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  • In Talks on a Budget Deal, Boehner and Obama Stand Alone (Boehner excludes party from negotiations)

    12/07/2012 7:41:26 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | December 6, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN & PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — At House Speaker John A. Boehner’s request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say. All sides, even the parties excluded, say clearing the negotiating room improves the chance of success. It adds complexity as the two negotiators consult separately with the leaders not in the room. But it also minimizes the number of people who need to say yes to an initial agreement. [Snip] This time, while Mr. Boehner has made himself the...
  • U.S. Consumer Sentiment Sinks in Early December

    12/07/2012 7:27:35 AM PST · by mykroar · 7 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/7/2012 | Reuters
    Americans' outlook on the economy and their finances took a turn for the worse in early December due likely to anxiety about the potential for higher taxes resulting from contentious discussions in Washington over fiscal issues, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary reading of the overall index on consumer sentiment plunged to 74.5 in early December, the lowest level since August. It was far below November's figure of 82.7 and the median forecast of 82.4 among economists polled by Reuters.
  • Why not in New York? (Bringing technology manufacturing to new York)

    12/07/2012 7:22:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | december 7, 2012
    On the very day that Apple announced it will begin building more computers in the United States, a who’s who of the business world called for a major push to educate the next generation of technology workers. Speaking at a forum sponsored by the Daily News and U.S. News & World Report, IBM Vice President Stanley Litow projected that the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — will spawn 14 million new jobs in the near future. But Google Chairman Eric Schmidt warned that the American education system will need a “massive overhaul” for America’s young people...
  • 'It pains me': Clinton decries plight of women in male-dominated countries

    12/07/2012 6:59:01 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 31 replies
    WorldNews on NBCNews.cocm ^ | December 7, 2012 | NBC News staff and wire reorts
    In an emotional speech as she nears the end of her term of office, Hillary Clinton warned there would be “many sacrifices and losses” before daughters were “valued as sons” across the world, according to reporters traveling with the secretary of state. Clinton, speaking Thursday at Dublin City University in Ireland, was given a humanitarian award by the non-governmental organization Concern Worldwide, whose chief executive Tom Arnold hailed her as “one of the greatest” secretaries of state “in the history of the Republic.”
  • No One is Serious About Debt

    12/07/2012 6:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/7/2012 | David Harsanyi
    The "fiscal cliff" deal House Republicans and President Barack Obama are debating can be called many things—the "avoiding a political nightmare" deal or a "Yes, Mr. Obama, may I have another" deal—but please let's stop referring to it as a "deficit reduction" deal. We've yet to see a serious proposal on debt. Actually, by proposing a tax increase for spending with no real corresponding cuts, the president has been arguing for growing deficits. And with a priority on "fairness" over prosperity, any chance of easing the $16 trillion national debt through an economic boom in the near future is improbable....
  • Why America Is Going To Miss The Bush Tax Cuts (Enjoy the recession that's coming, you voted for it)

    12/07/2012 6:41:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/07/2012 | Peter Ferrara
    President Obama seems to have a strategy to terminate all of the Bush tax cuts, not just those for “the rich,” as he has been saying since 2008. He is offering the Republicans exactly zero concessions in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. No spending cuts, no entitlement reform, no compromise on the rates. It is entirely my way or the highway, and if the Republicans refuse to do everything exactly as he demands, he will let the Bush tax cuts expire entirely, for the middle class and working people as well as the upper incomes, and blame the Republicans for refusing...
  • Political Back Channel Communication –– Discussions of How To Acquit Surface

    12/07/2012 6:41:19 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 7, 2012 | Sundance
    George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, says his client will not accept a plea deal to avoid going to trial on a murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin. On Thursday, O’Mara told In Session correspondent Jean Casarez that he would not allow his client to accept a plea deal. “I wouldn’t plea someone who is innocent. So I think the answer is pretty easily no,” said O’Mara. Behind the scenes of the fraudulent legal case against George Zimmerman, at the highest reaches of State and FEDERAL law enforcement, the powers that exist are strategically planning how best to walk...
  • Muslim bomber in AZ was rejected for citizenship for "terrorism-related activity," but not deported

    12/07/2012 6:39:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 6, 2012 | Jihad Watch
    Why wasn't Aldosary deported? Did someone intercede on his behalf? If so, who, and on what grounds? Or was this just another in a seemingly endless line of accommodations to Muslims and Islam by the Obama Administration -- accommodations that were probably designed to show good will and discourage terrorism? We can see from this incident how spectacularly this endeavor has succeeded. Not that anyone in Washington would dare contemplate abandoning it, no matter what the failure rate may be. "Arizona bomber was rejected for citizenship by Homeland Security for 'terrorism-related activity," by Patrick Poole for PJ Media, December 6:...
  • NRG Energy drops plans for coal plant expansion

    12/07/2012 6:38:41 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 7, 2012 | Zain Shauk
    NRG Energy has abandoned plans for a massive coal-fired electric generating unit between Houston and Dallas, citing poor economics. The 800-megawatt unit would have been an addition to an existing coal plant in Limestone County near Buffalo, and had drawn opposition from environmentalists. The New Jersey-based power producer told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month that it no longer needed environmental permits since it does not plan to proceed with the $1 billion project. The proposed new unit at NRG’s Limestone generating station would have been too costly compared with the potential of a plant running on cheap...
  • There Is No Party of Principle

    12/07/2012 6:01:14 AM PST · by NCjim · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2012 | Steve McCann
    The 2008 and 2012 elections have revealed that an escalating number, perhaps a majority, of Americans are comfortable with the concept of transforming the United States into a Euro-Socialist democracy. While this may be easily sold to an increasingly ill-educated populace by those desirous of capturing political power, the reality is far different when it comes to the price to be paid. A price that is not only monetary but societal as well. Yet there is no party in this nation willing, regardless of the political cost, to confront reality, be brutally honest with the citizenry and stand on principle....
  • 146,000 Jobs Added In November, Beat Expectation Of 85,000, Unemployment Rate Lower At 7.7%

    12/07/2012 5:58:47 AM PST · by Perdogg · 85 replies
    Looks like Sandy was not an issue at all in the November jobs report which beat in both the number of jobs added, at 146,000 on expectations of 85,000, while the unemployment rate declined to 7.7% from 7.9%, where it was expected to post as well. Watch this space next month for prio revisions: September and October saw 49K downward revisions combined. November will suffer the same fate.
  • SC congressman, others discussed as DeMint replacement

    12/07/2012 5:51:51 AM PST · by Resettozero · 14 replies
    The Herald Journal - GoUpstate.com ^ | Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8:40 p.m | Lee G. Healy & Lynne P. Shackleford
    The national political barometer has shifted to South Carolina as operatives speculate on who Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint to fulfill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. DeMint announced Thursday that he will resign effective Dec. 31 to lead the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Speculation immediately turned to U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who represents the first congressional district, and other members of the South Carolina congressional delegation including Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, and to “place holders” — such as Henry McMaster and David Wilkins — who could serve until voters selected a permenant replacement in 2014. During...
  • Raw: Asian World Market owner recalls scaring off robbery suspect with gun (MO)

    12/07/2012 5:44:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    kmov.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Staff
    ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police said a man wearing a red mask tried to rob an Asian market in south St. Louis, but fled after a woman scared him off with a gun. Authorities said the suspect on Wednesday walked into the Asian World Market in the 3100 block of Cherokee around 9 a.m. while carrying a white bag. Police said he got a gun out and told Sandy Maniphonh, who was working behind the front counter, to put money in the bag. Maniphonh said she agreed to give him the money and turned. That’s when she grabbed a gun...
  • What Obama really wants

    12/07/2012 5:36:10 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 23 replies
    Tea Party Nation. ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    When you go up against another group, whether in business or war, you need to know what the other group’s objectives are. What do they really want? In criminal law, this is called motive. If you understand the goal or the motive, then everything else will make sense. What is Barack Obama’s ultimate goal in the fiscal cliff crisis? Barack Obama has laid out several demands. He wants no spending cuts. He wants massive tax increases on the wealthy, which in liberal speak is anyone with a job. But there is one goal he has that trumps them all. What...
  • Obama Administration Helping Small Businesses--In Latin America

    12/07/2012 5:31:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 6, 2012 | Penny Starr
    Ines Bustillo, director of the Washington, D.C. office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), spoke at an event on Dec. 6, 2012 on Capitol Hill. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – At an event on Capitol Hill to discuss how the U.S. State Department is helping small businesses in Latin America, the Washington director of a U.N. economic commission on Latin America said average annual growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in that region in 2011 was 4.3 percent -- almost double the average annual growth rate of the U.S. Ines Bustillo, the Washington director...
  • Death of a Christian jazzman

    12/07/2012 5:14:55 AM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    Gene Veith ^ | 12/7/12 | GENE VEITH
    Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died at age 92. The man and his quartet showed sheer genius. My old guitar teacher once sat in with him and it was one of the highlights of his life. Brubeck was a Christian who composed a great deal of sacred music. From David A. Anderson: “I approached the composition as a prayer,” jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck said of his “To Hope! A Celebration,” a contemporary setting for the Roman Catholic Mass, “concentrating upon the phrases, trying to probe beneath the surface, hoping to translate into music the powerful words which have grown...
  • In U.S. First, Surgeons Implant Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease

    12/07/2012 5:11:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    sciencedaily.com ^ | 12/5/2012
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.*snip*The surgery involves drilling holes into the skull to implant wires into the fornix on either side of the brain. The fornix is a brain pathway instrumental in bringing information to the hippocampus, the portion of the...
  • Arrest raises questions on Trotter’s job at security firm with city deal (IL)

    12/07/2012 4:58:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO
    The security company employing state Sen. Donne Trotter has been paid more than $350,000 as a subcontractor on a City of Chicago security deal and is represented by a politically powerful lobbying firm run by a onetime top aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley. When Trotter was arrested Wednesday at O’Hare Airport for allegedly having a weapon in his belongings, he told police he left the pistol in a bag after working at AllPoints Security. --------------------------cut------------------------ Several people who work with Trotter in Springfield said privately they were not aware that he carried a weapon, nor that he held...
  • Peter Schiff: The Fantasy of a 91% Top Income Tax Rate

    12/07/2012 4:52:35 AM PST · by bigcat32 · 27 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | 12/6/12 | Peter Schiff
    Democratic Party leaders, President Obama in particular, are forever telling the country that wealthy Americans are taxed at too low a rate and pay too little in taxes. The need to correct this seeming injustice is framed not simply in terms of fairness. Higher tax rates on the wealthy, we're told, would help balance the budget, allow for more "investment" in America's future and foster better economic growth for all. In support of this claim, like-minded liberal pundits point out that in the 1950s, when America's economic might was at its zenith, the rich faced tax rates as high as...
  • HAG NAGS HUSBAND BEYOND EDGE OF SANITY

    12/07/2012 4:49:20 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 1 replies
    HAG NAGS HUSBAND BEYOND EDGE OF SANITY Friday, Dec 7, 2012 by Yosemitest Distant relatives called me yesterday and said look up Mary Ann Castleman of Springfield, Florida. The article Police: Man says he's unsure of why he killed wife, father-in-law caught my eye first. Ricardo Reynolds had reported the double murders (watch video report) to Springfield Police.WTYV Channel 4 of Dothan AL reported:"Springfield Police said a tip from a neighbor led to the gruesome discovery Monday afternoon. "He called my phone and told me to come over there. I saw his wife naked on the floor. She was...
  • Stevie Wonder Succumbs to Anti-Israel Hate Campaign

    12/07/2012 4:49:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 7, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, entertainer extraordinaire Stevie Wonder blew off a dinner for the Friends of the Israel Defense Force after anti-Semitic petitioners by the thousands asked him to pull out of the event. Those petitioners told Wonder that Israel was an “apartheid state.” They suggested that Israel was a human rights violator. And Wonder, not used to receiving political pressure, fell for it, releasing this statement: Given the current and very delicate situation in the Middle East, and with a heart that has always cried out for world unity, I will not be performing at the FIDF Gala …. I am...
  • CAIR Leader Yaser Tabbara: Spokesman for Syrian Opposition

    12/07/2012 4:44:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 7, 2012 | Joe Kaufman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - CAIR Leader Yaser Tabbara: Spokesman for Syrian OppositionPosted By Joe Kaufman On December 7, 2012 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The Syrian rebellion against the government of Bashar al-Assad has gotten much support – mostly political – from western nations, while at the same time, the rebellion consists of terrorist-related groups and individuals. One of those individuals, Yaser Tabbara, is located inside the United States, and he is currently a top spokesman for the entire Syrian opposition.On November 11, 2012, at a meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar, a deal...
  • State Sen. Trotter's Gun Not Registered, Prosecutors Say(IL)

    12/07/2012 4:41:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Erin Meyer, Mark Konko
    COOK COUNTY COURTHOUSE - State Sen. Donne Trotter was packing an illegal handgun in his carry-on when he got pinched at an O’Hare Airport checkpoint, prosecutors said at a Thursday bond hearing. Trotter’s bail was set at $25,000 on felony charges that he tried to board a plane with an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta. He also allegedly carried an ammunition clip loaded with bullets. Trotter, D-Chicago, who last week announced he would seek the congressional seat vacated by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., appeared in court wearing the same brown suit he was arrested in Wednesday as he attempted to board...
  • Unnoticed pieces in Reese case form puzzling picture(NM)

    12/07/2012 4:33:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    Additional information investigated this afternoon by Gun Rights Examiner provided by a source close to the Reese case in Las Cruces, N.M., points to further questions about testimony given in that case, as well as further circumstantial tie-ins to two other high-profile gun trafficking cases. The Reese family were Deming gun dealers who were alleged to have knowingly sold guns to straw purchasers acting on behalf of Mexican cartels, arrested, imprisoned, had their assets seized, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed. Sentencing for their August convictions for “making false statements” still has not...
  • Elderly couple robbed in Apex home

    12/07/2012 4:26:01 AM PST · by NCjim · 10 replies
    WRAL ^ | December 6, 2012
    Apex, N.C. — Police were searching Thursday for a man who robbed an elderly couple in their Apex home at knifepoint. Mildred Perry, 84, was returning home, at 306 Olive St., at about 12:50 p.m. after a trip to the grocery store when a masked man brandishing a knife forced her inside and demanded cash, police said. Her husband, Ronald Perry, 86, was home at the time, and he told WRAL News that he heard a man threatening his wife. When he went to check on her, he said, the armed man told him to sit down or he would...
  • Charles Krauthammer The President Wants to Create a “Civil War” in the House

    12/07/2012 4:04:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | december 6, 2012
    Video at link
  • The US Is Entering A New Era Of Fiscal Austerity

    12/07/2012 3:46:03 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-7-2012 | Comstock Partners
    The US Is Entering A New Era Of Fiscal Austerity Comstock PartnersDec. 6, 2012, 6:59 PM In discussing the fiscal cliff issue, the one big takeaway not to forget is that it is all about austerity----extreme austerity if we go over the cliff and a lesser amount of austerity if we settle it before year-end. More than likely, this is the start of new era of fiscal austerity in the U.S. In no way do we see this as a solution to the myriad of problems besetting the U.S. economy and stock market. These include the still excessive level of...
  • Burglar calls 911 to save himself from gun-wielding homeowner

    12/07/2012 3:12:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | december 6, 2012 | dylan stableford
    A suspected burglar called 911 after the owner of the home he broke into caught and held him at gunpoint. The suspect, Christopher Moore, placed the emergency call in Springtown, Texas, during the botched burglary attempt early Tuesday after James Gerow, the homeowner, and Gerow's son pointed guns at him as he sat in his pickup truck parked in the driveway. "I'm out in the country somewhere," Moore told the 911 operator during the 10-minute call. "Some guy's got a gun on me." Gerow's wife, Lindy, placed a concurrent call to 911 that confirmed Moore's account. "You better come quick,"...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 7, 2012

    12/07/2012 3:03:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 12 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
  • Jobs Surged Last Month in Rebound From Storm ----December 3,2005

    12/07/2012 1:07:49 AM PST · by granada · 12 replies
    nytimes ^ | December 3, 2005 | LOUIS UCHITELLE
    The nation's employers added 215,000 jobs last month, the government reported yesterday, as the economy rebounded from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. The strong November number, the biggest monthly increase since July, suggested that employers are scrambling for workers in response to a strongly growing economy. But on the fourth anniversary of the recovery from the 2001 recession, job growth is still below the levels achieved in previous recoveries, and the unemployment rate has been stuck at 5 percent nearly every month since June. "We're back on track after the ill effects of the hurricanes," said Mark Zandi, chief...
  • Superstorm Sandy to dampen U.S. payrolls

    12/07/2012 12:53:33 AM PST · by John W · 14 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | December 7, 2012 | Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Superstorm Sandy likely put a dent in U.S. employment growth in November, temporarily interrupting a recently established trend of modestly rising payrolls. Nonfarm employment is forecast to have increased by a paltry 93,000 jobs last month after advancing by 171,000 in October, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is seen holding steady at 7.9 percent. November's anticipated job count would be the smallest in five months. Economists said the slowdown will reflect the effect of the late-October storm, which battered the densely populated East Coast. A snap back is expected in December. "Sandy...
  • M7.3 - 293km SE of Kamaishi, Japan 2012-12-07 08:18:24 UTC

    12/07/2012 12:37:39 AM PST · by null and void · 62 replies
    USGS ^ | 12/6/12
    Tsunami alert. Pray for Japan.
  • EU: ECB mulls negative rates as Europe's economic crisis deepens

    12/07/2012 12:34:23 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/6/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The European Central Bank has slashed its eurozone growth forecasts and warned that recession will drag on into the middle of next year, sending the euro plunging below €1.30 to the dollar. Mario Draghi, the ECB’s president, said the governing council had discussed a cut in overnight deposit rate to below zero for the first time, and was "operationally ready" to do so if needed. The comment sent the euro into a nosedive, dropping from $1.3075 to $1.2950 in just two hours. "A negative deposit rate is the mother of all sell signals for a currency," said Hans Redeker, currency...
  • Man pleads guilty in plot to attack Seattle military site

    12/06/2012 10:51:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | Laura L. Myers
    Abdul-Latif, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States and conspiracy...Walli Mujahidh, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to conspiracy and weapons charges. The pair, both U.S. citizens, were arrested in June 2011 and indicted the following month on charges of conspiring to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station, where enlistees are screened and processed, south of downtown Seattle.
  • Canada scraps F-35 purchase as audit puts true cost past $30B

    12/06/2012 10:15:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Den Tandt
    The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the Harper government’s side and the subject of a devastating auditor-general’s report last spring, is dead. Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30-billion, the operations committee of cabinet decided Tuesday evening to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said. This occurred after Chief of the Defence Staff Thomas Lawson, while en route overseas, was called back urgently to appear before the...
  • Liberman bringing yarmulke back to court (Basketball)

    12/06/2012 9:24:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | 12/6/12 | Paul Lukas
    Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown Saturday. But there's already cause for celebration among Jewish basketball fans thanks to Aaron Liberman, a freshman walk-on at Northwestern who also happens to be an Orthodox Jew. He hasn't yet appeared in a game this season because of a nasty case of shin splints, but he's easy to spot on the bench: He's the one wearing a yarmulke. Uni Watch When Liberman is eventually given medical clearance to make his Northwestern debut, which he expects will be "pretty soon," he plans to wear his yarmulke on the court. (Northwestern is...
  • US, Russia set for surprise Syria meeting

    12/06/2012 8:43:47 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    YAHOO.com ^ | 12-06-12 | Bradley Klapper
    DUBLIN (AP) — The top U.S. and Russian diplomats will hold a surprise meeting Thursday with the United Nations' peace envoy for Syria, signaling fresh hopes of an international breakthrough to end the Arab country's 21-month civil war. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will gather in Dublin on the sidelines of a human rights conference, a senior U.S. official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter. She provided few details about the unscheduled get-together. Ahead of the three-way...
  • Global media conceals fact that soccer players who beat Dutch referee to death were Muslims

    12/06/2012 8:21:04 PM PST · by Bronzy · 12 replies
    While the mainstream media widely circulates fanciful stories about its own supposed "anti-Muslim bias," this is an example of what really happens all too often: the Islamic identity of those who commit crimes is entirely concealed. Is it entirely irrelevant in this case? Not necessarily. It could be that the killers in this "Dutch youth club" thought of the referee as a dirty kuffar whose life was worth less than that of one of the "best of people" (Qur'an 3:110). It could be that they thought he had offended Islam in some way. It could be that they were asserting...
  • George Zimmerman sues NBC Universal over edited 911 call

    12/06/2012 7:43:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 136 replies
    CNN ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Florida boy, sued NBC Universal on Thursday for using "the oldest form of yellow journalism" by editing an audio tape of his 911 call to make him sound racist, the lawsuit said. Zimmerman is seeking "damages in excess of the jurisdictional limit" in Seminole County Circuit Court in Florida, where the lawsuit is filed. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and is charged with second-degree murder, is accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, who was African-American. The February incident has provoked national controversy.
  • A preview of DeMint’s possible replacements in the Senate

    12/06/2012 7:39:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    RedAlertPolitics ^ | 12-6-2012 | Katie LaPotin
    December 6, 2012 A preview of DeMint’s possible replacements in the Senate Katie LaPotin Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) abrupt resignation today opens a seat in the upper chamber for a Palmetto State Republican to win a huge promotion.South Carolina election law gives the state’s governor, in this case Republican Nikki Haley, the ability to appoint someone to fill DeMint’s seat after he officially resigns in January for the next two years. A special election will be held in November 2014 to determine who will serve the the final two years of DeMint’s remaining four year term.Senior South Carolina Sen. Lindsey...
  • Finger Prints of Recession 2013, Recipe for Economic Disaster and Investor Opportunity

    12/06/2012 7:37:34 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-6-2012 | Ty Andros
    Finger Prints of Recession 2013, Recipe for Economic Disaster and Investor Opportunity Economics / Recession 2013Dec 06, 2012 - 03:04 AM By: Ty Andros The verdict is in and the man-made disaster that is creeping socialism just got a green light in the world’s largest economy! The SOMETHING for Nothing society known formally as the United States of America and controlled by what Vladimir Lenin called USEFUL IDIOTS (products of centrally controlled public schools taught the VIRTUES of socialism as beneficial) have now elevated their chosen REPRESENTATIVES as slave masters (at the point of a government GUN) to the last...
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a foetus

    12/06/2012 7:33:26 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Cranmer ^ | December 4, 2012 | Archbishop Cranmer
    His Grace would like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the announcement that they are expecting their first baby. Girl or boy, he or she is destined to ascend the Throne and reign over the United Kingdom (should it remain united) and the Dominions overseas. But His Grace is puzzled. Everywhere he turns he reads about a Royal baby. Even The Guardian talks of the couple 'expecting their first child', despite the Duchess being in the 'very early stages' of pregnancy. We are told that the couple 'are to be parents', and that this 'will be the...
  • Issa's Vista home burglarized; $100,000 worth of jewelry stolen

    12/06/2012 7:32:31 PM PST · by glorgau · 40 replies
    U-T - San Diego ^ | 12/6/12 | Staff
    VISTA — An estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Rep. Darrell Issa’s home in Vista last week, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista — AP Deputies responded on Nov. 29 to a burglary call at the Republican congressman’s house in the city’s upscale Shadowridge neighborhood, Sheriff’s Department records show. The incident occurred between 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. that day. More than 50 pieces of jewelry were stolen, including watches, earrings, rings and bracelets, according to department records.
  • How to read the Sandy-impacted jobs report

    12/06/2012 7:28:55 PM PST · by plain talk · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Dec 6 2012 | Jeffrey Bartash
    The highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report is rarely treated as minor sideshow, but November is a different story. Economists believe the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy slashed net job growth in November by more than half compared to the prior month, making it virtually impossible to figure out whether U.S. hiring trends got better or worse. They say it might take another month or two of jobs data before they can backfill and figure out how much the storm hurt hiring. “We won’t have a sense of what underlying job growth is until we get the December number,” said...
  • Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff (Peter Schiff)

    12/06/2012 7:20:30 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-6-2012 | Peter Schiff
    Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012Dec 06, 2012 - 01:18 PM By: Peter Schiff Turn on the TV and this is what you'll hear: The US budget is heading for a fiscal cliff. If a deal isn't reaching in Congress by the end of this year, a combination of automatic tax hikes and budget cuts will sink America into economic depression. There is no escape. Of course, my readers know that the fiscal cliff is merely an example of the piper having to be paid. The problem isn't the bill, but that we ran...
  • Poll: Do you think things in California are generally going in the ...

    12/06/2012 7:18:37 PM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    Do you think things in California are generally going in the ... Right direction Wrong direction Scroll down, poll on right. Mash Here
  • NJ rejects state-based health exchange

    12/06/2012 7:15:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Neew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined to set up a state-based insurance exchange under the healthcare law Thursday — the same day he met with President Obama on Hurricane Sandy aid. The move will be welcomed by conservatives who blamed Christie for praising Obama's response to the storm. Sandy hit just before the election and distracted national media coverage from Obama's campaign against Mitt Romney, who lost. In a statement, Christie said New Jersey would default to a federally run exchange because the Obama administration did not provide enough information on alternatives. He also said an exchange would be...
  • Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes And Then Let Them Own It

    12/06/2012 7:04:39 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 6, 2012
    SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the...
  • Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes

    12/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST · by Mozilla · 48 replies
    patch.com ^ | 12-6-12 | William Demarest
    Actor Stephen Baldwin has been arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox. Baldwin, 46, a resident of Upper Grandview in Rockland County, is accused of failing to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In total, Baldwin’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interests, is more than $350,000. “At a time when Rockland County and New York...
  • Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador (to the Court of St James)

    12/06/2012 6:14:55 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Fashionista ^ | Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 12:00 | by Dhani Mau
    Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador Despite their disparate political beliefs and the fact that there is no actual confirmation that Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassador position, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to endorse her. He Tweeted yesterday, I am happy to hear that Pres.Obama is considering giving Anna Wintour @voguemagazine an ambassadorship. She is a winner & really smart! We can’t disagree, but we’re a little…surprised. In this past election, Trump endorsed and threw tons of money at the Romney campaign, and has said some pretty nasty things about the current president, for...