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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...
  • The Full Story of the Corrupting Impact of Government Dependency in Just 3-1/2 Minutes

    11/12/2012 6:36:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve put together a video series on the need for entitlement reform and another one on the economics of government spending. I think that my videos are straightforward and easy to understand, but I’m always open to the possibility that I’m too wonky. After all, normal people may not have the time or interest to endure 20 minutes of Dan Mitchell (perish the thought!).So perhaps this short cartoon video from the folks at the American Enterprise Institute is a better approach. Sort of Dr. Seuss goes to Greece.I particularly like illustration of growing dependency, similar to what’s expressed in this...
  • Seriously, Apple Is Doomed

    11/12/2012 6:36:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daring Fireball ^ | 11/10/2012 | JOHN GRUBER
    Dan Crow, another former Apple employee from the 1990s, also says Apple has shown itself to be doomed without Steve Jobs, in a piece for The Guardian headlined “We’ve Passed Peak Apple”: Why do I think Apple has passed its peak? There are a number of signs. The most visible recent one is the Maps debacle. Replacing Google Maps with an obviously inferior experience shows how much Apple has changed. Apple’s success had been all about offering users the best possible experience; suddenly it is willing to give users a clearly worse experience to further its corporate interests - in...
  • Did Patraeus Owe Obama for covering up the Affair?

    11/12/2012 6:34:16 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 21 replies
    Everyone is looking in the wrong place for the potential story. The story is not when Obama knew of the investigation, but when he knew of the affair. Timeline: June 2010. Obama is highly embarrassed by a story in Rolling Stone Magazine in which Gen. Stanley McChrystal makes disparaging remarks about Obama. The war is not going well and the comments make Obama look weak. June 2010. Barack Obama nominates Petraeus to succeed General Stanley McChrystal as commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. This is technically a step down from his position as Commander of United...
  • “Filibuster Reform” Is Power Grab By Harry Reid

    11/12/2012 6:25:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Brian Darling
    Make no mistake about it. This new talk about “Filibuster Reform” coming from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is nothing more than a power grab by liberals in the Senate. Reid has stifled debate during his rule, and he will use the pre-text of “Filibuster Reform” to bully and squelch the minority party, much like he has done for the past few years. The Washington Times reports, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP’s ability to filibuster bills.” Reid argued at his post-election...
  • Scarborough: 'Don't Tell Me WH Didn't Know About Petraeus Till After Election--That Is Not True'

    11/12/2012 6:22:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Andrea Mitchell was willing to peddle the Obama party line regarding the Petraeus matter . . . but Joe Scarborough wasn't buying. On today's Morning Joe, Mitchell dutifully reported that "according to all the officials involved," President Obama was not informed about Petraeus until the Thursday after the election. Scarborough dropped something of a bombshell, saying he "heard about something like this coming several weeks ago." Said Scarborough emphatically: "don't tell me the White House didn't know. That is not true." View the video here.
  • Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman

    11/12/2012 6:18:46 AM PST · by traumer · 53 replies
    Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Fla., reportedly alerted the FBI several months ago about threatening emails she had received from Petraeus alleged mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, a senior military official told the Associated Press. The mystery woman who blew the lid off former CIA Director David Petraeus’ career-ending affair is also tied to the military — a sexy social liaison for an Air Force base in Tampa who says she and the ex-general are just “friends.” Jill Kelley, 37, a married mother of three from the Gulf Coast city, alerted the FBI several months ago after receiving emails from Petraeus’...
  • In 2008, Wall St. Journal accurately predicted “If You Like Michigan’s Economy, You’ll Love Obama’s”

    11/12/2012 6:17:23 AM PST · by grundle · 13 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 10, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog On September 13, 2008, the Wall St. Journal accurately predicted “If You Like Michigan’s Economy, You’ll Love Obama’s.” On September 13, 2008, the Wall St. Journal wrote:If You Like Michigan’s Economy, You’ll Love Obama’sFrom 1996 through 2006… Michigan lost 318,000 [jobs]. The Wall St. Journal’s prediction has come true.As one example, take a look at this chart from businessinsider.com. The chart shows that the “recovery” under President Obama is far worse than past recoveries. (Click on the image to see a larger version): Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-percent-job-losses-in-post-wwii-recessions-2012-11As another example, consider this chart from weeklystandard.com. It shows that during...
  • PETRAEUS MISTRESS SUGGESTS BENGHAZI ATTACK WAS AIMED AT SECRET CIA PRISON

    11/12/2012 6:14:39 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 12 replies
    Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus may have told his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell what really happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 when terrorists murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Broadwell, whose alleged affair with Petraeus forced him to resign last Friday, revealed during an October 26 speech at the University of Denver that Libyan terrorists may have attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 in order to take back Libyan militia members the CIA Annex had taken prisoner. Furthermore, Broadwell confirmed that the CIA Annex in Libya had requested reinforcements and...
  • No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles

    11/12/2012 6:11:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles By Susan Jones November 12, 2012 (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...
  • How long until Left calls for Obama 3rd term?

    11/12/2012 6:10:33 AM PST · by Al Gore Vidal · 44 replies
    11/12/201 | Al Gore Vidal
    He couldn't get it done in one term. We all know he won't get it done with a second. So how long until the Left starts talking about an Obama third term in order to finish the job? And no, I'm not joking with this question.
  • In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes

    11/12/2012 6:09:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 84 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/12/2012 | Miriam Hill, Andrew Seidman, and John Duchneskie
    It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch. These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst, but such results may not be so startling after all. "We have always had these dense urban corridors that are extremely Democratic," said Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University. "It's kind of an urban fact, and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia."
  • Can Scalia Hold Out for Two Years? [vanity]

    11/12/2012 6:08:47 AM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 20 replies
    God bless Scalia. If he can hang in there for two more years, we have a chance. Here's the bottom line -- Scalia is a brilliant and patriotic conservative. But he's not a spring chicken any more. If he retires from the Supreme Court, then there's only thing stopping Obama from appointing another Kagan -- the Senate. This next off-year is 2014. We'll feel pain from now until then -- you can bet. But here's the bright side -- pain = votes [unless your candidate fails to rally conservatives]. It's a terrible way to gain ground, but America chose'em, not...
  • Calvin Coolidge calls out the progressives of his generation

    11/12/2012 6:06:49 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 16 replies
    Progressivism is an utterly bankrupt ideology, and Calvin Coolidge knew it. In his Speech on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, he said the following: About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied...
  • New York Road Runners, organizers of New York City Marathon, paid only $494,000 to charity

    11/12/2012 6:03:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/12 | JEANE MACINTOSH
    So much for charity. Organizers of the New York City Marathon, who routinely crow about all the money the race raises for good causes, doled out only $494,000 in direct aid last year — less than what they paid their CEO, Mary Wittenberg, records show. New York Road Runners Inc., the nonprofit host of the marathon, raked in $53.8 million in revenue in 2011 and handed over the bulk of its direct charitable contribution, $208,340, to support its own kids programs. -snip- Meanwhile, Wittenberg earned $500,843. The median CEO salary last year for a Northeast non-profit the size of NYRR...
  • African Leaders Warn Welby: Anglican Church is ‘Fractured’

    11/12/2012 5:56:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/9/12 | John Bingham
    The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is taking over a Church in “spiritual and institutional crisis” leaders representing 31 million African Christians warned tonight.A group of Bishops and senior clerics from Nigeria and Kenya issued a call for the Archbishop of Canterbury effectively to be replaced as leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion by an elected chairman. Meanwhile the Anglican church in Uganda offered Bishop Welby its support but warned the Church is “fractured” over questions such as homosexuality and the interpretation of the Bible. The remarks come following a meeting of Anglican leaders from around the world in...
  • White House website deluged with secession petitions from 20 states

    11/12/2012 5:52:58 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    White House website deluged with secession petitions from 20 states Posted By David Martosko On 11:53 PM 11/11/2012 @ 11:53 How would Old Glory look with 30 stars instead of 50? As far-fetched as it may sound, the White House might soon be forced by its own rules to examine the question. On Nov.7, the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White House’s website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede. If 25,000 people sign the petition by Dec. 7, it will “require a response” from the Obama administration, according to published rules of...
  • The Five Stages of a Conservative's Grief

    11/12/2012 5:51:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-12-12 | David Catron
    A painful adjustment to last Tuesday's election. Last Tuesday evening I went to bed in denial, thinking that there must be some mistake. I declined to believe that a majority of the voters were stupid enough to re-elect a President whose incompetence makes Jimmy Carter seem Washingtonian by comparison, whose mendacity far surpasses that of a pathological liar like Bill Clinton, and whose administration is so corrupt that it actually evokes nostalgia for the Nixon era. I was sure that, when all the actual votes had been counted, they would reveal that the voters of Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado...
  • Why We Were Surprised on November 6th?

    11/12/2012 5:42:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    Ok, I was wrong. I thought the Republicans would win the Presidency. I was not the only one. Smart people like Michael Barone and Karl Rove thought so also, in addition to people like Dick Morris. A knowledgeable friend called me the Saturday before the election and told me John McLaughlin, the pollster, just told him Romney wins it going away. So what happened? First there is the big picture. I think there were three issues that hurt the Romney campaign along the way. The first is his turn to the right to win the primaries. My now politically-astute son...
  • How We Can Win

    11/12/2012 5:41:04 AM PST · by expat1000 · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 11 Nov 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Let's begin with what this isn't. It isn't a final statement on anything. It's the opening to a discussion and the discussion is a look at how we can win. The proposals and ideas that follow are not in compliance with any dogma. They do not call for abandoning principles, but they do call for pragmatic action in the here and now in order to secure the victory of those principles. That's a tricky line, but that's also how political battles are won. Plenty of readers will have philosophical objections to some of what follows and I respect that, but...
  • The Myth of the Missing Three Million Republicans

    11/12/2012 5:38:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-12-12 | Jack Cashill
    A score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans allegedly "missing" at the polls this year. For starters, if the Washington Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million. For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. More than 1.1 million of the Republican votes were "lost" in California. It is not that California Republicans turned against Romney. His percentage of the vote was higher than McCain's in 2008. It is just they...
  • Toughest Bridge In The World

    11/12/2012 5:35:41 AM PST · by navysealdad · 15 replies
    A railway bridge in Durham, North Carolina is (unofficially) the toughest bridge in the world.
  • Petraeus' Other "Other Woman" Hires Crisis Management Firm (and John Edward's lawyer)

    11/12/2012 5:35:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies
    economicpolicyjournal.com ^ | 11/11/2012 | Robert Wenzel
    Jill Kelley, the other "other woman" in the General Petrateus scandal has hired a powerful Washington D.C. crisis management firm Smith & Company. Among other matters, the firm has handled "the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leadership with its communication efforts as part of the War on Terrorism" and represented Monica Lewinsky. *snip* Kelley has also hired the attorney Abbe Lowell. Lowell has defended many political figures including John Edwards, Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski and Gary Condit and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
  • Veterans Aren't Superheroes

    11/12/2012 5:32:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell
    It’s tempting to think of warriors as different from the rest of us—they somehow feel less pain and fear than ordinary people. Only when we recognize that fighting men and women have the same fears and desires we all do can we recognize the real nature of their courage and sacrifice. A smart friend said that or something pretty close. It has affected the way I think about bravery. Not having served, I’m grateful to those who did, and those who are. I’m also grateful to their families and loved ones. The burden borne by families of service members hit...
  • Clowns Use Humor to Protest White Power Rally [New Black Panthers Deserve Same Treatment]

    11/12/2012 5:21:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    kolo tv ^ | November 11, 2012
    There was a loud and very colorful KKK rally and counter-protest in Charlotte, North Carolina over the weekend. Counter-protesters brought squeaky toys, whistles, noise-makers, and red noses... but it was no ordinary clown circus. Tom Strini, a clown-dressed counter-protester, said, "Instead of meeting hate with hate, they were going to meet hate with love." Lacey Williams of the Latin American Coalition said, "The straight-up message from us is...you look silly." The clowns were protesting a National Socialist Movement's white power rally which included Ku Klux Klan members. One of the original rally participants said they were making a statement, "We...
  • The Hard Fiscal Facts--Individual tax payments are up 26% in the last two years

    11/12/2012 5:17:43 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11-11-12 | Editors
    Mr. Obama won't want you to know this, but this revenue increase is occurring under the Bush tax rates that he so desperately wants to raise in the name of getting what he says is merely "a little more in taxes." Individual income tax payments are now up $233 billion over the last two years, or 26%. This healthy revenue increase comes despite measly economic growth of between 1% and 2%. Imagine the gusher of revenue the feds could get if government got out of the way and let the economy grow faster. Now let's look at outlays, which declined...
  • Resistance with Respect

    11/12/2012 5:17:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor’s Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his fourth term, Kansas editor William Allen White, a staunch Republican, wrote: "We who hate your gaudy guts salute you." President Obama: We have never hated your gaudy guts. And we acknowledge that a majority of our fellow citizens of this Great Republic have saluted you and conferred upon you for the second time the office of President of the United States. We thank God that more than 120 million Americans voted in a peaceful and orderly election. That alone is a wonder...
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Use The United States As Global Distribution Hub

    11/12/2012 5:16:33 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 78 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/12/12 | Friends of Ours
    With little pushback from law enforcement within its borders the United States increasingly is serving as a global distribution hub for the Mexican drug cartels. Last week police in Melbourne, Australia busted two suspects including a reputed "high ranking member of the Comanchero Motorcycle Club" for their alleged roles in receiving cocaine shipments from an unidentified Mexican drug cartel in the United States as reported by Andrew O'Reilly for Fox News: "while it is unclear which cartel the outlaw motorcycle club members were working with, it is well known that Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel has a major stake...
  • Will Republicans Ever Win Again? Yes, but with new tools.

    11/12/2012 5:14:01 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 63 replies
    11-12-12 | Self
    Have you ever been a fly on the wall? How about right out in the open, undercover? Well I have and the RNC should pay me for it on retainer. New tools, new tactics, and firing Rove and the pantywaist consultants is the only way to win again. Yesterday - and quite often I'll add - my wife and I are the only conservative ones in large settings with staunchly democrat blacks - you know the type, 0bama is king, is perfect, and only bigots would not vote for him. But to sit there, watch how smart phones get passed...
  • AXIS IN SOUTH FRANCE, FLEET’S FATE A MYSTERY; U.S. AND NAZI FORCES RACE TO OCCUPY TUNISIA (11/12/42)

    11/12/2012 5:05:41 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 17 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/12/42 | Daniel T. Brigham, David Anderson, Raymond Daniell, A.C. Sedgwick, Pertinax, Charles Hurd, more
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  • Worst Anti-Muslim Hate Crime in America was Committed by Muslim

    11/12/2012 5:05:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 11, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Worst Anti-Muslim Hate Crime in America was Committed by MuslimPosted By Daniel Greenfield On November 11, 2012 @ 5:30 pm In The Point | 18 Comments When Shaima Alawadi was found beaten to death in her own dining room with a tire iron, CAIR and countless Muslim organizations rejoiced, and not just for the usual reason that Muslims rejoice when a woman is murdered, but because they had their own living dead proof that Islamophobia was the biggest problem in America since German Measles.A note lying on the floor read, “Go back to...