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Analysis: Charges against BP
employees test reach of U.S. statute
Reuters, by Andrew Longstreth    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 6:16:02 PM     Post Reply
New York - Not all manslaughter charges are created equal. If they were, the U.S. Justice Department might have filed just 11 charges when it brought a criminal case against two BP Plc employees last week, one for each of the 11 deaths in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. (Snip) The seaman´s manslaughter statute was first passed by Congress in 1838 after a string of deadly steamboat accidents. The law, which has been modified multiple times since then, was intended to hold captains, engineers and pilots responsible for deaths attributable to their conduct. The idea behind the law was that those

Syria says Turkey´s bid for
NATO missiles "provocative"
Reuters, by Erika Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 6:04:26 PM     Post Reply
Beirut - Syria on Friday condemned Turkey´s request for NATO to deploy Patriot defense missiles near their common border, calling it "provocative", after a spate of clashes there that has raised fear of the Syrian civil war embroiling the wider region. (Snip) Turkey´s missile request may have riled Damascus and its allies - notably Russia and Iran - because it could be seen as a first step toward implementing a no-fly zone. Syrian rebels have been requesting a no-fly zone to help them hold territory against a government with overwhelming firepower from the air, but most foreign governments

Mexico arrests suspected
murderer on FBI most wanted list
Reuters, by Dave Graham    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 5:48:37 PM     Post Reply
Mexico City - Mexican federal police have captured suspected murderer, rapist and drug gang member Joe Luis Saenz, one of the 10 most wanted fugitives on the FBI´s list, the government said on Friday. Saenz, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico on Thursday following an investigation carried out by the federal police in conjunction with the FBI, the government said in a statement. According to the FBI, Saenz is suspected of shooting and killing two rival gang members in Los Angeles in July 1998. For the FBI's most wanted list, see: www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten



Colombia Rebels Ask Obama
to Free Captive Comrade
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/23/2012 5:35:47 PM     Post Reply
Havana - Colombia´s main rebel group is appealing to U.S. President Barack Obama to free a guerrilla leader serving a long prison term in the United States. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia says Simon Trinidad´s presence at the current peace talks with the Colombia government in the Cuban capital of Havana would be an "immense" help to negotiations. The FARC rebels named Trinidad to their negotiating team in September, even though he is serving a 60-year prison term. Last week, the rebels brought a life-sized cardboard cutout of Trinidad to a negotiating session.

Report: Egypt Constitutional
Court Seeks Morsi Impeachment
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 5:28:33 PM     Post Reply
According to reports from Egypt, the Constitutional Court is seeking to impeach new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi after Morsi seized quasi-dictatorial power, sparking protests around the country. Morsi waited for the Obama administration’s praise over the Israel-Hamas ceasefire to make the move. Local media reports a courts spokesperson stating, “the judges are prepared to exercise the right to shift the head of state after he flouted the laws and the constitution.” The problem is that there is no operating constitution in Egypt; the constitution was suspended in March

Wal-Mart: Only 50 employees
protested; UFCW disputes
Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 5:24:53 PM     Post Reply
Wal-Mart claimed today that the much-hyped Black Friday protests at the non-union retail giant fizzled out, with only 50 associates – their term for employees – taking part. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which organized the protests, disputed that figure though. It said “hundreds and hundreds” joined in at events across the country. The Washington Examiner could not find an independent estimate for the protests. Even assuming the UFCW figure is correct, that is pretty small given that Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest employer, with 1.4 million people working at its stores.

Benghazi-Gate Enters New Phase:
The Cover Up of the Cover Up
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 5:20:28 PM     Post Reply
It now looks as though the White House´s excuse for the pre-election Libya cover-up is itself a cover up. Last week we were told by the Administration (and the compliant media) that during her now-infamous round robin of five Sunday news shows, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was only telling us what she was told by the intelligence community. We were also told that references to al-Qaeda were edited out of the talking points in order to avoid tipping off the attackers that we were on to them. According to a number of CBS News´ sources, this simply isn´t true. As recently as yesterday, though,



McCarthyism: WaPo Accuses
GOP of Racism to Defend Rice
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 5:12:39 PM     Post Reply
When I first saw the headline, "The GOP’s bizarre attack on Susan Rice," I assumed the link would take me to one of the many left-wing columnists employed by the Post. Nope. This is a full-blown Washington Post editorial (and a despicable piece of McCarthyist race-baiting) -- the kind you would never expect from the same outlet that so doggedly pursued the Nixon administration´s Watergate cover up: Drawn up by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the letter [from 97 House Republicans challenging any potential nomination of Susan Rice to Secretary of State] alleges that “Ambassador Rice is widely viewed

Chambliss Signals Possible
GOP Surrender on Tax Hikes
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 5:02:01 PM     Post Reply
Thirty-eight Senators and 219 House members have signed Grover Norquist’s famed anti-tax "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which has been instrumental in preventing politicians from increasing taxes. But after Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) indicated on Wednesday to a Georgia television station that he would not abide by the pledge, conservatives are insisting Republicans in the House and Senate be more resolute on taxes during the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations. Chambliss said he cared “more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” and he indicated he was open to

Exclusive: Food Stamp Recipients
Outnumber Populations of
24 States Combined
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 4:54:43 PM     Post Reply
An analysis by Breitbart News has found that the number of individuals on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of 24 states and the District of Columbia. In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that a record 47,102,780 individuals receive food stamps. {Snip) Since January 2009, the number of individuals on food stamps has skyrocketed from 31.9 million to the current record high 47.1 million. By comparison, in 1969 just 2.8 million Americans received food stamps. Also benefiting from the rapid rise in food stamps are companies like JP Morgan who

Boy soldiers: The bravery
of young Civil War soldiers
before they were sent
to face the horror of battle
captured in poignant photos
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 4:20:15 PM     Post Reply
Staggered by the youth of the brutal armies which fought for the future of the United States of America, two brothers set about collecting one of the most comprehensive collections of Civil War photography in existence. Jason and Brandon Liljenquist were both brought up as good Southern boys in thrall to Robert E. Lee and the the myth of the brave Confederate forces outmatched by the relentless and efficient Union armies of the north. But when they bought a 145-year-old photograph of a young Union drummer boy, the two young men became entranced and set about a collection which



Cardin Fashions a Legacy in Venice
That Doesn´t Float With the Locals
Wall Street Journal, by Gabriele Parussini    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/23/2012 4:19:53 PM     Post Reply
VENICE, Italy—At 90, with no children and no designated heir, legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin wants to plow his entire fortune into one last pet project: planting an 840-foot tower across the lagoon from the historical center of the City of Canals. Mr. Cardin says nothing else thrills him as much as the €1.5 billion ($1.93 billion) construction plan—a building that would both outlive him and eclipse Venice´s main bell tower as the lagoon´s beacon. Born near Venice, Mr. Cardin moved to a provincial French city with his parents when he was two. He made his way to Paris,

White House Christmas Tree Arrives
ABC News, by Serena Marshall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 4:10:26 PM     Post Reply
Malia, Sasha, and first dog Bo joined the First Lady Michelle Obama to welcome the official White House Christmas tree this morning. The 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Ashe County, N.C., was brought in on a wagon by two Clydesdale horses driven by two men donning top hats and red bow ties, while the Marine Band played “Oh Christmas Tree.” Mrs. Obama leaned over briefly to smell the tree, while the girls examined it, stopping momentarily to feel the top needles. The first lady gave her approval with a thumbs up, saying it’s “I’s a go. We’re good.

Black voters look to
leverage their loyalty
Associated Press, by By Suzanne Gamboa    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 11/23/2012 3:42:46 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That encouraged those leaders to try to leverage more attention from both Obama and Congress. Although they waver over how much to demand from the president — particularly in light of defeated GOP challenger Mitt Romney´s assertion that Obama gave "gifts" to minorities in exchange for their votes — they are delivering postelection wish lists to the president anyway.
Link repaired by staff.

Surprise: PA College
Slashes Instructors´ Hours
to Avoid Obamacare
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Ecclesiastes- 11/23/2012 3:13:21 PM     Post Reply
Pennsylvania´s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare. "It´s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don´t have the money to pay for it," said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.
Headline resplit by staff.



Obama considers corporate
funding for 2013 inauguration
- Thread Closed
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 11/23/2012 2:29:27 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s fundraising advisers have urged the White House to accept corporate donations for his January 2013 inaugural celebration rather than rely exclusively on weary donors who underwrote his $1 billion re-election effort. People involved in his re-election campaign said White House staff and campaign advisers have been debating whether to accept corporate money to stage the events but haven´t made a final decision.

Barack Obama, Fashion Magnate
Bloomberg Business Week, by Joshua Green    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/23/2012 2:09:01 PM     Post Reply
One of the funnier story lines of the 2012 presidential campaign was Barack Obama’s decision—or rather, campaign manager Jim Messina’s decision—to inaugurate a fashion line that the campaign sold on its website. This included everything from Thakoon Panichgul silk scarves ($95) to Tory Burch handbags ($75) to Monique Pean hemp-and-cotton scarves ($95) to yoga pants. The unusual idea came from Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and was roundly mocked by everyone from Fox News (NWS) and the RNC to (more gently) Bloomberg Businessweek, whose crack art staff designed a June magazine cover done up to look like one of those cheapie free-shoppers

First cap-and-trade auction
a bust for California budget
Sacramento Bee [CA], by Kevin Yamamura    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/23/2012 2:06:03 PM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California environmental leaders this week hailed the state´s first auction of carbon emissions credits a huge success. But budget writers are hardly thrilled. A low price for credits and minimal demand for future offsets suggest California will see a mere fraction of the $1 billion that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers estimated the state would receive this fiscal year. If demand remains similar in two forthcoming auctions, the state would generate only about $140 million, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst´s Office estimated Wednesday. That would strain the $91 billion state budget

Riding high on his U.S. manufactured
diplomatic triumph, Morsi grabs
authoritarian powers at home
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/23/2012 2:01:19 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, in commenting on President Obama’s apparent conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood represents the wave of the future in the Middle East, I noted the unimpressive nature of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s electoral victory. But it is not popularity that makes Morsi and the Brotherhood look like the wave of the future. Rather, it is their will to power — the same sort of will that made Hitler and Stalin look like the wave of the future to Obama’s predecessors in Hegelian thinking. Now comes word that Morsi, in the words of the Washington Post, has taken “extensive new powers

Kariem McFarlin, Steve Jobs´ home
burglary suspect, accepts plea deal
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/23/2012 1:58:14 PM     Post Reply
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Kariem McFarlin, a California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs´ house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder´s wallet, has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area. (Snip) During the 15-hour overnight heist, McFarlin took the late Jobs´ wallet and driver´s license as well as iPhones, iPads, iPods, Mac computers, champagne and $60,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry, police said. A stolen iPad ended up in the hands of Kenny the Clown, a well-known street performer who used it to play music


Let Obama Be Obama
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/23/2012 1:56:08 PM     Post Reply
After his party’s devastating setback in the 2010 midterm elections, Barack Obama was reelected earlier this month by painting his Republican opponents as heartless in favoring lower taxes for the rich. They were portrayed as nativists for opposing the DREAM Act amnesty for illegal immigrants, and as callous in battling the federal takeover of health care. Republicans countered with arguments that higher taxes on the employer class hurt the economy in general. They assumed most voters knew that amnesties are euphemisms for undermining federal law and in the past have had the effect of promoting more illegal immigration.

Obamacare will make us
a part time nation
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 1:20:55 PM     Post Reply
There are already 8 million Americans working part time who want to work full time. It seems likely that number will skyrocket once Obamacare is implemented. An Obamacare supporter is as stupid as the Democrats who passed the legislation in the first place: When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was, "Surely the federal government wouldn´t have allowed such a blatantly obvious way of getting out of the requirement."

A look at powers decreed
by Egypt´s president
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 1:17:21 PM     Post Reply
Egypt´s President Mohammed Morsi issued decrees giving himself broad powers and effectively neutering the judiciary. Morsi, an Islamist hailing from the Muslim Brotherhood, defends the step as necessary to clear obstacles holding up Egypt´s transition, particularly from judges who could have disbanded a controversial assembly writing the constitution or overturned his decisions. Critics say Morsi, who already holds both executive and legislative powers, is setting himself up as a new dictator. Here is a look at the main points of his decrees:- All laws and decisions by the president are final, cannot be appealed, overturned or

Heckler Ridicules Black
Friday Shoppers
WFLA Radio, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/23/2012 12:16:01 PM     Post Reply
A heckler openly mocked shoppers at an Oceanside, California Best Buy as they waited for Black Friday deals. The man can be heard shouting ´you zombies are the reason Thanksgiving and the holidays are being destroyed´ and other anti-Black Friday comments as shoppers filed in the store. (Video follows)

Bleak Friday: Israeli
Reservists Return Home
Disappointed; Bibi Drops in Polls
Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 11:59:50 AM     Post Reply
As Wednesday night´s cease-fire went into effect--amidst continuing rocket fire from Hamas--many Israeli reservists returned home disappointed that the government had not launched the ground attack for which they had been called up. One soldier, quoted by Ynetnews, said that "as a resident of Beersheba [which was hit by several rocket attacks] there is a sense of disappointment. (The violence) will repeat itself and we´ll find ourselves back here again and again. They (government) should have let us complete the mission." Much of the Israeli public agrees that a ground war would have been preferable to no

WWII code ´may never be cracked´
BBC, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 11/23/2012 11:41:49 AM     Post Reply
Experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII. The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ago. But without more information, the code may never be cracked, according to the BBC´s security correspondent Gordon Corera. The code is as follows: AOAKN HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC RQXSR DJHFP GOVFN MIAPX PABUZ WYYNP CMPNW HJRZH NLXKG MEMKK ONOIB AKEEQ WAOTA RBQRH DJOFM TPZEH LKXGH RGGHT JRZCQ FNKTQ KLDTS FQIRW AOAKN 27 1525/6

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