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  • French mouths water with the return of Burger King

    11/30/2012 1:50:35 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/30/2012
    The announcement that US fast food chain Burger King is set to make a return to France after a 15-year hiatus has caused huge excitement, even if only two franchises are planned for 2013. Burger King is making a return to France after a 15-year hiatus, in news that has set mouths watering in a country better known for its haute cuisine, fine wine and cheeses. The US fast food chain’s imminent return after it quit the country in 1997, citing the brand’s poor commercial performance, has been the subject of intense and repeated rumours for years. And the confirmation...
  • Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa. [Republicans, Follow This Assclown & Refute Him!]

    11/30/2012 1:41:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    madison.com ^ | November 30, 2012
    President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling "fiscal cliff" to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. The trip comes amid signs of impatience in the negotiations between Republican leaders and the White House. Obama was scheduled to go to Hatfield, Pa.,to pressure Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending current Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. White House officials believe Friday's trip will build momentum for the president's case, even as Republicans describe it as an irritant and an obstacle to fruitful talks.
  • Obama's opening "fiscal cliff" bid seeks debt limit hike, stimulus

    11/30/2012 1:35:04 AM PST · by GVnana · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/2012
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration's opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said. The proposal, made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to congressional Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, was seen as offering little the Republicans could agree to and was greeted with laughter, the aide said. "We can't move any closer to them because they're not even on our planet," the aide said. "It was not a serious proposal."-snip-In the maiden bargaining session, Geithner, the...
  • Fighting Corruption Russian Style

    11/30/2012 1:03:13 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The dismissal of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month as a result of an investigation of corruption in the defense ministry–controlled holding company “Oboronservis” (see EDM, October 25, November 1, 8) has been followed this week by further state-sponsored disclosures of high-level fraud. Former agriculture minister in Putin’s government from 2008 to 2012, Elena Skrynnik (51), has been accused by the state TV channel Rossya-1 of misappropriating 39 billion rubles ($1.26 billion) of state budget funds. In a special TV program aired on November 27, Rossya-1 accused Skrynnik—who before becoming agriculture minister was from 2001...
  • Top Five Reasons Republicans Should Take Us Over the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 12:50:56 AM PST · by GVnana · 37 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Nolte
    As the clock ticks and we watch the various players move their pieces into place, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Republicans are in a no-win situation. They’re ether going to have to cave and agree to a tax increase without meaningful spending cuts or take the blame for going over the fiscal cliff. Here are five reasons why going over the cliff is by far the best option. 1. It's a Trap! Though House Speaker John Boehner foolishly helped to manufacture this trap by making tax increases the primary issue in the fiscal cliff negotiations, there's still time to extricate...
  • More soda tax measures may be coming

    11/29/2012 11:13:17 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Richmond's soda tax may have faltered badly on election day, but the idea is now bubbling up in other Bay Area cities and counties. Officials in San Francisco, Berkeley, Alameda County, Vallejo, El Cerrito and other jurisdictions have discussed, or plan to discuss, placing soda taxes on ballots. "We lost the election, but the movement will eventually win," said Dr. Jeff Ritterman, the Richmond city councilman who sponsored Measure N. "Momentum is on our side."
  • Gingrich to GOP: Stop negotiating on fiscal cliff

    11/29/2012 10:18:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    On The Record ^ | November 29, 2012 | Greta VanSusteren
    Former presidential candidate thinks Republicans are giving Pres. Obama, Democrats leverage, that the fiscal cliff is like a 'fantasy'
  • Bolling hints of independent bid for Va. governor

    11/29/2012 10:14:04 PM PST · by TBP · 21 replies
    The great Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s decision Wednesday to drop his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination paves the way for a battle royale between Republican state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe — a campaign that could be radically altered if Mr. Bolling follows through on hints he might pursue an independent run. Such a move would turn on its head a race that’s already ensured a national audience thanks to Virginia’s tradition of holding gubernatorial elections in odd years and would also test the loyalties of many within the party hungry...
  • McDonald's, KFC, Burger King workers protest in NYC

    11/29/2012 9:57:50 PM PST · by babyfreep · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Emily Jane Fox
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pamela Waldron makes $7.75 an hour as a cashier at the KFC in New York's Penn Station, where she has worked for eight years. That's just 50 cents above the New York state minimum wage. The 26-year old nursing student, and mother of two, says she has asked for a raise but her pleas have gone unheeded for weeks. Finally, on Thursday, around lunchtime she joined a protest of about 40 fast food workers who walked out of their shifts, carrying placards and shouting slogans to bring attention to their cause of fighting for higher wages...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greece’s burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:55:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greece’s burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...
  • Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood. Via its Genesis.

    11/29/2012 9:52:26 PM PST · by Katechon · 16 replies
    In-Extremis | November 27 | Katechon
    Hassan al-Banna (left), حسن البنا and Saïd Ramadan (right), سعيد رمضان Al-Banna was born in Mahmudiya, Egypt, in 1906. [Biographical info here, ikhwanwiki arabic here, translated here]. He co-founded the Muslim Youth Association in 1927, restored the newspaper Al-Manar and the weekly al-Shehab, a magazine founded by Imam Abdul Hamid Ben Badis [more info here], and launched the Muslim Brotherhood in March 1928. Al-Banna casted the Muslim Brotherhood's project as twofold: a) to resist Western colonialism (الاستعمار) in its attempt to conquer the peoples of muslim faith (الشعوب المسلمة), and b) to implement Islamic law (Sharia, الشريعة) in the...
  • Gun owners, neighbors clash in Island County

    11/29/2012 9:29:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    King5 ^ | 11-26-12 | Eric Wilkinson
    WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - For Michael McInerney, home is on the range, shooting a gun, a way of life. “I've been a target shooter since I was able to pick up a rifle,” he says, squeezing off a few rounds at a fresh target. Outside city limits in Island County you can shoot just about anywhere, anytime. The same goes for hunting. It’s a way of life not everyone in this increasingly populated county is comfortable with. “You do think about once in a while,” said Ken Webb, a relative newcomer to Whidbey Island after five years. Like many here,...
  • Recession Big Factor as Birthrate Falls

    11/29/2012 9:28:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2012 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    A steep decline in births among immigrant women hard hit by the recent recession is the driving force behind the record low U.S. birthrate, according to the Pew Research Center. The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957. Immigrant women, both legal and illegal, still have a higher birthrate than the U.S. population as a whole. Yet the rate...
  • 'Bear attack' killed local man

    11/29/2012 9:25:55 PM PST · by whodathunkit · 44 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | November 27, 2012 | LANA MUTHLER
    SWISSDALE - State police say a Woodward Township, Clinton County, man died from a bear attack. The state Game Commission, however, disagrees, believing that Gary Lininger died of injuries caused when a tree fell on him. Lininger, 62, died on Oct. 16, according to the Clinton County coroner. His body was found four days later outside his secluded mountain home along Tedrow Lane, just off Route 664, the Coudersport Pike, above the village of Swissdale and some eight miles north of Lock Haven. Coroner Donald G. Walker said the death was not suspicious, but he ordered an autopsy to determine...
  • Joe Biden: Costco-shopper-in-chief

    11/29/2012 9:05:39 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11-29-12 | Morgan Little
    Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the grand opening of Washington, D.C.’s first Costco Thursday morning, meeting with co-founder Jim Sinegal and CEO Craig Jelinek and most importantly, searching for pies. Biden, who re-activated his Costco membership yesterday, declared “I’m looking for pies” as soon as he got a cart, perusing the bakery’s offerings while shoppers gathered around him. Biden, who also gathered a number of children’s books intended for a charity in Delaware, resisted attempts by employees to bring him into the tire department, saying “Hey man, I don’t need tires. I don’t drive anymore.” The vice president ended...
  • Boehner - Filibuster rule change bills 'dead on arrival'

    11/29/2012 9:03:06 PM PST · by Arthurio · 92 replies
    House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made it clear that any bill that came to the House from the upper chamber as a result of Senate Democrats changing the rules on the filibuster would be "dead on arrival." In a statement released from Speaker Boehner's office, the Ohio GOP'er remarked: “Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures. I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and...
  • EU: Citigroup sentences Europe to faster economic death

    11/29/2012 8:46:57 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The closer you read Willem Buiter's imperial uber-blick of the world economy, the more astonishing it becomes. Citigroup's end of year forecast – Prospects for Economies and Financial Markets in 2013 and Beyond – is in essence a celebration of American revival and ascendancy. It sentences Europe to slow economic death. The growth gap in 2012 between the US (+2.2) and the eurozone (-0.4) is the 2.6pc, the biggest since 1993. Professor Buiter – Citi's chief economist – said this is not a one-off. The differential will widen to 3.4pc in 2014 and continue at extreme levels into the latter...
  • Obama As Jesus Painting On Display After Canceled Event

    11/29/2012 8:35:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    A painting depicting President Obama in a religious pose is now on display at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and it’s garnering some protests from those who think it’s blasphemous. Artist Michael D’Antuono originally planned to display the piece in an art installation in New York’s Union Square on the president’s 100th day in office, but so many protesters contacted him about it–he received over 4,000 emails–that he canceled the event. It’s something he says he regrets now. “I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings,”...
  • Weight Loss Surgery May Not Combat Diabetes Long-Term

    11/29/2012 8:28:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | Anahad O'Connor
    Weight loss surgery, which in recent years has been seen as an increasingly attractive option for treating Type 2 diabetes, may not be as effective against the disease as it was initially thought to be, according to a new report. The study found that many obese Type 2 diabetics who undergo gastric bypass surgery do not experience a remission of their disease, and of those that do, about a third redevelop diabetes within five years of their operation. The findings contrast with the growing perception that surgery is essentially a cure for Type II diabetes. Earlier this year, two widely...