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  • Can You Trust the President, Congress or the Courts to Protect Your Privacy Rights?

    11/27/2012 11:34:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://us4.campaign-archive1.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John Whitehead
    “The game is rigged, the network is bugged, the government talks double-speak, the courts are complicit and there’s nothing you can do about it.”—David Kravets, reporting for Wired Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. This is the reality of the internet-dependent, plugged-in life of most Americans today. A process which started shortly after 9/11 with programs like National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping and Total Information Awareness has grown into a full-fledged network of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, thanks to federal agents having been granted carte blanche access to...
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/27/2012 11:33:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes

    11/27/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Science Codex ^ | November 15, 2012 | NA
    A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. The research appears the December issue of Diabetologia, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). "Previous studies proposed the existence of an association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of and Type 1 diabetes, but this is the first time that the theory has...
  • Fox News Ends Interview after left-wing journalist calls Benghazi"small firefight"

    11/27/2012 11:02:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://tv.yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Sadie Gennis
    Fox News abruptly ended an interview Monday after author Thomas Ricks accused the network of bias. During an interview with Jon Scott, Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Generals, accused Fox of hyping up the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott demanded. "How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?" Ricks responded. "Nobody does, because nobody cared." Ricks went on to describe the attack as a "small firefight" before adding: "I...
  • GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan

    11/27/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they have introduced a bill that would reward those who take college classes or join the military. “We have got to get this ball rolling,” said Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year. “We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm.”...
  • Rice: We didn't intend to mislead on Benghazi

    11/27/2012 10:32:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | BYRON TAU
    Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate. "Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved," Rice said. Rice has emerged as a high-profile administration for congressional critics who claim that the Obama administration tried to cover up a terrorist link to the attacks. Rice and acting...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • Joe Klein defends Susan Rice, says security fine for dead ambassador

    11/27/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Defending United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice even more than the White House, Time's Joe Klein Monday declared on MSNBC that not only was terrorism not part of the initial attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but that slain Ambassador Chris Stevens had enough security despite reports he had begged for more. "The talking points were accurate," he said of Rice's initial claim that the attack and slaying were sparked by an an anti-Muslim movie, not terrorism, a claim later revised by the administration. On the issue of more security, Klein said of Stevens, "he wasn't requesting -- the...
  • DOD Wastes Billions on Non Military Projects

    11/27/2012 9:44:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2012
    The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting national security and providing military forces to deter war, yet it blows tens of billions of dollars on preposterous things unrelated to its mission. A variety of unimaginable examples are featured in a baffling report (“Department of Everything” ) published this month by a Republican U.S. Senator, who asserts the Pentagon could easily save around $70 billion over ten years without cutting any Army brigade combat teams, Navy combat ships or Air Force fighter squadrons. It could be done simply by getting rid of the waste, according to the findings. That’s...
  • No War On Christmas Here! On Fox & Friends, Gun Club Defends Toddlers Posing With Santa… And Guns

    11/27/2012 9:35:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Matt Wilstein
    “Everybody wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, so why not get a real gun when you’re an adult?” If there was one place in America where you could expect to see photos of people posing with Santa Claus and their AK-47′s, it would be Scottsdale, Arizona, home of the country’s largest indoor gun range. This morning, Fox & Friends invited Scottsdale Gun Club general manager Ron Kennedy to defend the organization’s controversial practice of having members pose with Santa and their guns. Gretchen Carlson questioned the appropriateness of these types of images in Arizona in light of last...
  • Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since February '08

    11/27/2012 9:25:58 AM PST · by mykroar · 37 replies
    Foxbusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Reuters
    Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 73.7 up from an upwardly revised 73.1 the month before, its highest since February 2008. Economists had expected a reading of 73.0, according to a Reuters poll. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2012/11/27/consumer-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-february-08/#ixzz2DRcxDlqn
  • Republican senators say Rice meeting just leaves more questions unanswered

    11/27/2012 9:24:45 AM PST · by RichBruer
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11/27/2012 | FoxNews.com
    Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they left the meeting with more unanswered questions about her comments after the deadly September 11,,
  • Neighbor pulls gun on angry armed man at 23rd and Alder Thanksgiving morning (WA)

    11/27/2012 9:23:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    centraldistrictnews.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Tom Fucoloro
    A convicted felon was found with a stolen revolver and was arrested early Thursday after a heated dispute at 23rd and Alder. A woman told police the suspect, who she had never seen before, started pounding on her door shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. She looked out the window and saw the suspect and the woman's neighbor arguing, according to police. She then saw the suspect pull a gun on her neighbor. She then went and got her legal handgun and went outside to confront the suspect. The man tried to leave, but was stopped by another person, who...
  • For 2016, Bush vs. Clinton

    11/27/2012 9:16:01 AM PST · by Arthurio · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 11-27 | LZ Granderson
    (CNN) -- For all of our post-2012 election talk about the changing culture, the changing demographics and, perhaps, a changing party, preliminary thoughts out of D.C. about the 2016 election have us headed toward not much change at all: Clinton vs Bush...again. I am as intrigued by the prospects of these two juggernauts, Jeb and Hillary, locking ideological horns as I am repulsed by the thought of half of my life being dominated by two family names. One, Clinton, has risen from the ashes after the White House. The other name, Bush, is so toxic that the past two Republican...
  • Brown-Forman Declares $4 Special Dividend Ahead of Cliff Deadline

    11/27/2012 9:02:35 AM PST · by mykroar
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Jennifer Booten
    Two weeks after raising its regular quarterly dividend, Brown-Forman (BFB n.a.) declared a special cash dividend of $4.00 a share on Tuesday as it looks to return money to shareholders ahead of the fiscal cliff deadline that could significantly raise dividend taxes. The maker of alcoholic beverages like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Korbel and Woodford Reserve said the special dividend will be paid on Dec. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 12. A slew of companies, including Wal-Mart (WMT), have been moving up the date of their dividend to save shareholders a bundle of money on taxes...
  • Gay men sue conversion therapy counselors

    11/27/2012 8:56:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27, 2012 | Alan Duke
    Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality. His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions." JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor.
  • AP Exclusive: Graph suggests Iran working on bomb

    11/27/2012 8:52:21 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    AP ^ | Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | George Jahn
    A diagram obtained by The Associated Press shows that Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
  • Report: Top Florida Republicans say election law was intentionally designed to suppress the vote

    11/27/2012 8:39:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 11/27/12 | J Easley
    Two former top Florida Republicans say a new law that shortened the early voting period in the state was designed by the GOP to suppress the Democratic vote, not to curb voter fraud, according to a report Monday from the Palm Beach Post. The Palm Beach Post quoted Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer and former Gov. Charlie Crist, neither of whom is still a party member, and a handful of other party operatives, who said claims the law was designed to curb voter fraud in the state were merely a marketing ploy to provide cover for the...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 27,2012

    11/27/2012 8:22:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 52 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | November 27,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Do not know who will be subbing for Rush today, hopefully will be an interesting "sub". :)=^..^=
  • More Democrats Willing to Go Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

    11/27/2012 8:10:26 AM PST · by bestintxas · 158 replies
    newsmax ^ | 11/27/12 | j feller
    A growing number of Democrats say they are willing to let the country go off the fiscal cliff if a deal cannot be reached by Jan. 1 that raises taxes on the top two percent of earners while protecting costly entitlement programs. Their theory in this game of chicken with Republicans is that it will be easier in January to lower taxes for 98 percent of the country while finding the best possible parts of the federal budget to cut — in line with long-held goals of the nation's liberal party. They also think they'll be in a better position...