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  • The Liberal Gloat

    11/17/2012 5:41:12 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    WINNING an election doesn’t just offer the chance to govern the country. It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you’ve just beaten. This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics, something in the American subconscious assumes that the voice of the people really is the voice of God, and that being part of a winning coalition must be a sign that you’re His chosen one as well. This means the losing coalition must be doomed to wander east of Eden, and liberals have...
  • Cloud lifts over young immigrants seeking legal status, but concerns remain

    11/17/2012 5:40:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury Newsmercurynews.com ^ | 11/17/2012 | Matt O'Brien
    The force field protecting Jirayut Latthivongskorn comes from a glossy, federally issued work permit that wards off deportation and lets him get a job, overcoming the legal barriers that have long clouded his ambitions and shadowed his life. Mailed to homes in fast-growing numbers, the cards are changing the lives of about 300,000 young immigrants, a quarter of them from California, who took a leap of faith this fall by revealing their presence to the U.S. government. Latthivongskorn's plastic card, with its 2014 expiration date etched between his fingerprint and photograph, symbolizes what he calls his "two-year lease on life...
  • Lincoln (Vanity)

    11/17/2012 5:36:12 PM PST · by camerongood210 · 58 replies
    Have any fellow FReepers seen this movie yet? If so, what did you think and would you recommend it?
  • January March for Life must be biggest ever -- and must march TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    11/17/2012 5:31:12 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 8 replies
    self | 11/17/12 | NewJerseyJoe
    The annual March for Life in January needs to have 10 million people show up! Can we make it happen? Also: Do any FReepers know anyone in National Right to Life? This fight needs to be taken to the source in January -- National Park Service "permission" be damned. Thoughts?
  • Report: Rockets Fired from Egypt Hit Israel

    11/17/2012 5:29:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    weekleystandard ^ | 11.17.2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel. "Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night," reports the Jerusalem Post. "The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries." The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, "Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council." It appears no damage was reported in connection with the rocket fire from Egypt. Earlier today, the Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians there. This new front comes a day after a rocket landed...
  • Hostess Closure Means Locals Lose Jobs

    11/17/2012 5:17:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 118 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Nov 16, 2012
    Yes the Twinkie and the Ho Ho may not be available for snacking, but there are people who lost their jobs when Hostess closed its doors.The bankruptcy of Hostess Brands Inc. made headlines across social media and news websites Friday as people across the country mourned the loss of the Twinkie. But the news means more than a loss of a snack food option for 145 people who work at the Oakland bakery and numerous retail outlets around the Bay Area. They are loosing their jobs because of the shut down. The company, known for its Twinkies, Ho Hos and...
  • Gingrich to Newsmax: Republicans Must Hold Line on Taxes

    11/17/2012 5:12:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 04:24 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republicans in Congress should be putting options on the table to raise government revenues as part of fiscal cliff negotiations, but raising taxes should not be one of those options, Newt Gingrich said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV. The GOP has given up on about 40 percent of the electorate in the last couple of elections, he also said, and needs to focus on inclusion of not just immigrants, but on states where Democrats automatically expect to win. Every time Democrats negotiate a budget deal that includes tax increases and spending cuts, taxes go up but in most...
  • Zoo Boise break-in leads to death of monkey

    11/17/2012 5:05:28 PM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    Zoo Boise remained closed Saturday as police conducted an investigation into an overnight break-in at the zoo's primate building that resulted in the death of a male Patas monkey, one of two at the zoo. "It's very disturbing that someone would intentionally break into the zoo and harm an animal," said Sgt. Ted Snyder of the Boise Police Department in a statement. "We're doing all we can to find who did this." Police said they are seeking two males wearing dark clothing spotted by a security guard at 4:30 a.m. outside the fence near the primate exhibit. Both fled, one...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THANKSGIVING ~ 18 November 2012

    11/17/2012 5:02:17 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 60 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
      GOD BLESS AND WATCH OVER THEM, WHEREVER THEY SERVE.       PSALM 95:1-6 "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land....
  • Thousands protest in Ireland to liberalize abortion laws

    11/17/2012 4:57:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 17, 2012 | Jason Walsh
    Thousands gathered on the streets of Irish capital Dublin today to demand liberalization of Ireland’s stringent anti-abortion laws. The street protest, the second the city has seen in three days, was called in response to the Oct. 28 death in a Galway hospital of Savita Halappanavar, who was pregnant and reported to the hospital complaining of severe pain. She was reportedly refused an abortion, and died after complications during a miscarriage. Her widower, Praveen, says they was told this was because Ireland was “a Catholic country.” The death has sparked outrage across Ireland—and the world. One headline in an Indian...
  • Let’s raise us some taxes.

    11/17/2012 4:56:15 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 57 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/17/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Let's discuss raising us some revenue without hurting the little people. With the re-election of Barack Obama, I feel compelled – in the spirit of coming together for the common good – to get on the tax raising bandwagon. Here’s my proposal .Let’s raise taxes to 50% on people making more than $1 million dollars a year. How much will that raise? Warren Buffer says that the top 400 earners in the US made $90 billion, so that means $45 billion to the treasury. Plus it will satisfy Chuck Schumer. ·Let’s have a 100% sales tax on the sale of...
  • The World From Berlin: Israeli Assault Is “Strategically Counterproductive”

    11/17/2012 4:52:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jane Paulick
    Israel's “Pillar of Defense” operation is underway in Gaza amid the biggest flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in four years. Israel launched the operation in response to days of rocket fire out of the Hamas-led Gaza Strip, kicking it off on Wednesday with more than 50 airstrikes and the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, Hamas' top military commander. … Although they don’t see eye to eye on the ethical issues surrounding the targeted assassination of Jabari, German editorialists on Friday are in broad agreement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu primarily launched the offensive in order to bolster support for his Likud...
  • TSA Unionized – Americans Screwed

    11/17/2012 4:44:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 11-17-12 | Tim Brown
    On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that “Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774.” The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor. Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over...
  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez [Republican] Criticizes Mitt Romney Comments, Maps Way Forward

    11/17/2012 4:43:45 PM PST · by zeestephen · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 November 2012 | James Hohmann
    "We have to start electing people who look like their communities..."
  • Intel officials unable to say who changed CIA talking points on Libya, lawmaker says

    11/17/2012 4:30:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Fox News' Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus stoked the controversy over the Obama administration's handling of the Libya terror attack, testifying Friday that references to "Al Qaeda involvement" were stripped from his agency's original talking points -- while other intelligence officials were unable to say who changed the memo, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.  Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News that intelligence officials who testified in a closed-door hearing a day earlier, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, said they did not know who changed the talking points. He said they...
  • The Afghan Quarterback

    11/17/2012 4:18:40 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win. Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan . In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away. KABOOM! He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards...
  • IDF Videos Disprove Hamas Propaganda

    11/17/2012 4:16:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/11/12 | Elad Benari
    As the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza continues, Hamas has made several totally false claims about damages it has supposedly done to Israeli cities and soldiers. This is done in order to give the public in Gaza a false image as though Hamas is defeating Israel. In response, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has put together and distributed several videos which present the truth and disproves the Hamas lies. Among other claims, Hamas said its missiles directly hit Tel Aviv. In fact, despite sirens having been sounded in Tel Aviv in recent days, there were no direct hits on...
  • Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out, Meghan

    11/17/2012 4:12:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/17/12 | John Nolte
    In yet another Daily Beast column that trains her fire on the Right, Meghan McCain hits Republicans with yet another set of MSNBC talking points that she swears are only for our own good. But this time she's making threats: "If I don’t see some changes in the next four years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent in 2016." Oh, no. Not that.
  • Questions Before Secession

    11/17/2012 4:04:39 PM PST · by Pleistarchos · 27 replies
    The Hot Gates 480BC ^ | 11/15/12 | Pleistarchos
    The thought of a split of the American Republic is not an easy pill to swallow. We have come to assume that the United States in which most of us were born, raised, learned about in school and from books, movies, patriotic holidays, etc., was began in 1776 and that it would still be around long after we are gone. I have been torn over this since the mid-90's. Like many people, I had taken it for granted that, as a result of the collapse of the USSR and its client-states, Marxist-inspired college professors would either see the light or...
  • (VANITY) Slingshot for Survival Hunting?

    11/17/2012 4:01:21 PM PST · by Chuckster · 59 replies
    me | 11-17-2012 | chuckster
    I am considering picking up a slingshot, or wrist rocket for plinking and possibly hunting small game. I thought I would solicit the advice and commentary of my esteemed fellow FReepers on the subject. I am especially interested in your thoughts on the type of device to purchase and on ammo. I am thinking of something a bit more sophisticated than a forked stick, old bike inner tube and rocks.