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  • Students Told to Disavow ‘American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality’

    11/28/2012 6:10:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 71 replies
    Students Told to Disavow ‘American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality’ Posted By Ryan Lovelace - Butler University On November 27, 2012 @ 12:02 am In Fix Exclusives,Image Slider | 95 Comments A political science professor at Butler University asks students to disregard their “American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status” when writing and speaking in the classroom – a practice the school’s arts and sciences dean defended as a way to negate students’ inherent prejudices. The syllabus of the course at Butler, a small Midwestern liberal arts institution in Indianapolis, spells out that students should use “inclusive language” because it’s “a fundamental issue...
  • Indian wheat exports in 2013 could reach 3 million tonnes, says official

    11/28/2012 5:46:52 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 28 Nov, 2012, 09.57AM IST
    SINGAPORE: Exports of wheat by India, the world's second-largest producer, could reach 3 million tonnes from government stocks in 2013, an official of a state-run trading firm said on Wednesday, adding that the country had sold 1 million tonnes since April. Traders expect wheat shipments from India to rise as a potent combination of dry weather in the United States and drought in the Black Sea region hurts global supplies."Initially the government has set a limit of 2 million tonnes for wheat exports, but I think the exports will continue to go much higher," the official told reporters at an...
  • Cuomo Dipping Toe In '16 Water With Star-Studded Hurricane Sandy PSA?

    11/28/2012 5:41:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Throughout his tenure as Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has chosen to maintain a suprisingly low profile. Think quick: how much footage have you seen of him in the Hurricane Sandy aftermath compared to his cross-George Washington Bridge buddy, Chris Christie? But has Cuomo finally decided the time has come to make himself more visible? A PSA for Hurricane Relief, aired on Morning Joe today, featured a star-studded cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg, Edie Falco, Michael J. Fox and Julianna Margulies and Nathan Lane. One panel, devoid of reference to the relief organization, starkly read "Join...
  • White House adding My2K hashtag to fiscal cliff [Let's Push Back on this CRAP]

    11/28/2012 4:46:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Boston.com ^ | November 28, 2012
    Obama is introducing a new hashtag to the fiscal cliff debate. The White House plans to promote (hashtag)My2K on Twitter and other social media — a reference to the estimated $2,200 tax increase that a typical middle-class family of four would see if the Bush tax cuts expire. Obama is holding an event with middle-class Americans on Wednesday and urging the public to press Congress to protect tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. The president is also meeting with corporate executives at the White House on Wednesday and then traveling to Pennsylvania on Friday to push for upper...
  • Two-thirds of millionaires left Britain to avoid 50p tax rate

    11/28/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by NCjim · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 27, 2012 | Robert Winnett
    Almost two-thirds of the country’s million-pound earners disappeared from Britain after the introduction of the 50p top rate of tax, figures have disclosed. In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than Ł1 million to HM Revenue and Customs. This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election. The figures have been seized upon by the Conservatives to claim that increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a loss in revenues for the Government. It is...
  • HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY FOR 1 HOUR WITH SANDRA FLUKE?

    11/28/2012 4:25:18 AM PST · by shove_it · 93 replies
    TheCollegeFix via Instapundit ^ | 27 Nov 2012 | NATHAN HARDEN
    EXCLUSIVE: Sandra Fluke, noted advocate for government-subsidized birth control, is auctioning off one hour of her time for an online “strategy session” at the site BiddingForGood.com. According to the auction page, “Social justice advocate Sandra Fluke will help you harness the power of activism and/or advocacy with this strategy session. You bring the expertise on your issue, and Sandra will bring her sharp strategic mind and national experience.” A reliable source has informed me that the auction is authentic. But if you were hoping for face-to-face time with Ms. Fluke, I’m afraid that’s not on the menu: The auction page...
  • Europe sees US debt crisis as dire as its own

    11/28/2012 4:11:26 AM PST · by John W · 5 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John W. Schoen
    Now it’s Europe’s turn to worry about U.S. economy. American officials have been wringing their hands for the past two years about the heavy burden of government debt piling up in Europe. On Tuesday, Europe’s Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that the U.S. "fiscal cliff" threatens prospects for the eurozone’s economic recovery. “We’re talking here about the medium and long-term viability of the United States economy,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told CNBC. “Not only to avoid the fiscal cliff but then get to a moment where (U.S.) debt stops rising and the debt to GDP starts coming...
  • House GOP plans public push against tax hikes on businesses [Good!]

    11/28/2012 3:35:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    THE HILL ^ | November 27, 2012 | Russell Berman
    President Obama won’t be the only one hitting the campaign trail to push his deficit plan to avert the fiscal cliff. House Republicans are planning their own campaign-style events to argue against Obama’s insistence on higher tax rates for the wealthy, Speaker John Boehner’s office said Tuesday. As they have repeatedly, Republicans are targeting their message to small businesses, arguing that an increase in the marginal income rate over $250,000 a year will hit small-business owners who file as individuals.
  • Senate Democrats divided over cuts to benefit programs, raising roadblock to any fiscal deal

    11/28/2012 3:18:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/28/2012 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press
    Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government's mushrooming debt pose a big obstacle to a deal for avoiding a potentially economy-crushing "fiscal cliff," even if Republicans agree to raise taxes. Much of the focus during negotiations seeking an alternative to $671 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts beginning in January has centered on whether Republicans would agree to raising taxes on the wealthy. President Barack Obama has insisted repeatedly that tax increases on the wealthy must be part of...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 28, 2012

    11/28/2012 3:02:01 AM PST · by sneakers · 14 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Obama Schedule Wednesday, November 28, 2012 [Miami TV Continues Campaign for Commie]

    11/28/2012 2:52:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 11/28/12 | Keith Koffler
    10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:35 am || Delivers remarks on the fiscal cliff 3:00 pm || Holds a Cabinet meeting 4:45 pm || Meets with business leaders to discuss the fiscal cliff
  • Justice Department Expands Hunt for Data on Cellphones [Eric Holder Spying on You]

    11/28/2012 1:51:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 11/26/12 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    Cellphones seem to be increasingly attractive to the Department of Justice, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show. Agencies affiliated with the department used more than 37,600 court orders in 2011 to gather cellphone data, a sharp increase from previous years. They were almost equally divided between “pen register” data, which captures outgoing phone numbers, and “trap and trace” orders, which refer to incoming phone numbers, which means one phone could have two separate orders associated with it. The total number has roughly doubled since 2007, when cellphone communications were more limited. By law, the data can be...
  • Israel tries to downplay Palestinians' UN bid [Global Hatred of Jews Continues]

    11/28/2012 1:14:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    ynet ^ | 11/28/12 | Itamar Eichner
    Jerusalem has accepted it won't be able to stop General Assembly from upgrading PA's status. "There will be fireworks in Ramallah, but the settlements will stay in place,' official says... ... but the settlements will remain exactly where they are and the IDF will continue to operate in the same areas." The forum of top nine ministers has yet to decide what steps to take in response but it appears Israel will keep a low profile so as not to turn the focus away from the Palestinian move which clearly violates the Oslo Accords. On Tuesday, France officially announced it...
  • Planned Parenthood Rushes Woman to Hospital After Botched Abortion

    11/28/2012 12:11:22 AM PST · by kathsua · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/27/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Another Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has been documented rushing a patient to a local hospital following a botched abortion that may have injured her and potentially claimed her life. A St. Louis Planned Parenthood patient was rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering serious abortion complications the day before Thanksgiving, officials with the prolife group Operation Rescue informed LifeNews today. Paramedics arrived at the abortion clinic at approximately 2:45 p.m. on November 21, 2012, and removed the patient from the building with her face covered with a cloth. Mary Maschmeier of the local pro-life group Defenders of the Unborn told...
  • France to support Palestinian United Nations status bid

    11/27/2012 11:30:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/28/2012
    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that France will vote in favour of the Palestinian Authority's bid for Palestine to be granted UN "non-member observer status" at the General Assembly later this week. France said on Tuesday it would vote in favour of Palestinian "non-member observer" status at the United Nations, boosting Palestinian efforts to secure greater international recognition. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the country's National Assembly that Paris would vote "yes" in this week’s vote on a call for "non-member observer state status" for the Palestinians. Even with non-member status, however, a Palestinian state would...
  • Dallas police lieutenant Regina Smith ... under scrutiny for rap video, website

    11/27/2012 10:25:55 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 11-27-12 | Tanya Eiserer
    A lieutenant in the Dallas Police Department who goes by the name “Lucille Baller” when she promotes herself as a recording artist promises to shoot anyone who messes with her in a rap song that was posted on her website. “Don’t push Ms. Lucy because you won’t like the consequences,” Dallas Police Lt. Regina Smith raps on the recording. “Mess with me or I will shoot a [expletive] cuz Lucille Baller, she been to hell and back.” Smith, who oversees burglary and theft detectives at the Southwest and Northwest patrol investigative units, will likely face an internal affairs investigation over...
  • Rhode Island Outraged Over “Holiday Tree”

    11/27/2012 9:05:17 PM PST · by doug from upland · 51 replies
    radio fox ^ | Starnes
    By Todd Starnes A Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee “Governor Grinch” after he defied lawmakers and decided that the state would have a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.” The governor defended his decision by arguing that it is in keeping with the state’s founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams as a haven for tolerance – where government and religion were kept separate. Instead of arguing over the tree, the governor called on lawmakers to focus their energy on feeding the poor. “I would encourage all those engaged in this discussion – whatever their...
  • Rand Paul: I Won't Break the No-Tax-Increase Pledge I Made to the People

    11/27/2012 8:24:19 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 27, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Thank you Rand Paul! (CNSNews.com) - While some Republicans have indicated they may break their no-tax-hike pledge, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not among them: "I made a pledge to the people of Kentucky that I'm not raising taxes. I took a pledge. I signed a statement, an oath that I wouldn't raise taxes, and I'm going to adhere to it," Sen. Paul told Fox New's Greta Van Susteren Monday night. In fact, if Paul had his way, he says he'd lower taxes: "I think you should balance budgets, not spend more than comes in, and I think you should...
  • City Hall wants diesel drivers to swap for electric vehicles

    11/27/2012 8:04:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 66 replies
    WBEZ91.5 ^ | 11-27-12 | Lauren Choolijan
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make a deal with diesel truck owners in the Chicagoland area: give up your truck, and the city will give you a voucher that covers around 60 percent of the cost of a new electric one. Officials say the project could help with air quality and even quieter streets across the city. By next spring, fleets in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will be able to apply for the program. “The city is encouraging companies to invest in electric vehicles in order to incrementally improve Chicago’s air quality while helping to...
  • The Coming Fall and Eventual Rebirth of America

    11/27/2012 7:54:17 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 27,2012 | Frank Ryan
    The hope that many of us had that the nightmare of the Obama presidency would end faded into the night on November 6th. In reality though, "hope" was not very much of a plan. In the experiences that I have had assisting companies and organizations avoid bankruptcy, there is a very predictable pattern that organizations face when they are dealing with serious financial problems. The pattern involves economic growth and prosperity followed by overspending. From overspending and excess comes a period of denial that anything must change to solve the problem. From denial comes failure. If the failure is accepted...