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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...
  • Author Korwin disavows e-mail scare under his byline

    11/29/2012 7:54:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Veteran Arizona gun rights advocate Alan Korwin, author of several gun law books and a prolific writer, is scrambling to distance himself from what appears to be a rather cleverly concocted fraud that takes something he wrote almost four years ago and makes it look like some brand new sinister scheme he has uncovered. In an unusual step, he has issued an alert that appears on the Ammo Land website, denouncing the first paragraphs of this new missive that has spread across the Internet like a bad case of the flu, under his byline. It purports to identify a new...
  • 'Fountain of youth' technique rejuvenates aging stem cells

    11/29/2012 7:38:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | November 27, 2012 | NA
    This is an image of an aged stem cell after growth factors were added. A new method of growing cardiac tissue is teaching old stem cells new tricks. The discovery, which transforms aged stem cells into cells that function like much younger ones, may one day enable scientists to grow cardiac patches for damaged or diseased hearts from a patient's own stem cells—no matter what age the patient—while avoiding the threat of rejection. Stem cell therapies involving donated bone marrow stem cells run the risk of patient rejection in a portion of the population, argues Milica Radisic, Canada Research Chair...
  • College students learn of Obama's secret Pell Grant cuts

    11/29/2012 6:39:53 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    Sorry, college students. President Obama has cut your access to Pell Grants by 33%; he just forgot to mention it before Election Day. During the recent campaign, President Obama claimed credit for increasing funding to the Pell Grant program, which provides college funds, free from repayment, to millions of students. However, an email sent out Tuesday to some Dallas college students is revealing a detail the President forgot to mention: the time a student can receive a Pell Grant has been cut, by as much as three years. With Pell Grants for the fall semester now dispersed, colleges are informing...
  • Video: Feds shut down 100-year-old oyster company, destroy some lives and dreams

    11/29/2012 6:37:42 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 56 replies
    Hey, no bigs. It’s just a 100-year-old company and California’s only surviving cannery, a sustainable, family-owned operation employing 30 people. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been in a seven-year fight with the federal government and environmental groups over whether it’s 40-year lease would be renewed this week. The Lunny family, which owns the oyster farm, was among a group of families that sold their ranch lands to the National Parks Service in the 1970s to protect them from developers, with the understanding they would get 40-year-leases renewed in perpetuity. After buying and operating the oyster farm without incident— they...
  • Real School Employees of Buffalo': Taxpayers Pick Up Tab for Plastic Surgeries, 5-Star Hotels...

    11/29/2012 6:32:18 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    Check out this jaw-dropping story from EAGnews.org: Just call them the “Real School Employees of Buffalo.” Like the rich folks in the famous television show with the similar name, employees of Buffalo Public Schools routinely spend a great deal of money on extravagant things like plastic surgery, airline travel, expensive hotels and limousines.
  • Barack Obama - National security is just a video game

    11/29/2012 6:21:25 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    FEBRUARY 11, 2012 | TIMOTHY WHITEMAN
    Editorial Obama's video game mentality when it comes to National Security. It's no big secret the the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue always has the glowingest of things to say about our Armed Forces. You know the real 1 percenters the liberal media seems to forget about on a daily basis. But I digress, Barry-O recently heaped faux tele-zombied praise on our Warriors during the most recent State of the Union Address: "At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down they exceed all expectations." Awww... I dunno 'bout you, but I'm feeling all warm...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-29-12

    11/29/2012 5:57:45 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-29-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Does Nancy Pelosi have any leverage in fiscal cliff talks? (Ah, no.)

    11/29/2012 5:54:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/29/12 | Sargent and Greg Sargent
    Does Nancy Pelosi have any leverage in fiscal cliff talks?By Sargent and Greg Sargent The Washington Post Posted Nov 29, 2012 08:51 PM EST With John Boehner continuing to (publicly) rule out a hike in tax rates for the rich, Nancy Pelosi fired back today by drawing her own hard lines. She told reporters that another round of big spending cuts is unacceptable, and in an interview with NPR, she rebuffed the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age. Which raises a question: Does Pelosi have any leverage in the talks to begin with? The Beltway chatter holds that she...
  • [Video] Glenn Beck: Rand Paul, the Only Politician With a Spine

    11/29/2012 5:49:44 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 63 replies
    GlennBeck.com ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Glenn Beck
    Rand Paul – the only one left? Glenn Beck Nov 29, 2012 Glenn interviewed seemingly the only politician with a spine on radio today, Senator Rand Paul. While many Republicans are displaying a readiness to just throw out everything they said they believed in and cave to Obama, Sen. Paul is trying to hold the line. Check out the interview today in the clip above and find out how to get involved.
  • Mitch McConnell On Barack Obama: He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

    11/29/2012 5:40:47 PM PST · by what's up · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Duane Patterson
    MM: Well, it’s certainly true that they could get what they have claimed for years they wanted to do by doing nothing. They could get a big Defense cut, and they could get a massive tax increase. But of course, they don’t want to get a tax increase on everybody, only on the top two rates. Also, do they really think it would be good for the economy for all of this to kick in? I tell you, I think the fundamental observation I would make about all of this right now, whether it’s this totally unserious proposal from the...
  • Al Qaeda battle in Afghanistan to stretch for years: U.S.

    11/29/2012 5:26:07 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Phil Stewart
    (Reuters) - Al Qaeda fighters are still trying to make inroads into Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, cautioning that battling the group would be a core U.S. mission there for years to come. Panetta made the comments as the United States weighs how large a military force to keep in Afghanistan when the NATO combat mission ends in 2014, ending a war that, at that point, will have stretched for over 13 years. There are approximately 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the residual force may number less than 10,000. President Barack Obama could decide in...
  • Memo To The ACLU, Don’t Put Women Into Combat

    11/29/2012 5:21:45 PM PST · by billflax · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/29/2012 | Bill Flax
    Many nights as I stroll into the kitchen after work three little ones come at a gallop. My daughters arrive first, bearing hugs, one on each arm. Then my son with a grin so bright and so big it barely fits his face lands a haymaker in the one spot a three year old can hurt you. As many parents can attest, boys and girls differ. Try as the Left may to thwart reality, adult men and women remain different. It’s impossible to comprehend human interactions without recognizing this undeniable certainty. Nevertheless, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched legal...
  • White House: Obama 'Will Not Sign' a Deal Unless It Increases Taxes

    11/29/2012 5:19:25 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    White House: Obama 'Will Not Sign' a Deal Unless It Increases Taxes By Terence P. Jeffrey November 29, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that no matter what else happens President Barack Obama--who is the only modern president other than Franklin Roosevelt to serve in four years when federal spending topped 24 percent of GDP--will not sign a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that will arrive at the end of this year unless that deal increases taxes. "So the President made clear that he is not wedded to every detail of his plan,"...
  • Feds boot Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from Pt. Reyes

    11/29/2012 5:16:32 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 26 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/29/12 | Peter Fimrite
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California. The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California's first federally designated marine wilderness area. Salazar made his decision a day before the 40-year lease allowing Drakes Bay Oyster Co., to harvest shellfish in the estuary expires and one week...
  • French court overturns Concorde crash conviction

    11/29/2012 5:15:05 PM PST · by brityank · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle - Chron.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | AP Staff
    French court overturns Concorde crash conviction By ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 29, 2012 | Updated: November 29, 2012 11:21am VERSAILLES, France - A French appeals court overturned manslaughter convictions against Houston's Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people, ruling Thursday that their mistakes did not make them legally responsible for the deaths. The crash hastened the end for the already-faltering supersonic Concorde, synonymous with high-tech luxury but a commercial failure. The program, jointly operated by Air France and British Airways, was taken out of service in 2003....
  • Clinton blasts 'unfortunate and counterproductive' U.N. Palestinian resolution

    11/29/2012 4:48:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/29/12 | BYRON TAU
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted the United Nations General Assembly Thursday for voting to recognize Palestine as a nonmember state. "I want to say a few words about the unfortunate and counterproductive resolution at the United Nations General Assembly," Clinton said at an event hosted by Foreign Policy magazine in Washington D.C.
  • Forbes Releases List Of 11 "Death Spiral" States

    11/29/2012 4:41:58 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    FOX News: A writer at Forbes Magazine has identified a phenomenon called the “death spiral states.” The category includes 11 states where private sector workers are outnumbered by people who are dependent on the government. That number would include state workers, and people who are receiving welfare or pension. For example, in California the ratio of “takers versus makers” is bigger than one. If you own a software company that employs 100 people, you’re supporting 139 other people in the state who are on the “takers” list.
  • US sets deadline for Iran to cooperate with IAEA

    11/29/2012 4:32:13 PM PST · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/12
    The United States effectively set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, saying it would otherwise urge reporting the issue to the U.N. Security Council. The comments by U.S. diplomat Robert Wood to the 35-nation governing board of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency signalled Washington's growing frustration at the lack of results in the IAEA's inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran's nuclear programme. Iran denies the charge. "If by March Iran has not begun substantive cooperation with the IAEA, the United States ... would urge the board...
  • Susan Rice In 1986 Book: Make White Students Learn Black History

    11/29/2012 4:27:36 PM PST · by drewh · 168 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:30 11/29/2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    In a 1986 book by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the future diplomat argued for the aggressive inclusion of a black history curriculum in American schools, claiming that its omission had “crippling effects” by “providing a child with no more than … a white interpretation of reality.” The 86-page book, “A History Deferred,” served as a guide for secondary and elementary school teachers wanting to teach “Black Studies,” and was published by the Black Student Fund, an advocacy group where Rice had an internship. “Susan’s interest in the study of Black history evolved from her desire to...
  • U.S. birth rate plummets to its lowest level since 1920

    11/29/2012 4:21:03 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Tara Bahrampour
    The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The overall birth rate declined by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, with a decrease of 6 percent among U.S.-born women and 14 percent among foreign-born women. The decline for Mexican immigrant women was more extreme, at 23 percent. The overall birth rate is now at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records.
  • US Birth Rate Plummets To Lowest Level Since 1920 (earliest year with reliable records)

    11/29/2012 4:15:35 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 29, 1:01 PM | by Tara Bahrampour
    The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The overall birth rate declined by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, with a decrease of 6 percent among U.S.-born women and 14 percent among foreign-born women. The decline for Mexican immigrant women was more extreme, at 23 percent. The overall birth rate is now at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records. The decline could have far-reaching implications for U.S. economic...
  • School Removes God From First-Grader's Poem (for a Veterans Day Assembly)

    11/29/2012 4:06:21 PM PST · by drewh · 30 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 29, 2012 | 16:41 | By Noel Sheppard
    When the word "God" becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist. Consider the story of a first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, who had the word "God" stripped from a poem she wrote and was going to read at her school's Veterans Day assembly earlier this month. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served during the Vietnam War. “He prayed to God for peace," she wrote of one of them. "He prayed to God for strength.” Unfortunately, a parent found out about this, and complained to the school district. At a McDowell County Board...
  • Failure Romney Style

    11/29/2012 4:03:54 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 14 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/29/12 | Judson Phillips
    We are used to Democrats who use campaigns and government jobs as their private piggy banks. A Republican campaign would be the last place you would expect to see wild spending on questionable projects. Yet in the Romney campaign that seems to have happened and this might have cost him the election. What is going on?
  • Let's Put This Baby To Bed!! Less than $2.7k to go!! [FReepathon Thread XLVI]

    11/29/2012 4:00:14 PM PST · by RedMDer · 426 replies
    270 FReepers with $10 or 27 FReepers with a $100 and we are over the top. How about it FReepers. Any takers? Let's Put This Baby To Bed!
  • What Empty Nest? Weak Economy Means Living at Home ( Failure to Launch )

    11/29/2012 3:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | 29 Nov 2012
    You raise them, you educate them and you expect them to go out into the world. But they keep coming back. ... between 2007 and 2011 there was a steady increase in the percentage of adults living in someone else’s house – and that increase has mostly been driven by adult children moving in with mom and dad. In 2011, Census Bureau researchers found that 17.9 percent of people 18 and older, or 41.2 million people, lived in a house in which they weren’t the head of the household or that person’s spouse or significant other. That’s up from 16...
  • RUSH: Republicans must walk away from any deal with Obama and the Democrats on the fiscal cliff

    11/29/2012 3:18:58 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11-29-2012 | The Right Scoop
    Yesterday Charles Krauthammer said that Republicans have leverage right now with the president on this fiscal cliff deal because if tax rates go up on all Americans, Obama’s second term will begin in a recession as the higher tax rates will slow growth even more, and Krauthammer contends that Obama doesn’t want that. But Rush passionately disagrees noting that analysis disregards Obama’s entire first term. Rush believes that Obama doesn’t care about having a successful economy in his second term, that it’s all part of his push to transform this country into a welfare state because that’s what is fair...
  • As Supersymmetry Fails Tests, Physicists Seek New Ideas

    11/29/2012 3:10:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Simons Science News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    No hints of “new physics” beyond the predictions of the Standard Model have turned up in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile circular tunnel at CERN Laboratory in Switzerland that slams protons together at high energies. (Photo: CERN) As a young theorist in Moscow in 1982, Mikhail Shifman became enthralled with an elegant new theory called supersymmetry that attempted to incorporate the known elementary particles into a more complete inventory of the universe.“My papers from that time really radiate enthusiasm,” said Shifman, now a 63-year-old professor at the University of Minnesota. Over the decades, he and thousands of...
  • White House Offers New Fiscal Plan, Prodding G.O.P.

    11/29/2012 3:03:40 PM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    ny times ^ | 11/29/2012 | By JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, an immediate new round of stimulus spending, home mortgage refinancing and a permanent end to Congressional control over statutory borrowing limits. The proposal, loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts, was likely to meet strong Republican resistance. In exchange for locking in the $1.6 trillion in added revenues, President Obama embraced $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other entitlements, to...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, November-29-2012

    11/29/2012 2:30:38 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 81 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
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  • [San Francisco] MTC building price soars to $218 million

    11/29/2012 2:09:40 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 4 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Michael Cabanatuan and John Coté
    (11-29) 12:56 PST San Francisco -- Things are looking up for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's controversial plan to transform the old tank factory and postal facility at 390 Main St. into a suitable place for regional agencies to cohabit - particularly the price tag. The estimated cost now stands at $218 million, which is $38 million higher than the original estimate from July 2011 but $51 million more than the most recent estimate, adopted in November 2011. (The projected cost fell after the agency bought the building at a lower price.)