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  • European renewable power grid rocked by cyber-attack

    12/10/2012 10:11:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    A German power utility specialising in renewable energy was hit by a serious cyber-attack two weeks ago that lasted five days, knocking its internet communications systems offline, in the first confirmed digital assault against a European grid operator. “It was a DOS (‘Denial Of Service’) attack with a botnet behind it,” Boris Schucht, the CEO of 50Hertz told EurActiv on the fringes of a Brussels renewables conference. “It blocked our internet domains so that in the first hours, all email and connectivity via the internet was blocked.” DOS attacks involve thousands of requests being sent to a server each second...
  • No decision in 'stand your ground' claim in unrelated case heard by Zimmerman judge

    12/10/2012 10:05:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 11 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    <p>On Monday Circuit Judge Debra Nelson heard testimony in the case of James Fraleigh, a Casselberry man who is accused of striking a neighbor with a shovel. Fraleigh says he did so in self-defense after the neighbor, Dylan Wells, attacked him.</p>
  • Nugent: Bob Costas is dead wrong

    12/10/2012 10:01:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | Ted Nugent
    As you read this, know that by the time you finish, somewhere in America a fellow citizen will use a gun to stop a crime and save a life. Opining on the Kansas City Chief football player who murdered his girlfriend and then blew out his own brains in front of his coach, the otherwise great sports announcer, Bob Costas, blamed the murder-suicide on easy access to guns. He lives in a strange fairyland of ignorance and denial. If there were a free speech penalty for blundering ignorance, a penalty flag would have been tossed at Mr. Costas. Just as...
  • Texas graduation rates top the charts

    11/30/2012 6:54:53 AM PST · by ctpsb · 29 replies
    AUSTIN – Texas tied for the third highest high school graduation rate in the country for all students.....
  • Google saves $2B in taxes by sheltering $10B in revenue in Bermuda

    12/10/2012 9:18:06 AM PST · by Obadiah · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 12/10/2012 | Shara Tibken
    Google avoided about $2 billion in global income taxes last year by shifting $9.8 billion in revenue into a Bermuda shell company, Bloomberg reported. That level is almost double the total from three years ago, Bloomberg said, citing a Nov. 21 regulatory filing by a Google subsidiary in the Netherlands. And it allowed Google to cut its overall tax rate almost in half. Google's action -- moving about 80 percent of its total pretax profit from 2011 to tax-free Bermuda -- isn't illegal. On the contrary, many companies have taken similar steps in recent years to avoid paying steep taxes....
  • A Gangnam Style Apology for Getting Caught (Should the USA just let South Korea fend for herself?)

    12/10/2012 9:09:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/10/2012 | Bryan Preston
    South Korean rapper Psy --- you may have heard of him --- spent time during the last decade attending anti-American protests in his country. He even rapped the following about the Americans: Kill those Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/Kill them slowly and painfully Psy is meeting President Obama Sunday and will be in a Christmas TV special with him that airs on December 21. Those old lyrics about killing Americans "slowly and painfully" are suddenly a problem for him.So here comes the “sorry I...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 10, 2012

    12/10/2012 8:54:33 AM PST · by Biggirl · 40 replies
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  • This is what ‘Saudi America’ looks like {McDonalds is offering a $300 signing bonus}

    12/10/2012 8:37:58 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/08/2012 | Chris Hayes
    Right now in Dickinson, North Dakota, the local McDonalds is offering a $300 signing bonus to new employees. You heard that right, with a 7.7% nationwide unemployment rate, and persistently sluggish job growth and wage stagnation, the labor market of this one town in North Dakota is so tight, and employers are so desperate for workers, they’re offering a signing bonus for a job slinging fries. And it’s not just Dickinson, unemployment in the entire state is 3.1%, GDP growth for the state is 7.6%, and housing there is in such short supply that one bedrooms are renting for more...
  • 13 Gifts from Obama

    12/10/2012 8:25:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    CCHF ^ | 12-5-12 | twila brase
    With just 20 days until Christmas, the White House has sent you seven gifts -- and it's not seven swans a-swimming. You may decide these shouldn't be called gifts. I agree. He's given us a stack of proposed Obamacare rules prepared well before the election and released to the public just two days before, and eight days after, Thanksgiving. In a nutshell, here is what's inside these 871 pages of federal regulatory "gift-wrapping": · Health Insurance Market Rules (131 pp) - rules on ending health insurance (as we know it no pre-existing condition exclusions) and nationalizing coverage, leading to higher...
  • Battleground Poll: Hike taxes on rich (so say 60% of respondents)

    12/10/2012 8:24:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/2012 | James Hohmann
    An American appetite for tax hikes gives President Barack Obama leverage in fiscal cliff negotiations.A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that 60 percent of respondents support raising taxes on households that earn more than $250,000 a year and 64 percent want to raise taxes on large corporations.
  • Yep: Bankrupt Obama-stimulus recipient goes to the highest bidder, the highest bidder being China

    12/10/2012 8:19:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Let me get my obligatory free-trade qualifier out of the way here first: It's not so much that there's anything at all wrong with businesses buying and selling on the international arena, because foreign markets may have demands for products we don't, and we all stand to make money off of one another in a mutually beneficial and productive way. Free-trade is not a zero-sum game, and everybody wins.The problem here is that in the case of A123 Systems, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric cards, the Obama administration spoon-fed hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money into...
  • Washington Post complains Israel's Iron Dome missile defense is too perfect

    12/10/2012 8:16:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Leo Rennert
    Israel strengthened its military deterrence during the recent clash with Hamas by demonstrating that its Iron Dome missile defense intercepted Israel-bound rockets from Gaza 84 percent of the time. Most media accounts of Iron Dome in action marveled at its precision performance in preventing most of the rockets from reaching their targets in southern Israel - although a few did get through its new defensive net. Iron Dome was widely credited with keeping Israeli casualties to a bare minimum. But that's not exactly the view of the Washington Post in its Sunday, Dec. 9, edition. In a front-page article that...
  • Arabs team with Russia, China to push Internet control

    12/10/2012 8:10:43 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 10, 2012 | Anthony Martin
    certain Arab nations have teamed up with Russia and China to attempt to place the World Wide Web under the control of the International Telecommunications Union. At the World Conference on International Telecommunications currently meeting in Dubai Dec. 3-14, a group of Arab states along with Russia and China proposed that nations strictly control Internet companies, leading many critics, especially in the United States, to charge that the proposal would severely hamper Internet freedom. ... nations with totalitarian forms of government, such as Russia and Muslim nations, have also insisted that strict limits be placed on access to information on...
  • Gregory Kane: Is Jason Whitlock a 'blame whitey firster'?

    12/10/2012 8:09:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | Gregory Kane
    Some background might be in order before I proceed. Whitlock wrote a piece recently just after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, then shot himself. In his column Whitlock, an African-American, (yes, that is pertinent to this story) took National Football League officials to task for allowing a game between the Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers to be played on Sunday, Dec. 2, only one day after the shocking and horrifying murder-suicide. Whitlock's column was passionate; it was eloquent; it was extremely well written. I didn't agree with much of it, but the column was indeed...
  • The student loan debt bomb (Now tops total credit card debt for the first time)

    12/10/2012 8:06:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Rick Moran
    Bill Bennett has an excellent column at CNN on the looming crisis of excess student debt: Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that student loan debt increased to $956 billion, more than auto loan debt or credit card debt. More worrisome, student loan 90-day delinquency rate increased to 11% this past quarter and for the first time exceeds the "serious delinquency" rate for credit card debt.Student loan debt is reaching bubble-bursting levels. By comparison, in October 2007, the start of the subprime mortgage crisis, 16% of subprime mortgages were 90 days delinquent, according to Federal...
  • Dean Exposes Obama's Need For Middle Class Tax Hike

    12/10/2012 7:52:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials Dean Exposes Obama's Need For Middle Class Tax Hike Posted 12/06/2012 06:52 PM ET Taxes: The president says all he wants is for "the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more." But far-left Howard Dean just reminded us Obama wants a lot more from all taxpayers. Interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Wednesday, the ex-Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate shocked many with comments that really should have shocked no one. "This is, initially, gonna seem like heresy from a progressive," Dean said. "The truth is, everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. That's...
  • Worcester gun buyback snags piece of history(MA)

    12/10/2012 7:52:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    telegram.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | George Barnes
    WORCESTER — The Guns for Goods program succeeded in getting more guns off the streets, but it also netted a piece of history. “We got a very unusual vintage Japanese rifle from World War II with a bayonet,” said Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at UMass Memorial Medical Center. The program, which offered both gift certificates from Wegmans and free flu shots to people who anonymously turned in guns, netted 102 weapons in two days. Mr. Hirsh said 34 were collected yesterday to go with 68 collected Dec. 1. The collection yesterday...
  • The moment Obama shook hands with the rapper who sang 'kill those f****** Yankees': Outrage as

    12/10/2012 7:39:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama has been pictured shaking hands with a South Korean rapper who sang about wanting to kill American soldiers. PSY, born Park Jae-sang, performed at a White House charity event on Sunday, despite a deeply controversial performance in 2004 that has shocked and outraged American fans. The rapper showed off his signature dance moves while performing 'Gangnam Style,' which has the most watched YouTube video in history. Scroll down for video
  • The End of the Wave: The northward surge of Mexicans into the United States may be over

    12/10/2012 7:37:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2012 | Michael Barone
    Is mass migration from Mexico to the United States a thing of the past? At least for the moment, it is. Last May, the Pew Hispanic Center, in a study based on U.S. and Mexican statistics, reported that net migration from Mexico to this country had fallen to zero from 2005 to 2010. Pew said 20,000 more people moved to Mexico from the United States than from there to here in those years. That’s a vivid contrast with the years 1995 to 2000, when net inflow from Mexico was 2.2 million people. Because there was net Mexican immigration until 2007,...
  • Under Obama, Economic Stagnation Is the New Normal

    12/10/2012 7:33:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/10/2012 | Louis Woodhill
    Friday's "Employment Situation" report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that 5.4 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force since Barack Obama took office. The labor force declined by 350,000 in November, despite an increase of 191,000 in our working age population. The unprecedented decline of labor force participation under President Obama is not news. However, it also appears that millions of brain cells have dropped out of the mental labor force of America's economic analysts. How else can we account for headlines like these? "Jobs report: A pleasant surprise" (Jared Bernstein) "The employment emergency is...
  • Gutfeld Rips Costas With Story About Guns Saving Lives

    12/10/2012 7:27:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | GREG GUTFELD
    GREG GUTFELD: Now this tale not only shows how guns save lives, but it also kills the stereotype, Bob, that libs love to propagate that gun owners are clumsy yokels who collect guns the way sports broadcasters collect toupees. Not so, the homeowner handled the situation with compassion, keeping the guy from endangering them and others. Any decent gun owner would say that's how it's done. But this is a logic that escapes people like Bob Costas, who glide among secure skyscrapers, never worrying about trivialities like home invasions. Commentators need no guns when the bodyguard is already packing. If...
  • Occupier Lisa Fithian Training Union Activists for Michigan Protests

    12/10/2012 7:25:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/12 | Lee Stranahan
    Yahoo News is reporting that far-left anarchist Lisa Fithian is training protestors in Michigan on "direct action techniques" in preparation for the upcoming right-to-work protests. Fithian, exposed in the film Occupy Unmasked, is the radical frequently employed by labor unions such as the United Auto Workers. With Fithian involved, look for fireworks in the coming days in the battle for Michigan to become a right-to-work state. According to Yahoo: More than 200 activists attended training Saturday in preparation for a protest at the Michigan Capitol, where lawmakers are putting the final touches on legislation that would allow workers to stop...
  • Is Gun Violence Soaring in America?

    12/10/2012 7:11:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    An article published in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that while the number of homicides has decreased over the last decade (2001-2011) due to improvements in medical technology, the number of people treated for gunshot wounds increased by almost half. Here is an excerpt from the WSJ article: After a steady decline through the 1990s, the annual number of homicides zigzagged before resuming a decline in 2007, falling from 16,929 that year to an estimated 14,722 in 2010, according to FBI crime data. At the same time, medical data and other surveys in the U.S. show a rising...
  • Zimmerman's defense seeks to end GPS monitoring

    12/10/2012 7:05:10 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 9, 2012 | Jeff Weiner Orlando Sentinel
    <p>ORLANDO — George Zimmerman's defense team has filed several new motions in advance of this week's hearing in his second-degree murder case, including a request to remove Zimmerman from GPS monitoring and allow him to travel throughout the state.</p> <p>Zimmerman, the defense argues, "needs to be able to travel more freely throughout the state of Florida for reasons of his own personal safety and … to have the ability to assist his defense" by meeting with witnesses, including experts.</p>
  • Scarborough: 'Conservatism Is A Racket For A Lot Of People To Get Very, Very Rich'

    12/10/2012 6:43:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is it possible to have a principled opposition to raising tax rates to avoid the fiscal cliff? It seems that Joe Scarborough doesn't think so. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough suggested that those on the "far, far right" in the "conservative entertainment complex" and in the ranks of political consultants who oppose tax rate hikes do so out of base material motives. According to Scarborough, speaking of such "far, far right" tax-increase opponents, "conservatism is a racket for a lot of people to get very, very rich." View the video here.
  • Concealed carry: one year report card(WI SemiBarf Alert)

    12/10/2012 6:42:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    walworthcountytoday.com ^ | 9 December, 2012 | TODD MISHLER
    SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — Although some local law enforcement officials say the concealed-carry law isn’t perfect, there has been little negative fallout in Walworth County during its first year. It’s been a little more than a year since Wisconsin adopted the concealed carry law, and despite high profile tragedies in Milwaukee, law enforcement officials in Walworth County report that the Wild West has not returned like detractors claimed it would. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has approved more than 138,500 concealed carry permits since Act 35 went into effect Nov. 1, 2011, and DOJ statistics show that handgun sales are...
  • Concealed carry law in the spotlight(WI)

    12/10/2012 6:39:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    fox11online.com ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Laura Smith
    WAUSAU - The state's concealed carry gun law is in the spotlight again after a fight stemming from a road rage incident in Wausau ended when one person involved pulled a gun. That 48-year-old Appleton man has a concealed carry permit. As we've reported, police arrested 30-year-old Nicholas Flanagan and 26-year-old Jessica Ratliff. Investigators say the Menominee, Michigan couple attacked Scott Van Patter after their vehicles collided. Wausau police provided FOX 11 with dash cam video showing officers arriving on the scene of a fight at a Menards parking lot Tuesday. Police say Van Patter was physically assaulted by Flanagan...
  • What don’t Republicans in Congress understand about the Christmas Strategy?

    12/10/2012 6:14:26 AM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:10pm
    Sometimes I think we would be better off leaderless. Senator: GOP could accept tax hikes on very rich: "There is a growing group of folks looking at this and realizing that we don’t have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end,” [Tennessee Senator Bob] Corker told Fox News Sunday. If Republicans agree to Obama’s plan to increase rates on the top 2% of Americans, Corker added, “the focus then shifts to entitlements and maybe it puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves the nation.”
  • Obama and Slavery

    12/10/2012 6:11:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 12/10/2012 | Daren Jonescu
    What, at its base, is slavery? Slavery, we would casually answer, is the ownership of one man by another. That is to say, it is a perversion of the notion of private property, rooted in a fundamental illogic about the nature and source of property itself. Property is a derivation from what Jefferson, following Locke and others, termed the right to life. A human being, as an animal, has a natural inclination to self-preservation; however, as a rational being, this inclination is not simply an instinct, but initiates a moral imperative, i.e., it becomes a matter of choosing to live...
  • 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
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • 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...