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Chicago sued for alleged
discrimination against black teachers
Reuters, by James B. Kelleher    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/27/2012 10:28:00 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union has sued the nation´s third largest school district, saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s campaign to reform or close underperforming public schools discriminates against African-American teachers and staff. The federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and announced on Thursday is the latest battle with the city since teachers staged a week-long strike in September. It alleges that more than half of the tenured teachers fired in the most recent round of school closings and turnarounds were African American. But blacks make up less than 30 percent of the tenured teaching

L.A. gun buyback nets 2,037 firearms,
including 75 assault weapons
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Winton    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 9:59:58 PM     Post Reply
A one-day gun buyback event in Los Angeles on Wednesday gathered 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons and a rocket launcher, officials said. The total was nearly 400 more weapons than were collected in a similar buyback earlier this year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the collection at two locations was so successful that the city ran out of money for supermarket gift cards and got a private donation through the city controller to bolster the pot. The gun buyback was moved up from its usual Mother´s Day date in response to the horrific massacre Dec. 14 that claimed the lives of

Is Every Single Animal
and Reptile Endangered?
Canada Free Press, by Alan Caruba    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 9:49:00 PM     Post Reply
If it sometimes seems to you that every single animal and reptile is endangered, you can thank that element of the environmental and animal rights movements that has spent millions to foster this absurd belief. Animals and reptiles, fish and birds, lizards and turtles, all are born in the wild and all are food for other species. Nature doesn’t pick favorites, but thanks to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), humans do. I say “the wild”, but the wild is not some far off place, but rather, for example, it is the vast forested area along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Virginia and beyond. The “wild” has become our



December 27, 2012:
The Day Freedom Died in America
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 9:39:52 PM     Post Reply
It was five months before the November 6 presidential election when CFP columnist, Northeast Intelligence Network’s Doug Hagmann courageously tried to warn Americans of a deliberate government planned Civil War in an article titled, “The planned re-election of Obama, revolutionary style”. “According to my source, there is talk among the highest levels of the uppermost echelon of the Department of Homeland Security, which he describes as effectively under the control of Barack Hussein Obama. During this call, he said that the DHS is actively preparing for massive social unrest inside the

Barbara Walters Has No Political
Questions for Obamas; Asks
About Family Dog Bo
NewsBusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 9:28:23 PM     Post Reply
ABC’s Barbara Walters´ "interview" with the Obamas on Thursday´s Nightline ran much more like a celebrity infomercial. Walters was her usual self, asking questions void of substance and fawning over every detail of the First Family. With the fiscal cliff looming just weeks after the interview originally took place, Walters had no questions on any matter of political significance. She did find time to discuss the family´s dog Bo, pressing Mrs. Obama, "Does he follow you around all day?" and "What is Bo getting for Christmas?" For a reporter, Walters is pretty cozy with the White House,

Illegal immigrants say
tax credits are needed
WTHR-TV [Indianapolis, IN], by Bob Segall    Original Article
Posted By: Mushroom- 12/27/2012 8:51:12 PM     Post Reply
Indianapolis - Should the IRS be giving billions of dollars in tax credits to illegal immigrants? Many lawmakers say "no" after seeing an Eyewitness News investigation exposing massive fraud involving undocumented workers and child tax credits. Now some illegal immigrants are speaking out to explain why the tax credits are so important, and why Congress should not eliminate them.Salvador Presteguin is a plumber who works long hours. "Seven days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day," he told Eyewitness News while installing new pipes under a kitchen sink. When Salvador gets home,

Source: US Out of
Central African Republic
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 8:49:43 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The State Department is closing its embassy in the Central African Republic and ordering its diplomatic team to leave as rebels there continue to advance and violence escalates. U.S. officials said the U.S. ambassador and about 40 others, including a number of Americans, were flown out of Bangui (bahn-GEE´) on a U.S. Air Force C-40 headed to Kenya. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to discuss the evacuation publicly. Rebels have seized at least 10 towns across the sparsely populated north of the impoverished country, and residents in



Judge Bans New Year’s Eve
Possum Drop
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 8:19:25 PM     Post Reply
New York City may drop a giant Waterford crystal ball on New Year’s Eve, but the folks around Brasstown, NC prefer their method – dropping a live possum. “It ain’t the new year until the possum drops” has been the saying around town for the past 19 years – but not anymore. (Snip) “We’re not gonna break no laws.” Logan said he just doesn’t understand all the fuss about using a life possum. For years, they put the critter in a decorated cage and lowered him down at the stroke of midnight. Afterwards, they released the possum into the woods. But PETA argued it was cruel.

GE still hiring workers at
new plant in north Fort Worth
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Gordon Dickson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 8:02:39 PM     Post Reply
Jackie Lee was stunned when he applied for a job at General Electric´s locomotive plant in far north Fort Worth, but was rejected. (Snip) Lee, who has 22 years of experience at American but recently accepted a buyout package to leave that job, applied for a position as a locomotive assembler at the plant, known as GE Manufacturing Solutions. It was no ordinary job interview, he said; at one point, he and other applicants were placed on teams and asked to build things with Legos. The Haslet resident thought he did well in the interview -- his group built an airplane with their toy building blocks -

Canada´s energy boom draws
skilled Americans looking for work
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 7:55:23 PM     Post Reply
Some out-of-work Americans might have to look no further than our neighbor to the north for employment. Canada is looking to hire tens of thousands of skilled workers for its booming energy industry. With the third-largest oil and gas reserves in the world, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, Canada wants to double its oil production in the next 10 years. While it has plenty of oil to tap, there aren´t enough skilled workers to help secure it. That´s especially true in the western province of Alberta, where mining the oil sands and creating the infrastructure for it is providing plenty of work.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf,
who led coalition forces in
the Persian Gulf War, dies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/27/2012 7:32:15 PM     Post Reply
Washington - A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein´s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn´t authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin´ Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper. He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in



Obama´s Regulatory Surge
Empowers Bureaucrats
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2012 7:31:04 PM     Post Reply
Government By Fiat: Quietly, on Christmas Eve while no one was looking, President Obama unveiled his regulatory plans for the coming year. Why all the secrecy? What´s he got to hide? Plenty, it seems. By law, Obama was supposed to issue his regulatory plans last April. But, as with so many other things, he simply ignores the laws he finds inconvenient. Who´s to stop him? Even the Associated Press has noticed: "Since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline" on everything from "workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street," the news service wrote last week.

Hypocrisy Of Liberals
Who Cling To Their Guns
Investors Buiness Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2012 7:19:15 PM     Post Reply
Gun Control: A different set of gun laws applies to network anchors, but even stranger is a newspaper publishing a map showing not only who has a firearm but also telling predators who doesn´t. It should have been sufficient for the Gannett-owned Journal News, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., reporting on increased calls for stricter gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn., to have noted that about 44,000 people in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in the Lower Hudson Valley — one of every 23 adults —

Dear Mr. President, Zero
-Sum Doesn´t Add Up
Wall Street Journal, by P.J. O´Rourke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2012 7:16:30 PM     Post Reply
Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on winning a second term. I wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you´ve been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women who, although they answer to your command, answer to duty first. And it is difficult to imagine

Is The EPA´s Lisa
Jackson Trying To
Dodge A Federal Probe?
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2012 7:14:37 PM     Post Reply
Politics: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced Thursday she´s leaving her post. Is she getting out just ahead of an investigation into the illegal use of private emails for official government business? Federal law bars government employees from using private email accounts for official communications unless the emails are appropriately stored and can be tracked. The objective is to ensure open government. Apparently, though, Jackson would prefer to work in the shadows outside the disinfecting light. Suspicions led the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general to launch a probe into Jackson´s email use and prompted at least two congressional



Michelle Obama has a
very neon Christmas with
highlighter yellow pedicure
in Hawaii
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2012 6:44:18 PM     Post Reply
If Michelle Obama´s greige nail polish she wore during her Democratic National Convention speech was enough to spark discussion from Pulitzer prize-winning authors, then her Christmas Day polish is sure to cause fireworks. The First Lady, visiting a military base in Hawaii with President Barack Obama, celebrated December 25th in summery style, wearing a sleeveless cotton dress, sandals and a neon yellow pedicure. While she kept her hands bare, the pop of yellow on her toes was a simple way to liven up and add some colour to her black and white ensemble.

South African President
says pet ownership is
part of ´white culture´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2012 6:37:21 PM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa´s president says a dog should not be man´s best friend. President Jacob Zuma made critical remarks about pet care that touch on sensitive race relations in South Africa, which was dominated by whites until apartheid was dismantled almost two decades ago, The Star newspaper reported Thursday. The newspaper cited Zuma as saying in a speech Wednesday that the idea of having a pet is part of "white culture" and that people should focus on family welfare. The president´s office sought to clarify his remarks, saying he was encouraging "the previously oppressed African majority"

President Obama leaves Hawaii
KITV Honolulu HI, by Cam Tran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2012 6:24:30 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU —After a brief vacation in Hawaii, President Obama is on his way back to Washington to address proposed extended tax cuts and looming fiscal cliff.The president left Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.Before boarding the plane, the Commander-in-Chief shook hands with military personnel, thanking them for their service. Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who was named by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as the replacement for late Sen. Daniel Inouye, flew on Air Force One with the president. The First Lady and daughters are staying in Hawaii at the family´s vacation home in Kailua.

Cornell West On Sandy
Hook: ‘We Can’t Just Shed
Tears For Those On The
Vanilla Side Of Town’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2012 6:02:04 PM     Post Reply
Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut. West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in America’s cities where the victims are primarily minorities. “We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said.” They are precious, but they are no less or more

Exasperated Candy Crowley
Asks: Why Isn’t Obama
‘Dealing With Boehner?’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2012 5:57:20 PM     Post Reply
With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heading back to the floor of the upper chamber to deliver dueling speeches blaming the other for Congress’ failure to reach a compromise to resolve the fiscal cliff, CNN anchor Candy Crowley expressed exasperation with President Barack Obama’s hands-off approach to dealing with Congress. She asked why the White House was not dealing directly with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), to which her guests replied that Democrats may see a political advantage to going off the cliff in January.


Republican lawmakers set
up 11th-hour bid on
"fiscal cliff"
Reuters, by David Lawder & Richard Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2012 5:50:14 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Lawmakers on Thursday gave themselves a last chance to prevent the United States from plunging off a "fiscal cliff" by setting up a late session in Congress just about a day before taxes are due to rise for most working Americans. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives told their members to be back in Washington from the Christmas holiday break on Sunday night in case they need to vote on budget measures. That leaves the door open to a last-minute solution to avert big tax hikes due to begin on January 1

Study tracks 30 years of Newark
murders as ´infectious disease´
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by David Giambusso and James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/27/2012 4:40:27 PM     Post Reply
Newark — Homicides in Newark have spread through the city over the past 30 years like an infectious disease and can be tracked and treated like a public health issue with prevention, inoculation and treatment, according to a study by Michigan State University. The study, among the first to track murder through the lens of medical research, is part of a widening trend among local leaders and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat violent crime like a medical condition.(Snip) Their report, titled "Homicide as Infectious Disease," said the clusters originated in the Central Ward and moved south

CIA’s Global Response Staff emerging from
shadows after incidents in Libya and Pakistan
Washington Post, by Greg Miller and Julie Tate    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/27/2012 4:31:09 PM     Post Reply
The rapid collapse of a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya exposed the vulnerabilities of State Department facilities overseas. But the CIA’s ability to fend off a second attack that same night provided a glimpse of a key element in the agency’s defensive arsenal: a secret security force created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Two of the Americans killed in Benghazi were members of the CIA’s Global Response Staff, an innocuously named organization that has recruited hundreds of former U.S. Special Forces operatives to serve as armed guards for the agency’s spies.

Middlesex man knocks himself
unconscious with a hammer
NJ.com, by Anthony G. Attrino    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/27/2012 4:31:07 PM     Post Reply
Middlesex Borough – A 39-year-old man was hospitalized today after striking himself in the head with a hammer, according to a report and the man’s landlord. The victim, whose name could not be learned, knocked himself out this morning inside a home on Grandview Street. Rescue workers arrived on the scene at 8:20 a.m. to find the victim unconscious. Collins identified the man only as a roommate who rents from him. “He was upset,” said Lucien Collins, 61, owner of the home. He declined to speculate on whether the incident was an accident or suicide attempt.

Passaic County sheriff´s
department enlists 16-foot
trailer for mass arrests response
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Zach Patberg    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/27/2012 4:15:04 PM     Post Reply
No longer will Passaic County law enforcement have to take separate cars to respond to a scene where mass arrests are expected. Now the sheriff’s department has a 16-foot dual axle trailer to transport up to 20 officers to parades, demonstrations, shopping frenzies or college parties that might get too rowdy. The $130,000 trailer came from the state’s Department of Corrections through a federal Homeland Security grant, putting Passaic County on New Jersey’s Mass Arrest Response Team. That means the trailer will be deployed anywhere in the state where police need its size, flood lights and amplified speaker system

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