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  • The Way Forward [Republicans Do Not Need to Radically Change]

    11/12/2012 7:32:20 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    They lose and immediately the chorus begins. Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative (on abortion, for example). The principal reason they go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigrants. In securing the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney made the strategic error of (unnecessarily) going to the right of Rick Perry. Romney could never successfully tack back. For...
  • Democrats Better Start Soul Searching

    11/12/2012 7:28:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 11, 2012 | Abe Greenwald
    Barack Obama ushered in America’s first large-scale experiment in personality-cult politics. The experiment continues apace. Obama got reelected because he enjoys a degree of personal popularity disconnected from his record. No modern president has ever been returned to office with employment figures and right-rack-wrong-track numbers as poor as those Obama has achieved. Obama couldn’t run on his record, which proved to be no problem—Americans didn’t vote on his record. According to exit polls, 77 percent of voters said the economy is bad and only 25 percent said they’re better off than they were four years ago. But since six in...
  • Lost Tribe of Israel Will Return To Zion After Unanimous Vote By Government in Jerusalem

    11/12/2012 7:27:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 11/12/2012 | MICHAEL FREUND, Special to the Sun
    Israel’s government has passed a historic decision, one that paves the way for the return of a Lost Tribe of Israel to Zion. Resolution 5180, which on October 24 received unanimous ministerial approval, will allow 275 members of the Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India to make aliya. Coming at a time of increasing uncertainty for the Jewish state, this development should infuse us all with some much-needed optimism regarding the future. [The discovery of traces of the tribe was first reported in America by The New York Sun, whose columnist, Hillel Halkin, told their story in the book “Across...
  • Australia Orders Federal Child Sex Abuse Inquiry - (Catholic Church)

    11/12/2012 7:26:47 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2012 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Australia Orders Federal Child Sex Abuse Inquiry By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press SYDNEY November 12, 2012 (AP) Australia's prime minister ordered a federal inquiry Monday into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and community groups following a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church cover-up. (snip) Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, who spent years investigating abuse allegations in the Hunter region, said the church destroyed evidence, silenced victims and shuffled around accused priests in a bid to cover up abuse. There have been hundreds of allegations of abuse by priests...
  • Voice of Sesame Street's 'Elmo' accused of affair with underaged teen

    11/12/2012 7:25:34 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | DAVID K. LI
    The man who voices beloved children’s character “Elmo” took a leave of absence, after he was accused of having an affair with an underaged boy, Sesame Street officials said today. The allegations against Kevin Clash, 52, go back seven years and the puppeteer said he needed a break from work to fight the allegations.
  • 'The truth will come out': Father claims her affair is part of bigger scandal [Petraeus]

    11/12/2012 7:23:06 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 153 replies
    Daily Mail | 11/12/12
    The father of David Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell has defended his daughter today as an 'exceptional person', saying he supports her 100 per cent after details of her sordid affair with the decorated general were made public. General Petraeus's relationship with Broadwell, his biographer, was revealed on Friday after an FBI investigation which suspected corruption between the pair. Broadwell's father Paul Kranz, a retired high school basketball coach, suggested that the explosive revelations that led to Petraeus resigning as CIA director, have been used to cover up a bigger scandal.
  • The 2012 Lame Duck Session is Here

    11/12/2012 7:20:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    It's been nearly a week since Barack Obama was re-elected president and today the 2012 lame duck session officially begins as the fiscal cliff looms. —The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts on income, investments, married couples and families with children and inheritances. —A $55 billion, 9 percent cut to the Pentagon next year and another $55 billion in cuts to domestic programs, including a 2 percent cut to Medicare providers. —The expiration of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and a sharp cut in reimbursements for doctors participating in Medicare. —The expiration of Obama's temporary 2 percentage point cut in...
  • No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles

    11/12/2012 7:18:19 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 12, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Los Angeles City Council is urging all residents to observe "meatless Mondays" from now on. A resolution adopted on Oct. 24 reads: "Be it resolved, that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays as 'Meatless Mondays' in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals." Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the resolution, also wants to ban new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles. "While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to...
  • Word For The Day, Monday, November 12, 2012 - nugatory

    11/12/2012 7:13:06 AM PST · by secret garden · 25 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam, incredibly slow computer | 12 November 2012 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".nugatory \NOO-guh-tor-ee; NYOO-\ , adjective1. Trifling; insignificant; inconsequential.2. Having no force; inoperative; ineffectual. Example sentences:Tygiel's forte as a historian is his eye for what may appear nugatory or marginal but, when focused upon, illuminates the temper of a given moment.-- Roberto Gonzlez Echevarria, "From Ruth to Rotisserie", New York Times, July 2, 2000 Jacoby's offense was no offense -- or an error so nugatory as to demand no more than a one-sentence explanation.-- Lance...
  • When Infinite Inflation Isn't Enough

    11/12/2012 7:10:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Peter Schiff
    If no one seems to care that the Titanic is filling with water, why not drill another hole in it? That seems to be the M.O. of the Bernanke Federal Reserve. After the announcement of QE3 (also dubbed "QE Infinity") created yet another round of media chatter about a recovery, the Fed's Open Market Committee has decided to push infinity a little bit further. The latest move involves the rolling over of long-term Treasuries purchased as part of Operation Twist, thereby more than doubling QE3 to a monthly influx of $85 billion in phony money starting in December. I call...
  • Gone Galt

    11/12/2012 7:09:17 AM PST · by AdaGray · 75 replies
    I am ‘going Galt’ until this passes...
  • Fisherman, who saved lives with knot-tying to teach youngsters survival skills

    11/12/2012 7:06:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11-12-12 | Lisa L. Colangelo
    With just four minutes and a series of well-tied knots, Michael McDonnell saved himself and his Belle Harbor neighbors the night Hurricane Sandy hit. The experienced fisherman and surfer from the Rockaways fashioned a lifeline from electrical wire and twine to ferry a half-dozen people to safety from raging waters and fire. “You are only as good as the knots you make,” he said. Now McDonnell is hoping to take his experience to youngsters and others to help them figure out what to do if they have only minutes to evacuate their home — as he and others in the...
  • Spain Declares 2-Year Moratorium on Evictions Following Suicides; Policy Will Blow Up Spectacularly

    11/12/2012 7:00:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    El Pais (via Google translate) reports Government will give a two-year moratorium to end evictions. Social pressure, political and, above all, the shock of facts so overwhelming as two suicides in recent weeks, the second on Friday, has led the government and the PSOE to move faster. Both contacts for accelerated progress towards an agreement to halt evictions more extreme than in any case, will not materialize until next week. That agreement, however, will not be retroactive and would apply to mortgages signed, but not those that are in foreclosure. It would not serve to cases like Egaña Amaya, the...
  • Săo Paulo murder spree leaves at least 140 dead in a fortnight

    11/12/2012 6:53:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Sunday 11 November 2012 14.52 EST | Jonathan Watts, Latin America correspondent
    At least 140 people have been murdered in Săo Paulo over the past two weeks in an outbreak of violent crime that has prompted early school closures, a change of municipal bus routes and street demonstrations. In September 144 people were killed. The causes are manifold, but a major factor appears to be an undeclared war between the largest criminal militia and the police, which has led to drive-by shootings, ambushes and other killings. After initially denying the link, officials from the public safety department told local newspapers at the weekend that many of the killings of police had been...
  • What if someone was stealing your home?

    11/12/2012 6:53:17 AM PST · by HalTa · 19 replies
    Would you sit silently if you discovered you had just lost a poker hand to a cheating friend? Would you be silent if your favorite sports team was cheated out of a championship by an obviously corrupt official? How about if you learned that the home you have lived in for most of your life was being seized by the local government for some trumped up charge? Of course the answer is a resounding NO. So why are our Republican leaders talking about regrouping and concentrating on taking back the Presidency in 2016? 2016? Are they kidding? By 2016 there...
  • God Will Not Be Mocked

    11/12/2012 6:51:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Matt Barber
    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~ Abraham Lincoln America has forsaken her first love. She has finally, and fully, given herself over to a licentious Lothario with whom she has increasingly flirted since her youth. He is sin – and, notwithstanding full knowledge of who he is and what he intends, with him she has lain. America has tasted the poisonous fruits of lust, pride, passion, and envy – sloth, frivolity, iniquity and entitlement. She has tasted of their sweet deception and...
  • Petraeus vs. Clinton. Do Sexual Affairs Threaten National Security?

    11/12/2012 6:44:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/13/2012 | John Fund
    The sudden departure of a compromised CIA director hasn’t been an episode of Showtime’s espionage drama Homeland, but it could be. The story of David Petraeus’s resignation is evolving, and we may know more soon enough. But for now, he is said to have resigned because he committed marital infidelity in a way that could have exposed the U.S. to harm. Greta van Susteren of Fox News says his jobs as a general and CIA director made him “very vulnerable to blackmail from those with very bad intentions against the United States.” Fair enough, but many commentators took an entirely...
  • The Amnesty Delusion. Leave the Pandering to the Democrats.

    11/12/2012 6:42:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/13/2012 | The Editors
    Having suffered not one but several humiliating defeats on Tuesday, Republicans are in danger of embracing “comprehensive” immigration reform — which is to say, amnesty — out of panic. The GOP does need to do better among Hispanics and other voters, but this is not the way to achieve that — and, more important, it is bad policy. A formal policy of refusing to enforce the law is not obviously the best substitute for an informal policy of refusing to enforce the law. But first, credit should be given where it is due: The Obama administration, by keeping economic growth...
  • 89-Year-Old Man Dies 3 Weeks After Being Beaten On MTA Bus

    11/12/2012 6:40:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 11, 2012 4:24 PM
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — Officials said that an 89-year-old man beaten on an MTA bus three weeks ago died yesterday. The victim was reportedly beaten on the bus near Venice Boulevard at Main Street, near downtown Culver City, on Oct. 21. Luke Schoedel, 35, was arrested at the scene of the attack, according to Sheriff’s department spokesperson Steve Whitmore. Schoedel was charged with felony assault and felony elder abuse. He could be charged with more serious crimes — like murder – if the autopsy warrants, said Whitmore. “We don’t know yet whether the man died as a result of thatassault,...
  • Voice of Elmo on leave from Sesame Street after he was accused of having 'sex with boy'

    11/12/2012 6:37:28 AM PST · by massmike · 36 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/12/2012 | JILL REILLY
    The man who voices the puppet of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken leave amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children's show after the programme's lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16. TMZ, who reported the allegations, said that Mr Clash had admitted he had a relationship with the man, but only after the accuser was an adult and said the accusations were both false...