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Female unemployment exceeds
men´s for first time since recession
Los Angeles Times, by Alana Semuels    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/4/2013 3:22:02 PM     Post Reply
For the first time since the recession began, the unemployment rate for adult women surpassed that for adult men, indicating that while the U.S. might have been a "mancession," it also appears to be experiencing a "mancovery." The unemployment rate for women 20 years and older rose to 7.3% in December, from 7% the month before. Unemployment for men of the same age remained at 7.2% in December. The persistently high unemployment rate for women is likely a result of the large cuts in state and local governments that have come over the last year as lawmakers slashed jobs

Illinois ‘Denny’s’ Tells
Undercover Cops They Can’t
Bring Their Guns Into Restaurant
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 3:20:23 PM     Post Reply
A manager at a Denny’s Restaurant in Belleville, Ill. told plain clothes detectives that they couldn’t carry their guns into the restaurant, after a customer saw the weapons and apparently reported them. The detectives had their official IDs visible, sources say, but were still told to take their weapons outside. Mike Gallagher and Alan Colmes debated on today’s America Live, questioning whether or not this latest incident is an after-effect of the recent shooting in Connecticut. Gallagher, for one, believes it is. "It’s happening because of all the hysterics that are taking place all over America in

The Al Jazeera Liberals
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/4/2013 3:15:03 PM     Post Reply
The sale of Al Gore’s Current TV to Al Jazeera is apparently more than just a business deal in which the world’s most prominent critic of fossil fuels made a fortune with an oil-rich emirate. According to the New York Times editorial page, the creation of a new Al Jazeera America is a blow struck for diversity in journalism. The Times feels Time Warner Cable is wrong to drop the new channel from its broadcast lineup. The implication is that those who have expressed shock or outrage about the spectacle of a former vice president of the United States
Source corrected by staff.



Ratings: Fox News Crushes
Competition for 11th Year in Row
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 3:11:19 PM     Post Reply
TV Newser: 2012 saw Fox News mark 11 years as the number one cable news channel in total viewers and the demo, though the election didn’t provide much in the way of a ratings bump, with the network only up a bit in total viewers, and down slightly in the demo. •Primetime: 2.043 million total viewers/ 423,000 A25-54 •Total Day: 1.152 million total viewers/ 273,000 A25-54 Unlike CNN, which was down in both total and demo viewers just about every hour, and MSNBC, which was up in both categories just about every hour, Fox News had some
Headline resplit by staff.

The Al Jazeera Deal: How
Al Gore Race-Baited His
Way to a $100M Pay Day
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 3:06:05 PM     Post Reply
One of America´s great legal rackets is cable/satellite television, where somewhere around 100 million Americans pay for literally dozens of channels they never watch. As you well know, to do business with any cable/satellite provider means being forced into expensive tiers and/or packages that include channels we wouldn’t watch for free. Because of this, we´re not only forced into subsidizing junk; we´re also subsidizing programming that works against our own political and cultural beliefs, like MSNBC, CNN, OWN, MTV, etc. Most of us only have access to a single cable outlet, and that outlet´s only competition

Pelosi defends altered
photo of congresswomen
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2013 3:04:20 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is defending an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr social media site. The group photo showed four House members who arrived too late to pose on the Capitol steps. A computer program was used to add them to the image later posted on Flickr. Pelosi told a news conference Friday the picture was an accurate historical record of the female lawmakers from her party. She also said it was freezing outside, and that the members were entertaining guests

Morsi’s ‘apes and pigs’ comments
highlight Obama’s Egyptian problem,
experts say [Video]
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 3:00:16 PM     Post Reply
Muslims should try to force Jews out of Israel by warfare, economic boycotts and diplomatic isolation, Egypt’s new moderate Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, said in recently translated videos from 2010. “These blood-suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … there is no place for them on the land of Palestine,” Morsi said, referring to Israeli Jews, during in a September 2010 interview. Morsi’s language forcefully exposes the growing distance between the hopes and reality of President Barack Obama’s Arab-outreach policy, which has provided support to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement.



Morsi: Boycott USA, Jews
´Descendants of Apes and Pigs´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel Griffith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 2:57:26 PM     Post Reply
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi delivering racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American remarks . The incendiary rhetoric becomes relevant now that the Obama administration plans to give 200 Abrams tanks and 10 F-16 fighter jets to the Morsi government. Morsi expounded on his anti-American and anti-Zionist views in 2010, as a member of the Guidance Office of the Muslim Brotherhood. Although apologists portray President Morsi as a “moderate”, Morsi reveals himself to be an extremist ideologue and a threat to regional peace.

A troubled past and a tragic
ending: Questions raised over why
kids were allowed to remain with mom
Detroit Free Press, by Elisha Anderson and Gina Damron    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/4/2013 2:55:51 PM     Post Reply
An attorney for a Detroit mother accused of fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter said he plans to seek a mental competency exam as questions continue to swirl about why the woman´s five children remained in her care — despite numerous warnings by state workers, family and police. Semeria Greene, 26, was arraigned Thursday on felony murder and child abuse charges in the death of her daughter, Tameria Greene. A plea of not guilty was entered at her video arraignment before Magistrate Steve Lockhart, and bond was denied.(Snip) Court documents obtained by the Free Press on Thursday painted a picture

Protect democracy by
fighting media consolidation
Seattle Times, by Michael J. Copps    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/4/2013 2:55:13 PM     Post Reply
What if I told you that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was again up to its old game of encouraging more media consolidation — more broadcast outlets owned by big companies? (Snip) It surprised me, too. I thought the reconstituted commission that took control in 2009 would preserve local media and reassert the public interest in a diverse news and information ecosystem that is the foundation of our civic dialogue and, indeed, our system of self-government. After being turned down by both Congress and the federal courts in recent years for attempting to loosen the ownership rules,

Changing Skyline: Quakers´
decision to use nonunion labor
causes strife in Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Inga Saffron    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 2:41:46 PM     Post Reply
It was probably back in 1997, though some think it might have been even earlier, when the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting concluded that it had outgrown its space and that it was high time to erect a new building. But because it is not the Quaker way to rush into things, the group spent a few more years reflecting on whether it should buy land on Mermaid Lane for the new meetinghouse. Even after the group sealed the deal in 2003, there was still plenty more talking and thinking and praying to be done about the undertaking.



Unemployment rate unchanged,
ditto for economic uncertainty
Los Angeles Times, by Jon Healey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/4/2013 2:30:11 PM     Post Reply
The December jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy remained in low gear, with private employers continuing to add jobs just slightly faster than the number of new workers seeking them. That´s about the same as it has been since the summer of 2012. In fact, the total number of jobs created last year -- 1.84 million -- was the same as in 2011. At this rate, it will take seven years for the U.S. economy to get back to the robust employment rates seen before the 2008-2009 recession. President Christie will have already started campaigning for re-election by

Pelosi on Raising Debt
Ceiling Unilaterally: ‘I
Would Do It in a Second,
But I’m Not the President´
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 2:25:46 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she would raise the debt limit unilaterally “in a second” if she were president of the United States. Pelosi and other Democrats have suggested that the president could bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.” During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi was asked about whether she would urge President Barack Obama to do so to address the debt limit, which will

The debt ceiling isn’t Obama’s
problem. It’s the GOP’s problem.
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2013 2:22:54 PM     Post Reply
Obama and Dems have vowed not to negotiate with the GOP over the debt ceiling. This morning, I asked what “not negotiating” would look like in the real world, and whether it’s even possible. But another question may be even more relevant: Do Republicans really have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they think they have? Some Republicans are now coming out and acknowledging that the GOP may not be in a strong position in the debt ceiling battle, after all. Here’s Newt Gingrich, on Morning Joe today, telling Republicans that a debt ceiling fight is a “loser”

Gov’t Posts 61 New Federal
Regulations, Including 500-
Page Rule to Protect ‘Critical
Habitat’ of Flycatcher
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 2:20:41 PM     Post Reply
The federal government posted 61 new regulations in the Federal Register on Friday, including the Department of Interior’s 500-page document outlining a new rule to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher’s “critical habitat” in six states. That small insect-eating bird’s habitat covers 1,227 miles of streams and 208,973 acres in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico, on “federal, state, tribal and private lands.” The flycatcher’s habitat covers 37 counties in those six states, according to the rule posted at www.regulations.gov. “The effect of this regulation is to conserve the flycatcher´s habitat under the Endangered Species Act,”



It´s official: Obama wins presidency
Politico, by Ginger Gibson    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 1/4/2013 2:18:55 PM     Post Reply
The outcome wasn’t a surprise: Barack Obama was re-elected Friday to a second term as president. There was no fretting about Ohio’s 18 electoral votes. There was no doubt about who would take Florida’s 29. And it was just a matter of reading a script to officially cast Virginia’s 13.The votes of the much discussed but quickly forgotten Electoral College were tallied and certified in a joint session of Congress on Friday. For Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, there were 332 votes cast. Republican Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan received 206 votes.

´Bad´ News From Politico:
´Gun Control (as a Media
Meme) Doesn´t Survive Christmas´
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 2:11:27 PM     Post Reply
I´m almost surprised that the Politico´s web site background isn´t all black because of news delivered by its "On Media" reporter Dylan Byers on Tuesday. The "bad" news is that "gun control" as a media obsession appears to have largely disappeared, especially when you consider that some of the primary remaining stories on the topic are about David Gregory´s illegal but unprosecuted (as of yet) brandishing of a magazine on Meet the Press, a New York newspaper´s publication of an interactive map of two counties´ pistol permit dwellers, and said newspaper either feeling threatened or

Federal judge rules EPA overstepped
authority trying to regulate water
as pollutant in Virginia
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 2:09:27 PM     Post Reply
Virginia officials scored a key victory Thursday in their battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over what EPA critics describe as a land takeover. U.S. District Judge Liam O´Grady in Alexandria ruled late Thursday that the EPA exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek as a pollutant. O´Grady sided with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which challenged EPA´s stormwater restrictions "Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it," O´Grady said. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the ruling could

House overwhelmingly approves
$9.7 billion in Hurricane
Sandy aid to pay for flood
insurance claims in 354-67 vote
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman , Joseph Straw*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 2:06:32 PM     Post Reply
Take that, John Boehner. The House, after a delay caused by its back-stabbing Republican speaker, overwhelmingly approved a $9.7 billion package Friday to pay flood insurance claims resulting from Hurricane Sandy. The vote came more than two months after the storm — and after Boehner was pilloried by both Democrats and some Republicans for dawdling on the aid commitment.The 354-67 House vote sent the bill to the Senate, which was expected to pass it by unanimous consent. It is the the first piece of a $60.4 billion aid package that President Obama has requested for the region.

New Hampshire Legislator: We
Need to ´Restrict Freedoms´
of Conservatives
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/4/2013 2:06:24 PM     Post Reply
A New Hampshire legislator wants her constituents to know that she feels conservatives are the "single biggest threat" her state faces today, and she wants to use her powers to legislate to "pass measures that will restrict" the freedoms of Granite State conservatives. In a blog post made last month on the left-wing site Blue Hampshire, 3rd District State Representative Democrat Cynthia Chase advised her fellow legislators to use their positions to make New Hampshire less welcoming to any conservative or libertarian planning on moving to her state—not to mention those already in residence.


Obama voters stunned to
discover that they too are
“millionaires and billionaires”
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/4/2013 1:42:31 PM     Post Reply
Congratulations, genuises. Turns out you’re rich! Democratic Underground: America: You break it, you buy it. Twitchy.com has more reaction as Obama voters get their latest, smaller paychecks. The next time an Obamabot complains about taxes, or rising prices, or falling wages, or anything else having to do with the money coming out of his own pocket, you just need to ask him one question: “Why are you so greedy?” P.S. Trending: #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek

Two months of arguing over
10 hours of savings
Orange County Register (Ca), by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2013 1:37:21 PM     Post Reply
The politics of the "fiscal cliff" deal is debatable: On the one hand, Boehner got the "Bush tax cuts" made permanent for most Americans; Obama was forced to abandon his goal of increasing rates for those earning $250,000. On the other, on taxes Republicans caved to the same class-warfare premises (the rich need to pay their "fair share") they´d successfully fought off a mere two years ago; while on spending the Democrats not only refused to make cuts, they refused to make cuts even part of the discussion.

Conyers Reintroduces
Reparations Effort
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 1:36:34 PM     Post Reply
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced two reparations resolutions on the first day of the 113th Congress. The first, H.R. 40, is “to acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”

The Jobs Report
Commentary Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 1:31:08 PM     Post Reply
It’s another dreary jobs report out this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, detailing yet another month of the apparently endless “Obama Recovery,” the worst since the Great Depression lingered on and on in the 1930s. Employment rose by 155,000 and the unemployment rate stayed the same at 7.8 percent (the November unemployment rate, originally reported at 7.7 percent, was revised upwards a notch in this report). It’s not surprising that it stayed the same, as the civilian workforce rose by 192,000 last month. In other words, job growth is barely keeping pace with population growth.

Policy ace Michele Flournoy
could be first female Defense chief
Los Angeles Times, by Shashank Bengali & Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 1:31:01 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It´s a long way from playing volleyball at Beverly Hills High School to being the most powerful woman in Washington, but Michele Flournoy could cap such a remarkable journey if President Obama selects her as Defense secretary. Flournoy, little known outside the world of military policy, is on the shortlist to lead the Pentagon in Obama´s second term. She would be the first woman in that role. An inveterate policy wonk who first worked in the Pentagon under President Clinton and later co-founded a respected think tank, Flournoy, 52, has spent two decades climbing

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