Philly.com – by Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airports across the country have sued to block a new Transportation Security Administration directive that requires them, starting Jan. 1, to begin guarding exit security doors as passengers leave flights and head for baggage claims.
The agency, created in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, said the change will save $88.1 million a year. The TSA wants its workers to focus on screening passengers and baggage, and said exit-lane monitoring is an airport function. Continue reading
The New American – by Alex Newman
With the widely anticipated passing of South African revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela late Thursday, December 5, presidents and dictators from around the world — as well as everyday people, and especially the press — are in mourning. Lost amid the tsunami of praise and adoration, almost canonization even according to some of his supporters, however, is the truth about the man himself, who was, after all, still just a man. Continue reading
AlterNet – by Paul Armentano
The mainstream media is in a frenzy over claims that marijuana smoking is causing an epidemic of ‘man boobs’ (a relatively common condition known scientifically as gynecomastia).
The incredulous claim first got legs in late November when Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Melissa Dribben posed the question, “Do doobies make boobies?” Responding to her inquiry, area plastic surgeon Adrian Lo admitted that data on the subject is scarce. But he nonetheless argued, “[I]n my experience, it’s very simple. If you’re a guy and you’re worried about gynecomastia, you shouldn’t smoke pot because there’s a link.” To which Robert X. Murphy Jr., president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, added, “That is the prevailing opinion.” Continue reading
CNS News – by Susan Jones
Almost 11 million people couldn’t find a job in November, and for those who don’t earn a paycheck, unemployment benefits work for the economy, too, a leading Democrat says.
“Economists agree that unemployment benefits remain one of the best ways to grow the economy in a very immediate way,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) said at a news conference on Thursday. Continue reading
Golden Age of Gaia – by Sage
sage: Do I see some shenanigans going on here? Saudi Arabia rejects their seat on the UN Security Council and Jordan is elected to step into it (Story 1). Meanwhile in Story 2, the US is sending missiles to Saudi Arabia in an effort to bring resolution to the Middle East because “…This region is dangerous, it’s combustible, it’s unstable…” So, is this telling me that bringing in more weapons and having the US big brother influence is going to help bring peace? Sorry, I don’t buy it. It’s that kind of thinking that got us into our predicament in the first place. Continue reading
I of all people am for independent thinking and action on the part of people, but we have been sooo brainwashed by the government and U.S. press most people don’t have a clue as to what is happening.
You should certainly do what you want, but I HIGHLY suggest you DO NOT sign up for Obamacare until you read this CAREFULLY. Chief Justice Roberts carefully worded his ruling and left out any requirement to participate for 95% of Americans. Continue reading
Washington’s Blog – by David Swanson
Google may have been, until now, the Obama of hip internet monopolies. No matter how many nations the President bombs, people still put Obama peace-sign stickers on their cars. No matter how many radical rightwing initiatives Google funds, people still think it’s a “progressive corporation” — How could it not be? It’s making progress!
Google is funding Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union, and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
One evening this past August, an employee at a Staples office supply store in a Wake Forest, N.C., strip mall heard a bang, and then a woman’s cry for help.
The worker and another shopper rounded a corner to discover Danielle Hayes, 29, bleeding from her hand. The pistol she kept in her purse had accidentally discharged as she was trying to keep it away from her 2-year-old son, Hayes said. Continue reading
A 51-year-old farmer in the U.K. has been jailed for 30 months after his wife notified police that he was in possession of two unlicensed guns following an argument between the couple.
However, as reported by Mail Online, one of the farmer’s firearms was a bizarre homemade gun constructed from the barrel of an air rifle and bits of wood, belts and plastic tags. The gun, described as a Heath Robinson-like contraption, is capable of firing “mushrooming” .22-caliber ammunition. Continue reading
Huffington Post – by Foster Klug
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday deported an elderly U.S. tourist, apparently ending the saga of Merrill Newman’s return to the North six decades after he advised South Korean guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.
North Korea made the decision because the 85-year-old Newman, who was detained since late October, apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and medical condition, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. Continue reading
Huffington Post – by Adriana Gomez Licon and E. Eduardo Castollo
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Six people being tested for possible radiation exposure in a hospital in central Mexico are suspects in the theft of highly radioactive cobalt-60, a government official said Friday.
The official said the six were arrested Thursday and taken to the general hospital in Pachuca for observation and testing for radiation exposure. Once they are cleared, they will be turned over to federal authorities in connection with the case of a cargo truck stolen Monday at gunpoint that was carrying the extremely dangerous material. Continue reading
MDJ – by
DECATUR — A judge said Thursday that he needs more information and time to decide the case of a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and want the Georgia university system to grant them in-state tuition.
The roughly three dozen young immigrants have been granted temporary permission to stay in the U.S. under an Obama administration policy introduced last year. They filed a lawsuit in August asking a judge to instruct the university system’s Board of Regents to allow them to qualify for in-state tuition. Continue reading
Daily Mail- by RICHARD SHEARS
The man who holds the secrets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s finances was reported last night to be in hiding in China after fleeing for his life from Kim’s rule.
The aide was responsible for managing the funds of Kim’s recently-ousted uncle Jang Song Thaek, and in turn is believed to have intimate knowledge of the 32-year-old leader’s finances. Continue reading
The Common Sense Show – by Dave Hodges
“Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
George W. Bush
I am walking through the airport at Phoenix and the public address system tells me that today’s threat level, as declared by the Department of Homeland Security, is orange. I wasn’t sure what that meant except that we were all supposed to be frightened enough to passively agree that the TSA has the right to commit sexual assault against the public. What I did not realize at that time, is that America had been the victim of a coup as a result of events on 9/11 which culminated in a full blown takeover of the government, by the banksters, with the commencement of the bailouts in 2008. Continue reading
NC Renegade – by David
I read your article and the Esquire piece on Batemen and got furious. I wrote him and the banter is below.
I am waiting to reply to his arrogant response. I am thinking that waging war on law abiding US citizens is not treason? Did we not fight the Revolutionary war on the basic principles we are being subjected to today? Does he really think this Congress would declare a war given the track record of their reluctance to do so ever since Korea? Continue reading