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  • Carville On Hillary: Every Democrat I Know Says "God, I Hope She Runs" (video)

    12/09/2012 9:26:48 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CARVILLE: Since 1944, if we would have been sitting here, Republicans have always craved order. And they've always looked for the lion tail to get behind. We've always been people that we want to fall in love. We're looking for the next argument. This is entirely different. Every Democrat I know says, "God, I hope she runs. We don't need a primary. Let's just go to post with this thing. We don't want to fight with anybody over anything." ### CARVILLE: Yeah, you've got to beat somebody. And the Republicans know that they need a primary. We don't want --...
  • Mary Matalin To Paul Krugman: "Are You An Economist Or A Polemicist?" (video)

    12/09/2012 9:25:11 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    KRUGMAN: That kills charitable deductions. It hits the middle class hard. If you do it -- if you do it right -- we've done this, right... MATALIN: Are you an economist or a polemicist? (CROSSTALK) KRUGMAN: There's only -- there's only $450 billion that you can get by doing that. MATALIN: Do you want to talk about economy or do you want to talk about polemics? KRUGMAN: No, this is not true. MATALIN: We have two different ways of going forward. We will not have Medicare, we will not have Social Security. You have senior Democrat Dick Durbin saying Social...
  • Glenn Beck, Vince Vaughn to launch reality TV show

    12/09/2012 9:12:55 AM PST · by Bill ORightsly · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/5/12 | Mackenzie Weinger
    Glenn Beck on Wednesday announced that he is teaming up with actor Vince Vaughn to produce a new reality show set to debut next year on Beck's TheBlaze TV. ďPursuit of TruthĒ will pit 20 documentary filmmakers in a competition for financing and distribution for their film. Beckís TheBlaze TV, Vaughn and Peter Billingsleyís Wild West Productions and Gary Auerbachís Go Go Luckey Entertainment are behind the nine episode series, which will launch on TheBlaze TV in spring 2013. "I am proud to announce that Vince Vaughn and I are going to be the executive producers," Beck said on his...
  • The death of tax reform

    12/09/2012 9:02:10 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6 , 2012 | Robert J. Samuelson,
    The story behind the story is that ďtax reform,Ē as we know it, is dying. During the 1980s, no major piece of legislation better symbolized bipartisan consensus than the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was regarded by both liberal and conservative experts as the best tax law since World War II. The basic idea was simple: Reduce tax rates and recover lost revenue by ending (or limiting) tax breaks. The struggle between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over the ďfiscal cliffĒ indicates that this beneficial consensus has collapsed. Just the opposite is occurring. ... many politicians support...
  • Sen Coburn: DHS Security Grants not Funding Security Measures

    12/09/2012 8:43:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/9/12 | AWR Hawkins
    On Dec. 5, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report providing an overview of the $35 million the Department of Homeland Security has spent on grant programs since 2003. Ostensibly, the money was to be spent in a way that enhanced public security. Thus the money is labeled "security spending." However, what Coburn discovered is that the money is often not enhancing security in any way. And because funds are limited, the specious spending Coburn discovered is actually "making our nation less secure by directing scarce dollars to low-priority projects and low-risk areas." In the report, Coburn lists multiple examples...
  • White House could protect middle class from looming tax hikes

    12/09/2012 8:36:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    White House could protect middle class from looming tax hikes By Peter Schroeder and Bernie Becker - 12/09/12 06:00 AM ET The White House has the power to temporarily protect taxpayers from middle-class tax hikes even as upper income rates rise if Congress does nothing and all of the Bush-era tax rates expire in January. Experts and lawmakers alike agree that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has the power to adjust how much is withheld from paychecks for tax purposes ó for all taxpayers or just for some. By doing so, Geithner could ensure paychecks reflect the White House position that...
  • NYTimes Reporter: 'They Are So Much Cockier Now at the White House'

    12/09/2012 8:21:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    NYTimes Reporter: 'They Are So Much Cockier Now at the White House' Daniel Halper December 9, 2012 10:49 AM New York Times reporter Helene Cooper explained on Meet the Press that the White House is now "cockier": "I think when you talk about the feeling at the White House, there's a palpable difference now compared to 2011, the summer of 2011," said Cooper. "They are so much cockier right now at the White House than they were a year and a half ago when they were doing this. They really believe they have set out--you come to us, we're not...
  • Need Father's Rights help in DuPage County, IL (Please help!)

    12/09/2012 8:16:02 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 42 replies
    Vanity | 12-9-12 | TitansAFC
    I am dealing with a woman who is willing to falsely accuse me of harassment and being a threat to abuse my children. She has used denying visitation of the children against me, and is doing so now by filing an Order of Protection based on false allegations, which denies me visitation until our court date later in December. My current attorney, who was also my divorce attorney, is very passive. He has talked down any ideas I have come up with, and when I push for better advocacy from him, he is quick to mention that he will require...
  • Obama administration investigating sergeant who said the Bible condemns homosexuality

    12/09/2012 8:09:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 103 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has launched a federal investigation over a conversation between a Huntsville JROTC instructor and a lesbian student about the Bible and homosexuality. Last April, Virgil Grissom High School student Taylor Sisk, 15, asked a local homosexual activist to file a complaint on her behalf after 1st Sgt. Lynn Vanzandt allegedly told her that he believed the Bible says homosexuality is a sin. It is unclear how the conversation began. Sisk, who leads her schoolís Gay-Straight Alliance club, claimed she was talking to another girl about wanting to live in San Francisco when Vanzandt made...
  • The Military Knows It Has a Morality Problem

    12/09/2012 8:09:14 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 6, 2012 | James Kitfield
    It has not been a good year for Americaís armed forces. David Petraeusís extramarital affair dominated headlines; 25 instructors are under investigation for systematic sexual abuse of cadets at Lackland Air Force Base; and a rash of senior officersóat the rank of colonel or higheróhave been reprimanded for serious misconduct. Last month, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to all four-star generals and flag officers asking for institutional soul-searching. Has the militaryís behavior, he seemed to be asking, threatened the ďsacred trustĒ among top officers, the men and women they lead, and the American people? ďI...
  • The Great "HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS" Wars (tea party vs. insiders)

    12/09/2012 7:52:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 31 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Almost every challenge facing the Republican Party boils down to one issue: How is it possible for Republicans to win elections? The GOP establishment fights, undermines, lies to, and betrays conservative Americans because GOP insiders do not believe it is possible to win elections on a tea party agenda. Weíre looking at everything all wrong. We want Republican leaders to champion our tea party issues. But they canít. They donít know how. Conservatives believe that a properly-run campaign based on conservative values will win. More than that, we know it is the only way that a Republican candidate can win....
  • Right to Work Works!

    12/09/2012 7:42:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2012 | Brian Farmer
    Right to Work -- allowing every person to choose whether or not to join a union and pay dues ‚ÄĒ leads to greater personal wealth, freedom, and jobs for workers. Right to Work Works! The New American 14 June 2012 The concept of the right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Article 23.1 declares, ‚ÄúEveryone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment.‚ÄĚ Article 23.4 goes on to state,...
  • Update: Robbery suspect shot, killed; two hostages unharmed at Sacramento Jack in the Box

    12/09/2012 7:18:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    blogs.sacbee.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Debbie Arrington and Edward Ortiz
    Hundreds of Saturday afternoon customers at a Sacramento shopping center witnessed a tense three-hour standoff at a Jack in the Box restaurant, which ended with a robbery suspect shot by Sacramento police sharpshooters. ------------------------cut---------------------- Dan Escamilla had just sat down to lunch at El Festival taqueria behind the Jack in the Box. A bail agent from Orange County, he was visiting the area in search of a violent felony fugitive. Still wearing her headset from the drive-through window, a female Jack in the Box employee rushed into the taqueria and said the nearby restaurant was being robbed, Escamilla said. "The...
  • Intruder dies in Mississauga home invasion, police allege(Canada)

    12/09/2012 6:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | 7 December, 2012 | NA
    Police believe the man shot dead during a home invasion in Mississauga early Friday morning was an intruder. The robbery was at a residence on Corkstone Glade, near Rathburn Road and Dixie Road. Police responded to a 911 call just after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the suspects were gone and 22-year-old Ibrahim Abukar was found dead. He was alleged to have broken into the home along with the two other men. Peel police said that the men, two of whom were armed, were confronted by the homeowner. A struggle ensued, resulting in Abukar's death.
  • MSNBC host: Energy is just too darn cheap (Watch Video)

    12/09/2012 6:53:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    While I was taking a short break from working this morning and fixing some breakfast, my TV was still on in the background, tuned in to MSNBC. The host of Up With Chris Hayes was holding court over a panel discussion on domestic energy issues, so since that’s pretty much my field I had decided to tune in. The initial discussion had roped in quite a bit of the usual disinformation on natural gas fracking (which appeared to draw heavily on "facts" from fabulist Josh Fox's fictional propaganda piece, Gasland). There was one industry "advocate" included who I wasn't familiar...
  • PDF of full court opinion: "There is no, 'Trust us, changes are coming' clause in the Constitution."

    EXCERPT: Moreover, the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action. There is no, "Trust us, changes are coming" clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction. See Florida Cannabis Action Network, Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 130 F. Supp. 2d 1358, 1362 (M.D. Fla. 2001) ("The whim, self restraint, or even the well reasoned judgment of a government official...
  • Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid ó whether they need it or not

    12/09/2012 6:39:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MARY KAY LINGE
    Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief. New York Cityís 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) ó even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need. Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay for home repair and other basic...
  • No community programs at ĎGround Zeroí mosque a year after the controversy

    12/09/2012 6:28:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Itís all pray and no play. The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs. And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services ó but thatís the only activity in the building. Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Obamaís second-term agenda will be shadowed by budget woes

    12/09/2012 6:21:29 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 Dec 12 | Peter Wallsten and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Even if President Obama succeeds in getting Republicans to agree to tax hikes on the wealthy as part of a ďfiscal cliffĒ deal, the countryís grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow ó limiting his ambitions as he begins plotting a second-term agenda. Any agreement is likely to result in less than the $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next decade that Obama requested in his initial offer to House Republicans, and White House aides are signaling to allies that any new money from taxes would be used almost entirely for deficit reduction ó not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA ó A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2ís Amanda Cook that a man tossed a brick through the bedroom window of her northwest Atlanta home Wednesday afternoon. James said the man tried to crawl through her window. ďHe got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,Ē James said.
  • Freedom's greatest tool in danger

    12/09/2012 6:15:40 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 30 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/9/12 | Judson Phillips
    There is one tool of this modern age that we can argue is the greatest aid to the spread of liberty and freedom. This one great tool is in danger. This is a tool that tyrants would like to see dismantled. With freedom and liberty riding on the defense led by the Obama Regime, we should all be worried. What is this great tool and why is it in danger?
  • Young Mexican police chief who fled drug cartels seeking asylum in the US

    12/09/2012 6:12:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT
    As the bodies of her former law-enforcement colleagues pile up in Mexicoís violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. ďI thought I could make a difference,Ē Valles says of her decision at age 20 to become the top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a dusty town of 9,000 in the Chihuahua region, just south of the US border. Two of her predecessors were executed, and the job was vacant for a year before Valles, a criminal-justice student, took it. But she, too, was vulnerable to the intense violence of...
  • Alleged burglar shot in Old Tazewell Pike home(TN)

    12/09/2012 6:06:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Staff
    KNOXVILLE ó A Knox County man ó released from jail on a burglary charge earlier this week ó was shot while allegedly burglarizing a Northeast Knox County home today. Authorities responded just before noon to a home on the 5700 block of Old Tazewell Pike to a possible shooting, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Moments later, deputies found an injured man in a blood-spattered white car a couple of miles away near the corner of Washington Pike and Babelay Road.
  • Piers Morganís Solution to Gun Violence: ďIíd Remove Every Gun in AmericaĒ

    12/09/2012 5:40:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 100 replies
    guns.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    On Monday, Research Director of the Independence Institute David Kopel appeared on CNNís Piers Morgan Tonight to debate the issue of gun-related violence with Piers and Josh Horwitz from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. In the video below, you can see the debate unfold. Whatís most telling in this exchange is Morganís admission that he, personally, would like to ďRemove every gun in America.Ē Of course, what preceded this statement only seconds earlier was the perfunctory disclaimer, which is often made by those who secretly wish to pass onerous gun laws, ďI do have a respect for the Second...
  • Lawsuit: Homeless sex offenders need a break

    12/09/2012 5:37:50 AM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Attorneys for sex offenders who claim theyíre too poor to register have filed a separate case against the city of Chicago on behalf of homeless sex offenders who say they canít register because they donít have permanent addresses. Douglas M. Montgomery, a plaintiff in the new case filed Thursday, says in the lawsuit heís been in the Cook County Jail since July 2011 when he was arrested for urinating in public. Heís awaiting trial on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Montgomery, 57, said he was living under a bridge in January 2011 and police refused...
  • Mobster uses mass-mailed letters from Obama, other politicians in bid for leniency

    12/09/2012 5:37:44 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 8, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX and PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR
    A longtime Gambino crime-family associate tried to convince a judge heís politically connected to avoid a harsh sentence ó claiming a mass-mailing from President Obama proves he has pals in the Oval Office. -snip ďAnthony, Iím about to go to speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first,Ē read an election night e-mail from the presidentís campaign headquarters, which was also sent to millions of other supporters. Another, from former President Bill Clinton, read, ďAnthony, Thank you so very much for your message on my 66th birthday. ďHearing from you made a special day...
  • Egypt's Predictable Unraveling

    12/09/2012 5:20:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Brothers are playing for keeps. As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, hereís the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhoodís major goal in America and Europe ó its self-professed ďgrand jihadĒ ó is ďeliminating and destroying Western civilization,Ē to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared...
  • Trucking companyís bet paying off in Eagle Ford play

    12/09/2012 5:16:09 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 8, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    Douglas Cain made a big bet on the shale drilling industry in South Texas, and so far it seems to be paying off with a boom for his familyís longtime trucking company.? Since moving the company from Houston to San Antonio to get closer to the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play, Cainís Lake Truck Lines Inc. has grown from 11 trucks to 67. The company opened a location in Odessa to serve the Permian Basin. And itís started a new subsidiary, Lake Oilfield Services, to provide equipment such as tanks to drilling rigs or hydraulic fracturing sites. ďI...
  • GOP: Obama 'Bullying' Charities into Backing Tax Hike on Wealthy

    12/09/2012 5:13:55 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Friday, the Obama Administration sought to teach the nonprofit world the same lesson during a White House gathering of charitable officials, say Republicans, when charities were bullied into supporting higher taxes on the wealthy to avoid losing vital deductions for charitable contributions. ďToday, the White House chose to mislead and scare Americaís charitable giving community, using them as pawns in an effort to achieve their tax hike proposal,Ē said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the ranking Republican at Senate Finance in a joint statement issued Friday....
  • Why Michigan Should Abolish Handgun Purchase Permits & Handgun Registration

    12/09/2012 5:08:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Rick Ector
    Detroit, MI --(Ammoland.com)- The state of Michigan may soon abolish handgun registrations and handgun purchase permits. Michigan House Bill 5225 (HB 5225) ¬Ė the legislation which seeks to abolish the aforementioned pistol reporting requirements ¬Ė has already been passed by the Michigan House of Representatives and is expected to be put up for a vote within the next few days in the Michigan Senate. At least with respect to handgun registrations, the state of Michigan is very late to the gun rights party; it is one of a small remaining number of US states that still require them: California,...
  • Egyptís Predictable Unraveling (Andrew McCarthy)

    12/09/2012 5:06:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, hereís the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhoodís major goal in America and Europe ó its self-professed ďgrand jihadĒ ó is ďeliminating and destroying Western civilization,Ē to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared as an ďIslamophobe.Ē Thatís the Islamophilic...
  • Dick Cheney: Our Allies Donít Trust Us, Our Enemies Donít Fear Us

    12/09/2012 5:01:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 December, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- During comments at the 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner in New York last night, former VP Dick Cheney criticized Obamaís Middle East policy and what he perceives as the projection of U.S. weakness instead of U.S. strength. Cheney said the Middle East is moving in a direction ďfundamentally hostile to U.S. interestsĒ and ďthe U.S. is increasingly unable to influence events there.Ē Cheney believes our inability to influence is largely tied to the fact that Obama is ďheaded for the exitĒ in Afghanistan. The former VP then reminded his audience of Obamaís ďapologyĒ tour to the...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 December 2012

    12/09/2012 4:56:19 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 9th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, leaders of President Barack Obama's now-defunct deficit commission; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): hristine Lagarde, managing director of the International...
  • Marijuana mayhem in Pierce County leaves two dead(WA)

    12/09/2012 4:43:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Dave Workman
    As many Washington potheads were legally lighting up, two men were shot dead in what appears to be a pot theft gone very bad in Pierce County, the first time the Puget Sound region has read about a wild dope shootout since the Steve Sarich incident in March 2010. This column discussed the Sarich shooting here and here. Now in Pierce County, an unidentified homeowner defended himself and his 9-year-old son when the two would-be robbers broke in. Sheriffís Detective Ed Troyer noted to the Tacoma News Tribune that it could have turned out a lot differently. However, unlike Sarich...
  • The income inequality factor liberals can't talk about

    12/09/2012 4:32:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    But let's take a look at that list of high-income-inequality states again. What do California, Arizona and New Mexico all have in common? I'll give you a hint: Texas comes in seventh on the high-income-inequality state list. That's right: The three states with the highest income inequality also all share a border with Mexico. But what about New York? Or Georgia? Or Illinois (which is the sixth-most-unequal state)? They are all hundreds of miles away from Mexico. Well, it turns out that all of those states have huge illegal immigrant populations too. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, every one...
  • Striped nanoparticle controversy blows up

    12/08/2012 11:14:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 December 2012 | Simon Hadlington
    Some scientists question the existence of self-assembling stripes on nanoparticles © NPGA prickly controversy has erupted in the rarefied world of nanoscience revolving around the strength of the evidence that molecules can assemble themselves into discrete stripes around gold nanoparticles. The issue highlights the difficulty of interpreting images of nanoscale objects.For many years researchers have been decorating gold nanoparticles with thiolated ligands to imbue the nanoparticles with a range of properties. In 2004, a group led by Francesco Stellacci, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, published a paper in Nature Materials demonstrating that if two different...
  • Washington Post ďObama is Morsiís Main EnablerĒ

    12/08/2012 10:15:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/8/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember that distant time so long ago when Obama promised that he would end our old backward policy of supporting tyrants in order to win over the Arab Street. And here we are, four years later, and Obama is supporting a tyrant in Cairo, a problem that has even broken into the normally supportive pages of the Washington Post. How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? Itís a question many Arabs ask...
  • TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks

    12/08/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WORLDmag ^ | Dec 8, 11:50 PM EST | Staff
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud

    12/08/2012 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/12 | Lee Stranahan
    An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford ďBlack FarmersĒ Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak. ďBurying the ledeĒ is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as "Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations." Just based on the title, you can already tell the report is needlessly...
  • Scientists Discover Childrenís Cells Living in Mothersí Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children¬ís Cells Living in Mothers¬í Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / –ź–Ĺ–į—Ā—ā–į—Ā–ł—Ź –ü–ĺ–Ņ–ĺ–≤–į ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • Vietnam Breaks Up Anti-China Protests

    12/08/2012 9:59:18 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 1 replies
    Protesters in Hanoi had been trying to march to the Chinese embassy Rare protests have taken place in Vietnam over maritime territorial disputes with neighbouring China. The protests in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were quickly dispersed by police. Tensions are high after an incident last month in which Hanoi accused Beijing of cutting the cables of a Vietnamese oil exploration ship. Vietnam is also unhappy at a map in new Chinese passports that shows disputed areas of the South China Sea as Chinese territory. Hundreds of people are reported to have taken part in the protests on Sunday...
  • Stem-Cell Cures Without the Controversy

    12/08/2012 9:49:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    The chief medical ambition of those who study stem cells has always been that the cells would be used to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. That's still a long way off, despite rapid progress exemplified by the presentation of the Nobel Prize next week to Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University for a key stem-cell breakthrough. But there's another, less well known application of stem cells that is already delivering results: disease modeling. Dr. Yamanaka used a retrovirus to insert four genes into a mouse cell to return it to a "pluripotent" stateócapable of turning into almost any kind of cell....
  • New Chemical Reaction Could Explain How Stars Form, Evolve, and Eventually Die

    12/08/2012 8:44:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | December 7, 2012 | NA
    University of North Dakota scientist Mark Hoffmann's version of Star Search goes a long way -- a very long way -- out into the universe. Hoffmann, a computational chemist, and his colleagues Tryve Helgaker, a well-known Norwegian scientist, and co-authors E.I. Tellgren and K. Lange, also working in Norway, have discovered a molecular-level interaction that science had puzzled over for decades but had never seen. That discovery, it turns out, may redefine how science views chemical compound formation. It also answers questions about what goes on in places like white dwarfs, the super dense cores of stars nearing the end...
  • Real Electoral College Reform

    12/08/2012 8:14:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 7, 2012 | Paul Hollrah
    In a recent column titled The National Popular Vote Fallacy, I attempted to demonstrate how the progressives who are behind the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) may, in fact, be shooting themselves in the foot.As the NPVIC rule is designed, when enough states have joined the Compact to bring at least 270 electoral votes (a simple majority in the Electoral College) to the table, then and only then will the combined electoral votes of all the Compact states automatically go to the candidate with a majority of the national popular vote, thereby eliminating any possibility of electing a president...
  • Al-Masry Al-Youm Reports On Brotherhood Torture Chambers

    12/08/2012 7:42:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    al-monitor.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 | Mohamad Jarehi
    Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours in total in the torture chambers established by the Muslim Brotherhood at the gates of the Ittihadiya Palace in the suburb of Heliopolis. The central torture chamber, which is located in front of the gate facing the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz Mosque on al-Merghany Street, is secured with a cordon and iron barriers, where the Central Security Forces (CSF) prevent the access of any persons without the authorization of the Brotherhood. We entered the chamber with a great difficulty, after a fellow journalist from the Misr 25 TV channel facilitated. The channel is owned by...
  • Venezuela's Chavez to have another cancer operation

    12/08/2012 7:11:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 8, 2012
    (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation in coming days after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba. "It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days," Chavez said in a televised broadcast, adding he would return to Havana on Sunday. The socialist leader had flown back to Venezuela on Friday after the tests in Cuba.
  • Warren Campaign Blames Pizza for Debt

    12/08/2012 6:44:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    The Elizabeth Warren campaign sent out an email to contributors on Tuesday announcing that it's broke after spending all the $42 million it raised in its successful effort to unseat Republican Senator Scott Brown. In her email, Senator-elect Warren placed the blame on her campaign's failure to properly budget for the massive amounts of coffee and pizza consumed by her get-out-the-vote volunteers. She also added that her campaign had underestimated the number of vans needed on election day:
  • Romney Campaign Paid $33 Million to Two Consulting Firms With Ties to Key Staffers

    12/08/2012 6:26:41 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11-29-12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Romney campaign spent an estimated $356 million between January 1, 2011 and October 17, 2012 in its unsuccessful effort to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama. According to Federal Election Commission documents, as reported by OpenSecrets.org, $33 million of this amount was paid to two consulting firms with ties to key staffers at both the Romney campaign and the RNC. Targeted Victory LLC, a Minnesota company with executive offices in Virginia, was paid $17 million for digital communications by the Romney campaign. FLS Connect LLC, an Arizona corporation with headquarters in Minnesota, was paid $16 million for voter contact and...
  • Firing range teams with Mob Museum for new experience(NV)

    12/08/2012 5:19:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | William D'Urso
    With a glacier-white smile and rapid-fire laugh, Mark Cole greets visitors to his Guns and Ammo Garage, a shooting range where they can travel back to a world of Prohibition-era weapons by firing classic models like the murderous Tommy gun, known, too, as the "Chicago Typewriter." Guns and Ammo Garage, 5155 S. Dean Martin Drive, has partnered with the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas to provide a full mob-related experience. From gunshot to mugshot, the partnership pulls from decades of mob history in Las Vegas and beyond. ďThe Vegas Mob Tour,Ē Guns and Ammo's package with the museum, is...