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  • Speakers Blast Sound Of Baby Crying As Part Of Protest In Philly

    12/13/2012 11:51:13 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    PHILADELPHIA - It's a union protest designed to bring you to tears. Residents at the Vista apartment building on the 2800 block. of N. 47th St. in Philadelphia's Wynnefield section are losing their minds over a recording played by protesters from IBEW local 98. Last Wednesday, the union set up an iPod and loudspeakers that plays this recorded message: "Your community is crying for jobs, participation and fair wages." It's what comes next that brings a tear to the eye: an extended crying jag by a seemingly fussy infant. The recording- which began last Wednesday- runs each weekday from around...
  • Boehner plans to leave Washington amid "fiscal cliff" stalemate

    12/13/2012 11:49:50 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Boehner plans to leave Washington amid "fiscal cliff" stalemate Reuters – 29 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner plans to go home to Ohio on Friday, his office said, in a sign that there is no deal in sight to avert the looming "fiscal cliff." Spokesman Michael Steel added, however, that should President Barack Obama decide he needs to talk or meet with Boehner again, "Ohio has both cell phone service and airports - so ... it won't be a problem." Steel said Boehner - the top Republican in Congress - will likely...
  • Rep. Jason White (HD 48) making the switch to the GOP (Mississippi)

    12/13/2012 11:26:36 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies
    Yall Politics ^ | 12/13/12
    Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, and a host of other Republican elected and party officials will welcome a new member to the ever growing GOP in Mississippi Tuesday. It appears that Freshman State Representative Jason White of House District 48 is set to announce that he is switching parties, pushing the Republican majority up to 65 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. House District 48 has long been primed to go red. If you will recall, the Democratic leadership under former Speaker Billy McCoy sought to eliminate HD 48 during redistricting back in 2011 because...
  • Justin Bieber security team taking ‘every precaution’ details of alleged murder, castration plot

    12/13/2012 11:25:14 AM PST · by billorites · 44 replies
    National Post ^ | December 13, 2012
    After New Mexico police revealed they’d uncovered an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star’s management has released a statement saying they take “every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans.” Other than that, the star and his security team have been tight-lipped about how seriously they take the threat. News of the bizarre assassination plot made news around the world Wednesday after Albuquerque’s KRQE reported that Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew Tanner Ruane, 23, had allegedly been hired to castrate and murder the singer. The puppet master behind the...
  • Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Report (Dec. 20)

    12/13/2012 11:16:49 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 13, 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Dec. 20 before the House of Representatives and Senate foreign affairs committees on a report on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, the committees said on Wednesday. The attack on Sept. 11 killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and raised questions about the adequacy of security in far-flung posts. Republicans have criticized Democratic President Barack Obama's administration for its flawed early public explanations of the attack. They have also criticized shifting explanations of why talking points given to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations...
  • Conservative Members were purged because of ‘[] factor,’ not voting record

    12/13/2012 11:10:35 AM PST · by bigbob · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-13-12 | Matt K. Lewis
    <p>As you probably know, grassroots conservatives are up in arms over the fact that some conservatives Members were “purged” from committee assignments.</p> <p>Now, it seems Republican leadership is aiming to make matters even worse.</p>
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:20 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Feds Raise Hackles Over 5-Hour Energy Drink( Say it ain't so!! )

    12/13/2012 10:35:24 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012 | ALEXANDER KAZAM
    The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade. 5 hour The hubbub over 5-Hour Energy, which has some fans stockpiling 12-packs of the bottles in anticipation of a possible ban, was sparked by an article in the New York Times claiming that 5-Hour Energy has been “linked” to 13 deaths reported to the FDA in the past four years. In truth, millions of bottles of 5-Hour Energy are consumed every week, and there is no evidence whatsoever...
  • Middle East Exploding, and Obama Nowhere to Be Found

    12/13/2012 10:09:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 13, 2012 | Elise Cooper
    Nations in the Middle East, some of whom were once allies of the U.S., appear to be defying America. This is very evident when reviewing the events over the past six months in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq, and also among the Palestinians. As former Vice President Dick Cheney stated, "[o]ur allies no longer trust us, or have confidence in us, and our adversaries no longer fear us." The problem is also that America's allies in the region are dwindling while its adversaries are increasing. American Thinker interviewed experts to get their opinion about this very important issue. In Iraq,...
  • Christmas music makes us spend more

    12/13/2012 10:03:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Christmas music makes us spend more Endless loops of songs like "All I Want For Christmas" in shops during the festive season don't just drive us mad - they also make us more careless with our money, academics have warned. By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 4:32PM GMT 13 Dec 2012 While repeated renditions of "Jingle Bells" may seem like an innocent attempt to raise customers' spirits during the nightmare of Christmas shopping, the songs also have a more subtle impact. Background music, or "Muzak", can be used by marketers to impose cultures - such as the commercialisation of Christmas -...
  • 'Syria's chemical weapons are ready for use'

    12/13/2012 10:00:36 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 12/13/2012 01:22 | JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
    US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rogers says there is "real concern" WMDs could be deployed at "moment's notice." Photo: Courtesy Syria's chemical weapons could be used at "a moment's notice" and the international community should not accept any assurances from Syrian officials that they will not be used, US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Wednesday.US and other Western officials recently issued sharp warnings to Syrian President Bashar Assad not to deploy chemical weapons. Syria called those warnings a "pretext for intervention" in the civil war. Related: 'UK plans to provide military aid to Syria rebels' US recognizes...
  • "Friends of Syria" grant Assad's opponents recognition but not weapons

    12/13/2012 9:40:16 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 12 December 2012 | Matthew Weaver
    Summary Welcome to Middle East Live.Here's a roundup of the latest developments: Barack Obama said the US will formally recognise the Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, in a move designed to sap the legitimacy of President Bashar al-Assad's rule. In an interview with ABC News he said: "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."
  • The postal grinch that stole Christmas

    12/13/2012 9:39:05 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Susan Thurston
    Thousands of area children might go without toys this holiday season thanks to a Grinch-like move from the Postal Service. Normally this time of year, boxes of gifts pack the Toys for Tots warehouses. But not this season. Toy donations are so low, Toys for Tots officials worry they won't have enough gifts for the estimated 40,000 boys and girls on their lists. 'I'm losing sleep,' said Herb Donica, chairman of the committee that supports the Toys for Tots campaign in Hillsborough County. 'All of our core people are pulling their hair out wondering what we are going to do.''...
  • Changes in voter demographics likely permanent, study says

    12/13/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by Defiant · 32 replies
    San Diego News Room ^ | December 12, 2012 | not stated
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Changes in San Diego voter demographics that became apparent with the election of Bob Filner as mayor are probably permanent, with the city's political power shifting toward independents and residents south of Interstate 8, according to a study released Wednesday. The National University System Institute for Policy Research found that Mayor Bob Filner's election victory over ex-Councilman Carl DeMaio was fueled by voters south of the freeway that runs through Mission Valley. The freeway is a traditional, but not entirely accurate, dividing line between economic "haves'' and "have-nots'' and a border between Republican- and Democratic-leaning enclaves.
  • Energy Perspectives: For most fuel sources, domestic production has been increasing

    12/13/2012 9:37:32 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    In 2011, the United States produced about 78 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy, more than at any point in the nation's history. More than three-quarters of this energy production came from nonrenewable fossil fuels: coal, natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas plant liquids. Despite rising production, the United States was a net energy importer, consuming more than 97 quads of energy in 2011. The 60.6 quads of domestic fossil fuel production set a record, exceeding the previous peak of 59.3 quads in 1998. Of those fuels, natural gas surpassed coal as the most-produced fuel with 23.5 quads compared to...
  • STUDY: Reality Show Viewers Are More Neurotic, Have Lower Self-Esteem...

    12/13/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 49 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    People who watch non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have a lower self-esteem, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by Today.com polled 19,000 people and found that "those who watched non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have lower self-esteem than watchers who are not fans of the genre." Additionally, the survey found that 72% of women and 60% of men watch Reality television simply because they're bored. Also, 46% of women and 26% of men watch this genre because they like to see how people with money and fame live their lives. Deadliest Catch...
  • FACEBOOK Voted Best Place To Work - Interns Earn $67,000/Year!

    12/13/2012 9:27:02 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 8 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Facebook is the number one company to work for in the world, according to a new study by Glassdoor.com. The career site ranked the 50 best companies to work for based on employee reviews and other corporate data and found that the social media website tops them all. Facebook employees gave the company a 4.6 rating on a scale of 5.0 with a majority saying they are "Very Satisfied." The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, received a 97 percent approval rating. Some of the pros reported by Facebook employees included smart and driven employees, vision of management and the ability to...
  • Harry Belafonte Blasts GOP ‘Infestation’ of America, Ponders Imprisoning Dissenters

    12/13/2012 9:11:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    During an appearance on the program of MSNBC’s race-baiter-in-chief Al Sharpton, entertainer Harry Belafonte lashed out at Republicans, saying that their continued presence in Washington, DC constituted an “infection” of sorts. He also told his host that the only thing left for Obama to do with opposition figures who continue to disagree with him was to “Work like a Third World dictator and just put all these guys in jail.” Belafonte’s totalitarian prescription elicited a laugh rather than horror from Sharpton. View video below the jump.
  • Extortion call, somber visit bring nightmare home for parents of Marine jailed in Mexico

    12/13/2012 9:10:38 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12-13-12 | Joseph J. Kolb
    The father of a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico after being caught with his grandfather's antique shotgun heard the fear in his son's voice and felt helpless. The phone call came at midnight from Mexico's notorious CEDES prison, where Jon Hammar Jr. has been held since August. The caller demanded $1,800, then put Hammar on to drive the point home. "They're serious, Dad," Jon Hammar Sr. heard his son say. "I'll pay you back; they are going to kill me." Hammar, who faced down Iraqi insurgents in the final push on Fallujah in 2004, has been in dangerous situations before....