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  • Behind a Call That Kept Nursing Home Patients in Storm’s Path (Sandy)

    12/03/2012 11:26:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2012 | JENNIFER PRESTON, SHERI FINK and MICHAEL POWELL
    Hurricane Sandy was swirling northward, four days before landfall, and at the Sea Crest Health Care Center, a nursing home overlooking the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn,workers were gathering medicines and other supplies as they prepared to evacuate. Then the call came from health officials: Mayor....Bloomberg,acting on the advice of his aides and those of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo,recommended that nursing homes and adult homes stay put. The 305 residents would ride out the storm.The same advisory also took administrators by surprise at the Ocean Promenade nursing home,which faces the Atlantic Ocean in Queens. They canceled plans to move 105...
  • Haniyeh: Take Hamas Off Lists of Terror Organizations

    12/03/2012 3:10:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Hamas’s Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, on Sunday called world countries to take Hamas and other Arab terror groups off their lists of designated terrorist organizations, Channel 10 News reported. According to the report, Haniyeh accused Israel of being the greatest terrorist state in the world, saying, “It's time to do it (take Hamas off terrorist organization lists –ed). Hamas, for example, is a national liberation movement that operates within the boundaries of Palestine.” Haniyeh made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of Europeans. "We have no problem with Jews all over the world and we are...
  • Supreme Court to Decide if Human Genes Can be Patented

    12/03/2012 2:43:57 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court will decide whether human genes can be patented. From the Reuters story: The nation’s highest court in a brief order agreed to review a case over whether Myriad Genetics Inc may patent two genes linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. In a 2-1 ruling on August 16, a panel of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the biotechnology company’s right to patent “isolated” genes that account for most inherited forms of the two cancers. Actually, my headline, Supremes to Decide Others Can Own Your Genes, is a bit misleading. If the...
  • US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, All Primed To Strike If Assad Activates Chemical Weapons

    12/03/2012 3:07:15 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 3, 2012, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00
    Regarding contingencies, military sources report that the American force in Jordan and Jordanian units, who have been training for two months in tactics against Syrian chemical warfare units, are on a high state of preparedness. So, too, are the three special US command centers set up in Turkey, Jordan and Israel for coordinating such operations. An American official “with knowledge of the situation” told Wired Magazine that “engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas.” Anchored opposite the Syrian shore is the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group...
  • California Appeals Court Throws Out Misguided Switchblade Ruling

    12/03/2012 3:03:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Knife Rights
    Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- In a victory for law-abiding knife owners, the California Court of Appeals last week reversed a lower court’s absurd expansive ruling that a knife that could be “wrist-flicked” open was a “switchblade.” The lower court made the faulty ruling despite an explicit provision in California law that distinguishes and protects one-hand opening and assisted-opening knives with a bias towards closure and despite prior Appellate Court rulings upholding that exception. These common folding knives represent over 80% of the U.S. market and the legislature clearly wanted them to be legal when they clarified the original switchblade law.: “Switchblade...
  • Obama warns Assad against using chemical weapons: “There will be consequences”

    12/03/2012 2:58:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 3, 2012, 4:48 PM | (CBS/AP)
    President Barack Obama gave Syrian President Bashar Assad a stern warning Monday after U.S. officials told CBS News the Syrian regime has shown signs that it may be making chemical weapons material. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity, although President Obama spoke publicly about the possibility of chemical weapons in a speech at National Defense University Monday. President Obama said he wanted to be “absolutely clear” to Assad that “the world is watching,” CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports. The use of chemical weapons is “totally unacceptable” and “if you make mistake of using—there will be...
  • Collecting Disability Becomes A Career Choice For Men (welcome to the Obama economy!)

    12/03/2012 2:54:35 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 3 2012 | By Michael Barone
    "It is exceptionally difficult — for all practical purposes, impossible," writes Eberstadt, "for a medical professional to disprove a patient's claim that he or she is suffering from sad feelings or back pain." In other words, many people are gaming or defrauding the system. This includes not only disability recipients but health care professionals, lawyers and others who run ads promising to get you disability benefits. Between 1996 and 2011, the private sector generated 8.8 million new jobs, and 4.1 million people entered the disability rolls. In 1960, some 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments. In 2011, the number was...
  • New York Times Offers Newsroom Buyouts; About 30 jobs will be eliminated

    12/03/2012 2:42:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Adweek ^ | 12/3/12 | Emma Bazilian
    The New York Times is attempting to save costs by implementing another round of newsroom staff cuts. According to a memo sent by executive editor Jill Abramson this morning, the newspaper is looking for 30 buyouts among newsroom staff. Over the next few days, Abramson wrote, certain employees will be asked to accept voluntary severance packages. (Newspaper Guild members also have the option to apply for a buyout even if they’re not among those contacted by the NYT.) If the quota isn’t met through buyouts, Abramson will be “forced to go to layoffs,” she said.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, December-3-2012

    12/03/2012 2:29:45 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 57 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • New experiments challenge fundamental understanding of electromagnetism

    12/03/2012 2:29:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    Phys.org ^ | November 28, 2012 | NA
    A cornerstone of physics may require a rethink if findings at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are confirmed. Recent experiments suggest that the most rigorous predictions based on the fundamental theory of electromagnetism—one of the four fundamental forces in the universe, and harnessed in all electronic devices—may not accurately account for the behavior of atoms in exotic, highly charged states. The theory in question is known as quantum electrodynamics, or QED, which physicists have held in high regard for decades because of its excellent track record describing electromagnetism's effects on matter. In particular, QED has been especially...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • Booming Economic Growth Can Be Broken Down To Four Easy Words

    12/03/2012 1:54:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/03/2012 | Nathan Lewis
    I sometimes refer to the Magic Formula for economic prosperity. Here it is: Low Taxes, Stable Money. It’s only four words. That’s so it is easy to remember. The United States was founded on the principles of the Magic Formula. Until the introduction of the income tax in 1913, taxation was almost nonexistent. The principle of a gold-based currency was defined in the Constitution. The result was magical: the United States was the most successful country of the 19th and 20th centuries. We seem to have forgotten the Magic Formula today. Despite Republicans’ staunch efforts, we are drifting towards “austerity”...
  • Ken Cuccinelli: Conservatives' New 'It' Candidate

    12/03/2012 1:51:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    This past week Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he was dropping out of the race for Virginia's governor, but left open the door to his running as an independent. He issued a disappointingly divisive statement that Richard Viguerie called Bolling's Charlie Crist moment. Bolling took an unfortunate and cheap shot against his primary opponent and now-presumptive Republican nominee, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling's statement was a dénouement of betrayal to his conservative voters and supporters. We have come to expect that from establishment Republicans who somehow feel entitled to support from principled conservatives -- right up to the...
  • We Are a Nation of Immigrants...Sort Of

    12/03/2012 1:48:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Charles Martel
    In any debate about immigration, the response you are likely to get will probably include the sickly-sweet mantra, "We're a nation of immigrants." Whether you're pointing out that illegal immigrants are driving down wages, failing to assimilate, or promoting the welfare state, the answer is predictable: "We're a nation of immigrants." The "nation of immigrants" mantra is often a plea for compassion toward immigrants. The phrase reflects a desperate, well-meaning desire to rationalize the presence of people who are violating our laws and patronizing the welfare system. The trouble is that repeating a phrase does nothing to enforce our law,...
  • Petition: Obama should build Death Star

    12/03/2012 1:43:48 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Forget the White House beer recipe — what the American people really want is a Death Star. Well, 495 of them anyway. A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website calls for the United States to find funding and begin construction on a Star Wars-style Death Star by 2016. “Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016,” the petition reads. “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation...
  • U.S. warns Syria not to use chemical weapons ( Today's Warning )

    12/03/2012 1:40:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 4:20 PM EST, Mon December 3, 2012 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- The United States warned Syria again on Monday not to use chemical weapons amid intelligence reports indicating President Bashar al-Assad's regime could be preparing to take that step as it escalates its fight against rebel forces. "I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday. "But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur."U.S. officials are concerned that with...
  • Children 4 Israel Launches Internet Video Chat Between US, Israel Schools

    12/03/2012 1:37:00 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 2 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Lisa Klein
    Children 4 Israel Launches Internet Video Chat Between US, Israel Schools(Photo)Jewish children in the Greater Hartford area show support and make friends through Internet chat with their "cousins" in Sderot, Israel. Photo: Israel News AgencyBy Lisa Klein Israel News AgencyNew York, New York --- December 2, 2012 ... Children 4 Israel, a non-profit, humanitarian organization providing emotional support to the children of Israel, launched it's international, Internet video chat service today between the US and Israel. The first video chat to ever take place between Jewish youth institutions in and outside of Israel was organized by Leyden Digital PR, Temple...
  • Middle Class Net Worth Collapses to 1969 Levels

    12/03/2012 12:58:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Breibart ^ | December1 , 2012 | John Nolte
    The angle of a just-released New York University study is, of course, that ole' left-wing canard known as "income inequality," but the findings are still useful in drawing other conclusions, and not ones that are very pleasant. Is America now a bigger version of Chicago, where Democrats and the media have so expertly rigged the electoral game that, even as their policies fai,l they're able to stay in power? According to the study, we are now back to 1969 levels with respect to median net worth in this country. A large part of this is the housing crisis we've yet...
  • House GOP makes a $2.2 trillion debt counteroffer to Obama on cliff

    12/03/2012 12:30:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2012 | Russell Berman
    House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue. The leaders delivered the offer to the White House on Monday with a three-page letter signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and four other senior Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the party’s just-defeated vice presidential nominee. House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,December 3-7,2012

    12/03/2012 11:24:09 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | December 3-7,2012 | Sean Hannity
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