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  • Latest hell for ex-U.S. Marine: Chained to bed in Mexican jail

    12/07/2012 7:00:26 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 35 replies
    McClatchey Newspapers ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Tim Johnson
    MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive. Surfing provided the only respite. “The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” said a fellow Marine veteran, Ian McDonough. snip--- But Mexican prosecutors who looked at the disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out. They charged him with a serious crime: possession of a weapon restricted...
  • Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistols (faces 60 felony charges)

    12/07/2012 7:50:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistolsAssociated Press 4:15 p.m. CST, December 7, 2012 Rita Crundwell spared no expense when she built and furnished her sprawling home with custom touches like a chandelier made of old revolvers and spurs, an in-ground pool and a baby grand piano in the wood-beamed living room. **SNIP** And she did it all, Crundwell has admitted, by stealing $53 million from the people of Dixon, embezzling the money over two decades while serving as comptroller in the city that was Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty last month and will be...
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next Car

    12/07/2012 7:40:36 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 66 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Jason Torchinsky
    It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and, very likely, other uses. There's lots of privacy concerns around this new bill, and lots of questions as to exactly what that little boxy black snitch is snooping on. Plus, what about the voluntary black boxes some insurance carriers are offering? Let's see what we can clear...
  • Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class

    12/07/2012 7:31:22 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 12-7-2012 | Money Morning - Keith Fitz-Gerald
    Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class Politics / TaxesDec 07, 2012 - 08:12 AM By: Money Morning Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: If I didn't know any better, I'd think there's a small but growing group of people in Washington who think it would actually be good if we temporarily went over the fiscal cliff. I say that because I am seeing a smattering of articles recently suggesting that somehow going over the cliff "won't be all that bad" or that we're "really just talking about cuts that need to happen in the first place." President Obama seems...
  • County steps up meeting security

    12/07/2012 7:11:06 PM PST · by flamberge · 4 replies
    Excerpted from the Longmont, Times-Call Thursday, December 6 {by Joe Rubino} County steps up meeting security Comissioners cite "mob" during fracking hearing. The Boulder County Comissioners were so taken aback by the conduct of anti-fracking protesters during a hearing Tuesday that that have announced a new security plan. The plan [...] calls for [...] the prosecution of people who threaten the safety of others at meetings.
  • Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack report: U.S. lawmaker

    12/07/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 7, 2012 9:01pm EST | Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on a report expected to be released next week on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a top Republican lawmaker said on Friday. "I have just received confirmation from Secretary Clinton's office that the secretary of state will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and the recommendations in the report," Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. snip Ros-Lehtinen is chair of the House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, which has already held several hearings and classified...
  • U.S. Government Lends $105M to Brazil—to Build Aquarium

    12/07/2012 6:36:29 PM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Export-Import Bank,an agency of the federal government,is lending $105 million to the Brazilian state of Ceara to help build an aquarium in its capital city of Fortaleza. “An anticipated tourist attraction,the aquarium will boast four floors housing 25 large tanks containing approximately 15 million liters of water and showcasing 500 marine species and 35,000 individual specimens,” the Export- Import Bank said in a press release. “The aquarium will also feature interactive exhibits,two 4D cinemas,one 3D cinema, and an educational platform
  • The Tell-Tale Chart (Achuthan - US Recession Started In July)

    12/07/2012 6:28:58 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    ECRI ^ | 12-7-2012 | ECRI
    The Tell-Tale Chart ECRI December 7, 2012 Following our September 2011 recession call, we clarified its likely timing in December 2011. Based on the historical lead times of ECRI’s leading indexes, we concluded that, if it didn’t start in the first quarter of 2012, it was very likely to begin by mid-year. But we also made it clear at the time that you wouldn’t know whether or not we were wrong until the end of 2012. And so it’s interesting to note the rush to judgment by a number of analysts, already asserting that we were wrong. So, with about...
  • The Washington Post Company Accelerates Payment of 2013 Dividends

    12/07/2012 6:21:14 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    yahoo ^ | Dec 7, 2012
    The Board of Directors of The Washington Post Company (WPO) today announced ... an accelerated cash dividend ... This accelerated dividend is intended by the Board to be in lieu of regular quarterly dividends that the Company otherwise would have declared and paid in calendar year 2013
  • NYT: Obama retreating on “red line” for Syrian chemical weapons

    12/07/2012 6:19:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    In the summer of 2012, Barack Obama talked tough about “red lines” for Syria and the regime’s chemical weapons. In a rare press conference on August 20th, the President warned Bashar Assad that the US was prepared to act if Assad began to move his chemical weapons as a precursor to their use, emphasis mine: obama-We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would...
  • REPORT: DHS GRANTS USED FOR SNO-CONE MACHINES, UNDERWATER ROBOTS

    12/07/2012 6:08:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 7, 2012 | mary chastain
    Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn released a scathing report on wasteful spending at the Department of Homeland Security. The report concentrates mainly on the grant program, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) which is meant to help at-risk cities strengthen their security against terrorists. DHS has spent almost $7.144 billion in UASI grants this past decade, but there is no hard evidence grant recipient cities are any safer. The program used to include 64 cities, but this was cut down to 31 in 2012. The money is specifically meant for terrorist protection. Officials in Michigan used money to pay for 13 sno-cone...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-7-12

    12/07/2012 5:52:33 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-7-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • NBC's Williams Fantasizes Over Change in Constitution Allowing Obama to Control Business by Fiat

    12/07/2012 5:47:36 PM PST · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    In an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook for Thursday's NBC Rock Center, host Brian Williams wondered why the tech giant couldn't be a "made-in-America company" and outlined a political scenario in which President Obama was all-powerful: "Let's say our Constitution was a little different and Barack Obama called you in tomorrow and said, 'Get everybody out of China and do whatever you have to do, make these, make everything you make in the United States.'" Cook responded by suggesting American workers simply didn't have the capacity to manufacture Apple products: "Over time, there are skills that are associated with...
  • The Conservative Revolt: Principles and Leverage

    12/07/2012 5:46:58 PM PST · by DBeers · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12.6.12 | Jeffrey Lord
    The Fiscal Cliff. It all comes down to principles. And leverage. Not to mention an abrupt campaign to depose Speaker John Boehner, as now reported last night by the Daily Caller. An idea discussed in this very space only days ago. Grover Norquist understands this. Brent Bozell understands this. The Heritage Foundation understands this. Ditto Rush, Sean and Mark. And in truth -- millions of conservatives get it in their bones. John Boehner does not understand this. -SNIP- And let's not forget the leverage that is the debt ceiling. Let's see the House GOP start talking relentlessly, in Reagan-style, about...
  • Strong Earthquake Shakes Northern Japan, Rattling Locals

    12/07/2012 5:41:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated December 7, 2012, 6:55 p.m. ET | By WILLIAM SPOSATO And GEORGE NISHIYAMA
    TOKYO—A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Friday afternoon, unnerving residents in a region hit last year by a devastating quake and nuclear accident.No deaths were directly caused by the earthquake, but one person was seriously injured and 10 suffered minor injuries, according to the National Police Agency. A tsunami warning of up to one meter was issued moments after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan. As the WSJ's Yumiko Ono reports, Friday's earthquake was close to the epicenter of the quake that struck in March 2011. The quake at 5:18 p.m. was centered off Miyagi prefecture, the same area...
  • DA: 500 pot plants found in Fishtown house, man charged

    12/07/2012 5:33:40 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Frank Kummer,
    Authorities discovered hundreds of full-grown marijuana plants and others "in the incubation stage" at what they say was an elaborate Fishtown growhouse in which children were living. The District Attorney's Office charged Vinh Quang Nguyen, 41, with possession with intent to distribute, risking a catastrophe, and endangering the welfare of a child.
  • An open letter to post-abortive women

    12/07/2012 5:31:03 PM PST · by Woodland · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12-7-12 | Matt Barber
    I write these words chiefly to women and girls who have had an abortion. Still, it is my humble hope and honest prayer that anyone weighing this life-versus-death choice might also read them with an open mind and a hearing heart. I share these truths in love. Some of you already know them. Others deny them. Yet truths they remain. It is through obedience to Christ and in the authority of His Spirit that I write you this letter. It may be difficult to read, but I pray you will read it.
  • Ousted GOP freshmen demand explanation from Speaker Boehner

    12/07/2012 5:18:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 | Justin Sink
    Ousted GOP freshmen demand explanation from Speaker BoehnerBy Justin Sink - 12/07/12 06:20 PM ET Three Republican congressmen who were booted from House committees are demanding an explanation from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to Boehner asking for "a full and complete written explanation of the rationale for removing us from our current committee assignments, including any 'scorecards' presented to the Steering Committee to justify our removals." “Two days ago I asked House GOP Leadership to explain why we were taken off key committees, but my questions...
  • Friday's economics lesson

    12/07/2012 4:01:32 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 4 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/7/12 | John Wiseman
    Dr. Sowell is perhaps one of our greatest living economists. Since arguments and debates about economic matters seem so important to almost everyone during our election cycles, I will never understand America's reluctance to actually take the time and energy required to gain even a basic understanding of the subject. I will likewise never fully understand the nation's economists remaining mostly silent during election seasons and allowing politicians and morons to take it upon themselves to put words into their mouths. When Barack Obama and Bill Clinton stood up during the Democrat National Convention and made the astoundingly false claim...
  • 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...