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  • Europe clings to scorched-earth ideology as depression deepens

    12/09/2012 10:38:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Like the generals of the First World War, Europe’s leaders seem determined to send wave after wave of their youth into the barbed wire of tight money, bank deleveraging, and fiscal austerity a l’outrance. The strategy of triple-barrelled contraction across a string of inter-linked countries has been the greatest policy debacle since the early 1930s. The outcome over the last three years has been worse than forecast at every stage, in every key respect. The eurozone has crashed back into double-dip recession. It will contract a further 0.3pc next year, according to a chastened European Central Bank. The ECB omitted...
  • Students “poison teacher and classmates by secretly giving them marijuana-laced brownies” at CU

    12/09/2012 10:18:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 17:27 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two students have been arrested after they brought brownies laced with marijuana to class and shared them with their unwitting professor and colleagues, authorities said. Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa allegedly made the snacks for “bring food day” at Colorado University on Friday. A female professor was taken to hospital after she began to lose consciousness while teaching at the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building. …
  • Officer saves young girl from family pit bull

    12/09/2012 10:09:21 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jennifer Mayerle
    SPALDING COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Lilly Goodson, 5, is in critical condition with severe bites to her face and body after being mauled by one of her family's dogs on Wednesday. Her grandmother, Kathy Goodson, tried to stop the attack. Neighbors also tried to help, but it was Griffin Police Cpl. Stan Phillips that finally ended the attack. "It was heart-wrenching to see. I never want to see it again," Phillips said. Phillips is still shaken up by the events. When he arrived at the home on Ruth Street in Griffin, he witnessed a 120 pound pit bull attacking...
  • Deputies: Woman beat up after asking for space at checkout

    12/09/2012 9:55:49 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | December 5, 2012 | Nikki Davidson
    PACOLET, SC (FOX Carolina) - Deputies said two women are accused of attacking a customer at a Li'l Cricket store in Pacolet who asked them to give her some space while checking out. According to Spartanburg County deputies, it was all because the victim asked the women to give her some space while she entered the pin code for her debit card at the cash register. "All I wanted was a little bit of privacy, I didn't know it would lead to a beatdown," said the victim, Amanda Parker. On Monday afternoon Parker stopped into the Li'l Cricket on Pine...
  • Investigative Journalist Kerry Picket Joins Breitbart News

    12/09/2012 9:54:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Big Journalism (Breitbart) ^ | December 9, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Investigative journalist Kerry Picket has joined Breitbart News. Picket formerly edited and wrote for the Washington Times opinion section and its "Water Cooler" blog. She also covered Capitol Hill and campaign and elections for the publication. Picket has regularly appeared as a guest commentator on dozens of cable news networks like Fox News, CNN, Fox Business Network, and the Christian Broadcast Network. She has also appeared in prime time specials on Fox News’s “Hannity” dealing with issues such as crony capitalism and corruption in Washington, D.C. “I’m looking forward to continuing what Andrew Breitbart started--delivering honest news, real news, without...
  • Is the economy creating a lost generation?

    12/09/2012 9:21:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    This is not a good time to be starting out in life. Jobs are scarce, and those that exist often pay unexpectedly low wages. Beginning a family — always stressful and uncertain — is increasingly a stretch. The weak economy begets weak family formation. We instinctively know this; several new studies now deepen our understanding. When the labor market operates smoothly, it creates an economic escalator. Just out of high school or college, young workers typically switch jobs frequently until they find something that fits their talent and temperament. Job changes often mean higher pay; people move to advance themselves....
  • California School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 9:16:58 PM PST · by Biser · 21 replies
    npr ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Richard Gonzales
    More than 200 school districts across California are taking a second look at the high price of the debt they've taken on using risky financial arrangements. Collectively, the districts have borrowed billions in loans that defer payments for years — leaving many districts owing far more than they borrowed.
  • Obama Silent as Mexico Jails Former Marine on Trumped-Up Gun Charge

    12/09/2012 9:15:59 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    A former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been chained to a bed in a Mexican prison since August. Jon Hammar faces up to 12 years in a Mexican jail on what may be a trumped-up charge of possessing an illegal shotgun. Customs officials had already cleared the shotgun before he entered Mexico. On August 23, Hammar and his friend Ian McDonough were en route to Costa Rica on a surfing vacation when they ran into trouble after crossing the Mexican border. According to McClatchy newspapers, Hammer brought “a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico,” which his mother referred...
  • Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

    12/09/2012 8:56:14 PM PST · by Errant · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/09/12 | Tyler Durden
    And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data...
  • Sen. Corker: GOP Could Accept Higher Taxes On Wealthy

    12/09/2012 8:41:49 PM PST · by zeestephen · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 09 December 2012 | Anne Flaherty
    Bob Corker says he — and probably many other GOP senators — would consider raising the top tax rate paid by the wealthiest Americans if it meant reforming big entitlement programs such as Medicare.
  • Oren: Chemical Weapons in Wrong Hands Would be 'Game Changer'(Israeli Amb.)

    12/09/2012 8:35:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/9/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren warned Sunday that any evidence of chemical weapons being passed from the Assad regime to terrorist groups like Hizbullah would be a “red line for Israel” and could constitute military action. While Oren could not confirm recent claims that the Syrian regime is mixing and moving components for the deadly sarin nerve gas, he said that Israel is watching the situation "very carefully." "Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands -- Huzbullah's hands, for example -- that would be a game-changer for us," Oren told "Fox News Sunday."
  • What Comes First: Syrian Chemical Attack Or US-Led Showdown? (Special Ops in Theatre)

    12/09/2012 8:22:41 PM PST · by drewh · 26 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 9, 2012, 12:03
    For the past week, US officials have kept up a flow of leaks to the media suggesting that Syrian President Bashar Assad was on the verge of ordering his army to unleash chemical weapons. The details built up as the week went by, starting with the detection of “unusual movements” of Syrian chemical weapons units, advancing to reports that the Syrians were “mixing precursor chemicals” for the nerve gas sarin and on Thursday, Dec. 6, that bombs had been made ready with sarin gas for loading onto Syrian Air Force fighter-bombers when Assad gave the word. Saturday, Dec. 8, British...
  • Education's Great Divide: My Time in the Trenches

    12/09/2012 7:40:11 PM PST · by wintertime · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2012 | Glenn Fairman
    On perhaps my saddest day of teaching, I was witness to an assembly presented to juniors and seniors at La Puente High School under color of "AIDS Awareness." Within the 45-minute series of very cleverly devised humorous skits and demonstrations, I beheld the barbaric demolition of the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West before my very eyes. Along with provocative descriptions of male-on-male coitus and the disparagement "twisted and perverse" directed at anyone who found fault with the emancipated vision of a sexual free-for-all was a single demonstration that elicited only wild applause and profound laughter amongst the audience. A mid-twenties...
  • Tea Party Helps Cram Through Michigan Anti-Union “Right to Work” Law

    12/09/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by quantim · 34 replies
    IREHR ^ | 09 Dec 2012 | Ben Stewart
    Ben Stewart presents an on-the-ground look at anti-union events in Michigan Many arrived via the Walter Reuther Expressway from Detroit. Protestors donned hard hats, scrubs and overalls, chanting “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Right to Work Has Got to Go!” As police lines held back the crowds of union members, and locked them out of the governors’ office building and the Capitol, the reality began to sink in. Michigan was going to be a “right to work” state. No more than fifty Tea Party activists were visible on Thursday. Some took this as a sign of weak public support for the...
  • Will Saddam’s WMDs Fall into the Hands of Al Qaeda?

    12/09/2012 6:05:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 53 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 12-9-2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    December 9, 2012 Will Saddam’s WMDs Fall into the Hands of Al Qaeda? by Daniel Greenfield Probably one of the most despicable lies perpetrated by the Democratic Party was the claim that Saddam Hussein had no WMDs. It was a lie of political convenience by a party whose top politicians had asserted the exact opposite until it became more convenient for them to jump on a new bandwagon.After all that there would be a certain historical irony if Saddam’s WMDs were indeed finally found, but by Islamist terrorists into whose hands they fell after almost a decade of liberal political...
  • The Power of Negative Thinking

    12/09/2012 5:55:50 PM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2012 | OLIVER BURKEMAN
    The holiday season poses a psychological conundrum. Its defining sentiment, of course, is joy—yet the strenuous effort to be joyous seems to make many of us miserable. It's hard to be happy in overcrowded airport lounges or while you're trying to stay civil for days on end with relatives who stretch your patience. So to cope with the holidays, magazines and others are advising us to "think positive"—the same advice, in other words, that Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking," was dispensing six decades ago. (During holidays, Peale once suggested, you should make "a deliberate effort...
  • Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

    12/09/2012 2:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2012
    A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal...
  • Russia Rules Out Libyan Scenario in Syria

    12/09/2012 5:35:08 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | December 9, 2012 | RiaNovosti
    Russia will not allow a repetition of the Libyan scenario in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. “We’ll not allow the Libyan experience to be reproduced in Syria. Unfortunately our Western partners have departed from the Geneva accords and are seeking the departure of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” Lavrov said, adding Russia was not clinging to any individual leaders in Syria. Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution on Syria on July 19 over fears that it would lead to foreign military intervention in the Middle East country. The resolution was tied to Chapter 7 of...
  • Will the U.S. Housing Market Recovery Continue?

    12/09/2012 5:24:32 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 12-8-2012 | InvestmentContrarian - Sasha Cekerevac
    Will the U.S. Housing Market Recovery Continue? Housing-Market / US HousingDec 08, 2012 - 06:56 AM By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: We have all heard the recent news that the housing market recovery is well on its way off the bottom. With home prices continuing to move up, many are questioning the long-term strength of the housing market. While there is no question that home prices have hit the lowest point and won’t return to those levels again, many are worried that they missed the housing market recovery, as prices have already risen significantly. I think there’s a few more...
  • Dinesh D'Souza's '2016' Movie: Winner at the Box Office Snubbed by Oscar

    12/09/2012 5:13:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Alex Murashko
    Dinesh D'Souza's documentary "2016: Obama's America" failed to earn an Oscar nomination despite earning $33.4 million at the box office, and becoming the fourth highest grossing documentary in history. Of course, there isn't much an outcry inside liberal Hollywood. However, D'Souza didn't keep quiet about the Academy Awards committee snub. "I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film," D'Souza joked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like 'Searching for Sugar Man' and 'This Is Not a Film' are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends...