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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
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  • 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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  • Official: Syria moving chemical weapons components

    12/03/2012 11:12:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    ap ^ | – 9 minutes ago | By By PAULINE JELINEK and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press – 9 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and allied intelligence have detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days, a senior U.S. defense official said Monday, as the Obama administration strongly warned the Assad regime against using them.A senior defense official said intelligence officials have detected activity around more than one of Syria's chemical weapons sites in the last week. The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about intelligence matters.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Prague for meetings with Czech officials, reiterated President Barack Obama's declaration that Syrian action on chemical...
  • Woman dying Because of Denied Abortion Story "Muddled": Irish Times

    12/03/2012 11:12:46 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    Turtle Bay and Beyond ^ | December 3, 2012 | J.C. von Krempach, J.D
    There is further evidence of how the tragic death of a pregnant woman in Ireland has been turned into a media hoax by the abortion lobby. Not only did the woman die of an infection that had nothing to do with her pregnancy (and against which an abortion would most certainly not have helped her), but it now turns out that she never made any request for a termination. Kitty Holland, the reporter of the "Irish Times" who originally broke the story that went around the globe, now has admitted that she had not checked any of the facts. In...
  • Fattened Cats - Congress Grows Richer During The Great recession

    12/03/2012 10:36:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 5 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 12/3/2012 | Guy Smith
    Don’t worry about the so-called 1%.  They allegedly came by their wealth honestly. Congress on the other hand ... During the Great Recession, the wealth gap between congress and their constituents grew at a spritely pace. At the high end, congress’s cornucopia continued growing by 14% while you and your neighbors’ prosperity plummeted about 39%. On a good day it is damn difficult to like your average congress critter. Knowing that their holdings grew as the world economy imploded illuminates two well known facts: that being connected is profitable and that pitchforks remain viable corrective implements. Crony connectivity accounts for...
  • Massive Anti-Obama Rally Planned for Inauguration Day

    nspired by concerns of unemployment, the economy, Benghazi, and matters of foreign policy; organizers are promoting a “Massive Anti-Obama Rally @ Obama’s Inauguration Day.” Their goal? 500,000+ protesters armed with signs identifying the reason for their participation in the rally. The invitation expresses the following: “If you are unsatisfied with President Barack Obama’s reelection win and you further feel that he will ultimately destabilize America completely, then let us join together with bold Anti-Obama signs clearly stating our main grievances…
  • NBC's Todd Cites 'Very Smart' WH Aide Claiming With Today's GOP 'There'd Still Be Slavery'

    12/03/2012 10:03:09 AM PST · by chessplayer · 70 replies
    Appearing on Monday's MSNBC Morning Joe, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd shared some inside information: "So I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the President last week, and he said, 'You know, with this Republican – with the way politics of Washington are today, there'd still be slavery.' That Lincoln wouldn't have been able to navigate the polarization..." Rather than dismiss such a nasty partisan attack, Todd observed: "It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide."
  • Fighting the Good Conservative Fight

    12/03/2012 9:57:32 AM PST · by Sharkfish · 12 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | December 3, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    Ever since the election, introspective Republicans, gloating Democrats and a largely corrupt media have offered innumerable suggestions regarding how the GOP can “reconstitute,” “re-brand” or “re-invent” itself to attract more Americans. The party must become more diverse, more inclusive, more compassionate and/or more modern. Some of these arguments might have merit, but in reality there is only one thing Republicans must fully embrace: genuine conservatism, for two simple reasons. One, anything less makes them Democrat-lite, and voters will invariably prefer the real thing; and two, embracing conservatism is critical for the nation’s survival. That survival depends on conservatives first acknowledging,...
  • Columnist Who Inspired Bob Costas Drops New Bomb: 'The NRA Is the New KKK'

    12/03/2012 9:53:44 AM PST · by chessplayer · 61 replies
    Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock loves to stoke controversy. So after he blamed Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide on the "gun culture" -- inspiring NBC Sports lecturer Bob Costas -- in an interview with Roland Martin, he added fuel to the fire by claiming "the NRA is the new KKK." Apparently, black youths are "armed" by the NRA, and they're also responsible for loading up black neighborhoods with drugs:
  • The GOP’s Redheaded Stepchildren

    12/03/2012 7:31:09 AM PST · by Brookhaven · 116 replies
    redstate.com ^ | November 29th, 2012 | Brookhaven
    Every party has its wings–different sub-groups that are part of the larger organization. The Republican party has three wings that the Republican leadership believes is so dangerous to the future of the party, that they tried to suppress their influence in the last election, and pointed fingers at them as the reason for the GOP’s poor showing in the 2012 election cycle. The Tea Party It originally sprung up in opposition to out of control government spending. It has become a grass-roots movement centered around government fiscal responsibility. It has a tendancy to work outside the Republican party machinery, which...
  • Frozen landslide threatens to devour Dalton Highway {Blob approaching Alaska Pipeline}

    12/03/2012 9:33:56 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 1, 2012 | KYLE HOPKINS
    A mysterious blob of frozen soil, rocks and trees is creeping toward the Dalton Highway, threatening to block the haul road that serves as a lifeline for Alaska's oil and gas industry. It could happen as soon as end of the decade. University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers who have been studying the slow-moving landslide just south of the Brooks Range since 2008 say it is crawling closer to the highway every day. The scientists suspect climate change may have caused the 300-foot-wide finger of debris -- once thought to be motionless -- to gain speed as it slides toward the...
  • Co-author of allegedly fabricated 'Three Cups of Tea' commits suicide

    12/03/2012 9:14:09 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 27 replies
    David Oliver Relin, co-author of the best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" that drew allegations parts of it were fabricated, has committed suicide in Oregon, authorities said. * * * Deputy Multnomah County medical examiner Peter Bellant said late Sunday night . . . that Relin died of blunt force head injury, but declined to provide any other details.
  • I'll See Your Economic Collapse and Raise You National Demise

    12/03/2012 9:04:27 AM PST · by pgkdan · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-03-12 | Selwyn Duke
    Being just weeks away from reaching our debt ceiling and with frightening talk about a fiscal cliff, there's much sympathy in Washington for tax increases. Even conservatives are wavering. A few Republicans have dumped their anti-tax pledges, and former Nixon official-turned-actor Ben Stein favors taxing the wealthy. He says that we can't cut our way to a balanced budget and insists that the revenue end must be addressed. But I have news for him: he'll have a better chance finding Ferris Bueller on his day off than he will locating fiscal sanity through tax increases.
  • Billionaire Stan Kroenke Buys $132.5 Million Broken O Ranch

    12/03/2012 9:02:01 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 29, 2012 | Morgan Brennan
    It was only a matter of time before a cash-flush investor bought the Broken O Ranch. Asking $132.5 million in cold hard cash, the 124,000 acre Montana farm is one of the largest agricultural operations in the Rocky Mountain West, offering an alluring investment opportunity to those bullish on soft commodities. Turns out one American billionaire agrees. Stanley Kroenke, a real estate mogul worth $4 billion by Forbes’ estimate, assumed ownership of Broken O Ranch on Tuesday for an undisclosed price. Kroenke, known for his ownership of sports teams like the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NFL’s St. Louis Rams,...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 3, 2012

    12/03/2012 9:02:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 38 replies
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  • Romney was right

    12/03/2012 8:55:02 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 21 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | JEFFREY SCOTT SHAPIRO
    It’s hard to be honest in politics. Perhaps that has been Gov. Mitt Romney’s real problem all along. Romney’s candor came out in a recent conference call that was reported by the New York Times in which he said that President Obama offered free “gifts” to both illegal aliens and American citizens. Romney’s observation about rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship and giving free benefits to people exploiting the system is not the same as criticizing minorities—but for decades the Left has manipulatively used racism, sexism and discrimination to intimidate the Republican Party into cowering into the aimless, weak institution that...
  • MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry: 'This Is No Country For Young Black Men'

    12/03/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 46 replies
    Another black teenager was killed in Florida last week by an older, non-black assailant, and the media - just as they did in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case - are predictably taking sides before all the facts are in.
  • EXCLUSIVE: WHD Obtains Obama Plan to Fix Economy!

    12/03/2012 8:41:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 12/3/12 | Keith Koffler
    White House Dossier has just obtained President Obama’s plan to roll back the crushing long term costs of entitlements, reduce unemployment, and spur the economy back to normal growth. Given the importance of this information, we decided to share the plan with you immediately. Here it is:
  • The Bottom Line on Sequestration

    12/03/2012 8:37:12 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | November 15, 2012 | Christopher Preble
    There is bipartisan opposition in Washington to sequestration, the automatic spending cuts mandated by last year's Budget Control Act — passed, inconveniently enough, by many of the same people who now rail against it. But the cuts are modest: over the next decade, the federal government will spend about $44 trillion with sequestration, $45 trillion without. And few people are considering the beneficial effects that even those modest cuts could have, both in reducing the nation's debt, and in stimulating economic activity. In truth, however, neither Democrats nor Republicans are committed to reducing government spending, and both sides have chosen...
  • France and Britain Reportedly Considering Pulling Ambassadors from Israel

    12/03/2012 8:32:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/2/12 | Adam Clark Estes
    Everybody knew that Israel's move to build new settlements in the previously off-limits area outside Jerusalem known as E1 would anger friends and enemies alike. But few probably guessed that it would send European ambassadors fleeing the country. According to a new report from Haaretz, that's exactly what the diplomats from France and Britain are thinking. More specifically, the Haaretz report cites senior European diplomats who say that the two countries are considering "the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors." One told the paper, "This time it won't just be a condemnation, there will be real action taken against Israel."
  • Republican Doomsday Plan: Cave on Taxes (Vote 'Present')

    12/03/2012 8:24:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 97 replies
    Republican Doomsday Plan: Cave on Taxes, Vote 'Present' By Jonathan Karl | ABC OTUS News Republicans are seriously considering a Doomsday Plan if fiscal cliff talks collapse entirely. It's quite simple: House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling. Two senior Republican elected officials tell...
  • Louisiana town evacuates over explosives stockpile

    12/03/2012 8:11:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    Louisiana town evacuates over explosives stockpile A Louisiana town has been evacuated after officials discovered 6m lb (2.7m kg) of explosive material that they say were stored illegally. State police found the stockpile of M6 artillery propellant stacked outdoors and without authorisation in buildings in the 800-inhabitant town of Doyline. The discovery was made by officials during a follow-up inspection after a blast at Explo Systems in October. Officials expect to work over the next two days to secure the explosive. Schools in Doyline were closed on Monday and are expected to remain shut on Tuesday, local broadcaster WAFB reported....
  • UK, France Summon Israeli Envoys in Wake of Housing Approvals

    12/03/2012 8:06:57 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Britain and France have summoned their Israeli ambassadors to protest Israel's decision to authorize housing construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The ambassadors were summoned Monday amid reports that the two countries would recall their envoys in Israel for consultations. Sweden also has summoned its Israel ambassador, according to reports. "We deplore the recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units and unfreeze development in the E1 block," the British Foreign Office said in a statement, threatening a "strong reaction" if construction goes ahead. "This threatens the viability of the two-state solution." The E1 corridor, which...
  • Iraqi Refugee Bombs AZ Social Security Office, MSM Remains Silent

    12/03/2012 8:01:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/3/12 | AWR Hawkins
    On Friday morning, an Iraqi refugee used an improvised explosive device (IED) to bomb a Social Security office in Casa Grande AZ -- the mainstream media remains silent. The explosion took place before the office opened for the morning, so one was hurt. But reports indicate the explosion "was heard and felt all over the area." The suspect in the bombing, Abdullatif Aldosary is an Iraqi refugee who lives in Coolidge, AZ. He is in police custody. For reasons unreported, Aldosary had raised the Department of Homeland Security's attention a number of times throughout the last two years, and he...
  • Manufacturing Unexpectedly Contracts in November

    12/03/2012 7:46:33 AM PST · by mykroar · 87 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/3/2012 | Reuters
    <p>U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in November, falling to its lowest in over three years in a sign the sector may be struggling to gain traction, according to an industry report released on Monday.</p> <p>The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity fell to 49.5 in November from 51.7 the month before. The reading was shy of expectations of 51.3, according to a Reuters poll of economists.</p>
  • New Explosive Book: Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer

    12/03/2012 7:27:23 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 88 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 3, 2012 | Canada Free Press
    Prologue Excerpt from new Book: Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer While it might have initially appeared that the deputy counsel to the president of the United States was taking a nap in a park—lying neatly face-up on a steep embankment with his feet pointing down—Vincent W. Foster Jr. was not napping. He was dead. Dressed in expensive trousers and a white dress shirt, less than eight miles from the White House, he was lying dead. A single gun-shot wound to the head. Dead. Some of the blood on Foster’s face was still wet, but...
  • Congress urged: Investigate vote fraud now

    12/03/2012 6:45:41 AM PST · by mgist · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 12/2/12 | WND
    GOP poll inspectors illegally removed from voting locations. More than 100 percent of registered voters turning out to vote. .snip...Illegal campaign contributions, deceased and illegal-alien voters, “lost ballots” and intimidation at the polls. It’s enough to make voters ask: Does America still have free, fair and accurate elections? After witnessing a flood of reports detailing incidents of likely vote fraud and abuse this election, WND has launched a petition urging Congress to open an independent and comprehensive investigation. Sign WND’s petition urging Congress to investigate fraud and abuse in America’s election system! As WND reported, the “battleground” states seemed to...
  • America's future

    12/03/2012 7:22:25 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 6 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/3/12 | Judson Phillips
    In many ways, if you want to see America’s future, all you have to do is look across the Atlantic. Unfortunately freedom and liberty fled the United Kingdom a long time ago. Now you have the creepy welfare/big brother state that George Orwell warned us about.
  • Luring top oil talent demands perks

    12/03/2012 7:20:04 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 3, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    Skyrocketing demand for petroleum engineers and other oil and gas workers has companies going to new lengths to lure top talent and keep employees out of competitors’ grasps. Winning over recruits isn’t just a matter of providing 35 percent salary hikes and $100,000 signing bonuses. Headhunters say company culture and non-monetary perks are gaining sway in attracting and retaining employees. Stories of eager employers making unique concessions for high-demand job candidates abound. An oil executive started paying for his employees’ shoeshines. Free gasoline and a reinstated pension enticed an experienced project manager back to a former employer. And recently, a...
  • 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.