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  • Springfield NAACP President Talbert Swan calls for national search for next fire commissioner

    11/30/2012 12:26:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Local NAACP chapter president Rev. Talbert W. Swan II has called on the city to conduct a national search for a new fire commissioner, rather than lowering hiring qualifications to allow acting Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant to keep the job. One day after winning re-election as president of the Springfield NAACP chapter, Swan said the handling of the fire commissioner’s vacancy suggests that politics, rather than professional credentials and experience, is the prime concern of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and other city officials. “Watering down the requirements for the sake of a single preferred candidate sends a questionable message...
  • New York tells Con Edison to prepare in case Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant shuts down

    11/30/2012 12:21:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/30/2012 | Scott DiSavino
    New York energy regulators told power companies in New York City to develop plans to keep the lights on in the Big Apple in case the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies about a quarter of the city's electricity, is forced to shut down. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the two reactors at Indian Point shut when their operating licenses expire in 2013 and 2015 in part because the nuclear plant is located in the New York metropolitan area, home to some 19 million people. The governor has said even the most unlikely possibility of an accident...
  • Love him or hate him, Arpaio is going to be here a while longer (liberal writer's head explodes)

    11/30/2012 12:15:22 PM PST · by pabianice · 23 replies
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 11/30/12 | Richardson
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won again. The 80-year-old Arpaio won a sixth term, setting a record as the county’s longest sitting sheriff. And if Arpaio has his way, and he usually does, he’ll be elected to a seventh term. No doubt the Democrats will give it their best shot to depose Arpaio, but if history repeats itself, the Democrats will once again bring a knife to a gunfight and Arpaio will be re-elected and talking about an eighth term. While the anti-Arpaio crowd are touting the sheriff’s winning by only 7 percent of the vote, he won fair and...
  • Looming amnesty increases illegal immigration

    11/30/2012 11:53:13 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Bob Wilson
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his department arrested ten illegal aliens being smuggled into the United States. The ten aliens were in the back of a pickup. The driver and suspected smuggler of the group absconded and escaped arrest. The ten would-be immigrants were paying $4000 each to be smuggled into the United States. The apprehension of a pickup packed with illegal aliens is not newsworthy yet the documentation of the smuggling fees of $4000 per alien is. With the possibility of a blanket amnesty being seriously discussed by both political parties, the attraction to come to the United States...
  • Obama, at K'Nex Toy Factory, Hammers GOP on Budget Reforms (Boycott K'Nex Toys)

    11/30/2012 11:51:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    TheStreet.com ^ | 11/30/12 | Joe Deaux
    President Barack Obama used his November re-election victory as leverage to suggest that Americans have already voiced their approval for his budget-reform proposal. The president, in a speech Friday at a K'nex toy factory in Hatfield, Pa., called out House Republicans and others who have resisted his calls for tax increases on the wealthiest 2% of income earners and capital gains and dividend taxes to raise revenue in a new budget.
  • Report: British Islamic Charity Accused of Funding Boko Haram Terrorists

    11/30/2012 11:46:46 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    gateway ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Nigerian based Boko Haram Islamist group is responsible for over 900 deaths. Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the 2011 Christmas day bomb blasts in Madalla, Niger State and Jos, the plateau state capital, that left 28 people dead... Now there is a report that a British Islamic charity is funding Boko Haram... The UK authorities are looking into an alleged possible link between a British charity organization and the Nigerian Boko Haram extremist Islamist group. The UK Charity Commission (CC) has confirmed, for the first time, that it is talking to different departments, regarding...
  • White House: Israeli settlement plan 'counterproductive'

    11/30/2012 11:19:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/30/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and east Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
  • The Obama-Piven Strategy

    11/30/2012 11:13:52 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 18 replies
    About.com ^ | August 16, 2010 | Zombie
    We are in the middle of an epochal struggle over the direction of American economic policy. The Democrats, who are currently in charge, want to follow a Keynesian model, which entails massive government spending — with its attendant tax increases and soaring deficit — to jump-start the economy. The Republicans think the solution to our economic doldrums is to lower taxes and decrease spending, to stimulate business activity and help the nation climb out of its crippling debt. And then there’s Barack Obama…. You might think he would be the natural spokesman for the Democratic strategy. And when the cameras...
  • City Attorney of Bankrupt San Bernardino: 'Lock Your Doors and Load Your Guns'

    11/30/2012 11:06:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/12 | Bretibart News
    City attorney of San Bernardino Jim Penman had the audacity to tell the truth to the residents of bankrupt San Bernardino at a recent city council meeting. Taking stock of the fact that San Bernardino’s murder rate has jumped 50 percent over the last year, that the city has been cutting its police force by about 80 officers, and that there is no good news in sight, Penman stated, “lock your doors and load your guns.” He stands by the statement today, explaining, “you should say what you mean and mean what you say.” Penman continued, “Let’s be honest, we...
  • Lockheed F-35 deal valued at $3.8 billion: source

    11/30/2012 10:58:18 AM PST · by ex91B10 · 2 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 11/30/12 | Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
    Lockheed Martin Corp's agreement with the Pentagon for 32 additional F-35 fighter jets is valued at around $3.8 billion, although the two sides are still finalizing details...
  • Disputed articles in Egypt's draft constitution

    11/30/2012 10:46:01 AM PST · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 29, 2012 - 8:23 PM EST | Staff
    CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt's draft constitution, the country's first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general. Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. Here are some of the disputed articles:...
  • Inside Britain's Armageddon houses: Meet the 'preppers' who are stockpiling food and weapons

    11/30/2012 10:34:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 65 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 30 November 2012 | By Hayley Dixon
    Britons are stockpiling arms, food, and even condoms Some have secret hideaways away from towns and cities for when the apocalypse strikes They all appear in a documentary on people preparing for disaster Mayan calendar has predicted the apocalypse on December 21, 2012 The Mayan calendar predicts that the end of the world is less than a month away - but there are some Britons who are taking the doomsday prophecy more seriously than mos Meet the UK's 'preppers'- people who are preparing for Armageddon behind closed doors. Between them they fear a new dark age, natural disasters, a solar...
  • Leno: 'Very Dangerous to White House If Journalists Suddenly Start Asking Real Questions'

    11/30/2012 10:21:57 AM PST · by Kenny · 85 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 30, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Jay Leno continued pressuring Barack Obama Thursday night. During his opening monologue on NBC's Tonight Show, the host said, "This is very dangerous to the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): “This week, CBS News became the first news organization besides Fox to ask President Obama ‘Who changed the Benghazi talking points?’” Leno teased. “See, this is very dangerous to the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions.” Indeed it is, Jay. Indeed it is. Just imagine how dangerous it would have been to Obama if...
  • Domino's: Obamacare Requires 34 Million Pizza Nutrition Signs

    11/30/2012 10:10:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/12 | Tony Lee
    New Obamacare regulations will force pizza chains like Domino's to post up to 34 million nutrition signs in its stores -- one for every pizza combination the company makes. The rules require fast food and grocery stores that have more than 20 stores to require labels for each product they produce. Jenny Fouracre-Petko, the legislative director for Domino’s, said mandated signs will cost Domino’s nearly $5,000 per store. Even worse, the cost will get passed down to the consumer, many of whom will never see the signs since “10 percent of pizza customers never enter a Domino’s store” because they...
  • Redskins' Star QB On Coming To D.C.: 'I Fear God'

    11/30/2012 9:48:27 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 77 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    In an interview with NBC Washington, NFL sensation Robert Griffin III ("RG3") told WRC-TV sports reporter Dan Hellie that his biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C. to be an NFL quarterback was God. Hellie asked the Washington Redskins' star quarterback, "Everybody fears something. What was your biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C., to be an NFL quarterback? "You try not to fear too many things. I fear God," Griffin responded. "RG3" also told Hellie that he fears his parents saying, "you don't want to let people down, and some would say that's pressure, but I didn't fear it. "I just...
  • Pell Grants Cut

    I didn't vote for that ...
  • WH 'surprised' GOP laughed at Geithner offer

    11/30/2012 9:30:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/12 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s spokesman said he was “surprised” that Republicans laughed at a proposal from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that would raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, increase spending, and give the president unilateral control over the debt ceiling. “I was surprised they [the Republicans] were surprised,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today during the press gaggle when asked about the proposal Geithner made in a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “There is no reason for anybody to be surprised.” Geithner foreshadowed this proposal with comments made to Bloomberg TV last week. “It would have...
  • White House: No Plans to Withdraw Palestinian Aid After U.N. Vote

    11/30/2012 9:22:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/30/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    There are no plans to withdraw aid to the Palestinian Authority following the United Nations vote to recognize Palestine as an independent state, a White House spokesman said Friday. Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One that the U.S. opposed the resolution to give the Palestinian Authority nonmember observer state status because the Israel-Palestinian conflict should be resolved “only through face-to-face negotiations, not unilateral actions,” according to the White House pool report. A bipartisan group of senators had threatened to cut off millions in U.S. financial aid to the Palestinians if the vote succeeded. Earnest said there were...
  • Wait Til You Get Home: 6 Things You Don’t Do in Front of White Folks (alert of your choice alert)

    ====snip====#4====== Talk about politics I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been surprised to learn that one of my white friends or associates was a Republican. Ugh. It’s a troubling realization. Not only because of the political ideologies; (I don’t understand why folk can’t see the Republicans are just about money.), but also because the Republican party has been known to associate and or attract the type of folk who cling to racist, sexist and classist thoughts and even behaviors. There’s the tea party folk, the Todd Akin type dudes and most recently people who can’t act like they...
  • Pat Condell: Ha Ha Islamophobia

    11/30/2012 8:53:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 30, 2012 | Pat Condell
    It's Islamophobia Awareness Month.