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  • What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Immigration

    12/05/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/05/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political moment—which comes only once every few decades—was squandered on minor and temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking. This isn’t as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than Canada. Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends...
  • Charles Barkley Talks Guns With Bob Costas: ‘I Carry a Gun’ Because ‘I Just Feel Safer With It’

    12/05/2012 2:35:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/5/12 | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to Bob Costas’ controversial halftime gun control lecture on Sunday night, retired NBA all-star Charles Barkley said he carries “a real gun” because he feels “safer with it.” Barkley, appearing on “Costas Tonight,” said he doesn’t think the nation has a “gun culture” but rather a “crime culture” especially “in the black community.” “You know, we as black people always, we don’t have respect for one another. You know, we’ve got more black men in prison than we do in college and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant,” Barkley said. “And I know everybody reacts when something like...
  • Liberals don't want to make fun of Obama because they feel it will weaken him.

    12/05/2012 2:33:02 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals don’t want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him if they honestly point out his foibles and his short-comings. The narrative is that Obama is sort of a god (in fact, Evan Thomas of Newsweek said exactly that.) Gods don’t have any flaws. Thus, if they point out a single flaw, they are entirely destroying the narrative Conservatives don’t think of their leaders as “messiahs” (or mythical knights in the fictional kingdom of Camelot) and thus, poking fun at them is not sacrilegious. To the Modern Liberal who looks to their leaders the...
  • Heads roll after Fast and Furious investigation

    12/05/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/5/12 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Besides Chait, McMahon, Gillett, Newell, Grindler, Voth and MacAllister; ten other Justice Department and ATF officials faulted by the Inspector General (IG) include: Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor with the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office assigned to Fast and Furious. The IG concluded Hurley's knowledge of "the clear public safety risk" being created by the suspects in Fast and Furious, who were allowed to continue to traffic in firearms for many months; should have prompted him to act urgently. Hurley was reportedly transferred out of the criminal division in the wake of the controversy. Mike Morrissey, Hurley's supervisor at the U.S....
  • GOP REP: BOEHNER MAY 'TARGET' MORE CONSERVATIVES

    12/05/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday warned his House Republican conference against dissent from GOP leadership – and threatened retaliation similar to that against the already-purged conservatives if anyone else breaks from his pack. The Hill reports that, according to Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Boehner used his weekly GOP conference meeting to “note that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns." Huelskamp also said Boehner threatened “there may be more folks that will be targeted” and that Boehner told the...
  • Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan

    12/05/2012 2:08:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan By Ramsey Cox - 12/05/12 04:03 PM ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it. “Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor. “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.” McConnell suggested that the Senate vote on what he called the president’s “ridiculous” plan as an amendment to the...
  • Undocumented immigrants lobby for drivers license

    12/05/2012 2:04:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    WZZM ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Phil Dawson
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After seeing what he calls their "passion and pain", Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell promises he will try to help illegal immigrants get a drivers license or identification card. "We must respond," he told a crowd of immigrants at city hall Tuesday night. "We don't issue drivers licenses or identification cards in the city, but I know we must respond and figure out the most effective way to address your concerns with the State of Michigan." The Mayor offered his support after immigrants, legal and illegal, spoke at the city commission meeting Tuesday night. They are...
  • Syrian rebels vow to conquer Israel, Iran and Spain

    12/05/2012 2:00:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | October 21, 2012
    Of course they blame the West for their becoming "Islamists." Yet despite their recent conversion, they seem well-versed in the Islamic supremacist agenda of reconquering lands that were once ruled by Muslims and that they thus think belong to Islam forever: "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out" (Qur'an 2:191). "Syrian Rebel Founding 'Robin Hood Brigade' Vows to Conquer Israel, Iran, and Europe," from MEMRI, October 21 (thanks to Mackie): Following are excerpts from a clip featuring rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria, which was posted on the Internet...
  • A Guide to Israel's Political Parties, So Far

    12/05/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/12 | Rochel Sylvetsky
    It is understandable if the non-Israeli reader finds it hard to follow the changes that have been taking place daily in the lists of Israeli political parties. Arutz Sheva has decided to try to set the reader straight. First, the established – well, sort of established – parties. Likud-Yisrael Beytenu: The two parties, one nationalist and the other originally Russian immigrant nationalist, have joined ranks. This is a political move, but may also signal that the Russians, who have taken their place in Israeli life, don't feel the need for their own party anymore. The joint list has still to...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, December-5-2012

    12/05/2012 1:58:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 47 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
  • Ex-Pa. trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics

    12/05/2012 1:57:11 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/05/2012 | JOE MANDAK, Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A black man contends he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper for false claims that he didn't properly write reports, and sometimes used Ebonics in doing so, according to a federal lawsuit. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends employs nearly all white troopers. Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a "lack...
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer workers prepare for cuts to one-third of newsroom (Paper endorsed Obama!)

    12/05/2012 1:45:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Newsnet 5 ^ | 12/5/12 | John Kosich
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer plans to cut 58 positions out of its newsroom staff next year, according to the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. That's roughly one-third of the guild's 168 members. "We found out about them in the last few days," said Harlan Spector, of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild. "The company has said that they're going to cut the unionized workforce of the newsroom to 110 next year."
  • In California, the Shasta & Scott River Water Wars Continue

    12/05/2012 1:42:43 PM PST · by WonkyTonky · 5 replies
    Newswatch 12, kdrv.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Ron Brown
    FT. JONES, Calif. – The ongoing battle between farmers, ranchers and fishing groups for water in the Klamath River Basin is heating up again. On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Department hosted a workshop in Ft. Jones to identify parties who have a stake in Scott River water issues. It was standing room only at the Ft. Jones Community Hall, as Scott Valley residents lined the walls for a California Fish and Game workshop meeting. That didn’t last long, once farmers and ranchers sounded off against the process. Tom Pease, who is President of Protect Our Water, or POW,...
  • No 'Drama' Obama--Wants to Raise 'Debt Limit Without Drama or Delay'

    12/05/2012 1:39:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama wants to raise the debt limit "without drama or delay," a White House official tells Reuters.  "The President will highlight why it would hurt our economy and our nation's businesses if we do not find a solution to avoid another debt ceiling crisis, and will ask the business leaders for their help in supporting an approach that resolves the debt limit without drama or delay," the anonymous aide tells Reuters.Republicans fighting the debt limit last go around, according to Reuters, is the reason America's credit was downgraded: It was the reluctance of congressional Republicans to agree to...
  • Pentagon now preparing for massive cuts as fiscal negotiations appear stalled

    12/05/2012 1:18:22 PM PST · by Ron C. · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 05, 2012 | FoxNews
    The Pentagon said Wednesday it is now preparing for billions of dollars in budget cuts should President Obama and congressional Republicans fail to reach an alternative plan by Jan. 1. The move breaks from earlier statements that no plans were being made – a signal that difficulties reaching a deal are beyond the public stalemate or so-called “political theater” and that Washington officials are bracing for the worst. Pentagon spokesman George Little said the Office of Management and Budget instructed the department to begin preparing for the roughly $500 billion cuts over the next 10 years – a situation resulting...
  • Belarusian Ruler Introduces Forced Employment

    12/05/2012 1:08:46 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    Chem Info (from AP) ^ | 12/5/2012 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has decided to stem an exodus of qualified workers to Russia, starting by banning those who work in wood-processing industries from quitting. Critics have compared the measure to serfdom and warned that it would only deepen the former Soviet republic's economic troubles and fuel protests against Lukashenko.
  • Just Where Will You Be Able To Smoke Pot On Thursday? [Seattle]

    12/05/2012 1:08:36 PM PST · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 05 December 2012 | Eric Johnson
    It will be illegal to smoke marijuana any place you cannot have an open container of alcohol.
  • 80 Connecticut workers laid off from Pratt & Whitney

    12/05/2012 1:04:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 3 replies
    Pratt & Whitney announced in a statement Wednesday that the company will be laying off 80 workers in Connecticut. The company stated that the layoffs are a direct result of the F119 engine program being completed and "lower customer demand for commercial engine overhaul and repair work throughout the company's global repair network." "Pratt & Whitney provided voluntary separation offers as described under the collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Machinists to minimize the impact of this reduction," the statement said. Workers at the East Hartford and Middletown plants took separation packages, according to a spokesman from the...
  • Green Energy Overhaul Hurts Environment, Hikes Electric Bills

    12/05/2012 12:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 5, 2012
    In a major blow to the taxpayer-funded green energy movement, a government audit reveals that a California plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using more “renewable” sources will damage the environment and increase electric bills. This clearly defeats the intended goal of saving mother earth from the evils of man-made pollutants that are contributing to the global warming crisis. The story involves California’s massive transformation in the way electricity is produced and distributed. By 2020 the Golden State plans to be a green zone with a clean-energy economy that drastically slashes greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of...
  • Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act Introduced to Assembly

    12/05/2012 12:32:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 12-4-12 | unattributed
    Building off of Rhode Island’s community effort, a coalition of West Coast organizations is working with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to introduce a Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness Act today. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, said, “We need to stop criminalizing the behavior of people who have nowhere else to turn. People who are in need of mental health services or who have lost their jobs and their homes are being told, ‘Move along or go to jail.’ The Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights begins to give us a framework for appropriate approaches to protecting our...