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  • Chinese group buys AIG aircraft firm for up to $4.8 billion

    12/10/2012 12:07:04 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 3 replies
    Rueters ^ | 12/10/12 | http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/10/us-aig-ilfc-idUSBRE8B900J20121210
    American International Group Inc (AIG.N) will sell nearly all of aircraft leasing business ILFC (ILFC.N) to a Chinese consortium for up to $4.8 billion, in a deal that gives the fastest growing aviation market easier and cheaper access to planes. But the sale is at a far cheaper price than AIG sought and will lead to a substantial loss, the insurer's price for getting out of its last major non-core asset following the U.S. government bailout of the company in the financial crisis. Chinese firms have previously shown interest in aircraft leasing, and the deal would give China access to...
  • Man throws paint at Polish 'miracle' Virgin Mary icon

    Polish police detained a 58-year-old man Sunday after he threw vials of black paint at the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, an ancient Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary believed to work miracles. (SNIP) Every August, thousands of Poles make a spiritual journey to the monastery, a tradition that goes back to 1711 when the bubonic plague decimated Warsaw's population. When the epidemic suddenly ended, a brotherhood of knights trekked from the capital to the monastery to offer thanks to the Virgin Mary. The relic has since enjoyed a cult following at home, and its international reputation was boosted by the...
  • For “Street Cred” – Watch, Listen and view the ideology of the media reporters ... DC Metro

    12/10/2012 12:04:57 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 10, 2012 | Sundance
    ….”robberies and a rowdy brawl went down“, that’s what the reporter said. Another said “this video is alarming“…. “the 44th street crew, gangs up on two female passengers to steal their iphones“… The thugs took trophy video of the assault/robbery and posted it for bragging rights and “street cred” on their FaceBook page. Watch how the media make particular attention to avoid the obvious. The attackers were all black, and the two women attacked were white….. Hmmm? The knock out game – Thrill kills - Flash mobs – Subway passengers pushed onto the tracks - Street cred - Violence –...
  • DC lottery contract is subject of federal probe

    12/10/2012 11:20:42 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 10, 2012 | BEN NUCKOLS | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions. Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they've been instructed not to impede the ongoing investigation. Regardless of the outcome of...
  • RFK Jr. Slams “Right-Wing Control of American Media”

    12/10/2012 11:13:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and environmental activist, told the Huffington Post that the “right-wing” controls the media in the United States and as a result has “divided our country” in a way not seen since the Civil War. … “95 percent of talk radio in our country is right-wing,” he said. “And you need—according to Pew [Research Center] survey—and so you have whole sections of our country that’s what they are hearing from when they wake up in the morning to when they go to bed at night. Twenty-two percent of Americans say their primary news source is...
  • Intel report: US will no longer be sole superpower by 2030

    12/10/2012 10:54:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Rick Moran
    The report, issued by the National Intelligence Council, talks of "inevitable" decline as a large reason for the shift. A new report by the intelligence community projects that the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower by 2030."In terms of the indices of overall power - GDP, population size, military spending and technological investment - Asia will surpass North America and Europe combined," the report concludes."Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds" - prepared by the office of the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - projects that the "unipolar" world that emerged...
  • Report: Managers at Fannie, Freddie earned $200K

    12/10/2012 10:52:07 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/10/2012 | Associated Press
    A government report finds median pay for nearly 2,000 senior managers at government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exceeded $200,000 last year. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the two mortgage giants, also did an inadequate job monitoring pay, according to the report released Monday from the inspector general for the FHFA. The median figure means that half the managers received salaries above $200,000 and half received less. Compensation for senior managers at the companies cost about $455 million in 2011, according to the report. Taxpayers so far have paid roughly $170 billion to rescue Fannie and Freddie, which...
  • PPP Poll: Stephen Colbert tops SC voters' Senate wish list

    12/10/2012 10:49:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove. Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity. Haley has pretty solid numbers within her own party. 70% of Republicans approve of the job she's doing to 22% who disapprove. But with Democrats (15/78 approval) and independents (28/57) her numbers are pretty woeful. There is a path back to popularity for Haley though: appointing Stephen Colbert to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. Colbert tops the wish...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,December 10-14, 2012

    12/10/2012 10:49:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
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  • Hillary Clinton Nominated for Tipperary Peace Prize

    12/10/2012 10:47:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 01:05 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary has been nominated for this year’s Tipperary International Peace Award. … Previous winners of the prestigious Irish prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and former President Bill Clinton. …
  • Failed Felsenthal - Reuters Reporter Ruins Reason

    12/10/2012 10:38:22 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 2 replies
    “Washington is a fine place for journalists to live as well as to brown-nose. It has plenty of the only type of people who can stand journalists -- other journalists -- and plenty of the only kind of people journalists get any real information from -- other journalists. — P.J. O'Rourke” All the media is an echo chamber and all its reporters are merely mimes. This truism was confirmed by my friend Brian Patrick, a tenured professor of communications and the charming chap who penned the academic foreword to my book Shooting The Bull. Brain speaks eloquently about the “cloud...
  • 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...