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Reader Selected News, Week Dec 1 – Dec 7

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Dec 1 – Dec 7”

  1. canary says:

    The Washington Post headlines in regards to Susan Rice’s present investments with companies presently doing business with Iran are misleading and confusing within the article flip flopping from “has” “have” and “had”.

    RNCR: Susan Rice Invests In Companies Doing Business In Iran

    Today, The Washington Post reports that Susan Rice has investments with companies that do business in Iran, raising questions among both Republicans and Democrats.

    In spite of legal experts condemning Rice’s financial activities, noting far better alternatives, the rich Rice Cameron marriage can afford it along with investments in the Canadian Keystone oil. With so many political leaders pretending they are under orders not to speak about it, at least Senator Sue Collins has spoken out on Rice misinforming the world, to include Rice denying security to the U.S. embassy after many requests by the U.S. embassy for more security before massive bombing and slaughter in Kenya. It’s nice to know someone has pulled the records and has the courage to inform the media that has the courage to report in a country that prefers to report on celebrities.

    The Washington Times: Rice holds stakes in firms that have done business in Iran

    By Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger Nov 29 2012

    Rice is one of the richest members of the Obama Cabinet. She and her husband, Ian Cameron, were worth between $23.5 million and $43.5 million in 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Cameron, a former television producer, is, like Rice, a Stanford University graduate.

    Her late father was an economics professor, World Bank director and a governor of the Federal Reserve.

    Several of the companies in which Rice has invested have been cited by an organization called United Against Nuclear Iran, chaired by Mark Wallace, a deputy ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. The organization, which claims bipartisan support in pushing to isolate the Iranian regime, publishes a list of companies doing business in Iran.

    The information about Rice’s investments in firms linked to Iran was first reported on the Web site of the Washington Free Beacon, a publication of the Center for American Freedom.


  2. canary says:

    Post-election report released highly trained Iranian Hezbollah crossing into U.S. from Mexican border.

    The Daily Caller: Congressional report ties Middle East terrorists to Mexican drug cartels


    A new congressional report from the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management ties Middle East terror organizations to Mexican drug cartels.

    The report, released Thursday, is titled “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border.” It found that the “Southwest border has now become the greatest threat of terrorist infiltration into the United States.” It specifically cites a “growing influence” from Iranian and Hezbollah terror forces in Latin America.

    “The report elaborated on the increasing cooperation between the drug cartels and prison and street gangs in the United States to facilitate the trafficking and sale of illicit drugs along with the enforcement of remunerations,” the recently-released report says of the previous report.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/16/congressional-report-ties-middle-east-terrorists-to-mexican-drug-cartels/#ixzz2Dl6rR5er

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Phil Matier: Oakland Crime Rate Soaring As City Loses Officers
    CBS Bay Area: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/11/28/phil-matier-oakland-crime-rate-worries-city-officials/

    One of the most likely reasons for the sharp uptick in crime – city officials said they believe it’s the gradual loss of police officers from the force.

    Keep in mind, that politicians and police BOTH threaten to let the criminals run wild if they don’t get the funding they want.

    White House backs Biden’s rape, murder remarks
    Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/20/white-house-backs-biden-rape-murder-comments/

    “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crime will continue to rise,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday at the Capitol.

    That’s right. Even when democrats control everything, like in Oakland and California, and the entire federal gov’t, as they had in 2008-2010, it’s still Republican’s fault if they don’t do what democrats want.

    People are “things to be manipulated” and the gov’t knows full well that withholding funding for SSI, military, pensions, police/fire/teachers, gets the public back in line to their way of thinking.

    “Let ’em suffer for a while, then go back and ask if the taxpayers want less taxes and less cops?”

    • canary says:

      But, Oakland’s Muslim mob and Sharia Law is what’s running the police off. They are tired of the dangers.

      Maybe Biden should send those U.S. Soldiers that came back from the Iran war there.

  4. canary says:

    AP: New Mexican president sworn in amid protests

    Dec 1 2012

    His swearing in was marred Saturday by protesters outside the Congress lobbing homemade bombs and firecrackers and shouting: “Mexico without the PRI!”


    Now many can go home and be loyal la viva flag wavers and help their country and relatives they left behind.

  5. Anonymoose says:


    The gist of this is a well known security expert got invited onto Fox news and to use the terms the kids use “owned” them.

    His answers when asked about Benghazi and the first ambassador killed in 30 years is to deflect it onto how many contractors have been killed in Iraq, it was a “small” firefight and difficult to piece together what happened, and then accuse Fox of being political and an arm of the Republican party.

    I have more than a few problems with his answers:

    An ambassador is an important target, both for symbolism and intelligence, to prove we’re vulnerable. Most assassinations have been “small firefights.”

    There’s been several attacks on our embassies, including the “ancient history just forget it” attacks on African embassies in 1998 on Clinton’s watch, but as the commentator said–the first ambassador killed in 30 years.

    Why go off on a tangent about how many contractors have died in Iraq? If he’s going to do that then he might as well go on about Afghanistan—-oh right, it’s Obama’s war.

    And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the real problem Obama knew about the attack in progress in did nothing to stop it, and it was later covered up by trying to blame it on a movie no one had heard of? Suddenly this “small firefight” becomes much more significant.

  6. canary says:

    AP: Letterman, Hoffman, Zeppelin honored by Obama

    By Brett Zongker Dec 3 2012


    Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world joined President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday night to salute the honorees, whose ranks also include actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

    The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. The recipients were later saluted by fellow performers at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.

    Obama noted Letterman’s humble beginnings as an Indianapolis weatherman who once reported the city was being pelted by hail ‘the size of canned hams.'”

    Later on the red carpet, Letterman said he was thrilled by the recognition and to visit Obama at the White House.

    Meryl Streep first introduced the honorees Saturday as they received the award medallions during a formal dinner at the U.S. State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    By Brett Zongker Dec 3 2012


    Michelle Obama wore sparkling gold gown for the Stairway to Heaven finale.

  7. captstubby says:

    ‘Seinfeld’ named funniest sitcom ever in new poll, ‘Honeymooners’ gets second

    Published December 04, 2012

    | New York Post

    “Seinfeld” was voted the nation’s funniest sitcom of all time, edging out the 1950s black-and-white classic “The Honeymooners,” according to survey results published yesterday, the New York Post reports.

    The long-running NBC hit series “Seinfeld” — self-described as being “about nothing” — picked up 22 percent of respondents’ votes in the poll commissioned by “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair magazine.

    Close behind was Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners,” with 20 percent, “Friends,” at 16 percent, and “Cheers,” at 14 percent.

    Fox’s critically acclaimed “Arrested Development” garnered 7 percent, and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” scored 6 percent.

    The most popular current show — “30 Rock,” featuring “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey — picked up 5 percent.

    “Seinfeld,” the comedy brainchild of funny men Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, produced 180 episodes between 1989 and 1998.

    actually i thought The West Wing was always good for some laughs.

  8. captstubby says:

    Government promises world won’t end on Dec. 21
    By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News

    National Affairs Reporter

    The Lookout – Mon, Dec 3, 2012
    The U.S. government wrote a helpful blog post on Monday titled, “Scary Rumors About the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors.”

    The post on USA.gov says NASA scientists have received thousands of letters from people convinced that the world will end on Dec. 21, based on a misunderstanding of the ancient Mayan calendar that’s been promulgated in doomsday message boards online. Some people think a giant comet will strike Earth that day, others that we are about to collide with another planet. A NASA scientist said he’s received several letters from young people contemplating suicide because they believe the apocalypse is coming.

    “The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012,” the post says.

    NASA released a video earlier this year explaining that the Mayan calendar does not actually predict the end of the world on Dec. 21, and that the myth that the planet “Nibiru” is heading toward Earth is easily disproved because astronomers have detected no such planet. America is not alone in trying to placate nervous doomsayers. The Russian government has made similar assurances to its people that the end of the world is not nigh, and authorities in France are planning to block access to a southern mountain which believers think could serve as a mystical place of refuge on Dec. 21.

    the United States, Russia and France have Fact Checked.


    [ except ” unexpected seasonaly adjusted ” …]

  9. canary says:

    Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda now claim to be joined with American’s their next target once they overthrow Assad.

    McClatchy: Al Qaida-linked group Syria rebels once denied now key to anti-Assad victories

    Dec 2 2012 – By David Enders | McClatchy Newspapers

    QALAT AL MUDIQ, Syria —

    Nearly a year later, however, Jabhat al Nusra, which U.S. officials believe has links to al Qaida, has become essential to the frontline operations of the rebels fighting to topple Assad.

    Not only does the group still conduct suicide bombings that have killed hundreds, but they’ve proved to be critical to the rebels’ military advance. In battle after battle across the country, Nusra and similar groups do the heaviest frontline fighting. Groups who call themselves the Free Syrian Army and report to military councils led by defected Syrian army officers move into the captured territory afterward.

    The prominence of Nusra in the rebel cause worries U.S. and other Western officials, who say its operations rely on the same people and tactics that fueled al Qaida in Iraq – an assertion that is borne out by interviews with Nusra members in Syria.

    Among Nusra fighters are many Syrians who say they fought with al Qaida in Iraq, which waged a bloody and violent campaign against the U.S. presence in that country and is still blamed for suicide and car bombings that have killed hundreds of Iraqis since the U.S. troops left a year ago.

    Some Syrians say that Nusra’s importance is a result of the West’s failure to support those secular rebels. But the closeness of the coordination between Nusra and other rebels makes it difficult to support one without empowering the other.

    “There is no difference at all between the ideology of Ahrar al Sham and Jabhat al Nusra,” Mahmoud said, indicating that he had largely changed groups for the opportunity to lead one.

    On a trip to Syria that spanned most of the month of November, a journalist found Nusra’s fighters on every frontline he visited.

    “Our financial support is greater than other groups, and our faith makes us more effective fighters,” said Mahmoud, explaining why the group had grown so quickly.

    Mahmoud said he saw no reason to hold elections if Assad falls.

    “Eighty percent of Syrians want Islamic law,” he said.

    Many fighters said they were aware of the accusations about Nusra’s links to al Qaida. But they generally discount the importance of those ties when speaking with journalists.

    “When we finish with Assad, we will fight the U.S.!” one Nusra fighter shouted in the northeastern Syrian city of Ras al Ayn when he was told an American journalist present.

    He laughed as he said it and then got into a van and drove off, leaving the journalist unable to ask whether it had been a joke.

    “We say to them they are small groups and they are not very powerful and it’s your fault because if you had supported FSA they wouldn’t be here now,” Aboud said. “Eighty percent of Syrians are moderate Muslims . . . the West is too afraid of these groups.”

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/12/02/176123/al-qaida-linked-group-syria-rebels.html#emlnl=Daily_News_Update#storylink=cpy

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/12/02/176123/al-qaida-linked-group-syria-rebels.html#emlnl=Daily_News_Update#storylink=cpy

  10. captstubby says:

    Obama, Democrats on top again in latest poll on ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis
    Political Reporter

    Rachel Rose Hartman, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 3 hrs ago
    Another national poll is out Thursday that shows Democrats winning the battle of perception on the “fiscal cliff” crisis.

    Fifty-three percent of registered voters told Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute that they believe the president and his party will make a “good-faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans” to avoid the fiscal cliff—the series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect Jan. 1. Thirty-eight percent of respondents disagreed with that statement.

    Respondents by a wider margin—53 to 36 percent—said they trusted the president and Democrats more than Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

    Quinnipiac’s findings follow a survey released this week by The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center that found Americans were more likely to blame Republicans than Democrats if Congress failed to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    have you ever wondered if or when Polls were legit?

    This essay may shed some light.


    “Isolationists (more accurately, non interventionists) claimed Lend-Lease would drag the United States into the war, reflected less a commitment to principle than an admission that the public mood was beginning to shift, and again demonstrated that far from leading from principle, FDR waited for the political winds to swing in his direction.

    Those winds had a considerably stealthy boost from British agents in the United States.

    the British hardly played by the rules in attempting to lure America into the conflict as an ally. The British used deception and craftily tailored propaganda to swing American public opinion into bringing the United States into the war, engaging in covert manipulation of democratic processes to achieve their ends.

    Backed by a number of American pan-Atlanticists in newspapers, Congress, and even polling organizations, British agents conducted a silent war to persuade U.S. lawmakers to enact a peacetime draft; support Lend-Lease; and, they hoped, eventually ally the United States against Hitler. The most shocking and effective aspect of British covert operations in America involved shaping public opinion through polls. It is important to note that polls, which were supposedly designed to reflect the public’s mood, in fact were used as tools to create a mandate for positions the pollsters wanted. Although this was the first documented time that polls would be used in such a way, it certainly wouldn’t be the last. British agents working for Gallup and Roper, as well as other American polling organizations, alternatively suppressed or publicized polls that supported America’s entry into the war. One American pollster, sympathetic to the British, admitted

    “cooking” polls by “suggesting issues and questions the vote on which I was fairly sure would be on the right side.”

    In November 1941 the Fight for Freedom Committee, an interventionist group, ran a rigged poll at the Congress of Industrial Organization’s national convention, taking “great care . . . beforehand to make certain the poll results would turn out as desired.”

    Another poll found 81

    percent of young men facing the draft favored compulsory military service, an astoundingly high figure given that congressional mail ran “overwhelmingly” against conscription.”

    But we are too smart to fall for anything like this today

  11. canary says:

    A year in North Korea under new leader Jong-Un only more harsher and paranoid. Couldn’t find what I was looking for but the increase of persecution of Christians is so unreported

    Open Doors reports N. Korea’s Jong-Un new leader no nicer, more paranoid.

    Dec 04 2012


    CBS: Horrors revealed at North Korean prison camp
    Nov 30 2012

    For the first two decades of his life, he says, he never thought about escaping because he thought the rest of the world was just like the prison camp.

    He describes being tortured, seeing a little girl beaten to death for stealing a few kernels of corn, and watching his mother and brother executed before his eyes. Hunger was a pervasive factor of everyday life, he tells Cooper. Inmates were fed a thin corn gruel with cabbage day-in and day-out. The prisoners were so hungry, Shin says, they ate rats and insects to keep from starving. “The guards always told us, ‘Through hunger, you will repent,”’ Shin says.

    Human rights investigator David Hawk tells Cooper that North Korea’s first dictator, Kim Il Sung, instituted this practice of “three generations of punishment” to eliminate any opposition to the regime.

    According to human rights groups and the United Nations, Camp 14 is one of several North Korean prison camps housing an estimated 150,000 political prisoners.

    Though there is no way to verify all the details of Shin’s story, the South Korean government and human rights investigators believe him, in part because his story is consistent with satellite photos and the testimony of former prisoners from other camps.


  12. canary says:

    ConsumerAffairs: FDA sued — charged with wrongfully withholding animal drug data

    Freedom of Information Act requests have been denied numerous times
    By James Limbach

    The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), charging the agency’s decision to withhold regarding the sale of antibiotics for use in food animals is unlawful.

    Under the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), drug companies are required to report basic information about antibiotic sales to the FDA.

    FDA publicly releases a limited summary of ADUFA data each year, but withholds almost all of what companies report.

    Misuse of antibiotics charged

    Every year, nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics — 80 percent of the total antibiotics sold in the United States — are sold for use in food animals. GAP charges that the misuse of antibiotics in industrial animal agriculture drives the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have made human illnesses more dangerous and difficult to treat.


  13. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Corrupt Democrat Governor of NC Names Bridge After Corrupt Democrat Fundraiser:

    From WRAL(Raleigh, NC):

    NC naming bridge for former Easley fundraiser

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — North Carolina officials are renaming a bridge in Wilmington for a former Board of Transportation member who was a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser.

    The ceremony Friday afternoon was to rename the bridge on the Martin Luther King Jr. parkway for Larry Wilson.

    Wilson, a lawyer and developer, was a major fundraiser for Gov. Mike Easley, who appointed him to the state board, and for Gov. Bev Perdue. Perdue reappointed Wilson to the board in 2009.

    He resigned in 2010 as federal prosecutors were about to release a 51-count indictment against Ruffin Poole, a former aide to Easley. Poole served a one year federal sentence for tax evasion.

    Wilson was not charged. But Poole’s indictment listed Wilson as a Wilmington financier who was a major player in what it called a “pay-to-play” culture in the Easley administration.

    Wilmington City Council passed a resolution asking for the name change to honor Wilson, crediting him with brining state highway funds to the area.


    No mention of Bev, lets postpone the elections, Perdue, Mike Easley, or Ruffin Poole’s polticial affliations directly. However, the one Republican mentioned in the article is singled out however:

    ‘Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger criticized Perdue’s decision to name the bridge for Wilson.’

    I guess it doesn’t matter as long as you are brining in the highway funds bacon.

  14. captstubby says:

    Obama OKs Corporate $$ for Inaugural

    By Devin Dwyer | ABC OTUS News – 2 hrs 18 mins ago
    After the most expensive campaign in U.S. history, President Obama is dropping his principled objection to some forms of political fundraising to help pay for the post-election party.

    ABC News has learned that the Presidential Inaugural Committee will accept unlimited corporate donations to help fund Obama’s inauguration festivities next month, reversing a voluntary ban on the money he imposed on the inaugural four years ago and during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

    Obama will also allow individuals to contribute up to the legal maximum for the 2013 inauguration – $250,000 – lifting a $50,000 cap he voluntarily imposed in 2008, sources said.

    The shift appeared to be driven by fundraising challenges in the wake of a multi-billion dollar campaign. Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney each raised north of $1 billion for the election cycle – historic highs – according to Federal Election Commission filings released Thursday.

    Obama’s 2009 inaugural celebration cost $47 million.

    Officials said cost considerations for the 2013 festivities would mean less elaborate events than four years ago. There will not be a star-studded concert on the National Mall, for example, and there will be fewer inaugural balls.

    A spokeswoman for the committee said Obama will still not accept donations from lobbyists or PACs, or allow any individuals or corporations to formally sponsor specific inaugural events, such as the parade.

    “Our goal is to make sure that we will meet the fundraising requirements for this civic event after the most expensive presidential campaign in history,” said Addie Whisenant. “To ensure continued transparency, all names of donors will be posted to a regularly updated website.”

    Whisenant told ABC News that the Inaugural Committee will “fully vet” all individual and corporate donors and that “contributions from those not meeting the vetting standard will not be accepted.” Among those barred by law are foreign nationals and corporations; the committee says it will also reject funds from companies that have outstanding TARP payments.

    Obama’s reversal is not the first time he has dropped self-imposed campaign financing rules meant to “change business as usual in Washington.” Earlier this year, Obama dropped his long-standing opposition to super PACs, giving his approval for top aides to support Priorities USA Action. During the 2008 campaign, he broke a standing promise to accept public financing for the general election.

    And of course this is The Poor Man’s President.
    could there be any 1% in this group?

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