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  • "Anti-Islam" speaker WILL appear at High School despite CAIR’s attempts to have him banned

    12/09/2012 4:33:41 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 14 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 11-19-2012 | Unknown to me
    OHIO: ‘Anti-Islam’ speaker WILL appear at Mansfield Senior High School despite CAIR’s anti-first amendment attempts to have him banned THAT WAS THEN: Cleveland, March 28, 2011: The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today welcomed a decision by a school board in that state to cancel an anti-Islam Tea Party event featuring a speaker, Usama Dakdok, who claims Muslims are demons and that there is no good Muslim. CAIR-Ohio, the NAACP, ACLU and other civil rights and interfaith groups scheduled a news conference this morning at the Board of Education in Mansfield, Ohio, to address the negative...
  • Bunny snuff: Syrian rebels have chemical weapons too

    12/09/2012 4:31:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:31 pm on December 9, 2012 | J.E. Dyer
    According to a video reportedly posted by the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian rebels have their own chemical weapons to match Bashar Al-Assad’s – and you get to watch two rabbits die to prove it.This link is to the video posted at YouTube.  But Breitbart has helpfully loaded the video to its post on the topic today, so you don’t have to sign in at YouTube to watch it.  Warning: graphic content.After apparently setting off the chemical agent in a glass box containing the hapless rabbits, the speaker in the video issues this warning (translation cited at Breitbart): You saw...
  • Ohio, Virginia eye proposals for more proportional split of electoral votes

    12/09/2012 4:20:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Officials in Virginia and Ohio, once reliably red states that have gone for President Obama in the past two elections, have discussed the idea of apportioning their electoral votes by congressional district — a system some say would more accurately reflect the will of the states’ voters but one that others dismiss as an unnecessary political ploy. The talks come as demographic shifts have pushed the GOP’s reliable bastions to more exurban and rural areas, allowing Democrats to win such states by sufficiently running up their margins in a comparatively small number of densely-populated cities and counties. To that end,...
  • Syria: Western-backed terrorists preparing chemical false flag attack?

    12/09/2012 4:05:51 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    Pravda! (again) ^ | December 7, 2012 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    Let everyone reporting on the situation in Syria agree upon one thing: the situation is hideous, it is unacceptable, it is disgusting, it is a disgrace to humankind, it is an insult to our collective intelligence at the turn of the century and...video evidence that Obama is totally wrong. The ones preparing to use chemicals are the terrorists. We may begin by discounting ninety-five per cent of what we read in the crispy-clean reports from the corporate media - you know, that pile of bullshit pressed and ironed on your morning newspaper on your breakfast table in Europe or slung...
  • Minister Kenney's Chanukah Greeting

    12/09/2012 3:44:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/9/12 | JasonKenneyMP
    Video at link.
  • US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban

    12/09/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Agence France Presse
    US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban Agence France PresseDecember 8, 2012 US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province. "Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the...
  • Chemical weapons in Syria? Just say no to imperialism and its dirty war plans

    12/09/2012 3:29:39 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Pravda! ^ | December 8, 2012 | Lisa Karpova
    Now that Barack Obama is firmly enconsed in office, re-elected for a second term, it appears that the hounds of hell are desperately barking for some action on Syria. Frustrated by the successful efforts of the Syrian government to turn back the western backed and armed terrorists, their stooges and proxies, they have gone back to old tactics again. You would think after having been caught out the last time they started agitating about chemical weapons before a false flag attack, they they would give up the ruse. However, here they go again, trying to put the international community in...
  • In Doha, a big green rent-seeking machine

    12/09/2012 3:19:53 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 9 December 2012 | Andrew Montford
    A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair. This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands: motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change This is despite the fact that nobody seems able to point to any great problems caused by the modest warming...
  • Terror Victim Makes Miraculous Recovery

    12/09/2012 3:13:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The wife of an Israeli singer who was critically wounded in an Arab attack during the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense has made a miraculous recovery. Ziona Kalla, wife of singer Itzik Kalla, was sitting in a car driven by her daughter when it was ambushed by Arabs near the community of Beitar Illit. During the attack, firebombs were thrown at the car and it was pelted with rocks. One of the rocks smashed the windshield and hit Kalla’s head. She was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where she was hospitalized in intensive care, suffering from...
  • Video Claims Proof Assad Unleashed Chemical Weapons

    12/09/2012 3:07:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Fears of the worst possible scenario in Syria have been confirmed in a video released by rebels that shows victims of chemical warfare. WARNING: The video should not be shown to children without parental agreement. Video An almost sure sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has unleashed his chemical weapons for use against rebels is his regime’s claim on Saturday that rebels are preparing to use chemicals in their uprising. Assad systematically has accused opposition forces, which he labels as “foreign terrorists,” of carrying out attacks and murders for which his own loyalists are responsible. British Foreign Secretary William Hague...
  • Local companies named on ‘boycott’ list for supporting national monument proposal near Canyonlands

    12/09/2012 2:06:07 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Moab Times-Independent ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Steve Kadel
    Grand County companies whose owners signed a letter to President Obama supporting federal protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands National Park are facing an economic boycott that some say has been spurred by the locally-based Sagebrush Coalition. The coalition’s Facebook page includes a list of local and national companies that signed the Nov. 13 letter from the Outdoor Industry Association urging Obama to create the Greater Canyonlands National Monument. ... Sagebrush Coalition president James Tibbetts ... opposes monument status for land around Canyonlands National Park because it isn’t necessary. “We’ve used it all these years and we haven’t ruined...
  • Boustany defeats Landry for La. congressional seat

    12/09/2012 2:52:27 PM PST · by Impy · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-9-2012 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana congressman Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Saturday by handily defeating his fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election. The two men were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.
  • French actor Depardieu seeks Belgian residency - mayor

    12/09/2012 2:00:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/9/12 | Vicky Buffery | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Actor Gerard Depardieu has become the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande on the wealthy. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" star has bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the French border, local mayor Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday, adding he had also enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency. ... "I think he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere in Belgium, our identity, the rural, bucolic setting," Senesael told RTL radio. For Depardieu, best known for his roles...
  • FLASHBACK: 7/20/12 Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq

    12/09/2012 10:36:24 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | July 20, 2012
    War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq. King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida. "One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands," he...
  • Police: Man Shot Dead By Officers Pulled Air Pistol That Looked Like Gun

    12/09/2012 1:43:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Dec. 9, 2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -A man with a record of 39 arrests was shot and killed by police detectives in Queens overnight, after pulling what police thought was a gun, but turned out to be a compressed air pistol. Police on Sunday afternoon continued to investigate the shooting that left the 42-year-old man dead. The suspect killed by police had not been identified as of 3 p.m., pending family notification. Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday at Gates and Seneca avenues in the Ridgewood section of Queens, two male plainclothes NYPD detectives – ages 48 and 42 and both nine-year department veterans –...
  • Police Called When Crowd Signing Up For Housing List Gets 'Out Of Control' [VIDEO]

    12/09/2012 1:11:03 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 75 replies
    10TV.com ^ | 12-8-2012 | Unknown to me
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex. Police said the crowd started to gather Friday night for the Saturday morning event at The Heritage apartment complex on Gatewood Road near Sunbury Road in northeast Columbus. Authorities said that its highest number, the crowd reached 2,000 people. Residents in the area called police overnight and complained about the noise and number of cars in the neighborhood. According to police, a melee broke out when the manager...
  • Newt Gingrich: Republicans Today Would Be ‘Incapable of Competing’ Against Hillary Clinton in 2016

    12/09/2012 1:01:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 109 replies
    The Blaze/NBC Repost ^ | 12/9/2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the current GOP would be “incapable of competing” against Hillary Clinton should she run in 2016. Gingrich on NBC’s “Meet the Press” called Clinton a “very formidable” person who is married to “the most popular Democrat in the country.” “If [the Republicans'] competitor in ’16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably, a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl. And the Republican Party today is incapable of competing at that level,” Gingrich said.
  • After Educating Delegates, Lord Monckton Booted From UN Climate Summit

    12/09/2012 11:52:00 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 December 2012 | Alex Newman
    Lord Christopher Monckton was escorted from the UN Conference of the Parties (COP18) by the organization’s security after telling delegates that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years. After Educating Delegates, Lord Monckton Booted From UN Climate Summit The New American 09 December 2012 Lord Christopher Monckton had an opportunity to educate representatives of governments and dictatorships at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar, about the fact that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years. However, after pretending to be a delegate from the regime ruling Burma to...
  • Slouching Toward Damascus

    12/09/2012 11:20:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    This was a week of some surprises and some perfectly foreseeable consequences of forces which have been in play for some time. The fiscal cliff talks have gone nowhere, to the surprise of only the most daft who do not realize that the President does not want a pragmatic solution. He's fixated on soaking "the rich", stirring up class hatred and trying to drive a wedge between his opposition forces. Among the surprises is this: Michigan, long seen as the showplace home of America's industrialized unions, has voted to become a right to work state. Its Governor Rick Snyder said...
  • How close did Israel just come to its own Cuban missile crisis?

    12/09/2012 11:05:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    How close did Israel just come to its own Cuban missile crisis? By Paul Alster Published December 07, 2012 | FoxNews.com HAIFA, Israel – Hundreds of Iranian-made, long-range missiles already smuggled into Gaza provided a secret sense of urgency behind Israel's recent campaign against Hamas, and the the Jewish state acted with the Obama administration's full knowledge, intelligence experts told FoxNews.com. Jonathan Schanzer, a former counter-terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said the real agenda behind Israel’s assault last month on Hamas’ munitions stockpiles and smuggling tunnels was not simply to end the daily barrage of relatively...
  • NYT's Helene Cooper: Obama Will "Have To Own" Recession If We Go Over Cliff (video)

    12/09/2012 10:49:20 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 36 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    HELENE COOPER, NEW YORK TIMES: "I really do think at the end of the day, Larry, what you describe sounds like sort of the White House negotiating right now -- easily saying, 'Yeah, we can go over the fiscal cliff.' But at the end of the day, this is a president, he would have to own it. He may not think he has to own the recession; but if we go over that, he is going to have to own that. And that's something he definitely knows."
  • Auditing Shooting Rampage Statistics(Private Citizen vs Police Saves)

    12/09/2012 10:45:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    dailyanarchist.com ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Davi Barker
    Firearm prohibitionists love to use tragedy to leverage their agenda. So, it’s important for gun rights advocates to stand their ground and fire back (proverbially) whenever this happens. Last week I posted a graphic on Facebook claiming the average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 18.25, and the average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by civilians is 2.2. I based it on 10 shootings I found listed on some timeline somewhere. I honestly don’t even remember where. I presented the case studies in a blog post on the Silver...
  • Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition:'Religiously Unaffiliated'

    12/09/2012 10:42:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    npr.org ^ | 12/9/12 | Liz Halloran
    ...as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term. They're the "nones" — that's the Pew Research Center's shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don't have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either "religious" or "spiritual but not religious," Pew found in a recent survey. They are typically younger, more socially liberal than their forebears, vote Democratic, and now make up nearly 20 percent of the country's population....
  • 2012 Doomsday , Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh

    12/09/2012 10:41:02 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-8-2012 | DK Matai
    2012 Doomsday Psychology, Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh Politics / Social IssuesDec 08, 2012 - 07:47 AM By: DK Matai Panic buying of candles and essentials has accelerated not only in China and Russia, but there has been a simultaneous explosion in the sale of survival equipment, food, fuel and emergency shelters in America in preparation for the Mayan calendar's long count deadline: December 21st, 2012. The precise mechanism for the Armageddon to manifest remains vague, ranging from: 1. Catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known...
  • Left-wing Radical, America-hating Bill Maher calls deceased Andy Williams a "teabag idiot"

    12/09/2012 10:34:24 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    <p>HBO host Bill Maher’s political views– and his crass way of expressing them– are well known to most. Every once in a while, though, he takes things a step further than normal.</p> <p>The mega Obama donor claimed back in March, for instance, that he should be held to a different standard after calling Sarah Palin a “cu**” than when Rush Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a “slut.” On Sunday, Maher made another noteworthy claim.</p>
  • First women qualify as submarine officers

    12/09/2012 10:05:12 AM PST · by Salman · 48 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle ABC affiliate) ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | Kelly Koopmans
    For the last century all fully-qualified submarine officers have been men. But that all changed when two women were honored with their Navy dolphin pins. The ceremony on Wednesday at Naval Base Kitsap was a graduation day of sorts with crowds, caps, and uniforms. From a cluster of colleagues, two female crew members of the USS Maine ballistic missile submarine were called front and center for a designation that made them qualified submariners. The two junior lieutenants were among the first three women in the submarine force's 112-year history to get their dolphins. "This is the mark where your command...
  • SNL: Foxx Celebrates 'Kill[ing] All The White People' in New Film

    12/09/2012 9:30:30 AM PST · by george76 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Dec 2012
    On Saturday Night Live, guest host Jamie Foxx told the amped-up crowd now in his new movie, Django Unchained, he gets to "kill all the white people ... How GREAT is that?" The live audience erupted in cheers and laughter.
  • 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. “Pursuit of Truth” will pit 20 documentary filmmakers in a competition for financing and distribution for their film. Beck’s TheBlaze TV, Vaughn and Peter Billingsley’s Wild West Productions and Gary Auerbach’s 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 “tax reform,” 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 “fiscal cliff” 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 — 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 school’s 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 America’s armed forces. David Petraeus’s 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 officers—at the rank of colonel or higher—have 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 military’s behavior, he seemed to be asking, threatened the “sacred trust” among top officers, the men and women they lead, and the American people? “I...
  • 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. We’re looking at everything all wrong. We want Republican leaders to champion our tea party issues. But they can’t. They don’t 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 — 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, “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment.” 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 — 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 City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — 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 ‘Ground Zero’ 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
    It’s 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 — but that’s 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....
  • Obama’s 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 “fiscal cliff” deal, the country’s grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow — 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 — not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA — A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2’s 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. “He got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,” 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 Mexico’s violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. “I thought I could make a difference,” 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...