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  • Boehner: GOP House majority means 'no mandate' for tax hikes

    11/07/2012 12:57:27 PM PST · by RC one · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/06/12 10:13 PM ET | Russell Berman -
    In a warning to President Obama, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday night that the reelection of the House Republican majority means that there is “no mandate for raising tax rates” on the American people. “The American people want solutions — and tonight, they've responded by renewing our House Republican majority,” Boehner said. “With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates.” Congress must move immediately from the election to confront looming tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect at the end of the year. Boehner’s remarks on...
  • The strange case of Mitt Romney’s multiple 1948 personalities

    11/07/2012 12:54:51 PM PST · by statestreet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 27, 2012 | David Pietrusza
    It is a rare Midwestern morning when a major candidate can conjure up to comparisons to three candidates from a single past presidential election. But Mitt Romney’s bizarre recent Ford Field appearance somehow managed to remind historians of not one, not two, but three major contenders in 1948’s historic presidential contest: the over-confident Thomas E. Dewey, the scrappy Harry S. Truman and the dour conservative Robert A. Taft. Now, general Mitt Romney-Tom Dewey comparisons are nothing new. Both Romney and Dewey served as moderate-to-liberal Eastern Republican governors. Both featured bland, poll-driven messages. Both had repeatedly sought the presidency (Dewey in...
  • It Was Because Of Bush Sort Of

    11/07/2012 12:54:09 PM PST · by Andrei Bulba · 22 replies
    Not the economy, the election. Who was the democrats' big hero this year, their big gun? Bill Clinton. A woman attacking, lying, corrupt, disgraced debarred perjurer who never got 50% of the vote when he ran for president. Yet he was their funny old respected distinguished statesman. And where is George W Bush? No republican would dare go near him. We allow the fantasy that he caused a disaster after Katrina. We allow Obama to blame "them" again and again for the economy- and "they" is George W Bush, not the real culprits, filthy leftists degenerates like Barney Frank. George...
  • Florida's Race Embodies a Polarized Electorate

    11/07/2012 12:53:22 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies ^ | November 7, 2012 | CRISTINA COSTANTINI
    According to exit polls, Obama won 60 percent of the Latino vote in Florida yesterday up from 57 percent in 2008 and 44 percent for John Kerry in 2004. According to separate polling from Latino Decisions Tuesday, nearly one in five voters in Florida was Latino, and 63 percent of those polled said that Romney either "doesn't care much" or is "hostile toward" the Latino community. Nationally, Obama beat Romney by a 71-27 percent margin with Latino voters, according to the national exit polls. "Estamos bien, estamos bien, votando por Obama, estamos bien," a group of Puerto Rican voters sang...
  • California to keep death penalty

    11/07/2012 12:50:32 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Voters in California rejected a referendum to abolish the death penalty, despite widespread complaints about the state's expensive and dysfunctional capital punishment system. The majority of Californians, 53%, voted "no" on Proposition 34, compared to 47% who voted in favor of the referendum, which would have gotten rid of the death penalty if approved. This tally is based on 95% of the votes having been counted. With the referendum rejected, California will maintain its death row status quo. That has cost the state $4 billion since 1978, even though only 13 convicts have been executed in...
  • Deeply down day on the Dow as post-election fiscal reality hits Wall Street

    11/07/2012 12:48:54 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 23 replies ^ | Nov 7 2012
    he Dow Jones Industrial Average fell sharply Wednesday following President Obama’s re-election, as investors absorbed the reality that the same political players in Washington, D.C., now must address the nation’s so-called fiscal cliff, which looms at year’s end. “You’ve got pretty much the same recipe as before -- a Democratic president and House Republicans,’’ said Nigel Gault, chief US economist for IHS Global Insight in Lexington. “If Obama says, ‘I insist on there being a tax increase for high-income Americans,’ and you have Congress saying, ‘No tax increases,’ you hit the cliff.” The Dow was down by about 280 points...
  • After Romney loss, GOP soul searching begins

    11/07/2012 12:42:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 63 replies ^ | November 7, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    Mitt Romney's loss on Tuesday laid bare a Republican demographic problem that, if not addressed, could transform the GOP into a permanent minority party. Romney dominated among white voters, who made up 72 percent of the electorate: He won that group by 20 percentage points, according to the national exit poll. But he was crushed among Latinos, who broke for President Obama 71 percent to 27 percent. The former group is shrinking as a portion of the electorate. In 1988, they were 85 percent of all voters. By the year 2000, that was down to 81 percent. It's fallen nine...
  • Long-abandoned bacterial fermentation process converts sugar directly to diesel

    11/07/2012 12:40:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 11-07-2012 | Provided by University of California - Berkeley
    A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered. Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years. While the fuel's...
  • My buttocks are actually tan...

    11/07/2012 12:40:34 PM PST · by RightStuff1 · 23 replies
    ...from all the sunshine that's been pumped up my arse in the past few weeks. -Dick Morris -Karl Rove -"Forget 270...300+ for Romney" -Rasmussen -"Looking good in Florida" -"Looking good in Virginia" -Huge GOP turnout coming -"Pennsylvania in play" -Big enthusiasm gap -It's still the economy, stupid -"Looking good in Colorado" -Romney playing prevent defense because he knows he's got it -Drudge -Superior GOP machine in Wisconsin thanks to Walker recall efforts -"Gonna win Ohio" -Big Romney crowds show an excited GOP electorate -"Looking good in New Hampshire" -Subdued 3rd debate strategy was all Romney needed to do -A +6...

    11/07/2012 12:40:21 PM PST · by sharkhawk · 7 replies
    WE LOST. These conspiracy theories are almost as bad as the DUmmies meltdown in ''04, and they had an excuse, they're barely functional drug using morons.
  • Make sure Obama supporters get what they voted for

    11/07/2012 12:38:24 PM PST · by Starman417 · 34 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-07-12 | DrJohn
    Fiscal cliff: “Fiscal cliff” is the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum that the U.S. government will face at the end of 2012, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect. Among the laws set to change at midnight on December 31, 2012, are the end of last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts (resulting in a 2% tax increase for workers), the end of certain tax breaks for businesses, shifts in the alternative minimum tax that would take a larger bite, the end of the tax cuts from 2001-2003, and...
  • Escape from California, FReeper advice sought on Wyoming

    11/07/2012 12:35:53 PM PST · by MarineBrat · 51 replies
    Vanity | 11/07/2012 | MarineBrat
    I think I've had enough. I live in the most conservative stronghold of California, near FreeRepublic itself, but I've had it. I have long considered where I should take my skills, and Wyoming comes to mind. A very large state with the lowest population in the union. I see that Wyoming (69%R, 28%D) came in 2nd only to Utah (73%R, 25%D). Are there any Wyoming FReepers who can give me the lowdown on the state? All I require to make a living is a decent internet connection. If I were to plan a driving vacation to Wyoming to get a...
  • Todd: GOP will run toward immigration reform next year

    11/07/2012 12:35:45 PM PST · by Bratch · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 7, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I think Chuck Todd has this right, and not just because of last night’s poor showing for Republicans among Hispanics.  In looking at the daunting issues facing the lame-duck 112th Congress and the incoming 113th, comprehensive immigration reform might be a comparative slam-dunk: After Tuesday night’s re-election victory for President Barack Obama, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd predicted that one of the president’s agenda items — one promise he never managed to fulfill in his first term — would breeze into law. ”Immigration reform,” he said, will get “80 to 90 votes in the Senate.” Since the election night results showed Republicans unable to...
  • Ohio woman who drove on sidewalk to avoid school bus ordered to wear ‘idiot’ sign

    CLEVELAND — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots. Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
  • Why Don't Our Minority Republicans Count?

    11/07/2012 12:32:08 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies ^ | November 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We have to face some truths. We have to face some reality. We are outnumbered and we are losing ground. This was not a glitch. This is the trend that happened last night. This is the trend. We are outnumbered. Whether you want to put it in terms of have we lost the country or not, there's no other explanation. I don't care if there were more Republicans that didn't vote. Why didn't they? I don't want to talk about the people that didn't vote. That just means we didn't get our vote out. I don't want to talk...
  • We voted – now let’s get to work,say Latinos after historic vote for Obama

    11/07/2012 12:31:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies ^ | November 7, 2012 | Sandra Lilley
    We voted – now let’s get things done. That was the strong takeaway today from Latino leaders and activists during a discussion of the sweeping and historic Latino vote in yesterday’s election. “Last night Latinos confirmed unequivocally that the road to the White House goes through Hispanic neighborhoods,” said Clarissa Martinez De Castro, from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). ”The Latino giant is wide awake, cranky and is taking names,” said labor leader Eliseo Medina, of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Yesterday’s Latino vote made history in two ways. Over 12 million Latinos came out to vote,...
  • Markets tumble as Obama vows to reach across divide

    11/07/2012 12:29:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies ^ | November 7, 2012 | Alex Spillius
    The glow from Barack Obama's re-election as US president was fading already this afternoon as markets tumbled just hours after he declared victory. The fall in market fortunes came as analysts looked ahead to the so-called US fiscal cliff, and new figures raised fresh concerns over the health of the European economy. Mr Obama celebrated his win by immediately promising to reach across America’s bitter political divide, as confrontation loomed with Republicans over reducing the country’s deficit. Striking a conciliatory tone in his acceptance speech in the early hours of Wednesday before thousands of cheering supporters in Chicago, he said...
  • Shortage of generators in north New Jersey? Not Craigslist, where market prices prevail

    11/07/2012 12:28:29 PM PST · by virgil283 · 5 replies
    "There are more than 600 listings on the North New Jersey Craigslist for portable generators. The active market for gas generators on Craigslist demonstrates that government enforcement of “price gouging” laws doesn’t eliminate voluntary market transactions for critical items like generators at market-based prices,"...I'm thinking what can be learned for this storm. Even a small generator could run the blower in the house gas furnace...With debris around a bicycle can be the best way to get around. Get gasoline out of the car's tank for the generator....
  • Turning The Country Conservative (A Sure Thing)

    11/07/2012 12:28:09 PM PST · by wiseprince · 24 replies
    Vanity | wiseprince
    Why not just do what the Dems did? Blow it up from the inside and blame the guy in power. This is how you do it 1. Raise Taxes: Let the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone thus raising taxes 2. Fiscal Cliff: Do not raise the debt ceiling 3. Blame Obama for the outcome The beauty of this approach is that it necessarily guarantees smaller government, if forces cuts in spending. It increases unemployment on Obama's watch (hey, they voted for this). It paints liberalism as the reason for the downfall. If I were running things up there this...
  • Really clever American voters stick with Obama's failed status quo

    11/07/2012 12:27:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 7, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Well, American voters have made their 2012 presidential choice, and now they get to live with it. On Nov. 6, the same day that saw the election of Abraham Lincoln and reelection of Ronald Reagan, they opted to reelect Barack Obama, the first time since the Founding Fathers that the country has awarded two terms to three consecutive presidents. Two-thirds of Americans have consistently said the country is on the wrong track. So, naturally they opted to stick with a stinking status quo they've whined about for years now. Unable to face the fact they made a colossal mistake in...