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  • So Long to ĎThe Big Eí(inactivated today)

    12/01/2012 7:09:10 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 76 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-1-2012 | Rick Moran
    December 1, 2012 So Long to ¬ĎThe Big E¬í Rick Moran For five decades, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise plowed the seven seas to protect the freedoms of American citizens and guarantee freedom of the seas for all. From the Cuban missile crisis through its participation in conflicts arising out of the 9/11 attacks, ‚ÄúThe Big ‚ÄėE‚Äô‚ÄĚ was the tip of the spear of American foreign policy.Today, in front of 12,000 former crew, their families, and friends, the United States Navy formally retired Enterprise from active service. Reuters: The 1,123-foot (342-metres) long Enterprise was commissioned in 1961 with eight...
  • Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of Electricity (panels a FAIL after Sandy)

    12/01/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/19/12 | DIANE CARDWELL
    Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of ElectricityBy DIANE CARDWELL Published: November 19, 2012 When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the power in areas like coastal Long Island and the Jersey Shore, what should have been beacons of hope ó hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops ó became symbols of frustration. Despite the popular perception that installing solar panels takes a home ďoff the grid,Ē most of those systems are actually part of it, sending excess power to the utility grid during the day and pulling electricity back to run the house at night. So when the...
  • Half of those on Liverpool Care Pathway never told.. [ Death by NHS]

    12/01/2012 5:40:07 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 01 Dec 2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Each year around 130,000 patients are placed on the Lierpool Care Pathway, which can involve the withdrawal of drugs, fluids and food, and the administration of powerful pain relief. A national audit by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and the Royal College of Physicians ... demonstrated that in total, around 57,000 patients a year are dying in NHS hospitals without being told that efforts to keep them alive have been stopped. It also reveals that thousands of dying patients have been left to suffer in pain, with no attempt to keep them comfortable while drugs were administered....
  • Japan tunnel collapse 'traps cars'

    12/01/2012 5:22:34 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 December 2012
    A road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles, Japanese media reports say. The incident happened at about 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Saturday) in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.
  • Navy Dolphins' Work Will Be Outsourced

    12/01/2012 5:15:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    NAVY DOLPHINSí WORK WILL BE OUTSOURCED Robots to pick up animalsí tasks, like some detection of mines Like the factory worker and travel agent before them, some Navy dolphins trained to hunt down mines are scheduled to be replaced by computers in five years. However, the Navyís marine mammals arenít going away. Military-trained dolphins and sea lions will continue to be used for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor ó jobs they are still better at than machines. The Navyís $28 million marine mammal program, headquartered in San Diego, uses 80 bottlenose dolphins and 40 California sea...
  • Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28)

    12/01/2012 5:15:03 PM PST · by blam · 169 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-1-2012 | Brian Hamilton
    Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28) Alabama running back Eddie Lacy scores on a 41-yard touchdown run as he is chased by Georgia's Shawn Williams during the second quarter. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Photo / December 1, 2012) Brian Hamilton Tribune reporter6:53 p.m. CST, December 1, 2012 ATLANTA -- Notre Dame, the Tide rolls for thee.Alabama rallied twice in the second half to down Georgia 32-28 in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, all but assuredly earning a shot at the No. 1 Irish in the BCS title tilt on...
  • Possible Mississippi River Shutdown Threatens Thousands of Jobs

    12/01/2012 5:14:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | November 30, 2012 | Justin Wingerter
    Itís an issue that has plagued states along the Mississippi River for months and has now landed squarely on the desk of President Obama: how to prevent the imminent shutdown of commercial traffic along the nationís largest waterway. A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the river, threatening barge traffic. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the President raised the issue with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Wednesdayís cabinet meeting, directing his administration to take ďevery step to mitigateĒ the situation. Carney added that there are a number...
  • 70 protest alleged 'maternal hotel' in Chino Hills(So-Calif)

    12/01/2012 4:42:36 PM PST · by Bullish · 32 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 12-1-12 | Jim Steinberg, staff writer
    CHINO HILLS - Some 70 people picketed a busy intersection on Saturday protesting what they say is an illegal Chinese maternity operation. Brightly colored signs reading "Not in Chino Hills" and "No Birth Tourism" decorated the intersection of Peyton Avenue and Chino Hills Parkway for more than two hours. It was the first protest by the group Not In Chino Hills, which was organized just two weeks ago. "Chino Hills is a nice family oriented town. We don't want a maternal hotel that is a business in a residential area," said Rossana Mitchell, one of the People voice their opinions...
  • Palau is Set to Get Lashed By A ďOne in A MillionĒ Typhoon

    12/01/2012 3:28:19 PM PST · by dirtboy · 176 replies
    Oceania TV ^ | 12/2/2012 (yeah, it's already Sunday there) | Kassi Berg
    The air that now blankets Palau is warm, dry, still, and disturbingly ominous. Palauís sky has reason to brood for in less than 24 hours Typhoon Bopha is predicted to make landfall on the tiny nation of the Republic of Palau with a near direct hit. This typhoon has been securing strength and intensity while at sea and is expected to be a monster typhoon with a violent entry. As of 4am on December 2, 2012, this typhoon is predicted to sustain 150-mph winds and 180-mph gusts when it reaches Palau on early morning Monday. If that were not enough,...
  • Internal Row in Labor over Platform, Talk of Split

    12/01/2012 2:43:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Amir Peretz, who occupies the Number Three spot in the Labor party's list for the Knesset, mounted an attack on party leader Shelly Yechimovich on Channel 2's Meet the Press Saturday. He demanded that Yechimovich state clearly that she will never sit in the Netanyahu government, and insisted that she spell out a detailed plan for peace with the Palestinian Authority. The presenter, political reporter Rina Matzliah, asked him if it was true that he was considering splitting off from Labor after the election along with six other MKs. He did not confirm or deny this, but said that at...
  • Source: Belcher murder-suicide followed argument over Trey Songz concert

    12/01/2012 2:41:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    KC Star ^ | 12/1/12 | GLENN RICE
    According to a friend of Kasandra Perkins, the woman killed today by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the couple argued in the early morning hours after the woman was out late attending Fridayís Trey Songz concert at The Midland. The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted Perkins when she returned home about 1 a.m.
  • Obama Administration Silent After Egyptian Constitution Restores Slavery

    12/01/2012 2:38:07 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    gateway ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Itís no secret that Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids. Itís also common knowledge that Barack Obamaís ancestors owned slaves... So itís really no surprise that he helped usher in a radical Egpytian regime that is restoring slavery. ... The Obama administration declined to criticize Egyptís constitution despite its slavery clause.
  • Govít Gives PA Restaurant a Choice: Give 10% Sunday Church Bulletin Discount to Atheists Too or

    12/01/2012 1:56:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 69 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Do you recall the furor surrounding Prudhommeís Lost Cajun Kitchen, a Pennsylvania-based restaurant, this past summer? The establishment has been offering a 10 percent discount for individuals who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays. Citing this action as discriminatory, John Wolff, a local atheist, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Now, the restaurant will be forced to offer discounts to any individual who brings in a pamphlet involving religious faith ó including atheism. To continue offering its discount, Prudhommeís Lost Cajun Kitchen must now honor literature that comes from any religious institution, The Christian Post...
  • Undocumented students and supporters hold vigil at University of Oklahoma

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    NewsOK.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Silas Allen
    NORMAN ó Deisy Escalera considers Oklahoma her home. She graduated from high school here, goes to college here and pays taxes here. But in some respects, Escalera isn't American ó at least, not on paper. ďI consider myself an American,Ē she said. ďI was not born here, but I consider myself an American.Ē Escalera, 23, came to the United States illegally from Mexico with her mother when she was 6 years old. Today, she's one of 25 undocumented students at the University of Oklahoma. Several of those undocumented students and their supporters gathered on OU's South Oval Tuesday evening to...
  • U.S. Moves Toward Recognizing Syriaís Opposition

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2012 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER
    Bryan Denton for The New York Times Rebels in Aleppo, Syriaís largest city, in August. The opposition to the Syrian government is developing a political structureWASHINGTON ó The United States is moving toward recognizing the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people as soon as it fully develops its political structure, American officials said Thursday. A decision to recognize the group could be announced at a so-called Friends of Syria meeting that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to attend in Morocco on Dec. 12. It is the most immediate decision facing the Obama administration...
  • California StormWatch thread: December 1st thru ? , 2012 (Phase #3 or is it #4 approaches)

    12/01/2012 1:12:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Wunderground.com ^ | 12/1/12 | Severe Weather -Wunderground.com
    Whip out your web site links and get ready for Phase #3 or is it #4 as it comes ashore, the hills are soggy.. the sandbags are ready.. Twenty days out from the Mayan calendar scenario.. got life jackets?
  • Casper Police Release Official Statement on Facebook

    12/01/2012 12:52:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    K2Radio ^ | 12/1/12 | Tom McCarthy
    Casper College Incident -snip- Investigation has revealed that Chris Krumm stabbed Heidi Arnold to death at the residence on Hawthorne prior to driving to Casper College where he carried a compound bow and two knives, covered by a blanket, into the Wold Physical Science building. Once inside, he stepped into Professor Krummís classroom and shot his father in the head with an arrow, knocking him to the ground. Despite being mortally wounded, James Krumm got up and fought with his attacker enabling the students in the room to escape unharmed; an incredible act of courage and heroism to say the...
  • Special Report Panel on Intervention in Syria-- Nov 30, 2012 -- FOXNEWS Video

    12/01/2012 12:49:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard Blog ^ | Nov 30, 2012
    Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
  • MTV to debut 'Buckwild' in 'Jersey Shore' slot on Jan. 3 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

    12/01/2012 12:25:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Inside TV ^ | Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Dan Snierson
    BUCKWILDIn just a few weeks, it will be time to pack up the beach towels, tanning oils, and tanning oils and say goodbye to Jersey Shore for good. How will you fill your Thursday nights at 10 p.m.? MTV is hoping to hit pay dirt (mud?) several hundred miles southwest of New Jersey with Buckwild, a new reality series about nine young-adult friends in small-town West Virginia who say they are living by the motto, ďWhatever happens, happens.Ē And what seems to be happening is a lot of riding down hills inside giant tires, driving trucks dangerously through mud, tearing...
  • ObamaCare Fallout: Walmart Ends Insurance For New Hires

    12/01/2012 12:14:56 PM PST · by george76 · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Nolte
    And so the government takeover of our health care system begins: Walmart, the nationís largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week.. ... By making the fine for not providing health care cheaper than providing health care, this was always the plan: to encourage employers to send us to the government. Remember how Obama's big ObamaCare sell was, "You get to keep the health insurance you have"? It was all a lie, a hustle, a con, a ruseÖ
  • Three Reported Missing After Animal Rights Activists Take "War on Leather" to Motorcycle Gang Rally

    12/01/2012 11:56:12 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    The Spoof ^ | Jan 30, 2010 | Fuzzy Duffy Rating:
    Try to read this without laughing out loudÖ H/T Mike Hoy What a wonderful coming together of two diverse groups! We need more gatherings where the idiot activists are given warm, moist, aromatic welcomes like this one. This is why PETA usually protests women wearing fur rather than bikers wearing leather. Sounds to me like the old saying, ďyou mess with the bull, and you get the hornsĒ. Gee, I guess these characters thought that Bikers where going to be politically correct like the rest of the wimpy world.
  • More white, Indian youth want to leave South Africa: survey

    12/01/2012 11:53:21 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Times Live ^ | November 21, 2012
    The number of white and Indian South African youth wishing to leave the country has increased, a survey by Pondering Panda revealed on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield said 2606 respondents aged between 18 and 34 participated in the survey, where they were asked if they wanted to live in the country for good or if they wished to live in another country. "Fifty-six percent of whites, and 53% of Indians expressed the desire to emigrate, far higher than black respondents with 33%, and coloureds at 43%," said Wakefield in a statement. The company said the overall number of youths who...
  • Killings of white farmers highlight toxic apartheid legacy in South Africa

    12/01/2012 11:41:11 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012
    ERMELO, South Africa -- In a country cursed by one of the world's highest murder rates, being a white farmer makes a violent death an even higher risk. Whether attacks have been motivated by race or robbery, a rising death rate from rural homicides is drawing attention to the lack of change on South Africa's farms nearly two decades after the end of apartheid -- and to the tensions burgeoning over enduring racial inequality. Some of South Africa's predominantly white commercial farmers go as far as to brand the farm killings a genocide. 'Potentially explosive' issue On the other side...
  • U.S. Condemns Israel's Decision to Approve Construction

    12/01/2012 11:22:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The White House on Friday condemned Israel's decision to build 3,000 new homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as "counterproductive" and said it would make resuming peace talks harder. Abbas' move at the United Nations has" buried the Oslo Accords" according to various political figures and that is why talks are not on the agenda. The move to be "recognized" as a state, although symbolic, was made without agreed upon borders or a declaration of peace and is essentially a hostile step. Abbas ignored the US government's request that he refrain from doing so and the automatic pro-PA vote in...
  • Syria rebels build momentum with tactical successes

    12/01/2012 11:04:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 November 2012 Last updated at 07:44 ET
    Opposition supporters hope rebel-held areas will become fully "liberated"Over the past month, rebel forces in Syria have enjoyed tactical successes which analysts say demonstrate their growing ability to challenge the government's military dominance.The rebels have displayed military strength and organisation in capturing several major military bases, seizing weaponry, disrupting supply lines, and forcing the military to pull back.Capturing military bases It is unclear how many government bases the rebels have overrun since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, mostly because they have rarely attempted to hold them because of the risk of retaliatory air strikes...
  • Colleges have free speech on the run

    12/01/2012 9:41:25 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: November 30 | George Will
    In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration ó acting as prosecutor, judge and jury ó convicted him of ďopenly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.Ē ďOpenly.Ē ďRelated to.Ē Good grief. The book, ďNotre Dame vs. the Klan,Ē celebrated the 1924 defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a fight with Notre Dame students. But some of Sampsonís co-workers disliked the bookís cover, which featured a black-and-white photograph of a...
  • Walther Arms Moves to Fort Smith, Plans $7 Million Expansion with Umarex USA

    12/01/2012 9:33:11 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Arkansas Business ^ | Posted 11/29/2012 10:07 am | by Arkansas Business Staff
    Walther Arms Inc. said Thursday that its US operations will locate to Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, sharing a campus and business resources with Umarex USA, which will expand its manufacturing operations to include components of both airguns and firearms. Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas economic development officials made the announcement on Thursday at Umarex USA's plant at Chaffee Crossing. Umarex USA makes sporting and replica air guns. Its line of products includes paintball guns, pellet guns, air pistols and accessories. Umarex USA is owned by PW Group of Germany, which also owns firearms leader Walther Co. in Germany. Walther...
  • Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

    12/01/2012 9:31:12 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 19 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Nov 30, 2012 02:45 PM EST | Guy Benson
    Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise." ... The GOP's dilemma is a doozy. Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular proposition at the moment -- while offering almost nothing meaningful in return. Meanwhile, Democrats' allies in the media have been crafting a 'Republicans-as-stubborn-obstructionists' narrative for years. To a large extent, they've been successful; Republicans are poised to bear the brunt of an irate public's blame if a fiscal cliff...
  • Operation Christmas Child breaks collection record [Nashville, AR]

    12/01/2012 9:26:57 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Nashville Leader ^ | November 30, 2012 | By Jana Copeland
    Operation Christmas Child is a rewarding deed and will change the lives of many children around the world, according to Nashville Collection Center Coordinator Beverly Starr. This year was extremely successful for the Nashville and the collection area. Volunteers gathered a record 10,202 shoeboxes. They also took an additional 21 late boxes to Boone, N.C., with them. The total number of shoeboxes collected worldwide wonít be known until the middle of December. The goal for this area was 7,500 shoeboxes, and obviously, OCC exceeded this goal for the year, shattering the old record of 7,340 set in 2011. Starr said,...
  • Senate Reaffirms US Support for Japan in Land Dispute With China

    12/01/2012 9:23:39 AM PST · by traumer · 7 replies
    The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved an amendment that reaffirms Washington's commitment to Japan in its territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. The measure was attached Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2012, which is still being debated in the Senate - the upper body of Congress. The amendment says that the U.S. acknowledges Japan's administration over the Senkaku Islands, but does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the territory. It also notes U.S. opposition to any efforts to coerce, threaten or use force to resolve the territorial...
  • US-Based Trans-Pacific Failure by President

    12/01/2012 8:53:50 AM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies
    LATIMES ^ | 12/01/2012 | La time Reporter
    President Barack Obama attended the November summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn't. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world's population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States. Instead, the Association of Southeast...
  • Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on lockdown after 2 shootings, (by KC Chiefs Player) reports say

    12/01/2012 8:09:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2012
    DEVELOPING: Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, was placed on lockdown early Saturday morning after local reports of two shootings at the stadium.
  • CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER TO ENTER RACE FOR JESSE JACKSON JR.'S SEAT

    12/01/2012 7:39:18 AM PST · by grimalkin · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/1/2012 | REBEL PUNDIT
    Former Congressman Mel Reynolds, who resigned in disgrace from the Illinois 2nd Congressional District after being convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, wants his old seat back. Reynolds announced at a press conference on Wednesday that he would join the avalanche of Democrat candidates jumping in line for a chance at picking up the coveted 2nd district seat, now vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in the upcoming special election.
  • Bus hits Miami airport overpass; 1 dead

    12/01/2012 7:18:01 AM PST · by Doogle · 13 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 12/01/12 | AP via FOX
  • CBS Radio Building Hit By Gunfire

    12/01/2012 7:10:28 AM PST · by SF Geo · 25 replies
    cbs dfw .com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Ryan Crowe, Andrea Lucai & L.P. Phillips
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) Ė Shots ring out as someone opens fire on a Dallas office building, and a window belonging to NewsRadio 1080 KRLD is hit. The bullets went through the outside panes of glass on two floors of the 12-story CBS Radio building off Central Expressway at Fitzhugh Avenue. One of the windows hit belongs to KRLD promotions director Matt Stacks, who was startled by the sound about 3:15 Friday afternoon. Stacks initially thought a bird hit the 5th floor window. ďI just heard a loud boom. I turned around and looked at my window and noticed it started splintering...
  • Legislators, aides and FBI take threats seriously

    12/01/2012 7:05:18 AM PST · by SF Geo · 5 replies
    www.thedaily.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Daniel Libit
    The number of FBI investigations into threats against members of Congress spiked in the wake of former Rep. Gabby Giffordsí shooting, according to documents obtained by The Daily. In the nine months following Jared Lee Loughnerís murderous rampage, the FBI opened up at least 38 cases based on threats against specific members of Congress, as well as a handful of generic threats against unnamed members. This was a notable increase from the previous year, when the bureau opened 26 cases over a 12-month span, according to FBI documents. A 2010 analysis by Politico found that investigations into threats against members...
  • Why Asian Americans Voted So Overwhelmingly For Obama

    12/01/2012 6:50:41 AM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-1-2012 | Menzie Chinn
    Why Asian Americans Voted So Overwhelmingly For Obama Menzie Chinn, EconbrowserDec. 1, 2012, 7:18 AMMenzie Chinn is a professor at Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs Noahpinion asks: ď[W]hy did Asian-Americans break so strongly for Obama? I provide my (slightly different) answer. As Noahpinion observes, given Asian Americanís higher than average income, the Romney-esque argument that the group is one of ďtakersĒ not ďmakersĒ cannot be correct (of course, there is little empirical content to this particular thesis, anyway). 2012 was not an isolated event, by the way. I am not a political scientist, and so am not...
  • Dayton's transportation group urges higher gas tax, tab fees

    12/01/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-1-12 | Martiga Lohn
    Gov. Mark Dayton's own transportation advisory panel called Friday for a higher state gas tax and other fees and taxes to raise at least $50 billion more for roads and transit over the coming two decades. The Transportation Finance Advisory Committee's recommendations aim to improve the state's roads and expand transit, including new light rail lines, as a boost to the state's economy. Dayton created the group in January, saying a deteriorating transportation system was hurting economic growth. Dayton spokesman Katharine Tinucci said the governor has yet to review the recommendations. The report comes as the Democratic governor is preparing...
  • Romney internal polls mystery deepens after New Republic report

    12/01/2012 6:40:57 AM PST · by dirtboy · 110 replies
    Philly.com (Inquirer and Daily News) ^ | 11/30/2012 | Scott Bomboy
    It may take election experts years to unravel the mystery of why Mitt Romney was convinced he had won the 2012 presidential election, as a new report shows some skewed internal poll numbers, and explains Romneyís two trips to Pennsylvania. But at the same time, the article from The New Republicís Noam Scheiber shows inconsistencies with reports from November 5 and November 6 about the numbers that might have convinced Romney and his team that he had a good chance of beating President Obama in Ohio. Obamaís resounding win is starting to take on more of a resemblance to Harry...
  • The Crisis of American Self-Government

    12/01/2012 6:30:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | SOHRAB AHMARI
    'We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn't matter because that's what they're voting for. They're voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency." Few have thought as hard, or as much, about how democracies can preserve individual liberty and national virtue as the eminent political scientist Harvey Mansfield. When it comes to assessing the state of the American experiment in self-government today, his diagnosis is grim, and he has never been one to mince words. Mr. Mansfield sat...
  • EPA tells judge it will impose stricter water pollution standards on Florida

    12/01/2012 6:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | Craig Pittman
    ........Late Friday night, the EPA said in a news release that it had approved the state rules for part of the state's waterways, but would still impose the federal rules for the rest. According to David Guest of Earthjustice, that means the state rules cover only 15 percent while the new federal rules cover 85 percent ó about 100,000 miles of waterways. State DEP officials said they were disappointed the EPA would impose federal rules on any part of the state and vowed to "work with them to craft solutions" to put the state in charge of all pollution rules....
  • Obama toilet paper leads to Pompano firefighter's termination (FL)

    12/01/2012 5:59:00 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 41 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Tonya Alanez
    Placing toilet paper imprinted with President Barack Obama's face in a fire station has led to a firefighter's termination and he had until 5 p.m. Friday to turn in his badge. It was Clint Pierce's third instance of posting political paraphernalia on city property and a violation of a direct order to cease and desist from such behavior, according to city records. "It was clearly a case of insubordination," city spokeswoman Sandra King said Friday. "He had a similar situation of posting political messages on city property and he was given a free pass at that time and told to...
  • Is it now time to go Galt?

    12/01/2012 5:52:49 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 62 replies
    Tea Party Nation. ^ | 12/1/12 | Judson Phillips
    Going Galt has a nice ring to it. Most people do not know what going Galt really means. Like so many expressions we have today, it can mean any number of things. How about a going Galt strategy that will generate results? What does going Galt mean and how would the strategy work? Going Galt is generally meant that those of us who are producers in society simply refuse to produce any more. Without producers, the economy will collapse. After all, without the producers, who is going to make what the takers want? Going Galt is actually something the left...
  • Teacher plays pro-gay Ďmarriageí song for 8th grade class

    12/01/2012 5:38:30 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    SOUTH LYONS, MI, November 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A Michigan performing arts teacher is defending her decision to play a song promoting same-sex ďmarriageĒ to her eighth grade class. (Susan Johnson says she was teaching tolerance.) Susan Johnson played the hip-hop song ďSame LoveĒ by Macklemore to students at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, in the Detroit area. ďThe right wing conservatives think itís a decision, and you can be cured with some treatment and religion,Ē its lyrics state. ďA certificate on paper ainít gonna change everything, but itís a damn good place to start.Ē In a refrain, a...
  • The ObamaCare fiscal cliff (ĎYou Want To Go Forward, You Put It In D.í)

    12/01/2012 5:36:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/30/12 | John Hayward
    The ObamaCare fiscal cliffBy: John Hayward 11/30/2012 02:34 PM While weíre busy listening to President Obama demand a $1.6 trillion tax increase on some people as the price for disarming part of a $1.2 trillion tax bomb aimed at other people, letís not forget that heís already detonated a $1.058 trillion tax warhead on all of us: ObamaCare. As the House Ways and Means Committee noted last summer, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare, it contains 21 distinct tax increases, ďa dozen of which target Americans earning less than $200,000 per year for singles or $250,000...
  • Egyptians fear long Muslim Brotherhood rule, warn Morsi is no friend of US

    12/01/2012 5:20:20 AM PST · by John W · 26 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Richard Engel
    Protesters are shouting on bullhorns again in Cairo's Tahrir Square, outraged that an extremist interpretation of Islam is being forced down their throats by a president who critics say is acting every part the tyrant. The era of the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have arrived. President Obama has hailed the Brotherhood's President Mohammed Morsi as a pragmatist who helped end the Gaza crisis. Egyptians here think the Brotherhood has conned Washington, just like it conned them.
  • Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain & Use Weapon...

    12/01/2012 3:36:42 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via THE BLAZE.com ^ | November 30, 2012 10:00 pm | n/a
    "Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain and Use Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Americans" SNIPPET: "MIAMI (AP) ó Two South Florida men of Pakistani descent have been charged with plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the U.S., federal prosecutors said Friday. The men were identified as brothers Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, and 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Pakistan and both were arrested in the Fort Lauderdale area, prosecutors said."
  • Obamaís Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W

    12/01/2012 3:37:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    <p>At the close of business on Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the Treasury. At the close of business this Thursday, it stood at $16,323,083,449,604.98.</p> <p>That means the debt has increased $5,696,206,400,691.90 during Obamaís presidency.</p>
  • SIBLING RIVALRY: Video shows twins fighting in the womb

    12/01/2012 2:00:33 AM PST · by onyx · 34 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Erika Neddenien
    LONDON (WTVR) Ė Striking new MRI images show that for twins, sibling rivalry starts earlyĖeven before birth. Researchers in London were trying to find out more about a rare blood disease that can complicate the pregnancies for women carrying twins, when they captured video of what appears to be two fetuses pushing each other as they try to make more room. Researchers at Londonís Center for Fetal Care were studying a potentially deadly condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. It only occurs in identical twins, when the blood supply from one flows into the other. It can cause one twin to...
  • After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank

    12/01/2012 12:47:58 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 8 replies
    After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank Official says building is in accordance with Israelís strategic interests map and says more construction planned in E1 area; Labor, Meretz criticize move By Ron Friedman November 30, 2012, 5:06 pm Updated: November 30, 2012, 7:47 pm 20 Email Print Share A Palestinian protester holds a placard in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem, marking the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state by the United Nations. Friday Nov. 30 (photo credit: AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi) A Palestinian...