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  • Workers strike, demonstrate through much of Europe to protest austerity, layoffs (US is next)

    11/14/2012 6:45:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    washington post ^ | 11/14/2012 | ap
    Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region. However, while austerity-hit countries such as Spain and Portugal saw a high turnout of striking workers, wealthier countries like Germany and Denmark experienced only piecemeal action. To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much debt, governments across Europe have had to cut spending, pensions and benefits and raise taxes. As well as hitting income and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and rapidly...
  • Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed by Israeli strike

    11/14/2012 6:45:43 AM PST · by dan_s · 49 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/14/2012 | Haaretz
    Hamas confirms Ahmed Jabari killed when a missile hit two cars near the Gaza port; Palestinians report another person was killed.
  • Nutsy Pelosi to stay on as House Minority Leader.**vanity**

    11/14/2012 6:32:23 AM PST · by Kevin in California · 13 replies
    11-14-12 | Me
    Just heard it on my local news.
  • Boehner’s Blunder (If you can't beat 'em, join 'em)

    11/14/2012 6:29:01 AM PST · by bestintxas · 45 replies
    national review ^ | 11/14/12 | m tanner
    Well, that didn’t take long. They hadn’t even finished counting the ballots in Florida when House speaker John Boehner indicated that Republicans were preparing to surrender on issues ranging from taxes to health-care reform. With regard to taxes, Boehner signaled that he was once again open to a “grand bargain” to avoid the looming fiscal cliff. While he kept an increase in tax rates off the table for now, Boehner said that he was open to “additional revenue” as part of a deal. Such additional revenue could, of course, take many forms, such as closing loopholes, raising fees, or counting...
  • Suffering on L.I. as Power Agency Shows Its Flaws

    11/14/2012 6:25:09 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | DANNY HAKIM, PATRICK McGEEHAN and MICHAEL MOSS
    It was four days before Hurricane Sandy would arrive, and trustees of the Long Island Power Authority gathered as forecasters’ warnings grew dire. For more than two hours, the trustees talked about a range of issues, including a proposal to hire a branding consultant. Discussion of the storm lasted just 39 seconds... The examination by The Times shows that the Long Island Power Authority has repeatedly failed to plan for extreme weather... Officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, have excoriated the authority, but in the past, they have paid little attention to its management... Trying to fend off attacks on...
  • Big Miss In Retail Sales Paints Grim Picture For Holiday Shopping

    11/14/2012 6:24:34 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Here we go with the "but, but, Sandy" excuses. The just announced October retail sales tumbled, with their worst miss of expectations since May 2010, and the first sequential decline since June: printing at -0.3% for both the headline and the 'ex autos and gas', on expectations of a -0.2% and +0.4% rise. Ignoring for a second that the Commerce Department said that Hurricane Sandy had both positive (remember those massive lines in various stores ahead of Sandy) and negative impacts on retail sales, it would be truly inconceivable for the sellside Wall Street consensus of diploma'ed PhDs, which knew...
  • Vegetative man tells doctors ‘I’m not in pain’ via MRI communication

    11/14/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    More than 12 years after a car accident left him in a vegetative state, a Canadian man has begun communicating with doctors who are monitoring his brain activity through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans. The BBC reports that 39-year-old Scott Routley has been able to communicate to doctors that he is not in any pain, marking the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-damaged patient has been able to give direct answers regarding their care and treatment."Scott has been able to show he has a conscious, thinking mind," British neuroscientist Adrian Owen told the BBC. "We have scanned him several...
  • Does Obama Doom America?

    11/14/2012 6:18:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/14/2012 | Quin Hillyer
    This man runs a vote-fraud-enabling, military-vote-suppressing, domestic-energy-destroying, debt-exploding, credit-limit-undermining, defense-gutting, abusive-regulation-promulgating, power-centralizing, religious-liberty-attacking, crony-corporatism-expanding, Constitution-trampling administration. He politicizes everything and demeans politics and the presidency simultaneously. His opponent (according to his closest political associates) was a "felon." The opponent was proximately responsible for a woman's cancer death, deliberately outsourced jobs, and led a "war on women." Women, meanwhile, should look to government for sustenance from cradle to grave, should vote as if giving up their virginity, and should "vote like [their] lady parts depend on it." Attack, attack, attack; demean, demean, demean; trivialize, trivialize, trivialize; and never once outline a...
  • Obama Rewards Romney-Threatening MoveOn With White House Meeting

    11/14/2012 6:18:34 AM PST · by kristinn · 4 replies
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama invited MoveOn to a meeting with him at the White House on Tuesday just weeks after the liberal group threatened Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney with violence. The invitation came as part of Obama’s ‘fiscal cliff’ series of meetings this week with Congressional leaders, business leaders, and unions and left wing supporters. MoveOn’s executive director Justen Ruben attended Tuesday’s White House meeting alongside leaders of the Center for American Progress, the SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, AFSCME and others. Days before the presidential election MoveOn released a video ad produced by the leftist filmmaker Michael Moore that called for...
  • Petraeus friends Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam share financial troubles

    11/14/2012 6:18:21 AM PST · by RummyChick · 19 replies
    tampa bay times ^ | 11/14 | montgomery & scherzer
    TAMPA — In late September, a U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and the head of the Central Intelligence Agency sent letters to a court in Washington, D.C., testifying that a single mom in Tampa named Natalie Khawam was fit to parent her 4-year-old son. Gen. John R. Allen praised Khawam — the twin sister of Jill Kelley, the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that exposed retired Gen. David Petraeus' affair — for her "maturity, integrity and steadfast commitment to raising her child." Petraeus told the court Khawam "dotes on her son and goes to great lengths — and great...
  • Petraeus offers to testify at House Benghazi hearings

    11/14/2012 6:13:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 144 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/14/12
    Breaking on Fox.
  • The US Recovery Has Been Astounding — And Now Here Comes Its Final Huge Test

    11/14/2012 6:09:25 AM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-14-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    The US Recovery Has Been Astounding — And Now Here Comes Its Final Huge Test Joe WeisenthalNov. 14, 2012, 6:55 AM It's of no comfort to the millions of Americans who are unemployed, but the fact of the matter is that the US economic recovery has been extraordinary. From the dark days of late 2008/early 2009, the economic recovery has been surprisingly strong, given the crash conditions that went into the slump. As this chart rom Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff makes clear, the US GDP recovery is well above historical systemic crises.Reinhart/Rogoff Even on the employment front, the US...
  • Europe's workers stage austerity protests

    11/14/2012 6:07:29 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    Malta Independent ^ | November 14, 2012 | Malta Independent
    Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region. However, while austerity-hit countries such as Spain and Portugal saw a high turnout of striking workers, wealthier countries like Germany and Denmark experienced only piecemeal action. To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much debt, governments across Europe have had to cut spending, pensions and benefits and raise taxes. As well as hitting income and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and rapidly...
  • Obama to open talks with $1.6 trillion plan to raise taxes

    11/14/2012 6:06:32 AM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/14/12 | Ceneta, Goldfarb
    President Obama is taking a hard line with congressional Republicans heading into negotiations over the year-end fiscal cliff, making no opening concessions and calling for far more in new taxes than Republicans have so far been willing to consider. Obama plans to open talks using his most recent budget proposal, which sought to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy by $1.6 trillion over the next decade, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. That’s double the sum that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) offered Obama during secret debt negotiations in 2011. Obama has been pressing to let...
  • Bishops OK first new preaching document in 30 years (homilies to connect with daily lives)

    11/14/2012 6:05:48 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Cath News ^ | November 14, 2012
    The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives.The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes.The document was prepared by the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.During...
  • Sen. McCain pushes Watergate-style panel to investigate deaths of Americans in Benghazi

    11/14/2012 5:55:41 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WaPo/AP ^ | 11/14/2012
    The Arizona Republican tells “CBS This Morning” he believes the unanswered questions surrounding events at Benghazi on Sept. 11 require such a select committee. McCain accused the Obama administration of making misleading statements. He also said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on national television and said incorrectly that the violence was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Muslim movie made in the United States. Asked if he’d stand in the way of any nomination of Rice as the next secretary of state, McCain replied, “She’s not qualified.”
  • OWS buying and canceling debt

    11/14/2012 5:55:12 AM PST · by ksen · 66 replies
    Rolling Jubilee ^ | Recently | n/a
    From the top of their website: ------------------------------------ A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. -------------------------------------
  • Barack Obama's Election And The Looming Crisis Of Liberalism

    11/14/2012 5:51:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 12, 2012 | Charles Kadlec
    What does Barack Obama’s re-election as President mean for the future of the United States and for the President’s place in history? Both liberals celebrating his electoral victory, and conservatives who fear for the future of the country, may be surprised by the thoughtful, serious and provocative answer to this question in: I Am the Change, Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler, best known as the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, but also a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Full disclosure, this columnist is...
  • Christie Warns NJ Residents of Post-Storm Tax Hikes

    11/14/2012 5:49:50 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 39 replies
    NBC NY(local) ^ | 11-13-2012 | Angela Delli Santi
    Gov. Chris Christie is warning New Jerseyans living in storm-wrecked towns that they're likely to see higher local property taxes to help pay for rebuilding. Christie, .... said an exemption to the state's 2 percent tax cap law is emergencies like Sandy, which destroyed coastal towns, knocked out rail service and left 2.7 million households in the dark. While municipalities can expect federal reimbursement for most storm-related cleanup costs, residents will most likely foot the bill for rebuilding. ..... New Jersey residents already pay the highest property taxes in the country, averaging $7,758 per household. The property tax cap law...
  • FWIW - Romney will probably top 61 million votes, maybe more. (Vanity)

    11/14/2012 5:46:43 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 21 replies
    Romney is gaining around 300,000-400,000 votes a day as all the early and provisional ballots are counted. Obama around the same. When all is said and done it will be Obama that lost votes and Electoral votes from 2008 to 2012 not the Repub ticket. That will make him the only president in US history to actually LOSE support from his 1st term election to his 2nd term election. Mandate? My ass. What a joke, that's about the complete opposite of a mandate
  • Vision Problems A Greater Risk For Veterans Following Brain Injury And Stress Disorder

    11/14/2012 5:45:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    Vision Problems A Greater Risk For Veterans Following Brain Injury And Stress Disorder 13 Nov 2012 Many veterans of the United States armed forces who have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder also have undiagnosed, chronic vision problems, according to two studies presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. New Recognition of What Traumatic Brain Injury Can Mean for Veterans' Vision In a study conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., researchers found that vision problems in veterans with mild TBI...
  • DNA sequencing of MRSA used to stop outbreak

    11/14/2012 5:41:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 4 replies
    An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the bacterium's genetic code. It led to them finding one member of staff at Rosie Hospital, in Cambridge, who may have unwittingly carried and spread the infection. They say it is the first time rapid genetic testing has been used to track and then stop an outbreak.
  • Jim Rickards: Paper, Gold or Chaos?

    11/14/2012 5:40:28 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Finance News Network ^ | October 31, 2012 09:40 AM
    Transcription of Finance News Network Interview with JAC Capital Advisors Partner, Jim Rickards at The Gold Investment Symposium in Sydney. Lelde Smits: Hello, I’m Lelde Smits for the Finance News Network and joining me today is American hedge fund adviser Jim Rickards. Jim, welcome to Australia and to Luna Park here in Sydney.You’ve just given a presentation titled, ‘The Future of the International Monetary System: Paper, Gold or Chaos?’ Jim that’s three options, which do you believe is the most desirable outcome? Jim Rickards: The most desirable outcome is probably some kind of gold-backed currency. And, it doesn’t mean that...
  • [Vanity] Should I renew my C&R FFL?

    11/14/2012 5:39:30 AM PST · by rarestia · 37 replies
    My Mind's Eye | 14 November 2012 | Ron Arestia
    So I received my renewal notice for my C&R FFL (03) yesterday, as it's due to expire in February. I've been religious with my renewals for years, but this year just feels different. I saw that BATFE seal on the envelope and my heart sank a little knowing that they're under this Marxist administration. My question to FReepers and firearm aficionados is this: should I renew? My feelings are that at some point in the future, firearms are going to be restricted either by international treaty (i.e. UN ATT) or by executive fiat, and I wonder if it would be...
  • Drones are coming, raising national security questions, expert says

    11/14/2012 5:34:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-14-12 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    The unmanned aerial vehicles have become a mainstay of the U.S. military. In combat zones, the pilotless craft perform everything from surveillance to missile strikes against U.S. enemies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now, just as our troops are coming home, so is their most advanced technology. And it's bringing with it a cargo of safety, privacy and civil liberty concerns. Benjamin Wittes, a Washington, D.C., national security analyst, has been asking that what-now question and expects to pose it to Minnesota leaders at the second annual Robotics Alley conference in Edina, Thursday, Nov. 15 -- a conference designed to...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Convention Comes to Chicago

    11/14/2012 5:33:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Muslim Brotherhood Convention Comes to ChicagoPosted By Ryan Mauro On November 14, 2012 @ 12:41 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments For the second time in two months, stars of the Islamist movement in America will come together in the Chicago area, parading as the moderate Muslims we need to guide us. This time, itÂ’s the 11th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America on December 21-25.Both the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) are in a 1991 internal Muslim...
  • Misreading Election 2012

    11/14/2012 5:28:31 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2012 | Andrew Kohut
    Despite their weak candidate, Republicans increased their share of the presidential vote among many major demographic groups. Compared with 2008, they made significant gains among men (four percentage points), whites (four points), younger voters (six points), white Catholics (seven points) and Jews (nine points). Mr. Romney also carried the independent vote 50% to 45%. Four years ago, independents voted for Mr. Obama 52% to 44%. Republicans can take some solace from these gains. In addition, only 43% of voters this year said they wanted an activist government (compared with 52% in 2008), and 49% continued to disapprove of Mr. Obama's...
  • 'Politico' Peddles Smear Of Dick Morris

    11/14/2012 5:27:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Politico is peddling a misleading liberal-media attack on Dick Morris. Item from Politico's "Morning Score" today [emphasis added]: "DICK MORRIS, who has not been taken seriously by serious people for a very long time, confessed on Fox News yesterday that he deliberately misled viewers: 'I think that there was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory and I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said.' There's just one problem. As Professor William Jacobson has...
  • I'm not seceding!If any one leaves the USA it will be the Blue states! (vanity)

    11/14/2012 5:20:19 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 37 replies
    I voted for Constitutional Government. It was the Blue states that have betrayed America and voted to sustain, maintain and increase the Welfare state and apologize & surrender to our enemies. The Red states are the havens for patriots, the Blue are the dens of traitors. It's important that we frame this issue with the truth and correctly. Winning the odd election here and there doesn't confer patriot or constitutional status upon you. It's standing by those principles, win or lose, that made this nation the greatest ever to arise on the face of the Earth in human history that...
  • FBI reopening probe into Broadwell’s access to classified documents

    11/14/2012 5:19:28 AM PST · by maggief · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    At first the FBI probed the e-mails of Paula Broadwell and CIA Director David Petraeus from a suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment. They then dropped the probe after determining that the biographer of Petraeus had a personal relationship with him, even though they discovered that Broadwell had classified documents on her computer. After the entire probe went public and forced Petraeus to resign, FBI agents suddenly conducted a seizure of materials from Broadwell’s home — which the Washington Post reports comes from a belated curiosity into her possession of those classified documents: The FBI is making a new push to...
  • Gaza, Judea and Samaria: Prison or Paradise?

    11/14/2012 5:12:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Steve Feldman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Gaza, Judea and Samaria: Prison or Paradise?Posted By Steve Feldman On November 14, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments “Comfortable.”“Peaceful sleep.”“Laid-back luxury.”“The pool is so inviting.”These are hardly the terms one would typically use to describe prisons, concentration camps or places of oppression. And yet this is how some Palestinian-Arab-controlled locales are described – though not by Israelis, and certainly not by anti-Israel propagandists.Rather, these are excerpts of reviews from people who have been to Gaza — and back — posted on the Web site “Trip Advisor,” which relies...
  • Valerie Jarrett’s Radical Roots-the background of President Obama’s most trusted advisor

    11/14/2012 5:06:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | John Perazzo
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Valerie Jarrett’s Radical RootsPosted By John Perazzo On November 14, 2012 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments It was recently revealed that for several months, President Obama’s closest and most trusted advisor, Valerie Jarrett, has been leading secret negotiations with representatives of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, in an effort to develop normalized relations between the U.S. and Iran. Hallmarks of such a relationship would include the commencement of direct airline flights between American cities and Tehran; the granting of entry permits for citizens of each country to visit the other;...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/14/12)[Prayer]

    11/14/2012 5:04:31 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/14/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El-Olam-Everlasting God...Isaiah 40:28Isaiah 40 28. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31. but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on...
  • Obama’s Post-Family America--Fracturing social structures are leading to a fractured nation

    11/14/2012 5:03:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republican Party went into the 2012 elections with a number of handicaps. One of the biggest of these handicaps was that it genuinely believed in a single country defined by the American Dream of family values, hard work and national greatness. The Democratic Party, which scored decisive victories across the country, never believed in any such thing, though its leading lights, like Obama, occasionally paid lip service to the idea as a sop to older white voters who would have been turned off by the 2012 version of Obama sounding like the 2002 version of Obama. Where the Republican...
  • WH Refers Scandal Questions to Other Agencies 10 Times in 10 Minutes

    11/14/2012 5:01:12 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked at Tuesday's White House briefing about the scandals involving Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned Friday as CIA director, and Gen. John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney referred reporters to other federal offices ten times in ten minutes. He told reporters to ask the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, and “investigative bodies” for answers.
  • The Numbers Game

    11/14/2012 4:58:58 AM PST · by expat1000 · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    There's only so many ways to skin a cat or win an election. Like gambling, you don't just take the easy money, you look for the big score. The Republicans have always taken the easy money, setting up their own dime store New Deal after losing to FDR and Truman, setting up affirmative action and HMOs after JFK and LBJ; scoring short term political victories and long term defeats. As we speak, a small horde of consultants and would-be consultants is urging the Republican Party to take the easy money of amnesty, tax hikes and anything else that will make...
  • War hero Army officer arrested for 'abducting young girls into his car and trying to lure ...

    11/14/2012 4:57:17 AM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 3 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    A U.S. Army officer who received the Bronze Star for valor in combat is also a predator who has roamed the towns near his Colorado military base for two years trying to lure young girls into his van, police revealed. First Lieutenant Aaron G Lucas is also believed to have abducted one nine-year-old girl this past summer and and dropped her off a short time later, according to police. He is charged with kidnapping and sexual assault, among other crimes.
  • Let the FBI Catch Criminals and the Marines Kill Bad Guys

    11/14/2012 4:56:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | John Ransom
    The reality show that’s become our government isn’t just embarrassing, crass, dangerous and opportunistic- it also gets really great ratings. Must see G-O-V.   What fiscal cliff? Have you seen the latest episode of the Benghazi Triangle?Criminals please pay attention. Learning how to fly planes into buildings is a shrugworthy event with the FBI, but don’t you dare email Tampa-Socialite-Jill Kelley. Because she might feel threatened if she’s told electronically that she standing too close to your guy.   Also, taking off your shirt and snapping a few candid photos is OK too- if you have the proper FBI credentials. With...
  • WH: Obama 'Does Not Believe That Reducing Deficits and Debt Are Values Unto Themselves'

    11/14/2012 4:51:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Plugging a "truly balanced approach to our fiscal challenges," White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday said President Obama does not view the issue of deficits and debt in a vacuum: "He does not believe that reducing deficits and debt are values unto themselves. He believes that they are part of an approach that is driven by his number-one priority, which is economic growth and job creation." Also on Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced a $120-billion deficit for October, the first month of fiscal 2013. That puts the nation on track to its fifth straight trillion-dollar-plus deficit.
  • President Obama Is The Luckiest President In History

    11/14/2012 4:49:31 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 25 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/14/12 | LD Jackson
    I can't help but believe the title to this post is so true. President Obama really is the luckiest President in the history of America. Imagine, if you will, what the reaction would have been if the scandal over CIA Director David Petraeus's affair with Paula Broadwell had broken before the election. What if the scandal had already emerged to show the involvement of General John Allen's involvement with Jill Kelley? If certain sources are correct, Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the Petraeus affair in September, but failed to tell the man who sits behind the desk in the...
  • "By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America."

    11/14/2012 4:49:23 AM PST · by raybbr · 14 replies
    vanity | 11/14/2012 | raybbr
    Just after George Bush took office there was a great deal of talk about immigration. The GOP was in full capitulate mode hoping to corral the Latino/Hispanic vote by a proposal of amnesty. The only thing, in my opinion, that stopped it was 9-11. Because of that Bush had to put amnesty aside. We all know by now that Bush only got 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2000.Now, about that title. It comes from a speech George Bush made in Miami during his campaign in August of 2000.Here is an excerpt: We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking...
  • The Conservative Insurgency

    11/14/2012 4:46:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14. 2012 | Kurt Schlichter
    In 1968, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army insurgents rose up against the American and South Vietnamese forces in the Tet Offensive. They were wiped out, yet seven years later they were in control of the country. There are lessons there for us conservatives. Conservatives, as opposed to the Republicans who partially overlap them on the Venn diagram of American politics, need a strategy. Strategy differs from mere tactics – it is a synchronization of potential ways (think courses of action) and available means (think resources) to achieve a long term end. Tactics are the techniques supporting the strategy....
  • Gov. Rick Scott wants to talk health care exchanges [Betrayal, Delay Tactic, or Realism?]

    11/14/2012 4:45:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | November 14, 2012
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it's time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama. "The election is over and President Obama won," Scott said. "I'm responsible for the families of Florida. … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes."
  • Immigrants and the GOP-Debunking some talk radio myths

    11/14/2012 4:43:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    wsj ^ | 11-14-12 | WSJ
    The GOP's Presidential election defeat is opening up a debate in the party, with more than a few voices saying they are willing to rethink their views on immigration. This is good news, which means it's also a good moment to address some of the frequent claims from the anti-immigration right that simply aren't true, especially about Hispanics. One myth is that Latino voters simply aren't worth pursuing because they're automatic Democrats. Yet Ronald Reagan was so eager to welcome Latinos to the GOP that he described them as "Republicans who don't know it yet." Recall that between 1996 and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 14, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/14/2012 4:42:40 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 11/14/12 | Joel Osteen
    Look Again Today's Scripture “ ‘Go and look toward the sea,’ he told his servant. And he went up and looked. ‘There is nothing there,’ he said. Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’ The seventh time the servant reported, ‘A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea...” (1 Kings 18:43–44, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Bible says that after the prophet Elijah prayed and asked God to end the drought, he said to the people, “I can hear the sound of an abundance of rain.” He was saying in effect, “There...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 14, 2012]

    11/14/2012 4:40:51 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Discovering Divine Design "As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me . . ." —Genesis 24:27 We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced. On the spiritual level, inner conflict is the warning of the Spirit of God. When He warns us in this way, we must stop at once and be renewed in...
  • What Liberals Think of the Rest of Us.

    11/14/2012 4:40:29 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 25 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/14/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Virginian Pilot Supports Secession!? There's an article in The Blaze 30 States Petition Federal Government to Secede After ElectionLiberals often like to compare President Barack Obama to former President Abraham Lincoln. The comparison is usually dismissed as laughably hagiographical, but judging by one unexpected bit of fallout from Tuesday’s election, it could well end up being accurate in just one respect: Like Lincoln, Obama is facing requests by the citizens of numerous states to secede from the union.However, unlike with Lincoln, these requests are peaceful, and highly unlikely to do anything at all except generate news headlines. A massive number...
  • The Hiring Hypocrisy of The New York Times

    11/14/2012 4:36:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Mark Thompson, a former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, began his new job Monday as president and CEO of The New York Times. The lack of embarrassment was remarkable. Thompson claimed he was the worst kind of ignorant buffoon, knowing nothing about the massive sex-abuse scandal -- and then its censorship -- that's rocking the BBC. Scotland Yard has been conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late disc jockey and TV personality Jimmy Savile over six decades, describing him as a "predatory sex offender." In mid-October, the metropolitan police stated they were pursuing...
  • 2014 and Beyond: Containment and Rollback

    11/14/2012 4:24:32 AM PST · by tiger-one · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/12 | Ed Lasky
    There were silver linings on Election Day that should not be dismissed. It's time to disband the circular firing squad and focus on the superb opportunities conservatives face in the 2014 midterms and the 2016 general election. More
  • ALG Urges Governor Snyder Not To Implement Obamacare Exchange (Michigan)

    11/14/2012 4:22:38 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 17 replies
    BroadcastEverywhere,com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Press Release
    Nov. 13, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged Governor Rick Snyder not to implement a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare. In his letter, Wilson wrote that the governor “hold[s] the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in your hands,” noting that if the exchange is not implemented by Snyder, employers in the state will be protected from the law’s employer mandate. “Without the cost burdens imposed by the state exchange, your employers will enjoy a significant competitive advantage over their competitors in states which have exchanges,” Wilson wrote. The...