't know she got shot," said Keyla Rosario, the victim’s 15-year-old sister. "We were crying, not her."
  • Investigators looking into 'unanswered questions' about Mary Richardson Kennedy's suicide

    11/25/2012 3:57:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Mary Richardson Kennedy’s family hired a high-powered Washington investigation firm and an ex- Manhattan homicide prosecutor to look into her death, The Post has learned. The firm focused its probe on Robert Kennedy Jr., Mary’s estranged husband, and on many “unanswered questions,” according to sources who say they were questioned in the months following her May 16 suicide. “It was definitely my impression that they were pursuing a wrongful-death action,” said a confidant of Mary’s interviewed by family investigators. “They had the same concerns I had about the crime scene.”
  • The 47% have no idea how much healthcare reform will cost them

    11/25/2012 3:45:32 PM PST · by plain talk · 109 replies
    MedCity News ^ | November 5, 2012 | Jane Orient
    It may be unpopular to say so, but it is true: the U.S. is very close to, if not past, the tipping point at which the majority of the people are net beneficiaries of big government — or so they think. People who receive a check from the government may see voting for a smaller government as contrary to their best interest. If they don’t pay taxes, why should they care about a tax increase? Perceptions are, however, deceiving.”Healthcare reform,” as the (Un)Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is billed, probably shows more clearly than anything else how most Americans, including Romney’s...
  • Sprinklers go off in the third quarter of Dolphins-Seahawks at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium

    11/25/2012 3:38:15 PM PST · by BerryDingle · 14 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Doug Farrar
    The sprinklers went off on the Sun Life field, dousing everybody with water. One side judge ran away like the sprinklers were full of hot lava, while some players seemed to enjoy cooling off in the Miami heat. Someone found the off switch a few seconds later, and play resumed.
  • Op-Ed: Peace is a Special Language We All Must Learn to Speak (Barfalicious, Malnutritious)

    11/25/2012 3:28:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Ece Koc
    Everyone has an opinion about the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Some say that Palestinians started it with their rockets aimed at Israel territory, while others say that Israel was using disproportionate force and killing innocent people in Gaza. These points have been debated in the media all over the world. We must realize that following the same paths of hatred and rage will always lead to the same results - pain for both parties, people dying on both sides and a life of fear with no ability to see the hope for the future. It is time for everyone...
  • ‘Kill List’ rule book may be coming soon to the White House Situation Room

    11/25/2012 3:18:15 PM PST · by haffast · 36 replies
    The Ticket ^ | 11/25/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The White House "kill list"--a regularly updated chart showing the world's most wanted terrorists used by President Barack Obama during kill or capture debates--may soon be getting a rule book to go with it. According to the New York Times, the administration--faced with the possibility that President Obama might lose the 2012 election to Mitt Romney--"accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures." Until now, President Obama has had the "final moral calculation" overseeing the "kill...
  • Stock Market Last Push Higher Before the Big Collapse?

    11/25/2012 2:50:26 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-25-2012 | Graham Summers
    Stock Market Last Push Higher Before the Big Collapse? Stock-Markets / Financial CrashNov 25, 2012 - 01:59 PM By: Graham Summers With most of Wall Street on vacation, those few traders manning their desks are taking advantage of the low volume to push the market sharply higher. This, combined with a large move up by the Euro has pulled the entire risk trade up forcing the US Dollar lower. This move was to be expected on some levels. Since 2002, there has been a rally from just before Thanksgiving until the second week of December. This year is shaping up...
  • Springfield explosion cause: 'Human error,' Massachusetts fire marshal says

    11/25/2012 2:37:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    The massive explosion that rocked Springfield's entertainment district, leveling a strip club and injuring 21 people, was caused by "human error," according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. Officials said a thorough, block-by-block investigation since Friday's blast indicates the city's gas system is safe, intact and functioning properly. The probe will now focus on the Columbia Gas employee responsible for puncturing a gas line with a tool, and whether proper protocol was followed in the build-up to Friday's explosion. The blast injured 21 people, damaged more than three dozen buildings, and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown...
  • KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt

    11/25/2012 2:35:18 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    TBI ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt Joe WeisenthalNov. 25, 2012, 11:05 AMPaul Krugman posts a simple chart that makes a profound point. It compares the yield on UK debt vs. US debt. What should stand out for you, instantly, is that the two countries borrow at virtually identical rates, and have for years. What this should show to people is that much of the popular stories that people tell about sovereign debt is a myth. Countries that borrow in their own currencies and can "print" at will don't have default risk, so...
  • Ketzaleh: Even the 'Best' Likudniks Can't Change Party Policy

    11/25/2012 2:28:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | David Lev
    Candidates running in Sunday's Likud primary have gone out of their way to emphasize their right-wing sensibilities, but even the rightest of the right Likudniks were unable to stop their party from undertaking one of the most devastating blows to the philosophy of love of the Land of Israel – the disengagement from Gaza and Northern Samaria. While former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – still in bed in a comatose state – broke away to form Kadima before the actual destruction of the communities in Gush Katif, he was a Likud Prime Minister, and many of the forming members of...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin: Medicare, Medicaid Fair Game in Talks to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    11/25/2012 1:06:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/25/2012 | By George Stephanopoulos
    Sen. Dick Durbin said today that his Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate should be willing to address entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid in deficit reduction negotiations. “From my side of the table, bring entitlement reform into the conversation,” Durbin said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit. But when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, protect the integrity of the program, but give it solvency for more and more years.” But Durbin ruled out raising the age of Medicare eligibility as a potential reform. “We’ve got to...
  • Russian-speaking Jews in Europe drafted to defend Israel online

    11/25/2012 12:29:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/25/12 | Philip Podolsky
    Israel held a four-day conference aimed at giving young Russian-speaking Jewish communal leaders in Europe a training in social media that should enable them to promote the country’s image and to reverse anti-Israeli attitudes. The conference, held on November 21-25 in Maastricht, Holland, was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Ministry for Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Over 200 Russian-speaking young Jewish leaders between the ages of 20 and 30, who have been involved in Jewish Agency programs in recent years, attended the event. During the conference, the participants developed technical skills for working with online and...
  • Likud Voting at 40%; Anger over Malfunction

    11/25/2012 12:01:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Likud primaries were back on track by early Sunday evening, and by 8:45 p.m., 40% of registered members – 49,322 in total – had voted. However, a serious malfunction in the computerized voting system earlier in the day made it necessary to extend the voting by two hours, to midnight – and there is possibility of a further extension. The Likud's Election Committee was to meet again at 10:00 p.m. and decide whether voting would continue for another day. Various news sources estimated that the committee would decide to continue the voting until Monday at 10:00 p.m. There have...
  • Hamas TV Airs 'Death to Israel!' Music Video Day After Agreeing to Ceasefire

    11/25/2012 11:36:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/25/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    The day after Hamas agreed to a ceasefire with Israel, the terrorist group's TV station aired this "Death to Israel!" music video on its station: "Destroy the throne of Zion, the house of absolute evil," the song goes. "Raise the banner of victory. Be like the fire of a volcano. Repeat in the name of your Jihad: Death to Israel! With blood and fire, resist until freedom. Defeat the soldiers of aggression the enemies of humanity." The tune is illustrated with video of rockets being launched from Gaza, presumably, into Israel, the Zionist state, as well as other war scenes....
  • The TEA PARTY SHOULD EMBRACE THE FISCAL CLIFF -- er, FISAL BABY STEP

    11/25/2012 11:04:56 AM PST · by Moseley · 26 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    America faces a Fiscal Cliff in January. Well, no, actually, it doesn’t. In politics, alarmist language – like elections – can have real consequences. Political spin can be deceitful. Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name? A rose is a rose is a rose. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be thought-provoking and controversial: Yet the Tea Party should embrace the “Fiscal Baby Step” coming on January 1, 2013. Republicans should do absolutely nothing and sit on their hands. One exception: When the next vote comes up to raise the debt...
  • Supreme Court mulls review of federal gay marriage laws

    11/25/2012 10:50:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A San Francisco couple is waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will take their case challenging the 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Karen Golinski and Amy Cunninghis got married during the brief window in 2008 when gay and lesbian couples could tie the knot in California. Golinski immediately tried to add her wife to her employer-sponsored health care plan. But because she is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her otherwise routine request was denied...
  • Pentagon Spends $1.5 Million To Develop Its Own Jerky (that tastes like a Fruit Roll Up)

    11/25/2012 10:46:52 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | 7:17 EST, November 23, 2012
    he Pentagon wins a Hammer for spending money earmarked for weapons and combat gear testing on jerky available at any grocery store UPDATED 7:17 AM EST, November 23, 2012 | BY Phillip Swarts The Defense Department's Foreign Comparative Testing program is supposed to study weapons and combat technology and determine the appropriate gear for U.S. troops. That usually means testing body armor, batteries for battlefield electronics and mine-clearing systems. But the program strayed from its normal work recently to study the culinary skill of turning thin strips of beef into jerky. The goal, officials say, was to make a beef...
  • Kyl (& Sen. Hutchison) Suggest Benghazi 'Cover-Up'

    11/25/2012 10:30:20 AM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/25/12 10:14 AM EST | JUANA SUMMERS
    Kyl suggests Benghazi 'cover-up' Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-Ariz.) suggests the Obama administration orchestrated a "cover-up" of the events that led to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. "There are three questions that have to be answered," Kyl said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," appearing on a panel with three other retiring senators. "Why weren't the warnings about the need for security heeded? Why weren't the requests for help during the ted attack answered and why did the administration think...
  • Lapid: Livni Can be My Number 2

    11/25/2012 10:14:36 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, Yair Lapid, announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he has asked Tzipi Livni to be in the number two spot in his party's Knesset list. Livni is expected to announce this week that she is running in an independent party. "In the past few days I have had quite a few conversations with Tzipi Livni," Lapid wrote. "She received an offer to be Number Two on the Yesh Atid list and to be a full partner in all of the important decisions. Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel...
  • See China’s First Successful Fighter Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday