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  • The Big Task Force Launched After Trayvon Martin's Death Has Decided To Change Almost Nothing(barf)

    11/15/2012 7:13:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 14 November, 2012 | Abby Rogers
    Florida's permissive firearm laws have landed the state in the center of a national controversy but the Sunshine State is refusing to bow to pressure to reform its controversial Stand Your Ground Laws. After George Zimmerman cited the law in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, Gov. Rick Scott created a Stand Your Ground task force to review the law. And now the task force has decided not to change the gun laws, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. "The task force concurs with the core belief that all persons, regardless of citizenship status, have a right to feel...
  • The most anti-Obama place in the U.S.

    11/15/2012 7:12:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012
    CNN's Gary Tuchman heads to King County, Texas, where President Obama won only five votes. Video at link.
  • The Obamacare Debacle. It's Certain Failure is all too Predictable.

    11/15/2012 7:02:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2012 | Michael Tanner
    If one wanted to sum up the consequences of the entire 2012 election in a single issue, look no farther than Obamacare. The new health-care law is generally regarded as the signature achievement of the president’s first term. It’s certainly emblematic of Obama’s entire approach to government and what we can expect from his second-term initiatives. The president promised a great deal of benefits from health-care reform: lower premiums, better care, universal coverage. He reassured Americans: If you had health insurance, and you liked it, you could keep it. The bill’s gross ten-year cost would be less than $1 trillion,...
  • BP gets record fine in Gulf oil spill

    11/15/2012 7:01:09 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 15, 2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP PLC employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill. The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about...
  • How to Prevent Another Orca Flop (Why the Republican GOTV effort failed to match the Democrat's)

    11/15/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2012 | Michael James Barton
    It’s pardonable to be defeated, but never surprised. — Frederick the Great Over the past week, there has been plenty of harsh criticism of the Romney campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer system. While the campaign has pushed back on these claims, my experience inside a swing-state legal war room last Tuesday leads me to say that the criticisms of the campaign’s GOTV in general, and of its use of the Orca system in particular, ring true. The main GOTV effort was supposed to operate like this: Poll watchers listen to the names of everyone coming in to vote and notate...
  • The Hopium Is Now Depleted

    11/15/2012 6:57:19 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-15-2012 | Tyler Durden
    Hope - it appears - peaked at the start of the year in the US, following the global coordinated central bank pump which ramped it from lows to highs within a few months. All that hope - and then some - has now apparently faded. The General Business Conditions expected six months forward dropped to its lowest level since March 2009. What is perhaps worse, given the focus on jobs jobs jobs, is that for the first time since April 2009, the employment outlook for employment turned negative - suggesting firms are looking to reduce employees at the fastest rate...
  • The Sad Sate of Today's Presidential Press Conference

    11/15/2012 6:56:38 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 17 replies
    US News ^ | 11/15/12 | KENNETH T. WALSH
    Presidential news conferences aren't what they used to be. Barack Obama's 52-minute encounter with the White House press corps Wednesday was less of an illuminating give-and-take and more of a television promotion in which the president demonstrated his ability to avoid answering questions and at the same time showed a fresh sense of confidence and command spawned by his re-election victory last week. Six of the 10 reporters whom Obama called on were from television networks with relatively big audiences: CNN, Telemundo, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox. Two were from large wire services, Associated Press and Reuters. Two were from...
  • The Tax Tango (No, Speaker Boehner is not selling out the right)

    11/15/2012 6:56:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2012 | The Editors
    John Boehner isn’t selling out conservatives on taxes. All he has done is reiterate that Republicans are open to a tax-reform deal that generates extra revenues, so long as the entitlements that are driving our long-term debt explosion are also addressed. He has also said that this reform should not raise marginal tax rates, and should indeed lower them. A deal along those lines might be worth supporting, depending on the details. The White House is, however, insisting that the top tax rates have to go up as scheduled under the law — and that even more taxes should be...
  • Why Mitt Romney Deserved To Lose The Election

    11/15/2012 6:53:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/15/2012
    In an article published in 2001, Jude Wanniski, the author of The Way the World Works, noted that since 1896, only Republican presidential candidates running on “pro-growth” platforms have won. Republicans advocating “austerity” have invariably lost. With the defeat of Mitt Romney, the election of 2012 continued this pattern, with one addition. Republican presidential candidates offering clueless confusion also lose. Democracies tend to evolve two political parties, a party of economic growth and a party of income redistribution. If a credible plan for economic growth is offered, the people will vote for it, provided that it does not involve crushing...
  • Obama Tax Hikes On Rich Would Shrink Economy, Jobs

    11/15/2012 6:50:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/15/2012
    President Obama's proposed tax hike on the top 2% of incomes will do next to nothing to close our chronic budget deficits, now running more than $1 trillion a year. But it will have a major impact on one struggling part of our economy: small business. In his Wednesday press conference, just before meeting with representatives of the nation's largest businesses, the president again claimed his plan to reduce the deficit and avoid the fiscal cliff would mean that "97% of small businesses are not going to see their taxes go up." But this is, to put it politely, deceptive....
  • Time to Let the Country Crash?

    11/15/2012 6:49:05 AM PST · by ebshumidors · 85 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/14/12 | Ebben Raves
    "Let it crash!" "Give them what they want and they'll see what happens!" "Surely, once the left's programs are implemented and the economy crashes, people will come to their senses." Since the election, many on the right have echoed this meme. They are convinced that widespread poverty and lack of opportunity will bring a resurgence of the America many of them knew growing up. Grandma and Grandpa's America. Perhaps these people forget that Roosevelt was re-elected three times during a depression that he helped prolong -- a depression that featured soup lines and starvation in a population that actually wanted...
  • A Latina's Spin On the Election

    11/15/2012 6:46:51 AM PST · by Aria · 9 replies
    The Irish Examiner ^ | November 13, 2012 | Alicia Colon
    Conservative pundits like Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, Michael Barron, Charles Krauthammer et al were fairly confident in their predictions that Romney would sweep to victory. Some, like Dick Morris, had even mentioned a possible landslide. The mood around conservatives was increasingly optimistic that the country would be saved. I held back on this hope because most journalists and pundits live in a different world than I and consequently I have a different perspective because I live in the real one. That means living in the neighborhoods with the, "Keep Obama in president, you know, He gave us a phone" citizens....
  • Prepare for Fiscal Doom

    11/15/2012 6:46:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | John Ransom
    OK, perhaps doom is too strong a word, but then again, perhaps it is not.  In either event, 2013 is not shaping up to be a banner year for the economy. And it’s not just or even mostly because of the fiscal cliff. Our financial system is not stronger now than it was in 2008 when it finally collapsed under the weight of crashing real estate prices that fell all the harder because they were ballasted by plenty of government guaranteed debt. In fact, prepare right now for the Next Great Bailout. Because this time around, the federal government, via...
  • Dog shot in head; Hillsborough authorities search for suspect

    11/15/2012 6:46:21 AM PST · by BerryDingle · 26 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | November 14, 2012 | JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA
    TAMPA -- Last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call about three shots fired and a dog possibly buried in the backyard of a Clair-Mel City vacant home. When investigators arrived at the home, 3221 Deerfield Dr., Tampa, they found a 2-year-old female pit bull mix buried up to its nose. A Hillsborough County Animal Services animal control officer used her hands to dig the dog out. The dog had been shot twice and was bleeding profusely, said Pam Perry, an Animal Services investigations manager. "For her to even be alive when the officer got there is...
  • Dave Says When to Buy Those Season Tickets

    11/15/2012 6:45:23 AM PST · by Altariel · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave,My brother asked me to put his name on my credit card as an authorized user. He said it will help improve his credit score. Is this true, and would it help my score in any way?AnnaDear Anna,Your brother is wrong. It will not improve his credit score at all. As an authorized user, he is not the owner of the debt. There’s a high likelihood that it will affect your credit score in a negative way, though, because there’s a good chance he’ll do some dumb things with your card. Look at it this way. Why would someone...
  • GOP gives a top House spot to a woman

    11/15/2012 6:44:44 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 29 replies
    CP Monitor ^ | 11/15/12 | Andrew Miga and Laurie Kellman
    One of the top leadership positions in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will go to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who represents Washington state. The move comes after Republicans fared poorly with female voters in last week' election. Stinging from double-digit election losses among female voters, House Republicans elected a woman to their top leadership team Wednesday in a tense test of gender politics and the clout of the GOP's power brokers. The election of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state to the No. 4 leadership position among House Republicans dispatches conservative favorite Tom Price of Georgia, who had been endorsed...
  • 'Jihad' ads on CTA buses spark outrage

    11/15/2012 6:41:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear and Jon Hilkevitch
    chicagotribune.com 'Jihad' ads on CTA buses spark outrage By Manya A. Brachear and Jon Hilkevitch Tribune reporters 7:29 AM CST, November 15, 2012 The controversial ads unveiled on the back of 10 CTA buses Wednesday read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” They conclude with the words, “Support Copts. Defeat Jihad,” referring to friction between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt. Within hours of the buses' first runs, messages appeared on Facebook and Twitter denouncing the campaign. Many said degrading a spiritual tenet of Islam -- one that refers to a Muslim's...
  • Machiavellian Rove 'Kept Santorum Alive Until He Could Kill Rick Perry First... THEN Newt Gingrich'

    11/15/2012 6:34:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 150 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    GO AWAY already It's over dude... As you've most likely already heard, the TEA Party right has declared all-out war on Karl 'Boss Hogg' Rove in the wake of numerous recent (expen$ive) GOP disasters in which 'The Architect' played an inglorious starring role. The final straw was likely his lack of willingness to take responsibility for an almost complete lack of success in the 2012 election cycle, instead pointing fingers and making excuses like an Italian cruise ship captain. Rove's flat-out whiffing in almost every race he backed -on top of improbable Romney defeat- would be enough for any sensible...
  • Benghazi and Obama. What you are about to read is HUGE if true. Could mean the end of him.

    11/15/2012 6:30:48 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 140 replies
    clear-light-of-day ^ | 11/15/12 | Daryl
    I received this message yesterday. IF this proves to be true, it is impeachable grounds. It also may help explain why Petreaus was forced out a few days before the Benghazi hearings coming up. It explains a lot of behavior by Obama and his administration - the pulled security, the "stand down" orders, and blaming that stupid video. The fireworks are coming. It will be the first of many disasters ahead. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- According to sources in the State Department and the CIA, and intercepted communications from the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama "staged" the attack in Benghazi in order to create a...
  • Denny's to charge 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation

    11/15/2012 6:23:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:59 EST, 15 November 2012 | UPDATED: 01:33 EST, 15 November 2012 Read more: http://ww | By James Nye
    President Obama's election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring. Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny's and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers' bills and will reduce his employees' hours. With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is 'the only alternative. I've got to pass...