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  • Bad News Bear Grantham the Grim

    12/12/2012 11:14:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Rich Karlgaard
    JEREMY GRANTHAM is famous for looking into the dark corners of investment. He sees things we’d rather not discuss. His pessimism has served him well. Investors hire Grantham to spot irrational exuberance and bet against it. That’s why his firm, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, is entrusted to manage $100 billion. The dour Grantham makes a lot of money for his clients. He is usually right. In his November newsletter, you see, Grantham the Grim delivers the most pessimistic report we’ve ever seen. Anywhere. He writes: “The U.S. GDP growth rate that we have become accustomed to for over 100 years—in...
  • Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists ( Syria Coalition Leader )

    12/12/2012 10:59:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Leader of new U.S.-backed Syrian rebel coalition: Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists posted at 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 by Allahpundit A short but important footnote to the NYT’s story about Assad using scud missiles against the rebels. Remember, this is supposed to be the new pro-western face of the Syrian opposition that’ll make deeper U.S. involvement more politically palatable. But the leader of the coalition took issue with a decision by the Obama administration to classify Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign...
  • TSA's Grip on Internal Travel is Tightening

    12/12/2012 10:45:02 PM PST · by sourcery · 51 replies
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tightening its grip on domestic travcel. I don't mean the random, unpredictable security checks at bus, subway and train stations which already exist. I mean a coordinated and systematic police control of internal travel within America. Groundwork is being laid. Application to Make U.S. Into an Airport Screening Zone The application was tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30). It was surrounded by soporific references to forwarding "the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review...
  • Michigan Locals Raise Funds For 'Hot Dog Guy' After Union Thugs Destroy His Supplies

    12/12/2012 10:43:00 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Natalia Angulo
    Clinton Tarver has been serving hot dogs to hungry locals in downtown Lansing, Mich., for the last five years, but a brush this week with a pro-union protest literally upended his small business in a matter of minutes. During a protest against right-to-work legislation in Michigan's capital, Tarver’s catering supplies were destroyed when demonstrators tore down the tent where he was serving and trampled his gear. Related News: Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage Learning From History (Labor Unions) - The Kohler Strike of 1954 Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals?
  • Syrian forces fire short-range ballistic missiles at rebels

    12/12/2012 10:32:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Karen DeYoung
    Government forces have fired at least a half-dozen short-range ballistic missiles at rebel groups in northern Syria over the past several days, according to U.S. officials, a potentially significant escalation of a civil war that has killed more than 40,000 people. U.S. officials and the group Human Rights Watch also alleged Wednesday that Syrian government forces are dropping incendiary devices similar to napalm weapons on rebel fighters in populated areas. The officials described the tactics as acts of desperation as rebels gain momentum in the nearly two-year-old fight to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of ObamaCare

    12/12/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/12/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President Obama’s signature health care law. Using “Republican” language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • DA: Woman falls on SEPTA bus, 6 claim injuries (PHOTOS)

    12/12/2012 9:39:23 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Vernon Odom
    The Philadelphia District Attorney said six people filed false injury claims against SEPTA after a woman tripped and fell on a bus. The DA said the incident happened on Thanksgiving night in 2010. According to investigators, the woman involved fell while walking to the rear of the bus. The bus had not been in an accident, the DA said, and there were no sudden maneuvers that would have caused her to fall. Paramedics were called to the scene, but the woman refused treatment and declined to go to the hospital. The only other person on the bus at the time...
  • 55 Reasons Why California Is The Worst State In America

    12/12/2012 9:37:46 PM PST · by blam · 49 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-12-2012 | Michael Snyder
    55 Reasons Why California Is The Worst State In America By Michael Snyder December 12th, 2012 Why in the world would anyone want to live in the state of California at this point? The entire state is rapidly becoming a bright, shining example of everything that is wrong with America. It is so sad to watch our most populated state implode right in front of our eyes. Like millions of Americans, I was quite enamored with the state of California when I was younger. The warm weather, the beaches, the great natural beauty of the state and the mystique of...
  • Pelosi Accuses GOP Of Lack Of Concern For Kwanzaa [VIDEO]

    12/12/2012 9:35:44 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-12-12 | Unknown to me
    "Is there not an appreciation for the Jewish holidays? The Christmas holiday? Kwanzaa? All the other things that families come together around? Bonding rituals important to the strength of our society? Do we not care about that? Well, the American people do. And they want to shop for it." - Wednesday, December 12, 2012, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the house floor
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Wed. 12/12/12 (9-10 PM PT)

    12/12/2012 9:08:06 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 12/12/12 | Paul Preston
    Agenda21Radio, hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street, airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.com
  • Michael Moore: Big Fat Union Hypocrite

    12/12/2012 9:06:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 25 replies
    chicago now ^ | 12-2012 (orig March 2011) | warren todd huston
    With the spotlight on Wisconsin's union thugs rampaging across the state, one wonders why it took propaganda filmmaker Michael Moore so long to put himself in front of the news cameras to take some of their publicity for himself. But this weekend, Moore finally glommed onto the cameras making himself out to be a great supporter of the union's efforts in the Badger State. Once again, though, Moore proves to be a hypocrite. It was Moore, after all, that excluded using union workers in one of his recent films. Some supporter of unions! Filmmaker Moore attend a recent Wisconsin pro-union...
  • In cautionary move, Europe centralizes bank oversight

    12/12/2012 8:57:37 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/12/12 | staff
    European Union finance ministers reached an agreement early Thursday to create a single supervisor for their banks - one of the most significant transfers of authority from national governments to regional authorities since the creation of the euro currency. Under the deal, banks with more than $39 billion in assets supervised or those that represent a significant proportion of their national economies will be placed under the oversight of the European Central Bank. The deal gives the ECB broad powers, including the ability to grant and withdraw banking licenses, investigate institutions, and financially sanction banks that don't follow the rules.
  • 14 Year Olds Kill Philly Mom Who Tells Them To Get A Job When They Ask For A Cigarette

    12/12/2012 8:12:37 PM PST · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    WTAE:: BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — Two 14-year-old boys are wanted in the senseless killing of a young mother who had words with them as they harassed her boyfriend walking down the street on Saturday afternoon. Two 14-year-olds are wanted for the death of a 22-year-old woman who had words for them as they harassed her boyfriend. Kayla Peterson's boyfriend, Bill Bailey, said the situation began when he walked out of J's News at about 3:15 p.m. "My friend came in and got cigarettes, and three young kids followed him. They kept following him and asking him for a cigarette," said...
  • Adam Sandler Pays Hilarious Tribute To New Yorkers With “Sandy, Screw Ya!” Song At 12-12-12 Concert

    12/12/2012 8:08:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/12/12 | Andrew Kirell
    During a special cameo appearance at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, comedian Adam Sandler paid tribute to the resilience of the NY/NJ metropolitan residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Set to the tune of Leonard Cohen‘s oft-covered classic “Hallelujah,” Sandler and David Letterman‘s long-time sidekick Paul Shaffer performed a parody titled “Sandy, Screw Ya!” Name-dropping every famous New Yorker under the sun from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Alex Rodriguez to Donald Trump‘s combover, the lyrics were as follows: “The terror of the hurricane / The unforgiving wind and rain / New York, the world held its breath as the storm...
  • Wisconsin: Walker says he won't pursue 'right-to-work' legislation

    12/12/2012 8:06:10 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-12-12 | ap
    Walker was asked Wednesday about whether he would push to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state on the heels after his proposal in 2011 that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Walker said that introducing a right-to-work bill could lead to massive protests like what happened last year over the collective bargaining bill. He said those protests and the recall elections that followed created uncertainty for job creators. Walker said, "The last thing I want to do is create the sense of uncertainty out there." Walker stopped short of saying he would veto a right-to-work bill should it pass.
  • 'I kill white people': Dozens of racial slurs... Quentin Tarantino film criticized as excessive

    12/12/2012 7:36:10 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Django Unchained set in pre-Civil War Texas and pits a former slave against his tormentors when he becomes a bounty hunter Early reviews of the film claim the n-word is used frequently by black and white characters, but the level of violence is even more disturbing Not the first time that Tarantino has gotten in trouble for use of racial slur In his 1997 film Jackie Brown, the n-word was used 38 times
  • Fed Bond-Buying Bonanza: $85 Billion a Month Until Unemployment Hits 6.5%

    12/12/2012 7:34:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 50 replies
    In an unprecedented and surprising move, the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it will keep interest rates near zero and will purchase $85 billion in bonds every month until unemployment falls from its present 7.7% to 6.5%. The new plan will maintain the $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed bond buying it began in September while adding another $45 billion in Treasuries. Where will the cash to bankroll the $85 billion-a-month bond-buying binge come from? The Fed plans to expand it's $2.8 billion balance sheet. The new round of so-called “stimulus” is meant to replace the soon to expire...
  • Former congressman pepper-sprayed, Fox News contributor punched

    12/12/2012 7:23:02 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) was hit with pepper spray while protesting “right to work” legislation outside the Michigan state capitol on Wednesday. “I immediately began to retreat and began to cover my eyes and my mouth,” he told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “It was not good.” Meanwhile, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was punched repeatedly in an altercation with one protester. Schauer served one term; he beat Rep. Tim Walberg (R) in 2008 only to lose to the former congressman two years later. Tear gas was sprayed at least once, according to the Detroit Free Press. At least two...
  • Gunman, victims identified in Clackamas mall shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 6:03:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    kptv.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Staff
    CLACKAMAS, OR (KPTV) - A 22-year-old man from southeast Portland parked his car outside Macy's, rushed into the Clackamas Town Center mall food court and opened fire, killing two people Tuesday, investigators said. Jacob Roberts' AR-15 rifle then jammed, but he was able to get the gun working again. He shot and killed himself, sheriff's deputies said. Steve Forsyth, of West Linn, and Cindy Yuille, of northeast Portland, were killed by Roberts, authorities said. A third shooting victim, Kristina Shevchenko, survived and is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University hospital. Deputies said Roberts stole the rifle used...
  • Reward: $2,200 for information leading to arrest of Steven Crowder assaulter (now 7K)

    12/12/2012 6:02:45 PM PST · by doug from upland · 39 replies
    twitchy ^ | 12-2012
    Posted at 4:00 pm on December 11, 2012 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments Dana Loesch ✔ @DLoesch An Anonymous Donor is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the thug who assaulted @scrowder . #dlrs 11 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch announced on her show that an anonymous donor is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the union thug who assaulted Steven Crowder in Michigan on Tuesday. Dana Loesch ✔ @DLoesch Now ppl are contacting my show offering monetary awards for information leading to the arrest of...
  • Hero Marine who saved comrades by falling on grenade will NOT get post- humous Medal of Honor -

    12/12/2012 5:59:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/12/12 | Beth Stebner
    A Marine who was killed after his unconscious body fell on a live grenade during the Iraq War will not receive a posthumous Medal of Honor, it was revealed today. Sgt Rafael Peralta was 25 years old when he fell on the grenade in Fallouja, Iraq in 2004. Though he perished, his body shielded other American soldiers and saved the lives of other Marines. The Pentagon told Rep. Duncan Hunter it supports the decision of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who honored Sgt. Rafael Peralta with the Navy Cross instead of the military´s highest honor.
  • Rep. Jim Moran’s Son’s Girlfriend Blames Broken High Heel for Injuries

    12/12/2012 5:59:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Will Sommer
    SNIP "Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan," Moran's office quotes her saying. "On impact, I fractured my nose." She calls the police report that says a police officer saw Moran slam her head into a trashcan outside Columbia Heights bar The Getaway "inaccurate." Moran was arrested after the incident on felony domestic assault charges, before pleading guilty today to assault and receiving probation. SNIP
  • Following Portland shooting, gun advocate wants to open carry at mall(OK)

    12/12/2012 5:57:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    fox23.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Sharon Phillips
    We now know the name of the masked man dressed in camouflage that opened fire in a shopping mall near Portland, Oregon. Police say Jacob Tyler Roberts was armed with a stolen semi-automatic weapon when he stormed the mall on Tuesday. FOX23 did some checking and neither Woodland Hills Mall or the Promenade allows open carry holders to bring their guns inside. Tulsa police say it’s a good thing it would allow them to pinpoint who a shooter is if this were ever to happen here. However, local gun advocates say it puts them more in danger. Kirby Ellis is...
  • Chaffetz: State Dept Hiding Benghazi Survivors

    12/12/2012 5:54:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/12/12 | Kerry Picket
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- UT) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that he has been “thwarted” by the State Department from seeing any Americans who survived the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Many people forget that there were Americans who survived the Benghazi attack, some of whom were badly injured and are still recovering. “My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are—or even how...
  • Chaffetz: State Dept. Hiding Benghazi Survivors

    12/12/2012 5:52:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 6 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- UT) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that he has been “thwarted” by the State Department from seeing any Americans who survived the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Many people forget that there were Americans who survived the Benghazi attack, some of whom were badly injured and are still recovering. “My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are—or even how...
  • PA Releases New Logo for 48th Anniversary of PLO

    12/12/2012 5:50:52 PM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva news brief ^ | 12/12/2012 | Arutz Sheva news brief
    The Palestinian Authority has released a special logo for the 48th anniversary of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The logo features a white dove, the Dome of the Rock, and a black-and-white checkered keffiyah in the shape of the current borders of the State of Israel.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-12-12

    12/12/2012 5:50:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-12-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Alleged Undocumented Immigrant Served as a Volunteer Sheriff

    12/12/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    ABC Univision ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | TED HESSON
    A sheriff in an Alabama town knowingly allowed an alleged undocumented immigrant to act as a volunteer deputy sheriff. Meanwhile, his office went about the business of detaining and reporting suspected undocumented immigrants to federal authorities Canadian immigrant Kevin Dwight Venhuis has served as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Henry County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. Now he could face federal charges for illegally possessing firearms while being in the country without authorization, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
  • Anti-gun state senator punishes law-abiding Oregonians for Clackamas shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 5:12:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's Clackamas Town Center incident, where a criminal with a stolen gun opened fire on holiday shoppers in a reported “No Guns” zone, State Senator Ginny Burdick has introduced a bill to keep law-abiding Oregon gun owners from possessing standard capacity ammunition magazines for semi-automatic firearms, Oregon Firearms Federation reported today in a membership alert. “As we predicted, the anti-gun bills are starting to show up in Salem,” OFF Executive Director Kevin Starrett informed Beaver State gun owners. “The first one by (of course) Ginny Burdick bans the 'transfer' of magazines that can hold over...
  • Politico, Daily Kos Upset ´Fox News-Breitbart Crowd´ Gaining Influence

    12/12/2012 5:06:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/12/12 | Tony Lee
    Add Politico and The Daily Kos to organizations conceding that Breitbart News is reporting stories they refuse to cover. In an article describing the violent pro-union demonstrations in Michigan on Tuesday, in which protesters rallied against Michigan's historic right-to-work legislation, Politico promptly finished the piece with two paragraphs that served to dismiss everything that was written leading up to that point, quoting a poster on the liberal website The Daily Kos lamenting about the "Fox News-Breitbart" crowd. "But some on the left are saying the reports are overly exaggerated," Politico writes at the end of the article. Politico then quotes...
  • Obama schedules photo-ops, parties, golf as ‘cliff’ nears

    12/12/2012 4:58:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/12/12 | Dave Boyer
    Since returning from a trip to southeast Asia on Nov. 21, President Obama has managed to play three rounds of golf but has met face-to-face only once with Speaker John A. Boehner, the man with whom he is trying to strike a deal on taxes and spending that could prevent another recession. With the deadline for going over the “fiscal cliff” less than three weeks away, the president’s schedule this week is exceptionally light. It does not include any time on the links with Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who is also an avid golfer.
  • Dean: Republicans "Have To Change Their Philosophy" Of "Beating Up" On Gays, Immigrants & Women

    12/12/2012 4:25:25 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/11/12 | Ian Schwartz
    <p>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.</p> <p>Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections.</p>
  • Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons

    12/12/2012 4:16:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons 5:53pm EST By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday. Applications for the permits in the state of 19.1 million people have doubled since 2007. Only 0.3 percent of the more than 2 million total permits issued since 1987 have been revoked, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. "Floridians who are obtaining these licenses...
  • North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out of Control,' U.S. Officials Say

    12/12/2012 4:11:50 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and Alan Boyle
    The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do. In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions. The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the launch, calling it a "clear violation" of U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N....
  • Pressure Mounting For Challenge To Boehner As Speaker (Eric Cantor's name floated)

    12/12/2012 4:06:55 PM PST · by drewh · 48 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Dec 2012 11:56 | Jim Meyers
    Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, another of the removed Republicans, suggested he could support House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia for speaker. Asked point-blank if he would vote for Cantor, Schweikert offered a humorous response: “It’s bad enough being removed from your committee — I’d actually like not to be chairman of janitorial supplies if I answer that.” According to Bloomberg, any budget deal Boehner might reach with President Obama would need Cantor’s support to insulate the speaker from rebellion in the GOP ranks, but “there is no guarantee that Cantor would stick with Boehner if a negotiated deal...
  • Florida about to register one million active conceal-carry permits

    12/12/2012 3:54:08 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    Gun instructor Frankie Bright has been teaching conceal-carry classes for three decades. He says demand for classes is on the rise. “A lot of people are coming out and saying ‘listen, I would like to get a conceal carry permit so I can be legal.’” The re-election of President Barack Obama and fear that Washington will pass stricter gun laws is fueling the run on guns, especially in Florida. At a news conference at the state Capitol Wednesday, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced a fast approaching milestone. “Florida will have one million active conceal weapons licenses next week.” Hitting...
  • Boehner to House GOP: Don't Make Christmas Plans

    12/12/2012 3:51:06 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 12, 2012, 3:19 p.m. ET | Lucy Madison
    Despite what looked like recent signs of progress on a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner signaled today that Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever in the negotiating process -- and is warning his fellow lawmakers that they might have to work through the Christmas holidays. In a meeting with the House Republican Conference this morning, Boehner told members not to make plans for Christmas, CBS News has learned, and members leaving the meeting said there were no indications from Boehner's remarks that any real progress has been made between the two...
  • Naples Seizure Busts Iran’s Balkan-Italian Smuggling Route (100's of anti-tank missiles)

    12/12/2012 3:42:37 PM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 12, 2012, 12:12 PM
    The seizure of five containers by the Maritime Police in the Port of Naples last Friday, Dec. 7 - before they were loaded on an Egyptian freighter – shut down two of Iran’s mainline clandestine arms routes to the Hamas-ruled Gaza from Kosovo and Macedonia via Croatia and Italy, reported exclusively from military and intelligence sources. The Naples police acted on a tip-off from Israel. Iranian arms smuggling rings were then partly rolled up in other parts of Italy together with “another cache of weapons.” Western intelligence sources say this Israeli undercover operation was equal in significance and scope to...
  • Fiscal Cliff Threatens Federal Aid for Home Heat

    12/12/2012 3:33:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | CLARKE CANFIELD Associated Press
    Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Congress and the White House fail to figure out a way to avoid the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. If that happens, there'll be an automatic 10 percent reduction in funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. But the plight of those in the estimated 6.9 million households who rely on the money to keep warm hardly appears to be a priority for lawmakers in...
  • Union Goons Destroy Man’s Hot Dog Cart While Calling Him ‘N*****’ & ‘Uncle Tom’ (Lansing, MI)

    12/12/2012 3:17:11 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | December 12, 2012 - 10:23
    Early today Clint Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing had his business attacked and destroyed by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol. Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way [did] he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him. Mr. Tarver has been operating his food businesses since 1990 in the Lansing area. He had been hired by Americans for Prosperity to cater their tent...
  • Doctor Who Helped Find bin Laden is Being Tortured in Pakistani Prison, U.S. Aid Continues to Flow

    12/12/2012 3:14:51 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    After the successful May 2011 raid that took down Osama bin Laden, President Obama said that “his [bin Laden’s] demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.” Pakistan’s treatment of CIA informant Dr. Shakil Afridi tells a different story, however. The country’s spy agency (Inter-Services Intelligence) promptly arrested the doctor for helping Americans identify OBL’s compound. In addition to a fine and his entire bank account being looted, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison for high treason and is now reportedly being tortured: ... According to Afridi, ISI “regards America as its “worst...
  • Holder: U.S. Should Automatically Register 'Every Eligible Voter'

    12/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Holder: U.S. Should Automatically Register 'Every Eligible Voter' by Tony Lee 12 Dec 2012, 2:30 PM PDT On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States should automatically register "every eligible voter in America" by coordinating modern technology and existing databases that are available, while insisting in-person voter fraud rarely occurs. In a speech at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Holder said "modern technology provides ways to address many of the problems that impede the efficient administration of elections." The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on "the state of the right to...
  • Jerry Brown has early-stage prostate cancer

    12/12/2012 3:09:35 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 46 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | December 12, 2012 | Unknown
    Gov. Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, his office announced this afternoon. The governor's office described the condition as a "localized prostate cancer" and said Brown is continuing to work a full schedule while being treated with a short course of radiation. It released a statement from Eric Small, Brown's oncologist at University of California San Francisco. "Fortunately, this is early stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy," Small said in the statement. "The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects." Brown's office...
  • South Africa’s economy remains firmly in white ownership

    12/12/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Standard ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012
    JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s black majority directly owns less than 10% of the Johannesburg stock market, a study showed on Thursday, evidence that Africa’s top economy remains firmly in white hands nearly two decades after the end of apartheid. Despite the ruling African National Congress’ drive for “black economic empowerment”, under which firms are set black ownership and other targets, millions of blacks remain trapped in poverty and excluded from the formal economy. Coming less than two weeks before the start of an ANC leadership election conference, the study will increase pressure on ANC President Jacob Zuma for more “black...
  • Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to jihadi group

    12/12/2012 3:01:39 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10:03PM GMT 10 Dec 2012 | Ruth Sherlock, Beirut
    Rebel groups across Syria are defying the United States by pledging their allegiance to a group that Washington will designate today a terrorist organization for its alleged links to al-Qaeda. A total of 29 opposition groups, including fighting "brigades" and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist group which the White House believes is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The petition is promoting the slogan "No to American intervention, for we are all Jabhat al-Nusra" and urges supporters to "raise the Jabhat al-Nusra flag" as a "thank you". "These...
  • South Africa’s White Farmers: An Endangered Species?

    12/12/2012 3:00:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Palash R. Ghosh
    It is more dangerous to be a white farmer in South Africa than it is to be a policeman in this country awash in crime and violence. The threats posed to South Africa’s ever-dwindling population of white (mostly Afrikaner) landowners has become so grave that a group of activists and farmers marched to the capital of Pretoria over the weekend to demand the state protect them and their property. In the wake of hundreds of attacks and murders, the farmers – represented by two farmers associations, AfriForum and Solidarity -- asked Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to declare such assaults “crimes...
  • Oakland: Where "the Riders" are today

    12/12/2012 2:57:48 PM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/12/2012 | Scott Johnson
    OAKLAND -- On the night before disgraced Oakland police Officer Frank Vazquez disappeared in November 2000, he called attorney Michael Rains in a rage. In a profanity-laced tirade, Vazquez said he feared his fate as one of the four Oakland cops caught up in the infamous police brutality case known as the Riders. "They're not going to give us a fair trial," Rains remembers Vazquez screaming into the phone. "I'm not going to rot in prison." Twelve years later, Vazquez is still on the run, an enduring symbol of Oakland's decadelong failure to fix a Police Department ripped apart by...
  • How South Africa's dream turned into a grim reality

    12/12/2012 2:55:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Star ^ | Saturday, December 8, 2012 | Ben Schiller
    LUSIKISIKI, SOUTH AFRICA—The news arrived in this remote African village at night, like a digital bolt from the star-filled sky — landing with the “ping” of a text message. It woke Nomkhitha Sompeta from her sleep, sent her scrambling in the dark for her phone, and left her staring into its luminous screen. “Biza has passed away,” the message read. Her brother was dead. More than 700 kilometres away, 36-year-old Mzukisi Sompeta — “Biza” to his friends — had been shot to death with 33 other striking miners in a standoff with police at a place called Marikana, in a...
  • South Africa still a chronically racially divided nation, finds survey

    12/12/2012 2:52:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 6, 2012 | David Smith
    "Can we deny that Cape Town is still the most racist city in South Africa?" asks Kenneth Lukuko, in an essay contained in the SA reconciliation barometer survey (pdf) published on Thursday. "Perhaps we can't." During Nelson Mandela's presidency, he notes, "it was the only city in which he was met with a placard that referred to him with the K-word [the taboo term "kaffir"]. And it has taken Cape Town longer than anywhere else in the country to name a major public space or amenity after Mandela, although it is the city associated most closely with his incarceration, as...