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Iranian oil tanker signals
conceal ships to Syria
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/7/2012 5:19:53 AM     Post Reply
London/Dubai - Iranian oil tankers are sending incorrect satellite signals that confuse global tracking systems and appear to conceal voyages made by other ships to Syria, which, like Iran, is subject to international sanctions. (Snip) Large vessels must transmit their identity and location to other ships and coastal authorities using an automatic satellite communication system, but in the last month Iranian vessels sailing in Asian seas have sent signals that took over the identity of other vessels, so the same ship appeared to be in two places at once. "It is of course possible to manipulate or falsify information

For his next crisis
New York Post, by Ben Boychuk    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/7/2012 5:19:35 AM     Post Reply
Saving the planet isn’t easy — or cheap — especially in California. The state’s anti-global-warming cap-and-trade program is the latest gimmick to leave it with yet another big hole to fill in its budget. The Golden State’s new carbon-trading program is the world’s second largest, after the European Union’s. The stated goal is to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and another 80 percent by 2050. But California held its very first “carbon credit” auction last month — and it was a big disappointment.

Sandy, Katrina and the Phonies
Accuracy in Media, by Herbert London    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2012 5:14:53 AM     Post Reply
For two weeks I lived in a cramped hotel room happy to have a place other than my home. An office I have had for a decade was off-limits. And a neighborhood I have come to love was damaged beyond recognition. Sandy invaded lower Manhattan. (Snip)And lower Manhattan, where I reside, is dark and grim and waiting for recovery. There aren’t any miracles associated with recovery. But the pols who dominated the airwaves for two days are nowhere to be found. For them, there was an issue to be milked and

  


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Public ´Inauguration´ Just
for Show, Likely to Cost
Taxpayers Over $100 Million
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2012 5:08:38 AM     Post Reply
Stephen Dinan reports that "Because next year´s inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day. The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday." That means, the public "inauguration" is just a show, while the actual inauguration will again be behind closed doors (just as it was last go around). What´s the show going to cost?

Gaza: Fatah to join Hamas’s
25th anniversary celebrations
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Khaled Abu Toameh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/7/2012 5:04:00 AM     Post Reply
Invitation seen as sign of rapprochement between the rival parties; Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal due to visit Gaza for the first time; Fatah spokesman says event celebrates "victories of our people.” Fatah has accepted Hamas’s invitation to participate in celebrations in the Gaza Strip marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement. The invitation, the first of its kind in more than a decade, is seen as yet another sign of rapprochement between the rivals parties. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip for the first time on Friday

Pelosi jabs DeMint
on his way out
The Hill (DC), by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2012 5:01:16 AM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday linked outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to one of the “saddest” Senate votes in years and suggested DeMint’s values won´t be missed on Capitol Hill. Pelosi criticized the resigning South Carolina lawmaker and other GOP senators for voting Tuesday against Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty on rights for the disabled. “For them [DeMint and other treaty opponents] to slap the face of our veterans, of people with disabilities, of families with children with disabilities, that was one of the saddest days,” Pelosi said in the Capitol,

China to flatten 700 mountains
for new metropolis in the desert
Guardian [UK], by Jonathan Kaiman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2012 4:56:28 AM     Post Reply
A long, long time ago, an old Chinese peasant named Yu Gong decided to move two inconveniently located mountains away from blocking the entrance to his home. Legend has it he struggled terribly, but ultimately succeeded. Hence the Chinese idiom "Yu Gong moves the mountains." Where there´s a will, there´s a way. Now Chinese developers are putting old Yu to shame. In what is being billed as the largest "mountain-moving project" in Chinese history, oneof China´s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2bn to flatten 700 mountains levelling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis

  


  

Egypt demonstrators reject
Mursi call for dialogue
Reuters, by Yasmine Saleh & Tom Perry*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/7/2012 4:47:08 AM     Post Reply
Cairo - Demonstrators rejected a call from Egypt´s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi for a national dialogue after deadly clashes around his palace, demanding the "downfall of the regime" - the chant that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Mursi said in a televised speech late on Thursday that plans were on track for a referendum on a new constitution on December 15 despite clashes that killed seven people. He proposed a meeting on Saturday with political leaders, "revolutionary youth" and legal figures to discuss the way forward after that. But a leading activist group rejected the offer,

There may not always
be an England
Hot Air, by J.E. Dyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2012 4:44:51 AM     Post Reply
Q. When does the British government subsidize a TV channel that carries the rants of anti-gay religious fanatics? A. When the TV channel is run by Islamist extremists. OK, that one was a softball. But it’s worth pointing out a telling contrast in the British government’s stance on people’s right to think unapproved thoughts about homosexuality. Here is what Mr. Abdullah Hakim Quick, a speaker who has been featured on Britain’s Ramadan TV, has to say about gays: Abdullah Hakim Quick … has been condemned by New Zealand’s broadcasting authority for his anti-gay tirades,

Strong earthquake strikes off northeastern
Japan, warning of possible tsunami issued
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/7/2012 4:27:51 AM     Post Reply
A strong earthquake struck Friday off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Authorities issued a warning of a possible tsunami. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT). The epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed. The warning said the tsunami could be as high as 2 meters (2.19 yards). NHK television broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake

British peer ejected from UN climate
talks for denouncing protocol
Telegraph [UK], by Louise Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2012 3:37:11 AM     Post Reply
Lord Monckton of Brenchley was thrown out of the United Nations climate change talks in Doha last night.[Snip] He is understood to have claimed there is no global warming in the last sixteen years, and therefore the science needs to be reviewed. Claiming to represent Asian coastal nations, he is understood to have said: "In the 16 years we have been coming to these events there has been no global warming at all. He has been banned for life from UN talks." He added: "Even if we were to take action to prevent global warming the cost would be

  


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Where were you ... the day Pearl
Harbor was attacked?
Star Press [Muncie IN], by John Carlson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2012 3:33:13 AM     Post Reply
MUNCIE — They are the seminal events in our history — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — by which whole generations of us mark our place in the story of America. For those we’ve come to embrace as The Greatest Generation, who brought us through the Great Depression and then World War II, it’s the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After it, nothing in this world would ever be the same again.

US ´trying to start new
Cold War´, says Russia
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2012 3:22:56 AM     Post Reply
Moscow furiously claimed that the new law, which also bars blacklisted Russians from owning US land and using the banking system, was evidence of a "vindictive desire" to damage Russia´s world standing. "Apparently, Washington has forgotten what year this is and still thinks the Cold War is going on," the Russian foreign ministry said on its official Twitter account. It added that the move would "adversely affect the prospects of bilateral cooperation" between the two powers. The so-called Magnitsky Law prompted calls from British critics of Russia for similar action from the Government, amid concerns about the death of

White House holiday card
features Bo
CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2012 3:19:12 AM     Post Reply
It´s been unseasonably warm in Washington this fall, with nary a snowflake to be seen as of yet, but you wouldn´t know it by looking at the White House´s holiday card. This year´s card features Bo, the Obama family dog, trotting through a snowy White House South Lawn as snowflakes fall around him. The card was designed by artist Larassa Kabel of Des Moines, Iowa, who creates photorealistic prints, paintings and drawings. Kabel´s work is featured in several private and corporate collections, including collections at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the World Food Prize headquarters.

Tina Brown to Newsweek Staff:
Merry Christmas; You´re Fired
Breitbart News, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2012 3:13:22 AM     Post Reply
Like many of you, I´ve been through my share of these things -- you know, where some hotshot from corporate flies in, takes over the biggest office in the building, closes the door, and then one-by-one calls in those who will no longer be employed due to downsizing, or whatever the word of the day is. Harrowing stuff. But to do it over the holidays? Cold-blooded. Ouch: The sad moment has arrived when we must go forth with the editorial staff reductions that we discussed in person with all of you several weeks ago.

  


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There Is No Party of Principle
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 12/7/2012 2:57:05 AM     Post Reply
The 2008 and 2012 elections have revealed that an escalating number, perhaps a majority, of Americans are comfortable with the concept of transforming the United States into a Euro-Socialist democracy. While this may be easily sold to an increasingly ill-educated populace by those desirous of capturing political power, the reality is far different when it comes to the price to be paid. A price that is not only monetary but societal as well. Yet there is no party in this nation willing, regardless of the political cost

Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify
unknown dead
Associated Press, by Audrey McAvoy    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/7/2012 1:46:50 AM     Post Reply
Honolulu -- Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater. And so he set out to restore names to the dead. Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased. And he lobbied for forensic scientists to exhume the skeletons of those who might be identified. On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack

Republicans for Big Government
Jewish World Review, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/7/2012 1:29:39 AM     Post Reply
Do you know anyone who voted Republican this past election in order to further President Obama´s big government agenda? Or is it more likely that Republican voters sought to advance a smaller version of the federal government? And if they did, why are Republican congressional leaders offering to help the president spend us into oblivion? (snip) The government doesn´t hold anyone´s money for him. It spends whatever it collects as soon as it receives it. When its entitlement bills come due, it uses current tax revenue, or it borrows money in order to acquire the cash to make the

We´re Reaching the
Demographic Tipping Point
NewsBusters, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/7/2012 12:04:41 AM     Post Reply
I apologize to America´s young people, whose dashed dreams and dim employment prospects I had laughed at, believing these to be a direct result of their voting for Obama. On closer examination, it turns out that young voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly supported Romney. But only the white ones. (snip) What the youth vote shows is not that young people are nitwits who deserve lives of misery and joblessness, as I had previously believed, but that America is hitting the tipping point on our immigration policy.

DeMint takes parting shot at Boehner
The Hill, by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: vastrightwingconspirator- 12/6/2012 11:50:16 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. “I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s "The Situation Room." “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.” (Snip) “Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,”

  



The Fantasy of a 91%
Top Income Tax Rate
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Schiff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/6/2012 11:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Party leaders, President Obama in particular, are forever telling the country that wealthy Americans are taxed at too low a rate and pay too little in taxes. The need to correct this seeming injustice is framed not simply in terms of fairness. Higher tax rates on the wealthy, we´re told, would help balance the budget, allow for more "investment" in America´s future and foster better economic growth for all. In support of this claim, like-minded liberal pundits point out that in the 1950s, when America´s economic might was at its zenith, the rich

A life worth living: Judge backs
wife in fight to keep her
husband alive after hospital
tried to withhold treatment
Daily Mail [UK], by James Tozer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2012 10:58:36 PM     Post Reply
The loving wife of a desperately ill musician yesterday won her fight to force a hospital to keep treating him. Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from David James, 68. But a senior judge overruled them, saying they had failed to fully credit the importance of his ‘continued existence’. Sitting at the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Jackson said the doctors had undervalued the limited quality of life Mr James could still enjoy. He described the patient’s relationship with his family as ‘of the closest and most meaningful kind’ and this carried ‘great weight’ in his decision.

Obama´s Famous Tax ´Victory´
Wall Stret Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/6/2012 10:51:48 PM     Post Reply
To read the current fiscal-cliff coverage, President Obama holds the upper hand and is poised for the "victory" of winning an increase in the top two tax rates. So successful has the White House been in defining this fight, few have stopped to consider how paltry that victory is likely to be. For a short-term win on this ideological issue, President Obama may well cede most everything else. Let us assume that Mr. Obama is correct in his bet that the GOP will prove more responsible than he is and won´t cliff-dive. The president´s recent baiting of Republicans—his

Rank-and-file Republicans hint
at putting tax hikes
on table in fiscal talks
FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 12/6/2012 10:50:10 PM     Post Reply
Amid warnings that deadlock in Washington could send the nation plunging into a buzzsaw of tax hikes and spending cuts next month, some Republicans have started to signal a possible middle ground that could involve tax increases on top earners -- even if they´re not as drastic as President Obama wants. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders are holding firm to their opposition to tax rate increases as part of any deal to avert the looming fiscal crisis. But in recent days, more rank-and-file Republicans have floated the possibility of putting tax rates on the table.

Barack Obama Is
No Lyndon Johnson
Commentary Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/6/2012 10:44:47 PM     Post Reply
On “Fox and Friends” this morning at 7 a.m. came the news that President Obama and Speaker Boehner had had a phone call last evening, content not disclosed. That shouldn’t have been news—these are the leaders of each party trying to avoid a governmental disaster that could come in less than a month, and should be talking 10 times a day. But it was news, and that’s troubling to say the least. As Daniel Henninger makes clear in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Where in his career did Barack Obama ever learn the art of the political deal? Nowhere.” He writes

Victory: Michigan House, Senate
Pass Right-to-Work Law
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/6/2012 10:40:15 PM     Post Reply
Michigan is about to become the 24th right-to-work state in the United States. This afternoon its House passed right-to-work legislation 57-50. The Senate followed suit and passed it 22-16. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the bills into law, as right-to-work was one of his highest priorities of the legislative session. President Barack Obama, naturally, opposed the bill, which makes it illegal for unions to skim the paychecks of non-union workers in the state. Otherwise, right-to-work has no effect on collective bargaining rights. The president’s opposition

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