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  • Will the Supreme Court Let Citizens Answer, What Is Marriage?

    11/29/2012 1:51:44 PM PST · by fwdude · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation - Culture Watch e-mail ^ | November 29, 2012 | Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon
    As Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and I argue in The Wall Street Journal, the future of marriage is the future of humanity. Conservatives rightly uphold the institution of marriage between a man and a woman because marriage is the seedbed of society, the necessary precondition for limited self-government. But not everyone sees it this way. With the United States Supreme Court expected to decide this week whether to hear challenges to traditional marriage laws, now is the time for citizens to think deeply about the nature and purpose of marriage. Marriage unites a man and woman holistically—emotionally and bodily,...
  • One to go for 20.000 acts of terrorism carried out since 9/11 by islamic terrorists

    11/29/2012 1:45:53 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    The Religion of Peace ^ | November 29 2012
    The counter reached 19999 after today terrorists committed these acts: 2012.11.29 (Dih Rawud, Afghanistan) - A woman and five children are among ten civilians torn to shreds by a Taliban roadside bomb. 2012.11.29 (Karbala, Iraq) - Two bomb blasts at a restaurant packed with Shia pilgirms, obliterating nearly thirty. 2012.11.29 (Wana, Pakistan) - A 13-year-old suicide bomber kills three other people at a market. 2012.11.29 (Karbala, Iraq) - An Islamic Army of Iraq car bomb kills eight at the entrance of Shia Shrine. 2012.11.29 (Karachi, Pakistan) - A 60-year-old caretaker at a Shia mosque is picked off by Sipah-e-Sahaba gunmen.
  • Accused eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin surrenders at Canadian border

    11/29/2012 1:27:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | November 29, 2012 | Noelle Crombie
    Rebecca Rubin A 39-year-old woman accused of eco-sabotage in three Western states turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the Canadian border on Thursday morning. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash. She is accused of multiple counts of arson as part of a conspiracy with 12 other people from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states. The charges against Rubin include a Nov. 30, 1997, arson at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney county near Burns and the Dec. 22,...
  • Harvard provides official recognition to BDSM sex-club

    11/29/2012 1:25:27 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 26 replies
    Harvard University granted a controversial BDSM sex-club official school recognition on Wednesday, Campus Reform has confirmed. The student club, Harvard College Munch, is a group of roughly 20 members that meets weekly to explicitly discuss matters related to BDSM and other forms of kinky sex.
  • Residents Alerted to Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday Plans (Drudge:Obamas-20-day, $4 million)

    11/29/2012 1:23:48 PM PST · by STARWISE · 37 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 11-29-12 | Malia Zimmerman
    Residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obamas' holiday vacation plans. The report delivered to residents living along the ocean and canal that surrounds the multi-million dollar homes at Kailuana Place where the President stays, informed them of restrictions that will be implemented for 20 days beginning December 17 and running through January 6. In a matter of weeks, Kailua residents will see the familiar street barricades fronted by U.S. Secret Service agents and Navy Seals and...
  • Police Grab PLO Flag as MKs were About to Light It

    11/29/2012 1:06:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen
    Police pushed MKs Eldad and Ben Ari and stopped them from burning PLO flags in protest of UN statehood bid. Video .....
  • Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains

    11/29/2012 12:58:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29-12 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Three years ago, a Denver bellhop ventured into Arizona’s Superstition Mountains determined to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, an elusive, vast gold reserve that has lured prospectors since the 19th century. Jesse Capen, 35, had made finding the hidden treasure an “obsession” fueled by more than 100 books and maps on the legendary — and perhaps nonexistent — mine named for German immigrant Jacob "The Dutchman" Waltz. On Saturday, years after Capen’s Jeep, wallet, backpack and cellphone were found by hikers, volunteers from the Superstition Search and Rescue finally located what they believe is Capen’s body. “We call ‘em Dutch...
  • Protein's destructive journey in brain may cause Parkinson's

    11/29/2012 12:56:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Laura Sanders
    Clumps of alpha-synuclein move through dopamine-producing cells, mouse study finds The insidious spread of an abnormal protein may be behind Parkinson’s disease, a study in mice suggests. A harmful version of the protein crawls through the brains of healthy mice, killing brain cells and damaging the animals’ balance and coordination, researchers report in the Nov. 16 Science. If a similar process happens in humans, the results could eventually point to ways to stop Parkinson’s destruction in the brain. “I really think that this model will increase our ability to come up with Parkinson’s disease therapies,” says study coauthor Virginia Lee...
  • New Cuban Tax Just Same Old Communist Expropriation

    11/29/2012 12:45:02 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Editorial
    Tyranny: The media praised Cuba for slapping taxes on its impoverished citizens for the first time, calling the move "market-oriented" and "modern." In reality, it's just a new kind of theft from the same old dictatorship. To hear Reuters tell it, you'd think that Cuba, a brutal communist dictatorship for 53 years, has been a tax-free haven for all its lucky citizens. "Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting Jan. 1," the newswire chirped, noting that the new taxes on private profits begin in the 35% vicinity. They're...
  • MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice at Mercury's Poles

    11/29/2012 12:16:16 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 24 replies
    NASA ^ | 11.29.12 | NASA Press Release
    New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters. Three independent lines of evidence support this conclusion: the first measurements of excess hydrogen at Mercury's north pole with MESSENGER's Neutron Spectrometer, the first measurements of the reflectance of Mercury's polar deposits at near-infrared wavelengths with the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), and the first detailed models of the surface and near-surface temperatures of Mercury's north polar regions that utilize the actual topography of Mercury's surface measured by the MLA. These...
  • Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end

    11/29/2012 12:08:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/29/12 | Sue Reid and Simon Caldwell
    Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
  • Harvard approves BDSM club

    11/29/2012 11:38:18 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 11-29-12 | W. A. Jacobson
    “The Harvard Munch” Because Orgasm Seminars are not enough. And Incest Fest is so yesterday. The logical next step was official recognition of a BDSM Club: It started last October with a meal in Currier dining hall with a handful of friends who shared something in common: an affinity for kinky sex. More than a year after the group first began informally meeting over meals to discuss issues and topics relating to kinky sex, Harvard College Munch has grown from seven to about 20 members and is one of 15 student organization that will be approved by the Committee on...
  • Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?

    11/29/2012 11:28:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/12 | Robert Johnson
    Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911. The oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not apply. When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory —...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • Susan Rice has six-figure investment in controversial Canadian oil pipeline company

    11/29/2012 11:20:34 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Martosko
    Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been floated as a possible secretary of state nominee, may soon face opposition from the environmental lobby over what the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called a potential financial conflict of interest on Wednesday. According to her May 2012 financial disclosure, Rice has an investment in TransCanada Corporation worth between $300,000 and $600,000. TransCanada is angling for the State Department’s permission to build the final portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile conduit for crude oil between Canadian deposits and Texas refineries. If she were confirmed...
  • Good News for a Change: Two More States Move Against ObamaCare

    11/29/2012 11:19:37 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | 11/29/2012 | Joshua Withrow
    Some good news today, as Michigan and Arizona have both made decisions that they will not be setting up a health care exchange under ObamaCare. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer declared yesterday that she will not direct the state government to set up an exchange. In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has been trying to set up an exchange, but Speaker of the House Jase Bolger has declared that he will not bring the bill to establish exchanges to the floor. 3,500 people have already sent messages urging Michigan's top state officials to stand against ObamaCare, and the Speaker is listening....
  • Arizona governor sued over her order denying driver's licenses for young immigrants

    11/29/2012 11:10:00 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    The StarTribune ^ | November 29, 2012 | JACQUES BILLEAUD , Associated Press
    PHOENIX — Immigrant rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under a new Obama administration policy.
  • 1,200 Days and $5 Trillion in New Debt Since Senate Dems Passed a Budget [Update: 1,310 days]

    11/29/2012 11:08:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 8/10/12 | Daniel Halper
    Tomorrow will mark a milestone: It will be 1,200 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, during which time Congress amassed $4.8 trillion in new debt. Later today, the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee will release this chart, detailing these startling numbers:
  • Are ‘isolation rooms’ in some school districts going too far?

    11/29/2012 11:02:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    q13Fox ^ | 11/28/2012 | Dana Rebik
    As the director of the Washington Autism Alliance, Arzu Forough hears a lot of bad stories about special needs students being mistreated in school. When behavior becomes violent and a student is at risk of hurting themselves or others, Forough said, a teacher can put a child in what’s known as a quiet or isolation room if they have the parents’ permission. “The rooms I’ve seen are either three-quarter doors or have large windows where the child is visible to the staff member,” Forough said. “There are either bean bags in there or something comfortable for the student to sit...
  • Ewart: Oilsands success, pipeline failures prove costly

    11/29/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | STEPHEN EWART
    The Alberta government is paying the price for the success of efforts to develop the oilsands and the failure to develop pipelines to get that oil to market. The price - as measured by what is known as the differential, or discount, from global benchmark crudes - is currently about $29 on each of the 2.5 million barrels of oil pumped every day in Canada's biggest oil-producing province. That works out to $72.5 million a day. Over a year, that's $26.5 billion of potential revenue not circulating in the provincial economy. Finance Minister Doug Horner cited widening differentials as the...
  • Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain

    11/29/2012 10:38:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain By Alexander Bolton - 11/29/12 12:54 PM ET Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire....
  • Why no homicide investigations after babies born alive, left to die in Canada?

    11/29/2012 10:10:20 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 28, 2012 | André Schutten
    November 28, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The blog Run with Life has reported that, from 2000 to 2009, 491 babies have been born alive following a failed abortion procedure, and subsequently left to die. And those are only the ones that are recorded by Statistics Canada. The blog explains that “there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died after it was born. These abortions are coded as P96.4 or ‘Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn’.” The question that should immediately present itself is, why has there...
  • US-Led NATO Intervention Begins In Syria War: Patriots In Turkey

    11/29/2012 9:53:33 AM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | November 27, 2012, 9:47
    Tuesday, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to the Syrian war with steps for the start of US and NATO intervention in that conflict. Without spelling this out, a game changer began unfolding when a joint Turkish-NATO team began making a site survey for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems, manned by American military teams. The team, said the statement from Ankara, will assess where to station the missiles and how many would be needed. It reiterated that the system is “for defensive purposes” and not for a “no-fly zone or offensive operations,” but...
  • McConnell slams the door on raising tax rates in deficit deal

    11/29/2012 9:26:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) slammed the door Thursday morning on Democratic demands to raise tax rates on families earning more than $250,000 per year.“We’re insisting on keeping tax rates where they are, first and foremost, to protect jobs and because we don’t think government needs the money in the first place,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.“The problem, as I’ve said, is that Washington spends too much. But if more revenue is the price that Democrats want to exact, then we should at least agree to do it in a way that doesn’t cost jobs and disincentivize rates,...
  • Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges (Boehner looks hungover in picture)

    11/29/2012 9:25:46 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 Nov 12 | JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN
    Listen to top Democrats and Republicans talk on camera, and it sounds like they could not be further apart on a year-end tax-and-spending deal — a down payment on a $4 trillion grand bargain. But behind the scenes, top officials who have been involved in the talks for many months say the contours of a deal — including the size of tax hikes and spending cuts it will most likely contain — are starting to take shape. Cut through the fog, and here’s what to expect: Taxes will go up just shy of $1.2 trillion — the middle ground...
  • A Step Toward a Universal Cancer Blood Test

    11/29/2012 9:22:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 November 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Tumor signal. A new cancer blood test looks for abnormal chromosomes, such as the rearrangements in these breast cancer cells (different colors on the same chromosome). Credit: Mira Grigorova and Paul Edwards/University of Cambridge People usually find out that they have cancer after developing symptoms or through a screening test such as a mammogram—signs that may appear only after the cancer has grown or spread so much that it can't be cured. But what if you could find out from a simple, highly accurate blood test that you had an incipient tumor? By sequencing the abnormal DNA...
  • Gingrich: House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Obama

    11/29/2012 9:19:06 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 100 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats on the fiscal cliff, saying that by doing so, they give Obama all of the leverage in the talks. “One of the things I would say to House Republicans is to get a grip,” Gingrich said in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. “They are the majority. They’re not the minority,” he said, enunciating the words as if explaining the concept to someone who did not understand it. “They don’t need to...
  • Conn. advocates rally on behalf of Mexican migrant

    11/29/2012 9:06:02 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 29, 2012 | The Boston Globe
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates are holding a rally in Hartford to protest the detention of a Mexican immigrant under a federal program known as Secure Communities.
  • Who's getting rich off of GOP defeat?

    11/29/2012 8:30:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/29/2012 | Rosslyn Smith
    Eric Erickson at Red State  has been tracing the web of ownership and (conflict of?) interests among the various Republican consulting operations, the 527s and staff at the RNC, NRCC, NRSC, etc. It is complex, but here is a sample. TargetPoint Consulting and WWP Strategies, two groups connected to Alexander and Katie Packer Gage, both received money from the Romney Campaign wherein Katie Packer Gage served as deputy campaign manager while also serving as a partner at WWP Strategies. Katie Packer Gage's husband, Alexander, is the CEO and founder of TargetPoint Consulting, which got money both from the Romney campaign...
  • Alan Simpson:'I Hope' Grover Norquist Drowns In A Bathtub (The Dems absolutely love this guy)

    11/29/2012 8:28:09 AM PST · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/28/12
    ALAN SIMPSON, FORMER SENATOR (R-WYOMING) "So how do you deal with guys who came to stop government or Grover wandering the earth in his white robe saying he wanted to drown government in the bathtub? I hope he slips in there with it."
  • Report: Hawaii preparing for Obama visit [ 21 days.....]

    11/29/2012 8:27:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Report: Hawaii preparing for Obama visit By DONOVAN SLACK | 11/29/12 10:48 AM EST White House Dossier's Keith Koffler reports on what could be a very touchy Christmas vacation: President Obama is reportedly scheduled to be vacationing in Hawaii on January 2, the date billions in spending cuts – and untold consequences for the economy – will kick in if a deal is not reached on the “fiscal cliff.” According to the Hawaii Reporter, residents who live in the area of Oahu where Obama and his family vacation have been told that the usual restrictions on their movements during an...
  • Republicans Demand Details, Timeline on Spending Cuts (Message to Dems: All we need is a budget)

    11/29/2012 8:17:27 AM PST · by bestintxas · 4 replies
    newsmax ^ | 11/29/12
    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner arrives at the Capitol today to face demands from Republican leaders to spell out spending cuts, after President Barack Obama won backing from some corporate executives to raise taxes as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Geithner will meet separately with each of the top four leaders in Congress a day after chief executives from more than a dozen U.S. corporations shuttled from the Capitol to the White House and pressed for an agreement to prevent triggering automatic spending cuts and tax increases on Jan. 1. Obama telephoned House Speaker John Boehner...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 29,2012

    11/29/2012 8:05:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 89 replies
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  • Yes, Romney Was the Problem

    11/29/2012 7:55:36 AM PST · by Resettozero · 178 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Steve Baldwin
    The GOP establishment and some conservative pundits, such as Ann Coulter, are in full defense mode, claiming that Romney is not responsible for losing to an incumbent responsible for perhaps the most damaging fiscal crises in our nation’s history. Don’t believe it. Romney IS responsible for wasting a billion dollars to carry out an issue-free campaign full of simple-minded platitudes. Indeed, Coulter is leading the charge with her recent column titled, Don’t Blame Romney. It’s sweet to watch Coulter defend her darling Romney, but let’s get real. The reality is that Romney was one of the worst GOP presidential candidates...
  • Obama’s “Tell” In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    11/29/2012 7:44:52 AM PST · by Powers Not Delegated · 41 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 11/12/2012 | George Rasley
    Experienced negotiators, and poker players, always look for the opponent’s “tell” -- that one little blink or tic that helps them see through the opponent’s deception to reveal what the opponent is really thinking or what cards he really holds. For those Republicans who thought Obama was actually serious about avoiding the government’s “fiscal cliff,” he just blinked and revealed his cards – and they show a hand that Democrats have held before and know how to play to entice Republicans into making a sucker bet. What Obama said to reveal his hand was that Congress should pass his tax...
  • TSA chief will be a 'no show' at congressional hearing ( jurisdiction over TSA )

    11/29/2012 7:38:37 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | November 29, 2012 | Jim Barnett
    A congressional hearing Thursday on aviation security will be missing its chief witness, who declined to testify. Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole had been asked to appear before the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation on the impact of his agency's policies on passengers and the airline industry. But Pistole said he had no plans to attend, arguing the panel has no jurisdiction over TSA matters. ... TSA regularly chooses to not even respond to simple requests for information
  • When You’re Falsely Accused of a Gun Crime – 12 Things You Need to Know

    11/29/2012 7:30:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 94 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Michelle Gesse
    Until you’re accused of a crime, you may be blissfully ignorant of the fact that “innocent until proven guilty” is a myth. In reality, it’s the opposite. Michelle Gesse, whose husband lived the nightmare of being falsely accused of a firearms related felony, explains what all Americans need to know now about the criminal justice system. Boulder, CO (November 2012)—The scary part of this story is how easily it could happen to any one of us. Steven and Michelle Gesse thought that the small dinner party they hosted on the night of April 5, 2009, would be just that: an...
  • Five teenagers raped after relative demands wages ( Pakistan )

    11/29/2012 7:25:26 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Indian Express - DG ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Greta McClain
    Five girls were gang raped in the Pakistan province of Punjab after a relative of the girls asked a landlord to pay him his wages.... Boota agreed to harvest the crops of two local landlords, Mara Jat and Zaheer Jat. When Boota asked to be paid the previously agreed upon amount, the landlords became irate and warned Boota there would be "dire consequences". Both landlords, along with an unidentified number of aids, returned to Boota's home later in the evening and proceeded to tie up Boota and his wife... the group then kidnapped and gang raped Boota's 13-year-old daughter, along...
  • Immigrant Welfare: The New Colossus. Do the huddled masses yearn to breathe free or eat for free?

    11/29/2012 7:13:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/29/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Here’s a perplexing pair of statistics: Compared with native-born Americans, immigrants are more likely to start a business — and they’re also more likely to depend on welfare. These dissonant data are even more irksome considering the state of the U.S. economy. Government social-aid programs consume an ever-growing portion of the federal budget, surpassing a trillion dollars even before Medicare and Social Security are factored in. And entrepreneurial activity is slowing. Census Bureau statistics show that start-ups accounted for 12 percent of American businesses in 1980 but less than 8 percent today. And earlier this fall, the Hudson Institute found...
  • Sandy caused $37 billion in damage in NJ: Christie

    11/29/2012 7:12:19 AM PST · by Stingray51 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 28, 2012 | Associated Press
    TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Chris Christie says Superstorm Sandy caused $36.8 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than his state's entire budget, from the federal government. Christie says more than 30,000 homes or businesses were destroyed or sustained substantial damage from last month's storm.
  • All about Taxes: Democrats and the media have ignored the rest of the fiscal-cliff debate.

    11/29/2012 7:10:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2012 | Michael Tanner
    How many times have we heard that the only thing standing in the way of a grand bargain to reduce our growing national debt is Republican intransigence on taxes? If Republicans would only agree to dump Grover Norquist, Democrats will agree to cut spending and reform entitlements. Then, we can all join hands and sing Kumbaya as we usher in a new era of compromise and fiscal responsibility. Except that now that Republicans have agreed to raise taxes, er, revenue, as part of an agreement to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, liberals appear to have decided that there really isn’t...
  • 'With UN Bid, Arabs Once Again Try to Steal Israel's Heritage'

    11/29/2012 7:05:44 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israeli National News ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Lev
    It's no accident that the Palestinian Authority is bringing its “case” to the United Nations on November 29 – a day that has for 65 years been identified with the State of Israel. “It's very typical of the PA to choose the day that Israel was recognized as a state by the UN as the date for their state's recognition,” said one historian. “The PA has tried to co-opt so many Jewish and Israeli symbols in the past, and the co-opting of November 29 fits right in with that,” said Moshe Siebel, a history afficianado. The 29th of November is...
  • Third-Quarter GDP Growth Revised Upward to 2.7% [New Normal: This anemic number is "good news"]

    11/29/2012 7:03:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2012 | ERIC MORATH And SARAH PORTLOCK
    The U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace in nearly three years in the third quarter as stronger inventory and export gains caused the government to revise its growth reading higher. The nation's gross domestic product—he broadest measure of goods and services produced in the U.S.—advanced at an annual rate of 2.7% from July through September, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The revised figure is up from the previously reported 2.0% gain and is the best three-month increase since the final quarter of 2009. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected growth to be revised to a 2.8% rate.
  • Favorables: Socialism 24% Capitalism 68%

    11/29/2012 6:58:09 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 28, 2012
    Most Americans continue to have favorable opinions of capitalism and the free enterprise system. However, just 24% have a favorable opinion of socialism. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% have an unfavorable view of that economic system
  • Egypt’s ‘Moderate’ Despot

    11/29/2012 6:55:14 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/28/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers? A “moderate,” of course.*snip*Apparently, “moderation” in the Middle East has been defined down to not wanting to wage war on Israel right now. On Monday, in response to protests, Morsi met with members of the judiciary. Some reports say he walked back his declaration of supremacy, but that is far from clear. He reaffirmed that the courts cannot veto the constitution being written by Morsi’s Islamist pets. Is there any doubt that the constitution will...
  • A Sordid Tale of Chicago Politics that Reveals how Obama got his Start

    11/29/2012 6:49:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11-29-12 | Andrew Malcolm
    Ah, Chicago and its politics. There's no other American city quite like it. Fortunately. It's a beautiful city from the outside. And a political cesspool inside, a seeping source of conniving and corruption that spawned Barack Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett and is now ruled by the president's ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Another amazing chapter in the Windy City's sordid politics began unfolding Wednesday, one whose lineage can actually be traced back to the very beginnings of Obama's political career, which now has an extended expiry date of Jan. 20, 2017. Today, Obama lunches with the man...
  • 68% Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Over 'Happy Holidays'

    11/29/2012 6:48:14 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 27, 2012
    Most Americans still prefer signs in stores that say “Merry Christmas” rather than ones with “Happy Holidays.” A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults prefer Merry Christmas. Just 23% like Happy Holidays instead.
  • Chinese police plan to board ships in disputed seas

    11/29/2012 6:42:09 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Ben Blanchard and Manuel Mogato
    BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) - Police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan will board and search ships which illegally enter what China considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Thursday, a move likely to add to tensions. The South China Sea is Asia's biggest potential military trouble spot with several Asian countries claiming sovereignty over waters believed to be rich in oil and gas. The shortest route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, it has some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. More than half the globe's oil tanker traffic passes through it. New...
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Crime Rate Soaring As City Loses Officers

    11/29/2012 6:21:57 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KCBS ^ | November 28, 2012 | Phil Matier
    Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city. According to the latest numbers from the Oakland Police Department, more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year – translating to about 33 burglaries a day. The most popular targets have been cars with more than 5,700 burglarized so far this year. One of the most likely reasons for the sharp uptick in crime – city officials said they believe it’s the gradual loss of police officers from the force....
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

    11/29/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the storm-related surge, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised up to show 6,000 more applications than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 390,0000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, increased 7,500 to 405,250, the highest level since October...