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  • Networks Skip Union Violence in MI, Insist Protesters Are Simply 'Voicing Their Anger'

    12/12/2012 9:41:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    All three networks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ignored the violent assaults by union protesters in Michigan, instead vaguely insisting that picketers were simply "voicing their anger" at the "showdown raging in the heartland."
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals [Dynamic Book Excerpt]

    12/12/2012 9:36:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Amazon ^ | May 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    [Sowell's book] challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted. In a series of long essays, this book presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends. It presents eye-opening insights into the historical development of the ghetto culture that...
  • ABC, CBS, NBC Are 'Censoring Footgage' of Union Thug Violence in Lansing

    12/12/2012 9:35:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    The pro-union broadcast networks are deliberately censoring footage of thuggish union violence directed at conservatives. If a Tea Partier had physically assaulted a liberal journalist or ripped down a structure occupied by a liberal organization all on video, the footage would be broadcast on an endless loop.
  • Jimmy Hoffa Warns Of "Civil War" As MI Governor Signs "Right-To-Work" Into Law

    12/12/2012 9:28:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 83 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11 DEC 12 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    Minutes before Michigan Governor Snyder signed the 'Right-To-Work' bill into law... ... Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa appeared on CNN, as seen in the clip below, warning that: "This is just the first round of a battle that's going to divide this state. We're going to have a civil war," ...as the bill to weaken unions' power is passed. If Hoffa is right, look for Michigan GDP to soar: after all it is one of the more Keynesian states in the union. Via AP: Michigan Gov. Snyder signs right-to-work bills LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed right-to-work...
  • Bob Costas Sounds Off on Zimmerman Case, Ignoring Suit Against Sportscaster's Network

    12/12/2012 9:24:51 AM PST · by Justaham · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/12/12
    NBC Sports talker Bob Costas caught plenty of heat for launching into an anti-gun rant in the wake of the murder/suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Last night, Costas waded into the subject once more, but this time he brought up the George Zimmerman case to buttress his points. "What does common sense tell you about the likelihood of that confrontation ever taking place in the first place if George Zimmerman was not carrying a gun?" Not so fast. Costas' own network is being sued for shoddy journalism involving Zimmerman's case. That didn't prevent the sportscaster from...
  • Heckuva job: Michigan union thugs destroyed hot dog vendor’s cart

    12/12/2012 9:22:49 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    Michele Malkin ^ | 12-12-2012 | Michele Malkin
    December 12, 2012 Heckuva job: Michigan union thugs destroyed hot dog vendor’s cart Michele Malkin This is small business owner Clint Tarver of Lansing, Michigan. He was caught in the violent chaos that erupted when union thugs attacked the Americans for Prosperity tent on the capitol grounds yesterday during the right-to-work debate. His hot dog stand was destroyed. Velvet Hammer reports that the thugs shouted “Uncle Tom” and “nigger” at Tarver.Dana Loesch has more on the story and how to help.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 12,2012

    12/12/2012 8:47:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
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  • Van Hollen: Boehner would give in to Obama after he wins reelection to speaker

    12/12/2012 8:41:46 AM PST · by NCjim · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2012
    A top Democratic leader Wednesday accused House Speaker John Boehner of stringing out "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama until after he wins his speakership reelection, when he would then cave in to Democratic demands to get a deal done without a majority of House Republican support. "I hope he wouldn't avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January and after his swearing-in, but I've become increasingly worried that that is exactly what's going on," charged Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen. "I would hope that he would put the interests of getting an agreement before House Republican politics,"...
  • Michigan Auto Union Reactions a Harbinger of Things to Come?

    12/12/2012 8:30:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/2012 | Neil Snyder
    In the early 1980s, Ford and Chrysler were struggling to make ends meet and Chrysler needed a government bailout to keep going. General Motors' predicament in the 1980s wasn't life threatening so it continued along its merry way without making significant changes. I don't remember which automaker it was, but in the early 1980s one of the Big Three asked its union workers in Michigan to take a pay cut so that it could continue to operate. The unions were told that if they didn't accept a pay cut, the firm would move production to Texas. The unions considered the...
  • Union Thugs Assault Steven Crowder in Michigan; Lefties Blame the Victim

    12/12/2012 8:29:14 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Patterico.com ^ | 12/12/2012 | Patterico
    A follow-up to JD’s post from this morning. The screenshot actually says it all. Let me translate this for you. Ha! Steven Crowder says he was assaulted! That’s a laugh! Especially when he is provoking “peaceful union people” by talking to them! Video emerges of assault. Um. Er. . . . . HEAVILY EDITED!!!!!!!1!!1!! Talk about adding insult to injury.
  • Pentagon Asking Congress To Sell Israel 1,725 Bunker Busters

    12/12/2012 7:53:18 AM PST · by Fennie · 27 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | December 11, 2012 | By Yori Yanover
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress that it intends to sell Israel some 6,900 tail kits which can turn "dumb" bombs into satellite-guided "smart bombs," including bombs capable of penetrating hardened targets, Bloomberg Business Week reported. Some of the hardened targets one would immediately think about are those underground nuclear plants the Iranian government has been so chatty about this past decade or so. According to BBW, the sale will includes 1,725 all-weather satellite-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM tail kits with BLU-109 bombs, which are 2,000-pound, hard-target penetrators. Bombs delivered this way are among the most...
  • Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women

    12/12/2012 7:34:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec 11, 2012
    Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Republicans will have to change their philosophy and not just their ground game in order to win in the future. Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections. VIDEO
  • Total: Oil Production to Peak at 98M Barrels per Day

    12/12/2012 7:20:49 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | December 11, 2012 | Geraldine Amiel
    New discoveries and technological advances have increased the oil industry's ability to increase production in recent years, pushing global maximum oil production to 98 million barrels per day for longer than initially expected, Total SA's Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie said Tuesday. Global oil production should plateau at that level for some time before dropping as reserves gradually deplete, de Margerie said during a meeting with the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris. Technological constraints led the French oil major to estimate in 2007 that the "peak oil" production rate would be at around 95 million barrels per day,...
  • First LNG-Fueled Hydraulic Fracturing Completed in Eagle Ford Play

    12/12/2012 6:53:16 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 11, 2012 | Karen Boman
    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) division of Calgary-based Ferus LP successfully completed in October what the company believes to be the first-ever hydraulic fracturing operation utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as engine fuel in North America. Ferus' LNG Division was engaged by a major oil and gas service company in the United States to conduct the pilot project, which involved six dual-fuel 2,250 horsepower pressure pumper units, powered by LNG, to stimulate well performance in the south Texas Eagle Ford shale. The dual fuel systems allow for natural gas and diesel to be consumed simultaneously with no decrease in performance,...
  • Forbes lists Bridgeport as fourth-dirtiest city in U.S. ( Conn )

    12/12/2012 6:45:33 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ct post ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tom Cleary
    Citing blighted buildings, polluted property and poor air quality, Forbes Magazine named Bridgeport as the fourth "dirtiest city" in America. But look at the bright side Bridgeport residents: Your city is cleaner than Fresno, Calif.; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Philadelphia. "Green" Mayor Bill Finch, who has frequently touted the BGreen2020 sustainability initiative to improve the quality of life in Bridgeport, was among many from the city to take offense to the ranking. ... The image of Bridgeport put forth by Forbes was similar to its portrayal on FOX's animated comedy show "Family Guy" two years ago, casting the Park City as...
  • In France's Welfare State Status Quo, Are We Seeing America's Future?

    12/12/2012 6:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Sylvain Charat
    Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase in people on food stamps (from 32 to 47 million). It is a form of welfareship. As a citizen of France, I know such a society very well. France has 60 years of experience with entrenched welfare policies, beholden to a kind of “welfareship.” It is a democratic society based heavily on welfare, and distrusting the values of free markets. In 2009, 11.2 million French persons received welfare payments, out a...
  • What right to work would do for NY

    12/12/2012 6:39:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mark Mix
    Union bosses are fuming at the prospect of a Michigan Right to Work law, but New Yorkers concerned about protecting employee freedom and reviving their state’s flagging economy should consider Michigan’s example. It’s hard to imagine the Empire State adopting a Right to Work law — but it would be right for businesses, taxpayers and workers. Big Labor’s top officials huff and puff about Right to Work laws, but they never tell you what they actually do. That’s because nearly 80 percent of Americans support the Right to Work principle when it’s presented to them in straightforward terms. Right to...
  • Prescott and Ohanian: Taxes Are Much Higher Than You Think

    12/12/2012 6:36:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2012 | By EDWARD C. PRESCOTT AND LEE E OHANIAN
    President Obama argues that the election gave him a mandate to raise taxes on high earners, and the White House indicates that he won't compromise on this issue as the so-called fiscal cliff approaches. But tax rates are already high—much higher than is commonly understood—and increasing them will likely further depress the economy, especially by affecting the number of hours Americans work. Taking into account all taxes on earnings and consumer spending—including federal, state and local income taxes, Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, excise taxes, and state and local sales taxes—Edward Prescott has shown (especially in the Quarterly Review...
  • Shot shoplifter sues liquor store owner ( Colorado Springs )

    12/11/2012 11:50:31 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    gazette ^ | December 10, 2012 | LANCE BENZEL
    A shoplifter who was chased down and shot in the face after swiping a bottle of vodka from a Colorado Springs liquor store is suing the shop owner. Bryson Adrian Dewberry is seeking at least $100,000 for pain and suffering two years after he was wounded in the jaw by a bullet fired by Chang Ho Yi, the owner of Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor, 4150 Austin Bluffs Parkway. According to a lawsuit filed in early October, Yi witnessed the theft on Oct. 25, 2010, and pursued Dewberry out of his store with a loaded .357 revolver, which fired as Dewberry...
  • Deputies: Robber met with gunfire inside Bakersfield home(CA)

    12/12/2012 6:07:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    bakersfieldnow.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Staff
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A resident shot an alleged robber Tuesday morning in east Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. The resident heard someone remove a screen and break a kitchen window to gain access to his home, so the resident armed himself with a handgun, the sheriff's office said. The suspect and resident came face to face in the hallway of the East Brundage Lane home, and the resident shot the suspect at least twice in the upper body. The alleged intruder, 26-year-old Arturo Jose Luis Estrada, got out of the house and stumbled about a half...
  • JAMIE DIMON: The Table Is Set For Booming 4% Growth, And 200K New Jobs Per Month

    12/12/2012 6:07:11 AM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-12-12 | Joe Weisenthal
    JAMIE DIMON: The Table Is Set For Booming 4% Growth, And 200K New Jobs Per Month Joe WeisenthalDecember 12,2012Jamie Dimon is on LIVE at the Dealbook conference talking fiscal cliff, the economy, and public policy. We're taking notes during his Q&A. Anything not in direct quotes. -- Says odds are politicians will do something between December 21 and December 28. -- On the impact of going over the cliff it might not be horrible... but it might be. -- 'We are one decision away from restoring our moral and fiscal authority in the world.... let's just do it."-- With...
  • Bond in Bankruptcy ... Mark Steyn

    12/12/2012 6:01:20 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 12 Dec 2012 | Mark steyn
    For some reason, the quadrennial humiliation of the Republican presidential candidate now coincides with the release of the new Bond movie. Don't ask me why; probably a constitutional amendment I missed along the way. Last time round, Kevin Sessums interviewed Daniel Craig and, as a final question, asked which presidential nominee would make the better 007: Craig doesn't hesitate. "Obama would be the better Bond because — if he's true to his word — he'd be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go toe to toe with them. McCain, because of his long service and...
  • Undocumented immigrants could get jobless benefits

    12/12/2012 6:00:41 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Legislation introduced Tuesday would give about 400,000 undocumented immigrants in California the same rights as citizens to unemployment benefits and various other government services.
  • Benevolent Sexism

    12/12/2012 5:58:42 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/2012 | Katherine Connell
    Katy Perry recently joined Taylor Swift, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and French former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the ranks of prominent women who declined to identify themselves as feminists when prompted by reporters. Internet responses to this trend ranged from outrage over their false consciousness to snarky derision of their stupidity to concerned introspection about the failures of feminist branding. Another possibility that should be considered is that feminism seems largely irrelevant to an increasing number of Western women because it often appears to be at odds with their experience of reality and their desires. Bruni-Sarkozy explained, “I’m not...
  • 5 things to know about Mich. right-to-work bills (AP wept)

    12/12/2012 5:40:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-12-12 | JEFF KAROUB
    THE NAME IS MISLEADING It isn't about a right to work but rather a right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits what are known as "closed shops," where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. IT MOVED SWIFTLY The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to ramrod legislation through the House and Senate last week. They brushed aside denunciations and challenges by helpless Democrats and cries of outrage from thousands of union...
  • Adam Carolla: Don't Say 'Tax the Rich' ... Say 'Tax the Successful'

    12/12/2012 5:32:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12-11-2012 | Christian Toto
    Adam Carolla wants to set the record straight. The broadcaster who once boastfully told "Loveline" listeners he was "literally" a millionaire isn't rich. He's successful. There's a difference, and it's one lost in the current debate over Democrats trying to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Carolla shared his thoughts on the matter with "The O'Reilly Factor" viewers last night.
  • Deputies: Robber met with gunfire inside Bakersfield home(CA)

    12/12/2012 5:28:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    bakersfieldnow.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Anthony Bailey
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A resident shot an alleged robber Tuesday morning in east Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. The resident heard someone remove a screen and break a kitchen window to gain access to his home, so the resident armed himself with a handgun, the sheriff's office said. The suspect and resident came face to face in the hallway of the East Brundage Lane home, and the resident shot the suspect at least twice in the upper body. The alleged intruder, 26-year-old Arturo Jose Luis Estrada, got out of the house and stumbled about a half...
  • Casper Police: Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves(WY)

    12/12/2012 5:20:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    trib.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Megan Cassidy
    A gunman retreated from a Casper nail salon last week after realizing one of its customers was packing heat. Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds. A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol. At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done...
  • Illinois concealed carry ban tossed by federal appeals court

    12/12/2012 5:08:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12 dec 2012 | Ray Long
    Illinois' days as the only state in the nation to forbid public possession of a firearm could be numbered after a federal appellate court threw out a state ban and gave lawmakers six months to figure out a way to let people legally carry guns. The 2-1 ruling Tuesday by a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Chicago affirmed a constitutional right to have ready-to-use firearms for self-defense outside the home. Gun owner groups declared a historic victory, claiming leverage to limit restrictions on who can possess a weapon as negotiations on a new state law unfold. Gun...
  • Reese emergency release motion to be heard next week (NM)

    12/12/2012 5:05:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Lawyers for Rick and Ryin Reese, New Mexico gun dealers imprisoned without bail for well over a year, “filed a motion to release them until their sentencing date,” a source close to the case informed supporters this morning. “The motion is set for [a hearing on] Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Federal Courthouse in Judge Brack's courtroom,” the source announced. “Anyone who can attend would be WONDERFUL,” the source continued. “If you can't be there, please keep us in your prayers for release of the guys after 477 days in jail.” “The Reese family, facing up...
  • HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case ($1.92bn)

    12/12/2012 5:05:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Dec. 12, 2012
    HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case The U.S. Justice Department has filed court papers alleging felony criminal offenses against one of the world's largest banks, HSBC, in a New York federal court. HSBC announced earlier in the day that it has agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine to settle charges connected to a money laundering scheme in the United States. A U.S. Senate investigation published in July said HSBC had poor anti-money laundering controls in place and had shifted billions of dollars for Mexican drug lords, terrorists and governments under sanctions, including Iran and North...
  • Suburban supporters cheer concealed carry ruling; opponents want appeal(IL)

    12/12/2012 5:00:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    dailyherald.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Mike Riopell
    With a federal court ruling Tuesday possibly paving the way for those in Illinois to carry concealed weapons, some suburban officials are pushing to overturn the decision while others are now figuring out how a new law would work. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday in a 2-1 opinion that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry in Illinois. State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, called the ruling “historic” and said now the sides have to negotiate what kinds of fees, training and restrictions a concealed carry law in Illinois...
  • The Internet Is a Dud

    12/12/2012 4:54:14 AM PST · by dennisw · 15 replies
    dailyreckoning ^ | Dec 11th | Bill Bonner
    - Daily Reckoning - http://dailyreckoning.com - The Internet Is a DudPosted By Bill Bonner On December 11, 2012 @ 4:38 pm The world today looks almost identical to the world of the 1960s because there have been very few important innovations since then. But you will leap to reply — the internet! Alas, electronic technology does not seem to noticeably increase output of stuff. The Internet affects our quality of life in many ways, but not our standard of living.The Internet was more or less fully built out in the US in the year 2000. All of a sudden, knowledge...
  • Campus Carry Bill Back On Tap For 2013 Session(NV)

    12/12/2012 4:52:35 AM PST · by marktwain
    carsonnow.org ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A newly elected Republican state lawmaker plans to push forward with a bill next session to allow students and others with permits to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R- Las Vegas, elected to Assembly District 4 in November, has submitted a bill draft request to prepare a measure for consideration in the 2013 legislative session. The one-line description for the request says: “Authorizes the possession of a concealed firearm on property of the Nevada System of Higher Education under certain circumstances.” Fiore, a lifetime member of...
  • Weekly job hours slashed below 30 as Obamacare kicks in

    12/12/2012 3:27:00 AM PST · by Jack023 · 35 replies
    NaturalNews.com ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 12, 2012

    12/12/2012 2:48:19 AM PST · by sneakers · 12 replies
    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
  • Dems Ask For Delay To Obamacare Med Device Tax They Voted For In The First Place

    12/12/2012 12:04:59 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 18 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | 12/11 | John Kartch
    In a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, 18 Democrat senators and senators-elect have asked for “a delay in the implementation” of the Obamacare medical device tax. Like most of the significant tax increases in Obamacare, the medical device tax is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, conveniently after the 2012 presidential election. Each of the 18 Democrat signatories voted for or supported Obamacare in the first place. And now they want a sweetheart exemption from one of its most onerous provisions. Even in Washington DC, that shows a lot of gall.
  • Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch

    12/12/2012 1:37:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jethro Mullen
    Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch By Jethro Mullen, CNN December 12, 2012 -- Updated 0907 GMT (1707 HKT) Hong Kong (CNN) -- North Korea surprised and angered the international community Wednesday by launching a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit, a breakthrough for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. The North Korean regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and delivered a satellite into its intended orbit. The launch followed a botched attempt in April and came just days after Pyongyang suggested...
  • Big Labor targets only non-union resort/casino in Las Vegas

    12/12/2012 1:28:50 AM PST · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    http://michellemalkin.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    These are pictures of the amazing Salute Our Troops event from the Venetian/Palazzo last weekend. I’ll tell you more about it in a moment. But first, a little about the place. The workforce at Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian/Palazzo resort and casino in Las Vegas is non-union. It’s the only right-to-work sanctuary amidst the Big Labor-locked hotel complexes on the Vegas strip. As such, the Venetian/Palazzo has been a perennial target for disruptive union goons who can’t stand to see a successfully run mega-business with happy employees — not one of whom is forced to work there or forced to fork over...
  • Privacy leaks are still rampant in kids’ apps, FTC reports

    12/12/2012 1:27:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    PC World ^ | Dec 10, 2012 11:50 AM | Jared Newman
    Parents beware: Many iPhone and Android apps designed for children are playing fast and loose with privacy, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC just released a survey on kids’ apps in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store for Android. Of the 400 apps surveyed, 60 percent sent out the device ID, mainly to third-parties such as ad networks or analytics companies. …
  • Mali names new prime minister after 'quasi-coup'

    12/12/2012 12:58:52 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/12/2012 | Charlčne Pelé
    Mali’s interim president has named longtime public servant Django Cissoko as the country’s new prime minister, hours after the former prime minister was arrested and forced to resign by the soldiers who staged the March coup. Mali’s interim president Diouncounda Traore has appointed Django Cissoko, a former Secretary General of the West African nation’s presidency, as prime minister, Mali state television said on Tuesday. Cissoko will replace Cheick Modibo Diarra, who was forced to resign earlier in the day after he was arrested by soldiers who staged a coup in the Sahel nation in March. The presidential decree read on...
  • [Red] CHINA AIDS NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE GAINS

    12/12/2012 12:34:08 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing Report ^ | 12/7/2012 | Richard Harrison and Nicholas Grothaus, eds.
    The United Nations is looking into how North Korea managed to acquire large mobile launch platforms despite the international sanctions that have been levied against the Stalinist regime. The transporter vehicles have several uses, but can most notably be utilized as a mobile platform for launching ballistic missiles. Pyongyang formally unveiled the launchers at a military parade back in April. Illicit transfers from China, the DPRK's largest source of missile technology, are suspected; in late October, China admitted that one of its state-affiliated companies sold such platforms to Pyongyang for use in logging operations, under condition they not be used...
  • 'Khartoum allowing Iran to establish Red Sea base'

    12/11/2012 11:16:42 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 12/11/2012 04:43 | By JOANNA PARASZCZUK
    Sudanese rebel groups say Khartoum reaching secret agreement with Tehran to establish an Iranian military base. Photo: Davoud Poorsehat/Reuters Sudanese opposition groups accused Khartoum this week of reaching a secret agreement with Tehran to establish an Iranian military base on the Red Sea.Anti-government newspaper Hurriyat Sudan cited an unnamed opposition source on Monday as saying that the Sudanese government had struck a deal with Iran for building a base on the Sudanese coast. Related: IRGC leaders opposed to bilateral talks with US Egypt's Morsi imposes martial law for referendum Meanwhile, Sudanese rebel group The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said...
  • Inside the Boehner-Ryan Alliance

    12/11/2012 10:24:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-12-2012 | Robert Costa
    December 12, 2012 Inside the Boehner-Ryan Alliance Robert Costa Paul Ryan spent the summer and fall in the national spotlight, but this winter he’s a subdued presence. He’s rarely granting interviews, and his public appearances have been scattered, with the most high profile a speech at the Kemp Foundation dinner. His closest friends say that he wants to return to his work quietly, and that he’s uninterested in playing a prominent role in the fiscal-cliff debate, even though he’s the GOP’s reigning budget expert. “His speech at the Kemp dinner, where he spoke with Marco Rubio, showed a willingness to...
  • Welcome to the Salazar Wilderness

    12/11/2012 10:10:21 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2012 | MICHAEL MORITZ
    Shame on the Interior Department for trying to drum a family-owned enterprise out of business. After a seaside area has been designated as wilderness, when is it considered pristine enough by Washington's standards? Is it after airplanes have been banned from flying over it? After electricity pylons and telephone cables have been removed, cars and bikers prohibited, the roads torn up? When hikers are forbidden access to trails, and kayakers, sailors and snorkelers banished from the water? When eucalyptus trees and other foreign species are eradicated? Or only after Miwok Indians' arrowheads have been excavated and placed in a museum?...
  • America now recognizes Syria’s opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syria people

    12/11/2012 10:06:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:21 pm on December 11, 2012 | Allahpundit
    This is being sold as a morale booster for Syria’s rebels as they press in to Damascus, but it’s really O’s way of justifying deeper U.S. intervention going forward as the country falls to pieces. See, it’s okay to get involved because there are now pro-western moderate Syrian leaders running the show n’ stuff: “We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime,” Obama said… “Obviously, with that recognition...
  • POLL to FREEP: Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons was struck down. Agree or disagree

    12/11/2012 9:55:27 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 17 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | December 11, 2012 | steelers6
    The poll is about 1/3 page down on the right column. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons. Do you agree or disagree with the court’s decision paving the way for legalized concealed carry in the state? Thank you for your vote. Agree 100% Disagree 0% Total votes: 4
  • Goodbye, fluorescent light bulbs: New lighting technology won't flicker, shatter or burn out

    12/11/2012 9:51:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 3, 2012 | NA
    EnlargeWake Forest University physics professor David Carroll works with graduate student Greg Smith on new FIPEL lighting technology. Credit: Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University photographer Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting. The lighting, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology, also gives off soft, white light – not the yellowish glint from fluorescents or bluish tinge from LEDs."People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at...
  • Mexico: Rivera's plane hit with 'terrible' impact

    12/11/2012 9:34:36 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 62 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago | By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and PORFIRIO IBARRA RAMIREZ
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The plane carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour, Mexico's top transportation official said Tuesday. In the first detailed account of the moments leading up to the crash that killed Rivera and six other people, Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Radio Formula that the twin-engine turbojet hit the ground 1.2 miles from where it began falling. "The plane practically nose-dived," he said. "The impact must have been...
  • Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals?

    12/11/2012 9:18:18 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 June 2010 | Raven Clabough
    The behavior of large unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), indicate the power of the radicals and Marxists in the unions. Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals? The New American 09 June 2010 On yesterday’s episode of the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly asked, “Is corruption seeping into America’s big unions?” Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer claimed, “The labor movement has always had its radicals and Marxists, but in America we’ve never had them take over the unions and become the dominating force.” However, in consideration of the behavior of large unions like the Service Employees International Union...