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  • Police: Man loses drug money, asks police for excuse note for drug cartel

    12/05/2012 8:16:29 AM PST · by jakerobins · 16 replies
    TUCSON, Ariz. — A North Carolina man claims he misplaced $20,000 in drug money and asked authorities to write him an excuse note so a Tucson cartel wouldn't kill him. The Arizona Daily Star says 30-year-old Demarco Alonzo Thomas has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering. According to documents from the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department, Thomas thought it might help smooth things over if he could show cartel members a phony receipt from authorities stating they had seized the money.
  • Officials: Serbia's NATO ambassador leaps to death

    12/05/2012 6:29:11 AM PST · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) ^ | 12-5-2012 | SLOBODAN LEKIC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    BRUSSELS — Serbia's ambassador to NATO was chatting and joking with colleagues in a parking garage at Brussels Airport when he suddenly strolled to a barrier, climbed over and flung himself to the ground below, a diplomat said. By the time his shocked colleagues reached him, Branislav Milinkovic was dead. His motives are a mystery. Three diplomats who knew Milinkovic said he did not appear distraught in the hours leading up to his death Tuesday night. He seemed to be going about his regular business, picking up an arriving delegation of six Serbian officials who were due to hold talks...
  • Pitt chancellor, top officials get raises

    12/05/2012 5:11:00 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 4, 2012 | Debra Erdley
    University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will pocket a 3.3 percent raise or $18,500 for the 2012-13 fiscal year, bringing his base annual compensation to $580,000. Six other university officers will get raises ranging from 3.3 percent to 15 percent under a package the Compensation Committee of Pitt’s board of trustees approved on Tuesday. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia Beeson will see her annual salary jump $34,000 to $374,000; Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Jerome Cochrane are up $18,000 to $493,000; Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Chancellor Jean B. Ferketish, gets an $8,000 hike to...
  • California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention

    12/04/2012 8:50:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 30 November 2012 06:23 | Ryan Mauro
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naďve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance. … Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you...
  • Obama to fill key posts in weeks; Hagel on Pentagon short list

    12/04/2012 8:29:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 4, 2012 5:18pm EST | Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretaries of state and defense in the next two weeks, with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on the short list of potential choices to head the Pentagon, senior administration officials said on Tuesday. Hagel, whose appointment would give Obama's reshuffled second-term Cabinet a bipartisan cast, met the Democratic president at the White House this week to discuss a post on his national security team. But there was no sign that Obama had decided on any of the key nominations he will put forth. … Other top contenders to replace Defense...
  • News Corp To Buy SportsTime Ohio Channel From Cleveland Indians Owner: Report (Murdoch-Fox)

    12/04/2012 11:33:32 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 12/4/12 | Nancy Tartaglione
    In a move that would surely please Fox News chief (and Ohio native) Roger Ailes, News Corp is expected to announce it is acquiring regional sports network SportsTime Ohio. It’s currently owned by the Dolan family, which also owns the Cleveland Indians baseball team. The price tag is said to be about $230M, according to Reuters sources. This would be the second RSN deal for News Corp in less than a month: In November, the company acquired a 49% stake in The New York Yankees’ YES Network, giving it local media rights to the Bronx Bombers and Brooklyn Nets. That...
  • Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

    12/04/2012 6:07:15 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Jennifer O'Mahony
    Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters. Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month. Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft's Windows division, said yesterday: "Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7," speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP...
  • Piers Morgan looks like a fool debating the 2nd Amendment on Twitter.

    12/04/2012 12:53:24 AM PST · by South40 · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/4/2012
  • 8 Tories “in secret lunch plot to defect to UKIP” as 2 parties go to war over electoral pact

    12/03/2012 9:54:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 04:17 EST, 27 November 2012 | Matt Chorley and Jason Groves
    Eight Tory MPs are in talks about defecting to the UK Independence Party, its millionaire treasurer has claimed. A series of “secret lunches” have been held by Stuart Wheeler, a former Conservative donor now trying to coax MPs to join UKIP. The revelation comes as the two parties continue a war of words over a mooted electoral pact and the fallout from the decision by Rotherham council to remove three foster children from a couple because they were UKIP members. … Conservative Party vice chairman Michael Fabricant had urged the Premier to strike a deal with UKIP, arguing it could...
  • Store employee fired after ‘booting’ ambulance [says he didn't know it was an ambulance]

    12/03/2012 9:26:38 PM PST · by grundle · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Mike Krumboltz
    One generally assumes that an ambulance with its lights flashing can park wherever it pleases. This past weekend in New Orleans, a parked ambulance was "booted" by a convenience store employee, who was apparently annoyed that the ambulance had parked in his store's lot. Never mind that the paramedics were treating a man inside the store. That employee has since been fired. According to a report from WWLTV.com, the paramedics put the patient in the back of the ambulance and began to drive away when the vehicle came to a sudden stop. The medics saw that someone had put a...
  • Jackson Lee: “Who Wants to Make a Fuss About Social Security When It’s Solvent?”

    12/03/2012 5:08:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) said last week that Republicans are being “frivolous” when they talking about reforming Social Security as a means toward fixing the federal government’s fiscal problems because Social Security is “solvent.” According to Social Security’s trustees, the program has operated in the red each of the last two years. “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security when it's solvent?” she asked on Friday. “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it's solvent until 2024?” …
  • U.S. government confirms world won't end in 2012

    12/03/2012 3:53:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/3/12 | BYRON TAU
    The U.S. government is rebutting claims that the end is nigh. "The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012," an unsigned USA.gov blog asserts. Some New Age theorists believe that the ancient Mayan civilization predicted a late December doomsday for all of humanity. Others believe the date signifies the start of a new era. Their predictions are based on the idea that the Mayan Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 — something that scholars say is a misrepresentation. "False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • History of Hamas Murderous Attacks

    01/26/2006 8:17:27 AM PST · by Alouette · 10 replies · 659+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Jan. 26, 2006 | Hillel Fendel
    Hamas has set the destruction of Israel as its goal. Between September 2000 and April 2004, Hamas perpetrated 425 terrorist attacks against Israel and murdered 377 Israelis - nine every month. Hamas was founded by Islamic militant extremists in the Gaza Strip in 1988, shortly after the first intifada broke out. The word Hamas is an acronym for the Arabic words for "Islamic Resistance Movement." Though it is also involved in social and welfare programs, the organization is devoted chiefly to the obliteration of Israel. Its charter states, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate...
  • College Demands Construction Crew Remove ‘Sexist’ ‘Men Working’ Sign

    12/03/2012 1:20:11 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Eliana Johnson
    A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a “Men Working” sign that was deemed “sexist” by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident, which occurred on November 21, stemmed from the school’s “deep commitment to diversity,” and that it takes that commitment “very seriously.”
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/03/2012 12:17:20 PM PST · by Faith · 18 replies
    December 3, 2012 | Faith
    But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
  • Romney was right

    12/03/2012 8:55:02 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 21 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | JEFFREY SCOTT SHAPIRO
    It’s hard to be honest in politics. Perhaps that has been Gov. Mitt Romney’s real problem all along. Romney’s candor came out in a recent conference call that was reported by the New York Times in which he said that President Obama offered free “gifts” to both illegal aliens and American citizens. Romney’s observation about rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship and giving free benefits to people exploiting the system is not the same as criticizing minorities—but for decades the Left has manipulatively used racism, sexism and discrimination to intimidate the Republican Party into cowering into the aimless, weak institution that...
  • Homeless man given pair of boots . . . seen wandering the streets shoeless

    12/03/2012 6:52:06 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 116 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Barry Paddock AND Bill Hutchinson
    The barefoot homeless man who was given a pair of shoes by a kind-hearted beat cop is wandering the streets shoeless again. Jeffrey Hillman, 54, was spotted panhandling on the upper West Side Sunday without the $100 boots NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought for him on a frigid November night in Times Square. “Those shoes are hidden,” Hillman told The New York Times after he was spotted walking around with no shoes on Broadway near W. 79th St. “They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life.” A tourist from Arizona snapped a cell phone photo of...
  • Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

    12/03/2012 6:28:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012
    Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes, EurActiv Serbia reports. The acquittal of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Ramush Haradinaj was met by fierce criticism of The Hague tribunalÂ’s work. Serbian officials said the decision was a blow to international justice and made the process of reconciliation in the region more complicated. Â… Belgrade considers that the tribunal has lost credibility and has shown bias in acquitting...
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...