Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another runaway general: Army deploys psy-ops on U.S. senators

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned - and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

"My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave," says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. "I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line."

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three more Democrats indicted

A Wake County grand jury today handed down indictments alleging that a top aide to Gov. Bev Perdue's 2008 campaign schemed to pay a staffer $32,000 for work that was kept off the books in violation of state election laws.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman asks Google for a 'report blog as terrorist' button

Senator Joe Lieberman, taking a break from his usual schedule of trying to stamp out all things Wikileaks-related, returns to his old anti-terrorism stomping grounds, sending out a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, expressing his concern that not enough stuff is getting labeled "terrorism."

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Shocking video: U.S. soldier kills sheep with a bat

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French man ordered to pay wife 10,000 euros for lack of sex

A court in France has ordered a man to pay 10,000 euros ($13,300) in damages to his long-frustrated ex-wife after he failed in his marriage "duties" by withholding sex from her for years.

In the May ruling, published on Tuesday in the Gazette du Palais judicial review, an appeals court in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence upheld an earlier decision to award the damages for "absence of sexual relations".

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Iran police rescue embassy hostages

Six staff members were taken hostage at the ambassador's residence in northern Tehran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, but were later freed by police.

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Iran's deputy police chief warns protesters to leave British embassy

Iran's Deputy Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Radan gave a last ultimatum to the protesters to leave the embassy area or wait for a tough police confrontation.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Prostitute's baby kidnapped by "blue balled" client, then left in a field

Rivera was attending a party on Friday night according to The Daytona Beach News Journal. Authorities say that illicit drugs were being consumed at the party, and Rivera says he had paid Wiley to have sex with him. Though, Wiley left Rivera hanging after she was called into another room right in the middle of the act, and never finished the deed.

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Iraq joins Iran, Venezuela in OPEC output cut, $120 a barrel "acceptable"

Iraq joined Iran, Venezuela and many others who have all called for a decrease in production quotas. Iraq's Oil Minister Abdul-Kareem Luaibi said the organization should cut.

The Iraq's Oil Minister told reporters that he expects oil prices to trade between $100 and $120 a barrel, which is "reasonable" and "acceptable" for Iraq.

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Israel positioning its offensive medium-long range missiles

Aaron Klein of WND.com is reporting that there have been 'unusual' movements of Israeli Jericho offensive medium-long range missiles around Jerusalem and in the West Bank.

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Israel pounds Lebanese targets after 3 rockets land in North

IDF artillery cannons pounded Lebanese targets early Tuesday morning in response to at least three rockets fired into northern Israel.

Three 122 millimeter rockets fired from within Lebanon, just north of the border, landed in the Western Galilee shortly after midnight, with police searching for a possible fourth rocket. No injuries were reported in the attacks.

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Paul to the rescue, Amendment #1062

Senator Rand Paul has submitted an Amendment to Senate Bill 1867 (known as the National Defense Authorization Act) which would strike the section of the bill that allows the US government to indefinitely detain individuals without trial or due process. The Amendment is #1062.

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Pakistan bans sexting, bans 1,600 words it deemed obscene

Pakistani citizens will find it more difficult to send dirty texts after regulators banned 1,600 words it deems obscene.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority gave carriers a list of the words to ban, with a mandate telling them they have only seven days to block the words or face legal action, which could be very strict.

The words on the list are often innocent-sounding, like “idiot” or “barf,” but mainly are terms not used in polite conversation. The list has caused a great deal of controversy and commentary on Twitter and other websites. However, the ban is being taken seriously in Pakistan, and may be difficult for carriers to follow and the government to enforce without a fight.

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Pakistan PM: No more "business as usual" with U.S.

"Business as usual will not be there," Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told CNN when asked if ties with the United States would continue. "We have to have something bigger so as to satisfy my nation." While the NATO strike has shifted attention from what critics say is Islamabad's failure to go after militants, Gilani's comments reflect the fury of Pakistan's government and military - and the pressure they face from their own people.

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Labor board broke federal law on Boeing suit

What if there were emails showing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor coordinating with Attorney General Eric Holder and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on how the Obama administration should fight judicial challenges to Obamacare?

Cause of Action, a conservative government accountability nonprofit, has obtained emails through a Freedom of Information Act request showing then-NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman, NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon and NLRB Public Affairs Director Nancy Cleeland coordinating the board's response to its own decision to sue Boeing for opening a factory in the right to work state of South Carolina.

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Obama cover-up? Court records of border patrol agent murder sealed

The Obama Administration has suddenly and without warning sealed court records containing alarming details of how Mexican drug smugglers murdered a U.S. Border patrol agent with a gun connected to a federal government snafu that allowed firearms to be smuggled into Mexico, according to a top non-partisan organization that investigates government corruption and fraud.

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Source: U.S. training terrorist cells for sabotage operations

An Afghan source disclosed on Monday that the US has trained, financed and equipped several terrorist cells for a chain of sabotage attacks in Iran, saying that the US is seeking to intimidate civilians and raise public discontent at the Islamic establishment.

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Iran blasts U.S. disregard for dismantlement of chemical weapons

Iran on Saturday censured the US non-compliance with its international undertakings with regard to the dismantlement of its chemical weapons, and said Washington is seeking to escape its undertakings through raising baseless claims against Tehran.

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Obama campaign abandons white voters in favor of minorities and the educated

President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working-class voters, strategists claim.

For decades, Democrats have been losing more and more blue collar whites. Their alienation helped lead to the massive Republican wave in 2010, when the GOP wooed 30 percent more of them than the Democrats could.

Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals.

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Pakistan: NATO ignored our pleas during attack,

The NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers lasted almost two hours and continued even after commanders at the bases pleaded with coalition forces to stop,Pakistan's military claimed Monday, charges that could further inflame anger in Pakistan.

NATO has described the incident as "tragic and unintended" and has promised a full investigation.

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Commander: Iran's ultimate power unknown to enemies

"Enemies do not know where our power ends," Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami told reporters on the sidelines of a Civil Defense gathering in Tehran on Monday.

Earlier the General told the gathering that Iran is growing increasingly powerful, "while the US is losing all its geopolitical points of reliance and all its structured and constructed models are falling apart".

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Report: Explosion rocks Iran city of Isfahan

An explosion rocked the western Iranian city of Isfahan on Monday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that the blast was heard in several parts of the city.

According to reports, frightened residents called the fire department after the blast, forcing the city authorities to admit there had been an explosion.

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FLASHBACK: Explosion damages Iranian military compound


'West plans false flag ops in Syria'

Middle East expert Peter Eyre said on Sunday that the trio “are again rattling their sabers at Syria.”

“They are waiting for a justification to move in; a 'false flag incident' such as [what] happened on 9/11,” Eyre said.

The political analyst added that the three countries will “also push the UN for permission to go in [Syria] on humanitarian grounds, which is one of the best cons.”

“For sure the French have their experts training militia close to the border in Turkey and also in Lebanon. The US and British continue to push hard for a regime change,” Eyre said.

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Strauss Kahn had been set up

An exhaustively researched article in the New York Review of Books, published by veteran American investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, has cast fresh doubt on exactly what happened in the Sofitel hotel room on 14 May between Strauss-Kahn and his accuser, Guinean-born maid Nafissatou Diallo.

In passages sure to delight Strauss-Kahn supporters and conspiracy theorists, Epstein's lengthy article studied hotel door key and phone records and traced links to Strauss-Kahn's potential political rivals, appearing to suggest the possibility that he had been set up.

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Deaf man held for 25 days, waiting for interpreter

A lawsuit claims Adams County authorities detained a deaf man for 25 days in jail without providing a sign-language interpreter before domestic assault charges were eventually dropped.

Timothy Siaki’s lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court seeks unspecified damages and a finding that Adams County officials violated the Americans With Disabilities Act over his May 14, 2010, arrest and detention.

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Kuwait cabinet resigns amid political crisis

Kuwait's cabinet has resigned after protesters and opposition deputies demanded that the prime minister step down over allegations of corruption, state-run television has reported.

"The prime minister [Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah] has submitted his resignation to the emir," Kuwait TV said, without specifying whether it had been accepted.

Earlier, opposition member Khaled al-Sultan said the cabinets's resignation was accepted amid a bitter political dispute between the prime minister and opposition MPs.

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Gay prostitution ring, housing collapse, Barney Frank to retire

Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay serving member of Congress and a powerful Democrat whose name is attached to the sweeping Wall Street reform bill, will announce today he doesn’t plan to seek reelection.

Frank became the first openly gay member of Congress six years after he first took office, coming out in 1987 and breaking an important barrier in American politics.

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Senate moves to allow military to intern Americans without trial in 'battlefield'

Under the ‘worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial’ provision of S.1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill [2], which is set to be up for a vote on the Senate floor Monday, the legislation will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports the bill.

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Senate bill gives president power to use military to arrest and imprison American citizens without charge

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president — and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

5-year-old handcuffed, charged with battery on officer

Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.

Michael Davis is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. His mother says it has led to fights at school. But when the school district said it had a plan to change Michael's behavior, his mother says things went wrong.

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US will not tolerate delay in crushing protests; to install new king

According to a report published by Islam Times, Washington has urged King Hamad to restore peace and stability to the country by end of 2011 even at the price of his resignation.

The report also says that Washington wants to replace King Hamad with a Sunni ruler upon agreement with Saudi Arabia.

It also said that the US has announced it will not tolerate Manama's delay in crushing nationwide anti-government protests.

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US warship moves to Syrian coast as tensions mount

The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush has moved to the Syrian coast amidst reports that a no fly zone is about to be imposed over the country as the U.S. Embassy in Damascus orders its citizens to leave “immediately,” while France has proposed a formal NATO military intervention.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ethiopia invades Somalia, Round 2

In an echo of 2006, Ethiopian troops are once again pouring across their eastern border into Somalia. This is round two of the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, and this time they’ve gone in to clean up the mess they made the first time round. Although the Ethiopian government haven’t confirmed their participation, multiple news agencies are reporting that eyewitnesses have seen 20 or 30 Ethiopian trucks filled with troops in and around the Somali town of Guriel. It’s unclear in what context Ethiopia is framing this incursion, and how significant their contribution will be, but the target is obvious: Ethiopia has joined Kenya and the African Union in the fight against Al Shabaab.

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U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria "immediately"

The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.

"The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available," said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday and posted on the Embassy's website. "The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer, while many of those airlines remaining have reduced their number of flights."

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Key social conservatives secretly meet to stop Romney in Iowa

Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.

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Ahmadinejad: Iran does not want a nuclear bomb

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Iran did not care about the renewed financial sanctions imposed by the West over Iran's nuclear program.

Iran "will not withdraw one iota from its (nuclear) rights," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the city of Pakdasht, south of the capital Tehran.

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12 former officials indicted for voter fraud

12 former Brooks County officials were indicted for voter fraud. The suspects are accused of illegally helping people vote by absentee ballot.

The defendants include some workers in the voter registrar's office and some school board members. They are Angela Bryant, April Proctor, Brenda Monds, Debra Denard, Lula Smart, Kechia Harrison, Robert Denard, Sandra Cody, Elizabeth Thomas, Linda Troutman, Latashia Head, and Nancy Denard.

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Historian shouts down congressman at hearing, 'I pay your salary'

Homeland Security: No 'malicious activity' linked to water pump

Curran-Gardner water district officials are happy that federal officials have ruled out a cyber attack as the cause of a water pump failure at the district.

“The whole thing was a general pain,” Don Craven, a trustee of the Curran-Gardner Township Public Water District, said Tuesday.

“First, they tell us that it’s the first instance of cyber hacking in the entire world, and everyone goes nuts. Now, all of a sudden, they tell us it’s not.”

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Flashback: Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says

"Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report. Experts said the cyber-attack, if confirmed, would be the first known to have damaged one of the systems that supply Americans with water, electricity and other essentials of modern life."

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online

A fresh tranche of private emails exchanged between leading climate scientists throughout the last decade was released online on Tuesday. The unauthorised publication is an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit in late 2009.

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Breaking: Department of Homeland Security issues turkey fryer warning

"How dangerous can turkey fryers be?" asks a warning issued on the official DHS Twitter account. "Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing in a fryer, or this may happen."

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Video: Obama heckled by protesters in New Hampshire

Video: Russian news anchor gives Obama 'the finger'

Rick Perry promises to end civilian-controlled military

Perry took his radical new vision for America to a new level last night at the Iowa FAMiLY Leader presidential forum. Going against the Constitution, centuries of American history, and the wishes of our nation’s founders, Perry claimed that the United States military should not be “micromanaged” by civilians and needed military commanders to be “truly in charge”:

PERRY: There is a time and a place for us to intervene, and intervene militarily. But when we intervene militarily, we best make the decision on how we are going to win and how we are going to win convincingly and quickly, send those young men and women with the equipment to win. Don’t let some congressman sitting in an air-conditioned office in Washington DC deciding what the rules of engagement are. … And for us to micromanage them, in a civilian way, without their commanders truly in charge, is absolutely irresponsible and as commander-in-chief of this country I will not let it happen.

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Surveillance company says it sent fake iTunes, flash updates

Gamma International UK Ltd. touts its ability to send a “fake iTunes update” that can infect computers with surveillance software, according to one of the company’s marketing videos.

The Wall Street Journal unveiled on Saturday the “Surveillance Catalog” - an online database containing highlights from surveillance industry marketing documents. The documents show dozens of companies making and selling everything from “massive intercept” gear that can gather all Internet communications in a country to “hacking” tools that allow governments to break into people’s computers.

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Alleged cyber attack on U.S. water plant is propaganda to curb internet freedom

The Washington Post is reporting that recent damage to an Illinois water treatment plant was a cyber attack by foreign hackers, “Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report.”

The narrative of the attack is that a Russian-based hacker created minor “glitches” in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) which, according to Krebs on Security, is “designed to monitor and control complex industrial networks.” Apparently, it caused the system to turn on and off, resulting in the burnout of a water pump.

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17 quotes about the coming global financial collapse that will make your hair stand up

#1 Credit Suisse's Fixed Income Research unit: "We seem to have entered the last days of the euro as we currently know it. That doesn’t make a break-up very likely, but it does mean some extraordinary things will almost certainly need to happen - probably by mid-January - to prevent the progressive closure of all the euro zone sovereign bond markets, potentially accompanied by escalating runs on even the strongest banks."

#2 Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup: "Time is running out fast. I think we have maybe a few months -- it could be weeks, it could be days -- before there is a material risk of a fundamentally unnecessary default by a country like Spain or Italy which would be a financial catastrophe dragging the European banking system and North America with it."

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U.S. nonchalant over capture, execution of spies

More than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught, and US officials fear they have been or will be executed, ABC News reported.

“Espionage is a risky business,” a US official briefed on the developments told ABC.

“If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don’t think we’ll ever see them again,” former CIA officer Robert Baer told ABC.

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Occupy Wall Street hires former Obama czar Van Jones

President Barack Obama's former “Green Czar,” Van Jones, who describes himself as a “rowdy black nationalist” turned communist has found a job as the official spokesperson and leader of the national movement to end economic segregation and social injustice in the United States.

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Bernanke to unleash QE3 in 2012

Third quarter GDP growth was downwardly revised to 2%, from 2.5% by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding another weight to the monetary policy scale that seems to be definitely tilting toward the side of more policy accommodation. Economists are not debating if but when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will engage in the next round of asset purchases, or QE3, which, according to Nomura, will come in mid-2012.

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Former fundraiser for Obama and Blagojevich sentenced for corruption

Tony Rezko, former fundraiser and friend of President Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison Tuesday for corruption.

Rezko, 56, has already served about 44 months of the 126 month sentence on his 2008 conviction for corruption — including fraud, money laundering and attempting to get $7 million in kickbacks from companies seeking to win deals during Blagojevich’s tenure as Illinois governor — the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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Obama pardons 5, drug dealers

Eugenia Marie Jennings of Alton, Ill. Jennings was convicted in 2001 for distributing cocaine.

Lesley Claywood Berry Jr. of Loretto, Ky., sentenced in 1988 to three years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Dennis George Bulin of Wesley Chapel, Fla., sentenced in 1987 to five years of probation and a $20,000 fine for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

Ricky Dale Collett of Annville, Ky., sentenced in 2002 to one year of probation for aiding and abetting in the manufacture of 61 marijuana plants.

Thomas Paul Ledford of Jonesborough, Tenn., sentenced in 1995 to one year of probation for conducting and directing an illegal gambling business.

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Ancient 'takeout' window discovered, 5,200 years old

Some 5,200 years ago, in the mountains of western Iran, people may have used takeout windows to get food and weapons, newly presented research suggests.

But rather than the greasy hamburgers and fries, it appears the inhabitants of the site ordered up goat, grain and even bullets, among other items.

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Tehran: U.S. has enough nukes to destroy the planet several times

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has said that the United States possesses thousands of nuclear warheads, which is enough to destroy the Earth several times.

Vahidi made the remarks in Tehran on Tuesday during the first ceremony commemorating deminer martyrs, which was attended by the deputy commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, a group of commanders and officials of mine clearance operations, and family members of deminer martyrs.

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Theresa May: Sex offenders including pedophiles should be allowed to adopt

In an article in the respected Child and Family Law Quarterly, Miss Reece suggested that reoffending rates were not high among sex criminals, adding: “despite growing public concern over paedophilia, the numbers of child sex murders are very low.”

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Video: Navy sailor goes on car-smashing rampage

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Ex-Solyndra staff to get $13,000 each from taxpayers

The Labor Department today announced that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance for the former employees of the bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.

That means all of the firm’s 1,100 ex-employees are eligible for federal aid packages, including job retraining and income assistance. The department has valued packages at about $13,000 a head.

Taxpayers will have to cough up yet another $14.3 million as a result of Solyndra’s bankruptcy. They are already on the hook for $528 million in federal loan guarantees to the company that are unlikely to ever be paid back.

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Occupy L.A. receives offer to decamp, 10,000-square-foot office space for $1-a-year

Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.

The details of the proposal were revealed Monday during the demonstration's nightly general assembly meeting by Jim Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who has been advocating on behalf of the protest since it began seven weeks ago.

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Egypt's secret police renames itself "Homeland Security"

Egypt’s infamous state security apparatus, notorious for spying on political activists and torturing dissidents, has renamed itself “homeland security,” presumably in homage to its American namesake, which has also been used as a tool of political repression.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Video: NASCAR crowd boos Michelle Obama

Cops summoned to Florida school after girl kisses boy in class

A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched last week to a Florida elementary school after a girl kissed a boy during a physical education class.

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Parents taking care of special needs children forced to join SEIU


Forced To Join a Union: SEIU Getting Money From Michigan Medicaid Checks: MyFoxDETROIT.com

Sunday, November 20, 2011

EU: Two-year jail sentence if you claim water dehydrates

EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.

Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.

“The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Jon Stewart: Why doesn't Ron Paul get his shot as media frontrunner?

Thursday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a look at Newt Gingrich‘s recent jump in the polls (at 32 percent versus Mitt Romney‘s 19 percent and Herman Cain‘s 13 percent, in fact, according to the latest Rasmussen poll) and wondered how the media could have divorced itself from Gingrich when his campaign was on its metaphorical death bed.

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51 congressmen to Eric Holder: You must resign immediately

The surge in congressional calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s immediate resignation has reached a new milestone: More than 50 members of Congress are now demanding Holder step down in the wake of Operation Fast and Furious.

The number of congressmen calling for Holder’s immediate resignation is now 51. New additions to that list include Republican Reps. Todd Akin and Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina.

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Man arrested for assaulting his mother with a ham

A Tennessee man is facing a domestic assault charge after he allegedly struck his mother with a ham during an argument Tuesday afternoon in their home.

Emanuel Cordell Kennedy, 37, was collared after his mother told cops that she was hit in the back with the thrown ham as she was walking down the hall, according to a Union City Police Department report excerpted here.

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Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI 'entrapment' questioned

David Williams did not have an easy life. He moved to Newburgh, a gritty, impoverished town on the banks of the Hudson an hour or so north of New York, at just 10 years old. For a young, black American boy with a father in jail, trouble was everywhere.

Williams also made bad choices. He ended up going to jail for dealing drugs. When he came out in 2007 he tried to go straight, but money was tight and his brother, Lord, needed cash for a liver transplant. Life is hard in Newburgh if you are poor, have a drug rap and need cash quickly.

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Russian warships enter Syrian waters to prevent NATO attack

Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would resist any foreign intervention in the country's civil unrest.

Also on Friday, a Syrian official said Damascus has agreed "in principle" to allow an Arab League observer mission into the country.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

O'Reilly whines, blames Ron Paul supporters for 'sliming the book'

O’Reilly told viewers there was some “far-left involvement” but said the real culprit were Ron Paul’s supporters and he assured viewers the matter was being handled.

“There’s some far left involvement, but the primary people dishonestly sliming the book are Ron Paul supporters,” O’Reilly said. “Amazon and Congressman Paul are aware of the situation, and I want to thank all of you who have actually read ‘Killing Lincoln’ and posted positive reviews about that. That’s how we fight the dishonesty, you know? That’s how you always fight dishonesty — with honesty.”

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Ron Paul surges in two new polls, yet major media ignore this

In my continuing effort to give Ron Paul the attention he deserves, which many in the media do not, I commend to readers' attention two new Bloomberg polls.

In the Bloomberg Iowa poll, Paul is essentially tied for first place. In the Bloomberg New Hampshire poll, Paul is now a serious contender for second place behind Romney.

By contrast, the collapsed campaign of Rick Perry, who receives far more media attention than Ron Paul does, is scraping the bottom in the two new Bloomberg polls.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Obama insured against crocodile attack

When President Barack Obama visits Australia's Northern Territory Thursday, he will be presented with insurance coverage against attack — crocodile attack.

The territory's chief minister, Paul Henderson, said he will give Obama the unusual policy when the president arrives in the remote tropical city of Darwin.

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'Pin-Ups for Ron Paul' 2012 calendar released as Texas congressman makes bid for the White House

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul wants to strip the federal government of several bloated agencies. Now, some of the Texas libertarian's female fans want to strip to help get their man in the White House.

The 2012 "Pin-Ups for Ron Paul" calendar features a dozen scantily-clad Paul supporters in costumes ranging from Santa's helper to Lady Liberty.


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Report: Ron Paul second in NH primary poll

The surprise of the poll, however, is the second place position for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who has traditionally trended between 5 and 10 percent in most New Hampshire polls. In the poll, Paul has vaulted into second place, with 17 percent of likely voters.

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CBS ignored Ron Paul at debate, now shoves competitor to get a shot

Today during Rep. Paul’s appearance at a Cato Institute conference, one CBS cameraman was so determined to get a shot of the GOP candidate that he shoved Daily Caller videographer Direna Cousins. Paul stopped his interview to tell the CBS reporter to stop behaving so aggressively.

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Sarah Palin: 'Keep educating us' Ron Paul

Holes in Iran nuke report

Much of the US media, with instigation from hawkish voices in Israel, France, the UK and the US, has been whipped into an anti-Iran frenzy over the last week surrounding the release of a much-ballyhooed report from the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The report, which expresses the Director General’s “serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programmeme,” has been dismissed by Iranian leaders as politically biased in favour of the US Administration, and lacking in any direct evidence of a weapons programme. In a sentence now removed from the web version of the article in which it appeared the New York Times’ Robert Worth described the Iranian response thus:

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Herman Cain: It's not 'practical' to attack Iran because it has mountains

Herman Cain has had a bad week when it comes to foreign policy — or rather, a bad entire campaign. But one of Cain’s most embarrassing foreign policy moments came this week after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked him if he agreed with President Obama on Libya. The former pizza boss meandered through a five minute long answer that didn’t really produce anything resembling coherence. He then told the Sentinel in a separate encounter, “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.”

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Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s green company scored $1.4 billion taxpayer bailout

President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official.

It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out.

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Video: Hillary Clinton's convoy covered in paint in Philippines

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been targeted by anti-US protesters during a visit to the Philippines.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sen. Feinstein loaded up on biotech stock just before company received $24 million government grant

In the new blockbuster tell-all Throw Them All Out, investigative reporter and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer reveals that on November 18, 2009, Sen. Feinstein and her husband invested $1 million into Amyris Biotechnologies, a “green” company focused on plant-based renewable fuels and chemicals. The Feinsteins’ million-dollar investment was their only stock transaction for the entire year.

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Russians are leaving the country in droves

Roughly 1.25 million Russians have left the country in the last 10 years, Sergei Stepashin, head of the national Audit Chamber, told the radio station Echo of Moscow. The chamber tracks migration through tax revenues.

He said the exodus is so large, it's comparable in numbers to the outrush in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Peres: Israeli right-wing bills are 'digression from democracy'

President Shimon Peres on Tuesday harshly criticized a series of controversial bills recently proposed by right-wing lawmakers, saying they indicate a digression from democracy.

Peres spoke about the recent bills proposed to change the face of Israel's Supreme Court, which critics say would restrict freedom of expression and weaken the judicial system.

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Iran: 'Israel will be obliterated before it deploys forces along Iran's borders'

Iranian MP Asadollah Badamchian said on Monday that the Zionist regime will be obliterated before fully deploying its forces along Iran’s borders.

“Before they (the Zionists) deploy their forces along Iran’s borders, the Zionist regime will definitely be wiped out. And Iran’s artillery alone will make the U.S. division retreat,” he stated.

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Latest poll puts Ron Paul in first-place tie

Less than two months before the Iowa caucuses occur — the next monumental step in the course of events leading up to the Republican Party makes their nomination for the presidency — Texas Congressman Ron Paul has taken the lead in the latest poll.

According to the results of the latest poll from Bloomberg News, Paul is neck-and-neck with pizzaman Herman Cain, with the two candidates coming in with 19 percent and 20 percent of the vote, respectively, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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Rahm Emanuel: No, those e-mails don't jog my memory about Solyndra

In case you missed it (and it was designed to miss), the White House on Friday released e-mails that suggested former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was approving of the $535 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra and personally pushed for the president to appear at the solar panel factory in May 2010.

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Ron Paul takes San Diego Straw Poll in Mitt Romney's home turf

Texas congressman, Dr. Ron Paul won with a purpose and a crowd Monday night in the San Diego Straw Poll.

Mike Benoit, 60, a congressional candidate and organizer of the Ron Paul meet-up said Ron Paul won San Diego's straw poll above the other Republican candidates on Mitt Romney's home turf.

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Video: Union pays #Occupy Protesters

California city using plane to spy on citizens

The plane will fly 10 hours a day, from altitudes of 1,000 to 3,000 feet as its pilot watches for robberies, drug deals, car accidents and other incidents. The footage will be sent in real time to the local Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station.

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US school board sells ad space on report cards

Faced with stinging budget cuts, a county school board in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado is selling advertising space on report cards to help make ends meet.

Jefferson County Public Schools expects to make $90,000 over three years from Collegeinvest, a college savings plan, for the two-inch (five-centimeter) ads on report cards issued by its 91 elementary schools.

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Ron Paul 1 point behind Herman Cain in latest Iowa poll

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is nearly at the top of the GOP pack in the latest poll of Iowa Republicans. In a Bloomberg News poll, Paul garnered 19 percent of the votes to finish in second place. Paul is 1 percentage point behind pizza magnate Herman Cain.

Cain earned 20 percent of the votes to take first place. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took third place with 18 percent of the votes and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich grabbed fourth place with 17 percent of the votes.

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New poll shows 4-way tie in Iowa as Ron Paul moves to top tier

The Iowa caucuses are just seven weeks away, but Republican voters in the nation's first presidential nominating state seem as torn as ever over the GOP field.

A new Bloomberg poll of likely caucus participants shows a four-way tie in Iowa, with Rep. Ron Paul joining Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain in the top tier of candidates. Underscoring the uncertainty in the race, 60 percent of respondents said they could be persuaded to back someone other than their first choice for the nomination.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ron Paul's beef with CBS News gathers support

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has a beef against CBS News for failing to give him adequate coverage at the CBS News/National Journal debate on Saturday, November 12. According to Ron Paul National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton, Paul received 90 seconds of talk time. “CBS’s treatment of Congressman Paul is disgraceful, especially given that [Saturday's] debate centered on foreign policy and national security,” Benton said in a press release.

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Mathematical proof of dramatic media bias and favoritism during the Republican debates

It should be evident to anyone with half a brain that the recent Republican presidential debates have been incredibly slanted in favor of certain candidates. The candidates that the mainstream media favor are receiving far more talking time than the other candidates during the debates. It is hard to defend the legitimacy of our political system after watching what a farce the race for the Republican nomination has become. First, the major news networks dedicate thousands of hours of "programming" to telling us that candidates such as Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are "top tier" and that nobody else has a legitimate chance. Then, once the poll numbers are skewed by that relentless coverage, they use those polls to justify giving the "favored candidates" more questions during the debates. The funny thing is that even if support for a favored candidate drops off dramatically (such as with Rick Perry), that candidate will still be given extra time during the debates. What you are about to see is mathematical proof of dramatic media bias and favoritism during the Republican debates. After reading this information, it will be hard to keep believing that our political system is fair.

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Ron Paul gets 89 seconds to speak in CBS debate

Congressman Ron Paul was a victim of what later transpired to be a deliberate policy on behalf of CBS News to restrict the air time of certain candidates during last night’s Republican debate, after he was afforded just 90 seconds of speaking time during the course of the event in South Carolina last night.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Citizen journalist violently assaulted at Occupy San Diego

On Nov. 8, 2011, in San Diego a woman trying to learn more about the occupy movement is attack by homeless Occupiers, because they thought they had a right to privacy in a public place and objected to being videotaped while occupying public side walks in San Diego. There were two reporters at this sight that were also threaten by occupiers, that left the area in fear.

 

Video: Republican Joe Walsh goes off on constituent over a question, blames it on empty stomach

Raising his voice and seemingly getting very irritated in the video, Walsh said he's "pissed off" and shouting that he was "tired of hearing that crap." "I agree with you about that! That's not the problem! The problem is, you gotta be consistent, and I don't want government meddling in the marketplace. It's not the private marketplace that created this mess," said Walsh.

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Poll: Ron Paul has best chance to defeat Obama

A nonscientific KING5.com - NWCN.com poll finds 40 percent of people think Ron Paul has the best chance among the remaining Republican presidential candidates to defeat Pres. Barack Obama next year.

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Ron Paul still top tier, some ponder a third-party bid

Despite an utter lack of fair coverage in the mainstream media, Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul continues to hold his own in the race for the GOP primary. In fact, Paul may be doing even better than some are aware. According to a survey conducted by Real Clear Politics, Ron Paul is the only other GOP presidential contender besides frontrunner Mitt Romney to have a chance at defeating President Obama in a 2012 presidential race.

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UK Foreign Office: Israel expected to attack Iran next month

Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities as soon as next month, according to a British Foreign Office official quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper, raising the prospect of a new crisis in the region before Christmas.

Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities as soon as next month, according to a British Foreign Office official quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper, raising the prospect of a new crisis in the region before Christmas.

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Pulitzer-winning political journalist caught trashing Christie

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CNBC: Gamed Poll...So We Took it Down

We had a poll up from our Republican Presidential Debate asking readers who they thought won. One candidate was leading by such a margin that it became obvious the polling wasn't so much a reading of our audience, but of the Internet prowess of this particular candidate's political organization. We have therefore taken the poll down.

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Radio host destroys Mitt Romney, changes his support to Ron Paul

10 banned books that may surprise you

The dictionary has been banned from libraries because it includes sexual definitions.

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Ron Paul: Obama 'brings the modern presidency dangerously close to an elective dictatorship'

Texas Rep. Ron Paul went on Power and Moneylate Tuesday night and discussed a wide range of topics with host David Asman, including a clarification on his comments from Nov. 7 where he said President Obama‘s use of Executive Orders to enact parts of his jobs bill in a piecemeal manner, “brings the modern presidency dangerously close to an elective dictatorship.”

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Critics say e-mails contradict White House on Solyndra

Congressional Republicans investigating the collapse of solar energy firm Solyndra said Wednesday they have documents contradicting an administration claim that the case was not discussed at White House meetings involving a key investor and fundraiser for President Barack Obama.

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California legislators head to Maui for retreat funded by special interests

With temperatures dropping in Sacramento, some state lawmakers are migrating to the sunny beaches of Hawaii this week for a conference at a luxury resort, subsidized and attended by special interests that lobby the Legislature.

About 15 lawmakers are scheduled to attend the annual gathering in Maui, where they will stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on the tab of the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit policy group largely funded by business and labor interests.

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Barclays says Italy is finished: "Mathematically beyond point of no return"

Euphoria may have returned briefly courtesy of yet another promise for a resignation that will likely not be effectuated for weeks or months, if at all, and already someone has done the math on what the events in the past several days reveal for Italy. That someone is Barcalys, the math is not pretty, and the conclusion is that "Italy is now mathematically beyond point of no return."

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Ron Paul Second Only To Romney In Obama Match Up

Congressman Ron Paul has once again been proven a top tier presidential candidate in a new aggregate survey combining poll results from over twelve different mainstream sources.

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Elderly man kidnapped, raped near Socorro park

Socorro police and the FBI are looking for four men who police say attacked and raped an elderly man who was out on his early-morning walk.

Investigators said the 70-year-old was walking Thursday around 6 a.m. at Valle del Sol Park on Valle Rico Road and Valle Fertil when they said four black men got out of a late-'90s Ford or Chevrolet van or minivan and demanded the Mexican-American man to give them money. When he said, "No," they allegedly grabbed him, threw him in the van and raped him.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Ron Paul wins Illinois Straw Poll

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) easily won the Illinois Straw Poll Saturday as the state’s Republicans showed their preference for their party’s presidential nomination to oppose President Barack Obama.

The Illinois Straw Poll was originally the idea of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park). Kirk originally announced the plan Feb. 6 in an effort to give Illinois Republicans a greater voice in the presidential nominating process.

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Ron Paul has no plans for third-party bid

Texas Rep. Ron Paul issued a trademark blunt response Sunday when asked if he might launch a third-party presidential bid in the event he fails to win the Republican presidential nomination.

"I have no intention (of) doing that. That doesn't make sense to me to even think about it, let alone plan to do that," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday."

When prodded further, Paul added it won't happen "because I don't want to do it."

Some Republicans worry an independent bid by Paul would split the conservative vote to ensure the re-election next year of Democratic President Barack Obama.

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Video: Occupy DC pushes grandma down stairs

Zoo to split up 'gay' Canadian penguins

Zookeepers in Toronto, while “fascinated” by male African penguins who appear to be a couple, even displaying signs of mating rituals, plan on splitting up the pair for the sake of captive breeding.

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Strapped county sacks Santa to save $660

The county executive said he could not justify carving out $660 from his $2.7 billion budget to pay David McKell, 83, a World War II veteran and former homicide detective, to don his Santa suit for the tenth year running and greet children on Long Island.

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AIPAC's "War With Iran" Bill Passes House Committee

Wasting no time after its success in getting the administration to oppose Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, and still celebrating the UNESCO funding cut-off, AIPAC has returned to its #1 priority: pushing for war with Iran.

The Israelis have, of course, played their own part in the big show. In the last few weeks, it has been sending out signals that it is getting ready to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities (and embroil the United States in its most calamitous Middle East war yet).

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Israel, U.S. to embark on largest joint exercise in allies' history

Israel and the U.S. will embark on the "largest" and "most significant" joint exercise in the allies' history, said Andrew Shapiro, U.S. assistant secretary for political-military affairs, on Saturday.

Speaking to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Shapiro said the exercise will involve more than 5,000 U.S. and Israeli forces, and will simulate Israel's ballistic missile defense.

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Revealed: Obama was playing golf until 20 minutes before Navy SEALs began mission to take out bin Laden

In the official photograph, he looked every inch the commander in chief.

Strain etched on his face, Barack Obama watched as the raid to kill Osama bin Laden played out on a television in front of him.

According to a new book, however, the President was not nearly that engaged - and was actually playing golf until 20 minutes before the operation began in earnest.

Only then did he down his clubs and return to the White House to watch what he later trumpeted as a great success of his presidency.

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Rahm Emanuel doubles and triples fines and fees

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said his plan to raise taxes, fines and fees by $220 million in 2012 includes higher fines for a laundry list of offenses, but he has yet to air that laundry list.

If your car is impounded for carrying drugs, driving drunk, soliciting a prostitute or carrying a firearm registered to someone other than the driver, the penalty will double — to $2,000. But, if the violations occur within 500 feet of a park or school, the fine will triple — to $3,000.

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Video: Cameraman shot for filming cops in Okland

Filming the police is dangerous to your health. In many parts of the country it can result in arrest and imprisonment.

In Oakland, California, it can result in being shot with a “non-lethal” weapon, as the man in the video below discovered. He wasn’t violent of threatening the cops. His crime appears to be that he dared film riot cops without their permission. He was considered the enemy because he was with Occupy protesters.

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Former Mossad Chief Halevy: Iran attack 'will impact region for 100 years'

Ynet reports (fuller Hebrew version) that Ephraim Halevy, a former Mossad director, said yesterday that Iran poses no “existential threat” to Israel and that attacking it must truly be a last resort. Anyone considering such a strike must realize that it would impact not just Israel, but the entire region for the next 100 years. If this was all Halevy said it would be important, but mere reinforcement of views already expressed forcefully by Meir Dagan, the most recent past Mossad chief. What renders the former’s views even more interesting is that he identifies what he considers an even greater existential threat to Israel: the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox):

Haredi radicalism has darkened our lives. It endangers us even more than Ahmadinejad.

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Russia issues stark warning against attack on Iran

Russia's foreign minister warned on Monday that any military strike against Iran would be a grave mistake with unpredictable consequences, ahead of a report expected to be released this week by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency showing that Tehran has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon.

According to intelligence provided to the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, Iran appears to have received crucial technical assistance from foreign experts, the Washington Post reported, citing Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings by the IAEA.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Thirty top companies paid no federal income tax between 2008 and 2010

Thirty companies including General Electric Co., Verizon Communications and Boeing Co., didn’t pay federal income tax between 2008 and 2010 though they earned a combined $160.3 billion in pretax U.S. profits in that period, according to a report released today.

The data compiled by Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington-based interest group backed by labor unions, expands on a study released in June that focused on 12 companies. The new report analyzes the taxes paid by 280 Fortune 500 companies that were profitable between 2008 and 2010.

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Utah man poses as illegal immigrant to avoid long prison term

An American citizen from Utah man who preferred deportation to jail pretended to be an illegal immigrant when he was charged with a drug offense, according to law-enforcement officials.

Jaime Alvarado, 27, of Salt Lake City, was deported to Mexico under an assumed name and identity rather than being sentenced to jail, but now his lie may be catching up with him.

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Michael Moore confronted over $50 Million fortune

2.3 million illegal aliens paid no taxes but collected $4 Billion from taxpayers

Most Americans are unaware that about $700 Billion a year of federal taxpayers' money is handed out to non-taxpayers allegedly below a poverty line (in addition to $250 Billion a year given out by the states). After Barack Obama became President, he increased federal welfare spending by a third because, as he promised during his campaign, he wants to "spread the wealth," knowing that promotes dependence on government and votes for the Democrats.

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Neoconservative Perry would back Israel strike on Iran nuclear sites

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said on Thursday that as president he would support an Israeli air strike on Iran if there is proof Tehran is moving closer to having a nuclear weapon.

"Obviously, we are going to support Israel. And I've said that we will support Israel in every way that we can, whether it's diplomatic, whether it's economic sanctions, whether it's overt or covert operations, up to and including military action," the Texas governor said in an interview on CNN.

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State Department using taxpayer money training Islamic political parties in Egypt

U.S. assistance to Egypt is helping political parties of all ideologies prepare for the upcoming elections -- even Islamic parties that may have anti-Western agendas.

"We don't do party support. What we do is party training.... And we do it to whoever comes,"William Taylor, the State Department's director of its new office for Middle East Transitions, said in a briefing with reporters today. "Sometimes, Islamist parties show up, sometimes they don't. But it has been provided on a nonpartisan basis, not to individual parties."

The programs, contracted through the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), include helping political parties in Egypt conduct polling, provide constituent services, and prepare for election season. NDI's chairwoman is former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. IRI's chairman is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

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Denver collects fines on drivers who stop at red lights

The city of Denver is bringing in thousands of dollars in fines every year by ticketing people who stop at red lights. They are ticketed because their tire goes over the white line that marks where the vehicle should stop.

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Navy veterans could be evicted for hanging flag

Edward Zivica, a 70-year-old who served in the Navy in the 1960s, faces a hard choice come Veterans Day next week: He can obey the rules and remain in his apartment complex, or he can follow his tradition of hanging the American flag outside his place.

The managers at his subsidized housing project here have given him notice he'll be evicted if he again violates the rules against putting anything on the exterior walls.

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World's most powerful laser to tear apart the vacuum of space

Due to follow in the footsteps of the Large Hadron Collider, the latest "big science" experiment being proposed by physicists will see the world's most powerful laser being constructed.

Capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it would be equivalent to the power received by the Earth from the sun focused onto a speck smaller than a tip of a pin, scientists claim it could allow them boil the very fabric of space - the vacuum.

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Khamenei says Iran has evidence of US terror attacks

As concerns mount about Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says he has evidence proving the US is behind 'terrorist acts' in his country and elsewhere in the Middle East. A report next week is expected to provide fresh evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

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War with Iran has already begun - in secret

The covert war on Iran's nuclear programme was launched in earnest by George Bush in 2007. It is a fair assumption that the western powers had been trying their best to spy on the Islamic Republic since the 1979 Iranian revolution, but the 2007 "presidential finding" put those efforts on a new footing.

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Members of Congress increased personal wealth by 25%in two years

The rich in Congress have continued to get richer, according to a new analysis of lawmakers’ net worth by Roll Call.

Three years ago, the collective net worth all representatives and senators was $1.65 billion. By 2010, this amount had increased to more than $2 billion, representing nearly a 25% bump.

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SWAT team kills Marine veteran at home

A widow says a regional SWAT team killed her husband, a Marine veteran, in a botched raid not even aimed at him, riddling their house with 72 bullets while she and their 4-year-old son were in it.

Vanessa Guerena says police refused to allow paramedics to help her husband, 26-year-old Jose Guerena, after the SWAT team shot him repeatedly while serving a search warrant on May 5.

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Iran 'is ready for war': Tehran vows to retaliate if Israel and the West attack nuclear plants

Iran ratcheted up tensions in the Middle East yesterday when its foreign minister declared the country was ‘ready for war’ with Israel and the West.

In inflammatory remarks certain to fuel uncertainty in the volatile region, Ali Akbar Salehi warned that Tehran would ‘not hesitate’ to retaliate if attacked.

His posturing came as Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Israel’s defence minister not to fan the flames during top-level talks in London.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sheriff: Time for citizens to arm themselves

The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend.

Investigators said 46-year-old Walter Lance grabbed a woman who was walking her dog in Milliken Park on Sunday afternoon. They said Lance choked the woman, made her take off her clothing and tried to rape her.

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UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern over Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned.

The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government.

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Video: Surveillance video shows violent machete attack


Surveillance Video Shows Violent Machete Attack at Carry-Out Restaurant: MyFoxDC.com

Expert warns of cyber world war

A leading internet security expert has warned that a cyber terrorist attack with "catastrophic consequences" looked increasingly likely in a world already in a state of near cyber war.

Eugene Kaspersky is not given to easy hyperbole. But the Russian maths genius who founded an internet security empire with a global reach, clutched at his thick mop of hair with both hands.

"I don't want to speak about it. I don't even want to think about it," he said.

"But we are close, very close, to cyber terrorism. Perhaps already the criminals have sold their skills to the terrorists - and then...oh, God."

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Homeland Security takes over 1.2 million hotel TV sets, recruiting guests to spy

Starting today, the welcome screens on 1.2 million hotel television sets in Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and other hotels in the USA will show a short public service announcement from DHS. The 15-second spot encourages viewers to be vigilant and call law enforcement if they witness something suspicious during their travels.

During the PSA, which starts with a woman exiting a yellow taxi in front of a train station, a narrator says, "Maybe you see something suspicious. Can you be sure? If you see something, say something to authorities."

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Democrats to propose global transaction tax

Two U.S. lawmakers will introduce measures to impose a transaction tax on financial firms that resembles a proposal released by the European Union.

Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, and Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, will introduce the bills tomorrow in their respective chambers. The bills will give the United States an increased role in the international debate over a transaction tax, which is likely to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit this week in Cannes, France.

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Despite rules change, Congress' travel increased by 75%, the most expensive year of travel since 2007

Four years after Congress imposed restrictions on travel funded by outside groups, federal lawmakers are frequent fliers again, taking 415 privately funded trips between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 - a nearly 75% jump in the number of trips they took during the same period in 2010, records show.

The value of the trips exceeds $3.1 million, making it the most expensive year of travel since Congress enacted ethics rules in 2007 aimed at clamping down on lobbyist-funded trips, according to a USA TODAY review of congressional travel records compiled by the non-partisan CQ MoneyLine.

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Israel considers preemptive attack on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, according to government sources.

The country's defence minister Ehud Barak and the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralise Iran's nuclear ambitions.

But a narrow majority of ministers currently oppose the move, which could trigger a wave of regional retaliation.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain voted for Democrat Bill Clinton

A new report claims that Republican presidential contender Herman Cain voted for Democrat Bill Clinton for president in his first run, as well as for two Nebraska Democratic candidates in the past.

In a story on the Nebraska Watchdog website, Joe Jordan writes that Mr. Cain supported Mr.Clinton during his 1992 presidential bid, 17 months before he squared off with Mr. Clinton over his push to overhaul the national health care system.

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Israel warns West: Window of opportunity to thwart Iran nuclear program is closing

Israeli ambassadors in Western countries have been instructed to inform high-ranking politicians that the window of opportunity for imposing effective sanctions on Iran is closing, as part of a renewed diplomatic offensive aimed at using new sanctions to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.

The Foreign Ministry campaign, which began in mid-September, seeks to convince the United States, European Union member states and other Western countries to impose the sanctions immediately because Iran is continuing to develop its nuclear program.

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Pelosi: Shut down SC Boeing facility

“Do you think it’s right that Boeing has to close down that plant in South Carolina because it’s non-union?” CNBC host Maria Bartiromo asked the Democratic leader during a recent interview.

“Um, yes,” Pelosi answers.

“I don’t know that they (should) close it down, I would hope that they would make it union,” Pelosi quickly added.

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Obama signs exec order: 'We can't wait' for Congress

US fears uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran

Fearing an uncoordinated Israeli attack against Iran, the United States is working on several levels to pressure the UN's Security Council into imposing harsher sanctions on Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

A senior US State Department official said there was growing concern among Obama administration officials ahead of an IAEA report set to be published in November indicating considerable progress in Tehran's development of its military nuclear program.

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