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  • Outrage after Indonesian official divorces teenage bride

    12/04/2012 12:58:55 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 4 Dec 2012 | anon
    An Indonesian official is facing calls for his resignation after it emerged he divorced a teenager by text message following four days of marriage. Aceng Fikri, the elected head of Garut in West Java province, has publicly apologised amid the outcry. Hundreds protested against him on Tuesday. Mr Fikri, 40, is married with three children and took the 17-year-old as his second wife in a Muslim ceremony. He divorced her after reportedly discovering she was not a virgin. "I would like to apologise to the public if women feel harassed, even though I didn't mean to harass anyone," Mr Fikri...
  • Gun Crazy

    12/04/2012 12:33:16 PM PST · by 867V309 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 3, 2012 | Michael Walsh
        If Bob Costas wants to consult someone on domestic double murder without a gun, he need to look no further than his former broadcasting partner at NBC.
  • In World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules

    12/04/2012 12:12:51 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | James R Hagerty
    Robert LeTourneau, a roving American evangelist and inventor, decided in the mid-1930s that a plot of lakefront land a mile and a half northeast of downtown Peoria would be a fine place to make earth-moving equipment. Skilled labor and suppliers were plentiful; transport links were good. Nearly eight decades later, Japan's Komatsu Ltd., which owns the plant, still thinks Mr. LeTourneau chose the right location—even though most giant mining trucks made there are shipped overseas to Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa. The U.S. may not be much good at making small things like smartphones, but it is still a...

    12/04/2012 12:12:30 PM PST · by Impy · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/3/2012 | John Gizzi
    When South Dakota’s former two-term Gov. Mike Rounds made it official last week that he would seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator in 2014, it was national news. After an election year in which Republicans began with high hopes of winning a majority in the Senate only to end with a net loss of two seats from their ranks, news that Rounds was poised to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was truly something to cheer for the dispirited GOP. “Instantly competitive,” is how the Hill characterized the likely contest between conservative Rounds and two-term liberal Democrat Johnson (lifetime American...
  • Chicago Family Says Police Officer Shot Their Puppy

    12/04/2012 12:01:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies ^ | 12/4/12 | chicago cbs
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Al Phillips wants to know why a Chicago police officer shot his dog while writing a traffic ticket outside his house. “My neighbor called and told me I was getting a ticket on my van. When I opened the fence, my puppy ran out. That’s when I heard two gunshots and the officer shot my dog,” Phillips said. The 7-month-old Bull Terrier miniature puppy survived but had a bullet in its leg and fragments in its abdomen.
  • Chiefs knew of couple's problems

    12/04/2012 11:57:08 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies ^ | 12/4/12 | news services
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs officials knew that linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend were having relationship problems, and the team provided the couple with counseling in an effort to help, a police official said.
  • Muslim Brotherhood: "Jews are still the source of evil in the world"

    12/04/2012 11:55:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 26 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6/11 | Badi'
    "Allah warned us against the deceit of the Jews and their dangerous role in sparking wars: 'Whenever they kindle a fire for war Allah puts it out, and they strive to make mischief in the land; and Allah does not love the mischief-makers [Koran 5:64].' Their hands light the hidden fuse... [and] little time passes before the fire spreads to the field of war, including Islamic lands... The war in Sudan and its division are their handiwork; the internal struggle and war among the Palestinians is [likewise part] of their plan. [For this reason,] the reconciliation between Hamas and...
  • Massachusetts' largest wind energy farm nears completion in Florida (MA)

    12/04/2012 11:49:15 AM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    The Bay State’s largest wind energy farm is nearing completion. Gov. Deval Patrick and state Energy and state energy officials on Monday visited the 19-turbine Hoosac Wind Power project in the western Massachusetts towns of Florida and Monroe. Officials say the wind farm on track to be completed by year’s end will produce enough power for more than 10,000 homes a year and offset about 64 million pounds of carbon dioxide released by traditional electrical generation. The project is also expected to generate about $6.8 million in tax revenue for the towns. But not all local residents are happy. Opponents...
  • Defend Liberty, Draft Judge Napolitano For President In 2016

    12/04/2012 11:26:02 AM PST · by Bull Man · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/04/2012 | Lawrence Hunter
    Although Ron Paul has yet to be specific about what’s next for him, it is highly unlikely he will run for president again. So then, what’s next for the Liberty Movement now that it won’t have presidential candidate Ron Paul to hug anymore? The Movement that Ron Paul built lacks only a true and steady successor to hoist sails and steer it on its way, plugging his ears to the siren song of the Republican Establishment that would lure him onto the shoals of partisan accommodation. -snip- The next Liberty-Movement candidate, therefore, must be prepared to give the run his...
  • U.S. Economic Confidence in November Best in Four Years [Whistle Past Graveyard]

    12/04/2012 11:15:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies ^ | 12/4/12 | Gallup
    Americans' economic confidence was better in November than in any month since Gallup began tracking confidence daily in January 2008. The -13 Economic Confidence Index score surpasses the previous bests of -17 from October and May of this year. The index, which began at -32 in January 2008 as the recession was taking hold, had been -20 or lower until May.
  • Obama and Boehner: Who Blinks First?-The GOP faces a president who plays hardball by Alinsky's rules

    12/04/2012 11:11:23 AM PST · by filbert00 · 27 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: “We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation.” That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner’s face and tell him, “Give me a call, Tim, when you’re serious,” suggests that the speaker feels he...
  • C’mon Now, GOP, Don’t Go Wobbly on Us

    12/04/2012 11:10:02 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Tuesday December 4, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Please read and pass along this article. We send good conservatives to D.C. to fulfill the promises they made to the electorate, and yet when they stay true to their word the permanent political class in their own party punishes them. This won’t be forgotten come 2014. Right now the GOP establishment is more concerned about the opinion of the media and the Georgetown cocktail circuit than they are “we the people” who hired them. For all this new talk of how the GOP needs a “populist movement,” it would do them good to remember they already have one; it’s...
  • Conservatives make John Boehner’s life difficult—again

    12/04/2012 11:04:12 AM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4/2012 | Chris Moody
    WASHINGTON—Conservatives panned the House Republican proposal released Monday to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, yet again giving House Speaker and lead negotiator John Boehner little room to maneuver as he works toward a deal with the White House. The proposal includes extending current tax rates for all income levels and raising revenue by closing loopholes in the tax code.
  • Norquist To MSNBC: Obama ‘Thinks Somebody Made Him King,’ Doesn’t Know ‘His Place In The Universe’

    12/04/2012 11:00:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/4/12 | Noah Rothman
    Americans for Tax Reform chief Grover Norquist joined Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s NOW to discuss the current status of negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff. Norquist told the MSNBC host that he thinks President Obama is overplaying his hand in these negotiations, as he did in his first term, and Obama will cede the political advantage to Republicans because he “doesn’t have the mandate he thinks he does.” Wagner asked Norquist if he supported the plan put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Norquist replied that Boehner’s plan is “amorphous,” and said...
  • Guns, Women, and How We Protect Ourselves From Violence(TX)

    12/04/2012 10:42:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    As you probably know by now, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, leaving behind a 3 month old daughter. Anti gun advocates are always quick to jump on these kind of tragedies to make their case against gun ownership. Bob Costa took time at the halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys game last night to pontificate using the same boring nonsensical arguments, the most ridiculous being that if guns were just restricted, and if Jovan had not had a gun that morning, he and his girlfriend...
  • Allen West: “Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too”

    12/04/2012 10:24:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | posted at 9:05 pm on December 3, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Rep. Allen West was finally forced to concede a couple weeks back, and his currently wrapping up his term --- but he's said that he'll continue to look for ways to serve the country, I don't think we've seen the last of him. Real Clear has the audio: MARTIN: So what’s next for you?WEST: Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they...
  • Obamacare is Not a Sure Thing

    12/04/2012 10:20:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/04/2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts' decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obama's belief that the public would warm up to his signature legislation once it became the law of the land has proven false. The current Kaiser Family Foundation poll reports that only...
  • Riot act read to school censoring 1st grader's poem

    12/04/2012 8:03:48 AM PST · by wesagain · 43 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Girl's verse commemorating grandfather's military service included the word "God"A school district in North Carolina has been given a deadline to affirm that it will not censor a student’s speech, or a legal team assembled by the Alliance Defending Freedom will seek a “remedy” to the problem. The issue arose several days ago when the school district told a first-grade student that a poem commemorating her grandfathers’ military service could not include the word “God,” because one member of the community didn’t like it. But in a letter sent from ADF to the McDowell County Schools in Marion, N.C., the...
  • Olive Garden parent Darden suffers from bad specials, 'Obamacare'(Failing CEO is Obama groupie...)

    12/04/2012 10:15:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/4/12 | Tiffany Hsu
    Darden Restaurants Inc. won’t be looking as good as expected next week when the restaurant company is set to release its second-quarter earnings, it said Tuesday. The Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse parent lowered its profit and revenue projections for the quarter ended Nov. 25, blaming sour promotions in its eateries, Superstorm Sandy, its purchase of the Yard House USA chain and even its efforts to mitigate the coming costs of healthcare reform, also known as "Obamacare."
  • The effects of going over the cliff: An opposing view (Some economists don't think it's that bad)

    12/04/2012 10:15:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Rick Moran
    Are we really headed for disaster if Congress and the president fail to come to an agreement over taxes and budget cuts before the first of the year? Some economists dispute that notion. New York Times: ******* While data on the tax status of all stockholders is hard to come by, many economists agree than an increasing proportion of the entire equities market is now held by retirement investors whose holdings are not subject to current tax law; by foreign investors who don't pay American taxes, or by institutional investors like insurance companies and pension funds that are exempt from...