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  • Mail-order ammo bill dodges bullet(IL)

    12/10/2012 5:49:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    thetelegraph.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | NA
    One of the highlights of the just-completed veto session in the Illinois General Assembly was when lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto of a bill regarding mail order sales of ammunition. The Legislature’s action was significant because it prevented the governor from overstepping his constitutional powers by trying to rewrite a piece of legislation to the point of changing its intent completely. Earlier this year, the Illinois House and Senate passed Senate Bill 681, which was written to address a quirk in state law regarding mail-order sales of ammo. Current state law allows individuals to purchase ammunition through the...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,December 10-14,2012

    12/10/2012 5:47:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | December 10-14,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • USDA Wants to Expand Protection for American Indians’ ‘Sacred Places’ on Public Lands

    12/10/2012 5:30:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/10/2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Dec. 6 released a report that urges the U.S. Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in protecting, respectfully interpreting, and giving appropriate access to sites that are sacred to American Indians and Alaskan Natives. "American Indian and Alaska Native values and culture have made our nation rich in spirit and deserve to be honored and respected," Vilsack said. "By honoring and protecting sacred sites on national forests and grasslands, we foster improved tribal relationships and a better understanding of native people's deep reverence for natural resources and contributions to society."...
  • Drilling company looks high and low for workers

    12/10/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2012 | LM Sixel
    How hot is offshore drilling? So hot that it’s hard to find enough roustabouts, mechanics and experienced managers to staff all the rigs under construction. So hot that Ensco, with six new rigs set to debut over the next two years, will need 1,000 more people, said Kurt Basler, the company’s manager of strategic staffing in Houston. So hot that some 20,000 to 25,000 offshore workers will be needed industrywide over the next two to three years, Basler said. “The shortages are acute everywhere,” said Steve Colville, president and CEO of the International Association of Drilling Contractors in Houston. The...
  • Blacks’ support a surprise on same-sex marriage

    12/10/2012 5:17:43 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10 December 2012 | Hannah Morgan - Capital News Service
    Same-sex marriage opponents counted black voters among their allies leading up to November’s election, expecting them to help overturn legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maryland. Polls in the months before November’s referendum on same-sex marriage seemed to back them up, with black residents showing less support than whites. But as the months wore on, opposition softened, especially in the face of endorsements from President Obama and prominent entertainers, as well as a media campaign that included clergy, athletes and other public figures. By Election Day, voters in the state’s large, predominantly black jurisdictions — Baltimore and Prince George’s...
  • Food stamp use reaches another high in September: 47.7 million participants

    12/10/2012 4:53:24 AM PST · by upchuck · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 9, 2010 | Caroline May
    Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, reached another high in September, according to new data released by the United Stated Department of Agriculture. The most recent data on SNAP participation were released Friday, and showed that 47,710,324 people were enrolled in the program in September, an increase of 607,559 from the 47,102,765 enrolled in August. The number of households enrolled in the program also increased from 22,684,463 in August to 22,973,698 in September, an increase of 289,235. The average benefit, according to the new data, was $134.29 per person and $278.89 per household. Texas, California, and...
  • Poll Shows Opposition Ripping Itself to Pieces

    12/10/2012 4:01:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The intellectually bankrupt center-left finally has owned up to its disintegration six weeks before the election. Even the ultra left-wing Haaretz lamented Monday, “Game Over. The center-left bloc is a fragmented mess, while the right-wing bloc has never looked so hale and hearty.” It published a Dialog poll that apparently was a knock-out punch for the left but revealed no surprises for readers of Arutz Sheva, which has reported ever since the demise of the Olmert government that the Israeli public is moving away from the “center left” and towards the nationalist and religious camps. If elections were held today,...
  • Fleeing Soldiers Claim Officers Were Afraid of Media Photos

    12/10/2012 3:50:11 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The damaging video of Israel soldiers fleeing from rock-throwing terrorists may have a happy ending as the IDF reviews limitations on soldiers, several of whom also charged that officers' fear of media photos forced them to retreat. The video of the soldiers in retreat last Friday may have been embarrassed senior IDF officers enough to change increasingly restrictive limits on soldiers’ ability to fight terror. Combat troops have privately complained the past several years that they have been exposed to life-endangering situations by restrictions on their shooting at terrorists. Court cases, lawsuits, and negative media have been behind the restrictions...
  • Walmart Bails On Obamacare-Sticks Taxpayers With Employee Healthcare Costs

    12/10/2012 3:03:18 AM PST · by lowbridge · 105 replies
    forbes ^ | december 9, 2012 | rick ungar
    After making a big deal of publicly supporting the Affordable Care Act, Walmart—the nation’s largest private sector employer—is joining the ranks of companies seeking to avoid their obligation to provide employees with health insurance as required by Obamacare. It was not all that many years ago that Walmart announced, in response to harsh criticism over the low pay provided to Walmart ‘associates’, that the company would provide a healthcare benefit to its part-time, low earning employees. The uncharacteristically generous nod to worker needs was short lived as the company partially pulled back on the commitment in 2011, citing premium rate...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 10, 2012

    12/10/2012 2:52:27 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
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  • Chrysler Auto Workers fired after Wolchek investigation are back on the job

    12/10/2012 2:32:21 AM PST · by equaviator · 17 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | ec 07, 2012 | Rob Wolchek
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Two years ago Fox 2 Problem Solver Rob Wolchek got a tip from someone inside Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant about what some workers were doing at the park on their lunch break. For several days our TV crews followed some of these workers. Play the video above to see what these guys were doing before they went back to work in the factory in 2010. When we showed the video to executives from Chrysler they were embarrassed. The company had just been bailed out by the government and president Obama stood on the floor of the...
  • Inside Look at Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Chambers

    12/10/2012 2:27:06 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The Muslim Brotherhood has replaced Hosni Mubarak, but an inside look at Egypt’s torture chambers reveal that they remain the same despite the Obama administration’s attempt to make Egypt safe for democracy. At least two things have not changed: Violence and protests. The Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, with the help of a Brotherhood-owned television station, was given a rare tour of the torture chambers by the Muslim Brotherhood, which does not allow anyone to access the compound without its own permission. The report was translated and published by the Al Monitor website. During a three-hour visit, the newspaper’s reporter revealed,...
  • Obama visiting Michigan plant to push tax plans

    12/10/2012 2:20:25 AM PST · by equaviator · 36 replies
    Examiner dot com ^ | December 6, 2012 | J Pace
    <p>REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will visit a suburban Detroit auto plant Monday afternoon, a visit an aide says is to part of an effort to make the case for raising tax rates on wealthier Americans.</p>
  • Another UK Health Care Horror Story Which U.S. Press Will Ignore

    12/10/2012 1:44:39 AM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 09 December 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP since 1984, has said her biggest regret is that she didn't "stand in the hospital corridor and scream" in protest at the "almost callous lack of care" with which nurses treated her husband as he lay dying in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
  • Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan, officials say

    12/10/2012 1:38:39 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/9/12 | Nasir Habib
    A senior leader was killed in a Thursday drone strike, intelligence officials say Three militants were killed Sunday, officials say Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A senior al Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike Thursday in Pakistan, two of the country's intelligence officials told CNN on Sunday. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman, who also went by the code name Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed in the strike near Miran Shah in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.
  • Syria: Rebel Prisoners On Their Religious War

    12/10/2012 1:21:40 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12/8/12 | Tim Marshall
    Sky's Tim Marshall gains rare access to a prison where he finds evidence that international jihadists are operating in Syria.Interviewing people who, under different circumstances, might kill you is a strange experience. To the soundtrack of multiple rocket launchers and small arms fire, I met six men who the Syrian authorities told us were jihadist rebel fighters captured by the army. We were in a Ministry of Interior prison near Damascus in an area now close to the front lines. The men, four Syrian, an Iraqi, and a Turk, said they had indeed been in the jihadist movement fighting President...
  • Influential double ace fighter pilot dies at 88

    12/09/2012 11:46:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    my San Antonio ^ | 9 Dec 2012 | Scott Huddleston
    Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, has died, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today's Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, where he died Friday at 88. Parr was among the last survivors of an era of gutsy, instinctive flying before remotely piloted aircraft and technology changed the way wars are fought in the air. Bob Laymon, a friend and military historian, said Parr “inspired and motivated combat aviators...
  • World risks fresh credit bubble, Switzerland's BIS warns

    12/09/2012 11:29:13 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Asset prices across the world have risen to heady levels not seen since the credit boom five years ago and may be losing touch with economic reality yet again, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. “Some asset prices appeared highly valued in a historical context relative to indicators of their riskiness,” said the bank in its quarterly report. Yields on morgtage bonds have fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. Spreads on corporate debt have narrowed to the wafer thin margins of 2007, even though default rates are currently three times higher than they were then for junk bonds...
  • EU: Paris hit by wave of street muggings and grave robberies

    12/09/2012 10:52:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Austerity-struck Paris has been hit by a wave of street muggings and grave robberies with thieves prepared to exhume bodies to steal gold and jewellery. Last week, police in the French capital arrested three people as part of a widening grave robbery investigation. There was further public outrage after two masked intruders shot dead a 52-year old precious metal worker when he tried to stop them stealing gold from his foundry in the chic central Parisian district of Le Marais. Police said sky-high market prices for precious metals are acting as a magnet for thieves with scant regard for the...
  • EU: Italian government to quit as Berlusconi returns

    12/09/2012 10:47:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2012 | Josephine McKenna
    Mario Monti, the Italian prime miniser, has told the country's president he plans to resign after Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew crucial support in parliament from the technocratic government. President Giorgio Napolitano's office announced Mr Monti's decision after they met for nearly two hours of talks late Saturday at the Quirinale palace, the president's official residence in Rome. An offical statement released by the president's office said Mr Monti had told the head of state that without the support of Mr Berlusconi's party, "he cannot further carry out his mandate, and consequently made clear his intention to resign" . Mr Monti's...
  • 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...
  • You Haven't Realized, Goldman Sachs Is Predicting A Major Economic Turn To Happen In 2013

    12/09/2012 5:07:50 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    In Case You Haven't Realized, Goldman Sachs Is Predicting A Major Economic Turn To Happen In 2013 Joe WeisenthalDecember 8, 2012Goldman Sachs continues to dribble out its 2013 forecasts and top trades. And as the firm peels back more and more, it's clear that the forecast is for major change to the economy. This can be seen across multiple calls, from multiple analysts. It starts with top economist Jan Hatzius, who sees, for the first time since the financial crisis, the economy accelerating to above-trend growth in the second half of next year. The call is based on an expectation...
  • Gun Talk radio 12/9/12

    12/09/2012 5:04:59 PM PST · by mylife · 82 replies
    gun talk ^ | 12/9/12 | tom gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 12/9/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Chávez Successor an Ex-Bus Driver, Peripatetic, Hindu-Mystic Devotee

    12/09/2012 5:03:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Chávez Successor an Ex-Bus Driver, Peripatetic, Hindu-Mystic Devotee By KEJAL VYAS And JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA CARACAS—Nicolas Maduro has gone from driving a bus to becoming ailing President Hugo Chávez's handpicked choice to continue his vision of socialism and possibly lead Venezuela, an oil-rich republic of 29 million. Mr. Chávez, who said this past weekend he has suffered another relapse in his long battle with cancer, named Mr. Maduro as his successor. It was the first time Mr. Chávez talked publicly about who might replace him, prompting many analysts to speculate that the former army tank commander believes himself to be...
  • Israeli ambassador: Chemical weapons passed from Syria to Hezbollah would be 'game-changer'

    12/09/2012 5:02:13 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/9/2012
    Israel's ambassador to the United States warned Sunday that any evidence of chemical weapons being passed from the Assad regime to extremist groups like Hezbollah would be a "game-changer," and said that would be a "red line" for Israel. The remark comes amid claims that the Syrian regime is mixing and moving the components for the deadly sarin nerve gas. Ambassador Michael Oren said he could not confirm those reports but made clear that Israel is watching the situation "very carefully." "Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands -- Hezbollah's hands for example -- that would be a...
  • New plan. We just won’t collect the taxes

    12/09/2012 5:00:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/09/2012 | JAZZ SHAW
    There's a new bit of creative thinking making the rounds in DC this weekend, proving yet again that not all ideas wind up being good ones. According to this line of thought, assuming no deal is reached to prevent tax rates from going up on the middle class, Timothy Geithner has certain, hidden superpowers which will save the day. If the tax rates go up, people won't need to worry about it because we just won’t withhold the extra money from their paychecks. The White House has the power to temporarily protect taxpayers from middle-class tax hikes even as upper...
  • Gore On Sandy: ‘This Storm Was Related To Global Warming’

    12/09/2012 4:55:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    <p>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said late last week that there is no doubt that Superstorm Sandy was related to global warming, and people need to stop and think about what is happening to the planet.</p>
  • Syria: Iraq 2.0, another false-flag invasion, rated XXX

    12/09/2012 4:43:37 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Robles
    The US and NATO are set to invade Syria, something many of us have been warning about for a while now. It has been obvious that they have been looking for a pretext and that pretext has already been injected into the public debate. That pretext: chemical weapons, revealed by Fox News and the Director of the CIA, the same two sources that brought us all of the Iraq invasion lies. Sadly no matter how questionable or fabricated the pretext is, it appears that there is nothing we can do except sit back and watch the US and its surrogates...
  • "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,...