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  • Day 1 of Legal Pot Marred by Deaths at Alleged Washington 'Growing Center'

    12/07/2012 4:01:14 PM PST · by drewh · 84 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3 hours ago | By Sarah Parnass |
    The first day of legal marijuana use in Washington State was marred by an attempted robbery ending with two deaths at an alleged pot-growing facility just south of Seattle. The possession of pot became legal in the state Thursday after voters passed a measure decriminalizing it in November. Day two kicked off with more celebrations under the Space Needle tower, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, but the Pierce County Sheriff's Department investigated an attempted robbery in Puyallup at an alleged growing center foiled by a homeowner who shot two alleged burglars in front of his 9-year-old son. Officers say they arrived...
  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/07/2012 3:45:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/7/12 | AP
    President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
  • Deficit already at $292 billion for fiscal 2013

    12/07/2012 3:32:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 | Erik Wasson
    Deficit already at $292 billion for fiscal 2013By Erik Wasson - 12/07/12 12:28 PM ET The federal budget deficit has reached $292 billion just two months into fiscal 2013, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Friday. That is a fast start for a fiscal year that CBO already predicted will have a deficit of more than $1 trillion — the fifth year in a row that has happened, all under President Obama. The deficit was $172 billion in November, CBO estimates. For October and November, the deficit is $57 billion more than the deficit for the first two months of fiscal...
  • Bad-Ass of Pearl Harbor: Dorie Miller

    12/07/2012 3:22:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.facebook.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | GRUNTS 11 Bravo, U.S. Infantry Soldiers
    <p>Mess Attendant First Class Doris "Dorie" Miller was born in Waco, Texas, in 1919, the son of a couple hard-working sharecroppers who had traveled the land working cotton fields. A man who would grow t o be one of the more unlikely heroes on one of America's darkest days, Miller spent every day of his youth on the edge of poverty, just struggling to survive and make ends meet. By the time he was a young man, his family had settled down, working as subsistence farmers, and as soon as he was old enough to push a plow he went to work busting his ass in the fields to make sure his family had enough food to eat. When he wasn't out providing food for his family, he went to school, trampled DBs as the star fullback on his high school team (no small feat in a place like Texas that, as far as I can tell, has always taken their high school football a little bit seriously), and worked nights as a cook at a local restaurant to help make some extra money during the Great Depression. So he was pretty busy. And he didn't have a problem busting his ass like a madman to make sure that shit got done.</p>
  • Press fear Obama private swearing in

    12/07/2012 3:17:23 PM PST · by thouworm · 164 replies
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said...
  • NBC 'Today' Crew Fawns Over 'Brilliant' Ashley Judd Possibly Running for Senate

    12/07/2012 3:12:14 PM PST · by drewh · 49 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 10:32 | By Kyle Drennen
    In a panel discussion on Wednesday's NBC Today, the morning show cast excitedly touted the possibility of left-wing actress Ashley Judd running for senate against Mitch McConnell in 2014, with co-host Willie Geist declaring: "She was a delegate to the Democratic convention this summer, she's very involved in politics, she's outspoken." [Watch the video after the jump] News reader Natalie Morales heaped praise on Judd: "She's a brilliant woman....Harvard, I think....she's a U.N. goodwill ambassador, speaks out on HIV/AIDS prevention. And also, you know, she's done so much good for public – public good and she's a great, very smart...
  • Steve Forbes: Message To GOP: No Tax Increases! Go On Offense!

    12/07/2012 3:07:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/07/2012 | Steve Forbes
    Mr. Speaker: We are losing the cliff war in terms of public opinion, but the tables can be turned. A few days ago you offered tax increases via eliminating or capping deductions. Your generous gesture won no goodwill from Democrats and the mainstream media. Moreover any tax increase now only damages the economy. Concerning deductions, why give stuff away now for no real tax reform or simplification? Here’s what the GOP should do now: I. The House passes a bill extending for a year or at least six months all the cliff items – current income tax rates; the Alternative...
  • 4 anarchists (beyond Occupy freeloaders) sentenced in Cleveland bridge bomb plot

    12/07/2012 3:04:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | 12/06/12 | Bill Morlin
    4 anarchists sentenced in Cleveland bridge bomb plotMembers of the "Revolutionary People's Party" face sentences ranging from six to 11 and a half years By Bill Morlin, Southern Poverty Law Center Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 10:34 AM EST Four young self-described anarchists caught planning to blow up an Ohio bridge in an FBI sting operation have received sentences ranging from six to 11½ years in federal prison. Anthony M. Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, the first to plead guilty and the last of the four to be sentenced, received a six-year term Friday after apologizing in U.S. District Court in Cleveland,...
  • Psy To Perform Before US President Obama At 'Christmas In Washington'(Tapes this Sunday, Dec. 9)

    12/07/2012 3:03:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 1 replies
    Manilla Bulletin ^ | 12/4/12 | JONATHAN M. HICAP
    MANILA, Philippines - Korean sensation Psy may finally have the chance to teach US President Barack Obama how to do the famous "Gangnam Style" horse-riding dance when he performs on the "Christmas In Washington" TV special. US TV channel TNT announced the list of performers for the annual event that will air Dec. 21. They are legendary singer Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Chris Mann from "The Voice," "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and Psy, who will close the TV special with "Gangnam Style." "Christmas in Washington" will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. TNT said the taping of the...
  • Unions steer Calif. Democrats toward cliff

    12/07/2012 2:47:27 PM PST · by lward99 · 26 replies
    Times 247 ^ | 12-07-12 | Katherine Timpf
    Obamacare doesn't go far enough. The government needs to replace private insurance companies in a complete takeover of health care. That’s the system California’s union leaders are pressuring Democrats to create, now that they enjoy supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. And their influence is “tremendous,” according to former Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, who served as Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008. “California Teachers Association’s former president referred to them as the fourth, co-equal branch of government,” she said. “Nobody has the political and money war chest that they do.” Read more: http://times247.com/articles/34unions-steer-california-democrats-toward-cliff9#ixzz2EPP6RNs3
  • Indonesia's Anti-Terror Arsenal

    12/07/2012 2:45:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    AFPC Terrorism Monitor ^ | 11/28/2012 | Avi Jorisch
    The swift and near-simultaneous arrests late last month of 11 individuals allegedly preparing to bomb U.S. and other Western targets throughout Java, Indonesia's most populated island, should serve as a wake-up call to Asia's national security establishment, lawmakers and leaders. The foiled plot would have been just the latest in a flurry of terrorist activity by members of Islamist organizations, all of which are registered and legally sanctioned by the Indonesian government. During the arrests, Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism squad found explosive material, a bomb-making manual, detonators and a list of targets that included the American and Australian embassies in Jakarta...
  • PSY 'Deeply Sorry' for Singing About Killing Americans (Boycott TNT Advertisers)

    12/07/2012 2:40:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/7/12 | TMZ
    PSY- the pop singer behind the hit "Gangnam Style" -- says he "will forever be sorry" for performing a song in 2004 that called for the killing of "Yankees" ... and is begging for Americans to accept his apology. The song in question was called, "Dear Americans" ... and featured the lyrics, "Kill those f*cking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives." He continues, "Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture ... Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers ... Kill them all slowly and painfully.” Now, PSY has released a statement explaining, "The song I featured on...
  • Obamacare May Hike Your Pet’s Health Care Bills

    12/07/2012 2:40:14 PM PST · by jakerobins · 35 replies
    American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many of their manufacturers are expected to hike prices, meaning higher veterinary costs for the nation’s pet owners. The tax will not hit devices that are used exclusively for veterinary purposes. But a host of such devices are manufactured for use in both human health care...
  • The day that lived in infamy

    12/07/2012 2:39:33 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | Judson Phillips
    Today is December 7th. 71 years ago, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, triggering the United States entry into World War 2. 71 years ago, Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor. The skies were filled with acrid smoke from flaming warships and burning planes. Within three hours, the attack was over. Three and a half years later, Pearl Harbor was avenged as a defeated Japan surrendered to American forces in Tokyo Bay. While many remember Pearl Harbor still to this day, many Americans are today clueless about what happened on that Sunday morning so long ago.
  • Dems look to Obama to punish Michigan over labor vote

    12/07/2012 2:39:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | Andrea Billups
    LANSING, Mich. — A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after the GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nation’s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday, to push back on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder by holding...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 7,2012

    12/07/2012 2:37:52 PM PST · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 7,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Elizabeth Warren campaign debt includes bills for printing, mailing and professional services

    12/07/2012 2:33:29 PM PST · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Massachusetts' Democratic Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren raised $41.56 million – but still ended her campaign $401,000 in debt, owing money for mailings, printing and accounting services, according to her latest fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission. Warren defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in a race that was likely the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country this election cycle. The basic numbers of Warren’s fundraising were announced yesterday by her campaign, which revealed the debt in an email to supporters asking for additional donations. In that email, the campaign chalked up the debt to higher than expected...
  • Matt Damon anti-fracking film Promised Land produced by Middle Eastern Oil Government

    12/07/2012 2:25:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | december 6, 2012
    Journalist Phelim McAleer (director of FrackNation documentary), asks Matt Damon about his new anti-fracking movie Promised Land which was funded by United Arab Emirates, which stand to make billions in oil exports if fracking was banned in US.
  • Vince Vaughn Risks Hollywood Blowback by Teaming with Glenn Beck (another outed conservatve?)

    12/07/2012 2:13:45 PM PST · by drewh · 30 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Holllywood ^ | 5 Dec 2012 | Christian Toto
    Actor Vince Vaughn's next project is sure to make his Hollywood peers more than a little jumpy. The "Wedding Crashers" star is teaming up with Glenn Beck - yes, that Glenn Beck - to produce a reality show for the talker's GBTV network. The show is called “Pursuit of Truth,” and it pits 20 documentary filmmakers against one another, with the grand prize being the financing and distribution of their documentary film.... This isn't Vaughn's first flirtation with the Right. He supported Ron Paul for president both in 2008 and last year. Pairing with Beck shows particular courage, though, given...
  • BBC Video: Private notice question on Syria ( British -- Questions to the Foreign Minister)

    12/07/2012 1:45:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2012/12/04 16:05:31
    Private notice question on Syria Any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people would be "abhorrent and universally condemned", Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has said.***************************************Video att Website.