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  • Norquist: 'Tea Party 2' Backlash if Obama Sends Nation Over Fiscal Cliff

    12/03/2012 7:02:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 114 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Dec 2, 2012
    Newsmax Norquist: 'Tea Party 2' Backlash if Obama Sends Nation Over Fiscal Cliff Sunday, December 2, 2012 04:09 PM Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, predicted a tea party backlash that would dwarf the movement’s success in the 2010 midterm elections if President Barack Obama pushes the nation over the “fiscal cliff. “Tea Party two is going to dwarf tea party one if Obama pushes us off the cliff,” warned Norquist on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” When asked “Are you over?” by host David Gregory, Norquist responded, “That was last week’s news.”
  • Credit Suisse Group AG : Credit Suisse Sets Negative Interest Rates on Cash Accounts

    12/03/2012 7:00:04 AM PST · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Credit Suisse Group AG (CS) said Monday it will start applying negative credit rates on cash clearing accounts above a certain threshold, effective from Dec. 10. "We invite our customers to keep cash balances as low as possible to avoid negative credit charges," Credit Suisse said in a statement sent via the Swift payments system to customers in the Swiss interbank market.
  • Doyline evacuation extended; 6M pounds of black powder to be moved (LA)

    12/03/2012 6:53:01 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    KSLA12 ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Carolyn Roy
    CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - Authorities now believe they're dealing with more than 6 million pounds of M6 powder at Camp Minden. Original estimates had the stockpile officials say was improperly stored on property leased by Explo Systems, Inc. at 1 million pounds.
  • Homeless man given pair of boots . . . seen wandering the streets shoeless

    12/03/2012 6:52:06 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 116 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Barry Paddock AND Bill Hutchinson
    The barefoot homeless man who was given a pair of shoes by a kind-hearted beat cop is wandering the streets shoeless again. Jeffrey Hillman, 54, was spotted panhandling on the upper West Side Sunday without the $100 boots NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought for him on a frigid November night in Times Square. “Those shoes are hidden,” Hillman told The New York Times after he was spotted walking around with no shoes on Broadway near W. 79th St. “They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life.” A tourist from Arizona snapped a cell phone photo of...
  • George Osborne plans tax blitz after Starbucks bows to pressure

    12/03/2012 6:46:42 AM PST · by granada · 5 replies
    Metro, UK ^ | 3rd December, 2012 | John Higginson Political Editor, Matthew Champion
    Google and Amazon are coming under growing pressure to follow Starbucks’ lead and pay a fairer share of tax in Britain as the chancellor plans to clamp down on rich companies and individuals. The multinationals will be among the targets of a £154million clampdown to be unveiled by George Osborne today aimed at raising another £5billion tax in the next three years. They are also being accused by MPs of ‘immorally’ minimising their tax bills, while giving ‘unconvincing and, in some cases, evasive’ evidence to a Commons committee investigating their financial affairs. Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Commons public accounts...
  • Sound Off With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12PM,EST,WTIC AM,December 3-7,2012

    12/03/2012 6:41:35 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | December 3-7,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

    12/03/2012 6:28:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012
    Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes, EurActiv Serbia reports. The acquittal of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Ramush Haradinaj was met by fierce criticism of The Hague tribunalÂ’s work. Serbian officials said the decision was a blow to international justice and made the process of reconciliation in the region more complicated. Â… Belgrade considers that the tribunal has lost credibility and has shown bias in acquitting...
  • Obama Endorses Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a Second Term as DNC Chief

    12/03/2012 6:24:02 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Obama Endorses Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a Second Term as DNC Chief Daniel Halper December 3, 2012 8:39 AM President Barack Obama will endorse Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a second term as Democratic National Committee chief, a Democratic official tells Politico. "Because of the outstanding job she has done, the President will ask the members of the Democratic National Committee to ratify his choice of [Rep.] Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue leading the Party as Chair when they meet in January," an anonymous "senior Democratic official" tells Mike Allen. "The DNC will meet [in Washington on Jan. 22], the day...
  • Football, Lunatics and Liberals

    12/03/2012 6:20:33 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 37 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/3/12 | Judson Phillips
    The football world was rocked Saturday morning when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend then turned the gun on himself. This tragedy was bad enough but then the left decided to use another tragedy for political again. What did the left do in light of this tragedy? Last night, in the weekly edition of Sunday night football, the Cowboys hosted the Eagles in a game with playoff implications. At halftime, NBC sportscaster and liberal nut job Bob Costas decided to launch into a tirade about the Belcher murder/suicide and gun control. Costas quoted a Kansas City Sports...
  • Michael Steele On Cliff Negotiations: 'A Lot Of It Is, Let's See How Big Yours Is Versus Mine'

    12/03/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, asked by substitute host Willie Geist how much of the tough talk by Republicans and Dems over the fiscal cliff was posturing, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that 80% was posturing, then added "a lot of it is, let's see how big yours is versus mine." Steele was careful to suggest he was simply talking about the size of the two parties' respective . . . plans. But between the smirks, raised eyebrows—and an immediate intervention from Geist—it seemed obvious that Steele was making a macho allusion to something else. View the video here.
  • Modest chapel in Vallejo features Tiffany stained glass

    12/03/2012 5:41:19 AM PST · by DFG · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/02/12 | Paul McHugh
    An impressive array of Tiffany stained glass and other religious art elements is showing at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. To see it, you need to fly to the Big Apple before Jan. 20. Or make it a lot easier on yourself and stay in Northern California, instead driving a short distance to enjoy the astonishing collection of 25 Louis Comfort Tiffany stained- glass windows that illuminate Saint Peter's Chapel on Mare Island.
  • Jovan Belcher's murder of girlfriend, suicide made easy by a gun (Liberal racism by Mike Lupica)

    12/03/2012 5:35:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/3/12 | Mike Lupica
    After the predictable, shocked rhetoric of death about Jovan Belcher of West Babylon High and the Kansas City Chiefs, you still arrived back at the only place that mattered in the last hour of his life: the gun. You plowed through all the rest of it in the aftermath of what happened Saturday morning outside Arrowhead Stadium, went through the résumé of how many positions Belcher played for Coach Al Ritacco at West Babylon, how he played linebacker at the University of Maine before he became a defensive lineman, and how he was signed as an undrafted free agent by...
  • Tax hitmen to track your spending

    12/03/2012 5:29:42 AM PST · by NCjim · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 2, 1021 | Robert Winnett
    Up to two million people are to have their credit files secretly checked under a crackdown on tax evasion to be unveiled by George Osborne to help raise another £10 billion. Credit reference agencies will cross-check details of the income people declare on their tax returns against their spending patterns to identify “high” and “medium” risks of both illegal and legal tax avoidance. People identified to HM Revenue and Customs will then be subject to more detailed investigations. About two million people are expected to be scrutinised under the programme, which may lead to privacy concerns. HMRC will today unveil...
  • 7 Blacks Beat Up 1 White Boy In An Unprovoked Racial Attack

    12/03/2012 5:26:07 AM PST · by Uncle Lonny · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/03/12 | Uncle lonny
    The 13 year old victim and his family believe that the attack could have been racially motivated.
  • Crystal Sugar workers reject contract 4th time

    12/03/2012 5:25:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    Bismarck Tribune ^ | 12-2-12 | ap
    FARGO, N.D. — Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American Crystal Sugar Co. workers on Saturday rejected a contract for the fourth time. Contract opponents say the sugar beet processor’s five-year contract offer would cut health care benefits and weaken job security and seniority protections. The company says the offer would raise worker pay by 17 percent over five years when a $2,000 signing bonus is taken into account. Leaders of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International union said in a news release that the workers voted 55 percent to reject management’s contract offer. “By now...
  • “Bow and Arrow” used in WY campus murder/suicide

    12/03/2012 5:21:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    CollegeInsurrection.com ^ | 12-2-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Bow and Arrows don't kill people, people kill peopleThere has always been a vigorous debate about the necessity of campus gun control laws, especially after the Virginia Tech massacre in which the shooter killed 32 people and wounded 15.A tragedy highlights the point that gun control opponents make, that it is the person and not the weapon that is the real issue. A man killed a woman near a community college in Casper, Wyoming, before killing a male teacher and himself in front of a class full of students, according to police.The ABC news affiliate in Casper reports that police...
  • The Fabrication of Evidence Is A Crime

    12/03/2012 5:12:55 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 3, 2012 | Sundance
    The Discovery Evidence in case of State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman clearly shows that Witness #8 “DeeDee” the mysterious girlfriend of Trayvon Martin is 18-years-old. [pg #1 F-2] Witness #8 is 18-years-old and was 18 at the time of Benjamin Crump’s interview with her on 3/19/12 according to her sworn statement to State Prosecutors on 4/2/12. So why did the media and the Trayvon Family of Attorney’s report to the public that DeeDee was 16-years-old on 3/20/12 ABC News was there exclusively as the 16-year-old girl told Crump about the last moments of the teenager’s life. Martin had been...
  • Are Republicans Already Blowing the Next Election?

    12/03/2012 4:56:26 AM PST · by teflon9 · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 3, 2012 | John B. Judis
    In the beginning, [Club for Growth] targeted liberal Republicans ..., but it now extends to politicians like Lugar, Capito, Saxby Chambliss and even ... Speaker Boehner, who [normally] would be considered conservative. The Club and its allies see themselves as “insurgents” against a Republican “establishment” ... Republicans, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote in National Review, have to [be] “the party of middle-class economic interests.” “It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes on millionaires a little bit,”... Bill Kristol opined. But the Club and its network blame the Republicans’ and Romney’s defeat on their not being conservative enough. “The first lesson”...
  • Georgia college to cut NCAA budget, put funds into anti-obesity programs

    12/03/2012 4:19:48 AM PST · by SueRae · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/03/2012 | Elizabeth Prann
    Full Title: "Georgia college to cut NCAA budget, put funds into anti-obesity programs" College sports tend to dominate the airwaves this time of year. Football teams face off in championship bowl games, and college basketball teams take to the courts to start their run to the Final Four. But one college in Atlanta has decided to completely cut their NCAA competitive sports budget. Instead, officials will use the money to improve the health and wellness of the entire student body. Spelman College, a historic college for black women, is taking a long, hard look at their NCAA funds. The school’s...
  • Dislodging Obamacare

    12/03/2012 3:35:13 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michaek F. Cannon (Cato Institute)
    Republicans believed a Mitt Romney win would seal Obamacare's fate. Democrats - or rather, the lonely two-fifths of Americans who support the president's beleaguered healthcare law - believed an Obama win would secure its future. Both sides were kidding themselves.Romney may have pledged to repeal the law, but his positions on Obamacare had the life span of a rainbow. He supported an identical law when he got the credit for signing it as governor of Massachusetts. He then opposed Obamacare when that's what GOP primary voters wanted to hear, and later endorsed parts of it when he thought that's what...
  • White House Data Debunk Myth Bush Cuts Built Deficit

    12/03/2012 3:09:54 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 30, 2012 | Staff
    <p>While President Obama insists the Bush tax cuts caused the recession and record deficits, his own economists say otherwise.</p> <p>He might want to consult their data for the truth.</p> <p>Kicking off fiscal cliff negotiations last month, Obama said: "What I'm not going to do is extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford and, according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy."</p>
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 3, 2012

    12/03/2012 3:03:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 16 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • EU: French bank governor calls for City of London to be sidelined as Europe's financial hub

    12/03/2012 1:51:49 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/2012 | Szu Ping Chan
    London should be stripped of its status as Europe's main financial hub and sidelined to allow the eurozone to “control” transactions within the 17-nation bloc, the governor of the Bank of France has said. Christian Noyer, French bank governor, told the Financial Times that there was "no rationale" for allowing the eurozone's financial centre to be "offshore". "Most of the euro business should be done inside the euro area. It's linked to the capacity of the central bank to provide liquidity and ensure oversight of its own currency," he told the Financial Times in an interview. "We're not against some...
  • New Bacteria Raises Concern

    12/03/2012 1:31:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 167 replies
    KDLT ^ | November 29, 2012 | Laura Monteverdi
    A deadly bacteria known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is raising concerns in the medical community. Jennifer Hsu in an Infectious Disease Physician at Sanford Health and has been closely studying this 'super bug' which is best known for it's ability to defy even the strongest of drugs. “What has happened over time with increasing exposure to antibiotics the bacteria have developed ways to evade those antibiotics and they become resist to a certain class of antibiotics,” said Hsu. In the United States, the bacteria have been found primarily in healthcare facilities and hospitals and are known to prey on...
  • British Army shutting down for 3+ weeks

    12/03/2012 12:58:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2012 | Steve Nolan
    The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills. All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take ‘block leave’ from December 14 until January 7, a leaked memo from a senior officer said. The decision, communicated by Major General David Cullen, means all barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites will be closed for almost a month. General Cullen, the chief of staff for land forces, said it was an ‘opportunity for utility savings’. He added that the measure aimed to ‘fully exploit the utility efficiencies available by...
  • The world's commodity supercycle is far from dead

    12/03/2012 12:40:28 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Great resource booms usually end abruptly, catching almost everybody by surprise. Studies by the World Bank covering two centuries of data sketch a pattern of 10-year supercycles, followed by a slide for the next 20 years or so as excess investment leads to a flood of supply. The long bear market can be cruel for those hanging onto to resource stocks, convinced that the rebound must be nigh. Mark Ryder, Australian investment chief for UBS, says we are reaching just such an inflexion point as China’s manic construction phase gives way to more sedate growth, and Europe, America, and Japan...
  • Psoriasis drug may halt or reverse Alzheimer's disease

    12/02/2012 10:29:54 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 34 replies
    SmelLASlime ^ | November 27, 2012 | Melissa Healy
    A biological medication already widely used to treat plaque psoriasis may be able to slow the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. The same study found that in older mice with established Alzheimer's, this treatment approach, which suppresses the brain's immune reaction to beta amyloid, brought a marked improvement in cognitive function and may even halt or reverse early signs of Alzheimer's. The new study was published this week in the journal Nature Medicine. Conducted by researchers in Switzerland and Germany, the study offers a glimmer of...
  • Vatican introduces new security measures after Vatileaks scandal (Microchips)

    12/02/2012 10:06:33 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 12 replies
    Much tighter controls have already been introduced for anyone seeking access or photocopies of the Holy See's archives, dossiers and documents.
  • Where George W. Bush succeeded, Mitt Romney fell short

    12/02/2012 8:32:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and...
  • (Hardline Islamic) Protests Flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian Visit

    12/02/2012 8:07:00 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies
    By REEM KHALIFA Associated Press MANAMA, Bahrain Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. The clashes took place just before Kardashian opened the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop. An Associated Press journalist saw protesters chanting "God is Great" near the shopping complex in Riffa, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Manama. The demonstrators were cleared before Kardashian appeared late Saturday. Earlier, she posted glowing remarks about Bahrain...
  • Michelle Obama’s Next Move (President? Supreme Court Justice?)

    12/02/2012 7:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 3, 2012 | Allison Samuels
    Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn’t thinking about what she might do in the future. “I’m just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he’s been doing,” she said. “Supporting him is my focus.” But others think the first lady—who spent the past four years seeking to better the lives of military families and fighting to end childhood obesity before becoming one of the stars of her husband’s reelection effort this fall—could have bigger things ahead of her, if...
  • Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

    12/02/2012 7:41:40 PM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-2-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family By Michael Snyder December 2nd, 2012 Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder...
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • Timeline appears to conflict with agent’s testimony in Reese case

    12/02/2012 7:23:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/2.12 | David Codrea
    Revelations by the Albuquerque Journal that ties existed between a Columbus, N.M., gun trafficking conspiracy and the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation highlight a disconnect with pretrial testimony given by an ATF agent in yet a third case, that of the Reese family, a tip received this morning by Gun Rights Examiner from a source close to the case suggests. “Federal prosecutors have sought to distance the Columbus gun smuggling case,” reporter Mike Gallagher revealed in a story filed last Thursday. “But reports obtained by the Journal show that in April 2010, federal agents were aware that the leader of...
  • UPDATED: Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED

    12/02/2012 6:34:37 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 2 | Patrick Poole
    UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI Phoenix field office (who is not authorized to speak on behalf of the FBI office) that it is highly unlikely that Aldosary will be charged with any terrorism offense. While they are internally treating it like a domestic terrorism investigation, including looking at if he had any help constructing the explosive device, the FBI is saying very little and and will prosecute this as a simple explosives and arson case because of “the political sensitivities involved”. Original Post: The typically quiet town of Casa Grande, Arizona was...
  • Young Immigrant Activists Cast a Wider Net

    12/02/2012 6:29:53 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2012 | JULIA PRESTON
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a boisterous three-day congress here, more than 600 leaders of a national movement of young immigrants living in the country without legal papers voted to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.The leaders of the United We Dream network, the largest organization of youths here illegally, decided to push President Obama and Congress next year for legislation to open a path to citizenship for them and their families. The move will increase pressure on...
  • Should the United Nations be Given the Power to Control the Internet?

    12/02/2012 6:28:25 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 2, 2012 | Youtube
    Exposing the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Youtube:Should the United Nations be Given the Power to Control the Internet? Related Articles: UN to Seek Internet Kill Switch Next Month, Documents Show 15 November 2012 - The United Nations is drafting a plan to give a little-known UN agency control over the online world, including an Internet "kill switch."Secret UN Document Lays Out Plan to Seize Control of Internet16 November 2012 - A draft proposal of a document by the International Telecommunications Union lays out a plan for greater government control of the Internet.U.S. Reps. Introduce Resolution to Bar UN...
  • Super Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Bears Down on Philippines (Now Cat 5)

    12/02/2012 6:06:21 PM PST · by SueRae · 55 replies
    Weather channel ^ | 12/02/12 | N/a
    Link only...can't get my gosh darned iPad to cooperate. The good news is that much of Palau was spared! Last minute turn indeed, thank you, God.
  • Emanuel Slams Netanyahu Over Support for Romney President Obama is not willing to accept

    12/02/2012 5:45:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Elad Benari
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over what is perceived as his public support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the last election, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday. According to the report, Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff, said during a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington that "Netanyahu supported the wrong candidate in the U.S. elections and lost." Emanuel also said that the White House expects that Netanyahu’s treatment of President Barack Obama will be different, especially at this time. He said the President was not willing to accept...
  • Muslim Brotherhood 'paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egypt'

    12/02/2012 5:42:14 PM PST · by traumer · 26 replies
    Egypt's ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo's Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said. They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers. It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers. Just 24 hours earlier around 200,000 people gathered...
  • US Coast Guard member killed after drug boat rams ship

    12/02/2012 5:15:43 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 39 replies
    PORT OF HUENEME, Calif. (KABC) -- A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was killed in the line of duty when his boat was rammed by a drug smuggler's craft. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the Coast Guard intercepted two boats - a pleasure craft and a small panga boat - near San Clemente Island in Santa Barbara County at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The panga, which was operated by Mexican Nationals, was carrying marijuana. According to initial reports, the Coast Guard took the pleasure craft into custody and detained two people on board. Then, the Coast Guard...
  • Starbucks says may pay more UK tax

    12/02/2012 5:11:57 PM PST · by granada · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 2, 2012 | Tom Bergin
    Coffee chain Starbucks said it was considering changes to its UK tax practices, which allowed it to make billions in revenue while paying little in income taxes, following criticism from lawmakers, tax campaigners and the media. A Reuters examination of Starbucks accounts published in October showed the company had reported 13 years of losses at its UK unit, even as it told investors the operation was profitable and among the best performing of its overseas markets. The chain's UK unit paid no corporation tax - a tax on a company's income - in the last three years for which figures...
  • Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12

    12/02/2012 5:05:24 PM PST · by mylife · 119 replies
    GunTalk Radio ^ | 12/2/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • How Susan Rice Covered Up the Kenya Embassy Bombings 14 Years Before Benghazigate

    12/02/2012 5:05:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 12/2.12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Before you read this, keep in mind that all this is just unjustified racism because Susan Rice had nothing to do with any of it. Except for the parts that she had to do with. In the spring of 1998, Prudence Bushnell, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, sent an emotional letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright begging for a more secure embassy in the face of mounting terrorist threats and a warning that she was the target of an assassination plot. The State Department had repeatedly denied her request, citing a lack of money. But that kind of response,...
  • Web access battles brew before UN conference

    12/02/2012 4:58:02 PM PST · by Ron C. · 13 replies
    Google ^ | 11/27/12 | AP
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace. Among the issues on the agenda at next month's meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns...
  • Middle-Class Wealth Protection, Post-Fiscal Cliff

    12/02/2012 4:07:37 PM PST · by betty boop · 61 replies
    self | December 2, 2012 | Jean F. Drew
    Middle-Class Wealth Protection, Post-Fiscal Cliff By Jean F. Drew I don’t know about you, but I’m a lifelong, middle-class working stiff who has managed to accumulate a certain modest amount of “wealth” designated to be sent to the future, to supply my support and lifestyle needs when I am “old” and no longer have employment income. I’m speaking of my 401(k)s and IRAs. The way I have assets deployed in these accounts very likely will need to change, given the absolutely predictable outcome of the much-hyped impending fiscal cliff. At least, that is my supposition. Consider: We get the fiscal...
  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Amb. Rice and Sec. Clinton cat fight continues

    12/02/2012 4:50:34 PM PST · by paltz · 18 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 12/2/12 | Kerry Picket
    The Chicago Sun Times's report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry: “Hillary is not close to Rice, who is tough — but is not the friendliest person,” said a top White House source. “And Hillary’s brief comment recently that Rice had done ‘a great job’ was considered underwhelming and tepid,” the source added. Apparently, if this report is accurate, Clinton and Rice have not mended fences since Clinton ran for the White...
  • (Tax-cheat Timmy) Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthy

    12/02/2012 4:45:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthyBy Meghashyam Mali - 12/02/12 09:50 AM ET Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sought to raise pressure on Republicans amid “fiscal cliff” talks, insisting Sunday that any deficit deal would need to raise tax rates on the wealthiest. “There's not going to be an agreement without rates going up,” said Geithner, who appeared on all Sunday morning shows, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If they are going to force higher rates on virtually all Americans because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on...
  • Chicago library custodians (54) laid off

    12/02/2012 4:12:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/01/12 | Tim Sallinger
    Chicago library custodians laid offTim Sallinger WGN News 7:24 a.m. CST, December 1, 2012 CHICAGO— 54 custodians who clean Chicago libraries turned in their city ID's Friday. The city gave them pink slips earlier this month. Leaders of SEIU, which represents the workers, say they knew for a long time that the custodians would be laid off -- but they expected 90 days advance notice, and only found out this past week.
  • Egypt judges up political stakes with referendum boycott

    12/02/2012 3:46:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    AFP - via yahoo ^ | 2 hours 8 minutes ago | Haitham El-Tabei
    Egyptian judges refused on Sunday to oversee a referendum due in less than two weeks on a controversial new constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, sharply upping the stakes of a standoff with the Islamist president.The announcement by the Judges Club, which represents judges nationwide, came after Egypt's top court began an open-ended strike in the face of a mass protest outside the courthouse by supporters of President Mohamed Morsi opposed to their ruling on the legality of the panel that drew up the draft charter.Judges traditionally supervise elections in Egypt, giving them a seal of legitimacy, but they have...