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  • Stock Futures Plunge on 'Fiscal Cliff' Confusion

    12/21/2012 4:39:51 AM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    The Street ^ | December 21, 2012 | Andrea Tse
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were tanking Friday after House Speaker John Boehner, in a surprise move, cancelled Thursday evening's vote on his "Plan B" fiscal-cliff proposal because he wouldn't have had enough votes to pass it. Stock futures promptly dropped following word of the cancellation as investors were thrown into state of great worry about the ability of officials in Washington to strike a budget deal as the "fiscal cliff" deadline line looms on Jan. 1. "Simply put, this is bad news for the speaker and bad news for any future cliff-averting deal," said Dan Greenhaus, chief global...
  • AP Exclusive: Palestinians aim to isolate Israel

    12/21/2012 4:19:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 8:03 PM EST | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    Weeks ahead of Israeli elections, Palestinian officials are already plotting a series of tough steps against Israel to be taken if, as polls predict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected and peace efforts remain stalled. Emboldened by their newly upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are talking of filing war crimes charges against Israel, staging mass demonstrations in the West Bank, encouraging the international community to impose sanctions, and ending the security cooperation that has helped preserve quiet in recent years. These plans, combined with growing international impatience with Israeli settlement construction on occupied land, could spell trouble...
  • Fiscal cliff countdown: Medicare payments in real dange

    12/21/2012 4:11:33 AM PST · by Makana · 5 replies
    Fierce Healthcare ^ | December 20, 2012 | Karen Cheung-Larivee
    It's a countdown until massive cuts hit Medicare providers. With only a few days left in the calendar year, providers are waiting with bated breath about the outcomes of fiscal cliff talks on Capitol Hill. And unlike previous short-term fixes, the threat is real this time, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus told Forbes. The decision of lawmakers will determine the outcome of Medicare cuts that hang in the balance in these final weeks of the year. Unless Congress and the White House administration can agree on plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, a 27 percent reduction in Medicare...
  • Fiscal cliff countdown: Medicare payments in real dange

    12/21/2012 4:11:37 AM PST · by Makana · 19 replies
    Fierce Healthcare ^ | December 20, 2012 | Karen Cheung-Larivee
    It's a countdown until massive cuts hit Medicare providers. With only a few days left in the calendar year, providers are waiting with bated breath about the outcomes of fiscal cliff talks on Capitol Hill. And unlike previous short-term fixes, the threat is real this time, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus told Forbes. The decision of lawmakers will determine the outcome of Medicare cuts that hang in the balance in these final weeks of the year. Unless Congress and the White House administration can agree on plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, a 27 percent reduction in Medicare...
  • British troops could return from Afghanistan “faster” than planned, says Cameron

    12/21/2012 3:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:06 AM GMT 21 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    British troops could return home from Afghanistan even “faster” than planned, David Cameron has said, as 3,800 troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of next year. … Speaking to reporters at Camp Bastion, the main operational headquarters for British troops, Mr. Cameron said the proposed timetable for troop withdrawals was “flexible”. “Of course there is always flexibility in any plan,” he said. “But I would make the point that so far, things have surprised on the upside in terms of the capability of the Afghan forces. So we might be able to move a little bit faster....
  • Not just guns, PETA wants hunting banned

    12/21/2012 3:25:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to take the gun control debate to a whole new level: banning hunting. Claiming hunting desensitizes children to killing humans, the group plans to make their case Friday by crashing the National Rifle Association's press conference downtown at the Willard Hotel where they are expected to cite some form of gun ownership and sales changes they would support. PETA officials told Secrets that they will be protesting at the hotel with signs that read "Teach Kindness, Not Killing," and "Get ALL living beings out of the crosshairs: Ban Hunting." "The NRA's culture...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 21, 2012 ("Best of" show)

    12/21/2012 3:02:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 23 replies
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  • Andrew Cuomo pushing hard for a breakthrough in adopting the toughest gun controls in the nation

    12/21/2012 12:44:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10:24 PM | Jonathan Lemire and Kenneth Lovett
    Gov. Cuomo is pushing for New York to adopt, by one measure, the toughest gun controls in the nation—and he may have help from across the aisle to do it, the Daily News has learned. Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders to expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and to outlaw gun magazines containing more than seven bullets, sources said. That would be more restrictive than the toughest limits now on the books—laws in New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii and the District of Columbia permitting magazines that allow for the rapid fire of as many as 10 bullets. …...
  • Fear keeps Egypt’s Christians away from polls

    12/21/2012 12:22:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 19 2012 7:33 PM EST | Hamza Hendawi
    A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives. Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century. … The activists...
  • Jake Tapper to jump from ABC to CNN

    12/20/2012 11:53:36 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 24 replies
    ABC News’s senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper becomes the first major on-air personality announced to make the switch to the newly Jeff Zuckered CNN.
  • N. Korea: NK again detained US citizen

    12/20/2012 11:34:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 12/12/12 | Oh Ju-han
    NK again detained US citizen by Oh Ju-han, Reporter Again, North Korea revealed its notorious blackmailer characteristic while holding US citizen as a hostage; it was known that a US citizen who visited North Korea with visitor’s visa has been detained over a month. Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the State Department said in 11th that “we are obviously aware of these reports that a US citizen has been detained in North Korea,” and "We obviously have no higher priority than the welfare of our citizens." According to the media reports, the detained person is a 44-year old Korean American who...
  • N. Korea: “China knew and approved the rocket launch beforehand”

    12/20/2012 11:31:44 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 12/18/12 | Park Do-yun
    “China knew and approved the rocket launch beforehand” By Park Do-yun, Reporter Exclusive report came out proving the possibility that China might already know and approve North Korea’s recent missile launch. On 15th Segye Ilbo, a South Korean daily newspaper reported from exclusive source at Beijing that right after the 18th National People’s Congress the Secretary of North Korean Workers’ Party Kim Ki-nam and North Korean delegations visited China to discuss about launching long-range missile. According to the report, Kim persuaded Chinese government that the rocket launch was inevitable for successful settlement of Kim Jong-un regime and consolidating the unity...
  • EU: Doubts remain over Spain's austerity miracle

    12/20/2012 11:31:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/20/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Fresh data from the OECD show that Spain has narrowed the gap in “unit labour costs” with Germany by 5.5pc over the past year alone. It has clawed back 4.6pc against France and 6.6pc against Austria since late 2011, as it slashes pay and pursues a scorched-earth policy of “internal devaluation”. Luis Maria Linde, the Bank of Spain’s governor, says that within two years the country will have recovered “almost all” the ground lost during the first disastrous years of euro membership. The total gain in competitiveness against the EMU bloc since 2008 has been 10pc. Yet economists say it...
  • Exclusive: The Inside Story on North Korean Rocket Development

    12/20/2012 11:28:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    New Focus ^ | December 12, 2012
    Exclusive: The Inside Story on North Korean Rocket Development December 12, 2012 By newfocusintl 0 Comments and 0 Reactions This morning, the DPRK announced its successful launch of the satellite ‘Gwangmyongsong – 3′ through the ‘Unha – 3′ rocket. This is the second launch attempt made by North Korea this year. The first attempt in April was a failure and only flew for 90 seconds. In this post, former DPRK official Jang Jin-sung will present to you an insider’s glimpse into the history of North Korean rocket development. The story of North Korean rocket development The North Korean rocket story...
  • Possible Defense Nominee Faulted for Record on Gays

    12/20/2012 11:25:08 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 21 2012 | Mark Landler
    Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator on President Obama’s short list for defense secretary, came under fire again on Thursday, this time for his record on gay rights and remarks he made 14 years ago about an openly gay nominee for a diplomatic post. Since Mr. Hagel’s name emerged as a candidate for the Pentagon last week, he has been sharply criticized for his record on Iran, Israel and militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as comments he made about pro-Israel lobbying groups in Washington. The new round of criticism is focused on comments Mr. Hagel made in...
  • Kerry, Hagel Have Track Record of Wanting to Engage With America’s Adversaries

    12/20/2012 11:14:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012
    If speculation about President Obama’s likely nominees to head the departments of State and Defense proves correct, the next four years could see a renewed focus on his early drive to engage with hostile and repressive regimes. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), tapped to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebr.), viewed a strong contender for the Pentagon, both have a record of favoring engagement over isolation and sanctions when dealing with such governments. The liberal Democrat and moderate Republican, both decorated Vietnam War veterans regarded as foreign policy experts, have called over a number...
  • (Obama's Amerika) Africa Boasts More Cellphone Users Than All of North America

    12/20/2012 9:37:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    DVICE ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Nathaniel Wattenmaker
    Africa boasts more cellphone users than all of North America The silver lining of being a developing continent is that you can skip entire stages of technological progress, like going directly from no phones to cellphones without suffering through land lines in between. Africa, for example, now has more mobile subscribers than the United States or Europe, and that means big things for African economies. Like we've mentioned before, beyond its wild growth, the African cellular telecommunications market is a hotbed of innovation. Areas like telemedicine and cellphone-based money-transfer schemes don't just make life easier, they help people live healthier...
  • NY Health Clinic Video Features Santa Passing Out Syringes, Condoms

    12/20/2012 9:25:45 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 5 replies
    A health clinic located in the Bronx released this holiday promotional video featuring Santa Claus handing out drug paraphernalia and condoms (Video at link) My comment: You all, this is sinking to a new level of perversion. Here we have a man in a poor excuse for a Santa costume giving out drug needles, male and female condoms, and dental dams. The staff of this "clinic" (looks very sketchy to me) are dancing around with these needles and condoms to Feliz Navidad. The liberals have done a fine job in their attempts to divorce Christ from Christmas. Many people do...
  • Bishops remain focused on 'responsible restrictions' on gun ownership

    12/20/2012 9:19:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As momentum builds to implement new limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain focused on seeking "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights. "The bishops continue to support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and continue to call for sensible regulations on handguns," Kathy Saile, the bishops' director of domestic social development, told Catholic News Service. "In addition to that, we need to make a serious commitment to address the pervasive role that addiction and mental illness have in crime," she...
  • First on CNN: Mark Sanford plans to run for Congress

    12/20/2012 5:48:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 12/20/2012 | Peter Hamby
    Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is launching a political comeback that may begin within days. Sanford is planning to run for the Congressional seat he held almost a decade ago, a Republican source familiar with his thinking told CNN late Thursday. “He’s looking all but certain to do it,” said a former top aide to Sanford, who did not want to be identified while prematurely revealing the plans. A formal announcement will come soon, the source said. Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by...
  • Gallup: Quality Jobs Harder to Come By, More Americans Say

    12/20/2012 8:40:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Fewer Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, compared to last month, a new Gallup poll found. The number of Americans saying the time is right to find a quality job fell sharply in December to 19 percent—down from 24 percent in November. Three in four Americans, or 76 percent, say this is a bad time to find a quality job. … The availability of quality jobs is considered a key to economic growth. …
  • Gun rumors lead to early break for 20,000 students(Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma and North Dakota!)

    12/20/2012 8:37:24 PM PST · by narses · 24 replies ^ | 12.20.12 | Scott Maben
    Rumors of a school shooting plot prompted three school districts to cancel Friday classes for about 20,000 students in Kootenai County. Although police have not verified a real threat of violence, the persistent rumors rattled many students and parents, and attendance has dropped all week, officials said. “The reason we’re canceling school is not because we think there is a credible threat but because the fear and the panic is just so palpable that we didn’t believe we could have a productive, calm day,” Coeur d’Alene Superintendent Hazel Bauman said. Nerves have been raw since the Connecticut school massacre one...
  • Another survival bunker built because in ‘Merica you never can be too careful (44 Photos)

    12/20/2012 8:18:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 44 replies
    the chive ^ | 12-20-12 (day before the end)
    If it is the end, why does the guy think he will need a TV?
  • Bloomberg says NRA deserves blame for Newtown shooting

    12/20/2012 8:07:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Justin Sink
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the National Rife Association (NRA) deserves some of the blame for last week's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. "We're not trying to take away your right to advance the interests of gun owners, hunters, people who want to protect themselves," Bloomberg told ABC News in an interview set to air Friday. "But that's not an absolute right to encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut. In fact, Connecticut is because of some of their actions." The pro-gun lobby was silent in the aftermath of the shooting, disabling a Facebook page...
  • Smoking deadlier for HIV patients than virus itself

    12/20/2012 8:01:52 PM PST · by Bronzy · 15 replies ^ | Updated: Dec 19, 2012 2:22 PM | HealthDay.
    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that HIV patients who receive good care but who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • The Minister of Public Safety announces changes to Criminal Code list of terrorist entities

    12/20/2012 7:56:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Public Safety Canada ^ | Dec, 20, 2012
    The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada has made changes to the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities. “The list of terrorist entities sends a strong message that Canada will not tolerate terrorist activities, including terrorist financing, or those who support such activities,” said Minister Toews. “That is why Canada has made the principled decision to add the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force to the list.” The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force is the clandestine branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for extraterritorial operations, and for exporting...
  • Michael Moore: Americans’ desire to own guns stems from racism

    12/20/2012 7:54:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies ^ | December 20, 2012
    Friday night, on the heels of last week’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the left-leaning Current TV is planning to air progressive filmmaker Michael Moore’s ten-year-old Columbine documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” with Moore revisiting the film to accuse American gun-owners of being motivated by racial fears. Gun ownership, Moore said, “cuts down to the heart of our race problem that we still haven’t resolved.” “I think we’re a very frightened people,” Moore said. “I think we’ve been frightened ever since we landed on these shores. We were frightened of the native people.; we were frightened of...
  • It's Handguns Now? Soledad O'Brien Repeatedly Asks Democrats About Limiting Handguns

    12/20/2012 7:13:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    The day after a gun control advocate told CNN that America's gun problem includes handgun shootings, Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien began asking Democratic politicians if they would consider legislating handguns. "Well, is going to the assault weapons far enough?" O'Brien asked Democratic Rep. Ron Barber (Ariz.) on Tuesday. "I think it's 80 percent is handguns involved in gun violence. Does this, do you think open up a conversation toward limiting handguns?" SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: There are some people who would say by focusing on the assault weapons, a ban on assault weapons at the end of the day removes 2...
  • BlackBerry parent Research in Motion loses subscribers for first time

    12/20/2012 7:10:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Andrea Chang
    For the first time, struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw a decline in its subscriber base, reporting that the number of customers declined to 79 million in its fiscal third quarter. Three months ago, the Canadian company had 80 million subscribers. Revenue for the third quarter was $2.7 billion, down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The company posted a loss of $9 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $265 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier.
  • Boehner seen holding top post despite purge

    12/20/2012 6:43:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/12/12 | By David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin
    Despite rumblings from some Republican backbenchers, Speaker John A. Boehner’s hold on the House’s top post appears secure after key conservative lawmakers said they don’t expect anyone to challenge him. Several congressman who were booted from their committees last week have refused to commit to voting for Mr. Boehner when the House elects its speaker next year. But the discontent has not spread widely among their GOP colleagues, who generally give the Ohio Republican good marks for playing a difficult hand in the current budget negotiations. -snip- The four lawmakers who were booted from their committees remain angry, and they...
  • Armed Teacher Pilot Program to Provide Free Training to Educators - [Buckeye Firearms Assoc.]

    12/20/2012 6:37:23 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 23 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 12-20-2012 | Unknown to me
    DELAWARE, OH - Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) announced they have launched a pilot program to provide firearm training to teachers free of charge. The announcement was made at a Town Hall Meeting at Ohio State University Thursday evening where participants debated the gun control issue in light of the recent mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Ken Hanson, BFA's Legal Chair, made the announcement, saying, "Teachers and school board members have been asking us for years about training to prepare for an incident like Sandy Hook. So our educational Foundation will sponsor an Armed Teacher Pilot Program...
  • Sister of Newtown victim makes gun-control plea in letter to Obama (Innocent but Ignorant Child)

    12/20/2012 6:12:49 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/20/2012 | Yahoo News
    Natalie's letter, written to President Barack Obama and read by Anderson Cooper on air, voiced her clear and thoughtful belief that guns did not belong in the hands of most civilians: My name is Natalie Barden and I wanted to tell the president that only police officers and the military should get guns. If people want to do it as a sport than they could go to a shooting range and the guns would not be able to leave there.
  • What Is Behind Salam Fayyad's Call for "Economic Intifada"?

    12/20/2012 6:03:47 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 12/20/12 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Instead of seeking way to solve the financial crisis, Fayyad chose to call on Palestinians to boycott all Israeli goods. He is hoping that by calling for an economic intifada, he will succeed in diverting the anger and frustration on the Palestinian street outward to Israel. This has always been the Palestinian Authority's way of avoiding responsibility for anything that goes wrong — by putting all the blame on Israel.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-20-12

    12/20/2012 5:56:24 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies ^ | 12-20-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Pelosi says she proposed a millionaire tax this year to ‘smoke out’ Republicans

    12/20/2012 5:46:42 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Pelosi says she proposed a millionaire tax this year to ‘smoke out’ Republicans Posted By Nicholas Ballasy On 5:15 PM 12/20/2012 @ 5:15 PM In DC Exclusives - Original Reporting,Politics | No Comments House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained on Thursday why she proposed a tax increase on millionaires this year but won’t support it now as part of the House Republican plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. “We must ask the very wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. Democrats believe that tax cuts for those earning over a million dollars a year should expire and that we should...
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer: Activate National Guard to Protect Schools

    12/20/2012 5:35:36 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Sen. Barbara Boxer: Activate National Guard to Protect Schools By Jack Coleman Created 12/20/2012 - 8:15pm Senator Barbara Boxer is showing how far she will go in her endeavor to do something, anything in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Appearing on Ed Schultz's radio show yesterday, Boxer says she is filing legislation that would allow governors to activate up to 4,000 National Guard soldiers nationwide to provide security at schools. (audio after page break) There's a wrinkle -- the soldiers wouldn't actually be assigned to schools in Boxer's plan. Instead, they'd fill in for local police working "desk...
  • Pangea applies to export LNG to non-Free Trade countries

    12/20/2012 5:28:54 PM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Deon Daugherty
    The Woodlands-based Pangea LNG Holdings LLC has requested authority from the U.S. Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas from its proposed facility in South Texas to non-Free Trade Agreement nations. Pangea has applied to export up to 8 million metric tons of LNG per year. In November, Pangea applied for export authority to countries in which the U.S. has Free Trade Agreements in place. Pangea’s South Texas LNG Project is being developed on a 550-acre site along the north shore of Corpus Christi Bay. The South Texas LNG Project is being designed in two phases, each capable of...
  • Former Olympian track star worked as Vegas call girl

    12/20/2012 5:10:24 PM PST · by Lizavetta · 82 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 20, 2012 | Larry McShane
    A three-time U.S. Olympic track star made the leap from running to hooking. Blonde and buff All-American mom Suzy Favor Hamilton confessed Thursday to leading a sordid double-life as a high-flying $600-an-hour call girl after she was outed by “I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them,” said Hamilton, 44, via her Twitter account. “I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.” Read more:
  • Dozens of Michigan schools close after Conn. massacre, amid Mayan calendar doomsday scenarios

    12/20/2012 4:42:34 PM PST · by facedown · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/20/12 | AP
    DETROIT — Dozens of Michigan schools canceled classes for thousands of students to cool off rumored threats of violence and problems related to doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar, officials said Thursday.
  • TIME Picks Man of the Year, Now It's WND's Turn

    12/20/2012 4:37:46 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 11 replies
    WND ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Time magazine may have named Barack Obama Man of the Year for 2012, but in a first-ever honor, WND today named Patrick Buchanan as the WND Man of the Year, honoring the stalwart of conservative thought for his incisive and insightful contributions to the America of economic, military, political and social influence.
  • Do We Want to Reach the Low-Info Crowd?

    12/20/2012 4:35:45 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 36 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 20 December 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We're gonna start in Long Valley, New Jersey. This is Frank. Thank you, sir, and welcome. Great to have you here. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I was sitting here enjoying a cigar in one of the last bastions in New Jersey you're still allowed to smoke. So having a good time listening to you. But the real problem here is, you're talking about the uninformed voter, you're not gonna get them by giving them more information. And the left separates elections from governing. And we don't do that. We tell people during the elections what we're gonna...
  • Long Beach Best Western staff to be laid off as Measure N date nears (forced elevated minimum wage)

    12/20/2012 4:33:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/14/12 | Kelsey Duckett
    Long Beach Best Western staff to be laid off as Measure N date nearsBy Kelsey Duckett Staff Writer Updated: 12/14/2012 06:50:37 PM PST Days before a ballot measure forcing pay and benefit requirements on Long Beach's largest hotels is set to go into effect, one hotel is cutting back on rooms and laying off workers. **SNIP** "This is devastating," Shelton said. "We really want to send a strong message to the hotel community that this is not OK. Hotels that don't abide by this pay increase are undermining democracy." Passing with 64.3 percent of the vote, according to the Los...
  • Sandy Hook and Obama's subtle tyranny

    12/20/2012 4:26:11 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/12 | Erik Rush
    On March 13, 1996, 43-year-old Thomas Hamilton walked into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, armed with four handguns. He shot and killed 16 children and one adult before committing suicide. The resulting media-driven petition campaigns and anti-gun activism led to laws being passed during the following year that effectively made private ownership of handguns illegal in Britain. Since then, gun-related crime has increased by 89 percent in the United Kingdom. Within hours of the first reports of the heinous massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week, it was evident that members of the gun-control lobby,...
  • The Slippery Slope Into Totalitarianism

    12/20/2012 4:01:59 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 14 replies
    Moshe Feiglin for Likud Knesset Member ^ | 12/21/'12 | Moshe Feiglin
    The distance between the average American and Newtown, Connecticut is much greater than the distance between the average Israeli and the place where approximately 200 people are slaughtered every day: Syria. Nevertheless, the slaughter perpetrated in Syria (and other places in the world) by people who are legally armed by their state doesn't really interest anybody. What shocks the enlightened world, including Israel, is not the millions slaughtered by states, but rather, those exceptions to the rule in which individuals - not regimes – perpetrate the slaughter. The authors of the American constitution wrote a document about as close to...
  • Boehner: White House has ‘done nothing’ on fiscal-cliff talks

    12/20/2012 3:55:27 PM PST · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    politico ^ | 12/20/2012 | By JAKE SHERMAN, CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Speaker John Boehner, using his harshest tone of the fiscal cliff debate, said the White House has “done nothing” since he relented on letting low tax rates lapse on wealthy Americans. “For weeks the White House said if I moved on rates, that they would make substantial concessions on spending cuts and entitlement reform,” Boehner said in an afternoon news conference. “I did my part, they’ve done nothing.” With just days before Christmas, and less than two weeks until tax increases and spending cuts kick in, Boehner also voiced hope for the stalled negotiations. He said he expects that negotiations...
  • Worker injured during sex wins compensation

    12/20/2012 3:51:55 PM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 17, 2012
    A WOMAN who was injured while having sex in her hotel room during a work trip has won compensation. After a five-year legal battle, the Federal Court dismissed an appeal from the woman's former employer, which argued that having sex during a work trip had nothing to do with her job. However the court ruled that if the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation and the fact that the woman was "engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity while in her hotel...
  • Poll: Gun control beats 2nd amendment

    12/20/2012 3:41:42 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    politico ^ | 12/20/12 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    But a Gallup poll released Wednesday found that more Americans think banning assault and semi-automatic guns wouldn’t be as effective at preventing school shootings compared with alternatives — such as increasing the government’s mental health spending and adding police presence at schools. Pew notes that public opinion for gun control legislation remains significantly lower than before Obama took office.
  • JAKE TAPPER leaving ABC joining CNN

    12/20/2012 3:29:26 PM PST · by navysealdad · 32 replies
    JAKE TAPPER leaving ABC joining CNN
  • Narendra Modi tipped as India's next prime minister

    12/20/2012 3:18:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India's next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections. [...] Britain announced it would end its boycott in October and sent its High Commissioner to meet Mr Modi as part of its drive to increase trade with India, while the United States said he would be eligible to apply for another visa. Both decisions were driven in part by the possibility that Mr Modi could be India's next prime minister.
  • Ethics Committee Can't Find Anything Wrong With Secret Loan From Fraudster to Rep. Gregory Meeks

    12/20/2012 3:15:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 20, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    Today the House Ethics Committee announced that it was taking no action against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who secretly took a $40,000 payment from an individual who subsequently pled guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage scam. In 2007, Meeks received $40,000 from a "businessman," Edul Ahmad. Under the Ethics in Government Act, Congressmen are required to disclose such financial transactions on their annual Financial Disclosure Reports. Meeks failed to disclose the transaction on his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News reported, "Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a...